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La. governor warns state's health care system could be overwhelmed by early April
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- As Louisiana emerges as a new hotspot in the spread of novel coronavirus, Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said the state now has the third-highest number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the United States, per capita, in just over a month."We remain on a trajectory, really to overwhelm our capacity to deliver health care by the end of the first week of April," he said on ABC's This Week Sunday.Edwards also raised concerns about the state's hospitals reaching capacity soon during a private teleconference with governors last week, and asked President Donald Trump for federal resources.The...
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Biden consolidates support, but trails badly in enthusiasm: Poll
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as Democrats’ top choice for the presidential nomination in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, but with only bare majority support within his party and a massive enthusiasm gap in a November matchup against President Donald Trump.Indeed, strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters -- at just 24% -- is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years of ABC/Post polls. More than twice as many of Trump’s supporters are highly enthusiastic about supporting him, 53%. [ CLICK HERE TO SEE A PDF WITH...
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'Hard to know' if imperfect stimulus bill will help everybody: Larry Kudlow
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow touted President Donald Trump's signing this week of "the biggest assistance package in history," but acknowledged the difficulty in saying with certainty whether the funds would be enough to meet the needs of the millions of Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic."It may not be perfect, but I think it's going to give a tremendous amount of resources to get us through what we still believe is going to be a question of weeks and months," Kudlow said of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill in an interview on...
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Who would get what and when from the $2 trillion stimulus package
MCCAIG/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed the massive $2 trillion stimulus package into law during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office."I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first," Trump said.The House passed the bill, the largest aid measure in American history, earlier Friday in a voice vote after lawmakers were called back to the nation's capital to push the bill through.The stimulus package will provide essential relief to American workers and an economy reeling from the coronavirus crisisThe White House and Senate negotiators struck a deal early Wednesday morning after...
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Coronavirus government response updates: Drama as House passes $2T relief package
narvikk/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government has been rolling out its response to the coronavirus crisis, trying to slow the spread and prop up the economy, which has taken a severe hit.House lawmakers scrambled back to Washington Friday morning amid fears one GOP member of Congress would force a delay in the vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed unanimously by the Senate.But early Friday afternoon, the Senate passed the measure -- despite an attempt from one Republican to delay the vote. It now heads to President Trump's desk.Once quorum was established, GOP Rep. Tom Massie tried to...
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House members angry at being forced to return to Washington on short notice amid COVID-19 outbreak: Sources
drnadig/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- There is anger from Democratic members about the mixed messages being sent from Democratic leadership, sources tell ABC News.Some are angry that they have to miss the vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, and others are frustrated with the lack of timing guidance. It was unclear to some members after a caucus call Thursday led by House Democratic leadership if they would be needed in Washington for a potential vote.From the lawmakers traveling back to Capitol Hill, there are concerns about putting themselves and families at risk, given the chance that Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.,...
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Lisa Ling says Trump is 'deflecting blame' by calling coronavirus 'Chinese virus'
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Lisa Ling doubled down on her criticism of President Donald Trump for referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," saying the verbiage "seemed like a way to deflect attention from the fact that he was not taking [the virus] seriously for months."The journalist and former co-host of The View returned to the Hot Topics table Friday via satellite from her home in Los Angeles, where the city is under an ordered lockdown amid the outbreak.Ling took to Instagram on Wednesday to condemn the president for using the term "Chinese virus" instead of COVID-19."Since POTUS...
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Coronavirus impacts: Disrupted lives, elevated stress and soaring worry
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus crisis weighs heavily on the American public: Seventy-seven percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll say their lives have been disrupted, seven in 10 report personal stress and as many are worried that they or an immediate family member may become infected.Forty-one percent in this national survey, conducted Sunday through Wednesday, say someone in their own community has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus; one in 10 (11%) personally knows someone who has been diagnosed with the disease. [ CLICK HERE TO SEE A PDF WITH THE FULL...
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Inside Trump's call with governors: a mix of praise and criticism
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- In a teleconference with governors that lasted more than an hour Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump faced a barrage of compliments, concerns and in some exchanges, criticism as state leaders made it clear they want more assistance from the federal government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.According to detailed notes of the call obtained by ABC News, Trump kicked off the meeting by telling governors the federal government was managing the crisis at a "level that people find pretty impressive."Every one of the more than a dozen governors...
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New York and DC call out shortcomings of relief bill while others stand to gain
Shooter_Sam/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Though the Senate's passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package Wednesday night was regarded as progress in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, leaders of some of the nation’s most affected cities issued sharp criticism that it just wasn’t enough."The congressional action, in my opinion, simply failed to address the governmental need," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference on Thursday."The only thing it's doing is helping us in the COVID virus expenses, which is nice. But the bigger problem is on the lost revenues," said the governor, who is at the helm...
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Congressional leaders hope to avoid delay or drama in House vote on $2T relief bill
rarrarorro/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- After some legislative “jiujitsu,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is “very proud” of the $2 trillion coronavirus crisis relief package the House is expected to vote on Friday morning and then send to President Trump, adding she feels "certain we will have a bipartisan vote.”“Congressional Democrats in the Senate, and in the House, were able to flip this over from corporate trickle-down Republican version, to bubble-up for families first legislation,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “We have some other things we want to do, but first we want to take pride in what happens there.”But before the House...
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Eager to move past health and economic crises, Trump tries to reinvent political playbook
OlegAlbinsky/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump finds himself in uncharted political waters as he stares down the biggest challenge of his presidency -- a global pandemic that is simultaneously exposing flaws in the federal government’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities, while simultaneously wreaking havoc on an economy key to his reelection chances.Eager to move past the economic crisis brought on by the public health one, he has charted out an optimistic Easter Sunday timeline to “reopen” the country, or at least large sections of it, for 'normal' business -- despite health experts warning there is no evidence the virus's spread...
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