Monday, March 16, 2020

Dr. Deborah Birx of White House task force advises everyone with a sick family member to self-quarantine, and says to millennials "they are the core group that will address this virus"

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice not exactly encouraging social distancing: "Go to the grocery stores. If you want to go to Bob Evans and eat, go to Bob Evans and eat."

The Fed cannot bail out the economy on its own this time. Congress must pass fiscal stimulus measures to replace lost incomes & provide medical assistance to those in need. If the Fed buys most of the debt sold to pay for it, we’re essentially lending money to ourselves.

It's beyond depraved that Trump is still trying to discredit the media at exactly the moment when it is picking up *his* slack, informing the American people about a public emergency that Trump himself has tried to mislead them about for weeks. New piece:

Ventilator Maker: We Can Ramp Up Production Five-Fold

President Trump said he expects the worst the #coronavirus outbreak to be over by July, August or later. Follow latest updates here

I took Nusayba to the hospital for blood tests. I made her wear a mask, gloves & hat. I did the same. She endured cancer & is currently neutropenic (low white blood cells) & compromised. She fought very hard to live. Please think of her when you say #coronavirus won't affect you.

For Mitch McConnell, a three-day weekend was more important than passing a critical bill to provide free coronavirus testing and paid sick leave

No gain since June 2017

Clearwater Beach, Florida is PACKED today despite "social distancing" recommendations.

Gov. Baker Announces $10M Fund For Small Businesses Impacted By Coronavirus

Biden has a double digit lead in every state who has (or was going to have) a Primary tomorrow. Should Bernie suspend his campaign so millions of people don't have to choose between voting and social distancing tomorrow?

DEVELOPING: Rep. Louie Gohmert is holding up the House-passed coronavirus relief bill and preventing it from being delivered to the Senate for a vote.

From an ER doc in New York City on shift today: “Today. Is. F’ing. Nuts. It kinda blew up here. And sending home lots of people undoubtedly positive because we don’t test on discharged patients. This has been spreading a long time.”

That was the worst final hour of trade I’ve ever witnessed in my life...that was worse than 1987...decimating the economy...that was shocking to watch...😳 Dow closes down 2,999 points, as coronavirus collapse continues; worst day since '87

JUST IN: U.S. stocks plunge the most since 1987. The S&P 500 sinks 12%

The Dow fell 12.94% today. The worst day in 1929 was a decline of 12.82%.

Spread their shame until they change their policies.

At 10:55 am today I tried the “nationwide” Google test screening website that ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ & Deborah Birx misled the American people about last Friday. 1. It’s not nationwide. 2. Doesn’t apply if you have severe cough, shortness of breath, fever 3. It’s already full

President Trump has on numerous occasions falsely accused the Obama administration of implementing a rule change that complicated disease testing. No such rule was ever put in place.

Donald Trump is a liar. And his lies are costing the ultimate price: American lives. Watch this video and share it. The truth matters more than ever.

Trump campaign slams Biden and Sanders and argues Trump virus response will be "model" for future pandemics

A group of House Democrats are urging President Trump to use war powers to order the production of more facemasks and ventilators.

I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the President.— Andrew Cuomo

Sen McConnell and other Senate Republicans have been reaching out to fed judges nominated by Presidents Reagan and Bush I and II to say if you are going to retire, the next few months would be a good time to do it.

Before this crisis, nearly half of Americans were a $400 unexpected expense away from financial hardship. That’s why I introduced the LIFT Act to give up to $6,000/yr to middle-class families. Congress must act with emergency cash to help families and the economy now.

“Wikileaks! I love Wikileaks!” US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

Perhaps we can hope that this crisis will lead millions of deceived fellow-Americans to recognize at last who has been telling them the truth for the past three years - and who has not

Oh, NOW the Trump administration is worried about foreign disinformation campaigns. “If it is what you say it is, I love it.” US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

Donald J Trump and ⁦@AmbJohnBolton⁩ are part of the reason we’re in this mess.

So. My daughter is very sick. Dr said she has all symptoms of the virus...but won't test her. There are not enough tests to do so. Told her to stay home for 4 days to see if it gets better or worse.

Pres Trump told a group of governors today they should not wait for federal govt to fill growing demand for respirators needed to help people w/ coronavirus, per NYT. “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” he said.

In Canada today: Employment insurance: 14 day paid sick leave, no waiting period, no Dr's note. . Because we're human.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will close its borders to non-citizens and non-residents as part of the country's response to coronavirus

Never a good sign when the House starts acting like the Senate

NEW: Rocky Mountain Urgent Care postpones tomorrow's opening of a planned drive-up testing location in Aurora. "As of 8 am this morning, the commercial labs and state health department do not have any testing supplies available to provide this resource to our community."

It’s heartening to see in the face of a global pandemic that is shutting down our Nation and causing immeasurable suffering, the GOP doesn’t stop their meanness for even a moment. McConnell is blocking vote on Coronavirus Bill. Dicks.

If you are in a position of power and you spread disinformation about coronavirus being a media hoax, you should be charged with criminal negligence.

“Oil prices are now less than $30 a barrel thanks to a price war sparked by Saudi Arabia”

Senator Mitt Romney is calling for the Senate to pass an economic relief package that includes a $1,000 cash payment to every American adult.

Ivanka Trump says she's "working from home" this week. But the larger question remains: What does Ivanka actually do?

Not only is the Coronavirus response being dictated by @IvankaTrump ’s businessman husband, @realDonaldTrump has Oscar Health doing the testing kits for America after he REFUSED WHO testing kits for months. Oscar Health is owned by Kuschners brother

"Extensive outbreaks" in Colorado mountain communities/ski towns - more proof that just 'cause you're in a rural area doesn't mean you're not at risk:

In a gun store in Oklahoma, one man refused to talk to a reporter unless he could get a handshake first. Another said: “People all scared of this — it’s the flu. It’s some made up stuff from the coasts.”

"Every gig worker that’s working right now is doing it because they can’t afford not to—they’re living week to week, and there is no backup."

While the Senate should act swiftly on the House relief bill, we also need to work urgently on additional #COVID19 response measures to help families and small businesses. My proposals

If this man get's re-elected for another term, shame on all of us. Mitch McConnell Wants To Delay The Coronavirus Relief Package By Three Days

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate @JusticeDanKelly was scheduled to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party tonight in Milwaukee County. The event’s organizer, Chris Lawrence, tells @trichmond1 he expected at least 100 people and social distancing is an “overreaction” to COVID-19

Talk about poor judgement

Watch out for emails claiming to be from the @CDCgov or others saying they have information about the virus, and don't click on links you don't recognize. For the most up-to-date information about #COVID19, visit the CDC’s website at

Trump's Florida sanctuary becomes a gilded petri dish for a global disease. Mar-a-Lago, Trump's favorite property, is suddenly under a dark cloud as a nexus where the novel coronavirus could have spread among elites in the U.S. and around the world.

McConnell Has a Request for Veteran Federal Judges: Please Quit The Senate majority leader has encouraged judges thinking about stepping down to do so soon to ensure that Republicans confirm their replacements this year.

And @MittRomney joins @jasonfurman in calling for $1,000 checks written ASAP

We should have passed the bipartisan House sick leave bill Saturday. Reports that Senate Republicans are going to delay it further by proposing amendments are alarming. We need to pass it tonight. No more delay. No more games.

Yesterday @realDonaldTrump said he was “happy” in a briefing on a deadly pandemic. He expressed no feelings about the dead but was “happy” about an interest rate cut that he said would thrill investors not realizing it’d be correctly interpreted as Fed desperation. “happy”

A reminder that the outbreak of Coronavirus grew in America after this incident. Blame @realDonaldTrump for it.

Why is Spain having this issue? Because #COVIDー19 overwhelms hospitals in a way that the flu does not. Dr. Fauci said 15-20% of people who contract #coronavirus get so sick they require hospitalization. That’s a shocking amount. This is why we need to do social distancing NOW.

Maybe next time we won’t elect the guy who played a businessman on teevee?

The next round of legislation must not be laden with corporate welfare. Let’s ensure all Americans get relief to maintain stability during this pandemic, but taxpayers should not be on the hook to benefit specific industries. Everyone is hurting, not just a few big companies.

Trump turned down 1 million test kits from the WHO because he wanted only American corporate companies making them. In January. Let that sink in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEW from @MittRomney: “Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy.”

BREAKING: Department of Health and Human Services experienced some form of cyberattack attack Sunday night related to its coronavirus response, administration sources confirm

Where is the presidents free lawyer?

One good thing that may come out of all of this is the revival of real federalism -- not the cartoon federalism that has been practiced in recent years.

Sen. Mitt Romney: "The House coronavirus response package contains critical measures to help families in Utah and across the nation in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, and the Senate should act swiftly on this legislation."

These morons disbanded the Pandemic Response Committee and started the Space Force.

Tell your husband to stop breathing on Doctor Anthony Fauci. We need to keep him safe.

Fmr. MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman, who tested positive for coronavirus, discusses the challenges with testing. “Donald Trump can keep saying that ‘anybody who wants a test can get it.’ I am living proof right here that that is not the case.”

We're working quickly to respond to this outbreak here in Maine. Instead of staying in Washington to pass the critical COVID-19 aid package the House passed, McConnell and the Senate took a long weekend off. We deserve better from our leadership. Mainers can't wait.

New: There are active discussions within the Trump administration to encourage a possible “curfew” across the nation in which non-essential businesses would have to close by a certain time each night.

Most Washingtonians are helping slow COVID-19’s spread by practicing strong social distancing. To those of you that can be but are choosing not to: Your actions could kill someone. Stop it. — Governor Jay Inslee

Dr. Anthony Fauci's message to young people earlier today: “You are not immune or safe from getting seriously ill." Trump just now: "Young people, people of good health, and groups of people, just are not strongly affected."

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday's primary elections are going forward as planned

BREAKING: Spain deploys its armed forces to enforce public health orders for COVID-19, orders military pharmacy to produce sanitizing gel.

Since his first bankruptcies at end of 1980s, Trump's life has been dominated by one idea: what scheme/scam will keep his creditors at bay for the next 24 hours? That's the approach he's brought to coronavirus too.


NEW YORK (AP) — Dow plunges 2,250 points, 9.7%, as more of US economy shuts down, Fed makes emergency rate cut; oil prices fall sharply.

////BREAKING: U.S. Health and Human Services Department suffered a cyber-attack on its computer system Sunday night during the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The attack appears to have been intended to slow the agency’s systems down. Story w @shiramstein soon

"How could they have been so ill-prepared? Donald Trump knew this was coming." --@JoeNBC on chaos at airports over screening

Russian state tv host Kiselyov tries to justify President Putin’s move to stay in power after 2024: “Let’s be honest, Russia without Putin is not viable.” Incredible.

NEW: Ahead of an anticipated vote to re-up expired surveillance authorities, some of the most strident privacy-rights groups urge legislators to end them if McConnell won’t mend them

Two simple questions about the novel coronavirus pandemic seem to rise above the rest: How long will this last? And how will it end? Experts walked me through the four possible answers to those questions, how likely they are, and what they’d look like.

President Trump's red-capped followers were united against a socialist candidate. And they had economic winds at their backs to propel Trump toward reelection. Now everything is suddenly scrambled.

Jim Jordan—who allowed young male college students to be sexually molested—has officially started serving as ranking member of House Judiciary Committee.

2 emergency room doctors in New Jersey and Washington State are in critical condition with coronavirus

“From Beijing to Brussels, from Rome to Washington, London and beyond, politicians haven’t just failed to rise to the occasion, they’ve engaged in a dangerous game of parsing, obfuscation and reality-denial that cost lives and delayed a resolute response.”

Does any reporter have an answer to why Trump did not get our country #coronavirus tests from the World Health Organization? I feel like this question needs to be pointedly asked and answered.

In a matter of days, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted education at all levels, and it's highlighting the needs of the most vulnerable students whose education, food and housing security may be put in jeopardy.

Another senior and powerful figure in #Iran dies of #coronavirus. Grand Ayatollah Hashem Bathaie Golpayegani has died of #COVIDー19 last night. He was a member of Assembly of Experts, a body tasked with choosing the country's supreme leader.

This is an extremely important story, not least because of the way it was originally reported: That the US is trying to steal Germany's vaccine industry, and hoard the results for itself

So what happens when dozens of lawmakers are suddenly lying in quarantine, confined to hospitals beds across the country, from their districts to the capital, unable to make it to the floor to vote?

Coronavirus II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

I don’t support U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing corporations to provide benefits to workers that they should already be providing. House Democrats will continue to prioritize strong emergency leave policies as we fight to put #FamiliesFirst

Leadership? This administration doesn’t get it. I have seen New Yorkers sharing food from the same bowls from street vendors, people elbow to elbow at bars, and now crowd incubation at DFW Airport in Texas

Borders shutting down to contain #COVIDー19 … But Russia (a heavily-infected country with a collapsed public health system) continues the unrestricted movement of troops, agents, and terrorists into occupied Ukrainian Crimea and occupied Ukrainian Donbas.

Dow Futures Crash 1,041 Points as Fed Capitulates To Trump

A U.K.-based company, in collaboration with Senegalese research foundation Institut Pasteur de Dakar, holds out prospects of a 10-minute coronavirus test costing less than $1

Jeez, I was talking about Murdoch and FOX News telling Americans the Coronavirus was a hoax in the crucial weeks it mattered to hear the opposite. Trump is a figurehead of a larger cabal that preys on the ignorance of ‘NASCAR’ ‘merica for lack of a better term.

Kenneth Copeland healed viewers of the coronavirus through their televisions last night.

Spare a thought for the hospital workers who are about to step up like never before:

Patients with the new coronavirus keep the pathogen in their respiratory tract for as long as 37 days, a new study finds

BREAKING: The Centers for Disease Control recommended that Americans cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. It's the most aggressive federal guidance issued yet in response to the coronavirus outbreak

I’m just gonna say, as a person who writes plans on this—in a crisis like this, Congress has one function: to be in Congress so they can pass emergency legislation as needed. They have no functions in home states. No one should be traveling home.

Mnuchin and Kudlow have told Trump that "people are staying home and practicing social distancing anyway, so the national travel ban would not be beneficial.". That's bullshit and they know it. They are afraid of economic consequences, guess what - DEAD PEOPLE DON'T BUY STUFF.

With the cases of coronavirus in France escalating, luxury goods conglomerate LVMH — the parent company of Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy — wants to help French health authorities by manufacturing hand sanitizer and providing it to them for free.

Did he really utter the words "being a woman is not enough?"

Breaking: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced emergency action to close bars, nightclubs, restaurants and entertainment venues in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. Garcetti says the city would also impose a moratorium on evictions.

Please unite and offer 2 hours of shopping for elderly over 60 and/or shopping+delivery system for elderly

BREAKING: In the face of Coronavirus, 15 health care leaders and I have published an open letter in @USATODAY with an urgent, life-saving message for all Americans, state & local leaders & our health care workforce

Dear @VP and @CDCgov: Can you update your website, and keep it updated? Thanks.

Urgent?? URGENT?? Apparently your three day weekend was more urgent.

Perspective | Refund policies and coronavirus: Companies and colleges should be prepared to be generous

As the acting Director of National Intelligence you should not be tweeting. You have a serious job and oversee serious people. Unprofessional.

The 1st clinical trial of a potential #vaccine for #coronavirus will start TOMORROW in #Seattle. Although it may take 12-18 months to “fully validate” a vaccine, we should manufacture doses of our best options NOW, so we can vaccinate SOONER

Opinion: Trump is increasingly irrelevant

Sanders is demonstrating that not only is he unelectable in November, but if he can't be the nominee then he's determined to moving the party to unelectable positions. He has no path to the nomination. But he's still in it because he's bent on sabotage.

So forcing folks to vote only during a 12 hour period on one day is suddenly not a good idea. Rather than postponing anything let’s work together to get early voting, vote by mail and other ways to make it easier, and safer, for everyone to vote.

Bernie Sanders made it clear tonight that he just wants to fuck shit up. Refused to commit to naming a woman VP. Insulted young voters. And offered NOTHING that would make him a viable candidate in the general. It's 2016 all over again.

Americans “should be prepared that they’re going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing” to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Fauci says. "If you let the curve get up there, then the entire society is going to be hit.”

This is a gross message to send, @JetBlue. The precautions the CDC is recommending, like teleworking and social distancing, will save lives, but not if abused by corporations looking to make a buck. This isn’t the time for jokes that downplay the seriousness of this pandemic

The Emperor has no clothes

Empty shelves in our grocery stores remind me of the USSR, with Trump playing the part of ЦК КПСС, telling citizens that everything is plentiful and tremendously fine.

How an explosion in South Korean coronavirus cases are traced to one person - Patient 31 refusing to socially isolate

“Never fuck with the mob’s money.”

The Trump decision to not accept the testing kits from the World Health Organization in early February after 60 countries had done so will prove to be a deadly mistake on an order of magnitude that we probably can’t even imagine.

Joe Biden: I want to run against Donald Trump Bernie Sanders: I want to run against 1990s Joe Biden


Powerful new ad campaign from the Baltimore City Health Department.

Jan 2019 US Intel Report “USA remains vulnerable to the next flu pandemic of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death & disability, severely affect world economy, strain int’l resources, & increase calls on USA for support.” 45 KNEW

In this moment, loving each other means staying away from each other. This is about We The People. Each of us has a responsibility to act for others, not just ourselves. We are all together in this fight...and we will win

US officials have emphasized that coronavirus is spread mainly by people who are already showing symptoms. However, new studies and a large coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts have raised fears over the prevalence of asymptomatic transmission

I’m having waves of sadness for our grandparents & elderly who are alone. For my best friend, struggling with cancer & now afraid to hug her daughter - because against the odds, she wants to see her grow up. She wants to be there for her only child. Sadness has arrived.

Joe: this is how I would deal with this crisis and here’s a plan Bernie: this is how I link the crisis to my favorite issue with legislation that will never be passed

"I’ve reviewed all of his public statements and actions on coronavirus over the last two months, and they show a president who put almost no priority on public health,"

Bernie Sanders main contribution tonight was to help make Biden look like a president. The contrast between leader and ideologue is stunning.

Biden is focusing on what must be done right now and is sounding like a candidate who can handle a crisis