How COVID Death Counts Become the Stuff of Conspiracy Theories

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In the waning days of the campaign, President Donald Trump complained repeatedly about how the United States tracks the number of people who have died from COVID-19, claiming, “This country and its reporting systems are just not doing it right.” He went on to blame those reporting systems for inflating the number of deaths, pointing a finger at medical professionals, who he said benefit financially.

New Documents Show Administration Officials Took $250 Million from CDC for an Ad Campaign to Help Re-Election

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On Wednesday, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn, and Oversight and Reform’s Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar releasing new documents obtained from contractors regarding a $250 million contract awarded by the Trump Administration to launch a massive advertising campaign just weeks before the election to “defeat despair and inspire hope” amid the coronavirus pandemic.