Monday, March 9, 2020

President Trump said he would press lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers amid a roiling coronavirus pandemic that's caused deep economic concerns and stock market shock

Pence said he doesn't know whether Trump has been tested for coronavirus, despite apparently coming in contact with 3 people who came in contact with a coronavirus patient.

As the President leaves the press conference, you can hear multiple reporters ask Trump “Have you been tested?”

Unnerving report from the Center for Health Security on the impact of #coronavirus on our hospitals. Even if we assume that the case-fatality rate for #COVID19 is 0.5% (as for the 1968 and 1957 #pandemics), we won’t have enough ICU beds.

Older adults and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious outcomes, including death, if infected with #COVID19. See CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for serious illness

Boston cancels this year's St Patrick's Day Parade out of concerns over COVID-19...

UK government ministers and officials have privately reacted with "a general level of incredulity" at Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. A UK official said Trump's public statements have caused "more than the usual eye-rolling" in London.

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) was told he was in proximity of individual at CPAC who tested positive for coronavirus, according to a Gohmert aide. Gohmert is choosing not to self-quarantine.@FoxReports reporting

Trump giving a press briefing in 30 minutes - i'm going to go ahead and say this is the most unhinged we will ever see him. Probably blowing rails of ephedra off the resolute desk as we speak.

Rep. Doug Collins — now voluntarily in self-quarantine after interacting with a coronavirus-infected person at CPAC — shook hands with President Trump on Friday ahead of his CDC visit.

Every eligible voter should have the right to vote by mail, particularly during a public health emergency like the coronavirus outbreak

Currently most cases of #COVID19 in the US are in California and Washington State. However, many other communities are also dealing with cases of COVID-19. See CDC recommendations for preventing spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Of course he golfed while 22 people died from #COVIDー19-He’s done nothing but steal our money & put the American people’s safety LAST.

Italy expands lockdown to entire country

JUST IN: The Dow plunged 2,014 points, or 7.8%, its worst single-day point drop ever, as an oil price war adds to fears of the coronavirus

"According to two people with knowledge of the matter, Parscale Strategy has also been used to make payments out of public view to Lara Trump...and Kimberly Guilfoyle"

Did this happen AFTER hanging out with Matt Gaetz on AF1?

Meanwhile @mattgaetz was on AF1 with him.

Republican Matt Gaetz self-quarantines over exposure fears after wearing a gasmask to mock emergency coronavirus funding

Monday’s sell-off was so steep it triggered the NYSE’s “circuit-breakers.” Here’s how they work.

On March 9, 2020, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov met the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

With the stock market experiencing record-setting drops on Monday morning that prompted trading to briefly halt, pro-Trump Fox Business Network hosts Stuart Varney and Maria Bartiromo turned their eyes to... uh... Joe Biden to boost the stocks

CDC concludes that older Americans *shouldn’t fly*. White House blocks CDC from making the recommendation. Now an official has blown the whistle to the AP. This is how we’ll get real advice from real experts? An underground of leaks for real risk info?

Putin’s Power Is Built on Spying, but It’s Also His Prison

SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: “Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation and our office is considering its options.”

Anyone else find it telling that the father of Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador (currently in exile in Belgium, being tried for bribery) who offered Julian Assange asylum - was in fact a drug trafficker?

Dear Sanders supporters, Do you really want to get into a fight about medical conditions when your candidate is 79 years old, just had a major heart attack and won't release his medical records? That's your brilliant strategy? Jesus. Who is running that campaign????

WHO holds a #coronavirus briefing

The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl—a growing catastrophe in which the government response is deadly because Trump is more worried about protecting the myths that define his alternative reality than protecting vulnerable people who will die.

So wait, do republicans think covid-19 is real now?

Amazing. Senate Republicans are refusing to get a classified intel briefing on one of their key witnesses against Hunter Biden, even though the witness has a known past of spreading Russian disinformation. My deep dive into the fake "Hunterghazi" scandal:

Democracy says "trust me because we must trust each other to thrive". Authoritarians say "trust me because you have no choice" and as quickly as possible shift to repression and discarding trust entirely.

The Simple Reason the Left Won’t Stop Losing

Prince Andrew refuses to cooperate with American officials in their Jeffrey Epstein probe, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said

Russia vs Saudi: How much pain can they take in oil price war?

In an exclusive interview with @Lawrence, former Vice President @JoeBiden reacts to Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and the market turmoil.

It's too early to say but the circuit breakers may have worked.

BREAKING: A D.C. priest has Coronavirus. He offered communion and shook hands with more than 500 worshippers last week and on February 24th. All worshippers who visited the Christ Church in Georgetown must self-quarantine. Church is cancelled for the first time since the 1800's

The head of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has tested positive for coronavirus

In letter, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson rejects a call by ranking Democrat Gary Peters to delay Wednesday’s vote to issue a subpoena in his Burisma probe.

Right about now, as Rs stare in horror at their 401ks, it may be dawning on @BernieSanders that demonizing the party as "establishment out to get him" was a shit strategy, as it undercuts the financial boogeyman propaganda donald/Parscale dished out, thinking Bernie would get nom

President Trump shakes hands with people after arriving in Orlando, Florida.

"The fundamentals of the economy are strong." -- John McCain, literally 3 hours before Lehman Brother filed for bankruptcy and the economy imploded, 2008.

Gov. Cuomo announced today that New York State is producing hand sanitizer. The governor says it is cheaper to make ourselves than purchase it. He says they will give it to schools, jails, government agencies, etc. If price gouging continues, Cuomo says they will start selling it

Good, clear details in Canadian release about how repatriated cruise passengers will be handled. This includes details on what US is doing that have not been communicated by US authorities, that I have seen.

Trump continued his tweetstorm on Monday morning, insisting that the fast-spreading novel coronavirus is ultimately good for U.S. consumers and that unwarranted fears being stoked by the Democrats and “Fake News” are the reason for steep market declines

I was literally talking on the phone about coronavirus with a former Secret Service agent who said: "Forget about rope lines. Those are the ultimate threat given hand-to-hand contact is the way this spreads" ... when this @robcrilly pool photo of Trump in Florida hit my inbox.

The president shaking hands with supporters at the airport after landing in Orlando.

The case-fatality rate for #coronavirus is >30-times HIGHER than flu, and the virus spreads easily. The #pandemic has hit our shores, and we must prepare to respond to the sudden, MASSIVE surge in #COVID19 cases. Instead, Trump is downplaying the risk.

How the Trump Campaign Took Over the G.O.P.

Long, detailed, thoughtful piece on the state of American farming and the spike in suicide rates among American farmers.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Do you mean when the news showed you telling the American people that you “stopped” the #coronavirus & “closed it down”? Or are you referring to the news showing Kudlow & @KellyannePolls saying virus was “contained”? Also, when are we getting test kits?

Except the president

This is so dangerous and reckless. The president minimizing this outbreak will cause more preventable deaths.

Oh my God — Gen Michael Hayden

Get this motherfucker out of there.

You know, it seems remarkable that coverage of the Florida woman arrested for falsifying voter records misses that she worked for a Trump PAC. Per the Miami Herald, "Florida First" is a branch of @Parscale 's "America First Policies".

Last Republican President George W Bush we had a recession and it took Democrat Barack Obama to save the nation. Now under Trump we are seeing the same economic crash. A Democrat is needed in 2020 to save this nation from Trump's incompetence.

Sanders’s record, filings show benefits from super PACs, links to Wall Street donors


Trump Campaign has now sued ⁦@CNN⁩, ⁦@washingtonpost⁩, and @nytimes⁩ in frivolous defamation suits. This appears to be a PR strategy rather than a legal strategy to undermine the legitimacy of the media and chill the free press. Trump First.

Trump will spend the day at a campaign fundraiser in Florida. No other events on his schedule. $4 million total to be raised at a lunch with 250 attendees. So as U.S. markets tank, oil prices plunge and the #coronavirus spreads ... Trump is fundraising.

Such a deep ignorance of public service in a democracy. He thinks the public should be thanking him & his administration. His job is to protect us—he thinks we're supposed to protect him. He has a sense of 'noblesse oblige' without any nobility or understanding of the obligation.

A Missouri school is closed Monday because relatives of a coronavirus patient decided to break a quarantine to attend a father-daughter dance, officials

How’s your 401k @realdonaldTrump?

Weird how people on the Trump right are VERY eager to spread the name of the alleged whistleblower and VERY reticent to name the CPAC Patient Zero.

The markets wouldn't be in nearly as much of a panic if we had a President who wasn't acting like a court jester and dishonest dunce when it comes to handling this very serious Coronavirus outbreak.

A system of School Lunch Home delivery should be established....can be done, this is an emergency....

Supreme Court takes up juvenile sentencing case from Mississippi to replace the DC sniper case that was dismissed

Larry Kudlow’s investment advice on Friday: “Long-term investors” should buy into the market downturn because the COVID-19 outbreak is ”relatively contained."

Fiddle away dipshit.

As the stock market tumbles and the world enters a crisis remember @realDonaldTrump on the back nine doing just fine.

Breaking - Stock trading halted for 15 minutes following a plunge at the open. This is the first time in history this circuit breaker has been triggered

BREAKING: U.S. stock trading *halted* after markets crash 7%, triggering an automatic “circuit breaker.”

My god.. the stock market just it the circuit breakers 4 minutes into trading.. This would be a really good time to have adults with reason, foresight, and honesty in the White House right now

No single racial or ethnic group is more susceptible to coronavirus. There is no excuse for discrimination against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, period.

@realDonaldTrump woke up thinking that @BarackObama is still the President

Jesus, 7 ridiculous tweets and it's not even 8 a.m.

Can we just call the coronavirus guy at CPAC a whistleblower so the Republicans will tell us who it is?

If @berniesanders loses both Michigan and Washington to Joe Biden he will have no realistic path to victory. Every other candidate has dropped out when faced with the same reality. We'll see what he does.

Breaking: @CoryBooker endorses Joe Biden

The father and sister of a Missouri woman who tested positive for novel coronavirus disregarded a quarantine and went to a school function on Saturday.

The 2nd season of Netflix’s docuseries examines a number of shady financial schemes—including that of “Slumlord Millionaire” (and Trump son-in-law) Jared Kushner

Twitter flags video retweeted by President Trump as "manipulated media"

There is talk of an attempted coup in Saudi Arabia. But who would really have the wherewithal to challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

When Jim Jones saw it was all going south in Jonestown he took everyone with him. That’s what narcissistic cult leaders do, if Trump is gonna feel pain he’s gonna damn well make sure we suffer too. You can take that to the bank.

“Above all, don’t go near a cruise ship. Don’t go on a cruise ship,” says. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is also on the White House coronavirus task force.

“We’re going to continue to put the health of America first.”

Paranoid conspiracy theorist during a global pandemic.

He’s almost certainly going to regret this tweet.

China’s Foreign Ministry tells Pompeo to stop calling it the "Wuhan virus"

BREAKING: Latvian State Police seize $500,000 of properties that were allegedly connected to the proceeds of the crime that Sergei Magnitsky exposed and was killed over (article in Russian)

Trump is running a governmental shell game, a rigged round of three-card monte. He’s set up his folding table on America’s street corner, continues to steal our money, siphoning it into Mar-a-lago and otherwise leaving ailing Americans to fend for themselves

Warning from Italy They added: “Increase your total ICU capacity. Identify early hospitals that can manage the initial surge in a safe way. Get ready to prepare ICU areas where to cohort Covid-19 patients – in every hospital if necessary.”

He's like Trump, only older

NEW: India reports first child who tested positive for coronavirus. A 3-year-old boy.

Hatch Act violator Dan Scavino is having a bad time. First, Twitter slaps a label on his disinformation. Then, he accidentally tweets a meme of Trump as Nero fiddling while Rome burns (on a day when Trump's golfing during a pandemic). And soon, Mark Meadows will be his new boss.

Trump had second fundraiser today in Palm Beach County at Mar-a-Lago shaking 600-800 hands. Many of these donors reported to have been picked up at this contaminated convention center and then taken to Mar-a-Lago.

Good thing there isn’t a pandemic or anything going on, otherwise we might expect the president to do more than chill at a resort he owns and profits from and fundraise from ultra wealthy donors

Erik Prince, the security contractor with close ties to the Trump admin, has helped recruit former spies for intel-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns and groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda.

Ben Carson: "We're meeting to plan the planning of the plan, which we will communicate, when there's a plan. Don't pressure me. Sorry about all the dead people."

Very gratifying to watch Saudi Arabia and Russia engage in an all out oil price war. Less money in each of the dictator’s pockets can only be seen as a good thing.

This day was always coming, when ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ couldn’t coast on ⁦@BarackObama⁩’s economy anymore, when we need a real president, a leader, who tells the truth, seeks wise counsel, uses judgment. Now it’s here. And we have none of that.

‘Nero' Trends After Trump Shares Ominous Meme Of Himself Fiddling Amid Chaos

Why Is Alleged Quack Dr. Oz the Face of NBC’s ‘Coronavirus Crisis Team’?

Absolutely. The President of the United States has a profit motive to downplay a communicable disease that may hurt the Trump Organization's bottom line.

Iran releases about 70,000 prisoners because of coronavirus: judiciary chief

Bill Gates can when Trump can't When the system is up and running, people in the #Seattle area who think they might be infected with the #coronavirus can fill out a questionnaire online. If their symptoms are consistent, they can request a test kit, which will be **delivered to their home within 2 hours(!)**.

Just to be clear, this is what we used to call surrender and defeat.

Interest rate cuts and a broad fiscal spending aren’t an effective way to tackle the economic fallout from the coronavirus, according to former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King

Thread. Don't put idiot Mobsters in the White House. They can't actually run the country, or anything. They take from others and build nothing.

Bernie Sanders literally voted against the #ObamaBiden auto rescue that saved the auto industry in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and all over the country. Sanders LITERALLY wanted to bankrupt the people who spent their lifetimes making cars. Michigan - pay Bernie back on Tuesday.

Another Republican is wrapped up in election fraud. Do you see why they always accuse others of doing it?

Let's try to protect the 2020 election. Here's how to prove you're not a Russian troll.

NEW: @JoeBiden has opened up a double-digit lead over @BernieSanders, a new CNN poll finds, with 52 percent saying they would like to see Biden become the nominee while 36 percent favor Sanders.

“When the story is finally written, we’ll come to understand that tens of thousands of lives were placed at risk because of a political decision by the president.” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist who treated Dick Cheney: NYT comes close to saying this:

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday victories in 10 out of 14 state primaries caused shock waves not only in the United States, but in Russia.

Going to be a tough one when the opening bell rings in New York this morning

#5Things -Oil crashes -Stock plunge -Treasuries surge -Coronavirus spreads -Policymakers talk

The Regal Princess is being allowed to dock in Florida after test results on crew come in

White House staffers fear for President Trump’s health after he shook hands with man exposed to coronavirus

Starting Monday at 6 a.m. at the VA Hospital, they’ll be screening all patients, staff, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors. Screenings will be at two entrances at each campus.

A Dutch court on Monday starts the trial of four men accused of helping move into Ukraine a Russian missile that shot down a passenger jet, killing all 298 on board. Also on trial, unofficially, is the Kremlin

Dr. Sanjay Gupta re: identifying this outbreak as a pandemic: The intent is not to "cause panic, but rather to really cause a focus on preparedness."

“...the report said the agency “is not well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of the 2020 election cycle” because it has not completed plans.”

ICYMI Golf visitors at @realDonaldTrump's Turnberry resort fell by nearly 4,400 in the first four years of his ownership, with member nos also down according to legal documents compiled by attorneys working for a Trump Org subsidiary.

"He is legendary. He is no-nonsense. I tell you what, In a battle between Judge Reggie Walton and Bill Barr, my money is on Judge Walton"@glennkirschner2 on a federal Judge Reggie Walton, who called AG Barr's disclosure of the Mueller report 'misleading'

If members of Congress can go on self imposed quarantine and still get paid. It only makes sense that Congress should pass emergency laws to give paid sick leave to every American until this emergency is over.

NEW: CNN is now calling the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. It has affected large numbers of people, spreading to all but one continent, and several places are experiencing sustained community transmission.

Many parents of adolescences expressed their perplexity at Prime Minister @Netanyahu’s suggestion that their #children might be recruited to help disinfect public facilities in the effort to contrast the spreading of #coronavirus in #Israel

“Carbon emissions from the global electricity system fell by 2% last year, the biggest drop in almost 30 years, as countries began to turn their backs on coal-fired power plants.”

Using racist terms like "Wuhan virus" is why your family ran ads against you. Stop it

Yes brother, we are going to walk down, and fuqq em all. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the lot. What do you call evidentiary precedence in international case law that other nations can use? Because the Australian Federal Court can force Facebook executives to testify :)

A stark headline: "With global economy in balance, the White House and Fed are at odds over how to help"

Here’s Jared Kushner speaking at Kimberly Guilfoyle’s birthday party this weekend. He’s supposed to be a senior staffer in the White House. Why isn’t he fighting the coronavirus? Instead he’s in Florida partying. Pathetic.

"Washington and other governments... have two main levers to help their economies from tipping into free fall: fiscal policy and monetary policy. The problem is that both of those levers work primarily on the demand side of the economy...."

British PM to hold emergency meeting on coronavirus

Life in the time of Coronovirus Two members of Congress were exposed to the virus at CPAC. They're placing themselves into voluntary self-quarantine. Risking the lives of family members because we do not have test kits to determine if they need to be quarantined in a hospital

"We cannot afford to be wrong. If there is any doubt, let us go with the more conservative option to protect children and protect the more general population,”

FTSE opens down 9%, one of the biggest stock market drops in recent memory - and a bigger fall than 9/11 here is some context

As Rome burns ...

Florida @SenRickScott has put his request for more coronavirus info — to the feds and to counties — in writing.

Analysis: Bernie Sanders’ Path to Nomination Gets Rockier With Older States Voting Next