Daily Digest 10/7 – Trump Stimulus Strategy Unclear, D.C. Reports Highest Coronavirus Caseload In Months

Economy

Stocks fall after Trump tweets he’ll delay stimulus talks; move follows Fed’s Powell urging Congress to approve a robust plan (Heather R.)

In a mid-afternoon tweet, Trump said the White House has made a “very generous offer” of a $1.6 trillion relief package while Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking $2.4 trillion. Trump charged that Pelosi “is not negotiating in good faith.”

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s erratic tweets on economic relief — over several hours — leave strategy unclear (tmn)

At 9:54 p.m., he called on the House and Senate to “IMMEDIATELY” approve $25 billion in new aid for the airline industry, which has already begun laying off thousands of employees after federal aid programs expired last week.

At 10:18 p.m., he called for Congress to direct $1,200 payments to millions of Americans and said he wanted immediate aid for small businesses.

Washington’s worst-kept secret (tmn)

A growing number of insiders, including many Republicans, are starting to venture — privately — that this outcome is likely to be clear on Election Night, not days or weeks later. And Trump’s collapse is likely to take Republican control of the Senate with him.

Is this a certainty? No. We all remember 2016. But the system is blinking red.

D.C. Reports Highest Coronavirus Caseload In Four Months (tmn)

“While we do not have data on what compelled people to get tested today, it would be hard to imagine that the recent news did not drive more people to do so,” Falcicchio, Bowser’s chief of staff, said in a statement. We will continue to monitor the demand this week and urge residents if they need a test to get a test.”

The high number of people getting tested coincides with the coronavirus outbreak at the White House and President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday that he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The F.D.A. releases stricter guidelines for vaccine developers after a holdup at the White House (Heather R.)

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the F.D.A. has said that it has been seeking ways to accelerate the development of vaccines without sacrificing safety. In June, the agency released an initial set of guidelines to give vaccine developers a better idea of how the F.D.A. would decide if a vaccine were acceptable, either for an emergency use authorization or for a full license.

Four vaccines have reached the final stage of testing, known as a Phase 3 trial, in the United States. A fifth is expected to start this month. President Trump has repeatedly suggested that a vaccine would be ready by Election Day, if not before.

Women, minorities rush to get concealed carry permits, up 34% (thc0655)

Cam Edward’s Bearing Arms site said that with requests for the permits surging, and coronavirus mitigation efforts limiting office work, lines and wait times to get one have also increased. He noted that in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, applicants have to wait until March to get a concealed carry license.

More than 9% of the 209 million adults in the United States have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and the number of people who carry a concealed weapon is likely much higher because several states don’t require a permit.

Reaching Immunity: A Private Summit of Epidemiologists Against Lockdowns (Video) (Lucinda S.)

During the greatest public policy crisis of our lifetimes, this film chronicles what appears to be a turning point, the moment when the moral courage of a few people broke through the pro-lockdown opinion consensus. With patience and careful explanation, the panel reveals the lockdown agenda as cruel pseudoscience that has had a devastating economic, medical, social, and cultural impact on everyone but especially the poor and struggling. This film will help everyone rethink what has happened to the world over the last 7 months.

Hospitals Failing To Meet New COVID-19 Data Reporting Mandate To Get Warning Letters (edelinski)

The enforcement timeline starts Wednesday, said Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a call with reporters Tuesday. CMS issued a rule in early September requiring hospitals to report full, daily COVID-19 data to the federal government, including such information as the number of patients and ventilators they have. On Wednesday, CMS is sending letters to hospitals across America alerting many that they have not been in compliance.

Later this month, the department of Health and Human Services will also start posting a list of hospitals noting whether they are out of compliance.

‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said (tmn)

Rod J. Rosenstein, then the deputy attorney general, went even further in a second call about a week later, telling the five prosecutors that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.

“Sociopathy”: Psychiatrist says Trump’s behavior “meets criteria for a locked psychiatric facility” (edelinski)

“Mental health professionals look at patterns, as human behavior is not random. This is why society charges us with preventing dangers to self and others before they happen, unlike law enforcement, which must wait until after things happen,” she said. “We are far more familiar with these situations, too. In my 20-year career of working with prisoners and violent offenders to help contain their behavior or to prevent their becoming violent in the first place, I probably treated a thousand individuals with [Trump’s] exact characteristics. So far, he has not deviated even the slightest from how I expected he would behave in a position of greater power than he can handle.”

Making People Superfluous: Hannah Arendt On Ideology And Totalitarianism (000)

Totalitarian movements are different from mere revolutionary movements, in that what they aim at is “not the . . . transmutation of society, but the transformation of human nature itself.” As Arendt puts it, “There is only one thing that seems discernible: we may say that radical evil has emerged in connection with a system in which all men have become equally superfluous.” Here, then, is the ultimate nightmarish aim of totalitarian thought: to render men superfluous.

Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall In Yucatan Peninsula, Then a Threat to U.S. Gulf Coast Late This Week (tmn)

Delta made landfall Wednesday morning around 5:30 a.m. CDT near Puerto Morelos, Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane.

A wind gust to 75 mph was measured at Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Wednesday morning, with a gust up to 64 mph on Cozumel, Mexico.

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