Tag: Governors (US)

How America Lost the War on Covid-19

When did America start losing its war against the coronavirus? How did we find ourselves international pariahs, not even allowed to travel to Europe? I’d suggest that the turning point was way back on April 17, the day that Donald Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” followed by “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA.” In so doing, he […]

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Amid Virus Surge, Republicans Abruptly Urge Masks Despite Trump’s Resistance

CHICAGO — Protesters marched on the State Capitol in Texas, holding signs declaring that masks equal “medical tyranny.” Lawsuits filed in Florida courts argue that mask laws violate constitutional rights. President Trump mocked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for wearing a mask and has rarely worn one himself. But even as some conservatives […]

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Gretchen Whitmer: The Coronavirus Is a Civil Rights Battle, Too

For a moment, the death of George Floyd has eclipsed the nation’s battle with a lethal virus. But the stories are not at odds. Both reveal an infection we have yet to overcome. Last Friday night would have been my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. Because of orders I signed to protect Michiganders, my family […]

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States Need Coronavirus Disaster Relief, Not Bailouts

I’ve spent my entire political career fighting for less government spending. But we’re not in a normal time, and the conventional political arguments just don’t fit this moment. The revenue losses states are facing from the coronavirus pandemic are unrivaled in American history. According to a recent NBC News survey, these fiscal crises extend across […]

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All 50 States Are Now Reopening. But at What Cost?

In Connecticut, flags that had been lowered during the somber peak of the coronavirus pandemic were raised to full-staff on Wednesday to signal a return to business. In Kentucky, gift shops creaked open their doors. And across Alaska, restaurants, bars and gyms, which have been open to small numbers of customers for weeks, were getting […]

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As States Reopen, Governors Balance Existing Risks With New Ones

The pain of the coronavirus shutdown, in terms of wrecked economies and shattered lives, has been unmistakable. Now, governors across the country are contemplating the risks of reopening, particularly if it produces a surge of new cases and deaths. “This is really the most crucial time, and the most dangerous time,” Gov. Mike DeWine of […]

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Biden on Assault Allegation: ‘I Wouldn’t Vote for Me if I Believed Tara Reade’

Capping a day in which he appeared with two Democratic women in the running to be his vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Thursday night that he did not remember Tara Reade, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, and said that Americans “probably shouldn’t vote for me” if they believe […]

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In Meetings With Governors and Mayors, Biden Seeks Mantle of a Leader

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in virtual meetings on Thursday with mayors and with the governors of three states hit hard by the coronavirus, praised the officials on the front lines of the local response to the coronavirus and asked what they most needed from the federal government, positioning himself as a leader […]

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More Aid to States? That May Depend on Their Political Hue

WASHINGTON — When Senator Mitt Romney of Utah strode into a luncheon with fellow Republicans last week, he was carrying an oversize poster in his black-gloved hand that bore a blunt message: “Blue states aren’t the only ones who are screwed.” Two days later, Senator Rick Scott of Florida made the opposite point, arriving at […]

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As Businesses Resurface After State Shutdowns, So Does Divisiveness

CHICAGO — Texas lifted stay-at-home orders for its 29 million residents. Hair salons in Maine welcomed customers back inside. In Alabama, clothing boutiques flung open their doors. Nearly a dozen states tentatively returned to public life on Friday, the first mass reopening of businesses since the coronavirus pandemic brought America to a standstill six weeks […]

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Life in Trump’s Coronavirus Ghetto

In 2018, I wrote an Op-Ed for this paper under the headline “We’re All in the Ghetto Now.” I criticized Donald Trump’s flagrant disregard of constituents and constituencies he didn’t like or consider allies. Back then, I used “the ghetto” to describe the impact of Mr. Trump’s tendency to demonize his perceived enemies and then […]

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Trump Administration Signals Support for Allies’ Fight Against Virus Orders

WASHINGTON — A network of conservative leaders, donors and organizations has launched a legal onslaught against state and local restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, pushing to allow churches to hold services, businesses to reopen and people to be able to visit with family and friends. They have been emboldened in recent […]

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U.S. Governors Move Ahead With Reopening, Despite Health Worries

DENVER — Governors across the country forged ahead Monday with plans to reopen their economies, even as the nation hit a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus and public health experts warned against lifting stay-at-home orders too quickly. Numerous states, including some of the largest, began the process of lifting shelter orders in […]

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Governors, Facing Pressures on All Sides, Weigh Reopening Their States

Facing the same competing pressures between keeping people safe in a pandemic and reviving some elements of a more functioning society, governors around the country Sunday made their case for steps they were taking — or not taking — to begin reopening. Their efforts reflected the halting patchwork of attempts by several states to begin […]

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On the Front Lines, Testing Shortages Cloud Decisions on the Economy

WASHINGTON — About a week after the first report of a Covid-19 case at a meatpacking plant in southwest Kansas in early April, the state’s governor, Laura Kelly, issued a pointed warning to President Trump: Without test kits to separate the well from the sick, a fast-moving outbreak could idle facilities that produce roughly one […]

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First Cancer Surgery, Then Leading N.J.’s Fight Against the Virus

Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey arrives for his daily media briefings by himself. Clad in a mask, he keeps space between those who walk in before him and sits well beyond the six feet recommended for social distancing. It may seem like leadership by example, but for Mr. Murphy, it is also a […]

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‘I Wasn’t Happy With Brian Kemp,’ Trump Says

ATLANTA — When Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia announced this week that he would soon allow restaurants, barbershops and other businesses to reopen, the Republican governor’s plan seemed in tune with a president who had openly encouraged protesters of social distancing restrictions. And the president did seem pleased. On Tuesday night, Vice President Mike Pence […]

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Financial Aid to Struggling States Is Next Big Congressional Battle

WASHINGTON — With congressional approval of the latest emergency pandemic measure sealed on Thursday, the focus is quickly shifting to an escalating battle over whether Congress will provide hundreds of billions of dollars to states staggering under the costs of the coronavirus outbreak. Anxious governors on the front lines of battling the pandemic have been […]

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How Would You Like to Live in the Nation of New England?

Three groups of governors in the East, West and Midwest announced that they would work together on plans to lift the lockdowns in their states once the peak of the coronavirus outbreak has passed. At a time of federal abdication, these state leaders are thinking seriously about alternatives to the existing model of American federalism. […]

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Mutineers, Raise Your Hands

In troubled times we often find some great book, or work of art, or film that helps put everything in context. And I’m a little worried that right now for Donald Trump it’s “Mutiny on the Bounty.” “Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies,” Trump […]

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Senate Approves Aid for Small-Business Loan Program, Hospitals and Testing

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a $484 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday that would revive a depleted loan program for distressed small businesses and provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus testing, breaking a partisan impasse over the latest infusion of federal money to address the public health and economic crisis brought on by the […]

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‘I Am Beyond Disturbed’: Internal Dissent as States Reopen Despite Virus

ATLANTA — The decision by Gov. Brian Kemp to begin restarting Georgia’s economy drew swift rebukes on Tuesday from mayors, public health experts and some business owners, with skeptics arguing that the plan might amplify another wave of coronavirus outbreaks. “That could be setting us back,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National […]

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Gretchen Whitmer: I Have Made Gut-Wrenching Choices to Keep People Safe

Since the first positive coronavirus cases were discovered in the United States, governors across the country have made tough choices to protect their citizens. From the beginning, Democratic and Republican governors took action because the health and well-being of our families and neighbors are our No. 1 priority. When it comes to fighting this virus, […]

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Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina Move to Reopen as Hot Spots Emerge

ATLANTA — Residents of Georgia will be allowed on Friday to return to the gym and get haircuts, pedicures, massages and tattoos. Next Monday, they can dine again in restaurants and go to the movies. With that announcement, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia on Monday joined officials in other states who are moving ahead with […]

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Coronavirus and Reopening: Governors Say They Lack Tests as Trump Administration Says Supply Adequate

ATLANTA — Governors facing growing pressure to revive economies decimated by the coronavirus said on Sunday that a shortage of tests was among the most significant hurdles in the way of lifting restrictions in their states. “We are fighting a biological war,” Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia said on “State of the Union” on CNN. […]

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Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

WASHINGTON — President Trump told the nation’s governors on Thursday that they could begin reopening businesses, restaurants and other elements of daily life by May 1 or earlier if they wanted to, abandoning his threat to use what he had claimed was his absolute authority to impose his will on them. On a day when […]

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Opponents of Stay-at-Home Orders Organize Protests at State Capitols

In Michigan, thousands of demonstrators in cars jammed the streets around the State Capitol in Lansing in protest of restrictions to prevent spread of the coronavirus. In Frankfort, Ky., dozens of people shouted through a Capitol building window, nearly drowning out Gov. Andy Beshear as he provided a virus update at a news conference. And […]

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Trump’s Claim of Total Authority in Crisis Is Rejected Across Ideological Lines

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s claim that he wielded “total” authority in the pandemic crisis prompted rebellion not just from governors. Legal scholars across the ideological spectrum on Tuesday rejected his declaration that ultimately he, not state leaders, will decide when to risk lifting social distancing limits in order to reopen businesses. “When somebody’s the president […]

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U.S. Governors, at Center of Virus Response, Weigh What It Will Take to Reopen States

CHICAGO — In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said the move toward reopening her state would be a cautious and incremental one, guided by data on transmission of the coronavirus, availability of personal protective equipment and testing capacity, among other factors. Gov. J. B. Pritzker of Illinois said he has begun reaching out to leaders of […]

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Trump Leaps to Call Shots on Combating Coronavirus, Setting Up Standoff With Governors

WASHINGTON — There once was a time when President Trump made clear that governors were the ones mainly responsible for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. But that was Sunday. On Monday, he declared that he was really in charge and would make the decision about when and how to reopen the country. The president’s […]

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