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April 13, 2020

Trump Retweets #Firefauci Frustrations

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Good Morning Middle Americans, 

Coulda, shoulda, woulda…. that’s a popular reframe you hear from the big media these days.  Hindsight is always 20/20. So to watch the president and one of the nation’s “leading health experts” take passive swipes at each other as the national COVID-19 crisis peaks is a little jarring to say the least. Especially to see it play out on Easter Sunday.  Do you think the president’s retweet of a tweet including the hashtag “firefauci — mean he supports firing Fauci, or does it just mean he’s frustrated? I guess we’ll find out soon. 

Also let us know if you are one of the people who has already received one of those stimulus checks. If so, let us know how you will use it and will it be enough? The first round is supposed to be deposited today. We have a link below that will allow you to track your’s, if you are getting one. 

Also, what happens when you refuse to wear a face mask in Philly? Well – you get dragged off the bus you are driving if you are a public transit worker. We have a link to a video of the incident below. 

Finally – tornadoes raked the south last night leaving death and destruction in their wake. The storms continue to move north. See where they are headed next below. 

Read all about it!

-Fraser Dixon

Trump Makes First Public Rebuke of Fauci With #FireFauci Retweet

(The Daily Beast) – President Trump delivered his first public rebuke of the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of his coronavirus task force on Sunday evening by resharing a tweet that said “Time to #FireFauci.” DeAnna Lorraine, a Trump supporter and former congressional candidate for California, tweeted: “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large.” Trump retweeted Lorraine and commented of her claims, “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.” 

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IRS Says First Round Of Stimulus Checks Have Been Deposited

(CNET) – Starting this week, the first economic stimulus checks of up to $1,200 will start to go out for eligible taxpayers, beginning with people who have direct deposit set up with the IRS. CNET readers are already reporting they’ve received notification from their banks their checks will post April 15. You’ll be able to track your payment with the IRS, through a tracking tool that the agency will put on its website by April 17, the IRS told CNET.

But just because the checks begin to post this week doesn’t mean that everyone will get their stimulus money on the first day, or even the first week. Those who’ve set up direct deposit with the IRS can expect to get their stimulus payment faster.

These one-time stimulus payments are part of a $2 trillion 2020 coronavirus relief package intended to help you pay your expenses and spur the flagging economy, as people lose their jobs and businesses shutter as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It isn’t clear without calculation how much you’re entitled to receive. Your final allowance depends on a line in your tax form from either your 2018 or 2019 taxes. You can follow our guidelines or use a calculator to find out, but a little legwork is unavoidable.

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WATCH: Philadelphia Cops Remove Bus Rider for Not Wearing Face Mask

(Buzzfeed) – At least seven Philadelphia police officers dragged a man off of a city bus on Friday, purportedly for not wearing a mask, in an incident that was captured on video and soon went viral.

The film was shared by the Philly Transit Riders Union, a community organization that advocates for the city’s public transit users and wants the incident investigated.

While viewers aren’t able to see the events that led up to the officers’ arrival, the footage shows the man, who was not wearing a face mask, being dragged off the bus by several uniformed officers with police yanking at his limbs as he seems to resist being removed. He then tells them he wants their badge numbers.

According to the group, the man was pulled off the bus because he wasn’t wearing a face mask.

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At Least 6 Dead After Tornadoes, Severe Storms Batter South

(CNN) – Severe storms that left at least eight people dead and parts of the South reeling from tornadoes that destroyed hundreds of structures are now moving north, with more than 39 million people under the threat of severe weather.

Mississippi was among the state’s hardest hit by Sunday’s storms. Seven people were confirmed to have died as a result of severe weather in the state, with at least 10 counties reporting damage, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

Emergency officials advised residents that sheltering for safety from the storms took priority over the social distancing guidelines in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
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