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The US Is Now A Failed State

Donald Trump's leadership has been so catastrophic that even a win in November might not be enough to turn the country around.

https://thebanter.substack.com/p/the-us-is-now-a-failed-state



The view from outside of the United States is clear: America is no longer a functioning democracy and is deteriorating rapidly into a failed state. Under Donald Trump, the systems of checks and balances has broadly failed to curtail his autocratic instincts. He sailed through impeachment for obvious crimes against his own country, ignored damning intelligence reports from America’s agencies with no consequence, destroyed America’s professional civil service, and turned the White House into a piranha infested swamp of cronyism. Trump staffers think nothing of ignoring court issued subpoenas, cut press conferences short when Trump can’t answer questions, and propagate lies from the Oval Office on a daily basis. And this was all before the worst pandemic in 100 years hit the United States and exposed far more lethal layers of Trump’s corruption and incompetence — all of which has gone almost completely unchecked.

The Trump Virus

The Coronavirus pandemic (aptly called the ‘Trump Virus’ by Nancy Pelosi) has laid bare the extent of the Trump administration’s inability to run a government. If one were to write a book on how not to handle a pandemic, the United States’ response to the Coronavirus would provide a text book case. From denying it was ever a threat to dismissing scientists and refusing to wear a mask, Trump and his team of political hacks and grifters have done almost everything wrong. When the pandemic hit America in March of this year, the Trump administration fell apart at the seams. As George Packer in the Atlantic noted:

With no national plan—no coherent instructions at all—families, schools, and offices were left to decide on their own whether to shut down and take shelter. When test kits, masks, gowns, and ventilators were found to be in desperately short supply, governors pleaded for them from the White House, which stalled, then called on private enterprise, which couldn’t deliver. States and cities were forced into bidding wars that left them prey to price gouging and corporate profiteering. Civilians took out their sewing machines to try to keep ill-equipped hospital workers healthy and their patients alive. Russia, Taiwan, and the United Nations sent humanitarian aid to the world’s richest power—a beggar nation in utter chaos.


From there, things got progressively worse. Trump’s astonishing campaign of disinformation created a culture war out of wearing masks and listening to medical advice from experts. This completely unnecessary war has essentially destroyed America’s ability to handle a national pandemic, splitting the country into responsible States heeding the latest scientific advice from medical professionals, and irresponsible States heeding the advice of a president who believes ingesting bleach could cure the Coronavirus. The pro-Trump media insisted the Coronavirus was essentially a blue state problem as the virus ravaged the coasts and left much of the middle and south of the country untouched. Medical professionals pleaded with Republican governors the Trump administration to look at the science and prepare for the worst, but they ignored social distancing and mask wearing mandates, engaged in ludicrous conspiracy theories, and urged their citizens to put themselves in danger for the sake of the economy. Predictably, this has led to an unmitigated disaster. The Coronavirus is ripping through completely unprepared red states at a ferocious pace, and the total death toll now stands at over 150,000. America is now unable to combat this deadly plague that is, as the New York Times reports, “splintering into deadly pieces”. There isn’t one outbreak — there are multiple, and each requires a completely different solution that the federal government under Trump has no ability to provide: As infections mount across the country, it is dawning on Americans that the epidemic is now unstoppable, and that no corner of the nation will be left untouched. As of Tuesday, the pathogen had infected at least 4.3 million Americans, killing almost 150,000. Many experts fear the virus could kill 200,000 or even 300,000 by year’s end…. Each state, each city has its own crisis driven by its own risk factors: vacation crowds in one, bars reopened too soon in another, a revolt against masks in a third. “We are in a worse place than we were in March,” when the virus coursed through New York, said Dr. Leana S. Wen, a former Baltimore health commissioner. “Back then we had one epicenter. Now we have lots.” Trump and the right wing media are completely to blame for this. Wrote Greg Sargent in the Washington Post:

Studies suggest misinformation from Fox and other right-wing media outlets might be making audiences more prone to believing coronavirus conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, even as too-rapid reopenings are a big reason the coronavirus is surging again, his Fox propagandists continue to push the idea that hesitation to reopen schools is pure politics.


The only silver lining here is that Trump’s malfeasance and the right wing media’s complicity is destroying his chances of re-election. But that might not matter, because America is no longer a functioning democracy and there are no guarantees the election result is going to be respected — or even counted properly.

Trump is going to undermine and try to steal the election

For months, Trump has been priming his base to believe that Joe Biden and the Democrats are planning to steal the election from him. Trump does not need to provide any evidence for this because he understands his base and political allies will either believe it or dutifully repeat his talking points. While doing this, Trump and the GOP are making concrete plans to steal the election themselves. Reported the Washington Post:

In truth, the real fraud occurring around the 2020 election is being committed by Trump and his allies, not through individual acts of malfeasance but on a nationwide scale. This type of election fraud is not about adding fake voters. Rather, it’s about subtracting real voters by using false claims of voter fraud to bar millions of eligible voters from the polls. And unlike the types of election misconduct the president likes to tweet about, the type of election misconduct he and members of his party engage in really do affect the vote tallies in — and at times, the outcomes of — our elections. How exactly do they do this? They create draconian policies to combat non-existent voter fraud and systematically purge voters: In the 21st century, Republican politicians have vastly expanded the scope of their “fraud-fighting” measures. No longer content with trying to make it harder to register, McConnell and his allies are eagerly invalidating the ballots of eligible, registered voters as well. One of the most effective tools for affecting election outcomes in the name of fighting fraud has been the voter purge. A purge is essentially a voter-registration drive in reverse: where the former adds people to the voter rolls, the latter removes them. Proponents of purges argue that they’re removing the names of dead or relocated voters, thus making voter impersonation more difficult. In fact, while there’s no evidence of elections being swung by untidy lists, there is clear evidence that eligible voters are being deregistered at alarming rates, with evidence-free worry over voter fraud being used as a pretext.


In Trump’s America, Republicans don’t have to bother hiding their corruption. The parallel reality Trump means Republicans can rig the election by pretending Democrats are the ones doing it. This disgusting ruse is made possible by Trump’s iron grip over the party and the complete breakdown of the nation’s system of checks and balances.

Republicans have wrecked America...............


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Parliament-Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove - 11/6/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Official)






BREAKING Tempe train fire: Bridge collapses after huge inferno engulfs carriages

Footage shows the sky turning black with smoke over Tempe Town Lake, Arizona. The bridge has collapsed and firefighters are at the scene desperately trying to put out the blaze

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-tempe-train-fire-bridge-22436999#source=breaking-news



Cognitive Dissonance. We found the IQ test Trump took that proves he is a genius. Take it and see if

you pass!

https://thebanter.substack.com/p/cognitive-dissonance



Recently, Donald Trump took a cognitive test and apparently came out with flying colors. While we know virtually nothing about the content of the test, how much time the President was given to take it, who might have helped him cheat, or the President’s final score, we do know that Donald J. Trump has a huge brain. It is that same huge brain that can easily navigate its way through events and circumstances that would daunt most Nobel Prize laureates. In this world, intelligence goes far beyond what you know. Intelligence includes what you know you don’t need to know, what you can fake knowing, what you can deny knowing, and what—whether true or false—you can convince others to believe. In those terms, Donald Trump’s intelligence is the bigliest in human history, and by a lot. Fortunately, a friend of ours hacked the less than perfectly secure White House server, found the test and has agreed to share it. We think you’ll concur it was the hardest exam ever given, that only one person on earth or the other planets could have passed it, and in no way whatsoever was it doctored to avoid the President’s cognitive deficiencies.



1. If you are a 45-year-old developer and flat broke, your next step is to:

a) Sell your soul to Russian oligarchs.

b) Borrow laundered money from Deutsche Bank.

c) Slap your name on a crappy cologne.

d) All of the above.


2. How many members of a condo board do you have to bribe?

a) Half the total plus one.

b) The black ones.

c) The ones with kids.

d) Michael Cohen used to handle that.


3. What is the one thing in life you just can’t have?

a) Divorces

b) Foreclosures

c) Bankruptcies

d) Witnesses


4. If you have a chance to assault two equally hot women, you should:

a) Go for the younger one.

b) Go for the poorer one.

c) Go for the unarmed one.

d) Make your move and deny, deny, deny.


5. How many sides in a triangle?

a) One

b) Two

c) Three

d) Four


6. If you are $100 million in the red on a construction project, you should:

a) Stiff the subcontractors, declare bankruptcy, and reopen under a new corporate entity.

b) Renegotiate mortgages with multiple banks.

c) Take out a mob loan against future services rendered.

d) Run for President.


7. How do you count the attendance at a presidential inauguration?

a) Take an aerial photo and estimate using artificial intelligence.

b) With your finger.

c) Take CNN count and multiply by two.

d) Take Obama total and multiply by three.


8. A valid reason for pardoning someone is:

a) They are talking to DOJ Southern District of New York.

b) They know where the bodies are buried.

c) They have the golden shower photos.

d) Mr. Putin told me to do it.

e) All of the above.


9. If you are caught red handed extorting Ukraine, you should:

a) Deny, deny, deny

b) Blackball Alexander Vindman

c) Blackball Marie Yovanovitch

d) Call Rudy

e) All of the above


10. When we say someone is “going to go through some things,” we are saying:

a) She’s going to lose her job.

b) She’s going to receive numerous death threats from QAnon followers.

c) She’s going to lose her security clearance.

d) We’re going to spread rumors she’s communist, transgender, and a spy and see what sticks.

e) All of the above.


11. How many commandments in the Ten Commandments?.................................

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The fascist, totalitarian Republicans trying to paint the Democrats as the thugs is gaslighting at

an Olympian level.

Rethugs and MAGAt types in general use brute force in a myriad number of guises to terrorise millions of people, millions of times a year, from the most intimate one on one level (example: beat down wifey, bloody her up a bit, cuz you hate your shitty little life and she slipped a millimetre off her god-given leash) to nationwide power plays, at every level and utilising every evil, both as inspiration and then execution.

I Went On Vacation To Trump Country And It Was Worse Than I Thought

We figured it couldn’t be that bad. Yeah...

https://thebanter.substack.com/p/i-went-on-vacation-to-trump-country



Last summer, my extended family and I (Deb and the kids, Claudia and Lila), took our first family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge and it was awesome. The kids had a great time. The adults had a great time. It was a lot of fun and low stress. Not every family vacations well together but we do and we were immediately excited for our next summer vacation. We were going to rent a cabin down in the Outer Banks one summer. We were going to go up to New York City and show the kids the sites another. We were going to go to Disney. Finally! We’ve all been dreaming of taking the kids to Disney for years but didn’t have the money and we would, at long last, be able to go. And then the coronavirus nuked the entire summer. We had actually made plans to go to NYC at the end of June, right after school ended and before it got too hot. We were going to go to the Statue of Liberty, the top of the Empire State Building, see a Broadway play, visit some family, eat a lot of NYC food, it was going to be a rather busy week. We might have needed a vacation from our vacation. But, no. We’ve been stuck mostly indoors for months. So when Claudia mentioned going to see the Natural Bridge here in Virginia, we said, “Pack your bags! We’re going!” We figured it couldn’t be that bad. Yeah...

Deep In The Heart Of Trump Humper Country

Claudia had warned me that we were heading deep into Trump country. Natural Bridge (it’s both a town and a landmark) is well into the Shenandoah Valley area, about a three and a half hour drive from where I live in Alexandria. If you have not had the chance to visit Shenandoah Valley, you should. It’s lovely; especially in the Fall when the trees turn into a parade of colors. A little less lovely was the number of Trump/Pence 2020 signs peppering the lawns of pretty much every other house as we drew near our destination. Curiously, I didn’t see a lot of bumper stickers but I also didn’t see a lot of cars, either. I also didn’t see a single MAGA hat the entire time we were there. This lends some support to my pet theory that MAGA hats are performative. People only wear them to get a reaction. If you’re in a town where 90% of your neighbors are also devoted Trumpers, why bother announcing it? It’s one thing to have a yard sign for traffic passing through the city, but walking around town? Meh. Not so much. Speaking of the town, Natural Bridge and the town next to it, Glasgow, are quite small. Between the two, the population is about 2600. By way of comparison, the three elementary schools within four blocks of my apartment have about 2000 students. If you add the middle school a few blocks further, we have a larger population of school kids under the age of 14 within a mile of us than the entire population of both towns together. So, not heavily populated. And yet, it’s towns just like this that are the most at risk. Sure, they don’t have the population density of a New York City or Houston or Los Anglees, but they also don’t have the resources to deal with an outbreak. Worse, the political attitude of the MAGAs all but guarantee the spread of Covid-19. And that’s exactly what we saw while we were there.

Natural Wonder And Manmade Stupidity



First, when all of this is over and the coronavirus is under control, definitely go see the Natural Bridge. It is goddamn amazing. Also walk the trail under it that leads to the waterfall. It’s a nice ¾ mile walk and a lot of beautiful scenery. I would post pictures but, frankly, they don’t do it justice. Fortunately, the Bridge and trail were not heavily trafficked so we were able to have our masks off most of the time. We only put them on when we talked to the people working the concession booth and when we got to the waterfall, which was a small cul-de-sac with a group of people. On the other hand, we took a tour of the nearby caverns and that didn’t go quite as well. When we arrived at the caverns, a sign said that tours would be half capacity due to Covid concerns and everyone had to wear masks. Only one of those things turned out to be true. If you have not had the opportunity to go on a cavern tour, put it on your bucket list. Especially if you have kids. They’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen and well worth the effort. Usually. The caverns at Natural Bridge were a bit...underwhelming. They weren’t boring per se, they just weren’t as good as the other caverns I had been to. To be fair, the Luray and Skyline Caverns are magnificent so what are you going to do? If you’re considering touring all the caverns in Virginia, Natural Bridge is one of the ones you start with and work your way up to Luray, which is the top of the line. But the caverns being kind of eh wasn’t the problem. They were kind of small. And that turned into an issue very quickly. When the group started down the path into the caverns, we had no way of knowing what a full size or half size group looked like.

The Luray Caverns are quite large and a group our size (about 20 of us) would have enough room to spread out. That was not the case in Natural Caverns. There, even in the larger areas, we were mostly forced to be within a foot or so of each other. In the smaller rooms, we were shoulder to shoulder. It was a fucking nightmare. I haven’t been in a crowd of people in an enclosed space since before the pandemic started and thank god no Trump humping asshole decided to make a scene about his “freedumbs” and wearing a mask. Still, even with masks, being that close to so many people indoors was horrifying. There was absolutely no way the group was half sized because a group twice the size could not possibly have fit. Basically, the people who run the caverns chose profit over safety. Lovely. Things didn’t get any better when we got to the hotel. Despite a sign on the door asking all guests to wear masks, maybe one or two were. There was a wedding or some such event taking place and none of the 20-somethings in their dresses and suits were wearing a mask while they gathered close together. But that wasn’t the part that really made us want to run screaming from the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center. No, that was the fact that literally not one single member of the staff was wearing one, either. Welcome to Trump Humper country.

This had to be a combination of two things. One, wearing a mask opens you up to abuse by guests. Debbie went down to the dining room in the morning to pick up our breakfast because we surely were not going to eat down there. We assumed it would be packed with people, none of whom would be social distancing, and we were right. But while she was waiting for our take out, one of the Trump Humpers couldn’t stop himself from demanding to know why she was wearing a mask. He did this because, at the very core of their being Trumpers are bullies and he saw a woman standing by herself. Imagine what they would do to a hotel worker who, fearing for their job, would be forced to smile (behind a mask) and remain polite? The second thing is that, this far into Trump Humper country, people simply don’t believe in wearing masks because something something George Soros, Bill Gates, and Qanon. Between Fox News, OANN, and Sinclair spewing anti-science propaganda to support Trump’s talking points, social media allowing crap like Plandemic to spread to millions, and Republican governors openly fighting against masks, taking basic precautions has become political. As in, if you do it, you must hate Trump, manliness, and ‘Murika. What are you, some kind of Commie sissy boy? One wonders if any of the hotel workers have insurance. Virginia is not currently a hot spot but keep having weddings without masks or a care in the world and it won’t matter how rural or loyal to Trump that part of the state is, sooner or later, the Red Death comes like a thief in the night. There were a lot of other issues with the hotel (nice view from the balcony but, seriously, stay somewhere else) but that’s not relevant to this article. What is relevant is just how much being in Trump country impacted our trip.

It Really Shouldn’t Have Made A Difference. But It Did

I’ve been to deep red parts of the country before and it didn’t matter. Even after Trump was elected, I’ve been out to the Skyline Caverns in Shenandoah Valley and down to Williamsburg. I’ve been out in the middle of absolutely nowhere to visit my aunt in North Carolina. And when I say “nowhere,” I mean it. A mile from her house, my GPS stopped working. Not because I didn’t have a signal, but because the roads weren’t on the map. But over the last four years, it’s been harder and harder to ignore the growing violence and insanity of white Republican voters. A couple of them almost attacked my son here in deep blue Alexandria. I was not even slightly surprised that one verbally accosted my wife in deep red Rockbridge County. If I had had a Biden 2020 bumper sticker on my car, a flat tire in the morning would not have been much of a shock. As much as I tried to relax and enjoy spending time with my family, it was impossible to forget that I was, almost literally, in enemy territory; surrounded by people who actively wish me and mine harm. Did I expect them to drag us away in the middle of the night? No. But these are the same people cheering on Trump’s secret police illegally snatching people off the street in Portland. Would they personally put us on the cattle cars in a few years? Doubtful. But they would absolutely applaud as the trains passed through their town on the way to the gas chambers. Not every German wore a swastika, carried a gun, or personally murdered a Jew. But millions of them were more than happy to support the government carrying out atrocities in their name. Those were the people around us and it doesn’t matter how hard you want to believe otherwise. The signs in their yards tell you how eager they are to vote for the man who promises to bring white nationalist fascism to America. I think maybe I’ll steer clear of Trump country until Trump is a fading memory and the blood rage has burned itself out. There’s plenty of other parts of the country to visit where I won’t have to worry about an angry white Republican voter targeting my family because OANN told him we’re to blame for his shitty, hate-filled life.

1177 BC: The Year Civilisation Collapsed



A Judge Won't Force Federal Officers In Portland To Identify Themselves When Making Arrests

The judge found the Oregon attorney general’s office could not bring a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the federal presence in Portland.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/portland-federal-officers-judge-ruling-identify



WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday denied a request by the Oregon attorney general’s office for an order that would require federal law enforcement officers in Portland to identify themselves when making arrests and place limits on the detention and arrests of protesters. US District Judge Michael Mosman found that state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum lacked standing to bring a lawsuit on behalf of Oregon residents because her office hadn’t articulated any specific state interest beyond the constitutional rights of individuals.

Rosenblum’s office filed one of multiple pending lawsuits in federal court challenging the Trump administration’s deployment of federal officers, largely from agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, to Portland. Rosenblum’s complaint accuses federal officers of violating the constitutional rights of Oregonians, citing reports that individuals have been picked up off the street and detained without probable cause. The offices of the inspector general for the departments of Homeland Security and Justice announced this week that they are investigating the actions by federal law enforcement officers in Portland.

Mosman's ruling came one day after another federal judge in Portland, US District Judge Michael Simon, granted an order restricting the activities of federal officers. Simon entered a temporary restraining order on Thursday that bars federal officers from arresting or using force specifically against journalists and legal observers at demonstrations unless there is probable cause that they committed a crime. Simon also ruled that clearly marked journalists and legal observers did not have to follow dispersal orders, writing that journalists are present to report on whether authorities are acting within the law. "Without journalists and legal observers, there is only the government's side of the story to explain why a 'riot' was declared and the public streets were 'closed' and whether law enforcement acted properly in effectuating that order," Simon wrote.

Rosenblum’s office asked Mosman to also enter an immediate order, while the case is pending, that would bar federal law enforcement officers from making arrests or detaining people without probable cause or a warrant, and require federal officers who do make arrests to identify themselves and explain the reason. The Justice Department argued that the state of Oregon lacked standing to bring constitutional claims on behalf of its citizens because the state hadn’t alleged any specific threat to its interests that were separate from those of private individuals. The government also disputed that any Oregonian’s constitutional rights had been violated. In response to a viral video that showed two officers wearing military-style uniforms that lacked identification forcibly escorting a man into an unmarked van, Customs and Border Protection said it suspected the man had been involved in assaults on federal agents or property. The man in the video, Mark Pettibone, said he was not told why he was arrested and wasn’t given any paperwork when he was released.

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https://twitter.com/sparrowmedia/status/1283436911307218948

WaPo OpEd : Trump is setting us up for an Election Day nightmare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-setting-us-up-for-an-election-day-nightmare/2020/07/23/559183b4-cd22-11ea-b0e3-d55bda07d66a_story.html



We should not be shocked by President Trump’s admission, in an interview this week with Chris Wallace, that he might not accept the results of the November election. After all, he said that before the 2016 election as well. Yet the situation now is far more dangerous. For months, Trump has been unleashing forces that, come November, could cause tens of millions of Americans to be convinced the election was rigged. Even if Trump leaves office in January — voluntarily or not — he will likely leave behind a political climate that verges on civil war. Trump is an avid fan of conspiracy theories. His political rise began with one — the notion that Barack Obama was born in Kenyaand he has embraced the most noxious peddler of falsehoods, Alex Jones. Trump and his associates have been stoking the QAnon movement, which imagines a battle between the president and a “deep state” of high-ranking officials and liberal elites who practice child torture and satanic worship. All these instincts are now being channeled into one idea, one great conspiracy: that the November vote will be rigged.

Some take comfort from the polls, believing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win with a large enough margin to make all these concerns irrelevant. Maybe. But it is also quite possible things will get very messy. The polls might prove even less useful this year than they were in 2016. Assuming we are still in the midst of a pandemic raging across the country, all 50 states will have instituted new measures related to voting, from social distancing rules to mail-in ballots. These will vary widely from state to state. Norm Ornstein writes in the Atlantic, “The combination of fewer polling places because of the pandemic, the need to space out voters in lines, and fewer poll workers could turn November 3 into a disaster that spirals into January.” Imagine that on the night of Nov. 3, backed-up polling sites turn away voters and several states have large enough stacks of mail-in ballots that they cannot announce their results immediately (somewhat like the Iowa caucuses debacle). Imagine that some procedures or ballots are contested. Imagine that this ends up in courts around the country.

By Dec. 8, each state is supposed to decide which party’s slate of electors will cast that state’s electoral votes, reflecting the official ballot tally. But what if that tally is unclear or disputed? “For years, people have worried about the problem of faithless electors, but the real problem this fall might be confusion and delay,” said Jared Cohen, the author of “Accidental Presidents.” He points out that the 2020 election could prove to be a toxic combination of the elections of 1876 and 2000. In 1876, four states faced serious allegations of irregularities or fraud, and the situation was resolved by a backroom deal. In 2000, a dispute over Florida’s ballots led the Supreme Court to intervene (in an unprecedented and highly controversial move), settling the election in favor of George W. Bush. What happens this fall will take place in the midst of the most polarized political climate in a century and with the hyper-accelerant of social media. Now add to this scenario the most worrisome element: the conspiracy theorists who have already been peddling fear and suspicion of the establishment, and specifically warning that the election will be rigged. If Trump’s prospects worsen as November approaches, his attacks are likely to get more outlandish.

He has already claimed in the past that large numbers of undocumented immigrants, out-of-state residents and dead people were voting for the Democrats. He recently insisted there is “ZERO” chance “Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent” because “Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged.” He says foreign countries will print counterfeit mail-in ballots by the millions. None of these charges are backed up with proof. Americans like conspiracy theories. Theirs is a country suspicious of centralized power, and these theories help people make sense of the world. People dislike the idea of chaos and chance, preferring to see patterns, causes — and villains. This tendency exists on the left as well, whether it’s Oliver Stone’s portrayal of the JFK assassination or the belief that Russia hacked into voting machines in 2016 and changed the tallies. But there is an important difference between the 2020 candidates: Trump revels in conspiracy theories; Biden does not. One of America’s greatest legacies to the world has been the peaceful transfer of political power. When John Adams left the White House in 1801 and Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as his successor, it marked the first time in modern history that power changed hands between two rival parties competing in an election. It is that precious legacy that Trump is endangering with his conspiracy-mongering about rigged elections.

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NYT : C.D.C. Calls on Schools to Reopen, Downplaying Health Risks

The agency’s statement followed earlier criticism from President Trump that its guidelines for reopening were too “tough.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/health/cdc-schools-coronavirus.html



WASHINGTON — The nation’s top public health agency issued a full-throated call to reopen schools in a statement that aligned with President Trump’s pressure on communities, listing numerous benefits for children of being in school and downplaying the potential health risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the statement, along with new “resources and tools,” Thursday evening, two weeks after Mr. Trump criticized its earlier recommendations on school reopenings as “very tough and expensive,” ratcheting up what was already an anguished national debate over how soon students and teachers should return to classrooms.

“Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets — our children — while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families,” the agency’s new statement said.

Mr. Trump, sinking in the polls and pummeled with criticism over his handling of the pandemic, sees reopening the nation’s schools this fall as crucial to reinvigorating the economy and to his re-election. While many public health experts and pediatricians agree that returning children to classrooms is critically important, they warn that it has to be done cautiously, with a plan based on scientific evidence. Many, along with teachers’ unions, have accused the president of putting children and the adults who supervise them at school at risk by politicizing the subject.

The new package of C.D.C. materials began with a statement titled “The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools This Fall” that repeatedly described children as being at low risk for being infected by or transmitting the virus, even though the science on both aspects is far from settled.

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