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Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

By: and - January 18, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You definitely wouldn’t […]

Text of President Biden’s speech on Jan. 6 anniversary of U.S. Capitol attack

By: - January 6, 2022

Here are the full remarks made by President Joe Biden in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on the Jan. 6 anniversary of the Capitol attack: Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked.  The will of the people […]

Missouri’s Robin Carnahan confirmed by U.S. Senate as agency chief

By: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—Former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was confirmed on a voice vote by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as the administrator of the General Services Administration. Carnahan, 59, will take over the leadership of a $20 billion, 12,000-employee agency tasked with managing work space for more than 1 million federal civilian workers, overseeing more […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

By: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million. Of those forced to flee their […]