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‘They’ve gone batsh*t crazy’: Ex-federal officials say Trump White House is cheering on border chaos

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A former official at the Customs and Border Patrol tells the Daily Beast that the Trump White House is cheering on chaos at the southern U.S. border because it makes it easier to put pressure on Congress to fund President Donald Trump’s proposed wall.

“They have gone batsh*t crazy,” the former official said of the Trump White House. “They are getting exactly what they want, which is the ability to present the narrative that the border is out of control.”

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One Trump official who is particularly invested in keeping border chaos in the headlines is Department of Homeland Security secretary Kristjen Nielsen, who has reportedly been on the chopping block and was on the verge of being outright fired after the 2018 midterm elections.

Now, however, Nielsen has the opportunity to show how “tough” she can be by firing gas canisters at migrant women and children.

“If I am Nielsen, I am definitely going to be all in with the presidents demands about potential use of force because I wouldn’t want to lose my job,” one former federal official told The Daily Beast.


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Privacy rights may become next victim of killer pandemic

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Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic -- but some activists fear this could mean lasting harm to privacy and digital rights.

From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens' movements in an effort to limit contagion. In Europe and the United States, technology firms have begun sharing "anonymized" smartphone data to better track the outbreak.

These moves have prompted soul-searching by privacy activists who acknowledge the need for technology to save lives while fretting over the potential for abuse.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards honors staffer who died from COVID-19

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Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) offered a moving tribute to a member of his staff who died from COVID-19.

"On behalf of the first lady and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April, who succumbed to complications from COVID-19," he posted on Twitter, along with photos.

"She brightened everyone’s day with her smile and was an inspiration to everyone who met her," he continued.

"She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities as a dedicated staff member in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs. April worked hard as an advocate for herself & other members of the disability community," he wrote.

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Washington state nurses share shocking stories from their war against coronavirus

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by Ken Armstrong and Vianna Davila

Nurses at one hospital in southeastern Washington state have alleged that, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they were ordered by supervisors to use one protective mask per shift, potentially exposing themselves to the novel coronavirus.

At another hospital, just east of Seattle, nurses had to use face shields indefinitely.

At a third hospital, on Washington’s border with Oregon, nurses reported that respirators were expired. The hospital responded, the nurses said, by ordering staff to remove stickers showing that the respirators might be as much as three years out of date.

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