Trump Won't Prep for Debate [Updated]

NBC News is reporting that Trump doesn’t want to practice for his debates with Biden — the debates he is counting on so much that he wanted a fourth one: Trump spurns traditional debate prep with first faceoff less than 3 weeks away President Donald Trump has not held a single mock debate session, and…

New daily records for both world and US – UPDATED X4

for new cases of Covid-19, according to Worldometers Please note  —  there are two more hours for them to update the numbers for the day Here are the numbers just before 7 PM EDT: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 12,604,412 +224,751 561,764 +5,141 1 USA 3,285,067 +65,068 136,556…

A short note on face masks [UPDATED]

I watched Mike Pence’s joint appearance today with TX Gov. Greg Abbott, and wanted to point out the latest, harmful and obfuscating dodge when it comes to wearing face masks.  There are many other examples of this with Pence, but I will use this latest appearance as the example.  Multiple times Pence said as to…

COVID out of control in Florida UPDATED 2:20 PM EDT

from Worldometers, figures posted today: Florida 143,227   +10,682 3,425 +33 117,468 That’s over 10K new infections for one day, reported for a Saturday, where number of cases reported normally drops.  In this case that is an increase from 9,585 reported for Friday. That is truly exponential growth of infections. For point of comparison, other…

Another sad milestone reached UPDATED – and another …

from Worldometers: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 5,119,655 +36,244 330,429 +1,190 1 USA 1,595,071 +2,348 95,015 +79 We have now passed 95,000 deaths Before the site stops posting data today we will pass 96,000 We will hit the 100,000 mark no later than Monday, and quite conceivably earlier…

… and another milestone passed …. UPDATED

World 4,096,530 +87,239 280,134 +4,158 USA 1,345,929 +24,144 80,000 +1,385 and it is only May 9 ————–— UPDATE  FINAL FIGURES FOR THE DAY FROM WORLDOMETERS: World 4,098,288 +88,997 280,224 +4,248 USA 1,347,309 +25,524 80,037 +1,422

Moscow Mitch Makes Mistake [Updated: He Admits He Doesn't Have the Votes]

Nicholas Fandos writes in the New York Times impeachment liveblog that “There might be a strategic reason the trial is slowing down,” pointing out that the Trump defense has slowed its delivery, and that the question period (16 hours total) may be stretched out over two days. This will push the vote over witnesses to…

You Give Me Yovanovitch and I'll Give You Biden [UPDATED: J. Rubin Gets It]

This story’s been up for over 3 hours now; I’m surprised no one has picked up on it: Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador’s ouster, newly released materials show That would be the crooked Ukraine prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, who lost his job when Zelenskiy defeated his boss, Poroshenko, for the…

Rudy to Testify? Really? [Updated]

All Washington is astonished that Trump, about to be impeached for putting the arm on Ukraine, sent his personal shyster back to Kyiv to do it some more. But remember that Trump thinks there’s nothing wrong with doing that, because he just knows Joe Biden was corruptly interfering in Ukraine’s legal system, if he can…

Lt. Colonel Vindman Fired. Updated.

TPM (Bolds mine) “On Sunday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who gave a bombshell testimony in the House impeachment investigation last month on President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme, will be removed from his post at the White House National Security Council… …The national security adviser said Vindman, who currently serves…

Terrific piece on taxes by Dave Leonhardt – UPDATED

now up at the New York Times website and titled The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You. I strongly urge everyone to read it. There is a mobile graphic that runs from 1950 to 2018 by mobile I mean the line showing the effective rate of taxation across various income levels changes as…

Netanyahu's “Trump Heights” is Fake News [Updated]

TPM is reporting several Israeli papers are saying that “Trump Heights” — Netanyahu’s latest attempt to flatter Trump — is nothing more than a sign and may never be anything more than a sign. No actual town or village has actually been founded at all. It appears to be little more than a PR stunt…