Wednesday, August 12, 2020

IT'S KAMALA

Biden announces his VP choice 

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/510989-biden-picks-harris-for-vp
"I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person."

More: https://www.vox.com/2020/8/11/21346506/joe-biden-kamala-harris-vice-president 

[NB: What do I think? I think her choice reveals some things about Biden's strategy. Her prosecutorial background is not going to be popular with the left -- but she's not someone who can be painted as anti-cop or soft on law and order. That tells you where Biden thinks the attacks will come from. And it tells you he is more concerned about support from the center than from the far left -- which should surprise no one. She's tough as a bulldog, and that's a common role for a VP. Biden can be genial and avuncular, while Harris goes for the jugular (hey, that rhymes!). She has real star power, and gives the ticket some pizzazz that others, say Susan Rice, wouldn't have provided. She's a bit of a chameleon politically, and her flip-flop on Medicare for All -- and other matters -- will be noted. Finally, I think it's a bigger deal that she's a woman than that she's Black. I can see those suburban moms we keep talking about being very comfortable with her. She will be everywhere on the daytime talk shows.]

Reactions: https://www.axios.com/democrats-react-kamala-harris-vice-president-404fba29-d98b-4c32-a009-60f8b53de54c.html 

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511567-women-on-bidens-rumored-vp-short-list-tweet-support-for-choice-of-harris 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/11/1968483/-Historic-announcement-of-Kamala-Harris-as-VP-pick-brings-praise-from-around-the-web

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/another-bonus-quote-of-the-day-19/
“Joe Biden nailed this decision.”       — Barack Obama 

Harris takes on Barr

https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1293291662370836480

Here's a photo of Biden asking her -- and for some reason Twitter says, "The following media includes potentially sensitive content"

https://twitter.com/RonaldKlain/status/1293293458338320385

A good piece on Harris's politics

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/give-kamala-harris-break/615127/ 

More analysis: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511595-three-pros-and-three-cons-to-biden-picking-harris 

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/harris-is-a-tough-target-for-the-trump-campaign/ 

No, Harris never called Biden "racist"

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-host-neil-cavuto-corrects-trump-campaign-claim-that-kamala-harris-called-biden-racist

[NB: The lies begin.]

More B.S. from the Trump camp: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/11/1968474/-Here-comes-the-Trump-attack-on-Kamala-Harris-but-it-s-really-about-Joe-Biden

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-campaign-playbook-paint-kamala-as-ruthless-and-power-hungry 

What Team Trump really thinks of Harris

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/11/team-trump-assails-phony-kamala-while-privately-acknowledging-her-appeal-393983
Privately, some Republicans acknowledged that Harris, the first Black female candidate on a major party ticket and daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, would help Biden win over women and people of color. She will be the first woman, first Black and first Asian American vice president if elected. . .

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nicolle-wallace-kamala-harris_n_5f333bfac5b6fc009a5ed827
“This was the pick that scared them the most”

In case you took the over/under on how long it would take for Trump to call Harris "nasty" (his favorite term for women who stand up to him), it was a matter of minutes

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/phony-kamala-trump-campaign-responds-harris-vp-pick-n1236467
“I was a little surprised that he picked her," Trump said during a press conference at the White House, adding that "she did very, very poorly in the primaries.” 

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511614-biden-touts-trump-saying-harris-would-be-fine-choice-for-vp-pick
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took a dig at President Trump Tuesday night, highlighting the fact that Trump said recently that Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden's newly announced vice presidential pick, would be a "fine choice" for a running mate. Trump made the comments at the end of July . . .

Ha ha ha ha ha ha (thanks to AG for the link)

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-donated-to-kamala-harris-twice-as-private-citizen-2020-8
Trump donated to Kamala Harris' campaigns twice while he was a private citizen

Putin rushes an untested vaccine into circulation -- this will definitely give Trump ideas

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/russia-approves-coronavirus-vaccine-despite-intense-international-skepticism

A close analysis of Trump's Executive Orders

https://www.vox.com/2020/8/11/21361879/trump-executive-orders-unemployment-benefits-student-loans

Trump's attack on Social Security and Medicare is an absolute GIFT in the middle of this election. And Biden jumps all over it

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/biden-denounces-trumps-executive-orders 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/11/1968345/-Trump-s-attack-on-Social-Security-gives-his-advisors-heartburn-Biden-a-Trump-sized-opening

More: https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/when-he-says-this-believe-him/
Trump has repeatedly said he wants to terminate the payroll tax. And yes, he may be too stupid to realize that it means he’s eliminating the funding stream for Social Security and Medicare, but his Freedom Caucus Tea Party henchmen, led by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, certainly aren’t. They know exactly what they’re doing, filling his head with this nonsense. . . . Anyway, he’s said it over and over again [read on]

We're climbing toward 170,000 dead and Trump wants to talk about . . . birds killed by windmills

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-mourns-all-the-birds-killed-by-windmills-stays-mum-on-160k-covid-deaths 

More: https://www.salon.com/2020/08/11/trump-who-told-obama-to-resign-after-one-ebola-death-calls-160000-covid-19-deaths-fantastic-job/

The Art of the Bad Deal 

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/11/white-house-paid-up-to-500-million-too-much-for-ventilators-congressional-investigators_partner/
White House paid up to $500 million too much for ventilators

How Trump's war on the mail service will create just the kind of voting delays and chaos he says he wants to avoid

https://www.vox.com/2020/8/11/21358960/trump-mail-voting-sabotage-explained

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-rig-2020-election_n_5f32981cc5b6960c066c8dc3

The consequences of an incomplete census

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/2020-census-count-incomplete-congress-immigrants.html

He just says s--t

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/511481-trump-tells-hugh-hewitt-george-washington-would-have-had-a-hard-time-beating
"I don’t know if you’ve seen, the polls have been going up like a rocket ship. George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in, before the China plague. And then, you know, like every other nation, like other countries, when you get hit, it affects you, and we went down a little bit"

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/extra-bonus-quote-of-the-day-597/
“If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States. You’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese, you want to know the truth.”

Is Trump defending China's takeover of Hong Kong?

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/bonus-quote-of-the-day-1372/ 

Too bad -- clearly he could use more intelligence

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-intel-briefings-gone_n_5f32f2b9c5b6fc009a5e72e3
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely

In investigation news . . .   

In case there was any doubt

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-russia-intellligence-report-election_n_5f320a5dc5b6960c066b67cc
White House Forced Changes In Intel Warning That Russia Wants Trump To Win

More: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/511444-trump-defends-reluctance-to-embrace-us-intelligence-agencies
Trump slams former intelligence officials

ANOTHER Trump Cabinet Sect'y in jeopardy

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/interior-inspector-general-report-foia_n_5f328208c5b64cc99fde24a8

In other news . . .    

Trump wants to make this election all about him. That's his election strategy, and that's great news. Because the more people see of him the worse he does

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/biden-denounces-trumps-executive-orders  

Trump says it is an insult to men for Biden to pick a woman running mate

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-says-biden-is-insulting-men-everywhere-by-picking-woman-as-running-mate-in-interview-with-clay-travis

Trump explains why he hasn't had any rallies since Tulsa. Because it is foolish and dangerous to gather big crowds during a pandemic? No, because he can't stand seeing empty seats

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-explains-why-he-hasnt-hosted-an-official-campaign-rally-since-tulsa-fail

No more rallies: https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/trump-wont-hold-anymore-rallies/

What if the press stopped being so polite?

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/imagine-world-where-white-house

Here's an example: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/trump-leaves-press-conference-when-pressed-on-veterans-choice-misinformation/#x

Trump praises a new book from a former aide . . . without reading it

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/11/trump-obviously-did-not-read-this-book/
Westerhout writes that she couldn’t bring herself to vote for Trump, “a man whose values didn’t seem to align with my own,” but never said so because she “didn’t want to risk upsetting” him or his inner circle who “see everything as black and white, which… is misguided and can be dangerous.”

Who will speak to the Democratic convention?

https://www.axios.com/dnc-speakers-full-list-barack-michelle-obama-670f1558-fb42-49f6-b96c-3b389f255ea9.html 

[NB: That is some serious star power. Waiting to see the GOP list.]

Bonus item: This is trying a little TOO hard to drum up a controversy, don't you think?

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/jeanine-pirro-biden-spending-too-much-time
Jeanine Pirro Attacks Biden For Spending Too Much Time With His Wife. . . "Everywhere he goes, he goes with his wife. It's almost like she's his caretaker. She makes sure that she sits next to him. She makes sure that she holds on to him. Is this what we really want in the United States of America for a president?" 

[NB: Yes, given our recent experience, I am not sure our country is ready for a president and first lady who truly love each other and want to be together.]

  

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

GUILTY AS CHARGED

How Trump killed tens of thousands of Americans -- which could have been prevented

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/trump-coronavirus-deaths-timeline.html

Bill Gates slams government inaction on testing

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/bill-gates-slams-testing-insanity-in-u-s/

More on Trump's crazy Executive Orders

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/10/art-of-the-tantrum-trumps-bewildering-doomed-attempt-to-play-savior/

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/incompetent-fascist-trumps-executive

More: https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2020/08/trump-continues-fiddling-while-america-burns/
To paraphrase an old saying, the stuff that’s legal is unimportant and the stuff that’s important is illegal. It’s just more Trump blather designed to keep the spotlight on him. . . [read on] 

Trump says if he's re-elected he will cancel the payroll tax permanently -- which would bankrupt Social Security and Medicare

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/10/aides-walk-back-trumps-vow-to-permanently-cut-social-security-tax-if-hes-re-elected/ 

Trump has more phony "Executive Orders" in the queue

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/10/trump-executive-order-on-pre-existing-393312

Be careful about traveling outside the U.S. -- you might have trouble getting back in

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/trump-may-block-americans-from-returning-to-u-s/ 

Masks and masculinity

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/21356150/american-men-wont-wear-masks-covid-19

Trump blames the Dems for COVID inaction -- but there are 20 Repubs who have said they won't vote for ANY bill

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/brian-kilmeade-admits-republicans-are

How this experience reinforces the need to end the filibuster

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/08/10/how-mitch-mcconnell-is-making-the-case-for-ending-the-filibuster/ 

Trump promised to protect Social Security and Medicare. He lied

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/social-security-on-the-table-again/

Trump and the GOP go back to the usual playbook

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/10/elections-republicans-black-lives-matterbacklash-389906
Facing possible electoral calamity, Republicans are now turning to a familiar playbook: stoking fear by trying to redefine the Black Lives Matter movement as a radical leftist mob looking to sabotage the white, suburban lifestyle. . . [read on]

Another good reason to get rid of Trump

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/511271-barr-the-left-believes-in-tearing-down-the-system
Attorney General William Barr on Sunday voiced scathing criticism of the Democratic Party, claiming the left is trying to tear down U.S. institutions in a pursuit for “total victory.” . . .

More: https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/bill-barr-calls-antifa-anti-fascist

Trump couldn't make a deal with Iran in 4 years -- and killed the only one we had. Now he says he will produce a deal in 4 weeks . . . if he's re-elected

https://thehill.com/policy/international/511347-trump-vows-deal-with-iran-within-four-weeks-if-reelected

[NB: Expect more and more of this "if re-elected" nonsense -- promising things he hasn't done yet but, really, really, will do if we give him one more chance.]

In investigation news . . .  

Trump wants to equate mail-in voting with Russian interference

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/10/trump-mail-voting-russian-interference-393264
“I’ll tell you who was meddling in our elections,” the president said at a White House news briefing. “The Democrats are meddling by wanting and insisting on sending mail-in ballots when there’s corruption all over the place.”

[NB: Perfect equivalence -- except that one is, you know, legal, and the other is illegal.] 

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/11/trumps-latest-falsehood-democrats-are-trying-end-signature-verification-ballots/
Trump’s latest falsehood: Democrats are trying to end signature verification for ballots

Congress wants to look into the Postmaster General's dismantling of the mail service

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/postmaster-general-attracts-congressional-scrutiny-for-cost-cutting-moves-months-before-election

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/10/1968050/-Trump-s-sabotage-of-USPS-threatens-elections-in-November-and-leads-to-mail-delays-now

Some humor: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/10/1968086/-Has-Nikki-Haley-missed-what-her-old-boss-is-doing-to-the-USPS-or-does-she-think-everyone-else-has

Trump's DOJ stiffed Democratic subpoenas for information and testimony -- what will they do when the Republicans are asking?

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/ron-johnson-subpoenas-fbi-director/

More: https://www.thedailybeast.com/biden-aides-will-stiff-arm-gops-burisma-probe-sources-say
Johnson, the chair of the Senate committee, is leading two separate but related investigations, one into the origins of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and one into Joe Biden’s former dealings in Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s financial relationship with Burisma, a gas company in the country. Johnson told The Hill he plans to publish a report on the Biden probe in the coming weeks, possibly by mid-September.. . [read on]

In other news . . .    

Trump denies wanting to be put on Mount Rushmore -- but then says it's a "good idea"

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/trump-says-adding-him-mount-rushmore-a-good-idea/

Mount Rushmore's reaction: https://twitter.com/kfishercanton/status/1292593981910638594

[NB: Do you think the posing of this photo was an accident? I don't.]

Trump wants to give his GOP nomination acceptance speech either at the White House -- which is illegal -- or at Gettysburg -- which is historically sacred ground. This monster has no respect for tradition or precedent

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-gettysburg-rnc-speech_n_5f318a5bc5b64cc99fdc814b

Trump calls himself the hardest working president in history

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/hardest-working-president-in-history/

[NB: Also tallest, smartest, best-looking . . .]

Wall Street has done very well under Trump -- but they're fed up with him too

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/wall-street-lines-up-behind-biden/ 

Trump has a problem with female reporters

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/10/have-female-reporters-got-trump-on-the-run-393112

Trump's debate "dream team"

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/inside-president-trumps-debate-prep-team/
The team helping President Trump prepare for the presidential debates includes four men: former Gov. Chris Christie, Jared Kushner, Bill Stepien and Jason Miller . . .“The first put the second guy’s dad in jail and made the third guy the fall man for their joint corruption. The fourth guy was kept out of the White House over a hooker scandal.”

There is a politician Trump keeps talking about named "Joe Biden." He is a closet radical and a tool of the Left. He hates God. He is on the verge of senility. He is a puppet of China. Where is this man "Joe Biden"?

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/10/trump-creates-an-opponent-few-recognize/

Trump lashes out, again, at Anthony Scaramucci

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anthony-scaramucci-donald-trump-steve-hilton_n_5f30cda7c5b6e96a22b47bff

Bonus item: Nightmare scenarios

 https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/10/1967737/-Cartoon-The-conversation

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Monday, August 10, 2020

BLACKMAIL

Trump is blackmailing the Dems -- if they challenge his blatantly illegal Executive Order overreach, he will blame them for blocking the giveaways he put in them

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/511214-mnuchin-if-democrats-want-to-challenge-executive-actions-in-court

[NB: Even the Republicans aren't happy with this power grab -- and you know what will happen if he gets away with it.]

More: https://www.axios.com/kudlow-executive-order-unemployment-124c0f93-e5d3-4d00-a881-83f49a7090e9.html
Kudlow says he regrets claiming Trump couldn't use executive order for unemployment

[NB: The first true thing Kudlow has said in quite a while. I'm sure he regrets it.]

More: https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/511216-bash-spars-with-kudlow-on-white-house-unemployment-plan-we-need-a
Dana Bash CNN presses WH economic adviser Larry Kudlow on President Trump’s latest executive order addressing federal unemployment benefits which says cash-strapped states must pay 25% of $400 unemployment or federal add-on benefit won’t kick in.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-economic-adviser-larry-kudlow-doesnt-understand-trumps-covid-relief-orders
During a lengthy and contentious CNN interview on Sunday morning, Kudlow immediately insisted that the order would place at least twice as much cash as the order claims, leaving State of the Union host Dana Bash puzzled and bewildered. . . .

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/larry-kudlow-has-no-idea-what-trumps
Larry Kudlow Has No Idea What Trump's Proposal On Unemployment Benefits Actually Is

More double talk

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/511221-kudlow-payroll-tax-deferral-will-give-employed-americans-a-huge
Kudlow: Payroll tax deferral will give employed Americans 'a huge wage increase'

[NB: No it won't: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gold-pure-gold
If you get COVID “relief” in the form of a payroll tax holiday, you still have to pay it back! After the election! In other words, Trump’s plan is a sort of ersatz payday loan that you’ll need to pay back after the election. This is terrible policy. But it’s political gold for Democrats. I mean, this is a classic Trumpian gambit. I’m giving you money to help out. But actually you have to pay me back after you reelect me. And if Trump isn’t reelected, what does he care? It becomes a landmine for Joe Biden who has to oversee collecting the money that workers effectively borrowed without knowing it. This is actually the kind of bait and switch Trump has been known for his whole life.

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/511218-kudlow-says-trump-did-not-mean-he-was-eliminating-the-social
“I think what he was saying is that the deferral of the payroll tax to the end of the year will be made permanent…the tax is not going away," WH economic adviser Larry Kudlow says Pres. Trump’s promise to cut payroll taxes permanently will not impact Social Security or Medicare.

NB: Trump says that if he wins he will cancel the payback. If he wins.]

And now, the other clown

https://www.thedailybeast.com/peter-navarro-claims-the-lord-created-executive-orders-because-of-partisan-bickering
Navarro Defends Trump, Claims ‘the Lord’ Created Executive Orders

Trump's Executive Orders: illegal, deceptive, and incompetent

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/9/1967918/-The-Incompetent-Fascist-Trump-s-executive-orders-do-the-wrong-things-illegally
The Washington Post's Heather Long gives an overview of both the content and implications of Trump's orders. For one thing, only one of what Trump called his four "executive orders" is actually an executive order; the rest are memorandums, which are ... not the same thing. He also at one point referred to them as "bills"; that's even more wrong, and does even less to suggest Trump has even a passing familiarity with his own actual job. . . [read on] 

Looks like the Dems might challenge these Executive Actions after all

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/09/trump-relief-plan-faces-hurdles/

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pelosi-schumer-democrats-trump-executive-orders

What Trump said about Obama's Executive Orders

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-obama-executive-orders_n_5f30bf58c5b6b9cff7f3b9f3

Trump has turned the White House into a WWF smackdown. All the grownups are gone

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/09/trump-aides-steve-mnuchin-and-peter-navarro-get-in-knockdown-drag-out-yelling-match-report_partner/
According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched. One spectator described it as "knockdown, drag-out" brawl. . .

More: https://www.salon.com/2020/08/09/white-house-concocted-a-positive-feedback-loop-to-trick-trump-into-thinking-hes-doing-a-good-job_partner/
President Donald Trump's chaotic White House resulted in "a lost summer" in the battle against coronavirus . . . The report explains the skepticism of science and experts by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. "Meadows is not alone in being skeptical of medical expertise, part of the politics-first, science-second attitude that has become pervasive inside the White House this summer — and which has been championed foremost by Trump," The Post noted. "If the administration's initial response to the coronavirus was denial, its failure to control the pandemic since then was driven by dysfunction and resulted in a lost summer," the newspaper explained. . . . "Yet the virus rages coast to coast, making the United States the world leader, by far, in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. An internal model by Trump's Council on Economic Advisers predicts a looming disaster, with the number of infections projected to rise later in August and into September and October in the Midwest and elsewhere, according to people briefed on the data," the newspaper reported. "The forecast has alarmed the president and his top aides, even as some have chosen not to believe it, arguing that some previous projections did not materialize." According to a former administration official, White House chaos is "an unmitigated disaster." . . .

The United States, third world country

https://apnews.com/2a03a4e685316eb7d5a6e7181000fbfe
US response to the virus is met with incredulity abroad

Big Pharma

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/moderna-charge-32-37dose-vaccine-developed
Moderna To Charge $32-$37/Dose For Covid Vaccine Developed Entirely With Taxpayer Money

In investigation news . . .

The Democrats push forward on Russian interference

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/09/schumer-trump-russian-election-threats-392844

More: https://www.axios.com/blumenthal-briefing-russian-interference-2ecde46b-1a7a-4f1e-a2c7-1215db70d348.html
Blumenthal calls classified briefing on Russian interference "absolutely chilling"

Why the State Dept IG got fired

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/10/watchdog-reports-evidence-the-state-dept-ig-may-have-been-fired-in-a-cover-up-for-trumps-friend_partner/

In other news . . . 

How WH staffers manipulate the Big Baby's mood

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/09/white-house-concocted-a-positive-feedback-loop-to-trick-trump-into-thinking-hes-doing-a-good-job_partner/

How Trump is prepping for the debates with Biden

https://www.axios.com/trump-biden-debates-f8bfa673-d8e5-4a4c-9134-c2b3cce62a70.html

How the theocrats rationalize supporting a godless, immoral jerk like Donald Trump

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/why-they-love-him-so/

How Trump set up the press to be booed by his golf club members at that "press conference"

https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1291894715072294913

How Kanye West's ridiculous third party bid could backfire and HURT Trump

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/09/trump-allies-now-fear-that-their-promotion-of-kanye-wests-2020-bid-could-backfire-report_partner/

I love this

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511241-jill-biden-says-she-plans-to-continue-teaching-if-she-becomes-first-lady
Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady

Bonus item: Don't miss it -- "Regret"

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/when-you-re-starting-regret-your-vote

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

"EXPECTATIONS EXCEEDED"

Yes, indeed: 160,000 dead and on our way to 200,000

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rnc-donald-trump-exceeded-tweet_n_5f2e58edc5b6b9cff7f23601
Twitter users were quick to fact-check the Republican National Committee’s praise of President Donald Trump on Friday . . . [read on]

 
The White House has given up dealing with the pandemic. They are only interested in managing perceptions of Trump's performance with it
 
https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/white-house-has-given-up-on-pandemic/

Larry Kudlow calls it "nitpicking" to point out his howling falsehoods about the virus -- back when lives could have been saved

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/kudlow-whines-about-nitpicking-when-called

Inspired by the maximalist pronouncements of John Yoo, Trump issues a series of "executive orders" that pre-empt legislative authorities. Remember what Yoo told him: they might be illegal, but it will take months to sort that out, and in the meantime you reap the benefits





3 of the 4 'executive orders' Trump signed weren't actually executive orders

Even Lindsey F. Graham wasn't happy about it
 
 
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.), who has largely spoken out against the government spending large sums of money in coronavirus legislation, offered one of the party's more cutting rebukes, calling the theory behind the move “unconstitutional slop.” . . .

One of the orders is designed to bankrupt Social Security and Medicare

 
 
Following the announcement Trump is asked a question he doesn't like, and stalks out
 
https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-abruptly-ends-news-conference/
President Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times, CNN reports. Trump had claimed again that he is the one who got the Veterans Choice program passed — adding, “They’ve been trying to get that passed for decades and decades and decades and no president’s ever been able to do it, and we got it done.” In fact, former President Barack Obama signed the Choice program into law in 2014.

He just says s--t

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-claims-he-is-the-last-person-russia-wants-in-office
Trump Claims He Is ‘The Last Person’ Russia Wants In Office . . . “[N]obody’s been tougher on Russia than I have — ever” . . .

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/07/31/president-trump-russia-relationship-analysis-keilar-nr-vpx.cnn
37 times President Trump was soft on Russia

More: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/opinions/trumps-mystery-approach-to-putin-sciutto/index.html
His advisers' most innocent explanation for Trump's deference . . . is that by yielding to Russia, Trump is simply laying the groundwork for a great deal with Putin. Trump's deference, in this view, is mostly set up. He will butter up Moscow, build a relationship with Putin, and then, over time, coax, cajole, and pressure Russia into some sort of realignment that better suits both American and Russian interests and at the same time saves the world or at least makes the world safer.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/03/politics/trump-putin-russia-timeline/
80 times Trump talked about Putin

Stephen Miller

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/the-worst-person-in-the-world/
The worst person in the world

[NB: Another reason to get rid of Trump. This is someone who should never again be put in a position of responsibility over other peoples lives.]

Head of the Postal Service (and Trump donor) decimates the entire department leadership -- while saying he is not trying to sabotage mail delivery with an election less than three months away

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/08/friday-night-massacre-at-us-postal-service-postmaster-general-boots-top-brass-ahead-of-election_partner/
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. . .

More: https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/postal-service-hikes-rates-to-mail-ballots/
Postal Service Hikes Rates to Mail Ballots

In investigation news . . .

Now that the intelligence experts have confirmed it, expect the Dems to holler loud and often about Russian interference in the election to help Trump

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/democrats-noisy-strategy-to-stop-russian-interference/

More: https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/russia-russia-russia/
Two weeks ago, William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, published a somewhat vague warning about various forms of foreign interference in the upcoming election. Today he followed up with a more direct and incriminating one, specifically warning that Russia is working to help reelect Donald Trump. Even more important is what this warning unmistakably implies: that Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are actively cooperating with Russia’s campaign. . . . [read on]

How Trump has bullied the intelligence agencies

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-wears-down-intelligence-agencies/

In other news . . . 

The Trump campaign claims that their internal polls show him tied or leading in 17 key states, without offering any details. I see no reason to doubt them, do you? 

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-campaign-focused-on-internal-polls/

[NB: Here's the problem -- the key number here is 17. Look at any current electoral college map and you'll see more than 20 states probably in Trump's camp -- South Dakota! Idaho! Arkansas! -- but still far short of an electoral college majority:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/03/897202359/2020-electoral-map-ratings-trump-slides-biden-advantage-expands-over-270-votes]

Trump's supporters are starting to despair

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/08/trump-fading-fortunes-392619
President Donald Trump is in an August, coronavirus-induced slump — and his team is feeling it. The White House’s negotiations with Capitol Hill over a fourth economic stimulus package fell apart on Friday after three weeks of stalled talks, leaving aggrieved administration officials to suggest Trump just take unilateral action. The number of coronavirus deaths continues to rise, and Trump has yet to present a promised strategy to curb the spread of the virus. Trump and his team are having trouble settling on a daily message — or finding a way to effectively wound Joe Biden, the president’s presumptive 2020 rival. It’s all added up to an ever-growing sense of doom and gloom about the president’s political future. . . .

Looks like 2020 is going to make Florida 2000 look like a cakewalk

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/legal-battles-will-begin-when-voting-ends/
Legal Battles Will Begin When Voting Ends

Still handicapping the VP race

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511131-biden-edges-closer-to-vp-pick-heres-whos-up-and-whos-down
Here's who's up and who's down. . .

Trump's effort to paint Joe Biden as mentally defective is going to backfire if he handles himself well -- or even just doesn't make a fool of himself -- during the debates

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-campaign-sets-a-very-low-bar-for-biden/ 

Team Trump's endless lies about Biden's positions

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/trump-campaign-adviser-has-nothing-lies

Trump's history of racism 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racism-progressive-pac-ad_n_5f2e4e7bc5b64d7a55f3c364 

Sheldon Adelson is one of the biggest GOP donors. Trump calls him for money and ends up pissing him off

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-antagonizes-gop-megadonor-adelson/
The 87-year-old casino mogul had reached out to Trump to talk about the coronavirus relief bill and the economy. But then Trump brought the conversation around to the campaign and confronted Adelson about why he wasn’t doing more to bolster his reelection, according to three people with direct knowledge of the call. One of the people said it was apparent the president had no idea how much Adelson, who’s donated tens of millions of dollars to pro-Trump efforts over the years, had helped him . . . 

More: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/08/trump-antagonizes-sheldon-adelson-phone-call-392688

Yes, Trump really does want to be added to Mount Rushmore

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/trump-wanted-to-be-added-to-mount-rushmore/

Bonus item: The funerals Trump has skipped (or not been invited to)

https://politicalwire.com/2020/08/08/quote-of-the-day-2647/
“What kind of spectacular prick do you have to be that everyone’s last request is ‘make sure that asshole isn’t at my funeral’?”
            — Bill Maher, noting President Trump did not attend the funerals of important figures in both parties, such as Sen. John McCain, former first lady Barbara Bush, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. John Lewis. . . .


More: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/511179-bill-maher-delivers-mock-eulogy-for-trump
Bill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

"HE'S AGAINST GOD"

Trump's attack on lifelong Catholic Joe Biden reeks of desperation


Biden Fires Back
 
Trump says Biden will 'hurt God,' but Biden's response makes it clear whose faith is deeper

Trump's atrocities (quite a list -- thanks to JT for the link)


American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online

Trump is out golfing -- while his WH turns down a $2 trillion coronavirus deal with the Dems


Pelosi blasts GOP: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn'
 
Trump says he will issue an executive order protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions -- but the law already protects such coverage
 
 
[NB: The law he is trying to kill.]

Sect'y of State Mike Pompeo complains to his Russian counterpart about the bounties on American soldiers -- so obviously they take it seriously. But Trump called it "fake news" and refused to bring it up with Putin. WTF?


Trump's military advisors don't trust him

Advisers Wouldn't Give Trump Military Options Because They Didn't Trust Him
 
Another failure for Trump's Wall™
 

In investigation news . . .   

The Trump admin finally admits that foreign election interference is real -- but Trump only wants to talk about the countries that are working against him (China, Iran), not the ones (Russia) who are helping him




[NB: While it may be true that China and Iran would like to see Trump lose, their efforts are in no way comparable to Russia's. It's a misleading false equivalence.]
 
‘I Don’t Care’: Trump Responds To Intel That Russia Is Working To Get Him Elected Again
 
Looks like Trump's NDA's are unenforceable


Digby makes the case
 
Will he get what’s coming to him?
 
In other news . . .   

It's obvious what Kanye West is trying to do -- he even admits it. But there are a couple of problems with this ploy. First, West is a nut. Second, Black voters are smart and strategic -- they aren't going to vote for some guy just because he's Black

Kanye West Missed Deadline for Wisconsin Ballot

Kanye West Admits He’s Trying to Be a Spoiler

GOP Plan To Beat Biden By Pushing Kanye West Could Backfire On Trump

Trump announces that Biden has "lost the Black vote" -- perhaps someone should explain that it isn't up to him
 
 
Trump Makes Same Gaffe as Biden in Least Self-Aware Twitter Attack
 
How every Trump attack on Biden can be reflected back on him
 
 
A new ad skewers Trump's "hoaxes"


What genius made THIS decision?

‘‘Live And Let Die’ Plays At Trump Ohio Speech And Twitter Loses It [read on] . . . They’ll soon be playing Queen’s “Another one bites the dust”

Trump holds a "press conference" with his golf club guests in the audience

Members of President Trump’s New Jersey golf club derailed a Friday press conference with him to jeer at a reporter who confronted the president about COVID-19 deaths and noted that the guests themselves weren’t wearing masks.  . . .
 
Trump draws cheers after defending supporters' lack of masks at briefing as 'peaceful protest'

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha -- Trump dead-enders and true believers now argue that he was RIGHT to pronounce "Thailand" as "Thigh-land". Because he can never be wrong about anything


Fate catches up with another theocratic hypocrite

Jerry Falwell Jr. Agrees To Take ‘Indefinite Leave of Absence’ From Liberty University


The far left of the Democratic Party wants Bass, not Rice or Harris

 


[NB: Sanders supporter Nina Turner (who hates Biden) wants Bass -- that's the last straw for me.]
 
Will the 2020 election be decided in the courts?


Now the Postal Service has to deal with sabotage

 
 
[NB: Trump, who loves to turn everything into a partisan issue, has now made the MAIL SERVICE a partisan issue -- because he doesn't want mail-in voting (except where it helps him).]

Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election

Today's GOP

Michigan GOP official refuses calls to resign while continuing to publicly use n-word

Virginia Mayor Refuses To Resign For Racist Facebook Post About Joe Biden’s VP Pick

Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes (R) . . . came under fire just last week for celebrating KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest
 
After their vicious, dishonest attack on a CNN's reporter's military husband, the Trump campaign apologizes
 
 
CNN’s Poppy Harlow Confronts Larry Kudlow With All the Times He’s Been Wrong About the Coronavirus
 
Fox World still wants to kill you

Fox News Contributor: There Is Still ‘Some Debate’ About Whether Masks Are ‘Good’

Bonus item: Seth Meyers on the Trump/Fox feedback loop


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