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 July 3

Top Stories

washington post logoWashington Post, Live Updates: New U.S. cases surpass 56,000, Kim Bellware, Siobhán O’Grady, Hamza Shaban, Hannah Knowles, Jacqueline Dupree, Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz, Steven Goff and Michael Brice-Saddler, July 3, 2020 (print ed.). Texas issues mandatory mask policy; Walmart transforming 160 store parking lots into drive-ins; In Washington state, no mask means no service

The United States reported more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases Thursday surpassing Wednesday’s record of 52,789 cases, previously the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data collected by The Washington Post.

Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of covid-19, marking a new single-day record for the state, which reported 6,563 cases on Wednesday. There were 68 new deaths, for a total of 3,718. It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average. Georgia, one of the first states to loosen restrictions, joined Florida and several other states in setting single-day records of new cases. Georgia reported 3,472, up greg abbott Customfrom 2,976 on Wednesday.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R), right, on Thursday issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans to wear masks in public in any county with 20 or more positive covid-19 cases — a dramatic move that comes as cases in the state continue to climb. The decision comes as a reversal after Abbott had previously barred local governments from penalizing people who didn’t wear masks in public. On Wednesday, Texas reported 8,076 new cases of the coronavirus.

washington post logoWashington Post, Pandemic will scar U.S. labor market for the next decade, agency says, Rachel Siegel, July 3, 2020 (print ed.).

June 2020 News

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June 9

Top Stories

washington post logoworld health organization logo CustomWashington Post, After criticism, WHO clarifies stance on asymptomatic transmission, William Wan and Miriam Berger​, June 9, 2020. The organization said an earlier statement calling asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus “very rare” was a “misunderstanding.” But the comment had already been seized upon by conservatives and others to bolster arguments against social distancing and face masks.

washington post logoWashington Post, Problems with voting machines, long lines in Georgia as primary voting begins amid pandemic, Amy Gardner and Michelle Ye Hee Lee​, June 9, 2020. In the five states holding primaries today, in-person polling places have been limited or eliminated, and officials have made it easier to vote by mail.

Lines snaked out the doors, some polling locations didn’t open on time, and others had no working voting machines in several counties in the first hours of voting in Georgia’s primary elections Tuesday, a potential preview of how new voting procedures Democratic-Republican Campaign logosbrought on by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the presidential election in November.

“This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 am this morning,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted barely 30 minutes after polls opened Tuesday.

She added: “If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed. PLEASE stay in line. They should offer you a provisional ballot if the machines are not working.”

Voters in the Atlanta area reported arriving before polls opened and standing in line for hours, with election officials processing ballots painfully slowly because they couldn’t get new touch screen machines to work.…

May 2020 News Reports

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May 5

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Pandemic Politics

washington post logoWashington Post, President erupts at George Conway for video about the ‘deadly virus Trump ignored,’ Fred Barbash, May 5, 2020. George T. Conway III, prominent attorney and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, has been trying with only modest success to provoke george conway postPresident Trump’s Twitter wrath for the better part of his presidency. He finally succeeded close to 1 a.m.…

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April 2020 News Reports

 

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April Updates

April 3

Global Virus Overview

ny times logoNew York Times, Coronavirus Live Updates: Half of Humanity Under Lockdown Orders, Staff reports, April 3, 2020. Roughly four billion covad 19 photo.jpg Custom 2people have been told to stay in their homes, but some U.S. states have resisted such measures. New jobs report shows staggering losses are likely to get worse.

Right Now: Britain reported its highest single-day death toll: 684, bringing total deaths in the country to 3,605; “This coming Sunday is D-Day,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York. If critical supplies do not arrive soon, he said, thousands will die.

• As global infections soar, guidance on masks is reversed.
• The U.S. job market is crumbling.
• Data shows an income gap in limiting movement.
• How coronavirus is causing confusion with terms like ‘peaks,’ ‘testing’ and ‘lockdown.’
• The New York Times infections database is open to the public.
• Trump invokes Defense Production Act, and criticizes 3M

washington post logoWashington Post, Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March, Heather Long, April 3, 2020 (print ed.). Job losses have skyrocketed as restaurants, hotel, gyms, and travel have shut down across the nation, but layoffs are also rising in manufacturing, warehousing and transportation.

washington post logoWashington Post, Trump sows uncertainty and seeks to cast blame in coronavirus crisis, Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, April 3, 2020 (print ed.). President Trump’s machinations have a dogged showman’s quality, using his omnipresence at daily White House news conferences to try to erase memories from his months of playing down the covid-19 threat.

In the three weeks since declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency, President Trump has delivered a dizzying array of rhetorical contortions, sowed confusion and repeatedly sought to cast blame on others.…

March 2020 News Reports

 

 

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March 3

U.S. Election Headlines

ny times logoNew York Times, Biden Dominates the South; Sanders Wins in Three States, Nick Corasaniti and Katie Glueck, March 3, 2020. Black voters, suburban voters and older voters flocked to Joe Biden, who won in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Bernie Sanders joe biden portrait 2secured wins in Utah, Colorado and Vermont. Some critical contests have yet to be called.

• Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., right, has swept the Southern states, winning primaries in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Senator Bernie Sanders has won primaries in his home state, Vermont, and in Colorado and Utah. Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York won the caucuses in American Samoa.

washington post logoWashington Post, Super Tuesday live updates: Sanders leading in California, Biden is projected to win eight states, including Virginia, N.C. and Arkansas, Felicia Sonmez, Reis Thebault, Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Isaac Stanley-Becker, March 3, 2020. California offers the lion’s share of delegates.

Former vice president Joe Biden is showing strength in the South and has extended his reach into the Upper Midwest, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has notched a few wins and leads in the California Democratic presidential primary, according to Edison Research Super Tuesday exit polling and a survey of absentee voters.

Late deciders fueled Biden’s victories in several states Tuesday, an indication his South Carolina victory and endorsements by other candidates played a role in his success. In Oklahoma, Biden won voters who decided in the last few days by a more than 2 to 1 margin over Sanders, while voters who decided earlier split nearly evenly between the two.…

February 2020 News

 

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Feb. 2

Impeachment Headlines

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washington post logous senate logoWashington Post, Trump’s impending acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents, Philip Rucker, Feb.…

January 2020 News

 

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Jan. 2

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Kangaroo rushes past a burning house Tuesday in Lake Conjola, New South Wales, Australia (Photo: Matthew Abbott for The New York Times).

ny times logoNew York Times, Apocalyptic Scenes in Australia as Fires Turn Skies Blood Red, Isabella Kwai, Jan. 2, 2020 (update). Thousands of people fled from their homes as wildfires raged on the last day of the warmest decade on record in Australia.

As the fire stalked the east coast of Australia on Tuesday, the daytime sky turned inky black, then blood red. Emergency sirens wailed, followed by the thunder of gas explosions. Thousands of residents fled their homes and huddled near the shore. There was nowhere else to go.

australian flag wavingApocalyptic scenes like these in Mallacoota, a vacation destination between Sydney and Melbourne, came on the last day of the warmest decade on record in Australia.

The country is in the grip of a devastating fire season, with months of summer still to go, as record-breaking temperatures, strong winds and prolonged drought have ignited huge blazes across the country.

The devastation is immense. In the state of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, more than 900 homes have been destroyed and nine million acres have burned since November. Almost 100 fires were still raging in the state on Tuesday, with about three dozen more across the border in Victoria.

washington post logoAmerican FlagWashington Post, Potential clash between U.S. and Iran averted as embassy siege ends, Mustafa Salim and Liz Sly, Jan. 2, 2019. The Kataib Hezbollah militia told its supporters to leave the area around the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after Iraq’s prime minister said he would support efforts to pass a law calling for a U.S.…

December 2019 News

 

 

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Dec. 4

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Impeachment Coverage Noted Above

washington post logoWashington Post, Professors testify that Trump’s conduct is grounds for removal, John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez, Dec. 4, 2019.  Probe moves to new phase with House Judiciary hearing. A 41-member panel with a history of partisan brawls is hearing from four constitutional experts on the historical underpinnings of impeachment in what could be a chaotic proceeding.

ny times logoNew York Times, Live Updates: Trump Committed Impeachable Offenses, 3 Scholars Say, Michael D. Shear, Dec. 4, 2019. The House Judiciary Committee is debating whether to draft and approve articles of impeachment. Lawmakers are hearing from legal scholars about the constitutional basis for impeachment. Stay here for live video and updates.

U.S. House logoBut an expert invited by Republicans argued that the case so far is “slipshod” and premature, during the first formal impeachment hearing in the Judiciary Committee. The panel kicked off what is likely to be a sharply partisan brawl over whether to draft and approve articles of impeachment against President Trump.…

November 2019 News

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Nov. 3

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Trump Probes (Noted Above)

washington post logoWashington Post, Opinion: President Trump may have violated criminal provisions of the Hatch Act, Gary Stein (a lawyer in New York and a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York), Nov. 3, 2019 (print ed.). It’s a felony to order federal government workers to further a partisan political campaign.

Legal analysis of the Ukraine controversy has so far focused on whether President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky involved extortion, bribery or solicitation of an illegal campaign contribution from a foreign source. But as the House investigation has proceeded, a more straightforward legal case has emerged: The president, and possibly other officials, may have violated the Hatch Act’s civil and criminal prohibitions on the use of executive branch powers for partisan ends.…

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