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Breaking Health officials advise masks, Trump won't wear one


Breaking Health officials advise masks, Trump won't wear one


President Donald Trump has announced the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that Americans use non-medical, cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus.

"From recent studies we know that the transmission from individuals without symptoms is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus than previously understood," Mr Trump said.

"With the masks, it's going to really be a voluntary thing," he emphasised. "It's voluntary, you do not have to do it. I don't think I'm going to be doing it."

He notes the CDC is not recommending the use of medical-grade masks, as those should go to health care workers.


Sean Hannity threatens to sue media outlets for criticizing Fox News' coronavirus coverage

So, Hannity is making this all about how folks hate Trump--and therefore the country.
I wish could throw rotten
eggs at him.

Sean Hannity threatens to sue media outlets for criticizing Fox News’ coronavirus coverage


Published 11 hours ago on April 3, 2020



“What they are doing is repulsive,” Hannity claimed. “It is ugly. It hurts the country. It shouldn’t surprise us, because they have hated Trump every second, minute, hour of every 24 hour day for over three years. They represent the media wing of the Democratic Party: nothing more, nothing less.”

Hannity opened the segment by falsely claiming that a “media mob” was “looking for ways, oh, to bludgeon President [Donald] Trump politically” while covering the global pandemic. The Fox News host alleged that the so-called “mob” had misrepresented his coverage of the crisis and pointed to a timeline of his work on his website “so they can’t plead ignorance when I think about suing them.” (Salon was one of the outlets mentioned in the aforementioned post.)

During his Wednesday broadcast, Hannity pointed to editorials published by mainstream media outlets, which he alleged had hurt the country. He called out a Feb. 5 op-ed op-ed in The Washington Post that criticized Trump’s China travel ban as ineffective and racially charged by Rosie Spinks, as well as a Feb. 26 column The New York Times in which Gail Collins advocated for calling COVID-19 the “Trumpvirus.” Hannity also attacked opinion pieces by The Post’s Erik Wemple (whom he repeatedly insulted as “Pimple”) that called for the Fox News host to be fired and praised CNN and MSNBC for refusing to carry Trump’s full press briefings on the pandemic......................................................



Here's Jared Kushner going for the world record of most meaningless corporate buzzwords used in a si


Aaron Rupar
Here's Jared Kushner going for the world record of most meaningless corporate buzzwords used in a single one-minute video clip


"Captain Crozier!" The applause the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt receives as he departs

I have a lump in my throat.

“Captain Crozier!“

The applause the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt receives as he departs after being relieved of his command says it all.

Captain Crozier is a patriot, hero and leader. His sailors know it & the American people know it.


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The sailors know their Captain did right by them
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A Navy SEAL who murdered Afghan children was pardoned by Trump and allowed to retire with his trident pin.

A Navy aircraft carrier commander who did everything in his power to protect the 4000 sailors under his command has been relieved of duty.
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Navy veterans aren't going to like this. We're talking trust and loyalty.
Shanna Grey
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This video brought me to tears #StandWithCaptainCrozier


Residents staying home during coronavirus crisis are spring cleaning -- too much, trash haulers say

I actually thought of stopping by GoodWill this weekend--looking for a used bird feeder. But now know they are closed.

Residents staying home during coronavirus crisis are spring cleaning — too much, trash haulers say


By Bob Shaw | bshaw@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2020 at 10:36 a.m. | UPDATED: April 2, 2020 at 3:30 a.m.

A curious side-effect of coronavirus has emerged: the urge to purge.

Trash haulers are groaning under the weight of extra garbage and household junk being discarded.

Their customers — forced to stay at home under the shelter in place directive — are apparently using the time to clean out attics, basements and garages.

“It’s a way for people to stay busy. You can only go out for a walk so much,” said Julie Ketchum, spokeswoman for Waste Management, which has customers across the metro area. “But we can’t let that overwhelm our system.”


The garbage glut has been made worse by the closure of donation centers including Goodwill Industries.

The other big outlet for junk — garage sales — faces an uncertain fate this spring. The Lions Club Garage Sale in Woodbury, the largest such event in the state, has postponed the May event until September.

With no place to donate unwanted stuff, residents pitch it into the trash.

On some streets in the Twin Cities area this week, the fallout from coronavirus was unmistakable: overflowing garbage cans flanked by bags of old toys, boxes of outdated clothes and bins of books and tools.


Sen. Harris on Trump's coronavirus response: 'This guy doesn't understand his job'

Oh, Kamala is so so so good!!

Sen. Harris on Trump’s coronavirus response: ‘This guy doesn’t understand his job’


Sen. Kamala Harris tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Trump saying the federal government is a backup to the states is “another expression of ignorance” and shows he’s more focused on himself, leaving local and state leaders to carry the “brunt of the responsibility for helping the American people where there has been a vacuum of leadership from this White House.” April 2, 2020


There is some evidence that California is bending the curve


Sen. Harris: ‘I’m very proud of what our California leaders have done’

Sen. Kamala Harris tells Lawrence O’Donnell that California leaders sounding the alarm and taking early, aggressive action have helped to slow the spread of coronavirus in her state: “The focus has been on what this is, which is a public health crisis … so what I’ve seen California leaders do is address it then and focus on what we need to do to get resources to our hospitals” while Trump refused to take action.April 2, 2020

Calif. cases growing slower than other large states

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide mandatory stay-at-home restrictions in the U.S. in March, and he had a bit of good news on Thursday.April 3, 2020




Trump Replaced White House Pandemic-Response Team With Jared Kushner

What a prick.

2:07 P.M.

Trump Replaced White House Pandemic-Response Team With Jared Kushner

By Jonathan Chait
Jared Kushner Photo: Evan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images

At his coronavirus press briefing yesterday, Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked President Trump about his 2018 decision to eliminate the National Security Council’s pandemic-response office. Trump lashed out, “You know that’s a false story, what you just said is a false story … You shouldn’t be repeating a story you know is false,” accusing Roberts of “working for CNN.” (The charge of committing legitimate journalism is the most serious Trump could think to hurl at a Fox News employee.)

The story is not false. Trump did eliminate the job of coordinating a national pandemic response. And the strongest evidence of the damage he did is that this job is now being performed by Jared Kushner.

In May 2018, the top White House official who was focused on pandemic response departed the White House. “The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded,” reported the Washington Post at the time. Trump and his allies — including then-NSC director John Bolton, who undertook the ill-fated move — have since tried to muddy the waters about these moves, emphasizing the fact that they merely reorganized the National Security Council rather than bluntly firing everybody involved in pandemic response.

It is true that they kept some global-health officials onboard. But one purpose of the reorganization was to deemphasize pandemic response in favor of other priorities. Nobody bothered to deny this at the time. “In a world of limited resources, you have to pick and choose,” an administration official explained to the Post in its 2018 story. “We lost a little bit of the leadership, but the expertise remains.” The pandemic-response office was created in order to give the issue high-level attention. Trump’s team downgraded the office because they thought it needed less attention. In a world of limited resources, you have to pick and choose, and they chose issues other than pandemic response..........................

The second major role of the pandemic-response coordinator was to have the ability to bring together multiple departments. This is not a criticism available only with the benefit of hindsight. The need was apparent at the time Trump downgraded the department. “Health security is very fragmented, with many different agencies,” J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice-president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Post in its 2018 story. “It means coordination and direction from the White House is terribly important.”

The void left by that absence is being filled by Kushner. As head of an ad hoc task force, Kushner is “working alongside government officials from FEMA, HHS, and USAID to solve a range of logistical and technical challenges” and “has stepped in to coordinate decision-making at agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” according to Politico. “I don’t know how our government operates anymore,” one Republican source complains.



Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response


Trump’s son-in-law sets up shop at FEMA as his portfolio balloons to include manufacturing, supplies and long-term planning.
Jared Kushner

White House adviser Jared Kushner was initially tapped to join the coronavirus response by President Donald Trump on March 12. | Evan Vucci, Pool/AP Photo


04/01/2020 07:55 PM EDT

Dozens of Trump administration officials have trooped to the White House podium over the last two months to brief the public on their effort to combat coronavirus, but one person who hasn't -- Jared Kushner -- has emerged as perhaps the most pivotal figure in the national fight against the fast-growing pandemic.

What started two-and-a-half weeks ago as an effort to utilize the private sector to fix early testing failures has become an all-encompassing portfolio for Kushner, who, alongside a kitchen cabinet of outside experts including his former roommate and a suite of McKinsey consultants, has taken charge of the most important challenges facing the federal government: Expanding test access, ramping up industry production of needed medical supplies, and figuring out how to get those supplies to key locations.

Kushner has even obtained a new center of power at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the crisis-response organization that's taken over coronavirus strategy and planning -- and where Kushner and his deputies ride herd on the health agencies that had been criticized for their slow responses to the pandemic earlier this year.

Kushner’s group, which some have characterized as an “all-of-private-sector” operation in contrast to Vice President Mike Pence’s “all-of-government” task force, has had its successes – including airlifting emergency medical supplies to the United States, crowdsourcing mask and glove donations, and rapidly devising a last-ditch plan for hospitals to maximize ventilators.

But the behind-the-scenes working group has also duplicated existing federal teams and operations, and its focus on rapid, short-term decisions has created concern among some health-agency officials, according to interviews with 11 people involved in Kushner’s effort, including senior government officials, outside advisers and volunteers on the projects, as well as other health department and White House officials.

Federal decision-making is complicated by the fact that Kushner has the full confidence of President Donald Trump, with whom he confers multiple times a day, while Trump has expressed frustration with some of the leaders of health agencies...........................................................


Despite Coronavirus Lockdown, Wisconsin Republicans Insist on an Election that Will Disenfranchise T

Source: mother jones

Despite Coronavirus Lockdown, Wisconsin Republicans Insist on an Election that Will Disenfranchise Thousands

4 hours ago

“There’s nothing fair about this election.”

While ten states with primary contests originally scheduled this month have delayed them or switched to all-mail voting, Wisconsin, the lone exception, is moving ahead with its election on Tuesday, April 7, despite a rising death toll from coronavirus in the state and a stay-at-home order issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
“I’d never want to hold an election under these conditions.”

The date can only be changed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, which has both refused to postpone it while rebuffing calls by Evers to mail a ballot to every registered voter. With just days before voting is set to take place, hundreds of thousands of citizens could be unable to participate on Tuesday, with a critical state Supreme Court election being decided alongside a Democratic presidential primary between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. On Wednesday Sanders called for the election to be delayed, saying “people should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote.”

Last Friday, Evers called for the election to take place as scheduled, but urged that a ballot be rushed to every registered voter with a pre-paid return envelope, but Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called that proposal “logistically impossible and incredibly flawed” and said without evidence that it was an “invitation for voter fraud.” Republicans may be counting on low Democratic turnout to help them win a statewide contest on Tuesday’s ballot, between incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, and progressive challenger Jill Karofsky. While Republicans currently have a 5 to 2 majority on the court, a win on Tuesday could set Democrats up to flip the balance of power in 2023. (Progressives narrowly lost a close Supreme Court election last year, after which Eric Holder, Obama’s former attorney general, criticized Democrats for not devoting more resources to the race.)

A Kelly victory could have a big impact in a pending voting rights case: in December, a Wisconsin judge ordered that 232,000 voters would be purged if they failed to respond to official elections mailings at their registered address. While that move has been blocked by a state court of appeals, the Supreme Court could reinstate it; while Kelly has so far recused himself from the proceedings because he once advised the conservative group that brought the lawsuit, he’s said he could rejoin the case if he wins re-election. That raises the possibility he could take part in a ruling that would ensure tens of thousands of voters—disproportionately from Democratic areas—are deactivated from the voting rolls months before a critical presidential election and in the midst of a nationwide pandemic........................................

Read more: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/04/wisconsin-supreme-court-coronavirus/

we got rid of Walker but Legislature still controlled by Repugs


Georgia GOP Leader: More Absentee Voting Will Help Turnout, Be 'Devastating To Republicans'

good to see this---the state mailing voters a form to request an absentee ballot.


04/02/2020 12:12 pm ET

Georgia GOP Leader: More Absentee Voting Will Help Turnout, Be ‘Devastating To Republicans’

“The president said it best ― this will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia,” said state House Speaker David Ralston.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is worried that sending every voter an absentee ballot request form could increase turnout ― and thus hurt Republican

The Republican speaker of the Georgia state House is not happy that election officials are making it easier for residents to vote from home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state is mailing every registered voter a form so that they can request an absentee ballot for the May 19 primary election. Voters will also be able to cast ballots in person on Election Day, as well as during the three weeks of early voting beginning on April 27, but the state is trying to make it easier for people to vote from afar.

“You don’t know who’s going to vote the ballot,” said Ralston, who wants to push back the date of the primary.

But he also admitted he doesn’t like the fact that absentee ballots will make it easier for people to vote ― and presumably increase turnout ― because that will hurt Republicans.................................................

Mnuchin says it isn't necessary for the House to conduct oversight over Trump's corporate bailout.

What a stupid clown! Pelosi already has an oversight panel from what I have read.

Mnuchin says it isn't necessary for the House to conduct oversight over Trump's corporate bailout.







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