NOT ONE Democrat has come out to call out vice president Joe Biden over the recent sexual assault allegations made against him by his former Senate aide. Kavanaugh? Kavanaugh? Kavanaugh? READ MORE
Now Speaker Nancy Pelosi has fully endorsed the former vice president. READ MORE
Meanwhile, if you live along the Southern border or close to it, you may be getting pelted with anti-American Chinese propaganda that is originating from Old Mejico.
If the corrupt Mexican government can’t, refuses to cut off the flow of drugs into the U.S., what makes anyone think they can or want to stop China’s media war into the U.S.? READ MORE
Why not give federal assistance to noncitizens working in the U.S? That’s what Rep. Joaquim Castro (D) is saying. It’s “one of the biggest injustices.” READ MORE
Coronavirus case in Texas by the numbers:
“Nancy Pelosi endorses Biden amid sexual assault allegation” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D) has just given her blessing to Joe Biden, endorsing the former vice president for president amid a sexual assault allegation made against him by a former aide last week. The video endorsement appears to be strategic, as more and more Americans begin to find out about the allegation made against him. “I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president,” Pelosi said in the video. “He knows how to get the job done.” Pelosi went on to mention Biden’s work to help craft and implement the Affordable Care Act, and how he has partnered up with Congress to help protect the healthcare plan. Pelosi also added that throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Biden has been the “voice of reason and resilience” to lead the country out of the pandemic or crisis. In addition, the speaker said that President Barack Obama had a ‘deep respect’ for Biden even as the former president refrained from endorsing his friend and vice president throughout the Democratic primary election. Obama endorsed Biden only after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.
“Trump Hit Pause on Monday’s Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – The White House has canceled Monday night Coronavirus Task Force daily press briefing scheduled for Monday evening, the third straight day in a row since the pandemic began. A daily guidance sent to members of the press was sent out Sunday evening, showing that a press briefing with members of the Coronavirus Task Force members listed for an on-camera for 5pm Eastern Monday evening. That plans were scrapped shortly after White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News would now being doing a Q&A with a small pool of reporters before a meeting with with industry executives scheduled for 4pm ET. “We’re looking at different ways to showcase this president leading,” McEnany said on Fox News America “Newsroom” Monday morning. “The briefing is a key component of that. We will have briefings this week. But again, the media needs to not read into what’s happening and look at this as an opportunity for the president to speak to the American people.” She added that there are no efforts to cut back on the press briefings despite reporting that the White House advising the President to scale back from holding them on a daily basis. McEnany also stated that the president might appear less frequently at them and the task force would return later this week to brief the media and the American people.
“Biden’s sexual assault accuser speaks out, blasts CNN” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – As former Vice President Joe Biden (D) prepares to take on President Trump in the general election, new reports are surfacing against him regarding sexual assault claims. Tara Reade has been spearheading that effort, slamming the Democratic candidate for sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. In a recent interview with Vice President Biden, CNN’s Anderson Cooper discussed a wide array of topics, but one issue that was not addressed is the allegations aimed against him, This, Tara Reade says, made her lose respect for the journalist. Speaking to Fox News, Reade expressed that “it’s shocking that this much time has passed and that he is an actual nominee for president and they’re not asking the questions.” Reade added that Biden has “been on ‘Anderson Cooper’ at least twice where he was not asked.” She further questioned, “if this were Donald Trump, would they treat it the same way? If this were Brett Kavanaugh, did they treat it the same way?” Reade concluded that “it’s politics and political agenda playing a role in objective reporting and asking the question.”
“China wages propaganda war against U.S. from Mexico” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) slammed the Chinese Communist Party, saying that China should not be able to set up businesses in Mexico and blanket the United States with propaganda. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cruz announced that he would be introducing legislation that would prevent the Chinese Communist Party from exploiting the Federal Communications Commission loopholes to propagandize to Americans from radio stations in both Canada and Mexico, which includes stations that are entangled with Chinese state-owned media outlets that include Phoenix TV. In announcing the legislation, Senator Cruz commented that “every year, the CCP spends billions of dollars purchasing news outlets and waging information (propaganda) warfare to extend the reach of its propaganda and whitewash the unflattering and politically inconvenient truths about its totalitarian regime.” He informed that “we are seeing this play out right now as news outlets across the country parrot Chinese talking points about the coronavirus pandemic,” asserting that it is a pandemic that could have been prevented.
“Melania Trump Sends Care Packages, Gifts To Hospitals in 10 States Fighting Coronavirus” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – First Lady Melania Trump sent care packages that include blankets, caps, and other gifts to hospital medical staff and children patients in 10 states, including a hospital that were the hardest hit by the coronavirus. Hospitals in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Delaware, Nevada, and the District of Columbia were sent the care packages that were shipped on Thursday. “The medical community has gone above and beyond to protect the health of the American people,” the First Lady said in a statement. “The packages are just a small token of my appreciation for their courage and leadership in this time of need.” Children patients will receive gifts from the First Lady’s Be Best initiative containing blankets, caps, tote bags, pencils, backpacks, stickers, Dr. Seuss books and games. Earlier, Melania tweeted an uplifting message of her “thoughts and prayers” to those fighting this “terrible virus,” as well as “families who have lost loved ones” to millions of Americans.
“Trump Signs Coronavirus Supplemental Relief Bill” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – President Trump has signed the “Phase 3.5” emergency interim coronavirus relief package that will replenish the fund for small businesses with $484 billion. It will also add billions of dollars to help hospitals across the United States as they combat the coronavirus. In a ceremony held at the Oval Office, President Trump praised the bill, saying that it is “great for small businesses” and “great for the workers.” In addition, the president argued that it will “extend relief to thousands of African-American and Hispanic American business owners.” Specifically, the bill provides $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is aimed at helping businesses that have fewer than 500 employees by allowing them to obtain loans that can cover eight weeks of their payroll, their benefits, and other expenses. The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin of 388-5 with 35 legislators not voting.
“Ted Cruz Wants Fast Track on COVID-19 Vaccine” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – With reports that the United Kingdom is on the path to developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) argued that it’s time for Congress to pass the RESULTs for Coronavirus Patients Act. This week marked a possible breakthrough as the United Kingdom’s Oxford University began human trials on a possible coronavirus vaccine that could help prevent further spread of the deadly pandemic. Specifically, the legislation in question is designed to fast track the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s approval process for any drugs, biologics and devices that are approved in other countries to combat COVID-19. In a statement, the Texas Senator informed that “nearly 50,000 Americans have lost their lives and more than 26 million have filed for unemployment as a result of this pandemic.” Moreover, Cruz noted that “when it comes to approving a vaccine that will save lives and ensure people can safely return to work, the American people don’t have time to waste to bureaucratic red tape for cures than have proven safe and effective in other countries.”
“After some steps to reopen, Gov. Abbott to provide update on Texas’ response to COVID-19” by CBS Austin’s Claudia Jimenez – After some steps to reopen, Governor Greg Abbott will make an announcement on Monday regarding Texas’ response to COVID-19 at 2:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. You can watch the event tomorrow by going to, cbsaustin.com/watch.
“Texas man gets 18 months in prison for threatening to kill President Trump” by Associated Press – A 36-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump. Prosecutors said Mickael Gedlu, who was sentenced Friday, pleaded guilty in December to making threats against Trump. According to plea papers, Gedlu admitted he threatened Trump’s life on social media, stating on YouTube: “I am waiting for Trump to visit Dallas before I attempt to assassinate him.”
“Poll finds Texans overwhelmingly support business closures, stay-at-home orders” by Texas Tribune – Texas’ economy is taking a catastrophic hit — and hundreds of thousands of Texans are out of work — as officials shutter businesses and limit some establishment’s operations to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. But while Texans’ optimism about the state’s economy has fallen, they largely support those measures, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Two-thirds of registered Texas voters agree with decisions by Gov. Greg Abbott and several local officials to suspend nonessential business operations. And more than three-quarters of voters support orders to stay home except for essential activities. The poll’s findings come as Abbott says he will announce plans as soon as Monday to reopen a wide range of Texas businesses. Some hard-line Republicans have pressured Abbott, who has taken a middle-ground approach in responding to the global health crisis, to relax his statewide stay-at-home order.
“Texas DA investigates mayor for violating coronavirus stay-at-home order to go to nail salon” by Fox News’ Robert Gearty – A Texas mayor is under investigation for visiting a nail salon that was forced to close under the state’s April 2 coronavirus lockdown order. The Nail Bar in Beaumont was subject to the order issued to contain the spread of the virus but was open Tuesday for the city’s mayor, Becky Ames, according to reports. The visit is under investigation by Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, KBMT-TV reported Friday. “We are reviewing to determine if there was a violation,” Wortham told the station. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is investigating the Nail Bar. A photo appearing to show the Republican mayor in a mask getting a manicure sparked complaints after it was posted on social media, the station reported. Ames denied that her trip to the Nail Bar violated the state’s stay-at-home order, which shuttered non-essential businesses, the Beaumont Enterprise reported the next day.
“Four things you need to know about restarting the Texas economy” by Denton Record-Chronicle’s Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe – More Texas businesses got to reopen Friday, as long as they didn’t let anyone inside. State officials this past week began relaxing some restrictions in stay-at-home orders in effect statewide since April 2 — orders that have been in effect even longer in Texas cities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the move at the same time he announced that all schools, which closed March 19, would remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Other restrictions meant to help with social distancing remain in place. Just in case you’ve lost track of time — mass gatherings and hospitality businesses have been closed or restricted since March 21. Churches have specific guidance about in-person worship, but many have opted to close because some COVID-19 clusters nationwide have been traced to funerals, revivals, choir rehearsals and the like. Abbott appointed a task force of medical experts and business leaders to aid in the state’s policymaking in the coming days. He is expected to announce more changes on Monday, with Denton County and the city following those orders with local rules and guidance.
“’Extensive search’ continues for missing soldier in Texas after keys, wallet found” by NBC’s Nicole Acevedo – Agents at a U.S. military post in Texas are searching for a soldier who has been missing for three days. Private First Class Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot at Fort Hood, where she’s stationed, wearing a black T-shirt. “Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day,” officials said in a press release. Friends and family of Guillen have flooded their social media accounts with pleas to the public to contact the authorities if anyone has any information. Mayra Guillen wrote on a Facebook post that her sister’s phone was last tracked on Belton, Texas, about 20 minutes away from where she was last seen. Neither her boyfriend or relatives have heard from her since she disappeared, she said. “Please help me find my girlfriend,” Guillen’s boyfriend, Juan Cruz, tweeted on Friday. “Please anything helps.” “An extensive search is underway by military members, as well as civilian and military police,” authorities said. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are also involved in the search.
“Rally to ‘Open Texas’ economy draws crowd of about 100 in downtown El Paso” by KVIA’s Jim Parker and Wil Herren – A group of about 100 protesters gathered in downtown El Paso on Saturday, defying stay-at-home and social distancing orders, to stage an ‘Open Texas’ rally aimed at putting pressure on state and local officials to reopen the economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The group chanted “Open Texas” at times, as some motorists along downtown streets honked car horns in support. But several downtown residents could also be heard yelling “Go Home” at the demonstrators. Protesters waved U.S. and Texas flags as well as banners supporting President Trump and signs that read “all jobs are essential”; some wore face masks – including a few with the confederate flag design – while others wore no face coverings at all, in violation of a joint city/county mandate that took effect Friday. “We’re here, we have people from the left and the right. At the end of the day you’ve got to realize you got two wings attached to the same bird. We are all one people, we are El Paso,” said Sammy Carrejo, an organizer of the demonstration. “So we are here to represent every single person affected by the economy, and that is 100 percent of the people.”
“Texas voters: Gov. Greg Abbott is doing better on the economy and coronavirus than President Donald Trump” by Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s economic report card is much stronger than President Donald Trump’s, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The Republican governor also gets good marks from some of the Democrats who are dissatisfied with the president. Overall, 56% of Texas voters approve of the job Abbott is doing and only 32% disapprove. Asked about Abbott’s handling of the economy, 54% approve — including 86% of Republicans and 23% of Democrats. Only 25% disapprove, including 46% of Democrats and 4% of Republicans. That compares with only 49% of the state’s registered voters expressing approval of the president’s economic policies, a number that represents 89% of Republicans. And a majority of Texas voters — 56% — approve of Abbott’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, while 29% disapprove. Most of the Democrats, 51%, disapprove. But just under a third of Democrats, along with 86% of Republicans, give the governor good marks.
“Experts say states easing restrictions too early may increase the US coronavirus death toll” by CNN’s Christina Maxouris – A leading coronavirus model has upped its predicted death toll again, this time projecting 74,000 Americans will lose their lives to the virus by August. The projection was adjusted due to longer peaks in some states and signs that people are becoming more active again, according to Dr. Chris Murray, the director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Help Metrics and Evaluation. Last week, the model projected 67,641 deaths from Covid-19. States including Georgia, Texas, Michigan, Hawaii and Alaska have begun reopening. In California, which Gov. Gavin Newsom said is still weeks away from changing its stay-at-home order, beaches in the southern part of the state were packed with thousands of people over the weekend. “It’s a safer strategy to get the number of infections in the community down to a really low level, and then testing and contact tracing and isolation can work,” Murray said Monday. Georgia, which Murray’s team warned shouldn’t begin reopening until June 28, began reopening small businesses Friday. During a press conference Monday, Gov. Brian Kemp said Georgia was “moving forward with data and information and decisions from the local public health officials, meeting and working within the guidelines of the great plan that the President has laid out, and you are seeing many other governors do that as well.”
“Coronavirus likely to come back each year, Chinese scientists say” by Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche – Scientists in China appeared to dampen hopes that the coronavirus would eventually burn out for good and said the virus, which has been blamed for 200,000 deaths and decimating the world economy, will likely return each year. Bloomberg reported Monday that these scientists said the virus will likely return in waves due in part to the prevalence of asymptomatic carriers. In past outbreaks, those who get sick are easily identified and quarantined, but that is not the case with SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a coronavirus press briefing earlier this month that the world may never return to the “normal” that was known before the outbreak. “When we get back to normal, we will go back to the point where we can function as a society,” he said. He continued, “If you want to get back to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there.” Fauci said people must be prepared for a resurgence next year, which is why officials fighting the pandemic are pushing for a vaccine and clinical trials for therapeutic interventions so “we will have interventions that we did not have” when this started.
“Senator Pushes DOJ to Open Criminal Investigation Into Amazon” by WSJ’s Dana Mattioli and Ryan Tracy – A senator is pushing the Justice Department to open a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon. AMZN -1.42% com Inc. after a Wall Street Journal report detailed the company’s use of third-party seller data to develop its products. In a letter addressed to Attorney General William Barr, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) urged the Justice Department to probe Amazon’s business practices, saying recent reports suggest the company “has engaged in predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly.” Mr. Hawley said the department should look at Amazon’s position as an online platform that also creates products that compete with its third-party sellers. Last week, on the day the Journal’s report ran, a top congressional committee investigating technology companies questioned whether Amazon misled Congress in sworn testimony from July. At the time, an Amazon associate general counsel told Congress: “We don’t use individual seller data directly to compete” with businesses on the company’s platform. “Amazon abuses its position as an online platform and collects detailed data about merchandise so Amazon can create copycat products under an Amazon brand. Internal documents and the testimony of more than 20 former Amazon employees support this finding,” Mr. Hawley said in the letter Tuesday.
“Nancy Pelosi Endorses Joe Biden” by NY Times’ Maggie Astor – Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday as the Democratic Party continued to coalesce around its presumptive presidential nominee. Mr. Biden now has the formal support of the party’s last president, Barack Obama; two of its most prominent progressives, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; two previous presidential nominees, John Kerry and Al Gore; and its leader in the House, Ms. Pelosi. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, a co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a prominent surrogate for Mr. Sanders, also endorsed Mr. Biden on Monday. In a video released on Monday morning, Ms. Pelosi drew on her years of working with Mr. Biden behind the scenes on legislation when he was Mr. Obama’s vice president, describing Mr. Biden as “a leader with the humility to seek expertise and science, and the confidence to act upon it.” “When our nation faced the Great Recession, it was Joe Biden who led the implementation — and the accountability — of the Recovery Act, helping create and save millions of jobs. When the Democratic Congress was passing the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden was a partner for progress in the White House and also championed the cancer moonshot,” she said.
“Millions of Americans locked out of unemployment system, survey finds” by Reuters’ Andy Sullivan – Millions of Americans who have been thrown out of work during the coronavirus pandemic have been unable to register for unemployment benefits since the U.S. economy entered a free fall, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute found in an online poll that for every 10 people who have successfully filed unemployment claims, three or four people have been unable to register and another two people have not tried to apply at a time of acute economic crisis. Official U.S. statistics show that 26.5 million people have applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March, wiping out all of the jobs gained during the longest employment boom in U.S. history. EPI’s survey indicates that an additional 8.9 million to 13.9 million people have been shut out of the system, said Ben Zipperer, the study’s lead author. “This study validates the anecdotes and news reports we’re seeing about people having trouble filing for benefits they need and deserve,” Zipperer said.
“Federal courts begin to consider guidelines for reopening amid pandemic” by CNN’s Paul LeBlanc and Ariane de Vogue – Federal courts across the US are beginning to consider guidelines for reopening amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, contingent on local decision-making. The Administrative Office of the US Courts has distributed guidelines to courts “for restoring operations that rely heavily on conditions in local communities and on objective data” from public health officials, according to a news release Monday. A group of chief judges and court executives has also been created to develop protocols for how to safely resume grand jury and trial proceedings. The guidelines comes as more states plan phased reopenings of businesses and other gathering places. In response to the pandemic, courts across the country have suspended juries because of the difficulty of empaneling representative samplings of the communities. Older people and those with compromised health conditions especially have been reluctant to leave their homes to serve on juries. The guidelines propose a set of criteria for courts to consider as they progress through four phases toward reopening. Phase one — which many courts are in now — includes the postponement of all but necessary proceedings, with most employees working remotely. The second phase allows for an increase in court filings and the return of non-vulnerable individuals to the workplace. In phase three, courtrooms, jury rooms and cafeterias reopen but with 6-foot physical-distancing restrictions in place, while phase four is a return to normal court operations.
“Kim Jong Un may be trying to avoid coronavirus, South Korea says” by Fox News’ David Aaro – A top South Korean official believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have missed the birthday celebration of his grandfather on April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic and not because he was ill, according to a report on Tuesday. Amid rumors regarding Kim’s health, his absence from certain events could have stemmed from steps taken recently in North Korea to limit a potential coronavirus outbreak, officials say. “It is true that he had never missed the anniversary for [state founder] Kim II Sung’s birthday since he took power, but many anniversary events, including celebrations and a banquet, had been canceled because of coronavirus concerns,” Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said at a parliamentary hearing, according to Reuters. North Korea has canceled some large events, imposed a border lockdown, and increased quarantine measures in an effort to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus. Officials in South Korea have also reportedly detected no unusual movements in the country while cautioning against reports that Kim might be ill, the news organization reported. Comments by South Korea have failed to extinguish the rumors about Kim, fed by the silence of North Korea’s state media about their leader’s whereabouts.
“Oil Swings Wildly, Touching Lowest Level Since 1986” by WSJ’s David Hodari and Caitlin Ostroff – Dysfunction in the oil market intensified Tuesday, sending the most popularly traded U.S. oil benchmark at one point to its lowest level since at least 1986 before it recovered somewhat. The world is awash with too much oil at a time when coronavirus lockdowns on driving, flying and industrial activity has all but eliminated the need for the stuff. June futures contracts for West Texas Intermediate—the main U.S. bellwether—dropped nearly 20% and touched $10.24 a barrel before regaining ground to around $12 a barrel. Brent crude oil was down 3.2% at $22.34 a barrel. WTI traded at a massive difference to its European counterpart because of severe bottlenecks in storing oil in Cushing, Okla., where WTI contracts are settled. The drop in WTI briefly put it on track for the lowest closing level for an actively traded contract since at least 1986, according to data provider FactSet. WTI has only ever settled the day below $11 on six occasions, according to FactSet records, which stretch back to 1986. The last time was in 1998. The all-time low was March 31, 1986, when oil traded for $10.42.
“New York cancels June primary because of coronavirus” by CNN’s Kate Sullivan, Annie Grayer and Liz Stark – New York became the first state to cancel its presidential primary over coronavirus fears, the co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections said. Douglas Kellner told CNN the decision came after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign earlier this month, which “basically rendered the primary moot.” “At a time when the goal is to avoid unnecessary social contact, our conclusion was that there was no purpose in holding a beauty contest primary that would marginally increase the risk to both voters and poll workers,” said Kellner, one of the Democratic commissioners on the board. The Democratic commissioners voted to remove a number of candidates who had ended their presidential campaigns from the ballot, including Sanders. That resulted in the cancellation of the primary, because former vice president Joe Biden was uncontested. The decision by the State of New York Board of Elections is an outrage, a blow to American democracy, and must be overturned by the (Democratic National Committee),” Sanders campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “Just last week Vice President Biden warned the American people that President Trump could use the current crisis as an excuse to postpone the November election. Well, he now has a precedent thanks to New York state.”
“Top New York City ER doctor commits suicide, shaken by coronavirus onslaught” by New York Post via Fox News – The head of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, her family said Monday. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her,’’ Dr. Philip Breen told the New York Times of his physician daughter, Dr. Lorna Breen, who had been medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital amid the pandemic. The battle-weary ER doctor, 49, was only the latest city healthcare worker to take her own life. Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT witnessing the virus’s ruthless toll fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD cop dad. Tragic rookie paramedic John Mondello, 23, worked out of EMS Station 18 in The Bronx, which handles one of the biggest 911 call volumes in the city. Lorna died Sunday in Charlottesville, Va., where she’d been staying with her family, the father told the Times. Philip Breen said his daughter had gotten sick with the virus while on the job at one point, but then returned to work after about a week and a half of recuperating. Still, the hospital sent her home again, and her family brought her to Virginia.
“Before Coronavirus, She Made Parts for Ford for 26 Years—Now She Makes Ventilators” by WSJ’s John D. Stoll – Trina Bird has driven to the same Ford Motor Co. F 6.16% factory in Ypsilanti, Mich., for 26 years to work. Early on the morning of April 17, she sat in her compact car gripped by something she’d never experienced before. “When I pulled into the parking lot, I was like ‘oh no, I’m not doing it,’” she said. Ms. Bird was returning to the plant after a roughly four-week layoff to make machines for people suffering from Covid-19. A couple of friends had expressed concern about her safety, and those comments echoed as she spent time alone as the sun came up. “I had a moment of panic,” she said, recalling the situation several days later. “Then, I was all right.” She walked into the building, took a seat at a workstation packed with spools of tubes, and started the first of many 12-hour workdays making ventilators. She’s had two days off since resuming work. Ms. Bird, 49 years old, doesn’t need to show up if she doesn’t want to. Ford F 6.16% has given hourly employees the option to stay on layoff because of widespread concerns about catching the coronavirus in the workplace. She has grandchildren to care for, and is eligible for unemployment. “That $962 a week was looking mighty good,” Ms. Bird said, referring to the funds she would collect staying at home
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