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White House plans changes to pandemic team

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/06/20, 11:52 am

The White House coronavirus task force will shift to looking into how to reopen up the nation’s economy, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday. After initially saying the group’s work would move to other federal agencies by Memorial Day, the president said on Wednesday it would continue its work “indefinitely.” One member, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, will testify before the U.S. Senate next week about the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19. The White House turned down a request from the U.S.

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Essential confusion

Economy | With a potential “second wave” of COVID-19 coming in the winter, can lawmakers find a better standard for business closures than shifting and subjective definitions of “nonessential”?
by Katie Gaultney
Posted 4/29/20, 05:11 pm

Come springtime, Logos Bookstore in Dallas is typically hopping. 

For 45 years, Logos has sold Christian books out of its storefront in a cute, candy-colored shopping center in the heart of Dallas, just across from Southern Methodist University. Customers filter in from the sidewalk to browse, while regulars chat up longtime owners Rick and Susan Lewis.

“For us, Easter is almost as big as Christmas,” Susan Lewis said. “And usually we’re packed, and we do a lot of business. So it was very, very different this year.”

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Trump orders meatpackers to stay open

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/29/20, 10:22 am

More than 20 meat processing plants in the United States have temporarily shut down because of coronavirus outbreaks among their workers. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to keep the facilities open. The president said ranchers are providing plenty of beef, pork, poultry, and other meats—it’s just a matter of getting it processed and distributed.

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