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Donald Trump sues New York Times for libel

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President Donald Trump is launching a lawsuit against the New York Times, according to his campaign website.

According to Trump: The Times “knowingly published false & defamatory statements of and concerning plaintiff…claiming it had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton.’”

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“Today the President’s re-election campaign filed suit against the New York Times for falsely stating the Campaign had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help the campaign against Hillary Clinton’ in exchange for ‘a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from … economic sanctions,'” said Jenna Ellis, senior legal to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

The report that Trump alleges is libelous is actually an editorial column, headlined, “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo,” by Max Frankel.

The lawsuit will also allow the Times to conduct discovery in the case, which could ultimately allow the newspaper to uncover information about the campaign.

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Charles Harder is Trump’s lawyer who filed the suit, who represented Hulk Hogan in the libel case that brought down Gawker.


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Trump ignored White House economists’ warning of devastating impact of pandemic months ago: report

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White House economists released a study last year that warned a pandemic could kill 500,000 people and devastate the economy months before the coronavirus outbreak, but top officials and the president appear to have ignored their warning.

A study by the Council of Economic Advisers ordered by the National Security Council predicted that a pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu could lead to a half-million deaths and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion.

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Rural communities with few coronavirus cases will get rapid-test kits over larger areas — White House decides: report

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Large cities are exploding with coronavirus cases, but the White House has decided that the rapid testing machines should be sent somewhere else.

According to the Washington Post, "some White House officials want to ship many of the tests, which were approved Friday and can deliver results in five to 13 minutes, to areas where there are fewer cases, such as rural states and parts of the South."

But officials in hard-hit and more populated states need help now and are quickly running out of resources.

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Evangelical conservative: DeSantis’ choice to keep churches open during pandemic is ‘deeply unwise’

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On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who had faced blowback for his refusal to institute a coronavirus lockdown, finally issued a statewide stay-at-home order. But his order contained a major flaw: it designated church services as "essential," allowing them to continued — even though these services can be a devastatingly effective vector for the virus.

Some prominent evangelicals are unhappy with the governor's decision — including former George W. Bush adviser and Never Trump conservative Peter Wehner, who warned that DeSantis is leaving his state vulnerable.

This is deeply unwise; there will be a high human cost to the misguided decisions by DeSantis. As for Christians: One of the best things they can do to love their neighbor is to practice social distancing. It's not the only thing for sure; but to flout it would be wrong/harmful. https://t.co/diCUsdUDXc

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