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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (C) heads to the House Chamber to vote on a resolution to change the rules to allow lawmakers to cast votes remotely for the first time in its 231-year history, due to the constraints created by the coronavirus, May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. The House also voted on a $3 trillion economic package to aid people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    1 month ago

    7:38 am

    Trump says Pompeo asked him to fire inspector general

    By: States Newsroom Dev

    “Here’s a man that is supposed to be negotiating war and peace with major, major countries with weaponry like the world has never seen before,” Trump told reporters. “And the Democrats and the fake news media, they are interested in a man who is walking their dog.”

    Trump fired the state department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, on Friday. According to NBC, Linick has been investigating whether Pompeo and his wide made a staffer walk their dog, pick up dry cleaning and make them dinner reservations, as well as the circumstances of Pompeo’s sale of US weapons to Saudi Araba despite a congressional ban.

    “I would rather have [Pompeo] on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t,” Trump said.

    Of course, a third option would have been for the Pompeo family to hire dogwalkers and other helpers, rather than relying on state department employees to do their personal errands.

    1 month ago

    7:19 am

    Judge tosses out stay-at-home restrictions in Oregon

    By: States Newsroom Dev

    A judge in rural Oregon tossed out the state’s coronavirus restrictions, saying that the governor, Kate Brown, did not seek the legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home order. Brown is now seeking an emergency review of the decision by the state’s supreme court.

    “The science behind these executive orders hasn’t changed one bit. Ongoing physical distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings will save lives across Oregon,” Brown, a Democrat, said.

    But the judge’s decision today, in response to a lawsuit by 10 churches who argued that the state’s social distancing protocols were unconstitutional, said, “the governor’s orders are not required for public safety when plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols at larger gatherings involving spiritual worship,” he wrote.

    Judges have struck down restrictions by other Democratic governors, in Wisconsin and North Carolina.

    Earlier this month, Brown extended the state’s social distancing mandate till 6 July, but most Oregon counties have already received the state’s approval to loosen restrictions.

    Last updated:7:35 am

    1 month ago

    7:11 am

    Death toll in US surpasses 90,000

    By: States Newsroom Dev

    The coronavirus death told in the US passed 90,000 Monday, and the number of cases climbed above 1.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The milestone came as more states seek to loosen restrictions and the president tweeted, “REOPEN OUR COUNTRY!”

    The president has questioned the death toll, suggesting that the numbers have been inflated. But researchers from the CDC who analyzed deaths in New York over the past two months concluded that the actual death toll is likely higher than the reported number.

    All the states, except Connecticut, have relaxed stay-at-home orders, to varying degrees. But only 18 states showed a downward trend of new cases according to data from Johns Hopkins.

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    Last updated:7:34 am