Beltway Insider: Trump Pitches In, Dem/GOP Derail, Jobs, COVID-19, Daisy Coleman, Election

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President Trump took executive action this weekend reinstating unemployment boost benefits, eviction protections, and suspending both payroll taxes and student loan payments through the end of the year, as talks between Democrats and Republicans have broken down.

The President's job approval rating, according to the website fivethirtyeight.com, which tracked polls of likely or registered voters for the period ending August 9, 2020, increased by 0.2 percentage points to 41.4% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 54.7%. A slight 3% of the population polled have no opinion. Ratings are calculated weekly.


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Election 2020, according to the website fivethirtyeight.com, which tracks the latest Presidential Poll averages have President Donald Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 7.8% percentage points. With 42.1% of the sample audience indicating they will be casting their vote for Trump, and 49.9% of the voters sampled indicate they will be casting their vote for Biden.

Trump Signs Executive Order

One week ago, all signs were pointing toward positive steps in the Coronavirus stimulus package talks, by week's end the few gains made had all but deteriorated as both sides walked away from the table.

President Trump stepped in after Friday's deadline came and went and signed an Executive Order which provides up to $400. a week down from the $600., which had been mandated through the CARES Act, waives student loan payments until the end of 2020, provided some eviction protection and postponing payroll tax.

"The details, however, are not as generous as he made them sound. He is ordering a payroll tax deferral, not a cut, meaning the taxes won't be collected for a while but they will still be due at a later date. On housing, he instructs key officials to "consider" whether there should be a ban on evictions. He also insists that state governments pick up the tab for some of the unemployment aid," The Washington Post reported.

The action, which appears to provide a lifeline until the Democrats and Republicans can come to terms on a second stimulus package, is likely to face its own challenges as Congress controls the purse strings and as this Executive Order has federal monies attached, it is likely Congress will fight to halt the implementation of the order.

Even as the president has painted himself as the savior of the people, the fact remains it is temporary and is only a bridge, much like a Stop-Gap would have been, until the greater stimulus package is ratified. Moreover, each side is blaming the other side, when in fact they are both slowly compromising.

Majority leader Mitch McConnell indicated he was open to the increasing maintaining the $600. unemployment boost, and the Democrats reduced a second package by $1Trillion dollars.


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July Job Numbers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July 2020 numbers this week confirming what many already understood, the economic recovery is continuing albeit slowly and the paltry 1.8 million jobs added prove it will be a slower than expected.

"American workers and businesses continue to prove that they are fighting for the great American comeback. The United States economy has now added 9.3 million new jobs in the past 3 months, beating market expectations by a combined 12 million. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported adding another 1.8 million new jobs in July, exceeding expectations for the third straight month. Down from a high of 14.7 percent just three months prior, the official unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent in July," The White House Council of Economic Advisers said via a press release.

Coronavirus Totals

The infection rates of the coronavirus have continued to rise around the world. For the week ending August 9, 2020, coronavirus cases increased globally by 1,742,200 confirmed cases, brings the total of confirmed cases worldwide to 19,680,500, with 727,357 deaths, an increase of 40,162.

Infections rates in the United States are also on the rise. For the week ending August 9, 2020 the total confirmed cases rose to 5,031,358 with new confirmed cases rising sharply by 355,380. The coronavirus has claimed 162,252 total deaths, a weekly increase for 6,952 deaths. (Data from The New York Times).

Corona Virus: The New Normal

The explosion of the Coronavirus in December 2019, if one is to believe the Chinese timeline, has had the world health experts, including the Center for Disease Control, concentrating on eradication of this debilitating and deadly respiratory virus.

The key indicators are seared into the psyche of the global population, each day the total cases numbers tick like a scoreboard, with the virus weekly playing the winning hand. A global culling is forcing leaders to look not only within, to the people within their own borders, but to their neighbors, some of whom they would prefer only limited, if any, contact.

Unfortunately, now global leaders, beginning with global organizations outside the World Health Organizations, the G7 must move together, as they did in 2009, to build the bridge to the future, and unfortunately the future includes Coronavirus.

Rush orders of vaccines are on the horizon, and while the world awaits, the facts remain the virus is highly contagious, moves freely though populations, dense crowds are a calling card even if the odds of infection through crowd sourcing are at 50 percent, only Measles is more highly communicable.

"Vineet Menachery, a coronavirus researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch, told NPR's Weekend Edition that one of the more likely scenarios is that the spread of COVID-19 will eventually be slowed as a result of herd immunity. He said that he'd be surprised "if we're still wearing masks and 6-feet distancing in two or three years" and that in time, the virus could become no more serious than the common cold," NPR reports.

For many nations that have faced Round 1, and feel beaten but not broken, Round 2 is a likely scenario, and the cycle will continue until either by vaccine, exposure, antibodies immunity. False positive and false negative readings contribute to the inability to pinpoint with accuracy many of the necessary factors needed to further global study.

Scenarios have been reported throughout the world, of infection, sickness, and sudden recovery, only to fall into a more debilitating state, needing acute care, including extensive time on a ventilator, and of course death. Others have only mild symptoms and are A-symptomatic.

With new cases under investigation in Asia, the ground zero for this global pandemic, the question of will those who survived the first wave be subject to the second?

"It may be possible for the coronavirus to strike the same person twice, but it's highly unlikely that it would do so in such a short window or to make people sicker the second time,"they said [Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health]. What's more likely is that some people have a drawn-out course of infection, with the virus taking a slow toll weeks to months after their initial exposure," The New York Times reports.

With all the medical data, new disease experts, and those who have dedicated their careers and lives to the study of immunology, and respiratory diseases, the future on the coronavirus is still murky.

It's a challenge to know when the right time will be to shed our new normal behaviors and be free to enjoy the company of large scale events, gatherings, in-door dining, and allowing our children to learn in classrooms.

That time is not now and our new normal's may be around, albeit with progressively loosening of state-mandated restrictions, throughout the 2021 calendar year.

Currently, however, the best course of action is to follow all state-mandated guidelines and make personal determinations after research.


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Daisy Coleman, Subject of Netflix Documentary, Commits Suicide

Daisy Coleman, the 2016 subject of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, committed suicide, this week after a wellness check prompted by her mother. She was 23.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden paid tribute to Daisy Coleman, as reported in HelloMagazine.com, stating "Sharing a portrait of Daisy on Instagram, Madeleine wrote: "Today we lost one of our brightest stars. We are honoured to know Daisy Coleman and witness her strength and courage in action as a founder of SafeBAE. Let's together end sexual assault and abuse against children#fordaisy #safebae #worldchildhoodfoundation @safe_bae."

Murder through suicide, is how the death certificates of Daisy Coleman and Audrie Pott, should be listed. Both girls, featured in the 2016 Netflix Documentary Audrie & Daisy, have died by their own hands after relentless shaming, bullying, stalking, taunting, and the unfortunate belief that "justice for all" meant them also.

Daisy Coleman, 14, and Audrie Pott, 15, were victims of sexual assault. They, both, in their teen years, were raped. Sexually violated and blamed by the system and blatantly told they were culpable in their own assault.

"The film also features Maryville sheriff Darren White and Maryville mayor Jim Fall, with the sheriff saying: "Girls have as much culpability" in cases like Daisy's," Wikipedia states.

The public lynching campaign against Daisy and Audrie is not, unfortunately, unique to them. It is a tried and true method of silencing the victim, ensuring the victim's reputation is destroyed, and ensuring victims, even those with unimpeachable reputations, will never see justice. It is common. And usually the first page in the playbook used by detectives.

They became the victims of a Judicial system so flawed when dealing with sexual assault cases that only five (5) cases out of every 1000 see the inside of a courtroom. A system so filled with insensitivity to victims that victims are often left to their own recourse to navigate a payola style investigatory system. Veiled solicitation is still solicitation.

Remembering the headline grabbing media cases, the cases which reflect the bias in the flawed judicial system. Judge Aaron Pensky reminded the world of the injustice that power and influence wield. He was not the first and he won't be the last.

It's unfortunate that many more victims of sexual assault will die before the system changes and recognizes the flaw in the system. According to RAINN "every 73 seconds, An American is sexual assaulted, and every nine (9) minutes that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only five out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison."

Building global awareness, uniting with a common goal, to end sexual violence must be the directive of every world leader.


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Election: Biden VP's Shortlist, Convention Specifics

Former Vice-President Joe Biden, the presumptive democratic nominee for the president of the united states, has continued to vet the considerable pool of qualified female contenders, although his team has indicated he has narrowed the possible choices.

Over the past week, Susan Rice, an Obama appointee, sold off a considerable shares in the streaming giant Netflix, which many believed indicated she had moved up in the process and was clearly her finances ahead of any possible conflicts.

However, Biden's meeting with Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, threw a curve ball into the mix.

Her positioning in the Upper Midwest is strategic as Biden needs to secure what could have once been locked by former Democratic Presidential nominee Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Whitmer's appearance could also be to firm up a speaking spot at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

As the convention is quickly approaching the wait for Biden's VP announcement will soon be over.

With the new normal dictating the upcoming presidential conventions, both candidates are working on creating "conventions" which allow for their agendas to be presented to the American people.

The Democratic National Convention will be hosted in Wisconsin and Joe Biden is expected to accept his party's nomination from the venue, which no doubt will include the traditional dropping of balloons and other traditional moments.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nomination for President of The United States on Thursday August 20, from 8:00pm – 10:00pm CT, (9:00pm to 11:00pm EST).

It won't however, feature a floor of chanting delegates, as the pandemic has forced the convention to adapt to the current state of our nation. Delegates will conduct their official convention business remotely. Speakers will also be presenting remotely.

The Republican National Convention scheduled for August 24 through August 27 will be held in several venues, with North Carolina easing its 10-person gathering limit for those dates, with the party expected to nominate President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence. Trump is expected to give his acceptance speech from the White House.

For more information on President Donald Trump www.whitehouse.gov.

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