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Kerron Johnson is stranded half a world away as ‘worst fear realized’
Kerron Johnson is trapped half a world away, fearful he will miss the birth of his first born. The former Belmont basketball star — and brother of Lions running back Kerryon Johnson — who plays professionally in Europe, has been unable to get a flight out of Romania for two months due to COVID-19 travel...
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U.S. will terminate its relationship with World Health Organization, Trump says
President Trump announced the U.S. is ending its relationship with the World Health Organization amid a global pandemic.
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‘These Protests Are the Community Grieving.’ Activists Say Minneapolis Leaders Need to Make Drastic Changes After George Floyd’s Murder
Activists say Minneapolis leaders need to make drastic changes to policing, city's culture after George Floyd's murder
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The Minnesota Freedom Fund is all over Twitter. Here’s what it does.
Protesters filled the streets of downtown Minneapolis for days after George Floyd died in police custody. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images How a Twitter campaign to help Minneapolis protesters may also help reform America’s unfair bail system. If you’ve been following the protests in Minneapolis on Twitter, you’ve no doubt seen more than a few tweets, some from very prominent tweeters promoting a nonprofit called the Minnesota Freedom Fund. The tweets usually say they’ve donated to the fund. Some include a screenshot of the donation confirmation page and urge their followers to donate, too. The tweets have quickly become iconic. Here's how you can help as an ally right now. Put your anger, grief and sadness into action and help to pay bail for arrested protesters: https://t.co/UG9wouwDbx— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 29, 2020 Just matched you . https://t.co/lp0ZtdRvTX— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) May 28, 2020 Please also consider giving what you can to the Minnesota Freedom Fund (@MNFreedomFund), they're combatting the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot otherwise afford it. https://t.co/fXnRL7SoDP— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 28, 2020 The origins of the campaign are unclear, but one of the earliest accounts to tweet about the fund was activist AntiFash Gordon. It’s grown from there, with thousands of tweets promoting the fund and its cause as a way of assisting the people protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. The fund and its mission to reform the cash bail system aren’t just important for these protests; it’s a way to help reform an aspect of the American criminal justice system that is fundamentally unfair to lower-income people, and goes against its very principles to do so. The Minnesota Freedom Fund began in 2016. It posts small cash bails for people who otherwise couldn’t afford them. According to the fund’s executive director, Tonja Honsey, its beneficiaries only need an average of $150 to secure their pre-trial release. “That’s $150 that separates people from their families, from their jobs, from their communities, from their houses, from employment,” Honsey told Minnesota Public Radio in 2019. “At the root of it, it’s extracting wealth from communities.” When people are arrested, they may be required to pay a deposit to secure their release before trial, as a way to guarantee they’ll come back. If they can’t afford that deposit, they can get a bail bonds company to pay it for them — for a fee that some people also may not be able to afford. Before the current protests, the Minnesota Freedom Fund made headlines for its work to get as many people out of pretrial detention as possible as the coronavirus pandemic hit prisons and jails, which have become hot spots for the virus. Now, the fund has become a way to assist people who are arrested during the protests. The fund is one of many across the country fighting against America’s cash bail system, which disproportionately impacts lower-income people. Without the resources to pay bail, these people must remain in jail until their trial — effectively giving them a prison sentence before they’ve been convicted of a crime. It’s estimated that 550,000 people are held in jail before they’ve had a trial, many of whom simply can’t afford their own release. For some, it could be years before their case ever goes to trial, as was the case for Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was jailed for nearly three years because his family couldn’t afford to bail him out. He was accused of stealing a backpack; the charges against him were ultimately dropped. Browder never recovered from his time in jail and took his own life a few years after his release. He has since become a symbol of the inequities and consequences of the cash bail system. Several states have recently passed bail reform laws that do away with cash bails for low-level offenses. Minnesota isn’t one of them, though there have been recent attempts to institute such a system in Minneapolis. Bail reform detractors have argued that releasing people accused of crimes will lead to more crime. Soon after New York’s bail reform law went into effect, critics pointed to the rising crime rate in New York City as proof that this had, indeed, happened. Proponents say it’s too soon to tell if the rise in crime can be attributed to bail reform, and only a small percentage of people released under the bail reform law were accused of committing those crimes. Regardless of what critics and proponents say, there is one undeniable fact: Everyone released by bail reform laws is innocent according to the American justice system, which is based on the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. A bunch of tweets from high-profile figures will make a lot of people aware of the issue who otherwise would not have been. Now we’ll see if that’ll be enough to change it. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Opinion: In threatening to shoot rioters, Trump takes a page from George Wallace's playbook
You can't separate race from Trump's attacks on 'thugs' in Minneapolis
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Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples from lab worker
A mob of monkeys stormed a lab worker in India and snatched several coronavirus-positive blood samples — causing outbreak-fearing neighbors to go ape, according to a report Friday. In the totally bananas attack, the laboratory technician was carrying boxes of the blood across the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, near Delhi, when...
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Tennis fans freak out over Rafael Nadal retirement scare
Tennis fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing on social media when the words “Nadal” and “retirement” began trending on social media on Friday morning. The name synonymous with the Spanish megastar, Rafael Nadal, quickly led many to fear he had decided to hang up the racquet and step away from the sport. Ranked No....
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Warriors' Steve Kerr credits successful NBA career to Michael Jordan: 'I owe him everything'
Would Steve Kerr be a five-time NBA champion and eventually go on to be head coach for the Golden State Warriors today had Michael Jordan not come out of retirement and join him on the Chicago Bulls in 1995? He doesn’t think so. 
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Kyron Horman’s mom reflects on his disappearance 10 years later in documentary: ‘I am disappointed we are still here’
On June 4, 2010, Kyron Horman was dropped off at Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Ore.--but when the bus returned later that day, the 7-year-old was nowhere to be found.
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Here's how you can still see live music this summer
CNN's Chloe Melas explains the ways summer concerts might still be able to go on, despite heightened safety precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Taylor Swift calls out Trump over late-night Minnesota tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?'
Taylor Swift lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday for his late-night tweet threatening violence against protesters in Minnesota, tweeting that the President has been "stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism (his) entire presidency."
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Prosecutor: Ex-officer charged with 3rd-degree murder, manslaughter
Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman says that the former Minneapolis officer seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck and ultimately killing him has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
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Father and sons build American flags for veterans and police officers
A father and his two sons build wooden American flags for veterans and police officers.
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Alabama, Mississippi Coronavirus Cases Hit All-Time High as States Move Through Phased Reopening
The Mississippi Department of Health reported a new single-day high in cases with 418, topping a previous high of 404 on May 8.
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Attorney General Barr on George Floyd video: 'Harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing'
Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department is "proceeding quickly" with its investigation on the death of George Floyd        
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CDC was 'never blind' to early spread of coronavirus within the US, director says
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was "never blind" to the early spread of the coronavirus in the United States, the agency's director Dr. Robert Redfield said on Friday. Redfield defended the CDC's surveillance for the coronavirus.
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Van Jones: It's not the racists we have to worry about
CNN's Van Jones says that the black community is tired of hearing empty promises of change and that they should be more worried about "the White Liberal Hillary Clinton supporter" than a white racist.
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Taking vitamin D amid coronavirus: Doctors warn against 'megadoses' of the dietary supplement
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has some looking for ways to keep their immune systems in tip-top shape, and there’s evidence that vitamin D can help with exactly that. But taking too much of this dietary supplement can be dangerous, doctors warned in a paper published earlier this month in the British Medical Journal.
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Chris Carpenter wishes he could have helped Roy Halladay
With ESPN’s latest documentary series “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story” set to air Friday, one of Halladay’s longtime teammates and friends, Chris Carpenter, revealed just how complicated his friendship with Halladay really was. Speaking on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Thursday, Carpenter expressed regret about how he and Halladay, who died in a plane accident that...
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Trump’s fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges
BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled administration officials ignored or downplayed potential environmental damage...
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Here's when the 2021 Ford F-150 will be revealed
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Building a better boot camp: How to make Marines during the pandemic — and beyond
Picture Marine Corps boot camp. You probably see a huge drill instructor screaming directly into the face of a determined young recruit. Well, all that’s on hold for now. Roughly 2,000 new recruits have passed through Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and their experiences have...
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Prosecutors announce charges against police officer in George Floyd's death
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter against now-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. Freeman said the investigation continues and there could be further charges. Watch remarks.
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Zookeeper in critical condition after attacked by 2 lions at Australian zoo
The same zoo was also the site of an attack in 2014, when a handler who was feeding a crocodile during a live show was pulled underwater.
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Investor group allowed to buy Grindr from Chinese firm for $620M
Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech said on Friday that a US national security panel approved the $620 million sale of popular gay dating app Grindr to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition. The panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), ordered Kunlun last year to divest Grindr amid concerns...
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Applicants find chaotic hiring process at NYC coronavirus tracing program
The Big Apple’s giant new program to trace and contain coronavirus infections has been marred by a chaotic hiring process, leaving applicants who thought they were hired twisting in the wind and unsure of their future, The Post has learned. “It’s just kind of an endless process,” said one applicant, whose job description changed without...
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New video appears to show George Floyd being kneeled on by 3 officers
A new video posted on social media appears to show three Minneapolis Police Department officers kneeling on George Floyd during his arrest.
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Costco to bring back free samples – but it’s not going to be like it was
Don’t expect it to be the same free-food free-for-all you were used to, Costco shoppers. After temporarily discontinuing the practice in early March, Costco is planning to once again offer free samples at its warehouses — but only on a “slow rollout basis.” Speaking in a third-quarter earnings call on Thursday, Costco CFO Richard Galanti...
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NIH head: Coronavirus 'good candidate' for vaccine
Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, says that the coronavirus is a "good candidate" for medical researchers to accomplish finding a vaccine. (May 29)       
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Cuomo says New York City on track to begin reopening June 8
Announcement comes as many local leaders in upstate New York regions are expressing frustration because Cuomo delayed Phase 2 reopening.
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CDC Quickly Changed Its Guidance On Limiting Choirs At Religious Services
The White House had not approved the initial version, which included the warning, "The act of singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19."
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What we know about Covid-19’s impact on black Minnesotans
Zion Baptist Church Pastor Brain Herron helps pass out masks to Minneapolis residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. | Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images Black people make up a disproportionate share of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state, but not deaths. While people protest the death of a black man at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer and a president with a history of inflaming racial tensions seemingly incites violence against those same protesters, black communities in Minnesota must also endure Covid-19. There, as elsewhere in the United States, the public health and economic crises are taking a harsher toll among minorities than the white majority. Across the country, black Americans are getting infected with the coronavirus and dying from it at disproportionate rates compared to their share of the population. The Covid-19 mortality rate among black Americans is 2.4 times higher than it is for white people. There is not a single explanation for that racial disparity, but many. Black Americans have historically struggled with their health compared to whites, a reflection of the US’s longstanding socioeconomic stratification by race, and black Americans have high rates of preexisting conditions that make patients more vulnerable to Covid-19. They are also more likely to work jobs that have been considered “essential” and cannot be done from home, which increases their risk of exposure to the virus. Spread among intergenerational households and exposure to air pollution could also help explain the high infection rates among black people. The point is, the disparities in Covid-19’s impact are in many ways the byproduct of America’s structural racism — just like the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and other black people who have died at the hands of white law enforcement officers or civilians. The escalation of the unrest in Minnesota, and President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric against the protesters, is a reminder of how pervasive these problems remain. Even in a mostly white state like Minnesota, black people may pay the price for the racial disparities in public health. The breakdown of coronavirus cases in the state shows many of the same trends we have seen nationwide. Black people make up only 7 percent of the Minnesota population, but they account for 16 percent of the roughly 23,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. However, black Minnesotans do not appear to be dying at a disproportionate rate from Covid-19, at least based on the available data. Those trends could be a mirage, reflecting reporting and testing limitations, and/or they might be partially explained by the demographics of the different races in the state. The average age of Minnesota’s white residents (over 40) is substantially older than that of its black residents (about 27 years old, according to public health experts I contacted). To put it another way, 24 percent of Minnesota’s white population is over 60 years old, while just 7 percent of the state’s black population is. (Minnesota has the biggest Somali population of any state, and that may help some of the age gap; the US-born population in the state skews older than migrants from African countries.) We know Covid-19 is more dangerous for older people, and most of Minnesota’s confirmed Covid-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. So Minnesota may simply be lucky, in a sense, that the black residents who are getting infected happened to be younger and therefore less at risk of a fatal case. However, the experts I spoke with also warned it’s too early to draw firm conclusions about the fatality patterns between the races in Minnesota. A lot of recorded Covid-19 deaths don’t actually have racial markers attached to them. And biases in the testing may have contributed to an underreporting of black Covid-19 deaths in Minnesota. If you step back and look at all excess mortality — how many deaths have occurred in 2020 compared to what would be expected during a normal year — the data suggests black Minnesotans are dying at a disproportionately high rate compared to the historical averages. This inconsistent data reminds us that it is going to take a long time to suss out the precise impact of Covid-19 in Minnesota and across the country. “Given the incomplete testing and incomplete recording of Covid deaths as such, I think it’s too early for anyone to say definitively that black Minnesotans are less likely to die, given infection, than white Minnesotans, but that pattern certainly can arise from the age differences between different racial groups in Minnesota, which are extreme,” Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota who tracks Covid-19’s population health data, told me. Nonwhite Minnesotans are also experiencing more economic pain during the coronavirus crisis compared to the white population. Black, Hispanic, and multiracial residents of the state account for 17 percent of the unemployment claims filed in the state since March 2, a slightly disproportionate share. And it must be repeated that black Minnesotans who are still working are more likely to have high-exposure occupations. As A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez wrote for Vox this week, black families — and black mothers, in particular — are enduring compounding crises: the recent spate of police violence and the ongoing pandemic. And the resulting stress can be a health risk all its own. From her essay: When unmasked, we Black mothers fear our loved ones will suffer from the risks associated with complications from the disease. When masked, we fear the risks associated with complications of bias and racism. As Black mothers, we are living in an especially troublesome time — sandwiched between the current public health threat of Covid-19 and the longtime reality of police brutality. We are trapped in a double-bind of racism. While there’s an influx of “pandemic grief guides,” none are useful in teaching Black children that the virus is terrifying, but that racism is the public health crisis more likely to kill you. There are no instructions about where Black mothers are supposed to place their fears and sorrow. As Black mothers, grief is embedded in our being. It accumulates and manifests as body aches and pains. But many of us have never been taught how to deal with it so it doesn’t become yet another risk to our health. Recent studies have actually found the mothers of children who face discrimination report worse health over time than the mothers of children who do not. No crisis happens in isolation. The tragic events of the last week, and the disturbing disparities detected in the Covid-19 outbreak, are a reminder of how these separate challenges combine to harm the health of the people in America who already face structural disadvantages. There is, sadly, little sign those disparities are going to get better anytime soon. This story appears in VoxCare, a newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Sign up to get VoxCare in your inboxalong with more health care stats and news. Join the conversation Are you interested in more discussions around health care policy? Join our Facebook community for conversation and updates.
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Colin Kaepernick will help provide legal assistance for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd
People protesting in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death can get help from ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, who wants to protect "Freedom Fighters."        
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NYPD cop caught on camera purposely coughing on Bronx man
A plain-clothes NYPD cop purposely coughed on a man in The Bronx amid the coronavirus pandemic, a shocking new video shows.
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Mississippi mayor refuses to resign, says he 'didn't see anything unreasonable' with George Floyd's death
A Republican mayor from Mississippi is resisting calls to resign following a series of tweets where he claimed he "didn't see anything unreasonable" about the brutal death of George Floyd, a  unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer who kneeled on his neck until he could not breathe anymore.
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We Wasted Our Chance for a Quick Economic Recovery
New data show that the relief effort worked—but we bungled the public-health part.
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Sarah Sanders: 'We all need to come together,' George Floyd's family must get justice
Fox News contributor Sarah Sanders said on Friday that President Trump was correct to call the FBI to expedite the investigation into the killing of George Floyd to get justice for his family.
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The top summer plans families canceled due to coronavirus
Children are going to be completely bored by July 2 — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. Three in four parents agreed that keeping their child entertained this summer will be quite a challenge, due to the limited number of activities and events. A new survey of 2,000 parents of...
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Former Dodger James Loney buys a dramatic mansion in Chatsworth
Dodgers veteran James Loney recently spent $2.863 million on a two-acre estate in Chatsworth with a Tudor-style mansion, swimming pool and tennis court.
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Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich announce separation after nearly 3 years of marriage
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich are ending their marriage.
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Wife of accused George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin once wrote bad check
The beauty queen wife of the Minneapolis cop who is accused of killing George Floyd during an arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 bill was once criminally charged for writing a bad check, a new report says. Officer Derek Chauvin’s wife Kellie, who was the 2018 Mrs. Minnesota America winner, was accused of writing...
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Trump defends Tweet threatening 'shooting', says 'looting leads to shooting'
U.S. President Donald Trump in a Twitter post on Friday repeated that "looting leads to shooting" after an earlier Tweet in which he threatened on Friday to stop looters in Minneapolis with deadly military force was hidden by a warning from Twitter.
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The High Note’s Twist Ending, Explained
The third-act revelation turns the music-biz dramedy into a full-on soap opera.
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Gianno Caldwell: 'None of us can be quiet,' the country must unite against injustice
America must unite together and speak out loudly against systemic racial injustice or "not have a country to unite in," Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell urged Friday. 
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Welcome to summer! Here are some terrifying insects that could ruin your travel plans
Families and friends around the country can’t wait to get back outside now that lockdown restrictions are finally being eased. But invasions of dangerous insects could turn out to be the ultimate buzzkill — with stinging hornets and giant wasps set to boom this summer. Scientists have already warned that the lockdown has made the...
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Hydroxychloroquine prescriptions rose nearly 2,000 percent the week Trump 'supported' it: study
A new study notes that prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine surged nearly 2000 percent in March the week that President Trump first touted it as a potential treatment for the disease known as COVID-19.
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Chris Wallace says country going through 'tough times,' compares current climate to Vietnam War era
In the wake of George Floyd being killed while under police custody, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said on Friday that the current climate of the United States is comparable to the Vietnam war era.
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