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A daily news roundup on the latest headlines happening in America. Follow us on Twitter @InAmericaPod for the latest stories.
61 Episodes
Quick Take Pandemic measures are extended in Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and California. California reports a near doubling in coronavirus cases over the past week. The WHO will investigate the original source of the virus in Wuhan, Chan. NYC cuts the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion and cancels the planned hiring of 1,163 police officers.
Quick Take Outbreaks are prompting from restaurants and bars as indoor dining restrictions are lifted. Vice President Mike Pence urged the public to wear masks during a visit to Texas. Governors criticize the Trump Administration for deferring pandemic responsibility to states. The rate of positive coronavirus cases in Arizona climbs above 20 percent.
Quick Take Miami prepares to close beaches from July 3rd to the 7th amid record breaking case counts. New CDC data suggests 10 times higher case counts than reported in some parts of the county. A federal judge ordered the release of migrant children held in family detention centers. 43 percent of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Quick Take Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he does not intend to move to the next phase of reopening. Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott reversed reopening measures, ordering all bars to close. The S&P 500 was down about 2 percent as news broke about re-imposed restrictions. Dr. Fauci warned that coronavirus outbreaks largely in the South and West could engulf the country.
Quick Take Texas pauses its reopening process and moves to free up hospital space for virus patients. NYC is on track to enter Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on July 6. The government reported that over 1 million stimulus checks, worth $1.4 billion, were sent to dead people. Disneyland cancels its plan to reopen California theme parks on July 17th.
Quick Take California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state recorded more than 7,000 new cases today. Federal funding for 13 COVID-19 testing sites is set to end on June 30th. The GOP Justice Act was blocked by Senate Democrats, calling for more stringent police reform. Caesars Entertainment is now requiring everyone to wear masks while indoor at its hotels and casinos.
Quick Take The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the global economy will shrink 4.9 percent this year. More than 35,000 new coronavirus cases were reported across the country yesterday. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will begin requiring certain out-of-state travelers to quarantine. The S&P 500 fell more than 2 percent largely from shares of retailers, airlines and cruise companies.
Quick Take Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers that the nation is experiencing a “disturbing surge” of coronavirus infection. Arizona reported a record 3,591 new cases and 42 deaths. President Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the issuance of new work visas. Steven Mnuchin said that he could foresee another economic stimulus package passing in Congress by the end of July.
South Carolina reported a new record high of 990 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. AMC Theaters reversed its stance on mask wearing in cinemas. The Fed works to create more coin supply as the pandemic disrupted circulation. Apple temporarily closes 11 retail stores amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.
Quick TakeFormer Atlanta police officer faces murder charges in Rayshard Brooks shooting. More than one million Americans applied for state unemployment benefits for the 13th straight week. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed that the city will ease more restrictions on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he will allow mayors to require mask wearing.
Quick TakeOver the last 24 hours, Florida reported 2,783 new cases, Texas reported 2,622, and reported Arizona 2,392. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says NYC is on track to enter its next phase of reopening as soon as Monday. Stocks on Wall Street drift as investors regrouped after a week of turbulent trading. Tulsa health officials voiced concerns over the Trump rally on Saturday.
Quick TakeAtlanta's Police Chief stepped down after officers shot and killed a black man. Scientists at the University of Oxford say a steroid drug could reduce coronavirus deaths. Officials in Tulsa, Okla., warn that President Trump’s indoor rally could lead a spike in cases. Texas and Arizona continue to see a surge in coronavirus cases.
Quick TakeTexas and Florida report their highest daily totals of new coronavirus infections. CDC forecasts suggest up to 140,000 COVID-19 related deaths by July 4th. Stocks on Wall Street rose Friday, rebounding from their steepest drop in months. 1.7 million Americans are waiting for their passports after the State Department shut down.
Quick TakeAn additional 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. Education Secretary issues emergency rule banning virus relief funds to undocumented students. Oregon pauses efforts to reopen the state’s economy for a week amid a recent rise in cases. Twitter removes more than 23,000 fake accounts coordinated to spread misinformation about China’s response to the virus.
Quick TakeStarbucks to permanently close 400 stores in North America, including 200 stores in Canada. The Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged at near zero. Coronavirus cases are rising in 21 states since restrictions have been lifted. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns protests could lead to a spike in new infections.
Quick TakeNYC begins phase one reopening, allowing as many as 400,000 workers to return to work. NY lawmakers approve a bill allowing prosecutors to charge police officers who use chokeholds. Arizona urges hospitals to fully activate their emergency plans amid an increase in cases. President Trump promotes a new conspiracy theory against a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo.
Quick Take Minneapolis City Council members pledge to dismantle the city’s Police Department. President Trump orders National Guard troops to begin withdrawing from D.C. FDA discourages the reuse of certain N95 masks manufactured in China. Tropical storm hits southeast Louisiana, causing 3 to 5 feet of flooding across the coastline.
Quick TakeA 75-year-old protester suffers a serious head injury after being shoved to the ground by police officers. A new video shows Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old black man, dying while in custody by police officers. The national unemployment rate has fallen to 13.3 as employers added 2.5 million jobs in May. Mall operator sues Gap for nearly $66 million in unpaid rent.
Quick TakeThe U.S. Department of Health will provide up to $1.2 billion to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine. Fraudsters targeting Washington State’s unemployment system siphoned millions of dollars. Stanford economist estimates that 42 percent of recent layoffs will result in permanent job loss. Long Island and the suburban counties north of New York City could begin reopening next week.
Quick Take38 million people have filed claims for unemployment benefits over the past nine weeks. Thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes in Michigan after catastrophic flooding.  New York State is investigating 157 cases of a new life-threatening childhood illness. President Trump’s former personal lawyer who has been released from federal prison.
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