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MSNBC’s Morning Joe warns Trump will undo Mueller probe with the stroke of a pen

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough sees pardons of President Donald Trump’s “co-conspirators” in the Russian election meddling “coming a mile away.”

The “Morning Joe” host blasted the blizzard of pardons and commutations the president issued Tuesday for 11 white-collar criminals with ties to Fox News or his associates, saying the moves sent a clear signal that Trump intends to undo the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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“It’s fascinating for a guy that was supposed to clean the swamp, he has done just the opposite, he basically bought off the swamp,” Scarborough said. “It’s a lot of corruption, people involved in corruption, getting a free pass because of Donald Trump.”

Scarborough said the moves, which many have questioned, make perfect sense to him.

“I’m not as concerned about yesterday’s commutations and pardons as I was with what he did with war criminals, when he pardoned war criminals who shot little girls walking down the street in Iraq just for the hell of it,” Scarborough said. “But this is all to set up — it’s all to make everybody numb, to make the media numb, to make voters numb to the fact that he’s going to pardon his henchmen, he’s going to pardon his co-conspirators, he’s going to pardon people like [Paul] Manafort, going to pardon people like [Michael] Flynn, going to pardon people like Roger Stone. You can see this one coming a mile away because it’s an extraordinarily corrupt thing to do, so what do you do? You go ahead and pardon some others and you pardon war criminals. When you can pardon a war criminal that targeted a little girl walking by a river bank in Iraq, killing her, suddenly pardoning Roger Stone doesn’t seem quite so shocking, does it?”


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Only 5,500 rapid COVID-19 tests touted by Trump are being deployed — for the entire country: report

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by Rachana Pradham

A coronavirus test made by Abbott Laboratories and introduced with considerable fanfare by President Donald Trump in a Rose Garden news conference this week is giving state and local health officials very little added capacity to perform speedy tests needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That’s a whole new ballgame,” Trump said. “I want to thank Abbott Labs for the incredible work they’ve done. They’ve been working around-the-clock.”

Yet a document circulated among officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week shows that state and local public health labs were set to receive a total of only 5,500 coronavirus tests from the giant manufacturer of medical devices, diagnostics and drugs, according to emails obtained by Kaiser Health News.

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Maddow reports Florida governor is letting ‘coronavirus-denialist megachurch guy’ hold huge services

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On Sunday, the River Church in Tampa was packed with parishioners despite the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

The following day, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister arrested Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for violating the county's social distancing rules.

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Here’s how Christian Nationalists have shaped the federal government’s response to coronavirus

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On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.

"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."

"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."

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