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Obama: Still no ‘coherent national’ coronavirus plan in US

The former president called out Trump’s failure to form a “coherent national plan” as it continues stumbling through coronavirus pandemic.

Take Action: Investigate Trump for ignoring warnings about the pandemic and letting thousands of Americans die

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reporter rips Trump for promoting “injecting disinfectant” as a cure

The heartless president is promoting a new snake oil after his treatment killed people.

Take Action: Check out the WHO’s list of precautions you can take to avoid infection WITHOUT panicking.

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Despite all evidence to the contrary, Trump disagrees with Fauci on state of US testing capacity
I am not overly confident right now at all, that we have what it takes, Fauci added.

Take Action: Tell Governors to listen to health experts on when to re-open states — NOT TRUMP!

Many Republican Reps refuse to wear masks on House floor, endangering colleagues and workers
The coronavirus changes everything — and nothing — on Capitol Hill.

Trump’s newest hire at HHS in hot water over Twitter feed full of racist, derogatory, delusional barbs
In now-deleted tweets, HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo made repeated racist comments about Chinese people, accused Democrats of wanting the coronavirus to kill millions, and promoted absurd conspiracy theories.

Cuomo rips McConnell’s ‘blue state bailout’ nonsense: ‘your state is living on the money that we generate’
NY gov pummels KY senator for needlessly politicizing the financial crises states are facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump added gyms to “Phase One” of confounding reopening plan after intense industry lobbying, despite dire warnings from health experts
The president has yet to issue basic guidelines on how to safely reopen fitness centers. Gold’s Gym CEO: we have clearer mandates from Mongolian officials than our own.

Trump’s misguided and deadly chloroquine push came after talk with billionaire donor
Dr. Rick Bright was removed from his post at HHS after pushing back against the president’s reckless plan to rush “miracle drug” to the public.

Lowest of the low’: McConnell and Trump ripped for blocking food assistance in coronavirus relief package
Dem Rep. Jim McGovern: “McConnell and Trump don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from—but they don’t think others should be afforded the same right.”

Pelosi mocks McConnell’s insecurity in fiery response to his “blue state bailout” taunt
GOP Senate Majority Leader McConnell playing cruel politics as states face half-trillion dollar deficits due to coronavirus.

Trump admin using emergency coronavirus loan as cover to wrest unprecedented control over Postal Service
The USPS has long been in Trump’s crosshairs, and he’s leveraging disaster relief to take control.

Facing furor, Ruth’s Chris high-end steak chain returns $20M small-business loan
The restaurant chain, which employs nearly 6000, has been under fire for accepting stimulus loans earmarked for struggling small businesses.

Complete disbelief: GOP governors blindside front-line staff with abrupt reopening plans
Despite lacking approval from medical professionals and emergency response officials, Republican governors forging ahead with haphazard reopening plans.


Close to home…



Today’s Action: Oversight on corporations taking bailouts NOW

The Republican Party stays in business by keeping big business well-oiled, and crushing any pesky worker rights issues that get in the way of profit. That’s why the GOP’s primary talking points are finding ways to convince working and middle class voters that pro-corporate/pro-millionaire policy is actually what’s best for the people (and suppressing the voices of those who know better).

And THAT is why the coronavirus financial stimulus packages have thus far included an abysmal lack of corporate oversight. Republicans refused to place any restrictions or oversight on nearly half a trillion dollars of bailout funds to large corporations…companies that are terrified because they spent their profits on stock buybacks instead of investing in initiatives that could keep them afloat on a rainy day.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and demand the following policies on corporate bailouts in the next coronavirus financial stimulus package:

  • Require all corporations maintain their complete employee roster
  • Require a minimum wage of $15/hour for any corporation that takes bailout funds
  • Block bailout funds from being used for executive bonuses, stock buybacks, golden parachute payments, or dividends
  • No bailout funds for lobbying efforts and strict transparency on political spending
  • Require seats on corporate boards for workers and preserve all collective bargaining agreements

Economic stimulus is a good thing – but giving away billions without any worker protections or executive bonus restrictions is a backdoor deal done in plain sight.

Congressional Republicans need to hear from us loud and clear that we see exactly what they’re doing. But Democrats also need to know that we’ve got their back as they dig in and fight harder for oversight on corporate bailouts…and a few moderates might need a firm push in the right direction.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and tell them to insist on corporate oversight in the next coronavirus stimulus package (read them the list above).

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling Trump & McConnell not to let states go bankrupt while they bail out their wealthy corporate donors, 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.


Required Reading for the Resistance. Actions that make a difference.