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Trump Moves To Kneecap Oversight Of COVID-19 Stimulus

There are trillions of taxpayer dollars in the trunk, Donald Trump is at the wheel and the cops are nowhere in sight. The congressional coronavirus relief measures for taxpayers and businesses passed in recent weeks are the largest in U.S. history. Members of Congress, understandably, made an effort when writing the legislation to ensure all that money was spent responsibly, and according to the law. But over and over in recent days, President Trump has sought to kneecap those checks. For exa...
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Trump Moves To Kneecap Oversight Of Biggest COVID-19 Stimulus

There are trillions of taxpayer dollars in the trunk, Donald Trump is at the wheel and the cops are nowhere in sight. The congressional coronavirus relief measures for taxpayers and businesses passed in recent weeks are the largest in U.S. history. Members of Congress, understandably, made an effort when writing the legislation to ensure all that money was spent responsibly, and according to the law. But over and over in recent days, President Trump has sought to kneecap those checks. For exa...
Tags: News, Congress, Obama Administration, White House, Treasury, Pentagon, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Grimm, Trump, Grimms, Brian Miller, Bob Livingston, This Week, Matt Shuham, Glenn Fine


How A Press Photo From The Mormon Church Got Co-Opted By Mask-Selling Middlemen

On March 3, Brian Kolfage tried to reach the U.S. government — through Instagram. The Air Force veteran, who’s best known for running the crowd-funded border wall project “We Build The Wall,” had stumbled into a new line of work: Medical supply middleman. He’d posted a picture of a massive warehouse, filled with hundreds of boxes marked “3M.” They held 300 million N95 surgical masks, he wrote, just waiting to reach health professionals in need around the country. But there was a big problem: ...
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How A Border Wall Fundraiser Jumped Head-First Into The International Medical Supply Game

On March 3, Brian Kolfage tried to reach the U.S. government — through Instagram. The triple-amputee Air Force veteran, who’s best known for running the crowd-funded border wall project “We Build The Wall,” had found a new line of work: Medical supply middleman. Before the sudden change, Kolfage had spent tens of millions of dollars collected from Trump supporters to build steel bollard fencing on private land at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. The project, billed as an effort to help the Pr...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Texas, News, Instagram, Ebay, Mexico, US, Ukraine, Shanghai, Salt Lake City, Air Force, Wuhan, Osaka, Jesus Christ, Trump


In New York’s Sickest County, Hasidic Jews Feel The Extra Scrutiny

Josef Nuemann spent his 72nd birthday in a coma .  On March 29, the great grandfather finally succumbed to injuries he’d sustained three months earlier, when a machete-wielding man attacked him and others during a Hanukkah party in the small, heavily Jewish hamlet of Monsey, New York.  In Monsey and neighboring Spring Valley, which are known for their thriving community of Hasidic Jews, the news added to an ongoing tragedy. The towns are at the epicenter of Rockland County’s coronavi...
Tags: Facebook, New York, News, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Rockland, Spring Valley, Journal News, New Rochelle, Rockland County, Schwab, Presser, Ramapo, Monsey, Gestetner, Matt Shuham


Trump Claimed The Feds Have ‘Built 18 Hospitals.’ FEMA And Army Records Say Otherwise

President Donald Trump claimed on Monday that the federal government had “built 18 hospitals” to deal with the surge in COVID-19 patients as the pandemic sweeps across the country. But that only appears to be the case if you count several sites that will not be ready to treat patients for weeks, a TPM goose chase found — including nine sites that the Army Corps of Engineers said in a press release Tuesday  were “0%” complete. Progress photos for some sites showed nothing more than cavernous c...
Tags: News, New York City, Fema, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Detroit, Trump, Army Corps, Javits Center, U S Army Corps of Engineers, Army Corps Of Engineers, USACE, Matt Shuham, San Mateo County California, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Former GOP Rep. Campaigning With Gun Giveaway To Fend Off ‘Looting Hordes From Atlanta’

Use your AR-15 to fend off “looting hordes” from Atlanta. So says a former congressman who’s trying to get back to the D.C. swamp. As part of former Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) bid to get back to Congress, he’s holding an AR-15 giveaway, he announced in a campaign video released Friday. “In uncertain times like these, the right to defend yourself, your property and your family could not be more important,” the former member of Congress explains in the ad. Give Broun’s campaign your email, and yo...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, America, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Georgia, Gop, Ar-15, Matt Shuham, David Perdue R Ga, Paul Broun, Broun, Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman


Where Things Stand: Trump Speaks For Himself

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is returning to the first lady’s team as chief-of-staff, leaving behind a likely calculated legacy of not once holding a press briefing. White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows is reportedly appointing Kayleigh McEnany, who serves as a spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, to replace Grisham. But is the replacement just a formality, at least for now? Since the coronavirus task force began holding it’s daily briefings, Pres...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Joe Biden, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Trump, Grisham, Mark Meadows, Kayleigh McEnany, Stephanie Grisham, Matt Shuham, Nicole Lafond, Kate Riga, Josh Kovensky


Former Rep. Bob Livingston’s Lobbying Firm Jumps In The Medical Supply Game

Former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) and other politically connected players are jumping into the COVID-19 supply business — with some help from the National Governors Association. Livingston’s lobbying firm and another firm started by a top Republican fundraiser are listed on NGA’s “Coronavirus Resources” page — which the governors’ group says is “an online hub for businesses and other organizations with supplies or services to connect with states officials regarding critical needs.” The Living...
Tags: New York, News, Maryland, La, Politico, United States, Fda, Republican, Andrew Cuomo, Livingston, Larry Hogan, National Governors Association, Gula, NGA, Bob Livingston, Matt Shuham


Where Things Stand: Of Course Giuliani Is Behind This

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is apparently whispering in the President’s ear again. This time, it’s about an unproven cure to COVID-19. In an interview with the Washington Post, Giuliani described himself as a special science adviser to Trump and said he has had several one-on-one calls with the President in recent weeks, hyping the efficacy of the use of an anti-malaria drug to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The use of the drug to treat or even cu...
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Where Things Stand: Then What Purpose Does A Federal Stockpile Serve, Jared?

Not to pile on Jared Kushner for a second day in a row … but what is he talking about? As Twitter has informed me, I wasn’t the only one who noticed the White House senior adviser’s befuddling remarks about the federal stockpile during the briefing last night. To recap: Kushner made the head-scratching assertion that Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies belonged to the federal government — and not the people living in U.S. states. “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supp...
Tags: Florida, News, Navy, White House, China, Msnbc, Anthony Fauci, Jared, Trump, Rubio, Josh Marshall, Tierney Sneed, HHS, Oval Office, Marco Rubio R FL, Fauci


Hundreds Of Sailors Cheer For Captain Relieved After Ringing Alarm On COVID-19 Cases

The Navy captain relieved of command after ringing alarm bells over the spread of COVID-19 on his ship got a hero’s farewell Thursday night from the hundreds of sailors previously under his command. The acting secretary of the Navy announced Thursday that Captain Brett Crozier was being relieved of command due to showing “extremely poor judgement” in the form of a memo alerting Navy higher-ups to the dire COVID-19 infection rate on his ship. Chants of “Captain Crozier!” rang through the USS T...
Tags: News, Navy, Gw, Roosevelt, San Francisco Chronicle, Guam, Crozier, Matt Shuham, COVID-19, Brett Crozier


Ammon Bundy Pledges ‘Physical Defense’ For Those Who Defy Idaho’s COVID-19 Order

Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy led a meeting last week where he agitated for Idahoans to physically defy the state’s stay-at-home order, which is meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bundy is perhaps best known for leading the armed, 10-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016. But these days he’s threatening to rise up against the public health measures to ward off COVID-19. Bundy, who lives in Idaho, announced a “people’s meeting” on Face...
Tags: Facebook, News, Oregon, Ap, Idaho, Associated Press, Ammon Bundy, Bundy, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Health and Welfare, Matt Shuham, COVID-19, Ammon Bundy Pledges Physical Defense


Politics Governs Trump’s Pandemic Response

Over and over again, President Donald Trump has made one thing clear to governors in need of help during the COVID-19 pandemic: “I want them to be appreciative.” That is, appreciative of the President and his administration’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. No matter that Trump spent weeks downplaying the pandemic, delayed local responses and sowed doubt in his supporters’ minds. This is about politics, and Trump has said so. “It’s a two-way street,” he said last week, referring to New Yor...
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Where Things Stand: Kushner’s Many Hats

The President’s son-in-law has quietly taken on a crucial role in the White House’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. According to a new Politico report, Jared Kushner was initially assigned a side job a few weeks ago, to work with private companies to address COVID-19 testing issues across the nation. Now, his role in the White House’s efforts has expanded significantly. Kushner has taken on an outsized role in coordinating with FEMA and has been working with the pr...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Politico, Fema, Middle East, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Elizabeth Cohen, Labor Department, Kushner, White House Trump, Jared Kushner, Matt Shuham, Chuck Schumer D NY, Nicole Lafond


New York’s Food Pantries Face An ‘Unprecedented And Extreme Uptick In Need’

Passover, one of the holiest holidays on the Jewish calendar and one centered around home-cooked meals, is typically the busiest time of year for Alex Rapaport. He’s the executive director of the Masbia, a string of kosher soup kitchens and food pantries around New York City. Normally the need for food doubles during this time of year, Rapaport told TPM. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in historic job losses and a spike in hungry New Yorkers, demand has quintupled this season. ...
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FEMA Sends Ambulances To NYC As Hundreds Of First Responders Are Sidelined With COVID

New York City’s first responders are receiving some back-up from the federal government, the city announced Tuesday, as the number of emergency medical calls continues to break records with each passing day. As of Tuesday morning, more than 50 of the back-up ambulances were already in the city’s 911 system and responding to calls, FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told TPM. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, the partnership with FEMA will bring, in total, “250 more ambulances and approxi...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Fema, Bill De Blasio, Epa, Fdny, EMS, Paramedic, AMR, Dwyer, Ground Zero, Gandolfo, Matt Shuham, American Medical Response AMR, COVID-19


FDA Gives Emergency Authorization To Potential COVID-19 Drugs, But Doubts Remain

The FDA over the weekend issued its first emergency authorization for COVID-19 therapies. But absent any solid data on the drugs, medical and legal experts questioned the move. The “emergency use authorization” (EUA) from the FDA applies to two drugs, hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate. President Donald Trump and a smattering of doctors around the world have boosted the drugs’ potential for weeks despite limited clinical data supporting them. Versions of the drugs have been ...
Tags: New York, News, Arizona, World Health Organization, Fda, University of Pennsylvania, Novartis, Donald Trump, Bayer, Trump, Borio, HHS, BARDA, Brennan, EUA, TPM


Fringe Pro-Trump Pastor Briefly Arrested After Flouting COVID-19 Order

Rodney Howard-Browne, a fringe pastor, outspoken Trump booster and conspiracy theorist was briefly arrested Monday after flouting public health orders and holding services the previous day. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a news conference that he’d obtained an arrest warrant for Howard-Browne, of The River at Tampa Bay church, for two second-degree misdemeanors: Unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules. Jail records from the Hernando County Detenti...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, News, America, Times, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Trump, Tampa Bay, Oval Office, Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Times, Andrew Warren, Matt Shuham, Rodney Howard Browne, Howard Browne


WATCH LIVE: WH Coronavirus Task Force Holds Briefing At 5:30 PM ET

President Donald Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a press conference on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Scroll down for our full coverage of the briefing. [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, White House, Donald Trump, Matt Shuham, COVID-19, White House Coronavirus Task Force


‘Three Busiest Days We’ve Ever Had’: New Yorkers Are Swamping 911 With COVID-19 Calls

Sick and panicked New Yorkers are swamping the city’s 911 system with calls, breaking records and overwhelming first responders. “It’s the three busiest days we’ve ever had,” FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told TPM on Friday, referring to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The city responded to more than 5,700 medical incidents on Tuesday, 5,800 on Wednesday and 6,000 incidents on Thursday, Dwyer said — each one a new record high. “We broke it each day,” Dwyer said, adding separately: “They are ...
Tags: News, New York City, United States, Fdny, Paramedic, TPM, Dwyer, Gandolfo, Matt Shuham, First Responder, EMT, COVID-19, Christell Cadet, Frank Dwyer, Carl Gandolfo


Trump’s Defense Production Act Two-Step

Despite invoking the wartime law that allows the federal government to direct corporations to produce needed supplies, President Donald Trump hasn’t actually utilized the law. “I invoked the Defense Production Act, and last night, we put it into gear,” Trump said Friday. But he left it at that. And to date, it’s unclear that the law has been used as anything but leverage to coax companies into volunteer supply chain efforts — piecemeal work producing things like ventilators and masks. Jeff Bi...
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Alleged Hospital Bombing Plotter Who Died During Arrest Attempt Was Target Of FBI Sting

A Missouri man who allegedly believed he was picking up an IED to bomb a hospital died when the FBI attempted to arrest him, the bureau said Wednesday. Timothy Wilson, 36, had been the subject of a months-long terrorism investigation “which revealed him to be a potentially violent extremist, motivated by racial, religious, and anti government animus,” the FBI said in a statement. He was allegedly planning a bombing and had considered several targets, according to the statement. Though the FBI...
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Where Things Stand: A Sign Of The Times

The fact that a Senate, that just months ago held a contentious impeachment trial, was able to pass any sort of spending bill — let alone a $2 trillion one — by unanimous consent is jaw-dropping enough. But coupled with the fact that four sitting senators were unable to vote on the legislation because they either have the virus at the center of a global pandemic, or are quarantining due to fear of exposure — and this all feels shockingly dystopian. Republican Sens. Rand Paul (KY) — who has th...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Fbi, Missouri, South Dakota, Treasury, Times, Trump, Paul Ky, Thune, John Thune, Brian Rosenthal, Steve Mnuchin, Matt Shuham


Med Schools Plan Early Graduations To Rush Students To COVID Frontlines

As the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelms health care systems in New York and other hard-hit states around the country, some medical schools are offering a months-early graduation to students who can help to staff strained hospitals. On Wednesday night, the organization that accredits MD programs in the United States published guiding principles for early graduations “in the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.” The early graduations come as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scrubbed the...
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Experts, Not Easter, Should Dictate COVID-19 Protocol Biden Says

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday sided with COVID-19 experts in cautioning against relaxing social distancing measures too quickly. The line from the Democratic presidential contender came as he’s struggled to make his presence felt on the COVID-19 crisis. President Donald Trump and several Democrats, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Biden’s opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have made themselves regularly available on live-streams and to the press. But as Biden acknowle...
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Where Things Stand: Trump Tries To Have It Both Ways With ‘China Virus’ Rhetoric

Earlier this week, President Trump attempted to make up for his use of the term “China virus” to describe COVID-19 by defending the Asian American community, which has faced xenophobia and racist attacks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But his tweet didn’t go far enough. He failed to address the harm that his racist labeling of the pandemic has and will continue to have on the Asian American community. But, as history has shown, a world leader’s refusal to shut down harmful rhetoric ...
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New York Faces A Desperate Situation As COVID-19 Cases Top 25,000

New York has nowhere near the number of hospital beds, ventilators or health care professionals needed to meet the demand created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s governor said Tuesday. As cases there passed 25,000 and new diagnoses were projected to continue accelerating, the COVID-19 footprint in New York is roughly 10 times the next most-impacted states of New Jersey, California and Washington. And the rate is “doubling about every three days,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a pre...
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Here Are The Pundits And Pols Willing To Trade COVID-19 Deaths For Economic Gains

For weeks, as the novel coronavirus has spread across the globe and infected hundreds of thousands of people, there have been the skeptics — those who say “social distancing,” while proven to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, isn’t worth the economic cost.  President Donald Trump has leaned into that view lately, becoming its most high-profile proponent. “We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem,” he said at a press briefing Monday. Later, referring to social...
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Where Things Stand: Signs That You And Trump Might Be On The Fritz

This is how it typically goes when President Trump is growing tired of you. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was notably absent from the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Monday evening. While Trump maintained that he and Fauci were on good terms, the absence was significant after Fauci gave a surprisingly candid interview to Science Magazine over the weekend, in which he ackno...
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