19 years ago today, some 3,000 people were murdered when the World Trade Center collapsed. Many more were injured.

Then, we worked hard and for the most part, we prevailed. We need to be particularly grateful today to our first responders and to our military.

Now, we honor our men and women in uniform and our first responders who fight COVID-19 and use science to find a vaccine, by standing together in their honor. We must move forward together, with a commitment today to stand by our men and women in uniform, and our responders — fighting the virus, using science to find a vaccine. When we face challenges together, we always do best.

National Journal — Outside Influences, Jerry Hagstrom, 9/17/2020

“When the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it would not grant 54 oil companies past-year waivers from ethanol-use requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa expressed relief. He believes the EPA’s decision will boost the reelection prospects of President Trump and Sen. Joni Ernst. It “has taken the air out of the Democrats. You couldn’t ask for more right now,” Grassley told National Journal. But the reactions of Democrats and ethanol leaders signal that Trump’s position on ethanol—and Ernst’s attempts to convince the administration to live up to his 2016 campaign promises to support the biofuel— will be a hot issue until Election Day….”

Read more: http://www.hagstromreport.com/assets/2020/091720p5.pdf

PBS New Hour, Nsikan Akpan, 12/5/2020

“On Sunday afternoon, a 28-year-old man walked into a Washington, D.C. ping-pong bar and pizzeria. He was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle – hardly standard-issue hardware for a round of table tennis. He fired one or more shots, as people fled Comet Ping Pong, before surrendering to police officers. No one was injured.

Edgar Maddison Welch told police he had traveled from his home in Salisbury, N.C. to the nation’s capital to investigate a pre-election conspiracy theory…”

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/real-consequences-fake-news-stories-brain-cant-ignore

EDITOR’s Note: We republish this news story because these same conspiracy-type stories are again re-surfacing because of QANon — the following two current news coverages that illustrate the dangers.

National Farmers Union, Hannah Packman, 9/16/2020

“WASHINGTON – After significant pushback from American farmers and the biofuels industry, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it would reject 68 requests for retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes nearly nine months after a Tenth Circuit Court decision that struck down three exemptions that were not extensions of previously existing exemptions.

National Farmers Union (NFU), which was one of four petitioners in the Tenth Circuit Court case, has consistently voiced opposition to the abuse of SREs, most recently urging EPA and the Trump administration to reject these so-called “gap year” requests. In a statement, NFU President Rob Larew celebrated the decision and urged the administration to follow up by releasing the overdue Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2021….”

Read more: https://nfu.org/2020/09/14/farmers-union-welcomes-rejection-of-gap-year-waiver-requests/

Editor’s Note: Coverage on this story continues to reverberate, and this story transports the beginning and NFU’s dedication to fixing the problem.

Forbes — Business, Andrew Solender, 9/16/2020

“Asked by reporters on Wednesday what the administration’s plan is to combat unemployment if a vaccine is not available for another 6 to 9 months, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said “we just keep reopening,” as the administration sticks to its approach of hoping the virus will end quickly despite guidance from experts….

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/09/16/we-just-keep-reopening-white-house-plans-to-stay-the-course-with-no-vaccine/

Reuters — Commodities, Stephanie Kelly, Jarret Renshaw, 9/16/2020

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering at least $300 million in cash aid to U.S. oil refiners that are denied exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws for the 2019 compliance year, two sources familiar with the matter said….”

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-idUSKBN2673GG

The New York Times, Tammy Chen, D.D.S., 9/15/2020

“…What’s going on? One obvious answer is stress. From Covid-induced nightmares to “doomsurfing” to “coronaphobia,” it’s no secret that pandemic-related anxiety is affecting our collective mental health. That stress, in turn, leads to clenching and grinding, which can damage the teeth….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/well/live/dentists-tooth-teeth-cracks-fractures-coronavirus-stress-grinding.html

The New York Times, 9/15/2020

“…MediaWise for Seniors, a project of the Poynter Institute, has offered free online courses to help older Americans detect and combat online information….

“The MediaWise digital literacy program, which begain in 2018 with funding from Google, initially focused on teenagers and college students …[but] ‘There was a desperate need to educate this older age group, not only because of the election but because of the coronavirus,’ [said Katy Brown, the program manager]….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/health/misinformation-social-media-elderly.html

The New York Times, Allen Rappeport, 9/15/2020

“WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s multibillion dollar farm aid program, managed by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, has poured a disproportionate amount of money into big farms and southern states, including the secretary’s home state of Georgia, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/politics/trump-farm-aid-gao.html

Pew Research Center — Global Attitudes and Trends, Richard Wilke, Jennell Fetterolf, Maria Mordecai, 9/15/2020

“Since Donald Trump took office as president, the image of the United States has suffered across many regions of the globe. As a new 13-nation Pew Research Center survey illustrates, America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners. In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago….”

Read more: https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/09/15/us-image-plummets-internationally-as-most-say-country-has-handled-coronavirus-badly/

Brookings — COVID-19 Series, William H. Frey, 9/14/2020

“As November’s presidential election approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the nation has become a main focus of the campaign. Democratic nominee Joe Biden has billed it as his top issue, underscoring the toll it has taken on public health and the economy under the current administration and promising to give it his full attention if elected. In contrast, President Trump has downplayed the pandemic, conspicuously presiding over rallies without donning a face mask, seemingly to diminish fears of contracting the virus….

“The analysis presented below shows that COVID-19 spread much more dramatically during the height of the summer to states, counties, and, in particular, small towns and rural areas that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.
“A summer spread in red states…”

Read more: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/09/11/covid-19s-summer-surge-into-red-america-sets-the-stage-for-novembers-election/

Editor’s note: In the last two weeks, Iowa and South Dakota have risen to be #1 in COVID-19. Both have governors who have refused to order their states to wear masks and take other precautions.