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Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dies after battle with coronavirus

Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dies after battle with coronavirus 1Herman Cain, a former presidential hopeful who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. He was 74.

Cain’s death was announced Thursday on his website by Dan Calabrese, who edits the site and had previously written about his colleague’s diagnosis.

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Calabrese said in the blog post.

Cain was among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19. A 74-year-old survivor of stage 4 colon cancer, Cain had been a business executive and the board chairman of a branch of Kansas City’s Federal Reserve Bank before moving into Republican politics and eventually becoming a presidential candidate.

Last year, Trump briefly considered picking Cain as his nominee to join the Federal Reserve Board. Cain remained a vocal supporter of Trump’s after his nomination was withdrawn, and he attended the president’s controversial reelection rally in Oklahoma in June, shortly before being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Calabrese did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for additional comment.

Cain had been hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, two days after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement posted to his social media accounts at the time.

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COVID NYC Update: NYC family details last days of 1st dog in US with COVID – ABC7 New York

COVID NYC Update: NYC family details last days of 1st dog in US with COVID - ABC7 New York 2STATEN ISLAND (WABC) — A family from Staten Island described the last days of their dog, the first pet canine in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19, in an exclusive interview with National Geographic.

The Mahoneys say, Buddy, their 6-year-old German Shepherd, started having trouble breathing in mid-April.

On Easter, Robert Mahoney got the call confirming that he had tested positive for the virus.

He had been dealing with symptoms for weeks and during that time Buddy developed thick mucus in his nose and started breathing heavily.

The family says so little was known about the virus in animals and so much of the response was focused on saving human lives that it was difficult getting Buddy tested.

As they searched for a veterinarian that would test him for COVID-19, Buddy’s condition continued to deteriorate.

They say he lost weight and became lethargic.

Source: COVID NYC Update: NYC family details last days of 1st dog in US with COVID – ABC7 New York

Trump floats November election delay – but he can’t do that

Trump floats November election delay - but he can't do that 3WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a “delay” to the Nov. 3 presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.

The dates of presidential elections — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — are enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change. The Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the Jan. 20, 2021 presidential inauguration.

Still, the mere suggestion of the delay was extraordinary in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power.

Trump tweeted Thursday: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Source: Trump floats November election delay – but he can’t do that

Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting misleading Stella Immanuel coronavirus video – The Washington Post

Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting misleading Stella Immanuel coronavirus video - The Washington Post 4Twitter on Tuesday penalized Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation, the social media giant said, underlining the tough stance it has taken in policing misleading posts from high-profile users including the president in recent weeks.

Twitter said it ordered the president’s son to delete the misleading tweet and said it would “limit some account functionality for 12 hours.”

The tweet, which featured a viral video showing a group of doctors making misleading and false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, was directly tweeted by Trump Jr.‘s account. That contrasts with his father, who retweeted multiple clips of the same video to his 84.2 million followers Monday night.

Twitter removed the videos, deleting several of the tweets that President Trump shared, and added a note to its trending topics warning about the potential risks of hydroxychloroquine use.

Source: Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting misleading Stella Immanuel coronavirus video – The Washington Post

U.S. judge finds Cohen target of retaliation, releases from …

July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was ordered released from prison and will return to home confinement on Friday after a federal judge found he was a target of retaliation for planning to publish a book about the president.

Cohen was sent home from prison in May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was shackled again on July 9 after he questioned an agreement that barred him from publishing his book, engaging with news organizations and posting on social media. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said he had never in his 21 years on the bench seen a provision barring a prisoner from speaking to the media. “How can I take any other inference but that it was retaliatory?”

Cohen has been in solitary confinement in a federal prison in Otisville, New York, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of New York City.

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