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Ohio Gov. DeWine tells ‘Your World’ positive coronavirus test ‘certainly scared me’ – Fox News

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine‘s experience of testing positive for the coronavirus Thursday before testing negative in a follow-up test “certainly scared me,” the Republican told “Your World” Friday.

“I went to Cleveland, drove to Cleveland to meet the president,” DeWine told host Neil Cavuto. “Then, of course, when you go meet the president, you get a test and they do a quick test. So they did do what’s called an antigen test. And they came back very quickly and said, ‘You’re positive.'”

DEWINE TESTS NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19 HOURS AFTER TESTING POSITIVE

The governor added that he was “surprised” at his positive test and called doctors at Ohio State University about getting tested again.

“So we went down and my wife and I and several other people who’re around me all the time got tests yesterday. And then last night it came back negative,” Dewine said. “They reran it again, came back negative. We’re going to take another test tomorrow and we hope it comes back as negative as well.”

The second test was a PCR test, which DeWine’s office said was “extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus.” DeWine’s wife Fran and his and staff members also tested negative.

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DeWine assured Cavuto the PCR test he took late Thursday was the “gold standard” test most people receive.

“Frankly, the only reason that I guess the White House wanted us to take this quick test yesterday,” he said, “was because it was a quick test.”

Fox News’ Megan Henney and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AT&T tells customers to buy new phones or their old ones will stop working – The Verge

If AT&T sent you an email telling you to upgrade your phone — or else — would you write it off as a scam? Well, that’s just what the company did this week, according to Android Police.

Under the big, blue, bold, all-caps heading “UPDATE NEEDED,” the carrier is telling some customers that their devices are “not compatible with the new network” and that they “need to replace it to continue receiving service.”

Here’s the email:

One obvious problem: the company sent this in the middle of an economy-wrecking pandemic, at a time when buying a new phone might be the last thing on someone’s mind. Some customers were so surprised to get the email that they posted on AT&T’s support forums speculating that it might be a scam, though Android Police says the email is legitimate.

Another problem: scared customers may not actually need to do anything until February 2022.

As Android Police points out, what AT&T really seems to be doing here is recommending upgrades ahead of the shutdown of AT&T’s 3G network. That’s scheduled to happen “by February 2022,” according to an AT&T link that reportedly appears in the email. When the 3G network goes away, AT&T says that phones that don’t support HD Voice, which routes calls over 4G LTE, won’t be able to make voice calls or use data on AT&T.

Weirdly, customers with newer phones, which should theoretically support HD Voice, are getting the email, too. The person who started that thread on AT&T’s support forum said they use a Galaxy S10 E, a phone that was released in March 2019.

If it’s true that these phones won’t stop working until 2022, sending out an email like this isn’t exactly the best look for AT&T; it could be seen as an attempt to boost sales during a pandemic, and there’ll no doubt be a wave of newer and better phones available (including more with 5G support) before that deadline passes.

It’s unclear exactly how many customers may have gotten this email, and AT&T hasn’t replied to a request for comment. But hopefully AT&T provides clearer communication about why and when customers will actually need to upgrade.

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Amazon tells workers to delete TikTok over security risks – Los Angeles Times

Hours after sending an email instructing employees to remove the social media app TikTok from their phones, citing unspecified “security risks,” Amazon.com Inc. said Friday the message was sent in error.

The curious sequence of events came days after the White House amped up messaging that casts the popular Chinese-owned service as a potential threat to national security.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and President Donald Trump said early this week the federal government was weighing a ban on the app in the U.S. because of concerns surrounding Chinese surveillance.

Trump’s and Pompeo’s comments represent the latest escalation of conflict between the U.S. and China, which are locked in a global competition for technological dominance. The Trump administration has aggressively campaigned against China, launching a trade war with China more than two years ago, and clamping down on China’s premier telecommunications company, Huawei Technologies Co., by barring the company from doing business with U.S. firms. While the Huawei crackdown shook the world of enterprise tech, with TikTok, the war could touch U.S. consumers directly.

There are real security concerns about TikTok, experts say, but the Trump administration’s harsh stance on the app appears to be heavily driven by its posturing toward China. Were TikTok to end up a casualty of this war, it could have wide-reaching effects.

Amazon’s email to employees, the existence of which was first reported by the New York Times and independently confirmed by the L.A. Times, said TikTok, which lets users create and share short videos of themselves with millions of viewers, would no longer be allowed on mobile devices that access Amazon email. Employees would still be allowed to use TikTok on their Amazon laptops using a web browser, the email said. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to provide more details about how the error occurred.

TikTok said in a statement that the company is committed to respecting the privacy of users: “While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community. We’re proud that tens of millions of Americans turn to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration, and connection, including many of the Amazon employees and contractors who have been on the frontlines of this pandemic.”

U.S. companies such as Amazon are likely watching these developments carefully and paying close attention to cues from the government, said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.

If Amazon had stuck with its original memo, it would have been the biggest company to warn its employees of TikTok as a possible security risk.

Earlier this week, Wells Fargo ordered employees who had installed TikTok on company mobile devices to delete the app due to privacy concerns. The Democratic National Committee had previously issued guidance in December asking employees to stop downloading the app. The Republican National Committee followed suit on Friday.

ByteDance acquired Musical.ly — the American company that has since merged with TikTok — in 2017. Last November, the U.S. government opened a national security review of that deal.

Security concerns about TikTok are legitimate: Information the app collects hypothetically could be exploited, said Justin Sherman, a fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

But Sherman said he doesn’t think the the Trump administration’s push is based on legitimate intelligence, and is more political posturing than anything else. Huawei, which provides critical telecommunications equipment, poses a much clearer security threat than TikTok, Sherman said.

“All these statements, policy announcements and strategies focused on Chinese technology are really about politics. They’re about posturing and looking tough in this trade war,” Sherman said.

The company has taken steps to define itself as an American entity, seeking to shift attention away from its Chinese ownership. In May, ByteDance hired Kevin Mayer, an American who spent most of his career at Walt Disney Co., as TikTok’s new CEO. The company also stopped using Chinese moderators to monitor content in other countries this year.

Unlike Trump’s battle with Huawei, which primarily affected U.S. companies selling computer hardware and internet access in rural areas, the administration’s battle with TikTok could mean depriving millions of U.S. users of an increasingly beloved service.

Tobias Rugger, a teacher in San Francisco’s public school system, uses TikTok regularly to find videos of Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality, as well as for entertainment. “It’s quick, to the point, and in my opinion, relevant information from people I trust,” he said.

Rugger said he’s deeply concerned that a crackdown on TikTok would stifle voices he relies on and would serve to boost Trump’s hold on the national conversation.

Last week, India banned the app as part of an escalating border dispute between Beijing and New Delhi. With 200 million users, India is TikTok’s biggest international market.

The move was a harsh blow to villagers, lower-caste Indians and others from marginalized backgrounds for whom the app was a source of pleasure, and for many, even viral fame and needed income.

If the Trump administration does choose to pursue a ban on the app in the U.S., Sherman said, it would raise all sorts of questions about legality and technical implementation. “What does a ban even mean? Is blocking apps on the internet even legal?” Sherman said.

Regardless, it’s clear TikTok will remain in the spotlight in coming months.

“This is just the first chapter in whats going to be a pretty drawn out soap opera,” Ives said.

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Trump tells aides he supports second round of stimulus checks, but White House divisions remain – The Washington Post

President Trump has told aides he is largely supportive of sending Americans another round of stimulus checks, expressing the belief that the payments will boost the economy and help his chances at reelection in November, according to three people aware of internal administration deliberations.

However, leading congressional Republicans and some senior White House officials remain skeptical of sending more checks, creating a rift within conservative circles that could have significant consequences for the stimulus package set to be taken up by lawmakers in July.

The discussion is part of a fast-moving debate about what to include in a new economic stimulus package that the White House and Democrats have said should be a priority.

In March, Congress approved stimulus payments of up to $1,200 per person for every American citizen earning less than $75,000 per year as part of the Cares Act. The Internal Revenue Service had, as of the beginning of June, sent these payments to more than 159 million American households.

Many economists say the checks provided needed relief as unemployment surged across the country, but they also generated significant controversy because of glitches in getting the money to taxpayers and the Treasury Department’s decision to put Trump’s name on the mailed checks, as well as a gushing letter that included his 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

House Democrats included another round of $1,200 stimulus checks in the bill they approved last month, but the GOP position on the measure has remained murky.

Internally, the president’s advisers and allies are split. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has advocated sending another round of checks, two people with knowledge of internal deliberations said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to frankly discuss matters they weren’t authorized to comment on publicly.

Mnuchin joined GOP senators at their weekly policy lunch on Tuesday and talked up the impact of the stimulus checks. “He just said that when he went around the country, people came up and thanked him for it. It seemed to have made a difference to them,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told reporters.

Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, is skeptical of sending payments to as many people who received them in the first round, said one person familiar with internal matters who also spoke on the condition of anonymity. Kudlow said Tuesday the administration may want to send payments primarily to those who need them most, rather than the nearly 160 million Americans who received the first round.

“I think the tax rebates or the direct mail checks are on the table. … There are a lot of discussions going on,” Kudlow told Fox Business. “Probably, we would want to target those to those folks who lost their jobs and are most in need. All right, that’s the speculation on my part, but I think this is — that’s where it’s going.”

Other conservative White House officials and influential congressional Republicans oppose the plan, expressing concern with the impact of tremendous levels of new spending on the deficit. Some White House officials have also argued internally that the checks were pocketed by Americans rather than spent in the economy, pointing to an enormous increase in Americans’ personal savings rate after the payments went out, one person aware of internal discussions said. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made a similar argument to reporters on Tuesday.

“A lot of the stimulus checks that have gone out right now — people have been saving money and putting it into their savings accounts,” Rounds said. “For me, let’s get people back to work. I think that’s a better way.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he opposes another round of stimulus payments in favor of adjustments to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, as well as extending unemployment benefits at a lower level than approved by Congress in March.

Still, several other Senate Republicans on Tuesday expressed openness to more direct payments. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) suggested he would back smaller versions of the initial measure if targeted for “the people who are hurting the most.” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said it should be considered as part of the discussion on how to handle the increase in unemployment benefits approved by Congress in March.

“Direct check, or direct infusion of discretionary money — whether for rent or something more discretionary — would in fact have a stimulating effect, and it could be very helpful to people getting through a rough patch,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said.

Cramer added: “I’d be warm to that as one of the components of another round. Of course, [Trump] has always wanted another round of stimulus checks, and probably for good reason.”

The president has emphasized in public his desire to cut payroll taxes for businesses in the next stimulus package. Asked on Monday whether the administration will be sending Americans a second round of stimulus checks, Trump said “we are” but then quickly shifted the discussion to a different matter, making it unclear what he was referring to. White House officials said that the administration continues to study the checks and that the president is hearing from advisers but has not reached a final decision.

Senate Republicans have already rejected the president’s call for a payroll tax cut. Most opposed the initial round of $1,200 payments despite voting for the Cares Act and are even more likely to oppose another round now that the economy has begun recovering from its lows in March and April, said Jason Pye, the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, a conservative organization. The initial round of payments cost approximately $300 billion.

“There’s likely to be widespread opposition to something like another round of this. The cost is just too much,” Pye said.

Congressional Republicans may be more likely to support another round of stimulus checks if it is paired with a substantial reduction to the $600-per-week increase in unemployment benefits approved by Congress in March, aides said. Stephen Moore, an outside economic adviser to the White House, said the administration is studying this approach as officials push for a reduction in unemployment benefits.

The White House is looking at another stimulus package in part because the coronavirus pandemic is expected to be a long-term drag on the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve and Congressional Budget Office have both projected that unemployment could remain as high as 10 percent for the rest of the year. Many economists say the $1,200 checks and the increase in unemployment benefits helped shield low-income Americans, with one study finding poverty dropped in April, despite the economic contraction, because of the massive infusion of government cash.

Democrats have called for the stimulus checks to be bigger and criticized the March law for not sending payments to undocumented immigrants. They have largely unified behind the idea that the payments quickly got money to people in need.

“The Economic Impact Payments proved to be a very effective way to get people money given our rickety administrative systems,” said Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, a left-leaning think tank. “Given that the public health and economic crisis has not yet abated, another round of these payments would be a good idea.”

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De Blasio tells staffers more cops will be disciplined over handling of protests – POLITICO

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks alongside his wife Chirlane McCray. | AP Photo/John Minchillo

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised his staff that more NYPD officers will be disciplined over violent clashes with protesters throughout last week.

In seeking to quell an uprising among city employees, some of whom are planning to rally against de Blasio on Monday morning, the mayor explained that he thought officers’ lives were in danger during the protests, according to three people on a staff call Sunday afternoon.

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“There were even — between the time of Thursday night and Saturday night — so many instances where I had come to fundamentally believe, based on evidence, that officers’ lives were in direct danger, and officers might be killed,” de Blasio said, according to a verbatim account of two people on the call.

“God forbid we had lost one of our officers and it came damn close,” he said, referring to the stabbing of a police officer in Brooklyn last week. It was unrelated to the protests that have taken hold throughout the city in response to the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis last month.

He said he was also worried about protesters and tried to strike a balance between those fears, but acknowledged he did not articulate his concerns well enough to staffers, who grew furious watching him unconditionally defend the NYPD and chastise demonstrators.

“In retrospect there’s things I realize now we could’ve done better, said better, made clearer,” the mayor said.

On the call, de Blasio reiterated his concern about some protesters, who he said seized on the frenzy of the marches to loot stores that are shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also promised that more discipline for police officers would be announced in the coming days.

“It took too long, I agree. That can’t be the case in the future, but that discipline has begun and there will be much more,” he said.

So far two NYPD officers have been suspended as a result of attacks against peaceful protesters, which were often videotaped in footage that has gone viral on social media. De Blasio said multiple investigations, including one by the NYPD’s internal affairs bureau, are underway.

He also told staffers, who submitted questions that he answered on the conference call, that he did not want to institute an 8 p.m. curfew last week but did so to avoid a National Guard takeover in the city, according to two attendees.

As POLITICO reported, the New York Immigration Coalition and New York Civil Liberties Union each threatened to sue over the curfew, arguing it violated the constitutional right to assembly.

The Sunday call came as de Blasio faces the most profound crises of his administration: His handling of the coronavirus, which was beset by a near-public feud between the mayor and his health commissioner, was followed by an eruption of anger over his stance on the protests.

In addition to current and former aides, the mayor so gravely disappointed black and Latino New Yorkers who make up his base that he was roundly booed as he spoke during a memorial for Floyd in Brooklyn last week.

On the call Sunday, de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, offered staff a pep talk, telling them she is proud of them and offering a virtual hug.

“The confusion, the pain … the anger, the outrage that we’ve all experienced in some way in the past two weeks must be channeled into more action,” she said, according to an attendee.

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Trump tells governors to ‘seriously consider and maybe get going’ on opening schools – CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Monday urged the nation’s governors to “seriously consider” reopening schools as part of his push to restart the economy, though many states have already recommended against resuming the school year.

“Some of you might start thinking about school openings, because a lot of people are wanting to have school openings. It’s not a big subject, young children have done very well in this disaster that we’ve all gone through,” Trump told the governors on a teleconference call, according to audio of the call obtained by CNN.
He continued, “So a lot of people are thinking about the school openings. And I think it’s something, Mike (Pence), they can seriously consider and maybe get going on it.”
But this late in the school year, it’s unlikely that many students will return to the classrooms in the immediate future.
According to a CNN tally of school closures, 43 states as well as Washington, DC, have ordered or recommended that schools don’t reopen this academic year. Other states have only recommended that local officials continue supporting students through distance learning models. Those states are California, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, South Dakota and Tennessee. The Montana governor has given school districts the option to begin in-classroom learning as early as May 7.
And when students do return, administrators will be tasked with keeping kids and their families safe, with options including everyone wearing masks, staggering start times and canceling assemblies and sports.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said earlier this month that the situation is “unpredictable” when he was asked about school reopenings.
“I fully expect — though I’m humble enough to know that I can’t accurately predict — that by the time we get to the fall, that we will have this under control enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now where people are shutting schools.” Fauci noted, however, that “it will be different” and being able to identify, test and trace those who have coronavirus.
Trump, Pence and other task force officials on Monday’s call outlined the administration’s testing blueprint and then spent much of the hour-long call fielding praise and thanks, reopening plan updates, and a few questions from the governors. Trump repeatedly urged them to get in the queue to ask questions by dialing “hashtag two.”
The President, who owns a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, asked Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, whether he had made a decision on opening his state “and the Strip, etc., etc., with all your hotels.”
Sisolak said that casino management is “very concerned about doing it right” and he is working closely with “our mutual friend Sheldon Adelson” and others.
“We want to welcome everybody back to Las Vegas at the right time. We’re getting there,” Sisolak said.
A Las Vegas re-opening, Trump said, “will be a big thing.”
As state and municipal governments sound the alarm over depleted funding, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, also a Democrat, appealed with Trump to fund states on behalf of first responders.
“This is really where the funding of firefighters, the police, the teachers, the EMS folks, that’s where that money would go and we need it. And frankly, we’ve already got an unemployment huge challenge in this country. Let’s keep them on the payroll and not have the unemployment rate get even higher, particularly in the next few months. So again, whatever you can do on direct state funding would be great,” Murphy said.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, expressed concern about a potential shortage of Propofol, an anesthetic drug. He asked the administration to increase its production of the drug, which is currently 80% in Sweden, 20% US.
“That’s an easy one, we’ll take care of that,” Trump told him.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a top Trump ally who is expected to meet with the President in the Oval Office Tuesday, claimed “supply exceeds demand” for testing in his state.
Trump lamented media coverage at multiple times during the call, saying his efforts “probably will never be recognized, but maybe it will, you never know.”

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