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We must contest Nebraska's Omaha-based electoral vote, because a 269-269 tie is way too possible

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:15

48 states and DC have winner-take-all presidential contests. Whoever wins the state gets all of its electoral votes. The exceptions are Maine and Nebraska—both of which apportion an electoral vote to the winner of each of their congressional districts. ebrn

As such, Democrats need to contest the Omaha, Nebraska electoral vote. Because believe it or not, there are several realistic scenarios that get us to a 269-269 tie. And in that scenario, we lose the election. 

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FEMA is now distributing medical supplies, but it's still the Trump-and-Jared corrupt clown show

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:13

The Trump administration has gone from telling governors they're on their own in fighting coronavirus to sweeping in and taking equipment that state or local governments or hospitals—or other countries—have ordered. From Jared Kushner insisting that “the federal stockpile is supposed to be our stockpile, not supposed to be state stockpiles,” to the federal government preventing states from getting equipment anywhere other than the federal government.

But as the federal government, in the form of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, finally, finally gets ramped up to obtain the amount of personal protective equipment and ventilators that it should have been acquiring in January or early February, it’s repeatedly screwing over states, local governments, and hospitals.

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Nakedly Partisan Wisconsin Republicans: Safety For Me But Not For Thee!

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:49

In an effort to protect the public, attorneys, court staff, and judges from the health risks associated with COVID-19, the Wisconsin courts have issued orders temporarily suspending in-person proceedings statewide, with certain limited exceptions.

Yes, those are the same Wisconsin courts that just refused to allow Gov. Tony Evers to postpone today's primary election because of the pandemic. Their ruling was upheld by SCOTUS in a blatantly political decision reminiscent of Bush v. Gore.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent, "The Court's order requires absentee voters to postmark their ballots by election day, April 7--i.e, tomorrow--even if they did not receive their ballots by that date. That is a novel requirement."

And this being Wisconsin, it's all about preserving the Republican majority on the state Supreme Court. They want to force the election because they want the low turnout. They assume it will help them win the most important race on the ballot, that state supreme court seat.

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What they knew, and when they knew it

Balloon Juice - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:37

We’re starting to find out what they knew and when they knew it. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii calls the Trump administration out:

Axios obtained memos from the economic adviser who sounded the warning, but there were probably similar warnings from other sectors that we haven’t seen yet. Via Axios:

In late January, President Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios…

Navarro’s grim estimates are set out in two memos — one dated Jan. 29 and addressed to the National Security Council, the other dated Feb. 23 and addressed to the president. The NSC circulated both memos around the White House and multiple agencies…

The Jan 29 memo set out two stark choices “Aggressive Containment versus No Containment.”

Navarro compared cost estimates for the choices and wrote that the Council of Economic Advisers’ estimates for stopping travel from China to the U.S. would be $2.9 billion per month. If the virus turned out to be a pandemic, that travel ban could extend 12 months and cost the U.S. $34.6 billion.

Doing nothing (the “No Containment” option) could range from “zero economic costs” to $5.7 trillion depending on the lethality of the virus.
On the high end, he estimated a scenario in which the coronavirus could kill 543,000 Americans.

The Feb. 23 memo…was titled as a memorandum to the president via the offices of the national security adviser, chief of staff and COVID-19 task force, and the subject line described as a request for supplemental appropriation.

It began: “There is an increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1-2 million souls.”
He called for an “immediate supplemental appropriation of at least $3 billion” to support efforts at prevention, treatment, inoculation, and diagnostics.

He described expected needs for “Personal Protective Equipment” for health care workers and secondary workers in facilities such as elder care and skilled nursing. He estimates that over a four-to-six month period, “We can expect to need at least a billion face masks, 200,000 Tyvek suits, and 11,000 ventilator circuits, and 25,000 PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators.)”

Trump sat on his ass for weeks after that memo was circulated, tweeting inanities like this:

“Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!”

The administration didn’t get around to ordering ventilators and masks until mid-March.

Since the Trump administration’s natural state is chaos punctuated by palace coups and the president is a lazy-ass retiree who watches TV all day, it’s possible Trump himself was in the dark about what was coming. It’s also possible he knew and was moving behind the scenes to secure a personal advantage.

Regardless, it’s clear Trump was derelict in his duty to protect Americans. We’re going to need a bigger select committee.

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Small business lifeline tied up in Trump administration knots

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:36

Before the weekend was even out, Wells Fargo had announced that it had taken all the loan applications it intended to through the Paycheck Protection Program created in the $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package, and was cutting off applications. The intent of the program is to provide loans for small businesses to keep their employees paid through the crisis. Wells Fargo said it had set a limit of $10 billion and had received applications to that threshold as of Sunday, cutting out many of its small business customers. Aside from Wells Fargo, banks and borrowers have been overwhelmed and confused by the program set up by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The rollout of the program has been as chaotic as banks warned it would be last week.

In response, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey have urged SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to step up to rectify the fiasco and ensure small businesses get the help they need. "We urge you to move quickly to issue additional guidelines and clarifications to ensure that loans are disbursed quickly, that all businesses can participate and that lenders give mom and pop businesses the same access to loans that they give their more sophisticated small business clients. All small businesses need to have equal access to this help," the senators wrote.

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Drug pusher Trump has a share in the malaria drug he keeps overselling for coronavirus

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:26

From the moment he pivoted from “soon down to zero” to claiming that killing a quarter of a million Americans would show that he has done “a very good job,” Donald Trump has been pushing America to swallow a megaton of chloroquine. The drug is potent against malaria, and a regular treatment against inflammatory diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Trump has pushed the drug in the face of almost no evidence that it has any positive effect helping against coronavirus. He has pushed it even though chloroquine is a serious drug with serious side effects including heart attacks. He has pushed it even though people have already died from following his suggestion to gobble down the pills. He has pushed it even to people who are not infected with COVID-19 on the pretense that it will help prevent them from becoming infected. And he’s pushed it without revealing that he has a personal stake in the company that manufactures the drug.

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Boris Johnson Has Changed His Mind About Shaking Hands During Pandemic

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:09

Remember this?

BORIS JOHNSON THEN: I'm shaking hands. I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were actually a few coronavirus patients. I shook hands with everybody, you'll be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands. BORIS JOHNSON NOW: I just urge you not to do that. Please, please stick with the guidance now. This country has made a huge effort, a huge sacrifice, done absolutely brilliantly well in delaying the spread of the virus. Let us stick with it now.

"You know, Mika and Willie, I think about a week ago, I read an article that said the one defining feature of every culture that's been impacted by the coronavirus is they never thought it was going to come their way. They always thought they were going to be immune to it," Joe Scarborough said.

"And you even see it here in the United States. When it hit New York, there were people still in Florida packing beaches during spring break. Five students in Tampa, last we heard, that got the coronavirus from spring break. Others took the coronavirus back home with them after spring break. There you saw Boris Johnson, tragic before and after, making a mistake but making a mistake that a lot of people across the globe have made."

Yeah, funny how conservatives are convinced of their own invincibility, huh?

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Trump adviser issued January coronavirus warning, but Trump only paid attention to the racist part

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:56

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is an epic jerk who thinks he’s qualified to push an unproven coronavirus treatment because he has a social science PhD and who would "bet on President Trump's intuition" over science, but even he joined the parade of pandemic warnings ignored by Donald Trump in late January and February.

In contrast to the long string of pandemic warnings ignored and pandemic preparation systems dismantled by Trump over the past three years, Navarro’s warning was specific to coronavirus. As the trade adviser and official White House Guy Who Hates China, Navarro saw the outbreak developing and, on January 29, wrote a memo warning that the lack of vaccine or treatment or immune protection “elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”

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Biden V. Trump Or Truth V. Bullsh*t

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:24

Donald Trump’s epic string of lies about coronavirus is impressive enough on its own, but it looks even worse when you compare it with former Vice President Joe Biden’s public statements on the same topic. Greg Sargent did just that, with a devastating timeline.

Bear in mind that Biden doesn’t command the airwaves every time he decides to clear his throat. He doesn’t get daily press briefings to stroke his own ego. He has to make what he says count—like writing a USA Today op-ed on January 27 warning that the outbreak “will get worse before it gets better” and that “I am concerned that the Trump administration’s shortsighted policies have left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic that will come sooner or later.”

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Fox News Uses Pandemic To Argue U.S. Should Abandon World Health Organization

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:23

A Fox News segment on Monday suggested that the United States should withdraw support for the World Health Organization as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the globe.

Fox News host Dana Perino spoke to former White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen about a Wall Street Journal op-ed that questioned whether the U.S. should be funding the World Health Organization.

Thiessen said that W.H.O. is “100% compromised” by China.

“Should the United States use a little big more muscle with the World Health Organization or should it abandon its support?” Perino wondered.

“Both of those things should be on the table,” Thiessen replied. “We’re going to look into China’s complicity in this pandemic… It was something that they lied about and any international organization — including the World Health Organization — that helped them in that should be punished.”

“And we should reconsider whether we should even be a part of it,” he added.

Neither Perino or Thiessen mentioned that President Donald Trump had a role in downplaying the pandemic.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:01

Elections have consequences. Just imagine how much better we'd be managing the covid-19 crisis if Hillary Clinton were president now. Whatever flaws one may attribute to her, there's no doubt she'd be vastly more competent and engaged than Trump, and thousands of lives -- perhaps far more -- would have been saved that will now be lost. Remember that, when November comes. No one in 2016 foresaw covid-19, and we today don't know what the next four years will bring. We'll be far better off with a Democrat, not Trump, dealing with it.

Billablog: Turns out nobody misses John Galt.

The Professor's Convatorium: Texas is known for its independent spirit. This just isn't the time.

The Daily Irritant: Helping to thin the herd.

The Rectification of Names: On the possibility that covid-19 might lead to progress on health-care reform.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com -- I do check it!

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Conservative courts order Wisconsin election to proceed—risks to health and democracy be damned

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

Wisconsin: A day of maximal chaos in Wisconsin ended with two conservative courts insisting Tuesday's election go forward and limiting absentee voting, moves that threaten to prevent countless voters from participating and render the results illegitimate.

On Monday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order postponing the election—which includes a presidential primary and races for state and local office—to June 9. Republicans, however, have bitterly opposed such a delay and immediately challenged the order before the state Supreme Court. Hours later, the court's four conservatives who heard the case blocked Evers' order, with both liberal justices dissenting. As a result, the state was left with no choice but to proceed with in-person voting Tuesday, despite the serious risks to public health and a crippled elections infrastructure.

Not long thereafter, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an order made last Thursday by a lower court, which said that voters could cast absentee ballots so long as election officials received them by April 13, regardless of when they were postmarked. In a 5-4 ruling—which, like the Wisconsin high court's decision, fell along strictly ideological lines—the court's conservatives ruled that all ballots must be postmarked by April 7.

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Flashback: Trump Campaign’s McEnany Told Fox, ‘We Will Not See Diseases Like The Coronavirus Come Here’

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:00

File these comments made by Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Fox Business, praising Donald Trump for keeping the coronavirus out of the U.S., under “This Did Not Age Well.”

Thanks to Andrew Kaczynski, of CNN’s Kfile, for reminding us what McEnany said on February 25, the same day National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said the coronavirus was “contained … pretty close to airtight.”

On February 25, McEnany was a guest on FBN’s Trish Regan Primetime. That was almost two weeks before Regan’s fateful “Coronavirus impeachment scam” monologue that got her fired. MCENANY: This president will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here ... and isn't that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."

Regan didn’t question a word. Instead, her voice was full of admiration when she replied, “Kayleigh McEnany, thank you so much. Good to see you tonight.”

Remind me again how many pandemics killed thousands of Americans and ground the economy to a halt under Obama? Oh, that’s right. None.

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Cartoon: Flattening the crazy curve

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:50

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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:49

Energize An Ally Tuesday

Three weeks ago, chef and living humanitarian saint Jose Andres founded an offshoot of his World Central Kitchen called Chefs for America. The mission: serve fresh, nutritious meals to medical staff and vulnerable communities as the virus continues its rampage across the country. Here's a snip from his Saturday update:

With New York as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, our teams are working tirelessly to make sure residents in need are fed. We are serving 25,000 meals each day across sites in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem, along with Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey. Next week we will be ramping up to 40,000 meals every day. Additionally, we have set up a WCK “cafe” at the Mount Sinai field hospital that recently opened in Central Park. We’ll keep the fridge here full of healthy, delicious meals for frontline medical staff to grab and heat up whenever they’re hungry.


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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump's complete lack of leadership

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:39

Although he’d like his nightly rallies — I mean briefings — to suggest otherwise, Donald Trump is failing this critical leadership test, and it’s costing lives.  There is no plan to deal with outbreaks across the country, and, as Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post, there’s no plan to get out economy back on track either:

To be sure, the paths of the pandemic and the economy are rife with uncertainty. But data-driven models from professionals inside the administration and outside experts suggest that the twin crises could be deep and prolonged. [...] 

You’d never know this from the ways that Trump or his senior aides have repeatedly played down public health and economic risks. [...]  Even now, Trump pledges that crowded public events will be back“sooner rather than later.” Asked Saturday about the contingency plan for the Republican National Convention scheduled for August, he responded: “We have no contingency plan.”

This might as well be the slogan for his entire presidency.

[...] [R]ather than setting arbitrary deadlines for when the economy will “reopen” or making definitive predictions about unproven treatments, explain what benchmarks for success would look like. Tell voters and state and local officials what kinds of conditions would lead to economic normalization, and how to judge various health interventions.

Finally: Start developing — and communicating — some damn contingency plans.

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:00
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It’s an extra-special virtually no-distancing Tuesday, on which we’ll welcome both Ian Reifowitz and Joan McCarter to the show!

True, only one at a time. But not because of the virus.

It is because Joan is Ian’s secret identity. Many people are saying.

Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Not Because These Things Are Easy…

Balloon Juice - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:00

BREAKING: Trump has worn out Ron Fournier’s trademark bothsiderism!

Meanwhile, the Democratic Shadow Cabinet is looking better & better…

The Oval Office occupation, not so much:

Also very important:

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COVID-19 in California

Kevin Drum - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 06:50

This is just idle curiosity based on a Twitter conversation earlier tonight, but here are the per-capita COVID-19 mortality statistics for California’s biggest urban counties:

This is a surprisingly wide spread, from 4.4 in Orange County to 21.7 up in Santa Clara. Is this due to population density? Here’s a look:

Even if you remove San Francisco as a super-high-density outlier, as I did here, there’s still no positive trend associated with population density. If you remove Riverside and San Bernardino as super-low density outliers, you get a negative trend. So I dunno. Anyone got any ideas?

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Update (International) – Monday/Tuesday, April 6/7

Balloon Juice - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 06:11

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