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Frustrated by lack of help from Trump, Maryland’s first lady secures 500,000 virus tests from South Korea

Maryland gov Larry Hogan enlisted his wife, a Korean immigrant, to help procure 500,000 test kits from South Korea after repeated attempts to secure federal assistance failed.

Take Action: Demand Trump stop withholding lifesaving aid to states because of his petty grudges against governors!

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Trump melts down after reporter puts him on the spot for not warning Americans sooner

The president let Americans die, and Weija Jiang isn’t letting him get away with it.

Check out this week’s episode: How Trump is infecting American democracy with a deadly virus of his own

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Trump company shares video of golfer claiming drinking a bottle of vodka everyday cures virus
The president’s golf company promoted a dangerously false anti-coronavirus claim.

Trump admin official in charge of coronavirus testing was forced out of previous vaccine research job
Trump’s current Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir was given 30 minutes to resign after lousy performance review at Texas A&M in 2015.

Take Action: Be sure you’re doing the five key things to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Trump claims he is suspending immigration over coronavirus
The president is using the pandemic as cover to advance hard-line, xenophobic immigration policies.

Company run by family of Trump’s ambassador to Belgium receives millions from small business loan program
Continental Materials, run by prominent family with close ties to Trump, received $5.5 million in PPP funds, more than 25 times the average loan amount.

Take Action: Tell the Senate: Reject Trump’s $500 billion slush fund for corporations. That’s not emergency relief!

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A watchdog out of Trump’s autocratic grasp unleashes wave of coronavirus audits
The Government Accountability Office is moving quickly to conduct oversight — and it’s got more protection than other Trump targets.

Republicans attack Facebook as network shuts down anti-lockdown protests
The social network has already removed protest messages that endanger entire communities.

Conservative activist family behind ‘grassroots’ anti-quarantine Facebook events
A family-run network of far-right “scam artists” is stoking anger and fomenting fear under the guise of grassroots, civic activism.

Medical staffing companies cut doctors’ pay while spending millions on political ads
Staffing firms have spent millions pressuring politicians to remove patient out-of-pocket limits while slashing doctors’ pay during pandemic.

Go To Work And Die? Ex-RNC chair fact-checks Trump on coronavirus protests
Ex-gov Michael Steele hits Trump on abdication of leadership during crisis.

US monitoring intelligence that North Korean leader is in grave danger after surgery
Trump’s authoritarian pal appears to be in serious trouble.


Election 2020

Ignorant GOP governors fail to lead


Today’s Action: Release jail and prison inmates to slow coronavirus

The Parnell Correctional Facility in Michigan has an infection rate of 10% among the prisoners and 21% among the staff. And though it’s not surprising, it is predictable and should have been anticipated. While most of us diligently hold out under extended stay-at-home mandates, those in prison or jail are forced to remain in cramped, crowded and often unsanitary environments — conditions primed for the rapid spread of disease.

Inmates in our prison and jail systems are already some of our most vulnerable citizens – predominantly Black and Hispanic men from lower socioeconomic background, and very much victims of justice systems with overtly racist sentencing procedures.

States must act NOW to thin out the prison and jail populations, to protect both those released and those who remain from this contagious virus.

Call or email your Governor and demand they lower your state’s jail and prison populations by releasing those serving sentences for minor or non-violent crimes, especially the elderly, those who cannot afford cash bail, and anyone close to finishing their sentence as long as the pandemic is active.

These efforts have already begun around the nation: from Ohio, where hundreds of defendants waiting for their trial date are now released, to Los Angeles County, where inmates are being released early.

But elsewhere, the same recommendation has met resistance and flat-out refusal. And across the board, inmates are generally responsible for their own hygiene – in Arizona, for example, bathrooms are not stocked with soap and prisoners must pay for it themselves. With inhumane and unsanitary conditions like these, it is vital we act fast.

Inmates in our jails and prison systems already lack the ability to advocate for themselves, to speak out and to gain media attention, and it may only be a matter of days before these crowded institutions begin to feel the full effects of coronavirus. On behalf of those without a voice, please raise yours today.

Email or call your Governor and ask them to protect inmates from coronavirus by reducing the population of prisons and jails in your state. Recommend they release nonviolent prisoners who are close to the end of their sentence, especially the elderly and those being held because they cannot afford cash bail.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition tell Trump to stop blaming everyone else and start taking responsibility for his inept outbreak response, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.


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