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White House suddenly orders ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 testing for presidential staff

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White House employees will now be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19, an official said on Monday.

In a statement to CNN’s Jim Acosta, the unnamed White House official said that staffers working near President Donald Trump would be forced to undergo randomized testing.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex, randomized testing of Executive Office of the President staff, which has been ongoing for several months, will become mandatory rather than voluntary,” the official said.

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White House employees reportedly received an email Monday morning with a stern warning.

“Failure to report to testing will be considered a refusal to test,” the email said.

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Trump could owe hundreds of millions to Russia: Top Mueller attorney

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The name Andrew Weissmann might ring a bell.

He's a former top Mueller attorney who worked with the Special Counsel on the Russia report.

Before that he served as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and later became the chief of the criminal fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Decades ago Weissmann served for over ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, prosecuting Mafia crime families. After that he was put in charge of a special task force investigating the Enron scandal.

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Journalist David Corn has been tweeting out a request for President Donald Trump's tax returns almost every day since the 2016 election, and his wish finally came true -- kind of.

The Mother Jones reporter said the New York Times report revealed Trump was no business genius, but had conned the U.S. government for years.

"The tax returns were always an appropriate focus for attention," Corn wrote. "Trump’s steadfast refusal to release them was an early sign that Trump believed rules and norms do not apply to him."

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Democrats have a simple strategy to make the Supreme Court vacancy painful for the GOP

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Senate Republicans appear to have the political resolve to force through President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, ultra-conservative circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett, in the days right before the election.

But that does not mean Democrats can't make them pay a heavy price for it, wrote Abigail Tracy for Vanity Fair.

"Democrats are focused on winning the messaging fight," wrote Tracy. "Polling from CNN suggests they have a head start, with nearly six in 10 Americans indicating that they think the winner of November’s election should fill the open Supreme Court seat. In the days since Ginsburg passed, Democrats have zeroed in on a Supreme Court case over the Affordable Care Act, slated for mid-November, to make their argument."

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