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Trump can’t put his name on a sewage plant — so Flint is out of luck when it comes to infrastructure funding: CNBC analyst

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Ritholtz Wealth Management CEO and CNBC commentator Josh Brown told MSNBC on Monday that when it comes to rebuilding the United States’ infrastructure, President Donald Trump is looking for “glamorous” projects he can put his name on — so the long-suffering residents of Flint, Michigan will probably be waiting a lot longer for a new sewage system.

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“If you’re Schumer and Pelosi, it’s easy,” said Brown. “Just promise to put his name on everything. If they do that, they will get legitimate spending on infrastructure — and they’ll get to steal a lot of it, because we know what his priority is.”

Republicans “don’t want to go into an election year saying they said no to infrastructure,” Brown continued. “The bigger picture though, from the president’s perspective, he’s got to be able to say that the infrastructure is going to be in needed places to get the Democrats in.”

“I don’t know if he wants to do the type that we need,” he went on, and pointed to the nation’s aging water treatment facilities.

“There is absolutely no appetite on the part of Trump to do water treatment for place like Flint, because you don’t put your name on a sewage system,” Brown said. “He wants to these glamorous, big bridges and tunnels. He looks at the Hoover Dam, he looks at something that has someone’s name on it, and they’re iconic.”

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Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital

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The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.

The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."

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Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly

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It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.

Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.

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How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

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Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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