Showing posts from July, 2020

Gov. John Kasich : Donald Trump is “sowing the doubt, the mistrust and driving down another institution, the institution of voting in our country and saying it’s going to be deeply flawed. ... It’s ridiculous.”

President Trump on Thursday floated the possibility of delaying November’s general election, in a fiery new warning about the implications of mail-in ballots. See Also: President Trump replaces campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien, according to the NYT In a tweet in which he claimed that the practice on a "universal" scale would lead to “the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump suggested: “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” The president’s tweet comes 96 days before the Nov. 3 election, and with early voting in some states starting in just two months. It also comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues unabated, with new cases of the virus spiking in many states. Trump’s suggestion coincided too with the federal government reporting on Thursday the worst economic contraction in the nation’s history, as the pandemic has flattened much of the economy and attempted moves by states t

Dr. Jonathan Reiner says: "I think the President bears responsibility for the deaths of tens of thousands of people in this country,"

Deaths in the U.S. from the novel coronavirus are predicted to reach more than 230,000 by November, according to a new projection published Friday. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington estimates 230,822 fatalities from COVID-19 by Nov. 1 -- nearly 11,000 more than it projected on July 22. The projections make a number of assumptions, including that use of face masks continues at currently observed rates, that the gradual easing of social distancing mandates continues and that mandates will be reimposed for six weeks if daily deaths reach eight per million. The IHME had increased its death projections earlier this month, just as more states were moving deeper into their plans for reopening after months of lockdowns and social distancing measures. More states have also mandated the use of face masks when social distancing is not possible. "We can now see the projected trajectory of the epidemic into the fall, and ma

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert blames wearing a mask for his positive coronavirus diagnosis

Biologist Erin Bromage says “that’s one of the silliest, the dumbest things” he has heard all week, adding “That’s not the way that it works." Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who has frequently refused to wear a mask, has tested positive for coronavirus. The news reverberated across Capitol Hill on Wednesday, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce new rules requiring masks on the House floor and renewing a debate about access to testing for members of Congress and their staff. The diagnosis also comes as congressional leaders from both parties remain far apart in negotiations over a stimulus package to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Gohmert had been scheduled to fly aboard Air Force One on Wednesday with President Donald Trump to Midland, Texas, where the President held a fundraiser and toured an oil rig. Gohmert tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday morning during a pre-flight screening at the White House, a person familiar with the situ

Susan Rice calls President Trump’s uncertainty if he’ll accept the results of the upcoming election “concerning and disturbing”

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back on potential criticism of the way she handled Benghazi, saying that it would be a GOP-led distraction if former Vice President Joe Biden chose her as his 2020 running mate. She was responding to "The View" co-host Joy Behar, who had asked her about Republican pushback. "If you were to be the vice president, Republicans would come after you for the way you handled the aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi. Now you got a lot of flak at the time for putting out what turned out to be inaccurate information about what happened," she said. See Also: Tucker Carlson grills Jim Jordan on reigning in Big Tech : "Why would Google give you money and why would you take it?" "Is this going to hurt your chances? How are you going to deal with that? You know they’re going to go after you with Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. What are you going to do?" Rice responded by claiming that "not

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz questions Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai about anti-cop business decisions

In a virtual testimony before congress Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., over allegations of advancing China’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities after refusing to work with the U.S. military. Google pulled out of an AI contract with the Department of Defense (DOD) in June 2018 after thousands of employees signed a petition addressed to Pichai, demanding that the company cease all involvement with the program known as Project Maven. See Also: Tucker Carlson grills Jim Jordan on reigning in Big Tech : "Why would Google give you money and why would you take it?" Project Maven was an AI effort to study imagery that could lead to improved technology surrounding drone strikes during open combat. Google cited concerns over ethical principles surrounding AI. “Project Maven was a collaboration between Google and the DOD that Google pulled out of,” Gaetz said Wednesday. “Did you weigh input from your employees when

Breaking News: Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account suspended for sharing a video with false information

Donald Trump Jr. was on tonight with Tucker to discuss how Twitter suspended his account over tweeting that people should watch a video of doctors discussing hydroxychloroquine at a DC conference yesterday: Trump Jr. starts by noting that  “this never happens to someone saying something that benefits the left, it only hurts conservatives.”  He adds that his tweet that earned Twitter’s ire never said the video was ‘gospel’, but only that it’s a must watch because it goes against the narrative that people being force fed by the media. He then holds up a story from The Hill newspaper, saying  “Twitter has no problem saying that coronavirus disinformation spread by the Chinese government does not violate their rules.” He also shows a copy of a tweet from CNN’s Jake Tapper, where he tweeted on July 3rd a CNN article entitled  “Study finds hydroxychloroquine helped coronavirus patients survive better.”   A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxyc

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: "I hate to say it, but it looks like this president is doing a dress rehearsal for martial law."

Jenny Durkan and Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez have had offensive messages written outside their homes by some protesters who support defunding the city's police department. See Also: President Trump replaces campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien, according to the NYT Messages written on a street at Durkan's home read "Guillotine Jenny" and "Resign Bi---," according to The Seattle Times. Windows at Pedersen's home read "F--- You" and "Don't be racist trash." Separately, Councilmember Tammy Morales, who has called for the police to be defunded by 50 percent, spoke with demonstrators outside her home Sunday. "I had a brief conversation with a few members of the group that came to my home last night, Morales tweeted Monday. "I appreciate the opportunity to listen to what they had to say. We exchanged numbers and will be talking later today." I had a brief conversation with a few mem