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Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus response

Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus responseTop officials in the Trump administration struggled on Tuesday morning to justify their response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, which has sickened at least 80,423 people around the world and killed at least 2,712. 

Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter

Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughterBillionaire Tom Steyer is facing some criticism over his spending in South Carolina, a state where his Democratic presidential campaign is making some legitimate headway.Some people have even accused him of trying to buy votes from the state's African-American voters, which Steyer and many others have adamantly denied, The New York Times reports. One thing that's been particularly scrutinized is the Steyer campaign's rental agreement with a company owned by Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress whose endorsement is considered key in South Carolina. Since October, the Steyer campaign has paid more than $40,000 to the company to rent one of its properties as its state headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. A California-based bank founded by Steyer, meanwhile, has loaned $1 million to a Columbia-based bank that has one of Clyburn's sons-in-laws on its board.The campaign has brushed off the accusations of trying to procure political favor from the Clyburn family, arguing Steyer is simply committed to hiring local organizers and investing in local businesses to get his grassroots operations running. "The question isn't why Tom is doing this," Steyer spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in a statement. "The real question is why isn't every other candidate doing it?"The politically-active Reed called the accusations of vote-buying "disturbing" and seemed a bit annoyed that people think she merely serves as a surrogate for her father. "I'm an adult," she told the Times. "There is no connection. My father has his business and I have mine. We do not vote the same way."Besides, it's probably all a moot point — both Reed and Clyburn seem likely to back former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Children seem remarkably resilient to coronavirus The Trump administration is reportedly fighting over coronavirus spending

Trump news – live: ‘Insane and depressing’ White House hands top role to college student, as president leaves Delhi amid worst anti-Muslim violence in decades

Trump news – live: ‘Insane and depressing’ White House hands top role to college student, as president leaves Delhi amid worst anti-Muslim violence in decadesDonald Trump’s White House is facing criticism for its “insane and depressing” decision to hire 23-year-old college James Bacon for a post in its powerful Presidential Personnel Office under new director John McEntee.The president has just returned from his two-day visit to India where he set in place a lucrative arms deal with Narendra Modi and toured the country’s beauty spots while being shielded from the outbreak of anti-Muslim riots, which left at least 20 people dead in New Dehli.

U.S. officials: Four more Diamond Princess passengers have coronavirus; U.S. cases at 57

U.S. officials: Four more Diamond Princess passengers have coronavirus; U.S. cases at 57Four more passengers from the Diamond Princess have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of Americans infected to 40.

Chris Matthews Confronts Warren: Why Do You Believe a Woman Over Bloomberg?

Chris Matthews Confronts Warren: Why Do You Believe a Woman Over Bloomberg?MSNBC host Chris Matthews, fresh off his apology to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for comparing his Nevada primary victory to a Nazi invasion, sparked more controversy Tuesday night when he aggressively pressed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to explain why she believed one of Michael Bloomberg’s accusers over Bloomberg himself.During Tuesday evening’s chaotic Democratic primary debate, Warren directly confronted the former New York City mayor over his treatment of women over the years. Notably, she brought up a lawsuit in which a female employee alleged Bloomberg had told her to “kill it” when he found out she was pregnant. Bloomberg insisted he “never said it,” despite the fact he eventually reached a confidential settlement with the woman.Following the debate, Matthews sat down with Warren during MSNBC’s post-game coverage and immediately began grilling her on that moment.“Do you believe that the former mayor of New York said that to a pregnant employee?” Matthews wondered aloud.After the Massachusetts senator said the issue of pregnancy discrimination was “personal” for her, she noted that there has been a history of people saying that they can’t believe women.“Really? Why not?” Warren exclaimed, adding that Bloomberg has nondisclosure agreements with “who knows how many women” while asking how the ex-mayor can be trusted if he won’t release them all from NDAs in order to tell their stories. (Bloomberg has acknowledged that his company signed nondisclosure agreements with three women but downplayed the significance of the complaints at the center of the agreements, saying they concerned only “comments” or “maybe they didn't like a joke I told.”)“Everybody deserves a credible response when they make a charge like that,” Matthews retorted. “My question, do you believe he’s lying?”Warren replied that she believes the woman, prompting the MSNBC host to shoot back: “You believe he’s lying!”“Why would he lie?” Matthews continued. “Because just to protect himself?”Telling the MSNBC star “yeah,” an incredulous Warren then asked Matthews “Why would she lie?”—leaving the host briefly dumbstruck.“I just want to make sure you’re clear about this,” Matthews said after recovering. “You’re confident of your accusation?”“Look, all I know is what she said and what he said,” Warren responded. “And I’ve been on her end of it in the sense of discrimination based on pregnancy. It happens all across this country, and men all across this country say, ‘Oh my gosh, he never would have said that.’ Really?!”As far as the veracity of the woman’s story, a third-party witness said he heard the conversation in question. David Zielenziger, also a former Bloomberg employee, told the Washington Post about the exchange, further noting that Bloomberg’s behavior was “outrageous” and he “understood why she took offense.”Seth Meyers Mocks Mike Bloomberg’s Terrible Twitter Jokes About Bernie SandersRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.


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