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U.S. Democrats, Republicans at odds over next coronavirus aid

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small businesses through the U.S.

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Exclusive: U.S. ambassador to South Korea is discussing plans to resign - sources

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has said privately that he does not plan to stay on beyond the November U.S.

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Sanders quits U.S. presidential race, setting up Biden battle with Trump

By John Whitesides and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist whose progressive agenda pushed the Democratic Party sharply to the left, ended his White House

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Pelosi: more small business spending alone would not pass U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that $250 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses desired by Republicans could not pass the House of Representatives

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Trump holds support of political base in virus-prone states

By Saundra Amrhein, Tim Reid, Julia Harte and Ryan McNeill (Reuters) - Earl Kerr, a 57-year-old electrical contractor in Jacksonville, Florida, says he fears for his 80-year-old mother, who entered an

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Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites vote during coronavirus pandemic

By Daniel Acker and Joseph Ax MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Despite a last-minute court battle and a stay-at-home order, thousands of Wisconsin voters on Tuesday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait 6 feet

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McCarthy says Democrats 'playing politics' with coronavirus pandemic, after aid measure blocked

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Democrats of “playing politics” with the coronavirus pandemic, just hours after the Senate failed to pass a measure providing additional funding to small businesses in the midst of the crisis.

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Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of wildlife refuges to hunting and fishing

The Trump administration announced plans on Wednesday to open up 2.3 million acres of land to hunting and fishing on more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries across the country – earning praise from hunting groups but derision from wildlife conservation organizations who called the move “tone deaf” as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Meet the former NYT reporter who is challenging the coronavirus narrative

As daily life across America is upended by the coronavirus crisis -- with mass business closures plunging the economy into freefall -- one former New York Times reporter is sounding the alarm about what he believes are flawed models dictating the aggressive strategy.

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Grassley, in bipartisan letter, seeks 'detailed' explanation from Trump on IG firing

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley and a bipartisan group of fellow senators are calling on President Trump to provide a "detailed" written explanation for his decision to remove the intelligence community inspector general from his post, in an effort to protect watchdog independence.

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Booker, Graham call on WHO to ban 'wet markets' globally amid coronavirus

Sens. Cory Booker, Lindsey Graham and more than 60 congressional lawmakers urged the World Health Organization on Thursday to ban and permanently close all wet markets globally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sanders ducks question on Biden endorsement in first interview after suspending campaign

The populist firebrand from Vermont isn’t ready yet to formally endorse Joe Biden for president.

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General says coronavirus may affect more Navy ships

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus may strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday.

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Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Congress" literally means to gather together. But the coronavirus pandemic and election year politics are forcing lawmakers to consider ways of governing from afar, some for the first time in U.S.

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DC community volunteers provide food for locked-down needy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A line begins forming as a van pulls into the parking lot of a senior living center in southeast Washington. By the time the half-dozen masked volunteers set up the folding table and start pulling out plastic bags filled with fruits, vegetables and canned goods, about 15 people stretch down the block.

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In Wisconsin, missing absentees spur questions and anger

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and election officials searched for answers Thursday about why an untold number of absentee ballots never made it to voters in Wisconsin who didn't want to risk contracting the coronavirus by voting at the polls in the state's presidential primary.

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As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame

NEW YORK (AP) — First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs.

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US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump has been telling voters that the U.S. economy will leap back to life “like a rocket,” stronger than ever after its bout with the coronavirus.

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Bernie Sanders Ends His Bid for the Presidency

Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party's establishment swiftly lined up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday. It's an acknowledgment that after wins in places like South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida, the former vice president is too...

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Trump: WHO 'Missed the Call' on Coronavirus Pandemic

President Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic, saying...

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Trump Order: US Should Mine Moon for Minerals

President Trump issued an executive order Monday urging the US to mine the moon, and possibly other celestial bodies, for minerals, the Guardian reports. "Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space," says the order, which notes that the US...

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Navy Boss Resigns After Insulting Captain

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after facing a backlash over his attack on Capt. Brett Crozier , who was fired for asking his superiors for permission to evacuate crew members ill with COVID-19 from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Modly, who initially stood by his remarks but apologized late Monday,...

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Wisconsin Voters Wait Hours to Cast Their Ballots

Thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in line to cast ballots and the National Guard staffed overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday, straining the state's ability to hold a presidential primary election under the lash of an escalating pandemic. At the same time, many voters said they did not receive their...

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Trump Pulls Inspector General Who Was Overseeing That $2T

President Trump has removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been...

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