Daily Archives: October 16, 2020

Trump Can’t Say If He Tested Negative On Day Of Debate | Morning Joe | MSNBC


Published on Oct 16, 2020

The Morning Joe panel breaks down the president’s Thursday NBC News town hall, where the president defended retweeting conspiracy theories and he refused to condemn QAnon. The president also couldn’t say if he tested negative on day of debate. Aired on 10/16/2020.

Trump Implies He’s $400M In Debt During Town Hall | Morning Joe | MSNBC


Published on Oct 16, 2020

The president on Thursday also seemed to imply that he owed about $400 million to creditors, a debt amount first reported on in the New York Times. Aired on 10/16/2020.

Trump Refuses To Condemn QAnon Conspiracy Theory | Way Too Early | MSNBC


Published on Oct 16, 2020

Fmr. Rep. Carlos Curbelo joins Way Too Early to break down Thursday’s dueling debates with the president and Joe Biden. Aired on 10/16/2020.

Joseph Wilson: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CI A Identity | Democracy Now!

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson on the outting of his wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame; the Bush administration’s lies on Iraq; character assassination; and his time as the acting ambassador to Iraq before the Gulf War when he met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [includes rush

Ambassador Joseph Wilson was the last US official to meet with Saddam Hussein before the start of the so-called Gulf War 12 years ago. As the acting US ambassador to Iraq in the weeks leading up to the war, the White House consulted Wilson daily. He was formally commended by the Bush Sr. administration for his bravery and heroism in the weeks leading up to the war. In that time, Wilson helped evacuate thousands of foreigners from Kuwait, negotiated the release of more than 120 American hostages and sheltered nearly 800 Americans in the embassy compound.

But Wilson’s work in Iraq that won him praise from the current president’s father is not what he is now known for. For months, he was at the center of a controversy that could prove to be one of the clearest cases of documentable criminal conduct by an administration since Watergate or the Iran-Contra scandal.

In the months leading up to the invasion, the CIA sent Wilson to investigate whether Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium from Niger — the White House’s key case that Iraq was rebuilding its nuclear program.

Through his investigation, Wilson found the claim highly unlikely and reported back his findings. Despite this, the Niger-connection became a key piece of the administration’s justification for the war and President Bush included it in his State of the Union address in January.

Seven months later, Wilson went public. In a New York Times Op-Ed he said he had told the CIA long before the president’s January speech that the uranium claims were fraudulent.

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Covid: Remdesivir ‘has little or no effect’ on survival, says WHO – BBC News

Anti-viral drug remdesivir has little to no effect on Covid patients’ chances of survival, a study from the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.

The WHO trial evaluated four potential medications for Covid-19, including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.

Remdesivir was among the first to be used to treat coronavirus, and was recently given to US President Donald Trump when he was in hospital.

The drug’s manufacturer Gilead rejected the findings of the trial.

In a statement, Gilead said the findings of the study were “inconsistent” with others, and that it was “concerned” that the results have yet to be reviewed.

What did the WHO study find?

For its Solidarity clinical trial, the WHO tested the effects four potential treatments – remdesivir, an Ebola drug, was one, but they also looked at malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, auto-immune drug interferon, and the HIV drug combination of lopinavir and ritonavir.

Dexamethasone, a low-cost steroid now widely used on Covid patients in intensive care in the UK, was not included in this study.

The four drugs were tested with 11,266 adult patients in total, across 500 hospitals in more than 30 different countries.

The results, which are yet to be peer-reviewed, suggest that none of these treatments has a substantial effect on mortality or on the length of time spent in hospital, the WHO said on Thursday.

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The moral questions about how traders may have profited off the pandemic

PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 15, 2020

In late February, when the pandemic was beginning to take hold in the U.S., President Trump and his team downplayed the risk to the American public. But a new report finds that key advisers to the president were conveying a very different message to other audiences — and some financial traders may have profited as a result. Amna Nawaz talks to author and former investment banker William Cohan.