Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Trump is a hypocrite and a fool. This is a deadly stupid decision designed to cover up his own praise of China and his many massive failings. It’s not going to work.

President Trump just ended his press briefing without any health officials speaking.

During this pandemic, food security and scarcity are frightening issues. Farmworkers are maintaining our food supply, and they need PPE, safe working conditions, and fair pay. If help is needed, the Treasury should provide payroll assistance—not cut wages

Analysis: Trump has spent more than 22 hours in the past month and a half speaking at coronavirus briefings

The Treasury Department is allowing banks to seize stimulus checks from the people who need them most. This is fundamentally wrong. People—not banks—need relief now

"Compared to Benghazi: Trump's COVID-19 Performance is a Disaster!"

FYI it’s not a mutiny when the captain jumps overboard at the beginning of the journey and leaves the crew to sail the ship.

BREAKING: Judges call Jeffrey Epstein case a ‘national disgrace,’ but reject bid to undo deal. (Story still being updated)

Disregarding an emerging scientific link between dirty air and Covid-19 death rates, the Trump admin has declined to tighten a regulation on industrial soot emissions that came up for review ahead of the coronavirus pandemic

I want an investigation into what happened in Wuhan in December/January AND an investigation into what happened in the White House in January/February. Can't we have BOTH?

Dear @realDonaldTrump: You can fantasize about being Captain Bligh, but we are not your crew. Governors, Congress & judges don’t work for you. Our captains are the American people. Our oath is to the Constitution. The sooner you understand that, the better we can work together

While we're busy making fun of Trump's manifest ignorance, let's not miss that in the middle of the pandemic, he thinks of governors as "mutineers."

Big. President Trump just announced he’s halting WHO funding while a review happens.

What a clownish routine. Trump bringing up the failures of the WHO and picking apart their timeline only draws more attention to his own failures. This guy just keeps digging a deeper political hole for himself and the GOP.

President Trump is accusing World Health Organization of "severely mismanaging and covering up" the coronavirus pandemic. He says the organization chose "political correctness" over supporting travel restrictions and "failed" in its "basic duty."

Donald Trump: "It would have been so easy to be truthful."

You know, this stunt is so pathetic and transparent that I can’t even get worked up about it. Eventually, it is a policy that someone will reverse, whether Trump or Biden, but my God, how desperate they must be in the White House at this point to even think this was worth a shot.

UNBELIEVABLE! Trump has found his COVID-19 scapegoat: the World Health Organization. He’s projecting his lackadaisical response to the coronavirus to the W.H.O. He’s cutting off W.H.O. funding in the middle of a pandemic! Totally irresponsible. How many will this kill?

“Big, powerful, and very beautiful hospitals“ He is unwell.

Trump calls Andrew Cuomo's ventilator requests "ridiculous" and then attacks President Obama, who left office in 2017, for the fact the national ventilator stockpile was depleted in 2020

An employee at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s command center tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, bringing home the disease’s dangers at the very facility where the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic is being managed

Given the US coronavirus death toll of 25,000 and counting under @realDonaldTrump, this image is really open to interpretation

Our elections are the foundation of our democracy. In America, we should never be made to choose between risking our life or giving up our constitutional voice. Yet, this is exactly the toll that was imposed on Wisconsin voters last week. Nevertheless, they persisted.

27 migrant children in US government custody test positive for coronavirus

Ready to defeat Trump in November.

Active Duty Boston Police Officer passes away from complications due to COVID-19.

So a @AmbJohnBolton decision led to thousands dead and a Kremlin win in Libya? Nothing but the best.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to subscribe to your local paper if you value the work and have the means.

WOW. Not just full-throated endorsement of @JoeBiden, but damning indictment of #Trump/@GOP and inspiring call to get involved in politics, public service. I miss @BarackObama, but thankfully he has no intention of sitting this election out... and neither should you.

Actually just furious that my aunt died

Student files class-action lawsuit against Liberty University over coronavirus response

I’m proud to endorse my friend @JoeBiden for President of the United States.


Why the Supreme Court made Wisconsin vote during the coronavirus crisis

Trump obliterated nursing home safety regulations in 2017 — COVID is showing why they’re desperately needed: Ex-healthcare official

NEW: Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 600,000.

Reminder that one month ago Mitch decided it was better to shut down the Senate and take a long weekend instead of working to pass emergency legislation the nation needed. When every day mattered, he was AWOL.

More than 100 million children could miss measles vaccines due to coronavirus

Trump knows he’s f*cked up so bad the only way to win is to cheat again. He cheats at golf, marriage and elections, our petulant little drug-addicted king hasn’t met a level playing field in his life. Why start now?

Biden should name a Shadow Council To Re-Open America made up of health care experts, governors like Inslee, labor union officials, Elizabeth Warren, Bill Gates etc.

Nation’s Governors Consider Forming Country

Without oversight, this is what's happening with the $2 trillion coronavirus bailout: hedge fund managers are claiming relief funds as "small businesses."

Russia's economy could shrink 8.6% due to #COVID19, economists including Sergei Guriyev say, calling on the government to increase quantitative easing & payments to citizens

This NPR investigation shreds years of (already dubious) attempts by Bloomberg News to deny that it killed a major investigation into China’s ruling class in order to protect its corporate interests in the country

Six years ago, Bloomberg News killed an investigation into the wealth of Communist Party elites in China, fearful of repercussions by the Chinese government. The company silenced the reporters involved. And it tried to keep a reporter's spouse quiet, too

"When authority is total, so too is the madness of the man who declares it."

Even the things Trump usually can control seem to be spiraling away from him. His news conferences have been panned by Republicans, mocked by cable networks and dismissed by conservative thinkers

I sure do—and I’m ready to fight for it.

I am grateful to have the support of so many Wisconsinites and proud of the courage and commitment folks showed during last week's primary — but it should never have come to that. No one should ever have to choose between their health and our democracy.

Knowing that he's watching, Lindsey Graham uses his Fox & Friends appearance to speak directly to Trump and try to soothe his nerves

Everybody needs to watch this. Trump is asked one simple question, "What did you do the whole month of February?" He attacks the reporter. He attacks the press. He attacks Biden. He doesn't come close to answering the question. Because the answer to the question is "Nothing."

Last came Anarchy: he rode On a white horse, splashed with blood; He was pale even to the lips, Like Death in the Apocalypse. And he wore a kingly crown; And in his grasp a sceptre shone; On his brow this mark I saw-- 'I AM GOD, AND KING, AND LAW!' — Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A medical examiner has died from coronavirus after catching it from a dead body in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.”

Andrew Cuomo gives brutal smackdown to Trump’s pandemic briefings: ‘No value — it could be a comedy skit’

We can't deny that racial and socioeconomic factors are playing a role in who is being hit the hardest by the virus. It's a reminder for our policymakers to keep our most vulnerable communities at the forefront when making decisions.— Barack Obama

You mean just after we worked out a safe way to complete the Census with mail and Internet? WEIRD!

USPS workers have risked their own health to ensure America keeps running. That’s why I’m pushing for Congress to shore up USPS—so that everyone can continue to receive essential medicines and supplies, and citizens can vote from home.

"You don't become king because of an emergency," Gov. Cuomo

Attacking the questioner is often evidence one doesn’t have a good answer.

Carnage of Wolf Trapping in Idaho: 47% of animals caught are non-target species, including rare fishers, lynx, + wolverines. Trapping is a cruel + indiscriminate practice. It's the 21st century, isn't time we retire these barbaric hunting tools?

With neither side budging on their positions on a small-business aid deal, the Senate quickly gaveled in and out yesterday and won’t return for a pro forma session until Thursday

Photos shared among emergency room staff at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit show bodies being stored in vacant hospital rooms and piled on top of each other inside refrigerated holding units brought into the hospital's parking lot.

CONFIRMED: Former President Barack Obama will endorse his former Vice President Joe Biden in a video. A source close to President Obama tells me the video will be out later today.

I am not running for office to be King of America. I respect the Constitution. I’ve read the Constitution. I’ve sworn an oath to it many times. I respect the great job so many of this country’s governors — Democratic and Republican — are doing under these horrific circumstances

NASA has released new satellite images showing how air pollution in the northeast has been impacted by this pandemic. A dramatic difference in big cities like Boston and NYC.

Moscow Mitch Explains

How a pair of anti-vaccine activists sparked a #FireFauci furor

Trump’s a Mobster producing propaganda for enemies of the United States. But the MSM pays handsomely to those who continue to pretend they don’t get it.

Analysis: Trump's growing enemies list includes the media, governors and maybe Fauci. Oh, and the coronavirus.

"Even amid an unprecedented lockdown, ordinary workers still have extraordinary leverage when their labor is so crucial to maintaining basic functions in our society. This is always true, but it is more apparent today."

Oh, hey, look at that, an article by Ted Cruz Obama Is Not a Monarch

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation?

A Black doctor in Miami who has been testing the homeless for COVID-19 was detained outside his home while he was unloading his van. Police say they thought he was illegally offloading trash.

The #StaySafeStayHome mantra failed in Hartford in 1918. We're not going to let history repeat itself. That's why I've got to urge you to maintain social distancing. That's how we'll be safe, and that's how we'll get this economy going again.

This remains the iconic photo of the craven politics of this moment. (If you haven’t seen it, this is the gop speaker of the Wisconsin house insisting it was totally safe to vote, while wearing almost a full hazmat suit).

An important point from @NYGovCuomo: the plateau is NOT a decline in the number of cases.

A columnist for The Washington Post has obtained one leaked cable that reportedly complains about safety and management weaknesses at the lab, and specifically flags concerns that its work on bat coronaviruses could be dangerous

Gov. Baker on Monday joined a coalition of governors from seven eastern states who will work together in planning the region’s return to normalcy from the coronavirus pandemi

"Anyone—and I mean anyone—who tells you Monday’s presser was anything other than a complete meltdown shitshow on the top of the dumpster fire at the peak of Burning-Tire Mountain is a liar," writes

On Fox & Friends, the South Dakota governor promotes a statewide and state-supported trial of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 therapeutic.

Opinion: Undocumented immigrants, essential to the U.S. economy, deserve federal help too

I'm so glad the Governors are banding together and NOT listening to Dumpy in charge.....Governors on East and West coasts form pacts to decide when to reopen economies

The Me President: Trump uses briefing to focus on himself

“Former acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly was angered by the videos of sailors cheering for their recently-fired commander”

Essential food workers are paid minimum wages while enduring perilous conditions. They face an agonizing choice: stay home without income for rent or go to work and risk infection

Putin’s Long War Against American Science

We need the truth. “...postal workers began returning undelivered absentee ballots to the village about three weeks before Tuesday’s election with no explanation beyond that it might have been a sorting problem in downtown Milwaukee’s post office.”

Cuomo responds to Trump's claim states can't do anything without his approval: "I don't know why he would say that. I don't know why he would take us down that path.” "The Constitution says we don't have a king ... We didn't have King George Washington."

‘Sick and pathological’: Morning Joe panel hammers Fox News for pivoting back to calling virus over-hyped

Rick Wilson: Trump’s press conference meltdown was a ‘manic ragefest by America’s Worst President’

It’s extremely fucked up that people in Wisconsin were forced to risk their health to vote - like, beyond the pale. But they may have saved the country

Breaking: North Korea launched what are believed to be multiple short-range cruise missiles into the sea between it and Japan on Tuesday morning, South Korea's JCS says.

Perspective: Closing schools for the rest of the year is the right move

“The CIA has privately advised its workforce that taking an anti-malarial drug touted by Trump and some of his supporters as a promising treatment for the novel coronavirus has potentially dangerous side effects, including sudden death.”

Some battleground states crucial to Trump’s re-election are being particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, including Michigan and Pennsylvania

Paul Manafort is asking for early release from prison because of the coronavirus threat

On @NewDay, @TerryMcAuliffe unloading on Trump: "It's like the president is emotionally and mentally incapable of dealing with a crisis of this magnitude." Re: Trump "babbling" at Monday's briefing: "I seriously wonder what's going on upstairs. Honestly."

There is no “reopening” without a plan to get the virus under control and keep it that way. Trump’s false claims of absolute power are alarming, of course. But his failure to scale up testing is unforgiveable and deadly. His power isn’t absolute — but his incompetence is.

Trump administration to unveil $15.5 billion first phase of coronavirus farm aid:

"From the Black Death to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, major outbreaks have changed society’s power dynamics. What those changes will lead to will only be made clear to us in hindsight,"

Opinion: The pandemic has shown that Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies have the ability to correct a lot of disinformation — when they want to

Amazon fires two employees critical of warehouse working conditions

Coronavirus tests can be difficult to come by in many countries including in hard-hit parts of the United States and Britain, but in Wuhan, the Chinese epicentre of the pandemic, they are fast, cheap and easy to get

Now that Biden is presumptive Dem nominee, I asked Trump when his admin plans to start giving Biden coronavirus briefings or access to info from presidential daily brief. Trump: If Biden would like a briefing, “certainly” would. He added: “I don't know what he'd do with it.”

CNNs @Acosta: Trump "Propaganda" Video "Looked Straight Out Of Beijing Or Pyongyang"

Opinion: A disaster brewed for years in the Postal Service. The coronavirus has engulfed it in crisis.

Almost 4% of U.S. mortgage borrowers have stopped making their payments

UK coronavirus death toll could be 15% higher than previously shown: new data

‼️@CNN's @kaitlancollins tries to question @realDonaldTrump about his dictatorial claims: "You said when someone is @POTUS, their authority is ‘total’. That is not true....Who told you the president has the total authority?" Trump shushes her: "Enough."

Covfefe - 19

GOOD NEWS: President Trump has discovered who is at fault for the Trump administration's colossal coronavirus failures

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash Floats Potential Run for President Against Donald Trump

This is Florida's Surgeon General being removed from a #COVID19 briefing by @GovRonDeSantis staff right after saying we'll need to social distance until there is a vaccine.

Florida should social distance until a vaccine exists — even if it’s next year, surgeon general says After his assertion on social distancing, Scott Rivkees was quickly removed from the room by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman.

An estimated 29,000 health care workers — nurses, health aides, paramedics, technicians, and doctors — on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are also enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Clearview AI is sounding more and more like Cambridge Analytica...

While Americans are dying excruciating deaths from coronavirus, doctors and other essential workers are working without crucial supplies, and millions are jobless, Donald Trump is telling American that HE is the victim.

This is devastating for Republicans. please watch and retweet.

Exclusive: Michelle Obama to push absentee voting amid coronavirus

Just to remind everyone, they gave Democrats 5 out of 180 polling locations in Milwaukee- and they still kicked their ass.

“I want to know how you’re going to stop my loved ones from dying. I don’t need a campaign video, Mr. President."

You can't make it up: Every Wisconsin Supreme Court justice voted absentee, including the 4 conservatives whose ruling required in-person voting to proceed & blocked postponing the WI Supreme Court election to instead allow for expanded absentee voting

Researchers hopeful a coronavirus vaccine will be available next year

This quote hung beside the door of my congressional office at 127 Cannon. Glad some Republicans still believe it, even if the President does not.

How secure is the U.S. food supply chain?

“Then when they lie, they never admit they’re wrong, they just move on to the next set of lies”

I like how the Supreme Court votes remotely to deny the rest of us the right to vote remotely.

"We're very close to completing a plan to open our country."

I applaud Ticketmaster for continuing to shine in what is apparently a competition to provide the worst customer service in any industry. Exorbitant ticket fees for negligible benefits—now taking advantage of a crisis to line their pockets? Next level.

Trump admin ignoring dire COVID-19 situation in US nursing homes

E-mails show Trump squandered crucial time to address coronavirus

US eager to leave lockdown finds Trump failed on month-old promises

Trump admin still stealing PPE supplies puts states on guard

Oh well, SCOTUS. Guess the people do not react well to having their lives threatened if they exercise the right to vote. Maybe @realDonaldTrump should think long and hard before fighting postal voting. The patriot militia hasn’t appreciated threats since 1776 (and earlier)

"South Dakota’s governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots."

In one of the most unchained presidential tantrums ever captured on television, President Trump's Monday display flouted every notion of calm leadership by the commander in chief in a crisis

Around 50 worshipers attended mass inside a Kentucky church on Easter, and several said they had no intentions of self-quarantining afterward.

Even cocaine is like, "Dude, you're freaking me out right now."

“This was not and is not a pandemic, but we do have panic and pandemonium as a result of the hype of this,” Fox News contributor Bill Bennett proclaimed, despite over 22,000 American fatalities from the virus in roughly a month

It appears that any electoral advantage accrued by going forward with an election during a pandemic may be offset by the electoral penalty for being the asses that insisted on going forward with an election during a pandemic.

Analysis | Two months in the dark: The increasingly damning timeline of Trump’s coronavirus response

Coronavirus live updates: Trump incorrectly claims he has final say over lifting restrictions; states form coalitions to discuss reopening economy

A group of Southern California pastors is suing California Gov. Gavin Newsom and several other officials in federal court over health directives that have prevented worshipers from attending church services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump called CBS' Paula Reid "fake" and "disgraceful" Monday after she questioned him about the administration's decisions in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

CNN's Jim Acosta: "That is the biggest meltdown of a president of the United States that I've ever seen in my career. I don't think a reasonable person could watch what we just saw over the last hour and conclude that the president is in control."

Professional sports in Florida are getting the green light to resume production after the Florida Governor's Office deemed them "essential services."

People grew sick of social distancing measures in the summer of 1918. When the war finally ended in late November, people took to the streets to celebrate their good fortune. In the coming weeks, the second wave of the pandemic killed more people than the war, It’s not a game... pic.twitter.com/w5XtrT2ey4 — Stone (@stonecold2050) April 14, 2020 People grew sick of social distancing measures in the summer of 1918. When the war finally ended in late November, people took to the streets to celebrate their good fortune. In the coming weeks, the second wave of the pandemic killed more people than the war, It’s not a game...