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Apple hires major Trump donor as lobbyist — to beg the president to lay off his trade war tariffs: report

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On Thursday, CNBC reported that Apple is hiring Jeffrey Miller to be a lobbyist on “trade issues as they relate to technological goods and services.”

Miller is a longtime ally of President Donald Trump who served as the vice chairman of the president’s inaugural committee. He has since been a major donor for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

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“While it’s unclear how much Miller is being paid for his services, Apple has spent more than $5.5 million on lobbying efforts throughout 2019, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics,” wrote CNBC’s Brian Schwartz. “Most of those funds have gone toward paying their own in-house lobbyists but it has tapped four other firms outside the company for help this year.”

Apple is currently lobbying the Trump administration to grant a carve-out for their technology line from the sharp tariffs imposed on goods from China. These tariffs, in addition to severely threatening Apple’s bottom line, have threatened to raise consumer prices, kill jobs, and endanger some $630 billion in traded goods per year.


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Trump campaign workers ducking wearing masks over fears of mockery: ‘You get made fun of’

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According to Politico, Trump campaign officials at the re-election headquarters in Arlington, Virginia are too embarrassed to follow the president's own CDC guidelines about wearing masks and practicing physical distancing — because the president himself has done so much to politicize the coronavirus pandemic.

"The campaign’s headquarters — located on the 14th floor of an Arlington, Va., office building that shares space with multiple businesses — is normally packed with dozens of staffers, often sitting in close proximity to conduct phone calls and other urgent campaign business, said three people with knowledge of its operations," wrote Dan Diamond. "But the office was shut down for its first deep cleaning in weeks after a senior campaign official tested positive for the virus. The decision to conduct the cleaning came after two months of flouting the Trump administration’s own public health guidance: There are no face coverings or temporary barriers between desks at headquarters, and leaders have limited efforts to implement social distancing."

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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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