Links 8/1/2020

Fox found with impressive shoe collection in Berlin BBC
Seth Klarman Says Fed Is Infantilizing Investors in ‘Surreal’ Market Bloomberg
Fitch cuts US outlook as federal deficit climbs FT
Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight Matt Stoller, Guardian
I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible. NYT
Australia now has a template for forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news Ars Technica (KW).
Florida Teenager Is Charged as ‘Mastermind’ of Twitter Hack NYT. Wait ’til they get all their college curricula digitally on Zoom….
#COVID19

Estimating Global Epidemiology of Low-Pathogenic Human Coronaviruses in Relation to the COVID-19 Context Journal of Infectious Diseases (via). Correspondence: “Monto et al have nicely presented the of the identified cases in Michigan according to the 4 LPH-CoV types [3]. We performed similar analyses by pooling 5 studies with relevant data, and all these studies were from countries in the northern hemisphere. We confirmed their findings that more cases were detected in the winter season (Figure 1C). However, we are cautious about the interpretation of these seasonal distribution data (Figure 1C) [3] because they only specified the identified cases and not the rate of infection, as the total number of tested cases in each month was not given. More importantly, whether SARS-CoV-2 will develop into a seasonal and/or endemic virus only time will tell.” But see also Reply to Li et al from the same source: “To enable valid comparisons, meta-analyses necessitate careful scrutiny of eligibility criteria to ensure standardization of study design, including case definitions and denominator data, the period of observation, and stratification or adjustment by age and illness severity. Li et al [1] have not described their study inclusion and exclusion criteria. Hence, it is not possible to examine the validity of their pooled estimates.”
What are coronavirus risks from riding trains? A new Chinese study analyses passenger data South China Morning Post
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‘A huge experiment’: How the world made so much progress on a Covid-19 vaccine so fast STAT
Bill Gates: We will have a coronavirus vaccine, but the disease will keep coming back if there’s a US ‘leadership vacuum’ Business Insider
AstraZeneca to be exempt from coronavirus vaccine liability claims in most countries Reuters. Handy!
Reflections on the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccination Program Emerging Infectious Diseases (ED). From 2006, still germane.
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L.A. County’s tracing team repeatedly failed to detect coronavirus outbreaks at workplaces Los Angeles Times. “Many of those getting sick are low-wage workers who fear financial ruin if they stop working and are too afraid of retaliation to report unsafe work conditions.”
‘Mini surge’ of coronavirus among Greenwich teens blamed on house parties The Hill. “Contact tracers say they have had difficulty finding teenagers who will admit they were at any of the parties, making it harder to keep the virus in check.”
More than a quarter of Victoria coronavirus patients not at home when doorknocked by ADF ABC Australia
Florida Man Arrested For Enforcing Social Distancing By Firing Shots In Hotel Lobby Jonathan Turley. Wouldn’t “stand your ground” laws cover this?
COVID-19 Hospital Data System That Bypasses CDC Plagued By Delays, Inaccuracies NPR. Before we get too worried, remember that a key CDC technology was fax, and there has been no national, standard digital process for data submission (granted, I have priors).
China?

China says Hong Kong election delay ‘necessary and reasonable’ Channel News Asia. Xi [musical interlude].
Hong Kong’s top public prosecutor quits, says he was cut out of new national security cases Reuters
Police order journalists from five media platforms to leave press conference Hong Kong Free Press
$17 Billion China-Backed Subsea Baltic Tunnel Is Set Back Bloomberg
India

Scheduled international flights suspended till August 31; travel bubbles with more countries soon Times of India
The Koreas

(LEAD) Shincheonji leader arrested on charges of obstructing anti-virus response Yon Hap News Agency
UK/EU

37.8C=100.04°F. Equatorial! From alert reader Clive:

Today’s 37.8 °C at Heathrow makes it the UK’s 3rd hottest day on record pic.twitter.com/0DCF04DXRs
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 31, 2020

Maybe flipping the Atlantic Conveyer wouldn’t be such a bad thing. at least for the UK.
New Cold War

Election Spotlight: Russia Council on Foreign Relations
Pompeo Says U.S. Will ‘Do Everything’ To Stop Nord Stream 2 Project Radio Free Europe
Exclusive: White House to lure U.S. firms to Latam from Asia in nearshoring drive, senior adviser says Reuters. Important!
Media Cover for US Clients’ Covid Catastrophes in Peru, Ecuador and Chile FAIR
Trump Transition

Stimulus negotiations latest: The Senate’s not in town as $600 unemployment benefits are set to expire CNN
Trump threatens to ban TikTok from operating in the U.S. USA Today. I would rather have China steal my data, because what can they do with it? Also, isn’t TikTok Vine, and didn’t Jack Dorsey deep six Vine? Anyhow, if TikTok goes, where will we go for content like this (dk):

“Pets lower your blood pressure” pic.twitter.com/I0e0ptjWjy
— bare minimum ben (@fleur_de_livres) July 31, 2020

Not DFC’s Best Kodak Moment: Five Questions About the Development Agency’s First Domestic Investment Center for Global Development
How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air” Vanity Fair
2020

Burn the Republican Party Down? Peggy Noonan
Council to the rescue for President Trump Page Six
Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign Foreign Policy. Read all the way to the end.
Two Economic Ideas for Biden Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect
Most Loved Brands 2020 Morning Consult. Note #1.
Obama Legacy

Bill Clinton credits Barack Obama for Super Tuesday’s “Night of the Long Knives” at 0:15:

for some WEIRD reason its almost impossible to find this clip of Bill Clinton today *explicitly* making it clear that Clyburn & Obama + DNC Establishment coalesced to destroy Bernie Sanders. They’ve been saying it’s a ranting raving conspiracy theory. He straight up says it. pic.twitter.com/zDQn93UxId
— Daniel Riley (@DRstweets) July 31, 2020

Clinton looks bad, like Dorian Gray after he stabbed his portrait.
Barack Obama Storms Out Of Michelle Obama Podcast Interview After Questions About Administration’s Drone Use The Onion
Health Care

It’s the healthcare system, stupid Thomas Frank, Le Monde Diplomatique. This is a must-read. (Le Monde is, I believe, French. That Frank got blackballed after Listen, Liberal! implies, at the very least, the necessity of a hermenutic of suspicion for those who continue to be allowed to publish.)
Frank comments:

There’ve been so many stories about populism v covid that I started wondering, what would a populist healthcare system actually look like? The answer makes you rethink the total credulity toward experts/professionals that is urged upon us these days.https://t.co/AuOOkwY04w
— Thomas Frank (@thomasfrank_) July 30, 2020

But how can professionals tell us “Noble Lies” if we aren’t credulous? Think, Tom!
How To Pretend That You Are Smart Current Affairs
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Unsealed Epstein documents detail alleged abuse by Ghislaine Maxwell The Hill. The “trove” nobody is talking about is Epstein’s video. All agree Epstein’s homes were wired and that recordings were taken during the festivities. Not to go all CT, and don’t you either, but given Epstein’s Rolodex and flight logs, these videos are almost certainly high-grade intelligence and unlikely not to have been convered into power. The press seems curiously silent on this point, preferring the focus on the foibles — granted quelle foibles — of the individual actors. Odd.
Our Famously Free Press

When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media Caitlin Johnstone
Different from editing, apparently:

Get it right from the beginning: sensitivity reads should happen at the beginning of the publication process, with compensation for those who do them. (6/8)
— NYTimesGuild (@NYTimesGuild) July 31, 2020

No copy editing, but sensitivity reads. Not to mention RussiaGate. That is where we are at the Times.
The psychology of misinformation: How to prevent it First Draft (TPH).
The Prophecies of Q The Atlantic. Symbol manipulation for the uncredentialled and disempowered?
‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,’ Better Known as UFOs, Deserve Scientific Investigation Scientific American
Police State Watch

From 9/11 to Portland, it was inevitable ‘Homeland Security’ would be turned on the American people Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer
Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers – and the results are surprising Wave3
Protests

How Portland became nation’s hotbed for clashes between protesters and federal agents ABC
Class Warfare

Is the National Day of Action for Safe Schools (Aug. 3) a Precursor to a Nationwide Teacher Strike? Ed Notes Online
Why we need to talk about caste in America FT
If “Cancel Culture” Is About Getting Fired, Let’s Cancel At-Will Employment In These Times
Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim Smithsonian
Man who lost penis to blood infection has new one built on his arm NY Post
My Cat Wanted to Blog, So I Let Him Write This One Gizmodo
Antidote du jour (via):

No time for tears!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour
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Fact check: High COVID-19 rates in countries where women wear niqabs don’t prove face coverings are ineffective – Reuters

Posts shared online falsely imply that high numbers of COVID-19 cases in countries where Muslim women wear niqabs are evidence that face coverings are ineffective at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Reuters Fact Check. REUTERS/Axel SchmidtPosts sharing the claim can be seen here , here and here . The posts list numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and India, all of which are in the hundreds of thousands. (It is not clear when these figures data from, but they are all well below current totals. The World Health Organization’s total number of cases for India, at 1,583,792 as of July 30 (covid19.who.int/) is more than 2.5 times higher than the number given in the post.) Below this is a photograph of women wearing the niqab, a full-face Islamic veil, alongside text that reads: “Worn face coverings their entire life…And still reported to have covid-19. Think People Think”. Linking the coronavirus infection rates of these countries to the niqab is misleading for several reasons. According to the Pew Research Center ( here ), Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia all have Muslim populations of 96% or above. In India, however, only around 14.2% of the population was listed as Muslim in the 2011 census ( here ). The post also fails to address the fact that niqabs are traditionally only worn by women, meaning those who wear the veil would account for around half the Muslim population at most. This figure is further diluted because not all Muslim women choose to wear niqabs or other face coverings like burqas. A 2013 study found that only 2% of Turkish respondents said that a niqab was an appropriate garment for women to wear in public, though this figure rose to 32% in Pakistan and to 63% in Saudi Arabia (see pages 56-57 tinyurl.com/y4quafah ). For all these reasons, it is misleading to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of face coverings in combating COVID-19 based on the idea that people in certain countries have “worn face coverings their entire life”. The World Health Organization has been recommending since June ( here ) that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19 to help reduce the spread of the disease. The WHO and other authorities stress, however, that face coverings are not a substitute for other measures such as social distancing ( here ). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a mask “may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others” ( here ). VERDICT False. High rates of coronavirus in countries where the niqab is worn do not prove that face coverings are ineffective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .
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FACTBOX-High-frequency data sources for tracking the U.S. pandemic economy – Reuters

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) – Policymakers, economists and investors are turning increasingly to so-called high-frequency data to get a more timely snapshot of the U.S. economy during the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic than traditional monthly and quarterly indicators can provide. These run the gamut from long-established government reports such as the Labor Department’s weekly unemployment benefits figures to new privately sourced analyses of retail foot traffic from mobile phone tracking data and shifts worked at small business derived from payroll service providers. After showing improvement in activity in May and early June, many of these now show signs of a stalling recovery from the recession triggered by COVID-19 starting in February. James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics, said: “Recently, as we’re looking to the economy reopening, there are some signs that the upsurge in cases in several states is leading to a bit of a slowdown in activity.” Here are some of the sources: * The U.S. Department of Labor’s Weekly Jobless Claims here report, published every Thursday morning, has long been viewed as the most timely official data on the state of U.S. employment. * Alternative views on what’s happening with employment are available from time management firms Homebase joinhomebase.com/data and Kronos here which shed light on information such as the number of workers on the job and numbers of shifts worked. * Mobility reports from Alphabet Inc’s Google here and Apple www.apple.com/covid19/mobility Inc show how much people are moving around in different communities as lockdowns ease or are reimposed. * Data analytics firms Unacast here and Safegraph here offer even more granular information on foot traffic at retailers and other commercial destinations. * The restaurant booking site OpenTable here also offers a view of activity at restaurants. * For keeping track of trends on travel, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides Checkpoint travel numbers here * A number of the 12 regional banks in the Federal Reserve system have devised activity indexes of their own. The New York Fed, for instance, uses 10 different data series ranging from weekly jobless claims to steel production to produce its own Weekly Economic Index here * Opportunity Insights’ Economic Tracker https://www.tracktherecovery.org, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Brown University, combines anonymized data from private companies, including credit card processors and payroll firms, to provide a real-time picture of employment rates, consumer spending, and job postings across counties, industries, and income groups. * A number of investment and economic research firms have formulated their own activity indexes. The Oxford Economics Recovery Tracker here for example, takes into account financial conditions and health metrics as well as indicators of employment and demand. * For insight on the spread of COVID-19 itself, John Hopkins University’s Tracking Project coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map keeps tabs on daily U.S. county-level data on testing, population, infection rate, and hospital capacity. * And the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Protect Public Data Hub https://protect-public.hhs.gov provides COVID-19 information from non-government datasets collected by academia, non-profit organizations, industry, hospitals, and facilities reporting from all 50 states and territories. (Reporting by John McCrank; Additional reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
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Kurnool, Anantapur report eight deaths each

Authorities focus on setting up more COVID care facilities

Passengers seated in an APSRTC bus travelling from Anantapur to Kurnool on Thursday.
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R.V.S. Prasad

Authorities focus on setting up more COVID care facilities

Anantapur and Kurnool districts registered 954 and 1,252 new COVID-19 positive cases, while eight persons each succumbed to the virus in both the districts during the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. on Thursday. The total number ofi deaths n Anantapur and Kurnool now stands at 105 and 187 respectively.This sharp rise in cases for the past 10 days has prompted the district administrations to set up more COVID care centres and arrange for more beds with oxygen and ventilator support in hospitals.‘Provide beds within 30 minutes’Kurnool Collector G. Veerapandian has instructed the superintendents of all the designated COVID hospitals to admit the positive patients within 30 minutes of their request. On Thursday, 47 patients were discharged in Kurnool district and 385 in Anantapur.The tally in Anantapur has gone up to 13,312, with 7435 active cases, while the same for Kurnool stands at 15,723, with 7926 active cases. In Anantapur, the Cancer Care Centre is being converted into a COVID care centre-cum-hospital. Collector Gandham Chandrudu and Joint Collector Attada Siri visited the centre to oversee the preparations. The Collector interacted with medical staff and patients at Hindupur Government Hospital on Thursday afternoon.Some patients have reportedly died owing to the delay in admitting them to hospitals or COVID care centres last week. Facility for non-COVID patientsMeanwhile, Ananthapur Urban MLA Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, who had visited the COVID19 wards in the GGH, has urged the district administration to pay more attention to the non-COVID19 patients and create a separate facility for them in view of the conversion of the GGH into a full-fledged COVID-19 hospital.“The super speciality hospital, which is expected to function partially soon, can be exclusively set aside for non-COVID cases,” he said. The MLA said it was time recruitment of doctors and paramedical staff be fast-tracked to deal with the issues pertaining to staff shortage in hospitals.

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BRIEF-Merlin Says Will Only Consider Buybacks If There Is Excess Cash, But Could Be An Option As Share Is Trading At A Discount – Reuters

July 30 (Reuters) – Spain’s Merlin Properties: * CEO ISMAEL CLEMENTE SAYS WILL HAVE NEW PARTIAL RELIEF POLICY AVAILABLE FOR TENANTS TO COVER POST-COVID19 TRADING PERIOD * WE ESTIMATE TOTAL EFFECT OF NEW PARTIAL RELIEF POLICY AND EVENTUAL MORATORIA FOR OFFICE/LOGISTICS CLIENTS AT 65-70 MILLION EUROS IN 2020 * NEW POST-COVID PARTIAL RELIEF POLICY COULD AFFECT 12.5%-13.5% OF OUR GROSS RENT * BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL REDUCE TOTAL COMPENSATION BY 25% IN 2020, SAVING AROUND 11 MILLION EUROS AND SOFTENING FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF DRAWDOWN * CIO DAVID BRUSH SAYS WILL ONLY CONSIDER BUYBACKS IF THERE IS EXCESS CASH, BUT COULD BE AN OPTION AS SHARE IS TRADING AT A DISCOUNT * WILL SET HIGH ROI THRESHOLD FOR ANY NEW CAPITAL PROJECTS, GIVEN CURRENT SHARE PRICE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: [ ] (Reporting by Madrid Newsroom)
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Rep. Jackie Speier Says Covid Positive Gohmert Still a Risk, He Sleeps in His Office

Rep. Jackie Speier
COVID Positive Rep. Gohmert Still a Risk to Congress …
He Sleeps in His Office

7/30/2020 6:28 AM PT

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TMZ.com

Congresswoman Jackie Speier says Congressman Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for COVID-19, is still a clear and present danger to Congress, because he lives in his congressional office, just like more than 100 of his colleagues.
Rep. Speier tells TMZ, Gohmert was reckless all the way, saying he went to the House gym even after he learned he was positive for the virus, putting others at risk. Side note — interesting the House gym is still open, given that gyms around the country are closed because of COVID.
Speier went on to say Gohmert is now stuck in D.C. … he certainly can’t fly with the virus, and he doesn’t have a home in the Nation’s capitol, so he sleeps in the Capitol, in his office.
The Congresswoman worries about all the folks who are in contact with him, from other members to staff, to the janitorial crew. She thinks it’s ridiculous more than 100 members use their offices as their home. Many members choose to live in their offices because it’s too expensive to maintain both a home in their district and in Washington.

Gohmert had been an anti-masker for months, appearing on the House floor without a mask. There are even reports members of his staff were berated for daring to wear masks. He also made a ridiculous claim that messing with the mask on his face may have exposed him to the virus.

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Trump suggests delaying November U.S. presidential election – Reuters UK

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the idea of delaying the Nov. 3 U.S. elections, an idea immediately rejected by both Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress – the sole branch of government with the authority to make such a change. Critics and even Trump’s allies dismissed the notion as an unserious attempt to distract from devastating economic news, but some legal experts warned that his repeated attacks could undermine his supporters’ faith in the election process. Trump’s statement on Twitter comes as the United States is enduring the greatest crises of a generation: a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 150,000 lives, a crippling recession sparked by the outbreak and nationwide protests against police violence and racism. On Thursday morning, the government reported the worst U.S. economic contraction since the Great Depression: 32.9% in the second quarter. Trump, who opinion polls show trailing Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, said he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting – a measure that many observers see as critical given the coronavirus pandemic. Without evidence, he claimed that mail voting would be rife with fraud. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” The United States has held elections for more than 200 years, including during the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars. Article II of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to set the timing of elections, and the 20th Amendment ends a president and vice president’s term in office on the Jan. 20 following a general election. Multiple congressional Republicans – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top House of Representatives Republican Kevin McCarthy – rejected the idea. “Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election,” said McCarthy. Democratic U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the House committee overseeing election security, rejected any delay. “Under no circumstances will we consider doing so to accommodate the President’s inept and haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic, or give credence to the lies and misinformation he spreads,” Lofgren said in an email to Reuters. ‘DESTABILIZING’ Trump’s tweet will deepen Democrats’ fears that he will try to interfere with the election or refuse to accept its outcome should he lose. Biden has called that his biggest fear and has gone so far as to suggest sending in the military to force Trump out if he refused to leave. Democrats are preparing for fights over absentee ballots, potential voting recounts and the possibility that Trump’s Republican supporters will seek to intimidate voters at the polls. Legal scholars worry Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in ballots, coupled with his refusal to say whether he will accept the results, will prompt his supporters to view the election as illegitimate. The possibility that millions of Americans might lose confidence in the election is particularly worrisome, after months of widespread civil unrest over racial inequity. “This is yet another example of the president seeking to delegitimize the election process before it happens,” said Justin Levitt, a constitutional law expert at Loyola Marymount University. “That is deeply destabilizing.” ‘JUST CAN’T HELP HIMSELF’ Trump’s tweet surprised some White House staffers. The White House referred questions about the Tweet to Trump’s re-election campaign. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to participate in a roundtable on donating plasma during a visit to the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria“The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting,” said Hogan Gidley, the campaign’s press secretary. “Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results.” A Republican close to the White House was stunned at the tweet, noting that it followed a period of stability in which Trump has stayed on message in response to advice from new campaign manager Bill Stepien and senior campaign manager Jason Miller. “Obviously he just can’t help himself. This is starting to look like a real campaign, and then he does this,” the Republican source said. “It’s awful. It’s starting to look like he doesn’t even want to win.” Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary under Republican President George W. Bush, said Trump should delete the tweet. “This is not an idea anyone, especially POTUS, should float. Our democracy is based on elections in which everyone knows the rules and they apply to all,” Fleischer said. “Mr. President – please don’t even pretend to mess with this. It’s a harmful idea.” ‘DON’T LET IT HAPPEN’ Polls have shown that U.S. registered voters oppose an election delay. When Reuters/Ipsos in April asked voters if they thought the election should be rescheduled due to the coronavirus, 59% opposed the idea, including a majority in each party. A Biden campaign official called Trump’s tweet an obvious ploy to distract from the awful GDP numbers. “We’re going to keep our eye on the ball,” the Biden campaign official said. “A sitting president is peddling lies and suggesting delaying the election to keep himself in power,” Democratic U.S. Representative Dan Kildee wrote on Twitter. “Don’t let it happen. Every American — Republican, Independent and Democrat — should be speaking out against this President’s lawlessness and complete disregard of the Constitution.” U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to participate in a roundtable on donating plasma during a visit to the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaDale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s voting rights project, likewise said Trump lacked the authority to reschedule an election. “This is America,” Ho said. “We are a democracy, not a dictatorship. The Constitution sets the date for the election in November. Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact.” Reporting by Steve Holland; additional reporting by Rick Cowan, David Morgan, Patricia Zengerle, Susan Heavey, Michael Martina and Joseph Ax, writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Chris Reese, Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis
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Bill Barr: ‘I don’t pay attention to [Donald Trump’s] tweets unless they’re brought to my attention’

At a hearing on Capitol Hill today, Bill Barr, Trump’s attorney general and acting Roy Cohn, said something that’s sure to ruffle the boss’s ego.

“I don’t pay attention to the president’s tweets unless they’re brought to my attention,” said Barr.

Wonder how frequently Trump’s tweets are brought to Barr’s attention.

Barr says he was not aware that DOJ has stated that the president’s tweets are official White House statements.

“I don’t pay attention to the tweets unless they’re brought to my attention,” he adds.

— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) July 28, 2020

“I don’t pay attention to the tweets (of @realDonaldTrump) unless they’re brought to my attention,” says Attorney General Barr.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 28, 2020

Another anti-mask Republican, Louie Gohmert, catches the virus

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) is among those who made a culture war of coronavirus on Capitol Hill, forcing other lawmakers and staff in congress to deal with him unmasked. Today he was diagnosed with Covid.. Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested […]
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Russia is using 3 English-language websites to spread coronavirus disinformation: US government officials

US government officials told the Associated Press today that three different English-language websites are spreading disinformation about the novel coronavirus directly from Russia.
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This fitness-centric smartwatch has all your Google app favorites for under $80 

As the Wear OS revolution chugs on, we can expect to see more diversity in smartwatch design, including more stylish and elegant models for business or a night out; as well as those better suited to the rough and tumble of sports and workouts. The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch definitely fits into the later category, engineered […]
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For small businesses, QuickBooks Essentials remains an accounting gold standard

 Every company needs to have a firm grasp on their bottom line. But while every company used to have their official ledger books or one of those old-school physical world accountings of a company’s every asset and expenditure, many firms don’t work that way anymore. Oh, they all still balance their “books” (if they want […]
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Are you ready to write and publish your own book? It’s not as crazy as it sounds…

For all its downsides, you have to admit all this extra time spent at home has to have boosted your creativity. More time to sit and think means more time to develop new original ideas. Trust us, you wouldn’t be the first to find that a global emergency has fueled the need to start a […]
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Joe Biden ‘I’m going to have a [vice president] choice first week in August’

The November election is 95 days away, as of today.

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter today if he still plans to announce his Vice President pick early next month.

Replied Biden, “I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August. And I promise, I’ll let you know when I do.”

That’s next week.

So, we’ll know who else is on the Democratic ticket with Biden next week.

Joe Biden, asked if he still plans to announce his VP pick early next month: “I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August. And I promise, I’ll let you know when I do.”

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 28, 2020

Another anti-mask Republican, Louie Gohmert, catches the virus

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) is among those who made a culture war of coronavirus on Capitol Hill, forcing other lawmakers and staff in congress to deal with him unmasked. Today he was diagnosed with Covid.. Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested […]
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Russia is using 3 English-language websites to spread coronavirus disinformation: US government officials

US government officials told the Associated Press today that three different English-language websites are spreading disinformation about the novel coronavirus directly from Russia.
READ THE REST

This fitness-centric smartwatch has all your Google app favorites for under $80 

As the Wear OS revolution chugs on, we can expect to see more diversity in smartwatch design, including more stylish and elegant models for business or a night out; as well as those better suited to the rough and tumble of sports and workouts. The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch definitely fits into the later category, engineered […]
READ THE REST

For small businesses, QuickBooks Essentials remains an accounting gold standard

 Every company needs to have a firm grasp on their bottom line. But while every company used to have their official ledger books or one of those old-school physical world accountings of a company’s every asset and expenditure, many firms don’t work that way anymore. Oh, they all still balance their “books” (if they want […]
READ THE REST

Are you ready to write and publish your own book? It’s not as crazy as it sounds…

For all its downsides, you have to admit all this extra time spent at home has to have boosted your creativity. More time to sit and think means more time to develop new original ideas. Trust us, you wouldn’t be the first to find that a global emergency has fueled the need to start a […]
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Capitol Report: Trump’s meeting with pharma execs called off, as analysts say his moves on drug prices lack bite

Capitol Report

Published: July 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET

President’s executive orders on drug pricing ‘come without the necessary force to meaningfully change prices’

Pharma stocks are rallying this week as analysts play down Trump’s recent moves on drug prices.

MarketWatch photo illustration/iStockphoto

Analysts are dismissing President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders aiming to lower drug prices, as his meeting with major drug company executives was no longer set to happen on Tuesday as planned.
“Trump’s executive orders on drug pricing are largely campaign fodder as each contains limitations or caveats, and is subject to further action,” said Kim Monk, a Capital Alpha Partners analyst, in a note.
Other analysts offered similar takes.
“The EOs are likely aimed at bolstering the president’s support among voters on health-care policy and come without the necessary force to meaningfully change prices in the U.S.,” wrote Hunter Hammond, a Height Capital Markets analyst. He also described the orders as “largely toothless.”

The president’s move with the orders “yet again shows Trump is all bark, no bite on drug pricing. A louder bark doesn’t make the bite any harder,” said Chris Meekins, a Raymond James analyst, in a note.
In unveiling the orders on Friday, the president said pharmaceutical industry execs “will be at the White House on Tuesday, and they have some ideas how to significantly reduce drug prices.”
“If these talks are successful, we may not need to implement the fourth executive order, which is a very tough order for them,” added Trump, who is currently trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 9 points in a RealClearPolitics average of national polls focused on November’s presidential election.
But the meeting was no longer scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and the pharmaceutical industry’s main trade group has been criticizing Trump.
“An executive order to implement price controls from health systems abroad is a reckless & dangerous distraction from beating #COVID19,” said a tweet on Monday from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, also known as PhRMA. “Our focus needs to be on fighting #COVID19, not policies that jeopardize innovation and threaten the hope of progress toward a vaccine.”
From the archives:Drugmakers’ lobbying spending at 10-year high as Washington targets soaring prices
And read:Pelosi’s drug-pricing bill passes House, but pharma stocks are up as it’s unlikely to become law
Pharma stocks, as tracked by the Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF
PJP,
+0.83%,
are higher by 1.6% so far this week after falling by 1.6% on Friday. They have gained 2% this year, while the broad S&P 500 index
SPX,
+1.30%
is up just 0.2% in 2020.

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Republican Senator refuses to apologize after posting photo of Jewish opponent with digitally enlarged nose

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) posted a campaign ad featuring an image of his Jewish opponent, Jon Ossoff, digitally manipulated to have a larger nose. Once the timeworn antisemitic stereotype was noticed, he was forced to retract the ad, but Perdue is refusing to apologize for it. Matt Novak summarizes the imbroglio:

The photoshopped ad, first reported by Forward, featured photos of Ossoff along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who’s also Jewish, and included text that reads “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!” along with “Schumer’s SUPER PAC is spending $3 million in Georgia for Jon Ossoff!”

The original unedited photo was taken for Reuters by photojournalist Chris Aluka Berry in 2017 after Ossoff lost an election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Perdue’s campaign denied that the edit had been intentional and sought to distance itself from the unnamed designer who made the ad.

Purdue claims it was an “accident” caused by a filter, but was unable to explain exactly how that happened.

Another anti-mask Republican, Louie Gohmert, catches the virus

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) is among those who made a culture war of coronavirus on Capitol Hill, forcing other lawmakers and staff in congress to deal with him unmasked. Today he was diagnosed with Covid.. Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested […]
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Russia is using 3 English-language websites to spread coronavirus disinformation: US government officials

US government officials told the Associated Press today that three different English-language websites are spreading disinformation about the novel coronavirus directly from Russia.
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This masterclass in Python training can help you becoming a coding master

For years, Python has remained one of the most popular and most effective programming languages around just because it’s so darn easy to use. From its simple programming syntax to its code readability and a command structure that’s almost like basic English, young coders intuitively start getting the Python process after a basic introduction. Of […]
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This fitness-centric smartwatch has all your Google app favorites for under $80 

As the Wear OS revolution chugs on, we can expect to see more diversity in smartwatch design, including more stylish and elegant models for business or a night out; as well as those better suited to the rough and tumble of sports and workouts. The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch definitely fits into the later category, engineered […]
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For small businesses, QuickBooks Essentials remains an accounting gold standard

 Every company needs to have a firm grasp on their bottom line. But while every company used to have their official ledger books or one of those old-school physical world accountings of a company’s every asset and expenditure, many firms don’t work that way anymore. Oh, they all still balance their “books” (if they want […]
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Twitter deletes Trump tweets promoting Covid conspiracy and lie about killed protestor

Twitter removed two rule-breaking Trump tweets last night. One touted the conspiracy theory that hydroxychloroquine “cures” Covid19 and that Dr. Anthony Fauci suppressed it, whereas the other promoted a story that falsely claimed that a protestor shot dead at a BLM rally had fired the first shots.

Beyond the automated notifications at the top of Trump’s Twitter feed, the company did not release a statement on the deletions: a new normal, perhaps, as their regularity increases.

Another anti-mask Republican, Louie Gohmert, catches the virus

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) is among those who made a culture war of coronavirus on Capitol Hill, forcing other lawmakers and staff in congress to deal with him unmasked. Today he was diagnosed with Covid.. Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested […]
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Russia is using 3 English-language websites to spread coronavirus disinformation: US government officials

US government officials told the Associated Press today that three different English-language websites are spreading disinformation about the novel coronavirus directly from Russia.
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This fitness-centric smartwatch has all your Google app favorites for under $80 

As the Wear OS revolution chugs on, we can expect to see more diversity in smartwatch design, including more stylish and elegant models for business or a night out; as well as those better suited to the rough and tumble of sports and workouts. The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch definitely fits into the later category, engineered […]
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For small businesses, QuickBooks Essentials remains an accounting gold standard

 Every company needs to have a firm grasp on their bottom line. But while every company used to have their official ledger books or one of those old-school physical world accountings of a company’s every asset and expenditure, many firms don’t work that way anymore. Oh, they all still balance their “books” (if they want […]
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Are you ready to write and publish your own book? It’s not as crazy as it sounds…

For all its downsides, you have to admit all this extra time spent at home has to have boosted your creativity. More time to sit and think means more time to develop new original ideas. Trust us, you wouldn’t be the first to find that a global emergency has fueled the need to start a […]
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Hand Dryer Checklist for Covid19

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BlowMotion HAND DRYER CHECKLIST PUT A CHECK NEXT TO THE ONES YOU’VE ALREADY CONSIDERED Measure your current spend with existing hand dryers / paper towels Determine what you’re looking for in a hand dryer e.g. high speed, quiet, energy efficient Consider your maximum budget for your hand dryer/s Consider how many people will use the hand dryers each day Based on the above answer and the demand in your environment, determine how many dryers you’ll need When browsing online, always check for multi buy discounts to save ££ Always look for dryers that feature a HEPA filter Purchase hand dryers with at least 1+ year warranty so you’re protected Wash Hands YOUR www.blowmotion.co.uk

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Covidiot GOP state senator hospitalized after contracting Covid-19

Arkansas GOP state senator Jason Rapert previously tweeted about “liberal quacks” who “keep spreading fear” and who are “trying to quarantine the healthy.”

The infamously anti-gay senator is now posting from the hospital, after coming down with Coronavirus disease.

Trump and Trump Jr. praise doctor who says diseases are caused by “evil deposits from the spirit husband”

Trump and Junior are urging their social media followers to heed the Covid-19 advice of Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Houston pediatrician who has determined that many diseases are caused by sex with demons and/or alien DNA. The Daily Beast reported that Dr. Immanuel “praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of […]
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A day after the NY Times runs a laudatory piece on Arizona’s successful pandemic response, the state sees a surge in new cases and deaths

Yesterday, The New York Times ran an article about how the GOP governor of Arizona’s limited response to the pandemic resulted in a “leveling off” of Covid-19 deaths and cases: As the United States surpasses four million known coronavirus cases, far more than any other country, new outbreaks are sending thousands of seriously ill people […]
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Utah grocery employee recounts mask policy drama at the store

If you’ve wondered what it must be like for employees working in stores and having to deal with mask-deniers while trying to enforce social distancing and mask-wearing, wonder no more. This guy from Provo, UT has a Twitter thread of what his life has been like trying to implement a new mandatory mask-wearing policy in […]
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This fitness-centric smartwatch has all your Google app favorites for under $80 

As the Wear OS revolution chugs on, we can expect to see more diversity in smartwatch design, including more stylish and elegant models for business or a night out; as well as those better suited to the rough and tumble of sports and workouts. The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch definitely fits into the later category, engineered […]
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For small businesses, QuickBooks Essentials remains an accounting gold standard

 Every company needs to have a firm grasp on their bottom line. But while every company used to have their official ledger books or one of those old-school physical world accountings of a company’s every asset and expenditure, many firms don’t work that way anymore. Oh, they all still balance their “books” (if they want […]
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Are you ready to write and publish your own book? It’s not as crazy as it sounds…

For all its downsides, you have to admit all this extra time spent at home has to have boosted your creativity. More time to sit and think means more time to develop new original ideas. Trust us, you wouldn’t be the first to find that a global emergency has fueled the need to start a […]
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