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CDC woes bring Director Redfield’s troubled past as an AIDS researcher to light

CDC woes bring Director Redfield’s troubled past as an AIDS researcher to light

As the coronavirus death toll  in the US  tops 107,000, questions have intensified over what could have been done to avoid such a catastrophic loss of life.  Beyond criticism of President Donald Trump himself, scrutiny has fallen particularly hard on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its embattled director, Dr. Robert Redfield,…MORE

Trump meets with top campaign aides as reelection fears rise

Trump meets with top campaign aides as reelection fears rise

President Donald Trump met with top political aides at the White House on Thursday, a source familiar with the meeting tells CNN, as numerous public polls show the Republican leader significantly underperforming his 2016 pace in key battleground states, raising fears of defeat in November. Campaign manager Brad Parscale, deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien, pollster…MORE

Why Trump wants the G7 to look more like a G11

What’s the point of a party if you can’t invite your friends? President Donald Trump is trying to turn the off again, on again, off again G7 summit this year into a G11 — at least. Maybe he’s looking for moral support. Global gatherings in the Trump era have been contentious affairs, and as often…MORE

Warner calls for Barr to resign after protesters cleared from near White House

Warner calls for Barr to resign after protesters cleared from near White House

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner called for Attorney General William Barr’s resignation on Wednesday, saying Barr is “unfit for office” after the attorney general reportedly ordered peaceful protesters to be cleared from near the White House earlier this week. Warner’s comments also come amid criticism over police tactics used to clear out the protesters ahead of…MORE

Barr defends use of force at Monday’s White House protest

Attorney General William Barr defended the shocking use of force on peaceful protesters outside the White House Monday, saying at a news conference on Thursday that difficulties with relocating authorities earlier in the day had forced the clash. Flanked by federal law enforcement leaders at the Justice Department in his first public remarks since the…MORE

US billionaires have become $565 billion richer during the pandemic

The past three months have been financially painful for many Americans — but not for billionaires. US billionaires have become $565 billion richer since March 18, according to a report published Thursday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank. Total wealth for billionaires now stands at $3.5 trillion, up 19% from the…MORE

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Kanye West donates $2 million, pays college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

Kanye West donates $2 million, pays college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

Kanye West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, a representative for West told CNN. The donation includes funding for legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago and other cities. West’s representative said he…

Stars support John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech

Stars support John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech

Filmmakers and actors including Jordan Peele and Olivia Wilde are standing by John Boyega after he delivered a rousing speech at a Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday. The “Star Wars” actor rallied crowds at the large demonstration in London’s Hyde Park following the death of George Floyd, telling activists that “now is the time”…

‘Dear…’ and ‘2040’ look for rays of hope amid dark times

‘Dear…’ and ‘2040’ look for rays of hope amid dark times

Amid dark times, a pair of projects premiere this weekend that offer elusive rays of hope. Apple TV+ introduces “Dear…,” a series profiling famous people and their positive impact on the lives of others, while the documentary “2040” explores the possibility of achieving progress on climate change in time to benefit the filmmaker’s four-year-old daughter,…