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Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites vote during coronavirus pandemic

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Despite a last-minute court battle and a stay-at-home order, thousands of Wisconsin voters on Tuesday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait 6 feet (1.8 m) apart in lines for hours and cast ballots in the state's presidential primary and local elections. Learn More

 

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'I own it:' U.S. Navy secretary resigns over handling of coronavirus-hit carrier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he faced mounting backlash for firing and ridiculing the commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier who pleaded for help stemming a coronavirus outbreak onboard. More »

 

Trump removes top coronavirus watchdog, widens attack on inspectors general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump removed the inspector general (IG) who was to oversee the government's $2.3 trillion coronavirus response, a spokeswoman for the official's office said on Tuesday, fueling concerns in Congress about oversight of the relief package. More »

 

Most Americans, unlike Trump, want mail-in ballots for November if coronavirus threatens: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the government to require mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election if the coronavirus outbreak still threatens the public this autumn, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. More »

 

House panel asks Trump's acting spy chief to explain spate of firings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Intelligence Committee chairman on Tuesday called on U.S. President Donald Trump's acting spy chief to explain the removals and resignations of top intelligence officials and whether he ever tried to block probes by the intelligence community's recently fired internal watchdog. More »

 

White House looks to bolster small business lending program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House hopes Congress will nearly double the size of its program to support ailing small businesses by the end of the week, as some of the nation's largest lenders still sit on the sidelines and others remain unable to access the system. More »

 

Pelosi says U.S. administration wants more funds for coronavirus relief: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called her to ask Congress for more money to help small businesses hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, and said she agreed an existing program for small businesses "really needs money right away, because of the demand." More »

 

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to fund oil purchase for emergency reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday providing $3 billion to buy oil for the national emergency reserve as a way to help energy companies hit by the plunge in crude prices. More »

 

More high-profile lawmakers line up behind Biden's campaign

(Reuters) - Joe Biden's presidential bid won endorsements from two prominent members of Congress on Tuesday, support that could help the Democrat in his campaign for the party's nomination. More »

 

White House spokeswoman Grisham switches to first lady's staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a White House communications shakeup, press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced plans to leave on Tuesday and administration officials said she was expected to be replaced by a spokeswoman for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, Kayleigh McEnany. More »

 

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