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Congress nowhere close to a coronavirus deal as unemployment spikes

Congress nowhere close to a coronavirus deal as unemployment spikes

Politics
Senate Republicans have no plans to unveil an alternative to the massive relief bill passed by House Democrats. Americans hoping for the next round of coronavirus relief will probably be waiting for weeks — if not much longer Though House Democrats on Friday passed a sweeping, $3 trillion stimulus bill built around aid for local governments and a fresh batch of direct payments to the public, the Republican Senate majority has no immediate plans to produce an alternative. Instead, senators are expected to consider a handful of lifetime judicial appointments this week and then head home for the Memorial Day recess. There’s basically zero bipartisan talk among congressional leaders right now in Washington about what to do next. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch M...
Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns

Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns

Politics
State leaders are facing objections even as they begin lifting some restrictions The raging public debate over statewide coronavirus lockdowns is running in parallel to a series of legal battles in state capitals — and the lockdown skeptics got a big boost this week. The decision by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to toss Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide shelter-in-place order set off a scramble in cities across the state to impose their own local restrictions. Elsewhere, bars and restaurants shut down by the order declared themselves open for business. And legal challenges are continuing to pile up across the country — even as governors who extend their state’s shelter-in-place orders begin peeling back some restrictions. The plaintiffs are business owners, aggrieved private ci...
How chatter and conservative anger upended a White House staffing search

How chatter and conservative anger upended a White House staffing search

Politics
A premature announcement leaked, conservatives were mad and people in the White House were hearing different messages. In early May, White House aides had seemingly settled on Derek Lyons as President Donald Trump’s next top domestic policy adviser. They told reporters as much. A week later, though, Brooke Rollins got the job, according to five people familiar with the situation, including two White House officials. And Lyons got a promotion to counselor to the president, while keeping his job as White House staff secretary. The abrupt shuffle at the Domestic Policy Council was the result of several typical Trump-era factors: an announcement that got out early, conservative anger and differing internal messages. “Nothing’s done until it’s done, and that’s always been true ...
Val Demings’ stock rises on VP shortlist

Val Demings’ stock rises on VP shortlist

Politics
The Florida congresswoman is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and congressional Democrats Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president is deep in Democratic talent, filled with governors, senators and former rivals for the presidential nomination. But one of the least-known among them is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and Democrats in Congress — Val Demings. The presumptive nominee himself acknowledged her appeal after joining the Florida congresswoman on a virtual campaign stop at a food bank in Orlando, her hometown. “She is one of a group of close to a dozen really qualified and talented women who are on the list,” Biden said in a May 7 interview with an Orlando television news station. “She's...
Fred Willard, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Modern Family’ comedy star, has died

Fred Willard, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Modern Family’ comedy star, has died

Entertainment, Politics
Fred Willard, the comedic actor known for his roles in movies including "Best in Show" and "This is Spinal Tap" and TV sitcoms "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Modern Family," has died.The star died peacefully on Friday "at the fantastic age of 86 years old," his daughter, Hope Mulbarger, confirmed to CNN."He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever," Mulbarger said.His death comes nearly two years after the passing of his wife of 50 years, Mary Willard, who died in 2018 when she was 71 years old.Fred Willard and Will Ferrell in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."The four-time Emmy nominee, who grew up in Ohio, spread joy through his talent for making people laugh. His work included comedies like "A Mighty Wind" an...