A new poll suggests Americans want the Supreme Court to reconvene virtually and hold oral arguments during the COVID-19 pandemic that’s shuddered the high court’s hearing schedule, which includes highly-watched cases concerning President Trump’s financial records.
Seventy-two percent of Americans said the justices should hear oral arguments virtually and 61 percent want those arguments live-streamed, according to a PSB Research poll commissioned by Fix the Court, an advocacy group that pushes for greater transparency in the court.
Just 13 percent opposed the high court hearing arguments remotely while 22 percent opposed the remote arguments being televised.
Dr. Birx: Relaxing Social Distancing Could Bring Second Wave
The coronavirus curve may be starting to flatten, which offers some "early signs of hope," but it's important that Americans not let their guard down yet, as a second wave of the virus could occur, Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, warned Wednesday.
She said Americans have been working hard to follow the national guidelines, but different locations in the nation have different levels of the disease. In places like Washington state and California, where social distancing came into play very early, "their curves look like they are persistently flat, and that's very encouraging for us."
In New York and New Jersey, the numbers seem to be stabilizing, she added, which "gives us great encouragement."
Democrats Seek to Double Trump's Next Stimulus Plan to $500 Billion
Democratic leaders in Congress said they would seek at least $500 billion in the next round of stimulus, double what the Trump administration is seeking.
The Trump administration has said it wants to quickly move $250 billion in aid to small businesses, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Wednesday that they also want to see $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion for state and local governments. Democrats are also calling for a 15% increase nutrition programs for the needy.
The next stimulus package “must provide transformational relief as the American people weather this assault on their lives and livelihoods,” the Democratic leaders said. “The American people need to know that their government is there for them in their time of great need.”
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Chicago mayor's executive order grants coronavirus benefits to illegal immigrants
Chicago immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. are eligible for all relief programs run by the city amid the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Tuesday.
Lightfoot said that includes programs for housing assistance and low-interest small business loans administered by the city.
Immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. are excluded from the $2 trillion federal relief package approved by Congress. The package is limited to those who have filed federal taxes using Social Security Numbers.
'Presidential decision': Trump shakes up D.C. as pandemic enters pivotal phase
New York reported its largest single-day increase in coronavirus deaths as President Trump directed a Washington shakeup amid the pandemic, tapping a new press secretary and removing the inspector general poised to oversee how the federal government spends $2 trillion in economic relief funding.
Mr. Trump ousted Glenn Fine as acting inspector general of the Defense Department, making him ineligible to lead a committee tracking how pandemic-relief money is doled out.
“We have a lot of IGs in from the Obama era, as you know it is a presidential decision,” Mr. Trump said. “We have reports of bias and different things coming in.”
The move sparked an outcry from Democrats, who said Mr. Trump is replacing seasoned watchdogs with “loyalists” and that it validates their push for congressional oversight of the cash, which is being stacked higher and higher.
Navy secretary resigns after calling captain of COVID-crippled carrier 'stupid'
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, just one day after audio leaked of the embattled chief accusing the fired commander of the coronavirus-hit USS Theodore Roosevelt “too naive or too stupid” to lead an aircraft carrier.
The move was the latest turn in a head-spinning five days for the Navy, which has seen the saga of the nuclear-powered Roosevelt become a symbol of the Pentagon’s challenges facing the fallout from the global pandemic. And it marks another blow to morale at the Navy itself, which is seeing its second top civilian leader forced out in the space of six months in the midst of a divisive political scandal.
Mr. Modly decided to step down after getting mixed signals on his fate from the White House, as well as a barrage of criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Capitol Hill and from some former Navy officials for handling of the Roosevelt furor.
Why humanity is worth saving and why we will be OK
Human accomplishment and progress prevail in challenging times
Even during “normal” times, we all know the importance of, every now and then, reading about the better nature of ourselves displayed in actions that are heartwarming and inspiring.
These “good stories” have become vital in our daily confrontation with existential bad news both regarding our health and the ever-increasing untenable economic situation for our nation.
Yet, as we look to actions that rarely make the news because they are the opposite of threatening and anxiety-producing, (two factors that generate clicks and viewership), I contend these are exactly the kinds of stories that are bigger than a one-off needed respite from bad news: They are actually the biggest indication of all about why humanity is worth saving and why we will be OK.
'Here we go again': Pelosi, Schiff plot new probe of Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent the last three-plus years investigating President Trump, and each time, she’s come up empty.
But she’s going to give it another go, this time as Americans are locked down while the coronavirus sweeps across the nation.
Mrs. Pelosi announced last week that she is setting up a select House committee to “assure that the taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent” — but the California Democrat also said she wants to “examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus.”