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Secret Service agents distributing Challenge Coins mocking shutdown: ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get back pay’

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On the thirty-third day of President Donald Trump’s government shutdown, CNN anchor Jake Tapper reported that Secret Service agents were distributing challenge coins mocking the closure.

“Photos of special challenge coins being distributed among Secret Service personnel and their families, expressing frustration at the requirement they work without pay because of the government shutdown,” Tapper tweeted.

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Challenge coins are small medallions showing an organization’s logo or motto and are meant to improve morale. They are often given to service members in the armed forces and law enforcement.

The first one features the term “essential personnel,” which refers to a governmental designation that a worker must report for duty without being paid. It also appears to include the phrase, ‘sh*t happens.”

The second challenge coin features a “closed” sign over the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court building.

It includes the motto, “don’t worry, you’ll get back pay” and commemorates the 2018-2019 shutdown.

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‘I think I made a mistake’: Patient who thought pandemic was a ‘hoax’ dies after going to ‘COVID party’

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According to WOAI, a patient in San Antonio, Texas in their 30s has died after going to a "COVID party" — a gathering of people who intentionally expose themselves to coronavirus to see for themselves whether the virus is real.

Per Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby, the patient's final words to the nurse were, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not."

“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” warned Appleby. “I don’t want to be an alarmist and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”

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Election experts warn of November disaster

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After a presidential primary season plagued by long lines, confusion over mail-in voting and malfunctioning equipment, election experts are increasingly concerned about the resiliency of American democracy in the face of a global pandemic.

With four months until the presidential election, the litany of unresolved issues could block some voters from casting ballots and lead many citizens to distrust the outcome of one of the most pivotal races of their lifetimes.

There is widespread concern among voting activists, experts and elections officials that it will take further federal investment in local election systems, massive voter education campaigns and election administrators’ ingenuity to prevent a disaster come November.

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Republicans ‘sweating’ raising cash for Jacksonville convention as Charlotte committee withholds millions: report

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According to a report from Politico, the Republican National Committee has been forced to bring in a high-powered fundraiser to round up the money they need to put on the nominating convention for Donald Trump in Jacksonville, and senior Republicans are "sweating" they may not reach the cash goal they need.

One problem they are unexpectedly facing is that convention organizers in jilted Charlotte, North Carolina -- which saw their convention yanked away by Donald Trump because he was unhappy about restrictions placed by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic -- are refusing to turn over an unspent $7 million in funds they raised.

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