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- Census Bureau officials say they can no longer meet the current legal deadlines for delivering the 2020 census results. Some House Democrats have introduced a new bill to grant four-month extensions.
- The lethal march of COVID-19 passes 100,000 deaths in the U.S. despite some predictions it would not. The grim milestone presents a moment to consider who has died and how many others might follow.
- Reproductive rights advocates want patients to be allowed to pick up mifepristone at a hospital or clinic. The drug, which was approved 20 years ago, also helps to manage miscarriages for some women.
- President Trump has accused social media platforms of anti-conservative bias and threatened to shut them down after Twitter flagged his tweets about mail-in ballots as misleading.
- As states move to expand mail-in and absentee voting in response to the pandemic, the political parties are going to court to make sure the rules do not hurt them in November.
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- Ted Howze, GOP House candidate from California, demeans Muslims and compares Dreamers to pedophilesA second set of social media posts casts doubt on Ted Howze’s claim that another person gained access to his accounts. Source: GOP House candidate demeans Muslims and compares Dreamers to pedophiles
- Senate speeds up confirmation vote for intelligence directorWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to vote Thursday on the nomination of Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence, potentially confirming him sooner than expected, as senators are eager to quickly fill the post. Democrats have been opposed to Ratcliffe’s nomination, and most are expected to vote against it. […]
- Coronavirus-triggered layoffs in US hit nearly 39 millionWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work. More than 2.4 million […]
- US expected to withdraw from another major arms treatyWashington (CNN)The Trump administration is preparing to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty that was designed to reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war, making it the latest major arms control treaty that the US will abandon under President Donald Trump. An announcement could be made tomorrow, an administration source tells […]
- Live updates: All 50 states have partially reopened; U.S. death toll surpasses 90,000America has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world. “I view it as a badge of honor,” President Trump said, noting that “it means our testing is better.” Source: Live updates: All 50 states have partially reopened; U.S. death toll surpasses 90,000
- President Donald Trump confused his dad and grandfather, has trouble pronouncing words – but is going after Joe Biden’s mental state.
- The White House press secretary railed against allowing Americans to vote by mail even as she's taken advantage of it numerous times in the last decade.
- The ex-Utah congressman, who in 2017 proposed selling off 3 million acres of public land, is on a mission to ensure people can flood national parks during a pandemic.
- The United States has counted more coronavirus deaths than any other country.
- The former CIA operative is now facing over-the-top attacks in a neck-and-neck race with Teresa Leger Fernandez in New Mexico.
- The first tragedy of America's bleak coronavirus milestone is that 100,000 people didn't have to die. The second is that no one knows how many more will perish before the pandemic fades.
- As President Donald Trump rolled to his West Palm Beach, Florida, golf course on the morning of March 7, his motorcade filed past a library where local officials were preparing for the first day of in-person early voting in Florida's presidential primary contest.
- President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to "strongly regulate" or even shut down social media platforms after Twitter applied a fact-check to two of his tweets this week.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci implored Americans on Wednesday to wear a mask while out in public, a comment at odds with President Donald Trump's repeated downplaying of the necessity of wearing one.
- Pompeo certifies Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, jeopardizing billions of dollars in tradeSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said he certified to Congress Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer enjoys a high degree of autonomy from China — a decision that could result in the loss of Hong Kong's special trading status with the US and threaten the autonomous region's standing as an international financial hub.
- MPs break ranks to criticise PM’s chief of staff, with 44 calling for him to quit or be sackedThe full list of critical MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 60 Conservative MPs have continued to defy Boris Johnson’s calls to “move on” from the Dominic Cummings crisis as a senior minister broke […]
- With UK’s route out of lockdown dependent on success, Dido Harding faces a huge challengeCoronavirus – latest updatesGovernment unveils test-and-trace stragegy for England The ex-TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding is facing one of the biggest moments in her eventful career, as she leads the government’s new track-and-trace programme upon which the country’s path out of […]
- Government will enforce compliance if advice to stay at home for 14 days fails, says health secretaryHow will England’s test-and-trace system work?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock exhorted the public to do their “civic duty” and stay at home when instructed, as he launched a new test and trace system in the […]
- His appearance at the Commons liaison committee saw him way out of his depth – on Dominic Cummings and everything elseBoris Johnson signed off this afternoon by telling the Commons liaison committee how much he had enjoyed his first meeting with them. If that’s true, then either I’m a Dutchman or Johnson has a weird […]
- Scheme marked by alienation of local public health officials and cursory training at contact tracing centresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was meant to be the system that would allow the country to emerge confidently from lockdown. But the development of the NHS tracing system has been characterised by missteps, conflict and frustration […]
- Twitter issued a fact check over the president's tweet about mail-in voting on Tuesday.
- As the number of COVID-19 deaths reaches 100,000, President Trump continues to criticize people who wear face masks, calling it politically correct. Ben Tracy reports.
- The president thinks mail-in voting is "substantially fraudulent" but has not cited any proof.
- In a tweet Wednesday, President Trump vowed to veto the bill if it passes. The House is allowing remote voting Wednesday for the first time.
- Pompeo had warned that a new national security law proposed by Beijing would be a "death knell" for Hong Kong's autonomy.
- A New Jersey judge who asked an alleged rape victim in court …
- Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's probe into the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Wednesda…
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has defended President Trump's attacks on mail-in voting, has voted by mail 11 times since 2010, the …
- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to investigate the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed duri…
- House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) asserted she's open to the idea of remote voting during the coronavirus pandemic but slammed Democrats for moving forward with a new system for proxy vo…
Five Thirty Eight
- In this week’s FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the team discusses comments former Vice President Joe Biden made during a conversation about black voters. The crew also talks through the findings of a new study about white working class voters in the 2016 election.
- This installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast keys in on the presumptive presidential nominees’ relationships with important parts of their coalitions. First, in an interview on “The Breakfast Club,” former Vice President Joe Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” The crew talks […]
- Looking ahead to November, the presidential race could decide more than just who the next president is. It could also determine which party controls the Senate or House or even a state’s legislature. And that’s because of something political science calls the “coattail effect,” which is when the popularity of a candidate at the top […]
- Last week, President Trump fired off an angry tweet attacking Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, for expanding access to mail voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary […]
- Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): Former Vice President Joe Biden’s team is talking a big game about an expanded electoral map with Arizona, Georgia and Texas in play, even though those states haven’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in two decades. […]
- Today at 4:33 ET — but only if the weather in Florida cooperates — two NASA astronauts plan to strap themselves into a capsule atop a SpaceX rocket and travel […]
- Out this summer: Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President by Carter Page. “Carter Page, the man at the center of […]
- “The New Jersey judge who was previously suspended for asking an alleged rape victim if she could have closed her legs during the attack will never serve as a judge […]
- “Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week as part of the Judiciary Committee’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation,” The Hill reports. “The hearing, […]
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