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MSNBC’s Morning Joe calls out Nikki Haley’s game: ‘She’s putting herself in position to be Mike Pence’s replacement’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough thumped Nikki Haley for “playing a game” by flattering President Donald Trump — and positioning herself as his next running mate.

The former UN ambassador wrote in her new memoir that former secretary of state Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to recruit her to work around and subvert Trump, but she refused — and the “Morning Joe” host called Haley out.

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“Nikki Haley is not dumb,” Scarborough said. “In fact, we know her, she’s quite intelligent. But she certainly is playing a game here.”

“We’ve heard this from the administration time and time again, people have ignored the president’s orders because they were illegal,” he added. “The president has ordered Cabinet members to actually execute orders that are illegal.”

Scarborough called out Haley’s motivations as political self-promotion.

“For Nikki Haley, this was an audience of one,” he said. “She’s putting herself in position to be Mike Pence’s replacement, if the president decides he needs to replace Mike Pence, and this was an audition, just like Bill Barr wrote that memo that Donald Trump fell for hook, line, and sinker and become attorney general, that’s exactly what this book is all about.”

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Food safety groups warn of looming zoonotic pandemic, blast USDA’s new slaughter plant regulation

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"Self-regulation when it comes to animal movement, slaughter, and meat inspection is bad news."

Food safety advocates warned Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's USDA newly implemented rules for pig slaughter are setting the stage for a potential public health disaster—including the possibility of another infectious disease that could come from animals.

At issue is the New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), which the USDA finalized in October. Touted by the federal agency as a "modernization" effort, the regulation sparked immediate fears and lawsuits by watchdog groups over its elimination of kill speed limits and weakening of the inspection system.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to postpone election — and protect voters from COVID-19

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Hours after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order postponing this week's election to June, the state Supreme Court ordered the election must proceed as scheduled.

BREAKING: The Wisconsin Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Tony Evers' executive order postponing the spring election in the state. Tomorrow's election IS BACK ON https://t.co/nZz9D4IsA3

— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) April 6, 2020

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US begins blood tests for coronavirus immunity: reports

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The United States has begun taking blood samples from across the country to determine the true number of people infected with the coronavirus, using a test that works retrospectively, according to reports.

The new tests are based on serological surveys, which differ from the nasal swabs used to determine if someone currently has the virus.

Instead, they look for whether certain antibodies are present in the blood which shows that the person fought and then recovered from the illness -- even if they never showed symptoms.

These tests are seen as key to gradually easing lockdown, by allowing those who have proven immunity to re-enter society.

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