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U.S. Lacks Leadership on Virus, Obama Tells Graduates.



Investigators have uncovered a fraud ring that may have siphoned millions of dollars in unemployment payments. With more than two-thirds of states significantly relaxing restrictions, an uptick in cases is predicted.

Obama delivers pointed criticism in two graduation speeches.

Without the springtime rituals of traditional graduation ceremonies, former President Barack Obama. Has delivered two virtual commencement addresses on Saturday, urging millions of high school and college graduates to fearlessly carve a path and “to seize the initiative”. At a time when he says the nation’s leaders have fumbled the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The speeches, aired hours apart, combined the inspirational advice given to graduates. Build community, do what is right, be a leader. With pointed criticism of the handling of a public health crisis that has killed more than 87,000 Americans and crippled much of the economy.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Mr. Obama said in the afternoon address streamed online. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

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