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‘Frightening’: Medical expert busts White House lies with overwhelming coronavirus numbers

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski warned that the “societal breakdown” was possible as the coronavirus outbreak gathered strength.

Medical expert Dr. Zeke Emanuel told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that 100 million Americans could be infected with the virus within four weeks if current trends continued, and he said the situation was far worse than the rosy assessment offered by White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

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“I think the front lines actually tell you what’s happening at the front lines, and politicians and people in Washington don’t want the country to panic,” Emanuel said. “I mean, I think our Republican administration would have — what you’re seeing is major rationing in the country. Rationing is a word that they have used to beat up Democrats, but the fact is we are seeing rationing in parts of the country, and you have mentioned some of them, primarily in New York — but it’s not going to be exclusively New York.”

“This is not a virus that is just going to stay confined to New York,” he added. “Right now, if you look at the numbers we probably have a million COVID-19 cases in the country, and if this is doubling every three to four days, that means that we’ll have 100 million people who have COVID-19 in about four weeks. That’s a frightening thought.”

Brzezinski agreed those numbers were terrifying.

“It is, and you have societal breakdown issues,” she said. “For example, prison systems around the country are desperately asking for help. There’s no social distancing in prisons, and for example at Rikers [Island], last count I saw at least 40 inmates have it. It’s an outbreak. You have reports from around the country of garbage workers not wanting to pick up garbage because they don’t have protection, and yet the president is talking about a county by county ranking in terms of how bad coronavirus is. How is that possible that that could even work remotely?”

Emanuel said that would work only with widespread testing and social distancing.

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“It could only work if we had sufficient testing so we could actually very reliably identify those counties with low levels, and those counties have the ability to test and to contact trace cases,” he said. “Remember, China didn’t lock down the whole country. You had large numbers who could do contact tracing, South Korea has done contact tracing. It can only work if we have the extensive testing in those counties and contact tracing and isolation of anyone who turns out positive.”


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‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis

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Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.

Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.

It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH

— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020

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Scientists warn of ‘superspreaders’ as Americans flock back to restaurants, salons and churches

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SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t... (more…)

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About 75% of Trump’s proposed coronavirus capital gains tax cut would go to the top 1% of earners

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Roughly three-quarters of the benefits from the capital gains tax cut floated by President Donald Trump as part of the administration's coronavirus relief plan would go to the top 1% of earners, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Trump has repeatedly floated a cut to capital gains taxes, which are taxes paid by investors on profits made when an asset, like stock or real estate, is sold. The capital gains tax rate is already 35% lower than the top income tax rate, and only about 6% of households in the bottom 80% of earners claim any capital gains, meaning the overwhelming majority of benefits would flow to the wealthy.

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