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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, left, and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, bump elbows at the conclusion of a House Committee on Financial Services hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businessesPresident Donald Trump has signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus, The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8
The Associated Press4 hours ago
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, air crew members walk past the international arrival exit at the Capital International Airport terminal 3 in Beijing. President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. Exempted were thousands of residents of the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holesPresident Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press4 hours ago
FILE - In this June 26, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference with the Coronavirus task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. As the public face of the administration's coronavirus response. Vice President Mike Pence has been trying to convince Americans that the country is winning even as cases spike in large parts of the country. For public health experts, that sense of optimism is detached from reality. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
'People aren’t stupid': Pence's virus spin tests credibilityVice President Mike Pence is the public face of the administration's coronavirus response and it's a job that's becoming even more difficult
The Associated Press5 hours ago
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's empty assurance on controlling virusAn AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump has a monthslong history of declaring the coronavirus under control, when it isn't
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Trump at Rushmore: Protests, Few Masks, a Miffed Neil YoungOn the eve of the Fourth, President Trump gave a speech in South Dakota, at the foot of Mount Rushmore, and it wasn't a staid one. Fox News called it "fiery," the Guardian went with a similar take of "incendiary," while the New York Times deemed it a "divisive culture...
Newser5 hours ago
FILE - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces continued social distancing during her coronavirus update Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Some governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings. “You shouldn’t have to order somebody to do what is just in your own best interest and that of your family, friends and neighbors,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, said earlier this week as she urged people to wear masks and take other precautions but downplayed the effectiveness of statewide orders to do so. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, file)
Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus ordersSome governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Trump Jr. GF Gets Bad News Before Mount Rushmore EventThe latest member of President Trump's entourage to test positive for COVID-19 received the news right before she was set to attend his event at Mount Rushmore on Friday evening—and she's the closest one to Trump yet. The New York Times and CNN report that Kimberly Guilfoyle, girlfriend of...
Newser7 hours ago
Protesters clash with a line of law enforcement officers in Keystone, S.D., on the road leading to Mount Rushmore ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the memorial on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisionsPresident Donald Trump had the stage at the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day
The Associated Press13 hours ago
FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trustedIntelligence alleging that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops didn’t scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war
The Associated Press13 hours ago
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