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‘It’s retaliation’: Amazon worker says he was fired for organizing protest against unsafe working conditions

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On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Amazon has fired a process manager who helped organize a walkout at the company’s warehouse in Staten Island to protest the working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“About 50 workers walked out Monday, according to Chris Smalls, a worker at the warehouse who helped organize the action,” wrote Nitasha Tiku and Jay Greene. “Amazon, which is trying to hire 100,000 workers to address the crush of coronavirus-related orders, disputed that figure as well as the complaints that it’s not doing enough to protest workers. Only 15 employees participated in the demonstration out of 5,000 who work at the warehouse, Amazon spokeswoman Lisa Levandowski said in an emailed statement.”

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The report continued: “At the end of the workday, Amazon fired Smalls, a process assistant who worked for the company for five years. A manager at the warehouse told Smalls he’d been terminated for violating a quarantine, since he’d been in contact with a co-worker who tested positive for the virus. Until Monday afternoon, though, Amazon hadn’t warned him about not showing up to work, he said. ‘They are trying to silence me for speaking up on behalf of the people,’ Smalls said Monday afternoon. ‘It’s retaliation.'”

Amazon has stood to gain business from the pandemic, as people increasingly look to deliveries to help them practice social distancing. But workers in at least 29 Amazon facilities around the country have tested positive for COVID-19, and workers are demanding that the company provide them with paid time off to protect them. Amazon insists that it is taking steps to protect the health and safety of their employees.

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Trump rages at Sally Yates minutes before she testifies in the Senate: Greatest political crime of the century!

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President Donald Trump lashed out at former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Wednesday, just minutes before she was set to deliver her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Sally Yates has zero credibility,” Trump tweeted, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham was speaking at the hearing.

“She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!“

Graham is accusing former Justice Department officials of abusing their power by surveilling some Trump’s associates during their investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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Trump makes pitch on Catholic TV: ‘Catholics like their Second Amendment so I saved the Second Amendment’

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President Donald Trump this week made a pitch to Catholic voters based on his assertion that he "saved the Second Amendment."

In a Tuesday interview with the Catholic TV network EWTV, correspondent Tracy Sabol asked Trump if he had a message for Catholic voters.

"Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment," the president said, "because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment. So I saved the Second Amendment."

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‘Jim Acosta is a fake reporter!’ Trump angrily denies reports that he ‘still doesn’t get’ coronavirus threat

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CNN's Jim Acosta must have struck a nerve with President Donald Trump.

Trump angrily denied Acosta's reporting that some members of the president's coronavirus task force were alarmed that Trump kept trying to change the subject during Tuesday's meeting about the deadly pandemic, and sources familiar with the White House meeting feared he still doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.

“He still doesn’t get it,” the source said. “He does not get it.”

As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the president during the meeting, the source said Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject.

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