Sunday, August 30, 2020

“Sen. Paul complains about 'angry mob' encounter after RNC”


Associated Press

“MGM Resorts lays off 18,000 previously furloughed employees” by Contessa Brewer


“More than 5 million people won’t get the $300 unemployment boost right now” by Greg Iacurci


  • “32 states had received federal approval to offer an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits as of 12 noon ET on Wednesday. 
  • About 5.5 million workers are currently receiving unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in the states that haven’t yet gotten approval.
  • Meanwhile, many eviction protections are gone, an aid program for small businesses ended and jobs are hard to find.”

“IRS guidelines put employers on the hook for Trump’s payroll tax break” by Darla Mercado


  • “On Aug. 8, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a deferral of the employees’ portion of the payroll tax from Sept. 1 through the end of the year.
  • The IRS released guidance on the tax deferral on Friday night – four days before the deferral is supposed to take effect.
  • Tax professionals are skeptical of the guidance and say it places too much liability on the employer. Deferred taxes ultimately must be paid by April 30, according to the guidance.”

Saturday, August 29, 2020

“Why Facebook’s plan to give virtual assistants bodies is both awesome and terrifying“

Tristan Greene

“The Kenosha Shooting Suspect Was In The Front Row Of A Trump Rally In January”

 Kyle Rittenhouse’s social media is filled with references to “Blue Lives Matter.” A Trump campaign spokesperson said, "This individual had nothing to do with our campaign." “

BuzzFeed News

“What Ellen’s Kindness Concealed”

 The recent scandal at her talk show suggests that the host’s smiling facade covers up something dark—and hints at why that facade had to be created in the first place.”

​(Ryan Pfluger / The New York Tim​es)

  • Story by  Spencer Kornhaber

“President Trump Ends RNC 2020 With Divisive Rhetoric Emblematic Of His Tenure”

 👹 🤥 🤥 🤥 👺 “In his speech closing out the GOP convention, Trump said a vote for Joe Biden would be “the destroyer of American greatness.” “

Friday, August 28, 2020

“Arizona Is on the Verge of Turning Fully Blue”

 The Republicans could lose not only their presidential electors, but its U.S. Senate seat and state legislature.”

by Martin Longman

USPS temporary rate increase ...

 “USPS has announced a temporary rate increase that will raise the price of all domestic shipping services during the upcoming holiday season.

USPS is raising rates to help them cover increased costs from dealing with 3 big headaches; the coronavirus pandemic, record-breaking shipping volumes, and Congress not helping them out -1 

October 18th–December 27th USPS temporary rate increase:Q

  • First Class Package: 25 cents/package
  • Priority Mail (including Flat Rate, Regional Rate, and Cubic): 40 cents/package
  • Parcel Select Ground: 40 cents/package
  • Priority Mail Express: $1.50/package

“These Are The Victims Of The Kenosha Protest Shooting”


Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

“ Black Diabetics Lose Limbs at Triple the Rate of Others. Here’s How Health Care Leaders Are Starting to Act.”

 “The American Diabetes Association is creating an initiative to fight unnecessary amputations, which a ProPublica investigation found disproportionately affect Black diabetics. Congress, doctors and the public are finally taking notice, too.”

​by Lizzie Presser

“ Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic”

 “ Renowned inventor Walter Hutchins has voted in every presidential election since 1952. This year, as many states stopped sending teams to help seniors vote, his nursing home was on coronavirus lockdown and his streak was in jeopardy.”

“ Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague”

 An Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation revealed Kevin Clarkson texted a much-younger state employee hundreds of times, often using kiss emoji and commenting on her appearance.”

by Kyle Hopkins

“Christian Leaders Call On Fellow Believers To Take Science Seriously During The Pandemic”

 “Alarmed by stories of Christians ignoring experts’ COVID-19 advice, a group of prominent writers, scientists and pastors is speaking up in defense of science.”

By Carol Kuruvilla

“Experts Predict What Flu Season Will Be Like During The COVID-19 Pandemic”

  “Buckle up: Here's what dealing with colds, influenza and the coronavirus all at the same time could be like this fall and winter.”
By Lindsay Holmes

“CDC Quietly Changes Testing Guidelines To Exclude People With No Symptoms”

 Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people can unwittingly spread COVID-19, which is why public health experts have urged widespread testing for everyone.”

By Marina Fang

Thursday, August 27, 2020

“People Who Trust Trump Are More Likely To Discriminate Against Asian”

 “ “Incidents of racism against Asian Americans during the pandemic haven’t ebbed. The president, meanwhile, keeps calling COVID-19 the “China virus.” “

By Brittany Wong

“The RNC Ignored Police Brutality And Kenosha Violence To Praise Trump For ‘Law And Order’ “

 “Night three of the GOP convention felt very separated from the turmoil stemming from the police shooting of Jacob Blake.”

“Tucker Carlson defends vigilante shooter, says he 'had to maintain order when no one else would' “


“ Four scenarios on how we might develop immunity to Covid-19” By HELEN BRANSWELL


“ Apple's new iPhone operating system is making it harder for Facebook to track people, and Facebook says it will decimate part of its business” by Rob Price

 Personal Note (#myopinion): Personally, I love my privacy ... and this tracking by Social Media, etc., is CREEPY! And, FB, we should care/feel for FB, because ...

“Cloth masks: Dangerous to your health?” And, this research/study was completed in 2015 BEFORE COVID-19!


“Trump’s White House Convention May Be Coercing Staffers Into Violating The Hatch Act”

While Trump is exempt from the law banning political activity by government workers in government facilities, hundreds of White House employees are not.

By S.V. Date“

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

“Working From Home Due To COVID-19? Your Tax Bill Could Increase Next Year.”


 If you're telecommuting due to the coronavirus pandemic, you may owe 2020 taxes depending on which state your home and employer are located.

“Donald Trump’s Corruption Was On Full Display At The RNC“


“Alaska’s Attorney General on Unpaid Leave After Sending Hundreds of “Uncomfortable” Texts to a Young Colleague”

Kevin Clarkson texted a much-younger state employee to come to his house at least 18 times, often using kiss emoji and commenting on her appearance. He’s been on unpaid leave for weeks, but the state never told the public he was gone, or why.

“She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right.”

In one of the country’s richest cities, the public housing authority aggressively sued its residents, filing complaints for amounts as little as $5. Some residents were sued over the authority’s own mistakes.

“COVID-19 Long-Haulers: What You Need To Know About The Virus’ Lasting Symptoms”

Doctors are still working to understand the people who aren’t fully recovering.”

“You Won’t See These Prominent Republicans At Trump’s RNC”


“ ‘Tick Tock, Trump’: Scathing New Attack Ad Asks Who Will Be Arrested Next”

MeidasTouch looks at Steve Bannon’s arrest — and wonders which Trump insider could be next.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

“ 166-Year-Old Republican Party Becomes The Newest Trump Property”

 “Four years after a floor fight to strip Trump of the nomination, the GOP doesn’t even attempt to draft a platform, announcing that whatever Trump does is fine.“

“AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP distort on health care, vote fraud”


“Demands for Removal of DeJoy Intensify After Postmaster General Shows He 'Doesn't Know the Basics of His Agency' “

 “ "The only thing you should be delivering is your resignation," Rep. Ayanna Pressley told DeJoy.”

“Did Pangolin Trafficking Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic?”

“ The elusive animals’ possible involvement in the origins of COVID-19 gives them a weird ambivalence: threatened and, perhaps, dangerous.” 

Monday, August 24, 2020

“Federal Prosecutors Have Steve Bannon’s Murky Nonprofit in Their Sights”

Tucked at the bottom of the long indictment against Bannon, prosecutors say they want to seize the assets of his nonprofit Citizens of the American Republic, shedding more light on the secretive political group’s finances.

“Black Workers Are More Likely to Be Unemployed but Less Likely to Get Unemployment Benefits”

“Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at the end of August“

 Tim Stelloh and Kristen Welker and Monica Alba


“Man who believed virus was hoax loses wife to Covid-19” (By Marianna Spring Specialist disinformation reporter, BBC News)

“Melania Trump reportedly taped making 'disparaging' remarks about president and his children” (Photo ... Hulimka)

“Everything We Know About The 2020 Republican National Convention” (Photo ... Marcia Lee Kelly)

 “The GOP will renominate Donald Trump for president, one week after Democrats nominated former Vice President Joe Biden.”

Sunday, August 23, 2020

“Melania Trump Faces Backlash for Rose Garden Renovation: 'She Cut Down Jackie's Trees!' “

Can we talk about how Jackie Kennedy’s Rose Garden was colorful and diverse and beautiful and Melania just made it... white?  Santiago Mayer”

“House passes bill to reverse changes blamed for mail delays”


“ Kanye West was booted from ballots in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana in the latest blow to his presidential bid”

“Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with President Trump at the White House. 

“Judges Keep Buying the GOP’s Bogus Mail-In Voting Fraud Claims”

“ "WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Protest material that resemble mail-in election ballots are seen as demonstrators gather on Kalorama Park to protest President Donald Trump donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy on August 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. The protests are in response to a recent statement by President Trump to withhold USPS funding that would ensure that the post office would be unable handle mail-in voting ballots for the upcoming 2020 Election. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)" “

“Here are the CEOs and companies that support Trump and Biden“

“In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. The conventions, which will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus, was Aug. 17-20 for the Democrats and will be Aug. 24-27 for the Republicans. (AP Photo)“