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White House economic adviser struggles to explain his pandemic ‘model’ that shows zero deaths by May 15

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White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett on Tuesday struggled to explain a controversial chart that shows coronavirus deaths dropping nearly to zero by May 15.

Hassett’s so-called “cubic model” was panned by experts on Monday.

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Hassett made an appearance on CNN on Tuesday to defend his “cubic model.”

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“Why did you do it?” CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked. “Did anyone ask you to do this and why are you creating these?”

Hassett explained that he began creating his chart daily because of the ventilator shortage. According to the economic adviser, his chart is made to track the accuracy of other scientific models.

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“If you have really wiggly data and you wonder how a curve that someone else has drawn fits the data then you can smooth through the data so your eyeball can compare it,” Hassett said. “This is a very standard statisticians toolkit kind of thing to visualize how models are performing relative to the data.”

The Washington Post is reporting Jared Kushner really grasped on to this,” Harlow observed. “You said it didn’t go to the president or the task force but it was used to push forward a more rapid opening of the economy.”

“I never did that,” Hassett argued. “I was in the Oval with Dr. Fauci and Birx and always agreed with their forecasts.”

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“It is true that if you don’t understand what cubic fits are and you don’t understand the purpose of data visualization,” he added, “if you’re not a statistical guy that maybe the people who wrote about this, maybe you can’t misunderstand what’s going on.”

Watch the video below from CNN.


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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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