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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
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he hasn’t spoken to Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot for a couple of days but will chat this weekend about her comment that she doesn’t “give two rats’ asses about your cops.” Will he finish up with a pink slip? Barbot’s words about the men and women who keep our... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fool who works for a fool,
The Democratic-held House on Friday authorized proxy voting for the first time in its history, due to the coronavirus pandemic — disregarding Republican claims that the change is unconstitutional and unwise. The reform was adopted in a near-party-line 217-189 vote, with all Republicans opposed and joined in their nay votes by three Democrats and Libertarian... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total wrong madness.
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The House’s vote on Friday to allow lawmakers to work from afar will fundamentally change how Congress operates. New York Times
Investors are bracing for more turbulence in U.S. stocks, as some states prepare to reopen their economies and global trade tensions rise. Rueters
The College Board says less than 1% of this week's 1.6 million AP exams had problems. But those students want to resubmit their work, not re-test.
The federal agency that handles citizenship and other legal immigration applications is running out of money amid the coronavirus crisis, and warned Congress on Friday it needs a quick infusion of $1.2 billion in taxpayer money or else it will have to take "drastic actions" to keep the doors open. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Let it close down.
The White House said Friday that President Trump's "playbook" for responding to pandemics is more effective than the plan he inherited from President Barack Obama. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the administration issued its pandemic crisis "action plan" in 2018, and conducted a simulated exercise called "Crimson Contagion" ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Without a doubt.
President Donald Trump participated in the presentation of the U.S. Space Force Flag -- to represent the sixth branch of military -- in the Oval Office Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: The flag looked good.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden says that if voters believe Tara Reade ‘they probably shouldn’t vote for me’ ABC
J.C. Penney, weighed down by debt and battered by the coronavirus, has filed for bankruptcy. The retailer employed roughly 90,000 full- and part-time workers as of February. CNBC
The company is likely to face lawsuits related to antitrust in coming months, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Google needs to be busted down a peg.
The former New York mayor and his closest political advisors are discussing whether Bloomberg's expenditures will include major donations to a variety of groups. CNBC
VOA VIEW: More millions will be wasted.
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President Donald Trump explains why his medical experts are wearing masks but he is not at a White House coronavirus briefing. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fraud.
New York, Connecticut and Delaware will join New Jersey in reopening some of its beaches by Memorial Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. FOX News
The Trump administration on Friday moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering shares of U.S. producers of chipmaking equipment. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Huawei is not legitimate.
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The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a vote for next Tuesday to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee John Ratcliffe to the post of Director of National Intelligence, two Congressional sources told Reuters. Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an historic change to its rules, allowing lawmakers to vote by "proxy" from remote locations temporarily, as they also moved toward a vote on $3 trillion in new coronavirus emergency aid. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dumb and wrong.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was looking at possibly making a coronavirus vaccine available free of charge. Reuters
The U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon will be tested by Army Rangers, Green Berets and special operations ground forces, an Army official said. UPI
North Korea condemned the South on Friday for publishing an annual white paper on North Korea human rights that indicates the death penalty and political prison camps prevail in the country. UPI
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