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Just 1 new COVID-19 case: Hawaii opens more parks, stores, Senate panel mulls tough new tourist rules, Obama building Oahu home, Zuckerberg donates to Kauai community, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Lt. Gov. Josh Green at May 6, 2020 press conference on Facebook Live Ige, Green make case for partial opening of economy. With Hawaii on a two-week roll of single digit cases of COVID-19 per day, Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green teamed up Wednesday to explain and defend the first phase of reopening the state’s economy, which starts today. Star-Advertiser.=====State parks reopen on a limited basis. Select Hawaii state parks have been reopened for active hiking and beach exercise duri...
Tags: Travel, Mark Zuckerberg, Obama, Senate, Office, Barack Obama, United States, Hawaii, Kim, Department Of Transportation, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui


Bill Barr On Bombshell Reversal In Flynn Case: It Was An ‘Easy Decision’

The story was updated after CBS News posted the full transcript of its interview. Attorney General Bill Barr defended the Justice Department’s bombshell move to drop its case against Michael Flynn Thursday, telling CBS News that it was an “easy decision.” “I think easy because once I saw all the facts and some of the tactics used by the FBI in this instance and also the legal problems with the case, it was an easy decision,” Barr said. In filings earlier Thursday, the Justice Department told ...
Tags: News, Cbs News, White House, Russia, Fbi, Cbs, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, Steele, Sullivan, Mueller, Barr, Michael Flynn


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Visiting Random Animal Crossing Islands

Politicians aren’t exactly able to go door-to-door meeting folks at the moment, but Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing the next best thing—or maybe even the better thing—and heading out to meet folks in Animal Crossing instead.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Nintendo, Animal Crossing, Nintendo Switch, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Coronavirus live updates: Trump staff to be tested daily; TSA to require facial protection; WH reportedly shelved CDC reopening plans;

President Trump's staff to be tested daily. TSA requires facial protection. The White House reportedly shelved CDC's reopening plan. Thursday's news.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Cdc, White House, Tsa, Usa Today, Trump


Opinion: Valet's diagnosis threatens Trump's fantasy

The danger is inside the house. A member of the US Navy who serves as a valet to President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19. This means the deadly virus has likely circulated in the White House living quarters, threatening the president's health and, perhaps, the denial that has marked his response to a pandemic that has killed nearly 75,000 Americans in less than four months since he declared, "We have it totally under control."
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, US Navy, Trump


Valet's Covid-19 diagnosis threatens Trump's fantasy

The danger is inside the house. A member of the US Navy who serves as a valet to President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19. This means the deadly virus has likely circulated in the White House living quarters, threatening the president's health and, perhaps, the denial that has marked his response to a pandemic that has killed nearly 75,000 Americans in less than four months since he declared, "We have it totally under control."
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, US Navy, Trump


Valet's diagnosis threatens Trump's fantasy

The deadly virus has likely circulated in the White House living quarters, threatening the President's health and, perhaps, the denial that has marked his response to a pandemic that has killed nearly 75,000 Americans, writes Michael D'Antonio.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Trump


Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response...

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, tells CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta why the Trump administration is not implementing the CDC guidance for reopening.
Tags: Health, Cdc, White House, Cnn, Anderson Cooper, Trump, Sanjay Gupta, Deborah Birx


Coronavirus: As L.A. opens retail stores, Garcetti urges Angelenos to shop local

As retail stores in Los Angeles begin reopening Friday, May 8, for curbside pickup orders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put in a plug to get Angelenos to funnel their dollars to the businesses in their own neighborhoods. Just as there was a push to support restaurants that took a hit early in the pandemic, due to restrictions against dining, Garcetti said people who have been depending on big chains and national distributors should turn their attention to buying from the local florist, bookst...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Metro, Observatory, LA County, Garcetti, Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, UTLA


Kellyanne Conway Rails Against Husband’s Anti-Trump Group On Fox News

The White House counselor was confronted about the president's public feud with George Conway's Lincoln Project.
Tags: News, White House, George Conway


White House Rattled by a Military Aide’s Positive Coronavirus Test

President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the White House staff, would now be tested on a daily basis.
Tags: News, White House, Dc, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike, Abbott Laboratories, Pence, Donald J, World War II (1939-45, White House Building (Washington, Tests (Medical, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Coronavirus live news: WHO says 190,000 could die in Africa as Trump blocks CDC guidance

US death toll passes 75,000; Russian cases overtake Germany and France; international tourism to plunge by 80%. Follow the latest updatesCovid-19 puts Putin’s power plans on hold and economy in perilOne of Trump’s personal valets tests positive for virusCoronavirus latest: at a glanceAustralia coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22am BST News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch will forgo his cash bonus for the current fiscal year due to the impact of Covid-19 pan...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Cdc, France, White House, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Americas, US, UK News, World news


Kushner Details His Wild Idea to Use Russia’s Secret Comms

The president’s son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, suggested having Trump’s future national security adviser use secure communications at the Russian embassy to communicate with Russian generals, according to newly released transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee. The suggestion, made during a December 2016 meeting with Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was ultimately nixed by the Russian ambassador, according to Kushner. Kushner’s proposed back-channel wit...
Tags: New York, News, Putin, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Russia, America, Syria, Moscow, Pentagon, Department Of Justice, Kremlin, Prince, House Intelligence Committee, Justice Department


Schiff Releases 57 Transcripts From House Intel Trump-Russia Probe

Fifty-seven interview transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into allegations of collusion between President Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election were released to the public on Thursday, after a year-and-a-half long redaction process in which the White House demanded to review and redact the testimony before its public release. House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the transcripts — including interviews with former B...
Tags: News, White House, Ukraine, House, Intelligence Community, Republican, House Intelligence Committee, Justice Department, Trump, Flynn, National Intelligence, Adam Schiff, Schiff, Michael Flynn, Devin Nunes, Blackwater


Nurses head to the White House to protest lack of PPE

Nurses rallied in front of the White House on Thursday morning to protest the lack of personal protective equipment available to them in the battle against the novel coronavirus.
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Senator Wyden And Others Introduce Bill Calling The DOJ's Bluff Regarding Its Attempt To Destroy Section 230 & Encryption (techdirt)

One of the key points we've been making concerning Attorney General William Barr and his DOJ's eager support for the terrible EARN-IT Act, is that much of it really seems to be to cover up the DOJ's own failings in fighting child porn and child exploitation. The premise behind the EARN IT Act is that there's a lot of child exploitation/child abuse material found on social media... and that social media companies should do more to block that content. Of course, if you step back and think about it...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Homeland Security, Doj, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Mike Masnick, GAO, Congressional, HHS, Anna Eshoo, Executive Office, Barr, CSAM, Ncmec


On the Accuracy of Covid-19 Testing

As someone who suspects I may have had a mild case of Covid-19 a couple of months ago, I’ve been thinking about getting tested for antibodies. But as this video from ProPublica shows, even really accurate tests may not actually tell you all that much. And the thing is, the “do I have Covid-19 right now” tests are plagued by the same issue. For patients getting tested, the main concern is how to interpret the outcome: If I test negative with an RT-PCR genetic test, what are the chances I ac...
Tags: White House, Vermont, Jason Kottke, Boston University School of Public Health, Deborah Birx, Covid Eleanor Murray


Investing in a passwordless future: These biometrics companies are reinventing identity security with facial and gesture recognition (MSFT, OKTA, NUAN, PING)

While the first Thursday in May is known as "World Password Day," it should be renamed World Passwordless Day, argues Joy Chik, a Microsoft executive in its identity division.  Passwords are security hazards and memory hassles, leading companies of all sizes to try to figure out different ways to verify users' identities.  While fingerprint-security was once quite popular, COVID-19 has put a damper on that – but new research says investment in facial and gesture recognition is booming.  Here a...
Tags: UK, London, Microsoft, Okta, White House, China, US, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Trends, Siri, Beijing, South Africa, Shanghai, Alibaba, Silicon Valley


Trump reportedly got 'lava level mad' over potential exposure to coronavirus

President Trump was reportedly very, very mad about someone else's coronavirus diagnosis.On Thursday, the White House confirmed a member of the military who worked closely with Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had since tested negative for COVID-19, but Trump was still "lava level mad" he came even close to contracting it, NBC News reports.The unidentified man was a member of Trump's valet, and started showing coronavirus symptoms Wednesday mornin...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Nbc News, Cnn, Trump, Mike Pence, Arby, Sen Joe Manchin, NBC News Trump


Rosenstein ‘Scope’ Memo Confirms Baselessness of Trump–Russia Probe

Finally, three years coming, the Justice Department is showing a little more leg on the Rosenstein “scope” memo -- the directive by which then–deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein defined the parameters of the investigation he’d appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conduct.Of course, the games never end in the Trump–Russia probe, so there’s a hitch. The scope memo remains partially, tantalizingly redacted. Disclosure is limited to Rosenstein’s purported grounds for investigating four me...
Tags: News, Putin, White House, Russia, Israel, Dnc, Turkey, Ukraine, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Fisa, Kremlin, Doj, Justice Department, Clinton, James Comey


Trump cryptically tells reporters 'a lot of things' might happen soon following call with Putin

President Trump is celebrating throwback Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump told reporters on Thursday that he spoke on the phone with Putin and the two discussed the so-called "hoax" that was the investigation into Russian election interference, which determined Russia meddled to aid Trump, did not find collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and did not determine whether administration officials sought to obstruct the probe.Reiterating his displeasure with the invest...
Tags: News, Putin, Cbs News, Senate, White House, Russia, Bloomberg, Trump, Arby, Michael Flynn, Sen Joe Manchin, Margaret Brennan, Vladimir Putin Trump


Coronavirus live updates: WH reportedly shelved CDC reopening plans; Trump staff to be tested daily; lockdown of seniors?

The White House reportedly shelved the CDC's reopening plan. MIT study says a targeted lockdown of seniors would work best. Thursday's news.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Cdc, White House, Mit, Usa Today, Trump, WH


Only a 'few' staffers in the West Wing regularly wear masks to work, officials say

The White House has emerged as ground zero in the cultural battle over whether to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, West Wing


White House is ground zero for culture war over face masks

The White House has emerged as ground zero in the cultural battle over whether to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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Nurses head to the White House to protest lack of protective equipment

Nurses rallied in front of the White House on Thursday morning to protest the lack of personal protective equipment available to them in the battle against the novel coronavirus.
Tags: White House, Cnn


Read: DOJ request to dismiss Michael Flynn charge

The White House has emerged as ground zero in the cultural battle over whether to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Doj, Michael Flynn


Trump blasts 'human scum' who investigated his administration as Justice Department drops criminal case against Michael Flynn

President Trump excoriated the administration of President Barack Obama as “human scum” who attempted to undermine him by “targeting” former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Justice Department, Trump, Michael Flynn


Microsoft says Amazon has filed a new protest 'out of view of the public' over the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract (AMZN, MSFT)

Microsoft says Amazon has filed a new complaint over the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, this time directly with the Department of Defense. An Amazon Web Services spokesman said Amazon wants to "ensure a common understanding of the DoD's requirements and eliminate ambiguity that could impact a fair evaluation." A federal judge recently paused a months-long dispute between Amazon, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense over the contract. Amazon has alleged that political interferen...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, White House, Defense, Trends, Department Of Defense, Aws, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Trump, Dod, Jedi, Frank Shaw, Amazon Microsoft


White House Blocks CDC Guidance Over Economic and Religious Concerns

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: As President Trump rushes to reopen the economy, a battle has erupted between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the agency's detailed guidelines to help schools, restaurants, churches and other establishments safely reopen. A copy of the C.D.C. guidance obtained by The New York Times includes sections for child care programs, schools and day camps, churches and other "communities of faith," employe...
Tags: White House, Tech, New York Times, The New York Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Department of Labor, Office for Civil Rights, Roger Severino, White House Blocks CDC, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, Heritage Foundation Governments


The new White House press secretary was a harsh critic of then-candidate Donald Trump before she became a fierce advocate for him

Podcast | Catch up | Timeline | All 50 states' reopening plans | Photos
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