Thursday, May 7, 2020

Scientists have been studying the coronaviruses of southern China for years and warning that swift climate and environmental change there — in both loss of biodiversity and encroachment by civilization — was going to help new viruses jump to people.

Every step of the way, President Trump has ignored the experts, downplayed the threat COVID-19 posed, and misled the American people — and we’re all paying the price every single day. I promise you, I will do the opposite.

Families are starving. How can anyone in their right mind oppose the expansion of SNAP programs right now? We are in a crisis. Every family deserves to have access to food

William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer. His political interference is blatantly corrupt and he should resign.

After learning one of his valets was infected, Trump became “lava level mad” at his staff and said he doesn’t feel they are doing all they can to protect him from the virus, according to a person close to the White House

Great point. Trump couldn't get it done through Comey so Barr is doing it for him. All one story.

William Barr and his partisan lackey Jeff Jensen have perverted justice and Justice and should be impeached, removed from office and disbarred. This is despicable.

Kizzmekia Corbett spent her life preparing for this moment. Can she create the vaccine to end a pandemic?

Doctors lambaste federal process for distributing Covid-19 drug remdesivir via @statnews Only 25 hospitals are getting remdesivir? No transparency at all! Who makes those decisions? On what base?

Customers shot 2 McDonald's employees after being told to leave due to coronavirus restrictions

Remember that Bill Barr was instrumental to getting people pardoned in the Iran-Contra scandal. He knows that a Trump pardon for Flynn would have political repercussions -- so he's providing "legal" cover by (ab)using his power in DOJ to obtain the same result. Disgusting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, I worked with DOJ to postpone our scheduled hearing with AG Barr as attentions and resources appropriately went to responding to the pandemic. But rest assured, we are going to reschedule that hearing, ASAP, and demand answers!

CA Gov Newsom: “This whole thing started in the state of California – the first community spread – in a nail salon,” Newsom explained this is why salons are not part of this reopening phase.

HAPPENING NOW: Nurses are outside the White House decrying…

Regarding Barr’s Flynn antics, the only person that can vacate the plea agreement - a Court order - is Judge Emmet Sullivan. Let’s calm down and see what Judge Sullivan does. Flynn’s not out of the woods yet.

Chairman Nadler: "The decision to drop the charges against General Flynn is outrageous. The evidence against Gen. Flynn is overwhelming. He pleaded guilty to lying to investigators ... Americans are right to be furious and worried about the continued erosion of our rule of law."

"Did you ever think of charging him with Treason?"

TRUMP said he talked about the collusion “hoax” with PUTIN. “I said, ‘You know, it’s a very appropriate time, because things are falling out now and coming in line ... and I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a lot of things happen over the next number of weeks.’”

This is real banana republic stuff. Trump appoints loyalists to senior law enforcement positions and they protect the president and his allies' corruption. We're going to see more of this as Trump tries to hold onto power this year despite his unpopularity.

Flynn case would seem to set the precedent that one can lie to the FBI, one can then admit to lying to the FBI, and go many cases have been convicted for lying to an investigator? Anyone call

Bill Barr drops charges against Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty

Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts. His lies do not now become truths. This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr. In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history.

I have been in and around DOJ since 1983. I have never seen a case dropped after someone has pled guilty and the underlying facts demonstrate beyond any shadow of a doubt he is guilty. This is simply a pardon by another name. A black day in DOJ history

Elizabeth Warren to Steve Mnuchin: "The fossil fuel industry already receives billions in taxpayer subsidies annually. These companies do not deserve special access to taxpayer-financed bailout funds at a time when millions of Americans are struggling."

The DOJ has lost its way. But, career people: please stay because America needs you. The country is hungry for honest, competent leadership.

"so... prosecuting someone for lying to the fbi is treason. got it. I'M ON IT, SIR!"

OK, @Scotus, so what's the legal redress if public officials deliberately inflict pain and economic damages (longer commuting times) on the public as part of a political feud?

Remember that Bill Barr was instrumental to getting people pardoned in the Iran-Contra scandal. He knows that a Trump pardon for Flynn would have political repercussions -- so he's providing "legal" cover by (ab)using his power in DOJ to obtain the same result. Disgusting.

Brandon Van Grack, one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top investigators, informed Judge Emmet Sullivan that he would be quitting the Flynn case in a terse, one-sentence filing with the court.

Woman who accused Fauci of sex assault now says Trump supporters paid her to lie

We've updated #Coronavirus Timeline. 1. Trump administration told CDC scientists their Guidance on reopening economy “would never see the light of day.” 17-page Guidance now leaked. 2. ICYMI, this nugget in WaPo on Kushner's misuse of PPE stockpile

NEW: Brandon Van Grack who heads up the Justice Department's FARA unit, worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and was a prosecutor in the case against Michael Flynn has told the court he is withdrawing from the Flynn case. He stated no reason for the withdrawal.

Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!

Scientists study deadly virus-linked syndrome in children

It's great that the WH has testing up to speed so that someone w/the virus can be IDed and isolated and the virus won't now spread to others. Imagine that happening on a wider scale and that's what health officials are calling for so as to save lives/allow responsible reopening

Trump spoke to Putin on the phone today

NEW: Trump administration asks Supreme Court to temporarily block House Democrats from getting access to confidential materials from Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Fox News host Pete Hegseth is urging viewers to go out and get infected with coronavirus

Fox News' Pete Hegseth calls for people to go out and get infected by coronavirus: "Now that we are learning more, herd immunity is our friend. Healthy people getting out there -- they are going to have to have some courage."

The personal valet to Trump who tested positive for coronavirus serves Trump his meals, among other duties

Trump tells allies his wearing a mask would 'send the wrong message', make him look ridiculous

Las Vegas mayor’s approval swirls down the drain after she demands casinos reopen during pandemic

Though a prosecutor says he'll let a grand jury decide whether the man who killed Ahmaud Arbery will face charges, many in this south Georgia community can't understand why no one's been arrested.

“If we had a president who truly prioritized testing, this effort would have been launched the minute we heard about the prospect of coronavirus coming to the United States.” —Senator Chris Murphy

Listen to our Ragin Cajun

Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt pulled no punches in a grim assessment of the President’s Coronavirus response on Thursday. Steve Schmidt said Donald Trump was the worst president in the country’s history.

Here is the 2020 election in a nutshell: Trump today on the Affordable Care Act: "What we want to do is terminate it." In the middle of a pandemic that has killed 70,000 Americans, Trump is actively trying to end health care for 20 million of us. That's what we run on.

The U.S. is removing Patriot anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia and is considering reductions to other military capabilities—marking the end, for now, of a large-scale military buildup to counter Iran. Scoop

See? Under Trump the rest of the world is looking up to America again

I don’t know, Brad, you @GOP seem a little nervous to me

She Said Anthony Fauci Sexually Assaulted Her. Now She Says Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Paid Her to Lie. After failing to frame Robert Mueller, Elizabeth Warren, and others for sexual misconduct, the infamous Trumpster hoaxers tried to go after Fauci.

This is actually bullshit. Texas Supreme court should have just let her spend the measily seven days for doing what she knew she shouldnt have done in the first place. Shes just as heroic as the city clerk who would sign marriage licenses for gay people. Ie SHES NOT.

Fraud safeguards for food stamps and jobless benefits often end up doing more harm than good, this researcher says

Trump’s nominee to be the next Navy secretary criticized the service today for a “failure of leadership” and its many recent missteps, arguing to senators that he’s prepared to help right the ship

63% of Americans are worried states will lift stay-at-home restrictions too quickly, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Woman who accused Fauci of sex assault now says Trump supporters paid her to lie

He really hates it when anybody brings reality into his little bubble.

No questions for Navy SecNav nominee Kenneth Braithwaite in written Qs about his work for Cambridge Analytica. Senators have shown no interest today, either.

Trump incredible dereliction of duty by refusal to join and help guide the international research effort for a vaccine. This is $7 billion in LEVERAGE OF US SCIENCE TO DEVELOP A SOLUTION. The global community will wall us out of any breakthrough.

Neocons are the ones who don't have their daughter-wives on the taxpayer's dime.

.⁦@CharlesMBlow⁩: The similarities here to Trayvon Martin are uncanny. These men stalked Arbery, projecting onto him a criminality of which he was not guilty, then used self-defense as justification to gun him down in an altercation they provoked.

With imminent release of #RussiaTranscripts Fox News is already spinning it as raising doubts about @RepAdamSchiff saying there was evidence of collusion. So, here's a reminder: Mueller Report found LOTS of evidence of collusion. I wrote about it:

The DEA has admitted that an informant tipped the agency off earlier this year that former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau, 43, was smuggling weapons into Columbia

NEW: One of the President’s personal valets has tested positive for #COVID19. @hogangidley45’s statement to @CBSNews

President Trump's personal valet who tested positive for COVID-19 works in the West Wing and serves the president his meals, among other duties, according to a White House official. Valets do not wear masks, this official says.

Probably should have paid a bit more attention to the thermal exhaust port design

Meghan McCain tore into Kayleigh McEnany for “spinning propaganda” after the new White House press secretary dismissed the need for increased coronavirus testing as the economy reopens

Woman who accused Fauci of sex assault now says Trump supporters paid her to lie

“The @CIA reportedly even attempted to convince the group not to go ahead with its plan.”

Gov. Christie is claiming total vindication. But the unanimous SCOTUS opinion also said Christie's aides "jeopardized the safety" of NJ residents "for no reason other than political payback," and that there was strong evidence of "deception, corruption, (and) abuse of power."

One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus

Interesting perspective on ‘Never Trumpers’

“The people that President Trump is championing are convicted criminals. He may decide to pardon them, but he should not attack the dedicated men and women of the FBI...and impugn their integrity for doing their job, and in my estimation, doing it well.”

Do masks protect the person wearing? Bc I’m in court and I’m one of the few wearing one. No law enforcement is.

WaPo reports that Maduro has stashes of USD in warehouses. Goundreau reportedly was promised percentage of the recovered cash.

TIME: "How @SpeakerPelosi Saved the Affordable Care Act"

Belgian, U.S. scientists look to llama in search for COVID-19 treatment

reminder that in Moscow they call it the Fog of Unknowability, a constant stream of Kremlin contradictions designed to create confusion for the press. sound familiar??

AP: The 17-page CDC guide to reopening the country "has been shelved by the Trump administration .. It was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance 'would never see the light of day,' according to a CDC official."

This is literally how an outbreak spreads.

The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List."

Bored of social distancing is not a morally acceptable reason for killing two percent of the population. Thank you.

Ahmaud Arbery, just 25 years old, was gunned down while jogging in his own neighborhood. Despite the existence of a video, neither attacker has been arrested or charged. An all-too familiar story. Everyone deserves justice and due process under the law. Ahmaud’s life matters.

Carole wonders how she “could have ever voted for Trump,” as #COVID19 bears down on her family & community. To all the Caroles out there - let’s not dwell on the past. The most important thing is what you do in 2020.

Michigan barber refuses to obey Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for barber shops and salons to stay closed, saying, “I’ll be open until Jesus walks in or until they arrest me”

“The family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has demanded an investigation after a lawyer in the prosecutor’s office resigned and turned up in court within hours to represent the man suspected of masterminding her murder.”

I can tell u what Axl Rose hasn’t done! He’s never run a successful prod co & movie studio into the ground & bankrupt it. I happen to have worked at Relativity when you did that Steve-O. I still have the list of hundreds of bogus prod companies you created to rip people off...

Someone I love very much lost a family member to #covid19 yesterday. Because of your inhumanity, callousness and incompetence we have a new leading cause of death in our country. That’s not fake news, Mr. President. I wish it were.

'I'm not willing to sell my soul for anyone': Carly Fiorina says she won't vote for Trump in 2020

My bad I didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model but on the real unlike this admin I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths n’ unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic.

Hey Steve, you ever gonna tell all the MAGA folks about your OneWest Bank deal with George Soros? They'll be confused, won't they?

The most glorious part of all this is knowing that every locker Steven got shoved into had a poster of Axel Rose inside it.

This should send the unhinged soon to be ex-president over the edge. All major stations will be airing this including FOX. Save the date. ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩

Trump vows complete end of Obamacare law despite pandemic NOTHING WORSE THAN A SADISTIC LYING DESPOT ON DRUGS.. WHO IS ALSO DUMB AS A PLANK.

How many Americans must die .... So we can open up bars and restaurants; So the Dow can get back up near 30,000; So University administrators can rake in fall football revenue to help pay their own sky high salaries; So we can "reopen America" and re-elect @realDonaldTrump?

Fact Checker: Understanding the twists and turns in the Michael Flynn case

While University of Minnesota Administrators continue to blow smoke about it being safe to have a football season in the fall, the U’s top docs tell a different story. COVID-19 cases could surge in fall, last 2 years, University of Minnesota report says

Trump vows complete end of Obamacare law despite pandemic NOTHING WORSE THAN A SADISTIC LYING DESPOT ON DRUGS.. WHO IS ALSO DUMB AS A PLANK.

“Sin­clair Broad­cast­ing Group agreed to a record $48 mil­lion civil penalty to set­tle fed­eral probes re­lat­ing to its failed bid to take over Tri­bune Me­dia Co. and other al­leged mis­steps.”

President Trump reaffirms commitment to terminate healthcare coverage under Obamacare

I'm well aware that many individuals of far greater distinction have been called losers, and worse, by Donald Trump. Yet, without being presumptuous, may I say that I wear his scorn as a badge of honor?

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority looked poised on Tuesday to invalidate the state’s COVID-19 safer-at-home rules limiting public gatherings and commercial activity. Its decision could instantly lift public health restrictions...”

Carville: They were going to lose before this hit. They’re just going to lose worse now and they all know it. And they’re all getting profiles written about themselves, I saw Blaise Pascal, the campaign manager, whatever his name is all over the NYT posing for pictures

Carville: Look what his campaign is doing. They’re a pack of grifters. His campaign manager got two condos, a Ferrari, a yacht, a Range Rover and they’re all just fleecing the campaign. This is all about making money and they’re going in there and giving him fake polls.


Thank you - Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says evidence suggests coronavirus was not man-made or released from lab

Trump has no plan. He's literally given up and left Americans to die. Twenty years ago, Republicans would have been principled enough to exercise the 25th Amendment and remove him, but they are now as corrupt and incompetent as Trump. November must sweep this evil away.

“A former Green Beret who has claimed responsibility for an ill-fated military incursion into Venezuela is under federal investigation for arms trafficking...”

New: The GOP anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project has its biggest day of fundraising ever following Trump’s twitter tirade over its “Mourning in America” ad, reports

Of course she will. Yet another reminder why Collins was the person who convinced me that moderate Republicans no longer existed.

Trump-loving Georgia governor issues dire COVID-19 warning less than two weeks after grand ‘reopening’

Trump: Everyone would understand fully if teachers over 60 didn't teach "for a while," but schools should open -- "it's incredible" how strong children are and how well they're doing.

My latest piece is the inside story of why our @ProjectLincoln ad “Mourning In America” wrecked Trump’s brain, made him lose control for a full day, and just how he showed us his soft underbelly: Trump Can’t Handle the Truth, and We Just Proved It

Trump on keeping task force going (per WH pool) "I thought we could wind it down sooner. But I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down."

How can a country that has required you to take your shoes off at airport security for a 2001 foiled attempt without a single person hurt ...... be the same one that has no systematic plan to address >73,000 Americans dead, >1.2 million confirmed cases?

AZ switches to Trump admin coronavirus model

Trump makes odd choice of Iowa for coronavirus success narrative

Trump agriculture secretary 'exhorts' meat plants to keep working