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This city reversed course and declared pot shops and liquor stores ‘essential businesses’ during shelter at home order

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On Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock ordered residents to stay at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“This isn’t a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home,” Hancock demnaded at a press conference. “We will enforce when and where necessary.”

That tune changed within hours, The Denver Post reports.

“At first liquor stores and recreational marijuana shops didn’t make the list of essential businesses,” the newspaper noted.

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“However the city reversed its original decree within hours after would-be shoppers formed lines wrapping around the block for both types of establishments. Now liquor and marijuana stores can remain open with measures in place to ensure 6-foot spacing between individuals,” The Denver Post explained.


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Mike Pence uses latest coronavirus briefing to encourage Americans to donate to churches

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Vice President Mike Pence used the occasion of Good Friday to urge Christians to donate to their local churches. Speaking from the White House press briefing room Pence attempted to suggest gatherings of more than 10 people, even inside houses of worship, should be avoided.

But Pence, as he did last weekend, asked Christians to continue tithing.

“Allow me to remind you that even if you’re not in the pew this Easter Sunday if you are able it’s still a good idea to give,” Pence said. “Those ministries continue to go forward, and we encourage you to continue to support them.”

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WATCH: Woman caught on video unleashing racist rant against Vietnamese restaurant owner

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A woman unleashed a racist rant at a business owner in a Kroger parking lot in Houston, Texas, and the incident was captured on video.

The owner of a Vietnamese restaurant identified as "Sammi" told ABC13 that when she went outside her business to investigate a commotion, she encountered the woman.

In the video, the woman, who is pushing a shopping cart, yells, "Get out of our country!" in addition to other profanities.

"You!" the woman yells. "Get out of the United States, you ugly [expletive]."

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Trump’s last-ditch 2020 strategy is based on a perverse fantasy — and it’s scary as hell

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Thursday night, the access journalism team at the Washington Post published a piece declaring that Donald Trump intends to "reopen much of the U.S." in May.

This article was originally published at Salon

"The Trump administration is pushing to reopen much of the country next month," Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, Jose A. Del Real and William Wan report, noting that Trump, behind "closed doors," has "sought a strategy for resuming business activity by May 1."

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