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The week in 13 headlines

This week, President Donald Trump at last invoked the Defense Production Act as the number of coronavirus cases climbed up in the US and around the world. The White House also began discussions with Congress about yet another economic stimulus package. Monday House Democrats eye ambitious fourth coronavirus bill CNN Poll: Americans divided over government…MORE

10 leaders who mattered most on coronavirus response this week

Each week during the nationwide fight against the coronavirus — and we are officially through the third week now — I am looking at 10 leaders — usually politicians, but not exclusively — whose voices mattered that week in addressing the pandemic and working to find solutions to get the country through this. (You can…MORE

SBA loan program glitches reveal challenge in rolling out billions in coronavirus aid

SBA loan program glitches reveal challenge in rolling out billions in coronavirus aid

Technical glitches, lender frustrations and lawmakers even live tweeting their own problems with Friday’s rollout overshadowed the first hours of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, the new loan program that was designed to help put millions directly into the hands of small business owners affected by coronavirus. In less than a week, the…MORE

Delta CEO: ‘We still haven’t seen the bottom’

Delta CEO: ‘We still haven’t seen the bottom’

Delta Air Lines expects revenue over the next three months to be down 90%, with no end of the industry’s troubles in sight. “Even as Delta is burning more than $60 million in cash every day, we know we still haven’t seen the bottom,” said CEO Ed Bastian warned employees that Friday. He said April’s…MORE

Trump announces new face mask recommendations after heated internal debate

Trump announces new face mask recommendations after heated internal debate

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration was now recommending Americans wear “non-medical cloth” face coverings, a reversal of previous guidance that suggested masks were unnecessary for people who weren’t sick. Trump said the recommendations, which came after a week of heated deliberations inside the White House, were voluntary and that he would not partake.…MORE

US military preparing to deploy additional forces to support coronavirus response

US military preparing to deploy additional forces to support coronavirus response

The US military is preparing to deploy additional forces to support the coronavirus response, including 15 Army task forces designed to support urban area hospitals dealing with the pandemic, a US defense official told CNN. The Navy has placed two additional Navy Expeditionary Medical Treatment Facilities, one active duty and the other drawn from the…MORE

Biden campaign says he backs Trump’s China travel ban

Biden campaign says he backs Trump’s China travel ban

Joe Biden’s campaign said Friday the former vice president supports President Donald Trump’s January 31 decision to ban foreign nationals who had been in China within the previous 14 days from entering the United States. “Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a…MORE