Tuesday, October 27, 2020

SEVEN MORE DAYS

The longest week of my life
 
How to Not Go Crazy the Week Before an Election 

Biden is running like the leader -- while an incumbent president is scrambling from the brink of defeat

Donald Trump is chasing every possible opening across the electoral map. Joe Biden is sitting on his lead, carefully surveying the landscape for states that might serve as insurance policies. It’s a jarring flip of the script for an incumbent president and his challenger eight days before Election Day. Trump, in the last gasp of his campaign, is barreling across the country, hoping large rallies and bets placed across the board will pay off for his underdog campaign. Biden is doing fewer and smaller events — and even peering past the election toward governing. . . . [read on]

Biden Eyes Expanded Map . . . [read on]
 
A new poll finds Joe Biden stretching his lead over President Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as late-breaking undecided voters say they intend to back the Democratic nominee.  The latest survey of likely voters in the three former “blue wall” states from the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds Biden nearly doubling his lead in each state compared to last month. Crucially, Biden is above the 50 percent mark in all three states, while Trump remains mired in the low to mid-40s. . . . 
 
“In many ways 2020 is haunted by 2016. So in an effort to tune into a clear, crisp radio signal through all the white noise, I interviewed the ultimate expert: Dave Wasserman. He’s one of the very few political seers who predicted—in mid-September of 2016, no less—that Trump might very well lose the popular vote and yet win the electoral college. . . . He has a microscopic understanding of what is happening around the country politically… After talking with him I came away with the sense that Trump is not just toast, but burnt toast. To use a poker metaphor: In the last election, Trump won by pulling an inside straight to win. This time he’ll need nothing short of a royal flush—by pulling an ace from his sleeve. “

The worst moments of Trump's first (and hopefully last) term
 

In the final days, Trump is lashing out -- even more than usual -- at enemies, disloyalists, and the fact-driven world that points out how badly things are going under his leadership. Is this a path to victory?

 
Trump Proved It in Pennsylvania: He’s Nothing but a Thug 
 
In case you thought that Mark Meadows' comments Sunday were a misstatement, he repeated again that the Trump admin's position now is that they CAN'T stop or control the spread of the virus


Sheer insanity

President Donald Trump argued on Monday morning that it ought to be against the law for the news media to cover the pandemic ahead of the elections as the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. surpasses 225,000. “We have made tremendous progress with the China Virus, but the Fake News refuses to talk about it this close to the Election,” he tweeted. “COVID, COVID, COVID is being used by them, in total coordination, in order to change our great early election numbers. Should be an election law violation!” . . .

President Trump once again falsely claimed that coronavirus infection numbers are rising because of the high level of testing.
 
Daniel Dale: “While the number of daily tests has indeed been rising, there is no doubt there has been an increase in the actual spread of the virus, not just that more cases are being captured. One telltale sign is that hospitalizations are also rising, setting records in some states. Also, the percentage of US tests coming back positive has also been rising since late September. And deaths have started to rise again, too, after the usual lag following the spike in cases.” 
 
Trump wants you to believe coronavirus cases are “up because we TEST.” He’s wrong.  
 
With the sharp rise in cases, we are seeing hospitals get overwhelmed again
 

The Boy Genius gives a big boost to Trump's African-American outreach by saying that Trump's policies can't help black people if "they don't want to be successful"


[NB: He really IS a genius, isn't he? And we are reminded again of the quote from Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."]
 
 
Trump attacks women, says that women support him 
 
 

Not so essential, actually

Pence Hijacks ‘Essential Worker’ Title To Excuse Himself From Quarantining
 
Trump's plan to hollow out what is left of competent, nonpartisan government
 
President Trump’s recent executive order removing protections for career federal employees deemed disloyal has triggered the resignation of one of his administration’s appointees . . . In his letter of resignation from the Federal Salary Council issued Sunday, Ronald Sanders decried the executive order that could impact tens of thousands or more employees in policy roles across the government.  Sander wrote that Trump’s executive order “is nothing more than a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the President, or failing that, to enable their removal with little if any due process”. . . Sanders argued in his resignation letter that he “simply cannot be part of an Administration that seeks . . . to replace apolitical expertise with political obeisance” and that career federal employees are “legally and duty-bound to be nonpartisan.” . . .


You can bet on it. Republicans never care about rising deficits when Republicans hold the White House -- then they suddenly become deficit hawks when Democrats take over

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was interviewed by Jonathan Swan on Axios on HBO:
 
CRUZ: I’m very worried about the debt…Now, to be fair, Trump didn’t campaign on cutting the debt.
SWAN: He did. He said he was gonna eliminate the national debt in 8 years. 

“President Trump has not laid out an economic agenda for his second term, despite the election being just eight days away,” Axios reports. . . . “Trump’s campaign website doesn’t include a section on forward-looking policies, including the economy. Instead, it only lists first-term accomplishments.”  
 
In investigation news . . .   
 
Trump's phony "philanthropy"
 
President Donald Trump has long boasted of his philanthropy, but the overwhelming bulk of his charitable tax deductions have come from agreeing not to develop land, in some instances after he had given up on plans to do so, according to a New York Times analysis of his tax returns, and he reportedly has reneged on several pledges to donate to charity . . .
 
 
The Cesspool
 
Pompeo Facing Yet Another Ethics Probe

In other news . . .   
 
The white supremacist threat
 
“The FBI has failed to produce a legally required report detailing the scope of white supremacist and other domestic terrorism, despite mounting concerns that the upcoming election could spark far-right violence,” the Daily Beast reports. “According to a key House committee chairman, that leaves the country in the dark about what the FBI concedes is America’s most urgent terrorist threat, as well as the resources the U.S. government is devoting to fight it.”

Will Trump supporters accept defeat? If he loses, it could get really ugly

Sigh. Don't you miss those Golden Oldies?

A loud chant of “Lock him up!” broke out at President Trump’s rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as the president attacked Joe Biden.

[NB: Like the slogan, "Make America Great Again," this shows how much of Trump's appeal is based on returning again and again to the same themes and a false nostalgia for how good things used to be. He really is a one-trick pony, and he thinks an exact replay of 2016 will work for him again this time.]
 
A "very powerful" anonymous Republican speaks out about Trump 
 
Olivia Nuzzi has an excellent look at the “tortured self-justification of one very powerful Trump-loathing anonymous Republican.” . . . “I thought he would lose! I mean, everyone thought he would lose. The idea that he won is still shocking. This is a man who is so completely alien to what this country — the best principles of what this country is about. When I think about the fact that a hundred years from now, people will look back and say, ‘How the fuck did they think this was normal?,’ it makes me sad for the country. He’s a permanent scar on the face of our country.” 
 
Theocracy watch
 
“While most White conservative Christian churches might only touch on politics around election time and otherwise choose to keep the focus during worship on God, politics and religion are inseparable here. The Tennessee congregation is one of three Patriot Churches that formed in September. The other two are near Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and in Spokane, Wash. … “The Patriot Churches belong to what religion experts describe as a loosely organized Christian nationalist movement that has flourished under President Trump.… They complain that social media restricts their free speech, and they fear government-mandated vaccines. And whether Trump wins or loses, religion experts believe these Americans are building powerful networks that are expected to endure long after Trump has left the White House.” 
 
Attracting and exciting young voters was supposed to be one of Biden's weaknesses -- but it has become one of his strengths
 
 
Trump sure looks like he is planning to declare victory on election night, even if more ballots still need to be counted
 
President Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital . . . 
 
After all this, what happens if the polls are wrong again in predicting the outcome?
 
Pollster Frank Luntz: If Trump defies polls again in 2020, 'my profession is done'
 
The election is just eight days away, and it’s not just the candidates whose futures are on the line. Political pollsters, four years after wrongly predicting a Hillary Clinton presidency, are viewing it as their own judgment day. . . .
 
National polls are absolutely, utterly useless and worthless. They will consistently show a Biden lead, by a small amount or a large amount, because all of the blue states, like California and New York, are going to go overwhelmingly to Biden. There’s no question that Biden will win the popular vote. But what national polls ignore is battleground states where you’re talking about leads of a few percentage points. In my opinion, national polls should be banned from existence in the last month of an election. We don’t elect the president nationally. Why are we doing national polls? It’s ridiculous. It puts out a false narrative that gives people either a false sense of security or a false sense of dread. . . [read on] 
 
Oh, by the way
 
Biden Expands National Lead Over Trump 

More voter suppression
 
Trump campaign asks Supreme Court to halt North Carolina absentee ballot plan 
 
GOP files second request for Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania mail-in ballot extension 

Justices Decline to Change Wisconsin Ballot Deadline
 
The radical implications of the Supreme Court’s new ruling on Wisconsin mail-in ballots 

NBC irresponsibly runs a piece of misleading video that makes it sound as if Biden is referring to his opponent as "George" (Bush?) -- and predictably the Trump social media machine says it proves Biden is befuddled. But that's not what it shows at all

 
 
Bonus item: Biden Bingo at the last debate
 
 
 
 
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Monday, October 26, 2020

FEELIN' IT

Obama's having fun

Barack Obama tore into President Trump while stumping for Joe Biden in Florida, urging voters to imagine how nice it would be to have a “normal president” who doesn’t tweet “craziness” every day . . . “You’ll be able to go about your lives knowing that the president is not going to suggest injecting bleach. Or retweet conspiracy theories about secret cabals running the world. Or retweeting the claim that Navy SEALs didn’t actually kill bin Laden.” He added: “You wouldn’t tolerate it from a coworker, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a high school principal, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a coach, you wouldn’t tolerate it from a family member. . . . Why are we accepting it from the president of the United States?” 
 
The infamous Rose Garden superspreader event was a wake-up call for the WH to start getting serious about coronavirus safety, right? Right?

White House’s top ranks hit with new round of coronavirus cases 

Pence Keeps Campaigning After at Least Five People Close to Him Test Positive for Coronavirus

These are the people entrusted to keep the rest of us safe, when they can't even take care of themselves?
 
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows conceded that the Trump administration had given up in containing the coronavirus crisis that has killed over 225,000 Americans, admitting on Sunday morning that the White House is “not going to control the pandemic” and instead going to just hold out hope for a vaccine. . . . “Here is what we have to do,” Meadows declared. “We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigation areas.” Tapper, for his part, pressed Meadows on why we couldn’t get control of the pandemic, prompting the chief of staff to respond that it was due to it being a “contagious virus just like the flu.” “Why not make efforts to contain it?” Tapper retorted. “Well, we are making efforts to contain it,” Meadows insisted. “By running all over the country and not wearing a mask? That’s what the vice president is doing,” the CNN anchor shot back.

Trump's former Homeland Security adviser on COVID-19: 'We could have saved more lives with a different, faster approach' 
 
How disastrous was that Meadows interview? Judge for yourself
 
 
 
[Anthony Scaramucci] @MarkMeadows just got destroyed on @CNNSotu by @jaketapper. So much so that Trump had someone call into the control room and pull him. . . .

Trump is now saying that doctors and hospitals are LYING about coronavirus deaths

 
Trump’s closing message is lying about the coronavirus at rallies that spread infection

He knows his people

Poll: The majority of Trump voters don’t see Covid-19 as an important election issue
 
Joe Biden, one year ago

[October 25, 2019] "We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores." 

Trump delivers a box full of documents that he calls his "health care plan" to 60 Minutes. It is, of course, all a lie

Filled with executive orders, congressional initiatives, but no comprehensive health plan. . . .
 
 
Not from The Onion
 
[Trump's] lacking response to the growing global pandemic, due to both cowardice and egomania, has been well-documented. But the Wall Street Journal has just reported a new level of low: details of the Trump administration’s plans on how to promote reopening the United States by using Santa Clauses . . . According to the WSJ, this coronavirus ad campaign would have cost taxpayers $250,000,000, and was being coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Titled “Covid 19 Public Health and Reopening America Public Service Announcements and Advertising Campaign,” the plan would have offered a deal where Santa Claus performers would receive early vaccines . . .
 
I find headlines like this a little amusing

Did Trump confuse the public option with "Medicare for All"?

[NB: No, of course he doesn't know the difference. He knows nothing about health care policy and doesn't care. The only line he has locked in his head is "I will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions," and he doesn't know what that entails either. But if Biden supports it, it must be "socialized medicine." They called OBAMACARE "socialized medicine," even though it is a private-insurance based model originally implemented in Massachusetts under Mitt Romney -- back when Obama hoped that going for a moderate, market-based approach sponsored by a Republican might garner him some GOP support. How quaint that seems now!]
 
Trump plans a bloody massacre if he wins

If President Trump wins re-election, he'll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper . . . The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump's priorities . . . Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump's inner circle. He would have fired both already, one official said, if not for the political headaches of acting before Nov. 3. . . A win, no matter the margin, will embolden Trump to ax anyone he sees as constraining him from enacting desired policies or going after perceived enemies.
 
Trump World
 
Diversity and inclusion training suspended at State Department
 
In investigation news . . .   
 
Nothing suspicious here, eh?
 
A controversial story alleging wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe Biden's family in foreign business dealings was pitched by Trump allies to The Wall Street Journal before it appeared in the New York Post, The New York Times reported. According to the Times, White House lawyer Eric Herschmann and former deputy White House counsel Stefan Passantino were among those within President Trump's circle who had pitched the Biden story to Wall Street Journal reporters. Trump's allies reportedly hoped the story in the Journal, a trusted paper, would play in Trump's favor ahead of the November eection. . . . As The Wall Street Journal sought to report the story out and confirm or deny the allegations made by Herschmann and Passantino, however, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani gave the story to the New York Post, which published the allegations. . . .
 
FOX NEWS investigates the Hunter Biden materials, says there's nothing there
 
https://www.salon.com/2020/10/25/fox-news-investigation-crushes-hunter-biden-smear-network-found-no-role-for-joe-biden_partner/

How Trump really did serve Putin's interests for four years
 
 
And THIS is how Putin repays him?
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election . . . 
 
In other news . . .    
 
Trump's strategy: go to deep red districts to build up the attendance at his rallies, then rely on local news coverage to spread the message for free (as his campaign runs out of cash and he refuses to put his own money in)
 
 
But the gambit has been challenged by a trail of negative headlines that have followed the president: articles about rallies that eschew pandemic guidelines, news of people sickened by coronavirus afterward, spats with local officials that dominate regional coverage before and after a visit. . . .

Meet some Trump voters (WARNING: Do not view with a history of heart problems or high blood pressure)



Biden is competitive in four key Southern states: if he wins any one of them, there is no path to victory for Trump

 
Wow

The conservative New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Joe Biden for president . . . “Building this country up sits squarely within the skill set of Joseph Biden. We have found Mr. Biden to be a caring, compassionate and professional public servant. He has repeatedly expressed his desire to be a president for all of America, and we take him at his word. Joe Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need. He will be a president to bring people together and right the ship of state.” 

[NB: In over 100 years the paper formerly known as the Manchester Union Leader only endorsed Republicans (and one Libertarian).]

The Topeka Capital Journal, which endorsed Donald Trump in 2016, is retreating: “The gamble didn’t work out. But that election is past, and a new one approaches. Unlike Trump, Joe Biden has nearly five decades of documented public service, as a senator and vice president. He has served ably and honorably over that time. We do not agree with all of his proposals or actions over those years. We doubt that he does either. But he has always been open and forthright with the American people. He has always appealed to our better selves.” “In these difficult times, after four years of chaos and confusion, the United States needs a steady hand. We endorse Joe Biden as the next president.”

Great story
 
They Lost Their Jobs In The Pandemic. Now Defeating Trump Is Full-Time Work.

What the HELL is the matter with Chuck Todd? Now he criticizes Biden for not having bigger crowds at his events


Bonus item: I love this video -- now it's been updated

 
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Sunday, October 25, 2020

THE BLAME GAME

 
They're losing -- and they know it
 
Paranoia and finger-pointing in Trumpworld as election approaches
 
We'll see what happens with post-debate polls. First indicators show a bit of narrowing, but still a strong Biden lead -- and Trump has missed his last chance to make a dramatic difference

https://www.axios.com/surveymonkey-poll-trump-biden-final-debate-9baa2b8d-6a6e-4467-b3d8-e42a943579a6.html
 
Post-Debate Poll Finds Biden Strong on Every Issue 
 
Biden's closing message

“Do you want another four years of this?” . . . [read on]

Trump's closing message
 
"That's all I hear about now. Turn on TV, 'Covid, Covid, Covid Covid Covid.' A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don't talk about it. 'Covid Covid Covid Covid.' By the way, on November 4th, you won't hear about it anymore ... 'please don't go and vote, Covid!'"
 
[NB: Let's be clear -- we are going to be hearing about COVID on Nov. 4 and for many months afterwards, because Trump has completely mishandled the response. Tens of thousands have died who didn't have to die.]
 
Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done 
 
Obama To Floridians: Even ‘Florida Man’ Wouldn’t Behave Like Trump Does 

You have probably heard Trump say that 2.2 million were projected to die, so he has SAVED 2 million lives. Here's the truth
 
This is misleading. Trump is referring to a model published on March 17 by Imperial College London, which did predict that 2.2 million people in America could die from the virus, but only if no mitigation efforts whatsoever were in place. In late March, White House Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told NBC's "Today" that the projection of 1.6 million to 2.2 million deaths referred to what could happen if America did "nothing" to stop the spread of the virus. "If we do things together, well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities," Birx said at the time. 

[NB: And, of course, much of what was done that helped avoid a worse-case scenario was done DESPITE Trump's demands not to do them. He deserves no credit for that.]
 
Trump hopes for a replay of 2016

“Despite health authorities discouraging his largely maskless outdoor events and an opponent who has maintained strong favorability ratings, Trump is urgently trying to reassemble the core elements of his 2016 upset win: news coverage of red-hatted spectacles, calls for a criminal investigation of his rival and the mischaracterization of allegedly leaked documents in the final stretch of the campaign.” 

“They ask me, ‘If you lose, will there be a friendly transition?’ Well, when I won, did they give me a friendly transition? They spied on my campaign, they did all this stuff. That was not a friendly transition.”

There is still debate over whether Biden's comments on oil and fracking hurt him in key states like Pennsylvania and Texas.
 
Joe Biden’s plan to move to a clean energy economy isn't new to those who've been paying attention: For months, he's promised to put the country on a path to be carbon-neutral by 2050.  But Biden, who's been extraordinarily cautious throughout the campaign while talking about fossil fuels, clearly believes he botched his own strategy on Thursday night. Within minutes of the debate, where he said he wanted to transition away from the oil industry, Biden walked back his remarks with reporters. On Friday, his running mate Kamala Harris reaffirmed the ticket’s support for fracking. And two members of Congress from oil- and gas-rich areas immediately distanced themselves from the Democratic nominee. So with only 11 days to go until the election, Biden and other Democrats are doing clean-up duty at precisely the wrong time. “We're not getting rid of fossil fuels,” Biden told reporters after the debate. “We're getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we're not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.” . . .

Trump certainly thinks he's got a new issue: https://twitter.com/JHoganGidley/status/1319467420336214020
 
Rachel Maddow calls Trump an "epidemiological menace"
 
 

Trump Campaign Ignored Health Guidelines at Rally
 
Trump wants to fire another major Cabinet Sect'y who has displeased him


In investigation news . . .   
 
Trump STILL wants to build Trump Tower Moscow
 
 
In other news . . .    
 
Ha ha ha ha ha -- Jared and Ivanka threaten to sue the Lincoln Project
 
The couple threatened to sue for “enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”
 
[NB: Oh how they love to "threaten to sue." You can be sure they are laughing their asses off over at the LP. They work hard at getting under Trump's skin, and it's clearly working.]
 
 
Trump admits the Repubs are likely to lose the Senate -- but he says HE will win. That makes no sense

“I think the Senate is tough actually. The Senate is very tough. There are a couple senators I can’t really get involved in. I just can’t do it. You lose your soul if you do. I can’t help some of them. I don’t want to help some of them.”
 
A handy overview of voting rights cases around the country: a mix of good and bad news
 
 
 
 
 
[NB: Rule #1 -- if it's a battleground state, you're going to see mischief.]

Bonus item: SNL's political ad, "Trump Addicts of America"

 
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

NOT SO SENILE

Remember the Trump meme that Joe Biden was suffering from dementia and incapable of stringing together three coherent sentences? After two debates and other interviews and town halls, that sounds pretty silly now doesn't it?

 
A new FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll finds that voters liked Joe Biden’s performance better, but there was basically no change in who they intend to vote for. 

[NB: Biden not only made it through without a serious gaffe, he was much better prepared and had much more fact and detail at hand. Trump did nothing but recycle familiar talking points.]
 

 
Does this video clip look like Trump thought he'd won?
 

Trump is STILL complaining about the debate commission, including their decision to cancel the second debate (yes, the debate HE skipped out on)

 
How Trump recycled Fox World talking points -- and phrases -- in his debate
 
 
 
Yesterday was the highest daily total of new cases, ever
 
 
Here is what Trump is saying 
 
As Trump stood on the stage Thursday night and insisted that more of the nation needed to go back to normal and that COVID-19 was going to go away, the nation is burning. Cases aren’t just continuing to rise, it’s unclear where they will peak, or when they will go down again. Because this surge of cases is so broadly based, decisions by a handful of state governments are unlikely to make much impact on the overall numbers. The nation badly needs national leadership, but it’s not going to get it. Not from Trump. . . . 
 
Here is what Biden is saying  
 
Joe Biden pledged Friday that if elected president he will begin reaching out to state and local leaders during the transition to begin crafting a coronavirus relief bill that he could sign by the end of January . . . “I'll ask the new Congress to put a bill on my desk by the end of January with all the resources to see how both our public health and economic response can be seen through the end, what is needed,” he said. . . . “Look, a pandemic doesn't play favorites, nor will I. As I said, no red states, no blue states, just the United States, united in our response, united in our purpose to stop the spread of Covid-19 and beat this virus,” Biden promised. He issued a broader plea for mask-wearing, arguing that “wearing a mask is not a political statement, it's a scientific imperative. It's a point of patriotic pride so we can pull our country out of this god-awful spiral we're in.”
 
Someone in the Biden camp has a sense of humor 
 
Joe Biden Finds Trump's COVID-19 Plan! 

No comment

Dr. Anthony Fauci told MSNBC that President Trump hasn’t been to a White House coronavirus task force meeting in several months. 
 
Trump's rallies are making people sick
 

Does anybody really believe that Trump has a complete health care plan, all ready to roll out, that includes protections for pre-existing conditions?


Trump really thinks the Hunter Biden "scandal" will save his re-election. People don't care


Everything is a campaign appearance for Trump -- here's how he tried to squeeze an endorsement out of Bibi Netanyahu


I have heard NOTHING from Trump about this. I ask you to imagine what he would be saying if it had been a BLM or Antifa shooter



‘Boogaloo Boi’ arrest for attack on Minneapolis station confirms far-right role in protest violence . . . . The FBI says that on the evening of May 28, Hunter fired off multiple rounds from a rifle resembling an AK-47, then ran away shouting: “Justice for Floyd!” 
 
Biden needs to be better at explaining it, but we should be phasing out our dependence on fossil fuels. It will take years and years, but we need to get started. Trump only cares about making money from oil and coal now . . . which is the kind of thinking that got us into this climate change mess
 
Conservatives pummeled former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday for saying he wanted to transition away from the oil industry, accusing the Democratic nominee of being callous with the economy in his proposals for tackling climate change. . . [read on]
 
Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments 
 
Trump Seized On Biden’s Oil Industry Remark. But Was It Actually Damaging?
 
Trump’s Climate Denial Is a Rapidly Losing Battle—Even With Fossil Fuel Workers 
 
The banality of evil
 
Trump campaign spokesperson claims parents of separated children don't want them back 
 
In investigation news . . . 
 
Then and now
 
[Then] Trump on Tuesday called on Barr to promptly look into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, over unproven corruption allegations. "We've got to get the attorney general to act. He's got to act and he's got to act fast," Trump said on Fox News. "He's got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election."
 
[Now] President Trump has not asked Attorney General William Barr to open an investigation into the Biden family, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday . . . "No he has not. The president wants these things to be looked into, and the media is really the avenue that should be doing that at this point," McEnany told reporters.
 
No, Iran and Russia aren't equivalent threats to election security
 

The Cesspool

Postmaster Awards Former Company $5 Million Contract
 
In other news . . .    
 
The Villagers are so easy. Trump makes a minimal effort at being more restrained and less belligerent, and this is hailed as evidence of some newfound seriousness and maturity. The fact that he lied constantly, dodged questions, distorted Biden's positions, and reveled in insane conspiracy theories doesn't matter -- he interrupted less, and so he "won" the expectations game, in some pundit's minds

 
Trump continues to assault federal workers
 

[NB: My guess is he will fire droves of them if he loses, ruining their careers and leaving a hollowed-out federal bureaucracy for the next administration. Or he will fill the positions with unqualified cronies while he still can.]

Still suppressing

North Carolina Republicans Ask the Supreme Court to Allow the State to Count Fewer Votes

Here is the Borat video that has Giuliani on the hot seat. Judge for yourself
 
 

More comedy: Steve Bannon says that Trump wants Rudy Giuliani to become FBI Director

 
QAnon and related conspiracy sources are spreading outrageous Hunter Biden rumors throughout the right-wing fever swamp -- and increasingly it is becoming indistinguishable from the Trump campaign and the GOP itself

 
 
Bonus item:  Seth Meyers on Trump's disastrous 60 Minutes interview

 
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