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Supreme Court postpones all April arguments because of coronavirusThe Supreme Court has canceled all April arguments because of the coronavirus, it announced Friday in a news release.All planned arguments for March and April have now been indefinitely postponed.“The Court will consider rescheduling some cases from the March and April sessions before the end of the Term, if circumstances permit in light of public health and safety guidance at that time,” the court said in the release. The court’s annual term usually ends in June before the justices take a summer vacation.The court has been clos...
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GM snubbed by White House in column about ventilator production
On the same day that General Motors started training workers to build life-saving ventilators, the White House snubbed the automaker in a public column.White House official Peter Navarro wrote about the administration’s push to get more ventilators to hospitals for people with coronavirus in a column in USA Today.Navarro is the assistant to President Donald Trump for trade and manufacturing and is the coordinator of the Defense Production Act policy.He wrote that the administration is “moving swiftly in Trump Time to address a significant shortage of these lifesavers” in reference to the much-...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: It's time for the networks to stop live broadcast of Trump's briefings
The president’s daily Coronavirus Task Force presentations have morphed into a beast that bears no resemblance to the informative crisis briefings they were originally intended to be. Once managed by a composed and eloquent Vice President Mike Pence, they are now the vehicle for the uninterrupted rambling and factually suspect musings of President Donald Trump. Whenever other officials speak, as if by command, their first-spoken words typically are in praise of Trump’s decisive, bold, courageous leadership. If the crisis weren’t so serious, the scene would be comedy material.It’s time for the ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Editorial: With coronavirus in Sacramento churches, pastors who continue to risk lives deserve jail
Scientific research suggests that prayer has the power to calm the mind, increase resistance to temptation and make people happier.One thing prayer can’t do, however, is stop the coronavirus. So far, two members of one Sacramento church have died from COVID-19. Four other members of the church are infected. It’s important to note that these infections took place before Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials issued stay-in-place orders on March 19.In Sacramento County, 71 members of the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church near Rancho Cordova have tested positive for the coronavirus. One person has ...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends deadly mixed messages on coronavirus
Gov. Ron DeSantis made a deadly gamble in delaying a statewide stay-at-home order for weeks, a decision that could cause many more Floridians to die of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The governor finally imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, which took effect on Thursday at midnight, after talking to President Donald Trump. But he also overrode more-restrictive orders imposed by many cities and counties, including those in South Florida’s hotspot.DeSantis’s ninth-inning orders are another example of how Florida’s governor is leading from behind on the pandemic, trailin...
Commentary: The rationing of human worth
It seems like a lot of NBA basketball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m glad none of them have gotten deathly ill, and I’m particularly glad that no members of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team, are said to be sick.I figure this greatly increases the odds that I’ll get the treatment I need to recover if I get sick and have to go to the hospital. I figure if a power forward and I show up in the emergency room at the same time and the doctors perceive that they can only treat one of us, I’m a goner.I mean, he’s a prime specimen. He might even have a shoe deal. And I’m just ...
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Mary Schmich: If you get the coronavirus, would you, should you, make it public?
If you were to get the new coronavirus, would you, should you, let it be widely known?Or to put it another way: Would you want to keep it secret?As more of us contract the wildly contagious disease officially known as COVID-19, this thorny question presses in. You may not know anyone yet who has it. I don’t. Or, more likely, I probably do, it’s just that those people haven’t been identified to me.Whether or not we feel our own health directly affected yet, all of us watch the growing infection count and we’ve all heard of famous people who’ve caught the virus. Three weeks ago — which in virus ...
Why did coronavirus kill SC activist? He was never told he had disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Liszewski awoke last Saturday and padded down the steps at his Columbia home, hoping the headaches and fever that had bothered him would finally go away.It had been a rough and confounding week for Liszewski, a 60-year-old activist who didn’t get sick very often. After returning from a conference in the Midwest, he’d been unable to shake the illness that was keeping him away from his work at a grassroots political organization.Then, sometime after descending the stairs the morning of March 28 to check his computer, he collapsed. A few hours later, his fiancee found Liszews...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Movie review: 'Coffee & Kareem' is an unfunny, cacophonous kid-swearing mess
The best part of Netflix’s new action-“comedy” “Coffee & Kareem,” from “Stuber” director Michael Dowse, is right there in the cute, punny title. And that’s it. The title is the best part. One could assume screenwriter Shane Mack, in his feature debut, came up with the clever title and expanded from there, crafting a blaxploitation-inspired raunchy buddy movie. Who’s Coffee? Well, that’s Officer James Coffee (Ed Helms), a dorky Detroit police officer. Who’s Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh)? He’s the foul-mouthed pubescent son of Coffee’s new girlfriend, Vanessa (Taraji P. Henson). You can li...
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Martin Schram: A combative case of brotherly love
The TV news screen was wall-to-wall with Cuomos Monday night. CNN anchor Chris was in the left box, where he belonged, because this was his “Cuomo Prime Time” show. New York Gov. Andrew was in the guest’s box on the right. The Cuomo brothers were busy giving each other the business, New York Italian style. Which is to say, Cuomo style.And my mind’s eye began focusing on two other guys we couldn’t really see — Lava Libretti and Connie Cutts. I was sure they were watching and beaming too. You don’t remember them?Lava Libretti, a young 6-footer, played on the New York area’s Catholic league baske...
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