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Trump Picks Budget Hawk Russ Vought As OMB Director As Coronavirus Crashes Economy

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 19:47

Vought's values stand in sharp contrast to Trump's "go big" approach in devising the White House's coronavirus stimulus, expected to be a $1 trillion emergency package.

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Rep. Diaz-Balart Becomes 1st Member Of Congress To Announce Positive COVID-19 Test

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 19:30

Diaz-Balart, 58, a Republican of Florida, said in a statement that on Saturday evening he developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache.

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Stimulus Cash For Strapped Workers, With Few Places To Spend It

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 18:45

The $1 trillion stimulus package proposed by the Trump administration is unusual in that it would give Americans more spending money, even as many spending outlets have been closed by the pandemic.

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New York Stock Exchange To Shift To All-Electronic Trading

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 18:18

"We will proceed in that manner until we can re-open our trading floors to our members," NYSE President Stacey Cunningham said in a statement.

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Publisher Macmillan Backs Off Policy Restricting E-Book Sales To Libraries

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 18:03

At a time when libraries are closed because of the coronavirus, Macmillan has reversed a policy it adopted last fall limiting the e-books they would sell to each library just after publication.

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Empty Grocery Shelves Are Alarming, But They're Not Permanent

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 18:01

The sudden spike in demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic has meant shortages at many stores. But retailers say products will return to shelves and urge customers to not panic or hoard items.

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Eurovision 2020 Is Canceled Because Of Coronavirus

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 17:58

For the first time in its six-decade history, the international singing competition has been called off. Singers and groups from 41 countries had been set to compete.

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Unemployment Websites Are Crashing Across The Country

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 17:47

With more and more businesses shutting down around the country, a flood of new unemployment claims are pouring in. But President Trump continues to downplay the impact of the virus on the economy.

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Immigration Grinds To A Halt As President Trump Shuts Borders

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 17:26

A day of dramatic developments on the northern and southern borders as the U.S. immigration system slows down in response to the growing Coronavirus pandemic.

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Amid Coronavirus, San Francisco, New York, Deem Marijuana Businesses 'Essential'

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 16:40

Officials in San Francisco reversed course and are allowing dispensaries to stay open during the "shelter in place" order. New York made a similar declaration for its medical marijuana businesses.

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Senate Passes Coronavirus Emergency Aid, Sending Plan To President

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 16:12

The Senate approved a new package providing paid sick leave and boosting testing for the coronavirus. The Senate is working on another economic relief measure that could total roughly $1 trillion.

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Ford, GM, FCA Suspending Production At North American Plants

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:45

The UAW, the autoworker's union, had been pushing for a two-week shutdown because of worker concerns. Plants will be shut down at least through March 30.

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Coronavirus Forces Bureau To Suspend Census Field Operations Until April 1

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:36

U.S. households can respond at, over the phone or by paper. But to "protect the health and safety" of the public, the Census Bureau says it's pausing field operations for two weeks.

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Small Businesses To Washington: Please Send Money Soon Or We Won't Survive

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:35

Many small businesses have just a couple of weeks worth of cash on hand to pay rent and make payroll. Half of Americans own or work at a small business and they need help soon to stay afloat.

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U.S. Navy Hospital Ships To Deploy To New York, West Coast

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

The pair of ships, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, will help local medical workers grapple with an influx of patients. But it remains unclear precisely when they will be ready to go.

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Bonnaroo Postpones Festival Until September

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

The multi-day music event based in Manchester, Tenn., has bumped its scheduled dates back from June until September. It's one of a number of major events to change their plans due to the coronavirus.

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Kansas Becomes The First State To End In-Person Classes For The Year

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

Governors in California and Ohio have suggested they might follow Kansas' lead, as officials across the U.S. step up efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Retired Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Dies At 88

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:41

He had one trip to the moon — not to tread the surface, but to orbit in the craft that would return the two moonwalkers to Earth. All three got in trouble later over the sale of space mementos.

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Testing Swabs Run In Short Supply As Makers Try To Speed Up Production

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:23

The specialized swabs required for coronavirus tests are quite different from your standard Q-tips. And U.S. hospitals are running out of them, creating another delay in efforts to expand testing.

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Electoral College 'Not Carved In Stone:' Author Advocates Rethinking How We Vote

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:53

Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President, says the Electoral College's winner-take-all rule is not mandated by the Constitution: "There's nothing keeping us from changing it."

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