This is brief rundown of the news so you don’t have to watch cable news. It’s just the facts with maybe a little snark.
On the pandemic front, infections and death are still on the rise with over 14 million infected and 277,476 deaths. Yesterday, there were 217,664 infections with 2879 deaths, that 2 deaths per minute in the United States. With no relief in sight from congress, states are running out of funds. Hospitals and EMS services are becoming overwhelmed.
A good part of the reason are people like Rep. Matt Getz (R-FL) who traveled to New Jersey to take part in a gathering of the New York Young Republicans Club in Jersey City where there appeared to be little mask-wearing or social distancing. And these putzes on Staten Island who are upset because a pub owner was arrested for defying the coronavirus shut down. It was also attended by Proud Boys member and Trumpublican City Council member Joseph Borelli.
The CDC is recommending wearing a universal mask indoors outside the home due to the increase of infections.
Out in California, San Francisco Bay Area issues stay-at-home order for nearly 6 million people beginning December 6 until January 4. San Francisco joined Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara and the City of Berkeley in announcing the plan on Friday.
Congress is set to pass The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act which sets funding priorities and policies for Department of Defense spending. The bill will also include a provision that bans unidentified federal forces from patrolling American streets. It would specifically require federal officers and members of the armed forces and National Guard dispatched to assist federal authorities in response to civil disturbances to visibly display their name or other unique identifier, such as a badge number, on their uniform, as well as the name of their agency. The bill does exempt undercover federal agents.
The House passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill passes 222 to 158 has little chance in the Trumpublican led Senate.
This is day 31 of #Squattergate and 47 day until the Squatter-in-Chief gets the boot. In the meantime, everyday brings new ways he is trying to protect his family and allies and build roadblocks for the incoming Biden administration. Today, he purged all the Pentagon nine member advisory board replacing some of its members with his loyalists, Cory Lewandowski, his former campaign manager and David Bossie, his deputy campaign manager, neither of whom has any experience with the defense industry or served in the military. The Squatter also dismissed foreign policy experts and national security establishment figures. Why he’s doing this at this point is beyond reason. It won’t really have any effect after January 20 when all the sycophants will be replaced.
The Squatter’s nominee for Assistant Defense Secretary Scott O’Grady boosted calls for martial law and claimed that the Squatter won a second term. If confirmed, he’s only serve until January 20.
A federal judge has ordered the Squatter regime to post a public notice that it will accept new applications for the Obama-era program shielding undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation.
On the brighter side of the transition to sanity, President-Elect Joe Biden told ABC News Jake Tapper that it is of “no person consequence” if the Squatter skips his inauguration.
Dr. Antony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that he has accepted Biden’s offer to be his chief medical adviser. He will also remain in his current position at NIH.
Up dates as needed. After all it is Friday.