DeSantis and Florida Emerge as Trump Showcase for Reopening

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The Headline

DeSantis and Florida Emerge as Trump Showcase for Reopening

The Grind

Once widely considered to be courting disaster with its coronavirus response, Florida may soon be touted as a success story and President Trump’s model for reopening.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Trump ally, and as his state’s coronavirus numbers improve, he is telling the national media, “I told you so.” In a press availability, he said, “I was the No. 1 landing spot from tens of thousands of people leaving the No. 1 hot zone in the world to come to my state. So we’ve succeeded, and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they’ve got to try to find a boogeyman.”

The Details

DeSantis had been panned as too slow to close down the state and for waiting until April to issue a stay-at-home order as the pandemic spiked nationwide. Florida was portrayed in the national media as a backwater of packed beaches with young spring breakers throwing crowded parties and licking doorknobs as the government dithered ineffectually.

But Florida’s death rate of 10 per 100,000 is well below New York’s 147 or New Jersey’s 122, just barely above blue state success story California’s death rate of 9 per 100,000. Florida is among the states where the number of new coronavirus cases is stabilizing. And though a state filled with retirees, Florida’s nursing home deaths are below 700, while they have topped 5,000 in New York. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty

The Headline

The Obamagate Scandal Just Got Even Dirtier

British spy Christopher Steele was offered money by Obama’s FBI to dig up dirt on Michael Flynn. The proposal came in the weeks before the 2016 election. This offer hasn’t received any press until now and was first reported by The Daily Caller. “The inspector general’s report, released on Dec. 9, 2019, said that FBI agents offered to pay Steele ‘significantly’ to collect intelligence from three separate ‘buckets’ that the bureau was pursuing as part of Crossfire Hurricane, its counterintelligence probe of four Trump campaign associates.”

The Details

The Obama administration never had any empirical evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to testimony from top Obama officials.

The revelation adds a new layer of intrigue to the Obamagate scandal. Recently released documents show that Steele “peddled an unfounded rumor that Flynn had an extramarital affair with a Russian woman in the United Kingdom.” Prior to this revelation, it was not known that Steele had investigated Mike Flynn. Steele, who used to work for MI6, the United Kingdom’s foreign intelligence service, was previously only known to have focused on Donald Trump, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen.

Steele was not previously known to have deeply investigated Flynn as part of his dirt-digging mission against the Trump campaign. The former MI6 officer compiled 17 memos that focused instead on Donald Trump, Page, Manafort and Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for Trump. Read more…

 

 


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