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Indonesia Health Minister: Prayer Is Stopping The Virus

The Jakarta Post reports: Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has reiterated the importance of praying amid the country’s ongoing battle against China’s coronavirus (COVID-19), saying that the weary public should use religion as a guiding principle in turbulent times. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Terawan answered questions regarding his previous statements in which he suggested that prayers were among reasons …

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Smollett Pleads Not Guilty Of False Hate Crime Report

Reuters reports: Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court on Monday to renewed felony charges that he made false reports to police about being attacked in a hate crime that he is accused of staging in a bid to advance his career. The new charges emerged after a five-month investigation by a court-appointed special prosecutor …

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Conway: Bernie Is Dems’ Punishment For Impeachment

The Washington Post reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that the impeachment process gave a boost to Sanders’s presidential candidacy — which she suggested is helpful to her boss. Appearing on Fox News, Conway said Sanders’s ascent amounted to “payback” for the proceedings that resulted in Trump’s impeachment by the House — and ultimate acquittal in the Senate …

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BRITAIN: Extradition Hearing Begins For Julian Assange

The Guardian reports: There was no room inside for the hundreds who had turned up to support Julian Assange, but the the sound of their chants in support of the WikiLeaks founder could be heard throughout the long-awaited extradition hearing at Woolwich crown court. At an early stage, perhaps as much in hope as anything else, the presiding judge, Vanessa …

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Cenk Uygur Urges Young Turks Staff Not To Unionize

The Huffington Post reports: Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on Feb. 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public. Earlier that day, a Twitter …

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Fox Host Blames Bernie For Stock Market Plummet

Mediaite reports: Fox Business host Charles Payne attributed a plunge in the stock market on Monday to Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ current momentum in the presidential campaign. After America’s Newsroom co-host Ed Henry asked whether the sell off was “all coronavirus or is this the first time the market’s were open since Bernie Sanders took control of the Democratic battle,” Payne …

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Kobe Bryant’s Widow Sues Helicopter Company

The Express reports: Vanessa Bryant has sued Island Express after the company’s helicopter crashed in Calabasas last month, leading to the death of her husband Kobe, daughter Gigi and seven others on board. That is according to TMZ, who originally broke the news of Kobe’s death. Vanessa alleges that Island Express was only permitted to fly under visual flight rules, …

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Bloomberg Blames Sanders In New Wave Of Vandalism

Michigan Live reports: Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg is blaming primary opponent Bernie Sanders for inspiring a string of vandalism at Bloomberg’s campaign offices in Michigan and other states. The Bloomberg campaign shared images showing graffiti spray-painted on the window of its Ann Arbor field office and a sign placed on another office in Flint this month. Bloomberg Campaign Manager …

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TEXAS: Biden And Sanders Tied, Warren Close Third

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are in a statistical tie among primary voters in Texas, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-Mass.), according to a poll released Monday from the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. The survey found Biden with 22.5 percent support in the Lone Star State and Sanders with …

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Bannon Continues To Spread “Man-Made” Virus Claims

Media Matters reports: During the February 21 episode of his radio show War Room: Pandemic, former White House adviser Steve Bannon hosted Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire and fugitive who employs him, without disclosing their business relationship. In the episode, Guo claimed, without evidence, that he has “no doubt” the coronavirus is “man-made” and that it’s “ridiculous” for people to …

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