Trump Appoints Pence To Lead Government's Coronavirus Response

Updated at 10:17 p.m. ET Hours after the White House rejected the idea of appointing a coronavirus czar, President Trump on Wednesday put Vice President Pence in charge of the administration's response to the disease. "We're doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge," Trump said, noting that Pence's experience as governor of Indiana made him adept at working with state and local health authorities. "This is not a czar," the president later added. The president's remarks came as the...

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Gov. Brian Kemp has been in contact with the White House and various health officials regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, he told Lawmakers Capitol Correspondent Patricia Murphy at a press conference Wednesday.

He then outlined preparations being made in and by the state of Georgia. Officially named COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention labeled the virus an epidemic.

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Just before lunchtime in the Henry County Board of Elections office, a stream of workers filled into a back room to practice the election process from start to finish.

Check in and receive a ballot access card. Make your selections on a large touchscreen. Print a paper ballot, review the paper ballot, insert it into the scanner – and repeat.

It’s part of a mock election counties are participating in that acts as a stress test of sorts less than a week before Georgians statewide cast their first ballots on the new $104 million ballot-marking device system.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the Democratic National Committee announced it has added Georgia to a list of targeted battleground states the party will look to claim in this year’s elections.

Next door, South Carolina saw presidential primary debate in Charleston. It was a fierce, messy affair among Democratic candidates, who often spoke over one another as they jostled for position in the lead-up to Saturday’s crucial primary in that state.

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Attorney General Chris Carr’s office said Tuesday his office is joining a 39-state coalition in investigating e-cigarette company JUUL’s targeting of youth.

Carr told GPB News that vaping is an issue he hears about often.

“I'll tell you of the issues I hear about, vaping is one of the top five,” Carr said. “I mean, and no matter where I am in the state, I get asked about it.”

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has unveiled an $8.5 billion request to respond to the virus outbreak in the U.S., more than triple Trump's request.

The money would go toward efforts to contain the outbreak in the U.S., vaccine development and manufacture, and reimbursement to states for their costs in tackling the outbreak.

Schumer said Wednesday the money would be an emergency spending request. President Donald Trump has asked for $2.5 billion, but many in Congress say that's not enough.

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