Category: Politics

Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest

President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program is sending less relief to New York and New England than other parts of the country, even though the Northeast has the most coronavirus cases. In President Donald Trump’s signature food relief program for the coronavirus pandemic, the Northeast – the hardest-hit region – got the least amount of money per confirmed COVID-19 case. Read More: propublica.org

Federal Watchdog Says Coronavirus Whistle-Blower Should Be Reinstated as It Investigates

ADVERTISEMENT.It will now be up to the secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, to decide whether to send Dr. Bright back to BARDA during the Office of Special Counsel inquiry. In his 89-page complaint, Dr. Bright said his boss at the Health and Human Services Department, Dr. Kadlec, repeatedly pressured him to steer millions of dollars’ worth of contracts to the clients of a well-connected consultant. Read More: www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org

‘Stay home, save yourself…premature relaxing of stay-at-home orders?’

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS PROJECTED TO RISE, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANALYSIS: The Trump administration projects that the number of coronavirus deaths will increase to about 3,000 each day by early June, The New York Times reported Monday, citing an internal report. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC earlier Monday that the U.S. has plateaued at about 30,000 new cases a day and 2,000 new deaths a day. Read More: cnbc.com

‘Just like he said “open the economy by Easter”…not an expert and zero credibility’

TRUMP CONTRADICTS TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS WITH VACCINE TIMELINE, MALARIA DRUG CLAIMS: President Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that a coronavirus vaccine would be ready by the end of 2020 and returned to touting an unproven treatment for the disease – on both fronts contradicting his own health officials as well as companies developing and testing potential vaccines. Trump acknowledged Sunday that his vaccine timeline may go beyond what his own experts have advised, but insisted on his optimistic timeline. Read More: politico.com

‘More of Trump’s Church-State’

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS APPARENTLY WORKING WITH CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN GROUPS TO FIGHT COVID-19 POLICIES: The Justice Department has intervened formally in just one case so far, but conservative lawyers and activists hope the specter of DOJ involvement will be enough to persuade local leaders to create special carve-outs for churches. Tony Perkins, head of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, said he has pressed his case in calls with President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Read More: theweek.com

‘POTUS continues to retaliate against the facts’

DIRECTOR OF KEY FEDERAL VACCINE AGENCY SAYS HIS DEPARTURE WAS RETALIATION: Bright previously did not respond to repeated requests for comment on his departure by CNN. Caitlin Oakley, deputy assistant secretary at HHS, disputed Bright’s version of events. Bright had been with the agency as its influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division director since 2010 before he was tapped to lead it in late 2016. Read More: amp-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org

‘Does this mean Trump was elected due to foreign influence, not the will of the people? Sad how Bush and Trump had to manipulate the election process.’

SENATE INTEL REPORT CONFIRMS RUSSIA AIMED TO HELP TRUMP IN 2016: The president is still rejecting intelligence officials’ more recent warnings – delivered to lawmakers last month – that Russia is interfering in this year’s election and that Moscow has a preference for Trump. The latest report from the Senate panel is a bipartisan endorsement of a conclusion that had been called into question by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Read More: politico.com

Virginia governor’s slew of bills heralds progressive new direction for state

Virginia governor Ralph Northam has signed into law new measures on gun control and abortion rights and outlawing discrimination on grounds of sexuality and gender identity, establishing a progressive new direction for a traditionally conservative state where Democrats won the legislature in November for the first time in almost 25 years. In November, after the Republicans were swept from both state houses, having controlled one or both for a quarter-century, the New York Times examined the reasons why traditional Republican voters in Virginia had abandoned the party, especially in the suburbs. Read More: theguardian.com