On Thursday, the FBI announced that six men were facing federal charges in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap and possibly kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that seven of their allies were facing weapons charges at the state level. And in a new local sheriff who had appeared at a rally with some of the suspects made an awkward effort to defend them, implying that perhaps they were merely trying to "arrest" Whitmer rather than kidnap her. read more
Noted Emmy also-ran Donald Trump will once again have to settle for the honor of being nominated. On Friday, it was announced that the president did not win a Nobel Peace Prize, despite his dream being kept alive by repeated nominations from supporters. read more
The situation in Washington grows dire. For Trump's most recent ravings make Queeg look like a model of sanity and restraint. He attacked his own cabinet members for not prosecuting or persecuting his political adversaries. Attorney General William Barr, Trump proclaimed, will go down in history as "a very, sad, sad situation" if he did not indict Joe Biden and Barack Obama: Yet Trump still suffers from a potentially lethal disease which"with his considerable assistance"has killed nearly 215,000 Americans. For his own sake, and that of others, a president possessed of minimal self-awareness and empathy would refrain from debating in person"or demanding the presence of others. Not Trump. "I'm back because I'm a perfect physical specimen and I'm extremely young," announced our ill-conditioned, 74-year-old president.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials. The order would have been the toughest federal mandate to date aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to infect more than 40,000 Americans a day. The officials said that it was drafted under the agency's "quarantine powers" and that it had the support of the secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, but the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, declined to even discuss it.
Wisconsin health officials announced Wednesday that a field hospital will open next week at the state fairgrounds near Milwaukee as a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to overwhelm hospitals. read more