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Nov 11 2020
The United States confirmed more than 140,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday — marking a record spike from 100,000 cases last week. John Hopkins University reported that Texas was the first state in the country to pass 1 million cases while the number of total cases in the U.S. passed 10.2 million. Coronavirus hospitalizations have increased 40% in the past two weeks, reaching 61,964 as ofWall Street Journal (News) New York Post (News) Washington Post
Feb 26 2021
Democrats cannot use budget reconciliation to pass a $15 minimum wage as part of their $1.9 trillion stimulus package, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday. Without budget reconciliation, efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 would be unlikely to reach the 60-vote threshold required to overcome a Republican filibuster. While the move drew criticism from progressivesRoll Call CNN (Online News) Washington Examiner
Oct 31 2020
On Friday, the United States recorded more than 97,000 new coronavirus cases in one day after reporting more than 91,000 infections on Thursday and 80,662 new cases on Wednesday. This marks the third day a new record has been set since 83,718 new cases were recorded on Oct. 23. The U.S. now has the highest number of cases in the world at approximately 9 million, and the highest death toll atNew York Post (News) NBC News (Online) BBC News
Aug 12 2020
The Big Ten and Pac-12 college sports conferences announced Tuesday that they will postpone football and other fall sports, citing public health concerns. The Southeastern (SEC), Atlantic Coast (ACC), and Big 12 Conferences still plan on holding fall sports seasons, including football. On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced a 10-game schedule and enhanced COVID-19 coronavirus screening protocolsCNN (Online News) USA TODAY Washington Examiner
Oct 20 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke Tuesday and are scheduled to speak again Wednesday regarding a new coronavirus stimulus package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he'd support holding a vote on the measure, but did not say when a vote might be held or how he'd vote on it. The bill Pelosi and Mnuchin are discussing willCNBC The Epoch Times Newsweek
Jul 01 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concern about recent surges of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the U.S. in a hearing Tuesday before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Many reports on all sides of the spectrum singled out notable quotes from Fauci, who warned that the U.S. could see up to 100,000 daily new cases if more control isn't restored. Some reports from leftReuters The Daily Caller CNN (Online News)
Feb 11 2021
President Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for two hours on Wednesday in their first call since Biden took office. According to a White House readout, Biden “underscored his fundamental concerns” on China’s economic practices and its actions towards Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan, as well as the “shared challenges” of the COVID-19 pandemic, global health security, climateFox News (Online News) Reuters New York Times (News)
Jun 25 2020
Internal Revenue Services (IRS) sent roughly 1 million checks to deceased people, amounting to about $1.4 billion, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, an independent government watchdog. The IRS did not believe it had the legal authority to withhold the payments, until reversing course for reasons unclear on April 30. The $1.4 billion equals roughly .5% of all thePolitico Forbes MarketWatch
May 01 2020
Labor strikes and protests are happening throughout the United States and across the world on Friday, May 1, known as "May Day" or "International Workers' Day." Many are calling for better working conditions for "essential" workers, or for re-openings of regional economies as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt working life and endanger those with jobs deemed essential.The Nation Associated Press Fox News (Online News)
Jun 11 2020
All three major U.S. market averages took a significant dip on Thursday; the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.9 percent, the S&P 500 dropped 5.9 percent and the Nasdaq Composite slid 5.3 percent.
Reports from throughout the political spectrum connected the market dip to budding fears of a COVID-19 coronavirus resurgence; left-rated outlets were more likely to focus on the factU.S. News & World Report CNBC New York Post (News)