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Black Twitter users are outraged after U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Black people should stop drinking and doing drugs in order to survive Covid-19.

Adams said Black people and people of color are hardest hit by the virus because of "social issues," not genetics or biology.

On Friday, Dr. Adams defended his use of colloquial language to push his message about social distancing and healthy responsibility to the Black community.

During the daily White House coronavirus briefing, Adams urged people of color to "step it up" and "avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs" to increase their chances of surviving the coronavirus pandemic.

But PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor, who is mixed race, took issue with Adams using slang language such as "big mama", "abuela" (grandmother in Spanish), and "pop pop" to describe elders.

"Do it for your abuela, do it for your grandaddy, do it for your Big Mama, do it for your pop pop," Adams said.

Alcindor also questioned why Dr. Adams directed his remarks about drugs and alcohol to Black people and not towards other races.

"There are some people online that are already offended by that language and the idea that you're saying behaviors might be leaning to these high death rates," she told Adams. "Could you talk about whether or not people... could you, I guess, have a response for people who might be offended by the language that you used?"

"I used the language that is used in my family, he said, stressing that his words were "not meant to be offensive."

"That's the language that we use and that I use. And we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities," Adams replied.

Alcindor, who has been highly critical of President Trump in the past, asked the president why he didn't have a plan to prevent the high coronavirus death rate among the Black community.

After a brief exchange with Alcindor, Trump asked Dr. Adams to step to the podium to answer her question.
 

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Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential run, leaving feeble-minded Joe Biden as the Democratic party's apparent nominee.

The Vermont senator announced he was ending his run in a conference call on Wednesday.

"I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign," Sanders told supporters. He said he wished he could provide supporters with "better news" but "I think you know the truth."

Sanders expressed his support for Biden on Wednesday. He called Biden "a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward."

President Trump was elated when Sanders dropped out of the race. The president considered Sanders to be his only strong competition, since Biden apparently suffers from senile dementia.

"Bernie Sanders is OUT!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

"Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!"

A bitter Senator Warren dropped out of the race without endorsing anyone.

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President Donald Trump addressed the fact that Black Americans are being hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Trump expressed concerns about the number of deaths among Black people in economically deprived neighborhoods in Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, for example.

"This is real problem and it's showing up very strongly in our data on the African-American community," Trump said at his daily taskforce press briefing in the White House press room on Tuesday. "It's tremendous, it's terrible," Trump said.

Taskforce members Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx both explained that Black Americans aren't contracting the virus at a higher percentage. But the data shows Blacks are dying at a higher rate than other races.

"We don't want to give the impression that the African-American community is more susceptible to the virus," Birx said at the briefing.

She added that the Black population has higher rates of underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and obesity - which make battling COVID-19 more difficult.

"Health disparities have always existed for the African-American community but here again with the crisis how it's shining a bright light on how unacceptable that is - because yet again, when you have a situation like the coronavirus [Blacks] are suffering disproportionately,' Dr. Fauci said.

He added there isn't much the medical community can do about the disparity, except ensure Black patients they will get good care when they do get sick with coronavirus.

The bottom line is Black people must take responsibility for our own health and well-being rather than wait until we get sick to seek medical treatment.

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The White House has issued a recommendation that all citizens wear face masks while in public. The recommendations are not a requirement -- for now.

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, President Donald Trump stressed that face masks are not mandatory, because some people don’t want to wear them.

"I think they're going to be coming out with, uh, regulations on that... frankly, I don't think they'll be mandatory because some people don't wanna do that."

The World Health Organization and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams advised against wearing face masks in public because the masks will lead to more infections since people don't know how to wear them properly.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Russian President Vladimir Puttin sent 60 tons of much needed medical supplies to the United States 2 days after speaking with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The shipment includes ventilators, millions of face masks, and personal protective supplies. U.S. customs agents and other feds were on the ground when the cargo plane landed with boxes touched down at JFK Airport in New York.

The shipment arrived two days after Trump spoke with Putin on the phone about this country’s severe shortage of medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia is still under sanctions after its interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Separate investigations by a special prosecutor and Congress were unable to find any evidence that Russia helped Trump win the election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the U.S. paid for the medical supplies. Still, that didn't stop critics from bashing Trump.

"Nothing to see here. Just a Russian military aircraft landing at JFK with 60 tons of medical supplies to support America's #COVID19 response. A propaganda bonanza as our own government shrinks from America's leadership role in a global crisis," tweeted Trump critic, Brett McGurk, a former diplomat under Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Ben Hodges, a former commanding general of the U.S. Army in Europe, tweeted: "it's a gift TO the Kremlin, not FROM it."

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If you are eligible to receive a $1,200 stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, your check is in the mail.

The IRS has begun the process of sending out relief checks to Americans with a Social Security number who earn under $75,000 a year.

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The amount decreases by $5 per every $100 earned up to $99,000 a year. Hard working taxpayers who earn over $99,000, but still have bills to pay, won't receive a dime.

Married couples who earn less than $150,000 will receive $2,400 plus an additional $500 for each child. Single mothers will also receive an additional $500 per child.

The IRS says it will use a taxpayer's 2019 return to calculate eligibility. If you haven't filed a 2019 return, the IRS will base the calculation on your 2018 return.

Taxpayers who haven't filed a tax return in 2 years can file a "simple tax return" to receive their checks and any income tax refund owed by direct deposit or U.S. snail mail.

Congress approved President Trump's $2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans impacted financially by the coronavirus.

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Last week, Congress passed President Trump's $2 trillion economic relief bill, including $1,200 checks to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year.

Families will receive an additional $500 for each child. Also, the bill extends unemployment benefits by $600 per week.

Despite the government's plan to send checks out to 57 million individuals with social security numbers, Trump critics say they don't want Trump's handouts.

Outraged anti-Trumpers took to social media to declare they will reject the relief checks bearing the president's signature.

A movement has been created online to burn Trump's federal relief checks.

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Rather than cash the unwanted checks and donate the money to charity -- or simply return the checks to the government, anti-Trumpers plan to protest by uploading social media videos that show them burning their $1,200 checks under the hashtag #MyCheckMyChoice.

The relief checks are expected to begin rolling out in mid April.

Question: Some of you hate your president with a passion. Do you plan to burn or return your Trump Checks? Please be honest.
 

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will have to foot the bill for their own security while living in the U.S., President Donald Trump announced.

The former royal couple fled Canada for California after Canadian officials declined to cover the exorbitant costs of their 24-hour security.

Harry and Meghan officially stepped back as senior members of the royal family at the end of March. They reportedly abandoned their temporary home on Vancouver Island, Canada for a more permanent home in California.

Harry and Meghan had been living under the watchful eye of British security guards and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police while in Canada, part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

But in a Twitter post on Sunday, Trump made it clear they will receive no financial help from the feds to pick up the security tab, which is estimated to cost millions of dollars every year.

He wrote, "I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S., however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"

The royals have yet to comment on Trump's announcement.

Harry and Meghan previously explained they stepped away from their royal duties to lead a more private life with their baby son, Archie. But friends say Meghan desperately wants to return to acting.

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The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday, March 27.

The vote came a day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The president is expected to sign the bill quickly.

The package includes $1,200 checks to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year. Individuals who file as "head of household" will receive $1,200 checks if they earn less than $150,000 a year.

Couples earning up to $150,000 a year will receive $2,400. Families get an additional $500 for each child.

The bill also includes an increase in the maximum unemployment benefit to individuals by $600 a week for four months.

But not all lawmakers were happy with the bill's passage. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Republicans for refusing to give $1,200 checks to immigrants who don't have Social Security numbers.

She tweeted on Thursday:

"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon."

AOC's Twitter followers ripped her to shreds.

One Twitter user responded: "Time for them to go home! There's no jobs here for them! Time to put Americans first!!"

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After days of arguing back and forth, the Senate finally reached a bipartisan agreement on President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package deal early Wednesday.

The bill contains checks ranging from $1,200 to $4,500 for individuals and small business owners. Families will receive an additional $500 for each child.

Checks for $1,200 will be sent directly to taxpayers who earned less than $75,000 a year in 2018.

But before you start spending money you haven't received yet, Tamar Braxton's fiancé, David Adefeso is sharing financial advice on his Instagram account.

The stock market is soaring on the news of the economic stimulus deal. David thinks you should take some of that federal money and invest it for your future.
 


 

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Small businesses including retailers, restaurants, real estate and personal care professionals, comprise the largest employer pool in the U.S. They are also some of the hardest hit during this shutdown because many haven’t built up enough cash reserves to account for the plunge in revenues they are currently experiencing, with no end in sight. Mass furloughs and layoffs by small businesses could drastically drive up the unemployment rate and cause consumer spending to plunge precipitously, thereby extending the inevitable recession. To make loans cheaper the Federal Reserve reduced interest rates to close to zero and Congress is currently debating measures to aid small businesses, including loan guarantees. For those who need immediate assistance, a growing list of programs exist to help small businesses, including emergency funding from the government, protection from eviction and business loan deferment. The Small Business Administration’s website (www.sba.gov) is a good place to start for information on some of these programs. “Together We Stand; But Divided We Fall”.

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President Donald Trump is doubling down on his recommendation that all government employees return to work within 2 weeks.

15 states are under lockdown and half of the country is under self-quarantine to curb the spread of the virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people.

"We have to get back to work," Trump said during a Fox News virtual town hall in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.

"I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," Trump added. "I gave it two weeks... We lose thousands of people a year to flu and we don't turn the country off."

Easter falls on Sunday, April 12 this year.

"We'll assess at that time and we'll give it some more time if we need a little more time, but we need to open this country up. We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought."

Earlier, Trump tweeted:

"Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!"

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The White House is encouraging lawmakers to pass a $2 trillion economic stimulus package that will include checks ranging from $1,200 to $4,500 for individuals and small business owners who are impacted financially by the virus.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill on Tuesday afternoon after voting no on Monday.

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Millions of Americans who were counting on receiving coronavirus relief checks from the federal government next month are out of luck.

The Democrats delayed President Trump's coronavirus economic stimulus bill in a Senate vote on Sunday night.

The vote came while at least five Republican senators were in self-quarantine after coming in contact with infected colleagues such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The bill includes relief checks that range from $1,200 to $4,500 to help individuals and small business owners who are financially impacted by the virus.

Corporations and individuals earning over $99,000 in 2018 are not eligible to receive help from the government.

Many Democrats complained that the relief bill did not go far enough to provide healthcare and unemployment aid for Americans.

The Democrats also pushed for food security aid, small business loans and said that three months of unemployment insurance offered was insufficient.

After the vote failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into the Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a partisan agreement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer intervened.

McConnell claimed Pelosi, who is a multimillionaire, took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process."

He said the Senate will re-vote on the massive $1 trillion stimulus bill on Monday afternoon.

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President Trump rebuked an NBC News reporter who asked him what he would say to "scared" Americans during a coronavirus press briefing at the White House on Friday.

Trump called NBC News' Peter Alexander "a terrible reporter" after he asked the president to calm Americans who were scared of catching the coronavirus.

"I'd say that you're a terrible reporter. That's what I'd say," Trump responded. "I think it's a very nasty question and I think it's a very bad signal that you're putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers and they're looking for hope, and you're doing sensationalism..." said Trump.

When Alexander tried to get a word in, Trump cut him off and scolded the reporter for sensationalizing the news.. "Let me just tell you something, that's really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism."

The verbal exchange came after Trump touted a malaria drug as a coronavirus "cure" -- a treatment that top government scientists have said is not proven or tested yet.

The antimalarial drug Chloroquine was administered to people infected with Covid-19 with good results.

Chloroquine was administered to AIDS patients in the 1990s and it was also given to patients during the SARS outbreak a decade later.

Chloroquine works by limiting the virus' capability to replicate itself inside the human cell. But it is not a cure and the harsh side effects means it's not for everyone.
 

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President Donald Trump has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to extend the filing deadline to July 15.

Earlier, the IRS extended the payment deadline to July 15 to lessen the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the extension in a tweet on Friday. He previously denied reports that the IRS would extend the filing deadline.

"We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

Mnuchin encouraged taxpayers who are due refunds to file early to receive their refund checks more quickly.

President Trump signed a bill that includes sending checks ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to every American. Mothers with children will also received an extra $500 for each child.

Hard working individual taxpayers who earned over $99,000 in 2018 will not receive a check from the government.

The Trump administration is also considering a blanket suspension of all income tax payments for the rest of the year.

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Rumors spread like wildfire last night that American media magnate Oprah Winfrey was arrested for her role in a sex trafficking ring that operated out of a South Florida mansion.

Late Tuesday night, Oprah's name began trending on Twitter.com. A conspiracy theory that sprouted on Facebook last week claimed federal agents raided Oprah's South Florida home, and that she had been arrested for sex trafficking.

The conspiracy theorists, devotees of QAnon, say an anonymous government official named 'Q' secretly unsealed documents and is sharing messages and symbols that serve as evidence of a hidden plot to overthrow President Trump, according to The Washington Post.

The QAnon devotees - all overzealous Trump supporters - believe that many elite politicians, millionaires, a few billionaires, and celebrities belong to an international cabal of pedophiles and will soon be arrested.

The rumormongers swear that Oprah had been named as one of the bigwigs in documents that were unsealed in the Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein sex abuse cases.

But Oprah, 66, denied everything after the rumors began trending last night.

"Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It's NOT TRUE. Haven't been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody. [prayer emoji]
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020."

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In a viral Facebook post, the author claimed the coronavirus "is the biggest covert U.S. intelligence operation that the world has ever seen."

The author predicted that the disease would provide cover for the arrests of prominent individuals including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Oprah Winfrey, and actor Tom Hanks, who was recently released from a hospital along with his wife, Rita Wilson, after they both tested positive for the virus in Australia.

The QAnon conspiracy theories gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted user photos of yellow police tape surrounding Oprah's Mediterranean villa in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday.

The images claimed feds were "excavating the property and digging up tunnels" that were supposedly used as an underground railroad for sex traffickers to ferry children to the mansions of millionaires in the wealthy enclave of Boca.

Oprah owns many fabulous properties around the world, but none of them are in Florida, according to The Post.

Director Ava DuVernay rushed to Oprah's defense on Twitter.

"Trolls + bots began this disgusting rumor. Mean-spirited minds kept it going. #Oprah has worked for decades on behalf of others. Given hundreds of millions to individuals + causes in need. Shared her own abuse as a child to help folks heal. Shame on all who participated in this."

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