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Trump thinks he’s been given vast new powers. Now he’s going to use them

The good news is that President Donald Trump is aiming to help Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, signing executive actions to extend expanded unemployment benefits and assist renters and homeowners. The bad news is that he’s seizing new powers for the presidency to do it. The first thing reporters and experts wondered when Trump announced his executive actions, was, can he do that? It’s not clear! ...

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Jewish advocacy groups slam Trump’s pick for German ambassador for bigoted comments

Several Jewish advocacy groups are opposing President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the US ambassador to Germany in light of his incendiary comments, including some unearthed by  KFile, about Germany, the Holocaust and Jewish groups. The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, J Street, the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism and B’nai B’rith have decried Trump’s choice of retired Army Col. ...

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Shortages threaten Trump’s plan for rapid coronavirus tests

The Trump administration is gambling that a new generation of fast, cheap coronavirus tests can bring the U.S. outbreak under control. The challenge now is getting enough of these tests to pursue that strategy. The rapid antigen tests, which hunt for proteins on the virus’ surface, give results in less than 30 minutes. They are less accurate than lab tests ...

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Top White House economic adviser defends Trump’s coronavirus executive actions

WashingtonThe White House’s top economic adviser on Sunday defended a series of executive actions President Donald Trump signed a day earlier to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, attempting to explain how states will be able to work with the federal government to provide assistance to Americans impacted by the crisis. Larry Kudlow told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” ...

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Donald Trump’s five revealing words

These five words may be the most un-Trumpian thing Donald Trump has ever said: “It is what it is.” He said it in an interview with Jonathan Swan, of Axios, who asked how Trump could argue that the Covid-19 pandemic was “under control” since “1,000 Americans are dying a day.” Trump responded, “They are dying, that’s true. And you have ...

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Egypt’s Sisi, France’s Macron agree on need to stop all illegal interventions in Libya: Presidency

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron exchanged point of views on the latest developments in Libya in a phone call late on Wednesday, the Egyptian presidency announced. El-Sisi highlighted the country’s efforts to settle the Libyan crisis in a manner that honours the will of the Libyan people and preserves Libya’s resources, unity, territorial integrity and, ...

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Coronavirus: What’s happening around the world on July 2

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States climbed by nearly 55,000 on Thursday — the largest daily increase any country has reported — Texas moved to make face masks mandatory in public in counties with more than 20 cases. Under a statewide order, Gov. Greg Abbott also gave local authorities the power to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people in Texas, ...

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Coronavirus: What’s happening around the world on Friday

The state’s health department’s tally of hospitalizations was higher Friday at 341 new admissions, one of the biggest daily increases since the pandemic began. Statewide, about 20 percent of ICU beds are currently available, though some hospitals have additional capacity that can be turned into ICU units. Ten Democratic legislators urged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday to require Floridians to ...

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Trump is scooping up the world’s remdesivir. It’s a sign of things to come

onald Trump has called Covid-19 a hoax, encouraged his followers to take hydroxychloroquine and threatened to cut all ties between the US and the World Health Organization. He has predicted that coronavirus will disappear one day, like a miracle, organised indoor rallies with no masks during the height of the pandemic and encouraged public health officials to slow down testing, because carrying out tests results in ...

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CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GERMANY LOST A RECORD NUMBER OF MEMBERS LAST YEAR

CNA Staff, Jun 26, 2020 / 07:30 am MT (CNA).- A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday. The statistics issued June 26 showed that 272,771 people exited the Catholic Church last year, a significant increase on the 2018 figure of 216,078. In a June 26 statement, Bishop Georg ...

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