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U.S. to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus crisis

The United States will seize exports of key protective medical gear until it determines whether the equipment should be kept in the country to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, two federal agencies announced on Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold exports of respirators, surgical masks and surgical gloves, according to a joint announcement made with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA will then determine if the equipment should be returned for use in the United States, purchased by the U.S. government or exported.

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Bernie Sanders is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race

The New York Times and CNN are reporting that Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, making Joe Biden presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.

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U.S. Navy dismisses Captain who sounded the alarm on Coronavirus

The U.S. Navy relieved Capt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt of his command after he wrote a memo sounding the alarm on an exploding coronavirus infection on board the cramped quarters of the aircraft carrier.
Last week, the aircraft carrier was ordered to port in Guam after five sailors tested positive for Covid-19.

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NIAID director Dr. Fauci calls for federal stay-at-home order

The director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Faucy has said that he doesn't understand why a federal stay-at-home order hasn't been implemented yet and advocated to mandate such order saying "We really should be".

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City of Las Vegas turns parking lot into homeless shelter

The authorities in Las Vegas repurposed an empty parking lot into a makeshift shelter for homeless people after a normal shelter was forced to close following the coronavirus pandemic. The parking lot has been divided into different spaces with paint to mark social distancing boxes for the people. In addition to this, volunteers from Touro University have started laying out blue mats that can be power washed to clean them after usage.

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Rudy Giuliani tweets Covid-19 misinformation, gets temporarily suspended

Over the weekend, Rudy Giuliani's Twitter account got temporarily suspended after tweeting misinformation regarding Covid-19. The tweet, a quote by conspiracy theorist and conservative activist Charlie Kirk, stated "Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19 yet Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is threatening doctors who prescribe it. If Trump is for something - Democrats are against it. They're okay with people dying if it means opposing Trump." The drug hydroxychloroquine has been used to prevent and treat malaria but hasn't been proven to be a safe or effective cure for the coronavirus.

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Joe Biden hit by sexual assault allegation

Former Vice President Joe Biden faces new allegations of sexual assault. In an interview with podcast host Katie Halper, which aired on Wednesday, Tara Reade says Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers when she was working in his staff in 1993. When she pulled away, she says, he said he thought she "liked" him. Reade's allegation line up with allegations by several women who came forward in 2019 to say Biden had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable. Biden’s campaign on Friday denied Reade’s allegation. “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

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Trump invokes Defense Production Act, seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

After a series of delays and tweets earlier this Friday, Donald Trump issued an order that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defence Production Act. The Defense Production Act gives the president powers to direct domestic industrial production to provide essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis. Previously Trump has been reluctant to use the act to force businesses to contribute to the coronavirus fight. "But our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course", the President said. General Motors said it could build 10,000 ventilators per month starting in April.

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United States will allegedly file charges against Venezuelan President

According to NBC New York, the United States attorney general William Barr is planning on charging members of the Venezuelan government for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking. Besides other senior officials of the government, the president Nicolas Maduro is said to be charged. Further diplomatic sanctions will allegedly be implemented.

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New York City sets up makeshift morgue as death toll rises

New York City has reported 300 Covid-19 related deaths so far. On Tuesday, a makeshift morgue was set up outside of Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital to prepare for a potential surge of victims. New York State has become the US epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, counting over 30,000 confirmed cases.

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25,600 confirmed Coronavirus cases in New York City

The number of confirmed cases has risen to 25,600 in New York City, home to over 8 million people. As of Tuesday, 210 people have died from the novel Coronavirus. It is estimated that 140,000 hospital beds will be needed at the peak of the outbreak in New York State, while only a third of that number is available.

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Andrew Yang announces to give 500 households $1,000 each

The Humanity Forward not-for-profit group founded by the former Democratic presidential nominee contender Andrew Yang has announced that 500 households in New York City's Bronx will receive $1,000 each in order to combat the economic difficulties during the coronavirus outbreak. The Humanity Forward organization was funded to provide money directly to the people, following Andrew Yang's repeated calls for a universal basic income during and after his campaign.

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Cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles classified as "essential" business during Covid-19 outbreak

The city of Los Angeles writes in their guidelines that "cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services" are still allowed to open during the coronavirus lockdown and forced closure of businesses.

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Tulsi Gabbard drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential race, endorses Biden

The last competing woman in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries has dropped out of the race. The Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced that, after winning a total of two delegates in so far, she'll stop contesting for the Democratic presidential nomination. Instead, she endorsed former vice-president Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

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Treasury announces plans on sending money directly to US citiziens

In order to combat the economical consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced they'd be "looking at sending checks to Americans immediately" following the shutdown of many businesses across America. “Americans need cash now and the president wants to get cash now. And I mean now in the next two weeks", Mnuchin added.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announces that primaries will be moved

The Governor has announced on Twitter that due to the spread of the coronavirus poll workers and voters would be forced "to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk". The Director of the Ohio Dept of Health Dr. Amy Action will, therefore, order that the polls stay closed. He also said that options are explored so "every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity".

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Senator Mitt Romney calls for $1000 emergency income for every American adult

In a press release, he said that "Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy".

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German Health Ministry confirmed: Trump tried to buy German research company to make potential Covid-19 vaccine US exclusive

Following a meeting at the White House with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and other members of the US's coronavirus task force to discuss the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, Donald Trump tried to buy the German research company CureVac. Trump had intended to make the vaccine "for the U.S. only", according to the German newspaper "Die Welt". The German Health Ministry confirmed that the reporting from "Die Welt" was accurate and Germany itself is now offering financial incentives for the company in order to stay in Germany.

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Trump announces that he is considering a "full pardon" former advisor Michael Flynn

The former security advisor of Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 and is currently trying to withdraw this plea has high chances of receiving a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. The President wrote in a Twitter post that he is "strongly considering a full pardon".

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Biden endorses Senator Warren's bankruptcy plan

The presidential nominee contender Joe Biden announced that he supports the bankruptcy plan that was proposed by his former rival Senator Elizabeth Warren. He specifically highlights the plans on enabling student loans to be eliminated in a case of bankruptcy. Currently, this only possible for other types of debt.

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SNAP requirement changes blocked by court

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the changes by the Trump administration to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can not go into effect. The judge called the new rules "capricious, arbitrary and likely unlawful". The Judge further expands and refers to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to block the changes. "Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is essential".

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Free universal Covid-19 testing will be passed promises Pelosi

The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, in order to directly provide support for America's families, a bill will be passed to enable free testing for the coronavirus.

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Retired Hawaii state judge resigns from Supreme Court Bar

Being a member of the Supreme Court Bar since 1972, the former Hawaii state judge James Dannenberg has sent a letter announcing his resignation. In the letter, he directly criticizes Chief Justice John Roberts claiming that the court under him "has cynically undermined basic freedoms" and that "the ideas of free speech and religious liberty have been transmogrified to allow officially sanctioned bigotry and discrimination".

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Trump declares United States national emergency status following Covid-19 spread

As a direct consequence, the government is allowed to use up to $50billion from emergency funds in order to combat the pandemic. The emergency state also allows taking further measures regarding the coverage of Medicare and Medicaid, for example testing for the coronavirus.

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Andrew Yang calls for Basic Income to counter Covid-19 crisis

The former presidential nominee contender and CNN commentator Andrew Yang called for an economic solution that distributes money to all American citizens. Following his campaign where he advocated for a universal basic income, he continues to advocate for one as a response to the coronavirus referencing to groups of people the money would help directly such as wage workers that lose shifts or parents that are forced to stay home to care for their children.

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Sanders announces that winner of plurality of delegates should be Democratic nominee

The Democratic presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders announced that the winner of a plurality of delegates would be the winner of the Democratic nomination. If Biden "has more votes than me, he's the winner", Sanders said. He added that superdelegates voting for the contender without the plurality of votes would be damaging to the Democratic Party.

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Marianne Williamson endorses Bernie Sanders

Following the drop out of Andrew Yang out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, his former contender Marianne Williamson switches her endorsement from Andrew Yang to Senator Bernie Sanders who is still in the race. The endorsement was announced at a Bernie Sanders rally in Austin, Texas.

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Andrew Yang calls for other contestants to drop out of race

Former Democratic presidential candidate contender Andrew Yang says "someone needs to pull an Andrew Yang", meaning that someone needs to drop out in order for the field to be able to consolidate. He says that "each candidate wants to be the last person standing to absorb the non-Bernie energy".

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FEC filing shows: Bloomberg spend more than $463m in first quarter on presidential campaign

In the "Report of Receipt and Disbursements" published by the Federal Election Commission it is shown that the presidential campaign of the former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent over $463 million dollars on his campaign.

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Warren creates document that would release former Bloomberg employees from nondisclosure agreements

Senator and  Democratic presidential nominee contender Elizabeth Warren calls for Michael Bloomberg to release former employees from nondisclosure agreements. Specifically "women who have accused him of sexual harassment" so they can voluntarily speak about their experiences. For that purpose the drafted a document - based on her background in teaching contract law.