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Leaked CDC report: ‘Significant risk of resurgence of the virus’ under Trump’s plan to reopen the economy

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A joint report produced by the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned that even a staggered reopening of the economy could lead to a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the United States.

The report, which was obtained by The Washington Post, writes that even a cautious reopening “will entail a significant risk of resurgence of the virus” even after the country has spent the last several weeks locked down in an effort to flatten the curve of infections.

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The only way to minimize the risks, the CDC argues, is to build an elaborate system to test and trace Americans on a massive scale.

“The draft envisions hiring 670 people to help state and local health departments quickly scale up contact tracing,” the Post reports. “Tracking down people an infected patient interacted with, so that they can self-quarantine and thus not further transmit the disease, is a deeply labor-intensive process. Considering the large number of continuing infections expected, 670 people is a relatively small number.”

The problem, however, is that the United States isn’t close to having the testing capacity to pull off such an operation. In fact, Politico reported this week that “the number of coronavirus tests analyzed each day by commercial labs in the U.S. plummeted by more than 30 percent over the past week, even though new infections are still surging in many states and officials are desperately trying to ramp up testing so the country can reopen.”


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Trump lies about the election being ‘rigged’ — but says he will leave the White House

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, making a further concession of defeat even as he railed against the "rigged" vote.

Trump has made an unprecedented attempt to defy the results of the election by refusing to concede, spreading wild theories about stolen ballots and launching baseless legal challenges that have been thrown out by courts across the country.

Answering his first questions from reporters since the November 3 vote, the president moved closer to accepting that he would serve only one term in office before Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

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Idaho columnist offers intriguing theories for the ‘anti-mask mandate mania’ from Republicans

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Masks that cover the mouth and nose have proven to be one of the most effective ways of containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the politicization of the issue continues to be a major Republican concern.

"Idaho Senate Republicans are setting up their agenda for the upcoming 2021 legislative session. As reported in the Post Register, one of their top priorities is to 'pursue measures in January to limit the governor’s emergency powers.' The immediate reason for this, of course, is Gov. Little’s anti-coronavirus measures," columnist Mike Murphy wrote in the Idaho State Journal.

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Jake Tapper has a hard truth for Trump after Thanksgiving outburst inside the White House

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper threw shade at Donald Trump on Thanksgiving after the president had a meltdown at a reporter while answering questions for the first time since President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Trump brought up why has refused to concede to Biden during a teleconference address to U.S. troops in the Middle East. The president said he was mentally unable to concede.

"I can't say that at all," Trump said.

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