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Seattle: Antifa Terrorists Burn American Flag, Harass Police Officers, Assault a Woman and Reporter (VIDEO)

Antifa-BLM terrorists showed up to a pro-police rally in Seattle on Sunday.

Pro-police rally goers outnumbered the Antifa terrorists.

It looks like the silent majority in Seattle have had enough of their city being overrun by domestic terrorists so they showed up in droves to support the police.

WATCH:

Way more pro police folks here than fringe anti-cop activists. pic.twitter.com/le3VwIR41b

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The Antifa terrorists stomped on and burned an American flag.

These are Biden supporters.

WATCH:

Seattle Antifa goons and agitators burn and stomp on an American flag. pic.twitter.com/OBIGsYUs4C

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

A woman and a member of the press were assaulted by Antifa militants.

The police stepped and escorted the woman away from the violent militants.

WATCH:

A woman and reporter are assaulted by Seattle Antifa goons and agitators. She put out the flag that was on fire. pic.twitter.com/rzvT4ETwwg

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

Antifa-BLM militants were harassing cops.

WATCH:

The Seattle Antifa goons and agitators are now harassing cops. It’s getting tense. pic.twitter.com/z8AQlTC2IM

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The Seattle City Council recently proposed a resolution to abolish the entire police department and replace it with a “community-led public safety system.”

But the people of Seattle do not want the police department disbanded.

There was a huge turnout in support of the police.

Seattle Police Officer’s Guild President Kike Solan addressed the pro-police crowd.

WATCH:

Chanting “SPD” at Seattle City Hall. Huge turnout. People keep coming. pic.twitter.com/a55htOl6FA

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The post Seattle: Antifa Terrorists Burn American Flag, Harass Police Officers, Assault a Woman and Reporter (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Antifa-BLM terrorists showed up to a pro-police rally in Seattle on Sunday.

Pro-police rally goers outnumbered the Antifa terrorists.

It looks like the silent majority in Seattle have had enough of their city being overrun by domestic terrorists so they showed up in droves to support the police.

WATCH:

Way more pro police folks here than fringe anti-cop activists. pic.twitter.com/le3VwIR41b

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The Antifa terrorists stomped on and burned an American flag.

These are Biden supporters.

WATCH:

Seattle Antifa goons and agitators burn and stomp on an American flag. pic.twitter.com/OBIGsYUs4C

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

A woman and a member of the press were assaulted by Antifa militants.

The police stepped and escorted the woman away from the violent militants.

WATCH:

A woman and reporter are assaulted by Seattle Antifa goons and agitators. She put out the flag that was on fire. pic.twitter.com/rzvT4ETwwg

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

Antifa-BLM militants were harassing cops.

WATCH:

The Seattle Antifa goons and agitators are now harassing cops. It’s getting tense. pic.twitter.com/z8AQlTC2IM

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The Seattle City Council recently proposed a resolution to abolish the entire police department and replace it with a “community-led public safety system.”

But the people of Seattle do not want the police department disbanded.

There was a huge turnout in support of the police.

Seattle Police Officer’s Guild President Kike Solan addressed the pro-police crowd.

WATCH:

Chanting “SPD” at Seattle City Hall. Huge turnout. People keep coming. pic.twitter.com/a55htOl6FA

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020

The post Seattle: Antifa Terrorists Burn American Flag, Harass Police Officers, Assault a Woman and Reporter (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Hasbro Pulls Trolls Doll With ‘Giggle ‘n Gasp’ Crotch Button Over Pedophilia Grooming Concerns

Hasbro announced this week it is pulling the DreamWorks Trolls World Tour character doll Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy after complaints about the doll having a button like sensor in its crotch that plays giggles, gasps and other sounds of pleasure when pressed or triggered. The placement and sounds of the crotch button sensor raised concerns by parents that children would be conditioned to believe that letting someone touch them in their privates was okay. Hasbro said the button sensor was placed to make noises when the doll was in a seated position and that the inappropriate perception of the button sensor was “not intentional”, but one wonders if the working title for the design was ‘Giggle ‘n Gasp’, not Giggle ‘n Sing”.

Viral video of an outraged parent demonstrating the crotch button:

This is disturbing. This is intentional grooming. Normalizing inappropriate behavior. Those saying that there is no sinister intent because it said so on the box and that its just a poor design FOH. #TrollsDoll pic.twitter.com/ej6t8bGInO

— 𝕻𝖎𝖓𝖈𝖍𝖊 𝕶𝖆𝖗𝖊𝖓 (@fknkaren) August 5, 2020

Facebook video by another outraged parent (fact checked by Facebook as “partly false”):

This… This is VERY disturbing. 😡 This is 100% why I say that they have been GROOMING kids all along… Why is this button placed specifically where it is? Why is it not mention on the box? Why does it make such CREEPY sounds? If you have this toy, CHECK IT! 😡 Video: @jamiecornaby via @redpillbabe

Posted by Kaitlyn Aron Terrell on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A petition on Change.org calling for the doll to be removed from sale was rapidly closing in on its goal of 500,000 signers as of publication of this article Sunday.

“Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. This Trolls World Tour doll named Poppy has a button on her private area under her skirt. When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores. What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are ok? It’s not ok! It’s not fun! It’s damaging and has long term affects on a child’s mental/physical health! Sign this petition to get this toy removed from shelves and help #SaveTheChildren! Children are our future and WE are their voice!”

Hasbro’s product description fpr the Spring 2020 release of Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy makes no mention of a crotch button on the doll but notes “When you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too!”

DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 /Available: Fall)
DreamWorks Trolls Poppy is more adorable than ever with the Giggle and Sing Poppy Toddler doll. This adorable singing doll stands over 12 inches tall from the tips of her toes to the top of her hair, giggles 3 different ways when she’s tickled, sings a fun version of the song “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun” from DreamWorks Animation’s feature film Trolls World Tour, and says 5 different phrases, too, like, “How about a hug?” and “Um, cupcake!” When you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too! The doll also features rainbow-colored hair with a comb so kids can style it. She also includes a matching rainbow dress that comes off, so kids can put it back on for dress-up fun. This musical toy is a great gift for girls 4 years old and up, or any fan of the DreamWorks Trolls movies. Available at Walmart.

Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy emailed a statement on the removal of the doll from sale to the Providence Journal. Hasbro is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate,” Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy said Wednesday afternoon in an email to The Providence Journal. “This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our consumer care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase.”

The USA Today fact checker believes Hasbro that the design of this doll to gasp and giggle when touched in the crotch was “not intentional”:

Fact check: Troll doll button in ‘private’ area not intentional or part of kids ‘grooming’

Our finding: Partly false
Our research shows that the doll does have a “giggle” button located in an area that could be referred as near its “private parts.” It would be misleading, however, to suggest the design was deliberately linked to “grooming” children for sex. Hasbro says the button’s placement was not intentional but recognizes that it may be perceived as inappropriate. We rate the claim that the doll was designed to groom children as PARTLY FALSE, based on our research.

Rolling Stone blamed conspiracy theorists for the controversy:

How QAnon and Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorists Got a ‘Trolls’ Doll Pulled From Stores, A rumor about a doll from the ‘Trolls’ franchise is a master class in how conspiracy theories spread.

What Rolling Stone doesn’t understand is that most people will see this doll as extremely inappropriate regardless of intention. However, it doesn’t take much of an imagination in today’s culture to think that Hasbro designers knew what they were doing with the placement and sounds of the crotch button sensor on the doll.

The post Hasbro Pulls Trolls Doll With ‘Giggle ‘n Gasp’ Crotch Button Over Pedophilia Grooming Concerns appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Hasbro announced this week it is pulling the DreamWorks Trolls World Tour character doll Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy after complaints about the doll having a button like sensor in its crotch that plays giggles, gasps and other sounds of pleasure when pressed or triggered. The placement and sounds of the crotch button sensor raised concerns by parents that children would be conditioned to believe that letting someone touch them in their privates was okay. Hasbro said the button sensor was placed to make noises when the doll was in a seated position and that the inappropriate perception of the button sensor was “not intentional”, but one wonders if the working title for the design was ‘Giggle ‘n Gasp’, not Giggle ‘n Sing”.

Viral video of an outraged parent demonstrating the crotch button:

This is disturbing. This is intentional grooming. Normalizing inappropriate behavior. Those saying that there is no sinister intent because it said so on the box and that its just a poor design FOH. #TrollsDoll pic.twitter.com/ej6t8bGInO

— 𝕻𝖎𝖓𝖈𝖍𝖊 𝕶𝖆𝖗𝖊𝖓 (@fknkaren) August 5, 2020

Facebook video by another outraged parent (fact checked by Facebook as “partly false”):

This… This is VERY disturbing. 😡 This is 100% why I say that they have been GROOMING kids all along… Why is this button placed specifically where it is? Why is it not mention on the box? Why does it make such CREEPY sounds? If you have this toy, CHECK IT! 😡 Video: @jamiecornaby via @redpillbabe

Posted by Kaitlyn Aron Terrell on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A petition on Change.org calling for the doll to be removed from sale was rapidly closing in on its goal of 500,000 signers as of publication of this article Sunday.

“Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. This Trolls World Tour doll named Poppy has a button on her private area under her skirt. When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores. What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are ok? It’s not ok! It’s not fun! It’s damaging and has long term affects on a child’s mental/physical health! Sign this petition to get this toy removed from shelves and help #SaveTheChildren! Children are our future and WE are their voice!”

Hasbro’s product description fpr the Spring 2020 release of Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy makes no mention of a crotch button on the doll but notes “When you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too!”

DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 /Available: Fall)
DreamWorks Trolls Poppy is more adorable than ever with the Giggle and Sing Poppy Toddler doll. This adorable singing doll stands over 12 inches tall from the tips of her toes to the top of her hair, giggles 3 different ways when she’s tickled, sings a fun version of the song “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun” from DreamWorks Animation’s feature film Trolls World Tour, and says 5 different phrases, too, like, “How about a hug?” and “Um, cupcake!” When you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too! The doll also features rainbow-colored hair with a comb so kids can style it. She also includes a matching rainbow dress that comes off, so kids can put it back on for dress-up fun. This musical toy is a great gift for girls 4 years old and up, or any fan of the DreamWorks Trolls movies. Available at Walmart.

Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy emailed a statement on the removal of the doll from sale to the Providence Journal. Hasbro is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate,” Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy said Wednesday afternoon in an email to The Providence Journal. “This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our consumer care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase.”

The USA Today fact checker believes Hasbro that the design of this doll to gasp and giggle when touched in the crotch was “not intentional”:

Fact check: Troll doll button in ‘private’ area not intentional or part of kids ‘grooming’

Our finding: Partly false
Our research shows that the doll does have a “giggle” button located in an area that could be referred as near its “private parts.” It would be misleading, however, to suggest the design was deliberately linked to “grooming” children for sex. Hasbro says the button’s placement was not intentional but recognizes that it may be perceived as inappropriate. We rate the claim that the doll was designed to groom children as PARTLY FALSE, based on our research.

Rolling Stone blamed conspiracy theorists for the controversy:

How QAnon and Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorists Got a ‘Trolls’ Doll Pulled From Stores, A rumor about a doll from the ‘Trolls’ franchise is a master class in how conspiracy theories spread.

What Rolling Stone doesn’t understand is that most people will see this doll as extremely inappropriate regardless of intention. However, it doesn’t take much of an imagination in today’s culture to think that Hasbro designers knew what they were doing with the placement and sounds of the crotch button sensor on the doll.

The post Hasbro Pulls Trolls Doll With ‘Giggle ‘n Gasp’ Crotch Button Over Pedophilia Grooming Concerns appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Antifa Shows Up at Pro-Police Rally in Ft. Collins — HUGE MISTAKE — This Did Not End Well for the Domestic Terrorists (VIDEO)

A group of concerned citizens decided to hold a rally in support of police in Ft. Collins this weekend.

At one point a group of antifa terrorists showed up to threaten the pro-police protesters in a counter protest.

That was a HUGE MISTAKE!
The police supporters marched the antifa terrorists out of the neighborhood.

But then when all hell broke lose and the Antifa goons ended up in a ditch getting pummeled.

Via John Cardillo.

ANTIFA made the mistake of pulling their shit in Ft. Collins, CO, and the results were glorious. pic.twitter.com/wSKrYAG1BE

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 9, 2020

ANTIFA showed up in Ft Collins Colorado neighborhood as they were holding a pro police rally. Didn’t work out to well for the ANTIFA thugs.

Posted by Jim Cross on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Here is more video from a leftist reporter on the scene in Ft. Collins.
The confrontation starts around the 22 minute mark.

The protesters then resumed their rally that ended peacefully.

The post Antifa Shows Up at Pro-Police Rally in Ft. Collins — HUGE MISTAKE — This Did Not End Well for the Domestic Terrorists (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

A group of concerned citizens decided to hold a rally in support of police in Ft. Collins this weekend.

At one point a group of antifa terrorists showed up to threaten the pro-police protesters in a counter protest.

That was a HUGE MISTAKE!
The police supporters marched the antifa terrorists out of the neighborhood.

But then when all hell broke lose and the Antifa goons ended up in a ditch getting pummeled.

Via John Cardillo.

ANTIFA made the mistake of pulling their shit in Ft. Collins, CO, and the results were glorious. pic.twitter.com/wSKrYAG1BE

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 9, 2020

ANTIFA showed up in Ft Collins Colorado neighborhood as they were holding a pro police rally. Didn’t work out to well for the ANTIFA thugs.

Posted by Jim Cross on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Here is more video from a leftist reporter on the scene in Ft. Collins.
The confrontation starts around the 22 minute mark.

The protesters then resumed their rally that ended peacefully.

The post Antifa Shows Up at Pro-Police Rally in Ft. Collins — HUGE MISTAKE — This Did Not End Well for the Domestic Terrorists (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Fauci Warns Vaccine May Only Help Control Coronavirus Pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned about high expectations about the efficacy of a vaccine for the COVID-19 China coronavirus in an interview Friday with the Brown University School of Public Health.

Fauci has served since 1984 as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

In response to a question from a student about a vaccine, Fauci said:

“…So, when you’re talking about a vaccine, um, if this were measles in which you could guarantee that if you get vaccinated it’s likely you’re 97 to 98 percent uh, uh, protected. Then you don’t have to worry about anything else, but just get yourself vaccinated. When you’re dealing with a vaccine for a disease like coronavirus in which you’re talking about the natural response of immunity, generally it’s finite. In other words we don’t know yet what the efficacy might be. I believe we’ll get an effective vaccine, but we don’t know if it’s gonna be 50 percent, 60 percent, hopefully I’d like to see 75 percent or more. But the chance of it being 98 percent effective is not great. Which means you must never abandon the public health approach. You’ve gotta think of the vaccine is a tool to be able to get the pandemic to no longer be a pandemic but to be something that’s well controlled. And by well controlled is my–I won’t say my vision, that sounds too haughty–but what I’d like to see is that, you know I know you’re learning this in your course because it’s the, one of the tenants of infectious diseases: There’s control, there’s elimination and there’s eradication. We’ve only eradicated one human infection in the history of the planet–and that’s small pox. But what we’ve done very successfully is that we’ve eliminated polio from the United States and a lot of other countries. We’ve eliminated malaria. And then we’ve controlled other diseases to a really good level. So what I’m shooting for is with a vaccine and good public health measures, we could bring it down to somewhere in between really good control and elimination. That’s what a vaccine’s gonna do, but it’s not gonna do it alone.”

Transcribed by TGP.

YouTube video cued to question on a vaccine:

CNBC reported the FDA is shooting for a minimum of 50 percent efficacy:

…The Food and Drug Administration has said it would authorize a coronavirus vaccine so long as it is safe and at least 50% effective. Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA’s commissioner, said last month that the vaccine or vaccines that end up getting authorized will prove to be more than 50% effective, but it’s possible the U.S. could end up with a vaccine that, on average, reduces a person’s risk of a Covid-19 infection by just 50%.

“We really felt strongly that that had to be the floor,” Hahn said on July 30, adding that it’s “been batted around among medical groups.”

“But for the most part, I think, infectious disease experts have agreed that that’s a reasonable floor, of course hoping that the actual effectiveness will be higher.”

A 50% effective vaccine would be roughly on par with those for influenza, but below the effectiveness of one dose of a measles vaccination, which is about 93% effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Last month The Atlantic cautioned about getting hopes up too high about what a vaccine can accomplish (excerpt):

…Vaccines are, in essence, a way to activate the immune system without disease. They can be made with weakened viruses, inactivated viruses, the proteins from a virus, a viral protein grafted onto an innocuous virus, or even just the mRNA that encodes a viral protein. Getting exposed to a vaccine is a bit like having survived the disease once, without the drawbacks. A lot remains unknown about the long-term immune response to COVID-19, but, as my colleague Derek Thompson has explained, there are good reasons to believe getting COVID-19 will protect against future infections in some way.

Vaccine-induced immunity, though, tends to be weaker than immunity that arises after an infection. Vaccines are typically given as a shot straight into a muscle. Once your body recognizes the foreign invader, it mounts an immune response by, for example, producing long-lasting antibodies that circulate in the blood.

But respiratory viruses don’t normally fling themselves into muscle. They infect respiratory systems, after all, and they usually sneak in through the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. Although vaccine shots induce antibodies in the blood, they don’t induce many in the mucous membranes, meaning they’re unlikely to prevent the virus from entering the body. But they could still protect tissues deeper in the body uch as the lungs, thus keeping an infection from getting worse. “The primary benefit of vaccination will be to prevent severe disease,” says Subbarao. A COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to achieve what scientists call “sterilizing immunity,” which prevents disease altogether.

One way to boost the effectiveness of a respiratory-virus vaccine is to mimic a natural infection, by spraying live but weakened virus into the nose. FluMist, for example, contains weakened flu viruses, and a handful of research groups are looking into the strategy for COVID-19. But live virus vaccines are riskier because, well, the virus is live. “We don’t want to be spraying coronavirus up people’s noses until [we] are absolutely sure that it’s actually a virus that can’t spread from person to person and that it can’t make somebody sick,” says Kathleen Neuzil, the director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. “It will just take time.”

With this first generation of vaccines, though, speed is of the essence. An initial vaccine might limit COVID-19’s severity without entirely stopping its spread. Think flu shot, rather than polio vaccine…

End excerpt. Please read the complete Atlantic article at this link.

The post Fauci Warns Vaccine May Only Help Control Coronavirus Pandemic appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned about high expectations about the efficacy of a vaccine for the COVID-19 China coronavirus in an interview Friday with the Brown University School of Public Health.

Fauci has served since 1984 as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

In response to a question from a student about a vaccine, Fauci said:

“…So, when you’re talking about a vaccine, um, if this were measles in which you could guarantee that if you get vaccinated it’s likely you’re 97 to 98 percent uh, uh, protected. Then you don’t have to worry about anything else, but just get yourself vaccinated. When you’re dealing with a vaccine for a disease like coronavirus in which you’re talking about the natural response of immunity, generally it’s finite. In other words we don’t know yet what the efficacy might be. I believe we’ll get an effective vaccine, but we don’t know if it’s gonna be 50 percent, 60 percent, hopefully I’d like to see 75 percent or more. But the chance of it being 98 percent effective is not great. Which means you must never abandon the public health approach. You’ve gotta think of the vaccine is a tool to be able to get the pandemic to no longer be a pandemic but to be something that’s well controlled. And by well controlled is my–I won’t say my vision, that sounds too haughty–but what I’d like to see is that, you know I know you’re learning this in your course because it’s the, one of the tenants of infectious diseases: There’s control, there’s elimination and there’s eradication. We’ve only eradicated one human infection in the history of the planet–and that’s small pox. But what we’ve done very successfully is that we’ve eliminated polio from the United States and a lot of other countries. We’ve eliminated malaria. And then we’ve controlled other diseases to a really good level. So what I’m shooting for is with a vaccine and good public health measures, we could bring it down to somewhere in between really good control and elimination. That’s what a vaccine’s gonna do, but it’s not gonna do it alone.”

Transcribed by TGP.

YouTube video cued to question on a vaccine:

CNBC reported the FDA is shooting for a minimum of 50 percent efficacy:

…The Food and Drug Administration has said it would authorize a coronavirus vaccine so long as it is safe and at least 50% effective. Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA’s commissioner, said last month that the vaccine or vaccines that end up getting authorized will prove to be more than 50% effective, but it’s possible the U.S. could end up with a vaccine that, on average, reduces a person’s risk of a Covid-19 infection by just 50%.

“We really felt strongly that that had to be the floor,” Hahn said on July 30, adding that it’s “been batted around among medical groups.”

“But for the most part, I think, infectious disease experts have agreed that that’s a reasonable floor, of course hoping that the actual effectiveness will be higher.”

A 50% effective vaccine would be roughly on par with those for influenza, but below the effectiveness of one dose of a measles vaccination, which is about 93% effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Last month The Atlantic cautioned about getting hopes up too high about what a vaccine can accomplish (excerpt):

…Vaccines are, in essence, a way to activate the immune system without disease. They can be made with weakened viruses, inactivated viruses, the proteins from a virus, a viral protein grafted onto an innocuous virus, or even just the mRNA that encodes a viral protein. Getting exposed to a vaccine is a bit like having survived the disease once, without the drawbacks. A lot remains unknown about the long-term immune response to COVID-19, but, as my colleague Derek Thompson has explained, there are good reasons to believe getting COVID-19 will protect against future infections in some way.

Vaccine-induced immunity, though, tends to be weaker than immunity that arises after an infection. Vaccines are typically given as a shot straight into a muscle. Once your body recognizes the foreign invader, it mounts an immune response by, for example, producing long-lasting antibodies that circulate in the blood.

But respiratory viruses don’t normally fling themselves into muscle. They infect respiratory systems, after all, and they usually sneak in through the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. Although vaccine shots induce antibodies in the blood, they don’t induce many in the mucous membranes, meaning they’re unlikely to prevent the virus from entering the body. But they could still protect tissues deeper in the body uch as the lungs, thus keeping an infection from getting worse. “The primary benefit of vaccination will be to prevent severe disease,” says Subbarao. A COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to achieve what scientists call “sterilizing immunity,” which prevents disease altogether.

One way to boost the effectiveness of a respiratory-virus vaccine is to mimic a natural infection, by spraying live but weakened virus into the nose. FluMist, for example, contains weakened flu viruses, and a handful of research groups are looking into the strategy for COVID-19. But live virus vaccines are riskier because, well, the virus is live. “We don’t want to be spraying coronavirus up people’s noses until [we] are absolutely sure that it’s actually a virus that can’t spread from person to person and that it can’t make somebody sick,” says Kathleen Neuzil, the director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. “It will just take time.”

With this first generation of vaccines, though, speed is of the essence. An initial vaccine might limit COVID-19’s severity without entirely stopping its spread. Think flu shot, rather than polio vaccine…

End excerpt. Please read the complete Atlantic article at this link.

The post Fauci Warns Vaccine May Only Help Control Coronavirus Pandemic appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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EXCLUSIVE: Killer Cuomo Not Only Murdered Thousands of Elderly In Homes, He Also Targeted Adult Care Facilities and Group Homes for People with Disabilities

Back in May we reported that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD and Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin’s actions led to thousands of deaths in New York state.

Yaacov Apelbaum at the Illustrated Primer shared that these New York politicians are accountable for thousands of nursing home deaths because of their insane directives related to the China coronavirus.

Apelbaum first pointed out the ludicrous directive from New York’s Department of Health, including:

During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs.

and:

No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.

As we reported in May, the reason for the Cuomo’s insane directives is related to money:

In 2018, as Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a challenge to his reelection bid in the New York State Democratic primary, he got a last minute $1m cash infusion from the General New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)—a powerful NY healthcare industry group. On April 2, 2020, he repaid the favor when he quietly signed legislation shielding hospital and nursing home executives from any lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The clauses, inserted into the annual budget bill by Cuomo, gave blanket immunity protections for healthcare industry executive and administrators, the same individuals and institutions that have made a fortune moving sick Covid-19 patients to nursing homes.

The GNYHA gave to the Democrats an unheard of $3 million in the 2018 election cycle. Of this, Cuomo and his state party committee received close to $2.3m from various hospitals and nursing home industry donors. Governor Cuomo returned the favor with his directive forcing COVID-19 patients back into elderly homes. This directive provided a massive increase in revenues to organizations associated with the GNYHA who were paid handsomely for COVID patients. It was a bonanza for these entities.

The impact of this decision on elderly New Yorkers in nursing homes is the elderly in these nursing homes spread the disease and died. They died at the worst rate in the country and the world.

The Gateway Pundit reported numerous times that the mortality rates for the China coronavirus are not much worse than a bad flu season across the US with the exception of New York and New Jersey.  The death rates in these areas are way above the rest of the country and the world for that matter. It is clear that Governor Cuomo’s policies in New York led to the unnecessary massive number of deaths in the state.

But today we have to report that it is even worse.  Cuomo’s insane and deadly policies not only targeted nursing homes, they also targeted adult care facilities and group homes for people with disabilities.

The March 25 nursing home edict issued by the New York state (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is NOT the only order NYS enacted, which mandated that Covid-19 infected patients got sent into congregate care facilities from hospitals. NYS ALSO sent COVID-19 infected patients into adult care facilities (ACFs) and into group homes managed under the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). 

ACFs serve older people who have medical needs, but do not require nursing home care. NYS OPWDD serves individuals who acquired a disability before the age of 22. Examples of covered disabilities include, but are not limited to: autism, mental retardation, brain injury, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy.  Some of these individuals (who can be any age, including seniors, as long as they acquired their disability before age 22) are among New York’s most vulnerable.

There is also regulatory language which shows that the state was (and likely still is) allowing COVID-19 infected staff to continue to work with these individuals!  Families have not been able to resume visitation rights and have not seen their child or adult child since March.  This is an unbearable hardship for all concerned.

Here are links the directives in New York:

Enacted March 25, 2020, Nursing Homes: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19-_nhadmissionsreadmissions_-032520.pdf

Enacted April 7, 2020, Adult Care Facilities: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf (This URL no longer works. Here is the policy: https://web.archive.org/web/20200608212648/https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf)

Enacted April 10, 2020, NYS OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf (In case the above has been deleted: https://web.archive.org/web/20200531135252/https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf)

Janice Dean from FOX News lost both her parents-in-law to COVID-19 in New York.  She wrote an oped on the matter at USA Today.

Last week New York Department of Health Commissioner, Zucker, was in front of the New York Senate and Assembly and he stated (twice) that the Greater New York Hospital Association had nothing to do with the creation of bill text which gave New York State hospitals and nursing homes virtual immunity, including with both COVID and non-COVID patients, retroactive to March 7, 2020. This was passed on April 3, 2020 by Governor Cuomo.  Assembly Member Biaggia pointed out to him that the GNYHA placed on its own website a statement that boasted that it had helped write the language for this bill, which Cuomo signed into law the very next day on April 3rd.  She stated this GNYHA statement has since been erased from the internet. (link to post here)

Zucker claimed to not have the data as to how many Covid-19 infected people, who were transferred to hospitals from nursing homes, died in those hospitals!

Zucker asked to have more time to get this data accurately assembled. He was asked this question five or six times. He was asked if he knew New York state was the only state which did not gather this data. He refused to acknowledge that fact. Each time, he stated he needed to have time to gather the accurate data, he did not have the data for the Committee members today. He would not answer the question as to why New York state is THE ONLY state which is not gathering this data, which gives New York state the appearance of having a much lower rate of Covid-19 nursing home deaths than ALL other states. He couldn’t answer adequately.

Members accurately pointed out that he had the data for COVID-19 transfers from hospitals to nursing homes (as issue in the recent, July 6th report put out by the New York state DOH) …but did not have the reverse data: how many people were transferred FROM New York state nursing homes to New York state hospitals and who then died (here is that July 6 report).

Zucker claimed to not know that the New York state DOH website had removed the March 25th mandate shown above, while stating at a different point in the hearing that this March 25th order is still in place! It was apparently never revoked.

Zucker CONTINUED to lay the blame for New York’s large nursing home Covid-19 infections and deaths on not only on the federal government, but also on staff infections and UPON FAMILIES!

Overall, it looks like the Democrats in New York are giving Zucker and Cuomo a pass. The federal government needs to step in. Thousands died due to New York’s insane coronavirus policies and now they are hiding the numbers.

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Back in May we reported that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD and Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin’s actions led to thousands of deaths in New York state.

Yaacov Apelbaum at the Illustrated Primer shared that these New York politicians are accountable for thousands of nursing home deaths because of their insane directives related to the China coronavirus.

Apelbaum first pointed out the ludicrous directive from New York’s Department of Health, including:

During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs.

and:

No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.

As we reported in May, the reason for the Cuomo’s insane directives is related to money:

In 2018, as Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a challenge to his reelection bid in the New York State Democratic primary, he got a last minute $1m cash infusion from the General New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)—a powerful NY healthcare industry group. On April 2, 2020, he repaid the favor when he quietly signed legislation shielding hospital and nursing home executives from any lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The clauses, inserted into the annual budget bill by Cuomo, gave blanket immunity protections for healthcare industry executive and administrators, the same individuals and institutions that have made a fortune moving sick Covid-19 patients to nursing homes.

The GNYHA gave to the Democrats an unheard of $3 million in the 2018 election cycle. Of this, Cuomo and his state party committee received close to $2.3m from various hospitals and nursing home industry donors. Governor Cuomo returned the favor with his directive forcing COVID-19 patients back into elderly homes. This directive provided a massive increase in revenues to organizations associated with the GNYHA who were paid handsomely for COVID patients. It was a bonanza for these entities.

The impact of this decision on elderly New Yorkers in nursing homes is the elderly in these nursing homes spread the disease and died. They died at the worst rate in the country and the world.

The Gateway Pundit reported numerous times that the mortality rates for the China coronavirus are not much worse than a bad flu season across the US with the exception of New York and New Jersey.  The death rates in these areas are way above the rest of the country and the world for that matter. It is clear that Governor Cuomo’s policies in New York led to the unnecessary massive number of deaths in the state.

But today we have to report that it is even worse.  Cuomo’s insane and deadly policies not only targeted nursing homes, they also targeted adult care facilities and group homes for people with disabilities.

The March 25 nursing home edict issued by the New York state (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is NOT the only order NYS enacted, which mandated that Covid-19 infected patients got sent into congregate care facilities from hospitals. NYS ALSO sent COVID-19 infected patients into adult care facilities (ACFs) and into group homes managed under the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). 

ACFs serve older people who have medical needs, but do not require nursing home care. NYS OPWDD serves individuals who acquired a disability before the age of 22. Examples of covered disabilities include, but are not limited to: autism, mental retardation, brain injury, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy.  Some of these individuals (who can be any age, including seniors, as long as they acquired their disability before age 22) are among New York’s most vulnerable.

There is also regulatory language which shows that the state was (and likely still is) allowing COVID-19 infected staff to continue to work with these individuals!  Families have not been able to resume visitation rights and have not seen their child or adult child since March.  This is an unbearable hardship for all concerned.

Here are links the directives in New York:

Enacted March 25, 2020, Nursing Homes: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19-_nhadmissionsreadmissions_-032520.pdf

Enacted April 7, 2020, Adult Care Facilities: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf (This URL no longer works. Here is the policy: https://web.archive.org/web/20200608212648/https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_acfreturnofpositiveresidents_040720.pdf)

Enacted April 10, 2020, NYS OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf (In case the above has been deleted: https://web.archive.org/web/20200531135252/https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/4.11.2020-opwdd_crfreturnfromhospital.pdf)

Janice Dean from FOX News lost both her parents-in-law to COVID-19 in New York.  She wrote an oped on the matter at USA Today.

Last week New York Department of Health Commissioner, Zucker, was in front of the New York Senate and Assembly and he stated (twice) that the Greater New York Hospital Association had nothing to do with the creation of bill text which gave New York State hospitals and nursing homes virtual immunity, including with both COVID and non-COVID patients, retroactive to March 7, 2020. This was passed on April 3, 2020 by Governor Cuomo.  Assembly Member Biaggia pointed out to him that the GNYHA placed on its own website a statement that boasted that it had helped write the language for this bill, which Cuomo signed into law the very next day on April 3rd.  She stated this GNYHA statement has since been erased from the internet. (link to post here)

Zucker claimed to not have the data as to how many Covid-19 infected people, who were transferred to hospitals from nursing homes, died in those hospitals!

Zucker asked to have more time to get this data accurately assembled. He was asked this question five or six times. He was asked if he knew New York state was the only state which did not gather this data. He refused to acknowledge that fact. Each time, he stated he needed to have time to gather the accurate data, he did not have the data for the Committee members today. He would not answer the question as to why New York state is THE ONLY state which is not gathering this data, which gives New York state the appearance of having a much lower rate of Covid-19 nursing home deaths than ALL other states. He couldn’t answer adequately.

Members accurately pointed out that he had the data for COVID-19 transfers from hospitals to nursing homes (as issue in the recent, July 6th report put out by the New York state DOH) …but did not have the reverse data: how many people were transferred FROM New York state nursing homes to New York state hospitals and who then died (here is that July 6 report).

Zucker claimed to not know that the New York state DOH website had removed the March 25th mandate shown above, while stating at a different point in the hearing that this March 25th order is still in place! It was apparently never revoked.

Zucker CONTINUED to lay the blame for New York’s large nursing home Covid-19 infections and deaths on not only on the federal government, but also on staff infections and UPON FAMILIES!

Overall, it looks like the Democrats in New York are giving Zucker and Cuomo a pass. The federal government needs to step in. Thousands died due to New York’s insane coronavirus policies and now they are hiding the numbers.

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New York City is Illegally Housing Pedophiles a Block From Elementary School Playground

New York City is illegally housing pedophiles at a luxury hotel a block from an elementary school playground.

One of the offenders, who is still on parole, raped a four year old girl.

At least six homeless pedophiles are being housed by the city at the Belleclaire hotel at Broadway and West 77th Street as of Friday night, according to a report from the New York Post.

“The hotel is just under 1,000 feet from the playground of PS 87 — and New York state law bars such high-risk sex offenders on probation or parole from “knowingly entering into or upon” schools or other facilities or other facilities ‘primarily used’ by children if a minor is present. Courts have interpreted that to mean they must keep 1,000 feet away,” the Post reports.

The city has been housing the homeless at hotels amid the coronavirus pandemic out of fear that they can’t adequately social distance in shelters.

The names and faces of the pedophiles are as follows:

Devron Vernal, 26, was “convicted in 2015 of physically overpowering and having sex with a 4-year-old girl. He was sentenced to four years in prison and remains on parole until 2028.”

Jonathan Evans, 29, “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2010 for using threats to force intercourse on a 6-year-old boy. He was sentenced to five years prison, and is not off of parole until 2025.”

Anderson Stuckey, 51, is “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2005 for using threats to rape a 10-year-old girl.”

Orlando Velasco, 35, “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2011 of repeatedly sexually molesting a child who was under the age of 11. He was sentenced to 42 months of prison, and is not off parole until 2022.”

Ronald Butler, 62, “a predicate sex offender who was convicted in 2013 of rape in the third degree for repeatedly using physical force to overpower and have intercourse with a 16-year-old girl.”

Rafael Medina, 37, “convicted in 2015 of forcibly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Fort Plain Village, in Montgomery County, NY. He was sentenced to three years prison and is on parole until 2023.”

The city would not confirm to the Post if they are still at the hotel or not.

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New York City is illegally housing pedophiles at a luxury hotel a block from an elementary school playground.

One of the offenders, who is still on parole, raped a four year old girl.

At least six homeless pedophiles are being housed by the city at the Belleclaire hotel at Broadway and West 77th Street as of Friday night, according to a report from the New York Post.

“The hotel is just under 1,000 feet from the playground of PS 87 — and New York state law bars such high-risk sex offenders on probation or parole from “knowingly entering into or upon” schools or other facilities or other facilities ‘primarily used’ by children if a minor is present. Courts have interpreted that to mean they must keep 1,000 feet away,” the Post reports.

The city has been housing the homeless at hotels amid the coronavirus pandemic out of fear that they can’t adequately social distance in shelters.

The names and faces of the pedophiles are as follows:

Devron Vernal, 26, was “convicted in 2015 of physically overpowering and having sex with a 4-year-old girl. He was sentenced to four years in prison and remains on parole until 2028.”

Jonathan Evans, 29, “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2010 for using threats to force intercourse on a 6-year-old boy. He was sentenced to five years prison, and is not off of parole until 2025.”

Anderson Stuckey, 51, is “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2005 for using threats to rape a 10-year-old girl.”

Orlando Velasco, 35, “a sexually violent offender convicted in 2011 of repeatedly sexually molesting a child who was under the age of 11. He was sentenced to 42 months of prison, and is not off parole until 2022.”

Ronald Butler, 62, “a predicate sex offender who was convicted in 2013 of rape in the third degree for repeatedly using physical force to overpower and have intercourse with a 16-year-old girl.”

Rafael Medina, 37, “convicted in 2015 of forcibly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Fort Plain Village, in Montgomery County, NY. He was sentenced to three years prison and is on parole until 2023.”

The city would not confirm to the Post if they are still at the hotel or not.

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Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2020

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF LABOR
THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY

SUBJECT: Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”), and in light of Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), which declared a national emergency by reason of the threat posed by the outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Protective measures enacted by States and localities across the country to prevent loss of life from COVID-19 have resulted in millions of Americans becoming unemployed and in need of assistance. My Administration, recognizing the acute financial distress affecting families across the country, has worked to quickly provide billions of dollars in relief to supplement unemployment benefits and help businesses keep their workers employed, in addition to zeroing Federal student loan interest and delaying Tax Day. In total, nearly $3 trillion has been appropriated for emergency funding related to COVID-19.

Because many of the relief programs created by the Congress have expired or will shortly expire, my Administration and the Republican leadership in the United States Senate have proposed multiple options to continue to provide needed relief to Americans. But Democratic Members of Congress have twice blocked temporary extensions of supplemental unemployment benefits. Political games that harm American lives are unacceptable, especially during a global pandemic, and therefore I am taking action to provide financial security to Americans.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136) included $150 billion appropriated directly to State, territorial, tribal, and some local governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to cover costs incurred due to the COVID-19 emergency. As of the latest report from the Treasury Inspector General regarding State expenditures, more than $80 billion of CRF dollars remain available, to supplement the billions of dollars States have received in other Federal assistance, such as the $8.8 billion in emergency assistance provided under the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.). In addition, the Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), has more than $70 billion in emergency assistance funding available.

I am hereby directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in providing benefits from the DRF, and am calling upon the States to use their CRF allocation, to bring continued financial relief to Americans who are suffering from unemployment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sec. 2. Providing Disaster Relief Funds. On March 13, 2020, I declared a national emergency recognizing the threat posed by COVID-19. I also determined that same day that the COVID-19 outbreak constituted an emergency, of nationwide scope, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)). All States have activated their Emergency Operations Centers and are working to fight the spread of the virus. As of April 18, 2020, I have declared that a major disaster exists in all States and territories as a result of the virus, and have authorized Emergency Protective Measures (Category B) pursuant to section 403 of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5170b) for each.

To provide financial assistance for the needs of those who have lost employment as a result of the pandemic, I am directing up to $44 billion from the DRF at the statutorily mandated 75 percent Federal cost share be made available for lost wages assistance to eligible claimants, to supplement State expenditures in providing these payments. At least $25 billion of total DRF balances will be set aside to support ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts and potential 2020 major disaster costs.

Sec. 3. State Allocation. I am calling on States to use amounts allocated to them out of the CRF, or other State funding, to provide temporary enhanced financial support to those whose jobs or wages have been adversely affected by COVID-19. These funds, including those currently used to support State unemployment insurance programs, may be applied as the State’s cost share with Federal DRF funds. To ensure that those affected by a loss in wages due to COVID-19 continue to receive supplemental benefits for weeks of unemployment ending no later than December 27, 2020, States should also identify funds to be spent without a Federal match should the total DRF balance deplete to $25 billion.

Sec. 4. Assistance Program for Lost Wages. (a) For purposes of this memorandum, “State” includes the territories and the District of Columbia, and “Governor” includes the chief executive thereof.

(b) To help meet the needs of the American people during this unprecedented and continuously evolving public health crisis, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), acting through the FEMA Administrator, is authorized to make available other needs assistance for lost wages, in accordance with section 408(e)(2) of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5174(e)(2)) (“lost wages assistance”), to the people of a State, including the members of any tribe residing therein, if the Governor requests lost wages assistance and agrees to administer delivery and provide adequate oversight of the program, for a major disaster I declared pursuant to section 401 of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) for COVID-19, under the following conditions:

(i) the Governor requests from the FEMA Administrator a grant for lost wages assistance pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 5174(f)(1)(A) and agrees to the cost-sharing requirement of 42 U.S.C. 5174(g)(2); and

(ii) the Governor administers delivery of financial assistance for lost wages in conjunction with the State’s unemployment insurance system.

(c) In exercising this authority, the Secretary, acting through the FEMA Administrator, shall, subject to the limitations above, approve a lost wages assistance program that authorizes the Governor to provide a $400 payment per week, which shall reflect a $300 Federal contribution, to eligible claimants from the week of unemployment ending August 1, 2020.

(d) For purposes of this memorandum, the term “Eligible claimants” means claimants who:

(i) receive, for the week lost wages assistance is sought, at least $100 per week of any of the following benefits:

(A) Unemployment compensation, including Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex‑Service members (UCX), under section 8501 of title 5, United States Code;

(B) Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), under section 2107 of the CARES Act;

(C) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), under section 2102 of the CARES Act;

(D) Extended Benefits (EB), under section 3304 of title 26, United States Code;

(E) Short-Time Compensation (STC), under section 3306(v) of title 26, United States Code;

(F) Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA), under sections 2291 through 2293 of title 19, United States Code; and

(G) Payments under the Self-Employment Assistant (SEA) program, under section 3306(t) of title 26, United States Code; and

(ii) provide self-certification that the claimant is unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

(e) The authority vested in the Secretary, acting through the FEMA Administrator, to approve lost wages assistance shall not be construed to encompass authority to approve other forms of assistance.

Sec. 5. Additional Assistance. The Secretary of Labor shall provide, as appropriate, and consistent with applicable law, technical assistance to the FEMA Administrator and Governors in the implementation of lost wages assistance programs, including timely processing of advances from the Federal unemployment account pursuant to section 1321 of title 42, United States Code 321.

Sec. 6. Termination. (a) The lost wages assistance program described in section 4(b) of this memorandum shall be available for eligible claimants until the balance of the DRF reaches $25 billion or for weeks of unemployment ending not later than December 6, 2020, whichever occurs first, at which time the lost wages assistance program shall terminate.

(b) The lost wages assistance program shall terminate upon enactment of legislation providing, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, supplemental Federal unemployment compensation, or similar compensation, for unemployed or underemployed individuals.

Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2020

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

SUBJECT: Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light
of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in the People’s Republic of China has caused significant, sudden, and unexpected disruptions to the American economy. On March 13, 2020, I determined that the COVID-19 pandemic is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207, and that is still the case today. American workers have been particularly hard hit by this ongoing disaster. While the Department of the Treasury has already undertaken historic efforts to alleviate the hardships of our citizens, it is clear that further temporary relief is necessary to support working Americans during these challenging times. To that end, today I am directing the Secretary of the Treasury to use his authority to defer certain payroll tax obligations with respect to the American workers most in need. This modest, targeted action
will put money directly in the pockets of American workers and generate additional incentives for work and employment, right when the money is needed most.

Sec. 2. Deferring Certain Payroll Tax Obligations. The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby directed to use his authority pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7508A to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the tax imposed by 26 U.S.C. 3101(a), and so much of the tax imposed by 26 U.S.C. 3201 as is attributable to the rate in effect under 26 U.S.C. 3101(a), on wages or compensation, as applicable, paid during the period of September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, subject to the following conditions:

(a) The deferral shall be made available with respect to any employee the amount of whose wages or compensation, as applicable, payable during any bi-weekly pay period generally is less than $4,000, calculated on a pre-tax basis, or the equivalent amount with respect to other pay periods.

(b) Amounts deferred pursuant to the implementation of this memorandum shall be deferred without any penalties, interest, additional amount, or addition to the tax.

Sec. 3. Authorizing Guidance. The Secretary of the Treasury shall issue guidance to implement this memorandum.

Sec. 4. Tax Forgiveness. The Secretary of the Treasury shall explore avenues, including legislation, to eliminate the obligation to pay the taxes deferred pursuant to the implementation of this memorandum.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(d) You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2020

EXECUTIVE ORDER FIGHTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which originated in the People’s Republic of China, continues to pose a significant threat to the health of Americans throughout the United States. As we have since January 2020, with the proactive decision to limit travel from China and the passage of three massive economic relief packages, my Administration will take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain economic prosperity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services have concluded that “growing and disproportionate unemployment rates for some racial and ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to greater risk of eviction and homelessness or sharing of housing.”

This trend is concerning for many reasons, including that homeless shelters have proven to be particularly susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19. CDC has observed that “[h]omelessness poses multiple challenges that can exacerbate and amplify the spread of COVID-19. Homeless shelters are often crowded, making social distancing difficult. Many persons experiencing homelessness are older or have underlying medical conditions, placing them at higher risk for severe COVID-19–associated illness.” Increased shared housing is also potentially problematic to the extent it results in increased in-person interactions between older, higher-risk individuals and their younger relatives or friends.

My Administration has taken bold steps to help renters and homeowners have safe and secure places to call home during the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136), the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development implemented a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all single-family mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Furthermore, prior to passage of the CARES Act, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it had instructed the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (the Enterprises) to suspend foreclosures for at least 60 days. FHFA has since announced that the Enterprises will extend the foreclosure suspension until at least August 31, 2020.

The CARES Act imposed a temporary moratorium on evictions of certain renters subject to certain conditions. That moratorium has now expired, and there is a significant risk that this will set off an abnormally large wave of evictions. With the failure of the Congress to act, my Administration must do all that it can to help vulnerable populations stay in their homes in the midst of this pandemic. Those who are dislocated from their homes may be unable to shelter in place and may have more difficulty maintaining a routine of social distancing. They will have to find alternative living arrangements, which may include a homeless shelter or a crowded family home and may also require traveling to other States.

In addition, evictions tend to disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans and Latinos. Unlike the Congress, I cannot sit idly and refuse to assist vulnerable Americans in need. Under my Administration, minorities achieved the lowest unemployment rates on record, and we will not let COVID-19 erase these gains by causing short-term dislocations that could well have long-term consequences.

Accordingly, my Administration, to the extent reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, will take all lawful measures to prevent residential evictions and foreclosures resulting from financial hardships caused by COVID-19.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, residential evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency.

Sec. 3. Response to Public Health Risks of Evictions and Foreclosures. (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of CDC shall consider whether any measures temporarily halting residential evictions of any tenants for failure to pay rent are reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from one State or possession into any other State or possession.

(b) The Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall identify any and all available Federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners who, as a result of the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, are struggling to meet their monthly rental or mortgage obligations.

(c) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall take action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to promote the ability of renters and homeowners to avoid eviction or foreclosure resulting from financial hardships caused by COVID-19. Such action may include encouraging and providing assistance to public housing authorities, affordable housing owners, landlords, and recipients of Federal grant funds in minimizing evictions and foreclosures.

(d) In consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of FHFA shall review all existing authorities and resources that may be used to prevent evictions and foreclosures for renters and homeowners resulting from hardships caused by COVID-19.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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