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6.36pm GMT

The Washington Post reports on a growing rift in the Trump administration as the president weighs l...

Trump signs coronavirus bill ordering free testing and aid for workers

Measure introduced by Democrats will expand Medicaid and unemployment benefits and mandate paid sick leave for some

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Donald Trump has approved legislation that will expand Medicaid and unemployment benefits, mandate paid sick leave and childcare leave for certain employees, and order free coronavirus testing, in an effort to to limit the damage from the pandemic.

The bill, introduced by House ...

Democratic primaries: three states head to polls amid coronavirus crisis – live

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11.43pm GMT

Bernie Sanders delivered remarks on the coronavirus crisis, predicting it would cost the US up to $2 tri...

Bernie Sanders lost his last chance to take Joe Biden down | Nathan Robinson

On the whole, Sanders delivered the kind of performance that he needed to at this stage, with Biden now the favorite to win the nomination

A stark contrast was on display Sunday night, and both candidates on the Democratic debate stage knew it. Though Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were united in their criticism of Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus, they clashed repeatedly on policy issues, and even their core messages on the virus were very different.

For Biden, coronavirus...

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2.33pm GMT

The White House, exercising “an abundance of caution”, announced Monday it had cancelled its annual Easter E...

Ex-Obama official warns US health system faces ‘tsunami’ over coronavirus

Andy Slavitt, formerly Medicare and Medicaid administrator, tweets outline of threat after ‘Trump’s months-long denial’

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Hospitals in the US could be overrun by coronavirus cases in little more than a week, a former Obama administration senior health official has warned, fearing a “tsunami-like” escalation that would leave tens of thousands in need of inpatient medical care but unlikely to receive i...

Biden and Sanders cancel rallies over coronavirus concerns – live

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10.28pm GMT

Asked whether Trump — a self-described germaphobe — would continue to shake hands with people amidst the spread of coronavirus, the vice president said he expects so.

“Well, ...

Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary: ‘This campaign is taking off’ – live

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4.02am GMT

That’s it from me in Columbia, South Carolina. Here’s how tonight’s primary shook out:

3.52am GMT

There will be considerable debate over the next few days about what Joe Bi...

Millions of uninsured Americans like me are a coronavirus timebomb | Carl Gibson

I haven’t gone to the doctor since 2013. When you multiply my situation by 27.5 million, that’s a scary prospect

Like 27.5 million other Americans, I don’t have health insurance. It’s not for a lack of trying – I make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to buy a private health insurance plan on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Since I can’t afford to see a doctor, my healthcare strategy as a 32-year-old uninsured American has been simply to sleep eight hours, eat veget...

Bernie Sanders’ plans may be expensive but inaction would cost much more | Robert Reich

Facing existential challenges, we must spend heavily on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and similar plans

In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, the former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg charged that the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders’ policy proposals would cost $50tn. Holy Indiana.

Larry Summers, formerly chief White House economic adviser for Barack Obama, puts the price tag at $60tn. “We are in a kind of new era of radical proposal,” he told CNN.

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