The news might be surprising to some, after reports in recent weeks saw public enthusiasm for other potential frontrunners like Stacey Abrams, Kamala Harris, and former Democratic frontrunner Elizabeth Warren. However, CBS News reports that in addition to Klobuchar, several others are expected to consent to the vetting process—which includes “a rigorous multi-week review of her public and private life and work by a hand-picked group of Biden confidantes”—including New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, though Senator Jeanne Shaheen has declined.

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CBS News also reported a few more names on Biden’s shortlist, including Florida Rep. Val Demings, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. That brings the total number of women vying for the VP slot to exactly one million, as is to be expected when there’s a prize like Joe Biden waiting at the finish line. Klobuchar better pack a few extra salad forks, this vetting might take awhile. [CBS News]


As states begin to lift lockdown guidelines, researches from Columbia University now estimate that initial delays caused 36,000 deaths from covid-19. The New York Times reports:

If the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two weeks earlier than when most people started staying home, a vast majority of the nation’s deaths — about 83 percent — would have been avoided, the researchers estimated.

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If you need cold, hard numbers, the death toll of 65,307, as of May 3, would have likely been 11,253, had states shut down cities on March 1. New York City, the hardest hit by the pandemic, didn’t receive orders to close schools until March 15, and didn’t see Gov. Cuomo issue statewide stay-at-home orders until March 22.

As the Times reports, all states have loosened restrictions on social distancing and essential businesses, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is the utterly wrong decision. Tens of thousands of lives were lost because of indecision, greed, and political maneuvering. How much more will suffer because our government refuses to listen to reason, science, or basic common sense? [New York Times]

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