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The Washington Post: Growing friction between White House, CDC hobbles pandemic response

A pedestrian passes a sign that reads “Wear a mask, save lives” on Thursday along 14th Street NW in Washington. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

“The meager guidelines for safely reopening the country released this week are the latest sign of the Trump administration’s efforts to sideline the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the increasing tension between the White House and the world-renowned public health agency.”

“With Americans waiting for expert advice on how to resume a semblance of normal life during the pandemic, the CDC released just six short “decision trees” Thursday while the rest of its lengthy proposal remains under review at the White House,where it has been for weeks.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/growing-friction-between-white-house-cdc-hobbles-pandemic-response/2020/05/15/0e63978e-9537-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html

White House Blocks Fauci from testifying before House, but Senate appears to be OK.

 Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks next to Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images
Caption: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks next to Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images

“The White House doesn’t want Anthony Fauci to testify before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing it would not be the right way for the key official to use his time in the middle of a pandemic. But apparently appearing before the GOP-controlled Senate is a completely different matter.”

Source: White House Blocks Fauci from testifying before House, but Senate appears to be OK.

Fact check: New White House press secretary makes false claims in first briefing – CNNPolitics

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“At the first official briefing by a White House press secretary in 417 days, Kayleigh McEnany promised journalists, “I will never lie to you.” McEnany proceeded to say a bunch of things that weren’t true.”

Source: Fact check: New White House press secretary makes false claims in first briefing – CNNPolitics

White House rejects bailout for Postal Service battered by coronavirus – The Washington Post

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By Jacob Bogage 
April 11, 2020 at 8:41 a.m. PDT

Through rain, sleet, hail, and even a pandemic, mail carriers serve every address in the United States, but the coronavirus crisis is shaking the foundation of the U.S. Postal Service in new and dire ways.

The Postal Service’s decades-long financial troubles have worsened dramatically, as the volume of the kind of mail that pays the agency’s bills — first-class and marketing mail — has withered during the pandemic. The USPS needs an infusion of money, and President Trump has blocked potential emergency funding for the agency that employs around 600,000 workers, repeating instead the false claim that higher rates for Internet shipping companies Amazon, FedEx and UPS would right the service’s budget.

Source: White House rejects bailout for Postal Service battered by coronavirus – The Washington Post