Could full convention remain in Charlotte after all? NC lawmakers are prepared to try
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans in the North Carolina House will file a bill to require capacity attendance at all events for the scheduled Republican National Convention in Charlotte in August.The move is aimed at keeping the Republican National Committee from moving parts or all of the event to another state.Organizers have said President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech — the signature event of the convention — would be moved from Charlotte because Gov. Roy Cooper won’t guarantee that 19,000 people would be allowed in the Spectrum Center due to the coronavirus pandemic.North Carolina House Sp...
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As coronavirus deaths surge in Brazil, calls for Bolsonaro's impeachment intensify
On Sunday, the day Brazil hit the half-million mark in confirmed COVID-19 cases and inched closer to 30,000 deaths, President Jair Bolsonaro flew in a camouflaged military helicopter over a rally in the capital, Brasilia, waving to protesters who held banners calling for the closure of the country’s congress.He landed and greeted supporters, shaking hands and carrying a young boy on his shoulders. The far-right leader then paraded on horseback, smiling at fans who chanted and waved signs urging the closing of the country’s Supreme Court. Bolsonaro didn’t wear a mask and neither did his fans, e...
Editorial: Crisis demands Congress check Trump's leadership failure
At a time America urgently needs a great president to unite the people, its president is intent on driving them apart.Congress must fill the leadership void and prevent President Donald Trump from worsening the current unrest, trampling the Constitution and irreparably harming the nation.During this grave crisis, when cities, states and the social contract are in turmoil, America needs leaders to uphold its core principles and rely on them for guidance.Clearly, that leadership isn’t coming from the Trump administration, so we must rely on other branches of government through 2020.Trump’s disre...
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McConnell says Senate to take up House’s PPP flexibility billWASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would “soon” vote on a House bill passed last week that would add flexibility to a loan program helping small businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.“I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday.The Ho...
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N.J. needs to borrow $5B to offset tax losses, Murphy says. Legislature takes up debate Monday.
The state Legislature on Monday will begin to consider Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow at least $5 billion to offset forecasted billions of dollars in tax losses.Murphy’s been making the case for borrowing since the middle of April, warning of “historic” layoffs of state and local public workers if the state doesn’t get big a injection of cash through bonds or direct federal aid.The state Assembly Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal Monday morning and the full Assembly is scheduled to take up the COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act on Thursday. The Senate has not scheduled any actio...
Michigan Gov. Whitmer, others to testify to Congress about pandemic response
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a congressional subcommittee Tuesday about Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she said Friday.By then, Whitmer said, she may have news about further loosening of restrictions on Michigan’s economy, she said at a news conference in Lansing.“If it continues this way, I’m optimistic that in the coming days we’ll be in a position to take another step forward,” said Whitmer, adding she has a meeting planned for Saturday with health and other experts about the next step in re-engaging the economy.Whitmer said she will testify befo...
Detroit Free Press
Nursing home residents account for 1 in 4 COVID deaths in Michigan
DETROIT — At least one in four coronavirus deaths in Michigan have been residents of nursing homes, according to preliminary state data.The head of the state Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers this week that 1,216 deaths in Michigan — 23% of deaths in the state through Tuesday — have been attributed to nursing home residents.Nursing home facilities have had at least 4,920 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or 9% of the state’s total caseload. The release of the data came as Republican lawmakers have criticized Whitmer administration policies about COVID-19 and nursing homes.State...
The Detroit News
Under cover of coronavirus, corruption runs amok in DC
Corruption, pandemic style.Such ugly words. So appropriate.After two Boeing 737 MAX airplanes crashed, killing all on board, the Federal Aviation Administration, overseen by the Department of Transportation, which is headed by Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a tremendous apologist for Donald Trump., started an investigation.Although it was clear from whistleblowers that the FAA at part was at fault for leading Boeing certify its own planes, the FAA, worried about the public’s lack of interest in flying because of the virus, just published a report vindicatin...
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VA secretary grilled on Nazi grave markers at military cemeteriesWASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Thursday wouldn’t commit to removing three headstones containing swastikas and messages honoring Adolf Hitler from the graves of German prisoners of war, frustrating House lawmakers.Wilkie said he wanted to work with members of Congress to put such anti-Semitic and racist imagery in the proper “historical context.”“I happen to think that making sure that when people visit our cemeteries they are educated and informed of the horror is an incredibly important thing to do,” Wi...
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Trudy Rubin: US must stand with Hong Kong against Beijing's efforts to crush its freedoms
A major turning point in U.S.-Chinese relations occurred Thursday. It nominally involves the future of Hong Kong, but has major significance for Washington and the wider world.China’s National People’s Congress approved a security law that will allow Beijing’s security agencies to crack down directly on the civil liberties of Hong Kong residents, who have been protesting the regime’s indirect efforts to shrink their freedoms since last summer.China promised Hong Kong a full range of political freedoms such as freedom of speech and press and an independent judiciary after it regained control of...
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