Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trump’s incompetence and failure to swiftly act has cost lives

This doesn't at all have the vibe of a K-list celebrity at local auto show, not at all...

"I am a child racked with oppositional defiant disorder and suffering from parental neglect 6 decades on."

Morning Consult poll: 73% say Trump should be banned or suspended from social media platforms for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Trump thinks federal employees work for him not the American taxpayer. He doesn't understand his stewardship of the republic is temporary. Let's make it as temporary as possible.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2.4 million workers seek jobless aid, raising total layoffs since virus struck to nearly 39 million.

The world just got a little more dangerous.

Florida has 1,200 new cases today. Most since April 23

Slate: Mike Pompeo's wife used diplomatic security officials to pack up her mother's home in Louisiana and cart away boxes when her mother prepared to move to a retirement home in Kansas.

I’m starting to suspect that the president isn’t very smart

NEW: The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI in Philadelphia have announced the guilty plea of a local elections judge, Domenick J. Demuro there who took bribes in exchange for adding ballots to increase the vote totals for certain candidates.

49-44, Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence by a party-line vote, getting the most “no” votes of any previous DNI nominee. He replaces acting DNI Grenell.

Many per capitas

Trump is saying the quiet part aloud and making it quite clear that he does not view Fox as a news organization. If he did, he wouldn't think the network should be working to reelect him and other Republicans.

NBC News confirms: Michael Flynn's name was never 'masked' in the FBI report on his phone call with Kislyak. Republicans have questioned why Flynn's name was "unmasked," but it turns out it was never masked in the FBI report in the first place.

Republicans for the Rule of Law is airing this ad in Michigan tomorrow, ahead of President Trump’s visit, on Fox News. We hope it helps to deter Trump from further threats against residents of Michigan and other states who wish to vote safely in November.

The first copies of Gilead's coronavirus drug will start selling in Bangladesh

A new coronavirus cluster in China is putting the world on alert

'We've never seen this': wildlife thrives in closed US national parks

Half a billion children miss out on education due to lockdowns, says UN

The frothy right has been claiming Flynn's lies weren't material bc FBI already knew what he said to Kislyak. But FBI DIDN'T know that Flynn had coordinated his message with Mar-a-Lago. And that's what makes the lies material.

The White House has the same position on mail-in voting as they do on #COVID19 testing and tracing: fine for us, not for you.

To the US Government: Release the Jeffrey Epstein files.

BREAKING: According to HK01, Beijing will announce sweeping new national-security protocols on #HongKong as early as tonight by listing it under the Basic Law's Annex III — which allows the territory to enforce Chinese laws — thus avoiding the local lawmaking process

We requested records on what exactly is going on at the Department of Transportation IG office. The American people need to know if the investigations into Elaine Chao will continue

BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court puts a hold on the release of secret grand jury testimony from the Mueller investigation to the House of Representatives. The ruling keeps the material out of the hands of Democratic lawmakers at least until early summer.

Justice delayed is justice denied: Court temporarily blocks Mueller grand jury material from being turned over to House

'Who mentored you?' Retired US Army general slams Mike Pompeo and his West Point graduating class

Ukraine’s Zelensky pulled back into U.S. political fray after leaked Biden tapes

Vice President Mike Pence did something Wednesday that most Americans haven’t done in many weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic: He sat down for lunch at a burger joint.

ICYMI: New Miami Herald: @GovRonDeSantis’ cover-up likely cost lives in Florida.

One in six Americans say that the source of information they rely on most for the coronavirus is the White House. Their views on how the media has covered the story will not surprise you.

Fox News doesn't think this man is fit to be president

Mike Pompeo defends the firing of the State Department’s inspector general but refuses to give any details

Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets since January discussing the coronavirus. They found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans

Dear @JoeBiden and Biden supporters: Pound this number on social media every day: About 83% of coronavirus deaths in the US could have been avoided if lockdowns were imposed on March 1, researchers estimate

Sen. Harris responds to President Trump's threat to withhold funds from Michigan and Nevada for expanding vote-by-mail access: "Mr. President, it is a federal crime to withhold money from states with the purpose of interfering with people's right to vote."

#DumbPandemicDecisions Airing Trump’s coronavirus briefings—in which all he does is brag about himself—while 95,000 Americans died a brutally painful death.

Mourning In America—the ad that so enraged @realDonaldTrump—is now running on TV and digital media in the critical swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.

SO...there was no unmasking? — Joe Scarborough

Senator Richard Burr could have spared himself a great deal of trouble if he had only kicked up.

Two studies in monkeys provide some of the first scientific evidence that surviving COVID-19 may result in immunity from reinfection

. "Dow's facilities appear to be at the heart of the floodwaters—this has the potential to be a major environmental disaster."h

Hey @joebiden ... You should make @chefjoseandres the first cabinet level Food Secretary. I’ve written a job description if you’re ever interested in seeing it... too many food policies sit in other agencies and as we have seen over last 90 days, this is worth fixing

“Working without external oversight, it has pumped billions of dollars into hard-to-trace contracts for COVID-19 supplies that often don’t pan out as advertised.”

AstraZeneca books orders for 400m doses of Oxford vaccine

Hong Kong’s Businesses Show Their Pro-Democracy Colors Thousands of restaurants and other establishments in the “yellow economic circle” are calling for rights not available to mainland Chinese.

Trump Is Attacking the Final Safeguard Against Executive Abuses

"When the FBI circulated [the report], they included Flynn's name from the beginning" because it was essential to understanding its significance... “There were therefore no requests for the unmasking of that information."

Trump's 'Obamagate' conspiracy theory just got blown to pieces

Taiwan president rejects Beijing rule; China says 'reunification' inevitable

Fascinating piece in one of today's Russian papers claiming that “Putin put himself above God” & “has sacrificed the prosperity of the nation.” Amid the pandemic “all conditions for the deification of Putin’s power have been destroyed.”

The pandemic shows that Putin is not a strong leader, Michael @McFaul writes


If people get arrogant and casual about this pandemic, you will see the infection rate go up. It’s that simple. — Andrew Cuomo

Mark Cuban: He’s the most powerful man in the world and he always plays the victim card. The dems are out to get me. The media is out to get me... He’s supposed to be the world’s best counter puncher and he hasn’t knocked anybody out. He just plays the victim.

One might say, "You can't make this stuff up!" but Professor Pam Karlan from Stanford Law School literally made this exact thing up as a hypothetical to try to explain the cartoonishly evil nature of the president's alleged crimes in the impeachment scandal.

1. He can’t brag about the economy, because we’re in a depression. 2. He can’t brag about his response to the virus, because it was shitty. 3. So his campaign is gonna be a whole bunch of “voter fraud,” “Obama,” & the “deep state.” 4. Because he thinks his voters are stupid.

A new analysis being reviewed by the White House shows southern states that moved too quickly to relax social distancing guidelines face significant risk for a resurgence of the coronavirus over the next several weeks

New via NYT: If the United States had begun imposing social-distancing measures one week earlier in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the pandemic, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers.

No one blocks a report that fully exonerates them from becoming public.

Do your part. Show respect. Wear a mask. — Andrew Cuomo

.@CharlieCookDC tells @Lawrence that in a new Quinnipiac Poll, the registered voters who have unfavorable views of both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, favor Joe Biden 49 to 18


Fact Check: Trump’s phony claims about "illegal" voting in Michigan and Nevada

Opinion: Trump’s medical judgment is wrong. The example he’s setting is worse.

Police: 3 shot at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, shooter in custody

At least two people were shot at the Westgate Entertainment Center shopping complex in Glendale, Arizona, police say

Mark Cuban trashes Trump on Hannity, claims “he just plays the victim”

It is astounding that the president threatened to pull federal funding from a state hours after it was hit with catastrophic flooding

It’s funny because POTUS is claiming a trial of hydroxychloroquine conducted on veterans at his urging — in which veterans died — was biased against him.

Weeks after Kelly Loeffler came under fire for dumping millions in stock following private coronavirus briefings, her husband gave $1M to Trump's super PAC. That appears to be his biggest contribution ever.

Blaze had humble beginnings & made all his own money. donald blew thru $400+million from Fred, & all he had to show for it were bankruptcies. Blaze is a builder. donald is a loser. He would’ve never won without the highway that Blaze built

There is no more terrifying time than right now for everyone who is wondering if their loved ones who were at Westgate are safe, or if they are among those who were hurt. @GabbyGiffords and I have been through this, and so have far too many other Americans. We’re with you.

We don't have a food shortage problem — we have a leadership problem.

Trump wants to choose who is able to vote, which is the opposite of how a democracy is supposed to work.

New Mexico helps Navajo Nation where federal response falls short

Adequate PPE still a problem for American health care workers

Months into COVID-19 crisis Trump still lacks basic understanding of key issues

Trump fulfills 'cartoonishly evil' hypothetical

I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims.