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Belgian, U.S. scientists look to llama in search for COVID-19 treatment

Reuters•May 6, 2020

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A llama called Winter could prove useful in the hunt for a treatment for COVID-19, according to U.S. and Belgian scientists who have identified a tiny particle that appears to block the new coronavirus.

The scientists, from Belgium's VIB-UGent center for medical biotechnology and the University of Texas at Austin, published research on Tuesday in the journal Cell, with the llama in Belgium central to their studies.

The group began four years ago looking into antibodies that might counter the SARS virus, which spread in 2003, and the MERS virus that flared up in 2012.

"The work was a side project in 2016. We thought maybe this was interesting," said Xavier Saelens, joint leader of the Belgian part of the collaboration. "Then the new virus came and it became potentially more crucial, more important."


Trump economy faces long-term disaster as jobs data looms

Source: CNN

Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN

Updated 1:04 AM ET, Thu May 7, 2020

(CNN)The staggering economic pain -- perhaps the worst since the 1930s -- of the American economy in the time of coronavirus will be graphically underscored in two new rounds of unemployment data that are due on Thursday and Friday.

The figures will show Americans who have and will lose their livelihoods as common victims of the most cruel public health crisis in 100 years, along with the sick and the more than 73,000 people who have so far died.

The prospect of a prolonged economic slump will have important implications in politics. It is already threatening to dampen memories of the roaring economy that President Donald Trump was banking on to carry him to a second term. It may also provide an opening to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden who helped bring the country back from the last economic crisis in the Obama administration.

Every day brings signs that what first looked like temporary job cuts could turn into permanent layoffs. GE, Airbnb and United Airlines this week for instance announced cuts in thousands of positions as business dries up. Discouraging news on the wider penetration of the virus raises the possibility of new spikes in infection that could further complicate the path to a full recovery.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-economy/index.html


And then for the libertarian governors opening up there states.................

Arctic Geese Chicks Jump Off Cliff to Survive Hostile Planet

Okay lets not do that again okay mom, dad....................got it.................

Ruth Bader Ginsburg destroys Trump solicitor general in live hearing from her hospital bed

Published 8 hours ago on May 6, 2020
By David Edwards

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blasted the Trump administration for a rule that allows additional businesses to opt-out of providing no-cost birth control for women.

Ginsburg made the remarks during a telephone hearing that was streamed live due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The justice reportedly joined the hearing from her hospital bed where she is being treated for a gallstone infection.

“What the government has done in expanding this exemption is to toss to the wind entirely Congress’ instruction that women need and shall have seamless, no-cost comprehensive coverage,” Ginsburg told Solicitor General Noel Francisco. “They can get contraception coverage by paying out of their own pocket which is exactly what Congress did not want to happen.”

The justice observed that a “major trend in religious freedom is to give everything to one side and nothing to the other side.”



Ginsburg went on to reference Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., where a majority of the court found that private corporations could be exempt from the Obama-era birth control mandate based on religious objections.

“Nothing in the interim rules affects the ability of employees and students to obtain without costs the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives,” she said. “You have just tossed entirely to the wind what Congress thought was essential. That is that women be provided these services with no hassle, no cost to them.”

“Instead, you are shifting the cost of the employer’s religious beliefs to the employees who do not share those religious beliefs,” she added. “The women end up getting nothing. They are required to do just what Congress didn’t want.”

Trump vetoes Iran War Powers resolution

Source: CNN

By Nikki Carvajal

Updated 7:07 PM ET, Wed May 6, 2020

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the Iran War Powers resolution, a bipartisan effort to rein in presidential authority to use military force against Iran without congressional approval.

Trump called it a "very insulting resolution" and argued the measure was "based on misunderstandings of facts and law" in a statement.
"This indefinite prohibition is unnecessary and dangerous," the White House said in a separate message to the Senate on Wednesday.

Trump had long threatened a veto, which Congress isn't expected to have enough votes to override.

But passage of the resolution, which Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia introduced following the President's decision to order a strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in January, represented a significant rebuke of the President and highlighted congressional support for efforts to check the executive branch's war-making powers.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/politics/trump-veto-iran-war-powers/index.html


The clerk standing there and giving the vote tally and all the other people in the chamber have no masks.............

Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from the hospital after nonsurgical procedure

Source: CNN

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Updated 7:33 PM ET, Wed May 6, 2020

(CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the hospital Wednesday, a day after undergoing a nonsurgical treatment for a benign gallbladder condition, a court spokeswoman said.

"She is doing well and glad to be home," a statement from the court read. "The Justice will return to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, for follow-up outpatient visits over the next few weeks to eventually remove the gallstone non-surgically."

After the court's first day of oral arguments by phone Monday morning, Ginsburg went for outpatient tests at a hospital in Washington. Those tests, according to the court, "confirmed that she was suffering from a gallstone that had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection."

Ginsburg has a lengthy history of medical issues. She missed oral arguments for the first time in January 2019, while recovering from surgery after two cancerous nodules were removed from her left lung the month prior. At the time, she participated in the cases by reading transcripts. The liberal justice had already received treatment in November 2018 for three ribs she fractured during a fall in her office. And in August 2019, she was treated for pancreatic cancer.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/politics/ginsburg-going-home-from-the-hospital/index.html


That's good...............stay well and strong.............and she was feisty than ever during some cases today before her discharge..........

Trump contradicts nurse he's honoring over PPE availability

Source: CNN

By Nikki Carvajal, CNN

Updated 5:09 PM ET, Wed May 6, 2020

(CNN)President Donald Trump contradicted a nurse he was honoring in the Oval Office on Wednesday, insisting there are no personal protective equipment shortages in the US despite her account that availability could be "sporadic."

A reporter asked the nurses attending the National Nurse Day event if their PPE supplies are where they need to be amid the coronavirus pandemic, and many of them nodded in agreement or answered affirmatively.

"I think it's sporadic," answered Sophia L. Thomas, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. "I mean, I talk to my colleagues around the country. Certainly there are pockets around the country where PPE is not ideal, but this is an unprecedented time."

Thomas said she works at a community health center in New Orleans, and that her youngest Covid-19 patient was 4 days old.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/politics/donald-trump-nurse-ppe-coronavirus/index.html


His body language...............I am right your wrong, he crosses the arms when he is challenged, you have no clothes, the king wanna be.............okay dude tell that to the front line families that have lost loved ones or the families across this country on your absolute failure..................

Supreme embarrassment: The flush heard around the country

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Updated 5:01 PM ET, Wed May 6, 2020

(CNN)Well, someone forgot to mute.

The Supreme Court was making history Wednesday afternoon, holding arguments over the phone because of Covid-19, when all of a sudden there was the distinct sound of a toilet flushing.

Across the country, the public that has never before this week been able to listen in real time to oral arguments held remotely was treated not only to deep questions related to the First Amendment and robocalls but also to someone's apparent bathroom break.

The errant flush from an unknown source comes as the justices, lawyers and the country are dealing with the new realities -- and hazards -- of conducting their business over teleconference lines.

The case at issue concerned the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that prohibits unwanted calls to cellphones by use of an automated system. Challengers say one provision violates the Constitution. Lawyer Roman Martinez, representing political groups challenging the law, was pressing his point when the offending flush occurred.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly spell Roman Martinez's first name.


McEnany condemns 'publicity stunts' days after Trump's Lincoln Memorial stunt

By Oliver Willis -May 6, 2020 6:02 PM

Trump has been using the pandemic to promote himself, even bragging about ratings as the death toll increased.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Donald Trump's new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, decried "publicity stunts" during the coronavirus pandemic, criticizing House Democrats for trying to hold oversight hearings that the White House is trying to block.

"We don't have time in the middle of a pandemic for publicity stunts," said McEnany. She added, "This is not the time for that, it's not the place for that."

The complaint comes just three days after Trump was interviewed by the conservative Fox News Channel at the Lincoln Memorial. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt deemed the Fox appearance "a core governmental function" in order to lift the ban on events at the memorial.

Notably, Trump claimed during the interview that he was treated "worse than Lincoln," who was assassinated.


Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Next time why don't you come dressed as a clown......... it really is to bad that there are no descendants of Abraham Lincoln..........then her and them and the fatnixon can have talk.......and they the descendants could have asked about being treated unfairly.......................

GOP congressman: Stay-home orders are a plot to hurt Trump's reelection

By Oliver Willis -May 6, 2020 5:05 PM

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) admitted he believes in a conspiracy that sounds 'absolutely crazy' that coronavirus lockdowns are a ploy to hurt Donald Trump's reelection chances.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) baselessly accused "many people" of working to "intentionally stall the economy" with lockdowns put in place to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Graves claimed that the policies have been designed to undermine "the president's efforts in the reelection." He singled out Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards as someone purportedly engaged in the conspiracy.

Louisiana currently has nearly 30,000 residents infected with the coronavirus, and over 2,040 people have died there. Medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have warned against rushing to reopen businesses, noting that to do so prematurely could lead to a new surge in infections and deaths.

From the May 6 edition of WBRP Baton Rouge's "Mornings with Brian Haldane":


So let's remind everyone that you voted to keep an imbecile in power.......that has caused over 71,000 deaths .......enough said.......

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