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Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus response

Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus responseTop officials in the Trump administration struggled on Tuesday morning to justify their response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, which has sickened at least 80,423 people around the world and killed at least 2,712. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 4:15 PM

Lori Vallow's niece knows where missing kids are, is involved in doomsday cult, ex alleges

Lori Vallow's niece knows where missing kids are, is involved in doomsday cult, ex allegesThe Idaho mom's niece is a member of a "cult" whose members were "killed off like flies," ex claims. Vallow has also been accused of holding doomsday beliefs.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 3:01 PM

Trump official says coronavirus death rate same as flu – despite it being 100 times worse

Trump official says coronavirus death rate same as flu – despite it being 100 times worseIn congressional testimony today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf claimed that the mortality rate for coronavirus is similar to the flu, both at about 2 per cent.In response, Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana asks: “Are you sure of that?”




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 5:34 PM

Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effect

Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effectWith new rules taking effect on Monday that disqualify more people from green cards if they use government benefits, droves of immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have dropped social services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the United States.




POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2020 1:04 PM

Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter

Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughterBillionaire Tom Steyer is facing some criticism over his spending in South Carolina, a state where his Democratic presidential campaign is making some legitimate headway.Some people have even accused him of trying to buy votes from the state's African-American voters, which Steyer and many others have adamantly denied, The New York Times reports. One thing that's been particularly scrutinized is the Steyer campaign's rental agreement with a company owned by Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress whose endorsement is considered key in South Carolina. Since October, the Steyer campaign has paid more than $40,000 to the company to rent one of its properties as its state headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. A California-based bank founded by Steyer, meanwhile, has loaned $1 million to a Columbia-based bank that has one of Clyburn's sons-in-laws on its board.The campaign has brushed off the accusations of trying to procure political favor from the Clyburn family, arguing Steyer is simply committed to hiring local organizers and investing in local businesses to get his grassroots operations running. "The question isn't why Tom is doing this," Steyer spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in a statement. "The real question is why isn't every other candidate doing it?"The politically-active Reed called the accusations of vote-buying "disturbing" and seemed a bit annoyed that people think she merely serves as a surrogate for her father. "I'm an adult," she told the Times. "There is no connection. My father has his business and I have mine. We do not vote the same way."Besides, it's probably all a moot point — both Reed and Clyburn seem likely to back former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Children seem remarkably resilient to coronavirus The Trump administration is reportedly fighting over coronavirus spending




POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2020 9:49 AM

U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interferenceSenior U.S. Democrats said on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration should immediately impose sanctions on Russia after U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia appeared to be trying to influence this year's U.S. election. Senators Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez and Sherrod Brown wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding that the administration "immediately and forcefully" put sanctions on the government in Moscow and any Russians involved in election interference.




POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2020 7:10 PM

Warren attacks Bloomberg in debate over claims he told pregnant employee to 'kill it'

Warren attacks Bloomberg in debate over claims he told pregnant employee to 'kill it'Sen. Warren used time during the South Carolina Democratic debate to attack Bloomberg over allegations of sexism.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 9:52 PM

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strikeA person familiar with the matter said Roof had been on a hunger strike but was no longer on one, as of this week. The person couldn’t immediately provide specific details about the length of the hunger strike or whether medical staff needed to intervene. Roof wrote in his letter to the AP that he went on the hunger strike to protest the treatment he received from a Bureau of Prisons disciplinary hearing officer over earlier complaints that he was refused access to the law library and access to a copy machine to file legal papers.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 4:28 PM

A top US health official say the US needs 300 million face masks for healthcare workers. But masks are not necessarily effective against coronavirus.

A top US health official say the US needs 300 million face masks for healthcare workers. But masks are not necessarily effective against coronavirus.N95 respirators are not very effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, as they can't fully filter out airborne coronavirus particles.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2020 2:18 AM

‘Don’t You Think You Ought to Check?’: Sen. Kennedy Demands DHS Chief Provide ‘Straight Answers’ on Coronavirus Spread

‘Don’t You Think You Ought to Check?’: Sen. Kennedy Demands DHS Chief Provide ‘Straight Answers’ on Coronavirus SpreadSenator John Kennedy on Tuesday demanded answers from acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf regarding the likely extent of the domestic coronavirus outbreak, saying the American people deserve "straight answers" about the deadly virus.During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Kennedy asked Wolf how many cases of people infected with the coronavirus the U.S. anticipates having."You're head of Homeland Security, and your job is to keep us safe. Do you know today how many the experts are predicting?" the Louisiana Democrat-turned-Republican said."We only know that, again, we anticipate those numbers to grow in the U.S.," Wolf responded, saying that he cannot provide an "exact number.""Don't you think you ought to check on that?" Kennedy asked. "You're the secretary. I think you ought to know that answer."Kennedy also asked Wolf for answers on the mortality rate of the coronavirus, whether the U.S. has enough respirators, and when a vaccine is expected."You're the secretary of Homeland Security and you can't tell me if we have enough respirators?" Kennedy said, adding that lawmakers previously heard separate testimony that the U.S. does not have enough respirators.Kennedy also pointed out that the DHS chief's testimony does not match up with information put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."Your numbers aren't the same as CDC's. Don't you think you ought to contact them and find our whether you're right or they're right?" Kennedy said. "The American people deserve some straight answers on the coronavirus and I'm not getting them from you."Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen afterwards urged Wolf to hold "open briefings" about the situation surrounding the coronavirus, adding, "I didn't hear anything this morning that I haven't read in the newspaper."A slew of new countries on Monday confirmed their first cases of the virus, a respiratory illness that originated in China and has infected close to 80,000 people in 37 countries, killing at least 2,600.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2020 11:57 AM

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