Wednesday, April 15, 2020

“We got a note about a conference call, like you’d get an invite to a Zoom thing, a few lines in an email, and that was it. Then our CEO heard his name in the Rose Garden? What the [expletive]?” said one prominent Washington lobbyist...

"The number of coronavirus tests analyzed each day by commercial labs in the U.S. plummeted by more than 30 percent over the past week, even though new infections are still surging in many states and officials are desperately trying to ramp up testing so the country can reopen."

We can’t approve any Trump Judges while he has less than 9 months in office. Sound familiar Mitch McTreason?

Trump’s attempt to enlist businesses in reopening push gets off to rocky start

Managing an economic relief and recovery effort is hard, painstaking work. The devil is in the details. It’s all about follow-through. I've done the work before, and I'll be ready to do it on day one as president.

She knows that ”19” is for the year the virus first presented - 2019, not for being the 19th iteration. She knows. She’s just spreading disinformation. Because she’s a professional propagandist. And thousands of Americans will continue to die to please her masters.

Mitch does not care about Kentucky. He's repeatedly tried to destroy programs that work to stop the spread of infectious diseases & protect public health. This was money FOR Kentucky health departments

When a Republican president loses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce... sh!t has hit the fan.

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the UK-based Lancet medical journal, wrote Trump’s decision to defund WHO: “a crime against humanity … Every scientist, every health worker, every citizen must resist and rebel against this appalling betrayal of global solidarity.”

Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won’t say, filling families with dread

Trump is installing literal agent of Russia Michael Caputo as Health and Human Services spokesman

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's "given up" on coronavirus help from the Trump administration

He's off on this shitshow distraction tangent because American CEOs and business leaders know standing on the stage with him is professional suicide.

Garrett Soldano the organizer of the Michigan protest

An enormous rat just ran behind @realDonaldTrump in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up.

The Navy is looking into whether it can reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed from command of the carrier Theodore Roosevelt after he pleaded for more help fighting a novel coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship, Defense Department officials said.

Trump, calling for the confirmation of an appointee to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, says Voice of America's coverage is "disgusting." He adds, "The things they say are disgusting toward our country."

“We got a note about a conference call, like you’d get an invite to a Zoom thing, a few lines in an email, and that was it. Then our CEO heard his name in the Rose Garden? What the [expletive]?” said one prominent Washington lobbyist...

.@maddow: "If [Joe Biden] asked you to be his running mate, would you say yes?" Elizabeth Warren: "Yes."

Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks, but federal health officials warn the bar to do so safely may be too high.

A mother in New York was cheered on by hospital staff as she met her newborn baby after recovering from coronavirus. She spent 11 days on a ventilator. @jaketapper reports.

President Trump is now playing a video put together by General Motors about how they’re building ventilators. “At this moment nobody needs them,” Trump says. “We are going to be able to help other countries that are having tremendous problems.”

Yes who would not want a guy who previously worked for the Kremlin, just recently still had Kremlin-y clients, and is bros with many of the Kremlin shills currently in or heading to jail, as their spox during a crisis?

“At the last minute, we were notified” that the shipment “wouldn’t be coming,” “The government had stepped in and taken possession.”

Trump accuses NYC of padding its coronavirus death toll

MSNBC dumps Trump's coronavirus briefing when he tries to play another propaganda video

Trump threatened to shut down both chambers of Congress to allow him to fill vacancies in his administration without Senate approval. Just because

Big scoop from @ddiamond and @dlippman: The White House is making Michael Caputo top HHS spokesperson

The $2 trillion rescue package was supposed to help Uber drivers, freelance workers and other contractors who usually aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But so far, this group of 23 million working Americans is running into dead ends and delays

It's an impromptu Trump rally. Expect a giant boom in COVID-19 cases in Lansing in 12-14 days. Idiots.

Over roughly two weeks, about 90% of the $349 billion set aside to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic has been allocated

President Trump says he and WH officials will announce new guidelines for reopening the country tomorrow.

Trump has just threatened to close both houses of Congress. Boy, I bet the Republicans are really glad they protected him from impeachment.

“I don’t know too much about it,” Trump says when asked why his name will be on the stimulus checks

The President just said that he may unilaterally adjourn Congress. This seems to be a reference to Article II, Section 3, which gives a president in “extraordinary occasions” to convene or adjourn the Houses. This power has never been used and should not be used now . . .

Absolutely alarming. Plummeting testing is fraught with peril—& reflects White House falsity. Massive testing, not less, is necessary for economic recovery.

Not if it flips a senate seat to the GOP, no. Guys, Charlie Baker is a Republican. A good guy, maybe, but he's going to appoint a Republican to that seat if she leaves. Think.

These are the loopy but reliably partisan judges that Republicans put on courts.

The White House refused to turn over communications to the Pentagon inspector general that would show whether it influenced the decision not to award Amazon a $10B defense contract

When he’s not firing Inspector Generals, Trump is obstructing their investigations. Here, he's hiding communications about a DOD contract for Amazon, a company Trump has repeatedly tried to punish because its founder owns the Washington Post. The corruption is in plain sight.

President Trump says he plans to put a hold on U.S. funding for the WHO amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public health specialists say it's a mistake. "This is a terrible time to do this and is short-sighted," says an expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

President Trump says he plans to put a hold on U.S. funding for the WHO amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public health specialists say it's a mistake. "This is a terrible time to do this and is short-sighted," says an expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

We’ve never backed a Democrat for president. But Trump must be defeated.

.@WHO is on the front lines of this pandemic, providing advice, training, and equipment crucial to saving lives—including Americans’. Cutting their funding is not only dangerous—Trump doesn’t have the authority to do it. He should know: violating spending laws got him impeached. — Hillary Clinton

Mark the calendar: The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a dispute over whether Trump's tax and financial records should be disclosed on May 12.

Will be forever haunted by this image of protestors in Ohio demanding the governor open businesses back up

A criminal trial for several associates of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been postponed until well after the November election

"A lack of a centralized national strategy, overlapping efforts, an array of small-scale trials that will not lead to definitive answers and no standards for how to prioritize efforts, what data to collect or how to share it to get to answers faster."

#Coronavirus is not uniformly distributed across the US. If the @realDonaldTrump Administration didn’t have such epic failures in testing, we could reopen parts of America today. Unfortunately, Trump Admin is moving in the wrong direction: testing dropped 30% over the last week.

At least 30 grocery store workers have died from the coronavirus. Now, there's an urgent call to designate them as first responders.

False Prophet Media-bashing robocalls, chloroquine Twitter trolls, briefing-room propaganda—my story on the Orwellian campaign of revisionist history to convince voters Trump was right about the coronavirus all along:

WARNING: A last minute tax provision in the coronavirus stimulus will mostly benefit the wealthy, including President Trump, who will be one of the biggest potential beneficiaries of this last minute change by the Republicans

Schiff says his committee is investigating the coronavirus intelligence produced and how Trump responded to the intelligence. In other words, House Dems want to answer this question about coronavirus: what did the president know and when did he know it?

President Trump "envisioned his show as two hours a day, every day. And were it not for Mr. Limbaugh, and the risk of encroaching on his territory, he reiterated, he would do it."

Tony Fauci has become a target for Trump allies who are loath to blame the president for the coronavirus disaster. But he's also not the infallible figure many make him out to be. @PeterAtlantic & I assess where the doctor stands in a rivalrous White House

Statement by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

I just wrote: “Voting for a third-party candidate such as Justin Amash won’t cut it. The election is a binary choice. If you don’t back Biden, you’re backing Trump.”

They blocked the emergency entrances at the hospital where my girlfriend works as a nurse.

Bells ring on Boylston Street near the finish line to remember those lost during the 2013 marathon bombings

In a protest dubbed “Operation Gridlock,” protestors aim to lock down whatever traffic remains in Lansing with their vehicles. “That’s basically what she’s done to our state: gridlock us,” one of the rally’s organizers said of the Michigan governor.

The Strategic National Stockpile has sent out 19.1 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine to cities around the country, a FEMA spokesperson confirmed. About 10.1 million are going to the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Trump’s decision to cut funds from the World Health Organization—which is on the front lines of researching and delivering treatments for coronavirus—is deeply reckless and does nothing to distract from his mismanagement of this crisis from the beginning

Democracy depends on an informed citizenry and social cohesion. Here’s a look at how misinformation can spread through social media, and why it can hurt our ability to respond to crises.— Barack Obama

Democrats say Trump is breaking the same law again that GAO concluded he broke when he paused military aid to Ukraine. "In a desperate attempt to deflect blame, President Trump is violating the same spending laws that brought about his impeachment."

SCOOP: As the Trump administration discouraged mask use for the public, the NSC raced to secure a stash of masks for White House personnel. New story about a deal with Taiwan to secure 3,600 for senior officials

More than eight in 10 voters say not to reopen the economy if it will enable the coronavirus to spread, according to a new poll

"Behind Trump’s back McConnell has called the president 'nuts,' and made clear that he considers himself smarter than Trump, and that he 'can’t stand him,'" @JaneMayerNYer reports in this deeply researched and fascinating profile of the Senate leader.

Kentucky lawmakers override veto of voter ID measure

Kentucky Republicans celebrate after making it more difficult for people to vote during coronavirus crisis

I’d rather see @BarackObama’s endorsement of @JoeBiden play from start to finish on TV than another of Trump’s “press conferences.” It’s surreal to hear intelligent, truthful words from a leader who cares about us. After that, I’d like to see Biden get as much airtime as Trump.

PLEASE RETWEET: Every now and then I try and sound the alarm. This is one of those times. THERE IS A SPECIAL ELECTION IN CONGRESS ON MAY 12. Democrat @ChristyforCA25 is the nominee. She has 22,000 followers. Follow her and retweet to spread the word.

The president, who has fended off criticism for appearing to play down the severity of the pandemic, accused the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus

You could see him almost becoming aroused as he read the list of fast food restaurants

About 9,000 healthcare workers have tested positive as of April 9. They are mostly white, female and in their 40s. 27 have died. Please stay home. Please. More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the coronavirus

"If we throw a punch at WHO we're just going to end up connecting with our own jaw here, because it will make it harder to stop the outbreak globally and that is bad for our own interests,"

SCOOP: While his Justice Department finalized a plan with Australian officials for the U.S. to help free two Australian bloggers from a Tehran prison, AG Barr had another request: help investigate the origins of the Mueller inquiry.


The bottom line is that @realDonaldTrump apparently sought another quid pro quo with a foreign government -- this time trying to get Australia to undermine the Mueller investigation. This President needs to go. NOW.

New video from ⁦@ForTheRuleOfLaw⁩ featuring Republican voters in WI cautioning, “Don’t let what happened in Wisconsin happen in November.” Will air on Fox this week.

By that same logic, we should quit funding his presidency.

South Korea is the first country with a significant coronavirus outbreak to hold a nationwide election since the pandemic began, which has infected at least 10,560 people in South Korea alone.

BREAKING: WTI crude futures fall below $20 a barrel as demand tumbles

I’m proud to endorse my friend @JoeBiden for President of the United States. Let's go: — Barack Obama

Elections are the beating heart of our democracy. If we force Americans to choose between voting this November or staying safe from the virus—then democracy as we know it will be lost.

The largest professional association of physicians, the American Medical Association, labeled President #Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he will put a hold on funding for the World Health Organization “dangerous.”

You do what you can. "The Sioux Falls Mayor is moving forward with a shelter in place ordinance. He asked Gov. Kristi Noem to implement a county-wide order, but the governor has not done so. The mayor is moving forward with a plan within city limits."

With consumers relying on Amazon more than ever, Jeff Bezos got $24 billion richer this year

Two key GOP senators today raised alarm about President Trump’s recent hostility toward the government’s internal watchdogs, tacitly warning that he has threatened their independence and asking the president to support, rather than undermine, them

Let’s sharpen this a bit. Linda McMahon made her fortune as a WWE executive. DeSantis just saved WWE from breaching their Fox TV contract and losing $205 million per year. McMahon currently runs Trump’s SuperPAC.

NEW: The congressional panel policing the $500bn corporate bailout fund has only one member with no staff or support -- so he's using his unverified @Twitter feed as billions of taxpayer $$ race out the door.

25,803 deaths and Trump is ALL-CAPS hate-tweetin' about voter fraud? He can't devote a single tweet to dead Americans.

They’re so “pro-life” they’re mad that more haven’t died.

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.

Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises say they both plan to resume sailing in late June.

The president's not a legally permitted signer of the stimulus checks, so instead his name will be in the "memo" section, via @Reinlwapo

Trump: "Those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent failed to do so. It would have been so easy to be truthful. And so much death has been caused by their mistakes."

Every New York contractor can tell you, immediately cash any check with Trump’s name on it.

Nancy Pelosi has decided the best way to counter President Trump is to be everywhere — even if that means doing so from her San Francisco kitchen Almost daily, Pelosi pops up on one network or another — even cycling through the late-night talk show junket

For the US to have one of the WORST domestic responses of any developed country in the world and then CEASE contributions to @WHO in the middle of a raging global pandemic is an embarrassment—a sign of weakness, panic, and scapegoating. It also endangers American citizens.

White House misses congressional deadline to explain intelligence watchdog's firing

In recent weeks: * Boston-area at-home deaths up 20% * Detroit dead-body calls up 275% * NYC daily home deaths up 471% Our @ProPublica review points to a big undercount in U.S. deaths related to the coronavirus

Lack of leadership by Wilkie cited in VA shortcomings on COVID-19

VA assurances on COVID contradicted by internal memos and alarming stats

U.S. not remotely ready to re-open, according to WHO criteria

COVID-19 outbreaks in upper Midwest show virus is not just a New York problem