Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bailouts for billionaires!

Breaking News: China said it would expel American journalists working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post

Airline executives spent billions on stock buybacks and are now asking taxpayers for billions. We need to help airline workers, but that money should come with serious long-term change to the companies—no more buybacks, a $15 minimum wage, and more.

UPDATE: @kroger , the largest supermarket chain in the US, is still not providing all its workers with paid sick leave Instead, everyone is getting a 25 DOLLAR Kroger gift card

The mystery of West Virginia’s lack of Covid cases solved

JUST IN: Former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison for misusing campaign funds

More than 500,000 inmates in the nation’s largest prison systems were on near-lockdown this week as authorities scrambled to guard against outbreaks of the coronavirus.

‘No availability’ of coronavirus tests for troops in Afghanistan

Opinion: Trump’s damage is already done

BREAKING: France's president suspends payment of taxes, rent, water, gas, and electricity bills for companies during coronavirus outbreak.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration is pushing to send direct payments to Americans within two weeks

NEW: The Pentagon is the nation's largest employer, with 1.4 million servicemembers and 860,000 civilian employees. 495 of them have been tested by the Pentagon

I don't use the word "evil" very often, but this is easily one of the most purely evil creatures that has ever lived

(CNN) A Kentucky novel coronavirus patient checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice. So to prevent him from spreading the virus, officials are surrounding his house to keep him there.

"We're going to win, and I think we're going to win faster than people think," Trump says. Watch the coronavirus task force press conference

Putin finally recreated the USSR in all its Glory

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

BREAKING: The Federal Reserve says it will buy short-term loans from banks and companies to support the flow of credit as the economy grinds to a halt amid the virus pandemic.

Never forget: Trump’s top economic adviser’s recommendation to defeat this pandemic was to buy stocks.

“When you have people at home all day what else are they going to do?”

Told you so. Bernie's a liar. This is why he can't be President. He said he'd drop out and back Biden at one of his rallies, instead he's going to be Bernie Quixote while dividing the party further for Trump's benefit.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insisted that the Olympics will go ahead as scheduled as concerns mount over the rapidly spreading #coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Prince’s $79million superyacht capsizes and partially sinks while docked in Greece I *hate* when that happens

The U.S. has exceeded 4,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than double the amount since Friday.

I’m stunned by how many federal agencies have been caught totally flatfooted in this crisis, have absolutely no contingency plans in place for this kind of disruption. Weeks in, still no clear guidance for natsec/intel/other critical employees re staffing/mobilization right now

7,000 Deaths, 180,000 Infections Worldwide

Trump is trying to deal with the coronavirus in part by retreating to familiar territory: floating a pardon of Flynn, complaining about FISA, and attacking the media.

Murdoch kills.

One man is responsible for these shocking numbers. No, not Donald Trump. Rupert. Murdoch.

Videos have caught cops in paramilitary gear shooting pepper ball guns at black spring breakers, and one cop responding to a kick from a female visitor by appearing to choke her. A dozen officers, in turn, have said they had been injured.

Trump lied and people died

You do know PEOPLE are suffering, HUMAN BEINGS are dying, the elderly & other at-risk populations are struggling to stay safe/healthy. Could you just PRETEND to have even a fraction of the concern & compassion for PEOPLE that you have for the stock market, banks & corporations!

Stay home for Mel Brooks., This is so good. Thank you!!!!!!

Ventilators may soon be worth their weight in gold, and other countries are frantically placing orders. But a US company that makes ventilators says it could increase production five fold -- but the US hasn't placed an order:

Mitch McConnell thinks Amy McGrath is tasteless and shameful to show ads like this in a time of a non-hoax pandemic and should remove them. What do we think?

BREAKING: The American Virus

I’ve just spent the last 8 hours disinfecting the bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges and dining rooms of 23 of the 47 residents in my care home. I will not let them die without a fucking fight ❤️

Thank you @realDonaldTrump for telling the truth about #COVID19 today.

Meanwhile in the U.S., we *still*dont have sufficient #coronavirus testing capacity

It’s over, Bernie

Voting Trump out of office is insufficient to save this country. All Republicans must be purged from office and prosecuted, then Fox News and all other Republican propagandists must be shut down permanently or they will eventually destroy America.

Physicians across America say there’s no excuse the U.S. didn’t have test kits at the start of the pandemic. The CDC is muzzled by Trump & Alex Azar. And Trump & Azar refused to explain manufacturing problems, & why the intitial test kits didn’t work.

The same @SenateGOP you just watched let Trump off the hook for high crimes so he could botch the #COVIDー19 response are dragging their feet on the #FamiliesFirstBill. No, really

What caused the coronavirus testing crisis?

More than a quarter-million South Koreans have been tested for the coronavirus, including at drive-through clinics and pop-up facilities. The result? Only 75 of the 8,000 people infected have died — a fatality rate lower than the 3% global average

Hong Kong loses its title as the world’s freest economy to Singapore

AG Barr moves to drop charges against ‘Putin’s Chef’: DOJ claims the reason why is classified

Lessons Ignored: John Bolton’s Bogus Defense of “Streamlining” Away Our Bio-Readiness

Beloved former FDNY fire marshal loses battle against deadly coronavirus

Amazon says the coronavirus outbreak has caused a surge in online shopping, and now the online giant is adding 100,000 new full-time and part-time positions across the United States to keep up with the demand

Order locally as best you can.

2 Rockets Hit Training Base South of Baghdad, Iraqi Military Says

Health officials warn the US government does not have enough stockpiled medical equipment to deal with the coronavirus

We will have ample time later to examine Fox News’ role during this #coronavirus crisis. I’m pleased they are changing their tune. Right now we need all Americans, including #MAGA folks and those who watch @seanhannity, to engage in social distancing NOW. Lives are at stake.

my GOD how much does that screengrab look like the Russia & U.S. flags put together...........? my word

Trump called it a hoax. He was asleep at the switch. Incompetent. — Stephen King

I dunno...this week I kind of want the Senate Homeland Security Committee to focus only on the walking part. You know...because of the massive threat to the security of the homeland that we're facing right now.

The most pressing issue is ensuring that everyone who needs a test for coronavirus can get one—for free. But just a half step behind the health crisis is the financial crisis. We need a stimulus package big enough to meet the moment.

Joe Biden: Trump is worst possible leader to deal with coronavirus outbreak

"The Trump Organization paid bribes, through middlemen, to tax assessors to lower its property tax bills for several buildings in the 1980s and 1990s, according to 5 former tax assessors and city employees as well as a former Trump Organization employee."

Speaking is still hard for me—videos like this one require practice and preparation. But the choice couldn’t be clearer: I’m voting for @JoeBiden for #GunSafetyPresident because he’s made fighting gun violence—in every school, city and neighborhood—a top priority.

Thread: The President of the United States is up past midnight, not doing any useful work for the nation, but retweeting third-hard accusations that the author of the classic histories of the Soviet Gulag and the Ukrainian famine is soft on communism.

This is some idiot on TV. Listen to professionals, experts, people who really know what they’re talking about in their respective fields. The times have turned serious- Hannity’s a joke.

16 people in the frame.

NOW: Govt prosecutors move to dismiss the Russian troll case against Concord Management that before the #COVIDー19 outbreak was set to go to trial next month, citing "a change in the balance of the government’s proof due to a classification determination."

BREAKING: A week before Inauguration Day 2017, Trump team participated in a tabletop exercise with outgoing Obama team about preparing for a "major domestic incident" One incident discussed was a pandemic. I participated in that exercise. THREAD 1/6

“You’re a top economist at the White House, are we headed into a recession? I appreciate the efforts you just outlined, but this is freaking people out, Peter!” CNN host Poppy Harlow said to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro

Drop what you're doing and read this story. How U.S. coronavirus testing stalled: Flawed tests, red tape and resistance to using the millions of tests produced by the WHO

a week ago

A novel coronavirus vaccine trial in the US has now given a dose to its first participant, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Monday.

After a nudge from French President Emmanuel Macron, President Trump and other G7 leaders agree on coronavirus coordination


The “coronavirus is a LIBRUL HOAX to take down Trump” takes are gonna switch to “Superhero god-king Mr Trump saved us from the coronavirus” takes so fast it’s gonna be incredible

From @USAPHC: Protective measures slow the spread of #COVID19. Do your part to prevent the spread of germs. 1. Wash hands often 2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth 3. Stay home when sick 4. Follow social distancing guidelines

As restaurants, shops, airlines and factories shut down around the world, from New York to Paris and Madrid, economists are warning that a global recession is no longer a looming threat. It's here.

Europe’s doctors repeat errors made in Wuhan, China medics say

U.S. Gov’t confirms disinformation around COVID-19 is due to hostile foreign action.

Send Mitch packing. Send in a Marine

On Hannity's show, Nunes says "media freaks don't have a clue" what's going on. Nunes claims he was encouraging people to do drive-thru or takeout during his Sunday Fox hit, despite saying people can easily get into restaurants and telling people to go to local pub.

Just landed at LAX on a United flight from London. How did the screening go? What screening? No one ever collected the form! No questions asked. No temperature taken. Nothing. All the way through in 32 minutes. If this is “screening,” we’re all in trouble.

The development of the coronavirus travel ban was as slapdash as the Muslim travel ban

Infighting, turf wars and a president more concerned with the stock market and media coverage than policy have defined the Trump White House. They have also defined how it has handled a pandemic.

McConnell has clearly forgotten the McConnell Rule: no judges confirmed in an election year.

It's a fucking swab, you giant man-baby. Sack up.

At the end of all this, let’s try to remember that the geniuses who told us not to worry about coronavirus are the same geniuses telling us not to worry about #climatechange — Jimmy Kimmel

The harsh reality of the corona virus finally overwhelmed these purveyors of propaganda, fake conspiracies and nonsense. We will never know how many people they endangered by their dishonest denialism. It should permanently discredit them all.

Casinos are reportedly asking Congress for emergency financial relief amid the coronavirus outbreak

White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll

U.S. Justice Dept. abandons prosecution of Russian firm indicted in Mueller election interference probe

Tonight's episode of "Traitors Walking Back Seditious Lies" was the best one yet. Nunes AND Chaffetz AND Hannity? That's some serious seditious starpower right there.

If Kentucky is crippled by the coronavirus, why did @senatemajldr take the weekend off? Kentucky deserves better than this self-serving, amoral human and @AmyMcGrathKY is the one to take back Kentucky for Kentuckians! Keep going Amy!

Anybody seen Wilbur Ross? You think you might hear from the Commerce Secretary during a time of all commerce shutting down? Dude’s probably been buried for two weeks already.

McConnell sending the entire senate home and then heading back to Kentucky to join Brett Kavanaugh at a ceremony for a former clerk doesn't seem to be a particularly defensible decision, given where we are.

When stocking up for #SocialDistancing...If you see something labeled “WIC” please chose another brand. People who rely on WIC products to feed their kids cannot. We’re all in this together

The airlines' request for taxpayer assistance comes after a decade of massive consolidation—and billions in profits

Arc of Trump's #coronavirus comments defies reality on ground. ⁦@AP⁩: “Throughout the global #coronavirus crisis, Trump’s statements have been colored by baseless optimism.,.amplified by aides and allies with the help of conservative media.”

The war on truth has real casualties, not just political ones. Trump and Fox News have spent years telling people that other media and experts can’t be trusted, and they have blood on their hands.

A short list of things we currently need in hospitals and outpatient clinics, in addition to N95 masks: * Face shields * Surgical masks * Disposable gowns * Test swabs * HEPA filters * Gloves * Hand sanitizer Praying that the supply chain comes through.

The buck never, ever stops with Trump

Mitt Romney pushes universal $1,000 checks. Sherrod Brown wants $1K for mid/low income people. Tom Cotton wants immediate cash to affected workers. Mark Warner wants more aggressive unemployment relief. The politics of the coronavirus legislative response are rapidly changing.

President Macron commanded the French to stay at home for at least 15 days, joining other European leaders who are taking measures never before seen in the postwar West. “We are at war. The enemy is invisible and it requires our general mobilization.”

Mitch McConnell has wasted four days in the middle of a pandemic. Now Republican Senators are using procedure to cover for him. @SenatorDurbin is right – enough with the excuses. The Senate should do its job. Watch this exchange.

Gov. Cuomo appeals to Trump for 'help and guidance to states'

Recovering from coronavirus, Goldman describes testing ordeal

Business response to coronavirus transforms American work habits

Shelter-in-place starts in S.F. but could become nation policy