Coronavirus

Despite Trump Claim, Research Shows US Covid-19 Testing Rate Just 39% of Level Needed

Despite Trump Claim, Research Shows US Covid-19 Testing Rate Just 39% of Level Needed
The U.S. would have to double its daily testing rate in order to control the coronavirus, and even more testing would be needed to suppress the outbreak.
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The Airline Bailout Loophole: Companies Laid Off Workers, Then Got Money Meant to Prevent Layoffs

The Airline Bailout Loophole: Companies Laid Off Workers, Then Got Money Meant to Prevent Layoffs
Three companies including Gate Gourmet, a global provider of airline meals, received $338 million in relief money for workers — and laid workers off anyway.
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Trump-Connected Lobbyists Have Raked in $10 Billion in Covid-19 Aid for Corporate Clients

Trump-Connected Lobbyists Have Raked in $10 Billion in Covid-19 Aid for Corporate Clients
"The crisis offered an especially lucrative opportunity for those lobbyists who enjoy close ties to President Donald Trump and his administration—and they seized it."
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USDA Uses Faulty Data to Approve Speeding-Up Meatpacking

USDA Uses Faulty Data to Approve Speeding-Up Meatpacking
More than 1,100 hogs slaughtered every hour as the pandemic cuts a deadly swath through the workforce.
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Factcheck: Trump Falsely Says COVID-19 Surge ‘Only’ Due to Testing, Misleads on Deaths

Factcheck: Trump Falsely Says COVID-19 Surge ‘Only’ Due to Testing, Misleads on Deaths
Data shows that in many places, the uptick in cases outstrips the increase in testing — and experts say it’s too soon to know whether a surge in deaths will follow.
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Factcheck: Trump Inherited More Ventilators Than Have Been Distributed

Factcheck: Trump Inherited More Ventilators Than Have Been Distributed
Contrary to President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he inherited a Strategic National Stockpile with “empty” or “bare” cupboards, the federal government had more ventilators in stock than it ended up distributing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FactCheck.org has learned.
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Senators Find $14 Billion in Unspent Funds After Trump Admits to Ordering Slowdown in Covid-19 Testing

Senators Find $14 Billion in Unspent Funds After Trump Admits to Ordering Slowdown in Covid-19 Testing
"This administration will put our country at grave risk if it tries to declare an early victory, leave lifesaving work undone, and leave resources our communities desperately need sitting untouched."
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It's a Pandemic, But Millionaire Trump Adviser Complains $600-Per-Week Boost in Unemployment Benefits Is Too Generous

It's a Pandemic, But Millionaire Trump Adviser Complains $600-Per-Week Boost in Unemployment Benefits Is Too Generous
Economists have warned that in addition to "causing avoidable human misery," ending the enhanced unemployment insurance "would severely hamper spending—and, by extension, the overall economic recovery."
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The CARES Act Sent You a $1,200 Check but Gave Millionaires and Billionaires Far More

The CARES Act Sent You a $1,200 Check but Gave Millionaires and Billionaires Far More
The stimulus checks were meant to get average Americans through the lockdown, but those $1,200 payouts were small change compared with the billions in tax breaks the CARES Act handed out to the country’s wealthiest.
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This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It’s Been Great for His Family.

This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It’s Been Great for His Family.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role. He still has ties to his family’s investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury’s bailout actions.
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