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How Trump picked Easter as back-to-normal date despite outbreak

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is determined to ease coronavirus restrictions on most Americans by the Easter holiday -- auspicious timing for his evangelical base and business allies but a worrisome deadline for public health experts shaping the U.S. response to a still mushrooming outbreak.

Trump's impatience to get everyone back to ...Read more

Trump administration backs off a deal for Ventec and GM to produce 'up to 20,000' ventilators a month amid coronavirus crisis

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Bothell, Wash.-based Ventec Life Systems was at the center of a national storm late Thursday when it was reported the Trump administration pulled back from a deal for the company and General Motors to begin producing what one supplier said would soon be "up to 20,000" life-saving ventilators a month.

The "Project V" deal, brewing since last ...Read more

Q&A: Is the Democratic presidential contest over? Will the November election be canceled?

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Just about one month and a million years ago, the Democratic presidential contest was going full tilt.

Voters in 14 states and American Samoa went to the polls -- many standing less than a socially distant six feet apart -- to cast Super Tuesday ballots and revive the fading presidential hopes of Joe Biden.

Today, like so much else, the ...Read more

Coronavirus pandemic presents additional hurdles for abortion access

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WASHINGTON -- Conservative states are restricting access to abortion as a nonessential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving women in some places without options, but some advocacy groups are pushing back.

States such as Ohio, Texas and Louisiana all took action to limit the ability of women to seek abortion care during the coronavirus ...Read more

Trump says cruise lines should be US-based if they want loans

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President Donald Trump said cruise line companies should change their official homes to the U.S. if they want to get federal loans.

Trump has been saying for several days that cruise lines would likely be beneficiaries of the $2 trillion federal stimulus package working its way through Congress. But the version passed by the Senate excludes ...Read more

GOP Convention will be held this August according to Trump

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said that the Republican National Convention would go forward as planned this August even as the coronavirus has caused the cancellation of large-scale events all across the U.S.

The Democrats are scheduled to hold their convention in Milwaukee from July 13 to 16. The Republican convention is to be held from...Read more

Governors told they should rank counties by virus risk

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told U.S. governors in a letter that he wants the government to rank counties according to their risk of a coronavirus outbreak, as he seeks to return Americans to work by his aspirational Easter deadline.

"My administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in ...Read more

Trump campaign threatens loss of licenses for TV stations that air ad criticizing president's coronavirus actions

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump reelection campaign told TV stations they could lose their operating licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president's actions in the coronavirus crisis -- a challenge that may be more bluster than actual threat.

President Donald Trump's campaign, in a letter Wednesday, told stations in five battleground states to ...Read more

Trump resists using war powers to ramp up virus supplies after lobbying

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WASHINGTON -- As hospitals, health care staff and governors clamor for ventilators, intensive care beds and protective gear, President Donald Trump and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are opposing the one thing many say would do the most good in the fight against the runaway coronavirus pandemic: activate the Defense Production Act to coordinate a ...Read more

Even as US coronavirus deaths top 1,000, Trump claims his early action saved lives

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WASHINGTON -- Confronted daily with criticism about gaps in the federal response to the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump invariably boasts about his Jan. 31 decision to restrict travel from China, where the outbreak began, claiming he saved thousands of American lives.

But Trump has repeatedly overstated the effect of his decision, ...Read more

Latinas want to see one of their own as Biden's VP. But they may be at a disadvantage

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WASHINGTON -- As Joe Biden begins to formalize a list of potential running mates, it's clear that several African American women will sit prominently at the top.

Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams already boast considerable national profiles, and Val Demings, a police chief-turned-congresswoman from Central Florida, earned unexpected notoriety as ...Read more

Fact check: Trump's boast about US, South Korea coronavirus testing misses the mark

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Boasting about his administration's response to the coronavirus crisis -- and arguing the outbreak would soon be under control -- President Donald Trump claimed that recent American efforts to test widely for COVID-19 surpass those of other countries.

"We've done more tests in eight days than South Korea has done in eight weeks," Trump said ...Read more

Biden rejects April debate as Sanders says he wants a face-off

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden rejected any idea of an April debate with Bernie Sanders, signaling Wednesday that he views the Democratic nominating contest as essentially over.

"I think we've had enough debate," Biden said during a live streamed news conference. "I think we should get on with this."

Sanders, however, responded later that he wanted a...Read more

Defense industry to make coronavirus masks, ventilators — but will it be fast enough?

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WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department has begun signing contracts with defense firms to ramp up production of ventilators and N95 respirator masks in short supply around the country, but the medical equipment may not reach hospitals before coronavirus cases peak in the next few weeks, the Pentagon's head of acquisition said.

"We will strive to ...Read more

Trump's refusal to use wartime powers to direct scarce medical supplies has left states fighting it out

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump invoked emergency war powers last week to fight the coronavirus outbreak, many were hopeful that the federal government would take charge in addressing the nation's dire shortage of ventilators, protective masks and other critical gear for patients and medical staff.

But Trump has not made actual use of...Read more

Supreme Court justices' perks revealed in new report

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WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court justices speak at public universities across the country, they often travel in style -- and, at times, at taxpayer expense.

The justices' travel perks have included private plane trips, blocs of fancy hotel rooms and VIP dinners where they rub elbows with large-dollar university donors.

Those findings come from...Read more

Trump says he'll stop using 'Chinese virus,' easing blame game

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he would stop using the term "Chinese virus," the latest indication that the U.S. and China are seeking to deescalate their blame game over the deadly pandemic.

"I don't regret it, but they accused us of having done it through our soldiers, they said our soldiers did it on purpose, what kind of a thing ...Read more

Trump's back-to-work push pits billionaires against the doctors

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Business leaders in the U.S. are getting impatient with the national economic shutdown caused by coronavirus and are increasingly echoing President Donald Trump, who says he doesn't want "the cure to be worse than the problem."

Trump, who spoke to several billionaire hedge fund and private equity managers Tuesday about reopening the U.S. ...Read more

Trump's aim to restart economy risks worse damage

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's desire to get the U.S. economy up and running soon runs the risk of backfiring and making things even worse.

With an increasing number of state and local governments ordering business shutdowns, a call by the president for a return to normal could lead to confusion and undermine the efforts of those ...Read more

Joe Biden found his footing — then coronavirus changed everything

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WASHINGTON -- It was another tough break for Joe Biden in his struggle for relevance while the nation wrestles with the pandemic: The former vice president was poised to appear before the vast audience of ABC's "The View" Tuesday, but before his interview started, the show vanished from TV screens, as network affiliates cut away to cover New ...Read more