Apr 25, 2018

Democrats release detailed list of allegations against Ronny Jackson

Physician to the President U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senator Jon Tester's office released a detailed summary of allegations against Ronny Jackson, Trump's pick to head the Veterans Affairs Department, on Wednesday, which range from claims of recklessly dispensing drugs to crashing a government vehicle while drunk — though Jackson denies the latter ever happened, per the AP.

Why it matters: The allegations, based on interviews with his former colleagues, add to Jackson's already tumultuous situation ahead of his now-postponed confirmation hearing. Meanwhile, the White House has vowed to vigorously defend the nominee. During today's briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders characterized some of the allegations as “outrageous." Jackson told NBC News that he is "still moving ahead as planned" with the nomination.

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.