Thursday, May 14, 2020

Donald Trump can deflect and shift blame all he wants, but the hard truth is he failed to protect our nation from the worst public health and economic crisis in our lifetime.

Bret: You said that the previous administration didn’t leave a plan McConnell: I was wrong, they did leave behind a plan so I clearly made a mistake in that regard

Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions’ while she worked for Trump. He hasn’t.

E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.

New: One year after the Russia investigation ended and 6 months before he faces re-election, Trump is getting his revenge—and his most trusted advisers, some newly installed throughout DOJ and the IC since his impeachment acquittal, are helping him do it

Conservatives also have a pathological hatred for women.

What must it be like to have the "tell whatever lie suits your failures at any given moment"? Like, do you even have to have talking points and meetings about messaging the way normal politicians do? Or is all that unnecessary if the game plan is always just "tell obscene lies."

The Aspen Institute think tank said it will return an $8 million loan it received through an emergency small business rescue program. It's the latest major organization to relinquish the aid following public backlash

Trump began his remarks in Pennsylvania by disparaging social distancing

Bill Barr thought he was being clever. Judge Sullivan is going to make him wish he’d never been born. He’s going to make Mike Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr wish Barr had never been born, too.

The amount of time that Republicans in the House are wasting at this hearing asking questions about hydroxychloroquine is absolutely crazy and proof that they inhabit a completely different universe of information and priorities. It's... Something else.

Dr. Bright: "Lives were endangered, and I believe lives were lost." "We were forced to procure the supplies from other countries without the right quality standards, so even our doctors and nurses ... today are wearing N95-marked masks" that don't provide sufficient protection.

#BREAKING: Richard Burr tells Mitch McConnell he is stepping aside as chairman of Senate Intel as he faces federal probe on insider trading

Scoop: Bob Dole registers as lobbyist for Chinese-owned chemical company

Vote. — Barack Obama

Sen. Lindsey Graham rejects Trump’s call to summon Obama to testify on alleged "Obamagate" conspiracy

Dr. Bright: "I'll never forget the emails I received from [mask manufacturer] Mike Bowen indicating that our mask supply, our N95 respirator supply was completely decimated. And he said, 'We're in deep shit. The world is. And we need to act.'"

Hamilton: “If the government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution.”

HHS Secretary Alex Azar appears to be blaming demoted BARDA director Rick Bright for a lack of coronavirus vaccine.

Absolute killer quote: “Jared [Kushner] had been arguing that testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, would spook the markets and so we just shouldn’t do it..." And there you have it. 150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market.

BREAKING: The Fourth Circuit just issued an en banc opinion reinstating the Emoluments Clause case filed by DC and Maryland against Trump Opinion: I'm proud to have served among counsel for DC and Maryland in seeking rehearing en banc

Dr. Rick Bright testifies on the US coronavirus response: "If we fail to improve our response now — based on science — I fear the pandemic will get worse and be prolonged ... Without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history"

Chairwoman @RepAnnaEshoo: What do you mean when you say that 2020 will be our ‘darkest winter ever?’#DrBright: We still don't - but need - a coordinated and centralized effort to address this virus.

When asked to explain his warning of “darkest winter in modern history,” Rick Bright said: “The window is closing to address this pandemic because we still do not have a standard centralized coordinated plan to take this nation through this response.”

"We're gonna lose over 100,000 perhaps" -- Trump just moved the goalposts *again* about the projected US coronavirus death toll

The file noted further that “Flynn was an advisor to the Trump campaign, had various ties to state-affiliated entities of Russia, and traveled to Russia in December 2015.”

Yes, yes we are. We have a good mirror of what not to do, looking south

This was to avoid a pardon. They don’t want Flynn being forced to testify against Donald, without 5th ammendment Protections. He won’t be getting a pardon.

Coronavirus hot spot in Minnesota connected to a surge of cases at a meatpacking plant, still operating due to the Defense Production Act which President Trump invoked at the end of April

The United States has less than 5% of the world's population, but more than 28% of the world's coronavirus deaths. What was our mistake?

Funny, bc: "Sullivan was appointed by President Reagan to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on October 3, 1984. On November 25, 1991, Sullivan was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals."

So unregistered foreign agent for Hungary/Acting Director of National Intelligence/Amb. to Germany Ric GRENELL has given a Senator who spent July 4th in Moscow a list of where Mike Flynn was caught talking to foreign spies. LET'S ANALYZE, SHALL WE?

Sure hope Grenell now follows up this list with an explanation for why unmasking requests jumped 75 percent in the second year of the Trump administrati

Trumpers want you to think "unmasking" is somehow sinister. It is a tightly controlled process that exists only because NSA is so careful about protecting the identities of US Persons who wind up in SIGINT reports in the first place. Snowden lied to you, which now helps Trump.

I don’t know. Burr was never a Trumper. No Patriot either. Matt Gaetz and other MAGA were pushing to have him give up his Senate Intel Chairmanship. If Sen’s Loeffler and Inhofe get the same treatment, I’ll feel more comfortable here.

Wisconsin governor: Four judges have thrown our state into chaos

Federal role among White House objections to shelved CDC guide: AP

CDC not 'keeping up its end' in helping states with coronavirus

Trump's public time wasting undercuts his case before SCOTUS

Lawrence: Trump's reelection plan is to lie about coronavirus deaths

Madison, WI, mayor: Ruling blocking stay-at-home order ‘really irresponsible’

Doctor: U.S. needs a ‘small army of contact tracers’

Whistleblower to testify U.S. failed response could lead to the ‘darkest winter in modern history’

Steve Schmidt says Karl Rove went to the WH to tell the President he’s on track to lose to Biden

"Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,"

Jeanine calls on Judge Sullivan to recuse himself and says he should be embarrassed to put on a robe. She goes on to accuse him of trying to poison the 2020 election by trying to make Bill Barr look like a villain

Ousted Scientist Says 'Window Of Opportunity' To Fight Coronavirus Is Closing

This is how children enter school in China

Kinda symbolic that the "amicus curiae" arguing against the people protecting Trump spent 10 years taking down New York's nastiest Mobsters. Think he knows much about the Trump Organization?

I would trust the guy who’s one of our nation's top public health experts, not the one who pondered injecting disinfectant into the body and looked directly at a solar eclipse. — Joe Biden

New: Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan is asking why Michael Flynn should not be held in contempt of court for perjury, and has appointed a retired judge to look into it and argue against the DOJ's request to dismiss the Flynn case.

Retired U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson is a strong choice for the task assigned to him by Judge Emmett Sullivan. My prediction: Barr and Flynn will regret the lawless path they chose.— Laurence Tribe

Six months to go. The Trump people are going to unleash a blizzard of bullshit, including selective releases and declassifications and leaks, and if the media chases every one of these as bombshell, they're going to end up being a functioning arm of the Trump campaign. Again.

You gotta be a special kinda stupid to be a NATSEC career military professional and repeatedly get caught in intercepts cavorting with the enemy.

The Photo That May Help Unlock the Trump-Russia Scandal – Mother Jones 

NEWS: Grenell has sent a list to Sens. Johnson/Grassley of former Obama administration officials who may have been involved in the unmasking of Michael Flynn. Biden is on the list, along with Clapper, Comey, Brennan, more.

NEWS: FBI serves search warrant on Sen. Richard Burr, Republican chairman of Senate Intel committee, to obtain his cell phone in Justice Department probe of his controversial stock trades, law enforcement official says. me and

“The Passaic County Board of Elections commissioners decided to not count 800 ballots. The decision comes after the fed. Office of the IG began to investigate ballots that were left on the floor of an apartment building in Paterson...”

News: The FBI served a warrant on Senator a Richard Burr tonight and seized his cell phone

I bet @SenatorLoeffler is feeling kind of nervous right now.

According to Politico, K.T. McFarland, a former Trump national security official, used her AOL email address to discuss a transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

So that means all non violent prisoners over a certain age can go home or just the wealthy/white/connected ones? Asking for Bernie Madoff

CNN: The coronavirus test the White House is using has as much as a 48% false negative rate.

Israel is swearing in a cabinet led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remains indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Wisconsin's GOP-controlled Supreme Court just struck down Governor Evers's stay-home order & gave Republicans in our state legislature veto power on responses to COVID. This is dangerous madness. THREAD on what's happening & how to fight 1/

From mid-February to mid-March, some 43,000 U.S. health-care workers were laid off. Even the biggest, most secure hospitals are suffering

Doctors say parents, hospitals and clinics should expect to see more cases of a mystifying condition, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, that seems to be affecting children after a bout with Covid-19

NEW: A top FBI official cast doubt on the Justice Department's motion to drop the Flynn case. DOJ hasn't told the judge yet

Perspective: Trump’s White House is guilty of exactly what it accuses China of doing

Relations between the United States and China have sunk to new lows in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, with both sides hoping to make political gains by blaming the other for the severity of the crisis

Rick Bright will testify that he was removed because he "resisted efforts to promote and enable broad access to an unproven drug, chloroquine, to the American people without transparent information on the potential health risks.”

When will we be able to buy Trump-branded coffins and urns?

Watch closely. If the FBI investigates Richard Burr for illegal sale of stock and doesn’t investigate Kelly Loeffler for the same, the purpose will be to replace Burr as chair of the Senate intelligence committee and to punish him for not protecting Trump.

The increased stress of life during a pandemic is challenging our mental coping skills, but there's a hidden physical risk as well. Here's how stress may be impacting five of your body's key systems.

BREAKING: France says it would be "unacceptable" for drugmaker Sanofi to give the U.S. priority access to a coronavirus vaccine

I’d venture out again on the very strong limb & say... Anyone in EDNY Justice from 1985-1994, who prosecuted Gambino & Genovese crime families, knows that donald was their business front, & one of the biggest rats ever to have squealed & cried his way out of his own indictments.

45 minutes after the bars open in Wisconsin....

The novel coronavirus can infect organs throughout the body, including lungs, throat, heart, liver, brain, kidneys and the intestines, researchers have reported

President Trump uses the biggest bullhorn in the world to accuse a TV host of homicide and the former president of heinous unidentified crimes, but the national security adviser whom HE fired and who pled guilty and reaffirmed his guilt was treated unfairly ok

Analysis: Robert De Niro reignites his feud with Trump, calling him a "lunatic" who doesn’t care about his supporters

Michigan Gov: Any protester brandishing a firearm will be arrested

Let’s talk about the timing of your departure from the Administration and about the death of Jamal Khashoggi and about what you knew.

The court is controlled by conservatives 5-2. This decision was written by 4 conservative justices: Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Rebecca Bradley, Daniel Kelly & Annette Ziegler.