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Fed may finance medical response and more under U.S. House bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is considering authorizing the Federal Reserve to pay the tab as local governments ramp up shipments of testing equipment, masks and ventilators desperately needed to diagnose coronavirus cases, treat patients and keep medical personnel safe. Emergency legislation pending in Congress would use the Fed’s financial might to bankroll state […]

Coronavirus: Special flights to get Britons home as emergency travel loan offered

Special flights are being set up to get Britons stranded because of the coronavirus lockdown home, the foreign secretary has announced. Dominic Raab said Singapore had agreed to be the transit hub where people stuck in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Peru could fly through on their way back to the UK. He also […]

'Dilly-dallying around': Coronavirus relief again falls short in U.S. Senate vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A far-reaching coronavirus economic stimulus package failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday as Democrats said it contained too little money for hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help big businesses. The 49-46 vote left the sweeping measure short of the 60 votes needed to advance, as […]

Coronavirus: Emergency laws as UK heads towards lockdown

Boris Johnson is attempting to race sweeping new laws on coronavirus through the Commons in a day, as the UK faces the prospect of a total lockdown in the next 24 or 48 hours. MPs are returning to the Commons after the weekend to debate the government’s Coronavirus Bill in all its stages, before it […]

Emergency measures announced to help renters struggling during COV19 pandemic

The government has said it will table emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, expected in the Commons next week, will mean that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As part of the […]

Democratic leader Schumer criticizes Trump's call for $1,000 checks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned of an economic recession as the coronavirus spreads through the country and criticized the Trump administration’s latest call for issuing $1,000 checks to Americans in response. “The coronavirus is slowing our economy to a near standstill and we are almost certainly anticipating a […]

Sanders to 'assess his campaign' after another round of bruising losses: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders plans to talk with supporters to “assess his campaign” after bruising losses to Joe Biden in the most recent round of voting, his campaign said in a statement on Wednesday. “The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having […]

The Bernie Sanders Revolution Has Moved to Mom’s Couch

Ruth Geye, 21, a college student in New York, was disappointed to see her senior spring cut short when New York University announced on March 9 a move to remotely hold classes. But she quickly realized that going back to Shaker Heights, Ohio, meant closer proximity to family members she can enlist in campaign work […]

Biden routs Sanders in Florida and Illinois, projected to win Arizona

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden rolled to blowout victories in Tuesday’s three Democratic presidential primaries, expanding his lead in the race to challenge President Donald Trump in November and increasing pressure on rival Bernie Sanders to end his campaign. Biden was projected by Edison Research and television networks to win Arizona after he crushed Sanders […]