Axios morning email thingie tells us what we already know (Enigmatic emboldening and capricious bullets are theirs):
Eight in 10 Americans worry about a second virus wave, the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index finds, with large majorities saying they’d resume social distancing, dial back shopping and keep kids out of school, Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes.
- But getting Americans to swallow a second round of 14-day self-quarantining could be tougher, with one in three of our 1,022 respondents saying they likely won’t do it.
- The biggest factor is partisan identification: 81% of Democrats, but only 49% of Republicans, say they’d self-quarantine if a second wave hits.
So, like the dinosaurs thrashing about in tar, the Republicans go extinct? I’m OK with that.
The FDA withdrew emergency-use authorizations for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as coronavirus treatments after reviewing findings from large clinical trials and concluding that the drugs “are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect.” But it might, you know, KILL YOU DEAD. Comrade Grifter’s investment in a chloroquine manufacturer was probably sold before this announcement, but I’m only guessing.
We quickly move to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie, which leads with grifters grifting:
CORONAVIRUS CASH FOR CONGRESS — At least four lawmakers or their families have benefited directly from the multibillion-dollar loan program Congress set up to support small businesses rocked by the pandemic. The real number may be much higher, but it’s impossible to know while Treasury and the Small Business Administration sit on the data….
“Republicans on the list include Texas Rep. Roger Williams, a wealthy businessman who owns auto dealerships, body shops and car washes, and Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, whose family owns multiple farms and equipment suppliers across the Midwest. The Democrats count Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada, whose husband is the CEO of a regional casino developer, and Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, whose husband is a senior executive at a restaurant chain that has since returned the loan.
“And there are almost certainly more, according to aides and lawmakers. But only the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department have that information, and the Trump administration is refusing to provide any. That leaves it entirely up to business owners — including elected officials — to decide whether to come forward about a loan, which can be as large as $10 million.”
Again, Tiger Beat (enigmatic emboldening is theirs):
“Inspectors general ask Congress for help in monitoring coronavirus relief payments,” by Kyle Cheney: “Federal watchdogs are asking lawmakers for help after Trump administration legal rulings appeared to sharply limit their ability to monitor more than $1 trillion in coronavirus relief programs — including huge payouts to protect businesses threatened by the pandemic.
“In a two-page letter to several House and Senate committees last week, but disclosed for the first time on Monday, the inspectors general responsible for coronavirus relief oversight said an ‘ambiguity’ in the main coronavirus response law — the CARES Act — allowed administration officials to sharply limit how much of the law’s spending requirements they must collect and report.
“This narrow interpretation of the law, the inspectors general warn, would dramatically impede their ability to gather information about some of the most expansive programs in the law, from the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program to the $454 billion Treasury fund to protect businesses and industries damaged by the outbreak.”
Don’t be shocked but I don’t think the inspectors are gonna get any help.
Meanwhile, the failed NYTimes bleats:
The word the headline writer seeks is “Lie.” Is it really that hard to be concise and accurate?
“On a call with the governors, audio of which was obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Pence urged them ‘to continue to explain to your citizens the magnitude of the increase in testing’ in addressing the new outbreaks. And he asked them to ‘encourage people with the news that we’re safely reopening the country.’
“In fact, seven-day averages in several states with outbreaks have increased since May 31, and in at least 14 states, the positive case rate is increasing faster than the increase in the average number of tests, according to an analysis of data collected by The New York Times.”
But where did that lie come from?
I’m numbed by now. That’s some industrial-strength stupid, and world-class gas-lighting. No wonder Possum Hollar thinks the tar pit is a hot tub
The WaPo: “Coronavirus recommendations ignored as case numbers rise” and I cannot even. Remember, there is no treatment, there is no vaccine. There are only best practices and we are ignoring them. Maybe the Republicans can save some room for the rest of us in the ol’ hot tub?