Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mark Meadows on a possible Trump pardon/commutation for Roger Stone: “I don't know when or if he will do that. But certainly as Roger Stone looks at having to report to confinement, that decision, whether it's made or not, becomes more important to make in the in the coming days”

County Medical Examiner in Corpus Christi, Texas says their morgue can no longer receive additional bodies. Asking for a FEMA morgue trailer.

SCOOP from @dfriedman33: The actual gag order prohibiting @MichaelCohen212 from writing a book. He refused to sign it, and after that apparently he was carted back to federal prison today. We don't know if that was the only reason for his return to prison.

Boston Mayor Walsh said the city had its highest number of coronavirus cases in a month on Wednesday.

ICYMI: @RepSwalwell reintroduces bill to help small businesses, says effort even more relevant during COVID-19 crisis. 'Main Street Revival Act' would defer payroll tax payments for first year of operation

In Florida, 56 hospitals, including in Miami-Dade and Broward, reported zero ICU beds available, according to an internal FEMA memo We can expect death rates to soar in Florida, Texas and Arizona in the next few weeks#

Rep. Keating gets Esper to clarify he *was* briefed on Russian "payments" to Taliban, after Esper told Rep. Turner. there was never a brief that mentioned "bounties." Too late. Turner's email came out a half-hour ago.

Might be worth noting in your tweet that the IRS itself noted this was a garbage excuse four years ago?

NEW: The judge in Michael Flynn's case has asked the full DC Circuit to reconsider the 2-1 panel decision that would force him to grant DOJ's motion to dismiss the prosecution. Doc:

NOW: Flynn judge Emmet Sullivan urges full DC Circuit to review panel's decision ordering him to immediately dismiss Flynn prosecution at Trump DOJ's request

I'm in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, to discuss my plan to create jobs, raise wages, and help America build back better. Tune in to watch:

A statue of Melania Trump has been removed from near her hometown in Slovenia after being badly burned by vandals, the artist who commissioned the sculpture says.

Trump has used the courts to bully and avoid accountability his entire life. His consistent goal is not to win, but to delay. Including now. We need legislation requiring expedited consideration and enforcement of congressional subpoenas. For Trump, and for future presidents.

Thread: It’s clear our communities are crying out for change—and what that change looks like is up to us. That’s why it’s important to take a hard look at all the perspectives and proposals out there, even the ones we disagree with. It’s how we’ll come up with solutions that last. — Barack Obama

This is pretty incredible: SecDef Mark Esper says that it is “still unclear” to him who ordered Lafayette Park cleared off anti-racism protesters. Esper adds that he has “never inquired” about the origins of that order, which has been widely criticized as a flagrant mistake

Esper decries leaks of classified info, unclassified info that is sensitive, and unauthorized discussions with the media, then falsely claims "it's unlawful." Let's be clear: It is entirely lawful for government officials to have unauthorized discussions with the media

It's just off like a rocket now, there's no end to it.

Bill Barr is a liar and should step down. In the alternative he should become AAG for the Civil Division to build his resume.

BREAKING / NBC News: Michael Cohen has been remanded back into the custody of federal authorities and will be sent back to jail. This comes after pictures were taken of Cohen at a Manhattan restaurant outside of his residence this weekend. NBC's Adam Reiss reports.

(Reuters) - Micheal Cohen, the former personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, was taken into custody on Thursday, according to a lawyer for Cohen.

Millions in aid from small business relief fund went to "hate groups"

ICE Offering 'Citizens Academy' Course with Training on Arresting Immigrants

.@SpeakerPelosi: "The Supreme Court, including the president's appointees, have declared that he is not above the law... The path the Supreme Court has laid out is one that is clearly achievable by us and we will continue to go down that path."

Jacksonville at end of August for outdoor RNC Convention sounds appealing

When Berman wouldn't resign, Barr announced his resignation. Why is he so adamant about getting rid of the SDNY? Thinking face Who are you protecting, Barr?

Disney reopens this weekend. Can you get tickets? And will Mickey wear a mask?

Special protocols are in place at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell is being held over concerns she may try to kill herself, an official familiar with the matter tells

Geoffrey Berman, the former top prosecutor in Manhattan, is expected to say in closed-door testimony that Bill Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, warned him that getting fired would be bad for his resume and steered him toward a DOJ post in DC.

Gen. Colin Powell: "We've got a lot of work to do. But it's work that can be done if we have leadership at every single level. And it's going to be Joe Biden that gives us that leadership."

On Confederate named bases, Gen. Powell: "I think it is quite appropriate that the ten bases, army bases, anyway, that we have in the southern part of the United States, should be looked at by the leadership of the military and the president should keep out of it. "

Gen. Colin Powell: "For America to be America, the kind of America I love, the kind of America I have served for most of my adult life, we have to make sure that we're opening up that America and the opportunities that exist in America to every person"

NEW: Geoff BERMAN told Congress today that BARR repeatedly pushed him to resign — starting with a June 18 meeting at a NY hotel and ending with a phone call that night. He refused and Barr announced his resignation anyway BERMAN's opening statement:

As SCOTUS rules Trump can't block the release of his tax returns, let us reflect on @HillaryClinton asking why he won't release them and list the possible reasons for why he's hiding them.

Imagine tying your political career to this, @SenateGOP

Understand why Roy Cohn is important Cohn taught Trump EVERYTHING abt our Judicial system; every procedural tactic to delay & delay more I make 0 apologies when I said; -throw out the old rule book -review every legal case Trump was in before 1/2017 -he will run the clock down

Important by @NormEisen.๐Ÿ‘‡ Yes, SCOTUS kicks it to lower court where it'll take time to address subpoena-specific arguments etc. But, does American electorate want to elect a President likely indicted in a second term in state of New York

This makes it slightly less likely @realDonaldTrump will agree to be removed from the GOP ticket. Evidence of his own criminal activity is in court and office is his only protection. That’s a great thing for @JoeBiden

summarize MAZARs; Congress subpoenas too broad Trump successful in running the clock down SCOTUS (intellectually I agree with their concerns) “a new” will take 8-18months to work through the DC, USCA & possibly back to SCOTUS๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿปif he’s re-elected ROY COHN

Why not just #HandThemOver? What are you so afraid of? That you paid hush money, inflated real estate values, and got bailed out by others, starting with your buddy Val?

Seven out of nine Supreme Court Justices basically ruled that Robert Mueller's assessment of the law was too conservative. The basic premise of all of this is that the Founding Father's did not intend for the United States of America to have a king. Charge the king already.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has blocked House access to Trump's tax records, for now

In a history-making decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that Trump cannot block a subpoena for his financial records sought by a New York prosecutor, ruling he is not immune from criminal investigation.

President Trump must turn over financial information to prosecutors but not to lawmakers, US Supreme Court says

Keep the House. Take the Senate. Even if he wins (unlikely), he’ll be impeached & removed in seconds - w/ NY prosecutions bearing down like holy fire. All criminality comes out in NY courts, at very least. donald & spawn get orange jumpsuits, if they’re not hiding in Beijing.

JUST IN: House subpoenas for President Trump’s financial documents will remain blocked, the Supreme Court says, sending a controversial case back down to the lower court for further review.

BEWARE wrong takes on the 7-2 opin. in Mazars. The Court UPHOLDS Congress' right to subpoena info, including from POTUS (whew). The opinion sets a 5-part test (not 4): necessity, narrowness, purpose, burden, other factors. On remand, Congress WILL get info, just not now (alas)

The SCOTUS decision involving Congress’s subpoenas is likewise 7-2 and went as far against Trump as it plausibly could have. It did direct the lower courts to apply a tougher standard when Congress seeks presidential materials, but that’s as I and most other experts predicted.

Chief Justice Roberts: "No citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding."

@realDonaldTrump taxes will go to a New York Grand Jur

Trump loses the Vance case, 7-2, with Roberts writing the majority's opinion. Alito and Thomas dissent.

Boom! 7-2 Vance gets the returns! No absolute immunity for POTUS!

BREAKING Vance gets the taxes

"On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise." So Justice Gorsuch begins his majority opinion in the McGirt case, ruling that a broad swath of eastern Oklahoma remains tribal land for purposes of federal criminal law. Doc:

As we await the ruling on Trump financial records, one of the reasons why House Oversight pursued Trump records from the firm Mazars was because of last year’s testimony of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who alleged that Trump committed fraud by inflating his assets

In the first case, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch, joined by Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, the Native American tribe has won. The other 4 Justices dissented. Taxes at 1010 am

The case is McGirt v. Oklahoma

A complete derelict of duty.

'One VOA journalist who asked not to be named because of a fear of retaliation, said some of the foreign journalists fo

Our reign of unreason started 95 years ago in the Scopes Monkey Trial,

Many suggesting @realDonaldTrump got a leak but it’s very doubtful. Justice Kavanaugh wouldn’t do that. He just wouldn’t.

Angela Merkel yesterday: "As we are experiencing first-hand, you cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation any more than you can fight it with hatred or incitement to hatred... The limits of populism and denial of basic truth are being laid bare."

This whiny, driveling child is calling someone else a coward? I’m old enough to remember when @TuckerCarlson had his little feelings hurt and ended our interview early. He wouldn’t last one day of boot camp with @SenDuckworth.

America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.

NEW: Fauci tells @WSJ that states experiencing a significant uptick in new coronavirus cases "should seriously look at shutting down."

Was down at Bragg last wk; was surprised that there was zero animus for keeping name. Most of the active duty guys I talked to were having a good time fighting over what would be the best name (not just historical people) to represent the values they fight for. Very refreshing.

U.S. Broadcasting Agency Will Not Extend Visas For Its Foreign Journalists

Attorney General Bill Barr tells @PierreTABC it's "a widespread phenomenon that African American males, in particular, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt."

Spoiler Alert: @SenSusanCollins will not only vote for @realDonaldTrump she will defend him for all the death & destruction he causes while in office.

Information warfare is neurological warfare.

Around 10 a.m. today the Supreme Court will decide if Donald Trump can block the release of his tax returns. Here’s a look at the two cases the justices are ruling on, via

Geoffrey Berman, the ousted U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, testifies in a closed door House Judiciary hearing at noon today

A former high school football player dove and caught a child dropped from the balcony of a burning building

After President Trump tweeted that he disagreed with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safely reopening schools because they are "very tough" and "expensive," the agency said it would issue new recommendations next week.

Covid-19 coronavirus: Author and pathologist Judy Melinek moves family to NZ to avoid Trump's 'disaster' - NZ Herald

Missouri Summer Camp Closes After 82 Kids and Staff Infected with Coronavirus Kanakuk Kamps, a network of Christian sports camps in the state, saw 82 campers, counselors and staff members test positive for coronavirus

Disney World's new 'welcome back' video looks like a bad coronavirus satire

Jacksonville attorneys file a lawsuit to block the city from hosting the Republican National Convention amid the coronavirus pandemic

@SpeakerPelosi slams Mitch McConnell: “All roads lead to Putin....#MoscowMitch... he doesn’t like when I say that, but I’m saying it anyway.”

.@arneduncan, the former Secretary of Education during the Obama admin., joins @Lawrence to explain why President Trump is “bluffing” when he claims he will cut school funding if they do not reopen in the fall

Transcripts of police body cameras show George Floyd said “I can’t breathe” over 20 times and include new details about what the police said to George Floyd.

.@jacobsoboroff tells @Lawrence about new reporting in his book, "Separated: Inside an American Tragedy," that Donald Trump tried to restart family separations while he was surveying tornado damage in Alabama in March 2019.

Leader of fake church peddling bleach as covid-19 cure sought Trump’s support. Instead he got federal charges.

At least two dozen US states have paused or rolled back reopening plans as coronavirus cases in the country surge past 3 million. Follow live updates.

Awful. Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing in multiple states, due to the economic and social anxieties created by the #CoronavirusPandemic, along with less access to treatment programs and support networks

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of hateful shits, that started with dystopic bored, Trump's dictatorship. His fate was already failing and, Polls slipping, caved and poor. No voters would recall the way, He sailed in three years before.

Pathologist Mary Fowkes shares findings from autopsies of COVID-19 patients: "We are seeing small strokes. The small strokes don't explain a lot of the clinical symptoms. So I think there's something else going on."

South Korea's government used hundreds of drones for a spectacular display to thank frontline workers and encourage wearing masks and social distancing. The show was a surprise — officials didn't advertise it ahead of time in order to avoid large crowds.

Trump didn’t seem to care about kids not being in school when they were at Jeffrey Epstein’s house. @realDonaldTrump

Plans to fly international students into Australia in time for the new semester later this month have collapsed due to a virus outbreak

A debunked conspiracy theory about Black Lives Matter, ActBlue, and Democrats can be traced to far-right message boards

Dr. @NicholasNamias, Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Jackson Memorial Hospital said there will be an increase of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks after the holiday weekend celebrations. Watch the full story below.

The coronavirus news is bad in lots and lots of places. And it is our particular curse as a country that the head of our federal government appears to be personally responsible for making some of it bad himself for the purposes of his campaign.

Of the 306 hospitals listed in the Florida database, 41 report that they have 0% of their ICU beds available. Perhaps even more worrying, there are 18 Florida hospitals where it's not just the ICU that's full, it's the whole hospital.

President Trump has been granted a second 45-day extension to submit his annual financial disclosure form

Let me get this straight, the guy who did nothing after school shootings became a daily occurrence wants kids and educators back in school during an airborne pandemic? Impossible! Ridiculous! Inconceivable!

Bill Nye the Science Guy - A matter of life and death

We've assembled all the facts about #CreepyTrump in one place.

Is there a Mobbed-up dictator that Facebook *doesn't* support in the world? Legitimate question at this point.

BREAKING: Police say the Seoul city mayor has been reported missing and search operations are underway.

The Supreme Court ends its term Thursday with historic rulings that will probably determine whether the public sees President Trump’s financial records before the election

Big WSJ scoop: The FBI is examining exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and the money used to fund his media efforts in the U.S., including his work with Steve Bannon.

Biden releases $700 billion plan to spur American economy

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces a suspension of the country's extradition agreement with Hong Kong and offers visa extensions to Hong Kong citizens living in Australia after Beijing imposed a new security law on the Asian financial hub.

#BREAKING: Australia has torn up its extradition agreement with #HongKong and extended length of skilled, student visas.

Helping the people of Hong Kong is the right thing to do. However, promises Scott Morrison made last week have not been delivered - and as a result some people will be left behind.

Wow. Just about 2 million views in under 4 hours. You guys must really think @realDonaldTrump is a creep. Keep it going. Let the world know about #CreepyTrump.

A lot of grandparents pick up kids after school. Many parents are in their 50s, too. Reopening schools = more deaths.

We keep having to add to the list of government officials who dumped stocks before the market crashed. Now we have to add Betsy DeVos.

Bulgarian police and prosecutors raid the offices of President Rumen Radev and an adviser

At least three of the donors to VP Pence's legal defense fund are executives at companies that have contracts with the federal government. That was not supposed to happen

Watch the content. He manages to 1) sound like a regular person 2) remind us unions are key for prosperity 3) say that non compete agreements are unfair especially for low wage workers. It’s great!

I read Mary Trump’s new book about her dysfunctional family and her troubled uncle, Donald Trump. It’s indelible, revealing and obvious why the family has tried to block it. A review:

America needs to restore the rule of law. The Senate has enabled this madness to take place. GOP needs to recover a vision and values. We NEED AN OPPOSITION PARTY. However , we have a compliant agent of a regime with no respect for the Constitution.

Tulsa sees Covid-19 surge in the wake of Trump's June rally