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    Dr. Anthony Fauci has served under six presidents, and has been with the N.I.H for more than 50 years - but Trump thinks that he is "over-reacting".

    So, who does Trump trust?

    Houston doctor Stella Immanuel, who claims that hydroxychloroquinine is a cure for COVID19.

    The good doctor, not surprisingly, has a few other unusual beliefs.

    She believes that there is alien DNA in some medications. And that sleeping individuals have sex with demons. And that a vaccine is being developed to immunize people from religion.

    After all that Trump doubled down on his support for Immanuel.

    For that, he does not deserve a break.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2020/07/29/trump-doubles-down-alien-dna-doctor-claim-hydroxchloroquine-coronavirus-cure/5533652002/

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    Trump was counting on a strong economy to get re-elected.

    The economic results published in the New York Times this morning show why he has shifted his strategy to being the "law and order " president.

    America's economic output fell 9.5% in the second quarter, the BIGGEST DROP ON RECORD. That's an annual rate of -32.9%. Another 1.43 million people filed for unemployment last week, about the same as the week before.

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/07/30/business/stock-market-today-coronavirus?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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    How about the "deficit"? Trump also "loaned" $765 million to Kodak to come up with "something" for the "virus"; I bet nothing will come out of this, except an "huge scam" and fully filled pockets for Trump.

    Also an "creepy" guy here in FL got 3 times more money out of the TPP and bought an new Lambo and other toys from this "money".

    Furthermore Trump now proposes to "delay" the election, because of all the "fraud" he thinks is done by "mail in voting" I predicted that a while ago.

    In the meantime his Gestapo troops are still being used to create even more chaos.

    Sorry people that is what you get if you elect idiots to the W.H. due to our lousy laws and unenforceable "rules" of 1800.

    It is sure time to "update" our Constitution and all other laws. What does an "emoluments clause" do? Nothing at all, as is proven now again; Trump's whole family has trampled it, and no one blinks.

    The more I look at the "picture" of this country, the more per day, I get disappointed about this country.

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    Two virus related stories remind us that "karma is a bitch":

    1 - Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who has frequently refused to don a face covering in the Capitol, confirmed on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus before a planned trip with President Trump on Air Force One, and he blamed his diagnosis on wearing a mask. (He allegedly is also claiming he is pregnant because numerous people told him to go fuck himself.)

    The results immediately sent a shudder through the Capitol, where this week Mr. Gohmert has been voting and actively participating in congressional hearings, including a Judiciary Committee session on Tuesday with Attorney General William P. Barr and another held by the Natural Resources Committee.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday a new mandate requiring lawmakers and staff to wear masks on the House floor and in House office buildings, on penalty of removal. And at least three colleagues and several aides who had contact with Mr. Gohmert announced they would quarantine, while Mr. Barr planned to be tested.

    2- Herman Cain, a prominent Trump supporter and former candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has died of Covid-19. Cain was co-chair of “Black Voices for Trump,” the Trump campaign’s outreach to Black voters, and attended Trump’s June 20 indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma without a mask. The 74-year-old was hospitalized with Covid-19 in early July.

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    Not only did Gohmert get the virus himself, he also managed to contaminate MY CONGRSSMAN.

    Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for COVID-19 after a week in Washington, D.C., that included a hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive in recent days.

    Grijalva, who is the dean of Arizona's delegation, presided over a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee that included Gohmert, who is a member of the committee, along with two other members of Arizona's congressional delegation. The hearing was Tuesday; Gohmert tested positive Wednesday.

    The same day, Gohmert also attended a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, which includes three other members of Congress from Arizona.

    Grijalva went into self-quarantine and was tested as a precaution, Nolan said. On Friday, the attending physician of the Capitol told Grijalva he was positive, too.

    "Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families," Grijalva continued. "I’m pleased that (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) has mandated the use of masks at the Capitol to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points. Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue.

    The issue of managing the new coronavirus crisis has taken on a partisan dimension. The GOP has pressed for quickly reopening society, and some Republican members, such as Gohmert, have had staffers working in Washington as usual. Others, such as Grijalva, have had staff largely working from home for months.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2020/08/01/rep-raul-grijalva-tests-positive-covid-19-symptom-free/5562482002/?for-guid=71ef9875-dfd6-487b-b232-a03faee85a2e

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    And it gets worse:

    On March 8, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., announced he and several staff members had gone into self-quarantine after an extended conversation with a man who later revealed he had contracted COVID-19. The contact came at a conservative conference in the Washington, D.C., area. CPAC)

    Later in March, Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., also went into self-quarantine after one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The staffer recovered.

    In June, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., attended President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. At least a half-dozen campaign workers preparing the event and two members of the Secret Service tested positive for the coronavirus, and the city later faced a swell of cases that local health officials said was likely connected to the event.

    In July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., attended a news conference with the House Freedom Caucus that he leads that included Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., who later tested positive.

    Gosar and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., are also members of the Natural Resources Committee and attended the same hearing as Grijalva and Gohmert.

    Biggs, Lesko and Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., attended the Judiciary Committee hearing that included Gohmert.

    All of the above reminds me of the Darwin Awards.

    The stupidity of the Republican Party has already cost thousands of Republican voters to lose their lives, and even Republican leaders are going to fall by the wayside. Herman Cain was only the first, and more will follow.

    The only bright side of Gohmert's infection is that he has managed to piss off large numbers of people who work in the Capitol building.

    The revelation Wednesday that Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, a renegade lawmaker known for stalking the halls of Congress without a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 has unleashed a fusillade of anger on Capitol Hill — a sudden release of built-up tension over how the institution has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic within the confines of its own workplace.

    For months, the leaders of Congress have allowed lawmakers to enter the Capitol without being screened for the deadly virus, rejecting an offer from the White House to provide rapid testing while trusting that the thousands who work across the massive complex of offices, meeting rooms and hallways will behave responsibly.

    Congress is often buffeted by waves of popular discontent from voters, but what’s happened in recent days has the makings of a historical anomaly: The backlash is coming from the anonymous staff and members who make the place run day to day but are typically accustomed to being told to know their place and accepting that without complaint.

    Many described feeling uncomfortable taking the very kinds of health steps recommended by public health experts, and feeling pressured to report to work in person despite the risks. Multiple aides said it was common to mock those wearing masks, or brush off concerns among staff members with specific health issues.

    Others recalled seeing aides avoid taking elevator rides with certain members out of fear of contracting the virus — an almost unheard-of reversal of the usual dynamics of power in a place teeming with ambition and hierarchy.

    An administrative staffer who often visits multiple offices estimated that mask wearing was “nearly universal in Democratic offices” but was “probably under 50 percent” among Republicans.

    Part of the problem is the scattershot human resources system spread across the Capitol complex. There is no centralized HR department — each of the 535 lawmakers and senators is his or her own employer, with their own set of office policies and protocols.

    At least 86 Capitol workers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a House aide familiar with the data. That includes 25 Architect of the Capitol employees, 28 Capitol police officers and 33 people working on the renovation of the Cannon building. But reporting is voluntary and doesn’t include data for House staffers or lawmakers who have tested positive.

    Democrats think the best solution is to fully enforce current policies, including the new mask mandate. If a member refuses to wear a mask on the House floor or in the connected office buildings and brushes off several warnings to do so, it is much more likely he or she will be escorted from the area until complying, according to Democratic aides familiar with the policy.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/30/capitol-hill-angry-gohmert-coronavirus-388230

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    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, an early advocate among Republicans of wearing masks and other pandemic precautions, tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

    The Republican governor's office said he took the test as part of standard protocol before he was to meet Trump at an airport in Cleveland. He had planned to join the president on a visit to the Whirlpool Corp. plant in northwest Ohio.

    DeWine becomes the second U.S. governor to test positive for coronavirus after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he contracted the virus last month. In recent weeks, DeWine has pleaded with Ohioans to take personal responsibility over the virus' spread across the state. He had resisted a statewide mask mandate until July 23 when the number of daily cases in the state began to push over 1,000.

    DeWine's first try at a statewide requirement for wearing masks inside businesses — back in April — drew backlash that led him to rescind that directive the following day, a stutter among the aggressive moves that had won him early praise in his efforts to curb the virus.

    Mask-wearing also has been a point of contention at the Statehouse, where many Democratic lawmakers have donned masks while many Republican lawmakers have not. DeWine has often found himself at odds with members of his own party on the policy.

    https://azdailysun.com/news/national/ohio-gov-mike-dewine-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-ahead-of-trump-visit/article_dfe10504-99be-51b9-a8eb-07d267c01f0d.html