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Covid-19 death rate rises in counties with high air pollution, study says

Covid-19 death rate rises in counties with high air pollution, study says

You are more likely to die from Covid-19 if you live in a county in the United States with higher levels of long-term air pollution, according to new research released Tuesday by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We found that an increase of only 1 gram per cubic meter in fine particulate matter…MORE

Asian markets, US stock futures mixed after tepid Tuesday on Wall Street

Asian markets, US stock futures mixed after tepid Tuesday on Wall Street

Asia Pacific markets were mixed Wednesday, following losses on Wall Street as investors continue to look out for more signs of economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.7%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 and China’s Shanghai Composite each dropped 0.3%. South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei, though, was last up…MORE

READ: Former acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s resignation letter

READ: Former acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s resignation letter

Former acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday, a day after calling the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “too naive or too stupid” to be captain of the aircraft carrier following a leaked memo warning of a coronavirus outbreak on the ship. Read his resignation letter here: It has been the honor…MORE

Lawmakers pitch pet priorities for next stimulus bill

The race is on for lawmakers looking to get their priorities included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill as Congress tries to sort out unintended consequences in real time stemming from the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed last month. Lawmakers are wasting no time pitching an entirely new set of programs for a “phase four”…MORE

Kayleigh McEnany set to become fourth Trump press secretary

Kayleigh McEnany set to become fourth Trump press secretary

The White House’s communications staff got a shakeup Tuesday with the announcement that Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump 2020 campaign’s press secretary and high-profile Republican communicator, is joining the team as the Trump administration’s fourth White House press secretary. McEnany comes to the role with a bevy of Republican communications and television experience, beginning with an…MORE