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Prince Louis Birthday Photos Prove Instagram Vs Reality Rule

Prince Louis of Cambridge is here to remind people around the world that Instagram and reality are not the same thing, even if you’re a member of Britain’s royal family.

In new photographs shared to help mark the prince’s second birthday, the toddler can be seen turning fingerpaints into facepaints, something with which every toddler parent can undoubtedly commiserate. In the first photo, Prince Louis can be seen posing with rainbow painted hands. In the next photo, he has smeared the paint on his face, wearing the colors with a grin. The photos are a great reminder to the world that most things can’t stop a kid from acting very much like a kid.

The photos were taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month and shared by Kensington Palace on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday. The tiny prince is celebrating the special occasion at home with his parents and older siblings at the family’s home on the grounds of Sandringham House, the royal residence in Norfolk, England. The family have been staying there since the U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown went into effect last month.

Before Prince Louis’s big day, the family’s official Twitter account shared a painting of a rainbow with the caption reading: “Sharing a sneak peek of Prince Louis’s handiwork ahead of his second birthday.” Rainbows have become a common sight in the U.K., where according to the BBC, painted versions have become symbols of hope during the pandemic.

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House passes $484 billion relief package after weeks of partisan battles

“This is really a very, very, very sad day. We come to the floor with nearly 50,000 deaths, a huge number of people impacted and the uncertainty of it all,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in floor remarks early Thursday. Pelosi wore a cream-colored scarf around her face until she spoke and wiped down the podium before and after her remarks.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was the only Democrat to vote against the bill. She said that she couldn’t rely on leadership’s promises for broader relief in the next relief package.

“We have no date, we have no commitment on when this Cares 4 is gonna happen,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters after the House passed the bill.

The House was a much different scene Thursday than the Senate, which passed the aid package earlier this week via a voice vote with only a handful of senators and staff in the chamber.

Hundreds of lawmakers — far more than when the House last voted for the $2 trillion CARES Act in late March — spent between four and five hours casting a series of two votes on Thursday. Lawmakers, who returned to Washington to reach a quorum in case any members demand a roll call vote, shuffled in and out of the House in groups of roughly 60, with floor officials disinfecting the chamber in between the two votes.

As the House opened its doors on Thursday morning, normal procedure had changed drastically from the last time lawmakers arrived in town for a vote more than three weeks ago.

Officials in charge of the House floor had taken even more steps to halt the spread of the virus, which has so far infected almost 835,000 Americans and claimed over 42,000 lives. House staffers had placed signs on chairs in the chamber so members would know to sit far enough apart from each other to maintain proper social distancing.

And the House’s attending physician, Brian Monahan, recommended that members and staff wear masks at all times — a warning that many, though not all, have followed. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) openly criticized Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for not wearing a mask during a Wednesday evening meeting of the House Rules Committee.

Jordan and a handful of other Republicans were on the House floor Thursday morning without masks. But Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) along with GOP lawmakers like Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) were seen wearing face coverings around the chamber.

Debate in the House dragged on for hours, pushing back the first votes by more than 90 minutes as hundreds of lawmakers fought for a chance to speak on the floor, even just for 30 seconds. As the first vote finally started, Pelosi stood in the back of the chamber, acting as a traffic cop as she instructed staff and directed members.

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Coronavirus: Congress passes $484bn economic relief bill

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Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (right) and other lawmakers were seen wearing masks and social distancing in the Capitol

The US House of Representatives has passed a new Covid-19 relief package totalling $484bn (£391bn), the fourth aid bill to clear Congress in response to the pandemic.

The legislation, approved by 388-5, devotes more money to a small business aid fund, hospitals and wider testing.

President Donald Trump has already said he will enact the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday.

The US has over 845,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 46,800 deaths.

Last month, Washington enacted the largest economic stimulus package in US history, with $2 trillion in coronavirus aid.

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The additional funding for the small business programme follows Thursday’s unemployment report, which revealed over 26 million Americans filed for jobless claims in the last five weeks – and 4.4 million last week alone.

Lawmakers have given $310bn in new funds to the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers loans to small businesses so they can keep employees on the payroll.

The $349bn allocated to the programme last month ran out last week, leaving millions of business owners questioning how they could keep operating.

The White House initially requested lawmakers separately allot $250bn for the pay programme, but Democrats argued for stipulations to ensure the money reached underserved communities.

Democrats also said funds should be allocated for hospitals and testing.

Hospitals will now receive $75bn, and $25bn will go towards expanding Covid-19 testing – which experts have emphasised is a key step to re-opening the economy.

Today’s vote took place with new social distancing measures – lawmakers waited in their offices for the vote, came to the floor in small groups and the chamber was cleaned between group votes.

Ohio Republican Jim Jordan angered some Democrats for appearing on the House floor – and reportedly coughing – without a face covering.

In other developments:

  • Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren revealed her eldest brother had died from Covid-19; her colleague, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, said her sister was dying of the disease and dedicated the relief bill to her
  • US media report the next planned stimulus bill could top $1tn
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said preliminary data suggests many more people than previously believed were infected with Covid-19, as antibody tests showed over 21% of 1,300 tested had the virus
  • The latest unemployment figures showed 4.4 million more Americans filed for jobless insurance in the last week
  • President Trump and Democrats are keen on passing another relief bill for states and cities not included in Thursday’s package
  • Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has drawn bipartisan criticism for saying he would support states declaring bankruptcy rather than having the federal government “borrow money from future generations” to aid them
  • New guidance from the US Treasury has made it harder for large companies to obtain funding meant for small businesses – and there are now penalty threats for firms who have not yet returned this money

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Canada boosts coronavirus vaccine research, Saskatchewan plans gradual reopening

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Canada pledged new money on Thursday to develop and eventually mass-produce vaccines in its fight against the coronavirus, while the province of Saskatchewan unveiled a plan to restart its economy and the renowned Calgary Stampede was canceled.

Canada’s 10 provinces have closed non-essential businesses and urged people to stay at home since mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Calgary Stampede, a rodeo and party that draws tourists and oil-industry figures from around the world every July to the Alberta city, said on Thursday it was canceling the event due to the pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that Ottawa would spend C$1.1 billion ($782 million) to bolster vaccine research, clinical trials and national testing.

“Once we’ve developed a vaccine, whether it be in Canada or elsewhere around the world, we’re going to need to produce it,” Trudeau said.

Noting a competitive global scramble to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), Trudeau said: “Part of the investment we’re making … is to establish the capacity of developing vaccines and mass-producing vaccines here in Canada.”

A supplier of chemicals needed to test for coronavirus, France’s Biomérieux, has given its proprietary formula to Ottawa for free so its national lab can try to manufacture test kits.

Canada’s total coronavirus deaths rose to 2,028 on Thursday, up 8% from a day earlier, official data showed.

Some provinces like Saskatchewan have seen daily case numbers dwindle.

The western province plans a phased approach to reopening, starting on May 4 with medical services such as dentists and chiropractors. Golf courses reopen on May 15.

The second phase, starting on May 19, allows retail stores and services such as hairdressers and massage therapy to open.

Broader restrictions, such as at seniors’ homes, and limits on gatherings to 10 people, remain in place. Testing and contact tracing will increase.

“We have to find middle ground that continues to keep our case numbers low … while allowing Saskatchewan people to get back to work,” Premier Scott Moe said.

The province has not set dates for subsequent phases to reopen restaurants, theaters, pools and casinos, and timing will depend on how the first phases play out, Moe said.

Ontario – the most-populous province – extended its shutdown until at least May 6. Quebec has prolonged its closures until early May.

Asked about Saskatchewan’s plan, Trudeau said Ottawa was coordinating with provinces so that decisions are made using similar guidelines.

In the United States, some businesses prepared to reopen in Georgia and a few other states for the first time in a month. Their plans have drawn criticism from health experts who warn that premature easing of stay-at-home guidelines could trigger a surge in cases.

Reporting by Kelsey Johnson and Rod Nickel; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney

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Gov. Cuomo: McConnell’s Bankruptcy Suggestion ‘One of the really dumb ideas of all time’

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told FOX News’ “Bill Hemmer Reports” Wednesday that the U.S. Senate is “not interested in revenue replacement for state governments,” who he claims are trying to “take advantage” of the coronavirus epidemic by requesting assistance to pay off their rising deficits.

Cuomo called it “one of the really dumb ideas of all time” in the following Twitter thread.

“We’re interested in trying to help them with anything related to the coronavirus … [but] we are not interested in solving their pension problems and all these other things that they would like for us to finance,” McConnell told FOX News.

Prior to his interview with Bill Hemmer, McConnell told the “Hugh Hewitt Show” that he would prefer states declare bankruptcy rather than sending additional federal dollars to governors who have been begging the federal government for immediate financial assistance.

“What I’m saying is, we will take a pause,” McConnell told Hemmer. “We’re gonna wait at least until May the 4th … before we provide assistance to state and local governments who would love for us to borrow money from future generations to make sure that they have no revenue losses. Before we make that decision, we’re going to weigh the impact of what we’ve already added to the national debt, and make certain that if we provide additional assistance for state and local governments, it’s only for coronavirus-related matters. We’re not gonna let them take advantage of this pandemic to solve a lot of problems [and] bad decisions they’ve made in the past.”

McConnell’s remarks come one day after the Senate reached an agreement on an interim stimulus package that would replenish funds in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). At first, he planned to have the bill include funding for the PPP only, but Democrats delayed the legislation until they could add other elements to the package. Sen. McConnell did cave to some of their requests, but he kept funding for state and local governments out of the bill, which is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

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U.S. House looks set to pass $500 billion coronavirus bill and oversight panel

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wears a face mask as she walks to the House Chamber ahead of a vote on an additional economic stimulus package passed earlier in the week by the U.S. Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives looked poised to pass a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill on Thursday, funding small businesses and hospitals and pushing the total spending response to the crisis to an unprecedented nearly $3 trillion.

The measure received solid bipartisan support in the Democratic-led House, which was meeting for the first time in weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers, some of them wearing masks, had a long day of debate and voting lengthened by coronavirus safety protocols.

Representatives approved the measure by a wide bipartisan margin during an extended period of voting intended to allow members to remain at a distance from each other in line with public health recommendations.

The House action will send the latest relief bill to the White House, where Republican President Donald Trump has promised to sign it quickly into law.

The Republican-led Senate had already approved the legislation on a voice vote of just a few senators on Tuesday. But threats of opposition by some members of both parties prompted House leaders to call the full chamber back to Washington for the House vote despite state stay-at-home orders meant to control the spread of the virus.

Before voting on the coronavirus aid bill, the House approved a new select committee, with subpoena power, to probe the U.S. response to the coronavirus. It will have broad powers to investigate how federal dollars are being spent, U.S. preparedness and Trump administration deliberations.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the panel is essential to ensure funds go to those who need them and to prevent scams. Republicans said the panel is not needed, citing existing oversight bodies, and charged the move was an election-year slap at Trump. The committee was approved on a vote of 212-182, along party lines.

The $484 billion aid bill is the fourth passed to address the coronavirus crisis. It provides funds to small businesses and hospitals struggling with the economic toll of a pandemic that has killed more than 47,000 Americans and thrown a record 26 million out of work over the past five weeks, wiping out all the jobs created during the longest employment boom in U.S. history.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone, Bernadette Baum, Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis

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Michael Caputo made racist comments about Chinese people in now-deleted tweets

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While he occasionally weighed in with praise for public officials or more straightforward observations, tweets from this period are also littered with conspiracy theories and controversial language to go after perceived critics of the Trump administration.

In a series of tweets on March 12, Caputo responded to a baseless conspiracy theory that the United States brought the coronavirus to Wuhan, China, by tweeting that “millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters.”

He followed up at another user, “Don’t you have a bat to eat?” and tweeted at another user, “You’re very convincing, Wang.”

After publication, Caputo responded to CNN’s request for comment by saying that reporting on his past tweets is “fair game, dude. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me at all.” He claimed that he deletes his tweets “every month and I do it because it drives people mad.”

He added “when you tweet in spirited fashion, KFile is going to have them. I’ve known that all my days. So I don’t mind what you’ve done.” Caputo defended his past Twitter behavior saying he was “a defender of the President” tweeting in a “spirited manner” that included calling out reporters, but he said he’s “now a servant of the American people and some might be disappointed, but my tweets will be different.”

Spokespeople for HHS did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment.

Caputo also used his Twitter account to aggressively attack Democrats and the media.

In March, he referred to one White House reporter as “a dick” after that reporter had a heated exchange with the President. He said many Americans viewed reporters as “the enemy of the people” for “carrying water for the Chinese Communist Party.” He implied that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was guilty of sedition.

On March 8, he said a Democrat may try to inflict hundreds of thousands of American deaths from the coronavirus, creating a hypothetical scenario comparable to James Hodgkinson, the anti-Trump man who shot House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and four others during a Republican congressional baseball game practice in 2017.

“Coronavirus is the Democrats’ new Russia, their new Ukraine. And nobody will believe them except their zombies. But know this: The Dems’ strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths. Will one of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?”

That same day, Caputo retweeted conservative actor Nick Searcy saying, “Democrats are pulling for the virus to kill a lot of people.”

In other tweets from March, Caputo claimed the media created “intentional” panic created around the outbreak, saying it was “orchestrated by soulless Trump critics who seize every crisis as an opportunity to stop him.”

Caputo is a friend of political operative and Trump associate Roger Stone, leading a campaign to have Stone pardoned after he was found guilty of lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional inquiry and witness tampering after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation brought charges against him. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison in February.

Caputo was also interviewed by Mueller prosecutors and testified before Congress, and adamantly denied there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Caputo resigned from the 2016 Trump campaign after he tweeted “Ding Dong the witch is dead” following the news that its campaign manager Corey Lewandowski had been fired.

Here are some of Caputo’s deleted tweets pertaining to the unfolding health crisis in the United States:

February 28: Caputo tweets, “Bottom line, a lot of Americans have to get sick and die for coronavirus to tank the Trump economy. The Democrats’ only hope for 2020 victory is a sunk economy. They’re talking it down right now. But their strategy only works if a lot of Americans get sick and die.”
March 8: Caputo tweets, “Coronavirus is the Democrats’ new Russia, their new Ukraine. And nobody will believe them except their zombies. But know this: The Dems’ strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths. Will one of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?”
March 8: Caputo retweets a tweet from the conservative actor Nick Searcy that read, “Democrats are pulling for the virus to kill a lot of people.”
March 8: Caputo tweets a screenshot of a Washington Post story, “How the Trump administration lost control of the coronavirus crisis.” “The Get Trump Media has shifted gears again: from the Russia Hoax to the Ukraine hoax to this. REMEMBER: Coronavirus is serious. The media is not.”
March 11: Caputo tweets in a chain on testing shortages, “A lot of the panic is orchestrated by soulless Trump critics who seize every crisis as an opportunity to stop him. And fail.” Still, Caputo acknowledged that the lack of testing was an issue.
March 11: Caputo tweets, “For the Democrat 2020 victory strategy to work, 100,000+ Americans have to die. For the Democrat 2020 victory strategy to work, you have to believe the media. Media literacy is more vital now than ever. Question everything – smell the BS – start by doubting anonymous sources.”
He follows up in a tweet saying, “There must be a national pandemic tragedy for the Democrats to win. They’re counting on it now.”
March 12: Caputo tweets in response to the baseless conspiracy that the US brought coronavirus to Wuhan that, “Sure, millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters but some foreigner snuck in a bottle of the good stuff. That’s it.” He follows up, “Don’t you have a bat to eat?” He tweets at another user, “You’re very convincing, Wang.”
March 13: Caputo tweets that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is an “*asshat.”
March 14: Caputo tweets, “100s of thousands must die and the US economy must collapse for the Democrat 2020 victory strategy to succeed. They’re getting so excited for the carnage. Sick people.”

He follows up, “Of course he has” — in response to Trump being proactive. “This Democrat strategy, echoed by their conjugal media, will fail. Hoping your country fails and hundreds of thousands die so you can gain power is a sick and twisted strategy. America will punish them.”

March 14: Caputo tweets, “Taking down names of progs who pick out of context phrases from Administration statements so they can ‘LOL’ for resistance cred while Washington deals with a pandemic. These are the biggest assholes. Hugest shitbags. Gargantuan sphincters.”
March 15: Caputo tweets a reference to a conspiracy about George Soros, the prominent philanthropist and Democratic donor. “Are you kidding? Soros’s political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic.” Soros is the subject of numerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories fueled by extremists and in 2018 a pipe bomb was sent to his home in New York state.
March 15: Caputo tweets at Daniel Goldman, a lawyer for House Democrats during impeachment, “Wow. I started out feeling badly for you. At least now we know the Wuhan Virus doesn’t have any lingering effects on douchebags.”

Goldman had tested positive for coronavirus and had tweeted, “One final note: I may be the first you know who tested positive, but I won’t be the last. Let’s take care of each other, listen to the experts and the cities, states and corporations who are taking the lead in the absence of the fed government, and get through this together. END.”

March 16: Caputo tweets in response to a tweet noting the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost all its gains since Trump took office, “The Democrat celebration of the death and destruction will be held soon.”
March 17: Caputo tweets, “#ChineseVirus” 20 times in a row. President Trump in March began calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”
Trump claimed he did so to counter conspiracy theories from Chinese media and an official that the US brought the coronavirus to Wuhan. Trump claimed he also did so because it was “accurate… it comes from China, that’s why.” Trump denied that it is a racist term. Critics alleged the President did so to deflect blame from his own administration’s preparation failures. Trump subsequently decided to pull back from associating the coronavirus’ name with China.
March 17: Caputo tweets, “The Chinese Communist Party has always been adept at lying to cover their murders. What’s remarkable here is the US Democrats and their conjugal media repeating CCP propaganda because they hate Trump more than they love America. The Wuhan virus has exposed them.”
March 17: Caputo tweets claiming there is “intentional media panic.”

“Saying the intentional media panic doesn’t exist is dishonest. Saying everything in this crisis transpires because of intentional media panic is also dishonest,” writes Caputo.

March 17: Caputo tweets a conspiracy that implies economist David Rothschild is a member of the European Rothschild family calling him, “an inbred elitist sphincter whose family craves control. That’s one reason why he constantly lies about President Trump.”

Rothschild told CNN he is not related to the banking family, which is frequently the target of anti-Semitic conspiracies.

March 18: Caputo tweets, “Double down on #ChineseVirus. Leftists lost the true meaning of ‘racism’ long ago. And polls show they’ve beaten this dead horse so badly that GOP, independent, and soft Dem voters ignore them.” He adds, “Nobody should let Democrats and their conjugal media popularize Chinese Communist Party talking points. Democrats + Media = CCP.”
March 18: Caputo tweets after a reporter asks Trump why he calls it the “Chinese Virus,” “And they wonder why many consider them now the enemy of the people. Carrying water for the Chinese Communist Party is reason enough.”
March 20: Caputo tweets at Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut to, “Try to support America until this is over. Even you can do it.” Murphy had tweeted complaints about how long it would take to receive the order of facemasks, blaming the Trump administration. Murphy cited a February 5 tweet he sent after a Congressional briefing saying the Trump administration was not taking coronavirus “seriously enough.”
March 20: Caputo tweets at another Twitter user, “I know you want millions to die so your addled candidate can stumble into the White House but it looks like you might be disappointed. How sad for you.” Caputo had sent a tweet that cited a report from Fox News to claim Washington was flattening the pandemic curve and the Twitter user had asked for a link to the information.
March 20: After President Trump ripped into NBC News reporter Peter Alexander for asking Trump what he had to say to Americans who were scared of the virus, Caputo criticized the media for defending Alexander: “the media is showing their asses to the world again, wringing their hands over a hack reporter’s treatment.”
When one of Caputo’s followers pushed back and said that his question was legitimate, Caputo responded by saying, “Listen to his entire interaction including his first comment/question. Also: this guy has been a dick for awhile.”
Alexander began his exchange with Trump by asking whether he was giving Americans “false hope” by promoting unproven coronavirus drugs.
March 20: Caputo tweets in an exchange on Hollywood elite, “They understand the Chinese authorities caused this global crisis, but they hate Pres Trump more than they love America. Anyone who once doubted that now knows its true.”
March 21: Caputo sends a tweet that implies MSNBC host Scarborough is committing treason, “300M? That’s just foolish. As our nation is in crisis you’re working hard to make the situation worse. There’s a word for that. Do you know it? It rhymes with sedition.” Scarborough tweeted about a lack of testing for 300 million Americans.

Scarborough told CNN in an email, “I’m more interested in what the assistant Secretary does in the future than what he may have tweeted about me in the past. We’re facing difficult times ahead and I am hopeful that the president’s entire team will simply follow the lead of Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx and keep America’s seniors safe.”

March 21: Caputo tweets at Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director for George W. Bush, “You are corrupt garbage, Hayden. Spying on Americans is insidious and illegal, but you normalized it. Now you defend China after they unleashed a global pandemic. You can fuck right off. Step aside and let normal Americans do the right thing. Your time is gone.”
Hayden had called Richard Grenell, the acting DNI director, an “idiot” after Grenell tweeted, “The one who started the fire should never be praised for acting like a firefighter later” in reference to China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic.

Hayden told CNN in an email, “Michael Caputo fits right in to this administration. He is a typical Trump thug. By the way, I never replied to his tweet but this now seems like the appropriate time to point out that he will not be a ‘normal American’ doing the right thing in any position in this administration.”

March 22: Caputo tweets that Democrats are intentionally destroying the economy during the debate over the economic stimulus package after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would introduce its own coronavirus bill. “Power. It’s the Democrats’ oxygen, and they’ll destroy Americans for it.”
Caputo had said that Democrats have a goal of “massive deaths” and “economic meltdown” to win the November elections, “Now you see: Democrats need massive deaths and economic meltdown to win in November. With this House action, they get closer to their goal and they think they can cover their flank with ‘argle bargle corporations get rich!’ Normal Americans see this and will punish them.”
Caputo follows up, “I’m serious: The Dem strategy for 2020 victory requires that @realDonaldTrump fail in his fight against the Chinese virus.Failure is measured in deaths and economic collapse. The only questions to ask a Dem are how many Americans must die, how many families must be destroyed?”
March 22: Caputo quote tweets a user, adding he is “right you know” to say Democrats hope no treatment for coronavirus works. “They are literally cheering on the deaths of Americans and the destruction of our economy. They would rather see people die than see Trump successfully navigate this disaster,” the tweet said.

“How many Americans must die to feed Democrat powerlust? 100K? 1M? More??,” Caputo added. “How much economic destruction is the Democrat goal? 100% unemployment?'”

March 23: Caputo tweets with a picture of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the debate over the economic stimulus package, “The Democrats have one motivation for holding Americans hostage in a global crisis: HATE.”
March 27: Caputo retweets a picture of a smiling George Soros with the caption, “The real virus!☠️☠️☠️ behind everything…..”
March 28: Caputo tweets. “This is how mentally ill many Trump haters are in this crisis” in reply to a tweet that says Trump supporters will “ignore scientific and medical experts” and “urge millions to die for the glory of capitalism.”
March 28: Caputo quote tweets MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who noted no other country on Earth was doing a worse job handling the crisis, with “Who knew @chrislhayes is Chinese?”
March 29: Caputo tweets that Vice President Joe Biden is an “empty puppet” and Ron Klain, the former Ebola czar in the Obama administration, is a “puppeteer” for the “CCP [Chinese Communist Party] virus”, writing, “You don’t see it? Let me help you. Biden has degraded into empty puppet. On the CCP virus, Ron Klain is the puppeteer. You knock out Gepetto, Pinocchio can’t dance. How does a ‘turd’ know so much more than you?”
March 31: Caputo retweets a tweet that says “the Left hate normal Americans and they want us dead and replaced. Act as if they mean it, because they do.”
April 1: Caputo called Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, and the rest of the media “completely full of sh*t.”

He was appointed to his position at HHS just two weeks later.

This story has been updated with a comment from Caputo.

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McConnell Refuses Funds For Blue States As His Kentucky Is 2nd Most Dependent On Federal Cash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to give virus hit blue states aid, but his state of Kentucky is the second most dependent on federal funds.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hammered McConnell for his state taking $148 billion more federal dollars than they put in.

It turns out that McConnell’s home state is one of the most dependant on federal funds in the entire country.

Via WKUFM:

Kentucky is ranked the second most federally dependent state in the nation.

A recent study by WalletHub looked at two key factors: state government dependency and resident dependency. Kentucky’s government is ranked fourth in dependency on federal money but is only ranked 23rd in the share of federal jobs.

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Gonzalez said federal funding makes up about 40 percent of Kentucky’s revenue, the 4th highest rate in the country

Mitch McConnell is in no position to deny states their own money back. Blue states have been economically carrying red states for decades, so McConnell’s grandstanding about states needing to make up their own revenue shortfalls without federal help doesn’t hold much water when it is taken into the context with the fact that McConnell is the Senate’s second-biggest welfare queen.

McConnell’s reelection chances would vanish if the federal government stopped giving Kentucky 40% of its budget.

Mitch McConnell is a red-state freeloader, who is playing with fire as he bites the hands that feed him.

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Study: Elderly Trump voters dying of coronavirus could cost him in November

Trump supporters, especially in Greater Appalachia, tend to be older and heavier, traits correlated with underlying conditions that make Covid-19 more lethal, he said. Smoking levels — another leading indicator of vulnerability — also tend to be higher in red areas.

The analysis comes as Trump’s handling of the coronavirus is increasingly turning away seniors that buoyed him in 2016, when the cohort supported him over Hillary Clinton by 7 percent. Older voters consistently vote at higher rates and have broken in the GOP’s favor for the better part of two decades.

Seniors by significant numbers nationally prioritize defeating the virus over reviving the sputtering economy, a spate of recent polls shows. And Trump himself has started to acknowledge the impact of his policies on the older cohort.

In a tweet Wednesday, the president cheered on states moving to reopen. “Special care is, and always will be, given to our beloved seniors (except me!),” Trump added in his message. “Their lives will be better than ever … WE LOVE YOU ALL!”

He used similar language late last month, saying. “Seniors will be watched over protectively and lovingly.”

Researchers on the fatality study said they found the virus could also ravage Republicans across Florida and Georgia, where GOP leaders have been pulling back on aggressive defenses. The study looked at total anticipated deaths on a statewide basis, which accounted for spiraling projections of the virus in densely populated urban areas that are home to more Democrats.

Still, there are caveats beyond the death figures used: Researchers used national fatality rates because deaths by state were scant when they started. They similarly applied national percentages of voters by age, not state-by-state figures. But Johnson noted that could actually understate effects in places like Florida, where the GOP relies more heavily on older voters.

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The Top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president

While traditionally the vetting of — and jockeying by — potential vice presidential nominees happens largely out of sight, that process has been flipped on its head by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which makes secret huddles with the contenders impossible. As my CNN colleagues Dan Merica, Arlette Saenz and Abby Phillip wrote earlier this week:

“[Joe] Biden has turned the typically private search into a public endeavor, using his campaign’s newly minted podcast as a way to highlight the women he is considering for the job and openly talking to voters, reporters and donors about what he is looking for in a running mate and who he is actively considering. …

“… The women Biden is considering have reflected that public posture, too, with many openly discussing their desire for the job, throwing out the traditional coyness prospective candidates usually employ.”

Weird! But it makes things far easier for political pundits — like yours truly — to accurately rank where the VP contenders stand, since both they and Biden are talking so much about it! Heck, we even know when Biden expects to have his shortlist! “My guess is it’s going to take until sometime in July when we’ve narrowed it down after the background checks as to who the one, two, three people are who are in the hunt at that point,” Biden told CBS’ James Corden this week.
We’ve got a few months between now and then. So things can and will change. But below you’ll find my rankings from this week in the veepstakes. (Last week’s rankings are here; and I explained why Michelle Obama isn’t on this list here.)
10. Stacey Abrams: No one gets quoted more about their interest in being Biden’s VP than the former Georgia state Senate minority leader. As she explained recently of that approach: “I try to be straightforward because while we hope the work speaks for itself, sometimes the work needs a hype man, and I learned early on that if I didn’t speak for myself, I couldn’t tell the story.” Fair enough! But if past is prologue, trying to get the job virtually ensures you won’t be the pick. (Previous ranking: 10)
Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin

9. Tammy Baldwin: The senator from Wisconsin hasn’t done anything to merit her drop in this week’s rankings. But that’s exactly the point. Where other candidates are regularly being asked about the possibility of winding up on the national ticket and making news with their variety of answers (or, usually, non-answers), Baldwin is largely left out of the conversation. What she still has is this: an unblemished winning record in perhaps the most pivotal swing state in the country. (Previous ranking: 8)

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth

8. Tammy Duckworth: See Tammy Baldwin. Like her colleague, Duckworth, who is in her first term as a senator from Illinois, isn’t getting much buzz about being Biden’s No. 2. But, like Baldwin, Duckworth’s appeal for a national ticket is strong: She’s a decorated (and wounded) military veteran who marked all sorts of historic firsts during her time in elected office — including being the first senator to give birth while serving in office. (Previous ranking: 7)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
7. Gretchen Whitmer: Whitmer tumbles down the rankings this week due to a self-inflicted wound in the hiring (and then firing) of two Democratic consulting firms for no-bid state contracts involving Michigan’s response to the coronavirus. And now, Whitmer appears to be hedging on keeping in place strict social-distancing guidelines that made Michigan the epicenter of quarantine protests. (Previous ranking: 4)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
6. Keisha Lance Bottoms: The mayor of Atlanta has seen her national profile soar over the past week. That’s thanks to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen parts of the state’s economy as soon as Friday — a move that has been met with significant resistance in and out of the state. KLB has been leading that charge. “There’s nothing essential about going to a bowling alley in the middle of a pandemic,” she said. And remember: Biden is a very loyal guy, and KLB has been with him longer than anyone else on this list. (Previous ranking: 9)
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
5. Elizabeth Warren: The senator from Massachusetts announced on Thursday that she had lost her eldest brother, Don, to Covid-19. That news overshadowed any VP movement in regard to Warren this week. She remains the most high-profile liberal on Biden’s list if he feels the need to placate that side of the party going into the fall. (Previous ranking: 5)
Susan Rice

4. Susan Rice: The argument for President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser keeps getting strong as the coronavirus continues to dominate the country: She’s a hugely knowledgeable and experienced voice on all things national security and diplomacy, necessary tools at a moment like this. “We understood that a pandemic was not only predicted but was actually inevitable,” Rice said on CNN this week. “The only question was when.” (Previous ranking: 6)

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

3. Catherine Cortez Masto: Like Baldwin and Duckworth (and, really, Warren), Cortez Masto has struggled to get much press — in regard to the veepstakes or anything else — of late due to the fact that the coronavirus story is so focused on President Trump and governors. Still, Cortez Masto is one of the highest-ranking Latina elected officials in the country and has a major promoter in the form of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). (Previous ranking: 3)

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
2. Amy Klobuchar: The senator from Minnesota was on Biden’s podcast, which has become a sort of public tryout, on Monday. “You won Minnesota for me,” he told her. Which is a big deal — because Biden’s Super Tuesday victories, including in Minnesota, were critical in his march to the nomination. I am told by people who know that Klobuchar (and our No. 1 pick) are in a tier all their own in terms of likelihood of being the pick. (Previous ranking: 2)
California Sen. Kamala Harris
1. Kamala Harris: Harris has spent a good chunk of time of late pushing legislation to expand voting rights amid the coronavirus outbreak, a smart issue to focus on as the party’s base cares deeply about it. Her combination of candidate savvy, debating skills, fundraising ability and the historic nature of her pick (first African American woman on a national ticket) still makes the senator from California the leader in the clubhouse to be Biden’s selection. (Previous ranking: 1)