White House engages in revisionist history, Inslee extends stay-home order, and other headlines

click to enlarge President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, leaves after delivering a statement at the White House on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. - DOUG MILLS/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, leaves after delivering a statement at the White House on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.
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NEWS:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that his stay-home order will be extended beyond May 4.

NEWS: The Spokane County commissioners are seeking input on how to spend millions in federal coronavirus aid money. But they still have full control.


NEWS: After calling for the state economy to "restart" amidst the pandemic, the Spokesman-Review didn't print this rebuttal letter from the Spokane health officer.

COVID-19

U.S. death toll

A little over 60,000 people have died nationwide due to COVID-19. (Johns Hopkins University)

End date
Federal social distancing guidelines are set to expire today while states move to reopen their economies. President Donald Trump has expressed no interest in extending the guidelines. (New York Times)


Revisionist history
The economy is imploding, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed that of the Vietnam War and cases nationwide have zoomed past 1 million. And yet the White House called its response "a great success story" on Wednesday. (New York Times)

Predicted rebound
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that new COVID-19 cases will likely spike as states reopen their economies. "When you pull back there will be cases," he says. "You can’t just leap over things and get into a situation where you’re really tempting a rebound." (Seattle Times)

IN OTHER NEWS...

Economic carnage
U.S. unemployment claims over the last six weeks have topped 30 million. (New York Times)

Alleged assault
Women's rights advocates have called on Joe Biden to address a former aide's allegation that he sexually assaulted her back in 1993. But his lack of response has frustrated them. (New York Times)


Bad work
The city of Spokane Valley is suing the companies that rebuilt its City Hall, alleging negligence and breaching their contract. (Spokesman-Review)

Ousting a cop
The Spokane Police Department fired Officer Kristofer Henderson for kicking a suspect in the genitals during a July arrest. (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.