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    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Less than a week after the health journalist Julia Métraux, who is hard-of-hearing, tweeted about Zoom’s lack of free captions as an accessibility and human rights issue, the company has met the call. Until yesterday, Zoom hadn’t offered closed captions on free accounts, unlike Skype, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams. The feature is vital for deaf and hard-of-hearing users and many second-language learners. In a statement to Métraux last night after her inquiry for a Gizmodo article that published moments ago, Zoom said it plans to release live captions for everyone this fall, and people can fill out transcript requests in the meantime. “It should not have taken as long to get captions on Zoom as it does for people to get vaccines during a...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) repeatedly refused to discuss details Monday about what led to the “abrupt” resignation of a top health adviser. Whitmer dodged three separate questions posed virtually from reporters about the departure of Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon. The governor was asked for “specifics,” and whether she asked for Gordon’s resignation, NBC 25 reported. While appearing to read from notes, Whitmer said, “I want to begin by thanking Robert Gordon and (new) Director (Elizabeth) Hertel did as well. To lead this department in unimaginable circumstances, it has been grueling.” She continued, “He worked hard to protect our public health,” before attempting to pivot to talk about Hertel. But another reporter brought it back to the sudden resignation. “Can you describe the relationship you had with Robert Gordon?” he said. “I don’t think I have anything to add with regard to my comments...
    President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday he had chosen Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as the assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services. Levine, born Richard Levine, is an openly transgender individual and would mark the first transgender official confirmed by the United States Senate, if approved. Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in charge of the local response to the coronavirus pandemic. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts,” Biden said in a statement, praising Levine’s “steady leadership and essential expertise.” Levine served as a controversial public official in Pennsylvania leveling business and restaurant lockdowns and bans and defending them as a critical way to stop the spread of the virus. Levine drew criticism for months for allowing “stable” coronavirus patients to be returned to nursing homes during the pandemic, receiving blame...
              Live from Virginia Friday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed Journalist and Reporter for The Virginia Star Corinne Murdock to the show. During the program, Murdock explained her veteran husband’s commitment to his country by driving to Texas just to cast his vote. She also went on to outline her recent stories about voter dumps and how poll watchers were being kept away by a Detroit Department of Health official. Fredericks: Joining us now live in the studio, Corinne Murdock. Corinne is a reporter and a correspondent with The Virginia Star, my newspaper. I love The Virginia Star...
    On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed off questions about his health. As The Hill journalist Scott Wong reported via Twitter, the top Republican was asked by a reporter if he is feeling well, but he ignored the question. After the reporter asked whether there is an issue voters should be aware of, McConnell said “of course not.” What prompted the question were recent photos of the majority leader. Dozens of photos taken by Capitol Hill photographers appear to show the Kentucky senator with what seem to be bruises all over his hands and arms, and even on his face. “Uhhhhh look at this picture of Mitch McConnell’s hands,” The Nation writer Annie Shields tweeted, attaching two photographs taken by The Associated Press. The photos show that the senator’s hands seem to be heavily bruised. He is also seen wearing a patch on his thumb, and another one on...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden told a local interviewer that he likes the new rules for his next debate with President Donald Trump, but added there should be “more limitations” on the ability of candidates to interrupt each other. On Tuesday, the former VP gave a local interview to Adrienne Pedersen of Milwaukee ABC station WISN’s 12 News, and was asked about the Commission on Presidential Debates’ announcement that at Thursday’s second and final presidential debate, each candidate’s microphone will be muted while his counterpart delivers his 2-minute opening remarks for each segment. “So, for the debate on Thursday, what do you think of this new muting the mic rule?” Pedersen asked. “I think it’s a good idea,” Biden said, but then added “I think there should be more limitations on us not interrupting one another.” He went on to note that Trump “interrupted Chris Wallace and me 148 times”...
    A reporter for The New York Times wrote Monday he was surprised to find America’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic appears to be unfolding faster than experts initially anticipated. In “A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On,” science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. argued the coronavirus death toll in the U.S., standing at around 250,000, is far below the initial 2.2 million Americans initially projected to die by mid-October. “Since January, when I began covering the pandemic, I have been a consistently gloomy Cassandra, reporting on the catastrophe that experts saw coming: that the virus would go pandemic, that Americans were likely to die in large numbers, the national lockdown would last well beyond Easter and even past summer. No miracle cure was on the horizon; the record for developing a vaccine was four years,” McNeil wrote. “Events have moved faster than I thought possible. I...
    BuzzFeed News pulled its reporter from her planned coverage of the White House over concerns about the coronavirus on Tuesday. Kadia Goba was set to work a shift with the White House press pool on Wednesday. The White House press pool is a team of reporters and photographers from wire news services, newspapers, news sites, television channels, and radio outlets. They pool their resources to be able to provide full coverage of the president to the wider press corps, not just their own outlet. Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for BuzzFeed News, confirmed the withdrawal to the New York Times. "Anyone that knows me understands I’d rather be at the White House working today," said Goba, "but at the same time, there are obvious concerns about working indoors during an outbreak." "I don’t want to be knocked out for the rest of the election because I’m sick," she...
    New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman blasted the White House for what she called “staggering” lying regarding Donald Trump’s health updates. The administration has come under fire for inconsistent and sometimes contradictory updates about his status since he was hospitalized over the weekend after announcing that he had contracted coronavirus. The official statements surrounding his condition and treatment have often raised more questions, and led to allegations that the administration was not being forthright about his real condition. Haberman was among those pushing back, saying that there has been dishonesty from the president’s team and U.S. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, who serves as his physician. “The lying from the White House on Friday and from Conley yesterday about the president’s condition is staggering,” she tweeted. Haberman pointed out that the inconsistent information, with some reports claiming the president was doing well but other officials saying he was in real...
    Bradley Cortright September 16, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he is working on developing a healthcare plan and that it would be released within a few weeks. However, he has yet to unveil his plan. During a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about the details of Trump’s supposedly forthcoming healthcare plan. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked who was working on Trump’s healthcare plan, McEnany responded, “I’m not going to give you a readout of what our health care plan looks like and who’s working on it. If you want to know, come work here at the White House.” When Collins retorted that her question was about who was working on the plan, McEnany said, “Stakeholders here in the White House. And as I told you, domestic policy council and others in the White House are working on a healthcare plan, the...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had an odd reaction on Wednesday when asked a basic question during a briefing with reporters. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, following up on President Donald Trump’s comments at a town hall the previous night, asked about the health care plan he claimed to have already. Trump has been promising a health care plan for the American people for more than four years now. “On the health care plan, the chief of staff said that there’s going to be one that is unveiled before the election, the one that the president has been promising for over a year now, long before that,” she said. “But today on Capitol Hill, the top three medical experts in this administration said they have no idea of any kind of plan that is being formulated. So who is it that is working on the health care plan that is going...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday would not divulge details of a health care plan President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing 'herd mentality' MORE has been promising for months, telling a reporter she should take a job in the White House to learn more about the proposal. Administration officials faced questions a day after Trump said at an ABC News town hall that the vague health care plan that he's been promising will be rolled out dating back to last year is "all ready." But three administration health officials have testified that they were not involved in crafting the plan, and McEnany would not specify who has worked on the proposal. "Here at the White House we have a wide array of people working on...
    Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News Tuesday that he does not remember being told to be "on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily" if President Trump had to undergo a procedure during a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center last year. "I don't recall being told to be on standby," Pence told "Special Report" host Bret Baier in an exclusive interview. "I was informed that the president had a doctor's appointment, [but] I've got to tell you, part of this job is you are always on standby if you are Vice President of the United States." TRUMP DENIES SUFFERING 'SERIES OF MINI STROKES' LAST YEAR New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt made the claim in his forthcoming book, "Donald Trump V. The United States," writing that Pence was put on alert to assume presidential powers "if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized." On Tuesday, Trump denied a related claim that he had "a series of...
    A local news reporter in Florida expressed her gratitude Thursday to one of the station’s viewers -- a total stranger -- who contacted the reporter after seeing her on TV and suspecting she had undiagnosed cancer. “A bit of ~personal news~ to share,” Victoria Price of WFLA-TV in Tampa wrote on Twitter. “Turns out, I have cancer. And I owe it to one of our wonderful @WFLA viewers for bringing it to my attention. I’ll be off work for a bit after tomorrow, but I’ll see y’all soon.” Price said she had placed personal medical check-ups on the back burner amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, a time that for her has included long work hours and a new investigative role -- all while adjusting to working remotely. CONNECTICUT WWII VET WITH CANCER GREETS NEIGHBORS WITH AMERICAN FLAG EVERY MORNING: 'BEFORE I LEAVE, I WANT THEM TO REMEMBER'  “We were covering the...
    Vice President Mike Pence wasn't having CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid's lip when she suggested he was a hypocrite for attending campaign rallies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the details? During a White House coronavirus task force briefing Friday, Reid said that Pence and the rest of the Trump administration set confusing examples when it comes to being safe during the coronavirus. "On the campaign," she began, "it really does sound though like you're saying 'Do as we say, not as we do.' You're telling people to listen to local officials, but in Tulsa, you defied local health officials to have an event that, even though you say didn't result in a spike, dozens of Secret Service agents, dozen of campaign staffers are now quarantined after positive tests." Reid also pointed to President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign rally, and questioned the vice president as to...
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