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CDC director expects US coronavirus deaths to start falling by next week

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield indicated Thursday that coronavirus deaths in the United States should begin falling by next week as case numbers have continued to decline since late July.

So far since the start of the outbreak, the U.S. has reported more than 5.5 million cases and 170,000 deaths as a result of the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. And over the last 24 days, the nation’s seven-day average for daily deaths has consistently topped 1,000.

But that number is primed to fall, noted Redfield in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“You and I are going to see the cases continue to drop. And then hopefully this week and next week, you’re going to start seeing the death rate really start to drop again,” he predicted.

When states experience steady declines in case numbers — as several states across the Southern and Western regions of the country have recently — it typically means that death rates will follow.

“It is important to understand these interventions are going to have a lag, that lag is going to be three to four weeks,” Redfield continued. “Hopefully this week and next week you’re going to start seeing the death rate really start to drop.”


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Redfield said he would like to see the number of daily new deaths fall below 250, which has not happened since the start of the outbreak earlier this year.

In early July, before the start of what Redfield calls the “southern outbreak,” the number of daily new deaths fell to roughly 500.

The director added that even as Southern and Western states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona are improving, there are worrying figures coming out of “Middle America,” in states such as Nebraska and Oklahoma.

“We’re starting to see some of the cases now in the red zone areas are falling, but if you look at those states that are in what we call the yellow zone, between 5% and 10%, they’re not falling, so middle America right now is getting stuck,” he said. “This is why it’s so important for middle America to recognize the mitigation steps that we talked about, about masks, about social distancing, hand washing, closing bars, being smart about crowds.”

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Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick says he will pay salon owner’s fine and take her place in jail so she can keep working

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said that he would pay the $7,000 fine for a salon owner arrested for defying social distancing orders, and offered to be placed under house arrest to take her place in jail.

Shelley Luthor became the masked face of the anti-lockdown movement when she gave a passionate response to a judge demanding her to apologize and admit she was wrong to re-open her salon amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“7 days in jail, no bail and a $7K fine is outrageous. No surprise Texans are responding,” tweeted Patrick on Wednesday.

“I’m covering the $7K fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids,” he added.

Many others have been outraged at the plight of Luthor, who said she was merely trying to keep working so she could feed her children. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton decried the sentence and called for Luther to be released.

“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table,” said Paxton.

“The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther,” he continued. “His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”

Patrick made headlines early in the breakout of the coronavirus when he said that American grandparents would rather be infected with coronavirus and die than let the economy be damaged for their grandchildren.

Hair salons will be allowed to open on Friday, but Luther said that she had a right to keep her salon open. She will be fined $500 for every day that her salon is open. She says she will continue to keep it open and appeal the decision.

Here’s more about the Luther case:


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Joe Scarborough tells Trump to ‘take a rest’ and let Pence take over after tweet about past murder conspiracy

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough fired back at President Donald Trump over a tweet that drudged up a decades old murder conspiracy theory against the former Republican congressman.

“I know you meant to be extraordinarily cruel to me by attacking me, by bringing up a conspiracy theory that has lived in the gutters of the Internet for some time now. But just like the Seth Rich conspiracy murder that was pushed by your allies, you don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough on his show on Monday.

He was responding to a tweet the president sent early Monday morning.

“‘Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” tweeted Trump.

“I know him and Crazy Mika well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’. Besides, bad ratings!” he added.

The president was referring to the sudden and surprising death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old intern at Scarborough’s offices when he was a United States congressman in 2001. A coroner said that she had passed out from an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head.

Scarborough fired back at the president that he was causing pain to the family of Klausutis by bringing up her death in such a manner.

“You don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough, “you cause to families who’ve already lost a loved one. Not me. Not my children. Not anybody that knows me. They know the truth. You once again drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents, as if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough.”

He went on to excoriate the president for tweeting insults and “hateful things” about reporters and others during his working weekend.

“Mr. President, I ask that you get checked out,” Scarborough continued. “I ask that you take a rest. I ask that you take care of yourself, maybe let Mike Pence run things for the rest of the week. You’re not well.”

Here’s the video of Scarborough’s comments:


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Largest supermarket chain in the US is limiting beef and pork purchases over shortages from pandemic

Meat consumers might be faced with some difficult choices in the weeks ahead as the largest supermarket chain the United States signals that coronavirus is negatively impacting the supply of beef and pork.

A representative from the Kroger Company told FOX-59 in Indianapolis that they would have no problem bringing other protein sources to market.

“We feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers,” the representative said. “There is plenty of protein in the supply chain. However, some processors are experiencing challenges.”

Costco also indicated that they would be limiting purchases of meat to three per customer.

Domestic meat manufacturing plants have seen some of the worst coronavirus cases, causing some to shut down.

At the end of April, President Donald Trump ordered the plants to stay open and had his administration seek policies that would provide liability protections and safety measures for the workers.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) warned in an interview with Glenn Beck that the summer could get “ugly” for meat production.

“I can tell you the price of cattle is going down, meanwhile, the price of beef is going up in the supermarket and is caused because the supply chains are brittle,” Massie said. “We need to change course because by the middle of this summer, if something hasn’t changed, it’s going to be ugly.”

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Owner reopens wine bar and dares Los Angeles officials to arrest him — authorities threaten to shut him down

The owner of a wine bar in California dared officials to arrest him after he defied social distancing rules to reopen his business, and authorities responded very sternly soon after his story hit the local news.

Joseph Tahanians told Bill Melugin of FOX-11 Los Angeles that authorities would have to take drastic measures to keep him from reopening his business, The Wine Cave, in Montrose, California.

“Unless they handcuff me and take me to jail, I will NOT close,” said Tahanian.

He said that he is losing money every day and if he doesn’t open he’ll have to shut down his business permanently.

“I haven’t received any grants, I haven’t received any PPP loans they were supposed to give us,” he added.

He urged other businesses to join in his protest according to the original report. But days later, he backed down after local authorities threatened to shut him down.

According to Melugin, Tahanians said authorities threatened to pull his business license and his liquor license if he kept his business open.

He says that he fears his business is doomed whether it defies the order or not.

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‘Operation Warp Speed’: New Trump admin project aims to develop 100 million vaccine doses by the end of the year

The Trump administration is organizing a “Manhattan Project-style effort” to speed the process of developing a COVID-19 vaccine with the goal of having 100 million doses of an approved vaccine by the year’s end, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

The project is called “Operation Warp Speed,” two people familiar with the program told Bloomberg News. They allegedly asked to remain anonymous since the project has not yet been announced publicly.

What are the details?

Under the effort, private pharmaceutical companies will work hand-in-hand with government agencies and the U.S. military to drastically accelerate the timetable for a vaccine. As a result, taxpayers, rather than drug companies, will assume much of the financial risk should vaccine candidates fail.

Leading health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have insisted that developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus would take between 12 and 18 months.

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Vaccine development is typically slow and high risk. The project’s goal is to cut out the slow part, the people said. Operation Warp Speed will use government resources to quickly test the world’s most promising experimental vaccines in animals, then launch coordinated human clinical trials to winnow down the candidates.

The best prospective vaccines would go into wider trials at the same time mass production ramps up.

The project will cost billions of dollars, one of the people said. And it will almost certainly result in significant waste by making inoculations at scale before knowing if they’ll be safe and effective — meaning that vaccines that fail will be useless. But it could mean having doses of vaccine available for the American public by the end of this year, instead of by next summer.

The group is also reportedly discussing utilizing a master protocol to test several vaccines at once, rather than running individual vaccine candidates through separate trials.

What else?

There are currently at least 89 vaccines in development around the world for COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Seven of those vaccines have entered the clinical stage of evaluation.

One of them, the Oxford University vaccine, has jumped significantly ahead of the other candidates. The vaccine has been successfully tested in six rhesus macaque monkeys, who remained healthy after four weeks of exposure to the virus.

Now, Oxford researchers are conducting large-scale human testing, aiming to have 6,000 tests completed by the end of May. Researchers say they are confident that the vaccine will be widely available by September.

According to Bloomberg News, it is not yet known which vaccines will be a part of Operation Warp Speed, or whether the Oxford vaccine, in particular, will be included.

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Michigan lawmakers vote to limit Gov. Whitmer’s disaster powers — she vows to veto

The Republican-controlled legislature in Michigan voted on Friday to limit the disaster powers of the governor’s office, but Gov. Whitmer has vowed to veto the bill despite public protests against her lockdown orders.

Michigan has been the site of many public protests against the stay-at-home orders made to stop the spread of coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been the target of much of the protest.

Michigan has taken more strict measures to fight the pandemic, including the cordoning off of unessential sections in grocery and other stores to dissuade people from unnecessarily shopping.

“We haven’t seen the collaboration to this point that we’ve requested and what we would like to see,” said Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, a Republican, of Whitmer.

“We are the voice of the people, and there are thousands of people across our state frustrated and have had their livelihoods taken away, and we want to ensure they can get back to work when it can be done safely,” he added, according to WDIV in Detroit.

‘I’m not going to sign any bill that takes authority away from me’

Whitmer signaled that she is not going to back down to the protests or the Republican demands, and said that she is going to veto the measures meant to limit her authority.

“I’m not going to sign any bill that takes authority away from me or from any future governor,” she said. “The powers of the Executive Office are incredibly important, especially in times of crisis where lives are on the line.”

She went so far as to demand that legislators respect the stay-at-home order and not leave their homes to vote.

“I find it odd that the Legislature has chosen to congregate against all the best practices against the spirit of the stay home, stay safe order, where the vast majority of their constitutes are observing these important actions,” Whitmer concluded.

On Friday, Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order to May 15 but eased some of the restrictions on businesses, including landscaping, golf courses, and other stores.

Over 35,000 people in Wisconsin have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, with 2,900 dying from the disease.

Here’s more about Whitmer’s pandemic response:


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NYC subway conductors report filthy and unsanitary conditions as the homeless take over during pandemic

Subway conductors in New York City say conditions have worsened as the homeless have taken over the few transportation lines still open, and are using them as toilets.

“There is an astronomical amount of homeless people now in the subway,” said MTA train conductor Tramell Thompson said to WLNY-CBS.

“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now the Metropolitan Transmission Authority,” he added. “They are transporting this virus.”

The subway has remained open in order to provide service to essential workers like doctors and nurses, but conductors say this has allowed the homeless to move in and use the trains as shelters.

“Because we have less trains to work with, the homeless in the system congregate on fewer trains, so it’s way more evident now than it’s ever been,” said a conductor who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s causing a hazard to MTA employees and the people that we have to transport during this time.”

‘The trash, the feces, the urine’

Meanwhile, those who use the public transportation services worry they might be closed.

“I’m worried that they may shut it down because that’s my only source of transportation to get to work,” said Alene Bethel, who works as a nurse.

“So that’s really my main concern, keep it sanitized, wearing my mask, that doesn’t bother me so much, I’m a nurse, so I’m not afraid,” she added.

There have been 84 Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees who have died from the coronavirus.

“The trash, the feces, the urine, is there,” said Johnson. “It’s just a very toxic, unsafe environment.”

New York City has been one of the worst hit hotspots of coronavirus, which many experts attribute to the high density living conditions. There have been more than 11,500 deaths in New York City contributed to coronavirus, which accounts for more than a fifth of the total deaths in the United States.

Here’s more about the filthy transportation system in NYC:


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Business owner obtains payroll loan to keep paying 35 employees — they respond with a ‘firestorm of hatred’

The experience of a small business owner in Washington state is highlighting the unintended consequences of the massive coronavirus relief bill passed to keep employees receiving a paycheck.

Jamie Black-Lewis told CNBC that she was able to obtain loans for $177,000 and $43,800, and thought that her 35 spa employees would be happy that they weren’t losing their jobs.

Instead, she was met with a “firestorm of hatred.”

Black-Lewis said that the employees, many of which were paid hourly, were angry because they were preparing to obtain money through unemployment than they would by staying employed.

“It’s a windfall they see coming. In their mind, I took it away,” she explained.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she added. “On what planet am I competing with unemployment?”

‘We cannot create an incentive not to work’

The bizarre happenstance was predicted by many lawmakers, but they passed the bill despite some misgivings because they believed that the relief needed to go out as quickly as possible.

Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott warned that giving people more money than they receive in unemployment might incentivize some to not work.

“We have a virus and we know people can’t work for a variety of reasons,” Rick Scott said according to the Miami Herald. “We got to help them but at the moment we go back to work, we cannot create an incentive not to work. We cannot be paying people more money on unemployment than they get paid in their job.”

The law was passed with the provision despite some conservatives’ misgivings.

Black-Lewis was disappointed by the entire episode.

“There’s a bad taste from it,” she told CNBC. “We’ll recover. But it’s just a bummer.”

Here’s more about the PPP loans:


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A Texas judge just ordered all county residents to wear masks in public or face fines, jail time. But law enforcement is punching back hard.

A Texas judge in Harris County issued an order Wednesday demanding that all county residents wear masks in public or face a fine and possible jail time.

The new rules, which require adults and children age 10 and over to cover their nose and mouth when venturing outside the home, were ordered by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. The rules will go into effect Monday and last for 30 days (or May 27), according to a report by the Houston Chronicle.

The report notes that residents do not need to purchase N95 masks to be in compliance, but that acceptable coverings include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs.

Violators of the new mask rules could face a harsh penalty, including a fine of up to $1,000 and a maximum of 180 days in jail.

Houston law enforcement isn’t having it

In response to the ruling Wednesday, the unions representing Houston police officers and Harris County deputies shot back saying their officers do not intend to enforce the new mandate.

“The citizens of Harris County are working hard together through this pandemic and do not need the added stress and fear of being fined or arrested for failing to wear a mask/face covering they may not have,” said David Cuevas, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, in a statement.

Houston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi called the order “draconian.” He added that the union has reached out to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office “seeking an opinion on the legality of imposing a criminal penalty/fine for anyone not wearing a mask in public.”

In the meantime, Gamaldi said, officers have been reminded that they have “discretion” in such matters.

Does the judge have the authority?

It was not immediately obvious whether or not Hidalgo has the authority to implement such an order during the county’s declared emergency.

But in a radio interview with Glenn Beck Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) argued that during a crisis, the governor’s disaster declaration trumps that of local jurisdictions.

“By law, when we are in a time of disaster, it is the governor’s disaster declaration that has the supremacy power over local disaster regulations,” he said.

If that is indeed the case, a subsequent declaration by the governor could overrule Judge Hidalgo’s order.

What else?

In Dallas County, commissioners voted on Tuesday to extend the county’s stay-at-home order until May 15, according to the Dallas Morning News. Abbott could issue an order next Monday that would supersede the local order, but Judge Clay Jenkins said Tuesday that he believes the county’s stay-at-home provisions won’t conflict with the forthcoming changes at the state level because the local order will still direct people to stay home unless visiting a business that is allowed to open or for exercise.

Harris County has had at least 5,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 79 deaths due to the virus. Dallas County has had 2,683 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 65 deaths, according to the News.

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Texas governor is planning to reopen ‘so many businesses’ in the state, announcement coming Monday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is planning a declaration soon that will reopen a large amount of businesses in the state and will supersede the declarations of local jurisdictions.

During an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program Wednesday, Abbott teased his plans to safely reopen the nation’s second most populous state and asserted that his order won’t be thwarted by county officials.

“By law, when we are in a time of disaster, it is the governor’s disaster declaration that has the supremacy power over local disaster regulations,” the governor started out by saying. “I’m going to be announcing another declaration that opens up so many businesses across the state of Texas.

“That will be the law in the state of Texas,” he quickly added. “Every county will be required to follow that law — and so we will be injecting a whole lot of freedom.”

Abbott plans to make the declaration that will likely reopen businesses such as restaurants and hair salons, among others, on Monday.

Last Friday, the governor launched a statewide strike force tasked with planning and implementing the state’s reopening strategy. The strike force includes public officials, health experts, and business experts.

During the announcement, Abbott suggested that retail stores may soon be permitted to provide product pickups through a “Retail-To-Go” model. He also said he is considering opening up hospitals to performing elective surgeries again. Abbott also said state parks would reopen this week, but schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year.

“Even more openings will be announced in May when it is determined that the infection rate continues to decline and when testing capabilities are sufficient to test and contain outbreaks of the virus,” he added.

Texas has had at least 21,069 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and at least 543 deaths due to the virus.

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BREAKING: After 12 days of Democratic delays, Senate passes $484 billion relief bill

Senate Republicans applauded a deal to refund the relief to coronavirus-stricken businesses on Tuesday after 12 days of delays they blamed on Democratic stalling.

The bill includes $310 billion to refund the Paycheck Protection Program, and $100 billion for hospitals and testing.

“More help is on the way,” read a tweet from Senate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized Democrats for stalling the relief deal in order to shoehorn their provisions into the bill.

“Republicans never wanted this crucial program for workers and small businesses to shut down,” said McConnell according to Fox News.

“We tried to pass additional funding a week before it lapsed,” he explained. “But Democratic leaders blocked the money and spent days trying to negotiate extraneous issues that were never on the table. I am grateful our colleagues have walked away from those demands and will finally let Congress act.”

President Donald Trump outlined his plan for further relief after this deal was completed and signed into law.

“After I sign this Bill, we will begin discussions on the next Legislative Initiative with fiscal relief to State/Local Governments for lost revenues from COVID 19, much needed Infrastructure Investments for Bridges, Tunnels, Broadband, Tax Incentives for Restaurants, Entertainment, Sports, and Payroll Tax Cuts to increase Economic Growth,” Trump tweeted.

Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said that the House was expected to vote to approve the deal on Thursday.

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Local TV reporter accidentally shows naked husband during broadcast from home

A local news reporter from Sacramento accidentally displayed who is believed to be her husband naked in the shower while broadcasting from her home during the state’s lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

KCRA-TV reporter Melinda Meza was performing a segment on tips for styling your own hair during quarantine when one social media user spotted someone else in the background of the shot.

“Y’all see this naked man on #KCRA #news? Lol,” tweeted the viewer while recording a video from her own TV.

In the video, a silhouette of a man can be seen behind Meza in the mirror’s reflection.

The man is believed to be Meza’s husband, according to the Daily Mail.

“Hope her husband doesn’t see this!” one Twitter user wrote.

Another had some fun with the mess-up, playing off the station’s slogan by writing, “KCRA: where the nudes come first.”

Still another wrote: “Damn why she wanna work when she’s got all that at home?”

Meza’s segment, titled, “Hair Stylists Want to Work,” detailed how beauty industry experts have been put out of work during the coronavirus pandemic, and how many are attempting to maintain their appearance at home.

As she signed off, Meza clipped her bangs and said, “so people won’t have to do this much longer.”

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BREAKING: President Trump tweets that he will suspend all immigration

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that he would issue an order to suspend all immigration to the United States.

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” he tweeted.

The president has used the phrase “the invisible enemy” to refer to the coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged the globe since its emergence in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of the year.

The extraordinary announcement builds upon the initial response that the president had to the coronavirus breakout when he ordered a travel ban to those trying to enter the United States from China.

Critics of the president initially claimed that his travel ban was “xenophobic” and racist, but some have admitted as the contagion grew that his action was likely the correct course.

There are more than 745,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, with 39,000 deaths.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is shocked that released criminals are committing more crimes

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday it is “unconscionable” that criminals released early from prison over coronavirus fears would commit new crimes.

“I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done,” de Blasio told reporters during a briefing Monday, according to the New York Post.

The mayor elected to release more than 1,400 city inmates as part of the state’s prison break over concerns that the virus would ravage prisons and further the spread of the infectious disease.

De Blasio’s comments follow news from over the weekend that at least 50 inmates who were released early have reoffended and landed back in jail — with some already being readmitted into society again.

“We do see some recidivism. I have not seen a huge amount, but any amount is obviously troubling,” he said. “We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.”

Responding to the story on Twitter, conservative political analyst Ben Shapiro wrote: “De Blasio being surprised that criminals commit crimes is just pure 100% uncut De Blasio.”

The Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher added: “It’s almost like we had them in prison for a reason!”

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents over 50,000 active duty and retired police officers, also joined the chorus of those slamming the mayor.

“Unconscionable? What did you think would happen @NYCMayor? Didn’t your office review and sign off on the release of hundreds of these inmates?” the organization wrote.

According to the Post, city officials said last week that more than 300 inmates and 500 correction department employees have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least two inmates died.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter ‘gutted’ by coronavirus, Trump’s response, ‘crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives’

CNN media critic Brian Stelter “hit a wall” and had an emotional breakdown last weekend over coronavirus fears and dismay over President Donald Trump’s leadership during the pandemic.

The “Reliable Sources” host admitted that his overwhelming emotions caused him to miss his newsletter deadline Friday night for the first time in years.

“Last night, I hit a wall,” Stelter tweeted Saturday. “Gutted by the death toll. Disturbed by the govt’s shortcomings. Dismayed by political rhetoric that bears no resemblance to reality. Worried about friends who are losing jobs; kids who are missing school; and senior citizens who are living in fear.

“I crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives,” he added. “Tears that had been waiting a month to escape. I wanted to share because it feels freeing to do so. Now is not a time for faux-invincibility. Journos are living this, hating this, like everyone else.”

Though Stelter didn’t mention the president by name in his tweets, he did specifically mention Trump several times in his Saturday newsletter.

In the newsletter, Stelter castigated Trump’s “ever-changing position” on the coronavirus pandemic and designated a segment to the apparent disparity between the president’s characterization of the pandemic and the state of things in local municipalities across the country.

“Scrolling through the Newseum’s gallery of newspaper front pages, the # of headlines about Trump’s antics and ‘reopening’ plans are vastly outnumbered by the daily reality of the virus. The front pages serve as a reality check to Trump’s unreality,” he argued.

‘It’s okay to not be okay right now’

Then, during his Sunday show, Stelter repeated the message that he shared on Twitter the day before. This time he added that “it’s okay to not be okay right now.”

“All of us are grieving, whether we sense it or not. All of us have lost something in the past few weeks, some have suffered the ultimate loss of a father, or mother or spouse or relative. Others have lost livelihoods, they lost access to family and friends,” Stelter said. “I tried to bottle it all up; I guess I was trying to be stoic for my wife and kids, it wasn’t until this Friday night that I hit a wall.”

Stelter encouraged people who are experiencing emotions not to bottle them up like he did, but to talk about them, and even use social media to do so. He said that after crying and opening up on social media, he felt better.

“Almost everyone is experiencing isolation or stress or anxiety or other emotions, as a result of this crisis,” he added. “[But] it’s okay to not be okay right now.”

(H/T: Fox News)

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Former SBA chief under Obama scolds Nancy Pelosi for stalling bill on small business relief

Karen G. Mills, the former chief of the Small Business Administration during the Obama presidency, said Democrats should stop stalling on refunding a program to help businesses hurt by the shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic.

The rescue loan program provides money to small businesses but it quickly ran out of funding after only a few days and Republicans want to refund it to provide more relief to the economy.

Democrats have been stalling in order to make other demands to the legislation.

Mills said she told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats directly to join Republicans and fund the program quickly.

“Congress has to act as soon as possible,” Mills said in an interview with CQ Roll Call. “What I’m saying is: Number one, get the money replenished.”

Democrats want to add provisions in the bill to send $150 billion to the states, $100 billion to hospitals, and $60 billion for lenders including community development financial institutions.

Mills said it’s simply not the time for such add-ons.

“Complexity is not our friend here,” she said. “Things that have to be implemented quickly can’t have a lot of bells and whistles, or else there will be too many unintended consequences — one of which is delay. And we don’t have time to delay.”

Pelosi and the Democrats have been lambasted by Republicans for stalling a program during such a destructive economic disaster.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Abortions are ‘life-sustaining’

The Democratic governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, recently called access to abortion during the coronavirus pandemic “life-sustaining.”

Whitmer was discussing health care and abortion during a recent podcast interview with CNN correspondent and former Obama adviser, David Axelrod, when she made the comments. After being asked about her plans regarding other states who have banned abortions during the outbreak, Whitmer suggested that while elective surgeries have been paused in Michigan, abortions are considered essential and can still be performed.

“We stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan,” the governor said. “Some people have tried to say that that type of a procedure is considered the same [as abortion] and that’s ridiculous.”

“A woman’s health care, her whole future, her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election, it is a fundamental to her life,” she continued. “It is life-sustaining and it is something that government should not be getting in the middle of.”

Whitmer has faced considerable backlash from conservatives over her restrictive stay-at-home orders since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Wednesday, thousands flooded the state capitol in protest of the restrictive orders, which are some of the strictest in the nation, some chanting “lock her up.” That same day, four Michigan county sheriffs announced that they would not be strictly enforcing the governor’s order, arguing that the governor was “overstepping her executive authority.”

On Thursday, news broke that at least two federal lawsuits had been filed against Whitmer for her “draconian” mandates.

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Stock market takes a sharp upturn after coronavirus drug shows promising results

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by more than 800 points in futures trading on Thursday after a report showed that a drug meant to treat coronavirus had promising results.

The Dow Jones has cratered after a historic drive upward after the coronavirus pandemic began to shut down economies all over the world.

Futures traded upward on the news that Remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug, was shown to be effective in treating coronavirus patients with severe symptoms in a trial at a Chicago hospital.

The stock market could have also been responding positively to the Trump administration revealing a plan by Dr. Deborah Birx to slowly ease the restrictions on economic activity.

S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were also up sharply on the drug news.

“This is obviously good news. Of course, we’ve heard a few other pieces of good news like this recently and they didn’t pan-out as well as people had hoped,” said market strategist Matt Maley to CNBC.

“The big question is whether it’s going to be enough to help the economy ‘re-open’ more quickly than people are thinking right now,” he explained.

About 22 million Americans have lost work because of the economic shutdown ordered by state and local governments to help stop the spread of the virus that originated in Wuhan, China.

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Dr. Oz says he misspoke when calling for schools re-open at the expense of some children dying

Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz had to walk back his recommendation that schools re-open at the expense of some children dying after receiving online blowback.

Dr. Oz made the original comments on Fox News with Sean Hannity.

“Well first, we need our mojo back,” said Oz.

“Let’s start with things that are really critical to the nation where we think we might be able to open without getting into a lot of trouble,” he explained.

“Schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3%, in terms of total mortality,” Oz continued.

“Any, you know, any life is a life lost,” he added, “but to get every child back into a school where they’re safely being getting educated, being fed, and making the most out of their lives, with a theoretical risk on the backside, that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider.”

Critics were quick to pounce on his comments and criticize him for saying it would be reasonable tradeoff to lose 2% or 3% of school children in order to re-open the economy.

He said that he misspoke in a Twitter video he posted on Thursday.

“I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention. I misspoke,” said Oz in the video.

“As a heart surgeon, I spent my career fighting to save lives in the operating room by minimizing risks. At the same time, I’m being asked constantly, how will we be able to get people back to their normal lives. To do that, one of the important steps will be figuring out how do we get our children safely back to school,” he explained.

“We know for many kids school is a place of security, nutrition and learning that is missing right now,” he added. “These are issues we are all wrestling with, and I’ll continue looking for solutions that beat this virus.”

Also on Thursday, President Donald Trump revealed guidelines for the states to re-open the economy from the coronavirus lockdown in a safe manner.

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Republican bill will allow American citizens to sue China for coronavirus coverup

A Republican lawmaker announced on Thursday that she would be sponsoring a bill to allow Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic to sue China for their lies and coverup leading to the spread of the pandemic.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) tweeted that she and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) were introducing the bill.

“[Sen. McSally] & I are introducing the Stop COVID Act to make China liable for unleashing COVID-19 on our country,” she tweeted.

“Americans victimized by Chinese Communist Party lies & deceit deserve the opportunity to take China to court in the U.S. & demand compensation,” she explained.

Many have criticized the communist government of China for not warning the world quickly enough about the extent of the coronavirus threat that originated in Wuhan.

“The Chinese government must be held accountable for the pain its inflicted across the U.S.,” said McSally in a tweet. “Our legislation will allow Americans to file lawsuits against Beijing for its role in perpetuating the coronavirus.”

Blackburn also derided the World Health Organization for pushing Chinese “propaganda” about the pandemic and for criticizing President Donald Trump for his response.

While many believe the “wet markets” in Wuhan originated the virus, some reports suggest that it sprung from a virology laboratory instead.

Other lawmakers have been clamoring for China to face some retributive punishment over their role in covering up the pandemic, while critics of the president have accused him of using these issues as way to deflect from his culpability.

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Cuomo, liberal Northeast governors hatching ‘Trump-proof’ plan to reopen economies without the president’s influence: report

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and several other northeastern governors are reportedly developing a plan they hope will thwart attempts by President Donald Trump to influence how and when they reopen their states’ economies.

What are the details?

According to Reuters, Cuomo has hired high-powered consultants from McKinsey & Company to produce models on “testing, infections, and other key data points that will underpin decisions on how and when to reopen the region’s economy.” Cuomo has also recalled former top aides as part of the effort.

The goal is to “Trump-proof” the plan, an adviser to New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy told Reuters.

A Cuomo adviser added, “We think Trump ultimately will blink on this, but if not, we need to push back, and we are reaching out to top experts and other professionals to come up with a bullet-proof plan” to open the economy on the states’ terms.

A McKinsey adviser confirmed to the news agency that consultants are providing analysis on testing demand and availability, supply chain for important supplies, virus projections, and hospital capacity.

What’s the background?

Cuomo, Murphy, and governors from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Massachusetts formed a coalition Monday to work on a coordinated plan to reopen their economies as the coronavirus pandemic dies down. Of the seven states, only one has a Republican governor — Massachusetts.

Three governors from the West Coast states, California, Oregon, and Washington, also formed a coalition Monday. On Thursday, seven Midwestern states followed suit.

The New York Times noted that the northeastern coalition announcement “appeared to be an implicit rebuke to President Trump.”

Trump, who had previously desired to reopen the economy by Easter but later decided to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30, has been sensitive to the consequences of a long-term economic shutdown since the start of the outbreak. He had been growing increasingly frustrated with Democratic governors who appeared more comfortable with the idea of continuing economic shutdowns in their states.

During a White House press briefing on Monday, Trump argued that he possesses “total authority” in regard to reopening the economy after a crisis. It wasn’t immediately clear what the president meant by this statement, but nonetheless, the clash with governors over who has the power to reopen the economy had evidently reached a boiling point.

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Michigan sheriffs buck Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictive orders: She’s ‘overstepping her executive authority’

Four county sheriffs in Michigan have announced opposition to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictive stay-at-home orders, arguing that the governor is “overstepping her executive authority” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, the sheriffs from Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau, and Mason counties, asserted that they would not strictly enforce the governor’s orders but instead “deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation.”

The news came as thousands flooded the state capitol Wednesday afternoon in protest of Whitmer’s executive orders.

“While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” the release states. “She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.”

Whitmer’s stay-at-home order began late last month and was initially set to expire on April 13 before it was extended until April 30. With the announcement of the extension, Whitmer also added further restrictions to the order, which previously required all residents to remain at home unless traveling to perform essential work or pick up food and supplies.

The new restrictions prohibited residents from traveling between two residences within the state. Residents were given until April 10 to travel to one of their residences and after that they were required to stay there. Also under the new order, large stores were required to limit occupancy in their stores to no more than four customers for every 1,000 square feet.

The cohort of sheriffs also stressed that their efforts would be on protecting their residents’ God-given rights and constitutional freedoms.

“Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the U.S. Constitution, and to ensure that your God given rights are not violated,” the sheriffs said. “We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”

They also said that the statewide focus should be on “reopening our counties and getting people back to work.” They noted that this could be done while still operating under U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines such as washing hands and wearing masks.

Whitmer’s leadership is clearly being called into question as a result of her actions since the start of the COVID-10 outbreak. A petition to remove her from office has been picking up steam since it was launched earlier this week. It now has over 250,000 signatures.

Whitmer addressed the protest during an appearance on MSNBC, telling Joy Reid that the protesters who attended were endangering the lives of Michiganders. Many of them were not wearing masks and some were handing out candy to children with bare hands, she said.

“It wasn’t really about the stay-at-home order at all. It was essentially a political rally, a political statement that flies in the face of all of the science, all of the best practices in the stay-at-home order that was issued,” she said. “This was a political rally…. that is going to endanger people’s lives because this is precisely how COVID-19 spreads.”

This article has been updated to include the governor’s response.

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Breaking: Sources claim coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab as a result of China trying to surpass the US

A Fox News report provided more evidence that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory from Wuhan, China, and provided a motivation relating to China trying to surpass the United States.

The report relied on multiple sources telling Fox News they had access to knowledge about China’s early reaction to the spread of the virus and documents relating to the pandemic.

According to the report, the virus spread as a result of Chinese efforts to challenge the United States in their ability to identify and combat viruses.

One of the sources said it may be the “costliest government coverup of all time.”

The report however refuted speculation that the pandemic was an intentional bio-weapon spread to damage the United States and other rivals of China.

The sources claim that the virus was transmitted from a bat to a human at the Institute of Virology lab in Wuhan.

While some experts have theorized that the virus might have originated in the “wet markets” in Wuhan, others have noted the coincidental close proximity of the laboratory to the outbreak.

The report also corroborated accusations that the World Health Organization collaborated with China in order to cover up their culpability in the lethal global pandemic.

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he would be halting payments to the WHO based on numerous mistakes the organization made as the virus spread from China to the rest of the world.

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