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In the race for control of the Senate, there are signs that one state in particular is emerging as the key to the majority: North Carolina.
Over the past week, the two top Republican and Democratic super PACs focusing on Senate campaigns have booked nearly $50 million in fall ad reservations in North Carolina nearly twice as much as the combined $25.7 million the two groups spent in Iowa, the state with the second highest investment.
The state is set for a general election match-up between Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham. Campaign aides and operatives on both sides of the aisle see the race as something of a bellwether for their parties' larger political fortunes.
What. The. Ever. Loving. Fuck!!!!!!
The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.
President Donald Trump and administration officials recently said they were considering relaunching HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment site, and insurers said they privately received assurances from health officials overseeing the law's marketplace. However, a White House official on Tuesday evening told POLITICO the administration will not reopen the site for a special enrollment period, and that the administration is "exploring other options."
The annual enrollment period for HealthCare.gov closed months ago, and a special enrollment period for the coronavirus could have extended the opportunity for millions of uninsured Americans to newly seek out coverage. Still, the law already allows a special enrollment for people who have lost their workplace health plans, so the health care law may still serve as a safety net after a record surge in unemployment stemming from the pandemic.
Numerous Democratic-leaning states that run their own insurance markets have already reopened enrollment in recent weeks as the coronavirus threat grew. The Trump administration oversees enrollment for about two-thirds of states.
There is a very different tone in this presser.
2:58 PM · Mar 31, 2020·Twitter for iPad
Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and
Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.
Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.
This is a freaking nightmare.
Former Vice President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with health care workers and first responders combating the coronavirus pandemic in an ad released Tuesday.
"This is a war, and these are our soldiers," Biden says in the digital ad, titled American Heroes, over footage of paramedics and nurses. The ad is airing in battleground states.
"As president, I wouldn't send an American soldier anywhere in the world without all the equipment and protection they need. We should not do any less for the heroes on the frontlines in this battle we're in now," Biden continues.
Amid the pandemic, the former vice president says, were being challenged, tested, pushed to our limits, and I couldnt be prouder of the American people and how theyre responding. Biden emphasized that health care workers and first responders demonstrate the soul of this nation.
Every registered voter in Iowa will be sent an absentee ballot request form ahead of the states June 2 primary, the Iowa Secretary of States Office announced Tuesday.
"My office will be mailing an absentee ballot request form to every registered voter in Iowa for the June 2 primary. Includes postage paid for returning request to county auditor. We're encouraging Iowans to vote by mail starting 4/23 to help reduce spread of #COVID19," Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said in a tweet.
he ballot request forms will be sent in mid- to late April, according to the Des Moines Register.
The primary for state and federal elections is scheduled to take place as planned, but Pate is reportedly encouraging voters to vote by the mail-in absentee ballots out of safety due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In one of the least surprising moves ever, President Trump declared barely moments after Congress sent him its $2 trillion economic rescue package that he would not abide by a key restriction on all the money it contains for bailing out businesses.
Trump announced that he saw no legal obligation to cooperate with an inspector general created by the new law to audit how his Treasury Department hands out some $500 billion in funds immediately reviving the worst fears of progressives that Trump would treat the bailout money like a slush fund to hand out to misbehaving corporations.
Into this breach is stepping Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Massachusetts Democrat seeks to put Trump and Mnuchin on notice, in a novel way that will bear watching.
At stake is whether true public need will be served by this massive rescue effort, or whether Trump, Mnuchin and big corporations will hijack it to their benefit even as the rest of the country endures extraordinary hardship amid a horrific public health emergency and a brutally punishing recession.
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