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Growing friction between White House, CDC hobbles pandemic response (Washington Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:25

Washington Post:
Growing friction between White House, CDC hobbles pandemic response  —  The meager guidelines for safely reopening the country released this week are the latest sign of the Trump administration's efforts to sideline the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the increasing tension between …

F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates (Mike Baker/New York Times)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:25

Mike Baker / New York Times:
F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates  —  The program allows people in the Seattle area to easily take a coronavirus test at home.  Researchers say such testing is essential for future monitoring of the virus.  —  SEATTLE — An innovative coronavirus testing program …

What the Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn's Case Can Do Now (Carissa Byrne Hessick/Slate)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:20

Carissa Byrne Hessick / Slate:
What the Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn's Case Can Do Now  —  After months of speculation about whether President Donald Trump would pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the Justice Department relieved the president of that responsibility by deciding to abandon its prosecution.

Law firm hackers double ransom demand, threaten Donald Trump (Emily Smith/Page Six)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 06:15

Emily Smith / Page Six:
Law firm hackers double ransom demand, threaten Donald Trump  —  The ransom demand for the secret files of a cyber-attacked lawyer to A-list stars has doubled to $42 million — as the hackers now threaten to reveal “dirty laundry” on President Donald Trump in just a week if they are not paid in full.

China targets GOP hawks, US firms, states over lawsuits (globaltimes.cn)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 05:50

globaltimes.cn:
China targets GOP hawks, US firms, states over lawsuits  —  Countermoves meant to inflict pain for abuse of litigation  —  China is extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of litigation by the US against China over the COVID-19 epidemic, and is considering punitive countermeasures against US individuals …

McConnell admits he was wrong to say Obama administration failed to leave a pandemic playbook (Paul LeBlanc/CNN)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 05:00

Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
McConnell admits he was wrong to say Obama administration failed to leave a pandemic playbook  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Thursday night that he was wrong to claim that the Obama administration had not left behind a plan to deal with a pandemic in the US.  —  “I was wrong.

Biden says he doesn't remember Tara Reade, tells women they 'probably shouldn't vote for me' if they believe her claims (Joseph Wulfsohn/Fox News)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 04:45

Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Biden says he doesn't remember Tara Reade, tells women they 'probably shouldn't vote for me' if they believe her claims  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed on Thursday that he does not remember Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who came forward in March with a 1993 sexual assault allegation …

We need to prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results (Brian Klaas/Washington Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:50

Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
We need to prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results  —  Since 2017, so many events in U.S. politics that were previously unthinkable have come to pass.  Don't believe me?  A few days ago, the president of the United States baselessly accused a cable television host …

Florida man beats Covid, for now (Politico)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:50

Politico:
Florida man beats Covid, for now  —  Presented by The Mortgage Bankers Association  —  FROM THE NON-FRONTLINES — Good evening, and greetings from Florida, where we feel the need to inform you that it's not a post-apocalyptic hellscape of coronavirus infection and cadavers stacked like cordwood.

Who sent coronavirus-positive patients into nursing homes? (Michael Barone/Washington Examiner)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:45

Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Who sent coronavirus-positive patients into nursing homes?  —  On a multicountry trip to South America, President Ronald Reagan couldn't restrain himself from the inane observation that every tourist finds himself making about such trips.  “Every country is different.”

Judge Sullivan To Consider Perjury Charge Against Flynn (JONATHAN TURLEY)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:45

JONATHAN TURLEY:
Judge Sullivan To Consider Perjury Charge Against Flynn  —  Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan has issued a couple of extraordinary orders in the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case.  Sullivan has not only decided …

Joe Kennedy III Wants You to Know He's More Than Just a Name (Michael Damiano/Boston Magazine)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:35

Michael Damiano / Boston Magazine:
Joe Kennedy III Wants You to Know He's More Than Just a Name  —  On a normal day, the meeting hall in Middleton's Flint Public Library is so empty and quiet, you can hear a bookmark drop.  On a chilly afternoon in early February, though, the room looked like it had suddenly become the hottest spot in town …

Battered by upheaval, novelist Yu Lihua told raw stories from a speckled blue desk (Michael Laris/Washington Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 03:25

Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Battered by upheaval, novelist Yu Lihua told raw stories from a speckled blue desk  —  Years before Yu Lihua was spurned by the English literature department at Taiwan's top university, before she was rejected by English professors at graduate school in Los Angeles, she overheard her mother longing for her to be dead.

Men less likely to wear face masks because they're 'not cool' and 'a sign of weakness' (Meera Jagannathan/New York Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 02:50

Meera Jagannathan / New York Post:
Men less likely to wear face masks because they're ‘not cool’ and ‘a sign of weakness’  — Trump administration, Cuomo finally agree on one thing: Wear a face mask  — Mike Pence acknowledges he made a mistake by visiting patients without mask  —  As the coronavirus death toll ticks …

White House preparing executive order requiring certain essential drugs be made in U.S., sources say (CNBC)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 02:40

CNBC:
White House preparing executive order requiring certain essential drugs be made in U.S., sources say  — The White House is preparing an executive order which will require certain essential drugs be made in the U.S., sources told CNBC on Thursday.  — One of the sources told CNBC's Kayla Tausche …

Loeffler turns over documents to SEC and DOJ amid stock-trading controversy (Politico)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 02:35

Politico:
Loeffler turns over documents to SEC and DOJ amid stock-trading controversy  —  Sen. Kelly Loeffler has turned over documents to the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee amid ongoing scrutiny over her stock trades, according to her spokesperson.

'They are angry': Pandemic and economic collapse slam Trump across Rust Belt (Politico)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 02:25

Politico:
‘They are angry’: Pandemic and economic collapse slam Trump across Rust Belt  —  The Industrial Midwest was always going to be a battleground in November.  —  The region is now becoming a new front line for Americans' lives and livelihoods as coronavirus hot spots proliferate and jobless rates spiral.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 02:05

CDC:
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  —  Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing 1) background information on several cases of a recently reported …

McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan (Jordain Carney/The Hill)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:50

Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell says Obama administration ‘did leave behind’ pandemic plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday walked back comments made earlier this week, where he said the Obama administration didn't leave behind a “game plan” for a pandemic.

Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt 'political contributions.' He hasn't. (Robin Bravender/Michigan Advance)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:15

Robin Bravender / Michigan Advance:
Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions.’ He hasn't.  —  WASHINGTON — In January 2017, a senior Senate Democrat grilled Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's then-nominee to lead the Education Department, on whether she planned to use her family's vast wealth to influence politics while she was in office.

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