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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.
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