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What trump's agencies were doing during the pandemic

Here’s What Trump’s Environmental Agencies Were Doing During The Pandemic This Week

They approved pipelines and gold mines while attacking science as the death toll rises from the novel coronavirus and mass layoffs begin.

By Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo

The novel coronavirus pandemic tanked the stock market and sent jobless claims soaring to unprecedented levels this week, but did little to slow the White House’s efforts to boost fossil fuel production and roll back environmental safeguards.

On Wednesday, as the U.S. death toll surpassed 100 and the virus spread to all 50 states, the Trump administration widened what critics call one of its most aggressive assaults on science, auctioned drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico and greenlit the expansion of a mine.

It started when the Environmental Protection Agency formalized its plans to expand on a controversial proposal to restrict the scientific research used to make regulations, broadening the scope to include non-regulatory divisions of the agency as well.

By the afternoon, the Interior Department wrapped up an auction to sell oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, offering up some 78 million offshore acres ― an area roughly the size of New Mexico. It proved to be a bust, bringing in approximately $93 million for just shy of 400,000 acres, the smallest total for an offshore auction since 2016.

By the day’s end, the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management approved a nearly 500-acre expansion of a gold and silver mine on public lands near Bullhead City, Arizona.

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Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Sun Mar 22, 2020, 01:36 AM (12 replies)

Kentucky's Response to COVID-19

[ Glad we have Beshear and not Bevin ]

Kentucky's Response to COVID-19

Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Kentucky, Governor Beshear taken the following actions:

3/6/2020: Declared a State of Emergency.

3/6/2020: Activated the Emergency Management Operations Center.

3/7/2020: Activated the State Health Operations Center.

3/7/2020: Announced Kentucky's COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-722-5725.

3/7/2020: Announced Kentucky's COVID-19 informational website, kycovid19.ky.gov

3/7/2020: Issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging. Asked Attorney General Daniel Cameron to enforce the price-gouging laws. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, they should contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257.

3/7/2020: Adjusted state government sick leave policy to ensure state employees who are sick can stay home – even for new employees who have not accrued leave time.

3/7/2020: Encouraged businesses to implement sick leave policy so sick employees, do not come to work and expose others because of financial concerns.

3/7/2020: Published the CDC guidelines with warnings for high-risk individuals. Those include:
Individuals over 60, do not go places where there are large crowds
Individuals that have heart, lung, or kidney disease, or have compromised immune systems, do not go to places where there are large crowds
For both of these vulnerable populations, do not fly, and whatever you do, do not get on a cruise ship.

3/7/2020: Recommended social distancing for those with high-risk. For a complete list of guidance on social distancing, click here.

3/9/2020: Issued an executive order to waive copays, deductibles, cost-sharing and diagnostic testing fees for private insurance and state employees. The Governor is also telling providers to expand their network to patients that may go outside their normal providers.

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3/18/2020: Announced that our food chain is safe, there is going to be enough out there for everyone

3/19/2020: Issued interim guidance for establishing partnerships between approved health care facilities and limited-duration child care programs to support child care for employees of health care entities, first responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire Departments), corrections officers and Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) workers. The guidance is online at chfs.ky.gov and directly linked below.

Interim Guidance for Verification of Employment for Child Care within a Limited Duration Center
Interim Guidance for Limited Duration Child Care Programs
Requirements for Approved Child Care Programs During Emergency Period
Temporary Emergency Child Care Notification content example

3/19/2020: Announced that restaurants that have an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers.

3/19/2020: Issued a formal letter banning all mass gatherings. The measure states what Gov. Beshear has previously recommended, including:

All mass gatherings are hereby prohibited.
Mass gatherings include any event or convening that brings together groups of individuals, including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.

Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 11:22 PM (28 replies)

HuffPost 'Lock Them Up': Twitter Users Rip Senators For Dumping Stock

‘Lock Them Up’: Twitter Users Rip Senators For Dumping Stock Ahead Of Outbreak

Twitter uses are calling out Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.) and Kelly Loeffler (Georgia) following reports that the two dumped stocks after receiving intelligence briefings about the coronavirus threat.

Both were able to sell investments before this month’s market crash.

Neither lawmaker warned the public about the true nature of what the nation was facing; Burr even co-wrote an opinion piece for Fox News in early February crowing that the United States was “better prepared than ever before to face emerging public health threats, like the coronavirus.”

Days later, Burr ― who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee ― sold off between $628,000 and $1.72 million in stock in 33 separate transactions, according to ProPublica.

Loeffler sold off stock in dozens of transactions and also invested in a company that provides teleworking software, The Daily Beast reported on Thursday. Publicly, however, she accused Democrats of misleading the public about the threat and said Trump and his administration were “doing a great job working to keep Americans healthy & safe.”







[ more, including more responses, at link ]
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 11:43 AM (0 replies)

New ad going after Trump on lying about #COVID19


(I know, the source -suggests- DP forum, but the video is not specific for a candidate. It's against the Grotesque Orange Pustule).
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Tue Mar 17, 2020, 10:39 PM (10 replies)

Clyburn was BIG.

James Clyburn lit the fire!
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 10:06 PM (1 replies)

'the best reason to vote for Elizabeth Warren'

Ann Coulter may have just given the American people ‘the best reason to vote for Elizabeth Warren’ yet

By Shawn Langlois
Published: Feb 26, 2020
Right-wing lightning rod Ann Coulter surely is not endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but don’t tell that to supporters of the Massachusetts Democrat.

‘Sen. Warren has convinced me that Bernie isn’t that worrisome. He’ll never get anything done. SHE’S the freak who will show up with 17 idiotic plans every day and keep everyone up until it gets done.’

That is the tweet that sent Coulter flying up Twitter’s TWTR, -0.79% trending list in the wake of the latest Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night. Judging from the spirited response, her comment probably didn’t strike its intended note:

Veronica Miron: This might be the best reason to vote for @ewarren I’ve seen yet. She’ll get stuff done that people like Ann Coulter find idiotic.

Adam Best: Elizabeth Warren’s competence frightens both Ann Coulter and Peter Thiel. That’s reassuring as hell. When both white nationalists and diabolical billionaires fear your ability to usher in progress, you’re doing something right.

Apparently, the Boston Globe editorial board agrees — sort of — with Coulter.

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“Warren is uniquely poised to accomplish serious reform without sacrificing what’s working in our economy and innovation ecosystem,” the Globe editorial argued. “She would get under the hood to fix the engine — not drive off a cliff, but also not just kick the tires.”

Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 05:02 PM (10 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Border Wall Money to Be Redirected to Fight Coronavirus

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Border Wall Money to Be Redirected to Fight Coronavirus
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that funds being used to construct the president’s border wall with Mexico should be redirected to help contain coronavirus, a quickly spreading epidemic with origins in China.

“I’m going to be introducing a plan tomorrow to take every dime that the president is now taking to spend on his racist wall at the southern border and divert it to the coronavirus,” the candidate said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening.

The senator also had harsh words for the president earlier in the week, posting tweets accusing him of “absolutely bungling” the United States’ response to the spreading virus. She accused Trump of “putting our public health and our economy at risk” and said that is “why we need a real plan and an adult in charge.”
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 04:36 PM (34 replies)

A woman raised $170,000 for Elizabeth Warren by dangling gossip.

A woman raised $170,000 for Elizabeth Warren by dangling gossip. The idea caught on.

Charlotte Clymer was on her way home from drinks with a friend on Sunday night when her thoughts drifted to how much she’d hated the finale of a TV show she was once “super invested in.”

It seemed like a relatable moment. So Clymer, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campagn fired off a tweet to her 277,000 followers, describing how she still gets mad thinking about how the show ended. She left it unnamed, not wanting to risk hurting the writers’ feelings. But everyone kept asking.

Finally, Clymer threw out an unlikely proposition: If her followers raised $10,000 for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in the next hour and a half, she wrote, “I’ll reveal the name. But it has to be that much! If we hit $9,999, it’ll remain a secret forever.”

“I put it out on a whim, and it started blowing up,” Clymer said, adding that neither she nor the Human Rights Campaign have made formal endorsements. “Before I knew it, it went viral."

By midnight, they had not only hit the goal but exceeded it, raising $27,000. She named the show (“Girls”) and returned to Twitter on Monday night, half-jokingly, with another offer. She would reveal the senator with whom she’d had a “terrible interaction” — this time for $100,000 in donations to Warren (D-Mass.) by midnight Wednesday.

Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:40 AM (9 replies)

Introducing The President Trump Foundation Line

If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to take a minute to watch

Introducing The President Trump Foundation Line (2nd video at link, run time 53 secs)
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:50 AM (2 replies)

Alice Allison Dunnigan -- Teacher, Journalist, Civil rights activist

Alice Allison Dunnigan

Alice Allison Dunnigan (April 27, 1906 – May 6, 1983) was an African-American journalist, civil rights activist and author. Dunnigan was the first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, and the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. She wrote an autobiography entitled Alice A. Dunnigan: A Black Woman's Experience. She also has a Kentucky State Historical Commission marker dedicated to her.

Alice chronicled the decline of Jim Crow during the 1940s and 1950s, which influenced her to become a civil rights activist. She was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 1982.

During her time as a reporter, she became the first black journalist to accompany a president while traveling, covering Harry S. Truman's 1948 campaign trip.

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As a writer for the Associated Negro Press news service, Dunnigan sought press credentials to cover Congress and the Senate. The Standing Committee of Correspondents (newspaper reporters who ran the congressional press galleries) denied her request on the grounds that she was writing for a weekly newspaper, and reporters covering the U.S. Capitol were required to write for daily publications. Six months later, however, she was granted press clearance, becoming the first African-American woman to gain accreditation. In 1947 she was named bureau chief of the Associate Negro Press, a position she held for 14 years.

In 1948 Dunnigan was one of three African Americans and one of two women in the press corps that followed President Harry S. Truman's Western campaign, paying her own way to do it. Also that year, she became the first African-American female White House correspondent, and was the first black woman elected to the Women's National Press Club. Her association with this and other organizations allowed her to travel extensively in the United States and to Canada, Israel, South America, Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She was honored by Haitian President François Duvalier for her articles on Haiti.

During her years covering the White House, Dunnigan suffered many of the racial indignities of the time, but also earned a reputation as a hard-hitting reporter. She was barred from entering certain establishments to cover President Eisenhower, and had to sit with the servants to cover Senator Taft's funeral. When she attended formal White House functions, she was mistaken for the wife of a visiting dignitary; no one could imagine a black woman attending such an event on her own. During Eisenhower's two administrations, the president resorted first to not calling on her and later to asking for her questions beforehand because she was known to ask such difficult questions, often about race. No other member of the press corps was required to submit their questions before a press conference, and Dunnigan refused. When Kennedy took office, he welcomed Dunnigan's tough questions and answered them frankly.

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Determined journalists make a difference.
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:07 PM (3 replies)
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