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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The weekend did not go well for Donald Trump, and he emerged into a sunny first day of June humiliated by his weakness, cowardice, and inability to face up to any crisis more complex than "Why is my Filet-O-Fish cold?" The man sporting the world's most delicate ego knows the worst thing for any wannabe Maximum Leader is mockery, and America's derision was pouring down after a weekend taunt blew up into the hashtag #BunkerBitch and trended worldwide. Like many things that set off cascades of Trump's bad decisions"porn starlets, breakfast buffets, shady real estate deals, and Steve Bannon"he reacted as badly as one might expect to the derision, with the tantrums we saw Monday. Far from making Trump seem like the strong, commanding authoritarian he plays in his head, his every action and word exposed the opposite: He was weird and weak, then blustery and bizarre. read more


"The U.S. economy could take the better part of a decade to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns, a U.S. budget agency said, as a series of surveys pointed to continuing weakness in global manufacturing," the Wall Street Journal reports. "The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan legislative agency, said the sharp contraction triggered by the coronavirus caused it to mark down its 2020-30 forecast for U.S. economic output by a cumulative $7.9 trillion, or 3% of gross domestic product, relative to its January projections. GDP isn't expected to catch up to the previously forecast level until the fourth quarter of 2029."


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday labeled President Donald Trump "a miserable failure" as nationwide protests have intensified over the death of George Floyd. The Democratic governor made the comments moments after Trump declared himself "your president of law and order" as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, apparently so Trump could visit a nearby church. The episode follows nearly a week of protests across the country that at times have turned violent over the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. "The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront." "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure.


Monday, June 01, 2020

At a moment when America has devolved into a kind of chaos most of us have never seen or even contemplated, it's almost impossible to imagine a president less equipped or less inclined to handle this crisis than the one we have. In a conference call with the nation's governors Monday, President Trump offered them little other than the insult that they were being "weak," telling them that "if you don't dominate, you're wasting your time." He is apparently of the opinion that what we need right now is more police violence. We have now seen Trump tested twice in rapid succession, called upon to provide leadership that goes beyond the practical management of the federal government or the selection of policies that turn out to be wise. That leadership is spiritual and emotional, the kind that gives Americans hope that we can solve our problems and emerge from our current nightmare. And his failure worsens by the day. read more


In an interview with the medical-focused site STAT News, Fauci reported that the coronavirus task force is not meeting as often as it once was. And accordingly, Fauci says he's not talking to the president as much. "We used to have task force meetings every single day, including Saturday and Sunday, and about 75% of the time after the task force meeting we'd meet with the president," Fauci said.


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