Towards an issues-based 2020 election (84)

===2020 Big Picture===
…”a national survey of American attitudes toward rights and freedoms in the United States finds surprising bipartisan support by substantial majorities of Americans for rights that are now frequently under political attack.”  https://t.co/01ABMQoKjg
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1309161039410401287

A normal response…
Last week:
CNN: Would you commit tonight to accepting the results of the election?
Biden: Sure. The full results that count every vote.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309273912866267136

Compare / Contrast…
Donald Trump: “We’re Going to Have to See What Happens”
An Atlantic article rings the fire bell.
https://billmoyers.com/story/trump-were-going-to-have-to-see-what-happens/

Donald Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power after Election Day
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/23/politics/trump-election-day-peaceful-transition/index.html

Donald Trump Questions Election Again
After White House Walked Back His Earlier Remarks
https://n.pr/3654RJX

“There is nothing in our constitution or in our laws that give Donald Trump the privilege of deciding whether or not he will step aside if he loses.” — @BernieSanders  today on the threat the president poses to American democracy
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309181295407378436

“Lastly, and most importantly, the American people, no matter what their political
persuasion, must make it clear that American democracy will not be destroyed.”
— @BernieSanders
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309183516886945793

Speech…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAAWxZGHJNo

Senator @BernieSanders has a 5-point plan to defeat Trump’s assault on American
democracy: “First, it is absolutely imperative that we have, by far, the largest voter
turnout in American history and that people vote as early as possible…”
https://t.co/u86l99wFNP
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1310326211143442433

Thread
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1310326845469077506

Note: Fwiw… I disagree with the 3rd point. The running total would be difficult to keep secret. If early counts were leaked the party with the most money could use those totals to their advantage.

Refusing to peacefully transition power to a leader elected by the people. Urging states to “get rid of” ballots and silence voters. These are the tactics of a fascist.
Democracy as we know it is on the line. https://t.co/1xBJJ5tTC3
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1309160290731339778
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My 92 y.o. mother just waited two hours in her car to vote curbside in Virginia Beach and said that when she pulled away the line of cars behind her was massive.
https://twitter.com/suehalpernVT/status/1308097794624946178

“Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free.” – Shirley Chisholm
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1307864426725376001

Florida folks, are you planning to vote by mail this fall?  Avoid making these common mistakes: https://t.co/xaETNxJhu4
https://twitter.com/erin_dohh/status/1308771877473718280

Early voting has begun!
But what should you do if groups of armed individuals are near a polling place or voter registration drive? To provide user-friendly answers, my @GeorgetownICAP colleagues & I just launched a new state-by-state set of fact sheets: https://t.co/q8fEPUs2g2
https://twitter.com/jgeltzer/status/1307030846663266304

Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308435890042220553

Note: Independents can run without splitting a party’s vote…

Ranked Choice Voting 101
https://www.fairvote.org/rcv#where_is_ranked_choice_voting_used

Section 1 of the 24th Amendment…
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”
https://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment24.html

Repeated for context…
Federal Court Reinstates “Pay-to-Vote” Scheme for Formerly Incarcerated People in Florida
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/florida-11th-circuit-voting-rights.html

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

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

Mike Bloomberg and his team have raised more than $16 million to pay the court fines
and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic Florida voters with felony convictions…
https://t.co/70xN1FNkvp
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308390596332011521

Another problem that needs fixing…
The state Supreme Court in Pennsylvania… last week ordered officials to throw out “naked ballots” – mail ballots that arrive without inner “secrecy envelopes.”
https://bit.ly/3j76HNW

See picture…
Voting by mail or drop-off in Pennsylvannia …
This diagram from Phillymag explains the three pieces of that ballot. Please share this
two-tweet thread with all your Pennsylvania friends, family and acquaintances.
https://twitter.com/burgessct/status/1309350941066289153

See picture…
Now … after you vote you should keep track of that ballot –
Here’s the link -> https://t.co/OK9lOIdQr6
https://twitter.com/burgessct/status/1309350943809441792

It might be a good idea for all TV stations in Philadelphia and across the state to assign
one day for repeated demonstrations on how to properly mail ballots. Security envelopes
are crucial. Naked ballots will not be counted. Perhaps Pa. TV can save thousands
of ballots
https://twitter.com/Jim_Gardner/status/1309467756157448193

Not just a Pennsylvania issue…
Big Swing State Hurdle: Returning Your Absentee Ballot
https://billmoyers.com/story/big-swing-state-hurdle-returning-your-absentee-ballot/

Michelle Obama: “Voting is easy. It is something that we can do. Don’t listen to people who will say that somehow voting is rigged and your vote will get lost and it won’t be counted. That is not true.” https://t.co/Ko2DVwqoul
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308564234851155968

People Have the Power – Vote 2020 (video)
https://vimeo.com/459419656

Great idea: SOS @FrankLaRose says OH will be upgrading the SOS website so the large # of outstanding absentee ballots will be clearly visible on election night.
This will make it “abundantly clear” if more counting is needed to determine winners. https://t.co/z9t8K3gnS0
https://twitter.com/eddieperezTX/status/1308826223196418048

Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County’s Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns
The malware attack, which sent fake email replies to voters and businesses, spotlights an overlooked vulnerability in counties that don’t follow best practices for computer security.
https://t.co/QRZroaejj2
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Remarkable RBG anecdote:
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308194323863924737

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with Bill Moyers
https://billmoyers.com/story/bill-moyers-talks-with-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg/

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America
https://bit.ly/35ZjWwD

Introduction…
Hartmann: The Hidden History of the Supreme Court & The Betrayal of America!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCadfukjJ8o

The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution
https://t.co/r3sesdBUZ3

Schumer on the Senate floor: “Sadly again, sadly, Leader McConnell has defiled the Senate like no one in this generation. And Leader McConnell may very well destroy it.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308466089840566275

Elizabeth Warren to @maddow: “By stealing a second seat on the United States Supreme
Court, what Donald Trump and the Republicans are planning to do is to have that Court
impose a will on the American people that is not who we are and not the America we want
to be.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308443439059460096

Note: This would be the 3rd illegitimate justice. Republicans wouldn’t release Kavanaugh’s papers. https://bit.ly/3mUBS1A Misconduct complaints were never processed. https://t.co/1XxelNEQ7O Unprofessional behavior during the hearing. https://bit.ly/2G1spVf etc.

The Supreme Court struggle is about democracy
https://t.co/q4CGy8aK8P

Senate Republicans appear to have the votes to give life tenure on the Supreme Court
to a nominee who hasn’t even been named by the president. The system is broken
beyond repair. Here’s my talk with @russfeingold about the need for fundamental change.
https://t.co/jXnu6j9n5S
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1308501995293151234

The president is saying clearly that part of why he wants to have his allies in the Senate
rush confirmation for his choice for the Supreme Court is so that the new justice would
potentially be able to turn around and help give him a second term https://t.co/337Wq8cptK
https://twitter.com/IsaacDovere/status/1308879712450736130

Senate Republicans are showing us why they should lose their majority
https://twitter.com/MrWalterShapiro/status/1307717498226315264

Related: https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1308418240079691778

After Ginsburg Dems Must Choose Radicalism or Failure
https://crooked.com/articles/rbg-democrats-radicalism/

This is a must-read piece from @AJentleson laying out how Democrats can gum up the works for McConnell, create political pain for Republicans, and save our democracy come January. https://t.co/pcLonJhUzw
https://twitter.com/AdyBarkan/status/1308163075099357184

I’ll keep arguing that there are narrow but real openings for Ds (and a few Rs) to prevent
Trump and McConnell from stealing another court seat. But I am seeing those openings
close. Ds don’t seem to have a plan, and Rs are coalescing.
To quote Dylan, “the hour is getting late.”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1308456643810791425

Democrats step up hardball tactics as Supreme Court fight heats up
https://t.co/2lri1ckIrE

Patriotic Millionaires’ proposal…
https://twitter.com/PatrioticMills/status/1309248823412301831

Correction: Apparently McConnell (R-KY) was the first hypocrite. Graham was the second…
Mitch McConnell op-ed in 2016: “Let the people have a voice.” https://t.co/KP2ziZ6vNB
(i.e. don’t give Obama’s nominee a hearing)
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308028209288675332

Donald Trump disses Ginsberg…
– Snopes: https://bit.ly/362u3kt
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308043331793047552

Romney chanted black lives matter but will vote for Trump justice
who will assuredly roll back every major civil rights law
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1308411935734599681

Related:  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1308964302037168128
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1308769369665671169

Every Republican “speaking up” for democracy this morning, @JohnJHarwood, has said
they will vote in favor of Trump’s pick for the supreme court, even if it comes during a lame
duck session in which he has lost and hopes to use the court to overturn the results of the
election.
https://twitter.com/bradleyrsimpson/status/1309111791792861192

A backgrounder on how the Supreme Court is helping billionaires and ruining everyone else’s lives https://t.co/dlneQMufFl
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1310260860477079554

How a New Supreme Court Could Forever Change America
https://t.co/zxeJLbJubi

If Democrats don’t reform the filibuster, even with a three to four-seat majority in the Senate, they will find their legislative agenda utterly blocked. https://t.co/xWYekYUosF
https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1308470886127804421

The following article documents recent changes to the filibuster rule…
https://nbcnews.to/32vprkv

Sen. Feinstein’s protection of the filibuster is unjust & unacceptable.
The filibuster wasn’t made with purpose. It’s the result of an accident in rulebook revision
& bloomed as a cherished tool of segregationists. Now it empowers minority rule.
That’s not “special,” it’s unjust.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1308460331577028612

Discuss…
House Democrats unveil post-Trump reforms https://t.co/M5DNyVQQeI
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308791391833726979

Adam Schiff: Why my colleagues and I
are introducing the first major democracy reforms since Watergate
https://t.co/586T3DRhd8

Fox News host Chris Wallace revealed topics for the first presidential debate. The climate was not included. What questions do you think Wallace and other moderators should ask? #ClimateWeek2020 #ClimatePolitics2020
https://twitter.com/CoveringClimate/status/1308860136493113351

It’s Been 12 Years Since a Moderator Asked a Climate Question
During a Presidential Debate
https://t.co/36XfKOW2NZ

First question for Trump in presidential debate:
You have refused to say whether you will commit to a peaceful transfer of power if you lose the election. How does this square with your oath to defend a Constitution that outlines a process for the peaceful transfer of power?
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309072195986087936

How to debate (a liar)
https://t.co/6SKVSimVIR

Note: People who repeatedly tell lies are liars, NYT.

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310013921064034304

===2020 Issues===
Sir David Attenborough explains what he thinks needs to happen to save the planet
The legendary wildlife filmmaker tells Anderson Cooper why urgent action on climate change is crucial and why we need to save nature in order to save ourselves.
https://t.co/rqnigbmwDR

Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It – Because They Do
https://bit.ly/3i9ny1H

Wall Street is set to start trading in a new commodity: Water
Almost two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to face water shortages by 2025, according to the CME
https://t.co/RMbME2CWY1

Join me and my friends @KHayhoe and @AndreasKarelas to discuss Andreas’ new book #ClimateCourage on Tuesday 9/29. Learn about how we can come together to create a more sustainable, just, clean-energy powered economy that works for everyone. RSVP here: https://t.co/OfItXqJTHu
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1308566844262023168

There is now guidance for business on what to do about climate change and how to do it
https://t.co/Ac6H0oTaAP

The THRIVE Resolution Puts Forth a Bold and Just Economic and Climate agenda
https://bit.ly/3csjjwG

Cosponsors …
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/1102/cosponsors

Over $200 billion dollars. That’s how much the four largest U.S. banks use every year to finance the fossil fuel industry. It’s up to us to divest our money and stop them from destroying the planet on our dime. https://t.co/hU9CMbF1g9
https://twitter.com/JosephNSanberg/status/1309185873968160768

Invest in your community by banking at a reputable locally owned bank or credit union…
Hartmann with Ellen Brown
https://bit.ly/332wukM

Related:  https://ellenbrown.com/
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1309184566368890881
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A 2021 Vision for a Stronger Office of Science and Technology Policy
https://bit.ly/2RXNfaA

A UCS Guide to Involving the Public in Rulemaking
https://blog.ucsusa.org/taryn-mackinney/a-ucs-guide-to-involving-the-public-in-rulemaking

Corruption at the Core: Bill Moyers talks with Sarah Chayes
Chayes has a new book “On Corruption In America: And What Is At Stake”
https://billmoyers.com/story/sarah-chayes-transcript/

The American people are tired of corporate control of government, insider deals, and
favoritism. They’re tired of the revolving door.  So I’m asking my colleagues,
and the American people, to join me in stopping it. #EndCorporateGovernment
https://t.co/I8CycrInlU

Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
https://n.pr/2G70bZh

A victory for Joe Biden, a Democratic takeover of the Senate and a defense of the party’s House majority in the November elections would be the best outcome for the U.S. economy, according to an analysis by Moody’s Analytics. https://t.co/7cBppE080G
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309674050332094465

[A] retired officer of Darden, no longer working at all, will “earn” as much money in a *week* as about half the workers of  @OliveGarden and @LongHornSteaks earn in a YEAR. Anyone else think there’s something wrong with this picture? https://t.co/ck5ypOW9Ox
https://twitter.com/LandisWeaver/status/1308397291821314049

CBPP: States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/states-should-tax-wealth-to-respond-to-covid-19

What You Need to Know about New Jersey’s Millionaire’s Tax
https://t.co/CnhLVrlh0o

Do higher taxes for the rich slow economic growth? Not at all.
Over the last decade, the 9 states with the highest top income tax rates saw their
economies grow faster, on average, than the 9 states without income taxes.
https://t.co/49TiskVm5G
https://twitter.com/NJPolicy/status/1309206771253350400

Related:   https://twitter.com/HarrySteinDC/status/1309208954162032641

Amazon made a record ~$5,200,000,000 in #pandemic profit last quarter.
And they paid $0.00 in taxes.
https://twitter.com/AbdulElSayed/status/1309513860953636867

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

.@DemPolicy, the political group founded by @andrewperezdc and others, made a video promoting Medicare for All in the style of a health care industry commercial. They’re crowdfunding to put it on TV.
M4A “or a public option would lower your health care costs.” (video)
https://twitter.com/danielmarans/status/1309492857653190661

Here’s the crowdfunding page for the ad: https://t.co/K4GAIJHYpm
https://twitter.com/danielmarans/status/1309944773277560833

The RPM Act – How a Multi-billion Dollar Industry is Trying to Ruin Our Air
https://bit.ly/2RYPquK

The most obvious reason we know SEMA is not just trying to protect the racing industry is that less than 5 percent of the past motor vehicle enforcement which would have been limited under the RPM Act is for cars. By far, the biggest category of vehicle affected by the passage of the RPM Act would be diesel-powered trucks, which I’m pretty sure are not the “dedicated racecars” SEMA claims to be defending. …

  Cosponsors
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5434/cosponsors

(Military) highlights in the newly released House Continuing Resolution:
– Allows Navy to buy two new Columbia class subs at once and incrementally fund them
– Extends reimbursement authority for contractor paid leave (Sec. 3610 of CARES Act) through Dec. 11th
https://twitter.com/connorobrienNH/status/1308093094756220928

As if to demonstrate the corrupt power the defense industry hold over Congress, the
Democrats role out a CR that makes an exemption so we can buy *two* new nuclear
subs, not one. Contractors want to stuff in the pork before a new president can stop them.
Congressional Dems oblige.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1308131505777057795

Note: “Centrists” control the House

Do you wish someone would explain *in a really clear way* how a nuclear bomb works? Why the #IranDeal was good for the US? How long it takes to to acquire the material to make nuclear weapons and make them usable? In 2018, Joe @Cirincione did just that. https://t.co/wNPMIV8zY6
https://twitter.com/plough_shares/status/1308871927503749120

America’s global nosedive continues under Trump and Pompeo. Even our closest allies dismiss his absurd move to unilaterally declare multi-lateral sanctions against Iran. One calls it “a television show.” None will enforce Pompeo’s empty decree. https://t.co/IXvxQRQlnI
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1308031566036299778

At a @CFR_org session, @JZarif says, “If others come back into compliance with the
JCPOA, Iran is prepared to come back in compliance.” The path for Biden is clear:
Win election; get inaugurated; re-enter JCPOA; get back in compliance; assure Iran
compliance; begin new talks.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1308067759348166656

Note: Donald Trump walked away from the agreement and bullied Iran. Iran recently produced more uranium than the treaty allowed (used for medicine / nuclear power). But Donald Trump holds no standing to enforce a treaty that he violated. So… his administration lied…

No, Iran is not near having a Nuke:
Trump source tries Iraq Big Lie Playbook on Reuters, The Independent
https://www.juancole.com/2020/09/playbook-reuters-independent.html

Donald Trump’s abysmal failure of diplomacy has ostracized the U.S. – not Iran.
Even US allies repudiate the administration’s latest move on Iran
https://t.co/i9MaPlo9J7

How Joe Biden can solve the Iran crisis
https://t.co/Hgkwj2uLBn

If Donald Trump wins, he needs a new approach to Iran
https://t.co/lqSIJnvUy2

There Isn’t A Military Solution to North Korea (And The American Public Agrees)
https://t.co/OjJrhwFeut

Today, support in Congress for missile defense is so strong that only a wave of intense public pressure could alter the situation. But the time is ripe for just such a wave.” http://bit.ly/2RYqwLr
https://twitter.com/BulletinAtomic/status/1309902301944066049

GAO finds NNSA’s pit production plan is insufficient to support new W87-1 ICBM warhead, and that the W87-1 could become be the most expensive warhead program since Cold War. https://gao.gov/assets/710/709253.pdf
Congress should kill W87-1 and do simple W78 LEP or use only W87-0 on ICBMs.
https://twitter.com/nukestrat/status/1308770546943954945

Why the new ICBM contract is a bad deal
https://t.co/h4f02glXiA

===2020 Political Theater Watch===
Step 1: Make up a justification to break Congressional norms
McConnell’s fabricated history to justify a 2020 Supreme Court vote
https://brook.gs/30gGm94

Step 2: Refuse to commit to a peaceful transfer of power
The White House press secretary just claimed that Donald Trump “will accept the results of a free and fair elections.” To be clear: That is NOT confirmation that he will accept the results. Trump will decide what is ‘free and fair’ on his own terms. Her statement is meaningless.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309184652171763714

The White House press secretary would not say that Trump will commit to a
peaceful transfer of power.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309185875755048967

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309341873836888065

Besides…
Donald Trump Questions Election Again
After White House Walked Back His Earlier Remarks
https://n.pr/3654RJX

Donald Trump Keeps Saying He Won’t Accept the Election Result. Are People Finally Starting to Listen?
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/25/deconstructed-trump-election-result/

Step 3: Create doubts about the election process
Aug: Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania
A hearing about the evidence is set for late September (9/29)
https://cnn.it/3i8Gk9c

Trump campaign fails to show evidence of vote-by-mail fraud, filing reveals
– Documents obtained by Guardian shows evidence sorely lacking
– Campaign complained of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania
https://bit.ly/2S2zY0B

Note: The hearing is next Tuesday and on Friday AG Barr and Donald Trump gave details on an ongoing Pennsylvania investigation…

Looks like Bill Barr’s DOJ broke state election law to gin up a voter fraud controversy to justify disqualifying ballots https://t.co/WLNlj7EanE
https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/1309601706427248640

Detailed thread explaing the policy breach.
https://twitter.com/eliehonig/status/1309837691572412416

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1309621430267637761

Theater included a tweet from Matt Wolking, Deputy Dir  of Communications
for the Trump campaign. The allegation is premature at best and later determined
to be unfounded…
https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/1309298482637832192

…and the following TV appearance…
Dangerous lies and misdirection from Mark Meadows. … (video)
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309491762277351424

At this point the media should be pointing out that the Justice Dept under Barr is acting as an arm of the Trump campaign. Some readers may not realize this fact.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1309348894006898688

Related:  https://bit.ly/368EQtm
https://twitter.com/alex_mallin/status/1309623112342872064
https://twitter.com/rsoxsea/status/1309646183724249091

From the latest DOJ statement, it seems like:
9 military voters sent write-in absentee ballots to Luzerne.
Because these letters weren’t in SC-mandated privacy envelopes, Luzerne officials thought they were *requests* for absentee ballots. They opened them, spoiling them.
https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/1309290030347808770

Here’s that DOJ update https://t.co/4oZamK7ssE
Pretty clear the problem here wasn’t absentee voting, which is routine for military
personnel, but rather the new (and controversial) ruling that requires ballots to be placed
in privacy envelopes. More on that: https://t.co/hb4I2EmQiq
https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/1309291617287798785

What we know about those discarded Trump ballots in Pennsylvania
We don’t know all the details,
but it seems likely that it isn’t Democrats who are seeking to skew the election
https://t.co/GGxjsdxbYy

My new @latimes Op-Ed: Don’t fall for claims of voter fraud.  Error is more likely the case, and errors don’t swing elections. Exhibit A: How Trump and Barr treated those 9 ballots in Pennsylvania https://t.co/xirvJlD13U
https://twitter.com/rickhasen/status/1309643251771731968

Journos: For the next 38 days, we must continue to reassure the electorate that their vote
will count; that our voting process has integrity & that it is safe. There are a lot of problems
that need solving in this country. Widespread voter fraud is not one of them.
https://twitter.com/adhikab/status/1309681233241214976

Step 4: Declare that you’ll challenge the election (weeks before Nov 3rd)
See text graphic…
“I promise you as a Republican, if the Supreme Court decides that Joe Biden wins, I will accept the reslt,” Mr Graham added. “The court will decide, and if Republicans lose, we’ll accept the result.” https://t.co/3SwhO42GgT
https://twitter.com/Taniel/status/1309363626596327424

Questions: Why would the Supreme Court have to decide the election, Sen Graham? Back up your response with detailed evidence.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume you have evidence. Why are you breaking Congressional norms to stack the Supreme Court with a nomination from one of the two parties in that challenge?

Step 5: Pad the court where that challenge would take place in favor of Donald Trump
I keep seeing all these tweets denouncing attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s faith but I can’t figure out who is actually attacking Amy Coney Barrett’s faith
https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1309616724547899392

Apparently the strategy is just to say any criticism of Barrett is criticizing God.
But the Democratic nominee is also Catholic.
It makes no sense.
https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1309619070254436353

If it’s not clear, Republicans want Democrats to talk specifically about Amy Coney Barrett, a specific judge, rather than the fact that they’re trying to ram through a justice just days before the election. If they can get people talking about her religion, they’re even happier
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1309959718299987968

Conservatives will do anything to try to frame this as an attack on Barrett’s religion or her parenting. Because otherwise, the story is that she is an extremist, badly out of step with most Americans, who will demolish the ACA, women’s reproductive rights, and gay families.
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309875443064098817

She’s also a giant threat to voting rights and to any decent climate legislation, and an
immense hypocrite who didn’t hesitate to speak up four years ago, when it suited her,
about the inappropriateness of flipping SCOTUS ideologically in an election year.
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309875845843087361

So the right will do what it always does: Patrol the margins for someone who attacks
her kids or her religion and try to turn the sideshow into the main event. …
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309876535470559232

Note the model for how the right advances its nominees: It’s the Grievance Moment.
Clarence Thomas announcing he’s being lynched. Kavanaugh’s weepy ragefit. It’s all
about that GOP narrative that mean libs are oppressing them. So what I hope is…
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309919556404617216

Related: https://twitter.com/WestWingReport/status/1309869849854783489

…that Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee keep it simple and sober.
That they face her and say, “The minority-view policies you support, and your approach
to the law, will hurt most Americans, and we are going to make you own that.”
That, at least, would be a start.
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309920442141077505

Last thing for now: No Democratic senator should express the slightest interest in her
personal life; it’s not interesting. Let the GOP pimp her biography all it wants to.
The opposition’s job is to make vivid and real the lives of the people her rulings
are going to hurt.
https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/1309921782057635840
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This is such a farce. GOP blocked Merrick Garland 237 *days* before election but rushing to confirm Barrett 38 days before Nov 3. Entire process is illegitimate. It’s a coup in the making & should be treated as such
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1309962048655171584

Donald Trump calls for a “respectful and dignified” hearing for Amy Coney Barrett
in the 38 days before the 2020 election. Will it be like the respectful and dignified
hearing that Judge Merrick Garland (didn’t get) after President Obama nominated him
237 days before the 2016 election?
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309973561638035456

Here’s the full memo circulating, which lays out the options available to @SenSchumer
if he decides to try to use every tool at his disposal to stop McConnell from filling RBG’s
seat before the election https://t.co/qE20t13W1a
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1309318825305763840

I’m here for Justice @KeeangaYamahtta Taylor. #JusticeTaylor https://t.co/9Gz5Aj5zDX
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1309494389597634560

Note: One can respectfully make very sharp points without being offensive. As Justice Ginsberg’s mother told her, “Don’t give into emotions – stay strong! Be independent; prepare for difficulty; stand on your own two feet, like Eleanor Roosevelt.” https://bit.ly/3kSFcbt
—–
Barrett Crushed Gig Workers Weeks Before Likely SCOTUS Nomination
In August, the likely Trump nominee delivered a key ruling blocking many gig workers from suing in court when tech companies deny them overtime pay
https://t.co/vc7mOMNv2g

Related: https://twitter.com/nealkwatra/status/1309900863155187713

(Barrett) worked directly on the case that overturned the 2000 election – if she is confirmed, the court will have *three justices* who worked for the GOP on Bush v. Gore.
Donald Trump says he expects SCOTUS to decide the 2020 election. https://t.co/0xXtKsAExt
https://twitter.com/dailyposter/status/1309680055493173249

Related:  https://bit.ly/3kShNXW
https://bit.ly/3cAInlt

Affordable Care Act – will it survive?
Under the cloak of a decades long attempt to repeal Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act is now at risk of extinction.
https://tarbell.org/2020/09/affordable-care-act-will-it-survive/

Today (9/27): Obamacare will be replaced with a *much* better, and *far* cheaper,
alternative if it is terminated in the Supreme Court. Would be a big *win* for the USA!
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1310219962024439808

2018 CBPP: Latest Republican ACA Repeal Plan
Would Have Similar Harmful Impacts on Coverage and Health as All the Others
https://bit.ly/3mWJlNG

Now…
Ten weeks after promising he’d sign a “full and complete” health care plan, (Donald
Trump) made clear he’s the president with no plan. https://t.co/DJ8ddS51gD
https://twitter.com/stevebenen/status/1309464255951974400

Related: https://twitter.com/stevebenen/status/1310225528075546624

Donald Trump Kept the Quiet Part Quiet About Amy Coney Barrett
The president introduced his Supreme Court pick – but stayed mum about the real reason he needs her.
https://bit.ly/3j8jqjI

Step 6: Bully the media into playing along. If they don’t cower. Attack them…
Scholars, Press Watchdogs Call on Corporate Media to Treat Trump Like the Authoritarian Threat He Is
“Our democracy is at stake. Trump is trying to steal an election, and the press should say so, every day until Election Day.”
https://t.co/SoVWlOmZth

===2020 Watch List===
So, even putting the Ginsburg developments aside, the last few days we’ve seen a huge push for ‘patriotic education,” 3 cities declared “anarchist,” and now even more blatant interference at CDC. In other words, the pace of fascism is increasing — rapidly. Why now?
https://twitter.com/Will_Bunch/status/1308088488903036928

Republicans plan to ask the Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots, teeing up the first test for the Supreme Court since the death of Justice Ginsburg. https://t.co/TXnAyH0S7T
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308481196188467205

… Wisconsin Republicans are trying to shut down a voter registration/ballot witnessing event in Madison tomorrow. https://t.co/K8qYsbDkGQ
https://twitter.com/AmyEGardner/status/1309643697802358785

In parks all over Madison, hundreds of voters are already dropping off absentee ballots
as part of the groundbreaking “Democracy in the Park” initiative. Republicans tried to
block this nonpartisan effort to increase voter engagement and turnout. The GOP failed.
Democracy won.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309898164611276803

Group sues to stop 5 large cities from using grants to aid election, calls it bribery
https://bit.ly/3mVpAG3

The RNC is getting involved in an appeal over absentee ballot deadlines in Georgia, making it the 20th state where the Republican Party is fighting election lawsuits to limit the rights of voters. https://t.co/LXpkyXxmUe
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309621200407212035

Corporatism / neoliberalism…
With Chamber of Commerce Defections, a GOP Mainstay Finds Allies Among (some) Democrats
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/24/chamber-of-commerce-democrats/

California Democrats have one of the biggest most diverse majorities in recent history
in the legislature. Yet they killed almost every bill the California Chamber of Commerce,
the largest business lobby in the state, asked them to this year. https://t.co/jST5mBSeM4
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1310290499555659776

Note: If your Senators or Represenative is taking this money – let them know what you think.

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Baker counters the Pharma lobby
And think of how much more research would be accelerated if you worked collaboratively with the rest of the world https://t.co/BnGmtaruJP
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1308845953286311937

The Trump campaign is lying.
It’s leaving out important context: Biden is joking in the video. Everyone is in on the joke. It’s a public event. The Trump campaign is lying, on purpose, to mislead voters. https://bit.ly/340tsNh
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309658961797316608

Note: This is a classic case of projection. https://bit.ly/2EFiKU0

End of a short thread…
” I consider it irresponsible to discuss November merely in terms of how many votes (popular vote; electoral votes) each candidate receives without noting that President Trump has made it clear that his goal is retaining power independent of how many votes he receives….”
https://twitter.com/rickperlstein/status/1308431344394002432

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308432803978186754

Froomkin counters Grim…
This is not “running to the left” this is “running a con”.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308831703155302402

To justify unfettered political control over @TheJusticeDept, Barr promotes myth of unaccountable career prosecutor.
From Justice Department veteran Edgar Chen: https://t.co/hP7OWs4ipl
https://twitter.com/just_security/status/1308052349408161793

The Russian trolls have a simpler job today. Quote Donald Trump.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308730330036097026

Trump campaign posts another dishonestly snipped Biden quote to make him sound confused
https://t.co/NRL5cmXYo7

I am liking the directness of the NYT’s “Daily Distortions” feature:
“President Trump routinely passes along false and misleading information that has been circulating online. On Monday, he appeared to be the one starting it.” https://t.co/oBNooTFjIm
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308173315027226627

Toxic misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020.
Racist birtherism misinformation about Sen. Kamala Harris now exceeds that about Pres. Barack Obama at its peak in 2017, according to a new analysis.
Kamala Harris was born in America. https://t.co/GxUxJHdivd
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309945839696183296

Be warned: Robocalls sent by Trump campaign surrogates Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump lie a lot about vote-by-mail. https://t.co/rzopGCeB72
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309885445707239425

Like father, like son. You @DonaldJtrumpJr are spreading lies to undermine confidence in the election. The postcard clearly states that to be an eligible voter, a person must be a citizen, 18 years old by the election, and reside in CO for 22 days before the election. https://bit.ly/309GiaY
https://twitter.com/JenaGriswold/status/1310300260208529408

Don Jr. & co. packed 900 mostly maskless Arizonans into a hotel to peddle QAnon-inspired lies. https://t.co/Y2oI4wlEjg
https://twitter.com/JesseLehrich/status/1310322861790425090

Reps. Mucarsel-Powell, Castro call for FBI investigation of disinformation aimed at Latinos
“Even more concerning is the fact that disinformation originating on social media is now shaping and pervading more traditional media outlets in South Florida,” they said in a letter.
https://nbcnews.to/36pxyld

Pix or It Didn’t Happen: Facebook vs. the Truth
https://billmoyers.com/story/pix-or-it-didnt-happen-facebook-vs-the-truth/

Anas vs the Giant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-WD3SGX-U

Four people are suing Facebook for its alleged role in enabling the violence
that overtook Kenosha in August. https://t.co/ZiFRFQ0F9c
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309915642716393472

Related: https://theintercept.com/2020/09/23/facebook-sued-over-kenosha-killings/

This is not a satirical tweet. This woman saw this … photoshop on Facebook
and is gullible enough to believe it. … https://bit.ly/3345hOL
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1309562169558732800

“Facebook is polluting the information landscape by allowing [climate change] misinformation
to proliferate from their platform. And they’re trying to distract from the fact that they’re not
doing anything to prevent it.” My latest with @JuddLegum https://t.co/xZXKEsfWd0
https://twitter.com/emorwee/status/1307992716450684931

Facebook has shut down two Russian disinformation networks operated by Russian
intelligence services and a third by people affiliated with a notorious troll farm that interfered
in the 2016 U.S. election. https://t.co/dGjL3C4SLk
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309236168517586945

Mysterious QAnon Conspiracy Theory Mailings Spook Minneapolis Suburbs
“The level of vitriol and hate that comes through in these images is really, really scary,” one woman who received them said.
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/23/qanon-mail-minnesota/

How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Colorado Hometown
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/23/qanon-conspiracy-theory-colorado/

Facing crackdowns from tech companies that limit the reach of their content, leaders in
the QAnon conspiracy theory movement have been urging their followers to drop the
“QAnon” label from their wide-ranging conspiracy theories and simply refer to their fight
against a fictitious cabal of powerful baby-eating politicians without their increasingly
problematic branding.
https://t.co/rIbk7jJSXS

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Joe Biden
… April 25th
Joe Biden Remarks on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination
https://cs.pn/30eZILL

Joe Biden Addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors
https://www.c-span.org/video/?476255-1/joe-biden-addresses-us-conference-mayors

Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
https://t.co/P1aHM4sHz4

Ron Johnson (R-WI) & Chuck Grassley (R-IA)…
GOP senators’ anti-Biden report repackages old claims
https://t.co/xnL0EO8mA4

Would be good for Democrats to do an ad like this, but about Trump https://bit.ly/33RIftP
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1308757332369616896

Biden adding Gamble and Margetta to the transition team is the first really good news I’ve heard this month. https://bit.ly/3j0l5HN
https://twitter.com/ShawnFremstad/status/1308738594731851777

“Instead of fearing a backlash, Joe Biden ought to be talking about the need for policing and criminal justice reforms.” John Nichols @NicholsUprising reports from Wisconsin on @thenation podcast http://bit.ly/2FuW3SW
https://twitter.com/JonWiener1/status/1308093382514761733

Biden should stop dunking on the Democratic base – polls show he faces an enthusiasm gap & it doesn’t help the campaign to defeat Trump when he does what he did today. The only person it helps is Trump.
He should stop using this rhetoric. Right now. https://t.co/vA7ebfJRlF
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1308502572169195521

“Our party should not validate GOP talking points by falsely marginalizing Bernie, his
supporters & his agenda. During this pandemic, we should be promoting the principle
that healthcare is a human right – a  message that has drawn millions.” – @RoKhanna
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1308504025571028992

The good, bad and ugly…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1308548875561566208
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Donald Trump…
See text graphic…
The threat to the election must be blinking red for the FBI and DHS (CISA) to put this out. Exact opposite from Trump’s messaging. Shows huge concern over efforts to discredit the vote and highlights potential for hacking of election websites. https://t.co/1ddMLCedYM
https://twitter.com/maxbergmann/status/1308613271872851968

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309159609039564804

President Declines to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses the Election
https://cs.pn/30dzoBt

State and local budgets face a pandemic-related meltdown. Why won’t Republicans help?
https://t.co/Xj5DHHrW3R

Donald Trump and Republican Senators are doing far more to defund the police than any
Democrats or Black Lives Matter activists are. Trump & GOP lawmakers are refusing
to help cities & their police departments that face devastating Covid-induced budget crises.
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1308872651788742657

Pandemic recovery, Coal and Washing Machines…
Donald Trump makes false claims about his record on manufacturing and coal jobs
https://t.co/7oyDoW4Mu6

[A]t Donald Trump’s rate of job creation, *Pennsylvania* won’t get back the manufacturing jobs it lost until 2080 https://t.co/P9FdCntDIF
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1310031475576766465

Donald Trump features a steel plant that laid off hundreds of workers in a new campaign ad about “the best” economy. https://t.co/SluEFTixDW
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309455107541606401

Donald Trump’s trade policy failed the workers he promised to help
https://t.co/u1d2dTgC0U

2019: Investors left exposed as Trump’s SEC gives America Inc a helping hand
https://reut.rs/3i2VQmS

Your Periodic Reminder that CEOs Maximize CEO Pay, Not Shareholder Returns
https://cepr.net/your-periodic-reminder-that-ceos-maximize-ceo-pay-not-shareholder-returns/

Latest…
Corporate groups cheer, investors cry foul as U.S. tightens shareholder rights rules
https://t.co/gYCbafppwo

Supported by the Trump Admin & many Republican Secretaries of State – including Peterson…
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Could Mean For The Obamacare Hearing Nov. 10
The case remains weak, but the odds of success – and millions losing insurance –
just increased.
https://bit.ly/3i4OZcH

Thread
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1309132750767763458

Related: https://twitter.com/IanSams/status/1309586996952813570

Last week…
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’
The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices. Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election
https://t.co/Dng3GPzh6s

Trump Cards 2.0: “[T]he Trump administration is effectively pledging to spend $6.6 billion
in savings that do not currently exist.”
https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/24/seniors-200-gift-certificates-prescription-drug/

– “You will be getting a card to help with your copay,” @MarkMeadows. “1st time
that money has gone from big pharma’s pockets to American seniors’ pockets.”
– Drug companies not aware of plan or any funding.
– Money will be drawn from program Medicare uses. https://t.co/ZKaTbTZvp3
https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/1309459658143391745

Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada ‘for a Fraction of the Price’
https://bit.ly/345Bi8i

The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border, despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government.

But it does not allow states to import biologic drugs, including insulin.

Florida, the biggest swing state in the presidential election, is one of six states to pass laws seeking federal approval to import drugs. Trump’s announcement came the same day counties in Florida began sending out vote-by-mail ballots.

The administration proposed the regulation in December. The final rule says it takes effect in 60 days.

But individuals will not be allowed to import drugs on their own, Azar said in his letter. Instead, they will have to rely on programs run by states.

About 4 million Americans import medicines for personal use each year, and about 20 million say they or someone in their household has done so because prices are much lower in other countries, according to surveys.

Funded with tax dollars…
‘It’s like every red flag’: Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/25/trump-hhs-ads-coronavirus-421957

The public awareness campaign, which HHS is seeking to start airing before Election Day on Nov. 3, was largely conceived and organized by Michael Caputo, the health department’s top spokesperson who took medical leave last week and announced on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Repeated for context…
2018 Context: The US health dept’s new communications chief is a Trump loyalist
and Roger Stone associate who spread conspiracies about Ukraine and Hunter Biden.
https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-caputo-hhs-trump-loyalist-ukraine-roger-stone-2020-4

Inside Michael Caputo’s time at HHS
Installed by Donald Trump himself, the bombastic spokesman
seized control of Covid-19 messaging, with disastrous results.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/16/how-michael-caputo-shook-up-hhs-416632

NYT: Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, told a Facebook
audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection,
and he accused CDC scientists of “sedition.” https://t.co/j1oAu7Nw3r
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1305547239599861763

The following day…
– Caputo has signaled his desire to take medical leave
– He claimed to staff he had never read a single MMWR, despite efforts to meddle with reports
– He concluded meeting by telling staff to listen to the Grateful Dead https://t.co/HoBYgDB7Ej
https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/1305942309821992960

U.S. Forest Service Pushes Ahead to Gut Protections for America’s Climate Forest
Tongass National Forest jeopardized by push to abandon Roadless Rule and allow new logging
https://bit.ly/3cwcGJT

2018: Tongass is the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest,
with trees more than 1,000 years old. But a pro-logging effort could uproot them
https://bit.ly/309wLRs

Repeat for context…
Trump administration eyes at least $300 million aid to refiners denied biofuel waivers: sources
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-idUSKBN2673GG

White House drops plan to bail out oil refiners denied biofuel waivers: sources
https://reut.rs/2FRZ6Vh

So much for law and order…
DOJ is refusing to send Eric Dreiband, the head of the Civil Rights Division, and the heads of BOP and the US Marshals Service to testify before House Judiciary … https://t.co/PAb1KUmenU
https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1308225579838255104

So much for law and order II…
President Trump’s 3,400 conflicts of interest
https://t.co/k9pUeUScmE

“It affects virtually nobody,” Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting (video)
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1308209927274536961

Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/22/covid-funds-pentagon/

Dutch officials are demanding answers from Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, in light of reports that the Trump appointee hosted a private event for a rising right-wing political party and its donors at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. https://t.co/Yr9gIxFerU
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308919073028284416

The State Dept. IG has found that the Trump admin rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering she had criticized Trump in social media posts, then (they) gave a false explanation for withdrawing the honor. https://t.co/9w5YEVKjaw
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309485305620127745

Pompeo shatters diplomatic norms with political appearances
https://t.co/cmy7kav0eM

Trump goes all-in against China at the UN, leading with (surprise!) a lie:
https://t.co/385F9sezC3
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308427951835406337

DeVos under investigation for potentially violating Hatch Act because of Fox News interview
The Education Dept’s YouTube channel includes the interview, which was also touted in an official message from the agency.
https://t.co/teEQX2Q8Kr

Beginning of a thread…
Secret White House contemporaneous memos tell backstory of how Jared and Ivanka received security clearances. Here is an excerpt from my book on @NBCNews that quotes from the memos and tells the story. https://t.co/kohupPi5Bj
https://twitter.com/nytmike/status/1308781616484020224

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1308784429146542083
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Important to understand, Donald Trump has made *no* substantive complaint about mail-in ballots. … Obviously if he had evidence of any fraud he would show it. He has not.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1308919508866916357

The president’s latest tweet promoting vote-by-mail in Florida https://bit.ly/2FXfvYA shows
all of his previous claims about mail-in voting are ludicrous lies. He promotes it when he
thinks it helps him. He yells fraud when he thinks it hurts him.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309173425668227074

See image…
(Donald Trump’s) campaign is sending their base info to vote by mail:
https://twitter.com/Hermionejh/status/1309164136442531841

Why just “Republican state election officials”?
https://twitter.com/electionland/status/1308796526043566085

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309304111129677824

[A]fter the 2016 election President Trump convened a “voting integrity commission” in
attempt to substantiate his own allegations that 3-5 million ballots were illegally cast.
His own commission found no such evidence. https://t.co/S2N1VoBubQ
https://twitter.com/jameshamblin/status/1308949981911568384

Related: https://t.co/NJoGlcLp8F

Kobach Exposed at Trial
https://www.aclu.org/blog/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/kobach-exposed-trial

Related: https://bit.ly/35YQPJT

Donald Trump: “We’re Going to Have to See What Happens”
An Atlantic article rings the fire bell.
https://billmoyers.com/story/trump-were-going-to-have-to-see-what-happens/

Donald Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power after Election Day
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/23/politics/trump-election-day-peaceful-transition/index.html

Related:  https://twitter.com/bartongellman/status/1308754092144111617
https://twitter.com/YAppelbaum/status/1308721379211120640

DOJ is threatening 3 American cities, all, coincidentally, led by Democrats, with shutting off unspecified federal funding. Barr is treating peaceful protestors like criminals and demonizing entire cities instead of focusing on the conduct of a very few. https://t.co/cVH6bA69Ou
https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1308035330369617920

Compare / Contrast…
Violence by far right is among US’s most dangerous terrorist threats, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/27/us-far-right-violence-terrorist-threat-analysis

In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics
https://t.co/Nqk3jCwkEF

Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies
https://t.co/QslL0YWn3Y

In leaked chat logs of an Oregon right-wing militia group, members discussed
stockpiling arms and ammunition, strategies for sparking violence at protests,
and even advocated for attacking Democratic politicians. …
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1309615835346948097

Regarding what appears to be an unlawful Louisville militia march…
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 38.440:
“No persons other than the Kentucky National Guard or Kentucky active militia shall
associate together as an armed company or drill or parade with arms without
permission from the Governor.” Just enforce the … law!
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1308847743603965958

Update…
The career official who reviewed John Bolton’s manuscript alleges that White House aides improperly intervened to falsely assert that the manuscript contained classified info in an attempt to prevent its contents from becoming public. https://t.co/NfS6t0Vb4H
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308798282445979648

Knight’s credible disclosures about the political corruption in Bolton’s pre-clearance review
raises squarely whether the Executive branch can censor willy-nilly in the name of national
security. The answer under the First Amendment must be “no.”
https://twitter.com/jacklgoldsmith/status/1308789364080676864

A federal judge has ordered Louis DeJoy to treat all election-related mail as first-class and restore overtime for U.S. Postal Service employees. https://t.co/hiPf2Q5klC
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308173045899685895

Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally (Louis DeJoy) took over
https://t.co/UmHsEAxiwJ

DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can’t Be Rassembled
https://t.co/pza71C0b5W
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309470205018427393

Questions: What about the report of some machines being recovered? Can he be charged with destruction of federal property?

A senior USPS executive delivered a presentation in July that pressed officials across the
organization to make the operational changes that led to mail backups across the country –
seemingly counter to months of official statements about the plans’ origins.
https://t.co/izFfyW7l8D
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1309500403537584129

Oct 29, 2020 auction with bad maps…
FCC has money for rural broadband but isn’t sure where to spend it
https://bit.ly/2ZXT4JK

“When Congress gave the agency [funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic], we cleared the decks,” Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said. “We had dozens of staff work to get out $200 million dollars in record time for telehealth. We need to treat this mapping task with the same speed and efficiency; we’re just not doing that right now.”

Donald Trump’s Taxes Show Chronic Losses and Years of Income Tax Avoidance
The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.
https://t.co/kRvRIKxe8K

“Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his
first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all
in 10 of the previous 15 years – largely because he reported losing much more money
than he made.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310329638560968705

Related: https://twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1310355778805493761

Trump’s finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions in debt
coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a battle with
the IRS over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million refund. An adverse ruling could cost him
more than $100 million.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310330903168725002

Trump’s IRS reports portray a man who takes in hundreds of millions a year yet racks up
chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes. He depends on making
money from businesses that put him in potential and often direct conflict with his job
as president
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310332161623552008

Donald Trump went 10 years without paying income taxes,
paid just $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017  https://t.co/5KqdQOIxgk
https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1310331643283070978

Thread
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1310357847637667840

Back around 1990, Donald Trump was broke… So he tried to trick his father, who was
suffering from dementia, into giving him total control of the Trump estate. Later he lied
about it in court. https://t.co/UW3aoa8Swu
https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1310324274280894467

Donald Trump, facing financial ruin, sought control of his elderly father’s estate.
The family fight was epic
https://t.co/UW3aoa8Swu

So, @realDonaldTrump could win his point about ‘fake news’ once and for all simply by
releasing his tax returns himself and showing the NYT was making it up…
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1310374157520121856

Speaker Pelosi: “It is a sign of President Trump’s disdain for America’s working families
that he has spent years abusing the tax code while passing a GOP Tax Scam for the rich
that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the wealthiest 1 percent.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310398840176959489

Ivanka’s Trademark Requests Were Fast-Tracked In China After Trump Was Elected
https://bit.ly/308Gvep

Ivanka Trump’s business shut down two years ago. So how is it still bringing in money?
https://bit.ly/3czLp9h

A judge has ordered that Eric Trump must comply with a subpoena for his testimony in a New York investigation into his family business before the presidential election. The deadline to comply is October 7. https://t.co/GFO6WlV5HA
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1308842405882454016
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Campaigning against vote counting…
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1308506997185155072
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1308543300186636290

Slandering…
Baker responds to Donald Trump…
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1310211120922230784

Hate mongering…
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1308553040065171456
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1308567363084746752

Whenever a candidate starts telling his supporters they have “good genes,” historians need to break the glass and sound the alarm. https://bit.ly/3iQvyWs
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1308015336319528960

Donald Trump once again claims that Cory Booker is coming to destroy the suburbs if Biden is elected. The racism is barely concealed. (video)
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1309668572730454016

…Donald Trump just absurdly accused Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia to run a disinformation campaign against herself (video)
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1309671110653497345

Senate Republicans are trying to place a 3rd illegitimate Justice on the Supreme Court:
1) McConnell and Grassley refused to give Obama’s nominee a hearing which tainted Gorsuch’s nomination.
2) McConnell and Grassley rushed Kavanaugh through without releasing all of Kavanaugh’s papers https://bit.ly/3mUBS1A and while several misconduct complaints were not processed. https://t.co/1XxelNEQ7O He also exhibited unprofessional behavior during the hearing https://bit.ly/2G1spVf
3) Now McConnell and Graham are violating their new precedent:

This is such a farce. GOP blocked Merrick Garland 237 *days* before election but rushing to confirm Barrett 38 days before Nov 3. Entire process is illegitimate. It’s a coup in the making & should be treated as such
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1309962048655171584

Donald Trump calls for a “respectful and dignified” hearing for Amy Coney Barrett in the 38 days before the 2020 election. Will it be like the respectful and dignified hearing that Judge Merrick Garland (didn’t get) after President Obama nominated him 237 days before the 2016 election?
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1309973561638035456

McConnell’s fabricated history to justify a 2020 Supreme Court vote: https://brook.gs/30gGm94

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