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RNC reschedules D.C. winter meeting so members can attend anti-abortion rally

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) confirmed on Monday that it had rescheduled part of its winter meeting in Washington, D.C. to allow attendees to take part in an anti-abortion protest.

In a statement obtained by CNN, GOP spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said that Chairman Reince Priebus had ordered the change because the annual March for Life is scheduled for January 22, just as the RNC winter meeting was set to begin.

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The March for Life rally will take place on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which recognized abortion rights for women.

“The chairman decided it was important to give everyone an opportunity to go,” the statement said.

Although some small meetings and event registration were still planned for the morning, the biggest meetings were pushed until after the noon anti-abortion rally.

The party’s official 2012 platform included a “human life amendment,” which would criminalize abortion even in the case of rape or incest.


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Italy’s COVID-19 death toll tops 10,000 despite long coronavirus lockdown

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The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown.

The 889 new fatalities reported in the world's worst-hit nation came a day after it registered 969 deaths on Friday -- the highest single toll since the COVID-19 virus emerged late last year.

Italy now looks certain to extend its economically debilitating -- and emotionally stressful -- business closures and the ban on public gatherings past their April 3 deadline.

"Is it time to reopen the country? I think we have to think about it really carefully," civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.

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Joe Biden has one key coronavirus question he wants answered: ‘Where are the tests, Mr. President?’

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Despite the inability to hold campaign rallies, the 2020 presidential campaign is continuing in spite of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

With the response to coronavirus being the top public policy discussion in America, all eyes are focused on President Donald Trump's actions.

Trump had promised the nation that he would set up COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in the parking lots of big-box retailers but has so far failed to deliver.

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Banks are causing a cash crisis by tightening lending standards during coronavirus crisis

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Major banks in America are tightening access to credit as coronavirus shutdowns put households across America in dire financial shape, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

"Banks and financial-technology firms are starting to toughen their approval standards for new loans to consumers and small businesses. That means many people could find it hard to get credit just when they most need it, as the novel coronavirus pandemic puts thousands out of work," the newspaper reported.

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