HASTINGS, MI — An organized protest against Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf may have been canceled over safety concerns, but that didn’t stop residents from showing up to show support or denounce the sheriff.

Individuals and crowds of people began to gather more than an hour before Tuesday morning’s Barry County Board of Commissioners meeting to express their views on the sheriff and, if space allowed, get inside the meeting to voice their opinions.

Leaf came under fire for having shared the stage at a Grand Rapids rally in May with militia members, including one who’s since been arrested for the alleged governor-kidnapping plot, and for controversial comments he made after the arrests last week.

With capacity limits maxed out indoors due to social distancing protocols, some 40 people listened from speakers outside the community foundation center as public comment was given Oct. 13.

More spoke in favor of the sheriff than against, as nearly a dozen individuals praised his constitutionality, loyalty and dedication to the community, many doing so to much applause.

Related: Michigan sheriff accepts criticism of association with militia members, will not resign

Leaf supporter Joel Ibbotson said he knew many people who vehemently oppose Leaf’s personal politics, but publicly advocate for him as sheriff.

“Simply put, his personal politics do not get in the way of his public duty to the Constitution of the United States,” Ibbotson said. “He was elected constitutionality by we the people and has run the office in a way to serve the people not to arrest them.”

Olivia Bennett, who organized the protest against Leaf, asked commissioners to pass a resolution asking for Leaf’s resignation.

Bennett, who is transgender, spoke using her legal name, Cody Hayes.

“Unlike others in my county, I believe safety to be of the utmost importance,” she

On the Macro

It’s a busy week ahead on the economic calendar, with 68 stats in focus in the week ending 16th October. In the week prior, 53 stats had been in focus.

For the Dollar:

It’s a relatively busy week ahead on the economic data front.

On Monday and Tuesday, September inflation and wholesale inflation figures are due out.

The focus then shifts to manufacturing sector activity and labor market numbers on Thursday.

Expect the Philly FED Manufacturing PMI for October and the weekly initial jobless claims to impact.

At the end of the week, retail sales and industrial production figures are due out, along with October consumer sentiment numbers.

Expect the retail sales and prelim Michigan consumer Sentiment figures to have the greatest impact.

Away from the calendar, the next Presidential debate on 15th October will also provide direction. That is assuming that Trump decides to attend…

The Dollar Spot Index ended the week down by 0.84% to 93.057.

For the EUR:

It’s also a relatively busy week ahead on the economic data front.

On Tuesday, ZEW Economic Sentiment figures for Germany and for the Eurozone are in focus.

Expect some EUR sensitivity to the numbers on the day.

The focus will then shift to Eurozone industrial production figures for August, due out on Wednesday.

At the end of the week, the Eurozone’s trade figures for August will also garner some interest.

Finalized inflation figures for member states and the Eurozone are also due out. Barring deviation from prelims, however, the numbers should have a muted impact on the EUR.

On the monetary policy front, ECB President Lagarde is scheduled to speak on a number of occasions in the week. Expect any forward guidance or views on the economy to influence.

Away from the economic

Powell wants more stimulus for the economy … Trump punts on it until after the election, maybe … Louis Navellier’s thoughts looking forward

Yesterday morning, Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, said we face “tragic” risks if the government doesn’t spend more to prop up the economy.

A few hours later, President Trump tweeted that he is rejecting Nancy Pelosi’s economic stimulus package, priced at $2.4 trillion.

Stocks fell off a cliff on the news.

As you can see below, the Dow gave up 440 points to end the day down 1.3%.

The time of Trump’s tweet — 2:48 PM — coincides exactly with the plummet.

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Then, an hour or so after that, Trump signaled a reversal, tweeting:


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If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now.

As I write Wednesday morning, the markets have rallied on hopes for more stimulus, with all three indices up over 1%.

***Yesterday’s wild ride began in the morning with Powell speaking at a virtual conference of private-sector economists

He stated:

The expansion is still far from complete.

At this early stage, I would argue that the risks of policy intervention are still asymmetric. Too little support would lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship.

Even if policy actions ultimately prove to be greater than needed, they will not go to waste.

Stocks took the comments in stride. A few bumps, but the market edged up as trading continued throughout the day.

That changed with President Trump’s tweet:

Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19.

We made a very generous offer

“I think the county government has, really without too many false starts, risen to the occasion and stuck to our principles,” Page said. “And that’s making decisions based on science, following the advice of public health experts delivering our resources based on need — and doing all that with as much transparency as an urgent situation would allow.”

He said the sports protests were “50% parental frustration and 50% partisan politics in an election year, and probably 50% denial.”

Page chalked up the acrimony in local government to the national political climate. On Tuesday, in the third hour of the council’s weekly marathon videoconference, Councilman Mark Harder, R-7th District, asked Page a question while the county executive’s video was turned off. Page didn’t respond, indicating he wasn’t there, which was Harder’s point.

It was an especially cutting maneuver by Harder, one of the ringleaders of dissent against Page. Just last year, Harder and Page had worked together to ask the prosecuting attorney to kick Stenger out of office for skipping meetings. Page has missed only a few of the council’s weekly meetings since that time.

Page said last week that he had turned his attention on Tuesday to the presidential debate, which he called “a reflection of where we are as a country, how partisan we’ve become and how acrimonious we’ve become.… I expect that we’ll be able to get past the partisan political environment that we’re in and govern responsibly over the next few years.”

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It may surprise you, but President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci have a few things in common: they’re both in their 70s, both hail from the outer boroughs of New York City, and their blunt personalities have both played a major role in their careers.

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is reflected in a video monitor as he listens to the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 8 2020.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is reflected in a video monitor as he listens to the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 8 2020.

It was Fauci’s public role on Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force that placed him squarely in front of the worst pandemic the United States has seen in generations. For some, Fauci became a pop icon and a force for truth and science in the face of disinformation. For others, he is unreliable; a political schemer seeking to undermine Trump and spread fear about COVID-19.

Journalist Michael Specter examines Fauci’s career and the challenges of facing COVID-19 with Trump’s White House in his new audiobook “Fauci,” the first biography to be published on the doctor. Specter writes that he first met Fauci in 1986. Even then, Fauci was a mainstay in both the political and medical communities. He has since served with every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: Michael Specter's audiobook "Fauci."

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Michael Specter’s audiobook “Fauci.”

MORE: Fauci at odds with Trump: Downplaying virus threat ‘not a good thing,’ no ‘normal’ until at least mid-2021

Fauci is now 79 years old and has run the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 36 years. Aside from this year’s pandemic, he also led the efforts against the HIV/AIDS epidemic; the SARS, bird and swine flu outbreaks; and the Zika and Ebola virus outbreaks.


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It has been entirely another beast to bridge the worlds of medical research