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Trump denies coronavirus testing is a problem on call with rural-state governors begging for help: report

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On Monday, CBS News reported that several governors of rural states complained to President Donald Trump on a conference call that their states were facing serious shortages of protective gear and testing material that were getting ignored. Trump’s response was reportedly to deny that there was even a problem.

“I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” said Trump on the call, which also included Vice President Mike Pence, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, and Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. “We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests … But I haven’t heard anything about testing being a problem.”

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Trump’s response was to Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT), who warned him that Montana is “one day away” from running out of tests and needs federal assistance to provide more. As of March 29, Montana has tested fewer than 4,500 people.

Although testing has ramped up recently in the United States, many other nations were much quicker to test people on a large scale.

One of the governors to object to this characterization was Gov. Mark Gordon (R-WY). “We understand the challenges in New York. I have family in New York,” said Gordon. But he added, “I think a little bit of supply going our way could get us better prepared going forward.” To which Trump replied, “Good point,” and asked him to call if he needs anything.

Trump has faced heavy criticism of how he is allocating resources to combat the pandemic. He dragged his feet on invoking the Defense Production Act, which has forced a number of states into bidding wars with each other for lifesaving equipment.


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2020 Election

Supreme Court mail-in voting ruling raises alarm: Democrats may ‘never win another national election’

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A divided Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania Republican effort to curtail mail-in voting, but experts say the Democratic victory may be short-lived — and confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would be a "disaster for Democrats."

This article was originally published at Salon

With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals, the court split 4-4 to reject a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block an order from the state's Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day — even if they do not have a clear postmark. The tie left the state decision in place, which Democratic lawyers hailed as "great news for voting rights."

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2020 Election

Trump can ‘rage from the balcony’ but he ‘will not succeed’: Dem super lawyer promises to protect the vote

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President Donald Trump has a lot of options available to him when it comes to his attempt to steal the election. That doesn't mean they'll work, however.

In an interview with Democratic "super-lawyer" Bob Bauer, "The Circus's" John Heilemann listed a few scenarios for Trump trying to steal the election.

"We already have an electoral infrastructure -- a voting system -- that is not always adequately resourced or supported," Bauer explained. "You take that system, you layer on top of it a pandemic, you lay on top of that destructive behavior by one of the major political parties who espouses this kind of nonsense, and you add on top of that the internet-distributed misinformation plays, and that just means that the task that you have to address these contingencies is much larger than it's been as a structural matter any time in the past."

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2020 Election

Will American elections ever again be legitimate?

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Only an established, legal “right to vote“ can defeat Republican voter suppression.

Republican politicians and conservative commentators are shocked, shocked! that Chief Justice John Roberts would say that people who voted before election day in Pennsylvania but their ballots were delayed by Lewis DeJoy’s sabotage of the Post Office should have their vote counted.

Increasingly, this election is coming down to the simple question of how effective 40 years of concerted Republican voter suppression efforts will be.

Their main strategy, particularly since George and Jeb Bush got together in 2000 to use a Texas felon list to purge 90,000 Black people off voting roles in Florida, has been removing the names of people who are legitimate voters.

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