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Twitter Slaps Donald Trump Jr. With 12-Hour Timeout for Posting Misleading COVID Video-

"......On Monday night, the president’s eldest son posted a video to Twitter that showed some fringe doctors lauding the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and doubting the effectiveness of masks. The video was pulled by Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for containing misleading information about the pandemic...



About That "New Tone"…

Trump Goes on Hydroxychloroquine Twitter Binge,

Retweets Anti-Mask Conspiracies and False Claims That Drug Is ‘Cure’ for Covid-19

".............The video of Immanuel racked up more than 14 million views on Monday, thanks in part to promotion from the far right site Breitbart News, which had broadcast a Periscope of the event where Immanuel spoke on its Twitter timeline.

 Hours later, both Facebook and YouTube began pulling down video of Immanuel’s claims, citing it for spreading misinformation about the pandemic. In addition, the social media giant told CNN’s Oliver Darcy it was actively trying to counter Immanuel’s baseless and dangerous claims: ...........




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US officials tell AP: Russia spreading virus disinformation-

BREAKING: Russian intelligence officers are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation on the coronavirus and other topics, U.S. government officials
",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Between late May and early July, one of the officials said, a trio of websites published about 150 articles about the pandemic response, including coverage aimed at propping up Russia and denigrating the U.S.

Among the headlines that caught the attention of U.S. officials are “Russia’s Counter COVID-19 Aid to America Advances Case for Détente,” which suggested that Russia had given urgent and substantial aid to the U.S. to fight the pandemic, and “Beijing Believes COVID-19 is a Biological Weapon.”

The disclosure comes as the spread of disinformation, including by Russia, is an urgent concern heading into November’s presidential election as U.S. officials look to avoid a repeat of the 2016 contest, when Russia launched a covert social media campaign to divide American public opinion to favor then-candidate Donald Trump...........


U.S. officials on Tuesday singled out a news agency, InfoRos.ru, that operates a trio of websites InfoRos.ru, Infobrics.org and OneWorld.press — that they say have leveraged the pandemic to promote anti-Western objectives and to spread disinformation. .........



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How Quack Doctors And Powerful GOP Operatives Spread Misinformation To Millions

A group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors” spread false information about COVID-19 with the help of Facebook, right-wing media and President Trump.
.................One of the main characters in the clip was a religious minister and pediatrician who has previously warned against having sex with demons — so at first glance, it would be easy to characterize the video as just another random conspiracy crank finding a massive audience thanks to Facebook

But in fact, a conservative dark-money group was behind the press event that created this viral propaganda moment. The group featured in the video, “America’s Frontline Doctors,” sprang from nowhere only days ago and appears connected to groups involved in the Save Our Country Coalition, which was a driving force behind the “reopen” protests in April that lobbied for America’s rapid reopening, even as death tolls spike in hot spots across the country. ............

..... the America’s Frontline Doctors group was organized by Tea Party Patriots, a wealthy Republican donor-backed nonprofit that, in partnership with FreedomWorks and other right-wing dark money groups, launched the Save Our Country Coalition in April to push for America’s rapid reopening. Jenny Beth Martin, TPP’s co-founder, spoke at the conference alongside the self-proclaimed frontline doctors, urging people to call their elected officials to demand access to hydroxychloroquine. ...........


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Pelosi announces new mask policy, mandating all members and staff wear masks on floor.
“Members and staff will be required to wear masks in the halls of the House," she says,
adding she can direct House sergeant-at-arms to tell members to leave if they aren't wearing one
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Pelosi announces new mask policy, mandating all members and staff wear masks on floor.
“Members and staff will be required to wear masks in the halls of the House," she says,
adding she can direct House sergeant-at-arms to tell members to leave if they aren't wearing one
Despite Gohmert testing positive, some House Republicans were not wearing masks on the floor this afternoon.
Rep. Clay Higgins was sitting on the House floor not wearing a mask.
He told me last month that wearing a mask is “part of the dehumanization of the children of God.”
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A public health expert in contact with Trump's COVID task force said that, early on,
a member of Jared Kushner's team felt that because the virus had hit BLUE states hardest,
a national testing plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically.
"........“The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states,
that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert......"
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Children and staff at Georgia overnight camp test positive for coronavirus, CDC says

The CDC said multi-day overnight camps "pose a unique challenge when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases" because of the close proximity of people............ did not require campers to wear face masks.
".......The camp, which the CDC did not name, held an orientation for 120 staff members and more than 130 trainees in mid-June, according to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The staff members stayed at the camp and on June 21 were joined by more than 360 campers ranging in age from 6 to 19.

Days later, on June 23, a teenage staff member left after developing chills and later tested positive for the coronavirus. The camp began to send people home the following day and alerted the state's Department of Public Health.

Among the children and staff who were tested for the virus, 260 came back positive, with 231 of them aged 17 or younger........




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Delta flight returns to gate after two passengers refuse to wear masks

..........Delta states on its website that "customers and employees are required to wear a face mask, or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]."..........

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said last week that more than 100 people have been added to the airline's no-fly list because they refused to wear masks on flights. 

“We've been steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy. You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on.

If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t fly Delta into the future. We already have over 100 people we've put on that list,” Bastian told NBC.........




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How the Pandemic Defeated America-

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.

"..........In the first half of 2020, SARS‑CoV‑2—the new coronavirus behind the disease COVID‑19—infected 10 million people around the world and killed about half a million. But few countries have been as severely hit as the United States, which has just 4 percent of the world’s population but a quarter of its confirmed COVID‑19 cases and deaths. These numbers are estimates. The actual toll, though undoubtedly higher, is unknown, because the richest country in the world still lacks sufficient testing to accurately count its sick citizens.



Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—it floundered..........

.....Compared with the average wealthy nation, America spends nearly twice as much of its national wealth on health care, about a quarter of which is wasted on inefficient care, unnecessary treatments, and administrative chicanery........

.....In the middle of the greatest health and economic crises in generations, millions of Americans have found themselves impoverished and disconnected from medical care.......

Rather than countering misinformation during the pandemic, trusted sources often made things worse..............

Snake-oil merchants have peddled ineffectual silver bullets (including actual silver). Armchair experts with scant or absent qualifications have found regular slots on the nightly news. And at the center of that confusion is Donald Trump.......

...... everyday Americans did more than the White House. By voluntarily agreeing to months of social distancing, they bought the country time, at substantial cost to their financial and mental well-being. Their sacrifice came with an implicit social contract—that the government would use the valuable time to mobilize an extraordinary, energetic effort to suppress the virus, as did the likes of Germany and Singapore. But the government did not, to the bafflement of health experts. ..........

People of all political bents became more dissatisfied with the Trump administration. As the economy nose-dived, the health-care system ailed, and the government fumbled, belief in American exceptionalism declined. “Times of big social disruption call into question things we thought were normal and standard,” ...........

Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection. America would be wise to help reverse the ruination of the natural world, a process that continues to shunt animal diseases into human bodies. It should strive to prevent sickness instead of profiting from it. It should build a health-care system that prizes resilience over brittle efficiency, and an information system that favors light over heat. It should rebuild its international alliances, its social safety net, and its trust in empiricism. It should address the health inequities that flow from its history. Not least, it should elect leaders with sound judgment, high character, and respect for science, logic, and reason.

The pandemic has been both tragedy and teacher. Its very etymology offers a clue about what is at stake in the greatest challenges of the future, and what is needed to address them......."



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Here’s the big piece I’ve been promising: an Atlantic cover story about the US’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. It’s a full autopsy of what went wrong, every unattended weakness & unheeded warning, every festering wound......
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260 employees in Georgia's largest school district test positive for or exposed to coronavirus

Gwinnett County, which has the state's largest school district, has seen 4,000 new cases in the past two weeks.
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