Aug 2, 2017

GOP senators unfazed by Trump's threat to cut insurance subsidy

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Senate Republicans are unfazed by President Trump's threats to revoke subsidies they receive to help pay for health insurance, Politico reports.

Sen. Bob Corker: "If that's what he wants to do, he ought to just do it... probably he's learned over the last couple of weeks, threats don't really go over particularly well. My advice would be to either do it or don't do it."Sen. John Thune said his only concern was that staffers would have to pay more. Sen. Ron Johnson actually welcomes the policy.The back story: The ACA requires members of Congress and their staffs to get coverage through its exchanges. But the Obama administration allowed for subsidies like those many private sector employees receive from employers, out of a concern talented staffers would leave rather than pay the full cost.

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Scoop: Google to lift coronavirus ad ban, including political ads

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Google will begin to allow some advertisers to run ads across its platforms that address the coronavirus, according to a Google memo sent to clients and obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats have argued that in banning attack ads targeting President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, including on YouTube, Google was shielding his campaign in a critical election year.

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More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Florida and Georgia governors ordered all residents to stay at home late Wednesday, with exceptions for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 956,588 — Total deaths: 48,583 — Total recoveries: 202,728Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 216,722 — Total deaths: 5,137 — Total recoveries: 8,672Map.
  3. Stimulus updates: Social Security recipients won't need to file a tax return to receive their checks.
  4. Jobs update: 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, a staggering number that eclipses the record set on March 26.
  5. States' latest: Florida's slow response may have made its coronavirus outbreak worse — Nearly 40 states have issued stay-at-home orders.
  6. National updates: The Grand Canyon closed after a resident tested positive for coronavirus.
  7. World update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-entered self-quarantine after his health minister tested positive for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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