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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
May 26, 2020

"We are far below 2.2 million dead Americans because of the actions of President Trump"

“We are far below 2.2 million dead Americans because of the actions of President Trump”

— White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, suggesting President Trump will proclaim any death toll under 2.2 million as a success in handling the coronavirus pandemic.


May 26, 2020

Joe Biden wins AFL-CIO endorsement

The AFL-CIO, the country's largest coalition of labor unions, endorsed Joe Biden for president Tuesday, with the organization's top official vowing to wage an aggressive effort to help him defeat President Trump.

Union officials cemented their support for the former vice president in a vote of the organization’s general board, joining a long roster of influential labor groups backing the presumptive Democratic nominee. In an interview with The Washington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said his group will be “playing hard” in about a dozen battleground states where it plans to urge members to support his candidacy.

“Joe Biden has demonstrated his character,” said Trumka. “We look forward to helping him get elected president and changing the direction of the country.”

The AFL-CIO, which includes 55 unions representing 12.5?million workers, is a staunch Democratic ally that has been expected to endorse Biden ever since he effectively clinched the nomination. The organization endorsed Hillary Clinton in June 2016.


May 26, 2020

WH Press Sec.: It's a bit peculiar that he doesn't wear a mask in his basement, but he wears one out

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dodged a question from Jeff Mason of Reuters about President Trump retweeting criticism of Joe Biden for wearing a face mask in public.

MASON: President Trump retweeted a criticism of Joe Biden wearing a mask. Why would he do that?

McENANY: It’s a bit peculiar that he doesn’t wear a mask in his basement, but he wears one outdoors.

MASON: Isn’t that the guidance though?

McENANY: It’s recommended but not required.


May 26, 2020

Why does the New York Stock Exchange even need a trading floor.

Transactions can be completed remotely anyway.

May 26, 2020

Pentagon deputy inspector general resigns, becomes latest watchdog to exit administration

Washington (CNN)Defense Department Principal Deputy Inspector General, Glenn Fine, submitted his resignation Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump effectively removed him as chairman of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a group of independent watchdogs tasked with overseeing $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding.

One Pentagon official told CNN Fine was not told to resign and did so on his own accord. Still, Trump removed Fine as the Pentagon's acting inspector general just last month, a move that was viewed as an effort to thwart his leadership of the coronavirus accountability review.
His resignation takes effect June 1st, according to DOD IG spokesperson Dwrena Allen.

"It has been an honor to serve in the Inspector General community, both as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice and the DoD Acting Inspector General and Principal Deputy Inspector General performing the duties of the DoD Inspector General," Fine said in a statement. "The role of Inspectors General is a strength of our system of government. They provide independent oversight to help improve government operations in a transparent way."

"They are a vital component of our system of checks and balances, and I am grateful to have been part of that system. After many years in the DoJ and DoD OIGs, I believe the time has come for me to step down and allow others to perform this vital role. I wish the men and women of the DoD OIG and the Inspector General Community continued success in these important responsibilities," he added.

In late March, a group of independent federal watchdogs tapped Fine, a career official, to lead the group tasked with preventing "waste, fraud, and abuse" in the use of coronavirus relief money.


May 26, 2020

House Democrats book $18.3 million in fall TV ads

ANALYSIS — With less than six months before Election Day, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $18.3 million in airtime for broadcast television ads during the final months of the campaign.

It’s likely the first of multiple rounds of reservations, considering the committee’s independent expenditure arm spent more than $73 million on TV during the 2018 cycle.

This initial round of reservations overlap with the Senate and presidential battleground states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada and Pennsylvania, where media markets are likely to get crowded and expensive.

Back in April, the two biggest partisan super PACs — the GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund ($51 million) and Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC ($43 million) — placed nearly $100 million combined in initial ad reservations. The National Republican Congressional Committee hasn’t made its initial ad reservations.

A few years ago, political reporters rightly handled television ad reservations loosely and delicately as strategists from both parties used them to play games. Strategists would make some reservations with little or no intent to fulfill them in order to fake out the other party, the media or both.


May 26, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Marlene Katz for PA-HD29

When I was ten years old, I told my parents that I wanted to help people in need. Throughout my life, I have made it a point to do this and to always hold my values close.

I witnessed firsthand what it is to be an “other,” whether it’s as an immigrant, a person of a different religion or with a disability, and the effect it can have on someone.

My great-grandparents, Harry and Ida Goldfield, came to the United States on a boat from Russia in the early 1900s after being the targets of anti-Semitism in their home country. They arrived in Philadelphia not knowing the language or how they would support themselves, but Harry did what he could to support their family with little means. He was a carpenter by trade, and not being able to communicate verbally, he found work by chasing down horse-drawn carriages filled with lumber and holding out his hands and his tools to show his willingness to work.

Together Harry and Ida had six children, two of whom died in childhood from illness. Their daughter, (my grandmother) was legally blind and their son Albert, my beloved great uncle, contracted polio as a child and walked with two canes attached to arm braces. My grandmother taught me about resilience, if you can’t make it to the supermarket in a car, then learn to love to walk, and walk we did on many occasions.

My Uncle Albert, was an enigma, the family comic, with a love for world religions and culture. He hid how downtrodden he was from struggles to find work and the inability to have children with his wife, who also was disabled. Unfortunately, Albert took his own life when I was a teenager. From this experience I learned to walk in someone else’s shoes, as you don’t know what they’re going through or who they are.

When my grandparents Betty and Bill McGinley married, they were excommunicated from the family because Betty was Jewish and Bill was an Irish Catholic. Back then this was taboo. Discrimination is still happening today. I believe all people – of any race, sex, gender, religion, citizen status, sexual orientation or physical ability – deserve to be included in society.

From my father I developed a strong work ethic. As a teenager my dad lost his father, and became the caretaker of the family. Since he did not have the means or the luxury of earning a college degree he went into sales selling Fuller-brushes despite having a stammer. Over time my father overcame his speech impediment. With hard work and dedication, he lived the American dream of becoming a successful self-made businessman. Early on my father told me that it’s not what you do but how you do it, whether you drive a bus or are a surgeon, that whatever you do in life, give it 100%.

The story of my family still resonates with me today as I work towards breaking down the divides many of us witness or live in today’s world. That means they all people are treated with dignity and respect, and given access to the resources they need, like healthcare, disability protections and rights and a higher minimum wage and job opportunities. This includes sustainable economic development and investment to build a healthy economy where families are supported by living wage jobs.

I care deeply about safety for our children, and concerned about how bullying and cyber bullying are hurting our kids. I know we can do better; there are too many teenage suicides. The opioid crisis that affects teens and adults must be de-stigmatized, decriminalized and treated as disease with drug treatment and recovery programs. I know that children should not have to worry about guns entering into the schools, and that school should be a safe place for building friendships, learning, art and culture. I know our families and their children deserve clean drinking water, a healthy environment with clean soil and air.

There is much to be done and I am committed to make a difference by listening, leading and building stronger communities. Together we reach farther.


May 26, 2020

California gives retailers OK to open for in-person sales. Now, it's up to counties to approve

SACRAMENTO, Calif — After months of forced closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, California retail stores are now getting the green light to reopen with strict modifications from public health officials, the state announced on Monday.

The announcement is part of the state's intention to begin moving all of its counties into Phase 2 of California's reopening plan. The guidance for retailers to reopen had been sent out to dozens of counties over the past week as many received the state's approval to begin reopening sooner.

While the state is allowing retail stores to reopen for in-person sales, it is still up to individual counties to give stores the OK through public health orders.

Counties with lower infection rates that have the healthcare capacity could likely begin to open retail stores, while larger counties with higher infection rates could ease up on allowing stores to reopen.

When given the OK by their counties, retailers that decide to reopen will have to do so with strict guidelines in place for both workers and customers. Those include proper social distancing, face coverings, temperature screenings for workers, as well as frequent cleaning and sanitizing.


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