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NYPD Limits Number Of People In Riverside Parks

Gothamist reports: After repeated instances of New Yorkers packing into crowded parks on beautiful warm weather days, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the NYPD would begin limiting the number of people allowed into two parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn: Hudson River Park Piers 45 and 46 (this includes Christopher Street Pier), and Domino Park in Williamsburg. And if …

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Andrew Cuomo: “We Have The Beast On The Run”

The New York Post reports: New York has “the beast on the run” when it comes to the deadly coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday afternoon as the state continues to record downward trends for COVID-19-related hospitalizations. The governor added, “We have showed we can control the beast. We have the beast on the run. We haven’t killed the beast, …

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German Towns Reimpose Lockdown After Cases Spike

Agence France-Presse reports: Local authorities in Germany on Friday said they would reimpose some lockdown measures after seeing a cluster of new coronavirus infections, just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a gradual reopening of the country. In Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the regional government said there had been a spike in cases at a slaughterhouse in …

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Capitol Police Finally Ordered To Wear Face Masks

Roll Call reports: A month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings to combat the spread of coronavirus, Capitol Police authorities have directed that their officers wear masks when they are within six feet of anyone, a senior Republican aide for the House Administration Committee told CQ Roll Call. This mandate is designed to help protect …

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Cuomo Extends Ban On Evictions Through August 31st

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on evictions through the end of August and promised that New Yorkers won’t get kicked out of their homes for being unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium, which was set to expire June 20, will now remain in effect until Aug. 20, …

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RBG Released From Hospital, Is “Resting Comfortably”

NBC News reports: The Notorious R.B.G. appears to be A-OK. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital late on Wednesday after being treated for gallstones, the court said in a statement. Ginsburg underwent nonsurgical treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday for a benign gallbladder condition that was causing an infection. The condition was …

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NEW YORK: Cuomo Shocked That Majority Of Newest Hospitalizations Are People Who’d Been Staying Home

CNBC reports: Most new Covid-19 hospitalizations in New York state are from people who were staying home and not venturing much outside, a “shocking” finding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The preliminary data was from 100 New York hospitals involving about 1,000 patients, Cuomo said at his daily briefing. It shows that 66% of new admissions were from people who …

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DeSantis: South Florida Counties To Reopen “Soon”

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Citing positive coronavirus trends in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday the region likely would start Phase 1 of reopening “soon,” but he didn’t offer a timetable. “There’s been good trends; there’s been a lot of great work in all three of these counties,” he said at a news conference …

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Spanish PM To Extend Lockdown As New Cases Ease

The Associated Press reports: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is appearing before Spain’s parliament on Wednesday to receive its endorsement for a fourth two-week extension to a state of emergency that he declared on March 14 when Spain’s decentralized health care system had lost control of the COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown has succeeded in reducing the contagion rate from over 20% …

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RBG Hospitalized With Infection Caused By Gallstone

The Associated Press reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday with an infection caused by a gallstone, but plans to take part in the court’s arguments by telephone Wednesday, the Supreme Court said. The 87-year-old justice underwent non-surgical treatment for what the court described as acute cholecystitis, a benign gall bladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. …

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Texas Gov Privately Admits Reopening Will Spike Cases

The Daily Beast reports: During a private call on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott admitted that “every scientific and medical report shows” state reopenings “ipso facto” lead to an increase in novel coronavirus cases, even as he publicly announced plans that same week to end an executive stay-at-home order in the state. “How do we know reopening businesses won’t result …

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WISCONSIN: State Supreme Court Justice Wonders If Governor’s Lockdown Is “Very Definition Of Tyranny”

“My question for you is, where in the constitution did the people of Wisconsin confer authority on a single, unelected cabinet secretary to compel almost 6 million people to stay at home and close their businesses and face imprisonment if they don’t comply, with no input from the Legislature, without the consent of the people? “Isn’t it the very definition …

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Paul Refuses To Wear Mask At Hearing: “I’m Immune”

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attended Tuesday’s Senate session without wearing a face mask, declaring that he has immunity from the coronavirus — even though experts remain uncertain as to whether recovered covid-19 patients are actually immune to the disease. Asked earlier Tuesday why he was not wearing a mask, Paul cited the fact that he had …

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NEW JERSEY: Gov Calls On Lawmaker To Resign After She Calls Gay Mayor “Bitch Ass Drug Addict Pedophile”

NBC News reports: Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn targeted openly gay Mayor Reed Gusciora on Saturday in a 54-minute call to update legislators on the number of coronavirus cases in the state, according to audio published by The Trentonian.  Vaughn’s remarks came after Gusciora asked her to explain a statement she made on social media about his support of “do nothing …

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Senate To Hold Its First Socially Distanced Hearing

The New York Times reports: The Senate on Tuesday will consider the nomination of Representative John Ratcliffe [photo], Republican of Texas, to be director of national intelligence, its first hearing since the coronavirus pandemic sent its members home a month ago. The 9:30 a.m. hearing will be unusual, with a measure of social distancing enforced. Few lawmakers normally choose to …

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Newsom: Some CA Businesses Can Reopen This Week

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California retailers can begin to reopen their businesses to curbside pickup as soon as the end of this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday night, while some regions of the state with few coronavirus cases will be able to go even further in loosening restrictions on public life. “We are entering into the next phase,” …

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Germany Set To Reopen All Shops Starting Next Week

Reuters reports: Germany’s state premiers will agree on measures to further ease coronavirus restrictions in a teleconference with Chancellor Angela Merkel scheduled for Wednesday, two people familiar with the preparations told Reuters on Monday. The state premiers are expected to give the green light for large shops to reopen, probably from May 11, the sources said. Smaller shops are already …

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World Leaders Pledge $8 Billion For Vaccine Research

ABC News reports: World leaders, organizations and banks on Monday pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus, but warned that it is just the start of an effort that must be sustained over time to beat the disease. The funds, pledged at a video-conference summit hosted by the European Union, fell …

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Cuomo Outlines Four-Phase Reopening For NY State

The New York Post reports: Cuomo last month said that construction and manufacturing gigs in less hard-hit regions would be the first sectors to trickle back on once the current installment of the statewide prohibition on non-essential business expires on May 15. On Monday, he expanded on that plan, now divided into four phases. In addition to construction and manufacturing, …

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LIVE AUDIO: Supreme Court’s First Ever Livestream

Bloomberg Law reports: For the first time in history, people outside the U.S. Supreme Court’s walls will be able to hear arguments as they happen. It may not be baseball, but plenty of court watchers and casual fans alike are excited for the action. The institution rejects cameras in the courtroom or even same-day audio, but the coronavirus threw it …

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