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Morning Docket: 04.06.20

* The New York Attorney General has ordered New York Sports Clubs to stop charging membership dues while gyms are closed. Now everyone has an excuse not to go to the gym, and they might even save some money too. [Gothamist] * A noted Chinese human rights lawyer has finally been released from prison. [New York Times] * A lawyer who worked at a well-known New York personal injury law firm claims that a supervisor repeatedly showed her pornographic images. And this is not an "I know it when I ...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, New York Times, New York Daily News, Trump, Gothamist, Morning Docket, New York Attorney General, President Trump, New York Sports Clubs, COVID-19, Sobo & Sobo


Trump Shocked to Learn 3M Selling Masks Overseas After He Failed to Invoke Defense Production Act

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday night on Twitter against 3M, the Minnesota-based maker of vital N95 masks used in hospitals around the world during the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened over 1 million people and killed. Trump was apparently upset to learn that 3M has been exporting many of its masks…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, Minnesota, White House, Fox News, Donald Trump, 3m, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Jared Kushner, President Trump, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, Mike Roman, N95


Trump’s gay press aide says it’s wrong to link President to rise in anti-LGBTQ hate

Judd Deere (Photo: @JuddPDeere45 | Twitter) A White House press aide has dismissed the notion that President Donald Trump can be any way linked to a rise in anti-LGBTQ hate groups in the US. White House spokesman Judd Deere, who is himself gay, was responding to a document produced by the respected Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC recently published its annual report on hate groups in the US. It found that the number of what it identifies as hate groups fell from a record of 1,020...
Tags: Politics, Nbc, White House, US, Lifestyle, United States, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Trump, Tony Perkins, SPLC, Southern Poverty Law Center, Family Research Council FRC, GLAAD


Georgia's Idiot Governor Says He Didn't Know People Could Spread Covid-19 Without Symptoms

Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp gave a press conference on Wednesday, announcing a new shelter-in-place order that’s been long overdue. But Kemp also admitted something that should terrify every person living in and around Georgia: Kemp claims he didn’t know until this week that the new coronavirus could be spread by…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Georgia, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Nih, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Centers for Disease Control, Kemp, Brian Kemp, President Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Dr Robert Redfield, Kathleen Toomey


What Coverage of the Spanish Flu Pandemic Can Tell Us About Coronavirus

In Ronald D. Moore’s reimagined “Battlestar Galactica,” the ragged remnants of the human race often respond to adversity by invoking an article of their faith: “All this has happened before. All this will happen again.” As we face the real-life coronavirus pandemic, that mantra rings true. All this has happened before: a highly contagious, deadly […]
Tags: Features, Ronald D Moore, Fox & Friends, President Trump, Spanish Flu, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Read all of Inman’s coronavirus coverage here

Inman has published more than five dozen stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Wall Street, Listings, Marketing, Radio, Mls, Agent, Rent, Berkshire Hathaway, Evictions, Mortgage, Compass, Stock Market, Market, Donald Trump


Trump Administration Includes Firearms Industry as Essential, Critical

Gun Shop Store Sign U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Trump administration, as part of the struggle to contain and slow the spread of the Wuhan Flu, has issued a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. The list has come from the Department of Homeland Security. While the list is advisory, is not a directive, and has no penalties attached, it shows the thinking and priorities of the administration. Producers, distributors, and retailers of firearms and ammunition are considered essenti...
Tags: Guns, California, Los Angeles, Department Of Defense, Arizona, Emergency, Pasadena, Department Of Homeland Security, Gavin Newsom, Trump, VILLANUEVA, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch, University of Wisconsin Pistol Team, Army Research Development Testing


U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass Number Killed On 9-11

The U.S. covid-19 death toll reached over 3,000 on Monday night, surpassing the number of people who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when 2,977 people were killed. The grim milestone comes from the latest figures updated by Johns Hopkins University, which has maintained an online tracker for the…Read more...
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Johns Hopkins University, President Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19


California Realtors group lays out agent aid programs

Agents and brokers can now get loans and payments akin to unemployment insurance thanks to a bill lawmakers passed last week.
Tags: Real Estate, Small Business, California, Car, Radio, Agent, Loans, Donald Trump, Stimulus, Industry News, Trump, Brokerage, Select, News Brief, Pandemic, California Association Of Realtors


DOJ Reviewing Stock Trades Made by Lawmakers Before Covid-19 Market Crash: Report

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have started to review the sale of stock by lawmakers like Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina before the markets crashed over concerns about covid-19, according to a new report from CNN. Burr and other Republican senators received a…Read more...
Tags: Science, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Doj, Dianne Feinstein, Burr, Richard Burr, Jim Inhofe, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, U S Department of Justice DOJ, President Trump, Kelly Loeffler, Coronavirus, Covid 19


He's Not Doing the Dumb Thing (But He's Still Saying Some Pretty Dumb Shit)

President Donald Trump has extended federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April, thus walking back an earlier insistence that America should be “opened up and just raring to go by Easter” despite warnings from health professionals about the growing severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak.Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Donald Trump, President Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Read all of Inman’s coronavirus coverage here

Inman has published more than five dozen stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Wall Street, Listings, Marketing, Radio, Mls, Agent, Rent, Berkshire Hathaway, Evictions, Mortgage, Compass, Stock Market, Market, Donald Trump


Louisiana Could Run Out of Ventilators Next Week As Covid-19 Deaths Spike

The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, warned on Wednesday that the state could run out of life-saving ventilators by next week after the number of covid-19 cases spiked dramatically in the past few days. Louisiana has currently identified at least 1,785 cases and 65 deaths from the new coronavirus, making it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Mardi Gras, Laura Ingraham, President Trump, Louisiana John Bel Edwards, Coronavirus, Covid 19


"Businesses controlled by President Trump and his children would be prohibited from receiving loans or investments from Treasury Department programs included in a $2 trillion stimulus plan..."

"... agreed to early Wednesday by White House and Senate leaders in response to the coronavirus crisis. The provision, which was touted by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an early-morning letter to colleagues, would also apply to Vice President Pence, members of Congress and heads of federal departments, as well as their children, spouses and in-laws.During a television interview Wednesday morning, Schumer stressed that the provision applies not only to Trump but to 'any ma...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Cnn, Ethics, Trump, Treasury Department, Schumer, Charles E Schumer, Ann Althouse, President Trump, Coronavirus


Trump's approval rating has drastically improved in the last few days. Let's talk about why.

This graph shows the trend clearly (and go here, to Real Clear Politics, to see the different polls that are averaged):Here's the full timeline for the Trump presidency, showing that you'd have to go back to that first month in 2017 to get this level of support:Yes, it's still in the negative. Anyway, let me sketch out reasons that occur to me, and then help me out in the comments:1. In a crisis, people look to the leader they have, and they want to believe that person will help us.2. Trump is o...
Tags: Law, Biden, Polls, Trump, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, President Trump, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump 2020


Fox News Hosts Virtual Town Hall With President Trump

Fox News will host a virtual town hall with President Trump and the White House coronavirus task force at 12 p.m. ET. Follow along with the TPM staff below. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
Tags: News, White House, Fox News, Trump, President Trump, Summer Concepcion, The Right-wing Media, COVID-19, Hosts Virtual Town Hall With President Trump


Read all of Inman’s coronavirus coverage here

Inman has published more than five dozen stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Wall Street, Listings, Marketing, Radio, Mls, Agent, Rent, Berkshire Hathaway, Evictions, Mortgage, Compass, Stock Market, Market, Donald Trump


U.S. State Department Seeks Help From Foreign Aid Recipients For Scarce Medical Supplies

The U.S. State Department is scrambling to procure medical supplies and equipment from recipients of U.S. aid in Eastern Europe and Asia, according to leaked memos seen by Foreign Policy magazine. The news comes as the entire world struggles with the covid-19 pandemic that has infected over 380,000 and killed over…Read more...
Tags: Asia, New York, Science, Masks, State Department, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Eastern Europe, Tyvek, U S State Department, Mike Pompeo, President Trump, Respirators, N95, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Homeowners may delay mortgage payments up to 1 year due to virus

The move by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came days after President Trump announced that delayed mortgage payments may be an option for borrowers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: Bank Of America, Radio, Columbia University, Mortgage, Trump, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, Ally Bank, President Trump, Mortgage Payments, Mortgage Borrowers, Forbearance, Coronavirus


Coronavirus clauses become ubiquitous as pandemic worsens

From lockdown orders to the prospect of anyone involved in a transaction getting sick, deals are suddenly in a uniquely precarious position. In response, agents around the country are racing to add coronavirus clauses to their contracts.
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Radio, Connecticut, Mls, Agent, Donald Trump, Contracts, Properties, Bay Area, Industry News, Trump


Trump's Latest Inflated Claim: Automakers Are Making Emergency Ventilators 'Right Now'

As officials scramble to contend with a critical ventilator shortage amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration is resorting to “wartime” measures and leaning on the private sector to help meet demand for these potentially life-saving devices “FAST!”, the president tweeted Sunday. And while this is…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Donald Trump, Trump, President Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Read all of Inman’s coronavirus coverage here

The global coronavirus pandemic is unlike any other event that anyone living today has experienced. Since the illness was first detected last year in China to the first weeks of March when it ravaged the U.S. economy, it has sent markets into free fall and forced everyone in the real estate world to adapt at […]
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Wall Street, China, Listings, Marketing, Radio, Mls, Agent, Rent, Berkshire Hathaway, Evictions, Mortgage, Compass, Stock Market, Market


Republican Senator Pleads Ignorance After Selling Millions in Stock Before the Crash

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia defended herself overnight, insisting that both she and her husband had no input in the decision to sell somewhere between $1.2 million and $3.1 million in stock shortly before the stock market crash that was caused by fears over covid-19. Loeffler’s husband is Jeffrey Sprecher,…
Tags: Science, Republicans, Georgia, Tencent, Roku, Millionaires, Parasites, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Loeffler, Ben Shapiro, Jeffrey Sprecher, President Trump, Kelly Loeffler, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls on Congress to provide aid to agents

Robert Reffkin argued coronavirus aid shouldn't be limited to W2 workers. The National Association of Realtors has also said it is working to ensure aid packages benefit to agents.
Tags: Congress, Entrepreneur, Radio, Washington Dc, Agent, Compass, Donald Trump, Industry News, Trump, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, President Trump, Robert Reffkin


USDA Fights to Take Away Food Stamps From 700,000 Americans Despite Pandemic

The Trump regime is continuing to argue in federal court that it should be allowed to take away food stamps from roughly 700,000 Americans on April 1, according to a new report from the Associated Press. The news comes as covid-19 has already sickened at least 9,415 Americans and killed 150, with many cities going…Read more...
Tags: Science, Usda, Fox News, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Trump, Pandemic, President Trump, Sonny Perdue, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls on Congress to provide aid to agents

Robert Reffkin argued coronavirus aid shouldn't be limited to W2 workers. The National Association of Realtors has also said it is working to ensure aid packages benefit to agents.
Tags: Congress, Entrepreneur, Radio, Washington Dc, Agent, Compass, Donald Trump, Industry News, Trump, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, President Trump, Robert Reffkin




Trump may allow homeowners to delay mortgage payments

The administration did not make clear how borrowers might catch up on payments in the future, however.
Tags: Radio, Italy, Agent, Mortgage, Trump, NAR, Mortgage Bankers Association, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, President Trump, Mortgage Payments, Vince Malta, Natural Disaster Recovery, Coronavirus, NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun


Northwest MLS halts open houses amid coronavirus crisis

The multiple listing service has disabled the open house feature in its tech platform, meaning agents won't be able to input, search or view open houses.
Tags: Technology, Washington, Radio, Mls, Agent, Stock Market, Seattle, Donald Trump, Industry News, Trump, Jay Inslee, Snohomish County, King County, Matrix, Windermere Real Estate, Select


Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called 'Operation Last Gasp': Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the United Kingdom, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about…Read more...
Tags: Science, France, Germany, Atlantic, United Kingdom, Italy, Disease, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Viruses, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Imperial College, Unipart, President Trump, Coronavirus