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Despite Trump opposition, it's 'difficult to tell' if country may need to close again: Birx

By: ADAM KELSEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- As Americans continue to emerge from quarantines and stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump declared this week that "we are not closing our country” if the United States is hit by a second wave of infections.But in an interview…... Read More

Biden on comment to black radio host: 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy'

By JOHN VERHOVEK AND MOLLY NAGLE(NEW YORK) -- Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden has come under fire for comments he made during an interview with “The Breakfast Club” radio program, in which he quipped that if African American voters support President Trump over him in November, they aren’t “black.”"Well, I’ll…... Read More

Republican senators upset Planned Parenthood affiliates may have received PPP funds

By SHANNON K. CRAWFORD, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- A group of Republican senators is urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics that may have received a portion of the $80 million in potentially forgivable federal loans contained within the Paycheck Protection Program.In a…... Read More

Trump pushes CDC on reopening churches guidance, says important to nation's 'psyche'

By JORDYN PHELPS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is eager for churches to resume in-person fellowship as part of his bigger push to reopen the country amid the pandemic, saying his administration could issue new guidance as soon as Friday.Framing the reopening of churches as “important in terms of…... Read More

On 'The View': Sen. Tim Scott touts efforts to combat COVID-19 in black communities

By ELIZABETH THOMAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an appearance on ABC's The View, Republican Sen. Tim Scott R.-S.C, touted his efforts to combat the disproportionate and devastating affect coronavirus has had on the African-American community.Scott was tapped by President Donald Trump to help address the staggering death and unemployment…... Read More

Under oath, Biden accuser Tara Reade cited Biden’s work for women; defense attorneys now question her other testimony

By MIKE LEVINE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- At least three times in the past two years, Tara Reade -- the woman who now accuses Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault -- took the witness stand in a trial centered on domestic violence.Each time, before a judge would allow her…... Read More

Black Americans, Latinos nearly three times more likely to know someone who died of COVID-19: POLL

By KENDALL KARSON and QUINN SCANLAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The devastating toll of coronavirus is far-reaching, but the impact of the pandemic is particularly acute among black Americans and Latinos, who are nearly three times as likely to personally know someone who has died from the virus than white…... Read More

Bipartisan group of senators pushes to give small businesses more time to spend PPP funds

By TRISH TURNER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan group of senators introduced a measure on Thursday that would double the number of weeks small business owners have to spend their federally backed loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, a crucial change designed to help borrowers who have not yet been…... Read More

Biden’s veep search enters new phase as selection committee steps up activity

By KENDALL KARSON, MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK(NEW YORK) -- The high-profile race on the periphery of the 2020 presidential contest - to become presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate - is charging ahead, with the vetting committee beginning to ramp up their work to scrutinize the group of women…... Read More

Coronavirus government response updates: Trump claims to have worn mask, but only off camera

By ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump travels to the election battleground state of Michigan to visit a Ford plant converted to make ventilators -- and it's an open question whether he'll wear a mask as everyone else who works or visits there is required to do by law.Michigan's Democratic…... Read More

Senate confirms Trump loyalist John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence

By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate has confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to serve as Director of National Intelligence, a role President Donald Trump has been working to install him in since last summer as part of an effort to reshape the intelligence community he often characterizes as…... Read More