Editorial: Oversight is needed on bailout bill
An unprecedented effort by the federal government to shield Americans from the worst economic blows of the global pandemic was hailed as a bipartisan triumph when it passed Congress nearly unanimously. That’s why it’s all the more disappointing that one of the few safeguards built into the $2.2 trillion rescue bill — oversight of a $500 billion fund meant to help industries and businesses — is being rejected by President Donald Trump.It’s regrettable, but not surprising. Trump operates the presidency with a strong authoritarian streak. His administration shows little concern for transparency. ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Will Bunch: No, President Trump, you can't bomb a virus. We need expertise and empathy — not a war
When it was clear by mid-March that absolute denial of the coronavirus was no longer a strategy, President Donald Trump tried to pull “a 180” and instead channel his inner Winston Churchill. No matter that the source of the global COVID-19 pandemic was a nonsentient virus that’s measured in something called nanometers. Now, America would fight the coronavirus on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets and in the hills — and we shall never surrender.On March 17, Trump started calling the response to America’s greatest public health emergency in more than a century ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Most homeowners can skip mortgage payments for up to a year, regardless of what their banks say
Here’s some coronavirus relief your bank or home loan servicer might not be telling you:New federal coronavirus relief measures enable most homeowners with mortgage loans to put off making their mortgage payments for a full year.And once we get back to normal, those borrowers will have the option to tack those missed payments to the end of their loan terms.Your credit won’t suffer.Yet, on social media pages of some of the nation’s largest banks, consumers say customer service representatives are offering them the opportunity to skip only three months of payments, and they’re saying those payme...
US will increase military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug trafficking funding Maduro
The U.S. is expanding its military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug cartels wanting to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis and to deny funds going to the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, the Trump administration announced late Wednesday.“Today the U.S. is launching an enhanced counternarcotics operation in the Western Hemisphere,” President Donald Trump said in the daily news briefing at the White House. “We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guards cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling our capabilities in the ...
Editorial: Fighting COVID-19, Bay Area leads where Trump has not
We are going to be at this for at least another month. Likely longer.It turns out that the past two weeks were just a warmup, which should come as no surprise to those who were paying attention to how the coronavirus has attacked other countries around the world.Unfortunately, until this week, that awareness didn’t seem to extend to President Donald Trump, who started this crisis by dismissing it, later finally called for people to stay home and then whipsawed back with scientifically ridiculous claims that life would be back to normal by Easter.It was a combination of the frightening data fro...
The Mercury News
Editorial: Your stay-at-home order for Florida comes too late, Gov. DeSantis, but still …
We’ve wanted so much to say, “Good job, Gov. DeSantis! You’ve been on top of Florida’s coronavirus pandemic since the very start!”We can’t say that, at least not with a straight face. So the only thing we’ll venture to say, now that DeSantis has issued a 30-day statewide stay-at-home order for all but those seeking essential services, is: “Finally.”Now it’s up to the governor to speak with force and clarity as to what’s next. That means, first and foremost, ensuring that medical personnel, indeed, anyone in the vicinity of sick or potentially contagious people, throughout the state has the pro...
Texans aren't taking coronavirus seriously enough, Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo warns
Shin-Soo Choo left his house Tuesday night, only the second time he has ventured out since returning from Texas Rangers spring training more than two weeks ago.He is taking the CDC guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic seriously, as well as recommendations from President Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the stay at home order issued by Tarrant County.But he and the family needed some things from the grocery store, so out he went.Choo couldn’t believe what he was seeing.People were out and about. Social distancing wasn’t being observed, which likely meant hands weren’t being washed and the ri...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
White House predicts upward of 240,000 US coronavirus deaths as Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead
President Donald Trump warned the nation Tuesday to brace for “a hell of a bad two weeks,” as his top infectious disease experts projected that upward of 240,000 people will die from coronavirus in the U.S. even if current social distancing guidelines are precisely maintained.Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, two of the country’s top immunologists and senior advisers on Trump’s coronavirus task force, offered an extremely alarming estimate during a briefing at the White House.The doctors stressed that the death toll could be lower if Americans radically change their lifestyles over the next...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: Question for Trump: Where is the testing data we need to curb coronavirus and get back to work?
Back in the 1950s, the TV show “Dragnet’s Sgt. Joe Friday famously advised witnesses: “Just the facts, ma’am.” That phrase became a national slogan, long before the very concept of “facts” was clouded by social media.As the number of coronavirus cases soars, with Americans anxious to know when stay-at-home orders will end, we desperately need the facts, based on reliable data.Instead, we are deluged with COVID-19 misinformation from the White House and all over the world.No one should be surprised that Russia and China are promoting the online lie that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon. They are a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Going viral: Coronavirus death totals are rising, but social distancing is working
More than 3,000 Americans, including more than 1,500 New Yorkers, have now died from coronavirus, serious milestones on a steep road with no exit ramp visible. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said on Monday that projections show up to 200,000 deaths nationwide “if we do things almost perfectly.”If we don’t do things almost perfectly, failing to keep in place strong social distancing as long as necessary so that already overwhelmed hospitals drown in cases? Shudder to think.Given steep trend lines here, the United States now leads the world in the number of cases, eclips...
New York Daily News