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Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites vote during coronavirus pandemic

Despite a last-minute court battle and a stay-at-home order, thousands of Wisconsin voters on Tuesday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait 6 feet (1.8 m) apart in lines for hours and cast ballots in the state’s presidential primary and local elections.

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‘I own it:’ U.S. Navy secretary resigns over handling of coronavirus-hit carrier

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he faced mounting backlash for firing and ridiculing the commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier who pleaded for help stemming a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

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Most Americans, unlike Trump, want mail-in ballots for November if coronavirus threatens: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the government to require mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election if the coronavirus outbreak still threatens the public this autumn, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

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Acting U.S. Navy secretary resigns after ridiculing commander of coronavirus-hit ship

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he faced mounting backlash for firing and ridiculing the commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier who pleaded for help stemming a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

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House panel asks Trump’s acting spy chief to explain spate of firings

The House Intelligence Committee chairman on Tuesday called on U.S. President Donald Trump’s acting spy chief to explain the removals and resignations of top intelligence officials and whether he ever tried to block probes by the intelligence community’s recently fired internal watchdog.

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Pentagon chief accepts acting Navy Secretary’s resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s resignation.

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Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites brave voting amid pandemic

Despite a last-minute court battle and a stay-at-home order, thousands of Wisconsin voters on Tuesday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait six feet apart in lines for hours and cast ballots in the state’s presidential primary and local elections.

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Trump removes top coronavirus watchdog, widens attack on inspectors general

President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tasked with overseeing the government’s coronavirus response, including $2.3 trillion in economic relief, the spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office said on Tuesday.

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White House looks to bolster small business lending program

The White House hopes Congress will nearly double the size of its program to support ailing small businesses by the end of the week, as some of the nation’s largest lenders still sit on the sidelines and others remain unable to access the system.

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White House spokeswoman Grisham switches to first lady’s staff

In a White House communications shakeup, press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced plans to leave on Tuesday and administration officials said she was expected to be replaced by a spokeswoman for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, Kayleigh McEnany.

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Acting U.S. Navy secretary offers to resign over handling of coronavirus-hit carrier

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has offered his resignation following criticism of his handling of a crisis involving the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, two U.S. officials and a congressional aide told Reuters on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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House Speaker wants Navy leader’s removal, despite apology

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Tuesday for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, despite Modly’s apology for ridiculing the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier.

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Acting Navy secretary offers to resign over handling of carrier crisis

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has offered his resignation after coming under fire for his handling of a crisis involving the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, a U.S. official and a congresssional aide told Reuters on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to fund oil purchase for emergency reserve

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday providing $3 billion to buy oil for the national emergency reserve as a way to help energy companies hit by the plunge in crude prices.

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U.S. House Speaker wants Navy leader’s removal, despite apology

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Tuesday for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, despite Modly’s apology for ridiculing the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier.

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Trump removes inspector general overseeing $2.3 trillion coronavirus response

U.S. President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tasked with overseeing the government’s coronavirus response, including $2.3 trillion in economic relief, the spokeswoman for that inspector general’s office said on Tuesday.

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More high-profile lawmakers line up behind Biden’s campaign

Joe Biden’s presidential bid won endorsements from two prominent members of Congress on Tuesday, support that could help the Democrat in his campaign for the party’s nomination.

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House chairman wants Navy leader’s removal, despite apology

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee reiterated his call on Tuesday for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, despite Modly’s apology for ridiculing the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier.

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U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to fund $3 billion oil purchase for emergency reserve

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday providing $3 billion to buy oil to put in the national emergency reserve as a way to help energy companies hit by the plunge in crude prices.

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White House to hold call with banks as hundreds struggle to access small business loans

The White House was due to speak with banks on Tuesday, as the administration’s $350 billion program to support ailing businesses continued to confront hurdles, with some of the nation’s largest lenders sitting on the sidelines and others unable to access the system.

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Trump administration seeks $250 billion more in aid for small U.S. businesses: Mnuchin

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked Congress for an additional $250 billion in emergency economic aid for small U.S. businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed for passage as soon as Thursday.

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Pelosi says U.S. administration wants more funds for coronavirus relief: CNN

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called her to ask Congress for more money to help small businesses hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, and said she agreed an existing program for small businesses “really needs money right away, because of the demand.”

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Trump administration, U.S. Congress eye quick approval of more small business aid

The Trump administration on Tuesday was preparing to ask Congress for an additional round of emergency loans to help small businesses hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hoped for approval this week.

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Trump removes inspector general overseeing $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief: Politico

President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general who was named to oversee implementation of the $2.3 trillion coronavirus economic relief, Politico reported on Tuesday.

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South Africa tour commissioner predicts difficult future for golf

South Africa’s Sunshine Tour has created a fund for players and caddies to provide financial assistance for the next two months, but commissioner Selwyn Nathan said the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could take the game back 20 years.