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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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‘This Town’ Faces a Lockdown

‘This Town’ Faces a LockdownBook parties and air kisses, furrowed brows and panel discussions: Many of the rhythms of daily life in the nation’s capital are about creating, if not the reality, then at least the illusion of social intimacy.How is Washington dealing with a moment—perhaps a very long time—when the new catchphrase is social distancing?So far, the city’s biggest patterns haven’t been disrupted: Congress is still in session. The federal government has not, as of yet, told most of its employees to stop coming to the office. The White House is still conducting business as usual, despite Trump’s dramatic decision Wednesday night to block travelers from Europe.But the anxiety gripping the rest of the country is percolating through the city—touching its workers, its children, its parents. And, one VIP reception at a time, it‘s even hitting the circles of political and media elites who’ve spent their careers assuming the word “nonessential”…

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Now Trump Really Needs to Talk About the 25th Amendment

Now Trump Really Needs to Talk About the 25th AmendmentAt 73 years old, President Donald Trump is a prime target for a contagious disease that falls hard on the elderly. Multiple people in the Trump orbit are infected. Trump posed for a picture alongside an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who has tested positive. (Bolsonaro, who is in the same picture, denies reports that he’s positive.) The president spoke at the CPAC conference earlier this month where, as was later reported, an attendee carrying a gold-plated VIP ticket was later diagnosed as virus-positive. Other attendees of the conference, including incoming chief of staff Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., exercised medical caution with self-quarantine. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at Mar-a-Lago at the same time as the Brazilian visitors,…

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How Boston Is Creating Wealth for Its Low-Wage Workers

How Boston Is Creating Wealth for Its Low-Wage WorkersBOSTON—It’s debate watch party night at Democracy Brewing in February, and as presidential candidates take the stage to sports-star hype introductions, the politics fans at this European-style beer hall are getting rowdy, like Patriots fans when Tom Brady takes the field. The biggest cheers come from two waiters when they see Bernie Sanders—the candidate who would most approve of the way their workplace is organized.Democracy isn’t just a clever theme at this 2-year-old brewpub. The beer names hint at the business’ mission: the Worker’s Pint blonde ale and the 1919 Strike stout. The beer coasters explain it. “Democracy Brewing is all about two American ideals,” they read: “Democracy, and owning your own business.” The brewpub, which opened on Independence Day 2018, is a worker-owned cooperative—and an innovative program at Boston’s City Hall, the Worker Cooperative Initiative, helped it get started.James Rasza, the…

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Coronavirus update: Worldwide cases top 1 million, checks going out to small businesses

Coronavirus update: Worldwide cases top 1 million, checks going out to small businessesDr. Fauci cautions against hopes for a miracle drug By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs April 3, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 257,773 (226,374) Total U.S. deaths: 6,586 (5,316) Total global cases: 1,056,777 (981,221) Total global deaths: 55,781 (50,230) 1 million and counting As you can see from the above chart, worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have passed the 1 million mark and today are growing at the fastest rate since the pandemic began. The U.S. has the most cases of any country — more than double the number in China where the virus originated — despite having a significantly smaller population. About a third of the U.S. cases and deaths from the virus are in the state of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says…

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How the U.S. Can Stop the Surge of Deadly Rocket Attacks in Iraq

How the U.S. Can Stop the Surge of Deadly Rocket Attacks in IraqIn the early hours of Friday, U.S. and British aircraft conducted multiple airstrikes on the missile storage sites of the Iraqi militia group Kataib Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian group that was also hit by un-claimed airstrikes in Syria the day before.Until Wednesday, when a rocket attack killed two Americans and one British service member on a sprawling base north of Baghdad, there hadn’t been much noise from Tehran since its reprisal in early January after the U.S. killed Qasem Soleimani. This week’s attack, which was meticulously planned and clearly not the work of the ramshackle remnants of the Islamic State, changed that. A truck with two rows of rocket-launching tubes discreetly installed in the flatbed, approached the base undetected and fired the rockets in one sudden salvo. As someone who has gotten lost while walking around the maze of…

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