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A new generation of COVID-19 tests may be Florida’s best shot at containing virus spread

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Florida’s coronavirus summer has felt like deja vu for public health experts worried about a testing system once again unable to keep up with surging cases and demand. Like the rest of the country, the Sunshine State has relied on commercial labs to perform ever-increasing numbers of labor intensive molecular tests to detect COVID-19. An early summer wave of people seeking the tests created a bottleneck of results with up to two-week delays across the state. That forced the Florida Division of Emergency Management to pivot to new providers and less sensitive tests earlier this month, reducing wa…

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Trump ignores stalled COVID stimulus negotiations — as he starts three-day vacation at golf course

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President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey on Thursday evening to begin a three-day vacation at his Bedminister golf course.

Reporters shouted questions about the stalled stimulus negotiations, but AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire reports that Trump ignored the question.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend.

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Stimulus negotiations collapse as Mark Meadows slammed the table and walked out: Nancy Pelosi

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The White House and Congress remain trillions of dollars apart on the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Speaking Nancy Pelosi told reporters following a three-hour negotiation meeting that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows slammed the table and walked out of the meeting, to which Pelosi replied that the Trump administration was slamming the table on our children.

Here's some of what Capitol Hill correspondents tweeted following the end of the meeting:

Pelosi: "We're very far apart. It's very unfortunate"

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Senate adjourns until Monday as members leave town without a deal on coronavirus stimulus or enhanced unemployment

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The United States Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend despite the fact enhanced unemployment has expired and there has been no deal reached on the next round of COVID-19 stimulus.

The decision to leave Washington, DC for the weekend comes the same day the federal government reported over 1 million Americans have filed new unemployment claims -- for the 20th week in a row.

The Senate is adjourned till Monday afternoon, with no deal on a new COVID rescue. McConnell cancelled August recess today, but a lot of senators have skipped town anyway.

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