Nov 16, 2017

New GOP idea to block Roy Moore: a Strange resignation

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders are reportedly discussing the legality behind a new drastic option to save the up-for-grabs Alabama Senate seat contested by Roy Moore: they are considering having current Alabama Sen. Luther Strange resign in order to trigger a new special election, per Politico.

Why it matters: There's no guarantee that having Strange resign is actually a legal option under Alabama state law, but it shows just how far Republicans are willing to go to find a creative solution in order to save what should be a perfectly reliable GOP Senate seat.

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

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30.

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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White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

New Yorker wearing a homemade face covering. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said at a press briefing on Friday — emphasizing the guidance is "voluntary."

Why it matters: The use of face coverings could stop people who have the virus, whether they have symptoms or not, from spreading it further when they go out in public.

Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.