Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Scoop: Pompeo and his wife are hosting multiple holiday parties (one on the 8th floor of the State Dept with more than 900 invitees & food & drinks). At the same time, Pompeo’s subordinates are warned against meetings for “non-mission critical events.”


After calling for a military coup, Michael Flynn is set to appear on Fox with Lou Dobbs


Are self-pardons OK? How about unlimited preemptive pardons? The 2 Qs may seem distinct, but they’re not. Presidents who know they can pardon any & all federal crimes they may have committed while in office will know FROM THE MOMENT THEY TAKE THE OATH that they’re above the law.


“Direct government aid, accounting for 39% of net farm income, rose to a record $46.5 billion from $22.4 billion last year.”


As we reported last night, POTUS is actively considering firing Barr and replacing with somebody more willing to do his bidding on election and Durham.


I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, @stevenmnuchin1. I’ve been holding Wall Street bankers and predatory lenders accountable for more than a decade.


@SenMarkKelly arrives with his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, for his swearing in


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the Trump administration's controversial "public charge" rule that critics say has a chilling effect on immigrants who may need to seek medical assistance


2,596 Trades in One Term: Inside Senator Perdue’s Stock Portfolio The Georgia Republican’s stock trades have far outpaced those of his Senate colleagues and have included a range of companies within his Senate committees’ oversight, an analysis shows.


Grateful to @EP_ForeignAff of @EUparliament for the invitation to speak during the session on the EU response in support of democratic change in #Belarus. Belarusians appreciate the principled position of the EU πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί on the regime.


Chuck Grassley, the most senior Senate Republican, had this to say when I asked if he considers Biden the President-elect: "Two weeks from today he will be." With Trump refusing to concede, Senate Rs pointing to Dec. 14 when electors cast their ballots in their state capitals


#RussianRon has a lot to answer for. Talk soon, comrade


Mark Kelly has been sworn in to the U.S. Senate


American hating, Russian money taking, McConnell rejects bipartisan $900 billion coronavirus stimulus plan


Here's Lin Wood telling Georgia Republicans NOT to vote for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue next month. "They have not earned your vote. Don't you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election for god's sake! Fix it! You gotta fix it!"


OBAMA: "If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting COVID, absolutely, I'm going to take it."


Massachusetts companies received $14 billion in PPP loans, but more than half of the money went to a small number of businesses.


Rep. Porter: "I think it's ridiculous that you're play-acting to be a lawyer when you have no legal degree." Mnuchin: "Well actually, I have plenty of lawyers ... who advise me." ... Porter: "Secretary Mnuchin, are you, in fact, a lawyer?" Mnuchin: "I do not have a legal degree."


American hating, Russian money taking, McConnell rejects bipartisan $900 billion coronavirus stimulus plan


Pretty funny at the 2:00 minute mark when a nettled Mnuchin asks Porter "are you a lawyer?" Porter got her JD from Harvard, is a Professor of Law at UC-Irvine, and has written a textbook on consumer law.


Life insurance companies in the U.S. are declining to sell policies to people who survived Covid-19


I used to choke up at Senate farewell speeches before Republicans disgraced themselves and the Senate. Lamar Alexander accomplished exactly nothing in 18 yrs in the Senate & McConnell destroyed it.


GOP senators who wouldn’t comment when Trump called fallen US soldiers “losers,” but say they can’t sleep at night bc of Neera Tanden’s political tweets really need to be called out by reporters


Presidential pardons, McConnell demanding immunity from lawsuits and prosecution or no Relief money. WTF is going on in the USA?


Imagine being the governor who let that happen


So Trump pardons Flynn, and Moscow Mike's literal first move is to call for the overthrow of the United States Government. ARE WE F**KING DONE YET?


Wow: former chair of a county Republican Party reveals a conversation with Ron Johnson. Highlights: *“yes, Donald Trump is an asshole" *Johnson knows Trump lost but its "political suicide" to oppose Trump, so he won't acknowledge Biden won


Despite a history of underperforming properties, Kushner Companies received a near-record sum from a government-backed lender. Should it default, taxpayers could be forced to foot much of the bill. The agency says politics played no role.


I have a question. Maybe there’s an answer so obvious that there’s a reason no one writes about it. But — Mitch McConnell has had a stranglehold on what gets done in Washington for nearly 20 years. Why is there so very little reporting on him, his ties, his motivations?


the aggrieved give testimony


"I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission," Van Orden said in a statement. "To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin."


Trump and his crew have figured out how to shake more money out of his supporters by losing the election and inventing scare stories about it than they were able to squeeze out of them by actually just trying to win the election outright in advance.


Meanwhile over at Parler, The Bill Barr news is going over really well...


Properties include Kushner owned 666 5th Avenue receiving more than $204,000 and retained 6 jobs. "Fifteen of the properties self-reported that they only kept one job, zero jobs or did not report a number at all."


Inside a Neo-Nazi Terror Cell [The Base] as It Reckons With FBI Arrests (Fun read)


Today Lithuanian government decided to issue Lithuanian national visas free of charge to citizens of #Belarus persecuted by the regime. We are very thankful to @LithuaniaMFA @LinkeviciusL for this decision! It is very important concrete support of


The tears in eyes and the pathetic obsequiousness suggest that this man is someone who would kinda like a pardon, but may not be in the running.


Guy who got pardon from Trump and dresses like a dime store Riddler is complaining about a "two-tiered justice system"


Read more about the "Bribery-for-pardon" investigation, which has been ongoing since at least this past August, and the newly unsealed court documents confirming its existence and ties to senior White House officials, here


A federal judge struck down new rules that would have made it tougher for foreign workers, particularly new international graduates of U.S. colleges, to qualify for an H-1B visa and significantly more expensive for companies to sponsor them


The Pentagon policy official overseeing the military's efforts to combat ISIS has been fired. His team was in the midst of answering dozens of questions from the Biden admin about terrorist threats, relations with allies and counterterrorism missions.


More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the January 5 runoff election.


The US reported the second highest day of Covid-19 deaths Tuesday, as rising hospitalizations signal even more deaths in the coming weeks.


BREAKING—UK becomes the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech #COVID19 vaccine for general public. British regulator, MHRA, says the vaccine w/ 95% protection, is safe for rollout next week. UK ordered 40m doses—enough to vaccinate 20m.


“For the Attorney General of the United States to make that statement, he is either a liar or a fool but both,” Dobbs exclaimed. “He may be, um, perhaps compromised. He may be simply unprincipled. Or he may be personally distraught or ill!”


So many are struggling to pay rent and meet basic needs; millions more in every state across America have suffered for months with little help or hope. Help is on the way, but it must be sooner rather than later.


CEO of World Central Kitchen Nate Mook on providing jobs for out of work restaurant workers: “It’s really a win-win, because we can get food to those that are in need, and also support our restaurant industry right now.”


It appears that the convict who wanted a Trump pardon/reprieve of sentence has a last name that ends in "s"


Why is Jared Kushner in Saudi Arabia and Qatar?


I know there's a lot going on tonight, but Trump just said the United States military will be defunded unless Twitter stops flagging his tweets.


What federal crimes did the children of @realDonaldTrump engage in that would necessitate @POTUS to feel compelled to grant them pardons?


Trump is threatening to veto the budget for Department of Defense if he can’t get his tweets out. Wow who’s defunding the police now


A former Army general calling for suspension of the Constitution. The document we swear an oath to uphold and defend


This isn’t someone who deserves to be in the United States Senate, much less win re-election.


Well, well, well. This tweet suggests there’s something that implicates Trump team.πŸ‘‡ Maybe this: “The emails ... indicate that [REDACTED] expected [REDACTED] to assist in obtaining clemency ... due to ... [REDACTED]’s anticipated future substantial political contributions.”


Watching trumpworld turn on Bill Barr who ruined himself for trump is really something


Key and well respected Pentagon official on counterterrorism—Chris Maier—was forced out Monday, did not resign as first reported. Timing is highly disruptive to information sharing during presidential transition


More to the point: The entire point of appointing a Special Counsel is to get someone who is independent of political influence. Appointing a political appointee to investigate a matter in which the person who appointed him has a personal and legal interest defeats the point


#JoshuaWong 13.5m in jail - via lawyers, “it’s not the end of the fight. Ahead of us is another challenging battleground. We’re now joining the battle in prison along with many brave protestors, less visible yet essential in the fight for democracy and freedom for HK.


Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam sentenced to prison on charges related to an unauthorized anti-government protest last year at the city’s police headquarters.


Dr. Anthony Fauci's effort to educate the public on the coronavirus pandemic has earned him scores of admirers, but his work on the global HIV/AIDS crisis saw him cheered on Tuesday by one star-studded fan -- Elton John


Florida becomes 3rd state to hit 1 million coronavirus cases


BREAKING: Thailand's Constitutional Court acquits Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of ethics violation, allowing him to keep post


All gone too far...