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Pelosi, McConnell Reportedly Want A Board Member Of A China-Owned Bank In Charge Of Policing COVID-19 Bailout Funds

A former financial regulator who backed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential candidacy and is a board member on a China-owned bank is reportedly the top candidate for a job policing coronavirus bailout funds. The top candidate — businesswoman Sheila Bair — has in the past said the United States should “learn from China” on how to craft regulations.  Bair’s reported candidacy ...

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Sen Hawley Targets The Meat-Packing Industry, Says It’s Dominated By A Handful Of Massive Firms

Sen. Josh Hawley is now targeting another powerful industry a day after asking Attorney General Bill Barr to open an antitrust investigation against Amazon. The meat processing industry is consolidating power, and in the process giving the bulk of the food supply chain to a handful of conglomerates, the Missouri Republican wrote in a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission. Democratic ...

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Here’s What Happens To The Cows And Pigs When Meat Processing Plants Close. PETA Isn’t Happy

Farmers are facing the possibility of euthanizing cattle if processing plants temporarily shutter due to mass coronavirus infections among workers.  Oklahoma Farmers Union president Scott Blubaugh said the consolidation of corporate processing plants is creating a bottleneck effect forcing many farmers to consider killing and destroying their cows and pigs.  Animal activists say cows don’t have to die. PETA president ...

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Obama Admin Officials Pan Trump’s Order Mandating Food Processing Plants Stay Open

Two former Obama-era officials criticized President Donald Trump for ordering food processing plants to remain open as experts warn the food supply chain is breaking amid chronic shutdowns and economic lockdowns. Trump’s executive order Tuesday mandating food processing plants stay open is dismissive toward the workers who are infected with coronavirus, according to Chris Lu, a former deputy secretary of ...

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Two Of Detroit’s Biggest Auto Makers Plan To Bring Back Skeleton Crew Of Employees As They Reopen

Ford and General Motors are recalling a slate of workers as the two auto giants prepare to reopen May 1 after locking up in March as governors and mayors instituted stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, reports show. The call backs are voluntary and will include safety protocols as Ford and GM work to provide a ...

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Gov Abbott Prepares To Let Texas’s Stay-At-Home Order Lapse Under Several Conditions

Gov. Greg Abbott will let Texas’s stay at home order lapse after April 30 after the Republican issued a statewide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 280,406 Texans filed for unemployment in the week ending April 18 amid the lockdowns, according to figures provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. Abbot also announced Monday that the ...

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Tyson Foods Issues Dire Warning In Full-Page NYT Ad As Lockdowns Threaten US’s Food Supply

Tyson Foods rolled out a full-page advertisement Sunday in The Washington Post and The New York Times warning that the country’s food supply chain is “breaking” amid continued lockdowns aimed at slowing down the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s board chairman John Tyson wrote in the ad that farmers will be left in the dust and “millions of animals — chickens, ...

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Retires As The Company Navigates A Pandemic And Streaming Wars

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is stepping down as the company’s chief and giving the reigns to COO John Stankey, who will take over the position in July. Stankey is taking over at a strange time as the company navigates around a growing pandemic and deals with a budding live stream war. AT&T is also dealing with new competition after Sprint ...

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Roughly 14% Of New Yorkers Have Had Coronavirus, Gov Cuomo Says

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release to reporters Thursday that more than 13% of New Yorkers likely had the coronavirus over the last several weeks. Cuomo said that New York discovered the data after randomly testing 3,000 people at grocery stores and other locals across 19 counties. Citizens could have been infected as long as a month ...

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Trump Instructs Navy To Open Fire And ‘Destroy’ Iranian Gunboats If They ‘Harass Our Ships’

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Wednesday that he told the United States Navy to shoot and destroy Iranian gunboats that provoke American military ships. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump told his Twitter followers. The president’s tweet comes after ...

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Russia, China, Iran Acting In Tandem To Paint COVID-19 As An American Bioweapon, State Dept Report Suggests

China, Russia, and Iran are acting in tandem to promote propaganda suggesting the coronavirus is an American bio weapon and that the U.S. economy is buckling under the strain of lockdowns, a new report shows. All three governments are pushing the message that the virus originated in the U.S. and not Wuhan, China, according to a State Department report obtained ...

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Analysts Explain How Restarting The Economy Can Help Prevent Big Oil’s ‘Destruction,’ Save Energy Jobs

Energy analysts say oil markets will continue their upheaval until lockdowns abate and demand picks up, meaning the U.S. could continue to lose millions of barrels of oil a day through spring.  President Donald Trump, meanwhile, says the United States will top off the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, allowing the government to buy as much as 75 million barrels of oil ...

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Neiman Marcus To File For Bankruptcy As Lockdowns Hammer Department Stores: Report

Neiman Marcus is seeking bankruptcy protection as government officials continue locking down their economies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reported Sunday. The pandemic forced Neman Marcus to temporarily shutter all 43 stores of its stores, the Reuters report states before noting that the massive store chain is in the final stages of negotiating a loan with creditors. ...

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CDC Officials Hustle To Put Virus-Ravaged Smithfield Foods Back Online After Worker Dies Of COVID

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to put a meat processing plant ravaged by coronavirus back online after a worker died of the virus. CDC staff canvassed the Sioux Falls Smithfield Foods plan Thursday weeks after the first COVID-19 case was discovered in March. One infected worker died Tuesday while nearly ...

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