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Coronavirus update: No stimulus deal in sight, Gilead promises plenty of remdesivir

Coronavirus update: No stimulus deal in sight, Gilead promises plenty of remdesivirModels show a fast-rising death toll By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs August 7, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 4,888,070 (4,826,861) Total U.S. deaths: 160,157 (158,445) Total global cases: 19,141,627 (18,851,834) Total global deaths: 715,802 (708,540) Deal or no deal? It was expected among old Washington hands that Republicans and Democrats would come to some kind of last-minute compromise to extend stimulus and coronavirus (COVID-19) relief. In an election year, the optics of lawmakers leaving town for a month-long vacation without taking action arent particularly good. As of this writing, there is still no deal on the table, with the two sides trillions of dollars apart. Democrats have proposed a $3 trillion package while Republicans support spending $1 trillion. If Congress fails to act, President Trump is…

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Is Barr Planning His Own October Surprise?

Is Barr Planning His Own October Surprise?One of the staples of presidential elections has become the so-called “October surprise.” Often occurring in the final days before an election, the targets of such a surprise are constrained from defending themselves because of the lack of time to do so. As Max Boot suggests, the Trump administration could be in the process of planning several October surprises, which would mean even more chaos in… Source ….. Read More.Washington Monthly – General Political | Politics & GovernmentThu, August 6, 20203 days ago

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Karen Bass, a Potential Biden VP Pick, Explains Her History With Cuba

Karen Bass, a Potential Biden VP Pick, Explains Her History With CubaKaren Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden’s running mate. There are good reasons for this. She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden. But she’s also the only person on Biden’s list who spent part of the 1970s working construction in Fidel Castro’s Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group that has organized annual trips to Cuba for young, leftist Americans for half a century.The Biden campaign knows about Bass’s history with the Brigade, which began as a joint venture of the Castro government and Students for a Democratic Society, the leftist, antiwar organization that gave birth to the Weather Underground terrorist group. She told Biden’s vetting committee weeks ago that this was probably going to come up. So far, it…

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Democrats Are Spending Millions to Boost a Trump Ally

Democrats Are Spending Millions to Boost a Trump AllyThere are few Republican politicians aside from Donald Trump who Democrats abhor more than Kris Kobach, the Kansas conservative who has gained national fame as an architect of laws to force immigrants to show their papers to police and voters to prove their citizenship at the polls.Yet for the past few weeks, Democrats have come to Kobach’s rescue, spending at least $4 million to help the unapologetic Trump ally win the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas. The primary is August 4, and a Democratic-aligned super PAC formed in recent weeks has poured millions into TV ads that bash Kobach’s opponent, Representative Roger Marshall, the Republican backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other state and national GOP power brokers. The ads attack Marshall from the right, lumping him in with “Mitt Romney Republicans and Never Trumpers”…

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So Much for the Decentralized Internet

So Much for the Decentralized InternetKanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama were all feeling generous on the evening of July 16, according to their Twitter accounts, which offered to double any payments sent to them in bitcoin. Not really, of course; they’d been hacked. Or, rather, Twitter itself had been hacked, and for apparently stupid reasons: The perpetrators stole and resold Twitter accounts and impersonated high-follower users to try to scam people out of cryptocurrency.“The attack was not the work of a single country like Russia,” Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger reported at The New York Times. “Instead, it was done by a group of young people … who got to know one another because of their obsession with owning early or unusual screen names.” The hackers gained access to Twitter’s tools and network via a “coordinated social engineering attack,” as Twitter’s customer-support account called it—a fancy…

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How to Lose a Swing State

How to Lose a Swing StateDonald Trump needs Arizona on his side in November. Losing the state and its 11 Electoral College votes would, at the very least, mean a drastically narrower path back to the White House. Keeping Arizona red shouldn’t be a challenge; the state has long been a Republican stronghold. But Arizona is changing rapidly, and right now, the forecast for the GOP looks grim: In 2018, Kyrsten Sinema became the first Democrat to win a Senate race in the state since the 1980s, and Joe Biden has been leading in the presidential polls there for weeks. In this year’s Senate race, the astronaut turned Democratic candidate Mark Kelly is ahead of the incumbent Republican Martha McSally by a comfortable margin. And after the state was reopened by its Republican governor, it experienced a massive surge in COVID-19 infections.One might think that, in its moment of peril,…

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