The Daily Populous

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 evening edition

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Yet when Trump was asked about Kushner’s remarks on Thursday, he endorsed them and argued that the White House’s only failure was in communicating its success.

“I don’t think anybody has done the job that we’ve done, other than at public relations, because the press just won’t talk about the facts,” he said.

The U.S. is indeed the leader of the world—in total COVID-19 deaths, to choose one metric.

It also leads other developed nations in the growth of its death rate.

For Trump, one death is a tragedy and 60,000 are a victory.

As Steve Benen has chronicled, Trump has curiously kept touting the low death toll, but keeps having to adjust up the number as the count rises.

Look how horrible it is to lose 65 and then multiply that times many, many times. »

R.I.P. Scrubs' Sam Lloyd

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Lloyd’s death was reported on social media today by co-star Robert Maschio, with his agent later confirming the news.

Here’s Lloyd talking to us for a Random Roles interview in 2011, describing how he got the part:.

I had done this [play] a few years before called The Nerd, and I had played the title character. »

President's 'So what?' as 5,000 die sparks fury in Brazil

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said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday when a journalist asked him about the fact that more than 5,000 Brazilians had died of the coronavirus.

There have been more than 91,000 officially confirmed cases so far but scientists warn the real figure could be 15 to 20 times higher.

has "underscored how little importance he has attached to the situation," said political analyst Andre Pereira Cesar. »

Police arrest 3 protesters, cite another 5 at ‘reopen Hawaii’ rally in front of State Capitol

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Three people were arrested today during a rally at the Hawaii State Capitol to protest local government restrictions aimed at stopping COVID-19.

Organizers of the rally, which began at noon and was promoted online at, called the restrictions an “illegal lockdown.”

In addition to the arrests, five people were issued citations for violating emergency rules, according to the Honolulu Police Department. »