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10:15 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. heads toward 23 million COVID-19 cases as three lawmakers test positive after Capitol lockdown News adds to fears that last week’s attack on the U.S. seat of government created two superspreader eventsThe number of confirmed global cases of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 91 million on Tuesday, and the U.S. case tally headed toward 23 million, as three Democratic lawmakers who were forced to shelter in place during last week’s attack on the Capitol tested positive for the virus.
11:09 a.m. Nov. 7, 2020 - By Jonathan Burton
U.S. faces a potential ‘secession crisis’ at home and ‘open conflict’ with China in the coming decade, says author who predicted 2020 unrest 2020s will bring ‘creative destruction’ that pits boomers against millennials and challenges what it means to be an AmericanThe 2020s will bring ‘creative destruction’ that pits boomers against millennials and challenges what it means to be an American, says a scholar of demographic trends.
11:22 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally tops 24 million as U.S. tally tops 5.8 million, and CDC head walks back testing change amid outcry In a second embarrassment for a major U.S. public health agency this week, CDC says asymptomatic people exposed to infection can again be testedThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 worldwide climbed above 24 million on Thursday, and the U.S. tally topped 5.8 million, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention walked back a change in guidelines on testing following a storm of criticism from doctors and scientists.
10:44 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Amy Sokolow
Big delays in sending unemployment checks shines spotlight on failures to upgrade old government technology Governments urged to modernize technology, make easier to use The states and federal government have fallen behind in updating decades-old technology and need to upgrade quickly to better serve the public, experts say, a point underscored by reports that millions of jobless Americans still haven’t received unemployment checks.
3:58 a.m. July 4, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
The extra $600 Americans receive in unemployment benefits ends this month — here’s what else is on the table The Trump administration and leading Republicans say extending these benefits would be akin to paying Americans not to workThe Trump administration and leading Republicans say extending these benefits would be akin to paying Americans not to work.
4:27 a.m. July 2, 2020 - By Eleanor Laise
Trump plan to kill Affordable Care Act threatens coronavirus-ravaged nursing homes The 2010 health law reformed the nursing-home sector, aiming to improve care, oversight and resident protectionsThe Affordable Care Act has been playing a critical role in how to protect nursing homes in the future from the devastating pandemic. That’s not all that the vulnerable sector would lose if the law is repealed as the Trump administration plans to do.
10:48 a.m. June 28, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
Pressure builds on Senate Republicans to move in direction of $3 trillion coronavirus relief measure favored by Democrats Pelosi says Sunday that Republicans will come aroundPresident Donald Trump’s weakness in the latest polls and other factors are seen as putting pressure on Senate Republicans to accept a larger coronavirus relief measure than they previously intended in the next package.
4:18 a.m. May 21, 2020 - Associated Press
Senate Republicans in no rush to take up further coronavirus aid as chamber heads toward recess Thursday One GOP senator, Cory Gardner, facing a difficult re-election battle in November, vowed to try to prevent the Senate from recessing Thursday unless it votes on more aid to states and citiesOne Republican, Cory Gardner, facing a difficult re-election battle in November, vowed to try to prevent the Senate from recessing Thursday unless it votes on more aid to states and cities
11:25 a.m. May 11, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
The coronavirus pandemic will make life harder for members of Congress who sleep in their offices Health crisis gives new life to criticism of congressional-office-as-crash-pad practicesThe coronavirus pandemic may make life harder for lawmakers who normally sleep in their offices when they return to Washington D.C..
9:44 a.m. May 5, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
Treasury to announce steps Wednesday to borrow trillions for coronavirus relief, highlighting the country’s precarious fiscal position The cost of not tackling debt during good economic times must now be paidThe Treasury Department on Wednesday will lay out initial plans on how it will borrow trillions of dollars to pay for coronavirus relief as the country’s precarious fiscal position
11:57 a.m. April 30, 2020 - Associated Press
Democrats’ hopes for seizing Senate control on rise even amid pandemic lockdownDemocrats have rising hopes of gaining the minimum three seats they’ll need to capture a majority, while Republicans who once banked on a robust economy and improving Trump approval ratings are showing signs of nervousness.
5:31 a.m. April 28, 2020 - By Tanner Brown
U.S.-China relations are bad and getting worse, with major ramifications for trade and investment — and the U.S.’s presidential election China is becoming a major campaign issue, as leaked Republican campaign document showsChina is becoming a major campaign issue, as leaked Republican campaign document shows, writes Beijing-based Tanner Brown.
5:48 a.m. April 25, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
Fear of moral hazard is imperiling federal aid to cash-strapped states Congressional Republicans think assistance will reward states who with underfunded pension plansMoral hazard is always a concern when fighting economic and financial crises. This time its imperiling federal aid to cash strapped states
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