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Obama nominates career diplomat as US ambassador to Cuba

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.

Obama’s appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been the top American official at the U.S. embassy in Havana since relations with the communist-ruled island were restored last year, sets up what is expected to be a fierce confirmation battle in Congress during a presidential election year.

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‘I’m covered in Jesus’ blood’: Defiant churchgoer tells CNN she can’t get sick because she’s Christian

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A churchgoer in Ohio told CNN that she is attending services during the coronavirus pandemic because she is "covered in Jesus' blood" and can't be infected.

"I wouldn't be anywhere else," the woman told CNN's Gary Tuchman from her car as she was leaving church services.

"Aren't you worried you could impact other people if you get sick inside?" the CNN reporter asked.

"No, I'm covered in Jesus' blood," the woman replied. "I'm covered in Jesus' blood!"

"There are other people who don't go to this church who you might infect," Tuchman noted.

"I go to the grocery store every day!" the woman exclaimed. "I'm in Walmart, Home Depot. Look at those people. They could get me sick!"

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Trump busted for cynical reasons behind scheduling his COVID-19 press conferences at the same time everyday

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An MSNBC panel discussing the coronavirus task force's daily press briefing that have been hijacked by Donald Trump so he can be on television every day turned to explaining why they held at the same time every day.

With "Am Joy" host Joy Reid explaining that the nation's media is doing their best to try and "normalize" the president's behavior, she also called out the president for cynically scheduling the briefings to keep the public ignorant about how the coronavirus is devastating their own communities.

Noting that Trump has replaced traditional press briefings with a "hit TV show" in his eyes.

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Boom: Joy Reid explains why Andrew Cuomo ‘is the president’

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MSNBC host Joy Reid asserted on Sunday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is now the acting president of the United States for many Americans.

During a segment on MSNBC, a guest lamented that Donald Trump is the president instead of Cuomo, who has gotten national attention over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I have to admit that I am a fan of Andrew Cuomo," former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson said, "and wish very much that he were president of the United States now running a national battle against this virus."

"I mean, kind of, isn't he?" Reid said of Cuomo. "I mean, isn't he actually [the president]? I mean, in a way, he is the president."

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