Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New NYT reporting on an important connection: For Trump's Chicago skyscraper project, Trump assured Deutsche Bank officials, including Justin Kennedy, the son of the now-retired Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy, that the Chicago development was a guaranteed moneymaker.


Dear Lord - Barr’s DOJ appears to have just lied AGAIN to Judge Sullivan over the Flynn case. Barr’s people are perhaps in serious trouble.


NEW: A federal judge ruled DOJ *cannot* take over Trump's defense against the defamation suit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll — Trump doesn't qualify as a govt employee and, regardless, his statements weren't "within the scope of his employment"


Kavanaugh’s opinion last night, a flimsy expansion of a political decision awarding the presidency to one republican (Bush v Gore) to justify awarding the presidency to a 2nd republican exposes the fraud of "originalism" where the law is whatever says republicans always win.


Still no answer to this question: Who paid off Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club fees plus his $200,000 credit card debt plus his $1.2 million mortgage, and purchased themselves a SCOTUS seat?


The Trump administration is fighting in federal court to block states from giving billions of dollars in emergency food stamps to the lowest-income Americans during the coronavirus crisis.


Amid last night's storm of Bad Things you might have missed this Bad Thing: Trump appointee Michael Pack has eliminated the US Agency for Global Media's editorial firewall, which protected networks like @VOANews, @RFERL


Excellent @pbump dismantling of Kavanaugh's sloppy attempt to help Trump win Wisconsin


Its the 4th anniversary of Treaty Camp Raid at Standing Rock, when militarized police used pepper spray, flash grenades & non-lethal shotguns on 100s of Lakota & their allies. They destroyed a sweat lodge & when ceremonial items were returned they were urinated & defecated on.


If @ReverendWarnock gets 50 percent of the vote there doesn’t need to be a run off and he just becomes a senator


Our lives are at stake, the quality of our lives is at stake, our humanity is at stake. Thank you


The lawyer’s prayer to St. Thomas More: “... stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.”


.@SachaBaronCohen remembers what happened when Ali G interviewed Donald Trump.


2-minutes of pure gold from Sacha Baron Cohen: “Voltaire was right, “Those who can make you believe absurdities — can make you commit atrocities.”


#GiulianiTuck #CreepyGiuliani Sacha Baron Cohen Defends Trump Accusation, Breaks Down Giuliani Scene in Colbert Interview


Susan Collins could have stood up for us. But she's not with us. She's with them.


Democratic forces appear to be behind an effort in Kentucky to boost Libertarian Brad Barron (and pull votes away from Mitch McConnell)


“They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come," Mitch McConnell said.


My guest on the latest episode of @JHillUnbothered is @katieporteroc. We discuss how she prepares for congressional hearings, why she uses her now-famous whiteboard and balancing motherhood w/ politics


Opinion: Even Trump can’t save fossil fuels. Renewables are winning.


Hong Kong national security police arrest three student activists, including one at a coffee shop just before he was to seek asylum in US consulate


Oriental Daily: Hong Kong independence advocate Tony Chung was arrested by police national security department when he was on the way to seek asylum at the US consulate general. Chung was needed to report to the police today as part of his bail condition


EXCLUSIVE: Only 17% of Hongkongers approve of proposal to allow HK election voting in China despite Lam claim


Hong Kong activist Tony Chung detained, reportedly before bid to seek asylum at US consulate


Kavanaugh ruled AGAINST the six-day extension for Wisconsin to accept ballots postmarked by Election Day. He cited an article from legal scholar (and CNN contributor) Rick Pildes. But in that article, Pildes says states SHOULD extend postmark deadlines.


Belarus opposition calls general strike, as protesters gird for long fight


We can do it! Fight for freedom is not easy, but it's well worth it. For our lives and lives of future generations.


Workers and students across Belarus declared strikes on Monday, heeding a call for a national strike to try to force authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko to resign at the start of what could be an important week for the country's protest movement.


This is what the future looks like for the regime. Endless, futile chasing of protesting Belarusians, ultimately doomed to failure. Belarus will be free!


The Roberts Court is now the Jim Crow Court


In front of RFK stadium in Washington DC, a memorial to Americans who have died from COVID-19. It goes and goes and goes.


HOLY SHIT!!! Brian Williams just aired our full one-minute Seniors in Florida ad on the 11th Hour on @MSNBC. I just increased our ad spend for that ad. We're going to drive it home until the final polling locations in Florida have closed


Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath says her opponent Sen. McConnell has a "stunning disconnect with every day Kentuckians": "We've got to get leaders back in this country that are gonna put their country above these partisan games."


This daughter had conversation with her MAGA parents...


Donald Trump’s debt totals at least $1.1bn. Should he win re-election, about $900m of it will come due during his second term


Girlfriend has a lifetime appointment. He can’t fire her. It’s 7 days before the election. If she can’t say “no” to a campaign photo op, what can she say no to? Disgraceful


Mitch's priorities have never been more clear. Tonight he rammed through an undemocratic nomination, threatening the health care of millions of Americans. Now he's going on vacation. No relief for small businesses. No relief for schools. No relief for us


Our anger is righteous--harness it, focus it. Stand up for our daughters and their future. Seven days.#VOTE And unlike our craven and criminal leaders, wear a fucking mask.


Barrett: “This was a rigorous confirmation process.” Guessing rigorous isn’t being interpreted textually.


"So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Dark of night. No anti-#covid masks even from the guy who had it and was saved by your tax dollars. No safe distancing. #StolenJustice sworn in by Clarence Thomas. You are being Trolled by Trump. Please #vote accordingly.


The Senate is now in recess until after the election. If Republicans like vacations so much, give them a permanent one. Vote them out.


Ex-Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann: "I suspect strongly that if the president does not win reelection, that he is going to pardon a lot more people related to the Trump Organization, his family, people who work there, and even himself."


Here’s Mitch McConnell on Fox News saying he thinks Amy Coney Barrett will be a “political asset” for Republican candidates


The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters


“Berserk Bear appears to be FSB's more restrained version of the GRU's Sandworm cyberwar unit...This is an actor whose mission appears to be to hold critical infrastructure under threat...The difference is we've never seen them actually pull the trigger."