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2020 Elections


Saturday, November 7, 2020 08:50:41 AM
Biden 284 50.6% 74,847,834
Trump 214 47.7% 70,591,531
Vote Results Saturday, November 14, 2020 05:42:52 PM
candidate electoral
share popular
Biden 306 50.82% 78,606,976
Trump 232 47.24% 73,070,106

Monday, November 9, 2020 08:09:04 AM Biden advantage in California 4,496,470

DARRELL ISSA (REP) ✔ Projected Winner 53.7% (168,849 votes)
AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR (DEM) 46.3% (145,379 votes)
Last updated: Nov. 7, 2020 - 7:01 p.m. PST

Fox Host’s Simple Question Derails Interview With Trump Aide. “So now you just attack everybody if they don’t agree with you, OK. Not much else to say,” the host said as he ended the interview. As the outgoing president’s legal cases to thwart Joe Biden’s 2020 election win continue to fail, the argument that Trump was actually victorious is becoming more and more farcical with each passing day. And Saturday’s heated Fox interview with Trump’s Director of Press Communications Erin Perrine proved as much. Vittert: [With Trump having] no plans to concede, what’s the path to 270?

Mitt Romney congratulates Joe Biden, praises his ‘good will and admirable character’

World leaders rush to congratulate Joe Biden. However, there were notable immediate absences of congratulations from Trump’s closest international allies. The first world leader to break the silence, however, was Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who made no mention of Mr Trump, with whom he had an often-troubled relationship. Instead the Canadian leader said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world” and congratulated both Mr Biden and Kamala Harris, his running mate, who will become the first woman, the first Black American and the first American of Asian descent to serve as vice president, the country’s No. 2 office.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 08:42:21 AM Biden wins presidency, Trump denied second term in White House, Fox News projects. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent President Donald Trump, Fox News projects.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 08:50:41 AM Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.

Polls, Models, Theories, Recaps, Analysis

Op-Ed: Good luck, President-elect Biden. You’ll need it. By AL FRANKEN NOV. 10, 20203 AM The careful observer will notice that Joe Biden’s approach to leadership is very different from Donald Trump’s. While Trump has sought to exploit divisions along racial, religious and philosophical lines — stoking grievances, suspicion and sometimes violence — Biden keeps telling us he wants to bring Americans together. Good! Also, good luck! If you’re reading this, chances are very good that on election night you were shocked and depressed at how close the race was. If you’re among those who believe that the election has been stolen from the real winner, then you are almost certainly not reading this. That’s because Americans are divided into two completely different information universes. And that’s a problem.

With polls across the US showing Trump in trouble and Biden appearing comfortably ahead in Michigan, the state's battleground status is up in the air. June 12, 2020

Biden is running ahead of Clinton's 2016 pace. Analysis by Harry Enten, CNN Updated 8:33 AM ET, Sun May 24, 2020. Biden's clearly outpacing Clinton's pace. 4 years ago this week, Clinton & Trump were tied. Clinton was at 39% in polls including Gary Johnson. Today, Biden's up 7. He's at 48%, which Clinton never hit in final 6 months. Much less room for Trump to move up Poll of the week: A new national Fox News poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 48% to 40% lead over President Donald Trump. The average of all polls taken at least partially this week have Biden up by a 48% to 41% margin. What's the point: Almost any time I explain that Biden's leading Trump, someone will inevitably bring up "but what about 2016." That's why this week marks an important milestone for the Biden campaign. It's one of the first times during the election year that Biden was clearly running ahead of Hillary Clinton's 2016 pace in the matchup against Trump. Four years ago, Trump closed the national gap quickly with Clinton as he was vanquishing Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the presidential race. Clinton's average lead shrank from 10 points during the first half of April to 6 points in the second half in April to 4 points in the first half in May to a mere 1 point in polls completed four years ago between May 16-May 23.

Conservative poll finds 23 percent of Republicans think GOP shouldn't nominate Trump. Republican voters widely expect President Trump to be their party’s nominee in the November presidential race, but nearly one in four said that they think the GOP should find “someone other than Trump” ahead of the election, according to a new survey. The conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found that 23 percent of likely Republican voters across the country think that their party should “find someone other than Trump to be their nominee,” according to the survey results. The poll found that 70 percent said the Republican Party should stick with Trump, while 7 percent were undecided.

Trump is getting trounced among a crucial constituency: The haters. President Donald Trump is losing a critical constituency: voters who see two choices on the ballot — and hate them both. Unlike in 2016, when a large group of voters who disliked both Trump and Hillary Clinton broke sharply for Trump, the opposite is happening now, according to public polling and private surveys conducted by Republicans and Democrats alike. via @politico

Column: Democratic turmoil and a long-term warning for the GOP. Stepping back from this momentum swing for the GOP was Ron Nehring, former chairman of the California and San Diego Republican parties. He took to social media on acquittal day to remind fellow Republicans — as he has regularly in recent years — that they need to focus on addressing long-term trends that do not favor the GOP. We’re at the top of the business cycle, borrowing $1T per year. How are we doing on reforming some big budget items to get that under control? Or are we just going to (scrap) the whole “fiscal responsibility” thing?

Don’t Vote. Yet. via @dougporter506 Check out my coverage of local and statewide candidates here. The Indivisible San Diego Persist voter guide is here.

An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter. Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020? And today her model tells her the Democrats are a near lock for the presidency in 2020, and are likely to gain House seats and have a decent shot at retaking the Senate. If she’s right, we are now in a post-economy, post-incumbency, post record-while-in-office era of politics. Her analysis, as Bitecofer puts it with characteristic immodesty, amounts to nothing less than “flipping giant paradigms of electoral theory upside down.” via @politico

Poll: Large majorities of black, Hispanic voters say Trump has been bad for them. Just 4 percent of African Americans surveyed said that Trump's actions have been good for African Americans in general, while 81 percent said he’s made things worse. Sixty-nine percent of Hispanic respondents said Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics generally, while only 19 percent think they’ve been good. Both African Americans and Latinos also overwhelmingly said Trump's actions have been bad for each other, as well as Muslims and women. Among white Americans respondents, roughly a third said Trump’s actions have been good for black Americans, women and Hispanics, while about a quarter said they have been good for Muslims. Forty-seven percent said Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics, 44 percent said they’ve been bad for Muslims and 39 percent said they’ve been bad for women and black Americans.

Poll: Record 69% of voters say they dislike Trump personally

Fox News Poll: Voters are frustrated with government, nervous about economy. Many voters are frustrated with how the federal government is working and a growing number are nervous about the economy -- yet ratings of economic conditions remain higher than before President Trump took office, according to the latest Fox News Poll. While 37 percent feel confident about the economy, 48 percent feel nervous. That’s up from a low of 43 percent nervous in March 2019. At the highest point, 70 percent felt nervous in 2010 when the question was first asked, and it was 61 percent as recently as 2016. #FoxNews

Poll: Trump approval falls as majority of Americans brace for recession

Registering by Party: Where the Democrats and Republicans Are Ahead. registered Democrats 40%, Republicans 29%, independents 28%.

Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris

Comfortable, happy and divided: What are these retirees arguing about? "I've got four grandsons — adult grandsons, millennials — and the absence of patriotism in that generation bothers me," Al said. "They've never been part of a war that could unite us." via @freep

Right-wing outlets tout post-debate Drudge poll that 4chan users had gamed. Users of the far-right message board 4chan organized to rig a Drudge Report online poll following the July 30 Democratic presidential debate. Multiple right-wing outlets touted the results. 4chan users similarly rigged previous post-debate Drudge polls. After the first night of the CNN debate, users on 4chan’s “/pol/” message board shared the poll and urged others to vote for author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

Trump: Republicans like Paul Ryan are 'weak, ineffective & stupid'. Trump followed up his latest attack on Ryan by touting his current approval rating among Republicans. "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, an all time high. Ronald Reagan was 87%. Thank you!" Trump wrote in a follow up tweet. Trump is polling at 90 percent with Republicans according to the latest Gallup poll. According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump has an 85 percent approval rating among potential GOP primary voters.

Trump Campaign to Fire Pollsters After Poor Polling Numbers Leaked. The president, predictably, denied the poor numbers, calling them “fake polls” via @RollingStone

Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Democrats in hypothetical matchups. via @slate

Biden leads Trump by 'landslide proportions' in new national poll. In a national head-to-head matchup, the poll found Biden taking 53 percent against 40 percent for Trump, with the poll's assistant director describing it as a "landslide" margin. Five other Democratic contenders also lead the president: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hold healthy leads over Trump, with Sanders up by 9 points, Harris ahead by 8 and Warren leading by 7. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) lead Trump by 5 points, with each posting a 47 to 42 split.

Trump lashes out at polls that show 2020 re-election bid in trouble

Polls flash 2020 warning for Trump

Some Obama-Trump voters abandon president

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds. This sentiment runs the deepest among Democratic and independent registered voters, but also exists among a significant slice of Republicans. About 8 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the country’s economic system gives an advantage to those already in power, while nearly a third of Republicans share that view.

Poll: 55 percent say they won't vote for Trump in 2020

We asked more than 1,800 young people what they think is the biggest issue facing America, and the most popular answer was Trump

‘On Paper, the Election Is the Democrats’ to Lose’. The Rise of ‘No Religion’ Percentage of Americans by religious affiliation, or lack of one.

Four-in-10 voters say they would vote to re-elect Trump next year. via @slate

Most voters won't support Trump in 2020: PBS/NPR poll

Trump transition

Trump campaign cuts Sidney Powell from president’s legal team. The abrupt shake-up comes as Powell makes far-fetched and unsupported claims of voter fraud in the 2020 elections. “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said in the statement. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.” Powell had made headlines in recent weeks for her increasingly outrageous and unsupported claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, repeatedly vowing to “release the kraken” of evidence, only to refuse to produce it when asked by reporters. She has accused election officials in multiple states of committing crimes, and in recent days turned on Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, who on Friday helped certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Her attack on Kemp, which also included the threat of a “biblical” lawsuit, appeared to unsettle some of Trump’s allies.

McEnany rips 'inexcusable' 2016 transition, says GSA certification for Biden will come 'at the right moment' Trump's presidency 'was never accepted,' press secretary says.

All the president’s ‘Guys’. Rob Goldstone is a Trump Guy, a member of a fraternity of oddballs, attention hounds and hapless bagmen who never would have come within 100 yards of presidential affairs under normal circumstances — but who now, thanks to Trump, will remain part of history long after we forget their names. Scaramucci. Lewandowski. Omarosa. Seb Gorka. Carter Page. Mike Lindell and his company, My Pillow. Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his old company, Fraud Guarantee. It can be hard to keep track of all the bit players in the Trump show, and the next administration seems more likely to mark a return to a relatively dull parade of experts and bureaucrats. So, while we still can, let’s remember some Trump Guys.

How Trump’s presidency turned off some Republicans – a visual guide. As our maps and charts show, Trump not only lost to Joe Biden – he lost to other Republicans on the ballot.

MAGA march

Face-to-Maskless-Face with the MAGA March on Washington. They came to protest, mourn, prowl, and brawl. And they made it clear that Trump’s stain on the White House would stay long after he’s gone.

The 'Million MAGA March' Didn't Meet Its Target Number, but Brought Violence to D.C. as Expected.

Trump Throws Twitter Tantrum As Long-Shot Attempts To Stay In Power Fade Away. The outgoing president retweeted a supporter who called his opponents “anti-American and anti-Christian” following an underwhelming protest in Washington.

Heads roll as Trump launches post-election purge. The president has installed loyalists at agencies responsible for overseeing the government’s environmental and energy regulations, and there is speculation that he could clean house at the FBI or Health and Human Services. Current and former Washington officials are watching with alarm, worried about what they view as Trump’s erratic behavior and the potential for unforeseen developments that could have national security consequences at a time of deep unrest and confusion. “Causing chaos may be Trump’s highest priority,” said Dov Zakheim, an undersecretary of Defense in former President George W. Bush’s administration. “He doesn’t want anyone in position to help Biden’s transition. You need government holdovers who can assist the new people coming in. He’s causing disruption and making that transition very difficult.” “If he doesn’t pull troops out of Afghanistan now then none of these moves will have made any sense,” said a Republican close to the White House. “The president’s supporters want him to bring our troops home, and the American people are more than ready for it. There could be no better capstone for the president’s legacy than to be the man who ended America’s longest-fought war.” “He’s going after his enemies list and canning anyone who has ever crossed him or perceived to have crossed him, and by kicking those people out, he can reward his most slavish loyalists or elevate people who are unqualified,” said Zakheim. At the CIA, Trump’s allies are privately confident that Haspel will be forced out, although there is a fierce behind-the-scenes struggle over her fate. Republicans close to the White House, including Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have publicly advocated for Haspel’s dismissal. They believe she’s blocking Trump from declassifying explosive documents that would recast the Russia narrative by exposing government malfeasance in the investigation. “This is the kind of conduct that will come back not just to tarnish Trump's legacy — that's easy to see — but to tarnish the party and its candidates as well,” John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, said on NPR.

Top Senate Republicans say Biden should get presidential intel briefings. It’s the latest sign that the GOP could be inching closer to acknowledging Biden won the presidency. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) “All trends look like he’s going to be the president of the United States,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said. “I see no problem with that,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — the current and future chairmen, respectively, of the committee that oversees the GSA — said they have no problem with Biden receiving the high-level briefings. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said Thursday that Biden has a “pretty good chance” of being the next president and suggested the briefings issue should be resolved sooner rather than later.

President Trump briefly drove by the “Million MAGA March” on his way to the golf course. Thousands of Trump supporters turned out in DC to protest the president’s electoral loss.

3 scholars say Trump isn’t staging a coup — but he still poses a threat to democracy. Trump’s destabalizing rhetoric, which calls into question the integrity of the presidential election, could erode the strength of American institutions.

Here’s How Every Senator and Congress Member Has Responded to Biden’s Victory. Of 253 Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate, only 14 had acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect a week after he was declared the winner. Snopes checked the public statements of 535 sitting members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, 253 of them Republicans, 279 Democrats, two Independents, and one Libertarian. Of the Democrats and Independents, none have questioned Biden’s victory, and all but a few have publicly acknowledged it. Outgoing Libertarian Congress member Justin Amash (Mich. 3, the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan) has also congratulated Biden on his victory. Among the 253 Republicans, however, just 14 have so far acknowledged that Biden won. They are: Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Ben Sasse of Nebraska; and Susan Collins of Maine; along with Reps. Francis Rooney (Fla. 19); Adam Kinzinger (Ill. 16); John Shimkus (Ill. 15); Paul Mitchell (Mich. 10); Fred Upton (Mich. 6); Tom Reed (N.Y. 23); Jenniffer González-Colón (resident commissioner of Puerto Rico and a non-voting member of the House); Will Hurd (Texas 23); John Curtis (Utah 3); and Denver Riggleman (Va. 5).

Trump Shockingly Takes Credit for Covid Vaccine That Was Someone Else's Idea. A heavy breathing congested-ass Donald Trump arose from underneath his bedsheets Friday afternoon to fire off a couple of baseless claims in the Rose Garden, reminding us all what we’ll be missing when he’s gone. The press conference to update the public on the largely fake operation to speed rush a vaccine, Operation Warpspeed, was the first time the president been seen in public since several new outlets called the 2020 election for Joe Biden. Trump, who has been laying the groundwork to contest the results is making a last-ditch effort to endear himself to the American people using the only card he’s got left: a covid vaccine.

John Kelly criticizes Trump over delay of Biden transition. "It’s about the nation," Trump's former chief of staff says in an interview with POLITICO. The wait "hurts our national security."

White House press secretary: Trump will break his post-election silence ‘at the right moment’. “Right now he’s letting this litigation play out,” Kayleigh McEnany said, referring to the Trump campaign’s election-related legal challenges.

State Department is preventing Biden from accessing messages from foreign leaders. Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend. But with Biden prohibited from accessing State Department resources by the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump refuses to accept Biden's victory, dozens of incoming messages have not been received. Biden's team is contacting foreign governments on their own and he has held numerous calls with leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Canada's Justin Trudeau. But they are operating without the logistical and translation support that the State Department operations center provides. "They would prefer to be using the State Department resources," said a source familiar with the situation, who noted that the Biden team is having to deal with the unexpected challenge of facilitating these calls. Not only is Biden being blocked by the State Department from receiving messages and assistance facilitating and from preparing for calls, on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to acknowledge Biden's victory, saying that "there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," igniting a furor and roiling diplomats.

Michael Cohen predicts Trump won't return to White House after Christmas at Mar-a-Lago. BY KAELAN DEESE - 11/11/20 12:28 PM EST "He does not have enough inner strength in him to be gracious," Cohen concluded. "He needs to keep his base rallied around him. He's going to say for the next 30 years that they stole the election from me. I'm the rightful president. He's going to keep his MAGA army active and engaged and going to constantly blow this dog whistle and be a menace."

Biden may have trouble unearthing Trump’s national security secrets. The law requires sitting presidents to preserve all records relating to the performance of their official duties — but it has no real enforcement mechanism.


“We Don’t Have a Plan” A photographer who covered five years of Trump rallies on the most disturbing thing he saw—and his fears for the future.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump can be sued in his capacity as a private citizen, allowing E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Trump to move forward—and ruled that the Department of Justice could not step in as the President’s defense. On Thursday, a federal judge in New York scheduled a telephone conference in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, for December 11 at 9:30 a.m. EST, proving that the case will continue to on, ABC reports. Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, provided a statement: “We look forward to finally moving ahead with discovery in the case, which has been on hold since Trump filed his motion for a stay last February, and look forward to the initial conference in E Jean Carroll’s case on Dec. 11, if the parties cannot agree on a schedule.”

Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition.

Trump team vows more lawsuits in key states, as top Republicans mum on projected Biden win. Many Republicans who backed Trump's efforts have yet to weigh in on Biden's projected victory.

Biden elected president

Trump's weird dancing is getting weirder.

'Non-scalable' fence to go up around White House before election: report. The White House is building a massive 'anti-climb' wall following protests. These photos show the evolution of White House fencing over the years

Trump glorifies Texas attack in which MAGA drivers tried to push Biden/Harris bus off road.

Newt Gingrich: A 2020 Election Fable -- The Bunny Rabbit, the Bear, and the Bees. We are living through a contest between a Bunny Rabbit and an American Bear.

Trump campaign website hacked

Hundreds of President Donald Trump supporters were left in the freezing cold for hours after a rally at an airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, with some walking around three miles to waiting buses and others being taken away in ambulances. Many of those at the rally at the Eppley Airfield faced hours in long lines to get in and clogged parking lots and busy crowds to get out, hours after his Air Force One departed around 9 p.m. Crowds cleared about 12:30 a.m. According to dispatches from Omaha Police department, recorded by radio communications platform, Broadcastify, at least 30 people including the elderly, an electric wheelchair user and a family with small children were among those requiring medical attention after hours of waiting in the cold at the rally at the Eppley Airfield.

Melania Trump tears directly into Joe Biden as a 'socialist'. Trump’s Pennsylvania speech was similar to her husband’s campaign appearances, unlike her usual toned-down public appearances.

Donald Trump owes real estate debts of $1.1bn with $900m due in next four years, report says. Over the next two years the president reportedly has a loan due of $285 for his Avenue of the Americas tower in New York, and $162 million due on his California Street building in San Francisco. The size of Mr Trump’s debts is almost twice the amount he has suggested during his campaign for the White House, according to Forbes. With his assets estimated at $3.66 billion that would put the president’s net wealth at around $2.5 billion, says Forbes. Mr Trump also has $257 million in loans taken out against Trump properties, which were packaged up and sold to a commerical mortgage-backed securities trust. Mr Trump also owes $340 million to his biggest bank lender, Deutsche Bank.

Trump delivers expletive-filled pep talk to campaign staff. “We are winning right now and they know it...So get off this phone and work your asses off," the president said in a phone call to his team.

What is '8645'? Whitmer's pin an anti-Trump message using restaurant industry slang

Trump campaign says Whitmer 'encouraging assassination attempts' against president with discreet TV message. Digits '86-45' were displayed in the background during an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press' Sunday.

Lara Trump defends president's rhetoric after 'lock her up' chants about Whitmer at rally: 'He was having fun'. “He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. He was having fun at a Trump rally, and, quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this right now for everyday Americans,” Lara Trump responded, saying that “people want to get the country reopened” and “they want to get back to work.” “There are issues at hand here that are bigger than just keeping everybody locked down. So, I think people are frustrated, and, look, the president was at a rally. It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course he wasn’t encouraging people to threaten this woman. That’s ridiculous,” she added. “Well, I don’t think 'lock her up' is fun. But let’s move on,” Tapper said before continuing the interview.

'It needs to stop': Whitmer blasts Trump over Michigan rally rhetoric. Trump was speaking in Western Michigan as part of a swing through the Rust Belt. Trump’s supporters erupted into chants of “lock her up” — a refrain from the 2016 campaign originally lobbed at Hillary Clinton, but since repurposed against Whitmer and other high-profile Democrats — which Trump did little to dissuade.

Trump downplays plot against Whitmer at Michigan rally, crowd chants 'lock her up'. At Saturday's rally at Muskegon County Airport in west Michigan, Trump reiterated his criticism of Whitmer and her handling of the virus, saying, "You've got to get your governor to open up your state, OK?" The enthusiastic crowd responded by chanting "lock her up," a refrain that Trump used in regards to another woman, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in 2016.

TRUMP ENGINEERED A SUDDEN WINDFALL IN 2016 AS CAMPAIGN FUNDS DWINDLED. Tax records expose more than $21 million in highly unusual payments from the Las Vegas hotel Donald Trump owns with Phil Ruffin, routed through other Trump companies and paid out in cash.

Eric Trump cancels event at Michigan gun shop after former employee is linked to domestic terror plot against governor. Former employee was fired and would show up to work in tactical gear, gun shop says.

Trump ad takes Fauci out of context. A new campaign ad from President Donald Trump uses an out-of-context quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to tout Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 214,000 Americans.

Listen: 10 Batshit Things Trump Told Rush Limbaugh Today. During the two-hour-long mutual back rubbing segment, the president went after LeBron James, Black Lives Matter, blamed Fox News for his campaign failures, and much, much more.

Trump campaign leans on Fauci in new ad. The president appears to be attempting to capitalize upon the nation's top infectious diseases expert's popularity among voters.

Candace Owens' BLEXIT group pays for some attendees' travel to Trump's White House event. Attendees were told they "must" wear a BLEXIT shirt, according to emails. Some guests for Saturday's White House event on the South Lawn, which will be President Donald Trump's first since testing positive for the coronavirus, had their travel and lodging paid for by controversial conservative activist Candace Owens' group BLEXIT, according to emails obtained by ABC News. Supporters, who are also scheduled to attend a separate BLEXIT event earlier in the day, were invited to attend a "HUGE outdoor rally" by the group and asked to fill out a form that notified them that BLEXIT, a campaign urging Black Americans to leave the Democratic Party, will be covering travel costs. Guests were later informed they would be receiving an invitation from the White House to attend an event with Trump.

President Donald Trump on Saturday made his first public appearance after being hospitalized for the coronavirus, defying public health guidelines to speak to a crowd of hundreds even as the White House refused to declare that he was not contagious.

President Donald Trump used his first public speech following his hospitalization for Covid-19 to deliver a pitch to Black and Latinx voters. In a speech delivered from a balcony overlooking the White House South Lawn, the president repeatedly touted his support for law enforcement and for investment in Black businesses in a 15-minute speech. The speech was given Saturday afternoon to approximately 400 supporters affiliated with conservative activist Candace Owens’ Blexit group, which Owens has said is made up of Black Americans who have moved away from the Democratic Party. While it was labeled an official White House function with no campaign staff involved to avoid violating the Hatch Act — which bans certain political activity by federal employees — the address was very much a campaign speech. The president began his remarks by saying, “We’ve got to vote these people [Democrats] into oblivion.”

Trump addresses 2,000 supporters at White House rally in first public speech since Covid diagnosis. First public appearance of president since returning from treatment at Walter Reed Medical Centre.

Twitter Thinks 15-Year-Old Claudia Conway Is The Whistleblower Of Our Time. Kellyanne Conway's daughter gave several updates on how Trump is really doing with COVID last night.

“DON JR. THINKS TRUMP IS ACTING CRAZY”: THE PRESIDENT’S COVID JOYRIDE HAS THE FAMILY DIVIDED. The president’s recklessness at Walter Reed has Don Jr. pushing for an intervention, but Ivanka and Jared “keep telling Trump how great he’s doing,” a source says. There is a long history in the Trump family of denying serious illness. According to a Trump family friend, Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., insisted on working even after his Alzheimer’s disease advanced in the 1990s. “To retire is to expire!” Fred Sr. would say. The friend said that as Fred Sr.’s disease worsened––he once came down the stairs wearing three neckties––the family created a system so that Fred could think he was still running the Trump Organization. Every day Fred Sr. would go to the office in Brooklyn and they would give him blank papers to sort through and sign. The phone on Fred’s desk was set up so that it could only dial out to his secretary. “Fred pretended to work,” the family friend said.

Trump sought to keep COVID-19 diagnosis secret Thursday as he awaited second test result: WSJ.

White House photos of Trump "working" in hospital show him writing own name on blank piece of paper.

After Trump's Positive Test, Here's The Status Of The Line Of Succession.

What is Regeneron’s antibody cocktail? Here’s what we know about Trump’s treatment. Trump is receiving a two-antibody combo drug that’s currently in late-stage studies from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. The company previously developed a successful treatment for Ebola using a similar approach. It’s given as a one-time treatment through an IV.

Trump Being Flown to Hospital, Given Experimental COVID-19 Drug. Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits,” while first lady Melania had a “mild cough and a headache,” the White House doctor said Friday afternoon. Trump received a single eight gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail “as a precautionary measure,” Conley said in a Friday afternoon memo. He’s also been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (an antihistamine and antacid), melatonin and daily aspirin. Regeneron’s antibody cocktail doesn’t have FDA approval but has emergency approval and near the end of its Phase 3 trials. It has been found to reduce the viral load and improve symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits,” while first lady Melania had a “mild cough and a headache,” Conley said.

How Fox News helped turn Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes into a right-wing media star. The Proud Boys’ violent, xenophobic founder, has appeared on the network dozens of times over the years.

Trump claims his tweet inspired US Marshals to kill suspect in shooting of right-wing protester in Portland.

THE PRESIDENT’S TAXES. LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE. The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.

Trump's former Coast Guard chief: 'Our constitutional rights are being infringed upon'. Retired Adm. Paul Zukunft said in an interview with Politico Thursday that Trump’s record shows he is unfit for office. "I've seen an insurgency, if you will, on our constitutional rights and more power being centralized at the executive level that has really divided our nation,” said Zukunft, who stepped down from his commanding role in June 2018. As part of his reasoning to support Biden, Zukunft also cited the 2019 government shutdown, which left the Coast Guard’s more than 40,000 active-duty members without pay for months. He also voiced concerns about Trump’s hesitancy to accept scientific reports on the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change. Zukunft on Thursday joined nearly 500 other former top officials of the group National Security Leaders for Biden in signing a letter that argued Trump “has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office” and “cannot rise to meet challenges large or small.” “Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the group wrote in the letter. The former officials added that “while some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values.”

As the U.S. hits 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Trump tells an Ohio rally the coronavirus 'affects virtually nobody'.

Trump's ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill: US increasingly seen as 'object of pity'. "We are increasingly seen as an object of pity, including by our allies, because they are so shocked by what's happening internally, how we're eating ourselves alive with our divisions," Fiona Hill, who was a witness in the Trump impeachment hearings, told CNN's Jim Sciutto on Tuesday during the Citizen by CNN 2020 conference. "We're the ones who are creating all this. It's not the Russians or the Chinese or anyone else. We are doing this to ourselves." Asked whether the US is still seen as a model, Hill replied, "Unless we get our domestic act together, no." Her comments come on the heels of a recent Pew Research Center survey among 13 nations that found America's reputation has declined further over the past year among its key allies, with part of the decline linked to the United States' response to the coronavirus pandemic. "What is really eroding our standing is what people are seeing happening here in the United States," Hill, who was a national security adviser until she left the administration last summer, told CNN on Tuesday. She said it's the "bungled handling of Covid, on top of race relations, on top of our political polarization and the spectacles that we're presenting to the outside world is what's really pushing all of this."

Politics Podcast: Trump Refuses To Commit To A Peaceful Transfer Of Power. When asked on Wednesday, President Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November. In this emergency installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses ways that Trump could subvert the results of the election and how his rhetoric affects American democracy.

McConnell tells 'Fox News @ Night' there will be 'orderly transfer of power' if Trump loses election. Election 'no reason to dodge our responsibility' on SCOTUS nominee, McConnell tells Shannon Bream.

Trump Preached White Supremacy in Minnesota, America Barely Noticed. Touting “the racehorse theory” and the superiority of the genes of white Minnesotans, Trump explicitly embraced eugenics.

Trump, archived September 22, 2020

President Donald Trump essentially flipped the finger at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, delivering a speech just seven minutes long—not quite half his allotted time, possibly the shortest U.N. address by a major leader ever—in a monotonously hectoring tone that didn’t bother paying even lip service to the body’s international ideals. In the speech (which, like those of most other leaders this year, was prerecorded remotely), Trump railed at China for spreading the COVID-19 pandemic and for ravaging the environment, claiming that the United States last year lowered carbon emissions more steeply than any other country but gets no credit for it. He boasted that he had eliminated ISIS “100 percent.” He claimed that NATO is stronger than ever and that new American weapons are “at an advanced level like we’ve never had before, like we’ve never even thought of before,” and claimed that, with this new strength, America is “fulfilling its destiny as a peacemaker,” citing the deals struck between Serbia and Kosovo as well as the “landmark peace deals” involving Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. “There is no blood in the sand,” he said, citing a common description of Middle Eastern politics. “Those days are hopefully over.”

Super PAC American Bridge posts Pence oppo book online for free ahead of debates. The document paints Pence as "a right-wing ideologue" against the middle class.

‘It’s a big, big swing’: Trump loses ground with white voters. The president is running well behind his 2016 pace with the demographic that sent him to the White House. In Minnesota, where the contest between Trump and Joe Biden had seemed to tighten in recent weeks — and where both candidates stumped on Friday — a CBS News/YouGov survey last week had Trump running 2 percentage points behind Biden with white voters, after carrying them by 7 points in 2016. Even among white voters without college degrees — Trump’s base — the president was far short of the margin he had against Hillary Clinton. It’s the same story in Wisconsin, where Trump won noncollege-educated white women by 16 percentage points four years ago but is now losing them by 9 percentage points, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. In Pennsylvania, Biden has now pulled even with Trump among white voters, according to an NBC News/Marist Poll.

“Now we’re counting on the federal court system to make it so that we can actually have an evening where we know who wins. Not where the votes are going to be counted a week later or two weeks later,” he said at a rally in North Carolina Saturday.

On Fox & Friends, Trump repeats Tucker Carlson’s claim that Justice Ginsburg didn't actually say her “most fervent wish” was for the next president to replace her.

Trump: Making America polluted again. With America’s COVID-19 death toll closing in on 200,000, a recent Pew public opinion poll in major countries showing a sharp decline in respect for America, American travelers barred from most foreign destinations, the economy in a deep recession, and the largest U.S. trade deficit since the Bush administration, Donald Trump does not seem to have made America “great again.” His persistence in rolling back environmental regulations and preventing action to address climate change, however, is making America polluted again — which is far from great. Trump’s actions not only make America dirtier and Americans less healthy, they also hurt the economy and future generations. For example, Trump has consistently sought to protect coal and coal-fired power plants. The plants promote climate change and tie regions to old technologies. The future lies with clean energy and the innovative technologies that produce and support it. America’s global competitors, as well as major foreign oil companies, are investing in these future technologies, as Trump works to keep the American economy, which is a natural innovator, tied to old and damaging energy technologies. Record global heat waves, melting ice caps, unprecedented wildfires in the U.S., Australia, and the Arctic Circle, and increasingly severe storm systems demonstrate the climate is changing now, not some time in the future; nonetheless, Trump has renounced the Paris Climate Agreement, cut government funding for climate related research, inhibited information sharing with the public, rolled back efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and empowered climate deniers. The cascading impacts of a changing climate will reshape American coastal geography, pummel our national security infrastructure, create domestic climate migrants, damage the economy, and leave future generations wondering how the American people could have elected someone who would work against solving such an obvious and catastrophic problem. But that is Donald Trump: a man whose election slogan talks about American greatness, but whose actions and policies reverse American environmental progress and will ultimately produce hardship for future generations — our grandchildren and their children.

Trump’s Saturday Night Rally Was a Super-Spreader of Stupidity. September 19, 2020. During the bizarre event, the president continued to spread his oft-repeated lie that Joe Biden is using performance-enhancing drugs, saying, “They give him a big fat shot in the ass”

Donald Trump Wanted to Keep This Video Deposition Secret. We Got a Copy. He and his lawyer hoped to prevent this footage from the Trump University fraud case from “getting into the hands of the media.”

President Trump pressed his case Thursday that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda hostile to the nation’s Founding Fathers, describing efforts to educate students about racism and slavery as an insult to the country’s lofty founding principles. Trump, speaking before original copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, characterized demonstrations against racial injustice as “left-wing rioting and mayhem” that “are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools. It’s gone on far too long.”

On Thursday, Donald Trump pulled himself away from Twitter for a few brief moments to speak at the White House History Conference on the topic of American history and pedagogy, two things he knows very little about. Trump slurred throughout the entire event, perhaps out of drunkenness or just a bad denture day. He used the moment as a chance to hit at all his usual enemies, railing, once again, against the removal of Confederate statues. Trump also accused the “radical left” of attempting to bully the American people into “turning their back on their heritage and even their way of life,” which is precisely what we’re trying to do, but rude that he would make it sound like a bad thing.

'It felt like tentacles': the women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Allegations against president span decades, with Amy Dorris at least the 26th woman to come forward.

  1. Ivana Trump (1989)
  2. Jill Harth (1992)
  3. E. Jean Carroll (1995 or 1996)
  4. Summer Zervos (2007)
  5. Alva Johnson (2019)
  6. Jessica Leeds (1980s)
  7. Kristin Anderson (1990s)
  8. Lisa Boyne (1996)
  9. Cathy Heller (1997)
  10. Temple Taggart McDowell (1997)
  11. Karena Virginia (1998)
  12. Karen Johnson (early 2000s)
  13. Mindy McGillivray (2003)
  14. Jennifer Murphy (2005)
  15. Rachel Crooks (2005)
  16. Natasha Stoynoff (2005)
  17. Juliet Huddy (2005 or 2006)
  18. Jessica Drake (2006)
  19. Ninni Laaksonen (2006)
  20. Cassandra Searles (2013)
  21. Mariah Billado, Victoria Hughes, and three other Miss Teen USA contestants (1997)
  22. Bridget Sullivan (2000)
  23. Tasha Dixon (2001)
  24. Unnamed contestants (2001)
  25. Samantha Holvey (2006)
  26. Amy Dorris (1997)

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Video highlights Trump's sexual obsession with young girls.

U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly. Ratings for Trump remain poor. Since Donald Trump took office as president, the image of the United States has suffered across many regions of the globe. As a new 13-nation Pew Research Center survey illustrates, America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners. In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago.

The People v. Donald J. Trump The criminal case against him is already in the works — and it could go to trial sooner than you think.

235 former military leaders support Trump, warn 'our historic way of life is at stake' Retired Army and Air Force generals and Navy admirals are among those who signed the letter. no link to the letter or list of names.

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump campaign ad. A group of Black church leaders is preparing to release a statement condemning an ad from the Trump campaign as complicit in inciting "white terrorism" in the U.S. because it links Black churches to violent protesters.

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Janet Holbrook: Lies are central to President Trump’s reelection campaign. Don’t believe them. | COMMENTARY Lies, damn lies and statistics sums up the GOP convention and Presient Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Some lies are so ludicrous that they are trivial. Who believes Dan Scavino, Trump’s former caddie now presidential adviser, when his speech at the convention includes: “I wish you could be at his side with me to see his endless kindness to everyone he meets." I guess Scavino wasn’t at Arlington Cemetery with John Kelly or at the CIA when Trump gave a speech at the memorial wall or at the NATO meeting where Trump elbowed past the prime minister of Montenegro. Or listened to his countless insults of whomever he feels threatened by. His rudeness is endless. More substantial were lies told by former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and repeated by Economic Council Chair Larry Kudlow and others. Haley said: “Trump has brought our economy back ...” Back to what, a recession? Trump took over a growing economy that is now in recession. Kudlow repeated essentially the same lie the next night. And people seem to believe it, the only net favorable rating the president achieves is for running the economy. Trump’s economic leadership is a big lie. He inherited a growing economy and rode the wave. He may have juiced the wave some with the 2017 tax cuts but the momentum was already there. Choose your favorite curve, there are no stark inflection points; rate of growth in GDP has been less than 3% since 2005. In Trump’s best year, 2018, GDP growth was 2.9%, well under his 6% promises, and it declined to 2.3% in 2019. Where is the economic wizardry?

‘I Moved on Her Very Heavily’: Story by E. Jean Carroll

NYT Reporter Booted From Trump Rally After Posting About Maskless Attendees

Trump makes wild claims about revitalizing auto industry at Michigan rally.

Trump said he didn't have responsibility to understand pain of Black Americans: 'No, I don't feel that at all' President Trump said he doesn’t feel a responsibility “at all” to try to have a better understanding of the pain Black Americans feel, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward. His comment came during an interview he had with Woodward on June 19, just weeks after the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May sparked months of widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism. In the discussion, which is one of nearly 20 interviews between Woodward and Trump that are referenced in the journalist’s book "Rage," according to The Washington Post, Woodward presses the president about race. At one point, the journalist – after pointing out a number of similarities Trump and he share, like race and age – suggests to the president that they have a duty to try have a better understanding of the “the anger and pain” Black Americans feel. In response, Trump reportedly says, “No … You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.”

Woodward book: Trump privately called COVID-19 ‘deadly’ early on, boasted of secret weapons system. The Post reported Wednesday on passages from the book, 'Rage'

Donald Trump says that he’s “taking the high road” by refusing to meet with Democrats about providing additional rounds of coronavirus relief to the American people. Does “taking the high road” mean being high? Because then this makes sense. The President announced his antipathy for his suffering, broke, and covid-afflicted populace during what NBC News described as a “meandering” Labor Day press conference at the White House on Monday. “I am taking the high road,” Trump said of deciding not to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “I’m taking the high road by not seeing them. That’s the high road. Yeah. And if I thought it made a difference or would make a difference, I’d do it in a minute.” Switching gears, he then attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden, calling him a “stupid person.”

Trump Claims ‘Sophisticated Friends’ Say He’s ‘Most Innocent’ President Ever. Adding to a delusional Labor Day, Pence said, “America is respected in the world again”. Trump went on to disparage Joe Biden, calling him a “stupid person” and then acted stupidly himself by getting annoyed at one reporter for asking him a question while wearing a mask and praised another for not wearing one.

Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military.

Multiple boats sink during Trump Boat Parade on Lake Travis.

A Fox News reporter staunchly defended her work Saturday after President Donald Trump demanded she be fired for confirming parts of The Atlantic’s bombshell story revealing the president’s insults about military service members. “I can tell you that my sources are unimpeachable,” Fox News’ national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin said on-air (in the video above). “I feel very confident with what we have reported at Fox.” She didn’t confirm “every line” of the report, but did confirm “most of the descriptions and the quotes in that Atlantic article ... so I feel very confident in my reporting,” Griffin said. She also discovered as part of her reporting that Trump had once said that including “wounded guys” would not be a “good look” at a Fourth of July parade honoring the military, according to a source.

WHAT TRUMP DID INSTEAD OF VISITING GRAVES OF MARINES: After canceling his trip to the French cemetery, @POTUS ordered several pieces of art removed from the U.S. ambassador to France's residence & loaded onto Air Force 1 to bring back to the @WhiteHouse Trump fancied several of the pieces in the U.S. ambassador’s historic residence in Paris, where he was staying, and on a whim had them removed and loaded onto Air Force One, according to people familiar with the matter. The works -- a portrait, a bust, and a set of silver figurines -- were brought back to the White House. The art, worth about $750,000 according to one of the people familiar with the episode, was loaded aboard Air Force One while Trump visited another cemetery before the flight back to Washington. In an “Antiques Roadshow” moment, Wengraf described the figurines as “20th century fakes of wannabe 17th century sculptures,” and of little value.

President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” OMB director Russell Vought, in a letter Friday to executive branch agencies, directed them to identify spending related to any training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” or any other material that teaches or suggests that the United States or any race or ethnicity is “inherently racist or evil.” The memo comes as the nation has faced a reckoning this summer over racial injustice in policing and other spheres of American life. Trump has spent much of the summer defending the display of the Confederate battle flag and monuments of Civil War rebels from protesters seeking their removal, in what he has called a “culture war” ahead of the Nov. 3 election. “The President has a proven track record of standing for those whose voice has long been ignored and who have failed to benefit from all our country has to offer, and he intends to continue to support all Americans, regardless of race, religion, or creed,” he added. “The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government.”

Trump, speaking at a press briefing Friday evening, made the comments after being asked about a report in The Atlantic about the president making disparaging remarks about fallen U.S. service members in France in 2018 — an account that the White House has fiercely denied. Trump dismissed the Atlantic as a “second-rate magazine” and went on to skewer reporters who asked Biden questions following an event in Wilmington, Del., earlier Friday afternoon. “I watched the interview with sleepy Joe Biden and … you didn’t ask questions like that,” Trump said. “They were like, meant for a child. Those questions were meant for a child. Smiles on faces of reporters — not like you and you," the president said, looking at reporters in the briefing room. "They were smiles on the reporters. What do you think? Take a look at those questions that they asked him. They were not meant for a grown up, they were meant for a child.” “I look at that and I think it's a disgrace,” Trump continued, referencing the report in the Atlantic. “And then I watch Biden getting asked questions that are really meant for a child to answer, anybody could answer. and I look at the level of question that you people ask. I mean honestly, it’s disgraceful.” Trump has long attacked the media as unfair and in cahoots with the Democratic party. On Friday, he suggested that the piece in the Atlantic was a “hoax” and published deliberately to hurt his reelection chances.

Did Trump call US war dead “losers” and “suckers”? The controversy, explained. It’s the word of reporters relaying what unnamed people are saying against the word of untrustworthy people being open about where they stand.

Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’. The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic. When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true. Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed. Belleau Wood is a consequential battle in American history, and the ground on which it was fought is venerated by the Marine Corps. America and its allies stopped the German advance toward Paris there in the spring of 1918. But Trump, on that same trip, asked aides, “Who were the good guys in this war?” He also said that he didn’t understand why the United States would intervene on the side of the Allies. Trump’s understanding of concepts such as patriotism, service, and sacrifice has interested me since he expressed contempt for the war record of the late Senator John McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in 2015 while running for the Republican nomination for president. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Trump orders Barr to defund 'anarchist jurisdictions'— Seattle, NYC, Portland, Washington DC

Even former Gov. Rick Snyder can't stand 'bully' Trump and is endorsing Biden. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a lifelong Republican whose administration is responsible for poisoning Flint’s water supply, thinks President Donald Trump doesn’t have the moral character to serve the nation. In a scathing op-ed in The USA Today, Snyder calls Trump a “bully” who “lacks a moral compass” and “ignores the truth.” Snyder said he’s met Biden and plans to vote for him. “He has shown the desire to heal a deeply divided nation; has demonstrated strong moral character and empathy; and he seems willing to listen to people who have different perspectives from his own,” Snyder wrote.

Trump calls for review to cut funding to cities with 'lawless' protests. My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today. “My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump stated according to a copy of the memo shared by the White House. “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities,” he added. Attorney General William Barr is also directed to publish on the Department of Justice website a list identifying “anarchist jurisdictions,” defined as state and local jurisdictions “that have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities,” according to the memo. Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought said the review will help ensure federal resources “flowing to lawless cities aren’t being squandered.” “The lack of law and order surrounding these riots, and response from local leadership, is a dereliction of duty. Our men and women in blue cannot be handcuffed by local leadership in their efforts to respond to riots and protect their fellow citizens,” Vought said in a statement.

One night after accepting the Republican nomination, Donald Trump resumed campaigning for reelection as though the coronavirus pandemic was a thing of the past, rallying hundreds of supporters at an airport hangar. But with the virus looming over the race, the president for the first time acknowledged even the theoretical possibility of defeat. “If Biden wins, which I honestly can’t believe would happen, I will have lost to a low IQ individual,” Trump told a boisterous crowd in the low hundreds gathered at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. His standing position has been that “the only way we're going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” The president’s supporters stood shoulder to shoulder, most not wearing face masks that health experts say can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 181,000 Americans. On Friday, more than 45,000 new cases were reported in the U.S.

8 juicy details from the new Melania Trump tell-all book. For his inauguration, the president wanted a North Korean-style military parade, right down to the “goose-stepping troops and armored tanks.” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s new book “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” reveals that Melania wanted to block Ivanka’s face from appearing in photos of Donald Trump taking the oath of office, in a maneuver dubbed “Operation Block Ivanka.” (The operation was mostly successful.)

Trump Advisers: He Was ‘Triggered’ by Talk of White Supremacy. Two disaffected officials describe a president who simply didn’t want to hear things he thought were bad for him. Two former top Homeland Security officials in the Trump administration have told The Daily Beast that there was an unwritten policy to not utter phrases like “domestic terrorism” and “white supremacy” around the president, for fear that he would take such conversations as implicit criticism of him. The directives, said Elizabeth Neumann, previously assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security for counterterrorism and threat prevention, were never formalized. But both she and Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at DHS, say that they were explicitly told by White House brass not to use such phrases or terms around Trump. “Following the El Paso mass-shooting last year, the White House was looking to find a way to show that they were handling the situation,” Neumann, who worked on countering extremism and domestic terror, recalled. “I was advised by senior officials in the White House at the time that I should couch this in terms of countering violence, rather than countering domestic terrorism or white supremacy, when discussing it at the White House or in front of the president… The subtext was clear, that by using those words, we would be distracting the president from the core issue.”

The five most terrifying performances by women at the RNC – ranked! When it comes to hypocrisy, bigotry and lack of a moral compass, the women in Trump’s inner circle are on an undeniably equal footing with the men.

Donald Trump's answer on what he would do in a 2nd term is literally unintelligible. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Updated 10:56 AM ET, Fri August 28, 2020

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Gavin Newsom’s ex-wife takes on California in Republican National Convention speech. Kimberly Guilfoyle, senior advisor for the Trump campaign said the Democrats have turned California into a "land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes" during her Monday speech at the RNC. Kimberly Guilfoyle, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife when he was mayor of San Francisco, told the Republican convention Monday Democrats had turned her ex-husband’s state “into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes.” Guilfoyle is now dating Donald Trump Jr., son of the president. She and Newsom, who became mayor in 2003, divorced in 2006, saying a bicoastal relationship had taken a toll on their marriage.


Trump's 50-point plan for a second-term is impressively hollow and meaningless.

Trump campaign unveils convention speakers, POTUS to speak every night. Here is the list of convention speakers.

The 8 most sensational quotes from secret recordings of Trump's sister. The candid rebukes of the president by Maryanne Trump Barry were published by the Washington Post on Saturday.

How a day trip to Tulsa in June upended @realDonaldTrump re-election campaign. My long read via @bbcnews

"The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention." DJT. This is such an absurd lie. The full pledge was said at the beginning of each day. Ginning up this kind of "godless panic" to get votes is shameful. The video of all four nights is online.

Nope, President Trump Can’t Send Troops or Law Enforcement to Your Polling Place. Of course, he could just ignore federal criminal law and the Constitution. In his seemingly endless efforts to thwart a robust democratic participation in November’s election, on Thursday night President Trump told Sean Hannity that he planned to send law enforcement to polling places on election day. He told the Fox News host, “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement. And we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals.”

Pence: "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order." Trump: "And White people too."

Fox News heaps praise on Michelle Obama's DNC speech: 'She really flayed, sliced and diced Donald Trump'. Michelle Obama wrapped up the first night of the first ever virtual Democratic National Convention Monday with a scathing speech, in which she slammed the Trump White House for its “chaos, division,” and “lack of empathy,” and urged voters to vote for Joe Biden like their lives depend on it. She also made it clear that she doesn’t believe Donald Trump is up to the task of being president. Following the speech, a panel on Fox News heaped praise on the former first lady and her speech. The Daily Briefing host Dana Perino was less than impressed with what the rest of the convention had to offer, but the same can’t be said for how she felt about Obama’s speech. “You’ve just got the sense that when you talk about authenticity, she has it in spades,” Perino said. “She has that voice, she has clarity and she knows what she’s out there wanting to do. And she was trying to get everybody to really focus, and then she had a call to action: Ask for your ballot tonight. I think that the DNC, if they look over the course of the night, the first virtual convention of our history, I think they would say that Michelle Obama stuck the landing.”

Former DHS official: Trump wanted to withhold California wildfire money for political reasons. In a new ad by Republican Voters Against Trump, Miles Taylor also endorses Joe Biden and says the president tried to separate families to deter immigration.

Trump: 'The only way we are going to lose this election is if the election is rigged'. Trump on Monday further cast doubt on the U.S. election process, claiming falsely that the only way he would lose in November is if the election is “rigged.” Trump made the remark at the end of a speech to supporters in Oshkosh, Wis., Monday afternoon as he implored them to vote. It follows months of Trump claiming without evidence that widespread mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic would invite fraud into the election. “We have to win the election. We can’t play games. Go out and vote. Do those beautiful absentee ballots or just make sure your vote gets counted. Make sure, because the only way we are going to lose this election is if the election is rigged,” Trump told the group of supporters at the outdoor campaign event. “Remember that. It’s the only way we’re going to lose this election, so we have to be very careful. The only way they’re going to win is that way. And we can’t let that happen,” Trump said.

Democrats “want death and destruction,” former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview the day before the start of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. “I think this week is going to be great for the Trump campaign and the RNC [Republican National Convention] and the White House to let the American people see exactly what the [Democrats'] policies are,” Bannon told host Maria Bartiromo. He then explained that Democrats “want death and destruction.” “They want the death of the American economy and the destruction of the American way of life, and I think if that’s highlighted by the end of the week, it’ll smoke Joe Biden out of his basement,” Bannon continued.

Trump campaign senior adviser Steve Cortes dismissed the conspiracy theory questioning Kamala Harris' eligibility for vice president as a "non-starter" on Sunday after President Trump came under fire for failing to reject the unfounded and widely refuted claim. "He [Trump] made it clear in his press conference yesterday. He said 'this is not an issue that we are going to be pursuing,'" Cortes told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.


The Most Tremendous Reelection Campaign in American History Ever Inside the chaotic, desperate, last-minute Trump 2020 reboot. Brad Parscale is six-foot-eight with a dagger of a beard and thorns for ears that give his head the shape of a spiked club, like a medieval morning star. So you can’t really miss him.

'Do you regret all your lying?' White House reporter's question startles Trump. SV Dáte takes the president to task for repeated untruths but is quickly cut off. Speaking to the Guardian, Dáte said that he asked the question because it was the first time that he had had the chance. “I don’t know why he called on me, because I’ve tried to ask him before [in March] and he’s cut me off mid-question. Maybe he didn’t recognise me this time,” he said. “You know, he has this group of folks that he normally asks questions of.” It was Dáte’s turn on White House in press pool, and so he had a prominent seat. “I had always thought that if he ever did call on me, this is the one thing that is really central to his presidency,” he said.

Michael Cohen releases explosive foreword to Trump book. Trump's former personal attorney makes astonishing new allegations in foreword to tell-all memoir". From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the president’s rise—I was an active and eager participant."

A Trump Trip to Las Vegas Adds Intrigue to the Steele Dossier. By Jane Mayer March 13, 2018.

I (still) believe the president, and in the president. Opinion by George T. Conway III

The Trump Pandemic. A blow-by-blow account of how the president killed thousands of Americans. By WILLIAM SALETAN AUG 09, 20207:00 PM

Have Female Reporters Got Trump on the Run? Once again, a tough question ends with the president shutting down a briefing. Trump threw such a fit on Saturday when CBS News reporter Paula Reid launched a volley of questions about why he once again took credit for passing a veterans program that the Obama administration pushed through in 2014. In late July, the same fight-or-flight response turned to flight again when CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins chased Trump with pointed, persistent questions about his retweets of a fringe doctor’s theories that masks were useless and hydroxychloroquine cured Covid-19. “OK, thank you very much everybody,” Trump said as he backed off, truncating the news conference. In May, it was CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and Collins again whose questions prompted Trump to crumble and skedaddle. And in April, when Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem barraged the president with Covid-19 questions, a flustered Trump threatened a walk-off. “If you keep talking, I’m going to leave and you can have it out with them”—meaning the other reporters—Trump said. Trump’s problems with female reporters have become a defining quality of his presidency. NBC News’ Katy Tur says Trump turned her into a “target“ during the campaign, and he feuded with Megyn Kelly while she was at Fox. In late March, when PBS NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindor pursued Trump with legitimate questions about Covid-19, he cut her off, ridiculed her, and said, “Don’t be threatening. Be nice.” Two weeks earlier, Trump had accused Alcindor of asking a “nasty“ question when her query about shrinking the White House national security staff was entirely above board.


“The current demographic base of the Republican Party under President Trump’s control will become a minority party for a generation if we don’t broaden that tent and start including people that don’t look like you and me,” Scaramucci said.

American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online. It wants other Democratic groups to have at it.

The Trump administration's decision to single out a handful of states that will not be required to pay a portion of National Guard costs amid the coronavirus pandemic has frustrated some governors who see politics at play. The White House formally extended federal funding and benefits for the Guard, known as Title 32 authority, on Monday after state leaders urged it to do so. States will now be required to cover 25 percent of the costs through the end of 2020 after the federal government had for months covered 100 percent of the costs. There were some exceptions, however. The White House announced Florida and Texas, two states hard hit by the coronavirus that are both led by Republican governors, would have their National Guard costs fully covered by the federal government for the rest of the year. Both states were among the first to reopen their economies after the coronavirus first shut down much of the economy. Both states are also critical to Trump's reelection bid. The White House on Friday extended 100 percent cost coverage for the National Guard in Arizona, California and Connecticut, but only through the end of September. The latter two are led by Democrats. Administration officials deny that politics played a role in which states got longer funding extensions.

Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call. Trump chided the Las Vegas mogul — a financial linchpin of his reelection effort — for not spending more. And now, he might not.

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax. Trump moved to continue paying a supplemental federal unemployment benefit for millions of Americans out of work during the outbreak. However, his order called for up to $400 payments, one-third less than the $600 people had been receiving. Congress allowed those higher payments to lapse on Aug. 1, and negotiations to extend them have been mired in partisan gridlock, with the White House and Democrats miles apart. “It’s $400 a week, and we’re doing it without the Democrats,” Trump said, asking states to cover 25% of the cost. Trump is seeking to set aside $44 billion in previously approved disaster aid to help states maintain supplemental pandemic jobless benefits, but Trump said it would be up to states to determine how much, if any of it, to fund, so the benefits could be smaller still. Many states have been facing budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic and would have difficulty assuming the new obligation. The previous unemployment benefit was fully funded by Washington.

Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine. At his request.

Guests at Trump club join audience for president's press conference. A reporter asked during the press conference about Trump's insistence that the virus will "disappear," noting that some of the patrons in his club were not abiding by social distancing guidelines. The guests began booing, and Trump jumped to their defense, calling it a "peaceful protest." "You can call it political activity but I’d call it a peaceful protest because they heard you were coming up, and they know the news is fake," Trump said. "They understand it better than anybody. They asked whether or not they can be here."

Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God. “He’s following the radical left agenda, take away your guns, destroy your 2nd Amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy, our kind of energy. I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio,” Trump said.

If Biden wins, the post-Trump corruption purge will have to be epic.

The 5 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments in Trump's Wild Axios Interview. “There are those that say, ‘You can test too much,’ you know that?”

Here are the eight most glaring things Trump said to reporter Jonathan Swan.

Lawyers for a Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday that it was justified in demanding them because of public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.” Trump’s lawyers last month said the grand jury subpoena for the tax returns was issued in bad faith and amounted to harassment of the president. Manhattan District Attorney District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. is seeking eight years of the Republican president’s personal and corporate tax records, but has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records, other than part of the investigation is related to payoffs made to women to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with Trump.

For four years, President Trump has held an iron grip over the Republican Party, basking in the warm glow of adulation from a base that follows his direction to punish critics and reward allies. But with polls showing an increasingly perilous path to reelection, there are new signs that his grip is loosening, as some Republicans begin to explore what the future of the Grand Old Party might look like once Trump becomes a lame duck or an ex-president. In interviews with more than a dozen strategists, party leaders and current and former members of Congress, Republicans said their party is searching for a new direction even before Trump leaves the stage. “His weaker poll numbers and off-the-wall tweets plus his flexible, day-to-day ideology empower and in some cases encourage dissent,” said Tom Davis, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “Politics is, above all, a game of survival, and his off-message remarks do not inspire confidence.” The search for a post-Trump direction is made more complicated by the universal acknowledgment that Trump will never truly be gone, even if he loses in November; his Twitter feed will still drive news coverage, and a potential deal to land a television network could give rise to a political force that would drive the conservative conversation for years to come. “Trump is not going to go away after he loses the election. He’s going to have a TV network,” said one operative close to Senate Republicans. “He’s going to be a protagonist again. He’s so comfortable in that role.”

Trump gets an education in the art of reversal. The president’s backdown in fighting with schools about their reopening marked the latest in a long line of failed red lines for Trump.

Trump heads to his own golf club as Covid-19 surges and jobless benefits expire. President makes 283rd golfing trip of his term, according to CNN count, as coronavirus death toll passes 153,000.

This devastating video encapsulates the Trump/GOP horror show in 3 minutes. A Boing Boing reader said this video by Juice Media is better than what The Lincoln Project is doing. I agree -- it's scarier and more entertaining than the Lincoln Project's videos. However, I think Juice Media's videos and the Lincoln Project videos are geared toward different audiences. The video above is designed to convert unlikely voters into Biden voters, while the Lincoln Project videos are for an audience of one, with a goal to demoralize and destabilize him.

Trump Might Try to Postpone the Election. That’s Unconstitutional. He should be removed unless he relents. By Steven G. Calabresi. Mr. Calabresi is a co-founder of the Federalist Society and a professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. I am frankly appalled by the president’s recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election. Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate. President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election. Doing so would be illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should never be elected to Congress again.

What the hell do you have to loose?

President Trump just admitted in a new interview that during his recent conversation with Vladimir Putin, he didn’t ask the Russian leader about the news that Russia might have paid bounties to Taliban-linked militias for the killing of U.S. troops. Because Trump is often so unabashedly shameless about his corrupt motives and his prioritizing of his own interests above all else, his efforts to justify his conduct frequently end up incriminating him further. That’s the case here as well — in a particularly troubling way. Asked by Axios’s Jonathan Swan if he brought up this issue in his July 23 call with Putin, Trump blithely said he had not. “No, that was a phone call to discuss other things,” Trump replied. “And frankly, that’s an issue that many people said was fake news.” Trump further confirmed: “I have never discussed it with him."

Teen models, powerful men and private dinners: when Trump hosted Look of the Year. In the early 90s, Donald Trump judged the world’s biggest modelling competition - since hit by allegations of abuse. This is how the people who were there remember itThree decades on, a very different picture of the competition is beginning to emerge. Over the last six months, the Guardian has spoken to several dozen former Look of the Year contestants, as well as industry insiders, and obtained 12 hours of previously unseen, behind-the-scenes footage. The stories we have heard suggest that Casablancas, and some of the men in his orbit, used the contest to engage in sexual relationships with vulnerable young models. Some of these allegations amount to sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation of teenage girls; others are more accurately described as rape.

Watchdog alleges Trump campaign illegally concealed $170 million in spending. The 81-page complaint, filed by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), alleges that former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale used a “pass-through” company to pay downstream vendors, including Trump campaign members, associates and family members.

Yankees surprised by Trump announcing plans to throw first pitch without invite: NYT. The New York Yankees were surprised when President Trump announced his plans to throw the first pitch at a game in August, The New York Times reported Monday. That's because the team hadn't invited the president, a person with knowledge of Trump's schedule told the Times. Trump's announcement, which reportedly also came as a surprise to White House staff, came hours before Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener against the Yankees. An official familiar with his reaction told the Times the president was annoyed about the media attention Fauci was receiving for the pitch. Trump directed staff to call Yankees officials to schedule a date for the first pitch, but a date wasn’t finalized. White House aides reportedly tried to inform Yankees officials that Trump was booked to throw the opening pitch on Aug 15. But the president ended up canceling his first pitch on Sunday, citing that he would be busy with meetings and other work related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump will not visit Capitol to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis.

Donald Trump says he won't attend John Lewis' memorial services.

Tear gas used to clear out peaceful protesters before Trump surprise church visit. The surprise visit to St. John’s Church near the White House came minutes after Trump threatened to send U.S. troops to cities to quell riots. June 1, 2020

Donald Trump's suburban horror show. If current numbers hold, the Republican Party will suffer its worst defeat in the suburbs in decades — with implications reaching far beyond November.

Trump reportedly clashes with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over spam texts. Campaign texts are annoying but legally murky territory. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is reportedly fighting cellphone carriers over the right to send Americans unsolicited texts. According to Business Insider, the campaign’s lawyers are in active talks with phone companies after a third-party screening tool blocked Trump texts in early July. The campaign alleges that screening the texts amounts to suppressing political speech, while carriers fear allowing them will result in fines for violating anti-spam rules. The 2020 election has brought a wave of text messages from across the political spectrum, particularly with the pandemic limiting in-person outreach. Many users didn’t opt in to these missives, and it’s unclear whether they violate federal laws meant to curb unwanted texts. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has imposed steeper fines for spammy and illegal robocalls. That’s reportedly put carriers on edge despite Trump’s campaign contending it’s not illegally automating texts.

The Committee To Defend The President, a pro-Trump super PAC, is returning a $1,000 political contribution from Earl Holt III, a white nationalist whose racist web posts were cited by the white man who killed nine Black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. A lawyer for the super PAC quickly said the funds were being returned after the group was alerted to the donation by NPR.

President Donald Trump resumed his coronavirus briefings on Tuesday, after having suspended them for weeks while the pandemic spread out of control across ever-wider swaths of the country. Unlike most of his performances during the first round of coronavirus briefings, this one featured no public health experts, corporate leaders, or other guest stars; it started only slightly late and was over in much less than an hour. After some pandemic discussion , one reporter changed the subject to ask about the accused child-sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, the companion and reported accomplice of the late Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2 and faces multiple charges relating to enticing and transporting minor victims for criminal sex. Did the president expect her to implicate any powerful men, like Britain’s Prince Andrew, in Epstein’s sex crimes? “I don’t know,” Trump replied. “I haven’t really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever is. I don’t know the situation with Prince Andrew, just don’t know. Not aware of it.” The president of the United States admitted to a longstanding relationship with an accused sex trafficker, and twice specified that he wished her well as she faces criminal charges. There were reportedly more than 1,000 new deaths nationally due to the coronavirus on Monday, the highest figure since the end of May.

“I’ll Be Right Eventually”: The Most Ridiculous Comments From Trump’s Fox News Interview. From blaming Fauci for Trump’s own lies to refusing to commit to accepting the election results.

Trump replaces campaign manager Brad Parscale, as polls show Biden ahead. Parscale will remain with the campaign as a senior adviser.

Trump Called 'Cancel Culture' the Definition of Totalitarianism. But He's Tried to Cancel All These People and Businesses. Trump has a long history of calling for the firing or boycotting of anyone he doesn't like. Here are more than 50 examples.

Trump, archived July 14, 2020

Trump's New Hampshire rally was canceled because of low attendance fears, say advisers. The Trump campaign canceled the president's planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire because of concerns that COVID-19 fears and a forecasted thunderstorm would lead to low attendance, people close to the campaign told NBC News. In its statement, the Trump campaign announcing the rally was being called off blamed a forecasted thunderstorm in the area and "safety reasons" for the decision. But officials told NBC that it was one of several factors that the campaign feared would lead to low attendance at the event, prompting the cancellation. "It's the perfect timing. The weather may have been dissuading people to attend, but many weren't coming to begin with because of the virus," an outside campaign adviser told the outlet.

Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term. “The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) — noting in an opinion column three days later that the president’s “attempt to use chaos to shred democratic safeguards and consolidate authoritarian power is deadly serious” — put it this way: “This is our own Reichstag fire and, yes, Trump is playing the role of would-be Fuehrer, proclaiming a ‘God-given signal’ to seize more power.” I first reported on Trump in 1982, when he conned me into putting him on the Forbes 400 rich list. That Trump was just a younger version of this Trump, and now I worry that what happened in June was a mere prelude; he’s certainly capable of a far worse Reichstag-fire-like event that would allow him to steal the 2020 election. And if he does win a second term, legitimately or not, his words and actions of the past four years provide 12 indicators that he would seek to replace our democracy with a fascist dictatorship.

Trump criticizes NASCAR ban on Confederate flags and attacks Black driver, NFL and MLB teams. The president’s tweet comes as Trump has embraced culture wars in an effort to revive his reelection prospects. “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump wrote on Twitter. “That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”

Trump is going all in on divisive culture wars. That might not work this time. Trump’s Independence Day fear-mongering about “far-left fascism” shows he doesn’t get his own base.

Trump returns to polarizing themes in Fourth of July address. President Donald Trump on Saturday railed against protesters, China and the media in an address marking America's Independence Day — typically a non-partisan celebration of national unity. Trump, whose address largely mimicked the tone of his stump speeches, continued his attacks on protesters he said are “lying” about American history by calling for the removal of statues and memorials celebrating slaveholders and colonial and Confederate figures. And similar to his speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump pledged to defend American monuments and the country’s “rich heritage.” “We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” the president said, assailing protesters as “anarchist agitators” who “have absolutely no clue what they are doing.” Trump devoted a portion of his address to rail at the media, which he claimed without evidence “falsely and consistently label their opponents as racists.” “When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America,” Trump said.

The Five Most Outrageous Things Trump Said at Mt. Rushmore. On Friday night, the eve of July 4th, President Trump used another one of his incendiary campaign rallies to stoke the flames of a culture war. In his remarks at the foot of Mount Rushmore, Trump bashed a so-called “left-wing cultural revolution” and “new far-left fascism” while delivering lines that would have been virtually indistinguishable from a script for Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. Here’s are some the most absurd, explosive, and outrageous things he said during the speech:

  1. There is a “new far-left fascism” in “corporate boardrooms.”
  2. He wants 10-year prison minimums for anyone who defaces statues.
  3. “The great Andrew Jackson.”
  4. He stoked the culture war by railing against a “left-wing cultural revolution.”
  5. He didn’t even mention the coronavirus.

Trump celebrates July Fourth at Mount Rushmore.

Eric Trump Deletes Tweet After Getting A Savage Reminder About His Father. Trump, a son of President Donald Trump, shared an image of former President Bill Clinton at the 2010 wedding of his daughter, Chelsea. Circled in the background was Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of late pedophile sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. She was arrested Thursday. “Birds of a feather,” Trump wrote as he shared the image.

Every Version of the Russian Bounties Story Looks Terrible for Trump. No matter what the president knew, and when he knew it, this is inexcusable.

Trump rally youth: 'Aunt Jemima was canceled… She was the picture of the American dream'. You never know what sort of racist gobbledygook is gonna splurt out of the mouth of Donald Trump and his human props. Trump uses racist 'Kung Flu' slur against Asians again, was 'coronavirus' too many syllables? On the day he gave this speech, 120,000 Americans have died of coronavirus. But he can't seem to say the word. Impeached and obviously unfit United States President Donald “Is it brain disease or Adderall?” Trump uses the term “Kung Flu” again, and says “COVID, COVID-19, COVID, I said what’s the 19. COVID-19, some people can’t explain the 19.”

Every once in a while, however, someone is able to break through the clutter -- and nail exactly what it is that makes Trump so unorthodox as president. Over the weekend, Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain's 2008 campaign for president, was that person in an interview on MSNBC. "Donald Trump has been the worst president this country has ever had. And I don't say that hyperbolically. He is. But he is a consequential president. And he has brought this country in three short years to a place of weakness that is simply unimaginable if you were pondering where we are today from the day where Barack Obama left office. And there were a lot of us on that day who were deeply skeptical and very worried about what a Trump presidency would be. But this is a moment of unparalleled national humiliation, of weakness. "When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don't use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We've never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities. "It's just astonishing that this man is president of the United States. The man, the con man, from New York City. Many bankruptcies, failed businesses, a reality show, that branded him as something that he never was. A successful businessman. Well, he's the President of the United States now, and the man who said he would make the country great again. And he's brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let's be clear. This isn't happening in every country around the world. This place. Our place. Our home. Our country. The United States. We are the epicenter. We are the place where you're the most likely to die from this disease. We're the ones with the most shattered economy. And we are because of the fool that sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk."

Here’s Trump Trashing 12 Of His “Best People” Who Then Spoke Out Against Him. From Jeff Sessions to John Bolton, the president has insisted he only hires "the best people." He tends to change his mind and insult them when they leave.

After his Tulsa fizzle, Trump's Arizona rally is a disaster waiting to happen. Size matters to this president and after Saturday’s humiliation, Trump will be looking to Arizona to help him relaunch his faltering campaign. Doesn’t even matter that Trump will speaking not in an arena but a 3,000-seat north Phoenix church. Gov. Doug Ducey is on the list of Arizonans who will be special guests at the Students for Trump event, as are Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar. Curiously not on the list: Sen. Martha McSally, who is badly trailing in the polls to Democrat Mark Kelly. Meanwhile, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has demonstrated similar spinal deficiencies as Ducey, telling reports on Sunday that the city won't be enforcing its mask requirement at Trump's event. “We are not going to be focused on enforcement during the rally,” Gallego told CNN.

How Trump rallygoers explain Black Lives Matter protests to their children. As police cars surged down Boulder Avenue with sirens blaring, Joshua Brown, 12, hawked an assortment of flags rising from a cart on the sidewalk with his father, Jeff Brown, 56. One flag depicted Trump as a sleeveless soldier carrying a blazing machine gun, similar to Rambo. Another read, “Trump 2020: Make Liberals Cry Again.” The best seller of the night: an Oklahoma flag with the Osage Nation buffalo-skin shield mashed up with the Confederate flag. “We’re capitalists,” the elder Brown said. “We offend everybody equally.” He said he once believed the Confederate flag represented slavery, though his thinking has evolved. “I have since learned a lot of other variations of the history,” he said. “I think that it’s allowed for people to have their own interpretations from their family and their experience.” “But Joshua’s going to have to form his own opinions,” Brown said. “In our family, we use our brains.”

Trump supporters, protesters face off outside Oklahoma rally. Trump campaign officials said protesters prevented the president's supporters from entering the stadium. Three Associated Press journalists reporting in Tulsa for several hours leading up to the president's speaking did not see protesters block entry to the area where the rally was held. Hundreds of demonstrators flooded the city's downtown streets and blocked traffic at times, but police reported just a handful of arrests. Many of the marchers chanted, and some occasionally got into shouting matches with Trump supporters, who outnumbered them and yelled, "All lives matter." Later in the evening, a group of armed men began following the protesters. When the protesters blocked an intersection, a man wearing a Trump shirt got out of a truck and spattered them with pepper spray. A woman who was arrested on live television was seen sitting cross-legged on the ground in peaceful protest when officers pulled her away by the arms and later put her in handcuffs. She said her name was Sheila Buck and that she was from Tulsa. Police said in a news release the officers tried for several minutes to talk Buck into leaving and that she was taken into custody for obstruction after the Trump campaign asked police to remove her from the area. Buck was wearing a T-shirt that said "I Can't Breathe" — the dying words of George Floyd, whose death has inspired a global push for racial justice. She said she had a ticket to the Trump rally and was told she was being arrested for trespassing. She said she was not part of any organized group.

Trump supporters were scared off from rally, adviser says. Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp said Sunday that protesters created a hostile environment and blocked supporters from attending the president's Saturday evening rally, though reporters on the ground said they saw no such altercations. Speaking with “Fox News Sunday“ host Chris Wallace, Schlapp said families were scared to bring their children to the Tulsa, Okla., rally and that attendees were unable to get to the stadium where Trump was speaking. "There were protesters who blocked the paths, and so we saw that have an impact in terms of people coming to the rally," Schlapp said. "But what was amazing, Chris, was the fact that over 5.3 million people watched it on all of our digital media channels.” Reporters who were at the rally said attendees had no difficulty getting into the venue. Six staffers at the Trump rally tested positive for coronavirus in the hours before the event.

Dejected President Trump takes The walk of shame returning to the Whitehouse.

OVERNIGHT: Defeated President Trump returns to Joint Base Andrews from Tulsa. He is holding a 'Make America Great Again' hat.

Trump Defended His Ability To Walk Down A Ramp At His First Rally During The Pandemic. Trump took 14 minutes of his campaign rally in Tulsa, where COVID-19 rates are on the rise, to insist he can walk down a ramp and drink water out of a cup. President Donald Trump spent more than 10 minutes bragging about his ability to walk down a ramp and drink water out of a glass during his Saturday campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise. The rally billed by the president's reelection campaign as a massive relaunch was instead marked by empty seats and familiar discursions. Ramps, though, have become a new fixation. "Anyway, that's a long story," Trump said after about 14 minutes of explaining what happened when he walked down a ramp after his speech to graduates at West Point the week before. "But here's the story. More the ramp than the water, but I have lived with the ramp and the water since I left West Point." Trump insisted in Tulsa that the conditions at West Point — namely the sun, the fatigue of saluting 600 cadets, and his leather shoes — were to blame for the viral video clips. About 13 minutes into his story, the president drank from a glass of water and was met with chants of "four more years" from a crowd far smaller than his campaign had advertised.

Six Trump campaign staffers working on Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus. Just hours before the President is expected to arrive in the state, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that "per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented." "No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today's rally or near attendees and elected officials," he said.

Trump rally: President and Pence drop plans to address outdoor Tulsa crowds amid reports of low attendance

Trump prepares for first campaign rally in months in Tulsa amid concerns about coronavirus, violence. President Trump on Saturday will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma to address what is likely to be a packed rally of supporters -- despite objections from local officials about the potential spread of the coronavirus, and fears that violence could break out as protesters as well as supporters flock to the event.

The autocracy of Donald J. Trump from the Washington Post. By Ann Telnaes JUNE 19, 2020

The 7 most disturbing allegations about Trump in John Bolton’s forthcoming book. What we’ve learned from the flurry of excerpts released Wednesday. Trump had some issues with the Constitution. Bolton claims in the book that Trump told China’s Xi that Americans wanted him to get rid of the two-term limit imposed on presidents by the US Constitution. Bolton also claims that Trump, apparently mad about leaks to the media coming from inside his administration, complained in 2019 that journalists should be jailed. Bolton says Trump said: “These people should be executed. They are scumbags.”

Bolton, in book, accuses Trump of 'obstruction of justice as a way of life,' asking China's Xi for 2020 help. Former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his upcoming 592-page memoir that President Trump regularly gives "personal favors to dictators he liked," backed the idea of more concentration camps in China, and asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him in the 2020 election, according to excerpts obtained and published by several media outlets. Meanwhile, the Justice Department wants a federal court to issue an order to Bolton “to notify his publisher that he was not authorized to disclose 'The Room Where It Happened.’" Bolton attorney Charles Cooper responded Tuesday night: “We are reviewing the government’s complaint, and will respond in due course.” The Trump administration has long contended that a manuscript of Bolton’s memoir contained classified information, but that the way the material was woven into the narrative would make a traditional “scrub” impossible. Sources told Fox News the classified information was “part and parcel” of the entire storyline. The memoir has been expected to claim that Trump’s “transgressions” went well beyond the Ukraine saga that led to his impeachment and alleged that “reelection calculations” drove the president’s major decisions, according to a press release for the book. “This is the book Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read,” the release stated. “Drawn from his personal participation in key events, and filled with perspective and humor, Bolton covers an array of topics -- chaos in the White House, sure, but also assessments of major players, the president’s inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process, and his dealings with allies and enemies alike, from China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, the UK, France and Germany,” the book's publisher said in a statement. Fox News' John Roberts and Andrew O'Reilly contributed to this report.

I spoke to doctors and people close to Trump this week. We're right to worry about his health. Dr James Merikangas, a board-certified neurologist and clinical professor of neuropsychiatry, said he immediately noticed problems with Trump’s movements when he saw the video of the president descending a ramp. “I predict when all this is over, we're going to find out that there have been some health scares and some medical issues that will pop our f**king eyes out,” he said.

At a Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, President Trump told veterans and guests that they shouldn't believe what they're reading about his administration or seeing on the news. "Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening," Trump said. "Just stick with us, don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news."

THE SILENT MAJORITY IS STRONGER THAN EVER!!! Reeling from a CNN poll showing him trailing former vice president Joe Biden by 14 points, President Trump on Sunday and Monday resuscitated a core argument he made during the 2016 campaign. He’s supported by more than half of the country, Trump insists — but some of those supporters refuse to tell anyone about it. What’s remarkable about this claim isn’t only that it lacks any evidence. What’s remarkable is that Trump has never, on any metric, demonstrated any actual majority support.

Analysis: As US Reckons Over Race, Trump Becomes a Bystander. He wasn’t in the pews of churches in Minneapolis or Houston to memorialize George Floyd, the black man whose death sparked protests across the country. He hasn’t spoken publicly about the ways Floyd’s death during a police arrest has shaken the conscience of millions of Americans of all races. And he’s dismissed the notion of systemic racism in law enforcement, repeatedly putting himself firmly on the side of the police over protesters. To some of the president's critics, Trump's rhetoric, the policies he has sought to implement in office, and the very fact of his election are central to the discussions over racism that are coursing through the country. Trump, who notably talked about there being “good people on both sides” of a clash between white supremacists and counter protesters during 2017 demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, has indeed appeared to embolden racist elements in America, though he has said he disavows white supremacists. White House advisers have grappled with the president’s role in this moment, particularly given that so many of the statements he has made following Floyd’s death have only escalated tensions, including his threats to send the military into states to quell protests. Some aides contemplated a national address on race, but felt there was little the president could say of consequence in this moment. “An address that demonstrated empathy, compassion, listening, conciliation, a way forward ... that wouldn’t be too late at all,” said Meena Bose, a presidential historian at Hofstra University. “A speech that doesn’t do that is maybe worse than no speech at all.” Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said a phone call from the president was “very brief” and the president “didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak.” Philonise Floyd praised a separate phone call he had with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who also met with the Floyd family in person and recorded a video message that played at Tuesday’s funeral service.

Former Trump adviser Jason Miller to join reelection campaign. Former Trump campaign aide Jason Miller is joining the president's reelection bid, a campaign official confirmed to The Hill on Friday. Miller served as a top adviser to the president during Trump's 2016 campaign and went on to work as the spokesman for the presidential transition. He is expected to focus on overall strategy in his new role. Miller has in recent months had a prominent role among conservatives as a co-host of War Room, which started as a radio broadcast alongside former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon. It was meant to serve as an outside defense of the president during the impeachment trial. The show has since shifted its focus to the coronavirus pandemic. He has previously advised Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign and former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R). A.J. Delgado, a former Trump campaign senior adviser whose affair with then-co-worker Miller produced a child, alleged in court documents obtained by Splinter that Miller had another affair with a woman he met in a strip club. Court documents claimed once Miller learned the unknown woman was pregnant, he slipped her an abortion pill without her knowledge, which allegedly led to the termination of the pregnancy.

George Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad. The one-minute spot, titled “Flag of Treason,” accuses Trump of turning a blind eye to use of Confederate iconography in support of him. “The men who followed this flag 150 years ago knew what it meant — treason against their country. The death of the United States,” the spot’s narrator says over images of the Confederate flag and numerous Confederate generals. “America defeated the men who followed that flag. Those with honor surrendered and cast it aside forever. So why does it keep showing up today at events supporting Donald Trump?” “President Trump’s co-opting of the Confederate Flag and relationships with known white nationalists like Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon and David Duke shows his true beliefs,” The Lincoln Project said in a statement.

Trump campaign taps new deputy campaign manager. The campaign has also promoted Stephanie Alexander, a regional director for the campaign, to chief of staff. “Bill Stepien and Stephanie Alexander bring decades of experience in political campaigns and also relentless dedication to President Trump and all that he aims to accomplish for the American people,” Parscale said in a statement. “As we enter the most important stretch of the campaign, it is important to have seasoned and steady people on our leadership team, each with their own strengths, and each with an unwavering focus on victory. Bill and Stephanie are already respected by everyone on Team Trump and I look forward to their assistance as we lead the team toward President Trump’s re-election in November," he added.

Trump faced fierce backlash for his praise of Henry Ford -- an influential anti-Semitic figure admired by Hitler -- as having "good bloodlines." The founder of Ford Motor Co. helped spread deeply anti-Semitic rhetoric and was considered by Hitler to be an inspiration.

'Obamagate' backfires: Documents show Biden, Obama acted properly. the evidence is abundantly clear: Obama — unlike Trump — was adamant about staying out of the FBI’s investigation into Flynn. Trump’s future acting attorney general remembered then-President Obama saying that he “did not want any additional information” on Flynn’s case. Even more to the point, Obama’s national security adviser noted that Obama was “not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective” regarding the Flynn probe. Instead, Obama told the FBI to proceed “by the book.” Obama, in essence, kept a wall of separation between the FBI and the presidency — as there should be. And just like that, unhinged conspiracy theories of a nefarious Obama-led, anti-Trump plot melt away.

President Trump called Barack Obama a "grossly incompetent" president after Obama criticized U.S. officials' handling of the coronavirus crisis. The president claimed he hadn’t heard his predecessor’s remarks criticizing U.S. leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, however, repeatedly attacked Obama throughout his eight years in office, and has continued to do so since winning the 2016 election. Most recently, Trump has been obsessed with pushing the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory, claiming — without evidence — that Obama led a “coup” to sabotage his presidency. When a Washington Post reporter last week asked Trump to explain “Obamagate,” the president refused. “You know what the crime is,” Trump said. “The crime is obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”

Trump Loses His Mother’s Day Mind Topping 100 Twitter Shares So Far. Trump’s tweet binge included a subtle: “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” message, blasting former president Obama and at least 100 more. via @RollingStone

A record number hold a strong opinion of Trump. Right now, most voters feel very strongly about Trump. We can see this in polls which ask voters whether they have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable view of him. If you average polls from late March onward from Grinnell College/Selzer and Company, Fox News and Monmouth University, 27% of voters have a very favorable view of Trump and 42% have a very unfavorable view of him. All told, 69% of voters have either a strongly favorable or unfavorable view of the President.

Trump on 'Noble' Prize tweets: 'Does sarcasm ever work?' I said to my wife just now, "This guy confused the Nobel Prize with the Pulitzer, misspelled it and then misspelled Hamburger" and without missing a beat she said, "Trump right?" He's so dumb that he is instantly recognized when someone does something so dumb.

Trump, archived Sunday, April 26, 2020

Home Alone at the White House: A Sour President, With TV His Constant Companion. As his administration grapples with reopening the economy and responding to the coronavirus crisis, President Trump worries about his re-election and how the news media is portraying him. Hope Hicks, a former communications director who rejoined the White House this year as counselor to the president, maintains his daily schedule. His former personal assistant, Johnny McEntee, now runs presidential personnel. Ms. Hicks and Mr. McEntee, along with Dan Scavino, the president’s social media guru who was promoted this week to deputy chief of staff for communications, provide Mr. Trump with a link to the better old days. The three are the ones outside advisers get in touch with to find out if it’s a good time to reach the president or pass on a message. Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s new chief of staff, is still finding his footing and adjusting to the nocturnal habits of Mr. Trump, who recently placed a call to Mr. Meadows, a senior administration official said, at 3:19 a.m. Mr. Meadows works closely with another trusted insider: Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and de facto chief of staff.

New Polls in 5 Swing States Are Looking Scary for Trump. Voters in state after state say they trust their own governors a lot more than the president to decide how to handle the novel coronavirus. Trump narrowly won Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to pull off his 2016 victory, but he’s trailing in all five states right now, according to a number of polls released in the past 24 hours. And if he loses them, he’ll lose a second term in office.

Liberal Karofsky wins Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky defeated conservative Justice Dan Kelly to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in results released Monday from last week’s chaotic spring election. The race was officially nonpartisan, but the high court has become heavily politicized in recent years. Liberal groups poured more than $2.4 million into the race for Karofsky, while conservatives spent more than $2.5 million for Kelly — who also drew President Donald Trump’s endorsement. Karofsky’s victory narrows the court’s conservative majority to 4-3 and gives liberals a shot at seizing control when the next seat comes open in 2023.

The briefings aren’t working: Trump’s approval rating takes a dip. Views of Trump’s coronavirus response are now breaking down along familiar lines of polarization. via @politico


Fred Guttenberg @fred_guttenberg Remember this @marcorubio? "For years to come, there are many people on the right, in the media & voters at large that are gonna be having to explain & justify how they fell into this trap of supporting Trump, because this is not gonna end well." VIDEO

Trump just comes out and says it: The GOP is hurt when it’s easier to vote. Trump, on expanding voting: “They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again."

Donald, I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to beat you and save our democracy. — Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) >March 1, 2020
I would find it hard to believe that failed presidential candidates Tom Steyer, or Mini Mike Bloombeg, would contribute to the Democrat Party, even against me, after the way they have been treated - laughed at & mocked. The real politicians ate them up and spit them out! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Crazy, chaotic Democrat Debate last night. Fake News said Biden did well, even though he said half of our population was shot to death. Would be OVER for most. Mini Mike was weak and unsteady, but helped greatly by his many commercials (which are not supposed to be allowed....during a debate). Pocahontas was mean, & undisciplined, mostly aiming at Crazy Bernie and Mini Mike. They don’t know how to handle her, but I know she is a “chocker”. Steyer was a disaster who, along with Mini, are setting records in $’s per vote. Just give me an opponent! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020

Trump mad that U.S. intel briefed lawmakers on Russian military attack on 2020 elections

READ: President Trump's State of the Union address February 04, 2020

Demolishing the Trump campaign's holiday guide to debating liberal 'snowflakes'

Trump Thinks Supporters Need Website to School ‘Liberal Snowflakes’ at Christmas. “This year, don’t let them get away with it,” Trump’s campaign manager tweeted. The site also wants Trump supporters to know that they understand how tough they have it, especially this time of year, writing, “Holidays are rough – especially when Democrats and liberal members of your family try and tell you fake news media spun lies about President Trump and his accomplishments.” The site reminds supporters that although there will be good times during their visits with family and friends, liberals in denial of Trump’s greatness will always be around to spoil things, writing, “Family holidays. Full of love. Full of laughter. And full of the inevitable conversations with the family liberal who just does not want to believe how great America is doing with President Trump in office.” via @RollingStone

Trump campaign encourages supporters to confront their ‘snowflake’ relatives. A new website is intended to help his fans triumph in holiday arguments. “We know that at Christmas and holiday time, there’s always that liberal snowflake relative who starts an argument and then runs and hides,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted. “This year, don’t let them get away with it.” "Nothing says Merry Christmas like hurling insults at relatives," responded former DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee. via @pol

Trump campaign plagued by groups raising tens of millions in his name. Outside entities are raising huge money in Trump's name, despite disavowals from the campaign, and spending little of it on 2020. The groups mimic Trump’s brand in the way they look and feel. They borrow the president’s Twitter avatar on Facebook pages, use clips of Trump’s voice in robocalls asking for “an emergency contribution to the campaign” and, in some cases, have been affiliated with former Trump aides, such as onetime deputy campaign manager David Bossie. But most are spending little money to help the president win in 2020, POLITICO found. via @politico

Trump has concluded his longest rally speech ever, which was also one of most bitter and most rambling. Tweet thread here: Trump is holding a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Quotes and fact checks in this thread. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) December 18, 2019

Trump on removal of protester at rally: 'We don't want to be politically correct'. Trump became noticeably frustrated after a woman wearing a black knit "#MeToo" hat and carrying a "grabbing power back" sign disrupted his speech. After stepping a way from the lectern, Trump returned to microphone and repeatedly stated, "get her out." Video shared on social media showed the woman walking around in circles and shouting as a security guard tried to contain her. Security eventually escorted her out of the arena. Footage showed one rally attendee attempting to snatch her sign as she neared an exit.

Trump in a landslide? This historically accurate model predicts exactly that. According to Moody’s Analytics, Trump is headed toward another four years in the White House. And, if the numbers are right, it won’t even be close. In fact, his Electoral College victory could very well be wider than the 304-227 margin he enjoyed over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Since 1980, Moody’s has managed to nail the outcome every time but once — like many, it didn’t see Trump coming. “Under the current Moody’s Analytics baseline economic outlook, which does not forecast any recession, the 2020 election looks like Trump’s to lose,” the authors wrote. “Democrats can still win if they are able to turn out the vote at record levels, but, under normal turnout conditions, the president is projected to win.”

Raw, angry, uncensored: Welcome to Trump's impeachment-era campaign. The president's latest rallies show a bare-knuckled approach the likes of which voters have never seen before. via @politico

Trump campaign 'still hasn't paid security bills for rallies to at least six cities'. Events racked up more than $600,000 in outstanding bills for security and city services.

Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies’ wake. Cities across the country say the president’s campaign has failed to reimburse them for law enforcement costs. via @politico

'Welcome to Minneapolis': Trump rally roils liberal bastion, October 09, 2019 Trump traded Twitter insults with the Minneapolis mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday’s rally at a downtown arena. He denounced Jacob Frey as a “Radical Left” lightweight and blasted the Democrat for a police policy banning officers from wearing their uniforms in support of political candidates. He sprinkled in a reference to his favorite foil — the city’s Rep. Ilhan Omar — just for good measure. “Yawn,” Frey tweeted back. “Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.” It was just a warmup to Trump’s first campaign rally since being engulfed in the swirl of an impeachment investigation, an event expected to pack an extra punch. Heading to Omar’s home turf, a liberal outpost in the Midwest, Trump quickly stirred up passions and partisanship as few politicians can.

Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies’ wake. In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies. via @politico

Donald Trump's Minneapolis rally to be met with mass protests: "'America First' is a racist lie" Members from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union will hold demonstrate against Trump's political rally in a protest at the Target Center from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

Trump re-election campaign targeted by Iran-linked hackers: sources

‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump via @politico

At the California GOP convention this weekend President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told a crowd of enthusiastic supporters that he believes “the Trumps will be a dynasty that lasts for decades. I think they’re all amazing people,” Brad Parscale said of Don Jr., Ivanka and Jared. via @RollingStone

Think Trump Can’t Win In 2020? These Bikers Want To Change That. In the chaos of the 2016 election, Chris Cox forged a political machine out of an unlikely demographic — one that helped Trump reach the White House and is determined to keep him there. via @jhensonpogue

A crowd of dozens turned out for the president's son and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Trump 2020 press secretary: President has never lied to American people. President Donald Trump’s campaign press secretary got into a heated debate with CNN’s Chris Cuomo last night when she said she does not believe the president has ever told a lie. Leaving Cuomo stunned, Kayleigh McEnany said firmly and repeatedly that President Donald Trump 'doesn’t lie. The press lies.” “You don’t think this president has lied to the American people?” Cuomo pressed McEnany. “Let me finish, Chris.” McEnany said as the two talked over each other. “No, I don’t think the president has lied.”

This is the reporting that set Trump off August 28, 2019: 2020 Democratic hopefuls are down to the wire to meet the requirements to take the stage at the third debate Xochitl Hinojosa

It appears to be the latest chapter in efforts to discredit news organizations. As the 2020 election heats up, President Donald Trump is reportedly getting a little help from a loose network of allies to target journalists who may write critical stories. In what appears to be the latest chapter of efforts by President Donald Trump’s allies to attack the messenger, the New York Times reports that conservative activists have compiled “dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.” The group has already released some of the information but those familiar with the effort say that is only a small part of what they have on file, ready to release whenever it is convenient. And it isn’t just journalists who may be targeted, but also their family members. via @slate

Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'. "That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising," Trump said as the individual who interrupted Trump's speech was escorted out of the arena. "Get him out of here please. Got a bigger problem than I do,” Trump quipped. “Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says, 'What the hell have you just done?'" Cameras showed multiple protesters being escorted out of the arena after the crowd began booing and chanting "U.S.A." The interruption came as Trump slammed Democrats, accusing them of demeaning law enforcement and describing their opponents as "fascists and Nazis."

Scaramucci: GOP may need to replace Trump for 2020. "We are now in the early episodes of 'Chernobyl' on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process," Scaramucci, who was ousted from his job after 11 days, told the outlet. "A couple more weeks like this and 'country over party' is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020." Scaramucci, a prominent Republican donor, said that if Trump "doesn't reform his behavior, it will not just be me, but many others will be considering helping to find a replacement in 2020." "Right now, it's an unspeakable thing," he continued. "But if he keeps it up, it will no longer be unspeakable. The minute they start speaking of it, it will circulate and be socialized. We can't afford a full nuclear contamination site post 2020."

Trump urges rally attendees not to chant 'send her back'; he also says Harris had 'bad' debate night. President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Thursday that he hopes attendees at his evening rally in Cincinnati don't chant about sending members of Congress back to their home countries -- but added that the situation might be beyond his control. Last month, a Trump rally in North Carolina led to a "send her back" chant directed at Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Trump said the next day he disagreed with the chant, and was "not happy with it." "I don't know that you can stop people," Trump said. "We'll see what we can do. I'd prefer that they don't. But if they do it, we'll have to make a decision then." #FoxNews

I Played Trump in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Debate Prep. Here’s What It Takes to Beat Him.

Why White Working-Class Women Are Starting to Turn on Trump. It could be the 17 sexual assault allegations. Maybe it’s the open racism. Whatever the case, the women of the white working class are starting to change the channel.

FBI Director Wray: Russia intent on interfering with U.S. elections

Two Unofficial US Operatives Reporting To Trump’s Lawyer Privately Lobbied A Foreign Government In A Bid To Help The President Win In 2020. Reporting directly to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, two operators waged a brazen back-channel campaign that could thrust another foreign country to the center of the next US election. In a whirlwind of private meetings, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — who pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican campaigns and dined with the president — gathered repeatedly with top officials in Ukraine and set up meetings for Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani as they turned up information that could be weaponized in the 2020 presidential race. The two men urged prosecutors to investigate allegations against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden. And they pushed for a probe into accusations that Ukrainian officials plotted to rig the 2016 election in Hillary Clinton’s favor by leaking evidence against Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, in what became a cornerstone of the special counsel’s inquiry. via @BuzzFeedNews

The Republican Party is the Party for ALL Americans. We are the Party of the American Worker, the American Family & the American Dream. This is the proud banner the Republican Party will carry into the Republican National Convention next summer in the great city of Charlotte, NC! Make America White Again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019

Omar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote. “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.

‘Send her back’: Trump batters Dem congresswomen on campaign trail. Trump's racist tweets distill into a 2020 campaign rallying cry.

Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has described Donald Trump’s takeover of the Fourth of July celebrations in Washington as “a taxpayer-funded campaign ad.” Walter Shaub complained that taxpayer dollars had been co-opted “for the benefit of a man whose idea of public service is the public serving him.” features Whitehouse video

Trump predicted to lose reelection in model that forecasted Democratic takeover of House

Jimmy Carter: Investigation would show Trump lost 2016 election

How Trump could have terrible economic timing. Signs of a slowdown are mounting with weaker job growth, reduced manufacturing activity and a nervous Federal Reserve hinting at slashing interest rates — suggesting that Trump could suffer from terrible economic timing.

Trump says “probably not” prepared to lose in 2020, doesn’t believe he lost popular vote. President Donald Trump said he isn’t prepared to lose the 2020 presidential election. In the interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that aired Sunday, Trump also said he does not believe the official vote count of the 2016 election, illustrating how losing the popular vote is still a sore subject for the president. “No. Probably not,” Trump said when asked whether he was “prepared to lose” in 2020. “It would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh yes.’ No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.” via @slate

Trump Delivers a 'Bizarro World' Re-Election Speech

Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election. President Trump declared his willingness to betray the country, and Republicans are ready to help via @RollingStone

Trump Said He Would Accept Dirt On 2020 Election Opponents From A Foreign Government. While the president suggested he hadn't called the FBI in his "whole life," Trump has in fact reached out to the federal law enforcement agency. Most notably in 1981, he contacted the FBI before opening a casino in Atlantic City over concerns about organized crime in the city, and offered to "cooperate" with FBI agents. via @salhernandez

Chris Coons: Going forward, if a foreign adversary offers a presidential candidate dirt on a competitor, should they immediately turn it over to the FBI?
Bill Barr: [long pause before answering] — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 1, 2019

Trump says he would accept dirt on political rivals from foreign governments. President Donald Trump says he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about a political rival -- and wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI. "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump went on, downplaying the idea such a move by another country would amount to election interference. Asked Wednesday whether he would take opposition research being peddled by another government, Trump said he likely would. "It's not an interference, they have information -- I think I'd take it," Trump said. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI -- if I thought there was something wrong." "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI," he said. "You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do." "Life doesn't work that way," Trump said. @CNNPolitics

Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected

Trump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg

‘It’s entirely inappropriate’: Trump shot a political video on Air Force One. Seated behind a desk on Air Force One, the presidential seal over his left shoulder, President Trump shot a short video Thursday, blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s entry into the 2020 race. “If you like high taxes and if you like crime, you can vote for him — but most people aren’t into that,” the president said to the camera. Trump’s use of taxpayer-funded transportation to post a political message raises some legal and ethics questions. But possibly the greatest crime, some experts say, is the breakdown of norms. “It’s entirely inappropriate, and it is against historical norms for a president to be campaigning from Air Force One,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “Most presidents have had enough respect for the office to try to separate campaigning from formal duties. Donald Trump is not such a president.”

Trump mocks rivals at official event. Speaking at a liquified natural gas facility near Lake Charles, La., Trump singled out former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “Boy, you got some beauties there. Three hundred fifty million people and that’s the best we can do. I don’t think so,” he quipped. Past presidents generally refrained from injecting partisan politics into official White House events paid for with public funds, but Trump has frequently broken that norm during his time in office. The president joked about the dynamic last August when he noted how many reporters traveled with him to Charlotte, N.C., for a bill signing during the lead-up to the midterm elections, saying “it's like a political event and you don't even have to pay for it.”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: Looks to me like it’s going to be SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie. Everyone else is fading fast!

Analysis | Nancy Pelosi is worried Trump won’t give up power if he loses in 2020. He just underscored why. Trump tweeted Sunday that his first two years were “stolen” (actually, he originally said they were “stollen” before he fixed his tweet) by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. And he reposted an inaccuracy-filled message from one of his supporters, conservative leader Jerry Falwell Jr., saying two years should be added to Trump’s term because Trump and his orbit had been investigated by the special counsel for his first two. “Reparations” is what Falwell called it, an idea Trump appeared to endorse by sharing it with his 60 million Twitter followers and then expounding on why he felt he deserved more time in office than the Constitution allows.

Trump crackdown on ‘3 stooges of socialism’ has 2020 thrust. On the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton addressed a group of Cuban American veterans of the failed effort to topple Fidel Castro's regime and announced a series of crackdowns on Cuba and its allies.It was part of a call to arms to fight socialism abroad, but it was also a message for domestic consumption — particularly in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state and home to large Cuban American and Central and South American communities. In all, Bolton announced seven crackdowns and sanctions targeting the governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which he referred to as the “troika of tyranny.” Bolton nicknamed Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega “the three stooges of socialism.” But he also mentioned former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose Cuba rapprochement policies Trump has been rolling back, more than anyone else.

Trump campaign punishes Don McGahn's law firm. But close Trump advisers say the decision also stems from disappointment with the White House’s former top attorney and current Jones Day partner, Don McGahn, whose behavior has irked the president and some of his family members. Taking business away from Jones Day is payback, these advisers say, for McGahn’s soured relationship with the Trump family and a handful articles in high-profile newspapers that the family blames, unfairly or not, on the former White House counsel. via @politico

Trump predicts 'Crazy Bernie Sanders,' 'Sleepy Joe Biden' will be 2 Dem 'finalists' in 2020 race. I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul! #FoxNews

Trump claims supporters were kept out of Fox News's Bernie Sanders town hall

Right-wing evangelicals are using Pete Buttigieg to attack progressive Christians

Warner Bros files copyright claim after Trump shares video with music from 'Dark Knight'

Advisers urge Trump to defer 2020 rallies.


Meet the contenders for Biden’s Cabinet. The president-elect is expected to nominate a mix of progressives, moderates and even a few Republicans as he seeks to satisfy a broad coalition.

George W. Bush congratulates Biden on win and his 'patriotic' victory speech. "I just talked to the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night," Bush said. No matter how you voted, your vote counted," Bush said. "The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear." The 43rd president added: “I want to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought campaign. He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans — an extraordinary political achievement. They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”

Read: President-elect Joe Biden's remarks. Updated 9:16 PM ET, Sat November 7, 2020

Read the transcript of Kamala Harris’s victory speech in Wilmington, Del.

Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.

The Next Fight Over the Soul of the Democratic Party? Biden’s Chief of Staff. Everyone’s getting along until November 3. Behind the scenes, a battle is brewing.

Tucker: Biden used 'illusion of reasonableness' at debate to disguise plans to 'tear down our system' 'Amazingly, tragically, many people who watched last night may have concluded that Joe Biden is the stable, steady alternative'

Here’s where Trump and Biden stand on issues most important to troops and veterans.

A majority of respondents said in a new poll that they believe Democratic nominee Joe Biden has more respect for the military than President Trump. The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 61 percent of respondents said Biden had more respect for the U.S. military, compared to 37 percent who said Trump had more respect. The results were split among partisan lines, with 81 percent of Republicans believing Trump has more respect for the military, and 16 percent of Republicans siding with Biden. Among Democrats, 93 percent said Biden was more respectful of the military, while 7 percent said Trump held the high ground. Most independents stood with Biden, with 65 percent saying he had a higher respect for the military, compared to 35 percent of independents who said Trump did.

Anita Hill Says She Will Vote For Joe Biden. The former vice president has been scrutinized for his handling of Hill’s sexual harassment claims against now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

'I support Joe Biden's pro-science agenda': 81 Nobel laureates endorse Biden for president.

Historians agree that many presidents in the past either had racist beliefs, implemented racist policies, or both. Donald Trump has made multiple racist or offensive statements. Multiple early presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, enslaved Black people. Andrew Jackson forced Native Americans from their lands, causing migrations in which many died. Andrew Johnson sought to undermine Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War. Woodrow Wilson, a Southerner with nostalgia for the antebellum South, re-segregated the federal government. Still others privately used racial slurs or believed whites were the superior race. The most obvious category would be presidents who personally enslaved people. Historians generally consider 10 of the first 12 presidents to fall into this category. (The exceptions were John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts.) Most of these presidents were born in the slavery-era South. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler were born in and represented Virginia. Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina and represented Tennessee; Zachary Taylor, who owned 100 people, was born in Virginia and resided in Louisiana; and James K. Polk was born in North Carolina and resided in Tennessee. Martin Van Buren was from New York, where slavery lingered after formal abolition. A later president who enslaved people, Andrew Jackson, also worked for the forced relocations of Native Americans, during which many died. Lesser known presidents like Millard Fillmore have racist pasts, too. Though he was a New Yorker who didn’t enslave anyone, Fillmore "said absolutely horrible things about Black people," Finkelman said. Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which "made it possible to literally kidnap free black people in the North, bring them before a compliant federal commissioner, and drag them into slavery," Finkelman said.

Biden returns to DC to say farewell to John Lewis. Biden salutes the late civil rights icon and longtime congressman.

Biden cranks up contrast with Trump. The former veep is getting out of his Wilmington basement and attempting to project a ‘stable and steady’ approach. Donald Trump told governors they could look like weak ‘jerks’ if they don’t “dominate” protesters, and called for ‘retribution.’ Joe Biden held an event with big-city mayors grappling with violent unrest to talk about their needs and pledged police reforms. While Trump went to a secure bunker below the White House when protesters gathered outside over the weekend, Biden intentionally chose to take an opposite tack, meeting Sunday with demonstrators near his Delaware home. Biden’s campaign aides pledged to bail out jailed protesters; on Twitter, Trump warned protesters about the prospect of ‘ominous weapons’ and ‘the most vicious dogs.’ In response to the violence and chaos that has erupted in many cities after last week’s killing of a black man under the knee of white Minneapolis police officer, Trump has largely adopted a defiant tone, repeatedly calling for harsh measures against protesters. Biden, however, used the moment to leave his self-imposed coronavirus quarantine and call for reconciliation. On Sunday, he met with demonstrators on the streets of Wilmington. On Monday, he met with black leaders in a church there before holding a virtual roundtable with the mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Paul and Minneapolis — some of whom have criticized the president for using inflammatory rhetoric.

Biden finally nicknames Trump — ‘President Tweety’

‘Manipulative, deceitful, user’: Tara Reade left a trail of aggrieved acquaintances. A number of those who crossed paths with Biden’s accuser say they remember two things: She spoke favorably about her time working for Biden, and she left them feeling duped. via @politico

Tara Reade calls for Biden to drop out of presidential race. Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, says she hopes that he will end his campaign for the White House. In her first televised interview since Biden publicly denied the allegations, Reade told journalist Megyn Kelly that she believes Biden should end his campaign. “I wish he would, but he won’t,” Reade said. “But I wish he would. That’s how I feel emotionally.”

The agonizing story of Tara Reade. In April 2019, a woman named Tara Reade reached out to me with a clear, consistent story to tell about her experience as a staffer in Joe Biden’s Senate office in 1993. I spent hours on the phone with her, and many more tracking down possible witnesses and documents, trying to confirm her account. Reade told me that a senior aide told her Biden liked her legs and that he wanted her to serve cocktails at a fundraiser for him, a request she found demeaning and declined. When she later complained to others in the office that Biden would put his hands on her shoulder, neck, and hair during meetings in ways that made her uncomfortable, she says she was blamed and told to dress more conservatively. Within a few months, she said, her responsibilities had been stripped and she felt she was being pushed out of the job. She went back home to California deflated. Reade told me that she wanted me to think of this story as being about abuse of power, “but not sexual misconduct.” Her emphasis was on how she was treated in Biden’s office by Senate aides, who she said retaliated against her for complaining about how Biden touched her in meetings. “I don’t know if [Biden] knew why I left,” she said. “He barely knew us by name.”

Democratic Primary

Column: 50th Congressional District candidates differ on Trump's clemency orders. Ammar Campa-Najjar, Carl DeMaio, Brian Jones and Darrell Issa.

Every Event Bernie Sanders Did For Hillary Clinton in 2016 at least 40 times.

Kucinich endorses Gabbard's 2020 bid

Tulsi Gabbard born April 12, 1981 is an American politician and Hawaii Army National Guard major serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district. Elected in 2012, she is the first practicing Hindu and the first Samoan-American member of Congress. Gabbard's announcement of her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US presidential election made her the first female combat veteran to run for president.

Tulsi Gabbard say that she doesn’t control the Russian bots that support her, but she did control the hiring of Chris Cooper, the smear campaigner who was paid by Natalia Veselnitskaya and her Russian backed sponsors to smear me and try to repeal the Magnitsky Act in DC — Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) October 20, 2019

“It’s time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable.’ “Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,” the ad reads. “You’re probably shocked, and you might be thinking, ‘how could this possibly be true?’ Well, it’s not. (Sorry.)” The ad then goes on to state that Zuckerberg has “given Donald Trump free rein to lie on his platform.” Although television networks usually reject ads with blatant falsehoods, “Facebook just cashes Trump’s checks.” The presidential hopeful then goes on to say that Facebook “already helped elect Donald Trump once” and is now “deliberately allowing a candidate to intentionally lie to the American people. It’s time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable.” via @slate

Sarah Huckabee Sanders predicts Warren will be the Democratic nominee

Why Gillibrand crashed and burned. A last-minute spending push in Iowa wasn’t enough. Al Franken didn’t help either.

Democratic Party embraces nonreligious voters, criticizes 'religious liberty' in new resolution. In 2012, the last election Democrats won, a headline from the convention read: "Democrats boo God." In 2016, attendees heckled a preacher during the opening prayer. And on Saturday, Democrats took a shot at believers who use "religious liberty" to threaten the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans.

Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren cross paths and hug in Iowa.

Gingrich amazed by 'level of anger' from Warren, Sanders: It's the 'opposite' of how presidency is won. “I watched the first night. It was amazing the level of anger that you got out of both Bernie Sanders and Senator Warren. I mean, these are really angry people. It was kind of amazing to watch them,” Gingrich told "America’s Newsroom," reacting to the Democratic primary debates earlier this week. “It’s the opposite of how people normally win the presidency. You go back and you watch Barack Obama with a big smile, you watch Ronald Reagan with a big smile. I don’t remember us electing an angry president literally in my lifetime. And yet you had these people who were almost in a rage,” he said. #FoxNews

The facts behind Gabbard and Biden's attack on Kamala Harris' prosecutor record. “I am proud of the work we did. Work that has received national recognition for what has been the important work of reforming a criminal justice system and cleaning up the consequences of the bills that you passed when you were in the United States Senate for decades,” she told Biden as she jabbed at him for his role as a senator from Delaware crafting the now controversial 1994 crime bill. #FoxNews

Elizabeth Warren summed up the Democratic debate in 9 seconds. There was no Joe Biden. So John Delaney would have to do. By the 80th minute of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Elizabeth Warren had finally had enough. “I don’t understand,” she said, “why someone would go through all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to tell us what we can’t do and what you won’t fight for.” via @MotherJones

Here's the Pete Buttigieg Interview a Country Radio Station Doesn't Want You to Hear

Kamala Harris Shuts Down Meghan McCain for Siding With Joe Biden. Meghan McCain tried to pull a “gotcha” moment on “The View,” and Kamala Harris wasn’t having any of it. “Well, you know what?” Harris continued. “We’re on a debate stage, and if you have not prepared and you’re not ready for somebody to point out a difference of opinion about the history of segregation in our country and what was necessary to deal with that, which at that time was busing, then you’re probably not ready.”

Kamala Harris Lays Out Trump’s ‘Rap Sheet’ in Fiery Speech. “We have in this White House a president who says he wants to make America great again. Well, what does that mean? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before schools were integrated? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before the Voting Rights Act was enacted? Does that mean he wants to take us back before the Civil Rights Act was enacted? Does he mean he wants to take us back before Roe v. Wade was enacted? Because we’re not going back. We’re not going back,” Harris said forcefully. via @RollingStone

California's Democratic Party Is in Chaos. The California Democratic Party has been united on at least one thing since the 2016 election: defeating Trump in 2020. But they’re in a state of chaos over their own party’s priorities, and that made this year’s party chair election particularly loaded — and heated. Since Republicans are few and far between in the state legislature, the state's Democrats keep busy battling amongst themselves, particularly on issues like single-payer healthcare and the merits of impeachment. Activist candidate Kimberly Ellis wanted to push the party further to the left — which is likely why she lost to labor leader Rusty Hicks on Saturday for the coveted position. Before the election Ellis had harsh words about the party infighting, calling it a “toxic culture” rife with abuse, bullying, harassment, and retaliation.

“Democrats who have moved to the left are in tune with Democratic Party," the longtime GOP pollster says.

Sanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they'd support 'Medicare for All'

Sanders takes on Fox — and emerges triumphant via @politico

Karen Pence responds to Buttigieg: 'You shouldn't be attacked' for your religious beliefs


Lou Dobbs goes after Lindsey Graham: 'I don't know why anyone' would vote for him . Dobbs lashed out at the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman for “not subpoenaing the left-wing heads of the censorships Twitter and Facebook until after the election.” “I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said. “This is the guy who keeps saying, ‘Stay tuned.’ He said he would get to the bottom of Obamagate with the Judiciary Committee, which has been a year and a half, actually longer, of absolute inert response to these pressing issues of our day.” Dobbs noted how Graham, now one of President Trump’s most vocal supporters, was criticized by the then-Republican presidential candidate during the 2016 election. Trump called Graham “one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever seen” and said the senator, who was running against him at the time in the GOP primary, “is a nut job.”

Mitch McConnell's Hand Is Discolored But He Swears Nothing Is Wrong. Viral photos show McConnell picking up a face mask, revealing his right hand to be much darker than the rest of his body, as well as a bandaged thumb. During a televised debate earlier this month with his opponent Amy McGrath, 45, McConnell's hands looked normal.

3 former astronauts endorse Sen. McSally over Democrat challenger and astronaut Mark Kelly. The endorsement comes as Kelly continues to hold a strong lead over McSally. "As former fighter pilots and test pilots, we know what it takes to get in the cockpit of a fighter jet for a test flight or combat: incredible determination, strength and grit," former astronauts Tom Stafford, Charlie Duke and Jack Lousma wrote in an op-ed published Thursday in The Arizona Republic. "That’s why we support Sen. Martha McSally. As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron, she broke barriers in the Air Force and the military." The three men called on Kelly to answer for the policies of his party, saying that Democrats are planning to take away the filibuster to "push through their agenda over the objections of hundreds of millions of Americans."

McConnell Is On The Losing Side of History — And He Knows It. His contempt for voters, Senate colleagues and tradition makes him the avatar of the politics of decline. The Republican Party’s sprint to install a justice for a life-time appointment this year, either days before a presidential election or in the lame-duck session afterward, looks a lot like the dying spasms of a political movement that began five decades ago. McConnell knows the prognosis, and is unsentimentally getting the movement’s affairs in order. The most important item in the last testament is filling courts with people in position to check liberal ambitions long after McConnell is gone. Pursuing this goal so close to Election Day is a reversal of the majority leader’s alleged principle in 2016 that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled in an presidential election year. But it is consistent with his true principle: Exploit every advantage of power for as long as his party has it. The Kentucky Republican, in a loveless alliance with Donald Trump, is a skilled practitioner of the politics of decline, and for a conservative movement that is in palliative care.

Mitch McConnell's campaign hires Nicholas Sandmann as grassroots director. Sandmann sued media outlets over their coverage of a viral encounter in 2019. Senate Majority Leader Moscow Mitch McKKKonnell’s reelection campaign announced Friday that it has hired Nicholas Sandmann, the Kentucky teen who sued two major media outlets for defamation over a viral encounter he had with a Native American activist. “We’re excited to have Nicholas on Team Mitch,” Team Mitch Campaign Manager Kevin Golden said in a statement. “Along with our already strong team, his efforts to bring people together all across Kentucky will be critical to Senator McConnell’s victory this November.”

Cotton stirs 2024 speculation with New Hampshire trip to help Republicans. He's visiting on behalf of Trump and down-ballot Republicans. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s on a mission. The conservative lawmaker from Arkansas and strong supporter of President Trump doesn’t face a Democratic opponent as he runs for re-election this year, so he’s crisscrossing the country this summer and autumn on behalf of President Trump and down-ballot Republicans who face stiffer challenges in November's general election.

Lindsey Graham campaign ad features image of opponent with digitally altered darker skin tone.

McConnell couldn't escape 'Moscow Mitch' at Kentucky's biggest political picnic via @courierjournal

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating.

Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing. The Arizona Republican is running next year to serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R) term. McSally was appointed to the Senate in December after McCain’s death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) serving in the interim months. However, she was defeated by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R). Sinema’s victory made the Grand Canyon State a top priority for Democrats, who have successfully recruited a top-tier challenger in Kelly. Kelly announced earlier this month he raised a staggering $4 million in the first quarter of 2019, with the average online contribution amounting to $25. The Arizona Democrat also has high name recognition as a former astronaut and husband to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who narrowly survived a shooting in 2011. The two have since become high-profile advocates for gun control reform. McSally hauled in about $2 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. Republicans hope to defend their 53-47 Senate majority next year as a handful of GOP incumbents face tough Democratic challengers in states like Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona.

Democrats could dodge messy Arizona primary after Gallego passes on Senate. Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for Senate next year, choosing not to enter a contentious primary that could have hurt Democrats' chances to flip the Republican-held seat. Gallego’s decision likely clears the way for Mark Kelly to become the party’s nominee to challenge Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed after losing the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat in 2018. Kelly — a former astronaut and Navy veteran who is considered Democrats' best Senate recruit so far this cycle — is the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in 2011 when she was in office. bid


QAnon backer Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia GOP runoff. Greene also gained attention over comments in which she expressed support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory that posits that President Trump and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government. "He is someone that very much loves his country, and he’s on the same page as us, and he is very pro-Trump," she said of "Q," the mysterious figure at the center of the conspiracy theory, in a YouTube video from 2017. "I’m very excited about that now there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it," she continued.

Trump calls QAnon GOP primary winner a 'future Republican Star'. President Trump on Wednesday offered his full-throated support for a Georgia congressional candidate who has made incendiary comments about Black people and Muslims and believes in the QAnon conspiracy theory. "Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big songressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent," Trump tweeted. "Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!"

Dems rebuke culture of sexism in defense of Ocasio-Cortez. "These are the things that happen to us all the time," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. More than a dozen House Democrats lined up Thursday to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the floor of the chamber, issuing a chain of blistering rebukes to Republican Rep. Ted Yoho for aggressively confronting the New York Democrat outside of the Capitol this week.

'He put his finger in my face': Ocasio-Cortez details 'rage' incident with House Republican

Tensions flared on Capitol Hill this week when a Republican lawmaker challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on issues of crime and policing in an unusual — and decidedly personal — confrontation on the Capitol steps. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was coming down the steps on the east side of the Capitol on Monday, having just voted, when he approached Ocasio-Cortez, who was ascending into the building to cast a vote of her own. In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was "disgusting" for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. "You are out of your freaking mind," Yoho told her. Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being "rude." The two then parted ways. Ocasio-Cortez headed into the building, while Yoho, joined by Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), began descending toward the House office buildings. A few steps down, Yoho offered a parting thought to no one in particular. "Fucking bitch," he said.

New poll shows tight race in key California House race CA50

California’s 50th Congressional District: A 2020 Primary Preview

Republicans rattled after surge of retirements via @politico

Pro-Trump Republican aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar charged with felony theft. Exclusive: Danielle Stella, reported to support baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, held twice this year over alleged shoplifting

Election Security, Post Election, Dirty Tricks, RNC

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender. “It’s such a shame. This is a democracy,” Daryl Brooks, who said he was a GOP poll watcher, said at the press conference, held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Northeast Philadelphia. “They did not allow us to see anything. Was it corrupt or not? But give us an opportunity as poll watchers to view all the documents — all of the ballots.” Brooks was incarcerated in the 1990s on charges of sexual assault, lewdness and endangering the welfare of a minor for exposing himself to two girls ages 7 and 11, according to news accounts. Brooks has run for various offices, including U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. During the press conference, however, he said he moved to Philadelphia two years ago. “I started watching it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘there’s New Jersey’s perennial candidate claiming to live in Philadelphia and Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and Philadelphia resident," Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said in a phone interview. James Gee, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), also said he immediately recognized Brooks. “Yeah, I know Daryl. It’s so fitting that he would be there,” Gee said.

Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition. August 3, 2020

Key Republicans quickly fall in line behind Trump’s attempt to undermine the election. Kevin McCarthy, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham have been given another offramp from Trumpism. Again, they’re refusing to take it.

GOP lawmakers criticize Trump for sowing distrust in election. Among those who also spoke out was Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who was the only Republican to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year. Romney was more muted with his response, not mentioning Trump directly. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who just won re-election for his sixth term, referred to Trump’s comments as “insane.”

Election officials worried by threats and protesters. Election officials in several states said Thursday they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid a stream of threats and gatherings of angry protesters outside their doors, drawn by President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the race for the White House. “I can tell you that my wife and my mother are very concerned for me,” said Joe Gloria, the registrar in Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. He said his staff was bolstering security and tracking vehicles coming and going from the election offices. But he added that he and others would not be stopped from “doing what our duty is and counting ballots.” Groups of Trump supporters have gathered at vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Democrat Joe Biden leading or gaining ground.

Trump Orders Advisers to ‘Go Down Fighting’. Seeing his chances of reelection slipping away, the president wants his armada of lawyers to give Democrats a court fight that ‘they’ll never forget’

Ballot processing begins in Detroit; 2 poll challengers removed. The man in the horror-movie mask had credentials to be a poll challenger, election officials said. But he started to cause a commotion, shouting the process is “crooked.” He wore a mask that looked similar to the masks worn by the villains in the movies "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th." A woman, Robin Bozenski, 61, of Southgate, was also removed by police after causing a commotion at a table where poll workers were processing ballots. Her mask was not covering her nose. She was asked to cover her nose with the mask. She refused the request, said a Detroit election supervisor.

Election Security, Dirty Tricks, RNC. archived November 02, 2020

North Carolina’s Police Attack on Election Marchers Had a Long History Behind It. A racist sheriff and a system of voter suppression meet in a cloud of pepper spray.

In election video, Govs. Ventura, Pawlenty, Dayton, Walz plead for patience, civility.

'Trump Train' in Texas followed Biden bus down highway, FBI investigating. Biden campaign staffers called 911 and cancelled two events after the incident. Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, a Republican running for re-election, told the Tribune that the Biden campaign did not notify his office that the bus would be passing through the area Friday. The Tribune reported that in addition to campaign staffers, Texas congressional candidate and former state Sen. Wendy Davis was on the bus.

Biden Team Cancels Texas Event After Highway ‘Ambush’ by MAGA Cavalry. Dozens of pickup trucks, many with Trump flags, surrounded a Biden campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin.

NBC News: Hunter Biden documents are work of fake "intelligence firm".

Supreme Court is about to have 3 Bush v. Gore alumni sitting on the bench. Chief Justice John Roberts Roberts flew to Florida in November 2000 to assist Bush's legal team. He helped prepare the lawyer who presented Bush's case to the Florida state Supreme Court and offered advice throughout. Roberts also faced a singular personal challenge during the 36-day ordeal that extended from the November 7 Election Day to the court's late-hour December 12 ruling. Then in private practice, Roberts was preparing to argue before the justices in a separate business case on November 29, and within days in December, the baby boy he and his wife had planned to adopt was born. Justice Brett Kavanaugh He was also in private practice in 2000 and helped the Bush legal team. He wrote on a 2018 Senate questionnaire that his work related to recounts in Volusia County, Florida. After the election, Bush hired Kavanaugh to be a counsel and then staff secretary. In the West Wing, Kavanaugh met his future wife, Ashley, who was Bush's personal secretary. Bush appointed Kavanaugh to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where Roberts had first served. In 2018, Trump elevated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Amy Covid Barrett Barrett wrote on the questionnaire she submitted to the Senate for her Supreme Court confirmation review, "One significant case on which I provided research and briefing assistance was Bush v. Gore." She said the law firm where she was working at the time represented Bush and that she had gone down to Florida "for about a week at the outset of the litigation" when the dispute was in the Florida courts. She said she had not continued on the case after she returned to Washington. Amy Coney Barrett was just three years out of law school, a 28-year-old associate at a boutique Washington law firm, when she was dispatched to Florida to help George W. Bush’s legal team rescue thousands of Republican absentee ballots. The litigation was a sidebar to the central drama of the 2000 presidential contest, but a loss in the case could have cost Bush the presidency. At issue were thousands of absentee ballot request forms in Martin County — just north of Palm Beach County, home of the notorious “butterfly ballot” — that had missing voter registration information. After county officials allowed the GOP to take the forms back and fill in the missing information, a Democratic voter sued, saying ballots cast by those voters should be tossed out. The county canvassing board, the Florida Republican Party and the Bush campaign argued that the votes should still count.

What’s Really Going on With Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive? Here’s Everything We Know. How to make sense of the weirdest, weakest October surprise ever.

USPS Special Agents Raided Home of QAnon-aligned Mail Carrier Who Allegedly Hoarded and Threw Out Several Bags of Undelivered Mail. KDKA, citing neighbors, reported that USPS agents raided Troesch’s home on Sunday and confiscated “eight large garbage bags of suspected undelivered mail” that he allegedly placed on the curb to be thrown in the garbage. The USPS Office of Inspector General confirmed in a statement that agents, indeed, recovered “several classes of mail,” including some first class mail. “Special Agents recovered several different classes of mail, including business mail, flats, and small amount of first class mail,” said that statement. “We expect to perform a piece count of the mail tomorrow, and make arrangements to have to mail delivered to customers as soon as feasible.” As you can see, there was no indication in the statement whatsoever that mail-in ballots were in these bags.

California GOP installed unofficial ballot drop-off boxes. State officials say they’re illegal. “Operating unofficial ballot drop boxes — especially those misrepresented as official drop boxes — is not just misleading to voters, it’s a violation of state law,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, told The Post in an email. “My office is coordinating with local officials to address the multiple reports of unauthorized ballot drop boxes. Californians should only use official ballot drop boxes that have been deployed and secured by their county elections office."

Six Disinformation Threats in the Post-Election Period. Those seeking to sow discord may be keeping their powder dry until after November 3rd.

Understanding “Sow Discord” We need to avoid the self-fulfilling prophecy of political violence during and after the election.

Subject of Project Veritas voter fraud story says he was offered bribe. Liban Osman said he was approached by community activist Omar Jamal, who is a so-called ‘insider’ for Project Veritas and appears to be their primary source. Omar Jamal, who he had not met previously, told him Project Veritas would pay him $10,000 to say he was harvesting ballots for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. “He said, ‘Why are you defending Ilhan Omar?’” Liban recounts. “’They (Project Veritas) are not after you or your brother. Why are you defending her?’’” “I told him he was insane and walked away,” Liban Osman said. Meet the Bargain-Bin James Bond Infiltrating the Left for James O’Keefe. Who tries to dupe progressive groups into illegal activities? Bros like “James Fortune,” a mindfulness-loving Crossfit bro worried about antifa murdering us all in the streets.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is charging two well-known election provocateurs with felonies related to a racist robocall in metro Detroit that spread false information about the upcoming general election. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman are accused of orchestrating calls that went to thousands of voters in Detroit and other cities. The calls reportedly targeted Black voters and spread misinformation about voting by mail.

“Any effort to interfere with, intimidate or intentionally mislead Michigan voters will be met with swift and severe consequences,” Nessel said in a news release.

Trump’s 2016 Campaign Listed Millions of Black Voters It Wanted to Stop From Voting, Leak Reveals. A huge data leak shows that three million Black Americans were unknowingly added to a list of people that Team Trump wanted to keep away from polling places. The revelation comes from an enormous data leak obtained by the British news network Channel 4. It shows that, four years ago, the Trump campaign prepared files on almost 200 million American voters and separated some out into eight different categories. One such category, assigned to 3.5 million Black voters, was titled: “Deterrence.” The leaked database was reportedly used by Trump’s digital campaign team, which was critical to Trump’s narrow victory. Channel 4 News has a track record of exposing the unethical practices of Cambridge Analytica—the now-defunct British digital black-ops firm that harvested the Facebook data of tens of millions of voters for the use of Team Trump.

Liberal Groups Fear O’Keefe Election Sting. This summer, a mystery man named James Fortune began approaching voting rights groups in North Carolina. Fortune, who claimed to be the operator of a progressive-minded North Carolina gym called “Equality Gym,” donated a few thousand dollars to the groups. Then he started asking whether they could illegally register undocumented immigrants to vote. As the groups became suspicious, Fortune vanished—leaving behind only a blurry picture of himself, no proof that his gym actually existed, and suspicions that he was using an alias. But the wired money came from a Georgia group with ties to a QAnon House candidate and a network of other Republican figures, raising suspicions among the groups that Fortune was working for right-wing undercover prankster James O’Keefe or an O’Keefe imitator. Right around the same time that Fortune was attempting to infiltrate progressive North Carolina groups, a so-called documentary film crew called “Zeitgeist Pictures” began interviewing six liberal groups in Wisconsin for what they claimed was a documentary about voting rights. The groups became suspicious, though, after the filmmakers began asking whether the groups were willing to break the law to illegally register voters. The film crew disappeared as the groups grew more suspicious when they found no proof, aside from a barebones website, that there’s an actual film company called Zeitgeist Pictures. The activists interviewed by the crew claim they were able to identify one of their “interviewers” as O’Keefe associate Christian Hartsock, using pictures of Hartsock online. Unlike the Wisconsin operation, the North Carolina scheme hasn’t been publicly linked to O’Keefe, and Project Veritas spokesman Neil W. McCabe said O’Keefe’s group won’t “comment on investigations, real or imagined.” But on Monday, Project Veritas plans to release a video that O’Keefe claims will offer “UNDENIABLE VIDEO PROOF OF SYSTEMIC VOTER FRAUD.”

How the Trump campaign is already planning to keep power after the election.

'Army For Trump' ads incite armed militias to intimidate voters in 'election security operation', also Don Jr. doesn't look so good.

Kimberly Guilfoyle Caught Lying About Vote-by-Mail in Robocalls.

Trump Got a ‘Kick Out of’ the Election Fears He’s Stoked. Inside the DOJ, There’s Some Panic. Justice Department prosecutors expect Bill Barr to join election lawsuits benefitting Trump, who thinks it’s funny not to promise a peaceful transition of power. But to Trump, it was… funny as hell. According to two people familiar with the matter, hours after the president stepped away from the cameras, Trump continued following the fallout in the press, including on cable news, and began privately remarking how amusing it was that his answer was making media and liberal heads explode, and also predictably dominating TV coverage. “He seemed to get a real kick out of it,” one of the sources said, adding that the president seemed to relish making the press, in Trump’s words, “go crazy” over his non-commitment to democratic norms and procedure. “[The president] wasn’t going to be playing by their rules on this just to make them feel comfortable.”

The CIA is limiting the amount of intelligence related to Russia that reaches President Trump at the direction of Director Gina Haspel, according to a new report in Politico. It reported that Haspel is limiting the intelligence out of an abundance of caution, writing that she often disagrees with the Russia-related intelligence and sometimes sees the analysts as misleading her. Senate and House panels and intelligence officials in the administration have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the intent of helping Trump and hurting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. This has irritated Trump, who sees such talk as calling into question the legitimacy of his victory. Intelligence officials again believe Russia wants to interfere in the current election to help Trump. They have pointed to interference by China and Iran as well, though those countries are believed to be working to hurt Trump. The Politico report was centered on a move Haspel took last year to ensure that all Russia-related intelligence was vetted by the CIA's legal counsel. This has resulted in less intelligence making its way to the National Security Council.

Secret CIA Memo: Putin Probably Orchestrating Anti-Biden Disinformation Campaign. A top-secret CIA assessment has reportedly concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably directing” a disinformation campaign designed to damage Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 U.S. election. Citing two unnamed sources who reviewed the assessment, The Washington Post reported that the first line of the document states: “We assess that President Vladimir Putin and the senior most Russian officials are aware of and probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former U.S. vice president, supporting the U.S. president and fueling public discord ahead of the U.S. election in November.” The highly classified report was reportedly published internally at the end of August, and builds upon intelligence gathered by the FBI and the NSA.

Trump supporters staged a rally at a Virginia polling center during early voting, intimidating voters, election officials say. Trump supporters waving flags and chanting slogans staged a rally near a polling center in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday on the second day of early voting in the state, filmed footage shows.

White Supremacists Are a Threat to Elections, Says the DHS. While the Trump administration publicly downplays the rise of the far right, Homeland Security anticipates “physical threats” to the 2020 election. “As soon as Trump came in, counterterrorism ended,” the former intelligence officer said, pointing to the Trump administration’s decision to dissolve DHS’s domestic terrorism division. Since then, DHS I&A’s focus has turned to trivial immigration matters like individuals overstaying their travel visas, he explained. “The only immigration we should be worried about is a nexus to terrorism, not student overstays and bullshit,” the former intelligence officer said. “Antifa,” short for “anti-fascist,” is a largely decentralized movement of far-left individuals motivated by opposition to perceived fascist groups. While antifa has engaged in illegal activities including property destruction and in some cases violence, no one affiliated with it has been linked to a single murder in the United States in the past 25 years, according to a recent report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. By contrast, the same study found that far-right extremists in the United States have killed 329 people in that time frame.

Donald Trump’s campaign failed to produce any evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in Pennsylvania after a federal judge ordered it do so, according to a 524-page court filing obtained by the Guardian. The order came from US district judge Nicholas Ranjan, a Trump appointee, earlier this month amid a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over several voting policies. The Trump campaign is suing to block the widespread use of official ballot dropboxes in the state in locations other than an election office, and to allow poll watchers to work in counties other than the ones they live in. The campaign also wants to block election officials from counting mail-in ballots if a voter forgets to put their mail-in ballot in a secrecy sleeve within the ballot return-envelope. The campaign argued in court that the current practices will lead to voter fraud without these changes.

President Donald Trump said he planned to send law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to polling places around the country to protect against his unfounded claims there will be mass voter fraud during the November election. Trump made the comments on Fox News on Thursday night, his latest efforts to sow doubt ahead of an unprecedented election as millions of Americans plan to vote by mail due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Poll-watching is a standard part of elections, but Democrats have expressed concern about the scale at which the GOP plans to do so. “We’re going to have everything,” the president told host Sean Hannity during the final night of the Democratic National Convention, just before Joe Biden accepted his party’s nomination. “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement and we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys and we’re going to have everybody, and attorney generals.” The president does not have the authority to send law enforcement to polling locations, CNN notes.

Postal Service needs money for mail-in voting, Trump says — but he'll keep blocking funding. President Donald Trump says the U.S. Postal Service is incapable of facilitating mail-in voting because it cannot access the emergency funding he is blocking, and made clear that requests for additional aid were nonstarters in coronavirus relief negotiations. Trump, who has been railing against mail-in balloting for months, said the cash-strapped agency's enlarged role in the November election would perpetuate "one of the greatest frauds in history." Speaking Wednesday at his daily pandemic news briefing, Trump said he would not approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the Postal Service, or $3.5 billion in supplemental funding for election resources, citing prohibitively high costs. "They don't have the money to do the universal mail-in voting. So therefore, they can't do it, I guess," Trump said. "Are they going to do it even if they don't have the money? " Trump's remarks came hours after congressional Democrats intensified calls for more oversight of the agency and the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor and Trump ally.

The Postal Service has informed states that they’ll need to pay first-class 55-cent postage to mail ballots to voters, rather than the normal 20-cent bulk rate. That nearly triples the per-ballot cost at a time when tens of millions more will be delivered. The rate change would have to go through the Postal Regulatory Commission and, undoubtedly, litigation. But the time frame for that is incredibly short, as ballots go out very soon.

Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump loose, counterintel chief says. Friday's statement by William Evanina provides grist for both sides.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s mail service, displacing the two top executives overseeing day-to-day operations, according to a reorganization memo released Friday. The shake-up came as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections. Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major ally of President Trump, and de-emphasizes decades of institutional postal knowledge. All told, 33 staffers included in the old postal hierarchy either kept their jobs or were reassigned in the restructuring, with five more staffers joining the leadership from other roles. The reshuffling threatens to heighten tensions between postal officials and lawmakers, who are troubled by delivery delays — the Postal Service banned employees from working overtime and making extra trips to deliver mail — and wary of the Trump administration’s influence on the Postal Service as the coronavirus pandemic rages and November’s election draws near.

There Have Been 38 Statewide Elections During The Pandemic. Here’s How They Went. Despite the pandemic, turnout is up in many states. Turnout as a share of the voting eligible population in statewide elections held during the pandemic versus turnout in the same election in 2016.

‘Rigged election’ goes from Trump complaint to campaign strategy. The notion that the president might not accept the election results has jumped from the partisan fever swamps to center stage in the campaign.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm raised the possibility of President Donald Trump seizing ballot boxes after the November election during a Friday morning panel discussion on CNN. "What if Trump foments right-wing provocateurs and then sends out the military to put out the fire he created?" Granholm said on CNN. "What if he seizes the ballot boxes?" Her comments, made during a discussion of the work of the 100-member bipartisan Transition Integrity Project, which Granholm was a part of and which explored various scenarios around a contested election, drew immediate criticism from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, a Republican. But Granholm, a Democrat, stood by her comments.

Attorney General Barr Denies Claims Of Political Interference In DOJ
INSKEEP: Some people noticed when you raised concerns about the security of mail-in ballots, as the president also has very loudly and said without evidence that there's a lot of fraud or can be a lot of fraud. You raised a specific concern about foreign entities counterfeiting ballots and mailing them in.
BARR: I think there's a - well, I think there's a range of concerns about mail-in ballots. And let me just clarify here - I'm not talking about a mail-in ballot for a limited number of cases where somebody, you know, is going to be traveling around the world, and the way the state has provided for that is you mail in your ballot. I'm talking about a comprehensive rule where all the ballots are essentially mail-in, and there's so many occasions for fraud there that cannot be policed. I think it would be very bad. But one of the things I mentioned was the possibility of counterfeiting.
INSKEEP: Did you have evidence to raise that specific concern?
BARR: No. It's obvious.

Four ways William Barr is already subverting the 2020 elections. Safeguarding the vote would be the top priority of a normal attorney general. It’s the opposite now. He isn’t just failing to take demonstrable steps to fight election-related disinformation; he’s actively spreading disinformation himself. He echoes Trump’s debunked claims that mail-in ballots — which will be crucial during the pandemic — somehow leave the country vulnerable to election fraud and interference. Barr recently told Fox News that these votes could “open the floodgates of potential fraud,” without providing any basis for the claim. In 2016, Americans faced disinformation predominantly from abroad. In 2020, it also comes from inside our own government.

Issa sues California over November mail-ballot election. Republican congressional candidate Darrell Issa and a conservative group are suing to block California’s move to an all-mail November election. They are legally challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive that elections officials mail every registered voter a ballot for the November election, making California the first state to switch to vote by mail due to coronavirus concerns. Newsom called the move a necessary response to the pandemic since voters at crowded vote centers could be exposed if they cast in-person ballots. Newsom's move won praise from Democrats last week, including former senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But Republicans have seized on the move as an attempt to interfere with the November election, and the Republican National Committee said it was weighing its legal options after Newsom's executive order. The conservative group Judicial Watch filed a challenge in Sacramento’s U.S. District Court to block Newsom’s executive order on behalf of plaintiffs that include Issa, a Republican former congressman vying this year to return to the House to represent a San Diego-area district. The complaint argues that Newsom’s order violates elections provisions of the Constitution and represents an “unlawful attempt to supersede and replace California election law” by creating “an entirely new system” that does not conform with an existing state law, the Voter’s Choice Act, which lays out requirements for counties that wish to mail ballots to all voters.

California becomes the first state to send all voters mail-in ballots for November election. In response to Covid-19, California will allow everyone to vote by mail.

Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials. The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.

RNC chair defends GOP donor platform in tense meeting. Ronna Romney McDaniel choked up as she addressed rumors surrounding the rollout of WinRed, the Trump-endorsed online donor platform. Republican leaders are determined to make WinRed the sole online donation platform for the party, and they are taking an uncompromising approach with those who’ve been reluctant to get on board with the new program — which has rankled segments of the party rank and file.

Militias Capitalizing on GOP Rhetoric Heading Into Election Season. These militias have seized on the words and policies of lawmakers, some of whom welcome their assistance, to further their cause. This campaign season will likely offer more of these opportunities for an entrenched network of far-right extremists. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Sen. Brian Boquist threatened upon hearing of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hinting at dispatching state police to round up and return him along with the other missing legislators. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon.” Boquist’s remarks imply that state police officers would be met with lethal violence and warn that only officers without spouses should be dispatched. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Meet the GOP operatives who aim to smear the 2020 Democrats — but keep bungling it. It matters little whether Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl's claims are proved — they hardly ever are. But in an era when notions about truth and fiction have been upended, it's now a more dangerous game.


Republicans are freaking out over a deceased gerrymandering expert's potentially damning files. North Carolina Republican lawmakers, seeking to suppress potentially damaging files from a former GOP redistricting guru, accused the expert’s daughter Monday of committing larceny when she obtained them. The accusation came in a blistering filing in state court over the information on the hard drives, which may contain explosive information about how the operative, Thomas Hofeller, gerrymandered on behalf of Republicans in North Carolina and across the country. Those files have the potential to shake up multiple contentious legal battles, including a case over whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the Census, and whether North Carolina Republican lawmakers lied to federal judges about gerrymandering based on racial data. Now, Republicans are trying to keep the files private.

Civil War

A wargame designer defines our four possible civil wars. We find ourselves in a country where both sides can’t imagine their loss would be legitimate. If Biden loses, his supporters will blame GOP trickery and voter disenfranchisement. If Trump loses, his supporters will blame voter fraud and riots. It doesn’t matter that the first one of those is real and the second isn’t. We are heading toward a reckoning.

2019 Elections

Cyclist fired after seen flipping off Trump's motorcade wins seat on local county board of supervisors. A woman who drew widespread attention in 2017 after she was seen flipping off President Trump's motorcade while riding on a bicycle has won a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in northern Virginia. Democrat Juli Briskman, who announced last year that she would be challenging Suzanne Volpe (R) for the seat, won the race to represent the Algonkian District on Tuesday night, The Washington Post reports. Briskman had received more than 54 percent of the vote to Volpe's roughly 46 percent with more than 91 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Virginia Department of Elections' website. Briskman rose to prominence during Trump's first year in office after a photo of her went viral showing her flashing her middle finger at the president’s motorcade in Sterling, Va. At the time, Trump was leaving from his golf course in the area when Briskman said her "blood just started to boil” as his motorcade passed her on her bike.

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THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: CAMPAIGN FINANCE; Longtime Fund-Raiser for Gore Convicted in Donation Scheme

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Mayflower at 400: What we all get wrong about the Pilgrim Fathers. After all, the Mayflower didn't bring the first English settlers to these shores. Nor was the Plymouth Plantation the inaugural settlement. Jamestown in Virginia had been founded 13 years before. In the west, the Spanish had already settled Santa Fe, the capital of what's now New Mexico. And maybe it's worth stating the obvious from the outset - that the Pilgrim Fathers should not be confused with the Founding Fathers, the patriots who fought against the British in the revolutionary war, the visionaries who in 1776 launched this rambunctious experiment in democracy. George Washington was not a passenger on board the Mayflower, a confused conflation that on occasions has been mistakenly made - although nine US presidents can trace their bloodlines to those who did make the journey, including the Bushes and FDR. It's also a mistake to view the arrival of the Mayflower as the first interaction between white settlers and indigenous North Americans. Contact with Europeans had been going on for at least a century, partly because slave traders targeted Native Americans. When the pilgrims came ashore, a few members of the Wampanoag tribe could even speak English.

As the nation observes the 400th anniversary of slavery, a Chicago documentary filmmaker tweeted about the painting Declaration of Independence, which hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. The painting depicts a moment in 1776 showing 47 men, including Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and Ben Franklin, most of whom were signers of the declaration. "This is one of the most famous paintings in American history: Declaration of Independence," Arlen Parsa wrote above an image of the 1818 oil by John Trumbull. "I decided to put red dots on all the men who held slaves. Next time someone puts them on a pedestal and says we can't question their judgement on guns or whatever, show them this image." So, Parsa claims that 34 of the 47 founding fathers shown in the painting were slaveholders. Here are the 34 men in the painting we found to be slaveholders, in alphabetical order by last name: Josiah Bartlett, Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Abraham Clark, George Clinton, John Dickinson, William Floyd, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Heyward Jr., William Hooper, Stephen Hopkins, Francis Hopkinson, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee. And Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Lynch, Arthur Middleton, Lewis Morris, Robert Morris, William Paca, George Read, Benjamin Rush, Edward Rutledge, Richard Stockton, William Whipple, Thomas Willing, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott and George Wythe. The men who did not own slaves also tended to be well-to-do. Here are the 13 who apparently did not own slaves: John Adams, Samuel Adams, George Clymer, William Ellery, Elbridge Gerry, Samuel Huntington, Thomas McKean, Robert Treat Paine, Roger Sherman, Charles Thomson, George Walton, William Williams and James Willson. Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz noted that at least three men in the painting, including Franklin, were or later became abolitionists.

116th Congress, 2019-2020

116th Congress, 2019-2020

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Hate Goes to Washington. Meet the members of Congress who traffic in hate and extremism. - Southern Poverty Law Center


  1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  2. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) senior United States Senator from Iowa, first elected in 1980, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee rumored gay
  4. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Assumed office January 3, 2013 chair of the Freedom Caucus. Member of the House Oversight Committee
  5. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Assumed office January 3, 2007 Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee
  1. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Maryland's 7th district elected April 16, 1996 Chair of the House Oversight Committee
  2. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) California's 43rd elected 1990, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
  3. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) California's 28th congressional district elected 2000 House Intelligence Committee Chairman


Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks. As the parties scramble for an elusive deal on another round of coronavirus relief, mistrust and bad blood between two of the principal negotiators — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — have snarled the talks and complicated the path to a timely agreement. The tensions were on full display last Thursday after a 25-minute phone call between the two powerbrokers — the first talks between the sides in roughly three weeks — failed to break the long impasse. Meadows, Pelosi charged afterwards, displayed a “disregard” for the needs of suffering Americans by rejecting more emergency funding. Pelosi, Meadows countered, offered “25 minutes of nothing.” Meadows, a former North Carolina congressman and Freedom Caucus chairman, is well known for his clashes with leaders of his own party, triggering government shutdowns and even forcing a GOP Speaker, John Boehner, into an early retirement. He also proved to be a sharp thorn in the side of the two Republicans who followed Boehner — then-Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) — while going largely ignored in Democratic circles. “Very few Dems dealt with him,” a former Democratic leadership aide said Friday in an email. “They just saw him as a bomb thrower with no responsibility.” That changed dramatically this year when Meadows ascended to chief of staff and assumed a leading part in the negotiations over a fifth round of emergency coronavirus aid. Even in the new role, Meadows's hard-line approach to government spending has left lawmakers of both parties questioning his ability — and his interest — in cutting a multitrillion-dollar deal.

John Lewis: I hope everyone had a safe holiday. I spent some of the break playing with my cats.

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Chair: Jerrold Nadler (D); Since January 3, 2019 NY 8th District
Ranking member: Doug Collins (R); Since January 3, 2019 GA 9th District
Vice chair: Mary Gay Scanlon (D); Since January 3, 2019 PA 5th District

House Republicans staged a bizarre rally and barged into a secure room where impeachment testimony was being given privately. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), whose chief of staff sent an email to Republican legislators’ offices last week about entering the guarded committee room, led the group of roughly 30 lawmakers into the Intelligence Committee’s secure area. And because the Republicans, who are not members of the committee, brought phones and other electronics into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), Democrats said the room would now have to be “sanitized.” “They not only brought in their unauthorized bodies, they may have brought in the Russians and the Chinese,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee. Swalwell added that some Republican members held onto their phones even after the Sergeant at Arms asked that they remove them from the area. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) later reported that he personally collected phones from Republicans and took them out of the SCIF.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was targeted by a conservative news outlet for spending $300 on her hair at a salon. The congresswoman clapped back while others on Twitter noted the outlet didn't know the actual cost of women's haircuts.

Fox News Host Steve Hilton Blasts Liz Cheney: Your Dad ‘Literally’ Killed Millions. “Her father literally was responsible for not just the thousands of deaths that she rightly attributes to the Taliban, millions of deaths, billions of dollars wasted,” he said. Declaring that he was “very angry” with all of “these establishment types” wondering how Trump could invite the Taliban to Camp David, Hilton claimed the president is “actually trying to clean up the mess that all these establishment people with their military-industrial complex cronies” created. “And please spare us,” Hilton exclaimed, referencing Cheney. “She talks about death. Her father literally was responsible for not just the thousands of deaths that she rightly attributes to the Taliban, millions of deaths, billions of dollars wasted going into the company that he was the CEO of.” Cheney’s father, of course, is former Vice-President Dick Cheney, who is seen as the chief architect of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 terror attacks. Prior to becoming vice-president, Dick Cheney was the CEO of multinational oil-field service company Halliburton, which received a $7-billion no-bid government contract in the run-up to the Iraq War. “The corruption of this military-industrial complex, the establishment that supported them led to all these problems that Donald Trump is trying to clear out,” Hilton concluded.

Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Crenshaw clash on gun control: 'This is America outside NYC' #FoxNews

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Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Were Headed for Palestine, Not Israel. Tlaib, who is Palestinian American, was planning to visit her grandma. Israel's Prime Minister now says he will "consider" her request. The congresswomen had no plans to visit Israel in their upcoming trip, but instead to witness the effects of the Israeli occupation firsthand in Palestinian cities like Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and East Jerusalem. They also planned to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque, among the holiest mosques in the world. But because Israel controls all international travel to the territories that it illegally occupies including the entire West Bank, the country has the power to prohibit both Omar and Tlaib from visiting Palestinian territories in addition to Israel. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is Palestinian American, had also planned to extend her stay in the West Bank after the congressional trip in order to visit with relatives. Trump, who last month told Omar and Tlaib (along with Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) to “go back” to the countries they came from, has effectively made that very difficult for Tlaib. via @vice

AOC tells radicalized youth 'you're not more of a man with a gun. She also told young men that they weren't bolstering their masculinity by owning a gun. "This is not just about assault weapons," she said. "This is about gun violence in all of our communities. So, whether it's from misogyny, whether it's from racism, you're not more of a man with a gun. You're not more of a man if you are capable of violence. You are not stronger if you tear another life down," she added. #FoxNews

Ocasio-Cortez Speaks Directly To White Supremacists In Surprise Appeal. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says it’s time to stop debating if President Donald Trump is a racist. “He is,” she said on Monday at a Brooklyn vigil for the victims of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. But then Ocasio-Cortez made a direct appeal to racists and white supremacists ― and her message was simple: “Come back.” She also called on those “radicalized in a funnel of vitriol” to turn away from hate, promising that they would be welcomed with love in return: “There is a mother waiting for you, I know it. I know there’s a teacher waiting for you, saying, ‘What happened to my kid? What happened to my friend?’ And we will always be here and hold space for you to come back. We will love you back. You are not too far gone.”

Pelosi downplays divisions with Ocasio-Cortez after meeting

Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport

The Squad: progressive Democrats reveal how they got their name. Congress member Ayanna Pressley told CBS This Morning on Wednesday. “It’s not just about dismantling – we’re also intentional about building and fostering,” the Massachusetts congresswoman explained. ‘Anyone who is interested in building a more equitable and just world is a part of the Squad,’ Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said.

Trump looks to squash Justin Amash via @politico

Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) objected to passing the bill by voice vote. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who derailed the same measure earlier this week, was by Rose's side. via @politico

Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump. Trump handed Pelosi a huge gift, a priceless moment that helped unify the Democratic Caucus behind her at a crucial time. “She’s smarter than him, and she’s tougher than him, and I think that bothers him,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), a Pelosi ally. “It's hard to get inside that head of his and figure out what drives him, other than an oversized ego and an undersized sense of ethics.” via @politico

Retired military colonel slams Liz Cheney's treason accusations, says her father committed a "war crime"

Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, blocked a disaster relief bill in the House on Friday by objecting to a unanimous consent vote. The Texas Republican who previously worked for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), argued the House should not have recessed before debating the legislation and holding a vote. “I'm here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation's capital to vote on it,” he said on the floor. “Secondly, it's a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border.”

Fox and Trump claim Democrats have no legislative accomplishments. The House has passed over 150 bills.

Answer to What do you think of Adam Schiff's statement that he believes there is direct evidence of collusion? by Steven Papier

Here is the full video of Chairman Schiff laying in to Republicans, presenting all of the indisputable evidence that the Trump campaign did in fact collude with Russia. This is inspiring and patriotic. Bravo, Chairman Schiff. Well done. 🇺🇸

GOP congressman quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump’s adversaries as liars. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings. Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.

Poster linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 sparks outrage, injuries in W.Va. state capitol

Clip of Meadows saying send Obama back to 'Kenya or wherever' resurfaces after clash with Tlaib. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

Mark Meadows: “We’ll send (Obama) back home to Kenya or wherever it is.”

The Suffocation of Democracy. If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings.

Ocasio-Cortez knocks 'faux-outrage' over Dem's profane call to impeach Trump

House Democrats already have their list of Trump scandals to investigate. Here it is.

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Senator Mitt Romney @SenatorRomney The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power. 4:22 PM · May 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

McConnell: Obama 'should have kept his mouth shut' on Trump's coronavirus response. "I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, during an online Trump campaign event, told McConnell that Obama "slammed" President Trump over his response to the coronavirus outbreak. You know, we know he doesn't like much this administration is doing. That's understandable. But I think it's a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you," McConnell said. "You had your shot. You were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition," McConnell added. Neither Lara Trump nor McConnell specified which Obama comments they were referring to.

Rep. Cummings' pallbearer refuses to shake 'Moscow Mitch' McConnell's hand

Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America. Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress’ annual summer recess. One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, responded by shooting down Democrats’ efforts to bring two election-security bills to a vote — bills that McConnell, in his familiar fashion, had previously sentenced to quiet deaths after they passed the House. In the hailstorm of opprobrium that followed, McConnell had been tagged by “Morning Joe” Scarborough with the indelible nickname “Moscow Mitch.” The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank called him a “Russian asset.” Twitter couldn’t decide whether he was #putinsbitch or #trumpsbitch. The Kentucky Democratic Party was selling red “Just Say Nyet to Moscow Mitch” T-shirts, emblazoned with an image of the senator’s jowly visage in a Cossack hat, as fast as they could print them up. via @RollingStone

McConnell rejects mayors' demand for Senate action on gun bills, after shootings. McConnell said he has asked for bipartisan discussions on the matter, including possible restrictions on assault gun sales. “We’re going to have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back (from the recess), hopefully, be able to come together and actually pass something,” McConnell said in an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS. “I want to make a law and not just see this kind of political sparring going on.” Asked about restrictions on assault weapons, McConnell said, “That will probably be discussed as well. It’s certainly one of the front and center issues.” But he said “background checks and red flags would probably lead the discussions.”

Watch protestors interrupt Senator McConnell speech with "Moscow Mitch" taunts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earned the moniker "Moscow Mitch" for refusing to protect elections from Russian interference. You can't blame him - Russians want to help the GOP take over the USA, so why would he stand in their way? In his annual Fancy Farm Picnic speech in Kentucky, Mitch McConnell did his best to remind folks that he's nothing like those strange lifeforms in "California and New York," and is "guy who sticks up for middle America," but most of his soporific platitudes were drowned out by middle Americans who think he's a traitor.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to Mitch McConnell supporters 'groping and choking' her cardboard cutout. “future federal judges of America.” davis.mcintire11 My friends and I sincerely apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Senator McConnell, to our school, St. Jerome Parish, and our community for our insensitive actions at Fancy Farm this past weekend.

Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health

Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project. Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to review the project, and they say McConnell indirectly helped facilitate it.Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.

Ocasio-Cortez pushes back on McConnell's claim of 'modern-day McCarthyism'. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday for comparing attacks against him to “modern-day McCarthyism.” “McCarthyism is the practice of baselessly accusing political opponents of being communists as unjust grounds for targeting & harassment,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “You are blocking action to protect US elections despite official DoJ pleas. That doesn’t make you a communist. It just makes you a bad leader.”

McConnell blasts 'modern-day McCarthyism,' defends blocking election bills. “I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin,” McConnell said during a fiery speech from the Senate floor. He added that his critics, specifically pointing out The Washington Post and MSNBC, were using “unhinged smears,” adding “welcome to modern-day McCarthyism.”

Right-wing media figures and conspiracy theorists boosted a lie about Ilhan Omar that reached a US Senator. Multiple right-wing figures and supporters of the “QAnon” conspiracy theory on social media spread a deceptively edited video clip of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) -- who has been repeatedly targeted with false online smears -- reaching Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who tweeted it out. Since then, multiple Fox hosts have also pushed the false claim.

Sen. Moscow Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Analysis: Rubio cries "racist" after being duped by a misleading tweet and video Rubio shares edited interview clip, calls Omar 'racist'. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) shared an edited portion of an interview with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and accused the congresswoman's remarks of being “racist” against white people. The 40-second clip Rubio shared is part of a 10-minute interview Omar did with Al Jazeera in February 2018, when she was running for Congress. The edited clip Rubio shared was resurfaced by the Christian Broadcasting Network this week.

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating.

McConnell shrugs off questions about preferential treatment by Chao. “I was complaining to her just last night, 169 projects and Kentucky got only five,” he deadpanned. “I hope we’ll do a lot better next year.” The agency has provided at last $78 million in grants for the state’s projects, according to the POLITICO report, which fueled a wave of criticism from ethics officials.

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates?

McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies. "If I'm still the majority leader in the Senate think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass," McConnell said while speaking to community leaders in Owensboro, Ky. "I guarantee you that if I'm the last man standing and I'm still the majority leader, it ain't happening. I can promise you," McConnell added.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) blasts Romney: 'Makes me sick' that you could have been president

Romney 'sickened' by Trump's behavior in Mueller report. "I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter."Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders," Romney said Friday.

Mitch McConnell is a step closer to blowing up Senate rules to confirm even more of Donald Trump's lifetime federal judges.

Kyrsten Sinema swears in to Congress using copy of Constitution instead of religious book


'A failed experiment': the racist legacy of California governor Pete Wilson. Pete Wilson backed efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from public services and ban affirmative action. California voters will soon reconsider the ban.

Washington Lawmakers Call for Matt Shea to Step Down Amid Spying Claims. Washington representative Matt Shea (R) is facing renewed calls for his resignation from Republican and Democratic lawmakers amid allegations that Shea discussed spying on progressives in the state. Private investigators hired by the Democrat-dominated Legislature are looking to see whether Shea and three others discussed spying on liberals in Spokane, a progressive city in conservative eastern Washington. Shea reportedly named potential targets for surveillance, including a college professor and an organizer for the liberal group Indivisible. According to Signal encrypted chat messages published last month in The Guardian, one of Shea’s co-conspirators suggested “hoisting communists up flag poles.” A report by The Spokesman-Review, citing emails, showed that Shea compiled dossiers on liberal City Council members from Spokane, looked into buying GPS trackers, and wanted to “turn back the tide” of Islam in the United States. Shea lost a leadership position in the state House last year after admitting he distributed a manifesto that called for killing non-Christian males that don’t follow biblical law.


Wisconsin Dem governor removes 82 Scott Walker appointees added during lame-duck session

Nixon, Reagan

Saturday Night Massacre refers to a series of events that took place in the United States on the evening of Saturday, October 20, 1973
President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox
Richardson refused and resigned effective immediately.
Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox; Ruckelshaus refused, and also resigned.
Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox.
Bork carried out the dismissal as Nixon asked.
Nixon resigned on Friday, August 9, 1974
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate rejected his nomination.

That racist Reagan recording just confirmed what my community already knew. I grew up in one of Reagan's so-called Drug Free Zones, where bricks of cocaine featuring his face were sold. Ronald Reagan was the first president I could remember, and though I was still in elementary school when he left office, his name lingered in my neighborhood for two reasons. The first came from my dad and uncles calling him “a racist clown who doesn’t deserve to be president” and the other came from the older street guys who praised the Reagan Administration for flooding the inner cities with cocaine. There’s never been a hiring boom from inner city black Baltimore. Selling cocaine, which eventually turned into the creation of the crack era, both fed and destroyed a countless amount of black families. How could a sitting U.S. president contribute to this wholesale destruction of communities? Sounds like a conspiracy, right?

The Reagan-Nixon “monkeys” tape fills the gap between what the Gipper said and what he meant. The Democratic president was referencing a speech Reagan had made to a nearly all-white crowd of 15,000 at Mississippi’s Neshoba County Fair. “I believe in states’ rights,” Reagan had said on Aug. 3, 1980, explaining that he intended to “restore to the states and local communities those functions that properly belong there.” Reagan’s appearance at the fair was part of a strategy, articulated by a Republican official in a 1979 letter, to send the eventual nominee to venues that might draw “George Wallace–inclined voters,” who had begun supporting Republicans as segregationist politicians left the Democratic Party. The Neshoba County Fair, the New York Times reported in 1980, was known for playing host to candidates who delivered “bitter racist diatribes.” It was also located just a few miles away from where civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered in 1964. “Both before and after the killing of those three men,” I wrote in my book, The Queen, “political authorities in the state had invoked states’ rights as a kind of threat—a warning that integrationists and the federal government give the state leave to handle its own affairs.” A decade and a half later, it sounded like Reagan was whistling a similar tune. via @slate

Reagan disparaged 'monkeys from those African countries' in call with Nixon in unearthed tapes. Reagan called Nixon in October 1971 — the day after a landmark United Nations vote to recognize the People’s Republic of China — and referenced how the Tanzanian delegation was dancing in the General Assembly after the vote, according to an audio clip of the exchange posted by The Atlantic. "Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan says. “Yeah,” Nixon cuts in. Reagan replies, laughing: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!" racist

Corruption, Duncan Hunter

Former Rep. Hunter to serve sentence at Texas prison. Former Rep. Duncan Hunter will serve his 11-month prison sentence for misusing campaign funds at a facility in West Texas, his attorney told the San Diego Union-Tribune Friday. According to the paper’s Andrew Dyer, Hunter will report to Federal Correctional Institute La Tuna, in the El Paso suburb of Anthony, on Jan. 4. He will serve in a minimum-security satellite camp, according to CQ Roll Call.


Margaret Hunter was sentenced Monday to eight months’ home confinement and three years’ probation for her role in a criminal conspiracy with her husband, former Rep. Duncan Hunter, to illegally use his campaign money for personal purposes. The sentencing Monday of Margaret Hunter, 45, wife and former campaign manager for former Rep. Duncan Hunter, 43, closes a case that began more than four years ago with questions about unusual campaign spending. Last year, Margaret and Duncan Hunter each pleaded guilty in separate agreements to one felony count of conspiring to convert more than $150,000 in campaign money to personal use. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison and is scheduled to surrender in January. It had been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The office of Vice President Mike Pence used political pressure to get former Missouri governor Eric Greitens reinstated into the Navy despite those in command stating they wanted nothing to do with the scandal-plagued former SEAL, the Kansas City Star reported Saturday. The Star obtained 850 pages of documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request which showed top brass at the Navy were extremely concerned with Greitens’ history, which included a 2018 felony charge of sexual misconduct and another felony charge for computer tampering. Though both charges were eventually dropped, Greitens, who won Missouri’s gubernatorial race as an unlikely outsider candidate in 2016, was forced to resign from office.

Duncan Hunter may delay prison term until 2021 due to coronavirus. Hunter was sentenced to 11 months earlier this year after the San Diego Republican pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law by spending campaign funds on personal matters. At the time of his March sentencing, U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said Hunter was not required to surrender until May given the pervasive threat of infection. California has since gone into lockdown under a statewide order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, and correctional facilities have tried to reduce their populations to control the spread of the coronavirus inside. Attorneys for Hunter and the government filed a motion on Tuesday to push back Hunter's report date until January 2021. In exchange, Hunter would not seek to modify his term or claim that his home confinement counted toward the 11-month prison stint. "The parties submit this extension is appropriate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown impacts the disease will have in the coming months," the filing says.

Sex, Lies and Credit Cards: Duncan Hunter’s Crimes, Courage Laid Out for Judge. includes links to all documents.

Prosecutors Use Photos, Receipts to Argue for Ex-Rep Hunter’s Longer Prison Sentence. Prosecutors said the Hunter family’s “profligate lifestyle” depleted their bank accounts and drove them deep into debt. According to the government’s sentencing memo, Hunter once had to ask his wife, Margaret, if they had enough money to buy a pair of nail clippers. “In order to support their spending and pay their bills, the Hunters turned to pilfering hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by citizens” that by law could only be used to fund his congressional campaigns. “Beginning as early as 2009, the Hunters used campaign funds to purchase items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets, and golf outings; as trivial as video games, beachwear and coffee; as mundane as groceries, utilities and garage doors; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and designer face cream,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern.

New details of misconduct by former Rep. Duncan Hunter emerge ahead of sentencing

Donations to Rep. Duncan Hunter plummet following his guilty plea, latest campaign filing shows. “The campaign is in the process of concluding its operation,” Michael Harrison, a spokesman for Hunter wrote in a statement responding to the Union-Tribune’s questions on Friday. “As it does so, it will continue to adhere to all federal regulations and requirements, as well as work to meet its financial obligations.”

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Read Letters of Resignation by Rep. Duncan Hunter, Quitting Congress Jan. 13

Rep. Duncan Hunter tenders resignation, will resign from office Monday. Convicted congressman’s resignation enables Gov. Newsom to call for a special election.

Hunter will likely receive his taxpayer-funded congressional pension despite guilty plea. No member of Congress has been known to have their pension benefits taken away, and legal and policy experts doubt Hunter’s felony offense will warrant him being the first.

House Ethics Committee warns Hunter to refrain from voting in light of guilty plea. Committee says Rep. Duncan Hunter violated House rules by voting while he faces a prison sentence that could be greater than two years.

Issa says Trump clemency for Hunter could save imprisonment costs. DeMaio, another candidate for the congressman’s seat, calls a pardon ‘the wrong message to the American people’.

Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds. The California congressman showed no emotion in the courtroom when he pleaded guilty to misusing campaign money. via @politico

Duncan Hunter used campaign funds for daughter's Irish dance competition trip, prosecutors say #FoxNews

Duncan Hunter Corruption Trial Pushed Back Till Late January. This is the second time U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan has delayed the trial. Both delays have to do with Hunter's attempt to have the case thrown out on constitutional grounds. The congressman claims his rights under the Constitution's speech or debate clause have been violated. He's argued in a motion that he cannot be prosecuted for actions that are considered part of his job as a legislator. Whelan dismissed the motion in July, saying the claim was "wholly without merit." via @KPBSnews

Former Top Prosecutors Weigh In On Hunter Corruption Case. This week a federal judge pushed back to next January the trial date for Congressman Duncan Hunter's campaign finance corruption case, thus extending for months the debate over whether Hunter is guilty of misusing campaign cash or the victim of partisan politics.

Duncan Hunter's trial pushed back, pending appeal of ruling via @politico

Will Carl DeMaio run for Congress to unseat Rep. Duncan Hunter? “Too many Californians are thinking of fleeing our state because they cannot afford the cost of living and disagree with the extreme socialist agenda being advanced by the Democrats. I refuse to flee – I plan to fight. To take back our state, we need a new generation of California leaders who are willing to fight and have a record of getting reform done. The old guard of California Republican leaders have shown they aren’t willing or able to lead the fight to take back our state from the Democrats – or worse, like Mr. Hunter, they are tied up in court facing criminal charges. Can I best help lead the fight by winning this US Congressional seat or by remaining on the airwaves and chairing Reform California? I’m grateful to all who have reached out to me with their input and words of encouragement on this important question, and I'll explain my decision Monday.” via @CBS8

Marines order Duncan Hunter to stop using Corps emblem in campaign. The California Republican used the Marine Corps emblem in a campaign mailer that tied his Democratic opponent and two Democratic congresswomen to terror. via @nbcnews

Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California. The incumbent Republican is set to stand trial for misusing campaign funds this fall.“Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ammar Campa-Najjar ... these three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-semitism or family-terrorist ties!” a note from Hunter states on the back side of the mailer. “But as a Marine I’ll never forget the 1983 Beirut bombings and the 1972 Olympic murders!” Hunter’s campaign confirmed that it is distributing the mailer, which solicits contributions from donors. “It is a piece put out by Congressman Hunter’s campaign,” said Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison. “It’s a hard-hitting piece because these are significant issues that our opponent refuses to acknowledge. This is just yet another example of a full-time candidate doing anything to get some attention because after three straight years of campaigning, Ammar has failed to gain any traction on substantive issues that affect our district.”

‘White Power’ or ‘OK’ Sign? Duncan Hunter Raked for Man in July 4 Photo. the man in a “Trump 2020” T-shirt is Kristopher “Kris” Wyrick, recognizable for his goatee.

Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial can detail alleged affairs

An intimate look at everything Duncan Hunter allegedly bought with campaign money via @MotherJones

A Republican Now Says He Spent Money During Booty Calls For A Legit “Political Purpose”. California Rep. Duncan Hunter told a court Friday he was actually working when he spent campaign money on weekend getaways, date nights, golf outings, bar tabs, and Uber rides during the affairs. “Mr. Hunter’s relationships with [the women] often served an overtly political purpose that would not have existed irrespective of his occupation,” Hunter’s lawyers argued in a Friday court filing, contending his relationship with these women “includes a professional aspect.” via @dominicholden

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Cheat on His Wife: Feds. Prosecutors alleged the Republican congressman used campaign funds to woo three lobbyists and one aide to a member of the GOP leadership team. In Jan. 2010, Hunter flew to Lake Tahoe under the guise of attending an annual convention for a non-profit but with the alleged intention of a planned “ski vacation as one of [the pair’s] first solo getaways.” “Hunter’s flight landed at 2:10 p.m., and he rented a car from the airport Alamo, using $350 in campaign funds,” the DOJ’s motion said. “By 11:39 p.m. he had checked into their room at the Hyatt and visited the hotel’s Cutthroat’s Saloon for a Sam Adams (which he paid for with $7 in campaign funds).” By the time the two checked out three days later, Hunter had spent $1,008 “skiing, ordering room service, and enjoying the amenities of the full-service resort” using campaign funds. Three months later, Hunter allegedly took another unidentified lobbyist to Virginia Beach for “double date road trip” with another congressman. Prosecutors alleged that Hunter used hundreds in campaign funds to pay for a hotel bar tab and room.

Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs. this latest DoJ file reveals that Duncan Hunter had an affair with at least three different lobbyists, one of his own staff members, and an aide to a member of the GOP leadership team.


Rep. Duncan Hunter Scores 100 Percent on FRC Action's New Scorecard: @FRCAction

Hunter wants federal case dismissed because prosecutors attended Clinton event. Should a judge reject his plea to have the case thrown out, Hunter's attorneys are asking to have the local U.S. Attorney's office recused from the case. via @CBS8

Legal fight tougher for Marine vet Rep. Duncan Hunter as wife pleads guilty. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked as his campaign manager, pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and acknowledged being a co-conspirator with her husband in spending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Margaret Hunter accepted a plea deal that calls for 59 charges to be dismissed in exchange for her testimony, full cooperation with prosecutors and other concessions. The conspiracy charge to which she pleaded includes all the allegations contained in the 60-count indictment.

Hunter, who worked as her husband’s campaign manager, appeared in U.S. court and changed a previous not guilty plea. “I am deeply remorseful and I apologize,” she said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife to change plea in campaign spending fraud case via @fox5sandiego

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter told a Ramona audience Saturday that he’s guilty of the same behavior that led to Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher being charged with war crimes — posing with a dead combatant.

California congressman defends war crimes suspect. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too: Taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” the California Republican said at a border-issues forum in Ramona, Calif., according to the Times of San Diego.

Congressman Hunter attends meeting on Border security. Representative Duncan Hunter -R (CA-50) kicked off his Memorial Day weekend in Ramona, at a town hall-style meeting. He and his father, former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. - R were guest speakers at "The Border: Then and Now!" event, hosted by a conservative group, American Liberty Forum- Ramona.

Rep. Duncan Hunter and father to talk immigration

Congressman vows to seek Trump pardon for accused Navy SEAL. Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will ask President Donald Trump to pardon a Navy SEAL if he is found guilty of murder in the stabbing of an Iraqi war prisoner. Hunter, R-Calif., screened combat footage collected from a helmet camera to a group of lawmakers Wednesday, saying the footage exonerates Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of one of the charges against him. "I wanted to give them an opportunity firsthand to see there is no case," Hunter told a small group of reporters after the screening. He said he believes Gallagher is innocent and a war hero and admonished the military justice system, calling it "absolutely broken" and "rigged." "I don't trust the Navy to give him a fair trial, but I think with all of the focus on this case that he stands more of a chance of getting a fair trial now," Hunter said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Faked a Border Wall Crossing on Facebook via @RollingStone

Rep. Hunter Hops Border Barrier — But Not Into Mexico as Video Suggests

Rep. Duncan Hunter posts video climbing over border fence

Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’ via @RollCall

Duncan Hunter visits border in Yuma after mayor declares emergency via @fox5sandiego

Congressman Duncan Hunter Revives Hate Campaign for 2020 via @dougporter506

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore campaign, PAC spend 6 figures on ‘constituent outreach’ via @reviewjournal

One of the craziest House races of 2018 is already headed for a rematch via @MotherJones

Campaign for Rep. Duncan Hunter spends at theme park, disputes drone charges

'They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile

Congressman Duncan Hunter turns up pressure on Navy in SEAL war crimes case

Twenty House Republicans Donated to Duncan Hunter's Islamophobic Campaign via @readsludge

Trump should stop court-martial of Navy SEAL accused of murdering ISIS prisoner, Hunter says. "South American criminal illegal aliens are provided with better access to legal representation than our nation’s elite warriors because bureaucratic lawyers in the Navy justice system see this situation as an opportunity to make their name and advance their career." The charge sheet said that Gallagher "did ... with premeditation, murder a wounded male person" under his care by "stabbing him in the neck and body with a knife" while battling ISIS in Mosul in May 2017. via @fox5sandiego

Terrorism, QAnon, persistent ISIS threat, White-Nationalist Trump terrorism

Conspiracy theories, explained. Americans are embracing dangerous conspiratorial beliefs, from QAnon to coronavirus denial.

Was the Identity of Q Really Just Revealed? What the latest revelations about the pro-Trump conspiracy theory really tell us.

Patriot Coalition: Leaked Messages Show Far-Right Group's Plans for Portland Violence.

White supremacist killed in shootout with California deputies. The shooting took place Thursday morning when deputies at first tried to conduct a traffic stop on Christopher Michael Straub, 38, near a cemetery. Straub got out of his vehicle and ran through the vineyards of the cemetery, the release said. California deputies found multiple weapons and ammunition in Christopher Straub's vehicle after he was killed in a shootout with deputies. Templeton is about 114 miles west of Bakersfield.

How to cure people afflicted with conspiracy theories.

QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer. On Thursday, fact-checking site published a report alleging it discovered Jason Gelinas of Berkeley Heights as the "sole developer and mouthpiece" of

A Logically investigation identifies a key QAnon figure as New Jersey resident Jason Gelinas. The investigation ties QAnon properties to a company owned by Gelinas, an information technology specialist who has held prominent positions at both Credit Suisse and Citigroup. Over the years, Q’s posts would move from the 4chan forum to 8chan, and finally to its later iteration, 8kun. But these forums weren’t where most of Q’s followers would go to access the drops: most would find them neatly compiled on a site called QMap, now the main platform on which Q’s drops are published. For years it was believed that QMap was an endeavour that was independent of both the chan forums and the person or people posting Q’s drops, but recent discoveries concerning an IP address behind QMap raised questions as to whether Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan and 8kun, an elusive figure in his own right, could also be Q. As some QAnon researchers have pointed out, however, the story of Q’s operations does not end with Jim Watkins.

A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter, and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media, and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power. Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar? It is. The same narrative has been repackaged by QAnon. I have studied and worked to prevent genocide for forty years. Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, see such hate-filled conspiracy theories as early warning signs of deadly genocidal violence. The plot, described above, was the conspiracy “revealed” in the most influential anti-Jewish pamphlet of all time. It was called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was written by Russian anti-Jewish propagandists around 1902. It collected myths about a Jewish plot to take over the world that had existed for hundreds of years. Central to its mythology was the Blood Libel, which claimed that Jews kidnapped and slaughtered Christian children and drained their blood to mix in the dough for matzos consumed on Jewish holidays. The Nazis published a children’s book of the Protocols that they required in the curriculum of every primary school in Germany. The Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer (derived from the German word for “Storm”) spread the Blood Libel. Hitler’s Mein Kampf, his narcissistic autobiography and manifesto for his battle against the Jewish plot to rule the world, copied his conspiracy theories from the Protocols. The Nazis worshiped Adolf Hitler as the Leader who would rescue the white race from this secret Jewish plot. Nazi “storm troopers” (“storm detachment” – Sturmabteilung) helped bring Hitler to power. Nazi Germany went on to conquer Europe and murder six million Jews and millions of Roma, Slavs, LGBTQ and other people.

2 arrested as Trump supporters, Proud Boys gather for Labor Day caravan, Salem rally. More than 100 people attended the rally in Salem, including some members of right-wing group the Proud Boys, while a small group of counter-protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement stood nearby. Some in the right-wing group carried guns, baseball bats, sticks and pipes. The Salem Police Department, supported by Oregon State Police, made multiple arrests after rally goers attacked some of the counter-protestors. Videos on social media show right-wing protesters chasing, tackling and assaulting left-wing protestors with weapons, fists and pepper spray. Paintballs were also fired between the two groups. After unfolding a large American flag on the steps of the Capitol, right-wing protesters charged counter-protesters, leaving several injured. Right-wing protestors made a second rush later, tackling and beating at least one person, leading to two arrests. Ty Parker, 53, of Durango, Colorado, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and first-degree intimidation, an Oregon State Police spokesman said. Trenton Wolfskill, 37, of Eugene, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Both were released, police said.

DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report. In three draft reports reviewed by Politico, DHS says the threat posed by white supremacists is more significant than the immediate danger from foreign terrorists. “Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year,” all three documents say. Russia “probably will be the primary covert foreign influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation in the Homeland,” the documents add. “Lone offenders and small cells of individuals motivated by a diverse array of social, ideological, and personal factors will pose the primary terrorist threat to the United States,” the earliest draft reads. “Among these groups, we assess that white supremacist extremists – who increasingly are networking with likeminded persons abroad – will pose the most persistent and lethal threat. “We judge that ideologically-motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland through 2021, with white supremacist extremists presenting the most lethal threat,” it adds. None of the drafts refer to Antifa, the loose association of anti-fascist groups that President Trump and Republicans have described as dangerous anarchists and terrorists, though two drafts discuss groups who want to exploit the “social grievances” driving lawful protests.

The Birth of QAmom. Parenting influencers have embraced sex-trafficking conspiracy theories — and it’s taking QAnon from the internet into the streets. With her bouncy, honey-streaked hair, tastefully pastel-and-beige-hued grid and effortless ability to wear such garments as shapeless khaki rompers, Ciara Chanel Self, a Dallas, Texas-based interior designer and parent of a toddler, appears on Instagram to be the prototypical mom influencer. She regularly posts aspirational photos of cream-colored nurseries, 2-year-olds’ birthday parties, and apple-cheeked toddlers gallivanting by ocean sunsets. Only one highlight on her Instagram stories would seem to indicate otherwise: a tab labeled “woke,” where she has compiled conspiracy theories about Ghislaine Maxwell and the “global elite pedophile ring” afflicting our nation. “Child trafficking, torture, rape, and murder…we should be rioting in the streets you guys. Yet NO ONE is talking about this,” she writes, concluding with the hashtag #SaveTheChildren and the exhortation “dark to light.”

Abstract: The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged in 2017, has quickly risen to prominence in the United States. A survey of cases of individuals who have allegedly or apparently been radicalized to criminal acts with a nexus to violence by QAnon, including one case that saw a guilty plea on a terrorism charge, makes clear that QAnon represents a public security threat with the potential in the future to become a more impactful domestic terror threat. This is true especially given that conspiracy theories have a track record of propelling terrorist violence elsewhere in the West as well as QAnon’s more recent influence on mainstream political discourse.

Jihadist plots used to be U.S. and Europe's biggest terrorist threat. Now it's the far right. An increasing percentage of plans and attacks in the U.S. are linked to far-right activity, said Seth Jones of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

'Disrupt and destroy MS-13': DOJ announces first-ever terrorism charges in nationwide gang crackdown. The announcement came a day after grand juries in New York City and Nevada handed up new charges against nearly two dozen MS-13 members. "It's about the honor of being the most savage, bloodthirsty person you can be and building up a reputation as a killer," Barr said, adding, " That honor is reserved for me, the President and members of the police force."

White supremacist extremists receive higher threat level rating than ISIS in New Jersey. The change comes amid increased rates of crimes linked to white supremacist groups, such as a New Jersey man who allegedly conspired with members of a neo-Nazi network to vandalize synagogues in the Midwest. "The threat from white supremacist extremists is also high due to the number of threats, plots, and attacks in 2019," the report read. "In 2020, white supremacist extremists are likely to cite accelerationism as a motivation for future violent acts, and recruitment efforts promoting extremist ideology continue throughout the State." The report gave anarchist, anti-government, black separatist, militia and sovereign citizen extremists a moderate threat level. It gave Islamic terror groups such as al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS a low threat level, though the report said that ISIS's inspiration of supporters in the U.S. "makes homegrown violent extremists a consistently high threat."

The FBI Makes a Bizarre Claim About Pro-Choice Terrorism. The bureau revamped its homegrown-terror efforts to include “people on either side” of the abortion debate. But there’s almost no evidence of pro-choice violence.

The Department of Homeland Security says that the threat of white supremacy is increasing in the U.S., and it's breeding online. “Similar to how ISIS inspired and connected with potential radical Islamist terrorists, white supremacist violent extremists connect with like-minded individuals online,” the report read. “In addition to mainstream social media platforms, white supremacist violent extremists use lesser-known sites like Gab, 8chan, and EndChan, as well as encrypted channels. Celebration of violence and conspiracy theories about the ‘ethnic replacement’ of whites as the majority ethnicity in various Western countries are prominent in their online circles.”

DHS Just Finally Recognized White Nationalism as a Major Terror Threat. Its the first time the department has placed major emphasis on countering the threat of white nationalism coming from inside the U.S.

There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren't stopped, authorities say. In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department. Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Friday after he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of disturbing texts in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The ex-girlfriend alerted authorities. In the messages, the 25-year-old said he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, the sheriff's office said in a news release. "A good 100 kills would be nice," one message allegedly read. Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff's office. And in Ohio, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown Jewish community center.

Us Records of Even One. Four days after asking for information on the FBI’s claims of 90 domestic terrorism arrests, we are still waiting. And, frankly, it got kind of weird. The spokeswoman, saying she was speaking “on background,” and thus not to be identified, later suggested that we go on the Department of Justice’s public affairs website and “see what pops up.” So we did. When we typed in domestic terrorism arrests for the past nine months, five cases came up. But only one of the cases actually involved an American arrested for seeking to harm others in the U.S. — Cesar Sayoc, the man recently sentenced to 20 years for mailing 16 explosive devices to a variety of current and former government officials and the philanthropist George Soros.

Trump's DOJ hid shocking report on growing terror threat from white supremacists. The report by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness was distributed throughout DHS and to federal agencies like the FBI earlier this year before it was obtained by Yahoo News. The document includes data Congress has sought from the Trump administration but the Justice Department has been “unable or unwilling” to provide. The report shows that 25 of 46 suspects in 32 domestic terrorism incidents were identified as white supremacists. The 25 suspected white supremacist suspects were responsible for all “race-based” incidents while others were deemed “anti-government extremists” and “single-issue extremists.” “This map reflects 32 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and weapons stockpiling by individuals with a radical political or social agenda who lack direction or influence from foreign terrorist organizations in 2018,” the report said.

Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is a hoax. He’s wrong. As a social ill, white supremacy is difficult to quantify — despite Carlson’s suggestion that a headcount is easily obtainable. But the available data suggests a more pressing story than Carlson's take. While the FBI doesn’t code incidents as being committed by white nationalists, officials reported a 17 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 over the previous year, and more than half were motivated by biases based on race, ethnicity or ancestry. White supremacists killed more people than any other domestic extremist group from 2000-16. An unclassified May 2017 intelligence bulletin, jointly authored by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, found that white supremacist extremists killed more people than any other domestic extremist movement from 2000 to 2016. The Anti-Defamation League reached findings that paralleled the federal agencies’. As a share of all killings committed by right-wing extremists in the United States over the last decade, 76 percent were committed by white supremacists, the Anti-Defamation League told PolitiFact. Last year, 39 of 50 domestic extremist killings were committed by white supremacists, the ADL’s head Jonathan Greenblatt wrote on Twitter in response to Carlson’s claim. via @PunditFact

New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria

A Reformed White-Nationalist Says the Worst Is Yet to Come. That’s the warning of a former violent extremist, Christian Picciolini, who joined a neo-Nazi movement 30 years ago and now tries to get people out of them. White-supremacist terrorists—the ones who have left dozens dead in attacks in Pittsburgh, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in recent months—aren’t just trying to outdo one another, he told us. They’re trying to outdo Timothy McVeigh, the anti-government terrorist who blew up an Oklahoma City federal building and killed more than 100 people in 1995—the worst terrorist attack in the United States before September 11, 2001. Christian Picciolini discusses the mainstreaming of white nationalism, what it takes to de-radicalize far-right extremists, and why the problem is metastasizing.

Cruz: El Paso shooting an act of 'terrorism and white supremacy'. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, as "a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy." “We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation,” Cruz tweeted Sunday. “We are all Americans and we are all standing united with El Paso.” He added that as a “son of a Cuban immigrant,” he is “deeply horrified by the hateful anti-Hispanic bigotry expressed in the shooter’s so-called ‘manifesto.’” “This ignorant racism is repulsive and profoundly anti-American,” he tweeted.

FBI memo warns QAnon poses potential terror threat: report. An FBI document, first reported by Yahoo News, identifies conspiracy theories as potential domestic terrorism threats, specifically identifying QAnon, a group that believes there is a "deep state" working against President Trump, in the memo. The FBI specifically points to QAnon and Pizzagate, a conspiracy theory that claims Hillary Clinton and other top Democratic figures are running a child sex-trafficking ring beneath a pizza shop in Washington, D.C., as examples of groups whose messages could lead to “violent acts.” “The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document, dated May 30, reads. Acts of violence or attempts thereof have already been tied to both of the conspiracy theories.

ISIS militants return to Iraq, continue fight. Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials. About 1,000 fighters have crossed into Iraq during the past eight months, most of them in the aftermath of the caliphate’s collapse in March, said Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst who advises Iraq’s government and foreign aid agencies. Those fighters, mostly Iraqis who followed ISIS into Syria, are now returning home to join militant cells that have been digging into rugged rural areas, sustained by intimate knowledge of the local terrain, including concealed tunnels and other hiding places.

California police release on bail man suspected of threatening to shoot a synagogue. California police arrested a man suspected of making online threats to shoot up a Jewish temple, saying he had a fascination with Adolf Hitler and planned to emulate mass shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego. Ross Farca, a 23-year-old from Concord, California, was charged with making criminal threats, possessing an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rifle, all felonies. Then, over the weekend, police said, Farca was freed on a $125,000 bond.

FBI Dives Into the 8chan Swamp the Poway Shooter Crawled Out of via @dougporter506

This hearing was wild.
First the FBI witness tried to say I was wrong. I tried to be generous + give benefit of doubt, but then we checked. I wasn’t.
Violence by Muslims is routinely treated as “terrorism,” White Supremacist violence isn’t.
Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 5, 2019

FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months @CNNPolitics

Federal response to white supremacist terror threat under scrutiny in wake of Poway attack. Data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League indicates of the 50 deaths in the U.S. last year attributed to extremists, 78 percent were attached to white supremacy or white nationalist ideology. Similarly, over a 10-year period, 313 people were killed by right-wing extremists from 2009 and 2018. Of those, 76 percent were affiliated with white supremacy, the research shows. "The data is overwhelming," Erroll Southers, a former San Diego FBI agent and counterterrorism official, told the Union-Tribune. "The last 10 years suggest our policies and our focus and our resources are all pointed in the wrong direction." But Life After Hate continues to find partners in federal government, particularly DHS and FBI. Agents can refer non-criminal cases to the nonprofit for possible intervention, and the nonprofit has developed a cultural competency training on the violent alt-right for law enforcement and mental health professionals. "There are people still helping us get things done," Rangel said, "even though they can't give us money."

FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama. But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee. The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. FBI Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity told lawmakers on Capitol Hill there are 850 open domestic terrorism investigations, with 40% racially motivated violent extremism. In the Alabama case the group may not have carried out an attack, but the remains of a child believed to belong to Wahhaj, who is being charged with kidnapping were also found on the property in New Mexico. Terror in Alabama and the family connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing Terror in Alabama: Why fringe groups shouldn't be discounted

Democrats accuse Trump administration of trying to ‘obfuscate the white supremacist threat’ with new categories for domestic terrorism. A group of Democratic senators, including three 2020 presidential candidates, on Thursday called for the FBI to rescind a recent change to the way it classifies domestic terrorist incidents, arguing that the move plays down the threat of white supremacy. In the letter, the senators said the FBI has created a new category — “racially-motivated violent extremism” — that “inappropriately” combines white-supremacist incidents with those involving “Black identity extremists.” By doing so, the FBI has “shifted its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat,” the senators said. “Given the large number of white supremacist attacks, we are deeply concerned that this reclassification downplays the significance of the white supremacist threat,” they said. “If we do not understand the scope of the problem, we cannot effectively address it.”

This is an official press release from an elected senator in Australia. far-right independent Queensland Senator Fraser Anning said, “may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators.” Today. Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) Right-wing Australian senator blames ‘immigration’ for New Zealand mosque attacks

Report: ISIS in Syria could resurge within 6 to 12 months after US withdrawal

Experts warn of persistent ISIS threat after suicide bombing

Flawed Terrorism Report Shows Administration’s Skewed Priorities. While over-hyping terrorism committed by immigrants, DOJ is overlooking a bigger threat: terrorist violence from the far right. @brennancenter

Protest, Punch a Nazi, Free Speech

Conservatives staging free speech rally attacked by critics. A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth. A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech.

The man shot dead at a Denver protest was a military veteran, grandfather and avowed patriot who was there to express his support for police and died as his son looked on in horror, according to his mom. Lee Keltner was identified by his mother, Carol, in a Facebook post to the group Northeast Arkansas Tea Party Group. The heartbroken mom said her grandson was with his father when he was killed by a man working as a security guard for a local TV station. “My son Lee was at the patriot rally today in Denver,” she wrote to the group. “After the rally a person on the BLM and Antifa side went up to him said a few nasty words then shot him in the head. He was murdered because he backed the police.” "There was a verbal altercation that transpired. A firearm was discharged," Joe Montoya, Denver Police chief of investigations, said. "An individual was shot and later pronounced deceased. There were two guns recovered at the scene."

Matthew Robert Dolloff: Security Guard Identified as Denver Shooting Suspect. Matthew Robert Dolloff was named in a jail booking report as the security guard who shot and killed a man at dueling protests in Denver, Colorado. The shooting left a man affiliated with the Patriot Rally dead. 9News confirmed it had contracted with the security guard.

1 dead, security guard in custody after shooting near dueling Denver rallies. A private security guard is being held as a suspect in a deadly shooting near the Denver Art Museum, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD). The private security guard in custody was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests. DPD originally took two people into custody and later found the second individual, a 9NEWS producer who works in the investigative unit, was not involved in the incident. The producer is no longer in police custody and is not a suspect. Someone sprayed pepper spray and DPD said that is when at least one shot was fired. DPD reported the victim was being transported to the hospital at 3:49 p.m., and said the victim died an hour later. That victim has not been identified. Two guns were found on the scene, according to DPD.

New Black Lives Matter drawings appear along the La Jolla bike path. BLM supporters say, they will continue to draw no matter how many times the art is washed away.

Nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful despite Trump narrative, report finds. In stark contrast to rightwing claims, 93% of demonstrations have involved no serious harm to people or property.

About 93% of racial justice protests in the US have been peaceful, a new report finds. The report was produced by the US Crisis Project, a joint effort by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and the Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) at Princeton University, which collects and analyzes real-time data on demonstrations and political violence in the US. Despite the peaceful nature of a majority of the Black Lives Matter protests, the authors note that authorities intervened in 9% of them -- or nearly one in 10. Three percent of all other demonstrations, which include unrest over the Covid-19 pandemic, were met with government intervention, the report states. When authorities did intervene, they used force such as tear gas, rubber bullets or pepper spray in more than half of those demonstrations, according to the report. More than 5% of protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement were met with force by authorities, compared to 1% of other demonstrations, the authors wrote.

Portland protest day 86. Counter protestors are rallying today in downtown Portland “Say no to Marxism in America Rally”

The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments. Under pressure from protesters in the former capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney bucked tradition and preempted state law to remove a street of statues, putting his reputation and reelection prospects on the line.

Followup: Here is the entirety of #NFAC leader #GrandmasterJay's speech at the #LouisvilleProtests. Video premiering now. He promised that in four weeks, if there aren't answers in the #BreonnaTaylor case, to "Burn the motherfucker down."

With Trump threatening to deploy more agents to other U.S. cities, we should be paying close attention to what's been happening in Portland. Over the weekend I asked a friend up there, one who's been showing up for the protests regularly, what the scene is really like and if she knew what needed to be shared to a wider audience. The main message? Protesters are hoping people outside Portland understand that "this a fight for all of us." She also shared: Having the FEDS here is super scary for the state of our democracy (and a sign that Trump is a bloody fascist). The local cops have also been gassing and beating up protesters here for weeks with no oversight and little provocation. The clashes between protesters and police here on the ground is isolated to a small area and happens late at night — but the threat to our democracy is real and present. The cops — both local and Feds are brutalizing people, mostly young and dis-enfranchized folks like the houseless and mentally ill. They pepper spray and beat them every night. It is scary to see.

"It's just us normal people out there," he said. "There were a whole group of pregnant moms standing out there linking arms and they got gassed. You hear people like [President] Trump say it's just a bunch of wacko fringe people in liberal cities who are out there, but no way. We're all just normal people who think what's happening is wrong."

Navy vet beaten by federal agents: ‘They came out to fight’. Today, David, who suffered two broken bones in his hand, finds himself a reluctant symbol of the protests taking place in Oregon’s largest city and the federal response to it. Militarized officers from a handful of agencies have been using tear gas, flash-bangs, pepper spray, “less-lethal” impact weapons and other munitions to disperse crowds. “It isn’t about me getting beat up. It’s about focusing back on the original intention of all of these protests, which is Black Lives Matter,” David said in a phone interview Monday with The Associated Press. David, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Navy veteran, was so disturbed by what he’d heard that he came to a protest site outside the federal building in downtown Portland on Saturday night. He put on a sweatshirt with “Navy” emblazoned across the chest and a Navy ballcap, figuring the federal officers would be, like him, a military veteran. He figured they’d listen as he reminded them “that you take the oath to the Constitution; you don’t take the oath to a particular person.” “What they were doing was unconstitutional,” David said. ”Sometimes I worry that people take the oath of office or the oath to the Constitution, and it’s just a set of words that mean nothing. They really don’t feel in their heart the weight of those words.” There was no talking. The federal officers, in full tactical gear, came charging out of the federal building. “They came out in this phalanx, running, and then they plowed into a bunch of protesters in the intersection of the street and knocked them over. They came out to fight,” David said. One officer pointed a semi-automatic weapon at David’s chest, he said, and video shows another shoving him backwards as he tried to talk with the officers. “I took a couple steps back, straightened up, and then just stood my ground right there, arms down by my side,” David recalled. One officer began whacking at David with the baton. When he doesn’t fall or even flinch, another officer sprays him full in the face. David then retreats a few steps while making an obscene gesture. “They are thugs and goons,” David said. “I couldn’t recognize anything tactically that they were attempting to do that was even remotely related to crowd control. It looked to me like a gang of guys with sticks.”

Can we just recognize this absolute badass in a Navy sweater at the Portland Police Association protests.

This Woman Lost Her Job For Sharing Art Showing Lynched KKK Members Because A Colleague Felt "Harassed". Madison Hartmann worked at SeaQuest in Utah, an aquarium and petting zoo, until she shared artistic images in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. "Is hate towards a hate group discrimination?" she asked. "I can’t be the only person that something like this has happened to this week."

Trump-Loving California Couple Charged With Hate Crime For Brazen Vandalism Of Black Lives Matter Mural. The couple recorded defacing a Black Lives Matter mural that was painted in front of a California courthouse have been charged with three misdemeanors, including a hate crime, prosecutors today announced. David Nelson, 53, and Nicole Anderson, 42, are each facing misdemeanor charges in connection with a July 4 incident in Martinez, a city about 25 miles from San Francisco. The decision to charge the couple was made by officials with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Nelson and Anderson are each charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to committ vandalism. If convicted of the charges, the defendants--who share a Martinez address--face up to a year in the county jail. Nelson and Anderson brazenly defaced the yellow BLM mural about an hour after it was painted Saturday afternoon. As seen in videos taken by onlookers, Anderson used a roller with black paint to cover the letters B and L. The mural, which was painted with the permission of city officials, was quickly restored after Saturday’s vandalism.

Black Lives Matter protesters proclaim not all free on Fourth of July. “Not everyone has freedom, not everyone has justice, not everyone is equal — that’s only for White people,” said Diona, an organizer of a march in El Cajon that turned out to be one of Saturday’s largest demonstrations. She declined to give her full name. More than 300 people — most wearing masks, many clad in black — gathered at Prescott Promenade Park in downtown El Cajon for the event, which called for the city to defund its Police Department.

The president RTs a video in which a guy driving with Trump 2020 signs shouts “white power”. Seniors from The Villages in Florida protesting against each other: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!

WARNING GRAPHIC: We Spent A Few Hours On Black Lives Matter Plaza — Here’s What It Looked Like. MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) were charged by a man wearing just a bra, underwear and long socks blocks from the White House on Wednesday. The man appeared to make contact with Holmes Norton, 83, before another man grabbed the individual and pulled him away. Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers captured the incident and posted it on Twitter.

Wisconsin state senator attacked by protesters as demonstrations in Madison turn violent. Amid heated demonstrations that left two statues destroyed and windows smashed in Madison, Wis., a Democratic state senator was reportedly attacked by protesters near the state Capitol. State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had been heading to the State Capitol to work late Tuesday when he stopped to snap a photo of the protesters. “I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,” said Carpenter, 60. Protesters, however, said the lawmaker provoked them, the Journal Sentinel’s Lawrence Andrea reported. In one photo of the melee, Carpenter, dressed in a blue T-shirt and shorts, is standing in the street and looks to be engaged in an animated conversation with at least two people. It is not clear what was said between Carpenter and the protesters before the situation turned violent.

THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE… by FreeCapitolHill. we demand that the use of armed force be banned entirely. No guns, no batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons, especially against those exercising their First Amendment right as Americans to protest.


FBI found "no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement" in May 31 violence, per FBI report leaked to me. That was the same day that Trump vowed to designate Antifa a terrorist organization.

This is CNN? Network apparently recently glorified ICE detention center attacker. The heavily promoted CNN show featured Bell explaining the “Redneck Revolt,” which he identified as gun-toting liberals who defend the Second Amendment and seek to battle the “alt-right” and neo-Nazis. Bell called them “good guys,” going to a gun range with members and even questioning why “more white people” don’t share their viewpoints. One of the men featured on the CNN special appears to be Van Spronsen -- who was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. #FoxNews

Seven Questions With Patriot Prayer's Lawyer. Joey Gibson, the leader of local alt-right contingent Patriot Prayer, has asked the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party to defend him in a $1 million lawsuit. Portland pub Cider Riot sued Gibson in early May, after members of Patriot Prayer appeared at the SE Couch establishment looking to confront people associated with anti-fascist (antifa) groups on May 1. Video captured from the May Day incident shows Patriot Prayer members using insults and mace to harass Cider Riot patrons sitting outside. The visit escalated into a violent street fight, sending at least one person to the hospital. Gibson will be represented by Multnomah County Republican Party Chair James Buchal, a lawyer who specializes in civil litigation. Buchal is also representing a coalition of parents suing Portland Public Schools for allegedly using taxpayer dollars to support anti-gun protests. In the past decade, Buchal's unsuccessfully run for Oregon Attorney General and US Representative. He's opined on alt-right protests in the past. After a white nationalist—who participated in Patriot Prayer rallies—killed two men on the MAX who were trying to prevent his racist attack, Buchal said he feared for the GOP's safety.

Tensions flared at dueling rallies in Washington on Saturday, but police kept Proud Boys and counterprotesters apart. In one effective nonviolent confrontation, members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence marching with hundreds of counterprotesters drowned out an interview by an unidentified right-wing reporter by surrounding her and loudly clacking their hand fans.

The neo-fascist proud boys organized a "free speech" rally in DC today. It flopped. Gavin McInnes, founder of the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys, was struggling to break apart toy handcuffs he had brought onstage. He planned to use them as a metaphor for breaking the chains of what he considers to be the rampant stifling of free speech. “Okay, these are a lot stretchier than I thought they would be,” he confessed to the audience at Saturday’s Washington, DC, rally organized by the Proud Boys and the alt-right. He kept spreading the elastic handcuffs, but they wouldn’t break. McInnes’s botched metaphor took place during a free-speech rally that neo-fascists and members of the alt-right had gathered for at Freedom Plaza, just blocks away from the White House. But maybe his failed handcuff display did turn out to be a metaphor, albeit an unintentional one, for the rest of the generally lackluster event. Organizers had talked a big game before the rally, but it all lost momentum even before the official events began. Big names in the far-right internet community including Pizzagaters Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, and the failed grifter and energetic troll Jacob Wohl, were all scheduled to speak but dropped out. via @MotherJones

Antifa counter-protest aims to drown out Proud Boys rally in Washington amid heavy police presence. Activists began rallying at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington on Saturday morning, where they were met with a heavy police presence as they protested being blocked on social media because of their political views. About two dozens members of the Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed western-chauvinist fraternal group that believes in ending welfare and closing the borders, marched into the park shortly after 10 a.m. Police had shut many roads around the plaza and adjacent Pershing Park, where counter demonstrators gathered under the banner "All Out D.C." They are holding a dance and go-go party to drown out what they decry as "the face of white nationalism and supremacy." The area around Freedom Plaza was heavily barricaded but there was free access to Pershing Park. Among those expected to participate in the counter-rally: the Antifa, black-clad anti-fascists who police blame for violence and destruction in a swath of downtown during President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

White nationalist Planer sentenced in violent 2016 Capitol riot that left 10 hurt. Berkeley teacher-activist Yvonne Felarca; Brown Beret member Michael Williams, who provided security for the counterprotesters; and Porfirio Paz, remain free on bail awaiting Sacramento Superior Court hearings ahead of the September date. Attorneys for Felarca, Paz and Williams, known to their supporters as the “Sacramento 3,” have maintained the three were defending themselves from attack by the hate groups. “It should never be a felony to defend yourself against fascists,” Williams’ attorney Mark Reichel said in January.

Witness says bloody attacks in Portland broke out after one man came to his aid

Ted Cruz Thinks the Portland Mayor Let Antifa Take Over His City. Here's What Really Happened. Antifa often damage property during protests and sometimes get into violent confrontations with police or the far-right — but to date they haven’t been linked to any killings. Rose City Antifa, Portland’s local antifascist chapter, organized a counterprotest Saturday in response to a planned rally by the Proud Boys, a far-right street-fighting gang. The Proud Boys’ rally was dubbed “The Battle of Portland Part Two”, and was planned almost exactly a year since a similar violent rally, which led to four arrests and four people transported to hospital with injuries.

Proud Boys and Allies to Rally in D.C. to Capitalize on ‘Trumpstravaganza’. ‘We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,’ All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said. The event’s website lists a number of right-wing internet provocateurs, including conservative smear-pusher Jacob Wohl, anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, British far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos, and former Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec. The bill also names a host of lesser-known social-media figures, including YouTube prankster-turned-congressional candidate Joey Salads and “Copper Cab,” the YouTuber who became famous in 2010 for the viral “gingers have souls” video. The rally, which will be held just blocks from the White House, is ostensibly about social-media companies banning right-wing figures like Loomer and Wohl. According to Proud Boy leader and event organizer Luke Rohfling, though, the event is also aimed at left-wing antifascist activists after Quillette writer Andy Ngo was attacked last weekend in Portland. While the Proud Boy event’s organizer says the event isn’t officially a Proud Boys rally, Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio is listed on the event’s permit as a supervisor. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is on the speakers’ list, as is Proud Boy and former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The rally organizers’ application for the Freedom Plaza space has been approved, according to a Park Police spokesperson. Just across the street from Freedom Plaza, antifascists and other counterprotesters organized in a coalition calling itself “All Out D.C.” plan to rally against the Proud Boys. “We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,” All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said.

Todd Starnes: Portland’s mayor has turned his city over to Antifa thugs. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is blaming Mayor Wheeler for giving Antifa a free pass to terrorize the citizens of Portland. “To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” Cruz tweeted. #FoxNews

Antifa attack blogger Andy Ngo amid violence at Portland Proud Boys protest

Violence erupts in Portland as Antifa clashes with Proud Boys.

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign. On May 15, Eoin Lenihan, a far-right social media user presented what he said were excerpts from a data set that proved prominent reporters who cover extremist movements were “closely associated” with antifascist activists. He identified himself as an online extremism researcher, despite having no association with any previously known organization that researches extremism. In reality, Lenihan was already an established right-wing troll, now blanket banned for “violating rules against managing multiple Twitter accounts for abusive purposes.” Lenihan’s Twitter thread was met with enthusiasm on the right. His claims—among them that one writer is an “eco-extremist,” that a website that posts court documents is a “doxing site,” and that antifa is “often more violent” than right-wing fascist groups—were taken at face value by outlets including Breitbart, PJ Media, RedState, and Human Events, and RT. via @cjr

KKK group heavily outnumbered by counterprotesters at their own rally in Dayton

What campus free speech? Arizona case shows how far the right will go to stifle dissent

War criminal and snowflake Erik Prince cancels Beloit College talk after student protests, threatens lawsuit

DA charges Oakland man with 3 felonies after attack on conservative activist at UC Berkeley

Therese Patricia Okoumou Climbs Southwest Key Headquarters to Protest Child Detention. As with her famous Statue of Liberty ascension on the Fourth of July, her civil disobedience targeted abuse of immigrants by private and government interests in the United States (over the summer she hung a banner that read “Abolish ICE”).

‘Pro-white’ rally in Georgia canceled, counter-protesters still plan to show up in force

Local group and counter protestors clash on migrant solidarity

Police Riots Violence and heat-rays, Vigilantes, ICE raids, CBP, surveillance, Genocide

When the political divide turned deadly in Portland. The moment Jay Danielson and Michael Reinoehl collided was a random encounter between two armed men with extreme political beliefs. It was also a dangerous harbinger of what the election could bring.

ACROSS THE U.S., TRUMP USED ICE TO CRACK DOWN ON IMMIGRATION ACTIVISTS. Law students mapped out ICE arrests of prominent immigrant activists, as well as other tactics used to squelch dissent.

Controversial group ‘Defend East County’ removed by Facebook. Justin Haskins, leader of Defend East County, heckles Black Lives Matter activists during a Caravan for Justice San Diego rally in downtown Lakeside on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Facebook has removed the 22,000-member Defend East County group from its social media site, the group’s founder and administrator Justin Haskins announced in a post to a separate Facebook group Saturday morning. A Union-Tribune investigation of the group’s activity in August revealed that members frequently talked about inflicting violence on Black Lives Matter protesters, shared memes and videos celebrating right-wing violence against protesters and discussed the baseless Qanon conspiracy theory. Haskins, 37, did not respond to a request for comment Saturday. Another group Haskins administers called “Working Class Patriots” was renamed Saturday with the Defend East County logo featured as both its profile and banner images. “Fascistbook shut Defend East County down,” Haskins wrote in the “DEC Conservatives” Facebook group.

KSP training slideshow quotes Hitler, advocates ‘ruthless’ violence. One slide, titled “Violence of Action,” in addition to imploring officers to be “ruthless killer[s],” instructs troopers to have “a mindset void of emotion” and to “meet violence with greater violence.” A line from Adolf Hitler’s fascist and anti-Semitic manifesto, Mein Kampf, is featured in the slide: “the very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”

Whitmer kidnap plot: possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says. A man accused in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a fight with the alleged ringleader, was against the violent plan and was out of the loop in the months before his arrest, his lawyer says. The public defender for Pete Musico, 42, of Munith, spelled out during a bond hearing Friday in Jackson County a timeline of accusations which he says works in his client’s favor. Musico is one of 14 men charged in the plot, which prosecutors say took on various iterations with multiple targets and was meant to instigate a civil war. Six men face federal kidnapping charges, but Musico is one of eight men charged at the state level. He faces counts of the threat of terrorism, gang membership, providing material support for a terrorist act, and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A truck driver who drove into a large crowd of protesters on a bridge in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd was charged Thursday with two criminal counts. Hennepin County prosecutors charged Bogdan Vechirko, of Otsego, with making threats of violence, a felony, and criminal vehicular operation, a gross misdemeanor, the Star Tribune reported. Prosecutors allege that he sought to “scare” protesters out of his path and could have seen them with plenty of time to stop before his truck reached them.

Self-described Proud Boy Alan Swinney denied release, described as a ‘lightning rod’ for violence.

Proud Boy brawler Tusitala ‘Tiny’ Toese sentenced to 6 months in Portland jail. Toese, a Vancouver-area resident, landed behind bars on a probation violation several days after he was spotted walking among self-described anti-Marxist demonstrators in Portland on Aug. 22. He had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in January that stemmed from a 2018 beating in Northeast Portland. Circuit Judge Kathleen Dailey barred Toese, 24, from attending Portland protests for two years in that case and ordered him to pay $1,800 to Timothy Ledwith, the man he and an associate attacked.

Boogaloo Bois say 'unity is the mission' at Capitol rally. The earliest members of the Boogaloo Bois movement were neo-Nazis and white supremacists, but some factions have since adopted a more libertarian bent and sought to distance themselves from those origins, according to experts. On Saturday, those at the rally said the movement is preaching unity and collaboration and disavowed both racist beliefs and violence, despite recent reports that the men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had ties to the movement. The Saturday rally drew between 75 and 100 people – many in Hawaiian shirts and carrying weapons. Those attending the rally mulled about the sidewalks along Michigan Avenue, answering questions from the media and passersby.

New and shocking details revealed at hearing for Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot.

13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts. A wide-ranging Free Press investigation into the defendants found many who vented their anger at government in Michigan both online and in person.

Man In Militia Plot To Kidnap Michigan Governor Shared Stage With Extremist Sheriff. Fox17 showed footage of Null appearing onstage at the rally, carrying a long gun and standing alongside Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf as the sheriff lashed out at Whitmer in a speech to the crowd. In a shocking interview with Fox 17 on Thursday, Leaf said he had no regrets for having appeared at the rally with the recently arrested militiaman. He added that he knew Null — as well as his identical twin, Michael, who was also arrested in the terror plot — and called the brothers “nice” and “respectful.” He also appeared to defend the Nulls’ motive for the alleged kidnapping plot, arguing that there’s a legal argument to be made that Whitmer should be arrested for imposing coronavirus restrictions. What Leaf did not address in his Fox 17 interview, however, is his membership in the right-wing extremist “constitutional sheriffs” movement — a close ally of America’s armed militias — that has gained a concerning momentum during the era of President Donald Trump.

Volunteer lawyers will advise military personnel who question the legality of orders during protests, election disputes. The Orders Project formed in response to the use of force against protesters this summer in Lafayette Square, two of the founders said in an interview Friday. "Military personnel don't have to follow an unlawful order, but they take a risk when deciding not to," said Eugene Fidell, one of the country's leading experts on military law and an Orders Project co-founder. "The lack of clarity should be emphasized here - we didn't find any military case law where the issue of obedience to orders was litigated in a context where personnel were deployed domestically," said Brenner Fissell, an associate professor of law at Hofstra University and an Orders Group co-founder.

13 charged in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The six charged by the federal government are Michigan residents Adam Fox, 37, Ty Garbin, 24, Kaleb Franks, 26, Daniel Harris, 23, Brandon Caserta, 32, and Delaware resident Barry Croft, 44. The seven people charged by the state are Paul Bellar, 21, Shawn Fix, 38, Eric Molitor, 36, Michael Null, 38, William Null, 38, Pete Musico, 42, Joseph Morrison, 42. They face a variety of firearm and terror charges.

A mentally ill man, a heavily armed teenager and the night Kenosha burned. Cast by conservatives as a battle between antifa agitators and a right-wing ‘patriot,’ this summer’s deadliest protest-related incident was not quite what it seemed. Joseph Rosenbaum — depressed, homeless and alone — didn’t belong to either side. He had spent most of his adult life in prison for sexual conduct with children when he was 18 and struggled with bipolar disorder. That day, Aug. 25, Rosenbaum was discharged from a Milwaukee hospital following his second suicide attempt in as many months and dumped on the streets of Kenosha. His confrontation hours later with Kyle Rittenhouse, a heavily armed teenager who had answered the call for “patriots,” kicked off a chain of violence — the deadliest of the summer — that left Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, dead. A third victim, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, lost a chunk of his right biceps but survived.

Internal investigation: Louisville police told no 'suspicious' packages sent to Breonna Taylor's home. Louisville police were repeatedly told there were no packages, "suspicious or otherwise," delivered to Breonna Taylor's home in connection to a drug investigation, according to testimony in an internal LMPD report. That runs counter to information a police detective provided to a judge who approved the warrant for Taylor's apartment, where officers shot and killed her during an early-morning raid March 13. Police believed a drug suspect, Jamarcus Glover, was getting packages at her home.

Internal document shows Trump officials were told to make comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse. In prepping DHS officials for questions about Rittenhouse, the document suggests they say he took a gun to Kenosha "to help defend small business owners."

Just days after a grand jury issued no charges against the Louisville officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, evidence from the case is leaking on social media and digital news sites, raising questions about the investigation into her death. Video footage reviewed by The Courier Journal appearing to come from body cameras worn by Louisville Metro Police officers at Taylor's apartment March 13 shows potential violations of policies designed to maintain the integrity of the investigation. In a clip posted Saturday by the digital site VICE News, former Detective Brett Hankison can be seen entering Taylor's apartment while investigators are inside working the scene after her death. Hankison was one of three officers who fired their guns at Taylor's apartment that night. He was fired and charged with wanton endangerment after some of his bullets went into an occupied apartment next to Taylor's. Detective Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove fired more than 30 rounds after Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot when the officers broke in the door while trying to serve a "no-knock" search warrant. Walker said he didn't realize police were at the door.

A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices — including one that’s been called a “heat ray” — to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Square. In written responses to questions from a House committee, National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the Defense Department’s lead military police officer for the National Capital Region sent an email asking if the D.C. National Guard possessed a long-range acoustic device — used to transmit loud noises — or an “Active Denial System,” the so-called heat ray.

Police Riots and Violence and harassment, Vigilantes, ICE raids, CBP, surveillance, Genocide

What exactly is happening with the new L.A. County sheriff? But Villanueva has faced mounting controversies since being sworn in as the county’s 33rd sheriff less than a year ago. He has reinstated troubled deputies who had previously been fired, attacked his predecessor’s jail reforms and come under fire for the continued role of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the county jail system. The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. (The issue of “deputy gangs” far predates Villanueva’s ascent, but the inquiry “marks the return of federal law enforcement authorities tasked with digging around in the Sheriff’s Department,” as a Times story noted earlier this month.) The progressive support that helped secure Villanueva’s surprising victory has since dissipated. The new sheriff has faced scrutiny from county supervisors, department watchdogs and some of the “contract cities” within L.A. County that are policed by the Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles magazine recently called him “the Donald Trump of L.A. law enforcement.” On Friday, The Times revealed that Villanueva’s own son was hired to be a deputy seven months after his father took office, despite the son having a record that would probably generate scrutiny. Los Angeles Times reporter Maya Lau has covered the Sheriff’s Department for the last two and a half years, breaking numerous major stories about the agency. I spoke with her to get a better read on what’s been happening in the agency, and who exactly Villanueva is.

As Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies tackled Josie Huang to the street on Saturday night, the reporter for NPR affiliate KPCC screamed repeatedly she was a journalist. Deputies arrested her anyway, leaving her with scrapes, bruises, a five-hour stay in custody — and an obstruction charge that carries up to a year in jail. Police claimed Huang, who also reports for LAist, didn’t have credentials and ignored demands to leave the area. But those claims are contradicted by video Huang shared on Sunday showing her quickly backing away from police when ordered to do so and repeatedly identifying herself as a journalist. Huang said she also had a press badge around her neck.

A Police Car Flung A Person Onto The Street During A Trump Protest In California. One video showed a second demonstrator falling onto his back as the car sped off. In another video documenting the protest, a Volvo was captured swerving into a group of protesters in the street, nearly striking multiple people.

'It seems systematic': Doctors group finds 115 cases of head injuries from crowd control weapons during nationwide protests. It's the most comprehensive tally of such injuries to date, with about twice as many victims as USA TODAY and Kaiser Health News cited in a July examination of how police across the U.S. wielded the weapons to control crowds. But Physicians for Human Rights, the organization that compiled the incidents, believes even its figures are an undercount because its analysis is based on publicly available data and excluded some reports without adequate evidence. The organization identified Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles as hotspots during the period studied, May 26 to July 27.

Extended video, radio calls provide details of ambush attack on L.A. County sheriff’s deputies. Omar Williams, who lives near the Metro station on Willowbrook Avenue, said he was saddened if not surprised to learn someone had shot a police officer, an act he called “the work of an evil person.” Williams, 40, had taken part in protests against racism and police brutality earlier in the summer, but he’d recently sensed in the crowds a heightened anger. “You could hear the chatter in the crowd,” he said. “You could feel the tension. You could tell something was going to happen.” He believes the police have at times abused their authority and subjected Black people in Compton and elsewhere to “years of hostility.” Those abuses shouldn’t be forgotten, he said.

We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors. These 68 videos show clear apparent instances of police officers escalating violence during protests. Most departments refused to share details about investigations and discipline or even officers’ names. Here’s what we learned about each case.

Police Turn California’s Lynch Law Against Protests. San Diego cops treat a struggle against arrest as vigilante violence. The word lynching was removed from the law in 2015, but the statute, California Penal Code 405a, otherwise preserves its original 1872 language, making it a felony to participate “in the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer.” The text does not specify that the riot be planned or racially motivated, or that the person be taken away from police custody with murderous intent. It seems perverse to arrest someone protesting police misconduct under a law meant to forbid extrajudicial killings. But even in its original form, the lynching law was built around the needs of law enforcement. The 19th-century statute did not explicitly criminalize the mob murder of people of color—an integral part of their removal from parts of California where white people wanted to live—but it made it illegal to embarrass the authorities while doing so.

Witness says officers never gave commands before firing at Portland shooting suspect. Officers who first confronted Michael Forest Reinoehl outside an apartment complex in Thurston County last week yelled no warnings or commands before firing and killing the Oregon man wanted on a murder warrant in the death of a right-wing demonstrator in Portland, according to a witness now represented by a lawyer. Nathaniel Dingess, 39, lives in the apartment complex near Lacey where Reinoehl apparently was hiding. Dingess said he saw Reinoehl walk toward his car holding a cellphone in his hand when two unmarked law enforcement vehicles converged outside the complex in the 7600 block of Third Way Southeast last Thursday night. Officers began firing at Reinoehl, according to a statement issued by Dingess’ lawyer, Luke Laughlin, on his behalf. Reinoehl ducked for cover near his car, but it was blocked by police cars and he never got into it, according to Dingess. “Officers shot multiple rapid-fire rounds at Reinoehl before issuing a brief ‘stop’ command, quickly followed by more rapid-fire shooting by additional officers,” according to the statement. Dingess said he never saw a handgun on Reinoehl or saw him reach for anything.

Seattle closing park to Christian rally amid Antifa riots is 'height of hypocrisy’: Let Us Worship organizer. 'It was obviously a targeting and discrimination towards believers in the city,' pastor said.

Two arrested in Portland after Trump supporters, Proud Boys clash with far-left demonstrators. One man in a bulletproof vest beat a counter-protester with what appeared to be a baseball bat.

Unmarked Car Escapee In Viral Video Was Suspect in Drug Case, FBI Says. Federal authorities said Monday that a woman who fled federal custody and ran into a crowd of protesters Saturday had been arrested by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute meth, heroin and fentanyl to a 2019 federal gang and narcotics case. Protesters then encircled the woman and blocked the agents from her. A member of the protesting group designated as a medic then assists the woman, according to the video. The two agents, who wore civilian clothes, walked back to their car near the San Diego jail and called for medical assistance, the federal authorities reported. Paramedics responded to the scene along with a large police presence, which separated protesters from the woman. She was then taken to a local hospital, the FBI said. The FBI has opened an investigation into the incident.

Amid ongoing civil rights demonstrations in Seattle, protesters, journalists, and even people blocks from the action have reported abnormal menstrual cycles after being exposed to tear gas. "The reason why there is no data about this is that these chemicals started out as agents of war and were studied — if at all — in a male population," said Dr. Emily Norland, a gynecologist with Seattle's Polyclinic. "In medicine, we look to studies in order to understand the causal relationship of an exposure to an effect," she said. "It is very challenging and takes large numbers and carefully constructed groups to exclude confounders." CS gas, released via aerosol canisters, is widely favored among law enforcement agencies when it comes to riot control agents. The chemical is known to induce irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs, and its incapacitating effects are typically temporary. But suffering more serious consequences, including blindness, chemical burns, and even death, is possible. In a 2017 article, Italian researchers cited potential gastrointestinal complications as a result of CS gas exposure, including vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. They also pointed to evidence suggesting CS gas may cause mutations and structural changes to genetic material. The Geneva Convention, an international set of mandates on armed conflict, declared the use of chemical and biological warfare, and thus tear gas, unlawful in 1925. Even so, it wasn't until 1997 that the Chemical Weapons Convention went into effect, outlawing the production and stockpiling of such munitions "to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons." Those mandates, however, do not apply to the use of chemical weapons by law enforcement agencies.

New Video Shows how Stephen Miller Helped Turn Homeland Security Into a Race War Propaganda Shop. The Border Patrol video includes false and misleading headlines and a fictionalized murder set to horror-movie music. The Trump administration’s white supremacist propaganda machine reached a new low with a video featuring false migrant crime statistics and a fictionalized story about a dark-skinned migrant murdering a man with a knife. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by Border Patrol, part of the Department of Homeland Security. It reflects the influence of Trump’s senior adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller, who was introduced to white supremacist ideas as a teenager and helped radicalize the Department of Homeland Security by elevating far-right union leaders in 2016, as I report in my book Hatemonger.

Portland killing suspect and victim had guns, documents say. The documents said victim Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer, was wearing a loaded Glock pistol in a holster and had bear spray and an expandable metal baton when someone said something like “wanna go,” which is frequently a challenge to a fight. Authorities have said they believe antifa supporter Michael Forest Reinoehl, who was fatally shot by federal agents late Thursday in Washington state, then opened fire and killed Danielson after he took part in a caravan of President Donald Trump supporters who drove pickup trucks through downtown Portland. Some of the Trump supporters fired paint ball pellets at counter-demonstrators, while Black Lives Matter protesters tried to block the vehicles.

What is Patriot Prayer, the pro-Trump group whose member was killed in Portland? Group was created by activist Joey Gibson, who has led protests in Portland and other cities since 2016. Patriot Prayer is the creation of conservative activist and former Washington Senate candidate Joey Gibson, who has led protests in Portland and other cities since 2016. "Joey Gibson is an advocate for freedom and believes it is imperative for followers of Christ to take the church into the streets, city councils, Capitol buildings, courthouses or anywhere we see injustices running unopposed, including Hong Kong, China," his website says. "Gibson believes that remaining silent is consent, and lives by the motto 'Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.'" The shooting victim was identified by Gibson as Aaron "Jay" Danielson of Portland. Photos taken of the body show he was wearing a Patriot Prayer hat. Danielson also went by the name Jay Bishop, according to a statement on Patriot Prayer's Facebook page. The group became a prominent presence in Portland in the summer of 2017, when Gibson organized a large rally in the city less than a week after a White supremacist fatally stabbed two men who had come to the defense of two Black teenagers – including one wearing a Muslim head-covering – on a light-rail train. The defendant, Jeremy Christian, who was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences earlier this year, had attended a Patriot Prayer rally several months before, but was kicked out by organizers for flashing Nazi hand signs.

Man under investigation in fatal shooting after pro-Trump rally allegedly took loaded gun to earlier Portland protest. Aaron Danielson, a supporter of the conservative group Patriot Prayer, was shot in the chest and died on Southwest Third Avenue near Alder Street Saturday night. The shooting occurred soon after most cars in a caravan of supporters of President Donald Trump had left the city’s downtown streets. A 48-year-old man who was accused of carrying a loaded gun at an earlier downtown Portland protest is under investigation in the fatal shooting Saturday night of a right-wing demonstrator after a pro-Trump rally. Michael Forest Reinoehl calls himself an anti-fascist and has posted videos and photos of demonstrations he attended since late June.

The man fatally shot in Portland, Ore. amid clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and backers of President Trump has been identified as Patriot Prayer “supporter” Aaron Danielson by the right-wing group’s head. “We love Jay and he had such a huge heart,” wrote Joey Gibson, founder of the Washington-based group, in a Sunday Facebook post, using a nickname by which he initially identified Danielson. “God bless him and the life he lived.”

OR: Far Right Activists Rally In Portland To Counter The Anti-Police Protesters

I Learned to Think Like a “Warrior Cop”. A course from a prominent police trainer taught me to treat neighborhoods like battlegrounds—and to always be ready to kill.

Prosecutors Released A Timeline Of 17-Year-Old Kyle Rittenhouse Shooting Three People At A Kenosha Protest. The criminal complaint, released Thursday, details the shootings that sent Kenosha reeling from a night of deadly violence. Cellphone video shows him still armed, walking with his hands raised, toward police vehicles. The police drove past him. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth could not explain in a press conference Wednesday why police did not detain Rittenhouse then, saying officers have "incredible tunnel vision" in those situations because of the noise. On Friday, Beth told reporters that there was nothing to suggest that Rittenhouse "was involved in any criminal behavior" even though he was armed and walking toward police with his hands up. His legal team, John Pierce and L. Lin Wood, has said Rittenhouse was trying to defend himself. "This was classic self-defense and we are going to prove it," Pierce said in a statement to NBC News. "We will obtain justice for Kyle no matter how hard the fight or how long it takes."

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two people at a protest in Wisconsin, attended a rally for President Trump.

Kenosha Police Refuse to Comment on Cops Encouraging ‘Militia’, Justify Giving Alleged Shooter Bottle of Water.

Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager arrested and charged in the shootings in Wisconsin that led to the death of two people and injury of another, faces six criminal counts, according to a court document released on Thursday. The charges against Rittenhouse in Kenosha County include first degree intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, who was carrying a skateboard when he was gunned down. A conviction on that charge alone carries a life sentence. Rittenhouse was also charged with causing the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, a 36-year-old demonstrator who he shot in the parking lot of a used car dealer just before midnight on Tuesday, according to the complaint, which draws on multiple cell phone videos and witness accounts. Rittenhouse was carrying a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style rifle and “was not handling the weapon very well,” one witness states in the complaint. “The recovered magazine for this rifle holds 30 rounds of ammunition,” the complaint says.

White supremacists and militias have infiltrated police across US, report says. A former FBI agent has documented links between serving officers and racist militant activities in more than a dozen states.

17-year-old arrested after 2 killed during Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha. A white, 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday in the killing of two people gunned down during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha. Two people were shot to death Tuesday night in an attack carried out by a young white man who was caught on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle. “I just killed somebody,” the gunman could be heard saying at one point during the shooting rampage that erupted just before midnight.

BREAKING VIDEO: #Kenosha Police let the shooter go. #KenoshaUprising

New Law in Tennessee Would Criminalize BLM Protesters, Strip Them of Their Right to Vote. Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a new law which could strip protesters of their right to vote. The new law says that protesters who camp out on state property could face felony charges, which would mean they automatically lose their right to vote. Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said, “This is a racially motivated law intended to silence the Black Lives Matter movement.”

THP trooper terminated after pulling face mask off protester. A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was terminated after being caught on video pulling a mask off of a protester's face. Trooper Harvey Briggs was terminated Friday for "unprofessional conduct." A video surfaced of him interacting with protester, Andrew Golden, on the State Capitol grounds. Golden was recording a traffic stop of a woman near the Capitol, during which the protester claims Briggs ripped the protester's face mask off and threw it on the ground. Get out of my face pig.

Who Won the Battle of Portland? How the liberal city’s uprising turned back Trump’s authoritarian revival of ‘law and order’ politics. The violent occupation of an American city — over the objection of state and local elected leaders — by irregular federal forces, in league with the city’s reactionary police, seemed for a vertiginous moment like it could mark America’s free fall into fascism. But everyday residents of Portland rose in resistance, including suburban moms who put their bodies between the feds and younger BLM protesters. The government response was extreme. Federal agents shot nonviolent protesters and reporters in their faces with riot munitions, fracturing the skull of one. Trump’s little green men unleashed cloud banks of tear gas — a munition banned by the Geneva Convention — at one point turning an exterminator’s fogger on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Historian Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. He insists the political well Trump is trying to tap has run dry. “The obsession with the supposed lessons of Nixon and ‘law and order’ politics,” he says, “is very ‘OK boomer.’” If Republicans are trying to make this election about “the mob,” it’s because “they’re lost,” says Stevens. “They were going to run on the economy. Well, they can’t do that. And they were going to run against socialists,” and then Biden won the nomination. “Even their nickname, ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’ — is that supposed to scare women and children?” Worse for Trump, the attempt to shift the narrative to “law and order” is likely only to anger centrist voters who see him shirking his responsibility for the crises he’s bungled. “Covid-19 and the economy is what this race is about,” Stevens says. “And all the king’s men and all the king’s horses can’t make it about something else.”

New Mexico’s thin blurred line. Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism.

Police bodycam footage shows moment-by-moment arrest of George Floyd for the first time - from terror on his face when officer points gun at his head, sobbing before he's shoved into squad car and begging to breathe as his life drains away. It is clear from the video that Floyd was not trying to run away - he had plenty of time to leave the scene before police arrived. But instead he decided to sit in his car with two friends, giving the cops the opportunity to approach. The video obtained by comes from the bodycams of Lane and Alex Kueng, the two cops who were originally called to the scene by Cup Foods' owners. Chauvin and a fourth officer Tou Thao were called in to assist.

Wolf vows federal agents won't leave Portland until courthouse at center of rioting is 'safe and secure'. Oregon gov previously announced that agents would begin 'phased withdrawal' Thursday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that U.S. agents who were sent to protect a federal courthouse in Portland from demonstrators will begin departing on Thursday. "After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland," the Democratic governor said on Twitter. "They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland."

The Park Police’s Account of Lafayette Square Attack Doesn’t Add Up. According to Gregory Monahan, the acting chief of the USPP, the plan to clear out the park and install the new fence on June 1 had been discussed up to two days prior, and “there was 100 percent, zero, no correlation between our operation and the president’s visit to the church,” he said. Attorney General William Barr, who said he ordered the clearance of Lafayette Park in order for new fences to be installed, also said that the effort had no connection to Trump’s photo op. But Barr admitted in a concurrent House hearing on Tuesday that he actually did learn “sometime in the afternoon that the president might come out of the White House” and that he later heard that Trump also planned to visit the church. Minutes before the park was cleared, he was captured on camera by CNN talking with a USPP officer. As Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) pointed out, something about the timeline of events that day doesn’t quite add up.

We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors. These 68 videos show clear apparent instances of police officers escalating violence during protests. Most departments refused to share details about investigations and discipline or even officers’ names. Here’s what we learned about each case.

The masked "Umbrella Man" who instigated a wave of violence in Minneapolis following George Floyd's killing has been identified by cops as Mitchell Wesley Carlson, a 32-y-o member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang (and an associate of the Aryan Cowboys prison gang)

Minneapolis police say 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting. A masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker "Umbrella Man," is suspected of ties with a white supremacist group and sought to incite racial tension, police said. A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the act of vandalism at the AutoZone on E. Lake Street helped spark a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The store was among dozens of buildings across the city that burned to the ground in the days that followed.

'These are his people': inside the elite border patrol unit Trump sent to Portland. Bortac, a quasi-militarised outfit some compare to the Navy Seals, has been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. n January 2011, James Tomsheck, then a top internal affairs investigator inside US Customs and Border Protection, attended a meeting of about 100 senior CBP leaders in a hotel in Irvington, Virginia. Amid the sanitized splendor of the hotel ballroom, he vividly recalls hearing the nation’s then highest-ranking border patrol agent, David Aguilar, laying out his vision for the future. Border patrol, the former CBP deputy commissioner said, was to become the “marine corps of the US federal law enforcement community”. Another leading CBP figure remarked that border agents were not required to adhere to the same constitutional restraints on the use of force as other law enforcers. “We are not cops,” he said. the union’s president, Brandon Judd, declares that “President Trump is the right candidate for the safety and security of this great nation, not Joe Biden. Please join me in supporting President Trump.”

National Guard commander says police suddenly moved on Lafayette Square protesters, used ‘excessive force’ before Trump visit. Guard major to testify before Congress that warnings couldn’t be heard, tear gas was used. A new statement by Adam DeMarco, an Iraq veteran who now serves as a major in the D.C. National Guard, also casts doubt on the claims by acting Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan that violence by protesters spurred Park Police to clear the area at that time with unusually aggressive tactics. DeMarco said that “demonstrators were behaving peacefully” and that tear gas was deployed in an “excessive use of force.” DeMarco backs up law enforcement officials who told The Washington Post they believed the clearing operation would happen after the 7 p.m. curfew that night — but it was dramatically accelerated after Attorney General William P. Barr and others appeared in the park around 6 p.m. Monahan has said the operation was conducted so that a fence might be erected around the park. DeMarco said the fencing materials did not arrive until 9 p.m. — hours after Barr told the Park Police to expand the perimeter -- and the fence wasn’t built until later that night.

Peaceful protests were already happening for weeks when federal officers arrived on July 4. Our video shows how President Trump’s deployment ignited chaos.

Police Riots and Violence and harassment, ICE raids, CBP, archived July 27, 2020

Inside the Creepy Federal Crackdown on Portland Protesters. When Customs and Border Protection joined the protest crackdown in D.C., they were made into U.S. Marshals. In Portland, they’re using new powers provided by Trump. Federal agents in Oregon are operating under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security’s critical-infrastructure force, the Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection said on Friday, after facing widespread outrage over an array of remarkable tactics. But there is no border-enforcement mission in Portland. Instead, the feds have been carrying out a crackdown on weeks of protests in favor of Black liberation and against racist police violence. CBP claims those protesters are violent, but a DHS timeline of “rampant long-lasting violence” committed by Portland protesters gave heavy emphasis to graffiti and superficial property damage. On Thursday night, protester Doug Brown watched a group of protesters peacefully trailing Portland Police officers near the federal courthouse downtown. Jaywalking was their only crime, Brown insisted. But that didn’t stop a group of federal officers in camouflage appearing and without warning shooting pepper balls at their feet, Brown told The Daily Beast. “Then they lined up, blocked the streets and started firing at people directly, no warning,” he said. “They’re nameless. There’s no accountability. They can just do what they want.”

These federal officers (?) just rushed up and arrested someone for no reason.


Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, the two cops who pushed over Martin Gugino and left him with brain damage that he will never recover from, go back on BPD’s payroll tomorrow. Share their faces, never let them live another day in peace. These men are scum.

Oregon State Police say trooper’s hand gesture in viral video was innocuous.

UPDATE: OSP Denies Trooper Threw White Power Symbol At Black Lives Matter Event.

People, officers left trapped in vehicles by swarms of protesters -- but officials mute on how to handle. Protesters who have taken to streets around the country to demand a national reckoning on racial injustice since the death of George Floyd have used the tactic of blocking traffic – and in some instances captured on video – have swarmed cars, jumped on the hoods and even attacked drivers. Some have likened incidents to Charlottesville-style attempts at vehicular manslaughter, others see the protesters as the agitators putting everyday citizens at risk. A trucker seen barreling through a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis in late May was released from jail in Hennepin County just two days later without any charges against him pending further investigation. Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said the driver, identified as Bogdan Vechirko, 35, of Otsego, was speeding and "panicked, and he just kept barreling forward." He added that Vechirko did not breach any barriers put up to protect the protesters and was not aiming for anyone, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Soldiers Mobilized To D.C. Protests Were Issued Bayonets: Report:The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained by the AP show some were not trained in riot response. Members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which is based in D.C. and typically guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were mobilized last month to respond to massive protests over the treatment of Black Americans and systemic issues of police brutality. But they were never actually sent to the protests after they arrived. The soldiers were issued bayonets for their June 2 deployment — but told they were to remain in their scabbards and not attached to their service rifles, Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark A. Milley wrote to two U.S. representatives in a letter that was obtained by the AP. The soldiers were also told no weapons were to enter the capital without clear orders and only after nonlethal options were first reviewed, he said.

Milley said the order to mobilize the troops came from Major Army Gen. Omar Jones, who serves as commander of the military district of Washington. His letter, dated June 26, was sent to two Democratic Congressmen, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, and Rep. Ted Lieu of California, who asked him for an explanation after the AP first reported on the use of bayonets on June 2.

TONIGHT IN DETROIT. Warning sign. #PoliceBrutality as DPD plows through tons of protestors, roughly 3-5 injured includings leaders from @DETWILLBREATHE

How cops are talking about George Floyd’s killing and the protests sweeping America. This country is changing its mind about the police. Over the past few years, Americans have watched countless videos of police brutality against Black people. They’ve witnessed, or participated in, the formation of a massive social movement dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Black lives. And their perception of police forces has shifted: A Monmouth University survey conducted at the end of May found, for the first time in polling history, that a majority (57 percent) of Americans and a plurality (49 percent) of white people think police officers “faced with a difficult or dangerous situation” are “more likely to use excessive force if the culprit is black.” That’s an increase of 24 points among all Americans and 23 points among white people since Monmouth’s 2014 poll in the wake of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo’s killing of Eric Garner.

Handy advice for dodging and disarming the sonic weapons used by militarized police.

Brandon Harrison, an officer with the St. Joseph Police Department in Missouri, was assigned to administrative duties Monday after being filmed threatening a motorist. The video sailed to millions of views over the weekend, forcing officials to launch an investigation.

Videos of alleged police misconduct went viral. Then what happened?

A City Painted Over A Black Lives Matter Street Mural As Protests Continue. People pointed out the symbolism of the blue line of paint — but police said the paint is gray.

Nonwhite Minnesota corrections officers blocked from guarding Derek Chauvin: complaint. Eight minority corrections officers in Minnesota say they were sent to a separate floor of a county jail and barred from guarding fired Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin after his arrest in the death of George Floyd, according to a report.

Trump’s executive order on police reform, explained. The order, which is narrower than House Democrats’ reform bill, will create a national database of police misconduct, among other actions. “Many of these families lost their loved ones in deadly interactions with police,” Trump said. “To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourned by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain.” The president also discussed a variety of other topics over the course of his rambling remarks, including the status of a coronavirus vaccine, the recent performance of the stock market, and school choice.

Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities.

Officials familiar with Lafayette Square confrontation challenge Trump administration claim of what drove aggressive expulsion of protesters. During the nearly two weeks since authorities charged at peaceful protesters to push them from D.C. streets — about 30 minutes before President Trump walked through the area for a photo op — his aides, the attorney general and federal law enforcement officials have sought to shield the president from political fallout with a simple defense: One scene, they say, had nothing to do with the other. The notion that the street-clearing offensive around Lafayette Square was already planned, and separate from Trump’s decision to visit a nearby church, has emerged as the administration’s central explanation for scenes of federal officers shoving protesters with shields and firing pepper balls, chemical grenades and smoke bombs at retreating crowds on June 1. “This was not an operation to respond to that particular crowd. It was an operation to move the perimeter one block,” Attorney General William P. Barr told CBS News last week. However, the accounts of more than a half-dozen officials from federal law enforcement, D.C. public safety agencies and the National Guard who were familiar with planning for protests outside the White House that day challenge that explanation. The officials told The Washington Post they had no warning that U.S. Park Police, the agency that commanded the operation, planned to move the perimeter — and protesters — before a 7 p.m. citywide curfew, or that force would be used. Among them is D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, who said that while there had been discussions about possibly pushing the perimeter farther outward from the White House, there was not a confirmed time to do so. He noted that authorities did not actually secure the area with fencing until hours after protesters were cleared. “When they extended the perimeter, it was overnight,” he said.

this arrest happened right after - cop reached into the crowd and body slammed a protestor. six cops on each of the 3 arrested - police captain said he “didn’t know why” they were arrested. nassau county pd, east meadow, ny

Peaceful protest in East Meadow, NY (Long Island): An officer abruptly stops so the protestor walking behind him bumps into the cop. Then the man is violently arrested. Bystanders: “they kneeled on his neck & had about 6 officers holding him down.”

Protesters describe the excessive force they’ve seen police use in cities across the country. “The protesters had to deescalate the police”: Demonstrators are the ones defusing violence at protests.

’His Brain Is Injured:’ Lawyer Updates on 75-Year-Old NY Protester Shoved by Police. The 75-year-old man hospitalized after he was pushed by a police officer during a peaceful protest last week in Buffalo, New York, suffered a brain injury as a result of the incident, his lawyer revealed Thursday. Kelly Zarcone said her client, activist Martin Gugino, "is starting physical therapy," which Zarcone called "a step in the right direction.” He is involved with the Western New York Peace Center and Latin American Solidarity Committee, whose executive director Vicki Ross, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Gugino is still hospitalized but out of intensive care. He has also been undergoing treatment for cancer, she said. Amid outcry over video of the incident, two Buffalo officers, Robert McCabe, 32, and Aaron Torgalski, 39, were suspended without pay then charged with second-degree assault. They have pleaded not guilty and 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response team quit the task force in solidarity with their colleagues. Trump claimed on Twitter without any evidence Tuesday that Gugino "could be an ANTIFA provocateur," may have had a "scanner," and that he "fell harder than was pushed." Trump tagged his tweet with a reference to One America News, a right-wing media outlet that often amplifies conspiracies. Gugino could be seen holding a cell phone in the video, which a One America News segment focused on without attributing any evidence for the conspiracy. The bogus theory has its roots on an anonymous blog, NBC News reported. Religion News Services cited friends of Gugino as saying he is a Catholic retired scientist who has long advocated for the poor, disenfranchised and on behalf of Black Lives Matter. Buffalo's Mayor Brown also responded to Trump Tuesday, saying his city was "laser focused on healing, taking action against racial injustice and building a good future for our residents.” Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, the City of Buffalo is laser focused on healing, taking action against racial injustice and building a good future for our residents. We pray for a full recovery for Mr. Gugino and as I have repeatedly said, the two officers deserve due process. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the comments were "reprehensible" and called for Trump to apologize. “How reckless, how irresponsible, how mean, how crude," Cuomo said during a news conference. "I mean if there was ever a reprehensible, dumb comment from the president of the United States … at this moment of anguish and anger, what does he do? Pours gasoline on the fire. If he ever feels a moment of decency he should apologize for that tweet.” It wasn't just Democrats who took issue with the president's smear. The No. 2 Republican in the Senate, John Thune of South Dakota, also criticized Trump's tweet. “It’s a serious accusation, which should only be made with facts and evidence. And I haven’t seen any yet,” Thune told reporters at the Capitol.

Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force. On a January morning in 2013, Raymond Goodlow was riding his bike on East Main Street in El Cajon when he was confronted by Roberto Bonilla, an officer with the El Cajon Police Department. Goodlow, who is African American, reached for his waistband and ducked behind a parked car, according to an internal department investigation. Bonilla then shot the unarmed 53-year-old six times. Miraculously, Goodlow survived the shooting. A KPBS analysis of nearly 130 records from police departments dating back to 2001 shows that when local police use force on a suspect, if the suspect is a person of color they're more likely to shoot. If the suspect is white, police are more likely to use alternative methods of force, including Tasers, beanbags, police dogs or tackling the suspect.

POLITICO spoke to 10 National Guardsmen who have taken part in the protest response across the country since the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. ‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests.

Trump takes heat for suggesting man shoved by Buffalo police may be ‘ANTIFA provocateur’. President Trump on Tuesday questioned the motives of the elderly protester who was shoved by Buffalo police officers last week and hospitalized after he hit his head in the resulting fall -- drawing severe backlash from both sides of the aisle. "Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment," Trump tweeted Tuesday, citing the conservative TV channel OANN. "I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?” Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault after they were caught on camera shoving Martin Gugino, who is 75, to the ground during protests in the city over the death of George Floyd. The officers have been suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation was launched into the men. District Attorney John Flynn said the officers "crossed a line.” "My God this is a bad tweet," Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller posted. "There’s no evidence to support this and the guy looked like he fell as hard as he was pushed.” CNN White House correspondent John Harwood chimed in, saying that Trump is "repeating OANN kookery presented by a person who has also worked for Kremlin propaganda outlet, is disconnected from reality, humanity and common sense.”

Tensions Rise Between Protesters, So-Called ‘Defenders’ Outside Santee Target. As some protesters returned to their cars at a nearby Target, they said self-described "defenders" reportedly confronted them. A group had been posted outside the business, in their words, protecting it from looters. One demonstrator told NBC 7 the group mocked them as they walked by, some allegedly hurling racial slurs. Video shared with NBC 7 showed the moments after SDSO was called. About a couple dozen deputies ordered the crowd to disperse and stood, batons in hand, in a line between the two groups, facing demonstrators. Demonstrators can be heard shouting at the "defenders," who stood arms folded, some on benches, staring at the small crowd in the parking lot. The demonstrators said they believed that some of the so-called "defenders" were members of White Supremacy groups, and they were upset that it appeared as if the deputies were siding with the "defenders.”

San Diego Sheriff: ‘Nothing Could Be Further From Truth’ Than Approval Of Santee Vigilantes. In recent days, a group of armed vigilantes in Santee have stood watch outside local shopping centers. They said they’re responding to protests that have broken out in the area against police violence. After a protest in La Mesa on Saturday was followed by the looting and burning of stores and banks, two of these vigilantes posted video to social media, claiming the group has the backing of law enforcement. “Ya know, the thing is, this is about defending and protecting personal property and people, and hopefully it’ll be okay down here, but we’ve got permission by the Santee sheriff’s department to be down here,” says an unidentified speaker in the video posted to Facebook on Sunday. They also claim to be part of a private Facebook group with thousands of members. Santee itself has no Sheriff's or Police Department, but the San Diego County Sheriff's Department does have a station there. The Sheriff’s Department said it knows about the claims, but “nothing could be further from the truth,” according to a statement given to KPBS. Lieutenant Steve Bodine from the Sheriff's Department station in Santee told KPBS that the department has the resources to monitor protests, and that people are being told not to do the work of law enforcement. The city of Santee has been under a curfew since last Sunday. It has now been extended until Saturday morning at 6 a.m. A protest starting at the Santee YMCA is scheduled for Sunday.

The crackdown before Trump’s photo op. What video and other records show about the clearing of protesters outside the White House. Late in the day on June 1, demonstrators gathered near the White House, on the edge of Lafayette Square, to protest police abuse following the death in custody of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Similar protests had erupted across the country. Many were peaceful, but some included property destruction and clashes with police. Earlier in the day, President Trump berated local and state leaders as “weak” for not doing more to quell unrest, and in a call with governors he pledged decisive action. “We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before,” he said, “but you got to have total domination, and then you have to put them in jail.” At about 6:30 p.m., just north of the White House, federal police in riot gear fired gas canisters and used grenades containing rubber pellets to scatter largely peaceful demonstrators. Their actions cleared the way for the president, surrounded by the nation’s top law enforcement and military leaders, to walk to the historic St. John’s Church for a three-minute photo op. Drawing on footage captured from dozens of cameras, as well as police radio communications and other records, The Washington Post reconstructed the events of this latest remarkable hour of Trump’s presidency, including of the roles of the agencies involved and the tactics and weaponry they used.

Six Ideas for a Cop-Free World. As public outrage at police brutality grows, we take a look at a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern police system.

  1. Unarmed mediation and intervention teams
  2. The decriminalization of almost every nonviolent crime
  3. Restorative Justice
  4. Direct democracy at the community level
  5. Community patrols
  6. Real mental-healthcare - Six Ideas for a Cop-Free World

Police Officer's Oath: The widely used oath embraced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police reads,

"On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve."

Trump officials say there is no systemic racism problem in law enforcement. "That kind of thing is very uncommon now," HUD Secretary Ben Carson said of systemic racism Sunday. “That kind of thing is very uncommon now,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said of systemic racism Sunday. The comments come as President Donald Trump has repeatedly broadcast his support for law enforcement, even as police have been documented attacking journalists, protesters who have mostly remained peaceful, and bystanders at demonstrations.

Graphic: What U.S. police are shooting at protesters. Police have used a range of weapons against peaceful protesters as well as members of the press during the demonstrations. Described as non-lethal, these weapons can seriously injure, disable and even kill.

Pentagon sends home all active-duty troops deployed near DC. The Pentagon on Friday sent home the remaining 900 active-duty soldiers that it had rapidly deployed to the Washington region this week in response to large protests in the city, the Army said. Those military police officers from Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Bragg, N.C., were on alert at Joint Base Andrews, Md., all week, but they never entered Washington before they were ordered home Friday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. They follow the roughly 700 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division who were sent back to Fort Bragg on Thursday. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday sent a letter to Trump demanding removal of those troops and federal law enforcement officers deployed from outside the city. She said violence in the city has dropped and local police force and federal law enforcement agencies in Washington were “well equipped to handle large demonstrations and First Amendment activities.” National Guard troops in recent days have been photographed working alongside federal law enforcement officers and guarding national monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, which was vandalized over the weekend. The vast majority of the National Guard troops have not been carrying firearms, Pentagon officials have said. The Washington Post on Friday reported Esper had ordered none of those troops carry such weapons in a signal of “de-escalation,” citing an unnamed U.S. defense official.

Police Are Arresting Peaceful Black Protesters Using Force, And The Videos Are Alarming. "Because he was Black, they felt that they needed five cops to tackle him to the ground and drag him to behind the other cops." via @clarissajanlim

Police Violence at Protests Is Undeniable. All the Videos Are Right Here. In reaction to civilians and politicians in denial that cops are striking first at anti-racism protests, two activists are cataloguing every video they can find in a public spreadsheet.

That the police version of this incident is "one person was injured when he tripped & fell" is why we need journalism. Elderly white man is shoved and falls striking his head.

William Barr's Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters. Federal law enforcement officers are operating on American streets without identification, which experts say breeds a culture of impunity. Just a few hundred feet north of the White House on Wednesday afternoon, armed agents of the federal government, dressed in a patchwork of colors and protective gear, stared down peaceful protesters demonstrating for Black lives. Yet what was perhaps most alarming was what was not visible on many of the officers: any insignia revealing their identity or even the name of the agency they work for. Some members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI stationed throughout downtown Washington wore outfits that at least identified their agency, even if they weren’t wearing name tags that identified them personally. But the police line just north of the White House on Wednesday afternoon featured a patchwork of colors and agents wearing generic outfits ― sometimes what appeared to be just T-shirts under their protective gear that gave no indication of even their department or military branch. Attorney General William Barr is leading this aggressive response that has brought in an alphabet soup of law enforcement agencies to guard federal property and suppress unrest: FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the U.S. Marshals; and the federal Bureau of Prisons. Those Department of Justice forces join Homeland Security officers, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police, the Federal Protective Service, the Secret Service and the District of Columbia National Guard. At least some of the officers on the police line by the White House appeared to be with the Bureau of Prisons, which dispatched Special Operations Response Teams that the BOP told HuffPost are “highly trained tactical units capable of responding to prison disturbances” and “specialize in crowd control scenarios” behind bars. A senior Justice Department official credited Barr with the idea of bringing in federal prison corrections officers, calling it an example of Barr’s “outside the box” thinking. “He brought those people in,” the official said, because dealing with riots is “exactly what they do best.” The senior Justice Department official confirmed that the prison bureau officers were stationed near the White House, though the BOP declined to verify whether the armed men photographed facing off with peaceful demonstrators Wednesday did, in fact, work for BOP. Article:

Police Riots and Violence and harassment, ICE raids, CBP, surveillance, Genocide ARCHIVED June 04, 2020

Breaking curfew is no excuse for senselessly beating someone on their way home @NYPDnews

Park Police chief insists tear gas wasn't used despite reports. The head of the U.S. Park Police (USPP) on Tuesday said police used pepper balls to move crowds demonstrating near the White House on Monday night, and took issue with reports that tear gas was used. Acting USPP Chief Gregory Monahan said in a statement that smoke canisters and pepper balls were used to combat “violent” protesters. “As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls,” Monahan said. “No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park,” he said. The National Guard and other police also took part in clearing the space on Monday. A number of reporters took issue with the assertion that tear gas was not used.

Why the policing problem isn’t about “a few bad apples” "The system was designed this way": A former prosecutor on the fundamental problem with law enforcement. I’m hearing this again in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. On Sunday, to take one example, National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien said, “We have got great law enforcement officers, not — not the few bad apples, like the officer [Derek Chauvin] that killed George Floyd. But we got a few bad apples that have given — given law enforcement a bad name.” When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he thought systemic racism was a problem for law enforcement, O’Brien replied: “No, I don’t think there’s systemic racism.” Curiously, the people who recite this trope rarely reflect on the second half of the expression: “A few bad apples spoil the bunch.” But let’s set that aside. The point of policing the hood is to demonstrate that the police officer dominates. That he’s the man, regardless of gender, that the officer is the boss, and that everybody else is subordinate. The way that that message is communicated is with fear. Fear for your physical safety. I called this “torture lite” in my book Chokehold, and some people thought that that was extreme. But I was actually thinking about a specific thing in international human rights law, and a specific evolution of torture, from the horrible pulling out of your fingernails to the way it works now — which is to make people feel both humiliated and terrified that anything could happen to them at any moment.

8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide. The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country teargassed protesters, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with nonlethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane. Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest.

Tear gas was deployed into a crowd outside the La Mesa Police headquarters yesterday. The protesters initially gathered at the police headquarters in the early afternoon and soon made their way to the streets. By 3:30 p.m. the protesters were blocked on Baltimore Drive by the California Highway Patrol as they tried to make their way onto Interstate 8. Crowds broke through multiple lines and walked on both sides of I-8 as police and CHP diverted traffic. At around 5 p.m. protesters seemed to back away from one of the blockades and go elsewhere. Here is a breakdown of what happened last night:

A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

The death of George Floyd: What video and other records show about his final minutes. On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was pinned facedown on the ground, in handcuffs, by a white police officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. He was unresponsive when paramedics arrived, and he was pronounced dead later.

Colin Kaepernick appeared to react to the death of George Floyd and the violent protests that came in the days after on social media Thursday. Floyd later died as a result of the incident. Protests ensued in the days following, with looting and several buildings burning Wednesday night. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.” | Fox News

The United States Customs Is Blocking Car Exports From New York. The DHS implemented this hold on exports in conjunction with other restrictions on New York, most notably on registration and renewal of Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, SENTRI, FAST, and NEXUS, many of which are used by New York residents crossing the state’s land border with Canada. In a press release, the DHS explained that both the Trust Traveler programs and the processing of vehicle exports require access to DMV records. In the case of the Trusted Traveler programs, the DHS claims that it uses the records to perform background checks to determine eligibility. In the case of exports, the data is used to verify ownership records.

Border stops for people of Iranian descent spark outrage. The reaction to the detentions at a Canadian crossing and a New York airport came after the U.S. killing of an Iranian military commander. Len Saunders, an immigration attorney in Blaine, said his contacts through CBP indicated that headquarters in Washington had ordered new vetting procedures, which appear to be directed toward people born in Iran, that require port directors to sign off on admitting anyone held for questioning. Sam Sadr, who lives in North Vancouver, said he was held for nearly nine hours at the Peace Arch border crossing on Saturday after the birthplace printed on his Canadian passport caught the attention of the U.S. customs officer. Sadr, who was born in Tehran, told POLITICO he was on his way to Seattle for the day with his family. The officer, he said, asked him to pull over and go into the border office to provide more information. via @politico

Durbin mostly on track with claim on Illinois deportations. "You’re not going after dangerous people, you’re going after people who are here undocumented," Durbin told the agency’s associate director of enforcement and removal operations. "I can tell you the statistics in Illinois, where it turns out that fewer than 20% of those actually deported have been charged with any serious crime." via @BetterGov

These Allegations of Child Abuse Against Customs and Border Protection Go On for Tens of Thousands of Pages. One boy said he was threatened with rape if he didn't behave. Several others were allegedly beaten while handcuffed.

Texas officer charged with murder, resigns after shooting. Aaron Dean, 34, was booked into jail on a murder charge Monday afternoon. The police chief said earlier in the day that he acted without justification and would have been fired if he didn't quit. Police bodycam video showed Dean approaching the door of the home where Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was caring for her 8-year-old nephew early Saturday. He then walked around the side of the house, pushed through a gate into the fenced-off backyard and fired through the glass a split-second after shouting at Jefferson to show her hands.

Reporter says he was harassed by customs officer who insisted he writes 'propaganda' Defense One news editor Ben Watson said in an article published Friday that the confrontation happened the previous day at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, saying a CBP officer held onto his passport while repeatedly asking him about his profession. When Watson responded that he was a journalist, he said the the unnamed officer responded, "So you write propaganda, right?" The reporter says he responded "no," before the officer repeated his question. Watson said he again responded in the negative, adding: "No. I am in journalism. Covering national security. And homeland security. And with many of the same skills I used in the U.S. Army as a public affairs officer. Some would argue that’s propaganda.” The officer allegedly responded again, "So you write propaganda, right?" Watson then relented, replying "yes" to expedite the conversation. The officer then reportedly handed him his passport.

'Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer': New immigration rule removes protections for migrants seeking life-saving medical care. US immigration services have informed families struggling with HIV, cancer, cerebral palsy and other conditions they must leave in 33 days

‘Imported labor’: Canadian journalist for CBC refused entry to US. Carolyn Dunn, a national correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, said she had been told that her travel to Washington, D.C., was “entry into the labor" market and that she’d be “imported labor.” “I’ve never been pulled aside at a US border let alone refused entry,” she tweeted.

'Our dad is dead': the families left behind after police shootings. This week, a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was fired. For most families of African American men killed by police, even partial closure proves terribly elusive

Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media'. James Dyer, online editor-in-chief at Empire Magazine, said he was questioned by the Customs and Border Protection agent after he displayed his journalist visa at Los Angeles International Airport border control. “He wanted to know if I’d ever worked for CNN or MSNBC or other outlets that are ‘spreading lies to the American people’,” Mr Dyer tweeted of the incident on Thursday. “He aggressively told me that journalists are liars and are attacking their democracy.” CNN and MSNBC are cable news channels which receive particular scorn from the president. “Apparently the only truth now comes from YouTube and the president. All this said under a CBP sign that says ‘we are the face of our nation’. And with a framed picture of 45 staring down. In f***ing California!!! Welcome to Trump’s America!” Mr Dyer added. writer detained by CBP

Corrections officer who drove truck through ICE protesters resigns. Capt. Thomas Woodworth, the man believed to be the driver of the vehicle, stepped down from the job a day after being placed on leave, a spokesman for the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility said in a statement Friday. via @nbcnews

A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several. "If they're willing to do that to us, we can't imagine the violence the ICE detainees behind those walls may be subject to every day," an organizer said. Police did not intervene, and the man was not arrested, according to Regunberg. Officials at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility have placed a correctional officer on administrative leave after a pickup truck drove into protesters at the entrance to the facility’s employee parking lot Wednesday night. The officer is identified as Capt. Thomas Woodworth. Wyatt would not say whether he was the man driving the truck, but in video of the incident, protesters could be heard shouting his name. via @juliareinstein Immigrant detention facility driver slams truck into protesters, causing serious injuries Wyatt Detention Facility correctional officer put on leave after truck drives into protesters; 64-year-old Warren man seriously injured

Correctional officer accused of driving truck into group of ICE protesters. Never Again Action, a Jewish advocacy organization that has organized against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its treatment of migrants on the Southern border, shared a video of a Wednesday night protest outside the Wyatt Detention facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island. A black pickup truck swerves into the group of protesters, who were blocking the entrance into the facility, and appears to stop before stepping on the gas and hitting several protesters. Two protesters were treated at a hospital nearby with non-life threatening injuries, Never Again Action told The Hill.

Police shootings are a leading cause of death for young American men, new research shows. For this group, death by police officer is the sixth most common way to die

ICE official on children left behind after Mississippi raids: We're 'not a social services agency'. An ICE official told NBC News on Friday that the agency is "a law enforcement agency, not a social services agency" after news reports revealed that many children of suspects detained this week were left homeless in the immediate aftermath of the raid, though local media reports indicate that all are now staying with family members. Still, the official added, the agency took precautions to prevent instances of children being left without legal guardians as much as possible. The remarks follow comments made by ICE acting Director Matthew Albence to The Washington Post, who said that the raid was conducted in a "textbook" manner. "This was a textbook operation, carried out in a safe manner, and done securely,” Albence said. “Officers were able to execute these warrants in a safe fashion.”

Internal Watchdog Investigates Trump Administration’s Secret Database of Journalists, Activists, Lawyers. Homeland Security’s acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello confirmed in a letter that “criminal investigators, program analysts, and attorneys” are investigating the secret database, which was part of the Department of Defense’s so-called “Operation Security Line.” “We plan to review the leaked…document in order to determine why it was created, what it is used for, and what happened to the people named in it,” Costello wrote in the letter. “We also anticipate reviewing other specific allegations of targeting and/or harassment of lawyers, journalists, and advocates and evaluate whether [Customs and Border Protection’s] actions complied with law and policy.”

The Judiciary Committee held a family separation hearing, and it was infinitely more impactful than the Mueller hearing, even if you haven’t heard about it. The 3-year-old in question was Sofi, a little girl who was separated from her grandmother after they arrived at a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, last June seeking asylum. She was separated from her family for 47 days, until the Trump administration was forced to reunite them by court order. Chief of Law Enforcement Operations for Customs and Border Protection Brian S. Hastings still isn’t sure if she posed a threat, he told Rep. Ted Lieu during the Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. via @slate

An American Teen Held In Border Detention For 3 Weeks Lost 20 Pounds In "Inhumane" Conditions. An 18-year-old US citizen who was held in immigration detention for almost a month slept on the floor of a cell crowded with 60 men and lost 20 pounds from a lack of nutritious food — all while being denied access to a phone to call his family or a lawyer. Attorney Claudia Galan said the conditions that Francisco Galicia faced in Customs and Border Protection detention were so bad that he considered signing the paperwork that would deport him to Mexico just to get relief. The high school student was born in Dallas in December 2000, according to his birth certificate. "The officers were just telling him they didn't believe he was a US citizen, he was Mexican and should go back to Mexico," Galan told BuzzFeed News. "He said that it was inhumane, the worst experience ever. He doesn't wish that to anybody." On June 27, Galicia, his brother, and other friends were driving to a soccer recruiting event at Ranger College from their home in the border town of Edinburg when were stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. via @claudiakoerner

Just 35 People Detained in ICE Raids Targeting Thousands of Migrants Last Week, Says Report

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

@AOC</a> Do you think child separation contributed to a dehumanizing culture within CBP?
Acting DHS Sec: We don't have a dehumanizing culture at CBP.
AOC: So you don’t think having 10K officers in a violent racist group sharing rape memes of MOCs points to a dehumanized culture?
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) July 18, 2019

A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children. With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.” he turned away to return to his duties, the agent recalled feeling sorry for the lawyer. “I wanted to tell her the rest of us have given up.”

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

Teens are filling Tiktok with memes deploring #Life360, a parenting app that tracks teens. Meanwhile, Life360 makes a lot of its money by selling your kids' private data to advertisers. And, ironically, Tiktok is also a surveillance-heavy app with ties to the Chinese state and military.

Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids. The coin declares “KEEP THE CARAVANS COMING” under an image of a parade of migrants crossing the border.

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost was a member of secret Facebook group. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General’s office last week specifically requesting that investigators examine whether Provost and acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan knew about or had previously addressed the problem of government personnel posting “violent, racist, misogynistic comments and pictures” in the “I’m 10-15” group. “This is why I have requested a full investigation into this matter,” Thompson said in a statement to The Intercept, after being informed of Provost’s participation in the group. “We need to know who in CBP leadership knew about these deplorable groups, when did they find out, and what action they took, if anything.” by @rdevro

The Border Patrol Is the American SS

At least one other social media group with an apparent nexus to Customs and Border Protection has been discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts, according to screenshots shared with two sources familiar with the Facebook pages. The secret Facebook group, "The Real CBP Nation," which has around 1,000 members, is host to an image that mocks separating migrant families, multiple demeaning memes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and other derisive images of Asians and African Americans.

Border agency knew about secret Facebook group for years. Border Patrol leadership knew about photos posted to the group as far back as 2016, when agents reported them, according to a DHS official.

In her own words: AOC describes the "intentional cruelty" she saw inside a migrant detention center. via @MotherJones

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants and discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday. The three-year-old group shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children. Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. This week, a team of lawyers interviewed more than fifty children at one of those facilities, in Clint, Texas, in order to monitor government compliance with the Flores settlement, which mandates that children must be held in safe and sanitary conditions and moved out of Border Patrol custody without unnecessary delays. The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility for weeks.

I’m a journalist but I didn’t fully realize the terrible power of U.S. border officials until they violated my rights and privacy. writer detained by CBP while returning to US from Mexico. by Seth Harp

Trump defends and delays ICE raids as some major cities vow to resist

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday. Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. @CNNPolitics

Detroit police chief faces backlash over neo-Nazi protest at Pride event. James Craig was criticized after officers escorted National Socialist Movement members who carried weapons at Motor City Pride.

The road to Ferguson: This 1980 bank robbery changed how American police are armed

Trump administration seeks criminal crackdown on pipeline protests

China's defence minister says Tiananmen Square massacre was justified

Faced with an officer’s gun, a black man chose his best option: Show his hands and hit record

Number Of Families Trying To Cross U.S. Border Alarms ICE Agent Jack Staton, ICE special agent in charge of investigations for the El Paso sector, about a spike in apprehensions as families seeking asylum strain capacity to process cases.

Intelligence report appeared to endorse view leftwing protesters were 'terrorists'. Michael German, a former FBI agent who infiltrated far right groups in the 1990s, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said the report’s framing was wrong. “Somehow they have this set up almost like antifa is the antagonist, and anti-antifa has developed to resist it,” he said “What it seems to do is completely whitewash the history of white supremacist violence in this country.” German said that framing it this way belies the way in which “far-right groups use these public spectacles as the method to incite violence. And they come knowing that it will attract protest groups from the community.” Such groups “intentionally go to places to provoke protesters to come out, and they go armed for a real street fight”, German said.

President Donald Trump this week issued a thinly veiled threat of violence against his opponents. The president regularly encourages his base to commit violence against protesters and his political enemies.

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters

What We Know About a Portland Cop's Friendly Texts with a Far-Right Leader

Texts Between Portland Police and Patriot Prayer Ringleader Joey Gibson Show Warm Exchange

Activists making ‘water drops’ for migrants near border say government intimidation is rising

Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims

How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims

NRA Mass shootings, School Shootings, Gun Violence, Gun Control

Thousands of Gun Rights Activists Are Taking a Victory Lap for Peaceful Rally in Virginia. An estimated 22,000 pro-gun activists rallied near the Virginia Capitol building Monday, but despite the city being on edge in fear of violence, the protest against gun control went off without a hitch. Many attendees were in tactical gear, heavily armed with rifles and ammo slung over their shoulders, wearing stickers saying “Guns Save Lives.” Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, had declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after law enforcement intercepted threats of violence he said echoed rhetoric leading up to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville two years ago. But Monday’s event, which took place on a bitterly cold morning, was ultimately peaceful. The only person arrested was a 21-year-old woman who wore a bandanna covering her face, in violation of Virginia law (plenty of other attendees were wearing bandannas and were not arrested). Riot police were not called in, and there were no scuffles.

Washington man accused of killing wife purportedly confessed to murder in tweets to NRA, Trump. A Twitter account purportedly owned by Kevin Heimsoth - a Bellingham man who is the main suspect in the shooting death of his wife Lynn Heimsoth - sent a series of four reply tweets shorting after 3 a.m. PT on Dec. 26 stating that the user shot and killed his “whole family.” In a reply to the NRA’s Merry Christmas tweet, the account wrote: “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” “Guns just make it a lot easier. AR-15 makes it super easy,” the post continued. “I jist (sic) killed my whole family, and i couldnt have done it without a gun! I’m too much of a coward, a knife would have been waaay too hard. So, thanks to everyone at the NRA.” #FoxNews

Kellyanne Conway Blasts Background Check Supporters to Deflect From Trump’s About Face. “We’re not going to allow” people who commit mass shootings “to be the excuse for a bunch of liberals and socialists to confiscate firearms,” the White House counselor said. Conway continued, “I’m not going to allow people who are constantly maligning and deriding our law enforcement to be in charge of public safety and public policy.” Conway also said, “We want this to be bipartisan” and then proceeded to do the complete opposite with her attack. via @RollingStone

Odessa mass shooting debunks argument against universal background checks. Ator, 36, never should have been able to buy a gun. He managed to obtain his AR-style rifle thanks to a loophole in the federal background-check system, anonymous law enforcement officials told The Associated Press and ABC News. A court had ruled him mentally unfit to purchase or own a firearm, so he was barred from buying a gun from a licensed dealer in 2014 after failing a federal background check. Ator simply purchased his rifle in a private sale not covered under federal law — a loophole that would be closed if Congress passed universal background checks favored by nine out of 10 Americans. Private sales, including those on the internet and at gun shows, are not covered under federal criminal background check requirements.

Gun Used in Texas Shooting Was Illegally Manufactured and Sold: Authorities believe the gun used in the drive-by shooting in Midland and Odessa, Texas this past weekend was illegally manufactured and sold by a Lubbock, Texas man, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is currently investigating a man who they believe illegally manufactured and sold the AR-15-style rifle that Seth Ator used to kill seven people and injure 22 more on Saturday, before he was shot and killed by police.

Right-wing media threaten violence in retaliation to gun safety proposals

‘We Got One in a Ditch’: Inside the Odessa Shooting Rampage. Just under an hour after that first report, it was over. “We’re going to need one more ambulance,” a voice said. Seven people were killed and nearly 20 people were injured. Three cops had been wounded. The shooter was dead following a shootout with police. A supervisor announced on the radio, “DPS advises there’s no active shooter right now in Odessa.”

Dick's reports increased earnings amid push to reduce gun offerings

Michigan high school being built with places to hide in case of shooting. The school will be equipped with impact-resistant film on all classroom windows and is designed with curve hallways to have reduced sight lines for a potential shooter, Szymoniak said, adding that there are also barricades in the hallway for students to hide behind. "To cut down on sight lines further, it also gives an opportunity for students to hide back behind and hopefully get help from within the classroom," he said. "This building will be the safest, most secure building in the state of Michigan when it opens," he said. "Our ask is that our community be very understanding, keep the eyes on the prize because when our high school is done, it's going [to] be magnificent."

Americans Told Us How Their Lives Have Been Torn Apart By Gun Violence. Mass shootings have created a climate of fear, loss, and helplessness.

Amnesty International issues travel advisory for the United States of America

Between gun massacres, a routine, deadly seven days of U.S. shootings

The Post has a database tracking every mass shooting since 1966. It includes a breakdown of the type of gun used in each shooting.

McConnell taps GOP senators to mull bipartisan legislation after shootings. McConnell, in a statement, said he discussed Trump's speech on Monday with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). "I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights," McConnell said. McConnell took a veiled shot at the Democratic rhetoric on Monday without directly responding to calls to reconvene the Senate. "Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature," he said. "Partisan theatrics and campaign-trail rhetoric will only take us farther away from the progress all Americans deserve," he added.

The Fallout from Parkland Isn't Over Yet for Florida Law Enforcement. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office got its accreditation yanked last week over mishaps surrounding the 2018 Parkland school shooting, according to the Sun Sentinel. Florida’s state panel chose not to renew accreditation for Broward, one of the largest law enforcement groups in the state, over it mishandling of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and another shooting that killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. The sheriff’s department has yet to make a statement, but the accreditation process is totally voluntary — it’s just something police departments do to show they’re following the best practices and guidelines.

Ex-colleagues: Army vet who opened fire at Dallas courthouse came from military family

Dallas courthouse shooter’s disturbing Facebook posts paint troubling picture as search for motive continues. 22-year-old Dallas shooter Brian Isaack Clyde. Prior to his time in school there, he served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from August 2015 to February 2017. But individuals who say they served with him in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky told WFAA that Clyde was discharged because he couldn’t pass physical training tests. #FoxNews

Active Shooter Killed in Dallas in Exchange of Gunfire With Federal Officers. The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as 22-year-old white male Brian Isaack Clyde. via @nbcdfw

Parkland survivor says Harvard revoked his admission over racist remarks. Kyle Kashuv, who became a pro-gun conservative activist, tweeted that decision was made over texts he made before the massacre.

Leaked Documents Reveal ‘Mindboggling’ Spending at the National Rifle Association. National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre is under fire for excessive "wardrobe" expenses after allegedly running up charges of $270,000 at a Beverly Hills boutique. Posted anonymously online, the documents have surfaced amid an increasingly public feud among NRA leadership, the gun group’s PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, and the NRA’s outside legal firm, run by William Brewer, III. via @RollingStone

'I was gonna go down fighting,' says sixth-grader who grabbed a bat during school shooting. 6th grader Nate Holley survived the shooting at his school in CO. STEM School Highlands Ranch @CNN

Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A. According to interviews and to documents that I obtained—federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications—a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object. Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s top executive NRATV, popular host Grant Stinchfield Dana Loesch, a former Breitbart News editor A lawyer and activist called Colion Noir, whose real name is Collins Idehen, Jr.Chris Cox, the organization’s top lobbyist. they are paid by Ackerman McQueen, a public-relations firm based in Oklahoma. Oliver North, the former Iran-Contra operative, who now serves as the N.R.A.’s president, is paid roughly a million dollars a year through Ackerman,

NRA Fundraising Letter: We Could Shutter ‘Very Soon’. “[R]ight now we’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA, but in the entire history of our country,” the letter began. “And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever.”

How to sell a massacre: NRA's playbook revealed. The best method to handle media inquiries in the wake of a massacre was to “say nothing,” according to Catherine Mortensen, an NRA media liaison officer, on the video. But if the media inquiries about gun control persist, another NRA comms official, Lars Dalseide, said to “shame them to the whole idea,” adding: “If your policy, isn’t good enough to stand on itself, how dare you use their deaths to push that forward? How dare you stand on the graves of those children to put forward your political agenda?” @AJENews

A year after Parkland, Republicans still don't want to fund gun violence research via @MotherJones

Climate change, Environment

Donald Trump clashed with Democratic officials in California over West Coast wildfires as he flatly told them he believes scientists have not yet proven there is a climate crisis. The president made his latest, and one of his clearest, proclamations about whether the Earth is warming during a briefing in California about forest fires raging up and down America’s West Coast after several Democratic officials pressed their case that warming is occurring. "We want to work with you to really recognise the changing climate,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot told Mr Trump. "It'll start getting cooler. You just watch,” the president shot back with a grin. In a rare public rebuke of a sitting president, Mr Crowfoot replied: "I wish science agreed with you." His grin now a smirk, Mr Trump said: "Well, I don't think science knows actually." That came after Mr Trump heard a climate change warning from California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. He asked the president to “please respect” many Californians’ and Democrats’ views that there is a climate crisis. “We come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident,” he said, “that climate change is real.” Mr Trump did not engage Mr Newsom on the point or disagree with him. Apparently, however, he decided two lectures in one briefing were too many.

The next mega disasters that could happen at any moment (and kill us all). Volcanos, earthquake, ocean rise, asteroid, contagion. #FoxNews

Ex-truck driver gets prison for poisoning S. Carolina creek. Greene faced up to three years in prison for repeatedly dumping chemicals in 2017 in the Wateree River drainage basin, which flows past Congaree National Park. He would back up a tanker truck and dump polluted water containing chemicals such as mercury and lead. Greene said he was just “trying to save time.” - ABC News - via @ABC

What do evangelical Christians really think about climate change? Some evangelicals argue that global warming is of little concern when the end times are approaching. Indeed, it could even be proof of it. Bible verses are also pointed to as evidence humans are required to subdue Earth, that God is in control, and global warming is part of His plan. Others see it as liberal hoax and a means to push folks away from religion towards the government. via @MotherJones

Greta Thunberg just pulled an iconic move in front of Congress. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who has inspired weekly school strikes for climate action around the world, dedicated her Wednesday morning Congressional testimony to the scientists who have outlined the irrefutable facts of climate change. Instead of delivering prepared remarks at the joint hearing between the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Energy, and the Environment and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg submitted to lawmakers a copy of the 2018 report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the effects of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. “I am submitting this report as my testimony, because I don’t want you to listen to me,” Thunberg said. “I want you to listen to the scientists, and I want you to unite behind the science, and then I want you to take real action.” via @MotherJones

LA is going to get cheap nighttime power from a massive solar and battery array in the Mojave. LA's next source of energy: a massive solar panel and lithium battery array in the Mojave, operated by 8minute Solar Energy, and capable of supplying 6-7% of the city's energy budget, with four hours of nighttime use. It will cost an eye-poppingly low $0.03.3/kWh, cheaper than natural gas. The otherwise unambiguously good news has one sore-spot: it was opposed by LA Water and Power workers' unions, who are upset that the natural gas plants where their members work are being decommissioned by the city. It's a perfect example of why the Green New Deal is so right to put the emphasis on working with energy sector workers to ensure that they have good jobs through the green transition. Union workers don't want their kids to inherit a world blasted by climate change, but they also don't want their kids to grow up in poverty thanks to mass layoffs from changes in how we generate power.

The Misogyny of Climate Deniers. Why do right-wing men hate Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so much? Researchers have some troubling answers to that question. The connection has to do with a sense of group identity under threat, Hultman told me—an identity they perceive to be under threat from all sides. Besieged, as they see it, both by developing gender equality—Hultman pointed specifically to the shock some men felt at the #MeToo movement—and now climate activism’s challenge to their way of life, male reactionaries motivated by right-wing nationalism, anti-feminism, and climate denialism increasingly overlap, the three reactions feeding off of one another. “There is a package of values and behaviors connected to a form of masculinity that I call ‘industrial breadwinner masculinity.’ They see the world as separated between humans and nature. They believe humans are obliged to use nature and its resources to make products out of them. And they have a risk perception that nature will tolerate all types of waste. It’s a risk perception that doesn’t think of nature as vulnerable and as something that is possible to be destroyed. For them, economic growth is more important than the environment” Hultman told Deutsche Welle last year.

Trump absent from G-7 session on climate. The president was not in the room when reporters were allowed to observe part of the session, and his seat was empty. The heads of government of the other six nations that comprise the G-7 were there. "The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead," press secretary Stephanie Grisham later told reporters. Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a short time after the climate session and was asked if he had attended. "I'm going to. In fact, it's going to be our next session. I want clear air and clean water," Trump said. It was unclear if he heard a reporter who noted the session had just happened.

Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument. Management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante, downsized by Trump administration in 2017, criticized as ‘a giveaway to fossil fuel’

Automakers snub Trump to side with climate crisis, says Obama-era official. Companies are considering years of regulatory uncertainty when aligning with California’s mileage standards deal. Producing cars that use more gasoline could make it harder for American companies to compete in the US and abroad. And the recent deal with California is more favorable than the Obama rules. Under an agreement last month, four companies pledged to reach an average fuel economy for new cars and trucks of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2026. The state made some concessions to automakers, giving them an extra year to meet the standards and allowing more flexibility to get credit for electric vehicles.

The Trump administration just gutted one of the most powerful environmental laws on the books. The Endangered Species Act has saved thousands of animals, plants, and insects from extinction. via @MotherJones

'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal, Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty. The coal industry in Appalachia is dying – something that people there know better than anyone. Some in this region are pinning their hopes on alternative solutions, including rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. “Coal is over. Forget coal,” said Jimmy Simpkins, who worked as a coalminer in the area for 29 years. “It can never be back to what it was in our heyday. It can’t happen. That coal is not there to mine.”

Navy quietly shut down climate change task force. Since it started, the TFCC released several reports on the strategic challenge climate change poses, taking a close look at what the melting Arctic means for strategic planning, and the dangers sea-level rise and extreme weather pose to many naval installations. Alice Hill, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former senior director for resilience on the National Security Council under President Obama, said she created a Department of Homeland Security task force modeled on the one created by the Navy. "They did great work; they were the first task force within the Department of Defense," Hill said. "We viewed them as a model of how the government should initially focus on the problem of climate change." In an email, the Navy spokesperson said the TFCC was ended because its processes are "now duplicative as functions have been transitioned to existing business processes; therefore, the original components of the task force are no longer needed."

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'. A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say Trump has politicized science. One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice is losing nutrients because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Lewis Ziska, a 62-year-old plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the findings of the study — which raised serious concerns for the 600 million people who depend on rice for most of their calories — but also tried to minimize media coverage of the paper, which was published in the journal Science Advances last year.

Trump Is Desperately Trying to Spin His Abysmal Record on the Environment. The president tapped a bait-and-tackle shop owner and an array of administration officials to help him argue that slashing emissions regulations is actually good for the planet. via @RollingStone

Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change. “The Trump speech was a classic in Soviet-style up-is-down disinformation because the president's words are belied by the relentlessness with which his administration has gone about the task of rolling back scores of the rules that have been the engine driving the environmental progress America enjoyed before Trump took office,” said Joe Goffman, a former top official at EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation under Obama. “It is as if the Trump policy is to promote, rather than prevent, air and water pollution, toxic chemical exposure and the despoiling of America's natural resources.” Betsy Southerland, a former director in EPA’s Office of Water under Obama, argued Trump has done nothing to maintain any environmental protections that may have occurred under previous administrations. She also cast his environmental policies as changing at the whim of his political backers. A number of Trump’s biggest campaign donors were heads of fossil fuel industries. “His environmental policy is not based on ideology or based on the economic impacts of rules, it’s really just based on whatever his political donors ask him to do,” said Southerland.

If Climate Change Makes You Feel Hopeless, Maybe Religion Can Help. People suffering from climate despair are turning to spiritual leaders. This is the advice they get.

USDA Scientists Are Quitting in Droves. That’s Really Bad News for Climate Research. “This is the ears and eyes of [presidential] administrations — on domestic policy, environmental policy, risk assessment, and technology adoption,” said David Zilberman, Chair of the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. But USDA employees fear all the agency’s work could be erased completely if the Trump administration follows through with plans to uproot the division — and all its scientists — and move them to Kansas City. The researchers’ union anticipates, after an unofficial count, that as many as 80 percent of the employees are planning to quit rather than move, and that will disrupt entire fields of study, ranging from honeybee pollination patterns to how crop prices fluctuate with changes in consumer demand. Their positions will take years to fill, if USDA staff recruits new hires at all.

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

"Freedom gas": The Trump administration's ridiculous new plan to rebrand fossil fuels. The Trump administration has rebranded natural gas with a new, patriotic-sounding name: “freedom gas.” In a Department of Energy press release on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes talked about exporting US natural gas as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” you’ll find another official calling natural gas “molecules of US freedom.” via @MotherJones

The EPA's Lies About Air Pollution Are Killing Americans. In its latest move to protect industry, the government has ensured that we'll see more deaths from asthma, heart problems and cognitive degeneration. the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump has decided to pose an arbitrary threshold by which to define unhealthy air in order to protect fossil fuel companies and their unchecked emissions. Given that science has confirmed that no level of polluted air can be healthy, this will not only threaten us now, but for generations to come.

A major coal company went bust. Its bankruptcy filing shows that it was funding climate change denialism. by @lhfang

Watch: Why is an MIT alum in Congress pretending he doesn’t know climate change is real? “Are you serious?” former Secretary of State John Kerry asked Rep. Thomas Massie during a congressional hearing on Wednesday in which the Kentucky Republican seemingly tried to catch Kerry in a sort of “gotcha” moment about scientific credentials and climate change. Whether or not Massie, who holds two engineering degrees from MIT, was serious is actually a good question.

Several agencies refusing to take part in Trump's committee to reassess climate science: report

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Congress sends Trump lands bill that would protect more than 2 million acres via @usatoday

One climate scientist called the group a “a veritable dream team of climate change deniers, contrarians, and downplayers.”

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When Will We Throw Our Masks Away? I Asked Dr. Fauci. In a new interview, he tells us how to survive the coming months, and confesses how stunned he is when people still insist the virus is “fake news.” Like many Americans, I take my signals from Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House task force on the coronavirus. When he told The Washington Post that he was not wiping down packages but just letting them sit for a couple of days, I started doing the same. In October he remarked that he was bringing shopping bags into the house. He just washes his hands after unpacking them. (Me too!)

The second White House coronavirus outbreak: Mark Meadows, the Secret Service, and more. Mark Meadows and Ben Carson were among the infected, plus an outbreak among the Secret Service.

Fever, symptom screening misses many coronavirus cases. Temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor’s offices have again proved inadequate for spotting coronavirus infections and preventing outbreaks. A study of Marine recruits found that despite these measures and strict quarantines before they started training, the recruits spread the virus to others even though hardly any of them had symptoms. None of the infections were caught through symptom screening. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, has implications for colleges, prisons, meatpacking plants and other places that rely on this sort of screening to detect infections and prevent outbreaks.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday said there will be enough COVID-19 vaccine for all Americans by spring 2021 after Pfizer on Monday announced early data showing its vaccine candidate to be 90 percent effective. “We have anticipated that we will have enough vaccine by the end of December to have vaccinated our most vulnerable citizens in nursing homes and otherwise,” Azar said during an appearance on NBC's “Today” show Tuesday. “And by the end of January, enough for all health care workers and first responders, and enough for all Americans by the end of March to early April to have general vaccination programs,” he said. Azar said Pfizer will be producing and delivering about 20 million doses of vaccine each month starting at the end of November. Azar also applauded the emergency use authorization for an Eli Lilly antibody drug to treat mild to moderate coronavirus infections in adults and children, saying there have been “incredible advances for human health this week.” Pfizer on Monday said it hopes to have the safety data required for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization by the third week of November. The FDA has set a minimum of 50 percent effectiveness for a vaccine to receive the approval. The pharmaceutical giant said it expects to deliver 50 million doses of its experimental vaccine before the end of the year and up to 1.3 billion in 2021.

Scientists Develop Nasal Spray That Can Disable Coronavirus. The study, which is so far only available on the preprint bioRxiv server, shows that the lipoprotein spray completely stopped viral infection in the experimental animals. The team believes the spray will linger around the cells of the nose and lungs for approximately 24 hours.

Six in White House, including Trump’s chief of staff, have the coronavirus. The new wave of infections rattled and angered members of the White House staff even as they struggled to come to grips with Trump’s loss in the presidential race.

Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted Trump. An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas. Most were rural areas in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin. Taking note of the contrast, state health officials are pausing for a moment of introspection. Even as they worry about rising numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, they hope to reframe their messages and aim for a reset on public sentiment now that the election is over.

More than 4,000 VA patients have died from coronavirus. As of Monday morning, the VA reported 4,017 deaths among VA patients, with 1,000 of those deaths in the past two months. VA data reflects a nationwide trend showing a third surge of cases. More than 6,400 veterans are battling the virus right now – a higher number of active cases than when the VA experienced a spike over the summer.

Sewage testing shows a country flush with coronavirus cases. Early in the pandemic, it became clear that Covid-19 makes its way into the digestive system and can be found in human feces. Cities and universities across the US have been testing sewage — and the research suggests things are going to get a lot worse.

New Study Suggests COVID-19 May Age Some Patients' Brains By 10 Years. The cognitive effects of the coronavirus can last for months in certain cases, according to researchers. “Our analyses ... align with the view that there are chronic cognitive consequences of having COVID-19,” the researchers wrote in a report of their findings. “People who had recovered, including those no longer reporting symptoms, exhibited significant cognitive deficits.” Great British Intelligence Test

Overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 (66%) excess deaths attributed to COVID-19. The largest percentage increases were seen among adults aged 25–44 years and among Hispanic or Latino persons.

Trump drugs: dexamethasone corticosteroid drug, Remdesivir (GS-5734), an inhibitor of the viral RNA, Regeneron's REGN-COV2 Antibody Cocktail

US regulators have given full approval for the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Veklury, the drug's brand name, cut the recovery time on average by five days during clinical trials. In the US it will cost $3,120 via private insurers and $2,340 via government purchasers for a five-day course. "Today's approval is supported by data from multiple clinical trials that the agency has rigorously assessed and represents an important scientific milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic," said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. The regulator said its decision was supported by the analysis of data from "three randomised, controlled clinical trials that included patients hospitalised with mild-to-severe Covid-19". One of the studies showed that that "the median time to recovery from Covid-19 was 10 days for the Veklury group compared to 15 days for the placebo group".

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

Twitter removed a tweet from top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas for questioning the effectiveness of masks in combatting COVID-19. Atlas’ tweet read "Masks work? NO" and preceded several others that questioned the use of face coverings in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Atlas also used examples of areas where he had said 'cases exploded even with mandates' including Los Angeles, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Philippines, United Kingdom, Spain and Israel. In a statement to the Hill, Twitter said the doctor’s tweet "was in violation of our COVID-19 Misleading Information Policy" that “prohibits sharing false or misleading content related to COVID-19 which could lead to harm.”

Infectious Disease Expert: The ‘Darkest Of The Entire Pandemic’ Has Yet To Come. Michael Osterholm, an expert at the University of Minnesota, stressed that a lack of public confidence is largely to blame.

White House: Tennessee mask mandate ‘must be implemented’. The White House quietly told Tennessee early this week that “a statewide mask mandate must be implemented” to curb its growing spread of COVID-19, strong instructions that the White House and governor did not discuss publicly before the report emerged in a records request. The Oct. 11 state report for Tennessee, where Republican Gov. Bill Lee has let counties decide whether to require masks in public, first came to light in a records request by WUOT-FM. The Associated Press obtained the report from the Knox County Health Department afterward.

Scientists have developed a blood test and new scoring system that may help doctors predict which COVID-19 patients are at risk for severe disease and therefore in need of more intervention, according to a new study published in the journal EBioMedicine. In the study, scientists performed blood tests on 80 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and then measured the patients’ levels of two different cytokines — IL-6 and IL-10 — which act as messengers for the immune system. The study’s senior author, Gerry McElvaney, a professor of medicine at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ireland, tells Yahoo Life that IL-6 is a “pro-inflammatory protein,” while IL-10 is an “anti-inflammatory protein” and that both are “known to be altered in COVID-19” patients. To rate any changes in the balance of IL-6 and IL-10, the researchers came up with a five-point linear scoring system designed to predict clinical outcomes, called the Dublin-Boston score. According to the researchers, every one-point increase in the score was associated with a 5.6 times higher risk of a more severe outcome. According to EurekAlert: “The Dublin-Boston score can now accurately predict how severe the infection will be on day seven after measuring the patient's blood for the first four days.”

Melania Trump’s Bizarre, Darkly Funny Message to the Nation About Her Time With COVID-19.

A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months. The finding suggests that the use of humidifiers may help limit infections during times when window ventilation is not possible, according to a study released on Tuesday by research giant Riken and Kobe University.

'Brain fog': the people struggling to think clearly months after Covid. Doctors grapple for answers as more patients report post-coronavirus cognitive impairment.

White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation. The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots. Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon and chairman of the House committee on transportation and infrastructure, criticized Mr. Trump for ignoring public health experts from his own administration on the mask issue. “It’s especially outrageous because the science is so clear: masks save lives,” Mr. DeFazio said. “The millions of Americans who work in and use our transportation systems every day — from bus drivers, train conductors and flight attendants, to the frontline workers who rely on public transit — deserve to know their president is relying on experts’ best advice and doing everything possible to keep them safe.”

White House Reception for Bereaved Military Families May Also Have Been COVID Spreader Event.

Stephen Miller, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, he said Tuesday. "Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine," Miller said in a statement. Stephen Miller's diagnosis is likely to fuel new scrutiny of the White House's decision to decline offers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate the outbreak at the complex and to begin contact tracing of those who attended events with the President. "The White House has plans and procedures in place that incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure and has established a robust contact tracing program led by the White House Medical Unit with CDC integration," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

City officials in Cleveland said Friday they have been notified of more than 10 Covid-19 cases “stemming from pre-debate planning and set up” before Tuesday night’s chaotic faceoff between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The officials said most of the cases hit out-of-state visitors and, so far, none of the debate-related cases include Cleveland residents. Video from Tuesday afternoon shows the Trump team touring the venue site hours before the debate not wearing masks despite a state face-coverings order.

It is looking increasingly possible that Saturday’s White House ceremony in which president Donald Trump named his nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court may have been a coronavirus superspreader event. Video emerged on Friday of Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who has since tested positive for the virus, enthusiastically hugging other attendees. He is also seen holding his mask in his hand. Almost no one is seen wearing a mask at the Rose Garden announcement that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the court. Judge Barrett’s colleague, the president of Notre Dame Reverend John Jenkins has also tested positive. In an email to students, faculty, and staff, he wrote: “I regret my error of judgment in not wearing a mask during the ceremony and by shaking hands with a number of people in the Rose Garden.” A Trump administration press staffer and a journalist have also tested positive, but are unidentified at present.

Not the headline from this memorandum, but the president’s physician doesn’t explain why the president is taking melatonin. I wonder if it still makes you sleepy if you’re taking it for a purpose besides aiding sleep? Or are doses vastly different for sleep vs blood pressure?

‘It’s like every red flag’: Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms. Staffed in part by associates of a longtime GOP operative, the ad campaign includes CeCe Winans, Dennis Quaid and others pushing an optimistic line about coronavirus. The public awareness campaign, which HHS is seeking to start airing before Election Day on Nov. 3, was largely conceived and organized by Michael Caputo, the health department's top spokesperson who took medical leave last week and announced on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Caputo, who has no medical or scientific background, claimed in a Facebook video on Sept. 13 that the campaign was "demanded of me by the president of the United States. Personally." "The Democrats — and, by the way, their conjugal media and the leftist scientists that are working for the government — are dead set against it," Caputo told his Facebook followers in the Sept. 13 video. "They cannot afford for us to have any good news before November because they're already losing. … They're going to come after me because I'm going to be putting $250 million worth of ads on the air."

Fauci clashes with Rand Paul again at coronavirus hearing: ‘You are not listening’. Paul, an ophthalmologist, brought up New York’s high death rate as anti-lockdown point.

Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' about coronavirus vaccine approval by end of 2020. Coronavirus vaccine doses are already in production, Dr. Fauci says.

CDC: 11,000 may have been exposed to COVID-19 on airplanes. Studies published by the CDC’s journal have also found evidence that COVID-19 may have spread on airplanes in other countries.

Autopsy: Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs was COVID positive when she died. Gibbs, 48, gained notoriety after she attended the "Operation Gridlock" rally last spring outside the state Capitol where hundreds gathered to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's extension of her stay-at-home order to stem the spread of COVID-19. Gibbs was seen on TV without a face mask and not keeping social distance at the rally.

CDC says it erroneously posted guidance that said coronavirus spreads through air and travels beyond 6 feet. The updated guidance, posted on the CDC’s website on Friday, also recommended that people use air purifiers to reduce airborne germs indoors to prevent the disease from spreading, according to Reuters. “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website,” the CDC said Monday. “CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.” Earlier in the day, the World Health Organization said it contacted the CDC about the guidance change.

The WHO had not seen any “new evidence” on airborne particles and was checking with the CDC to “better understand” the exact nature of the change, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a news conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said the implementation of the government’s travel ban may have exacerbated the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. earlier this year. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, part of which was released Friday, Gates said the ban led people abroad to rush back to the U.S. and that proper safety and testing measures were not in place upon their return, sparking further spread of the virus. “We created this rush, and we didn’t have the ability to test or quarantine those people. And so that seeded the disease here. You know, the ban probably accelerated that, the way it was executed,” Gates, who has dedicated much of his philanthropy efforts toward global health initiatives, told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. Wallace then pressed him on the point, asking if he was saying the travel restrictions, which President Trump touted as limiting the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., had made things worse. “March saw this incredible explosion — the West Coast coming from China and then the East Coast coming out of Europe," Gates replied in the excerpts provided by Fox News. "And so, even though we’d seen China and we’d seen Europe, that testing capacity and clear message of how to behave wasn’t there."

White House Axed USPS Plan To Send 5 Masks To Every American Household: Report. The postal service was reportedly going to distribute 560 million reusable face masks across the U.S. before White House officials expressed concern that the move would cause “panic.”

Summer wave of dementia deaths adds thousands to pandemic's deadly toll. “There’s something going on and it needs to be sorted out,” Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the CDC, said. It’s the second time this year that deaths from other causes have spiked in tandem with a coronavirus wave. The first occurred early in the pandemic and was attributed to dementia as well as heart disease and pneumonia. The second cycle is attributed almost entirely to dementia — 61,000 deaths since June, which is 11,000 more than usual in that time frame. That large number is raising alarm over the immense difficulty of taking care of these patients in a pandemic, the conditions in long-term care facilities and the government's lagging efforts to bolster them.

CDC Director: Face Masks Offer More Protection Than a Vaccine. Contradicting Trump, CDC director says universal masking could control the pandemic in weeks.

Watch this jaw-droppingly wild local news coverage of anti-mask protest in Utah.

Health Official Out To Manipulate CDC Reports Has Deep Russian Ties. Michael Caputo’s efforts to change CDC reports to make Trump look good could be even more complicated. Caputo, who lived in Russia for six years, was an adviser to Boris Yeltsin from 1995 to 1999 and helped him get elected as president. He also served as an adviser to a subsidiary of the state-owned energy company Gazprom, and reportedly helped shore up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reputation. Caputo’s Kremlin ties were so concerning that he became a target of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was questioned but was not charged with any offenses. He also testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he had no contact with Russians while serving on the Trump campaign. Caputo has attempted to scrub his links to Russia in his Wikipedia bio — and insisted in an interview that his work doesn’t make him a “Putin stooge.” He told his hometown newspaper, The Buffalo News, that “at the time, Putin wasn’t such a bad guy.”

Trump officials are reportedly manipulating the CDC’s Covid-19 reports. HHS officials pressured the CDC to conform with President Donald Trump’s public statements about the coronavirus.

Fauci ‘Depressed’ About COVID-19 Cases, Says U.S. Is Still In The First Wave. “It’s Whac-A-Mole,” the infectious disease expert said when describing how coronavirus cases in the U.S. have gone down, only to consistently shoot back up.

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Emails show HHS official trying to muzzle Fauci. Emails obtained by POLITICO show a top aide at the department dictating what the nation's top infections disease expert should say during media interviews. Emails obtained by POLITICO show Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs — instructing press officers and others at the National Institutes of Health about what Fauci should say during media interviews. The Trump adviser weighed in on Fauci’s planned responses to outlets including Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and the science journal Cell. Alexander’s lengthy messages, some sent as recently as this week, are couched as scientific arguments. But they often contradict mainstream science while promoting political positions taken by the Trump administration on hot-button issues ranging from the use of convalescent plasma to school reopening. The emails add to evidence that the White House, and Trump appointees within HHS, are pushing health agencies to promote a political message instead of a scientific one. “I continue to have an issue with kids getting tested and repeatedly and even university students in a widespread manner…and I disagree with Dr. Fauci on this. Vehemently,” Alexander wrote in one Aug. 27 email, responding to a press-office summary of what Fauci intended to tell a Bloomberg reporter. And on Tuesday, Alexander told Fauci’s press team that the scientist should not promote mask-wearing by children during an MSNBC interview. “Can you ensure Dr. Fauci indicates masks are for the teachers in schools. Not for children,” Alexander wrote. “There is no data, none, zero, across the entire world, that shows children especially young children, spread this virus to other children, or to adults or to their teachers. None. And if it did occur, the risk is essentially zero,” he continued — adding without evidence that children take influenza home, but not the coronavirus.

Even $3.5 Million Couldn't Make Seema Verma the Feminist Hero of the Trump Administration. Today, Politico published a story on the findings of the Congressional probe into walking conflict-of-interest Seema Verma, who readers may recall as the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid stooge who asked taxpayers to foot the bill for a $325 jar of moisturizer, among other luxury items. The report, along with Politico’s sources, provides the clearest picture yet of the lengths a hubristic bureaucrat will go to render herself an executive influencer and feminist hero, no small feat considering the CMS administrator is little more than a glorified insurance administrator, having spent her career pushing paperwork around to deny low-income Americans’ healthcare claims. According to the report, a veritable army of high-profile GOP media consultants were tasked over the years with pitching Verma as a girl boss on The Hill. Their duties included consulting on Verma’s Medicaid work requirement roll-out, placing glossy magazine spreads, and securing interviews with friendly journalists.

Did Sturgis Really Infect 250,000 People? A new study finding the rally responsible for a quarter-million new COVID-19 cases was deemed “plausible” by a virologist and epidemiologist who spoke to The Daily Beast.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally linked to 20% of US coronavirus cases in August: researchers. More than 460,000 people attended the 10-day rally. Nineteen percent of the 1.4 million new coronavirus cases in the U.S. between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2 can be traced back to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in South Dakota, according to researchers from San Diego State University's Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies. That's more than 266,000 coronavirus cases attributed to the 10-day event, which more than 460,000 people attended despite fears it could become a so-called super-spreader event. "We conclude that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally generated public health costs of approximately $12.2 billion," the researchers wrote in a paper. "This is enough to have paid each of the estimated 462,182 rally attendees $26,553.64 not to attend."

Thousands gather for Christian music concert at California Capitol, breaking COVID-19 rules. Almost none of the thousands attending wore a mask during the hours-long event, and spectators were packed in about as tight as could be, photos and video from the concert/protest demonstration show. That prompts concern amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected close to 20,000 people in Sacramento County and killed over 330 residents, including 190 deaths in the capital city. Christian musicians and speakers, including the state senate’s Republican party leader, nonetheless took the stage on the west steps of the Capitol for what organizers called a “Let Us Worship” rally. Events branded under that title have toured West Coast cities in recent weeks, including Redding, Fresno and Pismo Beach. “We are gonna worship like we’ve never worshiped before, and I declare that after all of this is over tonight, the remnant, the residue of this worship will saturate this ground and seep into that building,” said Sen. Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, the Senate’s minority leader and one of the first speakers invited to take the stage. “And when it goes into that building, it will touch every heart that enters. God bless you, let us worship!” At the helm of the musical prayer-protest movement making its way through California and beyond is Sean Feucht, a self-described “missionary, artist, speaker, author, activist, and the founder of multiple worldwide movements” with ties to a controversial Redding megachurch whose members believe they can heal the sick and raise the dead.

Between June 18 and Aug 3, 2020, we enrolled 76 participants to the two studies (38 in each study). In each study, nine volunteers received rAd26-S in phase 1, nine received rAd5-S in phase 1, and 20 received rAd26-S and rAd5-S in phase 2. Both vaccine formulations were safe and well tolerated. The most common adverse events were pain at injection site (44 [58%]), hyperthermia (38 [50%]), headache (32 [42%]), asthenia (21 [28%]), and muscle and joint pain (18 [24%]). Most adverse events were mild and no serious adverse events were detected. All participants produced antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 glycoprotein. At day 42, receptor binding domain-specific IgG titres were 14 703 with the frozen formulation and 11 143 with the lyophilised formulation, and neutralising antibodies were 49·25 with the frozen formulation and 45·95 with the lyophilised formulation, with a seroconversion rate of 100%. Cell-mediated responses were detected in all participants at day 28, with median cell proliferation of 2·5% CD4+ and 1·3% CD8+ with the frozen formulation, and a median cell proliferation of 1·3% CD4+ and 1·1% CD8+ with the lyophilised formulation.

Select Subcommittee Releases Eight Weeks Of Coronavirus Task Force Reports Kept Secret By The White House. Aug 31, 2020 Press Release. Reports Contradict the President’s Repeated False Statements.

Herman Cain account tweets coronavirus 'not as deadly' as claimed after his death from COVID-19. The tweet was later deleted, but the account tweeted other messages questioning the risk of the coronavirus which has infected more than 6 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 182,000, including Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate. “It looks like the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first made it out to be,” Cain’s account tweeted, according to reported screenshots of the since deleted post.

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells said he plans to call for a special City Council meeting on Friday to discuss instructing local police officers not to enforce coronavirus-related regulations. "The people of El Cajon are suffering and it is highly unfair and nonsensical that big box stores, grocery stores, club stores and now even schools are open while nail salons, restaurants, churches, and other businesses and organizations are shuttered," Wells wrote on Facebook. "My people are suffering from not only financial ruin, but many are enduring severe depression, anxiety, isolation, and many other emotional, spiritual and sociological deprivations as a result of this stunning governmental overreach."

Wells wrote that he will propose that the El Cajon Police Department stop enforcing mask, non-essential business, and social distancing laws.


Rigid safe distancing rules are an oversimplification based on outdated science and experiences of past viruses, argue Nicholas R Jones and colleagues Physical distancing is an important part of measures to control covid-19, but exactly how far away and for how long contact is safe in different contexts is unclear. Rules that stipulate a single specific physical distance (1 or 2 metres) between individuals to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing covid-19, are based on an outdated, dichotomous notion of respiratory droplet size. This overlooks the physics of respiratory emissions, where droplets of all sizes are trapped and moved by the exhaled moist and hot turbulent gas cloud that keeps them concentrated as it carries them over metres in a few seconds.12 After the cloud slows sufficiently, ventilation, specific patterns of airflow, and type of activity become important. Viral load of the emitter, duration of exposure, and susceptibility of an individual to infection are also important.

F.D.A.’s Emergency Approval of Blood Plasma Is Now on Hold. Government health leaders including Dr. Francis S. Collins and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci urged caution last week, citing weak data from the country’s largest plasma study. The authorization is on hold for now as more data is reviewed, according to H. Clifford Lane, the clinical director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. An emergency approval could still be issued in the near future, he said. Donated by people who have survived the disease, antibody-rich plasma is considered safe. President Trump has hailed it as a “beautiful ingredient” in the veins of people who have survived Covid-19. But clinical trials have not proved whether plasma can help people fighting the coronavirus. Several top health officials — led by Dr. Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert; and Dr. Lane — urged their colleagues last week to hold off, citing recent data from the country’s largest plasma study, run by the Mayo Clinic. They thought the study’s data to date was not strong enough to warrant an emergency approval.


County reports five new outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities. Nursing homes in San Diego still can’t allow indoor visitations.

4 changes doctors have made to better treat Covid-19 patients. Improved treatment options could help save lives in the Covid-19 pandemic.

  1. Letting some patients ride Covid-19 out at home
  2. Delaying ventilation as long as possible
  3. Putting patients in the prone position
  4. Using dexamethasone and remdesivir

So there is still much to learn. And these are all imperfect measures. A vaccine or a cure would go even further toward reducing the coronavirus’s toll. Improvements in treatment are not a reason to be complacent about social distancing or wearing masks, either. But heading into the fall, when many experts expect another uptick in Covid-19 cases, doctors are in a much better position to treat their patients than they were in the spring.

Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections. New research indicates that human immune system cells are storing information about the coronavirus so they can fight it off again. Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the virus are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms of Covid-19, a flurry of new studies suggests. Disease-fighting antibodies, as well as immune cells called B cells and T cells that are capable of recognizing the virus, appear to persist months after infections have resolved — an encouraging echo of the body’s enduring response to other viruses. “Things are really working as they’re supposed to,” said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona and an author on one of the new studies, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

Trump makes call for new White House doctor's virus advice. President Donald Trump has found a new doctor for his coronavirus task force, and this time there’s no daylight between them. Trump last week announced that Dr. Scott Atlas, a frequent guest on Fox News Channel, has joined the White House as a pandemic adviser. Atlas, the former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a fellow at Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution, has no expertise in public health or infectious diseases. But he has long been a critic of coronavirus lockdowns and has campaigned for kids to return to the classroom and for the return of college sports, just like Trump. “Scott is a very famous man who’s also very highly respected," Trump told reporters as he introduced the addition. “He has many great ideas and he thinks what we’ve done is really good.”

Smell Tests for COVID-19 Are Coming to a College Near You. “Losing your sense of smell is an early symptom—sometimes the only symptom—of COVID,” Leslie Cameron, a psychology professor and expert on sensory perception at Carthage, told The Daily Beast. “We should be testing for it.” One preprint study that has not yet been peer-reviewed concluded that COVID-19 patients were about 27 times more likely to report losing their sense of smell, yet less than three times more likely to have fever or chills, compared to people without the virus. “We found that smell preceded the onset of many other symptoms,” study co-author Andrew Badley, a professor of infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told The Daily Beast. "People can lose their sense of smell for a variety of reasons,” Richard Doty, director of the Smell and Taste Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, told The Daily Beast. “But if you have sudden smell loss in the middle of this pandemic, there’s a reasonable probability that you have been infected." Danielle Reed, associate director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, just co-developed a test card with three small patches. The test involves choosing which patch has an odor, identifying that odor from a multiple-choice list, and then rating the odor’s intensity. An order of 20,000 of the tests is set to arrive in two weeks. Her team will then begin testing and collecting data, likely at local universities and hospitals, she said. Meanwhile, Reed noted that she was monitoring her own sense of smell at home—sniffing her shampoo and her husband’s coffee every morning. “If I got up one morning and couldn’t smell shampoo, then I’d get tested straight away,” she said. “New smell loss as a single symptom is probably among the best, if not the best, predictor of a positive COVID test.”

Early Spread of COVID-19 Appears Far Greater Than Initially Reported. Patients with undiagnosed flu symptoms who actually had COVID-19 last winter were among thousands of undetected early cases of the disease at the beginning of this year. In a new paper in The Lancet's open-access journal EClinicalMedicine, epidemiological researchers from The University of Texas at Austin estimated COVID-19 to be far more widespread in Wuhan, China, and Seattle, Washington, weeks ahead of lockdown measures in each city. In the U.S., about a third of the estimated undiagnosed cases were among children. The researchers also concluded that the first case of COVID-19 in Seattle may have arrived as far back as Christmas or New Year's Day. Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of integrative biology and statistics and data sciences who leads the UT Austin COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, worked with her team of researchers to extrapolate the extent of the COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan and Seattle based on retested throat swabs taken from patients who were suffering from influenza-like illnesses during January in Wuhan and during late February and early March in Seattle. When the samples were analyzed later in each city, most turned out to be flu, but some turned out to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. "Even before we realized that COVID-19 was spreading, the data imply that there was at least one case of COVID-19 for every two cases of flu," Meyers said. "Since we knew how widespread flu was at that time, we could reasonably determine the prevalence of COVID-19."

Watch: Arizona man so outraged over people wearing masks he has to be carted out of store, toddler-style.

What Will It Take to Pass More COVID Relief Now? Two despondent Slate writers discuss. Jordan Weissmann: I mean, I think we’re in a pretty bleak place right now. Donald Trump has released these executive orders, which he told the members of his country club would “take care of pretty much this entire situation.” Obviously, that’s not true. Nobody even remotely tuned in to Earth’s frequency believes that these things will do much good for the economy, or families who are trying to figure out how to make rent. Even if it’s legal, and states can actually get it up and running, the weird unemployment extension he MacGyvered together only has enough funding to last for about five weeks. But Trump thinks he’s solved the recession. And as someone I was talking to on the Hill pointed out, that means we probably aren’t going to get an actual bill until somebody in the administration breaks it to Trump that, actually, those orders he signed did jack squat and we’re facing an emergency. Which, given the White House staff’s reputation for cold, sober analysis and truth telling to the president, might in turn mean we’re fucked until the market crashes. Jim Newell: Jim: Yeah, the executive actions look worse with each read. On the UI extension, there are the impossible logistics of getting it up and running—we’re still waiting on guidance from the feds about how this will even work—and then there’s the question of whether states will accept it, since it requires a 25 percent match from states that are all completely broke. The eviction language is entirely hazy about further studying the idea. And what business is going to stop withholding payroll tax when they have little certainty that Congress would eventually waive what’s owed at the end of the year? I do think that Trump’s EO got Republicans out of a difficult negotiating position and is, temporarily, helpful for them politically. But if (when) these actions prove not to work, some sort of talks will have to pick up again. I don’t know how long that process will take to play out.

WHO: Coronavirus unaffected by seasonal changes. “In the absence of control measures, very often, viruses can show seasonal patterns. We’ve certainly seen that with influenza. This virus has demonstrated no seasonal pattern as such, so far,” said Mike Ryan, who heads the WHO’s emergencies program. “What it has clearly demonstrated is, you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back.”

Researchers look to asymptomatic coronavirus carriers as key to ending pandemic. Seven types of vaccines given one, two or five years in the past were associated with having a lower rate of infection with the new coronavirus. Two vaccines in particular seemed to show stronger links: People who got a pneumonia vaccine in the recent past appeared to have a 28% reduction in coronavirus risk. Those who got polio vaccines had a 43% reduction in risk. In an article published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Gandhi noted that in some outbreaks early in the pandemic in which most people did not wear masks, 15% of the infected were asymptomatic. But later on, when people began wearing masks, the rate of asymptomatic people was 40% to 45%. She said the evidence points to masks not just protecting others – as U.S. health officials emphasize – but protecting the wearer as well. Gandhi makes the controversial argument that while people mostly have talked about asymptomatic infections as terrifying due to how people can spread the virus unwittingly, it could end up being a good thing. "It is an intriguing hypothesis that asymptomatic infection triggering immunity may lead us to get more population-level immunity," Gandhi said. "That itself will limit spread."

More Michigan teens testing positive for COVID-19 after proms and parties.

How to take care of someone with COVID-19 without getting yourself sick. Begin with the basic precautions you’ve been hearing about since the start of the pandemic: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect surfaces often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend isolating sick family members in a separate bedroom with a private bathroom. If that’s not an option, though, make sure any shared rooms have good air flow: Opening the windows can help improve circulation and remove respiratory droplets from the air.

The Unraveling of America. Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era. For the first time, the international community felt compelled to send disaster relief to Washington. For more than two centuries, reported the Irish Times, “the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the U.S. until now: pity.” As American doctors and nurses eagerly awaited emergency airlifts of basic supplies from China, the hinge of history opened to the Asian century.

Six months into America’s battle with Covid-19, we still can’t really see the enemy. There isn’t good real-time data on where the virus is and who it is infecting. Our diagnostic testing is at an all-time high, but it’s still missing the vast majority of infections. We don’t have systematic surveillance programs like we do for the flu to fill in the gaps, and we don’t have good metrics that tell us how well the virus is being contained. We’re particularly in the dark about what’s happening in many minority communities, which have lower testing rates than white communities. We don’t have good foresight into the future either: As the response to the pandemic grows more fractured, and the policies less consistent and more politicized, it’s getting harder to model.

A top official in the Trump administration's Covid-19 response effort said Sunday there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for the virus, despite President Donald Trump's continued promotion of the anti-malaria drug. In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," administration testing czar Brett Giroir said he could not recommend hydroxychloroquine because trials "do not show any benefit."

These 13 states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts. The “seven-day average” part is important because it smooths out daily fluctuations due to reporting. The “new daily cases” part is important because it offers a current snapshot of the scale of the outbreak. And the “per 100,000 people” part is important because it ensures that this scale is consistent across jurisdictions. Basically, the seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people is just a simple way to track how much virus is circulating in a particular population. “at the red level, jurisdictions have reached a tipping point for uncontrolled spread and will require the use of stay-at-home orders and/or advisories to mitigate the disease.” Right now, that would mean 13 of the Trump task force’s 21 red-zone states returning to lockdown:

  1. Florida (with a staggering 48.1 new daily cases per 100,000 people),
  2. Louisiana (46.2),
  3. Mississippi (43.5),
  4. Alabama (39.1),
  5. Arizona (36.6),
  6. Tennessee (34.1),
  7. Georgia (33.8),
  8. Nevada (33.0),
  9. South Carolina (30.1),
  10. Texas (27.9),
  11. Idaho (27.5),
  12. Arkansas (26.4) and
  13. Oklahoma (25.6).

COVID-19 patients will be ‘sent home to die’ if deemed too sick, Texas county says. Now Starr County is at a dangerous “tipping point,” reporting an alarming number of new cases each day, data show. Starr County Memorial Hospital — the county’s only hospital — is overflowing with COVID-19 patients. The county has been forced to form what is being compared to a so-called “death panel.” A county health board – which governs Starr Memorial – is set to authorize critical care guidelines Thursday that will help medical workers determine ways to allocate scarce medical resources on patients with the best chance to survive. A committee will deem which COVID-19 patients are likely to die and send them home with family, Jose Vasquez, the county health authority, said during a news conference Tuesday. Read more here:

Every Decision Is A Risk. Every Risk Is A Decision. Right now, you can go online and find multiple charts that will visually categorize what were once the activities of daily life by risk level. Some of these charts are evidence based, compiled by experts and (in my opinion) genuinely helpful. I particularly liked the one designed by epidemiologist Saskia Popescu and bioethecist Ezekiel Emanuel because it lays out not just the risk levels of various behaviors — getting a haircut, visiting the dentist, buying a new shirt — but also the underlying factors that can make an activity more or less risky. In general, research has shown that indoors is riskier than outside, long visits riskier than short ones, crowds riskier than individuals — and, look, just avoid situations where you’re being sneezed, yelled, coughed or sung at.

Cholesterol-lowering drug could see coronavirus treated like common cold, study finds. The drug fenofibrate allowed lung cells to burn more fat therefore depriving the coronavirus of the conditions it needs to survive.

Sailors test positive for coronavirus after sharing firefighting gear during USS Bonhomme Richard fire. At least two sailors from the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego tested positive for COVID-19 after fighting the fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, the Navy said Friday. At least 27 people who were in contact with them are quarantined. The Navy's statement came in response to questions raised by several USS San Diego sailors during interviews with The San Diego Union-Tribune. According to the sailors, at least five sailors from their ship have tested positive in the last few days.

This video is from a friend of one of my mom’s employees at a hospital in McAllen, Texas

Congestion, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea are the four most recent COVID-19 symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added to its growing list of potential signs of the novel coronavirus. The CDC previously said symptoms include chills, fever, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste or smell. The agency now lists 11 symptoms on its website. The additions come as health experts continue to learn more about the disease, and care for very ill COVID-19 patients is improving. Even so, the CDC states the current list doesn't include all possible symptoms for the virus.

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How can a disease with 1% mortality shut down the United States? From Franklin Veaux's Quora post:
For every one person who dies:

  • 19 more require hospitalization.
  • 18 of those will have permanent heart damage for the rest of their lives.
  • 10 will have permanent lung damage.
  • 3 will have strokes.
  • 2 will have neurological damage that leads to chronic weakness and loss of coordination.
  • 2 will have neurological damage that leads to loss of cognitive function.

So now all of a sudden, that “but it’s only 1% fatal!” becomes:

  • 3,282,000 people dead.
  • 62,358,000 hospitalized.
  • 59,076,000 people with permanent heart damage.
  • 32,820,000 people with permanent lung damage.
  • 9,846,000 people with strokes.
  • 6,564,000 people with muscle weakness.
  • 6,564,000 people with loss of cognitive function.

His conclusion: "The choice is not 'ruin the economy to save 1%.' If we reopen the economy, it will be destroyed anyway. The US economy cannot survive everyone getting COVID-19."

COVID-19 and blood type: What's the link? Scientists are finding evidence that blood type may be a risk factor for COVID-19. In one study, people with Type A blood were more likely to be hospitalized. In this population, having Type A blood was associated with a 45% increased risk of having severe COVID-19. On the other hand, having Type O blood was associated with a 35% reduced risk of the disease. Those relationships held up whether the Italian and Spanish patients were analyzed separately or together. No other blood groups were associated with a greater or lesser risk of the disease. In addition, blood type did not seem to be linked to the risk of needing to be put on a mechanical ventilator.

239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

Hydroxychloroquine helped save coronavirus patients, study shows; Trump campaign hails 'fantastic news’. Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of the drug hydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die -- a finding that conservatives say validates President Trump's early statements on the drug, even as various media outlets mocked him for suggesting the treatment might be effective. The Food and Drug Administration halted the emergency use authorization for the drug earlier this month, saying preliminary data showed it wasn't effective. Research into its possible applications to treat coronavirus, however, has continued.

Coronavirus task force briefs — but not at White House. The briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services was held as the number of confirmed new coronavirus infections per day in the U.S. soared to an all-time high of 40,000 — higher even than during the deadliest stretch in April and May. In light of the new surge, task force briefers chose their words carefully to update the public about COVID-19, which has become both a public health and political issue. “I just encourage every American to continue to pray,” Pence said in closing. “Pray for all the families that have lost loved ones. Pray for our health care workers on the front lines. And just continue to pray that, by God’s grace, every single day we’ll each do our part to heal our land.” Back at the White House, Trump held a jobs-focused event in the East Room and offered this can-do message: “We have a little work to do and we’ll get it done. We’re having some very good numbers coming out in terms of the comeback, the comeback of our nation and I think it’s going very rapidly and it’s going to be very good.”

North Dakota governor in tears at split over face mask use in the US – video. Republican Doug Burgum was moved to tears over divisions in the US over wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, in which some stores have turned customers away for wearing masks. 'This is a ... senseless dividing line,' he said. Emotive and dramatic ASL interpreter.

The Trump Administration Paid Millions for Test Tubes—and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles. Since May, the Trump administration has paid a fledgling Texas company $7.3 million for test tubes needed in tracking the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. But, instead of the standard vials, Fillakit LLC has supplied plastic tubes made for bottling soda, which state health officials say are unusable. The state officials say that these “preforms,” which are designed to be expanded with heat and pressure into 2-liter soda bottles, don’t fit the racks used in laboratory analysis of test samples. Even if the bottles were the right size, experts say, the company’s process likely contaminated the tubes and could yield false test results. Fillakit employees, some not wearing masks, gathered the miniature soda bottles with snow shovels and dumped them into plastic bins before squirting saline into them, all in the open air, according to former employees and ProPublica’s observation of the company’s operations.

FDA ends emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus. The agency now believes that the suggested dosing regimens "are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect," FDA chief scientist Denise Hinton said in a letter.

White House pressure for a vaccine raises risk the U.S. will approve one that doesn’t work. President Donald Trump has promised that there will be a coronavirus vaccine before the year is out. But public health experts are growing increasingly worried that the White House will pressure regulators to approve the first vaccine candidate to show promise — without proof that it provides effective, reliable protection against the virus. Drugmakers and health agencies have already begun rewriting the rules of vaccine research, launching candidates into clinical trials at record speed in search of a pandemic-ending shot. Data on the vaccines’ safety is already trickling in. But no candidate is yet ready for the final step of the development process: a months-long trial in tens of thousands of volunteers to prove once and for all whether the shot works.

White House pressure for a vaccine raises risk the U.S. will approve one that doesn’t work. Drugmakers and health agencies have already begun rewriting the rules of vaccine research. President Donald Trump has promised that there will be a coronavirus vaccine before the year is out. But public health experts are growing increasingly worried that the White House will pressure regulators to approve the first vaccine candidate to show promise — without proof that it provides effective, reliable protection against the virus. That tight timing, coupled with the high-pressure political environment, has experts concerned that the Food and Drug Administration could grant emergency-use authorization to one or more vaccines before clinical trials have definitively determined whether they can prevent infection. “There is a genuine concern, and a very understandable concern, from the vast majority of Americans on ‘Are we moving too quickly on this coronavirus vaccine?’” said Erica DeWald, director of advocacy at Vaccinate Your Family. “We need to do a better job of breaking down for people just what we’re accelerating.”

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Deciding to Go Out. Venturing Out? Be Prepared and Stay Safe.

Type O blood type may provide some coronavirus protection, study suggests. Preliminary results from an ongoing study suggest that certain blood types may be less likely to contract the novel coronavirus. “Preliminary data from 23andMe’s ongoing genetic study of COVID-19 appears to lend more evidence for the importance of a person’s blood type — determined by the ABO gene — in differences in the susceptibility to the virus,” the company said in a blog post regarding the findings. More specifically, type O blood may be protective against the novel virus. In fact, early results indicate that people with type O blood are between 9 and 18 percent less likely to test positive for COVID-19 when compared to the other blood types.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman touted a correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and COVID-19 deaths, suggesting the supplement may help combat the virus. Early research verifies that correlation, but more work needs to be done. Grothman emphasized that point and didn’t imply vitamin D is a cure for COVID-19.

Fauci is 'optimistic' Moderna's coronavirus vaccine will work - despite criticism that early trials were 'over-hyped' to pad the pockets of execs . America's top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said he is 'cautiously optimistic' that one of several coronavirus vaccines being developed in the US will be ready in a 'reasonable period of time.’ Already, the 'reasonable' time frame for a coronavirus vaccine is most the start of next year for front line workers to receive it and longer for the average citizen. If everyone needs two doses within six months, that's twice as much vaccine to produce. The phase 2 trial for Moderna's shot, launched this week, will follow its participants for a year, but a phase 3 trial is planned for next month and the hope is that the vaccine's first batch could be ready by January.

Little Progress Made In Trump's Plan For Private Retailers To Test For Coronavirus. Twice now, on March 13 and again on April 27, President Trump gathered some of the country's top corporate executives — from test producers to lab processors to major retailers — to tout his plan to make COVID-19 testing widely available. His vision: Blanket the country in drive-through testing sites. The president, speaking from the White House Rose Garden, promised that "stores in virtually every location" would be rolling out testing, including some of the "greatest retailers anywhere in the world" that "cover this country in large part," such as CVS, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The results have been modest at best. NPR reviewed the number of sites these retailers set up and found they are small in quantity compared to their national reach. On average, only four percent of the companies' stores are currently hosting drive-through testing sites:

  • Target has just a single COVID-19 testing site, in Chula Vista, Calif., out of 1,871 locations (0.05%)
  • Walgreens has opened 28 sites; it has 9,277 locations (0.3%)
  • Kroger is supporting 64 testing sites; it has 2,800 stores (2.3%)
  • Rite Aid has 71 testing sites; it has 2,464 locations (2.9%)
  • Walmart is hosting 180 testing sites among its 5,352 stores (3.4%)
  • CVS has 986 test sites plus five "rapid result" locations across its 9,900 stores (10%)

Collectively, these six companies have almost 32,000 locations nationwide, but only about 1,300 of those stores have COVID-19 testing sites, or an average of four percent, according to numbers obtained from the retailers. And the lion's share of those sites are from CVS alone, which has opened nearly 1,000 sites.


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Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration is demanding that Planned Parenthood affiliates give back their PPP loans. Planned Parenthood says it’s politically motivated.

Trump administration decides to end National Guard deployments day before they can claim benefits. Democratic congressman Max Rose has criticised the Trump administration for deciding to end the National Guard‘s deployment a day before they could claim benefits. The Trump administration announced that the deployment of the National Guard in some states, amid the coronavirus outbreak, will be extended to 24 June, just one day before thousands of members would have qualified for early retirement and benefits. National Guard members have been receiving federal pay since they were deployed on 12 March, and would have been entitled to education and retirement benefits if the deployment was extended by an extra day.

Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine linked to increased risk of death in hospitalized coronavirus patients, study finds. A study of hospitalized coronavirus patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine – the drug President Trump said he has been taking daily for about two weeks to stave off infection – as well as chloroquine, another drug recently touted as a possible COVID-19 antidote, found an increased risk of death associated with both medications. The findings, published in The Lancet on Friday, focused on exploring the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine both alone and in combination with a second-generation macrolide, and the associated safety and benefit in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. While the drugs are deemed generally safe when prescribed for patients with malaria or an autoimmune disease, little is known about the potential effects they may have in COVID-19 patients. #FoxNews

President Trump: Fox News is a propaganda outlet. President Donald Trump recognizes that Fox News’ purpose is to help elect Republicans, and he is dissatisfied with the right-wing network’s strategy for accomplishing that goal. Trump lashed out Thursday after something he saw while watching his favorite network during his flight to Michigan apparently upset him. On Twitter, he criticized Fox for “doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd,” particularly criticizing the network for hosting Democratic strategists and anchors who “repeat the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies.”

Don’t forget to take your placebo! In the interview, Dr. Paul Offit is here. In the first part of his two-part interview, he and Mike discuss his new book, Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far. They talk about why we should be skeptical of things like vitamin D and testosterone, and how we might not need to take painkillers for a fever. Tomorrow he and Mike will get into the Covid-19 crisis. via @slate

'You need to leave': Video shows Costco worker handle man berating him over mask via @nbcnews

The Weird Saga of the Woman Who Supposedly Refused to Alter Florida's Covid-19 Data. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters Wednesday that the woman who designed Florida’s acclaimed covid-19 dashboard and was later fired was removed from her post, not for whistleblowing on alleged attempts to skew the state’s covid data, but rather insubordination—and, to make matters more complicated, is separately under “active criminal charges” for sexual cyber harassment. It’s unclear what story is accurate, but it’s certainly a clusterfuck. On Tuesday, Florida Today reported that Rebekah Jones, the architect behind the dashboard—a publicly accessible database tracking the covid-19's spread, casualties, and testing—was removed from her post at the Florida Department of Health. Jones told CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Florida that her termination was due to her refusal to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.”

Doctors raise alarm about health effects of continued coronavirus shutdown: 'Mass casualty incident'. More than 600 doctors signed onto a letter sent to President Trump Tuesday pushing him to end the "national shutdown" aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling the widespread state orders keeping businesses closed and kids home from school a "mass casualty incident" with "exponentially growing health consequences." The letter outlines a variety of consequences that the doctors have observed resulting from the coronavirus shutdowns, including patients missing routine checkups that could detect things like heart problems or cancer, increases in substance and alcohol abuse, and increases in financial instability that could lead to "[p]overty and financial uncertainty," which "is closely linked to poor health." The letter continues: "The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse. "Because the harm is diffuse, there are those who hold that it does not exist. We, the undersigned, know otherwise." The letter comes as the battle over when and how to lift coronavirus restrictions continues to rage on cable television, in the courts, in protests and among government officials. Those for lifting the restrictions have warned about the economic consequences of keeping the shutdowns in effect. Those advocating a more cautious approach say that having more people out and about will necessarily end with more people becoming infected, causing what National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci warned in a Senate hearing last week would be preventable "suffering and death." #FoxNews

A White House economic adviser devised a head-scratching model that shows coronavirus deaths will hit 0 in just 10 days. ph Zeballos-Roig May 5, 2020, 8:24 AM. The White House is reportedly relying on a "cubic model" prepared by controversial White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett that shows coronavirus deaths plunging to zero by May 15 to help guide their economic decision-making during the pandemic.Wednesday May 20, 2020 a man just repeated this 10 day prediction to me.

The Lancet fact-checks Trump's letter to WHO and Dr. Tedros. Medical journal The Lancet has issued this rapid response to comments made by impeached President Donald Trump in his letter to World Health Organization General Director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to correct false statements about The Lancet by Trump. In this letter, The Lancet notes that they did not, as Trump falsely said, comment on the coronavirus crisis in late December 2019. Their first reports on the novel coronavirus were in mid-January. Chinese experts took part in its first two reports on COVID-19, the journal says, and Trump is “damaging... efforts to strengthen international cooperation to control this pandemic.”

Nancy Pelosi says Trump is "morbidly obese". “I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine.

Is mask wearing more important than social distancing in fight against coronavirus? The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation adjusted its projection to roughly 143,000, a decrease of 3,000 from last week's projection. A key model that guides the White House and other decision makers are projecting not as many coronavirus-related deaths, and one scientist believes mask wearing might be the reason.

Drug promoted by Trump as coronavirus ‘game changer’ increasingly linked to deaths. For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus, asking would-be patients “What the hell do you have to lose?” Growing evidence shows that, for many, the answer is their lives. Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the Trump-backed drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients. Evidence showing the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19 has been scant. Those two developments pushed the Food and Drug Administration to warn against the use of hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital setting last month, just weeks after it approved an emergency use authorization for the drug.

Five USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors test positive a second time for the coronavirus, 18 others taken off the ship. The five sailors had developed flu-like symptoms this week and went to be medically evaluated, Cmdr. Myers Vasquez, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement. They were immediately removed from the ship and placed in quarantine. Additionally, 18 other sailors who had interacted closely with those five have been taken off the aircraft carrier, retested and are waiting for their results in quarantine, according to a U.S. defense official.

Five takeaways as Senate panel hears from Fauci, Trump health officials.

  1. Fauci issued a clear warning on reopening too quickly
  2. Republicans call for more testing
  3. Fauci warns a vaccine won’t be ready this fall
  4. Republicans ready to open the economy, but at different speeds
  5. Virtual hearing illustrates pros, cons

Trump abruptly ends news conference after fiery exchanges with CBS, CNN reporters. President Trump abruptly ended his Rose Garden news conference on Monday after a round of exchanges between CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. In what ended up being the final question from the briefing, Jiang grilled Trump about his ongoing tout of coronavirus testing in the U.S. in comparison to other countries around the world. "You've said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. ... Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if everyday Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?" Jiang asked. Trump responded by taking aim at China, a country that some suspect has not been releasing accurate data regarding its own coronavirus cases and deaths. "Well, they're losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that's a question you should ask China," Trump told Jiang. "Don't ask me, ask China, okay? When you ask them, you may get a very unusual answer." As the president attempted to move on to the next reporter, Jiang, who is Asian-American, pressed him on he was "saying that to me specifically," suggesting his comment was racially motivated. "I'm telling you -- I'm not saying that specifically to anybody, I'm saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that," Trump responded. Trump then got into a dustup with CNN's Collins, who approached the microphone after he apparently had called on her, but he attempted to move on to another reporter since Collins "didn't respond." However, after Collins attempted to "let my colleague finish" and not step away from the microphone, Trump thanked the crowd and quickly walked away from the podium. #FoxNews

Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus press briefing after facing challenges from two female reporters. The abrupt ending came after Trump told an Asian reporter to “ask China” her question about COVID-19. Jiang has been on the receiving end of Trump’s frustration before. In early April, he got angry with her line of questioning and charged at her: “It’s such a basic, simple question, and you try to make it sound so bad. You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump said, calling her tone “very nasty.”

These photos of a pandemic drive-thru strip club are pure cyberpunk dystopia

Meet the woman who spearheaded California’s recent back-to-work protests. A group calling itself We Have Rights has recently started organizing large back-to-work protests throughout California, calling on state and local leaders to end social-distancing orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The group, which popped up in just the last two weeks, has a professional-looking website and growing social media presence, which provide details for upcoming events, instructions for dealing with the media, highly produced Instagram videos, as well as T-shirts and other branded merchandise for sale. The campaign — which turned out hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters from San Diego to Sacramento starting May 1 and continuing through this weekend — also has had a charismatic front woman with something of a controversial past: 38-year-old Vivienne Nicole Reign. Reign, who has been living with her husband in a $3 million home in Newport Beach, according to legal documents, is currently embroiled in legal challenges concerning several neuropathy treatment clinics she owns and operates with a chiropractor. The defendants have maintained their innocence, denying claims brought by former clients of medical negligence, financial elder abuse and fraud.

Pence stays away from White House after aide tests positive for coronavirus. A spokesman said the vice president tested negative on Sunday and planned to be at the White House on Monday. “Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” Devin O’Malley, a Pence spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday evening. “Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.” So far, two White House staffers — one of President Donald Trump’s military valets, who serves him meals and drinks, and Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary — have tested positive for the virus, launching it into Trump’s inner circle and the crowded halls of the West Wing. On a Sunday news program, senior adviser Kevin Hassett called the White House a “scary” place to go to work right now, given the recent diagnoses and the threat of the virus. The two infections come as the president has been nudging governors and states to reopen their economies as quickly as possible, despite the continuing spread of the disease throughout the U.S. via @politico

Trump hosted nearly 20 House Republicans for a meeting about the coronavirus pandemic -- and none of them wore marks or stayed far apart. Are these guys begging to get the coronavirus?

It’s not your imagination. Allergy season gets worse every year. Another intense allergy season is underway as the Covid-19 pandemic rages.

AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country. The Trump administration has shelved a document created by the nation’s top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak. The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen. It was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance “would never see the light of day,” according to a CDC official. The official was not authorized to talk to reporters and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Remdesivir helps coronavirus patients — but at what cost? via @politico

The coronavirus has mutated. Here's what that means. The dominant strain in much of the world is now a more contagious variant of the original virus.

Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic without a mask, violating his own government’s guidance. The Mayo posted, then deleted a tweet noting Pence was warned about the hospital’s policy — but didn’t follow it.

Coronavirus 'acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen,' say doctors

The drugs and treatments that could stop Covid-19 via @politico

Coronavirus crisis, HealthCare: archived Monday, April 27, 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat. U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. The repeated warnings were conveyed in issues of the President’s Daily Brief, a sensitive report that is produced before dawn each day and designed to call the president’s attention to the most significant global developments and security threats.

Nightly news broadcasts covered protests against social distancing. They mostly ignored nurses protesting lack of PPE. ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs have frequently covered the right-wing protests against social distancing measures without giving necessary context from health experts that it would risk a resurgence of coronavirus infections. By contrast, the shows all but ignored a Tuesday protest at the White House by a major nurses union over the lack of protective personal equipment (PPE) that has put health care workers at risk.

What a government study suggests about sunlight and COVID-19. William N. Bryan, the department’s acting undersecretary for science and technology, summarized the "emerging results," which have not been published, from a Maryland federal lab. "Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both on surfaces and in the air," he said. "We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus." Showing slides with certain weather conditions, Bryan explained that scientists measure the decay of a virus by the amount of time it takes for the virus to be reduced by half (half-life). He shared a slide which showed that at a temperature of 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, with 20% humidity and no sunlight, the half-life is 18 hours. But that half-life falls to one hour under 95 degrees and 80% humidity. "If you look at as the temperature increases, as the humidity increases, with no sun involved, you can see how drastically the half-life goes down on that virus," Bryan said. "So, the virus is dying at a much more rapid pace just from exposure to higher temperatures and just from exposure to humidity." The researchers also studied what the virus does in the air. They suspended the virus inside of a drum and exposed it to various temperatures, humidity levels and sunlight. The virus in saliva survives best indoors and in dry conditions, Bryan said. The virus "dies the quickest in the presence of direct sunlight." During the briefing, a reporter asked Bryan if people would be better off outdoors in the warm weather and sun than staying indoors. "It would be irresponsible for us to say that we feel that the summer is just going to totally kill the virus," Bryan said.

Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus 'cure' wrote to Trump this week. Mark Grenon wrote to Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment. The leader of the most prominent group in the US peddling potentially lethal industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus wrote to Donald Trump at the White House this week. In his letter, Mark Grenon told Trump that chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleach used in industrial processes such as textile manufacturing that can have fatal side-effects when drunk – is “a wonderful detox that can kill 99% of the pathogens in the body”. He added that it “can rid the body of Covid-19”. A few days after Grenon dispatched his letter, Trump went on national TV at his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday and promoted the idea that disinfectant could be used as a treatment for the virus. To the astonishment of medical experts, the US president said that disinfectant “knocks it out in a minute. One minute!” He went on to say: “Is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.” Grenon styles himself as “archbishop” of Genesis II – a Florida-based outfit that claims to be a church but which in fact is the largest producer and distributor of chlorine dioxide bleach as a “miracle cure” in the US. He brands the chemical as MMS, “miracle mineral solution”, and claims fraudulently that it can cure 99% of all illnesses including cancer, malaria, HIV/Aids as well as autism. Since the start of the pandemic, Genesis II has been marketing MMS as a cure to coronavirus. It advises users, including children, to mix three to six drops of bleach in water and drink it.

Debacle of Trump's coronavirus disinfectant comments could be tipping point. The US president plans to ‘pare back’ his daily coronavirus briefings after falsely claiming his suggestion to ingest cleaning products had been ‘sarcastic’

Trump Spitballs COVID-19 Remedies in Briefing: ‘Inject Disinfectant’ or ‘Hit the Body With Tremendous Light’. In a bizarre, even for Donald Trump, White House coronavirus daily briefing, the president pitched his ideas on whether disinfectants or ultraviolet light could be used to cure coronavirus patients. via @RollingStone

WHO data leak shows no benefit from Gilead coronavirus drug. A leading coronavirus drug candidate showed no benefit in results from a hotly anticipated clinical trial that were mistakenly posted to the World Health Organization's website today. The experimental drug, an antiviral called remdesivir, is being studied in several late-stage trials and has recently drawn praise from President Donald Trump after a sliver of early data from a different clinical trial leaked last week. The draft documents posted to the WHO website — and then quickly removed — suggest that the drug did not help patients enrolled in a randomized clinical trial in China, and caused significant side effects in several people that led them to end treatment. More participants who received remdesivir died compared to those in the control group, although the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant. via @politico

Cuomo slams McConnell: States declaring bankruptcy is 'one of the really dumb ideas of all time' “Not to fund state and local governments is incredibly short-sighted. They want to fund small businesses, fund the airlines, I understand that, but state and local governments fund police and fire and teachers and schools. How do you not fund police and fire and teachers and schools in the midst of this crisis?” Cuomo added. He said if the federal government doesn't fund the states, the states can’t fund the vital services. Additional funding for state and local governments has turned into a point of contention as lawmakers negotiate federal coronavirus relief. The National Governors Association sent a letter to McConnell and other congressional leaders Tuesday asking Congress to approve $500 billion "in direct federal aid that allows for replacement of lost revenue."

A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.

The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.

Nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks clustered in East County. Five of the 11 local nursing homes on the list are in El Cajon. Country Hills Post Acute in El Cajon reported the county’s highest number of patients, 19, who tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than 11 staff members tested positive. FOX 5 contacted Country Hills Monday. Management releases a statement saying, in part, “Our primary concern is the health and well-being of residents and staff. Most of the residents show no symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms. The residents continue to reside at the facility and are in isolation.”

Conservative activist family behind 'grassroots' anti-quarantine Facebook events. The groups were set up by four brothers — Chris, Ben, Aaron and Matthew Dorr — and have amassed more than 200,000 members collectively, including in states where they don’t reside, according to an NBC News analysis based on public records searches and Facebook group registrations. The Dorr brothers are known in conservative circles for running pro-gun and anti-abortion rights Facebook groups that bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by antagonizing establishment conservative leaders and activists. Their usual method is to attack established conservative groups from the right, including the National Rifle Association, and then make money by selling memberships in their groups or selling mailing lists of those who sign up, according to some conservative politicians and activists who have labeled the efforts as scams. via @nbcnews

A White House adviser said the demonstrators are “modern-day Rosa Parks.” Signs via @slate

There's an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it's quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were... how does one say... more receptive to the message who wouldn't be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

Coronavirus Advice From Abroad: 7 Lessons America’s Governors Should Not Ignore as They Reopen Their Economies. We spoke to frontline experts from around the globe and have compiled a list of recommendations for reopening U.S. states. Their consensus? It’s tough to find policies that simultaneously save lives and livelihoods.

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper? We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this. For most of us who are practicing social distancing and making only occasional trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, experts agree that it’s not necessary to change clothes or take a shower when you return home. You should, however, always wash your hands.While it’s true that a sneeze or cough from an infected person can propel viral droplets and smaller particles through the air, most of them will drop to the ground. The risk of getting sick from handling mail or packages is extremely low and, at this point, only theoretical. There are no documented cases of someone getting sick from opening a package or reading a newspaper.

State lists 11 San Diego nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks. Country Hills Post Acute in El Cajon reported the county's highest number of patients, 19, who tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than 11 staff members tested positive. via @CBS8

A DeVos-linked group helped promote the right-wing "Operation Gridlock" tantrum in Michigan. The protest, known as “Operation Gridlock,” featured a fair share of MAGA hats, Trump flags, at least one Confederate flag, chants of “Lock her up!” in reference to Whitmer, and far-right groups from the Proud Boys to the Michigan Liberty Militia. They clogged up the streets outside the state Capitol and defied Whitmer’s ban on public gatherings. The whole charade was facilitated by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, a conservative political group that doubles as a front for Michigan Trump Republicans, and promoted by the Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative group with ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire philanthropist power broker before she joined the Trump administration. The Detroit Free Press reported that the fund was listed as one of the protest’s hosts on Facebook. The organization also promoted the event on Facebook. via @MotherJones

These Pictures Show Huge Crowds Protesting Against Coronavirus Lockdowns At State Capitals. Conservative demonstrators gathered in the capitals of Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina to protest against stay-at-home orders during a pandemic that has already left more than 26,000 Americans dead. via @guynamedgabe

What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago. Ironclad emergency medical practices — about when to use ventilators, for example — have dissolved almost overnight. Medicine routinely remakes itself, generation by generation. For the disease that drives this pandemic, certain ironclad emergency medical practices have dissolved almost overnight. The biggest change: Instead of quickly sedating people who had shockingly low levels of oxygen and then putting them on mechanical ventilators, many doctors are now keeping patients conscious, having them roll over in bed, recline in chairs and continue to breathe on their own — with additional oxygen — for as long as possible. The idea is to get them off their backs and thereby make more lung available. A number of doctors are even trying patients on a special massage mattress designed for pregnant women because it has cutouts that ease the load on the belly and chest. Some patients, by taking oxygen and rolling onto their sides or on their bellies, have quickly returned to normal levels. The tactic is called proning.

10 times Trump and his administration were warned about coronavirus. President Trump's tone on the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted in the last month as the illness has swept across the U.S., which has now reported more confirmed cases than any country in the world. Why it matters: Reporting from Axios, the New York Times, Washington Post, AP and other media outlets has revealed that Trump and his administration were repeatedly warned about the threat that the virus could pose to American lives and the economy. Earlier action could have curbed the spread. The state of play: The first case of COVID-19 reached the U.S. on Jan. 15. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11. Trump declared the U.S. outbreak a national emergency on March 13.

Rolling Stone Timeline: Coronavirus in America. How the Trump administration failed to protect America, a chronicle of missed opportunities, denials and deception. In the middle of a crisis, it can be difficult to comprehend the full scope of the failures that brought the nation to its knees. To reframe the coronavirus pandemic, and the Trump administration’s catastrophic response, Rolling Stone presents here a timeline. It shows that the pandemic was not a “black swan” event — some unforeseeable tragedy. Rather, a global pandemic of this sort has been predicted for decades, and indeed previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, had sought to prepare the country for just such an outbreak. Yet upon taking office, the Trump administration consistently sought to defund and disarm America’s preparedness against a mass outbreak of a viral respiratory illness. via @RollingStone

Trump is odd man out as approval ratings soar for world leaders’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Heads of state are getting strong support by their citizens. Trump, on the other hand, is being panned for his lack of leadership.

Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response via @just_security

Timeline: Trump’s efforts to downplay the coronavirus threat

States still baffled over how to get coronavirus supplies from Trump. The federal government’s haphazard approach to distributing its limited supplies has left states trying everything — filling out lengthy FEMA applications, calling Trump, contacting Pence, sending messages to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and trade adviser Peter Navarro, who are both leading different efforts to find supplies, according to local and states officials in more than a half-dozen states. They’re even asking mutual friends to call Trump or sending him signals on TV and Twitter. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. “This is not something that we should ever be faced with,” Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, said in an interview. “It really is the federal government's responsibility to build those stockpiles, and distribute those during the time of crisis.” via @politico

Heart woes spur partial stop of malaria drug study for virus. Scientists in Brazil have stopped part of a study of a malaria drug touted as a possible coronavirus treatment after heart rhythm problems developed in one-quarter of people given the higher of two doses being tested. Chloroquine and a newer, similar drug called hydroxychloroquine, have been pushed by President Donald Trump after some very small, early tests suggested the drugs might curb the virus from entering cells. But the drugs have long been known to have potentially serious side effects, including altering the heartbeat in a way that could lead to sudden death.

This reporting is both devastating and fair. Declaring an emergency March 13, the president made promises for fighting the pandemic. He thus set his own standards for what was vital for him to accomplish. @NPR paid attention. @timkmak reports on whether he achieved his own goals. THREAD: A month ago, Trump declared a Coronvairus national emergency in a Rose Garden address. NPR's investigations team went through every promise he made at that critical time and contacted all the groups. Barely any of the promises were fulfilled.

A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled

Navarro gets slam dunked during 60 Minutes Overtime. He challenged 60 Minutes’ record - “Show me episodes during the Obama and Bush administrations that said the global pandemic was coming, and then you will have some credence in attacking the Trump Administration.” Watch:

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus. An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.

Inside America’s Two-Decade Failure to Prepare for Coronavirus. Top officials from three administrations describe how crucial lessons were learned and lost, programs launched and cancelled, and budgets funded and defunded. via @politico

Trump’s ridiculous behavior at pandemic briefings baffles a watching world. While Trump has made every White House coronavirus briefing about himself, many of the world’s leaders let medical experts brief the public. by @RobertMackey

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Trump pointed to his head. “The metrics right here,” he said. Asked by a reporter at his administration’s daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic what metrics he would use to determine when to reopen the economy, Trump pointed to his head. “The metrics right here,” he said. “That’s my metrics. That’s all I can do.” The president said he’s listening to coronavirus experts, but also cited repeatedly debunked claims and lies during his daily press conference.

Trump admitted he did not appreciate the severity of the threat until the last days of January — a month in which he scheduled only nine intelligence briefings. Even as his own experts grew increasingly alarmed, Trump did not have an intelligence briefing on his schedule until Jan. 6.

Trump says he only gave Colorado 1% of the ventilators it needs after GOP senator asked for them. Longtime Colorado Democrat "outraged" Trump gave fraction of necessary equipment as favor to vulnerable Republican.

Coronavirus now leading cause of death in US. COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus that is spreading across the globe, is now the deadliest disease in the U.S., causing more deaths per day than cancer or heart disease. A new graph published Tuesday by Maria Danilychev, a physician, showed COVID-19 is the cause of 1,970 deaths in the U.S. per day, according to Newsweek. It was only last week when Danilychev published a report showing COVID-19 as the third leading cause of death, taking the place of accidents, with fatalities averaging at around 748 per day. The rapid acceleration of coronavirus-related deaths began on March 22, when the daily average of fatalities for the virus rose above those related to flu, pneumonia, kidney disease, suicide and other leading causes.

VA spent $200,000 on controversial anti-malaria drug touted as coronavirus 'game-changer'. Department of Veterans Affairs officials said March 26 that it was “irresponsible” to suggest the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine had any merit as a coronavirus treatment. The same day, the VA placed an emergency order for it. President Donald Trump held up hydroxychloroquine as a “game-changer” – a miracle cure for the virus that has killed thousands of Americans, infected more than 400,000 and changed everyday life. Experts aren’t so sure about the drug, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus but is an unproven treatment for the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease doctor in the United States, said on Fox News last week it would be a “majestic leap” to consider it a knockout drug for the virus. Some studies have suggested the drug was promising, especially for mild cases, but the studies were small and didn’t include control groups. One of the studies has since been discredited. “We still need to do the kinds of studies that definitively prove whether any intervention, not just this one ... is truly safe and effective,” Fauci said.

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance. How many people have been infected with the new coronavirus? A group of Bay Area researchers aims to find out—by tracking what's in the local wastewater.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients. But increasingly, physicians are trying other measures first. One is having patients lie in different positions — including on their stomachs — to allow different parts of the lung to aerate better.

Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic. The government agencies designed to protect us are riddled with vacancies and temporary officials. No wonder we’re facing a catastrophe. Adams’ metaphor of this as our new “9/11 moment” is more apt than he likely intended: Comparing the events is about more than just a story of casualties—it is also a story about government’s failure. Both Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks occurred, in part, because the U.S. government and intelligence failed to see the attacks looming. We were caught unprepared, and Americans paid for that mistake with their lives. via @politico

Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.

More than 700 Henry Ford Health System employees tested positive for coronavirus. Beaumont Health said Monday that about 1,500 of its workers — including 500 nurses — are off the job because of coronavirus symptoms. The employees at Beaumont Health “have symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” said spokesman Mark Geary, though he did not disclose how many of those 1,500 sick workers actually tested positive for the disease. Beaumont and Henry Ford are among several metro Detroit hospitals to experience a surge in COVID-19 patients as the virus continues to spread in Michigan, pushing them to the brink of capacity. via @freep

Trump virus takes no responsibility

Some 430,000 people flew from China to US after coronavirus first detected: report. About 430,000 people have flown on direct flights from China to the United States since Chinese officials first disclosed the outbreak of what is now the novel coronavirus to world health officials on New Year’s Eve, according to a new report published Saturday. Most of the travelers flew into airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Newark and Detroit in January. Thousands came directly from the city of Wuhan in the Chinese Hubei province, where the coronavirus originated, the New York Times reported. The report did not account for travelers who did not fly directly from China and may have come into the U.S. on a connecting flight from the country. #FoxNews

The U.S.' top infectious disease specialist warned in early 2017 that the Trump administration at some point would face a “surprise outbreak.” “There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,” he said in a speech titled “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next Administration” at Georgetown University Medical Center. He delivered it just days before Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Fauci, who has overseen the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, warned that looming health challenges would involve both chronic diseases ― ones already ongoing ― as well as “a surprise outbreak.”

George W. Bush in 2005: 'If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare'. In a November 2005 speech at the National Institutes of Health, Bush laid out proposals in granular detail -- describing with stunning prescience how a pandemic in the United States would unfold. Among those in the audience was Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the current crisis response, who was then and still is now the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Coronavirus crisis, HealthCare, archived April 05, 2020

Trump and the authoritarianism virus: What the coronavirus has revealed, again, about our president. Meanwhile, the trust-based system of the free world is failing under pressure. After three years of President Trump’s constant lies and extreme political polarization in the United States, the only people who believe anything Trump says do so mainly to spite their political enemies. This is a catastrophic scenario when coherent action is required for the greater good. A united appeal to science and citizenship could have saved lives, but such unity is unimaginable in Washington today. The poison of hyper-partisanship kills as surely as any virus. Incompetence is deadly enough on its own, but malice and corruption are never far behind in this administration. Trump has been waging war on American institutions and looking for ways to enrich himself and his cronies from the start, and this crisis will only open up more opportunities.

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic. As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile. That federal cache of supplies was created more than 20 years ago to help bridge gaps in the medical and pharmaceutical supply chains during a national emergency.

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Column: The suspect science behind Trump's chloroquine claims. There are scientific grounds for examining chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as possible treatments for COVID-19; dozens of clinical trials have been announced. Infectious disease experts consider the drugs to be promising, but there’s a lot more they’d like to know before certifying them for clinical use. One trial underway at the University of Minnesota aims to recruit 3,000 subjects from among healthcare workers and their household members who have been exposed to infected persons or are showing symptoms or been diagnosed with the disease. Half the subjects will be given chloroquine. Preliminary results may be available by April 21. Yet generally, the hype has run so far ahead of scientific knowledge that red lights should be flashing and danger sirens sounding. “We need to be really careful about not jumping the gun here,” Annie Luetkemeyer, an infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco, said in a March 24 video discussion in which she spoke of the need for more study. “We don’t have the data that we need to say that these drugs are effective for treatment or for prevention of the disease.” She warned that it is “ be giving either of these medications widely to people” without knowing more about their efficacy or possible hazards. Chloroquine is dangerous when not taken under a doctor’s rigorous supervision, and its shortage can cause life-threatening consequences for lupus patients and serious health effects for rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis patients. The bottom line is that evidence for chloroquine’s effectiveness in COVID-19 is unsubstantiated. It derives heavily from the work of a controversial French expert in infectious diseases, Didier Raoult, whose studies on the topic have been criticized as inconclusive, but who has been enthusiastically promoting chloroquine as the nearest thing to a miracle drug.

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses. Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Field work ceased when the funding ran out in September, and organizations that worked on the PREDICT program laid off dozens of scientists and analysts, said Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a key player in the program.

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses. Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic. Florida’s infection rate is way higher than Australia’s. Georgia overtook Japan 10 days ago. Texas only took the plunge on Tuesday. Even then, the stay-at-home order was riddled with holes. Greg Abbott, the Texas governor, insisted on including churches in its list of “essential services”. One thing every pathogen loves is a congregation. As America’s south goes, so goes Brazil and Mexico, each of which is stubbornly ignoring the lessons from elsewhere. Mr DeSantis may have upheld spending numbers for March. But at what expense? One in four of Florida’s residents is over 65, which is 50 per cent higher than the national figure. Mr DeSantis, too, has deemed churches “essential services”. The cost to Florida of gratuitous deaths is surely higher than last month’s tourism receipts. That same miscalculation applies to the White House on a far larger scale. Donald Trump wasted weeks dismissing the virus in the vain hope of talking up the stock market. As a result, the US has now been forced to take far more economically damaging measures to contain it. via @financialtimes

11 times Donald Trump has 'belittled' coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence said something truly unbelievable in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. "I don't believe the President has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus," the vice president told Wolf. Which, even by Pence standards -- the VP is an unstinting, 100% supporter of President Donald Trump -- is pretty bad.

Cluster of Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in East County. A county spokesperson confirmed with NBC 7 San Diego the cluster occurred at the PalmCare Pharmacy in El Cajon.

Fact-checking President Trump's marathon coronavirus briefing President Donald Trump tried Tuesday to cast himself as the wise leader who rejected the advice of a "group" of people who had portrayed the coronavirus as a mere flu and had argued that life should go on as normal. He did not mention that he had been the most powerful member of that group. Trump's marathon coronavirus press conference included the usual barrage of specific false claims. But it was more notable for the dishonesty of the broad story he was telling -- an audacious attempt to erase the memory of his relentless efforts to suggest the coronavirus was not a crisis. Trump spoke frankly on Tuesday about projections that suggest 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus even if people follow federal guidelines meant to slow its spread. But he also made a claim that he prevented a much higher death toll, as high as 2.2 million, by taking the virus much more seriously than some other intelligent people. "Think of what would have happened if we didn't do anything. I mean, I've had many friends -- businesspeople -- people with great, actually, common sense, they said, 'Why don't we ride it out?' A lot of people have said -- a lot of people have thought about it. 'Ride it out. Don't do anything, just ride it out and think of it as the flu.' But it's not the flu. It's vicious," he said. Trump himself repeatedly told Americans in January and February to think of the coronavirus as the flu.

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Rural-state governors tell Trump they need tests and medical supplies, too. In response to requests for more testing kits, Mr. Trump said, "I haven't heard about testing in weeks," according to an audio recording of the call between the president and governors obtained by CBS News. During the call, which lasted a little over an hour, Democratic and Republican governors detailed how they are struggling to obtain the protective equipment doctors and nurses will need to treat the sick and the test kits needed to determine whether sick residents are suffering from COVID-19. via @CBSPolitics

33 times Trump downplayed the coronavirus. March 27, 2020 | 5:00 PM EDT

Experts Say The Coronavirus Outlook Has Worsened, But The Trajectory Is Still Unclear. MAR. 26, 2020, AT 12:17 PM The expert consensus is that COVID-19 will cause 246,000 deaths in 2020, higher than last week’s estimate of 200,000 deaths. The consensus estimate ranges, though, between 36,000 and 1.1 million. That’s quite a span, with major implications for American society tucked into that uncertainty.

Dr. Deborah Birx predicts up to 200,000 deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’ Joining TODAY from Washington, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, says, “We’re very worried about every city in the United States” and that “in some metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines.” She predicts that “if we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities,” but adds, “we’re not sure all of America is responding in a uniform way.” via @TODAYshow

FDA authorizes chloroquine for use in treating coronavirus. One way to read these op-eds is that you can prevent COVID-19 by treating yourself using off-the-shelf meds combined with dosage used in China or elsewhere, a dosage that’s plainly advertised in articles. That’s absolutely not the way about curing COVID-19. Separately, a report from France’s Le Point said on Monday that chloroquine use in coronavirus patients lead to cardiac toxicity and cardiac arrests. The report talks about several fatal cases, without providing any figures. If you don’t experience symptoms, keep respecting social distancing measures. If you do, then contact your doctor for guidance.

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus. The CDC fumbled its communication with public health officials and underestimated the threat of the coronavirus even as it gained a foothold in the United States, according to hundreds of pages of documents ProPublica obtained.

NRA Sues California for the Right to Spread COVID-19. More guns won’t make anybody safer; washing your hands will via @dougporter506

Presidential Signing Statement that would gag the Stimulus Bailout Inspector General and undermine congressional oversight.

Trump Wants You to Know He’s More Popular than ‘The Bachelor’ As the United States’ death toll from coronavirus surpassed 2,000 over the weekend, our reality show president took to Twitter on Sunday to inform everyone he was more popular than ABC’s The Bachelor. via @RollingStone

Trump clashes with reporter during coronavirus briefing: 'Be nice'"PBS NewsHour" reporter Yamiche Alcindor questioned Trump during the briefing over recent comments he made during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity about whether some requests from governors related to the outbreak were overblown or unnecessary. Trump responded by first denying that he had made the comments, which were reported by multiple news outlets at the time, before accusing Alcindor of acting "threatening" during the briefing. Alcindor asked Trump another question later in the press conference after CNN's Jeremy Diamond apparently passed the microphone to her, an act for which she thanked him on Twitter. Which health professionals are telling you that more people will die from the economic impact than coronavirus?

Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine idea. The White House coronavirus task force unanimously shunned President Donald Trump’s suggestion of a quarantine in the New York City area, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. The president “did very seriously consider” the idea of locking down the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” But Trump was dissuaded after a meeting with the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. via @politico

Trump Brags About His TV Ratings as Coronavirus Death Toll Keeps Climbing “This is not a reality TV show,” wrote Valerie Jarrett. via @slate

Trump’s ‘Don’t Blame Me’ Message Is Going to Wear Terribly By Jonathan Chait Over the last 24 hours, President Trump has aggressively widened the circle of people or countries that are making it impossible for Donald Trump to handle the coronavirus. In a Thursday night interview with Sean Hannity, Trump complained about Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (“She is a new governor and it’s not been pleasant”), Washington governor Jay Inslee, and the demand by various hospital staff for more ventilator machines (“You know, you go to major hospitals, sometimes they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”). Friday, on Twitter, he added General Motors CEO Mary Barra (“Always a mess with Mary B.”) Trump happens to be enjoying his highest approval ratings at the moment. It is possible he will somehow maintain, or even enhance, his current standing. But his handling of the coronavirus — even from the narrow perspective of politics, which is how Trump himself views it — is doing almost everything to ensure that his bump is short-lived, and will eventually be followed by a long, steep decline.

How long will coronavirus last in the US? Americans shouldn’t expect life to be back to normal by Easter. Those infected with the virus are often contagious while they’re asymptomatic and the incubation period can last up to two weeks. Since many states only instituted stay-at-home orders just over a week ago, cases should be expected to increase over the next couple of weeks and data from any flattening of the curve won't be visible for weeks yet. #FoxNews

Watch White House Coronavirus official Dr. Birx suck up to Dear Leader obsequiously

The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19. At the start of that crucial lost month, when his government could have rallied, the president was distracted by impeachment and dismissive of the threat to the public’s health or the nation’s economy. By the end of the month, Mr. Trump claimed the virus was about to dissipate in the United States, saying: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” By early March, after federal officials finally announced changes to allow more expansive testing, it was too late to escape serious harm. Now, the United States has more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, the most of any country in the world. Yet even with deaths on the rise, cities shuttered, the economy sputtering and everyday life upended, many Americans who come down with symptoms of Covid-19 still cannot get tested.

San Diego D.A. reminds of domestic violence resources, risks amid quarantine via @CBS8

★Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads | Free to read via @financialtimes

Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook. The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration. The playbook was designed “so there wasn’t piecemeal thinking when trying to fight the next public health battle,” said one former official who contributed to the playbook, warning that “the fog of war” can lead to gaps in strategies. via @politico

Watch a doctor demonstrate how to safely bring groceries home during the coronavirus crisis

CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense'

Another Day, Another Meme to Debunk: Vaccines for the Bovine Coronavirus Will Not Cure COVID-19. According to the CDC, coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. “Coronavirus” is a term for a group of diseases. Seven different kinds of human coronaviruses exist, including 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. Most human coronaviruses cause “mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses,” similar to the common cold. In different species, coronaviruses can produce “a wide spectrum of disease syndromes.” The CDC mentions that: “Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV.” via @MotherJones

Sharp closing several locations amid coronavirus outbreak. Sharp said Tuesday that it was temporarily closing its La Mesa West and Point Loma locations beginning Thursday, March 26. Sharp's Chula Vista location will also be operating at "limited capacity, offering only occupational medicine, pharmacy and urgent care services starting Friday, March 27." Meanwhile, Sharp Healthcare is beginning a drive-though donation drive for personal protective equipment on Wednesday. Those who wish to donate can visit any of the hospital's locations in San Diego, La Mesa, Coronado and Chula Vista between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

"Romney's in isolation? Gee, that's too bad" -- Trump, sarcastically, on Mitt Romney going into quarantine over coronavirus concerns. #BeBest — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)

Intelligence officials' early alarms about possible pandemic went unheeded

PolitiFact - Timeline: How Donald Trump responded to the coronavirus pandemic. By Jon Greenberg March 20, 2020

Trump has made a lot of promises to Americans about the coronavirus outbreak. Many haven’t become reality.

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Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team

Latest coronavirus testing glitch: Not enough cotton swabs. Trump administration warns labs of supply "speed bumps" as testing expands. via @politico

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918' In a tabletop exercise Jan. 13, 2017 days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now. via @politico

Russia shutting borders with Poland and Norway over coronavirus. An exception is being made for citizens from neighboring Belarus, official delegations and holders of Russian residence permits, according to a statement from the Russian government. "We ask Russians to minimise travel. Limiting foreign business trips and mass events in all regions, including entertainment, sports and business events is recommended. We ask everyone to keep calm, since these are preventive measures," said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Authorities said there were 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to 59, according to Russian media.

What Trump’s Twitter Feed Tells Him About the Coronavirus. The president follows 47 accounts on Twitter. Here are the five main things they’re saying about the pandemic. via @politico

History in a Crisis — Lessons for Covid-19 | NEJM

A Map Of The Coronavirus Exposures In Trump’s Orbit In Just Two Weeks. Some of President Donald Trump’s closest aides and family members have interacted with people who have confirmed COVID-19 cases. via @Zhirji28

Lessons in reducing the spread of the coronavirus from Trump's news conference: — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 14, 2020

I kid you not, Vice President Pence just now: “Mr President, this day should be an inspiration for every American. Your leadership has been extraordinary. We owe this all to you.” I give up. — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 13, 2020

Trump was caught saying 'oh f---' into a hot mic moments before he began his televised speech on. C-SPAN also caught the moments after Trump delivered his speech as the cameras were still rolling. "OK," Trump said with a sigh as he began to remove his mic from his lapel. The cameras continued rolling for another 10 seconds before the stream cut out. ...

No, the coronavirus isn't a flu. No, the virus isn't contained. No, not everybody who wants a test can get one. No, Obama didn't impede coronavirus testing and do nothing about swine flu. No, the number of cases wasn't going down to zero from 15. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 11, 2020

President Trump’s address to the nation on coronavirus, annotated

Coronavirus is exposing Trump's unsuitability to handle a crisis. by Philip Klein | March 08, 2020 11:51 AM President Trump’s bombastic style has served him well through many stages of his political career, but as the coronavirus spreads rapidly throughout the United States, it is exposing how deeply unsuited he is to deal with a genuine crisis that he can’t bluff his way through. It’s one thing for Trump to insist he had a “perfect” phone call and have all his Republican minions fall in line. It’s another thing to downplay a growing epidemic as more and more Americans get sick. On February 26th, Trump patted himself on the back for the relatively low number of cases in the U.S. “You have 15 people, and the 15, within a couple of days, is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done," he said. By March 5, he was tweeting that the U.S. had “only 129.” Just a day later, he said there were 240 cases, portraying this as a low number relative to the seasonal flu. Sunday morning, he avoided stating any number in touting, “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus. We moved VERY early to close borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend. V.P. is doing a great job. The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to make us look bad. Sad!” As of this writing, Johns Hopkins has tracked 428 cases in the U.S. The Washington Examiner is an American conservative news website and weekly magazine based in Washington, D.C. It is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. In 2016, Klein left the Republican party in protest over the nomination of Donald Trump, tweeting out his announcement and the completed voter registration form on 3 May 2016.

Trump denies official coronavirus death rate as he has ‘hunch’ it is lower. President suggests hundreds of thousands could recover from potentially fatal virus 'just by sitting around'.

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Inside Trump’s frantic attempts to minimize the coronavirus crisis. “Well, I don’t think it’s inevitable,” Trump said, contradicting Messonnier and the health officials who spoke after him Wednesday. “It probably will, it possibly will. It could be at a very small level or it could be at a larger level. Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared.”

Faith-based health clinics spurn contraceptives under Trump rule. Obria Medical Clinics, which opposes contraception and teaches abstinence, recently became the first group of its kind to receive federal funding through a family planning program established by Congress in 1970 to support clinics and organizations providing low-income women with birth control and other reproductive health care services.

Women Tell Us Why They Had Abortions in the Second Trimester

I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party. It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare... Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

...This will be a great campaign issue. I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the @nytimes, but only after the Election when we take back the House etc. Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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Former Antifa activist: ‘Antifa hates the Democratic Party’. He blames Biden, others who 'pretend they don't exist' for group's rise to prominence. As the "Million MAGA March" in Washington, D.C. wound down Saturday night, dozens of left-wing activists, identified as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, emerged to harass Trump supporters, resulting in a number of violent clashes and more than 20 arrests. Gabriel Nadales, a former Anfita member and author of “Behind the Black Mask: My Time as an Antifa Activist,” is “not surprised in the slightest” by the actions of the far-left activists and called on President-elect Joe Biden to denounce the groups by name. “For the last couple of weeks, Joe Biden has been calling for unity among Americans but you know where he could really start? He could start by condemning the violence perpetrated against President Trump's supporters,” Nadales told Fox News. “If Joe Biden really wants unity among Republicans and Democrats, he needs to stand strong with the American people and call Antifa out by name. But he's probably not going to do that because he's been on record already saying that it's just an idea and he doesn't want to admit that he lied,” he continued.

Annotating Glenn Greenwald's sudden resignation from The Intercept. On October 29, 2020, Pulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald abruptly announced his departure from The Intercept, the new website he helped found in 2014 in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Greenwald's frustration stemmed from a piece he submitted to The Intercept's editors earlier in the week relating to the alleged Hunter Biden emails, texts, and photos released by the New York Post. To hear Greenwald tell it, he was "censored" by the rest of the staff at The Intercept, who are all surreptitiously plotting for Biden's electoral victory. To hear The Intercept tell it, his departure: stems from a fundamental disagreement over the role of editors in the production of journalism and the nature of censorship. Glenn demands the absolute right to determine what he will publish. He believes that anyone who disagrees with him is corrupt, and anyone who presumes to edit his words is a censor.

Evening newscasts are negative about Trump 92 percent of the time: study. 'It’s obvious that the networks are pouring their energy into confronting and criticizing the president'. The study found that Trump received 839 minutes of coverage with a whopping 92.4 percent of them being negative, while only 269 total minutes of airtime were devoted to Biden and only 34 percent were considered negative.

A new low for US presidential debates and election integrity. Hosted by Warren Olney. KCRW’S Warren Olney talks about the first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign with America’s leading scholar of political communications. The University of Pennsylvania’s Kathleen Hall Jamieson says President Trump’s “distractions and interruptions ... perverted … a hallowed tradition.” She says, “Vice President Biden was trying to engage in a more traditional discussion. ... He was frustrated by Donald Trump's capacity to make it more difficult.” Hall Jamieson also concedes that viewers of Fox News will perceive the confrontation differently from audiences of other mainstream news outlets. take away: Frank Luntz is full of shit.

Steve Bannon is a shameless grifter and fringe crank who, like many other former top aides to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was recently hit with federal criminal charges. But the many-shirted would-be Machiavelli offered up what stands as the single best explanation for the Trump team’s communications strategy. “The Democrats don't matter,” he explained to Bloomberg’s Michael Lewis a year into Trump’s presidency. “The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit." Bannon’s quote explains how Trumpist propaganda creates a fog of disinformation that overwhelms the press and disorients the public. But it also points to a simpler media vulnerability: The newshole is finite. There are only so many column inches in a newspaper, so many news segments in a broadcast, and so many journalists available to report out stories. The coverage of Trump’s Tuesday night campaign rally in Pennsylvania shows how Trump exploits this vulnerability. Amid a deadly pandemic, the president spoke before a huge audience of supporters, many of whom did not wear masks. He offered up a bigoted attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) -- who was born in Somalia, left as a child refugee, and is a naturalized citizen -- saying, “She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How was your country doing?” He also glorified violence against journalists, calling it “a beautiful sight” when law enforcement officials assault reporters during protests.

Pro-Trump media accuse Democrats of being “anti-science” for trusting scientists. “Democrats love to claim to be ‘the party of science!’ but it is they who are acting like science deniers,” wrote Jonathan Tobin at The Federalist. “By undermining faith in a vaccine for COVID-19, they lay further groundwork for a movement that may have already grown strong enough to destroy any hope that a vaccine will end the COVID nightmare.” There’s some irony in The Federalist, of all outlets, publishing an article that claims that Democrats “could cost lives” with phantom opposition to a coronavirus vaccine. After all, it’s The Federalist that has published pieces promoting unproven COVID-19 treatments like hydroxychloroquine, urging people to resist pressure to wear masks, spreading a conspiracy theory that Biden will intentionally let the coronavirus continue to spread for political reasons if elected, cheering Sweden’s flawed national approach to the pandemic, and even promoting the idea of people intentionally infecting themselves. Conservative Washington Post columnist and Trump fanboy Marc Thiessen wrote a piece calling Harris’ comment “shameful” and claiming that she “seems to care more about playing politics than saving lives.” A Washington Examiner editorial called Harris’ “anti-vaccine flirtation … dangerously irresponsible.” The right-leaning Detroit News editorial board accused Democrats of “building a false narrative that Trump could somehow rush a defective vaccine into circulation.”

“We r all on the same team”: read Sean Hannity’s chats with Paul Manafort. A judge unsealed months worth of messages between the pair about the Mueller investigation.

Zuckerberg Says Conservatives Don't Rule Facebook. Data Says He's Wrong. "I don't think that the service is a right-wing echo chamber," Zuckerberg said in an interview with Axios. Facebook's own data shows otherwise.

'Antifa' website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia. At his press briefing Wednesday, President Trump, as he usually does, called for a question from Chanel Rion, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative One America News network, which has at times replaced Fox News as the president’s favorite news outlet. Rion’s question had nothing to do with COVID-19 or the economic recovery Trump had been boasting about, but instead brought up an obscure website, “I wanted to highlight a kind of odd situation. In the last hour or so, if you googled ‘,’ it would take you straight to Joe Biden’s website — his official campaign website — odd situation,” Rion said, adding, “We don’t know who’s behind that.” Rion went on to suggest the site posed “an interesting leadership question” for the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. “Should Joe Biden, the Democrat Party, Kamala Harris, should they publicly denounce the antifa as a domestic terrorist organization?” Rion asked the president.

Media Matters' Alex Kaplan on NPR's Here & Now discusses the spread of QAnon online and in Trump's orbit

Powerful short "America Wake Up" invokes George Carlin: "The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it."

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The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content, CNN Business learned this week. Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, "Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?" Neff wrote, "I wouldn't get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no." (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, "Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down." On June 24, Neff commented, "Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep." On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins are "white libs and their university-'educated' pets." Neff worked at Fox News for nearly four years and was Carlson's top writer. Previously, he was a reporter at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. In a recent article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff said, "Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me." He also acknowledged the show's influence, telling the magazine, "We're very aware that we do have that power to sway the conversation, so we try to use it responsibly."

NATIONAL REVIEW IS TRYING TO REWRITE ITS OWN RACIST HISTORY. Ryan Grim, July 5 2020, 5:00 a.m. STUART STEVENS, who has gone from running Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012 to a perch as a leading Never Trumper, is out with a new book: his mea culpa of sorts, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.” Some of Stevens’s former colleagues don’t like it, and one of them, Matthew Scully, savaged it in National Review. “Perhaps the most devastating book review you’ll ever read,” National Review editor Rich Lowry promised. The review is, to be sure, unfriendly, countering that Stevens is, in so many words, a clown, a hack, a liar, a grifter — and wrong. I’m not here to referee the bulk of their dispute, but one particular claim by Scully in his review merits a closer look. In his book, Stevens apologizes for his role in propping up a Republican Party he now considers to be little more than a “white grievance party” cynically exploiting racism in the pursuit of power. Scully objects to much of what Stevens has to say in the book, and he zeroes in on Stevens’s claim that, in hindsight, he should have seen all along that Republicans were getting ahead by exploiting racism. Stevens cites the rise of the New Right with Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964 straight through to President Donald Trump. Scully is appalled at such libel upon the GOP, and comes to the spirited defense of Goldwater and one of his chief advocates, William F. Buckley Jr. Buckley was a founder of the National Review and, in many respects, the modern conservative movement, who, Stevens wrote, was simply “a more articulate version of the same deep ugliness and bigotry that is the hallmark of Trumpism.” “As a rule of thumb,” Scully responds in the reportedly devastating review, “anyone so glib and presumptuous as to brush off as ‘ugliness and bigotry’ the enduring political and moral legacy of William F. Buckley Jr. has, for that reason alone, no business involving himself in Republican affairs.”

Fox News publishes digitally altered and misleading images of Seattle demonstrations. Fox News published digitally altered and misleading images on its website's homepage Friday that made a demonstration in Seattle, in which a group of largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters have occupied six city blocks, appear violent and dangerous. The deceitful tactic was called out by The Seattle Times. The local newspaper reported that when it asked Fox News about the images, the network removed them. Fox News' depiction of the demonstration mirrors much of right-wing media's attempt to portray it as menacing. Protesters have declared a small slice of Seattle an "autonomous zone" after clashes with authorities led police to evacuate a precinct. While there have been some sightings of armed individuals, the area has remained largely peaceful with people gathering for food, speeches, and movie screenings. The narrative that took hold this week in right-wing circles was one in which armed members of Antifa seized a section of Seattle. City officials have said they have not interacted with members of Antifa, a network of loosely affiliated groups that have a history of violently clashing with right-wing organizations.

Meet the Propagandists and Conspiracy Theorists Behind the One America News Network. The president has taken a shine to the far-right channel’s fictional pro-Trump reports. Over the last several weeks, President Trump has repeatedly promoted the conspiracy-mongering One American News Network on his Twitter feed and by regularly calling on its correspondent at White House news events. On Tuesday morning, he did so again by tweeting an unsubstantiated conspiracy that has been pushed by the network, citing its reporting to claim that a 75-year-old man who was knocked over and bloodied by Buffalo police while taking part in a protest after the death of George Floyd may have been “an ANTIFA provocateur” working to disrupt police communications. Kristian Rouz: Trump’s Tuesday morning tweet about Martin Gugino, the elderly activist manhandled by Buffalo police, referenced a segment reported by Rouz where he posits the incident of “so-called police brutality” may have been a “false flag provocation.” Jack Posobiec: Posobiec may be the channel’s flagship disinformer. The OAN host is notorious for being one of the most prominent pushers of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory; he once conducted a livestream“investigation” of the restaurant where the hoax pedophile ring was said to be occurring, during which he waltzed into a child’s birthday party being held in a back room. Since then, he acts as though he’s been locked in a John Wooden-esque competition with himself to outdo his greatest disinformation achievement. Chanel Rion: Rion, who is the channel’s White House reporter, may be supplanting Posobiec as OAN’s most well-known staff member due to Trump’s recent habit of calling on her during new conferences, where she can be relied upon to ask questions whose thrust is either helpful to the president or damaging to his opponents. Another unhinged conspiracy theorist, she has peddled theories including Pizzagate, that the Clinton’s were responsible for Seth Rich’s murder, anti-semitic tropes about liberal financier George Soros, and conspiracies about Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. Robert Herring Sr.: Robert Herring Sr. founded OAN in 2013 with money he made in the circuit board industry. While Herring has not personally used OAN airtime to undertake overt and aggressive conspiracy-mongering, he owns a network that has hired a bunch of people that do. On Twitter, Herring boosts his own suspect theories (he’s been really into hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure, which doctors are not yet confident in). According to the Washington Post, Herring banned polls that didn’t show Trump in first place during his last election.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members. Late in the evening on June 5, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removed two stories from its website that were shared earlier in the day on the paper’s social media platform. One story was written by P-G reporter Lauren Lee and summarized a march that snaked through Pittsburgh East End in honor of George Floyd, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police. The other was a story wrapping up statements from Pittsburgh City councilors for a discussion about police brutality and reforms. This story was written by P-G reporter Ashley Murray who tweeted that she reported the issue to the newsroom at 8:40 p.m. and still hadn’t heard back as of 11:30 p.m. As of late night on June 5, the stories were still posted on the paper’s social media platforms, but the links were dead. Sometime early in the morning of June 6, new links were created with the original headlines, but they contained no bylines. Pittsburgh City Paper editor Lisa Cunningham confirmed with Murray that the story she originally wrote was rewritten and that the lead photo was changed. P-G photographer Michael Santiago noted on Twitter that the stories pulled also meant that staff photographers would not have their images shown on the paper’s website. Today, Santiago, who is Black, tweeted that he was barred from covering protest related stories. He condemned P-G management for choosing to "silence two of its most prominent Black journalist[s] during one of the most important civil rights stories that is happening across the country!" An email obtained by CP between guild leadership members, likely confirms Santiago's removal from protest coverage. In fact, the Post-Gazette might be pulling all photographers off protest coverage entirely.

Fox News Edits Video to Remove Police With Guns Drawn, Cuffing Innocent Black People. The “news” network disappeared portions of a video that showed police using aggressive tactics on the wrong people. A local Fox affiliate ran a story about a family flagging down law enforcement to protect a business from looters, but when police arrived on the scene, the officers handcuffed them. Fox News, however, when broadcasting the affiliate’s report, removed the part of the footage where police drew their guns and put the family in handcuffs. On Monday night, a video of Los Angeles citizens and a local reporter flagging down police while trying to stop alleged looters went viral. The video showed several officers arriving on the scene and immediately drawing their guns. The police then handcuffed three people who had alerted the police to the situation in the first place, two of whom were black. Monet, the woman who was cuffed, told a Fox News local affiliate that she was surprised when the police put restraints on her, her husband and her brother-in-law, especially because the local reporter, Christina Gonzalez, who helped flag down the police, kept yelling to them that they had the wrong people.

Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts. Dozens of Facebook employees, in rare public criticism on Monday of their own company, protested executives’ decision not to do anything about inflammatory posts that President Trump had placed on the giant social media platform over the last week. The employees, who took the day off by logging into Facebook’s systems and requesting time off to support protesters across the country, also added an automated message to their emails saying that they were out of the office in a show of protest. The group is one of many clusters of employees attempting to push back on executives. As of Monday morning, many employees continued to discuss a list of demands for management. While Twitter started labeling some of the president’s inflammatory posts, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.

This viral video of Trump supporters screaming at a reporter is a Rorschach test of America right now. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Updated 12:42 PM ET, Sat May 16, 2020. On Thursday, a local reporter named Kevin Vesey covered a rally of people on Long Island protesting the ongoing closures in New York due to the coronavirus. He recorded almost 2 minutes of video of people calling him "fake news," cursing at him and refusing to allow him to do his job. He then posted it on Twitter with these words: "The level of anger directed at the media from these protestors was alarming. As always, I will tell a fair and unbiased story today."

Trump allies buy major stake in conspiracy theory-peddling OAN as president seeks propaganda “alternative” to Fox. Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported on May 4 that “an investor group aligned with” Donald Trump Jr. and the family of Republican National Committee co-chair Tommy Hicks has purchased “a major stake” in the pro-Trump propaganda outlet One America News Network. According to Sherman, President Donald Trump “loves that many Fox hosts are his loudest cheerleaders—but any deviation from Trumpian orthodoxy he views as betrayal. ... Trump’s view that Fox is insufficiently loyal has motivated him to look for a more reliable media partner."

Fox News cuts coverage the second the President’s answer devolves into a rant about ratings and The Bachelor. They cut audio until he’s done talking — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 29, 2020

The Trump campaign told TV stations they could lose their licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president’s actions in the coronavirus crisis. President Donald Trump’s campaign, in a letter on Wednesday, told stations in five battleground states to stop showing the ad from Priorities USA, a political action committee that supports Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Failure to remove the ad “could put your station’s license in jeopardy” before the Federal Communications Commission, the campaign said in the letter. “Your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements.” via @bpolitics

OAN White House correspondent accuses the media of “siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels” Trump responds: “It is fake news. It's more than fake news, it's corrupt news.” "major left wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives, and they're claiming you are racist for making these claims about Chinese virus. Is it alarming that major media players, just to oppose you, are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels? And they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?"

The coronavirus pandemic lays bare pro-Trump media's singular goal: Protect Trump. No one has been rooting for a pandemic.

What a damning indictment of Fox News from the Post video team here.


Megyn Kelly @megynkelly I’m so frustrated right now ... that we can’t trust the media to tell us the truth without inflaming it to hurt Trump ... that Trump has misled so many times we no longer know when to trust his word ... that even I as a journalist am not sure where to turn for real info on COVID.

President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner

Fox Internal Documents: Hannity Regulars Spread ‘Disinformation’. In documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Fox’s research team advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” from several Trump-boosting on-air regulars, including Giuliani. Among those named in document are frequent guests Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon, Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova.

Fox News guests spread 'disinformation' – says leaked internal memo. “Among those named in document are frequent guests Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon, Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova”

In its own document, Fox News rips Fox News host Sean Hannity

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National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump

The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth. — Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) December 13, 2016

How a Veteran Reporter Worked with Giuliani’s Associates to Launch the Ukraine Conspiracy. Lev Parnas, recently indicted for foreign influence in U.S. elections, collaborated closely with The Hill’s John Solomon to fuel spurious allegations involving the Bidens and Ukraine.

The Rot on The Hill. John Solomon's role in laundering Trump's Ukraine scandal is just the latest black mark on the dodgy D.C. newspaper.

Leaked Memo: Colleagues Unload on Journo Behind Ukraine Mess. The Trump-friendly scribe and his Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo. Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him.

Radio host Todd Starnes out at Fox News. The radio host made headlines on Monday when a guest on his program claimed that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god synonymous with child sacrifice. Starnes also drew considerable backlash in July during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" when he instructed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to take a “one-way plane ticket back to whatever third-world hellhole you came from.” Omar, 37, is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

CNN’s Corey Lewandowski catastrophe. Wednesday's interview shows that the network's model is broken. Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and a close ally to the White House, admitted in congressional testimony on Tuesday that he feels “no obligation to be honest with the media.” That should have come as little surprise for journalists -- lying to reporters is one of the things for which Lewandowski is best known, along with physically accosting them -- but it did present them with an interesting test: How do you report on someone who has admitted under oath that he lies to the press? Lewandowski’s admission of dishonesty didn’t keep him off of Fox News’ “news” or “opinion” shows after the hearing -- and in fact, both ignored that revelation, perhaps signaling that the network is eager for its audience to be lied to. Over the course of the 15-minute New Day spot, Lewandowski led co-host Alisyn Camerota in circles on whether he was bound by the Trump White House’s executive privilege claim and lied about the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Even as he lied, he repeatedly accused Camerota of being the “disingenuous” one. When Camerota finally raised Lewandowski’s testimony that he felt “no obligation” to tell the truth during an interview, he immediately pivoted to a harangue about the honesty of CNN and its employees. In a particularly nonsensical turn, having established that Lewandowski might be lying to her audience, she then asked him a series of fact-based questions as if anyone could have any confidence in the veracity of his answers.

Who’s funding the controversial anti-AOC political ad? The half-minute ad featured former congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, who lost her race against incumbent Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) last year. Heng, a daughter of Cambodian refugees, attacked the New York Democrat’s image as “the face of socialism and ignorance.” The group behind the ad — New Faces GOP PAC — is a recently formed super PAC funded mainly by Republican donors and little-known corporations, most of whom also gave money to Heng’s campaign. The group’s website says its goal is to “help elevate the next generation of Republicans so that we can not only survive as a party, but expand beyond the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves.” The group has received nearly $171,000 from 22 donors since January. It spent $71,800 — almost half of what it raised — airing the ad in the nation’s capital during and after the Thursday debate, according to Federal Communications Commission records in OpenSecrets’ political ad database. Venture capitalist Paul Martino, who founded San Francisco firm Bullpen Capital, wrote a $25,000 check to the new group. New York businessman Andrew Sabin, an active donor to both Republicans and conservation causes, contributed $10,000 to New Faces GOP. Tov Investments, LLC made the largest contribution of those companies at $25,000. The limited-liability corporation is a property investment company for Millbrae resident Karen Tov and other members of her family, according to California business records. Members of the Tov family gave $21,600 to Heng’s campaign in 2018. Hanna Trust DTD, a shell corporation affiliated with California businessman David Hanna, gave $10,000 to the group. Hanna, the son of legendary animator William Hanna, gave $5,400 to Heng last year. An active Republican donor, he gave a total of $175,000 to the once-mighty Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads super PAC between the 2012 and 2016 election cycles. Shiralian Enterprises — which gave $5,000 — is an umbrella company for gas stations and truck stops owned by Fresno businessman Shawn Shiralian, according to California business records. Shiralian contributed $2,700 to Heng in 2018 and is an active donor to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Another donor corporation, T Management Services, Inc, is an obscure consulting firm owned by Long Beach businessman Gary DeLong, according to California business records. DeLong, a former Long Beach city council member, ran unsuccessfully for California’s 47th District seat in 2012. He also gave $2,700 to Heng in 2018 and chipped in another $12,500 to the House Republicans’ Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC. Other donors to give $10,000 include the owner of a California onion farm and the senior advisor at a Los Angeles private equity firm. One of the group’s original largest donors, California businessman James Jameson, had his $25,000 contribution refunded in June. The former George H.W. Bush administration official gave $5,400 to Heng’s unsuccessful 2018 campaign and is a longtime donor to California Republicans. via @OpenSecretsDC

Fox News has basically ignored stories related to Trump’s corruption

Nexstar TV stations to begin playing national anthem every day starting Labor Day. The 171 Nexstar television stations across the U.S. plan to start kicking off their daily broadcasts by playing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a Friday announcement. Nexstar Media Group will partner with music rights company BMI and Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., for the new daily series, which will begin on Monday, Labor Day. “Nexstar’s core mission is to provide exceptional service to the local communities where we operate across America through our organization-wide commitment to localism, unbiased local broadcast journalism and telling the local stories that matter to our viewers and their families,” said Tim Busch, president of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., in a company release.

YouTube takes down Infowars again. Infowars briefly returned to YouTube before being removed from the platform Thursday, a spokesperson for the video platform confirmed to The Hill. "The War Room," Infowars’ program for afternoon commuters, relaunched its YouTube channel on Wednesday, Vice News first reported. In the first video uploaded to the channel, "War Room" host Owen Shroyer reportedly read a portion of Wojcicki's letter in a video titled “Breaking! YouTube CEO says ‘Alex Jones’ and ‘Infowars Ban Is Over,'” according to Vice. Infowars was not directly mentioned in the letter. The channel was removed Thursday, but not before posting several more videos, Vice reported.

Leaked Emails Show How White Nationalists Have Infiltrated Conservative Media. Conservative institutions in the Donald Trump era have often sought to portray themselves as shocked and appalled by the so-called “alt-right.” White nationalists have also engaged in their own efforts to differentiate themselves from the neoconservatives who dominated the GOP for decades. But neither narrative is true. The reality is that a host of supposedly veritable right-wing institutions have become a safe haven for the far-right. Indeed, there is a burgeoning underground network of group chats, message boards, and email chains serving as the breeding ground for incubating white nationalist ideas, and as a forum to strategize around how to launder those ideas through mainstream conservative publications. And, judging from a large series of messages from one of those email groups obtained by Splinter, it’s working. These endeavors are often tactical in nature. As Paul Gottfried, a far-right political theorist, observed in the 2008 speech that is widely credited as birthing the term “alternative right,” “we must try to do what is possible rather than what lies beyond our limited material resources.” This new right, Gottfried said, could only win by conquering the institutions that neoconservatives then dominated. It needed the institutions it sought to annihilate to thrive. (Gottfried, who once told a journalist that he co-created the term “alt-right” with Richard Spencer, has since sought to distance himself from his former collaborator, though he has also mounted defenses of the overall movement on far-right websites.)

Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore'. on Wednesday tweeted that Fox News has become too hospitable to Democrats and "isn't working for us anymore," arguing his supporters "have to start looking for a new News Outlet." Trump lashed out in a trio of tweets after a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appeared on "America's Newsroom." The president cited her interview; the employment of former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile; Juan Williams, who is also a columnist for The Hill; and anchor Shepard Smith to claim the network is biased against him. "Just watched @FoxNews heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor, @SandraSmithFox. Terrible considering that Fox couldn’t even land a debate, the Dems give them NOTHING!" Trump tweeted. Trump blasted the network as "HOPELESS & CLUELESS" for hiring Brazile, Williams and Smith, each of whom have criticized the president at various times. "They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win — That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!" Trump continued. "I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!"

Media presented far-right grifter Andy Ngo as a credible journalist. He was just caught covering for far-right extremists as they plan violent attacks.

Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces. The writer and photog is out of a job after being caught in incriminating undercover footage with right-wing activists. His former employer insists the two events aren’t related. But footage taken by an undercover liberal activist in May and described on Monday by the Portland Mercury showed Ngo witnessing activists from the far-right group Patriot Prayer planning a violent confrontation at a bar associated with left-wing activists. Ngo never reported on what he had seen the Patriot Prayer members planning, and some of the people involved in the attack at the bar now face felony riot charges.

Fox News outdraws liberal CNN, MSNBC again, extending win streak to 212 straight months. Fox News also topped all of basic cable during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, averaging 2.4 million viewers while second-place MSNBC finished with 1.5 million. Despite finishing second, MSNBC has its lowest-rated primetime since President Trump took office. Fox News also finished as No. 1 in all key ad performance metrics for 2019 to-date, including likeability and ad, brand and message recall, according to Phoenix TV Brand Effect. “Hannity” was the most-watched program on cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished second with an average of 3.1 million. “Hannity” and “Tucker” finished as the only two programs across all of cable news to surpass the three-million viewer plateau. #FoxNews

Media, Propaganda, archived August 27, 2019

Press coverage of Trump’s “chopper talk” is passing along his lies. But there’s another way that “chopper talk” benefits Trump: News outlets tend to cover those press gaggles by transmitting the president’s typical stream of falsehoods to the public unimpeded. Journalists are rushing to pass along Trump’s statements without trying to verify his claims in a way that surely leaves their audience more confused and less informed.

Of course Fox News hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Even at the White House, she was already effectively a Fox News contributor.

James O’Keefe’s Google ‘Whistleblower’ Loves QAnon, Accused ‘Zionists’ of Running the Government. The former YouTube software engineer believes Google is now trying to “off” him. What O’Keefe’s video leaves out, though, is that his much-hyped insider is not as credible as he claims. On social media, Vorhies is an avid promoter of anti-Semitic slanders that banks, the media, and the United States government are controlled by “Zionists.” He’s also pushed conspiracy theories like QAnon, Pizzagate, and the discredited claim that vaccines cause autism.

While Fox News remains quiet about the latest Tucker Carlson controversy, his show's commercial breaks explain what's really happening. Last year, Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would feature more than 30 paid ads. In his Thursday show, there were only 13. Friday, there were just 11 ads.

After the El Paso shooting, users on 4chan and 8chan say that Tucker Carlson has taken their talking points. Carlson has been mentioned on 4chan and 8chan more than 19,000 times this year. Just days after a gunman reportedly posted a white supremacist manifesto riddled with Fox News talking points on extremist message board 8chan and allegedly killed more than 20 people in El Paso, TX, Fox prime-time host Tucker Carlson said that the idea of white supremacy is a “hoax.” Meanwhile, users on 4chan and 8chan have praised Carlson since the shooting, arguing that the Fox host was taking his talking points from their message boards, which have been hot spots for white supremacy. On August 6, discussing the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Carlson claimed that the issue of white supremacy was “a hoax” and “not a real problem in America.” Carlson made these claims even though the shooter’s manifesto featured talking points ripped from Carlson’s own show.

Tucker Carlson "goes on vacation" after calling white supremacy concerns a "hoax"

Far-Right Accounts Retweeted by Trump Keep Getting Suspended. “Twitter’s always been fair to me,” said one Trump supporter. “Until the president of the United States retweeted me.” Nearly 10 percent of the unverified accounts retweeted by President Trump since his inauguration are currently suspended from Twitter for various violations of the platform’s policies, ranging from hate speech to running fake sockpuppet accounts, a Daily Beast analysis has found. The most recent occurrence was last week, when Twitter tapped the brakes on “LYNNTHO06607841” just hours after Trump retweeted the account’s proclamation that “DEMOCRATS ARE THE TRUE ENEMIES OF AMERICA!” Before it was boarded up, the account’s timeline was thick with all-caps conspiracy theories targeting prominent Democrats, including a recent tweet claiming Bill and Hillary Clinton “torture and sacrifice children” to get at “a drug that can only be found inside the human skull.” via @thedailybeast

You don't need to read the El Paso killer’s manifesto. Just turn on Fox News.

Learn about Germany’s dark history at Nazi rally grounds in Nuremberg. Just outside of the city center in Nuremberg, massive stone structures loom ominously over an idyllic park. This is where hundreds of thousands of Nazi Party supporters gathered between 1933 and 1938 in what were known as the Nuremberg Rallies. The Nazi Party held yearly rallies in Nuremberg to celebrate their elevation to power and the end of the democratic Weimar Republic, which preceded the Third Reich. This is where evil found some of its largest audiences, while Hitler repeatedly violated the treaty that ended World War I and the West appeased Hitler’s advances into other countries in the name of preventing another war — at least for a little while. If you’ve ever seen images showing Hitler observing a living sea of people beneath waving swastikas, they were likely at one of these rallies.

Right-wing outlets tout post-debate Drudge poll that 4chan users had gamed. Users of the far-right message board 4chan organized to rig a Drudge Report online poll following the July 30 Democratic presidential debate. Multiple right-wing outlets touted the results. 4chan users similarly rigged previous post-debate Drudge polls. After the first night of the CNN debate, users on 4chan’s “/pol/” message board shared the poll and urged others to vote for author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

The Ultimate Fringe Trumpworld Conference. Plus, a QAnon rally in Washington, and a good podcast on the Seth Rich conspiracy theories. See what's happening with the extreme right wing.

What I’ve Learned From Collecting Stories of People Whose Loved Ones Were Transformed by Fox News. “When I found my dad dead in his armchair, fucking Fox News was on the TV,” this reader told me. “It’s likely the last thing he saw. ... He spent the last years of his life increasingly angry, bigoted, and paranoid.”

Marco Rubio's "gotcha" tweet about Ilhan Omar: Aid and comfort to white nationalism. It's a story that flared up the outrage cycle swiftly and will almost certainly die down as swiftly. On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retweeted a video that had appeared on Fox News, the Daily Caller and elsewhere, purporting to show Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., calling on Americans to be "more fearful of white men" and advocating "profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men." Rubio was clearly still angry that mainstream journalists correctly called it racist when Donald Trump told four congresswomen of color to "go back" to other countries (when three of the four were born in the United States). So the Florida senator tweeted, "I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right?" The problem, of course, is the video was a fake, and not even a good one. It was deceptively edited to remove the language that made it quite clear that Omar was not calling for the profiling of white men, but in fact the opposite. She was using the absurdity of that idea — that all white men would be profiled simply because a handful of white men commit terrorist acts — to illustrate why it's unfair to treat Muslims that way.

The hosts of the president's favorite morning cable news show found his racist attack against Democratic congresswomen quite funny. The three Fox News personalities shared a good laugh about the president’s vitriolic remarks. “Comedian in chief,” Todd Piro said. Piro and Bila chuckled as Jenkins read the president’s vitriolic comments aloud. “Comedian in chief,” Piro said. “Someone’s feeling very comedic today,” Bila added.

Fox & Friends praises Trump's bigoted tweet telling Democratic congresswomen to leave the United States. Fox & Friends cohost Jedediah Bila says that Trump is "making an important point". While many commentators noted the open racism of Trump's remarks, Fox & Friends praised Trump for "making an important point," even laughing along as they read what he wrote.

This is from 2015 but still shocking treatment of Univision journalist Jorge Ramos #trump— Matty Edwards (@MattyEdwards23) February 2, 2017

Trump backs Gorka in fiery Rose Garden dust-up with Playboy reporter #FoxNews

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Trump Over 'He Died' Rant. “Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know what? He died. I was there,” Trump told a White House Social Media Summit, according to Yahoo News correspondent Hunter Walker.

Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event

Trump’s Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies. No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms. Notably, the group so far doesn’t appear to include anyone who has actually been banned from major social platforms, even though those bans have played a significant role in driving accusations on the right that the social giants are biased. Pro-Trump figures like anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and Proud Boys men’s group founder Gavin McInnes, for example, don’t appear to have been invited. “What benefit would it be to anyone if Laura Loomer were in the same room with the president?” a senior Trump administration official familiar with the planning told The Daily Beast. “Why on earth would we do that? We aren’t that stupid. Come on.” “It’s just absolutely disgusting how poorly this summit was planned and how blatant the act was to keep banned individuals out,” Loomer wrote in a Telegram post. “I cannot believe that every single banned person was out of the summit.” But one would-be invitee has already proved too controversial even for Trump’s White House. Organizers initially invited pro-Trump cartoonist Ben Garrison, a prolific illustrator whose cartoons, which invariably depict a muscular Trump defeating his foes, frequently go viral on the right-wing internet. But after Garrison posted his invite on Twitter, critics pointed out that Garrison once created an anti-Semitic cartoon that featured a billionaire Democratic financier and the Rothschild family controlling American political figures. In a classic Trump move, Garrison blames the controversy on “fake news.” Even if he can’t visit the White House on Thursday, though, Garrison might get one thing out of it. Garrison tells The Daily Beast he’s considering making a cartoon about his thwarted White House visit.


Trump social media summit attendees clash with reporters in Rose Garden. As reporters and other social media summit guests looked on, Gorka called Karem a "punk" and accused the journalist of threatening him as the two exchanged words. Fellow conservative personalities broke into a chant of "Gorka!" as they filmed the encounter.

From his spelling skills to his ‘real’ hair: Trump goes on a riff at social media summit

Trump pushes government action against 'terrible bias' at social media summit

The White House's social media summit is just another stunt to game the refs
Human Events publisher Will Chamberlain
Tim Pool, youtube
Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk
pro-Trump meme creator known as Carpe Donktum
Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell
Students for Trump co-founder Ryan Fournier
Ali Alexander (formerly known as Ali Akbar) is another right-wing media personality
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Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House. was invited to a social media summit (featuring several far-right figures), but not Facebook and Twitter.

Tucker Carlson: "Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country". Carlson: "Maybe we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours. ... ​No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. Ilhan Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for, but she isn't grateful, not at all. After everything America has done for Omar and for her family, she hates this country more than ever."

Fox News breaks July 4 records with ratings for Trump's 'Salute to America'. Fox News had 4.8 million viewers for its coverage of President Trump's Fourth of July "Salute to America" speech, according to Nielsen Media Research, marking the highest ratings the network has registered on July 4 in its nearly 23-year history. The viewership topped NBC's prime-time coverage of the Fourth of July fireworks show from New York City, which averaged 3.8 million total viewers. CNN also carried Trump's speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington live and averaged 1.5 million viewers. In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, Fox News averaged 793,000 viewers during the president's remarks, while CNN averaged 353,000 in the category. The Fox coverage was anchored by chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.

Fox News Execs Couldn’t Figure Out Source of Retracted Seth Rich Story: Report. A Yahoo News investigation also found that, despite White House denials, one senior staffer—Steve Bannon—actively pushed the conspiracy theory at the time.

Russian intel planted Seth Rich conspiracy theory: report. Conspiracy theories that former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich was murdered on the orders of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton originated with the Russian foreign intelligence service, according to a Yahoo News investigation. The SVR circulated a fake “bulletin” it passed off as a genuine intelligence report about Rich, who was killed in Washington, D.C., in July 2016 in what the D.C. Police Department have said was a botched robbery, Yahoo news reported on Tuesday. The document outlined the initial conspiracy theory, that Rich was killed on Clinton’s orders on his way to alert the FBI to corruption within the Clinton campaign. The same day, the details were reproduced on the website, which attributed them to “Russian intelligence.”

Meghan McCain, Feeling Like an ‘Exhausted, Defeated .. Caged Animal,’ May Exit ‘The View’. Sources close to McCain tell The Daily Beast she feels like ‘a caged animal’ on the ABC talk show. ‘It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week.’

Sebastian Gorka: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was "screaming like a harridan, like a witch at those CBP officers". Gorka: "You may not agree with everything Jack Posobiec does, but his sources are often very good ... she went in there to intimidate"

Political Cartooning Was Murdered. Here’s the Autopsy.

After losing NRA spokesperson job, Dana Loesch goes on Fox to falsely claim only 1% of Americans want stronger gun laws. Radio host and former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch went on Fox to falsely claim more Americans believe “9/11 was an inside job” and “the moon landing was faked” than support enacting gun stronger gun laws.

Tucker Carlson defends Trump for being "sincere" in liking Kim Jong Un and "realistic" about North Korean atrocities. there's no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime, it's the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It's a disgusting place, obviously. So there's no defending it. On the other hand, you know, you got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people.

Rush Limbaugh rants for 7 minutes about how the Democrats are "the country’s biggest hate group" They are the biggest threat to civil liberties, they are the biggest threat to freedom of speech, they are the biggest threat to the second amendment, they are the biggest threat to the innocence of unborn life, they are the biggest threat to anybody who is not one of them. They are the biggest threat to prosperity. They represent the biggest threat to private property. They represent the biggest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that exists in this country today. The Democrat Party is that. That is what they have become. They all hate us and they all want to relegate us to a status of nonexistence and irrelevancy, and their hatred for us is propelling them. They believe that there is more hatred for us than there is support for us.

Thread: As Trump holds a re-election rally tonight in Orlando.. a look back at some of his most eye opening events in 2018. Something I write about in “The Enemy of the People.” Trump proudly retweeted a video of the hostile behavior we witnessed in Tampa. — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 18, 2019

Sandy Hook lawyers say FBI notified after receiving child porn from Alex Jones

@seanhannity's outrage over Nancy Pelosi's comments about putting President Trump in jail has some people calling the Fox News host a hypocrite. We look back at Hannity's past statements about putting Hillary Clinton behind bars. June 14, 2019

InfoWars Agrees to Pay Pepe the Frog Creator $15,000 in Copyright Settlement

‘The president's insane’: book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press

CNN's Jim Acosta claims Trump was just engaging in an 'act' when he called him 'fake news' #FoxNews

Out-of-Control Sean Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses. Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the prime-time star has continued to do so. Does anyone at Fox control Hannity? A blaring example of that is Hannity’s treatment of claims from guests whose dubious “reporting” would never pass muster on Fox’s hard news shows. The most commonly cited example of this is Trump-boosting Fox News contributor Sara Carter, whose news credibility is so questionable that, as Mediaite reported in March, Fox News executives allegedly told Hannity to stop calling her an “investigative reporter” on his show.

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Trump administration made a web survey. We have questions

Trump ramps up war against 'political bias' with new social media reporting tool. The form urges users to post screenshots to back up claims of political bias and it also asks for the respondent's first and last name, zip code, phone number and their citizenship of residency status. - ABC News -

Fox News contributor: "The Democrats scare me. ... I mean, in like a Bill of Rights-shredding kind of way. They genuinely scare me."

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Drone-dropped swastika leaflets calling press ‘the enemy’ target Sacramento State, Ariana Grande concert

Trump warns he’ll 'monitor the censorship’ on social media after Facebook banned some far-right leaders

Donald Trump Jr. really wishes that racist far-right extremists still had all the social media platforms to spew their hate. The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by @facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone. It appears they’re taking their censorship campaign to the next level. Ask yourself, how long before they come to purge you? We must fight back.

Facebook finally took action against extremist accounts. It didn't go great. The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech. Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded. The banned group also includes Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist, and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist with a large social media presence. via @MotherJones

Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, other 'dangerous' figures

Major rappers are calling for Fox News to fire host Laura Ingraham following her insensitive coverage of Nipsey Hussle's death.

'Fox News brain': meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news