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The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: The command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. The Situation Room airs weekdays 5p-7p eastern on CNN. In this podcast you will get the 6p-7p hour Monday through Friday. CNN.com/TheSituationRoom

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The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: The command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. The Situation Room airs weekdays 5p-7p eastern on CNN. In this podcast you will get the 6p-7p hour Monday through Friday. CNN.com/TheSituationRoom

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I agree that the music is a huge distraction. Appreciate Wolf Blitzer & CNN though.

iTunes Ratings

401 Ratings
Average Ratings
188
44
20
16
133

Thank You

By Souljoi - May 26 2020
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I appreciate your honest reporting on the news.

Music is annoying

By SelfAwareRobotMom - Jan 20 2020
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I agree that the music is a huge distraction. Appreciate Wolf Blitzer & CNN though.

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Rank #1: With the second debate drawing near, the U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 221,000

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With the second COVID-19 wave surging, both presidential candidates announce preparations for the upcoming debate. 

Supreme Court allows Pennsylvania to count ballots received after Election Day.

Trump demands Attorney General Barr launch an investigation into Hunter Biden. 

With Election Day only two weeks away, nearly 32 million votes have already been cast.  

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Oct 21 2020

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Rank #2: Trump Will Hold Events In Arizona Despite New Record Of Cases And Deaths

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The United States coronavirus death toll is at 121,000 as cases rise in 25 states, half of the United States see an alarming rise in new infections. The Texas governor says that the coronavirus is "spreading at an unacceptable rate" in state. New cases surge in Dallas County. 

Funeral held for Rayshard Brooks, who was shot by Atlanta police. GOP Senator Braun tries to break deadlock on police reform, Wolf Blitzer speaks to the senator about compromise. Braun's bill limits qualified immunity for cops. 

Trump said "I don't kid" on slowing tests, after White House officials said he's kidding. 

The EU is considering blocking Americans from entering even after it reopens as United States cases surge. Fauci and CDC director contradict Trump by saying the United States needs more testing, not less. Trump says if the United States did fewer coronavirus tests, "we'd have far fewer cases." Fauci says that we're seeing a "disturbing surge" in infections in parts of the nation, but is "cautiously optimistic" that a vaccine could be ready by 2021. Fauci also says that the next two weeks will be "crucial" as the number of cases surge. CDC chief says that the coronavirus has "brought this nation to its knees."

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Jun 24 2020

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Rank #3: U.S. deaths top 159,000, death rate up 15 states

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Key model forecasts nearly 300,000 deaths by December, but says consistent mask-wearing could save 70,000 lives, Trump claims optimism about vaccine by election day, says it "wouldn't hurt" his chances of winning, Texas coronavirus positivity rate up for fifth day in a row

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Aug 07 2020

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Rank #4: Hurricane Sally Threatening Record Flooding Along Gulf Coast

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The United States coronavirus deaths top 195,000 with nearly 6.6 million coronavirus cases. Trump contradicts health experts and claims that the vaccine is coming "in weeks" and the United States is "rounding the turn" on the coronavirus. Fauci says it is "just a matter of time" before the Astrazeneca vaccine trial resumes in the United States. Germany says a vaccine is likely not broadly available until mid-2021. Caputo apologizes to HHS staffers and a source says that Caputo is facing a potential health issues that could force him to step aside. Bill Gates says that the United States covid response is "shocking" and "mismanaged." World Econ Forum says it is a "strong possibility" that the vaccine won't meet supply needs. A new study suggest that covid-19 was in the United States as early as last December. 

Hurricane Sally is threatening record flooding along the United States Gulf Coast. 

New York City teachers raise concerns that schools aren't ready to reopen Monday. 

Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign historic diplomatic pacts at the White House. Hundreds of people attend White House signing ceremony and sit side by side with few masks. 

The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department has opening a criminal investigation into Bolton's book.  

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Sep 16 2020

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Rank #5: White House rejects CDC guidelines for safe reopening as United States death toll surpasses 75,000; Valet to President Trump tests positive for coronavirus; Federal government not tracking antibody testing from all states;

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Personal valet to President Trump tests positive for coronavirus, Trump has since tested negative; White House becomes epicenter of culture war over wearing face masks; 44 states partially reopening by Sunday as new cases climb in at least 19 states; Justice Department drops case against Michael Flynn; 3.2 million Americans file new unemployment claims, more than 33 million claims since mid-March; Trump says he'll be tested daily after White House valet tests positive; New York governor: "We are going through hell, but we'll keep on going"; Three major pork plants reopening after outbreaks; FDA clears new vaccine for expanded trial; Rhode Island governor not extending stay-at-home order, will begin reopening state this weekend; Rhode Island governor: "The economic devastation in this state and every state around this country is untenable"; Rhode Island governor clears way for shops to reopen: Theaters, bowling alleys, museums, gyms, salons, barber shops remain closed; Rhode Island joins with other states to buy critical medical supplies; Providence mayor: "Socially shame" people not wearing masks; Justice Department files to drop case against Michael Flynn, Court still must approve; Justice Department: Flynn's questioning was "untethered to" and "unjustified by" FBI's counter-intel probe; New White House press secretary once called out Trump for "racist statement"; Dr. Gupta answers your questions about the virus;

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May 08 2020

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Rank #6: United States coronavirus death toll surpasses 83,000; Sources: Administration officials are questioning if the United States coronavirus death toll is inflated; DC extends stay-at-home order to June 8; Businessman: Government ignored offer to make masks;

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At least 48 states will be partially reopen by Sunday as some areas extend stay-at-home orders; Sources: Trump questioning if United States coronavirus death toll is inflated as Fauci says it's likely too low; Ousted vaccine chief to warn of "darkest winter in modern history"; Kushner says he's unaware of any talks on altering election day after suggestion Nov 3 might not be firm; Federal chief: Burden of this crisis has "Fallen most heavily on those least able to bear it"; Leaders named for "warp speed" vaccine effort; L.A. County reopens beaches as stay-at-home orders likely to last three more months; Grocery prices soaring at highest rate in 46 years; Goldman Sachs warns 1-in-4 Americans could be unemployed; Key model projects 147,000 United States deaths by early August; Cases on the rise in South Dakota, Delaware and Arkansas amid push to reopen United States; DC extends stay-at-home order to June 8; CNN poll: 13% rise in visits with friends or family; Multiple states reporting mysterious reactions in children; Nation's largest University system won't bring students back in fall; Trump comments on Dr. Fauci: "He wants to play all sides of the equation"; Whistleblower to testify Trump administration unprepared for pandemic; Michigan governor on protests: "When people congregate they take it back to their communities"; Michigan governor on protests: "When people congregate they take it back to their communities"; New York Times: Michigan has biggest weekly jump in number of people leaving their homes; Michigan governor says she has not talked to Biden about Vice President role; Trump says Fauci's answer on schools reopening "not acceptable"; Russia's reported cases surge, second only to United States; Putin's spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus; Russian-made ventilators linked to spare of hospital fires; Britain allowing people to return to work; London subway station: 60 percent of normal during rush hour; Confusion over UK government's coronavirus messaging; Trump slams Fauci on opening schools;

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May 14 2020

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Rank #7: 22nd Day Of Protests Continues As Trump Orders Modest Police Reform

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Pence denies the possibility of a second pandemic wave as the United States death toll surpasses 116,000 and cases rise in 18 states. There was a blatant lack of masks and social distancing at a Trump White House event. Oklahoma Health Department urges Trump rally attendees to 'seek out testing" ahead of event. The department also issues guidance ahead of the Trump rally in Tulsa. De Blasio says New York City can begin phase two of its reopening next week.  

Texas reaches a new record high for daily Covd-19 cases. New virus cases are rising in Southern and Western United States. Fauci says its "troublesome" that states are not adhering to guidelines. A key model is projecting over 200,000 United States deaths by October. A study shows that steroid drug cuts risk of dying by one-third in sickest patients. United States government is exploring 14 coronavirus vaccine candidates with the goal of narrowing the candidates to 7. 

Trump forcefully defends police while ordering modest police reforms. Trump signs an order recommending that police ban chokeholds expect when officers' life are at risk. 

Sports leagues are playing a pivotal role in movement for social and racial justice. 

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Jun 17 2020

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Rank #8: CDC urges proper use of disinfectants after Trump dangerously suggests internal use might treat virus, NY Times: Trump rarely attends task force meetings, businesses are reopening, but are they safe?

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Trump falsely denies he suggested looking into internal disinfectant to treat virus, claiming he was "sarcastic", Lysol warns against use after Trump comments, head of Navy recommends reinstating commander ousted for sounding alarm about Coronavirus on aircraft carrier, U.S. Coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000, GA, OK reopening some businesses today despite warnings, Atlanta mayor urges people to stay home as state reopens, White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

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Apr 25 2020

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Rank #9: U.S. death toll nears 134,000, death rate rising

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Georgia adds a record 4,484 Covid-19 cases in one day, Florida's average daily new cases up 1,237% since reopening, Trump in Florida attending campaign fundraiser as state sees record cases, hospitalizations and deaths

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Jul 11 2020

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Rank #10: Trump stokes racial divisions and defends response to protests

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Trump suggests he's done more for blacks than Lincoln; says Lincoln "did good", but it's "always questionable", U.S. Coronavirus death toll surpasses 114,000 as CDC projects 130,000 deaths by July 4, New York governor signs package of sweeping police reform bills.

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Jun 13 2020

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Rank #11: Trump heading to Mount Rushmore event; 7,500 guests expected

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Virus surging in 36 states ahead of July 4th holiday. U.S. sets record with 52,000+ daily cases.  Dr. Fauci says, "We are not going in the right direction.” U.S. Surgeon General warns deaths will lag spiking cases. California cases increase by almost 5,700 in 24 hours along with 5,500 hospitalizations. No social distancing expected at Trump speech at Mount Rushmore; Masks are optional.  

Trump silent on Pandemic, plans to stoke culture wars at Mount Rushmore, even warns of effort to “Tear down our history.” Surgeon General refuses to advise Americans to avoid crowds as U.S. heads into July 4th holiday. Trump Administration sends mixed messages on avoiding crowds. Pence delayed Arizona trip after eight secret service agents tested positive. Crowds starting to fill amphitheater at Trump event.  

Canada crushed the curve.  

Washington Redskins to review team name.  

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Jul 04 2020

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Rank #12: New Cases Approach Record Highs As Virus Surges In 33 States

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The United States deaths near 133,000. New coronavirus cases approach record highs as virus surges in 33 states. California hits record single day number of covid deaths, with 149 deaths. Positivity rate is above 18 percent in Florida as cases and deaths hit record high. Officials push back against plans to reopen Florida schools. Nashville schools delay the restart of in-person learning. Texas hots records for deaths and hospitalizations. Arizona leads the United States in new coronavirus cases per capita. The New York City mayor cancels large events through September. The New York City mayor also speaks on spike in violent crime. 

Fauci says "I don't think you can say we're doing great... we're just not." He also says transmissibility of covid-19 is a "perfect storm." Fauci says the prospect of another lockdown is "very discouraging."

Trump claims children's immune system is "so powerful, so strong," pushes to reopen schools. CDC director says there will be no revision to school reopening guidelines despite Pence's promise and Trump's attack. 

Trump again falsely claims an increase in testing is responsible for surging new coronavirus cases. 

Weekly jobless claims rise by 1.3 million in the United States. Supreme Court rules against Trump on tax records. 

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Jul 10 2020

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Rank #13: United States Sets Record With More Than 50,000 Daily Cases

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The Texas governor issues an executive order that requires masks in public. Florida reported a record of 10,000 new cases. Texas, California and Arizona are among the 37 states that are facing surges. Birx is telling Floridians that are under the age of 40 who have attended large gatherings to get tested, even if they don't have symptoms. A top official says the spike in coronavirus cases is real and not due to more testing. States close beaches and bars as experts warn that the holiday weekend could lead to the "perfect storm." A lawsuit has been filed over Palm Beach County's mask mandate.  

Local officials are saying that young people in Alabama are holding "coronavirus parties" to get infected and win money. Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized with coronavirus after attending the Trump rally in Tulsa. Jackson Health System is pausing elective surgeries. 

Trump is still in denial as cases hit record numbers, he claims the crisis is "being handled."Experts dispute Trump's claim that the coronavirus is "getting under control." Trump is planning holiday celebrations despite coronavirus concerns. 

"Fauci says that the current spike in cases is "way beyond the worst spikes that we've seen."

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Jul 03 2020

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Rank #14: The White House Refuses To Denounce The Confederate Flag

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The United States nears three million coronavirus cases as the virus surges in 32 states. The White House tries claiming that the world sees the United States as a "leader" when it comes to the coronavirus, despite the United States leading the world on cases and deaths. The United States death toll tops 130,000 as white house defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless."

The White House refuses to denounce the confederate flag. The Pentagon is drafting a confederate flag ban for military bases. 

Florida tops 200,000 total cases as the coronavirus surges. Miami-Dade shutters indoor dining and gyms amid a coronavirus surge. Also, contact tracing failing in Florida as new coronavirus cases surge. Texas hospitalizations soar to record highs. New York's coronavirus hospitalizations are the lowest since mid-March. 

New York's governor says Trump is "enabling the virus" by downplaying its threat. Trump targets Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and says "flag decision" is causing "lowest ratings ever." Trump stokes culture wars and racial divide as he downplays the coronavirus threat, in an attempt to win re-election. 

ICE officials say international students will have to leave the United States if their university cancels in-person learning.  

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Jul 07 2020

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Rank #15: Doctor says he was removed from federal post after questioning drug Trump praised; Las Vegas mayor calls Nevada's shutdown "total insanity"; New York, Connecticut, New Jersey to cooperate on contact tracing;

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Key model shows Georgia, 11 other states should wait until at least June 8 to reopen; United States coronavirus death toll surpasses 46,000; Source: Other task force members share CDC chief's concern that a second wave may be more devastating; New study finds no benefits, higher death rate in patients taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19; Coronavirus killed Americans weeks earlier than thought; California becomes first state to recommend testing without symptoms; New York governor: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey to launch "nation-leading" contact tracing effort; Iowa governor won't close meat processing plants despite virus outbreaks; New York governor on reopening: "No time to act stupidly"; Las Vegas mayor: I offered to use city's reopening as a "control group" to see if infections rise, was told no; Las Vegas mayor rejects responsibility to help casinos and hotels safely reopen: "It's up to them"; Las Vegas mayor wants to reopen casinos but offers no plan on how to do it safely; Key model: Georgia can't safely reopen until at least June 19, state reopening some businesses Friday; "An army of tracers" needed to control coronavirus spread; Dr. Gupta answers your questions about the virus; Key vaccine doctor removed from job;

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Apr 23 2020

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Rank #16: Key Coronavirus model updates projections, now says some states should wait even longer to reopen; Science vs. Politics in Trump administration coronavirus response; Source: Dr. Fauci not at today's White House coronavirus task force briefing;

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Public labs still can't meet demand for testing, Fauci"not overly confident" with test capacity; Antibody tests suggest 1-in-5 New York City residents may have had virus; Health department "appalled" by bodies transported in truck; Model: Hidden outbreaks in United States far earlier than first thought; New coronavirus model: Georgia won't be able to safely reopen until at least June 22; Source: Coronavirus task force had to convince Trump to denounce Georgia governor's reopening decision; CDC director tries to, but doesn't, walk back comments that virus could be as difficult next fall or winter; Top vaccine doctor says he was removed from federal post after questioning drug Trump touted, accuse Trump administration of "false statements'; New York Governor: Senator McConnell calling for state bankruptcies instead of federal funding is "one of the dumbest ideas"; Model: Hidden outbreaks in United States far earlier than first thought; Drug maker says Remdesivir trial posted online prematurely, showed "inconclusive" results; New York researcher: Initial results of Hydroxychloroquine study are ready, but state hasn't released them; United States death toll surpasses 47,000;

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Apr 24 2020

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Rank #17: U.S. coronavirus cases top 305,000; death toll passes 8,200, Trump: captain's letter warning of ship outbreak "not appropriate", Trump continues to tout use of unproven drug

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Trump accuses governors of playing political games with ventilators, NY governor: state could hit apex of new cases in next 7 days, Cuomo: not looking to spend a penny we didn't have to spend, NY mayor: we could have 5,000 people on ventilators next week, NY mayor calls for "national enlistment of medical personnel", NYC mayor: we may need 45,000 doctors to get through this crisis, NYC mayor: we need to add 60,000 hospital beds in next month, Dr. Birx: "This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store", Grocery rush leaves many shelves bare for low-income families, Thousands of doctors respond to Italy's call for help, Pregnant girlfriend of UK PM says she has coronavirus symptoms

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Apr 05 2020

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Rank #18: 1.6 Million Coronavirus cases worldwide, 100,000+ deaths; Trump: Reopening country "biggest decision I've ever had to make"; Gov. Cuomo "cautiously optimistic" as hospitalization falls despite despite climbing death toll in New York

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Coronavirus death toll surpasses 18,000 in U.S.; Despite progress, not the time to be pulling back "at all"; Prominent coronavirus model now says today peak day for new deaths; NYT: New models show cases spike if stay-at-home orders lifted after 30 days; Trump: May shut down country again if cases spike upon reopening; More coronavirus cases in New York than any country in the world; Dr. Birx: Encouraging signs but we haven't reached the peak; Dr. Fauci: antibody tests coming "In a week or so"; Florida Gov appears to correct false claim that there had been no fatalities nationwide under the age of 25; NY preparing for mass burials; President Trump's Wall Street friends press him to reopen U.S. economy; Cuomo: Large-scale testing will be "The key to reopening" economy; Cuomo: Private firms can't meet testing goals, need federal help; Task Force: Philadelphia, DC, Baltimore mayors changing the curves in their cities; Philadelphia mayor: People should not get complacent; Dr. Gupta answers your questions about the virus

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Apr 11 2020

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Rank #19: Awaiting White House coronavirus briefing; New York Times: Trump "could have seen what was coming"; Governors complain of shortages, communication problems in push for rapid coronavirus tests;

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Governors on east and west coasts band together by region to decide when to reopen states; More than half a million United States coronavirus cases; deaths top 23,000; Dr. Fauci admits earlier action "could have saved more lives"; New York Times: Experts, aides tried to warn Trump of coronavirus threat; Governors discuss plans to reopen states as Trump claims it's his decision, not theirs; New York governor: Curve is continuing to flatten; Surgeon General: Virus "appears to be leveling off" in hotspots New York, New Jersey, Detroit and New Orleans; Results of large hydroxychloroquine study to be released next week; Sailor from USS Theodore Roosevelt dies of coronavirus; Major United States pork plant shuts down after hundreds of workers test positive for coronavirus; Photo shows bodies in vacant Detroit hospital room; Federal disaster in every state for first time in history; White House says Trump "is not firing Dr. Fauci" after president retweets call to fire Dr. Fauci; Experts' early earning ignored; New York Times: "red dawn" emails warned of approaching crisis while trump downplayed its seriousness; New York Times: "red dawn" health officials sounded alarm six weeks before Trump took aggressive action; New worries about shortages in United States food supply; CEO: United States meat supply "perilously" close to shortage;

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Apr 14 2020

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