99 thoughts on “Daily Blog for June 2020

  1. COVID-19 Is Surging. Donald Trump’s Response Is Shrinking

    FEMA says there are 1,000 fewer employees assigned to COVID-19 work than during the peak of the response — and that’s not all


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    Dr. Peter Hotez tuned into last Friday’s White House Coronavirus Briefing hoping he might learn something new. Hotez is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor’s College of Medicine and one of the leading vaccine researchers in the world. He and a team of scientists are currently working to develop a coronavirus vaccine candidate, but that breakthrough could be months or years away. For now, Hotez wanted to know what federal leaders had planned to deal with the new spike in COVID-19 infections.

    Sixty days had gone by since the American public had last heard from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. During that two-month lacuna, almost 70,000 of us died from COVID-19 and more than 1.5 million of us tested positive for the virus. Now, while the countries that were first hit by the virus — China, Italy, Spain — began to reopen their economies and send children back to school, the U.S. plateaued and then entered what appears to be a deadly new phase of the worst pandemic in a century.

    But as Hotez listened to the briefing’s rotating cast of administration officials last Friday, he struggled to discern any cogent, consistent message about fighting the virus. What he heard instead, he says, was a mix of self-congratulation, stale science, and spin.

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  2. Facebook bans extremist ‘boogaloo’ group from its platforms

    Although the term is not banned, the network has been designated as a dangerous organization similar to white supremacists


    Facebook has banned a group associated with the broader “boogaloo” movement. Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

    Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network associated with the term “boogaloo,” a slang word supporters use to refer to a second civil war.

    Tuesday’s move by Facebook designates the right-wing “boogaloo” network as a dangerous organization similar to the Islamic State group and white supremacists, both of which are already banned from its service.

    The ban comes months after researchers began warning Facebook that the “boogaloo” groups flourishing on its platform were full of people discussing violence against government officials and sharing guerrilla combat tactics.

    Reports from outside groups released in February and then in April both warned that the “boogaloo” was a dangerous anti-government group trying to incite violence against law enforcement officials.

    While Facebook began to take down some “boogaloo” posts and groups this spring, it did not announce sweeping action against the extremist movement on its platform until after two law enforcement officials had already been killed in California.

    A federal security officer was shot to death in Oakland, California, on 30 May, and a Santa Cruz sheriff sergeant was shot to death on 6 June. Their alleged killer had posted about the “boogaloo” on Facebook, where he also connected with the man charged as his accomplice, according to the criminal complaint against him.

    As part of Tuesday’s announcement of its “boogaloo” ban, Facebook said it has removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages and 106 groups that that comprise the violent “boogaloo”-affiliated network. It also took down 400 other groups and 100 pages that hosted similar content as the violent network but were maintained by accounts outside of it.

    Facebook’s announcement of the “boogaloo” ban is a ‘“substantive action”, and “one of the more widespread and transparent network disruption actions specifically targeting non-state actors we’ve seen from the company yet”, said Alex Newhouse, a digital researcher at the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Middlebury Institute for International Studies, who has been tracking the “boogaloo” movement on Facebook for several months.

    But Newhouse said that he and other researchers had already identified at least 20 “boogaloo” groups which were still live on Facebook after the ban, including some that were direct backups or clones of pages that had been banned.

    Several researchers who monitor ”boogaloo” groups on Facebook said they had already identified multiple groups that had been missed by Facebook’s ban.

    “As with everything Facebook does, it was too little and too late,” said Katie Paul, the director of the Tech Transparency Project, which produced a report warning about boogaloo groups on Facebook in April.

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  3. Renewables are cheap and effective. Now, let’s make them just and humane too

    The technological chapter of climate transformation can be whatever we choose to make it. If we allow it to be a bulldozing, profit-driven enterprise, the energy transition will fall apart – ratcheting impacts of climate change.

    For well over a century, fossil fuels have sunk deep into the fabric of our species. We can’t decouple ourselves from dependence on these substances without deep, highly visible and very rapid change. At this crisis-driven and pivotal point, we don’t know what’s ahead. We just know it’s going to be big.

    Much debate among climate action advocates tends to occupy a single dimension, namely how deep and how far one wants our human species to change. Some envisage climate action with little change to existing systems, while others see no resolution without total collapse and reinvention. There’s a keen focus on what systemic change means for global systems of capitalism and international trade. Alternative visions of the future dial down the obsession with economic growth and focus on ideas including degrowth Read ‘Outgrowing growth: why quality of life, not GDP, should be our measure of success’ and steady-state economies.

    A recent study highlighted non-technological pathways to reduce emissions by striking at the economic systems which contribute to the climate problem. “Any transition towards sustainability can only be effective if far-reaching lifestyle changes complement technological advancements,” argue the authors. This study is right. We can do a very, very large chunk of emissions reductions without needing to build anything new, while still making life richer and fairer for those dealt the worst hand.

    But technological change still matters.

    No matter how you slice the scenarios, in future we will still need new machines to replace fossil fuel infrastructure. My professional background is in energy technology, so this topic keeps me up at night. Metal, wires, rubber, glass, tyres and blades feature in every single model for climate action – but that’s not all.

    The machines of the future depend on radical transformation. Not just in a literal, physical sense.

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  4. Standing Their Ground in Well-Manicured Yards

    The Trump presidency has been a literal call to arms for excitable whites who view nonwhite people as inherent threats.


    Bonnie and Clod – Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP

    The first time I glanced at the images, I thought, My God, the Naval Academy is under attack. It was the only way my brain could process what I’d seen: a middle-aged white man wielding a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, just outside the gated portico of a vast, shimmering beaux-arts structure whose lofty pillars, red-bricked decking, ornate windows, and greenery-filled terrace boxes seemed reminiscent of buildings I’d once marched to on Annapolis’s turn-of-the-nineteenth-century military campus. It didn’t seem so far-fetched: Sunday was, after all, the second anniversary of the murder of five Annapolis Capital Gazette staffers by a crazed gunman.

    But then I noticed that this gunman—who wore a form-fitting pink polo shirt tucked into spacious flat-front khaki slacks—was barefoot outside the grand portico. He was also holding his AR-15 left-handed, even though it was a standard carbine with its ejection port on the right side, meaning that if the polo-sporting gentleman had fired his gun, with every discharge, it would have spit a spent, white-hot bullet casing directly into his nipples. Clearly, he didn’t carry this gun very often, a fact made all the more obvious by the frequency with which he pointed its business end toward his wife, who was also barefoot, beside him, wielding a small semiautomatic pistol loosely in her hands, like a once-cherished dream that now might burst and dry up at any moment.

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  5. Jacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand borders

    The prime minister appeared to be responding to the opposition leader, who has said keeping the borders closed for months or years is ‘untenable’

    Jacinda Ardern has decried as “dangerous” her detractors’ calls to open New Zealand’s borders – or present a plan for how she will do so – as the country remains largely free of Covid-19 while the virus spreads abroad.

    Telling reporters on Tuesday that she had heard “calls for our borders to be opened to the world”, the New Zealand prime minister referred to “a world where the virus is escalating not slowing and not even peaking in some countries yet, where cases exceed 10 million globally and deaths half a million, where countries are extending and returning to lockdown”.

    “All of the while, we get to enjoy weekend sport, go to restaurants and bars, our workplaces are open, and we can gather in whatever numbers we like,” she said.

    She appeared to be responding to Todd Muller – the leader of the opposition and the centre-right National party – who, along with business leaders, branded as “untenable” the prospect of keeping the country’s borders sealed for months or years until a Covid-19 vaccine is found.

    A swift, strict lockdown of the country in March and April appeared to have eliminated community transmission of the virus shortly after it appeared in New Zealand – with New Zealanders returning to the country accounting for all the 22 current cases diagnosed. The nation has become an international success story for addressing Covid-19 but it now faces a world where preserving that status means tightly sealed borders.

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  6. Trump’s ignorance is total — and you can quote his press secretary on that


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    June 29, 2020 at 7:42 p.m. EDT

    If things weren’t already bad enough for President Trump — economic collapse, botched pandemic response, mass unrest — U.S. intelligence believes Trump’s “friend” Vladimir Putin paid Taliban fighters bounties to kill U.S. troops.

    But the White House is ready with a defense: The president has no earthly idea what’s going on.

    Totally in the dark.

    Not a clue!

    “The CIA director, NSA, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declared at Monday afternoon’s briefing.

    So, asked NBC’s Kristen Welker, Trump was kept “out of the loop by his own intelligence community?”

    “It would not be elevated to the president until it was verified,” the press secretary explained.

    Shouldn’t the president have been told about such a serious matter?

    “There are dissenting opinions,” McEnany ventured.

    Reporters pointed out that intelligence, by definition, is generally unverified, and that the bounty intelligence was solid enough that U.S. officials shared it with the British.

    McEnany indicated Trump’s advisers didn’t find it “necessary” to brief him.

    But “given these reports,” asked Jeff Mason of Reuters, “does the president have a specific message for Moscow?”

    “No,” McEnany said, “because he has not been briefed.”

    In fact, McEnany suggested, Trump still hadn’t been briefed on the Russian bounties by Monday afternoon, even though administration officials were, at that hour, briefing lawmakers.

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  7. The woman Biden isn’t considering for vice president, but should


    Rep. Barbara Lee at the Capitol on June 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    As Joe Biden closes in on his choice of a vice-presidential running mate, Democrats in Tuesday’s primaries sent a clear message about what a winning Democratic coalition would look like. Wins for several black progressives in New York congressional primaries, including Jamaal Bowman’s defeat of House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot L. Engel, and, in Kentucky, Charles Booker’s possible win over establishment-backed Amy McGrath in the Senate primary, showed that candidates who unite voters of color and white progressives are the party’s future. If Biden wants to show he’s listening to these voters, there’s one name that apparently isn’t on his current vice-presidential shortlist, but should be: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

    In her biography alone, Lee brings to the table both an inspirational personal story and years of experience. After suffering a miscarriage at just 16, Lee by age 20 was a single mother to two young boys and living on welfare. Still, she obtained both undergraduate and master’s degrees, at times taking her children to class with her because she could not afford child care. Starting as an intern in the office of former congressman and progressive icon Ron Dellums, Lee worked her way up to become his chief of staff, served eight years in the California state legislature, and in 1998 won a special election to fill the retiring Dellums’s seat. She’s been in the House ever since, including stints chairing the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus.

    In choosing Lee, Biden would get a fighter who has the policies to meet the moment. This month, she introduced a bill for a national commission that would “examine the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color.” Fifty-six percent of Americans — including 78 percent of Democrats — now support Medicare-for-all, which Lee has backed for years. And her years as “the House’s steadiest advocate for peace” have permanently endeared her to progressive and younger voters and activists.

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  8. It Will Take Years to Undo the Damage from Trump’s Environmental Rollback

    Even if Democrats win back the White House and the Senate, it will be a long struggle to restore the regulations the Republican-controlled EPA has erased.


    Heat waves flowing out of an city bus’s exhaust pipe in Los Angeles in 2013.

    The Trump administration’s response to a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans and forced much of the country into a devastating economic slowdown has been a massive failure, leading to new levels of anger and disappointment at the president. But none of that has stopped Donald Trump and his aides from rolling back as many environmental protections as they possibly can.

    Since March, the Environmental Protection Agency has weakened mercury air pollution standards, permanently lowered regulations for vehicle tailpipe emissions, and finalized a reinterpretation of the Clean Water Act that opens the door to expedited pipeline development.

    At the White House, Trump has been just as busy. In June he signed an executive order that allows companies to bypass key environmental reviews on infrastructure projects like mines, and issued a proclamation to allow commercial fishing in a protected monument off Maine’s coast that was created specifically to limit such activity. The administration has called the moves necessary environmental adjustments during the pandemic, and important measures to prop up the U.S. economy, including the suddenly struggling oil and gas industry. But it’s obvious that the White House has no intention of slowing down rollbacks—and in some cases finalizing hard-to-reverse rules—until the last moments of the administration.

    While environmental activist groups are obviously hoping that Joe Biden—who holds a large lead in the polls—will occupy the White House come January, reversing some of Trump’s anti-science, anti-environment policies will take more than a Democratic president and a new set of federal officials. Trump has done damage to regulations that will take potentially years to unwind. “Just having Democratic control doesn’t guarantee that everything will happen,” said Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “You have to re-establish the ability of the body politic to hold elected officials accountable and to do the job they were sent to do. We should never be in a place where agencies can ignore enforcing a law because they disagree with it.”

    In the past few months the Trump administration’s de-regulatory pace has accelerated even beyond the scorched-earth style of the last three and a half years. As of May 20, it has revoked, replaced or weakened 66 environmental rules, according to a count by The New York Times. Since then, at least a handful of other rules have been finalized and submitted for final review including an EPA rule that limits state and tribal communities’ ability to challenge energy projects such as pipelines.

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  9. Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘white power’ after outrage

    Deputy press secretary claims Trump had not heard the racist language of video he tweeted that was posted for nearly four hours


    *Donald Trump taps the screen on a mobile phone on 18 June at the approximate time a tweet was released from his Twitter account. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters *

    Donald Trump has deleted a tweet he sent featuring video of a Trump supporter shouting, “White power! White power!” after an outpouring of grief and outrage at racist language flowing directly from the White House once again.

    The tweet was deleted after it drew fierce criticism from across the political spectrum, including from Tim Scott of South Carolina, the sole African American Republican in the Senate.

    “There’s no question that he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down,” Scott told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

    “It was so profanity laced, the entire thing was offensive. Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive. It’s indefensible. We should take it down.”
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    Trump had left the tweet, featuring video of arguments among residents of The Villages, a predominantly white and conservative retirement community in Florida, posted on his Twitter feed for nearly four hours.

    “Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted about the footage, which begins with a white man driving a golf cart with a “Trump 2020” sign spouting racist rhetoric at white anti-Trump protesters.

    White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere claimed that Trump had not heard the man screaming “white power” at the start of the video he tweeted.

    “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages,” Deere said in the statement. “He did not hear the one statement made on the video.”

    Cody Keenan, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama, said the tweet was part of Trump’s re-election strategy.

    “How ‘bout we just skip past the kabuki where White House staff emails reporters anonymously to say they had nothing to do with it, every [Republican] senator pretends they haven’t seen it, and just accept that they’re all part of the Trump 2020 white power Covid rally ‘til the end,” Keenan tweeted.

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  10. Europeans’ trust in US as world leader collapses during pandemic

    Many citizens appalled by Donald Trump’s handling of coronavirus crisis, study finds


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    The coronavirus crisis has caused a dramatic deterioration in the European public perception of the US, extensive new polling reveals.

    More than 60% of respondents in Germany, France, Spain, Denmark and Portugal said they had lost trust in the United States as a global leader.

    A report based on the survey’s findings argues that the shock of the pandemic has “traumatised” European citizens, leaving them feeling “alone and vulnerable”.

    In almost every country surveyed, a majority of people said their perception of the US had deteriorated since the outbreak. Negative attitudes of the US were most marked in Denmark (71%) Portugal (70%), France (68%), Germany (65%) and Spain (64%). In France, 46% and in Germany 42% said their view of the US had worsened “a lot” during the pandemic.

    In an analysis of the data, the policy experts Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka say that trust in the US is “broken” as a result of its handling of the health crisis and that support for the transatlantic alliance has been “hollowed out”‘.

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, warned in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that the world could no longer take it for granted that America still aspires to be a global leader. The survey suggests that public opinion is already conscious of the shift.

    The report states: “Europeans’ trust in the US is gone. Many have been appalled by the [US’s] chaotic response to Covid-19; the lack of solidarity it showed with Europeans in the 12 March closure of its border to members of the Schengen area; and its lack of leadership in tackling the coronavirus crisis at the global level – or even engagement with the issue (beyond a war of words with the World Health Organization).”

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  11. Rolling Stones Threaten Trump With Lawsuit Over Rally Music

    “This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns,” band’s rep says


    The Rolling Stones are taking “further steps” to prevent Donald Trump from using their music at his rallies. Chris Tuite/imageSPACE/Shutterstock

    The Rolling Stones are taking “further steps” to prevent Donald Trump from using their music at his rallies after the president’s campaign ignored the previous cease-and-desist letters. “This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns,” the band’s rep said in a statement.

    In a statement Saturday, the band announced that their legal team and performing rights organization BMI sent another warning to Trump’s campaign that, if the president continued to use the band’s music, he could face a lawsuit.

    “The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” the Rolling Stones rep added. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

    Despite previous warnings during the 2016 presidential campaign — “The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump. You Can’t Always Get What You Want was used without the band’s permission,” the Stones tweeted in July 2016 — the Trump team still played the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the president’s lightly attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20th.

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  12. Back From Golfing, Trump Denies Knowing About Russian Bounties to Kill U.S. Soldiers

    “The President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said


    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 Summit, Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. Kommersant Photo Agency/Shutterstock

    On Friday night the New York Times reported a blockbuster story: U.S. intelligence has found that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to strike coalition forces, including U.S. and British military members.

    President Trump has known about the bounties since March and has done nothing to retaliate. The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have both confirmed the Times’ reporting.

    According to the Times, after Trump was briefed months ago about the role that Russia’s military intelligence agency played in initiating attacks on American soldiers, the president was given a “menu of potential options” on how to respond. But the Trump administration has not acted on any to date.

    Late Saturday, the White House denied that President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials regarding the payments made to militants by Russia to kill American troops.

    “The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny… The CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

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  13. The Rise of the Left (With Mondaire Jones)


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    This week’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky, New York, and Virginia saw a number of progressive challengers defeating moderate or establishment rivals. Of particular note were the victories of two insurgent candidates in New York: Jamaal Bowman, who defeated 16-term incumbent Eliot Engel, and Mondaire Jones, who triumphed over a crowded field in the 17th District to become one of the first openly gay black men ever elected to Congress. Jones joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss his victory. Then, Intercept D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim joins Mehdi to place this week’s elections in historical context.

    Mondaire Jones: I think the energy in this party is on the left. And I hope that people who are in power in this party realize that and bring us into the fold.

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  14. With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections


    ines of cars wait at a coronavirus testing site outside of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Friday. Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars Friday as its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a record. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

    Five months after the novel coronavirus was first detected in the United States, a record surge in new cases is the clearest sign yet of the country’s historic failure to control the virus — exposing a crisis in governance extending from the Oval Office to state capitals to city councils.

    President Trump — who has repeatedly downplayed the virus, sidelined experts and misled Americans about its dangers and potential cures — now finds his presidency wracked by an inability to shepherd the country through its worst public health calamity in a century. The dysfunction that has long characterized Trump’s White House has been particularly ill-suited for a viral outbreak that requires precision, focus and steady leadership, according to public health experts, administration officials and lawmakers from both parties.

    As case numbers began rising again, Trump has held rallies defying public health guidelines, mused about slowing down testing for the virus, criticized people wearing masks and embraced the racially offensive “kung flu” nickname for a disease that has killed at least 123,000 Americans.

    A similarly garbled message for the country has also been put forward by the president’s top aides and other senior administration officials, who contradict one another on a daily basis. On Friday, Vice President Pence used the first White House coronavirus task force briefing in almost two months to praise Trump’s handling of the virus and cast aside concerns about a record spike in new infections.

    “We have made a truly remarkable progress in moving our nation forward,” Pence said, a few minutes after announcing that more than 2.5 million Americans had contracted the coronavirus. “We’ve all seen the encouraging news as we open up America again.”

    Later Friday, the United States recorded more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases — its largest one-day total.

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  15. ‘This Might Just Be the First Chapter’: A New York Doctor on Her Experience With COVID-19

    One doctor’s story of being on the front lines of the pandemic, and why she never thought this would happen in America


    A bustling hallway in the emergency department at Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital due to coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in Oceanside, New York on April 13, 2020. Jeffrey Basinger/Newsday/Getty Images

    Dr. Chiti Parikh is the co-director of Integrative Health at Weill Cornell Medicine. In early March, as the coronavirus outbreak was poised to hit New York City, she volunteered to work in the emergency room to help care for an increasing number of patients arriving in the ER with symptoms of COVID-19. The following is her account of those weeks working in the hospital, and contracting the coronavirus, as told to Rolling Stone staff writer Tessa Stuart.

    My first patient in the ER was an elderly Asian gentleman who came in with fever and shortness of breath. I had to stop in to get an N95 mask. Before, the boxes of N-95 masks would just be sitting outside — you just grab one, see a patient, and you throw it out. Now, I had to actually go to the nursing manager’s office, show them my ID, sign in saying I received a mask, the size of the mask, the date of the mask. I got my one mask, I went down to put on the full PPE and go in to see the patient. I would wear an N95 and a surgical mask over it, with a face shield. It was just sort of suffocating. And trying to communicate with the patient, he couldn’t see my face, my body language. And there’s a language barrier — he only spoke Cantonese. I had to use a translator phone to communicate. It was such a surreal experience. Obviously, he was scared.

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  16. Mary Trump once stood up to her uncle Donald. Now her book describes a ‘nightmare’ of family dysfunction.

    Mary L. Trump was embroiled in a feud over her inheritance two decades ago when her uncle Donald Trump and his siblings punched back in classic style. In an obscure court filing, they belittled her, alleging she “lives primarily off the Trump income” and is “not gainfully employed.”

    Actually, Mary Trump had embarked on a new career. She studied patients with schizophrenia at Hillside Hospital on Long Island for at least six months during this period, meeting with an array of people who were delusional, hallucinatory and suicidal.

    Over time, she deepened her studies of the disorder, contributed to a book on treating schizophrenia, wrote a dissertation on stalkers, and became a clinical psychologist. But not since she became part of the lawsuit in 2000 against her uncle has she spoken in detail about what she sees as the disorders of Donald Trump.

    Now her silence could be coming to an end. Her book about her uncle — “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” — is slated to be published next month. The book is so potentially explosive that the Trump family is seeking to block publication, citing a confidentiality agreement that Mary Trump signed as part of a settlement about her inheritance. Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said the president is trying to “suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance.”

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