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Warren pivots on Medicare for All in bid to become Biden's VP


In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over Medicare for All: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back anyone who defends the health care status quo with industry talking points is “running in the wrong presidential primary.”

Six months later, with Biden the presumptive nominee and Warren in the running for VP, she is striking a more harmonious chord.

"I think right now people want to see improvements in our health care system, and that means strengthening the Affordable Care Act," she told students at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics this week, while adding that she still wants to get to single payer eventually.

The shift is the latest public signal Warren has sent Biden's way in recent weeks that she wants the job of vice president — and wants Biden to see her as a loyal governing partner despite their past clashes, which go back decades.

Police: At least 2 shot at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, shooter in custody

Source: Arizona Republic

At least two people were shot at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale Wednesday, according to Glendale police.

Police said at least one person was in custody in connection with the shooting.

They noted that there were "no more reports of any active shooting" in a tweet shortly before 8 p.m.

Sen. Martin Quezada tweeted that he witnessed a shooter in the area armed with an AR-15.

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/glendale-breaking/2020/05/20/arizona-sen-quezada-multiple-people-shot-westgate-entertainment-district-glendale/5234085002/

The fact that Westgate was OPEN probably didn't help...


Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona

The Hill

Arizona has been a reliably Republican state in presidential and Senate contests and has only voted for a Democratic president once in the past 70 years, when former President Clinton won the state in 1996.


In the race for the White House, polls have consistently found former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Trump, although the race is close and pollsters and operatives view it as a pure toss-up.

The Biden campaign says it will treat Arizona as a battleground and has described it as their best chance at flipping a traditionally red state to blue in November.

Dennis DeConcini, who before Sinema was the last Democrat to represent the state in the Senate, said he believes the Biden campaign should invest heavily in Arizona.

Cory Gardner threatens to block Senate from recess

Source: Politico

Sen. Cory Gardner threatened Wednesday to block the Senate from leaving for Memorial Day recess, citing the need to pass coronavirus legislation.

When asked whether he would object to the Senate leaving, the Colorado Republican replied: “if they try to make a unanimous consent, you bet.” The move could prompt the Senate to take a roll call vote on whether to leave.

“We have an opportunity to perfect the Paycheck Protection Program, and to pass legislation to help infrastructure, to create stimulus jobs, economic opportunity, we should be doing everything we can to accomplish that,” he said. “We need to get the job done.”

The Senate is expected to leave Thursday for a week-long recess and return to Washington on June 1.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/20/cory-gardner-senate-recess-271649

WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

Source: CNN

Tedros Adhanom-Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, on Wednesday said that more cases had been reported to the agency in the last 24 hours than any time since the novel coronavirus outbreak began.

“We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” Tedros said at a briefing in Geneva. “In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO – the most in a single day since the outbreak began. Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in just four countries.”

Those four countries, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove confirmed to CNN in an email, are: the United States, Russia, Brazil and India.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/webview/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-05-20-20-intl/h_3b0b61b7081463eda825a2c37c330584

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NewDEAL Forum Broadband Discussion with FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel

Join the NewDEAL Forum Education Policy Group and the Alliance for Excellent Education on Wednesday, May 27, at 2:30 pm Eastern for a discussion on access to broadband with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. At a time when the problems of inequitable access to broadband have been underscored by virtual learning, the Commissioner and other speakers will talk about how to ensure all students have access to the high-speed internet that is so important for their success in school.

Register: https://click.everyaction.com/k/17566097/198715643/1374351792?nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9FQS9FQTAwNS8xLzc4MDEzIiwNCiAgIkRpc3RyaWJ1dGlvblVuaXF1ZUlkIjogIjFjZjhmMTIyLWQ4OWEtZWExMS04NmU5LTAwMTU1ZDAzYjVkZCIsDQogICJFbWFpbEFkZHJlc3MiOiAiY2ZiYXN0aWFuQGdtYWlsLmNvbSINCn0%3D&hmac=OVFLklkAxUdFCZvXYLqahmtQsh5xiu5Kn-ZhCKa_oxY=&emci=b1fa34e9-ad9a-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&emdi=1cf8f122-d89a-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&ceid=2713184

University of Virginia Center for Politics presents: "Veepstakes"

Thursday, May 21, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

A panel of experts will discuss Joe Biden’s possible choices for his running mate, whether Donald Trump would consider replacing Mike Pence, the historical importance of vice presidential selections, and other facets of 2020’s Veepstakes.

Register: https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=64478914&msgid=747814&act=D284&c=561522&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fe%2Fveepstakes-tickets-104638923838&cf=3715&v=5d054dcb5ac0c10f2bf21c758aa81e4dec891e14438c03aff527f7aa9b24c5e8

Mid-Michigan flooding after Edenville, Sanford dam failures: Everything we know

Source: Detroit Free Press

Two overflowing dams — Edenville and Sanford — in the center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula amid days of rain has forced the evacuation of about 10,000 and caused massive flooding, which the governor said could put Midland under 9 feet of water.

As of Wednesday morning, the Tittabawasse River hit a historic high, rising above its previous record in 1986, and reaching 34.6 feet. Major flood stage is 28 feet. By the end of the day, the National Weather Service forecasted it would be at 38 feet.

Media reports had called Midland's flooding in 1986, which caused extensive damage to agriculture and destroyed homes, "the worst natural disaster in the state's modern history."

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Midland County, saying parts of the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, Edenville Township, and Dow Chemical had been or were being evacuated.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/20/michigan-flooding-sanford-dam-edenville-dam-evacuations/5226796002/

Two churches reclose after faith leaders and congregants get coronavirus

Washington Post

Churches in states at the forefront of reopening efforts are closing their doors for a second time.

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Ga., less than 20 miles away from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston have indefinitely suspended services after members and leaders tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after reopening.

The news of the canceled services comes as a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that large gatherings pose risk for coronavirus transmission and called on faith-based organizations to work with local health officials about implementing guidelines for modified activities.

The report looked at a rural Arkansas church, where a pastor and his wife attended church events in early March. At least 35 of 92 attendees tested positive for the coronavirus, and three people died. An additional 26 cases and a death occurred in the community from contact with the church cases, the report confirmed.


Social distancing in Black and white neighborhoods in Detroit: A data-driven look

Brookings Institution

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on Americans’ health and the nation’s economy, its effects are disproportionately felt in Black America. In America’s densely populated cities, in suburbs, and elsewhere, the number of cases and deaths among Blacks far outstrips their share of the population overall. One of those cities is Detroit. We use new mobile device tracking data to examine social distancing and how it impacts infection rates in that city, to better understand the virus’s disproportionate impact on Black America.

There is evidence that social distancing measures can decisively flatten the epidemic curve and reduce infections, in locations such as San Francisco and Washington State. Unfortunately, according to Unacast’s social-distance index Wayne County, where Detroit is located, has continually struggled to implement the measure. The county’s rating has consistently fluctuated between a failing F grade and C-minus—a marginal pass. It is critical that we examine whether social distancing disparities contribute in turn to racial disparities. We leveraged anonymized mobility data from SafeGraph Inc., a geolocation data aggregator, and constructed a panel of more than 90,000 devices to examine the links between the coronavirus propagation, social distancing, and socioeconomic factors in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

The analysis shows that as the pandemic wore on, Black Detroiters were less able to stay at home and socially distance. This places Blacks at a higher risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, not because of choices but because of structural differences in the economy. In further analysis, we find that even after controlling for structural features, Blacks, those with lower income, and the presence of essential workers are associated with higher infection rates in the city.

Detroit remains the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wayne County, Michigan, which has consistently led the state’s other counties in confirmed case counts. As of May 15th, Detroit’s nearly 10,259 confirmed cases of coronavirus were generally concentrated in predominately Black and lower-income communities. (Overall, Michigan stands out as one of the states with the highest reported race-based COVID death disparities). Ninety percent of the city’s zip codes with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases have populations that are at least 80% Black. Median income across these zip codes are substantially lower than the state’s median income.
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