In perhaps the only good news to come out of the worldwide coronavirus crisis, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced he will self-quarantine after interacting with an individual who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
The Washington Post reported that on Friday at a CDC photo-op in Atlanta, President Trump talked about the number of people infected with the coronavirus in other countries vs. the United States. He also compared coronavirus disease with influenza.
“Over the last long period of time, you have an average of 36,000 people dying” a year, the president said, gesturing toward National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony S. Fauci, who nodded confirmation.
Around the Block devotes today’s column to Washington Post opinion writer, Dana Milbank. Thanks, Dana for “Twisting the News” better than anyone I know.
News with a Twist
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, United States President Donald Trump said, “A lot of people will have this, and it’s very mild. “They will get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor.”
“So, if we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work—some of them go to work, but they get better.”
After a stunning Super Tuesday performance, former vice president Joe Biden took the lead in the Democratic party delegate count. In doing so, Biden leapfrogged Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who many thought would exit Super Tuesday with a substantial, and perhaps, insurmountable delegate lead.
At a recent campaign rally President Donald John Trump (I) gave the cheering crowd his predictions regarding the fast-spreading coronavirus rocking mainland China and the rest of Asia. (Reports that no “Orientals” were allowed at the rally have not been confirmed.)
Calling it “rough stuff,” Trump assuaged the crowd that it will “work out fine,” and that with warmer weather, the virus will die.
As we go from one Constitutional crisis to another, many people ask, “What would the Founding Fathers think?”
Are they turning over in their graves?
Now, through the magic of YouTube, we know they’re doing a lot more than just turning over.
The Washington Post and the New York Times both reported today that in an unusual step, the Justice Department will back off its sentencing recommendation for Roger J. Stone Jr., President Trump’s former campaign adviser and longtime friend. A department spokesman said that senior department officials intervened to overrule front-line prosecutors who tried the case.
Neither the Times nor the Post reported what the revised sentence will be. But Around the Block can!
Trump says, “Concord, I love Concord. I love Concord, oh Concord. You know how famous Concord is. Concord that’s the same Concord that we read about all the time, right. Concord. I love Concord!”
But which Concord?
Five days after the San Francisco 49ers blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead in Super Bowl LIV, Around the Block can reveal to the world one of the reasons for the team’s collapse.
Here’s the real story.