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Boy Scouts president has 85 billion reasons to excuse Trump’s wildly inappropriate Jamboree speech

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The Boy Scouts of America have been criticized by some for their “weak” response to President Donald Trump’s highly politicized speech this week before the Boy Scout Jamboree in which he got thousands of scouts to boo former President Barack Obama.

As a new report from QZ notes, the president of the Boy Scouts of America has tens of billions of reasons to not more forcefully criticize the president’s speech at the Jamboree, as it could hurt his chances of getting his company’s mega-merger approved.

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson became the president of the BSA just over a year ago, and at the moment he is seeking approval from the Trump administration to sign off on a proposed $85 billion acquisition of media company Time Warner, Inc.

“The [Department of Justice] is currently conducting an antitrust review, which evaluates how the deal would affect competition in the industry,” writes QZ. “The process is supposed to be private and apolitical, but there are concerns in Congress that president Trump is trying try to influence it.”

Among other things, members of Congress have expressed concern that Trump would approve the merger only on the condition that Stephenson order CNN –which is owned by Time Warner — to give the president more positive media treatment.

Stephenson has repeatedly lobbied the president on behalf of the AT&T-Time Warner merger in the form of both regular phone calls and even a visit to Trump Tower last year during the presidential transition period.


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Trump blows up at Fox News reporter for asking him about disbanding pandemic team

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lost his temper at a coronavirus press briefing when Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked him about his administration disbanding the pandemic response team.

"We didn't do that. That turned out to be a false story," said Trump. (It is not a false story.) "Now you're starting to go — are you working for CNN?"

"I'm pointing out what they have said and what you have said, that's all," said Roberts.

"Fox isn't so easy either, don't kid yourself," whined Trump. "Look, John, let me tell you something. You know that's a false story. What you just said is a false story, this doctor knows it better than anybody ... you shouldn't be repeating a story that you know is false."

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More than 1 in 5 ventilators in federal government stockpile is holding for emergencies don’t work

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As the coronavirus is raging through the United States, President Donald Trump has begun releasing personal protective equipment from federal stockpiles as well as much-needed ventilators. Unfortunately, however, one in five ventilators from the government don't work.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that there are 10,000 ventilators that the government is holding back for the next wave of the emergency.

"But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that more than 2,000 of the lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government’s stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January. By then, the coronavirus crisis was already underway."

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Pro-Trump reporter banned from White House briefing room for ignoring social distancing guidelines

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On Wednesday, the White House Correspondents Association announced that it would be banning One America News Network reporter Chanel Rion from the press briefing room, after she repeatedly refused to follow social distancing guidelines imposed as a safety precaution against coronavirus.

The WHCA taking action after OANN staffer Chanel Rion repeatedly broke the agreed-upon rules --> https://t.co/8uTRLaVSbd

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) April 1, 2020

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