Sunday 24th of January 2021

dr. strangebum or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the virus (2020)

don�t panic

Mr Trump also recorded a video message, urging Americans to get back to work.

"You're going to beat it [coronavirus]," he told them, adding: "We're going to be out front. As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there's danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front, and led." 

Mr Trump also speculated: "Now I'm better, maybe I'm immune, I don't know". The World Health Organization says it is too early to know if people who have recovered from Covid-19 are protected from a second infection, and if so, how long this protection might last. 

He also promised that vaccines were "coming momentarily", although the US Centers for Disease Control has said no vaccine is expected to be widely available before the middle of next year.


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not sick as dogs...

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is experiencing no symptoms.

Her diagnosis comes just four days after US President Donald Trump and his wife returned a positive result.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Ms McEnany said the White House medical unit does not list any reporters, producers, or other members of the press as close contacts.

But sources tell CNN that two of her deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, have also contracted the coronavirus.

Ms McEnany said she “definitively had no knowledge” about Mr Trump’s adviser Hope Hicks’ diagnosis before choosing to hold a press briefing on Friday. Just hours after that day’s briefing, the President announced he and wife Melania had the coronavirus.



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tossups versus lean biden...

In an era of stark political polarization, it is difficult to find any one place that is a true microcosm of the country. But it is possible to find places on which the November election pivots. These communities that hold the key to the vote are as varied as the nation — and they reflect a notable inversion of its politics.

Polls now show Joe Biden with a surprising opportunity to capture Sun Belt suburbs that have voted reliably Republican for decades. He is also performing better than Hillary Clinton did in 2016 — but perhaps not as well as Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012 — in heavily white, historically blue Frost Belt small towns and midsize cities where Donald Trump enjoyed a breakthrough in 2016.

These 10 bellwether counties — five in Sun Belt battlegrounds, five in the Frost Belt (loosely defined to include Iowa) — could point us toward each state’s winner. They run the gamut from meatpacking hubs to white-collar office parks, and from peach orchards to yacht-dense retiree havens. But there is something they all have in common: Their votes will matter a lot.

To win the White House, Mr. Biden will need to flip some combination of the 10 states Mr. Trump carried by less than 10 points in 2016 (in ascending order of margin): Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Iowa. Mr. Biden has several paths to victory, and the first three states alone, in addition to every state won by Hillary Clinton, would be enough to put him into the Oval Office.

Conversely, Mr. Trump would likely need to win at least eight of those 10 states for a second term. A look at these bellwethers — all either tossups or leaning toward Mr. Biden — makes clear that Mr. Trump is in serious trouble.


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