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  • With Patient Volumes Cut In Half, Local Hospitals Lost Millions ( Glenwood Springs, Colorado )

    05/28/2020 9:27:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Aspen Public Radio ^ | MAY 27, 2020 | ALEX HAGER
    Tracy Doherty was let go from her job as a pediatric nurse at Valley View Hospital in early May. The hospital’s CEO is projecting $30-45 million in lost income this year, which led to staff cuts. ... Her line of work usually comes with some stability, so she was surprised when she was laid off earlier this month. “Being a nurse you kind of never expect to lose your job,” Doherty said. “I knew they were going to be cutting staff, but I didn't think it would be nursing staff.” Valley View let go of about 100 employees, or roughly...
  • Deep State Operatives Leak False Story on Flynn-Kislyak Transcripts Ahead of Huge Release – Grenell Fact-Checks in Real Time

    05/28/2020 8:52:53 PM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 5/28/2020 | Christina Laila
    Deep State operatives are leaking false stories on the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts ahead of a huge release in order to control the narrative. Former Acting DNI Ric Grenell already declassified the Flynn transcripts and John Ratcliffe, who was sworn is as the new Director of National Intelligence is set to release the transcripts soon! So now the Deep State is working with the media to spin, spin, spin. NBC News hack Geoff Bennett reported on Thursday afternoon that according to a ‘former Trump admin official,’ the Flynn-Kislyak calls that Grenell declassified are written summaries of the calls, not audiotapes. Deep State...
  • De Blasio’s cluelessness on reopening NYC is ultimate failure of crisis leadership

    05/28/2020 8:03:07 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 26 May 2020 | Post Editorial Board
    New York City is in serious trouble: Its economy is collapsing under the COVID lockdown — and Mayor Bill de Blasio is totally clueless about how to reopen it. On Tuesday, he admitted City Hall has no specific date for lifting restrictions (though he’s hoping it’ll be some time in June) — and no firm grip whatsoever on the details of how the reopening will take place. “We’re going to be briefing all New Yorkers on each of these questions as we get closer,” he assures. Gee, thanks. (Memo to Hizzoner: June starts on Monday.) There’s a “lot that we...
  • Let the Sun Shine In

    05/28/2020 7:29:56 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | 27 May 2020 | Michael Hendrix
    Florida has proven that a measured, evidence-based response to reopening works. For a moment in April, the Internet tried to cancel Florida. Photos showing crowds flocking to Jacksonville Beach amid the Covid-19 pandemic brought the hashtag #FloridaMorons to the top of Twitter. The media eagerly spun scenes of ignorant spring breakers endangering themselves and others. Nearly two months after America’s first case of coronavirus, here was Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, joining neighboring state Georgia’s “experiment in human sacrifice” by letting locals lift restrictions on their own. Nearly a month later, Jacksonville’s Duval County reports new Covid-19 hospitalizations in the...
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine scaling back daily coronavirus briefings

    05/28/2020 7:33:37 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 9 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | Laura Hansock
    A sobering note: #WineWithDeWine, the daily 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing held by Gov. Mike DeWine, is getting shorter and becoming less frequent...This week, for instance, there were only two briefings, and instead of 90 minutes, each lasted just an hour -- with 30 minutes of announcements and just 30 minutes for reporters’ questions...Journalists would love DeWine, Acton and Husted to answer questions each day. However, reporters have been grumbling in recent weeks that they are frequently evading questions, answering the question they wish they would have been asked, and using other rhetorical tactics of seasoned politicians.
  • ‘We Have To Do This Right’: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman Says George Floyd Investigation Will Take Time

    05/28/2020 5:51:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WCCO ^ | May 28, 2020 | WCCO
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his office is working on the George Floyd investigation as quickly as possible, but that it will take some time. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Freeman called the fatal arrest of George Floyd Monday a “senseless death” and that his heart is with the family of Floyd. Freeman added that his office leads the nation in transparency in these types of cases, and was one of the few offices to successfully convict officers for unreasonable use of deadly force. Freeman said, however, it will take time to complete the case....
  • Arrogant, inexperienced and ineffective: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is overmatched in her new job (me: yeah, right)

    05/28/2020 5:47:13 PM PDT · by rintintin · 90 replies
    Poynter ^ | May 26, 2020 | Tom Jones
    For a year, many media outlets — including Poynter — complained about the lack of official White House press conferences. Sarah Sanders didn’t hold one for the final three months of her tenure. Stephanie Grisham didn’t hold one at all in her nine months as press secretary. So when Kayleigh McEnany, who took over in early April, began having press conferences again, it was a welcome change. But in the category of “careful what you wish for,” McEnany is off to a rough start. In her very first official White House press conference, McEnany told reporters, “I will never lie...
  • Gov. Tim Walz Activates National Guard In Response To George Floyd Protests

    05/28/2020 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    WCCO ^ | May 28, 2020 | WCCO
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard “to help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd’s death.” The executive order also declares a peacetime emergency, activating the State Emergency Operations Center. Protests in South Minneapolis turned violent and destructive Wednesday night near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. “It is time to rebuild. Rebuild the city, rebuild our justice system, and rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and those they’re charged to protect. George Floyd’s death should lead to justice and systemic change, not more death...
  • Government tells Planned Parenthood to return $80 million it stole from COVID-19 relief

    05/28/2020 4:13:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 20, 2020 | Laura Nicole |
    According to a Fox News report, $80 million in stimulus funds intended to help small businesses struggling through coronavirus economic hardship have gone instead to Planned Parenthood, the multi-billion dollar abortion business. Under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Congress allocated $349 billion in federal funds to provide assistance to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. According to the Department of the Treasury, funds may be used to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits” as well as “interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.” In August 2019, Planned Parenthood rejected Title X federal funding after...
  • Fitton: Judicial Watch Lawsuit Forces Release of Infamous FBI Memo Used to Launch Obama Administration’s Spy Operation on Trump’s 2016 Campaign

    05/28/2020 3:51:04 PM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    JudicalWatch ^ | May 28, 2020 | JW Staff
    In a major development, Judicial Watch forced the declassification and release of an FBI memo or “electronic communication” (EC) that officially launched the counterintelligence investigation, termed “Crossfire Hurricane,” of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. We obtained the document that disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok wrote in our FOIA (suit0 against the FBI and DOJ for: “The Electronic Communication that initiated the counterintelligence investigation of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.” (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02743). The redacted document details seemingly third hand information that the Russian government “had been seeking prominent members of the Donald Trump campaign...
  • 'Tantamount to monopoly': Trump signs executive order to curb 'unchecked power' of social media giants

    05/28/2020 3:31:05 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    "What they're doing is tantamount to monopoly, you can say it's tantamount to taking over the airwaves," Trump said. "Can't let it happen. Otherwise, we're not going to have a Democracy, we're not going to have anything to do with a republic." Trump announced that he is directing his administration to "develop policies and procedures to ensure taxpayer dollars are not going in any social media company that repress free speech." Trump said he would delete Twitter if there was a "fair press" in the United States but that he refuses to do so because of the wide reach the...
  • WATCH LIVE: FBI Holds Press Conference on George Floyd Death Investigation

    05/28/2020 2:29:39 PM PDT · by McGruff · 125 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | May 28, 2020
    FBI and state law enforcement provide a statement on the investigation into the death of George Floyd.
  • ‘If Anybody Needs To Be Fact-Checked, It’s The Media’: Kayleigh McEnany Unloads On Jim Acosta

    05/28/2020 2:25:48 PM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 28, 2020 | Virginia Kruta
    “Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact-checkers to work across the world?” Acosta asked “These 18,000 false or misleading statements according to the Washington Post, if there’s any president out there we should be fact-checking, or political leader that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? Aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this?” “If you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about...
  • Leaked FEMA Coronavirus Projections Were Wrong

    05/28/2020 2:11:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush ^ | May 28, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, does anybody remember it was just a couple of weeks ago we were told that secret, internal models from FEMA? They weren’t released. This was a leak. It was a leak to the media. Secret, internal models from FEMA were projecting the total number of deaths from the coronavirus would be double by the end of June. I remember that. And that the FEMA models that were not released… This was a leak. The FEMA models projected 200,000 new coronavirus cases a day by the end of May, which is just three days from now. Guess...
  • Amy Klobuchar declined to prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints

    05/28/2020 2:04:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    The Week via Yahoo News ^ | May 28, 2020 | Kathryn Krawczyk
    George Floyd's death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record. Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden's vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, including the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he protested, The Guardian reports. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday
  • 'We're Fed Up With It': Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Curtailing Social Media Companies

    05/28/2020 1:42:16 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 103 replies ^ | 5/29/2020
    Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants. The US president is engaged in a public feud with the companies, which he has accused of censoring free speech and bias, and said: "We're fed up with it." It comes as Twitter flagged one of Mr Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots in California with a fact-check warning. The executive order points out that social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, should forgo their legal immunity from the law, should they edit users' content on their platforms. Currently, Section 230 offers legal protections to...
  • Anthony Fauci Calls on Christians to ‘Forestall’ Receiving Communion to Prevent Virus Spread

    05/28/2020 12:08:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28 2020 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged Christians to wear masks, practice social distancing, and forego singing and receiving communion during worship services to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview with the Jesuit-run America magazine published Wednesday, Dr. Fauci said that churches should “limit the number of people, so that you don’t have people in the pews right next to each other,” and the faithful should “absolutely” wear masks. Regarding the distribution of communion, Fauci said he does not think there is a safe way to go about it and the practice should be abandoned until further notice.
  • 10 years of US H1B visa policies overturned by settlement

    05/28/2020 12:48:32 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 27 replies ^ | 2020-05-27 | Daniel Waldron and Sanwar Ali
    According to an article published by Forbes, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached an agreement with business group, ITServe Alliance, which brings to an end a decade of restrictive H1B visa policies imposed on employers. The settlement comes following two key rulings against USCIS.On March 20, 2020 a District Court opinion rejected key actions taken by USCIS, while more recently, on May 20, a judge in Georgia ruled against USCIS policies. For many employers, problems they encountered with USCIS started back on January 8, 2010 after the ‘Neufeld’ memo was issued.In the memo, USCIS seized the authority...
  • 'Plainly illegal': Senate Democrat condemns Trump's social media executive order

    05/28/2020 12:19:53 PM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2020 | Madison Dibble
    Sen. Ron Wyden called President Trump's executive order targeting social media platforms a "plainly illegal" attempt to push "unfiltered lies." . . . "I have warned for years that this administration was threatening 230 in order to chill speech and bully companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter into giving him favorable treatment. Today Trump proved me right. I expect those companies and every American who participates in online speech to resist this illegal act by all possible means," Wyden said in a statement.
  • The Most Important Coronavirus Statistic: 43% Of U.S. Deaths Are From 0.6% Of The Population

    05/28/2020 12:08:33 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 26, 2020 | Avik Roy
    Americans are vigorously debating the merits of continuing to lock down the U.S. economy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A single statistic may hold the key to resolving this debate: the astounding share of deaths occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: The #1 COVID problem 2.1 million Americans, representing 0.62% of the U.S. population, reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (Nursing homes are residences for seniors needing help with activities of daily living, such as taking a shower or getting dressed, who also require 24/7 medical supervision; assisted living...