Towards an issues-based 2020 election (74)

===2020 Big Picture===
“American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the KKK type of demagoguery.” — Vice President Henry Wallace
He was right.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1280964850458472449

1996 D platform: “We established the death penalty for nearly 60 violent crimes…
and we signed a law to limit appeals.”
2016 D platform: “We will abolish the death penalty.”
Sometimes fights for the soul of the Democratic Party are won.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281222192571854849

George McGovern won the 1972 Democratic nomination with a grassroots campaign for
economic and social and racial justice, protection of the planet and peace. Party elites
immediately formed “Democrats for Nixon.” I write about the betrayal in my new book.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281910449508880389

When Bill Clinton and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) began angling in the ’80s
to move the party to the right, Jesse Jackson warned that “DLC” really meant “Democrats
for the Leisure Class.” I wrote a book about why Jackson was right about that.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281575073477005314

The CDC is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections amid fears of spreading the coronavirus.
“This guidance … makes it clear that the government must take steps to protect voters.”
https://t.co/LD5xWnhSh2
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280661787164082177

Can Our Ballots Be Both Secret and Secure?
With homomorphic encryption, voters can check that their choices have been counted without revealing them to anyone else
https://t.co/0xPFVgM1Ej

Faithless Judiciary: SCOTUS, Appeals Courts Block Voting Rights Expansion Efforts Amid Pandemic: ‘BradCast’ 7/7/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13480

Hmm…
https://bradblog.com/?p=13485

The Next Time Someone Tells You a Businessman Should Run the Country…
https://bit.ly/38O8uDo

Relates to mail in voting…
The Billionaire Behind Efforts to Kill the U.S. Postal Service
https://www.inthepublicinterest.org/the-billionaire-behind-efforts-to-kill-the-usps/

Topple the Electoral College
A Supreme Court ruling upholding restrictions on “faithless electors” – https://wapo.st/2VUvYBx – does nothing to legitimize this anti-democratic institution
https://t.co/p9wZroYZ08

The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic of unconscionable compromises made at
America’s founding by a cabal that schemed to perpetuate human bondage. It should never
have been allowed to linger into the 21st century. Topple the Electoral College!
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281961906434183170

If this foul remnant of 18th century oligarchy – and the determination of Southern politicians
to preserve the power of slave states – isn’t abolished, there is every reason to believe that
the Electoral College will continue to upend popular democracy.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1280323073040924673

I highly recommend @adamscohen’s new book: Supreme Inequality.
The book in a nutshell: “For 5 decades, the Court has, with striking regularity, sided with the rich and powerful against the poor and weak, in virtually every area of the law.”
https://twitter.com/AustinFrerick/status/1235952970132525057

Related: https://t.co/OvUmZNfNs0

The Politics of the Roberts Court Are Clear
https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus/2020/07/end-of-scotus-term-special

In 1960, the D platform promised: “We will repeal the authorization for ‘right-to-work’ laws, limitations on the right to strike… and other anti-labor features of the Taft-Hartley Act.”
In my new book, I argue it is WAY past time to keep this promise.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1280125653136924672

Nichols: Mark Pocan’s old-fashioned patriotism
Pocan says that the US needs to focus less on intervening in the affairs of foreign lands and more on the work of forging a more perfect union
https://t.co/cpt5BhB7cC

Call me old-fashioned, but I think taxpayer dollars should go to  healthcare, education & housing
for the people – not the profits of @Raytheon, @LockheedMartin & @BAESystemsInc
. https://twitter.com/repmarkpocan/status/1280155310481702918

Thread on patriotism…
https://twitter.com/ChrisBurkeShay/status/1279432379044691968

A Moral and Economic Imperative to End Racism
https://t.co/hNI7KtNEdi

I’m impressed, from Rapheal Bostic of Atlanta Federal Reserve Board (representation matters!):
https://twitter.com/LarryMishel/status/1280188939370987526

He is the country’s first Black Federal District Bank president. That’s kind of incredible,
since there are 12 districts and the Fed has been around for more than 100 years.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1280192106485608449

Yes, and it didn’t happen by accident. @popdemoc’s FedUp campaign raised these issues
front and center, as you know because you were a part of this effort.
https://twitter.com/LarryMishel/status/1280202120554254336

Charles Booker Could Have Won
If progressive organizations keep waiting for candidates to catch fire before they hop on board, we’re doomed to keep losing winnable races.
https://t.co/gKdc2ErE6d

It looks like @Booker4KY lost to @AmyMcGrathKY by around 10,000 votes. There will be a lot
of questions about whether the result would have been different if Kentucky had maintained more
than one polling location per county. https://t.co/dmlSJPEPb3
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1278012310381084677

McGrath outspent Booker by ~ $42,600:$1
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1278074046370820096

Interesting stats:
– Biden spent $204 million to win 2525 DNC delegates
– Bernie spent $207 million to win 1074 DNC delegates
– Warren spent $136 million to win 53 DNC delegates
– 22 other candidates spent $1.8 billion to win 58 DNC delegates
Data: https://t.co/rU4pjOrnRC
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1281260031317438464

The Democratic Party needs to stop pulling punches on:
#MedicareForAll
#GreenNewDeal
#EliminateQualifiedImmunity
#LegalizeMarijuana
… and so many other issues. The times demand a bolder, more visionary politics.
https://t.co/opyoHCmeWL
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281653176349806593

===2020 Issues===
Michael Mann: Climate Is Heating Faster Than Expected
https://freespeech.org/stories/michael-mann-climate-is-heating-faster-than-expected/

Europe’s carbon taxes appear to have no negative effect on aggregate employment or GDP growth, and despite their modest coverage have been effective at reducing emissions , from @gibmetcalf and James H. Stock https://t.co/mU7fq61Qdy
https://twitter.com/nberpubs/status/1282011775135821825

Seismic risk, climate risk, fiscal risk – oh my! Here’s a solution we’re putting in place in OR that may avoid all three, “fossil fuel risk bonds,” while protecting the taxpayer from picking up the tab. https://t.co/47om9WS78C
https://twitter.com/daphnewysham/status/1280894510180888578

Yes, for once could we please privatize the risk instead of the profit!
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1280954813388333056

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 14, 12pm EST:
Join leaders from @IENearth, @MazaskaTalks, @RAN, @SierraClub & @BankTrack for the 1st
of a 2-part webinar series on how big banks fuel the climate crisis & what you can do to help stop
them! RSVP here  https://t.co/hfTAVs0i2j
https://twitter.com/StopMoneyPipe/status/1281626207222730753

Related: https://t.co/9rVuWO8KTs

How the CARES Act Led to the Pandemic Surge
It’s all about the (still) missing state and local aid. …
https://t.co/lprFLJ6e0f

We knew what worked and ignored it…
March: Europe’s Economic Recipe for the Pandemic: Keep Workers in Their Jobs
https://on.wsj.com/3e7qKJ5

So do this instead…
Smart new piece from @owenslindsay1, @GaneshSitaraman, and Adam Levitin proposing
a basic set of policy responses that kick in automatically during an economic crisis.
No more ad hoc, big business-friendly bailouts. https://t.co/CIsafyFt6W
https://twitter.com/BharatRamamurti/status/1278378337979768833

Universal Child Benefits provide a vehicle for easing the burden of extreme poverty. The United States should support global responses to poverty that embrace  interventions that get resources to those who need them most. https://bit.ly/2ClUV1T
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1281923901564608519

How to Give Workers a Raise Without Employers Paying for It
https://t.co/NsZZQw0XNy

Powell’s comment on Fed bank accounts didn’t get one millionth of the attention it deserved, He effectively said that households could save tens of billions if we let them have accounts at the Fed, but we shouldn’t allow it because it would hurt the banks (thread) https://bit.ly/2Wac99I
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282088454503886854

Imagine that our trade economists told us that we could save billions on cars by outsourcing
the production to developing countries with cheap labor, but we shouldn’t do that
because it would hurt U.S. autoworkers.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282088782506811392

It shows the wonderful double-standard at play in economic policy. When we can achieve
greater efficiency at the expense of ordinary workers, it is absolutely imperative that we do it.
You know — we all love free trade
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282089151290998784

But if the question is achieving greater efficiency at the expense of the banks –
well that’s off the table.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282089440781848576

Related: https://twitter.com/rbrincheck/status/1282093711497846785
https://twitter.com/R_Perli/status/1282099206459662336

Now do health insurance
https://twitter.com/Jage3/status/1282102292653776896

Yes, same story
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282102488590512129

How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan
https://bit.ly/323KMlo

Note: There are far too many R & D neocons (and neoliberals) in Congress. And leadership knows how to optimize their power via committee assignments.

House Armed Services committee Set to Give
850,000 Acres of Nevada Wildlife Refuge to Military
https://bit.ly/2Wa4tEo

The Air Force has been seeking to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) bombing range for several years, proposing to take over 1.1 million acres of the adjacent Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Today’s amendment came from noted public lands opponent Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) but was approved on a voice vote by the Democratic majority committee.

Note: All it would take for Rs to pass legislation in this committee are 3 D votes.

In the midst of a pandemic, an economic meltdown, systemic racism and climate change,
Republicans and Democrats want to pass a record-breaking $740 billion military budget.
My amendment cuts military spending by 10% and uses the savings to help the poor.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1282305642393411584

Police, Prisons, and the Pentagon: Defunding America’s Wars at Home and Abroad
https://www.thenation.com/article/society/defund-police-pentagon/

The NDAA Should Prompt a Rethinking of Costly US Foreign Policy
The annual (military) authorization bill offers a chance to end wars and programs
that are not worth their price.
https://bit.ly/2DoFVAN

Let’s Defund the Pentagon, Too
We must begin moving beyond militarism, as Martin Luther King urged more than 50 years ago
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lets-defund-the-pentagon-too/

CBO has a new report on how IRS funding cuts have weakened tax enforcement, esp. for high-income people and corporations, and drained revenue. The crux: “Since 2010, the IRS has done less to enforce tax laws.” Here are some other key points… https://t.co/LV5Ox7fbuo
https://twitter.com/SethHanlon/status/1280952161367662593

The 1 Percent’s Quarter-Trillion Dollar Tax Cheat
As the social safety net is shredded, new data show that billionaires and corporations
are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars of owed taxes every single year.
https://sirota.substack.com/p/the-1-percents-quarter-trillion-dollar

Funding the IRS is a rare policy where spending money actually makes you money.
CBO says that spending $40 billion would bring in $103 billion directly (and this doesn’t
account for the people who’d be induced to not cheat on their taxes).
https://twitter.com/BBKogan/status/1280969610750279680

As opposed to government (Congress / WH rule making) rigging the market to generate inequality…
David  Leonhardt gives us the “White Savior” view of inequality: we need the good government to save us from the inequality generated by the bad market https://t.co/lzvB30SXnI
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1281605704776704000

Details in “Rigged” https://t.co/HfhMSphBPr [it’s free] https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1281966518616485888

Markets don’t just “exist,” they are constituted. They can be constituted in ways that promote
decentralized power or ways that don’t. The biggest problems of our time won’t be solved
until we reconstitute these markets (and eliminate some that shouldn’t exist at all).
https://twitter.com/SamHLevey/status/1281971452506324993

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282087350961463298

[I]n 1958 Seymour Melman testified to the Senate as to the inefficiency of the patent system.
This google book seems to be the best link to his testimony: https://t.co/2APNQjs8ZB
https://twitter.com/JonathanRynn/status/1279951342652534786

Related: https://twitter.com/JonathanRynn/status/1280124632323051521
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1280192758930477056

Now available online: <#Digital #Trade Rules> by Deborah James provides a detailed look at the efforts of #Amazon, #Google or #Apple to secure new accords at the #WTO that would allow them greater access to #data with minimal restrictions. @ceprdc @owinfs https://t.co/Juiv16FqzA
https://twitter.com/RosaluxEuropa/status/1280843832263933954

Rules governing cross border e-commerce and other digital trade may sound esoteric,
but the stakes are high for emerging economies. The world needs to get this right
and not repeat US mistakes & lax regulation of tech. …
https://twitter.com/EileenAppelbaum/status/1280862291391590400

Context: A handful of private equity barons were paid $230 billion of fees by public pensions and other investors – and in exchange, those private equity barons delivered investment returns that didn’t beat a discount Vanguard fund https://t.co/4qzM4NxjGE
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1273344422051102720

Pension funds & other LPs are supposed to be sophisticated investors, so why are they still
committing capital to hedge funds? Making billions for hedge fund managers, peanuts for LPs
https://t.co/TS6oh3dgbr
https://twitter.com/EileenAppelbaum/status/1282347599345922049

Related: https://bit.ly/3iVeSgG

The Supreme Court just ruled that employers can deny birth control to workers for religious or moral reasons.
https://t.co/ppV96X6Cz4

This whole employer based healthcare situation sure is awesome.
If only there were another way. #M4A
https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1280879771950424064

Hobby Lobby still covers Viagra, but not IUD.
Because a fertilized egg is clearly God’s will, but impotency clearly isn’t.
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1279090501522767872

Related: https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1281643311674134528
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/7/9/scotus_birth_control_obamacare

It is genuinely incomprehensible that people can watch tens of millions of Americans lose their health insurance in the middle of a pandemic and not support Medicare for All.
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1280521551125925889

There are ways to spend less on prescriptions –
we take advantage of them but don’t understand how they work
http://www.agpolicy.org/weekcol/2020/1033.html

Introducing the Best Hospitals for America
Here are the institutions that save lives, save money, and serve social justice.
https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/july-august-2020/introducing-the-best-hospitals-for-america/

The choice before us is not between schools staying closed or schools reopening in potentially unsafe conditions. The choice is whether we care enough about opening schools to do what is necessary *now* so it will be safe to do so in the fall.
https://twitter.com/Susan_Hennessey/status/1280592717593161728

A country with more than a $700 billion defense budget
should be able to find a way to educate its children safely.
https://twitter.com/kellymagsamen/status/1280682804293050368

Two good articles today on the corrosive culture of consultants in Washington. One on GOP lobbyists, the other on Democrats. Both, interestingly, involve Raytheon and its arm’s sales to the Saudis for their war on Yemen.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280142348136189953

“The story behind Mr. Pompeo’s meeting with Raytheon, which has not been previously reported,
is emblematic of the outsize influence wielded in Washington by Mr. Urban and a small group
of other lobbyists and operatives who backed Mr. Trump.” https://t.co/0GacBoQv3Z
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280142348903682054

“But many of the people who work closely with Biden are enmeshed in the opaque world of
strategic consultancies and by extension a network of the world’s biggest businesses,”
warns @mideastXmidwest https://t.co/Zskq158JXX
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280142349885149184

Join us for our next panel discussion on “The Future of Iran Nuclear Deal Amid Iran-US Tensions,” scheduled for Wed, July 15th at 10 AM EST. Register here https://t.co/MT49VkfeMF
https://twitter.com/Diplomacy_Peace/status/1281605328308756480

Progressive foreign policy groups just released a new letter laying out a range of demands for a Joe Biden presidency. It calls for a “fundamental re-envisioning of the US role in the world,” and stakes out a robust progressive internationalism: https://t.co/RY4JmhWkIf
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1280608262245814272

Just posted with @enfein. Our analysis of how Democrats cn redefine national security to meet the demands of the moment – and win big in November. @DefenseOne https://t.co/5LEFTOGWRM
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280637127424909314

Related: https://twitter.com/KateKizer/status/1281032771599818752

Jobs may be created by the nuclear weapons industrial complex, but at a high cost to everyone involved. The jobs created are for a select few, rarely local citizens, often create long-term health issues, and do little to benefit the local communities. https://t.co/cZ3rDgXcDu
https://twitter.com/BeyondtheBomb/status/1281617573671469056
.
Our nation needs a wake-up call to the nuclear threat
A new book sounds the alarm.
https://t.co/Iionuwk7VG

“As Collina said to me: ‘Efforts to rebuild the economy, fight off the coronavirus, stop global
warming and address racial injustice will all cost money. And we have a $2 trillion nuclear
piggy bank we can use as a down payment.'” @KatrinaNation
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280514419211059206

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1280971327709609985
https://twitter.com/PressButtonPod/status/1280867024231641088

Great analysis by @gkucs @RStatecraft. Why China got the bomb, why they have fewer than France, why they think US nuclear policy is self-defeating. https://t.co/hBFEk6ApXY
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1281591603023556610

===2020 Watch List===
Keep an eye out…
Everyone realizes the entire Lincoln Project/Never Trump GOP stuff is all designed to make sure that after Trump loses, America is owned by Bush/Cheney Republicans and Wall St Dems, while progressives are cancelled…right? …
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1280706130323238917

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Facebook civil rights audit finds ‘serious setbacks’
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/506348-facebook-civil-rights-audit-finds-serious-setbacks

Vince Warren and Angela Glover Blackwell Reimagine Civil Rights
https://bit.ly/3iMWNBz

Twitter has suspended more than 50 white nationalist accounts. https://t.co/G125LEUm7v
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282404364859002880

NTY Editorial Board embraces many of Bernie’s ideas in this piece without mentioning his name and while also being the same people who gave a half-endorsement to Amy Klobuchar https://t.co/qCF2d41pJf
https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1280214959545352193

NYT Acknowledges Need for Economic Change – Without Crediting Those Who Would Bring It
https://bit.ly/326BJ2S

Let’s stop fooling ourselves. The single reason that any supposed Democrat would oppose #MedicareForAll during the worst pandemic in a century is because powerful health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations are paying them to.
https://twitter.com/BetsySweetME/status/1280274487557132289

Folks on this website spent months vilifying Bernie staffers as “grifters” because they pushed for things like Medicare for All and debt-free college. Those same critics have said nothing about this. https://t.co/s68NLK1zF4
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1280949670068408321

CNN’s Coverage of Sanders Was 3X More Negative Than Biden Following Their Big Primary Wins
A tale of two media narratives
https://t.co/OMnJGFfnHf

Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence
Through deceptive editing, two Trump campaign ads falsely portray law-abiding Black Lives Matter protesters who acted to prevent violence as dangerous thugs
https://bit.ly/3e9WcWT

Eye-popping number in Monmouth poll: Just 18% of voters think “defund the police” means “get rid of police,” while 77% say it means “change the way police operate.”
Trump rn is running ads portraying “Biden’s America” as one w/o police. https://t.co/4aIBWFB8TF
https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1280879369112748032

Facebook has removed nearly 100 social media accounts and pages with links to Roger Stone and the far-right group Proud Boys for posting misinformation. https://t.co/0rNm5LcF0D
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280954891419086849

Don’t repeat lies when reporting on them!!!!! Emphasize the truth – not the lie
https://bit.ly/3ejeogW

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1279974798492225537

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1279976437634617345

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1280944838867746817
https://twitter.com/mcbyrne/status/1280878795071913984
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
@JoeBiden defends fracking. “Well, fracking is not going to be on the chopping block,” he tells @chelseastrub. Sanders, Warren, Harris, Steyer, Booker all wanted to ban fracking.
https://twitter.com/BoKnowsNews/status/1281392364486103041

Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere
https://on.natgeo.com/3gSQYAV

Methane: The other important greenhouse gas
https://www.edf.org/climate/methane-other-important-greenhouse-gas

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1281607008823779328

Biden scored far lower on the Green New Deal and fossil fuels than Bernie
But the president scores worse…
https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/climate2020/

[T]he @JoeBiden (labor) plan is aggressive and robust, but I wouldn’t call it a ‘workforce’ plan, which connotes training and such.  It is about labor policy and unions: https://t.co/730pOfnEkj
https://twitter.com/LarryMishel/status/1280834556682174464

In the midst of the mismanagement of our nation’s fight to keep the novel coronavirus under control, @JoeBiden has a proposal to address the gaps remaining in our preparedness that puts Americans to work. #BuildBackBetter  Read about it: https://t.co/tkVhcZUEOq
https://twitter.com/WSpriggs/status/1281286829396971520

Big if…
On MSNBC, @BernieSanders says his task forces with @JoeBiden made an “honest effort to come up with a compromise” on the issues and that, “if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR.”
https://twitter.com/adamkelsey/status/1281026125590904832

This is excellent work by the Bernie-Biden task force — but with one caveat: unless there is
constant pressure on Biden to deliver, there’s a very real risk that Biden could do the same thing
he did on this same issue in 2008-2009: https://t.co/LK1BblnFzd
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1281002893936455681

See text graphic…
Interesting tidbit from the economy “unity” task force between @JoeBiden & @BernieSanders teams.
Sanders camp went in making a federal jobs guarantee their big priority. It took up a lot
of negotiating time, and ultimately ended with some language alluding to jobs programs.
https://twitter.com/taragolshan/status/1280949817745817608

Some other @BernieSanders team asks that didn’t make it into the final task force report:
– A stock buy back ban (currently a bill sponsored by Sanders and Schumer)
– Right to strike
– Bringing Medicare age <60
– Expanding Medicare for dental/vision/hearing
https://twitter.com/taragolshan/status/1280951738795769857
—–
Donald Trump
Context: Analysis: Trump attacks on mail-in ballots will cost Republicans
If Trump’s intention is to convince his own base not to vote in November, evidence suggests he is doing a good job.
https://bit.ly/326ZpEj

Trump calls mail-in ballots ‘dishonest’ but says absentee ballots are ‘fine.’ They’re the same thing.
https://t.co/cInAN70R6x

Lara Trump-RNC robocall called mail-in voting safe and secure while President railed against it
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/politics/kfile-lara-trump-rnc-robocall/index.html

Donald Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time
Before the president finally wore a mask in public, he made a point of undercutting the public health advice by suggesting they were only needed in hospitals.
https://theintercept.com/2020/07/12/trump-manages-wear-mask-undercut-mask-wearing-time/

Griffin responds to Donald Trump’s campaign manager…
Donald Trump only wore a face mask in public after more than
130,000 Americans died from the coronavirus. How is that putting America first?
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282092323438858242

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282140300425654273

Meanwhile in San Antonio Texas…
30-year-old dies after attending ‘COVID party’ thinking virus was a ‘hoax’
https://t.co/kj6Fb9oBar

Meanwhile in Fort Myers Florida…
Florida teen who died of COVID-19 attended large church gathering,
was given hydroxychloroquine at home
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/florida-teen-died-covid-19-attended-large-church/story

Related: https://t.co/afJlAfYecH

Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials
Rising infections prompt Gov. Kay Ivy to extend ‘Safer at Home’ orders.
https://abcn.ws/3gLT05A

See text graphic…
Your semi-regular reminder that the federal government is still granting exemptions to sweeping tariffs in absurdly minute detail at the request of strung-out companies with the aid of expensive lawyers and lobbyists. … https://t.co/EDX2vF8UrD
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1281413431149592577

(The President’s) consumer watchdog just allowed payday lenders to give loans to people who can’t afford them.
Payday loan interest rates can top 600%. The new rule allows payday lenders to approve people without considering if they can afford to pay them back. https://t.co/xzjN9dzZ2g
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280849115610415106

Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia just helped the financial industry funnel workers’ savings to private equity billionaires and fossil fuel companies – all while he helped Wall Street execs complete their plan to gut conflict-of-interest rules https://t.co/d830Vts09A
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1280861571493724162

DeVos’ Education Dept has a new tactic on borrower defense claims from students whose schools scammed them: Approve the claims, but give 0% debt relief. https://t.co/xpIj5xFzOi
https://twitter.com/StacyCowley/status/1281629777150070784

Here’s a photo by Jessica Pons of a former ITT student, Albert Paul Cruz, holding his
‘you’re approved and get a 0% discharge’ letter
https://twitter.com/StacyCowley/status/1281629778055958528

Also: The Ed Dept seems to only be approving claims for 7 groups of borrowers, from cohorts
the dept decided back in 2017 to approve. Details in this IG report: https://t.co/Nrx8ISkVCY
All other claims, no matter how much evidence is submitted, appear to be getting denied
https://twitter.com/StacyCowley/status/1281629779171647491

For ITT borrowers, the department’s relief methodology shows that students in the majority
of the ITT’s covered programs (15 of 26) will get 0% relief. https://t.co/0sqrJIJGPO
https://twitter.com/StacyCowley/status/1281629779993731072

“More than a dozen recent denial notices reviewed by The New York Times range from
incomplete to opaque. A line in one reads, ‘We considered evidence gathered from the
following sources: [*Insert Bulleted List and Format Before Sending*].'”
https://twitter.com/AdamSMinsky/status/1281673275031134209

Context: Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the “highest risk” for the spread of coronavirus, according to a New York Times report https://t.co/nkHxzALUTs
https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1282016064533073920

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282313765623668737

“There’s nothing in the data that suggests kids going back to school is in any way dangerous.”
– Ed Sec Betsy DeVos https://politi.co/38O3kr7
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1282304443992743936

Meanwhile…
The president threatens to cut federal funds from schools that don’t reopen
https://t.co/7a620Rxbig

Is Barron Trump returning to in-person classes this fall? The press needs to find out
https://pressrun.media/p/is-barron-trump-returning-to-in-person

2016 Context: International students are now ‘subsidizing’ public American universities
to the tune of $9 billion a year
https://bit.ly/3gCsyvk

[W]e had a trade surplus on education (more students come here than go there) of $37.2 B
last year. That compares to an overall deficit of a bit more than $600 B
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1280686571063136256

ICE just told students here on student visas that if their school is going online-only this fall,
the students must depart the United States and cannot remain through the fall semester.
https://t.co/8DteVzexLB
https://twitter.com/ReichlinMelnick/status/1280207487573069827

Related: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/7/8/ice_international_students

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students
that would prevent many from staying in the US.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280879317883314176

If the President and daughter really want to help, they should visit #environmentaljustice #sacrificezones & work with those communities on a comprehensive plan that addresses the #systemicracism that is literally killing black and brown people https://t.co/WpAOtpnsR2
https://twitter.com/EJinAction/status/1280948362850832385

See referenced report on a new ICE class…
Will this course teach me how to arrest Wall Street criminals
and Trump administration cabinet officers?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1281801012064354304

Jacob Soboroff’s new book tells the story of Trump’s family separation policy from its early roots up to today.
https://theintercept.com/2020/07/09/the-trump-child-abuse-scandal/

Yes-men & -women don’t make good intelligence leaders…
The former head of the hub for analysis of counterterrorism intelligence warns that America’s intel agencies risk slipping back into dangerous pre-9/11 habits. He was so alarmed that he shared his concerns with the intel community’s top internal watchdog. https://t.co/j3lAzzKFko
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1281638075051814912

Context: Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would vastly extend China’s influence in the Middle East, throwing Iran an economic lifeline and creating new flash points with the U.S. https://t.co/n292KblmCf
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1282077216248074245

If one set out to empower Iran’s hardliners, slash restraints on its nuclear activities & jeopardize
the safety & security of US personnel & allies in the region, it’d be hard to surpass the
effectiveness of the Trump-Pompeo “maximum pressure strategy” at achieving those outcomes
https://twitter.com/dylanotes/status/1282358648304476161

Iran Is Becoming Immune to US Pressure
Donald Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered
hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route
https://t.co/RLlmQDSoah

Pompeo et al are gunning for a showdown with Iran. The relentless (failed) campaign of maximum
pressure will continue & even ramp up as we move closer to the election. The high level of chaos
& incompetence within Trump & around him is a dangerous brew. https://t.co/IvXCt432lD
https://twitter.com/suzannedimaggio/status/1281638674359296000

Behind the scenes, Trump directed the CIA to share intelligence information on counterterrorism with the Kremlin despite no discernible reward, former intelligence officials who served in the Trump administration told Just Security. https://t.co/11p5570RiX
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280894412629966849

Vindman to retire from military. …
https://t.co/bvhytm12jt

Vindman’s attorney: “The President of the United States attempted to force Lt Col Vindman
to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath
or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers.”
https://t.co/bvhytm12jt
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280885648266690563

Lt. Col. Vindman in November: “Dad, I’m sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our
elected professionals, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the
Soviet Union and come here to the USA … Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280917112140132352

Sen. Duckworth: “Lt. Col. Vindman’s father fled Russia because he believed the United States
of America represented a meritocracy where truth matters. Where right matters. Today is a
chilling reminder though, that nothing is guaranteed. It is a Republic, if we can keep it.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1280939714334216193

UN Special Rapporteur: US Drone Strike killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani was Unlawful
https://www.juancole.com/2020/07/rapporteur-soleimani-unlawful.html

“Despite all his boasting about beefing up our defense, his brags that America is stronger than ever, Donald Trump has placed our national security in peril,” writes @MichaelWinship. https://go.shr.lc/3iOpRse
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1282036285327249410

President Trump’s Bad Day in Court
https://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-bad-day-in-court/

Donald Trump has commuted Roger Stone’s sentence.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1281738637894270976

A reminder that just yesterday, Bill Barr said that Roger Stone’s prosecution was “righteous.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1281755241583542273

The White House statement on Roger Stone’s commutation
contained at least 12 lies and falsehoods. https://t.co/449XKEQxp2
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282057075472785408

Schiff on NBC: “A jury of Roger Stone’s peers found him guilty on every charge.
And what the president is effectively doing is saying, it’s okay to lie to Congress,
as long as you lie to protect me.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282019323913965569

Trump told Hannity a story about threatening Seattle. The mayor says it never happened.
“It just never happened,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says. “I don’t know what world he’s living in.” https://t.co/HPUERotrVi
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282077205208510464

Before Trump’s New Hampshire rally was canceled, there were warning signs: There were no supporters camped out; the GOP governor was skipping; there were bad weather reports.
Sources said fears over low turnout motivated the decision to scrap the event. https://t.co/0IL6LyCb48
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1281951377716056065

Donald Trump Is Selling White Grievance. The Suburbs Aren’t Buying It.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/politics/trump-white-voters-in-suburbs.html

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1281711078632599553

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/SonyKapoor/status/1280189994506780675

Excellent chart from Deutsche Bank showing how the CARES Act has helped consumers in the lowest income quartile. Letting these benefits expire would be a huge policy failure.
https://twitter.com/MylesUdland/status/1280594186450984962

The Fair Wage Guarantee that @owenslindsay1 and I have proposed would not only extend these benefits before they expire, but lock them in for the long run in the form of higher wages for workers coming off of unemployment. You can read more here:
https://t.co/dwoTwxYiAS
https://twitter.com/BharatRamamurti/status/1281203401871765508

Thread: https://twitter.com/BharatRamamurti/status/1280120015790968832

But a government-funded back-to-work bonus would lower wages / hurt workers: https://bit.ly/3ei9qkA

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