The House passed the Heroes Act May 15th. Where’s McConnell’s bill?

> Stimulus Needed…

UI claims reveal persistent, severe weakness in job market. Initial claims down slightly, but 17th week in a row of claims > 1 million. PUA claims (self-emp, gig) up, trends largely stagnant, stuck at recessionary levels. And net jobs may be contracting now, given recent virus spikes.
  Meanwhile – and I’ve got a fire-breathing piece on this coming out shortly – there’s a good chance
  that Congress will allow the PUC benefits to expire in a few days. They’ll get back to it and do
  something probably, but this is *beyond malpractice*. – His article:
  Since we also have more cases now than in at the April peak, if we thought $600 a week
  to keep  people at home made sense then, why don’t we think it makes sense now?
  Detailed unemployment thread

> Louisville police / DHS abuse power

Louisville police arrest 87 on felony charges at peaceful protest over Breonna Taylor case
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky denounced the felony charges filed against the protesters, calling them overblown, outrageous and inappropriate.

Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office declined to offer comment on the latest events involving federal officers, but reiterated a statement from earlier in the week, saying federal officers should be restricted to guarding federal property.

“We do not need or want their help,” Wheeler said. “The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether.”

Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkely said if Wolf is coming to inflame the situation in Portland so the President can “look tough,” the acting DHS leader should leave.

“Federal forces shot an unarmed protester in the face,” Merkely said in a tweet. “These shadowy forces have been escalating, not preventing, violence.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown similarly called for federal law enforcement officers to leave Portland. She added, Wolf is on a “mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes.”

“This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” Brown said in a statement. “The President is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”

> Admin hides coronavirus data / disparages facts in their push to open schools

Administration Orders Hospitals to Bypass the CDC With Key Virus Data

If you hide the numbers from the CDC cases magically go away.


Trump administration’s rewrite of rules for reporting coronavirus data is not being accepted well.
Critics warn it will burden overwhelmed hospitals and end some CDC analyses of the pandemic.

The @CDCgov hospital capacity dashboard has gone dark. @CDCDirector
has said CDC still has access to the data but apparently the public no longer does.

Mike Pence: “We don’t want CDC guidance to be a reason why people don’t reopen their schools.” (video)

“The science should not stand in the way of this,” @PressSec says of fully re-opening schools


Florida teachers are preparing lesson plans – and living wills.

Missouri school district asks parents to sign COVID-19 ‘death’ waiver for children

Nearly a month after Mike Pence published an optimistic coronavirus op-ed, he has been proved
wrong in nearly every way on every bit of data he offered. Pence presented a case that was
shown to be inaccurate often only days after his article was published.

Four former CDC directors: “We ran the CDC.
No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has.”

Excellent chart from Deutsche Bank showing how the CARES Act has helped consumers in the lowest income quartile. Letting these benefits expire would be a huge policy failure.

The Fair Wage Guarantee that @owenslindsay1 and I have proposed would not only extend these benefits before they expire, but lock them in for the long run in the form of higher wages for workers coming off of unemployment. You can read more here:


But a government-funded back-to-work bonus would lower wages / hurt workers:

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