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Trump's campaign made stops nationwide. Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places

As expected, Trump is the super spreader in chief bringing the blessings of COVID outbreaks to battleground states.


As President Donald Trump jetted across the country holding campaign rallies during the past two months, he didn’t just defy state orders and federal health guidelines. He left a trail of coronavirus outbreaks in his wake.

The president has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA TODAY analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate than before after at least five of those rallies in the following counties: Blue Earth, Minnesota; Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Marathon, Wisconsin; Dauphin, Pennsylvania; and Beltrami, Minnesota.

Together, those counties saw 1,500 more new cases in the two weeks following Trump’s rallies than the two weeks before – 9,647 cases, up from 8,069 to 9,647 cases.

Public health officials additionally have linked 16 cases, including two hospitalizations, with the rally in Beltrami County, Minnesota, and one case with the rally in Marathon County, Wisconsin. Outside of the counties identified by USA TODAY with a greater case increase after rallies, officials identified four cases linked to Trump rallies.

Trump has the worst job losses on record heading into the election

The one thing Fox News and many business channels push is the fiction that Republican presidents are better for the economy.


Heading into the November election, the US jobs recovery is running out of steam.

The economy added 661,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The unemployment rate stood at 7.9%.

This is the highest the unemployment rate has been ahead of a presidential election since the government started tracking the monthly rate in 1948.

In 2012, when the country re-elected President Barack Obama, the pre-election unemployment rate was initially also reported at 7.9%, before getting revised down to 7.8%.

GQ: Alex Gibney on His Deep Dive into Russian Election Meddling

Interesting story about the continued evolution of Russian election meddling. Rather than directly broadcasting into the U.S., Russia mainly amplifies or pays existing voices that promote division in the U.S.

If you want to get a Russian paid gig, just start writing stories attacking Democrats from the "left" or pushing fealty to Trump from the "right."


In early 2017, Alex Gibney flew to a secret location on the West Coast to meet a man named Glenn Simpson. Just a few weeks prior, Simpson, a co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, had become known the world over for his role in producing the so-called Steele Dossier, which alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to secure Trump’s 2016 presidential victory (among far more salacious activities). Simpson told Gibney he was concerned that if anything were to happen to him, then his side of the story might never get out. Gibney, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who had already been looking into Russia, was eager to hear it. Just a few months later, Fusion GPS’s findings would form the basis of the Mueller investigation.

Over the past 40 years, Gibney has built a reputation for unpacking some of the biggest scandals of our time: Enron, WikiLeaks, Lance Armstrong’s blood doping, Elliot Spitzer’s liaisons. If anyone could explain the Russia-Trump story in a way that others would understand, it would be him. And so after their meeting, Gibney set to work on Agents of Chaos, a two-part series that premiered on HBO in late September. The story it tells may not answer any unresolved questions, but it brings together a cast of characters who have never before appeared in the same story, including former FBI director Andrew McCabe, former Trump associates Felix Sater and Carter Page, and, of course, Glenn Simpson himself. Collectively, they provide chilling insight into the lengths to which Russia went to sow chaos in the U.S. in 2016, and the extent to which the Trump campaign was willing to help. More chilling still: While the series may be finished, the story is far from over.

In a telephone interview before the series premiered, Gibney told me that he thinks part of the problem with the way the Russia-Trump story has been told up to now is that “everybody wanted to tie it up neat.” His team decided to take a different tack altogether, to “embrace the very idea of uncertainty. And once you embrace that idea, then tying up every loose end ends up kind of missing the essence of the story.” The essence of this story, as Gibney tells it, is that the Russian government wanted to dismantle American democracy, and so they did, by the most convenient means at their disposal: us.

It’s a far messier story than the myriad conspiracy theories that have attempted to explain the events of 2016, like the idea that Trump has been a Russian asset since the 1980s or the QAnon notion this is all part of a plot by deep state Democrats to frame Trump lest he unmask their cabal of pedophiles. And that’s exactly Gibney’s point. “Conspiracy theories, at their heart, are a way of explaining the unexplainable,” he told me. “Everything fits together perfectly. Well, things don’t fit together perfectly, usually.”

States ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rates: Sept. 12

A more detailed interactive chart is available from John Hopkins at this link:


However, it is ironic that after Trump considered turning his back on COVID, since blue states were the ones being hit hard initially, it turns out that Trump should be thanking blue states for keeping COVID from completely overwhelming the United States. The States with the highest positive rates right now are red states while more populated blue states have done a better job in getting down the rates of positive tests. If California or New York had South Dakota's positivity rates, the nationwide death toll would be far higher, and Trump would be busy blaming Governors and disclaiming any responsibility.

Instead, Trump's favorite governor from South Dakota has the highest positivity rate, but no one really notices because it has a small population.


South Dakota: 17.5 percent positive
New daily cases: 283
Tests per 1,000: 1.4

Idaho: 16.8
New daily cases: 333
Tests per 1,000: 0.8

Alabama: 15.6
New daily cases: 1,138
Tests per 1,000: 1.2

Kansas: 14.6
New daily cases: 568
Tests per 1,000: 1.1

PBS: U.S. trade deficit surged in July to highest in 12 years

This just goes to show that Trump has repeatedly broken his promises across the Board not only has the budget deficit bloomed under Republican tax cuts and their mishandling of the pandemic, but the trade deficit has exploded despite Trump's hawkish policies on trade. Yet, Trump will attack Biden on trade?


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged in July to $63.6 billion, the highest level in 12 years, as imports jumped by a record amount. The Commerce Department reported that the July deficit, the gap between what America buys and what it sells to foreigners, was 18.9% higher than the June deficit of $53.5 billion. It was the largest monthly deficit since July 2008 during the 2007-2009 recession.

The July deficit increase was driven by a record 10.9% increase in imports which rose to $231.7 billion. Exports were also up but by a smaller 8.1% to $168.1 billion.

When Donald Trump campaigned for president in 2016 he pledged to sharply lower the country’s large trade deficits, especially with China, which for years has been the country with the largest trade surplus with the United States.

But despite a number of high-profile trade battles and a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, America’s trade deficits have remained stubbornly high

CNN: Trump's executive actions are delivering only limited relief as economy sputters

Once again, Trump makes a bad situation worse by announcing and over selling executive actions that he has taken, which fall far short of what he promises. But, by making such announcements, Trump gives Republicans cover to sit on their ass and refuse to negotiate any type of aid to American workers.


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump took a dramatic step last month to bypass Congress and deliver relief to millions of Americans -- but the executive actions are delivering only limited relief, while lawmakers remain at an impasse.

The main piece of the package was a $300 weekly unemployment supplement, paid from federal disaster relief funds. While some states have been approved for the unemployment aid, many jobless Americans are still waiting for the cash, more than a month after the last federal bump of $600 went out.

Trump's other big move, a payroll tax deferment set to start Tuesday, isn't automatic. Many businesses have suggested they'll opt out and even those workers who do see bigger paychecks now will owe more in taxes next year.

Trump's actions were limited in scope to begin with. They didn't send out a second round of stimulus checks or disburse more funding for small businesses. The President can't authorize such big spending because the power of the purse lies with Congress.

Worries about being laid off, having hours cut jump: Gallup

Source: The Hill

More than a quarter of U.S. workers now worry about layoffs and having their hours cut, up more than 10 percentage points from last year, according to new polling from Gallup.

Twenty-seven percent of workers surveyed said they are now concerned about being laid off from their jobs, compared to 15 percent last year. The same percentage is concerned about their hours being cut, up from 15 percent in 2019. Twenty-eight percent of workers also worry their wages will be cut, compared to 16 percent last year.

Although the percentage of workers polled who are concerned their benefits will be cut is also up, the increase is smaller, from 23 percent to 30 percent. Almost half of workers in the survey — 46 percent — are worried about at least one of the four scenarios.

The 27 percent of surveyed workers concerned about layoffs is the highest since 2013, the end of the Great Recession, when the level reached 29 percent. Thirty-one percent of workers polled said they were worried about their wages being cut at the same time.

Read more: https://thehill.com/regulation/labor/514545-worries-about-being-laid-off-having-hours-cut-jump-gallup

With a raging pandemic and news of layoffs, you can see why Trump is so actively cheer leading for violence in the streets and trying to stir civil unrest to try to distract from the failures of his Presidency. The only thing Trump can do is scapegoat and distract.

Sadly, because Trump has no plans for dealing with the pandemic instead of ignore it, expect Trump to continue to incite violence while also trying to suppress the vote.

Vox: Why Masks Became Political

BBC News - QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult

It is interesting to see Europe's perspective on QAnon, a bizarre conspiracy theory has surged in popularity in the US since the pandemic, according to exclusive research seen by the BBC.

Vox - Joe Biden's Policy Vision for America

Which American Presidents are widely considered to have been the most progressive in modern times? FDR and Lyndon Johnson. Yet, when they were elected or selected, neither was considered to be overly progressive. FDR was part of the Roosevelt family dynasty. Lyndon Johnon was Southern Democrat from Texas. Indeed, JFK got blowback from progressives for selecting LBJ as his running mate.


Biden is attempting to take office amid a world-historic crisis, which has already claimed more American lives than World War I, Korea, and Vietnam combined and has produced the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression. By May, advisers were telling New York magazine’s Gabriel Debenedetti that Biden wanted an “FDR-sized” administration.

There are aspects of Biden’s policy agenda that rise to this level of ambition. To tackle Covid-19, he’s promised nationwide testing, a 100,000-person Public Health Jobs Corps, hazard pay for essential workers, massive vaccine stockpiles produced ahead of approval for the speediest deployment, and much more.

His economic recovery plan would pay health insurance costs for newly unemployed people, offer middle-class parents and caretakers $8,000 a year for child or long-term care support, spend $700 billion on manufacturing and R&D to expand jobs in those sectors, and make it easier to organize unions.

His climate plan features $2 trillion in investments in clean energy and a clean electricity standard mandating that electricity production in the US not produce any carbon by the year 2035.
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