Romney to Testing Czar: ‘Nothing to Celebrate’ in Trump Coronavirus Response

Sen. Mitt Romney has had enough of the Trump administration’s happy talk on testing. On Monday at the White House, appearing before a banner reading, “America Leads the World in Testing,” President Trump attempted to spin his administration’s deadly testing debacle into a success story: “This week, the United States will pass 10 million tests […]

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Joe Biden pledges to probe coronavirus stimulus loan program

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden pledged to probe the Trump administration’s coronavirus loan programs if he’s elected this year. The former vice president said he would tap an inspector general on his first day in office to review “every stimulus loan given to any big company or political insider.” He was apparently referring to efforts […]

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Trump meets with military leaders. No one wears a mask

Lawrence Summers, who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations, reacts to photos showing President Donald Trump’s meeting with military leaders the day it was announced that the CDC director, FDA commissioner and Dr. Anthony Fauci would take various measures to quarantine after being exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive […]

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Anxious About the Virus, Older Voters Grow More Wary of Trump

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus crisis and the administration’s halting response to it have cost President Trump support from one of his most crucial constituencies: America’s seniors. For years, Republicans and Mr. Trump have relied on older Americans, the country’s largest voting bloc, to offset a huge advantage Democrats enjoy with younger voters. In critical states […]

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Small Businesses Counting on Loan Forgiveness Could Be Stuck With Debt

WASHINGTON — The embattled small business lending program at the center of the Trump administration’s economic rescue is running into a new set of challenges, one that threatens to saddle borrowers with huge debt loads, as banks begin the tricky task of proving the loans they extended actually met the government’s strict and shifting terms. […]

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McCarthy fumes after Pelosi names Maxine Waters, 6 other Dems to oversee coronavirus funds

A newly created House panel for overseeing the Trump administration’s multitrillion-dollar coronavirus response — which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dubbed “another impeachment committee” — may lack bipartisan spirit. That’s because the seven appointees House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., unveiled this week to the House Select Coronavirus Committee were all Democrats, including a fellow Californian, […]

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Opposed to Bailouts, but in This Case Willing to Take One

WASHINGTON — Among the applicants for loans from the Small Business Administration’s stimulus package is the foundation arm of FreedomWorks, a conservative operation that advocates small government and made its name opposing bailouts. “I would love someone to give us free cash,” said Adam Brandon, the president of FreedomWorks, which is working to build support […]

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Coronavirus: How Trump’s plan for reopening America compares with California’s

President Trump spoke with the nation’s governors Thursday outlining his administration’s plans for a phased approach to lifting coronavirus stay-home orders and allowing more people to return to work. The guidelines come two days after California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined six indicators his administration was looking to see before the Golden State’s stay-home order could […]

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Fauci clarifies previous comments about coronavirus response

Dr. Anthony Fauci clarified comments he’d made a day earlier about the administration’s handling of the global coronavirus pandemic, a striking show of reconciliation following a day of questions about his future on the White House task force. Fauci said he was responding to a "hypothetical question" during an appearance on CNN’s "State of the […]

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U.S. businesses swarm coronavirus bailout fund after days of confusion

2/2 © Reuters. White House adviser Kudlow speaks to reporters about the Trump administration’s response to the coronoavirus outbreak, at the White House in Washington 2/2 By Hilary Russ, Imani Moise and Andrea Shalal (Reuters) – Like many small business owners, New York City restaurateur Dan Kluger spent his Friday scrambling to apply for a […]

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Amid confusion, U.S. small business bailout program off to rocky start

2/2 © Reuters. White House adviser Kudlow speaks to reporters about the Trump administration’s response to the coronoavirus outbreak, at the White House in Washington 2/2 By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – A flood of loan applications from coronavirus-hit businesses inundated lenders on Friday as the U.S. government launched its $349 billion bailout […]

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From Afar, Congress Moves to Oversee Trump Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, moving aggressively to scrutinize the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday that she would seek to create a special bipartisan committee to oversee all aspects of the government’s response, including how it distributes more than $2 trillion in emergency aid. The announcement, which drew immediate objections from […]

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Dow drops over 800 points after US warning on coronavirus death toll

Stocks tumbled again Wednesday as Wall Street grappled with the Trump administration’s warning that the US has yet to face the worst of the coronavirus crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped as much as 895.16 points, or 4 percent, at the open after the White House projected the deadly virus could kill as many […]

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Stocks climb as oil prices plummet, social distancing extends

US stocks edged higher Monday after President Trump extended his administration’s social-distancing guidelines to April 30, with investors continuing to gauge the fallout from the relentless spread of the coronavirus. The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 532.35 points, or 2.4 percent, by midday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite increased as […]

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Biden blasts Trump’s response to coronavirus; says Defense Production Act needs to be implemented

Former Vice President Joe Biden issued on Sunday a harsh criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – saying Trump “neglected, minimized and lied about this virus” while ignoring warnings from the country’s top public health and intelligence officials on the threat it posed to the United States. Biden – the front-runner for […]

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Trump defends action in early days of coronavirus crisis, blames China for being ‘secretive’

President Trump on Saturday defended his administration’s actions in the early days of the coronavirus crisis, saying he was ahead of the curve in calling for a travel ban from China — whom he attacked for their “secretive” approach when the virus emerged. “I get a lot of credit for having closed our country very […]

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Trump announces he is invoking Defense Production Act to fight coronavirus

President Trump on Wednesday announced that he is invoking the Defense Production Act as part of the administration’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. “It can do a lot of good things if we need it,” he said at a White House press conference. “We’ll have it all completed, signing it in just a little while.” […]

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Andrew Yang responds to White House’s goal of sending Americans money for coronavirus relief

Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang responded Tuesday to the Trump administration’s plan to send money to every American amid the coronavirus outbreak, something many are linking to his signature policy proposal. Yang was best-known in the Democratic primary for promoting a Universal Basic Income (UBI), which guarantees $1,000 per month for every American adult from the […]

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Small business leader praises tax deferment deal as ‘huge’

Small businesses are “thrilled” with the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that tax payments can be deferred for up to 90 days, said one small business advocate who had been pushing for the relief. “People are thrilled with that,” Alfredo Ortiz, president of Job Creators Network, told Fox News. “I’m surprised it’s actually not on the top of […]

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Meghan McCain Goes Off On Trump & Millennials For Not Taking Coronavirus Seriously

Unable to hold back her ‘disappointment’ with the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Meghan McClain slammed those ‘irresponsible’ people not taking this pandemic seriously. “The mixed messaging coming out of the White House right now is not only irresponsible, but it’s downright dangerous,” Meghan McCain said during Mar. 16 episode of The View. […]

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Critics Hear Political Tone as Pompeo Calls Out Diplomatic Rivals Over Human Rights

WASHINGTON — Four nations that are among the Trump administration’s top diplomatic adversaries were singled out on Wednesday for rampant human rights violations, raising questions of whether the State Department’s annual review of civil liberties protections worldwide was being politicized. In previewing the 2019 human rights report — an assessment of 199 countries and foreign […]

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Trump, Dem governors clash over coronavirus spread

President Trump and Democratic governors are clashing over the administration’s handling of the coronavirus threat and the role that states should play in combatting the spread of the virus. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has declared a state of emergency, slammed the administration, specifically accusing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of having […]

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

A federal court on Friday upended a central pillar of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, ruling that asylum seekers must be allowed into the United States while their often lengthy cases meander through American immigration courts. A three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco blocked a […]

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