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On first day, small business loan application process plagued with problems
hailshadow/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Across the U.S. banking industry, officials scrambled overnight to stand up a massive new government-backed lending program to help small businesses ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and many were unable to make it happen by the Friday deadline given that the Treasury Department released its guidelines for the loans late Thursday night.The $350 billion federal program -- called the Paycheck Protection Program -- was a key part of the recently-passed $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. The Paycheck Protection Program is a relief plan designed to extend loans, backed by the federal government, that become grants if the...
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Biden and Trump campaigns haven't called on Wisconsin to postpone primaries amid pandemic
3dfoto/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Wisconsin's primary elections are moving forward as scheduled on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.And despite conflicting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about limited larges gatherings, both campaigns for former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump say they won’t call on the state to postpone their respective contests.U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled on Thursday that in-person voting would not be canceled or postponed, but voters in Wisconsin now have an additional day to request an absentee ballot, until Saturday at 5 p.m.Voters will now have an additional six days to get...
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Justice Ginsburg continues 'essential' Supreme Court workouts during COVID-19 threat
YinYang/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't letting COVID-19 disrupt her world famous workouts.The 87-year-old justice is still doing her planks and leg lifts inside the US Supreme Court at a "limited private space" set up for exercise at her request, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed to ABC News.The Court's regular fitness facility for the justices and staff has been closed to conform with social-distancing guidelines imposed by public health officials."Her doctors share her view that the training sessions are essential to her well-being," Arberg said in a statement explaining the arrangement. "The space is being used exclusively by the...
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Coronavirus government response updates: Trump says CDC now advising Americans wear non-medical masks
uschools/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As the coronavirus task force weighs additional measures to take amid the pandemic, President Donald Trump continues to resist a nationwide stay-at-home directive, despite his top health official stressing more strongly than ever that strict social distancing is key to saving American lives.While Capitol Hill lawmakers are officially on recess, Democrats are pushing another round of relief amid a volatile stock market and nearly 10 million jobless claims in the past two weeks, but the Senate's Republican leader is raising concerns over the cost.Here are the latest developments in the government response:Trump: CDC now advising Americans wear...
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California governor says state will 'rely disproportionately on ourselves' amid outbreak
California Governor Gavin Newsom joins "The View," April 3, 2020. - (ABC) (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- When it comes to handling the coronavirus crisis, California Gov. Gavin Newsom anticipates his state will need to "rely disproportionately" on themselves instead of the federal government.California, which is the most populous state in the U.S., was one of the first to declare a state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of April, there are at least 9,191 diagnosed COVID-19 cases and 203 related deaths in California.When "The View" co-hosts questioned Newsom on Friday about whether he thinks governors will eventually have to bypass...
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Pentagon asked to provide 85 refrigerated trucks, 100K body bags for coronavirus response
Ivan Cholakov/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Defense Department has been tasked with providing 85 refrigerated trucks and 100,000 body bags to assist state health agencies with mortuary affairs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The requests, made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), come as the White House revealed this week that as many as 240,000 Americans could die from the virus.The 85 refrigerated trucks have been ordered to New York City where they will hold the deceased as morgue space in the city is almost full, according to a FEMA memo reviewed by ABC News. The trucks are due in...
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Fewer than half of Americans believe a return to normal will come by June: POLL
CasPhotography/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Fewer than half of Americans believe their regular daily routine will return to normal by June 1 amid sharply rising concerns over contracting the novel coronavirus, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday.In the new poll, just over nine in 10 Americans now say that the outbreak has disrupted their daily routine, showing the reach of the pandemic's impact. Among those saying this, 44% said they think they will be able to resume their regular routine by June 1, including 13% who said by May 1, while a combined 84% believe that will happen...
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White House considers plan to cover medical bills for millions of uninsured Americans
Valeriya/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is considering a plan to cover America's unpaid medical bills, possibly reimbursing hospitals with cash payouts, with some 28 million people uninsured in the United States.President Donald Trump on Thursday described it as “cash payment” that would go to a “certain group of people.” Vice President Mike Pence said the proposal would likely tap some of the $100 billion that is already earmarked for hospitals to compensate them directly for treating uninsured Americans.Pence said a final decision would be made Friday."So we're going to work it out, so we're going to try and get...
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What to do if you lost your health insurance: 'Obamacare' might still be an option
teekid/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As the nation confronts a fast-moving novel coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are fighting another crisis at home: joblessness and a loss of health insurance.It's a toxic mix that threatens to widen the scope of the crisis, particularly as many Americans don't even know what their options are.Here are three things to know:If you lost health insurance through your job, you have 60 days to enroll in 'Obamacare'Open enrollment to buy health insurance through the federally run health care exchanges -- created through the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare," -- has already passed for 2020. And this...
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Democratic National Convention has been postponed to mid August
MicroStockHub/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee postponed the party's national convention to the week of Aug. 17 over the coronavirus crisis, as the pandemic wreaks havoc on the 2020 election.The organizers behind the convention pushed back the quadrennial event, which was originally slated for mid-July, to provide "convention planners more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event," according to a release from the committee.The announcement comes less than 24 hours after former Vice President Joe Biden, the current delegate leader in the Democratic primary, told Jimmy Fallon on his late night show Wednesday, "I doubt...
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Trump campaign demands Sessions stop "misleadingly" tying himself to Trump amid Senate bid
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's campaign is calling on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop "misleadingly" tying himself to the president amid his bid to recapture his Alabama senate seat, calling the effort "delusional.”In a letter sent to the Sessions campaign obtained by ABC News, Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner called out the former attorney general over a campaign mailer that mentioned "President Trump by name 22 times," demanding his campaign stop "misleadingly [promoting] your connections to and ‘support’ of President Trump."“The Trump campaign has learned that your U.S. Senate campaign is circulating mailers like...
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How experts worry the coronavirus outbreak could cloud the 2020 general election
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The coronavirus outbreak in the United States has wreaked havoc on the presidential primary calendar, upending elections at least fifteen states, plans for summer nominating conventions and how millions of Americans will cast ballots.While concerns from some Democrats that President Trump could try to postpone the general election are largely unfounded, given the difficulty of changing the law setting out the date of the election, some experts worry that expanding voting by mail could increase the likelihood of potential voter fraud.Some states, especially those that have struggled to manage past elections, could drown under an unprecedented...
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