Monday, September 21, 2020

UNHEALTHY

Interference with coronavirus reports; rewriting testing rules on the CDC website over the objections of scientists; rushing through an untested vaccine -- how Trump's HHS Sect'y is taking over health policy for the government


If Trump and McConnell force through this Supreme Court replacement: "total war"
 
 
Schumer: “Nothing is off the table” in Supreme Court nomination fight
 
Pelosi: House will use 'every arrow in our quiver' to stop Trump Supreme Court nominee
 
Dana Milbank
 
McConnell’s tombstone should say that he presided over the end of the Senate. And I’d add a second line: “He broke America.” No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power. . . . McConnell is no idiot. He is a clever man who does what works for him in the moment, consequences be damned. . . .  
 
McConnell REALLY wants this SC appointment
 
A number of GOP senators, including both retiring members and vulnerable incumbents, are backing McConnell's promise to hold a vote on whomever President Trump nominates, underscoring Republicans' desire to fill the seat even as they face charges of hypocrisy from Democrats and pushback from some of their own colleagues. . . .
 
Trump Bragged to Woodward About Appointing Judges

Minority report
 
“If the Republican-led Senate confirms a nominee from President Donald Trump before January, it would mark the third time a GOP-majority Senate that represents well below half of the US population — allocating half of each state to each senator — would elevate a justice chosen by Trump, who lost the popular vote, to the Supreme Court.” “Two of the five currently serving Republican-appointed justices were nominated by President George W. Bush, who also initially lost the popular vote. The final one, Clarence Thomas, was approved by senators who also represented less than half of Americans.” “These incongruities would be enormously deepened if Trump and/or the GOP-led Senate loses in November and confirms the nominee anyway.” 

Good ol' Joe

Biden Calls on Republican Senators to Wait on New Justice: “Follow Your Conscience”
 
[NB: Isn't it sad that this sounds so quaint and old-fashioned?]
 
Biden Sticks with Bipartisanship
 
In investigation news . . .   
 
The Mueller Report's failure -- from the inside
 
When Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017, he chose Weissmann to lead “Team M”—the group responsible for the case against Paul Manafort, Trump’s corrupt former campaign chairman. Theirs was the most straightforward part of the investigation; they produced an early indictment and, ultimately, a conviction of Manafort on tax fraud and other charges. Team M also came close to establishing a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. On August 2, 2016, Manafort dined in New York City with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-born business associate with ties to Russian intelligence and oligarchs. Manafort, a lavishly compensated hired gun for some of the oligarchs, had been sharing campaign strategy with Kilimnik, including sensitive polling data. Over dinner, Manafort described Trump’s strategy in four battleground states; Kilimnik in turn presented for Trump’s approval a Russian “peace plan” that would amount to the annexation of eastern Ukraine. Last month’s Senate report, going further than Team M, named Kilimnik as an actual Russian intelligence officer and revealed his likely connection to the 2016 election-interference operations. “This is what collusion looks like,” the committee’s Democratic members wrote in an appendix. . . . [read on]
 
The GOP has been working on their big report on Hunter and Joe Biden, hoping desperately to smear him. Chairman Ron Johnson has already admitted that it is intended to affect the outcome of the election

The GOP report, which is set to be released this week, is expected to argue that Hunter Biden’s work impacted Obama-era Ukraine policy and created a conflict of interest given then-Vice President Joe Biden’s work in the area. No evidence has indicated criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens. A narrative, seized on by President Trump, that Biden worked to oust Ukrainian Prosecutor Viktor Shokin to protect his son has been widely discredited . . .
 
When Trump bragged about having a great memory -- then forgot about it

 
In other news . . .   
 
I try not to encourage panic about the election, but this is a real possibility: on election night, the live voting favors Trump and he all but declares victory. Then, as mail-in ballot numbers trickle in over the next several days, the election shifts to Biden. There will be isolated reports of screw-ups due to delayed postage, attempts to double-vote (thanks Donald), disallowed ballots, and other inevitable flaws in this COVID-distorted process. Trump goes ballistic, calls out his supporters to the streets, and with the aid of right-wing media portrays this as an election "theft" that delegitimizes the incoming administration and possibly ties up the results in legal challenges for months

A “red mirage” on election night and a post-election “blue shift” could lead to an unprecedented constitutional crisis just as the Supreme Court is in turmoil. 

 
[NB: And he never, NEVER will admit that he has been beaten.] 
 
And now, this
 
President Donald Trump said he is “counting on the federal court system” to ensure that the winner of the November presidential election is called just hours after the polls close, despite current rules across the country allowing ballots to be counted several days to weeks after the election. . . . 
 
If Trump holds all the other states he won in 2016, he needs one of Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania to get over 270. Looks like Pennsylvania is going to be his focus
 
 
[NB: Of course, it is far from certain that Trump will sweep all the others. Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida are all in serious doubt. Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, and Texas are in reach for Biden.]

Trump Loses Ground with White Voters

Trump repeats his claim, with zero evidence, that Biden is on performance-enhancing drugs
 
 
Trump says to women at his rally, I hope you have your husband's permission to be here
 
 
Trump seems to think that being NOMINATED for the Nobel Peace Prize means WINNING it
 
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-nobel-peace-prize-north-carolina-rally_n_5f66c849c5b6b9795b11d85a

His people

Trump Thugs Roll Through NC Town Shouting 'White Power' 

Trump keeps using fake videos in his ads
 

Bonus item: Trump has gone golfing almost 300 times as president
 

"My 'exercise' is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf," the president said, adding "Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem." . . . President Barack Obama golfed 98 times by the same point in time during his time in office, according to a CNN analysis. Trump negatively tweeted about Obama's golf outings more than two dozen times while Obama was president.
 
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

THE PASSING OF A GIANT

 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: her legacy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What does Ginsburg's death mean for the future of the Supreme Court? Will Trump get another far-right appointment? Will McConnell and a lame-duck Senate force through a contentious nominee?

Trump to Nominate New Justice Within Days
 
Mitch McConnell Promises Trump’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Replacement Will Get A Vote
 
 
 
Is she Trump's nominee?
 
 
 
 
Mitch McConnell's howling hypocrisy
 
 
More: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/517219-toobin-mcconnell-engaging-in-greatest-act-of-hypocrisy-in-american-political
Toobin: McConnell engaging in 'greatest act of hypocrisy in American political history'
 
Now, the push-back 
 
4 GOP Senators Said They Would Not Confirm New Justice . . . Sen. Lindsey Graham in October 2018: “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election. And I’ve got a pretty good chance of being the Judiciary Chairman. Hold the tape.” 

 
 
Mitt Romney's office reports that Mitt Romney has committed to not confirming a Supreme Court nominee until after Inauguration Day 2021 . . . 
 
Collins: President elected Nov. 3 should fill Supreme Court vacancy 
 
Mother Jones has compiled a list of Republican senators who four short years ago engaged in chest pounding over the wrong, wrong, wrongness of voting on a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. FactCheck.org has also compiled a set of statements made by Republicans in 2016—and after—that definitely need to be on the lips of every reporter, and constituent, who speaks to them from now until January. Finally, Cosmopolitan put together such a list back in February of 2017, for the express purpose of holding Republicans true to their own statements. . . .

Fox News' Brit Hume begs Trump to not push through Ginsberg replacement before the election
 
Can Mitch McConnell Get the Votes to Seize Ginsburg’s Seat?

[NB: You can go broke fast betting on the consistency and backbone of Republican senators, especially weather-vanes like Collins and Graham. But let's see.]
 
It's why we call him Lindsey F. Graham
 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) signaled he intends to support President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in their efforts to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court this year . . . 

Democrats are feeling increasingly optimistic about their chances of unseating Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in South Carolina, bolstered by a recent slate of favorable polling and a massive cash windfall building behind Democrat Jaime Harrison’s Senate campaign. . . . 

[NB: It takes four Repub votes to block it. What do we have? Pretty unambiguous statements from Murkowski, Collins, and Romney. Grassley? Maybe. Plus the chance of replacing a GOP seat in Arizona, if they seat Kelly right away.
 
David Frum: Don't assume McConnell has the votes to confirm]
 
What can the Democrats do? 
 
Hillary Clinton offers 3 steps Democrats can use to keep Trump and McConnell from stealing SCOTUS

Here Are the Ways to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG
 
There’ll Be Hell to Pay as Republican Hypocrites Race to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Former Watergate figure John Dean, a strong Trump critic, called for Democrats to immediately turn to pressure tactics to avoid getting steamrolled . . . '.@JoeBiden must announce that if the GOP rushes to pack the Court, the Dems will expand the SCOTUS to 11 justices, and expand the lower federal courts by 70 to 100 new judgeships, which have long been needed. In short, he will depoliticize the federal judiciary!'

Here's how the (unfilled) vacancy can affect current cases, including the future of Obamacare

 
The GOP figured out a while ago that in the era of divided, polarized government, with a filibuster in the hands of the Senate minority, no major legislative work can be done. That is part of what made the Democratic primary so irrelevant: comparing big, ambitious, expensive programs that were never going to happen. What matters is judges with lifetime appointments -- and McConnell has been brilliant at using Senate procedures to slow-walk nominees when a Democrat is in the WH, and fast-tracking them when a Republican is. McConnell and Trump have rushed through over 200 federal judges and may rack up their third Supreme Court nominee. We will be living with those consequences for a generation. And to all those people who thought Hillary Clinton was just as bad a choice as Trump in 2016: wake the hell up
 
 
Trump's evil screed in Minnesota -- is it possible for him to be getting even WORSE?
 
 
Trump directs his followers to turn out as "poll watchers" to prevent fraud. And so we get this

MAGA Nutjobs Block Entrance To Voting Site In Fairfax, Virginia
 
In other news . . .   
 
Biden takes on Trump's claim to be “the greatest jobs president God ever created”
 
 
There's that word
 
Ex-White House Aide Warns Trump Is a Sociopath 

The coming fight over the filibuster
 
 
Bonus item: RBG on SNL

 
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Saturday, September 19, 2020

"IT IS WHAT IT IS"

200,000 dead -- and Trump's only response? It could have been worse
 
Trump’s new coronavirus argument: 2 million people are being saved . . . “Think of the number — potentially 2.2 million people if we did nothing . . .” 
 
[NB: Of course, "if we did nothing" is a pretty pathetic basis of comparison.]

Roughly a month ago, Trump, at a White House task force briefing, said, "It looks like we'll be at about a 60,000 mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number thought of." A few days later, on April 24, he again sought to highlight a lesser number: "Minimal numbers were going to be 100,000 people. And we're going to be, hopefully, far below that." 

Trump says keeping US Covid-19 deaths to 100,000 would be a ‘very good job’  

Trump on coronavirus death toll: 'It is what it is' 
 
BREAKING NEWS: RUTH BADER GINSBURG IS DEAD. Much more on this tomorrow, but in the meantime just one quote 
 
[Mitch McConnell, 2016] “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a statement released after Scalia’s death. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Biden had a pretty good town hall

“Donald Trump is lucky that presidential elections aren’t decided by televised town-hall meetings. If they were, after his effort on ABC on Tuesday and Joe Biden’s on CNN Thursday, Trump would be lucky to clear 100 electoral votes. It’s not that Biden was all that great — he was fine, but nothing special. It’s that Trump was that bad, and in ways that made his opponent look even better.”
 
Joe Biden’s performance in Thursday night’s CNN town hall was another big reminder what a big mistake the Trump campaign’s strategy of portraying Biden as too old and senile to function has been. Because every time Biden gets up and is not just functional but pretty darn sharp, he benefits from the low, low expectations that have been set up for him. . . . [read on]
 
CNN's drive-in town hall for Democratic nominee Joe Biden scored about 3.3 million viewers for the network, marking the highest viewership of the dozens of town halls CNN has hosted with presidential hopefuls since early 2019. . . . 
 
No comment
 
Trump Hits Biden on Teleprompter While Using One 

We still have judges

‘Voter Disenfranchisement’: Judge Excoriates Trump Admin’s ‘Partisan’ USPS Changes 

 
One thing Trump has succeeded at: destroying faith in the democratic process

Less Than a Quarter Think the Election Will Be Fair
 
“I think it’s going to be a terrible time for this country… this is going to be the scam of all time.”
                — President Trump, ranting about mail voting before abruptly ending his press conference. 
 
How to get under Trump's skin at the debates

The president’s niece, speaking on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” told host Lawrence O’Donnell that Biden should address the president only by his first name, Donald. . . .
 
Trump says (surprise, surprise) that he thinks he knows more than his medical experts
 
 
No, no he doesn't
 
Trump Finally Admits Many Americans Won’t Get Vaccine Until April
 
Trump contradicts CDC, pledging 100 million vaccines in 2020 
 
Ouch: Trump's medical qualifications, in one graphic
 

Damning
 
On the evening of Saturday, March 21, a small group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, business executives, and venture capitalists gathered in the White House Situation Room to offer their help to the Trump administration as it confronted a harrowing shortage of lifesaving supplies to battle COVID-19. . . . Those representing the private sector expected to learn about a sweeping government plan to procure supplies and direct them to the places they were needed most. New York, home to more than a third of the nation’s coronavirus cases, seemed like an obvious candidate. In turn they came armed with specific commitments of support, a memo on the merits of the Defense Production Act, a document outlining impediments to the private-sector response, and two key questions: How could they best help? And how could they best support the government’s strategy? . . . What actually transpired in the room stunned a number of those in attendance. . . [read on]
 
 
Who wrote the phony testing guidelines that were forced onto the CDC web site over the objections of scientists?
 
 
CDC Reverses Guidance Drafted by Trump Aides
 
Emails show HHS officials attempting to silence CDC scientists  

Why the drug price reduction deal fell through

 
[NB: It's all about getting the credit. It's ALWAYS about getting the credit.]
 
Washington thrives on anonymous sources. Trump and his own press flacks often serve as anonymous sources -- but when they don't like the news, they complain that they're anonymous sources and say they should be ignored. On the other hand, when people do go public (normally after they have left the administration) they are dismissed as "disgruntled" employees . . . who should be ignored. But of course, disgruntled or not that doesn't make what they say untrue
 
 
[NB: Or, you could say, it's WHY they're disgruntled.] 
 
In investigation news . . .   
 
A pardon for Assange?
 
Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange’s extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon on the condition that he would help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. . . . 
 
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, said during his confirmation hearing Tuesday that it would be illegal for the president to pardon someone in exchange for that person’s silence. . . [read on] 

What the hell is Barr trying to do with the Durham investigation?


Looks like Trump is getting ready to dump his FBI Director

We’re looking at a lot of different things," Trump told reporters when asked if he'd like to replace Wray, who was appointed to his role in 2017. "I did not like his answers yesterday . . ." Wray on Thursday testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, where he told lawmakers that anarchists who identify with the antifa movement are a real threat, but "just one part" of the bureau's investigations into domestic terror. . . . The director further testified on the subject of foreign interference in November's election, saying Russia has been "very active" in trying to influence November's election by sowing divisiveness and attempting to "denigrate" Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
 
In other news . . .    
 
A brutal new ad suggests that Trump may be vulnerable on the "disrespecting troops" issue
 
 

I have said before that one of the most revealing clues to Trump's trouble is moms who say, I have to turn off the TV when he comes on so my kids won't hear him. Now, it becomes an ad


Another woman accuses Trump of assaulting her. Are they ALL lying?
 

Trump is running out of money, and hopes that big-money GOP donors will bail him out

 
Trump Defends Raising Less Money Than Biden: I Don’t Like Big Donors Anyway!
 
[NB: Well, he sure likes them now!]  
 
Trump's current campaign manager, AND HIS PREVIOUS ONE, didn't vote for him in 2016
 
 
Trump tries to get the Chamber of Commerce to reverse their endorsements of some Democratic candidates
 

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criticized the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a phone call Thursday, venting their frustrations over its recent endorsement of nearly two dozen vulnerable House Democratic freshmen . . .
 
We all know about the numerous groups of former Repubs who are aggressively campaigning against Trump. So they have to come up with a Democratic group against Biden, right? What a joke
 
It "so far" has one (1) video testimonial from an allegedly disgruntled "Democrat Voter." It is by a "Tracy," who turns out to be a longtime Trump supporter whose son is, reports The Daily Beast, a field organizer for Trump's campaign. . . . [read on] 
 
Perfect. Trump spent a lot of time in the coronavirus task force. . .  complaining about Fox World's coverage of him 
 


Fox World constantly batters the "lamestream media." Part of their brand is convincing their viewers that ONLY ON FOX can they get the real truth. Other networks have tended to ignore it and just go about their business -- but now, Fox gets a dose of their own medicine

CNN Host Delivers 6-Minute Takedown Of Fox News’ Coronavirus Misinformation
 
Bonus item: A Seth Meyers two-fer

 
 
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Friday, September 18, 2020

MASKLESS

Trump's war with his own scientific and health experts breaks into the open
 
 
[T]he U.S. Postal Service had plans to distribute 650 million face masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. . . .

[NB: Yet it never happened -- why?]
 
 
Biden responds
 

CDC head says a vaccine won't be ready any time soon -- Trump's Chief of Staff says, he doesn't know what he's talking about, he's not the one "closest" to the process. WHY is the head of the CDC not "closest to the process" -- and who is?

 
[NB: My guess is this is another Jared Kushner special. He's heading up "Project Warp Speed," and I suspect he's telling Trump they'll have a vaccine coming any day now -- testing be damned.]   
 
The testing advice on the CDC website wasn't written by them 
 
“A heavily criticized recommendation from the CDC last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by CDC scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections,” the New York Times reports. “The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19 even if they had been exposed to the virus. It came at a time when public health experts were pushing for more testing rather than less.” 
 
Trump thinks his only problem with the virus was HIS STAFF'S "public relations" failure
 
"We're at 185,000, and it's too much. One person is too much."

[NB: We are at almost 200,000. But now we see what he means by "public relations."]
 
From "alternative facts" to "different numbers"
 
Reporter: The U.S. has 4% of the global population and 24% of the world’s COVID-19 death, how is that a success? 
McEnany: We use different numbers

More on Trump's bizarre suggestion that if you subtract "blue state" deaths, he's actually doing pretty well with the virus

There are plenty of problems with this. It implies that the deaths of Americans who live in blue states don’t matter as much to Trump. It suggests that he doesn’t take any responsibility for deaths in the states that have a different political party in charge. And it’s generally absurd for Trump to act as though he’s not the president of the whole country. But it’s also flatly false . . . 

Schumer lashes out at Trump over 'blue states' remark: 'What a disgrace' 
 
“It’s so unworthy of a president. It’s beyond despicable. It’s soulless. It’s almost unspeakable in the middle of the pandemic to try to divide the country on a political basis when Covid-19 is really bipartisan.”
           — Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R) 

Scott Atlas, Trump's new friendly health adviser, is a dangerous man

President Trump’s favorite dubious COVID doctor kicked the battle over his own credentials up a notch on Wednesday. A lawyer for Scott Atlas, a member of the White House’s COVID-19 task force, threatened a defamation lawsuit against a group of 78 Stanford Medical School researchers and doctors who sent a letter last week that accused him of hawking “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” But Atlas, who lacks experience with infectious disease treatment or research, didn’t turn to just any lawyer to make the threat.  He enlisted Marc Kasowitz, the longtime Trump attorney known for his beligerent email persona . . . “Accordingly, your letter, which you wrote and sent with no regard for the truth, maliciously defames Dr. Atlas,” the note reads. “We therefore demand that you immediately issue a press release withdrawing your letter and that you contact every media outlet worldwide that has reported on it to request an immediate correction of the record.” 
 
Former Pence staffer and member of Trump's coronavirus task force
 
Olivia Troye said that in one White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting, “the President said ‘maybe this COVID thing is a good thing — I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.'”. . . She said in the new video that though she’s a Republican, she’ll be voting for Joe Biden “because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis.” “At this point, it’s country over party,” Troye said. Toward the middle of February, Troy said in the video, the task force knew COVID-19 would become a “big pandemic” in the United States. “But the President didn’t want to hear that, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how is this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success?” . . . “The truth is, he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself”
 
Former Trump National Security Advisor
 
McMaster Says Trump Foreign Policy Makes U.S. Less Safe . . . “Terrorist organizations who pose a threat to us are stronger now than they were on September 10, 2001.”
 
Former Trump chief economic advisor 
 
Gary Cohn Not Sure If He’ll Vote for Trump 
 
Former Trump officials are in open revolt against a president like we’ve never seen 

AG Bill Barr is making himself an historical figure -- and not in a good way

Fiddler on democracy’s grave
 
Barr Mocks Concerns Over His Meddling In Trump-Tied Cases, Compares Prosecutors To Preschoolers 
 
DOJ explored charges against Portland officials after protesters clashed with law enforcement 

William Barr: Black Lives Matter Movement ‘Not Interested In Black Lives’ The attorney general accused BLM supporters of using Black lives as “props to achieve a much broader political agenda.” . . .

Attorney General William Barr compares coronavirus restrictions to slavery 
 
Rep. Jim Clyburn called the comment "one of the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, god-awful things I have ever heard”  
 
 
 
Trump won't attend the U.N. General Assembly  
 

As he continues to trail, Trump is ratcheting up his panic attack on the coming election

“Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to ‘voters’, or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED.” 


Russian Media Is Rooting for Civil War in America . . . “I think Trump will lose, but then I think there will be a major blow-up from the standpoint of accepting or not accepting the outcome of the election. They’ll be battling over that for a long time, who knows how it might end.”
 
Republicans are sounding more and more absurd in trying to defend Trump



The Dems aren't the impediment to a coronavirus relief bill: it's the Senate Repubs
 
 
What happens if we end up with a 50-50 Senate?
 
 
Biden does a town hall 
 
Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks
 
The top moments from CNN’s kid-gloves town hall with Biden
 
5 takeaways from Joe Biden's CNN town hall 
 
Biden's biggest vulnerability?
 
The Latino Vote Was Biden’s to Lose—and He’s Losing It 

Is Biden Blowing It With Latino Voters?

 
Biden's main goal in the debates
 
 
The Breonna Taylor settlement: $12 million and police reforms
 
 
You probably heard the horrific story about protesters outside the hospital where two L.A. County sheriff’s deputies, who had been shot, were being treated. At least one protester was heard to shout that they hoped the cops died. There was predictable right-wing outrage about BLM. But here's who those protesters actually were
 
 
In investigation news . . .   
 
Of course he did
 
Homeland Security chief defies House subpoena to testify 
 
 
Wray says Russia engaged in 'very active efforts' to interfere in election, damage Biden 

President Trump on Thursday swiped at FBI Director Christopher Wray, taking issue with parts of his testimony to Congress about foreign election interference . . .

A grifter's gonna grift

Trump Charged Secret Service for Rooms It Could Not Use 

Eric Trump refuses to testify in the Trump Organization probe until after the election

 
In other news . . .    
 
"Okay, we're gonna move on." Newt's insane rantings about George Soros stun even Fox World into embarrassed silence
 
 
 
The head of Trump's Federal Election Commission -- supposedly a bipartisan watchdog of election integrity -- says this election is a "spiritual war."  So you know where he's coming from
 
 
Stop me if you have heard this one before: publicly Trump is bragging about his awesome fundraising -- while behind the scenes he is complaining about it
 
“Trump spent last weekend complaining privately about Biden’s dominance in television advertising, only to tweet upon his return to Washington from a campaign swing that the ‘fake news’ was exaggerating the disparity.”

More Trump 101

Projection as a Political Strategy 

A matter of priorities

Trump says he will sign executive order on "patriotic education" 

 
How important was it to Trump to get Big Ten football back?
 
Trump boasts that he offered 'everything' to get football back
 
If Trump is re-elected, his assault on immigrants will only get worse
 
 
Poor Trump: "low energy"
 
 
Ha ha ha ha ha
 
ABC’s 90-minute town hall with President Trump drew fewer viewers than NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” . . .
 
[NB: Fill in your own punch line here.]
 
Bonus item: Mocking a focus group of Trump supporters (it's so easy)

 
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