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Thursday News: "Don't count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases pass 5m"; "Lockdown Delays Cost




https://twitter.com/bluevirginia/status/1263426812941647872?s=20



Thursday News: “Don’t count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases pass 5m”; “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives”; “Trump’s economy is a disaster”; “Record Numbers Vote Absentee In Virginia’s Local Elections”

https://bluevirginia.us/2020/05/thursday-news-dont-count-on-vaccine-us-scientist-warns-as-cases-pass-5m-lockdown-delays-cost-at-least-36000-lives-trumps-economy-is-a-disaster-record-numbers-absentee-virginia
By lowkell -
May 21, 2020 1

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 21. clickable inks at cite}

Global report: don’t count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases pass 5m (“Brazil reports nearly 20,000 infections in one day; Trump says he’ll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in two days; Lufthansa in rescue talks”)

Brazil Is The New Epicenter Of The Global Coronavirus Pandemic (“Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s denial and incompetence have led to a predictable surge in cases.” Trump’s doppelganger – extreme, incompetent, ignorant, etc.)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Plunge in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic (“A new study finds that carbon dioxide emissions fell as much as 17 percent, but the annual 5 percent projected for this year won’t have a long-term climate effect.” But it does tend to indicate what we *could* do if we got serious.)

Deaths from coronavirus top 1,000 among Veterans Affairs patients +30 VA employees




Deaths from coronavirus top 1,000 among Veterans Affairs patients



https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/05/18/deaths-from-coronavirus-top-1000-among-veterans-affairs-patients/?utm_source=clavis



Leo Shane III 2 days ago

https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/gYz2Z6rzOMW765tpkNu8HLTrXdI=/1200x0/filters:quality(100)/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/mco/DFCV3TBD5VEXDIITGTSTGGBQAA.jpg
Robert Salerno, funeral director with McLaughlin & Sons funeral home in Brooklyn, wears a mask as he reviews a gravesite shortly after a burial without family present because of coronavirus restrictions on May 13, 2020, at Holy Cross Cemetery in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

The number of Veterans Affairs patients who have died from coronavirus complications rose to more than 1,000 this weekend, even as the number of active cases of the illness within the department’s medical system continued to decline.

As of Monday morning, department officials had counted at least 1,012 patient fatalities from the fast-spreading illness. Along with veterans in VA medical care, that total includes some active-military personnel and other community members being cared for by VA hospitals.

It does not include 30 VA employees who have died from the illness.

More than 12,000 VA patients have contracted the COVID-19 virus since early March. That total has increased almost 11 percent in the last week alone.......................

CRUEL #Trump Screws National Guard #coronaVirus Workers Out Of GI Bill Credit

one thing not mentioned is that these Nat. Guard folks will have been separated from their families as they put in their service.



5/20/20 4:04am

Trump Screws National Guard Virus Workers Out Of GI Bill Credit
With the knowledge that 90 days of service means the government would have to credit the National Guard's service, Trump is fine with terminating.


https://crooksandliars.com/2020/05/eye-2024-mike-pompeo-holds-elaborate

About the time you think there's no low too low, Trump finds a newer low. It's not enough to fire the State Department IG because Pompeo is a corrupt SOB, but he's also fired the transportation IG for looking into Mrs. Mitch McConnell's malfeasance and corruption. Yes, those things happened, but it wasn't enough.

You may recall that Donald Trump called out the National Guard to help with the virus response in areas that needed it. And now, it is time for their duty to end, and just in the nick of time, as Politico reports.

More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a “hard stop” on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official.

The official outlined the Trump administration’s plans on an interagency call on May 12, an audio version of which was obtained by POLITICO. The official also acknowledged during the call that the June 24 deadline means that thousands of members who first deployed in late March will find themselves with only 89 days of duty credit, one short of the 90-day threshold for qualifying for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill.

You read that right. The Trump administration has coldly calculated when those National Guard members who deployed to help our nation through a pandemic would accrue benefits, and cut them off with 24 hours to spare.

Rachel Maddow explains how they got to this place:....................................

What a sick, petty, piece of shit we have for a president.

Ford Motor Co. Changes Mind, Won't Insist Trump Wear Mask During Visit [UPDATE]

Source: huff post



05/19/2020 03:30 pm ET Updated 43 minutes ago

Previously, a Ford spokesperson said company policy requires that “everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”


UPDATE: 4:53 p.m. ET ― Officials for Ford Motor Co. have backpedaled on a decree that President Donald Trump wear a mask when he visits a plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.

A company spokeswoman told the outlet Ford would defer to the White House’s own policies on mask-wearing.

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The president is scheduled to visit the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, even though the visit technically violates an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that prohibits “nonessential” plant tours.

However, the governor’s office has signaled it will not stand in the way of the visit, Whitmer spokesman Zack Pohl told Crain’s Detroit...........................

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-mask-ford-company-visit_n_5ec422d6c5b6c7b4290046fc?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067







https://twitter.com/HuffPost/status/1262856710047387649?s=20

https://twitter.com/HuffPost/status/1262840831406477323?s=20

Trump just retweeted @HoarseWisperer




https://twitter.com/secupp/status/1262591199476699136?s=20

Trump to pull National Guard off COVID-19 duties one day before their benefits would kick in: report



each day I think I can not get sick with Trump at the helm. then things like this happen.




Trump to pull National Guard off COVID-19 duties one day before their benefits would kick in: report
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/trump-to-pull-national-guard-off-covid-19-duties-one-day-before-their-benefits-would-kick-in-report/



Published 1 min ago on May 19, 2020


According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump’s administration is recalling National Guard members assisting in states with coronavirus pandemic efforts just before many become eligible for extra benefits from the federal government.

The report states the guardsmen face a “hard stop … just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official.”
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In a May 12 call obtained by Politico, “The official also acknowledged during the call that the June 24 deadline means that thousands of members who first deployed in late March will find themselves with only 89 days of duty credit, one short of the 90-day threshold for qualifying for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill.”
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The official also acknowledged that the order will require a “delicate messaging strategy,” in order to quell complaints.......................


'Steamrolled' Republicans fuming after Trump leaves them in the dark over IG firing: 'We deserve an

Source: raw story





‘Steamrolled’ Republicans fuming after Trump leaves them in the dark over IG firing: ‘We deserve an explanation’

Published 1 min ago on May 19, 2020

According to a report from Politico, Republican lawmakers have been left in an awkward position by Donald Trump after he fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick — and provided them no talking points or explanation to defend his decision.

The report notes, “Senate Republicans find themselves in a familiar place: steamrolled by President Donald Trump’s purge of government watchdogs and offering little indication of how they plan to stop him,” before adding, that the president has failed to offer “a clear explanation for his decision, as required by law.”


“The president has defied Senate Republicans without hesitation, continuing to fire and reassign inspectors general whom he feels are insufficiently loyal to him without engendering blowback from his party. It’s a dynamic that reflects both Trump’s hold on the GOP and the limits of Congress’ broader ability to rein in a president,” Politico reports.
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In the meantime, GOP lawmakers say they are waiting for a response from the president to letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asking for an explanation, but that hasn’t stopped them from expressing their frustration when speaking with reporters..........................

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/steamrolled-republicans-fuming-after-trump-leaves-them-in-the-dark-over-ig-firing-we-deserve-an-explanation/



ha ha. GOP whining about not having talking points. te he.
Here is your talking point for you!



Mike Pompeo refuses to say why he urged Trump to fire State Department IG, but denies it was because of investigations


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/pompeo-refuses-to-say-why-he-urged-trump-to-fire-state-department-ig.html
Updated Mon, May 18 20206:10 PM EDT

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ranking member, have demanded that the Trump administration hand over all records related to Linick’s firing by Friday.

In a statement over the weekend, Engel and Menendez said that they understood Pompeo recommended Linick be fired “because the Inspector General had opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Secretary Pompeo himself.”

...........NBC and other outlets reported Monday that Linick was also nearly done with another probe, this one dealing with Pompeo’s approval of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

The Trump administration had issued an emergency declaration to push the deal through without requiring congressional approval. Resolutions to block the deal passed the Democrat-led House, but were vetoed by Trump. A Senate attempt to override the veto failed.

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Engel in a statement Monday told CNBC: “I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick’s firing. His office was investigating — at my request — Trump’s phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia.”


“We don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr. Linick pushed out before this work could be completed,” Engel said................

Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., had requested -- Trump's phony declaration of an emergency so he could send wea




Mike Pompeo refuses to say why he urged Trump to fire State Department IG, but denies it was because of investigations

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/pompeo-refuses-to-say-why-he-urged-trump-to-fire-state-department-ig.html
Updated Mon, May 18 20206:10 PM EDT

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., t
he Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ranking member, have demanded that the Trump administration hand over all records related to Linick’s firing by Friday.

In a statement over the weekend, Engel and Menendez said that they understood Pompeo recommended Linick be fired “because the Inspector General had opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Secretary Pompeo himself.”


...........NBC and other outlets reported Monday that Linick was also nearly done with another probe, this one dealing with Pompeo’s approval of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

The Trump administration had issued an emergency declaration to push the deal through without requiring congressional approval. Resolutions to block the deal passed the Democrat-led House, but were vetoed by Trump. A Senate attempt to override the veto failed.

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Engel in a statement Monday told CNBC: “I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick’s firing. His office was investigating — at my request — Trump’s phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia.”


“We don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr. Linick pushed out before this work could be completed,” Engel said................

Trump on Pompeo: I'd rather have him working than doing dishes 'because maybe his wife isn't there'

Source: TPM



By John Bowden - 05/18/20 06:11 PM EDT


President Trump responded Monday to criticism of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recommendation that Trump fire a State Department inspector general (IG) who was investigating Pompeo for misuse of government resources, telling reporters he would rather Pompeo assign government workers to wash his dishes or perform other tasks in order to free up time.

Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump defended Pompeo as a "high-quality person" and a "brilliant guy," while suggesting that the nation's top diplomat had assigned government employees to perform household tasks because his wife or children were not around.

"[N]ow I have you telling me about dog walking, washing dishes and you know what, I’d rather have him on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t...you know," Trump said.

Linick was overseeing an active investigation into whether or not Pompeo misused a political appointee at the State Department to run errands for both the secretary and his wife, as well as a separate probe into whether Trump illegally issued an emergency declaration in May 2019 to move ahead on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional authorization...................................

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/foreign-affairs-dem-points-to-saudi-arms-sale-as-possible-reason-for-igs-ouster



Trump has, in the past, made a similar comment but I forget when. At least I think it was him.



Trump on Pompeo: I'd rather have him working than doing dishes "because maybe his wife isn't there"

http://hill.cm/POdetNn

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1262546532898942978?s=20


https://twitter.com/Bleachontheroc1/status/1262547090384748544?s=20


https://twitter.com/Countryb4P/status/1262550587654184961?s=20



Guns N' Roses Mock Trump with "Live N' Let Die With COVID 45" T-Shirt The charitable apparel pokes

GLAD to see this a charitable cause.



Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump with “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45” T-Shirt
The charitable apparel pokes fun at the president's recent mask factory incident


Spencer Kaufman on May 13, 2020, 11:47pm



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Last week, President Trump toured a factory in Arizona that was manufacturing essential N-95 face masks while not wearing a mask himself. That was glaring enough, but the fact that Guns N’ Roses’ cover of “Live and Let Die” was blaring over the factory’s loudspeakers at the same time took the irony to a whole ’nother level.

Now, a week later, Guns N’ Roses are commemorating the incident (and mocking Trump) by selling the aforementioned “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45” t-shirt for $25 each. Better yet, 100-percent of the net proceeds are going to MusiCares, which has set up a COVID-19 relief fund to help workers in the music industry who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Of course, the “45” in “COVID 45” refers to Trump’s political nickname as the 45th President of the United States. The Commander in Chief is not the only member of the White House to face the wrath of Guns N’ Roses lately. Axl Rose recently called Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin an “asshole” for stating, “This is a great time for people to explore America.” Mnuchin even responded, resulting in a further takedown from the GN’R singer....
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Guns N Roses T-shirt mocks Trump
President Trump (via YouTube), Guns N' Roses T-shirt (via GNRMerch.com)
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