Ivanka Trump, Famed Public Health Expert, Screened CDC Guidance to Make Sure It Was Nice to Her Dad

“Every time that the science clashed with the messaging, messaging won.”

In an interview with The New York Times about how the administration manipulated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two former Trump political appointees say what they saw during their time at the Atlanta agency shocked them, the newspaper writes: “Washington’s dismissal of science, the White House’s slow suffocation of the agency’s voice, the meddling in its messages and the siphoning of its budget.” According to Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the CDC, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, the White House insisted on reviewing, and often editing, the agency’s COVID-19 guidance documents, “the most prominent public expression of its latest research and scientific consensus on the spread of the virus.” The guidance was not just vetted by the administration’s coronavirus task force but “an endless loop of political appointees across Washington.” The White House, McGowan says, was obsessed with the economic implications of the public health crisis.

Vanity Fair

Libertarians: How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears

[Grafton, New Hampshire] The experiment was called the “Free Town Project” (it later became the “Free State Project”), and the goal was simple: take over Grafton’s local government and turn it into a libertarian utopia. The movement was cooked up by a small group of ragtag libertarian activists who saw in Grafton a unique opportunity to realize their dreams of a perfectly logical and perfectly market-based community. Needless to say, utopia never arrived, but the bears did!

Vox

Tax the Rich: Jared & Ivanka Show They Can Afford It

They’re renting a D.C. house for $15,000 per month, buying a $30 million lot on a high-security island in Miami with a 13-person police force protecting 29 houses. Taxes are $472,764 a year.

Indian Creek Island, A.K.A. “Billionaires Bunker”

They will reportedly also maintain their house in New York.

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Meanwhile, amongst the plebians (the rest of us):

6 million American households could face eviction on January 1

This is what life could look like for them:

And this:

Millions of hungry Americans turn to food banks for the first time

But console yourself in the knowledge that we live in “the richest country in the world”.