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The Bureau of Prisons placed an order for $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets in March, federal spending records show.
A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson told Insider the drugs were intended to treat COVID-19 patients.
The novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout federal prisons, and the BOP reported Monday that eight inmates have died so far, and at least 195 have tested positive.
The Trump administration has vigorously talked up hydroxychloroquine as a potential COVID-19 treatment or prophylactic, though no large-scale clinical trials have proven that it is effective.
The nation's top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly warned that there is not yet enough evidence showing the drug can treat or prevent the virus.
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HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory.

The HHS statement confirms federal documents released Wednesday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee showing that about 90% of the personal protective equipment in the stockpile has been distributed to state and local governments.

HHS spokeswoman Katie McKeogh said the remaining 10% will be kept in reserve to support federal response efforts.

House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement that the Trump administration is leaving states to scour the open market for scarce supplies, often competing with each other and federal agencies in a chaotic bidding war that drives up prices.

“The President failed to bring in FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) early on, failed to name a national commander for this crisis, and failed to fully utilize the authorities Congress gave him under the Defense Production Act to procure and manage the distribution of critical supplies,” Maloney said. “He must take action now to address these deficiencies.”

For the last month, health care workers across the nation have taken to social media to illustrate the shortages by taking selfies wearing home-sewn masks on their faces and trash bags over their scrubs.

President Donald Trump has faulted the states for not better preparing for the pandemic and has said they should only being relying on the federal stockpile as a last resort.

The AP reported Sunday that the Trump administration squandered nearly two months after the early January warnings that COVID-19 might ignite a global pandemic, waiting until mid-March to place bulk orders of N95 masks and other medical supplies needed to build up the stockpile. By then, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for help.

Trump spent the first two months of the outbreak playing down the threat from the new virus. He derided warnings of a pandemic as a hoax perpetrated by Democrats and the media, predicting as late as Feb. 26 that the number of U.S. cases would soon drop to zero.

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I would say unbelievable but...

This is why he did't won't to use it. It show his total neglect of all the warnings that were given.

« on: Yesterday at 11:23:45 PM »
Between April 12, 2009, April 10, 2010 swine flu caused 12,469 deaths. Between Feb 29-April 8, 2020 #Trumpvirus caused 14,768 deaths

« on: Yesterday at 11:14:57 PM »
Interesting post in one of my fb groups.

When two maps closely resemble each other, geographers and cartographers take notice. The top map from the New York Times used cell phone data to track when people stopped traveling more than two miles due to the pandemic. It was notable that the red counties have waited far longer than people in the rest of the country, beyond March 26, and some not even well after then. I kept staring at this map, feeling that I'd seen it before somewhere.

Then it hit me that the red counties closely matched the map of the Confederacy. Just look at the difference between Virginia and West Virginia, which formed to rejoin the Union. The transitional zone on the 2020 map is in Missouri and Kentucky, two Union "border states" that retained slavery. And even though Indian Territory (later Oklahoma) was part of the Union, it also had slavery.

So what's going on here? Your guess is as good as mine. It could be an ingrained history of defying federal authority, or disregarding human rights. It could be high levels of racial inequality, but the South is hardly unique in that department. It could be conservative Trump-voting areas, but most of those areas outside the South did not hold out so long. It could be a Christian sense of invincibility, but West Virginia is just as Christian as Virginia.

Whatever it is, it's not nothing. The imprint of our history shows up in unexpected times and places. Moments of so-called "natural" disasters are when the underlying realities of our society are exposed and unveiled.

Biden has not been declared the official nominee. It doesn't make sense to get out ahead of the process.
I agree but does the average voter think this way and will this seed he planted be fruitful for him?

Honestly, I don't think that the average voter cares much for who endorses who as most of them don't delve as deep into politic as the folks here. Very rarely do I hear anyone engage in political discussion to the extent we do here.
True. Because most don't care until it effects them. Which leads to people like him getting elected because of their like of any knowledge about how the election process works.

Why would an intelligent person such as Obama fall for a tactic of a uneducated idiot such as Trump? Obama is a political lawyer. Trump is a trailer park reality TV star.

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he told President Donald Trump in their phone call that the federal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is "about taking responsibility."

The call, which took place Monday, marked a rare moment of direct communication between the two political rivals. The President has harshly criticized Biden over a range of issues for months and the former vice president has repeatedly excoriated Trump's handling of the virus outbreak.
But while speaking with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Prime Time" Tuesday, Biden said the two "had a good conversation."

Politics / Re: Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race
« on: Yesterday at 12:08:00 PM »
I'm listening to a reporter saying that in his concession he won't be endorsing Biden right now. See it's that type of bull

For many white folk no matter how abhorrent they believe Trump is, being white insulates them from 99.9% of the destruction he is wrecking on this country. Thus they don't really care about nobody but themselves.

Politics / Re: Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race
« on: Yesterday at 11:49:22 AM »
 I'm listening to a reporter saying that in his concession he won't be endorsing Biden right now. See it's that type of bull

Politics / Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race
« on: Yesterday at 11:32:53 AM »
Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday, setting up a general election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

The independent senator from Vermont announced his decision in a conference call with staff. He will speak to supporters at 11:45 a.m. ET.

I can't wait for the Imam to request his pay. :popcorn:


In a development that could challenge the Constitution's prohibition of any law "respecting an establishment of religion," the federal government will soon provide money directly to U.S. churches to help them pay pastor salaries and utility bills.

A key part of the $2 trillion economic relief legislation enacted last month includes about $350 billion for the Small Business Administration to extend loans to small businesses facing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus shutdown orders. Churches and other faith-based organizations, classified as "businesses," qualify for aid under the program, even if they have an exclusively religious orientation.

« on: Yesterday at 01:03:45 AM »
Between April 12, 2009, April 10, 2010 swine flu caused 12,469 deaths. Between Feb 29-April 7, 2020 #Trumpvirus caused 12,895 deaths

Politics / Re: Most Brazen Acts of Voter Suppression in Modern Times
« on: April 07, 2020, 10:03:57 PM »
These people are demons

 Republican Wisconsin assembly speaker wears protective gear while telling voters they are 'incredibly safe to go out'

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