Towards an issues-based 2020 election (80)

===2020 Big Picture===
International Body Says Voting Problems ‘Could Harm Integrity’ of US Election
OSCE recommended member states send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the poll which it said “will be the most challenging in recent decades”.
https://bit.ly/3gFR1PZ

The Obamas’ Terrifying Joint Message: Voting Is Broken and the Only Way Out
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/obamas-dnc-voting-only-hope.html

We’ve learned a lot since 2016. We’re still not prepared for the worst-case scenarios.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/2020-election-worst-case-scenarios.html

Help staff your local polling place
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.
https://www.powerthepolls.org/

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1298583469610606594

Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30929_R5icI&feature=youtu.be

Everyone’s focused on slow mail. But there’s another potential disenfranchisement issue: nursing homes. Usually, relatives and volunteers help the elderly and disabled vote. Not this year. And two states ban staff from helping. Read this worrisome article: https://t.co/TQbyHbMRJq
https://twitter.com/DanLGolden/status/1298585969101332482

Intel officials contradict Donald Trump on voting by mail
https://t.co/OyayKVgKpf

Black voters are being targeted in disinformation campaigns, echoing the 2016 Russian playbook.
https://t.co/wqtS30Pidm

Officials have launched an investigation into what they said was an erroneous, racist robocall
aimed at discouraging voters in battleground states from casting mail ballots. It’s not known
how many were targeted in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. https://t.co/E7bPoek6pL
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299376229271961600

Related: https://twitter.com/JocelynBenson/status/1299017044554326019

Fwiw… Misleading phone calls that trash a white Dem who’s running against Rep Neal (D-MA01)…
https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1299029885009031173

Related: https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1299813844806774784

Walmart says it will give its 1.5 million U.S. workers up to three hours paid time off to vote. Apple is giving workers four hours off. Coca-Cola, Twitter, Cisco and Uber are giving employees the day off. https://t.co/Uu6E2lryQs
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299338445634977797

Starbucks said it will ensure that its baristas won’t have to choose between working and voting
as part of a nonpartisan push to raise voter turnout during the pandemic. https://t.co/B8bnuffhFp
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299753681626173440

Right to Vote: The Case for Expanding the Right to Vote in the U.S. Constitution
If we truly want to build an inclusive democracy, we must articulate an affirmative vision of voting rights in the Constitution itself.
https://t.co/mXl6rSyYO2

Democrats Are Winning Their Fight for the States
https://t.co/jZIf9AEMZu

Memo to Democratic National Convention planners: It doesn’t look like giving John Kasich all that time did any good at all. https://bit.ly/3guK3gt
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1298279201766768650

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1298626388484689925

Compare / Contrast…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1298273313093857284

Note: As long as this election is treated like a horse race – as opposed to focusing on the issues – it’ll be a toss up. Focus on widely supported issues and give short shrift to neoliberal or neoconservative aspirations.

Related:  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1299127448588546048
https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/1299270502142402561
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1299345753484046336
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1299398880384094208
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1299524308415307776

Exactly 12 years ago, I wrote a book whose basic premise was that the public is really mad; the anger is going to be channeled into a progressive movement & a fascist movement; and the future of our country would be defined by a power struggle between the two.
Now here we are.  – See https://bit.ly/2Yye6hh
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1298099178350841856

Trevor Noah and crew get creative… (click image)
https://twitter.com/StanGott/status/1298964658091565059

Christian Nationalism at the RNC
https://bit.ly/3gL5SZb

===2020 Issues===
Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years
‘Stunned’ scientists say there is little doubt global heating is to blame for the loss
https://t.co/G5DJUbahgV

Today, 1% of the world is a barely livable hot zone. By 2070, that portion could go up to 19%. Billions of people call this land home. Where will they go? Read this incredible data journalism by grantees @AbrahmL @MeridithKohut for @NYTmag & @propublica https://t.co/9Ijd97e6fi
https://twitter.com/pulitzercenter/status/1299651763075723264

For anyone looking to understand the movement for a #GreenNewDeal & join the fight for a livable future, there’s no resource as clear & practical as Winning the Green New Deal
https://t.co/mIFSzxvDNK

Q&A: Author Andy Horowitz On His New Book, ‘Katrina: A History, 1915-2015’
https://www.wwno.org/post/qa-author-andy-horowitz-his-new-book-katrina-history-1915-2015

Katrina – A History, 1915-2015
https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674971714

Related: https://twitter.com/HipHopCaucus/status/1299014428738887682

On Climate Change, We’ve Run out of Presidential Terms to Waste
https://t.co/vQEsppbjNW

The Biden campaign is committed to ending fossil fuel subsidies. But we must go further.
Join the @sunrisemvmt call for a public pledge from Biden and Harris to keep fossil fuel
executives and lobbyists out of the administration: https://t.co/fvnPFpDoso
https://twitter.com/johnpodesta/status/1296800694071177224

Related: https://t.co/v6Gicya72w

Related 2: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1298336677962715137
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Worried for Government Science? So Are We.
https://blog.ucsusa.org/taryn-mackinney/worried-for-government-science-so-are-we

A Roadmap to Restore Science in Government Decisions
https://blog.ucsusa.org/jacob-carter/roadmap-to-restore-science-in-government-decisions

Science in the Election Cycle with the Science Voter Guide
https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/science-in-election-cycle-with-science-voter-guide

Understandings of Science Advocacy can Strengthen it
https://bit.ly/3jjvYnZ

.@CFR_WFP ranked 193 countries on their progress toward gender parity in political participation. On #WomensEqualityDay, take a look at where women hold power. https://t.co/zY0OOkwhbR
https://twitter.com/CFR_org/status/1298737299954569216

“Countries that have this deep inequality like we do are much more prone to financial crises, in no small part because high wealth inequality leads to more debt, which just makes your economy more fragile.” https://t.co/5at2JI5rLG
https://twitter.com/AFTunion/status/1300085874789474304

Related: https://twitter.com/HBoushey/status/1300168014843850752

Seattle’s High-End Wage Tax and Taxing Stock Returns
https://cepr.net/seattles-high-end-wage-tax-and-taxing-stock-returns/

If the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity it would be $24 an hour today, a big part of the reason it hasn’t is that CEOs are paid $20 million when they are only worth (to their employers) $2 million https://t.co/NL6CSDPUhr
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1299312328303730688

Conservative economists go nuts over the possibility minimum wage workers get $1 more than
the market wage, why don’t progressives care about CEOs get $10 million more than the market
wage?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1298974954021560321

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1299330821921226754

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy
Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer
https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm

Big Tech Goes For the Kill at the World Trade Organization
https://t.co/tTXwUKI7YB

“Whether countries, workers & consumers everywhere will benefit from new technology or
whether benefits will only accrue to a teeny tiny minority will be determined by the rules
which set the playing field for how digitalization will evolve…” #bigtech
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1298349937294561280

The American Diabetes Association is creating an initiative to fight unnecessary amputations, which a ProPublica investigation found disproportionately affect Black diabetics. Congress, doctors and the public are finally taking notice, too. https://bit.ly/2GbKQGP
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1299871408223289346

CBPP: State and Federal Policymakers Should Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage
https://bit.ly/3gCiNwx

Health insurance and the COVID-19 shock
What we know so far about health insurance losses and what it means for policy
https://www.epi.org/publication/health-insurance-and-the-covid-19-shock/

Planning a Sustainable Future for Earth’s Oceans
Ocean experts are engaged in a long-term effort to envision, develop, and implement best practices for meeting today’s needs while preserving ocean resources for future generations.
http://eos.org/science-updates/planning-a-sustainable-future-for-earths-oceans

Great to see that the IAEA & Iran reached an agreement to resolve the agency’s safeguards investigation. Iran will provide access to the two locations in question. https://t.co/zw4XJJucyH
https://twitter.com/KelseyDav/status/1298616155746205696

Despite…
https://t.co/pA0rqmc5Z4

Unfortunately, neocons don’t give up.
Araud counters Duowitz…
https://twitter.com/GerardAraud/status/1298690137010974721

Listen to @Cirincione talk about our options in Iran in Episode 6 of At The Brink podcast – Blocking a Persian Bomb: https://t.co/GoO3fWhElq (video)
https://twitter.com/AtTheBrinkPod/status/1298694161709727744

Aug 28th, 2007 at Minot AFB, ND…
https://twitter.com/AtomicAnalyst/status/1299775746789998595

US nuclear policy and posture: bending toward Asia?
https://t.co/LzVSmjYoxv

While there appear to be no easy wins with respect to nuclear threat reduction in Asia, there are concrete steps that should be taken to shape the strategic terrain in ways that would moderate or even mitigate a Cold War nuclear revival between the U.S. and China in Asia.

A Vacuous Pompeo Speech for an Empty Trump Foreign Policy
https://t.co/6UXLScDqO2

Related: https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1298586199242743808

Over 10,000 Islamic State fighters active in Iraq, Syria as attacks ‘significantly’ increase: UN
https://t.co/TVBlRCSoOi

Cirincione counters the Scowcroft Center…
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1298655321590771713

===2020 Watch List===
Trump campaign produces no evidence of fraud via mail-in voting or drop boxes in PA 2020 primary
https://bit.ly/31F1fMc

Click text graphic…
Federal judge halts Trump/RNC lawsuit seeking to block drop boxes in Pennsylvania.
Puts case on hold pending resolution in Pennsylvania state court.
https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1297598052421730308

Judge Permanently Halts Indiana’s Illegal Voter Purge Method
https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/judge-permanently-halts-indianas-illegal-voter-purge-method

Related: https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/federal-court-blocks-indiana-voter-purge-law

A judge has ordered an Iowa county to invalidate 50,000 requests for absentee ballots, agreeing with Trump’s campaign that its elections commissioner overstepped his authority by pre-filling them with voters’ personal information. https://t.co/HcidMuBmFo
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299368643575324706

Note: Presumably there’s a line asking the applicant to affirm that the form is filled out correctly. If so… are they arguing for a right to find a mistake? This decision needs to be appealed.

A Texas federal judge has ruled that state Republicans are violating the federal ‘motor voter’ law by refusing to allow residents to simultaneously register to vote online when they apply for a driver’s license, file a change-of-address or renew online. https://t.co/nvaEMuUPa6
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299768782974382081

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stoked Washington’s Fears About TikTok
Social-media tycoon emphasized threat from Chinese internet companies as he worked to fend off U.S. regulation of Facebook
https://on.wsj.com/2EdWkZR

2019: Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon and Facebook
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-amazon.html

TikTok sues Trump administration over U.S. ban, calls it an election ploy
https://reut.rs/31rgTKQ

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says county auditors cannot set up drop boxes to accept absentee ballots this fall – something several auditors say they did during this year’s primary election. https://t.co/gntVmtdTvK
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299028908583550981

I kind of love how saying that Trump and Republicans should respect the election results gets you called a communist on Twitter
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1297741625645395975

Again, not being subtle. Across the party, (Republicans) are laying the groundwork
to contest the election & keep Trump in power. https://bit.ly/31plHAm
https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1297946108342054912

The Death Tax Is Hog Wash
https://billmoyers.com/story/the-death-tax-is-hog-wash/

Spending on prescription drugs has actually increased somewhat more rapidly under Trump than Obama-Biden, rising at a 6.3 percent annual rate under Trump compared to a 5.5 percent rate under Obama-Biden
https://cepr.net/spending-on-prescription-drugs-lies-my-president-told-me-3475652/

Corporate Dems like @RahmEmanuel are making divisive ideological demands that threaten to depress Dem voter turnout. Progressives shouldnt shut up in the name of “unity” while corporatists scream a message that threatens to throw the election to Trump. https://t.co/OZFDkXMeJE
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1297748402151624704

Note: They’re trying to push Biden away from his base. Don’t let them.

Related…
It’s dawned on me recently that the corollary of the MSM’s obsession with Trump voters is that
the voices of a majority of voters, and the very substantial majority of Americans who strongly
oppose this president, have been almost completely removed from the discussion.
https://twitter.com/AlpineGd72/status/1299343310906175488

Note: Or they’ve been subjected to both-sideist coverage like this https://bit.ly/2EtROqh Or biased coverage like this https://bit.ly/31BTc2v

Similarly…
Why does the media pressure Biden to speak out against violent protests
but doesn’t pressure trump to speak out against police misconduct?
https://twitter.com/matthewjdowd/status/1299384263482146817

The Iron Law of American Politics
Only Democrats have agency or can be held responsible for what they do or say
https://twitter.com/XLProfessor/status/1299450422994886656

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1299114389556006912

Facebook Fired An Employee Who Collected Evidence Of Right-Wing Pages Getting Preferential Treatment
https://bit.ly/2YOwCSu

Remember Pizzagate?…
‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison
https://n.pr/2QpUcAk

Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Apologizes For Promoting ‘Pizzagate’
https://n.pr/3j8mprS

Now there’s QAnongate…
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/texas-qanon-car-attack-cecilia-fulbright/

Speaker Pulled From Republican Convention After Tweeting Anti-Semitic QAnon Conspiracy Theory
https://bit.ly/3guGPcW

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1298408747224702978

So, a Q Anon supporter just called into C-SPAN and the host asked him to explain what it was. The guy trailed off and hung up. (video)
https://twitter.com/Tylerjoelb/status/1298829990377795584

Feb 20, 1939…
When Nazis Took Manhattan
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/02/20/695941323/when-nazis-took-manhattan

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th (Suspended his campaign)
TDS snippet…
https://www.youtube.com/post/UgwAZor_Y8LLSxTdmdV4AaABCQ
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Joe Biden… April 25th
Ending endless war & progressive foreign policy: What Democrats want
https://t.co/7Gn3z4RW86
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Donald Trump…
Results used until the next census a decade from now…
Worried about #2020Census, Katherine Wallman, former chief statistician of US, hasn’t found “an objective reason for rushing through, ending up with crummy data & destroying the trust in a system that depends almost entirely on the voluntary cooperation of the American public.”
https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1300066079616782341

Entire thread
https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1299834270463266819

The ripple effect of a #Census2020 undercount includes “benchmarking of the Current
Population Survey, which is the basis for employment data, income and poverty data, and
health insurance coverage, along with many other statistics,” says @DeanBaker13
https://t.co/9WEVGNr8kI
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1299051597000052736

‘Not to Have an Accurate Count  Is Shooting Ourselves in the Foot’
https://fair.org/home/not-to-have-an-accurate-count-is-shooting-ourselves-in-the-foot/

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
DNI has informed the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence that they’ll no longer be briefing on election security issues, a senior administration official told CNN. It’ll provide written updates the official said. @jaketapper
https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1299753292717793283

The Office of the DNI (and the DNI itself) were created by Congress; their duties are defined –
and they’re funded – by statute. The mentality that congressional oversight is a convenience
to be brushed aside, rather than an essential condition of their existence, is indefensible.
https://twitter.com/steve_vladeck/status/1299757897849675777

Will the FBI Director, CIA Director, NSA Director, and DIA Director all uphold the DNI’s ban
on live briefings on election interference to the Congress?  Are they loyal to Donald Trump
or to the Constitution?  Congress should compel them to speak and find out.
https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1300043061146288129

Update…
Hearing: Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots
https://bit.ly/32kxY8x

Thread
https://twitter.com/TakeOnWallSt/status/1297900825206038533

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1297899297061527552
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1297909439807201280

How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis – And How to Fix It
https://t.co/RhYQNigN29

Rep. Gerry Connolly has asked Postmaster General DeJoy to turn over his recent communications
with anyone associated with the Trump campaign. Connolly tells DeJoy there are “grave concerns
about the veracity of your [recent] testimony.” https://t.co/rPXwkjXfT1
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299391295857672193

CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against (Postmaster General) Louis DeJoy
https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/criminal-complaint-louis-dejoy/

Federal Court Rules Donald Trump Can’t Block Citizenship Path for Military Service Members
https://bit.ly/3beF0Qu

Thank you @ACLU for fighting for our veterans! While the court ruling was a victory, there is
still more work to be done. We must continue fighting to ensure that veterans and their family
members who were deported are brought home to the country they fought for!
https://twitter.com/Ike4CO/status/1298670169770700800

The above tweet was written by the Dem who’s opposing this incumbent…
This US Congressman is chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
He is wearing a “kill ’em all” T-shirt at a public event. https://bit.ly/3js30SN
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1300194454075092995

Reminder…
Just two weeks after Donald Trump’s executive actions, only one state has said it is paying new jobless benefits, few evictions have been paused, and leading employers have made clear that workers will not benefit from the president’s new payroll tax deferral. https://t.co/cqr3j4Lxi4
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1297518960292835328

Note: Republicans have yet to offer an adequate survival bill.

Why a Historic Eviction Wave Is Bearing Down on the US
https://t.co/6wt5lkPCuw

See chart…
Donald Trump today: “We just broke a record on jobs, an all-time record.” True. No president has ever presided over 22 million jobs lost in two months. Sure, some bounceback in May-July but less than 1/2 damage repaired. And now, epic fail on virus control slowing further gains.
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1297963473419276288

Related: https://twitter.com/jimhurle/status/1299059320303357956
https://twitter.com/amyhanauer/status/1299179638254718977

1990 – 2020 Labor Market Charts
https://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cps_charts.pdf

…Donald Trump did not bring back manufacturing jobs from China or anywhere else
https://t.co/P9FdCntDIF
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1298606528384004097

I was once a trustee of the Social Security Trust Fund. Trump’s plan to “terminate” payroll taxes would terminate Social Security by 2023.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1298424990648262656

The current chief actuary of the Trust Fund agrees. He said today that the federal government’s
ability to pay Social Security benefits could stop by mid-2023 if Donald Trump were to permanently
terminate the payroll tax and not offer another revenue source.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1298425775079620610

Yet suspending the payroll tax was praised at the Republican convention last night
as an example of Trump helping the middle class.
https://twitter.com/arappeport/status/1298301809530994688

This is a special reminder that people in the United States, not China, paid the tariffs
https://t.co/4g6CZJfjI7
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1298447387384401921

Baker: If we put a 25 percent tariff on goods from China, then we would be paying 25 percent more, minus the fall in the price of the imports. Since the price of imports from China barely fell, we are paying almost the whole thing

Detailed thread on US-China phase one trade agreement analysis ends with…
Through July, China has made only 28% of the purchases needed to meet the 2020 targets.
To fulfill Donald Trump’s trade deal, China must do 72% of the annual buying for 2020
over 5 short months. … https://t.co/L2Be1ozw68
https://twitter.com/ChadBown/status/1298335786266492930

FDA fires brand new spokesperson after Donald Trump exaggerates plasma as coronavirus ‘breakthrough’ at RNC
Miller didn’t have any scientific or medical experience when Donald Trump appointed her…
https://bit.ly/3hE0UPx

No, Donald Trump did not save HBCUs. He signed a bipartisan bill introduced by a Black woman. The bill gave $255 million in STEM funding to minority-facing colleges with $85 million going to HBCUs. And no, HBCU’s wouldn’t have “gone away” without it. https://t.co/jVpAH3tHb1
https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/1298077858288537600

After Formal Request, EPA Gives Experts Limited Time to Apply for Advisory Committees
https://bit.ly/31C8btz

William Pendley is Still Bad News – and Still Illegally Leading the Bureau of Land Management
https://blog.ucsusa.org/andrew-rosenberg/william-pendley-illegally-leading-the-blm

Call on William Perry Pendley to Resign
https://earthjustice.org/action/call-on-william-perry-pendley-to-resign

Related: https://bit.ly/2FV9T0v

Not the only one…
GAO has concluded that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were invalidly appointed and are *ineligible* to serve in their current roles.
https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1294268302739595264

The GAO has denied the Dept of Homeland Security’s request that the watchdog rescind
its finding that Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli were appointed in a way that makes their
current roles invalid. https://t.co/OUWMe2UJj7
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1297677499653070848

Feb: Fact Sheet: Trump Says One Thing and Does Another on Criminal Justice
https://t.co/KYziysL2NG

They tried to get Trump to care about right-wing terrorism. He ignored them.
Officials at the Dept of Homeland Security waged a yearslong internal struggle to get the White House to pay attention to the threat of violent domestic extremists. Frustrated, they gave up on the Trump administration.
https://t.co/mYY9H0CjMz

US Citizenship and Immigration Services…
USCIS makes it official. They will ignore SCOTUS ruling and, “will reject all initial DACA requests from aliens who have never previously received DACA and return all fees.” Furthermore, renewals will be limited to one year. https://t.co/RUIZ3LXw3n
https://twitter.com/anoorani/status/1297903093200420870

Trump administration officials floated using a microwave “heat ray” to deter migrants from crossing the border in the days leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. https://t.co/ugpV4X4Lnc
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1298765948388868097

Diplomats aghast as Pompeo set to address GOP convention from Jerusalem
https://t.co/rOTUjj2bBS

Thread
https://twitter.com/RobbieGramer/status/1298312395962478592

The idea that @SecPompeo can speak at #RNC2020 in his “personal capacity” betrays a basic
misunderstanding. Any individual gives up his/her personal capacity to speak on foreign policy
when he/she takes the job. It is public service, not political service.
https://twitter.com/RichardHaass/status/1298400903209328641

This speech by Secretary Pompeo is a major mistake.  It politicizes his office, our relationship
with Israel and does what he asked every State Department employee not to do –
engage in partisan political activity in an election year.
https://twitter.com/RNicholasBurns/status/1298448362950230019

Related: https://twitter.com/tackettdc/status/1298319951896489984
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1298448608526835733
https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/1298027767381008388

Pompeo has done to the office of Secretary of State what Trump has done to the presidency:
debased it, discredited it in the eyes of the world, and used it solely for personal and political
purposes.
https://twitter.com/brhodes/status/1298436168061612032

Pompeo’s Jerusalem RNC Speech Shamelessly Uses Israel as a Partisan Prop
https://bit.ly/3gs6bbu

Thread
https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/1297697030358413313
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“[Michael] Cohen said in his book and said in his testimony, ‘We had a different balance sheet for each day of the week, for each purpose,’ ” a former federal prosecutor said. “And that’s a worthy subject for investigation.” https://t.co/9PGivNjpIn
https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/1299859837355020288

How did Trump Org. get paid $900K+ by U.S. taxpayers?
We have receipts with new details:
– Charges for rooms at Mar-a-Lago when Trump wasn’t there.
– “Resort fees” for Secret Service agents guarding VP Pence.
– A $1,300 charge to move furniture. https://t.co/nzARoS4V18
https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1299010747075362817

Dean Baker does the math: $900,00 = 560 food stamp years…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1299030218439421952

Doesn’t sound like an apology to me…
https://twitter.com/abeaujon/status/1299015700724568065

New York attorney general sues Trump Organization over financial dealings
Office is investigating whether Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain tax benefits
https://bit.ly/3aTQF6P

Story was previously reported by Propublica…
2019: Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies
The president’s businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders
and less profitable to tax officials. One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.”
https://t.co/RUUeEyhIfz

Jared Kushner’s Private Channel With Putin’s Money Man
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jared-kushners-private-channel-with-putins-money-man-kirill-dmitriev

Related: https://twitter.com/justinhendrix/status/1297859334991482880

Mother Jones obtained a video of a conversation between Donald Trump and his lawyer in a 2015 deposition taken for the Trump University fraud lawsuits. Trump bragged about how his company threatened the Better Business Bureau to change the D rating for Trump University to an A. https://t.co/bEqQyaNd6k
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300218022918053893

~Three years later…
Federal court approves $25 million Trump University settlement
https://nbcnews.to/31GJlsd

And ~ one year after that…
DeVos revokes Obama-era rule policing for-profit colleges
https://apnews.com/a34589f6425144b2b9b376737c81be91

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1298403227629531136
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1298835153612144640
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1297866248714240003
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1297948213266255876
https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1297947088353996801
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1297948650996408323
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1298041581472284681
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1298068070347476998
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1298077211149377537
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1298082652826681344
https://twitter.com/natsecaction/status/1298772213244416000
https://twitter.com/Rachel__Nichols/status/1298478959206662145
https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1298743052207620097
https://twitter.com/RVAT2020/status/1298669972026204160
https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1298785779989315586
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1298791016334467072
https://twitter.com/EdgeofSports/status/1299079512030879760
https://twitter.com/meredithshiner/status/1298969224505962498
https://twitter.com/EdgeofSports/status/1298969297419751424
https://twitter.com/michelleinbklyn/status/1299162564748869634
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1298457682769326082
https://twitter.com/stonecold2050/status/1298794212146556928
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1299353544479432705
https://twitter.com/Ragcha/status/1298993426982027278
https://www.propublica.org/topics/trump-administration

Hmm II…
https://twitter.com/laurenbaer/status/1298071191073193985
https://bit.ly/31mRQJ0
https://twitter.com/crampell/status/1298453206033403904
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1298450090256990211
https://twitter.com/MHackman/status/1298755913197682690
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1298432907103608832
https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1298432080272134144 See: https://t.co/eam0o9ktyF
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1298412680496152577
https://twitter.com/Nick_L_Miller/status/1298394801914744833
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1298263982025793543
https://twitter.com/aarondmiller2/status/1298084387720962049
https://twitter.com/orensegal/status/1298640958364450816
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1298110771939938306
https://twitter.com/mcorley/status/1299694703621935104
https://twitter.com/giacomonyt/status/1299161579083255815
https://twitter.com/JohnAvlon/status/1299100885436563456
https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/1299100083384918017

Worried about #2020Census, Katherine Wallman, former chief statistician of US, hasn’t found “an objective reason for rushing through, ending up with crummy data & destroying the trust in a system that depends almost entirely on the voluntary cooperation of the American public.”
https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1300066079616782341
Entire thread: https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1299834270463266819

The ripple effect of a #Census2020 undercount includes “benchmarking of the Current Population Survey, which is the basis for employment data, income and poverty data, and health insurance coverage, along with many other statistics,” says @DeanBaker13 https://t.co/9WEVGNr8kI 
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1299051597000052736

Not to Have an Accurate Count Is Shooting Ourselves in the Foot’ https://bit.ly/3gI9xHr

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