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Sunday April 5th, 2020 night edition

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Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press. U.S. President Donald Trump is vowing to stop the export of vital medical supplies despite a warning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep the Canada-U.S. border open to goods needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In an executive order, Mr. Trump gave the Federal Emergency Management Agency the power to “allocate to domestic use” several types of medical personal protective equipment that would otherwise be exported.

Mr. Trump shrugged off the warning from Mr. Trudeau, as well as criticism from medical manufacturer 3M, which said the U.S. government had ordered it to stop sending N95s to Canada and Latin America.

Later in the briefing, Mr. Trump seemed to soften his position, saying that “long-term orders” from other countries to U.S. companies could go ahead.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trudeau said blocking trade to Canada could “end up hurting Americans as much as it hurts anybody else.”.

It would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back-and-forth trade in essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border.”.

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California launches initiative to place homeless in hotel rooms

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Sacramento – California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an initiative Friday to place homeless people in hotel and motel rooms around the state in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA and California counties have identified 6,867 rooms that are now in state possession, and they're looking to identify up to 15,000 rooms in total as an initial goal.

The governor said two weeks ago that California would quickly move to get more than 50,000 hotel rooms. »

Bernie Sanders Warns Total Economic Collapse Will Be More Expensive Than Paying Workers, Reducing Health Care Costs Amid Coronavirus

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The Vermont senator said he and other members of Congress are currently putting together an "unprecedented piece of legislation" to save the U.S. from total economic and social collapse.

"The main point is we have to prevent a breakdown in the entire system -- that's how dangerous it is right now.

It is much easier to maintain the system than to fix it after it is broken," Sanders said. »

TBS Speeds up SEINFELD by 7.5% to Add 2 More Minutes of Commercials

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They’ve plastered ads at the bottom of the screen in the middle of the episode.

Now they’re playing dirty by speeding through the episodes just to get in a few more minutes of precious ad time.

An intrepid Seinfeld fan [via reddit] noticed that everyone’s favorite show about nothing seemed to be running slightly faster. »

Milk Money movie review & film summary (1994)

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In fact, it's I sit here in a late summer reverie...why, it's almost as if I can hear the voices now...

Studio Executive B: We got kids, we got sex, we got romance, all in a family picture.

Sure, you got a hooker, but she's a good hooker, with a heart of gold. »