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Further confirmation of the obvious

When it comes to interviewing Senator Capito, West Virginia has NO reporters, just stenographers

A week ago, the United States Senate, by a vote of 52 to 47, failed to pass a coronavirus economic relief bill. (60 votes were needed – all Democrats + Rand Paul voted against the measure.) Since that vote, West Virginia’s Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito, has made the rounds of radio talk shows in the state with the Republican . . .

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September 16, 2020

Tuesday odds and ends

Trump the scientist, masks, supporting the troops

From the Lincoln Project

From earlier today:

The President as scientist

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September 15, 2020

Myer yesterday, Myer today

Our local editor on West Virginia’s spike in coronavirus cases

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From today’s column, “Backsliding Into a Wave Of Death in West Virginia,” by local editor Mike Myer:

It appears some have decided the coronavirus scare is a plot to erode their personal liberties. If so, it’s a heckuva well-done one. The last time I looked, COVID-19 had killed more than 191,000 Americans.

The sky . . .

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September 12, 2020

Explaining the music at Trump events

Cluelessness? Their sense of irony surgically removed? Accidents? Trolling by event staff? All of the above?

I saw the following as I was reviewing Trump’s recent rallies -- it’s from the beginning of yesterday’s Trump rally in Michigan:

"It ain't me, it ain't me. I ain't no millionaire's son. . . .

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September 11, 2020

What's Senator Capito been doing?

(with Thursday update)

Senator Capito and other Republican senators wait for their talking points on the Woodward book

One of today's big national stories was the release of Bob Woodward's book on President Trump, "Rage." Here is the headline at the Washington Post:

Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ . . .

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September 09, 2020

The Wheeling Intelligencer’s Labor Day edition

Ogden’s community newspapers and other issues

Another “one size fits all” editorial

Two weeks ago, the Wheeling Intelligencer printed its annual wish-ourselves-happy-birthday editorial in which the editors bragged about their service to the local community:

Our focus, as always, has been on keeping readers up to speed on local news, including our communities’ . . .

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September 07, 2020

No surprise here: Senator Shelley Moore Capito visits Oglebay Park and gets two-days-worth of front-page Ogden coverage

Up for re-election, West Virginia’s Republican senator gets added to an article about Oglebay’s finances and then gets a free pass on unemployment benefits/stimulus package legislation

Monday’s article by staff writer Joselyn King is titled

Sen. Shelley Moore-Capito Checks In On PPP Spending at Oglebay

Despite the article’s title, most of the article is about the financial condition of the park; the material on the Capito visit looks like it was a late add-on to give Capito some additional . . .

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September 02, 2020

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