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- Republican officials in several states are trying to ban abortion during the coronavirus pandemic to preserve medical supplies.
- While limited in-person voting will take place on April 7, absentee ballots won't be due to election offices until April 13.
- NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with New York Times reporter David Enrich about the Trump Organization seeking financial assistance to help with the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the company.
- This time frame is longer than the estimate that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin gave when he negotiated the program for cash payments with congressional leaders.
- At a White House briefing Thursday, officials vowed that some of the first systems for loans or payments would be up and running as soon as Friday.
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- Inslee Extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order Until May 4Gov. Jay Inslee said his stay-at-home order will be in place for another month as the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb. Source: Inslee Extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order Until May 4
- Navy expected to relieve captain who raised alarm about COVID-19 on shipThe United States Navy is expected to relieve the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Source: Navy expected to relieve captain who raised alarm about COVID-19 on ship
- McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to Use Coronavirus Relief Bill to Achieve Unrelated Policy GoalsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed attempts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to spearhead talks about a fourth coronavirus relief bill, saying that she should "stand down" on the proposal.“She needs to stand down on the notion that we’re going to go along with taking advantage of Source: McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to … Read more
- Pentagon Confirms It’s Seeking 100,000 Body Bags in Virus CrisisThe Pentagon confirmed that it’s seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use as the U.S. warns that deaths could soar in the coming weeks from the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Pentagon Confirms It’s Seeking 100,000 Body Bags in Virus Crisis
- Gov. Newsom Coronavirus Update: ‘We are at a Completely Different Place Than the State of New York’ – California GlobeThursday will be two weeks since California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his March 19th mandatory shelter-at-home order to the state’s 40 million residents. Source: Gov. Newsom Coronavirus Update: 'We are at a Completely Different Place Than the State of New York' – California Globe
- The White House had already gutted the provision, the labor department figured out a way to do more damage.
- Expand the use of the Defense Production Act, assign a manager for testing coordination, and other things Biden wants to tell Trump.
- The recommendation, a reversal from previous guidance, will be targeted at areas with high community transmission of the coronavirus.
- The El Paso County Republican Party questioned the reality of the deadly pandemic Wednesday in a now-deleted Facebook post.
- Officials speaking to Reuters said Captain Brett Crozier was being relieved for leaking a letter to the media about a coronavirus outbreak on the ship.
- The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to clear up supply-chain issues encountered in the manufacturing of ventilators.
- It's the piece of advice long-timers offer nearly every new arrival to President Donald Trump's ranks: bring visual aids. Luckily for Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, charts are their thing.
- President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration will soon release nationwide recommendations on wearing face masks after initially telling Americans they weren't necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- Dr. Deborah Birx said she can tell by looking at the US curve of coronavirus cases that not every American is following the guidelines set out by the administration for people to stay home and be vigilant about washing their hands.
- Dr. Deborah Birx said that the White House coronavirus task force is missing 50% of the data for coronavirus tests that have been conducted.
- Fresh criticism over testing plan as Matt Hancock says early antibody results ‘poor’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNo 10 is facing fresh questions over its coronavirus testing plan, as it emerged that the government is hoping to exit the lockdown through controversial “immunity passports” and antibody tests that are still not proven […]
- The health secretary’s ambition is welcomed but scientists reiterate the crisis has underlined the UK’s dependence on a globalised diagnostic networkOn virus testing, it is good that they are solving the swabs and reagents issues. It’s good that they are galvanising the scientific community to help and it’s good that they are setting a target […]
- Concern that centres were too far from both work or home for those working in LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS staff have called on Boris Johnson to ensure that new coronavirus testing centres are located conveniently for health workers and not in out-of-town sites like Ikea car parks.Drive-in test centres for nurses […]
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- Parents wanted high court ruling in favour of Tower Hamlets council overturnedA couple who tried to prevent the local authority from vaccinating their child, who is in care, have failed to overturn the decision by requiring courts to become routinely involved in such disputes.The court of appeal has rejected the parents’ request to intervene in […]
- The nominating convention has been moved to August 17 amid uncertainy surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
- Nearly 900 U.S. service members have tested positive for the coronavirus and it is quickly spreading. Military scientists at the U.S. Army's top virus research lab are working on vaccines and treatments. David Martin reports.
- They urged Trump in a March 27 letter to consult Congress before ordering strikes on Iran or taking other actions that could lead to war.
- The White House also announced the president has again tested negative for COVID-19.
- More than 6.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits last week, double the number of claims from the week before. Experts are saying next week's numbers could be worse. Mark Strassmann reports.
- The coronavirus stimulus bill signed by President Trump last week permits Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to waive parts of the federal special education law, The New York Times …
- Public health experts whose research was used by the White House to reach the conclusion that 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus are unsure how the administr…
- Every state needs to follow social distancing guidelines for the U.S. to successfully fight the coronavirus, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Thursday.Despite the relati…
- The Walt Disney Co. will furlough some of its workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Thursday.Disney said it will begin furloughing employees "whose jobs aren't necessary at this time…
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is suspending all evictions and foreclosures in the state for the next 45 days to ensure that residents will remain in their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Th…
Five Thirty Eight
- At FiveThirtyEight, we spend a lot of time modeling outcomes of elections and sporting events. But, as you might have guessed, modeling the course of a novel pandemic is very different. There are so many variables and such little historical data to work with. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, senior science writer […]
- While leadership in both houses of Congress remain largely opposed to voting remotely in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, some state legislatures have already moved to adopt a remote setup to avoid the dangers of possibly spreading the virus by meeting in person. One of the first states to do this was Pennsylvania, where […]
- Graphics by Ryan Best With dozens of candidates trading endless jabs over policies like Medicare for All and systems like capitalism and socialism, this primary season has highlighted a growing divide within the Democratic Party about where it’s headed, both in this election and future ones. But now that former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly […]
- Galen Druke speaks to elections analyst, Geoffrey Skelley, about how the United States has handled elections in times of crisis in the past, from wars to weather disasters.
- Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): Over the weekend, an ABC/Washington Post poll found that most Democrats now back former Vice President Joe Biden, but enthusiasm for his candidacy was, on the other hand, pretty lackluster. Just 24 percent of his supporters said […]
- “Leading disease forecasters, whose research the White House used to conclude 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus, were mystified when they saw the administration’s projection this […]
- New York Times: “Because of his unique status, he has made himself the point of contact for many agency officials who know that he can force action and issue decisions […]
- “Mortgage lenders are preparing for the biggest wave of delinquencies in history. If the plan to buy time works, they may avert an even worse crisis: Mass foreclosures and mortgage […]
- “A federal judge Thursday kept next week’s presidential primary on track but allowed more time to count absentee ballots after excoriating Wisconsin officials for not doing more to protect voters […]
- “The White House is expected to announce a new policy, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would urge Americans to wear cloth masks in […]