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A day of testy negotiations on Capitol Hill yielded little progress toward reaching a deal on another round of stimulus relief. Funding for the postal service emerged as a key sticking point.
With the pandemic keeping both presidential candidates away from their national convention sites, President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden will likely deliver speeches closer to home. Other reports on how the epidemic is affecting the November election.
Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx cites coronavirus numbers ticking up in 9 cities and California’s Central Valley as areas for concern. Meanwhile, comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro also make headlines.
President Donald Trump’s post linked to a Fox News interview in which he claims kids are “virtually immune” to the coronavirus. Facebook said that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”
A Washington Post analysis of coronavirus relief money distribution finds that hundreds of millions of dollars went to dozens of nursing home companies that settled recent lawsuits with the Justice Department over alleged improper Medicare billing, forged documents, substandard care and other abuses.
The biotech company announced its experimental vaccine yielded promising immune response in a small preliminary human trial, though it came with a high rate of mostly mild side effects.
Also in the news: a long-awaited fetal tissue advisory board convenes; stillbirths; dengue fever hits the Florida Keys; how the pandemic is affecting relationships, work and sports; and more.
Meanwhile, state governments, courts, poll workers and voters all wrestle with the potential hazards of in-person voting as primaries proceed and the November election nears.
But lawmakers and the White House are still far apart on big-ticket items. Republicans say Democrats are taking too hard a negotiating line as the Senate’s scheduled August recess looms.
Another ballot measure campaign results in voters again overruling Republican state lawmakers who refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, fewer unemployed have enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic than expected.
The total confirmed number of humans who have died from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000, according to Reuters’ count. Meanwhile, the U.S. closes in on 5 million Americans who have been infected.
President Trump continues to say that the United States is doing “very well” in its fight against the coronavirus. Evidence suggests otherwise and a number of media outlets fact check his statements.
Editorial pages focus on these pandemic topics and others.
News on how other countries are trying to deal with renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
Some people say they’re finally flying and eating inside restaurants again. Public health news is on children testing positive, dangers from not wearing masks, essential workers and more.
President Donald Trump’s plan to provide nursing homes with a speedy COVID testing machine puts a limit on the number of test kits. Other nursing home news is out of Massachusetts and West Virginia.
The wife of a man who died from COVID-19 blames President Trump, the governor of Texas and people who won’t wear masks for her husband’s death, while a man allegedly shoots a store employee who requests he don one.
“I have the right to do it,” President Donald Trump said, though he did not say what such a measure would entail. As more states consider action to protect voters’ health, the administration takes Nevada to court over its move toward universal mail-in ballots.
President Donald Trump singled out evictions and payroll taxes as areas where he may attempt to take action, as a legislative deal on the next round of coronavirus relief is unlikely to be struck this week.
And Mississippi is closing in on Florida to be the state with the most infections per capita. In one positive sign: the U.S. just reported the smallest daily case increase in over four weeks.