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Trump considering second task force on reopening economy

Trump considering second task force on reopening economy

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is considering a second coronavirus task force focused on reopening the country’s economy. Trump was asked about a tweet he’d sent earlier in the day responding to a tweet by Fox News anchor Dana Perino suggesting a second task force focused on the economy. “Thinking about it, getting…

Trump defends firing intelligence community watchdog

Trump defends firing intelligence community watchdog

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his firing of the inspector general who told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to his eventual impeachment, saying he thought Michael Atkinson “did a terrible job, absolutely terrible.” Trump said that Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, “took a fake report and gave it to…

State legislators adjust to lawmaking in the time of coronavirus

State legislators adjust to lawmaking in the time of coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has led to near shutdowns of entire states — from schools to restaurants to retailers — with one major exception: local government. The pandemic has upended the 2020 sessions of state legislatures and forced state lawmakers to move toward innovative forms of conducting “business as usual” in a time of an unprecedented…

Joe Biden says he informed Bernie Sanders he will begin the VP vetting process

Joe Biden says he informed Bernie Sanders he will begin the VP vetting process

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says he has informed his Democratic rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, that he is beginning the process of vetting potential vice presidential running mates. “I am in the process and I’ve actually had this discussion with Bernie because he’s a friend — we’re competitors, he’s a friend,”…

Under fire, Georgia governor seeks to explain his delay in implementing shelter in place

Under fire, Georgia governor seeks to explain his delay in implementing shelter in place

When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter in place order for residents earlier this week, he attracted widespread criticism for saying he and state officials were just “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs,” despite publicly available findings that have circulated for weeks about such risks.The statement drew…

Trump’s fight against Obamacare continues despite coronavirus crisis

Trump’s fight against Obamacare continues despite coronavirus crisis

Even as the coronavirus pandemic rages, President Donald Trump and top Republicans are pressing forward with efforts to further undermine the nation’s already compromised health care system. The rapid spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has put a new spotlight on the same frailties that Democrats successfully seized on in 2018…

Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

Attorney General William Barr has directed prison officials at a number of federal facilities besieged by growing coronavirus cases to immediately maximize early release programs for a wide swath of vulnerable inmates. “We are experiencing significant levels of infection at several of our facilities,” Barr wrote in a memo Friday, singling out federal prisons in…

Why these 8 Republican governors are holding out on statewide stay-at-home orders

Why these 8 Republican governors are holding out on statewide stay-at-home orders

Just eight US governors have decided against issuing statewide directives urging their residents to stay at home as the outbreak of the coronavirus escalates and spreads across the country, the last holdouts in the nation. The governors, all of whom are Republican, have offered a variety of explanations for why they have not followed the…

Countless Americans cannot complete unemployment applications

Countless Americans cannot complete unemployment applications

Eight hours and 48 minutes. That’s how long Camilla Christiansen Poole waited on hold with the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, trying to find out why she could not file for unemployment online. The Asheville, North Carolina, resident had been laid off from her job as a medical courier on March 24 — one…

‘Normal’ will look completely different when this is all over

We are all stuck in the midst of this thing — whether on the front lines of fighting it or just in our houses waiting for it to pass. More and more people are getting sick, and that means more and more people are being directly touched by the devastation of this disease. It’s going…

State Department sends cable trying to streamline incoming requests for pandemic aid

State Department sends cable trying to streamline incoming requests for pandemic aid

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts Friday to clarify where American diplomats overseas should direct incoming requests for Covid-19 medical supplies from foreign governments, authorities and international organizations. The cable demonstrates an effort to streamline the overwhelming number of requests the Trump administration is getting from entities…

Surveillance court wants FBI to explain new reported shortcomings

Surveillance court wants FBI to explain new reported shortcomings

The federal court that oversees national security surveillance wants the FBI to explain newly uncovered missteps in government warrants to eavesdrop on Americans after a recent internal audit found the FBI fell short of the standards required. The Justice Department inspector general said in recent days that after reviewing a sample of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance…

Supplies could be delayed due to confusion from the White House, companies say

Supplies could be delayed due to confusion from the White House, companies say

More than a week after President Donald Trump said he would authorize the use of a wartime-era law to force General Motors to produce ventilators, the company still hasn’t received a formal order from the federal government. GM, as a result, hasn’t allowed private companies or hospitals to place orders, according to a source familiar…

The week in 13 headlines

This week, President Donald Trump at last invoked the Defense Production Act as the number of coronavirus cases climbed up in the US and around the world. The White House also began discussions with Congress about yet another economic stimulus package. Monday House Democrats eye ambitious fourth coronavirus bill CNN Poll: Americans divided over government…