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Failed Candidate Bloomberg Funds Virus ‘Tracing Army’

The candidate who spent more than $1 billion on a presidential bid that netted in just one primary win – American Samoa – says he can help with the virus crisis ...   Bloomberg moves past presidential flop with virus crusade NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two months after an embarrassing end to his presidential campaign, Mike Bloomberg is again deploying his massive personal fortune – this time to combat the coronavirus. The billionaire former New York City...

Chipotle Agrees To $25 Million Food Poisoning Fine; People Keep Going There

"Chipotle failed to ensure that its employees both understood and complied with its food safety protocols, resulting in hundreds of customers across the country getting sick." – U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna Chipotle agrees to record fine in food poisoning case, people keep going there anyway Apr 21, 2020; updated Apr 22, 2020 By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay a record $25 million fine to resolve criminal charges that it...

Will Virus Cost Trump Second Term? 2 Views

"We can't wait to get back out there and the old-fashioned way." – Lara Trump  A piece in the New York Post argues that COVID-19 is not a deal-killer for Donald Trump's second term. An Associated Press analysis raises troubling issues for the president's re-election bid. Who's right? Check these dueling opinions, then post your own below.  Why coronavirus will not cost Trump reelection OPINION By Michael Goodwin, April 18, 2020 | NY POST – Last fall,...

Florida Man Fakes COVID-19 To Foil Cops, It Ends Badly

"Placing a fake Covid-19 sign on your door will not stop us from kicking it in when you have felony warrants for your arrest." Local man faked having COVID-19 to try to dodge arrest, sheriff says Apr 18, 2020  BARDIN, Fla. (NEXSTAR) A Florida man wanted on felony charges tried to keep officers away with a sign warning that he was infected with the coronavirus, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. “Placing a fake “Covid-19″ sign on...

Fire Fauci? Democrat Senator Rushes To His Aid

April 14, 2020 The Hill – Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said that he will be introducing legislation to limit President Trump's ability to fire Anthony Fauci, amid a swirl of speculation that the public health official's job could be in jeopardy. The bill would only allow Trump to fire a director of a national research institute or national centers under the National Institute of Health "on the basis of malfeasance by, neglect of office...

Trump Expels Illegals Over COVID-19

US expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum; Senate Democrats protest | Apr 09, 2020 | By MARIA VERZA and BEN FOX Associated Press | A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn't let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter fled Honduras and needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. It was just days after the Trump administration essentially shut down the nation's asylum system. "The agent told us about the virus and that we couldn't go further,...

Some Stimulus Checks May Not Go Out Til August

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The document from the House Ways and Means Committee says the IRS will make about...

Who Would Want To Kill Dr. Fauci?

"Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert and the face of the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is facing growing threats to his personal safety, prompting the government to step up his security ... "  – The Washington Post, April 1, 2020  Health officials have reportedly increased security for White House coronavirus expert Dr. Fauci after threats April 2, 2020 Business Insider – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy...

Judge Orders Early Release For Inmates Exposed To Virus

“This order is extremely reasonable” – Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura  Early release begins in Cal. jails after more than 100 inmates exposed to virus | PLUS: Texas Governor Says 'Not So Fast' Three inmates who were housed in the same module in Orange County’s Central Men’s Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus. Orange County Register, March 28, 2020 This story is available to all readers in the interest of public safety. Please consider supporting our coverage of...

Police To Enforce Shelter-In-Place Orders This Weekend

Many police departments are saying they'll be enforcing shelter-in-place "rules" this weekend. Could you be stopped and questioned simply for being out of your home? Should you report people who are outdoors? Be sure to check local news sources; here's a sampling of what we found happening around the country ...  Can You Be Arrested For Not Sheltering In Place? Local police departments warn to follow shelter-in-place order Mar 26, 2020 BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Law enforcement is...

Asian Seafood Ban? COVID-19 Traced To Wuhan Fishmonger

"A lot of restaurants  are feeling the pain of racism, where people are literally not patroning Chinese restaurants because of just straight up racism around the coronavirus." – U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Twitter, March 11, 2020 "As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese." – Natalie Escobar, NPR, March...

Gay Sex Ed Ban Tossed In Federal Court

S. Carolina law banning LGBTQ sex ed is unconstitutional, judge rules Under the 1988 law, public school teachers could be fired for discussing LGBTQ issues outside the context of sexually transmitted diseases. March 12, 2020 NBC News – A U.S. district judge in South Carolina overturned a decades-old state law Wednesday that prohibited discussion of LGBTQ issues in public school sex education classes. According to the ruling, the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th...

Biden Falsely Blames Trump For Rejecting Virus Test Kits

"Biden’s emphasis on WHO offering kits is simply wrong. We rate this claim Mostly False." – PolitiFact |  Mar 16, 2020 |  During Sunday night’s debate, while leveling criticism at President Donald Trump’s handling of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic, former Vice President Joe Biden said the Trump administration refused to get coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization. Biden said: “Look, the World Health Organization offered the testing kits that they have available and to...

Union Bosses Seek Control Over Food Safety Rules

Poultry and swine line speeds are both now federal cases By Dan Flynn on March 17, 2020 Food Safety News – For more than six weeks, a federal judge in Minnesota has been considering whether to dismiss a union challenge of USDA’s regulation of line speeds for swine slaughter. On the West Coast, in Northern California, a similar challenge to USDA’s regulation of line speeds for poultry won’t get an initial scheduling order until May. Department of Justice...

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