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The Tick-Tock to COVID-19's Explosion

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Rayne
Let's cut through the bullshit here. If Trump wanted to look like a hero to the American public, he'd listen to virologists, epidemiologists, and public health experts and do what they asked — but no.
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A Virus Does Not Care

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Peterr
During the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic, some leaders understood the first rule of viruses, and others did not. The rule is simple: a virus does not care. Here's the story . . .

Donald Trump Just Killed A Man. Now He Wants To Kill A Million Americans.

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Jim White
Donald Trump's touting of chloroquine as a COVID-19 cure on Friday resulted in a death Monday in Arizona when a couple ingested an aquarium version of the compound. Now, with 6 of his 7 most lucrative properties shut down, he wants to drop social distancing directives so he can "restart the economy". Such a move so soon very likely will kill over a million Americans.

Air Traffic: A Lesson on Pandemic Economics from the Airlines

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emptywheel
Trump says he wants to reopen the economy. But the way in which a small number of COVID-19 cases among the air traffic controllers has hampered the airline industry shows it's not that simple.
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Trump Considers Getting Hospitals Ventilators Nationalization But a Bailout for Him and His Rich Buddies Necessity

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emptywheel
When asked why he wasn't using the Defense Production Act, Trump wailed about nationalization. But when asked if his own companies would get bailed out, Trump talked necessity.
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Hurricane COVID-19

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Rayne
This is a hurricane. You must be hunkered down and ready to ride it out. But this hurricane will last far longer than a week or two.
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How the Concord Management Prosecution Fell Apart

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emptywheel
There's no public evidence that Bill Barr sabotaged the Concord Management prosecution. Rather, it seems likely it just became too costly to continue to let Yevgeniy Prigozhin exploit his own prosecution as an intelligence gathering effort.
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Three Things: The GOP's Trumpian Death Panels [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Remember back in 2009 during the health care debates when conservatives and the Republican Party cried about "death panels"?
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The Costs of Letting Trump Believe His Authoritarian Buddies Instead of His Intelligence Community

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emptywheel
One reason why Trump did not heed the "blinking red" warnings the intelligence community was giving on COVID-19 is because he trusted China's authoritarian leader over his own intelligence community.
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Three Things: Racist Redirects as GOP Clings to Its Brand

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Rayne
None of this had to happen. Not a lick of it. It makes the ongoing daily failures even more ridiculous.

Une FAQ Utile

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Quinn Norton
(My friend Meor and @rafi0t have traslated my Covid-19 FAQ into French for the francophones out there- QN; Ed: for those who missed the English version the first time, it is here.) 1. Vais-je mourir? Oui, malheureusement, tout le monde…
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Shelter in Place

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Quinn Norton
In the final hours before the six-county Shelter in Place order came into effect in Northern California, signs went up, people gathered for last drinks, and the homeless tried to find warm places to sleep. Here are some scenes from San Francisco's…
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Three Things: Even More Family Fun with COVID-19

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Rayne
I figured it would be the oldsters in the family who would be my first worry when it came to COVID-19. I was wrong. This is an open thread.
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At First, KT McFarland Told a Similarly Misleading Version of the Story Mike Flynn Will Be Pardoned For

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emptywheel
Trump claims he's preparing to pardon Mike Flynn soon. Whether before or after he does that, it makes it imperative that DOJ release the evidence that Flynn was not a rogue liar, but was instead part of a cover-up.

On Ronna McDaniel's (Still Undisclosed) Test Results

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emptywheel
We still haven't learned the results of Ronna McDaniel's COVID-19 test, which she took on Friday. That doesn't bode well for President Trump's willingness to talk about the secondary transmission of this disease, at least not if it happened at his own resort.
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Yevgeniy Prigozhin Wins His Asymmetric Legal War against DOJ

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emptywheel
Yevgeniy Prigozhin is now trolling out justice system, along with our social media.

Trump Is Providing Free Advertising for a Bunch of Companies that Don't Offer Paid Sick Leave

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emptywheel
A lot of the companies Trump is giving free advertising to aren't giving their employees paid time off during the coronavirus crisis.
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Meanwhile, Over at Foggy Bottom

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Peterr
It's rough being a career member of the US State Department workforce in the Donald Trump era. These days, there's a new rule: don't do anything to make the guy in the room with no corners look bad. This is becoming increasingly hard for anyone to follow.
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