33 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-18-20

  1. First up the good news……

    Even more evidence that Hydroxychloroquine works.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/04/17/results-texas-nursing-home-using-hydroxychloroquine/

    “The Results Are In On The Texas Nursing Home Using Hydroxychloroquine”

    “Last week I wrote about a doctor who serves as the medical director of a nursing home in Texas City, Texas testing hydroxychloroquine on a group of elderly patients. The test results are in. It’s good news.

    Dr. Robin Armstrong faced one of the largest outbreaks in the Houston area when 83 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the 135-bed facility in Galveston County. At the time, I wrote that he was treating 30 patients with hydroxychloroquine. Apparently those numbers have shifted. Now it is being reported that 39 elderly people gave Armstrong permission to treat them with hydroxychloroquine. Fifty-six residents contracted the virus.

    Armstrong wasn’t willing to watch 15% of the nursing home die without doing something. Using President Trump’s line of reasoning – what the hell do you have to lose? – he prescribed the drug. “I thought the risk of seeing 15% of that nursing home die was just not acceptable,” he said of the residents at The Resort at Texas City.

    Now that the five-day trial is completed, Dr. Armstrong was interviewed this week about the results. At first, he couched his answer by saying “most” of the patients have done well. “And, you know, and I think that that is suggestive that the medication is helpful,” he said. When the reporter pressed him on “most” patients, he explained. “We’ve got one patient now that kind of goes back and forth,” said Dr. Armstrong, “He’s an older gentleman, but we’re kind of nursing him through the process, but he’s getting better.”

    Two patients receiving hydroxychloroquine have had to go to the hospital for unrelated conditions, Armstrong disclosed; a woman had a fall and a man got dehydrated in his room because he was not eating and drinking.

    But for the first time since this treatment began, many of those who have recovered from the virus have been able to go outside and get some fresh air over the last 48 hours, Armstrong said.

    So, except for the one elderly man who is being nursed along, the gamble on hydroxychloroquine certainly looks to have paid off. The drug is routinely used to combat malaria and is used by lupus patients, too. Regular users of the drug are facing concerns over shortages now. It’s not an option for those with lupus, it’s a necessity.”

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    Time to ramp up production, if they already haven’t.

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  2. More good news?

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    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/antibody-research-coronavirus-widespread/story?id=70206121&cid=social_twitter_abcn

    “Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known
    Of 3,300 people in California county up to 4% found to have been infected.”

    “A critical question in the path towards the future is how many people actually have protective novel coronavirus antibodies and possible immunity? Two research teams in California — backed by armies of dedicated volunteers — set out to answer this very question and the first set of results are in.

    The first large-scale community test of 3,300 people in Santa Clara County found that 2.5 to 4.2% of those tested were positive for antibodies — a number suggesting a far higher past infection rate than the official count.

    Based on the initial data, researchers estimate that the range of people who may have had the virus to be between 48,000 and 81,000 in the county of 2 million — as opposed to the approximately 1,000 in the county’s official tally at the time the samples were taken.

    “Our findings suggest that there is somewhere between 50- and 80-fold more infections in our county than what’s known by the number of cases than are reported by our department of public health,” Dr. Eran Bendavid, the associate professor of medicine at Stanford University who led the study, said in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.”

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  3. More good news…..?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-very-quickly-new-government-tests-find-but-experts-say-pandemic-could-still-last-through-summer-200745675.html

    “Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer”

    “Preliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight, providing evidence from controlled tests of what scientists believed — but had not yet proved — to be true.

    A briefing on the preliminary results, marked for official use only and obtained by Yahoo News, offers hope that summertime may offer conditions less hospitable for the virus, though experts caution it will by no means eliminate, or even necessarily decrease, new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The results, however, do add an important piece of knowledge that the White House’s science advisers have been seeking as they scramble to respond to the spreading pandemic.

    The study found that the risk of “transmission from surfaces outdoors is lower during daylight” and under higher temperature and humidity conditions. “Sunlight destroys the virus quickly,” reads the briefing.

    While that may provide some good news about the outlook for outdoor activities, the Department of Homeland Security briefing on the results cautions that enclosed areas with low humidity, such as airplane cabins, “may require additional care to minimize risk of transmission.””

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  4. Is the US using flawed models to guide Covid 19 policy?

    Their numbers do appear to have been way off on the number of deaths predicted.

    https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/17/influential-covid-19-model-uses-flawed-methods-shouldnt-guide-policies-critics-say/

    “Influential Covid-19 model uses flawed methods and shouldn’t guide U.S. policies, critics say”

    “Awidely followed model for projecting Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is producing results that have been bouncing up and down like an unpredictable fever, and now epidemiologists are criticizing it as flawed and misleading for both the public and policy makers. In particular, they warn against relying on it as the basis for government decision-making, including on “re-opening America.”

    “It’s not a model that most of us in the infectious disease epidemiology field think is well suited” to projecting Covid-19 deaths, epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told reporters this week, referring to projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

    Others experts, including some colleagues of the model-makers, are even harsher. “That the IHME model keeps changing is evidence of its lack of reliability as a predictive tool,” said epidemiologist Ruth Etzioni of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, who has served on a search committee for IHME. “That it is being used for policy decisions and its results interpreted wrongly is a travesty unfolding before our eyes.”

    The IHME projections were used by the Trump administration in developing national guidelines to mitigate the outbreak. Now, they are reportedly influencing White House thinking on how and when to “re-open” the country, as President Trump announced a blueprint for on Thursday.

    The chief reason the IHME projections worry some experts, Etzioni said, is that “the fact that they overshot” — initially projecting up to 240,000 U.S. deaths, compared with fewer than 70,000 now — “will be used to suggest that the government response prevented an even greater catastrophe, when in fact the predictions were shaky in the first place.””

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  5. “How Democrats Would Make Hospitals’ Corona Cash Crunch Worse

    The types of financial shocks hospitals currently face illustrate the problems inherent in Democrats’ proposed expansions of government-run health care.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/17/how-democrats-would-make-hospitals-corona-cash-crunch-worse/

    “The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted such vast damage on the American economy that one damaged sector has gone relatively unnoticed. Despite incurring a massive influx of new patients, the hospital industry faces what one executive called a “seismic financial shock” from the virus.

    The types of shocks hospitals currently face also illustrate the problems inherent in Democrats’ proposed expansions of government-run health care. Likewise, the pay and benefit cuts and furloughs that some hospitals have enacted in response to these financial shocks provide a potential preview of Democrats’ next government takeover of health care.

    Massive Disruptions
    The health-care sector faces two unique, virus-related problems. The lockdowns in many states have forced physician offices to close, or scale back services to emergencies only. The cancellation of routine procedures (e.g., dental cleanings, check-ups, etc.) has caused physician income to plummet, just like restaurants and other shuttered businesses.

    While many physician practices have seen a dramatic drop-off in patients, hospitals face an influx of cases—but the wrong kind of cases. According data from the Health Care Cost Institute, in 2018 a hospital surgical stay generated an average $43,810 in revenue, while the average non-surgical stay generated only $19,672.

    The pandemic has raised hospitals’ costs, as they work to increase bed capacity and obtain additional personal protective equipment for their employees. But as one Dallas-based hospital system noted, coronavirus’ true “seismic financial shock” has come from the cancellations of elective surgeries that “are the cornerstone of our hospital system’s operating model.”

    This rapid change in hospitals’ case mix—the type of patient facilities treat—has inflicted great damage. Replacing millions of higher-paying patients with lower-paying ones will rapidly unbalance a hospital’s books. Changing patient demographics, in the form of additional uninsured patients and patients from lower-paying government programs, only compounds hospitals’ financial difficulties.

    A Preview of Democrats’ Health Care Future
    The shock hospitals face from the rapid change in their case mix previews an expansion of government-run health care. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission noted in a report released last month that in 2018, hospitals incurred a 9.3 percent loss on their Medicare inpatient admissions. To attempt to offset these losses as hospitals treat coronavirus patients, Section 3710 of the $2 trillion stimulus bill increased Medicare payments for COVID-related treatment by 20 percent.

    With respect to the single-payer bill promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), neither the conservative Mercatus Center nor the liberal Urban Institute assumed the higher reimbursement rates included in the stimulus bill. Mercatus’ $32.6 trillion cost estimate assumed no increase in current Medicare hospital or physician payments, while Urban’s $32 trillion cost estimate assumed a 15 percent increase in hospital payments and no increase in physician payments. Raising Medicare reimbursements to match the 20 percent increase included in the stimulus bill would substantially hike the cost of Sanders’ plan.

    Conversely, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden believes his “public option” proposal, by making enrollment in a government plan voluntary, represents much less radical change. But his plan increases the generosity of Obamacare subsidies and repeals current restrictions prohibiting workers with an offer of employer coverage from receiving those subsidies—both of which would siphon patients toward the government plan.

    In 2009, the Lewin Group concluded that a government plan open to all workers would result in 119 million Americans dropping their private coverage. Such a massive influx of patients into a lower-paying government system would destabilize hospitals’ finances much the same way as coronavirus.”

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  6. The WHO has a China problem, and even the WaPo has noticed.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/04/17/wapo-china-problem-waaaay-worse/

    “WaPo: WHO Has A China Problem — But It’s Waaaay Worse Than That”

    “The World Health Organization’s corruption by China got put on full display in the COVID-19 crisis, so much so that the US and other nations are considering serious defunding decisions. However, as Josh Rogin writes at the Washington Post, WHO’s problems go far beyond China. Like other United Nations subsidiaries, WHO has a dictator problem — and it’s far past time to demand that the UN deal with it:

    This week, President Trump announced that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization. He accused the organization of taking “China’s assurances at face value” and pushing “China’s misinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak there.

    He’s not wrong. On that count, the WHO is guilty as charged. But the WHO’s penchant for cozying up to dictatorships at the expense of public health is not limited to China. Just look at its shameful track record in Syria.

    The WHO has done the same things and worse when it comes to the regime led by Bashar al-Assad. Its behavior is emblematic of a greater problem in United Nations organizations that argue that their need to work with terrible governments justifies actions to further those regimes’ agendas.

    Read the rest of Rogin’s column to get the details on WHO’s abetting of Assad’s genocide. The lesson won’t be lost on Hot Air readers, though, considering the corruption and collaboration that the UN and especially its Human Rights Council has had with the world’s worst regimes. The UN and its subsidiaries more often than not act as apologists for dictatorships, especially leftist regimes, as those countries burrow into the UN’s bureaucracies.

    WHO is no exception, and this problem gets an apt demonstration in a catch made by the Daily Caller yesterday. Back in late February, when senior advisor Bruce Aylward had returned from China to review their response to COVID-19, the BBC asked him whether WHO had bothered to check the data China had provided to ensure its accuracy — a basic step in any scientific review. Aylward said that they couldn’t be bothered at the time to confirm that China hadn’t lied to them, but as the transcript shows, that didn’t stop Aylward from praising China’s response.”

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  7. Yet another Democrat shilling for China.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/04/dem-sen-chris-murphy-blames-trump-not-china-or-who-for-coronavirus-crisis/#more-315267

    “Dem Sen. Chris Murphy blames Trump, Not China or WHO, for coronavirus crisis

    Murphy tried to absolve China and the WHO of wrongdoing, but inadvertently confirmed a point made by Dr. Birx about how China’s deceptive early data helped shape the U.S.’s initial response to the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.”

    “The worst thing about the Wuhan Coronavirus, obviously, is the number of people who have become sick from it and the number of lives lost around the world.

    The second worst thing about it is that both China and the World Health Organization lied about its origins and transmission method. Their dishonesty and lack of transparency about the disease severely hampered efforts in the countries who got it afterward, like the United States, to get a firm handle on it despite the actions taken by the Trump administration early on like the China travel restrictions.

    But perhaps the third-worst thing about the Wuhan Coronavirus is in how it’s brought out the inner China apologists in both the media and the Democratic party (but I repeat myself).

    The latest example of this comes from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show earlier this week to bash President Trump’s response to the Wuhan Coronavirus crisis. A widely shared clip from the interview shows Murphy putting the full blame for the outbreak here in America on Trump:

    “…the reason that we’re in the crisis that we are today, is not because of anything that China did. It’s not because of anything that the WHO did. It’s because of what this president did.”

    Watch:”

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  8. Bad idea folks….

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  9. Biden is wrong on everything, including what office he thinks he’s running for.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/17/joe-bidens-foreign-policy-platform-is-woefully-inadequate-to-todays-needs/

    “Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Platform Is Woefully Inadequate To Today’s Needs

    Foreign policy is Biden’s worst platform, and it would be negligence not to question him on the challenges of the future, for which, according to his own words, he seems woefully ill-prepared.”

    “He [President Trump] has launched ill-advised trade wars,” former Vice President and Democratic candidate Joe Biden writes, “against the United States’ friends and foes alike.” The essay, which outlined Biden’s foreign policy positions, came out in Foreign Affairs in December 2019, when Biden was behind both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Now that Sanders and the former mayor are out, and coronavirus is ravaging the planet, it is time to scrutinize Biden’s foreign policy positions and rethink some conventional wisdom.

    The biggest questions about Biden’s argument will be about how to deal with China post-Wuhun virus. Biden writes, “There is no reason we should be falling behind China or anyone else when it comes to clean energy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, 5G, high-speed rail, or the race to end cancer as we know it. We have the greatest research universities in the world.”

    What Would Biden Do to Stop China?
    He fails to mention what he will to do to stop China’s massive theft of intellectual property. It was under the Obama-Biden administration that China’s Office of Personnel Management hack happened, with no retaliation from the United States.

    Biden acknowledges that China steals intellectual property, but argues the only way to stop China is to call out Chinese human rights violations and form a group of democracies. So, theoretically speaking, if the major part of the world does not follow the tenets of liberal democracy, Biden would rule out aligning with them against China. One can imagine how well that would work out.

    Biden argues that American tech companies must not kowtow to China and must have free speech policies. That’s a good point. But one gets the feeling that Google’s support for China, NBC’s financial ties in China, and censorship against conservatives in American tech companies have not caught Biden’s attention.

    How does Biden plan to compel American tech companies not to kowtow to China? The only way is to declare China a rival power and raise the cost of doing business in China through tariffs — something Biden is critiquing the Trump administration for doing. At a time 77 percent blame China for COVID-19, including more than two-thirds (67 percent) of Democrats, 71 percent say American companies should relocate manufacturing, 69 percent support Trump’s tougher trade war with China, and 54 percent say China should pay reparations, it appears Trump, not Biden, is more attuned with Americans on China.

    Biden argues the United States should focus on climate change even more than we are, saying, “We will lock in enforceable commitments that will reduce emissions in global shipping and aviation, and we will pursue strong measures to make sure other nations can’t undercut the United States economically as we meet our own commitments. That includes insisting that China — the world’s largest emitter of carbon — stop subsidizing coal exports and outsourcing pollution to other countries by financing billions of dollars’ worth of dirty fossil fuel energy projects through its Belt and Road Initiative.”

    There’s no way to either coerce China to be a green energy titan or ensure China is following proper green guidelines. In fact, Biden would kneecap American power, as giving up on fossil fuel and fracking would be like unilaterally disarming in a war. American power is predicated on American energy independence, and Biden wants to tie U.S. security to policies like the Paris climate accord. Given the recent example of China controlling the World Health Organization, that should ring alarm bells.”

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  10. It’s time for a reckoning for these criminals.

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    https://saraacarter.com/grassley-and-johnson-request-fbi-director-wray-turn-over-all-fbi-records-on-crossfire-hurricane/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug

    “The senators stated in the letter that “on January 28, 2020, we wrote to Attorney General Barr and requested the declassification of four footnotes in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

    “Since then, we received declassified versions of those and other footnotes, and they reveal disturbing facts about the FBI’s investigation: the Crossfire Hurricane team’s investigative file included at least two intelligence reports stating that key parts of the reporting from Christopher Steele—reporting that “played a central and essential role” in the decision to request FISA orders —were part of a Russian disinformation campaign,” the pair added.

    The Senator’s noted that the information in the now-declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December report investigating the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign “also directly contradicts statements provided by FBI officials in the OIG report.”

    The footnotes revealed that former senior Obama officials, including members of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team knew the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 election was Russian disinformation to target Trump and his administration.

    Further, those partially declassified footnotes reveal that those senior intelligence officials were aware of the disinformation when they included the dossier in the Obama administration’s Intelligence Communities Assessment (ICA).

    Johnson and Grassley said they were “deeply troubled by the Crossfire Hurricane team’s awareness of and apparent indifference to Russian disinformation, as well as by the grossly inaccurate statements by the FBI official in charge of the investigation and its supervisory intelligence analyst.”

    Further, the recently declassified footnotes raise numerous other issues of “significant concern.””

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  11. And these criminals as well.

    https://issuesinsights.com/2020/04/17/hillary-comey-and-brennan-must-face-justice-for-deep-state-spying-on-trump/

    “The media have been saturated with coronavirus news for weeks now, with literally hundreds of stories each day about the pandemic. But while you’re quarantined and self-distancing yourself from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, you might not have noticed something big: the investigation into the Russian spygate fiasco is coming to a head.

    As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine. Some time after our nation reopens for business in a few weeks, the wheels will turn when the Durham report on the Russian collusion case will be released and hit the front pages.

    If recent revelations are any indication, it will be a blockbuster, potentially leading to indictments of former senior intelligence and justice officials.

    By now, most of us know that top officials in the Justice Department, FBI and CIA pursued an investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign for alleged “collusion” with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump’s favor.

    The main premise of that investigation proved to be false, as the subsequent Mueller report showed conclusively.

    That’s bad enough. But new revelations show that not only did U.S. officials wrongly pursue the investigation and spy on the Trump campaign, they did so knowing that it was based on Russian disinformation.

    And why did they do it? To aid the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, which financed the spurious anti-Trump “dossier” put together by former British spy Christopher Steele.”

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    “Let the irony of that sink in. U.S. officials knowingly colluded with Russian intelligence using tainted evidence to prove that Trump colluded with the Russian government to weaken Clinton’s campaign.

    If so, they were willingly duped by former KGB agent Vladimir Putin.

    In addition, the footnotes show that these same senior officials “were aware of the disinformation when they included the dossier in the Obama administration’s Intelligence Communities Assessment.”

    Under the legal “fruit of a poisonous tree” doctrine, evidence obtained illegally cannot be used as a predicate for legal action. That means the whole Trump investigation, including the tapping of Trump campaign officials’ communications, was illegitimate if not downright illegal.

    The upshot of all this is that former FBI chief James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA top spy John Brennan and an array of their underlings knew the information that came from the Steele dossier was tainted, but used it anyway.”

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  12. Oh HRW…….

    Looks like a Canadian bank is possibly delaying PPP funds to needy US employers for the stupidest of stupid reasons.

    I don’t see any US banks trying this garbage. And no one believes it only happened once either.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/17/canadian-bank-may-be-examining-u-s-borrowers-environmental-policies-and-military-relationship-before-issuing-taxpayer-funded-loans/

    “Canadian Bank May Be Examining U.S. Borrowers’ Environmental Policies And Military Relationship Before Issuing Taxpayer-Funded Loans”

    “The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s (CIBC) U.S. division is assessing borrowers’ environmental policies and whether such institutions sell to the U.S. military when applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans offered by the federal government, according to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s office.

    Neither examinations are stipulations for federal assistance provided in the loans under the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, or are they guidelines from the U.S. Treasury or Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive taxpayer-funded relief amid the economic fallout over the coronavirus crisis.

    In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act allocating $377 billion for immediate assistance to small businesses suffering devastating losses over the pandemic. Part of that assistance includes the PPP which was created to keep workers on payroll throughout public health emergency keeping businesses closed.

    Rubio’s office tells The Federalist however, that CIBC USA is examining small business applicants seeking federal funds on criteria not established by the U.S. government as conditional for support including environmental standards and affiliation with the American military.

    On Thursday, Rubio sent the bank’s CEO Michael Capatides a letter demanding open answers on whether the bank was imposing additional strings attached to taxpayer-funded loans with a response deadline set for Monday evening.

    In addition to requesting the bank’s policies and procedures put in place for loans provided under the PPP, Rubio is asking the institution’s CEO the following questions:

    At any point during the application process, does CIBC USA evaluate or make an assessment of a prospective PPP borrower’s environmental policies or values?

    At any point during the application process, does CIBC USA evaluate, assess, or determine if a prospective PPP borrower engages in business with the U.S. Department of Defense?

    “The PPP program is a lifeline for small businesses suffering during this unprecedented crisis through no fault of their own,” Rubio wrote. “It is imperative that small businesses do not face any unnecessary hurdles or delays in participating in this critical program, which is funded by U.S. taxpayers, and for which you are paid by U.S. taxpayers to process these loans.”

    Amy Yuhn, a spokesperson for CIBC told The Federalist that only one loan application was “mistakenly subjected to additional review not required under the terms of the PPP.”

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  13. Senate Democrats are turning on Pelosi.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/17/senate-democrats-obama-small-business-chief-break-with-pelosi-urge-loan-funds-now/

    “Senate Democrats, Obama Small Business Chief Break With Pelosi, Urge Loan Funds Now”

    “Pressure is growing among congressional Democrats within their own ranks to pass critical funding to save small businesses after the $350 billion loan program set up to provide federal assistance was officially exhausted on Thursday.

    Former President Barack Obama’s small-business chief during his first term, Karen Mills, even began urging Democrats to pass new funding immediately.

    “Congress has to act as soon as possible,” Mills said in an interview with Roll Call Thursday, “Number one, get the money replenished.”

    Funding ran out for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established in the $2.3 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for small businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus crisis after just two weeks when loans became available.

    Congressional Republicans have been trying for more than a week to pass a clean funding bill allocating $250 billion to replenish the program as it became increasingly apparent that funds would soon run out. Democrats, however, blocked the legislation to offer a counter-proposal of their own consisting of a progressive wish-list of long sought-for items while calling for stricter guidelines on how the loans are administered.

    Mills however, pleaded with Democrats on Capitol Hill to pass funding now as there’s no time to delay additional resources to suffering businesses preparing to go under.

    “Complexity is not our friend here,” Mills told Roll Call. “Things that have to be implemented quickly can’t have a lot of bells and whistles, or else there will be too many unintended consequences – one of which is delay. And we don’t have time to delay.”

    Several Senate Democrats are now breaking with party leadership to demand immediate replenishment of the fund now, while unemployment continues to skyrocket and small businesses report facing permanent closure. According to new data released from the Department of Labor Thursday, 22 million Americans have now filed for unemployment in just four weeks.

    “Arizona businesses are counting on us to help them during this emergency,” Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wrote on Twitter Thursday. “I’m calling on leadership in both parties to get thru this stalemate ASAP – we can’t wait any longer.””

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  14. This week should be interesting. 🙂

    “John Solomon: In my worst nightmare I could not have imagined what would come out this week. The level of information that the FBI had that raised red flags that they should have never not even for a moment entertained Chris Steele as a human source as a confidential informant is now overwhelming… Christopher Steele should never have been shown the door inside the FBI and instead we sustained two-and-a-half years of an investigation into false allegations that put this country and this president through an unnecessary process.

    Lou Dobbs: Unnecessary? This was an attempt to overthrow the president? This was an attempt to align the entire FBI with Russian intelligence objectives and missions… They are refusing to bring these people to justice! This is outrageous!…

    John Solomon: …I will say this. There is fairly significant evidence that at this very moment, this week, the last couple of weeks Lou that there is some criminal investigative activity that I think will result in some action coming out soon. It’s not going to be a lot. Don’t expect 10 or 12 indictments but there could be a hand full of indictments and much more information.”

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  15. Let the pearl clutching and teeth gnashing commence!

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/trump-redirects-world-health-funding?utm_content=bufferad76f&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=tw-theblaze

    “President Trump redirects World Health Organization funds to Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse”

    “The White House Budget Office instructed federal agencies to redirect the money normally intended for the World Health organization to groups that perform similar work such as the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse.

    The move indicates that President Donald Trump intends to make his temporary halt on funding to the WHO permanent, the New York Post reported Thursday.

    The Post report noted that “Trump administration officials have ceased ‘voluntary’ contributions from agencies including USAID, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services — totaling about $300 million-$400 million a year.”

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    “According to the Associated Press, the annual WHO travel budget is about $200 million, dwarfing many of its health programs. In 2016, the WHO spent $71 million on AIDS and hepatitis, $61 million on malaria and $59 million on tuberculosis.”

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    Only 4% of the WHO budget went for actual medical supplies/materials anyway, so no great loss.

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/04/01/world-health-organization-spends-twice-as-much-on-travel-as-on-medical-supplies/

    “The World Health Organization spends twice as much on travel as it does on medical supplies, according to its most recent financial report.

    Eight percent of WHO’s budget in 2018 went to travel expenses, while just 4% went to medical supplies and materials, the report shows.”

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  16. The continual use of scapegoats to mask errors made by the Trump admin continue. WHO and China are not responsible for what is happening in the US. The American administration is; that’s their job and they should take responsibility. We now know intelligence agencies and the CDC were aware of the extent of the problem in January. Prior to the actual outbreak, CDC and the military also warned the Trump admin as far as 2017, that this was going to happen sooner or later. However, Trump did not use the advance warnings to prepare. His much vaulted travel shutdown was full of holes. Instead of paying attention to his briefings in January and using February appropriately — he and Pence praised China for “unprecedented transparency” (there’s video) and he went to golf and hold rallies. He had contradictory information but he choose to ignore it in favor of Xi’s assurances. His administration is responsible — it happened on his watch. (To be fair, some Senators were even worse — given similar information, they publicly said there was nothing to worry about and then sold stock).

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  17. Its clear that the COVID infection is far more widespread than originally thought. This only points to the need for more testing and a very slow pace in the return to “normal”.

    Apparently these types of viruses do not do well in warm weather. However, this will create an additional problem — as the number of cases recedes in the summer, there will a rush to return to normal and some of the virus laying dormant will start up in the cooler weather of September and October. Again here is a need for more testing so we know who can and cannot return to work and everyday routines.
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    As some one who used to bank with CIBC, I’m amused. Canada has essentially 5 big banks which control almost all banking activity and they are used to doing what they want — and since US banking is very decentralized, these banks are very active in the US. Your news item is a perfect example of why the government should not use private banks to deliver gov’t funds — its costly, inefficient, and may even undercut gov’t policy. The Germans have a state agency which disburses funds and was done in three days. Canada uses existing gov’t infrastructure to deliver it — probably not anymore efficient but its more or less free, they were already working for the gov’t anyway.

    Your health care article just convinced me that gov’t medicare is far better equipped to handle an unexpected crisis that drastically changes health care needs.

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  18. Speaking of Germany, they will probably slowly ease restriction in the coming week. Islands and Nordic states — all fairly easily to isolate — have done well against COVID but among major countries with international economies, no one has done better than the Germans. Merkel has once again proven herself to be one of the best leaders of the world — outshining all the bombastic men who have achieved power these days. Here’s a leader who gets it;

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  19. “WHO and China are not responsible for what is happening in the US.”

    Bull. The CCP allowed infected travelers to travel to and from the US and elsewhere all the while knowing about human to human transmissions.

    And the WHO covered up their lies.

    Trump would have shut down travel from there even faster had they been honest, which is why they lied.

    They have blood on their hands, whether you admit it r not.

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  20. HRW,

    You sound like the US press with your revisionist history.

    And you’re just as wrong.

    Their delusional lies….

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    Reality. They literally said exactly what Trump said they did.

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  21. There’s plenty of evidence of the media pushing false info, because Orange Man Bad.

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  22. Here’s your Tweet of the day. 🙂

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  23. What’s wrong with this picture?

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  24. Oh, China and WHO have blood on their hands but the Trump admin also has some responsibility — they ignored previous warnings, downsized the CDC staff in China and ignored the specific intelligence in January. Ignoring their own agencies, they believed a totalitarian dictator (sound familiar?). Thus they wasted the month of February — playing golf and holding rallies.

    His vaulted travel ban was ineffective — it allowed US citizens to return without being checked or quarantined and still allowed for business travel. Most European countries enacted tighter travel bans the same day. For Trump its always been about the economy which in turn has always been about his re-election.

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  25. The left has done a similar search of where the bail out funds are actually going — its 2008 all over again — bail out the rich and the corporate world, for the poor — get back to work even if its not same.

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