“Firing Zeimer was a stupid thing to do,” says Dr. William F. Bertrand, Wisner, professor of Public Health at Tulane University, an epidemiologist with long experience on response to AIDS and Ebola in Africa. “We need to know the threats of potential disease. I worked with some of the people in [Ziemer’s] group. The planning was based in part on the Famine Early Warning System I helped develop in the 1980s—a surveillance system for famine that looked at agricultural and meteorological data to the point where we can now predict mosquito outbreaks. We don’t know why influenzas slow down in summer; but you get the kind of protection that wasn’t there in yellow fever epidemics.” … [Read more...] about Trump Copies New Orleans’ Tragic 1853 Yellow Fever Playbook
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During the course of talks around a coronavirus-related economic package, Trump essentially took a back seat to his treasury secretary, aside from check-in calls with the congressional principals. The sheer size of the package dwarfs any other modern stimulative measure. And it contains provisions that are poised to increase Mnuchin’s own power dramatically. The treasury secretary will have control of a $500 billion pot of loans to companies hit hardest by the coronavirus—which he can award to the companies of his choosing. … [Read more...] about How Trump Learned to Trust Steve Mnuchin With His Presidency
Given that the words of the President of the United States present a very real risk to the lives of many Americans, particularly in “red” states chock full of Trump supporters, what can be done? The only answer is relentlessly and rapidly administering doses of the truth. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Coronavirus Lies Are an Infection. This Is the Only Cure.
In a Thursday night interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump declared that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “should be doing more” and “shouldn't be relying on the federal government.” He dismissed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s requests for additional ventilators to keep patients alive, saying, “I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000” of the devices, which force air into the lungs of those too sick to breathe. And he said he was still weighing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's request for a disaster declaration, saying, “We've had a big problem with the young, a woman governor from, you know who I'm talking about, from Michigan.” … [Read more...] about Trump boosts virus aid, warns governors to be ‘appreciative’
House leaders used a procedural move to quash Massie’s motion for a recorded roll call of lawmakers. When Massie called a second time for a roll call vote, he failed to get a fifth of those lawmakers present to support him, as required by House rules. If he had succeeded, the move likely would have delayed passage of the bill until Saturday, when additional lawmakers could return. … [Read more...] about Trump signs $2-trillion coronavirus stimulus package and orders production of ventilators