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NYC’s highly contagious measles epidemic about to go nationwide thanks to anti-vaxxer parents: MSNBC

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MSNBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres said Monday that the measles epidemic hitting New York City may go national — and urged people to get vaccinated.

“It is pretty scary, and it’s spreading across the country and it’s spreading across the world,” said Torres. “The World Health Organization just came out saying there’s 112,000 cases so far this year of measles around the world.” The U.S., he added, was home to 555 of those cases, just four months into the year.

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“In 2000, the US declared measles eliminated, meaning either there were very few cases, it wasn’t eradicated but it wasn’t endemic, it wasn’t entrenched in the U.S.,” Torres went on. “Talking to measles experts, they’re saying we can’t say that anymore.”

“The thing people have a hard time realizing is that measles is one of the most contagious viruses out there known to man,” he added in a dig at the anti-vaccine movement which is at least partly to blame for the current surge in infections. “Somebody you pass in the concourse of an airport, boom, you catch it very easily. Ninety percent of people unprotected catch it if somebody passes them with measles.”

“Get vaccinated. There’s no harm in the vaccine,” Torres urged. “It’s rare to get any problems from the vaccine. It’s not rare to get problems from measles.”

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver issued a hilarious send-off to Fox News' Shep Smith, who abruptly left the network after his show Friday.

Oliver compiled a super-cut of the former host specifically focusing on the ways that Smith brought a little bit of weirdness to the Fox News network.

During the solar eclipse this year, Smith cheered on "the total eclipse of the sun," a take-off of the popular karaoke tune, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Smith noted that if he put his cell phone in the way and took a picture with another camera, he'd have a "total eclipse of his phone."

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Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl outlined in a Sunday column that President Donald Trump may have promised his supporters an "America First" presidency, but it's quickly become a "Trump First" policy instead.

In the column, Diehl explained it took Trump about one month to completely destroy his 2016 campaign promise.

"Thanks mostly to the president's increasingly unhinged behavior," he began, "Trump's corruption in Ukraine" and his disaster in Syria has blocked a more significant story of Trump's change on his "America First" policy.

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There's a gloomy outlook on the global economy, according to the economic indicators outlined by the International Monetary Fund and the Institute of International Finance.

Axios reported Sunday that they lowered the growth forecast for 2019 as a result of "a synchronized slowdown."

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