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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: As the Walt Disney Co. looks beyond the current coronavirus crisis and to a horizon where its worldwide theme parks and resorts are able to re-open, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger has floated the possibility of taking visitors’ temperatures. Still, Wells Fargo separately downgraded Disney’s stock on Tuesday, with analysts there noting that attendance at the parks “could …

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Trump Vows To Stop WHO Funding (Unless He Doesn’t)

The New York Times reports: President Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the World Health Organization, creating a new enemy to attack and threatening to withhold funding from the world’s premier health institution even as a deadly virus ravages nations around the globe. “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O.; we’re going to put a …

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Trump: “Mail-In Voting Is Horrible, It’s Corrupt,” But I Totally Vote By Mail “Because I’m Allowed To” [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Donald Trump accused some who cast ballots in US elections by mail of “cheating,” even though he intends to do so in Florida as part of the Sunshine State’s primary. The president made clear he opposes states moving to all-absentee ballot elections amid the coronavirus epidemic, telling reporters Tuesday night he fears that would lead to widespread …

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FL Gov’s Lockdown Doubletalk Echoes Glorious Leader

Politico reports: A statewide stay-at-home directive has sown confusion in Florida, with Gov. Ron DeSantis and his aides telling mayors that the order’s plain language doesn’t mean what it says. Two days after the April 1 order was amended to supersede any “conflicting official action” by local governments, DeSantis aides told mayors that their powers were “not preempted in any …

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Wisconsin GOP Leader Who Forced Primary Wears Full Hazmat Gear To Declare It’s “Incredibly Safe To Go Out”

Talking Points Memo reports: Clad in gloves, a mask and full-length gown, Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos assured voters that it is “incredibly safe to go out” on Election Day despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Vos is one of the main reasons the in-person election went ahead Tuesday, as he and his fellow Republicans fought both delaying the election and Democrats’ attempts …

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Bomb Squad Called To CA Church Defying Lockdown

The Sacramento Bee reports: Roseville police have blocked off a downtown street Tuesday because of fears that a bomb was mailed to the Abundant Life Fellowship Church, which had rejected orders last week to close over coronavirus until county health officials intervened. On Tuesday morning, Pastor Doug Bird [photo] said he came to the church, which has been closed since …

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Drone Video Shows Mass Grave On NYC’s Hart Island

The New York Post reports: Disturbing new drone video shows a crew of city inmates in protective gear burying coffins in a mass grave on Hart Island — where the city says it may bury the mounting dead from the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly released footage, shot Thursday, shows more than a half-dozen white-clad prisoners lower wooden coffins into the …

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Limbaugh Attacks Fauci As “Hillary Clinton Sympathizer”

“Jonathan Karl yesterday brought in a China-sympathetic reporter to that press briefing. That China reporter in there from Phoenix TV — that’s a Chinese-dominated company — Jonathan Karl of ABC, he runs the White House Correspondents’ Association, so he brought the reporter in there. And I don’t know if anybody noticed it, but little Doctor — Dr. Fauci, at the …

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Twitter CEO To Donate $1 Billion To Coronavirus Relief

Variety reports: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and payments company Square, said he is moving $1 billion of his equity in Square to fund COVID-19 relief efforts. Dorsey, who has a net worth of about $3.3 billion according to Forbes, announced the plan Tuesday on Twitter. He said the $1 billion represents 28% of his net wealth. The funds will …

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Esper Accepts Modly’s Resignation, Successor Tapped

CNN reports: Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday, a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid” in an address to the ship’s crew, according to a US official and a former senior military official. The Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment. Undersecretary …

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