Washington Post – Business, Robert Klemko and Kimberly Kindy in Greeley, CO, 8/9/2020

“When local health officials moved to close one of the country’s biggest meat-packing plants amid a major coronavirus outbreak in April Vice President Pence and one of the nation’s leading health officials pushed to keep the plant operating, against the advice of the top local and state health officials, according to records and interviews.

“The JBS Greeley plant, which employees more than 3000 people, closed and re-opened eight days later…”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/he-fled-the-congo-to-work-in-a-us-meat-plant-then-he–and-hundreds-of-his-co-workers–got-the-coronavirus/2020/08/06/11e7e13e-c526-11ea-8ffe-372be8d82298_story.html

MSN News, 8/9/2020

“Washington — Consider it a lesson learned the hard way.

“We’re not saying any attack on a woman is sexist. We’re not saying that any criticism of a woman is unfair,” Christina Reynolds, Vice President of Communications at Emily’s List, said. “What we’re saying is there are ways in which we make women seem different, seem like they don’t belong here, particularly women of color, and that we want to call that out so people are aware of it and they look for it and they don’t accept it as the facts…”

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/as-biden-mulls-his-choice-women-s-groups-brace-for-sexist-racist-attacks-on-vp/ar-BB17Lakr?li=BBnbcA1

The New York Times, Kate Kelley, Shane Goldmacher, Thomas Kaplan, 8/9/2020

“…Wall Street has fared extraordinarily well under Mr. Trump: deep cuts to taxes, slashed regulations and, until the pandemic hit, record stock prices. But in recent months, dozens of bankers, traders and investors said in interviews, a sense of outrage and exhaustion over Mr. Trump’s chaotic style of governance — accelerated by his poor coronavirus response — had markedly shifted the economic and political calculus in their industry….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/business/joe-biden-wall-street.html

Washington Post, Julie Zauzmer, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, 8/8/2020

“When Pope Francis visited the United States in 2015, his welcome-in-chief was then-Vice President Joe Biden….

“Biden, who was the country’s first Catholic vice president and would be his first Catholic president in more than half a century, has been motivated by his faith throughout his long career in politics…”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2020/08/07/trump-hurt-god-biden-catholic-faith/

Ida Bergstrom and her sons Lars, 11, left, and Nils, 14, are selling yard signs to show support For Anthony S. Fauci, who is the nation's top infectious disease expert and one of their neighbors.

Washington Post, Marisa Lati, 8/7/2020

“After each long day of working on the United States’ pandemic response, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert power-walks through his Northwest Washington neighborhood with his wife and their daughter’s dog.

“Recently, Dr. Fauci’s nightly jaunts through his neighborhood … have taken him past at least a dozen signs showing his name — tokens of appreciation for his staid service…”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/08/07/fauci-thank-you-signs/

The Washington Post, Heather Long, 8/6/2020

“The typical unemployed American was receiving about $930 a week from late March to late July. That has now been cut to about $330 a week.

“By allowing emergency benefits to expire, Congress and President Trump have effectively slashed jobless aid in the middle of a pandemic. More than 31 million Americans received unemployment aid from the government in July, and their weekly checks just got a lot slimmer….$330 a week, a far lower amount that many families say is not enough to pay food, medicine and rent….”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/06/600-dollar-unemployment-benefit/

Mediaite, Sarah Rumpf, 8/6/2020

“In a wide-ranging tirade after he arrived in Cleveland early in the day, Trump ranted against Biden as being a person with ‘no religion, no anything,’ someone who would ‘hurt the Bible, hurt God. He’s against God….

“A few hours later, Biden himself responded… calling his faith ‘the bedrock foundation of my life,’ something that had ‘provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy’ — words that have deep meaning for a man who lost his first wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972, and then his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015….

“‘For President Trump to attack my faith is shameful,’ continued Biden…”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/news/joe-biden-rips-trumps-decision-today-to-profane-god-and-smear-my-faith-in-blistering-statement/

Center of Budget and Priorities (CBPPP), Arloc Sherman, 8/6/2020

“Some 19 million children (more than 1 in 4) live in a household that is behind on rent or mortgage payments, isn’t getting enough to eat, or both, we estimate based on Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data from late June and July….

“Our estimates are substantially higher for Black and Hispanic homes, reflecting longstanding inequities that the current crisis has exacerbated. For about 42 percent of children in Black households and 36 percent in Hispanic households (the survey asks the race of the adult respondent, not the children), the household was behind on the rent or mortgage or not getting enough to eat, compared to 20 percent in both white and Asian households….

“Estimates for states vary widely, from 16 percent in Iowa, Utah, and Vermont to 38 percent in Mississippi….”

Read more — See state by state tables: https://www.cbpp.org/blog/children-facing-very-high-hardship-rates

The Hill, Jordain Carney, 8/4/2020

“A looming floor fight over unemployment insurance is putting a spotlight on GOP divisions about how to replace the $600 per week federal benefit….

“…Senator Chuck Grassley (IA -R), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, noted that ‘there is a sizable number who think we shouldn’t add on anything’… above the unemployment benefit provided by the states….”
EDITOR’s NOTE: The expiration of the CARES ACT which provided benefits to 30 million Americans, many of whom are not eligible for unemployment under state rules because they are independent contractors and/or small business owners.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/510372-unemployment-debate-sparks-gop-divisions

The Hagstrom Report, Jerry Hagstrom, 8/4/2020

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today raised the possibility that Congress might pass a “skinny” coronavirus aid package this month and leave agriculture and many other issues until September.

“In a call to rural reporters, Grassley said that he got a call at 5 p.m. Monday that there had not been much progress, and he does not believe that the $20 billion for agriculture “has even been thought of” by the four top negotiators – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-Calif….”

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