Trump Administration

United States Surpasses 200,000 Coronavirus Deaths

NBC News reports: In the predawn hours of March 30, Dr. Deborah Birx stepped in front of the camera on the White House lawn and made an alarming prediction about the coronavirus, which had, by then, killed fewer than 3,000 people in the United States. “If we do things together, well, almost perfectly, we can get in the range of …

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White House Demanded Drug Makers Pay For $100 “Trump Cards” To Be Sent To Seniors Ahead Of Election

The New York Times reports: After months of heated accusations and painstaking negotiations, the White House and the pharmaceutical industry neared agreement late last month on a plan to make good on President Trump’s longstanding promise to lower drug prices. The drug companies would spend $150 billion to address out-of-pocket consumer costs and would even pick up the bulk of …

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New CDC Testing Guidance: Another Break With Trump

The Daily Beast reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its coronavirus testing guidelines to say that individuals who do not present with symptoms should still be tested for COVID19 “due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission.” The revised guidelines represent a capstone of sorts to a tumultuous few weeks for the agency, which …

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TikTok To Be Banned From App Stores Starting Sunday

Reuters reports: The U.S. Commerce Department said it will issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20. Commerce officials said the ban on new U.S. downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday …

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FEC Chairman: Church/State Separation Is A “Fallacy”

Religion News Service reports: The head of the Federal Election Commission chastised Catholic bishops during a pair of interviews this week, accusing church hierarchy of “hiding behind” their nonprofit status and declaring that this year’s U.S. election amounts to a “spiritual war” that threatens the country’s “Christian moral principles.” FEC Chairman James E. “Trey” Trainor III made the remarks during …

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Jared Kushner On Dying NYers: “That’s Their Problem”

Vanity Fair reports on March 2020 meeting between Silicon Valley leaders and Jared Kushner: Kushner, seated at the head of the conference table, in a chair taller than all the others, was quick to strike a confrontational tone. “The federal government is not going to lead this response,” he announced. “It’s up to the states to figure out what they …

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HHS Posted Testing Change Over CDC Objections

The New York Times reports: A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The …

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Former Trump Officials Defect To Back Biden [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Olivia Troye, the former top homeland security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, endorsed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday and accused President Trump of weak leadership and of dramatically mismanaging the response to the coronavirus crisis. In a statement, Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, responded by saying, “Outside of generally …

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Trump Announces “Patriotic Education” Program To Battle “Poisonous Left-Wing Indoctrination” In Schools

Forbes reports: President Trump on Thursday announced several measures aimed at promoting what he called “patriotic education” while blasting progressive efforts at re-examining American history through a race-critical lens as “toxic propaganda.” At the White House Conference on American History, Trump took aim at the 1619 Project, a series of essays in the New York Times re-examining America’s legacy of …

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Trump Admin Sues Grocery Giant Kroger Over Firing Of Two Staffers Who Refused To Wear “Rainbow” On Apron

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit filed Monday accused Kroger Co. of unlawful employment practices for allegedly refusing to accommodate two former employees in Conway who expressed religious objections to wearing an apron embroidered with a rainbow based on their belief that the symbol represented advocacy for the LGBTQ community. The rainbow flag has …

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WH Nixed Plan To Mail Five Masks To Every Household

The Washington Post reports: At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent. Before the news release was sent, however, the White House nixed the …

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DHS To Probe Report Of Medical Abuse At ICE Facility

The New York Times reports: The Department of Homeland Security is investigating allegations that immigrant women detained at a privately run detention center in Georgia underwent gynecological procedures without fully understanding or consenting to them. The allegations, some of which were submitted this week as part of a whistle-blower complaint by a nurse at the facility, already have prompted more …

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Feds Considered Using “Heat Ray” On DC Protesters

The Washington Post reports: Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire. The technology, also called a “heat ray,” was …

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Barr Compares Call For National Lockdown To Slavery

CNN reports: Attorney General William Barr suggested on Wednesday that the calls for a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in history “other than slavery.” The comments came minutes after he slammed the hundreds of Justice Department prosecutors working beneath him, equating them to preschoolers, in a defense of his …

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White House Mum On Reports Of COVID+ Staffers

CBS News reports: White House staff members have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia. Globo News reporter Raquel Krahenbuhl says she was informed of the positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, but Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he is not releasing any further information. “I don’t comment on any health-related issues as …

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USPS Stiffed On $25M Cost Of Trump’s COVID Mailer

Because nothing matters anymore: As the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March, a white-and-blue postcard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in every mailbox in the United States. It communicated basic public health do’s and don’ts — wash your hands, avoid crowds, stay home if you feel sick—which were billed as “President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines …

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Lying Liar Lies To Cover Lies Of Lying Leader [VIDEO]

Axios reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that “herd immunity has never been a strategy” for the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, after the president claimed on Tuesday that the coronavirus would disappear when people develop “a herd mentality.” Why it matters: A state of herd immunity, in which widespread outbreaks are prevented because enough people …

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HHS Spox Takes Leave Of Absence After Bizarre Video

NBC News reports: The top spokesman for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence, the agency announced Wednesday, days after he promoted dangerous conspiracy theories during a Facebook Live video. In the video, Caputo, who is HHS’ assistant secretary for public affairs, charged that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Federal Agencies Unveil Plan For Free COVID Vaccines

The Associated Press reports: The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans …

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Mike Pence “Wouldn’t Hesitate” To Get COVID Vaccine

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence “wouldn’t hesitate” to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s FDA approved and said the administration will be urging Americans to get flu shots as public health experts warn of the potential dangers of flu season coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic. Pence told The Hill in an exclusive interview that the Department of Health and …

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