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How to add an additional Twitter account, and easily switch between accounts, on the mobile app or website

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:54pm  |  Clusterstock
Adding all your accounts to your Twitter app helps you switch between accounts seamlessly.
  • You can log into multiple Twitter accounts at once and switch among them easily on both the mobile app and website.
  • To add a Twitter account to the website, click your avatar at the bottom left of the web page and choose to "Add an existing account."
  • To add a Twitter account to your mobile app, you can find the option to add an existing account or create a new one by tapping your Twitter profile avatar.  
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It's not unusual to have more than one Twitter account, and adding all your accounts to your Twitter app makes it easy to switch between them and post or browse from different profiles. 

This is convenient if you have both a personal and professional Twitter account, for example – but always be careful to post with the right account so you don't, for example, use a professional account to make a personal post. 

How to add a Twitter account on the iPhone app

1. In the Twitter app on your iPhone, tap and hold your profile avatar at the top left of the screen. 

2. After a moment, the "Accounts" pop-up should appear at the bottom of the screen. 

Tap and hold your profile icon to open the "Accounts" pop-up.

3. If you already have an account you want to add to the app, tap "Add an existing account" and log into the account. If you don't yet have a new account, tap "Create a new account" and follow the instructions to create an account. When you're done, it'll automatically be available in the app. 

After you've added or created the account, you can switch among them by tapping and holding the profile icon until the pop-up appears and then choosing the account you want to use. 

How to add a Twitter account on the Android app

1. In the Android Twitter app, tap your profile avatar at the top left of the screen. 

2. In the menu, tap the downward-pointing arrow to the right of your Twitter account name. 

3. If you already have an account you want to add to the app, tap "Add an existing account" and log into the account. If you don't yet have a new account, tap "Create a new account" and follow the instructions to create an account. When you're done, it'll automatically be available in the app. 

Choose to "Create a new account" or "Add an existing account."

After you've added or created the account, you can switch among them by tapping your profile icon, tapping the arrow, and choosing the account you want to use. 

How to add a Twitter account on the Twitter website 

1. Open Twitter in a web browser and, if needed, log into a Twitter account.

2. Click your profile avatar at the bottom left of the screen.

3. In the pop-up, click "Add an existing account" and log into the account. 

Choose to "Add an existing account" from the pop-up.

4. If you don't yet have a new account, open Twitter in a new private or incognito browser window and follow the instructions to create a new account, then return to this browser and add it using the "Add an existing account" menu option. Using an incognito browser is the easiest way to create a new, additional account because your current account won't be automatically logged in.

After you've added or created the account, you can switch among them by clicking the profile icon and then choosing the account you want to use in the pop-up menu.

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Coursera has a free CME-eligible course that gives students an overview of COVID-19 in just 3 hours

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:50pm  |  Clusterstock

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  • Osmosis, a medical education site, and the IPMA created a free Coursera course that gives students an overview of COVID-19
  • "COVID-19: What You Need to Know" combines current information issued by the CDC, WHO, and other leading agencies, while also exploring topics like personal protective equipment, diagnostics, and more.
  • The course is eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for healthcare professionals.
  • It's taught by Osmosis' Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rishi Desai, a pediatric infectious disease physician with a public health background, and Mary Ales, the executive director of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA).
  • Read more: 12 free public health courses that award a certificate upon completion

Osmosis, a popular online medical education site founded by two former Johns Hopkins medical school students, is offering a free online course on COVID-19, led by its Chief Medical Officer, on Coursera

"COVID-19: What You Need to Know" is available for free. It's regularly updated with the most current information issued by the CDC, WHO, and other leading agencies and covers topics like personal protective equipment, diagnostics, and more. Healthcare professionals can earn CME credit for taking it. 

The course is led by Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, a pediatric infectious disease physician with a public health background, and Mary Ales, the executive director of Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA) for the last 17 years.

As part of the class, students will learn to recognize the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19, as well as how it spread around the world and how to apply the public health measures needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Although probably better suited to healthcare professionals, the average person can take the course to understand how to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and reduce the burden on our healthcare system.

The course breaks down into five videos (about 45 minutes total), 13 readings, and seven quizzes. It should only take students three hours to complete. Subtitles are available in English, Italian, and Spanish.

 

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How to print directly from your Android device using Google Cloud Print

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:46pm  |  Clusterstock
With Google Cloud Print, you can send items to your printer from your Android phone.

If you want to print a photo or document directly from your Android mobile device, you don't need a computer or any special cables — you can do so using something called cloud printing. 

Cloud printing utilizes "the cloud" of user data to allow your Android to communicate with the other devices on your server, including your printer. This makes printing easier than ever.

Once you've installed the Google Cloud Print app, you can use your Android device to print from just about anywhere. Here's how to do it.

How to print from an Android using Google Cloud Print

If you haven't already done so, you will need to download and install the Google Cloud Print app from the Google Play Store before you can print from your Android device. Once Google Cloud Print is installed, it's easy to start printing.

1. Open the app or webpage you wish to print from, like your folder of saved photos or Google Drive.

2. Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. In the dropdown menu that appears, tap on "Print." 

Select "Print" from the menu.

4. Select the printer and print settings you prefer, then tap on the yellow printer button to print your document. 

Select a printer and tap the yellow "Print" button. How to print from Google Chrome on an Android using Google Cloud Print

The process for printing on Google Chrome is different from other apps.

1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device and navigate to the page you wish to print.

2. Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. In the dropdown menu that appears, tap "Share…" 

Select "Share."

4. Scroll down to the icon labeled "Print" and tap on it. 

Scroll down and select the "Print" icon.

5. Select the printer and print settings you prefer, then tap on the yellow printer button to print your document. 

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This Burrow couch is made with full-grain leather that will last years — here's what it feels like and why it's worth the high price

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:43pm  |  Clusterstock

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This is how Burrow's Nomad Leather King Sectional with a chaise and ottoman looks in our living room.

  • My husband and I upgraded our old faux leather couch for Burrow's Nomad Leather King Sectional with a chaise and ottoman, costing around $3,800.
  • It's not cheap, but it's customizable (so yours can definitely be less expensive than our set), ships directly to you within a week, and can be put together yourself to save installation fees. 
  • After using it for more than a year, I'd recommend it to anyone who has the budget and is looking for a classic and durable leather couch that'll last years. 
  • See more: The best sofas and couches

One of the most frustrating things about furniture (aside from said furniture shopping) is the delivery and installation. There are extra charges and 10-hour delivery windows that come and go — it just seems like an old-school way of doing things. 

When my husband and I were looking to replace our 5-year-old faux leather couch, we decided to shop online and only at places that offered free delivery and had modular styles that we could put together ourselves. Like Ikea, but more adult. 

I've known about furniture startup Burrow for a few years but never had a reason to look at it much since we had a couch. Around the same time that we were looking to replace ours, Burrow launched a full-grain leather version of its popular Nomad couch

We tested the Nomad Leather King Sectional, a full-grain leather couch that would last years, if not, decades, along with a chaise and ottoman, all in black leather with walnut legs. The total cost was $3,790 — definitely not cheap or affordable by any means, but reasonable given the number of pieces we ordered and the durability of full-grain leather.

Burrow has since added new leather colors and styles to the armrests, legs, and pillows to the Nomad full-grain leather collection since I tested the couch more than a year ago. There are now three leather colors, three arm styles, three wooden leg options, three metal leg options, and bolster pillows.  

More than a year in and there's still not a scratch, tear, or ripped seam to be found. And we've had young kids and dogs on it too. 

Our Burrow couch arrived in clearly labeled boxes and installation was tricky but manageable; it took about an hour

Each piece of the couch arrived in a labeled box so we didn't have to open each one to find the part we needed.

The couch arrived a few days after ordering, and in several clearly labeled boxes. That was helpful as we unpacked boxes in the order of installation — seats first, then the side panels with low armrests, and finally, the legs. The chaise includes a long cushion that lays on top of a base and any seat you want, and the ottoman, well, it's an ottoman. 

Thee boxes also helpfully have holes for handles and easy carrying, and each item is wrapped in thick plastic so it doesn't get dirty during transit. We reused the plastic to carry our old couch to a local donation center. 

The couch is a boxy modular design, so you can shift the seats around however you want or even remove them to make your couch smaller, and the overall design and function of the couch will be the same.  

Once we took out different parts of the couch to assemble, there was a big initial cardboard smell, especially on the right side. Thankfully, it's up against a wall and the smell has since dissipated. 

Here are some of the specs of our king couch with the chaise and ottoman:
  • General Dimensions: 112 inches L x 36 inches W x 35 inches H
  • Seat Height: 17 inches
  • Arm Height: 23 inches
  • Seat Depth: 22 inches
  • Leg Height: 7 inches
  • Chaise Length: 61 inches
  • Ottoman General Dimensions: 26 inches L x 26 inches W x 17 inches H
  • Seat Height: 17 inches
  • Seat Depth: 26 inches
  • Leg Height: 7 inches

The couch has a modular design so you just lock and unlock the pieces of the couch to fit your space.

Instruction manuals are provided and easy to follow, so we didn't have any trouble there. You basically put two seats next to each other and secure with a metal latch between the seats and on the underside, then move onto the other seats and armrests.

We had a lot of issues connecting the seats because the metal latches were so hard to find among the plush seats and secure. One person would have to use their entire body weight to force the seats flush against each other while the other would fumble around with the latches. 

It took about an hour to set up the couch because of the latch issues, but some reviewers said it took 15 to 20 minutes. I'd imagine the latches were hard to deal with because the seats are well-padded and extend past their wooden frames, but if there's a way to make this process more efficient in the future, I'm all for it. If it weren't for the latches, I would imagine it'd take us much less time. 

The couch has a wooden frame covered in full-grain leather, but the underside is covered in thin fabric and secured with staples that are surprisingly cheap 

For a couch that costs nearly $4,000, I expected better quality than staples and paper-thin backing.

The general frame of the couch is made with Baltic Birch, a type of light-colored wood that resists warping. So far, I haven't had any issues with the seats bending in the year we've had the couch. 

The underside is covered in thin black fabric secured via staples that are unexpectedly cheap for a $3,000+ couch. During installation, I accidentally ripped through the fabric as I was securing one of the latches. I also noticed that one of the staples is just a little too close to the edge and is exposed when looking at the couch straight on.

Thankfully, both issues are on the underside of the couch so you don't see anything. These are things I wouldn't expect from a couch that costs so much and especially when it's made with full-grain leather, but I guess there are bigger issues to have. 

The Burrow couch has held up well in the past year we've had it — the frame is sturdy and the leather hasn't ripped 

After using the Burrow Nomad couch for more than a year, it hasn't lost its shape and the leather still looks great.

Despite doubling as a trampoline for two kids and a bed for a dog (neither are ours), the couch still looks great and the frame hasn't warped or bent anywhere. It's sturdy and doesn't shift or squeak.  

My husband has had a full-grain leather wallet for the past five years, so if that's any indication of quality, our couch will last a long time. Full-grain leather is the highest quality of leather and ages well; it'll develop a slightly glossy patina with variations in color. 

I was personally worried about the feel and that it would get sticky and gross during the summer, but it was actually quite cool even after sitting on it for hours watching "Fixer Upper." 

The seat cushions were initially too padded for my liking, but it has squished down slightly. I guess that's a good problem to have though since that means the seats are well-padded and comfortable. There's a strip of fabric on the edge of the cushion so it doesn't slide down the seat, a thoughtful design detail that goes a long way. 

The couch also has a built-in USB charger which is helpful, especially for guests crashing on our couch.

If you have the budget, I'd suggest Burrow's full-grain Nomad couches for their durability, ease of set up, and customizable modular design

Couches aren't cheap in general, but given the quality of Burrow's full-grain leather, I'd recommend the investment. Similar to a bed, you're sitting on it for hours every day so you should prioritize quality and durability if you can. We have a full set (four-seater couch with a chaise and ottoman) so ours was expensive. But depending on the size you need, it can be a lot cheaper. 

This is Burrow's first leather couch so there are definitely certain things that can be improved down the road such as the fabric for the underside of the seats and the use of staples, but ultimately, these are small issues that didn't impact quality or integrity. We're already seeing additions like new leather colors, armrest styles, and pillows to the collection so hopefully, there'd be updates to the underside fabric and construction as well.

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Democrats slam the GOP's 'emaciated' $500 billion stimulus plan that would cut unemployment benefits and leave out rental assistance and state aid

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:34pm  |  Clusterstock
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are negotiating the terms of the next coronavirus stimulus with Republicans and the White House.
  • Democrats are tearing into the GOP's $500 billion stimulus plan, saying its "emaciated" since it leaves out a host of economic relief measures.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the plan for omitting aid to states, as well as rental assistance for evicted people.
  • "The crisis and the pain of the American people in the pandemic get greater and greater, and Republicans keep thinking smaller and smaller," Schumer said
  • The GOP unveiled a plan on Monday that would cut unemployment benefits to $300 a week and leave out direct payments to individuals.
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Democrats slammed the GOP's $500 billion stimulus plan on Wednesday, calling it "emaciated" since it would leave out aid to states and rental assistance.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on CNN that Democrats are not caving to Republicans

"There's a good chance they feel the pressure once they see the Democrats are not going to fold to this emaciated bill, which leaves so much out," he said. "The pressure will mount on them."

The New York senator criticized the plan for not including aid to cash-strapped states confronting significant revenue shortfalls in the near-future. He also ripped into the proposal for leaving out rent relief for evicted people and food assistance for children.

"The crisis and the pain of the American people in the pandemic get greater and greater, and Republicans keep thinking smaller and smaller," Schumer said. "And the reason is very simple -- there are 20 Republicans in the Senate who want no money, so McConnell had to, in a very cynical exercise, put together something that would check the box, but left out so much.

A day earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Bloomberg the proposal wasn't "even an attempt to do the right thing."

Read more: McConnell is pushing Republicans to vote on a 'skinny' coronavirus stimulus. The $500 billion bill would boost unemployment payments by $300 but doesn't include another round of $1,200 checks.

The GOP unveiled a $500 billion plan on Tuesday that included another round of aid to small businesses and a $300 federal supplement to state unemployment benefits — a 50% cut from the $600 payout that expired in late July. The upper chamber is expected to hold a procedural vote on measure Thursday.

The Senate GOP's plan is also smaller compared to the $1 trillion plan they introduced in July. It was never brought to a vote due to opposition among many of their members.

Meanwhile, Democrats have long championed their $3.4 trillion economic relief package that the House passed in May. It included aid to states, a second round of direct payments, and $100 billion in rental assistance among other priorities.

Talks between top congressional Democrats and the White House collapsed last month amid fierce disagreements on state aid and unemployment insurance. Democrats said they could sign onto $2.2 trillion in additional spending, but the Trump administration rejected that amount.

After negotiations fell through, the White House moved ahead in early August with a series of executive orders to boost unemployment benefits and enact a controversial payroll tax holiday. It also recently enacted an eviction moratorium through the end of the year.

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Striking photos show wildfire smoke turning the sky orange over San Francisco

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:33pm  |  Clusterstock
San Francisco, California, at 11:10 am on September 9, 2020.
  • The sky above San Francisco turned a hazy orange Wednesday morning as the region continues to battle a series of wildfires.
  • The orange sky is a result of the smoke that has blown in from the fires, with smoke particles obscuring the sunlight.
  • As a result, San Francisco looked as though it were still nighttime throughout Wednesday, with an eerie twilight fog blanketing the city.
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San Francisco residents awoke on Wednesday to discover a glowing orange sky.

Smoke from wildfires has been covering San Francisco for weeks, but the layer that blew in on Wednesday morning was much thicker. And as the day wore on, the sky took on a darker hue of orange, making life in the city at 11 a.m. feel like night time, with streetlights and car headlights beaming through the dark and eerie shadows stretching across the ground.

The all-day eclipse is due to a  series of Northern California wildfires that broke out in late August following a cluster of lightning storms and subsequent power outages. One of the wildfires, the SCU Lightning Complex, is currently 95% contained and has become one of the largest in California's history. Firefighters continue to battle the blazes that have swept through this part of the state, including the fires that have begun more recently, like the fast-growing Creek Fire that has consumed over 160,000 acres so far.

The smoke in San Francisco on Wednesday sat above the fog, so air quality was not significantly worse despite a surreal sky that looked like something out of an Edvard Munch painting.

Here's how the city looked in the eerie, apocalyptic-looking haze.

A series of wildfires broke out near the San Francisco Bay Area in August. A man stands with the Bay Bridge in the background in San Francisco, California, at 11:05 am on September 9, 2020. Storms and a heatwave resulted in power outages and lightning strikes that sparked clusters of fires around the region. San Francisco, California, at 10:40 am on September 9, 2020. Smoke from the wildfires has been infiltrating the city for weeks already, with officials advising residents to remain indoors when the air quality is poor, and more fires have erupted within the past week. The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, California, at 10:30 am on September 9, 2020.

Source: Cal Fire

But Wednesday was a bit different — this time the smoke blew in and sat atop the city's infamous fog, with the marine layer blocking the smoke from reaching the ground level. San Francisco, California, at 11:05 am on September 9, 2020. The eerie orange color is because of a phenomenon known as Mie scattering. San Francisco, California, at 10:30 am on September 9, 2020. It results in the sky turning orange or red when wildfire smoke permeates the air. San Francisco, California, at 10:40 am on September 9, 2020. That's because smoke particles — like dust and soot — block sunlight from reaching the ground. San Francisco, California, at 11:05 am on September 9, 2020. For that reason, Wednesday morning's air quality was actually not as poor as usual, nor was the smell of the smoke as powerful as it typically is — at least for now. San Francisco, California, at 10:45 am on September 9, 2020. But it meant that at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the city looked as though it were nighttime. San Francisco, California, at 10:30 am on September 9, 2020.

San Francisco is one of many cities that is currently grappling with the effects of the fires that are burning in California as well as in other locales along the West Coast.

Smoke from the fires will likely continue to fill the air in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco, California, at 10:30 am on September 9, 2020. However, as UCLA scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, "It won't be this bad all the time, but the scope of the fires is just that extreme." San Francisco, California, at 11:15 am on September 9, 2020.

Source: Daniel Swain/Twitter

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The White House is reportedly weighing executive actions to bolster unemployment benefits and bail out the airline industry

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:30pm  |  Clusterstock
  • The White House is weighing additional executive actions to reinforce unemployment benefits and bail out the struggling airline industry, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
  • Trump recently floated redirecting $300 billion in unspent CARES Act funds meant for distressed businesses to fund further pandemic relief measures.
  • Odds of another economic relief package appear slim as Republicans and Democrats are digging in on their priorities.
  • Democrats are seeking significant additional spending, while Republicans are trying to keep it at a much lower level.
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The White House is considering additional executive action to circumvent Congress on pandemic aid measures, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. It comes as odds of a fourth bipartisan agreement on a stimulus deal appear slim.

The Trump administration is considering bulking up unemployment benefits and a bailout of the struggling airline industry, among other steps, the newspaper reported, citing two anonymous sources familiar with internal deliberations.

Other measures could also include reworking the payroll-tax holiday that President Donald Trump has long championed to ensure broader participation and additional funds for school vouchers.

"They're trying to figure out what they can do legally, what authorities they have, and there are differences of opinion on that," Stephen Moore, an outside economic adviser to the White House, told The Post. "Trump would like to do another flurry of executive orders that would jump-start the economy."

At a press conference on Friday, the president floated redirecting nearly $300 billion in unspent funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in March to provide further economic relief. He was referring to the Economic Stabilization Fund, which contains federal money meant to be loaned to companies in dire financial straits.

Still, Trump said he'd rather seek congressional authorization to use the money.

"I think there is a theory that I could do it without having to go back, but I think it would be appropriate to go back, and I would ask Congress to approve it," he said.

Read more: MORGAN STANLEY: The government's recession response has the stock market heading for a massive upheaval. Here's your best strategy to capitalize on the shift.

Trump signed four executive orders last month after stimulus negotiations with top congressional Democrats fell apart. They included measures to enact a payroll-tax holiday and reinstate federal unemployment benefits, along with an eviction moratorium. The results were mixed.

Republicans unveiled a $500 billion stimulus plan on Tuesday that would distribute another round of aid to small businesses, as well as hospitals and public-health agencies. It would also provide a $300 federal supplement to state unemployment benefits, but the legislation left out direct payments and state aid.

The measure is expected to come up for a procedural vote on Thursday, and Democrats are likely to block it. They are pushing for at least $2.2 trillion in additional spending to keep the economy afloat.

Both sides are still far apart on a deal. Reporters asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday about the prospect of the White House striking a stimulus agreement with Democrats. He was uncertain.

"I don't know, we'll see," he said. "I hope there is. It's important to a lot of people out there."

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8 of the most shocking claims and Trump quotes in Bob Woodward's new bombshell book about the president

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:21pm  |  Clusterstock
President Donald Trump.
  • In journalist Bob Woodward's second book on President Donald Trump's administration, Trump is quoted in March acknowledging that he was intentionally downplaying the threat of the coronavirus.
  • Trump is also quoted in the book dismissing the idea of white privilege and accusing Woodward of drinking "the Kool-Aid" for grappling with his own privilege. 
  • Several top current and former aides to the president are quoted calling him "dangerous," "unfit" to be commander in chief, lacking a "moral compass," and potentially compromised by Russia. 
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Journalist Bob Woodward's second book on President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House, titled "Rage," includes a slew of bombshell revelations, including Trump's admission that he misled the American public about the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump made a host of noteworthy and controversial statements during 18 on-the-record interviews he conducted with Woodward between December and July. And Woodward quotes some of the president's most powerful former advisers, including former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, condemning Trump's leadership. 

Trump admits he played down the pandemic 

In a recorded conversation with Woodward on February 7, Trump said the coronavirus was "more deadly than even your strenuous flus" and that people could contract the virus just by breathing in air. 

For weeks after that conversation, Trump repeatedly told the public that the coronavirus was no worse than the seasonal flu.

"We've had horrible flus. I mean, think of it. We average 36,000 people — death, death," Trump told Fox News in late March. "I'm not talking about cases. I'm talking about death, 36,000 deaths a year. People die, 36 — from the flu. But we've never closed down the country for the flu."

The president told Woodward in a conversation on March 19 that he was intentionally "playing down" the risks and threat of the coronavirus in his messaging to the public. Trump has been widely accused of minimizing the threat of the virus to prop up financial markets. 

"I wanted to always play it down," Trump said in a recorded call. "I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panic."

The president added that "plenty of young people" were vulnerable to the virus, "not just old people."

The US has now had more than 6.3 million cases of the virus and nearly 190,000 confirmed deaths.  

—Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 9, 2020Letters with North Korean dictator

Trump's self-described love of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also detailed in the book.

Woodward reports excerpts of Trump and Kim's letters for the first time in "Rage," as well as quotes from Trump on his relationship with Kim.

After they met for the first time in 2018 at the Singapore summit, Kim wrote to Trump that he would like "another historic meeting between myself and Your Excellency reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film."

Kim's use of "Your Excellency" when referring to the US president was a recurring motif.

"I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency," Kim wrote in another letter, according to Woodward.

Kim also demonstrated a tactile appreciation of Trump in another letter Woodward unearthed, recalling "that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency's hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day."

Trump reciprocated the affection, telling Woodward he found Kim "far beyond smart."

According to Woodward, Trump bragged about how Kim "tells me everything," including a gory tale of how he managed to get his uncle killed.

Trump bragged about a secret nuclear weapon

In one of their interviews, Woodward says Trump boasted to him about a secret nuclear weapon, adding aides later told him anonymously that they were surprised Trump disclosed it at all.

Trump's nuclear brag came with his usual set of tangents.

"I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody's ever had in this country before," Woodward quotes Trump as saying. "We have stuff that you haven't even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before. There's nobody — what we have is incredible."

The president has mentioned a "super duper missile" before, which uses hypersonic technology, a Defense Department official told CNN in July.

One theory, according to Inside Defense, is "that the weapon in question is the low-yield D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile armed with the W76-2 warhead."

Trump calls generals a 'bunch of p---ies,' book says

According to Woodward, an aide to Mattis, Trump's former secretary of defense, heard the president say in a meeting, "My f---ing generals are a bunch of p---ies."

The veteran journalist says in the book that the president clashed with his military advisers because they prioritized international alliances over his efforts on trade.

Last week, The Atlantic reported bombshell allegations that Trump repeatedly disparaged members of the US military, calling soldiers who died on the battlefield "losers" and "suckers."

Trump's former defense secretary calls him 'dangerous'

Mattis told Woodward that Trump was "dangerous," "unfit" to be commander in chief, and has "no moral compass." Mattis resigned from his post in December 2018 after sharply disagreeing with Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

"I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid," Mattis said of the withdrawal, according to the book.

On another occasion, Mattis told then-Director of National Intelligence Coats, "There may come a time when we have to take collective action," Woodward writes, saying Mattis was worried about the danger Trump posed to the country while in office.

Coats, Trump's former director of national intelligence, suspected 'Putin had something on Trump'

Coats came into the White House as a former senator from Indiana recruited by a fellow Hoosier, Vice President Mike Pence.

While Pence urged Coats to stay and put aside his concerns about Trump's coziness with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Woodward describes Coats as being dogged by a lingering suspicion.

According to Woodward, Coats "continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump." 

"How else to explain the president's behavior? Coats could see no other explanation," Woodward adds.

Trump dismisses idea of white privilege

Woodward also asked Trump about the national reckoning with racism following the police killing of George Floyd.

In some of the audio from Woodward's interviews, he tells Trump, "We share one thing in common: We're white, privileged ... 

"Do you have any sense that that privilege has isolated and put you in a cave to a certain extent, as it put me and I think lots of white privileged people in a cave, and we have to work our way out of it to understand the anger and the pain, particularly Black people feel in this country?"

"No," Trump responds with a chuckle. "You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you."

Fauci slams Trump's attention span and virus response

Dr. Anthony Fauci also plays a part in Woodward's book, with the nation's leading infectious-disease expert complaining about the president to associates.

"His sole purpose is to get reelected," Fauci told an associate, according to Woodward. 

Fauci also decried Trump's "rudderless" leadership and said "his attention span is like a minus number," according to quotes first published in The Washington Post.

In a Fox News appearance later on Wednesday afternoon, Fauci said he didn't remember making those comments.

"You know, if you notice, it was others have said that," Fauci said. "So, you know, you should ask others. I don't recall that at all."

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New York City will allow restaurants to open for indoor dining after a group of more than 300 owners filed a $2 billion class-action lawsuit

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:20pm  |  Clusterstock
  • New York City will lift its ban on indoor dining, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to reopen dining rooms at 25% capacity starting September 30.
  • This comes soon after over 300 restaurant owners filed a class-action lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio for delaying indoor dining in the city.
  • While there is a scientific consensus that indoor dining is riskier than outdoor dining, many Americans feel ready to return to restaurant dining rooms.
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New York will lift its ban on indoor dining in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.

Restaurants will be allowed to open their dining rooms to 25% capacity on September 30, Cuomo said. Outdoor dining has been allowed in the city since June 23, but Mayor Bill De Blasio delayed indoor dining indefinitely on July 1 even as other locales opened up.

At the end of August, more than 300 New York City restauranteurs filed a class-action lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio seeking $2 billion in damages. Before that lawsuit was filed, the New York Hospitality Alliance had threatened to sue the city to reopen indoor dining.

Although New York City was a COVID-19 hotspot early in the pandemic, the number of reported cases has remained relatively low  since June. Meanwhile, other parts of the country that reopened indoor dining during the summer have seen a spike in cases, with some forced to shut down economic activity a second time. 

But despite a general consensus among epidemiologists that indoor dining is riskier than outdoor dining, many Americans seem to be ready to return to restaurant dining rooms.

A recent survey of over 1,000 consumers by restaurant analytics company Toast found that 58% of respondents said they would be at least somewhat comfortable dining at a restaurant indoors. When compared to 72% of respondents that said they would be at least somewhat comfortable dining outdoors, the difference is significant but not overwhelming.

Still, indoor dining won't be a silver bullet for New York's beleaguered restaurant industry. Many restaurants don't turn a profit unless their dining rooms are full or mostly full. While some have pivoted to focus on delivery and takeout, for most restaurants, a return to pre-COVID levels of income remains a distant dream.

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Former senior Homeland Security official alleges in whistleblower complaint that he was asked to withhold intelligence about Russia because it 'made the President look bad'

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:19pm  |  Clusterstock
  • A former senior Department of Homeland Security official filed a whistleblower complaint accusing top officials at the department of suppressing, withholding, and manipulating intelligence about Russia that could anger President Donald Trump.
  • The official, Brian Murphy, still works at the DHS but alleges that he was demoted as retaliation after he filed multiple protected disclosures through the chain of command about potential illegal activity by top officials.
  • Murphy accused former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of making false statements to Congress, and he said acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf asked him to hold back intelligence assessments about Russia because they "make the President look bad."
  • Murphy also said that senior officials asked him to alter intelligence assessments to downplay the threat of white supremacists and exaggerate the threat posed by "left-wing" activists amid protests against police brutality.
  • Scroll down to read key portions of the bombshell whistleblower complaint.
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A former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security filed a whistleblower complaint accusing top officials at the agency of suppressing intelligence related to Russian interference in the US election; altering intelligence assessments to match President Donald Trump's false claims; and making false statements to Congress.

Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, revealed the existence of the complaint on Tuesday and said his committee will investigate its claims. The complaint was filed by Brian Murphy, the former principal deputy undersecretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS I&A). Murphy was recently demoted to the role of assistant to the deputy undersecretary for the DHS Management Division.

Murphy filed his complaint with the DHS's Office of the Inspector General on Monday. After Schiff received the complaint, he sent Murphy a letter Tuesday asking him to testify in a deposition pursuant to a subpoena on September 21.

"Mr. Murphy's allegations are serious — from senior officials suppressing intelligence reports on Russia's election interference and making false statements to Congress about terrorism threats at our southern border, to modifying intelligence assessments to match the President's rhetoric on Antifa and minimizing the threat posed by white supremacists," Schiff said in a statement Tuesday.

Murphy alleges in his complaint that he was demoted last month as retaliation for sounding the alarm about potentially illegal and unethical activity occurring at the department.

"The identified protected communications were made through Mr. Murphy's chain of command, as well as to the DHS Office of Inspector General ('OIG')," the complaint said. "Notably, Mr. Murphy made protected communications to his immediate supervisor and some of the very Responsible Management Officials ('RMOs') who ultimately took (or threatened to take) retaliatory action against Mr. Murphy."

Murphy's disclosures mainly relate to actions taken by three current or former top officials: former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf, and deputy DHS secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli. He also alleges that others were involved in both the "underlying events" that prompted the whistleblower complaint and the retaliatory measures taken against him. They include former deputy chief of staff Miles Taylor and DHS counselor Kristen Marquadt.

Russian interference Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with social workers, outside Moscow

Murphy said in his complaint that he was told by senior officials to stop focusing on Russian election interference and to withhold intelligence assessments about the matter. He named Nielsen, Wolf, Cuccinelli, Taylor, and the acting deputy director for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Kash Patel.

Between March 2018 and August 2020, Murphy made a number of protected disclosures "regarding a repeated pattern of abuse of authority, attempted censorship of intelligence analysis and improper administration of an intelligence program related to Russian efforts to influence and undermine United States interests," his complaint said. Most of the disclosures contained classified information and were therefore not described in detail in the complaint.

In mid-May, Murphy said, Wolf told him not to produce any more intelligence assessments about Russia and focus on China and Iran instead. He added that Wolf told him "these instructions specifically originated from White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien." Murphy replied that he would not comply with O'Brien's order because "doing so would put the country in substantial and specific danger."

Later that month, after a meeting of the NSC Deputies Committee on Election Security, Murphy's complaint said he made a classified protected disclosure to Cuccinelli related to "abuse of authority, willfully withholding intelligence information from Congress, and the improper administration of an intelligence program."

Murphy said that on July 7, DHS chief of staff John Gountanis emailed him telling him to "cease any dissemination of an intelligence notification regarding Russian disinformation efforts" until Murphy spoke to Wolf. The next day, Murphy said, he and Wolf met and Wolf told him the intel should be "held" because it "made the President look bad."

Murphy expressed opposition to Wolf's directive and said that as a result, Wolf began excluding him from future meetings on the subject. A draft intelligence assessment detailing foreign interference ahead of the 2020 election was put together without Murphy's involvement, the complaint said, and he believes it "attempts to place the actions of Russia on par with those of Iran and China in a manner that is misleading and inconsistent with the actual intelligence data."

White supremacists This Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image shows s white supremacist carrying a NAZI flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va.

Murphy's complaint also alleged that in March 2020, Wolf and Cuccinelli withheld a Homeland Treat Assessment (HTA) warning that white supremacists and Russian influence in the US were significant concerns to the DHS. Wolf and Cuccinelli prevented the HTA from being further distributed because they were concerned about how it would reflect on Trump, the complaint said. Murphy told his superior, former I&A undersecretary David Glawe, at the time that the two men's actions were an abuse of authority and Glawe agreed. 

Glawe retired in May and Murphy subsequently took over as acting I&A undersecretary. When he asked Cuccinelli about the status of the HTA in May and June, Murphy's complaint said that Cuccinelli told him he needed to alter the section on white supremacists to make them seem like less of a threat, and also include information about violent "left-wing" groups. These interactions came as the country was rocked by nationwide protests against racism and police brutality following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody.

The president and his allies have repeatedly sought to paint the protests — most of which have been peaceful, though some have devolved into violence — as orchestrated by the far-left group antifa. Trump and multiple Republican lawmakers have called for law enforcement to crack down on the protests. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said they should be granted "no quarter," a military term that constitutes a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz compared demonstrators to terrorists and asked to "hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East."

Murphy told Cuccinelli he would not make the alterations to the HTA that he requested. In July, he declined a similar request from Wolf, the complaint said. Afterward, other DHS officials took over completing the HTA without consulting Murphy.

On July 31, Murphy's complaint said, Wolf told him he was considering reassigning him to the DHS's Management Division. The conversation came amid multiple media reports that said the DHS I&A collected surveillance on journalists covering the Floyd protests. Murphy said in his complaint that the reports were "significantly flawed" and "contained completely erroneous assertions."

He added that Wolf told him that even though he agreed the media reports were inaccurate, removing and reassigning Murphy would be "politically good" for Wolf, who wanted to be named DHS secretary. Murphy was reassigned on August 1, and the president officially nominated Wolf for DHS secretary on August 25 after a government watchdog said he was serving illegally in an acting capacity.

Trump's border wall U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he tours a section of new U.S.-Mexico border wall built in San Luis, Arizona, U.S., June 23, 2020

Murphy filed two anonymous OIG reports in November 2018 and May 2019 related to the administration's push to build a wall along the US's southern border with Mexico. The reports related to Nielsen, Wolf, Taylor, Marquadt, and then acting deputy DHS secretary Clare Grade. Murphy in his reports described "potential violations of law, including perjured testimony before Congress, as well as abuses of authority and improper administration of an intelligence program."

Specifically, Murphy said he was asked to provide intelligence to Nielsen that supported the White House's claim that known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) were pouring into the US through the southwest border. Murphy said he refused to manipulate or misuse a US intelligence program to suit the White House's political agenda.

Murphy also alleged that Nielsen intentionally gave false testimony to Congress about the threat of KSTs entering the US through the southern border on at least two occasions: once in December 2018 and once in March 2019.

He added that after he filed the two OIG reports, senior officials began discussing whether it would be possible to fire Murphy.

Murphy's complaint "alleges repeated violations of law and regulations, abuses of authority, attempted censorship of intelligence analysis, and improper administration of an intelligence program related to Russian efforts to influence the U.S. elections," Schiff said in his letter requesting a deposition. "Such allegations fall squarely within the unique oversight and legislative jurisdiction of the Committee and relate directly to the Committee's ongoing investigation and oversight of activities undertaken by I&A, including during Mr. Murphy's tenure."

The whistleblower complaint also accuses Cuccinelli of attempted abuse of authority and improper use of a US intelligence program connected to migrants entering the US from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. According to Murphy's complaint, Cuccinelli wanted intelligence reports that focused on corruption and violence in all three countries, and when they didn't contain that information, he suggested "deep state intelligence analysts" of compiling the reports to undermine Trump's talking points.

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Tesla is 'profoundly overvalued,' and its exclusion from the S&P 500 was a 'brave' decision by the index committee, DataTrek says

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:17pm  |  Clusterstock
Elon Musk.
  • Tesla's exclusion from the S&P 500 index on Friday was a "brave" decision by the index committee, DataTrek said in a note on Wednesday.
  • The note said that the exclusion of the mega-cap electric-vehicle manufacturer surprised DataTrek's cofounder Nicholas Colas and that the committee's decision could have come only from a collective view that Tesla is "profoundly overvalued."
  • Relative to its peak market cap of $465 billion, Tesla "sits on shakier fundamentals," likely contributing to the committee's decision to exclude Tesla, the note said.
  • Tesla traded at a trailing 12-month price-earnings multiple of 913x on Wednesday, according to data from YCharts.com.
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Tesla's exclusion from the S&P 500 index on Friday was a surprise to many, given that the mega-cap electric-vehicle manufacturer ticked off all the eligibility requirements.

Tesla on Tuesday fell 21% from Friday's close as investors digested the S&P 500 exclusion amid a tech-heavy market sell-off.

But the S&P Dow Jones Indices index committee's decision to exclude Tesla despite its eligibility for inclusion was a "brave" one, DataTrek cofounder Nicholas Colas said in a note on Wednesday.

The decision by the committee could "only have come from a collective and committed view that Tesla is profoundly overvalued," Colas said.

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Tesla traded at a trailing 12-month price-earnings multiple of 913x on Wednesday, according to data from YCharts.com. The S&P 500 traded at a trailing 12-month price-earnings multiple of 21.7x, according to JPMorgan.

In addition to a steep valuation, the committee likely thinks Tesla "sits on shakier fundamentals" than its August 31 market capitalization of $465.2 billion may indicate, DataTrek said.

That might refer to the fact that much of the profit Tesla has recorded over the past few quarters derives from the sale of green EV regulatory credits to other carmakers that don't meet the mandated annual EV production quota, and not from Tesla's main business of building and selling cars and solar panels.

Tesla will remain eligible for inclusion in the S&P 500 index if it continues to stay profitable in future quarters.

Instead of Tesla, the committee added Etsy, Teradyne, and Catalent to the S&P 500 index.

Read more: Bernstein breaks down why value investing is not dead — and shares its 3-part strategy for buying cheap stocks before they break out higher

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How to capitalize on the stock market's latest sell-off

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:15pm  |  Clusterstock

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Investing stories from deputy editor Joe Ciolli. Please subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every week.

Dear Readers,

Sometimes the world needs a reminder that stocks don't just go straight up.

You'll have to forgive people for thinking they do, given how quickly major indexes spiked back into bull-market territory following the March bottom. But the past week or so has offered a serious wake-up call — and also presented opportunities for shrewd investors.

The same mega-cap tech titans that pushed the market to new records are the same ones that have led its recent skid. It's a risk that was foreseen by JPMorgan, which preemptively recommended two simple trades that can help protect portfolios.

If you aren't yet a subscriber to Insider Investing, you can sign up here.

Those looking to go on the offensive might consider following the strategy laid out by Steven Chiavarone, co-manager of the $395 million Federated Hermes Global Allocation fund. The premise of his recommendation is "making money at the expense of machines," and he also offers four specific sector picks.

While less pointedly opportunistic, Morgan Stanley's wealth management team also has suggestions for traders looking to capitalize on recent weakness. The firm recently outlined four trades tailor-made to thrive during future sell-offs.

And then there's Bank of America, which is closely watching a series of under-the-radar indicators that suggest the stock market is "running on fumes." The firm recently warned a September meltdown may just be getting started.

Going beyond this smorgasbord of actionable advice, see below Business Insider's best Investing stories of the week. They include a wide array of additional recommendations, strategies, and tips for navigating uncertainty.

Thanks for reading!

-- Joe

Tips from investor who made a 382% return in first half of 2020

Matthew Caruso captured a 382% return in the first half of 2020, and trading methodology stems from William O'Neil's renowned CANSLIM approach.

Caruso supercharges aspects of O'Neil's strategy by cutting losses at 3%, building monetary-policy projections into his model, leveraging time-based rules, and jettisoning positions at what look like obvious buy points to the untrained eye. He recently listed three stocks that have helped contribute to his extraordinary performance.

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US Investing Championship hopeful Matthew Caruso landed a 382% return in the first half of 2020. He shares the unique twist he's putting on a classic trading strategy — and 3 stocks he's holding right now.A pair of Tesla bull cases

Tasha Keeney, an analyst at the $28.4 billion asset manager ARK Investment Management, explained to Business Insider how Tesla's new equity issuance is structured in a way that favors retail investors and could help ramp up production.

Meanwhile, David Baron of the Baron Focused Growth Fund broke down his Tesla bull case, citing how the company has become smarter and more efficient, cash rich, and highly profitable.

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One of Tesla's biggest bulls on Wall Street breaks down how the company's $5 billion stock sale could benefit retail investors — and explains why the electric-car giant would still be cheap at $1,400 per share in 2024David Baron's fund has returned 93% to investors in the last 12 months thanks to a Tesla bet 5 years ago. He told us why he thinks the electric-car behemoth has much further to run, despite its huge rally.Stock pick central

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Quote of the week

"You're going to continue to see a recovery in the consumer, particularly as we continue to add jobs. So we like consumer sectors. I think you're going to see a stockpiling of medical equipment and medication in response to the pandemic so areas of biotech and pharma are attractive."

Steven Chiavarone, co-manager of the $395.3 million Federated Hermes Global Allocation fund, on what investors should be looking to buy amid the stock market's sell-off

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Cases of COVID-19 in children have increased 34% in Florida since schools started to reopen

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:14pm  |  Clusterstock
Students at Hillsborough High School wait in line to have temperature checked before entering the building on August 31, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.
  • Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased 34% since schools started to reopen last month, The Washington Post first reported.
  • Further complicating matters, according to the report, is a lack of state data about COVID-19 in schools, and the state's decision to forbid certain districts from releasing data about the coronavirus.
  • In a statement to Business Insider, the Florida Department of Health said it was working to develop a system to release information pertaining to COVID-19 infections in schools and in daycare facilities and would announce such in "the coming days and weeks."
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Cases of the novel coronavirus have increased 34% among school-aged children in Florida since the school year began for many students in the state, The Washington Post first reported on Wednesday.

According to The Post report, the Florida Department of Health reported that more than 10,000 children under the age of 18 have tested positive for COVID-19 since some Florida schools began to open for in-person instruction in some districts beginning August 10, marking the 34% increase among children.

The data, however, does not specify whether the newly diagnosed child cases include of children attending in-person instruction, whether they have opted for virtual classes, or whether they have not yet begun the new school year, according to the report.

The state also allowed individual school districts to determine whether to require their students and staff to wear face masks to class, according to the report, and some districts have opted to allow students to return to schools mask-free.

The state directed some districts to shut down their COVID-19 dashboards, according to the report

On September 3, local health department officials in Orange County, Florida, were directed by the state officials to end sharing information about coronavirus cases at schools. As The Washington Post noted, the county turned to Facebook to announce information about positive cases and changes in school operations.

Officials in the Duval County school district were likewise ordered by the state to shut down a coronavirus dashboard it launched during the first week of classes, according to the report.

Other school districts, like one in Hillsborough County, which opened schools on August 31 after the state threatened to withhold funding, have not been ordered to remove their coronavirus dashboard, The Washington Post reported. In that district, 181 people, including 45 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week of school.

On August 24, the Florida Department of Health had released a document that showed 194 cases of the novel coronavirus among students had been traced to schools, although the state later pulled the report and said it had been released by mistake.

On Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that more than 800 students and staff in Central Florida schools were now under quarantine orders after potential exposures to the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, Florida Politics reported that some 500 students and staff in Pinellas County faced a possible quarantine after exposures to the virus. 

"Transparency is a huge issue," Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, told The Washington Post. 

"Parents like myself who have kids in the classroom are wondering, are they safe?" he added. "And we want answers from the governor, but instead he's quashing information."

While many school districts alert parents to COVID-19 cases as their children's school, they are not required to by the state, and they often do not disclose it publicly, according to the Wednesday report from The Post.

The Florida Health Department told Business Insider it is working to release data about schools and day care centers

In a statement to Business Insider, the Florida Department of Health said it was working to develop a system to release information pertaining to COVID-19 infections in schools and in day care facilities and would announce such in "the coming days and weeks." 

"County health departments provide confidential COVID-19 information on positive individuals and close contacts to positive cases to schools, superintendents or other designated individuals in school districts as that has been determined to be necessary by the State Surgeon General," a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health said Wednesday, adding that the "information is considered confidential" under Florida law.

"Schools, superintendents or school districts are advised that the Department has provided confidential information only to them under the statute and rule," the spokesperson added.

But the state's existing dashboard and data has been mired in a previous controversy. In May, Rebekah Jones, the state's top coronavirus researcher who developed the state's dashboard was fired from the Florida Department of Health after she said she refused to manipulate data to bolster an effort to reopen businesses.

Helen Aguirre Ferré, the communications director for DeSantis told Business Insider in May that Jones was fired for "repeated course of insubordination." In June, Jones launched her own coronavirus dashboard and has repeatedly called on state officials to be more transparent.

More recently, in August, Jones launched a dashboard specifically for COVID-19 cases in US schools, telling CNN's Chris Cuomo she had seen "no leadership at the federal level to embark on a mission to track cases in K-12 districts across the US."

—Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 1, 2020

 

According to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 650,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida and at least 11,915 deaths from the virus in the sate. Over the past seven days, 13.51% of all coronavirus tests administered in Florida have returned a positive result, down from a high of 19.23% of tests during the week of July 19.

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Dow soars 440 points as sharp tech turnaround leads market-wide rebound

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:06pm  |  Clusterstock
  • US stocks climbed on Wednesday, ending a three-day sell-off that saw the Nasdaq composite decline more than 10%.
  • Technology stocks led the market higher, just as they led the it lower during the tumultuous three-day period.
  • Wednesday's big gainers included Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon, which all climbed roughly 4%.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US stocks staged a strong rally on Wednesday after a three-day sell-off driven by tech shares led to a more than 10% decline in the Nasdaq composite index.

Leading the markets higher on Wednesday were the same stocks that led the it lower over the past week. Shares of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft climbed roughly 4%, while Tesla closed 11% higher. 

Apple's three-day decline ultimately amounted to a 14% skid that pushed its market capitalization below $2 trillion for the first time since August 20, according to data from YCharts.com. By mid-afternoon traded on Wednesday, the tech titan had reclaimed the $2 trillion market cap threshold.

Here's where US indexes stood at at the 4 p.m. ET market close on Wednesday:

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On the COVID-19 vaccine front, AstraZeneca suffered a setback when it paused its trial because of a suspected adverse reaction in a participant. Shares fell as much as 3% on Wednesday. It served as a reminder to investors that developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will take time and cannot be rushed.

Many companies developing other experimental COVID-19 vaccines rallied after AstraZeneca paused its trial. Moderna led all gainers, while shares of Pfizer, Sanofi, and GlaxoSmithKline also climbed.

In the mergers-and-acquisitions space, Tiffany plunged after LVMH called off its proposed $16 billion acquisition of the jewelry retailer, citing potential trade-war tariffs on US goods as the main reason.

Read more: Bernstein breaks down why value investing is not dead — and shares its 3-part strategy for buying cheap stocks before they break out higher

In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller said the stock market is in a fed-fueled "raging mania" that could lead to a five-year hangover.

US job openings increased by 617,000, to 6.6 million, through the month, according to Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey The data signaled a continued labor-market recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in economic shutdowns across the country.

An investment raising eyebrows on Wall Street is one to be made by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The conglomerate plans to participate in the upcoming IPO of cloud company Snowflake. Berkshire is set to buy 2.5% of the company for $570 million.

Read more: 'More fragile than people think': A Wall Street expert says the emerging 'species' of risk-loving day traders is threatening to upend an already vulnerable stock market

Spot gold climbed 0.8%, to $1,947.99 per ounce. The precious metal held above the $1,900-per-ounce threshold after failing to retake $2,000 at the start of the month.

Oil recovered some of Tuesday's losses spurred by industry giants that continued to slash prices because of demand weakness. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 4.6%, to $38.45 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international benchmark, rose 3.6%, to $41.20 per barrel, at intraday highs.

Read more: 4 experts break down the drivers behind the sudden plunge in tech stocks that's dragging the entire market lower — and share their best recommendations for what investors should do as the election approaches

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Travis Scott debuts McDonald's 'Cactus Jack' merch, including $48 t-shirts, a $90 McNugget body pillow, and $250 denim shorts

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 3:59pm  |  Clusterstock
Travis Scott is partnering with McDonald's.
  • Travis Scott has debuted a new line of McDonald's inspired fashion on Monday. 
  • Items included a $90 nugget body pillow and $250 denim shorts with the Golden Arches on the back pocket. 
  • McDonald's partnership with Scott also includes a $6 Travis Scott Meal, custom Cactus Jack t-shirts for restaurant workers, and a new commercial starring Scott as an action figure — complete with Scott's aversion of McDonald's iconic "ba-da-ba-ba-bah" jingle. 
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Travis Scott has debuted a new line of McDonald's inspired fashion, from a $90 nugget body pillow to $250 denim shorts featuring the Golden Arches. 

McDonald's launched the Travis Scott Meal on Monday. The $6 menu combo includes a Quarter Pounder with cheese, bacon, and lettuce, fries with BBQ sauce, and a medium Sprite. The Travis Scott Meal will be available through October 4. 

The same day, Scott debuted a new line of merchandise inspired by McDonald's under his label, Cactus Jack. In addition to the nugget body pillow and denim shorts, other highlights include an array of t-shirts and hoodies, Egg McMuffin-branded boxers, a burger tie, and a Cactus Jack basketball jersey.  

Items in the new collaboration between Scott and McDonald's.

McDonald's said in a press release that the items will only be available for a very limited time or as supplies last. According to the company, there will be more drops in the coming days. 

McDonald's US chief marketing officer Morgan Flatley told Business Insider that McDonald's decided to team up with Scott because of his cultural impact, especially when it comes to younger customers. 

"His ability to kind of see where culture is going and have a hand in where culture is going is really unique," Flatley said in an interview. "Then you couple that with his huge followership and his fans, social-media footprint, and ... 3 billion streams. He just has an incredible audience." 

T-shirts for McDonald's workers are already being resold online.

Scott also designed Cactus Jack t-shirts specifically for McDonald's crew to wear during the promotion. The t-shirts are already being resold on eBay, confirming fans' predictions that the partnership would fuel a resale market.

Flatley and Vicki Chancellor, the franchisee who is the head of McDonald's Operator's National Advertising Fund, said that restaurant workers' appreciation for Scott also contributed to the company's decision to partner with the rapper.  

"Our crew members have been on the front lines from day one of this pandemic," Chancellor told Business Insider. "When I have spoken to my crew members, [they] were over the moon. When I told them that there was a collaboration with Travis Scott, they looked at me in disbelief. They couldn't believe it. They were so excited." 

Travis Scott enjoying his signature order.

Scott visited a McDonald's in Downey, California, to pick up an order himself, surprising the crew at the restaurant (which is McDonald's oldest operating location in the US) and attracting a mob of fans.

McDonald's debuted a commercial for the campaign on Monday, starring Scott as an action figure. The ad features a score from Scott himself — including a tweaked version of McDonald's iconic "ba-da-ba-ba-bah" jingle. 

 

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What Makes an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem? by @Nicolas_Colin founder of @_TheFamily

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 1:54pm  |  Timbuktu Chronicles
Nicolas Colin writes:TheFamily is a strategic, minority, long-term shareholder. We grow a portfolio of investments in scalable companies, ideally from an early stage so as to create a privileged relationship with their founders. We identify the best of the best, finding Entrepreneurs through a process based on content and education. We then work with founders, providing them with resources (education, unfair advantages, and capital) and maximizing their chance of large-scale success. In other words, we operate our own proprietary ecosystem, designed to defeat toxic startup environments and to build scalable businesses...[more]

In Kenya | A Pay-As-You-Go solar-powered fridge from Youmma

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:49am  |  Timbuktu Chronicles
From CNN:Keeping food fresh without refrigeration is near impossible in the scorching climate of sub-Saharan Africa. But it's hard to power fridges in a region where almost 600 million people live off the grid.

That's where Brazil's Youmma comes in. The company has developed a pay-as-you-go solar-powered fridge that is being snapped up by small business owners. The fridges help to reduce food waste, store medication safely, and allow shops to keep products fresh for longer, says André Morriesen, research and development manager at Nidec Global Appliance, which owns Youmma...[more]

10 things in tech you need to know today

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 2:56am  |  Clusterstock
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  1. A Facebook engineer quit in protest after accusing the company of 'profiting off hate'. Ashok Chandwaney criticized Facebook's failure to remove a militia group's event inciting violence against protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  2. The Biden campaign took over an Instagram fan account started by a 15-year-old. The account's teenage creator will now be volunteering for the campaign in an official capacity. 
  3. ByteDance will give its 60,000 employees cash bonuses to 'thank everyone for their efforts' amid a potential TikTok deal. In an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg, ByteDance said the bonuses are intended to "thank everyone for their efforts and dedication".
  4. Shares in Slack sunk almost 20% after reporting showed how the pandemic and its rivalry with Microsoft put pressure on its growth. Compared to other remote work beneficiaries like Zoom, Slack's numbers have been underwhelming to many observers.
  5. Apple is holding a big event this month where it may unveil the iPhone 12, new Apple Watches, and more. The new iPhone is expected to represent a notable overhaul, bringing 5G connectivity, a fresh design, new size options, and better performance.
  6. US fintech Melio has raised $144 million and says its payments volume surged 700% during the pandemic. Melio targets the B2B market by offering small businesses an easy-to-use tool for paying suppliers and controlling cash flow.
  7. Reed Hastings says Netflix offices won't reopen until 'a majority of people' are vaccinated. "Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative," he told the Wall Street Journal.
  8. Uber said all of its rides will be in electric vehicles by 2040 and it's spending $800 million to help drivers switch. Some of the costs will be be partially offset by an additional small fee charged to customers who request a "green trip."
  9. A Volkswagen executive said it will sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2023. Bernd Osterloh, the head of VW's works council, says the company will sell more electric vehicles than Tesla by 2023 thanks to its modular electric drive platform.
  10. One of Europe's most bullish software investors raised $400 million for the post-pandemic future. London-based Dawn Capital has had a number of unicorn hits in its portfolio, such as email security startup Mimecast and payments firm iZettle.

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Technical glitches have disrupted learning for students all across the country as they navigate online classes during the pandemic

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 1:29am  |  Clusterstock
Helina Thorp, right, 14, expresses frustration while unsuccessfully trying to log in to her school distance-learning classes while her mother, Virginia Thorp, attempts to call school officials from a Pacific Gas & Electric community resource center at the El Dorado Fairgrounds during a Public Safety Power Shutoff in Placerville, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
  • As many students went back to school online on Tuesday, they were met with technical glitches that disrupted their learning. 
  • The online learning platform Blackboard, which serves more than 20 million US students reported that websites for one of its learning products were failing to load or were loading slowly, and users were unable to register on the first day of school.
  • Other sites like Google Drive also crashed. 
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HOUSTON (AP) — Students across the US ran into computer glitches Tuesday as they began the school year with online instruction at home because of the coronavirus, adding to the list of problems that have thrust many a harried parent into the role of teacher's aide and tech support person.

The online learning platform Blackboard, which provides technology for 70 of the nation's 100 biggest districts and serves more than 20 million US students from kindergarten through 12th grade, reported that websites for one of its learning products were failing to load or were loading slowly, and users were unable to register on the first day of school.

Blackboard, which hit four times its year-to-date user average by 8 am, wasn't the only tech company running into issues Tuesday. Websites that track internet outages like downdetector.com also recorded spikes in reported problems for services like Microsoft Teams and Google Drive, many spiking around 9 am. Three of Texas' largest districts — Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth — were hit with technical problems, as were school systems in places such as Idaho and Kansas. A ransomware attack forced schools in Hartford, Connecticut, to postpone Tuesday's start of virtual and in-person classes.

A Blackboard spokesperson said the problems with the company's website content management system occurred because of a big morning surge in online traffic. D'Anthony White said the system was restored by about 1:15 p.m. and the company was working on refining its approach to prevent further problems. He apologized for the disruption.

"While we planned for a surge in traffic greater than a typical back-to-school period, the patterns of usage exceeded what we anticipated," White wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

Elsewhere across the country, Seattle's system crashed last week. An online learning program used in Alabama and other places recently went down. And North Carolina's platform crashed on the first day of classes last month.

Amanda Mills' 8-year-old son, Rowan, woke up excited to start his first day of third grade, even though it was online through Idaho's largest school district, based in the town of Meridian, just outside Boise. But they ran into trouble even after practicing logging in smoothly on Monday.

"Whatever happens, we'll figure it out and we'll make it work however we can, and rely on the patience of those teachers who are up against their own obstacles," Mills said. "It's a weird, wild world right now."

Summer break gave school districts time to iron out kinks that cropped up when the virus forced them to switch to online classes in the spring. But the new school year already has been plagued by some of the same problems, with no end in sight to the outbreak that has infected more than 6.3 million people and killed 189,000 in the U.S.

Erik Rasmussen, a Falls Church, Virginia, resident who has three children taking online classes, said he regularly copes with computer glitches and short attention spans. The divorced dad has his children half the time.

"You put your kids in front of the computer, and then I go to do my work, but kids are kids — they're going to turn off the video function and start playing a game," he said.

In the Houston school system, with 209,000 students, a web hosting service went down, causing problems for families as they tried to sign in to the district's main classwork portal. Families were given a different link to access the portal until the problems were resolved by about noon.

The Dallas and Fort Worth districts said they were working to fix problems with their phone lines and websites.

"In this unprecedented school year, we must remain flexible and quickly adapt to changing conditions and circumstances like we noticed this morning," Houston interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said.

Florida's largest school district, in Miami-Dade County, had assured parents that it had consolidated different programs into one platform that would be easier to navigate. But software glitches and cyberattacks disrupted the first week of the new school year that started Aug. 31.

A high school student was arrested and accused of orchestrating a series of network outages. School administrators believe other people may be doing the same.

Christy Rodriguez, 36, said her third- and fourth-grade boys' classes struggled with connection problems during the first week of school.

"Four full days were lost," she said. "Either somebody is not able to go on, or the screen goes blank, or the teacher can't hear the kids, so the teacher then just logs off and then sends a message to the parents."

Rodriguez said she has been forced to work until late at night because her children need help fixing connection problems.

"The teachers are frustrated. The kids are frustrated. I hope that they soon open up schools," she said.

Another parent, Alessandra Martinez, said her 7-year-old son has struggled with logins, passwords, and connection problems. He had a meltdown Friday when he was moved to a smaller breakout group but didn't see the teacher and didn't know what he was supposed to be doing.

"At their age, everything is amplified, and it feels like a big deal," Martinez said.

Martinez said she was against the school district using a product commonly employed by parents who home-school.

"This is a home-schooling program, but for parents who are working from home and have multiple children, it is a bit overwhelming," she said. "We have this set up as a one-size-fits-all, and it doesn't work for everybody."

In Hartford, where the start of the school year was pushed back to Wednesday, parents were upset at what they called the last-minute notice of the delay. They noted that officials knew about the problem since the weekend.

Kate Court said her 13-year-old son was already dressed and ready to go to the bus stop when she learned of the postponement. The shipping warehouse employee counted herself lucky that her mother could watch over the teen and his younger brother so she didn't have to miss work.

"This is crazy," Court said. "We're looking for normalcy again, whatever that may be."

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This story has been corrected to delete mention of Rasmussen having a child who is in college.

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Gomez Licon reported from Miami, Boone from Boise, Idaho. Associated Press writers Michael Kunzelman, R.J. Rico in Atlanta, and Dave Collins in Hartford, Connecticut, contributed to this report.

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England to ban social gatherings with more than 6 people, and those who violate it will have to pay up

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 1:08am  |  Clusterstock
A woman sunbathes from the window above the Britannia Fish and Chip restaurant on the seafront on Good Friday on April 10, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England.
  • Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England starting on September 14, the BBC reported. 
  • The ban applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings. 
  • Those who don't comply will be fined £100 ($130). 
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England will ban social gatherings with more than six people in an effort to curb growing coronavirus cases, the BBC reported. 

The ban will start on September 14 and apply to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, but there will be a few exceptions including for households where there are already more than six people living.

It will also not apply to schools, workplaces, funerals, some weddings, and organized team sports.

Those who fail to comply will be charged a £100 ($130) fine. The amount will double for each violation for a maximum fine of £3,200 ($4,150). 

The move comes as coronavirus cases in the country are on the rise, mostly in young people, Al Jazeera reported. 

"We need to act now to stop the virus spreading," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said according to Al Jazeera. Johnson will give more details in an announcement on Wednesday.

The BBC highlighted that businesses such as pubs and restaurants could have more than six people inside if patrons are practicing socially distancing. 

The rules only apply to England, other territories in the UK can set their own restrictions. 

UK Health officials recorded 2,948 new COVID-19 cases as of Monday across all of the UK. On Sunday, 2,988 cases were recorded. 

On Monday, a top World Health Organisation official, Dr. David Nabarro, warned that a second wave of the COVID-19 "is coming" to the UK.

"I don't like it calling it a second wave, I just say there are going to be more spikes and indeed some surges of cases because the virus hasn't changed. It's the same virus that came and caused so much trouble earlier this year," he said. 

Officials said that new infections are particularly prevalent among those who are between the ages 17-21. 

On a BBC radio program Matt Hancock, the health minister warned young people on Monday: "Don't kill your gran by catching coronavirus then passing it on." 

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