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Coronavirus Is Breaking Out Everywhere. Can We Say the P-Word?
Coronavirus Is Breaking Out Everywhere. Can We Say the P-Word?

(Bloomberg) -- Empty classrooms, shuttered restaurants and hospitals bursting with patients. That was the scene in Mexico City in 2009 when a new strain of flu swept across much of the country and spread around the world.Just 11 years after the swine flu outbreak, which infected more than 60 million

Naming Mike Pence coronavirus czar with
Naming Mike Pence coronavirus czar with 'zero experience in the medical area' is 'a total joke,' says 2014 Trump

President Trump on Wednesday appointed Vice President Mike Pence his point person on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that is spreading disease and panic through much of the world. Pence's appointment was reportedly a surprise to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who had been in charge of the Trump administration's response up until Trump's announcement.Pence has zero experience in the medical area and no real expertise in infections disease control, which would seem to make his appointment "A TOTAL JOKE," according to Trump, circa 2014.> There's always a tweet, pandemic response edition https://t.co/iyoA9djLhz> > - Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27,...

Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump
Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump

One of the nation's largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don't vote. The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the history of the Service Employees International Union, which claims nearly 2 million members. The scope of the campaign, which quietly launched last month and will run through November's general election, reflects the urgency of what union president Mary Kay Henry calls "a make-or-break" moment for working people in America under Trump's leadership.

First possible case of
First possible case of 'community spread' of coronavirus reported in the US

The patient had reportedly not recently traveled to China or interacted with a person infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In an early-evening press conference, President Donald Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread through Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned yesterday that the U.S. will likely not be able to escape the spread of the virus. "It's not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses," said Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a press conference given by the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday.

Fact Check: Trump addresses nation on coronavirus
Fact Check: Trump addresses nation on coronavirus

President Donald Trump and top U.S. health officials addressed the nation on the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on Wednesday. Here's a factcheck.

CDC: California coronavirus case may be 1st in U.S. without link to traveling abroad
CDC: California coronavirus case may be 1st in U.S. without link to traveling abroad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday night that a person in California who tested positive for coronavirus may be the first case of community spread in the United States.This person did not recently travel out of the country or come into contact with anyone infected with the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The case was "detected through the U.S. public health system," the CDC said, and "picked up by astute clinicians." The CDC said this could be an "instance of community spread of COVID-19," which means the source of infection is unknown, but also acknowledged that "the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler...

5 killed in shooting at MolsonCoors campus in Milwaukee, gunman dead
5 killed in shooting at MolsonCoors campus in Milwaukee, gunman dead
  • US
  • 2020-02-27 00:48:00Z

Five employees of the MillerCoors brewery were killed in shooting but were not identified, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

'Super Earth' planet could have right conditions for life

Scientists discovered a distant planet more than twice the size of Earth that could have the right conditions for life to exist, a new study says.

Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption
Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug consumption rates must be reversed if the country is to guarantee peace and security after years of rising, record-setting homicide statistics. "Just so you have the number, 60% of those who lose their life each day, 60% of those killed in clashes, it is shown that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but primarily drugs," the...

Obama demands pro-Trump group stop using his voice to attack Biden
Obama demands pro-Trump group stop using his voice to attack Biden

"This despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation playbook," Obama spokesperson Katie Hill told NBC News.

Cuba buys fuel shipment, vessel and all, due to US sanctions
Cuba buys fuel shipment, vessel and all, due to US sanctions

Cuba purchased a shipment of oil -- and the vessel holding it -- as its owner refused to dock at the island nation over fears of violating US sanctions, the government said Wednesday. Authorities in Cuba -- which is facing a fuel shortage -- did not specify where the fuel or ship came from, nor when the purchase took place. "We have reached the point where we had to buy a ship near our shore -- buy the ship -- because the owner refused to dock with the fuel on board," Transport Minister Eduardo Rodriguez said.

Pete Buttigieg responds to Trump tweet implying he can
Pete Buttigieg responds to Trump tweet implying he can 'live with' Buttigieg as president

Did President Donald Trump tweet that he's OK with losing the reelection if Pete Buttigieg wins the presidential election? Here's what the tweet said.

Iran
Iran's Incompetent Response to Coronavirus Threatens the Middle East and the World

The Iranian government has covered up an outbreak of coronavirus that now threatens the Middle East and has led to border closures and hospitalizations in five countries. Over the weekend of February 21, president Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian officials downplayed the growing crises as Iran's death toll from the virus climbed. It is now apparent that the regime, which has threatened the region with ballistic missiles, drones, naval mines, and militias over the last few years, has become a health threat as well, as it incubates a potential pandemic. The coronavirus has likely traveled from China to Iran's city of Qom along the same route that pilgrims and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard...

ABC News suspends veteran correspondent over comments captured in undercover Project Veritas video
ABC News suspends veteran correspondent over comments captured in undercover Project Veritas video

ABC News said it suspended veteran correspondent David Wright because his comments hurt the network's "reputation for fairness and impartiality."

Active shooter reported at Molson Coors Milwaukee campus, unknown injuries
Active shooter reported at Molson Coors Milwaukee campus, unknown injuries

Molson Coors said Wednesday there was an active shooter on its Milwaukee campus and ordered its employees to find a safe place to hide.

America has a
America has a 'gruesome' history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. The House just voted to change that

The House approved a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters say is long overdue.

Iran to Sentence Citizens Who "Spreads Rumors" about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison
Iran to Sentence Citizens Who "Spreads Rumors" about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison

An Iranian parliament spokesman on Wednesday announced that anyone found to be "spreading rumors" about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak will be sentenced to one-to-three years in prison and flogging, Iran state news agency IRNA reported."Spreading fake news over coronavirus outbreak will people panic. It also will pave the ground for the country's shutdown," said Hassan Norouzi, spokesman for the parliament's legal and judicial committee, in comments translated by the Tehran Times.Norouzi said the prison sentence and flogging is based on "on the Islamic penal code," and 24 people have been arrested already on suspicion of "spreading rumors" about the...

MSNBC Benches Contributor Who Smeared Bernie Sanders Staffers
MSNBC Benches Contributor Who Smeared Bernie Sanders Staffers

Following MSNBC contributor Dr. Jason Johnson's inflammatory remarks about supporters and campaign staffers of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the academic has been temporarily benched by the network, sources confirmed to The Daily Beast. In recent months, Johnson-a regular fixture of the network's Democratic primary analysis-has drawn considerable heat for his relentlessly anti-Sanders commentary on MSNBC, which has also come under fire from the left for its skeptical and largely negative coverage of the democratic-socialist senator. During an interview last week on SiriusXM's The Karen Hunter Show, Johnson claimed "racist white liberals" support Sanders and...

Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders
Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders' campaign surge
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  • 2020-02-26 20:21:03Z

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged party unity amid Bernie Sanders' surge in the presidential race, even as House Democrats worry about a volatile election season that could put a self-described democratic socialist atop the ticket and threaten their majority.

A Mexican Exodus Is Helping Shrink the Population of People in the Country Illegally
A Mexican Exodus Is Helping Shrink the Population of People in the Country Illegally

LOS ANGELES -- Jose cared for the bottle-fed babies, 700 of them in all. He knew a calf was healthy if her eyes were bright and her appetite hearty. Droopy ears were a bad sign. He was attuned to calf coughs."His job was to do all things a mom would do to look after her young," said Mary Kraft

House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till
House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 19:35:59Z

Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens of similar efforts were defeated. The Senate unanimously passed virtually identical legislation last year, although that bill wasn't named for Till.

Glenn Beck, Steve King Go Conspiracy Crazy Over DHS Official
Glenn Beck, Steve King Go Conspiracy Crazy Over DHS Official's Death

This week:  * Right-wing pundit's death fuels conspiracy theories. * The_Donald's Reddit meme cache on its last legs. * It's CPAC time!* * *Pundit's death sparks new conspiracy theories* * *The death of a former Department of Homeland Security employee last week has caught the attention of prominent conspiracy theorists, who are pinning it on none other than Barack Obama's deep state agents. But so far, the people promoting the conspiracy theories - including Glenn Beck and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) - don't really have any evidence that the death is even a murder.On Friday, sheriff's deputies in Amador County, CA, found the body of Philip Haney, a former DHS employee, near an RV stop....

MLS owners predict league will surpass MLB, Premier League
MLS owners predict league will surpass MLB, Premier League

Los Angeles FC lead owner Larry Berg predicts Major League Soccer will surpass Major League Baseball in popularity during the next 10 years and Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas maintains it will be of higher quality than the Premier League and La Liga by 2045. The league is expanding to 26 teams with the addition of David Beckham's Inter Miami and Nashville, and plans are in place to reach 30 franchises by 2022 - triple the league's low from 2002-04. MLS anticipates the status of soccer in the U.S. will be boosted when the Americans co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada.

Court rules Trump administration can withhold grants from
Court rules Trump administration can withhold grants from 'sanctuary cities'
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  • 2020-02-26 19:03:16Z

New York City and seven states - New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island - sued in 2018 for withholding funding.

Trump campaign files libel suit against New York Times over Russia story
Trump campaign files libel suit against New York Times over Russia story

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign said on Wednesday it filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false story last year related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. In an escalation of the

Court rules Trump can withhold funds from
Court rules Trump can withhold funds from 'sanctuary' jurisdictions

President Donald Trump's administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement funds from states and cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court

Court rules Trump can withhold funds from
Court rules Trump can withhold funds from 'sanctuary' jurisdictions
  • US
  • 2020-02-26 18:27:17Z

President Donald Trump's administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement funds from states and cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was a victory for Trump in his years-long fight with so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. It overturned a lower court ruling directing the release of federal funds to New York City and the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.

Coronavirus: 700 New York residents who traveled to China under voluntary quarantine
Coronavirus: 700 New York residents who traveled to China under voluntary quarantine

At least 700 travelers who returned to New York from areas affected by coronavirus since Feb. 3 faced voluntary quarantine. Here's what that entails.

Trump is reportedly
Trump is reportedly 'furious' that US stocks have tanked on coronavirus fears - and he's accusing the 'fake news' media of throwing fuel on the fire

President Donald Trump blasted the news media in a tweet Wednesday morning amid frustrations over the coronavirus-driven stock sell-off.

Israel
Israel's Netanyahu pulls his punches after Sanders calls him a racist

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Bernie Sanders was wrong to call him a racist during a debate among contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination, but shied away from attacking the senator in return. "I am not intervening in the U.S. election," Netanyahu replied when asked on Israeli Army Radio about what an interviewer termed Sanders' personal attack on him at Tuesday's event in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanders, who has been critical of the right-wing leader's policy toward Palestinians, described Netanyahu as "a reactionary racist who is now running" Israel.

Why coronavirus could help save China
Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species

The novel coronavirus outbreak in China may end up saving one of the world's most trafficked animals after Beijing announced a total ban on the sale and consumption of the pangolin. The scaly mammal -- listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) as threatened with extinction -- is a traditional delicacy across China and much of southeast Asia. Following research linking the critters with the transmission of coronavirus to humans in the outbreak epicentre of Wuhan, Chinese officials on Monday slapped a ban on eating wild animals.

Lawmakers criticize Pentagon for shifting money to Mexico border wall
Lawmakers criticize Pentagon for shifting money to Mexico border wall
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  • 2020-02-26 18:04:58Z

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the Pentagon's decision to shift nearly $4 billion from the defense budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, saying that it circumvented Congress' authority and could affect the military's ability to reprogram funds in the future. Earlier this month the Pentagon said it would be shifting $3.8 billion from the military budget to pay for the wall, a central promise of President Donald Trump's campaign for the White House four years ago and bid this year for a second term. The decision was met with bipartisan concern from lawmakers during a congressional hearing on the budget with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint...

'The View' Warns Warren About Going After Bloomberg: 'Be Very Careful'

The View's Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar appeared to rally to Michael Bloomberg's defense on Wednesday, telling his rival Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren to be "very careful" when attacking the ex-mayor because he could easily use the "Pocahontas thing" against her.Discussing Tuesday night's chaotic Democratic primary in which Warren confronted the former mayor on his company's treatment of women and comments he allegedly made to a pregnant female employee, Goldberg seemed to side with Bloomberg's longtime partner Diana Taylor saying people need to "get over it" as it was just part of "bro culture" and happened a long time ago."What are people expecting to happen?" Goldberg...

A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to die
A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to die
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  • 2020-02-26 17:21:20Z

Sarah Boone, 42, claimed it was just an accident. But police saw troubling videos of her taunting him as he struggled to get out of the luggage.

Trump defends administration
Trump defends administration's coronavirus response

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his administration's response to the novel coronavirus, lashing the media for spreading panic as he announced an evening news conference on the epidemic. "I will be having a News Conference at the White House, on this subject, today at 6:00 P.M." Trump tweeted, adding that officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would attend. On Tuesday, the CDC urged US cities to be prepared to cancel mass gatherings and urged schools and businesses to develop teleworking plans, amid dire warnings that countries are not ready to contain an outbreak that has infected 80,000 people, mostly in China.

FCC Gets 1,312 Complaints About J. Lo and Shakira
FCC Gets 1,312 Complaints About J. Lo and Shakira's Halftime Show as Some Call Viewers 'Hypocrites'

Super Bowl 2020: FCC Receives Complaints About Shakira and J. Lo

Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans
Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 16:14:04Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- With Bernie Sanders emerging as the front-runner to win his party's nomination, pro-Israel Americans must grapple with an uncomfortable question: Does the Democratic party still support the world's only Jewish state?  What raises the question is next week's annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Sanders announced this week that he would not be attending, saying on Twitter: "I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights."At Tuesday night's debate, Sanders clarified that he was speaking about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I'm very proud of being...

San Francisco declares state of emergency, despite no cases of coronavirus
San Francisco declares state of emergency, despite no cases of coronavirus

San Francisco Mayor London Breed issues a state of emergency aimed at preparing the California city for a coronavirus outbreak.

South Carolina kingmaker Rep. James Clyburn endorses Joe Biden ahead of primary
South Carolina kingmaker Rep. James Clyburn endorses Joe Biden ahead of primary

Rep. James Clyburn,  a living legend in South Carolina politics, has an unparalleled network in the state, particularly among African-American voters.

Trump misspells coronavirus in tweet accusing media of making it
Trump misspells coronavirus in tweet accusing media of making it 'look as bad as possible'

President Trump has announced a news conference on the coronavirus crisis, but only after placing blame on the media, swiping Democrats, and spelling the very thing he's talking about wrong.Trump in a tweet Wednesday accused the media, particularly CNN and MSNBC, of "doing everything possible" to make the coronavirus "look as bad as possible, including panicking markets." The Trump administration has been repeatedly downplaying the virus' threat to the U.S., with economic adviser Larry Kudlow claiming Tuesday "we have contained this" even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans should prepare for the possibility of major disruptions...

Trump is furious with the CDC for doing its job
Trump is furious with the CDC for doing its job

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention apparently enraged President Donald Trump by warning about the risks of a coronavirus outbreak.

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 14:20:51Z

In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. The transformation shows how demographic shifts and the GOP's tack further to the right are helping push the party into a nosedive along the West Coast. The last Republican presidential candidate that California went for was George H.W. Bush.

JoJo Says She Was Put on an Extreme 500-Calorie a Day Diet as a Teenager
JoJo Says She Was Put on an Extreme 500-Calorie a Day Diet as a Teenager

JoJo Says She Was Put on an Extreme 500-Calorie a Day Diet as a Teenager

Why the average male can no longer cover basic expenses for his family
Why the average male can no longer cover basic expenses for his family

New data helps explain why many middle-class families are living paycheck to paycheck.

Airplanes spread diseases quickly - so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn
Airplanes spread diseases quickly - so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn't be allowed to fly
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 14:01:37Z

As the coronavirus spreads, the nation's leading health official told a Senate committee on Feb. 25 that "we cannot hermetically seal off the United States to a virus." The comments from Alex Azar II, head of Health and Human Services, heightened concerns about the effects of the coronavirus in the U.S., which so far has sickened a relatively small number - 57 - of people in the U.S. And with hundreds of new cases of the coronavirus reported in South Korea, a spike of deaths in Iran, and a 10-town lockdown in Italy, the rapidly spreading COVID-19 may be on the verge of becoming a pandemic. The World Health Organization now says the disease has "pandemic potential." This is only the latest...

Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement
Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world's most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday announced her retirement at the age of 32. "Tennis - I'm saying goodbye," Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. Sharapova burst onto the scene as

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B
Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B
  • World
  • 2020-02-26 13:36:26Z

President Donald Trump said he'll discuss the coronavirus threat at a White House news conference Wednesday, a day after he sought to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the U.S. Trump tweeted that representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others, would join him at the late-afternoon appearance. Trump and members of the administration have been sending mixed messages about the virus.

Howard Stern, Show Listeners Call Staffer
Howard Stern, Show Listeners Call Staffer 'Racist' for Linking BTS and Coronavirus

Remarks about BTS made on "The Howard Stern Show" are being called "racist" by both listeners and the show's host. During the February 24 episode of the SiriusXM staple, Howard Stern --  a notorious germaphobe -- brought up growing concern over the deadly coronavirus with his cast of comedic cohorts. The topic turned to BTS […]

Inmate No. 06581138Z: What Awaits Harvey Weinstein Behind Bars
Inmate No. 06581138Z: What Awaits Harvey Weinstein Behind Bars
  • US
  • 2020-02-26 13:08:01Z

NEW YORK -- A day after a judge ordered him jailed for his conviction on two felony sex counts, Harvey Weinstein was still being held in a prison ward at a hospital after complaining of chest pains.Once he is released from that prison ward at Bellevue Hospital Center, Weinstein is not likely to be housed

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