People are ripping Disney World for opening in Florida. Can't speak to their finances specifically, but you're about to see MANY businesses do things they shouldn't as PPP funds run out. PPP funds were only meant to cover payroll for EIGHT WEEKS.
2. In fact, I'm not sure many people, especially journalists, are even aware of this. The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds were designed to cover eight weeks of lockdown and then capped. It's been eight weeks and now the money is gone.
3. This is TERRIBLE for the economy because it forces businesses to a) reopen amid an ongoing pandemic or b) stay closed and go out of business.
But here's the catch: If a business reopens, it incurs all the costs of operating, but customers still aren't shopping/eating/buying.
2. In Stillwater, Oklahoma, the city mandated that business patrons wear a face covering. After receiving death threats, the city changed its policy. The mayor just gave up because he couldn't physically enforce the policy. washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05…
3. When armed gunmen stormed the Michigan statehouse last week, they weren't arrested. That's because the governor didn't want to provoke violence. So we all just pretended this was normal and okay. It was neither. nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny…
Armed civil conflict happens all the time, all over the world. It's already happened here twice (including once at such an epic level we're dealing with it 150 years later). Americans need to grasp very quickly how dangerous this is.
I've long said the polarization in this country would likely lead to violence if we ever experienced a significant economic downturn. Well, here we are. Money is the guardrails. Once people have little or nothing to lose -- and time on their hands -- things can break bad quickly.
I suspect there's still enough money circulating to prevent widespread violence, but if the economy worsens (likely) and the president keeps instigating (a certainty), then we could be in real trouble.
This is the plan I've been waiting for. What makes Warren such a uniquely suited candidate is that she built a federal agency from the ground up. That experience will be incredibly important as we work to restore effective American governance after Trump. #Warren2020#TeamWarren
2. Just want to provide some more context for why I believe this. In 2009, Tammy Duckworth asked me to move to DC to lead the effort to build VA's first office of digital media. VA wasn't communicating with veterans online. When I arrived, I had no staff, no budget and no policy.
3. We had to carve the office out of existing funds, navigate the hiring process to find the best people and write our own policy that took 18 months. It was intense and took 100% focus. It's hard to even contemplate creating an entire agency.
1. Tonight @realDonaldTrump once again defiled the office of the presidency by re-tweeting the image below in reference to Bernie Sanders. While that's significant, let's investigate who exactly he was re-tweeting: @DebPort03755076
2. As you can imagine, @DebPort03755076 is likely a bot or a Russian troll. How do we know? Do a reverse image search on the profile photo. Turns out it used to belong to a user called @DebPort48849817.
3. As it happens, @DebPort48849817 was suspended by Twitter less than a week ago. The new account, @DebPort03755076, was then created. The new account has tweeted more than 600 times in less than a week.
1. This absolutely appalling highway shootout yesterday encapsulates the under-trained, military-cosplaying, Punisher-wannabe cops who permeate America's police departments.
They killed both the hostage and a bystander, then bragged "no LEOs were harmed."
2. Here are a few things that those in charge of this disaster should be held accountable for:
-Choosing to assault the vehicle
-Choosing to assault the vehicle in the middle of stopped rush hour traffic
-Using civilian cars with people *in them* as human shields
3. I count at least five instances of cops firing on the vehicle *with the hostage* while using occupied civilian vehicles as *human shields.* This is shocking and deplorable police work. Everyone should have their badges and guns taken away.
The ICE raid in Mississippi reminded me of this letter I saved during some genealogical research. I don't remember where I came across it or why I saved it. It's a bit of a historical mystery. But it strikes me as an example of how far parts of America have regressed since 1927.
So far as I can tell, farmers and landowners in Wheeling, Louisiana needed laborers (not far from where my 6-year-old grandfather lived). So they relied on the local colored community. Everything apparently seemed fine.
But being that this was rural Louisiana in 1927, it wasn't.
It seems not everyone in the community was on board. From the sound of the letter, it looks like the workers were being harassed. Maybe by racist law enforcement. Maybe by the Klan. Who knows.
Yo. Most combat infantrymen have photos of dead enemy fighters. That's not even *close* to being all that Navy SEALs accuse Gallagher of doing. He bragged about knifing and slaughtering a kid like a hog. His colleagues messed with his sights because he kept shooting civilians.
This recent knee jerk reaction among conservative veterans to defend war criminals is one of the weirdest, most disappointing things I've seen since 9/11.
.@Rep_Hunter hey, how do you feel about the Navy SEALs who turned in Eddie Gallagher for shooting civilians? Are they heroes or rats? Asking for a professional military.
I try not to be the "you weren't there you don't understand" guy, but it can't be understated what a good idea war sounds like to certain people who haven't participated. (I was once one of those people.)
I feel like there are a handful of subjects one should be careful, thoughtful and, in many cases, deferential in discussing when one has no personal experience:
1. Pregnancy 2. Parenting 3. Home ownership 4. Life-threatening illness 5. Starting a business 6. Combat
2. It's heartwrenching to listen to. A lot of folks are going to key on Guyger's seeming concern for her own job. Wouldn't focus on that too much. Poorly trained people under extreme duress say weird stuff. She clearly regrets shooting Jean. However . . . .
3. What's most clear to me is that Guyger had no business being a police officer. She sounds completely overwhelmed by events. Absolutely untrained and unprepared. You simply cannot be the type of person making this call while also being a cop.