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COVID-19 deaths in U.S. surpass 90,000 as hard-hit New York inches toward reopening. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sad, but it could have been worse.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged lawmakers to put politics aside and focus on helping New York and other states receive funding from the federal government. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The Fed government should not bailout bad state operations.
President Trump on Monday defended Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against “stupid” allegations of misusing his office, and said it was Pompeo who asked him to fire State Department inspector general Steve Linick. Linick, according to reports, was investigating Pompeo for tasking staff to do personal errands such as walking his dog and picking up... New York Post
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A barrage of calls to sign up for the $75 million in aid crashed phone lines. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for most federal assistance. New York Times
Researchers have documented a drop in child vaccination rates in Michigan since restrictions were imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, raising concern about outbreaks of other diseases such as measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report on Monday. Rueters
Monday was perhaps the most hopeful day so far of the pandemic in the U.S., as a Massachusetts biotech company reported a promising vaccine trial, stocks rallied on the news, every state but one was reopening for business, Detroit's Big Three automakers restarted factories and Delta Air Lines announced it ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, a true cure.
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that he's given up trying to push through any more statewide mandates to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus because he thinks rival Republicans would never allow any restrictions after the state Supreme Court erased his stay-at-home order. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Republicans prevail.
Attorney General William Barr said Monday he doesn't expect a criminal investigation of former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. ABC
VOA VIEW: Barr has to make a time consuming decision.
The World Health Organization has bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus ABC
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Congressional Democrats say the State Department inspector general whom President Donald Trump fired last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year ABC
VOA VIEW: A liberal trying to find fault.
The U.S. attorney who oversaw the reversal of a sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone and the motion to dismiss charges against ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn will become the nation’s top drug enforcement official ABC
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with families of the victims of the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, clearing the way for their lawsuit against Sudan. ABC
A gym in southern New Jersey has reopened for business in defiance of a state order that shutdown nonessential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus ABC
VOA VIEW: A move for all America.
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Local governments across Mexico pushed back against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s call to reopen the economy in some 300 townships that do not have active cases of coronavirus ABC
Loss of smell and taste join a new cough and fever as signs that self-isolation may be necessary, experts say. BBC
VOA VIEW: Nothing new in the US.
It's another early start for the Atlantic hurricane season, the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1. CBS
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Pelosi warned that Congress cannot take a pause before passing another relief measure in response to the coronavirus. CBS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi should not have put together such a messy package.
Brennan said he was annoyed that some media suggested impropriety on his part after alleged high school student accesses his email CBS
VOA VIEW: Brennan is an idiot.
President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection. CNBC
Wall Street logged its best day in over a month as news from a Moderna trial stoked optimism about a potential coronavirus vaccine. CNBC
Pompeo told The Washington Post that Inspector General Steve Linick "wasn't performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to," but would not provide specific examples. CNBC
VOA VIEW: To hell with liberals.
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The coronavirus outbreak has sparked an unprecedented wave of job losses and decline in economic activity. Still, the U.S. stock market has held steady. CNBC
Marco Rubio will replace Richard Burr as the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee as the North Carolina Republican faces a federal investigation into stock sales he made in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the public disagreement between White House adviser Peter Navarro and HHS Secretary Alex Azar and how this could affect the response to Covid-19. CNN
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Add thermometers to the list of medical instruments that are in short supply because of the coronavirus. CNN
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As the United States continues its gradual reopening, on Monday more than a dozen states began easing restrictions that had shuttered nonessential businesses and brought daily lives to a screeching halt for the better part of two months. FOX News
VOA VIEW: So far, so good.
Eight initial volunteers in US produced an antibody response from Moderna’s RNA vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first results from human trials of a vaccine against Covid-19 have given a glimmer of hope after a US firm’s study produced positive results in a group of eight volunteers.These results – which come a day after the UK government revealed a deal to secure 30m doses of a rival Oxford University vaccine, should it be successful – showed that each of the participants produced an antibody response on a par with that seen in people who have had the disease. And they suggest that the vaccine is safe for use in humans. Guardian
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was surprised that Attorney General William Barr opted not to look at former President Barack Obama in a Justice Department review of the FBI's handling of 2016 Russia probe. Reuters
The Detroit Three automakers and their suppliers began restarting assembly lines on Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown in a slow revival of a sector that employs nearly 1 million people in the United States. Reuters
U.S. automakers reopened plants across the United States Monday for the first time in nearly two months in a major test of how well the American economy can rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
The United States harshly criticized the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic Monday, saying the global agency's "failure cost many lives." UPI
Most U.S. companies say they're looking at a phased-in plan for employees to return to the workplace as more governments lift coronavirus restrictions and economies try to calculate how to reopen safely. UPI
VOA VIEW: The world has to change.
There are now fewer Americans who report being worried or bored than there were early in the coronavirus crisis, a Gallup survey showed Monday. UPI
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