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Congress has given itself just hours more to hash out a pandemic relief deal, after which President Trump might try to craft one himself with an executive order. Critics ask whether a vaccine could be unsafely rushed because of presidential politics. And New York prosecutors sue the NRA, arguing the organization itself should be dismantled.
Lawmakers say the deadline is Friday, but unemployment recipients say the money has already stopped arriving. Observers say the massive explosion might have been an accident -- which might be even more destabilizing for Lebanon. And as TikTok struggles to finalize a deal, Facebook presses the issue with a new Instagram feature.
Within two days of opening, several classes and school systems are already witnessing coronavirus cases. President Trump implores Florida Republicans to sign up for vote-by-mail, after dismissing the practice as illegitimate. And an explosion rips through Beirut, injuring thousands.
President Trump publicly ridicules another top scientist on his own coronavirus task force. Hurricane Isaias forces testing sites to shut down. And murder rates are on the rise, but public perception of crime remains skewed.
As some schools begin to re-open, a new case study examines how easily children can spread COVID-19 to each other. President Trump says he plans to ban TikTok through executive action. And former Vice President Joe Biden gets ready to announce a VP pick of his own.
As colleagues memorialize John Lewis with passionate calls to vote, President Trump preemptively questions this year's election results. Unemployment checks stall, as residents and business owners ask how they're supposed to pay rent. And an ESPN investigation examines an alleged culture of abuse at NBA training camps in China.
In a dramatic shift in American strategy, the Pentagon announces the withdrawal of 12,000 US troops from Germany. A congressman tests positive for COVID-19, after going mask-less in several high profile interactions. And President Trump makes another controversial move to garner support in suburbs.
Despite direct public pleas from White House scientists, some governors have declined to take their recommendations, while preventing mayors from enacting it themselves. Twitter takes down several presidential retweets, ahead of a Big Tech hearing today. And Attorney General William Barr defends himself in a contentious Capitol Hill appearance.
Republican leaders present a White House-approved relief bill, but roughly half of Senate Republicans are already opposed. Days after opening, Major League Baseball is already scrambling to contain a virus cluster among players. And ABC News investigates whether the federal government missed early warning signs about a potential pandemic.
With less than 100 days to Election Day, President Trump and Joe Biden cement their strategies for the stretch run. Gunfire erupts at multiple protests across the nation. And the casket of John Lewis makes its final journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
After announcing they would unveil a relief bill Thursday, Senate Republicans go back to the drawing board. ABC News & FiveThirtyEight analyze which communities need a surge in coronavirus testing. And the president's former lawyer says he was given a choice: stop writing a book about President Trump, or go to jail.
As deaths from COVID-19 rise while testing lags, the federal government continues to tweak its guidance for those who test positive. Staff is ordered out of the Chinese consulate in Houston. And after years of growing gun violence in Chicago, the Trump Administration sends in reinforcements - but not everyone is on board.
President Trump once again briefs Americans on COVID-19, but this time without his top scientists on hand. Congress debates how to get money to struggling Americans. And amid growing outrage in Portland, other mayors contemplate what they'll do if federal officers arrive in their cities.
Multiple pharmaceutical companies now say they've performed well in Phase 1 vaccine trials. Doctors question cards being presented at businesses, claiming mask requirements violate disability laws. And the shooting of a federal judge's family in New Jersey highlights a surge in threats nationwide.
As Congress rushes to fund states in their fights against COVID-19, sources say the White House is trying to avoid additional money for testing and contact tracing. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows President Trump trailing Joe Biden by 15 points. And Oregon officials tell the Department of Homeland Security to stop snatching protesters off city streets.
As Americans settle in for a drawn-out battle against COVID-19, workers file more unemployment claims than economists expected. Deaths have been slow to follow the surge of cases, but doctors warn that death isn't the only bad outcome for patients. And several countries accuse Russia of trying to hack their vaccine research.
COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in a few states, but they're creeping upwards in many others, as well. A city council approves reparations for Black residents. And the US tells Huawei it's not welcome here.
In several school districts, teachers beg authorities not to send children into their classrooms. The president nets some big wins in a busy night of primaries. And when asked why African Americans are still dying at the hands of police, his response is "so are white people."
As California re-shutters entire industries in much of the state, the White House casts doubt on Dr. Anthony Fauci's credentials. Prosecutors release details on Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest as she prepares for today's bail hearing. And Washington is seeking a new name for its NFL team.
Florida announces unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 infections, as local officials look for guidance from the state. President Trump commutes the sentence of Roger Stone. And a new study suggests protective antibodies to the novel coronavirus might only last for a matter of months.
In a rebuke of President Trump's immunity argument, the Supreme Court rules that his financial records are fair game for subpoenas. Audio of interviews with Louisville police officers reveal new details about the killing of Breonna Taylor. And Arizona is now considered the world's worst COVID-19 hotspot.
In an exclusive interview, Attorney General William Barr says bias among police is a "widespread" problem. The Supreme Court rules that religious groups can withhold contraceptives from certain employers' healthcare plans. And states with surging COVID-19 cases are finally seeing an uptick in deaths as well.
After dismissing concerns about COVID-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for the virus. The president calls to open schools in the fall, but the real decisions lie with state and local officials. And a Black man in Indiana says he was the victim of an attempted lynching, as more African Americans share their stories of blatant racism in recent days.
The World Health Organization will address the concerns of hundreds of scientists who claim it's underplaying how easily COVID-19 can spread through the air. Gun violence escalates in major American cities. And the Supreme Court reins in the prospects of "rogue electors."
In two blistering speeches, President Trump spends Independence Day weekend downplaying the pandemic and criticizing large groups of Americans. A murder victim is discovered near Fort Hood, two months after a military family reported something was wrong. And the NFL's most controversial team name might be changed.
Federal investigators arrest Jeffrey Epstein's longtime companion for allegedly recruiting, grooming, and ultimately abusing girls. As COVID-19 cases rise sharply in several states, some governors who had been hesitant about masks are now requiring them. And the unemployment dips under 12%, but economists warn the next few moths could be rockier.
Key jobs reports will be unveiled this morning, as more industries go back on lockdown. President Trump threatens to veto a massive defense bill over the names of Confederate generals. And despite a push to diversify, new research shows our National Parks are visited -- and staffed -- predominantly by white people.
As America's top disease doctor offers a dire warning, the tone from mayors and governors grows increasingly urgent. China swiftly enacts new rules that could change Hong Kong forever. And the COVID-19 pandemic leads to what experts call a "childcare crisis."
A tight 5-4 Supreme Court decision on abortion hinges on the conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, leaving questions about future cases. Congressional Republicans get a briefing that President Trump still hasn't received. And social media companies "deplatform" a number of controversial voices, even taking down content from President Trump himself.
As the curve un-flattens, American hospitals ask whether months of lockdowns have left them any better prepared. President Trump tweets a video that begins with a man shouting "white power." And a military official confirms that Russian intelligence officers have offered cash to Taliban fighters in exchange for shooting American service members.
As COVID-19 cases rise to their worst nationwide levels since April, Texas halts re-openings. Small businesses worry about their survival amid a longer-lasting pandemic. And in a lopsided decision, the Supreme Court backs up President Trump on quick deportations for asylum-seekers.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US have risen to their highest levels since April. Justice Department whistleblowers say prosecutors are pressured to ease up on friends of the president. And Bayer agrees to a $10 billion settlement for its Roundup weed killer.
President Trump refuses to admit he was joking about conducting fewer COVID-19 tests, even as allies insist he's giving states crucial resources. As states re-open, Latinos represent a disproportionate number of cases. And a state supreme court agrees to hear Bill Cosby's appeal.
As cases escalate rapidly, some governors are changing their attitudes on coronavirus precautions. NASCAR's only Black driver responds to a noose found in his team garage. And Seattle gets ready to evict residents of "CHOP."
Amid more empty chairs than he's accustomed to, and with cases surging in several states, President Trump claims he's asked for fewer COVID-19 tests. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton warns against re-electing Trump. And the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York steps down after a bizarre power struggle.
In the second major rebuke of the Trump Administration this week, the Supreme Court rules that an order striking down DACA was illegal. Civil rights experts see a unique moment for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday. And as COVID-19 cases rise sharply in several states, more leaders institute mask requirements in public.
Amid a legal flurry from the White House over his forthcoming book, former National Security Adviser John Bolton sits down with ABC's Martha Raddatz. With officers facing new charges in Atlanta, Senate Republicans unveil their police reform bill. And Aunt Jemima is cancelled -- officially.
A day after President Trump signs an executive order addressing police reform, Senate Republicans ready a plan of their own. California's largest utility company takes the blame for the state's deadliest wildfire. And airlines are threatening to ban passengers from the skies if they don't wear masks.
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court issues a ruling -- authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch -- that Americans can't be fired for being gay. With COVID-19 cases rising once again, the FDA strikes down emergency use authorization for two experimental treatments touted by President Trump. And Atlanta officials institute changes to the local police department.
Atlanta erupts as a scuffle with police officers escalates into a shooting. President Trump's campaign backs away from a plan for a Juneteenth rally. And growing Black Lives Matter protests overseas have led to violent conflicts.
As officials argue over whether systemic racism exists, ABC News investigates exactly how much more black Americans are arrested than their white neighbors. Seattle activists won't allow police officers within blocks of their own precinct. And a rise in COVID-19 cases has spooked Wall Street.
George Floyd's brother gives a riveting address to congress, as the Minneapolis police department promises big reforms. Voting debacles on Tuesday portend even bigger issues in November. And the Confederate flag meets its biggest test of "cancel culture" in years.
In a bizarre back-and-forth with huge public health implications, the World Health Organization backs off claims that transmission of COVID-19 by asymptomatic patients is "rare." George Floyd is laid to rest in Houston. And Congress signals a potential compromise on police reform laws.
More police departments are suspending, firing, and charging officers, but is it too late to save their budgets? New satellite imagery shows parking lots at Chinese hospitals were packed in October, giving new insights to the rise of COVID-19. And it turns out we've been living through a recession since February.
As protesters demand reduced funding for policing, the Minneapolis City Council vows to dismantle their police department altogether. Pollsters show new concerns for President Trump, but a surprise willingness by Americans to involve the military in domestic affairs. And economists analyze why unemployment estimates last week were so far off.
A memorial in Minneapolis doubles as a rallying cry to protesters across the country. Police departments face questions over how to handle mass gatherings. And economists brace for another massive hike in the unemployment rate.
Additional officers are charged in the death of George Floyd. The Secretary of Defense openly disagrees with President Trump about deploying the military on US soil, while a former secretary piles on. And the RNC appears to be moving its big moment away from North Carolina because of orders to scale down.
President Trump and Joe Biden provide a stark split screen five months from Election Day as protests continue across the country. Twitter catches a white supremacist group trying to use the unrest as a springboard for violence. And social distancing turns into close encounters for masses protesting during a pandemic.
In a defiant address, President Trump says he's ready to bring in the US military to put down explosive demonstrations. Minneapolis residents reflect on the life and death of George Floyd. And a former police chief walks us through the de-escalation playbook.
In the most far-reaching moment of civil unrest in generations, American cities grapple with protests, police confrontations, and violence. Meanwhile, as some officials pin the destruction on "outside actors," federal sources say it's more complicated than that. And as ABC News releases new polling showing rising dissatisfaction, President Trump issues several tweets appearing to stoke more conflict.