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Pentagon prepares for Iranian threat against US forces in Middle East

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CNN reported late Tuesday that Pentagon officials are warning Iran has made a threat against the United States’ interests and American forces.

According to Barbara Star, the military and intelligence agencies report having “fresh” information involving Iran moving troops and weapons to position them in a threatening way against the U.S. They aren’t saying that an attack is imminent, however, they’re merely seeing the signs of possible action.

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Citizens in Iran have been protesting after the government turned off access to the internet to try and keep mass deaths of a large number of Iranian people.

Iran has already threatened commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and attacked the Saudi oil infrastructure with a drone.

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South Carolina Republicans gather for an ‘active rejection’ of social distancing measures: report

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On Friday, The New York Times reported on a gathering of Republicans in Conway, South Carolina that appeared to be an "active rejection" of social distancing measures and other public health guidelines.

"The outdoor gathering here on Thursday was a send-off event for Cleo Steele, a longtime Republican Party operative in Horry County, who is retiring to Ohio," wrote Astead Herndon. "Speakers shared the same microphone. Local and state political candidates greeted voters with handshakes and squeezed tight for pictures. Of all the people gathered outside the county Republican office — many of them senior citizens — fewer than a dozen wore masks."

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Paul Krugman: A stronger GDP won’t help Americans if they’re dead

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Liberal economist Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column, has been stressing that the better a job the United States does with social distancing policies now, the better off the U.S. economy will be in the long run. In his Thursday column, Krugman warns that a premature reopening could hurt the U.S. both economically and from a health standpoint.

“America is now engaged in a vast, dangerous experiment,” Krugman writes. “Although social distancing has limited the spread of the coronavirus, it is far from contained. Yet despite warnings from epidemiologists, much of the country is moving to open up for business as usual.”

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Elon Musk mocked after Starship explosion: ‘Maybe have NASA handle rockets’

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Billionaire Elon Musk was the target of jokes on Twitter after his company SpaceX suffered a rocket explosion.

"SpaceX just experienced the biggest explosion yet at its Texas site, where it's testing prototypes for a Mars rocket," Marina Koren of The Atlantic reported.

"A resident who lives nearby—just 2 miles away—said it felt like an earthquake," she added.

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Musk was ridiculed following the blast. Here's some of what people were saying:

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