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Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

Apr 4 2020 — — U.S. President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump’s impeachment. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Trump said in the letter that it is “vital” […]

Jared Kushner Is Going to Get Us All Killed

Apr 3 2020 — — Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror.

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

Apr 3 2020 — Matthew Daly, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The document from the House Ways and Means Committee says […]

Trump campaign calls Sessions ‘delusional’ in letter

Apr 2 2020 — Kim Chandler, The Associated Press — MONTGOMERY, Ala. — President Donald Trump’s campaign has sent a letter to Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general now running for a U.S. Senate seat, objecting to Sessions' portrayal of himself as a Trump supporter in a campaign mailer. The March 31 letter sent by Michael S. Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump […]

Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

Apr 2 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will end an oil war and dramatically cut production. The price for U.S. benchmark crude surged 24%. A global glut in production, coupled with an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, has sent energy prices to lows not seen since 2002. […]

A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

Apr 2 2020 — — A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, the latest brutal reminder of the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the U.S. economy. Analysts had predicted a jobless claims total of anywhere between 3 million and 6 million, after huge numbers of businesses across the country were forced to close down […]