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Greg Stohr Trump this week moved to fill the only two open federal appeals court slots, nominating a pair of outspoken conservatives and drawing new protests from liberal groups. The latest is Justin Walker, whom Trump said Friday he would nominate for a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of […]

Nina Totenberg The U.S. Supreme Court has once again postponed oral arguments scheduled for this spring, but this time the court seemed to hint it might not hear arguments in most cases until next term. Following postponement of arguments scheduled for the last two weeks of March, the court on Friday announced that it would […]

Melissa Block As hospitals around the country fill with COVID-19 patients, medical personnel are sounding the alarm about shortages of drugs essential to those patients’ care. “We have seen an increase in demand on pharmaceuticals that’s unprecedented,” says Daniel Kistner, who manages the pharmacy program for Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates lower prices with drug […]

 Liz Calvario‍ Idris Elba is slamming a conspiracy theory that celebrities have been paid to say they have coronavirus. The actor, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, took to Instagram Live to debunk the rumor that recently surfaced. “I think the debate about rich and poor and who’s getting it and who’s not, I think, is not a healthy debate,” […]

Bobby Allyn, NPR Workers in at least eight Amazon warehouses across the country have tested positive for coronavirus, just as the e-commerce giant ramps up hiring to meet surging online sales. In recent days, warehouse workers at two separate sites in New York City, in Staten Island and Queens, in addition to employees at warehouses in Jacksonville, Fla., Oklahoma City, Brownstown, […]

Scott Neuman The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced early Wednesday that the White House and Senate had reached a deal for an unprecedented $2 trillion spending package aimed at propping up individuals, businesses and the nation’s health care system amid the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. White House legislative affairs director […]

Natalie Andrews and Lindsay Wise WASHINGTON—Disagreements emerged among senators over how to help individual Americans during the coronavirus pandemic as lawmakers raced to meet a midnight deadline Friday to reach agreements on a wide-ranging stimulus package. Lawmakers debated whether to give cash payments directly to Americans, expand unemployment insurance or some combination of the two. […]

CLAUDIA GRISALES , SUSAN DAVIS , KELSEY SNELL President Trump signed the latest coronavirus aid package into law Wednesday evening. The Senate approved the new round of emergency funding earlier Wednesday. The economic relief bill marks the second such aid package in a matter of weeks. The legislation passed Wednesday provides paid sick and family […]

Claudia Grisales, NPR With supporters calling it more than 100 years in the making, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that makes lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in U.S. history. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was approved in a vote of 410-4. Only three Republicans and one independent representative voted […]

Vanessa Romo, NPR Hours after the White House rejected the idea of appointing a coronavirus czar, President Trump on Wednesday put Vice President Pence in charge of the administration’s response to the disease. “We’re doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge,” Trump said, noting that Pence’s experience as governor of Indiana […]

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