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At a Glance - What if insects were on the menu in Europe? - 03-07-2020

Insects, while commonly consumed elsewhere in the world, have long been off the menu in Europe – but they could soon be creeping their way onto our plates. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is now gaining serious interest – is it set to take Eu
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At a Glance - What if insects were on the menu in Europe? - 03-07-2020

Insects, while commonly consumed elsewhere in the world, have long been off the menu in Europe – but they could soon be creeping their way onto our plates. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is now gaining serious interest – is it set to take Europe by swarm? Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - European economic recovery - 03-07-2020

A more united Europe has the potential to deliver greater benefits for its citizens, more effectively and efficiently, by offering a level of strategic scale and depth that no individual Member State, or even group of Member States, can achieve on their own.
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Briefing - European economic recovery - 03-07-2020

A more united Europe has the potential to deliver greater benefits for its citizens, more effectively and efficiently, by offering a level of strategic scale and depth that no individual Member State, or even group of Member States, can achieve on their own. In particular, the combination of Europe's single market and economic and monetary union, used to their full potential and complemented by progress in other policy areas, such as the Green Deal, could prove to be key assets for a strong European recovery from the serious economic shock recently administered by the coronavirus pandemic. An intensive debate has therefore opened up about the potential benefits of moving towards a higher degree of risk-sharing and collective 'strategic autonomy' for the Union, based on stronger and deeper common policies at EU level. The recent European Commission proposal for a 'Next Generation EU' recovery plan is likely to prove an important staging-point in this process. In practice, the size of the recovery response, the policy areas chosen for deepening, the financing options available to support them, and the degree to which they are matched by a greater willingness of the Union to 'act as one' on the international stage, are all likely to be determining factors in the outcome. This paper analyses some of the issues arising specifically in the economic field in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis and looks at a range of policy initiatives that could help build a broadly based and sustainable European economic recovery and a more resilient European Union. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

A day after her potentially explosive book gets go-ahead, Mary Trump asks court to lift restraining order against her

In her first public comments, she says in an affidavit that she was misled by family into signing a confidentiality agreement in an inheritance case two decades ago.
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A day after her potentially explosive book gets go-ahead, Mary Trump asks court to lift restraining order against her

In her first public comments, she says in an affidavit that she was misled by family into signing a confidentiality agreement in an inheritance case two decades ago.

Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus

This is the second time in recent weeks that Secret Service agents preparing for a White House or campaign event outside of Washington have contracted the virus.
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Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus

This is the second time in recent weeks that Secret Service agents preparing for a White House or campaign event outside of Washington have contracted the virus.

Briefing - Economic and monetary union - 02-07-2020

Launched almost three decades ago, economic and monetary union (EMU) represents a very important step in the process of European economic integration. However, the recent sovereign debt crisis highlighted its incomplete design and some inherent instabilities
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Briefing - Economic and monetary union - 02-07-2020

Launched almost three decades ago, economic and monetary union (EMU) represents a very important step in the process of European economic integration. However, the recent sovereign debt crisis highlighted its incomplete design and some inherent instabilities. A series of measures were therefore taken to deepen EMU and thereby to increase its resilience. They can be grouped in three main categories: monetary measures, measures intended to complete the single market, and measures aimed at strengthening the economic union dimension of EMU. The current coronavirus pandemic has shown the urgency of many of them; recently submitted important proposals could lead to a noteworthy evolution in the architecture of EMU. This Briefing groups and highlights some of these proposals. The table at the end features a number of additional proposals in summary form. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - Digital sovereignty for Europe - 02-07-2020

There is growing concern that the citizens, businesses and Member States of the European Union (EU) are gradually losing control over their data, over their capacity for innovation, and over their ability to shape and enforce legislation in the digital enviro
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Briefing - Digital sovereignty for Europe - 02-07-2020

There is growing concern that the citizens, businesses and Member States of the European Union (EU) are gradually losing control over their data, over their capacity for innovation, and over their ability to shape and enforce legislation in the digital environment. Against this background, support has been growing for a new policy approach designed to enhance Europe's strategic autonomy in the digital field. This would require the Union to update and adapt a number of its current legal, regulatory and financial instruments, and to promote more actively European values and principles in areas such as data protection, cybersecurity and ethically designed artificial intelligence (AI). This paper explains the context of the emerging quest for 'digital sovereignty', which the coronavirus pandemic now seems to have accelerated, and provides an overview of the measures currently being discussed and/or proposed to enhance European autonomy in the digital field. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Coronavirus cases rose by nearly 50 percent last month, led by states that reopened first

More than 800,000 new cases were reported in June; Pence says Arizona did the right thing by restoring some lockdown measures.
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Coronavirus cases rose by nearly 50 percent last month, led by states that reopened first

More than 800,000 new cases were reported in June; Pence says Arizona did the right thing by restoring some lockdown measures.

In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout

Health-care workers in Tulsa were quizzed about whether they leaked information about the positive cases to the news media — and then were given a different list of staffers to test, according to people with knowledge of the event.
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In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout

Health-care workers in Tulsa were quizzed about whether they leaked information about the positive cases to the news media — and then were given a different list of staffers to test, according to people with knowledge of the event.

Briefing - The German Parliament and EU affairs - 01-07-2020

The Federal Republic of Germany has a parliamentary system consisting of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, established in 1949. The Bundestag is the main legislative body, which determines all laws at federal level. It does so with the participation of a ‘se
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Briefing - The German Parliament and EU affairs - 01-07-2020

The Federal Republic of Germany has a parliamentary system consisting of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, established in 1949. The Bundestag is the main legislative body, which determines all laws at federal level. It does so with the participation of a ‘second chamber’, the Bundesrat, which represents the 16 constituent states (Bundesländer). Competencies are shared between the Federation and the Länder, with the Länder having the right to legislate insofar as the Grundgesetz (Basic Law) does not confer legislative power on the Federation. Federal law takes precedence over Länder law. Areas of exclusive federal legislation, such as foreign policy, defence and trade, are governed at federal level. In areas of concurrent legislation, the Länder can adopt legislation as long as there is no existing federal legislation. Over time, federal legislation has been expanding. Only in some areas, for example in education, culture, police and administrative law, have the Länder retained their exclusive legislative powers. This briefing is part of an EPRS series on national parliaments and EU affairs. It aims to provide an overview of the way the national parliaments of EU Member States are structured and how they process, scrutinise and engage with EU legislation. It also provides information on relevant publications of the national parliaments. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - Priority dossiers under the German EU Council Presidency - 01-07-2020

Germany is a federal parliamentary republic, with federal power vested in the Bundestag (the German parliament) and the Bundesrat (the representatives of Germany's regional states, Länder). The Bundestag is the only body at the federal level directly electe
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Briefing - Priority dossiers under the German EU Council Presidency - 01-07-2020

Germany is a federal parliamentary republic, with federal power vested in the Bundestag (the German parliament) and the Bundesrat (the representatives of Germany's regional states, Länder). The Bundestag is the only body at the federal level directly elected by the people, and is currently composed of 709 members. The Bundestag is elected every four years by German citizens aged 18 and over. The current Bundestag is led by the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) with 33 % of representation, followed by the SPD (Social Democratic Party) with 24 % and then by the AFD (Alternative for Germany) with 11 %. These are followed by: the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Left (Die Linke), Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) and the Christian Social Union (CSU). Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in office since 2005, heads the executive government. The executive is elected by the Bundestag and is responsible to it. The German head of state is the federal President, currently Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The federal President has a role in the political system, particularly in the establishment of a new government and its possible dissolution. Germany has held the Council Presidency 12 times since becoming a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957. The country last held the Presidency in 2008. It will take the helm of the EU Council Presidency on 1 July 2020, starting the trio Presidency composed of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. The Trio has adopted a Declaration outlining the main areas of focus for their Trio, including democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as an economically strong EU based on growth and jobs and the social dimension. Likewise the three Member States have pledged to work on the challenges of digitalisation, climate change and energy transition. It is to be noted that the Trio is working on a revised declaration to reflect the changed situation in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 endorsed by the Member States at the European Council meeting of 20 June 2019 will remain, however, a guiding instrument. The Agenda covers the protection of citizens' freedoms; developing a strong and vibrant economic base; building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe; and promoting European interests and values on the global stage. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Study - Assessing the potential impact of an EU-India trade agreement - 01-07-2020

The EU and India are major actors in the international arena and the discussions over a possible Free Trade Agreement has been ongoing for several years. This study analyses the potential effects of an FTA between EU and India in a «Cost of Non Europe&r
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Study - Assessing the potential impact of an EU-India trade agreement - 01-07-2020

The EU and India are major actors in the international arena and the discussions over a possible Free Trade Agreement has been ongoing for several years. This study analyses the potential effects of an FTA between EU and India in a «Cost of Non Europe» perspective. The results of a quantitative simulation of a potential FTA in goods and services indicate that welfare gains from increased trade for both sides may be between € 8 billion and € 8.5 billion (0.03 % increase with respect to the baseline for the EU and about 0.3 % for India). Furthermore, a qualitative analysis suggests that potential gains may appear from a coordinated EU action in addressing possible side effects, distributive impacts and externalities (such as inequalities, labour market effects, poverty and development implications, environmental issues) and from increased coordination in the provision of global public goods. By considering these aspects, the Cost of Non-Europe in the field may be larger. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as Trump refuses and has mocked some who do

With the coronavirus surging in many red states, GOP lawmakers are echoing health experts in urging people to wear masks to slow the spread and to help the economy reopen safely.
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Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as Trump refuses and has mocked some who do

With the coronavirus surging in many red states, GOP lawmakers are echoing health experts in urging people to wear masks to slow the spread and to help the economy reopen safely.

At a Glance - The Legal Framework for E-commerce in the Internal Market - 15-06-2020

This at a glance presents an overview of the current state of play in the area of e-commerce. It discusses the existing legislative framework of the Digital Single Market as well as the technology-driven changes of market and economy that have taken place ove
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At a Glance - The Legal Framework for E-commerce in the Internal Market - 15-06-2020

This at a glance presents an overview of the current state of play in the area of e-commerce. It discusses the existing legislative framework of the Digital Single Market as well as the technology-driven changes of market and economy that have taken place over the last twenty years. The analysis identifies areas prone to producing a positive reaction to legislative intervention. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - How to Fully Reap the Benefits of the Internal Market for E-Commerce? - 15-06-2020

This paper provides a framework for maximising current and potential benefits of e-commerce for the single market while minimising economic and societal costs. It takes stock of the role of the e-Commerce Directive and analyses new challenges arising in the a
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At a Glance - How to Fully Reap the Benefits of the Internal Market for E-Commerce? - 15-06-2020

This paper provides a framework for maximising current and potential benefits of e-commerce for the single market while minimising economic and societal costs. It takes stock of the role of the e-Commerce Directive and analyses new challenges arising in the age of platforms. Forward-looking solutions are presented to enhance cross-border e-commerce in the EU, facilitate access to digital copyrighted content and improve the sustainability of online platforms. Finally, the paper reflects on the planned digital services act, outlining policy recommendations. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Republican lawmakers confirm intelligence reports on Russian operation to target U.S. troops but say material needs further review

The information was considered significant enough that it was included in the President's Daily Brief.
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Republican lawmakers confirm intelligence reports on Russian operation to target U.S. troops but say material needs further review

The information was considered significant enough that it was included in the President's Daily Brief.

At a Glance - Performing arts: Emerging from confinement - 29-06-2020

In the EU as elsewhere in the world, the performing arts were among the first sectors to be hit by measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and are now among the last to reopen. As the confinement measures are relaxed, the focus now is on supporting th
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At a Glance - Performing arts: Emerging from confinement - 29-06-2020

In the EU as elsewhere in the world, the performing arts were among the first sectors to be hit by measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and are now among the last to reopen. As the confinement measures are relaxed, the focus now is on supporting the performing arts and finding a way to re-engage with live audiences. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

As U.S. soars past 2.5 million coronavirus cases, Pence urges Americans to wear masks, social distance

“It’s a good time to steer clear of senior citizens and to practice the kind of measures that will keep our most vulnerable safe,” Pence said in Texas.
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As U.S. soars past 2.5 million coronavirus cases, Pence urges Americans to wear masks, social distance

“It’s a good time to steer clear of senior citizens and to practice the kind of measures that will keep our most vulnerable safe,” Pence said in Texas.

Some Trump allies push for campaign shake-up to revive president’s imperiled reelection bid

Amid a wave of dismal polling and political crises, Trump officials have struggled to find a new message and approach to take on Joe Biden, who is leading nationally and in numerous swing states.
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Some Trump allies push for campaign shake-up to revive president’s imperiled reelection bid

Amid a wave of dismal polling and political crises, Trump officials have struggled to find a new message and approach to take on Joe Biden, who is leading nationally and in numerous swing states.

What Trump had in 2016

In this edition: The X-factor Trump doesn’t have in 2020, the muted reaction to the latest Obamacare lawsuit, and new diversity numbers from the presidential candidates.
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What Trump had in 2016

In this edition: The X-factor Trump doesn’t have in 2020, the muted reaction to the latest Obamacare lawsuit, and new diversity numbers from the presidential candidates.

Trump campaign scrambling to revive the president’s imperiled reelection bid

Amid a wave of dismal polling and political crises, Trump officials struggle to find a new message and approach to take on Biden, who is leading nationally and in numerous swing states.
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Trump campaign scrambling to revive the president’s imperiled reelection bid

Amid a wave of dismal polling and political crises, Trump officials struggle to find a new message and approach to take on Biden, who is leading nationally and in numerous swing states.

Study - Artificial intelligence: How does it work, why does it matter, and what can we do about it? - 28-06-2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the defining technology of the last decade, and perhaps also the next. The aim of this report is to support meaningful reflection and productive debate about AI by providing accessible information about the full range
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Study - Artificial intelligence: How does it work, why does it matter, and what can we do about it? - 28-06-2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the defining technology of the last decade, and perhaps also the next. The aim of this report is to support meaningful reflection and productive debate about AI by providing accessible information about the full range of current and speculative techniques and their associated impacts, and setting out a wide range of regulatory, technological and societal measures that could be mobilised in response. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections

As case numbers rise, a virus that has killed at least 123,000 Americans has revealed a crisis in governance extending from the Oval Office to state capitals to local city councils.
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With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections

As case numbers rise, a virus that has killed at least 123,000 Americans has revealed a crisis in governance extending from the Oval Office to state capitals to local city councils.

Biden campaign is 35% people of color and 53% female, new diversity data show

The former vice president, who has pledged an administration that looks like America, has not previously released the information.
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Biden campaign is 35% people of color and 53% female, new diversity data show

The former vice president, who has pledged an administration that looks like America, has not previously released the information.

Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up

Staff removed stickers that were meant to space out the crowd amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Tulsa.
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Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up

Staff removed stickers that were meant to space out the crowd amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Tulsa.

Study - Return Directive 2008/115/EC - 26-06-2020

In November 2019, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) launched an implementation report on Directive 2008/115/EC on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-coun
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Study - Return Directive 2008/115/EC - 26-06-2020

In November 2019, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) launched an implementation report on Directive 2008/115/EC on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (the 'Return Directive'). The Return Directive aims at ensuring that the return of non-EU nationals without legal grounds to stay in the EU is carried out effectively, through fair and transparent procedures that fully respect the fundamental rights and dignity of the people concerned. Tineke Strik (Greens/EFA, the Netherlands) was appointed as rapporteur. Implementation reports by European Parliament committees are routinely accompanied by European Implementation Assessments, drawn up by the Ex-Post Evaluation Unit of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS). This EPRS European Implementation Assessment finds several protection gaps and shortcomings regarding the four key measures of the Return Directive – return decision, enforcement of the return decision, entry ban, and detention – which may lead to fundamental rights violations for irregular migrants. Moreover, EU return and readmission policy has increasingly resorted to informal cooperation in the external policy dimension. There have been, and continue to be, rule of law, fundamental rights, budgetary and external affairs implications flowing from the pursuit, conclusion and implementation of EU readmission agreements and agreements having equivalent effect with third countries. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - New EU rules on labelling of tyres - 26-06-2020

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and rein
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Briefing - New EU rules on labelling of tyres - 26-06-2020

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The new regulation seeks to increase consumer awareness of the tyre label, and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. Suppliers would be obliged to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis. Whereas the tyre label is currently applicable to passenger and light-duty vehicles, in future it would also apply to heavy-duty vehicles. The new label would include visual information on tyre performance in snow or ice conditions, and could be adjusted by means of delegated acts to include information on mileage, abrasion or re-studded tyres. Tyre labels would be included in the new European Product Database for Energy Labelling before any sale on the EU market. On 13 November 2019, successful trilogue negotiations resulted in a provisional agreement on the content of the new regulation. The legal text was finalised and the new TLR was formally adopted by the Council and Parliament in 2020 and published in the Official Journal of the EU on 5 June 2020. Its provisions become applicable from 1 May 2021. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - Coronavirus: An uncertain outlook [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 26-06-2020

While many countries, notably in Europe, are currently easing restrictive measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the latter is now rapidly spreading in other parts of the world, notably in the Americas and Indian sub-continent
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Briefing - Coronavirus: An uncertain outlook [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 26-06-2020

While many countries, notably in Europe, are currently easing restrictive measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the latter is now rapidly spreading in other parts of the world, notably in the Americas and Indian sub-continent. The number of people globally who have tested positive for the disease is now approaching 10 million, exacerbating an already precarious situation in certain conflict-afflicted areas, such as Yemen. In Europe, analysts continue to examine the various ways of financing and promoting economic recovery from the depressive effects of the pandemic. This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from international think tanks on coronavirus and related issues. Earlier publications on the topic can be found in the previous item in this series, published by EPRS on 12 June. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Study - Il diritto di eccezione: una prospettiva di diritto comparato - Italia: stato di emergenza - 26-06-2020

Questo documento s’inserisce in una serie di analisi che hanno come scopo di spiegare, da una prospettiva di diritto comparato, il diritto di eccezione in diversi Stati, con speciale attenzione alle basi giuridiche su cui si fondano le misure di emergenza c
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Study - Il diritto di eccezione: una prospettiva di diritto comparato - Italia: stato di emergenza - 26-06-2020

Questo documento s’inserisce in una serie di analisi che hanno come scopo di spiegare, da una prospettiva di diritto comparato, il diritto di eccezione in diversi Stati, con speciale attenzione alle basi giuridiche su cui si fondano le misure di emergenza che possono essere adottate in caso di crisi, come ad esempio la crisi sanitaria provocata dalla pandemia del COVID-19. La presente analisi ha come oggetto il caso dell’Italia. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Republicans are choosing rosy assessments of coronavirus that do not match reality

Politicians owe it to Americans to honestly assess how serious the outbreak is at any given moment. Even as coronavirus starts terrorizing red states, we are not seeing Republicans give that an honest assessment.
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Republicans are choosing rosy assessments of coronavirus that do not match reality

Politicians owe it to Americans to honestly assess how serious the outbreak is at any given moment. Even as coronavirus starts terrorizing red states, we are not seeing Republicans give that an honest assessment.

Joe Biden says he would require Americans to wear masks in public

In an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh, the presumptive Democratic nominee said he “would do everything possible to make it required.”
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Joe Biden says he would require Americans to wear masks in public

In an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh, the presumptive Democratic nominee said he “would do everything possible to make it required.”

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