Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement on Trump Coronavirus Announcements | Speaker Nancy Pelosi – (does not provide aid needed)

“Today’s meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families.  We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare.

“These policy announcements provide little real help to families.  For instance, not only does the President’s announcement not actually extend the eviction moratorium, it provides no assistance to help pay the rent, which will only leave desperate families to watch their debt pile higher.  Instead of passing a bill, now President Trump is cutting families’ unemployment benefits and pushing states further into budget crises, forcing them to make devastating cuts to life-or-death services.

“Furthermore, these announcements do nothing to increase testing, nothing to reopen schools, nothing to put food on the table for hungry families, nothing to prevent heroes being laid off across state and local government, nothing to protect the Postal Service or the integrity of our elections, nothing on many critical needs of the American people.

Source: Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement on Trump Coronavirus Announcements | Speaker Nancy Pelosi

260 students and 8 teachers quarantined in Georgia school district after first week of school – CNN

At least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta, Georgia, were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school.

In statements posted on its website, the Cherokee County School District reported positive cases in at least 11 students and two staff members. Students and staff who had possible exposure with a positive case have been told to quarantine for two weeks. The students were from the county’s elementary, middle and high schools.

Source: 260 students and 8 teachers quarantined in Georgia school district after first week of school – CNN

‘This Is a Five-Alarm Fire’: With 2020 Election at Stake, Call Goes Up for Mass Mobilization to Save Postal Service | Common Dreams News

“Can’t stress this enough— if the USPS is sabotaged, this will amount to the greatest voter suppression campaign in history.”

Source: ‘This Is a Five-Alarm Fire’: With 2020 Election at Stake, Call Goes Up for Mass Mobilization to Save Postal Service | Common Dreams News

Barrow County, Georgia, schools will move to online learning after 90 staff had to quarantine due to Covid-19 – CNN

A school district in Georgia has decided to start the school year with virtual learning, after more than 90 staff members were forced to quarantine due to a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, or due to being exposed to someone who did.

“If today was the first day of school, we would have been hard-pressed to have sufficient staff available to open our schools,” Barrow County Schools Superintendent Chris McMichael said in a statement on Wednesday.

Source: Barrow County, Georgia, schools will move to online learning after 90 staff had to quarantine due to Covid-19 – CNN

Reporter Challenges Trump on Lie About Vets Choice, and He Ends the Press Conference Instead of Answering

Trump called on White House Correspondent Paula Reid, and she asked, “Why do you keep saying you passed Veterans Choice?” Trump attempted to move on to another reporter, but Reid continued speaking. “It was passed in 2014. But it was a false statement, sir.” Trump said earlier in the press conference that he had passed the Veterans Choice Act, which makes it possible for veterans to use their government health benefits at providers other than Veterans Administration hospitals. In reality, it was passed in 2014 under President Barack Obama. After Trump refused to answer the question multiple times, he cut off the briefing to the cheers of his supporters. Reid retweeted video of the exchange in its aftermath.

Source: Reporter Challenges Trump on Lie About Vets Choice, and He Ends the Press Conference Instead of Answering

Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will ‘Terminate’ Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November | Common Dreams News

“We just heard it straight from Trump’s own mouth,” the group responded: “If reelected, he will destroy Social Security.” Commonly known as the payroll tax, those are taxes paid both by employers and employees—as dictated by the The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)—that go to pay for both Social Security and Medicare.

Source: Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will ‘Terminate’ Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November | Common Dreams News

5 Ways You Can Help Lebanon After Beirut Explosion — Egyptian Streets

Photo: Getty Images Several countries around the world have pledged assistance to Lebanon after the tragic Beirut explosion, which killed at least 154 people and injured thousands, and left a swath of destruction and a terribly weakened economy. Egypt was one of the first countries to open an air bridge to send urgent medical aid,…

5 Ways You Can Help Lebanon After Beirut Explosion — Egyptian Streets

Boris Johnson ‘would close pubs before schools’ in local Covid-19 lockdown

Risk children’s lives, and of the their parents, grandparents, teachers, staff – what a heartless dunderhead looking out for himself not the kids.

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Prime minister says it is a ‘national priority’ and ‘moral duty’ to get all pupils back into classrooms

Boris Johnson has spoken of “a moral duty” to get all children back in class amid indications he would force pubs, restaurants and shops to close ahead of schools in the event of severe coronavirus flare-ups.

The prime minister is understood to favour only closing schools as the last resort after scientific advisers warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.

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Israel protests: Anger mounts over Netanyahu government, pandemic response | News | DW | 08.08.2020

Nearly 15,000 people took to the streets in Jerusalem alone. Placards reading “Your time is up” and “Crime Minister” could be seen amidst the sea of protesters.

Approximately 1,000 people also protested near Netanyahu’s beach house in the coastal town of Caesaria. Smaller gatherings also took place throughout the country.

 

Source: Israel protests: Anger mounts over Netanyahu government, pandemic response | News | DW | 08.08.2020

School moves into mask market by designing, printing, and donating ‘ear savers’ to health workers – ABC News

A group of students at Girton Grammar School, who have parents that work in healthcare, came up with the idea during a class on empathy and emotional intelligence.

The school’s head of technology and academic services, Rod Smith, said the project began during the first stage 3 lockdown while students were learning from home.

“We asked students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, thinking about our frontline workers and the issues they’re facing at the moment,” Mr Smith said.

“We donated those to the parent of one of the students at Bendigo Health who works in the ICU and apparently they were snapped up in 10 minutes.”

Source: School moves into mask market by designing, printing, and donating ‘ear savers’ to health workers – ABC News