TRUMP, ASKED IF FEDERAL DOLLARS SHOULD GO TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, SAYS THEY ARE VERY RICH, THEY DON’T NEED MONEY, THEY NEED TIME

TRUMP, ASKED IF FEDERAL DOLLARS SHOULD GO TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, SAYS THEY ARE VERY RICH, THEY DON’T NEED MONEY, THEY NEED TIME

  • Mattis rebukes Trump over removal of Pentagon inspector general
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    Mattis rebukes Trump over removal of Pentagon inspector general

    Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a rare public rebuke of President Trump Tuesday over his decision to fire Glenn Fine, the Pentagon inspector general charged with overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. “Mr. Fine is a public servant in the finest tradition of honest, competent governance,” Mattis told Yahoo News in an email. “In my years of extensive engagement with him as our Department of Defense's acting Inspector General, he proved to be a leader whose personal and managerial integrity were always of the highest order.”

  • Fauci once dismissed concerns about 'silent carriers' of coronavirus. Not anymore.
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    Fauci once dismissed concerns about 'silent carriers' of coronavirus. Not anymore.

    At Sunday's White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested that hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of “silent carriers” may be unwittingly spreading the coronavirus across the United States because they don't realize they're infected. “It's somewhere between 25 and 50 percent” of the total, Fauci said. The first thing to note is that Fauci himself expressed a high degree of uncertainty about his own numbers.

  • Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion
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    Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

    Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team.

  • As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’
    National Review

    As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that no victim of the coronavirus has died because the state could not provide health care for them, even as New York posted its highest number of deaths in one day. A record 731 New Yorkers died between Monday and Tuesday, Cuomo reported. The governor warned Thursday that New York state only had enough ventilators for six days and was considering how to increase the supply.

  • China's Wuhan couples were so eager to marry after lockdown ended that they crashed the marriage application system
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    China's Wuhan couples were so eager to marry after lockdown ended that they crashed the marriage application system

    The global epicenter of the coronavirus, the city of Wuhan in China, relaxed its 76-day lockdown on Wednesday. The day the lockdown ended, local couples flooded a local marriage-application app, causing it to crash. Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, lifted its lockdown on Wednesday and couples living there rushed to take advantage.

  • New York state overtakes Italy, has coronavirus cases second only to Spain: Reuters tally
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    New York state overtakes Italy, has coronavirus cases second only to Spain: Reuters tally

    The U.S. state has 138,836 reported cases compared with Italy at 135,586. Spain has the most cases at 140,510. New York state reported its deadliest day, with 731 new coronavirus deaths for a total of 5,489 fatalities, even as Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that hospitalizations appeared to be reaching a plateau.

  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
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    Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

  • Germany Plans to Tighten Rules on Foreign Takeovers
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    Germany Plans to Tighten Rules on Foreign Takeovers

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plans to bring in new rules to protect German companies from takeovers by entities based outside the European Union. The bill would enable the government to block deals that present “potential interference” to German interests, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the moment, it can only prevent a takeover if it is seen as posing a security threat.

  • Coronavirus is disproportionately killing black Americans
    The Week

    Coronavirus is disproportionately killing black Americans

    Celebrities may be calling COVID-19 a "great equalizer," but statistics from across the U.S. show that's far from the truth. Coronavirus case numbers and death tolls have revealed the virus is disproportionately affecting black Americans in many parts of the country — though statistics from some of the hardest hit areas haven't been revealed yet, The New York Times reports. Black Americans make up just about a third of Louisiana's population.

  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” After kicking off the briefing by praising his own administration for its response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Trump opened the briefing up to questions, during which he refused to acknowledge any criticism of his handling of the pandemic that has brought the United States to a virtual standstill. One point of contention was a report released today by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Column: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to find a cure for coronavirus
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    Column: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to find a cure for coronavirus

    One little-noticed consequence of the novel coronavirus crisis might be an outbreak of chutzpah. That's a possible explanation for an audacious request by Martin Shkreli, the notorious "pharma bro" known for jacking up the price of old drugs to which he had acquired the rights, the better to reap profits from the needs of their desperate users. Shkreli has asked for a three-month furlough from the federal prison in Allenwood, Pa.

  • Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person
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    Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person

    The top human rights court in the Americas has found Peru responsible for the arbitrary detention and rape of an LGBT person. Azul Rojas Marín was stripped, hit and raped with a truncheon by three officers while in custody in 2008, her legal team said. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights said it was an act of torture.

  • Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus
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    Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

    The Saudi king suspended final rulings and judicial orders on visitation rights of children of separated parents in the latest effort to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus among households, according to state media reports Wednesday. The state-run Saudi Press Agency said parents were notified of the changes by text message, the latest measure by the kingdom to stem the rising number of new infections as a nearly nationwide 24-hour curfew takes place. Saudi Arabia has more than 2,900 confirmed cases of the virus, including 41 deaths.

  • U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
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    U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown

    At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the White House tried to offer some hope that measures to contain the spread were working. The virus killed 1,264 over 24 hours in the U.S. as of 2:05 am ET on Tuesday, according to NBC New's tracker. Meanwhile China, where the pandemic broke out, claimed that not a single new death was reported, and the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the new virus was first identified, prepared for lockdown measures to be lifted.

  • DIY T-Shirt Masks and Balaclavas: Military Services Release Face-Covering Guidance
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    DIY T-Shirt Masks and Balaclavas: Military Services Release Face-Covering Guidance

    The military branches are requiring troops to make their own cloth face masks after the Pentagon's latest policy directed face coverings for all personnel during the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Defense Department announced Sunday that troops, DoD civilian employees, contractors and family members are encouraged to make simple coverings out of clean T-shirts and other household materials. The do-it-yourself face coverings are mandatory whenever people cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or places of work, according to the policy, signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

  • A-10 Warthog Pulls Off Emergency Belly Flop After Landing Gear Malfunction
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    A-10 Warthog Pulls Off Emergency Belly Flop After Landing Gear Malfunction

    The A-10 is America's premiere close air support aircraft, armed with a 30-millimeter Gatling gun, bombs, rockets, and missiles. An A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot had a close call yesterday when the jet was forced to land without its landing gear fully extended. In the photon the A-10C's landing gear is at least partially extended, with the doors to the nose landing gear in the down position.

  • Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles
    Architectural Digest

    Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

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  • 86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19
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    86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly everyone in the world in different ways, but for one Louisiana family, the deadly virus inflicted a particularly devastating blow. Four members of the same family died after contracting the virus, including the 86-year-old matriarch. Antoinette Franklin and three of her sons all died within days of each other.

  • Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concerns
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    Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concerns

    A speech by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly to the aircraft carrier crew whose captain he relieved April 2 has exposed him to accusations of hypocrisy and led to calls for him to be fired. Modly said Thursday that he relieved Capt. Brett Crozier for circulating too widely a memo expressing the captain's concerns about how the Navy was handling a COVID-19 outbreak that had forced his ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, to remain docked in Guam. The acting secretary doubled down on that criticism in his remarks Monday to Crozier's crew, telling them that if the captain hadn't realized that emailing the memo to “over 20” people meant it was likely to go public, then Crozier was either “too naive or too stupid” to be left in command.

  • Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm
    Reuters

    Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm

    Interviews with more than 20 British scientists, key officials and senior sources in Johnson's Conservative Party, and a study of minutes of advisory committee meetings and public testimony and documents, show how these scientific advisers concluded early the virus could be devastating. But the interviews and documents also reveal that for more than two months, the scientists whose advice guided Downing Street did not clearly signal their worsening fears to the public or the government. Until March 12, the risk level, set by the government's top medical advisers on the recommendation of the scientists, remained at "moderate," suggesting only the possibility of a wider outbreak.

  • Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO
    BBC

    Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO

    The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as "racist" the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa. "Africa can't and won't be a testing ground for any vaccine," said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The doctors' remarks during a TV debate sparked outrage, and they were accused of treating Africans like "human guinea pigs".

  • Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC+ call
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    Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC+ call

    Iran demanded on Wednesday that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices. The meeting of the so-called OPEC+ is scheduled to be held Thursday after officials delayed it following Saudi Arabia criticizing Russia over its comments about the price collapse. A meeting in March saw OPEC and other nations led by Russia fail to agree to a production cut as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has drastically cut demand for oil.

  • Sanders quitting Democratic race for president, Biden to be party's apparent nominee
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    Sanders quitting Democratic race for president, Biden to be party's apparent nominee

    Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign, he announced on Wednesday, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden as the apparent Democratic presidential nominee. "I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign," Sanders told supporters in a livestream, saying he wished he could provide supporters with "better news" but "I think you know the truth." "We are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible," he said.

  • Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave
    AFP

    Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave

    South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air will put 70 percent of its 19,000 staff on furlough, it said, as it scrambles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic that has brought global aviation to a standstill. The airline industry is among the sectors worst hit by the virus and the ensuing travel restrictions, with thousands of flights cancelled, routes cut, and companies facing financial turmoil. Korean Air is the flagship of the Hanjin group, one of the multifaceted, family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea and played a key part in its rise to become the world's 12th-largest economy.

  • Congo mine gun attack kills three Chinese nationals: Xinhua
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    Congo mine gun attack kills three Chinese nationals: Xinhua

    A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed three Chinese nationals, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese embassy in the mineral-rich central African country.