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    (CNN)As the Trump administration's coronavirus testing czar, Admiral Brett Giroir has repeatedly said the federal government is doing everything possible to address the country's unmet demand for tests and timelier results. "If there is a stone that needs to be turned that is left unturned," Giroir said on CNN's "State of the Union" on July 26, "you tell me what it is." Covid-19 testing: A spike in demand, a delay on resultsCNN asked more than 20 public health and lab industry sources whether Giroir and the administration were doing all they could to fix the country's testing problems and there was an overwhelming consensus: No. What's most needed, they said, was for the federal government to seize a larger leadership...
    Climate change is one of the biggest threats to so many different lifeforms on Earth, including human beings. Recent studies have found that Polar Bears could be extinct in 80 years; the concentration of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere is the “highest it has been in human history;” and International Energy Agency (IEA) head warned that there may only be six months left to prevent a post-pandemic climate crisis. Despite these many terrifying studies about the effects of climate change, many world leaders have not done much to prevent climate change. Some, like Trump, have even actively made policies that contribute to global warming and harm our planet. During his time in office, Trump has rolled back on approximately 100 environmental protections, and...
    Karen J. Greenberg August 4, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, "I don't take responsibility at all." In April, when 50,000 Americans had died, he praised himself and his administration, insisting, "I think we've done a great job." In May, as deaths continued to mount nationwide, he insisted, "We have met the moment and we have prevailed." In June, he swore the virus...
    (CNN)President Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien on Monday invoked Ronald Reagan "looking down on us with a knowing smile" in a Washington Post opinion column under the headline, "President Trump is committed to defending the U.S., and Russia knows it." The President, wrote O'Brien, "has demonstrated to Russia that he means what he says about putting 'America First'." Jim SciuttoThis is a claim Trump himself has made repeatedly throughout his four years in office. But it is one that several former senior advisers reject. In fact, when interviewing current and former Trump administration officials for my upcoming book, "The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World," I found that explaining Trump's deference to Russia was one of the...
    Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” In April, when 50,000 Americans had died, he praised himself and his administration, insisting, “I think we’ve done a great job.” In May, as deaths continued to mount nationwide, he insisted, “We have met the moment and we have prevailed.” In June, he swore the virus was “dying out,” contradicting the views and data of his just-swept-into-the-closet coronavirus task force. In July, he...
    TeleTracking Technologies, a Pittsburg-based company known for developing software that hospitals use to track the status of patients, was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract from President Donald Trump’s administration to collect COVID-19 data from hospitals in the U.S. — and National Public Radio is reporting that it found “irregularities” in the “process” that gave TeleTracking the contract. According to NPR reporters Dina Temple-Raston and Tim Mak, NPR’s investigation found that “the Department of Health and Human Services initially characterized the contract with TeleTracking as a no-bid contract. When asked about that, HHS said there was a ‘coding error’ and that the contract was actually competitively bid. The process by which HHS awarded the contract is normally used for innovative scientific research,...
    The Trump administration’s 'testing czar' says it’s 'time to move on' from hydoxychloroquine after President Donald Trump returned to tout the drug as a possible cure for COVID-19. Brett Giroir, the nation’s assistant secretary for health who coordinates the administration’s coronavirus testing, doubled down on Sunday that there is no evidence the antimalarial drug is an 'effective' treatment for virus. Giroir debunked new theories supporting hydroxychloroquine saying scientific experts agree it’s not a solution to the respiratory disease that has infected more than 4.6million and killed over 154,000. 'Most physicians and prescribers are evidence-based and they’re not influenced by whatever is on Twitter or anything else. And the evidence just does not show hydroxychloroquine is effective right now,' he said...
    President Trump has told reporters he’s planning to ban TikTok from operating in the US. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday night. Bloomberg reports that Trump indicated he’s ready to sign a document to order the ban as early as today, either via an executive order or emergency economic powers. “I will sign the document tomorrow,” said Trump on Friday night, indicating that a ban could take effect “essentially immediately.” The threat of a TikTok ban has been lingering since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at.” TikTok is a subsidiary of...
    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made somewhere between $36.2 million and $157 million in 2019, financial disclosure records reveal.  The couple, who both serve as Senior Advisors to President Donald Trump, were required to file documents declaring their assets and liabilities with the Office of Government Ethics on Friday.  The exact amount of money the pair is impossible to determine, as they are only required to 'report in range', according to The Washington Post.  However, even with minimum earnings of $36.2 million, the documents show Ivanka and Jared continue to make huge amounts of outside income while they work in The White House.  The Daily Beast reports that some of that revenue came from Kushner Companies - Jared's family...
    The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote has denied a request to halt construction of President Trump’s border wall over environmental concerns. A number of groups, including the ACLU and Sierra Club, had asked the high court to get involved again after the justices last year cleared the way for the administration to use military funds for construction while the case played out in the courts. A federal appeals court had ruled against the administration last month, but the justices, for now, have given another temporary victory to the administration. "The fight continues,” said Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “Every lower court to consider the question has ruled President Trump's border wall illegal, and the...
    Claudia Conway fired back at her mother's recent tweets and shared screenshots of a private text conversation between the two. @claudiamconway/TikTok/Alex Wong/Getty Images 15-year-old Claudia Conway, the daughter of George and Kellyanne Conway, is using her social media presence to criticize the Trump administration — and to spar with her mother.  On Friday, Claudia Conway responded to two separate tweets from her mother, accusing her of making "no sense" in a tweet about the coronavirus and saying the Trump administration is "complicit" in Herman Cain's death. Conway went on to post screenshots of texts that appear to be between mother and daughter, where Kellyanne Conway writes that she's "tired of this." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
    The United States is “considering” measures to allow Hongkongers to settle in the US following Beijing’s imposition of its sweeping national security law over the city, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday. “We’re reviewing that, we’re considering it,” Pompeo said when asked whether the US should extend asylum or visa opportunities to people in Hong Kong, adding that he thought Britain had made a “good decision” by offering a path to UK citizenship. US President Donald Trump was “actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that,” said Pompeo, appearing before senators at a State Department budget hearing. But in...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, now 79, was warning about the deadly potential of pandemics long before COVID-19 first surfaced in Mainland China in late 2019. Reporter McKenzie Sadeghi, in USA Today, fact-checks reports that Fauci warned President Donald Trump’s incoming administration about the possibility of a deadly outbreak in early 2017 and examines what the expert immunologist had to say three and a half years ago. Sadeghi writes that it is inaccurate to claim that Fauci was warning about COVID-19 specifically in 2017, as the disease didn’t exist back then. But to say that Fauci was sounding the alarm about pandemics in general, Sadeghi explains, is absolutely correct. “The claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci, in 2017, warned the (incoming) Trump administration...
    (CNN)The American Civil Liberties Union battles the Trump administration on multiple fronts in "The Fight," an excellent documentary that captures the heady political moment for which the organization was born. Presented in a taut, tense way, it's a glimpse into what makes the ACLU tick with the pacing and stakes of a dramatic thriller.Split into four separate cases, directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres have clearly cast this as a David-and-Goliath story, with the scrappy lawyers pitching stones at the government on the issues of LGBTQ rights, immigration, abortion and voting rights.However one feels about the ACLU, there's an inescapable sense that, as one of the attorneys says, the organization represents the tip of the spear right now...
    Justin Elliott - Jeff Ernsthausen July 30, 2020 9:20AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. This spring, as the coronavirus spread and international travel bans grounded flights, Gebrish Weldemariam got a layoff letter from his airline catering job at Dulles International Airport. He'd been working as a driver making more than $18 per hour for Flying Food Group, ferrying in-flight meals between the company's kitchen and gated planes waiting on the tarmac. Between overtime at the airport and a part-time job driving buses on the side, Weldemariam felt that times were good. Last fall, with his wife expecting a fourth child, the family bought a house not far from the airport, allowing him to be nearby to help...
    On Wednesday morning, as he often does, President Donald Trump started his day by sharing a series of links and tweets on Twitter — always more obsessed with shaping public perceptions than actually governing. But one tweet, in particular, caught some observers’ eyes and stood out from the rest. Trump retweeted the following post from the Washington Times: Andrew P. Napolitano: “Feds may not deploy police or military domestically unless the state governor requests it.” @judgenap #washtimesopedhttps://t.co/zOlK5VsyEN — WashTimesOpinion (@WashTimesOpEd) July 23, 2020 Unlike much of the propaganda the president usually shares, this piece was sharply critical of his administration. In the op-ed, Andrew Napolitano excoriated the president’s federal troops and their treatment of civilians in Portland,...
    Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday he only became aware of a recent presidential directive excluding undocumented immigrants from the census's congressional representation calculations “when it was posted on the web.” Dillingham reportedly said he wasn't involved in the planning of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden hits Trump's 'law and order' message: He's trying to 'scare the devil' out of people Pelosi bashes Barr after testimony: 'He was like a blob' and 'henchman' for Trump Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE's executive order last week blocking undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census for the purpose of allocating House seats. The order, which was swiftly met with multiple legal challenges,...
    Alex Thomas July 29, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks criticizing the civil unrest in cities like Seattle and Portland and this week he declared that if federal law enforcement officials had not gone to Portland, Oregon, the city would have been “burned and beaten to the ground.” In a string of Wednesday tweets, Trump wrote, “If the Federal Government and its brilliant Law Enforcement (Homeland) didn’t go into Portland one week ago, there would be no Portland.” He continued, “It would be burned and beaten to the ground. If the Mayor and Governor do not stop the Crime and Violence from the Anarchists and Agitators immediately, the Federal Government will go in...
    The Trump administration reached an agreement Wednesday with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on a plan to stop violence in Portland, but appear to disagree on the timeline. President Donald Trump told reporters earlier Wednesday that federal troops will remain in the city until it is “secure.” Hours later, Brown announced an agreement with the administration. Brown claimed that “starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.” “Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace,” Brown added. “Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.” Our local...
    The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it will reject new applications for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite a federal judge’s order earlier this month that new applicants should be given consideration. The judge's order came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Department of Homeland Security didn’t follow proper procedure when it ended the program in 2017 and allowed DACA to stand. But on Tuesday, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said he was instructing staff “to take all appropriate actions to reject all pending and future initial requests for DACA” and exercise its authority to “to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred...
    (CNN)The United States was slow in recognizing the coronavirus threat from Europe, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, admitted for the first time Tuesday in an interview with ABC News."The introduction from Europe happened before we realized what was happening," Redfield said. "By the time we realized (the) Europe threat and shut down travel to Europe, there was probably already two or three weeks of 60,000 people coming back every day from Europe," he added.US travel bans came too late for New York City, CDC study finds"That's where the large seeding came in the Unites States."The US restricted travel from China on February 2 and from Europe on March 13, but by...
    After losing a Supreme Court decision over the DACA program in June, the Trump administration announced that they will wind down protections already granted to illegal immigrants under the Obama-era policy. The Supreme Court denied President Donald Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants a quasi-legal status to some illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal wing of the court in the 5-4 decision. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that they would be winding down the current protections to DACA recipients while they review the legal ramifications of the Supreme Court order. Renewals...
    (CNN)The Trump administration's decision to eject China from its Houston consulate on a spying accusation is the latest move in a spate of US policies and actions that target Beijing. In recent weeks, the administration has sanctioned high-level Chinese officials, revoked Hong Kong's special commercial status, and delivered several high-level speeches directed at China — including on Thursday, in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped just short of calling for regime change. China, for its part, has retaliated by ordering the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. The timing of this escalation is no coincidence: Trump has claimed to be tough on China for years but, in reality, he has often fawned over President Xi Jinping, praising his...
    Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country “weak.” Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump’s administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have “no confidence” in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump’s approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as “weak”—and rightly so. The Washington Post’s latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is...
    They're laughing at you, Donald. Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country "weak." Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump's administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have "no confidence" in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump's approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as "weak"—and rightly so. Campaign Action The Washington Post's latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been...
    In December 2017, about a year after the chief executive officer of a Mexican construction company told President Donald Trump that he would lend his services to help build a wall at the border, a company-owned coal mine in La Plata County received federal approval for a 950-acre underground expansion. Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua has operated the King II coal mine near Hesperus since 2007; the mine supplies thousands of tons of coal each year to GCC cement plants in New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado and Texas, as well as Mexico. Now, national watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into ties between the company and the Trump administration. GCC didn't wind up helping at the border, according to a...
    Reuters July 27, 2020 0 Comments Republican President Donald Trump won election in 2016 promising to put “America First,” overturn what he said were unfair trade deals and force U.S. allies to pay more toward joint defense measures. In the Nov. 3 election, he will face off against Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who pledges to restore U.S. global leadership and reverse many of Trump’s actions. Here’s a look at their foreign policy differences:CHINAUnder Trump, U.S.-China relations have slid to their lowest levels in decades over issues ranging from Chinese telecommunications gear maker Huawei, to Beijing’s disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea. Trump says he is the first president in decades to stand up to Beijing,...
    By Simon Lewis and Michael Martina (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump won election in 2016 promising to put "America First," overturn what he said were unfair trade deals and force U.S. allies to pay more toward joint defense measures. In the Nov. 3 election, he will face off against Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who pledges to restore U.S. global leadership and reverse many of Trump's actions. Here's a look at their foreign policy differences: CHINA Under Trump, U.S.-China relations have slid to their lowest levels in decades over issues ranging from Chinese telecommunications gear maker Huawei, to Beijing's disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea. Trump says he is the first president in decades to stand...
    Chauncey DeVega July 27, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) Donald Trump and his regime are using the rule of law and democracy as their personal punching bags. In Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere, Trump has unleashed a secret police force that may include "private contractors" (better known as mercenaries), along with Homeland Security, and other forces against Black Lives Matter, anti-fascist activists and other protesters. : These Americans are exercising their constitutionally-guaranteed rights of free speech and assembly. In response, the Trump regime is kidnapping people off the streets, detaining them illegally, unnecessarily escalating the violence and engaging in wholesale violations of civil liberties and human rights. Trump has publicly promised to unleash his federal goon squad — which reportedly numbers more than 50,000 — against Democratic-controlled cities across the United States.  ...
    Alex Henderson July 26, 2020 11:13PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. President Donald Trump's painfully inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic has been crushing him in recent election polls: one poll after another has shown him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee — some of them by double digits. But Politico reporter Adam Cancryn, in an article published on July 22, wonders if perhaps there will be enough progress on a COVID-19 vaccine for Trump to enjoy an "October surprise" that saves his reelection campaign and helps him win a second term. The World Health Organization's Mike Ryan has said that although "good progress" is being made, it will probably be early 2021 before COVID-19...
    Sunday on MSNBC, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) called President Donald Trump a “threat to the public health and indeed to our very democracy,” while making a case for more government assistance to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Pressley said, “Donald Trump and this administration, they carry his clueless, callous, water on this. I remember saying to Secretary Mnuchin I don’t know any family that could weather this pandemic on a one-time, $1,200 cash infusion, and that was just for ten weeks. Of course, we continue to be in this. So, folks, you need to vote. We cannot afford—forget four more years of this administration. We can’t afford four more minutes.” “They’re a threat to the public health and indeed to our very...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday that he is “hopeful” that the Trump administration will be able to release new information about therapies to treat the novel coronavirus “in the coming days.” Meadows added that the White House has been “working around the clock” to make sure therapeutics and a vaccine for COVID-19 are developed and available for use as soon as possible. “The president has been very clear: whatever amount of money and whatever amount of time needs to be invested, we’re doing that,” Meadows said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE He added: "We're hopeful that with some of the breakthrough technology on therapeutics that we'll...
              State Representative Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) sent a letter to Governor Bill Lee on Friday questioning why Tennessee was not sharing data with the U.S. Census Bureau that would help estimate the number of illegal aliens living in Tennessee. The issue arises out of President Trump’s memorandum this week to the Secretary of Commerce that excludes illegal aliens from the apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives that follows the decennial census. The memorandum states in part, “The President, by law, makes the final determination regarding the ‘whole number of persons in each State,’ which determines the number of Representatives to be apportioned to each State, and transmits these determinations and accompanying census data...
    Black community leaders in Portland are hoping to shift the focus of demonstrations in the city back to the Black Lives Matter movement instead of what they say has become a largely 'white spectacle.' In an opinion piece for the Washington Post the president of the Portland branch of the NAACP Rev. E.D. Mondainé, said that recent nights of violence has distracted from the original intentions of the protests and that there needs to be an immediate 'refocusing'.  'Unfortunately, 'spectacle' is now the best way to describe Portland's protests. Vandalizing government buildings and hurling projectiles at law enforcement draw attention — but how do these actions stop police from killing black people?'  Mondainé asked. 'What are antifa and other leftist...
    Administration keeps new DACA registrations stagnant despite the Supreme Court ruling last month that it was incorrectly terminated Dreamers can reapply for the immigration benefit. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / . / . The Trump Administration announced Friday night that all new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be marked as “pending” as government officials reflect on another attempt to drop the immigration program. The announcement came during a telephone hearing in federal court in Maryland, according to The Associated Press, who was on the call. The Administration tried to repeal the Obama-era program, although the Supreme Court reversed the measure last month, saying it was wrongly ended. The ruling opened the...
    A coalition of 21 prosecutors sues the Administration to prevent immigrants from being excluded and the Constitution violated NY Chinatown is home to the largest concentration of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere. Photo: ANGELA WEISS / . / . The United States Population and Housing Census is conducted every ten years to count people in the country. The mandate of the Census Bureau does not exclude some people and counts others. Any decision that alters the way the population and housing census is carried out, it has social, economic and political repercussions. President Donald Trump’s intention to leave undocumented immigrants out of the census count could exclude up to 20 million citizens from that...
    On Thursday, The New York Times reported that a pair of Netflix filmmakers shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy were threatened by federal officials, ordered to delete footage unflattering to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers, and told to delay release of the documentary until after the 2020 election. “In early 2017, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement prepared to carry out the hard-line agenda on which President Trump had campaigned, agency leaders jumped at the chance to let two filmmakers give a behind-the-scenes look at the process,” reported Caitlin Dickerson. “But as the documentary neared completion in recent months, the administration fought mightily to keep it from being released until after the 2020 election. After granting rare...
    Matthew Chapman July 24, 2020 10:15AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On Thursday, The New York Times reported that a pair of Netflix filmmakers shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary about President Donald Trump's immigration policy were threatened by federal officials, ordered to delete footage unflattering to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers, and told to delay release of the documentary until after the 2020 election. "In early 2017, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement prepared to carry out the hard-line agenda on which President Trump had campaigned, agency leaders jumped at the chance to let two filmmakers give a behind-the-scenes look at the process," reported Caitlin Dickerson. "But as the documentary neared completion in recent months, the administration fought mightily to keep...
    Thousands of lives have been lost as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, yet our government and its officials still refuse to acknowledge the severity of this pandemic. As of this report, data compiled by The New York Times has found that more than 4 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 and 143,700 have died. Among them have been some who once called the virus a “hoax,” the families of these individuals, and others who have experienced the loss of loved ones as a result of COVID-19. They are sharing their stories to shed light on the horrific reality of this pandemic and the importance of following health recommendations. In an interview with Mother Jones, David Glosser, the uncle...
    Washington (CNN)In his return to coronavirus briefings after a hiatus of nearly three months, President Donald Trump has argued less with reporters, stuck more to his prepared texts and adopted a more somber speaking voice. But he has continued one of the staples of his briefing room appearances in March and April: downplaying the pandemic in ways that do not match reality. Downplaying, again At his Thursday briefing, Trump made a series of separate remarks in which he tried to make the situation in the US sound far better than it is. He said, "a lot of the country has no problem whatsoever -- most of the country actually." He said, of the outbreak in the Jacksonville, Florida area, where...
    Thursday in an interview that aired on “The Bakari Sellers Podcast,” former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said President Donald Trump was “incredibly incoherent, inconsistent and indifferent to the suffering” the coronavirus pandemic has caused in America. When asked what should have been done to combat coronavirus in December of 2019, Clinton said, “I wish we could turn the clock back, because if we had a competent, caring, prepared White House, they wouldn’t have gotten rid of the special unit that the Obama administration set up for the National Security Council to monitor the rise of disease. Everybody knew it was a matter of time—not if, but when. Unfortunately, this administration cut the budget for the...
    Patrick Semansky/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This month, Stephen Miller, the extremist anti-immigrant adviser to President Donald Trump who has promoted white nationalist ideas, lost a relative to the coronavirus pandemic, and his uncle tells Mother Jones that the Trump administration is partly to blame for this death. On July 4, David Glosser, the brother of Miller’s mother, posted a Facebook note announcing the death of his mother, Ruth Glosser, who was Miller’s maternal grandmother: This morning my mother, Ruth Glosser, died of the late effects of COVID-19 like so many thousands of other people; both young and old. She survived the acute infection but was left with lung and neurological damage...
    When Donald Trump talks about putting America First, he’s talking about making it easier for ordinary Americans to find a good job, receive a big raise or start a small business so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families. There’s perhaps no better example of putting America First than the common-sense approach his administration has taken toward deregulation. It's good to keep in mind that the promise of deregulation is in great part what caused the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Small Business Optimism Index to surge following President Trump’s election and in the wake of the Obama era’s regulatory tsunami. TRUMP CAMPAIGN MOCKS BIDEN FOR VOWING ‘SHOVEL READY’ JOBS: ‘WHERE HAVE WE HEARD THIS BEFORE?’...
    President Donald Trump’s painfully inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic has been crushing him in recent election polls: one poll after another has shown him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee — some of them by double digits. But Politico reporter Adam Cancryn, in an article published on July 22, wonders if perhaps there will be enough progress on a COVID-19 vaccine for Trump to enjoy an “October surprise” that saves his reelection campaign and helps him win a second term. The World Health Organization’s Mike Ryan has said that although “good progress” is being made, it will probably be early 2021 before COVID-19 vaccines start to become available. And Cancryn notes that “Trump’s bet that...
    People walk through Beijing, March 18, 2020. (Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times) Tensions between China and the United States have reached the most acute levels since the countries normalized diplomatic relations more than four decades ago, with the U.S. government’s ordering that China close its Houston consulate being just the latest example. In defense, trade, technology, human rights and other categories, actions and reprisals by one side or the other have escalated sharply under President Donald Trump’s administration, despite his repeated expressions of admiration for President Xi Jinping of China. The administration is even weighing a blanket ban on travel to the United States by the 92 million members of China’s ruling Communist Party and the possible expulsion of...
    Bill Gates has warned that any vaccine against coronavirus could take several doses to be effective, as he described 'serious mistakes' made by the Trump administration and said some schools may not be back to normal until the fall of 2021. The Microsoft founder, who now directs much of his time and energy to his global health foundation, said that the closure of schools was, after deaths, the 'biggest cost' of the pandemic. And, in an interview with Norah O'Donnell on CBS News, aired on Wednesday night, the Seattle-based billionaire was critical of Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. 'Some of the policies were a mistake,' said Gates.  Bill Gates appeared on CBS News on Wednesday evening to discuss...
    Washington (CNN)The American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition are asking the US Supreme Court to block the construction of President Donald Trump's border wall.The request made Wednesday is part of an ongoing legal fight over the use of $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to construct parts of the wall along the southwestern border. The legal proceedings over Defense Department funds stem from Trump's national emergency declaration on the US-Mexico border last year. Trump extended the declaration this past February, even as border arrests began to decline. Trump signs order targeting undocumented immigrants in the US censusLast month, a federal appeals court ruled against Trump, arguing that the administration doesn't have the authority to divert Pentagon...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Nearly two dozen attorneys general, including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, are suing the Trump administration over changes to the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit says that the changes put in place by President Trump have negatively affected women, the LGTBQIA+ community, and non-English speakers. The Trump administration removed protections for transgender people, a requirement that healthcare providers accommodate people who speak limited English, and a rule prohibiting discrimination against anyone who has had an abortion. The White House has not responded to the lawsuit.
    The memorandum marks the Trump administration’s newest work to adjust the way US populations are counted and advance the President’s immigration agenda. And like preceding attempts, the challenge will close up in court. “I have accordingly established that respect for the legislation and defense of the integrity of the democratic course of action warrant the exclusion of unlawful aliens from the apportionment base, to the extent possible and to the most extent of the President’s discretion under the regulation,” the order states. The American Civil Liberties Union options to challenge the memo, Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Task, said in a statement. “(Trump’s) most current attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities will...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Tuesday that would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in congressional districts when district lines are redrawn next year.The memorandum marks the Trump administration's latest effort to change the way US populations are counted and advance the President's immigration agenda, and like previous efforts is certain to end up in court. "I have accordingly determined that respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process warrant the exclusion of illegal aliens from the apportionment base, to the extent feasible and to the maximum extent of the President's discretion under the law," the executive order states.Trump has long sought to use the US census as a way to...
    (CNN)Arlette Morales sent in her DACA application weeks ago. Every day the 17-year-old races to check the mail to see if she's gotten a response."I have a lot of hope that they'll accept it ... but I also have to be careful, because they might not," she says. "It's really hard. It's really unpredictable."Before the Trump administration put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on the chopping block in 2017, hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants were eligible for deportation protection and work permits but hadn't yet applied -- or, like Morales, weren't yet old enough to qualify. Now, thanks to recent court rulings, they may have the chance.But even though judges keep ruling in their favor, they're...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made a habit of interfering with U.S. sanctions on hostile regimes, to the irritation of China hawks who want President Trump to move more aggressively against Beijing. “It's been a real source of frustration on the inside” of the administration, said Foundation for Defense of Democracies Chief Executive Mark Dubowitz. Economic sanctions have emerged as one of Trump’s preferred means of exerting American power, with the development of "maximum pressure" campaigns targeting at least three different regimes. Yet, the administration has stopped short of implementing those sanctions as aggressively as some of the president’s advisers and Republican allies think necessary — and the frustration with his posture is proliferating on Capitol Hill. ...
    Meaghan Ellis July 21, 2020 0 Comments Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden insists President Donald Trump has surrendered in the United States’ fight against the coronavirus. Biden appeared on MSNBC for an interview with Joy Reid on Monday where he was asked about Trump’s previous remarks during his Fox News interview on Sunday. At the time, Trump said, “No country has ever done what we’ve done, in terms of testing.” Biden offered his take on Trump’s remarks and handling of the pandemic, criticizing the president with his own words. In turn, Biden said, “I think he’s right, no country has ever done what [he’s] done — walk away.” According to Biden, there is “no leadership” in the current administration...
    Ivanka Trump lent a helping hand on Monday to the distribute food boxes to families in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump's daughter - and his adviser on job creation, economic empowerment, workforce development and entrepreneurship - appeared at the Washington D.C. Dream Center to give out meat and dairy as part of efforts with Farmers to Families. Ivanka paired her white shirt and jeans with floral print face mask as she interacted with recipients.  She was seen bending down to load the boxes filled with produced into car trunks, back seats and directly into the hands  of locals. Ivanka Trump helped distribute food boxes as part of the Farmers to Families food box program, at the...
    U.S. President Donald TrumpYuri Gripas | Reuters WASHINGTON — As Trump administration officials take fresh aim at China for a list of grievances ranging from intellectual property theft to the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing fired back by saying the U.S. is "possessed by such evil" and is, therefore, to blame for deteriorating relations. "Some in the U.S., driven by ideological bias, have been sparing no effort to paint China as a rival or even adversary, smear and attack China and encircle and contain its development," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Friday. "The U.S. is pressing the accelerator to trash China-U.S. relations, while China is putting the brakes on," she said. "Certain U.S. politicians are so irresponsible that they will say whatever...
    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY > Oxford, AstraZeneca report positive results, dual immunity action from early vaccine trial  > British biotech firm reports positive results for potential COVID-19 treatment  > ‘It is what it is’: Highlights from Trump’s Sunday sit-down with Fox News  > Top Republicans to meet with Trump over next round of federal virus relief  > As New York City begins phase four, Gov. Cuomo threatens to shut bars and restaurants > GOP governors in hardest hit states split over COVID-19 response > Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaShalala on Florida outbreaks: 'We need to close down again' Sunday shows preview: Trump, lawmakers weigh in on COVID-19, masks and school reopenings amid virus surge The Hill's Campaign Report:...
    Amanda Marcotte July 20, 2020 5:18PM (UTC) In her tell-all book about being Donald Trump's niece, "Too Much and Never Enough", psychologist Mary Trump tells a story of how her grandfather and the president's father, Fred Trump, would handle it when his tenants wanted the basic landlord services they were entitled to.  When one tenant repeatedly called the office to report a lack of heat, Fred paid him a visit. After knocking on the door, he removed his suit jacket, something he usually did only right before getting into bed. Once inside the apartment, which was indeed cold, he rolled up his shirtsleeves (again, something he rarely did) and told his tenant that he didn't know what they were complaining...
    As President Trump’s poll numbers slip four months before the election, he and his frenzied staff have launched an end game of wild thrashing that could bring further damage to a country they pretend to love. The closer defeat looms, the more desperate the death throes of a deranged administration. It lunges for levers of power and propaganda. It undermines institutions that stand above politics. It smears physicians who work for the public’s health. It attempts to conceal pandemic data, Soviet-style. It issues absurd decrees to local school boards to open in the fall or else. It dispatches unidentified federal forces to kidnap peaceful protesters. It flails out against measures to ease voting. And these are only the omens. A...
    Savannah Rychcik July 19, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is adamant his administration is not trying to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, but he is claiming Fauci tends to raise the alarm amid the coronavirus pandemic. The host of Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” Chris Wallace pointed Trump to a tweet of a cartoon issued by Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, mocking Fauci. The cartoon depicts Fauci as a “leaker” and an “alarmist.” Wallace asked Trump why Scavino would say that. “Well, I don’t know that he’s a leaker. He’s a little bit of an alarmist,” Trump said. “That’s okay. A little bit of an alarmist.”Check out his comments...
    Alex Smith July 19, 2020 4:16PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Just as the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 approaches new highs in some parts of the country, hospital data in Kansas and Missouri is suddenly incomplete or missing. The Missouri Hospital Association reports that it no longer has access to the data it uses to guide state coronavirus mitigation efforts, and Kansas officials say their hospital data may be delayed. : The Trump administration this week directed hospitals to change how they report data to the federal government and how that data will be made available. In an email, Missouri Hospital Association spokesperson Dave Dillon called the move "a major disruption." "All evidence...
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) called accusations federal police to remove protesters in his city “completely unconstitutional.” Wheeler said, “The president has a complete misunderstanding of cause and effect. What’s happening here is we have dozens if not hundreds of federal troops descending upon our city. What they’re doing is they are sharply escalating the situation. Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here. We haven’t asked them here. In fact, we want them to leave.” Host Jake Tapper asked, “The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Friday night as did your state attorney general....
    (CNN)Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley on Sunday said the nation should not be in a rush to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic and called for Congress to "lead in the absence of this Trump administration.""We cannot move too quickly on this. The consequences are too great to consider. This is about the public health," the Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union." "What needs to happen is Congress needs to continue to act as the conscience of this nation and to lead in the absence of this Trump administration to provide reoccurring payments and to mitigate the financial hardships and the burdens that families are feeling. To continue to address food insecurity. But we should not rush...
    President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly attempting to exclude billions of dollars potentially to be set aside by the Senate for coronavirus testing and contact tracing. As The Washington Post reports, a new bill created by Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, along with other Senator conservatives, features billions of dollars for mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. But White House officials are reportedly moving to eliminate funding that would allot billions of dollars to the Centers for Disease Control, the State Department, the National Institutes of Health, and the Pentagon. The bill would also allocate $25 billion for the states to implement contact tracing and testing, something that many experts say is essential to stop the spread...
    The Trump administration is reportedly attempting to block billions of federal dollars for coronavirus testing and contact tracing in the next round of stimulus. Administration officials are wrangling with Republican senators over the provisions in the GOP stimulus bill, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to unveil this week, according to the Washington Post. Unnamed people involved in the talks told the Post that the administration's position has angered some Republican senators, who are trying to push back and get the additional funding in the bill. At issue is money that would go to states to test and trace, as well as billions that would go to the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad. Trump...
    Smile while you can. November 3rd is only 3 1/2 months away. Reopening the nation’s schools amid a surging pandemic is on track to be one of the defining issues of this election, simply because of its timing. Nearly all public schools are normally back in session by Labor Day, which happens to coincide with what used to be viewed as the beginning of the election season, back in the pre-COVID era, before the daily news of this deadly viral pandemic resulted in millions of homebound Americans becoming permanently glued to their news outlet of choice. What occurs in the nation’s public school system between late August and November is likely to be more consequential, from a practical standpoint, to millions of...
    Yeganeh Torbati July 18, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. As President Donald Trump came under criticism that his administration had failed to manage the coronavirus pandemic, he cited one area of success: his plan to donate thousands of ventilators to other countries. "Now we're the king of ventilators," Trump told reporters on April 18. : White House officials have pushed the U.S. Agency for International Development to purchase thousands of the expensive devices from U.S. companies and donate them abroad, according to internal documents, emails seen by or described to ProPublica and interviews with officials. One USAID official recently referred to the project in an internal email as "the POTUS donation of ventilators," using an...
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that students should not be allowed to return to the classroom in person until precautions have been taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can find a counterpoint here, where Jonathan Butcher, a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, argues that students should return to the classroom this fall so they do not fall behind in their education. “We’re not like you. We don’t have a few people living in a house — we have a lot of people living in a small apartment, next to other small apartments with a lot of people living...
    (CNN)This week, President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci met for the first time in months -- only after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro criticized Fauci in an op-ed. The Trump administration halted its plan to restrict foreign university students in online-only schooling while proceeding with a plan to collect coronavirus hospital data directly, rather than the CDC. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Monday Trump administration's delayed use of 1950s law leads to critical supplies shortages Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Trump campaign struggles to get its rally machine going...
    A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision last month on DACA and fully reopen the program to new applicants. The court’s ruling finding the administration had illegally ended the program was certified on Monday, yet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had yet to announce anything about accepting new applications, meaning officials were defying the court’s order: Federal court in Maryland orders USCIS to implement full restoration of the DACA program, including initial DACA applications and advance parole. pic.twitter.com/VJ6Fk0Y2L7 — Luis Cortes-Romero (@LCortesRomero) July 17, 2020 USCIS must now accept new applications following the Maryland order, attorneys said on Twitter. “Administration will be accepting new #DACA applications!” attorney Amy Maldonado tweeted. “New court order makes mandate explicit,” tweeted immigration...
    Despite his broken relationship with President Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci has continued to spread his message: Practice social distancing, put public health above the rush to reopen businesses — or face the consequences. In an hour-long interview with Facebook FB, +0.27% co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Thursday, evening, Fauci had a warning for young Americans: “You have to have responsibility for yourself, but also a societal responsibility that you’re getting infected is not just you in a vacuum. You’re propagating the pandemic.” The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for three decades appeared to take aim at the response to the coronavirus pandemic by the Trump administration — which has called for schools to...
    Cody Fenwick July 17, 2020 2:34AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lashed out at the media on Thursday after she garnered criticism for her remarks about science and decisions on school reopenings. Speaking during the afternoon's press briefing, McEnany stumbled into a gaffe when she urged schools across the country reopen despite the ongoing pandemic and said: "The science should not stand in the way of this." : This sounded as though she thought schools should reopen regardless of what the science says. The slip-up clearly played into one of the consistent criticisms of the Trump administration — and the GOP more broadly — that it refuses to accept scientific conclusions...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticized President Donald Trump's administration over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a videochat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases. Speaking with Fauci in a Facebook live video on Thursday, Zuckerberg said some outbreaks of coronavirus were 'avoidable' and criticized the administration for 'calling into question' whether people should wear masks. 'Our government, and this administration, have been significantly less effective in handling this,' Zuckerberg said, comparing the recent surge in U.S. cases to other countries that have seen falling new cases. 'You know, I was certainly sympathetic early on when it was clear that there would be some outbreaks no matter how well we handle this,' Zuckerberg said. Facebook...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lashed out at the media on Thursday after she garnered criticism for her remarks about science and decisions on school reopenings. Speaking during the afternoon’s press briefing, McEnany stumbled into a gaffe when she urged schools across the country reopen despite the ongoing pandemic and said: “The science should not stand in the way of this.” This sounded as though she thought schools should reopen regardless of what the science says. The slip-up clearly played into one of the consistent criticisms of the Trump administration — and the GOP more broadly — that it refuses to accept scientific conclusions it finds ideologically inconvenient. She seemed to be aware in the moment, though, that she...
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website that, up until yesterday, publicly displayed how many US hospital and ICU beds were occupied by coronavirus patients will now only show out-of-date information.  It comes after the Trump Administration instructed hospitals to send their COVID-19 directly to a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) database and said facilities should not send information to the CDC's portal.  CDC Director Robert Redfield said bluntly in a Wednesday statement that 'no one is taking access or data away from CDC.'  While the CDC may still have access to the data, now collected through the HHS Protect system, the public no longer does.  After a message briefly appeared on the CDC's hospitalization data...
    (CBS4) – Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican who represents Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, joined 24 of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter expressing support for the Trump Administration’s efforts to stop TikTok, and other social media companies, from stealing Americans’ data. “These popular apps’ data collection practices, coupled with China’s onerous cybersecurity laws requiring all companies operating in China, including TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to share user data with CCP authorities, present a very real threat to U.S. national security. As such, we urge your administration to take decisive action to protect the American people’s privacy and safety,” Rep. Buck and co-signers wrote. “It is clear that the United States should not trust TikTok or any other Chinese-affiliated social...
    (CNN Business)A week after saying his administration was "looking at" banning short-form video app TikTok in the United States, President Donald Trump claimed credit for personally thwarting the expansion plans of another Chinese-affiliated technology company: Huawei. "We convinced many countries, and I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk," Trump said at a White House press conference on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the UK government said it was reversing a decision to allow Huawei to build parts of its new 5G mobile network. Under the announcement, any existing 5G gear from Huawei must be ripped out — virtually eliminating the company from a major western market.The UK...
    Matthew Rozsa July 16, 2020 2:58AM (UTC) President Donald Trump has issued an order for hospitals throughout the United States to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when relaying information about patients with COVID-19. Instead, as of Wednesday, the White House wants that information sent directly to a central database controlled by one of Trump's cabinet members. The Department of Health and Human Services will receive all daily reports about the patients being treated by each hospital, the number of available ventilators and beds and other vital data, according to The New York Times. The database will not be available to the public, a factor that could impact public health officials' and researchers ability to make informed policy...
    The Trump administration is a death cult. They revel in their efforts to end Obamacare and cut millions of Americans off healthcare. They celebrate last night’s resumption of federal executions. They enthusiastically authorize the use of formerly banned pesticides that cause cancer and neurological damage to children. Trump’s first official action was to allow coal and oil companies to dump more waste in our rivers, poisoning people downstream. As children were being slaughtered in classrooms across America, Trump doubled down on supporting the NRA. As Black people across America continue to be regularly murdered by police, Trump calls those asking for change “terrorists” and “thugs.” He refers to Nazis as “very fine people” and has even retweeted calls for “white...
    As part of an effort to determine the citizenship status of every adult living in the United States, the Trump administration has entered into agreements with at least four states to obtain driver's license and state identification information, NPR reported Wednesday. Over the past year, the four states — Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina, and South Dakota — have voluntarily agreed to share varying amounts of information with the U.S. Census Bureau that will help the administration determine the number of illegal aliens residing in the country, as well as aid in redrawing district voting maps. The information provided to the government, according to documents obtained by NPR, includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and other such information regularly founded...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 15, 2020.Andrew Harnik | Reuters WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he believes the world will make China "pay a price" for the coronavirus pandemic. "I think the world will absolutely make them pay a price," the nation's top diplomat said during a virtual event with The Hill. "Every place I go, every foreign minister that I talk to, they recognize what China has done to the world. I'm very confident that the world will look at China differently and engage with them fundamentally different than they did before this catastrophic disaster," Pompeo said. The...
    Bradley Cortright July 15, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump says he would give his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn a new post in the administration.  During an interview with CBS News’ Cather Herridge on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he would give Flynn a post in the administration again.  “I would, I think he’s a great gentleman,” Trump said, adding, “He’s been in the military for many, many decades actually — highly respected.” Trump went on to lament what he claimed was the unfair investigation and prosecution of Flynn. “What Gen. Flynn went through was so unfair, and he’s still going through it. If he were a Democrat that never would have happened, number one, and number two, if it...
    Hospitals will begin sending COVID-19 data to a centralized Trump administration database rather than to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the administration seeks to increase the speed of data reporting, NBC News reported. Before this change, hospitals sent COVID-19 data to the CDC, which reported the information publicly — but with a lag of a week or more. Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, said that won't cut it anymore. "The President's Coronavirus Task Force has urged improvements for months, but they just cannot keep up with this pandemic," Caputo said, according to NBC News. "Today, the CDC still provides data from only 85 percent of hospitals;...
    A new series of reports indicate that hospitals will be required to send data about their coronavirus patients to the Trump administration instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC and forward all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington. Officials claim the move will streamline data for the White House coronavirus task force and help them on matters like the allocation of medical supplies. “The Health and Human Services database that will receive new information is not open to the public,” the Times reports, “which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers and health officials...
    Jake Johnson July 15, 2020 7:48AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. President Donald Trump's ongoing efforts to roll back regulations designed to protect the environment, workers, and public health likely played a significant role in the spread of Covid-19 in the United States. That's according to a new report released Tuesday by New York University School of Law's Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), a nonpartisan policy think tank. : The 45-page report titled "Weakening Our Defenses" (pdf) details how Trump's far-reaching deregulatory push has exacerbated several major risk factors for contracting and spreading Covid-19, such as high levels of...
    Harvard and MIT brought a lawsuit against ICE over guidelines that would revoke international student visas when campuses go online in the fall. The suit earned support from 200 other schools. Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on July 6 that international students who were taking courses entirely online would not be allowed to remain in the US. The new policy was met with immediate backlash as 17 states and Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit to block the motion while Harvard and MIT led a similar suit that quickly garnered the support of 200 more universities. But in a Tuesday hearing, President Donald Trump's administration rescinded the directive. An international student told Insider...
    by Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, Middlebury and Miles A. Pomper, Middlebury July 15, 2020 marks 75 years since the detonation of the first nuclear bomb. The Trinity Test, in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert, proved that the design for the Nagasaki Bomb worked and started the nuclear era. The U.S. tested nuclear bombs for decades. But at the end of the Cold War in 1992, the U.S. government imposed a moratorium on U.S. testing. This was strengthened by the Clinton administration’s decision to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Although the Senate never ratified the treaty and it never entered into force, all 184 countries that signed the test ban, including the U.S., have followed its rules. But in recent...
    The Trump administration is a death cult. They revel in their efforts to end Obamacare and cut millions of Americans off healthcare. They celebrate last night’s resumption of federal executions. They enthusiastically authorize the use of formerly banned pesticides that cause cancer and neurological damage to children. Trump’s first official action was to allow coal and oil companies to dump more waste in our rivers, poisoning people downstream. As children were being slaughtered in classrooms across America, Trump doubled down on supporting the NRA. As Black people across America continue to be regularly murdered by police, Trump calls those asking for change “terrorists” and “thugs.” He refers to Nazis as “very fine people” and has even retweeted calls for “white...
    Even while much of Washington tries to practice social distancing, FBI Director Christopher Wray made it a point to travel three blocks up Pennsylvania Avenue from the bureau’s headquarters last Tuesday for a speech to a small audience, most of them in masks. Wray has kept a low profile throughout his nearly three-year tenure as director, but the topic of his address at the conservative Hudson Institute was one he’s had no problem being vocal about, and on Tuesday he made his position clear by the third sentence of his remarks. “The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China,” he told the...
    Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said Monday it “boggles the mind” that the Trump administration would be criticizing its own coronavirus task force top member Dr. Anthony Fauci. President Donald Trump said Monday he has a “very good relationship with Dr. Fauci” and while he finds him to be a nice person, he doesn’t “always agree” with him. Those comments came on the heels of an anonymous White House official sending out a statement to multiple media outlets going after Fauci’s credibility, as well as recent reports that Fauci has been sidelines by the Trump administration. Stirewalt told Bret Baier, “It boggles the mind.” “Whether the administration wants to have Anthony Fauci out front or playing a role...
    President Donald Trump said Monday at the White House that schools should reopen in the Fall, despite some cities announcing they would delay the reopening of their schools as the coronavirus pandemic continued. “The schools should be opened. Kids want to go to schools. You’ll lose a lot of lives keeping things closed,” Trump replied when asked by reporters about the news that Los Angeles public schools announced that they would have “online-only” classes this Fall. The Trump administration has argued for schools to reopen in the Fall. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that the administration was considering withholding funding from schools that refused to reopen in the fall: America investment in education is a promise to students and their families....
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump complained via Twitter on Sunday that a privately constructed border wall in Texas was a bad idea and poorly done — not mentioning that his administration has awarded the builder a $1.7 billion contract to build more walls. With the backing of Trump supporters, Tommy Fisher built a 3-mile border fence along the Rio Grande, calling it the “Lamborghini” of fences. But just months after completion of his showcase piece directly on the banks of the river, there are signs of erosion along and under the fence that threatens its stability and could cause...
    In the span of a single week, the video sharing platform TikTok suffered a series of public blows, crescendoing Friday into an all-out panic on the application that one creator described as “World War III.”  The latest upheaval began Monday, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted in an appearance on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle that the U.S. might follow in the steps of India, which banned the application in late June. At a Wednesday press briefing, Pompeo doubled down, promising to take actions that “deny the Chinese Communist Party access to the private information that belongs to Americans.” By Thursday, the hashtag #TikTokBan was trending on Twitter, just in time for a report on Friday, from The New...
    Hong Kong one-hundred dollar banknotes and U.S. one-hundred dollar banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Hong Kong on April 15, 2019.Paul Yeung | Bloomberg | Getty Images The U.S. threat to look for ways to hurt the Hong Kong dollar's peg to the greenback will not likely be realized, analysts say. Strategists at Singapore bank DBS say the U.S. "cannot unilaterally revoke the HKD peg." Top advisors to U.S. President Donald Trump were reportedly considering proposals to strike against the Hong Kong dollar peg, in a bid to punish China's move to implement a national security law on Hong Kong, said a report by Bloomberg last week citing unnamed sources. Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration could undermine the...
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said President Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s plan to reopen schools is “messing with the health of our children.” Guest host Dana Bash asked Pelosi about the interview she just completed with Devos. Bash said, “Given what you just heard briefly, are you confident that students and teachers will go back to school in the fall?” Pelosi said, “No. I  think what we heard from the secretary was malfeasance and dereliction of duty. This is appalling. They’re messing, they’re messing, — the president and his administration are messing with the health of our children.” She added, “We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had choice words about the Trump administration's goal to reopen schools in the fall despite upticks in coronavirus cases across the country. The California Democrat on Sunday called Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's stance on reopening schools "malfeasance" and "dereliction of duty," adding that a swift reopening would put the health of students at risk. "The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children," Pelosi said on CNN's State of the Union. "We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do, and children do, but they must go back safely." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Trump administration's push to restart in-person learning in schools is "messing...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move MORE (D-Calif) on Sunday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE and his administration's push for schools to reopen in the fall despite rising coronavirus cases across some parts of the country.  “This is appalling. ... The president and his...
    Jason Cardiff didn’t want his new business to end up like his last one, an alleged pyramid scheme involving robocalling and selling unwitting customers bogus remedies to lose weight or quit smoking. One of his ventures, Prolongz, falsely claimed to offer men “increased ejaculation control.” “I am not going to lose another company,” Cardiff told his lawyer in an April 5 email, just before detailing a fantasy list of people he wanted to place on the board of his new venture, VPL Medical Inc. His wish list included Brian Travis Kennedy, a right-wing think tank leader and pundit with connections to the Trump administration, who Cardiff cryptically said could be the company’s “advisor to the White House.” That didn’t work...
    One of the perennial lessons of the Trump presidency is that you can never put anything past him. There is no bottom—he will go as low as he can. That became painfully apparent once again last week, when we learned that Trump has sat on his hands for months and did nothing in response to reports that Russia paid bounties for the targeted killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that Russia’s military intelligence arm has offered a bounty to Taliban fighters for every confirmed kill of U.S. and coalition fighters serving in Afghanistan. The CIA reportedly confirmed the veracity of the information after interrogating prisoners and recovering a large stash of U.S. dollars at a captured Taliban base....
    One of the most enduring Trump-era internet memes is “I hope you find someone who looks at you the way Mike Pence looks at Donald Trump.” Trevor Noah’s “Daily Show” has had a lot of fun with it: Whos ready to watch Mike Pence watch Donald Trump? #SOTU pic.twitter.com/QqHUeAaXAq — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 5, 2019 And it’s not just the adoring gaze. When Pence speaks, it is invariably in the most servile tones, always suggesting that he has never had a thought in his head that “this president” didn’t “direct” him to have. He is the most loyal of all the Trump loyalists, a man who was saved from an ignominious failure as Indiana governor...