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WATCH: Alicia Keys’ epic MLK inspired poem about love and equality at the #VMAs

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Alicia Keys rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night with an epic poem about love and equality inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington and “I Have A Dream” speech, which marked the 53rd anniversary this weekend.

“If war is holy and sex is obscene,
Then we’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream.
Baptized in boundaries,
Schooled in sin,
Divided by difference,
Sexuality and skin.

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Keyes then sang, “Mmm, so we can fear each other, hate each other, we can make these walls. We can build these walls between each other, baby, blow by blow and brick by brick. Keep yourself locked in, yourself locked.

She continued, reciting, “Or maybe we could love somebody.
Maybe we could care a little more.
Maybe we could love somebody instead
Of polishing the bombs of holy war.”

She thanked the crowd and reminded them “all women and men are created equal.”

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We still don’t know how many people are in the hospital with COVID-19

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Late last month, Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to administrators of the nation’s 6,000 hospitals requesting a favor.

He asked them to complete a form each day with data on the patients they are treating with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and submit it to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The data will help us better understand disease patterns and develop policies for prevention and control of health problems related to COVID-19,” Pence wrote.

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Mike Pence’s office punishes CNN for refusing to air his portion of coronavirus briefing

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Vice President Mike Pence has kept the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN since the network stopped carrying the daily coronavirus briefings in their entirety.

The vice president's office, which is responsible for booking those officials to deliver pandemic information, told CNN that Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci would not be permitted to appear on the network until it carries the briefings, including Pence's remarks, in full.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

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‘Well-spoken cultist’: Bill Barr trashed for praising ‘statesmanlike’ Trump and urging an end to COVID-19 lockdowns

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During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night, Attorney General Bill Barr praised President Trump's "statesman-like" effort at the "beginning" of the coronavirus epidemic where he "tried to bring people together" while "working with all the governors" -- a characterization that did not go over well with many of the President's critics on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/1248241999297339394

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