Trump likes virus briefings, some advisers worry he likes them too much

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cooped up in the White House, President Donald Trump sees the coronavirus briefings as his main outlet of the day, a reminder for Americans that he is in charge of managing the greatest crisis of a lifetime. Plus, the ratings are good. Some advisers, however, would prefer a less-is-more approach. They have quietly recommended he not spend […]

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Congressional Republicans nix Democratic bid for broader coronavirus relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The two top Republicans in the U.S. Congress vowed on Saturday to oppose Democrats’ demands to boost a proposed $250 billion bill to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic by adding money for hospitals and state and local governments. The statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy came […]

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Mnuchin, Congress leaders to hold new talks on next coronavirus aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and congressional leaders will hold bipartisan negotiations on a new coronavirus-response bill with the goal of reaching a deal by early next week, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday. One day after Republicans failed to ram through the Senate a $250 billion increase in loans for small businesses suffering due […]

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Labour returns to ‘bleating on’ about ‘chaotic’ Brexit under Starmer – ‘So out of touch!’

Tory commentator Darren Grimes criticised Labour for being “so out of touch” after newly-appointed Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds warned against “that kind of chaotic exit that has always been a threat under this Conservative Government”. Taking to Twitter, he said: “Labour revert to type and start bleating on about a ‘chaotic’ Brexit – during an epidemic that has billions hiding […]

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Biden courts Sanders voters with student loan, healthcare policies

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday proposed expanding access to Medicare and forgiving some student debt in new overtures to supporters of onetime rival Bernie Sanders. Biden, who became Democrats’ presumptive nominee when Sanders ended his campaign on Wednesday, is working to close ranks as his party prepares a campaign to unseat Republican President Donald Trump in […]

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital

Boris Johnson is out of intensive care and in “extremely good spirits”, Downing Street has said. The prime minister has been in St Thomas’ Hospital in London since Sunday evening, when he was first admitted for tests. The action was taken because Mr Johnson continued to have persistent coronavirus symptoms, more than a week after testing positive for COVID-19. His […]

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U.S. Democrats, Republicans at odds over next coronavirus aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a similar amount for hospitals and local governments. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer proposed, […]

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