Trump thought it was a good idea for Hannity to explore legal action against the news outlet for its critical coverage of how Fox News handled the coronavirus crisis.
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 5:25PM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 5:09PM ET
Over the past month, as Fox News personality Sean Hannity seethed over hisand his networkstreatment in The New York Times, one of the hosts closest friends quietly encouraged him to exact some revenge on the newspaper for reporting that Hannity had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.
This particular friend was none other than President Donald Trump, who at the time was busy overseeing the federal response to the pandemic and resulting U.S. economic implosion, as his reelection campaign was also filing lawsuits against various local and national media outlets.
According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had privately gossiped with Hannitya prominent informal adviser to this president and one of Trumps preferred late-night phone buddiesabout the Fox hosts desire to make an example of the Times. Though President Trump thought it was a good idea for Hannity to explore legal action against the news outlet, one of the two sources stressed that it wasnt the presidents idea for Hannity and his attorney to shoot off a threatening letter to the Times. Trump did not order or direct Hannity to do so, this source said.
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Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi are making some wild claims about coronavirus fatality rates. Its made them media stars. But actual doctors are appalled.
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 5:00AM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 4:47AM ET
Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi co-own a chain of urgent-care clinics. They dont appear to have any significant epidemiological experience. And their claims about coronavirus have been widely debunked by experts, including a national physician and emergency-care group that issued a joint statement emphatically condemning their reckless and untested musings.
Nevertheless, the two California doctors have managed to become rising stars on Fox News for downplaying COVID-19s severity. And they recently garnered another round of news coverage after inviting local media outlets to their office last week with an announcement that they had research that proved it was time to end the states shelter-in-place order.
Do we need to shelter in place? Erickson said. Our answer is emphatically no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no.
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'Horrific Abuse of Power': California Police Launch Investigation After Viral Video Shows Deputy Pun
Sacramentos Black Lives Matter chapter said there is not one reason that validates a full-size armed man, to sit on, punch, and try and break the arms of a child.
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 12:51PM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 12:17PM ET
A California deputy is under investigation after a disturbing viral video showed him punching and choking a teenage boy during an arrest, authorities said.
The Rancho Cordova Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriffs Office announced an investigation into the use of force by our deputy after a video of the April 27 incident posted on Twitter on Tuesday received more than two million views and was shared by former Democratic presidential candidates Julian Castro and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
This is a horrific abuse of power, Harris tweeted. This officer must be held accountable.
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By CHARLIE COOPER
04/28/2020 10:57 PM EDT
It took the coronavirus three months to change the world. And its only just getting started.
As Europe begins to emerge from the awful first wave of the pandemic and absorbs the shock of a Continental death toll that has exceeded 100,000 the fire-fighting stage of the crisis appears to be coming to an end.
Next up? A long, slow march to a vaccine. A successful candidate, reproduced several billion times over and distributed to everyone in the world who needs it, is at best anywhere between nine and 18 months away, according to most experts.
With social distancing here to stay for the foreseeable future, its becoming increasingly clear that the next stage of the pandemic is going to change many lives for the worse.
Specifically, its going to exasperate existing inequalities, as the privileged buffer themselves against its pernicious effects while the worlds most vulnerable struggle not to fall through the rapidly widening economic fissures.
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They understand the state of the crisis and the stakes. They just dont seem to care, so long as those deaths are slow enough that they dont get in the way of November.
Updated Apr. 28, 2020 10:57PM ET / Published Apr. 28, 2020 8:56PM ET
Sometimes, people are so deep in their bullshit they cant be retrieved with a tow strap and a Ford F-450.
So it is with the Republican members of the United States Senate. Ive exhausted all my previous analytical tools in trying to explain the power Donald Trump has over them, but the last few days of this crisis have been a hell of a lesson in how supine and cowardly theyve become.
Trumps pronunciamientos over the desirability of bleach, disinfectants, and UV light as treatments for COVID-19, his lies about testing, and his shitter-tweeted rage fits at the Noble Prize media? All greeted with a wall of silence from Republican senators, even as their grip on power weakens each time Trump humiliates himself and endangers the American people.
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This is the moment for Medicare for Allwithout forcing anyone off their private insurance.
By SEN. BERNIE SANDERS
04/28/2020 11:30 AM EDT
As the coronavirus continues to spread, and the United States climbs closer to 1 million cases and nearly 60,000 deaths, we face an unprecedented economic and health care crisis that demands an unprecedented response. While we work towards an economic solution that keeps people on the payroll, Washington is also in the midst of a crucial argument over how to help cover the costs of testing, treatment and all other essential care for the millions of people who are now uninsured or soon will be as the country faces record levels of job loss. This pandemic makes even more clear that we are all only as safe as the least-insured in our country.
Last week, the White House said it would give an unspecified amount of federal aid directly to hospitals to cover the costs of treating uninsured Covid patients, but details have not been released, and the proposal leaves out all non-Covidbut still crucialmedical care. The week before, a handful of Democrats proposed spending hundreds of billions of dollars on expanding subsidies for COBRAthe program that allows those who have lost their jobs to continue, on a temporary basis, paying out-of-pocket for the health insurance coverage they received from their previous employer.
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Canadian authorities said Monday that Gabriel Wortman targeted some of his victims, while others were killed at random.
A Canadian denturist who murdered at least 19 people during a 12-hour rampage in Nova Scotia over the weekend killed his ex and her new boyfriend first and then later executed a married couple in front of their children, according to authorities and local media reports.
Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old with a life-long obsession with law enforcement, killed at least 19 people across 55 miles before dying in a Sunday night shootout with police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The slayings, which Wortman carried out in a police uniform and with two decommissioned RCMP cruisers, occurred at over a dozen crime scenes.
Authorities believe the death toll will continue to rise, as Wortman also burned several homes during his murder spree.
His ability to move around was certainly aided by the fact he had what looked like a police vehicle and that he was wearing a police uniform, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said in a Monday press conference. The attack is considered the largest mass shooting in Canadian history.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfs approach to the coronavirus crisis makes him an outlier among his big-state Democratic colleagues.
By HOLLY OTTERBEIN
04/18/2020 07:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA Across the country, Democratic governors battling coronavirus have bashed President Donald Trump for botching the federal response, upstaged him on television, and even trolled him by proudly reappropriating his derogatory nicknames.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf is following a different approach.
The soft-spoken Democrat rarely does national TV. His news conferences dont regularly air on cable news like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos. Sometimes, he even praises Vice President Mike Pence.
Theyve done pretty well, Wolf said in an interview with POLITICO. We needed additional N95 masks and I had a couple conversations with the vice president and he actually made it happen.
Its a leadership model that has left some Democrats quietly wishing he were a more prominent figure and a more critical voice during the crisis. But as the governor of a big battleground state that Trump carried in 2016, Wolf isnt afforded the same luxuries as his blue-state colleagues.
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The nations biggest Muslim political action committee is a Bernie Sanders ally.
By HOLLY OTTERBEIN
04/16/2020 10:00 AM EDT
A group allied to Bernie Sanders is endorsing Joe Biden after the Vermont senator threw his weight behind the presumptive Democratic nominee this week.
Emgage, which calls itself the largest Muslim political action committee in the country, told POLITICO it is backing the former vice president because he supports ending President Donald Trumps travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries, raising the refugee admissions cap, and reforming the immigration system, among other issues.
"Our nation, and indeed the world, are at a crossroad. Beyond the immediate devastation caused by COVID-19, we are facing an all-out assault against democratic principles and values at home and abroad that we have not seen since the rise of fascism and Nazisim early in the 20th century, said Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage PAC. Joe Biden is the type of leader who can restore America's promise to its citizens, especially its most vulnerable, and to the world.
In the primary, Sanders received the endorsements of numerous Muslim elected officials and groups, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Muslim leaders praised Sanders for his record of supporting Palestinian rights.
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First, and foremost, why are they getting even a single penny more than $1200 a piece? Just like the pittance they gave the rest of us?
Second, why are they allowed to ignore the stay-at-home regs and recs, like the rest of us? And then go to Madison Avenue to make TV commercials so sweet about being "in this together" they can cause a diabetic attack?
Third, are they allowed to use their stimulus to pay for medical cannabis? Because, if so, they need to be forced to buy it for the rest of us who need it more than them.
In order to keep from boiling over, I will stop there for now.
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