SBA Aid went to Congress members, and private-equity-backed chains

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released data on the main recipients of the SBA Disaster Loan: businesses of those associated with the Congress, law firms that represented Pres. Donald Trump.

Nearly 90,000 companies took part of the $660 billion small business relief program funds without promising on their applications that they would rehire workers or create jobs.

The SBA Disaster Loan showed first-come first-serve program that did not evaluate actual needs of the recipients, rather; there was no filter in place to prevent those with political interest from obtaining those funds.

PF Change, Legal Sea Foods, Silver Diner, all major chain restaurants received funds from the SBA. Dozens of publicly-traded companies returned the money, but not all.

At least 8 members of Congress and their spouses received loans, including Elaine Chao (Transportation Secretary), who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. KTAK corporation owned by Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma was yet another recipient.

KTAK reported receiving $1-2 million to support 220 jobs.

Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania received between $450,000 to $1.05 million for 95 jobs, Republican Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma received $350,000 and $1 million per plumbing business affiliated with him, and of course, Pres. Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi were not an exception.

Triomphe Restaurant Corp. operating Jean-Georges Restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Central Park West, received $2 million to $5 million. Sushi Nakazawa in Trump DC hotel received between $150,000 and $350,000 for 22 jobs. There is of course, the law firm, Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, receiving $5 million to $10 million for 400 employees.

Many watchdogs and citizen rights advocates are demanding that lawmakers not create and then benefit, from the program that takes money from the taxpayers.

Even Korean Air received a loan of $5 to $10 million to support its “small operation of about 500 employees.”

It is unclear however, exactly how much job retention actually happened and the benefits remain to be seen.

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California Man’s Facebook Coronavirus Post becomes Last Words

On June 20, Thomas Macias, a truck driver in Riverside County in California wrote a post on Facebook stating that he had contracted the coronavirus while attending a party during one of the days when California had begun its reopening. Mr. Macia had been social distancing from March to early June, going out only as necessary, as he was overweight and had diabetes, and wanted to protect himself.

Sometime in early June, however, with the loosening of social distancing restrictions, Mr. Macias attended a party in Lake Elsinore. Afterwards, his friend contacted Mr. Macias, telling him that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The friend had attended the party despite knowing of the diagnosis as he was not showing any symptoms and did not believe he could infect anyone. Nonetheless, the friend contacted everyone to get tested.

Unfortunately for Mr. Macias, he had contracted the disease, and soon began to feel sick. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18. On June 20, he posted on Facebook, telling people to take coronavirus seriously, and to properly wear masks and engage in social distancing.

On June 21, around 11 AM, he was rushed to the hospital, put on a ventilator sometime around 6 PM, and died by 9 PM.

California has restarted the shutdown in 19 counties, including Los Angeles, as US sees even higher surge in coronavirus outbreak.

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Pres Trump Finally Endorses Face Masks

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On Wednesday, Pres. Trump declared that “masks are good”, after months of resisting to wear one or promote them, and finally decided to publicly endorse wearing face masks as COVID-19 rages on.

He refused to make it a mandate, as he claimed that in many places, Americans simply were not close enough to need one.

That being said, he said, “I

*That being said, he said, “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” at a show on Wednesday, as even the Republicans have urged its constituents to wear masks.

Due to the relaxed stance on social distancing, masks, and reopening, the US is seeing record high infection rates and a much longer pandemic than initially predicted.

He also said, “if I were in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away, …” He would have worn a mask, but clarified that he didn’t wear masks because everyone around him were “tested.”

Pres. Trump even went as far to say that he’d tried a mask on and liked the way it looked.

Some people wonder if it’s a little too late, as some states in the light of recent coronavirus outbreak, have closed back down, such as in Texas or California. Nonetheless, it is now official: even the President endorses wearing face masks in public.

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Fauci: Face Covering, Social Distancing, and More Testings Needed

The White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that “The U.S. is not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee during a hearing.

Dr. Fauci said “I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” and “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

When Sen. Warren asked him as to whether the U.S. is heading in the right direction in terms of controlling the outbreak, Dr. Fauci answered, “Well I think the numbers speak for themselves,” and “I am very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly.”

Dr. Fauci emphasized surging numbers of coronavirus in some states could indicate that the public is disregarding public health precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing.

He added, “we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomenon, which is dangerous,” and “By all-or-none I mean, either be locked down or open up in a way where you see people at bars not wearing masks, not abiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing.”

He said “I think the attitude of pushing back from authority and pushing back on scientific data is very concerning.” and “We are in the middle of catastrophic outbreak and we really do need to be guided by scientific principles.”

He is seeking for heightened measures to keep people safe, which includes tougher reinforcements on face mask wearing, social distancing, and more testing.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts votes in favor of Women’s Rights

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court voted to keep abortion clinics legally open in the state of Louisiana. This has led to great outrage in the conservative groups while the liberal groups have celebrated the win.

In the 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice Roberts voted to strike down the law that forbid doctors from abortions unless they had local hospital admitting rights, which if affirmed as legal, would have left Louisiana with just one abortion clinic in the entire state.

Women’s right to abortion and choice regarding their own sexual health has been on the chopping block for every major election cycle, with the Republicans yelling to end all abortions or any access to contraceptives, and the Democrats yelling for the opposite.

Most of the South and Midwest have restricted abortion by law, and Louisiana’s abortion law is identical to Texas’ abortion law, in that it attempts to prevent surgery by abortion by restricting doctors from being able to perform the surgery through legal means.

Many red states have banned abortion at the point when fetal heartbeat could be detected, which some have interpreted to be as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

As certain states continue to beat down on women’s right to sexual healthcare, this decision was a much needed strengthening of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and preventing states from imposing even further “undue burden” on the women’s reproductive freedom.

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Texas Finally Halts Reopening Amidst Coronavirus Panic

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abott of Texas finally halted any further effort to reopen the state, instead focusing on obtaining extra hospital beds and ventilators for the incoming COVID-19 patients. Texas is one of three states currently seeing record number of positive coronavirus infections, the other two being California and Florida.

Head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US has only counted about 10 percent of coronavirus infections, meaning up to nearly 20 million Americans could have been infected so far.

Official numbers show an infection of 20 million people with 122,481 deaths.

Florida and Texas recorded a new high of 5,000 new cases on Tuesday, while California reported more than 7,000.

This is a concerning trend, as those three states count for 27.4% of the total population of the people living in the US.

At the moment, all elective surgeries are put on hold to deal with the influx of covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, New York, one of the earliest hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic, has been seeing continued decrease in the reported number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, falling to less than 1,000.

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Garrett Rolfe FMR Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder charge

In the midst of exploding rage from whole nation due to unjust killing by police officers, more bad news arrives from bad acts by police officers in Atlanta, GA.

According to The Washington Post, 1,002 people were shot and killed by police in 2019, and police killed 1,098 people in mappingpoliceviolence.org. According to this website, “Black people were 24% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.”

Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s parking lot last week and was charged with felony murder, while the other officer, Devin Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday.

Officer Rolfe faces 11 charges for shooting Brooks 3 times, twice in the back.

After Rolfe shot Brooks, Rolfe said “I got him” and kicked him. Brosnan then stood on Brooks’ shoulder. Howard said.

They chose not to provide medical aid to Brooks for more than two minutes after Rolfe shot Brooks.

Brooks was at the line of the Wendy’s drive thru to get his order, he stopped at the line and slept. When polices came and knock his car window, and he woke up.

Police asked him to pull over his car to parking lot from the line performed a DUI test.

One of the officers tried to tie his hands, and Brooks took the officer’s teaser gun and used it to them and run away. The shooting happened right after, as revealed by police body cam.

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Powell: “Significant Uncertainty” of economic recovery

Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman commented on sluggish U.S. economic recovery, and its significant impact on small businesses, lower income, and minority Americans on Tuesday at his semiannual testimony before Congress.

During his testimony, Powell told Congress that while some indicators have shown improvement, recovery was still far off, and that “The levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels, and significant uncertainty remains about the timing and strength of the recovery,” to the Senate Banking Committee.

Last Wednesday, U.S. officially announced recession. With the pandemic still underway, if there is not much help from the federal level then small business, lower-income, and minority Americans are at risk.

Powell stated, “if economy recovers too slowly, we lose more than just the business. This businesses are the heart of our economy and often embody the work of generations.”

Powell also said, ”Low-income households have experienced, by far, the sharpest drop in employment, while job losses of African Americans, Hispanics, and women have been greater than that of other group,” and “If not contained and reversed, the downturn could further widen gaps in economic well-being that the long expansion had made some progress in closing.”

Powell stressed previously Fed will deploy everything in its power to aid for recovery, but he didn’t mention exactly when and how.

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Rare Giant 65 pound Turtle stumbled into Fairfax County, VA

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It seems that while every Human beings are in quarantine under the global pandemic with coronavirus but wild animals are free from all the rules and regulations.

Patch reported that on May 28, at the residential neighborhood in the Kingstowne area, in the suburban areas of DC region, a huge turtle crossed the road.

Local news source said, it was 65 pound alligator snapping turtle.

Snapping turtle can be found very easily in almost every pond in VA, but this alligator snapping turtle is very rare to be found in Northern VA.

Generally, alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, Florida panhandle, East Georgia, and East to west Texas.

According to animal police, it was found near a residential pond.

Police took this alligator turtle to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and named it Lord Fairfax.  Lord Fairfax’s new house is Virginia Zoo in Norfolk now.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tells residents to research what it takes to care for a turtle before getting one as a pet. Experts believe this alligator turtle can reach weights above 200 pounds.

Snapping turtle can be weights up to 50 pounds.

The turtle is one of longer living animals, and some can be over 100 years old. It is hopeful that Lord Fairfax enjoys his life in Norfolk from now on.

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Fox Compares Joe Biden to John McCain for his “ungentlemanly comments”

With less than 5 months left of battle for the US presidential election, the two runners are acting very sensitively and delicately with every moment, going against each other.

Last night, Joe Biden, the democratic nominee interviewed with the Daily Show on Comedy Central, and he said ”my single greatest concern [is that] this president is going to try to steal this election. This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent … while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary.” This caused a reaction and backlash from the conservative party media, primarily, Fox news network.

Karl Rove, a former deputy White House Chief of staff and Fox News contributor told “The Daily Briefing” on Thursday, as he compared the attitudes of the late Sen. John McCain during his presidential run against Former Pres. Obama, and Joe Biden’s current behavior against current Pres. Trump.

“A woman stood up at a question and answer session that he was having and stood up and said ‘I think Barack Obama is terrible and I think he is an Arab.’ [McCain] said ‘no, he is a decent American with a good family. I just happened to disagree with him on the issues,’” Rove reminded, highlighting the rather objective and gentlemanly behavior John McCain took against misinformed public, hinting, that the statement Joe Biden gave showed the biased, subjective, and ungentlemanly behavior unworthy of the US presidency.

Whether the democratic party supporters agree with Rove is another question, and the fact that Karl Rove is a Fox News contributor, also tilts his opinion towards a bias in support of the Republican party. It is ultimately up to every and each individual voter as to whether Pres. Trump is trying to steal the election, or whether Joe Biden is an ungentlemanly individual. Only the election results in November 2020 will tell how Americans truly feel about the two candidates.

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