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Posted in: Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus See in context

" Intimate Partner and Family Violence, across the lifetime". That was my major in college, pretty heavy. I went on to work in a number of social service nonprofits focused on enhanced family outcomes and a very big part of that was addressing the effects of IPV, child and elder abuse and neglect. From my perspective, borne of personal experience, any and all fears that people are having about the negative possibilities presented by this situation are well founded.

My wife and I have been together 24/7 for nearly 30 years. We spent most days together. Doing stuff together, laughing, playing, and we also go to our own parts of the house to do what we want or need to do.*

Thats inspiring, honestly. Something like what you and your wife have, just doesn't happen by itself. It might seem like it to you, but it just doesn't. What you have accomplished together is a wonderful testament to a level of commitment and devotion that is sadly missing in many relationships in today's world. Well done.

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context

Too many people dying due to his incompetent response to the pandemic. It's hard to distract people from that.

Something must be working because 60% of Americans approve of the incompetent response. And in the spirit of better understanding, what exactly is the incompetence that is responsible for too many people dying?

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context

Donny’s administration is responsible for this.

Any details on that? What exactly is Trump responsible for? The indictment or the drug smuggling?

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Posted in: Senate passes $2.2 trillion virus rescue package See in context

How do conservatives get that Dems obstructed the passage when the article clearly states it was four republican senators?

The article does not clearly state that four Republican senators obstructed the passage of the bill, because the vote has not been taken yet. All the article says is four Republicans raised concerns about some provisions in the bill. While on the other hand, you have the article clearly stating that Bernard Sanders (D) has vowed to block the bill if those Republicans don't drop their concerns. In other words, shut up and go along or I'll vote to kill the whole thing.

In the last two tries the bill failed to be moved forward because every single one of the Democrats voted it down. Every single one, and that's 47 to be exact, voted to block this bill. It should also be noted in those votes every single Republican Senator voted for it. Every single one.

Maybe that's that's how somebody would get the idea that it's the Democrats that have been the obstructors in this emergency situation.

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Posted in: New Zealand goes on lockdown to fight virus See in context

@Bjorn Tomention

You probably should have left the gun thing out on this one. The article is about PM Ardern's announcing a nation wide lockdown in response to the Covid 19 threat. Bringing the gun issue into it comes off as using the Coronavirus situation to promote your agenda, or in other words politicizing it. All it achieved was for you to be labeled, demeaned and dismissed. That's too bad, because your observations (if true) about the lax security at NZ airports, are definitely pertinent to this conversation.

Based on direct observation of clinical cases it was observed that the average time between infection and the onset of symptoms was eleven and a half days, with ninety nine percent of the patients becoming symptomatic within a period of nine to fifteen days. The numbers we are seeing now are a result of what was happening two weeks ago. And it is almost certain that the numbers will continue to rise until the hoped for effect of the lockdown begins to manifest itself.

Right now the responsibility of the government is to take all possible steps to protect its citizens and address the health, economic, and societal challenges that are looming in the near future. But it is the people of New Zealand that hold the key to whether those efforts are successful or not. If New Zealanders get on board and follow the guidelines to reduce possible infection, then hopefully in a month or so we could see some light at the end of the tunnel. If not, well.....

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Posted in: Coronavirus forces 3 states to order nearly 1 in 3 Americans to stay home See in context

 Competent people don’t do this.

That may very well be the case, but I would need to see examples of what "competent" people have done so far before I could make that judgment. Apparently Trump's messaging at the beginning of this event is a major point of contention, but in the context of the warpspeed timeline of this pandemic that was a long time ago. And a lot of water has gone under the bridge. The question is; is Trump downplaying this now?

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Posted in: China's virus strategy: a model for the world? See in context

A Serbian leader publicly stated to the effect that China is better and more helpful savior, or brother than its neighboring EU.

The EU's primary response to the Covid outbreak was to call for a unified, coordinated effort on the part of the member states. This was to be achieved by each member state living up to its "responsibilities". To assist in that endeavor the EU loosened up some of their fiscal regulations and redirected some of its budget so that the member states could have a little extra cash to invest in their economies. That way each member state could be better equipped to respond to the growing problem.

When Italy was getting hammered, with over 20,000 infections and 1400 deaths, they went to the EU for help. They requested medical supplies and equipment to bolster their seriously overburdened health care apparatus. The EU responded by dutifully informing each member state of Italy's situation and request. Not one member state answered Italy's call, but China did.

It really looks like, that when the chips are down, there isn't really much unity in the European Union.

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Posted in: Asia urges vigilance as pandemic shifts away from its original epicenter See in context

This virus gonna stay longer in North America and Europe. The governance systems and civil disobedience of these two regions will make it harder to curb the spreading.

Clearly the freedom of movement afforded to the members of the Schengen Area has played a major role in the spread of the virus within Europe. The lack of a coordinated EU response led to most member states implementing a variety of protocols based on their own specific take on the situation and overall the response was slow and erratic. Maybe one incident best illustrates the issues in Europe. When Italy first started getting pounded, they appealed to the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre for assistance with medical supplies and equipment. The ERCC then passed on the appeal to the member states. Not a single member state responded to the appeal. The only outside aid Italy has received is from the Chinese.

In the US the testing was delayed, a definite setback. But it's cranking up now. National guard units trained in emergency response are being activated in a number of states to assist in the local response. The number of test sites have been increased with drive through testing available at a number of locations. The US has incredible resources to bring to bear and once they get their act together they can achieve a lot. Unfortunately the combined effects of social media and the sensationalizing of the situation by broadcast media have led to a disturbing level of mass hysteria that is scary to see. A significant number of Americans have a really high sense of entitlement and what is important to them is all that is important. These are the people that will make everything way more difficult than it has to be and make recovery that much harder for everybody else.

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Posted in: Trump tests negative for coronavirus See in context

But there are millions of people who haven't got the immediate access that the elite have*

There are more than 1250 federally funded public health clinics across the US with over 8000 service sites. Cost for services is usually is based on a sliding scale and those who can not pay don't.

A 1985 federal law requires all emergency medical facilities in the US to treat anyone that comes through their doors. Regardless of their ability to pay. The Feds also give tax breaks and other incentives to hospitals that provide free or low cost services to low income families and individuals. There are around 6000 hospitals in the US.

Every US state has some form of Medicaid that provides services for the economically disadvantaged and disabled.

Then there are the thousands of free, community health centers operating on private donations and government grants. Many of these are set up to serve undocumented individuals and other at risk groups.

Bottom line is if you live in America, whether your a citizen or not, documented or not, rich or poor you have access. And in this situation it will most likely be as immediate as possible.

But what of the 11 million illegals and the 27 million who can't affrod healthcare or millions who only have limited healthcare that does not cover this virus.

All US health insurance companies cover this virus and have waived patient copay for Covid-19 related treatment and testing. As it stands right now, each and every one of those 27 million uninsured as well as the 11 million undocumented can walk right into any one of the tens of thousands of available health care facilities and get tested and treated if necessary. And if they can't pay? They won't have to.

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Posted in: Straight-talking Fauci explains outbreak to a worried nation See in context

Can't be that much of a bonehead if he put Fauci up front and center. Seems like a sensible move.

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Posted in: Europe now epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO See in context

There is no way to tell if the spread had not already started all over.

That's for sure. We didn't really see any numbers about infection rates until people started looking for it. The chances of the virus spreading undetected are pretty good because the initial symptoms of Covid 19 are similar to the flu and the group of illnesses caused by other strains of coronavirus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza virus and a couple hundred other bugs that are responsible what is referred to as the "common cold".

During the flu season, people who exhibit flu symptoms are regularly told to get rest, stay hydrated and take something for symptomatic relief. When there isn't an ongoing flu outbreak people exhibiting similar symptoms are given the same basic diagnosis and treatment advice. Ordinarily, testing for a specific pathogen does not occur unless there is a reason to look. Until information started coming out of Wuhan and the virus revealed itself to the world most people weren't looking for it. Now everybody is looking and we see the spike in the numbers.

Covid-19 could have, and probably did, hide among its symptomatic cousins for quite a while and only came out in the open after the world became aware of it and started looking. Up until that point this little beastie was free to roam.

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Posted in: WHO: Don't expect travel bans, 'Mother Nature' to beat virus See in context

Travel bans can't stop the spread of this virus but they can slow it down. And that's a good thing. By reducing the number of possible transmissions you can reduce the rate of new infections. Reducing the rate at which the disease enters the population allows the emergency response apparatus to focus its resources on a smaller number of people, at a given time, spread out over an extended period.

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Posted in: Boston cancels St Patrick's Day parade over virus concerns; New York's to go on See in context

Did they (Boston) cancel the parade for H1N1? I forget.

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Posted in: Two Sydney schools close as coronavirus cases in Australia jump See in context

all countries should close all schools right now and stop all kids from going to their death because school is not safe when it comes to corona

In a recent paper published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, the chances of succumbing to Covid-19 complications were expressed as a percentage. This analysis was based data collected from over 72,000 cases as of February 11 2020. One category was age group. This was broken down into cadres of nine years, like 0-9, 10-19 and so on up to 70-79 and then to 80+. The 80+ group had the highest percentage chance of dying from severe complications at around 15-20%. The numbers show an incremental decrease in the likelihood of perishing as the age groups get younger. The age group 10-19 was rated as having a 0.2% chance of dying. The 0-9 age group had a 0.0% chance,as in, as of February 11 there had been no reported covid-19 related fatalities of a person under the age of 9 years old. And this is in the epicenter of this outbreak. The middle school and high school kids have a two in a thousand chance.

saying its just a flu not its not a flu its something we cant cure yet

We can't cure the flu. But you're correct, this not the flu. It acts like the flu, it has a very similar path of infection as the flu's, the symptoms are very flu like and the same preventative measures that apply to the flu work on Covid-19, but it's not the flu. In reality, coronavirus along with rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza virus are responsible for the myriad of maladies that are commonly referred to as the "common cold".

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases surge across U.S. See in context

If people are looking for a sensible, reliably effective, low cost and easily implemented response to this outbreak then they need look no further than the thousands of public service announcements that have been disseminated by every level of government in the US, for decades; in response to the yearly flu season.

It all boils down to an enhanced level of personal hygiene with disease prevention as its focus. Viruses of this type are basically transmitted when some spit, from an infected individual, gets on a mucous membrane of an uninfected person.

The human face is target rich environment for these little nasties and studies have shown that an average person, on an average day, touches their face over a thousand times. For the most part, these touches are completely unconscious and it is something that you just can't say "Hey don't do that!". It's just going to happen no matter what.

So the key is in the hands, that's where you take the fight to the bugs. Good old soap and water and a little rubbing does the job quite well. So does hand sanitizer and those wipes that most supermarkets in America provide to wipe down shopping cart handles. The trick is to keep your hands clean and pay attention to where you're putting them. Community wide, OCD level hand washing is murder on viral outbreaks like this, that's why it has been pushed for all these years, it works.

People who are infected and experiencing symptoms can demonstrate a little community spirit by doing something as little as coughing into their shoulder instead of into their hand or into the air. Something real little like that, like conscientious hand washing, can have a profound effect on transmission rates.

If a significant number of people take on sense of personal responsibility in protecting themselves and those close to them, then this thing has a chance of being beat. So don't forget to wash your hands and definitely don't let anyone spit in your eye.

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Posted in: Warren ends presidential campaign See in context

People say Trump is likely to win but viewing the result of Super Tuesday, it will not be a sure thing.

Of the fourteen states voting on Super Tuesday, Biden got ten, Sanders got four and Trump got all fourteen. Trump was running essentially unopposed yet Republican turnout and vote count broke records in a number of blue and key swing states. This would seem to indicate that the Republicans are pretty well organized and have a good ability to turn out the vote. Which bodes well for 2020.

Tuesday result shows Biden's middle of the road is getting support of people.

Not necessarily, but what it does show is that the power elite of the Democratic Party coordinated a successful effort to revive Biden's frontrunner position and stymie Sanders. Mayor Pete and Amy's sudden dropping out and lining up behind Biden is clearly the result of a negotiated settlement. Their rewards will be coming in future political endeavors. Even Warren's hanging on and then dropping out after the vote smacks of political finagling. Not only did she potentially draw off voters who might have leaned towards Bernie but now she has set herself up as a kind of king maker with an eye on a place in a Biden administration. Garrens Ball Barrens.

 I felt Trump's extreminism is losing support of people. 

As amazing as it may seem Trump's support is at an all time high. For many Americans the political left is the one that is becoming increasingly extreme. As the Democrats lurch farther and farther leftward they have left the comfort zone of many Americans far behind. The majority of Americans self identify as "moderate" with about 30 percent of Americans calling themselves "conservative". Trump promotes and advocates for policies that a surprising number of Americans agree with and for those people he is anything but extreme.

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Posted in: California declares state of emergency over coronavirus as death toll rises in U.S. See in context

A new born baby was infected in China because the mother was

It was suspected at the time that the newborn was infected by close contact with its mother during delivery. In subsequent cases with infected expectant mothers, the babies were delivered by C Section and there was no transmission. It appears that the virus can't penetrate the placental barrier.

If you are not old and'll be fine.

Yeah, that's pretty much what the data is showing. Of course there will be exceptions, but overall that looks like that's the case. Probably the greatest problems that will be faced by the US won't be of a medical nature, but societal. Public hysteria poses a greater danger.

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Posted in: California declares state of emergency over coronavirus as death toll rises in U.S. See in context

Data has emerged that indicates this virus is not an equal opportunity malady. It appears that youth is a powerful deterrent with infection rates among twenty somethings, teens and kids being low, while the infection rate among the 30-79 age demographic is as high as 87%.

Co-morbidity appears to play a significant role in the chances of an infected person succumbing to this disease. Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory disease all greatly increase the odds of fatal complications to this virus. Mortality among those without preexisting conditions is less than 1%.

This disease clearly is the greatest threat to the elderly and those who are in overall poor health. Imagine this disease getting into the vast homeless communities in San Francisco, LA, San Jose or any other homeless mecca on the West Coast. What a nightmare.

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Posted in: Virus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China See in context

In private yes, but otherwise separation of church and state. He also forced the entire task force into prayer rather than free choice.

Every session of the House of Representatives and every session of the Senate is opened with a prayer. The tradition of opening government meetings with prayer dates back to the Framers. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision upholding legislative prayer "As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition, part of our expressive idiom, similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, inaugural prayer, or the recitation of 'God save the United States and this honorable court' at the opening of this court's sessions."

The practice is intended to focus the participants on a common purpose and instill a sense of selfless commitment to a higher cause.

People do it at both public and private events, at sporting events, town halls, even Alcoholics Anonymous meets. It’s pretty much something that regular Americans do, on a regular basis.

So what’s your point?

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Posted in: Trump says no reason to panic as 1st coronavirus death reported in U.S. See in context

The crisis has been handed appallingly.

Exactly, what do you find appalling about the US response to the situation so far? Anything specific?

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Posted in: GOP embraces Trump after impeachment See in context

Immediately following the House vote on the articles of impeachment, Twitter erupted in jubilant celebration. Tweet after tweet (with blue check marks in abundance) rejoiced at the news that the evil orange man had been finally and rightfully booted from office. People were and probably still are happy, happy happy.

If there was ever a better example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, I haven't seen it.

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Posted in: Global youth protests urge climate action See in context

I wonder how many people in China took part in this? China is the #1 carbon emitter itself and is financing the building of coal fired power plants around the world. Maybe Greta should go there and educate them.

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Posted in: Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia's Aceh See in context

What's with all this Islamophobia?

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Posted in: Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo See in context

Okay, Justin begs for forgiveness for the "brown face" incident and that's cool. He also apologized for the "black face" Day-O incident, I haven't seen any apology for the video of him in "black face" waving his arms and sticking his tongue at the camera but I'm sure it's included in his public self flagellation over his "mistakes".

His political rivals, whom he was calling '''white supremacist" sympathizers just a couple of months ago, are certainly going to try to use this against him, for sure. But who cares? He begged, so it's all good. Hey it's a learning moment after all.

Of course it's the Canadian voters who will be the judges in this and they will have their say pretty soon.

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Posted in: Trump rebuffs Kavanaugh impeachment calls after new sexual misconduct report See in context

 That’s exactly what this entire thing is about.

I think what most of this thing is about book sales and profit. Of course most people don't need to read the book, they already have the whole story made up in their minds.

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Posted in: O'Rourke's 'hell yes' vow to take away rifles worries U.S. lawmakers pushing for gun limits See in context

Just how would the US Government go about banning and confiscating all AR and AK rifles? It's one thing to say you will, or even to go so far as to pass legislation. But how is that going to look in practice?

First thing is figuring out where all those affected firearms are and who has them. The Feds should be able to get the low down on a lot of them through their own records but there are a bunch more to be identified in the individual State's record systems. The Feds will need open and complete cooperation from all the states, if not voluntarily, then through judicial action. It might take some time and effort but in the end, it can be done.

So now what? Now that the Feds have the skinny on the contraband, how do they go about rounding it up? The best case scenario would be the Feds notifying the owners of their legally mandated obligation to comply and then facilitating the orderly surrender and subsequent confiscation of the banned firearms. Best case.

So that takes care of the legally purchased and/or registered illegal guns. But what about the ARs and AKs that are not registered, were not purchased legally and do not show up in any state or Federal databases unless related to crime statistics. How are they going to get them? They can only estimate how many there are or who has them. Maybe a nationwide multimedia campaign would help to influence some of these illegal gun owners to surrender their weapons and maybe encourage others to help identify uncooperative violators.

Something like this will only be doable if everybody involved gets on board. Anything less will invariably end badly. In order for a mandate to have power it needs to be enforced, noncompliance needs to be addressed in a manner that reflects the level of resistance. It might be necessary to suspend the 4th and 10 amendments along with the 2nd for a while to achieve the goal. Ultimately, the most stubborn criminals will need to be rooted out and eliminated. It might require some killing, but they would be bad people by then, so maybe it would be for the best.

I guess my biggest question is who is going to do it. Police? National Guard? Federal Agents? US Military? private contractors? Bottom line is, the best case scenario ain't going to happen. There will be pushback, there will be resistance. If it comes to kicking in doors, forced searches, mass arrests and even killing people for exercising and defending what they believe is their constitutionally guaranteed right, it might not be that easy to find willing accomplices from the local population. Probably private contractors and/or foreign mercenaries would be the most effective.

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Posted in: U.S. House panel debates gun control; Democrats pressuring Republicans See in context

Lmao! Not even close, but feel free to continue believing this is why gun control is effective in Hawaii and not Chicago.

I don't know what you are basing your opinion on but I can tell you, based on my lifetime experiences living in Hawaii, that the main reason gun controls work in Hawaii and not in Chicago is because...

Hawaii is a small Island, different politics, history etc..

Contemporary Hawaiian society is the product of a distinctly unique set of historical and cultural influences. This has resulted in a place where the daily lives of many, if not most, of its citizens are grounded in traditional cultural values adopted from the native Hawaiian culture as well as strong influences from Asia. For the most part, contemporary hawaiian society is collective in nature and the actions of one can impact the lives of those within their sphere. Couple that with an underriding "warrior" mentality that endorses dispute resolution through face to face physical violence and you get a situation where it's okay to get in a fist fight. Your friends and family will back you up and maybe even be proud of you. But pulling a gun to settle a difference is widely viewed as a sign of weakness and lack of respect for your family, for your community and for yourself.

I've only visited so I can't speak from personal experience. So I ask, is it the same in Chicago?

As an aside, It might surprise you to learn that there are more guns in private hands in Hawaii than the are people. There's plenty of guns in the Aloha State it's just we don't shoot each other all that much. It's a cultural thing.

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Posted in: Judge reinstates nationwide halt on Trump asylum policy plan See in context

The only people who hate it are those who can't afford to live there.

That's not exactly true. I have family members in California that hate it there, now. They have more than adequate resources to comfortably live there but just can't abide with what their home has been turned into. Other members of my family who love California and would like nothing more than spending their lives and raising their families there, have had to move because they have been priced out of their own communities.

Right now, according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, California has the highest poverty rate in the US. At around 20% that means there are around 8 million Californians "who can't afford to live there". And among the one in five Californians who are living that reality, Blacks, Hispanics and especially children constitute the majority.

I gotta say,"The only people who hate it are those who can't afford to live there." smacks of some serious economic elitism. But don't forget if you chase out all the po' folks, who's gonna pick your kale or make your next avocado toast?

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Posted in: Omar: Go to Israel, see 'cruel reality of the occupation' See in context

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has banned any and all LGBTQ activity on pain of god knows what.

Maybe that's one reason why they hate Israel so much. Those Israelis have no sense of decency and let their LGBTQ community carry on all kinds of abhorrent behavior like same sex marriage, same sex cohabitation, and just all kinds of Haram homosexual activities. But all is not lost, Hamas has a plan for them.

Only amongst the uneducated. They surveyed whites with no college degree.

Ohhh...... Not the deplorables again. You gotta keep an eye on those irredeemables, they have a bad habit of voting. And you know what that can lead to. Just think, they let some people vote who haven't been properly indoctrinated in an American University. The horror!

I bet you won't be able to put down Iran in a face to face with me. You can write BS here, but talking crap in person is different. 


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Posted in: Pelosi defends Baltimore hometown, says Kushner a 'slumlord' See in context

If Pelosi and Cummings want to make Trump eat some crow, then they should disprove his statements with clear examples of how well the city of Baltimore has been run for the past 30 years. Showing how the Democratic leadership of Baltimore have made the lives of their most vulnerable citizens better and how what Trump says is false, would be a great way to start. They could also show how the 3.2 billion dollars in federal grants the city has received over the past 10 years has been wisely spent for the benefit of the people of Baltimore. That'll shut him up.

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