Chuck Grassley and His Two Republican Friends

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emptywheel
Chuck Grassley wrote the kind of letter that, with other Administrations, might elicit a more detailed explanation of why Trump fired the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. But given that he didn't persuade enough Republicans to command a majority of the Senate, Trump is likely to just blow off the request.

The Very Specific Details about the COVID Warnings from the "Deep State"

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emptywheel
As Trump tries to shut down the legal paths for whistleblowers, it increases the chances we'll see very detailed accounts of precisely what warnings the Intelligence Community -- and others in government -- gave Trump about COVID-19.
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Like All Else, Trump's Inspector General Turnover Is about Pandemic

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emptywheel
Trump's firing of IC Inspector General Michael Atkinson last night was surely retaliation for initiating the process that ended in impeachment. But it and related actions on Inspectors General were also at least as much about an effort to avoid all accountably for his actions on the pandemic.

Last Night, Trump Admitted that Jared Kushner -- Who Promised Testing in Big Box Parking Lots -- Had Failed

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emptywheel
It may or may not be the Federal government's job to stand on street corners testing, but that is what he promised, and that is what Jared Kushner has utterly failed to deliver. 
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Understanding Covid-19 for Viral Newbies

These days we’re drowning in information about the pandemic, but without much context for understanding the virus causing it. With a never-before-seen virus, the best place to get that context is from looking at the history of previous diseases,…
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The Scope of DOJ IG's FISA Review

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emptywheel
A seeming millennium ago, last Tuesday, DOJ's Inspector General released a Management Advisory Memo describing the interim results of its effort to assess whether problems identified in Carter Page's FISA application were unique, or reflected…
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Research Misinfo/Disinfo: It's a Scam

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Rayne
The old Ukraine quid pro quo gang is back together -- Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon, and the right-wing choir. It can only mean it's a scam in progress.
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Coming Attractions: Emptywheel Live Music Trash Talk

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bmaz
Emptywheel Music Trash Talk is an idea long discussed, but the time may have come. Listen, this would be a kind of dead period anyway. Get ready to get live, get ready to rip up this juke joint. Fill the hills with the sound of live music.
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Masked Up, Ready to Go (Nowhere)

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Rayne
After the U.S. Surgeon General got all shouty-caps in Twitter demanding the public not wear masks, now the CDC is encouraging mask-wearing. What to do?
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Michigan Is Using More a Pessimistic Model than the White House

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emptywheel
The projections Trump is relying on (even while falsely pretending his recommendations match the model) say Michigan's initial COVID crisis will peak in less than a week. That's not what the state is saying.

Trump And Southern Governors Team Up To Kill Republican Voters

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Jim White
The New York Times analysis of when counties shut down average travel below two miles a day has a remarkable similarity to voting by county in the 2016 presidential election. The implication from these data is that Trump and southern governors are selectively killing Republican voters in the South.

If New York Got a Late Start, Then Trump Hasn't Even Started Yet

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emptywheel
Trump is trying to explain New York's huge death toll from COVID-19 by claiming they got a late start in their response. But New York has always been -- and remains -- far ahead of what Trump has done. 

Trump's Promise of Only 100,000 Deaths Assumes We Ignore Him

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emptywheel
Effectively, an allegedly very sober President Trump yesterday said we might only have 100,000 deaths if people ignore him and one of his closest political allies, Ron DeSantis. 
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Research Misinfo/Disinfo: Check Experts' Homework

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Rayne
This is the first of two posts about misinformation and disinformation using research information about the disease COVID-19 and the underlying virus SARS-CoV-2.
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It Turns Out Carter Page Was Not Special

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emptywheel
It turns out the errors in Carter Page's Woods File were not special. The applications reviewed by DOJ IG in the wake of the report on Page showed similar levels of errors.
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Larry Hogan, Ralph Northam, and Muriel Bowser Asked for a Federal Testing Site ... Two Weeks Ago

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emptywheel
Two weeks ago, Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan asked President Trump to set up a federal COVID testing site to make sure that critical federal workers could ensure they weren't infecting their colleagues. Yesterday, along with issuing a stay-at-home order, Hogan repeated that request.
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Three Things: Shit Got Real with Family and COVID-19

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Rayne
Right now some parent or parents are experiencing the nightmare I have hoped and still hope I won't have to face. Others are struggling and need our help.
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Straddling the COVID-19 Barbed Wire Fence in Kansas

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Peterr
Kansas Gov Laura Kelly (D) issused a statewide "Stay at Home" order yesterday, and beyond the impact on corralling the COVID-19 epidemic, it also is forcing some in the Kansas GOP to straddle a very nasty fence, like US Representative Roger Marshall.

New Orleans Is Drowning. Again.

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Jim White
There are sad parallels between the flooding of New Orleans after Katrina and the situation now faced there with COVID-19. It appears likely that once again, our country will fail large numbers of those who most desperately need our help.

Rural Roulette: The Three-Day Church Event

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emptywheel
Tourists, visiting missionaries, grieving friends and relatives of a long-standing community member. These are the ties that link rural communities across the country to a global network of virus. Not only don't their local healthcare facilities have the resources to treat this disease, but residents are more likely to be older, in ill health, and lack health insurance. 
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