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‘We’re not reopening based on science — we’re reopening based on politics’: Former CDC director

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Former Center for Disease Control chief Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told the New York Times that he’s concerned leaders are making decisions based on the upcoming election.

“We’re not reopening based on science,” said Dr. Frieden. “We’re reopening based on politics, ideology and public pressure. And I think it’s going to end badly.”

Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment protection as businesses large and small shut down in the coronavirus crisis. While some states are following the CDC guidelines for reopening, President Donald Trump has ranted that states following those guidelines are doing so to hurt his reelection.

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“The reopenings will proceed nonetheless. The question now, scientists say, is whether the nation can minimize the damage by adopting new tactics,” said the Times.

If Americans are all willing to wear masks, there stands to be a greater possibility of stopping the transmission as reopening continues. But as the United States advocates reopening, the city of Wuhan, China, believed to be the epicenter of has seen a resurgence of the virus as they reopen. It doesn’t bode well for the U.S. that never fully shutdown the way Wuhan did.

“But while it may still be possible to blunt the effect of the reopenings, the nation is finding even this goal difficult,” said the Times. “And the lockdowns have become entwined in partisan politics, with some libertarian extremists, gun-rights advocates and antivaccine activists painting them as an infringement of personal freedoms.”

Some epidemiological models are showing that the United States could end up with closer to 240,000 fatalities, which the coronavirus task force predicted back in March before swapping out more friendly and optimistic predictions.

Read the full report at the New York Times.

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Trump mocked in China’s state media for fleeing to bunker in the face of protests: ‘Mr President, don’t go hide’

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According to a report in The Guardian, Chinese state media and government leaders are mocking reports that Donald Trump fled to a secure bunker under the White House in the face of massive police brutality protests that reached the White House gates.

Following reports that a "rattled" Trump was ushered to safety by the Secret Service as police battled with George Floyd protesters in the streets of Washington, D.C, among other cities, officials in China took notice.

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‘Turned his back on America’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika bash Trump for his ‘incredible shrinking act’ as the country burns

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bashed President Donald Trump's glaring lack of leadership as protests consume the U.S., and presidential historian Jon Meacham said he's acting as if he'd already given up his duties.

The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were astonished that Trump spent the weekend tweeting incendiary comments instead of addressing the protesters' concerns, and they agreed that he had shrunk from the coronavirus and racism crises engulfing the nation.

"It's sort of two things going on," Brezezinski said, "this sort of sowing fear and hate and sowing the violence on Twitter, and, yet, a lot of people felt during the moment at the Rose Garden on Friday, when he chose not to speak about George Floyd and everything that was going on, and he turned around and walked away, turned his back on America, the questions started popping up. Is he afraid to do anything? What is holding him back?"

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No incumbent president has ever been in a weaker position than Trump: CNN polling analyst

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All recent polls suggest that President Donald Trump is losing to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and CNN polling analyst Harry Enten argues that Trump's current position is unprecedentedly bad for an incumbent president.

In analyzing a new round of polls on the 2020 presidential race, Enten writes that Biden's lead over Trump has been stronger and steadier than any lead of a challenger over an incumbent president.

"There were more than 40 national public polls taken at least partially in the month of May that asked about the Biden-Trump matchup," he writes. "Biden led in every single one of them. He's the first challenger to be ahead of the incumbent in every May poll since Jimmy Carter did so in 1976."

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