Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Former top FBI official says Trump is acting like what FBI terms a "barricaded subject", hostage negotiation situation


REUTERS/IPSOS POLL: About 80% of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, say Biden won presidential race


Postal worker admits fabricating allegations of ballot tampering, officials say


"Federal Employees’ Liability Risks for Following Illegal Directives to Interfere in 2020 Election"


The most chef's-kiss thing on the internet today is this Republican forgetting to log into his fake Twitter account before claiming to be a "black gay guy" who supports Trump. I can't believe this gaggle of dipshits is going to take down US democracy.


BREAKING NEWS: Erie, Pa. #USPS whistleblower completely RECANTED his allegations of a supervisor tampering with mail-in ballots after being questioned by investigators, according to IG. THREAD:


The White House has removed Michael Kuperberg, the head of the program that produces the federal government's most definitive scientific report on climate change.


Joe Biden's transition team has announced the teams of people who will work to prepare the incoming administration to take control of the federal government, even as President Trump and his administration fight the election results & decline to give access


From Federal Election Commissioner Weintraub


CIA Director Gina Haspel just entered Mitch McConnell’s office.


Trump all but told us that he wasn’t a president for cities like Detroit and Philadelphia. They said, “Fine.” Voters whom he spent his presidency erasing have sealed his fate, and now he feels entitled to say that the election didn’t count. My latest


US defense official confirms: chief of staff Jen Stewart replaced by Kash Patel, a former Devin Nunes staffer who worked to discredit the Russia investigation. Also out, Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan, ret Navy SEAL who was Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.


Rogers (R-Mich) is former chair of the House Intel Cmte


Confirmed: Nunes acolyte Kash Patel will be new Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller's chief of staff


But wait, there's more!


All the Ways Trumpworld Wants to Cash In On MAGA Anger Over the Election


In a State Department media briefing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there would be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration” before chuckling then walking back the comment


The Republican chair of suburban Cobb County - which has fast become a solid Democratic bastion - calls on officials to respect election outcome and "transition in grace," @merisaurus reports




I know this will be pointless to say it, but that's one of my jobs in life. If Hannity leads a march on DC this weekend, here's what everyone else should do: Nothing. Ignore it. Don't counter-protest. Don't bring phones. Don't cover t as an "event." Thankyouverymuch.


“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Sec. Pompeo asserts when asked if the State Dept. is currently preparing to engage with President-elect Biden's transition team


Pompeo just now: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."


"We're gonna find somebody accountable for something" -- Lindsey Graham


The epic cowardice of the GOP endures as @realDonaldTrump refuses to acknowledge defeat. The GOP has gone silent while the world congratulates @JoeBiden And now Trump fires SECDEF at a fragile moment. Where are the GOP patriots? Why does GOP allow 45 to make America vulnerable?


Paul Whelan, former Marine jailed in Russia as a spy, speaks to @ABC News for the first time from prison camp where he is facing 16 year sentence.


“It is particularly obscene for an administration that has abdicated the work of pandemic response to undercut a new administration determined to mount a serious effort. Trump seems determined to extend his legacy of incompetence and needless death...”


Dr. Biden can probably live without whatever Lady Einstein has to pass along.


“Ms. Haines is a likely choice to run the C.I.A.” “Ms. Flournoy is the expected choice to run the Pentagon.”


.@usatoday editorial: When Americans are hunkered down and masked up in the midst of a deadly pandemic, the last thing they should have to worry about is losing their medical safety net because Republicans are hellbent on shredding it


Patients with Covid-19 are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression, according to a new study


According to Lindsey’s new election rules you don’t have to be responsible in taking the L just claim non-existent voter fraud & cheating. Hmm.. ok. SC you hear that?


Facebook undermining democracy one post at a time


BREAKING: European Union regulators have filed antitrust charges against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of using data to gain an unfair advantage over merchants using its platform


White House orders agencies: Do not cooperate with Biden’s transition team—for now


Biden defends health care law as high court mulls its fate


A Trump supporter in Pennsylvania is being charged with voter fraud and forgery for allegedly requesting an absentee ballot for his dead mother.


Delayed presidential transitions can have serious consequences: “The [Bush] administration’s sluggish start and lack of qualified personnel in place was cited by the 9/11 Commission report as a critical vulnerability to U.S. national security”


I..don't like the sound of this. At all. Esper said in interview that if his replacement is “a real yes man” then “God help us"


“Ellis, who was chief counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes...has been at the WH since early 2017, when he became a lawyer on the NSC and then this year was elevated to senior director for intelligence.”


“Murphy’s decision is denying...State Department-facilitated calls with foreign leaders and access to secure facilities where they can review classified information.”


Meanwhile in 2018...


“If people are able to vote, we’re really fucked”


"Stop the Steal" supporters, restrained by Facebook, turn to Parler to peddle false election claims


“I understand this incident is no longer a personal matter but a matter related to public interest and press freedom in Hong Kong,” RTHK freelance producer @Baochoy said outside the court. “I truly believe I will not walk alone.”


Hong Kong journalist appears in court amid fears over press freedom


Much of the messaging is out of elected Dems' control. It's in Fox's control. I heard this Tom Cotton soundbite twice in 15 min on "F&F" this morning: "They'll take your guns, they'll raise your taxes, they will defund the police, and they will gut our military." Twice in 15 min!


Trump’s firing of Esper was a slap in the face


The soon-to-be ex-president’s former nemesis has gone full MAGA after Trump lost the election, turning her personal Twitter feed into a rage-filled bickerfest. What is going on?


If I were Bill Barr and on the hunt for widespread voter fraud, I’d probably start with the Senate races in Kentucky and South Carolina.


Did you see this? Aussies know how to spot it when someone is about to "spit the dummy"*. *Aussie term for throwing a little tanty when things don't go your way.


Big picture on Nov. 9th: McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Congress, stands firmly with President Trump as the president fights his legal battles. Rails against "far left mobs," minutes after meeting with AG Barr at the Capitol. Wants "no lectures" from Democrats.


The expulsion of 2 UK diplomats from Belarus for legitimately observing protests is wholly unjustified. Lukashenko can't hide the oppression of his own people. The only way forward is free & fair elections & accountability for those responsible for violence against demonstrators


NEW: Facebook has allowed the organisers of "Stop the Steal" to carry on promoting protests at vote counts. These allies of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are now using other pages and groups to push dangerous misinformation. We identified them last week. When will Facebook act?


Every American should know that law firms ⁦@JonesDay⁩ and ⁦@PorterWright⁩ are executing Trump dangerous stunts to undermine American democracy. Patriotic employees at these firms should resign if their firms continue this shameful work.


BREAKING: trumps legal advisor for his election lawsuits doesn’t have a law degree. Or even a bachelor’s degree. He does have covid, though.


On the USAID call — audio leaked to Axios — Trump loyalist Catharine O'Neill, newly installed as the agency's WH liaison fresh off a stint with the re-election campaign, declared: "The election is still happening. The Electoral College has not voted yet."


McConnell said Pelosi was "shopping some conspiracy theory about the Postal Service." USPS data turned over to Judge Sullivan last week shows even the agency's "extraordinary measures" did not ensure timely delivery of all ballots.


Based on McConnell's remarks, the leadership of the GOP does not view President Trump as defeated and will not address President-elect Biden as president-elect. And the defiant rhetoric of Trumpism infused the majority leader's speech.


It's not enough to just send Donald Trump packing, or even just to repair the damage he’s done. We’ve got to unrig and rebuild the systems that made his rise possible to begin with, and that allowed his administration to hurt so many people in so many ways.


Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat. Just off MSNBC KC HUNT LIVE. Very alarming that Trump fired Sec Def weeks before he must leave office. Illogical. We have real national security threats


Kimberly Guilfoyle offered a lap dance at Trump campaign event


This video of Chancellor Merkel congratulating @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris is worth your time. Merkel talks about German history, the role of the United States and much more. Take a look


“That’s not true. That’s not true. That’s just not true.”


Alexandra Wong, the Hong Kong protest icon better known as "Grandma Wong," said she was detained by Chinese authorities and made to promise she would stop protesting. “I worried that I would die in China,” she said.


“We’re not afraid to question authority” Student protesters in Thailand are being supported by those in Hong Kong, and employing some of the same tactics Prominent activists from both sides explain why


NEW: Richard Pilger, the official who oversees election crimes has stepped down over Barr's memo: “Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications… I must regretfully resign from my role as Director of the Election Crimes Branch.”


you lost 72 to 28. it's not voter fraud kim. nobody likes you


This is Emily W. Murphy. She’s a Trump appointee at the GSA who is declining to sign the letter authorizing the Biden transition to begin. Give her a call and tell her you want Biden treated like every other president-elect. 1-844-472-4111


Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, has died at age 65 after contracting #covid19.


Joe Biden effectively takes ownership of the fight against the coronavirus with a presidential-style call to action


This is a dangerous authoritarian impulse: Only one party is allowed to win elections. Graham should be ashamed of himself. But he long ago put his integrity in an undisclosed location.


NEW: The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult, with AG Barr authorizing probes of allegations of voter fraud and President Trump firing the Pentagon chief and blocking government officials from cooperating with Biden’s team


Happy 245th Birthday to the @USMC! Stay motivated!


The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It's how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door


President-elect Joe Biden is moves more forcefully to make the transition to the White House


Three months of courageous and persistent fight for elementary rights in #Belarus. Right to choose and right to express own will. No one can stop it.


Dear @TheJusticeDept Bill Barr: There is no factual predicate for any mass voter fraud. How do we know? Because the @realDonaldTrump campaign still has not come up with credible allegations, and GOP Secretaries of State stand by the results. Stop ignoring the will of the people.


Who will be the first Senator to call for an Inspector General investigation over the AG Barr memo that just prompted the head of the Election Crimes Branch at DOJ to step down?


The measure of a man’s character when Barr’s proclamation, “History is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who is writing the history,” comes face to face with the realization they’re not the winners.


When you watch the insanity, just remember: The notion of life in prison is very upsetting to many. It causes them to act out.


AG Barr authorized prosecutors to "pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections," contradicting longstanding practice that keeps DOJ from impacting the results of an election, a memo released by DOJ


The Trump administration has thrown the presidential transition into tumult, including blocking government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s team