Politics

REPORT: 150 Saudi Royals Are Sick With Coronavirus

The New York Times reports: The senior Saudi prince who is governor of Riyadh [photo] is in intensive care with the coronavirus. Several dozen other members of the royal family have been sickened as well. And doctors at the elite hospital that treats Al-Saud clan members are preparing as many as 500 beds for an expected influx of other royals …

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Green Party Makes Pitch To Sanders Backers: Join Us

The Hill reports: The Green Party, a political party that prioritizes environmental issues, posted a statement Wednesday attempting to court supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race earlier in the day. “The Green Party will continue to build and expand on issues that Sanders raised. Join us,” the statement read. Jill Stein, the …

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Clinton Whistleblower Linda Tripp Dead At Age 70

Heavy.com reports: Linda Tripp, whose tapes of her conversations with her former friend Monica Lewinsky helped set the stage for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, is dead after a battle with pancreatic cancer, Daily Mail is reporting. The official cause of death has not yet been released. However, Daily Mail is now reporting that Linda Tripp died on April 8, 2020 …

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Mark Cuban Might Still Run For President: “It’s Doable”

Axios report: Businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban revived talk of an improbable 2020 presidential bid during an Axios virtual event on Friday. “Everything’s a reset right now,” Cuban told Axios CEO Jim VandeHei from Dallas. “If this would would’ve been a month ago, I would have said absolutely not. But obviously things are crazy, things are changing. So …

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NYPD Creates Volunteer “DOA Teams” To Collect Bodies

The New York Post reports: The NYPD is putting together “DOA Teams” to help collect the mounting number of bodies from the coronavirus, The Post has learned. In an email to cops Wednesday morning, police brass asked for volunteers from the detective unit to form citywide teams to collect those deemed dead on arrival, promising 60 hours of overtime per …

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Netanyahu Enters Quarantine After Aide Tests Positive

Haaretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he will enter quarantine along with his close advisers. Netanyahu’s aide on Knesset affairs tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. The PMO said the step was a precaution and is being taken even before the epidemiological investigation has been concluded. Also Netanyahu’s spokesperson Shir Cohen, Director of Prime Minister’s Office Asher Hayoun …

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Colorado Becomes 22nd State To Abolish Death Penalty

The Week reports: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill on Monday abolishing the death penalty. Colorado is the 22nd state to ban capital punishment since it was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. Polis also commuted three death sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying the “commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals …

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Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision could prompt states across the country to toughen standards for defendants who wish to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The justices’ 6-3 decision came in a case from Kansas, where James Kraig Kahler …

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CA Utility Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter In Fire

The Daily Beast reports: Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter charges for its role in starting the deadly Camp Fire in California two years ago, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Camp Fire, which claimed the lives of 85 people, was the most destructive and deadly wildfire in state history. An indictment in Butte County …

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Justin Trudeau Self-Quarantines, Wife Being Tested

The Associated Press reports: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is quarantining himself at home after his wife exhibited flu-like symptoms. Trudeau’s office said Thursday that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau returned from a speaking engagement in Britain and had mild flu-like symptoms, including a low fever late, Wednesday night. She is being tested for the COVID-19 disease and is awaiting results. The …

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Russian Lawmakers Vote To Reset Putin’s Terms To Zero

Reuters reports: Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again in 2024 sailed through Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, opening the way for him to potentially stay in power until 2036. The 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday voted in favor of the change, along with other amendments to the constitution, by …

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Putin Backs Ploy To Keep Him In Power Until 2036

The New York Times reports: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Tuesday that he would support legislation that would allow him to run for a fifth term as president in 2024. The proposal, unexpectedly floated by a lawmaker at a session of Russia’s lower house of Parliament on Tuesday, would allow Mr. Putin — who is 67 years …

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Italy Imposes Strict Quarantine Measures Nationwide

The BBC reports: Italy is extending its strict coronavirus quarantine measures, which include a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that people would only be permitted to travel for work or family emergencies. He said the measures, which come into effect on Tuesday, were to defend the most fragile members of society. Italy’s …

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Cuomo Announces NY Brand Of Hand Sanitizer [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: It might be a little harder to find hand sanitizer in stores with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but the state has proposed a solution — its own product. On Monday morning, Gov. Cuomo took time to announce “NYS Clean” hand sanitizer, which he calls a “superior product” to those on the market. “It’s much cheaper for us …

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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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Italy Moves To Lock Down Northern Region Over Virus

The New York Post reports: The number of coronavirus cases in Italy leaped by more than 1,200 Saturday, prompting the government to move to lock down the entire northern region of Lombardy, and 11 nearby provinces, according to reports. Italy reported 5,883 cases on Saturday, and 233 deaths. The situation is so dire that the Italian government moved to put …

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Jussie Smollett Loses Bid To Get Charges Tossed

The Chicago Tribune reports: The state’s highest court has rejected actor Jussie Smollett’s attempt to throw out the new charges against him and remove the special prosecutor who brought them. In an emergency motion to the Illinois Supreme Court, Smollett’s attorneys argued that Cook County Judge Michael Toomin overstepped his authority and misinterpreted the law when he ordered the appointment …

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Saudi Crown Prince Has Family Members Arrested

The New York Times reports: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has detained three members of the royal family, including a brother of the king and a former crown prince, a sign of how fully Crown Prince Mohammed has consolidated power, and that he may have seen a potential threat to it. The detentions were disclosed Friday by a member of …

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Iran Frees 54,000 Prisoners To Combat Virus In Jails

The BBC reports: Iran has temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus disease in crowded jails. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters that the inmates were granted furlough after testing negative for Covid-19 and posting bail. “Security prisoners” sentenced to more than five years will not be let out. The …

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French Government Requisitions All Stocks Of Masks

The Associated Press reports: France’s president says the government is requisitioning all current and future stocks of protective masks. In a tweet, President Emmanuel Macron said the masks would be distributed to health workers and people in France who have been sickened by the coronavirus outbreak spreading through the country. The government on Tuesday reported a total of 204 cases, …

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