Towards an issues-based 2020 election (85)

Skipped last week so the following includes 2 weeks’ of information. ..

===2020 Big Picture===
“History doesn’t always repeat itself, but it often rhymes”–Mark Twain (?)
To see how the original Gilded Age prefigured today’s Gilded Age, read my new book “Iron Empires,” just out from @HMHbooks … https://t.co/OX7Q8htkSk
https://twitter.com/hiltzikm/status/1312903142820831232

537 Votes
Documentary about the 2000 presidential election
https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/537-votes

Note: Trump appears to be running a play from GW Bush’s playbook.

In the style of GHW Bush… It’s the media, stupid…
Why Does the FCC Allow Sinclair Broadcasting to Violate Station Ownership Rules in Baltimore?
An investigation of FCC, SEC documents in a citizen-filed ‘Petition to Deny’ licensing for three stations controlled by the media behemoth may finally help put an end to the ‘sham’ control of our public airwaves…
https://bradblog.com/?p=13569

Republican Attorney Charges FCC Letting Sinclair Violate Ownership Rules
with Sham Companies: ‘BradCast’ 9/25/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13576

Sinclair Broadcast Group: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc

The Mudoch’s own Fox…
Former Prime Minister of Australia launches a petition to pressure Parliament into establishing a Royal Commission that would investigate what can be done to keep the Murdoch empire from further damaging the country’s public sphere. https://bit.ly/2IajMIO
https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1314982823019843584

On a related note…
Editorial: Instead of thinking about whether to vote Democratic or Republican in the upcoming U.S. election, think about voting to protect science instead of destroying it. https://t.co/LUuZgBreur
https://twitter.com/sciam/status/1314563427516510215

While retweeting the above tweet…
I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond
all that. From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course
supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…da-n!
Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden
https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1314900271332458496
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Click graphic…
This slide from @DavidShor hits the nail on the head of why direct messaging against Trump (@ProjectLincoln ads, etc.) is ineffective in swing states.
Dem messages that actually move votes: talking about education & majoritarian economic policies.
https://twitter.com/Redistrict/status/1313856383624896514

Note: We’ve shifted too far to the right and people want change. Let go of the pendulum. https://bit.ly/3dgXnW0

On the off-chance Dems were worried about voter complacency, the President and VP refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power should be a good motivator.
https://twitter.com/tbonier/status/1314038329277546497

Next day…
Trump concludes his interview with Hannity by claiming that Mike Pence refusing to
commit to a peaceful transition of power during the VP debate was his “best answer”
of the night (video)
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1314386638546579456

Baker responds to Lee’s (R-UT) statement that “democracy isn’t the objective”…
So Senator, should we take this to mean that you will support a coup…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1314178589550546946 (page up)

Note: Sen Lee says “liberty, peace and prosperity” are the objective. If that’s the case, why does he support legislation that impoverishes so many? Hint: Sen Lee is a libertarian https://bit.ly/33Flp9R & https://bit.ly/2I3DLZE and several other Republicans are neoliberals https://bit.ly/34Dvh39 For example: https://bit.ly/3jPq3HK

We have a representative government that makes decisions about the goals stated in the Constitution’s Preamble https://bit.ly/3nHdaSK (and repeated in the Constitution). Unfortunately, too many of our Representatives aren’t voting in our interests.

102-year-old Beatrice Lumpkin, who has never missed a vote, cast her mail-in ballot in full PPE – wearing a hazmat suit so that she could vote safely this year. “It’s the most important election of my lifetime. The very future of democracy is on the line.” https://t.co/4pTmo32SaS
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313803759835738112

The Atlanta Hawks are gearing up for the general elections. The Hawks announced that State Farm Arena has tripled the number of voting machines onsite and will double the number of available staff to ensure a smooth process for the early election period. https://t.co/Vcw5Ya4DhT
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315396756746764294

Pro-Publica…
Problem with your mail-in ballot? Long lines? Purged voter rolls? Voter intimidation? There are several ways to let our @electionland team know:
– Questionnaire here: https://propub.li/2SzlJR9
– Text the word VOTE to 81380
– WhatsApp: Send the word VOTE to 1-850-909-8683
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1314675098687807488

Sealed Absentee Ballot Return Envelopes Spark Concern From Leon County Voters
https://fla.st/2Fgv8dg

The creative strategies that voter-registration organizations have come up with in the midst of the pandemic are bright lights in a dark season, @suehalpernVT  writes. https://t.co/nIWw6dNlvI
https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/1310605684925493249

Snapchat has helped 1 million users register to vote, a possible boon to Democrats.
Of the newly registered, more than half are first-time voters, and more than 80% are
younger than 30. https://t.co/bCwUKPgUB1
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311735128851349506

Universal Voter Registration; Eliminating One of the Biggest Barriers to Voting
https://bit.ly/3lr3QAa

Voting Rights
Learn more about how to exercise your voting rights, resist voter intimidation efforts, and access disability-related accommodations and language assistance at the polls. For help at the polls, call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/voting-rights/

43 states have absentee ballot applications that are not fully accessible to millions of
visually impaired voters and those with other disabilities, according to a new audit.
https://t.co/gfDth2vXdp
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312943088248053763

Madison’s Democracy in the Park, a terrific project that let’s people get information on voting and drop off absentee ballots in all the city’s 206 parks, is on again this weekend. Thousands of ballots have been safely and securely collected by Madisonians in every neighborhood.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312474450500096000

Celebs including @SarahKSilverman, @TiffanyHaddish, and @chrisrock are stripping down to bring attention to naked ballots and encourage voters to follow vote-by-mail instructions (video)
https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1313860382809829384

Ahead of the November election, our video team produced explainers on how to vote – in 14 different languages – to reflect the diversity of L.A. County.
Here’s a look at all of them below (video)
https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1313829384596402178

Rep. @AOC and @RepRaskin are laying out 20 ways to secure a full and fair election – with help from @RepKatiePorter, @RepJayapal, @ericswalwell, @tedlieu, @RashidaTlaib, and more (video)
https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1313281065390202881

The image is embedded in the tweet…
A woman asked me if she could put this cartoon on a billboard prior to the election. I said sure. she just emailed me it’s up on 19 billboards across Atlanta!
https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1311054029288595456

Voting, Ballot Rejection, and Electoral Integrity in the 2020 Election
https://bit.ly/3d4IjdE

Stopping Voter Suppression
If you agree that every eligible voter deserves to have their voice count, you can take action from home or in person by serving as a nonpartisan Election Protection volunteer. Will you sign up to be one of them?
https://protectthevote.net/

Georgetown law school has created a fact sheet for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals show up near a polling place or voter registration drive. https://t.co/0B47DaAD0r
https://twitter.com/KimZetter/status/1313108692552753152

What antifa? Sounds like potential voter intimidation. See tweet…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315019273404907521

Related: https://twitter.com/mollyhf/status/1315027520719331335
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315442056446259200
https://twitter.com/Lananalula/status/1313136385772204032

Young people have the power to (defeat) Trump, and he knows it. That’s why he’s trying to steal the election, but we’re going to be there to stop him. Once he’s out, and we’re still in the streets, our movement can set the tone for the next four years, just like movements past. (video)
https://twitter.com/sunrisemvmt/status/1313162842598670338

This is an incredibly compelling – and important – report on voter suppression in Milwaukee. Wisconsin State @SenTaylor’s response is spot on. https://bit.ly/2F06ltO (video)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1311068135710228482

Pelosi Prepares Democrats For Rare Possibility The House May Decide The Election
https://n.pr/3jdbnlJ

Beware the debate coverage
Sports-style debate coverage fundamentally equates the two candidates. It suggests that they are playing the same game – when they are playing entirely different games.
https://t.co/b1OIb3UrKj

The story of this race is not: Biden and Trump are both running for president, you pick.
It’s: America is on a precipice.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311023050368974850

Also, per @creynoldsnc: “when one participant debates policy on the merits and answers
questions honestly, and the other seeks only to mislead, the distinction has to be clear
to news consumers, or the media will have failed” https://t.co/djl8gXiXFr
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311036219959242754

Also, from @EricBoehlert: “downplaying the endless lies and misinformation that Donald
Trump packs into each debate, portraying him as the savvy aggressor, and suggesting
Both Sides are to blame when Trump turns the debates into circus-like events”
https://t.co/v2KgGhVICy
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311036914804363264

On listening devices
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1310970682411450371

The President had impulse control issues…
The moderator needs to be able to turn off microphones.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311116305198702592

I’ve experienced great pain watching political TV in my life, but nothing like this.
Shame on Donald Trump and Chris Wallace.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311121721433485320

If you see a reporter both-sidesing this freak show,
find a new reporter to get your news from.
https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1311130362999984129
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One of three Republican Senators who contracted the coronavirus…
.@SenMikeLee was all over the Hill & WH this week:
– Saturday @ WH SCOTUS event shaking hands, hugging
– Tuesday @ Hill meeting w/ Judge ACB
– Tuesday @ Hill w/ reporters
– Wednesday @ lunch w/ GOP Senators
– Thursday @ Sen Judiciary Markup
Mask-less in many cases.
https://twitter.com/JulieNBCNews/status/1312069292981182464

I’ve stayed home since mid-March to protect @SenSherrodBrown, & he’s doing all he
can to keep me safe, and his staff. But I can’t do a da-n thing to protect him from his
reckless Republican colleagues willing to endanger others. I’m so angry right now.
I need to #breathe
https://twitter.com/ConnieSchultz/status/1312088845048066050

Republican recalcitrance about the virus persists even as GOP faces growing turmoil
Republican behavior is under increasing scrutiny as several in the party frequently flout
federal health guidelines for the disease that has killed nearly 210,000
https://t.co/3DmnH1QW32

Four years ago today (video)
https://twitter.com/RobGeorge/status/1311918760878579712

Three Republican Senators are in quarantine. Two are on the Judiciary Committee…
I Note the Absence of a Quorum
https://t.co/c9yhlGzJRe

Related: https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1312444862046691328
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1312476079471222785

Obviously, Amy Barrett and all the senators need to quarantine for at least 14 days, and the confirmation hearings cannot proceed.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1311905536464412672

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1312139390114816000

…Democrats can stop Senate from having quorum. They should push forward the argument that given health emergency, it’s irresponsible to go forward with nomination at this moment.
https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1312435736348516352

A plausible suggestion about what McConnell would do if the situation was reversed…
https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1312470836729667589

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1312225997320671233
https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc/status/1312525278426492928
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1312389644487585793

This is a GOP strategist making clear something that a lot of liberals don’t seem to
appreciate. The GOP sees winning the Barrett nomination as equally if not more
important than winning the election – because they know that Barrett would permanently
change the court. https://bit.ly/3d1AaXm
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1312522042323812352

Schumer: “If it’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session it is also too dangerous for committee hearings to continue. Leader McConnell and Chmn Graham’s monomaniacal drive to confirm Judge Barrett at all costs needlessly threatens the health and safety of Senators, staff.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312449858624647168

All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling on the panel’s Republican chairman, Lindsey Graham, to hold off on the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312484017187430401

Here’s Schumer today on the even-for-McConnell-this-is-brazen plan floated to put Covid-stricken Senators in the Senate gallery to vote. https://bit.ly/36RQjOr
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1313158695472177152

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313165195762495489
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313182830495633408

This is Mitch McConnell’s press guy https://bit.ly/3jD9qzh McConnell’s office is so
determined to install Barrett on the court, they now are attacking @SenSchumer
for saying there should be basic health & safety protocols in place in the U.S. Senate
amid a COVID outbreak tearing through the Capitol.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313163786254077952

Too many people have already been exposed to COVID-19 from the GOP outbreak. Every senator who tested positive must follow CDC isolation guidelines. And they should publicly show 2 negative tests before getting on a plane, returning to the Capitol, & putting more people at risk.
https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1313524233817993217

There are now 123 front-line workers in the Capitol complex who have have tested positive – or are presumed positive – for COVID-19, according to House Admin GOP Spokesperson Ashley Phelps. https://t.co/m6JYktJLh5
https://twitter.com/ChrisMarquette_/status/1313560451784081408

Shut down the Supreme Court confirmation. Right now.
https://t.co/1N8rHsObXI

Judge Amy Coney Barrett … was diagnosed with coronavirus late this summer but has recovered, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
https://bit.ly/3jvS07n

Question: Why would someone who survived a positive coronavirus test know better than to subject themselves to an unmasked, indoor reception without social distancing? https://bit.ly/3d3GrSF

The idea that right wing judges in the Scalia mold just call balls and strikes is belied anytime you read their major rulings. For example, the Citizens United decision is a deranged defense of corruption just completely divorced from any legal text or notion of originalism. https://bit.ly/3lEE5MS
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315302191461138432

What does her religion have to do with her nomination, JCN?
https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc/status/1313278257295503362

Here is McConnell desperately trying to manufacture a religious war in order to distract
from Barrett’s record helping the GOP’s corporate donors crush workers.
Here is Barrett’s record: https://t.co/aPnpusR6gV
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313889697718968320

Interfaith Alliance: “For the First Time,
We’re Opposing a Nominee to the Supreme Court”
https://bit.ly/2Gr8Hmp

Interfaith Alliance has examined Judge Coney Barrett’s public statements, activities, and record as a federal judge with an eye toward the future of religious freedom. What we found raises grave concerns about her commitment to protecting freedom of belief for all Americans.

We therefore take the unprecedented step of opposing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

We do so not to question Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s personal beliefs or experience, but out of profound concern for her commitment to protecting true religious freedom. Her judicial philosophy, evidenced by her record, endangers the decades of progress our nation has made toward the abiding promise that every person is equal under the law. Learn more about why we’re taking this step https://bit.ly/3nu0Kxq and read the full report on Judge Coney Barrett’s record https://bit.ly/34BZXl9

Questions for Amy Coney Barrett
https://t.co/dmC36SaBAR

Sirota counters Barrett
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315334267094802434

Judge Amy Coney Barrett failed to disclose two talks she gave in 2013 hosted by two anti-abortion student groups on paperwork provided to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearing.    https://t.co/kaoQqphLeU
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1314605291363729408

Amy Coney Barrett did not disclose on forms a notable case in which she was one of two lead    attorneys: defending a steel magnate accused of helping drive a major Pennsylvania Hospital System into bankruptcy. …  https://t.co/rakyCv5dym
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1314649332260302848

2008: Ten years ago today: Allegheny Health goes bankrupt
https://bit.ly/33LmeOv

He Sought Asylum After MS-13 Tried to Kill Him. Amy Coney Barrett Sent Him Back Into Danger.
Barrett has a thin record on immigration but could play a key role in this hyperpartisan area of law on the Supreme Court.
https://theintercept.com/2020/10/09/amy-coney-barrett-immigration/

Note: As you likely know, the Trump Administration and several Republican Attorneys General will be arguing for the end of ACA (i.e. Obamacare) before the Supreme Court November 10th. That would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions among other things.

Judge Barrett is on record opposing Obamacare. https://bit.ly/3d721FP

And NE AG Peterson signed onto the suit – along with other Republican AGs https://bit.ly/36GXnx3

Related: https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1315394029064839168
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1315406787307216896
https://twitter.com/BharatRamamurti/status/1315402707214229504

Berman: Trump Wants a Repeat of Bush v. Gore. Amy Coney Barrett Might Make It Happen.
In 2000, when the GOP liked mail-in ballots, she defended them.
Now she could strike them down.
https://t.co/E4pKYWwz6z

Neoliberal concerns…
Dark money groups are bankrolling a TV ad campaign to promote Amy Barrett’s SCOTUS
nomination – here’s the reason moneyed interests are so desperate to get her confirmed
before the election. https://t.co/DDwxXwQS0c
https://twitter.com/dailyposter/status/1313177605097566208

Millions of dollars of completely anonymous money succeeded in getting two Trump
nominees on the Supreme Court. Now the same dark money group has just launched
a massive TV ad campaign for Barrett — all of the money is anonymous.
https://t.co/ijb0Fcceir
https://twitter.com/dailyposter/status/1310980846795456512

Procedural concerns:
Lithwick: The GOP Will Still Seat Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Because Entrenching Minority Rule Is More Important Than Human Life
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/10/coney-barrett-nomination-covid-19-gop.html

Amy Coney Barrett Has No Business Ruling on This Election
https://www.juancole.com/2020/10/barrett-business-election.html

===2020 Issues===
Today I’m launching a new Substack called *The Phoenix*, because the world is on fire and we’ve got to build a new one from the ashes. This is a publication for climate revolutionaries. I’m so ready. Subscribe here: https://t.co/RTg39eG2Ad
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/1313871472579010580

Thread
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/1313876779476623364

If (the debate sponsors) won’t talk about climate tonight, we will
Social media graphics…
https://www.sierraclubindependentaction.org/social-media-toolkit

This isn’t news, Kellyanne. https://bit.ly/349HsEG
Our differences are exactly why I joined Biden’s Climate Unity Task Force – so we could
set aside our differences & figure out an aggressive climate plan to address the planetary
crisis at our feet. Trump doesn’t even believe climate change is real.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1311133187251359744

See text graphic…
My New Yorker newsletter is usually verbose. Not this week. https://t.co/6rG7Ka8G3O
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1311375690562969602

5 of California’s 6 Largest Fires on Record Are Burning Now: The Astonishing 2020 Wildfire Season in Context
https://bit.ly/3jEOWG9

What if the disasters of 2020 were a turning point to build a better world? #MessageFromTheFuture With: @GaelGarciaB, @opalayo, @NnimmoB. Artwork: @mollycrabapple. (video)
https://twitter.com/TheLeap_Org/status/1311639490230976513

In the midst of climate chaos, COVID-19, and voter suppression, we refuse to be silenced
in this election. It’s time to get out the vote like our lives depend on it. (video)
https://t.co/rP65wZPghO
https://twitter.com/350/status/1311373065998172162

Really great new video aimed at getting young Alaskans involved in the campaign
that might decide the Senate majority (video)
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1311323066182574080

Biden bars fossil fuel execs, board members from his administration. This could help further break the stranglehold of the natural gas industry on Dem politics https://t.co/1Ob58QQcuP
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1311778522952802312

Big Oil knew. Big Oil lied. We need a President who will make them pay.
Watch and share this campaign ad.
https://twitter.com/leahstokes/status/1314332609854414849
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Citing 25th Amendment, Pelosi, Raskin move to create panel that could rule on president’s fitness for office
https://t.co/eOAFttiAS3

Video
https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1314571672335405056

It’s Time to Put Some Muscle Behind the 25th Amendment
https://t.co/QytMVjLs3N

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has now been blocking legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act for 300 days.
https://twitter.com/vanitaguptaCR/status/1311657123764469761

Two Republican governors expanded their state Supreme courts in 2016. Nathan Deal’s expansion shifted the balance of power on the GA Supreme Court. Reporters should ask why it’s a dog-bites-man story for the GOP to do do this stuff but somehow outrageous when it’s the Dems.
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1315432462168842243

The other was Ducey in Arizona. He gamed a commission that recommends nominees
for the governor to choose from, so it was extra sleazy.
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1315432462168842243

If the founders wanted only 9 justices, they would of written that into the constitution.
They didn’t, which suggests they wanted to give future generations the flexibility to adjust
the court’s size to make sure it didn’t become a star chamber wholly divorced from public
will.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315436037909307392

Abraham Lincoln *packed* the United States Supreme Court, with the ardent support
of his own party’s Radical Left Republicans. They expanded the court to create a judicial
bulwark against human bondage. The real history of court packing is honorable and good.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1315139560758824960

Gov. @SteveBullockMT becomes the first Dem Senate candidate to coherently &
constructively frame the debate over court expansion. Rather than accepting a …
debate over process, he casts it as directly related to health care – an issue that people
actually care about. https://bit.ly/3jRGiV0
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315352137455419400

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315308846085107713

The American people do not realize the freight train coming toward them with a 6-3
(“conservative”) Supreme Court.  Here’s my @nymag piece on what that will mean
just for voting and elections https://t.co/aZgjeD0Ead
https://twitter.com/rickhasen/status/1315414299129475072

Chief Justice Roberts: America’s Chief Guardian of Corporate Power
https://t.co/VtKkU4V1ok

That Time Hillary Clinton Warned Us We Had to Get Serious About the Supreme Court
https://t.co/NmvahquoFN
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Now we know why Pope Francis refused to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the other day. @Pontifex was busy putting the finishing touches on his encyclical letter denouncing neoliberalism and explaining the abject failure of market capitalism. https://t.co/kz1UwbqhJQ
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1313052348483342336

National Catholic Reporter says the encyclical “at times articulates viewpoints
that might well align with a democratic socialist manifesto.”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1313056235483267072

Wolff: Why the Neoliberal Agenda Is a Failure at Fighting Coronavirus
https://bit.ly/3jPq3HK

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg understood that unequal power is a workplace reality
https://www.epi.org/blog/rbg-unequal-power/

Rev. William Barber: Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty?
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/10/8/mike_pence_kamala_harris_vp_debate

Will resetting the #poverty line in a reasonable fashion mean that more Americans
will be counted as poor? Yes But we can’t address a problem we’re unwilling to see.
Read @ShawnFremstad on the need for a poverty measure that reflects today’s reality.
https://t.co/DRppteowh9
https://twitter.com/conway_maureen/status/1313942274062065664

CNBC thinks $400,000 a year of income is only middle class. https://bit.ly/2SyB4RT
I don’t care what city you live in, $400,000 a year *is not middle class*.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313512554249949185

Short thread
https://twitter.com/EconomicPolicy/status/1314287532432072706

Related: https://twitter.com/MichDe/status/1314630154266832899
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1314651633557467136

Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More.
After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the thousands.
https://bit.ly/3deRQ1T

FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the billions spent on affordable housing, and why so few get the help they need.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poverty-politics-and-profit/

Related: https://bit.ly/3cNR8bX

Video: A TX woman explains why she doesn’t want affordable housing in her neighborhood.
https://twitter.com/_Almaqah/status/1311516809582063616

She doesn’t “mean it in a bad way.”
https://twitter.com/Sifill_LDF/status/1311636133290422272

Last year, I started going to DC eviction court and was shocked by how many tenants lost their cases simply because they didn’t show up. I started trying to understand why, and the answer was much stranger & more disturbing than I imagined. https://t.co/FEtgwOpwwN
https://twitter.com/js_kaplan/status/1313285460471558145

Minnesota has figured out a way to help stressed farmers. Can it be replicated?
https://bit.ly/33HMbOP

CBPP: Jobs Report: Improvements Slowing, Jobs Hole Remains Deep
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/jobs-report-improvements-slowing-jobs-hole-remains-deep

New #JobsReport analysis: Unemployment Falls to 7.9% but the large jump in long-term
unemployment & people leaving the labor force are ominous signs for the future, says
@DeanBaker13. Full #JobsDay report here: https://t.co/HWYLpMndCc
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1312051887508721664

Local government education loses 231,000 jobs
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1312012421771321344

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Stephen Moore…
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1312025811663425545

Meet the Customer Service Reps for Disney and Airbnb Who Have to Pay to Talk to You
Arise Virtual Solutions, part of the secretive world of work-at-home customer service, helps large corporations shed costs at the expense of workers. Now the pandemic is creating a boom in the industry.
https://t.co/H23XjZxaXs

Related: https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1314515761591988224

NYT: A Progressive Way to End Corporate Taxes
https://t.co/QSE6wxx0vN

Related: https://t.co/ielohyymFs

Good to see the idea of a vacant property tax catching on https://t.co/FlQatSGuNt
…tax the items you want less of
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1315414061903826944

New #USPS Report: @maxbsawicky challenges misconceptions & unrealistic expectations for the postal service’s fundamental function as a public service. Proposes clear alternative to privatization or running the postal service “as a business.” https://t.co/4StR1KsiD7
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1310942949912576003

Why We Need a Bank at the Post Office
It really is possible to do two good things at once: address the abuse of the working poor
by payday-loan and check-cashing outfits while expanding the range of services
provided by the USPS. – (not Wall Street)
http://www.campaignforpostalbanking.org/news/why-we-need-a-bank-at-the-post-office/

Beginning of a short thread…
This new IMF piece has me thinking aboutt what a great moment we’re in for ramping up public investment in clean energy, education, transportation, child & health care, digital infrastructure. I firmly believe, as this evidence shows, it would crowd in private investment https://t.co/u1Dk5G1voI
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1313197904450985985

Bold new anti-monopoly report by House Dems calls to break up Big Tech!
https://t.co/NjL7n3UcX5 But proposal to help the news biz is weak: giving publishers and
broadcasters “a narrowly tailored and temporary safe harbor to collectively negotiate with
dominant online platforms”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1313590446778613760

Don’t some of you love return on investment? Invest in the IRS. Just collecting what top 1% already owe would give us enough money to wipe out student debt for most people in the US @NatashaRSarin https://t.co/edEPLwSfSS
https://twitter.com/amyhanauer/status/1312133111694553088

Related: https://twitter.com/gardmaf/status/1310902745336107008

The 1 Percent’s Quarter-Trillion Dollar Tax Cheat
https://t.co/cA8Eb4SfSs

2019: IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
https://www.propublica.org/article/irs-sorry-but-its-just-easier-and-cheaper-to-audit-the-poor

Links to NYT’s 3-part series on Trump’s taxes
https://t.co/VfbTmscljw
https://t.co/ibVnhkARfK
https://t.co/vQOLtNcZFv

The average middle-class American household paid approximately three times as much
in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 as Trump. https://t.co/D1n3vf3hKo
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310919756107722753

Two Huge Questions About Trump’s Tax Returns
Did he personally enrich himself with his own tax legislation? And are we prepared to fix
a corrupt tax code that helps rich people avoid paying $266 billion of taxes every year?
https://t.co/4wQpNmjvJh

Our Tax Code Is Designed To Create Donald Trump
https://t.co/XksIbVO4Hi

Related: https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm

CBPP: New Tax Law Is Fundamentally Flawed and Will Require Basic Restructuring
https://bit.ly/2Rske6I

Speaking of avoiding taxes, here’s what a few corporations paid in federal income tax
in 2018: Amazon, Chevron, Delta, Deere, Eli Lilly, GM, Goodyear, Haliburton, IBM,
Jet Blue, Molson Coors and Netflix all paid $0 in federal income tax
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1310665083303931906

Crazy story: former patent litigator gets appointed to become a judge, literally goes around the country advertising to patent lawyers to send cases his way, creates rules that favor patent trolls. Guess what happens next? https://t.co/4OwLeUnwkD
https://twitter.com/mmasnick/status/1313164931160702977

The UK is calling for a trade agreement with the US before U.S. Trade Promotion Authority expires in the middle of next year.  As Grandma always said, haste makes a potentially-corporate-rigged-FTA-that-puts-profits-ahead-of-people (waste)! https://t.co/2DvlO64UPd
https://twitter.com/PCGTW/status/1310699810429829121

COVID-19 and Trade
https://tradejusticeedfundorg.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/covid-19-and-trade-factsheet.pdf

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose (ISDS)
https://wapo.st/3kZQCKA

In a recent study, @taraldla and @taylor__stjohn found a strong correlation
between receiving World Bank technical assistance and governments consenting
to ISDS in their national laws https://t.co/LS3veQ7iba
https://twitter.com/CeOlivet/status/1310541107869167621
—–
AG Peterson (and other Republican AGs) can do better…
State attorneys general should take note of the Michigan AG’s commitment to prosecuting voter suppression as the crime that it is. https://t.co/55Kxc16mTS
https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1313630174961971200

I can assure you @NicholsUprising, @DemocraticAGs are committed.
Republican AGs on the other hand…silent on:
– USPS attack
– Trump’s vote twice comment
– Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail
– Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power
– Trump’s voter intimidation comment
https://twitter.com/bjrich_/status/1313631739730952192

For example…
NE AG Peterson signed onto the suit along with other Republican AGs https://bit.ly/36GXnx3
Context: Trump Administration, Republican Attorneys General Ask Supreme Court to Repeal ACA
https://www.ajmc.com/view/republican-attorneys-general-file-briefs-to-repeal-aca

Note: Judge Barrett, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is on record opposing Obamacare. https://bit.ly/3d721FP

CBPP: ACA Suit Threatens Disruption, Loss of Protections
for Tens of Millions of Medicaid, Medicare Beneficiaries
https://bit.ly/2Govb7j

CBPP: Rounding Up the Risks of the ACA Repeal Lawsuit
Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for November 10th.
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/rounding-up-the-risks-of-the-aca-repeal-lawsuit

Potential Impact of California v. Texas Decision on Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act
https://bit.ly/34mLitZ

Pre-existing Conditions: What Are They and How Many People Have Them?
https://bit.ly/3nbtniC

A return to the bad old days before Obamacare…
How Much Will Trumpcare Insurance Cost People with Health Issues?
https://cepr.net/how-much-will-trumpcare-insurance-cost-people-with-health-issues/

Wendell Potter thread
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1312087273387614208

The Republican position on preexisting conditions is unbelievably unpopular
Many voters simply don’t believe a politician could hold toxic policy stances on health care.
https://www.vox.com/21502189/preexisting-conditions-trump-republicans

Donald Trump’s COVID Program for Uninsured People: It Exists, but Falls Short
https://bit.ly/3jrnJGY

Related: https://bit.ly/2GQrnM2

About 45 million Americans have insured themselves in the ACA marketplace since its 2014 launch https://t.co/yxMi3AiqG3
https://twitter.com/xpostfactoid/status/1314183465143803904

Related: https://twitter.com/xpostfactoid/status/1314690600286015488
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1314555641667616769
https://twitter.com/xpostfactoid/status/1314557500486832129

Physician on administrative issues with the current system
https://twitter.com/DermHAG/status/1312757057523798016

An alternative…
https://twitter.com/DermHAG/status/1311984991539286019

Medicare for All Continues to Win for Health Reform: Insure.com Study
But, support also remains for making no changes to the U.S. health insurance system
https://prn.to/3lbE8j0

Note: As I understand it… we can’t have real universal insurance coverage without changing the health insurance system. However, we could design a M4A system that allows regulated for profit insurance companies, but the execs – who now pocket an extraordinary amount of our health care dollars – likely wouldn’t be interested in running such a company. Others might. Such businesses exist in at least one European country.

Where Biden and Trump Stand on 11 Key Healthcare Issues
From COVID-19 to the state of the Affordable Care Act, the presidential candidates offer contrasting visions for the future of healthcare in the United States.
https://bit.ly/34nvabV

If Trump wins, 20 million people could lose health insurance.
If Biden wins, 25 million could gain it.
The enormous stakes for Americans’ health insurance in the 2020 election, explained.
https://bit.ly/36ys8Ex

A look ahead: What the 2020 election could mean for health care
Let’s explore two remaining presidential candidates’ positions on and visions for health care reform.
https://bit.ly/2GjPvH2

Donald Trump’s proposed fixes for Medicare range from ineffective to costly
https://bit.ly/3cTPYvB

Your reminder that pharma company Gilead is charging $3,000 for a COVID drug that was developed with $70,000,000 of taxpayer dollars and costs them less than $10 to produce.
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1311653403521671169

Unsustainable Drug Prices: Testimony from the CEOs – Parts 1 & 2
https://bit.ly/2SdT4AR
https://bit.ly/33hTRY0

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

Committee Begins Releasing Staff Reports on Skyrocketing Drug Prices
As Six CEOs Testify This Week
https://bit.ly/34jLNp0

Committee Releases Additional Staff Reports on Skyrocketing Drug Prices
for Day 2 of Landmark Hearings with CEOs
https://bit.ly/2Gnbahb

Surge in Drug Prices Tied to Revenue, Million-Dollar Bonuses
https://bit.ly/33mIyOb

Two posts on patent monopolies
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1311356366640930816
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1311377184737517568

Donald Trump says he’s made insulin ‘so cheap it’s like water.’ That’s not true.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/09/30/insulin-cost-trump-false/

COVID-19 & Achieving Health Equity:
Congressional Action Is Necessary To Address Racism And Inequality In The US
https://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Disparities%20Report%20Final.pdf

Transitory Cognitive Impairment…
TCI Health Study Shows Benefits (from “modest changes in air quality”),
But More Needed to Address Inequitable Air Pollution
https://bit.ly/3nnMMwN

Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates
https://bit.ly/3nj4xO1

Why is the Transition to Clean Cars by 2035 Critical?
To Avoid Worsening Impacts of Climate Change and Air Pollution
https://bit.ly/34vv8i3
—–
Seafood study finds plastic in all samples
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.
https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_809571_en.html

Where’s Airborne Plastic? Everywhere, Scientists Find.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/climate/airborne-plastic-pollution.html

Feb: Udall, Lowenthal, Merkley, Clark
Unveil Landmark Legislation to Break Free From Plastic Pollution
Bill tackles the most common forms of plastic pollution, saves taxpayers billions
and holds large corporations accountable for waste
https://bit.ly/34xEOsp

Two years ago today, (WaPo journalist) Jamal Khashoggi was lured to Saudi consulate in Istanbul and to his death at hands of the MBS controlled Government of Saudi Arabia. Two years on there’s still no accounting/accountability and lack of any interest by Trump Administration in demanding one.
https://twitter.com/aarondmiller2/status/1312097832069890048

Episode 17: We speak to @Cirincione about the Iran Deal from a nuclear perspective and as part of the global nonproliferation regime, why it was a good deal for both Iran and the US, and how a potential Biden administration can revive this agreement. https://t.co/wVAZwUzG6u
https://twitter.com/IranPodcast/status/1314927073509679111

Punishing Iran wasn’t all it was cracked up to be
If there’s one word that best summarizes the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign on Tehran, it’s “failure.”
https://t.co/R1F047ppaT

Related: https://twitter.com/BrewerEricM/status/1313921342513786881

Note: Yet this administration refuses to learn from their mistakes…

US imposes sweeping new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/08/politics/iran-banks-sanctions/index.html

Related: https://www.juancole.com/2020/10/crushing-sanctions-iranian.html

In short, a foreign government and an extremist lobby group is deciding #US policy
https://bit.ly/2GRIIV3
https://twitter.com/DEsfandiary/status/1314116613252153345

Related: https://bit.ly/3lw0XhA

A solid majority of US Jews oppose Trump’s disastrous Iran policies, so it’s troubling
to see a group that claims to represent our community applaud Trump’s moves that
experts & allies warn will deny medical supplies & other humanitarian goods to ordinary
Iranians amid the pandemic https://bit.ly/3iS2tsY
https://twitter.com/dylanotes/status/1314287750586208261

It is past time for Congress to redirect Pentagon spending to the security threats of the 21st century
https://t.co/Os6JbYXG6G

The national security implications of the White House coronavirus outbreak
Will Washington finally realize that more bombs won’t make us more secure?
https://t.co/bX4bgOGDRj

When former @SecDef19 declared nuclear weapons a greater threat today than ever before, his granddaughter @LisaAtTheBrink set out to discover why. At The Brink tells the untold stories behind the world’s most dangerous weapon: http://atthebrink.org (video)
https://twitter.com/AtTheBrinkPod/status/1311412140033683457

Maybe Nebraskans wouldn’t be so eager to host nuclear bases if they understood that the entire purpose of the 150 ICBMs in their state was to serve as a target to absorb incoming nuclear warheads – a “nuclear sponge” in nuke planner jargon. https://t.co/kTlW8av0A8
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1310609502836793346

2019: Why Are We Rebuilding the ‘Nuclear Sponge’?
https://bit.ly/2S7HUxx

The cost of this pointless, dangerous, unnecessary weapon (ICBM) keep climbing.
This is going to cost us upwards of $125 Billion. Here is the latest estimate. Cancel it now. #nuclearweapons #madness https://t.co/vqHnHdU400
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1311801515624062976

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry Talks Nuclear Football and Trump on Reddit
https://t.co/TNqZxlyPtD

Why America Should Bring Home Its Nuclear Weapons
https://t.co/SWmrCKUQON

The 2020 Election’s October Surprise Could Be a Crisis in the Taiwan Strait
https://t.co/gv6ChaYaFs

===2020 VP Debate===
See picture…
*Mike Pence needs to quarantine.*
Pence (purple) is surrounded by people who have so far tested #COVID19 positive in the last 24 hours (red). Yet Pence is skipping quarantine for some da-n nonsense reason. https://bit.ly/30wlxXo
https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1312220331545956352

His home state paper…
Mike Pence’s lack of quarantining concerns experts after Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis
https://bit.ly/3cZo01x

Why is the Pence team mocking Kamala Harris for wanting extra COVID protections?
Why is the Pence team against keeping people safe? Why is the leader of the
coronavirus task force not taking COVID precautions more seriously?
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313222430022799360

The first thing you need to know about the debate is that Pence shouldn’t even be there
https://t.co/UKpBmOdVnP

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1314061712685891588

Pence’s response to what he would do if Trump refused to leave office is… an insane
conspiracy theory. I would say that doesn’t bode well for a peaceful transfer of power.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1314029866921144320

I fact-checked Mike Pence’s 10 biggest whoppers tonight for @peacockTV’s live VP
debate coverage – lies and half-truths on everything from coronavirus to China to climate
change. Watch it here in just two minutes: (video)
https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1314039832356818945

AP Fact Check: Debate week’s twisted tales on virus, climate
https://bit.ly/3jPqphF

Pandemic focused fact check
https://bit.ly/36NS5jf

Kudos to @SenKamalaHarris for nailing the key implications of Trump’s tax records:
he owes a he–uva lot of money to someone, & who it might be represents a major
national security vulnerability.
https://twitter.com/jgeltzer/status/1314014865724444672

Gotta fact check Harris on that last bit. She’s right by violating the Iran anti-nuclear deal
Trump made us less safe. But Iran’s not “building up what may be a significant nuclear
arsenal.” Iran is enriching more uranium than the deal allowed. But that’s not weapons.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1314022353853128704

Mike Pence changed the subject nearly every time he was asked a tough question.
https://t.co/CQIgIDoI91

Harris, no. Pence, yes…
Kamala Harris and Mike Pence disagree
on whether ‘justice was served’ in Breonna Taylor case
https://t.co/0qJ7OX8Wql

Harris Did Not Need to Defend Fracking
Polls show PA voters back fracking restrictions – and yet Dems’ VP nominee touted
Biden’s support for fracking as Beltway reporters keep falsely portraying it as a necessity
to win the Keystone State.
https://t.co/YTYyBA6B7l

Related: https://t.co/2btbKvucKD
https://twitter.com/NikilSaval/status/1314030916893802498
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1314272547056177152

The Biden campaign continues pushing natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to a safe, renewable
future. But new research shows methane leaks and the cumulative emissions of new gas-
fired power plants may completely negate the climate benefits of coal closures.
https://t.co/OYgPsLPfut
https://twitter.com/AlexCKaufman/status/1314557401086005248

===2020 Political Theater Watch List===
Note: The following is courtesy of Sen Graham (R-SC) who requested (and released) the declassification from the Director of National Intelligence…

I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that DNI just publicly released what it acknowledges in untested 2016 Russian intelligence chatter to raise derogatory questions about Hillary Clinton – which of course was Russia’s goal when it was doing the chattering.
https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1311015426202259456

News from @AndrewDesiderio: Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intel Committee
had previously rejected the information just declassified by DNI Ratcliffe, characterizing
it as Russian disinformation.
https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1311042124696125440

Wait? The DNI won’t release the US Intelligence Community’s global threat assessment
to the American people (for the first time ever) but he’ll release *Russian* intel that US
analysts say may be fabricated?
https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1311041329615441920

As for the timing…
Right before the first debate!
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311045871639949314

Here’s an example of how this letter is reverberating in conservative media – skipping how
U.S. intelligence “does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the
Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.” https://bit.ly/36iRwxS
https://twitter.com/ChrisMegerian/status/1311030588602712067

…@DonaldJTrumpJr should reread the letter as it does not say what he thinks it says
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1311026223867465729

Update from last week…
9 discarded ballots were a mistake, not fraud…
https://bit.ly/2Sm6OJW

Update from last week…
Schatz responds to Cruz’s comment…
https://twitter.com/brianschatz/status/1311019117407739904

Baker counters McConnell
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1311452425308446720

Not normal: Dozens of White House staffers taken away from their desks and lined up behind a rope to cheer and wave flags as the president departs. https://bit.ly/347TLBr
https://twitter.com/loriamontgomery/status/1311012739423391745

In what appears to be a coordinated effort, the Trump campaign, Fox News, and conservative media outlets are amplifying lies about Joe Biden before the debate. https://t.co/LqQj6BZDgi
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311097175162593280

QAnon Amplified (an unfounded) Republican Attack On This Congressman. Now He’s Facing Death Threats https://t.co/oDhcfJGhaw
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1311371371981746177

===2020 Watch List===
Regarding Russia and the election…
[W]e now have the transcript of @robertcobrien’s remarkable statement @FaceTheNation this morning. https://bit.ly/30yyvUx
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1312793642344632321

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1313117967832567812

Trump doesn’t need Russian trolls to spread disinformation. The mainstream media does it for him.
https://t.co/o9UEkA6Oz6

“I asked @YBenkler what he would do between now and Election Day if he could make
one change. He said he would get those news sources to stop amplifying Trump’s
falsehoods and do more to counter the falsehoods.”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1313926665542791170

In an internal announcement, the Justice Dept created an exception to a decadeslong policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote. https://bit.ly/34IjzEn
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1314320400197865472

FL’s Amendment 4 was supposed to let thousands of felons vote. Most won’t. What happened?
https://t.co/xLmpTLijP0

In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote
State officials don’t know how many felons are registered or eligible to vote. So we did our
own analysis and found only a very small percentage of them will be able to cast ballots
this election. Some could face prosecution if they do.
https://bit.ly/3nD9MYM

FL Republican politicians and…
Inside John Roberts’ Decades-Long Crusade Against the Voting Rights Act
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/john-roberts-voting-rights-act-121222

Courts view GOP fraud claims skeptically as (others) score key legal victories over mail voting.
A review by The Washington Post of nearly 90 state and federal voting lawsuits found that judges have been dubious of Republican arguments
https://t.co/p9vLVPySov

With the election only weeks away, Western Pennsylvania voters remain anxious about applying for & receiving mail-in ballots — and ensuring those ballots count. New, from @Electionland partner @post_industry: https://bit.ly/36NpuL6
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1314605661515382784

To Help Trump, PA GOP Undermines Its Own Vote-By-Mail Reforms
https://t.co/907cOy4S20

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Trump’s campaign,
dismissing its challenges to the state’s poll-watching law and its efforts to limit how
mail-in ballots can be collected and which of them can be counted.
https://t.co/MvrwncpfIH
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315275966600544264

Trump Campaign Looks to Make Good on Poll-Watching Threat in Philadelphia
https://theintercept.com/2020/09/30/philadelphia-early-voting-trump-poll-watchers/

Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to create a committee that would have wide-ranging powers to investigate the vote, including the ability to subpoena election officials and USPS members while the election and vote counting are in progress. https://t.co/4CfcXGWacq
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312210766313988102

Note: Make observations. IF you see irregularities, contact authorities. Period.

Pennsylvania Republicans have dropped their plan to create an ‘election integrity’ panel
with subpoena power, an effort Democrats feared would represent an attack on voting.
https://t.co/lp0WRdNOEi
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315034371162812416

Abbott’s (R-TX) new order limiting mail drop off locations to 1 per county hits counties with large numbers of Democrats & voters of color the hardest https://t.co/1kVkVzDLou
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1311794852204511232

Texas already makes it nearly impossible for people under 65 to vote by mail & now GOP
limiting mail dropoff sites to 1 location per county. Harris Co has 2.4 million registered
voters, Dallas 1.3 million, Travis 775,000
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1311724633855533060

Texas Voter Suppression Tactics Recall the Jim Crow Era
https://t.co/4ZkFxRYINp

Federal Court *blocks* Gov. Abbott’s order limiting counties to only one mail-in ballot
drop-off location per county. Major voting rights victory for @DemocracyDocket
Action Fund and the voters of Texas!
https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1314750877442412544

On the same day that SC began voting https://bit.ly/34rFb7W
Mon: Supreme Court restores witness signature rule for absentee ballots in South Carolina
https://t.co/Gx8qCDrzzx

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, said reinstating the restriction is appropriate because it is supported by state election officials and could help avoid disruption that may accompany the lifting of the witness requirement just weeks away from the vote.

“For many years, this Court has repeatedly emphasized that federal courts ordinarily should not alter state election rules in the period close to an election,” Kavanaugh wrote.

The court’s more conservative members – Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – would have gone further by requiring those who have already cast absentee ballots without a witness signature to vote again.

  This is such an outrage. South Carolina did not require a witness for absentee ballots
during the primaries. How many South Carolina voters won’t even know about this
requirement when casting their votes?
https://twitter.com/BrianneGorod/status/1313276684913774598

Related: https://abcn.ws/2F4HEMZ

“People are confused by this whole witness requirement,” said Barbara Beckert, an advocate for Disability Rights Wisconsin, which was part of a lawsuit that unsuccessfully challenged the witness mandate. “Voting absentee is complicated. To get it right, you have to follow a lot of very specific rules.”

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313289008177324033

Welcome to everyone on Twitter now discovering that the “Purcell Principle” and the
“shadow docket” are being used to kill court orders easing voting burdens during the
pandemic. Lots of those voting rights victories you heard about earlier in the season
are being rolled back.
https://twitter.com/rickhasen/status/1314268719665750017

I explained earlier this week @Slate as to where this is heading: https://t.co/tqvJODEQnx
https://twitter.com/rickhasen/status/1314268837542420480

Why is Team Trump Joining PA’s Dem Sec. of State to Defend Unverifiable Touchscreen Voting?: ‘BradCast’ 9/23/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13573

GA SoS orders pre-election testing stopped on new, touchscreen voting systems after major errors found affecting all 159 counties
https://bradblog.com/?p=13578

GA Installs New, Uncertified Touch-Screen Vote Software
Days Before Voting Begins: ‘BradCast’ 10/1/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13583

Florida governor extends voter registration after site crash
https://bit.ly/33zyul2

Voters in Arizona will have until October 23 to register to vote, a federal district court judge ruled on Monday night. Lawyers for the Republican National Committee immediately filed an appeal, and the case could go to the Supreme Court. https://t.co/n0GOhIzBpT
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1313489201523052546

Thread: Court action continues to move fast and furious around election practices –
three rulings of note since last night alone: …
https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1314994090241654793

If you’re not already following @ZoeTillman, she’s tracking all the legal fights
over how the vote will count really closely.
https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1315013312183177217

Judges Aren’t Buying Trump’s Claims of Widespread Voter Fraud
https://t.co/Iw92fQnYmg

One thing to note is that Donald Trump is not the first president to face a serious health issue as he seeks re-election. FDR was clearly ailing in 1944. Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack on the eve of 1956 campaign and considered quitting. Both were popular. Both won.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312004249191100417

See text graphic…
Didn’t we fight a revolution against this?
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1311819675802701825

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Why Donald Trump’s Attacks on Voting Have Ramped Up
https://bit.ly/3iyQccJ

Remember the ballots found in a river? Didn’t happen.
The military ballots in the trash? Not fraud.
Over and over, Trump and his allies hype allegations to create a cloud of suspicion
and over and over they don’t hold up. https://t.co/3HHbiOy1A8
https://twitter.com/pbump/status/1313313600698748929

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1314377540690042881

10/1: Two notorious conservative operatives were charged Thursday with felonies in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade residents in Detroit and other U.S. cities from voting by mail, Michigan’s attorney general announced.
https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00/status/1311774184889094144

Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, each face four felony counts in Detroit, including
conspiring to intimidate voters in violation of election law and using a computer to commit
crimes, Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00/status/1311776074259460101

10/8: Political provocateurs accused of racist robocalls surrender in Michigan fraud case
https://bit.ly/2FeSYWK

Social media companies have flagged or removed Trump’s lie that the seasonal flu is deadlier than the coronavirus. It is not. Trump lied in his tweet. He continues to lie about the coronavirus.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313516869647773698

Dr. Fauci says the Trump campaign has taken his words “out of context” and “without my permission” in a new ad.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315367827323449350

“I have never publicly endorsed nor do I now endorse any political candidates. The
comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad
were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the
efforts of federal public health officials.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315369099321638912

Responding to a Twitter Communications tweet
So… you mean to tell us you could’ve done this the whole time?
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1312210740669898753

Seriously though, this is messed up. The death threats towards us should have been
taken more seriously by @TwitterComms
https://twitter.com/RashidaTlaib/status/1312213391189053442

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312506153004199936

Google promised to stop letting skeevy advertisers target people searching for voting-related terms. It didn’t. From @Accountable_Org and @CommonCause https://t.co/Oeu7OJBTUC
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1313132267234099201

Related: https://twitter.com/TTP_updates/status/1313144139106660352

Nightmare scenario: Facebook’s group recommendation function keeps steering people into radical online groups amplifying Trump’s claims of a stolen election. A liberal coalition is now calling on Facebook to turn that algorithm off. @paulwaldman1and me: https://t.co/FFA1xD11QL
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1311043122630209537

“This is a bunch of tinder just waiting for a match… The fear is that the groups are going
to become a place where folks gin each other up and organize for violence.”
Disinformation expert @KarenKornbluh, quoted in this piece:
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1311046308485103618

Related: https://i.imgur.com/g8swLOi.jpg

The Trump campaign is pushing unfounded conspiracies that Joe Biden has worn ear pieces at past debates and will be wearing one tonight. That is a lie. There is no evidence to support that. Campaign officials and conservative reporters who spread this are lying.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311017906642145280

See images from Donald Trump’s tweets…
Does photoshopping an earpiece onto an old photo of Joe Biden and making it appear
to be from last night count as misinformation? asking for a multibillion dollar social
media platform
https://twitter.com/kari_paul/status/1311399932507512833

Trump just spread this conspiracy theory. They aren’t poling places.
The offices are run by the city, mostly at schools, thanks to a grant.
https://t.co/jPuzMKtbxT
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311799055916371974

…”The Trump campaign has no poll watchers approved to work in Philadelphia at the
moment. There are no actual polling places open in the city right now. And elections
officials are following coronavirus safety regulations.” https://t.co/1M2cyqqAJR
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311697380027187200

Another Trump campaign lie…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312173056945655808

With that as context…
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1312193340088053760

Imagine, for a moment, what Trump would be saying right now
if Biden contracted COVID-19 and then checked into the hospital
https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1312173114868953089

Facebook Just Forced Its Most Powerful Critics Offline. “Nothing says ‘free speech’ quite as much as a multibillion-dollar corporation with a global monopoly getting its critics shut down.”
https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7g5ga/facebook-just-forced-its-most-powerful-critics-offline

Facebook removes Trump ads with baseless claims about refugees and Covid-19
https://t.co/HCH8sWQwmi

Facebook bans accounts linked to Roger Stone and far-right (white supremacist group)
https://t.co/q2K43pdVXP

Facebook is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms. https://t.co/m0TQ0hi68b
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313591108442619905

Related: https://twitter.com/knecessary/status/1312028205814099968

Facebook, Twitter dismantle global array of disinformation networks
https://reut.rs/2SFkXSA

Turning Point USA is led by Charlie Kirk…
Facebook bans marketing firm running ‘troll farm’ for pro-Trump youth group
https://t.co/EhyXNoDYeF

Related: https://t.co/BlIGw25pkr

Judge Orders Twitter To Unmask FBI Impersonator Who Set Off Seth Rich Conspiracy
https://t.co/q628ZbxiIJ

Twitter, the company, said it will disable the system that suggests posts on the basis of someone’s interests and the activity of accounts they follow. A recognition that algorithmic systems can create misinformation cascades. https://t.co/g34CaYz9f9
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1314600970421243905

We’ll temporarily ask people to add their own commentary before amplifying content by prompting Quote Tweets instead of Retweets. We hope this encourages everyone to consider why they are amplifying a Tweet, and brings more thoughts, reactions & perspectives to the conversation. (video)
https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/1314603536471080960

Bad framing: Democratic Socialists vs Capitalists…
https://bit.ly/3jS5HO7

Democratic Socialism has to do with governance based on the Preamble/Constitution.

Governance created corporations in law then taxed and regulated them

Capitalists invest in / create individual corporations. Co-ops are just another kind of corporation. Neither are socialism.

Laissez-faire capitalism is unregulated capitalism that socializes expenses (i.e. prioritizes profits over people) which results in things like pollution, food contamination, monopolies, routine work place injuries / deaths etc

Free-market capitalism is a type of laissez-faire capitalism called neoliberalism https://corpwatch.org/article/what-neoliberalism

The Libertarians’ call for “small” government isn’t about efficiency. Think Somalia. https://bit.ly/3nCus3g

See referenced comment…
It is astounding that redistributing more than $1 trillion a year with government-granted
patent/copyright monopolies passes as “small government.” …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1314551672673239040

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Joe Biden.
NBC News town hall with Biden (begins @ ~5 mins)
https://bit.ly/2SwjyO3

Just say no to Andrew Cuomo
Capping off the Trump corruption spree by making the new Attorney General the guy who hobbled his state’s anticorruption commission…that would be almost too on the nose. https://t.co/ZqeOz3Y1OY
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1315418182975328257

Today @JoeBiden became the *first* presidential nominee to release an ad focused solely on climate change. Climate isn’t just an urgent issue, it’s a winning issue.
The new spot running in the Traverse City-Cadillac market features Michigan cherry farmers. Check it out: (video)
https://twitter.com/DJKoessler/status/1313510816033972225

Polls say 69% of all Americans & 88% of Democrats favor some form of single-payer health care. Yet, in the debate, Biden repeatedly distanced himself from #MedicareForAll and its advocates. That’s a poor strategy for building a broad, winning coalition.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312367138598985729

FDR showed respect for Socialists & Socialist ideas. He told MIlwaukee’s Socialist
Party mayor, Dan Hoan, that it didn’t matter if Hoan called himself a “Socialist’ because
“you have contributed greatly both to the theory & practice of local government.”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312186954486738945

FDR and Socialist Norman Thomas ran against one another in 1932. After FDR won,
he met with Thomas and the two men began an extensive correspondence on domestic
and foreign policy. FDR was not a socialist, but he recognized the value of socialist ideas.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312541204660264960

“Socialism is what they called Social Security… Socialism is what they called bank
deposit insurance… Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”
– Harry Truman on what to say when Republicans complain about “Socialism!”
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312047331144015874

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1311778817493655554

Joe Biden needs to stop apologizing for being the candidate of a party that includes
democratic socialists with popular ideas. Like FDR, Biden should be working to build
a broad coalition that values supporters who back #MedicareForAll and a #GreenNewDeal.
https://t.co/XdSuF2FPOJ
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1312037108845105158

Fixing this mess is going to take *all* of us, including the left
https://twitter.com/DFAaction/status/1312098015574847489

Short thread
https://twitter.com/ncjacobson/status/1312098107551879169

.@JoeBiden has a plan for the economy; Trump does not: https://t.co/8DBWwMiwYe
Joe has a plan to defeat Coronavirus; Trump does not: https://t.co/lGunpyQoFk
Joe has a plan to fight climate change; Trump does not: https://t.co/H77ztFTrHh
See a pattern here?
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1313564723510685699

An outstanding episode of @missingamerica by @brhodes with Jake Sullivan. Essential listening for all interested in what a foreign policy under @JoeBiden will look like. https://t.co/szzydlpBIy
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1315026254450622464

Beginning of a thread…
In new @fes_mena piece, I suggest roadmap for how #Biden can reenter #JCPOA with concrete steps for both #Iran & US
– Phase1: interim nuclear freeze deal by mid-Feb
– Phase2: mutual JCPOA compliance by June 2021
– Phase3: more-for-more talks late 2021-2023 https://t.co/cWReVVDwou
https://twitter.com/EllieGeranmayeh/status/1313078001756770305

We are engaged once again in a battle for the soul of the nation. It’s a battle we’ve been in before and we can win again. Tune in as I deliver remarks from Gettysburg. (video)
https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1313577195684556800

Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Co. voted 63% for Trump in 2016.
Look at the crowd that greeted Biden’s train stop. (video) This is why the Trump campaign is working so hard to suppress the vote in Pennsylvania. …
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1311629012138065920

Posted here:
Joe Biden’s 2019 tax returns: https://bit.ly/2GkL4eR
Kamala Harris’s 2019 tax returns: https://bit.ly/349YBhp
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310994011398844417

The Biden campaign will resume door-to-door canvassing in battleground states.
Beginning this weekend, the campaign will send out volunteers in Nevada, Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with the efforts expanding to 17 battleground states. https://t.co/Diuxlrm7Ix
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311742684554551296

…The @BostonGlobe makes an argument for Biden, and then remakes the argument for 12 different kinds of voters. https://t.co/fThf9asp9D
https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1313872696401375232

Michelle Obama’s Closing Argument
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_Xz2MIh4s

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns from Ann Arbor for Joe Biden. (video)
https://twitter.com/cheddar/status/1313179075234664452

“I’m the guy who ran against a socialist,” Biden says about @BernieSanders
Biden keeps throwing Bernie under the bus. Meanwhile, Bernie campaigned for him
over the weekend and hosted an event for him today in Michigan.
I must say, it’s a bit odd
https://twitter.com/HCTrudo/status/1313282535070277632

Having ignored – or not heard – Nichols…
Progressives to Biden: Stop Dragging Bernie, He’s Saving Your A–
“It’s foolish and arrogant,” a former senior Sanders aide sent in a text message to the
Daily Beast late Moneday night. “And more importantly, absolutely unnecessary.”
https://t.co/nKk7j6joXd

A large portion of the Democratic Party establishment likes Republicans far more than it
likes progressive Democrats. This has been true for decades. It is good that this dynamic
is out in the open. It makes it easier to understand the challenges ahead.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313518836142927872

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313522093028302851
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1313582591186935808

The Philadelphia Inquirer lays out a compelling case why four more years of Donald Trump would be an unmitigated disaster for America, and enthusiastically endorses Joe Biden for president https://t.co/a6kNhlRlyL
https://twitter.com/Will_Bunch/status/1315232550034436100

Referring to an Atlantic story…
I guess I missed this story when it came out but I lived this settlement fight and reported on it for 5 years and wrote a book about it, and I haven’t found a single correct fact in here. https://t.co/bE0pPpiyTe
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1314324656308903936

Donald Trump…
See headlines…
What a year this week has been
https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1312755731217764356

Expose: The Swamp That Trump Built
https://t.co/ogSlwkBuUC

An investigation by The Times found over 200 companies, special-interest groups and
foreign governments that patronized Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from him
and his administration. Nearly a quarter of those patrons have not been previously reported.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315375376684654592

As president-elect, Trump pledged to step back from the Trump Organization and recuse
himself from his private company’s operation. As president, he built a system of direct
presidential influence-peddling unrivaled in modern American politics.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1315374106875846657

Law and order for thee, but not for me? See chart…
Criminal indictments by administration…
https://twitter.com/spdeal/status/1314269400216682497

On the whole … the indictments under the three GOP presidents
do dwarf those under the three Democrats.
https://bit.ly/3nyqqc2

Tuesday: Farmers Union Rebukes Trump’s Refusal to Consider Pandemic Relief
https://nfu.org/2020/10/06/farmers-union-rebukes-trumps-refusal-to-consider-pandemic-relief/

Dow swings 600 points after Trump rejects stimulus plan
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/investing/dow-stock-market-stimulus/index.html

The S&P 500 is plunging on this, but the true economic effect is all the displaced workers
and businesses who are not going to get any more emergency relief until November at the
very, very least, and probably in reality not until February.
https://twitter.com/ernietedeschi/status/1313555048115458051

Key consequence of stimulus talks falling through:
– Close to 30 million jobless ppl to permanently see an income cut of ~50%
– 40% of restaurants face closure in ~6 months, per surveys
– Tens of thousands of airline workers will be laid off
– No stimulus checks 2.0
– No rental relief money
– No more funding for testing and tracing
– No Medicaid or COBRA money or newly uninsured
– No $100B to help schools reopen safely
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1313559273310388226
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1313571350812987393

Hill-HarrisX poll:
Should the Senate first pass a COVID relief bill or confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett?
Pass a COVID relief bill first 74%
Confirm Amy Coney Barrett first 26%
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313547069949444103

Biden statement: “Make no mistake: if you are out of work, if your business is closed,
if your child’s school is shut down, if you are seeing layoffs in your community, Donald
Trump decided today that none of that – none of it – matters to him.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313603853216931841

The Fiscal Federal Reserve
Powell signs up to monetize trillions of dollars in more spending.
https://t.co/hf9AKU3SIN

Pelosi signals no relief for airlines without bigger Covid deal
“There is no standalone bill without a bigger bill,” she says.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/08/covid-cluster-427949

Saturday: White House is now completely set on striking a Covid stimulus deal with
@SpeakerPelosi. They expect working all wk next week on getting a deal. No guarantees
it goes anywhere in senate. Trump wants. Badly. …
https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1314542811547676672

President Donald Trump’s increasing political desperation is raising concerns about his
judgment following his aggressive Covid-19 treatment and as suspicion mounts that the
White House is not telling the truth about his health. https://t.co/tF6I1oYqGL
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1314566308789456897

Reportedly the rejected Mnuchin stimulus proposal
“lacked a broad plan to contain the pandemic.”
https://reut.rs/2GTzwPT

How’s that Recovery Going?
https://t.co/V4Zyx2sD6E

Related: https://twitter.com/PCGTW/status/1311118625009475585

Graphic…
https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1311118123593064448

Analysis Finds Frontline Workers Disproportionately Lack Health Insurance
https://bit.ly/3dkzWuL

A new report from NELP’s @DebbieBerkowitz and @LaborSommelier shows that #OSHA
wildly mismanaged workers’ COVID whistleblower retaliation claims, closing more than half
of workers’ #COVID19 retaliation complaints without investigating https://t.co/5LOPFUCaTy
https://twitter.com/NelpNews/status/1314261297836457984

New data show that COVID deaths followed workers’ request for help from federal safety
officials – the COVID deaths happened as Trump reduced enforcement of workplace safety
laws.
https://www.dailyposter.com/p/trump-reduced-enforcement-as-workers

U.S. Labor Dept Investigating Microsoft Over Its Commitment To Increase Black Representation In Workforce
https://t.co/pi2XYJ6O3j

Channel 4 News obtained data used by Trump’s 2016 campaign on almost 200 million American voters. “It reveals that 3.5 million Black Americans were categorized by Donald Trump’s campaign as ‘Deterrence’ – voters they wanted to stay home on election day. https://t.co/nshEXbYKKY
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310640418279825408

The families of Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. are blasting the Trump
campaign for using the civil rights icons pictures in a new campaign ad. “The Trump
campaign is in opposition to all that Jackie Robinson stood for and believed in.”
https://t.co/OVq9WZqtj5
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1314551189623787522

Donald Trump insists food aid comes with campaign literature, outraging hunger advocates
https://t.co/ppT8xd6EhX

…”In my 30 years of doing this work, I’ve never seen something this egregious,”
one food bank director said.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/01/trump-letter-food-aid-boxes-424230

Promises unfulfilled: Manufacturing in the Midwest
https://t.co/3xZpqj2efY

2018: More Than 1,100 Scientists Oppose Trump Administration Proposal to Reorganize USDA
Experts and Former Agency Heads Urge Congress to Halt Plan, Protect Research Agencies from Political Interference, and Bolster Evidence-Based Policymaking
https://bit.ly/3l34DHC

2019: A Bad Move By USDA
https://www.drovers.com/article/dan-murphy-bad-move-usda

A Year After Move, NIFA and ERS Still Woefully Understaffed
https://nfu.org/2020/09/29/a-year-after-move-nifa-and-ers-still-woefully-understaffed/

Trump administration move could slash wages for over 200,000 farm workers
https://bit.ly/33l0jNE

Trump Would Double Down on Tax Cuts in Second Term
https://t.co/fVsmtZ0MWV

Steve Schwarzman’s Blackstone (PE)…
While you paid your taxes, the world’s largest private equity firm saw its tax rate go below zero on $3.9 billion in profit, and now its billionaire CEO is funneling $25 million to the GOP to preserve the tax breaks. https://t.co/SJf9MxTAC2
https://twitter.com/dailyposter/status/1311311846754844674

The AFL-CIO & SEIU file a complaint with the International Labour Organization accusing the Trump administration of violating global labor standards, leaving millions of workers unable to defend their health while Covid-19 ravages their workplaces. https://t.co/yOsjIKzAY4
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1313850782211596290

The San Diego Unified School District is removing Trump letters that his admin placed inside food boxes as part of a COVID relief program. The superintendent said that the letters misled families on how to protect themselves from becoming infected. https://t.co/t23Jv9hluW
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313894357683011585

New rule on foreign drug importation is likely to result in additional costs, undercutting cost-saving goal
New complexities will cost money to implement, which could hinder potential savings and hurt innovation.
https://bit.ly/33MaEmi

US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed
https://bit.ly/2F5vPWG

The New England Journal of Medicine Editorial…
Dying in a Leadership Vacuum
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2029812

Joe Biden says he urged some governors who wanted to endorse his presidential campaign
to refrain from doing so because the Trump administration might retaliate by withholding
medical supplies critical to COVID-19 relief. https://t.co/8dSfjxQxzc
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312519069019430912

Related stories
https://bit.ly/3isT9va
https://cnn.it/3n9pf2C
https://politi.co/2GCTD4x
https://www.cpr.org/2020/04/08/colorado-coronavirus-ventilators-trump-polis-gardner-fema/
https://abcn.ws/30u2qwM
https://bit.ly/3nxzxd6

A return to the bad old days before Obamacare?
How Much Will Trumpcare Insurance Cost People with Health Issues?
https://cepr.net/how-much-will-trumpcare-insurance-cost-people-with-health-issues/

Trump boasted he made insulin so cheap “it’s like water.”
Americans with diabetes beg to differ.
https://t.co/uCY59VIYhm

Repeat for context…
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.

Donald Trump’s War on Veterans
https://t.co/RK4anyXEN9

Related: https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1311126778426073092

NFU: Final Rule Fails to Address Structural Flaws in Conservation Stewardship Program
https://bit.ly/3iJGPGU

Beginning of a thread…
The EPA has stripped Oklahoma’s tribes of regulatory sovereignty over environmental matters and handed it to the state’s governor. This is a huge deal. https://t.co/ujhIdszEv0
https://twitter.com/jtlarsen/status/1313088281207287813

*Not* a QAnon conspiracy…
‘We need to take away children,’ no matter how young, Justice Dept. officials said.
The Justice Dept’s top officials were “a driving force” behind Trump’s child separation policy, a draft report said.
https://t.co/vt2QUKYDL4?amp=1

Jeff Sessions and top Justice Dept. officials pushed hard for migrant family separations
in 2018, a watchdog found. “We need to take away children,” Sessions told the prose-
cutors. https://t.co/6MuLwtCuru
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313627609008279553

Rod Rosenstein, then the deputy attorney general, went even further, telling prosecutors
that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers
should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were
barely more than infants.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1313628898525999105

ICE Admits Wrongful Deportation of Guatemalan Man
https://t.co/YJRM6jdb6g

Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries
Immigrants detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia said they had invasive gynecology procedures that they later learned might have been unnecessary.
https://t.co/HmGkai1LJA

What You Should Know About Liquefied Natural Gas and Rail Cars
https://earthjustice.org/features/liquefied-natural-gas-lng-by-rail-tanker-car

Note: A Donald Trump Executive Order to rewrite a rule so as to allow LNG bomb trains. The rule was finalzed in August. From the above link…

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s rule proposes no restrictions on the number or distribution of liquefied natural gas tanker cars in a particular train, nor on the routes these trains may travel.

Under the rule, bomb trains would be subject to a voluntary speed limit of up to 50 mph through densely-populated cities.

Officials at the Federal Railroad Administration have noted that tank cars are unlikely to survive impacts at even 30 mph.

  Trump, Kushner Have Financial Ties to Company that Wants Railroads
to Carry Deadly Liquefied Natural Gas
https://www.dcreport.org/2020/09/29/bomb-trains-coming-soon-through-your-town/

A lawsuit was filed in August. NE AG Peterson didn’t join the suit.
https://bit.ly/2ERsBpQ

Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks
The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides – a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/health/pesticides-drug-resistance-trump-anifungals.html

The Trump administration has asked the military to assess how quickly it could pull nuclear weapons out of storage and load them onto bombers and subs if an arms ctrl. treaty w/ Russia expires in Feb., 3 sources told me https://t.co/uPtYj1LyBb
https://twitter.com/dlippman/status/1310704344526999552

Note: He hasn’t shown any regard for expiring arms treaties. What’s this really about?
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Repeat for context…
Trump’s Taxes Show Chronic Losses and Years of Income Tax Avoidance
https://t.co/VfbTmscljw

Andrew Weissmann on NBC: “When I look at the NYT reporting and I see there are
hundreds of millions of dollars in loans that are coming due that the president has
personally guaranteed, my question is who does he owe that money to?
Is there leverage that those people have?”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310610219362263041

How Trump’s taxes compare to those of other presidents
https://t.co/8cGb2nwcuw

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310927311395487745

Federal income taxes paid in 2017 (jointly with spouse):
Joe Biden: $3.7 million
Donald Trump: $750
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310625323097227264

NBC News from 2019: Joe Biden has released two decades worth of his tax returns.
He released 10 years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 2008 and yearly
while he served as vice president.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310632866766757888

NYT Part II: Tax Records Reveal How Fame Gave Trump a $427 Million Lifeline
“The Apprentice” rescued Donald J. Trump, bringing him new sources of cash and a myth that would propel him to the White House.
https://t.co/ibVnhkARfK

Trump has huge balances on loans, soon to come due, from Deutsche Bank, including
$160 million on his Washington hotel in the Old Post Office building and $148 million
on the Doral golf resort.  Neither of those businesses is turning a profit.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310772737334366208

NYT Part III: Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2017. Here’s the math.
https://t.co/vQOLtNcZFv

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump’s debt
Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to.
https://t.co/e73G4kHcbO

I had high-level security clearances for almost twenty years in Washington. If I had debts
even a fraction of what Donald Trump is carrying – and to murky foreign entities – there
isn’t a chance in he– that I would have gotten them. The risk of leverage is just too high.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1310704632746913803

Editorial in @GlobeOpinion: Trump’s debt is a national security risk
https://t.co/g5nBQTGZkr

NYT: Trump took $70,000 in tax deductions for hair care. Experts say that’s illegal.
https://t.co/Qt8jQz3jeo

NYT: Trump’s Taxes Show He Engineered a Sudden Windfall in 2016
https://t.co/xyLikn4mTH

“Unless the payments were for actual business expenses, said [the tax professor], claiming
a tax deduction for them would be illegal. If they were not legitimate and were also used to
fund Mr. Trump’s presidential run, they could be considered illegal campaign contributions”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1314600970421243905

Thread
https://twitter.com/thetrevorpotter/status/1314623991102005253

Lessons from Donald Trump’s tax returns (patreon)
https://t.co/QNLZDorg81

Related: https://twitter.com/ElieNYC/status/1310707915595157505

Griffen counters WH Communications Dir Farah…
Reminder: “Federal spending records show that taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office.”
That’s at least two years of presidential salaries right there.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310675691755597824

A better counter…
2018: We’ve Found $16.1 Million in Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties
Most came from political entities such as the Trump campaign, but government agencies
chipped in, too. “I could offer clarity,” one federal employee explained, “but I choose not to.”
https://bit.ly/3kTV3Xo

Feb 2020: How Much Has the Government Spent at Trump’s Properties? It Won’t Say.
“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told
“Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.”
https://bit.ly/3jbqFY0

A Trump super PAC received $10 million from Kelcy Warren, CEO of the company that owns the Dakota Access pipeline. Two weeks later, Trump proposed a new program to fast-track pipeline permits in secrecy: report by @SteveAHorn https://t.co/qCfgy0KLKU
https://twitter.com/TheRealNews/status/1311026459348217859

State Dept Iran envoy Elliott Abrams last week praised the Trump admin’s prisoner swaps w #Iran. @matthew_petti recalls the true story & reports for the first time how Team Trump actually fouled up the whole process and jeopardized future exchanges https://t.co/0KKEcpLn2K
https://twitter.com/RStatecraft/status/1311670867991166977

Remember Reagan’s Iran-Contra Affair? Abrams was part of it…
https://www.brown.edu/Research/Understanding_the_Iran_Contra_Affair/profile-abrams.php

Pope Francis has denied a request for an audience from Mike Pompeo, and the Vatican “accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election.” https://t.co/jkZWVFN9yu
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311644533747331074

See text graphics…
What Mike Pompeo said. *And*  What actually happened. …
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1311816562039455751

National security endorsement thread
https://twitter.com/vermontgmg/status/1311836883777921025
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Trump Appointee to VOA Reporters: Criticizing Trump Is a Conflict of Interest
The policy sparked immediate concern that such a broad definition of “conflict of interest” could be used to target Voice of America journalists.
https://theintercept.com/2020/10/05/voa-reporters-conflict-of-interest-memo/

This story about @USAGMgov political appointees “investigating” @VOANews reporter
@W7VOA is shocking. He is an objective & skilled professional. VOA journalists’
independence must be preserved. This is the kind of cr-p they do in Russian & China
https://t.co/HC3q4X44vu

Compare / Contrast…
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics: President Trump has 3,400 conflicts of interest
https://bit.ly/36zf1Tg

Includes global warming…
Context: What is the Trump administration’s track record on the environment?
https://brook.gs/348c6y1

Related: https://bit.ly/30d395l

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Ag Sec Soinny Perdue
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063714573

.@realDonaldTrump just said “we are planting a billion trees” – that’s a lie like so much
he says.  But if you really want to plant a billion trees, then come to @Aspiration!
For every tree you plant at this link, I’ll plant a tree to match you! https://t.co/C4pBk2LPSj
https://twitter.com/JosephNSanberg/status/1311130097278099456

Wed 10/7/20…
The president’s latest tweet promoting vote-by-mail in Arizona 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/1313903337440329728

How Donald Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Lie is Disenfranchising Americans
The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Dept of Homeland
Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election
https://t.co/FqnLWfXT0u

Big @nytimes story also documents “an extensive effort to gain partisan advantage
by aggressively promoting the false claim that voter fraud is a pervasive problem”
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1311383952565964800

Here’s the reality behind Trump’s claims about mail voting
https://bit.ly/2Sgdidc

I’ve joined over 1600 of my former DOJ colleagues in calling out AG Barr for threatening
free and fair elections: 1,600 former Justice Dept lawyers accuse Barr of using DOJ
to help Trump in election https://t.co/cJIV0l4k6p
https://twitter.com/FrankFigliuzzi1/status/1311766576325033985

9/28: Commerce Secretary Ross says 2020 census will end Oct. 5 despite court order
https://nbcnews.to/30gkqLe

The Census Crisis: Commerce Secretary Tightens Grip on a Vital Public Good
https://bit.ly/33CFu0q

9/30: Judge suggests contempt proceedings after Wilbur Ross defies order on Census
https://bit.ly/3kWQWK0

10/4: The Census Bureau said that its count will continue through October 31, yielding
after a back-and-forth battle with a federal judge in California. https://t.co/CBstnp3YX3
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1312852492242153472

A third federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to halt changes that have delayed mail delivery nationwide, handing the latest judicial rebuke to unilateral service cuts that critics allege would suppress mail-in voting. https://t.co/IJ6VbCjaZ4
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310557369483497472

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has become the fourth to issue a nationwide injunction
against the U.S. Postal Service over disruptive operational changes initiated by
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. https://t.co/JbPGO8cRtN
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310685719363371008

As States Prepared Mail-in Ballots, Postal Service Failed to Update at Least 1.8 Million Addresses
https://t.co/O6ClkG9TrC

For three weeks in August, the U.S. Postal Service stopped fully updating a national
change of address system that most states use to keep voter rolls current. At least
1.8 million new changes of address had not been registered in the database.
https://t.co/O6ClkG9TrC
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1310912210139598855

Trump and McConnell Are Undoing the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Legitimacy.
A rush to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the eve of an election jeopardizes the credibility of the judicial branch.
https://t.co/4bh5VD2XAG

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1310544997847048192

Another highly questionable call – see both tweets
https://twitter.com/maustermuhle/status/1312172948501929985

Donald Trump’s TikTok restrictions ‘likely exceed’ his legal authority, federal judge says
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/28/trump-tiktok-legal-authority-422663

Note: Remember when Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to get Gov Whitmer to open up Michigan’s economy (without meeting the criteria) https://bit.ly/2SEFfM6 & https://bit.ly/2SH2ftX and they showed up with guns? https://t.co/SDSA7cVHHO & https://bit.ly/3leNefe Two of them https://bit.ly/34yLZ3G were recently picked up…

New: Plans to kidnap Whitmer, overthrow government spoiled, officials say
https://t.co/ZvNjPI4x7M

Organizers allegedly met starting in June, including at a Second Amendment rally in Lansing and in a Grand Rapids shop basement accessed through a secret door hidden under a rug.

The plot also included at least seven members of a Michigan militia known as the Wolverine Watchmen accused by state officials on Thursday of targeting police, making threats to “instigate civil war” and helping to plan Whitmer’s kidnapping, according to state and federal officials.

Related: https://bit.ly/34EmMF3
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Tuesday’s Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself.
President Trump’s unwillingness to say he would abide by the result, and his disinformation campaign about election integrity went beyond anything…
https://t.co/I9lCSSGEix

Related: https://twitter.com/michelleinbklyn/status/1311287325373149184

It’s hard to imagine a more disqualifying, terrifying statement from the president of the
United States: “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully
because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it.” https://t.co/8aZ28ckZff
https://twitter.com/BGrueskin/status/1311285257426083843

Trump’s Encouragement of GOP Ballot Watchers Echoes Old Tactic of Voter Intimidation
The 2020 presidential election will be the first in nearly 40 years conducted without the
protections of a court order sparked by Republican tactics in New Jersey in 1981,
writes Mark Krasovic. – Note: https://politi.co/3lgMNAR
https://bit.ly/34r1B9s

Related: https://twitter.com/jamisonfoser/status/1311429612988035073
https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/1311254327911211011

Click text graphic…
Yesterday … the FBI quietly issued a  warning about the threat of far-right extremists,
per intel report leaked to me. It identifies the period between presidential election and
inauguration as a “flashpoint” https://t.co/A1AdYn9tED
https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/status/1311455920212377601

Did the president speak about a single policy position (at the debate)?
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1311463338191192064

Donald Trump condemns ‘all White supremacists’ after refusing to do so at presidential debate
https://cnn.it/2GjfQVy

How dangerous are the White Nationalists in the US Military?
https://www.juancole.com/2020/10/dangerous-nationalists-military.html

The Trump campaign is contacting local election offices, telling them to ignore their states’ election laws –> “The NC Republican Party advises you to not follow the procedures,” Trump campaign operative Heather Ford wrote in an email https://t.co/NkwkN8KPej
https://twitter.com/ElectProject/status/1313090759571247105

The Trump campaign is now attacking Biden for…not contracting coronavirus. “He has experience – now – fighting the coronavirus as an individual. Those firsthand experiences, Joe Biden, he doesn’t have those.” (video)
https://twitter.com/timjhogan/status/1313135243470278657

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the meeting where they decided
that this is the winning message. https://t.co/YWchwE0k4e
https://twitter.com/marty_lederman/status/1313554445721120770

Donald Trump lost by 2.9 million votes to Hillary Clinton. Maybe that’s why he’s still running against her. https://t.co/LLM0yNDAVw
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1314770154568454144

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/1311815515837526017

State attorneys general should take note of the Michigan AG’s commitment to prosecuting voter suppression as the crime that it is. https://t.co/55Kxc16mTS – The Nation, retweeted by John Nichols https://bit.ly/3nKzjzu

I can assure you @NicholsUprising, @DemocraticAGs are committed. Republican AGs on the other hand…silent on:
– USPS attack
– Trump’s vote twice comment
– Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail
– Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power
– Trump’s voter intimidation comment
– Brandon Richards, Democratic AGs Press Sec https://bit.ly/372vLma

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