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Giuliani, a familiar voice in Trump's ear, promotes experimental coronavirus treatments

Source: Washington Post

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was in the center of the impeachment storm earlier this year as an unpaid private attorney for President Trump, has cast himself in a new role: as personal science adviser to a president eager to find ways to short circuit the coronavirus epidemic.

In one-on-one phone calls with Trump, Giuliani said, he has been touting the use of an anti-malarial drug cocktail that has shown some early promise in treating covid-19, but whose effectiveness has not yet been proved. He said he now spends his days on the phone with doctors, coronavirus patients and hospital executives promoting the treatment, which Trump has also publicly lauded.

“I discussed it with the president after he talked about it,” Giuliani said in an interview. “I told him what I had on the drugs.”


The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the president’s conversations with Giuliani.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-a-familiar-voice-in-trumps-ear-promotes-experimental-coronavirus-treatments/2020/04/05/d4b3b56a-7438-11ea-85cb-8670579b863d_story.html

Posted by jayschool2013 | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 03:18 PM (22 replies)

Austin American-Statesman: "My job was to cover the coronavirus pandemic, until I became part of it"

From a journalist working and living in Texas.

I know how to prepare for a disaster.

My first job as a photojournalist was in Florida, where on top of weathering hurricanes, I covered them. When the coronavirus began to get close to the United States, I thought I was ready. I had food, medicine and first-aid kits to get me through.

But nothing could have prepared me for the pandemic we’re now experiencing, including my own positive COVID-19 test.

A lot of people are blaming us, the media, saying we’re creating panic out of nothing. But that’s not true. This is a real crisis that is affecting the entire world. People tend not to believe what is really happening out there until they have someone close to them suffering the consequences. I wanted to share my story as a journalist and a human to show no one is exempt from this.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:41 AM (0 replies)

28 Texas Students Have Coronavirus After Spring Break Trip

Source: New York Times

A group of about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin celebrated spring break in Mexico, but returned to find that 28 had tested positive. Dozens more are being monitored.

AUSTIN — Two weeks ago, amid the global coronavirus pandemic, about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin partied in Mexico on spring break. The students, all in their 20s, flew on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, and some returned on separate commercial flights to Texas.

Now, 28 of them have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating. Dozens more are under quarantine and are being monitored and tested, university officials said Wednesday.

The Austin outbreak is the latest to result from a group of college students who ignored social-distancing guidelines, went on traditional spring break trips and have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Many of them appeared to be under the mistaken impression that young people were not as vulnerable to the coronavirus as older people. Students at the University of Tampa, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and other colleges have tested positive after returning from spring break trips to Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and elsewhere.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/us/coronavirus-texas-austin-spring-break-cabo.html

Posted by jayschool2013 | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 03:58 PM (12 replies)

Trump Calls for U.S. to Be Open 'by Easter'

Source: New York Times

President Trump said he wants the United States "raring to go" by Easter, less than three weeks away, a goal that top health professionals have called far too quick.

Even as nations from Britain to India declare nationwide economic lockdowns, President Trump said he "would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter," less than three weeks away, a goal that top health professionals have called far too quick.

"I think it's possible, why not?" he said with a shrug.

Participating in a town hall hosted by Fox News, Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that such a step has never been under consideration for the United States.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/world/coronavirus-updates-maps.html

Posted by jayschool2013 | Tue Mar 24, 2020, 01:29 PM (52 replies)

So now I know someone

My 23-year-old niece has tested positive for the coronavirus.

She was teaching English in the Basque region of Spain, and flew home Monday to her family in Florida. She immediately exhibited symptoms and, because she was in Florida, she was tested within a day. We learned tonight that she's positive. Her symptoms remain mild, and she's resting.

Soon, we'll all know someone.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Mar 21, 2020, 09:42 PM (23 replies)

Dow set to open with decline of 1,300 points after markets crater

Source: NBC News

Wall Street is preparing for a bloodbath on Monday, after oil prices cratered by 30 percent overnight, pushing all three major averages to declines of around 5 percent and adding stress to an economy already feeling intense pressure from the coronavirus epidemic.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average looked set to open down by 1,300 points on Monday morning, with trading on the S&P 500 halted overnight after hitting critical levels that triggered a "circuit-breaker," which prevents further losses.

Investors took shelter in safe havens, pushing gold to a seven-year high and pushing the 10-year Treasury yield to an all-time historic low of 0.3 percent by early morning.

The sell-off comes as fears mount that the viral outbreak will further disrupt supply chains, travel, and production around the world.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/markets/dow-set-open-decline-1-300-points-oil-war-adds-n1152941

Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 07:23 AM (8 replies)

Southern Californians Are Receiving GOP Mailers That Look Like Census Forms

Source: LAist

Throughout Southern California, residents are getting mailers from the Republican National Committee that look an awful lot like official Census 2020 forms, setting off alarm bells for Congressional Democrats.

The RNC mailers are labeled as "2020 Congressional District Census" and include a questionnaire and urgent instructions: "When you are finished answering your Census Document, please return it within the next 7 days to ensure accurate tabulation and dependable results."

But they are not census documents — in fact, households won't begin receiving official U.S. Census Bureau mail until March.

Both U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros, D-Yorba Linda, and Katie Porter, D-Irvine have warned constituents to read the fine print: At the end of the questionnaire, it says the mailer was paid for by the RNC, and provides information on how to make a contribution.

Read more: https://laist.com/2020/02/21/census_gop_republican_national_committee_mailers_confusion.php
Posted by jayschool2013 | Fri Feb 21, 2020, 05:04 PM (13 replies)

Lucinda Williams

"Man Without a Soul"

Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Feb 8, 2020, 02:38 PM (17 replies)


I'm tired of the characterization of the caucus process as chaos.

Yes, the caucus process is unreasonably complicated and hard to understand if you aren't part of it.

And yes, we should move to a simpler primary as soon as 2024. No doubt about it. More people need to be involved.

But I'll draw this analogy:

Football is an unreasonably complicated game and hard to understand if you aren't a fan or part of it.

But football isn't chaos. It's highly choreographed but also unpredictable. That's what we have.

So for Brian Williams and Claire McCaskill to call our caucus process "chaos," they clearly don't get it.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 05:22 PM (6 replies)

My first Iowa caucus

I get it. The results are slow. The process is clumsy. The preferences and ballots are far from secret.

But I sat in a middle school gym with 571 of my neighbors and talked for two hours with them about issues, candidates and processes. I haven't done that in years, if not decades.

It was a fantastic experience. And it should have been the prelude to a secret-ballot primary tomorrow.

Still, I will treasure my Iowa caucus experience, even if it may be my ... and others' last.

The delays? I'm a journalism teacher, and we tell our students every day that it's better to be right than first. What's wrong with that?

Further, my wife and I caucused for Warren, and it took two hours for us to get the first ballot done. In our precinct, Warren and Sanders were the only viable candidates at 9:05 p.m. Buttigieg and Klobuchar were close to viability, while Biden and Yang were not. Other candidates, including Steyer had scattered votes. The wrangling that ensued was not going to end soon, and I needed a beer, so we left soon after. I don't doubt that our precinct just ended its process minutes ago.

Stay calm. Be patient. We'll get an accurate count and a great candidate.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Feb 3, 2020, 11:52 PM (20 replies)
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