The Miami region saw a 230% increase in average daily cases from May to June. Like much of the country, the sharp rise has been attributed to more cases among young people who are going out and socializing. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. just ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend. This week, he ordered restaurants to suspend indoor dining only three weeks after they were allowed to fully reopen. … [Read more...] about Charts show Bay Area’s coronavirus surge vs. hot spots in Arizona, Florida and Texas
Half a dozen years ago — just before Donald Trump latched on to the birther issue, but when the conservative base was already erupting in racialized terror against President Obama — The Simpsons slyly satirized Fox News with a pretend slogan: “NOT RACIST, BUT #1 WITH RACISTS.” The first part was probably too kind to a network that has frequently stoked white racial paranoia (and just last week had a prominent host lashing out at Michelle Obama for pointing out that the White House was built by slaves). But it perfectly describes most of the elite of the Republican Party. Within the Grand Old Party, open racism is extremely rare. Far more common is denial of the persistence of racism in American life, a willingness to pursue policies that disadvantage nonwhites, and a refusal to jeopardize the party’s support among racists. Donald Trump has pulled the cloak away, leaving the party’s alliance with racism exposed for all to see. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Gave Republicans the Choice of Racism or Defeat. They Chose Racism.
It was bad enough that the top Republican leaders gritted their teeth and continued to endorse Trump throughout his cavalcade of indignities over the first 14 months of his campaign. But you’d think even the most cynical of them would have acknowledged that a Rubicon had been reached in mid-August when back-to-back developments left no doubt that Trump was not just a reckless ignoramus and bigot but a clear-and-present danger both to national security and to the Constitution. First came the Times report of handwritten ledgers indicating that his then–campaign chairman, the dictator-friendly lobbyist Paul Manafort, had been paid $12.7 million from Putin puppets for murky services rendered in Ukraine. Given Trump’s repeated Putin accolades, vocal disdain for NATO, and open invitation to the Kremlin to disrupt an American election, it was still further evidence, if any were needed, that Trump was “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” in the … [Read more...] about Trump’s Appeasers: Charles Lindbergh Is a Cautionary Tale for Republican Leaders
The latest commercial highlights Hamilton’s background as a former plumbing and air conditioning contractor. At one point, he stands next to a large fan and calls himself President Donald’s Trump “biggest fan.” Then, he stands at the fuse box and says he’ll “electrify the wall,” in reference to the border wall, before adding: “Quit crying liberals, it’s just a joke.” … [Read more...] about Republican Senate candidate Bob Hamilton says ‘electrify the wall’ comment was a joke
The NRSC’s new spot that started running this week in Maine targets state House Speaker Sara Gideon, the leading Democratic contender to challenge Republican Sen. Susan Collins in November. The ad highlights Gideon’s acceptance of corporate campaign cash and an ethics fine she received last year from Maine’s ethics commission. … [Read more...] about Republicans returning fire in 2020 battle for Senate