Towards an issues-based 2020 election (77)

===2020 Big Picture===
Nonviolent direct action is incredibly powerful, all the more so if done with some practice and preparation. This is a generous offer to be taken seriously! https://bit.ly/3ghVrNv
You could not find a better trainer than Linda. …
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1287799163829313542

John Lewis: Together, You can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe
https://t.co/pavv4DD3i5

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289053176402829313

James Lawson Eulogy to Representative John Lewis
Civil Rights Activist James Lawson Eulogy to Representative John Lewis (video)
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4896553/james-lawson-eulogy-representative-john-lewis

Rev Jim Lawson: “We do not need bipartisan politics if we’re going to celebrate
the life of John Lewis. *We Need. The Constitution. To Come Alive.*
https://twitter.com/ElieNYC/status/1288874881812180993

Barack Obama Eulogy at Rep. John Lewis Funeral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P3X9AiN8E4

I didn’t want to tweet this during the funeral for John Lewis, but who is Bill Clinton to show up
at a black funeral to attack Stokely Carmichael? Stokely was ours. He was targeted for
destruction by the FBI and forced into exile. He gave all for us. Bill Clinton ain’t no hero.
https://twitter.com/patrickgaspard/status/1289271107355201537

Stokely was an original Freedom Rider, and founder of SNCC and built black power. …
https://twitter.com/patrickgaspard/status/1289271640526741506

John Lewis’ powerful last words: “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” https://t.co/ANOQ15C3Xb
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1288807915969810432

Want to know how safe #VoteByMail is? Oregon has been all-mail since 2000. We’ve cast over
100,000,000 ballots in that time. 100 *million*. The number of confirmed fraudulent votes is 12.
That’s roughly 1 measly vote per election. Voting by mail is safe. https://t.co/Zgj7kIL6Yt
https://twitter.com/DHStokyo/status/1288856003476258818

FEC chair…
I would not have thought that I would need to keep saying this. https://bit.ly/3jMuF1P
https://twitter.com/EllenLWeintraub/status/1288179570563264513

Seven Steps to Ensure a Fair and Safe Election
Democracy scholar Norm Ornstein writes in The Atlantic that “some creativity is in order,”
but disaster is avoidable if legislators act now.
https://billmoyers.com/story/seven-steps-to-ensure-a-fair-and-safe-election/

Paul Buhle & Mari Jo Buhle, two of American’s preeminent historians, collaborated on a review of my new book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics (Verso). I am honored! https://t.co/mk8TAH5iSh
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1288245334242549760

“The worldwide, age-long struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan,” warned VP Henry Wallace in 1943.
I wrote a book about his prophetic call for an anti-fascist politics – and why it still matters.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1288218590135693319

Co-founder of the Federalist Society on Trump raising the prospect of delaying the 2020 election: “this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment.”
Even conservatives know this president has gone too far. https://t.co/NE3mNHW9a3
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1289215430599405568

Wisconsin’s Attorney General says it: “During this administration, and especially in recent weeks,
we have witnessed the president employing *fascist tactics*.” https://t.co/NE3mNHW9a3
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1288284804807561217

Vice President Pence says the #2020Election offers voters a choice between Trump’s economy and socialism. At a point when 30 million workers have lost jobs, he shouldn’t be so sure Americans will be enthusiastic about Trump’s brand of crony capitalism. https://t.co/N6Uc6w3va1
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1290042640440815616

The Wisconsin Phalanx was an experiment in communal living based on the ideals
of French socialist Charles Fourier. It was established on the edge of Ripon, WI.
Leading participants in the Phalanx helped found… the Republican Party. #HidHeritageFest
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1289528428861915137

The newspaper that championed the founding and advancement of the Republican Party
in the 1850s was Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Circulated nationwide, it was read
avidly by founders of the GOP. The paper’s European correspondent was… Karl Marx.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1289896368237096960

Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality
Thurs Aug 6th Online Panel. Info and Registration…
https://bit.ly/33dmeHg

Related: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/trump-threat-to-delay-election-distraction.html

…When Steve Bannon reportedly talked in 2018 about how the enemy was the media and how you deal with the media by “flood[ing] the zone with sh-t,” this is what he was tilting at: If you can just kick up infinite dust storms comprised of infinite particles, each of which may or may not be true or salient or important, you can rapidly get to the point at which everything simultaneously matters too much and nothing seems to matter at all. …

  In May I argued that the press will get swept up in Donald Trump’s chaos agenda if it does not have
a clear agenda of its own. My post makes several suggestions for what that agenda could be.
“Fighting authoritarianism and the subversion of democracy” was one. https://t.co/XJbFEABaBu
https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1288890638910590976

Related: https://twitter.com/AmandaMarcotte/status/1289519755498409984
https://t.co/tcVKdBDShQ

Positions in the federal government never held by women
https://t.co/8zr2D8g8Ai

Including all the millions who are getting evicted…
Michelle Obama: “We’ve only got 100 days left … and we’ve got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote.” https://t.co/zMdDTZ9m32
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1287889252424937474

The DNC Platform Committee has *voted down* support for #MedicareForAll: 36 yes – 125 no – 3 abstain (video)
https://twitter.com/People4Bernie/status/1287848244135907328

Here is a thread on what just happened with the amendment to the Israel plank at the Democratic Platform Committee meeting.
https://twitter.com/AaronWnbrg/status/1287863313012006912

DNC on dark money thread
https://twitter.com/jessicaramos/status/1288931875151654912

Related: https://twitter.com/BrentWelder/status/1288949049526235137

Meanwhile…
The Republican National Convention in Charlotte will be closed to the press.
Reporters will not be allowed on site as RNC delegates vote to formally nominate Trump.
The restriction is unprecedented in modern American political history. https://t.co/FWlFeJkBJi
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289908811948425216

A must-read piece by @mtaibbi on the new book by @thomasfrank https://t.co/Xwa4TWP9ms
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1290092991453962241

===2020 Issues===
Climate Change and Conserving Biodiversity: The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 30 x 30 Goal (video – page down)
https://www.conservationconversations.org/webinar-biodiversity-conservation

Commentary: Why environmental racism must end
https://bit.ly/30TxTYU

Related: https://twitter.com/rooseveltinst/status/1289199133744652292
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1288112898477158409
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1288066731425042432

How Hot Will the Future Feel?
https://t.co/c62XX1s0hl

I offer few guarantees, but the combination of @GinaNRDC and the @Think100Climate crew is going to be good fun @HipHopCaucus
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1288574889549615105

Related: https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1288531691972239361

As long as Congress continues to dance to the political tune of climate deniers and political donors like @APIenergy, we will never pass meaningful climate legislation. #TradeUp
https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1287836148749017093

Earlier this week, four labor leaders voted against including Medicare for All in the Democratic Party platform – a slap in the face to millions of workers struggling through an unprecedented pandemic. https://t.co/HvjoBMMuh0
https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/1288515621072900098

…among those who voted no on Medicare for All were also four prominent national union presidents: Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Lily Eskelsen Garcia of the National Education Association (NEA), Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Lonnie Stephenson of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

  …was a mild, non-binding statement of support for guaranteeing medical care to all people
https://bit.ly/3hXSrpW

There’s movement toward ending filibuster abuses in the Senate. @BernieSanders embraces President Obama’s argument that, if it is necessary to end the filibuster to protect voting rights, “then that is what we must do.”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1288953172405424128

See text graphic…
Unwinding Donald Trump’s deregulatory state won’t be easy. But here’s how we restore our government’s role in protecting public health, safety, financial security and our environment, according to @Public_Citizen https://t.co/IzZ438dhV4
https://twitter.com/goodregs/status/1287760712320901121

Baker: There Is Nothing Natural About “the Market”
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/john-maynard-keynes-zachary-carter-price-peace-review

… The market has real uses, and there is an inherent appeal to much of the public for the idea of leaving things to the market, rather than government bureaucrats. By contrast, saying that we want to structure the market to give as much money to the rich as possible has much less appeal.

The neoliberals are about the latter, and the Left has given them way more legitimacy than they deserve by implying that they actually have an abstract commitment to the market as a matter of principle. …

Related: https://bit.ly/2PcWoe2

Amy Hanauer on Taxes, the IRS, and Who’s Tax Dodging (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Neg0c8iguE

The first principle of social democratic tax design is MOAR
https://bit.ly/3fpw7UI

This year is the 10th anniversary of Dodd-Frank and the creation of the @CFPB. For @GDI_policy, @steelewheelz examines how it can use it’s existing legal authority to create a more robust consumer safety net. https://t.co/3H2ofgg6Eq
https://twitter.com/rooseveltinst/status/1288987743255552001

Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (video and docs)
https://judiciary.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=3113

Top antitrust Democrat opens hearing by comparing big tech firms to past monopolies
https://bit.ly/3hSBBsH

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight
https://bit.ly/2BUNTS0

Monopoly Money: ‘BradCast’ 7/30/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13510

Related: https://twitter.com/rosendo_joe/status/1289608769161306113

Get excited about Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money – the new book by the bold and brilliant trust buster of our time: @ZephyrTeachout. https://t.co/AyEvQrubuP
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1288088057615388673

Review: Sarah Chayes on Zephyr Teachout and Monopoly
https://t.co/3YnPTD1XmN

Excerpt…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1288170314677932035

*Not* making health insurance available for every person is radical…
https://tarbell.org/2020/07/bidens-medicare-for-more-not-radical-but-feasible/

Why Health is a Human Right
https://tarbell.org/2020/07/why-health-is-a-human-right/

Without M4A, This Isn’t the Boldest Democratic Platform in American History
https://t.co/XHU3kgLHWv

The Insanity of Prescription Drug Prices in America
https://t.co/bZTsLtdhfQ

Me: “People in Canada don’t die because they have to ration their insulin… they do in the U.S.”
On @AJHeadtoHead, Republican health policy expert & former Romney adviser Lanhee Chen
and I had a lively back and forth on the broken U.S. healthcare system: (video)
https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1289673029774008320

Everyone interested in what to do about police accountability – listen to this week’s @onthemedia …
https://t.co/NYVFivtvKj

A transpartisan case for peace on the Korean Peninsula
https://t.co/ylUEcIKYZ3

“If the U.S.’s true goal is to create a substantive arms control agreement that would replace New START and include China, then the Trump administration needs to outline a clear roadmap of how it will achieve that goal.” Read my recent @RStatecraft piece https://t.co/v0nE1Ubpwl
https://twitter.com/j_budlong/status/1289911006332944385

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1290010102779412480

75 years ago on this date: U.S. picks “aiming point” for Hiroshima bomb – directly over the center of city and not the military base. While ignoring surrender feelers or signalling emperor can remain on throne. https://t.co/4Piz0n9kzZ
https://twitter.com/GregMitch/status/1289933230867542019

One year ago today, the United States legally and unilaterally withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – the first and only treaty to verifiably eliminate an entire class of weaponry – after Donald Trump did the bidding of then-National Security Adviser John Bolton.
https://twitter.com/AtomicAnalyst/status/1290046781867216896

GAO: Higher nuke budgets won’t add much capability
https://t.co/1uuxy1GTuW

Click text graphics…
Outstanding piece by @CarnegieEndow’s Jessica Mathews @nybooks on the insanity of US nuclear
policy and budgets. Here are two excerpts, but you have to read the whole, powerful essay.
https://t.co/k21TwdGAG6

.@johnmdonnelly got hold of Pentagon’s briefing paper to Congress on why Navy needs new W93
warhead. It contains lots of dubious claims that Congress must scrutinize. In just 3 years, Pentagon
has moved from a 3+2 warhead plan to a 6+2+1 plan. Honored to provide nuke data.
https://bit.ly/317d9wV
https://twitter.com/nukestrat/status/1288518935906746369

Fact checking James Anderson on the nuclear balance (click graphics)
https://twitter.com/johncarlbaker/status/1288530206559547392

Why Is the Pentagon Wasting Money on Nuclear Weapons and Space?
https://t.co/rWPkEPPrEf

Better name needed. Ask people for suggestions…
@repmarkpocan, @RepBarbaraLee Announce Defense Spending Reduction Caucus
https://twitter.com/benyc/status/1288246311230345219

For the first time in decades, more than 100 members of Congress
voted to reduce the Pentagon budget. https://t.co/Bj16MRqabF
https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1288625467084472321

Review: The lies and mistakes that led us into Iraq, laid out in a new book
https://t.co/DgOcQRsvu2

===2020 Watch List===
Policywise… we’re pegged to the far right relative to where we were when I was growing up
The pendulum stopped swinging. So why is the word, “further,” in this title as opposed to…
begins to move left
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/28/biden-democrats-medicare-for-all-385607

Facebook’s Unchecked Power Endangers Civil Rights
https://t.co/Ty2rXHYSDB

Related: https://twitter.com/freepress/status/1289244439018213377
https://twitter.com/Moonalice/status/1289208282721030145

Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke
https://t.co/bQ4kwmC2Up

David Duke’s whole existence violated Twitter’s terms of service. After yrs of pushing Twitter
to enforce their own policies w @changetheterms partners like @mediajustice & @freepress,
he’s finally suspended. He should be 1st in a long and overdue line.
https://twitter.com/ColorOfChange/status/1289276509589393409

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in new procedures. Workers warn it could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for November. https://t.co/wVBKPtHHvw
https://twitter.com/myhlee/status/1288992960059760640

Donald Trump isn’t worried about “voter fraud,” he’s worried about losing. https://t.co/JdmIqB2nTj
https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1288892617653137408

Pretty amazing that Donald Trump is insisting there will be massive fraud in the election,
but … Mitch McConnell blocks any additional funding to make the elections more secure
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1289345707682365440

First in a thread…
*Facts* about voting:
1. Donald Trump doesn’t have the power to delay the election
2. Only .00006% cases of mail ballot fraud out of total ballots cast over past 20 years
3. 16 top Donald Trump officials voted by mail
4. Trump waging unprecedented campaign to undermine free & fair elections
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1288825972268183554

Baker responds to Big Pharma’s lobby
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1287715777420726278
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1288785895714217984

The House Intelligence Committee has voted to allow all House members to view classified intelligence that Democratic leaders provided to the FBI warning about a foreign disinformation campaign targeting the 2020 presidential election. https://t.co/aUdAJHwRsc
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1288620365296496640

Has Adreian Vermeule ever heard of triangulation?
(i.e. passing bills with the support of the opposing party and against their party’s base)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1290048892529082368

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Kamala Harris… Jan 21st (Suspended her campaign)
“Kamala Harris … repeatedly and openly defied U.S. Supreme Court orders to reduce overcrowding in California prisons while serving as the state’s attorney general.” Thorough reporting from @alex_sammon at @theprospect https://t.co/0JHNSHvdXv
https://twitter.com/zachdcarter/status/1288827751747723266

“Harris and her legal team filed motions that were condemned by judges and legal experts
as obstructionist, bad-faith, and nonsensical, at one point even suggesting that the
Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to order a reduction in California’s prison population.”
https://twitter.com/zachdcarter/status/1288828310387073025

“This extreme resistance to a Supreme Court ruling was done to prevent the release of fewer than
5,000 nonviolent offenders, whom multiple courts had cleared as presenting next to no risk of
recidivism or threat to public safety.”
https://twitter.com/zachdcarter/status/1288828429618622464

A video shows that when Google asked Kamala Harris about her views on antitrust enforcement and the tech industry, she told the company that regulators shouldn’t be “short sighted” and said “we have to allow these businesses to develop and grow.” https://t.co/2R66s5rjAM
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1288893753457967104

Laphonza Butler, the former president of one of SEIU’s largest locals and current adviser to Kamala Harris, has been advising and representing Uber in its dealings with organized labor as the company seeks a deal to avert drivers being classified employees https://t.co/MrHwaLzzWy
https://twitter.com/josheidelson/status/1154482582093889536
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Joe Biden… April 25th
Biden’s climate policy is an invitation to movements to keep pushing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
https://t.co/iT7P0G8RIF

Oil and Gas Groups See ‘Some Common Ground’ in Biden Energy Plan
Some energy executives are pleased that the former vice president
is not calling for a fracking ban and said they could work with him
https://t.co/ENAhNE3SAw

2018: NASA just made a stunning discovery about how fracking fuels global warming
Natural gas is not part of the climate solution, it’s part of the problem.
https://archive.thinkprogress.org/nasa-study-fracking-global-warming-0fa0c5b5f5c7/

Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health — Here’s Why
https://bit.ly/3gogWMz

Joe Biden scores 38 of 50 on GND and 34 of 50 on no fossil fuels
Donald Trump scores
0 of 50 on the GND and 0 of 50 on no fossil fuels
https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/climate2020/ (page down)

Ken Salazar…
Biden’s Weak Link On Energy And Ethics Is An Ex-Obama Official With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties
https://t.co/mdG3nlfdiH

Everyone on Wall Street knows that the power move wouldn’t be naming Elizabeth Warren to the ceremonial position of VP – it would be naming her to the decidedly powerful position of Treasury Secretary.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1288297898493399041

Give us an anti-Wall Street Treasury Secretary and AG, and you can have your shi–y VP…
on the other hand, give us a shi–y Treasury Secretary and AG and try to paper it over with
a good VP, and you’ve basically given everyone the big middle finger
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1289736276229279746

Biden announces plans to boost black and Latino finances
https://wapo.st/39DcoiZ

Will the Left Get a Say in the Biden Doctrine?
Covid-19 creates an opportunity to shift foreign policy away from the military
https://t.co/W9uAfcLEND

Covid shows “our security priorities and investments – the obsessive focus on counterterrorism,
the overuse of the military as the foreign policy instrument of first resort – have been not just
wrong but wildly counterproductive,” @mattduss
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1289995527686217728

Cirincione thread
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1289646656569266176

Karen Bass alleging that no one knew about Scientology’s issues back in 2010
scares me more than her speaking at their event.
https://twitter.com/dlboardman/status/1289611717064798209

The St Pete Times won a Pulitzer for its Scientology coverage in …1980
https://twitter.com/BGrueskin/status/1289612510212096001

Note: MoveOn’s VP survey lists too many people. Just ask… would nominating a “centrist” tarnish Biden? My answer would be… yes.

Once ignored, underfunded and often written off, Democratic state party organizations are harvesting record-setting cash heading into the 2020 election, reasserting their roles inside the Democratic infrastructure after suffering for years. https://t.co/r6K2xiVeol
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289267083151171586

We owe a debt of gratitude to @DavidSegalRI & @DemandProgress for being willing to fight corruption & the corporate elites who Biden surrounds himself with – this kind of work draws insults & attacks from Democratic partisans, but it is essential. https://t.co/EPFRYs8mcF
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1290094450115403778

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has tried to portray himself as a progressive capitalist in angling for a Cabinet slot – but @petersgoodman reveals how Fink has been trying to help investors pulverize Argentina as the country struggles with poverty https://t.co/m9en3SowsB
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1289220248726433796

“Jake Sullivan, who has been helping to develop the Biden campaign’s policy positions &moderating virtual fund-raising events…had negotiated with labor leaders on behalf of…Uber to try to exempt its drivers from being classified as full-time employees” https://t.co/1pJaxsQkqU
https://twitter.com/josheidelson/status/1289714749404413952
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Andrew Yang… Nov, 2017 (Suspended his campaign)
See referenced comment…
It’s great how something with so much evidence against it is taken so seriously in the media.
Look at the data on investment, it is not soaring…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1287930589467697153

Blame the Policies, Not the Robots
https://www.cepr.net/blame-the-policies-not-the-robots/
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Donald Trump…
See text graphic…
Ugliest GDP report any of us have ever seen. At annualized rates, investment down by half in Q2; US economy contracted by a third. But we knew that.
What’s even more important this AM is that UI claims ticked up again **showing a labor market now in stall mode.**
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1288818944342728705

The big jump in continuing claims is really bad news
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1288845661429874689

Not how democracy works…
The president is trailing in the polls, failing to contain a deadly pandemic and presiding over a record-setting economic collapse. Now he’s suggesting the election could be delayed. https://t.co/PMLHzbHyKN
https://twitter.com/ChrisMegerian/status/1288830027296051200

McConnell declines to answer reporters who asked him for his reaction to Donald Trump’s
tweet floating an election delay, per @ericawerner (as part of our great Hill pool system)
https://twitter.com/seungminkim/status/1288839019598614528

On the other hand…
“This is a coup in the making.” — Robert Weissman, Public Citizen https://bit.ly/314FAeL
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1288850084931739651

Co-founder of the Federalist Society … called Donald Trump’s tweet about delaying
the election “fascistic” and grounds for “immediate impeachment” https://t.co/aFsp3BJrzK
https://twitter.com/AmyEGardner/status/1288945313097687045

Related: https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1288973633810038784

In a rare move, Texas Republicans tell President Trump “no” after he calls for delaying the
election – something he’s not legally allowed to do. The president does not have the legal
authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/30/texas-republicans-donald-trump/

~12 hours after he was first asked…
Mitch McConnell rebuffs Trump: “Never in the history of the country, through wars and
depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,
and we’ll find a way to do that again this November 3.” https://t.co/ZDSxZlOxub
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289017939362902016

First in a thread…
President Trump just became the first president in our country’s history to suggest postponing
a presidential election. Elections were held on schedule, and without question, during the War
of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish flu, and World War II.
https://twitter.com/LizaGoitein/status/1288847792010600449

For 7 years, I covered dictators and strongmen in West and Central Africa. The No. 1 move
of an incumbent who thinks he’s going to lose an upcoming election, is to delay the ballot
citing security concerns or else technical issues – “oops, ballots couldn’t be printed in time!”
https://twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/1288866528994234368

The White House just denounced Hong Kong’s decision to delay legislative elections just one
day after Donald Trump suggested that the United States postpone its own election in November.
https://t.co/9OerhGbEVP
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289251983002460160

National Guard commander says police suddenly moved on Lafayette Square protesters, used ‘excessive force’ before Trump visit
https://wapo.st/30WPKhH

D.C. guard commander & Iraq veteran on the clearing of Lafayette Park:
“At no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent …
These demonstrators were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights.”
https://twitter.com/rebtanhs/status/1287756259232489488

Related: https://twitter.com/KatieBoWill/status/1287808829003042817

Donald ‘Trump’s Troops Are Breaking the Law and Creating Chaos’
https://fair.org/home/trumps-troops-are-breaking-the-law-and-creating-chaos/

Related:  https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1288488947840978944

Agriculture Dept buries studies showing dangers of climate change
The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/23/agriculture-department-climate-change-1376413

New data show that Obama’s Wall Street rule was actually working to protect workers and retirees — so Trump helped Wall Street kill it. https://t.co/mU64it9wt5
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1288240743362879488

150K people are dead and millions are out of work and Donald Trump’s priority for the COVID relief bill is $2 *billion* for a new FBI HQ in downtown DC because Donald Trump doesn’t want the FBI to move to the suburbs and have the old site redeveloped with a hotel that will compete with his
https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1287919312481771527

One thing I don’t think is fully appreciated is the fact that Republicans in general, and Trump a fortiori, have no idea what causes recessions. If they’ve even heard of Keynes, they imagine his as a left-wing agitator, probably an antifa terrorist https://t.co/i7C5KCYdod
https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1289179924125777920

People are mocking Judy Shelton over her goldbug views, but they forget that Paul Ryan …
declared that he learned all his monetary economics from Ayn Rand
https://t.co/AKsr6uQvtx
https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1289180387130740738

“If the crop of Republican senators who say they want to be pro-worker actually mean it,
they’ll oppose Shelton,” the aide added. https://t.co/WcL11vXCZq
https://twitter.com/sam_a_bell/status/1289137320109715457

See referenced @GOPChairwoman comment…
Looking forward to seeing that “full and complete” health care plan that @realDonaldTrump has promised he will sign by Aug 2.
https://twitter.com/ktumulty/status/1285243195660607489

Context: All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus
An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/07/trumps-lies-about-coronavirus/608647/

Feb Context: Donald Trump’s reckless coronavirus statements put the entire US at risk
https://bit.ly/3g9lExJ

Fauci has a high approval rating, Donald Trump says. “Why don’t I have a high approval rating?….
It’s curious… They’re highly thought of but nobody likes me.”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1288228735309799424

Related: https://twitter.com/natemcdermott/status/1288250025898905602

Donald Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People
https://theintercept.com/2020/08/01/william-perry-pendley-blm-native-americans/

This is patently illegal. The Trump administration must accept new DACA-applications *and* extend legal protection for the full two years. Anything less is in defiance of the Supreme Court https://t.co/RRYomLiJRj
https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1288186525511856128

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1288213530571939845

Kushner’s Shadow Task Force Appears to Violate Multiple Laws
https://t.co/uNGzDLjO6z

Cirincione fact checks Donald Trump on NATO spending and trading with Russia
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1288622607860932609

Iran’s Khamenei: Not going to help Donald Trump get Reelected by Negotiating, and besides, America is Collapsing
https://www.juancole.com/2020/08/reelected-negotiating-collapsing.html

The Total Destruction of US Foreign Policy Under Donald Trump
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1289301327277887489

US security ‘is inseparable from the world’s,” writes @wendyrsherman “The United States’ recovery
from the pandemic and the economic collapse is dependent on other countries for public health,
for trade, and for peace and security.” https://t.co/E5h7gNcC1Q
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1289301327277887489

Tod Chapman…
Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’ by Reports U.S. Envoy Told Brazil It Could Help Re-elect Donald Trump
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/world/americas/brazil-trump-ethanol-chapman.html

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1290029606217682950

Trump adviser Jason Miller is asked three (3) times whether the Trump administration or campaign would accept foreign assistance in this election. Three (3) times, he refuses to say no. (video)
https://twitter.com/DNCWarRoom/status/1289918929708564481

To put this in context, for people who have not worked in presidential campaigns:
Chris Wallace’s (good) question is the equivalent of, “would you rob a bank” or “would you
lie to cover up a felony.” The *only* appropriate answer is flat and immediate “No.”
Until now.
https://twitter.com/JamesFallows/status/1289965191048892422

How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat https://t.co/BlROTqj7Ix
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1289974251441684483

GW Bush’s torture memo guy…
Donald Trump meets with John Yoo at White House
https://t.co/dLiF3bu1GM

Ex-Deputy U.S. Attorney General Donald Ayer writes that Bill Barr is operating an “unconstitutional campaign” to reelect Trump.
“The attorney general is using official violence and intimidation to help Trump win a second term.” https://t.co/LSTshjaZZj
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289002842414624768

New Pentagon training refers to protesters, journalists as ‘adversaries’
https://t.co/tjAWdY6rnZ

Well, this is embarrassing. Donald Trump and the Navy want a new nuclear warhead because of the risks of the ICBMs and their “reliance on a launch under attack posture.” You don’t eliminate that risk with a new bomb. You get rid of the the ICBMs.
Quoted in: https://t.co/RWCwRcFQbQ
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1288871853558312961

Trump nominee (Tata) hearing pulled after furor over Islam remarks
https://abcn.ws/39F88j0

He appears to have no impulse control. This is illegal…
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1288587967733301250
https://twitter.com/BrianKarem/status/1288590591983583233

Nonpartisan watchdog alleges Trump campaign illegally concealed $170 million in spending
https://bit.ly/3f9BN52

The 81-page complaint, filed by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), alleges that former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale used a “pass-through” company to pay downstream vendors, including Trump campaign members, associates and family members.

“This illegal conduit scheme leaves voters in the dark about the entities working for the Trump campaign, the nature of their services, and the full amount they are paid,” said Brendan Fischer, the CLC’s director of federal reform. “We don’t know all of what is being hidden by this scheme, but we do know that it violates the law.”

Related: https://bradblog.com/?p=13512

Pool report: “After an uneventful drive in little traffic we pulled up to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA … Motorcade passed a lone protester on the side of the highway with a tombstone-shaped sign that read 156K.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289946596457709575

Florida sheriffs who had attended a conference this week with a COVID-19-infected colleague met Friday with Trump. A Volusia County Sheriff reported his positive test just hours before more than a dozen other sheriffs stood with Trump in Tampa. https://t.co/wmiF7gO4vj
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289893713221578755

Donald Trump today: “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.” Racial fearmongering 101. See my story on him here: https://t.co/laW0slMMGj
https://twitter.com/tyrone_beason/status/1288535532138463234

If — for some reason — you’re suddenly interested in learning more about how racist politicians
tried to win elections by promising whites they’d keep “undesirables” out of their neighborhoods
and protect property values, well, I have a book for you. https://t.co/A7s7Il5IkS
https://twitter.com/KevinMKruse/status/1288522869497004033

Related: https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1288778452401893376

As Donald Trump threatens to ban TikTok, Sarah Cooper mocks him, again, on the platform
https://news.yahoo.com/trump-threatens-ban-tiktok-sarah-183952003.html

Related: https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1289526657305305088

Donald Trump’s threat to ban TikTok came just weeks after reports that many TikTok users
had tried to sabotage a Trump campaign rally by requesting tickets they never planned to use
and coordinated a push to flood Trump’s 2020 campaign app with negative reviews.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289923913401548803

Trump to Order China’s ByteDance to Sell TikTok in U.S.
https://t.co/lC2tGOmAP5

One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors did not even make it a day before the county health department notified the school that a student who had walked the halls and sat in classrooms had tested positive for COVID. https://t.co/LDLvbkR2K6
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1289999409103564800

Dr. Redfield’s Retreat: Compromising the CDC: https://bit.ly/31meJLc
Great piece from @_ericblanc on how the school reopening fight could trigger another massive wave of teacher strikes.
https://t.co/h7jQiCFeG4 – See https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1287771530999533583
“If Major League Baseball can’t avoid COVID, how’s your local school district going to?…”: https://bradblog.com/?p=13507

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