Monday, June 29, 2020

rom pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials

CNN: Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says

Senator Susan Collins knew where Brett Kavanaugh stood on reproductive rights, and she voted to confirm him anyway. Maine needs a senator who will always fight for our reproductive health. Donate to support our campaign for #MESen:

In hundreds of classified calls with heads of state, Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, and so abusive to allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials that Trump posed a danger to US national security.

The Republican Party going all in to destroy health care protections and coverage for millions of Americans in the middle of the #coronavirus pandemic. Not only is this cruel but makes even less sense since health care remains the #1 concern #ForThePeople at the ballot box.

U.S. intel suspects 2019 attack that killed three Marines is linked to Russian bounties: report

Millions track the pandemic on Johns Hopkins’s dashboard. Those who built it say some miss the real story.

From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials

Schumer: "President Trump, you lose either way. If you weren't briefed on this important report, how can you run an administration where something this important is not brought to your level? And if you were told about the report and did nothing, that's even worse. Shame on you."

Senior U.S. officials—including Trump's former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff—concluded that Trump himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States

This is most Susan Collins statement Susan Collins has ever uttered.

A new strain of flu that has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say


I want to cut to the chase and translate what Rep. Gaetz is really trying to say here, but I ain’t lettin’ words like that pass my lips nor finger tips. Suffice to say- this shit pisses me off.

Dr. Gupta: When I look at the map I see the entire U.S. at risk @drsanjaygupta reports

This Is Trump’s Plague Now

Trump's border wall boondoggle keeps sucking up cash while cronies cash in

Meet Linda, a Republican from Virginia. Her husband, son, and future daughter-in-law all deployed to Iraq. “I care about this country...I’ve decided to vote for Biden. He’s a decent human being...he’s proven that he cares about our military.”

Kayleigh McEnany walks out when asked why Trump STILL hasn’t condemned “white power” Says Trump STILL hasn’t been briefed on Russian-hired militants killing our troops (Despite golfing twice this past weekend)

Dear @RepJimBanks: Why does the story keep changing? The DNI at the time, @RichardGrenell, flatly denies ever hearing of the Russian bounty information. Now you are saying there was an actual investigation. Also, why were no Democrats allowed in the briefing?

"This would get in the hands of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of Defense, the CIA Director and Director of National Intelligence... It's inconceivable that not one of them said 'hey Mr. President we have a direct threat'" - Jeremy Bash

Researchers warn of a new flu strain in #China that is similar to the 2009 H1N1 swine and has the potential to become #pandemic. It primarily infects pigs, but can infect humans. It's not "if," it's WHEN the next #pandemic virus will emerge.

The White House briefed several House Republicans on intelligence that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants who targeted U.S. troops. Noticeably absent from the briefing were any Democrats, despite controlling both House panels

Hey, look who temporarily woke up from his brainless hibernation. What does @realDonaldTrump think about McConnell encouraging Americans to wear masks to prevent the spread of #COVID19 ?

Ford, Clorox, Adidas halt Facebook spending as boycott grows

Nobody is asking the police to abandon their communities, people are asking them to treat all communities like their own.

High Treason

Rep. James Clyburn told his Republican colleagues that the House's select committee on the coronavirus crisis will not recognize members who do not wear a mask while in session.

Not even days after this story emerged? It’s reported that Russia was trying to kill American soldier and Trump doesn’t demand a briefing? Come on, GOPers, isn’t this treasonously absurd

*Because Putin has not yet briefed him

Sleepy Joe? Well, we *would* sleep better at night with Joe in office.

House Republicans should refuse such a partisan briefing. One of them could say: “Intelligence about Putin paying for attacks on Americans isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s an American issue. Congress—both parties in Congress—need to hear the truth.”

Question: Does the President have a specific message for Moscow? Kayleigh: No because he has not been briefed

The story came on Friday. It is now Monday. There is absolutely zero excuse for this. Donald Trump has time to golf, but not be briefed on matters of national security.

The Afghanistan briefing this afternoon at the White House is for House Rs only.

The louder Donald Trump’s defenders squawk that this is fake news, the more certain you should be on his guilt.

Today, from @JeffreyToobin: Rosenstein to Mueller: "I love Ken Starr. But his investigation was a fishing expedition. Don’t do that. This is a criminal investigation. Do your job, and then shut it down."

Florida has more new COVID-19 cases than all of Europe.

Today @RepCicilline, @RepJoeNeguse, @RepDean, @RepValDemings, @RepRaskin & I introduced legislation to execute the Congressional power of inherent contempt. The bill sets procedures for the House to impose fines on those who ignore congressional subpoenas

Don't spread droplets all over the place, just cover your freakin' face

When they go low, we go high.

Reminder: Trump thinks what he discusses with Putin is none of our business. ‘Business’ being the operative word.

FYI, the 1st GRU assassination abroad in recent times was earlier, the car-bomb hit on former Chechen president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Qatar in early 2004. That was the official restart of Kremlin wetwork abroad after decades of hiatus.

Calling all Ivankas wear a mask you whiny little b*tches

“We want you to walk straight ahead, and don't look back.” Ruby Bridges recalls what the U.S. Marshalls who escorted her on her first day of school told her as she arrived. The civil rights icon shares her story on the latest episode of Scholastic Reads

As Trump’s corruption gets worse, some Democrats want a tougher response

They mean ALL want.

Context on Louisiana's now-voided law that doctors who provide abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals: There's a clinic in Shreveport that has been open for 23 years. Out of tens of thousands of patients, only four needed to be hospitalized. (h/t NYT)

Susan Collins being in the Senate must be good for her husband’s business.

Dear @realDonaldTrump @SecPompeo @EsperDoD You OWE our Military an explanation This weekend show the American people what a clear & present danger you present to our Military Quit your subterfuge & capitulation and answer the goddamnfucking questions

Fox News personality @TomiLahren is promoting an obvious hoax about Black Lives Matter that's already been disproven.

Bob Woodward wanted to expose Brett Kavanaugh as a source for 1999 book about Clinton investigation at the height of his SCOTUS nomination furor - but was talked out of it

So much for the Kavanaugh and Gorsuch promises to take Supreme Court precedent seriously. Only Roberts concluded that the Court’s 2016 decision striking down the Texas law, a decision the Chief thought mistaken, should be followed anyway.

Next up: Ohio State Wrestler Sex Abuse Victims v. Jordan, Jim

Kavanaugh tried to strike down a 4 year precedent, but instead strikes down Susan Collins' 24 year Senate career.

Final SCOTUS decision today is about the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creation of Dodd-Frank — the majority rules the current structure violates sep. of powers and the president must be able to remove the director at will

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics.

This is a Quarantino movie

Bolton is telling Americans what we already know: Trump is exactly what he appears to be — petty, self-serving, ignorant, and utterly supplicant to autocrats. History will judge Trump, and the enablers who did nothing to stop him, harshly.

Pelosi tells Haspel and Ratcliffe she wants full House briefing on Russian bounty intelligence, saying Congress needs answers “now”

BREAKING: Supreme Court clears way for federal executions to resume

We went inside Parkland’s COVID unit during its ‘worst week’ as coronavirus cases spike in North Texas

“Some 14.6 million properties are at immediate risk of flooding nationally — 6 million more than the federal government previously calculated.”

Oh hey, the flu still sucks right? How do we pick next year’s flu shot? Working with the WHO.... oh nevermind. We abdicated our seat at that table. Flying blind now. Way to go America.

You’re gonna need this me... What did they know When did they know How did the mitigate the risk Why wasn’t the CiC briefed *he was*

BREAKING: Iran issues arrest warrants for Trump and 35 others in relation to Islamic Revolution Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani's death, the semi-official Fars news agency reports. The Tehran attorney general says Trump was at the top of the list.

New: SCOTUS will not step in to delay AG Barr's plan to resume federal executions by lethal injection next month. The death row inmates have a new preliminary injunction motion pending before the district court.

The White House spent days insisting Trump was never told of this — which would be terrible if it were true. Worse, they are apparently pretending it didn’t happen. No public response to Putin putting bounties on US soldiers’ heads. Congress must get to the bottom of this

The president pushed friendly governors to reopen early, then ferociously campaigned against the safety measures necessary to that reopening. Latest in @TheAtlantic

"Economic growth accompanied by worsening social outcomes is not success, it is failure" Jacinda Ardern

How would you know? — Gen Michael Hayden

Trump tries to wrap himself in faux love for our military but looks the other way when Russia puts a bounty on American service members’ lives. It’s time for a president who will stand with our allies and stand up to our adversaries. — Sally Yates

“The intelligence officials told the AP that the president was briefed on the matter earlier this year; Trump denied that, tweeting on Sunday that neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed”

It’s going to get worse for #TrumpTraitor on the Putin bounties. Next up: the names of US Marines killed by Radical Islamic Terrorism paid for by Russia Resign @realDonaldTrump or be removed in a landslide. You’ll be prosecuted either way

Thank you, Trump voters.

Germany says Europe will have to forge a path without the U.S. on foreign policy matters, regardless of whether Trump wins a second term

Every American needs to see this@votevets #PutinsGOP

Toobin: "Robert Mueller forfeited the opportunity to speak clearly and directly about Trump’s crimes, and Barr filled the silence with his high-volume exoneration. Mueller’s investigation was no witch hunt; his report was, ultimately, a surrender."

God the other angle didn’t even do couple in St. Louis justice. She came down looking for an excuse to shoot someone

Must see...@realDonaldTrump is a traitor.

Facebook’s security team highlighted dozens of pages that had peddled *false news* reports. Senior execs opposed shutting them down immediately, because it would *disproportionately impact conservatives*. So Facebook kept them up

Can we talk about FB policy chief Joel Kaplan? Time after time, he steers FB policies to favor one political party and politician over democracy.

AP with a pretty big, unbylined piece about China imposing abortions, sterilizations and IUDs on its Muslim population. "The practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known…demographic genocide.” “They want to destroy us as a people.”

Analysis: Worried Republicans urge Trump to change his tone. Again.

$2300 for Remdesivir is some sick highway robbery pricing. Pharma really only cares about itself not ending the pandemic.

I did not know, until I read this @davidfrum piece, that Sebastian Gorka calls masks "COVID burqas." Which is... really something

“Officers tackled 23-year-old Elijah McClain to the ground, put him in a carotid hold, and called first responders, who injected him with ketamine. He had a heart attack on the way to the hospital, and died days later, after he was declared brain dead.”


Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump; asks Interpol to help by issuing a "red notice" - for the killing of General Soleimani and others in a January drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.

Patriots owner's prostitution case heads to appellate court

U.S. intel suspects 2019 attack that killed three Marines is linked to Russian bounties: report

Horrifying: “The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces IUDs, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands ... The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment”

Associated Press confirms: Trump knew “Intelligence officials told the AP that the president was briefed on the matter earlier this year” Plus: “The administration discussed several potential responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step.”

As bad as U.S.-China ties look now, things could get even worse this week

As early as this week, Chinese lawmakers may approve a new national security law that could drastically curb political protest and dissent in Hong Kong. Even the city's politicians who have endorsed the law have said they haven't been shown its full text

NEW VIDEO!: The biggest threat to America is Donald Trump.

Fox News finally can see what we all see:

Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.

Breaking News: U.S. spies and commandos in Afghanistan alerted superiors as early as January to a Russian plot to pay bounties to kill U.S. troops, officials

Dear @realDonaldTrump Do you know how fucking ridiculous you look tweeting this? It's been confirmed by THREE of the biggest newspapers in the United States. It's been confirmed by British intelligence. Are they fake news? Want to take them on? You knew. You covered it up

The former Minneapolis Police officer charged with killing George Floyd and the three other officers accused of aiding and abetting in his death are expected to appear in court midday Monday.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will present options to reduce the U.S.'s military presence in Germany by nearly 10,000 troops

Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak - BBC News

Conspirator-In-Chief Thank you @donwinslow

New: Discount chains are thriving — while fostering violence and neglect in poor communities.

The president is attacking the New York Times, but not Putin.

Thanks to all of you we are coming up on 2 million views.

Dozens arrested at 'silent protest' in Hong Kong against proposed security law

China’s top legislative body will vote on Hong Kong’s security legislation Tuesday morning, Now TV News reports. The proposed law could include a life sentence for acts of secession and subversion

Why don't the parents of every parent that had a son or daughter killed in Afghanistan ... put in a call to the Whitehouse?

The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously

China is forcing sterilization on Uighur woman to eradicate the Uighur population. This, in combination with concentration camps, justifies full application of Magnitsky sanctions on all the Chinese officials organizing this vile persecution

It has been two days and @realDonaldTrump and his Administration still have NOT denied the specific allegation—confirmed by multiple press reports—that Russia paid militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan. And instead of confronting Putin, what did @POTUS do? He went golfing

.@JamesCarville calls it 'treason' if Trump knew about Russian bounty on American soldiers' heads during West Point speech

Trump appears confused about the differences between absentee ballots and vote-by-mail

Not sure about this new Tarantino.

My first time ever on @60Minutes! Usually I take the fight for voting rights to court, but we need to combat voter suppression every way we can

CNN star Van Jones helped Jared Kushner craft Trump’s toothless police reform. He then went on CNN and praised it, never once disclosing that he worked on i

Don Winslow @donwinslow · 8h When America needed a Commander in Chief, America got a traitor. Trump knew since March that Putin had placed and paid the Taliban $$ bounties $$ to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. When his soldiers needed him, he looked the other way. Our latest video:

Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members.

Crazy: Houston hospital ICU data now deleted & withheld. Texas Medical Center previously released ongoing reports detailing ICU admission numbers throughout the pandemic. No longer - all ICU capacity data now gone. Silence on any explanation.

Oh my god. The NYTimes reports that at least one US troop death was the result of the Russian bounties. Trump has blood on his hands. This is an #EmergencyAlert.

These folks are straight up aiming firearms at peaceful protestors.

Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessme…

NBC Fact check: Trump says Obama 'destroyed' Maine's lobster industry. His own trade war is to blame.

Please don't retweet this video I made, Trump won't like it. Because it shows how much he claims to know - and how little he cares about American soldiers. Turn the sound up

Trump and team are the most incompetent liars in the history of American politics. There will be a paper trail on all of this. We need to hear who else in government knew? What were the options discussed in the March NSC? Why was ZERO ACTION taken?

This story keeps getting worse for the @realDonaldTrump Administration, with the Russian bounties apparently resulting in US deaths. And why are there so many sources leaking this story? I think it’s because patriots are horrified @POTUS still has done nothing in response

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your story conflicts with the story the DNI Director at the time @RichardGrenell told. He said he “never heard” of the Russian bounty info, not that he found it not credible enough to tell you. Also, UK confirmed the bounty info

Hey look @realDonaldTrump! The Russians are calling @CIA drug smugglers! What are you going to do about it, Donald? Putin put this on your favorite, Twitter, so you couldn’t miss it. You just gonna stand there and take that? WEAK! LOW ENERGY