Towards an issues-based 2020 election (81)

===2020 Big Picture===
Today is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day! Sign up to be a poll worker to help elections run smoothly, efficiently, and fairly in your community.
Wondering why being a poll worker is important? Watch the video below, then sign up here https://t.co/OBqEW7ng1V
https://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1300797772174635018

Old Navy to pay store employees to work election polls in November
https://t.co/gJ57HaTO2S

Pinterest will give employees eight hours of paid time off for “civic engagement,” which can be
used to vote, serve as a poll worker or other forms of civic or community engagement.
Employees can use the paid time off anytime, not limited to Election Day.
https://t.co/lIRp1PVcuE
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302350795438874625

Webinar: Getting ‘Election Night’ Right (Thursday, September 10; 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT)
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7015990649243/WN_GXzz-K_7QjiS5qg9E9n3xQ

As part of the Electionland project, @propublica works with U.S. journalists to cover the voting process. In this article, it offers some tips for local reporters to tackle coverage of voting by mail. https://bit.ly/2EV7R0v
https://twitter.com/spj_tweets/status/1302324410536337409

The Orlando Magic’s home arena will serve as an early voting site. https://t.co/YqiQh7KYOD
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302245105311514626

US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301195682745704448

Note: If you’re a Dem backed by the Chamber of Commerce, you’re likely a corporatist. Push these folks.

You can talk about Michael Cohn’s book or you can talk about how if Democrats win in November they will raise the minimum wage, expand Pell Grants, and provide money to avert layoffs of teachers & firefighters.
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1302580801750663168

This is a bit of a troll from @Davidshor but it’s a serious point – your communication with friends,
colleagues, family members, etc on social media is one of the most powerful tools of political
action available to you and the choice of message matters. https://t.co/QhpnrycI1l
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1302582134616592384

===2020 Issues===
Climate change has arrived
The connection between hellacious weather and man-made climate change is becoming undeniable
https://t.co/HOmyxmpXv2

To be quite honest, we need decarbonization by like 2025 if we want to save this place.
https://twitter.com/nadaelmikashfi/status/1303063003730972673

I’m so excited to launch a project of mine I’ve been building for awhile. “Radical Reimagining” is a new global online space that will gather visions around the better world we can build. Sign up today: https://t.co/6VUNYOy3AN
https://twitter.com/Thelma_Lutun/status/1300190132327256066

How Fast Is the Climate Changing?: It’s a New World, Each and Every Day
https://t.co/j44jlvAsMo

In a rational world lawmakers wouldn’t have to demand a global crisis impacting the lives of every person on the planet be discussed during a presidential debate … but after moderators asked no climate question in 2016, this is where we are. https://t.co/D6JnLsCjDu
https://twitter.com/AriRabinHavt/status/1301526130910994432

Ed Markey Has a Message for Democrats: ‘The Age of Incrementalism Is Over’
“Now,” says the sentor who won an unprecendented primary victory, “is our moment to think big and take bold and urgent action.”
https://t.co/xa06l7ryK0

Groups pressure Biden to exclude fuel execs from team
More than 100 climate and advocacy groups are asking Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to commit to blocking fossil fuel representatives from its transition team or administration should the former vice president win the election
https://t.co/hWv2xFSnbk

3 decades into the climate crisis, these firms have shown over and over that they’re the problem,
not part of the solution. Their execs and board members reliably work to delay action;
they should not be formulating public policy
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1300828587105357825

Business columnist in the Houston paper sounding like a divestment activist: “While the
broad S&P 500 index is up 6.6 percent for the year, the energy sector is down 40 percent.
Energy was the worst performing sector in 2018 and 2019, too.” https://t.co/KpGfz2HCFk
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1300549779471192064

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic
Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is
demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports
of American trash. Confronting a climate crisis that threatens the fossil fuel industry,
oil companies are racing to make more plastic.
https://t.co/3XRHhIJs79
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A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression
https://pewrsr.ch/3m1izD6

Meet the average American millennial, who has an $8,000 net worth, is delaying
life milestones because of student-loan debt, and still relies on parents for money
https://bit.ly/325EyRm

The Labor Day Graph That Says It All
If we hope to ever rebuild an economy that works for everyone we’re going to need many more workers in unions and a much stronger labor
https://t.co/kZrwHx8GkS

The best Labor Day graph and the best rejoinder (see chart)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303041556576792576
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303047703115382784

Related:  https://twitter.com/LarryMishel/status/1303052605648703489
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303063491004178432

Thread
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1302942281503313920

It is time to constitutionally guarantee the right to organize strong unions
https://t.co/FPupD6utJ8

Many Republicans used to support labor unions. Eisenhower lauded them. Nixon courted them
& even signed OSHA into law. But Donald Trump & today’s GOP lawmakers are extremely
anti-union & often very anti-worker, too. They even oppose increasing the minimum wage.
https://t.co/YnGccOIHyA
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1303001359256616960

Note: The former Republicans were called “moderates” by the latter folks – like Grover Norquist who wanted to destroy government. Folks who helped Jeff Fortenberry win his first election. https://bit.ly/2R35qev

Seeing the Last Acceptable Prejudice Clearly: The More Educated Scr-wed the Less-Educated
https://t.co/GVxtFAvkY4

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1303018347659960323
https://twitter.com/RobinRpearce/status/1301335377417035776

Note: I oppose violence. I oppose inciting violence. But when all attempts for change fail, people tend to rise up. The moral? Listen and respond reasonably.

I’m still waiting to see the NYT, or any other major publication, print a single piece
saying the economy was structured to redistribute income upward.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1302212530396229634

Related: https://twitter.com/rcaseyjennings/status/1302220184740978689 (page up)

The president who solves this problem
will probably make his party dominant for generations to come.
https://twitter.com/ScottCDunn/status/1301178160067702784

Not progressives. Neoliberals….
https://twitter.com/henderson_mark/status/1302593079732572166

What is Neoliberalism?
https://corpwatch.org/article/what-neoliberalism

Review: “A Brief History of Neoliberalism”
https://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2007/09/brief-history-neoliberalism

Related: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/183033.A_Brief_History_of_Neoliberalism

Why the Neoliberal Agenda Is a Failure at Fighting Coronavirus
https://bit.ly/3ij5P8V

Thom Hartmann: What is Neoliberalism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaS3f9iqv8

Quest For Fire Episode 21 – Graham Christensen, regenerating our rural communities
https://bit.ly/3bkfl93

A simple economics question…
Are Corporate CEOs Worth $20 Million?
https://cepr.net/are-corporate-ceos-worth-20-million/

@EileenAppelbaum and Rosemary Batt talk about an INET-supported study on the dramatic impact that private equity funds are having on everyone’s medical bills and on the healthcare industry as a whole https://t.co/V7y1iAIsF3
https://twitter.com/INETeconomics/status/1300812523835453440

First in a thread…
Two episodes in 1992 presidential campaign show Bill Barr is flat wrong in saying how the “60-Day Rule” applies to Durham investigation and October surprises. And Barr knows it.
He was deeply involved in both 1992 cases. https://t.co/Kn2ulDXGBY
https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1300424283890618368

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301271322694213632

Such fear-mongering. https://t.co/kGiYtHVf7B
China’s #nuclear arsenal is 10 times smaller than US. If we want China to avoid dangerous policies like quick launch, we should match their policy on #NoFirstUse. Instead #Trump admin is using China as an excuse for new arms race.
https://twitter.com/TomCollina/status/1301176763922485248

The JCPOA worked.  Maximum pressure has failed. https://bit.ly/3jT9ISd
https://twitter.com/JBWolfsthal/status/1302442862001479680

Miller counters Goldberg
https://twitter.com/Nick_L_Miller/status/1302733745557049345

===2020 Watch List===
A federal judge has extended the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned in Georgia, ruling that they must be counted if postmarked by Election Day and delivered up to three days afterward. https://t.co/BwHAyqXDRz
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300765351538552834

75% of mail voters in Colorado dropped off their ballots in 2016. It’s secure, voters like it & avoids USPS delays. It’s insane Trump campaign litigating to prevent drop boxes in states like PA https://bit.ly/32MQQgO
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1300897710996951045

The RNC and the Trump campaign have sued the state of Montana in federal court to cut back voting by mail statewide. https://t.co/lFhVZY5IkG
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301346677735993344

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
A few for context…
2017 CBPP: Senate Tax Plan’s End to SALT Deduction a Poor Trade for Tax Cuts for Wealthy
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/senate-tax-plans-end-to-salt-deduction-a-poor-trade-for-tax-cuts-for-wealthy

2017: Blue states already subsidize red states. Now red states want even more.
What the state and local tax deduction fight is really about.
https://wapo.st/2DHbvue

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

Note: Republicans (who controlled Congress) were attempting to defund Blue states while the rest of their bill upended tax structure. The problem still hasn’t been fixed…

2018: New Tax Law Is Fundamentally Flawed and Will Require Basic Restructuring
https://bit.ly/3lYNH6m

2019: Repealing SALTCap Would Be Regressive
and Proposed Offset Would Use up Needed Progressive Revenues
https://bit.ly/2Zhc999

There’s a whole lot of missing context in this op-ed headline
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303003203919699989

It Was Not “Flaws in the U.S. Financial System” that Caused the Great Recession, It Was the Collapse of the Housing Bubble
https://bit.ly/3ikzs9u

Do Most Economists Think Government Deficits Should Have Been Lower Before the Pandemic Hit?
https://bit.ly/2R315Il

Baker counters Pharma…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1301895540326588416

False equivalence…
Truly embarrassing from AP. Everything that is wrong with journalism in the Trump era, sadly.
https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1302453994942586882

Compare / Contrast…
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/politics/election-2020-donald-trump-dishonesty/index.html

Twitter flags House Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-LA01) video as ‘manipulated’ for altering disabled activist’s words
https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/30/steve-scalise-twitter-video-ady-barkan/

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1300411617096548352

Facebook has taken down a small network of fake accounts and pages associated with Russian operatives that had recruited U.S. journalists to write articles targeting left-leaning readers on racial justice, the Biden-Harris campaign, and Trump’s policies. https://t.co/uZRmrWDdla
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300859738696146944

Facebook, Twitter crack down on Trump’s double-voting remarks
Trump during a visit to the state on Wednesday urged supporters to try to vote both by mail and in-person – an act in violation of federal and North Carolina voter fraud laws.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/03/facebook-videos-trump-voting-fraud-408381

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301592121074479105

Misleading ad is still being aired…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1300579185732149248

Donald Trump hasn’t done anything to bring down drug costs. You’re paying the price
https://t.co/DhY8E7bXD6

Despite Zuckerberg’s claims that Facebook had removed a militia event where people discussed gathering in Kenosha to shoot and kill protesters, Facebook never took any such action. The event was taken down by the militia group after two people were killed. https://t.co/6PU320hjfx
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302388542279122944

Facebook will ban new political ads for the week leading up to Election Day and remove posts that try to suppress or discourage voting. The measures also aim to prevent campaigns and their supporters from making premature claims of victory. https://t.co/fO7mTLfbpm
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301512772899962881

Facebook’s Political Ad Ban Also Threatens Ability
to Spread Accurate Information on How to Vote
https://t.co/HIz0qTbvXc

Related: https://bit.ly/3h51gNK

[Y]ou can still spread misinformation with political ads on Facebook, you just can’t do it with NEW ads just ONE week before Election Day. According to this new policy, political ads that have at least one impression prior to October 27th can be rerun and re-targeted to new groups during the week of Election Day.

Facebook’s policy will only further empower those seeking to do harm, while weakening the ability of outside forces to counteract attacks and misinformation, something that has proven necessary given Facebook’s weak enforcement.

 “I think Facebook should provide ‘related articles’ side by side with political ads and include
fact-checking articles, if any are available,” says @factcheckdotorg director Eugene Kiely
https://t.co/J7B1UCRgIX
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1301974211024629760

Donald Trump and allies ratchet up disinformation efforts in late stage of campaign
The president and his supporters are disseminating falsehoods and trafficking in obfuscation at rapid clip, through the use of selectively edited videos, deceptive retweets and false statements.
https://t.co/n56i6mh4p8

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1301025531215765510

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Joe Biden… April 25th
Rebuilding the Economy Will Require Joe Biden to Think Very Differently Than 2009
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/01/biden-economic-policy-us-economy/

Farmers roundtable participants share thoughts about how Biden Plan for Rural America will improve the economic health of US farmers
https://bit.ly/3gTC3Gh

Before Covid-19…
Oct 2019: We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores https://bit.ly/329u0ku
https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1187829299207954437

Joe Biden has promised that, if elected, he will restore the program, called Predict, which searched for dangerous new animal viruses in bat caves, camel pens, wet markets and wildlife-smuggling routes around the globe. https://t.co/kAukIT5XUj
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300402960258662401

Anita Hill vows to vote for Joe Biden and work with him on gender issues. https://t.co/qNIGSH3p9W
“My commitment is to finding solutions, and I am more than willing to work with him.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302954778738089984

Joe Biden Delivers Remarks on Public Safety and Law Enforcement
https://www.c-span.org/video/?475311-1/joe-biden-delivers-remarks-public-safety-law-enforcement

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300478459601457152

Joe Biden Promises a Moral Renewal for the U.S. Here’s Where He Can Start.
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/02/biden-foreign-policy-war/

Another attempt to push Biden to the right. In this case into the hands of the banksters…
This Black Democrat is urging Biden to do the opposite. https://bit.ly/3h62Kri
We need less Wall Street in the next administration and more working class representation.
https://twitter.com/JamaalBowmanNY/status/1303027303065231360

Diversity of experience and career path never gets mentioned in these discussions. Having a
senior official not rotate in from industry would add some diversity! https://t.co/s0YAU9w3zg
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1303025371936301058

The notion that the only way to have a diverse White House is to fill an administration with
corporate lobbyists is so cynical, absurd and insulting to people of color that I cannot believe
anyone would make such an argument…but here we are
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1302994209301913603

Agreed. It is indeed a false choice &using “diversity” as an excuse to maintain the status quo
is backwards as he–. There is a way to recognize variables &”unintended consequences”
while taking action against an entrenched system that rewards the ultra wealthy above all others.
https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1302996059229171713

Biden transition team shapes up with Obama-Biden alum hires
The new group provides the most insight so far into how a Biden administration would look.
https://t.co/odASPw7C7m

Related: https://twitter.com/JTHVerhovek/status/1302286809905467397

What a crew! Anita Dunn has worked as a consultant for the Tory Party and Keystone pipeline.
Harvey Weinstein called her for advice right before NY Times expose. Zients is huge deficit hawk,
Kaufman wants to cut social security etc.
https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1302735715856334848

As a flashback, here’s what we had to say about Jeff Zients, newly installed
as a co-chair of the Biden transition, in March. https://t.co/Z8Jqe2uBvn
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1302669782966104064

Sirota on Buttigieg…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1302409788249128960

The Democratic Party should not sit on Biden’s lead. It should adopt a bigger, bolder strategy that is sufficient to meet a moment shaped by the #CoronavirusPandemic, mass unemployment, police violence and climate crisis. That’s the strategy for a big win. https://t.co/LbIn18qfqW
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1302241688900038656

“We are clear that Biden is no savior, and will likely seek to implement the same kind of corporate-friendly policies as previous Democratic presidents…” BUT… “The working class cannot afford four more years of Trump.” – @ueunion https://t.co/pVEXYnhum7
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1302364942721519616

“We do not consider this to be an endorsement of Joe Biden by United Electrical union
but instead that it is a strategic recommendation to our members and to working people
in general that they vote for Biden to remove Donald Trump from office.”
https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1302359855349608449

“Now is the time that we need to force politicians to put needed changes into law & policy.
We have the ability to have those fights on offense under a Biden presidency while we are
likely to be almost entirely on defense under a 2nd Trump administration.”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1302561836005552134

Beware the Never-Trumpers, whose No. 1 goal is and always has been to be at war with someone… https://t.co/6XQ9K9V0HG
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1301908997633724417

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1302648460278222849

Note: Another example of people trying to push Biden to the right.
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Donald Trump
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh blocks Trump administration (new) scheme – https://bit.ly/3i94UaI – to limit the final process of in-person door knocking and outreach, which is vital to getting a complete count of all communities. (click text graphic)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1302560384017199105

Judge orders Census Bureau to temporarily stop winding down operations. The bureau
is set to end its count at the end of September, a month earlier than previously planned.
https://t.co/50n36IwkDL

Recent census reports / comments
https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1300066079616782341
https://twitter.com/hansilowang/status/1299834270463266819
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1299051597000052736
https://fair.org/home/not-to-have-an-accurate-count-is-shooting-ourselves-in-the-foot/

U.S. Postal Service police barred Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from entering two mail sorting facilities in Florida this week, threatening to escort her from the property if she didn’t leave. https://t.co/0v3vzviIty
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302758479229198336

Trump admin quietly pulls funding for disinfecting N.Y. subways, schools https://t.co/uKLo0rVH9X
https://twitter.com/AmberD1116/status/1301683166273396736

Question: Trying to kill off Democratic voters before the election?

Trump seemingly encourages North Carolina residents to try to vote twice
The president said voters could send a mail ballot and then try to vote in-person to see if the mail ballot was tabulated.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/02/trump-vote-twice-voter-fraud-408007

Click text graphic…
.@NCSBE statement in response to Trump:
https://twitter.com/GrahamDavidA/status/1301527120091525121

Note: Apparently the president committed a felony in NC. https://bit.ly/3h4AjtS

Blitzer: “You can’t vote twice.”
Barr: “I don’t know what the law in the particular state is.”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1301268497033555968

Note: But Barr knows federal law makes it wrong.

Same interview…
Barr claims a man collected 1,700 ballots and filled them out as he pleased.
Prosecutors say that’s not what happened. https://t.co/uWpovAg5GM
https://twitter.com/mattzap/status/1301669061743476736

Thread
https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1301912336207417351

Related: https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1302205788799356930

The following day…
The president just, once again, urged people to potentially commit a crime and vote twice.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301677680719466501

Meanwhile (click graphics)…
Trump campaign sending mail ballot request forms to its supporters in Texas while TX GOP
blocks voters under 65 from voting by mail & TX Supreme Court prevents Harris County
from sending mail ballot applications. GOP only opposes mail voting when Dems use it
Via @texasdemocrats
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1301251799983312903

“Take a look at Carolyn Maloney, whose race should be redone” – Trump demands that an
election be redone because it took a few weeks to tally mail ballots (file this away for November)
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303031785450856450

We’re all inured to this but Donald Trump calling on AG to prosecute political enemies is the very definition of abuse of power. https://bit.ly/2YUaC8M
https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1300989756893925377

Just to drive this home in case it’s not clear, Donald Trump has no specific crime for which
he wants Barr to prosecute Biden and Obama. He wants Barr to prosecute them
for being his political opponents.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1300995386924957696

Related: https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1301543222276231169

Several for context
2008: Appeals court sides with Air America host in defamation suit
https://www.rcfp.org/appeals-court-sides-air-america-host-defamation-suit/

Note: Randi Rhodes had served in the Air Force and was horrified that CACI had inserted itself into the chain of command at Abu Ghraib. She was also displeased that a few people below CACI were tried and imprisoned. CACI sued her and lost.

2017: U.N. finds torture widespread in Afghanistan
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-torture-idUSKBN17Q0IU

CIA Uncensors Memoir of FBI Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists
Nine years after the CIA blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency
has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published
https://t.co/jvxcpCdCsc

Thanks to @Ali_H_Soufan @alexgibneyfilm @MFIADave & Ray Bonner for their persistence
in challenging this censorship. Such a scandal that the intel officials who authorized torture
managed to distort the public record for so long.
https://twitter.com/JameelJaffer/status/1300459837633986562

March: International Criminal Court Allows Investigation Of U.S. Actions In Afghanistan
https://n.pr/2GprJcp

April: U.S. Imposes Visa Ban on International Criminal Court Prosecutor
https://www.lawfareblog.com/us-imposes-visa-ban-international-criminal-court-prosecutor

Q&A: The International Criminal Court and the United States
https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/09/02/qa-international-criminal-court-and-united-states

The Trump administration has put Fatou #Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International
Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) and one of her top aids, on the sanctions list historically
reserved for war criminals and international terrorists. https://t.co/iUaeH4Hxmm
https://twitter.com/MDParadis/status/1301160865094340611

Related: https://twitter.com/K8brannen/status/1301222103996301313
https://twitter.com/philippesands/status/1301212372242137090

Note: Judicial intimidation has nothing to do with justice, law and order. Or put another way https://bit.ly/2DwES2j

Donald Trump’s Incitements to Violence Have Crossed an Alarming Threshold
Faced with the prospect of losing power, the President has gone beyond mere scaremongering and resorted to fomenting unrest from the White House
https://t.co/78QcxU6J9a

Former DHS Official: Donald Trump Pouring ‘Fuel On The Fire’ Of Domestic Extremism
https://n.pr/3lKWI2M

Historian Rick Perlstein on the RNC & Trump’s Dangerous Propaganda Driving People to Violence
https://bit.ly/2QS01Hb

Deja vu all over again…
Flashback: July 2016.
Donald Trump: “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.
Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.” (video)
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301248546541371394

Meanwhile…
Calls for shooting ‘rioters’ show up on pro-Madison police Facebook group
https://t.co/kDTavKyrH4

14 veteran journalists at the Voice of America send letter of protest against Trump’s appointee as parent agency’s CEO, Michael Pack, saying he is harming US aims and imperiling its reporters / more https://t.co/7BnWhpTfLx
https://twitter.com/davidfolkenflik/status/1300426808089890817

White House: Regulatory chief to agencies: Rein in enforcement.
The White House regulatory chief issued a new memo yesterday that critics say would curtail government enforcement of rules, including those related to the environment.
https://t.co/9rTm4ppW6M

Public Citizen counters Donald Trump…
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1300433105619218432

Context: GOP senator (Rand Paul) mocked for grandstanding against antifa
Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, is not an actual group that has an address or membership to subpoena.
https://bit.ly/2QYTsmp

Related:  https://twitter.com/AndrewFeinberg/status/1300774187582226433
https://twitter.com/alexkotch/status/1300955199494856705
https://twitter.com/BenWoffordDC/status/1300969613203779584
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1300874497608888322
https://twitter.com/CharlesPPierce/status/1300796319238324225

White supremacists present the gravest terror threat to the United States, according to a draft
report from the Dept of Homeland Security. “None of the drafts POLITICO reviewed referred
to a threat from Antifa.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302335695818821633

While we wait for the Senate and White House to pass an economic survival bill
that counters the House bill passed last May…
Donald Trump threatens to defund major cities.
https://twitter.com/stevennelson10/status/1301289456620703745

See text graphic…
It’d be in my lane to write an explainer about the legal context of Donald Trump’s memo on
purportedly restricting funding to “anarchist” cities like New York, except the White House didn’t
even bother to try to cite a legal basis. It’s just the usual get-a-one-day-headline vacuousness.
https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1301335823430889475

Social Security in the Crosshairs
SSA’s chief actuary warns Trump could kill the program.
https://tarbell.org/2020/09/social-security-in-the-crosshairs/

Glenn, I think you went overboard on this one. “Just joking” should not be an acceptable defense
https://t.co/TMSYnCpVuU
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1301932524038320128

Note: Destroying the lives of millions of Americans isn’t funny.

As Wall Street logged its best August in more than 30 years, the number of Americans going hungry amid the novel coronavirus crisis has approached record levels. https://t.co/ywI44gUxBj
https://twitter.com/DavidNakamura/status/1300800393170104321

People should also note the Fed pumped more than $6 Trillion to prop this stock market.
https://twitter.com/KiarKini/status/1300866593082224649

Dan Froomkin contextualizes Donald Trump’s comment
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1300551131706335233

“[S]upplemental and ad-hoc disaster payments under COVID-19 relief” boost farm incomes
https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/business-inputs/article/2020/09/02/government-payments-main-driver-farm

‘Trump bump’ in farm income to disappear in 2021
https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/trump-bump-in-farm-income-to-disappear-in-2021

Question: Why are government farm handouts referred to positively (i.e. income) and urban handouts are referred to negatively (i.e. welfare, handout etc)? And are these survey results related to the handout?: https://bit.ly/2QTfaIp

The trade deficit is rising again https://t.co/LT7DOvGHdG
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1301144782996082689

As small U.S. farms face crisis, Trump’s trade aid flowed to corporations
https://cnb.cx/3lYAv1o

Donald Trump campaigned as a champion of blue-collar workers. But his administration, with its close ties to corporations & business lobbyists, has unfortunately been vigorously anti-union & often anti-worker. https://t.co/rM56v8o9rQ
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1302750128453939201

Related: https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303023247341084672
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303026705125212169

Charles Rettig, the Trump-appointed IRS Commissioner who has refused to release Trump’s tax returns, has made hundreds of thousands of dollars renting out Trump properties while in office, according to documents obtained by CREW. https://t.co/8ldd56Zks5
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301527870909681665

Why would AG Barr rush an antitrust case? Dean Baker has a possible reason…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1301624840571428865

Farm forum: Donald Trump failed on trade and ethanol
https://thefern.org/ag_insider/trump-failed-on-trade-and-ethanol-says-democratic-farm-forum/

In July, Donald Trump promised: “We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks.”
In August, he claimed: “We’re going to be introducing a tremendous health care plan sometime, hopefully, prior to end of the month.”
Nothing ever happened. Nothing at all. https://t.co/U8Xir8pPkB
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1301240980188921856

The federal government is backing out of a ventilator deal we scrutinized in the spring, and now a Congressional subcommittee is broadening its investigation to include other cononavirus-related deals negotiated by Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro https://bit.ly/3hPrpBD
> The Trump Administration Is Backing Out of a $647 Million Ventilator Deal
https://twitter.com/SheInvestigates/status/1300895871601647617

An executive from a scandal-scarred, COVID-19-ravaged meat-processing giant has been named to a federal oversight panel on the meat-packing industry. https://t.co/eNl74Y8ot3
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300410509070663682

USDA Seeks to Permanently Speed up Poultry Plant Line Speeds
https://civileats.com/2020/08/31/usda-seeks-to-permanently-speed-up-poultry-plant-line-speeds/

Where is Betsy DeVos? Many K-12 schools are reopening this week. Where is she? Why isn’t Trump’s Education Secretary speaking every day about schools’ COVID preparations? Where are the news conferences? Where are the reassurances? Where are the plans? Where is she?
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302788680826855431

Donald Trump’s war on history…
https://twitter.com/RachelAnneLevy/status/1302950352522805249

Related: https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303034824001761280

“The world is swimming in excess oil. Crude prices are weak. Oil companies are starving for cash. And climate change fears are palpable.” Yet the Trump administration is working feverishly to open the Arctic Refuge to oil development. #ProtectTheArctic https://t.co/kZ0KCPxXsX
https://twitter.com/alaskawild/status/1298659279126372352

2014 Context: Cleaning Up Power Plant Water Pollution
Power plants are the biggest sources of water pollution in the country. Power plant water discharges are filled with toxic pollution such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium.
https://earthjustice.org/cases/2014/cleaning-up-power-plant-water-pollution

Toxic water pollution sickens people, and power plants are by far its largest source. The toxics in coal plant waste raise cancer risk, make fish unsafe to eat, and can inflict lasting brain damage on children.

Arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and other pollutants are being discharged into public waters from power plants without any specific limits.

  Now: EPA Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants
https://t.co/WAhFtPcqs2

White House plans to bar federal agencies from racial sensitivity trainings that it calls ‘Un-American’
https://t.co/Svbt3LbXmk

Border patrol made a fictional video that elicits fear of migrants…
https://news.yahoo.com/u-border-patrol-fictionalized-video-225142823.html

Repeat for context…
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 Daily Beast reports that top White House officials, including Robert O’Brien and Mark
Meadows, have repeatedly discussed in meetings with staff and with Donald Trump
how to restrict and control the flow of information on election threats to Capitol Hill.
https://t.co/NtXvX3bEE0
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300934010747654146

A growing, disturbing pattern at DoD. Select journalists invited to briefings that should be open to
all press. It appears that info is being treated as something only available to preferred journalists.
Multiple attempts to stop this have failed.
https://twitter.com/nancyayoussef/status/1300843260550803458

Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, has ordered ODNI communi-
cations staff to freeze out NYT reporters as punishment for a NYT Magazine article by
@DraperRobert on the politicization of intelligence re Russian interference in the 2020 election.
https://t.co/MW8AIWpIIu (see text graphic)
https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1302376431993917441

“Donald Trump blows past the intelligence to”… (I won’t repeat what appears to be a lie.)
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1301270740952641539

Theresa May wanted solidarity from Trump over the 2018 Skripal chemical attack. Leaked notes reveal he pushed back: “We really need your leadership on this,” May said, according to notes.
“No, I would rather follow than lead,” Trump is quoted responding. https://t.co/whllyIi96v
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302924574472810498

On Donald Trump’s watch…
As U.S. air war in Afghanistan surged, investigations into civilian harm plunged
https://t.co/xPlQfB9QWd

Compare / Contrast…
…the top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t (in love with me), because they want to do
nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs & make the
planes & make everything else stay happy.
https://twitter.com/wolfblitzer/status/1303049106026369025

2018: Donald Trump changes his mind again on military spending,
now wants a big boost next year
https://bit.ly/325oDCM

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302720730665230336
—–
How Donald Trump Draws on Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills
https://t.co/RYae3YhGVy

Trump and his affiliated political entities have spent at least $58.4 million in donations
on legal and compliance work since 2015. …
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1302607490429915136

[T]he latest example of President Trump (illegally) using his office to boost his reelection hopes. https://bit.ly/3lDfEAl
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1300803005785178112

Thread
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1301249825221087236

Two for context…
2018: ‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast: Where’d Trump’s Record Inauguration Spending Go? ‘It’s Inexplicable’
Another thing we found on this week’s “Trump, Inc.”: Two members of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee have been convicted of financial crimes, and a third – the committee’s treasurer – was an unindicted co-conspirator in an accounting fraud.
https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-trump-record-inauguration-spending

2018: Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company – With Ivanka in the Middle
As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised
about whether Trump’s Washington hotel was overcharging for event space. The spending
could be a violation of the law.
https://bit.ly/3jDHTx6

Mrs. Trump’s ex-adviser says she taped calls for protection
https://apnews.com/54d09be4086a084ff13ed11561871581

Melania Trump regularly used a private Trump Organization email account, an email from a MelaniaTrump-dot-com domain, iMessage and an encrypted messaging app while in the White House, according to her Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. https://t.co/TqEth8l0o2
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300980745314369538

“The Post has viewed messages dated after the inauguration that appear to be from private email
and messaging accounts used by Melania Trump. The messages contained discussions
of government hires and contracts (including Winston Wolkoff’s).”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1300981835724460034

Maribeth

Where neoliberalism is strong, governmental preparations for and copings with coronavirus were weak, too late, and too little: as in the U.S., the UK, and Italy, among others. In societies where neoliberalism is relatively weak, government is accorded considerable respect and deference. Its anti-viral initiatives and policies including economic interventions were welcomed or at least expected to play positive roles. Examples include China, South Korea, and New Zealand, among others. Where neoliberalism is weak, government economic interventions can receive ad hoc criticisms and oppositions, but they are not opposed in principle. Where neoliberalism is strong, opponents define government as always and necessarily an inefficient intruder into what private enterprise, if left alone, would do better.
Richard D Wolff in “Why the Neoliberal Agenda Is a Failure at Fighting Coronavirus”
https://braveneweurope.com/richard-d-wolff-why-the-neoliberal-agenda-is-a-failure-at-fighting-coronavirus

NPR: Swedish Approach To The Pandemic: Is It Working?: https://n.pr/3iaRbjF
Senegal’s quiet COVID success: https://bit.ly/35eUPWn
South Korea posts fewest COVID-19 cases in three weeks after tightening (measures): https://t.co/8qk5qBYg8L
Review: “A Brief History of Neoliberalism” https://bit.ly/3i9ubBM

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