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Democrats pressed on how they would respond to coronavirus

Democrats vying for the presidential nomination said they would boost federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health and improve relations with U.S. allies.
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Defying higher authority, Pasadena church furloughs workers amid coronavirus outbreak
Workers furloughed from Pasadena's St. Andrew Catholic Church said the move has left them feeling abandoned and angry.
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Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry buys Mark Ronson's Los Feliz villa
In Los Feliz, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry just dropped $4.776 million on a Mediterranean Revival-style villa owned by Grammy-winner Mark Ronson.
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Senators urge U.S. airlines to issue cash ticket refunds after bailout
Nine Democratic US senators on Tuesday urged the chief executives of 11 major airlines to issue full cash refunds to customers canceling flights during the coronavirus pandemic after Congress approved $25 billion in cash grants for the hard-hit industry. “We believe your company has a moral responsibility to provide real refunds, not travel vouchers, to...
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Burns: Pandemic 'an opportunity' for authoritarian leaders
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns tells Amanpour the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening, aggravating and accelerating pre-existing political conditions.
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NFL says its preparing for business as usual amid coronavirus pandemic
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL is confident that it will be able to conduct business as usual in the fall, league executives said Tuesday.
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Coronavirus makes it harder to battle swarms of locusts ravaging Africa
Coronavirus is making it harder to eradicate gigantic locust swarms that are wreaking havoc in East Africa.
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Mitch McConnell tries to weasel his way back into Trump's good graces — by blaming coronavirus on impeachment
Yes, that's right. Mitch McConnell just blamed the coronavirus pandemic on Democrats fulfilling their moral obligation to impeach President Trump.
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Why Won’t the Federal Government Release Immigrant Children?
The immigration system refuses to distinguish children from adults.
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Listen to Episode 24 of ‘Big Apple Buckets’: Season Finale feat. Jeff Van Gundy
It’s the swan song for the debut season of the “Big Apple Buckets” podcast with Kazeem Famuyide. This is the final episode until NBA Draft time, barring any major Knicks news, of course. We had to go out with a bang for the finale. Kaz opens the podcast thanking the guests, writers and the producer...
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Royal Caribbean evacuates ill crew members from two cruise ships
On two of the world's largest cruise ships, a crew member had to be evacuated from each after having respiratory issues       
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France sees jump in domestic abuse amid coronavirus lockdown, to house victims in hotels
The French government on Monday announced new measures to protect victims of domestic violence after reports showed a sharp rise in abuse cases since a nationwide lockdown to slow the coronavirus outbreak went into effect last week.
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'I know that she'll pull through': Marques Townes on Karl-Anthony Towns' mother's battle with COVID-19
SportsPulse: Former Loyola-Chicago star Marques Townes sat down with Mackenzie Salmon to discuss his close relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns and his family. Towns' parents are currently battling COVID-19.        
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Are you a retiree or near-retiree? We'd like to hear your financial concerns
As the economy shifts in response to the coronavirus, how are you adjusting your investments and expenses for retirement?
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Louis Vuitton’s dreamy new Escale collection is the escapism we need now
In uncertain times, many of us dream of escape, perhaps to a far-away beach, where the sun shines and salt water laps softly against bare legs. Such is the inspiration behind Louis Vuitton’s just-launched collection for spring, aptly named LV Escale, which translates to a stopover on a journey. The tie-dye printed goods (including ready-to-wear,...
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How lobbyists are helping clients try to get coronavirus loans
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Tewaaraton Award, top honor in college lacrosse, will be not given in wake of coronavirus cancellations
The Tewaaraton Foundation will still present the annual Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships, in conjunction with US Lacrosse.       
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France sees biggest death toll increase in 24 hours
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3/1/17: Red and Blue
The Washington Post reports Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with Russia's ambassador to the U.S; President Trump has promised to do a "big number' on Dodd-Frank. In his new book "Why Wall Street Matters," Vanity Fair contributor Bill Cohan says he agrees with Mr. Trump on this.
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5/8/17: Red and Blue
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday that she warned the White House that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could be potentially compromised by Russian operatives; As President Trump comes up on four months in office, we're hearing more from Americans about his job performance
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3/21/17: Red and Blue
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced hours of questioning on Capitol Hill on Tuesday; Judge Neil Gorsuch could be our next Supreme Court Justice -- but who is he?
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3/15/17: Red and Blue
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Asia Wednesday amid growing concerns about North Korea; the 44th president picked the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels to face off in the March Madness championship.
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3/13/17: Red and Blue
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday that 24 million would join the ranks of the uninsured under the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act; millions across the country observed International Women's Day last week by participating in "A Day Without a Woman." However, it was coverage by a local news station in Texas that caught the attention of "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver.
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4/17/17: Red and Blue
Vice President Mike Pence toured the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea and warned the North Korean regime Monday that the U.S. would increase pressure to end its nuclear program; Thousands of people attended the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the first for President Trump and his family. "Red & Blue" has video from the event showing what looks like Mr. Trump forgetting to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem.
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5/9/17: Red and Blue
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said James Comey had "politicized" the role of FBI director; Despite criticizing former FBI Director James Comey after the 2016 election, some Senate Democrats are using his firing as a rallying cry
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2/20/17: Red and Blue
The President named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as the new national security adviser on Monday; The New York Times reported that President Trump's personal lawyer delivered a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia to Michael Flynn before Flynn's resignation. It's unclear if the White House would adopt the proposal as policy.
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3/9/17: Red and Blue
Sean Spicer said Thursday the White House isn't aware of any Department of Justice investigation into President, days after Mr. Trump alleged Trump Tower was wiretapped during the 2016 election; the Russian government could be on the cusp of claiming a partial ownership stake in a leading U.S. oil company -- and the some of the American officials who could potentially block the deal have conflicts of interest with Russia.
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3/20/17: Red and Blue
President Trump traveled to Louisville, Ky., to deliver a speech touting the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan; Last week, President Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- but they didn't shake hands. That moment was something comedian John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" found quite funny.
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Health care workers share faces bruised by protective gear
"I feel broken — and we are only at the start," one doctor wrote.
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1/25/17: Red and Blue
President Trump is doubling down on some controversial statements and promises he made on the campaign trail.; Russian President Putin sang along with students during a visit to a college.
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5/1/17: Red and Blue
Vice President Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill Monday night as the White House pushes forward with a third attempt at getting a vote on overhauling health care; They were targeted for not supporting then-candidate Donald Trump, and when they created Republican Women for Hillary, they even received death threats
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3/28/17: Red and Blue
The White House is denying reports that it sought to restrict testimony from former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates about her investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; Relatively unknown several years ago, Rebekah Mercer has soared to political prominence
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3/7/17: Red and Blue
Sen. Al Franken on Minnesota told reporters Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have perjured himself while facing the Senate Judiciary Committee; Once fierce rivals, Sen. Lindsey Graham and President Trump's relationship could be on the mend
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3/27/17: Red and Blue
Democrats are calling for House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to recuse himself from the committee's probe into Russian election interference, after he visited the White House grounds to review intelligence material; with health care legislation firmly in the loss column, Republicans are ready to turn the page to their next agenda item: Tax reform.
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4/10/17: Red and Blue
With Congress on recess, it's all eyes on the White House. Since last week's missile launch, the Trump administration has been sending mixed messages about its plan for Syria; as tensions rise between the U.S. and Syria, it's important to recognize how the country got to this point.
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Vegas homeless placed in parking lot after shelter closes
In the photos, people suffering from homelessness are seen lying on concrete, separated by six-foot squares.
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Hospital cleaning staff surprised with moving round of applause
With health care workers being applauded in streets around the world, it’s just as important to acknowledge the non-medical staff bravely working in hospitals. That’s why these grateful doctors and nurses at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona in Spain surprised their cleaning crew with a round of applause. See the touching moment here.  ...
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Thomas Rhett celebrates 30th birthday in quarantine, gives update on newborn daughter
The country singer has a lot going on in quarantine.
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Disney's Bob Iger gives up salary during coroanvirus
Iger isn't the only Disney employee giving up some earnings while the Disney parks remain closed.
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Arielle Charnas under fire for fleeing to Hamptons after testing positive for coronavirus
She’s officially a covidiot. The New York City fashion influencer who used personal connections to obtain a coronavirus test, much to the disgust of online critics, has now committed another pandemic faux pas — fleeing to the Hamptons with her family after testing positive for COVID-19. To add insult to injury, Arielle Charnas — who...
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'We're assuming people who get sick have COVID': Holland America's MS Zaandam still in limbo
The Zaandam and Rotterdam crossed the Panama Canal and en route to Florida, but whether the ships can dock remains a lingering question.        
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MLB extends minor leaguers' $400 weekly pay as season suspended over coronavirus pandemic
The MLB announced Tuesday that it would be extending financial support for minor leaguers,  offering each player $400 a week until May 31. 
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Susan Rice claims Trump 'can't stomach strong black women' after confrontation with reporter
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggested Monday that President Trump's recent confrontation with a black female reporter displayed his dislike for strong women in general and black women in particular.
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Surgeon general tells hospitals they can split ventilators to ease demand as 'absolute last resort'
The Trump administration on Tuesday told hospitals on Tuesday that they can start splitting ventilators between two patients in an attempt to remedy the dearth of the machines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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De Blasio calls on NYC veterinarians, plastic surgeons to lend ventilators
Now it’s time for even Fido to do his part in the battle against coronavirus in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday beseeched city veterinarians, as well as oral surgeons and plastic surgeons, to lend their ventilators to the coronavirus fight, with the full force of the contagion drawing closer. “If you’ve got...
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112-year-old Englishman crowned the world's oldest man
Robert Weighton, a British pensioner, has officially been confirmed as the world's oldest man after he celebrated his 112th birthday.
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Coronavirus: GM Reopens Idled Michigan Plant to Produce Face Masks
General Motors (GM) is reopening its Warren, Michigan, transmission plant, which it idled last year, in order to begin producing about 1.5 million face masks a month to supplement the shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Why Battlestar Galactica is the perfect quarantine marathon
Battlestar Galactica boasts a terrific and sprawling cast. | Courtesy of NBC Universal The sci-fi series is one of the best TV shows ever made — and it’s finally streaming again. Few TV shows have spoken to the unrelenting chaos of the still-young 21st century as well as Battlestar Galactica, which aired on Syfy from 2003 to 2009. A remake of the critically panned 1978 series — itself a poorly disguised attempt to rip off Star Wars and make into a TV show — the new Battlestar Galactica took most of the good ideas from its predecessor (humanity on the run from murderous robots, a complicated mythology built around some combination of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 signs of the zodiac, and a search for a long-missing Earth) and updated them for a newer, more terrifying world. The 2000s Battlestar series is a post-9/11 show in the way that so many great genre shows of that era were (see also: Lost), but its underlying story about a humanity terrified of its own extinction by all manner of threats has resonated consistently since it debuted. Very early in the Trump era, for example, New Republic writer Matt Ford compared the news cycle to the tremendous early Battlestar episode in which the robotic Cylons attack the human fleet every 33 minutes with relentless efficiency. Battlestar Galactica is bedeviled by complaints that its later seasons weren’t as good as the early ones, or that its series finale was bad, or any number of things, but I disagree with all of those complaints. The series’ weird blend of apocalypticism, science fiction, and spirituality has grown only more resonant in the years since it aired — and if there was ever a time to marathon the show, it’s right now. How fortunate, then, that the show’s entire four-season run, as well as the pilot miniseries and two spinoff movies (neither of which are necessary to understand the full story, but both of which are enjoyable), is available again for the first time in ages on Syfy.com. (The episodes are free to stream, though they contain ads.) Battlestar Galactica balanced complicated sci-fi storytelling with smaller standalone tales about life among the humans running for their lives Courtesy of NBC Universal Battlestar Galactica isn’t just sci-fi. It’s military sci-fi. Battlestar Galactica aired during one of my favorite periods for genre TV. (It and Lost launched within a year of each other.) The storytelling complexity of these shows ramped up considerably, with deeper and more intricate mythologies for fans to obsess over. But because they still had to make lots of episodes (20 per season, in Battlestar’s case), they had to blend the larger sweep of their overarching stories with smaller ones about the characters and their adventures. Consequently, these shows were more all over the place, quality-wise, compared with a show like Game of Thrones (at its best). But when they ended, even if they disappointed fans, it meant that it was possible to fondly remember stories that had nothing to do with the overall arc, something Game of Thrones didn’t really have going for it when it ended in disappointing fashion just last year. Consider the episode I mentioned above, the one where the Cylons attacked every 33 minutes. It is, in essence, a re-pilot — a season premiere meant to catch up new viewers by introducing a show’s premise the way a pilot typically would, but without boring viewers who’ve watched to that point. Because Battlestar had launched in late 2003 with a four-hour miniseries that told the story of how humanity came to be on the run from the Cylons, the season one premiere didn’t need to belabor that point in another episode. Instead, the writers came up with the ingenious idea of a Cylon attack arriving every 33 minutes, creating a bunch of frazzled, sleep-deprived humans on the run from an enemy who could exploit their every weakness and frailty. It’s an episode that’s stuck with me (and a lot of people) ever since it aired in 2005. Battlestar Galactica’s showrunner was Ronald D. Moore, a longtime Star Trek veteran who had soured on that universe’s antiseptic gleam. Moore wanted to talk about human frailty and the political strife of the world; with Battlestar, he helmed what is perhaps the best TV show ever made about the tenuous nature of our democracy. The series’ main characters hailed from the military (Edward James Olmos’s Admiral William Adama) and the government (Mary McDonnell’s President Laura Roslin, elevated to the highest office when everybody else in the Cabinet died). Their relationship, at once fraught and friendly, provided much of the series’ gravitas. But Moore also saw in their relationship a way to talk about how difficult it is to preserve human rights in times of trial. The series told sci-fi stories that mirrored debates Americans had at the time regarding torture and other human rights abuses during the George W. Bush administration. But the larger question of how we protect and maintain what’s human about us in the face of so much horror and death is broadly applicable to humanity in general. The Cylons were an enemy that posed an existential threat to humans, but rather than the obviously robotic robots of the original series, they had evolved into humanlike androids who could live among us and carry out acts of war. They seemed just like us, but maybe weren’t us. Unless they were? Battlestar explored the fuzzy line between humans and Cylons with greater boldness as it went on, in ways that sometimes frustrated fans but that I ate up. (It turns out I have a robust appetite for mystical hoo-ha in my science fiction stories.) And beyond all of these sociopolitical themes, the show was gloriously silly sci-fi. The story of the hunt for Earth had enough juice to drive much of Battlestar’s run, and it combined some of the greatest space battles ever created for television with an eerie mysticism that fueled the show’s more serialized plotting. Some fans would tell you the end of this story was disappointing. I’m not one of them, but I mention it just so you’re prepared. Yet even if you hate the show’s series finale, it’s well worth embarking on the journey. Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite TV shows ever made, one of those series I could conceivably write thousands of words about without breaking a sweat. (I haven’t mentioned the groundbreaking direction, for instance. Or composer Bear McCreary’s glorious score, the best ever written for television. Or Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck. Or ...) Suffice it to say that if you’re looking for a quarantine marathon that leans into your anxiety, Syfy may have just given you the perfect gift. All four seasons of Battlestar Galactica, as well as the miniseries and two spinoff movies, are now streaming on Syfy.com with ads.
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Jennifer Lopez and other stars give away money in new show 'Thanks a Million'
Jennifer Lopez greets a special little girl in a just released trailer for "Thanks a Million." Tracy Morgan hugs a man at a boxing gym. Both stars had chosen a deserving person to hand deliver $100,000 cash to in the new Quibi series.
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