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GOP Lawmakers Let Rare Frustration With Trump Slip Through As Virus Cases Spike Across Country

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Republican lawmakers said they wished that in some instances President Donald Trump would wear a mask so that the general public would follow his example. Meanwhile, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas — a state where cases are skyrocketing — say they don’t understand the administration’s decision to cut federal support of drive-thru testing sites.

Trump Administration To End Funding For 13 Federally Run Coronavirus Testing Sites

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The federal government plans to withdraw support for COVID-19 testing sites located in five states by the end of this month. Trump administration officials say that operations of facilities still open will be transferred to state or local governments. Seven of those sites are in Texas, where a record number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are being reported.

Missouri Court Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.1B In Baby Powder Lawsuit

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The ruling said that “motivated by profits, defendants disregarded the safety of consumers despite their knowledge the talc in their products caused ovarian cancer.” More than 19,000 plaintiffs had talcum-powder lawsuits pending against J&J in U.S. courts as of March 29.

HHS Gives Morehouse School Of Medicine $40M To Fight COVID-19

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In other administration news: President Donald Trump taps appointees to the Census Bureau; CMS creates a new Health Informatics office; and a VA telemedicine office spent nearly $39 million during the pandemic.

Doctors Concerned Rural Health Care Will Be Affected By Trump’s Visa Freeze

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“You need these H-1B physicians who are willing to go to Alabama, Georgia, you know, parts of the beltway that just don’t have enough doctors,” said Mahsa Khanbabai, an attorney with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The health care worker exemption in the order only applies to people who are caring for COVID patients or doing research on the coronavirus.

‘Anti-Science Bias’ In America Contributing To Spread Of Virus, Fauci Warns

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has faded from public view as the White House shifts its messaging toward reopening, but the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is still speaking out about his concerns for the country. Meanwhile, in other administration news, The Wall Street Journal fact checks Vice President Mike Pence’s claims about Project Airbridge.