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Matt Schlapp accuses Fauci of ‘playing into the politics’ of coronavirus pandemic
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Matt Schlapp accuses Fauci of ‘playing into the politics’ of coronavirus pandemic

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp decried what he described Friday as attempts by Democrats to politicize the coronavirus pandemic in a way that reflects negatively on President Trump.Schlapp joined House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on "Hannity" to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci's testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis."Thank God for Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan and several others of the Republicans who are on that committee. A hearing is a place where we actually can listen and learn and I think it's critical," Schlapp said."When Nancy Pelosi said, 'This is the Trump Virus', that was when she said publicly what you're supposed to say privately. What they are trying to do with this whole Chinese ...
Many Mainers fear the worst after political stalemate leads to end of unemployment bonus
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Many Mainers fear the worst after political stalemate leads to end of unemployment bonus

The BDN is making the most crucial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact in Maine free for all readers. Click here for all coronavirus stories. You can join others committed to safeguarding this vital public service by purchasing a subscription or donating directly to the newsroom.Congress ended the week without an agreement on a coronavirus aid package, leaving the economy without one key stimulus program and many Mainers wondering whether they will be able to pay rent or keep their businesses. Friday marked the scheduled sunset of a $600 weekly federal unemployment bonus. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and two other Republicans tried to partially extend the benefit with a last-minute bill introduced Thursday, but it did not go anywhere. A new stimulus might ...
Easy choice: a 10-minute break or more politics?
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Easy choice: a 10-minute break or more politics?

“Uh, excuse me. Sir?” I sprayed the garden hose at the car, and soapy water sluiced onto the concrete. I’m wary of anyone walking up my driveway on a Saturday afternoon, calling me “Sir." A laminated ID the size of a playing card was clipped to his shirt pocket. “I’m working for the campaign to elect …” and he named a political candidate who was becoming well known. “Could I have a few minutes of your time?” It was a searingly hot day, even in shorts and a T-shirt and standing in a puddle of carwash water. He tugged at the front of his shirt, which had gotten ...
The kids talk politics | Hudson Valley One
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The kids talk politics | Hudson Valley One

I was rocked by a seismic shift this week. While our local media is still focused on Covid-19 precautions and hotspots, my 14-year-old Milo proudly said he and his online friends were now talking politics. “Those old enough to vote are saying they’re for Trump,” he said. “They’re, like, both bad. Biden expanded jail time for Black men. And he’s just too old.” His parents’ jaws dropped. Fawn started in with all the reasons we read daily about the incumbent’s threats to the constitution and democracy, to civil rights and moral decency. All were from our sources: news websites, some aggregated. The Times Union and the stories it runs from The New York Times and Washington Post. Milo doesn’t do Facebook, but his friends suck up information from a variety of social-media sources. Was t...
Cambodian labor leader arrested for political comments – WBNG
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Cambodian labor leader arrested for political comments – WBNG

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prominent Cambodian labor union leader who is a long-time critic of the government has been arrested on a charge of inciting social unrest because of his comments about a politically sensitive matter concerning the country’s borders. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, gave an interview this past week to the U.S. government-supported Radio Free Asia in which he spoke about meeting farmers in eastern Cambodia who complained about their land being infringed upon by neighboring Vietnam. The issue of Vietnam encroaching on Cambodian territory is a highly sensitive one with domestic political significance in Cambodia, because of widespread historical antagonism towar...
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