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Trump administration says frontline workers can go back to work sooner after virus exposure

“We really looked at the essential workforce and how to maintain that workforce, particularly at this time as we begin to get ready to reopen and have confidence in bringing our workforces back to work,” Redfield said. The new guidance includes three main conditions: Essential workers who have been exposed to the virus must take […]

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Trump says he didn’t know of, still hasn’t seen Navarro memos on possible pandemic

Navarro’s memos laid out in stark terms the catastrophic toll the virus could have — both on American lives and the U.S. economy — and prescribed a number of containment measures that might have seemed drastic at the time but that ultimately came to fruition. In the first memo, dated Jan. 29, Navarro, a notorious […]

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‘Doctors disagree all the time’: Navarro drags Fauci feud into the open

Navarro, who is coordinating the administration’s efforts to purchase and distribute emergency supplies under the Defense Production Act, acknowledged that he was “not the arbiter” of the hydroxychloroquine debate. But he also insisted that there were “a lot of doctors out there who are on one side, and there’s a lot of doctors on the […]

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Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid

The government’s website for the stockpile, which previously said it was “for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out,” was altered to align with Kushner’s remarks. It now says the stockpile’s role “is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products […]

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‘There will be death’: Trump warns of ‘toughest week’ ahead

“They’re going into war,” Trump said. “They’re going into a battle that they’ve never really trained for.” But the president also signaled his growing impatience with the stringent social distancing measures states had put in place around the country, which have sent the economy spiraling rapidly downward. Following an afternoon call with professional sports league […]

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Trump administration recommends Americans wear cloth masks amid pandemic

The president added that the CDC did not recommend that the public use “medical grade or surgical grade masks,” which should be saved for medical workers. Administration officials debated the recommendation for days, worried about the risk of sending mixed messages on public health and inadvertently encouraging hoarding of protective gear that health workers desperately […]

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White House sets up coronavirus hotline for lawmakers

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows set up a new hotline between lawmakers and the White House. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo The White House is setting up a hotline for members of Congress to expedite action on emergency coronavirus issues as they sprout up across the country, according to several sources familiar with […]

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Social distancing guidelines will likely be in place beyond April, surgeon general says

The development came as the United States emerged as the global epicenter of the outbreak, reporting more confirmed cases of Covid-19 than anywhere else in the world, while state and local authorities continued to impose various stringent directives limiting people’s movements. Adams on Wednesday declined to state definitively whether it is likely that the administration […]

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Coronavirus hits the economy where it hurts: Consumer confidence

“Consumer spending is 70 percent of GDP,” said Torsten Slok, chief international economist at Deutsche Bank Securities. “An important part of what drives your and my consumer spending is your wealth and whether you have a job.” The decline was not as bad as some economists were expecting — consumers were surveyed between March 1 […]

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Trump has been nudging MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to run for office

It’s hardly their first encounter. Lindell has told associates that the president is encouraging him to run for governor of Minnesota in 2022, to “keep Minnesota red beyond” the 2020 race, according to a person with direct knowledge of his comments. Trump told him that “he really wants me to run,” according to the source, […]

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