Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Here's the president ranting at length about the Post Office during a #TrumpPressBriefing about a deadly pandemic

Trump wants you to believe that he never saw a memo written by one of his top advisers (Peter Navarro) directly addressed to him in February that warned of millions of US deaths

Wealthy Russians 'hoarding ventilators as country faces shortages'

Trump on the Navarro January memo: I didn't see it, but "I heard he wrote some memos talking about pandemic...that was about the same time that I felt we should do it" (travel restrictions on China). But Trump kept downplaying into March, even after the WHO pandemic declaration.

Atta girl!!!

Today alone the acting secretary of the Navy resigned, the White House press secretary stepped down, and the inspector general who was to oversee the $2 trillion stimulus package was removed. This is just days after Trump fired the intelligence community's inspector general.

Trump acknowledges that African Americans are disproportionately dying of coronavirus. He said: "It is showing up very strong in our data in the African American community and we are doing everything in our power to address this challenge...They are getting hit very, very hard."

Dr. Fauci: When you look at underlying conditions that lead to death w/ coronavirus African Americans are impacted disproportionately. Adds: "It's very sad. It's nothing we can do about it right now except to try to give them the best possible care to avoid those complications."

Trump Administration Putting VA Workers at Risk, Union Claims

Two months before the Wuhan outbreak, Trump shut down the program that identified viruses in China that might spread to the U.S. Possibly a fatal mistake. So I've proposed a comprehensive plan to rebuild our global anti-pandemic infrastructure.

We need federal intervention. Supply is disrupted and filled with profiteering middle men and counterfeits. N95 mask was $.62 now $6.50, gowns were $.24, now $4.50. In a federal emergency if gas went from $1.50 to $28.13 per gallon would we intervene? These PPEs can save lives.

Wait , what? Trump is sending our ventilators to the UK but is saying no to our own states?

Pres Trump: "I will protect you if your governor fails. If you have a governor that is failing, we're going to protect you. But the governors are working well with us over the last period of time." Note: Some governors have repeatedly said Trump's slow response is the problem.

Trump is using coronavirus as cover ‘to dismantle the rule of law and the Constitution’: Ex-FBI agent

ProPublica’s health reporter @CarolineYLChen explains what the conversation around asymptomatic coronavirus carriers is missing, and what we need to understand if we’re going to beat this nefarious virus together.

NEW: Schiff raises the alarm that there are currently *0* Senate-confirmed officials atop the intelligence community — and that Trump's temporary fill-in is making sweeping changes to the structure.

Pompeo: "What do autocracies do in the face of crisis? They become more aggressive. They deny people their rights. They lie more."

Virginia Pastor Landon Spradlin, who criticized #coronavirus as “mass hysteria” that the media was using to hurt Donald Trump, has died from the illness.

People waiting to vote in Milwaukee - in the middle of a pandemic. This is what Vos, Fitzgerald, the Supreme Courts have done. They have endangered the lives of people who simply want to vote. This is irresponsible. It is shameful. We have to do better for November election.

"You are incredibly safe to go out." - @SpeakerVos, decked out in PPE because that's the kind of thing I always wear when it's incredibly safe outside

Perspective: Plasma from recovered patients could help treat covid-19 until we find a vaccine

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wisconsin: "Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others’ safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own.” The photos and videos of those being forced to risk their lives to vote are sickening.

#BREAKING Twitter founder Jack Dorsey offers $1 bn for #COVID-19 relief effort

What's happening in Wisconsin today is an appalling miscarriage of representative government. We shouldn't force Americans to choose between contracting a deadly virus and exercising their constitutional right to vote. States must ensure safe, fair elections during this pandemic.

Like her new boss, incoming White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has a history of downplaying the coronavirus

This morning I accepted Secretary Modly's resignation. With the approval of the President, I am appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as acting Secretary of the Navy

They're PUBLIC DOCUMENTS, dude. You work for the American people, homie. You're not very good at this

Acting secretary of the Navy has submitted his resignation after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain 'stupid'

McConnell’s latest stunt to jam Chuck Schumer on SBA $$$ without even talking to him is a lousy way to run a Senate.

New: Intel Chair Schiff sent a letter today to acting DNI @RichardGrenell raising concern he is reorganizing w/o receiving congressional authorization. Asks him to produce info to committee by April 16.

Unreal. this should be a code red alarm. Trump has summarily removed Glenn Fine, the universally well respected IG who was tabbed to oversee his administration's management of the $2 trillion stimulus package. Deep deep rot

This is shocking. 2 IGs have been removed and 1 sidelined. “Trump removes watchdog tapped for $2T virus rescue oversight”

Opinion: The Wisconsin fiasco shows why Democrats need to take drastic action

The new Press Secretary does not appear to be an improvement.

Finland to begin randomised coronavirus antibody testing

President's son-in-law Jared Kushner has coordinated distribution of medical supplies with Republican donors:

Just in: India confirms it has lifted ban on export of hydroxychloroquine, MEA says India would "licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries and some countries who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic."

The @CDCgov has age and gender in its #COVID19 data, but hasn't released racial or ethnic data. Most states haven't released racial or ethnic data, except 9: Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and DC

BREAKING: Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight pane

Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending

There is no way any reasonable person would see this as constitutional. It's straight up race-based disenfranchisement

This is an old post, but @EvanHurst called her a LOT of really good names in it

It’s World Health Day, and we owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our medical professionals. They’re still giving their all for us every day, at great risk to themselves, and we can’t thank them enough for their bravery and their service. — Barack Obama

SCOTUS: we are postponing all oral arguments because of coronavirus Also SCOTUS: why would we extend absentee voting because of coronavirus? Go stand in line, peons.

Breaking: Stephanie Grisham is out as WH press secretary. She is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press.

JUST IN: D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 ruling tosses a preliminary injunction on Trump administration death penalty protocol and sends the controversial case back to the lower court for further adjudication, with Clinton appointee David Tatel dissenting.

The Supreme Court has started issuing decisions remotely in order to protect their own safety. One of their first remote decisions was that Wisconsin voters will have to show up in person and risk their lives if they want their votes counted.

Peeps out in Wisconsin crawling through Covid19-infested broken glass to make sure we vote this motherfucker da fuck out!


On February 25th, Kayleigh McEnany said, "We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here." Today, she was named the new White House Press Secretary.

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announces recipient of 2019 Profile in Courage Award. Congratulations Nancy Pelosi.

WATCH: This mother of 5 was discharged after a 15-day hospital stay with coronavirus. The staff cheered for her as she was reunited with her husband, bursting into tears as she jumped into his arm

JUST IN: A record number of people in the U.K. were reported to have died from the coronavirus in 24 hours

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed plans to launch a charitable organization called Archewell.

The UK rejects Trump offer to help Boris Johnson's coronavirus treatment

Rep. John Lewis endorses Joe Biden’s presidential bid

Congressman John Lewis is a moral giant who has spent his entire life pushing our nation to live up to our highest ideals. I'm honored to call him a friend — and grateful to have him by my side in this battle for the soul of our nation.

My latest for @thedailybeast: Bodies Pile Up and Trumpworld’s Sick Show Rolls On

Reps. Ted Lieu and Ruben Gallego have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asking him to fire Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly for his insults towards Captain Brett Crozier.

Rudy Giuliani is back in the limelight and is sharing medical tips he has allegedly received from "a former pharmacist who once pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort the actor Steven Seagal."

Ainsley Earhardt says she heard from a small business owner who tried to get a loan from Chase, but they're focusing on their Preferred Customers first. Larry Kudlow thanks Chase for going "whole hog in this program," then says that individual woman should "call me directly."

NEW: Liberal courtwatchers see bad omens for November in SCOTUS decision on WI primary, but some see a silver lining in justices undercutting requirements in many states that absentee ballot be physically received by election day

A man feared his longtime girlfriend had covid-19, which she didn’t. They died in a murder-suicide, police say.

"History will not judge this kindly."

Worried that $2 trillion law wasn’t enough, Trump and congressional leaders converge on need for new coronavirus economic package

Justice Ginsburg writes in dissent for the four liberal justices. Here is her closing

A powerful and plainly persuasive dissent from Justice Ginsberg: “Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others’ safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own.”

Poland pushes forward postal election legislation

Trump blew it — not the WHO, Fauci or the Jews

This is Trump’s vilest act of retribution yet

The “Acting” @SECNAV was “Acting” just the way he thought @realDonaldTrump wanted him to act. His conduct was unbecoming and prejudicial to good order and discipline in the Armed Forces. He should resign or he should be removed for the good of the service.

During the campaign, Joe asked, “Donald do you read?” Trump looked shocked and then smiled while handing Joe a Bible his mother had given him when he was young. I looked at the Bible and told him it looked like it had never been opened. He was speechless. — Mika Brzezinski

Trump administration didn’t order ventilators or masks until mid-March - Vox

Deborah Birx says she couldn’t treat her ill grandchild due to social distancing — and a fear of infecting Trump

Trump’s family trusts found to have a “financial interest” in a maker of hydroxychloroquine, NYT reports

read the chyron, look at the image, then read the chyron again

Angela Merkel’s government plans to bring in new rules to protect German companies from takeovers by entities based outside the EU

A tiny French study on hydroxychloroquine caught Trump's eye. He is touting it non-stop. But the professional society that published the study now has "concerns" about the methodology and says the article "does not meet the Society’s expected standard."

Turkey’s President Erdogan files a criminal complaint against a Fox TV anchorman for suggesting the government might require citizens to dig into their bank accounts to help battle the coronavirus

Turkey’s President Erdogan files a criminal complaint against a Fox TV anchorman for suggesting the government might require citizens to dig into their bank accounts to help battle the coronavirus

Today's installment of the hottest thing on local TV: "What Day Is It?" by @fox8news in Cleveland

Opinion: We must learn from recent voting debacles

Christine Lagarde was barely four months into her ECB presidency when she sat down at her dining room table at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 to convince policy makers on the line to unleash massive stimulus or face an existential crisis.

A "Rapid COVID-19 Testing Site" set to launch in Lowell today where you can drive through and get your results before you leave the parking lot. Here's what you need to know if you want to pre-register

Perspective: U.S. airlines want a $50 billion bailout. They spent $45 billion buying back their stock.

Barack Obama today offered high praise for Elizabeth Warren, endorsing the senator's extensive framework for how to jump-start the economy once the coronavirus pandemic recedes

On the day when the US death toll passed 10,000, there was something surreal in watching the President's outbursts against reporters at his daily briefing

“This COVID-19 crisis has presented us with issues that we have never faced before”

The conservative scotus majority ruled that it a state fails to send you an absentee ballot on time on account of the dread disease, your only way to use your right to vote is go out and line up at a polling place, risking said dread disease. These justices are called “pro-life.”

Mylan's CEO is the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin. (D-Republican Party) Mylan is ramping up production of the drug Trump is hawking like snake oil.

Again and again during his rallies, Trump posed this question to Black voters: "What do you have to lose?" The answer is clear: our lives


For nearly a decade, Russia and Qatar have been suspected of buying votes to win hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. On Monday, for the first time, the U.S. Department of Justice explicitly described the scheme.

Mr. President, I hope we can gather in Milwaukee, but that is going to depend on you stepping up and doing what needs to be done to handle this pandemic. I have laid out how you can do that: . Happy to discuss anytime. — Joe Biden

NEW: Just hours after it was posted, Acting SecNav Modly's clap back at Tweed Roosevelt's NYT oped has been taken down

The Hate Store: Amazon’s Self-Publishing Arm Is a Haven for White Supremacists

“Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che is "hurt and angry" that his grandmother had to suffer alone. She died Sunday night from coronavirus

They will teach Modley's speech at Annapolis for the next 100 years as a perfect textbook example of how not to lead and inspire. Every time you think it can't get worse, it gets worse. "It's not about me," he says, after complaining about all the negative publicity he's getting.

Trump’s claim that he imposed the first China “ban” is a lie. 38 other countries did before him or at the same time. And the US action had so many exceptions, that passengers from China still flooded in after the ban.

The US Inspector General whose job is to investigate and uncover the truth says the President is not telling the truth about the severe shortages hospitals face.

President Trump lashed out at Christi Grimm, the acting Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. He accused her of being an Obama hold over but Grimm began her career with Office of Inspector General in 1999, per her federal bio.

New racketeering charges for FOX execs and others in the ongoing FIFA corruption probe. You remember...FIFA, some of whose offices were in Trump Tower?

New: The newly identified trades come as Sen. Richard Burr is under federal investigation for selling stocks ahead of the coronavirus stock market crash.

Chicago mayor: ‘Breathtaking’ that African Americans are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates

It’s unconscionable that Wisconsin voters are being made to choose between doing the utmost to protect their health amid the #coronavirus pandemic and exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Virologist shares update on race for coronavirus treatment

Fox News is preparing to be sued over coronavirus misinformation. Executives “really concerned about their early downplaying of the virus.” Pundits like Hannity were “privately taking the virus very seriously,” yet “actively telling viewers it’s a hoax.”

The nightmare isn't that Trump will cancel November's election (he can't). The nightmare is that he tells his supporters it's safe to go to the polls in the midst of a pandemic, and those of us with a firm grasp on reality who know it's not safe aren't allowed to vote by mail.

BREAKING: Japan declares a one-month state of emergency for Tokyo and Osaka after a surge in coronavirus cases

Singapore Introduces Election Safety Rules Amid Pandemic

A majority of pregnant women who are diagnosed with coronavirus don't experience more severe illness than the general population, according to a new study. They also don't seem to pass the infection on to their babies.

Opinion: The pandemic will pass. Our grief will endure.

"I worry that many local officials are waiting until there is clear evidence of local transmission before taking action ... The message is, we should not wait,"

Dr. Zeke Emanuel on the return to ‘normal’

And then there was this moment...I can’t even...

Prices for key food staples are starting to soar in some parts of the world

Mexico has placed troops on its Northern border to keep sick Americans out of Mexico. Not the other way round.

"If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi."

The Obama administration’s handling of H1N1 was a model. Prompt response, quick development of a vaccine and then messaging for people to get vaccinated. But Rush Limbaugh and Fox News urged people not to get vaccinated, as did Donald Trump himself.

President Trump just asked a reporter from Phoenix TV which is based in Hong Kong repeatedly if she's working for China. She said she works for a private company in Hong Kong that is not owned by the state. Trump said, "OK good."

“The Supreme Court’s Republican majority ... just handed down a decision that will effectively disenfranchise tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters. It did so at the urging of the GOP.”

What the American people don't want to see are industries in our country receiving taxpayer $$$ and ripping them off with buyouts and bonuses. What they do want to see is our workers getting what they need to continue performing their jobs. They also need their checks now. -NP

No, people getting on planes aren’t being tested. No, Trump didn’t inherit old tests. No, there’s no evidence of bias by the HHS deputy IG. No, it’s not true Obama barely even noticed H1N1. No, China didn’t just start spending money in the US

In 2007, John Roberts castrated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He is consistent and effective in denying minorities the right to vote. He made Trump possible.

NEW: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin just put up this guide to where to find curbside voting & absentee ballot dropoffs in your city. Can you RT this far & wide?

Pelosi emphasizes need for coronavirus leadership as Congress considers further relief

VA coronavirus numbers offer window on nationwide spread

South Carolina governor issues weak 'home or work' COVID-19 order

Pelosi on SCOTUS Wisconsin ruling: 'undermining our democracy', 'shameful'

While the ventilator shortage remains a serious issue in the fight against coronavirus, much less attention has been paid to the health care workers needed to operate those machines: respiratory therapists

Members of European Parliament say it out loud: "We are very concerned, that the spread of erroneous and unfounded criticism towards the EU is actively promoted by the Kremlin."

"In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios."

Trump has investments in Sanofi, one of the main Hydroxychloroquine makers