Capstone National Partners
BGov “The Pentagon and other defense programs would be authorized to receive $740.5 billion in fiscal 2021 under S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
DOD funding under the measure would include $636.4 billion subject to the defense spending cap and $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations purposes, which doesn’t count against the cap. The bill also would authorize $25.9 billion for Energy Department programs and $9.2 billion for other programs that contribute to the total. PROCUREMENT The measure would authorize a total of $139 billion in fiscal 2021 for procurement programs, which would be $3.23 billion more than requested. The total would include $134 billion in base funding and $5 billion in OCO funds.”
Seems Like A Good Time To Deny 23 Million People Healthcare
The 82-page brief submitted by Trump’s representatives states crisply that the president wants to get rid of every provision of the Affordable Care Act. Solicitor General Noel Francisco packs in a string of rhetorical flourishes that may draw cheers at a Federalist Society legal conference but will inevitably appear as factual citations to back up attack ads that Democrats plan to run this fall against vulnerable Senate Republicans, in a redux of the messaging that proved so potent in the 2018 midterms.
TOTAL REPORTED CASES of coronavirus in the U.S.: 2.37 million; death toll: 121,809.
FLORIDA is reporting 8,942 new covid-19 cases on Friday, blowing past its single-day high of 5,511 set on Wednesday. It is the 19th day in a row the state has hit a new average high. Average cases are now up about 77% from a week ago, and 526% since Memorial Day. Florida also announced Friday morning that bars must close immediately, a move echoed in Texas, a state also dealing with a surge in cases and nearing its hospital bed capacity.
As cases and hospitalizations surge in some states, deaths have not been rising with the trend. It’s something that health experts have taken some solace in, but it may only be a matter of time. The death toll is likely to rise over the next several weeks, experts say.”
America’s Dissonant Response To The Pandemic
“Top political officials in Florida, Arizona, Texas and numerous other states are grappling with a rapid surge in coronavirus cases, facing the threat of an out-of-control outbreak that washes over their citizens and overwhelms their health care systems.
Meanwhile, “Top political officials in the White House say it’s business as usual from their perspective. President Donald Trump and his top aides sought Thursday to minimize the threat of the coronavirus to the public’s health and the U.S. economy despite alarms blaring across two dozen states — including many overseen by Trump-friendly leaders. Aides insisted there would be no change in White House strategy to fight the pandemic, and no additional money or new resources given to states dealing with spikes in cases.”
Outrages Of The Week (a new weekly addition)
- VP Pence says all 50 states “are opening up safely and responsibly” … crediting President Trump’s leadership in addressing the virus. [See Above]
- The city of Phoenix [had] passed a law requiring face masks to be worn in public to curb the spread of the deadly virus, but the mayor said it would not be enforced at Trump’s rally in a 3,000-seat megachurch.
- As coronavirus cases surge, top Republicans urge masks. Trump, though, still refuses.
- President Trump is headlining a massive fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, despite a decade-long ban on pyrotechnics at the iconic spot. Experts worry two things could spread: virus and wildfire. The National Park Service stopped staging pyrotechnics at Mount Rushmore in 2010 out of concern that it could ignite wildfires under drought conditions. The memorial is surrounded by 1,200 acres of forested lands.
- Thanks Elon. Tesla gave workers permission to stay home rather than risk getting covid-19. Then it sent termination notices.
PP (Presidential Polls)
“It’s Been A Bad Couple Of Weeks”
Does Trump Know Why He Wants Another Term?
Axios “There are plenty of votes left to be counted, but a few trend lines are worthy of your time:
- The AOC-backed Justice Democrats showed considerable strength.
- President Trump’s endorsement wasn’t worth its weight in gold.
- Rhe absentee balloting process will require a reset in expectations.
In New York’s Democratic primaries,
- First-time candidate — middle school principal Jamaal Bowman — who was backed by AOC defeated 16-term Rep. Eliot Engel of New York’s 16th CD in a major upset.
- 14-term Rep. Carolyn Maloney has a narrow lead
Between the lines: The New York races results were / are delayed because of absentee ballots, which are in huge demand because of COVID-19. Expect a similar trend in November, and don’t be surprised if there isn’t a winner on election night, or even the day after.”
Axios “Wednesday, President Obama joined a Biden campaign event for the first time — a virtual fundraiser that instantly became the campaign’s biggest single haul, with 175,000 guests and $7.6 million in donations.
Meanwhile, Trump visited Arizona, a swing state where he’s now in trouble, for a photo-op at his “unclimbable” border wall. At a church in Phoenix, he addressed a massive mask-free gathering of young supporters at an indoor hall.”