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Latest FEC filings reveal that Trump paid CNN’s Lewandowski $20K in July

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New filings with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reveal that Corey Lewandowski is still being paid by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, even after being signed on to CNN as a commentator.

According to the Washington Post, the ousted campaign manager made $20,000 in the month of July, which was paid to his consulting company Green Monster.

The payment was made July 6, two weeks after Lewandowski was fired as campaign manager. The campaign’s official line on the topic was that Lewandowski was only receiving severance pay, but the monthly $20,000 payment is the same as he was being paid before he got fired.

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Lewandowski has reportedly continued to advise the campaign on an informal basis, which rankled Paul Manafort, who was hired to replace him. Manafort stepped down on Friday as evidence surfaced that he allegedly engaged in illegal lobbying while working for pro-Russian Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign has far outspent the Trump campaign so far, allocating $49 million in July on television ad buys and to deploy a national network of staffers. Trump spent $18 million in July and continues to lag behind Clinton in fundraising and in building a national infrastructure.

Since the beginning of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign has spent $89.5 million, which is dwarfed by Clinton’s $319 million. July was Trump’s best month so far for fundraising, pulling in $82 million. The Clinton campaign’s donations for the same period totaled around $90 million.


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Navy captain fired by Trump over coronavirus letter tests positive for COVID-19: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, the Navy captain relieved of his duties by the Trump administration over a letter drawing attention to dangerous health conditions on his aircraft carrier has tested positive for COVID-19.

The report states, "Capt. Brett E. Crozier, the Navy captain who was removed from command of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to two Naval Academy classmates of Crozier’s who are close to him and his family."

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Georgia GOP governor orders several beaches to reopen days after acknowledging he’s woefully uneducated on coronavirus spread

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported today that Kemp is reopening Tybee Island and other beaches along the Georgia coast.

Local officials in several of Georgia’s coastal communities reacted with fury on Saturday after Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order simultaneously reopened several of the state’s most popular beaches.

The stupidity and lack of regard of human life on display in Republican-run states is beyond criminal and inhumane. In fact, there are no words to describe this. Because the longer these so-called “leaders” make decisions that are in the best interests of, I don’t know who, the longer it will take to come out of this pandemic that is claiming so many thousands of lives.

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Health care insurers expected to jack up premiums as much as 40 percent to recoup coronavirus losses

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Private health insurers are expected to raise premiums by as much as 40% to recoup the costs of coronavirus testing and treatment, according to a new analysis from Covered California, the state's health care marketplace.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Though it remains unclear how much the coronavirus crisis will ultimately cost in health care expenditures, insurers will be submitting their 2021 rates to state regulators next month. Analyzing a wide range of models, Covered California expects that this year's care associated with the virus will cost between $34 billion and $251 billion, or between 2% of premiums and 21% of premiums. The analysis estimates that insurers would price the costs at double the rate into their 2021 premiums, projecting increases that range from as little as 4% to more than 40% for the 170 million workers and individuals who have private plans.

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