Tony Romm

Tony Romm

Senior tech policy reporter @washingtonpost. Contributor @msnbc. Unapologetic Philly stan. tony.romm[at]washpost/protonmail dot com. DM for Signal

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Trump says he plans to sign executive order on eviction but the specifics are not clear. Remember, the issue is that the money will come due eventually -- people have to be made whole. So it depends on if/how much money is actually there in the end.

Trump order apparently going to give $400/week expanded benefits. States must cover 25 percent, per Trump, payable perhaps using city/state aid authorized under Cares Act. some cities/states are going to lose their shit in frustration over this.

some states literally are facing gigantic budget holes and can't pay for existing programs, and others had to borrow from the feds in order to prop up their unemployment funds, so I am very confused how this is gonna work

the fed government has now told states competing things: use the CRF to pay for your expenses, give 45 percent of the dollars to local folks if you can, and now, consider using this for unemployment as well

Trump asked if states can and will do this. "If they don't they don't that's up to them... they have the money so I don't think their people would be too happy" not sure the states share that view!

"maybe we won't get sued" --Trump "maybe i'll get a husband" --me, equally optimistic

excuse the language but what the actual fuck At least 21 people shot, one fatally, at a gathering in Southeast Washington

Here’s what is actually in Trump’s four executive orders

Trump’s executive orders spark confusion among businesses and state officials as Democrats assail them as ‘unworkable’


SCOOP: U.S. govt, tech companies like FB and Google have discussed ways to leverage smartphone location data to aid in coronavirus mapping. Early talks could give way to tools for experts to track social distancing. Me w/ @lizzadwoskin  and @craigtimberg 

SCOOP: Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington. It’s a dark money group with a former congressman and governor and others, reflecting tech’s escalating war with the feds

“The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days”

NEW: There were 2 million tweets over a 3-week period spreading falsehoods about coronavirus around the world. An unreleased, unclassified U.S. report obtained by the Post signals it may have been a coordinated effort.

"...consuming far-right media and social media content was strongly associated with low concern about the virus at the onset of the pandemic...."

Trump claims he is on the side of peaceful protesters mere minutes after unleashing tear gas on people protesting peacefully outside the WH