Republicans block Democratic effort to increase direct checks to $2,000

House Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill by Democrats to provide direct checks of $2,000 to individuals on Thursday, after President Trump called on Congress to amend a newly passed coronavirus relief bill to increase direct payments to $2,000, with $4,000 for a couple. House Republicans blocked the proposal, which Democrats tried to pass by unanimous consent, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there will be a full House vote … Continue reading Republicans block Democratic effort to increase direct checks to $2,000

Trump abruptly pulled from briefing after shots fired outside White House

President Trump was abruptly escorted out of a White House press conference on Monday after shots were fired outside of the White House. The suspect was taken to the hospital and no one else was injured, Trump said. The Secret Service later reported an ”officer involved shooting.” Trump said he was not aware of the specifics of the threat. “It seems to be very well under control,” … Continue reading Trump abruptly pulled from briefing after shots fired outside White House

Goya Foods’ CEO said U.S. ‘blessed’ to have Trump as a leader, and calls for boycott quickly followed

“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Goya CEO Robert Unanue said at a White House meeting. Goya, which says it’s the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned food brand, is facing a backlash after its chief executive met with and heaped praise on President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. On Twitter, #BoycottGoya … Continue reading Goya Foods’ CEO said U.S. ‘blessed’ to have Trump as a leader, and calls for boycott quickly followed

Model projects 200,000 people in the US could die from Covid-19 by October. Why that estimate might be low

A mix of early reopenings and disregard for personal safety measures have prompted researchers to increase their projections of Covid-19 deaths this summer. One model cited by the White House now predicts 200,000 US deaths from coronavirus by October 1 — an increase of 30,000 deaths since last week’s projection by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. That would … Continue reading Model projects 200,000 people in the US could die from Covid-19 by October. Why that estimate might be low

CDC’s Redfield in the hot seat as White House looks for someone to blame

A day after President Donald Trump privately excoriated the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Republican senators during a lunch on Capitol Hill, the fate of the agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is in question. Trump did not bring up or single out Redfield during his lunch with GOP senators, multiple sources familiar with the discussion told CNN. The director was also at the White House on Monday … Continue reading CDC’s Redfield in the hot seat as White House looks for someone to blame