Ultra-Right Congressman Fights His Own Party

Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life — but not because he’s compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. His Republican opponents in next week’s primary aren’t raking him over the coals for making light of rape and incest. His chief rival’s ads don’t mention the time King wondered when the term “white supremacist” became offensive.

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WHO Says US Hasn’t Shared Alleged Evidence on Virus’ Origin

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Monday that it has received no evidence from the U.S. government to back up allegations by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

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GOP Leaders Face Scrutiny for Malaria Drug Purchases

Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat Covid-19 patients that many other states obtained for free and that doctors warned should not be used without more testing.

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Census Delay Could Postpone Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is in power, what laws pass or fail and whether communities of color get a voice in their states.

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White House Sees Reopening as Political Imperative

For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to persuade Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home. Now, as President Trump aims for a swift nationwide reopening, he faces a new challenge: convincing people it’s safe to come out and resume their normal lives.

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Even Republican Governors Are Pushing Back at Trump

A chorus of governors from both parties pushed back hard Monday after President Trump accused Democrats of playing “a very dangerous political game” by saying there is a shortage of tests for coronavirus. The governors said the White House must do more to help states do the testing that’s needed before they can ease up on stay-at-home orders.

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