This week House Democrats released the HEROES Act, which is a $3 trillion relief package designed to bolster state governments, increase widespread testing, extend unemployment insurance, and expand vote-by-mail ahead of the November election. Additionally, the HEROES Act would provide hazard pay for frontline workers, issue another round of direct payments to Americans and even […]Continue Reading 468 words
Today, the Senate Health Committee will hold a virtual hearing at which Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as three other top government doctors, testify on the novel coronavirus. This will be the first time Fauci will be able to speak without President Trump standing directly next to him and often interrupting his responses. As CBS […]Continue Reading 398 words
April’s global average temperatures tied for the warmest on record, with NOAA predicting there is a 75% chance that this year will be the warmest since temperatures records began in 1880 due to much warmer than average temperatures in northern Asia, especially Siberia, across northern and coastal central Greenland, for parts of Antarctica, areas of Alaska and the Arctic Ocean.
Why This Matters: As carbon dioxide levels keep going up it is easier and easier to set warmest month records because it stays in the atmosphere for a long time continuing to heat us up.Continue Reading 482 words
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After Vice President Pence stated earlier this week that the White House coronavirus task force would wind down at the end of May, President Trump came out yesterday to say that its work would continue “indefinitely.” The President said he made the decision to leave the group in place for the foreseeable future after learning […]Continue Reading 345 words
Yesterday the New York Times reported that the White House coronavirus task force is in the early stages of winding down. As Reuters reported, the White House is looking at the possibility of starting to move coordination of the U.S. COVID-19 response to federal agencies around the Memorial Day weekend. As the Times explained, “It […]Continue Reading 566 words
As former FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb wrote in a tweet yesterday, new projections from the CDC in documents obtained by New York Times show a steady rise the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 over next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1st and about 200,000 new cases each day […]Continue Reading 241 words
At a Fox News town hall yesterday, President Trump revealed that the US coronavirus death toll could reach “anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people“, a considerable upward shift from his previous estimates last month. As the New York Times reported, during the two-hour broadcast, Trump also acknowledged that he was warned about the coronavirus in […]Continue Reading 299 words
This week an anonymous employee at a Smithfield Foods meat processing facility wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post exposing the dangers that workers are subjected to in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak at the plant. The meat processing industry has been a hub of coronavirus outbreaks and workers are terrified to have to […]Continue Reading 258 words
As cities across the United States were shutting down in response to COVID-19, rural communities often saw these measures as being overblown. In California especially, the rural/coastal divide on containment measures was a microcosm for the rest of the nation–it could also serve as a lesson for how to grapple with this issue nationwide. But […]Continue Reading 416 words
Yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that a second round of coronavirus is “inevitable.” He also made clear that how we handle preparedness is key: “If by that time we have put into place all of the countermeasures that you need to address this, we should do reasonably well. If we don’t do that successfully, we […]Continue Reading 267 words
As the Hill reported, President Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus dropped 10 points from last month after an initial bump, according to a new Emerson College poll. This comes after weeks of disastrous headlines that exposed the White House’s many blunders in the coronavirus response. After the President implied that ingesting disinfectants […]Continue Reading 409 words
CNN put this sentiment best: “COVID-19 continues to awkwardly expose the weird morality of American capitalism, where it’s OK for companies to swarm for government help while individual families and small businesses struggle.” Industries like oil and gas have armed themselves with teams of top lobbyists to ensure that they’re taken care of in subsequent stimulus […]Continue Reading 356 words