Tucker Carlson has David Marcus on his show to expand on his op-ed calling to end the New York City lockdown.

In The New York Post, Marcus pointed out that the shutdown has led to empty streets in NYC. The coronavirus lockdown has caused many old haunts to close down for good.

Marcus stressed the only way to survive is to open. On Carlson’s show, Marcus said:

I understand Bill de Blasio thinks there is some giant pot of gold somewhere the Republican leprechauns are hiding, but there isn’t. The only way the city gets back to work is by getting back to work. It is the only way that creates the funds needed to do all the things the city and the people in the city need to do.

Michigan AG Blasts Trump for No Mask, But He Did Wear One!

Democratic Michigan AG Dama Nessel blasted President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask during his tour of a Ford plant:

“I am ashamed to have him be President of the United States of America,” Dana Nessel, a Democrat, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Thursday.

“And I hope that the voters of Michigan will remember this when November comes, that he didn’t care enough about their safety, he didn’t care about their welfare, he didn’t respect them enough just to engage in the very simple task, the painless task, the easy task of wearing a mask when he was provided one.”

“And so I hope that we’ll have a new president soon enough who does respect people more than this president does,” she continued.

Her comments come after the President toured and delivered remarks at the Ford plant in Ypsilanti, which has been repurposed to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment.

Nessel already warned Trump that the state would not welcome him back if he did not wear the mask.

However, Trump said he wore a mask while on tour, but did not “want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

CDC Director Thinks the U.S. Can Reopen

CDC Director Robert Redfield told The Hill he thinks the U.S. can reopen:

“I want to clarify that the community-based transmission, the community-to-community transmission that overwhelmed the public health departments in late February, March, April, that’s really coming down,” Redfield said in an interview with Steve Clemons, author of The Hill’s daily Coronavirus Report.

Redfield told The Hill that the CDC is working with state public health agencies to contain outbreaks in nursing homes, among homeless populations, in meatpacking facilities and in other areas. He signaled states will have sufficient testing and contact tracing to follow the White House’s guidelines for reopening.

The challenge, he said, will be ensuring the country has enough testing and contact tracing for a potential second wave of the virus in the fall and winter months, which would coincide with the annual influenza season.

Redfield said the CDC is looking to expand the contact tracing workforce by between 30,000 and 100,000 people. Experts have said hundreds of thousands of contact tracers will be needed nationwide to identify those who have been infected with the coronavirus and those with whom the infected person has come into contact.

“Ultimately, that number [of contact tracers] is going to be decided by the efforts that we have with the local health departments,” Redfield said. “But that’s ongoing now, and it needs to be in place, operationally ready by October of this year.”

Nigerian Fraud Ring Drains Washington State of Millions Using Stolen Info to File Unemployment Claims

The Seattle Times reported that Washington state lost millions of dollars after a Nigerian fraud ring used fake information to file unemployment claims:

Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), disclosed the staggering losses during a news conference Thursday afternoon. LeVine declined to specify how much money was stolen during the scam, which is believed to be orchestrated out of Nigeria. But she conceded that the amount was “orders of magnitude above” the $1.6 million that ESD reported losing to fraudsters in April.

LeVine said state and law enforcement officials were working to recover as much of the stolen money as possible. But she declined to say how much had been returned so far. She also said the ESD had taken “a number of steps” to prevent new fraudulent claims from being filed or paid but would not specify the steps to avoid alerting criminals.

Thursday’s disclosure helped explain the unusual surge in the number of new jobless claims filed last week in Washington. For the week ending May 16, the ESD received 138,733 initial claims for unemployment insurance, a 26.8% increase over the prior week and one of the biggest weekly surges since the coronavirus crisis began.

That sharp increase came as the number of initial jobless claims nationwide fell 9.2%, to 2.4 million, according to data released earlier in the day by the Labor Department.

Indeed, the surge in claims made Washington the state with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force filing unemployment claims – at 30.8%, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank. Nevada, the next-highest state, reported claims from 24.5% of its civilian workforce.

China Communist Party Seized PPE Factories

Is there a second coronavirus wave coming? Some think so since the commies took control of the PPE factories:

New Yorker Moshe Malamud, who has done business in China for over two decades, was moving tens of millions of pieces of protective gear to the U.S. at the height of the crisis but said suppliers in recent weeks had been overwhelmed with orders from the Chinese government.

“I was placing a larger order with one of the bigger distributors and he tells me, ‘I can complete this order but after this we’ve been contracted by the Chinese government to produce 250 million gowns,’” said Malamud, who lived in China for a decade before founding aviation company M2Jets.

He said he heard a similar story about another manufacturer making thermometers.

“We hear how China is up and running and the virus is past them, so I asked, ‘What are they ordering 250 million gowns for?’ and of course no one is talking.”

“I’ve been hearing this a lot from other manufacturing institutions that say, ‘We can give you a little bit, but basically we’re concentrated between now and the end of the summer manufacturing stuff for the Chinese government in anticipation of a second wave,’” he continued.

 

 
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