Thursday, August 27, 2020

Social distancing not in effect for seats set up for Pres Trump's convention speech tonight on the South Lawn.

Won’t anyone in DC enforce the Hatch Act?

The latest on Hurricane Laura: • Storm surge in Louisiana was 9 to 10 ft vs. the possibility of 20 • Death toll stands at 4 • I-10 closed due to a casino riverboat • 600,000 people without power • Chlorine gas chemical fire near Lake Charles

The White House has announced it purchased 150 million rapid Covid-19 tests

A reminder that @realDonaldTrump raided $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Because @POTUS still can’t govern competently.

President Trump to address Hurricane Laura, unrest in Kenosha in speech tonight

Why was Eric Trump in #HurricaneLaura briefing at FEMA? We have asked the WH (you can see him in this video under the EXIT sign at the end).

Vice President Mike Pence will no longer deliver the commencement speech at Wisconsin Lutheran College this weekend. The school announced Thursday it has decided to switch speakers amid the continuing unrest in nearby Kenosha.

Harris: "Here's what you have to understand about the nature of a pandemic. It's relentless. You can't stop it with a tweet. You can't create a distraction and hope it will go away."

Dear PD, you already paralyzed the guy. He’s not going anywhere.

NEWS: Top Biden campaign adviser Tony Blinken and former Biden adviser Amos Hochstein have agreed to voluntary depositions in Sen. Ron Johnson's Ukraine probe. They will be interviewed sometime in early September.

And in 146 days, we’ll rejoin it. — Joe Biden

NEW: DHS employees received a Hatch Act warning today, days after acting secretary RNC appearance. A spokesman defended Wolf, saying he “appeared at an official White House event and the video of that event was made public." Confirming

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office says county auditors cannot set up drop boxes to accept absentee ballots this fall — something several auditors say they did during this year's primary election.

Putin's leading critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned and is in a coma. Putin is the real poison, and he will keep killing in Russia and abroad until he is stopped. My new op-ed:

PELOSI: "I don't think there should be any debates. I do not think that the President of the United States has comported himself in a way that has any association with truth, evidence data and facts. I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate."

Trump exploded with anger at one of his most senior aides about missing a phone call with Vladimir Putin, according to a former 10 Downing Street official. Trump yelled: ‘If Putin wants a call with me, you just put him through!

If there was secret evidence that Obama was spying on the Trump campaign, I have no doubt that we’d know about it by now. No such evidence has ever emerged.

Bounties on U.S. troops. Election interference. Injuring our soldiers. Yet again, Trump is shamefully silent. Trump will never stand up to Russia and Vladimir Putin. And because Republicans refuse to stand up to Trump, They too put our democracy – and our troops – in danger.

"Federal spending records show that taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office."

.@realdonaldtrump doesn’t care about Americans. He never has, he never will. While Texas and Louisiana reel, he put spending time with donors over responding to #HurricaneLaura

Biden: "Everything he inherited he screwed up. He screwed up the economy so badly. For the last four years, we were not having riots, racial riots when they occurred, we didn't have to call in the national Guard. We protected it without hurting people."

Eric Trump for some reason is at this FEMA briefing

In a conversation with his lawyer, @realDonaldTrump griped about being sued personally when Trump U was accused of fraud. After all, that's why we have corporations, he said. You can watch Trump whine about this on a hot-mic video I obtained.

Mark Meadows in 2014: Government attorney should be investigated for tweets supporting Democrats. “She actually violated the Hatch Act… it’s troubling.”

RNC Video Showing Rioters In “Biden’s America” Is Actually Spain

Senator Brown Says Trump's Call To Boycott Goodyear Is Costing Him Votes In Ohio

Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting

Bill Russell led an NBA boycott in 1961. Now he’s saluting others for "getting in good trouble."

Someone should sue the fuck out of Facebook.

Facebook knew and did nothing and two people were murdered.

Analysis: Almost none of the deaths linked to recent protests are known to have been committed by protesters

The suspect in the fatal shooting of two people during a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a former member of a youth police cadet program with an affinity for guns, according to police and online profiles.

'No Blame?' ABC News finds 54 cases invoking 'Trump' in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults

"I’m here to tell you he can’t be trusted — and you shouldn’t believe a word he utters." Michael Cohen blasts the "real Donald Trump" in new Democratic attack ad.

So sir, I have a question for you. I heard you were a good spy, and your agency treated you poorly. Then the Kremlin flattered you, recruited you, and you betrayed your country. My question is how could you do that? Didn’t you have enough pride to recognize their SOP?

Former Republican Sen. Bill Cohen is endorsing Joe Biden. "We are in serious need of a leader with optimism and competence who gives us hope. Joe Biden is that leader."

“That’s the problem in America: Trump fought science, and the virus won — so the public lost.”

David Dayen: ‘It’s very likely Mnuchin played a role’ in Postal Service controversy

Former Trump DHS official backs Biden; cites racist Trump policies, divisiveness

HUGE—Comparison of Masks versus No Masks for exhaled particles and aerosols. It is night and day.

Pence and crew keep talking about the violence in Kenosha without ever mentioning the fact that the only murders and crippling gun violence came from white guys shooting black people and protesters.

Do not overlook this: The intelligence community has seen no evidence that foreign powers intend to manipulate mail-in voting in the 2020 election. Trump has lied that such fraud "will be the scandal of our times."

Pence and crew keep talking about the violence in Kenosha without ever mentioning the fact that the only murders and crippling gun violence came from white guys shooting black people and protesters.

Tucker Carlson thinks "maintaining order" is driving to a town you don't live in, with a gun you are not legally allowed to have, pretending you are law enforcement when you are not, and shooting people dead. Tucker's encouraging Active shooters.

Chemical experts question EPA’s approval of coronavirus disinfectant

The rise in extreme weather events like Hurricane Laura hasn't stopped FEMA from spending heavily on counter-terrorism

Fact Checker: Biden does not support infanticide

Two lawsuits challenging Mass. eviction ban get their day in court

Fauci says he was in surgery when task force discussed CDC testing guidelines... so while he was knocked out, they pushed this through

#HurricaneLaura has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles an hour, according to the NHC

VP Pence said Officer Dave Patrick Underwood was “killed during the riots in Oakland.” He didn’t say the Officer was killed by a suspected member of the Boogaloo Boys, which if anything are more affiliated with the far right.

Tucker Carlson is going to get people killed

Biden condemns the shooting of Jacob Blake, says he spoke with his family, then turns to condemn the violence in the streets of Kenosha. "Protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary, But burning down communities is not protest it's needless violence...That's wrong."

U.S. troops injured in altercation with Russian military patrol in Syria

#HurricaneLaura has prompted mandatory evacuations in coastal areas and is targeting the heart of America’s energy industry, shutting more than 80% of Gulf oil production and a third of the region’s refining capacity

The government’s new advice is wrong. If you’ve been exposed, you should be tested.

Elizabeth Neumann tells Trump: "You were hired to handle America’s worst day and you’ve absolutely failed."

Thread: Trump callers are spamming the democrat line on CSPAN to be sure no others views are expressed.

Joe Biden inspired a kid to face his stutterin' problem. Donald Trump inspired a kid to go kill black people

What will @realDonaldTrump say to Putin about this? Nothing?

Wow, "Stop Hitting Yourself" got DARK.

SCOOP: Four US troops were injured after a Russian vehicle intentionally rammed a US vehicle in N. Syria earlier this week, according to a draft CENTCOM statement that POLITICO reviewed. Pentagon currently declining to comment

2/2 My colleagues @SenWarren @SenMarkey @RepLoriTrahan and I are calling for an independent investigation into Sgt. Fernandes’ death and I have requested that the Fernandes family accompany me on all the briefings I attend here at Fort Hood. — Rep. Stephen Lynch

VP Pence said Officer Dave Patrick Underwood was “killed during the riots in Oakland.” He didn’t say the Officer was killed by a suspected member of the Boogaloo Boys, which if anything are more affiliated with the far right.

You know @leezeldin as a veteran it’s your duty to hold @realDonaldTrump to account for letting Russia AND Iran put bounties on US troops. The Taliban burned three US Marines alive because Russia paid them to. One was a New Yorker, like you and me. SPEAK UP!

The shooter in WI was photographed at a Trump rally The shooter at my high school wore a MAGA hat The shooter in El Paso had a similar manifesto to how Trump talks talking about a “Hispanic invasion” at the boarder. Donald Trump is inspiring domestic terrorists across the US.

180,000 people have died from this COVID crisis. And the heartbreaking truth is that it didn't have to happen this way.

Imagine how badly Trump is going to mishandle this hurricane

I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.

Just putting this out there because the White House is lying about pre-existing conditions. Lying.

BREAKING: Louisiana coast experiencing hurricane-force gusts as Laura approaches; a string of tornado warnings has been issued.

This is a partial list. I say I could’ve gone another three minutes.

Mike Pence mentioned that a cop was killed during protests in Oakland. He didn't mention he was killed by a far-right militiaman who implored a Boogaloo Facebook group to undermine BLM protests and "Use their anger to fuel our fire."

James Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence.

Mike Pence says "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" when the rioting and protesting that Pence is also demonizing is literally happening in Trump's America.

Most of white journalism twitter was a flutter about the @nytopinion Tom Cotton Op-Ed becuase they saw it as an embarrassing PR crisis that cost an editor his job. Many Black people saw the piece for what it was: A dangerous incitement to violence against black protestors.

Let’s be clear where Trump and Pence got us: millions out of work, students across our nation who cannot go back to school, and 180,000 lives cut short by coronavirus.

What makes the Orlando Magic not taking the court or accepting the Bucks' forfeit even better is that Betsy DeVos' family owns the team.

NEW: Schiff says his committee has reason to believe the FBI counterintelligence division has never looked into the national security risks of Trump's foreign financial ties. He has reissued a narrowed Deutsche Bank subpoena this week.

The renewed subpoena is a response to the Supreme Court's ruling last month in the Mazars case. Schiff moved to limit the scope of certain requests from Deutsche Bank, even though he says the original subpoena met the court's requirements.

UPDATE: The House has now formally asked the appeals court to expedite its effort to resolve the Deutsche Bank subpoena. In a 10-page filing, they say they're getting nowhere in negotiations with Trump's team and need the documents urgently.

A massive hurricane... bloodshed in Kenosha... a deadly pandemic... wildfires... economic pain... a political convention... enemies emboldened... allies more distant... distinct challenges... combined crises... a dangerous moment.. a demand that we all organize, act, and vote.

The RNC speakers - from unhinged to weird to just soulless careerists - are the kind of people who convinced me that the United States and our civil rights are far safer in the hands of Democrats, whatever the flaws of the modern Democratic Party.

It’s not the curfew. It’s the armed white supremacists.

Donald Trump’s America is full of death, violence, hatred and despair. Joe Biden offers hope for a brighter future for ALL Americans.

We will be there @WCKitchen be safe and let’s see it pass and we will asses your needs after....#ChefsforAmerica #ChefsForTheGulf be strong and together we will get through this!

How does Paul Ryan, a board member of Fox, feel about an employee, a highly compensated employee, celebrating cold blooded murder tonight on the Network you help supervise?

Former President Obama praised the Milwaukee Bucks for "standing up for what they believe in" following the team's decision to boycott their NBA playoff game in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team's home state of Wisconsin

About 26,000 cellphones showed up on the Las Vegas Strip in a 4-day period in mid-July. You can see where else in the U.S. those same phones showed up in the same 4-day period. Las Vegas casinos are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19.

Republicans tried to claim their political ancestors, casting back to Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President. The problem is that the Republicans and the politics of 1860 bear almost zero resemblance to the GOP of today.

.@maddow on Joni Ernst's speech: "We all burst out laughing. There's no indication that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to ban farm animals and cars and that they will once they seize power."

The NBA season is going to be cancelled because of racism, not COVID. Think about that.

The Trump campaign has halted its television advertising campaign, pulling down all broadcast ads on Tuesday with no new ads scheduled to start until Sept. 8, a two-week dark period with less than 70 days to go until the election.

Fox News hosts are able to do this because the Murdochs want them to.

Mike Pence just told the most spectacular lie of this convention which is overflowing with them. There is no vaccine on track to be ready by the end of the year. Pence is a hypocritical and sanctimonious liar who worked for the cigarette industry. Remember that as he deceives

Despicable. He was (sadly) the acting Director of National Intelligence. He could have seen any evidence of surveillance. He irresponsibly declassified a bunch of stuff. He could have shown Congress or any watchdog evidence of illegal activity. He didn’t because it’s a fantasy.

Option 1: the ads aren't moving numbers. Option 2: cashflow problems. Leaning 1

Amazing solidarity: The Lakers & Clippers just voted to boycott the ENTIRE NBA playoffs.

.@RichardGrenell stating emphatically that Angela Merkel (or for that matter, ANY German) was “charmed” by @POTUS is In competition for the biggest lie of the entire @GOPconvention

Universities had to close during the great 1918 pandemic. If we ignore lessons from history, we are bound to repeat it... Apparently, not even universities that supposedly study history remembers these history lessons. Ironic.

Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist defending murder.

Milwaukee Bucks call for Wisconsin’s gerrymandered, GOP-controlled legislature for return to session and deliver solutions.

An Irish journalist has been denied a work visa for Hong Kong, stoking fears of a clampdown on press freedoms following the imposition of a national security law by Beijing.