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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Travelers from Coronavirus Hotspots Heading to NY, NJ, CT Subject to 2Wks Quarantine

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said travelers from coronavirus hotspots: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas to New York will be imposed for two weeks quarantines due to these states’ coronavirus cases are surging sharply. New Jersey and Connecticut joined New York in enforcing 2Wks Quarantine.

Major Airlines are cooperating with their decisions, and American Airlines is waving charge fees for travelers who want to fly on different dates until Sept.30. Although airline travelers have increased recently, the restriction will cause minor hindrances in peoples’ decisions to travel.

All airlines’ shares drop slightly in light of this news. Airlines have reduced services to certain destinations and some bases have closed since pandemic has started. Air travel is especially sensitive in New York City, state of New Jersey, and Connecticut, as they suffered a huge infection rate and death rates initially and are working to control Coronavirus rates.

As states reopen, west coast, south, midwest, and southeastern regions are all seeing a heightened rate of people testing positive for coronavirus, with Arizona, Florida, and Texas seeing some of the highest rates.

American Airlines said, ”For those traveling domestically, we strongly encourage all of our customers to check with state and local governments in the places they are traveling to so they fully understand and are able to comply with any requirements upon their arrival,”

“We will continue to evaluate our schedule and adjust as needed based on demand, government travel restrictions and federal health guidelines,” Delta airline said in a statement.

Airlines Industry is struggling with this pandemic and compared to same time of the last year, is operating with at least 80% reduced service in both domestic and international lines.

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Massive Saharan Air Layer To Hit US Soon

Caribbean is suffering from one of the worst dust storms in recent history, from of all places, The Sahara. Sahara Air Layer is a massive dust storm that forms in early spring, summer, and late fall, and it crosses the North Atlantic every three to five days, occupying a 2 to 2.5-mile thick layer of the Earth’s atmosphere with the base about 1 mile above surface.

Over the weekend, the blue skies of the Caribbean were dusty brown gray with the Saharan dust. Along with the horrible sky, the Caribbean is seeing one of the worst air quality in recent history.

The dust storm is expected to hit Texas by Thursday, and spread across other parts of the country, to include the mid-Atlantic. While this dry air is likely to weaken tropical storms and hurricane developments, it could cause allergic issues for those who are sensitive.

However, the dust storm will also bring beautiful sunsets and sunrises, so those who aren’t sensitive may want to document the event with the cameras.

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Social Distancing and Presidential Rallies

More than 119,923 Americans have died from the Coronavirus according to CDC as of June 22, 2020. Infection rates are climbing in areas previously marked as low: Florida, Texas, and Arizona. As the temperature climbs, many people are opting out of using masks or face coverings, going to the beach, or even the bars in many of these states.

It is true that compared with infection rates, deaths aren’t as many. But what about organ issues? On June 22, 2020, The Hill reported that about 40 percent of those infected by the Coronavirus (exclusive of fatal cases) were often left with life altering kidney failures necessitating the need for dialysis. This is known to affect people of all ages, and even those without preexisting kidney conditions. However, with high diabetes patients in the US, this is likely to have a terrible after-effect on the general population.

Last Saturday night, Trump campaign had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump campaign expected a large turnout and was disappointed. That being said, the empty seats could have served as a good example of social distancing measure, spreading the crowd out and showing an effective approach by the Trump administration on handling public events while maintaining appropriate government-promoting social distancing measures.

As re-election approaches in November, we are all aware that there is little time left for his promotion, particularly due to COVID-19. However, blaming test frequency, other side, or any number of factors only serve to make him look less attractive to the population that might have thought him more suitable than the alternate option, Mr. Biden.

Mr. Trump needs to remember that he is not in the same position as he was in 2016, when he was running as the President for the first time. He is an incumbent, and the current President of the United States. As the current leader of the country, he needs to juggle the responsibilities of the office while also promoting his chances for a second term. These rash justifications and rationalizations only serve to make him look unprepared and weak against those opposing him.

Most importantly, thinking twice and saying it once may be the solution for 2020.

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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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