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White House Press Secretary: Golf Is Not OK While U.S. Mourns (Trump Exempt)

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany once weighed in on an American leader golfing while Americans are mourning: It’s inappropriate. But she wasn’t talking about President Donald Trump golfing as the nation edges closer to a 100,000 death tally from COVID-19. She was complaining in 2017 about former President Barack Obama golfing after the murder of […]

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CDC Quietly Releases Reopening Guidance Initially Shelved By White House

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved. As with other recently released guidance, religious organizations were not included. Instead, the document has advice for childcare facilities, schools, day camps, mass transit systems, restaurants, bars and other businesses and […]

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Infectious Disease Expert Explains Why White House Coronavirus Testing ‘Not Smart’ At All

Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm on Wednesday criticized the White House’s coronavirus testing protocol, saying it was not an example of smart testing and likening it to giving squirt guns to Secret Service agents to protect President Donald Trump. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, […]

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Progressive Demands Get Shelved In House Democrats’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

House Democrats’ new $ 3-trillion proposal to address the economic and public health fallout from the coronavirus pandemic pushed several progressive proposals to the sidelines once again. The HEROES Act, unveiled Tuesday, is the biggest coronavirus emergency relief bill yet. It proposes extending unemployment insurance through 2021, giving a second round of $ 1,200 direct payments, […]

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Critics Rip Penn. House Speaker After Questionable COVID-19 Post

Twitter critics piled on Pennsylvania’s Republican speaker of the House Saturday after he tweeted the percentage of people who died after contracting COVID-19 who had underlying health issues, as part of a “Reopening Pennsylvania” campaign. The stats posted by Rep. Mike Turzai ended with urging the state to get back to business “safely, compassionately” and “urgently.”  People […]

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White House Coronavirus Official: Michigan Lockdown Protest ‘Devastatingly Worrisome’

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading infectious disease expert on the White House’s coronavirus task force, said Sunday that the actions of people ignoring social distancing guidelines while protesting stay-at-home orders are “devastatingly worrisome.”  During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Birx to weigh in from a public health perspective on the […]

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U.S. House Panel Calls On Amazon’s Bezos To Testify On Company Practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Friday called on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to testify to the panel about “competition concerns” related to the company’s business practices. In a letter to Bezos signed by Democratic and Republican members of the panel, the lawmakers referred to an April 23 Wall Street Journal story about Amazon and said: “If the reporting […]

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White House Coronavirus Official: Social Distancing ‘Will Be With Us’ Through Summer

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading infectious disease expert on the White House’s coronavirus task force, warned Sunday that social distancing will be a necessary practice through the coming summer. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Birx was asked if Vice President Mike Pence’s prediction Friday that the coronavirus epidemic will be largely “behind […]