Is the Trump administration preparing to disappear grim coronavirus stats?

Turns out George Orwell lacked imagination. Donald Trump has already decried our robust (er, 23rd-ranked by number of tests per capita, but who’s counting?) testing regime because it makes him look bad. He’s said that if we didn’t test we’d have very few cases. Which sort of makes sense if you’re a blithering nitwit with…

CDC Director Contradicts Trump to His Face

Yesterday, Dr.  Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned in a Washington Post interview that we need to prepare for a second coronavirus wave this winter: CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating. This was out of step with Trump’s Magical Mystery…

MA-Sen: Sen. Ed Markey (D) Refuses To Let Trump Fire Dr. Fauci

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: Sen. Ed Markey (D. MA) Last night, Donald Trump amplified a call from the far-right to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci. This is unacceptable. The president is trying to oust one of the foremost experts we need to survive this pandemic for fear…

In three seconds, Trump undermined CDC's COVID-19 health recommendation

Even if Donald Trump had done everything else perfectly, his loosey-goosey attitude toward government messaging on coronavirus mitigation would be one of the biggest scandals in the history of the country. But it turns out he’s actually done virtually nothing well during the crisis. An Ebola-infected rhesus monkey with a pair of semaphore flags dipped in…

CA-45: PCCC Keeps Up The Momentum For Katie Porter (D) To Keep Kicking Trump's Ass

Received this e-mail from the Progressives Change Campaign Committee in support of Rep. Katie Porter’s (D. CA-45) re-election campaigns: You've got to see this! Katie Porter, who is one of our favorite members of Congress (and national co-chair of Elizabeth Warren's campaign) forced the CDC to agree to free coronavirus testing for the uninsured. Watch it happen…

As coronavirus rages, White House refuses to back down on proposed cuts to CDC

As the federal government’s own health officials warn that the novel coronavirus outbreak is bound to get worse, the Trump administration is refusing to amend its 2021 budget request, which seeks to slash Health and Human Services’ funding by $9.5 billion. The proposed cuts include a 15 percent ($1.2 billion) reduction in the CDC’s budget and a $35 million cut…

Trump joins past U.S. presidents who 'like the numbers being where they are'

President Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism following his comments Friday at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). After Trump explained, “I’d rather have the people stay” on the 3,500 person cruise ship anchored near San Francisco with 21 coronavirus cases “because I like the numbers being where they are,” Philip Bump of the Washington…