Posts Tagged ‘politics’

For What It’s Worth

October 24, 2020

“For What It’s Worth,” written by Stephen Stills, recorded by Billy Porter, 2020. Video directed by Kameron Neal.

Billy Porter website

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Trump’s Golf Buddy Owns the ‘Miracle Drug’ Company He Touts

October 9, 2020

Video by The Lincoln Project.

After returning from Walter Reed’s deluxe Presidential Suite to another exclusive, publicly-funded clinic at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald Trump hyped an experimental antibody cocktail he’s on. It’s called REGN-COV2, but he thinks it’s called Regeneron, since that’s the name of the firm that makes it. Regeneron’s CEO, Dr. Leonard Schleifer, is Mr. Trump’s golf buddy and Westchester neighbor.

In a remarkable coincidence, Regeneron was awarded a $450 million contract to manufacture and supply a few thousand doses of the antibody treatment as part of “Operation Warp Speed,” the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine program. REGN-COV2 is not a vaccine, it’s a monoclonal antibody cocktail. REGN-COV2 is still in trials, and has not been approved for use by the FDA. Even if the the drug cocktail is proven effect in treating or preventing COVID-19, there is no way a monoclonal antibody drug could be produced in sufficient quantities to be broadly available to America, let alone the world, meaning it might just go to the rich and powerful. Even though Trump didn’t pay for his antibody treatments, don’t think you’ll get them for free.

After the president’s White House infomercial, Regeneron’s stock price is surging.

More:

“Trump pushes FDA to quickly clear coronavirus antibody treatments, erroneously calling them a ‘cure,’” Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley and Josh Dawsey, Washington Post

“Trump is promising free antibody treatments for everyone. It won’t be that simple.” Zachary Brennan, Politico

“Regeneron execs go on a whirlwind media tour after Trump takes COVID-19 antibody cocktail,” Beth Snyder Bulik, Fierce Pharma

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Firm Behind Turning Point’s Teen Trolls Booted From Facebook

October 9, 2020

Firm Behind Turning Point's Teen Trolls Booted From Facebook

Right-wing youth indoctrination outfit Turning Point USA (known to us as Trump-Jugend) has been paying teenagers sub-minimum wages to fill social media platforms with attacks on Democratic candidates and disinformation about coronavirus. Twitter and Facebook noticed and shut down the adolescents’ accounts last month. Yesterday, Facebook removed more “inauthentic accounts”and banned Rally Forge, the political marketing firm that helped Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk turn out the teen trolls. Rally Forge is owned by Arizona Republican official Jake Hoffman, who is also behind a phantom campaign called “Navajos for Trump.”

More:

“Facebook bans marketing firm running ‘troll farm’ for pro-Trump youth group,” Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post

“Facebook bans firm behind Turning Point’s election troll farm,” Steven Overly, Politico

“Facebook removes hundreds of fake profiles tied to pro-Trump group,” Kari Paul, The Guardian

“Facebook bans troll accounts linked to conservative group Turning Point USA,” Adi Robertson, The Verge

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Stephen Miller Contracts COVID-19, Just Like Humans Do

October 6, 2020

Stephen Miller Contracts COVID-19, Just Like Humans Do

Senior Trump Advisor and venomous, loathsome lizard-person Stephen Miller has contracted Coronavirus. He has spent 5 days in isolation, perhaps at the National Zoo Reptile House, and is probably being treated by the Official White House Herpetologist.

More:

“Top Trump adviser Stephen Miller tests positive for coronavirus,” Maanvi Singh, The Guardian

“Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19, the disease that killed his grandmother,” The Forward

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COVID-19: Trump Shares With Rich Pals at Bedminster

October 2, 2020

Trump Shares With Rich Pals at Bedminster

After learning that his close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19, President Donald Trump returned to the White House to begin 14 days of quarantine after testing positive.

But not before meeting — unmasked — with 100 rich supporters at Trump Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. Mr. Trump’s campaign got about $5 million from the event; in exchange, his wealthy supporters got photos with the president and exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Mr. Trump knew Ms. Hicks had COVID-19 before he went to Bedminster, just like he knew the virus was deadly and easily transmitted back in January, before he let 200,000 Americans die from it. Bedminster exhibits a truly nonpartisan callous indifference to human life.

More:

“Donald Trump Mingled Without a Mask at a New Jersey Fundraiser,” Russ Choma, Mother Jones

“Attendees of Trump fundraiser in Bedminster cautioned after president’s positive COVID-19 test,” Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier News

“It’s OK to Be Furious at Trump About His Covid Diagnosis,” Michael Schaffer, Washingtonian

Updates:

“Trump Team Knew of Hicks’ Positive Test—but Went Ahead With Golf Club Fundraiser,”
Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

“Trump critics can’t believe he went to buffet fundraiser hours before his COVID-19 announcement,” Tim O’Donnell, The Week

“Trump Mingled Mask-Less at Golf Club Fundraiser,” Liz Landers, Vice News

“Trump’s New Jersey event showed perilous neglect for his staff, supporters – and himself,” Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

“Officials racing to contact 206 guests who attended Trump’s New Jersey fundraiser,” Sam Sutton, Politico

“NJ contacting Bedminster fundraiser staff, White House taking lead on donors for COVID exposures,” Ashley Balcerzak, NorthJersey.com

“Day after seeing Trump at Bedminster fundraiser, guests ‘flabbergasted’ to learn he was stricken,” Olivia Rubin, Matthew Mosk, Soo Rin Kim, and Will Steakin, ABC News

Related:

“Report: Trump kept quiet about 1st positive COVID-19 test,” Catherine Garcia, The Week

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Trump Gives Orders to Armed Street Thug Supporters

September 30, 2020

Trump Gives Orders to Armed Street Thug Supporters

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate sh*tshowfoodfighthot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a trainwrecknational embarrassment, U.S. President and  petulant toddler Donald J. Trump was asked if he would denounce white supremacy, and ask racist self-styled armed “militia” gangs like the “Proud Boys” to stand down.The president declined to condemn white supremacy, then ordered his Proud Boy thugs to “stand back and stand by” for future action.

What country is this again?

More:

“Trump tells far-right extremists to ‘stand back and stand by’ during chaotic first debate,” Chris Sommerfeldt, NY Daily News

“Proud Boys celebrate online after Trump’s debate ‘stand back and stand by’ comment,” Brooke Seipel, The Hill

“Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy fits pattern of extremist rhetoric,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Donald Trump, Proud Boy in Chief, Gives His Marching Orders,” Kali Holloway, Daily Beast

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Election 2020: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

September 30, 2020

America’s 2020 presidential election is taking place during a pandemic and a blizzard of disinformation. Mass mail-in voting could delay results. “How ugly could it get?” asks The Economist. 

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You Pay More In Taxes than Donald Trump

September 28, 2020

You Pay More In Taxes than Donald Trump

In recent years, Donald Trump paid the IRS $750 in income tax, except in those years when he paid absolutely nothing, records obtained by the New York Times show. He apparently paid 200 times more in taxes to India and the Philippines than U.S. income tax in 2017.

He appears to have paid daughter Ivanka $750,000 in consulting fees while she was also an employee of the Trump Organization. His claim about an IRS audit seems to hinge on his questionable $73 million tax refund in 2010 — a refund to someone who paid no taxes. His charitable write-offs consisted of not developing properties he owns. Mr. Trump’s responds to these revelations by repeatedly whining that”the IRS treats me very badly,”

“Donald Trump’s financial records are the Rosetta stone for understanding the depth of his corruption and crimes,” former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told Yahoo News:

“The more it is unraveled, the more he will unravel. It’s the reason he’s fought so hard to keep it under wraps.”

“His biggest fear is … he will end up with a massive tax bill, fraud penalties, fines, and possibly even tax fraud ….”

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“Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance,” Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire, New York Times

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Trumpcare Arrives, After 4 Years

September 25, 2020

Trumpcare Arrives, After 4 Years

“President Trump capped his fruitless four-year journey to abolish and replace the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order Thursday that aims to enshrine the law’s most popular feature while pivoting away from a broader effort to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system.

The order declares it is the policy of the United States for people with preexisting health conditions to be protected, avoiding the thorny details of how to ensure such protections without either leaving the ACA, or Obamacare, in place or crafting new comprehensive legislation.

Trump announced the move during a trip to North Carolina, outlining his ‘vision’ for revamping parts of the nation’s health care. During the speech, which came shortly before a campaign swing to Florida, Trump barely veiled the political nature of his intent.”

— “After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare,” Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post

More:

“President Trump Finally Laid Out His Healthcare Plan. It Doesn’t Do Anything.” Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed News

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Trump Supreme Court Reality Show: The Big Reveal

September 24, 2020

Trump Supreme Court Reality Show: The Big Reveal

President Donald Trump, commited opportunist, has pledged to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice this week, six weeks before the presidential election. He expects the Republican toadies of the Senate to confirm his pick with all unseemly haste before November 3rd, Election Day.

Mr. Trump has vowed to nominate a woman to replace Justice Ginsburg, and the former reality TV host is drumming up the drama of his choice before Saturday’s big reveal. He likes surprise endings, so Judge Jeanine Pirro cannot be ruled out, but betting favors other candidates. Front runners include U.S. Appeals Court Judges Amy Coney Barrett, Joan Larsen, Britt Grant, Joan Larsen, Allison Eid, and Allison Jones Rushing and Florida Supreme Court Judge Barbara Lagoa. We certainly hope Mr. Trump has their husbands’ permission.

White House staff hope to restrain President Trump’s tendency to decide on woman candidates through swimsuit cometitions.

There are two real reasons why Mr. Trump is nominating a Supreme Court Justice mere weeks before an election, and neither is about conservative principles, since the man has no principles, conservative or otherwise:

1. He desperately needs to divert voters’ attention from the COVID-19 pandemic and his disasterous negligence that has killed 200,000 Americans; and

2. He is likely to be indicted for corrupt business practices, tax fraud, and corruption in office, and hopes to keep himself and his spawn out of prison by filling the high court with Trump-appointed judges.

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