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Restaurant owner is feeding people for free amid the coronavirus pandemic — even if it means going bankrupt

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The Jukebox Junction owner Mike Graham said that he’s offering free food to people in his Canton, North Carolina community because he wants people to stay calm and not be worried about how they’ll afford to feed their families.

“I am cautiously optimistic about this. I think we can survive,” he told CNN Monday. “Right now we are not charging people when they come in. They don’t need to worry about what to do with the money. At this point in time, you know I am looking at trying to keep people calm and calm their fears and they don’t need to worry about it. I got food. As long as I get deliveries, I will feed them. I may go bankrupt. The people in the community supported me for 17 years. I love them to death, I can adapt. I love the challenge. I love capitalism, sometimes you know it is maybe a good time to stop for a couple of months and get everything set and make sure you got, you know, your infrastructure like your electric and water and communications are so important right now.”

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Host John King noted that it was “remarkable” to hear someone say they’re willing to go bankrupt just to make sure their community is taken care of.

Graham also intends to pay his employees even if they’re sick and can’t work. As of the shutdowns of restaurants and bars, Graham said they go to carry-out only, but will feed anyone who calls.

Watch the interview with him and his cook Kathy below:


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Trump uses coronavirus briefing to tout pastor who said 9/11 attack was God punishing America

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During a press briefing today to address the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was asked about certain Christian pastors who plan to defy state lockdown orders and hold Easter church services this Sunday.

"I've had talks with the pastors, and most of the pastors agree ... that they are better off doing what they are doing, which is, distancing," Trump said, adding that the pastors want to "get back to church so badly."

Trump then referred to a notorious pastor who sits on his religious advisory council.

"I'm going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress, who's been a great guy," Trump said. "He's a great guy and I'm going to be watching on a laptop."

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Trump slammed for ‘ridiculous’ ad trying to link Biden to the Chinese government

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, Greg Sargent tore apart President Donald Trump's "ridiculous" new attack ad trying to claim that Vice President Joe Biden is beholden to Chinese interests.

"The ad clips Biden’s words out of context to misleadingly imply that Biden criticized Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China, when that’s not what Biden did," wrote Sargent. "Second, the ad relies on numerous past quotes from Biden to demonstrate he’s supposedly been soft on China. But those quotes were mostly boilerplate diplomatic language — and Trump has repeatedly praised China in language very close to what Biden has used ... And third, the Asian man that Biden bowed to turns out to be Gary Locke, a former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China, an American."

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Trump rambles about ‘genius’ coronavirus during long-winded briefing: ‘The germ has gotten so brilliant’

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The leader of the free world rambled about his "brilliant enemy" during a coronavirus briefing that lasted over two hours.

Allies of the White House had been quoted in the press urging President Donald Trump to keep his remarks short, but that advice has apparently been ignored.

"When critics (and allies) make suggestions to him and they become public - such as the briefings ought to be shorter - POTUS often prefers to do the opposite. We're well past 90 minutes on this briefing," New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter as the briefing wore on.

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