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Mike Pence: ‘The best expert I know’ on coronavirus school policy ‘is my wife Karen’

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Vice President Mike Pence cited his wife, a teacher, as an expert on reopening schools during a deadly pandemic.

The White House has purposefully politicized the decision to send the nation’s children back to school, with President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threatening to cut funding for districts that don’t reopen.

“You’re seeing the president provide leadership,” Pence told reported Wednesday, “and what we are providing for the White House coronavirus task force is partnership with the governors and the state health officials, because we’ve just got to get our kids back.”

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Pence offered no specifics about the safety of sending children back into school buildings, but cited his wife’s expertise.

“I have to tell you,” he said, “the best expert I know on this topic is my wife, Karen, and she spoke at the summit yesterday very compellingly about how a lot of our kids are hurting out there. They’re struggling with loneliness, with social isolation. The American Academy of Pediatrics spoke about that, a very forceful statement from pediatricians across the country that said we got to get our kids back into school.”

Karen Pence has taught off and on at elementary schools, including a recent stint as a part-time art teacher, but has no medical training.

“The president is going to continue to provide leadership,” Pence added. “I expect as the debate in Congress goes forward about additional resources we’re going look to build in incentives for states to go forward, but the president’s made it clear, and I think most parents in America would agree with him that we’ve got to got other kids back to school and back into the classroom, and we can do it in a safe and a responsible way.”

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‘I’m in tears’: Americans grateful after watching Biden deliver more presidential speech than Trump

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President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation about the Thanksgiving holiday, encouraging Americans to keep wearing their masks and stay away from people outside of your bubble because there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel of terror.

There are reports of vaccines possibly being available to healthcare and nursing home workers by the end of the year, which could help with over-crowding in hospitals.

Biden spoke about his family's large Thanksgivings and how hard it will be for him this holiday season without the crowd of Bidens. But he, like many Americans, are doing the right thing, he said, not just for his family but for every other family in the community.

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US economic suffering may rise without stimulus: Fed minutes

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Officials at the Federal Reserve feared the US economy was on a course for renewed pain without Congress approving more stimulus to help its recovery from the pandemic, according to minutes of the central bank's latest policy meeting released Wednesday.

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) also considered future changes in its strategy of buying Treasury assets and mortgage-backed securities, the minutes from the November 4-5 meeting said.

US central bankers including Fed Chair Jerome Powell have been gently prodding Washington lawmakers for more stimulus spending to help dig the US economy out of the deep hole the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into.

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‘This is the epicenter.’ Miami park honors COVID-19 victims with 1,500 tombstones

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MIAMI — To show how the coronavirus is ravaging Black Miamians, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson created a makeshift cemetery in the Liberty City neighborhood. Tuesday, she added another 1,000 markers as a stark reminder that for members of her district, the pandemic rages on. “This is the epicenter of the pandemic,” Wilson said. “We represent many of the zip codes where the virus is roaring like a lion. ”With Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava at her side, Wilson brought the total number of plastic tombstones 1,500. Between the prayers and hymnals, the eve... (more…)

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