Politics

HHS chief information officer abruptly resigns

Arrieta and his team have been under considerable pressure inside and outside the administration, after HHS in July ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC when reporting certain coronavirus data. The transition has been the focus of media reports and congressional probes, with Democrats arguing that the Trump administration is seeking to hide information, including data […]

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Kudlow: Money for voting rights is a ‘really liberal left’ wish list item

“They are asking too much money, $3.5 trillion, we have already spent over $3 trillion,” Kudlow said. “So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wish lists — voting rights and aid to aliens and so forth.” The HEROES act, crafted by Democratic lawmakers, allocates $3.6 billion for states to go toward election […]

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Trump makes fear-based appeal to women as Biden picks Harris

“The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” Trump said Wednesday on Twitter. “They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood.” It’s an existential issue for Trump’s political future. In 2016, Trump won a critical demographic — white women without a college […]

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‘It means nothing’: Trump’s pledge to aid tenants won’t halt evictions

The order will “mislead renters into believing that they are protected when they are not,” National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel said in a statement. “This executive order is reckless and harmful, offering false hope and risking increased confusion and chaos at a time when renters need assurance that they will […]

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Trump equates mail-in voting to Russian election interference

Trump has repeatedly lambasted Democrats for advocating mail-in voting, claiming with no evidence that it is a ploy to help them win the election by opening the doors to voter fraud. But Trump struck a new tone Monday in equating Democrats to authoritarian governments actively trying to undermine American democratic institutions. The president’s remark come […]

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Shortages threaten Trump’s plan for rapid coronavirus tests

Other rapid tests on the market — like Abbott’s ID Now and Cepheid’s Xpert Xpress, which do not use antigen technology — are still hard to come by. Abbott President and CEO Robert Ford told investors in July that the company is working to expand production of its rapid test kits to more than 50,000 […]

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Trump extends student loan relief through year’s end

The White House memorandum said an extension of student loan leeway is “appropriate … until such time that the economy has stabilized, schools have re-opened, and the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.” The executive action provides less expansive student loan relief than some Democrats and Republicans in Congress have sought. The […]

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Trump takes 2020 pitch to Ohio as Biden gains ground from afar

The sudden flurry of Ohio activity is part of a reinvigorated effort to shore up Trump’s standing in the state ahead of November. No Republican has ever captured the presidency without claiming Ohio, and in recent months, the dual crises of a global pandemic and nationwide unrest over racial injustice have suddenly put the state […]

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Trump’s economic comeback is becoming a slowdown and likely a stall-out

And while Trump has promised a “big” jobs number on Friday, the unemployment rate is likely to stay above 10 percent, a daunting figure for any incumbent president and higher than the worst level of the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009. The Covid crisis that slammed the U.S. in March and shuttered much of […]

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Democrats launch probe into $765M Kodak loan

“Companies and individuals that receive federal funds in response to the coronavirus crisis must follow the law and not engage in abusive practices,” they said in the letter to Continenza. “DFC’s decision to award this loan to Kodak despite your company’s lack of pharmaceutical experience and the windfall gained by you and other company executives […]

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