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Britain begins stockpiling food and medicine as failed Brexit deal sends country into chaos: MSNBC

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After Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesdsay, MSNBC’s Bill Neely revealed that the government and British citizens were stockpiling food and medicine in anticipation of Britain “crashing out” of the European Union.

Host Ali Velshi noted the short-time frame that Britain has to cobble together a deal and asked, “what’s the bad thing that would happen if they can’t go to a hard exit to the European Union?”

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“The government is actually beginning to stockpile things,” Neely replied. “There have been rehearsals of what would happen at the ports in the event of no deal with huge back ups, as basically Europe refuses to take British goods and it’s impossible for European goods to come in without tariff arrangements and customs arrangements.”

“Medicines are being stockpiled. People are actually stockpiling food,” Neely continued. “We haven’t gotten to the stage of panic yet, but this is a really serious situation, one that Britain has not only not faced, but has not faced up to.”

Neely portrayed the mood in Parliament as grim.

“The majority of MPs do not want to leave the European Union after a membership of 45 years in the world’s biggest trading block,” he said. “How we get to that point is unclear. It’s a mess. It has been a mess for a very long time.”

“Just like in the United States, you’ve got a divided country you’ve got two tribes who are basically yelling at each other with very little common ground in between,” Neely lamented. “Britain is in a mess and that mess was accentuated tonight.”

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Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances

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On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.

"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."

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First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal

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The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.

"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.

The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.

Founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2012, Virgin Orbit wants to offer a quick and flexible launch service for operators of small satellites, weighing between 300 and 500 kilos (600 to 1,00 pounds), a market which is currently booming.

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Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert

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On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."

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