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Oregon militants LaVoy Finicum and Ryan Bundy travel to Utah to plot another armed showdown

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Two of the Oregon militants have been traveling out of state to meet with other groups who want the federal government to hand over public land to their control.

LaVoy Finicum said he left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last week and drove to Utah with one of the other armed militants, reported OPB.

He later identified his travel companion as Ryan Bundy, and he claimed they met with county officials eager to engage in a similar standoff with federal authorities over public land ownership.

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Finicum said the occupied visitors center, which the militants have renamed the Harney County Resource Center, was a symbolic victory and inspiration to other anti-government extremists.

“We have occupied their fort, and we’re not giving it back, it goes to Harney County,” said Finicum, who has ignored local pleas to leave the area. “It does not go back to the federal government.”

Utah blogger Chris Zinda had his photo taken Wednesday with Finicum in Cedar City, where Ryan Bundy lives and owns a construction company.

Bundy reportedly took part in an armed protest shortly after the Bundy ranch standoff by driving dozens of all-terrain vehicles into southeastern Utah’s Recapture Canyon.

Finicum said he had no contact with law enforcement officers as he made the drive from eastern Oregon to Utah — a roughly 11-hour drive.

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“We went fast, and came back fast,” said Finicum. “I doubt (law enforcement) even knew we were gone. Probably they did. But they were nice enough to let us go and come back.”

Watch this video of Finicum discussing his travel to Utah and the group’s plans to take over additional federal land:

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‘I am scared and enraged’: Pandemic expert says CDC reaction under Trump ‘super different’ from Obama

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Pandemic expert Theresa MacPhail of the Stevens Institute of Technology said this week that she "couldn't have been more wrong" about the way the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handled the novel coronavirus outbreak.

MacPhail told Vice that she expected the CDC to have a more "robust" response to the virus than China had.

"I just assumed that the U.S. system would be a little bit better, would be a little bit more robust and do more testing and containment than China was able to do, and I just couldn't have been more wrong," she lamented.

According to MacPhail, something changed at the CDC after President Barack Obama left office.

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The Mafia’s using Facebook to whip up violence aimed at ending coronavirus lockdown in Italy’s south

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The Italian mob has been stirring up trouble and looting stores as the country endures its coronavirus crisis.

Guards stand outside grocery stores after people started refusing to pay, and clerks were too afraid of catching the virus to stop them -- and authorities believe the Mafia has been stoking the unrest before stepping in to bring order and increase their power in the southern regions, reported The Daily Beast.

Closed Facebook groups with thousands of members have been calling for riots and civil disobedience in southern Italy, which so far has escaped the grim coronavirus fate as northern regions for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

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Jerry Falwell Jr seems to want credit from Trump for drinking his coronavirus Kool-Aid: op-ed

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Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. has reopened the school's campus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, according to a report from the New York Times, “nearly a dozen” students at the evangelical school have developed symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 as of this Friday, with at least one student testing positive for the virus.

Falwell, an avid Trump supporter, has consistently downplayed the severity of the pandemic, even insisting at one point that attempts to control its spread are nothing more than a plot to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency. Writing in the Washington Post this Monday, Michael Gerson contends Falwell Jr's response to the crisis "indicates the staggering level of ignorance" that informs his leadership skills, as evidenced by the "constant churn of mixed messages that Falwell has contributed to our national debate."

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