Michigan State: 'Nothing to support' ESPN claims Tom Izzo interfered with probe
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State is firing back after a recent report said basketball coach Tom Izzo perhaps interfered with an investigation surrounding a member of the basketball team.On Thursday, ESPN published a report saying Izzo along with assistant coaches Dwayne Stephens and Mike Garland contacted a witness in the investigation involving walk-on Brock Washington, who was accused of criminal sexual conduct after an encounter on campus in 2017. The story came after ESPN reviewed documents where the witness states he did not believe the coaches were trying “to get information.”By Thur...
The Detroit News
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)
Editorial: Be wary of coronavirus-related scams. There are many of them
Of course, scammers are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, but common sense is a powerful tool to avoid getting ripped off. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.A Tuesday story in Business Insider warned about people getting social media requests from official-sounding senders to provide personal information, purportedly to allow them to quickly get the up to $1,200 that is being given to eligible Americans in coming weeks under a recently enacted economic stimulus law. The story also reported some people were being mailed fake stimulus checks that they we...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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
Editorial: Bernie Sanders must drop out — now — and clear the way for Joe Biden's nomination
On March 17 — what seems a lifetime ago — Joe Biden beat Bernie Sanders in the Florida Democratic primary.Beat isn’t strong enough. Biden trounced Sanders. Knocked him out of the park.Biden got 62% of the vote in Florida; Sanders got 23%. Put another way, Biden took in more than a million votes; Sanders didn’t crack 400,000.Biden also won Illinois and Arizona that day, and on Super Tuesday two weeks before he won 10 out of 14 states.The reason for Biden’s success in Florida and around the country wasn’t all that complicated: Democrats want a candidate who can beat Donald Trump, a person singul...
Jay Ambrose: Nancy Pelosi strikes again
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has killed people by the way he has conducted himself during the coronavirus crisis, and, look, I am not going to say in reply that she has killed anybody.But I will say this. She has consistently helped thwart the American good over the past several years, and she is doing it right now, not just by her divisiveness, but by having held up a $2 trillion rescue bill and trying to make parts of it obstacles to success.It was in a CNN interview that she said Trump’s “denial (of the virus threat) at the beginning was deadly,” that he has more r...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Without the Affordable Care Act, the COVID-19 crisis would be far worse
In the midst of a global pandemic, President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, turned 10 years old. It has been under fire that entire time, with more than 70 legislative attempts to repeal or otherwise limit the law, not counting executive and judicial action to chip away at it. In its 2020-21 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will again decide whether to strike down the law in its entirety. But consider how much worse the fight against COVID-19 would be without the ACA.To start, a lot more of us would be uninsured. In 2010, almost one-fifth of the population la...
Editorial: How to prevent insider trading in Congress
On Jan. 24, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., attended a private Senate briefing on the coronavirus, which featured Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert.At the time, the virus was a news story, but the headlines for the most part were confined to travel warnings. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was urging President Donald Trump’s administration to consider stricter travel bans between the United States and China.But the general public was largely unaware of, and could not have predicted, the economic shutdown looming. The idea of closing bars and restaurants and instituting...
There was no March Miracle: California's dry winter continues, Sierra snow survey shows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — So much for the March Miracle.Despite a few March storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack remains well below average, California officials reported Wednesday, suggesting that water supplies will be tight this summer and fall.The Department of Water Resources said its monthly manual survey of a broad field near Echo Summit showed the snowpack was about one third less than normal for this time of year.The survey, conducted behind the site of a former stagecoach stop off Highway 50, showed 43.5 inches of snow and a “snow water equivalent” of 16.5 inches. That was 66% of the averag...
The Sacramento Bee
Dahleen Glanton: The muddled messages on face masks
A friend called the other day to let me know that she’d heard a hardware store in downtown Chicago had N95 masks in stock. They were selling them two for $19.95.I tried to persuade her not to rush out and buy them. Sitting on my high horse, I recited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, which state that only people who have COVID-19 symptoms or are caring for a sick person should wear them.Furthermore, the masks were ridiculously overpriced. Before the pandemic, they were selling three for $6.99 on the company’s website.“It’s ridiculous to walk around wearing a mask if ...