Mnuchin says first round of coronavirus relief checks arriving in two weeks

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Treasurury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on Thursday that the first round of stimulus checks will be direct deposited into Americans’ bank accounts in the next two weeks. When the checks — a key part of the massive $2.2. trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that President Trump signed last week — will be sent out has been a major subject of debate as the U.S. economy continues to reel from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Trump slams ‘partisan investigations‘ after Pelosi announces new committee on coronavirus crisis: ‘Here we go again’

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. President Trump, speaking at the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday, unloaded on Democrats who have created a new House committee with subpoena authority to investigate the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We have seen Americans unite with incredible selflessness and compassion,” Trump began. “I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations. Here we go again. They’ve already done…

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Trump tests negative for coronavirus a 2nd time, White House says

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. President Trump has tested negative for coronavirus for a second time on Thursday morning, the White House doctor said. White House Dr. Sean Conley didn’t provide any context for the second test, only saying that the president had tested negative and wasn’t displaying any symptoms. The doctor added that the president had been tested by a new rapid point-of-care test that delivered results in 15 minutes. “It took me literally a minute to take it,” Trump…

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FISA reauthorizations in doubt after findings that FBI surveillance was riddled with major errors

New findings by the Justice Department inspector general that the FBI has repeatedly violated surveillance rules could impact Congress’ pending reauthorization of key powers related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), with top Republican lawmakers already saying the DOJ report will have major consequences for surveillance law. Several surveillance provisions under the 2015 USA Freedom Act have lapsed in recent weeks, at least temporarily, because the House has not yet passed the Senate’s 77-day temporary extension. The House had amended portions of the law in its own proposed three-year reauthorization, but the Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on the matter and…

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Conservative activist Candace Owens ‘considering’ running for office

Conservative activist and commentator Candace Owens said Thursday she has decided to seek public office, though she’s mum on when she’ll be running and against who. Owens, the former communications director at Turning Point USA, told Fox News that while she has been approached numerous times in the past to launch a political campaign, she made the decision on Wednesday evening after a conversation with her husband. “We’ve come to a junction where it’s not enough just to comment on politics but to get involved in it,” Owens said. She also tweeted Thursday:…

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Biden, Trump campaigns clash over unemployment claims amid coronavirus shutdown

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. President Trump‘s and Joe Biden‘s campaigns sparred Thursday over the record number of unemployment claims in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with Biden accusing the president of “failing to prepare our nation” while Trump’s campaign fired back that Biden’s record shows he would be incapable of handling the current crisis. The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits surged to more than 6.6 million, breaking a record high for the second week in a…

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Lindsey Graham asks China to close ‘all operating wet markets’ after coronavirus outbreak

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a letter to the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Thursday urging him to pressure his government against reopening the country’s so-called wet markets. Graham notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the current coronavirus pandemic has its origins in the wildlife sold in a wet market in the city of Wuhan and that other global public health crises have been tied to these markets. “It…

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Gretchen Whitmer: What do we know about Michigan’s governor?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, like her counterparts in other states, has seen her profile rise in recent weeks as the nation’s leaders coordinate response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Whitmer signed an executive order closing the state’s K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, a decision that affects 1.5 million students and 100,000 educators. Under the order, teachers can use school buildings to facilitate remote learning, but students will not be allowed inside. Here’s what to know about the governor of one of the nation’s most…

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Trump administration suspends additional seasonal worker visas due to economic downturn

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. The Trump administration said Thursday that it is suspending the issuing of further H-2B seasonal guest worker visas due to the economic downturned sparked by the coronavirus crisis. “To clear up various misreporting — DHS’s [Department of Homeland Security’s] rule on the H-2B cap is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances,” the agency said on Twitter. “No additional H-2B visas will be released until further notice.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE…

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Who is Ron DeSantis? Here are 4 facts about Florida’s governor

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has seen his profile rise, like other governors’, as states’ chief executives have taken on a leading role in the United States’ fight again the coronavirus. DeSantis, who was born on Sept. 14, 1978, and was elected Florida’s governor in 2018, has been one of the highest-profile figures in the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic has sickened more and more Americans. Here’s what to know about Florida’s governor. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT TO KNOW FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks about his…

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