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Trump’s new top flack attacked Biden for 2009 swine flu death toll — and it’s about to come back to haunt her

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New White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany last month attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for his handling of the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic — but now her old tweet is about to come back to haunt her.

On March 13th, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to seriously strike the United States, McEnany tried to deflect criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis by comparing it to how the Obama administration handled H1N1 more than a decade ago.

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“When Joe Biden was in charge of the H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic, this happened in America: 60.8 MILLION infected, 274,304 hospitalized, 12,469 died,” she wrote. “By contrast, President Donald Trump has led, taking unprecedented action to stop the coronavirus and protect Americans!”

However, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported on Tuesday afternoon that the estimated death toll from COVID-19 this year in the United States has already passed 12,000, meaning it’s a virtual certainty that more Americans will have died from COVID-19 by the end of Wednesday at the very latest.

Additionally, the estimated swine flu death toll in 2009 was over the span of an entire year, whereas the coronavirus matched its death toll in a manner of mere weeks.

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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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