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Iowa Dem Holds Virtual Fundraiser with Anti-Dark Money Group While Benefiting From Dark Money

Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield, who is being aided by millions in dark money, held a virtual fundraiser with an anti-dark money group during the coronavirus pandemic. She has not participated in any virtual public events during the outbreak. Greenfield held a “special virtual event” with End Citizens United, a liberal group that decries the influence of corporate PAC and dark money in politics. However, her campaign has received millions in help from liberal dark money groups, pulled in cash from committees funded by corporate PACs, and has been accused of illegally coordinating with a Democratic super PAC. Recent Stories in Democrats Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis Iowa Dem Holds Virtual Fundraiser with Anti-Dark Money Group While Benefiting From Dark Money California Governor: Virus Is Opportunity for Progressives Greenfield is attempting to unseat Republican senator Joni Ernst in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested races in the country. She has shaped her campaign around ridding Washington of the “corrupting” influence of money in politics. She released a plan that calls for eliminating dark money, banning corporate PACs, and stopping coordination between campaigns and outside groups. Greenfield appears to have already broken all of these promises. “I’m not accepting any corporate PAC money,” Greenfield tweeted following the End Citizens United event. “Iowans need a senator who will fight for them, not corporate special...

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As World Struggles to Contain COVID-19, Malaysia Offers Bold Solutions

The coronavirus pandemic may have started in China, but its effects are being felt the world over. Authorities struggling to contain the virus have proposed a variety of solutions aimed at preventing its spread. But while many governments have confined citizens to their homes during the crisis, few have offered guidance on how to behave in quarantine. Malaysia, which has seen the largest number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia, has emerged as a world leader when it comes to establishing guidelines for how citizens can cope with the stress of pandemic-related confinement. The Ministry for Women, Family, and Community Development posted a series of public service announcements on social media advising citizens on how to survive and thrive during the country’s partial lockdown. Recent Stories in Satire As World Struggles to Contain COVID-19, Malaysia Offers Bold Solutions Gaffe or Grudge? Joe Biden Has at Least Seven Grandchildren But Acknowledges Just Five Everyone Who ‘Celebrated’ America Leading the World in Coronavirus Cases Looks Like an Idiot Now, Especially Hillary The posts, using the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19, offered a series of sensible suggestions for how to cope with the unique challenges of social distancing and isolation. As the hashtag suggests, the advice was primarily aimed at citizens who identify as female. Malaysia suggested, for example, that women dress up and wear makeup to maintain a sense of normalcy while working from home....

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Federal Judge OKs Gun-Store Shutdowns Near Los Angeles

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request to force Ventura County, Calif., to reopen gun stores forced to close in response to the coronavirus. Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, a Jimmy Carter appointee, of the District Court for the Central District of California, said she would not grant a temporary restraining order against the county’s shutdown order. Her decision is one of the first in the legal battle over pandemic-related closures of gun businesses. It may indicate the court fights could drag on for weeks and produce mixed results even as Americans buy guns for self-protection at a record pace. Recent Stories in Coronavirus NRA Sues New York Over Gun-Store Crackdown GOP Senators Were Blasted for Saying COVID Bill Could Raise Unemployment. They Were Right. U.S. Prosecutors Resist Calls to Free Inmates as Coronavirus Spreads “While the public interest is served by protecting Second Amendment rights, the public interest is also served by protecting the public health by limiting the spread of a virulent disease,” Marshall said in a ruling. Marshall’s ruling is one of at least three legal opinions that have come out in the wake of the outbreak, though state and federal courts have disagreed about the extent to which the Second Amendment protects against emergency closures. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed Gov. Tom Wolf (D.) to include stores in his shutdown—though the governor later reversed course. Meanwhile,...

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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act for Ventilator Manufacturing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act to aid companies building ventilators for coronavirus patients to receive the supply of materials they need. In a memo released by the White House, Trump directed the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to use his authority to help facilitate the supply of ventilator materials for six companies – General Electric Co (GE.N), Hill-Rom Holdings Inc (HRC.N), Medtronic Plc (MDT.N), Resmed Inc (RMD.N), Royal Philips N.V. and Vyaire Medical Inc. Recent Stories in Coronavirus NRA Sues New York Over Gun-Store Crackdown GOP Senators Were Blasted for Saying COVID Bill Could Raise Unemployment. They Were Right. U.S. Prosecutors Resist Calls to Free Inmates as Coronavirus Spreads Lawmakers have clamored for Trump to invoke the act to end or at least reduce the country’s yawning shortage of ventilators. Because the fast-spreading coronavirus is a respiratory disease, the need for ventilators is multiplying by the hundreds each day. On Thursday Johns Hopkins University said more than 1 million people around the world currently have the coronavirus. State officials and health experts said the United States will ultimately need tens of thousands of additional ventilators. “I am grateful to these and other domestic manufacturers for ramping up their production of ventilators during this difficult time,” Trump said in a short statement released alongside the memo. “Today’s order will save...

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Biden Calls for Iran Sanctions Relief Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Former vice president Joe Biden is calling on the Trump administration to provide economic sanctions relief to Iran, falsely claiming the administration’s measures are preventing Iran from importing medicine and humanitarian aid to combat the coronavirus. Biden, in a statement issued Thursday, said that despite the Iranian regime spending billions of dollars on arming regional terror groups, the United States should create special financial channels to allow Tehran access to the global banking system. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis Biden Calls for Iran Sanctions Relief Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Biden Plugs Labor Ally’s Charity In Face of Corruption Probe “Iran is struggling to contain one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the world,” Biden said. “While the Iranian government has failed to respond effectively to this crisis, including lying and concealing the truth from its own people, and it continues to act provocatively in the region, the Iranian people are hurting desperately.” “It makes no sense, in a global health crisis, to compound that failure with cruelty by inhibiting access to needed humanitarian assistance,” Biden continued. “Whatever our profound differences with the Iranian government, we should support the Iranian people.” While Biden stated during an interview Sunday on Meet the Press that he did not have enough information to take a stance on sanctions relief, he is now pressuring the...

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