May 20, 2017

James Comey's dad says Trump was "scared to death"

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Details continue to emerge in the fallout of former FBI Director James Comey's unexpected termination and the latest is turning the controversy into a family affair. Comey's father claimed that President Trump was "scared to death" of Comey, which led to his firing, per CNN. During his interview with CNN, he also shared his unfiltered views on Trump:

I think the man should be in a home quite honestly, he's crazy as a hoot.

How he explains Trump's decision:

  • "...Trump changes every day. He had three reasons three days in a row."
  • "Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day."
  • "[Comey] didn't give him 100% loyalty, and he demands that of people who work with him," the 86-year-old said. "[Comey] said he would give 100% honesty, but not loyalty."

But, Comey's father insisted that his son is doing OK even after his ouster. "He's doing fine. He's a solid citizen, he has lots of opportunity," he said. "It was a dumb thing to get rid of him. A loss for the FBI."

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History's largest lockdown leaves Indian workers stranded, afraid

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Few moments better capture the world into which we've slipped than the decision of one man to order 1.4 billion into lockdown.

Why it matters: India’s three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and it sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947. While the economic effects could be devastating, the public health crisis it's intended to fend off could be more destructive still.

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  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 161,807 — Total deaths: 2,953 — Total recoveries: 5,595.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.