In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot

So what did McConnell gain from waiting three months for a stimulus bill, hoping the virus would magically disappear? Read his response:

“It allowed us to learn the coronavirus didn’t mysteriously disappear,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “It is still here.”

In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot – The New York Times

(He should not have listened to the orange scientist.)

Can N.Y.C. Reopen Schools? The Whole Country Is Watching

Great problems when NYC buildings are like aging museums with windows that require a special person to open, elevators are the size of a broom closet, if there are elevators. Why give students and parents false hope. NYC DOE has ALWAYS operated a bare bones education relying on semi-athletic young teachers and elderly veterans. All of them belong to a progressive labor union who will advocate health and safety for their membership. What administrators and politicians say is wishful thinking. New York City classrooms have always been underfunded, why think that the city which is now bankrupt, will find extra $$ for classrooms, cleaning and health- related expenses, i.e. a nurse? A nurse in a school during a pandemic would be useful, but unlikely.

Funcionaria que intentó detener referido a Wanda Vázquez solicita ser nombrada jueza

Ahora es el momento de cobrar el favor que le hizo a Gobe. Wow, hay escasez de candidatos? Que casualidad que la defensora del chanchullo con la Gobe, está interesada en la posición ahora vacante. Adivinen quien va a obtener la posición vacante?

After delaying an investigation into the island’s governor, it is a coincidence that now she is being considered for a very important vacancy in the government. That is how the same people remain in power for a lifetime. Besides the colonial structure, Puerto Rico has a tradition of maintaining the same people in government no matter what the election results are.

Trump Reveals Self-Delusion Over COVID Statistics in Mind-Blowing Argument With Reporter

Trump proudly tells Axios’ Jonathan Swan that the U.S. is “lower than the world,” without elaborating.

Trump Reveals Self-Delusion Over COVID Statistics in Mind-Blowing Argument With Reporter

The Caribbean Dilemma

Hugh Riley, the former head of the Caribbean Tourism Office, and a partner with Portfolio Marketing Group, which represents some islands. “Caribbean countries face an important dilemma: Try to hermetically seal their borders from visitors until there’s an effective vaccine, or tackle the risks of restarting tourism now. It is the classic risk/reward decision,” he said.

The Caribbean Dilemma – The New York Times

Contagious Employees working in the “hospitality” businesses because of fear of economic insecurity is not a safe way to operate a tourist-related industry. These islands do not have the resources necessary to withstand high levels of COVID-19 infections. Stay home for the good of all.

When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale.

When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well. – The New York Times

Fight Over Aid Package Drags On

Tens of millions of Americans have lost crucial jobless benefits, and lawmakers still can’t seem to agree on a relief measure.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Fight Over Aid Package Drags On – The New York Times

The GOP giggles when the idea of helping the unemployed during a pandemic is negotiated. The circus is now a tragic comedy.

NYT quote: Tens of millions of Americans have lost crucial jobless benefits, and lawmakers still can’t seem to agree on a relief measure.

CNN quote: Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and member of McConnell’s leadership team, underscored a dynamic that is about to become much more relevant if things continue apace with no progress.

“I can’t see how we can go home and tell people we failed,” Cornyn told reporters Monday night. “I think that’s going to be a lot of pressure on everybody to come up with something.”