Friday, December 18, 2020

A federal judge has denied Fox News personality Tyrus’ attempt to toss out Britt McHenry’s lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation


BREAKING—Washington Monument now closed... because... National Park Service staff were exposed to #COVID19 after @SecBernhardt tested positive—after giving a private tour of Monument to WH staffers. SMH. Can’t make up these stories people.


Former Defense Sec. Leon Panetta says the massive and ongoing suspected Russian hack into government agencies and private companies “is without question the gravest cyberattack against the United States that we've seen.”


THREAD: A 38-year-old marathoner in the northern Italian town of Codogno was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Feb. 20. It was the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.


Scoop: Trump pardons expected today


A man died after a medical emergency on a United flight. Now the CDC wants to reach fellow passengers.


More than 400,000 patient courses of both the monoclonal therapies from Eli Lilly and Regeneron have been allocated to states, and more than 250,000 have been delivered—but very little of what has been distributed is actually being used.


COVID-19 Relief Deal Stalled As Congress Nears Shutdown Deadline


Prosecutors say Ghislaine Maxwell shouldn’t be released from jail while awaiting trial because she told them after her arrest in July that she was in the process of divorcing her husband who is a U.S. citizen


Ron Johnson opened his nearly 10 minute speech blocking the $1,200 stimulus checks by letting people that are hurting know that he’s “concerned” about them and that COVID is an act of God. Unreal..


Was It Worth It? John Kelly, John Bolton, and other ex-Trump staffers all had the same answer when I asked them to reflect on their past work.


Acting SecDef Christopher Miller: Announces "mutually-agreed upon holiday pause" for briefings with the @JoeBiden transition team. Biden transition team: "There was no mutually agreed-upon holiday break." "In fact...there is no time to spare"


First, Eric Trump stole from kids with cancer. Now his wife Lara is implicated in a massive scam that diverted hundreds of millions of #MAGA cash through a shell company set up by Jared Kushner.


The people you might once have dismissed as fringe lunatics are now a danger to your health and your chance of living a normal life


They cut Maine's in half. Trump wants us all dead.


We think we’re fighting Trump, but really facing Murdoch, Putin, Carl Icahn (his late night telephone advisor) and fringe lunatics like Flynn thru Trump. January won’t come soon enough but the damage will last forever. Fox News was a greater enemy than we had yet known.


EXCLUSIVE: Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president's family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash, a source tells Insider


Breaking Axios: Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.


Ron Johnson is on the floor speaking about the debt and “mortgaging our childrens future.” this is in response to Hawley calling for $1,200 checks


DeSantis suggests there is a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination production problem. Pfizer says there isn't. We are going to find out and let you know


We on the left keep having the wrong response to the increased openness of white pride. Our pearl-clutching incredulous derision is acting as fuel....


Sen. Mark Warner, top Dem on Senate Intel, on Russian cyberhack: “It is extremely troubling that the President does not appear to be acknowledging, much less acting upon, the gravity of this situation.”


Sources report Kushner helped set up American Made Media Consultants shell co w/president Lara Trump, vp John Pence (Mike Pence nephew) & treasurer/secretary Sean Dollman (Trump campaign CFO), which secretly spent $600mil+


Look who just showed up: @RudyGiuliani is in the WH!


“...Trump uses the Russian model, which rests on the principle that people get convinced when they hear the same message many times from a variety of sources, no matter how biased.” The blizzard of bullshit approach.


"A few years ago, Jackie Speier resisted comparisons between Jim Jones and Donald Trump. But now, she sees them clearly," says Eleanor Clift.


"A few years ago, Jackie Speier resisted comparisons between Jim Jones and Donald Trump. But now, she sees them clearly," says Eleanor Clift.

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 18, 2020

NEW: They’re the two most important women in Donald Trump’s life. And they absolutely loathe one another: Ivanka and Melania


Trump was impeached by the House on this day one year ago.


Concerns over breaches like the “cyber incident” affecting Department of Energy networks have been raised within the agencies and the intelligence community for years, sources say


Not only has Trump been silent on the Russian hacking of U.S. agencies, he’s about to veto a defense bill that contains two dozen provisions to strengthen cyberdefenses to stop future attacks.


Newly released video shows police didn’t immediately help Ahmaud Arbery as he lay dying


Jill Biden’s still a bit in shock at WSJ Edit Page attack: “That was such a surprise... It was really the tone of it. He called me ‘kiddo.’”


At least two veterans groups have called for the resignation of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) over his alleged role in helping a top Trump administration official collect discrediting information about a female veteran who said she was sexually assaulted.


Trump is pocketing Georgia Senate runoff donations for his PAC, while the GOP candidates themselves don't get a dollar, a new report says


600 dollars is what rich people think poor people think is a lot of money


A new lawsuit is begging for the release or transfer of half the patients at Patton State Hospital, described as a “tinderbox” for COVID infections


Murdoch received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as his network’s biggest star peddled vaccine skepticism and told viewers they should react “nervously” to the rollout


Whoa—Pfizer says Trump admin has stopped giving destinations for “millions more doses sitting in our warehouses”. Trump HHS is allowing #COVID19 vaccines to *just sit there* unused. Is this— 1) Incompetence/negligence? 2) Throttling for 2nd dose? 3) Hoarding for other reason?


3,500 Americans died in one day. The President didn't mention it


Joe Biden’s advisers plan to negotiate with Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Venezuela in an effort to end its economic and humanitarian crisis, sources say


Gov. Bill Lee’s response to record virus surge has been prayer, not a mask mandate. Now he’s holding up Tennessee’s first vaccine doses instead of giving them to frontline workers,


With Mnuchin endorsing a $1.8T proposal in Oct that included $1,200 checks, $400 UI & $300B in state/local, and with Trump still actively trying to increase direct checks, there is simply no way to argue that Dem leaders secured the best deal possible. McConnell ate their lunch.


Former top Postal Service official testifies Mnuchin and White House were involved in slowing mail


Members of a congressional watchdog panel have asked for an investigation into why Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ended U.S. Federal Reserve emergency lending programs, according to a letter obtained by Bloomberg


Trickle-down economics is nothing more than a brazen ploy to help the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. After decades of this nonsense, it is still all the Republicans have to offer. It is time to make the rich pay their fair share


Pfizer says it has "millions more doses" of its vaccine waiting in a warehouse for the U.S. government to tell it where to send it, via @TheTerminal. "As of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses," Pfizer said.


"We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses."


David Williams, former USPS Inspector General and former Vice Chair of the USPS Board of Governors, testifies Mnuchin and White House were involved in slowing mail & dismantled USPS & disenfranchised voters for political reasons, to get Trump re-elected


Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Department and senior directorate civil servants pledged allegiance to the government on Friday. Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip earlier hinted that those who refused would lose their jobs. Photos: GovHK.


"Conspiracy theories have been a part of American life for, forever. They have flourished at different times in different dimensions... They tend to take root when people feel powerless... Trump has capitalized on it"


Donald Trump's namesake company is invoking attorney-client privilege in an attempt to shield certain documents from the New York Attorney General's office, which is conducting an investigation that will follow the president once he leaves office.


Does Vladimir Putin accept any responsibility for the ‘new cold war’? I ask him. Our TV report for @BBCNews


"For a third day in a row, early in-person voting for the Senate runoff races in Georgia outpaced the equivalent day before the general election: On Wednesday, 149,000 Georgians voted in person, compared with 144,000 who had voted Oct. 14."


Will Trump's most ardent supporters ever stop changing the criteria for Biden's victory, "The Daily Show" asks


#EU imposes third round of sanctions- now a total of 88 individuals and 7 entities are under the sanctions regime in #Belarus. How many more rounds do we really need to help outgoing leadership to return from parallel universe? Anyway we have to be braver & stronger in doing this


In parallel with its severe crackdown on civil society, the Hong Kong govt is increasingly speaking the CCP's authoritarian language. Together w/ @dkopf, we analysed 165K govt statements over 10yrs to chart the authoritarian turn of HK's official rhetor


The Biden administration should start by “widening the scope of sanctions” on Hong Kong and Beijing officials, says former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui.


US travel warning treats Hong Kong the same as China citing danger of arbitrary arrest under security law


[Recap] China’s Alibaba pushed software to help firms identify Uighurs through facial features – report


Jean-Luc Brunel was accused in the U.S. of raping and procuring underage women for Epstein and had planned to give evidence to investigators


"Mitt Romney lost by 5 million votes in 2012 and sparked a 100-page RNC autopsy report. Donald Trump lost by 7 million and there isn’t a peep."


David Perdue has opposed direct economic relief to working people throughout this entire pandemic


This is just insanity. The President of the United States has not said a word. The Russians have outright attacked our national security and this Administration has failed to defend us or fight back. Meanwhile the GOP does nothing about any of it. We have no leadership.


Yeah, who could have seen this coming? I’m shocked that the trump administration is so incompetent


What makes these unexplained shortfalls in vaccine shipments even more concerning is that while vaccine distribution logistics are extremely complicated, vaccinating this first round of recipients should be low hanging fruit compared to reaching the broader population.


Tucker Carlson is telling his audience of 3 million people not to trust the Covid vaccine.


Brownstein: "The GOP’s unprecedented postelection maneuvering poses an inescapable question for Biden: whether reaching bipartisan agreements is possible when many Republicans have become so radicalized that they still refuse to acknowledge Trump’s defeat"


U.S. FDA decides to approve Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine on emergency basis -FT


A massive hack on the federal government presents Trump with the same choice Obama faced: Whether to impose sanctions on Russia, and how severe to make them.


Even when she was hospitalized for Covid-19 and pneumonia, Philamena Belone wanted to get home and resume doing what she loved most — teaching. She taught from home in an oxygen mask, but returned to the hospital two weeks later and died days after that.


The Russian president was forced to admit that FSB agents had been trailing Alexei Navalny before his poisoning by the deadly nerve agent Novichok


Where is Trump? A massive breach of our federal agencies. Where is Trump? 300,000+ COVID deaths. Where is Trump? Americans desperately in need of relief as poverty and unemployment soar. Where is Trump?


Biden says to Colbert that Lindsey Graham has been a “personal disappointment,” notes how they were friends before


What if Joe Biden owned a private international business called the Biden Organization, didn’t divest, and had his children run it while he was in office, while a third child was a WH employee at the same time she was securing patents and other valuable concessions in China...


Tens of thousands of Americans who might not have to die being put at inexplicable risk of it while vaccine that's good to go sits on the shelves with nowhere to go because the federal government won't tell the company that makes and stores that vaccine where to ship it. (?!)


Have you thought of the possibility that Trump is just that sadistic? That he's intentionally inflicting harm because he enjoys holding that kind of power over us? The power to kill or save?


Rep. Dan Crenshaw appeared to suggest his Twitter account had fallen victim to some kind of breach after social media users pointed out that he was following a $1,500-an-hour escort. “Grow up people,” the married Texas Republican tweeted.


Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee: "One thing this vaccine will not solve, or cure is selfishness or indifference to what is happening to our neighbors around us."


Here's Michael Flynn on Newsmax saying that Trump could order "military capabilities" to swing states and "rerun an election in each of those states." "People out there talk about martial law like it's something that we've never done. Martial law has been instituted 64 times."