Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure

"A wide range of public officials have indicated that Mr. Barr should resign and/or is deserving of impeachment... We agree w/these viewpoints, and urge Congress to pursue a searching and public inquiry into Mr. Barr’s conduct and whether he is fit to remain as Attorney General"

*New* from @NYCBarAssn Task Force on the Rule of Law, following Geoffrey Berman's removal of US Attorney for SDNY: "[W]e are of the view that the latest events have now rendered Mr. Barr unfit for the high position he occupies in our federal government"

The people want to vote.

Voters are banging on doors to be let in to vote in Mitch McConnell's hometown of Louisville, which has only 1 polling place today, while he blocks bills to restore Voting Rights Act, expand vote by mail & give critical election aid to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump’s brother asks New York City court to halt president’s niece from publishing tell-all book.

The people will get to vote. Until 630p.

Dear Secretary of State of Kentucky, open your eyes and watch this video.

BREAKING: Amid fight over Jeffrey Epstein’s dark secrets, Dershowitz seeks access to sealed documents

A federal Brazilian judge has ordered the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, to wear a mask. The judge said he faces a fine of $390 for failing to comply with the decree that everyone in the capital city of Rio de Janeiro wear a mask

Former Republican Senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen sounds a stunning alarm about the November election:"I don't think it will be fair....(Trump) is seeding the soil with his poisonous weeds to say no matter what happens, I'm going to declare this election invalid."

Sebastian Gorka brags about not wearing a mask, calling it a “COVID burqa”

Fauci, Redfield say they were not consulted about U.S. withdrawal from World Health Organization

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield: coronavirus has ‘brought this nation to its knees.’

Don't chase this rabbit, folks. Trump's campaign is in disarray, his White House is a sinkhole of jittery-eyed paranoia and loathing, We're cutting his ego to ribbons and he's mentally fragile. Also, have you registered to vote? Registered for an absentee ballot? Get ON it.

FOOD RECALL: 3 bagged salads recalled for Cyclospora contamination. 122 people sick in 7 Midwest states. Salads were sold in ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores in AR, IL, IA, KS, MO, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI. Read full update:

More than 2,000 Massachusetts educators have received layoff or nonrenewal notices

Quick message to the Trump Administration: Keep your hands off the 2020 Census. You got caught the last time, and you'll get caught again. Let the professionals at the Bureau do their work--which is far from done

“Law professors and faculty from George Washington University Law School, Attorney General William Barr's alma mater, said in a letter Tuesday he has ‘failed to fulfill his oath of office to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ “

A woman has been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree arson in connection with the Wendy's restaurant fire that broke out during the protests that followed Rayshard Brooks' death, authorities say

.@RepMcKinley: "Do you now regret not advising people more forcefully to wear masks earlier?" Dr. Fauci: "OK, we're going to play that game. Let me explain to you what happened..." "It should be a yes or no." "No, there's more than a yes or no by the tone of your question."

You should impeach him

Greeetigs from Arizona

Queen. Pence.

NEW: Roger Stone is set to report to prison at the end of the month but just asked to push it to Sep 3 claiming medical conditions make exposure to COVID-19 life-threatening. DOJ does not oppose the motion.

Rush Limbaugh spread the fake AOC tweet about coronavirus lockdowns

“The safest place for you is at your home." As Texas sees its highest numbers of positive tests and hospitalizations, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has advised residents of the state to stay at home

Farmworkers have been risking their lives—with low pay and little safety equipment—to keep food on the table for American families. To then turn around and blame them for spreading COVID is disgraceful.

"The answer is yes": Fauci says he considers institutional racism to be a contributing factor to the disproportionate coronavirus death toll for black Americans

Justice Department gave Roger Stone favorable treatment because he is an ally of the president, prosecutor says

A US government prosecutor will testify the Justice Department pressured him to allow Donald Trump's friend to get away with crimes. The House impeached Trump for abuse of power. He IS abusing his power. Senate Republicans Trump knowingly allowed Trump to shred the rule of law.

Trump's Tulsa rally? A failure. His return to Washington Humiliating. His confession that he delayed COVID testing? Damning.

MORE: Current Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Zelinsky and a former prosecutor on the Roger Stone case will tell Congress he was instructed to recommended lower sentencing guidelines or, "we could “lose our jobs” if we did not toe the line."

The admin's stated reason that Barr can't testify before the House is that officials need to focus on fighting the pandemic, which is odd since the official actually in charge of fighting the pandemic, Dr. Fauci, is testifying before the House right now.

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of Trump’s coronavirus task force, told the nation’s governors that it was vital that they ramp up testing to prevent further community spread. Her remarks stood in stark contrast to those by the president.

For their next stunt, America’s teenagers will block Fox News on their parents and grandparents cable boxes


Sir, I (and the many women you've attacked) could not have said it better!

Despite @realDonaldTrump ’s dangerously selfish wish to decrease #coronavirus testing, Dr. Tony Fauci on #COVID19 testing efforts in the US: “In fact, we will be doing MORE testing...not less.

Good news “Although you can never guarantee at all the safety and efficacy of a vaccine until you actually test it in the field, we feel cautiously optimistic ... I believe it will be WHEN AND NOT IF we get favorable candidates with good results...”

FDA warns against hand sanitizers that contain the toxic substance methanol.

NEW: Anthony Fauci told Congress that he is concerned about the "disturbing surge" of new coronavirus cases in several states across the United States, including Texas, Florida and Arizona

Members of Team Trump who have voted by mail in recent years: Donald Trump William Barr Mike Pence Kayleigh McEnany Brad Parscale Ivanka Trump Melania Trump Alex Azar Ronna McDaniel Kellyanne Conway Jared Kushner

Oh look, the White House wants to destroy yet another American institution: This time it's Stars and Stripes, the military's own newspaper

The GW law faculty, by an overwhelming majority, has rightly censured, condemned, and essentially disowned its most dishonorable alumnus, Bill Barr. Good for GW!

People with connections to the Chinese government used political donations to gain influence with Trump and the Republican Party as early as 2017, according to a report

Putin is openly preparing for another war with this talk about "Russian lands" not belonging to former Soviet states. Lithuania clearly implied. This is why he's so keen to keep Trump in power.

Earl Sampson was stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times in 4 years. He was searched more than 100 times, arrested and jailed 56 times. He was even arrested for trespassing at is own job. A history here of working while black in Miami Gardens.

Republicans sent John Cornyn out to troll @SenKamalaHarris while she explained in detail why their bill is a transparent effort to derail actual police reform. It did not go well.

During the impeachment trial, I posed this hypothetical to Senators: If China began to interfere in our elections to help Trump, would he call them out? Or would he give China a better trade deal? As it turns out, the answer was just as damning as we thought.

Kushner Cos property at 229 W 43rd (former New York Times bldg) is scheduled for June 30 foreclosure auction, after defaulting on loan payments Kushner bought from Lev Leviev's AFI in 2015 for $296mil then refinanced for $370mil incl $285mil Deutsche loan

New York: Today is primary day, and if you haven't already, get out and vote. If you have any issues at the polls while casting your ballot, my office is here to help. Report any complaints to our Election Protection Hotline: ☎️ 1-800-771-7755

Opinion: The unraveling of the rule of law under Trump is picking up speed

The president of the United States accused his predecessor of "treason" yesterday and it's like it never happened. Not treated as a major story basically anywhere.

Dems making clear they’re ready to block GOP’s police reform bill on Wednesday vote, with Schumer, Harris and Booker saying in a new letter the bill is “not salvageable” and saying there needs to be “bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point”

Asked if he was kidding about slowing down testing, Trump replies "I don't kid", goes on to brag about US testing.

NJ US Attorney distancing himself from Barr’s SDNY ‘drug deal.’ Trump says ‘not involved.’ Who wants the hot potato? — Sheldon Whitehouse

"Getting pulled over by the cops is like ... fear. It's fear," Bryce Tarver said. Ahead of what would have been Tamir Rice's 18th birthday, the USA TODAY Network talked to 31 teenagers about growing up Black in America. These are some of their stories:

As Trump has promised a vaccine soon, Fauci plans to urge caution. “The rigorous clinical testing required to establish vaccine safety and efficacy means that it might take some time for a licensed SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be available to the general public.”

Secret Service says reporters were "misdirected" to leave White House grounds

That’s ok @Parscale. We’re just going to let your guy keep talking.

One in six adults may experience food insecurity this year.

Who is #MoscowMitch talking to?

Trump is doing more to protect statues than American citizens.

Heyyyyyyy Donald Trump I wanna know Why you're such a cu%t Everybody sing it now....

Wow. ⁦@ProjectLincoln⁩ on Trump’s testing gaffe: “The most deceptive, lying President in history finally told the truth.”

Oh look, the president is now confessing to doing the worst thing he could possibly do when trying to control a pandemic

Chuck Schumer has formally requested that the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility open immediate investigations into the firing of Geoffrey Berman.

I wasn’t president Obama’s biggest fan but he is a good man and he did not do those things — Gen Michael Hayden

If only people knew how to search the FARA database for names like Haberman & Rubenstein...

“I don’t kid,” Trump says about saying at the Tulsa rally he asked staff to slow down covid testing. His staff spent the last two days insisting he was joking.

JUST IN: CDC has developed a single test that will check for both strains of the flu and #coronavirus, Dr. Robert Redfield is expected to testify today.

This is what deadly incompetence looks like

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean will never be the same now

So much economic anxiety

This is what dictatorship countries do. To mute the important QUESTIONS being asked of our leaders in order to hold them accountable is in violation of the tenets of our democracy.

“Last November, prosecutors charged a recently retired DEA agent with accepting bribes to shield his friends who police claim had ties to organized crime.”

But of course: White House acknowledged that Trump lied about being involved with Barr in Berman's firing.

Trump tweets videos of black men attacking white people, asks "Where are the protesters?"

After weeks of many Americans failing to heed mask and social distancing guidelines, health officials in some states are reporting an increase in younger people testing positive — saying those people are often asymptomatic but could be infecting others.

Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon and James Corden all chimed in.

Brad Parscale reportedly to step down as @realDonaldTrump’s campaign manager after the #TulsaRallyFail. “Brad really s*** the bed Saturday night...execution is 95% of presidential politics.” “He knows he can’t survive.”

A number of Southern and Western states are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Why aren’t their death rates rising, too?

Trump claims he has instructed the federal government to arrest anyone who targets a government-owned statue or monument and says those apprehended could face up to a decade in prison

President Donald Trump is paying a direct, personal price for his pandemic denial -- the possible shelving of the thing he cares about most, the rallies that defined his political rise and are crucial to his reelection hopes

“The unmasking of the Salisbury poisoning suspects by a new digital journalism outfit was an

Recent study: Levels of an antibody found in recovered #COVID19 patients fell sharply in 2-3 months after infection for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, raising questions about the length of any immunity against the novel coronavirus.

Police reform vote on Thursday: House leans pro Civil Rights, Senate leads pro police. Will Senators & Reps do what's right by constituents & conscience or tow Trump's line?

BREAKING: Wirecard's former CEO Markus Braun is arrested after $2.1 billion went missing from the digital-payment company

Beijing is setting up detention centres in Hong Kong where “suspects” can be held indefinitely for perceived political transgressions. This is dictatorship under the guise of national security

#UPDATE EU warns China it will face "very negative consequences" if it presses ahead with a new security law for Hong Kong. In response, Beijing insists the matter is a "domestic affair" says it opposes "foreign interference"

Weak Leader Xi precipitates endless human suffering to maintain power. China deserve better.

Many Hong Kong activists see Taiwan as an ally and a potential refuge, but Taipei is playing its hand cautiously

The gift that keeps on giving.

CNN Anchor Corners Trump Campaign Spox: Are Dead Americans ‘Funny to You?’

Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Health and Human Services Department watchdog, seeking an investigation into President Donald Trump's claim he asked "his people" slow down testing for the coronavirus.

BREAKING: Singapore calls for general elections during the coronavirus pandemic and moves to dissolve parliament

"Watching the scramble inside Trumpworld to regroup and recover from the irrefutable, inescapable fiasco that was his rally in Tulsa in Saturday night. Empty seats, thousands of them, at was supposed to be his campaign's grand relaunch in Oklahoma"

Tomorrow #Kremlin will hold a full-scale Victory Parade amidst the #COVID19 pandemic, despite the fact they reported over 7,500 cases for the previous day and hold the 3rd place worldwide with the number of cases overall.

WCK’s Relief Team is in Louisville, Kentucky ready to serve meals to those in line at the 1 polling station tomorrow. We have food trucks lined up, water & our partner @chefedwardlee is cooking burgers. Families from food insecure areas can also take meals home

Nadler: House Judiciary to subpoena Attorney General Barr

Trump says Obama may have committed treason, refuses to elaborate on specific charges

just got in my first post-dead mom shouting match with a lady whose mask was around her chin. Gotta admit, it felt good to yell “My mom died four days ago, pull your fucking mask up” in a pet store.

A new study suggests that as many as 8.7 million Americans came down with coronavirus in March, but more than 80% of them were never diagnosed.

COVID-19 crisis has Arizona reeling; Trump, heedless, plans visit

Barr's botched effort to rig SDNY for Trump prompts investigation


Top Trump fundraiser sought to cash in on valuable 3M masks, offering masks for up to $2.20 each, which is a markup of 93 cents above 3M's list price. The group was also seeking a 10% commission on the final sale. "It is a lot of money. It's huge."

Eyes on this. The Secret Service asked reporters to leave the entire WH grounds. Certainly, a medical situation would be on the list of possibilities as Trump breaks down.

So @RepValDemings just gave best answer yet re confederate monuments. I’m paraphrasing, but: “African Americans have been hung, beaten, tortured, marginalized for 400 years... I don’t really care what happens to a statue of a guy who committed treason to defend slavery.../1