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Fox pundit: Obama must send surgeon general to Cuba ‘just to make sure Fidel Castro is really dead’

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Kristina Arriaga, an advocate for so-called “religious liberty,” asserted over the weekend that President Barack Obama should send the surgeon general of the United States to Fidel Castro’s funeral.

Just hours after the news of Castro’s death, Republicans began calling for U.S. officials not to attend the funeral.

But during a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Arriaga disagreed. She argued that Obama should send U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy as a ploy to verify the former dictator’s death.

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According to Arriaga, sending a high level dignitary “would be honoring the man who has executed, tortured, incarcerated a larger percentage of the population than Stalin did.”

“However, we Cuban Americans believe in trust but verify,” she continued. “If I were the president, I might consider sending the surgeon general — just to make sure Fidel Castro is really dead.”

Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Nov. 27, 2016.

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Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000

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South Korea confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.

Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.

The illness recurred “as her immune system had declined”, said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official Kwon Jun-wook.

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Donald Trump has launched a 2020 campaign disinformation juggernaut — and it’s gaining speed

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You may be forgiven if you are under the impression that the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak is just one more example of his incompetence, aggressive ignorance, contempt for science and outright abuse of government. But it's worse than that. For the White House, and especially for Donald Trump's re-election campaign, it's an opportunity to put into play the massive disinformation apparatus they have built for the 2020 presidential race.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Never Trumpers fear for their safety if they dare attend CPAC: report

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On Saturday, Politico profiled a handful of longtime conservatives who have criticized President Donald Trump — and the general consensus was that they feared hostility at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

One such figure was former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party darling who has since attacked Trump for undermining the rule of law, and briefly mounted a presidential primary challenge. He attended CPAC as a guest of comedian Trevor Noah, and attendees who saw him seemed conflicted. "Torn between catching up with an old colleague and being singled out by observers as talking to a Trump foe, they split the difference — and instead kept asking him how his wife was doing," wrote Tina Nguyen.

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