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Maybe we now know the real reason that Bob Mueller was so reluctant to testify.

With even liberal commentators conceding that Mueller was a shaky witness during two House hearings, questions are swirling about his mental acuity and his ability to handle the job of special counsel.

Let me also say that the hearings shouldn’t be graded only on optics, although they were, like most hearings, designed as political theater. But even on substance, Mueller offered almost nothing that was new, and for all the media hype, that was very much by design.

Still, Mueller’s struggles on the Hill were a real head-scratcher, especially for those who have worked with him.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is sworn in by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2019, in Washington - VOA

WASHINGTON - Millions of U.S. workers are losing their jobs in a surge of layoffs as businesses large and small shut their operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A week ago, nearly 3.3 million workers filed for unemployment benefits. The figure is expected to rise rapidly in the coming weeks, with 40 million people predicted to be unemployed by mid-April.

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The Macy's store at Tyson's Corner Center sits closed, March 30, 2020, in McLean, Virginia, a Washington, D.C., suburb. Macy's announced that they would furlough a majority of their 130,000 workers after their stores closed due to the virus outbreak.

WHITE HOUSE - Within hours of the U.S. House's overwhelming approval of a $2 trillion bill to blunt the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law.

The rare and speedy bipartisan consensus in Congress to back the bill, the largest emergency aid package in American history, underscored the price of the pandemic.

"I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first,” Trump said as he signed the bill, adding, “I’ve never signed anything with a T [for trillion].”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, and Republican lawmakers applaud President Donald Trump during a signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act, at the White House, March 27, 2020.

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed an unprecedented economic relief package aimed at propping up an American economy increasingly paralyzed by efforts to contain the coronavirus.

The bill still must clear the Democratic-majority House of Representatives before being signed into law by President Donald Trump. House leaders said they expect the bill to pass by a voice vote on Friday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs up as he arrives on Capitol Hill, March 25, 2020, in Washington

The number of Americans filing for unemployment surged to 3.28 million last week, shattering a decades-old record in jobless claims as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses around the country to shutter their doors.

The number eclipsed the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982 and is well above the levels seen in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Labor Department said in its weekly report. The data date back to 1967.

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The four-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week’s revised average.

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to send the United States back to work within weeks, despite warnings from medical experts that might be premature to prevent an even wider spread of the COVID-19 virus.    

"I would like to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," which is April 12, Trump said during an interview on Fox News on Tuesday.    

"We have to go back to work sooner, much sooner, than people thought," the president said, warning of the severe damage to the economy that could shave 20 to 25 points off gross domestic product.    

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President Donald Trump asks a question to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, March 23, 2020, in Washington.

Tất cả 52 tiểu bang của Mỹ đều bị lây nhiễm siêu vi corona chủng mới. Tiếp theo các biện pháp phỏng tỏa thành phố, thứ Tư 18/03/2020, tổng thống Donald Trump thông báo kích hoạt luật thời chiến để ngăn chặn dịch mà ông gọi là siêu vi Trung Quốc : đạo luật Sản Xuất Quốc Phòng, ban hành vào tháng 8/1950 để đối phó với chiến tranh Triều Tiên.

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Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump phát biểu trong một cuộc họp đối phó với virus corona, Nhà Trắng, Washington, ngày 18/03/2020. REUTERS - LEAH MILLIS

WHITE HOUSE - The federal government is looking at quickly sending money directly to Americans to soften the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.    

“I think we are going to do something that gets money as quickly as possible” to Americans, President Donald Trump told White House reporters on Tuesday.  

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FILE - The Dow Jones Industrial Average is displayed after the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, March 5, 2020.

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve took emergency action Sunday and slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to nearly zero and announced it would purchase more Treasury securities to encourage lending to try to offset the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank said the effects of the outbreak will weigh on economic activity in the near term and pose risks to the economic outlook. The central bank said it will keep rates at nearly zero until it feels confident the economy has weathered recent events.

The Fed also said it will purchase $500 billion of Treasury securities and $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities to smooth over market disruptions that have made it hard for banks and large investors to sell Treasuries.

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FILE - Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference

WASHINGTON - By declaring the coronavirus pandemic a “national emergency” Friday, President Donald Trump is marshaling the full power of his office against the deadly virus after earlier measures fell short.

The Trump administration had already declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. The new national emergency declaration, made under the 1976 National Emergencies Act and the National Security Act, triggers more than 100 statutory authorities available to the president to combat the coronavirus, which is now wreaking havoc across the United States.

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President Donald Trump is pictured on a television at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he declares a national emergency over the coronavirus, in SeaTac Washington, March 13, 2020.

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is promising “very substantial relief” to both businesses and individuals who suffer financially as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said he would meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss a payroll tax cut.

"We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not could ever miss a paycheck to be working with companies and small companies, large companies, a lot of companies so that they don't get penalized for something that's not their fault,” Trump told reporters on Monday evening in the White House briefing room.

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FILE - President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Feb. 12, 2020.

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