Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Me on February 27: “Things can still get worse... what happens if the situation worsens, and the Fox Cabinet starts telling the president that he needs to purge the public health bureaucracy of anti-Trump traitors?”

The government canceled a $55.5 million contract for respiratory masks with Panthera, which had no history in the mask business and a parent company in bankruptcy.

Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election RIP democracy

Exclusive: U.S. airlines tell crews not to force passengers to wear masks

An aspiring militia leader plotted to kidnap or kill police officers to win over new recruits, and then steal their equipment to arm his budding anti-government revolt, the FBI said

Trump presses immunity argument in Summer Zervos defamation case

Let's all agree to let Jared Kushner keep talking. He's great at it

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother stood a few feet from his grave Tuesday, choking back tears as she talked about her son.

NEW: 45 ventilators delivered "from Russia, with love," to New York and New Jersey are being returned to FEMA, state and US officials tell me. And the US may have caught a break: the same ventilators caught fire, killing 6 people in Russia in the past week

According to the DNI, NSA received these amounts of SIGINT "unmasking" requests per year: 2016: 9200 2017: 9500 2018: 17000 2019: 10000 Something very odd was happening in 2018. Remind me who was in the White House then.

Donald Trump Shoots 100,000 People on Fifth Avenue

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that easing stay-at-home restrictions must be done carefully and vaccines are likely eventually, but not before school starts in the fall.

Alito seems strongest opponent of Congress here. sees the subpoena as meant to harass and sees that as constitutionally relevant--not just question of whether imposes too much practical burden. Yet Clinton v Jones clearly to harass and court 8-0 said use regular process

BREAKING: Judge Sullivan responds with a lengthy order to DOJ's motion to dismiss the Flynn prosecution and quotes the judge on Roger Stone's case. Order states that "at the appropriate time" he will set a schedule for the submission of any amicus curiae briefs.

Hydroxychloroquine, the medicine touted by Trump as a coronavirus treatment, showed no benefit for thousands of patients hospitalized in New York, according to a new study. There was no noticeable advantage when the drug was paired with the azithromycin.

Kagan: "As long as the subpoenas do not prevent president from fulfilling office, why should courts judge valid vs. political when there are always politics involved."

WATCH: Dr. Anthony Fauci opening statement before Senate @GOPHELP @HELPCmteDems Watch full video here

Dr. Anthony Fauci: "The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the re-entry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far..."

SpeakerPelosi: "We must think big for the people now because if we don't it will cost more in lives and livelihood later. Not acting is the most expensive course."

Fukk: Dr. Anthony Fauci, @CDCDirector, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Stephen Hahn (@SteveFDA) and ADM Brett Giroir (@hhsgov) testify before Senat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Warning Has Massachusetts Residents Wary Of Reopening

Opinion: Trump’s lawyers just made appalling arguments to the Supreme Court

Sotomayor suggests burden isn't as onerous as other subpoenas SCOTUS upheld: These papers don't belong to the president—but to the financial institutions. They involve activities before Trump was in office. Trump himself doesn't have to turn anything over.

Justice Breyer asks why not treat the president just like everybody else when it comes to these subpoenas.

Trump admin is responding to crisis by....cutting back on food safety inspections.

I joined more than 100 of my colleagues to oppose the administration’s decision to increase the production and use of antipersonnel landmines. Read our letter here:

Dr. Anthony Fauci is about to testify before the Senate. Everyone in this camera shot is wearing a mask, except for Susan Collins. Because wearing a mask to protect yourself and others from a deadly virus is now deemed partisan and anti-Trump

Here is Susan Collins working on behalf of the dental lobby while wearing no mask whatsoever

The Chinese city of Wuhan will begin what it is calling "10 days of mass battle" to test all 11 million residents after the discovery of a new cluster of coronavirus cases.

Russia reports more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the 10th day in a row, as the country emerges as a new hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says a second wave of the virus is "entirely conceivable and possible": "I hope that if we do have the threat of a second wave, we will be able to deal with it very effectively to prevent it from becoming an outbreak not only worse than now but much, much less"

Sen. Warren: "Do we have the coronavirus contained?" Dr. Fauci: "It depends on what you mean by containment. If you think we have it completely under control, we don't."

Dr. Anthony Fauci said there are eight COVID-19 vaccines being developed right now through clinical trials. He says that process will take 12-18 months (development to public availability). https://t.co/BXwmUcGx88

Erik Prince offered lethal services to sanctioned Russian mercenary firm Wagner in at least two African conflicts in Libya and Mozambique, according to three people with knowledge of the efforts Great scoop from

#JimmyKimmel Totally totally made my night!!

Absolutely ridiculous, @senatemajldr. There were several meticulous briefings on pandemic response during the transition, and a playbook created by the best minds in government and public health was left for the administration. They wouldn’t use it because it was “Obama’s.”

If Justices are merely “umpires” as CJ Roberts claimed, than Trump should lose these cases 9-0, just as Clinton lost his claim to presidential immunity. Any other result would expose something rotten at the Supreme Court. And in a way, it’s good to know that now.

It’s no longer a matter of the rich accumulating wealth faster than the poor. The rich are holding on to most of what they have while many less well-off lose everything. And I do mean everything: not just jobs, homes & insurance but, in many cases, lives.

How to #Obamagate (take 2) (for hardcore fans only)

In arguing for "re-opening" the country faster, GOP Sen. Rand Paul said to Dr. Anthony Fauci: "I don't think you're the end-all. I don't think you're the one person who gets to make a decision."

Warren County, Kentucky – where Rand Paul lives – has more COVID-19 cases per capita than 51 of the 67 counties in New England states. Senator Paul is wrong and the ignorant message he is peddling is dangerous. There is no special immunity to this virus based on where you live.

Documents marked ‘not for distribution’ reveal Georgia is unprepared for COVID-19 surge

So what happens when President Biden's DNI declassifies Jared Kushner's talks with the Saudi Crown Prince?

Gunmen storm Kabul maternity ward, killing 13, including 2 newborns

This statement by Mitch McConnell, telling a former POTUS to "keep his mouth shut," speaks to more than just arrogance...it reeks of racism.

“A professor at the Univ of Arkansas specializing in electrical engineering has been arrested by the FBI and charged with wire fraud after being accused of failing to tell federal authorities about his jobs and payments from Chinese companies...”

A defining characteristic of the Trumpist movement is to appoint those who can be controlled with blackmail to key LE positions.

Perspective: Some autistic people can’t tolerate face masks. Here’s how we’re managing with our son

It continues to be disturbing how Fox executives allow the network’s top personalities to casually throw around rhetoric like this. This is not how a responsible network behaves.

Translation: Boy you need to know your place. .

“... which obtained access to 4 private Facebook groups, the pages have a combined 400,000 members who encourage acts of violence against Whitmer and defiance of her social-distancing orders.”

How weak are these men?! Breath-taking obsequiousness by our business leaders. Tell me how this is different than Putin’s oligarch puppets?

In case you had forgotten how horrific Jeff Sessions is, here's this gem from March which I stumbled on by accident today

The race is on for PPE in the Mass. business community

Opinion: Trump’s tweets are a strategy of distraction to obscure a policy of abdication

JUST NOW: A major holy cow from new @cnn poll. Just 36% of Americans say they trust what @realDonaldTrump is telling them about Coronavirus. His approval is 45%. That means even some people who approve of him...don't believe him

Many people are saying that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet and a Russian money launderer. (Listen to the Supreme Court oral argument on C-SPAN at 10:00 AM.)

.@RuthMarcus asks: Will the Supreme Court permit Trump to be above the law?

“...future historians will be astonished that Trump’s failure was tolerated to the point that his resignation wasn’t even part of the conversation. ‘I think we will look back and ask why people weren’t more furious. Where was the outrage?’”

Nashville NAACP head finds target on his lawn: 'It's an act of intimidation'

Schumer: "For Sen. McConnell to say Republicans have not 'yet felt the urgency of acting immediately' shows they are trapped in an alternate reality, letting ideology blind them to these ... crises. Has Sen. McConnell seen the lines of hungry Americans waiting at food banks?"

.⁦@MarkSZaidEsq⁩ and I in a joint op-ed this AM in ⁦@thedailybeast⁩ - Mueller needs to step to the microphone and defend his team’s work. As Trump and Barr Try to Undo His Work, It’s Mueller Time

A listener’s guide to the Supreme Court battle over Trump’s tax returns and business records

South Korea investigators comb digital data to trace club coronavirus cluster

What some conservative pundits consider "political speech" is violating social media rules to prevent potentially dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories from spreading

Ken Starr has murdered irony

Sen. @ChuckGrassley, I don't know if you get out much, but very few American get paid by foreign dictators to kidnap anyone on U.S. soil like Flynn.

Holy shit - watch and retweet the newest @JoeBiden ad. It absolutely shreds Donald Trump.

Watching Future Waves of COVID-19

Anthony Fauci to tell Senate: We’ll bring “needless suffering and death” to Americans by reopening now

Mitch McConnell: “Classless” Barack Obama should stop being so mean to President Trump

White House’s mask requirement won’t apply to Trump

Coming Tuesday morning: “If we skip the checkpoints in the WH guidelines, then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country. This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.” ~Dr. Fauci

Donald Trump hopes to split us into dueling camps, casting Democrats as doomsayers hoping to keep America grounded and Republicans as freedom fighters trying to liberate the economy. It’s a childish tactic—and a false choice none of us should fall for.

Here's the full story: Fauci Plans to Use Hearing to Warn of 'Needless Suffering and Death

Trump was about to get eaten alive by the press when he decided to tuck tail and run.

Ahead of an armed rally planned for the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, this coming Thursday, groups are promoting violence against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Facebook, in violation of the social media company’s policies.

This is @realDonaldTrump’s mission accomplished moment. Over 81,000 Americans have already died from #COVID19. And the number of deaths keep rising. At the same time, we lag far behind in testing per capita. Shows how out of touch @POTUS is

Are you fuckin kidding me?

Six tweets in this CNN reporter’s thread and apparently no room to inform readers that the Obama administration did actually leave Trump an explicit game plan. It’s all just a cozy nest for McConnell to talk shit in.

If there was a teeny shred of truth to Trump's #ObamaGate fantasy, he'd declassify it immediately and print it on tee-shirts you could buy on his web-site.

So the McConnell thing was a LIE, not a joke. But this sounds promising... How old is grassley if he’s 103 in evil gnome years? That’s gotta make him at least 97 in human years right?

This is the kind of insanity going on simply because a governor wants to protect her residents.

Has Senator McConnell seen the lines of hungry Americans waiting at food banks? Has Senator McConnell seen last week’s jobs report or heard the pleas of millions of families who are worried about paying their rent?

What are the odds the White House yanks Fauci from testifying before tomorrow morning?

“The spiking infection rates suggest that the pandemic is spreading quickly outside major coastal population centers that were early hot spots...”

A reminder that before the coronavirus outbreak, Lindsey Graham promised to take away your health care. Remember that in November.

NEW: When the expired parts of the PATRIOT Act come back for a vote in the Senate this week, they’re going to include a push to expand surveillance authorities into warrantless collection of your search and browsing history. For starters

GOP revision to PATRIOT Act would let FBI/DOJ collect your internet browsing history and your search history from your internet provider or Google, merely by asserting relevancy to some investigation

On January 22, a medical supply company in Fort Worth, Texas, Prestige Ameritech, offered to ramp up production to make an additional 1.7 million N95 masks, noting that the federal government’s stockpile was diminishing.

Oh look, Polish health minister's friend made money off a huge government order for poor quality, overpriced face masks. Yet another "populist" government, just serving the People...

Trump has now gone on the record to clearly state that a former president can be prosecuted for crimes he committed while in office. Good to know.

After six new cases, Wuhan plans to test all 11 million residents for coronavirus

There are more symptoms linked to Covid-19 than you might think. Take a look


My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable

Czech media have identified the Russian diplomat they say entered the country with ricin as part of an alleged plot to poison three Prague officials as Andrei Konchakov. He says his suitcase contained "disinfectant and candies."

Trevor Noah declared Trump "immune to common sense" while Seth Meyers said he's peddling an "unhinged fantasy."

Saudi Aramco's profit fell 25% after crude oil prices plunged

Russia: ends national lockdown Also Russia: surpasses the UK to become 3rd hardest hit country with 232,000

"Future historians will be astonished that Trump’s failure was tolerated to the point that his resignation wasn’t even part of the conversation."

Now do Mick Mulvaney.

White House staffers reportedly fear going to work

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ @USArmy & ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง @BritishArmy working hard on reconnaissance exercises at Bemowo Piskie, ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ #Poland. Training together, we demonstrate the collective firepower of our @NATO #AlliedStrong forces

Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 pro-democracy protesters

Days after a fire killed a #COVID19 patient in Moscow, a blaze kills 5 coronavirus patients in St Petersburg. It's believed to have been caused by a short-circuit in their ventilator

Los Angeles Times endorses Christy Smith in today's special election for Congress in CA 25th district

We need to do whatever it takes to elect @ChristyforCA25

This is the Trump campaign’s senior advisor and attorney.

Unreleased White House report shows #coronavirus rates spiking in heartland areas.

I wish I had the faith of a person who doesn't know the 5 Republicans on the Supreme Court are going to figure out some way to keep Trump's taxes from us until after the election.

They found six new cases in Wuhan so they’re planning to test eleven million people over the next ten days. Neither number is a typo.

Attorneys for Pres. Trump will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to grant him sweeping immunity from investigation by Congress and local prosecutors into his conduct as a private citizen as long as he's still in office.

Trump still insists ‘anyone’ can get tested for coronavirus; it's not true.

Pork Chops vs. People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant After President Trump’s executive order, meat plants are reopening. Can they do so without endangering their low-wage workers and their communities?

"If anyone is arrested... I ask that it only be me." Tesla CEO Elon Musk escalated his standoff with county officials in California as he announced that the automaker would be "restarting production today against Alameda County rules."

Breaking via NYT: Dr. Anthony Fauci intends to warn the Senate on Tuesday that Americans would experience "needless suffering and death" if the country opens up too quickly.

Actually just furious that my aunt died.

Lincoln Project cracks the code: Trump’s real fear is GOP defections

Are your ears so stuffed with lobbyist money that you can’t hear the American people, @SenateMajLdr McConnell? — Elizabeth Warren

So let’s see the unredacted Mueller Report, all the underlying evidence, and donald’s tax returns, Deutsche loan docs, counter-intelligence file from 1980s-2005, and all his confidential informant paper: agreements/deals/transcripts. Let’s unmask it all, mother fuckers.

Donald Trump just doesn't understand: We have an economic crisis because we have a public health crisis — and we have a public health crisis because he failed to act.

TUESDAY: Dr. Anthony Fauci and @CDCDirector Dr. Robert Redfield testify before Senate @GOPHELP @HELPCmteDems - LIVE at 10am ET on C-SPAN3, @cspanradio & online here:

You never have to watch Trump again. Just watch @sarahcpr as Trump.

WATCH: Protesters calling for gyms to reopen in Florida are doing squats and push-ups outside the Clearwater courthouse


Trump and his allies are incredulous that Obama and his WH aides weren’t involved in the Flynn investigation bc they don’t understand the now demolished firewall btwn law enforcement and policy. Trump meddles in investigations and naturally suspects his predecessor of the same.

One Iowa factory worker who died had taken Tylenol before entering the plant to lower her temperature enough to pass a screening, afraid that missing work would mean forgoing a bonus, said a person who knows the worker's family.

President Trump declined to name the crime he accused Obama of committing

This... All of this


President Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs is really having a tough time tonight.

If anyone can figure out what this carnival barking lunatic is talking about, please advise. I am to busy laughing over this whole segment. #ObamGate MY ASS. This carnival barking lunatic is so jealous of Obama it is pathetic. Trump is such a small IMPOTENT man.

Iowa doctor: ‘Hunger’ may lead patients to take desperate measures to work

Sen. Chuck Schumer: ‘Greatest failure’ of the Trump admin. is coronavirus testing

Virus unleashes wave of fraud in US amid fear and scarcity

So @TheRickWilson and I have been arguing about this and I think this clip shows definitively that Jared Kurshner is a vampire.

As businesses reopen, certain environments are more prone to virus infection

Opinion: I left the Justice Department after it made a disastrous mistake. It just happened again

Can someone ask Trump why, if as he has claimed “Article II gives him the right to do whatever he wants,” the same wouldn’t apply to Obama? I’d *really* like to hear his answer

Twitter says it plans to put labels and warning messages on some tweets that contain disputed or misleading information related to Covid-19, even if it's tweeted by President Trump

"f Biden wins and McConnell is still running the Senate, and the president asks Congress for a few trillion more, the answer will be: Nope, let ’em die," writes @mtomasky. "Think of the savings!"

My opponent Republican Jim Jordan is a disgrace. Instead of helping with the COVID-19 crisis he spreads conspiracy theories about Obama & the FBI, but defends admitted felon Flynn. Help me beat him. Please retweet this and help build our campaign so we can defeat him in November.

Senator Grassley on Senate floor says Flynn was entrapped, calls it “tyranny,” dings Mueller, wants to know what Obama and Biden knew about it, and says people responsible “ought to be prosecuted.”

Seems like this needs to be said again: Moscow launched a sweeping information warfare attack against America in 2016 to help Trump win election. Trump and his team knew what was happening, planned to capitalize on it, failed to alert the FBI, and then tried to cover it up.

I believe everyone deserves a fair shot at success — not just the Mar-a-Lago crowd.

Colorado Restaurant That Was Packed On Mother's Day Loses Its License Indefinitely | Colorado Public Radio

More than 80,000 people are dead, Senator. Is there a number that would make this more urgent for you?

McConnell decries Obama’s private criticism of Trump, which leaked out, saying it goes against “tradition” of former presidents staying quiet, adding that it’s “classless.” “I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut.”