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Bipartisan legislation that would give small employers more time to take advantage of federal subsidies for payroll and other costs is expected to pass the House this week, as lawmakers return to Washington for an abbreviated two-day session.

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"With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention," Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Tuesday. 

Kemp's offer was followed by one from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who told reporters at a Miami news conference that he "would love" to have the GOP or the Democratic convention.

"I am greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight,'' said Graham, a South Carolina Republican and staunch Trump ally. "No president is above the law. However, the presidency has executive privilege claims against other branches of government.''

Roberto Azevedo, a 62-year-old Brazilian, said he will step down Aug. 31 as WTO director-general, ending a seven-year tenure marked in recent years by intense pressure from President Donald Trump, who repeatedly accused the Geneva-based trade body of "unfair" treatment of the United States and launched a trade war with China in defiance of the WTO system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the move, saying he and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. had agreed that it was in the committee's best interests. The FBI served a search warrant for Burr's cellphone as part of an ongoing insider-trading investigation tied to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Governors are starting to slowly reopen some segments of their local economies, pointing to evidence that the number of COVID-19 deaths and new hospitalizations are peaking or starting to recede in their states. But a government whistleblower warned Thursday that the U.S. faces its "darkest winter in modern history" unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the virus.

The bungled training exercises took place Sunday and raised new questions about the readiness of the Islamic Republic's armed forces amid heightened tensions with U.S., just months after they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran, killing 176 passengers.

Key to any plan to reopen the economy, Democrats say, is robust testing. They are also expected to propose another round of direct cash aid for anxious Americans, funds for states to prevent layoffs and more money to shore up businesses in the stay-home economy.

We get it. Whatever your politics, everyone is ready for this to be over. It’s annoying, distressing and depressing. Most folks, however, would rather play it cautious when the downside is potentially an even longer period of sequestering down the road. Not to mention, you know, more deaths.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham isn't mourning the possible demise of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, saying he wouldn't "shed a tear" if reports of his death are true. Still, the longtime South Carolina senator hopes North Korea's next leader will be open to diplomacy with the U.S.

The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally behind a nominee and unify against President Donald Trump. But concerns that large crowds will spread the virus prompted Democrats, including prospective nominee Joe Biden, to press for alternatives.

Tony Radoszewski, president and CEO of the Plastic Industry Association, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month asking him to use the influence of his federal agency to promote plastic bags during the ongoing health crisis. 

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

In an email and video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Gabbard offered her full support to former Vice President Joe Biden, saying "it's clear that Democratic primary voters have chosen" him to take on President Donald Trump in November.

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