U.S. Democrats push wider emergency coronavirus funds than Trump seeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. Democrats in Congress on Wednesday said they would back President Donald Trump administration’s request for $250 billion more in aid for small businesses in the coronavirus pandemic if it includes additional money for hospitals, local governments and food assistance. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said […]

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More high-profile lawmakers line up behind Biden's campaign

(Reuters) – Joe Biden’s presidential bid won endorsements from two prominent members of Congress on Tuesday, support that could help the Democrat in his campaign for the party’s nomination. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who once weighed his own presidential run, and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a prominent black civil rights activist, announced their support for the […]

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Long lines and drive-through voting as Wisconsinites brave polls amid coronavirus

BELOIT, Wis./SOMERSET, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin voters faced long lines at limited polling locations on Tuesday, as the Midwestern state’s presidential primary and local elections moved ahead despite mounting fears about the coronavirus outbreak. Outside Riverside High School in Milwaukee – where officials were forced to close 175 of 180 normal voting sites due to a lack of poll workers […]

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Additional $5.1b of support to help firms, workers and households cope amid stricter Covid-19 measures

SINGAPORE – An additional $5.1 billion will be set aside to save jobs and support businesses and families as Singapore implements heightened safe-distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an unprecedented third round of support measures in Parliament on Monday (April 6) as the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the […]

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'He's a total disgrace': Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, saying Michael Atkinson did “a terrible job” in handling the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of Trump last year. “He took a fake report, and he brought it to Congress,” Trump said during a briefing on the […]

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Keir Starmer appeals for unity in first speech as new Labour Party leader

Keir Starmer pledged to work together with the British Government through the coronavirus pandemic minutes after being confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party. Sir Keir secured a victory in the first round of voting after a three-month contest against Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. The new Labour Party leader urged the country to come together across the […]

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Trump negative for coronavirus again, says wearing masks okay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he underwent a second coronavirus test on Thursday, using a new diagnostic that produced a result in less than 15 minutes, and it determined he has not been infected. “I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked,” said Trump, who also tested negative last month after […]

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Pelosi announces select committee to oversee U.S. coronavirus relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will form a bipartisan select committee on the coronavirus crisis to oversee the spending of $2.3 trillion that Congress has approved to respond to the pandemic. In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic House leader also said she believed the administration of Republican President Donald […]

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