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Coronavirus government response updates: Klobuchar's husband tests positive for COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the globe and in the United States, reaching some 3,500 cases domestically and nearly 500 deaths.The federal government has been rolling out its response to the virus and efforts to stem the tide as well as to stimulate the economy, which…... Read More

Utah Rep. Ben McAdams hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus

(NEW YORK) -- Utah Rep. Ben McAdams, who was the second member of Congress to announce a positive test for the novel coronavirus, was hospitalized Friday evening after experiencing "severe shortness of breath."McAdams said in a statement Sunday night that he followed public health guidelines by calling the COVID-19 hotline…... Read More

NJ governor urges people to take coronavirus seriously

(WASHINGTON) -- As the spread of the novel coronavirus ripples across the country, the nation's governors are on the front lines of the battle to curb the evolving crisis. Many of them, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, have taken drastic measures in their home…... Read More

Fauci throws cold water on Trump's declaration that malaria drug chloroquine is a 'game changer'

(WASHINGTON) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is not enough evidence to support claims that hydrox-chloroquine is effective in combatting COVID-19.A day after President Donald Trump declared an anti-malaria drug a “game changer” in the fight against the novel coronavirus, the nation’s top infectious disease expert downplayed any role it…... Read More

Trump administration to impose new restrictions at border, leaving asylum seekers in limbo

(WASHINGTON) -- In addition to closing U.S. borders to all but "essential travel" and citing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavrius, the Trump administration announced Friday that unauthorized immigrants accused of crossing illegally will face immediate return to their home countries.The unprecedented announcement raised major questions about the…... Read More

Fearing market impact, Trump administration asks states to postpone unemployment data

(WASHINGTON) -- Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry announced on Monday unemployment application waivers for workers impacted by COVID-19. In the span of two days, the department received over 121,000 unemployment applications.When asked for an updated number on Thursday, however, the DLI declined to further disclose any unemployment figures."The number…... Read More

Government response updates: Trump claims migrants causing 'viral spread' at borders

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced Friday that restrictions on travel will be imposed to stop what he claimed was the "viral spread at our borders.""Our nation's top healthcare officials are concerned about the great public health consequences of mass, uncontrolled cross-border movement," Trump said as he again appeared at…... Read More

Bloomberg to transfer $18 million to national Democrats' 2020 battleground efforts

(NEW YORK) -- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, one oft two Democratic billionaires who sought a bid for the White House this year but has since bowed out, is planning to pour a whopping $18 million into the Democratic National Committee's organizing efforts ahead of a highly-anticipated 2020…... Read More

POLL: Coronavirus upends nation, as three in four Americans' lives changed by pandemic

(NEW YORK) -- As a deepening public health crisis rocks the nation, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday shows a far different portrait of a country than from only one week ago, as nearly three in four Americans now say their lives have been upended in some way by…... Read More

NC Sen. Richard Burr sold off stock ahead of coronavirus spread: Reports

(WASHINGTON) -- A senior Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee is facing backlash Thursday night after news reports revealed he sold up to $1.6 million in stocks -- many of them in key industries later crippled by the fallout from novel coronavirus -- on Feb. 13, before the markets…... Read More

Amid shortage, Pence says millions of masks available 'now' for hospitals to buy

(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said there has been a vast increase in the supply of medical face masks, despite complaints that health care providers currently lack enough necessary protective equipment to treat a surge of novel coronavirus patients."Honeywell alone is repurposing a factory that was destined…... Read More

States focus on alternatives to in-person voting as they move forward with primaries

(WASHINGTON) -- While six states have postponed their upcoming presidential primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic, several others have yet to pull the trigger, either continuing to weigh making the change to an election that's been on the books for months or promoting alternative options voters have that can keep them…... Read More

Coronavirus cases on Capitol Hill renew lawmakers' push for remote voting

(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional leaders are facing a growing number of calls from rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats to consider new rules to keep them off Capitol Hill as concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic increase.This comes after two House members said they tested positive and more than a dozen lawmakers remain…... Read More

Senate moving at 'warp speed' on $1T stimulus with $500B in checks to Americans

(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who promised Tuesday that his GOP members would move at "warp speed" to craft a $1 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus package, introduced the bill Thursday afternoon.One provision in the bill would send $1,200 checks to Americans making up to $75,000 per year, based…... Read More