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Trump campaign files libel suit against New York Times over Russia story

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign said on Wednesday it filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false story last year related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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Home of US Open to be turned into hospital
Part of the tennis center that hosts the U.S. Open will be transformed into a makeshift hospital to help New York fight the coronavirus pandemic. (March 31)       
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Outbreak On U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'Accelerating,' Commander Warns Pentagon
With more than 100 sailors reportedly infected, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier says the shipboard outbreak will keep spreading unless his 4,000+ crew is quarantined.
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Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII
As efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic temporarily put millions of Americans out of work, forecasters are predicting a record slowdown in the U.S. economy.
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Jerusalem sanitizes stones of Western Wall amid pandemic
As the Jewish holiday Passover approaches, Israel is ramping up its social distancing guidelines and implementing extra safety measures.
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We’re All on the Cruise Ship Now
Some of us get the privilege of cabin fever. Others bring room service.
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slate.com
Seattle police chief tells residents to call 911 if called racist names amid coronavirus pandemic
Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best tweeted her plea to residents to call 911 if called racist names Monday night.
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foxnews.com
A day in the life of my quarantine: Read Naomi Campbell's diary
Naomi Campbell shares a day in the life of her quarantine, from what she's reading to which English treats she's splurging on.        
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usatoday.com
Coronavirus crisis viewing: 'The Office' among top picks for streamers
Nielsen found that Netflix shows, including "The Office" and "Spenser Confidential," were top picks as more than 156 billion minutes of content were streamed during week of March 16.
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latimes.com
A second pastor has been charged with violating public orders against large gatherings
For the second time in two days, police have charged a pastor with defying public orders against large gatherings by holding church services with hundreds of members.
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How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis With Our Rights Intact
Let’s not follow Hungary’s example.
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slate.com
NYC’s rich are paying limo drivers to deliver their mail to their Hamptons beach houses
Talk about first-class mail. A Manhattan limousine company has found a way to drive revenue now that the COVID-19 pandemic has pumped the brakes on car service around New York City: have its drivers chauffeur their elite clientele’s mail and packages from their posh city penthouses to their Hamptons beach houses, where they’ve fled to...
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GM turns shuttered Warren plant into face mask supplier
GM is seeking paid volunteers from its workforce to start making face masks at its once-idled Warren Transmission plant in Michigan starting Monday.       
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Leaked audio suggests Trump is in denial about the coronavirus testing problem
President Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House on March 30. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images “I haven’t heard about testing being a problem,” Trump said on a call with governors on Monday. Governors and public health officials — including those on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force — have spoken often about difficulties finding and processing Covid-19 tests. In a call with governors Monday, however, Trump said he has not heard about these issues. In audio of the call published by CBS News, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) details two problems with testing. First, that his state doesn’t have enough tests, saying “we’re one day away if we don’t get test kits from the CDC that we wouldn’t be able to do testing.” And second, that the federal government has depleted the tests available on the private market. These are known issues, and are problems the Trump administration has been repeatedly criticized for not working harder to solve. But Trump respond to Bullock’s concerns by saying, “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests, and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow, that’s almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.” CBS News obtained audio of a call Monday between Pres. Trump and rural state governors about coronavirus. After Montana Gov. Steve Bullock discusses difficulty getting testing equipment, Trump says, "I haven't heard anything about testing being a problem" https://t.co/ScO2YbKZAq pic.twitter.com/YhFPpw7Gni— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 30, 2020 It is true that testing capacity has ramped up in recent weeks, and that the FDA approved a new test from Abbott Laboratories that can deliver results in as little as five minutes. But testing does remain a problem, and one a number of governors have been vocal about. Monday, for example, Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan (D) and Larry Hogan of Maryland (R) published an op-ed in the Washington Post asking the federal government for more “test kits, medical supplies and other lifesaving equipment to meet the scope of this pandemic.” Trump’s response to questions of testing typically mirrors the answer he gave Bullock — that the US is doing more testing than anyone else. And this,to a point, appears to be true. As of Saturday, Adm. Brett Giroir, coronavirus task force member and assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the US had done 894,000 tests. But while that is a large number, the number of tests done per capita is much smaller: According to the Washington Post, the US had conducted 2,250 tests per million people by March 28, a figure roughly two-thirds of the per capita testing rate South Korea achieved three weeks earlier. The reason this distinction is important is that if we are to end social distancing in the next few months, rather than ending it only when a vaccine becomes available, it is imperative enough tests exist to test on a massive scale, as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has explained. “If you look at an area, any area — take one that has moderate degree of activity — you can’t just empirically say, I’m going to loosen restrictions there,” Fauci said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “You can do it, but you absolutely must have in place the capability of going there, testing, testing in an efficient way, not take a test, come back five days later, and find out if you’re infected, testing, knowing in real time if a person is infected, and then getting them out of circulation, and contact tracing.” Essentially, the way to begin to go back to something resembling normal life is to test a lot, and track who those who test positive had contact with (or, contact trace). The infected and exposed can then practice social distancing on a more individual level. Trump brags about US test numbers, but has yet to advocate for the massive testing needed to end current social distancing practices A vaccine could be as far as 17 months away, according to experts, making more strategic social distancing an attractive strategy. In the call with the governors that elicited Trump’s remark about having heard nothing about testing difficulties, Fauci attempted to learn how close those on the line were with getting to a point where limited social distancing would be a viable strategy. “Do you have any system in place that you feel can adequately identify cases and isolate them and contract-trace them, or are the capabilities and resources there that’s not something you can do with what you have?” Fauci asked Bullock. Bullock responded that Montana is nowhere near that point, leading to Trump to tout his test numbers. It doesn’t appear that Trump has bought into the idea that expanding testing could lead to a solution for the situation the country has found itself in. He has said it understands the concept. During his March 25 daily press conference, after being asked about a proposal from Dr. Ashish Jha, head of Harvard University’s Global Health Institute, that recommended testing be done broadly in order to quarantine selectively — broadly, what Fauci outlined — the president said, “I saw his statement.” “We have tested, by far, more than anybody,” Trump continued. “And our tests are the best tests. ... But if you’re saying we’re going to test 350 million people — I watched his statement; I disagree with it.” Testing each and every American isn’t necessarily needed, but as Vox’s Brian Resnick has explained, broad and regular testing is needed throughout the country “to see where the virus may be lurking, especially in cases where symptoms are mild or don’t manifest at all.” Once those places are identified, they can be quarantined on a limited basis, Resnick writes, turning “that sledgehammer of social distancing into a scalpel.” This is the approach South Korea has taken to get the coronavirus under control. Some of the huge number of tests needed to get to that point are in production — Abbott has said it can deliver 50,000 of its new tests each day starting Wednesday, but far more will be needed. My colleague Alex Ward has outlined one way to help ramp up production: Trump could invoke the Defense Production Act, which would allow the federal government to direct private companies to make the tests and other essential material like ventilators and masks. Trump has been hesitant to commit to that thus far — and certainly can’t be swayed to change his mind on the matter until he comes to understand the importance of the testing problem. Fauci has said the federal government’s top scientists have changed the president’s mind on coronavirus matters before, most recently encouraging him to extend the period of federally recommended social distancing by a month and convincing him not to lock down New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. And so it may be that the president can be made to understand why testing is still a problem, and that the federal government can do more to help governors get the tests they desperately need.
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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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latimes.com
4/11/17: Red and Blue
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized his controversial - an inaccurate -- remarks that Hitler did not use chemical weapons against his own people during World War II; Hillary Clinton says she has "no plans" to run for office again
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cbsnews.com
4/12/17: Red and Blue
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in his visit to Moscow that relations between the U.S. and Syria are at a "low point;" Bryan Lowry from the Kansas City Star and Greg Bluestein from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution join "Red & Blue" to break down why these races matter -- and why they have Republicans worried.
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4/3/17: Red and Blue
As Democrats reached the vote threshold for a filibuster on judge Neil Gorsuch, Republicans said Monday they are prepared to change Senate rules so a simple majority could confirm President Trump's nominee; President Trump's budget would reduce funding in rural areas around the country that were key to his November election victory
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cbsnews.com
4/25/17: Red and Blue
With the deadline set for April 28th, Congress is racing against the clock to prevent a federal government shutdown; While "100 days" has become a popular benchmark in American presidential politics, its origins go back to nineteenth century France
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4/4/17: Red and Blue
Vice President Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill Tuesday night for his second meeting with Congressional Republicans about overhauling Obamacare; In Ivanka Trump's first interview since becoming Assistant to the President, she tells "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King about her role in the White House - and how she communicates with her father on policy.
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4/24/17: Red and Blue
Trump's 100 days; Sonny Perdue confirmed
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4/18/17: Red and Blue
President Trump is warning Americans to be "concerned" about the prospect of a nuclear war, and Vice President Mike Pence said in a trip to the Asia-Pacific region that the administration is embracing a more aggressive strategy in the Korean peninsula; The American University professor who predicted President Trump's 2016 election win has a new prediction: Mr. Trump will be impeached
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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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nypost.com
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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edition.cnn.com
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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latimes.com
Barack Obama Suggests Donald Trump 'Denied' Coronavirus Warnings
Former President Barack Obama suggested on Twitter on Tuesday that President Donald Trump "denied" warnings of the coronavirus pandemic.
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breitbart.com
3/16/17: Red and Blue
The White House says President Trump stands by his claim that he was wiretapped at Trump Tower, despite a growing number of lawmakers who refute the claim; President Trump was the first Republican to carry Michigan since it supported President George H.W. Bush in 1988.
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2/23/17: Red and Blue
President Trump is set to speak at CPAC, the annual conservative conference, and among other topics, he will likely discuss immigration; Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway take the stage at CPAC; demonstrators gathered outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York City as a show of support for transgender youth.
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cbsnews.com
3/22/17: Red and Blue
A deadly rampage in London that left five dead and at least 40 injured is being investigated as an act of terror; the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday finally met with President Trump to discuss issues impacting the black community
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3/14/17: Red and Blue
The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan say they're open to adjustments in the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act; Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, says he had brief contact with a hacker who infiltrated the Democratic National Committee
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2/14/17: Red and Blue
The White House says President Trump knew for two weeks that Michael Flynn had misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with a Russian diplomat; White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller received praise for his defense of President Trump on the Sunday political shows
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Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi
At least three tornadoes touched down in multiple locations across the Southeast Tuesday as the National Weather Service issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings urging people to seek shelter.
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edition.cnn.com
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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foxnews.com
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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latimes.com
Why Won’t the Federal Government Release Immigrant Children?
The immigration system refuses to distinguish children from adults.
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slate.com
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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nypost.com
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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usatoday.com
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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foxnews.com
'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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usatoday.com
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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latimes.com
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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nypost.com
How lobbyists are helping clients try to get coronavirus loans
Lynn Jenkins lands on K Street — How to help Cafe Milano's staff
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politico.com
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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usatoday.com
France sees biggest death toll increase in 24 hours
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edition.cnn.com
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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cbsnews.com
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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cbsnews.com
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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