White House Weekly: October 12

We begin on Friday, October 2nd, following his announcement late into Thursday night that he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19, President Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed Military Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution.”



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As a result of Trump’s positive test, the Trump campaign postpones all future campaign events. Vice President Mike Pence tests negative for the virus while campaign manager Bill Stepien and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway test positive. Senators Ron Johnson, Thom Tillis, and Mike Lee also tested positive.

It’s a very sobering moment for the presidency. Faced with a deadly virus with a month until the election created the type of chaos you only see from a so-called October surprise.

Saturday, October 3rd, mixed messages emerge from the White House after Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley paints a rosy characterization of the president’s health status. Following the briefing at Walter Reed, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, in an off the record conversation, tells reporters that Trump’s vital signs were far more concerning than what was previously stated, saying he needed to be put on supplemental oxygen. Later, Trump emerges on Twitter, posting a video of his progress.

Meanwhile, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces he tested positive for COVID-19. Christie, along with several other high profile Republicans, attended the ceremony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett being nominated to the Supreme Court at the White House. He checked into a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Sunday, October 4th, the President briefly leaves Walter Reed in his motorcade to wave at supporters and well-wishers gathered outside.

Trump later puts out a video on his Twitter, saying that he’s “learned a lot” about the virus.

Monday, October 5th, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announces she tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Trump finally leaves Walter Reed back for the White House where he’ll continue treatment. When arriving back at the South Lawn, Trump climbed up the stairs, took off his mask, and posed for the cameras. He later puts out a video on his Twitter, telling Americans to not let the virus dominate their lives.

Tuesday, October 6th, President Trump announces that he’s closing all negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a coronavirus relief bill until after the election. Hours later, he reverses course hoping to negotiate for a stand-alone bill that sends $1,200 stimulus checks to struggling Americans.

Later, it’s reported that top White House aide Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19.

Wednesday, October 7th, despite isolation rules and concerns about the spread of coronavirus, President Trump returns to work at the Oval Office. He releases a video on Twitter, saying it’s great to be back and promotes the drug Regeneron.

Later, Vice President Mike Pence debates Sen. Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the two depart from the first presidential with some civility. In spite of that civility, both candidates dodged virtually every question from the

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Big Freedia’s weekly Garden Cookout in City Park is more about Freedia than food | Keith Spera

The focus of Big Freedia’s Garden Cookout is, in descending order of priority, Big Freedia, the garden and the actual cookout.

Since July, Freedia, the multiplatform Queen Diva of Bounce, has presided over a weekly cooking-themed webcast at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park’s Kitchen in the Garden pavilion. The Friday night events are livestreamed on Freedia’s social media outlets.

The Garden Cookout expands on Freedia’s popular Sunday morning at-home cooking webcast and replaces some touring income lost to the coronavirus pandemic. Forty spectators seated at socially distanced tables each pay $90, or $120 to sit at one of the front tables. Tickets must be purchased through EventBrite in blocks of at least two, to fill tables with self-contained groups.

Freedia’s cottage industry, built from the ground up after years of toil on the New Orleans club circuit, encompasses recording, touring, an autobiography, branded bubbly and aprons, collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé and six seasons of a Fuse network reality show, alternately titled “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” and “Big Freedia Bounces Back,” from 2013 to 2017.

If the Oct. 2 Garden Cookout was typical, chatting and cutting up take precedence over actual cooking.



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Fans “wiggle” to Big Freedia’s music during Big Freedia’s Garden Cookout at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.




Early arrivals, wearing mandatory face masks, were escorted through the lovely Botanical Garden — it’s even more enchanting at night — to the brightly lit Kitchen in the Garden. Completed last fall, the open-air kitchen pavilion hosts culinary-themed educational and social events.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees patronized a cash bar while DJ Juane Jordan spun music. Freedia appeared in a sequined facemask, glittering purple pants and a custom chef’s coat bearing the image of his late, beloved mother, Vera, going quickly from table to table to pose for pictures.

And then it was show time. As cameras streamed the action on Facebook Live, Freedia, whose charisma translates well to the small screen, held court from behind the stove. A trio of friends, including longtime sidekick and dancer Tootie Tootz, provided running commentary from a corner of the countertop.



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Big Freedia’s “Garden Cookout” series continues on Thursdays at City Park through August. The Queen Diva also live-streams the cooking demonstration on social media.

Freedia’s sister, Crystal, was in attendance with her young daughter. The Oct. 2 show celebrated the 60th birthday of Vera, who died of cancer in 2014, as well as the birthday of Devon, Freedia’s boyfriend.

(Freedia, who is fine with both masculine and feminine pronouns, recently wrote in the online magazine The Root, “I was born male and remain male — physically, hormonally and mentally. But I am a gay male. Some folks insist I have to be trans, but I don’t agree. I’m gender nonconforming, fluid, nonbinary. If I had known the ‘queen’ in Queen Diva would cause so much confusion, I might have called myself

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White House down – Covid upturns the US election (again): the 9 October Guardian Weekly

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The old adage is that a week is a long time in politics – this year’s US election is making a day in politics feel like an eternity. Since we went to press last week, hot off revelations about Donald Trump’s tax returns, we witnessed the miserable spectacle of the first presidential debate in Cleveland. That event – an international embarrassment for the US – was quickly overshadowed a few days later by the news that the president and his wife, Melania, had both tested positive for coronavirus.



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The resulting chaos – a four-day stay in hospital, many of Trump’s inner circle also testing positive and the still-ill Trump’s supposedly triumphal return to the White House on Monday evening – capped yet another unbelievable week in Trumpworld. Our world affairs editor Julian Borger analyses Trump’s desperate departure from hospital and Stephanie Kirchgaessner meticulously details the spread of Covid-19 in the administration to work out how we got from the Rose Garden reveal of Amy Coney Barrett to the supposed leader of the free world being given a cocktail of experimental drug treatments.



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Last year, the Guardian made its inaugural climate pledge: a journalistic and business commitment to covering the global climate emergency and doing our best to contribute to it as little as possible. Since then, the Guardian has published more than 3,000 articles on the environment – many of which you will have read in the Guardian Weekly. You can read Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner’s 2020 climate pledge in this week’s issue. Before that, Oliver Milman analyses the fledgling carbon capture industry . Is this green “moonshot” the cure it claims to be?

Keir Starmer was elected leader of the UK Labour party in April and has quickly established himself as a serious politician with an eye for detail. Starmer spoke to the Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley and Toby Helm about winning back voters lost to the Tories in Labour’s traditional heartlands. Then, on the opinion pages, John Harris looks at those “red wall” seats – are Britain’s political classes misunderstanding them again?

One of the hardest-hit industries from the pandemic has been air travel. With borders shut and billions facing restriction on their movements, the airline industry knew in March that it was facing disaster. Will it survive the crisis? Samanth Subramanian has spent the past few months speaking to industry insiders about the future – and discovering what happens to a fleet of planes that can’t go anywhere. (It’s not quite as simple as parking them up for six months … )

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A top House Republican criticized the $400 weekly federal unemployment benefit in the White House stimulus plan, saying the GOP doesn’t want ‘wasteful spending’



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  • Rep, Kevin Brady criticized elements of the White House plan, including a $400 federal unemployment benefit.
  • “The worry is: ‘How much wasteful spending will we have to swallow to do this?” Brady said in a Fox Business interview.
  • Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee, expressed concern that a $400 federal unemployment benefit disincentivizes work.
  • Numerous studies indicate an earlier $600 federal benefit didn’t keep people out of the labor force.
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Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas — the ranking Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — was critical of elements within the White House’s stimulus proposal on Thursday, including a $400 weekly federal unemployment benefit.

During an interview with Fox Business, Brady said many Republicans are reluctant to back a stimulus plan with a big price tag.

“The worry is: ‘How much wasteful spending will we have to swallow to do this?” Brady said, adding he wanted the federal government to prioritize spending on thwarting the coronavirus and aiding the jobless.

But he expressed concern that a $400 federal supplement to state unemployment checks would disincentivize people from seeking work, arguing many would earn more out of work than on the job as a result.

It’s a claim often made by Republicans about the economic impact of the $600 federal unemployment benefit that expired in late July. Numerous studies show it didn’t keep jobless people out of the workforce.

Brady said “targeted help” was needed, particularly to airlines moving ahead with layoffs and the restaurant industry.

Read more: BlackRock’s investment chief breaks down why Congress passing a second round of fiscal stimulus is ‘quite serious’ for markets and the economy — and pinpoints which sectors will benefit in either scenario

House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are pressing for a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan. It includes a $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, another wave of $1,200 stimulus checks, and aid to cash-strapped states and small businesses.

Meanwhile, the White House put forward a $1.6 trillion virus aid proposal containing many of the same measures, but lower spending amounts.

Brady’s remarks underscore the opposition to significant federal spending among GOP lawmakers. Many in the GOP say they’re opposed to stimulus plans since it would grow the federal debt. Lawmakers have approved over $3 trillion in federal aid since the pandemic began devastating the economy in the spring.

Negotiations between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi stretched into their fifth day on Thursday. The California Democrat assailed the White House’s proposal in a Bloomberg TV interview.

“This isn’t half a loaf. What they’re offering is the heel of the loaf… and you really can’t just say, well, just take this,” she said.

Read more: Stimulus talks press on as dealmakers push for another boost to unemployment payments. Here’s everything you need to know about the rescue package.

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White House Weekly: Sept. 21

We begin on Friday, September 11th, on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died in New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, President Trump and Vice President Pence pay solemn tributes to the men, women, and children who were lost on that day, while also honoring the heroes who rushed into danger and save as many people as they could. A nice moment was shared between Vice President Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden in New York as the two greeted each other.

Their moment is an important reminder that whether we disagree on politics or policy, we, Americans, can put our differences aside and remember the values we share.

Later, Trump announces that the tiny Middle East nation of Bahrain has agreed to join in a peace deal with Israel. Bahrain becomes the second Middle Eastern country behind the United Arab Emirates, and joins Serbia and Kosovo, located in Eastern Europe, to normalize relations with the Jewish State in just the last month.

Saturday, September 12th, Trump travels to Nevada for a campaign rally, pledging that he doesn’t have to hold his punches anymore after criticizing a Biden ad that seized on his comments about American soldiers, calling them “losers” and “suckers.”

Skipping ahead to Monday, September 14th, President Trump travels to California where he meets with state and local leaders, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom. While many Democrats were calling on the president to address the effects of climate change and the claim that it has a central role in the wildfires raging out west, Trump put the onus on forest management, or a lack thereof, in which there’s been a failure to rake forest floors and clear out dead timber.

Tuesday, September 15th, at a historic White House ceremony, Israel signs diplomatic pacts normalizing relations with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The pacts, dubbed the “Abraham Accords” in honor of the patriarch of the world’s three major monotheistic religions, isn’t considered a formal peace treaty, but include pledges to advance diplomacy and regional peace and build cooperation on 15 mutual areas.

Wednesday, September 16th, President Trump urges his party to back a substantially larger coronavirus stimulus package in Congress, writing on Twitter, “Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).” Currently, there’s been a stalemate on Capitol Hill over the fifth relief bill, however, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNBC that he’s been more optimistic about a deal being made in the last 72 hours than in the last 72 days.

Thursday, September 17th, President Trump launches the “Patriotic Education” commission, a pro-American initiative in the country’s education system to push back against liberal indoctrination through efforts like the 1619 project, which the president calls “ideological poison.” The 1619 project, headed up by Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize despite making a significant correction that the American Revolutionary

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In her weekly legislative briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed the California wildfires, climate change, and coronavirus relief funding.…
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In her weekly legislative briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed the California wildfires, climate change, and coronavirus relief funding. Speaker Pelosi also commented on President Trump’s remarks during an interview with journalists Bob Woodward on the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, telling reporters, “He hid the facts and refused to take the threat seriously leaving the entire country exposed and unprepared.” Later, she answered questions on recent changes to the U.K.’s Brexit negotiations and how it could impact trade relations with the U.S. close

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White House Weekly: Sept. 8

We begin on Friday, August 28, President Trump travels to New Hampshire for a campaign rally, blasting the more than 100 protesters who showed up outside the White House the previous night when he accepted the Republican nomination for president at the GOP convention. He took aim at the protesters who swarmed around Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as he was leaving the convention.



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The protesters mobbing Paul were demanding that he “say her name.” “Her” is in reference to Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in her own home during a raid using a “no knock” search warrant. The irony in all of this is that Paul sponsored the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act to ban “no knock” search warrants. You really can’t make this stuff up.

Saturday, August 29, Trump visits parts of Louisiana and Texas that experienced the worst of Hurricane Laura, which killed at least 14 people and caused roughly $12 billion in damage.

Sunday, August 30, following the shooting death of a Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, President Trump calls Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler a “fool” and “dummy” on Twitter, laying the blame on him for letting the violence and unrest continue in his city.

Monday, August 31, Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden trade barbs, pinning the blame on each other for the protests devolving into riots across the country.

Tuesday, September 1, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake and the rioting that ensued, President Trump visits Kenosha, Wisconsin to survey the damage. He declared the violence as “anti-American” and an act of “domestic terror.”

Wednesday, September 2, during a trip to North Carolina, President Trump suggests that voters should send in a mail-in ballot and then show up in-person to vote at a polling place for the upcoming election.

Trump attempted to clarify his remarks since intentionally voting twice is illegal, and in North Carolina, a felony. Whether he’s simply joking or attempting to test the integrity of election offices throughout the country, it’s a dangerous path to tread down that only encourages more voter fraud, not less.

Thursday, September 3, both President Trump and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for improperly opening a hair salon in San Francisco, calling on her to apologize for defying local ordinances despite her public statements about exercising extreme caution during the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting that businesses and schools remain closed until a vaccine is developed.

With less than two months remaining until the presidential election, things are getting heated between Trump and Biden. Just this past week, the presidential debates commission announced the four moderators of both the presidential and vice presidential debates, starting off with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on September 29. Wallace, who last interviewed Trump in July, is considered the president’s least favorite anchor. While the president might not be thrilled about that prospect and having to fight a two-front debate, they don’t call

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