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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: Keeping all states locked down is foolish.
Researchers report promising results in early safety trials of convalescent plasma therapy, in which the blood of COVID-19 survivors is used to treat patients. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Barack Obama dissed President Trump’s coronavirus leadership, and ripped the Georgia men who shot Ahmaud Arbery, during a “virtual commencement” Saturday for the graduates of historically black colleges. “More than anything else, this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Obama is showing he is a big idiot.

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Bill De Blasio, activist Steve Margarella told the crowd, "has had his boots on our throats" for the past four years. He referred to Cuomo as "Il Duce," which was Mussolini's nickname. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Reports of new cases have declined nationally, and deaths have slowed. But reopening plans leave unanswered questions. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The problem exists, but reality is move on.
She wants the Democrats to reach a different kind of swing voter — those who otherwise stay home. And she says she can help Joe Biden do it. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will be a bigger fool by picking Adrams.
Around 600 banks, most of them small community institutions, tapped the Federal Reserve's Paycheck Protection Program facility for about $30 billion of loans as of May 6, the U.S. central bank reported on Saturday in its first detailed disclosure under the new program. Rueters
As Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic began, revs up a massive testing campaign, some residents crowding the test centres expressed concern on Saturday that the very act of getting tested could expose them to the coronavirus. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Fear!
As uncertainty about the spread of COVID-19 continues, the biggest university system in the United States decided this week to make fall term classes virtual, one of the first to do so, amid fears of a second wave of infections in the month ahead. Rueters
VOA VIEW: It's not the same.

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NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline painted a complex path for how college football returns for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Returning would be a big mistake.
Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin opened up about things they would go back in time and change if they could.        USA Today
A federal judge in North Carolina on Saturday sided with conservative Christian leaders and blocked the enforcement of restrictions that Gov. Roy Cooper ordered affecting indoor religious services during the coronavirus pandemic. The order from Judge James C. Dever III came days after two Baptist churches, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As he should.
President Trump promoted a video Saturday showing a local TV reporter being harassed by protesters rallying against restrictions imposed to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Trump shared the video from his Twitter account for the second time in 12 hours, despite having come under fire from reporters after first ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A good move.

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to travel to Florida next week, his office said Saturday, after Mr. Pence had stepped back a bit since a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Pence is set to meet with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, deliver protective equipment to a nursing home, ... Washington Times
The law firm of the retired judge who will argue against dismissing the case of Michael Flynn is a hotbed of Democratic Party financial supporters, Federal Election Commission disclosures show. Employees at ex-judge John Gleeson's New York firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, have contributed $240,000 in the 2019-20 election cycle, almost ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Total conflicting madness.
Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether the island should become a U.S. state ABC
VOA VIEW: Is this time the charm?

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Trump fires IG Steve Linick, who was allegedly investigating Pompeo and was involved in impeachment probe ABC
VOA VIEW: As he should.
The House passed a historic $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, but the massive piece of legislation is heading straight to the Senate graveyard. ABC
VOA VIEW: Foolish Dem liberal wish list.
Trump's decision to withdraw funding to the WHO drew widespread criticism from global leaders and Democrats in Congress. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No more funds to WHO.
The representative from Michigan said the economic downturn and social distancing measures made a third-party bid even more difficult. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
There are three types of Covid-19 tests: genetic, antibody and antigen. More than 630 distinct tests are commercially available or in development, and some major players include Abbott, Roche, Thermo Fisher, LabCorp and the CDC are involved. CNBC explores how each test works and how to know which one is best for you. CNBC

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The aggressive new White House campaign to improve America's perceptions of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis was in full swing Friday -- from the President's sunny predictions in the Rose Garden about developing a vaccine to the press secretary's attempted takedown of the Obama administration's pandemic playbook in the White House briefing room. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
Manchester mayor unleashes fury at Johnson plan, while public approval for government strategy plummets• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson was hit by a growing revolt over his strategy for easing Covid-19 lockdown last night as council leaders across the north of England joined unions in vowing to resist plans to re-open schools on 1 June. Related: Are we all in this together? Guardian
Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's firing of the State Department's internal watchdog, accusing the president of further escalating his fight against any oversight of his administration. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Expected!

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An at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle backed in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Saturday it was working with U.S. regulators to resume the program after being suspended by the Food and Drug Administration. Reuters
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday the state's new confirmed COVID-19 cases are predominantly coming from people who left their homes to shop, exercise or socialize, rather than from essential workers. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dumb Cuomo nonsense.
China's foreign ministry said on Saturday the United States needed to stop the "unreasonable suppression" of Chinese companies like Huawei, and a Chinese newspaper said the government was ready to retaliate against Washington. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Huawei cannot be trusted.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy left Los Angeles on Friday after serving as assistance to area hospitals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI

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