It’s a tale as old as time. Adult daughter of U.S. president gets a job she’s in no way qualified for working in the White House, seemingly thinking it‘ll boost her standing with the rich and powerful. Daughter’s father becomes one of the most hated people in the world thanks to his cruel, corrupt, outrageous executive decisions, like the one to separate babies from their parents and the other to do next to nothing about a disease that’s killed more than a quarter million people in the U.S. Daughter is sad. Not because of the hateful policies her father has implemented but because they make her look bad by association, so bad that she might not be invited to the Met ball again. Daughter finds article that seemingly paints her father in a positive light, if one is unaware of any of the context surrounding it. Daughter strangely does not provide said context but does suggest she and her father are basically living saints and should probably star together on the next cover of Altruism Monthly:
Yes, that’s Ivanka Trump patting herself on the back for the news that changes at the Agriculture Department have led to more food-insecure people being able to redeem their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at farmers’ markets, where they’re able to access fresh fruit and vegetables. Which is of course an extremely good thing! No one’s going to argue with that! The Trump administration looks slightly less good, however, with knowledge a minor detail Ivanka failed to add, which is that it tried to strip approximately 700,000 people of their SNAP benefits in the midst of a global pandemic. And that the only reason it didn’t end up doing so was because a judge intervened to these sick ghouls back in October. That story also showed up in The Washington Post but the first daughter must have missed it or we’re sure she would have posted it so people could get the full picture:
A federal judge on Sunday formally struck down a Trump administration attempt to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people, blocking as “arbitrary and capricious” the first of three such planned measures to restrict the federal food safety net. In a scathing 67-page opinion, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of D.C. condemned the Agriculture Department for failing to justify or even address the impact of the sweeping change on states, saying its shortcomings had been placed in stark relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, during which unemployment has quadrupled and rosters of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have grown by more than 17 percent, with more than 6 million new enrollees.
The rule “at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans,” Howell wrote, adding that the Agriculture Department “has been icily silent about how many [adults] would have been denied SNAP benefits had the changes sought…been in effect while the pandemic rapidly spread across the country.” The judge concluded that the department’s “utter failure to address the issue renders the agency action arbitrary and capricious.”
In combination with two other proposed rules from the Trump administration, the moves would have reportedly taken away SNAP benefits from an estimated 3.7 million people in an average month, reduced benefits for millions more, and resulted in 982,000 students losing automatic access to free or reduced-price school meals. Just something to think about next time Mother Teresa–Trump wants credit for all the good she’s supposedly done.
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Banking trade group requests workers be classified as “essential,” get vaccine before most Americans
This should go over extremely well:
Wall Street could get a shot in the arm in the coming months, while much of Main Street waits months for their COVID inoculations. Lenders, bank tellers, and traders could jump ahead of most Americans for vaccines, after such remedies receive emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, potentially putting financial industry workers ahead of those aged above 65, adults with medical issues and the rest of the U.S. population. The American Bankers Association said it has asked for the CDC to designate financial services industry as “essential workers,” following guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
A vaccine will remain a distant hope for millions for several months, as major Western nations, including the U.S. and Europe, have struck deals with drugmakers for COVID-19 remedies, with initial supplies likely to be extremely limited at a time when cases of the deadly infection are spiking in many parts of the U.S…. Though an independent panel, [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices]’s recommendations are highly influential within the CDC and are often accepted. This later feeds into the CDC’s official guidance which, in turn, is passed around the country.
While one could see a scenario in which the job of bank teller might find its way into the essential-worker category, the American people would probably be less than thrilled for, say, a fixed-income trader at Citigroup to get a vaccine before most of the population.
New Jersey governor tells Rep. Matt Gaetz to go fuck himself
The congressman from Florida had better think twice before driving down the Garden State Parkway and god help him if he should even entertain the idea of stopping off at a diner, no matter how badly he’s craving Taylor ham on a hard roll:
Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s ordinarily mild-mannered governor, had strong words Friday for Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and a group of New York City Young Republicans who held a gala event in Jersey City in violation of social distancing rules. The event was held Thursday night, and photos on social media show a tightly packed crowd—with no masks—surrounding Gaetz, who represents part of the Florida Panhandle and who was apparently a guest of honor at the event. “That guy in the middle, the tall, handsome fella in the gray suit, that is Representative Matt Putz—oh, sorry, Matt Gaetz, and based upon his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him,” Murphy said at a news conference. “He was actually Sarah Palin’s backup act for this event.”
Calling the outspoken Republican a “fool,” Murphy then addressed him directly. “I hope you’re watching Matt—you are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don’t ever want you back in this state,” the governor said. And lest anyone think it was a Freudian slip, Murphy then tweeted the insult again, just to be safe—along with a now-infamous photo of Gaetz donning a gas mask before going on the House floor to discuss COVID-19.
The gas-mask photo was obviously Gaetz’s attempt at humor, as he, like many of his colleagues in the GOP, apparently does not believe in wearing masks or taking other preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
In related news…
This Florida representative, who you’ll be shocked to learn is a member of the Republican Party, would appreciate it if everyone would just shut up about this stupid old coronavirus stuff:
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