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Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

da-kuk/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret reporting.Concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus…read more »

Utah Rep. Ben McAdams on COVID-19 recovery: ‘It hit me really hard’

Utah Rep. Ben McAdams on COVID-19 recovery: ‘It hit me really hard’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Utah Rep. Ben McAdams was the second in a growing list of members of Congress who have announced that they’ve tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. On Tuesday, he joined ABC News to share the news that he has recovered.“It hit me really hard. But I’m doing so much better…read more »

Trump’s election-year tangles swing state governors unfolds amid COVID-19 confusion

Trump’s election-year tangles swing state governors unfolds amid COVID-19 confusion

bboserup/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the total number of hospitalizations, ICU admissions and daily intubations are down, which “suggests a possible flattening of the curve.”As top officials across the country continue to grapple with the spread of novel coronavirus, President Trump’s public tangles with governors leading responses in key battleground states have increasingly served…read more »

Acting Navy secretary resigns after carrier remarks, Esper names replacement

Acting Navy secretary resigns after carrier remarks, Esper names replacement

U.S. Navy(WASHINGTON) — Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Twitter that he’d accepted the resignation and nominated Under Secretary of the Army James McPherson to be his replacement.Modly resigned Tuesday morning following his controversial remarks to the crew of the aircraft…read more »

Treasury requests $250 billion more for small business relief

Treasury requests $250 billion more for small business relief

iStock/Kiyoshi Tanno(WASHINGTON) — The Treasury Department on Tuesday asked Congress for $250 billion in additional funding for small business loans, a key part of the stimulus package passed last month aimed at keeping the economy afloat during the coronavirus crisis.President Donald Trump said administration officials were “in talks” with congressional leaders to secure more funding…read more »

Trump abruptly removes inspector general named to oversee $2T in stimulus spending

Trump abruptly removes inspector general named to oversee $2T in stimulus spending

iStock/fizkes(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has effectively removed the inspector general set to monitor spending from the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, the latest move to curb oversight efforts over the massive government coronavirus crisis relief measure.Top congressional Democrats immediately charged Trump’s move was politically motivated.Glenn Fine, the acting Department of Defense inspector general, was…read more »

Birx avoids treating her grandchild with high fever, cites fear of infecting Trump

Birx avoids treating her grandchild with high fever, cites fear of infecting Trump

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) — White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx knows how tough the social distancing guidelines can be, revealing one “sacrifice” on Monday that, she says, has personally challenged her.Birx said she opted out of visiting her granddaughter over the weekend, despite the 10-month-old having “a fever…read more »

US works to assure allies, deny allegations of seizing supplies in ‘mask wars’

US works to assure allies, deny allegations of seizing supplies in ‘mask wars’

Dzonsli/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the U.S. faces shortages of critical medical supplies like N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment, or PPE, allegations have swirled that U.S. officials are seizing shipments or using other sketchy tactics to secure stockpiles — prompting swift denials in some cases, but diplomatic moves to reassure allies in others.President Donald…read more »

Grisham leaving as White House press secretary after holding no formal briefings

Grisham leaving as White House press secretary after holding no formal briefings

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — After less than a year on the job, White House press secretary and communications director Stephanie Grisham is stepping down, according to senior Trump administration officials.Grisham is returning to the East Wing to start immediately as first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokesperson, her office announced Tuesday. She previously served…read more »