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US stock futures and Asian markets are up following China data, Monday’s gains

US stock futures and Asian markets are up following China data, Monday’s gains

US stock futures and Asian markets were up Tuesday morning following better-than-expected China data and a positive day for Wall Street Monday. Dow futures climbed 110 points, or 0.5%. S&P 500 futures were up around 0.5% and Nasdaq Composite futures gained about 0.8%. Asian markets, meanwhile, rose broadly. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.4%. South Korea’s…MORE

Why Texas will soon be the most politically important state

While the world was fixated on the coronavirus, the US Census Bureau released its latest county-by-county population estimates. And their findings make one thing abundantly clear: Texas is going to become the most important political state over the next decade. Here’s why: Growth in Texas is absolutely off the charts. Of the 10 counties with…MORE

Federal judges in 3 states block orders limiting abortion access over coronavirus

Federal judges in 3 states block orders limiting abortion access over coronavirus

Federal judges in Ohio, Texas and Alabama have blocked orders banning nonessential medical procedures from limiting abortion access during the coronavirus outbreak, a win for abortion rights activists as the fight over abortion rights intersects with the worsening pandemic. Federal Judge Michael Barrett in the Southern District of Ohio wrote Monday that the Ohio Department…MORE

Ford to build 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

Ford to build 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

Ford plans to make as many as 50,000 simple ventilators for coronavirus patients within 100 days and plans to continue producing 30,000 per month after that, the company announced Monday. The automaker said it will make the ventilators at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The factory will be staffed by 500 United Auto…MORE

US warns citizens abroad to return or they risk getting stuck

US warns citizens abroad to return or they risk getting stuck

State Department officials warned Americans stranded overseas Monday by the coronavirus pandemic that they should make plans to return to the US while the government is able to help them or be prepared to shelter in place indefinitely. “We do not know how long commercial flights will remain available, nor do we know how long…MORE

House Democrats eye ambitious fourth coronavirus bill

House Democratic leaders laid out their priorities for an ambitious fourth coronavirus response package on Monday, saying they hope to pass bipartisan legislation with more direct payments for individuals, money for state and local governments, and funding for infrastructure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said members will be working together to craft the legislation as they…MORE

Police arrest Florida pastor for holding church services despite stay-at-home order

Police arrest Florida pastor for holding church services despite stay-at-home order

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne said he wouldn’t close the doors of his Tampa, Florida, megachurch until the End Times begin. The police weren’t willing to wait that long. On Monday, Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested the evangelical pastor, who has continued to host large church services despite public orders urging residents to stay home to help contain…MORE

The moral calculus of sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

Never let a crisis go to waste. It’s a cynical maxim in politics, but one the Trump administration appears to be following now as it maintains pressure on Iran and Venezuela: Refuse to relax economic stress amid the destabilizing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, in hopes of splintering enemy regimes. Humanitarian supplies are technically exempt…MORE

Trump’s coronavirus briefings matter whether or not he tells the truth

There is one thing you know for sure when President Donald Trump holds a briefing about coronavirus: you cannot trust what he says. Since the beginning of this pandemic crisis he has evolved, contradicted himself or outright misled the American public on a very large number of very important things. CNN’s Daniel Dale and Tara…MORE

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