Can essential child care during Covid-19 offer a model to schools this fall? – CNN

Laura Jarrett:

Classrooms are limited to only nine children and sprayed down with an industrial-strength cleaning solution at least once a day.

If a child falls ill during the day — which Ramage says has happened only twice — there are "isolation rooms" and parents are called to come pick the child up. But so far, not a single case of Covid-19 has been reported.

Zero cases while caring for kids of essential workers, like folks who work in hospitals treating coronavirus patients. This is super interesting. But before we get too excited:

But safety comes with a steep cost, making all of these enhanced measures and protocols unrealistic for some school districts to put into practice on a large scale.

Our public schools in America are already severely underfunded, so it’s hard to see how this model could be rolled out nationwide without massive federal assistance. Republicans have already demanded that kids go back to school without offering any assistance with the effort, so it’s hard to imagine them suddenly getting on board with a massive funding initiative. Hell, they can’t even be arsed to pass a new stimulus package for the 30 million people who are still unemployed.

Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Jeremy Kohler:

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Cox. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

Parson has followed Trump’s lead on the coronavirus, and his state is starting to pay for it now. Missouri reported 846 new cases yesterday. A week prior, the state reported only 300 new cases. Parson has provided zero leadership, just like Trump, and is shrugging off any options for handling the virus that don’t directly relate to reopening the state’s economy as soon as possible.

And if that weren’t bad enough:

Parson also raised eyebrows by saying he would probably pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at protesters who marched by their mansion on One Portland Place, if they were to be convicted of crimes.

Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, New Study Finds – The New York Times

Apoorva Mandavilli:

The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned.

I'm beating a dead horse here, but it is imperative that we separate the politics from the science. It will be hard on every single parent to keep kids home this fall, but opening schools will get a lot of people killed.

Federal Officers Deployed in Portland Didn’t Have Proper Training, D.H.S. Memo Said – The New York Times

Sergio Olmos, Mike Baker and Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

The memo, seemingly anticipating future encounters with protesters in other cities as the department follows President Trump’s guidance to crack down on unrest, warns: “Moving forward, if this type of response is going to be the norm, specialized training and standardized equipment should be deployed to responding agencies.”

Some part of the Trump regime jumped into action half-cocked with no plan? Shocker.

Georgia Massaged Data to Reopen, Then Voided Mask Orders – Bloomberg

Margaret Newkirk:

For six weeks, Georgia had been a model, especially for those eager to end shutdowns. Among the last U.S. states to lock down, Georgia in April was first to widely reopen, after just three weeks. Critics said the state misrepresented its data to justify the move, and they predicted disaster.

This same thing is assuredly happening with regard to schools reopening in the fall.

Also, in case you’ve forgotten, Kemp shouldn’t even be governor right now.

White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools next week – CNNPolitics

Jim Acosta:

“Dr. Redfield has testified on the Hill at least four times over the last three months. We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response,” a White House official said, confirming the decision to block the CDC’s participation in the hearing.

But a spokesman for the House Education and Labor Committee said the panel had requested testimony from any CDC official, not necessarily Redfield.

This is NOT the behavior of a governmental body that has nothing to hide. The reason they’re blocking the CDC from testifying is painfully obvious. Subpoenas need to be issued. These folks need to tell the truth in front of television cameras so parents can make informed decisions.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Says President Trump Is Invading Portland as an Election Stunt – Willamette Week

Aaron Mesh:

“This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” Brown said. “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.”

Here’s video of these officers, who apparently travel in unmarked, white vans, brutally attacking someone:

Contrary to what the above tweet says, this was not Portland PD. More information here at OPB.

It’s sickening to see a Gestapo-style police force, under the direction of the federal government, occupying an American city.

It’s no longer accurate to say that fascism is coming to America–it’s here.