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President Donald Trump gives a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 26, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) A majority of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling the coronavirus pandemic, according to recent polls from CBS News and Monmouth University. The CBS News/YouGov survey released Tuesday found that 53 percent
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questions David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Calibra, during testimony before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 16, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Monday afternoon slammed Democrats for delaying a vote on a massive coronavirus-relief package, accusing them of holding up
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Sen. Rand Paul (Gage Skidmore) Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Sunday, making him the first U.S. senator to contract the deadly respiratory illness that continues to spread across the country. The Kentucky Republican has no symptoms but “was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his
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A message on an electronic display inside a mostly empty 42nd Street subway station in New York City, March 20, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Aaron Ginn wrote a long, charts-and-statistics-filled blog post at Medium arguing that the available public health data shows that COVID-19 is less easily transmitted, less fatal, and more likely to fade away
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A woman looks at the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, April 7, 2019. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to close their shared border to all non-essential travel beginning on Saturday in an effort to curb the international spread of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump announced Friday. “As we did with Canada,
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Nurse Corazon Morales wearing a protective gear administers a test for coronavirus to a patient at a drive-through testing site in a parking lot at the University of Washington’s Northwest Outpatient Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., March 17, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Don’t listen to the media cynics who think coronavirus has turned the U.S. into
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Xi Jinping, the head of the Chinese Communist Party, at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 10, 2020 (Xie Huanchi / Xinhua via Reuters) In any just and lawful setting, actors who recklessly pursue hazardous activities would be held accountable for foreseeable harm caused to others. In the winter of 2002–2003, the deadly SARS
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President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks at a coronavirus press briefing at the White House, March 20, 2020 (Shealah Craighead/White House) The extent to which law is a barrier against to future presidential muscle-flexing, for good or ill, depends not on
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Health workers at a new drive-thru coronavirus testing center at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J., March 20, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Last updated March 20, 3:30pm EST There are now three coronavirus clusters in the U.S.: New York, California, and Washington. As of Friday afternoon, more than 7,000 New Yorkers had tested positive for the
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A medical worker exits a tent erected to test for the coronavirus at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 19, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Like many Americans, I’ve been tracking statistical reports about the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, I’ve been closely following Worldometer, which seems reliable, covers the globe, and gets updated frequently. It
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South Korea is the country that appears to have handled this crisis best. One thing it has managed to do is to focus social controls on sick people (or potentially sick people) and their contacts more than the blunderbuss closings and lockdowns that we are resorting to. It’d be much better if we were able
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Capitol Hill, March 25, 2019 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) told colleagues during a closed-door lunch on Thursday that he and recently-appointed White House Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows are telling President Trump to oppose direct cash payments to Americans during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. 🚨🚨NEWS, from the closed
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (File photo: Mike Theiler/Reuters) Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Senate Republicans released the text for their massive phase-three coronavirus relief package Thursday, outlining a trillion-dollar plan that includes direct payments of $1,200 per person and $2,400 for couples to help offset economic losses amid the growing pandemic. McConnell
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The logo of Google Inc. is seen outside their headquarters building in Mountain View, California August 18, 2004. Google Inc. slashed the size of its closely watched initial public offering nearly in half to less than $2 billion on Wednesday, splashing cold water on what has been touted as the hottest Internet IPO in years.
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(Pixabay) Support for direct cash payments in an unprecedented crisis doesn’t equal support for Yang’s massively expensive universal-basic-income plan. A key part of Congress’s fiscal response to the coronavirus crisis will almost certainly involve sending checks to most citizens across the country. On Monday, Senator Mitt Romney (R., Utah) proposed sending $1,000 to all American
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The New York Times building, March 15, 2020 (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) Earlier this month in Politico, historian Leslie M. Harris wrote a bombshell piece that ultimately forced the New York Times to modify its vaunted 1619 Project. Harris claimed that Times fact-checkers reached out to her prior to the publication of the 1619 Project’s seminal essays
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Security personell wear facemasks at a checkpoint at the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge as the country is hit by an outbreak of coronavirus in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China, February 4, 2020. (Thomas Peter/Reuters) The National Security Council on Wednesday slammed China’s expulsion of all American reporters working for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington
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Display at a gun store in Uniondale, N.Y., in 2013. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) His political attacks on the industry are why we have a law barring attempts to hold arms manufacturers legally responsible for shootings. As Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders continue to trade blows over who is more equipped to supposedly deliver a knockout punch
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(Joshua Roberts/Reuters) In a last-gasp effort to prevent the passage of a bipartisan FISA reauthorization bill, Representatives Warren Davidson (R., Ohio) and Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.) sent a last-gasp letter to upper-chamber leaders Monday urging them to oppose a Monday procedural vote that would fast-track the House-passed legislation. “If cloture is invoked tonight, it will
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A man in a surgical mask walks by an illuminated American flag in Manhattan, March 13, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Maybe we have to endure this bad time to fully appreciate the good times. We’ve been through difficult and scary times before, like 9/11 and the Great Recession, but we’ve never faced anything quite like this.
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Descending to the subway in Beijing, China, March 10, 2020 (Thomas Peter/Reuters) This morning arrives: “Hey, I’m Friday the 13th, I’m scary, because bad things happen when I arrive.” Monday through Thursday respond, “You’ve got a heck of a bar to clear, kid.” The Morning’s Good News Regarding the Coronavirus Testing is going to get
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Shoppers at BJ’s Wholesale Club market at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, N.Y., March 14, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Put stress on a society and it will reveal the truth of itself. Perhaps someone will deliver a sermon on that, when the churches have reopened. Today in plague news: My favorite Presbyterian church canceled
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President Donald Trump at a White House press briefing with members of his coronavirus task force, March 14, 2020 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Congress is acting fast to respond to the coronavirus epidemic — faster, indeed, than Congress can think. President Trump and Nancy Pelosi agreed on a spending bill that the House passed before anyone knows
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Harvesting romaine lettuce near Soledad, Calif., May 3, 2017 (Michael Fiala/Reuters) I tried an experiment yesterday. I went to four large supermarkets in Fresno County, the nation’s largest and most diverse food-producing county, and looked at both checkouts and shelf space. The two big sellers seemed to be cleansers of all sorts (bleach wipes were
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A woman wears a face mask on the subway as the coronavirus outbreak continued in New York City, March 13, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) The mental and emotional landscape of a true crisis is unlike that of ordinary life or ordinary politics. The falling dominoes of the past few days — closing schools, colleges, churches, sports,
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