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Magic Johnson says beating coronavirus should include tackling racial disparities

NBA legend Magic Johnson says he’s hopeful health experts will soon come up with effective treatment to help patients beat coronavirus — but added important parts in overcoming the pandemic will be expanding testing and healthcare access to African American communities who have been hit the hardest. “We’ve got to make sure, first … every…MORE

Lack of coronavirus testing may blunt Trump’s planned economic revival

President Donald Trump says America does not need and will never have mass coronavirus testing, despite warnings by experts that a comprehensive program is vital to getting life back to normal. The inadequacy of testing for the virus has been a constant deficiency of the government’s handling of the pandemic from the start. Fixing this…MORE

The United States is already in a recession, 45 economists say

The United States is already in a recession and will remain that way for the first half of the year, according to a survey of 45 economists. The economists predict a sharp, short recession for the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic “severely restricts economic activity,” the survey from the National Association for…MORE

Ammon Bundy vows to defy stay-at-home orders for Easter gathering

Ammon Bundy vows to defy stay-at-home orders for Easter gathering

Ammon Bundy, the rancher who led an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said he plans on holding an Easter gathering despite stay-at-home orders implemented during the coronavirus pandemic. Bundy told CNN he wants to gather several hundred people in Idaho at a yet-to-be-announced location. He said he believes it’s his constitutional…MORE

Trump tries to push fast-forward on the pandemic

A startling 6.6 million people filed their first claims for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total for the past three weeks to 16.8 million people. That’s about 11% of the US labor force — a shocking number, given that unemployment was at a historic low until the pandemic erupted — and a grim new…MORE

Florida governor falsely claims the coronavirus hasn’t killed anyone under 25

Florida governor falsely claims the coronavirus hasn’t killed anyone under 25

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis falsely claimed Thursday that the novel coronavirus hasn’t killed anyone under 25 nationwide while discussing a timeline for reopening schools in the state. “This particular pandemic is one where, I don’t think nationwide there’s been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know,…MORE

Netflix is bringing ‘Tiger King’ back for one more episode

Netflix is bringing ‘Tiger King’ back for one more episode

Netflix is bringing back its widely talked about docuseries “Tiger King” for one more episode. The streaming giant announced Thursday that it would release an eighth episode of the show, titled “The Tiger King and I,” on April 12. The episode is an aftershow hosted by comedian Joel McHale, who is featured in Netflix’s announcement…MORE

Phyllis Lyon, famed LGBTQ activist, dies

Phyllis Lyon, famed LGBTQ activist, dies

Activist Phyllis Lyon, who spent more than 50 years fighting for LGBTQ rights, died of natural causes. She was 95. California Gov. Gavin Newsom shared the news of Lyon’s death in a post on Twitter on Thursday, calling her a “dear friend.” When Newsom served as mayor of San Francisco, he officiated the wedding between…MORE

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