Terrified of losing re-election President Donald Trump is plowing forward with a plan to re-open the nation for business regardless of how many lives will be lost to the coronavirus as a result.
The Washington Post reports on the plan, calling it “a public health strategy to combat the coronavirus and reopen parts of the country.” The target date to begin opening is May 1.
The Post calls it “an early draft by FEMA” and says it “contains granular instructions for a phased reopening of institutions such as schools, child-care facilities, summer camps, parks, faith-based organizations and restaurants.”
First up: sending children back to school, “to allow the workforce to return to work.”
“This plan leverages the significant advancements in testing, therapeutics, and investments in the public health and health care systems to prepare communities for re-opening,” the plan reads.
(There have not been “significant advancements in testing.”)
It calls for a “phased relaxation of community mitigation measures implemented to reduce COVID-19 spread,” in order to begin the “economic recovery” in America’s communities.
“The first priority is to reopen community settings where children are cared for, including K-12 schools, daycares, and locally attended summer camps, to allow the workforce to return to work. Other community settings will follow with careful monitoring for increased transmission that exceeds the public health and health care systems. Throughout this phased reopening, it is critical for everyone to continue to strictly follow the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand-washing, wearing face coverings in congregate settings, and maintaining social distance from non-family members.”
Washington Post Economics Correspondent:
BREAKING: WaPo has obtained a draft copy of CDC + FEMA plan for re-opening parts of America.
It’s a 3-phase plan:
1. Prepare the nation (now to May 1)
2. Aggressive testing (now to May 15)
3. Staged re-opening (“not before May 1”)https://t.co/7fMsWXIPxW by @bylenasun @jdawsey1 pic.twitter.com/pEwmb4HdJB
— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) April 14, 2020
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Large Increase in Americans Who Now Identify as LGBTQ – Especially Among Gen Z – But Few Republicans
Over the past three years, a very short time period, there has been a large increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBTQ, or any designation other than heterosexual.
According to a just-published report from Gallup, 5.6 percent of Americans identify as LGBT, or non-heterosexual, up from 4.5 percent in 2017. The report covers all of 2020. (Note: Gallup uses the term “LGBT,” a far narrower construct than many Americans observe today. These numbers reflect that specific designation.)
Among Generation Z, which Gallup defines as those 18-23, nearly 16 percent – about one in six – identify as LGBT. That’s almost three times the national average.
About one in eleven Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) or 9.1 percent, say they identify as LGBT.
Gallup also reports more than half of LGBT Americans (54.6%) identify as bisexual. That’s 3.1 percent of the total U.S. adult population.
One in four (24.5%) of LGBT Americans say they are gay, 11.7 percent lesbian, and 11.3% transgender. 3.3 percent “volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving.”
There is also a political component to the study.
13 percent of liberals, but just 2.3 percent of conservatives say they are LGBT. In stricter party terms, “8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.”
In related news, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine who just last June was the only GOP co-sponsor of the LGBTQ Equality Act, has refused to demonstrate similar leadership this year, when she could cast the deciding vote. President Joe Biden has committed to signing the legislation into law.
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Watch: Biden and Harris Families Hold Nationwide Moment of Silence to Honor 500,000 Americans Who Have Died of COVID
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on Monday evening at sunset held a moment of silence at a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the 500,000 Americans who have now died from the coronavirus.
The stairs at the South Portico of the White House were filled with candles in memory of those who have died.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 22, 2021
Tonight: Candle lighting ceremony at White House to remember 500,000 U.S. COVID deaths pic.twitter.com/27OVn4Vfbu
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) February 22, 2021
WATCH: Pres. Biden, Vice Pres. Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff gather outside the White House for a moment of silence to mark the sobering death toll of over 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. https://t.co/uQXxTTkuNM pic.twitter.com/3W5As8tIns
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 22, 2021
Minutes earlier President Biden delivered a short speech meant to comfort those grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19.
“We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing. There’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary,” President Biden said.
Biden mourned the lives lost, acknowledging that so many of the “took their final breath alone.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 22, 2021
“I know it’s hard, I remember. That’s how you heal, you have to remember.”
He also said they are never “truly gone” because they “have become part of your heart.”
“We have to fight this together, as one people, as the united states of America,” he said, stressing “united.”
“This nation will know joy again,” he said. “We will get through this, I promise you.”
President Biden addresses the U.S. COVID-19 death toll topping 500,000: "That's more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined" https://t.co/gJ2gaIJ9A4 pic.twitter.com/iIEgzL3yQl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 22, 2021
Watch: Merrick Garland Tears and Chokes Up When Asked to Describe His Personal Experience Confronting Hate
Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Attorney General, was visibly shaken when Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked him to discuss his personal experiences “confronting” hate.
“I come from a family,” Judge Garland began. “My grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution,” he said, choking up. “The country took us in and protected us.
“And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back,” he said, starting, it appeared, to cry. “This is the highest best, use of my own set of skills to pay back. And so I want very much to be the kind of attorney, Attorney General that you’re saying I could become. I’ll do my best to try to be that kind of Attorney General.”
Merrick Garland gets emotional talking about how his grandparents fled antisemitism and the US "took us in and protected us. And I feel an obligation to the country to pay it back." pic.twitter.com/TKjDnmy7k4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2021
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