Congress feuds as deal still elusive on small business coronavirus aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats and Republicans feuded on Monday over who was responsible for delay even as they worked on details of a possible $450 billion-plus deal to provide more aid to small businesses and hospitals hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. “We could have been done yesterday, but the Democrats continue to hold up, even though we had agreed […]

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“America is being tested,” Pence says at unusual Air Force graduation

At an Air Force Academy graduation unlike any other in the school’s storied history, cadets sat 8 feet apart, their faces uncovered, as Vice President Mike Pence told them a weary nation needs their leadership now more than ever. “America is being tested,” the vice president told 967 graduating cadets. “While there are signs that we are making progress in slowing […]

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Republicans warn coronavirus aid program running out of cash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Senate and the Trump administration on Tuesday warned that a key program to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic was running out of money, pressuring Democrats to agree on an emergency infusion of aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program could run out of money […]

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Trump defends response to coronavirus, says he's not firing Fauci

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump defended his response to the coronavirus outbreak on Monday and said he did not intend to fire Anthony Fauci after the leading U.S. health expert said earlier mitigation efforts could have saved more lives. At a contentious briefing with reporters, Trump lashed out at media coverage that has focused on gaps in the U.S. […]

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