Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dow Futures down 1000 points as Trump brags about his Corona “accomplishments.” Thanks to Trump flappin’ his yapper, it’s gonna be another horrible start to another bad week.

With Dr. Fauci nowhere to be seen, Trump again touts unproven and dangerous drugs as potential coronavirus treatments

Trump says he's not eager to use the Defense Production Act because he doesn't want the USA to [checks notes] end up like Venezuela

"Romney's in isolation? Gee, that's too bad" -- Trump, sarcastically, on Mitt Romney going into quarantine over coronavirus concerns.

WH trade adviser to "hoarders" of medical supplies: “If you’ve got any large quantities of material that this country needs right now, get them to market or get them to us, we’ll pay you a fair price...if you don’t do that, we’re going to come for you.”

Anyone else feel like this press Conference is being held to educate Trump while he’s a captive audience? First clarifying that mobilizing the National Guard isn’t the same thing as imposing martial law & now explaining how helpful invoking the Defense Prosuction Act is.

The Senate currently does NOT have enough votes to break a Democratic filibuster and proceed to the stimulus bill. The vote is still ongoing but at the moment GOP lacks the 60 votes needed to proceed. That means bipartisan talks will have to continue in order to cut a deal

A shift manager at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., asks why a company that earned $5.3 billion last year can’t guarantee paid sick leave for all of its workers.

Here, via @NormOrnstein, is the unbelievable-but-true backstory on why self-quarantining lawmakers can't vote:

The FEMA administrator makes sure to work in some gratuitous praise of Trump

There are now a number of senators out for the 6pm vote for the coronavirus Senate bill... All are self-quarantined. More here

$2 trillion might sound like a lot of money for an emergency stimulus bill, but keep in mind that it's the same amount redistributed to the top 1 percent as a result of the Trump/GOP 2017 tax cuts

Top health official on differing with Trump on coronavirus: "I don't want to embarrass him"

Harvey Weinstein has contracted the coronavirus in prison

The 1.7-million member American Federation of Teachers union is backing former Vice President Joe Biden for president

This guy took last weekend off and is now using the crisis as a cudgel to help his business cronies, sending just scraps to workers. Monstrous. And Dems should have no part of it

Opinion: Don’t torture yourself with the clown show

By the time the US banned travel from China it was already too late. Scroll through this incredible series of infographics to understand why.

Letter from @SpeakerPelosi to House Democrats REJECTING the Republicans Senate’s McConnell Corporate Slush Fund bill; will draft a bill that gets coronavirus care and relief to workers and #FamiliesFirst!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

While the president rails against children of undocumented immigrants, wealthy Russians rent his condos—at huge costs—so they can have American kids

5/24/2018 Sen @ChrisCoons - "Reportedly the President's close to closing part of the NSC designed to help lead U.S. and international responses to pandemics. Do you agree?" Pompeo: "We believe we have enough resources." Coons: "Our response as of now is significantly underfunded"

This is from 2018. Mike Pompeo: "We believe we have enough resources"

Chip off the ol block Rand Paul

In the richest city in the richest country in the world, this is how nurses are already being forced to protect themselves from coronavirus -- with garbage bags

During the Senate GOP lunch today, Moran told colleagues that Rand was at the gym this morning, per two sources briefed on the lunch, and that he was swimming in the pool. Rand got his COVID-19 results back this morning.

You guys Rand Paul's Chief of Staff was partying at Mar-a-Lago when Bolsonaro and his gang were there and when Kimberly Guilfoyle had he B'day party. His name is Sergio Gor.

🚨 CALL YOUR SENATORS ☎️ 202-234-3121 ☎️ Urge a NO vote on the REPUBLICAN bill, starting with the #MoscowMitchSlushFund and demand #familiesfirst in any coronavirus response. Get the FACTS:

McConnell is trying to push through a $425 *billion* corporate SLUSH FUND. Treasury would have broad discretion to dole out capital to co’s like Goldman Sachs & Trump Co. We need to back @SpeakerPelosi, who wants stimulus to go to the PEOPLE.

Cuomo pleads for Trump to nationalize coronavirus response as governors describe fight for medical supplies

McConnell gaslighting America once again

I took a picture inside the Senate GOP lunch when the door was open Friday and saw Rand Paul seated next to other senators. He is visible in this photo.

Imagine being Rand Paul and voting against coronavirus testing for all Americans then somehow getting a coronavirus test even though you were asymptotic

Racist extremist groups, including neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, are encouraging members who contract novel coronavirus disease to spread the contagion to cops and Jews, according to intelligence gathered by the FBI.

“Speaker Pelosi a no on Senate bill; will intro her own House bill”

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive...was tested despite being asymptomatic

Margaret Sullivan: "The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings."

per a Dem source, a provision of the $500B bailout fund proposed by GOP would allow Mnuchin to delay making public for up to 6 months “names of applicable eligible businesses, States, and municipalities and the amounts of individual loans or loan guarantees”

Trump mobilized the military to go sit at the Mexico border as an election stunt, but he won't do it now? Republicans in Congress should push him into action now, and if that fails remove him from office. Lives are at stake!!!

College students in Florida test positive for coronavirus after spring break trip

Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus

BE A HERO! — Randy Rainbow

Here is a picture of my daughter’s dog (right) and her boyfriend’s dog in Rittenhouse Square Phila, where Florists who had to close flower-bombed the city with those they had left

Stay safe out there! “Hands... washing hands..”

BREAKING: 89 cases of the coronavirus reported in Maine

Someone needs to explain to me why Trump is writing letters to the thug that runs N Korea offering assistance with this crisis while he tells Governors to go get their stuff on their own

Colorado Gov. Polis says he does not support bailing out corporations because, "I'm not a socialist like Donald Trump."

"The president was trying to bring hope to the people" -- here's Dr. Fauci on CBS going to painstaking lengths to avoid rebuking President Trump for touting unproven and dangerous drugs that he thinks could work as coronavirus treatments

Mnuchin is asking for $500 billion that he can direct at his sole discretion to troubled corporations, including Trump's own.

What a contrast. Let’s put an adult in charge at the White House. PLEASE.

Why is Steve Bannon a guest on TV during a public health crisis?

For all my new MAGA followers here to complain, please have a look at this link

So while the states are in the Hunger Games for life and death medical supplies, Trump is finding a way to get more money flowing to himself. You cannot make this up.

The Boston Police Department has announced that an officer has tested positive for the coronavirus

Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper at emergency meeting says you can kill coronavirus by holding a blow dryer up to your nose after he saw it on “reliable source” OANN, warns “there’s a lot of baloney out there on social media”

Sec. Mnuchin was asked on @FoxNewsSunday about our report that intel warned about the coronavirus in Jan.-Feb. “I want to be careful talking about specific intelligence,” Mnuchin said. "Nobody [in the U.S. or around the world] expected this to take off at the rate it did.”

People on SS and SSI/disability benefits are some of our most vulnerable citizens. They face increased cost of basic necessities in the face of a pandemic e.g. paying for delivery due to social distancing. Leaving them out of a stimulus bill is a HUGE mistake.

Russia Has New Tool (DDOS Botnet) For Massive Internet Shutdown Attack, Leaked Documents Claim

Rupert Murdoch is going to get people killed part 215.

“We may as well be watching newsreels approved by the Soviet politburo”

WATCH: CNN's Tapper grills FEMA Chief on mask shortage “Again, nobody’s doubting the sincerity of your effort. But the lack of numbers is alarming because it makes people think maybe we don’t have a full understanding of the problem," he said.

NEW: Internal memos by the chief surgeon at New York Presbyterian hospital on COVID-19 reveal new estimates about the coming threat that had not previously been public.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Bob Mueller filed his report to Bill Barr.

So Fauci tells us that we’re not as bad as Italy. We’re bad and haven’t seen the worst but not as bad. This is what we need to hear. The truth and not campaign bs. Mr President, stop with the campaigning paid for by our news stations. Give us facts!

IL Gov. JB Pritzker tells @jaketapper that fed inaction has forced states to compete “against each other” for supplies. “This should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government..It’s a Wild West out there .. We are overpaying for PPE because of that competition.”

Internet Reacts After Pence And Trump Promote Church Donations Amid Crisis: "So Much For Separation Of Church And State"

Call Trump’s News Conferences What They Are: Propaganda

“I don’t want to act like a tough guy, like I stood up to the president. I just want to get the facts out,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

‘OVER MY DEAD BODY’: GOP senator appears to be a ‘no’ on AG Bill Barr’s reported plan to detain indefinitely without a trial | Raw Story via rawstory

Here's my post where I explain how the press can shift to an "emergency setting" in its daily coverage of President Trump.These are the major steps. Click the link for the details and rationale

NEW: Florida Gov helps the state live up to its reputation as a national embarrassment in face of health scourge

Conmen in a corner - the American right tries to escape its responsibility for Coronavirus by accusing critics of treason

The US Education Department allows suspension of student loan payments for two months

“To see how a pandemic can be used to ensure that supplies of politically useful rage keep flowing, look at how US Republicans are constructing a cover story.” from

“At a time when Americans are look­ing for Congress to act swiftly and specifically on the coro­n­avirus, it is absurd that spe­cial interests are us­ing this cri­sis to get their un­re­lated pet projects in­cluded.”

Arizona Congressman @RepAndyBiggsAZ voted against the coronavirus response bill because it gives sick leave to same-sex partners

Listening to Cuomo and realizing that NY has Cuomo, CA has Newsome, WA has Inslee and we are f*cked in Florida with the guy who reads Art of the Deal to his kids.

NEW: @realDonaldTrump said today that companies will make enough masks to protect medical workers from coronavirus. But we spoke to mask-making companies, which said they are a long way off from resolving the shortage

The epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox says Trump’s early handling of COVID-19 is “is the most irresponsible act of an elected official that I've ever witnessed in my lifetime.”

But what if it was his plan all along and not “negligence”? “Because of Trump’s negligence, the United States lost two months of response time...”

BREAKING: President Trump has sent a letter offering assistance to Kim Jong-Un and North Korea in their fight against Coronavirus. This will mark the first official country that Trump has actually helped in the fight against Coronavirus.

“Facebook is close to reaching a settlement w/ a group of content moderators who developed PTSD & suffered other harms while working to remove disturbing content from the social network.”

In mid-Feb, the WHO warned that global demand for medical safety gear was 100 times higher than normal, prices were 20 times higher, stockpiles were depleted, and there was a 6 month backlog. Despite this, the US government made no effort to submit orders.

Where's our domestic travel ban? Where's our national shelter-in-place? Where's our Defense Production Act put into action? Where's our good leadership? Instead we have a President hawking bogus science and Senators dumping stocks. The modern @GOP cares nothing for the people.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) is in a critical condition in hospital with pneumonia that's not related to the novel coronavirus, per a statement Saturday evening by his chief of staff, Betsy Arnold Marr

The last time I remember them suspending constitutional rights in this country during a national emergency, I was 5 years old. I was sent to an interment camp with my family, without trial or due process, for four years.

SUNDAY: I reported @Kroger doesn't provide sick leave to many workers and will only pay workers that test positive for COVID-19 or get a quarantine order TUES: Kroger gave workers a $25 gift card & attacked my reporting TODAY: Kroger changed its policy

My sister is a nurse. I've never hated a human being before.

China further erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy with journalist cull

42 total staff & inmates on Rikers island are positive. This situation is spiraling

My father, a professional pianist who just celebrated his 84th birthday, is supposed to be at a music conference in Quebec, but instead is playing in front of his retirement community in Boulder for the residents who are under lockdown

Iranians are dying from one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The sanctions are making it harder for them to get urgent medical supplies

"trump failed." -@JoeBiden's awesome new ad

Two Words: Hell No.

Epidemiologists are warning that Florida’s slowness in closing beaches created a situation in which spring break partiers spread the virus all over the country

If a highly contagious novel virus was containable early on using responsible means; but wasn’t due to lies, deceit and coverups (AKA zenith of irresponsibility); those failures need to be held to account. Much like the Soviet Union was held responsible for Chernobyl.

Hobby Lobby owner David Green is telling store managers to stay open despite the pandemic because his wife had a vision from god. He also warns they'll all have to "tighten their belts" soon. His net worth is $6.4 billion—hourly employees don't get paid sick leave.

Loeffler's stock trading scandal starting to spiral out of control: CBS reporting that Loeffler’s husband (CEO of parent company of NY Stock Exchange) sold $3.5M in ICE shares on Feb 26

Bullshit. He’s replaced his rallies with press briefings, which are thinly disguised re-election events.

How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe