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Senate speeds up confirmation vote for intelligence director

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to vote Thursday on the nomination of Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence, potentially confirming him sooner than expected, as senators are eager to quickly fill the post.

Democrats have been opposed to Ratcliffe’s nomination, and most are expected to vote against it. But they dropped their usual objections to holding a quick vote as members of both parties want a Senate-confirmed nominee in the job. Democrats usually force procedural votes that slow the nomination process, but are allowing a quick vote Thursday before the Senate leaves town for the next week.

Source: Senate speeds up confirmation vote for intelligence director

Today’s Top Stories: May 5, 2020

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Models Project Sharp Rise in Deaths as States Reopen

An internal Trump administration report expects about 200,000 daily cases by June. The White House bars coronavirus task force officials from testifying to Congress without approval.

A Trump administration projection and a public model predict rising death tolls.

As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, a 70 percent increase from the current number of about 1,750.

The projections, based on government modeling pulled together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases a day currently.

The numbers underscore a sobering reality: The United States has been hunkered down for the past seven weeks to try slowing the spread of the virus, but reopening the economy will make matters worse.

“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.

Coronavirus update:

3,606,038 confirmed infections, up from 3,529,408 yesterday.
252,151 confirmed deaths, up from 248,025 yesterday.

US stats:
1,180,634 confirmed infections, up from 1,159,245 yesterday.
68,934 confirmed deaths, up from 67,710 yesterday.

May 5, 2020 COVID-19 pandemic map

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Watch: Senate Considers Intelligence Director Nomination Amid COVID-19 Disaster

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Economy Update:

Treasury plans to borrow $3 trillion from April through June as enormous coronavirus costs pile up

The Dow is up over 350 points, rising again into the 24k range.

May 5, 2020 DJIA stock chart

Upcoming economic reports this week:

  • Last Friday – Motor vehicle sales (annual rate) 8.6 million, up from 7.3 million last month
  • Tuesday – Trade deficit – $44.4 billion (March), slightly up from $39.8 billion in February.
  • Wednesday – ADP employment report – more bad news? Yes.
  • Thursday – Jobless claims, Productivity – expect gruesome numbers
  • Friday – Unemployment rate – expect the unexpected

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/calendars/economic

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Florida Woman, 56, Busted After Allowing Her Breasts To Break Quarantine | The Smoking Gun

A Florida Woman who insisted to cops that she was allowed to go topless while cleaning out her garage–in full view of her neighbors–was arrested for indecent exposure, according to a police report.

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Watch: Senate Considers Intelligence Director Nomination Amid COVID-19 Disaster

Watch: Senate Considers Intelligence Director Nomination Amid COVID-19 Disaster 2The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has convened an extraordinary hearing to fill the longstanding vacancy atop the U.S. spy world. Watch it here at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Senate intelligence committee convened an extraordinary hearing on Tuesday morning at which members are considering the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to become the director of national intelligence.

The session not only intersects with a number of white-hot political storylines in Washington, but also made history simply for taking place amid continued social distancing and other mitigation measures aimed at containing the coronavirus.

Source: Watch: Senate Considers Intelligence Director Nomination Amid COVID-19 Disaster