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Graham shoots down Trump's call for Obama testimony on Russia probe origins

Source: Politico

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday brushed back President Donald Trump’s pleas for the Judiciary Committee chairman to haul in former President Barack Obama for testimony about the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Just moments after Trump appealed directly to the South Carolina Republican on Twitter, Graham reiterated that he does not intend to call Obama before his committee — and he warned of the precedent such an action would set.

“I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that’s even possible. I have grave concerns about the role of executive privilege and all kinds of issues,” Graham said in a brief interview. “I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for. Just be careful what you wish for.”

In recent days, Trump has mounted an aggressive campaign against his predecessor, accusing Obama of illegally targeting his associates during his final months in the White House. Trump has not cited evidence that Obama engaged in criminal wrongdoing, even as he continues to amplify the issue on his Twitter feed, dubbing it “Obamagate,” and accusing the former president of committing the “biggest political crime in American history.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/lindsey-graham-obama-testimony-russia-258170
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Thu May 14, 2020, 04:43 PM (25 replies)

Whistleblower Rick Bright's complaint shows high likelihood of 'wrongdoing,' watchdog says

Source: CNBC

A government watchdog has preliminarily found a “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” in the removal of a vaccine specialist from a federal agency overseeing coronavirus response efforts, according to a document released Thursday.

The finding from the Office of the Special Counsel was revealed as Rick Bright, who has filed a whistleblower complaint, was set to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health about the circumstances of his unwilling transfer to another health agency.

Bright has claimed he was removed as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority after resisting efforts to increase access to an anti-malarial drug promoted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for Covid-19.

In his complaint, Bright alleged that employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response “engaged in conduct that may constitute violations of law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety; and censorship related to scientific research,” OSC noted in a letter to Bright released Thursday.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/14/coronavirus-rick-bright-testifies-as-trump-criticizes-him.html
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Thu May 14, 2020, 10:48 AM (8 replies)

Coronavirus test touted by Trump produces many false negatives: study

Source: AFP/Yahoo

Washington (AFP) - A rapid coronavirus test touted by President Donald Trump and used to test White House officials produces false negatives in almost half of all cases, according to new study by researchers at NYU Langone Health.

The test by Abbott Laboratories, which returns positive results in five minutes and negative in 13 minutes, was compared with machines that have a turnaround time of 45 minutes.

The researchers found that the Abbott test produced false negatives about a third of the time when virus sample taken using a nasal swab was transported in liquid solution, and 48 percent of the time when the swab was dry, which is the method recommended by the company.

The results of the study -- which has not yet been peer reviewed and was posted on a medical preprint site -- were contested by Abbott, which told AFP it was unclear that the samples were taken correctly.

Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-test-touted-trump-produces-many-false-negatives-211359658.html
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Wed May 13, 2020, 08:17 PM (9 replies)

GOP Senator John Cornyn Encourages People To Sign Up For Obamacare After Fighting To Repeal It

WASHINGTON ― After voting more than a dozen times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and leading Senate Republican efforts to dismantle it, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday that the “good news” is that people can sign up for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law if they’ve lost their jobs and need health insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The good news is that if you lose your employer-provided coverage, which covers about a 180 million Americans, that is a significant life event, which makes you then eligible to sign up for the Affordable Care Act,” Cornyn said in a PBS Austin interview. “As you know, it has a sliding scale of subsidies up to 400% of poverty. So that’s an option for people.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/john-cornyn-affordable-care-act-repeal_n_5eb99535c5b65e6c9a4d98d0
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Wed May 13, 2020, 02:41 PM (7 replies)

Fox News Extends Its Own Work-From-Home Directive, Despite Hosts' On-Air Messaging

The cognitive dissonance continues at America’s most-watched news operation.

Some Fox News hosts "are echoing President Trump’s call to 'reopen the country' and urging people to get back to work in the face of the coronavirus threat. But Fox’s offices won’t be opening anytime soon.”

So reports Brian Stelter of Fox rival CNN Business, citing a memo on Friday from John Nallen, Fox Corp’s COO, that extended the company’s work-from-home directive until June 15.

Whether that date holds or not, any reopening would happen in phases, according to the memo. But one Fox source told Stelter that it wouldn’t be surprising if it were extended out further, perhaps until late summer.

“While some [Fox] hosts have expressed caution and emphasized the need for safety, others have been gung-ho about getting back to normal, even while broadcasting from their homes or other socially-distant locations,” Stelter writes. It’s understandable that people “want a way out of this [stay-at-home scenario] ASAP,” and “different approaches are probably appropriate in different places,” he adds, “but it's strange to see Fox stars hosting from home, albeit in hard-hit areas like New York, telling viewers that it's time to get back out.”

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/351288/fox-news-extends-its-own-work-from-home-directive.html
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Wed May 13, 2020, 12:18 PM (1 replies)

Team Trump Pushes CDC to Revise Down Its COVID Death Counts

Source: Daily Beast

President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force are pushing officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change how the agency works with states to count coronavirus-related deaths. And they’re pushing for revisions that could lead to far fewer deaths being counted than originally reported, according to five administration officials working on the government’s response to the pandemic

Though he has previously publicly attested to the accuracy of the COVID-19 death count, the president in recent weeks has privately raised suspicion about the number of fatalities in the United States, which recently eclipsed 80,000 recorded deaths. In talks with top officials, Trump has suggested that those numbers could have been incorrectly tallied or even inflated by current methodology, two individuals with knowledge of those private comments said.

The White House has pressed the CDC, in particular, to work with states to change how they count coronavirus deaths and report them back to the federal government, according to two officials with knowledge of those conversations. And Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the administration’s coronavirus task force, has urged CDC officials to exclude from coronavirus death count reporting some of those individuals who either do not have confirmed lab results and are presumed positive or who have the virus and may not have died as a direct result of it, according to three senior administration officials.


Officials inside the CDC, five of whom spoke to The Daily Beast, said they are pushing back against that request, claiming it could falsely skew the mortality rate at a time when state and local governments are already struggling to ensure that every person who dies as a result of the coronavirus is counted. Scientists and doctors working with the task force, including Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have said the U.S. death toll count is likely higher than is being reflected in government data sets. And several local officials in hot spot areas said they’ve seen hundreds if not thousands more deaths over the last two months than in the same time period over the last several years. They presume many of those individuals contracted the coronavirus.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-pushes-cdc-to-dial-down-covid-death-counts?ref=home
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Wed May 13, 2020, 08:27 AM (18 replies)

Michigan anti-lockdown protesters spread the coronavirus to rural areas where they live



Some protesters who descended on the Michigan state capitol to demand the state reopen the economy in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have spread infections in rural areas where they live, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Vice President Mike Pence in a recorded phone conversation obtained by ABC News.

Whitmer, a Democrat, asked Pence to discourage the demonstrations after the state’s data suggested the protesters brought COVID-19 back to their rural communities.

“We have seen from initial protests here is that we’ve got COVID-19 spreading in rural parts of our state, from which people traveled,” Whitmer reportedly told Pence.

Whitmer added that the alarming trend could derail the state’s plans to begin reopening.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/gov-whitmer-tells-mike-pence-in-leaked-call-that-michigan-anti-lockdown-protesters-spread-covid-19-to-rural-areas/
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Tue May 12, 2020, 08:33 PM (25 replies)

For an alternate viewpoint, we're joined by a random right-wing nutjob...

Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Tue May 12, 2020, 08:04 PM (1 replies)

As the pandemic rages and 81k Americans die, Trump accuses Joe Scarborough of murder 19 years ago

President Donald Trump accused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of murder — and urged authorities to open a cold case investigation.

Trump has lobbed allegations against the “Morning Joe” host, a former friend turned daily critic, related to the death of one of his congressional staffers in 2001, including as recently as last week.

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An autopsy showed that Lori Klausutis, who worked in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach congressional office, collapsed due to an undiagnosed heart condition and suffered a fatal blow to the head as she fell.

Scarborough reacted to the president’s tweet moments later on the air, asking Trump — a regular viewer of the show he claims to hate — to turn off the television and get to work on the coronavirus.

“Why don’t you stop tweeting?” Scarborough said. “Why don’t you turn off the television, and why don’t you start working, okay? You do your job, we’ll do ours. America will be much better off for that. Just go, turn off the TV, Donald.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/trump-smears-joe-scarborough-and-calls-for-cold-case-investigation-did-he-get-away-with-murder-some-people-think-so/
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Tue May 12, 2020, 07:29 AM (17 replies)

Unreleased White House report shows coronavirus rates spiking in heartland communities

Source: NBC News

Trump's claim that cases are falling everywhere is contradicted by his own task force's report, obtained by NBC News, showing the virus spreading far from the coasts.

Coronavirus infection rates are spiking to new highs in several metropolitan areas and smaller communities across the country, according to undisclosed data the White House's pandemic task force is using to track rates of infection, which was obtained by NBC News.

The data in a May 7 coronavirus task force report are at odds with President Donald Trump's declaration Monday that "all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly."

The 10 top areas recorded surges of 72.4 percent or greater over a seven-day period compared to the previous week, according to a set of tables produced for the task force by its data and analytics unit. They include Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; and — atop the list, with a 650 percent increase — Central City, Kentucky.

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The spiking infection rates suggest that the pandemic is spreading quickly outside major coastal population centers that were early hot spots, while governors of some of the states that are home to new hot spots are following Trump's advice to relax stay-at-home restrictions.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/unreleased-white-house-report-shows-coronavirus-rates-spiking-heartland-communities-n1204751
Posted by SouthernCal_Dem | Mon May 11, 2020, 09:04 PM (29 replies)
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