Towards an issues-based 2020 election (82)

===2020 Big Picture===
Join us Monday 9/14 for a special primetime Voting Is Power Unleashed: #MoralMonday Mass Assembly (7pm ET/4pm PT)!
This will be an evening of information & inspiration w/tools for voter participation & protection from @NAACP_LDF & @Forward_Justice.
RSVP: https://t.co/mJhVNq0lsI (video)
https://twitter.com/RevDrBarber/status/1303302313176571905

Review: A woke week in 1968 remembered in ‘The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show’
https://bit.ly/33ny9R2

11th Circuit Court of Appeals supports poll taxes.
https://bit.ly/35sMcYj

July: LeBron James’ voting rights group donating $100,000
to pay fines and fees so ex-felons can vote in Florida
https://bit.ly/32kvto4

Note: Floridians voted to give felons the right to vote. The state legislature (which is controlled by Republicans) essentially nullified the will of the people by making felons pay fees before voting. Now a circuit court has jumped the shark.  Who nominated these judges?…

The decision…
https://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/eleventh-circuit-judges

W Pryor: GW Bush  Rosenbaum – Obama     Grant – Trump
Wilson – Clinton       A Pryor – Obama  Luck – Trump
Martin – Obama        Newsom – Trump    Lagoa – Trump
Jordan – Obama      Branch – Trump      Brasher – Trump

Note: If I’m interpreting the first page correctly: 1) Brasher didn’t hear the case leaving 11 votes. 2) The 5 remaining Trump votes joined Wm Pryor for this decision.

Keep in mind, Republicans control the Senate and they rarely oppose a Trump nominee.

“Conservative” judicial decisions keep boosting GOP voter suppression
https://t.co/xytwpUZDwh

Related: https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1304525853213290499

Wisconsin backed Ds for president in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.
After Scott Walker and his judicial allies suppressed voting, Trump took the state in 2016.
Now, Walker’s right-wing Supreme Court has blocked mailing of absentee ballots.
https://t.co/9qQJfd0STt
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1304824605064998915

Facebook will give workers paid time off to work polls
https://t.co/eQzv3Ouhy0

Old Navy, Tory Burch, Warby Parker and Target have all announced that they will pay store employees who serve as poll workers for eight hours of work. https://t.co/61StMwBzpd
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305249898846138370

Note: Saw a piece complaining about Biden being pushed to the left. Earth to whoever that was. Biden’s base is left of Congressional Republicans yet tends to agree with the majority of Americans on the issues. Why wouldn’t he support his base?

===2020 Issues===
UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit
https://apnews.com/c8c510423f9c5eae18bd5e58f89a9d2a

California’s dark, orange sky is the most unnerving sight I’ve ever woken up to
What is happening now is astonishingly worse than any previous fire season. We are in a new kind of era
https://t.co/DsTGN8lwQv

Related:  https://twitter.com/joshorton/status/1303850726788141056
https://twitter.com/OmarJimenez/status/1304065750324391936

“It’s as if the sun never rose over San Francisco today.” https://t.co/Urdf922wLk
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1303812258263425025

My friend @RevJSS sent this graph of solar output from his Bay Area home.
The sky is so filled with smoke today that the sun barely registers (see chart)
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1303771460180291584

See headline…
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1305126838788911104

Related:  https://twitter.com/climatebrad/status/1303885451359653888
https://t.co/P3hncRm1JG
https://twitter.com/wideofthepost/status/1303862974403223560
https://twitter.com/jamieclimate/status/1304447934574899200
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1305272340700368898

“The decisions we make collectively over the next few years will be consequential on geologic
timescales. Global heating could last hundreds of years, and biodiversity loss could last millions
… We must radically transform how we live on this planet” https://t.co/9yhzhjeX8J
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/1304971218169344000

Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change
https://t.co/s6JVAKkOY2

How Big Oil is Using Toxic Chemicals as a Lifeline – and How We Can Stop It
Petrochemicals are an environmental and public health disaster. Here’s what you need to know
https://earthjustice.org/features/petrochemicals-explainer

Congress needs new tools to declassify information that is improperly classified, and even sometimes information that is “properly classified” https://t.co/WlJ3UPMQSs
https://twitter.com/saftergood/status/1304432703316598784

Is Repealing Section 230 the Way to Fix Facebook? Exchange with Siva Vaidhyanathan
https://cepr.net/is-repealing-section-230-the-way-to-fix-facebook-exchange-with-siva-vaidhyanathan/

The Section 230 Fight Ended Six Months Ago
Lawmakers demanding an end to the liability shield for Big Tech
should have thought about that when they enshrined it in the new version of NAFTA.
https://prospect.org/power/section-230-fight-ended-six-months-ago-big-tech/

CBPP: Previewing Next Week’s Census Bureau Data on Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance
https://bit.ly/32mDhpl

Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action
https://bit.ly/32mJmCc

The outcome of the November elections could make the difference between THRIVE remaining a political wishlist or it garnering enough political power to create real laws that affect peoples’ lives. But the agenda’s supporters say they won’t back down regardless of who’s in the White House next year. “The fact is a lot of these crises are going to exist no matter what our government is composed of,” says Ashley Thomson, a climate campaigner with Greenpeace USA, another organization backing the agenda. “[The THRIVE agenda] asks us to move forward to a new vision of the future.”

Industrial Revolutionaries
To understand how to revitalize our economy, you only have to look back to the founders
https://t.co/5D0Bbm0sOh

Thread
https://twitter.com/GaneshSitaraman/status/1304113040111988736

Ag and Rural Issues Raised
Presidential Candidates Respond to Questions From Farm Bureau
https://agfax.com/2020/09/10/trump-vs-biden-ag-and-rural-issues-raised-dtn/

Doesn’t Feel Like a Recession? You Should Be Paying More in Taxes.
It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s good economics.
https://t.co/CtXdVFjYbl

Related:  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303480614079791110
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303481280953081857

Rep Kim counters Gov Cuomo…
Hey, here’s an idea. Instead of borrowing from Wall Street, let’s just tax Wall Street!
And if you want to borrow, do so from our central bank (Federal Reserve). Just look to MTA for guidance!
https://twitter.com/rontkim/status/1303404724721512448

More on borrowing from the Municipal Liquidity Facility: https://t.co/PoxNoU0XJn
https://twitter.com/rontkim/status/1303404727473000448

Blue States are Not Wrong to Want to Restore the Deduction for State and Local Taxes
https://cepr.net/blue-states-are-not-wrong-to-want-to-restore-the-deduction-for-state-and-local-taxes/

… I think direct aid to states would be far more cost-effective and could be better targeted.
That might not be politically feasible, in which case SALT deduction might be a distinctly
second-best optimum. But it is regressive.
https://twitter.com/lenburman/status/1304452092304789504

Agree completely on this. It would be much better to either have higher national standards
for Medicaid, child care assistance, etc. or alternatively to directly subsidize state spending,
but for the moment, neither is a political option
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1304526040736264192

Flashback: When Obama Was Pushed to Support Single-Payer
A story from 11 years ago reminds us that Democrats are going to need to have the guts to push their party’s next president to do the right thing.
https://t.co/LkBmn8dpVL

Disruptive? What we have now is disruptive…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1304458848212664327

Excellent new must-read from @Robert_t_Orr explains, in gruesome detail, the deliberate engineering of US physicians shortages. https://t.co/b5Aa03YLJ5
https://twitter.com/hamandcheese/status/1303389990223843330

Hundreds of Children Are Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals Each Year Despite the State’s Promises to Find Them Homes. The Illinois Dept of Children and Family Services promised to rescue children languishing in psychiatric hospitals for weeks and sometimes months beyond medical necessity. But the state hasn’t delivered and the problem has only gotten worse.
https://t.co/estSlDuQef

Rhodes counters Pompeo…
Rarely has an agenda been as fully pursued and failed as spectaculary  and predictably as the anti-Iran Deal fanatics.
https://twitter.com/brhodes/status/1303666334442631172

The JCPOA prevented Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Donald Trump and … Mike Pompeo
walked away from it, ignoring our allies and the obvious risk. Now Iran has more uranium and
the world is more divided. You are a failure @SecPompeo
https://twitter.com/TVietor08/status/1303691122594643968

“An interim deal that pauses Iran’s nuclear progress until a more comprehensive agreement can be reached might be attainable. Getting there would be a whole lot easier with the world on America’s side.” @bopinion https://t.co/fcVscv8q34
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1304438176510021632

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1304169862353346560
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1305259478078681089

Perry and Collina Statement on Air Force Contract Award for New Nuclear ICBM
The US nuclear modernization effort is driven more by political inertia than strategic necessity.
https://t.co/fyo9lW6heG

Related: https://twitter.com/mattkorda/status/1303448581555269632

It’s only Episode 1, and I’m hooked. @ArmsControlWonk is at his best, giving us new information and new insights into the how we forged the toughest nuclear deal in history, how we lost it and how we could get it back. Highly entertaining. Really! https://t.co/vFG4heHb3D
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1303446539856158725

Why Donald Trump’s secret weapon isn’t so secret and not much of a weapon
https://t.co/u386xjLYqT

Thread
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1303762038393647106

9/11 Thread
https://twitter.com/QuincyInst/status/1304433099162476548

Millions displaced by US combat since 9/11
Most Americans are likely unaware that the US combat operations have taken place not only in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, but also in 21 other nations.
https://t.co/15EBdcQUYx

Part of a larger thread…
Donald Trump’s own CENTCOM commander recently acknowledged that since the Soleimani strike … we’ve had to focus on protecting ourselves rather than fighting ISIS. This appears to be driving a reduction in forces.
https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1303571723795611650

That’s a bad sign. It shows there was no thought as to what might follow the Soleimani strike.
It shows we’re reducing under duress, a signal read from Moscow to Tehran. And it may leave
those there more vulnerable – with no clear mission from Donald Trump. https://t.co/5Y9UyFrH2V
https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1303571725536301057

Aug: A United Nations report has found that the killing of a top Iranian general
by a US drone in January violated international law.
https://bit.ly/35syfJT

When many of us were ringing the alarm bells in January…, it was precisely because of the
second and third order effects that we are now witnessing (and will be witnessing for months
and perhaps even years to come).
https://twitter.com/ArianeTabatabai/status/1303670078945333248

===2020 Watch List===
Cambridge Analytica 2.0 – @suehalpernVT reports that the Trump campaign has found lots of new ways to suck up personal data https://t.co/W3iCD987q5
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1305183620626350083

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

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Trade Groups Must Be Challenged for Their Harmful Climate Deception
https://bit.ly/2FjROch

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/

Last week.
Not funny…
Post Fact-Checker Buys Donald Trump’s “Just Joking” Defense on Eliminating Social Security
https://cepr.net/post-fact-checker-buys-trumps-just-joking-defense-on-eliminating-social-security/

This week…
Donald Trump has specifically said he wants to end the payroll tax, unilaterally. That’s his plan.
He claims the revenue will be made up from the general fund, but has no plan for that.
So I call this “fact check” a Big Fat Lie: https://t.co/YrDvSmkONa
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1303378087640530946

Related: https://twitter.com/foolishy/status/1303380985690697728

MSM “fact-checkers” have long defended GOP against accusations that they want to kill
social programs as long as they don’t say “I want to kill this social program.” Remember
when they called  “Republicans voted to kill Medicare” the “lie of the year”?
https://t.co/g4EN7MWEvZ
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1303379334221172740

Related: https://t.co/41NLbrOlrK?amp=1

The Trump campaign’s ads and online videos are just so dishonest, way worse than your standard political spin. My own video this week looks at how they’ve used deceptively clipped quotes and deceptively edited or labeled images to attack Biden: (video)
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1304791095713443840

Context: QAnon cult shows America should fear the enemy within
https://www.ft.com/content/fd781ff9-93bc-422a-8eee-55a0749a5f25

Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers
https://apnews.com/8e610effec6e294be01f25035393b6b9

Related: https://twitter.com/GoAngelo/status/1304604556232400897
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1304883521677389824

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Joe Biden… April 25th
On Monday, September 14, Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the ongoing wildfires in the west. Biden will discuss the threat that extreme weather events pose to Americans everywhere, how they are both caused by and underscore the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305260106045632512

Biden: “Jill and I were devastated to learn of the cold-blooded shooting of two Los Angeles County deputies yesterday, as well as the horrific death of Deputy Ryan Hendrix … These attacks are absolutely unconscionable – they bring only greater violence, injustice, and grief.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305256196820082696

Carter counters The Atlantic…
I cannot stress enough that we don’t want (Biden) to be cool, we want him to help us.
We don’t want another round of Pokemon Go To The Polls, we want a massive shift in the structure of our economy that guarantees people don’t starve and the planet doesn’t boil.
https://twitter.com/carterforva/status/1304885433155944448

If the Biden campaign continues to shed Latino votes in its obsessive courting of suburbia, this could prove particularly damaging in some swing states. And for the future of the party, it bodes even worse. https://t.co/UqGsrzVxyM
https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/1305151750752612354

Related: https://twitter.com/dallasgoldtooth/status/1304973769186979841
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1305176554243203072
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1305201004326125572
https://twitter.com/AliVelshi/status/1305103945245822977

Update your web page… (thread)
https://twitter.com/SusanSarandon/status/1303806497298829313

Listen to your base…
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a33955537/joe-biden-platform-wall-street-elizabeth-warren/

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1303704977135730693

And don’t make stuff up. You supported NAFTA…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1304169378729033728

Question: Did you strengthen your health plan? If not… you don’t support universal coverage.

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1304602750437580801
—–
Donald Trump
Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA
https://t.co/wZsc9RiebA

The president has, again on Twitter, urged North Carolinians to commit a felony.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1304804462549037057

Within minutes, Attorney General of North Carolina corrects Trump’s false info about voting
and Trump’s encouraging supporters to commit felony by voting twice. https://bit.ly/3iq4EnT
https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1304778928406622209

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1304819590069997568

Colorado’s top election official has filed a lawsuit and restraining order against the U.S. Postal Service over informational postcards that she says constitutes election misinformation. https://t.co/JT7gHK2elA
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305129101825540099

See also…
New whistleblower complaint from former senior DHS official alleges that he was ordered to
“cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the US,
and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran.” https://t.co/gYZpCgahHt
https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1303767001354194944

Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence, says that Trump’s message that the electoral system can’t be trusted “is exactly what the Russians particularly hope to achieve. https://t.co/gwnPZKUuIj
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305325393516179456

‘A Brush with Catastrophe’: Inside the 2020 Census Meltdown
How the pandemic and Donald Trump took a fun-house mirror to America’s once-in-a-decade look at itself.
https://politi.co/2FpyOt8

An investigation is underway after surveillance video captured bags of mail being dumped in the parking lot of a Glendale spa, CBS LA reports. The video shows a box truck backed into the lot. Moments later, bag after bag could be seen being tossed. https://t.co/LONBs9AYKW
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1303302068548128772

Campaign finance experts say there are three federal laws the allegations against DeJoy seem to break, all serious:
1. Covering up the source of donations
2. Using corporate money to cover up these donations
3. Potentially coercing employees to give https://t.co/9TcVZnn1ky
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1303324713020567552

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1303352455959375873

Sens. Warren, Hassan, and Reed are urging Donald Trump to reverse the relocation of the POW/MIA Flag from atop the White House to an area not visible to the public. This decision by the White House appears inconsistent with the law the lawmakers passed last year.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305212148306464769

With VP Pence going to NYC to hail first responders on 9/11 tomorrow, we reveal that the Treasury Dept has secretly withheld nearly $4 million from the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program, and has refused to give it back, or explain. https://t.co/mnL177hSIE
https://twitter.com/mmcauliff/status/1304178646496796673

Reauthorization bill…
2015: Jon Stewart Returns to The Daily Show,
Shames Mitch McConnell for Abandoning 9/11 First Responders
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2015/12/jon-stewart-returns-to-tds-shames-mcconnell.html

HUD Guts Civil Rights Rule Used to Address Systemic Discrimination in the Housing Market on the Dawn of an Eviction and Foreclosure Crisis
https://t.co/z0ysUz6EyE

Thread
https://twitter.com/NCLC4consumers/status/1303422028767260676

Donald Trump’s job losses are the worst of any American president on record
https://t.co/ITYEoXIpR3

Thread on the Trump Admin’s elimination of retirement savers protections
https://twitter.com/RealBankReform/status/1301508308348665856

Just one of the problems…
[A] judge struck down the Trump DOL’s joint employer rule!  (This rule would have been really
bad for working people, we estimate it would have cost workers more than $1 billion annually.)
https://bit.ly/3mcIqIk
https://twitter.com/hshierholz/status/1303447615283933184

Consumer & Civil Rights Advocates to OCC: Your Proposed “True Lender” Rule Would Help Fraudulent, Predatory Lenders Evade State Interest Rate Laws that Protect Families https://t.co/EjqXXOWI2P
https://twitter.com/RealBankReform/status/1301628108584427524

Proxy proposal angers institutions
Shareholders believe DOL awarding ‘big fat giveaway’ to business
https://www.pionline.com/regulation/proxy-proposal-angers-institutions

The Fed Enabled a Record Expansion. Donald Trump is Taking Credit.
https://t.co/n2y2VpurOY

Related: https://twitter.com/ernietedeschi/status/1303440790212014085

Donald Trump promised a health care plan before the end of August. It never came.
https://t.co/Vb7yqv87vt

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which has been on the front lines of the battle with the coronavirus, is about to shut down the task force it set up to tackle the still-ongoing pandemic. https://t.co/eX1NNEt3yh
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1303392826185650179

Trump’s TikTok ban isn’t actually about TikTok
Commentary: The White House is right to fret about TikTok’s data collection, but spiraling relations with China are the bigger worry. “With a presidential election looming, Trump’s claim to be tough on China looks to be a key part of his campaign.”
https://www.cnet.com/news/trumps-tiktok-ban-isnt-actually-about-tiktok/

Note: A Republican-controlled Congress passed the 2000 China PNTR (Permanent Normal Trade Relations) bill. Republicans supported NAFTA-style trade agreements and blocked Pelosi’s bill that would have reversed offshoring incentives. Bottom line… Dem neoliberals joined Republicans – who are neoliberals – to make China the economic powerhouse that it is today.

Then Donald Trump – instead of using diplomacy to bring down our over-valued dollar (and reduce the trade deficit) – started a trade war that increased our trade deficit, increased our costs and undermined diplomacy https://bit.ly/32qC6oR

Republicans’ outrage wreaks of politics and hypocrisy.

The U.S., China, and the New Cold Warriors
https://cepr.net/the-u-s-china-and-the-new-cold-warriors/

Donald Trump’s big oppo dump is hitting Biden for saying hopeful things about China in 2000
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303027330370109440

A key claim in this new whistleblower complaint is that Chad Wolf pushed to shift focus from
Russian interference to China/Iran at the direction of Robert O’Brien. WSJ has previously cited
admin officials disputing O’Brien’s claims on Chinese interference. https://t.co/fbN82jWHlh
https://twitter.com/dnvolz/status/1303789344789065731

Related: https://twitter.com/RyeCostello/status/1303767924965093376

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

Related: https://t.co/2iqwVy0OY7

China announces new export rules that could prevent sale of TikTok
https://bit.ly/32oUNcB

China plans new data policy in response to Trump admin’s “bullying”
https://bit.ly/3hjy06c

TikTok will partner with Oracle in the United States after Microsoft loses bid
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/13/tech/microsoft-tiktok-bytedance/index.html

Donald Trump’s WeChat ban endangers US businesses in China
Mobile payments made up 83% of all purchases in China in 2018
https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/wechat-poses-looming-threat-for-us-businesses-in-china

The Trump administration shipped immigrant detainees to VA this summer as an excuse to fly  Homeland Security tactical teams here so they could attack anti-Trump protesters; dozens of the new arrivals tested positive for COVID, fueling an outbreak https://t.co/Pe6rQ1iJsl
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1304525571049873408

The Trump admin’s top Medicaid official (Verma) spent more than $3.5 million on GOP-connected consultants who polished her public profile, wrote her speeches and Twitter posts – and even billed taxpayers for connecting Verma with fellow Republicans in Congress. https://t.co/6cxPxyc4RT
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1304842212765700097

Related: https://t.co/EmZW3szMyV

Context: The truth about coronavirus, air pollution and our health
https://www.edf.org/blog/2020/04/07/truth-about-coronavirus-air-pollution-and-our-health

President Trump is muddying up claims about clean air. He says his administration is the
reason the U.S. now has the cleanest air in the last 40 years. But he’s not responsible for
all the progress – far from it. https://t.co/gGO53FVnNd
https://twitter.com/AP/status/1303495344525914115

2018: President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment is Affecting Communities
In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback
with little parallel in the past half-century
https://t.co/dajAenzo0E

2018: 78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
https://tinyurl.com/ya3523z6

July: The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

Rick Perry’s Ukrainian Dream
When the then-energy secretary accidentally helped lead the president into impeachment, he was simultaneously trying to help his friends cash in on a big gas deal.
https://www.propublica.org/article/rick-perrys-ukrainian-dream

Court-appointed adviser blasts ‘corrupt’ DOJ move to drop Flynn case. It’s not clear whether the brief by retired jurist John Gleeson will sway the District Court judge deciding Flynn’s fate.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/11/court-corrupt-doj-drop-michael-flynn-case-412555

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1304479700748771329
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1304480017737367552

Nora Dannehy – top aide to John Durham – quits Trump/Russia investigation over political pressure from AG William Barr. @EdMahony has the story in the @hartfordcourant https://t.co/LNn2qVIGfb
https://twitter.com/VTConfidential/status/1304486118340132866

“Nora Dannehy is apolitical, incorruptible and among the best prosecutors to ever represent
the United States,” said Christopher Mattei, the former chief of the financial fraud and public
corruption unit at the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut. https://t.co/wBRKVQZnbo
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1304570599004672000

Related: https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1304498441607942144

Prosecutor Quits Donald Trump’s Law Enforcement Commission, Saying the Fix Is In
John Choi is worried the group is intent on “providing cover” for a predetermined law-and-order agenda that “will only widen the divisions in our nation.”
https://t.co/LNTK6I82d2

Vietor counters Pompeo…
The JCPOA prevented Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Donald Trump and … Mike Pompeo walked away from it, ignoring our allies and the obvious risk. Now Iran has more uranium and the world is more divided. You are a failure @SecPompeo
https://twitter.com/TVietor08/status/1303691122594643968

The Costs of Sec of State Mike Pompeo’s Partisan RNC Speech
https://t.co/aHjVFp1258

Mike Pompeo assigned official government work to one of his top advisers through his wife, Susan, who used a private email account to relay his requests https://t.co/giA4k7BhaV
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1305295194343043075

Something I never thought I’d see: the inimitable @John_Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater, explaining why the song he wrote *50 years ago* referred explicitly to the likes of Trump (who is now using it at rallies) https://t.co/FliL26umKf
https://twitter.com/JamesFallows/status/1304891754458513410

Trump Administration Officials Committed Four More Hatch Act Violations Last Week
https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-administration-four-more-hatch-act-violations/

Toll booths at the Mexican border?
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1303475540943417344

NYTimes correspondent and veteran writer on Michigan politics, just kicked out of the Donald Trump rally here: https://bit.ly/2ZskkQb
https://twitter.com/CitizenCohn/status/1304208447483904001

Related: https://twitter.com/JakeTurx/status/1304410334665506822

Eric Boehlert counters Donald Trump…
https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1305156171645562880

Donald Trump is emerging as an inspiration for Germany’s far right.
Among German conspiracy theorists, ultranationalists and neo-Nazis, Donald Trump is surfacing as a rallying cry, or even as a potential “liberator.” https://t.co/C7JM5HFt4Z
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1303317160941498368

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1303784101833515008

America has just caught up with Italy in per capita deaths and will now zoom past it. At the end of the day, USA will have worst policy response of any wealthy country (although some poorer ones will have more deaths per capita).
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1303890804482682883

Graph: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&year=latest&time=2020-01-31..2020-09-10&country=ITA~USA

Part of a detailed thread…
Look at the shape of these curves. New York and Madrid had similar epidemics until they spectacularly diverged. In March, both cities were caught by surprise and shut down because of #COVID19. In September, the situation is under control in NY and alarming in Madrid.
https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1304424019450630144

Speed of Reopening: Let’s focus on indoor dining, a vital economic activity in both #NewYork and #Madrid, and arguably one of the main sources of transmission of the #coronavirus.
https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1304424031823769600

Indoor dining in New York is *closed*. It’ll open on September 30 at 25% capacity (50% on November 1) with
– NO bar service.
– Strict protocols
– Phone number to report violations
– Deployment of hundreds of enforcement personnel to ensure compliance https://t.co/8Zt4BrwWhY
https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1304424033849548801

Indoor dining in Madrid was OPEN at 60% capacity in June. Bar service opened too. Protocols weren’t aggressively enforced. Since June it has been easy to find crowded bars and tables. The contrast with NY was striking as anyone spending time in both places can tell you
https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1304424036282359819

Contact tracing, testing, and speed of reopening differed dramatically between #NewYork and #Madrid. New York opened the economy without overwhelming the hospitals and confirmed its credentials as a serious place to do business. By simply doing what experts say since March.
https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1304424038194982912

America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral: https://bit.ly/3ij3AlP

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