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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Nevada Current. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

Capitol chaos as pro-Trump mob turns lawless

By: and - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – A mob derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with both chambers abruptly recessing after President Donald Trump’s supporters clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. A House office building was evacuated, and the Capitol and surrounding office buildings were locked down […]

Congress passes ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

By: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widely labeled inadequate before it was even passed, Congress on Monday night cleared and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid. “This relief package includes less than I would have liked, but this is the best […]

What’s in the $900B relief bill—and what’s out

By: and - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a bipartisan emergency relief bill intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes: DIRECT CHECKS —$166 billion in another round of economic impact payments that will go directly to Americans. —$600 direct checks for individuals that begin phasing out at an income […]

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Congress close to relief deal including direct payments, added unemployment benefits

By: - December 16, 2020

A coronavirus relief deal appeared within reach late Wednesday following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. A final deal also may include another round of direct payments, with Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.), suggesting to reporters that those checks would […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

By: - November 10, 2020

The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether the statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should be kept […]

Biden wins

By: - November 7, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college. The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 electoral college […]

States of play: Biden just shy of 270 as counting continues in other battlegrounds

By: - November 5, 2020

Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory if the […]

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States of play: Presidential race comes down to mail ballots in battlegrounds

By: - November 4, 2020

President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on battleground states, including Nevada, that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots. Trump trails Joe Biden by less than a percentage point in Nevada. The secretary of state has announced additional statewide […]

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In races that will decide Senate control, Democrats raised more money

By: and - October 31, 2020

If you had to chair the Democratic effort to help U.S. Senate candidates raise money, 2020 was a good cycle to do it. Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this cycle, (a job has pitted her efforts against those of deep-pocketed resort industry donors right in […]

SCOTUS

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

By: - October 9, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

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How the Chamber of Commerce learned to love Susie Lee and House Democrats

By: - October 9, 2020

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives two years ago by winning competitive districts like the Nevada seat of Rep. Susie Lee and Michigan’s Haley Stevens. Now Lee and Stevens are among nearly two dozen House Democrats to benefit in their reelection battles from rare U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsements, to the shock […]

Trump at Walter Reed

Trump returns to the White House, still infected with coronavirus

By: - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Monday night departed Walter Reed National Military Hospital, where he had been treated for COVID-19, and arrived at the White House via the Marine One helicopter a short time later. According to the press pool, Trump emerged from Walter Reed and briefly stopped at the top of the hospital steps before […]