Monthly Archives: March 2020

Fauci: 4M Virus Testing Kits Available Next Week

The New York Post reports: White House coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that early attempts to send out tests were marred by delays, but that the nation’s testing capacity is “accelerating dramatically.” Early on, there were some missteps with regard to the test and some technical aspects to it,” Fauci said. “But …

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Trump Accuses Cuomo Of “Weaponizing” Virus Response

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Monday accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of attempting “political weaponization” of the coronavirus crisis, attacking another Democratic governor who has declared a state of emergency as a result of the outbreak. Responding to a Saturday interview on MSNBC in which Cuomo criticized the “mixed messages” put forth by the federal government in response …

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Twitter Flags Trump Campaign Video As “Manipulated”

The Washington Post reports: Twitter applied its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on Sunday to a deceptively edited video of former vice president Joe Biden. The video was shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by President Trump. The altered video of Biden — who has surged to the front of the Democratic …

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Italy Locks Down Northern Region To Battle Virus

Reuters reports: Italy ordered a virtual lockdown across much of its wealthy north, including the financial capital Milan, in a drastic new attempt to try to contain a outbreak of coronavirus that saw the number of deaths leap again sharply on Sunday. The unprecedented restrictions, which aim to limit gatherings and curb movement, will impact some 16 million people and …

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Biden Endorsed By Bloomberg’s Gun Control Group

The Hill reports: Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary on Monday. The gun reform group lauded Biden’s record on gun safety, an issue that Biden has used to attack his primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Everytown, which was co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, has committed to spending $60 million to elect …

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Sen. Cory Booker Endorses Joe Biden

The New York Times reports: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey endorsed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for president on Monday, adding to what has become a nearly complete consolidation of support from Mr. Biden’s former top rivals to push him to the Democratic nomination. Mr. Booker’s endorsement comes 24 hours after Senator Kamala Harris of California endorsed …

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Ted Cruz In Self-Quarantine After Coronavirus Contact

The Dallas Morning News reports: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Sunday evening that he will undergo self-quarantine this week at his Texas home because he interacted with a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference who has tested positive for coronavirus. Cruz said on Twitter that he had only a brief conversation and shook hands with the person. The interaction …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

NBC News reports: A Florida man was deemed a suspect in a robbery case because of an exercise-tracking app’s tracking of his location. Zachary McCoy, a 30-year-old Gainesville resident, was contacted in January by Google’s legal investigations support team with a notice that local police demanded information related to his Google account. After examining the data, police cleared McCoy as …

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Europe: Airlines Fly “Ghost Planes” To Keep Flight Slots

The Insider reports: Airlines have wasted thousands of gallons of fuel running empty “ghost” flights during the coronavirus outbreak because of European rules saying operators can lose their flight slots if they keep their planes on the ground. Demand for flights has collapsed across the globe. Under Europe’s rules, airlines operating out of the continent must continue to run 80% …

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Queer Eye Star Isn’t Having Aaron Schock’s “Apology”

Roll Call reports: Aaron Schock came out as gay on Thursday, and a famous former resident of Illinois’ 18th District, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, isn’t here for it. “The amount of queens I’m seeing like Aaron Schock’s insta is such a lol,” the star wrote Friday on Instagram. “This man lived in the closet while voting against LGBTQ interests …

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Endorses Bernie Sanders [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president on Sunday. The civil rights activist and onetime presidential candidate announced his support with the Democratic primary effectively down to Sanders and ex-veep Joe Biden. “A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives …

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Dr. Stabby Won’t “Preview” Virus Plan For Cruise Ship

The Daily Beast reports: During his appearance on ABC’s This Week, Ben Carson was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos what plan was in place for the ship when it docked as 21 passengers, 19 of which are crew members, have already tested positive for the virus. “The cruise ship personnel and, as you know, the vice president met with the …

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Hillary Won’t Endorse Biden, Says Bernie Isn’t Strongest

ABC News reports: Hillary Clinton reiterated that Sen. Bernie Sanders would not be “our strongest nominee against Donald Trump.” But speaking in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” the 2016 Democratic nominee stopped short of endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden. “I’m not endorsing,” she said before explaining why she thinks Biden has broader appeal in …

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Trump: Fake News Media Is Lying About Virus Response

Mediaite reports: President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused the “Fake News Media” of attempting to “make us look bad” on the administration’s coronavirus response. The president called the White House’s plan to combat the growing outbreak in the U.S. “perfectly coordinated and fine tuned.” President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused the “Fake …

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Virus Spurs Pope Francis To Livestream Sunday Mass

The New York Post reports: Pope Francis livestreamed his prayers to giant screens in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday — breaking centuries of tradition because of Italy’s deadly spread of the novel coronavirus. The 83-year-old pope — who tested negative for COVID-19 after suffering from a cold — appeared for a few seconds at a Vatican palazzo window to wave …

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Carlson: Warren Is A “Bottomless Well Of Venom”

“Why did everyone get so shallow? I thought we were going to have, like, a debate about tax rates, or foreign policy, and instead it’s about sexism. “Not sexiness, which is different, but sexism. Everyone’s a sexist, or a racist, it’s like, why can’t we have like, a debate that’s, like, higher than your average freshman dorm debate? “I will …

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Sanders Won’t Let Coronavirus Limit His Rallies

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday acknowledged that he and his presidential opponents are in an age group that is considered more vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak but said he wouldn’t be limiting his activities. Sanders was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether he, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump should be limiting travel …

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Germany May Ban Events Of More Than 1000 Attendees

Reuters reports: Germany’s health minister urged organizers of public events with more than 1,000 participants to call them off, news agency DPA reported on Sunday. A number of large events, including a travel fair in Berlin, have already been called off, but Jens Spahn said other organizers had been too slow to act. “Given how fast things are developing, that …

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Fauci On US Regional Quarantines: Anything Is Possible

The Hill reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that he doubted the U.S. would have to impose measures as “draconian” as total shutdowns ordered in some regions in northern Italy to halt the spread of coronavirus, but said “anything is possible.” “We have to be realistic. I don’t think it …

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White House Overruled CDC Advice On At-Risk Fliers

The Associated Press reports: The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the …

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