Friday, August 14, 2020

Devastating for Republicans.

“Multiple sources within the postal service told Motherboard they have personally witnessed the machines, which cost millions of dollars, being destroyed or thrown in the dumpster.”

USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces post office hours as critics accuse the Trump administration of voter suppression

New from @MeidasTouch

NEW: Around 500 mail sorting machines across the US will be taken out of service, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. This accounts for about 15 percent of all USPS letter sorting machines.

In reversal, Kemp’s new order to let some cities impose mask mandates

A former talk radio host who regularly promoted conspiracy theories about former President Obama and officials in his administration is now serving as an adviser at the US Agency for Global Media, a source tells CNN

.@Senatemajldr Protect democracy. Obey your oath. Demand Trump fund the USPS. Lincoln Voters, call Mitch McConnell NOW at (502) 582-6304 and demand action.

CNN has obtained multiple such letters, including this one sent to North Carolina's secretary of state. This is just one example of the postal service's warnings.

If Trump were doing this to another country, we’d invade it.

In the end a full accounting of Trump and how he came to be cannot be told without including the NYPD. It was hiring off-duty cops that provided him cover for decades of lascivious behavior. He was essentially untouchable in NYC Nightclubs.

You post this on the way to the hospital to visit your dying brother, you sick fuck? I didn’t have this option on the way to visit my Mom, Maggie, when she was dying in the hospital. Oh wait, I couldn’t be by her side at all. She died during Covid quarantine.

How is allowin' only Red States to vote by mail a good idea?

I hope AG Barr arrests the guy who coerced @realDonaldTrump into asking the Russians to hack @HillaryClinton’s emails. That guy should go to jail.

JUST IN: National Association of Letter Carriers, a union that boasts nearly 300,000 active and retired postal workers, endorses Joe Biden, warning that the “survival” of USPS is at stake.

The postal service is warning governors that ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted in the election. @SchneiderCNN reports @PamelaBrownCNN

Sir, if we build STATUES to all the women you've ATTACKED, we'd run out of public parks to put them in!

Pointing out that Bill Barr previewed today's development on "Hannity" last night, the Times notes: "It is highly unusual for law enforcement officials to publicly discuss ongoing investigations."

Obama: Trump trying to 'actively kneecap' Postal Service to affect 2020 election

Good morning Manhattan

I do not know what that means. Only indictment I imagine that wouldn’t be earth-shattering is Clinesmith.

Called it

Too many people to shoot. That simple. Live-tweeted Tiananmen on NATO's doorstep isn't an option for Sasha

History in the making in #Belarus. #Lukashenko’s state police drop their attacking gear and let free Belarusians embrace them. Freedom and change are becoming tangible across Belarus

Ron Johnson tying his anti-Biden investigation to Trump's political interests immediately brought to mind Kevin McCarthy tying the GOP's Benghazi investigation to the Clinton campaign.

My God, they have documents proving that slowing the Postal Service was a *conspiracy* prior to DeJoy taking office. 18 U.S.C. § 371 etc. They're TOAST.

Alcoholism is a family disease and it’s fatal. Robert never got sober. I wish him the best and hope someone in the Trump family has the courage to break the cycle of addiction.

"Trump’s attempts to manipulate the census may provide the most revealing measure of just how much he’s willing to distort federal operations to benefit himself and his party—and how far congressional Republicans will go in abetting him."

President Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, 72, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House. The president is expected to visit his brother today at the hospital. Officials say Robert Trump is seriously ill.

Is Kanye West Breaking the Law By Coordinating with the Trump Campaign While Running for President? Perhaps | Election Law Blog — Laurence Tribe

BREAKING: A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

Trump's many appointees have done an ad in support of their former boss

NEW: Manhattan DA Vance suggests in a new legal brief his probe is far broader that Michael Cohen's 2016 payments, and Trump's arguments to the contrary are "not plausible." "Indeed, many investigations develop and expand over time," the DA's counsel says.

Trump's new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who instituted the recent changes that have slowed mail nationwide, is "in frequent contact with top Republican Party officials" and met with the president in the Oval Office last week.


As millions are out of work and running out of money, Mitch McConnell thought it was a good time for the Senate to take a vacation. People are getting evicted. People can’t put food on the table. Congress should be working every day until we deliver the relief people deserve. — Ed Markey (@SenMarkey)

Sen. Johnson welcomes foreign interference; Trump donor running post office makes it harder to vote; Trump embraces crackpot theory to challenge Sen. Harris's citizenship; RNC will call legitimacy of election results into question. Does the GOP believe in free and fair elections?

Yes, we know!

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have reportedly requested mail-in ballots for Florida’s upcoming primary election

Trump’s younger brother ‘very ill’ and hospitalized in New York -

So what are we going to do about that?! — Gen Michael Hayden

Oh that is awk

GAO: “As such the subsequent appointments of Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Chad Wolf and Principal Deputy Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli were also improper“

Hairball & Loogie have entered the building.

This is Trump giving the entire US IC the middle finger (metaphorically, as his actual middle finger is really tiny).

The shadow DHS leadership is officially “invalidly appointed”:

US politics: Republican congressman in surprise call for Trump to pardon Edward Snowden – live updates

Diseased Chicken for Dinner? The USDA Is Considering It. A proposed new rule would allow poultry plants to process diseased chickens. That’s the last thing Americans need

Trump & the GOP know the more people who get evicted the less likely they are to vote. Especially by mail-in ballot. It’s harder to get a ballot if you don’t have an address. Ditto the lack of unemployement benefits. Hungy people living in cars is the goal.

BREAKING: Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (and Ken Cucinelli) are ineligible to be serving in their current roles because they were appointed illegally, the GAO rules.

“He is a f&*king moron.” - Rex Tillerson, Trump’s former Secretary of State

Post Office loses another $5.1 billion; Bernie continues to prevent help. From 2016.

NEWS: GAO say Cuccinelli and Wolf not eligible to serve in current roles under Vacancy Act

Country singer Dolly Parton is making it clear that she supports Black Lives Matter

@USPS BOG is supposed to have 9 members, but they operated w/ an emergency committee & without a quorum for YEARS because several Obama appointees to the committee were blocked. Who were they blocked by? Senator Bernie Sanders

Mass. Teachers Send Powerful Message About Return to School With ‘Concerning and Upsetting' Display

Holocaust Survivors Call on Mark Zuckerberg to Delete Deniers From Facebook

Facebook classifies right-wing misinformation farms including @DailyCaller + @BreitbartNews as verified news publishers + verified FACT CHECKERS on their platform yet wrote a policy to restrict progressive @CourierNewsroom from spreading truth. The double standard is unapologetic

To ensure your mail-in ballot is counted, consider OCTOBER 22 to be the new Election Day, says @tedlieu

Abraham Lincoln, Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois, delivering mail, 1833:

Former Vice President Joe Biden calls on governors to mandate masks for the next three months.

So...UPS...Fedex...big opportunity here. Just offer to deliver any election ballot for free...or honor the postage on it...and get it there by Election Day. You'll overnight become the most beloved and respected organization in America. Go's the right thing to do.

Bill Barr is feloniously incorrect. And proud of it!

No House member has been closer to the president than House Minority Leader Kevin. McCarthy. If Republicans suffer major losses in November, his job could be in jeopardy, writes

CDC: One quarter of young adults contemplated suicide during pandemic

Trying to understand QAnon? Start here:

"We're moving into very troubled waters right now." As the top college sports conferences in the US weigh whether to play or suspend fall sports, the NCAA's top doctor issued a warning over the challenges in determining the safety of moving ahead

good news doctors! geraldo rivera says you don't get COVID-19 in the ICU anymore! thank god that crisis is over

The forward to Michael Cohen's book is up, w/ Trump's ex-fixer saying the president's successor "will discover a tangle of frauds and scams and lawlessness." "Trump and his minions will do anything to cover up that reality, and I mean anything," he adds.

Pres. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is launching new allegations of fraud, infidelity, and corruption, outlined in excerpts from his upcoming tell-all book. This as @POTUS took credit for establishing ties between Israel and the UAE Thursday.@weijia repor

BREAKING: In the latest poll of the U.S. Senate race in Maine, Democratic Maine Speaker of the House is leading GOP Senator Susan Collins by 8 points! RETWEET if you support Speaker Gideon as she runs to beat Collins and take back the U.S. Senate from Mitch McConnell!

Trump is trying to win Pennsylvania by Fucking with the mail

Not knowing much about history (or anything else, other than self-promotion), Trump seems eager to fritter away the best decisions of the Greatest Generation while repeating their worst mistakes.

Trump absentee ballots mailed to his property at Mar-a-Lago is also illegal, because he signed a contract that he cannot use it as a residence.

Love these.

Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute email to staff: 'If positive, but asymptomatic, keep working'. This is the kind of nonsense going on across this country because of a void of leadership

Trump is sabotaging the post-1945 world order by pulling a third of the U.S. troops out of Germany, belittling U.S. allies, and undermining institutions such as NATO & WTO. He even repeats the “America First” slogan of the 1930s. Some people never learn

From an Israeli gov’t advisor: “Trump had nothing to do w/ the peace deal. It's been in the works for several years. This was the work of Netanyahu—not Trump. Trump demanded credit as he holds US aid over Israel's head. But we can expect a Trump hotel to appear in the UAE soon.”

BREAKING: Michael Cohen alleges Donald Trump cheated in the 2016 presidential election and worked to get close to President Putin, according to upcoming book.

Biden has sizable national lead in new polling

👀"From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the president’s rise—I was an active and eager participant."

China’s clampdown on its peer-to-peer lending industry leaves $115 billion in losses

The number of U.S. residents who have died since March is now more than 200,000 higher than it would be in a normal year. This suggests that the official death counts may be substantially underestimating the overall effects of the coronavirus.

Washington fiddles while America burns

Allegedly this shows a Russian army MRLS unit on the Russia-Belarus border

Oh look, @realDonaldTrump doubling down on racism again, this time a repeat of his racist birther stuff. That’s the only thing @POTUS has left: racial grievance politics. He failed at the economy. He failed at the pandemic. He failed at health care. He’s going to lose in Nov.

Read my statement on @realDonaldTrump’s effort to force the Department of Justice to corruptly abuse it’s power and intervene in 2020 election on his behalf. — Rep. Nadler

SCHOOL MASK WEARING: Fauci calls for universal mask wearing for all schools—though he acknowledges he can’t control schools per se. But school mask wearing is one of 5-6 key things needed to prevent upsurge of infections in schools. #COVID

Concerns! My GOD. I’ll bet the Postmonster General learned HIS lesson.

Trump brags that he's trying to sabotage the Postal Service to rig the election

Trump has until the close of business Friday to prove ‘vote-by-mail fraud’ in Pennsylvania: Federal judge

A vote for Biden is a vote for democracy. ANYTHING else, is a vote for dictatorship.

The U.S. Postal Service has warned Pennsylvania that mail ballots may not be delivered on time to be counted because the state's deadlines are too tight for its "delivery standards," casting doubt on Pennsylvania's ability to conduct the election by mail.

Canadians in Hong Kong at risk of arrest, MPs told

Google ends direct cooperation with Hong Kong authorities on data requests

More sobering cruelty from Belarus.

After five draft deferments Donald Trump has finally found a war he wants to fight - against the USPS! If he had served, he'd know veterans rely on the USPS for voting, medication, and employment. We take this VERY personally, and so should you. #TrumpYouLose

Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead.

Real-time projection from @realDonaldTrump

.@SteveSchmidtSES joins @Lawrence to discuss how Trump is “playing games with the integrity” of the election by slowing down the mail and attacking mail-in voting.

Health authorities are investigating whether shipping workers were a source of New Zealand’s first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months.

Many reject the idea that there is real pro-market reform going on. They talk of promise fatigue. And that's true if you interpret market reform as pure liberalisation. But when Mr Xi talks about reform, it is order that he is after -- and that matters for markets. (3/x)

Trump asked Russia to attack our elections on TV. Trump tried to extort Ukraine into attacking our elections. Trump asked China to attack our elections on TV. Trump has Ron Johnson attacking our elections. Trump has his Postmaster General attacking our elections. See a pattern?


BREAKING: Michael Cohen alleges Donald Trump cheated in the 2016 presidential election and worked to get close to President Putin, according to upcoming book.

Can we have a mass protest about the USPS? This is insane, even more than usual.

Civil society is last line of defense to protect U.S. from Trump authoritarianism


Trump's authoritarian leanings threaten to corrupt 2020 election

"driving out honest, skilled, talented long serving professional public servants on trumped up charges and replacing them with people of no qualifications whose only attribute is loyalty. McCarthy couldn’t have done it better.” 3/3

“We know now, from sad past experience, that that's a predictor that you're going to have more surges,” Fauci said.

We’ve surpassed 5.2 million coronavirus cases in the United States and 166,000 deaths. Thousands have lost family members without being able to say goodbye or stand by their side in their last moments. And we have more difficult months ahead—Congress needs to do more. Now.

I’m ashamed that Newsweek—the magazine where I spent 28 good years (1983-2011)—would publish this piece of racist fact-free legal sophistry by a dude who ran against Harris for AG and didn’t disclose it. I must have missed this guy’s piece about Ted Cruz’ eligibility.

Trump messing with the Postal Service is more Impeachable than the Ukraine thing, which was super impeachable. He’s really going to try to cheat.

Trump needs people to vote in person (using infrastructure he’s refused to help upgrade and secure) because he knows that, in addition to lowering turnout, paper ballots can be (re)counted and can’t be hacked by his pals in Russia