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Today โ€” April 7th 2020NPR Politics

Sen. Bill Cassidy On His State's Racial Disparites In Coronavirus Deaths

NPR's David Greene talks to GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a state with an already staggering number of COVID-19 cases, about how hospitals and residents there are preparing for grim days ahead.

  • April 7th 2020 at 13:21

Are We Firing Too Many People?

By Greg Rosalsky
An employee mounts a wheel on a Mercedes Benz A Class on the assembly line at the Daimler AG factory in Rastatt, southwestern Germany.

Instead of mass layoffs, Germany tries to safeguard employment.

(Image credit: THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 7th 2020 at 12:31

News Brief: Wisconsin Primary, Boris Johnson's Condition, Japan Declaration

By Noel King

Voters in Wisconsin head to the polls for a primary election. British Prime Minister Johnson is moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital. And, Japan is declaring a state of emergency.

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:02

Last-Minute Court Rulings Create Chaos For Wisconsin Primary

By Laurel White

Wisconsin is proceeding with its primary election Tuesday — even though many voters are scared to go to the polls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:02

Public Health Experts Worry About Trump's Shifts In Messaging

By Scott Detrow

A week ago, President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines. But days later, he seemed more focused on the economic downside. The mixed messaging has public health experts concerned.

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:02

Trump Urges Saudi Arabia And Russia To End Oil War

By Jackie Northam

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin are at the center of the devastating oil price war. President Trump has inserted himself into the fray.

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:02

'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons

By Ryan Lucas
The federal prison in Oakdale, La., pictured in 2006, is grappling with a series of COVID-19 cases.

One of the hardest-hit facilities is in Oakdale, La. "They feel like they're sitting ducks," says Arjeane Thompson, whose boyfriend is an inmate. And staff are working overtime under the strain.

(Image credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:01

Wisconsin Election Held Amid Virus Fears: Here's What You Need To Know

By Elena Moore
The sole polling location for Waukesha, Wis., residents was set up to comply with social distancing guidelines. Polling places were consolidated and altered to accommodate voting in the state

Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting and extend the absentee deadline, but he was blocked by courts. Results for Tuesday's contests may not appear for days.

(Image credit: Scott Trindl/AP)

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:00

What Happened Today: White House Updates, The Science Of Spreading

By Ayesha Rascoe

NPR White House and science correspondents answer listener questions about the latest with federal and state governments' efforts to stop the coronavirus.

  • April 7th 2020 at 02:33

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Says State Has A 'Targeted Response' To Coronavirus

By James Doubek
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, seen in May 2019, has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is one of the few governors who hasn't issued a statewide stay-at-home order. He tells All Things Considered about the measures he says do more to slow the virus's spread.

(Image credit: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • April 7th 2020 at 00:40

Trump And Biden Have 'Very Friendly' Call On Virus Response

By Asma Khalid
Former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, seen arriving to give a speech about the coronavirus response on March 12, spoke with President Trump about the crisis on Monday.

A White House adviser suggested Joe Biden call the president instead of criticizing him in public, and both sides characterized Monday's call positively.

(Image credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 6th 2020 at 23:17

Coronavirus Updates: Projecting The Curve, Government Responses

By Ayesha Rascoe

NPR science and politics correspondents relay the latest updates in the United States response to the coronavirus epidemic.

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:56
Yesterday โ€” April 6th 2020NPR Politics

A Look Back At How Joe Biden Managed The 2009 Stimulus Package

By Asma Khalid

Joe Biden was instrumental in getting the 2009 recovery act through Congress, then supervised the stimulus for the Obama administration. How might that experience shape how he would govern?

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:30

The Challenges, And The Politics, Of Suddenly Switching To Voting By Mail

By Miles Parks

Many states are expanding mail-in voting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the issue is fraught with politics and logistical obstacles.

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:30

Economic Relief Provision For Churches Raises Debate Over Church-State Separation

By Tom Gjelten

Under one provision of the CARES Act, churches and other religious organizations will be able to apply for emergency loans. Critics see the provision as further weakening church-state separation.

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:30

On Coronavirus, Trump Walks A Tightrope Between Grim Warnings And Offering Hope

By Philip Ewing
President Trump points to CNN journalist John Acosta during Monday

"Tremendous progress has been made in a very short period," Trump said. But his administration is also trying to brace the public for a dire ordeal.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:00

Federal Judge Allows Some Abortions To Continue In Oklahoma

By Sarah McCammon

Patients have been turned away for abortions after Republican state officials said an executive order suspending elective procedures during the coronavirus pandemic applies to abortions.

  • April 6th 2020 at 21:55

Wisconsin Plans To Vote In Person Tuesday After Last Minute Chaos

By Brett Neely
A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee late last month. Gov. Tony Evers has suspended in-person voting in the state

Citing public health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had tried to postpone the election.

(Image credit: Morry Gash/AP)

  • April 6th 2020 at 20:13

Already Under Strain, Election Offices Falter As Pandemic Worsens

By Pam Fessler
An election worker at a poling station in Miami during last month

Full-time election workers in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC have fallen will with COVID-19 all while trying to make plans for carrying out upcoming elections under challenging conditions.

(Image credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 6th 2020 at 19:43

Congressional Leaders Divided On Next Steps To Confront Coronavirus Threat

By Susan Davis
Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks before she signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after it passed the House on March 27.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agree that Congress will have to pass more legislation to combat the pandemic, but they disagree on what to do next, and when.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

  • April 6th 2020 at 18:57
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