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CNN panel wonders why Trump had to save Carrier when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should have

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Economists have been concerned about President-Elect Donald Trump involving himself in “saving” 1,000 jobs from the Carrier plant. But CNN’s “New Day” panel had other concerns.

“It’s a legal minefield but it’s also a political or philosophical one because what it involves is governments picking winners and losers,” CNN correspondent Richard Quest told Chris Cuomo. “Why go for Carrier and not its competition? Its competition turns around and says, ‘You’ve got this, what are we getting in return?'”

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Political economist Greg Valliere agreed, citing Sarah Palin, “of all people,” who called the move “crony capitalism and intrusion by a government into private business decisions.”

Valliere assumed that there will ultimately be a lawsuit. “If I’m a shareholder and I see a company that could have made more in profits had they moved and they don’t move, I think there’s grounds for a suit,” he explained.

Quest remarked there’s a concerning example of a company making a decision based on shareholder value. Cuomo agreed, saying that Trump did the same thing himself. “He makes his clothes and other products abroad because it was cheaper,” Cuomo said.

That’s when Quest noted that the way these things generally work is that a state gets involved in saving a company that is located in the state. So, why didn’t Mike Pence get involved?

“You’re talking about a smaller air conditioning company in Indiana, which could have received state help if the governor had chosen to-” Quest said before being cut off by Cuomo saying Pence could have done something earlier to save Carrier. “Let me ask you one other question,” Quest continued. “Who is president of the United States at the moment? The old rule that you only have one president at a time, what is Donald Trump doing interfering in the Carrier decision or, indeed, in the Taiwan decision, until January 20th?”

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Valliere’s fears were more ominous. “Every company in America is going to have to look over their shoulders worried that government will interfere in their business decisions,” he said. “This is a chilling precedent that has been set.”

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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