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How Fossil Fuel Companies Could Profit From the Covid-19 Stimulus Package

On Wednesday, the Senate approved a $2 trillion covid-19 stimulus package. It could spell disaster for the climate.Read more...
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Spain overtakes China as second worst-hit country by Covid-19 – as it happened

India locks down; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus deal. This blog is now closedFollow the latest coronavirus blog for live news and updates 12.25am GMT That’s it from this blog for today. We’ve launched a new one at the link below, where I’ll be taking you through the most important new developments in this unprecedented crisis: Related: Coronavirus live news: Third of world population under lockdown as global deaths pass 21,000 12.08...
Tags: Europe, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases


Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 20,000, as Spain overtakes China as second worst-hit country

India locks down; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealCoronavirus key questions: everything you need to knowDeath toll in Spain overtakes China as lockdowns extend around globeUK coronavirus updates – liveUS coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.24pm GMT Brazil gangs have imposed strict curfews to slow coronavirus spread, write Caio Barretto Briso and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro. Drug traffickers in one of Rio de ...
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Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain passes China, as global numbers approach 20,000

India locks down; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealCoronavirus: latest developments at a glanceCoronavirus key questions: everything you need to knowDeath toll in Spain overtakes China as lockdowns extend around globeUK coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.14pm GMT The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has been giving a briefing on the virtual G7 foreign ministers meeting that began by videoconference at 7am (E...
Tags: Europe, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain passes China; Belgium hospital admissions rise by 50% in a day

India locks down; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealCoronavirus: latest developments at a glanceWhy the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisUK coronavirus updates – livePrince Charles tests positive for Covid-19See all our coronavirus coverage 1.35pm GMT Canadian banks on Tuesday followed US heavyweights in offering one-time bonuses and extra paid days off to customer-service employees who are required to work in branches and call...
Tags: Europe, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific


Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain overtakes China, and India locks down

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealWhy the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisUK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.05am GMT The head of the Netherlands’ public health institute has told the Dutch parliament that measures to control the spread of coronavirus appear to be working, Dutch News reports. Jaap van Dissel said the country...
Tags: Europe, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


Coronavirus live news: EU leaders plan Europe-wide crisis management centre as India locks down

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; US risks becoming centre of pandemic, WHO warns; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealWhy the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisUK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.35am GMT A crack down on travel and an imposition of social distancing measures are to be introduced in Iran in the next 24 hours, Patrick Wintour, the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, reports. The country’s President ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Iran


Senator Rand Paul Is the Senate’s First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, has tested positive for covid-19, becoming the U.S. Senate’s first confirmed member with the disease. Paul is the third member of Congress to test positive, and serves as a striking reminder that covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is spreading far…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Congress, Kentucky, Senate, Rand Paul, U S Senate, PAUL, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Republican senators sold stocks before markets plunged on Covid-19 fears – reports

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia have denied they kept the public in the dark Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRepublican senator Richard Burr faced demands to resign on Friday after it was reported that he sold off millions of dollars worth of stocks just before the market dropped amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic.Burr, of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, denied he had kept th...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Senate, Georgia, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Infectious Diseases, Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler, Coronavirus outbreak, Burr of North Carolina


Coronavirus: Republican senators sold stocks before markets plunged on Covid-19 fears – reports

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia have denied they kept the public in the dark Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo Republican senators have faced demands to resign after it was reported they sold off millions of dollars worth of stocks just before the market dropped amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic.Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia,...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Senate, Georgia, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Infectious Diseases, North Carolina, Richard Burr, New York Stock Exchange NYSE, Kelly Loeffler, Coronavirus outbreak


Republican senators sold stocks before markets plunged on coronavirus fears – reports

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia have denied they kept the public in the darkCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo Republican senators have faced demands to resign after it was reported they sold off millions of dollars worth of stocks just before the market dropped amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic.Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, ...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Senate, Georgia, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Infectious Diseases, North Carolina, Richard Burr, New York Stock Exchange NYSE, Kelly Loeffler, Coronavirus outbreak


Trump weighs controls on companies that take coronavirus bailouts

By JILL COLVIN and DEB RIECHMANN WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday the government should take an equity stake in some companies that need bailouts because of devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy. Trump told a briefing he has executive authority to curb the impact on businesses. “There’s a lot of executive power,” he said. “If we don’t have to use it, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” Such a move could be an extraordinary reach by governm...
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Senators Can't Work From Home During Coronavirus Pandemic, Mitch McConnell Says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t let senators work from home and will require all votes to be held in person in the chamber floor despite the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the Hill reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Congress, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Social Distancing, Decorum Must Obviously Take Precedence


Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors? Experts Opinions Clash Before Congress

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday took aim at what one witness described as a “dire threat” to the digital marketplace—the processes by which “platform monopolists” such as Google allegedly maintain a stranglehold over the range of apps and services most commonly adopted by consumers; using its own services, in fact,…Read more...
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Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors? Expert Opinions Clash in Congress

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday took aim at what one witness described as a “dire threat” to the digital marketplace—the processes by which “platform monopolists” such as Google allegedly maintain a stranglehold over the range of apps and services most commonly adopted by consumers; using its own services, in fact,…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Congress, Senate, Antitrust


A Few Republicans Threaten to Derail a Giant Senate Energy Bill Over Air Conditioner Emissions

The first major Senate energy package in over a decade may not survive because a few Republicans are trying to block regulations on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas that can be found in air conditioners or refrigerators. Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, Bills, Energy Efficiency, HFCS, Giant Senate Energy Bill Over Air


Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, March 2-4

Current daily briefings on the coronavirus can be found here. Scroll below to read previous reports, listed in eastern time.Click here for previous briefings on the coronavirus dating back to Feb. 27. The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in New Jersey has been announced by Gov. Phil Murphy. The male in his 30s has been hospitalized since Tuesday in Bergen County, which is in northern Jersey and encompasses a part of the state just across the Hudson River from Manhattan and the Bron...
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House Passes Ban on Flavored e-Cigs but White House Will Likely Veto

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved new legislation that bans the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. The bill was contentious among the Democratic caucus this week but ultimately passed with a vote of 213-195. The bill will now advance to the Senate but the Trump…Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, White House, House, House Of Representatives, 2020, Vaping, Youths, Democratic


Congress Approves $1 Billion for Rural Telecoms to "Rip and Replace" Huawei, ZTE Equipment

The Senate unanimously voted Thursday to grant rural telecom carriers a cool $1 billion in funding to help them ditch and replace any existing equipment from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE. Its official name is the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, but many simply call it the “rip and replace”…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Huawei, ZTE, Huawei ZTE Equipment


You Know We Can See the Apple Watches You Snuck Into the Impeachment Trial, Right?

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is officially underway in the Senate, and there are a few rules of decorum in place designed to keep senators focused on the historic task at hand. The only beverages allowed in the Senate Chamber during the trial are water (fine) and milk (I have questions). The only…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Mobile, Politics, Science, Technology, Senate, Cybersecurity, Apple Watch, Donald Trump, Applewatch, Tech Policy, Impeachment


Chuck Schumer Is a Last-Minute No on Trump's North American Trade Deal, Citing Lack of Climate Progress

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Trump administration’s trade deal, passed 89-10 in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday with one high-profile defection: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Senate, Environment, Pollution, Trade, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Nafta, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Tech Policy, USMCA, U S Mexico Canada Agreement USMCA


Senators Told Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices Won't Be Allowed at Trump Impeachment Trial

Senators have been told they have to leave cell phones and all other electronic devices outside the chamber when Donald Trump’s impeachment trial commences, according to “decorum guidelines” obtained by CNN.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Congress, Senate, Smartphones, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump Impeachment, Trump Impeachment Trial


Words of the year 2019: Fritinancy edition

Goodnight decade! Goodnight year! Goodnight words that made us cheer—or jeer—and which summed up the stories of 2019. So far, Oxford Dictionaries has selected climate emergency as its #WOTY19, Collins Dictionary—clearly tapping into the same zeitgeist—picked climate strike, and Cambridge Dictionary chose upcycling. In Australia, Macquarie Dictionary singled out cancel culture from a longlist of 75 words (see my own take on canceled below). Here in the US, Dictionary.com chose existential (as...
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Democrats Press for Major Election Security Boost as Budget Battle Wages On

Dozens of Senate Democrats on Monday signed a letter urging a significant increase in election security funding that’s necessary, they say, for election officials to combat potential meddling in the 2020 presidential election, among other security concerns.Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, Amy Klobuchar, 2020 Election, Election Security, Election Interference


Chuck Schumer Proposes Electric-Only Cars by 2040, But That Won't Solve Climate Change

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a $454 billion plan to remove gas-guzzling vehicles from U.S. roads by 2040. In doing so, the plan would start to address the largest chunk of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, Public Transit, Equity, Electric Cars, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Gimme High Speed Rail


TikTok Claps Back Against Senators' National Security Concerns

TikTok aimed to “set the record straight” Thursday in a company blog post detailing its practices after Congress raised national security concerns about the viral video app among other China-owned properties earlier this week. In it, TikTok maintained that its focus is entertainment, not politics, and no foreign…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Congress, Senate, China, Privacy And Security, Tiktok, Tick Tock Tiktok


Senate Passes Bill That Would Slap Robocallers With Fine of Up to $10,000 Per Call

In a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate approved a bill that would hinder robocalls and ramp up penalties for scammers who make illegal robocalls. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Senate, Scams, Robocalls, Robocall Hell


U.S. Democrats to press Trump on paying for infrastructure boost

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement late on Tuesday that Trump in April had agreed to provide "ideas for pay-fors," a term used in Washington for new taxes or government spending reductions. The pair will be joined by other key Democrats in Congress, including those on committees overseeing infrastructure issues. The Democrats made no mention of Trump's demand on Tuesday that Congress first approve a new North American free trade deal...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Senate, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Chuck Schumer


Argentine filmmaker shines light on country's abortion battle at Cannes

The film, "Que Sea Ley" - which translates as "Let It Be Law" - follows the battle to pass a bill legalizing abortion which gained widespread support but was rejected by the country's Senate last year. "It makes me ashamed that the law does not exist," the film's director Juan Solanas, told Reuters in a telephone interview from the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, where he will be joined for the showing by 20 Argentine women pushing for legalized abortions. "Women are dying in Latin...
Tags: Science, Senate, Latin America, Cannes, Reuters, French Riviera, Juan Solanas


Alabama governor signs strict abortion ban into law

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill to ban all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest bid by political conservatives challenging the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy. U.S. abortion-rights activists had already vowed to go court to block enforcement of the Alabama measure, which ranks as the nation's strictest anti-abortion law. The decision by Ivey, a Republican who opposes abortio...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Senate, Alabama, Ivey, Kay Ivey



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