Missouri AG Claims Coronavirus Lawsuit Could Eventually Win ‘Tens of Billions of Dollars’ from Chinese Government

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2019. (Bryan Pietsch/Reuters)
Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt on Wednesday told National Review that he believes the state’s first-of-its-kind lawsuit against China could potentially bring massive compensation to Missourians who have suffered as a result of Beijing’s mishandling of the coronavirus.
The lawsuit “seeks recovery for the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil experienced by all Missourians” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Missouri AG Claims Coronavirus Lawsuit Could Eventually Win ‘Tens of Billions of Dollars’ from Chinese Government

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., September 9, 2019. (Bryan Pietsch/Reuters)
Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt on Wednesday told National Review that he believes the state’s first-of-its-kind lawsuit against China could potentially bring massive compensation to Missourians who have suffered as a result of Beijing’s mishandling of the coronavirus.
The lawsuit “seeks recovery for the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil experienced by all Missourians” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Announces 60-Day ‘Pause’ for Some Immigration

President Donald Trump speaks during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 21, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
President Trump on Tuesday said an immigration ban he announced the previous day on Twitter would consist of a 60-day “pause,” to be instituted on Wednesday and renewed if the administration deemed it necessary.
The pause will affect tens of thousands of people currently in the midst of the immigration process, but will apply specifically to applicants for permanent residencies, and not to workers applying for temporary residencies.

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Canadian Planes, Sent to China for Medical Supplies, Return Empty

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, April 20, 2020. (Blair Gable/Reuters)
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that two planes sent to pick up medical supplies in China were forced to return empty.
“Unfortunately, the planes had to take off in this situation without receiving their cargo deliveries,” Trudeau said at a press conference.

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Congress, White House Reach Deal on Small-Business Relief

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Congress and the Trump administration have finalized a new relief package for small businesses affected by the coronavirus.
The legislation will allocate $484 billion in total to helping small businesses and hospitals and expanding coronavirus testing. $321 billion will be allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program, which is designed to give emergency loans to small businesses but had run out of funding last week.

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VA Study of Anti-Malarial Drug Shows No Benefit for Use with Coronavirus Patients

An emergency medical technician carries equipment near where people wait to be tested for COVID-19 outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y., March 26, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters)
A nationwide study of coronavirus patients at U.S. Veteran’s Affairs hospitals found that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine does not help patients recover from the illness.
The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and is not yet peer-reviewed, analyzes records of 368 patients who died or were discharged from VA hospitals by April 11.

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WHO Spox Claims ‘All Evidence Suggests’ Coronavirus Wasn’t Engineered But Refuses to Address Whether It Escaped from Lab

A World Health Organization logo displayed during an executive board meeting on the coronavirus, Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020 (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the coronavirus was most likely not engineered by humans, but did not address the possibility that the virus could have been released from a lab.
“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed in a lab or somewhere else,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said at a press conference in Geneva.

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AG Barr Says the DOJ May Take Legal Action against States if Lockdowns Are Deemed Excessive

Attorney General Bill Barr during an event with the president in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 11, 2019 (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday said the Justice Department could take action against states whose coronavirus lockdowns are deemed too strict.
“We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe,” Barr said in an interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show.

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Netanyahu, Gantz Form Government after Year of Political Stalemate in Israel

Traffic moves past a Blue and White party election campaign poster, depicting party leader Benny Gantz, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 18, 2020. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz on Monday signed an agreement to form a government after three successive national elections and a year of political stalemate in the country.

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Chinese Company Suspected of Spying on U.S. Citizens Donates Police Drones to 22 States

A volunteer in protective suits controls a drone to spray disinfectants at Zhengwan village, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus, China January 31, 2020. (China Daily/Reuters)
Chinese company Da Jiang Innovations, the world’s largest maker of drones, has donated drones to 43 law enforcement agencies operating in 22 U.S. states to enforce social distancing rules.
Police in Elizabeth, N.J., for example, are using the drones to surveil residents in places where patrol cars can’t easily reach, such as spaces between buildings and back yards.

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