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Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, was celebrated at a private funeral in Atlanta on Friday. Cain died July 30 of complications from COVID-19. He was 74. (Aug. 7)

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The claim: No politicians have died or resigned due to COVID-19, or had their businesses looted

The nationwide death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached over 200,000 and has affected many public figures, including celebrities, athletes and politicians. But a viral meme circulating on social media claims otherwise.

“Not one politician has died from the virus, lost their job, or had their business looted,” reads a Sept. 7 Facebook meme  which features a photo of actor Tommy Lee Jones. “Y’all know you’re being played right?”

USA TODAY reached out to the user for comment.

The meme was also shared by conservative news personality Ben Swann and was removed 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made false claims in a Sunday speech in which he urged Senate Republicans to let the winner of the presidential election fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after he arrives at at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as he returns from Duluth, Minn.


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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after he arrives at at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as he returns from Duluth, Minn.

We’re still poring over the transcript of Biden’s address in Philadelphia, but here are two initial fact checks.

The Trump campaign’s demand for a list

Biden argued that it would be inappropriate for him to release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees, as Trump did during the 2016 campaign and did again this month.

Biden also claimed that the Trump campaign had

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87.
  • Her death was announced Friday evening. She had multiple types of cancer in the past 20 years.
  • Even before President Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a champion for women’s issues as a lawyer at the ACLU.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87.

She died Friday evening at her home in Washington, DC. Her death was due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to an announcement from the Supreme Court.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement. “Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless

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If your small business died in the last six months, blame Trump. If your small business is suffering, blame Trump. It wasn’t COVID-19.

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President Donald Trump could have rescued American small businesses, but he didn’t. And this week, he could help save hundreds of thousands more if he took action, but he won’t.

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I’ve been closely monitoring what has – and has not – been done for small businesses since the start of the pandemic. And at virtually every turn, Trump and his administration ignored the needs of small business or actually made it harder for them to survive. Moreover, his continuing refusal to develop a national policy and coordinated response to the pandemic has turned what could have been a limited shutdown into a long, lingering economic disaster. The worse may be yet to come.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (NEXSTAR) — Family members of a woman who died seven months ago say they received a letter this week claiming their loved one tested positive for COVID-19.

What’s even more confusing is Sandra Whittington passed away in February before COVID-19 had been detected in Tennessee. She died in hospice care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to WATN-TV.

“I’m just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive,” her son Troy Whittington said in an interview with WATN.

Whittingham said the notice from the local health department said his mother was tested on June 20 and that test came back positive.

“On her death certificate, it was stated she died, what the cause of death was, and it was not COVID-19. It was COPD,” Whittington said in the interview.  

The Shelby County Health Department has since apologized for

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  • President Donald Trump described American Marines who lost their lives during a crucial World War I battle as “suckers” and “losers,” The Atlantic reported.
  • “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” Trump reportedly told senior staff members before a scheduled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.
  • In another conversation, the president called US Marines who were killed in the Battle of Belleau Wood “suckers” because they died, the report said.
  • He also didn’t understand the significance of the battle and asked his advisers, “Who were the good guys in this war?” according to The Atlantic.
  • A White House official condemned The Atlantic’s report and said these “accusations” were “false.”
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President Donald Trump described American Marines who lost their lives during a crucial World War I battle

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  • Kaiser Health News and the Guardian are reporting on the 1,079 healthcare workers who have died so far from COVID-19. The organizations have profiled 177 deaths to find demographic trends among those died. 
  • Nurses comprised 68 of the 177 confirmed deaths, the KHN and Guardian analysis found, double the number of the next-highest confirmed death number among healthcare workers. 
  • Nurses had previously told Business Insider they worried they’d be more susceptible to the disease because they spend more time at patient bedsides than doctors. 
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More nurses have died of the coronavirus more than any other healthcare worker, a preliminary analysis of 177 confirmed deaths finds. 

Kaiser Health News and the Guardian have partnered to profile and analyze the deaths of 1,079 healthcare workers in the US, confirming 177 deaths to date. The organizations are profiling each death by consulting the victim’s family and

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  • As many as 215,000 more people than usual died in the United States between January and July 2020, the Associated Press reported Friday.
  • The death toll, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggest COVID-19 is killing more people than officially registered.
  • People of color make up 40% of the US population but 52% of “excess deaths,” according to an analysis by the AP and The Marshall Project.
  • Over 175,000 people in the US are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus, per Johns Hopkins University.
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The coronavirus has killed tens of thousands of Americans — 175,000 and counting — but the real death toll could be as much as 35% higher than officially acknowledged, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the Associated Press reported Friday, the number of total deaths between January

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  • Herman Cain’s Twitter account is still tweeting or retweeting more than two weeks after the former Republican presidential candidate died from coronavirus.
  • The tweets are mainly criticism against Democrats, particularly the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris.
  • On Thursday, Cain’s Twitter tweeted “Harris has a ton of baggage and a political glass jaw. She’s awful.”
  • Cain’s daughter, Melanie Cain Gallo, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that Cain “believed in using his voice to teach, enlighten and give hope. It’s one of the ways he used this web site every day, and he wouldn’t have wanted that work to stop with his passing.”
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Herman Cain’s Twitter account is still tweeting, more than two weeks after the former Republican presidential candidate died from coronavirus.

Cain died at 74 years old on July 30 after being hospitalized with

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  • President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, died Saturday evening, the White House announced.
  • Robert Trump was 71, and had been hospitalized and was reportedly “very ill,” though the details of his condition remained unclear.
  • The president said in a statement Saturday evening that Robert Trump “was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again.”
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President Donald Trump announced that his younger brother, Robert Trump, died Saturday evening.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Trump said in a statement. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”

The president visited his

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