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Eric Boehlert: Traitorous GOP now the fifth column in America's war on Covid

https://pressrun.media/p/traitorous-gop-emerges-as-the-fifth

Traitorous GOP now the fifth column in America's war on Covid
Can democracy survive?
Eric Boehlert
2 hr ago

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Waging war on the country’s well-being and embracing the chaotic goals of its enemies, the GOP, fueled by the right-wing media, has set its sights on anarchy. They’re doing it in the name of partisan warfare, and they’re doing it after Trump lied nonstop about the pandemic all last year.

With GOP-run states like Florida and Texas consumed with tens of thousands of new Covid cases each day, and facing a “public health catastrophe” while their Republican governors double down on wrongheaded policies, America grapples with a very real crisis: What if one of our two major political parties wants America to fail? What if the GOP is willing to drag down the entire country by launching an internal, guerilla war? In other words, what if Republicans want the pandemic to continue without pause, no matter how high the death toll climbs?

“If we work together, unify as a country, vaccinate everyone who is interested and unvaccinated, and put our masks on to prevent disease, we could really control this in a matter of weeks,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN last week. And yes, that’s the common sense view, urging a collective, positive response when a country faces a crisis.

But that’s not possible today because the Republican Party, either directly or indirectly, is sabotaging the Covid recovery by fearmongering about a miraculously safe vaccine and equating mask-wearing with tyranny. Anti-science Republicans seem determined to spread the virus among their own voters, which seems inconceivable.

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GOP governors, who tout themselves as “pro-life,” are now doing what Trump did last year — giving the stand down order for a virus invasion and not caring how many people die. Politically, it might work in the short term, as the Beltway press tends to blame the Biden administration for so many (right-wing) Americans refusing to get vaccinated.

Long term, are Republicans and Fox News committed to being the entrenched opposition to America’s war on Covid?
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 11, 2021, 08:12 AM (7 replies)

'No One I Know Is Vaccinated': Sturgis Rally Bikers Are Coming for America


‘No One I Know Is Vaccinated’: Sturgis Rally Bikers Are Coming for America
SUM OF ALL FEARS
Thousands of unvaccinated, unmasked people traveling across the country. An ultra-contagious new variant. Overloaded hospitals. If you thought it could get no worse, think again.
Tom Lawrence
Published Aug. 11, 2021 4:58AM ET


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Interviews this week suggest many attendees of the days-long death march here are unvaccinated people who, in addition to often refusing masks, are rejecting the best tool there is to curb the raging pandemic.

It’s not exactly shocking that the hundreds of thousands of people packing into a crowded event like this one—led by pandemic skeptics like Gov. Kristi Noem—would be disproportionately composed of the unvaccinated. But experts suggested the event’s wide reach, along with the spiral of the new and unrelenting Delta variant, could spell nationwide disaster.

“Hope’s not a strategy right now. Vaccination is,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota professor of public health and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy who advised the Joe Biden transition, told The Daily Beast. “And there will be people who will be infected as a result of this event.

“The question for everybody is, how many?”

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“This virus does not discriminate who it will infect,” he said. “What happens, though, is whether or not you’re vaccinated or not makes a big difference when that happens.

“You can’t run out the game clock with this virus. A lot of people think, Well, I haven’t been vaccinated yet, I haven’t gotten infected yet. You know, it’s not going to infect me, it’ll be over with soon,” Osterholm said.

“Just know that this virus will find you,” he added.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/sturgis-rally-bikers-in-south-dakota-are-unvaccinated-unmasked-and-coming-for-america?ref=home?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Aug 11, 2021, 06:00 AM (42 replies)

Senate Democrats seek to overhaul nursing home industry



TheHill.com
Senate Democrats seek to overhaul nursing home industry
By Nathaniel Weixel - 08/10/21 05:10 PM EDT


Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at bolstering nursing home staffing, transparency, accountability and oversight, after COVID-19 wreaked havoc on seniors in long-term care facilities.

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“Families must have faith that loved ones receiving long-term care or care after a hospital stay will be safe and receive good-quality care,” Wyden said in a statement.

“The pandemic, myriad reports of abuse, and critical failures during natural disasters have shattered that foundation of trust and safety. This legislation represents a big step towards nursing home care that is safer, higher quality, more accountable and more supportive of the workers who care for our most vulnerable."


Among other provisions, the legislation would end the practice of advance binding arbitration agreements, where nursing homes require families and residents to waive their rights to sue over disputes involving care, as a condition of admittance and residency.

The bill would also require nursing homes to meet minimum staffing standards to avoid quality problems. It would require a registered nurse to be available 24 hours a day instead of the current eight, and require nursing homes to hire a full-time infection control and prevention specialist.

The bill would provide temporary additional federal resources through Medicaid to increase wages and support the recruitment and retention of staff, as well as support improvements in resident care.

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https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/567238-senate-democrats-seek-to-overhaul-nursing-home-industry
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 05:32 PM (4 replies)

The Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act is an industry game-changer

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/567207-the-energy-sector-innovation-credit-act-is-an-industry-game


The Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act is an industry game-changer
By Jeremy Harrell and Quill Robinson, opinion contributors — 08/10/21 05:30 PM EDT


Now that the Senate has passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill — with critical programmatic direction and eagle-eyed investments in clean energy technologies research, development, and demonstrations (RD&D) — what’s next? Obviously House action, but policymakers should focus next on policies that bring these cutting-edge clean technologies to scale. Pulling these exciting demonstrations through to commercialization can create good-paying jobs, bolster American competitiveness and rapidly reduce emissions.

The best way to do that is to embolden the private sector with a true market signal. And with the bipartisan, now bicameral Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act (ESIC), Congress is poised to establish a really big one. ESIC was recently introduced by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) from the Senate Committee on Finance and Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) from the House Committee on Ways and Means, and it could be one of the most important climate policies ever.

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ESIC is so important because it creates a technologically inclusive system. Instead of one-off incentives that are becoming a stale way to incentivize the private sector — one incentive system that rewards technology able to prove success in the market is what we need. And unlike current tax credits, ESIC would not focus on an arbitrary date but instead, the competitiveness of the technology and its ability to generate and deliver power for the grid. In other words, the incentive is the most robust when a new technology needs it the most but automatically ramps down as the individual technology becomes market mature.

There are obvious challenges associated with financing new, more risky energy projects. The combination of tight power grid regulations, high market entry costs and low power prices in the United States work to discourage investment into even game-changing technologies. By providing a carrot, rather than yet another stick, ESIC is the game-changer we’ve been waiting for.

We know that there is no silver bullet solution to climate change, nor one single technology that will meet America’s energy resiliency needs. Addressing these dual challenges requires a diverse set of tools. ESIC is a smart, technology-neutral solution that will help bring breakthrough, emissions-reducing technologies to market. And did we mention it’s bipartisan?

With influential backers including powerful ranking members and noteworthy committee members, ESIC is poised for passage. We have an incredible opportunity to establish the next generation of clean energy tax incentives and equip our energy industry with the tools needed to meet our ambitious climate goals. Congress must follow this legislation’s sponsors’ leads and send this bill to President Biden’s desk.


Jeremy Harrell is the managing director of policy at ClearPath Action. Quill Robinson is the vice president of government affairs at the American Conservation Coalition (ACC).
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 05:26 PM (0 replies)

Florida Forced To Request Hundreds Of Ventilators From Federal Stockpile...



Florida Forced To Request Hundreds Of Ventilators From Federal Stockpile As Delta Variant Rages Unchecked
BY Steph Bazzle August 10, 2021


COVID-19 is still hitting the U.S. hard, with the Delta variant being described as “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” In Florida, actions taken to limit precautions are being linked to an undesirable outcome: increasing hospitalizations, and in particular, a rise in pediatric cases.

Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is fighting against the right of school districts to enforce mask mandates for their students. He’s dismissed the boom in cases as “COVID season,” despite also acknowledging that he didn’t expect so many hospitalizations, and suggested that Floridians protect themselves by getting vaccinated, even as he pushed back with a ban on mask mandates.

Of course, the most glaringly obvious problem with this is that the young children who are currently being admitted to hospitals and ICUs can’t be vaccinated yet.

Now, the state has been forced to request additional ventilators from a Federal stockpile for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. According to Local10, Florida has requested 300 ventilators “to replace expended state stores.” Meanwhile, while the state disputes CDC counts of over 20k new cases per day in the state, they aren’t disputing it by much. The Florida Department of Health places the current average count at 18,795 cases per day.

https://twitter.com/HealthyFla/status/1424918312748822547

https://hillreporter.com/florida-forced-to-request-hundreds-of-ventilators-from-federal-stockpile-as-delta-variant-rages-unchecked-109214

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 11:19 AM (4 replies)

Senate passes $1T bipartisan infrastructure bill in major victory for Biden


Senate passes $1T bipartisan infrastructure bill in major victory for Biden
By Jordain Carney - 08/10/21 11:40 AM EDT


The Senate on Tuesday passed a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, a significant win for President Biden and the first step on his top legislative priority.

The bill is now heading to the House, where it faces an uncertain future and skepticism from progressives. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has vowed she won’t take it up until the Senate passes the second part of its infrastructure two step, a sweeping $3.5 trillion spending package that includes Democrats’ top priorities.

But the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan measure on Tuesday gives a victory for Biden and the centrist-minded group that led the legislation, and placed big bets and months of time on the ability to get a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, one of Washington’s long-running legislative white whales.

The bipartisan deal includes roughly $550 bill in new funding, making it substantially smaller than the $2.6 trillion proposed by Biden earlier this year.

It includes money for new investments for infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, broadband, water and rail. According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, the bill would add $256 billion to the deficit, though negotiators argue that “hard” infrastructure projects pay for themselves over time and that CBO didn’t give them full credit for their work.


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https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/567125-senate-passes-1t-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-in-major-victory-for-biden
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 10:50 AM (3 replies)

One America News and Newsmax Are Being Sued for Pushing Election Conspiracy Theories


One America News and Newsmax Are Being Sued for Pushing Election Conspiracy Theories

By News and Guts


The Big Lie might cost One America News and Newsmax big bucks.

On Tuesday, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against the fledging right-wing networks, accusing them of pushing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. OAN and Newsmax have suggested, without evidence, that Dominion rigged voting machines to steal the election from Donald Trump.

The lawsuit against OAN lists two of the networks’ personalities – Chanel Rion and Christina Bobb – as defendants, accusing them of spreading false claims about Dominion. The network “deputized” Rion “as an in-house spokesperson for all Dominion-related content,” according to the lawsuit. In one segment, she called a Dominion executive an “Antifa-drenched engineer hell-bent on deleting half of America’s votes.”

OAN also broadcast “Absolute Proof,” a ‘docu-movie’ produced by conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell alleging (but not proving) widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

After being warned of the lawsuit, OAN scrubbed many of the most incendiary content about Dominion from their website. They’ve threatened to countersue the voting hardware and software company.

Then there’s the suit against Newsmax.

“Newsmax helped create and cultivate an alternate reality where up is down, pigs have wings, and Dominion engaged in a colossal fraud to steal the presidency from Donald Trump by rigging the vote,” the suit against Newsmax says.

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https://www.newsandguts.com/one-america-news-and-newsmax-are-being-sued-for-pushing-election-conspiracy-theories/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 10:37 AM (5 replies)

The New Pro-Abortion Generation

The New Pro-Abortion Generation
As Roe v. Wade faces its greatest challenge yet, young people are taking the reins to protect abortion access.
by Amelia Pollard
August 5, 2021
This article appears in the July/August 2021 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.


Every day at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, resembles trench warfare. Painted like a shade of bubble gum, the center has affectionately earned the nickname the “Pink House.” But its modern windows and copper roof are shielded from the street. Black plastic tarps and panels guard patients’ privacy by keeping the protesters out of eyesight.

Around a dozen anti-abortion protesters often show up with bullhorns and picket signs, while volunteers for the Pinkhouse Defenders, a nonprofit organization, thwart hecklers by blasting music and escorting patients from their cars to the clinic’s waiting room. In the last several months, volunteers have embraced TikTok as their weapon of choice, filming protesters and posting the videos on social media.

Sunna Savani, a second-year medical student at the University of Mississippi and a volunteer with the Pinkhouse Defenders, says Saturdays at the clinic are hectic. “They have street church with over 100 people, a mini-service blocking the roads,” she says, referring to worship services held in front of the abortion clinic. Savani is among the escorts who volunteer their time with the Defenders, 25 percent of whom are under the age of 30.

Abortions are as old as pregnancy itself. But abortion activism, especially in the United States, has entered a new era, with young people leading the charge against pro-life activists who have long made obtaining an abortion excruciatingly uncomfortable. (The trend to label the movement as “pro-abortion” rather than the more anodyne “pro-choice” typifies the blunt posture of today’s advocates.) And while there are still in-the-street protests, pro-abortion advocacy has felt more urgent and inclusive in recent years, primarily focusing on grassroots organizing.

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https://prospect.org/justice/the-new-pro-abortion-generation/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 09:40 AM (3 replies)

Hollywood's Uprising of Activism


Hollywood’s Uprising of Activism
While conventional wisdom suggests that the arts have been depoliticized relative to the 1960s, there’s been a surge of celebrity engagement since the Trump years.
by Danny Goldberg
August 6, 2021
This article appears in the July/August 2021 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.


Regardless of what the recently convened House select committee ends up conveying to the public about January 6th, Hollywood is already on it. Last year, Billy Ray wrote and directed The Comey Rule, a two-episode miniseries based on the former FBI director’s memoir that featured the first full dramatization of Donald Trump as president, in a memorable portrayal by Brendan Gleeson. The day after the insurrection, Ray approached Showtime with an idea for a film about Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump protester who had been killed after invading the Capitol.

Showtime and Ray decided to widen the focus, and the currently untitled “Jan 6th series” will consist of six one-hour episodes about the insurrection. Shooting begins in January, and it will be broadcast before the midterm elections.
The main characters will be three to four insurrectionists, three to four cops. and one member of Congress (no casting yet).

Ray, whose credits include the screenplay of The Hunger Games, told me, “It’s the obligation of people who can get things made to make things that reflect America back to itself, that paint an accurate portrait of where we are as a country.”

In an era when conventional news media reach a fraction of America’s voting population, alternative populist messengers play an outsized role in shaping public opinion. Right-wing propagandists have a pipeline into most of the talk radio audience, and Trumpists like Ben Shapiro and Franklin Graham dominate the daily list of top ten Facebook posts. The left still dominates in show business. Although there are a few Trumpist entertainers like Kid Rock, most artists are progressive, and the singers, writers, actors, producers, and directors who became part of the resistance to Trump have stayed engaged in America’s political conversation. That is upending a familiar trope in recent decades, asserting that art has become depoliticized relative to the activism of the past.

Baby boomers like to romanticize the role of popular music in the movement against the Vietnam War. As Jimmy Iovine observes in the Apple miniseries 1971, The Year That Music Changed Everything, songs like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” served as a “Trojan horse” in which anti-war ideas were delivered by addictive melodies and rhythms. And it’s true that many artists spoke out on civil rights, Vietnam, and other hot-button issues. Yet even in that storied era, activist artists like Gaye, John Lennon, and Eartha Kitt were the exception. In the Trump era, they were the rule.

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https://prospect.org/culture/hollywood%E2%80%99s-uprising-of-activism/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 09:38 AM (0 replies)

The New Pro-Abortion Generation


The New Pro-Abortion Generation
As Roe v. Wade faces its greatest challenge yet, young people are taking the reins to protect abortion access.
by Amelia Pollard
August 5, 2021
This article appears in the July/August 2021 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.


Every day at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, resembles trench warfare. Painted like a shade of bubble gum, the center has affectionately earned the nickname the “Pink House.” But its modern windows and copper roof are shielded from the street. Black plastic tarps and panels guard patients’ privacy by keeping the protesters out of eyesight.

Around a dozen anti-abortion protesters often show up with bullhorns and picket signs, while volunteers for the Pinkhouse Defenders, a nonprofit organization, thwart hecklers by blasting music and escorting patients from their cars to the clinic’s waiting room. In the last several months, volunteers have embraced TikTok as their weapon of choice, filming protesters and posting the videos on social media.

Sunna Savani, a second-year medical student at the University of Mississippi and a volunteer with the Pinkhouse Defenders, says Saturdays at the clinic are hectic. “They have street church with over 100 people, a mini-service blocking the roads,” she says, referring to worship services held in front of the abortion clinic. Savani is among the escorts who volunteer their time with the Defenders, 25 percent of whom are under the age of 30.

Abortions are as old as pregnancy itself. But abortion activism, especially in the United States, has entered a new era, with young people leading the charge against pro-life activists who have long made obtaining an abortion excruciatingly uncomfortable. (The trend to label the movement as “pro-abortion” rather than the more anodyne “pro-choice” typifies the blunt posture of today’s advocates.) And while there are still in-the-street protests, pro-abortion advocacy has felt more urgent and inclusive in recent years, primarily focusing on grassroots organizing.

more...

https://prospect.org/justice/the-new-pro-abortion-generation/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 09:06 AM (9 replies)
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