The Daily Populous

Monday April 20th, 2020 evening edition

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“Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of Americans in 1830.

“Look at me,” he says, the way toddlers do when they step over the kitten rather then squashing it, “I did it!”.

Why do Americans, alleged rugged individualists, upholders of liberty, haters of king and government, put up with this grotesque man?

Most presidents — thought not Nixon or Dubya — generally talked sense before and Americans grew used to listening.

Americans bow down to authority just as Britons do to monarchs and aristocrats; they doff their cap.

Many Americans, especially in the Midwest, are of German descent and share the German love of meticulous paperwork.

But obedient paper-loving Americans are paying with their lives because they are obediently following a Trump, not an Angela Merkel. »

Poland and Denmark exclude tax haven companies from coronavirus relief schemes

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Poland and Denmark have taken unprecedented steps to exclude companies registered in tax havens from coronavirus relief schemes.

The Danish government announced this weekend that companies which pay out dividends, buy back own shares or are registered in offshore tax jurisdictions won’t be eligible for any of the state aid programmes.

It comes as Poland attached similar caveats to its own bail-out schemes, making PLN 25 billion available to large firms who pay taxes in Poland and not elsewhere. »

The Latest: Massachusetts becoming new coronavirus hotspot

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The coordinator of the federal coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, said officials are “very much focused” on Massachusetts.

There were 146 new deaths reported in Massachusetts on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to more than 1,700.

There were 5,683 patients in intensive care across the country, a number that dropped for the 12th straight day. »

A watchdog out of Trump's grasp unleashes wave of coronavirus audits

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But as an independent agency that works for Congress — not the president — the GAO has far more protection from Trump.

Clowers argued the GAO’s strong relationships with the agencies it oversees should minimize similar resistance to coronavirus relief oversight.

Other lawmakers emphasize that the real-time work by GAO is a slight shift from its normally long-term top-to-bottom reviews. »