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Charts reveal coronavirus spreading faster in US than anywhere else — and it may be too late to stop it

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A series of charts shows just how much the coronavirus outbreak has exploded in the U.S. — and show no signs of slowing down.

Financial Times data reporter John Burns-Murdoch made the charts comparing the infection rates in various countries, including China and Italy, and showing how sharply the number of new cases is increasing in the United States, reported Business Insider.

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The curve appears to finally be flattening in Italy, which has the highest official death toll and had been recording about 5,000 new cases each day, after the country was locked down for weeks.

But the U.S. is still climbing, with around 20,000 new cases a day.

The charts show the number of new cases in the U.S. was doubling about every two and a half days, and Burns-Murdoch fears it’s too late to flatten that curve with a national lockdown.

“US curve is higher and steeper than any other, as the lack of early testing or lockdowns takes its toll,” Burns-Murdoch tweeted. “Action now is too late.”

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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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