Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program was intended to send help to the small businesses that needed it most, but President Trump adopted an approach to help his high-priced friends. We've got to do better. Here's what I would do if I were president:

BREAKING: The United Auto Workers is endorsing @JoeBiden for president. The 400,000-member union said that the nation needs stable leadership with less acrimony “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.”

JUST IN: The Senate Intelligence Committee affirms the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia acted to aid Trump in 2016 — and explicitly breaks with the House GOP. "The ICA reflects strong tradecraft," said Burr.

California becomes first state to recommend coronavirus tests for some without symptoms

Seeing the latest "threats" from the AG against the states reminds me of this oldie but goodie where Billy Barr, Esq. touts how "promising" hydroxychloroquine is and is mad that the media is so mean to Trump about it.

"Wisconsin Republicans" Federal documents: more than 300,000 likely to die if restrictions are lifted

Wisconsin Republicans and the U.S. Supreme Court forced voters to break quarantine and vote in person as a cynical ploy to suppress voters. At least 7 people are sick because of it. Will anyone be held accountable for this stunt?

Heroes don’t always wear capes, but lately they do wear masks.

“Why hasn’t the CDC been more public and holding briefings?” “Everyone involved has been terrific.“

Rick Gates, former deputy to Paul Manafort, became the latest high-profile convict to be granted a request for release on home confinement during the #coronavirus outbreak, due to the risk to Gates’ wife who is being treated for cancer.

"Everybody here has been vaccinated anyway" -- caught on tape

This guy is such a buffoon. The police power of the states gives them the authority to determine what is necessary for the health and safety of their citizens. The AG can't stop it. He's just spouting nonsense to make Trump feel large and in charge

So where are Jared Kushner’s buddies reselling all the masks he’s stolen? I wonder how many are piled up in bunkers for use by the Trump crime family and their criminal cohorts?

The Federalists have completely jumped the shark. So much for states’ rights to act under their own police powers. The Constitution permits orders that are narrowly tailored to achieve compelling interests. Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact.

Two-thirds of voters back vote-by-mail in November 2020 — and 58% want the election rules changed permanently.

A new analysis found that 11% of veterans with Covid-19 died when they received standard care — but the death rate rose to 28% when they were also given hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted by Trump

I’ve made this point before but how much of a perv do you have to be to be the guy that makes Epstein double-over? Even Jeffrey was ‘like damn bro, that’s nasty’. That’s Trump. Also, Cocaine.

Director of U.S. agency key to vaccine development leaves role suddenly amid coronavirus pandemic

Secret Recording Reveals NRA's Legal Troubles Have Cost The Organization $100 Million

Chuck Schumer: "We need testing. We will not get America moving again unless we have a nationwide, well thought out, well-executed testing program — and this administration doesn't have one."

If not Kim Jong Un, who? Possible heirs to North Korea’s throne

Belgian farmers struggle with absent workers, closed markets

An internal memo written by U.S. officials and addressed to Mike Pompeo warns that cutting funding to the World Health Organization, as Trump said he would do, would threaten U.S. lives and hobble global efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion: America "has been abused by this president," former RNC chairman Michael Steele says

If you want to stop immigration when unemployment is under 4% and stop immigration when unemployment is over 10%, chances are it never had anything to do with jobs.

Seven COVID-19 cases appear to be linked to Wisconsin election, Milwaukee health commissioner says

Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are easing stay-at-home restrictions and moving to reopen their economies despite fears that adequate testing capacity may not yet be in place. Live updates:

Trump today: “I haven’t left the White House in months.” Just last month he took a three day golf vacation at his private club in Florida and threw a lavash party.

Is the theory that all of the other countries around the world that *also* went into lockdown were doing so just to provide cover for the Democrat governors in America?

Suspending immigration. Fanning armed protests against Dem. governors. Are these the moves of a president rattled by poll numbers like these

Oil price plunge below zero sends 'oil tourists' on wild ride

The U.S. will need to run 5 million tests a day by early June in order to safely lift social distancing measures, according to a new Harvard white paper.

Republican death panels are asking Americans to die for the economy again.

A watchdog out of Trump's grasp unleashes wave of coronavirus audits: The Government Accountability Office is moving quickly to conduct oversight of Trump's handling of the response efforts — and it's got more protection than other Trump targets.

Opinion: The problem isn’t a lack of information. It’s Trump

#ImpeachedPresidentTrump Lest we forget Trump making it legal to bring elephant parts to the U.S. as trophies? Trump’s rich donors can now bring Elephant tusks into the U.S. legally — even though African elephants are being poached to extinction for the illegal ivory trade.

Yawn. This show is getting boring and predictable.

They should be suspending all travel to their countries from the United States! I mean, look at us!! Thanks to your lousy leadership, we lead the world in this plague!

Replying to @realDonaldTrump and @nytimes

Daily Beast: Trump's coronavirus task force increasingly ignores Trump.

God or Trump: Pence Can’t Serve Two Masters

A list of public companies that have reported receiving #PPPloan assistance

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien tells Fox & Friends that Trump's move to temporarily ban immigration is about "what's best for the health of the American people." (American has the most coronavirus cases in the world so this doesn't make much sense.)

GA Gov. Kemp: "We will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, aestheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists to reopen their doors this Fri., April 24th."

Governor Brian Kemp is allowing gyms, barbers, cosmetologists, and other similar businesses statewide to reopen THIS FRIDAY APRIL 24

South Korea refutes reports North Korean leader is in 'grave' condition following surgery

RIP Kim Jong Un’s surgeon

On Saturday, First Lady Yumi Hogan and I stood on the tarmac at @BWI_Airport to welcome the first ever Korean Air passenger plane, carrying a very important payload of LabGun #COVID19 test kits which will give MD the capability of performing half a million coronavirus tests.

.@JoeNBC: "Joe Biden in January was saying that Donald Trump needed to get more serious about this. In January, he was saying Donald Trump needed to let scientists and doctors run this operation...In January, he warned what was coming. Donald Trump wasted all of February."

US Ramps Up War in Somalia, Killing More Civilians

“The death rate in Palm Beach County, a percentage of the number of people who have died as compared to the number of confirmed cases, is 5.5 percent.”

My take on the Kim Jong Un rumors: We always need to be extremely cautious about speculation from North Korea because it's very difficult to verify. But these latest rumors are gaining traction because Kim is so obviously in such bad shape

educated vs uneducated poll

In my book "The Great Successor," I wrote that Kim Jong Un's biggest risk factor was his obvious poor health -- and in particular the risk of cardiac problems. Kim Jong Un is five feet, seven inches tall, and weighs about three hundred pounds = BMI of 45, or "extremely obese"

It’s not really been remarked on enough that governors are regularly recording their calls with the president and other admin officials because they know Trump is going to lie about them and they need proof. This is not a normal thing.

When Joy Behar discussed the anti-lockdown protesters saying, "those are terrorists who bring guns to rallies,” That point did not sit well with McCain who responded, “...it may seem violent, but it's perfectly normal to me...”

Inbox: Biden for President Raises $46.7 Million in March

The D.C. Circuit is moving along with plans to hold the April 28 en banc hearing on the McGahn case, and the House case to order the IRS to hand over Trump’s tax returns, by teleconference. Brace yourself -- that's nine circuit judges all chiming in by phone.

I guess this is the part where the all plot lines from the previous seasons intersect

Egypt sends military plane filled with medical aid to help U.S. with coronavirus

That’s un-impeached President Obama to you.

Kayleigh earned her presidential knee pads the old fashioned way.

“Thank you Mr. President, it’s the honor of a lifetime to be here.“ You’re here because there is a global health emergency, dude.

Unless we test, we will never know the extent of the spread of the #coronavirus and the extent of the challenge for us to eradicate it. It’s never too late to do the right thing. And in this case, doing the right thing can still save countless lives.

Wow — another AMAZING Biden ad. Spot on! Please watch and share!!

Immigrants account for 18.2% of healthcare workers and 23.5% of formal and nonformal long-term care sector workers. 27.5% of direct care workers and 30.3% of nursing home housekeeping and maintenance workers are immigrants

.@realdonaldtrump said today he didn’t know about the rallies he attended while #coronavirus spread across America. Here’s a reminder of what he was up to

CNN: The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is in grave danger after a surgery, according to US official with direct knowledge.

President Trump now seeks to distract us from his fumbled COVID-19 response by trying to put the blame on immigrants. The truth is many immigrants are on our front lines, protecting us as doctors, nurses, health aids, farmworkers, and restaurant workers.

So, pretty much, what @donlemon said. Army of immigrants and low-income workers stepping up to frontlines to do risky work: Whiners and complainers who need golf and massages

A South Korean source tells me Blue House is very much aware of the reports about Kim Jong Un's health status but cannot independently verify. The source acknowledged that Kim's issues related to weight & smoking were well known but made clear they are waiting for more info.

Opinion: This crisis has taught us true cost of doing business with China

267 million Facebook profiles sold for $600 on the dark web

So, at $0 a barrel who in Texas wants to vote for @realDonaldTrump?

Donald Trump has managed to do somethin' no other president could. Destroy the oil and gas industry

With the oil market in freefall, should climate activists start buying up wells and shutting them down?

With focus on testing, Maryland buys 500,000 coronavirus tests kits from South Korea

FEMA, under Jared’s direction (pushed through donald’s sharpie), confiscated tests weeks ago. Start interviewing execs at the biotech companies. They will confirm.

I have a question that no one has really asked yet and I can't think of the answer for: assuming the virus was prevalent in mid/late fall or even December in China, why did no other major Chinese cities suffer a Wuhan-like result? Anyone?

Holy smokes. Oil price has gone NEGATIVE for first time in History in US.

Let’s cut through the GOP spin that Democrats have been blocking small business relief. Democrats want vastly expanded funding for REAL small businesses. Republicans oppose it. They want to pass a pittance now and destroy all our leverage. We’re fighting for real support.

TRUMP: I took coronavirus very seriously ALCINDOR: You held rallies in February and March TRUMP: I haven't left the White House in months ALCINDOR: You held a rally in March TRUMP: Did I hold a rally? I'm sorry

An arrest warrant has been issued for Louisiana pastor Tony Spell after video footage allegedly caught him on camera backing up a bus towards a protester outside his church

Joe Biden on Gov. Hogan asking South Korea for testing help: "Think about that: a Governor had to turn to a country halfway around the world for aid because he couldn't rely on timely help from a President and a White House that sits just miles from his state’s border."

Meanwhile, POTUS just said he will ban all immigration b/c blah blah invisible enemy, & while mostly he is just chumming the waters w/ toxic bullshit b/c his “ratings” suck, maybe he should understand who is keeping hospitals functional & food supplies secure: immigrants.

My father is and ever will be amazing. You are my hero, rest well dad.

Reports that #NorthKorea's Kim Jung Un has had health issues for last few months. Reports are surfacing after cardiac surgery that he is now brain dead

US on track to learn coronavirus lessons the hard way

Where testing is possible, way more coronavirus cases turn up than predicted