Saturday, March 7, 2020

Xi's much-anticipated state visit to Tokyo postponed

A woman quarantined aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship off the California coast has stage 4 cancer and is worried she won't make it home to start chemotherapy treatment on Monday

If you re-elect Donald Trump, he's going to cut Medicare and Social Security. I'm going to protect and expand these benefits.

As much as I despise that metaphor, Trump has something that was arguably worse than Katrina on his ledger: Puerto Rico. We hardly talk about it as much, for obvious reasons. But what is most stupefying is that not a single Democrat brings it up.

Amid outbreak, Trump admin's proposed rollback of nursing home regulations faces criticism

When it comes to fighting public health crises like #COVID19, we need to prepare for the worst as we work for the best. That’s why House Democrats this week took decisive action to make sure the government has the resources to protect American families

It takes a special kind of idiot to join the Trump dumpster fire durin’ a global pandemic. ⁦As idiots go, @MarkMeadows⁩ is very special

Vice President Mike Pence said 19 crew members and two passengers out of 46 people tested so far on the Grand Princess cruise ship had the #coronavirus

Yesterday @realDonaldTrump lied when he said he “stopped” the #coronavirus & “closed it down.” Reality: over 310 cases in 28 states with 17 deaths. CDC now recommends older Americans stay at home. Don’t listen to Trump. Listen to @CDCgov & your doctor

So Erik Prince is running black Ops with foreign intelligence operatives on U.S. soil to subvert American politics? This guy is a prison aficianado! Oblige him!

Resident dies in Rep. Matt Gaetz’s district, days after congressman made light of epidemic with massive gas mask

Erik Prince has in recent years helped recruit former US & UK spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda

To everyone who has been knocked down, counted out, or left behind — this is your campaign. Together, we will beat Donald Trump and set our nation on a new path.

If Biden wins the nomination, are Bernie bros going to stop attacking him, or will they be too addicted to the dopamine hits the Parscale bots are giving them right now to ever stop? I realize the primary isn't over, but I'm not sure how this attack plan is supposed to turn off.

Floridians don’t have enough information about this life & death situation because of @realDonaldTrump

BREAKING: The University of Washington, with more than 50,000 students, is closing classrooms and moving to remote learning amid the coronavirus outbreak.

How can a once proud country allow this?

Mussolini’s fascist regime fell because he was so busy getting cheers at rallies that he never bothered to build any anti-aircraft defenses—and the Italians were bombed. @ruthbenghiat talks to @LEBassett about Trump’s negligence as the coronavirus spreads.

So does this mean that Tucker Carlson is actually president?

Multiple videos now of Trump supporters saying they simply don’t believe coronavirus exists. We gotta get Trump out, then we have a whole lot more work to do.

New: Joe Biden is running a new TV ad answering the Bernie Sanders campaign on Social Security. "Negative ads will only help Donald Trump," says narrator Already aired in FL, MI, OH, MO, IL

JUST IN: The Judiciary Committee is seeking a rehearing of the McGahn case, saying an earlier Appeals Court ruling left the House with only extreme options to get info from the WH — such as arresting high-level officials


This is just a lie. An out and out lie. And one that impacts your health.

Mike Huckabee's upcoming cruise is still sold out. We wish him and his passengers healthy travels

Some people close to the effort said Trump was relying on "wishful thinking" to manage the crisis. One person close to the coronavirus task force said members of the team are biting their tongues...

“...alleging that former Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen broke the law when she signed on as a consultant for the Hong Kong government during her one-year lobbying ban after she left office.”

“Meadows has developed close ties with senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who advocated for putting him in the post.”

As an MD, PhD, I can unequivocally state that @realDonaldTrump absolutely does NOT “get it.” Trump’s LIES and INACTION about the #CoronavirusOutbreak will literally cost lives.

JUST IN: @Stanford is canceling all in-person courses for the remainder of the winter quarter due to #coronavirus concerns

Breaking News: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have detained 3 members of the Saudi royal family without explanation, including the king's brother

China is yet to unveil a comprehensive plan to reboot the world’s second-largest economy

This is a really important moment. The CDC presser was one of the most frightening things I’ve ever watched, and it should be reported that way. He straight up lied - said everyone can get tested when, in fact, almost no one can. And the shameless self promoting off a crisis...— Chris Murphy

Trump earlier tonight on the Grand a Princess cruise ship. “I have great experts, including our vice president is working 24 hours a day on this stuff. They would like to have the people come off. I would like to have the people stay.

US intel has intercepted communications involving the Syrian regime in recent days indicating its forces may have used chlorine gas in northwest Syria where government forces have been engaged in heavy operations, according to multiple US officials. Intel being vetted.

Time for an ethics committee investigation?

Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. On day one, I'll rejoin the Paris Agreement — and then rally the world to push our progress further. — Joe Biden

Missed in the shuffle, this is HUGE: 35 drug companies no longer shielded by SCOTUS, must produce documents on antitrust for generic drugs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Health Department says in statement that 2 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in the state.

Experts (including me) advise people ≥ 60yo or with serious health issues: strongly consider AVOIDING activities with large crowds, like airplanes, movie theaters, family events, crowded malls, or religious services

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo switches #COVID19 name to Wuhan virus while China foreign ministry’s spokesperson says ”The epidemic is a global challenge. It has not been established conclusively that the virus originated in China.”

Trump, surveying tornado damage in Tennessee, talks about a young child who was found walking in the street. Trump: "How did his family do?" Official: They're deceased. Trump: "So his parents were killed. And his sister. So we're going to go see some of the folks."

President Donald Trump said Elizabeth Warren lost the Super Tuesday primaries because of ‘lack of talent’ and unlike him, she is a 'very mean person'

I regret to inform you that CDC Director Redfield is a Trump sycophant

Trump at the CDC: "As of the time I left the plane with you, we had 240 cases, that's at least what was on a very fine network known as Fox News. I know you love it. But that's what I happened to be watching, and how was the show last night? Did it get good ratings by the way?"

As COVID-19 cases spike, the test kits needed to help stem the spread of the disease remain in short supply, with healthcare workers across the state reporting widespread failings in the federal government’s response to the growing crisis.

President Trump praises his own scientific skills: "All these doctors say, 'how do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability, maybe I should have done this instead of running for president." Trump says his uncle went to MIT and was a super genius.

We are all going to die.

Trump: CDC "doctors say how do you know so much about this? Maybe I have a natural ability."

A claim about 4 million tests being available in one week emerges

His demeanor would actually be LESS bizarre if he wore that diaper on the outside.

Internet Speculates After Trump Appears to Have Wet Pants at Tennessee Disaster Meeting

By the way I realize we are all used to it by now but ... it’s not normal for a president to walk around wearing a hat with his campaign slogan on it. Esp when he is not campaigning but doing deadly serious business on behalf of the whole nation.

TRUMP HAS ENORMOUS UNILATERAL EMERGENCY POWER UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. His narcissism, boasting, self focus and ignorance are a danger to all of us. I have never encountered a leader in any walk of life with such a shallow grasp of reality.

"The most egregious level of incompetence in an admin. that I think we've witnessed ... absolute gross, amateur hour incompetence coming out of the White House." - Dr. Irwin Redlener, Dir. of Columbia University's National Center For Disaster Preparedness

When Trump says he's "going down to Florida for meetings," he means that he's going to his Mar-a-Lago club, where he'll attend fundraisers for his campaign, which he'll also personally profit from.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy defended a cabinet reshuffle that unnerved investors and dismayed voters who’d backed him to clean up the country

Rep. Ruben Gallego, a rising progressive star, has endorsed fmr. VP Joe Biden. The move is another blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders and provides further evidence of Biden's growing momentum, which is now expanding outside the Democratic Party's moderate circles

Question: Have you considered not having campaign rallies? Trump: No I haven’t... We had tens of thousands of people standing outside the arena Question: Is there a risk that there’s that many people so close together Trump: It doesn’t bother me at all

We are so much better than who Donald Trump thinks we are. This is the United States of America. We treat each other with dignity, we leave nobody behind, and we give hate no safe harbor.

It’s time to talk to Dad about managed care.

Talking about Coronavirus at CDC, Trump just referred to Wash State governor Inslee as a “snake” after Pence paid a visit there yesterday to check on the outbreak.

‼️NEW: Another federal judge orders review of Russia-probe related document. “The Justice Department has argued that the entire memo is classified and exempt from disclosure under a form of executive privilege.”

“Steele has declined to give an interview to a prosecutor assigned by U.S. AG Barr to investigate aspects of the 2016 U.S. campaign...”

In which @realDonaldTrump says he understands epidemiology and public health because his uncle was an MIT professor who taught electrical engineering. He says his uncle, John Trump, was a “super genius” (which is different from a “very stable genius).

Latest @CNN reporting: 4:25 p.m: Minnesota reports first coronavirus case 5:20 p.m: First coronavirus case in Oklahoma 6:35 p.m: Connecticut reveals first coronavirus case 7:18 p.m: First coronavirus case in Kentucky reported 8:05 p.m: Nebraska reports first coronavirus case

When numbers are more important than people

Mulvaney out as acting chief of staff and Trump taps Mark Meadows as replacement.

He's going to start throwing paper towels at us, isn't he?

BREAKING: Six former wrestlers say GOP Rep. Jim Jordan knew about OSU doctor who sexually abused male students

New standards eliminate Tulsi Gabbard from next Democratic debate

Make sure your friends see this: Candidate Trump promised. He promised that he would not cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. And yet here is President Trump. On stage. In his #TrumpTownHall. Just yesterday. Saying “Oh, we’ll be cutting”.

Trump compared the Coronavirus test to the transcript of his phone call with Zelensky: “the tests are all perfect. Like the letter. Was perfect. The transcription was perfect. This was not as perfect as that, but it’ll be good.”

Elizabeth Warren faces another big choice — whom (if anyone) to endorse

NEW: Five more criminal cases opened against Robert Hyde, a GOP candidate who drew headlines during the impeachment saga. Prosecutors want to revoke his bail in April on stalking allegations.

Six former wrestlers say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about abusive OSU doctor

New from me: The Washington Examiner's top editor has directed staff in recent months to refrain from writing negative stories about Fox News. The site even deleted a story (without explanation) where @megynkelly recounted harassment at the network.

Four countries claim corona-virus isn't a problem. Russia and North Korea say "no cases". China says they have it under control. And trump says he and the republicans have it under control. Do you believe any of them?

Christopher Steele on the topic of the leaked dossier: “I stand by the integrity of our work, our sources and what we did”.

To all healthcare professionals: doctors, nurses, clinicians, techs, administrators: You’re in the first battle of what will likely be a long campaign. It’ll be stressful, and tough, and you’ll perform magnificently. Don’t forget to take care of each other. — Mark Hertling

At a moment when Washington residents are dying, sick, and scared (my family members there included), attacking their governor is unpresidential, petty, wrong, and embarrassing. Take your campaign hat off, Mr. President, and fulfill your responsibilities as OUR leader.

Trump is getting more rabid and erratic by the week. I have never in 50 years of experience seen a more vindictive, abusive, and ignorant public official. His behavior in public office is simply shameful

Dear @CDCDirector Redfield: The unacceptable lack of #coronavirus test kits is not decisive leadership by @realDonaldTrump, it is a dereliction of duty. If you don’t understand the difference, you need to resign. When are we getting the test kits?

Is it just me or is Trump’s lying crap about the Coronavirus infinitely less credible (and infinitely more dangerous) than all his other epic lying?

Horrific new CNN story just aired on Jim Jordan and the Ohio State sexual abuse scandal. Wow. 14 wrestlers tell CNN that Jordan knew. And 3 say they witnessed Jordan being told about it. Jordan got upset at CNN and slammed his office door shut on them when asked.