US Capitol deserted as Washington DC starts first day of stay-at-home order | AFP

The US Capitol is deserted as Washington, DC wakes up on its first day of stay-at-home order. Three-quarters of Americans are now under some form of lockdown as the United States braces for the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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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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Analyst: Markets waiting on DC to approve stimulus

Stocks fell about 3% on Wall Street Monday as Congress hit another roadblock in talks to inject nearly $2 trillion into the coronavirus-weakened economy. (March 23)

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Determined DC tourists, locals take in cherry blossoms

While tourists and locals distance themselves from other people, they’re still getting a close-up view of cherry blossoms blooming around the Tidal Basin. (March 19)

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DC homeless struggle as coronavirus shuts city down | AFP

As most Washington, DC residents stay home in self-isolation against the threat of the novel coronavirus, the US capital’s homeless population struggles with restaurants and churches being shut down. “It’s a big problem”, says 58-year-old Kevin.

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Coronavirus: DC restaurant delivers free meals to quarantined elderly | AFP

A steakhouse in Washington, DC offers free steak and fries to the elderly in quarantine, relying on volunteer drivers to deliver the meals straight to their doorstep, as the US capital has identified at least 22 cases of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus pop-up shop selling masks and sanitizer opens in Washington, DC | AFP

As shelves are being stripped bare as panic buying criss-crosses the globe with the coronavirus, defying repeated calls for calm, a pop-up shop selling face masks and hand sanitizer opens in Washington, DC. “Today we’ve had a lot of people come” says owner Adilisha Patrom. On Thursday three people were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Maryland, the first positive cases in the US capital area.

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DC store educates, sells goods for coronavirus

A pop-up shop in Washington is helping educate the public about the COVID-19 disease. The store is also selling things like face masks and hand sanitizer which are selling out as the new coronavirus continues to spread. (March 6)

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Roger Stone arrives at court ahead of sentencing | AFP

Donald Trump’s longtime aide Roger Stone arrives at court in Washington, DC, ahead of his sentencing hearing. Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election. IMAGES

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US offers $100 mln to China, other countries to fight coronavirus | AFP

The United States offers up to $100 million to China and other impacted countries to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus. Stephen E. Biegun, deputy Secretary of State & a member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force makes the announcement in Washington, DC. SOUNDBITE

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Trump praises ‘courageous’ Republicans, attacks impeachment foes | AFP

US President Donald Trump praises Republicans for having “the wisdom, fortitude, and strength” to acquit him of impeachment charges during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. In his first remarks since his acquittal, the president attacks his opponents, saying “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”

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Parnas in DC to show support for ‘fair trial’

An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions arrived in Washington and said he wants to support “a fair trial” in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (Jan. 29)

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Pro-life campaigners take to the streets in Washington DC | AFP

Pro-life campaigners gather and prepare to take part in the “March for Life” in Washington, DC. The “March for Life,” which President Trump addressed in person earlier, is organized annually on or near the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Roe v Wade case which legalized the procedure nationwide on January 22, 1973. IMAGES

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Thousands gather ahead of annual ‘March for Life’ in Washington, DC | AFP

Thousands of people begin to gather in Washington DC for the annual ‘March for Life’ event which will see US President Donald Trump address the crowds, just blocks from Congress where senators are sitting in judgement at his impeachment trial. IMAGES

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Trump’s legal team arrives at the US Capitol | AFP

Members of Donald Trump’s legal team arrive at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, for Trump’s impeachment trial before the Senate. IMAGES

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DC Protesters ‘rise up’ as part of Women’s March

Demonstrators marched behind “Rise Up” banner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday as part of the Women’s March rallies nationwide. (Jan. 18)

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Jane Fonda brings stars for last DC climate rally

Jane Fonda returned to Washington, DC for her final Fire Drill Friday in the nation’s capital. She brought along famous friends including Joaquin Phoenix, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen and Amber Valletta. (Jan. 10)

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People in DC say impeachment is ‘encouraging’ | AFP

People in Washington DC give their take a day after a historic vote in the US House of Representatives saw President Donald Trump impeached for abuse of power.

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Trump leaves for Michigan rally ahead of House impeachment vote | AFP

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with supporters and waves goodbye as he departs the South Lawn for a ‘Merry Christmas rally’ in Battle Creek, Michigan. He leaves Washington, DC, as lawmakers debate two articles of impeachment against him ahead of a vote on the House floor. IMAGES

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Impeachment: Images of the White House ahead of impeachment vote | AFP

Images of the White House in Washington, DC as President Donald Trump faces becoming only the third US leader ever to be impeached. Ahead of the vote in the US House of Representatives, Trump went on Twitter to once again insist that he has done “nothing wrong”. IMAGES

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Tourists, DC residents alike in Congress to attend impeachment hearings | AFP

Washington residents and tourists alike flock to Congress as the latest hearings on the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump get underway.

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