Trump Says He’s ‘Tired Of COVID,’ But COVID-19 Missed That Memo

Since 2020 apparently hasn’t been horrifying enough, the White House has just ensured that this year’s dumpster fire will continue to stay well lit by giving up entirely on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. No, this is not a satirical piece for The Onion. This is the honest-to-WTF truth, spoken directly from the mouth hole of President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows. 

“We are not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows said to a stunned Jake Tapper on CNN’s Sunday’s airing of “State of the Union”

Instead, the Trump administration plans to alleviate what happens after somebody already contracts the virus and will continue putting forth half-assed efforts to supply Americans with the elusive vaccine that good old Don has been telling us will be here “soon” for roughly a bajillion months now.

In other words, our president and his team don’t give a flying fuck if you get COVID-19, and they’re going on record now to prove it. And to be quite honest, I don’t think they ever cared in the first place. 

While Donald Trump achieved ultimate “Patient Zero” status as he spread his nasty droplets at jam-packed campaign rallies that have become official hot spots for outbreaks, a staggering 272,667+ Americans have died from the coronavirus as of Wednesday evening. We’ve also reached a whopping 8.9 MILLION U.S. cases reported, which is something that seems to be boring the hell out of Donald Trump. 

“People are tired of COVID. I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had, and we have COVID,” our dumb bastard of a president said on a campaign staff call from his cushy room at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”

In case it wasn’t abundantly clear, the “idiots” that Trump is referring to are the medical professionals and scientists who have been holding coronavirus task force meetings that he hasn’t shown up to in months. This is also the same exact man who just tried to dupe senior citizens into believing that Joe Biden was going to steal all of their air conditioners during the hot months of summer if he’s elected president.

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“Biden’s plan would mean that America’s seniors have no air conditioning during the summer, no heat during the winter, and no electricity during peak hours,” Trump said. “It’s true. He wants wind. When the wind doesn’t blow, ‘Let’s watch the president on television tonight, darling’…’I’m sorry we can’t, the wind is not blowing tonight.'”

In the words of “Amtrak Joe,” what a bunch of malarkey. 

Not only is Donald Trump floating around in a spaceship that’s far away from the land of rational thinking, he’s also enjoying his favorite pastime of flat-out lying whenever the mood strikes. Well, in most cases anyway. As he throws care to the very “wind” he claims Joe Biden wants a monopoly on, I honestly believe that our prez is finally coming clean now to the American public about how he’s always felt about COVID from the beginning. To him, it’s as pesky a nuisance as that fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head at the VP debate. 

Except for the fact that, you know, people are dying by the thousands under his delusional watch. 

When asked by 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl if he takes any responsibility for the shattered state of our nation, Donald Trump said something worth repeating here.

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I’d like not to, but perhaps everybody has to take a little responsibility for it,” Trump tells Stahl. “But when people put out phony witch hunts, when they spy on your campaign, you have to fight back. And if you don’t fight back, you’re not sitting here very long. You go back home. You go back home to mommy.”

Yes, you read that right. Our macho man of a president sees his leadership as the navigation of two extreme polarities — you either yell at people and fault everyone for your own failings or go back home to your mother. Which frankly might be a good idea, considering the fact that a mom would do a far better job at managing our country than Trump ever has. This is a human being who blames every single person around him for every single mistake that he makes, and now, he’s blaming a fucking virus for upending his chances of going down in history as the most amazing, totally awesome, greatest president to have ever walked the face of this earth. And he’s doing it while literally abandoning us all to fend off COVID-19 for ourselves, lying to our faces about “rounding the turn” while his team legitimizes his complete denial of this pandemic. 

I hate to throw a wrench in your plans, Donald, but you were only ever going to go down in history as the worst president we’ve ever had. And it’s not only because you epically suck at protecting the American people from the preventable spread of a global pandemic. It’s because you’re also a racist, bigoted, hateful asshole who throws toddler-style tantrums, tweets about “white power” and conspiracy theories, perpetuates deception about how much money you actually have, and reminds us of the creepy ass uncle who drinks too much at the holiday party and is starting to get handsy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go double check my polling location so I’m prepped and ready to stick my mask on and vote for Joe Biden on Tuesday. 

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Obama Roasts Trump At Rally: ‘It Wont Be So Exhausting Just Having A Normal President’

Barack Obama teases life after Donald Trump and it sounds amazing

The typically diplomatic Barack Obama just did the presidential equivalent of popping off. With 10 days (!) left before the election, there is no time to waste being polite, because Donald Trump has got to go and Obama is doing his part to make that happen. Speaking at a socially distant drive-in rally in Florida on Saturday, October 24, 2020 — Obama spent a cool 45 minutes reminding voters why Trump doesn’t deserve their vote and painted a very appealing picture of what life will be like when Trump is no longer in it.

“With Joe and Kamala at the helm, you won’t have to think about them every single day,” Obama said with a smirk. “There might be a whole day where they won’t be on TV. There might be a whole day when they don’t tweet some craziness. You won’t have to argue about it every day. It won’t be so exhausting, just having a normal president.”

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Can you even imagine? Can you imagine going one day without presidential chaos? Can you imagine trusting the commander in chief?

Throughout the speech, Obama mentioned some of Trump’s (many) insane suggestions over the years like when he suggested “selling Puerto Rico” or when Trump asked a top White House official if he could “nuke hurricanes.” Obama compared Trump’s behavior to “Florida Man,” the moniker given to idiots from Florida who commit bonkers crimes that could “only happen in Florida.”

“You can go about your lives knowing that the president isn’t going to suggest injecting bleach or retweet conspiracy theories…[or] threaten people with jail for just criticizing him. That is not normal behavior, Florida. You would not tolerate it from a coworker….’Florida man’ wouldn’t even do this stuff.”

 

Obama was on a roll, but then he got serious and attacked Trump’s tax evasion, his plan to roll back Obamacare and leave people with pre-existing conditions out in the cold, and his dismal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“He doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of what’s taking place all across the country,” Obama said. “Donald Trump isn’t going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.” Obama added that all Trump has ever done is “screw this thing up.”

Obama’s speech was part church part stand-up comedy and I, for one, am fired up. Florida is an all too important swing state in next month’s election and as Obama told Biden campaign staffers in the crucial state earlier this week, “If you bring Florida home, this thing’s over.”

C’mon Florida. Do you really want Florida Man running this country for four more years?

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Kamala Harris Trolls Amy Coney Barrett Hearing With RBG Book

Kamala Harris made her point loud and clear with the “I Dissent” book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life

President Trump’s conservative supreme court pick Amy Coney Barrett is currently being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee and on Monday’s opening remarks, Kamala Harris beamed in via video call to share her grievances with Barrett’s nomination and not so subtly trolled her with a children’s book about the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

First, Harris noted that an in-person, indoor hearing without COVID testing during a global pandemic as some Senate Republicans literally have COVID-19 is dumb and reckless, but once she got that out of the way she casually revealed that sitting behind her was the children’s book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life called, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Though Harris kept her remarks about Barrett professional and to the point — and never acknowledged the book behind her — but the title of that book was just screaming “I DISSENT” at Barrett and everyone else in that Judiciary Committee.

Before Barrett’s appointment, Trump promised his base that he would only appoint supreme court justices that would overturn Roe V. Wade and Barrett has openly shared her anti-choice comments in the past. The Affordable Care Act is also at stake here as conservative justices overwhelming vote to throw out the mandate and Barrett’s comments in 2017 regarding the ACA are worrisome.

Harris, with the book glaring right at Barrett, shared the following words during her opening statement.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg devoted her life to fight for equal justice and she defended the constitution,” Harris said. “She advocated for human rights and equality. She stood up for the rights of women. She protected workers. She fought for the rights of consumers against big corporations. She supported LGBTQ rights, and she did so much more.”

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“But now, her legacy and the rights she fought so hard to protect are in jeopardy,” she continued. “By replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with someone who will undo her legacy, President Trump is attempting to roll back American’s rights for decades to come.”

If nothing else, Harris’ statement was extremely awkward for Barrett as she played with her hands and looked down as Harris point-blank told her that she’s a threat to human rights.

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The problem with Barrett (and there’s many) is that she, like many conservatives, is obsessed with a strict interpretation of the constitution. During the hearing, she said, “I interpret the Constitution as a law and that I interpret its text as text, and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. So that meaning doesn’t change over time and it’s not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it.” Progressives, on the other hand, view the constitution as a living document because why would we govern a modern society by a text that was written by a bunch of white men in 1787? It just seems like common sense, no?

It’s just wild that Barrett, a woman, is so intent in preserving a document that was written without her in mind at all.

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Greta Thunberg Just Told Americans To Get Their Sh*t Together

Greta Thunberg tells American voters to “just get organized” and she’s not wrong

Once upon a time, you could look to your elected leaders for guidance and education. Well, America is playing past all that as our country is being led by a COVID-infected maniac, so when it comes to truth-tellers, Zoomers have been forced to step up to the plate. 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is typically very diplomatic, uncharacteristically popped off on Twitter and point-blank told the U.S. to get its shit together if we have any chance of saving our planet, and oop, go off girl!

Thunberg — aware of what’s at stake here from a climate standpoint — got on Twitter and threw her weight behind Joe Biden, writing, “Damn…just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.”

“I never engage in party politics,” Thunberg tweeted. “But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective, it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.”

She had me at “damn.” Also, she’s not wrong. The Biden-Harris campaign does need to get its shit together on whatever their stance is regarding fracking, but the Biden climate plan has been cited as extremely ambitious for a presidential campaign. Also, Biden is a normal politician who can be held accountable if his climate plan doesn’t measure up and as we’ve witnessed the last four years, Trump cannot be reasoned with or held accountable, for anything! Additionally, I don’t even think Donald Trump knows what climate change is. When he spoke to Californians about the wildfires recently, he said “It will start getting cooler,” and okay? Oh, and if you need more convincing, Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, said that a second Trump term would be “game over for the climate.”

Thunberg’s shoutout follows in the footsteps of the magazine Scientific American endorsing a political candidate for the first time in their 175 year history. “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science,” the publication stated. They say, Biden, on the other hand, “is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment.”

I’m not saying Thunberg is on the same level as Scientific American, I’m saying, a teenager is shaming our country for being such a damn mess and to quote the iconic teen activist, “Damn just get organized!”

And if you want to “get organized” there are a number of ways to do that. The easiest and most popular ways to help would be to donate to Biden’s campaign or sign-up to phonebank or text-bank, which involves calling voters and basically reminding them to vote for Biden. I’ve done a few shifts and it’s nerve-wracking for about the first three minutes, but then you get the hang of it. Now go vote!

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Second Presidential Debate Officially Canceled After Trump’s Tantrum

The second presidential debate has officially been canceled

As we all know, President Trump has COVID-19. Because of the nature of the virus and how contagious it is, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided that the safest way to hold the second debate — which was slated for Thursday, October 15, 2020 — would be to do it virtually. When Trump heard that the debate would be virtual, he threw a fit and refused to attend. He just like, didn’t want to do it. Although Joe Biden was onboard with a Zoom debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided on Friday, October 9, 2020, to go ahead and officially cancel the second debate, and honestly, I blame Trump.

NBC News reports that Trump and Biden will debate for a second, and last, time on October 22 and that’s it. Two debates are all we’re getting. When Trump first learned that the Commission had initially switched the second debate to a virtual one, he point-blank refused to attend, and honestly, I didn’t know you could do that.

“I heard that the commission a little while ago changed the debate style, and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said in a phone interview with FOX, per CBS News. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.”

And there’s the kicker: “They cut you off whenever they want.” As we all saw during the first debate, Trump refused to exhibit ANY decorum and constantly talked over Biden and went over his own allotted time. It was a shit-show. The commission decided to go virtual for the second debate to protect everyone from contracting COVID-19 from our idiot president and instead of Trump understanding why those safety precautions are necessary, he’s like, “Wah…I don’t want to debate in a format where they can turn my mic off wahhhh.”

Once Trump announced that he would not participate in the virtual debate, he stated that he would host a rally instead. Yes, really. Because one COVID-19 superspreader event is, apparently, not enough for the president. Interestingly, the second debate was supposed to be a town hall-style event, meaning audience members would be submitting questions to Trump and Biden — a debate-style that one of Biden’s aides said would only magnify Trump’s bullish behavior next to Biden’s more empathetic approach.

“It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions — but it’s no surprise,” Biden campaign aide Andrew Bates said (Via The New York Times). Everyone knows that Donald Trump likes to bully reporters, but obviously he doesn’t have the guts to answer for his record to voters at the same time as Vice President Biden.”

After Trump made it clear that he would not attend a second debate if it were virtual, Biden decided to host his own televised town hall event on ABC instead. Although Trump first said he would hold a rally in lieu of a debate, he is apparently now trying to get NBC to film his own competing town hall event too, but Variety reports that NBC will only do it if Trump tests negative for COVID-19, so we’ll see how that plays out.

“It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” the Commission on Presidential Debates announced in a statement on Friday (via NBC News).

The final debate will be similar in format to the first debate and is set to be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News. Let’s hope it’s not the disaster that the first one was, oh who am I kidding, it’s gonna be a wreck.

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28-Year-Old OB/GYN Dies After Months Of Fighting Coronavirus

Dr. Adeline Fagan died after several weeks in the hospital battling coronavirus

A 28-year-old Houston ob/gyn has died after spending weeks in the hospital fighting coronavirus. She was in her second year of residency and while she mostly worked as an ob/gyn, she was covering the ER and treating COVID patients when she became ill herself.

In a heartbreaking GoFundMe post, Fagan’s family tells her story from when she first contracted the virus to the day she died. “Adeline, an OB/GYN resident physician, was starting her second year of residency in Texas when she got sick,” they write. “On July 8th Adeline went into work for her 12 hour shift in the ER. While she mostly works delivering babies, she was doing a rotation in the ER, treating COVID patients. That morning she went into work feeling well and excited to see patients, but by the evening she began to feel under the weather.”

The family explains that “intense flu-like symptoms” meant Fagan entering the hospital within a week of her diagnosis. She went through weeks of respiratory therapies and “was put on dozens of drugs” including an experimental trial. Sadly, Fagan’s lungs failed before the new drug had a chance to work. Her journey through the illness saw the young physician being placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). It was projected that she would be on ECMO and the ventilator for 6-8 weeks, but ultimately, didn’t survive.

Right before her death, Adeline was “doing wonderfully” for a few days but then suffered a massive brain bleed. Her neurosurgeon said she had a “1 in a million” chance of surviving the procedure needed to repair the bleed and even if she lived, she would have “several severe cognitive and sensory limitations.”

“Everyone was crushed by the events, the nurses, the doctors, and, of course, us,” her family writes. “The doctor said they have seen this type of event in COVID patients that spend time on ECMO. The vascular system is also compromised by the virus, resulting in bleeds. We spent the remaining minutes hugging, comforting, and talking to Adeline. And then the world stopped…”

Her father, Brant Fagan, shared a heartbreaking GoFundMe update on September 19, the day she died.

“The time the world stopped for a moment and will never be the same.
Our beautiful daughter, sister, friend, physician, Adeline Marie Fagan, MD passed away.

We want to sincerely thank all who supported Adeline and us through this difficult time. You were all there cheering and praying and crying. The number of well wishes and caring people humbles us. Even in this darkest of times, there are good people willing to share a piece of themselves for the sake of another.

If you can do one thing, be an “Adeline” in the world. Be passionate about helping others less fortunate, have a smile on your face, a laugh in your heart, and a Disney tune on your lips.”

The GoFundMe posts explain that Fagan’s parents live in Syracuse, NY but had traveled to Houston to be with their daughter throughout her illness. As a result, her mother was unable to continue working and the family’s expenses were mounting. The GoFundMe funds will go toward “medical expenses, her bills, travel expenses, and to support the family while we navigate this difficult time.”

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Justice RBG Is Dead At 87 And Everything Is Terrible

According to the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer

Champion of women’s rights and feminist icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has devastatingly died at the age of 87. According to the Supreme Court, who announced her death via statement on Friday, Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounding by family.

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today, we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”

A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Leading up to her passing, Ginsburg may have battled bouts of cancer — including treatment for colon cancer in 1999, undergoing surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009, and battling pancreatic cancer again last summer, completing three weeks of radiation treatment — but her strength never waned and she was as mentally sharp as ever. Not only did she make her intentions crystal clear she’d stay on the court “as long as I’m healthy and mentally agile,” but she also more recently told her granddaughter Clara Spera, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

To say the loss of Ginsburg, an historic figure who served 27 years on the nation’s highest court and was the leader of the liberal wing, is a heavy one would be a severe understatement. Leading up to her first judicial appointment in 1980, Ginsburg led the fight in courts for gender equality for more than a decade.

In 1971, Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. During that time, she helped write the ACLU brief in Reed vs. Reed, “a case argued before the Supreme Court that involved discrimination against women in awarding the administration of a child’s estate.”

“Reliance on overbroad generalizations … estimates about the way most men or most women are, will not suffice to deny opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description,” Ginsburg wrote.

Ginsburg also served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973 to 1980 and on the National Board of Directors from 1974 to 1980.

Ginsburg was later appointed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993, becoming the second woman to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court in its 212 year history.

Now with Ginsburg gone, Trump now has the opportunity to name her replacement. And if his past two appointments are any indication — Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh — the court could transform, as the New York Times puts it, into a “profoundly conservative institution” — “one in which Republican appointees would outnumber Democratic ones six to three.”

In her absence — and as many have so powerfully pointed out — we must fight and continue to fight for justice. For Ginsburg, who once said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

Rest now, RBG. You will be missed.

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An Olaf Origin Story Is Coming To Disney+

A new Olaf short film is coming to Disney Plus next month

Disney Plus just keeps cranking out the hits and to mark the start of the chilly season, the streamer is dropping a stand-alone Frozen short starring your boy Olaf. Not to be confused with that weird Olaf Pixar short they played before CocoOnce Upon a Snowman is a new tale that’s set to explore Olaf’s “origin story” and give us a peek into his early snowman days.

“The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in [Frozen]…are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman,” Disney announced in a statement. “The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.”

If it’s been a minute since your last Frozen viewing, Olaf has a shockingly complicated backstory for a snowman. Anna and Elsa came up with the “idea” of him when they were kids, then when Elsa goes AWOL with her magic frozen skills, she brings him to life during the song “Let It Go.” Then, when Olaf runs into Anna, Kristoff, and Sven in the forest, they give him his iconic carrot nose.

As Deadline points out, this new story takes place in the time after Elsa created Olaf and before he finally links up with Anna and crew. How did he not melt? When did he learn what summer was? Did he do any singing?

Naturally, Josh Gad is back to voice the snowman and shared the news on Instagram, writing “What exactly was Olaf doing before Anna and Kristoff found him? I’m so glad you asked!”

Trent Correy, the animation supervisor for Olaf in Frozen 2 and director of the new short, said he’s been thinking about Olaf’s origin since the first Frozen film and his co-director Dan Abraham told Deadline that working with Josh Gad was a dream. “Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the Frozen films,” Abraham said. “To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”

Personally, I am excited for the expanding Frozen universe. Who needs Marvel, just give us more Arendelle!

You can stream Once Upon A Snowman exclusively on Disney Plus on October 23, 2020.

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College Campuses Make Up 19 Of The 25 Worst COVID Outbreaks In U.S.

A new analysis of data finds 19 of the 25 hottest coronavirus outbreaks are occurring in college towns

The topic of whether or not to bring college students back for in-person classes has been heated for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the summer, as cases peaked in many areas of the country, many schools opted against welcoming students back to campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. However, in early August, many universities around the country did reopen and in the last several weeks there have been numerous large outbreaks across the country linked to these schools, and students have even been suspended for engaging in risky coronavirus behavior. And, even scarier, according to a new analysis of data, the majority of the large coronavirus outbreaks in the country are centralized in college towns.

USA Today analyzed data from Johns Hopkins University, finding that of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the country, “communities heavy with college students” (aka big college towns) represent 19 of these outbreak areas. To identify the hottest spots they looked at those regions with the highest number of per capita infection rates in the country — 1,053 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks.

According to their findings, the 25 communities with the most COVID-19 cases per capita during the past two weeks are listed here alongside the college or university situated in the area, if any. As you can see, the majority of the list includes college campuses.

Harrisonburg, Virginia, James Madison University
Whitman County, Washington, Washington State University
Coryell County, Texas, Central Texas College
Bulloch County, Georgia, Georgia Southern University
Story County, Iowa, Iowa State University
Muskogee County, Oklahoma, None
Clarke County, Georgia, University of Georgia
Johnson County, Iowa, University of Iowa
Lafayette County, Mississippi, University of Mississippi
Grand Forks County, North Dakota, University of North Dakota
Starr County, Texas, None
Boone County, Missouri, University of Missouri-Columbia
Riley County, Kansas, Kansas State University
McLean County, Illinois Illinois State University
Payne County, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
St. Francois County, Missouri, None
Champaign County, Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Leon County, Florida, Florida State University
Webb County, Texas, None
Montgomery County, Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Lubbock County, Texas, Texas Tech University
Pitt County, North Carolina, East Carolina University
Coles County, Illinois, Eastern Illinois University
Garfield County, Oklahoma, None
Burleigh County, North Dakota, None

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Harrisonburg, Virginia — home of James Madison University — is currently leading the pack of the nation’s most significant outbreaks. According to USA Today, in just one week of classes, the college recorded over 700 COVID cases. On September 1 they changed course, pivoting to online instruction. However, the damage was done. In July, coronavirus infections in the city amounted to just 71 cases per 100,000 in July, and thanks to the school reopening, Harrisonburg is currently dealing with 1,562 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 — an overwhelming jump.

Now that school has already started and COVID is spreading through campus, administrators are in a bind.

Both Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, head of the White House coronavirus task force, have warned against sending kids back home from college. Why? It could propagate the spread even more.

“It’s the worst thing you can do,” Fauci pointed out during a recent interview with Today. “Keep them at the university in a place that’s sequestered enough from the other students.”

The situation at colleges and universities is so bad that the New York Times has devoted an entire infographic tracking the number of cases linked to them. Currently, there are over 88,000 cases at 1,190-plus schools across the country.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and Scary Mommy is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. With news being updated so frequently, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For this reason, we are encouraging readers to use online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

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San Francisco Wants To Let 16-Year-Olds Vote — And It’s On The Ballot This Year

One of the goals is to create life-long voting habits — sooner rather than later

San Francisco residents will be going to the polls in November — not only to vote for our president for the next four-to-eight years but whether the city should allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections.

If it passes, San Francisco will become the first major American city to grant the right to vote in municipal elections to those under 18. NBC News reports that the concept was originally introduced in 2016 and narrowly failed to pass with 48 percent of the vote. The goal is to get youth to think about what’s happening in local government from an earlier age which may translate into them becoming active voters in the future.

“I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older,” Crystal Chan, an 18-year old organizer for Vote 16 SF, told the outlet.

San Francisco may be the first major city if the bill passes, but not the first city in the U.S. to join the initiative. Takoma Park, a suburb in Maryland, has allowed 16 and 17-year olds to vote in local elections since 2013 and say they’ve seen positive results in youth turnout.

“Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit. And 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit,” Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager, told NBC News. “Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for, and then to continue participating throughout their lives which is good for democracy on every level.”

The initiative also has interest at a federal level. Congresswoman Grace Meng, D-NY introduced a constitutional amendment in 2018 to lower the voting age nationwide to 16. “I’m always inspired by our nation’s youth who have demonstrated wisdom, maturity and passion on issues like social justice, gun control, and climate change,” Meng said in a statement (via The Hill). “They are the leaders of our future and the decisions we make impact their lives every day. To capture their views and experiences, we must lower the voting age to 16 in all elections.”

Vote16.org’s reasons for wanting the bill passed are simple and they make a lot of sense. Lowering the voting age can lead to a long-term increase in voter turnout and helps strengthen civil education. Plus, teens are impacted by political issues and the age group is ready to vote and “have the necessary civic knowledge, skills, and cognitive ability to vote for their futures.”

Kids this age can legally drive a car, join a trade union, join the Armed Forces with parental consent, get married (in most states) and work, so why not have a say in their elected officials as well?

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