Coronavirus

Trump Focused On Stock Market Amid Pandemic – Politics Article

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday bashed President Trump by accusing him of prioritizing the stock market over the well-being of Americans as coronavirus cases continue surging across the country. Speaking at a campaign event in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Biden outlined his economic platform which would include raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from the current 21%, demanding that Amazon pay income taxes and calling for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. Biden particularly appealed to growing frustrations…

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Coronavirus Crisis: 20+ New York Catholic Schools Won’t Open in September – Politics Article

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has announced today what many of us had a sick feeling was coming: Catholic school closings. Twenty of them. Some in some areas that could really use the leaven that Catholic education is. The Archdiocese of Brooklyn, too, has six schools that are closing. There’s a book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, that was published a few years back that talks about just how transformational a Catholic school can be in a…

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Religious Liberty & More: Twenty-Five Things that Caught My Eye Today — July 8, 2020 – Politics Article

1. The Washington Post: Pope denounces unimaginable “hell” of Libyan migrant camps Francis recalled that he heard stories of suffering from the migrants he met on Lampedusa in 2013, but only realized when he got back to the Vatican that his translator had only relayed a fraction of what the migrants had recounted. “He gave me the distilled version,” Francis said of the translator, explaining that this is often the case when the world hears blandly of war and suffering…

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Texas GOP Convention Canceled | Talking Points Memo – Politics Article

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday afternoon said that city officials are canceling the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention originally scheduled for next week. The cancelation came on the heels of Turner saying earlier Wednesday during a virtual city council meeting that his administration was investigating ways to cancel it. Turner added that he directed the city’s legal department to work with the Houston First Corporation, which operates the convention center, in reviewing the contract with the state’s GOP. According to…

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Check Out One of the GOP’s Brightest Stars – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) Earlier today I spent 30 minutes interviewing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in a webinar sponsored by Center of the American Experiment. We had more than 2,300 registered for the event, with many more watching on Facebook Live. If you missed it earlier, here it is again. I thought Governor Noem was terrific. As you watch the video, ask yourself: how many better leaders do we have in the U.S. today? If any? We talked mostly about Noem’s…

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Just as the NHS emerged from WWII, so must a National Care Service from Covid – LabourList – Politics Article

On the 72nd birthday of the NHS, its chief executive Sir Simon Stevens called for a properly funded adult social care system. It was a salutary reminder of the desperate state of social care in England. 40% of Covid deaths were in care homes, and yet the sector still struggles for personal protective equipment, for testing and for proper pay and conditions for its staff. Over 30 years of privatisation has resulted in a profusion of fragmented and competing providers.…

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Israel hit by second coronavirus wave – Politics Article

Israel has done extraordinarily well in preventing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. It reports only 37 deaths per one million people (342 deaths in total). By way of comparison, the U.S. reports 405 deaths per million. Only Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii report fewer deaths per million than Israel. Israel’s success is probably due to the stringent measures it took early on to keep the virus from spreading. They included travel restrictions and a lockdown more severe than all…

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WH Dodges On Trump Mask Refusal – Politics Article

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday morning found himself in a fiery exchange on CNN as he repeatedly dodged questions regarding President Trump’s refusal to wear a mask in public. Last week, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t commit to issuing a nationwide mask mandate even after finally encouraging the public to adopt the practice. Masks are a key way to slow the spread of COVID-19 amid rising cases across the country. Trump has yet to wear a mask…

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Atlanta Mayor Tests Positive For COVID – Politics Article

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19 despite experiencing no symptoms. COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive. — Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) July 6, 2020 During an interview on MSNBC shortly after tweeting her COVID-19 diagnosis, Bottoms recalled how she reacted upon testing positive despite taking “serious precautions.” After saying that she’s “processing all of this,” Bottoms said that she was prompted to get tested…

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The new normal of patchwork pandemics is very, very abnormal – Politics Article

Like much of the rest of the world, Australia now has to deal with a patchwork pandemic. Slipping back into old habits isn’t good enough for politicians if they’re to respond effectively to ongoing disruption. The post The new normal of patchwork pandemics is very, very abnormal appeared first on Crikey. This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by Bernard Keane Read Full Political Article

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Financial murders in the no rue morgue – Politics Article

On May 18 the state of Minnesota purchased the Bix Produce Co.’s former cold storage facility just north of downtown St. Paul for an emergency morgue, bracing for a peak in COVID-19 deaths predicted by the state’s super duper Minnesota Model 3.0 as updated the previous week. The state paid $5.5 million for the property. Operating costs and improvements to ready the building for its new purpose will bring the total to $6.9 million. The 71,000-square-foot Bix Produce warehouse provides…

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Will a COVID Vaccine Be Rushed to Market? – Politics Article

Last Thursday, senior officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health testified before a Senate subcommittee on the federal government’s rush to develop, approve and disseminate a vaccine for the Wuhan virus: Collins said he and the Operation Warp Speed team are “very optimistic” a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of this year and 300 million doses will be available by early 2021. The witnesses assured senators that “speed will not compromise…

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Texas Mayors Refute Trump COVID-19 Claim – Politics Article

The mayors of two Texas metropolitan areas on Sunday expressed their dismay with President Trump’s false claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.” Texas is currently considered a coronavirus hotspot, along with Florida and Texas, as it recently recorded six straight days of confirmed new cases above 5,000. The Lone Star state reported a record daily increase of 8,258 coronavirus cases and 7,890 hospitalizations on Saturday. On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a statewide rule requiring masks…

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White House Adviser Blames China For ‘Every Bad Thing,’ Dodges Qs On USA’s Unique Failures – Politics Article

In an unhinged interview Friday, the White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the Chinese government is responsible for “every bad thing we’re experiencing right now” — but he couldn’t explain why COVID-19 cases are swelling in America while other wealthy nations around the world have begun to smother the disease. The Chinese government, Navarro told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, “sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals over here to seed and spread the virus.” And the novel coronavirus itself, he…

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In this crisis, God bless the net — BuzzMachine – Politics Article

Imagine, just try to imagine what it would be like to weather this very real-world crisis without the internet. Then imagine all the ways it can help even more. And stop, please stop claiming the net is broken and makes the world worse. It doesn’t. In this moment, be grateful for it. What we need most right now is expertise. Thanks to the net, it’s not at all hard to find. I spent a few hours putting together a COVID Twitter list of…

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