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Skilled Abbreviated Abstract: Trump's COVID-19: It's Actual, It's Dangerous, It's Vital

Fight the virus with a union mistake!

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NEWS: @JoeBiden removes its negative ads entirely positively, depending on the known source.

The decision was made * before * WH got the word out that Trump would go to Walter Reed

– Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) October 2, 2020

Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:

At Trump Ill, honesty is essential

The public must be able to trust the statements made by the administration.

The public is entitled to detailed disclosure. And detailed disclosure is good for the president. It will build trust, dispel conspiracy theories, and just calm everyone down. It will likely go against every instinct that Trump needs to enable people to know (and even less see) about weaknesses, but he and those around him must now understand that once the White House is caught in a lie about it is, doing this will mean that no one trusts anything they say again. And that's not a position he wants to be in.

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"I can't be that Republican anymore."

Here are two Oakland County women explaining why – despite being for life – they can't vote for Trump again.

I've heard a variation of this at least a dozen times in the past few weeks. Http://t.co/vE9bJ0Ow0n pic.twitter.com/f6NluMDqku

– Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) October 2, 2020

Philip Bump / WaPo:

Years of the White House of obscurity lead to instability at a difficult time

If the Hicks test hadn't leaked, would we even know anything about Trump?

It will be difficult to make statements about Trump's condition at face value when the disease takes its course. Likewise, it will be difficult for Trump to resist the desire to return to the campaign path, no matter how he feels or how contagious it might be. If the White House assures the public that Trump has received permission to resume fundraising or resume his regular schedule, it would be warranted to treat this claim with skepticism. Any claim about Trump's health must clear a higher than normal bar as confirmation as the administration has obscured both pieces of information about Trump.

Rick Bunnies:

What if a presidential candidate dies or is incapacitated before election day if the president tests positive for coronavirus (and he was in contact with Joe Biden during the debate earlier this week)? A mess

I wish a full and speedy recovery to all who have contracted this terrible disease.

However, for reasons of national importance, we have to ask ourselves what would happen if one of the presidential candidates died or became incapacitated before election day. Rick Pildes and Joshua Tucker did a two-part series on the different permutations of what could happen, but this seems to be falling into the cracks. Here is the most important part of this discussion:

Joshua Tucker: What if the party's candidate dies or resigns after being officially nominated but before the November elections?

Richard Pildes: This puts the ball in the hands of the "national political parties," which to that end means the legal entities known as the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

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The COVID-19 cases so far linked to the White House:
– President Trump
– Melania Trump
– RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel
– Aide Hope Hicks
– Senator Thom Tillis
– Senator Mike Lee
– Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins
– 3 reporters
– 1 unidentified White House employee: //t.co/UScF7CxSsB

– Intelligencer (@intelligencer) October 3, 2020

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Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (slight cough) and I feel fine. I have initiated a quarantine process in consultation with doctors.

As always, my heart goes out to everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️

– Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020

Politico Magazine:

Is it worth pursuing a former president?

President Trump has changed the norms for the presidency. Jack Goldsmith and Bob Bauer come up with a plan to restore normalcy. But when do the reform costs outweigh the benefits?

In her new book After Trump, Bob Bauer, Goldsmith and Obama adviser in the White House, questioned the Trump administration and made specific proposals for reforming and reshaping the presidency – sometimes by turning norms into law and sometimes by reforming the executive branch from within. The only disagreement among the co-authors on the book concerns the issue of prosecuting a former president: both view it as hugely costly to the country, but disagree on whether the benefits outweigh those costs.

“In my opinion, we cannot have an executive Law this immunizes the President while in office, and then a standard This protects the president from criminal prosecution if he leaves his office. Regardless of which direction you turn, the president is protected from the consequences of criminal misconduct in office, ”says Bauer. "Any impression that the presidency is a free ticket to get out of prison is very disturbing."

For Goldsmith, the prudence argument is based on pragmatism and an understanding of what law enforcement would mean and how disruptive it would be. "Ultimately … it's not worth the candle because it would damage the nation and the ruling party in power," Goldsmith says.

Nonetheless, he admits that there is a cost to this approach. "The rule of law costs something," says Goldsmith. "There will be a two-way cost and the question is, which is the least bad?"

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If this was a requirement from the Cleveland Clinic, it was not enforced. That doesn't make it a huge requirement at all.

And now we definitely know – not just in theory – that agreeing to those who are inconsiderate puts everyone in the Debate Hall at risk. https://t.co/zAtHgcqjiA

– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 2, 2020

Daily beast:

White House COVID tests are full of holes, insiders say

The White House could house some of the most important figures in the government. For months, however, the testing protocols for screening potentially infectious people have been more sloppy than the presidential advisers in the public eye.

Olivia Troye, a former senior advisor to the White House coronavirus task force, said in an interview Friday morning that "the majority of the people who work in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which houses most of the White House staff offices "These were not to be tested daily" when they "went to meetings in the west wing".

"I knew that because you have to be on the list to be tested, and I know from talking to them," recalled Troye. "It would be a time and a resource constraint … these were more junior workers who didn't see the president, but from what we know about the spread of this virus … this was not protecting the people."

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Biden: "It's not just the people in the White House or those traveling with me who deserve regular testing. It's the people in the meat packing and food processing plant, the grocery store workers, every single American deserves safety and peace of mind."

– Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) October 2, 2020

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