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Despite Trump's attacks, Kansas voters request 2020 mail ballots at historic rate

Despite Trump’s attacks, Kansas voters request 2020 mail ballots at historic rate
By Bryan Lowry and Sarah Ritter
May 29, 2020 06:00 AM , Updated 3 hours 30 minutes ago

Johnson County election workers spent Memorial Day weekend sending out roughly 380,000 applications for mail ballots — one to every registered voter in the state’s most populous county.

Kansas has allowed voters to cast ballots by mail for any reason since 1996. But the unprecedented move by county officials reflects COVID-19’s impact on the mechanics and politics of voting in 2020. Their hope is to prevent long lines in August and November, as voters elect a new U.S. senator and other office holders amid the ongoing the pandemic.

“Because of COVID-19, we’re very concerned about our voters and poll workers. So the secretary of state and county officials decided we wanted to encourage vote-by-mail, and in Kansas, we’re lucky to have that option,” said Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt.

“And since we don’t know what the pandemic is going to look like in the fall, we decided to go ahead and mail out forms for both elections.”

Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article243052656.html
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 04:54 PM (1 replies)

Major film festivals to unite for YouTube event-free, starts today

Major film festivals to unite for YouTube event
27 April 2020

Major film festivals - including Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and Venice - are to join forces for an online event.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival, will be hosted by YouTube from 29 May.

It comes after coronavirus caused disruption to many international events, as the film industry ground to a halt.

The 10-day digital alternative will help to raise funds for the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and beyond.

Twenty festivals from around the world are involved including BFI London Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival and Marrakech International Film Festival, as well as Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.


"All of the world needs healing right now."

The free event will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations and a full schedule will be available nearer to next month's event.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 09:25 AM (5 replies)

What good is increasing G.D.P. if it kills you? By Paul Krugman


What good is increasing G.D.P. if it kills you?
By Paul Krugman
Opinion Columnist
May 28, 2020

America is now engaged in a vast, dangerous experiment. Although social distancing has limited the spread of the coronavirus, it is far from contained. Yet despite warnings from epidemiologists, much of the country is moving to open up for business as usual.

You might think that such a momentous move would come with elaborate justifications — that politicians pushing an end to social distancing, from Donald Trump on down, would at least try to explain why we should take this risk. But those calling for quickly reopening have been notably silent about the trade-offs involved. Instead, they talk incessantly about the need to “save the economy.”

That is, however, a very bad way to think about economic policy in a pandemic.

What, after all, is the economy’s purpose? If your answer is something like, “To generate incomes that let people buy things,” you’re getting it wrong — money isn’t the ultimate goal; it’s just a means to an end, namely, improving the quality of life.

Now, money matters: There is a clear relationship between income and life satisfaction. But it’s not the only thing that matters. In particular, you know what also makes a major contribution to the quality of life? Not dying.


One way to put it: Trump and his allies don’t want us to wear face masks but do want us to wear blinders.

How will this exercise in denial end? Again, there’s a lot of uncertainty in epidemiological projections. Trump and friends could get lucky; their insistence that we should quickly go back to business as usual might not lead to a large number of deaths.

But it probably will, because the push for reopening rests on a foundation of willful ignorance. Never mind G.D.P.; the most fundamental job of any leader is to keep his people alive. Unfortunately, that’s a job Trump doesn’t seem interested in doing.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 08:22 AM (2 replies)

(Rapper) T.I. to Trump: How Dare You Use My Song Against Biden


(Rapper) T.I. to Trump: How Dare You Use My Song Against Biden
Tracy Connor, Executive Editor
Published May. 28, 2020 7:50PM ET

Rapper T.I. plans to take legal action against Team Trump for using a souped-up version of his track “Whatever You Like” for a bizarre social-media video targeting Joe Biden. “It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community,” a spokesman said in a statement to Complex. “T.I.’s legal team and media partners are already moving expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms.” The video surfaced on Trump’s Snapchat story earlier this week, with the original lyric of “I want yo’ body, need yo’ body” distorted to say “I don’t want Joe Biden.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 07:50 AM (2 replies)

WH Hid CDC's Warning That Singing in Church Choirs Can Spread Coronavirus, Says Report

omg How many people might have lived had they known?


White House Hid CDC’s Warning That Singing in Church Choirs Can Spread Coronavirus, Says Report
Jamie Ross, Reporter
Published May. 29, 2020 5:30AM ET

The Trump administration took down warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website that singing in choirs can spread the novel coronavirus, The Washington Post reports. A debate has been raging for weeks between the White House and the CDC on the level of restrictions to place on houses of worship, but, last Friday, the administration released some guidance on the CDC website. It included recommendations that churches “consider suspending or at least decreasing use of choir/musical ensembles and congregant singing, chanting, or reciting during services or other programming, if appropriate within the faith tradition.” It added: “The act of singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19, possibly through emission of aerosols.” However, by Saturday, any reference to choirs or congregant singing was reportedly removed. The new guidance also removed a reference to “shared cups” that shouldn’t be passed around. Two White House officials told the newspaper the first version wasn’t approved by the White House, so they asked the CDC to post a different cleared document a day later.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 07:45 AM (9 replies)

The Most Mendacious President in U.S. History


The Most Mendacious President in U.S. History
May 28, 2020 at 9:52 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Susan Glasser: “So many of the things that Trump does and says are inconceivable for an American President, and yet he does and says them anyway. The Trump era has been a seemingly endless series of such moments. From the start of his Administration, his tweets have been an open-source intelligence boon, a window directly into the President’s needy id, and a real-time guide to his obsessions and intentions. Misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies were always central to his politics.”

“In recent months, however, his tweeting appears to have taken an even darker, more manic, and more mendacious turn, as Trump struggles to manage the convergence of a massive public-health crisis and a simultaneous economic collapse while running for reelection. He is tweeting more frequently, and more frantically, as events have closed in on him. Trailing in the polls and desperate to change the subject from the coronavirus, mid-pandemic Trump has a Twitter feed that is meaner, angrier, and more partisan than ever before, as he amplifies conspiracy theories about the ‘deep state’ and media enemies such as Scarborough while seeking to exacerbate divisions in an already divided country.”

“Strikingly, this dark turn with the President’s tweets comes as he is using his Twitter feed as an even more potent vehicle for telling his Republican followers what to do—and they are listening.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 07:37 AM (8 replies)

Trump May Defy Congress to Sell More Arms to Saudis


Trump May Defy Congress to Sell More Arms to Saudis
May 29, 2020 at 6:34 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The Trump administration is moving to sell another cache of munitions to Saudi Arabia, according to lawmakers and congressional aides, a step that would again defy Congress and ignore the objections of lawmakers in both parties about Riyadh’s human rights record,” the New York Times reports.

“The State Department informally notified lawmakers in January that it was planning to move forward with the sale of precision-guided missiles worth $478 million to Saudi Arabia, and to approve licenses to allow Raytheon to expand its manufacturing footprint inside the kingdom. The top Democrats on the Senate and House foreign affairs committees have both withheld their support for the plan, effectively blocking it, but they fear State Department officials will push the sales through anyway.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 29, 2020, 07:33 AM (5 replies)

TN police chief tells officers who 'don't have an issue' with George Floyd arrest to turn in badges

Tennessee police chief tells officers who 'don't have an issue' with George Floyd arrest to turn in badges
By Aris Folley - 05/28/20 05:26 PM EDT

A police chief in Tennessee said on Wednesday that officers who “don’t have an issue” with the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died earlier this week after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck, should turn over their badges.

There is no need to see more video,” Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy tweeted on Wednesday. “There no need to wait to see how ‘it plays out.’ There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something.

“If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this...turn it in
,” he continued.

The tweet by Roddy has racked up more than 489,000 likes and over 117,000 retweets in less than a day as news and reactions surrounding the death of Floyd have continued to dominate social media over the past few days.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 07:32 PM (49 replies)

Inslee says Trump coronavirus response akin to if FDR called Pearl Harbor 'a hoax'

Inslee says Trump coronavirus response akin to if FDR called Pearl Harbor 'a hoax'
By Zack Budryk - 05/28/20 02:47 PM EDT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has been comparable to if President Franklin Roosevelt had called the attack on Pearl Harbor a “hoax.”

Inslee told Rolling Stone in an interview that President Trump responded to the pandemic with an “abject lack of leadership.”

“It’s akin to Franklin Delano Roosevelt on December 8th, 1941, and for months thereafter, saying that Pearl Harbor was a hoax, and that the battleships weren’t important, and that the Japanese were going to surrender miraculously the next Monday,” Inslee said. “That’s kind of the scenario we have had from the current president.”

“If you can imagine Roosevelt doing that, we’ve had an equivalent of that in response to this existential crisis, and it has continued off and on even today, where we have a president who says that testing is overrated when it is absolutely fundamental to our ability to reopen our economy,” he added.

Inslee said his state, an early epicenter for the pandemic, had prepared for “a variety of emergency scenarios,” but added “there is no preparing 7 million people for something they’ve never experienced before. It’s just a shock to the system.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 03:01 PM (1 replies)

GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority

GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority
By Michael Warren and Ryan Nobles, CNN
Updated 12:07 PM ET, Thu May 28, 2020

Washington (CNN)A little more than three months ago, as Democrats cast their ballots in the Nevada caucuses, Republicans felt confident about their chances in 2020. The coronavirus seemed a distant, far-off threat. Democrats appeared poised to nominate a self-described socialist for president. The stock market was near a record high. The economy was roaring. President Donald Trump looked well-positioned to win a second term, and perhaps pull enough incumbent Republicans along with him to hold the party's majority in the Senate.

Today, that view has drastically changed.

"Put it this way, I am very glad my boss isn't on the ballot this cycle," said one high-ranking GOP Senate aide.

Republican strategists are increasingly worried that Trump is headed for defeat in November and that he may drag other Republicans down with him.

Seven GOP operatives not directly associated with the President's reelection campaign told CNN that Trump's response to the pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout have significantly damaged his bid for a second term — and that the effects are starting to hurt Republicans more broadly. Some of these operatives asked not to be identified in order to speak more candidly.

Several say that public polls showing Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden mirror what they are finding in their own private polls, and that the trend is bleeding into key Senate races. The GOP already had a difficult task of defending 23 Senate seats in 2020. The job of protecting its slim 3-seat majority has only gotten harder as the pandemic has unfolded. States like Arizona and North Carolina, once thought to be home to winnable Senate races now appear in jeopardy.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 28, 2020, 01:22 PM (21 replies)
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