Just three celebrities have recorded public service advertisements so far -- Quaid, Winans and Lemmer -- with Quaid and other potential participants reconsidering their involvement or dropping out altogether after a POLITICO report on Friday on the unusual roots of the campaign. read more
A new analysis out Wednesday reveals that the Federal Reserve bond purchasing program meant to prevent workers from losing their jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic instead bolstered companies who laid off more than one million workers while paying massive dividends to shareholders"a finding escalating concerns that the central bank's behavior is "contributing to an economic recovery that benefits wealthy executives and investors but leaves behind American workers."
Kelsey Baker, a former Marine who voted for Trump, writes about the day last March the remains of her partner and father of their child, USMC Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo, were returned to Dover AFB. "My partner, Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo, was killed in action in Iraq on March 8 " one of the first two combat deaths of 2020, the first combat death in Iraq since August 2019 and, thankfully, of only eight service members killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan so far this year. His remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base on March 11. The secretary of the Navy showed up to pay his respects at Diego's dignified transfer, as did the commandant of the Marine Corps, Diego's commanding general, his regimental commander and senior enlisted leaders. President Donald Trump did not " even though Diego deserved his attention and recognition" ... She wondered why Trump didn't show up. "Now I know why." read more
The Pentagon has ordered Stars and Stripes to shut down for no good reason. Trump wants to pull funding from Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for American troops that began in the Civil War and has been serving our soldiers. In a heretofore unpublicized recent memo, the Pentagon delivered an order to shutter Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a voice for American troops since the Civil War. The memo orders the publisher of the news organization (which now publishes online as well as in print) to present a plan that "dissolves the Stars and Stripes" by Sept. 15 including "specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide." "The last newspaper publication (in all forms) will be September 30, 2020," writes Col. Paul Haverstick Jr., the memo's author.
Just eight weeks from election day, the White House has stopped trying to contain the coronavirus -- shifting instead to shielding the nation's most vulnerable groups and restoring a sense of normalcy. read more