Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar says he’s had ‘enough’ of Democratic calls for his firing over pharma stock holdings

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Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration is announcing plans for an all-out effort to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.
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President Donald Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar told CNBC on Wednesday that he’s had enough of accusations that his former work in the pharmaceutical industry creates a conflict of interest. 

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Should front-line medical workers get the coronavirus vaccine first? Not necessarily

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A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
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Health workers treating patients with the coronavirus may be at the top of the line to get a vaccine once one is approved. But that’s not necessarily the obvious move. 

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee met Wednesday for the first of a two-day public meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine developments and a distribution plan whenever one is ready. 

“The question is, how at risk are healthcare workers, especially in the United States, especially in the era of adequate PPE,” Dr...

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Mark “Gator” Rogowski: Free Fallin’

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How Skateboard King Mark “Gator” Anthony Was Born Again As a Rapist and Murderer

While he awaited trial, Mark “Gator” Anthony’s cell in the San Diego County jail lay at the foot of a hill in Vista, California. At the very top of that hill, four-and-a-half miles up from the jail, was the rundown skateboard park where Gator had his last ride, MacGill’s Skatepark. There, a handful of teenagers skated the ramps, rolling in and out, doing flips, handstands, board slides, ollies … and every once in a while, some daring kid would attempt a “lean 360...

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Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar says has had ‘enough’ of Democratic calls for his firing over pharma stock holdings

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Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration is announcing plans for an all-out effort to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.
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President Donald Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar told CNBC on Wednesday that he’s had enough of accusations that his former work in the pharmaceutical industry creates a conflict of interest. 

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United turns to interactive Google maps to help travelers unsure of where to go in coronavirus era

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United Airlines is turning to a Google-powered interactive maps to help still-scarce travelers find destinations that fit the coronavirus era.

The map, which launched on United’s website Wednesday, allows travelers to punch in the most they want to spend on a ticket and filter airports by their destination activities or descriptions: beaches, beer and breweries, culture, food and drink, hiking, national parks, outdoors, romantic, skiing and snowboarding, and snorkeling and scuba.

For example, a search for a return trip from Newark, New Jersey the first week in November with a preference for national parks and hiking yielded a $117 flight to Denver, a $97 flight to Las Vegas, a $207 flight to Portland, Oregon, all in basic economy, among other destinations. 

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‘You are not listening,’ Fauci tells Sen. Rand Paul during a Senate hearing on the coronavirus

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back Wednesday against Sen. Rand Paul’s claim that New York has overcome the coronavirus pandemic because it achieved herd immunity, telling the Republican lawmaker he’s “not listening.” 

In an exchange at a Senate hearing on the nation’s coronavirus response, Paul claimed that New York’s death rate is among the highest in the world despite shuttering businesses and schools earlier this year to curb the spread of the coroanvirus. 

He also compared New York’s response with that by Sweden, which decided to keep its economy relatively open. Public health experts have said that Sweden’s vulnerable population paid a price for that decision. The Kentucky U.S...

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Google Maps will show Covid-19 outbreaks

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Google on Wednesday announced a new feature in Google Maps that will show you how many Covid-19 cases there are in particular geographic regions. It pulls in information from Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia and displays a color-coded map with the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 people in a specific area. It will work in 220 countries and territories.

This means you can open Google Maps to see outbreaks in your area, which could be helpful if the disease spreads more rapidly in the fall and winter. You can also use it to see if there might be an outbreak brewing in a particular area before you make holiday travel plans.

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Black Boomers Wax Nostalgic for the Days of Jim Crow

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Dangerous Dreams

Of course the Nazis’ genocidal regime was terrible, and it’s really good that it was defeated. Bad as it was, though, it certainly brought the Jews together. They were a united, mutually supportive community in the camps in a way that they haven’t been since; they experienced a commonality that transcended class, gender, and other differences. It’s ironic and a bit sad that Hitler’s defeat came at the price of sacrificing the basis for that sense of community. So we should pause to celebrate and perhaps mourn the passage of that world of Jewish to­getherness, lost with the liberation of the death camps.

Sounds outrageous, doesn’t it? Of course, no one in their right mind would propose such a view seriously...

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New York attorney general opposes Eric Trump efforts to delay subpoena until after presidential election

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Eric Trump speaks in Portsmouth, NH on Sept. 17, 2020. Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, makes a stop in Portsmouth during one stop on his ‘Make America Great Again!’ tour.
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A lawyer for the New York attorney general’s office argued Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s middle son, Eric Trump, has no right to delay a subpoena for his testimony as part of an ongoing investigation until after the presidential election in November.

The lawyer, Matthew Colangelo, said during a court hearing that there is no good reason why a witness can stall complying with a subpoena demanding his testimony “on a claim of personal inconvenience.” Eric Trump has pushed to delay his testimony until after Election Day.

“We simply can’t delay comp...

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Southwest Airlines CEO ‘hopeful’ on more government aid but hesitant to cut capacity without it

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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly on Wednesday said he is optimistic that Congress can pass a national coronavirus relief package that includes airline aid despite a months-long impasse between lawmakers and the White House.

Airlines earlier this year received $25 billion in federal payroll support which prohibits job cuts and requires minimum service levels through Sept. 30.

With that date a week away, airline CEOs, including Kelly, at have met with government officials and lawmakers in Washington in a last-minute plea for additional aid for the sector struggling with demand at less than a third of last year’s levels because of the pandemic. Like other airline chiefs, Kelly said it doesn’t expect a strong rebound in air travel anytime soon.

“We’re very hopeful they can come to an agr...

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