Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica.

"Full-time minimum wage workers cannot afford a two-bedroom rental anywhere in the U.S. and cannot afford a one-bedroom rental in 95% of U.S. counties, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual “Out of Reach” report.

"Mr. Parscale ... he suffered something of a mortal wound in the role three weeks ago when a much-hyped rally in Tulsa, Okla., to “reboot” Mr. Trump’s campaign was sparsely attended."

NEW: Trump has just announced on Facebook that Brad Parscale is OUT as Trump's campaign manager. Bill Stepien is the new campaign manager.

rump had only 41 “daily” intelligence briefings on his schedule during the first half of 2020 — an average of just one and a half per week: “His laziness cannot be overestimated."

Welcome to Story Hour. What will we be reading? Excerpts from Mary Trump's new book, 'Too Much and Never Enough,' of course. See you tomorrow at 8p EST for episode 2.

BREAKING: #SCOTUS, on a 5-4 vote, lifts the 7th Circuit stay halting today's scheduled federal execution of Wesley Purkey. Other requests remain pending.

There seems to be a large Twitter hack targeting verified accounts right now. Be on the lookout for any bitcoin scams and, as always, don't click on any suspicious links.

Column: Amid pandemic and peak unemployment, Trump still pushing Medicaid work requirement

JUST IN: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are among the high-profile social media accounts apparently hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam

Is Trump trying to start a civil war?

NBC-WSJ poll: Joe Biden 51% Donald Trump 40% In the combined 11 battleground states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — Biden leads Trump 52% to 40%.

Restaurant association called for Congress to ensure the stability of the food supply chain by prioritizing food and agriculture employees for testing and receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine

President of flight attendants union says it's 'absurd' masks aren't mandated

Meeting the threat of climate change presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jolt new life into our economy. We're going to create millions of high-quality, union jobs by building a modern infrastructure and a clean energy future.

I know you are always looking out for our best interests which is why I give you my full support. Everyone, please take a moment to support Katie’s re-election campaign. We need to keep people like her in Congress.

Marie Antoinette: Let them eat cake. Ivanka Trump: Buy these beans.

New Quinnipiac poll of registered voters nationally: Biden 52% Trump 37% Among independents, Biden leads by 51-34 Trump's approval *on the economy* is now underwater, at 44-53 Conditions aren't getting better in the country, either

Throwback to 5 years ago when Tony Fauci, at 74 yo, was suiting up to treat an Ebola patient himself because he "wanted to show his staff that he wouldn't ask them to do anything he wouldn't do himself". This is what leadership looks like.

Opinion: The bill is coming due for those who sold their souls to Trump


cro·ny cap·i·tal·ism noun: an economic system characterized by close, mutually advantageous relationships between business leaders and government officials.

Trump to scale back landmark environmental law, saying it will help restart the economy

$10K from Bachmann’s Zombie Campaign acct to Flynn.. who pled guilty to crimes?! Another ex of why we need to bury zombie campaigns for good. My bipartisan proposal to end this abuse of campaign$ is in the #ForThePeopleAct &waiting for the Senate to act.

“Putin doesn’t want a constructive relationship with the United States. He just wants to beat us.” +1 Good piece from @john_sipher @Mpolymer @StevenLHall1 on misguided intelligence cooperation with Moscow

Just posted on the president’s Instagram

Fauci calls the W.H. efforts to discredit him "bizarre." "Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that," Fauci said. "When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific ... push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president."

Dr. Fauci tells @TheAtlantic: “We’ve got to almost reset this, & say, ‘Okay, let’s stop this nonsense.’” He described White House attacks on him as “nonsense” & “completely wrong.” He adds: “I can't explain Peter Navarro. He's in a world by himself.”

Judge Overturned by Supreme Court Blocks Another Federal Execution

“I can’t explain Peter Navarro,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with the Atlantic. “He’s in a world by himself.”

Fauci, asked about the White House blocking him from doing TV, responds, "I can’t make a comment on that, but I think you know what the answer to that is."

“NATO had limited some parts of its relationship with the US because of its closeness to Russia. Specifically some worried that US officials would send them its intelligence.” Guys. For real. Only Americans deny what is going on.

Many coal barons have up and left the state, leaving our land barren and Kentuckians jobless. Mitch is sitting on $116 million that would create KY jobs to clean up abandoned mines. What’s the hold up?

Nearly 90 people, including "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams, were arrested outside the Kentucky Attorney General's home as they protested in support of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville apartment in March.

Hillary Clinton: We Have to Be Ready if Trump Doesn't 'Go Quietly'

The Trump Admin has seized on @USPS' precarious state, politicizing the agency while cutting the services it provides. The changes outlined below are unacceptable. COVID19 has shown how essential @USPS is to so many. Congress must fund their vital work.

.@realdonaldtrump’s biz said it charges the US govt just $50/night for rooms used by Trump’s entourage. I’ve now found $970K in govt payments to Trump Org, BUT exactly zero cases where Trump Org did what they promised. They always charged more. I’m not done looking!

New Monmouth poll of Pennsylvania: Biden: 53% Trump: 40% That's after a month-plus of Trump pounding Pittsburgh and Philly markets with "Biden will defund police" and "Biden will ban fossil fuel" messaging.

Breaking: Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States, will require all customers visiting stores to wear masks beginning Monday

The Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone. @realDonaldTrump values the expertise of the medical professionals advising his Administration.

CDC Director Redfield: "If we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control."

Ben Bernanke: Give States Billions, and You Help the Entire Country

Fact Checker: GOP senators in close races mislead on preexisting conditions

Imagine thinking conversion therapy works but a mask doesn’t.

You can trust Dr. Fauci. We can't trust Donald Trump.

.@USAfricaCommand reports that Russian mercenaries are illegally placing landmines around Tripoli in Libya, as part of Russia's effort to support the military campaign of strongman Khalifa Belqasim Haftar

U.S. credibility has become a joke, and Pompeo keeps producing more punchlines.

McConnell has long preached party unity and message discipline, a virtually impossible task with Trump. Back home, McConnell has been warning about covid’s surge and urged caution. Trump, on the other hand, is dismissing the new cases and ready to move on.

Never forget that Mitch McConnell is directly responsible for enabling #RecklessTrump to decimate our country. It’s going to be a good day when @AmyMcGrathKY takes his seat.

George Stephanopoulos: "If you're in the Oval Office today, what would you tell [the president]?" Mary Trump: "Resign."

They Put Us in Here to Let Us Die’: ICE Prison Sees Outbreak of Coronavirus—and Guard Violence

Mary Trump’s message to Donald Trump: ‘Resign’

Prosecutors read statement from a Jane Doe who knew Maxwell for over 10 years: "Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey could not have done what he did...she would have done anything to get what he wanted to satisfy Mr. Epstein...her sole purpose is self preservation...I have great fear..."

Dr. Anthony Fauci compared Covid-19 to the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed more than 50 million people. "That was the mother of all pandemics and truly historic. [This] does have the makings of, the possibility of ... approaching that in seriousness."

Sam Adams Closing Faneuil Hall Taproom Patio Due To Influx Of Out-Of-State Visitors

Trump 63 minute incoherent and self obsessed press conference was very unsettling. It’s a long way to January. We have some dangerous days ahead of us. Trump is promoting an angry and illogical political rant in the middle of a meltdown health crisis.

Someone tell trumps golf caddy that people aren’t getting rich on unemployment but they are getting rich on republican tax cuts

Trump has weakened federal oversight of the meatpacking industry while accepting millions of dollars in political donations from some of its most powerful figures.

From Honk Kong to Washington state, virus restrictions once lifted are being reimposed and the reopening of economies delayed as communities try to curb a disease resurgence before it spins out of control.

Folks, the president is unwell.

The outbreak of coronavirus cases at US military bases in Japan is "extremely serious," said Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono

President Trump stood by and did nothing as the Chinese Communist Party violated human rights in Hong Kong. That's why Dems in the Senate and House fought to pass the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to force him to take action against the Chinese Communist Party

The New York Times will relocate its Hong Kong-based digital news operation to Seoul, South Korea. A sweeping national security law passed by China in June has created uncertainty about Hong Kong’s prospects as a hub for journalism in Asia.

Israel’s wildfire epidemic origin: "schools—not restaurants or gyms—turned out to be [Israel's] worst mega-infectors” says Israel’s deputy public health head testifies to parliament

Pete Sessions wins runoff in House GOP contest in Texas, furthering comeback bid

Mary Trump’s message to Donald Trump: ‘Resign’

Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins (R) charged with 3 felonies, including: -Voting without being qualified -Unlawful advance voting

Trump Lies To Reporters And Stages A Fake Press Conference So He Can Have An Audience

You could spin the Wheel of Cowardice for almost every Republican Senator and ask them about today's insane presser and they'd stare at the camera blankly and say, "What is television?" "I don't read social media." "English is my fourth language." "Donald Who?"

I have covered 7 Presidents. I have never seen a POTUS use the Rose Garden or any White House platform to launch a political attack against his opponent for reelection, a campaign rally barely disguised as a faux news conference. All during a pandemic and a recession

I like presidents who aren’t frail, sociopathic, nazi-loving, incoherent, drug-addled disasters of a human being, that the mainstream press normalizes in order to gaslight a nation for profit.

Sessions was Trump’s 1st Senate supporter, lent him legitimacy. In return, Sessions gave up his seat. Lost his cabinet position. Lost his dignity. Lost his reputation. Lost his comeback race. Lost his place in the party. Lost everything. Because of false faith in Donald J. Trump

This is more than the tenth time Rush has brought up cannabilism this year and it’s probably time for someone to send cadaver dogs to his house

Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins (R) charged with 3 felonies, including: -Voting without being qualified -Unlawful advance voting

Federal ethics law: "An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise ... "

Anderson Cooper: "Jim, is there *anyone* left in the administration who shakes their head when they hear the president rambling in the Rose Garden?" Jim Acosta: "No, Anderson, we are down to Kool-Aid drinkers and next of kin."

Trump can't fire Dr Fauci so like a little bitch he sends asslicking sycophants like Peter Navarro out to stir up shi

The first House member to endorse Trump, ex-Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), is now a convicted felon. The first senator to endorse Trump, Jeff Sessions, just lost a primary for his old Senate seat.

We did it! Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign to elect a senator who will fight for Mainers—not special interests. Onward to November!

Not for nothing, but Trump using the Rose Garden to give a campaign speech assailing Biden is definitely illegal and his campaign owes the taxpayers a lot of money for this event.

Wow. Navarro just ran his oppo dump against Dr Fauci as an op-ed. In 10 yrs covering politics, I’ve never seen a senior WH official publish a broadside like this against a colleague. Where’s Meadows? This is what WH Chiefs of Staff are hired to prevent.

BREAKING CNN NEWS: The Center for Disease Control just stated that the fall and winter of 2020-2021 will be one of most difficult times in history.

What do you say @senatemajldr?

Concerns raised of corrupted data as Trump orders bypass of CDC

Some of the largest school districts in Orange County, California, say they will not follow their board of education's recommendation to return students and teachers to the classroom