Who cares about Bernie Sanders’ medical records?

In the fall, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he thought “the people do have a right to know about the health of a senator, somebody who’s running for president of the United States — full disclosure.” Since then, however, he’s changed his mind. “I think we have released quite as much documentation as any other candidate has,” Sanders said Tuesday night, and when asked whether he’d release additional information, he replied, “I don’t think we will, no.” The letters from his physicians attesting he is “in outstanding health” will have to suffice. That seems good enough to me. The expectation that candidates will divulge their full health records is relatively… Read More

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Why Xi’s ‘defensive’ coronavirus speech could backfire

Chinese state media published an internal speech delivered by President Xi Jinping on Saturday in which he describes taking action on the coronavirus outbreak as early as Jan. 7. In the speech, which was given Feb. 3, Xi said he had “issued demands about the efforts to prevent and control” the virus during a meeting of the Communist Party’s highest council, the Politburo Standing Committee, last month, and that he personally authorized the lockdown of the epicenter, Wuhan, beginning on Jan. 23. “I have at every moment monitored the spread of the epidemic and progress in efforts to curtail it,” he said. Publishing the speech is viewed as an attempt… Read More

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1st coronavirus fatality reported outside of Asia after 80-year-old patient dies in France

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus died Friday at a hospital in Paris, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn announced Saturday. The patient, who was not named, is believed to be the first person to die from the virus outside of Asia and the fourth outside mainland China. Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Japan have each reported one death, while the vast majority of fatalities have occurred in China. The man’s daughter is also infected, but is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon. Meanwhile, the United States is planning to evacuate Americans form the cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than a week in Japan… Read More

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First American death from coronavirus reported in Wuhan

A U.S. citizen has died of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, The New York Times reported Saturday. Few details have been offered, but the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said the person was around 60 years old and died at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan on Thursday. Two people familiar with the situation said the patient was a woman with underlying health problems. It appears to be the first death of an American since the outbreak began. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said. “Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.” Japan’s foreign ministry… Read More

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