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Lower cognitive ability linked to non-compliance with social distancing guidelines

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New research provides evidence that working memory and fluid intelligence are associated with engaging in social distancing in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The new study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS‐CoV‐2 to be a global pandemic. Governments around the world urged people to follow preventive health measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing. But not everyone abided by the safety guidelines. “At the moment, succes…

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Trump ignores stalled COVID stimulus negotiations — as he starts three-day vacation at golf course

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President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey on Thursday evening to begin a three-day vacation at his Bedminister golf course.

Reporters shouted questions about the stalled stimulus negotiations, but AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire reports that Trump ignored the question.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend.

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Here are ‘the very worst abuses’ alleged against the National Rifle Association

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association.

Igor Volsky, the executive director of the gun safety organization Guns Down America, analyzed the lawsuit in a thread posted on Twitter.

Here are his observations:

1/ I just finished reading @NewYorkStateAG’s 169 page lawsuit against @NRA and I’m shocked beyond belief at the level of corruption, lawlessness, and self-dealing.

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Trump wants to frighten his voters to the polls with the NRA suit — here’s why he’ll probably fail

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President Donald Trump and some of his allies are hoping that the New York lawsuit into the National Rifle Association for financial fraud will be a gift to the campaign, by scaring pro-gun voters to the polls. The president himself has referred to the suit as a "very terrible thing that just happened," and former Betsy DeVos aide Greg McNeilly called it an "incredibly tangible, specific attack on a core Republican value … This is a gift to the Trump campaign, and it’s an unforced error on the [Democratic] side. It’s a real mistake."

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