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Most Americans now taking social distancing precautions seriously

Most Americans now taking social distancing precautions seriouslyA partisan gap in the percentage of people taking precautions has narrowed in the past two weeks By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs April 3, 2020 A majority of Americans (92 percent) are now practicing at least some social distancing measures, according to a poll released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The results of the poll represent a marked increase in participation over the past two weeks and a closing of a partisan divide that was evident earlier in March. Two weeks ago, KFF found that 59 percent of Americans were taking social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and keep from overwhelming the health care system. At the time, 80 percent of Democrats said they were taking at least one social distancing measure, while only 53 percent of Republicans said they were taking measures. In the most…

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The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South

The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the SouthEditor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has gone from a novel, distant threat to an enemy besieging cities and towns across the world. The burden of COVID-19 and the economic upheaval wrought by the measures to contain it feel epochal. Humanity now has a common foe, and we will grow increasingly familiar with its face.Yet plenty of this virus’s aspects remain unknown. The developing wisdom—earned the hard way in Wuhan, Washington, and Italy—has been that older people and sicker people are substantially more likely to suffer severe illness or die from COVID-19 than their younger, healthier counterparts. Older people are much more likely than young people to have lung disease, kidney disease, hypertension, or heart disease, and those conditions are more likely to transform…

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Trump firing IG who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint

Trump firing IG who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaintRobert Costa explains the significance to Trump telling Congress he is firing the inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that eventually led to the president’s impeachment.Read more ….. Read More.MSNBC – The Latest | U.S. and World NewsFri, April 3, 202012 hours ago

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Lawsuit Against Fox for Its Coronavirus Coverage

Lawsuit Against Fox for Its Coronavirus CoverageThe San Diego Union-Tribune (Ken Stone) reports: An obscure Washington state group has become the first in the nation to sue Fox News over its coronavirus coverage, asking a state court to keep the cable network from airing false information about the pandemic…. [The complaint] seeks an injunction to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.” I read the Complaint (Wash. League for Increased Transparency & Ethics v. Fox News), and watched the apparently relevant videos, and I’m quite confident the lawsuit is going nowhere. Certainly the injunction request is inconsistent with First Amendment law, and the other claims (for violations of Washington’s consumer protection law, for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and seeking a declaratory judgment) are losers as well. The Complaint unfortunately doesn’t offer much details…

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What Trump’s Twitter Feed Tells Him About the Coronavirus

What Trump’s Twitter Feed Tells Him About the CoronavirusIn the weeks since the coronavirus outbreak first reached the United States, @realDonaldTrump has launched a barrage of more than 50 tweets on the growing pandemic, initially offering a rosy assessment of the growing health crisis—assuring Americans that it will “all work out well,” that the outbreak was spreading “very slowly in the U.S.” and that it’s “very much under control”—even as the death toll rose and the number of cases ballooned. In recent days, Trump has taken a more serious tone about the crisis, advocating for policy responses and travel bans, but even the news conference announcing his national emergency declaration ended with a jaunty exclamation point.That’s Trump himself. But what about his Twitterverse?The president follows only 47 accounts on Twitter, a collection of family members, conservative pundits, administration officials and Trump-brand properties. Even as health experts and mainstream reporters have…

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