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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) slammed Republicans on CNN's "State of the Union" for hitting the pause button on more federal coronavirus relief for states, arguing that it's "not just blue states" that are facing massive budget shortfalls as a result of the pandemic.

What he's saying: "We announced a budget on Friday for the next four months and we had to cut or defer over $5 billion of expenditures," Murphy said. "This includes potentially laying off educators, firefighters, police, EMS, health care workers. This is not abstract. This is real. It's not a blue state issue. It's an American issue."

  • "It's not a legacy, 'you guys didn't manage yourselves in the past better,'" Murphy continued. "That has nothing to do with this."
  • "This is about keeping those very front-line workers in their jobs, doing the heroic work they're doing, at our hour of need, in the biggest health care crisis in the history of our country, the biggest economic crisis in the history of our country."

The other side: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the former governor of Florida, responded by criticizing Democrats from states like New York and New Jersey for not balancing their budgets before the crisis.

  • "New York has probably 2.5 million people less than Florida and their budget's almost double ours," Scott said on CNN. "Why? Because [Cuomo] doesn't want to cut anything."
  • "You know, he's involved in every liberal thing there is, and then he wants Florida taxpayers to bail him out. There's all these people from New York and New Jersey that moved here to get away from ridiculous taxes up there."

The state of play: Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that includes $500 billion for state governments and $375 billion for local governments. But the Trump administration and congressional Republicans have deemed it dead on arrival, largely dismissing it as a "liberal wishlist."

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stressed to President Trump at a meeting last week that the next relief package cannot exceed $1 trillion, and it should be narrowly focused on getting money in people's hands immediately, sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.

Go deeper: States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

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Updated Oct 16, 2020 - Health

U.S. coronavirus updates

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases on Friday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Coronavirus infections jumped by almost 17% over the past week as the number of new cases across the country increased in 38 states and Washington, D.C., according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios.

Aug 31, 2020 - Health

9 things for the next pandemic

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Getty Images photos: Bettmann/Contributor and Noam Galai

At some point, this will happen again. There will be another new virus and another pandemic. And while every pandemic is different, there are some universal, concrete things we can do to try to weather that storm better than we've weathered this one.

The big picture: Here are nine things the U.S. should do in the next pandemic — some big, some small, some lessons from what went wrong this time, some lessons from what‘s gone right.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

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