Friday, July 17, 2020

Summary of our letter to Barr and Wolf: Your authoritarian police state is not welcome here. Get out of Oregon.

The portraits of Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush were moved from the Grand Foyer within the last week & put in a room mainly used to store tablecloths & furniture. Amazing, amazing scoop by @jeffzeleny & @Kevinliptakcnn

The President of the United States went full Karen on Fox News.

The Trump Admin's order for hospitals to bypass @CDCgov when sharing COVID19 data is not only a flagrant rejection of public transparency, it undermines the CDC and makes us all less safe. I joined my colleagues in demanding @SecAzar rescind this decision

The US attorney in Oregon wants an investigation into "constitutionally questionable arrests in Portland" by officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools next week - CNNPolitics

Donald Trump really pulled an “I want to speak to the manager.”

Never forget that Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. profit off their father's presidency every. single. day.

New York police union boss just appeared on Fox News with a Qanon mug

Breonna Taylor was alive after police shot her, records indicate. No one tried to treat her. For more than 20 minutes after Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville officers, she lay where she fell in her hallway, receiving no medical attention.

He’s got no plan. No accomplishments. Just a bunch of desperate lies. And not even @FoxNews is buying it.


WOW - I love it when a reporter has the fortitude to call the President of the United States a liar to his face.

EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign is investigating campaign spending, Parscale contracts

The billionaire's daughter is telling unemployed Americans to "find something new." Thanks for the advice, Ivanka.

Five percent of Khabarovsk population (a much larger percentage of non-elderly adults) demonstrated against Putin’s removal of the Governor there

“Gone but Not Forgiven” painted on gate of Epstein’s Palm Beach estate

BREAKING [correcting earlier tweet, now deleted]: Supreme Court grants request to issue judgment in Trump v. Vance immediately.

Explosive expose on #FoxNews by @TheDailyBeast. Network’s Black employees, including on-air talent, have begun to openly confront management over @FoxNews anti-Black rhetoric—especially that of the network’s biggest stars, #LauraIngraham & @TuckerCarlson.

NEW: Roger Stone today accused two of Trump's top House allies — Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik — of privately advocating against his commutation. He said they were worried about political fallout

Because no dystopia is complete without a terrifying secret police force.

Content warning: There’s no excuse for this behavior from @LAPDHQ. An unnecessary escalation by police that knocked a man in a wheelchair to the ground.

Paramilitary assaults at the direction of Donald Trump and Chad Wolf are nothing more than a catalyst for violence. This administration has no real interest in protecting Americans. Our country needs lasting, peaceful solutions that bubble up from the community.

NEW: Justice Ginsburg says she has cancer again. She says she plans to stay on the court.

JUST IN: IMF says US economy contracted by 37% in the second quarter of 2020

The spending is odd in two ways: most of it's in round dollar amounts (unlike most payments from Trump campaign to Trump biz), and it's stairstepped. Each day has a $8,100 payment, an $8,200 payment, an $8,300 payment, and so on up to $10K. Haven't yet gotten answers as to why.

“Campaign donations turned into private revenue for POTUS”

In an about-face, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy will require his GOP colleagues to wear masks when they gather for a conference next week

The 1033 program is broken. Police should not be allowed to use weapons of war against Americans.

A major American city is being softly Pinochet’ed in broad daylight.

The D.C. Circuit denied Dustin Lee Honken's appeal to delay his execution today, the third federal execution this week. The government plans to carry out the death sentence at 4 p.m. EDT.

At least three providers of virtual private networks, which let internet users circumvent censorship and protect their privacy, are suspending their Hong Kong operations

Why isn't this on the NEWS?

Top HHS official says 'most' of the coronavirus transmission is from asymptomatic people

If it can happen in Portland, it can happen in your city too

Don't be fooled, "Payroll Tax Cut" = Defund Social Security

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp isn't suing the city of Atlanta for the mask mandate. He is suing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms & the city council personally. Georgia is a Covid hotspot. He should be 100% focused on saving his people. Instead he's 100% focused on being Trump's lapdog.

.@brikeilarcnn on coronavirus restrictions: "We can't even go to Canada…Canada won't let us in." Trump campaign's press sec: "…Not sure why you'd want to go to Canada when we live in the greatest country…" Brianna: "…If you want to get away from coronavirus you might."

During the pandemic and against the wishes of the victims, the Justice Department had no good reason to execute federal prisoners this week, writes Brennan Center Fellow

Congressional Democrats want Medicare chief Seema Verma to be fired after a watchdog report found she mishandled millions of dollars in government contracts. "Verma has grossly misused CMS funding ... and it is now clear she lied under oath."

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan confirms he isn’t seeking reelection

“The idea of losing that leadership (from Dr. Fauci) at this critical moment for our nation is unthinkable,” says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Belgium's foreign and defense minister Philippe Goffin told his parliament he was briefed on the GRU/Taliban bounty program.

Isn’t this basically the thing right wing militias and open-carry LARPers have been panicking about for eons? Where’s the NRA ad on this or are they still busy telling republican voters that Hillary will take your guns?

"It was like being preyed upon": Federal officers in unmarked vans detain Portland protesters

Could someone in law-enforcement comment as to whether this Portland arrest looks real. Is it a Barr/Trump stunt? Rental cars? No IDs? Where are local police? Is the protester actually cuffed? Why wasn’t he patted down? Oregon is a concealed carry state.

For the next six months, we’re trapped on a leaking ship captained by a fool

Shot in the head tonight in Portland. By who? Nobody fucking knows...(Trump knows)

Unidentified military are kidnapping protestors in Portland. Schools are being forced to reopen despite 11 days of record spikes of COVID-19. The HHS is hiding coronavirus data from the public, so we can't know how bad it is. This is a country in collapse.#AmericaOrTrump

45% of US counties have uncontrolled #epidemic spread of #coronavirus—another 35% have a #CoronavirusOutbreak that is trending poorly. Hospitalizations are spiking, and the #COVID19 death toll is rising. We MUST #lockdown now, or many more will DIE‼️

Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

il Douche pimping beans while American soldiers are being killed for fun and profit by the Taliban and Russia.. Yeah - let's have four more years of his shit

In the @NPR interview, McKenzie adds that "Russia is not our friend," that they have supported the Taliban in other ways, and "I hope that they respect" US red lines in Afghanistan. What are the red lines? "Bounties on US forces would be something dramatic and significant." @NPR

Trump says that a Biden presidency threatens "our very way of life" 🙃 (Keep in mind that the White House is not supposed to be used for campaign speeches)

According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll out this morning: 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s pandemic management and over 60 percent of respondents say they do not trust what he says about the outbreak.

Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal compares the fates of Stone and Vindman. What kind of country have we become? ⁦

A top Trump campaign adviser recently appeared on the Russian-government funded TV network RT, which U.S. intelligence agencies have said plays a role in the Kremlin’s plans to undermine American democracy.

During battle, General Grant said, “no terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” We offer the same terms to President Trump today. Read more about Operation Grant from @jwgop and @BillKristol,

After Woolery's son tests positive for it STILL a hoax?

Refrigerated trucks requested in Texas and Arizona as morgues fill up due to coronavirus deaths

U.S. Shatters Single-Day Coronavirus Record With More Than 77,000 New Infections Some states said they were running out of places to store bodies as the country reported its highest daily death toll in more than a month.#TrumpOwnsEveryDeath

Announcing: Operation Grant. Ohio is softening for Trump and we see an opportunity: We're joining forces with @RVAT2020 to help ensure Biden takes The Buckeye State. First, with a new ad push and then by activating voters on the ground.

Trump says he'll be announcing "many exciting things" over the next 8 weeks, "things that nobody has even contemplated, thought about, thought possible," with"levels of detail" and "levels of thought that a lot of people believed very strongly we didn't have in this country"

What the hell is going on with the Portland police?

Cool. Now do one for the weight of 135,000 dead Americans. And 30 million unemployed workers.

Breaking: @GovKemp’s office files lawsuit seeking to block Atlanta mask mandate

"I can tell you with 100% certainty that if you open schools in communities where you have a lot of Covid spreading, you're going to have to slam them shut again," says former CDC Director Thomas Frieden. "…You open too soon it's one step forward…many steps back."

Abbott said last week that if the spread of the virus didn't slow that "the next step would have to be a lockdown." But while he acknowledged that there have been rumors of such a move, he stressed that they were not true.

Since Russia's President Putin won a referendum that could prolong his power for years to come, journalists have been detained, the homes of critics raided and a popular governor has been arrested

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany flips through the topic headings in her binder during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Erns

The Terrifying Next Phase of the Coronavirus Recession

Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented from the decision.

Eh hem!!! @maddogpac there’s a billboard for the taking...

Not just the US, not just the West but the world has lost faith, and interest, in human rights and universal values. Xinjiang is only the latest episode in that story. Syria was the first canary in the coal mine

‘No Good Answers Here': Mass. Schools Preparing For Students to Return Preparations underway at Billerica Memorial High School offer a partial view of what students might experience this fall

What is wrong with the president?

If you’re watching Maddow’s excellent recap of Trump cutting off health insurance to his brother’s kids as their infant son suffered from cerebral palsy. Remember in that same period he was also attacking Miss Universe contestants in Trinidad. He’s an evil dude.

Oregon Public Broadcasting confirms tweets today that federal officers in camouflage but no agency identification or badges, driving unmarked non-government rental cars, are grabbing protestors off streets in Portland and not talking w local authorities

... reuters photographer jonathan ernst got this shot today of press secy. kayleigh mcenany's briefing materials which include topic headings for: - goya - statues - wins - obama - meuller (it's mueller) - golf - lgbt (no q) - absurd - privil(ege?) - lies

America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic COVID-19 has steamrolled the country. What happens if another pandemic starts before this one is over?

Oregon Public Broadcasting confirms rumors that feds in camo, w/o ID, are driving unmarked cars, and grabbing protestors off streets in Portland.

"I can tell you with 100% certainty that if you open schools in communities where you have a lot of Covid spreading, you're going to have to slam them shut again," says former CDC Director Thomas Frieden. "…You open too soon it's one step forward…many steps back."

vote like your life depends on it because it does

It appears Hope Hicks is a superspreader.

This is seems to be lawless, armed, senseless action by Trump and DOJ and unknown Federal law enforcement agents. These are state and municipal law enforcement responsibilities. WHERE IS THE GOVERNOR? Where is the Oregon Congressional Delegation?

-The @CIA assessed Russia paid Taliban to kill US troops -Russian hackers attacked our coronavirus research centers -#COVID__19 is surging in many countries, including the US But @SecPompeo is focused on debating a journalism project that won a Pulitzer

Opinion: Who would kick millions off health insurance in the middle of a pandemic? Yes, Trump.

"Not only are we fighting coronavirus on one hand, it appears as if we're fighting our state on the other hand," said one mayor. "This is a fight for our lives."

Dismemberment of tech CEO’s body in Manhattan ‘looks like a professional job’

Investors have filed a class-action lawsuit against Deutsche Bank over persistent failure to fix Anti-money laundering issues which then results in its failure to properly monitor high-risk customers including Epstein and misleading public statements

Thread: I told Acting Secretary Wolf that the federal government should remove all federal officers from our streets. His response showed me he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes. He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm’s way.

The New York City Bar Association has written to President Donald J. Trump regarding his commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence. The text of the letter can be viewed online here

Anti-Putin protests are gaining momentum in Khabarovsk, a city in far east Russia near the border with China, following the arrest of the city's governor on 15-year-old murder charges.

#ХватитБояться this brave young woman is protesting outside the headquarters of the FSB in Russia

Don’t you love these spontaneous protests in Russia,

THREAD. Watching the interview with @MaryLTrump on @maddow and caught a small note which has enormous significance: She mentions how, when she provided the NYT with legal documents, she discovered things about the Trump estate which her “trustees” had never revealed 1/

Russia Is Trying to Steal Virus Vaccine Data, Western Nations Say

If cops are worried about the bad rap they are getting in the community and press, imagine how grabbing people off the streets in unmarked uniforms and cars will play.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office is accusing Trump's lawyers of deliberately stalling a legal battle over a subpoena for eight years of Trump's tax records.

It took until July, but the Trump Campaign has finally found its 2020 slogan.

We have two school-age children. This #NotMyChild video is quite good. It would be reckless to reopen schools without following the science and @CDCgov guidelines

Lies. Propaganda. Disinformation. Misinformation. It kills

all the courage on earth, lone youngsters taking their protests to the very doors of FSB headquarters. Russians have had enough of being afraid

Lead researcher says @UniofOxford vaccine has 80% chance of stopping people exposed to #coronavirus from getting #COVID19 illness. Results from a Phase 3 trial expected *by SEPTEMBER*, and they’ve agreed to sell the #vaccine on a NOT-for-profit basis.

So when is the press going to start asking about Russian bounties every chance they get?

But who was it who made his own niece sign a non disclosure agreement? I can’t remember?

Chuck Woolery -- who accused the CDC, doctors and Democrats of lying about the seriousness of COVID-19 to hurt Trump (and got a Trump RT over it) -- has changed his mind and deleted his Twitter account after his son tests positive

Nearly 12 million U.S. adults live in households that missed their last rent payment, and 23 million have little or no confidence in their ability to make the next one, according to Census Bureau data

In case it got lost in the fray of @realdonaldtrump turning the signing ceremony into a political hit job, strong bipartisan sanctions on those who undermine HK’s autonomy are now law. China's attacks against democracy & human rights will not be ignored.

BREAKING: Americans by nearly a two to one margin distrust what Pres. Trump says about the coronavirus pandemic, and six in 10 disapprove of how he’s handling it, according to new @ABC News/WaPo poll.

Ladies and gentlemen! The future of local journalism

EU extends travel ban on Americans amid spike in US coronavirus cases

It's six years since the #Kremlin shot down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people on board. One of them was Richard Mayne, a 20-year-old student on his way to Australia. Here's my 2016 piece on how Richard's murder tore his family apart

Trump wants four more years. To do what? We already know he has no interest in governing. We already know he isn’t interested in addressing the pandemic and saving lives. We already know he doesn’t care about protecting US troops. Four more years. For what?

Two pencils per kid kinda sounds like China actually. @realDonaldTrump

As of today, hospitals are directed by the Trump administration to report Covid data not to CDC but solely to Teletracking and HHS Protect, both owned by billionaire Trump allies. Dictators control information. Time for some civil disobedience by hospital administrators?

"The United States just recorded more than 77,000 new cases of Covid-19, the most ever in a single day. But President Trump wants to talk about dishwasher reform,"

New: Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely.

If cops are worried about the bad rap they are getting in the community and press, imagine how grabbing people off the streets in unmarked uniforms and cars will play.


BREAKING: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sues Atlanta over the city's requirement to wear masks in public, other COVID-19 restrictions

Disappearance of covid-19 data from CDC website spurs outcry

Disappearance of covid-19 data from CDC website spurs outcry

Mary Trump 'blown away' by NYT report exposing family tax schemes

Mary Trump describes Donald Trump using lying as a power play

Mary Trump: 'Of course I did' hear Donald Trump use racial slurs

Mary Trump: Donald Trump 'incapable of succeeding' on coronavirus