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DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
State News
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
2020-03-24 12:54:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number... Read More

Virus Concerns Lead to `Public' Meetings Without the Public
State News
Virus Concerns Lead to `Public' Meetings Without the Public

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state's open-meetings law to let all governmental entities meet via... Read More

First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
Trade
First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
2020-03-20 16:50:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set to impose similar restrictions at the U.S. border with Mexico later today. It was only two months ago President Donald... Read More

Coronavirus Threatens Strained Rural Health Care System
Rural
Coronavirus Threatens Strained Rural Health Care System

WASHINGTON — If you’re exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and meet the criteria, you should get tested. But if you live in rural Presidio County, on the western end of the Texas-Mexico border, be prepared to travel. County residents who are severely... Read More

‘Single Point of Failure’: The CDC’s Past Successes With an FDA Process Set the Table for Coronavirus Testing Debacle
Health
‘Single Point of Failure’: The CDC’s Past Successes With an FDA Process Set the Table for Coronavirus Testing Debacle

SEATTLE — In late April 2009, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, then the Food and Drug Administration’s principal deputy commissioner, received an urgent weekend phone call from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rich Besser told Sharfstein... Read More

Trump Touts Unproven Coronavirus Remedies
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Trump Touts Unproven Coronavirus Remedies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing a national outcry over the lack of available coronavirus testing and an imminent spike in positive cases, tried to inject some optimism into the situation Thursday, suggesting that two existing drugs may be effective... Read More

Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Could Deliver $3K to Family of Four
Economy
Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Could Deliver $3K to Family of Four

The emerging $1 trillion aid package intended to help weather the COVID-19 economic storm appears likely to deliver $1,000 to every U.S. adult, plus $500 per child, according to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and a GOP senator involved in the drafting.... Read More

White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal
Economy
White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package amid the coronavirus outbreak. It's the biggest effort yet... Read More

House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
Congress
House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
2020-03-20 12:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Though the situation is evolving rapidly, as of Thursday afternoon, House Rules Committee Chairman... Read More

Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
2020-03-19 14:44:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Diaz-Balart, the first to announce his condition, said he first developed symptoms, including... Read More

Kudlow Says Government Could Take Equity Stakes in Companies That Want Aid
Business
Kudlow Says Government Could Take Equity Stakes in Companies That Want Aid

WASHINGTON — The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration may consider asking for an equity stake in corporations that want coronavirus aid from taxpayers. “One of the ideas is, if we provide assistance, we might take... Read More

Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus
Census
Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — This year’s census has pulled up all boots on the ground, for now, as the Census Bureau announced Wednesday it had suspended field operations for the rest of the month due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

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