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Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy
Economy
Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally” disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week. Refusing to reverse course, Kemp said he... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
2020-04-23 15:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House prepares to vote on a $483 billion coronavirus aid package, a majority of Americans say they'd like Congress to return to Washington immediately to try to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a new poll... Read More

Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
Census
Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-04-22 17:49:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is launching two new surveys to gather data on disruptions to households and small businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bureau received emergency approval from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on Sunday... Read More

Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak
Economy
Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

As several Southern governors began to reopen their states shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak, some mayors pushed back Tuesday, saying they have yet to see the decline in COVID-19 cases needed to ease stay-at-home orders. “I am beyond disturbed,” Van... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
Health
FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
2020-04-21 20:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first diagnostic test for the coronavirus that allows people to collect their sample at home -- a development that could greatly expand testing options in states fighting to corral the... Read More

Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
State News
Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
2020-04-21 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin health official said Tuesday that the city had identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus while participating in the state's controversial April 7 primary election. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said in... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
Congress
Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
2020-04-21 18:09:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that... Read More

Sweden Claims Coronavirus Success After Keeping Country Open
Political News
Sweden Claims Coronavirus Success After Keeping Country Open

Criticized for refusing to lock down, Sweden’s top health official says herd immunity is inevitable and took credit for the slowing of coronavirus numbers. “According to our modelers, we are starting to see so many immune people in the population... Read More

France to Unveil End-of-Lockdown Plan Within 2 Weeks
In The News
France to Unveil End-of-Lockdown Plan Within 2 Weeks

France will unveil within two weeks a plan to progressively lift restrictions on travel and business that aimed to curb the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Sunday. After May 11, when the lockdown starts to get lifted,... Read More

Gov. Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing as State’s Death Toll, Cases Trend Down
State News
Gov. Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing as State’s Death Toll, Cases Trend Down

NEW YORK — New deaths and hospitalizations for coronavirus in New York state continued their downward trend over the weekend, but it’s only “halftime” in the fight against the deadly virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned Sunday as he announced a... Read More

The Backlash Against the Quarantine Has Begun in Pennsylvania
State News
The Backlash Against the Quarantine Has Begun in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — Everyone wants life to get back to normal, to have their hair cut or get a sunburn at a baseball game, to go to work, and walk shoulder-to-shoulder in a park. Some people want all of that now,... Read More

Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing
Health
Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to tout the nation’s coronavirus testing capacity, several governors took to the airwaves to vehemently challenge his assessment and to complain that the federal government had been laggardly in providing support... Read More

Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic
Cybercrime
Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, staffers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois got an unwelcome surprise when they arrived at work one morning last month: Cybercriminals had hijacked their computer network and were holding... Read More

New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
Health
New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
2020-04-17 19:29:34
by Dan McCue

New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered four companies to immediately stop selling unauthorized coronavirus home test kits and purported cures. "This isn’t a game," James said in a post on Twitter. "Giving people a false sense of security is... Read More

At Top Medical Schools, WHO Program Plays “Critical” Role For Nurses In Training
In The News
At Top Medical Schools, WHO Program Plays “Critical” Role For Nurses In Training
2020-04-17 16:54:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Scores of public health experts responded with shock and anger this week to the decision by the White House to halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization. The move, announced by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, comes... Read More

Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
In The News
Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
2020-04-17 14:25:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Despite continued uncertainty over how the Coronavirus pandemic will end, its economic impact will surely cast a shadow over the November election, according to a pair of former governors. Govs. John Kasich, a Republican of Ohio, and Terry... Read More

Governors Will Ease Coronavirus Restrictions Under White House Plan
State News
Governors Will Ease Coronavirus Restrictions Under White House Plan

WASHINGTON — Claiming that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak has passed, President Donald Trump outlined a broad road map Thursday for each state to begin phasing out restrictions that have forced tens of millions of Americans to stay home... Read More

Trump Unveils Phased Approach to Reopening Economy
Economy
Trump Unveils Phased Approach to Reopening Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — New White House guidelines outline a phased approach to restoring normal commerce and services, but only for places with strong testing and seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's plans to ease... Read More

Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
Economy
Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
2020-04-16 19:16:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., are among the bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers named to a White House panel tasked with counseling the White House on when and how to get the economy moving again... Read More

Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
State News
Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
2020-04-16 14:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Ahead of an expected White House announcement on the easing of restrictions meant to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, governors across the nation are preparing for a "new normal" that will be quite different from the... Read More

Trump Reelection Imperiled as Coronavirus Hits Key States
Political News
Trump Reelection Imperiled as Coronavirus Hits Key States

Some battleground states crucial to President Donald Trump’s political future are being particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, a development that could decimate his central argument for reelection at a critical moment. The booming economy Trump hoped to ride... Read More

Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions
State News
Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions

BALTIMORE — While Northeast states have announced a pact to figure out when and how to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Maryland continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic with its southern neighbors in... Read More

Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests
Health
Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests

We’ve all heard it incessantly for the past month amid the coronavirus outbreak: “maintain social distancing.” But despite shutting down businesses, working from home and traveling less, people still went out in droves to go on jogs and meet friends... Read More

Here’s How the Coronavirus Outbreak Rewrote the Presidential Primary Calendar
2020 Elections
Here’s How the Coronavirus Outbreak Rewrote the Presidential Primary Calendar

If your Democratic primary hasn’t happened yet, you might want to check the date. The coronavirus outbreak has left the presidential primary calendar in a state of flux as government officials and party leaders attempt to balance health and safety... Read More

Reopening the Economy Requires Testing, and the US Still Isn’t Close
Economy
Reopening the Economy Requires Testing, and the US Still Isn’t Close

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after the president and other senior officials promised that any American would soon be able to get a test for coronavirus, testing continues to lag, prompting an escalating call from leading medical centers, lawmakers and others... Read More

Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization
In The News
Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending an administration review of its early response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the... Read More

The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery
In The States
The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery

It looks increasingly likely the South will endure more death and economic loss from COVID-19 than any other region in the country — and not just because Southern governors were slow to shut down businesses and order people to stay... Read More

What Happened to the CDC? Storied Disease Agency Takes a Back Seat in Coronavirus Pandemic
Health
What Happened to the CDC? Storied Disease Agency Takes a Back Seat in Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has become a focal point for criticism of the American government’s coronavirus response, blamed for botching tests that would have helped track the illness in its early days, and then receding from... Read More

Western States Forge Pact to Manage Restart of Economy
State News
Western States Forge Pact to Manage Restart of Economy
2020-04-14 13:23:46
by Dan McCue

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced Monday that they've come to an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future. In a joint statement, Govs. Gavin Newsom, Kate Brown and Jay... Read More

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