Pompeo: State Dept. official has died from virus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a State Department official has died from the coronavirus. It’s the first American fatality among the U.S. diplomatic corps from the pandemic. (March 31)

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Meet the Conservatives Lobbying Lawmakers to Act on Climate Change

Last month, conservatives from around the country gathered in DC for the first ever Conservative Climate Lobby Day. They represent a growing number of conservatives who worry that the Republican party is losing ground on the issue of climate change.

One of the participants, 22-year-old Jacob Abel, told VICE News that the party might lose young people like himself if it doesn’t lead more on climate policy.

“I think that’s why they’re starting to move on it more now because they see the writing on the wall. This is an important issue for people who are my age. They want to see climate change addressed. They want conservative Republican solutions for it. So if they don’t adjust to it, I think they will lose voters.”

Abel and about seventy other conservative lobbyists spent two days in DC- one for training, one for lobbying – to push Republican lawmakers on the Energy and Carbon Dividend Act. It would place a carbon fee on emissions to be paid out by companies. And that money would be given back to citizens as a dividend check to American households. The bill has some sweeteners for conservatives too, like halting certain greenhouse gas regulations in the Clean Air Act.

Their lobbying didn’t result in congressional action on the bill, which still only has one republican co-sponsor. The lobbyists even found resistance with certain Republican members who are considered the party leaders on the issue.

Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, a state ravaged by receding coastline, is the ranking member on the House Select Committee for the Climate Crisis. VICE News spoke with him in his office on Capitol Hill to hear his approach to tackling climate change and how that differs from what the conservatives lobbyists are proposing.

To Graves, much of the problem is a messaging issue that the public has not been made aware of the successful climate initiatives already underway.

“We need to do a better job educating people about the extraordinary progress that we’ve made.”

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Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus package

President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package Friday, calling the bill much-needed relief for American workers reeling from the economic tumult caused by the coronavirus. (March 27)

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Trump looks to reopen country in weeks, not months

President Donald Trump looked to reassure the public Monday that the coronavirus outbreak will be short-lived. Trump said he doesn’t want businesses to be shut down for months and that American will “soon be open for business.” (March 23)

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Love and dating in times of coronavirus

The rapidly escalating warnings for people to keep distance from one another in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak is creating a new set of rules for social interaction and a series of complications for American singles pursuing romance. (March 19)

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Trump says doesn’t know if Syria hostage Austin Tice still alive | AFP

Donald Trump says he does not know whether American journalist Austin Tice, who was abducted more than seven years ago in Syria, is still alive. Referring to his administration’s efforts to secure the release of American hostages or prisoners around the world, the US president said it was working “very hard with Syria to get him out.” IMAGES

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Mnuchin touts aid to quickly get Americans money

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is touting a new stimulus plan he has worked on with Republican Senators to help the American people get through the tough economic climate being caused by the coronavius pandemic. (March 17)

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White House wants to keep markets open, may shorten hours: Mnuchin | AFP

American authorities want to keep the markets open and may shorten hours. “Americans need to know they have access to their money,” says US Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. SOUNDBITE

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Paratroopers always prepared for sudden deployment

Amid rising tensions with Iran, 2,800 members of the 82nd Airborne Division remain on standby in the Middle East. The Associated Press was given rare access to see how “American’s Guard of Honor” prepares to deploy at a moment’s notice. (March 16)

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Paratroopers always prepared for sudden deployments

Amid rising tensions with Iran, 2,800 members of the 82nd Airborne Division remain on standby in the Middle East. The Associated Press was given rare access to see how “American’s Guard of Honor” prepares to deploy at a moment’s notice. (March 13)

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COVID-19 is Testing The Trump Presidency | Ground Game Podcast | Associated Press

President Trump is being faced with arguably the hardest obstacle of his presidency; the COVID-19 pandemic. On the heels of November’s election, The President’s handling of the outbreak will give American’s a clear vision on if he is the best man for the job. The health crisis is being used as leverage for Democratic candidates Joe Biden & Bernie Sanders to push their agendas and show Americans how they would handle things differently. Julie Pace breaks down all the major questions surrounding coronavirus and the election on this episode of Ground Game.

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US woman recounts experience of coronavirus | AFP

An American woman describes her experience of contracting and recovering from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Elizabeth Schneider believes she caught the disease at a house party in Seattle, and recovered from it without visiting a doctor.

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Dems, Republicans far apart on virus relief bill

Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on finalizing a coronavirus relief bill for the American people. (March 12)

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Today in History for March 8th

Highlights of this day in history: The first American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam; The Russian Revolution begins; U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry makes his second landing in Japan; Baseball hall-of-famer Joe DiMaggio dies. (March 8)

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US elections 2020: who is Pete Buttigieg? | AFP

UPDATE: Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race on March 2.
Who will take on Trump in the 2020 election? At 38 years old, Pete Buttigieg is a first-time candidate for the Democratic nomination aiming to herald a new era in American politics. His challenge? To become the youngest ever president of the United States.

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Tunisian police set a cordon around an explosion site near the US embassy | AFP

Images of a police cordon after a blast near the American embassy in the Berges du Lac district in the Tunisian capital. IMAGES

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US elections 2020: Joe Biden — the political veteran | AFP

Who will take on Trump in the 2020 election? A force in American politics for nearly five decades, Joe Biden is seeking the Democratic nomination for president once again. His working-class roots and experience as a six-term senator from Delaware and two-term United States vice president under Barack Obama, have made the centrist politician popular with blue-collar workers and African Americans.

Taliban negotiators arrive for the signing of the agreement with Washington | AFP

Taliban negotiators arrive at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha for the signing of the historic agreement with Washington that paves the way for the withdrawal of American troops after more than 18 years of war in Afghanistan and for unprecedented peace negotiations that promise to be perilous. IMAGES

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