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WATCH: CNN’s Brianna Keilar chokes back tears while talking about lives of COVID-19 victims

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CNN host Brianna Keilar is among many whose heart is aching for the loss of the 160,000 Americans who have died prematurely from the coronavirus.

During her Friday show, Keilar explained that every 70 seconds, an American is dying from the coronavirus. “There are lives behind the numbers.”

Like many reporters, Keilar has shown some of the victims of the virus, telling their stories and how their lives were tragically cut short, leaving behind heartbroken families.

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She remembered two couples, who died just days apart from each other. One was described as being like the couple from the film “The Notebook,” while the other left behind a 17-year-old son. She continued naming other individuals, showing the husband of one man who said that he willingly caught the coronavirus because he wasn’t going to let his partner die without kissing him and feeling their faces touch.

But it was the father who died on his daughter’s 10th birthday that really got to Keilar, letting her voice wavier as she continued to cite the names of those lost.

“While you’ve been watching this, three Americans have died. That’s not just a number that we have been putting on the screen,” she explained. “These are Americans.”

See the wrenching video below:


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‘Completely shameless’: Pompeo faces backlash for violating his own guidelines on political activity

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President Donald Trump's secretary of state has been increasingly "brazen" about appearing at political events, in apparent violation of his own directive to the department's employees.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wanted to accept the president's invitation last year to speak at a campaign rally, but a congressional aide said he backed down after being told that would violate existing rules, reported Politico.

However, that's all changed this year.

“What he is doing is entirely unconventional,” said Harry Kopp, an author of books on U.S. diplomacy. “The employees of the State Department have, by now, I think, no illusions about the partisan nature of their secretary of state.”

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Trainer for anti-COVID lockdown group caught on camera telling supporters how to break the law

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A signature-gathering trainer for a Michigan group working to overturn Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic restrictions has been caught on camera advising the group's supporters on how to break the law.

The Detroit Free Press, which obtained a copy of the video, reports that trainer Erik Tisinger instructed supporters for Unlock Michigan in assorted nefarious practices for illegally collecting signatures.

Among other things, Tisinger told Unlock Michigan backers that it is "super easy" to give misleading answers under oath if they're compelled to testify by a court of law about their activities; that they could leave copies of their petitions with store clerks to collect signatures even though getting signatures without properly witnessing them would be illegal; and that they could trespass on private property to collect signatures even without business owners' permission.

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Trump’s latest COVID-19 lie is both ‘dangerously misleading and aggressively hypocritical’: analysis

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In an analysis for the Washington Post this Tuesday, Philip Bump says that President Trump's recent downplaying of the coronavirus' effects on young people is "both dangerously misleading and aggressively hypocritical."

“You know, in some states thousands of people, nobody young — below the age of 18, like nobody — they have a strong immune system. Who knows. You look — take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system, but it affects virtually nobody," Trump said at a rally in Ohio on Monday.

Bump points out that as Trump spoke, the death toll from the virus approached 200,000 -- a boundary that Trump repeatedly insisted this spring and summer that we probably wouldn’t near. While it's true that the virus affects primarily older people, the notion that “virtually nobody” who is younger has been affected simply isn't true.

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