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Vice President Pence threatens to hold China "accountable" for reported concealment of COVID-19 information

Vice President Pence threatens to hold China "accountable" for reported concealment of COVID-19 information

ShareIn a satellite radio interview on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence issued a threat to China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the country "will be held accountable" for reported attempts to conceal information about the COVID-19 outbreak."China let the world down," Pence told the conservative channel Breitbart News Saturday, which is hosted on the SiriusXM network. "I mean, it's remarkable to think China didn't even let American CDC personnel in on the ground until mid-February to find out what was going on."The vice president further accused the World Health Organization...

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As Obama prepares to join campaign, Trump moves to discredit Russia probe started under his watch

As Obama prepares to join campaign, Trump moves to discredit Russia probe started under his watch

ShareIn a leaked private call, former President Barack Obama outlined plans to campaign for Joe Biden, and he renewed his criticism of President Donald Tump in the wake of the Justice Department's attempt to drop charges against Michael Flynn.Obama conveyed his belief that the "rule of law is at risk" to a conference of around 3,000 administration alumni on Friday, emphasizing the importance of working to elect his former vice president in November.A spokesperson for Obama confirmed to Newsweek the accuracy of the recording, which was obtained by Yahoo News. The spokesperson said that the...

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Federal government suing Texas orphanage to obtain access to land for border projects

Federal government suing Texas orphanage to obtain access to land for border projects

ShareThe Trump administration is suing an orphanage in South Texas in order to exercise its eminent domain powers and obtain temporary access to the property to plan for construction along the border with Mexico.In return for a year-long grant of access to the land, known as an easement, the federal government says it will pay the Sacred Heart Children's Home of Laredo, Texas, $100 as "just compensation."The orphanage is situated on the U.S.-Mexico border.The easement provides the government and its employees the right to enter and move across the 68-acre property in order to conduct...

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Federal judge allows St. Louis to begin clearing homeless encampment over objections of advocates

Federal judge allows St. Louis to begin clearing homeless encampment over objections of advocates

ShareA federal judge on Saturday gave the go-ahead for city officials in St. Louis to start a homeless encampment due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission.U.S. District Court Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk denied a request from Ranata Frank, a homeless woman residing at the Market Street encampments across from City Hall, to temporarily block planned removals as the case was being litigated.ArchCity Defenders, a non-profit civil rights group, represented Frank and sought to have the case classified as a class-action lawsuit representing all of the encampment's homeless residents.The group told...

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May 2
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President Donald Trump announces declaration of national emergency due to coronavirus

President Donald Trump announces declaration of national emergency due to coronavirus

SharePresident Donald Trump announced Friday the declaration of a national emergency in order to facilitate the distribution of government aid and contain the spread of COVID-19."We will overcome the threat of the virus," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House."The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease," he added.The 1988 Stafford Act provides much of the legal basis for the Trump administration's forthcoming emergency...

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Some Spanish industries to restart next week under new pandemic guidelines

Some Spanish industries to restart next week under new pandemic guidelines

ShareThe office of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez released new guidance on Saturday next week during the country's gradual relaxation of stay-at-home restrictions.Developed by the Ministry of Health, the guidance document admonishes Spaniards to remain home if they show any symptoms associated with COVID-19, regardless of whether they're permitted to return to work.The impending restart of the Spanish economy will be carried out in a controlled fashion, with employees in the manufacturing and construction sectors the first to return to worksites across the country."We are not under...

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Apr 11
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More than half of voters under 45 say they've lost their job, had hours reduced, or gotten furloughed

More than half of voters under 45 say they've lost their job, had hours reduced, or gotten furloughed

ShareBecause of the economic deceleration that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 percent of U.S. voters under 45 have lost their jobs, 19 percent have had their hours reduced and an additional 13 percent have been placed on temporary leave, according to a new poll.The findings, reported in a poll Thursday that was commissioned by Data For Progress, a progressive advocacy group, illustrate just how grave the employment situation is for many Americans in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis.New statistics from the Department of Labor further clarified the picture on...

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The National Rifle Association is laying off staff, cutting salaries and reducing hours amid COVID-19 outbreak

The National Rifle Association is laying off staff, cutting salaries and reducing hours amid COVID-19 outbreak

ShareThe National Rifle Association (NRA) is laying off employees and reducing salaries across the board in the largest personnel shake-up since the non-profit organization ousted its president at the annual meeting of members in 2019.In a note that was distributed via email to the board of directors and executive council Monday afternoon, CEO Wayne LaPierre announced that his organization "faces extraordinary challenges resulting from COVID-19" and must institute several workforce adjustments, including "the elimination of certain positions," imposing a four-day workweek for hourly...

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What is the STOCK Act? Senators Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler accused of insider trading as calls mount for investigations

What is the STOCK Act? Senators Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler accused of insider trading as calls mount for investigations

ShareCalls are mounting for an investigation into Republican Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler for potential violations of the 2012 STOCK Act—a law Burr voted against when it cleared the Senate eight years ago.Reports Thursday showed that the senators, who hold powerful committee assignments, dumped millions of dollars of stock ahead of the recent coronavirus-induced market panic.By Friday, the two faced steep criticism of their actions, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint against them with the Senate Ethics Committee, saying the sales possibly...

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Mar 20
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Democrats taking more precautions than Republicans amid coronavirus spread, poll shows

Democrats taking more precautions than Republicans amid coronavirus spread, poll shows

ShareDemocrats are more likely than Republicans to be taking precautionary measures in response to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.In the survey, conducted from March 2 to 3, about 48 percent of Democratic respondents said they washed their hands more often to prevent transmission of the virus, 10 percentage points higher than the same share of Republicans.Twenty-one percent of Democrats reported taking steps to avoid physical contact with others, 7 percentage points higher than Republicans who report the same. And 8 percent of...

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U.S. Drug Enforcement agent charged with participation in multi-national money laundering conspiracy

U.S. Drug Enforcement agent charged with participation in multi-national money laundering conspiracy

ShareA former special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been arrested for his suspected role in a wide-ranging, multi-national conspiracy to launder drug proceeds.José Ismael Irizarry, who was employed by the administration from 2009 to 2018, and his wife, Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry, were arrested Friday pursuant to a 19-count indictment outlining the alleged conspiracy.Both individuals posted a $10,000 bond to be released from detention pending further hearings in the case, according to , which first reported on their arrests and broke news of the alleged conspiracy...

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Tulsi Gabbard called the Soleimani strike an "act of war," saying that President Trump violated the U.S. Constitution

Tulsi Gabbard called the Soleimani strike an "act of war," saying that President Trump violated the U.S. Constitution

Representative Tulsi Gabbard said Friday morning that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution in his decision to authorize a drone strike against a senior Iranian military figure without congressional approval. "This was very clearly an act of war by this president without any kind of authorization or declaration of war from Congress, clearly violating the Constitution," Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat who is running for president, said on Fox & Friends. "It further escalates this tit for tat that's going on and on and on, will elicit a very serious response from Iran, and [pushes] us...

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