Tuesday, April 28, 2020

“In the West Wing, Trump often belittles Pence in front of others. ‘Pence lives in mortal fear of being booted off the ticket. Trump constantly reminds Mike that he almost didn’t choose him.’”

Shutdown protester GOP candidate is losing her state senate primary 61-39

Reopen protest leader arrested during protest at North Carolina governor’s mansion

Hope Hicks Is Apparently Behind Trump’s Rambling, Egotistical Press Conferences

Dear @VP Mike Pence: The mask is not to protect you, it’s to protect the patients at the Mayo Clinic. You had no right to violate hospital policy and put others at risk.

With @justinamash vacating his seat to run for President, he's left a vacuum in this toss-up district that will either be filled by a pro-Trump extremist, or me--a proven leader. Together we can win this seat and build a better America for all, but we'll need your help

Let me be very clear: No one is expendable. We shouldn’t allow rationing of health care that discriminates based on age or disability.

We’re not going to allow Trump to withhold relief funds from states that protect immigrant families. That he would even try to extort states by using vulnerable people as leverage during a crisis of this magnitude confirms what we’ve known all along: The cruelty is the point.

The decision by @VP Pence to refuse to wear a mask at the Mayo Clinic today is all too apt a symbol of some very deep and troubling problems. A short thread

DOJ unseals Roger Stone warrants in response to lawsuit from CNN and other outlets

Justin Amash Moves Toward a Third-Party Bid for President

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said in her state, it will be considered a “voluntary quit” if an employee refuses to return to work once businesses reopen, thereby losing access to unemployment benefits. A similar situation will soon play out in Texas.

Two men in Georgia drank disinfectants in efforts to prevent COVID-19, officials say

This is extortion not governing. Trump did not learn anything from being impeached for such corrupt behavior.

EXCLUSIVE: Healthcare workers and public employees in 10 states filed 40 complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday, claiming employers failed to protect them on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the supply chain, hitting everyone from farmers to automakers to retailers. But meat processing plants, especially, are in a crisis.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds flew over New York City in a tribute to the first responders working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a masked Gov. Jared Polis meeting an unmasked Pence in VP’s trip to Colorado 10 days ago.

My Hispanic people will never fail to amaze me with theor creativity and resourcefulness

IDEA charter school network landed grants with political help from Education Department, congressman says

So Kay Ivey is competing with Brian Kemp for dumbest Governor in America. This'll be neck and neck folks.

Twenty workers in U.S. meatpacking and food-processing plants have died and at least 6,500 have been directly impacted by the coronavirus

Top E.R. Doc Who Treated Coronavirus Patients Dies by Suicide Her father to ⁦@nytimes⁩: “She was truly in the trenches of the front line. Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was. She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.”

She had never shown any mental health issues before this. She went back to work a week and a half after getting sick because she was needed. Exhausted, still recovering, overwhelmed, possibly mentally affected by the illness.  
Her death is absolutely, 100% on him.

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton is reportedly set to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race.

U.S. surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases, according to figures compiled by The Post

REPORTER: South Korea has done 5 times more tests than the US per capita. Why is that? TRUMP: I don't think that's true R: That is true, and you said the US passed South Korea in virus testing

Our kids are not a pawn in Donald Trump’s political games. Communities need to reopen schools when doctors, scientists, educators, and parents agree it’s safe, not when #PresidentDrinkBleach thinks it’s convenient for him.

The chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party is encouraging people planning to protest stay-at-home orders imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic to dress like health care workers

House drops plans to return to D.C., citing virus risk; McConnell vows Senate will vote Monday

Vot on Latest legal battle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over the McGahn subpoena underway in the D.C. Circuit.

McConnell cut funding to preparedness programs and let our public health stockpile dwindle because he was supposedly concerned about the national debt. Where was that concern when he was handing out tax breaks to millionaires and corporations?

Opinion: Republicans’ new fear is that Trump will drag them down with him

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the state's stay-at-home advisory until May 18.

Q: Which do you think would be better for the Republican Party, and maybe the country itself: a second term for Trump or a sound defeat? JEFF FLAKE: Oh, a sound defeat, no doubt. Long term for the Republican Party, you bet. And for conservatism as well.

Per New York magazine: The White House confirmed to Axios that [Fauci and Birx] will stay on “but take a back seat to the forward-looking, ‘what’s next’ message.

Reminder: Roger Stone’s search warrant docs drop today

Kids of doctors and nurses fear covid-19 will kill their parents. It’s changed them

Data from the economic crisis of 2008 showed that the increase in suicides preceded the actual rise in the unemployment rate. We therefore expect an extra burden for our mental health system, and the medical community should prepare for this challenge now.

Q: You would feel comfortable voting for a Dem? JEFF FLAKE: Yeah. This won't be the first time I've voted for a Democrat — though not for president [before]. Last time I voted for a third-party candidate. [Laughs.] But I will not vote for Donald Trump

My mother, who has lived at her residence in Arizona for over 20 years, has just received a final notice (she never got any previous notices) that she has moved (she hasn't) and been taken off the voter rolls. DM me if you live in AZ and have received a letter like this.

Prof. Hill may be senior to Prof. Gilbert in the lab structure, but it is Dr. Gilbert who hit on adapting her own MERS vaccine for COVID-19. The vaccine, if successful, would make her the most significant female scientist since Marie Curie, and possibly ever.

New: NYT counsel @DavidMcCraw responds to Hannity 12-page legal threat -- made via the lawyer he shares with Trump, Charles Harder -- with 61 words, concluding: "In response to your request for an apology and retraction, our answer is 'no.'''

Giant corporations & private equity vultures are just waiting to gobble up struggling small businesses during the pandemic. @AOC & I are introducing a bill to prevent risky mergers & acquisitions during this crisis.

I wrote about how Trump keeps playing the media like a puppet. Yes, we’ve gotten better — but history will not judge us kindly.

Portrait of a totally unworthy man, corrupt to the core: a perfect Trump enabler

As the first single mom of young kids elected to Congress, I don’t leave my experience at home when I fight for working families. I think about single parent households like mine while I work on legislation, and I push my colleagues to do the same.

If the Pentagon can drop videos of UFOs from years ago, the Intel Community can drop the Trump-Putin calls now. At this point, not sure which will be more shocking.

Perspective: Progressives are worried that Biden might be too conservative. But he has changed on everything from abortion to LGBTQ rights

BREAKING: Boeing facing both criminal prosecution and regulatory civil enforcement over 737 MAX production

The Pentagon has officially released three short videos showing "unidentified aerial phenomena" that had previously been released by a private company

Will summer kill coronavirus? Cities fear heat waves will quickly become deadly. Across the country, officials are being forced to consider how they will protect the poor, elderly as coronavirus crisis collides with dangerous temperatures.

At least North Korea has the decency to hide their brain dead leader.

McGahn was a key witness in Mueller’s probe into whether Trump campaign conspired with Russia, and whether Trump interfered in the investigation. Full DC Circuit is stacked in House Dems’ favour.

Special interests win. We lose. Same old Mitch.

This is why we experts recommend AGAINST reopening, unless and until new #COVID19 cases fall to 0 *and* we have robust, widespread #coronavirus

On my way to deliver hot meals to @NIH @TheChildrensInn from @jaleo in downtown DC! My @thinkfoodgroup team also setup a Jaleo Bodega if you need supplies...And anyone who needs a free meal can still come any day!

This is how ugly the implications are: China, WHO, and Trump lied about COVID-19 while Trump had FINISHED intelligence in JANUARY.

The full D.C. Circuit on Monday reheard a case challenging what one judge had called a “Kafkaesque” regime to approve a natural gas pipeline, in the court's first teleconference en banc hearing of the #COVID19 pandemic.

God grant the Marines the power to jerk the son of a bitch out of the White House and put him in a Brig in Quantico. A major coup would save 10s of thousands of lives. Should I not have said that?

Patients with certain cancers are nearly three times more likely to die of covid-19 than non-cancer patients, study says

High as a kite.

Asking restaurants - which already have thin profit margins - to operate at 25 percent capacity is so financially absurd it makes me suspect Abbott knows most restaurants won't open but just wants the credit for allowing them to.

Project Air Bridge is Jared Kushner’s secretive public-private partnership for COVID-19 supplies – but it’s failing. States can’t get equipment & nobody's explaining how the project works. @SenBlumenthal & I want answers from the participating suppliers.

The way to challenge a memo that says you can’t indict a sitting president is to indict a sitting president then litigate the issue. Presents a bit of a chicken-and-an-egg problem. Or maybe more of a catch-22.

The GOP Bet It All on Trump. Now They’re Paying the Price.

Joe Biden warned about the coronavirus in JANUARY. WHO is sleepy??

Trump’s dismantling of accountability began when he became a candidate for president; but since his impeachment, his war on checks on his power has become a defining characteristic of his administration

Analysis: The world doesn’t want to pick between the U.S. and China

Illinois judge rules the governor's stay-at-home order violates the liberty of a state lawmaker who sued to block the measure, signaling potential legal hurdles for extended periods of social distancing during coronavirus outbreak, @shrutidatesingh reports

The New York Times is brushing off Sean Hannity's threat of legal action over articles criticizing his coronavirus coverage. "We have reported fairly and accurately on Mr. Hannity," a spokesperson said. "There is no basis for a retraction or an apology."

πŸ™πŸ» Please sue, .@seanhannity. But you won’t, as Charles Harder, even though a bombastic prick like you, knows discovery in the lawsuit(s) would destroy you and open you up to even more lawsuits than will already be coming at you. Blustering blowhard like your Orange Dear Leader.

I have no idea if this is a legit video, but that looks like a combat engineer unit on the move.

After a call about the coronavirus with the White House, the message to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was really clear: ‘We really are on our own here.’

Millions of Americans locked out of unemployment system, survey finds

This B still wants to go out. What a stupid, selfish woman, Leader of NC protests has coronavirus

JetBlue to require passengers wear masks starting May 4

California's plans to build an army of 10,000 people that can trace the trail of the coronavirus exposure could serve as a template for the nation and create a whole new sector of public health workers

A North Carolina pug named Winston is the first dog in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19

Unemployed Americans will lose a federal safety net long before the economy fully recovers — potentially creating a messy Election Day for the GOP

McConnell admits GOP doesn't have majority secured, says battle for Senate will be "like a knife fight in an alley

South Korea did all that testing before 55k people died. only 235 died. timing of testing matters. it's a matter of life and death.

BREAKING: Trump’s old pal Howard Stern just endorsed Joe Biden said he's "all in" for Joe Biden.

Trump has been sued over a provision of the coronavirus relief package that could deny $1,200 stimulus checks to more than 1 million Americans married to immigrants without Social Security Numbers.

Thorough testing reveals surprising extent of coronavirus spread

Ignorance among our nation’s leaders is not a lonely condition

Workers voice concerns as meat plant re-opens amid coronavirus outbreak

Meat plants become COVID-19 hotspots after poor handling of outbreaks

Months into coronavirus crisis, federal response has not improved

Trump’s WHO funding freeze during coronavirus pandemic gives China an opening to expand its influence

When asked Monday about the increase of people in some states ingesting disinfectants Trump answered: "I can't imagine why." When pressed about whether he takes any responsibility, Trump said, "No, I don't."

The buck stops nowhere

Why Mitch McConnell Wants States to Go Bankrupt The Senate majority leader is prioritizing the Republican Party rather than the American people during this crisis

BREAKING: Federal judge grants a temporary restraining order to block Treasury from distributing #COVID19 emergency funding to Alaska Native corporations, in a case filed by more than a dozen Native tribes arguing tribal government are in dire need of the funds.

Tokyo Olympic chief: We’ll cancel Games if 2021 isn’t safe

Meanwhile in #Russia: The head of the ambulance service, Natalya Lebedeva, "fell out of a window" of a Moscow' hospital, where she was being treated for #coronavirus.

Who’s going to tell him?...

Holy shit! @Olivianuzzi just came out of nowhere and threw a 100 MPH fastball right at Donald Trump. What a savage question.

Testing is the springboard we need to help get our economy safely up and running again. Trump could rapidly scale it up. He hasn’t. Instead, he’s passed blame and pushed sole responsibility to governors. We've got to do better.

Turns out Fauci loved Brad Pitt’s portrayal of him on SNL: “I think he did great”

We need an independent commission to compare what was in the PDB with what Trump was regularly telling the public to include his often parroting President Xi. This report suggests a total dereliction of any POTUS’s first job: to protect the American people.

Under Trump's current plan, it would take 4 years to test every American for Covid-19.

My final question: If the testing is going so great why did Maryland have to go to South Korea to get 500,000 tests.@realDonaldTrump - walked off. No answer.

Who could blame a paranoid 38-year-old not thought to be in tip-top health?

China denounces White House trade adviser Peter Navarro as a “consistent liar” after Navarro said the Chinese had held back supplies of vital personal protective equipment amid coronavirus.

May 10, 2018 - When the next pandemic occurs (and make no mistake, it will) and the federal government is unable to respond in a coordinated and effective fashion to protect the lives of US citizens and others, this decision by John Bolton and Donald Trump will be why.

Remember that Flynn’s crime is lying to the FBI. He admitted in open court to lying to the FBI, as charged. All of the other drama is noise.

Biden says Trump will try to delay the election. Experts say he can’t.

Trump: "They were just telling me inside, and it's fact," that I built the greatest economy in the history of the world.

“Some children in the UK with no underlying health conditions have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome which researchers believe to be linked to COVID-19...”

The virus is spreading faster in Iowa than in any other state, but today @IAGovernor is opening up malls, restaurants and fitness centers in 77 counties because she wants to "get in front of the peak" which is just like stepping on the gas so you can slow down for a red light

U.S. cancer screenings, diagnostics plummeted 68% in one month

Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren claimed on Twitter that American compliance with social-distancing guidelines is “starting to look a whole lot like willful slavery.” She eventually deleted the post.

So proud of these strong, beautiful women! Growing heart #GirlPower @DiamondandSilk

Almost every day has brought a new death from coronavirus at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke; 67 have died so far

Today. “A U.S. appeals court will hear arguments today in a historic dispute between the Trump admin and the U.S. House of Reps over how much power Congress has to enforce subpoenas demanding testimony or documents.”

President Trump said he takes no responsibility for a spike in people using disinfectants improperly after dangerously suggesting last week that ingesting it could serve as a coronavirus treatment. Asked about the increase, he said, "I can't imagine why."

A man told Kansas officials he gulped down the disinfectant “because of the advice he’d received”

Speaker Pelosi nailed it. The GOP are full of concerns about the debt and deficit when it comes to helping working families stay on their feet, but they had no problem passing a $2T #GOPTaxScam that went mostly to the rich and corporations.

Just 15% of companies based in "the most affected congressional districts" got funds from the PPP program.

As many states seek federal aid as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, @ChrisVanHollen rejects Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that states should declare bankruptcy, especially those that are the “engines of federal revenue.”

Fired During the Pandemic "Because We Tried to Form a Union," Workers Say. As American companies lay off millions of workers, some appear to be taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to target workers who are in unions or who hope to join unions