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As Virus Spreads, China and Russia See Openings for Disinformation18m As Virus Spreads, China and Russia See Openings for Disinformation
The two powers amplify discredited conspiracy theories and sow division as they look to undermine the United States.
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Grappling With the Impact of Coronavirus: This Week in the 2020 Race18m Grappling With the Impact of Coronavirus: This Week in the 2020 Race
Joe Biden tries to break through, Bernie Sanders signals he’s staying in and another Super Tuesday (of sorts) emerges.
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29m Updated Coronavirus: Testing rolled out for frontline NHS staff
Hundreds of coronavirus tests will take place this weekend, as infections in the UK continue to rise.
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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 9851m Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 98
A lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Lowery helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
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5h Updated Fact check: Trump makes another round of misstatements during coronavirus briefing
Inaccuracies about the stock market. Baffling statements about a closed GM plant. Stating you can call coronavirus the flu.
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For Dr. Deborah Birx, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism5h Updated For Dr. Deborah Birx, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism
The White House’s coronavirus response coordinator drew criticism for comments she made about a lack of ventilator shortages, and for gushing praise of President Trump.
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7h Updated Joe Biden describes how he stays in touch with his grandkids while practicing social distancing
Former Vice President Joe Biden is not letting the threat of coronavirus stop him from keeping in touch with his five grandchildren.
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Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators7h Updated Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators
In another day of mixed messages, the president criticized G.M. and authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to force it to make ventilators after the company had already announced it was going to.
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7h Updated How much will I receive from the stimulus bill?
Congress just passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to address the growing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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7h A flash of normalcy in Washington is jarring in these coronavirus times
The cherry blossoms are out as usual this spring, but everything else in Washington is strange these days, says CNN's Dana Bash.
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8h Updated Trump invokes Defense Production Act to require GM to make ventilators
President Donald Trump invoked the use of the Defense Production Act on Friday to require General Motors to produce more ventilators to deal with increased hospitalizations due to the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States.
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8h Updated Gavin Newsom takes new tone with Trump as he steers California during coronavirus crisis
For Gavin Newsom, the call that triggered California's full crisis response came in the middle of the night on March 6, and he was waiting for it.
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For Farmers, Stimulus Bill Means Subsidies Continue to Flow9h For Farmers, Stimulus Bill Means Subsidies Continue to Flow
The bill allots as much as $23.5 billion in assistance to farmers, a key constituency of President Trump’s, in the middle of an election year.
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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Is Signed Into Law9h Updated $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Is Signed Into Law
Dozens of lawmakers rushed back to Washington to thwart a stall tactic from Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
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John Sears, Strategist for Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 799h Updated John Sears, Strategist for Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 79
Some thought he was “Deep Throat,” the secret source who helped The Washington Post unravel Watergate. He was not.
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10h White House finalizing new coronavirus guideline options for Trump ahead of 15-day expiration
Administration officials were still working Friday to finalize a list of options to present President Donald Trump concerning the next phase of national guidelines on coronavirus as he continues to push for reopening parts of the country.
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‘Your Health or the Right to Vote’: A Battle in Wisconsin as Its Primary Nears10h ‘Your Health or the Right to Vote’: A Battle in Wisconsin as Its Primary Nears
As many states postpone primaries amid the coronavirus outbreak, Wisconsin is plowing ahead with plans to vote on April 7. Now the governor wants to send everyone an absentee ballot — in under two weeks.
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10h Updated Trump signs historic $2 trillion stimulus after Congress passes it Friday
The House of Representatives on Friday will attempt to approve the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week and clear the way for President Donald Trump's signature as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.
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10h Updated Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
The health secretary also has the virus, England's chief medical officer has symptoms, and the number of UK deaths jumps to 759.
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Thomas Massie, House’s ‘Mr. No,’ Tries to Force Vote on Coronavirus Aid Bill10h Updated Thomas Massie, House’s ‘Mr. No,’ Tries to Force Vote on Coronavirus Aid Bill
The Kentucky libertarian’s tactics failed, but not before forcing lawmakers back to the Capitol for passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, infuriating them and President Trump.
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10h Updated State Department says it has repatriated 15,000 Americans but is tracking tens of thousands more
The US State Department has repatriated more than 15,000 Americans who had been stuck abroad due to coronavirus but is still tracking tens of thousands more who may need assistance.
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Trump Administration Pulls Back From $1 Billion Coronavirus Ventilator Deal11h Updated Trump Administration Pulls Back From $1 Billion Coronavirus Ventilator Deal
A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce tens of thousands of the critical lifesaving devices seemed imminent. Then the announcement was pulled back.
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11h TSA closing checkpoints as traveler numbers fall, coronavirus cases among officers rise
The Transportation Security Administration announced more than 20 new cases of coronavirus among its airport screening workforce on Friday.
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12h Updated When will you see money and benefits from the stimulus bill?
The House is set to vote Friday, and President Donald Trump is expected to swiftly sign, a $2 trillion stimulus bill to address the dramatic economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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12h Updated South Carolina Democrat is latest lawmaker to test positive for Covid-19
Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina is the latest member of Congress to test positive for Covid-19, his office announced Friday.
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Wisconsin Won’t Delay Its Primary, So the Governor Wants to Mail Everyone a Ballot12h Updated Wisconsin Won’t Delay Its Primary, So the Governor Wants to Mail Everyone a Ballot
As many other states delay their presidential primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin is plowing ahead with plans to vote on April 7.
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Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander13h Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander
A secret Pentagon directive orders planning to try to destroy a militia group backed by Iran, but America’s top general in Iraq cautions of the risks.
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13h Appeals court blocks administration policy denying bond to asylum seekers
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a Trump administration policy denying bond hearings to asylum seekers.
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13h Updated Lawmakers from both parties unleash fury at Kentucky congressman
President Donald Trump called for throwing him out of the Republican Party. Former Secretary of State John Kerry called him an "a--hole." His Democratic colleagues said he threatened the public safety of everyone in the Capitol. And even his own Republican House leaders tried to talk him out of it, according to a source.
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Don’t Need That $1,200 Stimulus Check? Here Are Places to Donate It.14h Don’t Need That $1,200 Stimulus Check? Here Are Places to Donate It.
The federal government approved a $2 trillion stimulus package, which includes direct payments to millions of Americans to help get through the coronavirus outbreak. If you don’t need the money, here are some ideas to help you give it to someone in need.
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In Abrupt Shift, Trump Cites Need for Ventilators and Criticizes G.M.15h In Abrupt Shift, Trump Cites Need for Ventilators and Criticizes G.M.
The attack came hours after the president charged that states were inflating their needs and shortly before G.M. said in a statement that it would manufacture the devices.
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15h Updated House passes historic $2 trillion stimulus despite objections from GOP lawmaker
The House of Representatives on Friday will attempt to approve the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week and clear the way for President Donald Trump's signature as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.
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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Passes House15h $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Passes House
Dozens of lawmakers rushed back to Washington to thwart a stall tactic from Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
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15h Updated Brexit: EU-UK trade talks to go ahead via video link
The government insists the coronavirus crisis will not slow its timetable for reaching a trade deal.
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Lawmakers Brace for a Vote on the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan15h Updated Lawmakers Brace for a Vote on the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan
Dozens of lawmakers rushed back to Washington to thwart a stall tactic from Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
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15h Coronavirus: Increased testing capacity announced by Michael Gove
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said there would be increased antigen testing for frontline workers.
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15h Updated House set to vote Friday on $2 trillion stimulus despite objections from GOP lawmaker
The House of Representatives on Friday will attempt to approve the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week and clear the way for President Donald Trump's signature as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.
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16h Updated White House reassessing deal with General Motors and Ventec Life to produce ventilators over timeline and price tag concerns
The Trump administration was in talks with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to announce a joint agreement to produce thousands of desperately needed ventilators as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the United States, but that announcement has been put on hold as the terms of the deal are currently being reassessed, a person close to the negotiations told CNN.
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16h DC mayor says staff member died after testing positive for coronavirus
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday that a member of her staff has died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
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16h Updated Trump rails against GOP congressman who signaled support for forcing roll-call vote on coronavirus stimulus deal
President Donald Trump suggested that a Republican congressman be unseated for potentially jeopardizing the passage of the $2 trillion stimulus package, which will provide Americans economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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16h Updated House set to vote Friday on $2 trillion stimulus as coronavirus crisis worsens
The House of Representatives on Friday will attempt to approve the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week and clear the way for President Donald Trump's signature as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.
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How will government work with the PM in isolation?16h How will government work with the PM in isolation?
The government will have to adapt to get through the coronavirus crisis now that the prime minister and his health secretary are self-isolating, a former head of the civil service says.
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Can the House Pass a $2 Trillion Stimulus by Voice Vote? Here’s How It Works17h Can the House Pass a $2 Trillion Stimulus by Voice Vote? Here’s How It Works
Leaders in both parties were hoping to pass the measure by voice vote, highly unusual for such consequential legislation. But the plan could collapse if even one lawmaker objects.
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Racing to the Capitol, Lawmakers Brace for a Vote on the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan17h Racing to the Capitol, Lawmakers Brace for a Vote on the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan
Dozens of members of the House were rushing to Washington on Friday in case their votes were needed to clear a late-stage obstacle to passage of the economic stabilization measure.
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18h Updated Gavin Newsom sets aside politics as California grapples with coronavirus crisis
For Gavin Newsom, the call that triggered California's full crisis response came in the middle of the night on March 6, and he was waiting for it.
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20h Updated Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus
Many House members are scrambling to book flights and return to Washington amid concerns that they could be forced to show up in person and vote on the stimulus, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
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20h Coronavirus: MPs urge support for migrants and charities
They say some individuals and organisations are not covered by the government's coronavirus plans.
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20h Updated CNN to host town hall with Joe Biden on coronavirus
Former Vice President Joe Biden will participate in a live CNN town hall Friday night focused on the coronavirus, the network announced Thursday.
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20h Lib Dems suspend leadership contest until 2021
The party delays race to succeed Jo Swinson in the "national interest" due to the pandemic.
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Who did Boris Johnson meet before testing positive for coronavirus?20h Who did Boris Johnson meet before testing positive for coronavirus?
As the prime minister announces he has coronavirus, concern will turn to the number of people he has come into contact with.
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Scrubbing In to Vote, the House Returns to Consider a $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan21h Updated Scrubbing In to Vote, the House Returns to Consider a $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan
Members of the House who return to Washington on Friday to clear the stimulus measure for President Trump will find a chamber transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.
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U.S. Officials Push for Expelling Suspected Chinese Spies at Media Outlets21h Updated U.S. Officials Push for Expelling Suspected Chinese Spies at Media Outlets
Trump administration officials are discussing taking action after China said it would expel almost all American journalists for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
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21h Updated The Point: The Top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as VP
Former Vice President Joe Biden made the quadrennial guessing game of who he might pick to be his own vice president much easier when, during a CNN debate earlier this month, he pledged that he would be choosing a woman as his second-in-command.
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21h PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms, says No 10
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Boris Johnson self-isolates for seven days after catching COVID-1922h Boris Johnson self-isolates for seven days after catching COVID-19
Boris Johnson is self-isolating for seven days having tested positive for coronavirus.
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22h Confusion and frustration still reign a week after FEMA takes over coronavirus response
A week after the government's principal emergency response agency took the lead on the growing coronavirus pandemic, officials have been trying to catch up, hoping to streamline communication and sort out distribution to get necessary equipment to states pleading for help.
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Can Trump Break a 50 Percent Approval Rating?22h Can Trump Break a 50 Percent Approval Rating?
As the coronavirus rages, Americans’ views of President Trump have risen slightly to reach record highs, polls show. But he remains polarizing.
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Councils asked to house all rough sleepers by the weekend24h Councils asked to house all rough sleepers by the weekend
Councils in England have been asked to house all rough sleepers - and those in hostels and night shelters - by the weekend.
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The Most Powerful People in American Politics Are Over 6524h The Most Powerful People in American Politics Are Over 65
President Trump is 73. His leading rival is 77. And many of their strongest supporters — vulnerable to the coronavirus but enormously influential politically — are eligible for Social Security.
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27h Coronavirus: Jeremy Corbyn says he was proved "right" on public spending
The government now realises it has to invest in the state, the outgoing Labour leader tells the BBC.
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27h Updated Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83
His books on Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton and others could be as unsparing as his syndicated column. He was also a familiar face on PBS public-affairs programs.
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27h Updated Fact check: Trump utters series of false and misleading claims at coronavirus briefing
President Donald Trump, who has been regularly dishonest and inaccurate in his remarks about the coronavirus crisis, delivered another series of false and misleading claims at the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday.
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Man Charged With Making Death Threats to Nancy Pelosi in Coronavirus Rant29h Updated Man Charged With Making Death Threats to Nancy Pelosi in Coronavirus Rant
Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, of Wichita Falls, Texas, wrote on Facebook that Democrats were terrorists and should be shot on sight, prosecutors said.
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