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House Democrats eye ambitious fourth coronavirus bill

House Democrats eye ambitious fourth coronavirus bill

House Democratic leaders laid out their priorities for an ambitious fourth coronavirus response package on Monday, saying they hope to pass bipartisan legislation with more direct payments for individuals, money for state and local governments, and funding for infrastructure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said members will be working together to craft the legislation as they…MORE

Police arrest Florida pastor for holding church services despite stay-at-home order

Police arrest Florida pastor for holding church services despite stay-at-home order

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne said he wouldn’t close his doors of his Tampa, Florida, megachurch until the End Times begin. The police weren’t willing to wait that long. On Monday, Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested the evangelical pastor, who has continued to host large church services despite public orders urging residents to stay home to help contain…MORE

The moral calculus of sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

The moral calculus of sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

Never let a crisis go to waste. It’s a cynical maxim in politics, but one the Trump administration appears to be following now as it maintains pressure on Iran and Venezuela: Refuse to relax economic stress amid the destabilizing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, in hopes of splintering enemy regimes. Humanitarian supplies are technically exempt…MORE

Trump’s coronavirus briefings matter whether or not he tells the truth

Trump’s coronavirus briefings matter whether or not he tells the truth

There is one thing you know for sure when President Donald Trump holds a briefing about coronavirus: you cannot trust what he says. Since the beginning of this pandemic crisis he has evolved, contradicted himself or outright misled the American public on a very large number of very important things. CNN’s Daniel Dale and Tara…MORE

Spring cases in limbo without Supreme Court guidance on arguments during pandemic

Spring cases in limbo without Supreme Court guidance on arguments during pandemic

The Supreme Court has yet to announce alternatives for regular oral arguments in pending cases, even as President Donald Trump has declared the national distancing guidelines should continue through April. The justices issued an order on Monday in an April case, as if the month’s schedule had not changed amid the death and turmoil of…MORE

Stuck at home craving Girl Scout cookies? Now you can order them online

Stuck at home craving Girl Scout cookies? Now you can order them online

For those of us being responsible and self-distancing at home, there’s a lot to miss about the world: restaurants, movie theaters … and Girl Scout cookies. Crave no more. Girl Scout cookies are now available to buy online, the organization announced Friday. “To protect girls and communities in the wake of COVID-19, Girl Scouts have…MORE

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing. But standing in the Rose Garden, Birx also mentioned another model, created independently, that “ended up at the same numbers.”…MORE

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