Sanders to take part in April democratic debate
The Bernie Sanders campaign wants to remind you:
“Senator Sanders is still running for president.”
Mike Casca, campaign official
The Vermont senator will take part in an upcoming primary debate, if it isn’t cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As the Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan reported, it’s former US vice president Joe Biden’s timid responses to the growing outbreak that may be the reason why Sanders remains in the race.
March 15’s debate between Sanders and frontrunner Biden was held without a live audience. It’s unclear, however, if and when the next debate, scheduled for April, will happen at all.
Trump celebrates Romney’s negative coronavirus test on Twitter
Donald Trump’s has taken his defiance to coronavirus fears to another level, mockingly commenting on the statuses of former rivals and political figures on Twitter.
Early this morning, the president tweeted a sarcastically congratulatory note for Utah senator Mitt Romney, who announced he’s tested negative for the virus.
Also in Trump’s crosshairs was Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, who sued the president over a non-disclosure agreement related to a hush, $130,000 payment for her silence over an extramarital affair.
Perhaps Trump is emboldened by a new gallup poll showing 60% of Americans approve of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, 49 % approve of his job performance overall.
Congress reaches stimulus deal overnight
Overnight, the White House and US senate leaders struck a deal for a $2tn economic stimulus package amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ladies and gentleman, we are done,” White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland announced shortly before 1am ET. “We have a deal.”
The full details have yet to be released. But over the last 24 hours, the elements of the proposal have come into sharper focus, with $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
Good day, I’m Kenya Evelyn kicking off the our US politics/coronavirus liveblog.
We’re following the latest out of Washington as Donald Trump congratulates his former rival Mitt Romney for testing negative.
Plus we’re covering the outbreak as nationwide criticism of the administration grows as the number of people who test positive grows.