May 26 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Chicago police to address stay-at-home order enforcement after video shows scuffle with crowd in Englewood Chance The Rapper calls on CPD to stop sending ‘militarized police’ to neighborhoods – Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/cpd-to-address-stay-at-home-order-enforcement-after-video-shows-scuffle-with-crowd/6212076/
— 48 shot, 10 fatally in deadliest Chicago Memorial Day weekend since 2015 Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015
https://abc7chicago.com/48-shot-10-fatally-in-deadliest-chicago-memorial-day-weekend-since-2015-/6212215/

NBC5
— Chicago Police Report 24 Arrests Related to Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-police-report-24-arrests-related-to-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order/2277851/
— Some Area Residents Head to Other States With Eased COVID-19 Restrictions for Holiday
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/some-area-residents-head-to-other-states-with-eased-covid-19-restrictions-for-holiday/2277863/

CBS2
— With Illinois Beaches Closed, Many Head To Indiana Shores For Memorial Day – Charlie De Mar
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/25/with-illinois-beaches-closed-many-head-to-indiana-shores-for-memorial-day/

WGN TV
— Chicago drone video captures empty lakefront on Memorial Day weekend
https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-drone-video-captures-empty-lakefront-on-memorial-day-weekend/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Indiana beaches packed with Illinois residents on Memorial Day – Brittany Garzillo
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/indiana-beaches-packed-with-illinois-residents-on-memorial-day

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Reopen Illinois protesters rally again, days before Pritzker’s next reopening phase Officers ultimately shut down the rally because organizers and attendees “were not practicing social distancing or abiding by the public safety guidelines” outlined in the very order they were protesting, according to police. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/25/21269953/reopen-illinois-rally-coronavirus-chicago-police-shut-down

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: Teen essential workers juggle labor, fear, stress — and remote learning — to help support their families – HANNAH LEONE (DIERSEN: What did you do with the money that you earned when you were at teen? I used the money that I earned a) to buy a 1958 Chevy BelAir in 1964 when I was 16, b) to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in 1966, c) to pay for tuition and books at UIC, d) to buy a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, and e) to pay for room and board, tuition, and books at NIU. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; and delivered mail 1966-1969.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-teen-high-school-student-essential-workers-20200526-dau5jiw66fep3cdlcjumi7uc3m-story.html
— Americans have never liked being told what to do – Ron Grossman (DIERSEN: I am extremely thankful to those who told me to not smoke pot.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/ct-reopen-protests-americans-guns-grossman-20200526-f65e4mswbjehrekx2jfckyp5xm-story.html

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Your favorite cocktail may soon be ready for delivery or pick-up A bill passed by the legislature last week means Illinois could join 34 other states in allowing cocktails and mixed drinks to go – DALTON BARKER
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaurants/your-favorite-cocktail-may-soon-be-ready-delivery-or-pick
— Time to reach out? Or dig in? The jarring economic collapse brought on by COVID-19 offers partisans an opening to compromise on fixing public spending and taxing priorities. So far, they’re not taking the opportunity. – A.D. QUIG (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the following who demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a partisan: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs.)
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crain-forum-covid-19/time-reach-out-or-dig

WBEZ
— From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities – Allison Aubrey, Laurel Wamsley, Carmel Wroth
https://www.wbez.org/stories/from-camping-to-dining-out-heres-how-experts-rate-the-risks-of-14-summer-activities/b1753c65-6832-49ce-ac12-cf100155ab9c

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Illinois Republicans upset over budget, alleged pay increases – Matt Roy
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/illinois-republicans-upset-over-budget-pay-increases

NPR ILLINOIS
— For Many, $600 Jobless Benefit Makes It Hard To Return To Work – SCOTT HORSLEY
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/when-returning-your-job-means-cut-pay#stream/0

GRAYSLAKE PATCH
— Grayslake Native Is Libertarian Party’s Presidential Pick Jo Jorgensen was selected over the weekend as the Libertarian’s pick for president. – Amie Schaenzer
https://patch.com/illinois/grayslake/grayslake-native-libertarian-partys-presidential-pick

NAPERVILLE PATCH
— All about yard work/drainage and hardscape installations – Domingo Crisostomo (DIERSEN: This spring, while I am not putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out, I have been making lot drainage improvements at my home.)
https://patch.com/illinois/naperville/classifieds/gigs-services/141263/all-about-yard-work-drainage-and-hardscape-installations

WIREPOINTS
— Questions Illinois Reporters Should Ask Governor Pritzker and Dr. Ezike – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/questions-illinois-reporters-should-ask-governor-pritzker-and-dr-ezike-wirepoints/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Rep Bailey files Reply to Objection and Emergency Supplemental Motions in Federal Court – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/rep-bailey-files-reply-to-objection-and-emergency-supplemental-motions-in-federal-court/

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Rahm Emanuel Announces Biden is “Fully Conscious” – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2020/05/rahm-emanuel-announces-biden-is-fully-conscious/

CAPITOL FAX
— FROM THE RICH MILLER POSTING: I’m seriously thinking about taking two or three days off next week. (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who criticize, dismiss, belittle, decry, deplore, if not disparage, badmouth, demonize, denigrate, and condemn the fact that I have sent out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning since 2004 and each and every evening too since 2015.)
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/26/open-thread-112/

GOPUSA
— Kayleigh McEnany Rips Reporters At White House Press Briefing! – Bobby Eberle
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=89355

BREITBART
— Dem Rep. Bobby Rush: Lawsuit Challenging IL Gov. Pritzker’s Lockdown ‘Insane,’ ‘Inane’ – Pam Key
https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/05/25/dem-rep-rush-lawsuit-challenging-il-gov-pritzkers-lockdown-insane-inane/

DAILY WIRE
— Michael Moore: ‘Biden Does Not Generate Necessary Enthusiasm’ To Beat Trump – Paul Bois
https://www.dailywire.com/news/michael-moore-biden-does-not-generate-necessary-enthusiasm-to-beat-trump

TOWNHALL
— If You Ain’t Racist You Ain’t a Democratic Presidential Candidate – Ian Haworth
https://townhall.com/columnists/ianhaworth/2020/05/26/if-you-aint-racist-you-aint-a-democratic-presidential-candidate-n2569399
— Illegal Aliens Cause Destruction In the U.S. and Then Flee to Mexico – Beth Baumann
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/05/24/watch-illegal-aliens-cause-destruction-in-the-u-s-and-then-flee-to-mexico-n2569388

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
— National Coronavirus Recovery Commission Releases Recommendations for Reducing Future Risks of Pandemics (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who want to reduce future risks of pandemics by getting rid of people like me who are older, obese, and/or have health problems including diabetes? I would not be obese or have diabetes if had not spend so many hours since 2000, and especially since 2004, sitting in front of my desktop computer putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out instead of exercising.)
https://www.heritage.org/press/national-coronavirus-recovery-commission-releases-recommendations-reducing-future-risks

NATIONAL REVIEW
— How Important Are Political Conventions? – JIM GERAGHTY (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention?)
https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/how-important-are-political-conventions/

EPOCH TIMES
— The Lockdown Democrats – Stephen Moore
https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-lockdown-democrats_3364419.html

POLITICO
— The Forgotten Story of How 13 Black Men Broke the Navy’s Toughest Color Barrier – DAN GOLDBERG (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a Black or a veteran in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black or a veteran could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a Black or a veteran in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted Blacks or veterans in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a Black or a veteran in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a Black or a veteran in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black or a veteran could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/05/25/thirteen-black-men-navy-color-barrier-271084

NEW YORK TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Inside the Dizzying Effort to Pitch Trump to Black Voters Inside the Dizzying Effort to Pitch Trump to Black Voters
Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe was immediate grist for an online show called “Black Voices for Trump.” But its cast of Trump advisers routinely ignores the president’s history of divisive remarks.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/26/us/politics/trump-biden-black-voters.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Twitter Must Cleanse the Trump Stain.” Of course, my critics/opponents want to cleanse me, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and my www.gopillinois.com website from the internet. My critics/opponents demonize, denigrate, and condemn the articles that I include links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. It would be great if my critics/opponents would get together, and especially those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican, and a) analyze each and every one of the articles that I have included links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, and especially the 368,500+ articles that I have included links to since 2004, b) identify the top 100, top 1,000, or top 10,000 articles that they disapprove of the most, and c) give me an opportunity to defend my decisions to include links to those articles.).
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/26/opinion/trump-scarborough-twitter.html
— Rock-Bottom Interest Rates May Be Here to Stay Once the labor market begins to recover, the Federal Reserve’s experience in the pre-pandemic, record-long economic expansion is likely to influence when its raises rates. – Jeanna Smialek (DIERSEN: Low interest rates harm savers and retirees.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/economy/fed-interest-rates-coronavirus.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/latinos-coronavirus/2020/05/25/6b5c882a-946e-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html

USA TODAY
— Joe Biden vowed to pick a woman VP. Some Democrats say she must be a woman of color – Joey Garrison (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females. Since I became a Republican Precinct Committeeman in 1999, my superiors have been under tremendous pressure to recruit, retain, promote, and elect young Republican minorities and young Republican females.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/05/20/election-2020-why-some-democrats-say-joe-biden-needs-woman-color-vp/3115414001/

KOMO NEWS
— Shunned by his party, Iowa’s Steve King fights for his seat – AP (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who the following organizations have shunned and why they shunned them: Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, GAO, IRS, Post Office, etc. I should write a book about those who the following individuals have shunned and why they shunned them: activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, campaign manager, etc. who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)
https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/shunned-by-his-party-iowas-steve-king-fights-for-his-seat

FORBES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: A pot pusher says “Cannabis Legalization Is Key To Economic Recovery, Much Like Ending Alcohol Prohibition Helped Us Out Of The Great Depression.” If you want to destroy individuals, groups, organizations, companies, governments, and countries, you push pot on them. Ever-increasingly, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs push pot on individuals, on groups, on organizations, on companies, on governments, and on countries.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kriskrane/2020/05/26/cannabis-legalization-is-key-to-economic-recovery-much-like-ending-alcohol-prohibition-helped-us-out-of-the-great-depression/#191f09593241
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/05/26/covid-19-coronavirus-continues-to-expose-anti-asian-bigotry-how-to-stop-it/
— How To Ensure Age Equity In Hiring When There Is More Talent Than Jobs – Sheila Callaham (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. To assure “age equity,” the federal government gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, early retirement, and “up-or-out.”)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sheilacallaham/2020/05/26/how-to-ensure-age-equity-in-hiring-when-there-is-more-talent-than-jobs/
— 16 Techniques Junior Employees Can Use To Affect Change In Their Companies (DIERSEN: According my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government, federal employees who are Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran what the federal government to get rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2020/05/22/16-techniques-junior-employees-can-use-to-effect-change-in-their-companies/

BLOOMBERG
— Early Retirement Is Tempting Now. Don’t Do It. Why not let the pandemic accelerate a decision that was just over the horizon anyway? Here’s why. – Alexis Leondis (DIERSEN: I should write a book about early retirement.)
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-20/coronavirus-economy-makes-early-retirement-a-bad-idea
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For most Americans, even wealthy ones, the answer is clear: Don’t do it. The financial benefits of continuing to work, even for one more year as the pandemic crushes the economy, outweigh the health risks for most people. A recent report from the New School’s Retirement Equity Lab shows how dire the situation is for older employees. About 3 million more of them will fall into lifelong poverty than otherwise would have without a coronavirus recession. And the hit won’t just be for the poorest. While only 15% of high earners are expected to lose their jobs, average retirement savings at age 65 for those with retirement assets are projected to drop by 31% post-recession. For those who still aren’t dissuaded, here are some other things to keep in mind. First, it’ll be harder than ever to change your mind. Many retired workers end up going back to work; one study showed that 40% of those working at 65 or after had been retired previously. Employers are now likely to be even more skeptical than usual about hiring older people, who expect higher earnings and are potentially the most vulnerable to the virus. That makes retiring now more of a permanent decision than it’s ever been. A better bet than quitting might be negotiating a part-time schedule, or continuing to work from home after colleagues have returned to the office. Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, said she thinks employers are likely to make accommodations for older workers who are valued. It’s important not to underestimate how much money will be needed to retire comfortably. Some people mistakenly think that their spending will be greatly reduced in retirement, which isn’t what usually happens, according to Diahann Lassus, a financial planner in New Jersey. Retirees end up filling their time with activities that come with expenses, she said.)

REVERSE MORTGAGE DAILY
— Study: Workers Less Confident About Retirement Prospects Due to Pandemic – Chris Clow
https://reversemortgagedaily.com/2020/05/25/study-workers-less-confident-about-retirement-prospects-due-to-pandemic/

MONDAY VIEWS
— Switch Careers at 30: Your Ultimate Guide (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, I had switched careers, and therefore, I had to start at the bottom all over again when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old. However, most of what IRS Revenue Officers do is very similar to what GAO Analysts do. Further, my last 5 1/2 years at IRS was at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $85,084-$96,431. Further, GAO audits IRS. Further, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. Further, I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul. Further, I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.)
https://mondayviews.com/switch-careers-at-30/

WBUR
— Know Your Rights: What Your Employer Is Required To Do To Keep You Safe As You Return To Work – Laney Ruckstuhl (DIERSEN: From what I see, a) employees will ever-increasingly demand that their employers use coronavirus to get rid of their employers who are older, obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes and b) members of organizations will ever-increasingly demand that their organizations use coronavirus to get rid of their members like me who are older, obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes.)
https://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2020/05/26/workers-rights-coronavirus-safety-workplace-protections

BLOOMBERG LAW
— Older Workers Returning to Office Fear Both Virus and Job Loss (DIERSEN: From what I see, a) employers will ever-increasingly use coronavirus to get rid of their employers who are older, obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes and b) organizations will ever-increasingly use coronavirus to get rid of their members like me who are older, obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes.)
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/older-workers-returning-to-office-fear-both-virus-and-job-loss

ATLANTIC
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says that Trump is “unmanly.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/donald-trump-the-most-unmanly-president/612031/

REASON
— The CDC’s New ‘Best Estimate’ Implies a COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate Below 0.3% That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic. – JACOB SULLUM
https://reason.com/2020/05/24/the-cdcs-new-best-estimate-implies-a-covid-19-infection-fatality-rate-below-0-3/#new_tab

DAILY MAIL
— Lockdown was a waste of time and could kill more than it saved, claims Nobel laureate scientist at Stanford University – SARA SCARLETT
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8351649/Lockdown-waste-time-kill-saved-claims-Nobel-laureate.html#new_tab

May 25 Morning Edition

ABC7
— President Trump threatens to pull RNC from NC, says Gov. Roy Cooper ‘in shutdown mood’ (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention? How many delegates are there in total and from each county, township, and Chicago ward?)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-threatens-to-pull-rnc-from-nc-says-gov-in-shutdown-mood/6210242/
— Illinois lawmakers remove key obstacle in decadeslong efforts to build Chicago casino – Michelle Gallardo
https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-legislature-budget-chicago-casino-coronavirus/6209065/
— 2 Chicago police officers injured while breaking up large crowd in Englewood – Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/2-cpd-officers-injured-while-breaking-up-large-crowd-in-englewood/6209901/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-5/25/2020

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Does Joe Biden take black voters for granted? His latest gaffe suggests he might – SCOTT MARTELLE (DIERSEN: Who takes those who share your demographics for granted? I should write a book about those who take/took others for granted. I would focus on those who take/took the following for granted: those who are Republican Precinct Committeemen, Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, etc. I would focus on those who have/had lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, and Wheaton’s West District. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization.))
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-joe-biden-black-voters-20200522-bviuwfyfazdirnqwmpkghx7ibe-story.html

CHICAGO SUB-TIMES
— “Finished, just finished”: Trump says he is done taking hydroxychloroquine Donald Trump promoted as a treatment for the coronavirus despite warnings from his own U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/25/21269521/trump-done-taking-hydroxychloroquine

WGN RADIO
— Rick Pearson speaks with Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady
https://wgnradio.com/the-sunday-spin-politics-with-rick-pearson/the-sunday-spin-politics-with-rick-pearson-full-show-5-24-2020/

NPR ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Hasn’t Worn A Mask Publicly. Here’s What Might Convince Him To.”
https://www.nprillinois.org/post/trump-hasnt-worn-mask-publicly-heres-what-might-convince-him#stream/0

WTTW
— Pritzker ‘Disappointed’ that Lawmakers Failed to Pass New Rule to Punish Businesses Ignoring COVID-19 Order – Heather Cherone (DIERSEN: Who takes the lead in punishing others in Illinois, in your county, in your township, in your municipality, in your municipal district, in your precinct, and in your neighborhood? I should write a book about those who take the lead in punishing those in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, in Wheaton’s West District, in my precinct, and in my neighborhood. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout and who punish those who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/24/pritzker-disappointed-lawmakers-failed-pass-new-rule-punish-businesses-ignoring-covid-19

WIREPOINTS
— No cuts, record spending, and hoping for a bailout. Six things you need to know about Illinois’ 2021 budget. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/no-cuts-record-spending-and-hoping-for-a-bailout-six-things-you-need-to-know-about-illinois-2021-budget-wirepoints/
— Never mind the courts, says Pritzker. Only his views of the ‘science and data’ matter. – Mark Glennon
https://wirepoints.org/never-mind-the-courts-says-pritzker-only-his-view-of-the-science-and-data-matter-wirepoints/

ILLINOIS NEWSROOM
— Pandemic Puts Damper On Memorial Day Ceremonies – Jim Meadows
https://illinoisnewsroom.org/pandemic-puts-damper-on-memorial-day-ceremonies/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— President Trump Deems Churches “Essential”; Calls on Governors to Reopen Houses of Worship – David E. Smith
https://illinoisfamily.org/religious/president-trump-deems-churches-essential-calls-on-governors-to-reopen-houses-of-worship/

GOPUSA
— 30K More Registered Voters Than Eligible Voters In Detroit (DIERSEN: How much deadwood is on the voter rolls in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county district, in your county, and in Illinois?)
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=89316
— Jeff Sessions Failed His Biggest Test (DIERSEN: What tests do your critics/opponents say that you failed. I should write a book about my critics/opponents and the tests that they hint/imply/argue/shout that I have failed as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. They include my including links in GOPUSA emails to articles that they do not like.)
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=89338
— Former U.S. Rep. Allen West Hurt In Motorcycle Crash
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=89347

BRIETBART
— Democrats Face Criticism for Not Wearing Face Masks, Violating Own Rules – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/24/democrats-face-criticism-for-not-wearing-face-masks-violating-own-rules/

AOL
— These unlikely celebrities still use AOL email accounts and we’re really not that surprised – TATIANA PILE (DIERSEN: How long have you had your email address? I have had [email protected] for more than 25 years, since January of 1995 when I was 46 years old. How long have you owned a computer system? I have owned a computer system since 1982 when I was 34 years old. While I worked for GAO during the 1990s, before GAO provided its staff with computer systems, I bought several computer systems and used them in my office. I published Milton Township Republican Organization’s (MTRO) first website in 2000 and served as MTRO’s webmaster 2000-2004 and 2008-2010. I published Milton Township’s first website in 2001 and served as its webmaster 2001-2003. I served as Illinois Center Right Coalition’s webmaster 2004-2006. I have been sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000 and publishing copies of them at www.gopillinois.com since 2005. I have been on Facebook since January of 2009.)
https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2020/05/25/these-unlikely-celebrities-still-use-aol-email-accounts-and-were-really-not-that-surprised/24357428/

THE HILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters use coronavirus to destroy America.
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/499181-the-big-tent-unifying-america

CNN
— Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina – Betsy Klein and Jeff Zeleny (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention? How many delegates are there in total and from each county, township, and Chicago ward?)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/25/politics/trump-threatens-charlotte-republican-convention/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: The Coronavirus Is Deadliest Where Democrats Live Beyond perception and ideology, there are starkly different realities for red and blue America right now. – Jennifer Medina and Robert Gebeloff (DIERSEN: Obviously, therefore, the more Democrats who live in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your township, and in your county, the more that you have to worry about.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/25/us/politics/coronavirus-red-blue-states.html
— Pay Cuts Become a Tool for Some Companies to Avoid Layoffs “Shared sacrifice” in the white-collar ranks aims to avoid the cost of staffing up again. With no end to the crisis in sight, it is a leap of faith. – Nelson D. Schwartz (DIERSEN: When Republicans cut GAO’s budgets during the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran the agency never considered pay cuts. Instead, they used the budget cuts to get rid of their employees like me who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/business/economy/coronavirus-pay-cuts.html
— Are Cars Protecting Los Angeles? The city is reviled for its sprawl-and-crawl culture, but a pandemic can change things. – Amy Wilentz (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are anti-car. I should write a book about them. I would focus on those who are full of hatred against American-nameplate cars and full of hatred against those who own them.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/opinion/coronavirus-los-angeles-cars.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “On Somber Weekend, President shares Posts Demeaning Rivals. ” I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn my judgment on which articles to include links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I would focus on those critics/opponents who paint/painted themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who have/had lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who are/were leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/us/politics/trump-tweets-racist.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night. A group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but also some anti-Trump Republicans — have been gaming out how to respond to various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/us/politics/trump-2020-election-voting-rights.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Trump Considers Forming Panel to Review Complaints of Online Bias Move is likely to draw pushback from tech companies; ACLU raises free-speech concerns – John D. McKinnon and Alex Leary (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents side with the left against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on a) those who discourage me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS mails and b) those who discourage everyone from reading those emails. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and or financial clout. I would focus on those who falsely paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican to give themselves standing to destroy individuals and to destroy organizations that are conservative and/or Republican.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-considers-forming-panel-to-review-complaints-of-online-bias-11590238800
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Left-wing bias in the tech world is a concern that definitely needs to be addressed from our vantage point, and at least exposed [so] that Americans have clear eyes about what we’re dealing with,” a White House official said. Mr. Trump has long expressed that viewpoint, and in a recent Twitter post indicated that a plan to address complaints of bias is in the works. “The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google,” Mr. Trump tweeted May 16, adding that his administration is “working to remedy this illegal situation.”)
— In Seattle, Coronavirus Fallout Opens Economic Divide Tech workers have been able to work from home, but manufacturing and service-sector employees are facing layoffs and infection risk –
Kim Mackrael and Andrew Tangel
https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-seattle-coronavirus-fallout-opens-economic-divide-11590328819
— Covid-19 Tests Come to Work Companies are asking more workers to take coronavirus tests, but the logistics are complicated Employers are puzzling over whom to test, and how often, particularly given that tests typically cost $100 or more each. – Sarah Krouse (DIERSEN: Are you a member of organizations? If so, what tests will those organizations require their members to pass to attend meetings? Will all members be required to pass tests or just those who are old, obese, and/or have health problems including diabetes? )
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-tests-come-to-work-11590399001
— Summer Jobs Dry Up and Teens Face Highest Unemployment in Decades Younger workers’ go-to positions at pools, restaurants, golf courses are hit by the coronavirus – Patrick Thomas (DIERSEN: What summer jobs did you have? I washed dishes during the summer of 1965. I cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline during the summer of 1966. I delivered mail during the summers of 1967, 1968, and 1969.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/summer-jobs-dry-up-and-teens-face-highest-unemployment-in-decades-11590312600

USA TODAY
— ‘Draconian’? ‘House arrest’? Coronavirus lockdowns prompt raft of lawsuits against states – Bart Jansen
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/05/25/coronoavirus-lockdowns-prompt-raft-lawsuits-against-states/5231533002/

BOSTON GLOBE
— Goodbye to hugs and handshakes Coronavirus allows us to leave some rituals behind. Good riddance! – Scot Lehigh
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/20/opinion/goodbye-hugs-handshakes/

DAILY POST
— Three fires in one week at homeless encampment near Facebook – EMILY MIBACH
https://padailypost.com/2020/05/24/three-fires-in-one-week-at-homeless-encampment-near-facebook/

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, America-haters use coronavirus to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn America as being full of White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. If that is true, why do so many citizens of foreign countries who are non-White, who are female, and/or who are younger, who lack education, who lack job skills, who have financial problems, who have health problems, who have other problems, etc. come to America? Democrats want immigrants because immigrants vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because RINOs want cheap labor. Democrats and RINOs promise citizens of foreign countries that if they come to America, they will get preference over citizens of America who are White, male, older, Trump supporters, Protestant, Republican, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/latino-workers-coronavirus-discrimination-meat-plants

May 24 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases top 110K with over 4.8K deaths; Pritzker releases business reopening guidelines – Will Jones
https://abc7chicago.com/society/gov-pritzker-releases-business-reopening-guidelines/6208703/

NBC5
— More Than 2,500 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Illinois Sunday
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/more-than-2500-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-illinois-sunday/2277507/
— Trump’s Pitch to Voters: Trust Me, Economy Will Soar in 2021 – Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/trumps-pitch-to-voters-trust-me-economy-will-soar-in-2021/2277474/
— Chicago Churches Continue to Violate Stay-at-Home Orders, Fear City May Shut Them Down A pair of Chicago churches once again violated limitations on gathering sizes and fear the city may shut them down – Chris Hush
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-churches-continue-to-violate-stay-at-home-orders-fear-city-may-shut-them-down/2277539/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois reports 67 coronavirus deaths Sunday, more than 2,500 new cases
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-reports-67-coronavirus-deaths-sunday-more-than-2500-new-cases
— Judge won’t reconsider lawsuit brought by Michael Madigan opponent – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/judge-wont-reconsider-lawsuit-brought-by-michael-madigan-opponent
— Illinois churches holding services say they’re taking precautions – AP
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-churches-holding-services-say-theyre-taking-precautions

WGN TV
— Churches holding services across Illinois say they’re taking precautions – AP
https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/churches-holding-services-across-illinois-say-theyre-taking-precautions/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses as Illinois is poised to move to next phase and loosen restrictions – JAMIE MUNKS
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-pritzker-coronavirus-business-reopening-20200524-4qfbnlefkbdwbhgt6h47mjp6ei-story.html
— You’re getting used to masks. Will you wear a face shield? – KNVUL SHEIKH
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-coronavirus-face-mask-face-shield-20200524-t5nm5h46zveg7o26waryi7oelm-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Facing fines and threat of closure, churches continue to hold services: ‘There is not going to be a stand down’ Despite a harsh new warning from Chicago’s public health chief, two Chicago churches defiantly held services Sunday in violation of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order. – Tom Schuba
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/24/21269156/facing-threat-closure-city-encouragement-trump-churches-hold-services
— Illinois announces 67 more coronavirus deaths as state inches toward Phase 3 reopening The deaths and 2,508 new cases were announced on the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled specific guidelines for more businesses to open in coming days. – Ben Pope
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/24/21269094/illinois-coronavirus-cases-deaths-pritzker-reopening-may-24
— Governor releases guidelines for more Illinois businesses to reopen in coming days Pritzker stressed that as more businesses reopen, the No. 1 priority will continue to be the health and safety of Illinois residents and workers. – Suzanne McBride
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2020/5/24/21269037/governor-releases-guidelines-more-illinois-businesses-reopen-coming-days
— After rocky start, legislative session like no other delivers casino win to boost Chicago and state The grownups asserted themselves in the Illinois Legislature, settled things down and accomplished more than we might have predicted. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/24/21268656/chicago-casino-illinois-house-senate-legislature-springfield-jim-durkin-jb-pritzker-lori-lightfoot

DAILY HERALD
— State reports 61 more COVID-19 deaths, as Pritzker releases new reopening guidelines – Steve Zalusky
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200524/state-reports-61-more-covid-19-deaths-as-pritzker-releases-new-reopening-guidelines

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Big wins for Lightfoot and Pritzker in the just-wrapped Springfield session Chicago’s got its casino, Springfield Dems got their budget—plus the authority to borrow billions from the feds. Here’s what you need to know. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/big-wins-lightfoot-and-pritzker-just-wrapped-springfield-session

WTTW
— Illinois’ Pandemic-Era Budget Looks to Feds for More Help – Amanda Vinicky
https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/24/illinois-pandemic-era-budget-looks-feds-more-help

WBBM
— At Issue: Jeanne Ives, 6th District Republican Congressional Candidate
https://wbbm780.radio.com/media/audio-channel/at-issue-jeanne-ives-6th-district-republican-congressional-candidate

QUAD CITY TIMES
— Despite budget approval, much is in limbo after Illinois session – JERRY NOWICKI
https://qctimes.com/agriculture/despite-budget-approval-much-is-in-limbo-after-illinois-session/article_44fbae1e-4272-56aa-b35c-dd333124d524.html

SOUTHERN
— ‘Patriot Rally’ in Marion brings opposition to Illinois’ coronavirus response – Brian Munoz
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/patriot-rally-in-marion-brings-opposition-to-illinois-coronavirus-response/article_aa3a54ae-b77d-571b-8331-33a292bb9a8f.html
PHOTOS: https://thesouthern.com/news/local/photos-patriot-rally-in-marion-brings-opposition-to-coronavirus-response/collection_cef9e0ea-448d-57cc-bc93-a2b0dbc0cbfd.html

WGLT
— B-N Lawmakers Pan State Budget – CHARLIE SCHLENKER
https://www.wglt.org/post/b-n-lawmakers-pan-state-budget#stream/0

CENTER SQUARE
— ‘Toxic’ Illinois budget relies on federal bailout that might not come – Greg Bishop
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/toxic-illinois-budget-relies-on-federal-bailout-that-might-not-come/article_af3f782a-9e02-11ea-ba34-9712d2b2b44c.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Ugaste “Strongly Opposes” Budget
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/ugaste-strongly-opposes-budget/
— Mid-State Legislator Summarizes Session Tom Bennett
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/mid-state-legislator-summarizes-session/
— McConchie Reacts to Session, Points Out Lack of Action by Dems Will Result in Automatic $1,600 Legislative Pay Hike
— http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/mcconchie-reacts-to-session-points-out-lack-of-action-by-dems-will-result-in-automatic-legislative-pay-hike/
— Female Democrat Surfaces to Challenge Republican Marty McLaughlin for David McSweeney’s State Rep. Seat
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/23/female-democrat-surfaces-to-challenge-republican-marty-mclaughlin-for-david-mcsweeneys-state-rep-seat/
— Marci Suelzer, Opponent to Republican Marty McLaughlin, Surfaces
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/marci-suelzer-opponent-to-republican-marty-mclaughlin-surfaces/
— Illinois an Outlier in Coronavirus Reopening
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/illinois-an-outlier-in-coronavirus-reopening/
— IL-14: State Senate Approves Changes to Vote-by-Mail for November Election
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/24/il-14-state-senate-approves-changes-to-vote-by-mail-for-november-election/
— Point-Counterpoint: Jack Franks’ Plan to Cut County Board Salaries
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/23/point-counterpoint-jack-franks-plan-to-cut-county-board-salaries/
— Barrington Hills Village Board Unanimously Passes Resolution to Open Village Businesses and Churches and Raises Questions About Governor’s Legal Authority
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/23/barrington-hills-village-board-unanimously-passes-resolution-to-open-village-businesses-and-churches-and-raises-questions-about-governors-legal-authority/
— Did “Outlander’s” Col. Tryon Inspired Pritzker to Limit Public Gatherings to Ten People?
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/22/did-outlanders-col-tryon-inspired-pritzker-to-limit-public-gatherings-to-ten-people/
— Court Order Finds Jack Franks “Willfully and Contumaciously” in Indirect Contempt of Court
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/22/court-order-finds-jack-franks-willfully-and-contumaciously-in-indirect-contempt-of-court/
— IL-14: Pinning the Extremist Label on Lauren Underwood
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/22/il-14-pinning-the-extremist-label-on-loren-underwood/
— McHenry County Turkeys Harvested, No Politicians Were Killed This Season
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2020/05/22/mchenry-county-turkeys-harvested-no-politicians-were-killed-this-season/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Pritzker foot-dragging Bailey case, claims no emergency exists – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/pritzker-foot-dragging-bailey-case-claims-no-emergency-exists/

CAPITOL FAX
— Pritzker unveils business guidance; takes questions on budget, legislature, EO
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/24/pritzker-unveils-business-guidance-takes-questions-on-budget-legislature-eo/

BREITBART
— Illinois Lawmakers Approve Vote-by-Mail Expansion for November Election – HANNAH BLEAU
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/23/illinois-house-approves-vote-mail-expansion-november-election/

THE HILL
— White House economic adviser: Unemployment rate could be ‘double digits’ in November – REBECCA KLAR
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/499348-white-house-economic-adviser-unemployment-rate-could-be-double-digits
— The Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic – NIALL STANAGE
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/499259-the-memo-trump-agenda-rolls-on-amid-pandemic

May 23 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Cook County Board resolution instructs county health officials to give COVID-19 patient addresses to first responders – Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel, and Ross Weidner (DIERSEN: How soon will addresses of those who are older, obese, and/or have health problems, including diabetes, be given to first responders?)
https://abc7chicago.com/health/cook-co-covid-19-patient-addresses-to-be-given-to-first-responders-after-county-board-vote/6205478/

NBC

— 2,758 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Illinois, With State 1 Week Away From Potential Phase 3 All four state healthcare regions remain within the limits outlined by the governor’s phased reopening plan, meaning that they will likely be eligible to move to phase three of the plan by month’s end
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/2758-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-illinois-with-state-1-week-away-from-phase-3/2276819/?amp
— Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’ The president on Friday threatened to “override” governors who defy him in blocking religious services – Regina Waldroup
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-pastor-applauds-president-trumps-decision-to-call-churches-essential/2277058/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois construction workers traveling to Wisconsin to work on Pritzker’s farm amid stay-at-home order – Dane Placko
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-construction-workers-traveling-to-wisconsin-to-work-on-pritzkers-farm-amid-stay-at-home-order#new_tab

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Springfield springs into action: Lawmakers pass mail voting, property tax, jobless, borrowing bills — and plan to return Saturday The wheels were rolling on Friday — all day — on several key issues, including measures to delay property tax payments during the pandemic and allow a ”bridge loan” from the federal government — up to $5 billion — to help fill a revenue gap caused by COVID-19. – Tina Sfondeles and Neal Earley
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/5/22/21267824/springfield-lawmakers-mail-voting-property-tax-unemployment-federal-loan-saturday

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Kane sheriff’s office sets up COVID-19 online ‘needs form’
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-community-briefs-st-0525-20200523-i6zpuufmlvd3rjby46mfnsfdje-story.html

— With growing anger over shutdown, Republicans saw opportunity to send a message in special pandemic session – RICK PEARSON, JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-legislature-special-session-roundup-20200523-twl7cgkeknefpp2bf44g2aof4e-story.html

ROCK RIVER TIMES
— Illinois House extends special session, will meet Saturday – Jim Hagerty
http://rockrivertimes.com/2020/05/22/illinois-house-extends-special-session-will-meet-saturday/

LINCOLN COURIER
— Senate Republicans want legislature to stay longer to discuss economic reopening – Kade Heather
https://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20200522/senate-republicans-want-legislature-to-stay-longer-to-discuss-economic-reopening

CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS
— Lawmaker gains U.S. attorney general’s office as an ally in case against Pritzker – REBECCA ANZEL (DIERSEN: In Diersen v. GAO, the Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney sided with the Democrat GAO, that is, the U.S. Attorney approved of GAO’s policy of getting rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40, that is, the U.S. Attorney approved of GAO’s political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation policies.)
https://www.capitolnewsillinois.com/NEWS/lawmaker-gains-us-attorney-generals-office-as-an-ally-in-case-against-pritzker

WIREPOINTS
— Pritzker doubles down on linking critics and Republicans to Nazism, anti-Semitism or whatever – Quicktake
https://wirepoints.org/pritzker-doubles-down-on-linking-critics-and-republicans-to-nazism-anti-semetism-or-whatever-quicktake/

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— State House candidate Breen says governor’s COVID-19 mandates are ‘desperate’ acts of a ‘failed despot’ – Glenn Minnis
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/537452245-state-house-candidate-breen-says-governor-s-covid-19-mandates-are-desperate-acts-of-a-failed-despot

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Sean Casten Voted to Give Nancy Pelosi Your Vote
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/537859524-sean-casten-voted-to-give-nancy-pelosi-your-vote
— GOP House candidate Ives says governor’s response to COVID-19 is full of hypocrisy – Glenn Minnis
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/537452236-gop-house-candidate-ives-says-governor-s-response-to-covid-19-is-full-of-hypocrisy

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— AG to Judge: Governor can extend disaster until everyone is vaccinated – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/ag-to-judge-governor-can-extend-disaster-until-everyone-is-vaccinated/#new_tab

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— PRITZKER FAMILY FIRM HAS TIES TO COVID-19 TESTING COMPANIES – Joe Barnas
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/pritzker-family-firm-has-ties-to-covid-19-testing-companies/

FOX NEWS
— Cook county slammed for vote to disclose coronavirus patient data: ‘Terrible decision’ – Adam Shaw
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illinois-county-disclose-coronavirus-patient-data

CNN
— CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don’t have symptoms – Arman Azad
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/05/22/health/cdc-coronavirus-estimates-symptoms-deaths/index.html
— Election watchdog regains policing powers with new member – Fredreka Schouten (DIERSEN: Of course, candidates resist disclosure of anything that their critics/opponents might use against them. What have your critics/opponents used against you? My critics/opponents have used the following against me: I am a Trump supporter, Protestant (baptized, raised and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, 100% German American, Crete resident 1948-1972, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, federal employee for almost 30 years, federal retiree for almost 23 years, no children, and non-dog owner. I oppose promoting LGTBQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for opposing the aforesaid. I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. The adverse actions that my Democrat superiors in the federal government took against me. The lawsuits that I have filed. The Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and MTRO do not encourage Republicans to read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
http://www.wicz.com/story/42149605/election-watchdog-regains-policing-powers-with-new-member

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: What Role Should Employers Play in Testing Workers? – Steve Eder, Ellen Gabler, Sarah Kliff and Heather Murphy (DIERSEN: What role should organizations play in testing their members? Of course, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs want the Republican National Committee, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, etc. to bar Republican candidates, bar Republican elected officials, bar Republican party leaders, bar Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains, bar etc. who are old, obese, and/or have health problems from attending Republican events unless they are tested and pass. How soon, if not already, will the aforesaid organizations officially dump all those who are old, obese, and/or have health problems?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/employers-coronavirus-testing.html
— Hertz, Car Rental Pioneer, Files for Bankruptcy Protection – Niraj Chokshi
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/hertz-bankruptcy-coronavirus-car-rental.html
— Will the Coronavirus Kill What’s Left of Americans’ Faith in Washington? In 2019, just 17 percent of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing. The pandemic appears to be eroding their faith even more. – Sabrina Tavernise (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the ever-increasing hatred of federal employees and the ever-increasing hatred of federal retirees.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/us/coronavirus-government-trust.html
— Pandemic Has Increased Money Anxiety. Therapists Hope to Cure That. Interest in financial therapy rose after the 2008 recession, as Americans confronted their fears about money. The field has become relevant again, professionals say. – Paul Sullivan (DIERSEN: Investing money in the stock market is ever-increasingly stressful. But seeing the purchasing power of money invested in fixed income decrease is also stressful.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/your-money/coronavirus-money-fears-financial-therapy.html
— Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships Like so much else, summer internships have been upended by the pandemic, with hundreds of companies canceling their programs and rescinding offers. – David Yaffe-Bellany (DIERSEN: Did you have any summer internships? I did not. I washed dishes during the summer of 1965 in Chicago Heights. I cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline during the summer of 1966 in Flossmoor and Chicago Heights. I delivered mail during the summers of 1967, 1968, and 1969 in Park Forest.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/coronavirus-summer-internships.html
— How the Trump Effect Could Lift Democratic Senate Candidates Republican incumbents in swing states have struggled to disentangle themselves from President Trump, whose voters are loyal but represent a minority of the electorate. (DIERSEN: What do you say to Republican candidates who hint/imply/argue/shout that they are anti-Trump? Such candidates certainly do not want me to help elect them. They discourage me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They discourage everyone from reading those emails.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/us/politics/polling-senate-races.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn Blacks who do not vote for Democrats.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/opinion/stacey-abrams-coronavirus-black-voters-2020.html
— Biden’s Online Campaign Is Still Loading As Trump hogs the cameras, the homebound presumptive nominee’s video presence is a limbo of “virtual rallies,” glitches and … birds. – James Poniewozik
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/arts/television/biden-campaign.html

NEW YORK POST
— Fauci warns overextending coronavirus lockdowns could cause ‘irreparable damage’ – Vincent Barone
https://nypost.com/2020/05/22/what-overextended-coronavirus-lockdowns-could-cause-fauci/amp/

WASHINGTON POST
— Women 55 and older who lose their jobs in the pandemic face greater risk of long-term unemployment – Michelle Singletary
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/personal-finance/women-55-and-older-who-lose-their-jobs-in-the-pandemic-face-greater-risk-of-long-term-unemployment/2020/05/22/7df768ea-9c3b-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html
— Study estimates 24 states still have uncontrolled coronavirus spread – Joel Achenbach, Rachel Weiner and Isaac Stanley-Becker
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/study-estimates-24-states-still-have-uncontrolled-coronavirus-spread/2020/05/22/d3032470-9c43-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html
— The lockdown is very hard for small businesses, including mine – Stephanie Lundquist-Arora, Springfield (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-lockdown-is-very-hard-for-small-businesses-including-mine/2020/05/22/02f572b2-9ab1-11ea-ad79-eef7cd734641_story.html
(FROM THE LETTER: I have sympathy all around and worry for the most vulnerable people (health-wise). I am also increasingly concerned for the people who are not federal employees, public officials, teachers or private-sector employees continuing to work remotely. . .Even with significant financial losses, I am fortunate that my husband is a federal employee. We have many friends in the county who do not have this privilege.)

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Businesses are reopening. If you’re older or sick, what happens to your job? – LAURENCE DARMIENTO (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, governments, businesses, and organizations will use coronavirus to get rid of their employees and members who are older, who are obese, and/or who have health problems. They will use budget cuts and “up-or-out” policies as pretexts to accomplish the aforesaid. Expect that the Democrat and Republican parties will officially dump their precinct committeemen who are White and/or male who fail to make township/ward party chairman by age 30, county party chairman by age 35, state central committee member by age 40, state party officer by age 45, and state party chairman by age 50.)
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-05-22/coronavirus-reopening-preexisting-conditions-seniors-older-workers
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With some 39 million Americans filing jobless claims since the pandemic broke out and fears growing of another Great Depression, getting workplaces open has become a priority. That’s a tricky proposition as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths mount, even if the rate of transmission slows in some places. But for workers especially vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, a return to work can feel like a death sentence. That’s not a small group. Some 41 million Americans ages 18 to 64 are at risk for serious complications from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled asthma and heart disease, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Also at risk are Americans 65 and older, about 10.4 million of whom remain in the workforce — an age group that accounts for 80% of U.S. COVID deaths. . .While federal law provides special protections for workers who have disabilities or are older, ultimately they can be recalled to the workplace, even if it can’t be made 100% safe. And should employers try to prevent certain employees from returning to their jobs, they could face discrimination claims from older workers and disabled workers. . .Workers who are diabetic or asthmatic or have other conditions that are considered disabilities are offered special protections by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires employers to provide so-called “reasonable accommodations” as needed. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act offers workers older than 40 protections against discrimination on the basis of their age. Questions linger about whether and how such protections will shield workers who are older or have medical conditions in the time of the coronavirus. “It’s definitely a minefield for employers,” said Walter Stella, a labor and employment attorney at Cozen O’Connor, which represents employers. “The traditional reasonable accommodation analysis requires employers to accommodate disabled employees so that they can continue to perform the essential functions of their jobs. The focus of the law is not to give employees a reasonable accommodation so that they don’t get the coronavirus.” That legal analysis rubs up against the demands of employee advocates who say that providing a safe workplace is the fundamental duty of employers amid the pandemic.)

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches 100,000 More than five million people have been infected world-wide with over 1.6 million of those cases in the U.S. – Frances Yoon
https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/coronavirus-latest-news-05-23-2020-11590223953
— Beware of Moralistic Narratives of the Lockdown Debate The effort to reopen is not a neat fable with villains and heroes – Gerard Baker (DIERSEN: In your neighborhood, in you precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, and in Illinois, who takes the lead in demonizing, denigrating, and condemning those who want the lockdown lifted?)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/beware-of-moralistic-narratives-of-the-lockdown-debate-11590166671
— The Germs That Transformed History For eons, epidemics have caused mass deaths and social upheaval, with far-reaching effects on politics, trade, migration, colonization and conquest – Jared Diamond
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-germs-that-transformed-history-11590159271
— So You’re Getting a Pandemic Puppy. Here’s What It Will Cost. A furry quarantine buddy is often an impulse decision that can quickly add up in expenses – Amber Burton
https://www.wsj.com/articles/so-youre-getting-a-pandemic-puppy-heres-what-it-will-cost-11590139800
— The Job Market’s Long Road Back Job losses were sudden and swift. At first, workers and employers thought they would be temporary. For many, that is starting to look like wishful thinking. – Eric Morath
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-job-markets-long-road-back-11590206400
— A Vote-by-Mail Nightmare Trump or Biden by a whisker, with a million ballots thrown out. – Editorial (DIERSEN: What percent of ballots mailed in by Republicans will be “lost in the mail?”)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-vote-by-mail-nightmare-11590189749
— California’s College Testing Mistake The state university system puts racial politics above merit. – Editorial (DIERSEN: What tests have you passed? I passed a) the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 years old, b) the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, c) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, d) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) all the tests necessary to earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976, f) all the tests necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, g) the Federal Service Entrance Examination in 1970, and h) the Post Office employment examination in 1966.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-college-testing-mistake-11590189601

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
— How U.S. Companies Can Support Employees of Color Through the Pandemic – Laura Morgan Roberts , Courtney L. McCluney , Erin L. Thomas and Michelle Kim (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, since the 1960s, Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion have required governments, businesses, and organizations to give preference to their employees and members who are minority and/or female, and more recently, to their employees who are LGBTQ. Consequently, ever-increasingly, governments, businesses, and organizations get rid of their employees and members who are White, male, older, heterosexual, and/or non-veteran.)
https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-u-s-companies-can-support-employees-of-color-through-the-pandemic

NEWSWEEK
— DOJ Files Brief in Federal Court Against Illinois Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order – AILA SLISCO (DIERSEN: In Diersen v. GAO, the Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney sided with GAO, that is, the U.S. Attorney approved of GAO’s policy of getting rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40, that is, the U.S. Attorney approved of GAO’s political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation policies.)
https://www.newsweek.com/doj-files-brief-federal-court-against-illinois-governors-stay-home-order-1506136

FIVE THIRTY EIGHT
— The Gap Between Democrats And Republicans Is Growing On The Coronavirus Crisis – Geoffrey Skelley
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/democrats-and-republicans-are-increasingly-split-on-the-coronavirus-crisis/amp/

FORD AUTHORITY
— 2020 New York Auto Show Officially Cancelled Due To COVID-19 – Brett Foote
https://fordauthority.com/2020/05/2020-new-york-auto-show-officially-cancelled-due-to-covid-19/

May 22 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Why the COVID-19 pandemic is deepening a racial divide in Chicago area communities – Chuck Goudie, Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel, Ross Weidner, Jonathan Fagg and Adriana Aguilar
https://abc7chicago.com/health/why-the-pandemic-is-deepening-a-racial-divide-in-chicago-area-communities/6203131/
— Chicago issues thousands of citations to businesses operating in violation of stay-at-home order – Jason Knowles and Ann Pistone
https://abc7chicago.com/coronavirus-chicago-illinois-stay-at-home-order-non-essential-businesses/6201791/

NBC5
— Pritzker ‘Very Concerned’ About Surge of Coronavirus Cases in Fall A surge is likely, Gov. Pritzker said, if a vaccine or very effective treatment isn’t available
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/pritzker-very-concerned-about-surge-of-coronavirus-cases-in-fall/2276187/

WGN TV
— Chicago area governments laying off workers as revenues fall amid coronavirus – Ben Bradley, Andrew Schroedter (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran GAO used Republican-led budget cuts to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://wgntv.com/news/wgn-investigates/chicago-area-governments-laying-off-workers-as-revenues-fall-amid-coronavirus/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Donning masks and rolling up sleeves, lawmakers tackle vote-by-mail, pot tweaks — with budget, COVID-19 relief looming No mask faceoffs added any drama to Day Two of the special legislative session. State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, entered the Bank of Springfield Center wearing a face covering. State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, went a little further, donning a complete face shield. – Tina Sfondeles and Neal Earley
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/5/21/21266946/lawmakers-masks-vote-mail-legal-pot-budget-covid-19-relief-bailey-oberweis-coronavirus
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater uses Phyllis Schlafly to demonize, denigrate, and condemn the 53% of White women who voted for Trump.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/5/21/21266599/phyllis-schlafly-feminism-equal-rights-amendment-mrs-america-era-culture-wars

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois unemployment rate hit 16.4% in April, a 44-year high, as coronavirus-related job losses multiplied – Abdel Jimenez (DIERSEN: What were you doing in 1976? I turned 28 years old. I worked for IRS in its Loop office as a GS-12 Step 3 (currently $90,758/year) Revenue Officer assigned to its Special Procedures Staff. I traded in to the building’s developer my studio condo for a one bedroom condo in the Outer Drive East building in downtown Chicago. I completed the requirements for an MBA from Loyola and started taking graduate accounting classes at DePaul. I rented out my town home in University Park. I drove a 1962 Chevy BelAir and garaged my 1972 Corvette at my mother’s home in Crete.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-april-unemployment-rate-20200521-gfg675giqbcqtaahirsrmyaaga-story.html
— Judgment just as contagious in our culture war of wearing masks in public – JERRY DAVICH (DIERSEN: If you demonize, denigrate, and condemn people for not wearing a mask, you should be wearing one yourself.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-davich-wearing-masks-in-public-culture-war-controversy-st-0517-20200515-liwsboclbrdljhsuprp2hivo24-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— In close vote, Cook County Board agrees to release COVID-19 patient addresses – Christopher Placek
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200521/in-close-vote-cook-county-board-agrees-to-release-covid-19-patient-addresses-
— Masks are for protection of others, not political symbols – Editorial (DIERSEN: If you demonize, denigrate, and condemn people for not wearing a mask, you should be wearing one yourself.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200522/editorial-masks-are-for-protection-of-others-not-political-symbols

WBEZ
— Coronavirus In Illinois: Unemployment Rate Is Now The Highest It’s Been Since 1976
https://www.wbez.org/stories/coronavirus-in-illinois-unemployment-rate-is-now-the-highest-its-been-since-1976/b9d4bbde-4bde-48e1-810b-5cc7df506ca0
— Illinois Lawmakers Push Vote-By-Mail Expansion – But Not Much Else – During Emergency Session – Tony Arnold, Dave McKinney
https://www.wbez.org/stories/illinois-lawmakers-push-vote-by-mail-expansion-but-not-much-else-during-emergency-session/7c1e0966-07b0-43ea-818f-9bf3aa28f358

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Thousands still await COVID-19 test results in Winnebago County – Isaac Guerrero
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20200521/thousands-still-await-covid-19-test-results-in-winnebago-county

WJOL
— Many Illinois Residents Still Struggling With Unemployment Claims
https://www.wjol.com/many-illinois-residents-still-struggling-with-unemployment-claims/

WCIA
— Righter rebukes Bailey’s mask antics: ‘Half the game is showing up’ – Mark Maxwell (DIERSEN: According to your critics, what should you have NOT done?” According to my critics, I should NOT have been a Republican, been conservative, avoided the draft, opposed political affiliation discrimination, opposed reverse discrimination, opposed age discrimination, opposed the traffic signal at Harrison and President in Wheaton, filed lawsuits, became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my superiors with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, opposed promoting booze, pot, and other vices, opposed promoting LGBTQ activity, opposed promoting abortion, opposed promoting mass/illegal immigration, opposed promoting abolition of the First and Second Amendments, failed/refused to become one of their operatives/dupes, failed/refused to pander to them, failed/refused to give them money, etc. )
https://www.wcia.com/news/capitol-news/righter-rebukes-baileys-mask-antics-half-the-game-is-showing-up/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The veteran downstate legislator who is preparing to pass the legislative baton of his rural State Senate district over to House Representative Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) next January was not entertained by Bailey’s public act of defiance when he refused to wear a face mask on the floor of the Illinois House on Wednesday. “I would not have done that,” Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said in an interview Thursday morning, arguing that in orchestrating his own ejection from the House floor, Bailey also effectively abandoned his duties as an elected official in the legislature. Bailey won the March primary election to replace Righter, who is retiring from the statehouse after 23 years in office. Bailey is running unopposed for the Senate seat in November.)

FOX ILLINOIS
— Coronavirus-triggered layoffs in US hit nearly 39 million – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/millions-more-people-likely-sought-us-unemployment-benefits

KENDALL COUNTY NOW
— GOP lawmakers to offer free masks, milk and food at Kendall County Food Pantry Saturday
https://www.kendallcountynow.com/2020/05/20/gop-lawmakers-to-offer-free-masks-milk-and-food-at-kendall-county-food-pantry-saturday/aixpb1y/

WIRE POINTS
— Big raises for Chicago Teachers Union, state’s AFSCME shows where federal aid to Illinois will end up – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/big-raises-for-chicago-teachers-union-states-afscme-shows-where-federal-aid-to-illinois-will-end-up-wirepoints/

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— ILLINOIS BILL WOULD MAKE ELECTION DAY A HOLIDAY, BUT ONLY FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS – Joe Barnas
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-bill-would-make-election-day-a-holiday-but-only-for-government-workers/

FOX NEWS
— Sanders delegates push back at agreements prohibiting convention dissent: ‘It’s ridiculous’ – Paul Steinhauser (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have painted themselves as being attack dogs for activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, campaign managers, those who I have sued, etc. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, for everyone’s problems, and for all the problems that the following have had: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. I might title the book “The Scapegoaters.”)
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sanders-convention-delegates-push-back
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The agreements – first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by Fox News – call on Sanders delegates to “Refrain from making negative statements about other candidates, party leaders, Campaigns, Campaign staffers, supporters, news organizations or journalists. This Campaign is about the issues and finding solutions to America’s problems. Our job is to differentiate the senator from his opponents on the issues — not through personal attacks.” Another of the 10 rules listed in the document states: “Do your best to avoid online arguments or confrontations. … If engaging in an adversarial conversation, be respectful when addressing opposing viewpoints or commenting on the opposition.” And the agreement states that “If a member of the media contacts you about a posting of any kind: do not respond.” Instead, it directs them to contact the Sanders press team. The document states that “failure to comply with these expectations may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to your removal from the delegation.” The agreements were sent to some Sanders delegates across the country last week.)

BREITBART
— Pew Research: Less Than 3-in-8 Americans Support Coronavirus Relief for Illegal Aliens – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/21/pew-research-less-than-3-in-8-americans-support-coronavirus-relief-for-illegal-aliens/

TOWNHALL
— Trump Administration Extends Border Restrictions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – Bronson Stocking
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/05/21/cdc-extends-title-42-following-major-success-slowing-illegal-immigration-at-the-border-n2569259

FEDERALIST
— California Democrats Try To Legalize Racial Discrimination During Pandemic – Kenny Xu
https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/21/californa-democrats-try-to-legalize-racial-discrimination-during-pandemic/

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
— “Hate Speech” and the New Tyranny over the Mind – Arthur Milikh
https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/report/hate-speech-and-the-new-tyranny-over-the-mind

CNN
— The pandemic could cause long-term damage to how we get our food – Bob Ortega
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/05/business/coronavirus-food-supply-invs-cnnphotos/
— Coronavirus ‘immunity passports’ are a terrible idea that could backfire, experts warn – Faith Karimi and Maggie Fox (DIERSEN: Of course, according to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, if you have immunity, it is because you unfairly benefitted from your parents’, grandparents’, great grandparents’, and the rest of your ancestors’ discrimination against minorities, against females, against poor people, against Democrats, against Libertarians, against Greens, against RINOs, against non-Protestants, against non-German Americans, against those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, against etc.)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/22/health/immunity-passport-coronavirus/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Fed Chair Warns This Is a ‘Downturn Without Modern Precedent’ – Jeanna Smialek and Alan Rappeport
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/business/economy/fed-chair-warns-this-is-a-downturn-without-modern-precedent.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats stimulus dollars to go to those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/coronavirus-stimulus-women.html
— University of California Will End Use of SAT and ACT in Admissions The change is expected to accelerate the momentum of American colleges away from the tests, amid concern that they are unfair to poor, black and Hispanic students. – Shawn Hubler (DIERSEN: What tests have you passed? I passed a) the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 when I was 30 years old, b) the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, c) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, d) all the tests necessary to earn a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) all the tests necessary to earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976, f) all the tests necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, g) the Federal Service Entrance Examination in 1970, and h) the Post Office employment examination in 1966.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/us/university-california-sat-act.html
— A Wave of Small Business Closures Is on the Way. Can Washington Stop It? Bipartisan proposals address weaknesses of a hastily passed aid program. – Neil Irwin
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/upshot/virus-small-business-closures.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater asks “How Many Will Die for the Dow?”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/trump-coronavirus-dow.html
— The First Invasion of America And the cultural earthquake it’s unleashing. – David Brooks (DIERSEN: The first invasion of America was by citizens of Mexico.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/us-coronavirus-history.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: FRONT PAGE: Trump-haters say “Host of Virus Alarms Ignored By a Single-Minded President.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/us/politics/presidents-daily-brief-trump.html
— Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.” – Patricia Cohen
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/business/economy/coronavirus-unemployment-claims.html

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use coronavirus to promote hatred against Republicans.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/21/us-them-pandemic-shows-america-is-still-impervious-black-pain/
— Shrinking newsrooms could affect how we view the coronavirus pandemic Journalists of color are particularly susceptible to layoffs, and that can distort coverage of the crisis – Marian Liu (DIERSEN: Virtually all federal employees are Democrats. They are protected, and especially those who are minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, because the federal government gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/21/diversity-coronavirus-coverage/
— Trump’s purge of inspectors general is alarming. His replacements may be worse. – David C. Williams (DIERSEN: I should write a book about all my coworkers in the federal government who my Democrat superiors a) promoted over me and/or b) retained instead of me. They all were Democrats, minorities, females, younger than me, non-Protestant, non-German American, veterans, their ancestors had been in America for less time than mine, they had less work experience than I had, they had less education than I had, and/or they had fewer professional certifications and/or licenses than I had.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/21/trumps-widespread-removal-inspectors-general-is-alarming-so-are-his-appointments/
— Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says – Ariana Eunjung Cha and Laurie McGinley
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/22/hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus-study/

NEW YORK POST
— Joe Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo VP vetting process, report says – Ebony Bowden (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you have skeletons in your closets, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office, and especially if you paint yourself as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)
https://nypost.com/2020/05/21/joe-biden-asks-amy-klobuchar-to-undergo-vp-vetting-process-report/

USA TODAY
— Food prices soar to highest one-month increase since 1974; price of eggs up 16% in April – Susan Selasky
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/05/20/food-prices-soar-coronavirus-covid-19/5226969002/
— How Joe Biden is working to win over progressive voters – Rebecca Morin (DIERSEN: To win over progressive voters, Biden will promise to use the federal government to get rid of the following once and for all: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/05/21/joe-biden-bernie-sanders-work-together-bring-progressives-board/5155900002/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— How to Keep Workers Off the Job More evidence that the enhanced $600 unemployment benefit will slow the recovery and keep the jobless rate high. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-keep-workers-off-the-job-11590103444
— The Covid Surcharge: Companies Confront the Unforgiving Economics of Coronavirus Rising costs, weak demand and customer limits challenge efforts to reopen for business – Matt Grossman
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-covid-surcharge-companies-confront-unforgiving-economics-of-coronavirus-11590139802
— Behind Trump’s Removal of Inspectors General: Support for His Agenda He views himself ‘a victim of overly aggressive actions,’ according to one senior administration official – Catherine Lucey and Gordon Lubold
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-moves-to-make-own-picks-for-oversight-posts-11590064279

BLOOMBERG
— Lockdowns Haven’t Proved They’re Worth the Havoc – Joe Nocera
https://www.yahoo.com/news/lockdowns-haven-t-proved-worth-100003823.html

WCNC
— Minorities carrying the biggest financial burden of COVID-19 crisis In April, the unemployment rate soared to 14.7%, minority groups were hit the hardest with 19% of Hispanic workers and almost 17% of black workers unemployed. – Billie Jean Shaw
https://www.wcnc.com/article/money/minorities-carrying-the-biggest-financial-burden-of-covid-19-crisis/275-062fbd49-70ae-41b9-bb05-0560b3ff3add

NEWSWEEK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters side with Communist China against America.
https://www.newsweek.com/trumps-blame-china-re-election-strategy-might-seriously-backfire-opinion-1505813

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Just Give People Handouts – Sarah Jones (DIERSEN: How soon, because of efforts to fight coronavirus, will everyone in the world be getting welfare and/or handing out welfare?)
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/people-need-money-not-skills-retraining.html

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— These Federal Agencies Have Seen the Most COVID-19 Deaths Nearly 130 federal workers have died from the coronavirus pandemic. – ERIC KATZ
https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/05/these-federal-agencies-have-seen-most-covid-19-deaths/165578/

FORD AUTHORITY
— Ford Will ‘Likely’ Conduct Daily Employee COVID-19 Tests When It’s Possible – Brett Foote
https://fordauthority.com/2020/05/ford-will-likely-conduct-daily-employee-covid-19-tests-when-its-possible/

SUN
— Michigan Attorney General says Trump is NOT welcome in the state after flouting mask rules ‘like a petulant child’ – Mollie Mansfield
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11681799/donald-trump-michigan-attorney-general-not-welcome/

NATIONAL HERALD INDIA
— Amid reports that Google has reduced diversity and inclusion training programmes fearing conservative backlash, CEO Sundar Pichai denied any digression from company’s commitment to promoting diversity (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, etc. to not hire Republicans and to get rid of their employees who are Republican, and especially those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/international/have-more-resources-invested-in-diversity-than-ever-google-ceo

ZILLOW
— FOR SALE: 921 James Court, Wheaton – $650,000
https://www.zillow.com/wheaton-il/X1-SS1apc9gppw622z_3o1g1_sse/4448311_zpid/

May 21 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois and other states should get a lot of federal money – Steve Chapman
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-coronavirus-federal-aid-states-chapman-20200520-d62q7wd26bg6rktj4udsjrbcna-story.html
— Court hearing Friday is latest round in battle over legality of Illinois stay-at-home order – ROBERT MCCOPPIN
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-stay-at-home-legal-fight-20200521-fqrhqhrygnbtzograqlrm62kye-story.html
— Comparing Pritzker to Hitler always wrong – Richard Porter, Chicago, Illinois Committeeman to the Republican National Committee
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/letters/ct-letter-vp-052120-20200520-scgcqrcqf5d65ab7jku2noxesi-story.html
— ‘Sad day’ when citizens can’t question government – Mark Glennon, Wilmette
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/letters/ct-letter-vp-052120-20200520-scgcqrcqf5d65ab7jku2noxesi-story.html
— Is Pritzker’s coronavirus levee about to break? – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-coronavirus-illinois-churches-kass-20200521-o2pk6tvcprhwvblo5mvfntuwoa-story.html
— Nearly 39 million US layoffs during coronavirus pandemic; more than 1 million Illinois jobless claims since mid-March – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-biz-coronavirus-unemployment-pandemic-20200521-2jygua5a5bcotcmyo46ku37n6i-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: As impersonal as 2019 was, it could become good old days to millennials – Jennifer Rosen (DIERSEN: When were your good old days? Mine include 1970 when I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU and Firestone Stores hired me; 1971 when IRS hired me and I bought a new 1972 Corvette; 1972, 1973, and 1974 when IRS promoted me; 1976 when I earned an MBA from Loyola; 1978 when I got married; 1979 when I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt; 1980 when GAO hired me and I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul; 1981 when I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt and became a licensed CPA; 1986 when GAO promoted me; 1986, 1987, and 1988 when I worked for GAO on audits of IRS; and 1997 when I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/19/21262701/millennial-dating-pandemic-lockdown-remote-work-from-home-zoom-jennifer-rosner

WBBM
— DuPage County Lays Out What Is Needed To Get Through COVID-19 Pandemic – JENNIFER KEIPER
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/dupage-county-lays-out-needs-for-covid-19-pandemic

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— GOP wants vote on reopening plan – Doug Finke
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200520/GOP-wants-vote-on-reopening-plan

FOX ILLINOIS
— Legislation introduced to help safely reopen Illinois
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/legislation-introduced-to-help-safely-reopen-illinois
— Pandemic exposes need to bring some manufacturing back to U.S. – AHTRA ELNASHAR
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/pandemic-exposes-need-to-bring-some-manufacturing-back-to-us

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Downtown Springfield protest of Pritzker’s stay at home order draws hundreds – Matt Roy
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/protesters-crowd-downtown-springfield-calling-for-freedom

CHEROKEE TRIBUNE LEDGER NEWS
— Will Illinois switch to all vote-by-mail in November? It could cost counties millions – Kelsey Landis
https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/will-illinois-switch-to-all-vote-by-mail-in-november-it-could-cost-counties-millions/article_96d4ea0e-6da4-5ed0-a7b3-92dc113807c6.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Reopened states revive economy as doomsday predictions don’t materialize – Dave Boyer
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/20/reopened-states-revive-economy-doomsday-prediction/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Democrats’ ‘whose side?’ rhetoric takes on dark connotation as they heighten the culture wars – Timothy P. Carney (DIERSEN: I should write a book about RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who ever-increasingly talk and/or act like they are going over to the other side.)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/democrats-whose-side-rhetoric-takes-on-dark-connotation-as-they-heighten-the-culture-wars

BREITBART
— Illinoisans Revolting Against Lockdowns as Chicago Mayor Orders Parking Bans Around Churches to Thwart Services – WARNER TODD HUSTON
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/21/illinoisans-revolting-against-lockdowns-as-chicago-mayor-orders-parking-bans-around-churches-to-thwart-services/
— Colorado State Offers $1,500 Coronavirus Aid Checks to Illegal Alien Students – TOM CICCOTTA
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/05/20/colorado-state-offers-1500-coronavirus-aid-checks-to-illegal-alien-students/
— Trump Cuts Illegal Immigration Strain on American Hospitals by 94 Percent – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/20/trump-cuts-illegal-immigration-strain-on-american-hospitals-by-94-percent/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Pro-lifers plan protest Friday against new Chicago-area Planned Parenthood Pro-Life Action League president Eric Scheidler noted that Planned Parenthood has a history of using deception to sneak into Illinois communities.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-lifers-plan-protest-friday-against-new-chicago-area-planned-parenthood

POLITICO
— Facebook grows, unfazed by Washington – ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups promote Facebook: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-tech/2020/05/20/facebook-grows-unfazed-by-washington-787758

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump’s ‘own medicine’ – LAURIE KELLMAN
https://apnews.com/6f658ee91cc411eb2ed54b535d35314f

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/us/coronavirus-distancing-deaths.html
— Fed Is Wary That Economic Pain Could Last, April Minutes Show – Jeanna Smialek
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/business/economy/fed-virus-economy-april-minutes.html
— As Reopening Starts, Americans Expect Recovery to Take Years Even those financially unaffected by the coronavirus shutdown don’t foresee a rapid rebound for the economy, a Times survey finds. – Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/business/economy/coronavirus-economy-survey.html
— Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back? Large-scale gatherings are on hold for the foreseeable future. That is taking a toll on the live events industry and society at large. – David Gelles
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/business/public-gathering-events-coronavirus.html
— After Coronavirus, Office Workers Might Face Unexpected Health Threats Stagnant plumbing systems in emptied commercial buildings could put returning employees at risk of Legionnaires’ and other illnesses. – Max Horberry
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/health/coronavirus-legionnaires-offices.html

WASHINGTON POST
— ‘A callous disregard for life’: GOP lawmaker kicked out of Illinois legislative session over refusal to wear mask – Meagan Flynn
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/21/illinois-gop-lawmaker-removed-mask/
— 2.4 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing nine-week total to 38.6 million Americans continue clamoring for aid as a fight has broken out in Washington about whether to renew expanded benefits past July. – Tony Romm and Jeff Stein
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/21/unemployment-claims-coronavirus/

USA TODAY
— Millions more expected to file jobless claims, as coronavirus layoffs wind on – Charisse Jones
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/05/20/millions-more-expected-file-unemployment-amid-coronavirus/5227975002/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Will Bernie Take Over the Biden Campaign? Radicals handpicked by Sen. Sanders will help his old opponent decide what to believe. – Karl Rove (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “Republican” candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who talk and/or act like they are taking advice from “Republican” political consultants and campaign managers to dump voters who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-bernie-take-over-the-biden-campaign-11590016248
— Google’s Diversity Inquisition – Editorial (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, etc. to not hire and to get rid of employees who are Republican, and especially those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/googles-diversity-inquisition-11590016961
— Nearly Half of Adults Live in U.S. Households That Lost Income Since Lockdowns Started Census Bureau report also shows more than a third expect to lose income over next four weeks in fallout from coronavirus pandemic, despite reopening efforts – David Harrison and Paul Overberg
https://www.wsj.com/articles/nearly-half-of-u-s-households-have-lost-income-since-lockdowns-started-11589997049
— U.K. Government Sells Bonds at Negative Yield for First Time – Caitlin Ostroff
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-government-sells-bonds-at-negative-yield-for-first-time-11589984194

FORBES
— OK Boomer, OK Millennial: Why We’re Not OK At Work Together – Mark C. Perna (DIERSEN: To get rid of their employees a) who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and/or b) who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40, my Democrat GAO superiors encouraged their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran to help them.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2020/05/21/ok-boomer-ok-millennial-why-were-not-ok-at-work-together/#2678164426ff

PBS
— PBS documentary series takes an in-depth look at ‘how Asians shape America’ – THEODORA YU (DIERSEN: How did those who shared your national origin and your religion shape America, Illinois, your county, your township, your municipality, your municipal district, your precinct, and your neighborhood?)
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article242856316.html

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Trump Threatens to Cut Off Funds for States That Expand Voting by Mail – Ed Kilgore
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/trump-threatens-funds-for-states-expanding-by-mail-voting.html

FED SMITH
— 26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says Federal Salary Council – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: How much is someone working in the private sector who has the following qualifications being paid today: a) passed the CPA and the Certified Internal Auditor examinations on their first attempt, b) has master’s degrees in business, accounting, and finance, c) became a licensed CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant, and d) has 27 years of work experience. I had the aforesaid qualifications in 1997 when I was 49 years old and GAO paid me $131,532/year (GS-13, Step 10) in today’s dollars.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2020/05/19/26-71-federal-employee-pay-disparity-says-fsc/
— Group Calls for 20% Pay Cut for All Federal Employees – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn federal employees and federal retirees. I was a federal employee for almost 30 years and I have been a federal retiree for almost 23 years. Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2020/05/20/group-calls-20-pay-cut-all-federal-employees/

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Federal Advisory Group Finds Feds Are Paid 26.71% Less than Private Sector Counterparts – Erich Wagner
https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2020/05/federal-advisory-group-finds-feds-are-paid-2671-less-private-sector-counterparts/165544/

BBC
— Nancy Pelosi accused of fat-shaming ‘obese’ Trump (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.bbc.com/news/52733199

INDEPENDENT
— Economically the young are suffering most in this crisis – and they need special support coming out of it – Ben Chu (DIERSEN: But young healthy employees will benefit as employers ever-increasingly get rid of their employees who are old, who have a BMI over 30, and/or who have health problems including diabetes.)
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/young-people-coronavirus-uk-economy-jobs-housing-generations-equity-a9521766.html

May 20 Morning Edition

ABC7
— GOP lawmakers set to challenge Gov. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order – Jessica D’Onofrio
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/il-gop-lawmakers-set-to-challenge-pritzkers-stay-at-home-order/6198318/
— Oprah donates $5M to support Chicago coronavirus fight in communities of color (DIERSEN: In your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, and in your county, to what extent are minorities and poor people dying from coronavirus compared to Whites and rich people, and why is that?)
https://abc7chicago.com/society/oprah-donates-$5m-to-fight-covid-19-in-chicago-communities-of-color/6197541/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-5/20/2020

WGN TV
— For those dealing with substance abuse, pandemic can cause more anxiety. – Dina Bair, Katharin Czink (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs promote substance abuse.)
https://wgntv.com/news/medical-watch/for-those-dealing-with-substance-abuse-pandemic-can-cause-more-anxiety-experts-say-reach-out-for-help/
— Temperature scanners may be the future of re-entry – Dina Bair, Katharin Czink
https://wgntv.com/news/medical-watch/temperature-scanners-may-be-the-future-of-re-entry/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield as pandemic drives partisan politics and rocks budget plans – RICK PEARSON, JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-illinois-legislature-special-session-20200520-wgqpyzcv5nbzhmu2jdrjdjwyue-story.html
— Nominate your company as a Top Workplace (DIERSEN: One would expect that the more preference that employees get in a workplace, the more highly that they will rate that workplace. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to give preference to their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran. Virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were members of one or more of the aforesaid groups.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/careers/top-workplaces/ct-biz-top-workplaces-2020-nominations-20200501-bvjl4sbbjfakdp2rr5v7hj62em-story.html
— The key to restoring a robust economy: Protecting public health – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: How strongly is/will getting rid of those who are older, who are obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes be viewed as “protecting public health?”)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-coronavirus-economy-reopen-chapman-20200515-k2gk2tbba5dutntxkf2yaurvsm-story.html
— City dwellers headed to the suburbs after pandemic? Only time will tell – DENISE CROSBY
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-suburban-advantage-st-0515-20200517-gigbzqwk7jgmfauau2vtsb2rv4-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— Historic legislative session amid COVID-19 crisis holds plenty of minefields – Marni Pyke
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200520/historic-legislative-session-amid-covid-19-crisis-holds-plenty-of-minefields
— Local governments showing public sector, too, must endure job, pay cuts – Editorial (DIERSEN: In response to Republican-led budget cuts during the 1980s and 1990s, GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40 were gotten rid of by the Democrats who ran GAO.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200520/editorial-local-governments-showing-public-sector-too-must-endure-job-pay-cuts
— McHenry County residents may choose moving to Wisconsin over paying increased property taxes – Kelli Duncan
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200519/mchenry-county-residents-may-choose-moving-to-wisconsin-over-paying-increased-property-taxes

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— What’s on the agenda—and what’s not—as lawmakers head back to Springfield Look for a budget, a hospital assessment plan, a push for early voting and maybe a dust-up over wearing face masks. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/whats-agenda-and-whats-not-lawmakers-head-back-springfield

DEKALB DAILY CHRONICLE
— Republicans hope to block rules making some business openings a crime Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to meet Wednesday – PETER HANCOCK
https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/05/20/republicans-hope-to-block-rules-making-some-business-openings-a-crime/av4yxiq/

WTTW & PBS
— VIDEO: Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words
https://video.wttw.com/video/created-equal-clarence-thomas-in-his-own-words-rymp6z/
https://www.pbs.org/show/created-equal-clarence-thomas-his-own-words/

SUBURBAN LIFE
— IDPH Director Ezike says trend of new cases ‘may be going down’ for the first time Illinois now conducting more COVID-19 tests than New York, on a per capita basis – KELLI SUNCAN (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations require their employees and members who are older, who have a BMI over 30, and/or who have underlying conditions, including diabetes, to be tested before they can keep their job or membership?)
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/05/19/idph-director-ezike-says-trend-of-new-cases-may-be-going-down-for-the-first-time/a91wl56/
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS AND ON THE 6TH, 14TH, and 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS TIGHTENS: Casten, Underwood, Foster highlight structural inequalities in communities of color affected by COVID-19 – JOSHUA WELGE (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that the following have: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/05/19/casten-underwood-foster-highlight-structural-inequalities-in-communities-of-color-affected-by-covid-19/aqtjnk6/

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE
— City’s Reparations Subcommittee to Host Virtual Town Hall on May 21 (DIERSEN: If the leaders of your municipality imposed reparations, which residents would they require to pay the most reparations – those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://evanstonroundtable.com/Content/City-News/City-News/Article/City-s-Reparations-Subcommittee-to-Host-Virtual-Town-Hall-on-May-21/15/26/17973

COLUMBIA CHRONICLE
— Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus – Lauren Leazenby (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats shout at everyone that if you do not like how Trump is handling the pandemic or how he is handling anything else, vote for all the Democrats on the November 3, 2020 ballot in your precinct.)
https://columbiachronicle.com/political-pandemic-scope-of-local-and-national-politics-altered-due-to-coronavirus

CHICAGO NOW
— Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey ain’t through with Gov. Pritzker, not by a long shot – Dennis Byrne
http://www.chicagonow.com/dennis-byrnes-barbershop/2020/05/illinois-rep-darren-bailey-aint-through-with-gov-pritzker-not-by-a-long-shot/

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— Joint Statement in Opposition to Emergency Rules Filed by Pritzker Administration – Illinois Senate Republican Caucus and Illinois House Republican Caucus (DIERSEN: Anti-conservative Republican organizations, anti-conservative Republican candidates, and anti-conservative Republican elected officials in Illinois a) fail/refuse to keep [email protected] on their press advisory and press release lists and b) pander to Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000172-31bb-dc3e-aff6-3dbf7eff0000&nname=illinois-playbook&nid=00000150-1596-d4ac-a1d4-179e288b0000&nrid=00000150-705d-d7de-afdb-7d7f3ea90001&nlid=639163

WIREPOINTS
— COVID-19 spreads to half of all Chicagoland retirement homes. How did this happen? – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/covid-19-spreads-to-half-of-all-chicagoland-retirement-homes-how-did-this-happen-wirepoints/
— “People are waking up. Overwhelmingly people are indignant about this emergency rule.” – Mark Glennon with Steve Cortes
https://wirepoints.org/people-are-waking-up-overwhelmingly-people-are-indignant-about-this-emergency-rule-mark-glennon-with-steve-cortes/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Legal Dubiousness of En Masse State Lock-Downs and “Shelter-in-Place” Orders as a Response to COVID-19 – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/legal-dubiousness-of-en-masse-state-lock-downs-and-shelter-in-place-orders-as-a-response-to-covid-19/

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Pritzker, Planned Parenthood, and the Pandemic – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2020/05/pritzker-planned-parenthood-and-the-pandemic/

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— ILLINOIS HAS MOST CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS IN COUNTRY: STUDY
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2020/05/illinois-has-most-coronavirus-restrictions-in-country-study.html

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Pelosi bails out Post Office in name of coronavirus relief – Ryan Ellis
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/pelosi-bails-out-post-office-in-name-of-coronavirus-relief

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Minnesota Governor Stonewalls Conservative Journalist Democrat Tim Walz has refused to tell a conservative journalist why his office isn’t allowing him to participate in the state’s coronavirus briefings – Collin Anderson (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have treated me like I am not a journalist, that is, those who have accused me of falsely claiming to be a journalist. Better yet, I should sue them. I would focus on activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, campaign managers, etc. who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois.)
https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/minnesota-governor-stonewalls-conservative-journalist/
— Joe Biden Just Urged a Majority of Americans Not to Vote for Him A lot of voters think Tara Reade is telling the truth, polls show
https://freebeacon.com/satire/joe-biden-tara-reade-poll/

FOX NEWS
— Illinois governor’s family firm owns stake in companies involved in coronavirus testing – Andrew O’Reilly
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illinois-governors-family-firm-owns-stake-in-companies-conducting-coronavirus-testing

GOPUSA
— Would Americans Submit To A Second Lockdown? – Patrick J. Buchanan
https://www.gopusa.com/?p=89050

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— THEY SHOOT OLD PEOPLE, DON’T THEY? – Patrick Hall (DIERSEN: Who works the hardest to promote age discrimination in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county, and in Illinois? I should write a book about those in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois who work the hardest to promote age discrimination. I would focus on those who are older, anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/they-shoot-old-people-dont-they/

DAILY CALLER
— Trump Tells Governors He’ll ‘Step In’ If They Fumble Reopening Plans – WILLIAM DAVIS
https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/19/trump-governors-step-in-reopening-coronavirus/

TOWNHALL
— Contact Tracing? No Thanks. – John and Andy Schlafly
https://townhall.com/columnists/johnandandyschlafly/2020/05/20/contact-tracing-no-thanks-n2569115

PJ MEDIA
— California Governor to Feds: Give Us the Money or the First Responders ‘Get It’ – VICTORIA TAFT (DIERSEN: During the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran GAO made it very clear that if Republicans cut GAO’s budget, they would use those cuts to get rid of GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/05/19/california-governor-to-feds-give-us-the-money-or-the-first-responders-get-it-n408022

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Chinese government scheming to spread influence inside America, Pompeo warns The Chinese Communist Party is striving to embed itself in U.S. institutions, Trump’s secretary of state declared, and ‘we’re doing everything we can to push back against that.’ – Calvin Freiburger
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-government-scheming-to-spread-influence-inside-america-pompeo-warns

NATIONAL REVIEW
— COVID-19 Makes the Reinvigoration of American Manufacturing a National-Security Concern – VARSHA KODUVAYUR & GREG EVERETT
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/coronavirus-reinvigorating-american-manufacturing-national-security-concern/

THE HILL
— Chicago blocks church parking lots to enforce stay-at-home order – JUSTINE COLEMAN
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/498475-chicago-blocks-church-parking-lots-to-enforce-stay-at-home-order

POLITICO
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s push to reopen schools and day care gets chilly reception from voters.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/19/trumps-push-to-reopen-schools-and-day-care-gets-chilly-reception-from-voters-269430

CNN
— Nancy Pelosi called President Trump ‘morbidly obese.’ Is he? – Chris Cillizza (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/19/politics/nancy-pelosi-donald-trump-fat-hydroxychloroquine/index.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Generally speaking, it defines obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. (BMI is calculated by taking “a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters,” according to the CDC website.) Within “obese,” the CDC has three distinctions: 1) Those with a BMI between 30 and 35 2) those with a BMI between 35 and 40 and 3) those with a BMI over 40, which the CDC categorizes as having “extreme” or “severe” obesity. While the CDC doesn’t describe that third category as “morbid obesity,” it is referred to that way by other sites including Web MD (aka the scourge of every hypochondriac’s life). How large would you need to be to qualify as having “severe” or “morbid” obesity? According to this BMI calculator, a 6 foot tall man weighing 300 pounds would have a BMI of 41 — and would be considered in a state of “morbid” obesity. Which is not Donald Trump, at least according to the White House physician. In his February 2019 annual physical, Trump, who is 6’3″, tipped the scales at 243 pounds. That gave him a BMI of 30.4 — just over the edge of obesity but far from the technical definition of “severe” or “extreme” (or “morbid”) obesity.)

REUTERS
— Crucial Latino voters seek more attention from Biden – Saundra Amrhein, Simon Lewis (DIERSEN: To promote preference giving is to reject equal opportunity. To give preference to one group is to discriminate against another group. To give preference to Latinos is to discriminate against Blacks, Asians, Whites, etc. To give preference to women, younger people, people who have less money, non-Protestants, non-German Americans, non-draft avoiders, and/or to those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time is to discriminate against men, older people, people who have more money, Protestants, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-latinos/crucial-latino-voters-seek-more-attention-from-biden-idUSKBN22V1B2?il=0

NEW YORK TIMES
— Emulating Democrats, G.O.P. Ties House Hopes to Diverse Recruits “We need candidates other than boring old white people”: House Republicans are betting on a group of diverse candidates with compelling biographies to help them reclaim lost seats. – Catie Edmondson (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the Republican National Committee, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, etc. officially dump those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, those who are obese, and those who have health problems including diabetes?)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/us/politics/republicans-house-diversity-election.html
— Race and income are the key factors that decide who dies from Covid-19 and who survives – Michael Schwirtz and Lindsey Rogers Cook (DIERSEN: In your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, and in your county, to what extent are minorities and poor people dying from Covid-19 compared to Whites and rich people, and why is that?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/nyregion/coronavirus-deaths-nyc.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/us/politics/republicans-house-diversity-election.html
— The Right of the People to Protest Lockdown Although some states have tried to ban them, anti-lockdown demonstrations are protected by the First Amendment. – Floyd Abrams and John Langford (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you protest lockdowns, members of the following groups call you a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot, and even worse things: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, ant-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/opinion/coronavirus-first-amendment-protests.html

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trumpites dish out abuse, but they can’t take it: On the reaction to Pelosi’s morbidly obese crack.”‘
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-trumpites-dish-out-abuse-cant-take-it-20200519-ulfp2isuqzgl7fugza6uc2jhza-story.html

DETROIT NEWS
— Trump visit to Rawsonville Ford plant will proceed despite governor’s order – Keith Laing
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2020/05/19/trump-visit-rawsonville-ford-plant-proceed-despite-governors-order/5221559002/

MISSOULIAN
— Employment and stigma of those who are sick – BECKY FRANKS (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I had better health than most, if not virtually all, of my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates. Of course, they hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I did not earn or disserve my good health. Many hinted/implied/argued/shouted that if I had not avoided the draft, I would not have had good health.)
https://missoulian.com/opinion/columnists/employment-and-stigma-of-those-who-are-sick/article_d7dd82b2-1841-5978-a0ac-189195f16c45.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— U.S. Birthrates Fall to Record Low Last year’s data are another sign of how American childbearing, which began declining during the 2007-09 recession, never fully rebounded – Janet Adamy
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-birthrates-fall-to-record-low-11589947260
— U.S. Economic Recovery Will Drag On Through Next Year, CBO Says Congressional Budget Office sees sharpest labor-market deterioration since 1930s amid coronavirus – Paul Kiernan
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-economy-likely-to-shrink-5-6-this-year-amid-coronavirus-cbo-says-11589918370
— ‘One Mighty and Irresistible Tide’ Review: How They Became Us Deciding exactly whom we should welcome to our shores is a matter of ever-shifting public debate and ever-changing public sentiment. – Philip Terzian (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, under the Democrats, immigrants are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-mighty-and-irresistible-tide-review-how-they-became-us-11589927080

BLOOMBERG
— Ford Backs Off Mask-Wearing Requirement for Trump’s Factory Tour – Keith Naughton and Jordan Fabian
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-19/ford-says-trump-will-be-expected-to-wear-a-mask-on-plant-tour

FORBES
— The Pandemic Paradox For Older Workers – Richard Eisenberg (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2020/05/19/the-pandemic-paradox-for-older-workers/#6b68de16dee7

NATIONAL LAW REVIEW
— COVID-19: Plan Now For Bringing Back Your Workforce (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/covid-19-plan-now-bringing-back-your-workforce-part-iv
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Before we discuss the guidance itself, we offer this important context. Some epidemiologists and other experts note that the most important metric relating to resuming more full-scale economic activity is getting the rate of spread down to less than one new infection per existing infection. This is known as the R0 factor. The Massachusetts High Tech Council, for example, recommends that to get that metric to R<1, employers should segment their workforces by vulnerability to COVID-19, bringing back younger and healthier workers first, and workers over 60 or with certain medical conditions last. The goals are laudable: to continue driving down the infection rate and protect the health care system. But is the practice legal?)
— Risky Business: COVID-19 Employment Litigation Claims Will Be on the Rise (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/risky-business-covid-19-employment-litigation-claims-will-be-rise

INSURANCE JOURNAL
— U.S. Employers Shying Away From Using Coronavirus ‘Immunity’ Tests in Reopening – Caroline Humer and Timothy Aeppel (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/05/19/568971.htm

POLITIFACT
— Donald Trump doesn’t meet the definition of morbidly obese – Emily Venezky (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/may/19/nancy-pelosi/no-he-not-morbidly-obese/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Officially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not define the threshold needed for someone to be considered “morbidly obese.” Instead, the CDC says that “Class 3” obesity, sometimes categorized as “extreme” or “severe” obesity, is defined as having a body-mass index, or BMI, of 40 or higher. Other medical sources list a definition of “morbidly obese” as equivalent to a BMI of 40 or higher. Some available data about Trump comes from his most recent periodic physical exam. In a 2019 memo, Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said Trump was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 243 pounds. Trump, who was 72 at the time, had gained 4 pounds since his 2018 exam, when his previous doctor, Ronny Jackson, said Trump’s “overall health is excellent” but “he would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates and from a routine exercise regimen.” Officially, Trump’s height and weight would correlate to a BMI of 30.1, just a bit over the 30.0 level to be considered obese — the lowest of three levels. That is not high enough to count as Class 3 obesity.)

JD SUPRA
— Avoiding Potential Workplace Claims Arising from Reopening of Businesses (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/avoiding-potential-workplace-claims-54653/

LAWYERS
— Protecting Your Business From Employment Discrimination Claims – Gregory G. Brown (DIERSEN: Political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination were the real reasons why my Democrat superiors in the federal government got rid their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/business-law/protecting-your-business-from-employment-discrimination-claims-62441/

MASSACHUSETTS LAWYERS WEEKLY
— Employment – Age discrimination – Pretext (DIERSEN: Political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination were the real reasons why my Democrat superiors in the federal government got rid their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://masslawyersweekly.com/2020/05/19/employment-age-discrimination-pretext-13/

May 19 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Illinois gun sales surge amid coronavirus pandemic, shop owners say; upswing echoed nationwide – Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel, and Ross Weidner
https://abc7chicago.com/covid-19-fuels-gun-sales-surge-in-illinois-and-nationwide-shop-owners-say/6194802/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Talk of the County: Government assistance allows people to ‘spend all of the extra money on marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes and gambling’
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-talk-of-county-st-0520-20200518-qwdw56almzdejdqboy4dnjysue-story.html
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Southland colleges offer courses for cannabis industry job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs – FRANCINE KNOWLES
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-knowles-column-st-0519-20200518-lnpxugzjnngefbn47l44lk2s6a-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Rushing to reopen the economy won’t help American workers — it will kill them.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/ct-nyt-opinion-coronavirus-reopen-economy-workers-20200518-va75vbwvx5gkddihk5tfqv7zou-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers Garcia said, “Keep in mind, Governor, there is a body of these folks who are experienced, who people trust and they know how to knock on doors when it is safe to do so.”- Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/18/21263129/rep-jesus-chuy-garcia-urges-gov-j-b-pritzker-to-hire-illinois-hispanic-contact-tracers
— Mike Ditka’s restaurant in Gold Coast is closing COVID-19 and a short-term lease are blamed for “the extremely difficult decision.” – Darel Jevens
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/18/21263210/ditkas-closes-restaurant-chicago-gold-coast-chestnut-mike

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— It’s time for Illinois to start rethinking ‘normal’ We cannot afford to hide from this virus forever. Living with it is our best hope, most likely for many months to come. And so, it is time for a new approach and, in some cases, to recalibrate our thinking. – Editorial
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/its-time-illinois-start-rethinking-normal

WBBM
— Top Mayoral Aide Says COVID-19 Pandemic To Cost Chicago ‘Probably In Excess Of $500 Million’ – KEITH JOHNSON
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/top-mayoral-aid-covid-19-to-cost-chicago-in-excess-of-500m

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— What to expect when legislature returns Wednesday – Kade Heather
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200518/what-to-expect-when-legislature-returns-wednesday

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Plummer accuses Pritzker of creating ‘autocracy’ – MIKE KOZIATEK AND HANA MUSLIC
https://www.bnd.com/news/coronavirus/article242803566.html

KANKAKEE DAILY JOURNAL
— Census outreach ‘incredibly stymied’ by COVID-19 pandemic – Jerry Nowicki
https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/census-outreach-incredibly-stymied-by-covid-19-pandemic/article_05f91d08-98ed-11ea-86c6-13c6256917ec.html

SUBURBAN LIFE
— Pritzker to critics of emergency rule: Defying IDPH rules was already a misdemeanor IDPH: 59 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,294 new confirmed cases – SEAN HAMMOND
https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2020/05/18/pritzker-to-critics-of-emergency-rule-defying-idph-rules-was-already-a-misdemeanor/am46rmh/

FOX ILLINOIS
— Businesses violating stay-at-home order could be cited, fined
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/businesses-violating-stay-at-home-order-could-be-cited-fined

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Illinois Republicans upset with Gov. Pritzker’s power – Matt Roy (DIERSEN: If Rauner had done what Pritzker has done, the Democrats would have removed him from office by now.)
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/illinois-republicans-upset-with-gov-pritzkers-power

WSPY
— Illinois GOP Again Push to Remove Graduated Income Tax Amendment From November Ballot; Legislators Send Letter on Mental Health
http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/illinois-gop-again-push-to-remove-graduated-income-tax-amendment-from-november-ballot-legislators-send/article_fa1ae5c2-99d0-11ea-bb9f-23c3e0bae433.html

WEEK
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters promote hatred against those who do not hate Trump.
https://week.com/2020/05/19/theres-no-place-for-hatred-in-our-state-addressing-the-trend-at-reopen-illinois-rallies/

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS INDEPENDENT
— Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed? – Matthew Rago (DIERSEN: Do the leaders of your county want secession from Chicago or do they want to get rid of the county’s residents, organizations, companies, and governments that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non- poor, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://neiuindependent.org/16823/opinions/four-illinois-counties-to-vote-on-secession-from-chicago-what-if-they-succeed/

WISCONSIN EXAMINER
— Trump’s defamation suits pose a chilling prospect for the press The eyes of the nation turn to Rhinelander, WI — population 7,632 – Bob Lewis (DIERSEN: In your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, and in your county, who takes the lead in defaming people? I should write a book about those in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County who take the lead in defaming people. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who paint themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican to give themselves standing to defame those who are religious, conservatives, and/or Republican. Of course, they have their operatives and their dupes do their dirty work, so I would focus on them too.)
https://wisconsinexaminer.com/2020/04/27/trumps-defamation-suits-pose-a-chilling-prospect-for-the-press/

CHICAGO LAW BULLETIN
— FROM THE ARTICLE: 38 out of 177 lawmakers in the 101st Illinois General Assembly as attorneys.
https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/getdoc/58ee96b1-7f43-4a61-afa5-e8b007b1f0d0/introducing-lawyers-in-the-legislature-20200515

ROBERT FEDER
— WIND’s Amy Jacobson barred from governor’s media briefings (DIERSEN: I do not claim to be impartial. I am conservative and I state that I am conservative. I am Republican and I state that I am Republican. It is called full disclosure. According to Democrats and to according RINOs, only those who claim to be impartial can be journalists or reporters. I should write a book about mainstream journalists and mainstream reporters who falsely claim to be impartial. They talk, act, and/or write like they are not only liberal and/or Democrat, but like they are anti-conservative and/or anti-Republican. Further, I should write a book about pot pushers who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in DuPage County who sided with other pot pushers against me when I spoke out against pot at a DuPage County Board meeting last year. They said that lobbyists cannot be journalists or reporters. They said that I was a lobbyist, and that therefore, I was not a journalist or a reporter, that is, they charged me with failing to register as a lobbyist with the State of Illinois. They know that by definition, lobbyists are paid to lobby and that I have never been paid to lobby. I should have sued them.)
https://www.robertfeder.com/2020/05/19/winds-amy-jacobson-barred-governors-media-briefings/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Jacobson’s participation prompted others in the media to question whether she had forfeited her standing as a journalist by becoming an advocate and activist. Capitol Fax editor Rich Miller wrote: “Give a speech at a rally and then expect to be treated like a reporter? Nope.” Chicago Tribune chief political reporter Rick Pearson tweeted: “And we are the ones accused of being ‘fake news.’” On Monday Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh, notified Jacobson that she was persona non grata. “This weekend you attended and spoke at a political rally to fire up the crowd opposing the Governor’s policies to combat COVID-19,” Abudayyeh wrote in an email Jacobson made public. “That rally was attended by people holding hateful Nazi imagery. An impartial journalist would not have attended that rally in that capacity and therefore you will no longer be invited to participate as an impartial journalist.” Jeff Reisman, regional vice president and general manager of AM 560 The Answer, questioned the decision and said he hoped Jacobson would be readmitted. “I am disappointed that the governor has decided to limit the scope of questions he receives from the media,” Reisman said. “Amy Jacobson has had a long career as a journalist in Chicago, and she has routinely been asking questions that AM 560’s listeners want to have answered. “In this time of uncertainty, I would hope that Gov. Pritzker and his staff would be more transparent and accountable to the people of Illinois. Picking and choosing which media outlets are allowed to ask questions creates the impression that Gov. Pritzker isn’t willing to answer difficult questions. I hope this decision would be reversed immediately and that Amy would be given access once again.” Muller also defended Jacobson, saying: “Why is it we have to agree with Governor Pritzker to ask him questions? . . . Regular people are hurting. That is who Amy and I speak with on our different radio shows. Pritzker allows no followup questions and no real questions from anyone but sycophants.” Jacobson has harshly criticized Pritzker’s handling of the shutdown and challenged the governor on why his family recently traveled from a home in Florida to one in Wisconsin in apparent violation of his statewide order. She said she plans to talk about the ban on Tuesday’s show. Before she joined the news/talk station in 2010, Jacobson worked for more than 10 years as a general assignment reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.)

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Pritzker bans AM 560’s Jacobson from daily press conferences, claims she isn’t “impartial” (DIERSEN: I do not claim to be impartial. I am conservative and I state that I am conservative. I am Republican and I state that I am Republican. It is called full disclosure. According to Democrats and to according RINOs, only those who claim to be impartial can be journalists or reporters. I should write a book about mainstream journalists and mainstream reporters who falsely claim to be impartial. They talk, act, and/or write like they are not only liberal and/or Democrat, but like they are anti-conservative and/or anti-Republican. Further, I should write a book about pot pushers who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in DuPage County who sided with other pot pushers against me when I spoke out against pot at a DuPage County Board meeting last year. They said that lobbyists cannot be journalists or reporters. They said that I was a lobbyist and that therefore, I was not a journalist or a reporter, that is, they charged me with failing to register as a lobbyist with the State of Illinois. They know that by definition, lobbyists are paid to lobby and that I have never been paid to lobby. I should have sued them.)
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/537599785-pritzker-bans-am-560-s-jacobson-from-daily-press-conferences-claims-she-isn-t-impartial
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Abudayyeh criticized Jacobson for her attendance at a downtown Chicago rally of Pritzker critics on Saturday. “This weekend you attended and spoke at a political rally to fire up the crowd in opposing the Governor’s policies to combat COVID-19,” Abudayyeh said. “An impartial journalist would not have attended that rally in that capacity and therefore you will no longer be invited to participate as an impartial journalist.”)

WIREPOINTS
— Trading at junk levels: Illinois borrowing costs 5 times higher than AAA-rated states – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/trading-at-junk-levels-illinois-borrowing-costs-5-times-higher-than-aaa-rated-states-wirepoints/

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Pritzker bans AM 560’s Jacobson from daily press conferences, claims she isn’t “impartial” – JOHN KRAFT
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/pritzker-bans-am-560s-jacobson-from-daily-press-conferences-claims-she-isnt-impartial/

CAPITOL FAX
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republican-haters side with Republican-haters.
https://capitolfax.com/2020/05/18/politicizing-grandstanding-and-twisting-the-facts/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Nancy Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ Trump shouldn’t be taking hydroxychloroquine – Victor Morton (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will laws be enacted that bar those who are older, those who are overweight, those who have health problems including diabetes, etc. from seeking or holding government or political offices?)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/18/nancy-pelosi-donald-trump-morbidly-obese-shouldnt-/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Top White House staffers are working from home as West Wing coronavirus fears build – Katherine Doyle
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/top-white-house-staffers-are-working-from-home-as-west-wing-coronavirus-fears-build
— Polls Show Trump Holds Enthusiasm Edge Over Biden – Kimberly Ross
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/polls-show-one-huge-problem-for-the-biden-campaign

BREITBART
— Migration Advocates: Open the Borders to Asylum Seekers with Coronavirus – NEIL MUNRO
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/18/migration-advocates-open-the-borders-to-asylum-seekers-with-coronavirus/

CNS NEWS
— HEROES Act Would Benefit Murderers and Illegal Aliens – Hans Bader
https://cnsnews.com/commentary/hans-bader/heroes-act-would-benefit-murderers-and-illegal-aliens

DAILY SIGNAL
— A Proposed ‘Health Defense Operations’ Slush Fund Won’t Protect US From Future Pandemics – Romina Boccia
https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/05/18/a-proposed-health-defense-operations-slush-fund-wont-protect-us-from-future-pandemics/

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
— Feminists Use COVID-19 To Abolish The Family – Ed Martin
https://www.phyllisschlafly.com/family/feminists-use-covid-19-to-abolish-the-family/
— Restart Sports Without Gambling – John & Andy Schlafly
https://www.phyllisschlafly.com/featured-top/restart-sports-without-gambling/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Facebook announces progress in developing AI to silence ‘hate speech’ The social media platform says it now detects and removes 88.8 percent of what it considers ‘hate speech.’ (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs, everything is hate speech except for what they say, write, or bless.)
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/facebook-announces-progress-in-developing-ai-to-silence-hate-speech
— Chicago Catholic group: Cupich’s plan to re-open churches is ‘betrayal of Christ’ Cardinal Cupich’s plan has ‘yielded the authority of the Church and subjugated the primacy of her worship to laws of man,’ they say. – Stephen Kokx
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chicago-catholic-group-blasts-cupichs-plan-to-re-open-churches-monstrous-betrayal-of-christ

NEWSGUARD
— Major Republican and Democratic campaign organizations are using shady “news” sites to spread political propaganda (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, he who pays the piper calls the tunes. As everyone knows, 100% of the time and the money needed to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and to send them out comes from me. Not one penny comes from the Republican National Committee, Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, or any Republican candidate. I should write a book about efforts by the aforesaid and others a) to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) to stop everyone from reading the emails.)
https://www.newsguardtech.com/misinformation-monitor-may-2020/

THE HILL
— Biden: Trump’s coronavirus response has been ‘nakedly xenophobic’ – JONATHAN EASLEY (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use coronavirus to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/498350-biden-trumps-coronavirus-response-has-been-nakedly-xenophobic

HUFFINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lincoln-project-ad-trump-lie-die-covid-19_n_5ec34bebc5b6e7a7cb8fcf3c

MCCLATCHY NEWS DC
— Underfunded pensions make GOP leaders reluctant to send federal aid to states like California – DAVID LIGHTMAN
https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article242761156.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— If Democrats Hold a Big Convention, Will Anybody Come? The Times interviewed 59 delegates who will help nominate Joe Biden. Most said they don’t want to risk their own health, or the health of others, by attending a full-scale convention in Milwaukee. – Reid J. Epstein (DIERSEN: What is the status of the Illinois Republican Party State Convention? How many delegates are there in total and from each county, township, and Chicago ward?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/us/politics/democratic-convention-virus.html
— Trump Threatens to Leave W.H.O. and Permanently End Funding The president said the organization had made missteps during the pandemic that “have been extremely costly for the world.” A claim he takes hydroxychloroquine was criticized by doctors.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/us/coronavirus-updates.html
— Virus Forces Conference Planners to Go Back to Go “No one really had this in their playbook,” one planner said. At the moment, there are more questions than answers on what business meetings will look like. – Martha C. White
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/business/coronavirus-business-travel-conferences.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters use coronavirus to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump supporters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/opinion/coronavirus-reopen-workers.html
— FRONT PAGE: Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting Officials seek to recruit 50,000 poll watchers and spend millions to fight voter fraud. Democrats say the real goal is to stop them from voting. – Michael Wines
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/us/Voting-republicans-trump.html
— Germany’s Coronavirus Protests: Anti-Vaxxers, Anticapitalists, Neo-Nazis The pandemic marginalized the far right, as Germans rallied behind Angela Merkel. But the reopening has brought them back, and they are preparing to seize new opportunities. – Katrin Bennhold
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/world/europe/coronavirus-germany-far-right.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Facing Adulthood With an Economic Disaster’s Lasting Scars Those entering the job market in a downturn may never catch up in pay, opportunities or confidence. – Eduardo Porter and David Yaffe-Bellany (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Will the federal government extend its promotion deadlines? If you are a federal employee who is Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran, the federal government gets rid of you if you do not make GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few federal employees make the aforesaid promotion deadlines. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and up-or-out.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/business/economy/coronavirus-young-old.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Why Does Reopening Polarize Us? The divide over lockdowns reflects deeper differences in attitudes about risk, liberty and morality. – Dan Crenshaw
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-reopening-polarize-us-11589842995
— Why Coronavirus Increasingly Exacerbates the Red-Blue Divide Democratic states feel they aren’t getting the help they need from GOP senators, while Republican ones think they bear an unfair economic burden – Gerald F. Seib
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-coronavirus-increasingly-exacerbates-the-red-blue-divide-11589810871
— Will a Face Mask Protect You? Maybe a little, but washing your hands and social distancing are far more effective. – Marc Siegel
https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-a-face-mask-protect-you-11589842953

FORBES
— COVID-19 Recession Projected To Cost Jobs For 22% Middle Income Older Workers, 15% Higher Income – Ted Knutson (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, businesses and organizations will use coronavirus to get rid of their employees and members who are older, obese, and/or who have health problems including diabetes.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedknutson/2020/05/18/covid-19-recession-projected-to-cost-jobs-for-22-middle-income-older-workers-15-higher-income/#404273316206
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ghilarducci says this recession is likely to hit older workers harder than economic downturns of the past because the widely publicized larger vulnerability of the aged to COVID-19 is going to increase age discrimination in hiring. She adds older workers are usually the first to get laid off and the last to be re-hired.)

BLOOMBERG
— Pritzker Finds Running Most-Troubled U.S. State Only Gets Harder – Shruti Singh
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-18/billionaire-s-fight-to-keep-illinois-from-junk-just-got-harder
— Investors Don’t Share Trump’s Scorn for Blue States Republican-dominated states lag in growth and debt performance. – Matthew A. Winkler (DIERSEN: What percent of investor money in America is controlled by the following: Foreigners, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, RINOs, and Republicans?)
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-18/coronavirus-economy-investors-don-t-share-trump-blue-state-scorn

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “U.S. lockdown protests may have spread virus widely.”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/lockdown-protests-spread-coronavirus-cellphone-data

FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK
— Coronavirus and career – Mike Causey (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn federal employees and federal retires. I was a federal employee for almost 30 years and I have been a federal retiree for almost 23 years. Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/mike-causey-federal-report/2020/05/coronavirus-and-career-the-a-rod-j-lo-rule/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: They say that the coronavirus is a threat, a deadly threat, to all of us regardless of who we are and where we live. That regardless of who we are, where we live and what we do, we are all in the same boat. And that’s true — up to a point. Then it isn’t anymore. And while we can’t pick our parents, decide our birth date or where we grow up — Bangladesh or Brooklyn — the career path we followed is very important. Especially when times get tough — like now — when having more money, which is almost always a good thing, is better than having little or none. Which is also true when times are good — having a good job or steady income is a good thing, now more than ever! And even if you believe that all of us are created equal, life teaches us that that doesn’t last long. While they face many of the same challenges we all do, some people are in a slightly better place at times like now.)

FED SMITH
— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS: No COLA in 2021? – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the purchasing power of the following is dramatically reduced: my Civil Service Retirement System pension, my Social Security, and my retirement savings.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2020/05/18/no-cola-2021/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: COLA Does Not Match Retiree Expense Increases Since 2000, Social Security COLAs have increased benefits by 53% but the prices of what retirees typically buy have increased by about 99.3%. Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs, housing costs, and homeowner’s insurance costs—have been the most rapidly-rising costs in the past year. So far in 2020, there has been a decrease of 0.27% in the third quarter of 2019 over the relevant Consumer Price Index used to calculate any COLA increase. As discussed in previous FedSmith articles, the Social Security COLA is based on the consumer-price index (CPI) for urban workers. Another CPI, known as CPI-E, tracks the spending of older Americans. The difference in these CPI measurements is largely in the cost of health care and housing. Medicare premiums and homeowners’ insurance often grow rapidly from year over year. The COLA adjustments do not take into account the larger percentage spent by older Americans on these expenses.)

May 17 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Coronavirus Illinois: COVID-19 cases top 94K with over 4K deaths; some Chicago churches reopen, defying governor’s order
https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-coronavirus-how-many-new-cases-of-in-by-day-update/6191308/
— Illinois stay at home order: Businesses that defy could to face misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $2,500 – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/businesses-that-defy-stay-at-home-order-to-face-misdemeanor-fine/6191401/


NBC5
— Trump Calls Out Pritzker’s Handling of Coronavirus Response Efforts President Trump and the Illinois governor have previously traded attacks on how their respective governments have handled the pandemic – Becca Wood
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/trump-calls-out-pritzkers-handling-of-coronavirus-response-efforts/2273582/
— Illinois Reports 1,734 Additional Coronavirus Cases, 51 Deaths Related to Virus The state also reported conducting more than 20,000 tests over the last 24 hours
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-reports-1734-additional-coronavirus-cases-51-deaths-related-to-virus/2273503/
— Pritzker Order Reportedly Authorizes New Punishment for Businesses Violating Restrictions Business owners could face misdemeanor charges if they open in violation of the order
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/pritzker-order-reportedly-authorizes-new-punishment-for-businesses-violating-restrictions/2273474/

— Illinois Coronavirus Updates: State Looks to New Ways to Enforce Stay-at-Home Order
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-coronavirus-updates-state-looks-to-new-ways-to-enforce-stay-at-home-order/2273489/

CBS2
— Neighbors Protest Metro Praise International Church For Holding Services During Pandemic – Vi Nguyen
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/17/stay-at-home-order-pandemic-protest-metro-praise-international-church/

— Coronavirus In Illinois: 1,734 New COVID-19 Cases, 51 Additional Deaths
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/17/coronavirus-in-illinois-1734-new-covid-19-cases-51-additional-deaths/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois daily COVID-19 death toll drops to lows not seen in a couple weeks
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-daily-covid-19-death-toll-drops-to-lows-not-seen-in-a-couple-weeks
— Adler Planetarium lays off 120 employees due to pandemic
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/adler-planetarium-lays-off-120-employees-due-to-pandemic
— Office Depot closing stores, laying off 13,000 workers – Audrey Conklin
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/office-depot-closing-stores-laying-off-13000-workers

WGN TV
— Officials report 1,734 new cases of coronavirus disease, 51 related deaths in Illinois – AP
https://wgntv.com/chicago-news/officials-report-1734-new-cases-of-coronavirus-disease-51-related-deaths-in-illinois/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Fifty-one more coronavirus deaths announced in Illinois, with positive tests continuing to come in below 20% The positivity rate in the northeast part of the state was 18.3% Sunday, the fourth straight day below 20%. In Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, a region could move to the third phase after 14 consecutive days of hitting that mark. – Ben Pope
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/17/21261686/illinois-coronavirus-pritzker-cases-deaths-testing-may-17-deaths
— Illinois’ latest 1-day statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dips below 9%
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/17/21261282/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020
— Keeping it safe for legislators and democracy in Springfield this week Every protester should leave their guns at home. And any lawmaker who can’t be bothered to wear a face mask should stay out of town. – Editorial
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/17/21260565/coronavirus-covid-guns-legislature-michigan-domestic-terrorism-illinois-general-assembly-springfield
— How to crack down on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes The first step is to evacuate coronavirus-infected residents from the lowest-rated facilities until the virus is contained or they recover. – Brandon Johnson, Cook County Commissioner
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/17/21260205/covid-nursing-home-deaths-personal-liberties-illinois-lockdown-first-amendment-letters-s-e-cupp
— While state remains shut down, Illinois residents head to neighboring states to shop, eat out In the first weekend that bordering states Indiana and Wisconsin largely were open for business, Illinoisans traveled across state lines, confident they won’t get sick. – Bob Chiarito
https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/17/21261537/illinois-wisconsin-indiana-stay-at-home-order-open-coronavirus-covid-19
— Prognosis for COVID-19’s hit on Cook County finances plagued by ‘unknown unknowns’ “It’s worse than a hurricane, it’s worse than 9/11, it’s worse than the 2008 economic … downturn because this is a comprehensive stopping of the economy, a threat to public safety that forces total disruption of most traditional, economic activities,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation. – Rachel Hinton
https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/5/17/21256486/cook-county-budget-shortfall-covid-19-finances-millions-coronavirus-revenues-hole

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Illinois officials report 51 more fatalities from coronavirus, the lowest number of daily deaths in nearly two weeks
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200516-ildqrn4e4bhorexpljpc7dur7u-story.html
— We can’t wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to reopen, Britain, Italy tell citizens – AP
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-world-updates-20200517-sckhmqobaveb7otzv6h7m6xdza-story.html
— Federal judge moves up petitions deadline for third-party and independent candidates but rejects call to require more signatures – RICK PEARSON
https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-third-party-candidates-ruling-20200517-2aunxlybungvlhqlpwvwa3ydcq-story.html
— Dozens defy stay-at-home order to attend Belmont-Cragin church while protesters warn of endangering the community – LAURA RODRÍGUEZ PRESA and JESSICA VILLAGOMEZ
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-churches-20200517-hawt4sd76jcmdorqquwytpqvx4-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— State reports 1,734 new COVID-19 cases, 51 additional deaths – Steve Zalusky
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200517/state-reports-1734-new-covid-19-cases-51-additional-deaths

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Out of the virus frying pan, into the financial fire – Sheila A. Weinberg
https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/guest-commentary-out-of-the-virus-frying-pan-into-the-financial-fire/article_c034dce3-7516-53f7-b5f5-f306fc13a4a3.html

FOX ILLINOIS
— Biden’s VP search puts spotlight on how long he’ll serve – AP
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/bidens-vp-search-puts-spotlight-on-how-long-hell-serve

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump says back to normal in golf means big crowds, no masks – AP
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/sports/trump-says-back-to-normal-in-golf-means-big-crowds-no-masks/

BURR RIDGE PATCH
— Burr Ridge Mayor Updates Residents On Flattening Coronavirus Curve “Burr Ridge continues to do its part to bring the curve down.”
https://patch.com/illinois/burrridge/burr-ridge-mayor-updates-residents-flattening-coronavirus-curve

ILLINOIS ACTION
— Illinois – URGENT call to action! – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/illinois-urgent-call-to-action/

THE HILL
— Biden hits Trump, Pence on LGBTQ+ rights – JUSTINE COLEMAN (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs get rid of you if you do not promote LGBTQ+ activity.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/498197-biden-hits-trump-pence-on-lgbtq-rights

ABC NEWS
— How apps could change the workplace after coronavirus crisis Several apps could hold the future to a safe office after reopening. – Leighton Schneider and Michael Dobuski
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/apps-change-workplace-coronavirus-crisis/story?id=70726355

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
— Trump adviser Peter Navarro says stay-at-home measures kill more people ‘indirectly’ than coronavirus – DAVE GOLDINER
https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-peter-navarro-indirectly-20200517-wy45r77utjh2xc35bxwfmcgom4-story.html

DENVER POST
— Dealing with discrimination in the workplace – Iris Halpern and Ellen K. Giarratana (DIERSEN: How strongly will employers use coronavirus to get rid of their employees who are older, who are obese, who have diabetes, etc.?)
https://www.denverpost.com/2020/05/17/workers-rights-qa-dealing-with-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Why Stadiums Are Incubators for Coronavirus Spread Sports fans are longing to return to the stands, but health experts say stadiums are one of the highest-risk areas for coronavirus transmission. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist, walks us through how easily the virus could spread among the crowd.
https://www.wsj.com/video/why-stadiums-are-incubators-for-coronavirus-spread/16EEBD9D-DCF5-40D9-9628-7E8351E414D8.html

FORTUNE
— The class of 2020 is getting a crash course in job market uncertainty New grads are unsure and anxious about their professional prospects in a labor market ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. – MCKENNA MOORE (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://fortune.com/longform/coronavirus-job-market-class-of-2020-entry-level-hiring-covid-19/

May 17 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Churches to reopen for Sunday service in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order – Jesse Kirsch
https://abc7chicago.com/religion/churches-reopen-for-services-in-defiance-of-illinois-stay-at-home-order-/6190541/
— Obama criticizes US coronavirus response in online commencement speech for HBCU graduates He also addressed the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery – AP
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/obama-criticizes-covid-19-response-in-online-graduation-speech/6189204/
— Chicago Ford assembly plant employees return to work with new COVID-19 safety measures in place; ‘I think they’re rushing it’ – John Garcia
https://abc7chicago.com/business/i-think-theyre-rushing-it-chicago-ford-assembly-plant-employees-return-to-work/6189771/?cmp=emc-wls-news-headlines-5/17/2020

NBC5
— Experts Warn of 2020 ‘Meltdown’ as Election Funding Faces Rocky Path Through Congress “There is a real significant risk to the integrity of the election if we don’t invest now in our election infrastructure.”
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/experts-warn-of-2020-meltdown-as-election-funding-faces-rocky-path-through-congress/2273343/

CBS2
— Chicago Heights Ford Plant Reopens Monday As Workers Wear COVID-19 ‘Distance’ Watches – Chris Tye
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/15/chicago-heights-ford-plant-reopens-monday-as-workers-wear-covid-19-distance-watches/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— ‘Reopen Illinois’ rallies held as Anti-Defamation League condemns Nazi imagery on signs – Michele Fiore
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/reopen-illinois-rallies-held-as-anti-defamation-league-condemns-nazi-imagery-on-signs

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Federal appeals court says Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings will almost certainly withstand legal challenge
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200516-ildqrn4e4bhorexpljpc7dur7u-story.html
— Putting ‘me’ first in age of coronavirus not only selfish but dangerous to all of us – DAVID MCGRATH (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you if you do not promote Pritzker.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-mcgrath-column-st-0515-20200515-ilntoackcvcm3jhapo7yqaftqy-story.html
— Find the right person for a job means hunting for ‘unique’ candidates, Naperville recruiter says – STEVE METSCH (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-down-to-business-st-0517-20200515-4pm6sog3arh53fvs47tipx4qwi-story.html
— DuPage PADS unlikely to return to old homeless system in wake of pandemic, outgoing agency CEO says – HILARY DECENT (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrats and RINOs who have for many decades steered homeless people to DuPage County, and especially to Milton Township and to Wheaton?)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/opinion/ct-nvs-decent-column-st-0517-20200515-gesmcta5wneoblllyzhlgazwgq-story.html
— We need reasonable, sensible plans from the governor in response to the pandemic – ELIZABETH BAUER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-commentary-elizabeth-bauer-pritzker-stay-home-order-20200515-5rtaay64njcl3jbhgwvtnmdt6a-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Coronavirus live blog, May 16, 2020: Obama criticizes U.S. leaders’ virus response in online graduation speech – Harry Hitzeman (DIERSEN: Those who are sued retaliate against those who sue them. I should write a book about those who I have sued and their retaliation against me.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/essential-coronavirus-news/2020/5/16/21260717/latest-coronavirus-news-live-updates-chicago-illinois-2020

DAILY HERALD
— Minorities, elderly represent higher rates of COVID-19 infections, deaths – Madhu Krishnamurthy (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrats blame Trump for that.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200517/minorities-elderly-represent-higher-rates-of-covid-19-infections-deaths
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In DuPage County, home to communities hardest-hit by the pandemic, Latinos comprise 27.5% of confirmed cases and 14.5% of the county’s population. African Americans make up 5.4% of confirmed cases and 5.3% of the population. Asians represent 6.4% of cases and 12.6% of the population, and whites account for 27.3% of confirmed cases and 79.7% of the population. Mortality rates per 100,000 population are: African Americans, 47.2%, whites, 29.4%, Latinos, 19.8%, and Asians, 16.3%.)
— Elgin church won’t reopen Sunday, threatens suit over COVID-19 shutdown
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200516/elgin-church-wont-reopen-sunday-threatens-suit-over-covid-19-shutdown

WTTW
— Pritzker Creates New Tier of Punishment for Businesses Ignoring COVID-19 Order – Amanda Vinicky (DIERSEN: In Illinois, because of Pritzker and the Democrats, how many businesses are going out of business a) every day and b) every hour?)
https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/16/pritzker-creates-new-tier-punishment-businesses-ignoring-covid-19-order
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bars, restaurants and other businesses that open to customers in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order now risk being charged with a misdemeanor. The new penalty level has been in effect since Friday afternoon when Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration quietly filed the emergency rule. While Pritzker’s executive order requires restaurants, salons and gyms to remain closed to on-site patrons due to COVID-19, the rule change codifies it under Illinois Department of Public Health regulations – violators of which can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. As of Saturday afternoon there’s no indication it has yet been enforced. A Class A misdemeanor in Illinois is punishable by a fine between $75 and $2500.)

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— It’s not the first time the House has taken a hike It is rare, but not unprecedented, for the General Assembly to meet somewhere other than the Capitol. – Doug Finke
https://www.pjstar.com/opinion/20200516/its-not-first-time-house-has-taken-hike

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
— No masks. No gloves. No problem. As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in – Elliot Hughes, Talis Shelbourne and Natalie Brophy
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/05/16/covid-19-cases-spike-but-wisconsin-crowds-kind-done-all/5207558002/

HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR CHRONICLE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis-infusion business gets green light in Homewood – David P. Funk
https://hfchronicle.com/article/2020/may/15/cannabis-infusion-business-gets-green-light-homewood

FOX ILLINOIS
— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/fourth-protest-of-stay-at-home-order-held-at-state-capitol

WGEM
— Protesters rally outside Illinois Capitol, compare Gov. Pritzker to Hitler
https://wgem.com/2020/05/16/protesters-rally-outside-illinois-capitol-compare-gov-pritzker-to-hitler/

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Anti-Defamation League Regional Director calls Pritzker comparisons to Hitler antisemitic, vile – Matt Sheehan
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/anti-defamation-league-regional-director-calls-pritzker-comparisons-to-hitler-antisemitic-vile/
— Lawmakers debate on Heroes Act; Republicans and some Democrats go against bill – Basil John
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/washington/washington-dc/lawmakers-debate-on-heroes-act-republicans-and-some-democrats-go-against-bill/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Fourth stay at home order protest draws hundreds to Springfield – Jakob Emerson
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/fourth-protest-of-stay-at-home-order-held-at-state-capitol
— Champaign County sees negative impact on tourism and economy – Taylor Deckert
https://newschannel20.com/news/local/champaign-county-sees-negative-impact-on-tourism-and-economy

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Illinois Governor Pritzker’s emergency rule change locks down the state for 150 days, makes criminals out of those who violated new rules – KIRK ALLEN
https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/illinois-governor-pritzkers-emergency-rule-change-locks-down-the-state-for-150-days-makes-criminals-out-of-those-who-violated-new-rules/

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Chinese State Media Warn Country Will Interfere in U.S. Election – Adam Kredo (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who hint/imply/argue/shout that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails interfere with elections in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Wheaton, and in Wheaton’s West District. According to them, all government and political news and commentary is false except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-state-media-warn-country-will-interfere-in-u-s-election/

FOX NEWS
— Lawmakers can protect the elderly and reopen the economy – Bobby Jindal
https://finance.yahoo.com/video/lawmakers-protect-elderly-reopen-economy-232246055.html

BREITBART
— Pelosi Coronavirus Plan Bails Out the Rich with Tax Breaks, Cheap Labor – John Binder
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/16/pelosi-coronavirus-plan-bails-out-the-rich-with-tax-breaks-cheap-labor/
— Congress Needs to Wake Up About State and Local Government Layoffs – JOEL B. POLLAK
https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/05/15/pollak-congress-needs-to-wake-up-about-state-and-local-government-layoffs/

THE HILL
— Trump and Biden signal bitter general election with latest attack ads – TAL AXELROD (DIERSEN: Expect that ever-increasingly, Biden will call Republicans White supremacists, Nazis, KKK member, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. Expect that ever-increasingly, Biden will promise to use the federal government to get rid of the following once and for all: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/497885-trump-biden-signal-bitter-general-election-latest-attack-ads

NBC NEWS
— NYC tourist who posted pics at the beach in Hawaii arrested for violating quarantine rule – Minyvonne Burke
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/live-blog/2020-05-16-coronavirus-news-n1208496/ncrd1208636#blogHeader

NEW YORK TIMES
— Dealing With the Dark Side of Low Interest Rates When you borrow, low interest rates are fabulous. But if you need to live on your savings, you will be receiving far less income. – Jeff Sommer (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, interest rates are less than inflation.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/business/strategies-investing-interest-rates.html
— I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient It’s time for reparations and resources and to not expect kids to “rise above.” – Mona Hanna-Attisha (DIERSEN: In what municipality were you raised? I was raised in Crete 1948-1972. I should write a book about Crete-haters who demonize, denigrate, and condemn a) Crete and b) those like me who were raised in Crete who are White, male, German American, Missouri Synod Lutheran, and/or non-veteran. I would focus on Crete-haters in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on Crete-haters who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on Crete-haters who continue to demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being a newcomer even though I have lived in Wheaton since 1978.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/opinion/sunday/flint-inequality-race-coronavirus.html
— FRONT PAGE: How Washington Learned to Embrace the Budget Deficit Many economists who once warned of mounting debt are now urging lawmakers to spend more to combat economic pain from coronavirus. – Jim Tankersley (DIERSEN: Until last year, my wife and I had never spent more than our income. According to my critics/opponents, we were able to do that only because a) we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, b) the federal government grossly overpaid me, c) my federal retirement benefits are much too generous, d) my wife had good jobs, e) I avoided the draft, and f) I have had good health.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/16/business/deficits-virus-economists-trump.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Crisis exposes how America has hollowed out its government. – Dan Balz (DIERSEN: I should write a book about a) how Republicans used budget cuts to hollow out GAO and b) how the Democrats who ran GAO used those budget cuts to get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/government-hollowed-out-weaknesses/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chronic weaknesses are well known Gene Dodaro, the comptroller general, leads the Government Accountability Office, the agency that is tasked with being a watchdog for government performance. He sees structural weaknesses that constantly impede performance. “The hardest part of my job is getting people to focus on things before they become a crisis,” he said. The GAO regularly produces a list of areas of high risk in government performance. The most recent, issued in 2019, began with this assessment: “The ratings for more than half of the 35 areas on the 2019 High Risk List remain largely unchanged. Since GAO’s last update in 2017, seven areas improved, three regressed, and two showed mixed progress.”)

FORBES
— Republicans ‘Appalled’ By $3 Trillion Heroes Act, As Democrats Urge Its Passing – Sergei Klebnikov
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2020/05/16/republicans-appalled-by-3-trillion-heroes-act-as-democrats-urge-its-passing/#40f808ec7599

TIME
— Welcome to the First Global Economic Depression of Our Lifetimes – IAN BREMMER
https://time.com/5837442/first-global-depression-our-lifetimes/

DAILY BEAST
— It’s Not Just Sheriffs—Now Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Illinois Lockdown – Tracy Connor
https://www.thedailybeast.com/prosecutors-refuse-to-enforce-illinois-gov-jb-pritzkers-lockdown

SUN
— ‘OPEN ILLINOIS’ Protesters calling for end to coronavirus lockdown have tense standoff with Chicago cops despite gov’s vow to open state – Erica Davies
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11641674/illinois-coronavirus-lockdown-protests-standoff-cops-chicago/