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Coronavirus emerges as major threat to U.S. election process

By John Whitesides and Jarrett Renshaw WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. election officials looking to construct a safe voting system in a worsening coronavirus pandemic are confronting a grim reality:

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Trump, Michigan governor trade jabs as state's virus cases mount

DETROIT (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan took fresh swipes at each other over the spread of the coronavirus, escalating a war of words as the

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Trump attacks Republican lawmaker threatening delay of economic stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized a Republican congressman who is considering tactics to delay a House of Representatives vote on a massive coronavirus stimulus

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Democratic group defies Trump, ramps up ad blasting coronavirus response

By Jeff Mason and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said on Thursday it planned to expand its use of an advertisement critical of President Donald Trump's

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U.S. Senate approves big rescue for struggling aviation sector

By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted late Wednesday 96-0 to give the U.S. aviation industry $58 billion in a coronavirus-rescue package, half in

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U.S. envoy blames China for endangering world with coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to London has said China had endangered the world by suppressing information about the coronavirus outbreak thus allowing it to spread far beyond the Communist

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Trump fires back at Michigan’s Whitmer, claims Dem governor ‘doesn’t have a clue’

President Trump took aim at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday night, claiming in a Twitter message that the first-term Democrat was “way in over her head” amid the coronavirus outbreak and “doesn’t have a clue.”

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Bloomberg campaign hit with FEC complaint for $18M transfer to DNC

A Federal Elections Commission complaint has been filed against former New York City mayor and 2020 presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg for an $18 million transfer from his defunct campaign to the Democratic National Committee.

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Trump appoints Navarro to lead Defense Production Act efforts after forcing GM to make ventilators

President Trump announced Friday he is appointing his trade adviser Peter Navarro to serve as his national Defense Production Act policy coordinator after using the act to force General Motors to begin making ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.

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Coronavirus relief bill contains nearly $12 billion in questionable spending

President Trump signed the more than $2 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday and said it would help American workers across the country -- but the bill also includes millions for items unrelated to the pandemic.

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Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump, wins high marks for female VP pledge

Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee. 

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Democracy 2020 Digest: Trump faces fresh political attacks on coronavirus response

Trump's coming under attack by Biden and pro-Biden super PACs over his response to the coronavirus. But will the criticism backfire on Biden?

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'Officers are scared out there': Coronavirus hits US police

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — More than a fifth of Detroit's police force is quarantined; two officers have died from coronavirus and at least 39 have tested positive, including the chief of police.

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Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis.

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Virus coordinator Birx is Trump's data-whisperer

WASHINGTON (AP) — For many in the public health and political worlds, Dr. Deborah Birx is the sober scientist advising an unpredictable president.

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'Choppy waters' await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon's strategy for deterring war with China and Iran.

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Keeping your distance no problem in House virus debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — They sprayed. They wiped. At least two donned gloves. Politicians love to promise to clean house in Washington.

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GOP's Massie outrages House, Trump by seeking to stall vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Thomas Massie has always gone his own way in Congress, ever since he first ran for office inspired by a fellow libertarian-leaning Kentuckian, Rand Paul.

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Coronavirus Relief Money Will Be Coming Soon

Your relief money from the government is now officially in the works. President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus measure at the White House late Friday afternoon, reports the Hill . He was able to do so after the House approved the bill via a rare voice vote, despite some...

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Trump Invokes Act to Compel GM to Make Ventilators

President Trump lashed out at US automakers Friday and demanded they begin making ventilators to help hospitals cope with the pandemic. Hours after airing his complaints on social media, Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to require that General Motors make the machines, reports the Washington Post . The act gives...

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House Passes Rescue Bill, Overcoming Threat of Delay

No delay after all . The House Friday approved a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, seen as a life preserver to a US economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities...

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John Kerry Unloads on Lawmaker in Surprising Tweet

Rep. Thomas Massie is not a popular man on Capitol Hill because he's gumming up quick passage of the massive stimulus bill in the House. The Kentucky Republican said Friday morning he planned to ask for a roll call vote, meaning lawmakers would have to be physically present to vote,...

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Trump Denounces GOP 'Grandstander'

Nancy Pelosi promised Friday morning that the House would pass the massive stimulus package that already has cleared the Senate before the day is done. But if so, passage won't be as easy as she originally planned, and one member of Congress is taking a lot of criticism over that....

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After Talk With Xi, No Use of 'Chinese Virus' by Trump

President Trump appears to have retired his controversial use of the term "Chinese Virus," at least temporarily. The president spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday night and didn't use the term afterward, Bloomberg reports. "Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail...

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