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'Frankly Frightening': Dems Slam Trump's Coronavirus Response, Urge Filling Long-Vacant Health Posts

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Gizmodo House Democrats on Wednesday signed a letter urging President Trump to restore two teams within the national security apparatus dedicated to global health threats, calling the administration’s response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus “dangerously inadequate” and “frankly frightening.” “In the face of such a threat, the American people need to know that there is a strategy being exe... Read more »

Market Watch: The U.S. created 514,000 fewer jobs in 2018-19 than originally reported — here’s what that means

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The U.S. created 514,000 fewer jobs in 2018-19 than originally reported — here’s what that means By Jeffry Bartash - 02/07/2020 The U.S. economy created about a half-million fewer jobs in 2019 and 2018 than it first appeared, but it doesn’t mean the labor market isn’t strong. The government as expected pruned the level of overall U.S. employment by 514,000 as of March 2019, with almost all of the ... Read more »

The Guardian: Trump fires second key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland in Friday purge – as it happened

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Trump fires second key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland in Friday purge – as it happened By Lois Beckett, Lauren Aratani & Paul Owen - 02/07/2020 The twin brother of Lt Col Alexander Vindman, a national security expert who testified during Trump’s impeachment trial about his concerns about the president pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, his political rivals, was also fired by the Wh... Read more »

Washington Examiner: Tax cut proponents blame weak business investment on Trump trade wars

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Tax cut proponents blame weak business investment on Trump trade wars By Sean Higgins - 02/05/2020 President Trump's trade wars have undercut the economic benefits of his tax cuts, proponents of the 2017 tax code overhaul say. Administration officials are hoping that Trump's newly signed trade deals will lead to the realization of the promised boost in investment from the tax code overhaul. The ta... Read more »

The Hill: Slowing economy complicates campaign messaging for Trump

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Slowing economy complicates campaign messaging for Trump By Sylvan Lane and Naomi Jagoda - 02/02/2020 President Trump is heading into the 2020 campaign with a resilient economy behind him and new trade deals under his belt, counting on both to help bolster his reelection odds. But as Trump claims credit for extending the longest-ever stretch of U.S. economic prosperity, recent government figures s... Read more »

BBC News: Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs

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Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs By BBC News Staff - 1/30/2020 US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could be positive for the American economy. During a TV interview Mr Ross said: "I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America". The rapid spread of the disease has raised fears about its impact on the Chinese ec... Read more »

Virginia Mercury: Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

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Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan By Robin Bravender - 1/30/2020 U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from th... Read more »

EVENT: Congressman Beyer Hosts REAL ID Event

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Still need to get your REAL ID? Congressman Don Beyer will host his DMV Connect, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ “office in a suitcase,” during a special REAL ID event on Saturday, February 8. Space for this event will be extremely limited, but Rep. Beyer intends to host more REAL ID events to assist constituents in the future. RSVP to Congressman Beyer's event here: https://www.eventbr... Read more »

The Hill: House Democrats push back on Trump's efforts to take credit for the economy

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House Democrats push back on Trump's efforts to take credit for the economy By Naomi Jagoda - 01/28/2020 House Democrats on Tuesday sought to push back on efforts by President Trump to take credit for positive economic data, as the president is set to make the economy a key part of his reelection message. During a series of speeches on the House floor, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and key c... Read more »

Connection Newspapers: After Virginia Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

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After Virginia Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment By Connection Newspaper Staff - 01/28/2020 Rep. Don Beyer (D-8), a longtime supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and cosponsor of legislation to extend the deadline for ratification, issued the following statement after the Virginia General Assembly voted to ratify the ERA: “Today, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Ri... Read more »