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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta dismantles Trump’s unrealistic promise to halt pandemic quickly

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Following up on Donald Trump’s late Sunday night tweet setting out a fifteen-day deadline for his administration to get a handle on how far-reaching the coronavirus pandemic has spread, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta poured cold water on the idea — saying it doesn’t comport with timelines for testing, results and analysis.

Speaking with the “New Day” hosts, Gupta seemed dismayed with the president tweeting, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself, at the end of the 15-day period we’ll make a decision which way to go.”

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“Look, I mean, we’re not — we’re not there yet, that’s pretty clear,” he explained. “Even when this was first proposed, they said we’ll do it for two weeks and reassess. A couple things to keep in mind: first of all the amount of — when you’re testing patients, you’re really getting a lag time. It takes several days for someone after the time of exposure to the time that they develop symptoms and then two to three days to get the test. By the time you’re testing people, it’s about two weeks after they’ve been exposed already.”

“If you take that into account, you’d have to add at least two weeks from this time period now,” he continued. “If you look at countries around the world, you’d have to enact social distancing measures for them to have the impact. I’ve been talking to public health officials on and off the record, they say the goal was always to try and do this for two weeks, reassess, but the belief was that at that point we might have to get more stringent.”

“You can’t find any medical provider out there who says that we’re anywhere near the peak,” host John Berman. ‘And that may not be the testing, it may be because the disease is being passed around at a quick rate.”

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GOP scrambling to find delegates willing to attend Trump’s convention after he bailed on North Carolina: report

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On Saturday, The New York Times reported that Republicans are struggling to find delegates to attend the GOP convention.

"Adding to the uncertainty surrounding the convention is the trepidation delegates are feeling about attending a crowded gathering," reported Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman. "Already, states like Indiana are having difficulty filling both their delegate and alternate spots. Many convention delegates are over 60 and therefore more vulnerable to the virus."

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Jim Cramer: Coronavirus pandemic triggered ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’

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CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday that that coronavirus pandemic has triggered "one of the greatest wealth transfers in history."

The remark from the network's "Mad Money" host came amid "ominous" economic data but a rebounding stock market.

"How can the market rebound without the economy? Because the market doesn't represent the economy; it represents the future of big business," said Cramer. "The bigger the business, the more it moves the major averages."

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Philly police threaten to call in sick during protests after officer charged with assault: report

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Philadelphia Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna has been charged with assault after a video circulated of him beating Evan Gorski, a Temple University student, during a protest. But according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, his fellow officers on the force are outraged — and may stage a "sickout" in protest.

"John McNesby, head of the city’s police union, came to Bologna’s defense, calling him one of the city’s 'most decorated and respected police leaders' who had to make a split-second call in a chaotic situation," reported William Bender and Jeremy Roebuck. "By Friday evening, talk was circulating about a 'blue flu,' or organized move by officers to call in sick in solidarity with Bologna, as another round of demonstrations, with crowds anticipated in the thousands, was set to take place Saturday in central Philadelphia."

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