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(Lucas Jackson/Reuters) The Trump administration said this week that Planned Parenthood will not receive any of the coronavirus-relief funding earmarked for small businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic. The administration will not grant the mammoth abortion provider any funding from the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, according to reports. “Through the Paycheck Protection Program, President
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A sign informing visitors that Mulholland Scenic Overlook is closed during the coronavirus outbreak, Los Angeles, Calif., April 5, 2020. (Lisa Girion/Reuters) Continue more modest restrictions, keep watching the data, and focus on hospitals and protecting the most vulnerable. One of the main questions on the minds of Americans is when government restrictions aimed at controlling
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Ambulances lined up at the emergency entrance outside Mount Sinai Hospital during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 13, 2020 (Mike Segar/Reuters) A couple people disagree with the assessment below that “we are likely through the worst” of the coronavirus outbreak. They point to warnings about the inevitable second wave, and point out
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Senator Mitt Romney in Washington, D.C., January 31, 2020 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Senator Mitt Romney (R., Utah) released a proposal Friday to raise wages for essential workers for three months, with debates on a possible phase-four relief package intensifying as the Senate returns to D.C. next week. Romney’s plan, titled “Patriot Pay,” calls for bonuses from
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European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, holds a virtual news conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2020. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters) The European Union’s foreign policy chief admitted Thursday that China “expressed their concerns” over an EU report on Chinese disinformation regarding coronavirus, after allegations that his team had watered down their
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Founder and president of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk speaks at CPAC at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., February 28, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Turning Point USA, a young conservative political organization run by Charlie Kirk, applied for a $1.2 million small business coronavirus loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), only to publicize an
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In March, in response to the public-health emergency of COVID-19, Congress passed three large pieces of legislation in short order and with relatively little friction. Even the third and by far the largest of these bills, a $2 trillion economic relief measure that did involve some bargaining and partisan confrontations, was drafted quickly and pretty
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(Pixabay) In the midst of the pandemic, with the country’s attention riveted elsewhere, something of great potential consequence for American K-12 education has just happened. Years from now we might look back on this moment as a turning point: the true beginning-of-the-end for Common Core. With six years of data subsequent to full implementation now
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, August 10, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters) Some members of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees, which has sole authority over Joe Biden’s Senate archive, have close ties to the former vice president, Fox News reported. Calls to make the archive public have
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, November 28, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) AOC and Elizabeth Warren are from the government and they want to help. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have announced plans to introduce a bill seeking to ban company mergers during the crisis
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Phyllis Schlafly addresses the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2007. (Hyungwon Kang/Reuters) Boot messes up history in service of a dubious argument. After the president’s lamentable “disinfectant” remarks, Max Boot began “searching for the origins of our current madness.” His search into the depths of American malaise culminated in his
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference following a Senate vote on the coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) House speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected a Republican proposal to provide businesses with protection from lawsuits should they choose to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
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A lab technician inspects a filled vial of investigational coronavirus treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, Calif., March 11, 2020. (Gilead Sciences Inc/Reuters) The Food and Drug Administration is moving to quickly authorize the use of Gilead’s experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir as an emergency treatment for coronavirus, following news that
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Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke (L) speaks as Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott watches at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., September 15, 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters) Former British spy Christopher Steele recently testified that he was contacted by Clinton-ally Strobe Talbott in Summer 2016 regarding his investigation into presidential candidate Donald Trump, after
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an indoor training center at the USTA Billie Jean King United States Tennis Center, which will be partially converted into temporary hospital during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, March 31, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters) Can anyone in their wildest imaginations picture the below tweet being
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(Pixabay) Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences Inc. on Wednesday announced that an early trial of its experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir indicates that the medication could be effective in treating coronavirus patients early in the infection’s onset. According to the study, 62 percent of coronavirus patients treated with the drug early on were discharged from the hospital,
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An emergency medical technician carries equipment near where people wait to be tested for COVID-19 outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y., March 26, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters) The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. hit 1,000,000 Tuesday, with the death toll nearing 60,000 as various state governments debate when to reopen shuttered
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