President Trump interjected at the briefing to note that "everybody loves" Fauci and that he was a formidable basketball player in his younger days. "He doesn't need security. Everybody loves him," Trump said. "Besides that, they'd be in big trouble if they ever attacked him."...
Bloomberg News said, citing sources, that the Pentagon already has 50,000 body bags that it will begin tapping to fulfill the request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that Defense officials are trying to acquire double that amount of new bags to meet FEMA’s request.
So far, fewer than 100 of the nearly 5,000 sailors assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, now docked in Guam, have tested positive for the virus, but the Navy is moving sailors into various facilities and probably will begin using hotel rooms in the coming days. Navy leaders are talking with government officials in the U.S. territory to identify rooms for the crew members.
Google-owned UK artificial intelligence firm DeepMind developed an AI system that can play all 57 Atari 2600 video games and beat human averages, according to a research paper published this week. The AI, called Agent57, is the first that can outperform standard human benchmarks for the games, the paper said.
Intelligence officials transmitted a classified report of their findings to the White House last week. Sources told Bloomberg that the main conclusion of the report is that China's public reporting of coronavirus cases is "intentionally incomplete." One official told the outlet the intelligence document found that China's numbers are fake.
“As governments and nations focus on the Coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain and we must not let that happen,” Trump said. “We will never let that happen. Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics.”
Police around the world have taken down a global child abuse ring with links to over 40 countries through a Belgian investigation supported by Europol. 4 suspects have been convicted today by a Belgian court.
Pelosi said at least $2 billion, and ideally $4 billion, was needed to enable voting by mail, to give citizens a safe way to vote during the coronavirus pandemic... “Vote by mail is so important to … our democracy so that people have access to voting and not be deterred, especially at this time, by the admonition to stay home,” Pelosi told reporters...
The FDA noted that an ongoing investigation has determined that levels of a contaminant in the heartburn medications increase over time and when stored at higher-than-normal temperatures, poses a risk to public health. The contaminant, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, is a probable human carcinogen and the FDA has been investigating levels of it in ranitidine since the summer of 2019.
His proposed new bill would create a “9/11 Commission”-style inquiry into how the U.S. dealt with coronavirus. Schiff broke the news of his bill with David Ignatius of the Washington Post — the same columnist who broke the news in January 2017 that incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had spoken with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak...