Monday, August 31, 2020

Called out @kaitlancollins about whether he would condemn violence by his supporters. Trump bafflingly says that paint is not dangerous.Then he referred to the rioters as “your supporters” - meaning Collins. Wow.


Trump said he wouldn't speak with the family of Jacob Blake: "I thought it would be better not to do anything where there are lawyers involved. They want me to speak but they wanted to have lawyers involved ... They did have a lawyer that wanted to be on the phone and I said no."


Update: The book says nothing about a “cerebral event.” It just says that Pence was on standby if they needed to anesthetize Trump for a procedure.


NEW: in paperwork filed minutes ago, USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan is listed as Director of Mitch McConnell's $130M super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund


A top vaccine expert says the idea the U.S. could wait for the coronavirus to burn out through herd immunity is ‘fanciful, it's never happened before with any virus, and it's not going to happen with this virus.’


Trump’s New Hampshire speech in 104 seconds


This is another example of how prosecutors cover up police violence: smearing the victim of their violence, threatening people who weren’t involved, and foreclosing chances of a lawsuit that would hold them accountable. This is why we need truly progressive prosecutors


Biden: “I want to be very clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted.”


Three others charged with Steve Bannon plead not guilty


Renowned inventor Walter Hutchins has voted in every presidential election since 1952. This year, as many states stopped sending teams to help seniors vote, his nursing home was on coronavirus lockdown and his streak was in jeopardy.


WH Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany says the Trump has "not seen" the video of his supporters shooting paintballs at protesters in Portland. Trump retweeted the video in question


NY Times reporter Michael Schmidt's dropping his new book which includes the revelation that Pence was "on standby" during Trump's sudden emergency visit to Walter Reade for a 'cerebral event'. In other words, a stroke. And I'm just 1 of many folks saying he's been having them.


Liberty University says it is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, covering financial and other matters. Falwell has said he welcomes an inquiry and has "nothing to hide."h


The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now, he’s trying to scare America. — Joe Biden


Joe Biden: "Donald Trump has been a toxic presence in our nation for four years. Poisoning how we talk to one another. Poisoning how we treat one another. Poisoning the values this nation has always held dear. Poisoning our very democracy."


NOW: In a second bombshell ruling from the D.C. Circuit this morning a three-judge panel ruled the House can't go to court to enforce subpoenas, without a statute giving it the authority, in an opinion in the case to enforce a subpoena to former WH counsel Don McGahn.


Donald Trump keeps telling us if he was president, you'd feel safe. Well, he is president — whether he knows it or not.


Seventeen year old boys can't vote, can't serve in the military, can't buy alcohol or cigarettes, but, sure, let's pretend they have the depth of decision-making to carry an AR-15 and "maintain order".



Inbox: Pelosi says the House will immediately pursue an en banc rehearing of the D.C. Circuit decision in McGahn passed down today.


Inherent contempt. Use it.


You spent four years defending the indefensible, You invented “alternate facts,” And you enabled a corrupt president who preaches hatred and bigotry. But seriously, best of luck after the White House, Kellyanne. Try to get reacquainted with the truth.


Pelosi on McGahn decision: “If allowed to stand, this wrong-headed Court of Appeals panel ruling threatens to strike a grave blow to one of the most fundamental Constitutional roles of the Congress.”


TERRIBLE—WH’s pandemic advisor is telling Trump to go w/ Swedish πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ “herd immunity” (plow thru) approach, to lift restrictions so the healthy can just get infected, instead of limiting social & business interactions to prevent virus spread.


That is a MASSIVE lead for @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris among active military who are naturally conservative voters. It might be unprecedented in terms of D leading R in the military


The Columbia, South Carolina, Police Department has suspended a white officer who was recorded on video repeating a racial slur to people who repeatedly asked him to stop.


Things will get so much better when @realDonaldTrump is president.


But didn't he just d— Never mind


John Oliver explains what I have been stressing for months: the only way to create real change is to vote for progressive candidates down ballot to keep the House and take the majority in the Senate-we are stuck without it.


"After his acquittal in the Senate, Donald Trump has internalized just how much the American constitutional order runs on the honor system. And Donald Trump couldn’t care less about honor. So he’s willing to torch...liberal democracy to get reelected."


Rent is due tomorrow. And while millions of Americans are once again scrambling to keep a roof over their heads, critical rent relief funds included in the #HeroesAct are STILL sitting on McConnell’s desk in the Senate. The Senate needs to pass the #HeroesAct


“Unqualified right wing radiologist now White House pandemic expert advances theory to infect and kill more people.”


Breaking: Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a memorandum notifying all Committee Members of her intent to issue a subpoena to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for documents he has been withholding from Congress.


BREAKING: The House Oversight Committee will be issuing a subpoena to Postmaster DeJoy for refusing to provide follow-up documents related to his drastic USPS changes. Per @CNN, DeJoy has formally told the committee his testimony constitutes the extent of what he will submit.


Letter carriers like Arthur work hard to serve our communities every single day. Without them and the @USPS, Maine people, and businesses—especially in rural areas—will suffer. We must protect the Postal Service.


BREAKING: D.C. Circuit DENIES Michael Flynn's petition to force the federal judge on his case to grant DOJ's motion to dismiss the prosecution, in a reversal of the initial three-judge panel ruling in Flynn's favor.


No reason to belabor this. Any journalist who reports that he's "running a law and order campaign," and accepts that phrase as a good descriptor, is failing at his or her job. https://t.co/raEaWzSs9q You cannot abstract out "the messaging" and characterize his campaign as that.


We are facing so many crises under Donald Trump: COVID. Economic devastation. Unwarranted police violence. Emboldened white nationalists. A reckoning on race. Declining faith in a bright American future. The common thread? A president who makes things worse — not better.


Anatomy of a Trump smear: Trump makes a false claim without evidence. Right wing outlets promote it. The media legitimize it by asking for comment. Then Trump targets someone else. Meanwhile all the attacks distract the public from the fact: Over 180,000 Americans have died.


Just Security: "Cy Vance Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, may have already obtained the pertinent New York state tax returns for the Trump Organization and its executives, including Trump and his family."


Asked whether Trump has spoken to Jacob Blake's family, Kayleigh McEnany says, "We are efforting outreach, have not been able to connect yet." But, Blake family lawyer @AttorneyCrump tells @HallieJackson @MSNBC: “My office has received no calls to set up any kind of meeting.”


We know who is to blame for the death and destruction


The wrong question: “can’t written information can leak too??” The right question: “does the intelligence community still have everything it needs to track, map, monitor, disrupt, and retaliate against foreign intelligence attacks on our elections?” — Molly McKew


Joe Biden: Acceptable under the circumstances. A DNC biopic narrated by Steve Buscemi


Holy shit, this clip


A group of Republicans dedicated to defeating Trump is going on the attack on Florida—preparing a multimillion-dollar ad campaign to undercut Trump with moderates and independents. Republican Voters Against Trump dubbed the campaign "Project Orange Crush."


New covid voice in White House casts himself as 'anti-Fauci', has no background in infectious diseases, and is pushing 'herd immunity' strategy that would mean far higher death toll.


Utah, which has been voting by mail for years, has gotten used to not knowing the outcome of tight elections for several days. Utah’s Republican LG tells me the rest of the country needs that “paradigm shift.”


WCK is still looking for volunteers in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Beaumont, Texas. Join us in preparing and serving fresh, nourishing meals to families affected by Hurricane


Let's just say it: Trump, McConnell and Rubio have invited Russia to hack our election.


Trump Virus Continues to Rage out of Control


New: A DC federal judge granted a prelim. injunction blocking a Trump admin. policy that delegated authority to Customs and Border Protection agents to do credible fear interviews for asylum seekers — judge found it likely violates US immigration law


John Oliver on Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse: "Let’s be clear: a 17-year-old vigilante with a rifle cannot maintain order, because a 17-year-old vigilante with a rifle trying to maintain order is himself the definition of disorder"


Because trump decided to reopen schools and now kids are getting sick. This is not rocket science but it is science.


This week trump will go to Kenosha & light a match. He will put civilians & law enforcement at risk. Why? Watch this video. Have you heard him say anything about this. Everything happening leads back to Russia. Before it's too late, vote @JoeBiden.


An executive from a scandal-scarred, COVID-19-ravaged meat-processing giant has been named to a federal oversight panel on the meat-packing industry


Before you turn in for the night, you should open this picture of Trump.


Today marks 27 years since the last occupant Soviet soldier left Lithuania. Since 2004 #Lithuania πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή is a proud member of the greatest defence Alliance in world's history


Former Chief of Staff to Senator Olympia Snowe: "I can no longer support Senator Susan Collins. She has proven unwilling to stand up to the President and too enamored of political power to speak up for the good people of Maine."


NEW: Rittenhouse's militia contingent in Kenosha included a man named Ryan Balch. Balch shared Nazi, white nationalist, boogaloo and Pro-Trump propaganda online:


An FBI investigation into Kushner's background apparently revealed intelligence so damning that Don McGahn and John Kelly downgraded Kushner's security clearance. Trump bypassed all of them and gave Kushner his top-secret clearance anyway.


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday, asking the the president to reconsider his planned visit to Kenosha on Tuesday.


Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said in response to my reporting that had he known Mueller was not conducting the counterintelligence investigation into Trump, he would have pushed for the FBI to do it. He gave me this statement.


It turns out that Rod Rosenstein undermines the core Trump investigation: “Within days, Rosenstein curtailed the investigation without telling the bureau, all but ensuring it would go nowhere.”


Sen. Ron Johnson just said he supports “citizen soldiers” in Kenosha. Kyle Rittenhouse, who murdered 2 people, is a citizen soldier.


Trump was installed to destroy us.


Four years ago, Trump promised this: "We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation." None of that happened. 0. Judge leaders by their accomplishments, not their words.


For those confused about the whole trump-Russia thing, I shall now provide the universal decoder: THEY’RE ALL A BUNCH OF MOBSTERS AND SPIES! EVERYONE WHO EVER PUT AWAY MOBSTERS & SPIES KNEW IT IN 2016 & KNOWS IT NOW. AND NOT A ONE OF THEM IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO JUST FUCKING SAY IT.


GOP’s Steve Scalise may be in ethics trouble for violating rules of not posting ‘deep fake’ videos


Imagine you’re so hungry for power that you’re willing to alter the computer voice of an ALS patient to win.


"A stunning debacle for the FDA, shaking its professional staff to the core and undermining its credibility as it approaches one of the most important and fraught decisions in its history — deciding when a coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective."


WARNING TO YOUNG ADULTS: Your parents may be moving in with you soon unless you get out and VOTE DEMOCRATIC. The republicans plan to cut social security and MEDICARE after the election.


"He has an opportunity to bring us together and help us move through this difficult situation in our nation's history, but instead he chooses to play petty politics and divide us. I'd appreciate it if the president would support us, or stay the hell out of the way."


Nixon telegram to JFK after he was hospitalized with knee injury—JFK had informed him that he would not campaign until Nixon recovered—60 years ago today:


Statement from @JoeBiden: “I condemn this violence unequivocally. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.”


BREAKING: the DoJ took step in 2017 to NARROW THE SCOPE of the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein CURTAILED the breadth of the investigation into trump/Russia. Hey, Q-Anon, the apology line forms to the left


Twitter took down a tweet containing a false claim about the CDC’s coronavirus death statistics -- a post that President Donald Trump had retweeted earlier in the day.


A Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Asking Attendees To Bring Weapons Was Reported 455 Times. Moderators Said It Didn’t Violate Any Rules


Leading Hong Kong activist @nathanlawkc calls for German leadership on Europe-China relations in a letter to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The letter asks for protection to activists fleeing Hong Kong and a values oriented trade policy towards Beijing.


You don’t need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American and be outraged.


Mitch McConnell has been blocking legislation passed by House to prevent foreign election interference (SHIELD Act) for 311 days


BREAKING: the DoJ took step in 2017 to NARROW THE SCOPE of the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein CURTAILED the breadth of the investigation into trump/Russia. Hey, Q-Anon, the apology line forms to the left.


Republican Steve Scalise caught doctoring video of a disabled man with ALS to attack Joe Biden