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Yahoo! BooksMar 31, 2020
U.S. Base Workers Set for Furlough in Blow to South Korea Alliance
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. military is set to put almost half of its 8,500 South Korean civilian workers on furlough, as the two sides bicker over the Trump administration's demands for a massive increase in troop funding.About 4,000 workers have been told not to report to American military bases in South Korea as of Wednesday, if the two countries can't find some way to extend a cost-sharing deal that expired Dec. 31. A breakthrough seems unlikely with President Donald Trump asking for as much as a five-fold increase and South Korea showing no signs of paying anywhere near that much.The furloughs, which the Hankyoreh newspaper said would be the first of their kind, will put new pressure on an alliance that Trump has repeatedly criticized since taking office three years ago. The move comes as the U.S. military struggles to keep coronavirus outbreaks from disrupting operations in South Korea and elsewhere and the allies watch for fresh provocations from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The two sides have been deadlocked over what's known as the Special Measures Agreement, with Trump initially demanding about $5 billion a year from South Korea to pay for U.S. security. South Korean President Moon Jae-in's administration has indicated that it wouldn't pay much more than the almost $1 billion it agreed to in a one-year stopgap deal in 2019.South Korea's lead negotiator, Jeong Eun-bo, said in a statement Tuesday that the two sides were in the "final steps" of negotiations and expressed regret that the U.S. governme

Yahoo! BooksMar 30, 2020
Coronavirus: One million Americans now tested as Trump says people in US could have to wear masks ‘for a period of time'
Donald Trump is gambling that his 30-day extension of a national lockdown will halt the spread of the coronavirus inside the United States as he confirmed 1 million tests have been conducted so far - and he warned there might be a period of time when all Americans are ordered to wear masks outside."I could see something like that happening for a period of time, but I hope it would be for a limited period of time," the president said, telling reporters he is examining a study authored by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gotliebb calling for a mask-wearing country. But he did not issue any formal order.


Yahoo! BooksMar 30, 2020
CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Defends Not Cutting Away From Trump's Coronavirus Pressers
CNN chief Jeff Zucker on Monday defended the network's decision to carry President Donald Trump's coronavirus press briefings live despite criticism that Trump uses the conferences to spread misinformation during a pandemic.During an internal employee call, the network head said he has "probably spent more time on this topic than anything else, believe it or not," and that he gets more calls and emails on the subject than any other topic. The Daily Beast reported last week that employees at both CNN and MSNBC have begun pushing back against airing the briefings, which some cable staffers described as "open-mic nights" full of "misinformation." But both networks have continued to broadcast the events."We might take it from the top and then cut away after the first lie, and return when the lies stop," one cable-network producer told The Daily Beast.According to multiple sources, Zucker argued on the staff call that it is important for viewers to hear critical information from the administration's public-health experts like Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, and for the CNN audience to hear the president answer tough questions from journalists including the network's own. He did note that the network had pondered whether to air portions of the briefings after Trump finishes speaking, but said that he felt comfortable airing the briefings live because of those grillings by reporters."It's a very difficult decision," Zucker remarked. "As of now, we are going to continue to carry t

Yahoo! ArtsMar 30, 2020
Trump says Republicans would ‘never' be elected again if it was easier to vote
President dismissed Democratic-led push for voter reforms amid coronavirus pandemic during Fox & Friends appearance * Coronavirus - live US updates * Live global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump admitted on Monday that making it easier to vote in America would hurt the Republican party.The president made the comments as he dismissed a Democratic-led push for reforms such as vote-by-mail, same-day registration and early voting as states seek to safely run elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Democrats had proposed the measures as part of the coronavirus stimulus. They ultimately were not included in the $2.2tn final package, which included only $400m to states to help them run elections."The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you'd ever agreed to it, you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again," Trump said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. "They had things in there about election days and what you do and all sorts of clawbacks. They had things that were just totally crazy and had nothing to do with workers that lost their jobs and companies that we have to save."Democrats often accuse Republicans of deliberately making it hard to vote in order to keep minorities, immigrants, young people and other groups from the polls. And Republicans often say they oppose voting reforms because of concerns of voter fraud - which is extremely rare - or concerns over having the federal government
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