According to new reopening guidelines that were shared with governors on Thursday, President Trump has a set May 1st as a date to start getting Americans back to their normal lives.
The “Opening Up America Again” guidelines say states which show a downward trend of COVID-19 cases will be able to re-open their restaurants, bars, theaters, workplaces, sporting centers and gyms as soon as May 1st.
Before laying out the new guidelines President Trump told governors and state leaders on a conference call “You’re gonna call your shots. Bottom line, if you’re ready and you have those beautiful, low numbers like some of you have, let’s get going, let’s open up your state.”
Under the “Open Up America Again” guidelines, states will need to demonstrate a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over a two week period and a “robust” system for testing healthcare workers before they can proceed to a phased opening.
The guidelines are tiered into three phases:
In Phase 1 non-essential travel is discouraged, bars should remain closed and visits to nursing homes and hospitals should remain prohibited, the guidelines warn. If possible, people in those states may be able to return to work in phases. Elective surgeries may resume under Phase 1 and gyms and large venues, including movie theaters, sporting arenas and places of worship, may reopen if they can maintain social distancing.
In Phase 2 schools, restaurant, gyms and bars are allowed to re-open with diminished occupancy. Non-essential travel can resume and people can gather in groups no larger than fifty, but teleworking is still encouraged.
In Phase 3 states can move to workplaces reopening with no restrictions and visits to senior care centers and hospitals can resume.
The guidelines were developed by COVID-19 Task Force members Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci in coordination with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Robert Redfield, according to a remark Vice President Mike Pence gave to governors.
Looking Back: Big League Politics’ Most Popular Stories of 2020
Reviewing ten of our top stories from an unusual 2020.
It’s cliché to say, but 2020 was a year unlike any other. We saw entire city blocks looted and burned in the name of “racial justice.” We’ve had the most divisive election in recent memory, serious allegations of fraud, and a president unwilling to concede. And we’ve suffered through the worst health emergency in a century after a novel coronavirus outbreak, with leaders across the globe grinding their countries to a halt and enforcing strict stay-at-home and mask orders.
Big League Politics consequently had a solid year in terms of traffic and readership. Many stories were widely viewed and shared on Twitter and Parler, several of them original scoops. Although we may prefer to forget about 2020 in certain respects, for better or worse it will not be forgettable as long as we live.
That being said, let’s reflect a little on the past year. Here are some of Big League Politics’ most popular stories of 2020:
A major story that received no shortage of clicks. Unfortunately it has not translated into success against the steal. Joe Biden’s inauguration is looking imminent at this point.
We decided to look back at this story in particular because of Big League Politics’ original reporting on the #DetroitLeaks, a series of articles with leaked audio revealing that Detroit poll workers were instructed on how to commit various forms of fraud. Michigan AG Dana Nessel was the one who sent Big League Politics a cease and desist order over these articles. Her subsequent threats against election fraud whistleblowers and Republicans who refuse to certify the vote reveal her actions to be completely partisan and predatory.
This was the most viewed story all year. Props to James O’Keefe for all his work in exposing fraud and corruption wherever it can be found. He is a journalist in the real sense of the term, going where no one else goes and openly challenging the powers that be.
Big League Politics obtained court documents showing that Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the men who went after Kyle Rittenhouse at the Kenosha riots and got shot in apparent self-defense, was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona in 2002. Not only are Antifa and BLM types radical in their ideological beliefs and tactics, many are just not what you would call upstanding members of society. Let’s just leave it at that.
Unlike Rosenbaum, most of the politically-related deaths this past year were of conservatives dying at the hands of leftists. Matthew Dolloff was ostensibly hired to work as “private security” for a local news station in Denver, and he ended up point blank shooting and killing Trump supporter Lee Keltner at a Patriot Prayer rally. Big League Politics obtained screenshots of some of his Facebook posts, which confirmed that he was a radical leftist and someone who maybe shouldn’t have been entrusted to work “private security” at a right-wing political event.
BLM and Antifa laid waste to parts of almost every major US city over the summer, implicitly assisted by local and state leadership that ordered police to stand down or refrain from using tear gas or nightsticks. But a video like this shows that these ideologues are fundamentally weak when met with legitimate political opposition. Ceterus paribus, they can’t outnumber or outmatch Trump supporters and patriots any day of the week.
The border patrol agent, Art Del Cueto, said he took it as a personal insult but was unsure exactly what Kelly meant. We don’t know either. Despite Kelly’s blatant disrespect of our border patrol, he ended up defeating Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona’s special election 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Now both of Arizona’s senators are Democrats who beat McSally head-to-head.
Samuel Crankshaw of the Kentucky ACLU wrote a Facebook post saying that Transylvania University, which accepted Sandmann as a student, should discriminate against him because of his conservative beliefs. A professor at the university, Avery Tompkins, then chimed in saying that although academically qualified students can’t be refused admission based on their politics, Sandmann “might learn something that is actually based on research and evidence” if he were to take one of her courses. After significant backlash, Tompkins apologized for “singling out a student” and “any misunderstandings that arose from that.”
In spite of Trump’s appointment of three Supreme Court justices in his first term, this ruling was just one of several disappointing ones to come from the Supreme Court in 2020. The Court had some solid rulings as well, but let’s just say that social conservatives should not be expecting an overturn of Roe v. Wade or Obergefell v. Hodges anytime soon.
To wrap up on a more humorous note, this study showed that almost half of self-identifying white liberals between ages 18 and 29 were told by a doctor that they have a mental health condition, as opposed to only 21 percent of white conservatives. I wonder why that is…
Happy New Year from all of us at Big League Politics!
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