Sunday, August 2, 2020

White House learned of Russian bounty intelligence in early 2019

Fed's Kashkari suggests 4-6 week shutdown; says U.S. Congress can spend big on coronavirus relief

The Census Bureau is cutting short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting soon for political gain, NPR has learned.

I truly believe the most important thing you can do RIGHT NOW to support our democracy is to READ and subscribe to your local newspaper. Trust me it’s cheap compared to the alternative. Its not a lot of money folks.

I guess that’s my answer. “Hey Trump, where’s that healthcare plan?”

Deutsche Bank opens review of 2013 transaction by Trump & Kushner's personal banker Rosemary Vrablic related to her purchase w/2 associates of $1.5million Park Ave apartment from Bergel 715, which is part owned by Kushner

WATCH: Trump adviser Jason Miller is asked three (3) times whether the Trump administration or campaign would accept foreign assistance in this election. Three (3) times, he refuses to say no

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on unemployment benefits: "We absolutely support a $600 -- one week extension."

If you're seeing information about voting or vote-by-mail on Facebook, there's a ***very*** good chance it's incorrect. Many of the examples in this piece are still out there, being shared and "liked" by people all over the country.

Americans, Go Home: Canadians Track U.S. Boaters Sneaking Across The Border

To be fair, he's working on it right this very minute... on the golf course.

Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner

Staring into her eyes is to feel millions of voices crying out in terror.

The Zuni Pueblo is in trouble. They need our help to fight COVID-19. They need re-usable face masks for their residents. $13,500 of them. We've done it before for #NavajoNation and with your help we can do it again. #Zuni Are you in?

After MONTHS of downplaying the #coronavirus when it was slaughtering people in Blue States... It's amazing how Dr. Birx is NOW screaming fire in a movie theater every day since #coronavirus started slaughtering people in red states They let blue states die without any warnings

Harrowing look at how QAnon has legitimized itself within the Republican party

.@WhipClyburn: “I feel very strongly” that Trump is like “Mussolini, Putin, Hitler”

Has Trump condemned Putin for reportedly offering $ for militants to kill our troops in Afghanistan? We still don't know... and it's been 37 days.

Darlene Swaffar, a QAnon-supporting congressional candidate in Florida, a few days ago tweeted a video of herself taking the QAnon oath. She is the 3rd known congressional candidate to do so, alongside candidates in Hawaii & Oregon.


These are the assholes that want you to live on $200/week and these are their replacements. Mitch McConnell >>>>@AmyMcGrathKY Susan Collins >>>>@SaraGideon David Perdue >>>>@ossoff John Cornyn >>>>@mjhegar Martha McSally >>>>@CaptMarkKelly Thom Tillis >>>>>@CalforNC

"We still haven’t received our order of Plexiglas barriers, so we’re cutting up shower curtains and trying to make do with that."

Trump keeps promising an overhaul of the nation’s health care system that never arrives

Years in the making #GOP replacement for ACA is just another Trump load of hooey

Ten bucks left, no place to go: How the pandemic and a broken unemployment system are upending people’s lives

Yeah. I defended her from the idea that she should be yelling at Trump in public. But that interview this morning? Time to go.

Probably because Jason Miller is working with Bannon to solicit foreign interference in the election.

Disclosures show that Jared Kushner raked in as much as $3,000,000 from projects benefiting from Trump admin initiatives in 2019, plus up to $1,000,000 more in rent money from firms which received COVID-related small business loans from the government.

Trump is golfing for the 2d day in a row while the country’s crises grow more severe hourly. Now that he’s basically checked out rather than doing the job of president, maybe he should make it official and resign. I’m sure Pence could be convinced to pardon him on his way out. — Laurence Tribe

WHCA President @ZekeJMiller informs the press corps a member tested positive for COVID this morning. The White House Medical Unit is doing tracing. Everyone stay safe.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows doesn't answer John Dickerson's question about "did the president ask you or anybody else in the administration to look into the idea of delaying the election day?"

Demonstration in Germany—anti-vaxxers, far right, Neo-Nazis marching to Brandenburg Gates, protesting against covid restrictions and—sigh—masks. Where does this toxic ideology come from? Signs ideolize Q, Trump, Putin. Bannon said Trump would lead a global movt. It is QAnon

Wallace asks Jason Miller if Trump's dismantling of the USPS is part of a strategy to sow doubt about the election results. Miller immediately pivots to bashing Andrew Cuomo.

Wow. Trump campaign senior adviser is extremely evasive in response to Chris Wallace's question about if the Trump campaign "has received any information from foreign groups, foreign nationals" about the Bidens. "That's a silly question," he responds, dodging.

"Don't trust the media. Don't trust the scientists. Don't trust the polls. Don't trust the election. Don't trust the Post Office. Don't trust the vaccine. Don't trust your eyes." - guy who keeps saying global pandemic will just disappear.

Here is Florida Senate GOP Leader, @JoeGruters, knocking on doors in Tampa "today" with no mask in sight.

(THREAD)This is the story of how TV icon Larry King got paid to fake a 2019 interview with a Russian journalist — and ended up ensnared in an international disinformation scheme. In the twilight of his career, he became an unwitting mouthpiece for Chinese propaganda.

These 68 videos show clear apparent instances of police officers escalating violence during protests. Most departments refused to share details about investigations and discipline or even officers’ names. Here’s what we learned about each case.

NEW: “The fact is we will be close to an agreement when we have an agreement,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @MarthaRaddatz on COVID-19 relief negotiations, but does not provide a timeline.

Scoop: Several months ago, Ken Cuccinelli reduced an internal DHS watchdog's ability to do oversight of DHS's intel office. After that scrutiny ended, the intel office put out reports on journalists and protesters

The President wants to distract from the worst economic downturn in a single quarter in modern memory. His scheme, though, only goes so far when millions across America are watching Republicans fight to cut their lifelines

It would be fitting that Trump's renomination occur in secret. The shameful seeks secrecy

ICYMI: Jim Jordan accused of ‘begging’ former Ohio State wrestler not to support reports of sexual abuse

BASH: The former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the US coronavirus death toll could double to 300,000 deaths by the end of the year. Do you think that is possible? BIRX: Anything is possible

Pelosi asked whether she has confidence in Birx, in light of Politico report that Pelosi criticized Birx in private mtg: "I think the president is spreading disinformation on the virus and she is his appointee so I don’t have confidence there, no."

Pres. Trump closes out the month of July the way it began, with approval on his handling of the response to the coronavirus in the low 30s (34%), according to new @ABC News/Ipsos poll.

Your morning uplift. “Signs that Trump’s reelection bid is in crisis grew steadily this past week, one of the most tumultuous of a presidency increasingly operating with an air of desperation as it tries to avoid political disaster in Nov.”

THIS IS THE CRUCIAL POINT... if not some sort of quid pro quo, why on earth would the US Govt choose $KODK over legit US drug companies?

The president's declining mental state continues. Two weeks ago he said he'd be releasing a health care plan today. There's no scheduled press conference, no release. If Trump can't even keep track of his Administration's plans, how can we trust him with anything else?

The Republican National Convention in Charlotte will be closed to the press. Reporters will not be allowed on site as RNC delegates vote to formally nominate Trump. The restriction is unprecedented in modern American political history.

With more than 150,000 dead due to COVID19, our economy in a free fall, and federal unemployment benefits lapsing for millions of Americans, does President Trump really have nothing better to do than take down a social platform he does not like?

Rep. Adam Schiff called reports that the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis compiled intelligence on at least two American journalists associated with protests "unprecedented."


“We have not yet felt the urgency of acting” — Mitch McConnell, May 11

From 9/11 to Portland, it was inevitable ‘Homeland Security’ would be turned on the American people

There will be no NFL season. Baseball is imploding. There will be no school. There will be 200K dead in a few months. The good news. Isn't any. Sorry. We don't need lies or candy-coating or cheer leading. We need a National strategy, testing, distancing, and top down leadership.

Americans aren’t making babies. That’s bad for the economy

Rent is due today. Donald Trump abdicated his responsibility to lead us out of this COVID-19 crisis—and we now face a potential housing crisis because of it. Mr. President: Act now to make sure Americans don't have to choose between a roof over their heads or food on the table.

Florida sheriffs who had attended a conference this week with a COVID-19-infected colleague met Friday with Trump. A Volusia County Sheriff reported his positive test just hours before more than a dozen other sheriffs stood with Trump in Tampa.

Trump's chain migration

Could Trump have made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed today? Yes. Could that bruise on the back of his hand be from an IV? Yes. Could he be slurring his words and have right sided weakness from a left sided stroke? Yes. Do we have actual proof? No. Do we need it? Yeah.

Trump Sparks Health Concerns After He’s Spotted With a Large Purple Bruise on His Hand

"Portraying hydroxychloroquine as a forbidden cure allows pro-Trump media to blame anyone but Trump for the coronavirus disaster."

This guy's super hot girlfriend couldn't go with him to the GAP to get him a better fitting crewneck? This is a case of Teamwork not making the dream work.

Report: US ambassador asked Brazil for favour to help Trump in 2020

All 50 states have now issued warnings about mysterious, unsolicited packages of seeds that people across the nation have received in the mail in recent weeks

Per pool reporter @alaynatreene, the message "Trump killed Herman Cain" was written in chalk outside the entrance of the President's Northern Virginia golf club today

The U.S. government made an anti-fascism film in 1943. Who does it remind you of?

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who heads the Senate's chief oversight committee, has likely seen his personal fortune double as he has advocated for policies that have benefited him financially while in office, a new Democratic-backed group alleges.

So Jared Kushner is behind intentionally delaying the 10,000 ventilators that would have saved American lives? Of course he is.

It's time for Republicans to get off pause and act with urgency against the #TrumpVirus. It's not going away on its own. Our economy and our people are suffering.

Vanky and Jared are making a lot of money while they leave their drug addicted, mentally-impaired parent in charge of our nation. Don’t think for a second Trump’s kids don’t know the full extent of his addictions and health problems. They knew a decade ago. @realDonaldTrump

Reporting yesterday in Vanity Fair that Jared’s solution for keeping his father-in-law in power was to let COVID-19 ravage blue states. His logic is twisted & ignorant, as are both men. Jared also seized tests & PPE, via FEMA, 2 advance his solution. It’s mass murder. Charge him.

Further evidence that he has no new ideas

NEW VIDEO: Republicans are lying to you about Social Security. It has nothing to do with the Deficit. Spread the word: This is a #GOPscam to steal our social security.

Bill Barr’s “lack of candor,” reliance on “common sense” instead of evidence, and repeated misrepresentations would not be tolerated by any other DOJ lawyer.

So trump is never going to have a federal coronavirus response plan and he’s just going to let thousands of people die?

Just In: CNN quotes a spokesperson as saying that the GOP convention in Charlotte will be closed to the press. Portions will be livestreamed. Closed to the press!?? CLOSED TO THE PRESS!? I can't even imagine what it is they are hiding

Putin pays bounties on American soldiers. Trump knew about this & did nothing

Alexander Vindman in Opinions: Coming forward ended my career. I still believe doing what’s right matters.

Twitter Reacts Alan Dershowitz Named Ghislaine Maxwell Docs

President Trump insists that schools reopen, but the Maryland private school where his son Barron is enrolled is among those under county orders to stay closed,

Reading all these books [about Trump], one after the other, is like swimming for days in a greasy, brackish canal whose bottom is teeming with shards of broken-down old industrial equipment.

Donald Trump, do you have an ounce of regret for American troops who've waited 36 days to know whether or not you care that Putin has reportedly put bounties on their heads? Asking for our American troops & on behalf of ALL Americans.

Journalists to be barred from Republican National Convention, spokeswoman says; C-SPAN coverage uncertain.

Perspective: Barr would fire Barr if he were any other Justice Department lawyer

Grijalva added: “Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families.”

After cracking down on Hong Kong, Beijing is turning its attention to Taiwan

“Never before has an administration authorized sanctions against judges and prosecutors to stop an investigation of US conduct...”

As Germany is experiencing a strong increase of new #COVID19 cases, this is happening right now in Berlin. #b0108 A “Day of Freedom” with conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers & right-wing extremists. No one is wearing a mask

This whole story gets worse and worse and every penny of that money should be considered ill-gotten gains that is probably being laundered back into political campaigns and covid escape bunkers as we speak

Fearing Trump interference, FBI agents hid copies of Russia investigation documents An exclusive adaptation from "TRUE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS: The Investigation of Donald Trump"

1. “Among the drugs Kodak initially will focus on will be hydroxychloroquine,” πŸ‘€ 2. I see I’m not the only one who was puzzled by the choice of Kodak to produce covid fighting drug ingredients.

That is really a tough choice...

Berlin police have said at least 18 officers were injured while trying to disperse a large crowd protesting Germany's coronavirus lockdown measures

Elizabeth Warren to Trump's director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Your leadership has been a miserable failure based on your actions in this pandemic. You should resign."

“The Trump women are so profoundly out of touch they don’t even know how to pretend.”

How did Italy, France and Spain do? Average daily deaths over last week: US: 1,204 Italy: 6 France: 10 Spain: 2

The Man Who Made Stephen Miller Almost 20 years ago, anti-immigration activist David Horowitz cultivated an angry high-school student. Now his ideas are coming to life in the Trump administration.

I’ve had a stroke. Yup, at 36 years old. This isn’t a stroke. It’s something...... but not a stroke.

Oh good, I was worried he might be distracted by all the death

Angella Reid, chief usher of the White House, was reportedly fired because Trump didn’t approve of her handling of his tanning bed and her efforts "to bring it into the East Wing securely, to find a discreet place for it, and to set it up properly.”

The *entire* European Union — population 446 million — is still averaging fewer cases per day than Florida alone.

There needs to be a groundswell for Trump to resign right now. Let’s go, Lincoln Project.

"Sen. Kelly Loeffler granted an interview to a TV pundit associated with white supremacy and Nazism."

Shocking. #PresidentSnowflake had his feelings hurt by free speech. And you know the thing about snowflakes? They melt. He’s melting.

Many people have asked if my opponent Kevin McCarthy is paid a salary by Russia and the United States. The truth is we don’t know.

You guys, I don’t think it’s time to reopen schools

Hong Kong should consider allowing residents who have tested negative for the coronavirus to travel to China and Macau in reciprocal arrangements, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan

When @KLoeffler isn’t insider trading, she’s hanging out with White supremacists.

A 1% drop in GDP is a recession. In 1929 we had a 15% drop in GDP and called it a depression. This week we had a 33% drop in GDP. We need a new word.

Self-isolating while waiting for COVID-19 test results could dramatically slow the spread of the virus, the CDC says

I wouldn’t put this past him. This kind of low-blow, unethical, baseless, late-October attack on Biden would be exactly Barr’s style. He’s basically signaled that this is what he’s planning with Durham’s help. We’ve got to inoculate the country against that sick sort of attack.

And the fact that Jared Kushner purposely held back 10,000 ventilators that could have saved American lives. 2021 needs to be pay back time. Trump Dropped Testing Plan When COVID Was Hitting Blue State

Coronavirus latest: - Boris Johnson is considering sealing off Greater London under scenario to avert second national lockdown - Australia’s Victoria state tightened restrictions and declared a state of disaster - Virus cases slowed in Japan and Germany

As many as 1,200 people could have to quarantine after attendees at two more Brevard County, Florida high school graduations tested positive for COVID-19, Brevard Public Schools said late Thursday.

Enhanced unemployment benefits expired for millions overnight. We don’t have an effective nationwide testing program or a plan to control the virus. Our health care workers still don’t have enough PPE. Enough with the weekend golf trips, Mr. President. Do your job.

Gang leader shoots up neighborhood. Asks mayor, “what’s your plan to stop the violence?”

Trump, after a round of golf, disputes the leading infectious disease expert about why the US has more cases - as he continues to downplay the surge in infections as simply the result of more testing, a notion disputed by medical experts

Pandemic? What pandemic?

"The Department of Homeland Security official who oversaw the intelligence division at the department is being reassigned after it was revealed his office had gathered intelligence reports on two US journalists..."

The plotters were no ordinary neo-Nazis. One was a lawyer and local politician with a special hatred of immigrants. Two were active army reservists. Two were police officers, including one who talked to our Berlin bureau chief. His story was chilling.

The threat of neo-Nazi infiltration of Germany’s state institutions is more extensive than officials realized. Now they’re struggling to uproot it.