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PBC News & Comment: Californians Ordered Confined to Home Base

Gov. Newsom extends Bay Area rules statewide as Illinois, Florida and New York increase restrictions on people and businesses….–our Covid 19 daily report, edited by Linda Lewis

–Twitter tightens policy on virus info, but allows billionaire bad boy Elon Musk to falsely claim “children are essentially immune”

–listener Colleen McGuire shares reports that 99% of deaths in Italy are related to pre-existing medical problems

–5 Senators are accused of insider trading after selling stocks before the market crash, based on briefings they had; Sen. Burr asks for ethics investigation

–the millionaires in the Senate are arguing over how much they will give to bail out corporations, and how little they will give to the most vulnerable people

WashPost opinionist Jennifer Rubin asks if Trump is implicated in the insider profiteering, taking a break from Bernie bashing

–Trump uses the crisis to justify closing the borders and further eviscerating asylum laws

–last fall, a long-planned simulation of a virus crisis was staged, revealed major vulnerabilities, and nothing happened because of Trump’s staff turnover

–with Washington shoveling out money, lobbyists crowd the trough, seeking unrelated legislation and financial breaks

–authors of “never Trump” book say many old school Republicans feared that Trump couldn’t handle a crisis

–Trump campaign feeds the base the usual attacks on Dems, but little about the pandemic

–TrumpCo includes extremists opposed to “big government”, and they are telling the Don not to use Defense Protection Act

–Dr. Larry Brilliant, who led the campaign to end smallpox, is brilliant in this interview at Wired

–at WhoWhatWhy, Jeff Schectman has a podcast interview with Matt Richtel, who wrote a book about the human immune system

NY Times reports on Putin’s use of facial recognition to enforce quarantines

–in Israel, protests erupt over Netanyahu’s use of phone data to track infections

–at The Grayzone, Gareth Porter details the collusion between Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo to trigger a war with Iran

–also at Grayzone, Ben Norton reports on Pompeo’s threats to the ICC staff and their families

–at The Intercept, Robert Mackey adds to yesterday’s Trump news conference and friendly questions from Chanel Rion of One America News

–Mike Bloomberg sharply reduces his promised funding of the Democratic nominee

NY Times gives lovely obituary to my pal Mal Sharpe