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Bernie Sanders fires back at CNN’s Tapper after being confronted with past statements about income inequality

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) fired back at CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning after the “State of the Union” host dredged up a 45-year old quote he made about income inequality.

Discussing his campaign platform that centers on income inequality, the CNN host mentioned a claim Sander’s made years ago, which caused the presidential nominee contender snap back.

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“Our investigative K-File team found out that in 1974 you said it should be illegal to earn more money than someone could spend in his or her lifetime. You proposed a maximum –,” Tapper began before being cut off.

“What year was that?” Sanders interrupted. ”

“It was 45 years ago,” Tapper replied. ”

“Look, Jake, in all due respect, that was 7 years before I was — did you go back to my third-grade essay when I was in PS 197?” Sanders replied. “Let’s talk about my mayor’s record where I was a transformative mayor re-elected three times. You know, we can go back to things that I said in the ’70s. I don’t think it’s productive. I’ve been a senator for 16 years — senator for 14 years, congressman for 16 years.”

“Here’s the bottom line,” he continued. “When you have three people that own more wealth than the bottom half of America, when half of the people are living paycheck to paycheck, when 500,000 Americans are sleeping out on the street, yes, the rich have got to pay and the large corporations have got to pay their fair share of taxes. We will raise taxes very substantially on billionaires — no apologies for that.’

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‘American shame’: Doctors spit fire at Trump’s ‘sinful incompetence’ on COVID-19 pandemic

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Stat News this week interviewed a dozen different doctors from across the United States, and they all said that the federal government had failed to act in a timely manner to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, minced absolutely zero words when asked to evaluate the Trump administration's response to the crisis.

"The American public doesn’t know that a large portion of this catastrophe was preventable, if not for the sinful incompetence of our leaders," he said. "It didn't have to be like this."

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8 Capitol police test positive for coronavirus — 2 weeks after lawmakers flooded the Hill

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The coronavirus has made it's way to the Capitol Police, those responsible for security around the U.S. Capitol and lawmakers. Thus far, eight have tested positive, according to CNN and the gestation period of the virus could be concerning for many lawmakers.

"The health and well-being of USCP employees is the Department's top priority," Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki said. "We are implementing a number of proactive measures to respond to the pandemic."

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Russian trolls start hyping COVID-19 misinformation — and Rudy Giuliani’s crazed rants about the Bidens

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Russian trolls recently have started hyping a mix of misinformation about the coronavirus and crazed conspiracy theories posted by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The Daily Beast reports that one of the trolls' main information operations revolves around blaming the United States Department of Defense for purportedly creating the coronavirus, even though all credible epidemiologists agree it originated in China.

"The story, posted to Russian-language blogs and Reddit by multiple fake personas, tries to pin the blame on the COVID-19 outbreak on the U.S. and Kazakhstan by casting the virus as the byproduct of a U.S. nonproliferation program in the country," the publication finds. "The trolls pointed to social media posts by a group of hackers calling themselves 'Anonymous Kazakhstan.'"

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