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Connor Perrett

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Connor Perrett

Connor Perrett is a news fellow for Insider, covering politics, digital culture, and breaking news on weekends. In 2019, he graduated from Ohio University where he studied journalism and political science. He's also been published at Teen Vogue, Inquisitr, and Bethesda Magazine.  Send him an email at or follow him on Twitter @connorperrett

Politics 2020-05-23T21:00:01Z

North Dakota's GOP governor grew emotional discussing the partisan divide over face masks, asking residents to 'dial up your empathy'

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum appeared to hold back tears when he urged his residents to rebuke the partisan divide over wearing face masks.
News 2020-05-23T19:20:01Z

A Nike warehouse reportedly denied a Tennessee health official access to its facility after a worker died of COVID-19

A temporary worker employed by Adecco at the Nike facility died after contracting COVID-19, according to ProPublica.
News 2020-05-23T17:19:07Z

New York is relaxing restrictions on group gatherings as the state sees its lowest single-day death toll since March

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed an executive order permitting the gathering of 10 or fewer people.
Politics 2020-05-23T16:26:00Z

Texas' Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called vote-by-mail a 'scam,' saying it's 'laughable' that people under 65 would be scared to vote in person

Patrick said an expansion of voting by mail was a "scam" by Democrats to steal the election and that it would "destroy America."
News 2020-05-23T14:17:23Z

Ohio public health officials apologized after releasing mask guidance for African Americans to avoid wearing face coverings with 'gang symbolism'

"When utilizing a homemade mask, avoid bandanas that are red or blue, as these are typically associated with gang symbolism," the agency wrote.
News 2020-05-20T19:42:01Z

A growing number of universities say they won't hold classes in December, predicting a second coronavirus wave

A re-peak in the fall and winter months could require states to resume lockdown measures that have begun to be scaled back in all 50 states.
News 2020-05-20T16:50:15Z

Why anti-lockdown protests are a 'magnet' for white supremacists and far-right extremists

Far-right extremists — including white supremacists — have been at the forefront of protests calling to end state lockdowns and reopen the economy.
News 2020-05-18T21:17:08Z

New York City is considering forced quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19 but refuse to self-isolate

Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of New York's public hospitals, said he expected that 99% of infected New York City residents would voluntarily isolate.
News 2020-05-18T18:21:09Z

Trump's newly appointed coronavirus czar, Moncef Slaoui, will divest his $10 million in Moderna stock options

Moderna's stock has been skyrocketing recently on its announcements of progress on a coronavirus vaccine.
News 2020-05-17T19:31:21Z

White House officials clash on whether the CDC 'let the country down' on testing, signaling continued tensions between the agency and Trump administration

The comments are the latest indication that the relationship between the White House and the CDC has soured.
Politics 2020-05-17T17:43:17Z

White House adviser accused Obama of working as 'Joe Biden's press secretary' after he criticized the government's COVID-19 response

Obama told 2020 graduates that the pandemic had "finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many folks in charge know what they're doing."
News 2020-05-17T14:33:41Z

Texas reported its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases as restaurants, salons, and cinemas open to the public

Texas began to relax its stay-at-home order at the beginning of May. On Monday, gyms will join the list of businesses allowed to reopen.
Politics 2020-05-16T20:58:02Z

Democrats are launching an investigation into Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general

Two top Democrats called Steve Linick's firing the president's "latest sacking of an inspector general, our government's key independent watchdogs."
Politics 2020-05-16T18:14:19Z

A senior Trump administration official said the president rebukes Fauci but supports Birx because 'she is charming and listens to him'

"She has found a way to shut down his bad ideas without making him feel diminished, unlike Fauci and some of the others," one official told CNN.
News 2020-05-16T16:05:29Z

The TSA could start airport temperature screenings as early as next week despite concerns the agency doesn't have the authority to conduct them

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Trump administration is pushing forward on a plan to have the TSA conduct temperature screenings.
News 2020-05-13T21:02:18Z

The 26-year-old socialist trucker campaigning for the title of youngest US congressman deleted his Twitter and Instagram, causing panic among followers

Collins' political and communications director said on Twitter that Collins, who has autism, needed to leave social media so that he could sleep.
Media 2020-05-12T14:38:30Z

Fox News is telling its employees to work from home for at least another month while its TV hosts push for businesses to reopen

In a memo last week, Fox told employees they will continue to work from home until June 15 — at the earliest.
News 2020-05-11T22:21:55Z

United says it won't guarantee empty middle seats on its aircrafts after a San Francisco doctor tweeted a photo of a nearly-full flight

United said in April that it was "automatically blocking middle seats," but its website says that's not a guarantee — only a "likely" scenario.
News 2020-05-11T15:46:00Z

Secret Service agents are reportedly being ordered to wear face masks even though Trump doesn't

Despite infections among people close to him in the White House, the AP reported Trump feels wearing a mask could harm his chances at reelection.
News 2020-05-10T18:01:18Z

Infectious disease expert warns against states reopening too quickly but says 'we can't stay locked down for 18 months'

Expert Michael Osterholm said as many as 60-70% of Americans will have been infected with the virus by next year.
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