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Trump threatens to cut off funding for schools that disobey his order to reopen during surging pandemic

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President Donald Trump explicitly politicized the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many parents are apprehensive about sending their children back to school as the virus continues to surge in many areas, and schools, colleges and universities are scrambling to match up student needs with safety concerns, logistical realities and political pressure.

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“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS,” Trump tweeted. “The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”

Each European nation cited in the president’s tweet has experienced different outcomes in their schools during the pandemic.

The proportion of coronavirus infections among children under 19 increased in Germany from about 10 percent in early May, when schools reopened, to about 20 percent in late June, despite some mask requirements.

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Mask wearing is optional in Denmark, where cases have continued to decline since day care centers and elementary schools reopened in mid-April, but schools have restricted children to small groups at recess and held classes outdoors whenever possible.

Sweden never closed its schools during the pandemic and does not require students to wear masks, and several teachers have died from COVID-19.

Trump, on the other hand, threatened to interfere with his own health experts’ guidelines for safely reopening schools.

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He later attacked the Centers of Disease Control over their school reopening guidelines:

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‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a major Trump donor—ousts top officials

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Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers.

According to the Washington Post:

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‘Gullible’ Trump administration paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators: investigators

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Citing “evidence of fraud, waste, and abuse,” a congressional subcommittee investigating the federal government’s purchase of $646.7 million worth of Philips ventilators has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to launch its own investigation of the deal.

The House subcommittee launched its review after ProPublica stories in March and April showed how a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Philips N.V. received millions in federal tax dollars years ago to develop a low-cost ventilator for pandemics but didn’t deliver it. Instead, as the coronavirus began spreading around the globe and U.S. hospitals were desperate for more, Philips was selling commercial versions of the government-funded ventilator overseas from its Pennsylvania factory. Then in April, despite having not fulfilled the initial contract, the Dutch company struck a much more lucrative deal to sell the government 43,000 ventilators for four times the price.

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Pastor slams Trump for lying about a ‘dystopian dreamscape’ if Biden wins: ‘Pandering to the worst level’

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As President Donald Trump loses ground with evangelicals realizing he's not actually a Christian, the right-wing has scrambled with the only strategy they have: try to claim Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, is somehow not a Christian.

"Nobody ever would ever even think possible because he's following the radical left agenda," said Trump in Ohio. "Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He's against God."

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