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Michael Atkinson: Trump fires intelligence chief involved in impeachment

Intelligence chief Michael Atkinson first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint.
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United States: COVID-19 Round 3 In D.C.: CARES Act Summary - Holland & Knight

Congress has completed three rounds of legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis
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Inspector General Michael Atkins told lawmakers about a whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment

President Donald Trump on Friday removed Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson -- who had told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment -- from his post, the President told Congress in a letter obtained by CNN.
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Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who told Congress about whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment

President Donald Trump on Friday fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who had told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment, the President told Congress in a letter obtained by CNN.
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Inspector General Michael Atkins told Congress about a whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment

President Donald Trump on Friday removed Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson -- who had told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment -- from his post, the President told Congress in a letter obtained by CNN.
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READ: Trump's letter removing intelligence community inspector general

President Donald Trump on Friday removed Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson -- who had told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment -- from his post, the President told Congress in a letter obtained by CNN.
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The week in 13 headlines

This week, President Donald Trump at last invoked the Defense Production Act as the number of coronavirus cases climbed up in the US and around the world. The White House also began discussions with Congress about yet another economic stimulus package.
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Defense Secretary Esper backed firing of carrier captain Crozier

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper backed the Navy's firing of the commander of a coronavirus-striken aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said on Friday, amid a backlash from Democrats in Congress as well as the crew of the vessel, who hailed their captain as a hero. Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of command of the Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday after a scathing letter was leaked to the public in which he called on the Navy for stronger action to halt the spread of the virus aboard the vessel. "...
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How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Dire shortages of vital medical equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile that are now hampering the coronavirus response trace back to the budget wars of the Obama years, when congressional Republicans elected on the Tea Party wave forced the White House to accept sweeping cuts to federal spending. Amon...
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Federal judge: Coronavirus poses 'grave danger' in jails, prisons; 'swift' government action needed

A federal judge urged Congress and other government officials to take "swift" action to reduce the risks to inmates posed by the coronavirus.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Pelosi Abandons Sweeping Coronavirus Legislative Agenda, Agrees to Narrowly-Tailored Phase-4 Relief Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday indicated she would support a phase-4 coronavirus relief bill without a broad infrastructure plan or many of the other unrelated legislative goals she initially called to be included in the legislation."I'm very much in favor of doing some of the things that we need to do to meet the needs of clean water, more broadband, and the rest of that. That may have to be for a bill beyond this," Pelosi told CNBC. "Right now, I think that we have a good model. It w...
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Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. For the first time since the enactment of the Refugee Act in 1980, people who come to the U.S. saying they fear persecution in their home countries are being turned away by Border Patrol agents with no chance to make a legal case for asylum. The shift, confirmed in internal Border Patrol guidance obtained by...
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Rural Counties Consider an Alternative Type of Social Distancing — Kicking Chicago Out of Illinois

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Sign up for The ProPublica Illinois newsletter for weekly updates. As she sat Wednesday on the covered deck at the 4-Way Saloon in Sidell, overlooking the town grain elevator, Leslie Powell made her way down the list of tasks she had scribbled on her yellow notepad. Asking the utility company for a payment plan was first. Powell’s husband, ...
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Before Demanding Every Member Cast a COVID-19 Vote, Tom Massie Skipped a COVID-19 Vote For a Fundraiser

As Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) explained it, his decision to try and force every last member of the House of Representatives back to Washington, D.C. in the middle of a pandemic to get their votes on a massive coronavirus relief bill was a matter of pure principle, the type of act that those truly wedded to the ideals of a constitutional republic would gladly perform. “I thought I might be signing my political death sentence,” the Kentucky Republican would say later, reflecting on the procedural m...
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United States: Supporting The Telecommunications Industry Through The COVID-19 Crisis – What You Need To Know - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Congress and federal agencies are taking action to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES Act.
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Congress' second coronavirus package could add $192 billion to federal deficit

The Congressional Budget Office has not estimated the cost of the much larger $2 trillion package that includes direct payments for Americans.
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Trump has been hesitant to invoke the Defense Production Act for medical gear. But he's already used it hundreds of thousands of times for weapons and bombs.

As The New York Times reports: Invoking the Defense Production Act is hardly a rare occurrence. As recently as last summer, the Department of Defense used it to obtain rare earth metals needed to build lasers, jet engines and armored vehicles. The Defense Department estimates that it has used the law’s powers 300,000 times a year. The Department of Homeland Security — including its subsidiary, FEMA — placed more than 1,000 so-called rated orders in 2018, often for hurricane and other disaster r...
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Congress' second coronavirus package could add $192 billion to federal deficit

The Congressional Budget Office has not estimated the cost of the much larger $2 trillion package that includes direct payments for Americans.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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The looming collapse of private health insurance

The week ending on March 21 had the greatest explosion of new unemployment claims in American history, with 3.3 million people filing for benefits — surpassing the previous weekly record by a factor of nearly five. Now we have data for the week ending March 28, which more than doubled the prior week's record. Given struggling state enrollment programs and other factors, the real damage was surely worse than that. Well over 10 million people have lost their jobs in just two weeks, and a lot m...
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United States: Employers: Navigate The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Rhoades McKee PC

Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "Act") to help employers and workers to address the challenges of the COVID-19 Outbreak.
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Hopes Dashed After Trump Mega Fan Announces Mask Hoard

Remember Robert Hyde? He was the Connecticut contractor, congressional candidate and Trump mega-fan who somehow found his way into the Trump/Ukraine scandal. He was the guy updating Lev Parnas on the team he purportedly had surveilling US Ambassador Maria Yovanovich in Kyiv, Ukraine. Seems like a lifetime ago, right? Well, he’s back. And he’s sitting on a stockpile of n95 masks. Or so he claims. This morning we saw this tweet in which Hyde announced he has ten million N95 and KN95 masks availabl...
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Trump Congratulates Businesses for Helping Fight Coronavirus. But His Own Company Has Been Absent.

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. As America’s coronavirus crisis has mushroomed, President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the efforts of businesses to meet a desperate nation’s needs. “It’s been really amazing to see these big, strong, powerful — in some cases, very small companies, family-owned companies — step up and make a lot of gre...
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Some Mom-And-Pop Shops Might Get Squeezed Out Of Relief Loan Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch a $349 billion loan program meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, critics have growing concerns that some mom-and-pop shops might get squeezed out. The Paycheck Protection Program — part of the $2 trillion relief package signed into law last week — was billed as a way to help local businesses that often form the fabric of communities retain workers and pay bills. But an expansive definition of “smal...
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Pelosi forming House committee to investigate the coronavirus outbreak

The panel will investigate the pandemic and ensure that the funding Congress has already approved, and may approve in the future, is spent wisely.
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Clyburn Tapped to Chair Coronavirus Committee after Calling Pandemic ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ to Achieve Dem Spending Goals

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) announced Thursday that she is tasking Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.) to lead a House oversight committee to ensure the government's coronavirus funds "are spent wisely and effectively.""The panel will root out waste, fraud and abuse; it will protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism," Pelosi told reporters on a press call. "The fact is, we do need transparency and accountability."She later added that the bipartisan c...
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How sensitive work in Congress is being impeded by the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Iran or its proxies may be planning a "sneak attack" against US forces, but some lawmakers say they can't evaluate the intelligence behind that assertion because the coronavirus outbreak has limited their access to classified material.
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Where Things Stand: Kushner’s Many Hats

The President’s son-in-law has quietly taken on a crucial role in the White House’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. According to a new Politico report, Jared Kushner was initially assigned a side job a few weeks ago, to work with private companies to address COVID-19 testing issues across the nation. Now, his role in the White House’s efforts has expanded significantly. Kushner has taken on an outsized role in coordinating with FEMA and has been working with the pr...
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An Outbreak Among Farm Workers Would Be Catastrophic

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- There is no evidence that Covid-19 has been transmitted by food or food packaging, according to U.S. federal health agencies.  How the virus fares among food workers may be a different story. By law, food manufacturers must prevent anyone who is sick or has a communicable disease from handling, processing or preparing food for human consumption. But much of the food supply chain is staffed by low-wage workers, many of them undocumented immigrants with limited ties to healt...
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Pelosi announces select committee to oversee U.S. coronavirus relief

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will form a bipartisan select committee on the coronavirus crisis to oversee the spending of $2.3 trillion that Congress has approved to respond to the pandemic. In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic House leader also said she believed the administration of Republican President Donald Trump was "more inclined to be supportive" than Senate Republican leaders of her push for infrastructure spending as part of a ...
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