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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Jump Again as More Diamond Princess Passengers Test Positive

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Jump Again as More Diamond Princess Passengers Test PositiveThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday that the number of 2019 novel Coronavirus cases in the United States rose from 34 on Friday to 53 as more passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the sickness. The virus quickly spread among 695 passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, and has since killed at least two and forced many of the rest into quarantines and isolation. The U.S. State Department eventually repatriated those who wished to come home, though local officials across America have shown signs of resistance to housing the potentially infected in state or federal facilities.COVID-19, as the virus is officially known, has infected more than 79,000 people in two dozen countries and killed at least 2,600. Businesses across the world have responded by cancelling conferences and restricting travel, especially to China. U.S. financial markets plunged Monday as the number of confirmed cases rose in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Meanwhile, at least one man in Miami was facing a medical bill for up to thousands of dollars after a Coronavirus scare. He was ultimately diagnosed with the flu, but the case showed the potential for people with high-cost health plans to rack up fees as panic spreads in a country without universal healthcare.The Ticking Coronavirus Time Bomb: America’s UninsuredEven as the Petri dish of the Diamond Princess and the surge in cases in Europe and the Middle East have captured the world’s attention, the vast majority of cases remain in China, where the virus was first documented in December.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Italy locks down 'hot spot' cities; WHO says coronavirus 'not yet' a pandemic

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Italy locks down 'hot spot' cities; WHO says coronavirus 'not yet' a pandemic"Hot spot" cities and towns across northern Italy were in lockdown as authorities battled to contain a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus.


Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show

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Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents showWhile the impeachment proceedings are now over, ongoing lawsuits and upcoming books are expected to reveal still more details about the campaign to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pursue the investigations Trump wanted.


Missing Tennessee toddler's grandmother and her boyfriend extradited after arrest

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Missing Tennessee toddler's grandmother and her boyfriend extradited after arrestEvelyn Boswell, a Tennessee toddler who is 15 months old, was last seen in December. An Amber Alert was issued for her on Wednesday.


Trump abortion referral 'gag rule' can be enforced, U.S. appeals court says

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Trump abortion referral 'gag rule' can be enforced, U.S. appeals court saysIn a 7-4 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling last June by a unanimous three-judge panel to lift injunctions won by California, Oregon and Washington against enforcing the rule, which deprives clinics of Title X family planning funds if they provide abortion referrals. The rule, announced last February, was meant to help President Donald Trump fulfill a 2016 campaign pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood, which received about $60 million annually, or one-fifth, of all Title X funds.


California woman, boyfriend accused of killing 3 roommates over rent argument

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California woman, boyfriend accused of killing 3 roommates over rent argumentThe California couple are in jail in Nevada awaiting extradition on three counts of murder possibly stemming from a rent dispute, police said.


Donald, Melania, Ivanka, and Jared Visited the Taj Mahal. Their Poses Spoke Volumes.

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Donald, Melania, Ivanka, and Jared Visited the Taj Mahal. Their Poses Spoke Volumes.Melania Trump stood in front of the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of devotion to his wife, Mumtaz, and watched her open-mouthed husband bellow to photographers.Her high-necked, ivory jumpsuit matched the exterior of the famed marble mausoleum (CNN’s Kate Bennett identified the one piece as made by Trump’s stylist, Hervé Pierre). It came with a moss green sash made of “vintage Indian textile” that slightly clashed with her husband’s canary yellow tie. Still, the First Lady—known for looking absolutely miserable when out with her husband—appeared happy, or at least flashed a few more step-and-repeat smiles than normal. One tabloid described the pair as “loved-up,” which is as big of a stretch as the notion that burger-loving Trump enjoyed his meatless Monday in India. Still, the Trumps were able to hold hands for a while, and they stood close while watching a flock of birds fly away, like two characters from a gothic poem. Trump Taj Mahal Slashed Security. Then the Murders Started.Ivanka, too, arrived with Jared Kushner in tow, though she kicked her husband out of her own picture. In a poppy-patterned turquoise dress which matched the reflection pool she stood in front of, Ivanka mugged with her vacant-eyed, but determined smile.If you have any doubts of any future political aspirations for this “presidential advisor,” then (take a deep breath and) look at her Taj Mahal photo opp. Despite all those "Unwanted Ivanka" detractors, just like the building itself, she endures. In Ivanka’s words, such resilience is “awe inspiring.” Others might call her seemingly ceaseless, free vacations (thinly) disguised as diplomacy, a horror scenario. The Taj Mahal was completed after ten years of construction in 1653, outlasting threats from the Japanese Air Force in World War II, and Pakistan’s bomber pilots in the late 1960s. But the historic site, frequently referenced as a Wonder of the World, has succumbed to one thing: the rich and powerful using it as a backdrop to make coded statements to the world. The tradition began in earnest with the 1992 image of Princess Diana on a marble bench, her body a lithe strip in a cherry red blazer, nearly dwarfed compared to the gargantuan building behind her. She went to the site alone, without her husband Prince Charles, implying a fissure in their not-so-storybook romance. But Diana was not the first celebrity photo opp at the Taj Mahal. In 1962, Jackie Kennedy took a solo trip to India and Pakistan, at a time when First Ladies did not often dabble in foreign diplomacy. For her pilgrimage to the spot, she wore a preppy blue and green sheath, projecting the Camelot-era’s sunny confidence. Four years later, George Harrison snapped a selfie in front of the site, looking very anti-Kennedy in his counterculture duds of an unbuttoned cotton shirt and dark sunglasses. Since then, plenty of other young and famous men have come to the mausoleum in search of themselves, or at least a performative version of it.In 2015, the Facebook founder said the Taj Mahal was an example of “what people can build —and what love can motivate us to build,” using the elegant language of a good copywriter to plug his company after paying respects. That same year, Leonardo DiCaprio visited too, while in the country working on a climate change documentary. It was a “secret trip;” DiCaprio asked tourists not to take pictures, because he was working. In 1995, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton also sat on one of the Taj Mahal’s benches for photographers, sitting close and smiling, visual code for girl power. Five years after that, the first daughter would return with her father, Bill. In wide-angle snapshots of Donald and Melania strolling in front of the Taj Mahal, the yuge building’s scope leaves the pair looking tiny, nearly as tall as the shrubs which line the monument’s grassy aisles. Trump, who’s got a thing for screaming about his own bigness, might not appreciate how tiny he looks. But for a man who views the presidency as just another prize to show off that he’s won, the Taj Mahal visit was a success. The man whose legacy was once a knockoff-named casino now has got his photo in front of the real thing, joining the star-studded ranks of those who came before him. And as we’ve seen from this optics-obsessed administration so many times before, the facade is all that matters.  Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effect

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Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effectWith new rules taking effect on Monday that disqualify more people from green cards if they use government benefits, droves of immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have dropped social services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the United States.


Florida Democrats think Sanders' Castro comments could cost him the state in November

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Florida Democrats think Sanders' Castro comments could cost him the state in NovemberSen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) recent comments about the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro are brewing up a storm among Florida lawmakers, especially in the Democratic Party.During a 60 Minutes interview Sunday evening on CBS, Sanders argued it was unfair to malign every aspect of Castro's regime, praising achievements like the country's literacy program. He condemned its authoritarian nature, but despite that clarification, Sanders' comments were enough to cause a backlash in Florida, which is home to a large Cuban-American population, including refugees from the Castro era. Some Democratic lawmakers even went so far as to say that if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, it could hand Florida, which always a crucial and often controversial swing state in presidential elections, to President Trump in November.Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) said the comments will likely "alienate" Florida voters, and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) said his words were "unacceptable."> Hard to overstate how poor a fit Sanders would be for FL in November. Freshman Dem who flipped a heavily Cuban GOP seat in 2018: https://t.co/bM89ugQEPx> > — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) February 24, 2020> Another Florida Dem (and Bloomberg supporter) speaks out against Sanders' Castro comments https://t.co/LixQk8fHhD> > — Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) February 24, 2020Meanwhile, State Rep. Javier Fernandez (D) said the 60 Minutes interview is a "perfect illustration as to why" Sanders is the Democratic presidential candidate "least capable" of winning Florida and that "our country and party deserve better."More stories from theweek.com Warren Buffett says he'd 'certainly' vote for Mike Bloomberg, but will have to 'see what happens' with Bernie Sanders Fox Business host blames stock market plunge on Bernie Sanders Time's Up calls Weinstein's conviction a 'historic moment'


Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislation

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Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislationAn 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits. Charles Nielsen addressed the committee that voted to send the legislation to the full House as Bailey Nielsen stood at his side with the weapon slung over her right shoulder, but did not say anything. “Bailey is carrying a loaded AR-15,” Charles Nielsen told lawmakers.


Sanders Claims AIPAC Gives ‘A Platform to Bigotry’

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Sanders Claims AIPAC Gives ‘A Platform to Bigotry’The American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday blasted Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) over the senator's claim that the pro-Israel group gives a "platform to bigotry.""Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment," read a statement from AIPAC. "By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel. Truly shameful."Sanders announced on Sunday he would not attend the annual AIPAC Policy Conference."The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights," Sanders wrote on Twitter. "For that reason I will not attend their conference." The statement seems to be a reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Sanders has referred to as a "racist" in the past.The conference will be held at the beginning of March. Confirmed speakers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), and a bipartisan roster of U.S. representatives.Sanders has himself received endorsements for his presidential campaign from Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), both of whom have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism. Omar has written on Twitter that American support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins," and wrote in 2012 that Israel had "hypnotized the world." Both representatives planned a visit to Israel with Palestinian group Miftah, which has a history of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and once republished an article from a neo-Nazi website.Sanders has also named activist Linda Sarsour, who has similarly been accused of anti-Semitism, as a campaign surrogate.


Democrats' strategy to stop Sanders could be fatally flawed

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Democrats' strategy to stop Sanders could be fatally flawedThose opposed to the Vermont senator's candidacy have suggested his rivals dropping out could stop him, but polling shows it could help him.


Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his own

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Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his ownJustice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer. On Monday, the 71-year-old justice turned inward, focusing his criticism on himself — a court opinion he wrote in 2005 defending the power of federal administrative agencies. In the case, known as Brand X, the court sided with the Federal Communications Commission's decision not to regulate broadband cable providers, rejecting a federal appeals court ruling that would have required regulation.


Two 13-year-old boys charged with murder in California library fire

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Two 13-year-old boys charged with murder in California library fireCharges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys linked to a library fire at California's Porterville City Library that killed two firefighters.


'It's my guilty pleasure': Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake

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 Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecakeSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer admitted he has dropped almost $9,000 on his favorite cheesecake over the years. "Guilty as charged," he said.


Iran is closing schools, scrambling for hospital places, and spraying disinfectant in the subway as coronavirus deaths and cases spike

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Iran is closing schools, scrambling for hospital places, and spraying disinfectant in the subway as coronavirus deaths and cases spikeThe government said 12 people had died of the novel coronavirus as of Monday, though one official said the number is actually much higher.


North Korea has yet to officially report any coronavirus cases. But it just quarantined 380 foreigners.

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North Korea has yet to officially report any coronavirus cases. But it just quarantined 380 foreigners.The majority of the quarantined individuals in the secretive, isolated country are diplomats. The nationalities of the quarantined individuals have not been identified.


Bloomberg adviser accuses Warren of 'running interference' for Sanders

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Bloomberg adviser accuses Warren of 'running interference' for SandersThe Bloomberg campaign seems a little exasperated with Democratic presidential primary competitor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has directed a bevy of criticism at their candidate, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Over the weekend, Warren was asked whether she considered the Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) a risky candidate -- a term which she has used to describe Bloomberg. Warren didn't directly respond to the question about Sanders, instead reiterating her feelings about Bloomberg, who she said has a history of hiding his taxes, harassing women, and supporting racist policies, before launching into an argument about why she's the least risky candidate.The clip set off Bloomberg's senior adviser Tim O'Brien, who accused Warren of "smearing" Bloomberg and ignoring his track record when it comes to advocating for women's rights, while "running interference" for Sanders, who he thinks deserves more scrutiny over some writing he produced about women in the past. > Sen. Warren continues smearing Mike Bloomberg's reputation and misrepresenting years of progressive work advocating for women - including in city hall, his company, his philanthropy, the 2018 mid-terms and this election - while running interference for Bernie Sanders. https://t.co/5h4jmDFcyr> > -- Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) February 24, 2020More stories from theweek.com Warren Buffett says he'd 'certainly' vote for Mike Bloomberg, but will have to 'see what happens' with Bernie Sanders Fox Business host blames stock market plunge on Bernie Sanders Time's Up calls Weinstein's conviction a 'historic moment'


NASA's Insight lander is revealing Mars to be far more shaky than we thought. It picked up about 450 quakes and 10,000 ground-bending whirlwinds.

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NASA's Insight lander is revealing Mars to be far more shaky than we thought. It picked up about 450 quakes and 10,000 ground-bending whirlwinds."It's still a very mysterious situation, and we're kind of in the Wild West of understanding what's going on here," on Insight investigator said.


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