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Trump’s FAA official refusing to ground troubled airplane is former industry lobbyist: report

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National security analyst Juliette Kayyem noted that the Federal Aviation Administration chief responsible for grounding commercial airplanes not only used to fly them but served as their lobbyist at one time.

The biography of Daniel Elwell on the FAA’s website details he was a pilot for American Airlines for 16 years. American is one of several airlines who have the Boeing 737 MAX 8 flying passengers around the country. While many other countries have grounded the plane after two crashes that took place immediately after takeoff, Elwell proclaimed the U.S. planes to be safe.

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“Elwell was Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) from 2008-2013. In this role, Elwell represented civil aerospace manufacturers and led policy development and advocacy,” quoted Kayyem.

American Airlines has 24 of the planes in its fleet, while Southwest Airlines has 34 carrying passengers.

According to the US National Safety Council, flying on a commercial airline is the safest form of transportation there is. In an analysis of census data, the odds of dying as a plane passenger is 1 in 205,552. The odds of dying while riding a bicycle is 1 in 4,050 and 1 in 1,086 people died by drowning. Car crashes are among the worst with 1 in 102 people dying in them.

Yet, in a matter of just six months, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 crashed. Boeing has announced a software fix to the Lion Air problem, but it’s unclear what happened with the Ethiopian flight.

In a CNN interview Tuesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said that when every other country in the world grounds a plane, Americans should probably “get to the bottom of the problem” before authorizing the planes to fly.

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“We want to make absolutely sure that the FAA is not trying to keep these planes flying even though they’re not safe just because Boeing and airlines want it that way,” he said.

According to a Politico report, pilots in the U.S. complained at least 5 times over the past several months about problems they’ve had controlling the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet during “critical moments of flight.”

Kayyem noted that taking these planes out of commission would have very little impact on the planes in the country.

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NYC comptroller speaks after mother dies of COVID-19: ‘Donald Trump has my mom’s blood on his hands’

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New York City comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday blamed President Donald Trump after his mother died from coronavirus complications.

"She believed in government and she raised us to believe in government," Stringer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "She's got a great story and I'm going to tell it for the rest of my life."

"I've got to tell you, Donald Trump has blood on his hands and he has my mom's blood on his hands," the NYC official added. "And he sent us that hospital [ship] that's right here in New York harbor and no one can get on that hospital, which is something that is just outrageous."

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New York morgue adding shelves to refrigerator trucks to hold additional bodies: report

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CNN's Miguel Marquez reported this week that a morgue in New York is scrambling to find places to store dead bodies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Marquez recently visited University Hospital of Brooklyn, where four patients with COVID-19 died in the 40 minutes he was there.

On Monday, Marquez told CNN's John Berman that the hospital's mortuary was taking extreme measures to hold the bodies.

"Right now, their morgue -- their regular morgue -- is overwhelmed," the CNN reporter explained. "They have two semi tractor trailer trucks. They are talking about added shelves to that. Because right now they have all of the bodies on the base of the truck."

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Georgia Republican whines about media bias after CNN’s Sciutto busts his state’s governor for COVID-19 ignorance

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CNN's Jim Sciutto on Monday grilled Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeff Duncan about Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's stunning ignorance about the coronavirus -- and Duncan responded by whining about the media being unfair.

Kemp last week said that he had just recently learned that it was possible to get infected by COVID-19 from people who had been infected with it but who showed no symptoms of the disease as they unwittingly spread it around to others.

Kemp's admission was shocking because medical professionals for weeks had been warning that asymptomatic people could spread the disease, and Sciutto asked Duncan why it had taken Kemp so long to realize the danger.

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