Monthly Archives: March 2020

Report: Obama Told Biden Endorsement Could Backfire

CNN reports: Former President Barack Obama did something this weekend that he’s been unable to do so far in the Democratic primary race: Call former Vice President Joe Biden and offer his congratulations. While the two men speak regularly, the call from Obama on Saturday night came after Biden’s victory in South Carolina. But the words of praise for Biden’s …

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Trump: I’ve Already “Saved Many Lives” From The Virus

The Independent reports: Donald Trump is pushing a weeks-old poll – conducted before a stock market drop – about the US government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak while also accusing Democrats of “fear mongering” about the flu-like ailment. The president on Sunday cited a New York Post survey he claims “says that 77% of ‘US adults have confidence in their …

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FRANCE: Louvre Closed Due To Staff Fears About Virus

Bloomberg News reports: The Louvre museum in central Paris remained closed on Monday as staff declined to turn up because of worries over the coronavirus outbreak. Employees at the world’s most-visited museum stopped work on Sunday under rules designed to protect against serious health risks. The decision applies until further notice, CGT union representative Christian Galani said. The move comes …

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Klobuchar Rally Canceled After Protesters Storm Stage

Politico reports: Sen. Amy Klobuchar canceled a rally in her home state Sunday night as several dozen protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter,” “Klobuchar has got to go” and “Free Myon” — referencing the case of a black teenager convicted of murder after a flawed police investigation. According to videos that emerged on social media, the senator’s rally was set in …

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RNC And Trump Raised $86 Million In February

The Hill reports: Republicans raised $86 million in February toward efforts to reelect President Trump, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Monday. The RNC, the Trump campaign and authorized joint fundraising committees raised the combined $86 million haul. Entities raised more than $607 million since last year and have $225 million cash on hand, the RNC said, adding that …

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Public Enemy Fires Flavor Flav In Bernie Sanders Flap

Rolling Stone reports: Public Enemy announced they are permanently “moving forward” without Flavor Flav, firing one of hip-hop’s most memorable hypemen after more than 35 years. The abrupt dismissal comes just two days after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally Sunday. “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio …

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IRAN: Top Official Dies Of Virus, US Help Rejected

The Associated Press reports: A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic. The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, came as Iran announced the virus …

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US Sees First Virus Deaths, Cases In NY, FL [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Health officials across the United States were scrambling on Monday to trace all those who had come into contact with infected patients, even as they struggled to get a handle on how far the virus had spread in the country. To date, the American authorities have reported a total of 88 cases nationwide, with two …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Playbill reports: Jake Gyllenhaal really likes airport security. He loves it so much, in fact, that on a February 29 episode of Saturday Night Live, the Broadway alum dropped by to fly through the skies singing a parody of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Check it out below, including a finale featuring David Byrne. From The Phantom of LaGuardia to orphaned …

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VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg Speaks After Dropping Out

The Indianapolis Star reports: A day after a lackluster performance in South Carolina, Pete Buttigieg will suspend his presidential campaign, IndyStar has learned. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is heading back to his hometown around 8:30 p.m. today to deliver the announcement at the Century Center. “Pete believes this is the right thing to do for our country,” …

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Trump: Dems Made Buttigieg Drop Out To Hurt Sanders

The Atlantic reports: Not so long ago, Donald Trump seemed obsessed with just one of the Democrats vying to replace him: Joe Biden. Over the past year, as the former vice president became the front-runner, Trump’s campaign spent about $270,000 on Facebook ads targeting Biden—more than it spent against other top candidates. Then Biden began to collapse and Bernie Sanders …

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Breaking: Pete Buttigieg Ends Historic White House Bid

The New York Times reports: Pete Buttigieg, the former small-city Indiana mayor and first openly gay major presidential candidate, has decided to quit the Democratic race, a person briefed on Mr. Buttigieg’s plans said on Sunday, following a crushing loss in the South Carolina primary where his poor performance with black Democrats signaled an inability to build a broad coalition …

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Gene Study: Virus May Have Spread In US For Weeks

The New York Times reports: Researchers who have examined the genomes of two coronavirus infections in Washington State say the similarities between the cases suggest that the virus may have been spreading in the state for weeks. Washington had the United States’ first confirmed case of coronavirus, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 20. Based …

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Staten Island: Beauty Queens Banned From St. Patrick’s Parade After Pageant Winner Comes Out As Bisexual

First, a report from yesterday: On Sunday, Miss Staten Island is taking a walk — and a stand. Madison L’Insalata — who exclusively revealed to The Post she is bisexual — plans to deck herself out in rainbow gear when she marches in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Parade. Organizers have again banned the Pride Center of Staten Island from …

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Court Rules Cuccinelli Unlawfully Appointed To USCIS

Axios reports: A federal district judge in D.C. ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli’s placement as the acting top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Why it matters: Policies that were put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, including a directive that gave asylum-seekers less time to consult with legal counsel …

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Trump To Visit Atlanta CDC HQ For Virus Briefing

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: President Donald Trump is set to visit the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as he tries to calm growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The trip was scheduled a day after health officials confirmed the first death in the U.S. from the coronavirus, leading the president to issue new restrictions on foreign …

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Rhode Island Sees First Virus Case, Patient Visited Italy

The Providence Journal reports: The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February, the department says. The news release does not reveal the person’s gender or hometown. It says that the person has had “limited travel” in …

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Sanders: “Excellent Chance” Of Big Super Tuesday Wins

ABC News reports: After Joe Biden won a decisive victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, his chief Democratic presidential campaign rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, wasted no time in drawing contrasts with the former vice president, accusing him of ignoring the voters who could lead the way in defeating President Donald Trump. “In order to beat Trump, we are going to …

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Biden Looks Past Potential Super Tuesday “Clobbering”

Mediaite reports: Joe Biden, fresh off his big South Carolina win, appeared on multiple Sunday show today, including Fox News Sunday for his first interview with Chris Wallace since 2007. And while South Carolina was a significant victory for Biden after poor showings in earlier states, Wallace said, “Frankly, you’re at a big disadvantage going into [Super Tuesday].” He asked …

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Buttigieg: Staying In Race Is Best Thing For Country

The Hill reports: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that staying in the race is the best thing he can do for both his party and the country. “Every day I am getting up, looking at how we can do what is best for the party, that is why we got into this race in the first place,” Buttigieg  …

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