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Trump insists he didn’t flip-flop on virus: ‘I felt it was a pandemic long before it was a pandemic’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday asserted that he had not changed his “tone” with regard to the seriousness of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

At a press briefing, MSNBC’s Kristen Welker noted that the president had struck a more “somber” tone in the last 24 hours after initially insisting that the virus would quickly “go away.”

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“I have seen that where people actually liked it,” Trump said of his Monday briefing. “But I didn’t feel different. I’ve always known this is a real — this is a pandemic.”

“I thought it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he added.

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DOJ investigating why consumers are paying record prices for beef during pandemic: report

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On Monday, Politico reported that the Justice Department and Agriculture Department are looking into what they consider to be suspicious price increases of beef for American consumers — on the suspicion that the recent spike in prices may be a result of price-fixing.

"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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