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Latest 12:33 PM – 03/27/20 12:33 PM – March 27, 2020 Latest Pope Francis to offer special blessings via livestream As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, Pope Francis will offer prayers and a special blessing today in an unprecedented service before an empty square outside St. Peter’s Basilica. The Pope’s extraordinary Urbi…

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Latest 12:33 PM – 03/27/20 12:33 PM – March 27, 2020 Latest Pope Francis to offer special blessings via livestream As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, Pope Francis will offer prayers and a special blessing today in an unprecedented service before an empty square outside St. Peter’s Basilica. The Pope’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi (“from the city to world”) blessing — usually only imparted at Christmas and Easter — will be live-streamed at 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Rome time) and beamed across the world. The moment of prayer is expected to last about an hour.You can watch the Pope’s service here: 12:28 PM – 03/27/20 12:28 PM – March 27, 2020 Republican forces full vote on coronavirus stimulus bill J. Scott Applewhite / AP In this file photo from Thursday, July 7, 2016, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., left, and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., listen to FBI Director James Comey during a House Oversight Committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington. Meadows, currently President Donald Trump’s acting-chief of staff, is still the sitting representative of North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in the House of Representatives as the body prepares to vote on massive relief funding to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Friday, March 27, 2020. Party leaders had hoped to pass the measure by voice vote without lawmakers having to take the risk of traveling to Washington, but that plan might be complicated by Massie who could force a roll call vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) Rep. Thomas Massie (R., Ky.) followed through on his threat to force a full floor vote in the House on the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill Friday. House leaders had hoped to pass the bill by a voice vote, which would have prevented vulnerable members from traveling to Washington, D.C. There is wide, bipartisan support for the legislation, so Massie’s move is only expected to delay the bill’s passage in the House. 12:25 PM – 03/27/20 12:25 PM – March 27, 2020 Philadelphia reports second coronavirus-related death A second Philadelphia resident has died as a result of the coronavirus, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Health. No details were yet available. The city announced earlier this week that the first city resident known to have died of the coronavirus was a male patient in his 50s with an underlying medical condition. 11:50 AM – 03/27/20 11:50 AM – March 27, 2020 Gov. Wolf signs bill moving Pa. primary election to June 2 AP A member of the Pa. House of Representatives casts a vote on the postponement of the April election, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The House session will be the first in state history where members can vote remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP) June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus. Gov. Wolf on Friday signed a bill passed through the Pennsylvania legislature to move the primary back six weeks to allow enough time for people to register to vote by mail, for polling locations to shift, and to give election officials time to prepare for an election taking place in unprecedented circumstances. The law also authorizes county election officials to close and consolidate polling places without the usual court approval. (Officials had asked for that flexibility, as they’ve lost polling places and poll workers due to concerns over the coronavirus.) With Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. also voting June 2, it’s been dubbed the Acela Primary. While the moves are unlikely to derail former Vice President Joe Biden from winning the Democratic nomination, it does mean he’ll need more time to clinch it. Meanwhile, the delay could hurt some candidates running for the state legislature who have limited campaign resources they now need to stretch. For election officials, it’s a welcome extension to prepare for an election that keeps voters and poll workers safe. 11:40 AM – 03/27/20 11:40 AM – March 27, 2020 House leaders hoping to vote on $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package at noon House leaders will attempt to pass the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill by voice vote at noon, but their plans might be upended by Rep. Thomas Massie (R., Ky.), who has said he plans to object and force a full floor vote. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had hoped to pass the measure without a full floor vote to protect vulnerable members of Congress, some of whom are home in states mandating stay-at-home rules. If Massie or any other member objects, a quorum of 216 lawmakers would be required to vote on the legislation. Several lawmakers from the region, including Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R., N.J.), were present on the House floor Friday morning. Pennsylvania Rep Chrissy Houlahan (D., Pa.) drove to Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon in case her vote was needed. One local member of congress who won’t take part in a vote is Rep. Andy Kim (D., N.J.), who is in his last day of self-quarantine after coming into contact with a colleague who tested positive for coronavirus. It’s unclear if Massie will follow through on this threat, which has been condemned by politicians from both parties. That includes President Trump, who called for Republicans to throw the Kentucky congressman “out of the Republican Party!” Update, 12:28 p.m.: Rep. Thomas Massie (R., Ky.) followed through on his threat to force a full floor vote in the House on the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill Friday. House leaders had hoped to pass the bill by a voice vote, which would have prevented vulnerable members from traveling to Washington, D.C. — Rob Tornoe and Jonathan Tamari 10:50 AM – 03/27/20 10:50 AM – March 27, 2020 Owner of 7 Philly radio stations instituting pay-cuts in face of coronavirus economic setbacks Beasley Media Group is instituting company-wide pay cuts and reducing the hours of some employees as the radio company grapples with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Beasley — which owns seven stations in Philadelphia, including 93.3 WMMR and 97.5 The Fanatic — is cutting wages 10% for salaried full-time employees, and reducing hours for full-time hourly workers by 10%. The cuts go into effect April 1 and will continue through the end of June. Most hosts are salaried, meaning they will continue to host their daily shows as usual. “While it is not something we want to do, it is necessary in the long-term as we continue to move forward to get to the other side of the current economic situation,” CEO Caroline Beasley wrote, adding she will be forgoing 20% of her compensation through the end of the second quarter. 10:20 AM – 03/27/20 10:20 AM – March 27, 2020 Megabus suspends service in and out of hard-hit New York City LUKE RAFFERTY / Staff Photographer A Megabus near 30th Street Station, in 2018. Megabus has suspended service in and out of New York City, America’s largest coronavirus outbreak hotspot, through at least April 9, the company said in a message on its website. The move was made “in an abundance of cau
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