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Trump’s weekend campaign rallies in Nevada canceled, state campaign co-chair says
Trump’s “Keep America Great” rallies scheduled for this weekend in Nevada have been canceled, according to the co-chairman of the president’s campaign in the state.
Trump was scheduled to rally supporters in Reno on Saturday and Las Vegas on Sunday.
September 9, 2020
Trump says he downplayed coronavirus to reduce panic and ‘show confidence'
Peppered with questions about why he downplayed the coronavirus threat to the American people while sharing how deadly and worrisome it was with Woodward, Trump contends that he did so to prevent panic.
“So the fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love our country. And I don’t want people to be frightened,” Trump said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “I don’t want to create panic, as you say. And certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show strength.”
Pressed on how the American people are expected to trust him going forward, Trump said not inducing panic “is a really big part of trust.”
“We have to have leadership. We have to show leadership. And the last thing you want to do is create a panic in a country,” he said, adding that he was “very open” with Woodward while calling the book “another political hit job.”
Trump rejected the suggestion that if he’d been more forthright about the dangers of the virus he could have saved more lives and that he had some responsibility in the nearly 200,000 U.S. lives lost. The president claimed, as he has before, that without his interventions millions of Americans could have died, and said the blame rested solely with China.
“We shouldn’t have lost anybody. Nobody should have lost — China released something that they shouldn’t have been allowed to — they should not have released,” he said. “Now, we had to show calm … the last thing we can show is panic or excitement or fear or anything else.”
By Colby Itkowitz
September 9, 2020
Trump adds 20 names to his list of potential Supreme Court picks, calls on Biden to release his list
Trump challenged Biden to publicly release names of people he would nominate to the Supreme Court as he announced Wednesday that he was adding 20 names to his own ongoing list of potential court picks.
In an event at the White House, Trump warned of a “growing radical left movement” that will bleed into the federal judiciary if Republicans didn’t retain power. Trump said the next president could nominate “one, two, three and even four Supreme Court justices.”
“He must release a list of justices for people to properly make a decision on how they will vote,” Trump said of his Democratic challenger. “It’s very important that he do so.”
The names on Trump’s list include: Judge Bridget Bade of the 9th Circuit; Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron; former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement; Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.); Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas); Judge Kyle Duncan of the 5th Circuit; assistant U.S. attorney general Steven A. Engel; former solicitor general Noel Francisco; Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.); Judge James Ho of the 5th Circuit; Judge Gregory Katsas of the D.C. Circuit; Judge Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit; Christopher Landau, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico; Carlos Muñiz, a justice on the Florida Supreme Court; Judge Martha Pacold of the Northern District of Illinois; Judge Peter Phipps of the Third Circuit; Judge Sarah Pitlyk of the Eastern District of Missouri; Allison Jones Rushing of the 4th Circuit; Kate Todd, a deputy White House counsel, and Lawrence VanDyke of the 9th Circuit.
As presidential candidate in 2016, Trump took the unusual step of releasing a name of potential Supreme Court nominees in an attempt to convince voters skittish about him that he would nominate a reliable conservative to the court. The unorthodox strategy came as a Supreme Court seat remained empty for much of the presidential election year following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to hold confirmation proceedings for Merrick Garland, the nominee tapped for that vacancy by President Barack Obama.
By Seung Min Kim
September 9, 2020
Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans
President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. “This is going to be the roughest thing you face.”
Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, agreed. He told the president that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with the flu pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
Ten days later, Trump called Woodward and revealed that he thought the situation was far more dire than what he had been saying publicly.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”
“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.
Robert Costa and
September 9, 2020 at 10:55 a.m. CDT
These are not a leak from anonymous sources. These are the president’s own words. You can hear them on Woodward’s tape.
Full Article and tape recording -
Major vaccine trial is paused to investigate unexplained illness
An independent committee is investigating whether a case of spinal inflammation in a single British participant is linked to the vaccine — a step that several experts said is a sign of the protections in place to ensure the safety of products.
Carolyn Y. Johnson
September 9, 2020 at 12:50 p.m. CDT
‘Worst case scenarios’ at Sturgis rally could link event to 266,000 coronavirus cases, study says
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally led to significant spread of the novel coronavirus in the event’s home state of South Dakota and in other parts of the United States, a team of researchers said in a newly released study that is disputed by state officials.
The report from San Diego State University’s Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies used anonymized cellphone location data and virus case counts to analyze the impact of the 460,000-person event that took place last month, believed to be one of the largest events held during the pandemic. Health officials had expressed concerns about the rally, which, the researchers noted, “represents a situation where many of the ‘worst case scenarios’ for superspreading occurred simultaneously.” Those included the event being prolonged over 10 days, attracting a significant out-of-town population and involving attendees clustered together, with few wearing masks.
The consequences were “substantial,” the researchers concluded. By analyzing the parts of the country that had the highest number of Sturgis attendees and changes in coronavirus trends after its conclusion, they estimated 266,796 cases could be linked to the rally. That’s about 19 percent of the number reported nationally between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2, and significantly higher than the number state health officials have linked through contact tracing. Based on a covid-19 case statistically costing about $46,000, the researchers said, that would mean the rally carried a public health price tag of $12.2 billion.
“This is enough to have paid each of the estimated 462,182 rally attendees $26,553.64 not to attend,” the paper said.
September 8, 2020 at 7:16 p.m. CDT
A senior Department of Homeland Security official alleges that he was told to stop providing intelligence analysis on the threat of Russian interference in the 2020 election, in part because it “made the President look bad,” an instruction he believed would jeopardize national security.
The official, Brian Murphy, who until recently was in charge of intelligence and analysis at DHS, said in a whistleblower complaint that on two occasions he was told to stand down on reporting about the Russian threat.
Shane Harris and
September 9, 2020 at 2:42 p.m. CDT
White House sets Sept. 15 peace ceremony for Israel, UAE; Kushner suggests backing for F-35 sale
President Trump will welcome leaders of Israel and the United Arab Emirates at the White House next week for a formal signing of the historic peace accord between the two countries, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, White House adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, suggested that he favors allowing the UAE to purchase advanced U.S.-made F-35 warplanes despite misgivings in Israel and some bipartisan opposition in Congress. The potential deal is still under discussion, Kushner said, but he then immediately addressed whether the sale would endanger Israel’s military advantage in the region, known as the “qualified military edge," or QME.
“It’s just something that’s being discussed. We’re going through consultations,” Kushner told reporters. “President Trump has shown that he understands Israel’s security probably more than any American president in decades.”
“... And we’re going to obviously work with the QME, and we’ll do what we can do to make sure that we accommodate that circumstance. But the United Arab Emirates is a great, you know, military partner of America. We work together on a lot of things. They’re right on the border with Iran and have real threats, and I think that there’s a lot of opportunity to be gained by working on this.”
The Sept. 15 ceremony will follow in the tradition of White House peacemaking events that celebrated Israel’s accords with Egypt and Jordan decades ago. Trump announced the breakthrough with the UAE last month. The deal normalizes relations between Israel and a wealthy Persian Gulf state with an advanced military.
By Anne Gearan
September 9, 2020 at 4:18 p.m.
Fractured fairy tale: Its Funny How The great milatry Partners for Decades , The UAE and Saudi Arabia are the only Govenments That Support the Teleban as a Legitime Government
White House looks at more executive actions as coronavirus-relief talks appear finished
Despite rhetoric, neither party is showing any urgency to compromise.
In August, Trump signed four executive actions meant to provide more unemployment aid, eviction protections, student loan relief and to defer payroll tax payments. The moves have had mixed success and came as political talks faltered on Capitol Hill.
Since then, the bipartisan urgency that propelled Congress to act with near-unanimity in March and April to approve an unprecedented $3 trillion in relief has eroded even further. In its place is bitter partisan bickering, with each side accusing the other of playing politics and acting in bad faith.
The Senate GOP economic relief bill would provide more money for small businesses, $300 weekly unemployment benefits and include a number of other GOP priorities such as lawsuit protections for businesses. It would not include a new round of stimulus checks or money for cities and states, a key Democratic priority. The bill needs 60 votes to advance in Senate, and it is expected to fall short in a procedural vote set for Thursday.
Trump has repeatedly said he would not accept some of the demands from Democrats as part of the economic-relief talks, but he has also made clear he thinks more government assistance is needed to help the economy.
Part of the stalemate is because Democrats and Republicans are drawing mixed messages from the economy. Some White House officials believe the stock market’s recovery since late March means the economy has regained its footing. The labor market has recovered roughly half of the jobs lost in March and April, but millions of Americans remain unemployed.
September 9, 2020 at 3:12 p.m. CDT
Fractured fairy tale: You Should"t Need a Arthickle it was Obivious from day 1 the Money Wouldn't last for ever and people were Going to get Screwed over big time , Part of the problem is they ALL go off the Stactics That the Ecomony is Recovering because of the Stock Market , The Stock market is Divorced from reality , it only benifits those who loby the politicans
don't matter what party they only pay lip service to the people
tattyteresa01: wowwwwww oour government has offered the unemployed people who lost their jobs 1500 dollars fortnightly ,currently ,reducing to 1200 until dec ,am not quite sure ,thhank God We live in Australia
Fractured fairy tale: yeah But were Got the Same Kinda Problem , The politicians go off the ASK or what ever its Called stock market thingy And Its Booming , I agree tho there looked after the people better
Don"t Trust there Satactics tho that Unemployment is low , Hepas are on that Job Keeper , When that gets taken away then things will get bad for most people , Save While you Can only way out of it ,
Fractured fairy tale: that was a Discrase in the US 3 trillon or whatever it was , And 90 percent it went to all the Big Buiness that had the money and Contacts to cailm for Protection , Wile all the little guys Struggled badly or went out of Buiness
Fractured fairy tale: No its not is it , Only a small percentage of the population That can stick all there money In the Camen islands in some Tax haven
tattyteresa01: i know Caymen Island the british one and the american one tax evaders ,cant do it here
Fractured fairy tale: Jail I dont think Ive ever Seen A politician go to jail , they Usually get repremanded by getting a Consulting post In some Corperation getting paid millions, Usually in the Position of Whatever portfolio they did in government , Im Shore they dont use there Contacts with the government or nothing , Im shore that never happens , its all gushing Praise
tattyteresa01: Well our local premier council for IPSWICH ,was corrupt ,he received bribes ,he was jailed and the whole council members were sacked because ,they were in the same party members tho they were innocent ,a new council was formed
Here's How Much Congress Has Approved For Coronavirus Relief So Far And What It's For
Testing-specific funding was included only in the second and fourth bills.
Among other expenses, lawmakers included money to help with administrative costs
State and local governments: $217B
State and local governments received a combination of direct and indirect aid from the second and third bills
Public health: $312B
Lawmakers funded hospitals, clinics and research in all four bills, though the majority came in the CARES Act.
All businesses: $513B
The CARES Act provided tax breaks and tax changes meant to help all businesses.
Big corporations: $532B
Much of the funding specifically for big corporations came from CARES Act loans that are expected to be repaid.
Help for individuals in the second and fourth bills included unemployment benefits, paid leave and direct cash payments.
Small businesses: $810B
The largest chunk of aid, for small businesses, spiked in later bills as the economy suffered
I wouldn't put much stock in what Fractured reports about the USA, he is from Australia.
tattyteresa01: Gramma i watch sky news daily and all day ,i know for a fact most of the news are true but i have no idea where fracture gets his news from is he from Victoria ???
I've never watched Sky News. I'm guessing they only show the riots and the negative things about the USA.
Much like our news, the only time we hear about other countries in when something tragic has taken place.
We don't hear about all the good in other countries.
Good is boring and boring doesn't make money.
I'll let Fractured tell you what part of Australia he is from.
Fractured has displayed a deep hatred for the USA. You can find it sprinkled throughout all the forums here in politics.