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May 12, 2020

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) during a Senate hearing Tuesday again said the United States has not done "nearly enough" on coronavirus testing, despite President Trump's assertion that the country has already "prevailed."

Alexander, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, spoke at the top of a hearing on Tuesday and reiterated his previous statement that while "what our country has done so far on testing is impressive," it's "not nearly enough." In Tennessee, he said testing levels are "sufficient" to begin an initial phase of sending Americans back to work but that beyond that, much more will be required.

"The more tests we conduct, the better we can identify those who are sick and exposed," Alexander said. "Then we can quarantine the sick and exposed instead of trying to to quarantine the whole country. In my opinion, this will require millions of new tests, many from new technologies." Later, he again stressed the need for "widespread testing."

During a press conference on Monday touting the United States' coronavirus testing levels, Trump claimed that the U.S. has "prevailed" on testing despite not yet meeting the number of daily tests experts have called for. Trump said that about 300,000 tests are being conducted daily, promising this number will "go up substantially." Brendan Morrow

May 23, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Thursday tried his best not to directly attack the 2020 race's frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden. But he did offer some criticism of his record and argued that he hasn't earned the nomination just yet.

Buttigieg during a live interview with The Washington Post was asked about those who say that Biden has "earned the nomination" because of his experience, to which Buttigieg rebutted, "I think you earn the nomination by winning it. Nobody's earned the nomination in 2019."

He went on to say that to earn the Democratic nomination, each of the candidates must not only present a vision for the party and for America, but also prove that they can beat President Trump. He later cautioned that Democrats could "very well lose again" in 2020 if they're perceived as "replicating a system that let people down," although he insisted that he's "not talking about any one of my competitors" in particular.

Buttigieg during this interview also offered some subtle criticism of Biden's record. When asked if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was right when she said that the former vice president was "on the side of the credit card companies," Buttigieg responded, "I have a difference of opinion with anybody who favors credit card companies over consumers." He also criticized the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that Biden worked on, and when asked if those who supported the bill should be held to account, Buttigieg said, "that's what elections are for."

Still, Buttigieg multiple times avoided more directly attacking Biden, at one point telling the reporter, "I can't help but get the impression there's more interest in one of my competitors than any of the others." Brendan Morrow

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February 6, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is ready to pounce if President Trump does something impeachable. But so far, Pelosi said Monday at a news conference at the Capitol, Trump's actions — "reckless" as they may seem — are "not grounds for impeachment." "When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that will come up," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's fellow California congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters (D), thinks Trump's moment is coming sooner rather than later, though. "I think that he is leading himself into that kind of position,” Waters said Monday, pointing to Trump's favorable remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations. "The answer's going to be, eventually, we've got to do something about him. We cannot continue to have a president who is acting in that manner." Becca Stanek

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