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CNBC Host Cuts Off NEA President Criticizing Trump For Forcing School Reopening

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:38

Joe Kernen, a Trump supporting co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box, cut off a guest and ended the segment when she illustrated Trump's ignorance and bullying on reopening the nation's schools.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia is president of the National Education Association and came on to discuss Trump's push to reopen schools during the pandemic.

After asking Garcia where and how much money the school system needs, Kernen claimed many people "for a lot of reasons' want the schools back in session.

Garcia said that parents and teachers really want to reopen schools and then criticized Mitch McConnell for refusing to take up the House bill that would send billions of dollars to your local schools while Shack Shack was granted millions in PPP funds.

And then she set her sights on Trump.

“And I have to say this," Garcia said. "I have seen Donald Trump bully generals, and senators, and governors into doing things they knew they shouldn’t do. He knows nothing about American educators. He doesn’t know the school nurse, the lunch lady, the school custodians, the school board members who were elected to make these decisions.”

Kerne began to cut her off.

The CNBC host who is never at a loss for defending Trump said, “Okay, all right, thank you. We, we ...”

Garcia continued, “He will not bully us into doing something to hurt our students and that’s the bottom line.”

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Unemployment claims are still a mess, even as COVID-19 begins to spread more widely

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:33

In The Washington Post, Eli Rosenberg gives a broad overview of where the nation is on filling unemployment claims. You know, during a global pandemic. A pandemic that requires temporarily closing many, many businesses to avoid spreading a new and deadly virus. That pandemic.

The only possible takeaway is that once again, we're screwed, and we're going to be screwed for a while. We're screwed in part because a worldwide pandemic is too large a thing for our systems to process as business-as-usual, and in another part because small-government zealots have both blocked modernizations and relentlessly cut access to unemployment insurance under the conservative claim that people who cannot find jobs that might not exist have only laziness to blame, and the only way out of Great Depression-level mass poverty by the end of the year is to do something that is emphatically Not This.

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White House Cites This Interview in Attempt to Discredit Dr. Fauci

Little Green Footballs - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:32

If you're paying attention to the news you've probably heard by now that the Trump gang has begun openly attacking Dr. Tony Fauci, America's top expert on infectious diseases. This CNN clip does a good job of showing how misleading the garbage coming from the White House is, but it's also yet another example of a news media that plays dumb, and acts as if every day is a brand new world in which nothing ever happened before.

Because CNN's Alisyn Camerota begins by asking, "I just want to ask you about this 'tension' or whatever's happening with Dr. Fauci?"

"Whatever's happening?" Seriously? They haven't noticed yet that Trump is deliberately ignoring and attacking scientific and medical experts because he thinks he can deny the pandemic out of existence?

As coronavirus cases surge in the United States, the White House is taking aim at the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
#CNN #News

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With Supreme Court's DACA ruling now certified, Trump admin must reopen program to new applicants

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:31

For more than three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration unlawfully ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, officials have refused to allow for new applications. The “law and order” administration is now defying the court by not fully reopening the program to thousands of new enrollees, policy experts with the Center for American Progress (CAP) write.

“Today, 25 days after the decision, the Supreme Court will certify its judgement in the case, and—under the law—the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have an unambiguous obligation to fully reinstate DACA,” they wrote. “As of the date of publication, the Trump administration is in open defiance of the law.”

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After Arizona summer school teacher dies of COVID-19, DeVos says 'good hygiene' will save schools

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:31

An Arizona teacher died after returning to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s not stopping Education Sec. Betsy DeVos from blindly championing reopening schools. Arizona teachers Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, Jena Martinez, and Angela Skillings shared a classroom with each other in a rural community to lead remote learning sessions, according to CNN. They wore gloves and masks, used hand sanitizer, and practiced social distancing, but that didn't stop all three teachers from contracting COVID-19, and Byrd, 61, died of the virus June 26, the news network reported.

"I think that's really the message or the concern that our staff has is we can't even keep our staff safe by themselves ... how are we going to keep 20 kids in a classroom safe,” Jeff Gregorich, the superintendent of Hayden Winkelman Unifed School District, asked. “I just don't see how that's possible to do that," he said.

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‘We’re Not Going to Use Our Children as Guinea Pigs’

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:41

In case you want to know what a rational school re-opening plan looks like, here’s the one Cuomo announced today.

  • The region must be in Phase 4 of re-opening (right now, NYC is 3, the rest of the state is 4).
  • The 14 day rolling average of positive tests must be below 5%. (Currently, every region is under 2% on the rolling average, most closer to 1%)
  • If the regional positive rate is over 9% using a 7 day rolling average, schools will close.
  • Specifics are up to the school districts, but the State Departments of Health and Education are publishing guidelines that were developed through collaboration between teachers, administrators and health professionals.
    • Guidelines include recommendation for distancing, prioritizing in-person education for kids who need it most, and universal masking, with regular mask breaks.
    • Guidelines recommend using cohorts, screening for temperature and symptoms daily, and the availability of contact tracing.

The key point about all of this is the screencap above – if the virus is out of control, nothing else matters. Also, a few minutes of Cuomo banging on Trump is classic Cuomo.

“Nobody died in the Watergate scandal.” I like the framing as a “scandal,” because it is.

Also, he announced that every out-of-state traveler from 18 states where the virus is out of control who arrives at an airport will have to fill out a form detailing where they’re from and where they’re going. If they don’t provide that information they can be be fined $2,000, issued a summons, and subject to mandatory quarantine. (These people are already subject to 14 day quarantine.)

This is what not fucking around looks like.

The post ‘We’re Not Going to Use Our Children as Guinea Pigs’ appeared first on Balloon Juice.

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American Airlines 'investigating' Ted Cruz after maskless flight images go viral

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:35

On Sunday, a Twitter account posted an image showing Republican senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz sitting on a plane, looking at his phone, and not wearing a mask. According to the original poster, this was an American Airlines commercial flight around 10:45 AM. On Thursday, days before the photo was taken, American Airlines announced that it would require passengers to wear masks in flight. This makes a ton of sense in places like Texas, where COVID-19 infection rates are growing.

Some people argued that Sen. Cruz had his mask off because he was enjoying a morning coffee, and American Airlines does not require people to wear a mask while they are eating or drinking. However, the original poster was then able to provide an image reportedly showing Cruz waiting, maskless, outside the gate of the flight—sans food items. Sen. Cruz did not respond right away to these reports and American Airlines told The Daily News that the senator was flying on a “partner airline,” and they were still looking into whether or not Cruz had violated the airline’s rules.

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State, local governments fight over scraps left over in federal COVID-19 aid, desperately need more

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:32

Cities and states, scrambling again for adequate personal protective equipment and medical supplies to meet the resurgent coronavirus, are also having to scrap for dwindling federal funds. The $150 billion passed in the CARES Act back in March was not large enough and had too many restrictions, and since April, Sen. Mitch McConnell has refused to consider any further aid, blocking the follow-up HEROES Act the House passed in May. So states and localities, which have experienced massive declines in revenue with shutdown economies, are fighting with each other for what's left over from March.

State and local leaders say they need a minimum of $500 billion and as much as $1 trillion to operate without the restrictions put on the first round of funds. The $150 billion passed in the spring was limited to spending on coronavirus-related expenses, so it couldn't be used to help fill funding gaps. The formula used to allocate spending also limited aid to smaller cities, not providing them adequate funds. The scarcity of funds has led to states hoarding, and about $18 billion has been put aside by state officials for the smallest localities—an inadequate pot even for those entities. "They've sat on this for months. They've cut it into pieces so there's only a third left coming to local government," said Brad Cole, the executive director of the Illinois Municipal League. "How do you think we feel about it?"

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‘The Beginning Of A Horror Movie’? Disney World Slammed As They Reopen

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:28

Florida just might have the worst outbreak of COVID-19 on the planet, but that didn't stop Disney World from reopening. Their 'Welcome Home' video was widely ridiculed online over the weekend, with parodies popping up everywhere.

Source: Market Watch

Florida on Sunday broke the national record for the biggest single-day number of positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, following a week in which the Sunshine State saw 514 people die of the disease, or 73 each day, on average.

Also, Disney World is now open!

The idea that the park would open in the face of a raging outbreak in the area sparked backlash across social media. The critiques really began to pile up after the company’s official “Disney Parks Job” account posted this short video promoting the big event on Instagram.

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As Trump tanks, many Democrats press Biden to aim for an electoral rout beyond the battlegrounds

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:25

As Donald Trump sags in the polls and his campaign conducts triage in states no one imagined would be in play, many Democrats are lobbying the Biden campaign to seize on what they see as an historic opportunity.

Lawmakers from Texas, Georgia, and Ohio are hardcore pressing Joe Biden and his aides to expand beyond the six battleground states they are focusing on: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida. 

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Ron DeSantis Fiddles While Florida Burns

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:12

Ron DeSantis "governs" to stroke Trump's ego instead of caring for his constituents.

After declaring everything was great in Florida weeks ago, Florida has become a raging hot bed of coronavirus cases.

News reports blared Sunday and Monday, as The Orlando Sentinel writes, "Florida reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases, the highest-single day total in the U.S. since the pandemic began. In all, the state now has reported 269,811 cases."

DeSantis, like many Trump sycophants, fudges statistics to defend his lack of action.

The median age has dropped from the 60s to the 30s as more people have been tested, and younger people are much less likely to die from the disease, DeSantis said. The amount of testing has surged as well, contributing to the increase in overall cases, although the positivity rate has risen as well.

Florida’s per capita death rate of 19 for every 100,000 in population is 25th among states. Moreover, reverting back to shutdown orders would bring its own negative consequences, for the economy and mental health of residents, he said.

Instead of trying to contain the outbreak of the pandemic he's fueling this latest explosion.

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White House Phase 4 Rescue Plan: Save the Rich

Kevin Drum - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:56

With two weeks left until the Phase 3 coronavirus rescue package ends, the White House is still dithering over Phase 4:

Return to work bonuses? As COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing? That’s insane. But perhaps not quite as insane as a capital gains holiday, which would—

Do what? Literally nothing except help rich people. Do Republicans just pick this stuff out of a hat every time there’s some opportunity, regardless of what problem they happen to be facing? What else could explain this?

Out of this whole list, the only thing that would directly help the 17 million unemployed is the $600 bonus UI payments, so naturally that’s the one thing Trump wants to cut back. Naturally.

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Daughter slams governor after father dies of COVID-19 in state that reopened too early

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:47

As the nation continues to face the novel coronavirus pandemic with almost no guidance on the federal level, states grab at various approaches to keeping the public relatively safe and healthy. In some states, like Arizona, there is no statewide mandate requiring people to wear masks or other face coverings, and the state began reopening too early in the pandemic. That’s part of why Kristin Urquiza, who is grieving her late father, Mark Urquiza, slammed politicians in his obituary, which was published last Wednesday in Arizona Republic, as reported by CNN. Urquiza says her father died of COVID-19 after spending several weeks in the hospital, noting that, “like so many others, should not have died from Covid-19."

In a letter to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Urquiza calls out politicians specifically, saying her dad “contracted the virus during the period when you forbade local governments from implementing their own safety measures, such as mandating the wearing of masks, to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 through Executive Order 2020-36.” She added that she can ”attest that poor policy and terrible leadership was responsible for his death." Urquiza also invited Gov. Ducey to her father’s burial. 

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Complaint alleges 'negligent' care at ICE jails as officials refuse to release families together

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:29

Leading advocacy groups have filed a complaint against the Trump administration saying that poor medical care at three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) migrant family jails is endangering the well-being of children and parents. "From the beginning, medical care at Dilley, Karnes and Berks has been substandard at best, and negligent at worst," the complaint said, according to NBC News.

The complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office comes as advocates and administration officials are set to go to court today for an ongoing lawsuit that could decide whether federal immigration officials must release children and their parents together amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, or whether they will be able to continue to separate even more families.

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MAGA Couple Who Defaced Black Lives Matter Mural Charged With Hate Crime

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:22

The Trump supporters who defaced a Black Lives Matter mural last week may not have to worry about rent for the next year, as they may gain jail accommodations courtesy of the county. The DA issued this press release:

Today, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged Nicole Anderson (42-years old Martinez resident) and David Nelson (53-years-old Martinez resident) with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on Saturday, July 4, when defendant Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint. Nelson directly aided in the alleged criminal conduct. The incident was captured on video by witnesses.

On July 1, a local Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint a Black Lives Matter temporary mural in downtown Martinez in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The permit was approved by the City of Martinez and the painting was done on July 4.

Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media.

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Ted Cruz Caught On Commercial Flight Not Wearing A Mask

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:07

We'll see if there's more to this story than it appears because there's really no excuse for this sort of behavior, least of all from a United States senator.

Source: The Independent

Texas senator Ted Cruz appeared to contravene an airline’s mandate on masks this weekend when he was pictured without one.

In a picture shared online on Sunday, Mr Cruz was onboard an American Airlines departure when he was seen unmasked.

The airline’s own mandate on masks says all passengers should wear one, unless when eating and drinking onboard.

Mr Cruz, who was pictured with a coffee in hand, was said to have “not worn a mask once”.

“Captured today at 10:45am – Ted Cruz on a commercial flight, refusing to wear a mask,” wrote Twitter user Hosseh Enad with the picture.

He added: “This was on an American Airlines flight — their policy clearly states that masks should be worn on the flight.”

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Coronavirus Growth in Western Countries: July 12 Update

Kevin Drum - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:42

Here’s the coronavirus death toll through July 12. It looks like Wave 1.5 is well underway.

The raw data from Johns Hopkins is here. The Public Health Agency of Sweden is here.

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Former Advisor Says Trump Suggested 'Selling' Puerto Rico

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:35

According to a New York Times interview with Elaine Duke, who served as Homeland Security Secretary from 2017 to 2018 and worked in President Donald Trump's cabinet when Hurricane Maria severely damaged the island of Puerto Rico, the president suggested selling the territory when it became clear the federal government would have to assist with a major recovery effort.

Duke said in her interview, published Saturday, the president suggested "divesting" or selling Puerto Rico when it was struggling to recover from the storm.

"The president's initial ideas were more as a businessman, you know," Duke told the Times. "Can we outsource the electricity? Can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?"

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), who was born in Puerto Rico, took to social media to condemn the president's suggestion.

"I assure you Puerto Rico is not for sale!" Velazquez tweeted.

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Trump and Republican governors can run but they can't hide

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:30

NY Times:

As Trump Demanded Schools Reopen, His Experts Warned of ‘Highest Risk’

A briefing packet for federal emergency response teams details the steps schools should take to reopen safely.

The 69-page document, obtained by The New York Times and marked “For Internal Use Only,” was intended for federal public health response teams to have as they are deployed to hot spots around the country. But it appears to have circulated the same week that Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would release new guidelines, saying that the administration did not want them to be “too tough.” It is unclear whether Mr. Trump saw the document, nor is it clear how much of it will survive once new guidance is completed.

(The cover page of the document is dated July 8, 2019, an obvious typographical error since the novel coronavirus did not exist then.)

What is clear is that federal health experts are using a road map that is vastly different from what Mr. Trump wanted.

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Trump's 'occupying army' in Portland critically injure peaceful protester

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:27

A Portland, Oregon peaceful protester was critically injured Saturday night by one of the federal officers Donald Trump ordered into the city to "protect" federal property. Donovan LaBella was shot in the head by a federal officer. He had been standing across the street from the federal courthouse holding a speaker, standing alone and not provoking anything, according to videos posted to social media. An officer threw a canister at LaBella, who tossed it back toward the cops and then was immediately shot in the head by a "non-lethal" projectile. LaBella's mother spoke with reporters and said his face and skull were fractured and he had to undergo facial reconstructive surgery Sunday.

Trump issued an executive order on June 26 to protect federal property and monuments, and to authorize Department of Homeland Security to deploy officers from around the country and from at least half a dozen different federal agencies and departments. They've converged on Portland as part of Trump's "law and order" campaign. "Once we surged federal law enforcement officers to Portland," a senior official told the AP, "the agitators quickly got the message." Portland's Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis made clear that his department did not ask for federal troops, have not coordinated with them, and do not appreciate this incursion. "I don't have authority to order federal officers to do things," Davis said. "It does complicate things for us."

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