Dec 10, 2018

Supreme Court won't hear Planned Parenthood funding case

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The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't hear a case involving funding for Planned Parenthood. Several lower courts have said individual Medicaid recipients can challenge their state governments' efforts to cut off Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding, and the Supreme Court's inaction will leave those rulings in place.

Between the lines: This was one of the issues liberals worried about when Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated. But Kavanaugh stayed silent while three of his conservative colleagues — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch — criticized the court's decision not to get involved.

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Serological coronavirus testing could be key to economic reopening

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

America's economy won't reopen anytime soon, despite frantic CEO whispers, but a glimmer of hope may be emerging in the form of serological testing.

Why it matters: Serologic tests aren't to determine whether or not you're infected with coronavirus. They are to determine if you have potential immunity that could allow you to safely return to work.

Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash

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Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it.

Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, including meeting payroll and paying rent.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,600

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,600 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday the coming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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