Democratic leader Schumer criticizes Trump's call for $1,000 checks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned of an economic recession as the coronavirus spreads through the country and criticized the Trump administration’s latest call for issuing $1,000 checks to Americans in response. “The coronavirus is slowing our economy to a near standstill and we are almost certainly anticipating a recession,” Schumer said in a […]

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The Bernie Sanders Revolution Has Moved to Mom’s Couch

Ruth Geye, 21, a college student in New York, was disappointed to see her senior spring cut short when New York University announced on March 9 a move to remotely hold classes. But she quickly realized that going back to Shaker Heights, Ohio, meant closer proximity to family members she can enlist in campaign work for Mr. Sanders. “My parents […]

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Fears coronavirus will spark divorce surge as couples self-isolate for months

Coronavirus is "very likely" to lead to an increase in marriage break-ups because of people being confined together for long periods in self-isolation, a leading divorce lawyer has said. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, whose previous clients have included Sir Paul McCartney, the Prince of Wales, Madonna and Liam Gallagher, revealed the view of the profession as a growing number of […]

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Front-runner Biden projected to defeat Sanders in Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden was headed to a sweeping victory over Bernie Sanders in Florida’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, moving him closer to clinching the nomination to face President Donald Trump in November’s election. Biden held a lead of nearly 40 percentage points over Sanders with more than half the precincts reporting in Florida, one of three states […]

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Once Political B-Listers, Governors Lead Nation’s Coronavirus Response

Mr. Hogan also said he was pleased that Mr. Trump seemed to be taking the virus more seriously, but suggested that it was overdue and he should have looked to the governors sooner. “His messaging sounds a lot more like the way I’ve been talking and some of my colleagues have been talking about it for weeks,” he said. The […]

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Congress Is Knitting a Coronavirus Safety Net. It Already Has Big Holes.

The House passed a sweeping virus response bill early Saturday, but Democrats and the Trump administration continued to negotiate through Monday over so-called technical corrections to a $100 billion program in the legislation. That program is meant to offer paid leave to workers infected with the virus or otherwise hurt by it. The negotiations narrowed the program, in part over […]

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Teachers’ union urges ‘some’ school closures to fight coronavirus spread

Education leaders have urged school closures "at least for some time and in some areas" in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Education Union (NEU) said the running of schools will be made "all the more complicated" as they advise teachers and staff who are classed as vulnerable to self-isolate. But the Education Secretary insisted on Tuesday that […]

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Brits on coronavirus lockdown and told not to fly abroad for a month

Mother's Day and Easter were shelved today as travel curbs to fight the coronavirus hammered family get-togethers. Britons were told not to travel anywhere in the world unless it is essential as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab imposed the tightest possible restrictions on people’s travel plans, telling citizens not to leave the country, […]

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Coronavirus: Mortgage holiday and £330bn of government-backed loans announced

Government-backed loans worth £330bn and a three-month mortgage holiday have been announced by the chancellor as part of “unprecedented” measures to help businesses and families. Rishi Sunak unveiled the package of support at a Downing Street news conference as he said the UK faced an “economic emergency” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “We have never, in peacetime, faced […]

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