Wednesday, August 5, 2020

NY AG Letitia James just announced she will make a major national announcement tomorrow at 11:30. Here’s the release

Trump would not be able to pass a drivers license test or drive a car or fit in a Corvette.

In the 9th drop of Mueller FBI 302s from the investigation, there's an interesting bit from someone who flipped on Manafort: firms that don't want to file FARA to hide the government for which they *place OpEds.* How much of our media has been paid for by foreign governments?

how about “died alone, died without her family, died without being hugged, died without being touched, died without saying last words” instead of “died of COVID.” It’s not a tragedy that a 96 yo died, but HOW she died, after the incredible life she lived, is super shitty.

Biden was photographed touching his forehead while conducting a town hall at an Iowa nature preserve in September 2019. The Trump campaign edited out his mic and the trees to portray him as stuck in his Delaware basement...though kept his sunglasses.

New Trump ad: - Edits mic, trees out of photo of Biden in Iowa to claim he's hiding in Delaware basement - Uses photo of Biden at Iowa party to claim he's hiding in basement - Uses photo of him praying after George Floyd's death to portray him as defeated

Whoa, this is powerful. Stop what you’re doing and watch the latest and greatest from @donwinslow. Share this with everyone you know.

Trump’s Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry - The New York Times

"Deutsche Bank complied with the subpoena. Over a period of months last year, it provided Mr. Vance’s office with detailed records, including financial statements and other materials that Mr. Trump had provided to the bank as he sought loans."

Jerry Falwell Jr has apologized to ‘everybody’ for bizarre yacht photo — and says mystery women is his wife’s assistant

They need to take away any sharp objects from this guy.

NEW VIDEO #ConsequencesForTrump For 74 years, Donald Trump has lived a life without consequences. That ends on January 20, 2021 when he is no longer Presiden

Do you want to see what ignorance, evil and stupidity looks like? Here is a picture of Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos a few days ago in a 4th grade classroom in North Carolina. Nobody is wearing masks. Apparently one of the kids got Covid and now this school is halted for a 2 weeks.

President Trump says it is legal for him to deliver his Republican nomination speech from the White House and that the Hatch Act doesn’t apply to him as president. He said, "There is no Hatch Act because it doesn't pertain to the president."

Inbox: Facebook has removed the video Pres. Trump posted to Facebook claiming children are 'almost immune from COVID-19.' "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation."

Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion

"This is an attorney general unfortunately who's willing to play politics at the expense of the rule of law. And I think, if he's done it in the past, if he's done it in the present, what's to stop him from doing it in the future" - @neal_katyal w/ @NicolleDWallace

Why is this Secretary of Defense arguing about intelligence assessments with the President using major media? That does not make sense.

It sure feels like republicans are going to do everything they can to cheat during this election cycle

SCOOP: The CIA has ignored requests to brief senators as part of the GOP-led investigation targeting Hunter Biden—after the FBI asked that the spy agency be involved. “There is a significant trust gap there,” said one official.

Moscow Mitch and Republicans say there’s $377M for many West Wing renovations, $2B for a new FBI HQ, money for fighter jets, $500B in PPP loans that Steve Mnuchin laundered to himself, Nunes and others of his choosing, but no money at all to help Americans in need? So corrupt.

Leahy to Lindsey Graham: Let her answer the question. Just because it's a woman testifying doesn't mean she has to be cut off every answer.

We spend more on defense than the next 9 countries combined & in the middle of an escalating pandemic the GOP is earmarking hundreds of millions for the F-35 in the virus relief bill instead of extending eviction moratoriums. Obscene.

"The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America," Flynn writes, explaining that Trump to will have to act in ways unprecedented for centuries to stop the "dark, disturbed force" that is threatening the US.

Wait -- $3 will make Jowly McTurtle sad? I'm IN!!!

Nunes and his lawyers should face sanctions for these frivolous suits.

Increasingly, senators are saying the monthlong August recess must be delayed.

Ted Cruz asks Sally Yates if the FBI was surveilling any other candidates for president. Her answer reminds the public of Russia's efforts to help Trump. Yates: “No… there was no information that the Russians were working to aid another candidate other than Donald Trump."

So Steve Bannon was last year telling Poles they should side with Russia against the European Union. Why don't we just undo the events of 1989, make Poland a Russian colony again and be done with it?

Donald Trump is the Dumbest Man in America²

Mitch McConnell is desperate to keep his right-hand man John Cornyn in the Senate — and now you've got him scared. We can’t stop now. Chip in $3 to help make Mitch’s fears a reality.

New Ad: Republican Vets Against Trump

As the working people of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were hoping

President Trump has been adamant that mail-in voting is corrupt. Then he started to lose in Florida.

Kanye - Trump Shill

This woman guaranteed that the name Jeffrey Epstein would become notorious

Mississippi now has the fifth-highest recorded case count per 100,000 people, behind only Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and New York.

As @SallyQYates pointed out, the fact that FBI planned to close the Flynn case and then interviewed him is not some smoking gun. They interviewed him because in the meantime, THEY LEARNED ABOUT HIS CALLS WITH RUSSIA!!! To ignore those calls would have been a dereliction of duty.

Frustrated by a lack of federal leadership, governors of both parties are trying to forge a national coronavirus testing program without the White House’s help

Fox News declines to air Sally Yates debunking a right-wing conspiracy theory under oath

SEC enforcement co-chief Steve Peikin is leaving the agency next week - SEC

Lindsey Graham is dripping with sarcasm and arrogance as he repeatedly cuts off @SallyQYates. He is advancing a narrative, not seeking the truth.

Opinion: Mark Meadows isn’t saving Trump. He’s sabotaging the country.

Facebook fact checkers say that some Trump ads are false, but under company policy, the ads aren't removed and users aren't alerted

My god. Poor Dr Fauci and his entire family for being attacked. I’ve received hate messages too, as have many other public health colleagues, but the level of vitriol against Fauci is surreal.

Trump giving his convention speech on the South Lawn is the clearest conceivable violation of the Hatch Act. 100s of White House staffers would be violating it, not to mention charges of criminal appropriation of Congressional funds for political purposes

POLITICO obtained both the inspector general’s report into the State Department workplace violence allegations and the Department’s response.

Mitch McConnell, the Turtle, Is Losing the Race Now

Ladies and Gentlemen, Senator Sherrod Brown bringing that truth

Dr Fauci just said he and his family are getting death threats to the point his family has had to get security. ➡️ When the pandemic is raging, public health experts like Fauci being targeted is one of the despicable things. He’s just trying to find treatments folks.

Blumenthal: When FBI agents moved to close investigation into Flynn, did they know about convos with Kislyak. Yates: Red herring. I wasn't aware there WAS a specific investigation into Flynn. You didn't NEED that to interview Flynn. Circumstances called out need to interview.

Kennedy isn't even pretending to give Sally Yates a chance to answer his questions. He's just blatantly going for the 20-second Hannity soundbite.

This hearing is a vehicle for Lindsey Graham to do Trump's bidding. Note Graham's complete lack of curiosity in following up on Yates's revelation that George Papadopoulos "was connected with Russian intelligence." A total farce.

Whoa—Colorado State football players & athletic staff claim that coaches have told players not to report #COVID19 symptoms. Coaches have threatened players w/ limited playing time if they quarantine, & players claim that the university is altering reports.

Upshot of today's census hearing: Judge Furman fast-tracks the case, finding that Trump's late announcement in a memo about excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment required a speedy resolution. "It is what it is," Furman says of the schedule. Story ahead.

Logic by Lindsey

SCHUMER: "We cannot agree to an inadequate bill and then go home while the virus continues to spread, the economy continues to deteriorate, and the country gets worse. So we’re going to keep slogging through, step by step, inch by inch."

The truth of the matter is, Donald Trump inherited a growing economy from President Obama and me. And just like everything else he inherited in his life, he squandered it.

I truly believe that we can revitalize American manufacturing and create a better economy at the same time. I want to build an economy that brings everyone along — one that works for the middle class, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

30 million people lost their enhanced unemployment benefits because of the @SenateGOP, how are you possibly spending your time talking about James Comey right now?

Has any reasonable American ever --doubted the validity of mail-in ballots? --questioned the value of the postal service? --questioned the legitimacy of an election before a single vote is cast? Why are these being questioned now?

A motorcycle rally that brings tens of thousands of tourists to a small South Dakota city is about to begin, despite objections from a majority of its residents

.@SenFeinstein: "Do you agree that the [Justice] dept's motion to dismiss Flynn's case is highly irregular?"@SallyQYates, "It is highly irregular, Sen...I've certainly never seen a pleading like this...From our perspective, there's no issue with respect to the materality here."

Disclosures obtained by @CREWcrew allegedly show that in 2019, Jared Kushner raked in as much as $3M from projects benefiting from Trump administration initiatives, plus up to $1M more in rent from firms which later received COVID-related small biz loans.

Kodak dissolved its in-house lobbying team in early 2019. But on April 1 of this year, the company started it back up and proceeded to plow $870K—more than double its spend in any quarterly reporting period—into its D.C. influence machine.

We’re not gonna stop posting this until every person in America has seen it. #TrumpTheSnake

Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school system, will start the coming school year with fully remote learning for all students due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district has announced.

Watch live: Sally Yates testifies before lawmakers on Russia’s 2016 election interference

.@SenFeinstein, "In fact, it appears [Michael Flynn] was granted favorable treatment by having the Justice Dept seek to dismiss his case, even after he admitted guilt... The real question isn't whether the Logan Act was violated, [it's] whether Flynn was acting on his own."

MINI-THREAD: Trump is lying about the Russia investigation and is accusing Sally Yates of crimes without any proof. (She's testifying right now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.) Here's a brief breakdown of Trump's lies.... (1/5)

UPDATE: 8 known QAnon-supporting state legislative candidates have now secured a spot on the ballot in November. Arizona's Suzanne Sharer & Justine Wadsack & Washington's Amber Krabach were all the only Republicans running in their districts.

Johnson & Johnson strikes $1bn Covid-19 vaccine deal with US

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All of them? That's a terrible idea. However, the essence of them can and should be distilled by the IC into some UNCLAS form for the public well before 03 NOV.

I wrote about Mitch McConnell’s no good, very bad summer in ⁦@thedailybeast⁩

From The Post's Editorial Board: Migrants at ICE detention centers are sitting ducks because of an inhumane policy

[frank reynolds voice] dead air!

.@realDonaldTrump personifies political corruption & malfeasance. While the damage he has done to the body & soul of our nation will take years to repair, the road to recovery starts in a few months— John O. Brennan

There’s nothing more disheartening than seeing one of my formerr English teachers (retired) post today on the first day of school where masks aren’t required for students “windows do not open. Physical distancing is not possible.”

On August 4 Russia attacked Ukraine in the Svitlodarsk Bulge, near the civilian "safe crossing" northwest of occupied Horlivka, and at Pisky near the destroyed Donetsk airport. Ukrainian defenders did not return fire as they are under orders to respect the ceasefire, one-sidedly.

Belarusian independent observers recorded 2056 violations during the 1st day of the early vote. Observers are not allowed inside polling stations, those who try to enter are being detained by the police. So they can only observe the turnout. Official figures are 2-4 times higher

NEW VIDEO: Close to 160,000 people have lost their lives. More than we lost in the Vietnam war. What does the "President" have to say about it?#ItIsWhatItIs Spread his shame

Mr. Trump beautifully honored our beautiful national parks today.

(Nevada has the same postal service as Florida)

BREAKING: Trump is a moron

Trump the Perv

After Kolomoisky & Boholiubov allegedly stole $5.5 billion from Privatbank - Ukraine, which has the lowest per capita GDP in Europe - nationalized PrivatBank in 2016 & saddled taxpayers with the bailout

FBI raids offices in Cleveland building tied to Ukrainian oligarch - agents searched the offices of the Optima Management Group and have served search warrants in Miami related to a probe involving Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky

Why not just do an executive order that Democrats can't vote, and be done with this charade.

Secretary of Failure, Part 1 of an infinite series.

For months, lawyers searched for thousands of migrant kids expelled under a US order against COVID. They found three dozen. Kids vanish into a secretive system, not issued a main tracking number for migrants. They’re quickly returned-'no one can find them

Anderson Cooper: ‘Have You Ever Heard Someone Whine As Much’ As Donald Trump? No, not even a crying newborn. Trump is a pathetic POS

The day after: Beirut residents are confronting an apocalyptic scene of utter devastation after a massive explosion at the port killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands.

Everyone needs to watch this.

Just want to remind people Tucker took a "vacation" in August 2019 after he said white supremacy was a "hoax" in the wake of El Paso shootings. He took a "vacation" this summer after his racist writer was outed. And, still, he does this

Ok. Who made this? It's genius.


The Obama family took 133 protected trips a year. The Trump family takes 1,625 protected trips a year. That's a pretty big difference.

TODAY at 1 pm EDT: Join NEJM and @HarvardChanSPH for the next installment of "When Public Health Means Business," featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci.

What the videos of the Beirut blast tell us about the explosion

A remarkable story. Listen to the lead FBI agent in the Mir Aimal Kansi case, @BradInvestigate, talk about everything from his arrival on the crime scene outside @CIA HQs to tracking Kansi down in Pakistan to the trial and to the execution chamber. @IntelMattersPod Declassified.

Jared Kushner is just like his father-in-law: a failure.

Dear AG Bill Barr & @TheJusticeDept: Do you still think there is no institutional racism? Open your freakin’ eyes.

Nobody is talking QAnon’s reach seriously enough. It is a primary driver in this election

Two House incumbents went down last night - a freshman Republican who is facing felony charges and a veteran Democrat whose family has held the seat for 50 years - and Senate GOP is breathing a little easier with the defeat of Kobach

Analysis: Trump teased a forthcoming health care plan more than a dozen times as president. Then nothing happened.

That our president thinks its funny to portray himself as a dictator forever is deeply troubling. Democracy, the rule of law, and the U.S. constitution are not laughing matters.

Why. Book. Her?

Neil Young Sues Donald Trump Campaign for Copyright Infringement

Artful dodgers: US Senate finds billionaire Putin pals evaded sanctions through art deals

Trump says he "met with some of our great generals" and they “seem to think" the explosion in Beirut was caused by a bomb. Authorities in Lebanon say it was caused by highly explosive materials at the port.

Every Governor on the gulf coast has issued a state wide mask mandate, except the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis

Don't tell me you want change when you are not supporting @AmyMcGrathKY If Mitch McConnell stays in power he will obstruct President Biden the same way he obstructed President Obama. And he'll laugh about it on Sean Hannity's show just like he did with Obama. It's up to you!

Coronavirus daily deaths

It's unbelievable to hear my Senate Republican colleagues, most of whom are millionaires, complain that unemployed workers getting UI are making too much money. $600 a week is one of the only lifelines keeping millions from going into poverty or losing their homes

Ron DeSantis admits GOP sabotaged unemployment with ‘pointless roadblocks’ so fewer people would sign up

The U.S. is 4% of the world population—yet has 25% of the world’s coronavirus cases and 22% of deaths. None of this adds up—and the President is turning his back on the seriousness of this pandemic. It’s time for new leadership for the American people.

Here is the GoveHere is the Governor of Florida telling people it's okay to hug if they have PPE on. I'm not kidding.

Trump in a July 28 press briefing: “My administration is using the Defense Production Act to provide a $765 million loan to support the launch of Kodak Pharmaceuticals.” Trump at his briefing today: “I wasn’t involved in the deal.”

Oh look, the Trump administration has found a completely unsuitable, indeed repellant, ambassador to Germany

Kobach is out. It only cost Mitch a million plus dollars.

“Swan demolished some of Trump's most dishonest talking points with a powerful tactic that has rarely been used by the people Trump has allowed to interview him: Basic follow-up questions.”

NEW: The Commander of the Navy SEALs said today it will cut ties with the National Navy SEAL Museum in Florida where a fundraiser included a target wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey that was used for a "K-9 demonstration".

China's new security law has cast a threatening shadow over Hong Kong's dynamic book industry, with anxious publishers combing back catalogues for potentially "subversive" material, and looking to Taiwan as a safe haven for printing

Why is Hong Kong postponing its election so early, and for so long? Over the past few months, elections were successfully held in South Korea, Tokyo and Singapore in the middle of coronavirus outbreaks, notes Fernando Cheung, a Hong Kong legislator.

Op-Ed: Hong Kong is bracing for a new era of deadly repression

Kylie Jenner, who has done nothing for Hong Kong’s fight for democracy, graces the cover of Vogue HK‘s ACTION issue which aims at promoting social awareness and activism. Vogue‘s attempt to profit off the goodness of our movement (without actually supporting it) is insulting.

UK Lawmakers Urge Sanctions Over Hong Kong Police Violence

"Trump’s stubborn refusal to criticize Putin remains a mystery. But the damage this position has done to U.S. interests is known, and could become even greater in the future."

It’s not “election interference.” It’s political hybrid warfare, a military operation executed by a hostile foreign power with the goal of installing its proxies in our government to push its own agenda. Putin’s end goal is the destruction of the U.S

Jonathan Swan: Trump is not confronting reality about coronavirus

I've seen enough: Roger Marshall (R) defeats Kris Kobach (R) in the #KSSEN GOP primary. Democrats had been banking on Kobach's nomination after he blew the 2018 #KSGOV race.

BREAKING: Great news, Medicaid expansion passes in Missouri ballot initiative. 850,000 people to get covered.

Saudi Arabia, With China’s Help, Expands Its Nuclear Program Kingdom harbors hopes for a civilian nuclear power program, but U.S. critics worry about its ambitions for nuclear weapons

The SEC is investigating the circumstances around Kodak’s announcement of a $765M government loan to make drugs at its U.S. factories.

“One top Democratic National Committee member said that while Bass is well-liked and respected by Democrats, “we probably lose Florida if it’s Bass.”

Trump hedges bet against 2020 win with early census data grab

Trump political games with post office messes with American lives

Trump says he's considering executive order to reinstate enhanced unemployment benefits

Trump has sued Nevada to stop them from voting by mail, and take note: The suit says “vote counting delayed as a result of possible U.S. Postal Service sluggishness would prolong elections beyond a reasonable time frame.” This is why DeJoy slowed the mail

Agonizing school decisions made harder by flippant Trump remarks

Coronavirus resurgence could prompt state's reopening step-back

Just a Republican operative trying to get Kanye West on the ballot. What a disgusting dirty trick that shows no respect for voters or whatever Kanye is going through.