Barrett faces senators on health care, legal precedent; Defiant Trump defends record at rally; and more | National News

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These headlines are in the news this morning: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is set to face senators’ questions; President Trump is as defiant as ever in his first rally after contracting the coronavirus; and Trump and Joe Biden both seek to tie themselves to popular infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.

 

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.




Barrett to face senators on health care, legal precedent

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will face senators’ questions over her approach to health care, legal precedent and even the presidential election during a second day of confirmation hearings on track to

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Azar defends Trump’s decision not to wear a mask

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Friday defended the first family’s decision not to wear masks, one day after the president and first lady tested positive for the coronavirus. Azar said the first family is in a “different situation” than the rest of America.



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“The first family and the protective aspect around the president is a different situation than the rest of us because of the protocols around the first family,” Azar said in response to questioning from Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez during a House Coronavirus subcommittee hearing.

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Azar made the statement after supporting mask use, adding “we recommend it.” In light of his endorsement, Velazquez asked the secretary how he is able to justify the president’s repeated decision not to wear a mask. “What is your reaction to the fact that the first family, that was sitting at the

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U.S. health secretary Azar defends vaccine process, tests negative for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Friday defended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of coronavirus vaccines under development and also said he had tested negative for COVID-19.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar attends a news conference about the latest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developments, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Azar made his vaccine comments at a congressional hearing while wearing a mask. Earlier on Friday, he tweeted that he had tested negative for COVID-19 after protectively being screened following news of President Donald Trump’s positive test.

“Out of an abundance of caution I was tested for COVID-19 this morning and the result was negative,” Azar wrote on Twitter.

Azar said six drugmakers that are receiving U.S. government funding for COVID-19 vaccine development have begun

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar defends Trump’s decision not to wear a mask

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Friday defended the first family’s decision not to wear masks, one day after the president and first lady tested positive for the coronavirus. Azar said the first family is in a “different situation” than the rest of America.

“The first family and the protective aspect around the president is a different situation than the rest of us because of the protocols around the first family,” Azar said in response to questioning from Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez during a House Coronavirus subcommittee hearing.

Azar made the statement after supporting mask use, adding “we recommend it.” In light of his endorsement, Velazquez asked the secretary how he is able to justify the president’s repeated decision not to wear a mask. “What is your reaction to the fact that the first family, that was sitting at the political debate — presidential debate were not

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State Health Commissioner Defends Color-Coded COVID Map: ‘Their Red Is Our Orange’

Look at any number of county-level COVID-19 maps of the United States, like those from the White House and the Harvard Global Health Institute, and you’ll see dozens of Oklahoma’s counties in red. 

But on the color-coded map issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, you won’t. Col. Lance Frye, the department’s interim commissioner, says that’s by design. 

“We said this from day one: It was never meant to confuse people,” Frye told reporters at a Thursday news conference. “We’ve always said their red is our orange.”

Oklahoma’s COVID alert system requires a level of triggers to be hit on a statewide level before any single county can be considered red, no matter how bad an outbreak in a particular county is. Frye said the red category was created as an “internal” alert mechanism, meant to alert state officials like Gov. Kevin Stitt that more must be done to

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UK defends its new virus strategy but experts are skeptical

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday defended its strategy for combating a second wave of COVID-19 cases amid criticism that its new slate of restrictions will not be enough to stop coronavirus from spreading exponentially.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new rules — including a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants, increased use of face masks and once again encouraging people to work from home — in a televised address Tuesday night.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC that the government’s approach was proportionate and enough to slow the spread of the virus as long as everyone complies with the rules.


“I think that it’s a balanced approach, it’s a targeted approach and, actually, one that can make sure that we preserve the health gains that we’ve made, prevent the virus expanding exponentially, but also keep businesses, livelihoods and society open,” Raab said.

Yet many

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