Government

Dem Rep Gavels In House Wearing Coffee Filter Mask

Roll Call reports: “The House will be in order,” said Rep. Don Beyer, projecting his voice more forcefully than usual. He had to; he was wearing a homemade face mask, pulled up so far over the bridge of his nose that it almost brushed the tips of his eyelashes. The mask was made by his daughter, who is staying with …

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CDC Issues Indefinite “No Sail” Order For Cruise Ships

Note the cultist adoration in this CDC press release: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. “We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said …

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Cuomo: New High In Daily Deaths But Curve Flattening

CBS News reports: New York recorded its highest single-day death toll due to the coronavirus for a third straight day: Governor Andrew Cuomo said that 799 people died due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Cuomo said more than 7,000 people in the state have now lost their lives because of the virus. He called it a silent explosion rippling through society …

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Congress Considers “Buddy System” Of Proxy Voting

The Associated Press reports: Like millions of people around the world, homebound members of Congress have time on their hands for suggestions, and they’re making them with rising urgency — from virtual congressional hearings to remote voting and the more likely buddy system by which votes are cast by proxy. Proxy voting, or the practice of an absent member giving …

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LA Mayor Issues Mandatory Mask Order For Residents

The Los Angeles Times reports: Effective Friday, Los Angeles residents must wear a mask, bandanna or other type of covering over their noses and mouths when in grocery stores and other essential businesses under an order from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Workers at many businesses must also cover their faces. It’s the latest step to try to slow the spread of …

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New Orleans Mayor Forms “Death Care Task Force”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Tuesday announced she had formed a regional “death care task force” for the proper handling of coronavirus victims as coroners offices and funeral homes throughout the metro area reported a rush to properly store bodies and hold funeral services. In announcing the city initiative, Cantrell publicly shared guidelines on managing, preparing …

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Dem Rep Gavels In US House Wearing Mask [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: In a sign of the times, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Tuesday became the first member of the House to preside over the chamber wearing a face covering during the coronavirus crisis. Sherman wielded the gavel wearing a black mask during a brief “pro forma session,” which the House and the Senate use to satisfy a …

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Cuomo And De Blasio Deny Plan For Burials In Parks

Syracuse.com reports: A spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is denying reports that New York City may begin temporarily burying coronavirus victims in city parks. The New York Post reports NYC Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) said Monday that the city could start “temporary interment” in parks due to morgues and hospitals struggling to keep up with deaths …

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CDC Spox: Virus Death Toll Likely Higher Than Reports

The Washington Post reports: The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation’s growing death toll, according to public health experts and government officials involved in the tally. The CDC counts only deaths in which the presence of the coronavirus is confirmed in a laboratory test. “We know that it is an underestimation,” …

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Fauci: It’s “False” To Say The Pandemic Is Under Control

The Hill reports: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it would be “a false statement” to say the government has the coronavirus pandemic under control. “We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. Trump has several …

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams: This Will Be “Hardest And Saddest Week In Most Americans’ Lives” [VIDEO]

The New York Post reports: The US surgeon general on Sunday warned Americans that the coming week will be the “hardest and the saddest” in most people’s lives due to the coronavirus pandemic — comparing it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. “It’s tragically fitting that we’re talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the …

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Lawmakers Seek Funding To Keep USPS Running

CBS News reports: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, postal workers have been on the front lines, considered “essential workers” who must continue to do their jobs as usual while others stay home. But some lawmakers are warning that without more support, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could completely shut down in the next few months, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of …

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Cuomo Expects Apex Of Crisis In Four To Eight Days

The New York Post reports: New York’s coronavirus death toll surged to 3,565 Saturday, a staggering increase of 630 in the past 24 hours that’s the “worst yet,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who warned that the state has not even hit the apex of cases. “By the numbers, we’re not yet at the apex, ” Cuomo said at a …

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SCOTUS Scraps Oral Arguments For Remainder Of Term

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court Friday said it will scrap the oral argument schedule for the rest of the term amid the coronavirus pandemic but left open the possibility that it might hear a few cases before the term ends in late June. Nine cases were to be argued during the two-week session beginning April 20, including one …

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New York Cases Top 100,000, 40% Of Cases Nationwide

The New York Daily News reports: The horrific toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the Empire State continued to climb Friday as the number of cases soared past 100,000 and officials reported the disease has claimed nearly 3,000 New Yorkers. State officials reported that 2,935 people have died from the virus so far as of 12 a.m. Friday — …

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Anthony Fauci Rips States Without Lockdown Orders

NBC News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested today that all Americans should be under a stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, and that all states should be operating under the same guidelines. “I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy …

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Feds Distribute 192K Masks Seized From NY Gouger

The New York Daily News reports: The Health and Human Services Department said Thursday it had distributed some 192,000 N95 respirator masks and a large haul of other scarce medical supplies that the FBI had seized during the arrest of a Brooklyn man. Baruch Feldheim, 43, was arrested Monday after he allegedly coughed on FBI agents and told them he …

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FDA: No Evidence Virus Transmitted By Food Packaging

Roll Call reports: A top FDA official Thursday sought to assure a U.S. public still wondering if COVID-19 can be transmitted by food and feeling unsettled by grocery shelves empty of their favorite foods. Frank Yiannas, Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner of food policy and response, acknowledged during a press call that the United States has entered a “new …

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White House To Urge Public To Cover Faces As Scientists Say Virus Can Be Transmitted By “Normal Breathing”

The Washington Post reports: The White House is expected to urge Americans to begin wearing cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of its earlier recommendations, according to a federal official involved in the response. Simple cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose can prevent virus transmission …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Issues Statewide Lockdown Order

The Tennessean reports: Days after issuing an executive order urging Tennesseans to stay at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Bill Lee will now mandate the action. The governor’s office said in a news release he would be signing an executive order on Thursday. The order will be effective immediately, said Gillum Ferguson, the governor’s spokesman. It will last …

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