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Leaked Pentagon memo undercuts Trump’s COVID-19 happy talk — and projects no vaccine until next summer

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A leaked Department of Defense memo undercuts some of the Trump administration’s rosy projections about the coronavirus pandemic, including President Donald Trump’s declaration that there will be a vaccine for the disease by the end of the year.

The memo, which was obtained by Task and Purpose, warns that America’s armed forces face “a long path ahead” to resuming normal operations, especially given “the real possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19” in the coming months.

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This runs counter to the president’s prediction that the United States is unlikely to see a new wave of COVID-19 in the fall.

Additionally, the memo says that the military needs to prepare to run operations without a viable vaccine for the disease “at least the summer of 2021,” which would be well past the president’s goal of having a vaccine ready within the next six months.

“All indications suggest we will be operating in a globally-persistent COVID-19 environment in the months ahead,” the memo states. “This will likely continue until there is wide-scale immunity, through immunization, and some immunity post-recovery from the virus.”

Sources tell Task and Purpose that the memo is “outdated,” although they declined to provide specifics on how things have changed since it was originally drafted.


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Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report

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According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president are attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.

As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.

With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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