Monday, July 13, 2020

LAUGHING LINCOLN

The Lincoln Project's ads are great. It's legitimate to ask if they are actually changing any votes -- but that is only one purpose for political advertising. They are trolling Trump very effectively and for a media-obsessed president they have clearly gotten into his head. They are encouraging and reinforcing his opposition. These are legitimate purposes too. And they have clearly built the narrative about REPUBLICAN opposition to Trump. This plus the stories about 2016 Trump voters who strongly regret their vote paint a picture of a candidate with a SHRINKING base. That's why Trump keeps bragging about the (untrue) stat that 96% of Republicans support him. That's why he keeps calling GOP opponents "RINOs" -- as if the defining trait of being a Republican is whether you support him. The slogan "you're either with me or you're against me" is always a sign of political weakness

The Lincoln Project is trolling Trump. But can it sway voters?

What the Lincoln Project Ad Makers Get About Voters

Never Trumpers Become a Force

Lincoln Project Raised Nearly $17 Million

Here's their latest ad

"It’s not a campaign, it’s a criminal enterprise."

Trump finally wears a mask! But of course he does it in the same half-assed way he does everything



Trump is annoyed that Dr. Fauci is more trusted and respected than he is -- and he wants to do something about that



The White House's coronavirus testing czar said Sunday that there is no downside to wearing a mask, pushing back on President Trump. Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, declined to say during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" whether there should be a nationwide mask mandate to stem the spread of coronavirus. But he added, "it's very important that, unless you're in a state that is really cold and the percent positives are very low and the cases are decreasing, it is really essential to wear a mask in public." Trump wore a mask in public for the first time on Saturday after refusing to do so for weeks and suggesting at one point that wearing a mask is a "double-edged sword." That's not the case, Giroir said on Sunday. . . .

Everyone wants to get kids back in school. This is not the way to do it

Chris Wallace presses DeVos on threats to withhold funding from schools that don't reopen . . . “Well, you can’t do that.”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declined to say whether schools should adhere to CDC guidelines . . .

Betsy DeVos Can’t Promise Teachers and Kids Won’t Get Sick After Reopening Schools

Pelosi says Trump administration is 'messing with the health of our children'

"Embers"? Florida has the worst day for new infections, ever (15,000). Texas and Arizona are close behind

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/7/13/1960220/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Roundup-Florida-out-of-control-as-AZ-and-TX-are-not-far-behind

Trump REALLY wants hydroxychloroquine approved as a treatment -- so he sends in his goons to pressure the FDA


What can I say?

30-Year-Old Dies After Attending COVID Party Thinking Virus Was A Hoax

Florida Official Who Voted Against Masks Now In ICU With COVID-19

Ohio Man Dies Of COVID-19 After Saying Masks Were Hype


Trump wanted to"sell off" Puerto Rico


In investigation news . . . 

Trump has been saying that the only reason he won't release his tax returns is because they are being "audited" -- and that as soon as the audits are finished he will release them. Now this

On Sunday morning, the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani blew up that excuse once and for all. . . . “They have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong with his tax returns. All these tax returns have by and large—maybe not the last one—but all of them have been audited, all of them have either been passed on or settled.”

[NB: So is this the new excuse? They PASSED the audit, so why do you have to see them?]

Could be interesting after the Roger Stone commutation

Graham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe

Trump's war on leakers


In other news . . .  

Why a conservative Supreme Court sometimes offers liberal rulings


A partial explanation for the liberal victories this term is that conservative advocates got ahead of their skis. As Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College, wrote in 2015 — the last time the Court had a surprisingly liberal term — “the court’s recent decisions may reflect a change in the cases being considered by the court rather than a shift in the preferences of the justices.” When the Court moves rightward, conservative advocates are more likely to bring dubious cases — and conservative lawmakers are more likely to enact laws of dubious constitutionality — out of a belief that an ideologically sympathetic Court is likely to rule in their favor. . . . [read on]

Have Progressives Finally Learned How to Speak the Language of Supreme Court Conservatives?

[NB: Insider books like The Brethren (Woodward) and The Nine (Toobin) show a court driven by personality and friendship -- like the close bond between ideological opposites Ginsburg and Scalia -- as much as pure judicial reasoning. Skilled justices form coalitions around arguments to create a majority. That can lead to surprises.]

Inside policing (thanks to DR for the link)

What the police really believe

He just lies and lies

Trump Falsely Claims He Plays Less Golf than Obama

There is a good chance now that the whole GOP convention gets scrapped


Trump says his own polls show he is doing "very well." I hope he continues to believe that


The Fox World version of the polls

"There are polls that have Biden tied with Trump or actually leading Trump," Fox News host Maria Bartiromo explained . . . "It looks like one after the next, it's a real tight race and in many cases Biden is leading the president."

[NB: As readers know, they are showing a consistent DOUBLE DIGIT lead. So, no, not "tied" or a "tight race."]

Trump keeps lying about mail-in ballot fraud

CNN and other outlets have previously reported that Trump and many administration officials have utilized vote-by-mail options in the past. This includes Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, as well as members of Trump’s family who tried to vote absentee but sent the ballots in too late. . . . When Trump touts the “precise process to get your (absentee) voting privilege,” he’s likely talking about things like voter registration, providing proof of identity, and signature-matching. These safeguards are in place for all postal voting . . .

Bonus item: Sarah Cooper on Trump's cognitive test. This is a funny woman


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Sunday, July 12, 2020

ECHO . . . ECHO. . . ECHO. . .

The real reason they cancelled the NH rally at an empty airplane hanger -- they were worried about low attendance (again)


Following an announcement on Friday to postpone a campaign rally in New Hampshire, due to a tropical storm, the Trump campaign is facing a storm of quite a different kind – that of Twitter users who are trolling the decision as a tactical move to avoid the low attendance that marred Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month . . . “Cloudy with a chance of a puny crowd” Washington Post opinion writer, Jennifer Rubin tweeted on Friday . . .

Wrong headline

We're losing the war on the coronavirus

[NB: There's a missing word there. . . hmmmm . .  . what is it?]

Trump Says Surging Areas Are ‘Going To Be Fine’

US posts over 68K new virus cases, setting record for third straight day

“Federal materials for reopening schools, shared the week President Trump demanded weaker guidelines to do so, said fully reopening schools and universities remained the ‘highest risk’ for the spread of the coronavirus,” the New York Times reports.

Trump wears a face mask (during a visit to a hospital, where it's REQUIRED). Fine, but he's still failing to deal with the virus

Jason Miller, Trump campaign senior adviser, crowed in a tweet that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is now “finished” as he posted a photo of a masked president. It wasn’t clear why . . .

The worst president, ever


In investigation news . . .  

We KNOW that Roger Stone was knee-deep in contacts with Wikileaks and Russian hackers digging up dirt on Hillary Clinton.
We KNOW he was coordinating with the Trump campaign. We KNOW that he refused to flip, even though he made quite clear that he could screw Trump if he did. And now of course Trump shields him from serving any time for his crimes. As David Frum points out, the most glaring thing about this quid pro quo is how openly blatant it is -- Stone is being rewarded for his silence, protecting Trump

Roger Stone will not go to prison for acting as an information conduit between Russian intelligence and the Trump campaign. Stone’s former business partner Paul Manafort is likewise keeping silent. And so the American public will likely never know what use the Russians made of the Trump polling information that Manafort shared with them. Manafort likewise has extra reason to keep quiet, for he must feel new confidence that his pardon is coming. But how much more do we need to know? . . [read on]

This is really simple: Trump ordered Roger Stone to work with Wikileaks. Stone lied to Congress about it, Trump lied to Mueller about it, and Stone protected Trump's lie by choosing prison over flipping. Now Trump has repaid him.

Roger Stone's commutation is corrupt. Full stop. It's worth remembering what he did, and why it was right and necessary to investigate the Trump campaign's attempts to cooperate and/or collude with Russians and Russian assets to gain an advantage in the 2016 election. . . .

Legal Experts Explode Over Donald Trump’s Clemency For Roger Stone . . . Jeffrey Toobin called it “the most corrupt and cronyistic act in perhaps all of recent history.”. . . [read on]

According to newly unsealed material in the Mueller Report, he’s also a person who had the power to reveal to investigators that Trump likely lied to Mueller—and to whom Trump publicly dangled rewards if Stone refused to provide Mueller with that information. Now, it seems, the president is making good on that promise. . . Trump clearly knew about and encouraged Stone’s outreach to Wikileaks, the unredacted report shows. Yet in written answers the president provided to Mueller’s office in the course of the special counsel’s investigation, Trump insisted that he did not recall “the specifics of any call [he] had” with Stone during the campaign or any discussions with Stone of Wikileaks. And shortly after he submitted those answers, the unredacted report states, Trump began tweeting publicly in support of Stone—calling him “brave” and congratulating his “guts” for refusing to testify. . . .

Roger Stone Still A ‘Convicted Felon,’ And ‘Rightly So,’ Says Robert Mueller In Angry Op-Ed

Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption'

Trump demonstrates utter contempt for justice in commuting Roger Stone's sentence

[NB: Now, lets see about that "mutiny" in the Justice Dept.]

U.S. Attorney General William Barr recommended that President Trump not grant associate Roger Stone clemency . . . Sources told NBC that Barr and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows recommended against the move over concerns of political blowback.

Here's the list of political allies Trump has pardoned or commuted -- with more to come


Why Michael Cohen got thrown back into prison

Michael Cohen Wouldn’t Agree to Not Publish Book

What does the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs think about BountyGate?

“If in fact there’s bounties,” said Milley, “I am an outraged general. If, in fact, there’s bounties directed by the government of Russia or any of their institutions to kill American soldiers, that’s a big deal. That’s a real big deal.”

Why can't they keep anyone in this job?

The White House has tapped Ryan Tully to be the top Europe and Russian official on the National Security Council, the fifth person to hold the job in three and a half years . . .

In other news . . .   

This is worse than "buyer's remorse"

Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 explain why they are turning their backs on the president this November in a critical new ad. In the spot that Republican Voters Against Trump released Friday, 15 former supporters of the president cite his lies, vitriolic rhetoric and mishandling of the coronavirus crisis as just some of the reasons for ditching him in the 2020 election. Trump has “broken my faith in the Republican Party,” says one. Others claim to be “ashamed,” “embarrassed” and “riddled with guilt” to have backed Trump in the first place. . .

One of the great mysteries of 2016 was why so many women voted for Donald Trump. . . . But that mystery has been easy to solve. Over the last three years I conducted dozens of focus groups with both college-educated and non-college-educated female Trump voters. And the answer given most commonly for why they voted for Donald Trump is “I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I voted against Hillary Clinton.” [read on]

Trump supporters want Michael Flynn on the campaign trail with him


[NB: I do not get the logic of this. Even if you thought that the Russia probe was a big nothing-burger, why would that make you want to vote for Trump NOW? Whose minds are Flynn supposed to change?]

Just in case there is any doubt about what's going on

Trump: 'Shouldn't be hard' for Kanye West to take away votes from Biden

[NB: The tweet has been pulled down. Did someone think it was a little too blatant?]

Right now the GOP is doing better than the Dems at voter registration. How can that be?


Trump is furious with Brett Kavanaugh -- he thinks that when you appoint a SC justice they should vote the way you want them to


A good question

Will Reporters Ask If Barron Trump Is Returning To Rapidly Reopened Schools?

The WH new strategy for dealing with the press


Bonus item: Trump says we need to remember our history -- says the man who knows NOTHING about history




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Saturday, July 11, 2020

"A VERY STABLE GENIUS"

Trump is still bragging about the cognitive function test he successfully passed two years ago. Now he says he has "recently" taken it again, and "aced" it.

But it isn't an INTELLIGENCE test, it's a diagnostic screening for dementia. ANYONE with normal cognitive functioning could pass it easily -- look at the sample questions


[NB: Google "Trump pointing to head" and look at how many times he has done it. Has there ever been a political figure so worried about telling us how smart he is?]





But the key question is, WHY did he retake it?

Why Did Trump Get A Cognitive Test -- And Why Are Doctors Surprised He Did Well?

And what WERE the results?


Another record: 60,000 new coronavirus cases -- and deaths are on the rise again



[NB: We will soon pass 140,000 deaths, with no end in sight. That is about a quarter of all the deaths in the world.]

Birx: Largest percentage of Inpatient COVID-19 cases have income of less than $25,000

Speaking of tests, Trump is still failing the testing test

Covid-19 testing in the US improved dramatically over the first half of 2020, but things now appear to be breaking down once more as coronavirus cases rise and outstrip capacity . . . “Basically, two things are happening,” Ashish Jha, faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), told me. “One is the outbreaks are getting much bigger, so the amount of testing we need to get our arms around the outbreak is going up. And second, what we did [before] was some tweaking on capacity issues to get ourselves up to 500,000 to 600,000 tests a day, but didn’t fundamentally address the supply chain problems.” He added, “This was supposed to be the job of the White House. … But they just never have prioritized really building up a robust testing infrastructure for the country.”

Trump Continues Rant On Testing Which He Says Has ‘Created’ Cases In COVID-19 Hotspots

[NB: Is there any clearer case of his stubborn refusal to learn or listen to any facts that go against his prejudices? He has been told repeatedly that testing doesn't CAUSE cases and doesn't affect the NUMBER of actual cases. And he keeps saying that it does.]

Trump visits Florida, which is dealing with record numbers of coronavirus cases -- and says nothing about it


Trump hasn't talked to Fauci in months


Why is PETER NAVARRO pressuring the FDA to reverse itself on hydroxychloroquine?


 White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Says Going Back To School Isn’t ‘That Hard’ . . . This is the same Trump administration official who said COVID-19 was “contained” in February. . .

All about him, its always all about him

“Callers on President Trump in recent weeks have come to expect what several allies and advisers describe as a ‘woe-is-me’ preamble,” the Washington Post reports. “The president rants about the deadly coronavirus destroying ‘the greatest economy,’ one he claims to have personally built. He laments the unfair ‘fake news’ media, which he vents never gives him any credit. And he bemoans the ‘sick, twisted’ police officers in Minneapolis, whose killing of an unarmed black man in their custody provoked the nationwide racial justice protests that have confounded the president.” “Gone, say these advisers and confidants, many speaking on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations, are the usual pleasantries and greetings.”  “Instead, Trump often launches into a monologue placing himself at the center of the nation’s turmoil. The president has cast himself in the starring role of the blameless victim — of a deadly pandemic, of a stalled economy, of deep-seated racial unrest, all of which happened to him rather than the country.”

TWO THIRDS of the country give Trump low marks for dealing with the virus and race crises of the moment. (But he's got the pro-Confederate statue constituency locked up)




Another failure

Trump indicates phase two deal with China unlikely

Trump doesn't know anything about online education -- but he does know he wants to force schools into reopening FTF

Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!

Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!

Can Donald Trump ban TikTok? Can Donald Trump withhold funding from schools that don’t open up in the fall? Can Donald Trump take away the tax-exempt status of universities if he doesn’t like what they say? No, no, and no. Trump likes to pretend that he can, because it makes him look tough, but that’s all. . . .

In investigation news . . .

As expected, Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence, and he couches it in terms of the terrible, unjust wrong that was done to Stone. But Stone makes it quite clear that there was one, and only one reason

"Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr. Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.  There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.  Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election.  The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist. . . ." [read on]

“He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.”
           — Roger Stone, in an interview with Howard Fineman, explicitly tying a pardon by President Trump to the fact that he didn’t implicate him.

Why Did Trump Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence Instead of Pardoning Him? . . . Someone who gets a pardon can no longer invoke the Fifth Amendment as a justification for refusing to testify in court. If Stone were called in some other case, he’d be required to spill any beans he had.

That's nice

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said that President Donald Trump continues to believe that he has “absolute immunity” from prosecution despite a Supreme Court ruling that said otherwise. . . .

The past 24 hours in Trump legal issues and controversies, explained

Trump intervened to try to block Alexander Vindman's promotion


The Michael Flynn case is not over yet


The Cesspool

White House liaison to Hill out amid allegations of contacts with lobbyists

In other news . . .

NYC finishes painting "Black Lives Matter" in front of Trump Tower



Trump to Fox News: Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue makes me feel like I'm being "prosecuted"

Chief Justice John Roberts is not going to let the Supreme Court become a tool of Trump's wishes



Trump is trying to avoid future Tulsa-like disasters with his rallies


They are clearly worried about low attendance, non-compliance with safety measures, and another spike in new cases. So they've canceled this weekend's NH rally "because of the weather" (uh-huh)


But forecasts for the New Hampshire city from the National Weather Service indicate  a different picture, as of Friday afternoon. While showers are expected in the morning they are likely to occur “mainly before 9 a.m.” As for Saturday night, when the would-be rally was expected to take place, there’s a 40 percent chance of showers between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. as well as winds between 5 and 10 mph and higher wind gusts up to 20 mph. Weather forecasts otherwise indicate “partly cloudy” skies and “new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.”

Trump keeps saying "mail in voting" is an invitation for fraud, but "absentee voting" (which he has done) is just fine. But there is no difference between the two


Trump is still messing with the 2020 census


Sharpiegate was a ridiculous goof in which Trump tried to modify a weather service map with his handy black marker. But the back story is even more absurd


Sharpiegate may seem silly, but it illustrates exactly how Trump has destroyed government integrity

[NB: It was one of the most blatant early examples of staffers being forced to change the facts to fit Trump's misstatements, rather than vice versa.]

We all know that Trump has twice failed to answer a simple question abut his second-term priorities. Sean Hannity gives him a friendly do-over


I think Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley is an alien wearing a human mask


Lou Dobbs is a maniac

Lou Dobbs: 'The Deep State Extends, Obviously, To The Supreme Court'

At what point can we say that the election is an irreversible disaster for Trump?

“Sometimes, American politics is complicated. Right now, it’s extremely simple: the public has reached a harshly negative judgment of the president’s handling of the most important issue facing the country, and the issue is so paramount that there’s little room to wiggle out of it.”


“President Trump won the White House in no small part by seizing on Hillary Clinton’s missteps and using them to turn many voters against her. But after three unsteady months, and with the Republican convention six weeks away, Mr. Trump is struggling to define Joe Biden to similarly devastating effect, a critical task at this stage of a presidential race.” “By a combination of design and circumstance, Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has managed so far to deny Mr. Trump the sort of damaging offhand remarks, campaign clashes and clumsy encounters with voters that he used as weapons against Mrs. Clinton in the last general election, as well as his Republican opponents in the 2016 primary.”

Bonus item: With everything else going on, the President of Fear and Resentment wants you to worry about . . . . Antifa



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Friday, July 10, 2020

"A NUISANCE INJURIOUS"

After we learn that Trump's Tulsa rally caused a spike in infections, Jacksonville is now reconsidering the GOP convention there

Lawsuit Filed To Block GOP Convention In Jacksonville Cites ‘A Nuisance Injurious’ To Welfare Of Residents

More: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/506488-pandemic-mars-trumps-gop-convention-plans
President Trump’s plans for a full-scale GOP convention in Jacksonville, Fla., next month are looking increasingly bleak amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases. . . “It all seems very much up in the air right now,” said a second GOP source with knowledge of the convention plans.

Sixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was uncertain about attending the Republican convention . . .

Trump finally says it out loud: he WANTS less testing because he WANTS fewer reported cases

For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many Cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better. We have tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, Cases would be half, etc. NOT REPORTED!

Testing IS going up -- but the number of new cases is going up much faster


The CDC will NOT revise their school reopening guidelines


Mike Pence: "The best expert I know" on reopening schools amid a deadly pandemic is "my wife Karen"

FAUCI! Where ya been?

Fauci Calls for Some States to Shut Down Again

[NB: They won't.]

“I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.” [read on]

Here's something to think about: what if Hillary Clinton were president now?


I guess all those people who thought that masks were a "Live Free or Die!" issue, are now thinking, well, I didn't actually mean DIE







Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis have partnered to destroy Florida, and they're doing a great job

Gov. Ron DeSantis Mocked For Comparing Reopening Schools To Shopping At Walmart

Joe Biden's speech

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday bashed President Trump by accusing him of prioritizing the stock market over the well-being of Americans as coronavirus cases continue surging across the country. Speaking at a campaign event in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Biden outlined his economic platform which would include raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from the current 21%, demanding that Amazon pay income taxes and calling for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. Biden particularly appealed to growing frustrations among people who feel that Wall Street is getting bailed out more than the average American as the country continues roiling under health, economic and racial crises amid the COVID-19 pandemic. . . .

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday laid out an economic vision for the country rooted in racial and power equity, striking a populist tone as he slammed President Donald Trump as divisive and lacking empathy for working families. “Donald Trump loves to talk and talk and talk, but after three and a half years of big promises, what do the American people have to show for all of the talk?” Biden asked during a speech in Dunmore, Pa., asserting that the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic had only exacerbated economic inequality in the country. “He promised health care, a health care plan, but never even offered his own bill as he continues to try to wipe out Obamacare in the middle of a pandemic,” he said, offering up infrastructure and offshoring jobs as other promises Trump failed to deliver on. . . . [read on]

"Black Lives Matter" matters

NYC To Begin Painting Black Lives Matter Mural In Front Of Trump Tower

Oh, come on!

[Sect'y of Defense] Esper and [Head of Joint Chiefs] Milley testify that they don't know who gave the order to clear Lafayette Square of protesters ahead of Trump's June 1 photo-op in front of St. John's Church . . . [read on]

Remember "Sharpiegate"?


In investigation news . . .  

Boom!

Supreme Court says Manhattan prosecutors can obtain Trump's financial records . . .The ruling is a stinging loss for Trump, who has fought relentlessly to keep these records secret.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority, roundly rejecting arguments made by President Trump that he was immune from any kind of criminal investigation. “That argument, however, runs up against the 200 years of precedent establishing that Presidents, and their official communications, are subject to judicial process” . . . Roberts wrote in the opinion that the public has the right to “every man’s evidence.” “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States,” he wrote. . . . “The President, [Chief Justice John] Marshall declared, does not ‘stand exempt from the general provisions of the constitution,’’ Roberts narrated. “But, as Marshall explained, a king is born to power and can ‘do no wrong,’” Roberts wrote. “The President, by contrast, is ‘of the people’ and subject to the law.”

It was a 7 to 2 decision with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both voting to release Trump’s financial records.

But they declined to grant Congress access to records subpoenaed by a trio of Democratic-led House committees. Both decisions were handed down in 7-2 rulings. The ruling in the New York case makes it more likely that Trump's tax returns are eventually made public, though it’s unclear if they would be disclosed before the November general election. More fundamentally, the decision narrows the immunity from criminal investigations that a sitting president enjoys. . . .

Fox calls this a victory for Trump -- as does his press sect'y -- but Trump's own ape s--t response tells you that isn't true


Trump Has Epic Twitter Meltdown Over Supreme Court Ruling On His Tax Returns

More tantrum . . . [read on]

Neal Katyal: No, People, SCOTUS Rulings Are Not A 'Mixed Bag' For Trump

BTW, Trump still hasn't released his required annual financial disclosure yet


Go Joe!

“As I was saying,” Biden tweeted in a repost of an old video in which the former VP tells Trump to “release your tax returns or shut up.” “Mr. President, you want to talk about corruption? I’ve released 21 years of my tax returns,” Biden says in the video.

He knew

Trump has known Russia was funding the Taliban since 2017, and he never once pushed back

Dems press for more details on Russian bounties

US attorney testifies about his firing

AG Barr bribed, threatened, and lied his way to ousting New York's top prosecutor, testimony reveals

Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery'

Roger Stone is such a lying crook that even Bill Barr's Justice Dept wants him to go to prison



Michael Flynn isn't out of trouble yet

The federal judge that has been presiding over Michael Flynn’s case asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the extraordinary order from an appellate panel last month that the judge dismiss Flynn’s case. . . .


The Cesspool

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's parents received at least $1 million in relief funds . . . McEnany said PPP loans were designed to help companies with 10 employees or less. Her family said it employs 141

In other news . . .   

This is the higher ed version of Trump's cruel and damaging insistence that public schools reopen

Some of America’s top-ranked universities on Tuesday condemned the announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that international students will have to leave the country or transfer if their colleges opt to have only online classes in the fall, and many outlined steps they would take to protect students as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on higher education. . . .

"This ICE policy is immensely misguided and deeply cruel to the tens of thousands of international students who come to the United States every year. It is also likely to do further damage to our nation’s universities, which are already struggling with unprecedented uncertainty, massive logistical complications, and significant financial losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the impact on international graduate students and undergraduate students already in the United States will be devastating, causing massive disruptions in their learning and research. This policy change would also have negative economic impacts, because international students spend millions of dollars in our communities every year."

MIT, Harvard Sue Admin Over Plans To Boot Int’l Students With All-Online Course Loads

University of California to sue feds over student visa rule

"To subvert Trump's evil edict, I'm volunteering to teach a course @Stanford in our football stadium "in person" for ALL of our international students. Possible topics: "Irrational ICE Policies" or "Explaining the Erosion of American Democratic Institutions in the Trump Era."

We can have a debate about visa and immigration policy and the criteria for admission to the US. But this isn't about that -- this administration is anti-foreigner, period


The Supreme Court rules that DACA is the law of the land -- but Trump is still ignoring it, and still trying to kill it


Of course

Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office

Val Demings is a very appealing VP candidate for a lot of reasons. But. . . it's complicated


One thing that's clear about this election -- it is going to have some awesome ads. Trump and his gang of misfits just keep giving us great material to work with


The Lincoln Project goes after Trump's Senate enablers. Wow


Self-preservation rules all

GOP Senate Candidates Ignore Trump In Their Ads

Ewww . . . here is the ickiest political analysis you will see all season -- Trump is our ipecac


Eric Trump's phony "poll"


Bonus item: Thanks to LB for the link

Tough-Guy Things I Can Do Because I Don’t Wear a Face Mask

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