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Cuomo and Lemon disagree over news coverage of Trump
CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo disagree over whether or not news outlets should carry President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus task force briefings live.
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Amazon fires warehouse worker who led Staten Island warehouse walkout
Amazon has terminated an employee based in the company's Staten Island, New York, warehouse after he participated in a worker walkout protesting the company's response to the novel coronavirus.
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Exclusive: Kushner Firm Built the Coronavirus Website Trump Promised
Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access a new website that would ask them about their symptoms and direct them to nearby coronavirus testing sites. He said Google was helping.That wasn’t true. But in the following days, Oscar Health—a health-insurance company closely connected to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—developed a government website with the features the president had described. A team of Oscar engineers, project managers, and executives spent about five days building a stand-alone website at the government’s request, an Oscar spokesperson told The Atlantic. The company even dispatched two employees from New York to meet in person with federal officials in Washington, D.C., the spokesperson said. Then the website was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped.The site would not have helped many Americans even if it had launched. Today, more than two weeks after the president promised a national network of drive-through test sites, only a handful of such sites have opened, and fewer than 1 million Americans have been tested.The full extent of Oscar’s work on the project has not been previously reported. The partnership between the administration and the firm suggests that Kushner has mingled his family’s business interests with his political interests and his role in the administration’s coronavirus response. Kushner’s younger brother Joshua is a co-founder and major investor in Oscar, and Jared Kushner partially owned or controlled Oscar before he joined the White House. The company’s work on the coronavirus website could violate federal ethics laws, several experts said.For the past several weeks, Kushner has led a “shadow task force” on the coronavirus, separate from Vice President Mike Pence’s official committee, according to The Washington Post. Kushner’s team, composed of federal officials allied with Kushner and outside corporate executives, has met in the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services—the very agency that asked Oscar for help.Kushner’s group has focused on expanding and publicizing coronavirus testing, especially at drive-through locations. Oscar’s website would have asked users if they were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and surveyed them about other risk factors, including their age and preexisting conditions. It also would have listed a limited number of testing locations nationwide, including some of the drive-through sites that Trump promised. It was designed to look like a government-developed product, provided freely by the Department of Health and Human Services to the American public. Oscar posted the source code for the site to Github, where The Atlantic reviewed it.[Read: This is how Donald Trump will be remembered]The site resembled a version of a tool Oscar had already built for its customers in response to the crisis, but it was “adjusted to meet the specifications and requirements set by the federal government,” Jackie Kahn, the Oscar spokesperson, said in an emailed statement. That Oscar had already been working on a coronavirus-testing website when HHS called to ask for help was a coincidence that had nothing to do with Kushner, Kahn suggested. She declined to say whether Oscar had discussed that site with Joshua Kushner or any board members or investors before Trump’s March 13 press conference.Oscar donated its work freely and never expected to be paid for the project, Kahn said. The company is “not, nor has ever been,” a contractor or subcontractor for the government, she said, which would make it harder for the government to pay Oscar for its work. The work was “all at the direction of HHS,” she said. “The website never saw the light of day,” she added in an interview today.That may not matter from an ethics perspective. The ad hoc nature of Kushner’s task force has already collided with federal laws. Oscar’s involvement deepens Kushner’s ethics and conflict-of-interest problems.“It’s not typical. It’s usually not allowed,” Jessica Tillipman, an assistant dean at the George Washington University School of Law and an expert on anti-corruption law, told me.Oscar’s relationship with the Trump administration could breach federal law in two ways, Tillipman and other experts told me. First, companies are generally not supposed to work for the federal government for free, though some exceptions can be made in a national emergency. “The concern, when you have some free services, is that it makes the government beholden to the company,” Tillipman said.More important, she said, Kushner’s involvement may have violated the “impartiality rule,” which requires federal employees to refrain from making decisions when they even appear to involve a conflict of interest. The rule also prohibits federal employees from making a decision in which close relatives may have a financial stake. Such a situation would seem to apply to Kushner and Oscar. In 2013, Jared and Joshua were the “ultimate controlling persons in Oscar’s holding company,” according to a New York State report. When the elder Kushner joined the White House, he disclosed that he had been on the board of Oscar’s holding company from May 2010 to January 2017. He also said that he had sold his shares in the holding company for somewhere between $1.2 million and $7 million. Joshua still holds a stake in the company. When Jared joined the administration, he sold his shares to either Joshua or a trust controlled by their mother, according to his financial disclosures.Kushner did not divest all the assets that he owned jointly with his brother when he joined the White House. Earlier this month, he sold his stake in Cadre, a real-estate investment firm that he owned with Joshua. The stake was worth tens of millions of dollars as recently as last year, Kushner said in his disclosures.There was nothing wrong with Oscar’s arrangement with the government, Kahn argued. “This was the right thing to do, both legally and ethically, and if anyone has any doubt that COVID-19 is an emergency, he’s lost his mind,” she said. “We are enormously proud of our people who put serving the nation ahead of everything during this time of crisis.”Oscar’s description of its work for the administration has changed over time. Two weeks ago, the company told Business Insider that it had “shared code” with the Department of Health and Human Services, but it did not disclose that it had actually made a website. Last week, Kahn told me in an interview that the company had merely “shrink-wrapped” its code, a piece of jargon that meant it had disconnected the code from its in-house technical platforms so that it could work on other servers. Her statement today admitted that Oscar had gone much further.[Read: How the pandemic will end]When viewed earlier today, the URL coronavirustesting.gov offered an Amazon Web Services error, suggesting that someone with access to the .gov domain had registered the website.The Department of Health and Human Services declined to produce paperwork authorizing Oscar’s donation of the website work. “Multiple vendors worked on proposals, and we appreciate their work,” an HHS spokeswoman said. “Ultimately, Apple launched the new tool.” But Apple’s COVID-19 tool is a page on Apple.com, not a stand-alone government site like the one Oscar built.Oscar’s creation more closely resembled the website Trump described on March 13. The site would “determine whether a test is warranted and … facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location,” Trump said, adding that Google had 1,700 engineers working on the project. Google, it was quickly revealed, didn’t have any such plans.Google’s parent company is a major investor in Oscar. And Oscar, which has roughly 1,500 employees, did build a site like the one Trump described.The White House declined to comment.
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ESPN moving up Michael Jordan documentary release date with sports fans desperate
ABC/ESPN’s highly anticipated 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” is being moved up to April, The Post has learned. Sources said the start date will be Sunday, April 19. It was originally slated for June. ABC/ESPN plans to make an announcement on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, according to sources. ESPN declined to confirm...
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Pompeo warns every country must 'step up and provide accurate, transparent information' about coronavirus
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News' "Hannity" Monday night that the Trump administration had helped more than 25,000 Americans return to the U.S. since nations around the world began closing their borders and restricting travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A woman got to say goodbye to her mother over FaceTime before she died thanks to a nurse at this Washington hospital
Michelle Bennett lost her 75-year-old mother, Carolann Christine Gann, last week to coronavirus.
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Los Angeles, San Francisco streets and tourist areas largely empty during coronavirus outbreak, video shows
New drone footage and other video shot by Fox News shows once-busy streets and tourist areas in Los Angeles and San Francisco eerily deserted as the coronavirus has kept people indoors.
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Who Is Mark Meadows? GOP Congressman Officially Resigns to Become White House Chief of Staff
"I'm going to be working closer with the president, not less so," Meadows said in December.
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Lose your job over the coronavirus? Here's how to avoid eviction if you can't pay rent
With the coronavirus crisis forcing Californians lose paychecks, here's a guide for renters and homeowners worried about paying their rent or mortgage.
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Coronavirus in the US: How all 50 states are responding to this public health emergency
At least 30 states have stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders in effect, covering some 250 million Americans — or about 75% of the population.       
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Mac and cheese? Noodle soup? Top chefs share their go-to comfort foods
During these immensely testing times, food can be a great source of comfort.
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Awkward Leon Rose dynamic at center of Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina dilemma
Part 9 of a series analyzing the New York Knicks Despite making a loud statement in March, Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina is in an awkward spot once again. The president who could decide his future, Leon Rose, is the same guy Ntilikina once fired as his agent when he led the Creative Artists Agency’s...
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Central Park And Home Of Tennis' US Open To House Hospital Beds For New York
The East Meadow in Central Park and a training facility at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens are scheduled to become makeshift hospitals while regular facilities are strained by COVID-19.
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Operation BBQ Relief: Charity feeds homeless, first responders, employs restaurant workers
Operation BBQ Relief is doing its part on the coronavirus frontlines feeding the hungry. The Kansas City-area charity usually mobilizes with hot meals after natural disasters; these days they are feeding COVID-19 first responders and the local homeless as well as employing restaurant workers suddenly left jobless.
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Ken Shimura, popular comedian in Japan, dead at 70 after contracting coronavirus
Ken Shimura, a popular comedian in Japan, has died after contracting the coronavirus, becoming the country's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70.
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NJ National Guardsman first US military member to die of coronavirus
A New Jersey Army National Guardsman died from the coronavirus on Saturday — the US military’s first loss of life from the illness, government officials announced Monday. Captain Douglas Linn Hickok had been hospitalized with the virus since March 21, according to officials. “This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go...
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'Bachelor' alum Michelle Money's teen daughter on life support after skateboard accident
"Bachelor" alum Michelle Money is having "the worst experience" of her life after a skateboarding accident left her teen daughter with brain trauma.       
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NYC hospitals using refrigerated trucks as temporary morgues
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed 85 refrigerated trucks to New York City to serve as temporary morgues where hospitals will place the overflow of bodies, as the coronavirus death toll climbed steadily on Monday. 
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Amazon fires worker who organized strike over coronavirus response
Amazon has fired the worker at its Staten Island warehouse who organized a walkout on Monday to demand greater protections from the company amid the coronavirus outbreak. Chris Smalls, 31, a management assistant at the facility, told The Post he was canned in a phone call following Monday afternoon’s strike. “They pretty much retaliated against...
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How coronavirus chaos is impacting everything in the property world
There’s no single clear trend — other than fear and confusion — as the property world waits out the coronavirus fallout. The chaos impacts development, leasing, finance and all points between. Here are our takes on several key situations. RETAIL RENT PAYMENTS: The situation’s in flux after the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Nike...
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NCAA Division 1 Athletes Get Another Shot At Spring Sports
Schools have been authorized to offer spring sport athletes whose schedule was shut down by the coronavirus an extra year of eligibility so they can play an extra season.
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Tucker blasts feds over medical masks, says 'stop lying to us' about why we shouldn't buy them
Tucker Carlson claimed Monday that the federal government has not been forthright about the supply of crucial N95 medical masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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Mac and cheese? Noodle soup? Top chefs share their go-to comfort foods
Comfort food knows no geographical boundaries. Wherever you are in the world, there will always be a dish that your fellow citizens are more than happy to gravitate towards. Here are 10 such dishes from around the world, as recommended by top chefs.
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AdultFriendFinder helping engaged couples broadcast nuptials
The site says it’s adapting so that betrothed couples can broadcast their nuptials to their social-distancing loved ones.
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Site of U.S. Open Tennis Tournament to House Temporary Hospital
New York state and city officials are trying to increase hospital capacity by up to 87,000 beds to handle the outbreak
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Bend it like the Bay Area: Doctors hopeful about curve 2 weeks into shelter-in-place
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Coronavirus delays man's life-saving liver transplant
A man born with a rare liver disease was told he may have weeks to live when his uncle was no longer able to donate his liver after the coronavirus pandemic put elective surgeries on hold. CNN's Randi Kaye has more.
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Illinois governor says feds sent wrong type of protective medical masks
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that the federal government sent the wrong type of medical masks in a shipment that his state recently received.
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'The Voice': John Legend uses his only save after twinning moment on this Beatles classic
Team John Legend's Nelson Cade III and Darious Lyles went head-to-head during the second night of Battles, showcasing their similar sounds and style.        
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MMA Junkie's 'Submission of the Month' for March: A tapout for the record books
With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from March 2020.       Related StoriesDaniel Cormier takes no joy in Jon Jones arrest, expects same until 'the people around him change'Kamaru Usman willing to 'risk it all' with UFC 249 title defense; Jorge Masvidal's manager calls foulDWCS adds Fury FC flyweight champion Jacob Silva to Season 4 lineup 
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Here’s what Trump should do about falling gas prices
How’d you like some good news for a change? Here it is: The price of gasoline is tumbling and this week the average in the US should go below the $2-a-gallon level. That’s a cruel irony, of course, because part of the reason for the drop in prices is that Americans and drivers throughout the...
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Coronavirus in Italy: Some of the most surprising excuses people have used to leave home
Despite tough restrictions imposed by the government in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged Italy, some people there have been finding ways to venture outside.
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Toy sales surge as coronavirus pandemic keeps kids home
Social distancing may be a damper on most industries — but it’s proving a boon to toy makers. With the tots stuck at home and play dates and parks largely off-limits, parents have been buying toys in bulk in hopes of keeping the little one occupied and away from the TV while they work. Adam...
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'Tiger King' podcast host wants Margot Robbie to play Joe Exotic
Margot Robbie's next gig could be a unique one if the "Tiger King" podcast host gets his way.
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Corona-fleeing New Yorkers now ruining the Hamptons’ Stop & Shop
“It was way overcrowded, with some aisles having 20 or 30 people."
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U.S. judges stop Texas, Ohio, Alabama from curbing abortions during coronavirus crisis
Federal judges on Monday blocked officials in Texas, Ohio and Alabama from banning most abortions in those states as part of their orders to postpone surgeries and other procedures deemed not medically necessary during the coronavirus crisis.
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'This is weird': Kristen Bell hosts star-studded Nickelodeon coronavirus special for kids
Monday night's "#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall" brought many celebrities together – by way of videos and video chats, of course.        
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A man allegedly teaching his dog to drive has been arrested
A man was arrested Sunday after leading troopers on a high-speed chase with his dog sitting in the driver's seat, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol said.
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A man allegedly teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high speed chase
A Washington state trooper who tried to corner the man's car looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver's seat while the suspect steered, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol said.
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FBI Reaches out to Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Before Coronavirus Market Slide
The North Carolina Republican dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy
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Police ask for leads in disappearance of Don Lewis
Carole is accused of having some involvement in her husband's disappearance in the series — rumors she vehemently denies.
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Dr. Marc Siegel describes HIV drug as 'very exciting' potential coronavirus treatment
Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Monday that an experimental drug typically used to treat HIV and breast cancer may be a promising treatment for the coronavirus.
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Brooklyn man arrested for hoarding masks, coughing on FBI agents
A Brooklyn man claiming to be infected with the coronavirus coughed on FBI agents who were investigating him for hoarding medical supplies, the US Attorney’s Office said Monday. Baruch Feldheim, 43, is facing charges of assault and making false statements to the feds on Sunday outside his Borough Park home where he allegedly peddled and...
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Who should play Joe Exotic in a "Tiger King" movie?
There can be only one Tiger King.
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Ally Shapiro felt like she’d ‘been lying’ to sperm-donor ‘siblings’
“I think if I had a deeper connection, I would have been gutted."
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Brad Paisley and more stars come together to show appreciation for health care professionals with 'Gratitunes'
Brad Paisley banded with some of his music buddies to show appreciation on National Doctors’ Day, March 30, as countless healthcare professionals work tirelessly to care for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Judges in 3 states block orders limiting abortion access over coronavirus
Federal judges in Ohio, Texas and Alabama have blocked orders banning nonessential medical procedures from limiting abortion access during the coronavirus outbreak, a win for abortion rights activists as the fight over abortion rights intersects with the worsening pandemic.
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Lizzo and Blueface flirting over Instagram, radio
The rapper gave her a shout-out during a radio appearance, which she responded to on Instagram.
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