Day: March 24, 2020

Trump Postpones Real ID Requirements Due to Virus Concerns

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President Donald Trump said Monday he was delaying the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for Americans to get a Real ID to travel, as part of an effort to limit people’s exposure to the coronavirus.

Source: Trump Postpones Real ID Requirements Due to Virus Concerns

Hong Kong Expats Point Fingers Over Who’s Spreading Coronavirus

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Late last week, as Hong Kong reported a spike of new coronavirus cases, Sean Brown was alarmed to see a group of foreign families board a local bus without wearing the surgical masks worn by nearly everyone else in the city.

Source: Hong Kong Expats Point Fingers Over Who’s Spreading Coronavirus

Lindsey Graham: “There is no functioning economy unless we control” coronavirus

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Monday that he is basing his decisions for coronavirus policy on information from “healthcare professionals like Dr. Fauci and others, not political punditry.” Why it matters: In an apparent public rebuke, Graham added a link to a Washington Post article about the Trump administration’s signals that it might move to loosen restrictions on businesses at the end of the White House’s 15-day social distancing period as an economic salve, as reported by Axios’ Jonathan Swan .

Source: Lindsey Graham: “There is no functioning economy unless we control” coronavirus

Procedural vote on coronavirus stimulus fails for 2nd time in 24 hours

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A procedural vote on Senate Republicans’ $1.8 trillion Phase 3 stimulus package failed on Monday for the second time in less than 24 hours. The big picture: Patience is wearing thin on Capitol Hill as talks over providing desperately needed aid to Americans and businesses continue to stall.

Source: Procedural vote on coronavirus stimulus fails for 2nd time in 24 hours

Understanding the backlash to coronavirus lockdowns

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Just a week after getting everyone on board with a coronavirus lockdown, President Trump is already teasing its end. Between the lines: It’s hard not to sympathize with folks who are asked to shoulder an unfair share of the burden when they aren’t the ones calling the shots.

Source: Understanding the backlash to coronavirus lockdowns

Trump offers rare praise for Fed chair Jerome Powell amid coronavirus

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President Trump said Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has “really stepped up,” offering rare praise during a press conference on Monday. Why it matters : It mark a big shift in Trump’s tone on Powell — who he’s bashed for months — after a series of measures announced by the Fed in recent days to ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus .

Source: Trump offers rare praise for Fed chair Jerome Powell amid coronavirus