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CNN’s Tapper drops the hammer on the GOP leadership for standing by while Trump becomes increasingly dangerous

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In his closing comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning, host Jake Tapper took Republicans — and the GOP leadership in particular — to task for standing idly by while Donald Trump bungles the coronavirus crisis, including suggesting “dangerous” solutions to treating victims of the virus.

Using the president’s comment about the possibility of treating patients with common household disinfectants as a jumping-off point, Tapper called out the Republican leadership.

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“We’re running out of words to describe this era,” Tapper lectured. “Republicans in Congress and in the Trump administration know that not only is the president failing to rise to this moment to, for example, get the nation on a path to widespread testing, the president is now making open ponderings about treatments that experts worry could actually harm people.”

“His anti-scientific musings have been dangerous,” he continued. “We saw this with his downplaying the virus. Two months ago today the president said he had done a good job since the U.S.. had only 15 cases, which would soon go down to almost zero. Then the president was pushing the use of hydroxychloroquine, ‘what have you got to lose,’ he said? Well, the FDA on Friday issued a caution against the use of that drug outside of a hospital or a clinical trial due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.”

“Republican leaders need to acknowledge the reality of the situation; they need to intervene,” he continued. “They need to convince President Trump to defer to the experts and focus on the needs of, not his ego, but the sick and the dying and the people trying to care for them.”

“There is going to be a history of this era written and those who are pretending this irresponsibility is not happening, they will be remembered as villains,” he concluded.

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Lady Antebellum changed their name for racial sensitivity — now they’re suing the Black singer who already used the name

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In June, as the national conversation about racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd killing pushed many groups and organizations to examine the racial connotations of their brands, the country music group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A" to remove reference to the slavery period of Southern history.

There was just one problem: an African-American blues singer in Seattle, Anita White, already went by that name. Now, according to Pitchfork, the band is going to court for the right to use the trademark.

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American Airlines ordered passengers to stop social distancing — because they hadn’t paid for exit seats

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the flight crew on an American Airlines trip ordered two passengers to stop social distancing and move back to their seats.

The reason? The empty row they moved into cost slightly more.

"On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle, found herself seated at a window with two older passengers beside her in the middle and aisle seats," reported Elaine Glusac. "In order to gain more social distance, she and the aisle passenger both moved to seats behind them where two rows were empty. But before takeoff, a flight attendant ordered them back to their assigned seats, telling them they had not paid for those exit row seats, which are more expensive."

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