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Name: Joe Otterbein
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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) and Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) by National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

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Democrats discover a new team player: Bernie Sanders


After criticizing his role in 2016, top Democrats are heaping praise on Sanders and his top brass for working overtime to get Joe Biden elected.


06/06/2020 07:00 AM EDT

Many Democratic leaders were irate in 2016 over what they saw as Bernie Sanders’ failure to fully get behind Hillary Clinton and work hard to get her elected.

Four years later, they’re heaping praise on the Vermont senator and his top brass for their efforts to put Joe Biden in the White House.

Sanders dropped out of the primary months earlier than he did in 2016, swiftly and wholeheartedly endorsed Biden, and set up policy task forces with him. Despite opposition from fellow progressives, senior Sanders aides have created super PACs to support Biden. And in an effort to avoid a repeat of the unruly Democratic National Convention during the last presidential election, Sanders’ team has told some of the delegates representing him there to sign a pledge swearing off attacks on Biden and other party leaders.

It has not gone unnoticed.


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Check out this absurd email the Trump Whitehouse just sent me...

The White House • May 29, 2020
Check out this absurd email Twitter just sent us

Dear 1600 Daily subscribers,

We are forwarding you this email that the White House just received from Twitter. It’s so absurd, we just had to share it with you.

This morning, the White House Twitter account reposted text from a tweet sent by President Trump. A short time later, Twitter censored the tweet, claiming it violated Twitter Rules about “glorifying violence.”

That is completely false. As the President just explained again, his tweet was CONDEMING violence and pledging federal support to keep Minnesotans safe.

The email we just received, presumably sent by a different team within Twitter, admits that the very tweet they are censoring does not violate any Twitter Rules.

Yet the tweet is still censored.

Twitter’s own staff just made this much clear: Twitter is a publisher with an editorial viewpoint, NOT a platform.

See the email below for yourself:


My reply (that failed to send of course):

Good, now delete all of your accounts.

Key swing state warns of November election 'nightmare'


The outcome in Pennsylvania could remain up in the air long past Election Day.


05/24/2020 07:00 AM EDT

Updated: 05/24/2020 07:20 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania could determine the presidency. But it might not be clear for days who won the state on Nov. 3.

Election officials throughout the critical battleground, which is implementing no-excuse mail-in voting for the first time ever amid a pandemic, say they are unlikely to finish counting those ballots the night of the general election.

If the race is close enough — as it was in 2016, when Donald Trump carried the state by only 44,000 votes — that could mean the status of one of the nation’s biggest swing states could remain up in the air long past Election Day.

“My nightmare is that on Election Day in November, you're waiting for Montgomery County's results to declare Pennsylvania to declare who wins the White House,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, a Democrat who chairs the Board of Elections there. “The reality is that all of our counties are going to be in that same situation, and it will take a while to actually count the ballots.”


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Democrats Unveil Giant New Coronavirus Relief Bill


The HEROES Act includes provisions for more — and bigger — stimulus checks, as well as an extension to pandemic unemployment benefits.
By Matt Fuller, Arthur Delaney, Daniel Marans, Emily Peck, and Tara Golshan

Democrats released yet another proposal for a coronavirus economic relief package on Tuesday — a $3 trillion bill with more money for enhanced unemployment benefits, money for state and local governments, and funding for a host of other Democratic priorities.

Of importance to most Americans: The bill, called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES, Act, includes a second wave of $1,200 payments to the vast majority of U.S. households — this time with even more inclusive eligibility rules than the previous payments. Benefits would go to immigrants and would be protected from garnishment by banks and other debt collectors.

Previous income thresholds would remain the same, but instead of $500 per dependent like the last round, the new proposal offers $1,200 ― with the amount families are receiving capped at $6,000.

And the proposal would give an extra $13 per hour in hazard pay to essential workers in health care, food retail, public safety and transportation.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dems-unveil-giant-new-coronavirus-relief-bill_n_5ebaf70cc5b63253efcb4017

Great news!

Remember the "McConnell Rule" on SCOTUS Nominations

While we wish the best for RBG.

Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue May 5, 2020, 11:25 PM (9 replies)

Contrasting messages from Biden and Trump on World Press Freedom Day


While the president once again referred to journalists as “the Enemy of the People,” the Democratic candidate praised them for “upholding free and open democracies.”


05/03/2020 06:25 PM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump sent starkly different messages about the role of the media on Sunday, a date that the United Nations has designated World Press Freedom Day.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, issued a statement praising journalists for “upholding free and open democracies, both here at home and around the world.”

Trump, by contrast, began his day by tweeting: “The Fake News doesn’t show real polls. Lamestream Media is totally CORRUPT, the Enemy of the People!”

He was referring to his claim that he has a 96 percent approval rating in the Republican Party. The Gallup poll he pointed to had found a 94 percent approval among Republican voters and 49 percent approval overall — the highest of his presidency. Trump then targeted NBC News and CNN for “going out of their way to say GREAT things about China” amid the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in that country.


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Posted by JoeOtterbein | Sun May 3, 2020, 07:46 PM (2 replies)

Trump Encouraged Sean Hannity to Go After the New York Times

Daily Beast

Trump thought it was a good idea for Hannity to explore legal action against the news outlet for its critical coverage of how Fox News handled the coronavirus crisis.

Asawin Suebsaeng
Maxwell Tani
Lachlan Cartwright
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 5:25PM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 5:09PM ET

Over the past month, as Fox News personality Sean Hannity seethed over his—and his network’s—treatment in The New York Times, one of the host’s closest friends quietly encouraged him to exact some revenge on the newspaper for reporting that Hannity had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.

This particular friend was none other than President Donald Trump, who at the time was busy overseeing the federal response to the pandemic and resulting U.S. economic implosion, as his reelection campaign was also filing lawsuits against various local and national media outlets.

According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had privately gossiped with Hannity—a prominent informal adviser to this president and one of Trump’s preferred late-night phone buddies—about the Fox host’s desire to make an example of the Times. Though President Trump thought it was a good idea for Hannity to explore legal action against the news outlet, one of the two sources stressed that it “wasn’t the president’s idea” for Hannity and his attorney to shoot off a threatening letter to the Times. Trump did not order or direct Hannity to do so, this source said.


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The Newest Fox News Doctor Duo Has Been 'Emphatically' Condemned by Physician Groups

Daily Beast

Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi are making some wild claims about coronavirus fatality rates. It’s made them media stars. But actual doctors are appalled.

Will Sommer
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 5:00AM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 4:47AM ET

Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi co-own a chain of urgent-care clinics. They don’t appear to have any significant epidemiological experience. And their claims about coronavirus have been widely debunked by experts, including a national physician and emergency-care group that issued a joint statement “emphatically” condemning their “reckless and untested musings.”

Nevertheless, the two California doctors have managed to become rising stars on Fox News for downplaying COVID-19’s severity. And they recently garnered another round of news coverage after inviting local media outlets to their office last week with an announcement that they had research that proved it was time to end the state’s shelter-in-place order.

“Do we need to shelter in place?” Erickson said. “Our answer is emphatically no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no.”


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'Horrific Abuse of Power': California Police Launch Investigation After Viral Video Shows Deputy Pun

Daily Beast

Sacramento’s Black Lives Matter chapter said there is “not one reason that validates a full-size armed man, to sit on, punch, and try and break the arms of a child.”

Pilar Melendez
Updated Apr. 29, 2020 12:51PM ET / Published Apr. 29, 2020 12:17PM ET

A California deputy is under investigation after a disturbing viral video showed him punching and choking a teenage boy during an arrest, authorities said.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office announced an “investigation into the use of force by our deputy” after a video of the April 27 incident posted on Twitter on Tuesday received more than two million views and was shared by former Democratic presidential candidates Julian Castro and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

“This is a horrific abuse of power,” Harris tweeted. “This officer must be held accountable.”


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Europe: The next pandemic: Rising inequality



04/28/2020 10:57 PM EDT

It took the coronavirus three months to change the world. And it’s only just getting started.

As Europe begins to emerge from the awful first wave of the pandemic — and absorbs the shock of a Continental death toll that has exceeded 100,000 — the fire-fighting stage of the crisis appears to be coming to an end.

Next up? A long, slow march to a vaccine. A successful candidate, reproduced several billion times over and distributed to everyone in the world who needs it, is — at best — anywhere between nine and 18 months away, according to most experts.

With social distancing here to stay for the foreseeable future, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the next stage of the pandemic is going to change many lives for the worse.

Specifically, it’s going to exasperate existing inequalities, as the privileged buffer themselves against its pernicious effects while the world’s most vulnerable struggle not to fall through the rapidly widening economic fissures.


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