PELOSI: "The truth is that Donald Trump dismantled the infrastructure handed to him which was meant to plan for and overcome a pandemic, resulting in unnecessary deaths and economic disaster."
PELOSI: "The truth is that, in January, Donald Trump was warned about this pandemic, ignored those warnings, took insufficient action and caused unnecessary death and disaster."
PELOSI: "The truth is that Donald Trump told his most loyal followers that the pandemic was a hoax and that it would magically disappear, thus endangering lives and paving the way for economic disaster."
CNN: A new study from Harvard researchers published today in the journal Science finds that "prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022."
Harvard researchers: "Under current critical care capacities, however, the overall duration of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic could last into 2022, requiring social distancing measures to be in place between 25% and 75% of that time."
UN Secretary General: "Today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world."
UN Secretary General: "Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world... The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war."
Trump just said the WHO estimate of a 3.4 percent coronavirus death rate globally is "really a false number" adding "this is just my hunch" but "personally, I would say the number is way under 1 percent."
More Trump on coronavirus death rate: "A lot of people will have this and it is very mild. They will get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor. They don't even call a doctor. You never hear about those people."
GRAHAM: "I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here... I will do everything I can to make it die quickly." cnn.com/2019/12/14/pol…
Senate oath: “I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”
@CNN TAYLOR: "I found a confusing and unusual arrangement for making U.S policy towards Ukraine... There was an irregular, informal channel of U.S. policy-making with respect to Ukraine..."
@CNN TAYLOR: "I sensed something odd when Ambassador Sondland told me on June 28 that he did not wish to include most of the regular interagency participants in a call... [He] said that he wanted to make sure no one was transcribing or monitoring as they added President Zelenskyy..."
New Cohen sentencing document overnight repeats the claim that Cohen "acted on his client’s instructions" in making hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
In new document, Michael Cohen says that Daniels/McDougal would have hurt the campaign: "Michael felt obligated to assist Client-1, on Client-1’s instruction, to attempt to prevent Woman-1 and Woman-2 from disseminating narratives that would adversely affect the Campaign."
Trump previously tweeted in May that the payments had "nothing to do with the campaign."
New UN report released today on climate change: "Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations. The assessment of actions by the G20 countries indicates that this is yet to happen."
New UN report on climate change: "Global peaking of emissions by 2020 is crucial for achieving the temperature targets of the Paris Agreement, but the scale and pace of current mitigation action remains insufficient... Global greenhouse gas emissions show no signs of peaking."
UN report on climate change out today: "Under currently implemented policies, the USA is unlikely to meet its Nationally Determined Contribution target for 2025 and it is uncertain whether it will meet its 2020 target."
What struck me most in the climate change report is how our public understanding of climate change is *WAY* too narrow. The report paints a picture of climate change pervading literally *every* sphere of life. (1/thread)
Yes, it's more intense storms and rising ocean levels and increasing heat. But it's *way* more than that. So I made a list of what’s to come, according to the report. Warning: It's very, very long. Here we go:
- worse milk quality
- more heat exhaustion, heat-stroke and heart attacks
- reduced harvests of shellfish
- shortened downhill and cross-country ski seasons
- more stress on bridge integrity
- increased US international development assistance programs costs