Episode: Saturday, May 16, 2020


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Saturday, May 16, 2020
President Trump fired Inspector General State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, some states find a list of COVID testing labs provided by the White House largely unhelpful, and after a nine week lock down, Italy re-opens.

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