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Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

Washington (CNN)The US federal prison system will move to a heightened state of lockdown as it fights the spread of coronavirus behind bars, the Bureau of Prisons announced. The federal prison system, composed of nearly 150,000 inmates in 122 facilities nationwide, had previously been in a moderate defensive posture, with a mandatory quarantine for new inmates and a ban on most visitation. At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the Bureau of Prisons has also been taking steps to begin releasing especially vulnerable inmate populations who are nonviolent and…

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Cuomo calls Trump ‘incorrect and grossly uninformed’ about New York’s ventilator situation as fight escalates

(CNN)Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his call to distribute federal ventilators the state had in storage as the two leaders’ war of words over the coronavirus pandemic escalates. “So the point is, ‘well they’re in a stockpile, you must not need them’ is just ignorant — of course you don’t need them today!” Cuomo continued. “You need them when you hit the apex, which is 30,000. We’re not there yet.” Trump had earlier tweeted that New York should distribute the ventilators immediately. That statement…

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Sailors test positive for coronavirus at sea as US military leaders say crisis could last into summer

Washington (CNN)The Pentagon’s senior leadership broadcast a different message than President Donald Trump on Tuesday, with military leaders warning the coronavirus crisis could last well into the summer as the President seeks to open the economy back up. Milley was clear that “no one actually knows” when the crisis would be over, but that they were looking at “a variety of models.” On the same day that the President said at a Fox News town hall that he wants the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,”…

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North Korea says it received a letter from Trump

(CNN)North Korea said President Donald Trump sent Kim Jong Un a personal letter in which he expressed his willingness to help with “anti-epidemic work,” according to North Korea state-run media KCNA early Sunday. CNN has reached out to both the White House and National Security Council for comment. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/21/politics/north-korea-trump/index.html

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Pompeo says State Department employees tested positive for coronavirus as he blasts Iran and China over ‘disinformation’

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday a “handful” of State Department employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first official acknowledgement that his staff has been directly affected by the pandemic. Pompeo also focused on America’s geopolitical foes Iran and China in connection to the pandemic, claiming that Iran has been lying about the impact of the outbreak and, like China, has been falsely trying to blame the virus on the US. Iranian leaders have “lied about the Wuhan virus for weeks, the Iranian leadership is…

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Google says it’s not publishing a national-scale coronavirus site anytime soon after Trump announcement

(CNN)Google will not be publishing a national-scale website for coronavirus testing anytime soon, contrary to claims made by President Donald Trump during a Friday news conference. Verily’s statement sharply contrasts with Trump’s remarks Friday in the White House Rose Garden. “I want to thank Google,” Trump said. “Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.” The comment appeared to be a reference to…

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House passes Iran War Powers resolution opposed by Trump

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives approved a War Powers resolution Wednesday, aiming to rein in presidential authority to use military action against Iran without congressional approval. The President warned the Senate not to green-light the measure last month ahead of its passage, tweeting, “It is very important for our country’s security that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution,” and adding, “If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day.” The resolution “directs the President to terminate the use of United States Armed…

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Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden for president

(CNN)US Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Sunday she’s endorsing Joe Biden for president, the latest in a series of high-profile announcements from Democrats backing the former vice president. “Kamala — You’ve spent your whole career fighting for folks who’ve been written off and left behind — and no small part of that alongside Beau. From our family: thank you,” the former Vice President said in a retweet of her endorsement. The long-anticipated endorsement from Harris comes as a string of former 2020 presidential contenders have thrown…

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17 attorneys general ask administration to delay public charge rule during coronavirus outbreak

(CNN)A coalition of 17 attorneys general across the country, led by Washington state’s Bob Ferguson, have signed a letter asking the Trump administration to delay the new public charge rule for immigrants while the coronavirus outbreak is ongoing. Ferguson’s letter blasts the administration as discouraging people from accessing health care they are entitled to in the midst of a public health crisis. “DHS received warnings of the potentially devastating effects of the Rule if its implementation were to coincide with the outbreak of a highly communicable disease — a scenario…

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer endorses Biden ahead of state’s key primary next Tuesday

(CNN)Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, an emerging figure on the national political landscape, endorsed Joe Biden on Thursday, giving the former vice president a boost days ahead of his showdown with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in her state’s primary. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016, a win that rejuvenated his campaign at the time and turned the Democratic race into a long slog. In 2018, Whitmer — whose campaign slogan was “Fix the damn roads” — defeated the Sanders-endorsed Abdul El-Sayed in the gubernatorial primary, and went on to…

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Secret Service changing Biden protection plans after rally scare

(CNN)The Secret Service is working through plans to provide protection to presidential candidates after protesters stormed the stage of former Vice President Joe Biden‘s victory rally in Los Angeles late Tuesday in a harrowing scene. Presidential candidates historically receive Secret Service details during the primary season as their crowd sizes and the possibility of threats swells. A candidate must typically ask for the protection to initiate an approval process that includes sign-off from congressional leaders and the Homeland Security chief, although federal guidelines allow the process to begin absent a…

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White House pulls nomination of key Pentagon official who questioned legality of Ukraine aid hold

(CNN)The White House is withdrawing the nomination of Elaine McCusker to be the Pentagon’s comptroller, according to a White House official. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/politics/mccusker-nomination-pulled/index.html

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4 things to watch in South Carolina’s Democratic primary

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN)Joe Biden needs a win Saturday night. And if he, as recent polling suggests, pulls it off, how big that victory is could determine the course of the Democratic nomination fight as it heads into Super Tuesday on March 3. Visit CNN’s Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 race For all the other candidates, like former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Carolina serves as a stopover on the way to Super Tuesday. None of…

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We fact checked an entire Bernie Sanders speech. Here’s what we found

Washington (CNN)We regularly fact check President Donald Trump’s rally speeches from start to finish. When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cemented himself as the front-runner for the party nomination with his victory in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, we decided to give one of his rally speeches the same treatment. Full Election Results Sanders made far fewer false claims than Trump tends to make at rallies. The President has averaged 20.6 false claims per rally over the 19 rallies we have fact checked since July 8. Here is the full list of…

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Rod Blagojevich is charging $100 for personalized shout-outs on Cameo

Washington (CNN)If you’ve had the urge to hear from Rod Blagojevich directly after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, you’re in luck — but it will cost you. During his tenure as governor, Blagojevich was charged with corruption and impeached by the state Legislature in 2009. His Cameo offering comes the week after his sentence was commuted by the President after the Democrat and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant had served eight years of a 14-year sentence for pay-for-play crimes. His charges included trying to solicit money for an appointment to…

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