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2020 Elections

Polls, Models, Theories

Conservative poll finds 23 percent of Republicans think GOP shouldn't nominate Trump. Republican voters widely expect President Trump to be their party’s nominee in the November presidential race, but nearly one in four said that they think the GOP should find “someone other than Trump” ahead of the election, according to a new survey. The conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found that 23 percent of likely Republican voters across the country think that their party should “find someone other than Trump to be their nominee,” according to the survey results. The poll found that 70 percent said the Republican Party should stick with Trump, while 7 percent were undecided.

Trump is getting trounced among a crucial constituency: The haters. President Donald Trump is losing a critical constituency: voters who see two choices on the ballot — and hate them both. Unlike in 2016, when a large group of voters who disliked both Trump and Hillary Clinton broke sharply for Trump, the opposite is happening now, according to public polling and private surveys conducted by Republicans and Democrats alike. via @politico

Column: Democratic turmoil and a long-term warning for the GOP. Stepping back from this momentum swing for the GOP was Ron Nehring, former chairman of the California and San Diego Republican parties. He took to social media on acquittal day to remind fellow Republicans — as he has regularly in recent years — that they need to focus on addressing long-term trends that do not favor the GOP. We’re at the top of the business cycle, borrowing $1T per year. How are we doing on reforming some big budget items to get that under control? Or are we just going to (scrap) the whole “fiscal responsibility” thing?

Don’t Vote. Yet. via @dougporter506 Check out my coverage of local and statewide candidates here. The Indivisible San Diego Persist voter guide is here.

An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter. Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020? And today her model tells her the Democrats are a near lock for the presidency in 2020, and are likely to gain House seats and have a decent shot at retaking the Senate. If she’s right, we are now in a post-economy, post-incumbency, post record-while-in-office era of politics. Her analysis, as Bitecofer puts it with characteristic immodesty, amounts to nothing less than “flipping giant paradigms of electoral theory upside down.” via @politico

Poll: Large majorities of black, Hispanic voters say Trump has been bad for them. Just 4 percent of African Americans surveyed said that Trump's actions have been good for African Americans in general, while 81 percent said he’s made things worse. Sixty-nine percent of Hispanic respondents said Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics generally, while only 19 percent think they’ve been good. Both African Americans and Latinos also overwhelmingly said Trump's actions have been bad for each other, as well as Muslims and women. Among white Americans respondents, roughly a third said Trump’s actions have been good for black Americans, women and Hispanics, while about a quarter said they have been good for Muslims. Forty-seven percent said Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics, 44 percent said they’ve been bad for Muslims and 39 percent said they’ve been bad for women and black Americans.

Poll: Record 69% of voters say they dislike Trump personally

Fox News Poll: Voters are frustrated with government, nervous about economy. Many voters are frustrated with how the federal government is working and a growing number are nervous about the economy -- yet ratings of economic conditions remain higher than before President Trump took office, according to the latest Fox News Poll. While 37 percent feel confident about the economy, 48 percent feel nervous. That’s up from a low of 43 percent nervous in March 2019. At the highest point, 70 percent felt nervous in 2010 when the question was first asked, and it was 61 percent as recently as 2016. #FoxNews

Poll: Trump approval falls as majority of Americans brace for recession

Registering by Party: Where the Democrats and Republicans Are Ahead. registered Democrats 40%, Republicans 29%, independents 28%.

Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris

Comfortable, happy and divided: What are these retirees arguing about? "I've got four grandsons — adult grandsons, millennials — and the absence of patriotism in that generation bothers me," Al said. "They've never been part of a war that could unite us." via @freep

Right-wing outlets tout post-debate Drudge poll that 4chan users had gamed. Users of the far-right message board 4chan organized to rig a Drudge Report online poll following the July 30 Democratic presidential debate. Multiple right-wing outlets touted the results. 4chan users similarly rigged previous post-debate Drudge polls. After the first night of the CNN debate, users on 4chan’s “/pol/” message board shared the poll and urged others to vote for author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

Trump: Republicans like Paul Ryan are 'weak, ineffective & stupid'. Trump followed up his latest attack on Ryan by touting his current approval rating among Republicans. "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, an all time high. Ronald Reagan was 87%. Thank you!" Trump wrote in a follow up tweet. Trump is polling at 90 percent with Republicans according to the latest Gallup poll. According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump has an 85 percent approval rating among potential GOP primary voters.

Trump Campaign to Fire Pollsters After Poor Polling Numbers Leaked. The president, predictably, denied the poor numbers, calling them “fake polls” via @RollingStone

Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Democrats in hypothetical matchups. via @slate

Biden leads Trump by 'landslide proportions' in new national poll. In a national head-to-head matchup, the poll found Biden taking 53 percent against 40 percent for Trump, with the poll's assistant director describing it as a "landslide" margin. Five other Democratic contenders also lead the president: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hold healthy leads over Trump, with Sanders up by 9 points, Harris ahead by 8 and Warren leading by 7. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) lead Trump by 5 points, with each posting a 47 to 42 split.

Trump lashes out at polls that show 2020 re-election bid in trouble

Polls flash 2020 warning for Trump

Some Obama-Trump voters abandon president

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds. This sentiment runs the deepest among Democratic and independent registered voters, but also exists among a significant slice of Republicans. About 8 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the country’s economic system gives an advantage to those already in power, while nearly a third of Republicans share that view.

Poll: 55 percent say they won't vote for Trump in 2020

We asked more than 1,800 young people what they think is the biggest issue facing America, and the most popular answer was Trump

‘On Paper, the Election Is the Democrats’ to Lose’. The Rise of ‘No Religion’ Percentage of Americans by religious affiliation, or lack of one.

Four-in-10 voters say they would vote to re-elect Trump next year. via @slate

Most voters won't support Trump in 2020: PBS/NPR poll


President Trump called Barack Obama a "grossly incompetent" president after Obama criticized U.S. officials' handling of the coronavirus crisis. The president claimed he hadn’t heard his predecessor’s remarks criticizing U.S. leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, however, repeatedly attacked Obama throughout his eight years in office, and has continued to do so since winning the 2016 election. Most recently, Trump has been obsessed with pushing the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory, claiming — without evidence — that Obama led a “coup” to sabotage his presidency. When a Washington Post reporter last week asked Trump to explain “Obamagate,” the president refused. “You know what the crime is,” Trump said. “The crime is obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”

Trump Loses His Mother’s Day Mind Topping 100 Twitter Shares So Far. Trump’s tweet binge included a subtle: “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” message, blasting former president Obama and at least 100 more. via @RollingStone

A record number hold a strong opinion of Trump. Right now, most voters feel very strongly about Trump. We can see this in polls which ask voters whether they have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable view of him. If you average polls from late March onward from Grinnell College/Selzer and Company, Fox News and Monmouth University, 27% of voters have a very favorable view of Trump and 42% have a very unfavorable view of him. All told, 69% of voters have either a strongly favorable or unfavorable view of the President.

Trump on 'Noble' Prize tweets: 'Does sarcasm ever work?' I said to my wife just now, "This guy confused the Nobel Prize with the Pulitzer, misspelled it and then misspelled Hamburger" and without missing a beat she said, "Trump right?" He's so dumb that he is instantly recognized when someone does something so dumb.

Trump, archived Sunday, April 26, 2020

Home Alone at the White House: A Sour President, With TV His Constant Companion. As his administration grapples with reopening the economy and responding to the coronavirus crisis, President Trump worries about his re-election and how the news media is portraying him. Hope Hicks, a former communications director who rejoined the White House this year as counselor to the president, maintains his daily schedule. His former personal assistant, Johnny McEntee, now runs presidential personnel. Ms. Hicks and Mr. McEntee, along with Dan Scavino, the president’s social media guru who was promoted this week to deputy chief of staff for communications, provide Mr. Trump with a link to the better old days. The three are the ones outside advisers get in touch with to find out if it’s a good time to reach the president or pass on a message. Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s new chief of staff, is still finding his footing and adjusting to the nocturnal habits of Mr. Trump, who recently placed a call to Mr. Meadows, a senior administration official said, at 3:19 a.m. Mr. Meadows works closely with another trusted insider: Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and de facto chief of staff.

New Polls in 5 Swing States Are Looking Scary for Trump. Voters in state after state say they trust their own governors a lot more than the president to decide how to handle the novel coronavirus. Trump narrowly won Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to pull off his 2016 victory, but he’s trailing in all five states right now, according to a number of polls released in the past 24 hours. And if he loses them, he’ll lose a second term in office.

Liberal Karofsky wins Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky defeated conservative Justice Dan Kelly to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in results released Monday from last week’s chaotic spring election. The race was officially nonpartisan, but the high court has become heavily politicized in recent years. Liberal groups poured more than $2.4 million into the race for Karofsky, while conservatives spent more than $2.5 million for Kelly — who also drew President Donald Trump’s endorsement. Karofsky’s victory narrows the court’s conservative majority to 4-3 and gives liberals a shot at seizing control when the next seat comes open in 2023.

The briefings aren’t working: Trump’s approval rating takes a dip. Views of Trump’s coronavirus response are now breaking down along familiar lines of polarization. via @politico


Fred Guttenberg @fred_guttenberg Remember this @marcorubio? "For years to come, there are many people on the right, in the media & voters at large that are gonna be having to explain & justify how they fell into this trap of supporting Trump, because this is not gonna end well." VIDEO

Trump just comes out and says it: The GOP is hurt when it’s easier to vote. Trump, on expanding voting: “They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again."

Donald, I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to beat you and save our democracy. — Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) >March 1, 2020
I would find it hard to believe that failed presidential candidates Tom Steyer, or Mini Mike Bloombeg, would contribute to the Democrat Party, even against me, after the way they have been treated - laughed at & mocked. The real politicians ate them up and spit them out! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Crazy, chaotic Democrat Debate last night. Fake News said Biden did well, even though he said half of our population was shot to death. Would be OVER for most. Mini Mike was weak and unsteady, but helped greatly by his many commercials (which are not supposed to be allowed....during a debate). Pocahontas was mean, & undisciplined, mostly aiming at Crazy Bernie and Mini Mike. They don’t know how to handle her, but I know she is a “chocker”. Steyer was a disaster who, along with Mini, are setting records in $’s per vote. Just give me an opponent! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020

Trump mad that U.S. intel briefed lawmakers on Russian military attack on 2020 elections

READ: President Trump's State of the Union address February 04, 2020

Demolishing the Trump campaign's holiday guide to debating liberal 'snowflakes'

Trump Thinks Supporters Need Website to School ‘Liberal Snowflakes’ at Christmas. “This year, don’t let them get away with it,” Trump’s campaign manager tweeted. The site also wants Trump supporters to know that they understand how tough they have it, especially this time of year, writing, “Holidays are rough – especially when Democrats and liberal members of your family try and tell you fake news media spun lies about President Trump and his accomplishments.” The site reminds supporters that although there will be good times during their visits with family and friends, liberals in denial of Trump’s greatness will always be around to spoil things, writing, “Family holidays. Full of love. Full of laughter. And full of the inevitable conversations with the family liberal who just does not want to believe how great America is doing with President Trump in office.” via @RollingStone

Trump campaign encourages supporters to confront their ‘snowflake’ relatives. A new website is intended to help his fans triumph in holiday arguments. “We know that at Christmas and holiday time, there’s always that liberal snowflake relative who starts an argument and then runs and hides,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted. “This year, don’t let them get away with it.” "Nothing says Merry Christmas like hurling insults at relatives," responded former DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee. via @pol

Trump campaign plagued by groups raising tens of millions in his name. Outside entities are raising huge money in Trump's name, despite disavowals from the campaign, and spending little of it on 2020. The groups mimic Trump’s brand in the way they look and feel. They borrow the president’s Twitter avatar on Facebook pages, use clips of Trump’s voice in robocalls asking for “an emergency contribution to the campaign” and, in some cases, have been affiliated with former Trump aides, such as onetime deputy campaign manager David Bossie. But most are spending little money to help the president win in 2020, POLITICO found. via @politico

Trump has concluded his longest rally speech ever, which was also one of most bitter and most rambling. Tweet thread here: Trump is holding a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Quotes and fact checks in this thread. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) December 18, 2019

Trump on removal of protester at rally: 'We don't want to be politically correct'. Trump became noticeably frustrated after a woman wearing a black knit "#MeToo" hat and carrying a "grabbing power back" sign disrupted his speech. After stepping a way from the lectern, Trump returned to microphone and repeatedly stated, "get her out." Video shared on social media showed the woman walking around in circles and shouting as a security guard tried to contain her. Security eventually escorted her out of the arena. Footage showed one rally attendee attempting to snatch her sign as she neared an exit.

Trump in a landslide? This historically accurate model predicts exactly that. According to Moody’s Analytics, Trump is headed toward another four years in the White House. And, if the numbers are right, it won’t even be close. In fact, his Electoral College victory could very well be wider than the 304-227 margin he enjoyed over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Since 1980, Moody’s has managed to nail the outcome every time but once — like many, it didn’t see Trump coming. “Under the current Moody’s Analytics baseline economic outlook, which does not forecast any recession, the 2020 election looks like Trump’s to lose,” the authors wrote. “Democrats can still win if they are able to turn out the vote at record levels, but, under normal turnout conditions, the president is projected to win.”

Raw, angry, uncensored: Welcome to Trump's impeachment-era campaign. The president's latest rallies show a bare-knuckled approach the likes of which voters have never seen before. via @politico

Trump campaign 'still hasn't paid security bills for rallies to at least six cities'. Events racked up more than $600,000 in outstanding bills for security and city services.

Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies’ wake. Cities across the country say the president’s campaign has failed to reimburse them for law enforcement costs. via @politico

'Welcome to Minneapolis': Trump rally roils liberal bastion, October 09, 2019 Trump traded Twitter insults with the Minneapolis mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday’s rally at a downtown arena. He denounced Jacob Frey as a “Radical Left” lightweight and blasted the Democrat for a police policy banning officers from wearing their uniforms in support of political candidates. He sprinkled in a reference to his favorite foil — the city’s Rep. Ilhan Omar — just for good measure. “Yawn,” Frey tweeted back. “Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.” It was just a warmup to Trump’s first campaign rally since being engulfed in the swirl of an impeachment investigation, an event expected to pack an extra punch. Heading to Omar’s home turf, a liberal outpost in the Midwest, Trump quickly stirred up passions and partisanship as few politicians can.

Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies’ wake. In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies. via @politico

Donald Trump's Minneapolis rally to be met with mass protests: "'America First' is a racist lie" Members from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union will hold demonstrate against Trump's political rally in a protest at the Target Center from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

Trump re-election campaign targeted by Iran-linked hackers: sources

‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump via @politico

At the California GOP convention this weekend President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told a crowd of enthusiastic supporters that he believes “the Trumps will be a dynasty that lasts for decades. I think they’re all amazing people,” Brad Parscale said of Don Jr., Ivanka and Jared. via @RollingStone

Think Trump Can’t Win In 2020? These Bikers Want To Change That. In the chaos of the 2016 election, Chris Cox forged a political machine out of an unlikely demographic — one that helped Trump reach the White House and is determined to keep him there. via @jhensonpogue

A crowd of dozens turned out for the president's son and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Trump 2020 press secretary: President has never lied to American people. President Donald Trump’s campaign press secretary got into a heated debate with CNN’s Chris Cuomo last night when she said she does not believe the president has ever told a lie. Leaving Cuomo stunned, Kayleigh McEnany said firmly and repeatedly that President Donald Trump 'doesn’t lie. The press lies.” “You don’t think this president has lied to the American people?” Cuomo pressed McEnany. “Let me finish, Chris.” McEnany said as the two talked over each other. “No, I don’t think the president has lied.”

This is the reporting that set Trump off August 28, 2019: 2020 Democratic hopefuls are down to the wire to meet the requirements to take the stage at the third debate Xochitl Hinojosa

It appears to be the latest chapter in efforts to discredit news organizations. As the 2020 election heats up, President Donald Trump is reportedly getting a little help from a loose network of allies to target journalists who may write critical stories. In what appears to be the latest chapter of efforts by President Donald Trump’s allies to attack the messenger, the New York Times reports that conservative activists have compiled “dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.” The group has already released some of the information but those familiar with the effort say that is only a small part of what they have on file, ready to release whenever it is convenient. And it isn’t just journalists who may be targeted, but also their family members. via @slate

Trump mocks appearance of rally protester: 'That guy's got a serious weight problem'. "That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising," Trump said as the individual who interrupted Trump's speech was escorted out of the arena. "Get him out of here please. Got a bigger problem than I do,” Trump quipped. “Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says, 'What the hell have you just done?'" Cameras showed multiple protesters being escorted out of the arena after the crowd began booing and chanting "U.S.A." The interruption came as Trump slammed Democrats, accusing them of demeaning law enforcement and describing their opponents as "fascists and Nazis."

Scaramucci: GOP may need to replace Trump for 2020. "We are now in the early episodes of 'Chernobyl' on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process," Scaramucci, who was ousted from his job after 11 days, told the outlet. "A couple more weeks like this and 'country over party' is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020." Scaramucci, a prominent Republican donor, said that if Trump "doesn't reform his behavior, it will not just be me, but many others will be considering helping to find a replacement in 2020." "Right now, it's an unspeakable thing," he continued. "But if he keeps it up, it will no longer be unspeakable. The minute they start speaking of it, it will circulate and be socialized. We can't afford a full nuclear contamination site post 2020."

Trump urges rally attendees not to chant 'send her back'; he also says Harris had 'bad' debate night. President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Thursday that he hopes attendees at his evening rally in Cincinnati don't chant about sending members of Congress back to their home countries -- but added that the situation might be beyond his control. Last month, a Trump rally in North Carolina led to a "send her back" chant directed at Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Trump said the next day he disagreed with the chant, and was "not happy with it." "I don't know that you can stop people," Trump said. "We'll see what we can do. I'd prefer that they don't. But if they do it, we'll have to make a decision then." #FoxNews

I Played Trump in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Debate Prep. Here’s What It Takes to Beat Him.

Why White Working-Class Women Are Starting to Turn on Trump. It could be the 17 sexual assault allegations. Maybe it’s the open racism. Whatever the case, the women of the white working class are starting to change the channel.

FBI Director Wray: Russia intent on interfering with U.S. elections

Two Unofficial US Operatives Reporting To Trump’s Lawyer Privately Lobbied A Foreign Government In A Bid To Help The President Win In 2020. Reporting directly to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, two operators waged a brazen back-channel campaign that could thrust another foreign country to the center of the next US election. In a whirlwind of private meetings, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — who pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican campaigns and dined with the president — gathered repeatedly with top officials in Ukraine and set up meetings for Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani as they turned up information that could be weaponized in the 2020 presidential race. The two men urged prosecutors to investigate allegations against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden. And they pushed for a probe into accusations that Ukrainian officials plotted to rig the 2016 election in Hillary Clinton’s favor by leaking evidence against Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, in what became a cornerstone of the special counsel’s inquiry. via @BuzzFeedNews

The Republican Party is the Party for ALL Americans. We are the Party of the American Worker, the American Family & the American Dream. This is the proud banner the Republican Party will carry into the Republican National Convention next summer in the great city of Charlotte, NC! Make America White Again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019

Omar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote. “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.

‘Send her back’: Trump batters Dem congresswomen on campaign trail. Trump's racist tweets distill into a 2020 campaign rallying cry.

Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has described Donald Trump’s takeover of the Fourth of July celebrations in Washington as “a taxpayer-funded campaign ad.” Walter Shaub complained that taxpayer dollars had been co-opted “for the benefit of a man whose idea of public service is the public serving him.” features Whitehouse video

Trump predicted to lose reelection in model that forecasted Democratic takeover of House

Jimmy Carter: Investigation would show Trump lost 2016 election

How Trump could have terrible economic timing. Signs of a slowdown are mounting with weaker job growth, reduced manufacturing activity and a nervous Federal Reserve hinting at slashing interest rates — suggesting that Trump could suffer from terrible economic timing.

Trump says “probably not” prepared to lose in 2020, doesn’t believe he lost popular vote. President Donald Trump said he isn’t prepared to lose the 2020 presidential election. In the interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that aired Sunday, Trump also said he does not believe the official vote count of the 2016 election, illustrating how losing the popular vote is still a sore subject for the president. “No. Probably not,” Trump said when asked whether he was “prepared to lose” in 2020. “It would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh yes.’ No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.” via @slate

Trump Delivers a 'Bizarro World' Re-Election Speech

Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election. President Trump declared his willingness to betray the country, and Republicans are ready to help via @RollingStone

Trump Said He Would Accept Dirt On 2020 Election Opponents From A Foreign Government. While the president suggested he hadn't called the FBI in his "whole life," Trump has in fact reached out to the federal law enforcement agency. Most notably in 1981, he contacted the FBI before opening a casino in Atlantic City over concerns about organized crime in the city, and offered to "cooperate" with FBI agents. via @salhernandez

Chris Coons: Going forward, if a foreign adversary offers a presidential candidate dirt on a competitor, should they immediately turn it over to the FBI?
Bill Barr: [long pause before answering] — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 1, 2019

Trump says he would accept dirt on political rivals from foreign governments. President Donald Trump says he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about a political rival -- and wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI. "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump went on, downplaying the idea such a move by another country would amount to election interference. Asked Wednesday whether he would take opposition research being peddled by another government, Trump said he likely would. "It's not an interference, they have information -- I think I'd take it," Trump said. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI -- if I thought there was something wrong." "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI," he said. "You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do." "Life doesn't work that way," Trump said. @CNNPolitics

Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected

Trump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg

‘It’s entirely inappropriate’: Trump shot a political video on Air Force One. Seated behind a desk on Air Force One, the presidential seal over his left shoulder, President Trump shot a short video Thursday, blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s entry into the 2020 race. “If you like high taxes and if you like crime, you can vote for him — but most people aren’t into that,” the president said to the camera. Trump’s use of taxpayer-funded transportation to post a political message raises some legal and ethics questions. But possibly the greatest crime, some experts say, is the breakdown of norms. “It’s entirely inappropriate, and it is against historical norms for a president to be campaigning from Air Force One,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “Most presidents have had enough respect for the office to try to separate campaigning from formal duties. Donald Trump is not such a president.”

Trump mocks rivals at official event. Speaking at a liquified natural gas facility near Lake Charles, La., Trump singled out former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “Boy, you got some beauties there. Three hundred fifty million people and that’s the best we can do. I don’t think so,” he quipped. Past presidents generally refrained from injecting partisan politics into official White House events paid for with public funds, but Trump has frequently broken that norm during his time in office. The president joked about the dynamic last August when he noted how many reporters traveled with him to Charlotte, N.C., for a bill signing during the lead-up to the midterm elections, saying “it's like a political event and you don't even have to pay for it.”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: Looks to me like it’s going to be SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie. Everyone else is fading fast!

Analysis | Nancy Pelosi is worried Trump won’t give up power if he loses in 2020. He just underscored why. Trump tweeted Sunday that his first two years were “stolen” (actually, he originally said they were “stollen” before he fixed his tweet) by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. And he reposted an inaccuracy-filled message from one of his supporters, conservative leader Jerry Falwell Jr., saying two years should be added to Trump’s term because Trump and his orbit had been investigated by the special counsel for his first two. “Reparations” is what Falwell called it, an idea Trump appeared to endorse by sharing it with his 60 million Twitter followers and then expounding on why he felt he deserved more time in office than the Constitution allows.

Trump crackdown on ‘3 stooges of socialism’ has 2020 thrust. On the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton addressed a group of Cuban American veterans of the failed effort to topple Fidel Castro's regime and announced a series of crackdowns on Cuba and its allies.It was part of a call to arms to fight socialism abroad, but it was also a message for domestic consumption — particularly in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state and home to large Cuban American and Central and South American communities. In all, Bolton announced seven crackdowns and sanctions targeting the governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which he referred to as the “troika of tyranny.” Bolton nicknamed Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega “the three stooges of socialism.” But he also mentioned former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose Cuba rapprochement policies Trump has been rolling back, more than anyone else.

Trump campaign punishes Don McGahn's law firm. But close Trump advisers say the decision also stems from disappointment with the White House’s former top attorney and current Jones Day partner, Don McGahn, whose behavior has irked the president and some of his family members. Taking business away from Jones Day is payback, these advisers say, for McGahn’s soured relationship with the Trump family and a handful articles in high-profile newspapers that the family blames, unfairly or not, on the former White House counsel. via @politico

Trump predicts 'Crazy Bernie Sanders,' 'Sleepy Joe Biden' will be 2 Dem 'finalists' in 2020 race. I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul! #FoxNews

Trump claims supporters were kept out of Fox News's Bernie Sanders town hall

Right-wing evangelicals are using Pete Buttigieg to attack progressive Christians

Warner Bros files copyright claim after Trump shares video with music from 'Dark Knight'

Advisers urge Trump to defer 2020 rallies.


Biden finally nicknames Trump — ‘President Tweety’

‘Manipulative, deceitful, user’: Tara Reade left a trail of aggrieved acquaintances. A number of those who crossed paths with Biden’s accuser say they remember two things: She spoke favorably about her time working for Biden, and she left them feeling duped. via @politico

Tara Reade calls for Biden to drop out of presidential race. Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, says she hopes that he will end his campaign for the White House. In her first televised interview since Biden publicly denied the allegations, Reade told journalist Megyn Kelly that she believes Biden should end his campaign. “I wish he would, but he won’t,” Reade said. “But I wish he would. That’s how I feel emotionally.”

The agonizing story of Tara Reade. In April 2019, a woman named Tara Reade reached out to me with a clear, consistent story to tell about her experience as a staffer in Joe Biden’s Senate office in 1993. I spent hours on the phone with her, and many more tracking down possible witnesses and documents, trying to confirm her account. Reade told me that a senior aide told her Biden liked her legs and that he wanted her to serve cocktails at a fundraiser for him, a request she found demeaning and declined. When she later complained to others in the office that Biden would put his hands on her shoulder, neck, and hair during meetings in ways that made her uncomfortable, she says she was blamed and told to dress more conservatively. Within a few months, she said, her responsibilities had been stripped and she felt she was being pushed out of the job. She went back home to California deflated. Reade told me that she wanted me to think of this story as being about abuse of power, “but not sexual misconduct.” Her emphasis was on how she was treated in Biden’s office by Senate aides, who she said retaliated against her for complaining about how Biden touched her in meetings. “I don’t know if [Biden] knew why I left,” she said. “He barely knew us by name.”

Democratic Primary

Column: 50th Congressional District candidates differ on Trump's clemency orders. Ammar Campa-Najjar, Carl DeMaio, Brian Jones and Darrell Issa.

Every Event Bernie Sanders Did For Hillary Clinton in 2016 at least 40 times.

Kucinich endorses Gabbard's 2020 bid

Tulsi Gabbard born April 12, 1981 is an American politician and Hawaii Army National Guard major serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district. Elected in 2012, she is the first practicing Hindu and the first Samoan-American member of Congress. Gabbard's announcement of her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US presidential election made her the first female combat veteran to run for president.

Tulsi Gabbard say that she doesn’t control the Russian bots that support her, but she did control the hiring of Chris Cooper, the smear campaigner who was paid by Natalia Veselnitskaya and her Russian backed sponsors to smear me and try to repeal the Magnitsky Act in DC — Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) October 20, 2019

“It’s time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable.’ “Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,” the ad reads. “You’re probably shocked, and you might be thinking, ‘how could this possibly be true?’ Well, it’s not. (Sorry.)” The ad then goes on to state that Zuckerberg has “given Donald Trump free rein to lie on his platform.” Although television networks usually reject ads with blatant falsehoods, “Facebook just cashes Trump’s checks.” The presidential hopeful then goes on to say that Facebook “already helped elect Donald Trump once” and is now “deliberately allowing a candidate to intentionally lie to the American people. It’s time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable.” via @slate

Sarah Huckabee Sanders predicts Warren will be the Democratic nominee

Why Gillibrand crashed and burned. A last-minute spending push in Iowa wasn’t enough. Al Franken didn’t help either.

Democratic Party embraces nonreligious voters, criticizes 'religious liberty' in new resolution. In 2012, the last election Democrats won, a headline from the convention read: "Democrats boo God." In 2016, attendees heckled a preacher during the opening prayer. And on Saturday, Democrats took a shot at believers who use "religious liberty" to threaten the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans.

Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren cross paths and hug in Iowa.

Gingrich amazed by 'level of anger' from Warren, Sanders: It's the 'opposite' of how presidency is won. “I watched the first night. It was amazing the level of anger that you got out of both Bernie Sanders and Senator Warren. I mean, these are really angry people. It was kind of amazing to watch them,” Gingrich told "America’s Newsroom," reacting to the Democratic primary debates earlier this week. “It’s the opposite of how people normally win the presidency. You go back and you watch Barack Obama with a big smile, you watch Ronald Reagan with a big smile. I don’t remember us electing an angry president literally in my lifetime. And yet you had these people who were almost in a rage,” he said. #FoxNews

The facts behind Gabbard and Biden's attack on Kamala Harris' prosecutor record. “I am proud of the work we did. Work that has received national recognition for what has been the important work of reforming a criminal justice system and cleaning up the consequences of the bills that you passed when you were in the United States Senate for decades,” she told Biden as she jabbed at him for his role as a senator from Delaware crafting the now controversial 1994 crime bill. #FoxNews

Elizabeth Warren summed up the Democratic debate in 9 seconds. There was no Joe Biden. So John Delaney would have to do. By the 80th minute of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Elizabeth Warren had finally had enough. “I don’t understand,” she said, “why someone would go through all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to tell us what we can’t do and what you won’t fight for.” via @MotherJones

Here's the Pete Buttigieg Interview a Country Radio Station Doesn't Want You to Hear

Kamala Harris Shuts Down Meghan McCain for Siding With Joe Biden. Meghan McCain tried to pull a “gotcha” moment on “The View,” and Kamala Harris wasn’t having any of it. “Well, you know what?” Harris continued. “We’re on a debate stage, and if you have not prepared and you’re not ready for somebody to point out a difference of opinion about the history of segregation in our country and what was necessary to deal with that, which at that time was busing, then you’re probably not ready.”

Kamala Harris Lays Out Trump’s ‘Rap Sheet’ in Fiery Speech. “We have in this White House a president who says he wants to make America great again. Well, what does that mean? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before schools were integrated? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before the Voting Rights Act was enacted? Does that mean he wants to take us back before the Civil Rights Act was enacted? Does he mean he wants to take us back before Roe v. Wade was enacted? Because we’re not going back. We’re not going back,” Harris said forcefully. via @RollingStone

California's Democratic Party Is in Chaos. The California Democratic Party has been united on at least one thing since the 2016 election: defeating Trump in 2020. But they’re in a state of chaos over their own party’s priorities, and that made this year’s party chair election particularly loaded — and heated. Since Republicans are few and far between in the state legislature, the state's Democrats keep busy battling amongst themselves, particularly on issues like single-payer healthcare and the merits of impeachment. Activist candidate Kimberly Ellis wanted to push the party further to the left — which is likely why she lost to labor leader Rusty Hicks on Saturday for the coveted position. Before the election Ellis had harsh words about the party infighting, calling it a “toxic culture” rife with abuse, bullying, harassment, and retaliation.

“Democrats who have moved to the left are in tune with Democratic Party," the longtime GOP pollster says.

Sanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they'd support 'Medicare for All'

Sanders takes on Fox — and emerges triumphant via @politico

Karen Pence responds to Buttigieg: 'You shouldn't be attacked' for your religious beliefs


McConnell couldn't escape 'Moscow Mitch' at Kentucky's biggest political picnic via @courierjournal

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating.

Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing. The Arizona Republican is running next year to serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R) term. McSally was appointed to the Senate in December after McCain’s death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) serving in the interim months. However, she was defeated by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R). Sinema’s victory made the Grand Canyon State a top priority for Democrats, who have successfully recruited a top-tier challenger in Kelly. Kelly announced earlier this month he raised a staggering $4 million in the first quarter of 2019, with the average online contribution amounting to $25. The Arizona Democrat also has high name recognition as a former astronaut and husband to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who narrowly survived a shooting in 2011. The two have since become high-profile advocates for gun control reform. McSally hauled in about $2 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. Republicans hope to defend their 53-47 Senate majority next year as a handful of GOP incumbents face tough Democratic challengers in states like Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona.

Democrats could dodge messy Arizona primary after Gallego passes on Senate. Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for Senate next year, choosing not to enter a contentious primary that could have hurt Democrats' chances to flip the Republican-held seat. Gallego’s decision likely clears the way for Mark Kelly to become the party’s nominee to challenge Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed after losing the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat in 2018. Kelly — a former astronaut and Navy veteran who is considered Democrats' best Senate recruit so far this cycle — is the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in 2011 when she was in office. bid


New poll shows tight race in key California House race CA50

California’s 50th Congressional District: A 2020 Primary Preview

Republicans rattled after surge of retirements via @politico

Pro-Trump Republican aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar charged with felony theft. Exclusive: Danielle Stella, reported to support baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, held twice this year over alleged shoplifting

Election Security, Dirty Tricks, RNC

California becomes the first state to send all voters mail-in ballots for November election. In response to Covid-19, California will allow everyone to vote by mail.

Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials. The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.

RNC chair defends GOP donor platform in tense meeting. Ronna Romney McDaniel choked up as she addressed rumors surrounding the rollout of WinRed, the Trump-endorsed online donor platform. Republican leaders are determined to make WinRed the sole online donation platform for the party, and they are taking an uncompromising approach with those who’ve been reluctant to get on board with the new program — which has rankled segments of the party rank and file.

Militias Capitalizing on GOP Rhetoric Heading Into Election Season. These militias have seized on the words and policies of lawmakers, some of whom welcome their assistance, to further their cause. This campaign season will likely offer more of these opportunities for an entrenched network of far-right extremists. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Sen. Brian Boquist threatened upon hearing of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hinting at dispatching state police to round up and return him along with the other missing legislators. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon.” Boquist’s remarks imply that state police officers would be met with lethal violence and warn that only officers without spouses should be dispatched. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Meet the GOP operatives who aim to smear the 2020 Democrats — but keep bungling it. It matters little whether Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl's claims are proved — they hardly ever are. But in an era when notions about truth and fiction have been upended, it's now a more dangerous game.


Republicans are freaking out over a deceased gerrymandering expert's potentially damning files. North Carolina Republican lawmakers, seeking to suppress potentially damaging files from a former GOP redistricting guru, accused the expert’s daughter Monday of committing larceny when she obtained them. The accusation came in a blistering filing in state court over the information on the hard drives, which may contain explosive information about how the operative, Thomas Hofeller, gerrymandered on behalf of Republicans in North Carolina and across the country. Those files have the potential to shake up multiple contentious legal battles, including a case over whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the Census, and whether North Carolina Republican lawmakers lied to federal judges about gerrymandering based on racial data. Now, Republicans are trying to keep the files private.

2019 Elections

Cyclist fired after seen flipping off Trump's motorcade wins seat on local county board of supervisors. A woman who drew widespread attention in 2017 after she was seen flipping off President Trump's motorcade while riding on a bicycle has won a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in northern Virginia. Democrat Juli Briskman, who announced last year that she would be challenging Suzanne Volpe (R) for the seat, won the race to represent the Algonkian District on Tuesday night, The Washington Post reports. Briskman had received more than 54 percent of the vote to Volpe's roughly 46 percent with more than 91 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Virginia Department of Elections' website. Briskman rose to prominence during Trump's first year in office after a photo of her went viral showing her flashing her middle finger at the president’s motorcade in Sterling, Va. At the time, Trump was leaving from his golf course in the area when Briskman said her "blood just started to boil” as his motorcade passed her on her bike.

Historic campaign finance controversy

1996 United States campaign finance controversy


THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: CAMPAIGN FINANCE; Longtime Fund-Raiser for Gore Convicted in Donation Scheme

116th Congress, 2019-2020

116th Congress, 2019-2020

News, voting records

Hate Goes to Washington. Meet the members of Congress who traffic in hate and extremism. - Southern Poverty Law Center


  1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  2. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) senior United States Senator from Iowa, first elected in 1980, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee rumored gay
  4. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Assumed office January 3, 2013 chair of the Freedom Caucus. Member of the House Oversight Committee
  5. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Assumed office January 3, 2007 Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee
  1. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Maryland's 7th district elected April 16, 1996 Chair of the House Oversight Committee
  2. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) California's 43rd elected 1990, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
  3. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) California's 28th congressional district elected 2000 House Intelligence Committee Chairman


Judiciary. Committee
Chair: Jerrold Nadler (D); Since January 3, 2019 NY 8th District
Ranking member: Doug Collins (R); Since January 3, 2019 GA 9th District
Vice chair: Mary Gay Scanlon (D); Since January 3, 2019 PA 5th District

House Republicans staged a bizarre rally and barged into a secure room where impeachment testimony was being given privately. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), whose chief of staff sent an email to Republican legislators’ offices last week about entering the guarded committee room, led the group of roughly 30 lawmakers into the Intelligence Committee’s secure area. And because the Republicans, who are not members of the committee, brought phones and other electronics into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), Democrats said the room would now have to be “sanitized.” “They not only brought in their unauthorized bodies, they may have brought in the Russians and the Chinese,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee. Swalwell added that some Republican members held onto their phones even after the Sergeant at Arms asked that they remove them from the area. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) later reported that he personally collected phones from Republicans and took them out of the SCIF.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was targeted by a conservative news outlet for spending $300 on her hair at a salon. The congresswoman clapped back while others on Twitter noted the outlet didn't know the actual cost of women's haircuts.

Fox News Host Steve Hilton Blasts Liz Cheney: Your Dad ‘Literally’ Killed Millions. “Her father literally was responsible for not just the thousands of deaths that she rightly attributes to the Taliban, millions of deaths, billions of dollars wasted,” he said. Declaring that he was “very angry” with all of “these establishment types” wondering how Trump could invite the Taliban to Camp David, Hilton claimed the president is “actually trying to clean up the mess that all these establishment people with their military-industrial complex cronies” created. “And please spare us,” Hilton exclaimed, referencing Cheney. “She talks about death. Her father literally was responsible for not just the thousands of deaths that she rightly attributes to the Taliban, millions of deaths, billions of dollars wasted going into the company that he was the CEO of.” Cheney’s father, of course, is former Vice-President Dick Cheney, who is seen as the chief architect of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 terror attacks. Prior to becoming vice-president, Dick Cheney was the CEO of multinational oil-field service company Halliburton, which received a $7-billion no-bid government contract in the run-up to the Iraq War. “The corruption of this military-industrial complex, the establishment that supported them led to all these problems that Donald Trump is trying to clear out,” Hilton concluded.

Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Crenshaw clash on gun control: 'This is America outside NYC' #FoxNews

A new day, a new friend 🐧✨

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Were Headed for Palestine, Not Israel. Tlaib, who is Palestinian American, was planning to visit her grandma. Israel's Prime Minister now says he will "consider" her request. The congresswomen had no plans to visit Israel in their upcoming trip, but instead to witness the effects of the Israeli occupation firsthand in Palestinian cities like Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and East Jerusalem. They also planned to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque, among the holiest mosques in the world. But because Israel controls all international travel to the territories that it illegally occupies including the entire West Bank, the country has the power to prohibit both Omar and Tlaib from visiting Palestinian territories in addition to Israel. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is Palestinian American, had also planned to extend her stay in the West Bank after the congressional trip in order to visit with relatives. Trump, who last month told Omar and Tlaib (along with Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) to “go back” to the countries they came from, has effectively made that very difficult for Tlaib. via @vice

AOC tells radicalized youth 'you're not more of a man with a gun. She also told young men that they weren't bolstering their masculinity by owning a gun. "This is not just about assault weapons," she said. "This is about gun violence in all of our communities. So, whether it's from misogyny, whether it's from racism, you're not more of a man with a gun. You're not more of a man if you are capable of violence. You are not stronger if you tear another life down," she added. #FoxNews

Ocasio-Cortez Speaks Directly To White Supremacists In Surprise Appeal. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says it’s time to stop debating if President Donald Trump is a racist. “He is,” she said on Monday at a Brooklyn vigil for the victims of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. But then Ocasio-Cortez made a direct appeal to racists and white supremacists ― and her message was simple: “Come back.” She also called on those “radicalized in a funnel of vitriol” to turn away from hate, promising that they would be welcomed with love in return: “There is a mother waiting for you, I know it. I know there’s a teacher waiting for you, saying, ‘What happened to my kid? What happened to my friend?’ And we will always be here and hold space for you to come back. We will love you back. You are not too far gone.”

Pelosi downplays divisions with Ocasio-Cortez after meeting

Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport

The Squad: progressive Democrats reveal how they got their name. Congress member Ayanna Pressley told CBS This Morning on Wednesday. “It’s not just about dismantling – we’re also intentional about building and fostering,” the Massachusetts congresswoman explained. ‘Anyone who is interested in building a more equitable and just world is a part of the Squad,’ Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said.

Trump looks to squash Justin Amash via @politico

Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) objected to passing the bill by voice vote. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who derailed the same measure earlier this week, was by Rose's side. via @politico

Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump. Trump handed Pelosi a huge gift, a priceless moment that helped unify the Democratic Caucus behind her at a crucial time. “She’s smarter than him, and she’s tougher than him, and I think that bothers him,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), a Pelosi ally. “It's hard to get inside that head of his and figure out what drives him, other than an oversized ego and an undersized sense of ethics.” via @politico

Retired military colonel slams Liz Cheney's treason accusations, says her father committed a "war crime"

Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, blocked a disaster relief bill in the House on Friday by objecting to a unanimous consent vote. The Texas Republican who previously worked for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), argued the House should not have recessed before debating the legislation and holding a vote. “I'm here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation's capital to vote on it,” he said on the floor. “Secondly, it's a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border.”

Fox and Trump claim Democrats have no legislative accomplishments. The House has passed over 150 bills.

Answer to What do you think of Adam Schiff's statement that he believes there is direct evidence of collusion? by Steven Papier

Here is the full video of Chairman Schiff laying in to Republicans, presenting all of the indisputable evidence that the Trump campaign did in fact collude with Russia. This is inspiring and patriotic. Bravo, Chairman Schiff. Well done. 🇺🇸

GOP congressman quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump’s adversaries as liars. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings. Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.

Poster linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 sparks outrage, injuries in W.Va. state capitol

Clip of Meadows saying send Obama back to 'Kenya or wherever' resurfaces after clash with Tlaib. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

Mark Meadows: “We’ll send (Obama) back home to Kenya or wherever it is.”

The Suffocation of Democracy. If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings.

Ocasio-Cortez knocks 'faux-outrage' over Dem's profane call to impeach Trump

House Democrats already have their list of Trump scandals to investigate. Here it is.

Senate, Moscow Mitch MkkKonnell

Senator Mitt Romney @SenatorRomney The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power. 4:22 PM · May 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

McConnell: Obama 'should have kept his mouth shut' on Trump's coronavirus response. "I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, during an online Trump campaign event, told McConnell that Obama "slammed" President Trump over his response to the coronavirus outbreak. You know, we know he doesn't like much this administration is doing. That's understandable. But I think it's a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you," McConnell said. "You had your shot. You were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition," McConnell added. Neither Lara Trump nor McConnell specified which Obama comments they were referring to.

Rep. Cummings' pallbearer refuses to shake 'Moscow Mitch' McConnell's hand

Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America. Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress’ annual summer recess. One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, responded by shooting down Democrats’ efforts to bring two election-security bills to a vote — bills that McConnell, in his familiar fashion, had previously sentenced to quiet deaths after they passed the House. In the hailstorm of opprobrium that followed, McConnell had been tagged by “Morning Joe” Scarborough with the indelible nickname “Moscow Mitch.” The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank called him a “Russian asset.” Twitter couldn’t decide whether he was #putinsbitch or #trumpsbitch. The Kentucky Democratic Party was selling red “Just Say Nyet to Moscow Mitch” T-shirts, emblazoned with an image of the senator’s jowly visage in a Cossack hat, as fast as they could print them up. via @RollingStone

McConnell rejects mayors' demand for Senate action on gun bills, after shootings. McConnell said he has asked for bipartisan discussions on the matter, including possible restrictions on assault gun sales. “We’re going to have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back (from the recess), hopefully, be able to come together and actually pass something,” McConnell said in an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS. “I want to make a law and not just see this kind of political sparring going on.” Asked about restrictions on assault weapons, McConnell said, “That will probably be discussed as well. It’s certainly one of the front and center issues.” But he said “background checks and red flags would probably lead the discussions.”

Watch protestors interrupt Senator McConnell speech with "Moscow Mitch" taunts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earned the moniker "Moscow Mitch" for refusing to protect elections from Russian interference. You can't blame him - Russians want to help the GOP take over the USA, so why would he stand in their way? In his annual Fancy Farm Picnic speech in Kentucky, Mitch McConnell did his best to remind folks that he's nothing like those strange lifeforms in "California and New York," and is "guy who sticks up for middle America," but most of his soporific platitudes were drowned out by middle Americans who think he's a traitor.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to Mitch McConnell supporters 'groping and choking' her cardboard cutout. “future federal judges of America.” davis.mcintire11 My friends and I sincerely apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Senator McConnell, to our school, St. Jerome Parish, and our community for our insensitive actions at Fancy Farm this past weekend.

Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health

Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project. Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to review the project, and they say McConnell indirectly helped facilitate it.Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.

Ocasio-Cortez pushes back on McConnell's claim of 'modern-day McCarthyism'. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday for comparing attacks against him to “modern-day McCarthyism.” “McCarthyism is the practice of baselessly accusing political opponents of being communists as unjust grounds for targeting & harassment,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “You are blocking action to protect US elections despite official DoJ pleas. That doesn’t make you a communist. It just makes you a bad leader.”

McConnell blasts 'modern-day McCarthyism,' defends blocking election bills. “I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin,” McConnell said during a fiery speech from the Senate floor. He added that his critics, specifically pointing out The Washington Post and MSNBC, were using “unhinged smears,” adding “welcome to modern-day McCarthyism.”

Right-wing media figures and conspiracy theorists boosted a lie about Ilhan Omar that reached a US Senator. Multiple right-wing figures and supporters of the “QAnon” conspiracy theory on social media spread a deceptively edited video clip of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) -- who has been repeatedly targeted with false online smears -- reaching Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who tweeted it out. Since then, multiple Fox hosts have also pushed the false claim.

Sen. Moscow Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Analysis: Rubio cries "racist" after being duped by a misleading tweet and video Rubio shares edited interview clip, calls Omar 'racist'. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) shared an edited portion of an interview with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and accused the congresswoman's remarks of being “racist” against white people. The 40-second clip Rubio shared is part of a 10-minute interview Omar did with Al Jazeera in February 2018, when she was running for Congress. The edited clip Rubio shared was resurfaced by the Christian Broadcasting Network this week.

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating.

McConnell shrugs off questions about preferential treatment by Chao. “I was complaining to her just last night, 169 projects and Kentucky got only five,” he deadpanned. “I hope we’ll do a lot better next year.” The agency has provided at last $78 million in grants for the state’s projects, according to the POLITICO report, which fueled a wave of criticism from ethics officials.

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates?

McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies. "If I'm still the majority leader in the Senate think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass," McConnell said while speaking to community leaders in Owensboro, Ky. "I guarantee you that if I'm the last man standing and I'm still the majority leader, it ain't happening. I can promise you," McConnell added.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) blasts Romney: 'Makes me sick' that you could have been president

Romney 'sickened' by Trump's behavior in Mueller report. "I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter."Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders," Romney said Friday.

Mitch McConnell is a step closer to blowing up Senate rules to confirm even more of Donald Trump's lifetime federal judges.

Kyrsten Sinema swears in to Congress using copy of Constitution instead of religious book


Washington Lawmakers Call for Matt Shea to Step Down Amid Spying Claims. Washington representative Matt Shea (R) is facing renewed calls for his resignation from Republican and Democratic lawmakers amid allegations that Shea discussed spying on progressives in the state. Private investigators hired by the Democrat-dominated Legislature are looking to see whether Shea and three others discussed spying on liberals in Spokane, a progressive city in conservative eastern Washington. Shea reportedly named potential targets for surveillance, including a college professor and an organizer for the liberal group Indivisible. According to Signal encrypted chat messages published last month in The Guardian, one of Shea’s co-conspirators suggested “hoisting communists up flag poles.” A report by The Spokesman-Review, citing emails, showed that Shea compiled dossiers on liberal City Council members from Spokane, looked into buying GPS trackers, and wanted to “turn back the tide” of Islam in the United States. Shea lost a leadership position in the state House last year after admitting he distributed a manifesto that called for killing non-Christian males that don’t follow biblical law.


Wisconsin Dem governor removes 82 Scott Walker appointees added during lame-duck session

Nixon, Reagan

That racist Reagan recording just confirmed what my community already knew. I grew up in one of Reagan's so-called Drug Free Zones, where bricks of cocaine featuring his face were sold. Ronald Reagan was the first president I could remember, and though I was still in elementary school when he left office, his name lingered in my neighborhood for two reasons. The first came from my dad and uncles calling him “a racist clown who doesn’t deserve to be president” and the other came from the older street guys who praised the Reagan Administration for flooding the inner cities with cocaine. There’s never been a hiring boom from inner city black Baltimore. Selling cocaine, which eventually turned into the creation of the crack era, both fed and destroyed a countless amount of black families. How could a sitting U.S. president contribute to this wholesale destruction of communities? Sounds like a conspiracy, right?

The Reagan-Nixon “monkeys” tape fills the gap between what the Gipper said and what he meant. The Democratic president was referencing a speech Reagan had made to a nearly all-white crowd of 15,000 at Mississippi’s Neshoba County Fair. “I believe in states’ rights,” Reagan had said on Aug. 3, 1980, explaining that he intended to “restore to the states and local communities those functions that properly belong there.” Reagan’s appearance at the fair was part of a strategy, articulated by a Republican official in a 1979 letter, to send the eventual nominee to venues that might draw “George Wallace–inclined voters,” who had begun supporting Republicans as segregationist politicians left the Democratic Party. The Neshoba County Fair, the New York Times reported in 1980, was known for playing host to candidates who delivered “bitter racist diatribes.” It was also located just a few miles away from where civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered in 1964. “Both before and after the killing of those three men,” I wrote in my book, The Queen, “political authorities in the state had invoked states’ rights as a kind of threat—a warning that integrationists and the federal government give the state leave to handle its own affairs.” A decade and a half later, it sounded like Reagan was whistling a similar tune. via @slate

Reagan disparaged 'monkeys from those African countries' in call with Nixon in unearthed tapes. Reagan called Nixon in October 1971 — the day after a landmark United Nations vote to recognize the People’s Republic of China — and referenced how the Tanzanian delegation was dancing in the General Assembly after the vote, according to an audio clip of the exchange posted by The Atlantic. "Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan says. “Yeah,” Nixon cuts in. Reagan replies, laughing: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!" racist

Corruption, Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter may delay prison term until 2021 due to coronavirus. Hunter was sentenced to 11 months earlier this year after the San Diego Republican pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law by spending campaign funds on personal matters. At the time of his March sentencing, U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said Hunter was not required to surrender until May given the pervasive threat of infection. California has since gone into lockdown under a statewide order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, and correctional facilities have tried to reduce their populations to control the spread of the coronavirus inside. Attorneys for Hunter and the government filed a motion on Tuesday to push back Hunter's report date until January 2021. In exchange, Hunter would not seek to modify his term or claim that his home confinement counted toward the 11-month prison stint. "The parties submit this extension is appropriate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown impacts the disease will have in the coming months," the filing says.

Sex, Lies and Credit Cards: Duncan Hunter’s Crimes, Courage Laid Out for Judge. includes links to all documents.

Prosecutors Use Photos, Receipts to Argue for Ex-Rep Hunter’s Longer Prison Sentence. Prosecutors said the Hunter family’s “profligate lifestyle” depleted their bank accounts and drove them deep into debt. According to the government’s sentencing memo, Hunter once had to ask his wife, Margaret, if they had enough money to buy a pair of nail clippers. “In order to support their spending and pay their bills, the Hunters turned to pilfering hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by citizens” that by law could only be used to fund his congressional campaigns. “Beginning as early as 2009, the Hunters used campaign funds to purchase items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets, and golf outings; as trivial as video games, beachwear and coffee; as mundane as groceries, utilities and garage doors; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and designer face cream,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern.

New details of misconduct by former Rep. Duncan Hunter emerge ahead of sentencing

Donations to Rep. Duncan Hunter plummet following his guilty plea, latest campaign filing shows. “The campaign is in the process of concluding its operation,” Michael Harrison, a spokesman for Hunter wrote in a statement responding to the Union-Tribune’s questions on Friday. “As it does so, it will continue to adhere to all federal regulations and requirements, as well as work to meet its financial obligations.”

THE 50TH: A SCANDAL. A DYNASTY. AN ELECTION. Duncan Hunter Country: Inside one of California's last Republican strong...

Read Letters of Resignation by Rep. Duncan Hunter, Quitting Congress Jan. 13

Rep. Duncan Hunter tenders resignation, will resign from office Monday. Convicted congressman’s resignation enables Gov. Newsom to call for a special election.

Hunter will likely receive his taxpayer-funded congressional pension despite guilty plea. No member of Congress has been known to have their pension benefits taken away, and legal and policy experts doubt Hunter’s felony offense will warrant him being the first.

House Ethics Committee warns Hunter to refrain from voting in light of guilty plea. Committee says Rep. Duncan Hunter violated House rules by voting while he faces a prison sentence that could be greater than two years.

Issa says Trump clemency for Hunter could save imprisonment costs. DeMaio, another candidate for the congressman’s seat, calls a pardon ‘the wrong message to the American people’.

Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds. The California congressman showed no emotion in the courtroom when he pleaded guilty to misusing campaign money. via @politico

Duncan Hunter used campaign funds for daughter's Irish dance competition trip, prosecutors say #FoxNews

Duncan Hunter Corruption Trial Pushed Back Till Late January. This is the second time U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan has delayed the trial. Both delays have to do with Hunter's attempt to have the case thrown out on constitutional grounds. The congressman claims his rights under the Constitution's speech or debate clause have been violated. He's argued in a motion that he cannot be prosecuted for actions that are considered part of his job as a legislator. Whelan dismissed the motion in July, saying the claim was "wholly without merit." via @KPBSnews

Former Top Prosecutors Weigh In On Hunter Corruption Case. This week a federal judge pushed back to next January the trial date for Congressman Duncan Hunter's campaign finance corruption case, thus extending for months the debate over whether Hunter is guilty of misusing campaign cash or the victim of partisan politics.

Duncan Hunter's trial pushed back, pending appeal of ruling via @politico

Will Carl DeMaio run for Congress to unseat Rep. Duncan Hunter? “Too many Californians are thinking of fleeing our state because they cannot afford the cost of living and disagree with the extreme socialist agenda being advanced by the Democrats. I refuse to flee – I plan to fight. To take back our state, we need a new generation of California leaders who are willing to fight and have a record of getting reform done. The old guard of California Republican leaders have shown they aren’t willing or able to lead the fight to take back our state from the Democrats – or worse, like Mr. Hunter, they are tied up in court facing criminal charges. Can I best help lead the fight by winning this US Congressional seat or by remaining on the airwaves and chairing Reform California? I’m grateful to all who have reached out to me with their input and words of encouragement on this important question, and I'll explain my decision Monday.” via @CBS8

Marines order Duncan Hunter to stop using Corps emblem in campaign. The California Republican used the Marine Corps emblem in a campaign mailer that tied his Democratic opponent and two Democratic congresswomen to terror. via @nbcnews

Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California. The incumbent Republican is set to stand trial for misusing campaign funds this fall.“Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ammar Campa-Najjar ... these three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-semitism or family-terrorist ties!” a note from Hunter states on the back side of the mailer. “But as a Marine I’ll never forget the 1983 Beirut bombings and the 1972 Olympic murders!” Hunter’s campaign confirmed that it is distributing the mailer, which solicits contributions from donors. “It is a piece put out by Congressman Hunter’s campaign,” said Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison. “It’s a hard-hitting piece because these are significant issues that our opponent refuses to acknowledge. This is just yet another example of a full-time candidate doing anything to get some attention because after three straight years of campaigning, Ammar has failed to gain any traction on substantive issues that affect our district.”

‘White Power’ or ‘OK’ Sign? Duncan Hunter Raked for Man in July 4 Photo. the man in a “Trump 2020” T-shirt is Kristopher “Kris” Wyrick, recognizable for his goatee.

Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial can detail alleged affairs

An intimate look at everything Duncan Hunter allegedly bought with campaign money via @MotherJones

A Republican Now Says He Spent Money During Booty Calls For A Legit “Political Purpose”. California Rep. Duncan Hunter told a court Friday he was actually working when he spent campaign money on weekend getaways, date nights, golf outings, bar tabs, and Uber rides during the affairs. “Mr. Hunter’s relationships with [the women] often served an overtly political purpose that would not have existed irrespective of his occupation,” Hunter’s lawyers argued in a Friday court filing, contending his relationship with these women “includes a professional aspect.” via @dominicholden

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Cheat on His Wife: Feds. Prosecutors alleged the Republican congressman used campaign funds to woo three lobbyists and one aide to a member of the GOP leadership team. In Jan. 2010, Hunter flew to Lake Tahoe under the guise of attending an annual convention for a non-profit but with the alleged intention of a planned “ski vacation as one of [the pair’s] first solo getaways.” “Hunter’s flight landed at 2:10 p.m., and he rented a car from the airport Alamo, using $350 in campaign funds,” the DOJ’s motion said. “By 11:39 p.m. he had checked into their room at the Hyatt and visited the hotel’s Cutthroat’s Saloon for a Sam Adams (which he paid for with $7 in campaign funds).” By the time the two checked out three days later, Hunter had spent $1,008 “skiing, ordering room service, and enjoying the amenities of the full-service resort” using campaign funds. Three months later, Hunter allegedly took another unidentified lobbyist to Virginia Beach for “double date road trip” with another congressman. Prosecutors alleged that Hunter used hundreds in campaign funds to pay for a hotel bar tab and room.

Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs. this latest DoJ file reveals that Duncan Hunter had an affair with at least three different lobbyists, one of his own staff members, and an aide to a member of the GOP leadership team.


Rep. Duncan Hunter Scores 100 Percent on FRC Action's New Scorecard: @FRCAction

Hunter wants federal case dismissed because prosecutors attended Clinton event. Should a judge reject his plea to have the case thrown out, Hunter's attorneys are asking to have the local U.S. Attorney's office recused from the case. via @CBS8

Legal fight tougher for Marine vet Rep. Duncan Hunter as wife pleads guilty. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked as his campaign manager, pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and acknowledged being a co-conspirator with her husband in spending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Margaret Hunter accepted a plea deal that calls for 59 charges to be dismissed in exchange for her testimony, full cooperation with prosecutors and other concessions. The conspiracy charge to which she pleaded includes all the allegations contained in the 60-count indictment.

Hunter, who worked as her husband’s campaign manager, appeared in U.S. court and changed a previous not guilty plea. “I am deeply remorseful and I apologize,” she said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife to change plea in campaign spending fraud case via @fox5sandiego

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter told a Ramona audience Saturday that he’s guilty of the same behavior that led to Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher being charged with war crimes — posing with a dead combatant.

California congressman defends war crimes suspect. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too: Taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” the California Republican said at a border-issues forum in Ramona, Calif., according to the Times of San Diego.

Congressman Hunter attends meeting on Border security. Representative Duncan Hunter -R (CA-50) kicked off his Memorial Day weekend in Ramona, at a town hall-style meeting. He and his father, former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. - R were guest speakers at "The Border: Then and Now!" event, hosted by a conservative group, American Liberty Forum- Ramona.

Rep. Duncan Hunter and father to talk immigration

Congressman vows to seek Trump pardon for accused Navy SEAL. Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will ask President Donald Trump to pardon a Navy SEAL if he is found guilty of murder in the stabbing of an Iraqi war prisoner. Hunter, R-Calif., screened combat footage collected from a helmet camera to a group of lawmakers Wednesday, saying the footage exonerates Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of one of the charges against him. "I wanted to give them an opportunity firsthand to see there is no case," Hunter told a small group of reporters after the screening. He said he believes Gallagher is innocent and a war hero and admonished the military justice system, calling it "absolutely broken" and "rigged." "I don't trust the Navy to give him a fair trial, but I think with all of the focus on this case that he stands more of a chance of getting a fair trial now," Hunter said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Faked a Border Wall Crossing on Facebook via @RollingStone

Rep. Hunter Hops Border Barrier — But Not Into Mexico as Video Suggests

Rep. Duncan Hunter posts video climbing over border fence

Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’ via @RollCall

Duncan Hunter visits border in Yuma after mayor declares emergency via @fox5sandiego

Congressman Duncan Hunter Revives Hate Campaign for 2020 via @dougporter506

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore campaign, PAC spend 6 figures on ‘constituent outreach’ via @reviewjournal

One of the craziest House races of 2018 is already headed for a rematch via @MotherJones

Campaign for Rep. Duncan Hunter spends at theme park, disputes drone charges

'They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile

Congressman Duncan Hunter turns up pressure on Navy in SEAL war crimes case

Twenty House Republicans Donated to Duncan Hunter's Islamophobic Campaign via @readsludge

Trump should stop court-martial of Navy SEAL accused of murdering ISIS prisoner, Hunter says. "South American criminal illegal aliens are provided with better access to legal representation than our nation’s elite warriors because bureaucratic lawyers in the Navy justice system see this situation as an opportunity to make their name and advance their career." The charge sheet said that Gallagher "did ... with premeditation, murder a wounded male person" under his care by "stabbing him in the neck and body with a knife" while battling ISIS in Mosul in May 2017. via @fox5sandiego

Terrorism, persistent ISIS threat, White-Nationalist Trump terrorism

White supremacist extremists receive higher threat level rating than ISIS in New Jersey. The change comes amid increased rates of crimes linked to white supremacist groups, such as a New Jersey man who allegedly conspired with members of a neo-Nazi network to vandalize synagogues in the Midwest. "The threat from white supremacist extremists is also high due to the number of threats, plots, and attacks in 2019," the report read. "In 2020, white supremacist extremists are likely to cite accelerationism as a motivation for future violent acts, and recruitment efforts promoting extremist ideology continue throughout the State." The report gave anarchist, anti-government, black separatist, militia and sovereign citizen extremists a moderate threat level. It gave Islamic terror groups such as al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS a low threat level, though the report said that ISIS's inspiration of supporters in the U.S. "makes homegrown violent extremists a consistently high threat."

The FBI Makes a Bizarre Claim About Pro-Choice Terrorism. The bureau revamped its homegrown-terror efforts to include “people on either side” of the abortion debate. But there’s almost no evidence of pro-choice violence.

The Department of Homeland Security says that the threat of white supremacy is increasing in the U.S., and it's breeding online. “Similar to how ISIS inspired and connected with potential radical Islamist terrorists, white supremacist violent extremists connect with like-minded individuals online,” the report read. “In addition to mainstream social media platforms, white supremacist violent extremists use lesser-known sites like Gab, 8chan, and EndChan, as well as encrypted channels. Celebration of violence and conspiracy theories about the ‘ethnic replacement’ of whites as the majority ethnicity in various Western countries are prominent in their online circles.”

DHS Just Finally Recognized White Nationalism as a Major Terror Threat. Its the first time the department has placed major emphasis on countering the threat of white nationalism coming from inside the U.S.

There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren't stopped, authorities say. In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department. Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Friday after he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of disturbing texts in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The ex-girlfriend alerted authorities. In the messages, the 25-year-old said he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, the sheriff's office said in a news release. "A good 100 kills would be nice," one message allegedly read. Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff's office. And in Ohio, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown Jewish community center.

Us Records of Even One. Four days after asking for information on the FBI’s claims of 90 domestic terrorism arrests, we are still waiting. And, frankly, it got kind of weird. The spokeswoman, saying she was speaking “on background,” and thus not to be identified, later suggested that we go on the Department of Justice’s public affairs website and “see what pops up.” So we did. When we typed in domestic terrorism arrests for the past nine months, five cases came up. But only one of the cases actually involved an American arrested for seeking to harm others in the U.S. — Cesar Sayoc, the man recently sentenced to 20 years for mailing 16 explosive devices to a variety of current and former government officials and the philanthropist George Soros.

Trump's DOJ hid shocking report on growing terror threat from white supremacists. The report by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security Preparedness was distributed throughout DHS and to federal agencies like the FBI earlier this year before it was obtained by Yahoo News. The document includes data Congress has sought from the Trump administration but the Justice Department has been “unable or unwilling” to provide. The report shows that 25 of 46 suspects in 32 domestic terrorism incidents were identified as white supremacists. The 25 suspected white supremacist suspects were responsible for all “race-based” incidents while others were deemed “anti-government extremists” and “single-issue extremists.” “This map reflects 32 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and weapons stockpiling by individuals with a radical political or social agenda who lack direction or influence from foreign terrorist organizations in 2018,” the report said.

Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is a hoax. He’s wrong. As a social ill, white supremacy is difficult to quantify — despite Carlson’s suggestion that a headcount is easily obtainable. But the available data suggests a more pressing story than Carlson's take. While the FBI doesn’t code incidents as being committed by white nationalists, officials reported a 17 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 over the previous year, and more than half were motivated by biases based on race, ethnicity or ancestry. White supremacists killed more people than any other domestic extremist group from 2000-16. An unclassified May 2017 intelligence bulletin, jointly authored by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, found that white supremacist extremists killed more people than any other domestic extremist movement from 2000 to 2016. The Anti-Defamation League reached findings that paralleled the federal agencies’. As a share of all killings committed by right-wing extremists in the United States over the last decade, 76 percent were committed by white supremacists, the Anti-Defamation League told PolitiFact. Last year, 39 of 50 domestic extremist killings were committed by white supremacists, the ADL’s head Jonathan Greenblatt wrote on Twitter in response to Carlson’s claim. via @PunditFact

New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria

A Reformed White-Nationalist Says the Worst Is Yet to Come. That’s the warning of a former violent extremist, Christian Picciolini, who joined a neo-Nazi movement 30 years ago and now tries to get people out of them. White-supremacist terrorists—the ones who have left dozens dead in attacks in Pittsburgh, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in recent months—aren’t just trying to outdo one another, he told us. They’re trying to outdo Timothy McVeigh, the anti-government terrorist who blew up an Oklahoma City federal building and killed more than 100 people in 1995—the worst terrorist attack in the United States before September 11, 2001. Christian Picciolini discusses the mainstreaming of white nationalism, what it takes to de-radicalize far-right extremists, and why the problem is metastasizing.

Cruz: El Paso shooting an act of 'terrorism and white supremacy'. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, as "a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy." “We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation,” Cruz tweeted Sunday. “We are all Americans and we are all standing united with El Paso.” He added that as a “son of a Cuban immigrant,” he is “deeply horrified by the hateful anti-Hispanic bigotry expressed in the shooter’s so-called ‘manifesto.’” “This ignorant racism is repulsive and profoundly anti-American,” he tweeted.

FBI memo warns QAnon poses potential terror threat: report. An FBI document, first reported by Yahoo News, identifies conspiracy theories as potential domestic terrorism threats, specifically identifying QAnon, a group that believes there is a "deep state" working against President Trump, in the memo. The FBI specifically points to QAnon and Pizzagate, a conspiracy theory that claims Hillary Clinton and other top Democratic figures are running a child sex-trafficking ring beneath a pizza shop in Washington, D.C., as examples of groups whose messages could lead to “violent acts.” “The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document, dated May 30, reads. Acts of violence or attempts thereof have already been tied to both of the conspiracy theories.

ISIS militants return to Iraq, continue fight. Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials. About 1,000 fighters have crossed into Iraq during the past eight months, most of them in the aftermath of the caliphate’s collapse in March, said Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst who advises Iraq’s government and foreign aid agencies. Those fighters, mostly Iraqis who followed ISIS into Syria, are now returning home to join militant cells that have been digging into rugged rural areas, sustained by intimate knowledge of the local terrain, including concealed tunnels and other hiding places.

California police release on bail man suspected of threatening to shoot a synagogue. California police arrested a man suspected of making online threats to shoot up a Jewish temple, saying he had a fascination with Adolf Hitler and planned to emulate mass shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego. Ross Farca, a 23-year-old from Concord, California, was charged with making criminal threats, possessing an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rifle, all felonies. Then, over the weekend, police said, Farca was freed on a $125,000 bond.

FBI Dives Into the 8chan Swamp the Poway Shooter Crawled Out of via @dougporter506

This hearing was wild.
First the FBI witness tried to say I was wrong. I tried to be generous + give benefit of doubt, but then we checked. I wasn’t.
Violence by Muslims is routinely treated as “terrorism,” White Supremacist violence isn’t.
Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 5, 2019

FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months @CNNPolitics

Federal response to white supremacist terror threat under scrutiny in wake of Poway attack. Data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League indicates of the 50 deaths in the U.S. last year attributed to extremists, 78 percent were attached to white supremacy or white nationalist ideology. Similarly, over a 10-year period, 313 people were killed by right-wing extremists from 2009 and 2018. Of those, 76 percent were affiliated with white supremacy, the research shows. "The data is overwhelming," Erroll Southers, a former San Diego FBI agent and counterterrorism official, told the Union-Tribune. "The last 10 years suggest our policies and our focus and our resources are all pointed in the wrong direction." But Life After Hate continues to find partners in federal government, particularly DHS and FBI. Agents can refer non-criminal cases to the nonprofit for possible intervention, and the nonprofit has developed a cultural competency training on the violent alt-right for law enforcement and mental health professionals. "There are people still helping us get things done," Rangel said, "even though they can't give us money."

FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama. But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee. The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. FBI Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity told lawmakers on Capitol Hill there are 850 open domestic terrorism investigations, with 40% racially motivated violent extremism. In the Alabama case the group may not have carried out an attack, but the remains of a child believed to belong to Wahhaj, who is being charged with kidnapping were also found on the property in New Mexico. Terror in Alabama and the family connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing Terror in Alabama: Why fringe groups shouldn't be discounted

Democrats accuse Trump administration of trying to ‘obfuscate the white supremacist threat’ with new categories for domestic terrorism. A group of Democratic senators, including three 2020 presidential candidates, on Thursday called for the FBI to rescind a recent change to the way it classifies domestic terrorist incidents, arguing that the move plays down the threat of white supremacy. In the letter, the senators said the FBI has created a new category — “racially-motivated violent extremism” — that “inappropriately” combines white-supremacist incidents with those involving “Black identity extremists.” By doing so, the FBI has “shifted its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat,” the senators said. “Given the large number of white supremacist attacks, we are deeply concerned that this reclassification downplays the significance of the white supremacist threat,” they said. “If we do not understand the scope of the problem, we cannot effectively address it.”

This is an official press release from an elected senator in Australia. far-right independent Queensland Senator Fraser Anning said, “may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators.” Today. Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) Right-wing Australian senator blames ‘immigration’ for New Zealand mosque attacks

Report: ISIS in Syria could resurge within 6 to 12 months after US withdrawal

Experts warn of persistent ISIS threat after suicide bombing

Flawed Terrorism Report Shows Administration’s Skewed Priorities. While over-hyping terrorism committed by immigrants, DOJ is overlooking a bigger threat: terrorist violence from the far right. @brennancenter

Protest, Punch a Nazi, Free Speech

This is CNN? Network apparently recently glorified ICE detention center attacker. The heavily promoted CNN show featured Bell explaining the “Redneck Revolt,” which he identified as gun-toting liberals who defend the Second Amendment and seek to battle the “alt-right” and neo-Nazis. Bell called them “good guys,” going to a gun range with members and even questioning why “more white people” don’t share their viewpoints. One of the men featured on the CNN special appears to be Van Spronsen -- who was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. #FoxNews

Seven Questions With Patriot Prayer's Lawyer. Joey Gibson, the leader of local alt-right contingent Patriot Prayer, has asked the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party to defend him in a $1 million lawsuit. Portland pub Cider Riot sued Gibson in early May, after members of Patriot Prayer appeared at the SE Couch establishment looking to confront people associated with anti-fascist (antifa) groups on May 1. Video captured from the May Day incident shows Patriot Prayer members using insults and mace to harass Cider Riot patrons sitting outside. The visit escalated into a violent street fight, sending at least one person to the hospital. Gibson will be represented by Multnomah County Republican Party Chair James Buchal, a lawyer who specializes in civil litigation. Buchal is also representing a coalition of parents suing Portland Public Schools for allegedly using taxpayer dollars to support anti-gun protests. In the past decade, Buchal's unsuccessfully run for Oregon Attorney General and US Representative. He's opined on alt-right protests in the past. After a white nationalist—who participated in Patriot Prayer rallies—killed two men on the MAX who were trying to prevent his racist attack, Buchal said he feared for the GOP's safety.

Tensions flared at dueling rallies in Washington on Saturday, but police kept Proud Boys and counterprotesters apart. In one effective nonviolent confrontation, members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence marching with hundreds of counterprotesters drowned out an interview by an unidentified right-wing reporter by surrounding her and loudly clacking their hand fans.

The neo-fascist proud boys organized a "free speech" rally in DC today. It flopped. Gavin McInnes, founder of the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys, was struggling to break apart toy handcuffs he had brought onstage. He planned to use them as a metaphor for breaking the chains of what he considers to be the rampant stifling of free speech. “Okay, these are a lot stretchier than I thought they would be,” he confessed to the audience at Saturday’s Washington, DC, rally organized by the Proud Boys and the alt-right. He kept spreading the elastic handcuffs, but they wouldn’t break. McInnes’s botched metaphor took place during a free-speech rally that neo-fascists and members of the alt-right had gathered for at Freedom Plaza, just blocks away from the White House. But maybe his failed handcuff display did turn out to be a metaphor, albeit an unintentional one, for the rest of the generally lackluster event. Organizers had talked a big game before the rally, but it all lost momentum even before the official events began. Big names in the far-right internet community including Pizzagaters Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, and the failed grifter and energetic troll Jacob Wohl, were all scheduled to speak but dropped out. via @MotherJones

Antifa counter-protest aims to drown out Proud Boys rally in Washington amid heavy police presence. Activists began rallying at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington on Saturday morning, where they were met with a heavy police presence as they protested being blocked on social media because of their political views. About two dozens members of the Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed western-chauvinist fraternal group that believes in ending welfare and closing the borders, marched into the park shortly after 10 a.m. Police had shut many roads around the plaza and adjacent Pershing Park, where counter demonstrators gathered under the banner "All Out D.C." They are holding a dance and go-go party to drown out what they decry as "the face of white nationalism and supremacy." The area around Freedom Plaza was heavily barricaded but there was free access to Pershing Park. Among those expected to participate in the counter-rally: the Antifa, black-clad anti-fascists who police blame for violence and destruction in a swath of downtown during President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

White nationalist Planer sentenced in violent 2016 Capitol riot that left 10 hurt. Berkeley teacher-activist Yvonne Felarca; Brown Beret member Michael Williams, who provided security for the counterprotesters; and Porfirio Paz, remain free on bail awaiting Sacramento Superior Court hearings ahead of the September date. Attorneys for Felarca, Paz and Williams, known to their supporters as the “Sacramento 3,” have maintained the three were defending themselves from attack by the hate groups. “It should never be a felony to defend yourself against fascists,” Williams’ attorney Mark Reichel said in January.

Witness says bloody attacks in Portland broke out after one man came to his aid

Ted Cruz Thinks the Portland Mayor Let Antifa Take Over His City. Here's What Really Happened. Antifa often damage property during protests and sometimes get into violent confrontations with police or the far-right — but to date they haven’t been linked to any killings. Rose City Antifa, Portland’s local antifascist chapter, organized a counterprotest Saturday in response to a planned rally by the Proud Boys, a far-right street-fighting gang. The Proud Boys’ rally was dubbed “The Battle of Portland Part Two”, and was planned almost exactly a year since a similar violent rally, which led to four arrests and four people transported to hospital with injuries.

Proud Boys and Allies to Rally in D.C. to Capitalize on ‘Trumpstravaganza’. ‘We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,’ All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said. The event’s website lists a number of right-wing internet provocateurs, including conservative smear-pusher Jacob Wohl, anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, British far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos, and former Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec. The bill also names a host of lesser-known social-media figures, including YouTube prankster-turned-congressional candidate Joey Salads and “Copper Cab,” the YouTuber who became famous in 2010 for the viral “gingers have souls” video. The rally, which will be held just blocks from the White House, is ostensibly about social-media companies banning right-wing figures like Loomer and Wohl. According to Proud Boy leader and event organizer Luke Rohfling, though, the event is also aimed at left-wing antifascist activists after Quillette writer Andy Ngo was attacked last weekend in Portland. While the Proud Boy event’s organizer says the event isn’t officially a Proud Boys rally, Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio is listed on the event’s permit as a supervisor. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is on the speakers’ list, as is Proud Boy and former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The rally organizers’ application for the Freedom Plaza space has been approved, according to a Park Police spokesperson. Just across the street from Freedom Plaza, antifascists and other counterprotesters organized in a coalition calling itself “All Out D.C.” plan to rally against the Proud Boys. “We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,” All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said.

Todd Starnes: Portland’s mayor has turned his city over to Antifa thugs. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is blaming Mayor Wheeler for giving Antifa a free pass to terrorize the citizens of Portland. “To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” Cruz tweeted. #FoxNews

Antifa attack blogger Andy Ngo amid violence at Portland Proud Boys protest

Violence erupts in Portland as Antifa clashes with Proud Boys.

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign. On May 15, Eoin Lenihan, a far-right social media user presented what he said were excerpts from a data set that proved prominent reporters who cover extremist movements were “closely associated” with antifascist activists. He identified himself as an online extremism researcher, despite having no association with any previously known organization that researches extremism. In reality, Lenihan was already an established right-wing troll, now blanket banned for “violating rules against managing multiple Twitter accounts for abusive purposes.” Lenihan’s Twitter thread was met with enthusiasm on the right. His claims—among them that one writer is an “eco-extremist,” that a website that posts court documents is a “doxing site,” and that antifa is “often more violent” than right-wing fascist groups—were taken at face value by outlets including Breitbart, PJ Media, RedState, and Human Events, and RT. via @cjr

KKK group heavily outnumbered by counterprotesters at their own rally in Dayton

What campus free speech? Arizona case shows how far the right will go to stifle dissent

War criminal and snowflake Erik Prince cancels Beloit College talk after student protests, threatens lawsuit

DA charges Oakland man with 3 felonies after attack on conservative activist at UC Berkeley

Therese Patricia Okoumou Climbs Southwest Key Headquarters to Protest Child Detention. As with her famous Statue of Liberty ascension on the Fourth of July, her civil disobedience targeted abuse of immigrants by private and government interests in the United States (over the summer she hung a banner that read “Abolish ICE”).

‘Pro-white’ rally in Georgia canceled, counter-protesters still plan to show up in force

Local group and counter protestors clash on migrant solidarity

Police Riots and Violence and harassment, ICE raids, CBP, surveillance, Genocide

The United States Customs Is Blocking Car Exports From New York. The DHS implemented this hold on exports in conjunction with other restrictions on New York, most notably on registration and renewal of Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, SENTRI, FAST, and NEXUS, many of which are used by New York residents crossing the state’s land border with Canada. In a press release, the DHS explained that both the Trust Traveler programs and the processing of vehicle exports require access to DMV records. In the case of the Trusted Traveler programs, the DHS claims that it uses the records to perform background checks to determine eligibility. In the case of exports, the data is used to verify ownership records.

Border stops for people of Iranian descent spark outrage. The reaction to the detentions at a Canadian crossing and a New York airport came after the U.S. killing of an Iranian military commander. Len Saunders, an immigration attorney in Blaine, said his contacts through CBP indicated that headquarters in Washington had ordered new vetting procedures, which appear to be directed toward people born in Iran, that require port directors to sign off on admitting anyone held for questioning. Sam Sadr, who lives in North Vancouver, said he was held for nearly nine hours at the Peace Arch border crossing on Saturday after the birthplace printed on his Canadian passport caught the attention of the U.S. customs officer. Sadr, who was born in Tehran, told POLITICO he was on his way to Seattle for the day with his family. The officer, he said, asked him to pull over and go into the border office to provide more information. via @politico

Durbin mostly on track with claim on Illinois deportations. "You’re not going after dangerous people, you’re going after people who are here undocumented," Durbin told the agency’s associate director of enforcement and removal operations. "I can tell you the statistics in Illinois, where it turns out that fewer than 20% of those actually deported have been charged with any serious crime." via @BetterGov

These Allegations of Child Abuse Against Customs and Border Protection Go On for Tens of Thousands of Pages. One boy said he was threatened with rape if he didn't behave. Several others were allegedly beaten while handcuffed.

Texas officer charged with murder, resigns after shooting. Aaron Dean, 34, was booked into jail on a murder charge Monday afternoon. The police chief said earlier in the day that he acted without justification and would have been fired if he didn't quit. Police bodycam video showed Dean approaching the door of the home where Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was caring for her 8-year-old nephew early Saturday. He then walked around the side of the house, pushed through a gate into the fenced-off backyard and fired through the glass a split-second after shouting at Jefferson to show her hands.

Reporter says he was harassed by customs officer who insisted he writes 'propaganda' Defense One news editor Ben Watson said in an article published Friday that the confrontation happened the previous day at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, saying a CBP officer held onto his passport while repeatedly asking him about his profession. When Watson responded that he was a journalist, he said the the unnamed officer responded, "So you write propaganda, right?" The reporter says he responded "no," before the officer repeated his question. Watson said he again responded in the negative, adding: "No. I am in journalism. Covering national security. And homeland security. And with many of the same skills I used in the U.S. Army as a public affairs officer. Some would argue that’s propaganda.” The officer allegedly responded again, "So you write propaganda, right?" Watson then relented, replying "yes" to expedite the conversation. The officer then reportedly handed him his passport.

'Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer': New immigration rule removes protections for migrants seeking life-saving medical care. US immigration services have informed families struggling with HIV, cancer, cerebral palsy and other conditions they must leave in 33 days

‘Imported labor’: Canadian journalist for CBC refused entry to US. Carolyn Dunn, a national correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, said she had been told that her travel to Washington, D.C., was “entry into the labor" market and that she’d be “imported labor.” “I’ve never been pulled aside at a US border let alone refused entry,” she tweeted.

'Our dad is dead': the families left behind after police shootings. This week, a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was fired. For most families of African American men killed by police, even partial closure proves terribly elusive

Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media'. James Dyer, online editor-in-chief at Empire Magazine, said he was questioned by the Customs and Border Protection agent after he displayed his journalist visa at Los Angeles International Airport border control. “He wanted to know if I’d ever worked for CNN or MSNBC or other outlets that are ‘spreading lies to the American people’,” Mr Dyer tweeted of the incident on Thursday. “He aggressively told me that journalists are liars and are attacking their democracy.” CNN and MSNBC are cable news channels which receive particular scorn from the president. “Apparently the only truth now comes from YouTube and the president. All this said under a CBP sign that says ‘we are the face of our nation’. And with a framed picture of 45 staring down. In f***ing California!!! Welcome to Trump’s America!” Mr Dyer added. writer detained by CBP

Corrections officer who drove truck through ICE protesters resigns. Capt. Thomas Woodworth, the man believed to be the driver of the vehicle, stepped down from the job a day after being placed on leave, a spokesman for the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility said in a statement Friday. via @nbcnews

A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several. "If they're willing to do that to us, we can't imagine the violence the ICE detainees behind those walls may be subject to every day," an organizer said. Police did not intervene, and the man was not arrested, according to Regunberg. Officials at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility have placed a correctional officer on administrative leave after a pickup truck drove into protesters at the entrance to the facility’s employee parking lot Wednesday night. The officer is identified as Capt. Thomas Woodworth. Wyatt would not say whether he was the man driving the truck, but in video of the incident, protesters could be heard shouting his name. via @juliareinstein Immigrant detention facility driver slams truck into protesters, causing serious injuries Wyatt Detention Facility correctional officer put on leave after truck drives into protesters; 64-year-old Warren man seriously injured

Correctional officer accused of driving truck into group of ICE protesters. Never Again Action, a Jewish advocacy organization that has organized against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its treatment of migrants on the Southern border, shared a video of a Wednesday night protest outside the Wyatt Detention facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island. A black pickup truck swerves into the group of protesters, who were blocking the entrance into the facility, and appears to stop before stepping on the gas and hitting several protesters. Two protesters were treated at a hospital nearby with non-life threatening injuries, Never Again Action told The Hill.

Police shootings are a leading cause of death for young American men, new research shows. For this group, death by police officer is the sixth most common way to die

ICE official on children left behind after Mississippi raids: We're 'not a social services agency'. An ICE official told NBC News on Friday that the agency is "a law enforcement agency, not a social services agency" after news reports revealed that many children of suspects detained this week were left homeless in the immediate aftermath of the raid, though local media reports indicate that all are now staying with family members. Still, the official added, the agency took precautions to prevent instances of children being left without legal guardians as much as possible. The remarks follow comments made by ICE acting Director Matthew Albence to The Washington Post, who said that the raid was conducted in a "textbook" manner. "This was a textbook operation, carried out in a safe manner, and done securely,” Albence said. “Officers were able to execute these warrants in a safe fashion.”

Internal Watchdog Investigates Trump Administration’s Secret Database of Journalists, Activists, Lawyers. Homeland Security’s acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello confirmed in a letter that “criminal investigators, program analysts, and attorneys” are investigating the secret database, which was part of the Department of Defense’s so-called “Operation Security Line.” “We plan to review the leaked…document in order to determine why it was created, what it is used for, and what happened to the people named in it,” Costello wrote in the letter. “We also anticipate reviewing other specific allegations of targeting and/or harassment of lawyers, journalists, and advocates and evaluate whether [Customs and Border Protection’s] actions complied with law and policy.”

The Judiciary Committee held a family separation hearing, and it was infinitely more impactful than the Mueller hearing, even if you haven’t heard about it. The 3-year-old in question was Sofi, a little girl who was separated from her grandmother after they arrived at a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, last June seeking asylum. She was separated from her family for 47 days, until the Trump administration was forced to reunite them by court order. Chief of Law Enforcement Operations for Customs and Border Protection Brian S. Hastings still isn’t sure if she posed a threat, he told Rep. Ted Lieu during the Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. via @slate

An American Teen Held In Border Detention For 3 Weeks Lost 20 Pounds In "Inhumane" Conditions. An 18-year-old US citizen who was held in immigration detention for almost a month slept on the floor of a cell crowded with 60 men and lost 20 pounds from a lack of nutritious food — all while being denied access to a phone to call his family or a lawyer. Attorney Claudia Galan said the conditions that Francisco Galicia faced in Customs and Border Protection detention were so bad that he considered signing the paperwork that would deport him to Mexico just to get relief. The high school student was born in Dallas in December 2000, according to his birth certificate. "The officers were just telling him they didn't believe he was a US citizen, he was Mexican and should go back to Mexico," Galan told BuzzFeed News. "He said that it was inhumane, the worst experience ever. He doesn't wish that to anybody." On June 27, Galicia, his brother, and other friends were driving to a soccer recruiting event at Ranger College from their home in the border town of Edinburg when were stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. via @claudiakoerner

Just 35 People Detained in ICE Raids Targeting Thousands of Migrants Last Week, Says Report

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

@AOC</a> Do you think child separation contributed to a dehumanizing culture within CBP?
Acting DHS Sec: We don't have a dehumanizing culture at CBP.
AOC: So you don’t think having 10K officers in a violent racist group sharing rape memes of MOCs points to a dehumanized culture?
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) July 18, 2019

A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children. With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.” he turned away to return to his duties, the agent recalled feeling sorry for the lawyer. “I wanted to tell her the rest of us have given up.”

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

Teens are filling Tiktok with memes deploring #Life360, a parenting app that tracks teens. Meanwhile, Life360 makes a lot of its money by selling your kids' private data to advertisers. And, ironically, Tiktok is also a surveillance-heavy app with ties to the Chinese state and military.

Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids. The coin declares “KEEP THE CARAVANS COMING” under an image of a parade of migrants crossing the border.

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost was a member of secret Facebook group. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General’s office last week specifically requesting that investigators examine whether Provost and acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan knew about or had previously addressed the problem of government personnel posting “violent, racist, misogynistic comments and pictures” in the “I’m 10-15” group. “This is why I have requested a full investigation into this matter,” Thompson said in a statement to The Intercept, after being informed of Provost’s participation in the group. “We need to know who in CBP leadership knew about these deplorable groups, when did they find out, and what action they took, if anything.” by @rdevro

The Border Patrol Is the American SS

At least one other social media group with an apparent nexus to Customs and Border Protection has been discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts, according to screenshots shared with two sources familiar with the Facebook pages. The secret Facebook group, "The Real CBP Nation," which has around 1,000 members, is host to an image that mocks separating migrant families, multiple demeaning memes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and other derisive images of Asians and African Americans.

Border agency knew about secret Facebook group for years. Border Patrol leadership knew about photos posted to the group as far back as 2016, when agents reported them, according to a DHS official.

In her own words: AOC describes the "intentional cruelty" she saw inside a migrant detention center. via @MotherJones

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants and discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday. The three-year-old group shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children. Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. This week, a team of lawyers interviewed more than fifty children at one of those facilities, in Clint, Texas, in order to monitor government compliance with the Flores settlement, which mandates that children must be held in safe and sanitary conditions and moved out of Border Patrol custody without unnecessary delays. The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility for weeks.

I’m a journalist but I didn’t fully realize the terrible power of U.S. border officials until they violated my rights and privacy. writer detained by CBP while returning to US from Mexico. by Seth Harp

Trump defends and delays ICE raids as some major cities vow to resist

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday. Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. @CNNPolitics

Detroit police chief faces backlash over neo-Nazi protest at Pride event. James Craig was criticized after officers escorted National Socialist Movement members who carried weapons at Motor City Pride.

The road to Ferguson: This 1980 bank robbery changed how American police are armed

Trump administration seeks criminal crackdown on pipeline protests

China's defence minister says Tiananmen Square massacre was justified

Faced with an officer’s gun, a black man chose his best option: Show his hands and hit record

Number Of Families Trying To Cross U.S. Border Alarms ICE Agent Jack Staton, ICE special agent in charge of investigations for the El Paso sector, about a spike in apprehensions as families seeking asylum strain capacity to process cases.

Intelligence report appeared to endorse view leftwing protesters were 'terrorists'. Michael German, a former FBI agent who infiltrated far right groups in the 1990s, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said the report’s framing was wrong. “Somehow they have this set up almost like antifa is the antagonist, and anti-antifa has developed to resist it,” he said “What it seems to do is completely whitewash the history of white supremacist violence in this country.” German said that framing it this way belies the way in which “far-right groups use these public spectacles as the method to incite violence. And they come knowing that it will attract protest groups from the community.” Such groups “intentionally go to places to provoke protesters to come out, and they go armed for a real street fight”, German said.

President Donald Trump this week issued a thinly veiled threat of violence against his opponents. The president regularly encourages his base to commit violence against protesters and his political enemies.

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters

What We Know About a Portland Cop's Friendly Texts with a Far-Right Leader

Texts Between Portland Police and Patriot Prayer Ringleader Joey Gibson Show Warm Exchange

Activists making ‘water drops’ for migrants near border say government intimidation is rising

Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims

How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims

NRA Mass shootings, School Shootings, Gun Violence, Gun Control

Thousands of Gun Rights Activists Are Taking a Victory Lap for Peaceful Rally in Virginia. An estimated 22,000 pro-gun activists rallied near the Virginia Capitol building Monday, but despite the city being on edge in fear of violence, the protest against gun control went off without a hitch. Many attendees were in tactical gear, heavily armed with rifles and ammo slung over their shoulders, wearing stickers saying “Guns Save Lives.” Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, had declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after law enforcement intercepted threats of violence he said echoed rhetoric leading up to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville two years ago. But Monday’s event, which took place on a bitterly cold morning, was ultimately peaceful. The only person arrested was a 21-year-old woman who wore a bandanna covering her face, in violation of Virginia law (plenty of other attendees were wearing bandannas and were not arrested). Riot police were not called in, and there were no scuffles.

Washington man accused of killing wife purportedly confessed to murder in tweets to NRA, Trump. A Twitter account purportedly owned by Kevin Heimsoth - a Bellingham man who is the main suspect in the shooting death of his wife Lynn Heimsoth - sent a series of four reply tweets shorting after 3 a.m. PT on Dec. 26 stating that the user shot and killed his “whole family.” In a reply to the NRA’s Merry Christmas tweet, the account wrote: “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” “Guns just make it a lot easier. AR-15 makes it super easy,” the post continued. “I jist (sic) killed my whole family, and i couldnt have done it without a gun! I’m too much of a coward, a knife would have been waaay too hard. So, thanks to everyone at the NRA.” #FoxNews

Kellyanne Conway Blasts Background Check Supporters to Deflect From Trump’s About Face. “We’re not going to allow” people who commit mass shootings “to be the excuse for a bunch of liberals and socialists to confiscate firearms,” the White House counselor said. Conway continued, “I’m not going to allow people who are constantly maligning and deriding our law enforcement to be in charge of public safety and public policy.” Conway also said, “We want this to be bipartisan” and then proceeded to do the complete opposite with her attack. via @RollingStone

Odessa mass shooting debunks argument against universal background checks. Ator, 36, never should have been able to buy a gun. He managed to obtain his AR-style rifle thanks to a loophole in the federal background-check system, anonymous law enforcement officials told The Associated Press and ABC News. A court had ruled him mentally unfit to purchase or own a firearm, so he was barred from buying a gun from a licensed dealer in 2014 after failing a federal background check. Ator simply purchased his rifle in a private sale not covered under federal law — a loophole that would be closed if Congress passed universal background checks favored by nine out of 10 Americans. Private sales, including those on the internet and at gun shows, are not covered under federal criminal background check requirements.

Gun Used in Texas Shooting Was Illegally Manufactured and Sold: Authorities believe the gun used in the drive-by shooting in Midland and Odessa, Texas this past weekend was illegally manufactured and sold by a Lubbock, Texas man, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is currently investigating a man who they believe illegally manufactured and sold the AR-15-style rifle that Seth Ator used to kill seven people and injure 22 more on Saturday, before he was shot and killed by police.

Right-wing media threaten violence in retaliation to gun safety proposals

‘We Got One in a Ditch’: Inside the Odessa Shooting Rampage. Just under an hour after that first report, it was over. “We’re going to need one more ambulance,” a voice said. Seven people were killed and nearly 20 people were injured. Three cops had been wounded. The shooter was dead following a shootout with police. A supervisor announced on the radio, “DPS advises there’s no active shooter right now in Odessa.”

Dick's reports increased earnings amid push to reduce gun offerings

Michigan high school being built with places to hide in case of shooting. The school will be equipped with impact-resistant film on all classroom windows and is designed with curve hallways to have reduced sight lines for a potential shooter, Szymoniak said, adding that there are also barricades in the hallway for students to hide behind. "To cut down on sight lines further, it also gives an opportunity for students to hide back behind and hopefully get help from within the classroom," he said. "This building will be the safest, most secure building in the state of Michigan when it opens," he said. "Our ask is that our community be very understanding, keep the eyes on the prize because when our high school is done, it's going [to] be magnificent."

Americans Told Us How Their Lives Have Been Torn Apart By Gun Violence. Mass shootings have created a climate of fear, loss, and helplessness.

Amnesty International issues travel advisory for the United States of America

Between gun massacres, a routine, deadly seven days of U.S. shootings

The Post has a database tracking every mass shooting since 1966. It includes a breakdown of the type of gun used in each shooting.

McConnell taps GOP senators to mull bipartisan legislation after shootings. McConnell, in a statement, said he discussed Trump's speech on Monday with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). "I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights," McConnell said. McConnell took a veiled shot at the Democratic rhetoric on Monday without directly responding to calls to reconvene the Senate. "Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature," he said. "Partisan theatrics and campaign-trail rhetoric will only take us farther away from the progress all Americans deserve," he added.

The Fallout from Parkland Isn't Over Yet for Florida Law Enforcement. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office got its accreditation yanked last week over mishaps surrounding the 2018 Parkland school shooting, according to the Sun Sentinel. Florida’s state panel chose not to renew accreditation for Broward, one of the largest law enforcement groups in the state, over it mishandling of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and another shooting that killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. The sheriff’s department has yet to make a statement, but the accreditation process is totally voluntary — it’s just something police departments do to show they’re following the best practices and guidelines.

Ex-colleagues: Army vet who opened fire at Dallas courthouse came from military family

Dallas courthouse shooter’s disturbing Facebook posts paint troubling picture as search for motive continues. 22-year-old Dallas shooter Brian Isaack Clyde. Prior to his time in school there, he served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from August 2015 to February 2017. But individuals who say they served with him in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky told WFAA that Clyde was discharged because he couldn’t pass physical training tests. #FoxNews

Active Shooter Killed in Dallas in Exchange of Gunfire With Federal Officers. The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as 22-year-old white male Brian Isaack Clyde. via @nbcdfw

Parkland survivor says Harvard revoked his admission over racist remarks. Kyle Kashuv, who became a pro-gun conservative activist, tweeted that decision was made over texts he made before the massacre.

Leaked Documents Reveal ‘Mindboggling’ Spending at the National Rifle Association. National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre is under fire for excessive "wardrobe" expenses after allegedly running up charges of $270,000 at a Beverly Hills boutique. Posted anonymously online, the documents have surfaced amid an increasingly public feud among NRA leadership, the gun group’s PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, and the NRA’s outside legal firm, run by William Brewer, III. via @RollingStone

'I was gonna go down fighting,' says sixth-grader who grabbed a bat during school shooting. 6th grader Nate Holley survived the shooting at his school in CO. STEM School Highlands Ranch @CNN

Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A. According to interviews and to documents that I obtained—federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications—a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object. Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s top executive NRATV, popular host Grant Stinchfield Dana Loesch, a former Breitbart News editor A lawyer and activist called Colion Noir, whose real name is Collins Idehen, Jr.Chris Cox, the organization’s top lobbyist. they are paid by Ackerman McQueen, a public-relations firm based in Oklahoma. Oliver North, the former Iran-Contra operative, who now serves as the N.R.A.’s president, is paid roughly a million dollars a year through Ackerman,

NRA Fundraising Letter: We Could Shutter ‘Very Soon’. “[R]ight now we’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA, but in the entire history of our country,” the letter began. “And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever.”

How to sell a massacre: NRA's playbook revealed. The best method to handle media inquiries in the wake of a massacre was to “say nothing,” according to Catherine Mortensen, an NRA media liaison officer, on the video. But if the media inquiries about gun control persist, another NRA comms official, Lars Dalseide, said to “shame them to the whole idea,” adding: “If your policy, isn’t good enough to stand on itself, how dare you use their deaths to push that forward? How dare you stand on the graves of those children to put forward your political agenda?” @AJENews

A year after Parkland, Republicans still don't want to fund gun violence research via @MotherJones

Climate change, Environment

The next mega disasters that could happen at any moment (and kill us all). Volcanos, earthquake, ocean rise, asteroid, contagion. #FoxNews

Ex-truck driver gets prison for poisoning S. Carolina creek. Greene faced up to three years in prison for repeatedly dumping chemicals in 2017 in the Wateree River drainage basin, which flows past Congaree National Park. He would back up a tanker truck and dump polluted water containing chemicals such as mercury and lead. Greene said he was just “trying to save time.” - ABC News - via @ABC

What do evangelical Christians really think about climate change? Some evangelicals argue that global warming is of little concern when the end times are approaching. Indeed, it could even be proof of it. Bible verses are also pointed to as evidence humans are required to subdue Earth, that God is in control, and global warming is part of His plan. Others see it as liberal hoax and a means to push folks away from religion towards the government. via @MotherJones

Greta Thunberg just pulled an iconic move in front of Congress. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who has inspired weekly school strikes for climate action around the world, dedicated her Wednesday morning Congressional testimony to the scientists who have outlined the irrefutable facts of climate change. Instead of delivering prepared remarks at the joint hearing between the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Energy, and the Environment and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg submitted to lawmakers a copy of the 2018 report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the effects of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. “I am submitting this report as my testimony, because I don’t want you to listen to me,” Thunberg said. “I want you to listen to the scientists, and I want you to unite behind the science, and then I want you to take real action.” via @MotherJones

LA is going to get cheap nighttime power from a massive solar and battery array in the Mojave. LA's next source of energy: a massive solar panel and lithium battery array in the Mojave, operated by 8minute Solar Energy, and capable of supplying 6-7% of the city's energy budget, with four hours of nighttime use. It will cost an eye-poppingly low $0.03.3/kWh, cheaper than natural gas. The otherwise unambiguously good news has one sore-spot: it was opposed by LA Water and Power workers' unions, who are upset that the natural gas plants where their members work are being decommissioned by the city. It's a perfect example of why the Green New Deal is so right to put the emphasis on working with energy sector workers to ensure that they have good jobs through the green transition. Union workers don't want their kids to inherit a world blasted by climate change, but they also don't want their kids to grow up in poverty thanks to mass layoffs from changes in how we generate power.

The Misogyny of Climate Deniers. Why do right-wing men hate Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so much? Researchers have some troubling answers to that question. The connection has to do with a sense of group identity under threat, Hultman told me—an identity they perceive to be under threat from all sides. Besieged, as they see it, both by developing gender equality—Hultman pointed specifically to the shock some men felt at the #MeToo movement—and now climate activism’s challenge to their way of life, male reactionaries motivated by right-wing nationalism, anti-feminism, and climate denialism increasingly overlap, the three reactions feeding off of one another. “There is a package of values and behaviors connected to a form of masculinity that I call ‘industrial breadwinner masculinity.’ They see the world as separated between humans and nature. They believe humans are obliged to use nature and its resources to make products out of them. And they have a risk perception that nature will tolerate all types of waste. It’s a risk perception that doesn’t think of nature as vulnerable and as something that is possible to be destroyed. For them, economic growth is more important than the environment” Hultman told Deutsche Welle last year.

Trump absent from G-7 session on climate. The president was not in the room when reporters were allowed to observe part of the session, and his seat was empty. The heads of government of the other six nations that comprise the G-7 were there. "The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead," press secretary Stephanie Grisham later told reporters. Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a short time after the climate session and was asked if he had attended. "I'm going to. In fact, it's going to be our next session. I want clear air and clean water," Trump said. It was unclear if he heard a reporter who noted the session had just happened.

Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument. Management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante, downsized by Trump administration in 2017, criticized as ‘a giveaway to fossil fuel’

Automakers snub Trump to side with climate crisis, says Obama-era official. Companies are considering years of regulatory uncertainty when aligning with California’s mileage standards deal. Producing cars that use more gasoline could make it harder for American companies to compete in the US and abroad. And the recent deal with California is more favorable than the Obama rules. Under an agreement last month, four companies pledged to reach an average fuel economy for new cars and trucks of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2026. The state made some concessions to automakers, giving them an extra year to meet the standards and allowing more flexibility to get credit for electric vehicles.

The Trump administration just gutted one of the most powerful environmental laws on the books. The Endangered Species Act has saved thousands of animals, plants, and insects from extinction. via @MotherJones

'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal, Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty. The coal industry in Appalachia is dying – something that people there know better than anyone. Some in this region are pinning their hopes on alternative solutions, including rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. “Coal is over. Forget coal,” said Jimmy Simpkins, who worked as a coalminer in the area for 29 years. “It can never be back to what it was in our heyday. It can’t happen. That coal is not there to mine.”

Navy quietly shut down climate change task force. Since it started, the TFCC released several reports on the strategic challenge climate change poses, taking a close look at what the melting Arctic means for strategic planning, and the dangers sea-level rise and extreme weather pose to many naval installations. Alice Hill, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former senior director for resilience on the National Security Council under President Obama, said she created a Department of Homeland Security task force modeled on the one created by the Navy. "They did great work; they were the first task force within the Department of Defense," Hill said. "We viewed them as a model of how the government should initially focus on the problem of climate change." In an email, the Navy spokesperson said the TFCC was ended because its processes are "now duplicative as functions have been transitioned to existing business processes; therefore, the original components of the task force are no longer needed."

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'. A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say Trump has politicized science. One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice is losing nutrients because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Lewis Ziska, a 62-year-old plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the findings of the study — which raised serious concerns for the 600 million people who depend on rice for most of their calories — but also tried to minimize media coverage of the paper, which was published in the journal Science Advances last year.

Trump Is Desperately Trying to Spin His Abysmal Record on the Environment. The president tapped a bait-and-tackle shop owner and an array of administration officials to help him argue that slashing emissions regulations is actually good for the planet. via @RollingStone

Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change. “The Trump speech was a classic in Soviet-style up-is-down disinformation because the president's words are belied by the relentlessness with which his administration has gone about the task of rolling back scores of the rules that have been the engine driving the environmental progress America enjoyed before Trump took office,” said Joe Goffman, a former top official at EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation under Obama. “It is as if the Trump policy is to promote, rather than prevent, air and water pollution, toxic chemical exposure and the despoiling of America's natural resources.” Betsy Southerland, a former director in EPA’s Office of Water under Obama, argued Trump has done nothing to maintain any environmental protections that may have occurred under previous administrations. She also cast his environmental policies as changing at the whim of his political backers. A number of Trump’s biggest campaign donors were heads of fossil fuel industries. “His environmental policy is not based on ideology or based on the economic impacts of rules, it’s really just based on whatever his political donors ask him to do,” said Southerland.

If Climate Change Makes You Feel Hopeless, Maybe Religion Can Help. People suffering from climate despair are turning to spiritual leaders. This is the advice they get.

USDA Scientists Are Quitting in Droves. That’s Really Bad News for Climate Research. “This is the ears and eyes of [presidential] administrations — on domestic policy, environmental policy, risk assessment, and technology adoption,” said David Zilberman, Chair of the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. But USDA employees fear all the agency’s work could be erased completely if the Trump administration follows through with plans to uproot the division — and all its scientists — and move them to Kansas City. The researchers’ union anticipates, after an unofficial count, that as many as 80 percent of the employees are planning to quit rather than move, and that will disrupt entire fields of study, ranging from honeybee pollination patterns to how crop prices fluctuate with changes in consumer demand. Their positions will take years to fill, if USDA staff recruits new hires at all.

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

"Freedom gas": The Trump administration's ridiculous new plan to rebrand fossil fuels. The Trump administration has rebranded natural gas with a new, patriotic-sounding name: “freedom gas.” In a Department of Energy press release on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes talked about exporting US natural gas as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” you’ll find another official calling natural gas “molecules of US freedom.” via @MotherJones

The EPA's Lies About Air Pollution Are Killing Americans. In its latest move to protect industry, the government has ensured that we'll see more deaths from asthma, heart problems and cognitive degeneration. the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump has decided to pose an arbitrary threshold by which to define unhealthy air in order to protect fossil fuel companies and their unchecked emissions. Given that science has confirmed that no level of polluted air can be healthy, this will not only threaten us now, but for generations to come.

A major coal company went bust. Its bankruptcy filing shows that it was funding climate change denialism. by @lhfang

Watch: Why is an MIT alum in Congress pretending he doesn’t know climate change is real? “Are you serious?” former Secretary of State John Kerry asked Rep. Thomas Massie during a congressional hearing on Wednesday in which the Kentucky Republican seemingly tried to catch Kerry in a sort of “gotcha” moment about scientific credentials and climate change. Whether or not Massie, who holds two engineering degrees from MIT, was serious is actually a good question.

Several agencies refusing to take part in Trump's committee to reassess climate science: report

As White House questions climate change, US military is planning for it

Congress sends Trump lands bill that would protect more than 2 million acres via @usatoday

One climate scientist called the group a “a veritable dream team of climate change deniers, contrarians, and downplayers.”

Coronavirus crisis, tracking

Johns Hopkins Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, CSSE dashboard

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San Diego County coronavirus/COVID-19 cases by zip code, city via @CBS8


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Here's when the coronavirus will peak in your state

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The Lancet fact-checks Trump's letter to WHO and Dr. Tedros. Medical journal The Lancet has issued this rapid response to comments made by impeached President Donald Trump in his letter to World Health Organization General Director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to correct false statements about The Lancet by Trump. In this letter, The Lancet notes that they did not, as Trump falsely said, comment on the coronavirus crisis in late December 2019. Their first reports on the novel coronavirus were in mid-January. Chinese experts took part in its first two reports on COVID-19, the journal says, and Trump is “damaging... efforts to strengthen international cooperation to control this pandemic.”

Nancy Pelosi says Trump is "morbidly obese". “I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine.

Is mask wearing more important than social distancing in fight against coronavirus? The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation adjusted its projection to roughly 143,000, a decrease of 3,000 from last week's projection. A key model that guides the White House and other decision makers are projecting not as many coronavirus-related deaths, and one scientist believes mask wearing might be the reason.

Drug promoted by Trump as coronavirus ‘game changer’ increasingly linked to deaths. For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus, asking would-be patients “What the hell do you have to lose?” Growing evidence shows that, for many, the answer is their lives. Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the Trump-backed drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients. Evidence showing the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19 has been scant. Those two developments pushed the Food and Drug Administration to warn against the use of hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital setting last month, just weeks after it approved an emergency use authorization for the drug.

Five USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors test positive a second time for the coronavirus, 18 others taken off the ship. The five sailors had developed flu-like symptoms this week and went to be medically evaluated, Cmdr. Myers Vasquez, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement. They were immediately removed from the ship and placed in quarantine. Additionally, 18 other sailors who had interacted closely with those five have been taken off the aircraft carrier, retested and are waiting for their results in quarantine, according to a U.S. defense official.

Five takeaways as Senate panel hears from Fauci, Trump health officials.

  1. Fauci issued a clear warning on reopening too quickly
  2. Republicans call for more testing
  3. Fauci warns a vaccine won’t be ready this fall
  4. Republicans ready to open the economy, but at different speeds
  5. Virtual hearing illustrates pros, cons

Trump abruptly ends news conference after fiery exchanges with CBS, CNN reporters. President Trump abruptly ended his Rose Garden news conference on Monday after a round of exchanges between CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. In what ended up being the final question from the briefing, Jiang grilled Trump about his ongoing tout of coronavirus testing in the U.S. in comparison to other countries around the world. "You've said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. ... Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if everyday Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?" Jiang asked. Trump responded by taking aim at China, a country that some suspect has not been releasing accurate data regarding its own coronavirus cases and deaths. "Well, they're losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that's a question you should ask China," Trump told Jiang. "Don't ask me, ask China, okay? When you ask them, you may get a very unusual answer." As the president attempted to move on to the next reporter, Jiang, who is Asian-American, pressed him on he was "saying that to me specifically," suggesting his comment was racially motivated. "I'm telling you -- I'm not saying that specifically to anybody, I'm saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that," Trump responded. Trump then got into a dustup with CNN's Collins, who approached the microphone after he apparently had called on her, but he attempted to move on to another reporter since Collins "didn't respond." However, after Collins attempted to "let my colleague finish" and not step away from the microphone, Trump thanked the crowd and quickly walked away from the podium. #FoxNews

Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus press briefing after facing challenges from two female reporters. The abrupt ending came after Trump told an Asian reporter to “ask China” her question about COVID-19. Jiang has been on the receiving end of Trump’s frustration before. In early April, he got angry with her line of questioning and charged at her: “It’s such a basic, simple question, and you try to make it sound so bad. You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump said, calling her tone “very nasty.”

These photos of a pandemic drive-thru strip club are pure cyberpunk dystopia

Meet the woman who spearheaded California’s recent back-to-work protests. A group calling itself We Have Rights has recently started organizing large back-to-work protests throughout California, calling on state and local leaders to end social-distancing orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The group, which popped up in just the last two weeks, has a professional-looking website and growing social media presence, which provide details for upcoming events, instructions for dealing with the media, highly produced Instagram videos, as well as T-shirts and other branded merchandise for sale. The campaign — which turned out hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters from San Diego to Sacramento starting May 1 and continuing through this weekend — also has had a charismatic front woman with something of a controversial past: 38-year-old Vivienne Nicole Reign. Reign, who has been living with her husband in a $3 million home in Newport Beach, according to legal documents, is currently embroiled in legal challenges concerning several neuropathy treatment clinics she owns and operates with a chiropractor. The defendants have maintained their innocence, denying claims brought by former clients of medical negligence, financial elder abuse and fraud.

Pence stays away from White House after aide tests positive for coronavirus. A spokesman said the vice president tested negative on Sunday and planned to be at the White House on Monday. “Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” Devin O’Malley, a Pence spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday evening. “Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.” So far, two White House staffers — one of President Donald Trump’s military valets, who serves him meals and drinks, and Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary — have tested positive for the virus, launching it into Trump’s inner circle and the crowded halls of the West Wing. On a Sunday news program, senior adviser Kevin Hassett called the White House a “scary” place to go to work right now, given the recent diagnoses and the threat of the virus. The two infections come as the president has been nudging governors and states to reopen their economies as quickly as possible, despite the continuing spread of the disease throughout the U.S. via @politico

Trump hosted nearly 20 House Republicans for a meeting about the coronavirus pandemic -- and none of them wore marks or stayed far apart. Are these guys begging to get the coronavirus?

It’s not your imagination. Allergy season gets worse every year. Another intense allergy season is underway as the Covid-19 pandemic rages.

AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country. The Trump administration has shelved a document created by the nation’s top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak. The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen. It was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance “would never see the light of day,” according to a CDC official. The official was not authorized to talk to reporters and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Remdesivir helps coronavirus patients — but at what cost? via @politico

The coronavirus has mutated. Here's what that means. The dominant strain in much of the world is now a more contagious variant of the original virus.

Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic without a mask, violating his own government’s guidance. The Mayo posted, then deleted a tweet noting Pence was warned about the hospital’s policy — but didn’t follow it.

Coronavirus 'acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen,' say doctors

The drugs and treatments that could stop Covid-19 via @politico

Coronavirus crisis, HealthCare: archived Monday, April 27, 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat. U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. The repeated warnings were conveyed in issues of the President’s Daily Brief, a sensitive report that is produced before dawn each day and designed to call the president’s attention to the most significant global developments and security threats.

Nightly news broadcasts covered protests against social distancing. They mostly ignored nurses protesting lack of PPE. ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs have frequently covered the right-wing protests against social distancing measures without giving necessary context from health experts that it would risk a resurgence of coronavirus infections. By contrast, the shows all but ignored a Tuesday protest at the White House by a major nurses union over the lack of protective personal equipment (PPE) that has put health care workers at risk.

What a government study suggests about sunlight and COVID-19. William N. Bryan, the department’s acting undersecretary for science and technology, summarized the "emerging results," which have not been published, from a Maryland federal lab. "Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both on surfaces and in the air," he said. "We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus." Showing slides with certain weather conditions, Bryan explained that scientists measure the decay of a virus by the amount of time it takes for the virus to be reduced by half (half-life). He shared a slide which showed that at a temperature of 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, with 20% humidity and no sunlight, the half-life is 18 hours. But that half-life falls to one hour under 95 degrees and 80% humidity. "If you look at as the temperature increases, as the humidity increases, with no sun involved, you can see how drastically the half-life goes down on that virus," Bryan said. "So, the virus is dying at a much more rapid pace just from exposure to higher temperatures and just from exposure to humidity." The researchers also studied what the virus does in the air. They suspended the virus inside of a drum and exposed it to various temperatures, humidity levels and sunlight. The virus in saliva survives best indoors and in dry conditions, Bryan said. The virus "dies the quickest in the presence of direct sunlight." During the briefing, a reporter asked Bryan if people would be better off outdoors in the warm weather and sun than staying indoors. "It would be irresponsible for us to say that we feel that the summer is just going to totally kill the virus," Bryan said.

Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus 'cure' wrote to Trump this week. Mark Grenon wrote to Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment. The leader of the most prominent group in the US peddling potentially lethal industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus wrote to Donald Trump at the White House this week. In his letter, Mark Grenon told Trump that chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleach used in industrial processes such as textile manufacturing that can have fatal side-effects when drunk – is “a wonderful detox that can kill 99% of the pathogens in the body”. He added that it “can rid the body of Covid-19”. A few days after Grenon dispatched his letter, Trump went on national TV at his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday and promoted the idea that disinfectant could be used as a treatment for the virus. To the astonishment of medical experts, the US president said that disinfectant “knocks it out in a minute. One minute!” He went on to say: “Is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.” Grenon styles himself as “archbishop” of Genesis II – a Florida-based outfit that claims to be a church but which in fact is the largest producer and distributor of chlorine dioxide bleach as a “miracle cure” in the US. He brands the chemical as MMS, “miracle mineral solution”, and claims fraudulently that it can cure 99% of all illnesses including cancer, malaria, HIV/Aids as well as autism. Since the start of the pandemic, Genesis II has been marketing MMS as a cure to coronavirus. It advises users, including children, to mix three to six drops of bleach in water and drink it.

Debacle of Trump's coronavirus disinfectant comments could be tipping point. The US president plans to ‘pare back’ his daily coronavirus briefings after falsely claiming his suggestion to ingest cleaning products had been ‘sarcastic’

Trump Spitballs COVID-19 Remedies in Briefing: ‘Inject Disinfectant’ or ‘Hit the Body With Tremendous Light’. In a bizarre, even for Donald Trump, White House coronavirus daily briefing, the president pitched his ideas on whether disinfectants or ultraviolet light could be used to cure coronavirus patients. via @RollingStone

WHO data leak shows no benefit from Gilead coronavirus drug. A leading coronavirus drug candidate showed no benefit in results from a hotly anticipated clinical trial that were mistakenly posted to the World Health Organization's website today. The experimental drug, an antiviral called remdesivir, is being studied in several late-stage trials and has recently drawn praise from President Donald Trump after a sliver of early data from a different clinical trial leaked last week. The draft documents posted to the WHO website — and then quickly removed — suggest that the drug did not help patients enrolled in a randomized clinical trial in China, and caused significant side effects in several people that led them to end treatment. More participants who received remdesivir died compared to those in the control group, although the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant. via @politico

Cuomo slams McConnell: States declaring bankruptcy is 'one of the really dumb ideas of all time' “Not to fund state and local governments is incredibly short-sighted. They want to fund small businesses, fund the airlines, I understand that, but state and local governments fund police and fire and teachers and schools. How do you not fund police and fire and teachers and schools in the midst of this crisis?” Cuomo added. He said if the federal government doesn't fund the states, the states can’t fund the vital services. Additional funding for state and local governments has turned into a point of contention as lawmakers negotiate federal coronavirus relief. The National Governors Association sent a letter to McConnell and other congressional leaders Tuesday asking Congress to approve $500 billion "in direct federal aid that allows for replacement of lost revenue."

A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.

The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.

Nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks clustered in East County. Five of the 11 local nursing homes on the list are in El Cajon. Country Hills Post Acute in El Cajon reported the county’s highest number of patients, 19, who tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than 11 staff members tested positive. FOX 5 contacted Country Hills Monday. Management releases a statement saying, in part, “Our primary concern is the health and well-being of residents and staff. Most of the residents show no symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms. The residents continue to reside at the facility and are in isolation.”

Conservative activist family behind 'grassroots' anti-quarantine Facebook events. The groups were set up by four brothers — Chris, Ben, Aaron and Matthew Dorr — and have amassed more than 200,000 members collectively, including in states where they don’t reside, according to an NBC News analysis based on public records searches and Facebook group registrations. The Dorr brothers are known in conservative circles for running pro-gun and anti-abortion rights Facebook groups that bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by antagonizing establishment conservative leaders and activists. Their usual method is to attack established conservative groups from the right, including the National Rifle Association, and then make money by selling memberships in their groups or selling mailing lists of those who sign up, according to some conservative politicians and activists who have labeled the efforts as scams. via @nbcnews

A White House adviser said the demonstrators are “modern-day Rosa Parks.” Signs via @slate

There's an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it's quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were... how does one say... more receptive to the message who wouldn't be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

Coronavirus Advice From Abroad: 7 Lessons America’s Governors Should Not Ignore as They Reopen Their Economies. We spoke to frontline experts from around the globe and have compiled a list of recommendations for reopening U.S. states. Their consensus? It’s tough to find policies that simultaneously save lives and livelihoods.

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper? We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this. For most of us who are practicing social distancing and making only occasional trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, experts agree that it’s not necessary to change clothes or take a shower when you return home. You should, however, always wash your hands.While it’s true that a sneeze or cough from an infected person can propel viral droplets and smaller particles through the air, most of them will drop to the ground. The risk of getting sick from handling mail or packages is extremely low and, at this point, only theoretical. There are no documented cases of someone getting sick from opening a package or reading a newspaper.

State lists 11 San Diego nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks. Country Hills Post Acute in El Cajon reported the county's highest number of patients, 19, who tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than 11 staff members tested positive. via @CBS8

A DeVos-linked group helped promote the right-wing "Operation Gridlock" tantrum in Michigan. The protest, known as “Operation Gridlock,” featured a fair share of MAGA hats, Trump flags, at least one Confederate flag, chants of “Lock her up!” in reference to Whitmer, and far-right groups from the Proud Boys to the Michigan Liberty Militia. They clogged up the streets outside the state Capitol and defied Whitmer’s ban on public gatherings. The whole charade was facilitated by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, a conservative political group that doubles as a front for Michigan Trump Republicans, and promoted by the Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative group with ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire philanthropist power broker before she joined the Trump administration. The Detroit Free Press reported that the fund was listed as one of the protest’s hosts on Facebook. The organization also promoted the event on Facebook. via @MotherJones

These Pictures Show Huge Crowds Protesting Against Coronavirus Lockdowns At State Capitals. Conservative demonstrators gathered in the capitals of Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina to protest against stay-at-home orders during a pandemic that has already left more than 26,000 Americans dead. via @guynamedgabe

What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago. Ironclad emergency medical practices — about when to use ventilators, for example — have dissolved almost overnight. Medicine routinely remakes itself, generation by generation. For the disease that drives this pandemic, certain ironclad emergency medical practices have dissolved almost overnight. The biggest change: Instead of quickly sedating people who had shockingly low levels of oxygen and then putting them on mechanical ventilators, many doctors are now keeping patients conscious, having them roll over in bed, recline in chairs and continue to breathe on their own — with additional oxygen — for as long as possible. The idea is to get them off their backs and thereby make more lung available. A number of doctors are even trying patients on a special massage mattress designed for pregnant women because it has cutouts that ease the load on the belly and chest. Some patients, by taking oxygen and rolling onto their sides or on their bellies, have quickly returned to normal levels. The tactic is called proning.

10 times Trump and his administration were warned about coronavirus. President Trump's tone on the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted in the last month as the illness has swept across the U.S., which has now reported more confirmed cases than any country in the world. Why it matters: Reporting from Axios, the New York Times, Washington Post, AP and other media outlets has revealed that Trump and his administration were repeatedly warned about the threat that the virus could pose to American lives and the economy. Earlier action could have curbed the spread. The state of play: The first case of COVID-19 reached the U.S. on Jan. 15. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11. Trump declared the U.S. outbreak a national emergency on March 13.

Rolling Stone Timeline: Coronavirus in America. How the Trump administration failed to protect America, a chronicle of missed opportunities, denials and deception. In the middle of a crisis, it can be difficult to comprehend the full scope of the failures that brought the nation to its knees. To reframe the coronavirus pandemic, and the Trump administration’s catastrophic response, Rolling Stone presents here a timeline. It shows that the pandemic was not a “black swan” event — some unforeseeable tragedy. Rather, a global pandemic of this sort has been predicted for decades, and indeed previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, had sought to prepare the country for just such an outbreak. Yet upon taking office, the Trump administration consistently sought to defund and disarm America’s preparedness against a mass outbreak of a viral respiratory illness. via @RollingStone

Trump is odd man out as approval ratings soar for world leaders’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Heads of state are getting strong support by their citizens. Trump, on the other hand, is being panned for his lack of leadership.

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States still baffled over how to get coronavirus supplies from Trump. The federal government’s haphazard approach to distributing its limited supplies has left states trying everything — filling out lengthy FEMA applications, calling Trump, contacting Pence, sending messages to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and trade adviser Peter Navarro, who are both leading different efforts to find supplies, according to local and states officials in more than a half-dozen states. They’re even asking mutual friends to call Trump or sending him signals on TV and Twitter. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. “This is not something that we should ever be faced with,” Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, said in an interview. “It really is the federal government's responsibility to build those stockpiles, and distribute those during the time of crisis.” via @politico

Heart woes spur partial stop of malaria drug study for virus. Scientists in Brazil have stopped part of a study of a malaria drug touted as a possible coronavirus treatment after heart rhythm problems developed in one-quarter of people given the higher of two doses being tested. Chloroquine and a newer, similar drug called hydroxychloroquine, have been pushed by President Donald Trump after some very small, early tests suggested the drugs might curb the virus from entering cells. But the drugs have long been known to have potentially serious side effects, including altering the heartbeat in a way that could lead to sudden death.

This reporting is both devastating and fair. Declaring an emergency March 13, the president made promises for fighting the pandemic. He thus set his own standards for what was vital for him to accomplish. @NPR paid attention. @timkmak reports on whether he achieved his own goals. THREAD: A month ago, Trump declared a Coronvairus national emergency in a Rose Garden address. NPR's investigations team went through every promise he made at that critical time and contacted all the groups. Barely any of the promises were fulfilled.

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Navarro gets slam dunked during 60 Minutes Overtime. He challenged 60 Minutes’ record - “Show me episodes during the Obama and Bush administrations that said the global pandemic was coming, and then you will have some credence in attacking the Trump Administration.” Watch:

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus. An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.

Inside America’s Two-Decade Failure to Prepare for Coronavirus. Top officials from three administrations describe how crucial lessons were learned and lost, programs launched and cancelled, and budgets funded and defunded. via @politico

Trump’s ridiculous behavior at pandemic briefings baffles a watching world. While Trump has made every White House coronavirus briefing about himself, many of the world’s leaders let medical experts brief the public. by @RobertMackey

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Trump pointed to his head. “The metrics right here,” he said. Asked by a reporter at his administration’s daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic what metrics he would use to determine when to reopen the economy, Trump pointed to his head. “The metrics right here,” he said. “That’s my metrics. That’s all I can do.” The president said he’s listening to coronavirus experts, but also cited repeatedly debunked claims and lies during his daily press conference.

Trump admitted he did not appreciate the severity of the threat until the last days of January — a month in which he scheduled only nine intelligence briefings. Even as his own experts grew increasingly alarmed, Trump did not have an intelligence briefing on his schedule until Jan. 6.

Trump says he only gave Colorado 1% of the ventilators it needs after GOP senator asked for them. Longtime Colorado Democrat "outraged" Trump gave fraction of necessary equipment as favor to vulnerable Republican.

Coronavirus now leading cause of death in US. COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus that is spreading across the globe, is now the deadliest disease in the U.S., causing more deaths per day than cancer or heart disease. A new graph published Tuesday by Maria Danilychev, a physician, showed COVID-19 is the cause of 1,970 deaths in the U.S. per day, according to Newsweek. It was only last week when Danilychev published a report showing COVID-19 as the third leading cause of death, taking the place of accidents, with fatalities averaging at around 748 per day. The rapid acceleration of coronavirus-related deaths began on March 22, when the daily average of fatalities for the virus rose above those related to flu, pneumonia, kidney disease, suicide and other leading causes.

VA spent $200,000 on controversial anti-malaria drug touted as coronavirus 'game-changer'. Department of Veterans Affairs officials said March 26 that it was “irresponsible” to suggest the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine had any merit as a coronavirus treatment. The same day, the VA placed an emergency order for it. President Donald Trump held up hydroxychloroquine as a “game-changer” – a miracle cure for the virus that has killed thousands of Americans, infected more than 400,000 and changed everyday life. Experts aren’t so sure about the drug, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus but is an unproven treatment for the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease doctor in the United States, said on Fox News last week it would be a “majestic leap” to consider it a knockout drug for the virus. Some studies have suggested the drug was promising, especially for mild cases, but the studies were small and didn’t include control groups. One of the studies has since been discredited. “We still need to do the kinds of studies that definitively prove whether any intervention, not just this one ... is truly safe and effective,” Fauci said.

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Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients. But increasingly, physicians are trying other measures first. One is having patients lie in different positions — including on their stomachs — to allow different parts of the lung to aerate better.

Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic. The government agencies designed to protect us are riddled with vacancies and temporary officials. No wonder we’re facing a catastrophe. Adams’ metaphor of this as our new “9/11 moment” is more apt than he likely intended: Comparing the events is about more than just a story of casualties—it is also a story about government’s failure. Both Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks occurred, in part, because the U.S. government and intelligence failed to see the attacks looming. We were caught unprepared, and Americans paid for that mistake with their lives. via @politico

Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.

More than 700 Henry Ford Health System employees tested positive for coronavirus. Beaumont Health said Monday that about 1,500 of its workers — including 500 nurses — are off the job because of coronavirus symptoms. The employees at Beaumont Health “have symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” said spokesman Mark Geary, though he did not disclose how many of those 1,500 sick workers actually tested positive for the disease. Beaumont and Henry Ford are among several metro Detroit hospitals to experience a surge in COVID-19 patients as the virus continues to spread in Michigan, pushing them to the brink of capacity. via @freep

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Some 430,000 people flew from China to US after coronavirus first detected: report. About 430,000 people have flown on direct flights from China to the United States since Chinese officials first disclosed the outbreak of what is now the novel coronavirus to world health officials on New Year’s Eve, according to a new report published Saturday. Most of the travelers flew into airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Newark and Detroit in January. Thousands came directly from the city of Wuhan in the Chinese Hubei province, where the coronavirus originated, the New York Times reported. The report did not account for travelers who did not fly directly from China and may have come into the U.S. on a connecting flight from the country. #FoxNews

The U.S.' top infectious disease specialist warned in early 2017 that the Trump administration at some point would face a “surprise outbreak.” “There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,” he said in a speech titled “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next Administration” at Georgetown University Medical Center. He delivered it just days before Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Fauci, who has overseen the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, warned that looming health challenges would involve both chronic diseases ― ones already ongoing ― as well as “a surprise outbreak.”

George W. Bush in 2005: 'If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare'. In a November 2005 speech at the National Institutes of Health, Bush laid out proposals in granular detail -- describing with stunning prescience how a pandemic in the United States would unfold. Among those in the audience was Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the current crisis response, who was then and still is now the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Trump and the authoritarianism virus: What the coronavirus has revealed, again, about our president. Meanwhile, the trust-based system of the free world is failing under pressure. After three years of President Trump’s constant lies and extreme political polarization in the United States, the only people who believe anything Trump says do so mainly to spite their political enemies. This is a catastrophic scenario when coherent action is required for the greater good. A united appeal to science and citizenship could have saved lives, but such unity is unimaginable in Washington today. The poison of hyper-partisanship kills as surely as any virus. Incompetence is deadly enough on its own, but malice and corruption are never far behind in this administration. Trump has been waging war on American institutions and looking for ways to enrich himself and his cronies from the start, and this crisis will only open up more opportunities.

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic. As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile. That federal cache of supplies was created more than 20 years ago to help bridge gaps in the medical and pharmaceutical supply chains during a national emergency.

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Column: The suspect science behind Trump's chloroquine claims. There are scientific grounds for examining chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as possible treatments for COVID-19; dozens of clinical trials have been announced. Infectious disease experts consider the drugs to be promising, but there’s a lot more they’d like to know before certifying them for clinical use. One trial underway at the University of Minnesota aims to recruit 3,000 subjects from among healthcare workers and their household members who have been exposed to infected persons or are showing symptoms or been diagnosed with the disease. Half the subjects will be given chloroquine. Preliminary results may be available by April 21. Yet generally, the hype has run so far ahead of scientific knowledge that red lights should be flashing and danger sirens sounding. “We need to be really careful about not jumping the gun here,” Annie Luetkemeyer, an infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco, said in a March 24 video discussion in which she spoke of the need for more study. “We don’t have the data that we need to say that these drugs are effective for treatment or for prevention of the disease.” She warned that it is “ be giving either of these medications widely to people” without knowing more about their efficacy or possible hazards. Chloroquine is dangerous when not taken under a doctor’s rigorous supervision, and its shortage can cause life-threatening consequences for lupus patients and serious health effects for rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis patients. The bottom line is that evidence for chloroquine’s effectiveness in COVID-19 is unsubstantiated. It derives heavily from the work of a controversial French expert in infectious diseases, Didier Raoult, whose studies on the topic have been criticized as inconclusive, but who has been enthusiastically promoting chloroquine as the nearest thing to a miracle drug.

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses. Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Field work ceased when the funding ran out in September, and organizations that worked on the PREDICT program laid off dozens of scientists and analysts, said Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a key player in the program.

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses. Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic. Florida’s infection rate is way higher than Australia’s. Georgia overtook Japan 10 days ago. Texas only took the plunge on Tuesday. Even then, the stay-at-home order was riddled with holes. Greg Abbott, the Texas governor, insisted on including churches in its list of “essential services”. One thing every pathogen loves is a congregation. As America’s south goes, so goes Brazil and Mexico, each of which is stubbornly ignoring the lessons from elsewhere. Mr DeSantis may have upheld spending numbers for March. But at what expense? One in four of Florida’s residents is over 65, which is 50 per cent higher than the national figure. Mr DeSantis, too, has deemed churches “essential services”. The cost to Florida of gratuitous deaths is surely higher than last month’s tourism receipts. That same miscalculation applies to the White House on a far larger scale. Donald Trump wasted weeks dismissing the virus in the vain hope of talking up the stock market. As a result, the US has now been forced to take far more economically damaging measures to contain it. via @financialtimes

11 times Donald Trump has 'belittled' coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence said something truly unbelievable in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. "I don't believe the President has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus," the vice president told Wolf. Which, even by Pence standards -- the VP is an unstinting, 100% supporter of President Donald Trump -- is pretty bad.

Cluster of Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in East County. A county spokesperson confirmed with NBC 7 San Diego the cluster occurred at the PalmCare Pharmacy in El Cajon.

Fact-checking President Trump's marathon coronavirus briefing President Donald Trump tried Tuesday to cast himself as the wise leader who rejected the advice of a "group" of people who had portrayed the coronavirus as a mere flu and had argued that life should go on as normal. He did not mention that he had been the most powerful member of that group. Trump's marathon coronavirus press conference included the usual barrage of specific false claims. But it was more notable for the dishonesty of the broad story he was telling -- an audacious attempt to erase the memory of his relentless efforts to suggest the coronavirus was not a crisis. Trump spoke frankly on Tuesday about projections that suggest 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus even if people follow federal guidelines meant to slow its spread. But he also made a claim that he prevented a much higher death toll, as high as 2.2 million, by taking the virus much more seriously than some other intelligent people. "Think of what would have happened if we didn't do anything. I mean, I've had many friends -- businesspeople -- people with great, actually, common sense, they said, 'Why don't we ride it out?' A lot of people have said -- a lot of people have thought about it. 'Ride it out. Don't do anything, just ride it out and think of it as the flu.' But it's not the flu. It's vicious," he said. Trump himself repeatedly told Americans in January and February to think of the coronavirus as the flu.

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Rural-state governors tell Trump they need tests and medical supplies, too. In response to requests for more testing kits, Mr. Trump said, "I haven't heard about testing in weeks," according to an audio recording of the call between the president and governors obtained by CBS News. During the call, which lasted a little over an hour, Democratic and Republican governors detailed how they are struggling to obtain the protective equipment doctors and nurses will need to treat the sick and the test kits needed to determine whether sick residents are suffering from COVID-19. via @CBSPolitics

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Experts Say The Coronavirus Outlook Has Worsened, But The Trajectory Is Still Unclear. MAR. 26, 2020, AT 12:17 PM The expert consensus is that COVID-19 will cause 246,000 deaths in 2020, higher than last week’s estimate of 200,000 deaths. The consensus estimate ranges, though, between 36,000 and 1.1 million. That’s quite a span, with major implications for American society tucked into that uncertainty.

Dr. Deborah Birx predicts up to 200,000 deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’ Joining TODAY from Washington, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, says, “We’re very worried about every city in the United States” and that “in some metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines.” She predicts that “if we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities,” but adds, “we’re not sure all of America is responding in a uniform way.” via @TODAYshow

FDA authorizes chloroquine for use in treating coronavirus. One way to read these op-eds is that you can prevent COVID-19 by treating yourself using off-the-shelf meds combined with dosage used in China or elsewhere, a dosage that’s plainly advertised in articles. That’s absolutely not the way about curing COVID-19. Separately, a report from France’s Le Point said on Monday that chloroquine use in coronavirus patients lead to cardiac toxicity and cardiac arrests. The report talks about several fatal cases, without providing any figures. If you don’t experience symptoms, keep respecting social distancing measures. If you do, then contact your doctor for guidance.

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus. The CDC fumbled its communication with public health officials and underestimated the threat of the coronavirus even as it gained a foothold in the United States, according to hundreds of pages of documents ProPublica obtained.

NRA Sues California for the Right to Spread COVID-19. More guns won’t make anybody safer; washing your hands will via @dougporter506

Presidential Signing Statement that would gag the Stimulus Bailout Inspector General and undermine congressional oversight.

Trump Wants You to Know He’s More Popular than ‘The Bachelor’ As the United States’ death toll from coronavirus surpassed 2,000 over the weekend, our reality show president took to Twitter on Sunday to inform everyone he was more popular than ABC’s The Bachelor. via @RollingStone

Trump clashes with reporter during coronavirus briefing: 'Be nice'"PBS NewsHour" reporter Yamiche Alcindor questioned Trump during the briefing over recent comments he made during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity about whether some requests from governors related to the outbreak were overblown or unnecessary. Trump responded by first denying that he had made the comments, which were reported by multiple news outlets at the time, before accusing Alcindor of acting "threatening" during the briefing. Alcindor asked Trump another question later in the press conference after CNN's Jeremy Diamond apparently passed the microphone to her, an act for which she thanked him on Twitter. Which health professionals are telling you that more people will die from the economic impact than coronavirus?

Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine idea. The White House coronavirus task force unanimously shunned President Donald Trump’s suggestion of a quarantine in the New York City area, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. The president “did very seriously consider” the idea of locking down the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” But Trump was dissuaded after a meeting with the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. via @politico

Trump Brags About His TV Ratings as Coronavirus Death Toll Keeps Climbing “This is not a reality TV show,” wrote Valerie Jarrett. via @slate

Trump’s ‘Don’t Blame Me’ Message Is Going to Wear Terribly By Jonathan Chait Over the last 24 hours, President Trump has aggressively widened the circle of people or countries that are making it impossible for Donald Trump to handle the coronavirus. In a Thursday night interview with Sean Hannity, Trump complained about Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (“She is a new governor and it’s not been pleasant”), Washington governor Jay Inslee, and the demand by various hospital staff for more ventilator machines (“You know, you go to major hospitals, sometimes they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”). Friday, on Twitter, he added General Motors CEO Mary Barra (“Always a mess with Mary B.”) Trump happens to be enjoying his highest approval ratings at the moment. It is possible he will somehow maintain, or even enhance, his current standing. But his handling of the coronavirus — even from the narrow perspective of politics, which is how Trump himself views it — is doing almost everything to ensure that his bump is short-lived, and will eventually be followed by a long, steep decline.

How long will coronavirus last in the US? Americans shouldn’t expect life to be back to normal by Easter. Those infected with the virus are often contagious while they’re asymptomatic and the incubation period can last up to two weeks. Since many states only instituted stay-at-home orders just over a week ago, cases should be expected to increase over the next couple of weeks and data from any flattening of the curve won't be visible for weeks yet. #FoxNews

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The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19. At the start of that crucial lost month, when his government could have rallied, the president was distracted by impeachment and dismissive of the threat to the public’s health or the nation’s economy. By the end of the month, Mr. Trump claimed the virus was about to dissipate in the United States, saying: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” By early March, after federal officials finally announced changes to allow more expansive testing, it was too late to escape serious harm. Now, the United States has more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, the most of any country in the world. Yet even with deaths on the rise, cities shuttered, the economy sputtering and everyday life upended, many Americans who come down with symptoms of Covid-19 still cannot get tested.

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Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook. The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration. The playbook was designed “so there wasn’t piecemeal thinking when trying to fight the next public health battle,” said one former official who contributed to the playbook, warning that “the fog of war” can lead to gaps in strategies. via @politico

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Another Day, Another Meme to Debunk: Vaccines for the Bovine Coronavirus Will Not Cure COVID-19. According to the CDC, coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. “Coronavirus” is a term for a group of diseases. Seven different kinds of human coronaviruses exist, including 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. Most human coronaviruses cause “mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses,” similar to the common cold. In different species, coronaviruses can produce “a wide spectrum of disease syndromes.” The CDC mentions that: “Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV.” via @MotherJones

Sharp closing several locations amid coronavirus outbreak. Sharp said Tuesday that it was temporarily closing its La Mesa West and Point Loma locations beginning Thursday, March 26. Sharp's Chula Vista location will also be operating at "limited capacity, offering only occupational medicine, pharmacy and urgent care services starting Friday, March 27." Meanwhile, Sharp Healthcare is beginning a drive-though donation drive for personal protective equipment on Wednesday. Those who wish to donate can visit any of the hospital's locations in San Diego, La Mesa, Coronado and Chula Vista between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

"Romney's in isolation? Gee, that's too bad" -- Trump, sarcastically, on Mitt Romney going into quarantine over coronavirus concerns. #BeBest — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)

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Latest coronavirus testing glitch: Not enough cotton swabs. Trump administration warns labs of supply "speed bumps" as testing expands. via @politico

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918' In a tabletop exercise Jan. 13, 2017 days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now. via @politico

Russia shutting borders with Poland and Norway over coronavirus. An exception is being made for citizens from neighboring Belarus, official delegations and holders of Russian residence permits, according to a statement from the Russian government. "We ask Russians to minimise travel. Limiting foreign business trips and mass events in all regions, including entertainment, sports and business events is recommended. We ask everyone to keep calm, since these are preventive measures," said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Authorities said there were 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to 59, according to Russian media.

What Trump’s Twitter Feed Tells Him About the Coronavirus. The president follows 47 accounts on Twitter. Here are the five main things they’re saying about the pandemic. via @politico

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A Map Of The Coronavirus Exposures In Trump’s Orbit In Just Two Weeks. Some of President Donald Trump’s closest aides and family members have interacted with people who have confirmed COVID-19 cases. via @Zhirji28

Lessons in reducing the spread of the coronavirus from Trump's news conference: — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 14, 2020

I kid you not, Vice President Pence just now: “Mr President, this day should be an inspiration for every American. Your leadership has been extraordinary. We owe this all to you.” I give up. — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 13, 2020

Trump was caught saying 'oh f---' into a hot mic moments before he began his televised speech on. C-SPAN also caught the moments after Trump delivered his speech as the cameras were still rolling. "OK," Trump said with a sigh as he began to remove his mic from his lapel. The cameras continued rolling for another 10 seconds before the stream cut out. ...

No, the coronavirus isn't a flu. No, the virus isn't contained. No, not everybody who wants a test can get one. No, Obama didn't impede coronavirus testing and do nothing about swine flu. No, the number of cases wasn't going down to zero from 15. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 11, 2020

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Coronavirus is exposing Trump's unsuitability to handle a crisis. by Philip Klein | March 08, 2020 11:51 AM President Trump’s bombastic style has served him well through many stages of his political career, but as the coronavirus spreads rapidly throughout the United States, it is exposing how deeply unsuited he is to deal with a genuine crisis that he can’t bluff his way through. It’s one thing for Trump to insist he had a “perfect” phone call and have all his Republican minions fall in line. It’s another thing to downplay a growing epidemic as more and more Americans get sick. On February 26th, Trump patted himself on the back for the relatively low number of cases in the U.S. “You have 15 people, and the 15, within a couple of days, is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done," he said. By March 5, he was tweeting that the U.S. had “only 129.” Just a day later, he said there were 240 cases, portraying this as a low number relative to the seasonal flu. Sunday morning, he avoided stating any number in touting, “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus. We moved VERY early to close borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend. V.P. is doing a great job. The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to make us look bad. Sad!” As of this writing, Johns Hopkins has tracked 428 cases in the U.S. The Washington Examiner is an American conservative news website and weekly magazine based in Washington, D.C. It is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. In 2016, Klein left the Republican party in protest over the nomination of Donald Trump, tweeting out his announcement and the completed voter registration form on 3 May 2016.

Trump denies official coronavirus death rate as he has ‘hunch’ it is lower. President suggests hundreds of thousands could recover from potentially fatal virus 'just by sitting around'.

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Inside Trump’s frantic attempts to minimize the coronavirus crisis. “Well, I don’t think it’s inevitable,” Trump said, contradicting Messonnier and the health officials who spoke after him Wednesday. “It probably will, it possibly will. It could be at a very small level or it could be at a larger level. Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared.”

Faith-based health clinics spurn contraceptives under Trump rule. Obria Medical Clinics, which opposes contraception and teaches abstinence, recently became the first group of its kind to receive federal funding through a family planning program established by Congress in 1970 to support clinics and organizations providing low-income women with birth control and other reproductive health care services.

Women Tell Us Why They Had Abortions in the Second Trimester

I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party. It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare... Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

...This will be a great campaign issue. I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the @nytimes, but only after the Election when we take back the House etc. Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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This viral video of Trump supporters screaming at a reporter is a Rorschach test of America right now. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Updated 12:42 PM ET, Sat May 16, 2020. On Thursday, a local reporter named Kevin Vesey covered a rally of people on Long Island protesting the ongoing closures in New York due to the coronavirus. He recorded almost 2 minutes of video of people calling him "fake news," cursing at him and refusing to allow him to do his job. He then posted it on Twitter with these words: "The level of anger directed at the media from these protestors was alarming. As always, I will tell a fair and unbiased story today."

Trump allies buy major stake in conspiracy theory-peddling OAN as president seeks propaganda “alternative” to Fox. Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported on May 4 that “an investor group aligned with” Donald Trump Jr. and the family of Republican National Committee co-chair Tommy Hicks has purchased “a major stake” in the pro-Trump propaganda outlet One America News Network. According to Sherman, President Donald Trump “loves that many Fox hosts are his loudest cheerleaders—but any deviation from Trumpian orthodoxy he views as betrayal. ... Trump’s view that Fox is insufficiently loyal has motivated him to look for a more reliable media partner."

Fox News cuts coverage the second the President’s answer devolves into a rant about ratings and The Bachelor. They cut audio until he’s done talking — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 29, 2020

The Trump campaign told TV stations they could lose their licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president’s actions in the coronavirus crisis. President Donald Trump’s campaign, in a letter on Wednesday, told stations in five battleground states to stop showing the ad from Priorities USA, a political action committee that supports Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Failure to remove the ad “could put your station’s license in jeopardy” before the Federal Communications Commission, the campaign said in the letter. “Your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements.” via @bpolitics

OAN White House correspondent accuses the media of “siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels” Trump responds: “It is fake news. It's more than fake news, it's corrupt news.” "major left wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives, and they're claiming you are racist for making these claims about Chinese virus. Is it alarming that major media players, just to oppose you, are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels? And they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?"

The coronavirus pandemic lays bare pro-Trump media's singular goal: Protect Trump. No one has been rooting for a pandemic.

What a damning indictment of Fox News from the Post video team here.


Megyn Kelly @megynkelly I’m so frustrated right now ... that we can’t trust the media to tell us the truth without inflaming it to hurt Trump ... that Trump has misled so many times we no longer know when to trust his word ... that even I as a journalist am not sure where to turn for real info on COVID.

President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner

Fox Internal Documents: Hannity Regulars Spread ‘Disinformation’. In documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Fox’s research team advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” from several Trump-boosting on-air regulars, including Giuliani. Among those named in document are frequent guests Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon, Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova.

Fox News guests spread 'disinformation' – says leaked internal memo. “Among those named in document are frequent guests Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon, Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova”

In its own document, Fox News rips Fox News host Sean Hannity

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National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump

The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth. — Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) December 13, 2016

How a Veteran Reporter Worked with Giuliani’s Associates to Launch the Ukraine Conspiracy. Lev Parnas, recently indicted for foreign influence in U.S. elections, collaborated closely with The Hill’s John Solomon to fuel spurious allegations involving the Bidens and Ukraine.

The Rot on The Hill. John Solomon's role in laundering Trump's Ukraine scandal is just the latest black mark on the dodgy D.C. newspaper.

Leaked Memo: Colleagues Unload on Journo Behind Ukraine Mess. The Trump-friendly scribe and his Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo. Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him.

Radio host Todd Starnes out at Fox News. The radio host made headlines on Monday when a guest on his program claimed that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god synonymous with child sacrifice. Starnes also drew considerable backlash in July during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" when he instructed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to take a “one-way plane ticket back to whatever third-world hellhole you came from.” Omar, 37, is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

CNN’s Corey Lewandowski catastrophe. Wednesday's interview shows that the network's model is broken. Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and a close ally to the White House, admitted in congressional testimony on Tuesday that he feels “no obligation to be honest with the media.” That should have come as little surprise for journalists -- lying to reporters is one of the things for which Lewandowski is best known, along with physically accosting them -- but it did present them with an interesting test: How do you report on someone who has admitted under oath that he lies to the press? Lewandowski’s admission of dishonesty didn’t keep him off of Fox News’ “news” or “opinion” shows after the hearing -- and in fact, both ignored that revelation, perhaps signaling that the network is eager for its audience to be lied to. Over the course of the 15-minute New Day spot, Lewandowski led co-host Alisyn Camerota in circles on whether he was bound by the Trump White House’s executive privilege claim and lied about the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Even as he lied, he repeatedly accused Camerota of being the “disingenuous” one. When Camerota finally raised Lewandowski’s testimony that he felt “no obligation” to tell the truth during an interview, he immediately pivoted to a harangue about the honesty of CNN and its employees. In a particularly nonsensical turn, having established that Lewandowski might be lying to her audience, she then asked him a series of fact-based questions as if anyone could have any confidence in the veracity of his answers.

Who’s funding the controversial anti-AOC political ad? The half-minute ad featured former congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, who lost her race against incumbent Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) last year. Heng, a daughter of Cambodian refugees, attacked the New York Democrat’s image as “the face of socialism and ignorance.” The group behind the ad — New Faces GOP PAC — is a recently formed super PAC funded mainly by Republican donors and little-known corporations, most of whom also gave money to Heng’s campaign. The group’s website says its goal is to “help elevate the next generation of Republicans so that we can not only survive as a party, but expand beyond the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves.” The group has received nearly $171,000 from 22 donors since January. It spent $71,800 — almost half of what it raised — airing the ad in the nation’s capital during and after the Thursday debate, according to Federal Communications Commission records in OpenSecrets’ political ad database. Venture capitalist Paul Martino, who founded San Francisco firm Bullpen Capital, wrote a $25,000 check to the new group. New York businessman Andrew Sabin, an active donor to both Republicans and conservation causes, contributed $10,000 to New Faces GOP. Tov Investments, LLC made the largest contribution of those companies at $25,000. The limited-liability corporation is a property investment company for Millbrae resident Karen Tov and other members of her family, according to California business records. Members of the Tov family gave $21,600 to Heng’s campaign in 2018. Hanna Trust DTD, a shell corporation affiliated with California businessman David Hanna, gave $10,000 to the group. Hanna, the son of legendary animator William Hanna, gave $5,400 to Heng last year. An active Republican donor, he gave a total of $175,000 to the once-mighty Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads super PAC between the 2012 and 2016 election cycles. Shiralian Enterprises — which gave $5,000 — is an umbrella company for gas stations and truck stops owned by Fresno businessman Shawn Shiralian, according to California business records. Shiralian contributed $2,700 to Heng in 2018 and is an active donor to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Another donor corporation, T Management Services, Inc, is an obscure consulting firm owned by Long Beach businessman Gary DeLong, according to California business records. DeLong, a former Long Beach city council member, ran unsuccessfully for California’s 47th District seat in 2012. He also gave $2,700 to Heng in 2018 and chipped in another $12,500 to the House Republicans’ Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC. Other donors to give $10,000 include the owner of a California onion farm and the senior advisor at a Los Angeles private equity firm. One of the group’s original largest donors, California businessman James Jameson, had his $25,000 contribution refunded in June. The former George H.W. Bush administration official gave $5,400 to Heng’s unsuccessful 2018 campaign and is a longtime donor to California Republicans. via @OpenSecretsDC

Fox News has basically ignored stories related to Trump’s corruption

Nexstar TV stations to begin playing national anthem every day starting Labor Day. The 171 Nexstar television stations across the U.S. plan to start kicking off their daily broadcasts by playing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a Friday announcement. Nexstar Media Group will partner with music rights company BMI and Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., for the new daily series, which will begin on Monday, Labor Day. “Nexstar’s core mission is to provide exceptional service to the local communities where we operate across America through our organization-wide commitment to localism, unbiased local broadcast journalism and telling the local stories that matter to our viewers and their families,” said Tim Busch, president of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., in a company release.

YouTube takes down Infowars again. Infowars briefly returned to YouTube before being removed from the platform Thursday, a spokesperson for the video platform confirmed to The Hill. "The War Room," Infowars’ program for afternoon commuters, relaunched its YouTube channel on Wednesday, Vice News first reported. In the first video uploaded to the channel, "War Room" host Owen Shroyer reportedly read a portion of Wojcicki's letter in a video titled “Breaking! YouTube CEO says ‘Alex Jones’ and ‘Infowars Ban Is Over,'” according to Vice. Infowars was not directly mentioned in the letter. The channel was removed Thursday, but not before posting several more videos, Vice reported.

Leaked Emails Show How White Nationalists Have Infiltrated Conservative Media. Conservative institutions in the Donald Trump era have often sought to portray themselves as shocked and appalled by the so-called “alt-right.” White nationalists have also engaged in their own efforts to differentiate themselves from the neoconservatives who dominated the GOP for decades. But neither narrative is true. The reality is that a host of supposedly veritable right-wing institutions have become a safe haven for the far-right. Indeed, there is a burgeoning underground network of group chats, message boards, and email chains serving as the breeding ground for incubating white nationalist ideas, and as a forum to strategize around how to launder those ideas through mainstream conservative publications. And, judging from a large series of messages from one of those email groups obtained by Splinter, it’s working. These endeavors are often tactical in nature. As Paul Gottfried, a far-right political theorist, observed in the 2008 speech that is widely credited as birthing the term “alternative right,” “we must try to do what is possible rather than what lies beyond our limited material resources.” This new right, Gottfried said, could only win by conquering the institutions that neoconservatives then dominated. It needed the institutions it sought to annihilate to thrive. (Gottfried, who once told a journalist that he co-created the term “alt-right” with Richard Spencer, has since sought to distance himself from his former collaborator, though he has also mounted defenses of the overall movement on far-right websites.)

Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore'. on Wednesday tweeted that Fox News has become too hospitable to Democrats and "isn't working for us anymore," arguing his supporters "have to start looking for a new News Outlet." Trump lashed out in a trio of tweets after a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appeared on "America's Newsroom." The president cited her interview; the employment of former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile; Juan Williams, who is also a columnist for The Hill; and anchor Shepard Smith to claim the network is biased against him. "Just watched @FoxNews heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor, @SandraSmithFox. Terrible considering that Fox couldn’t even land a debate, the Dems give them NOTHING!" Trump tweeted. Trump blasted the network as "HOPELESS & CLUELESS" for hiring Brazile, Williams and Smith, each of whom have criticized the president at various times. "They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win — That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!" Trump continued. "I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!"

Media presented far-right grifter Andy Ngo as a credible journalist. He was just caught covering for far-right extremists as they plan violent attacks.

Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces. The writer and photog is out of a job after being caught in incriminating undercover footage with right-wing activists. His former employer insists the two events aren’t related. But footage taken by an undercover liberal activist in May and described on Monday by the Portland Mercury showed Ngo witnessing activists from the far-right group Patriot Prayer planning a violent confrontation at a bar associated with left-wing activists. Ngo never reported on what he had seen the Patriot Prayer members planning, and some of the people involved in the attack at the bar now face felony riot charges.

Fox News outdraws liberal CNN, MSNBC again, extending win streak to 212 straight months. Fox News also topped all of basic cable during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, averaging 2.4 million viewers while second-place MSNBC finished with 1.5 million. Despite finishing second, MSNBC has its lowest-rated primetime since President Trump took office. Fox News also finished as No. 1 in all key ad performance metrics for 2019 to-date, including likeability and ad, brand and message recall, according to Phoenix TV Brand Effect. “Hannity” was the most-watched program on cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished second with an average of 3.1 million. “Hannity” and “Tucker” finished as the only two programs across all of cable news to surpass the three-million viewer plateau. #FoxNews

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Press coverage of Trump’s “chopper talk” is passing along his lies. But there’s another way that “chopper talk” benefits Trump: News outlets tend to cover those press gaggles by transmitting the president’s typical stream of falsehoods to the public unimpeded. Journalists are rushing to pass along Trump’s statements without trying to verify his claims in a way that surely leaves their audience more confused and less informed.

Of course Fox News hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Even at the White House, she was already effectively a Fox News contributor.

James O’Keefe’s Google ‘Whistleblower’ Loves QAnon, Accused ‘Zionists’ of Running the Government. The former YouTube software engineer believes Google is now trying to “off” him. What O’Keefe’s video leaves out, though, is that his much-hyped insider is not as credible as he claims. On social media, Vorhies is an avid promoter of anti-Semitic slanders that banks, the media, and the United States government are controlled by “Zionists.” He’s also pushed conspiracy theories like QAnon, Pizzagate, and the discredited claim that vaccines cause autism.

While Fox News remains quiet about the latest Tucker Carlson controversy, his show's commercial breaks explain what's really happening. Last year, Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would feature more than 30 paid ads. In his Thursday show, there were only 13. Friday, there were just 11 ads.

After the El Paso shooting, users on 4chan and 8chan say that Tucker Carlson has taken their talking points. Carlson has been mentioned on 4chan and 8chan more than 19,000 times this year. Just days after a gunman reportedly posted a white supremacist manifesto riddled with Fox News talking points on extremist message board 8chan and allegedly killed more than 20 people in El Paso, TX, Fox prime-time host Tucker Carlson said that the idea of white supremacy is a “hoax.” Meanwhile, users on 4chan and 8chan have praised Carlson since the shooting, arguing that the Fox host was taking his talking points from their message boards, which have been hot spots for white supremacy. On August 6, discussing the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Carlson claimed that the issue of white supremacy was “a hoax” and “not a real problem in America.” Carlson made these claims even though the shooter’s manifesto featured talking points ripped from Carlson’s own show.

Tucker Carlson "goes on vacation" after calling white supremacy concerns a "hoax"

Far-Right Accounts Retweeted by Trump Keep Getting Suspended. “Twitter’s always been fair to me,” said one Trump supporter. “Until the president of the United States retweeted me.” Nearly 10 percent of the unverified accounts retweeted by President Trump since his inauguration are currently suspended from Twitter for various violations of the platform’s policies, ranging from hate speech to running fake sockpuppet accounts, a Daily Beast analysis has found. The most recent occurrence was last week, when Twitter tapped the brakes on “LYNNTHO06607841” just hours after Trump retweeted the account’s proclamation that “DEMOCRATS ARE THE TRUE ENEMIES OF AMERICA!” Before it was boarded up, the account’s timeline was thick with all-caps conspiracy theories targeting prominent Democrats, including a recent tweet claiming Bill and Hillary Clinton “torture and sacrifice children” to get at “a drug that can only be found inside the human skull.” via @thedailybeast

You don't need to read the El Paso killer’s manifesto. Just turn on Fox News.

Learn about Germany’s dark history at Nazi rally grounds in Nuremberg. Just outside of the city center in Nuremberg, massive stone structures loom ominously over an idyllic park. This is where hundreds of thousands of Nazi Party supporters gathered between 1933 and 1938 in what were known as the Nuremberg Rallies. The Nazi Party held yearly rallies in Nuremberg to celebrate their elevation to power and the end of the democratic Weimar Republic, which preceded the Third Reich. This is where evil found some of its largest audiences, while Hitler repeatedly violated the treaty that ended World War I and the West appeased Hitler’s advances into other countries in the name of preventing another war — at least for a little while. If you’ve ever seen images showing Hitler observing a living sea of people beneath waving swastikas, they were likely at one of these rallies.

Right-wing outlets tout post-debate Drudge poll that 4chan users had gamed. Users of the far-right message board 4chan organized to rig a Drudge Report online poll following the July 30 Democratic presidential debate. Multiple right-wing outlets touted the results. 4chan users similarly rigged previous post-debate Drudge polls. After the first night of the CNN debate, users on 4chan’s “/pol/” message board shared the poll and urged others to vote for author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

The Ultimate Fringe Trumpworld Conference. Plus, a QAnon rally in Washington, and a good podcast on the Seth Rich conspiracy theories. See what's happening with the extreme right wing.

What I’ve Learned From Collecting Stories of People Whose Loved Ones Were Transformed by Fox News. “When I found my dad dead in his armchair, fucking Fox News was on the TV,” this reader told me. “It’s likely the last thing he saw. ... He spent the last years of his life increasingly angry, bigoted, and paranoid.”

Marco Rubio's "gotcha" tweet about Ilhan Omar: Aid and comfort to white nationalism. It's a story that flared up the outrage cycle swiftly and will almost certainly die down as swiftly. On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retweeted a video that had appeared on Fox News, the Daily Caller and elsewhere, purporting to show Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., calling on Americans to be "more fearful of white men" and advocating "profiling, monitoring and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men." Rubio was clearly still angry that mainstream journalists correctly called it racist when Donald Trump told four congresswomen of color to "go back" to other countries (when three of the four were born in the United States). So the Florida senator tweeted, "I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right?" The problem, of course, is the video was a fake, and not even a good one. It was deceptively edited to remove the language that made it quite clear that Omar was not calling for the profiling of white men, but in fact the opposite. She was using the absurdity of that idea — that all white men would be profiled simply because a handful of white men commit terrorist acts — to illustrate why it's unfair to treat Muslims that way.

The hosts of the president's favorite morning cable news show found his racist attack against Democratic congresswomen quite funny. The three Fox News personalities shared a good laugh about the president’s vitriolic remarks. “Comedian in chief,” Todd Piro said. Piro and Bila chuckled as Jenkins read the president’s vitriolic comments aloud. “Comedian in chief,” Piro said. “Someone’s feeling very comedic today,” Bila added.

Fox & Friends praises Trump's bigoted tweet telling Democratic congresswomen to leave the United States. Fox & Friends cohost Jedediah Bila says that Trump is "making an important point". While many commentators noted the open racism of Trump's remarks, Fox & Friends praised Trump for "making an important point," even laughing along as they read what he wrote.

This is from 2015 but still shocking treatment of Univision journalist Jorge Ramos #trump— Matty Edwards (@MattyEdwards23) February 2, 2017

Trump backs Gorka in fiery Rose Garden dust-up with Playboy reporter #FoxNews

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Trump Over 'He Died' Rant. “Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know what? He died. I was there,” Trump told a White House Social Media Summit, according to Yahoo News correspondent Hunter Walker.

Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event

Trump’s Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies. No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms. Notably, the group so far doesn’t appear to include anyone who has actually been banned from major social platforms, even though those bans have played a significant role in driving accusations on the right that the social giants are biased. Pro-Trump figures like anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and Proud Boys men’s group founder Gavin McInnes, for example, don’t appear to have been invited. “What benefit would it be to anyone if Laura Loomer were in the same room with the president?” a senior Trump administration official familiar with the planning told The Daily Beast. “Why on earth would we do that? We aren’t that stupid. Come on.” “It’s just absolutely disgusting how poorly this summit was planned and how blatant the act was to keep banned individuals out,” Loomer wrote in a Telegram post. “I cannot believe that every single banned person was out of the summit.” But one would-be invitee has already proved too controversial even for Trump’s White House. Organizers initially invited pro-Trump cartoonist Ben Garrison, a prolific illustrator whose cartoons, which invariably depict a muscular Trump defeating his foes, frequently go viral on the right-wing internet. But after Garrison posted his invite on Twitter, critics pointed out that Garrison once created an anti-Semitic cartoon that featured a billionaire Democratic financier and the Rothschild family controlling American political figures. In a classic Trump move, Garrison blames the controversy on “fake news.” Even if he can’t visit the White House on Thursday, though, Garrison might get one thing out of it. Garrison tells The Daily Beast he’s considering making a cartoon about his thwarted White House visit.


Trump social media summit attendees clash with reporters in Rose Garden. As reporters and other social media summit guests looked on, Gorka called Karem a "punk" and accused the journalist of threatening him as the two exchanged words. Fellow conservative personalities broke into a chant of "Gorka!" as they filmed the encounter.

From his spelling skills to his ‘real’ hair: Trump goes on a riff at social media summit

Trump pushes government action against 'terrible bias' at social media summit

The White House's social media summit is just another stunt to game the refs
Human Events publisher Will Chamberlain
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Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk
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Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell
Students for Trump co-founder Ryan Fournier
Ali Alexander (formerly known as Ali Akbar) is another right-wing media personality
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Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House. was invited to a social media summit (featuring several far-right figures), but not Facebook and Twitter.

Tucker Carlson: "Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country". Carlson: "Maybe we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours. ... ​No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. Ilhan Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for, but she isn't grateful, not at all. After everything America has done for Omar and for her family, she hates this country more than ever."

Fox News breaks July 4 records with ratings for Trump's 'Salute to America'. Fox News had 4.8 million viewers for its coverage of President Trump's Fourth of July "Salute to America" speech, according to Nielsen Media Research, marking the highest ratings the network has registered on July 4 in its nearly 23-year history. The viewership topped NBC's prime-time coverage of the Fourth of July fireworks show from New York City, which averaged 3.8 million total viewers. CNN also carried Trump's speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington live and averaged 1.5 million viewers. In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, Fox News averaged 793,000 viewers during the president's remarks, while CNN averaged 353,000 in the category. The Fox coverage was anchored by chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.

Fox News Execs Couldn’t Figure Out Source of Retracted Seth Rich Story: Report. A Yahoo News investigation also found that, despite White House denials, one senior staffer—Steve Bannon—actively pushed the conspiracy theory at the time.

Russian intel planted Seth Rich conspiracy theory: report. Conspiracy theories that former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich was murdered on the orders of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton originated with the Russian foreign intelligence service, according to a Yahoo News investigation. The SVR circulated a fake “bulletin” it passed off as a genuine intelligence report about Rich, who was killed in Washington, D.C., in July 2016 in what the D.C. Police Department have said was a botched robbery, Yahoo news reported on Tuesday. The document outlined the initial conspiracy theory, that Rich was killed on Clinton’s orders on his way to alert the FBI to corruption within the Clinton campaign. The same day, the details were reproduced on the website, which attributed them to “Russian intelligence.”

Meghan McCain, Feeling Like an ‘Exhausted, Defeated .. Caged Animal,’ May Exit ‘The View’. Sources close to McCain tell The Daily Beast she feels like ‘a caged animal’ on the ABC talk show. ‘It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week.’

Sebastian Gorka: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was "screaming like a harridan, like a witch at those CBP officers". Gorka: "You may not agree with everything Jack Posobiec does, but his sources are often very good ... she went in there to intimidate"

Political Cartooning Was Murdered. Here’s the Autopsy.

After losing NRA spokesperson job, Dana Loesch goes on Fox to falsely claim only 1% of Americans want stronger gun laws. Radio host and former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch went on Fox to falsely claim more Americans believe “9/11 was an inside job” and “the moon landing was faked” than support enacting gun stronger gun laws.

Tucker Carlson defends Trump for being "sincere" in liking Kim Jong Un and "realistic" about North Korean atrocities. there's no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime, it's the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It's a disgusting place, obviously. So there's no defending it. On the other hand, you know, you got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people.

Rush Limbaugh rants for 7 minutes about how the Democrats are "the country’s biggest hate group" They are the biggest threat to civil liberties, they are the biggest threat to freedom of speech, they are the biggest threat to the second amendment, they are the biggest threat to the innocence of unborn life, they are the biggest threat to anybody who is not one of them. They are the biggest threat to prosperity. They represent the biggest threat to private property. They represent the biggest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that exists in this country today. The Democrat Party is that. That is what they have become. They all hate us and they all want to relegate us to a status of nonexistence and irrelevancy, and their hatred for us is propelling them. They believe that there is more hatred for us than there is support for us.

Thread: As Trump holds a re-election rally tonight in Orlando.. a look back at some of his most eye opening events in 2018. Something I write about in “The Enemy of the People.” Trump proudly retweeted a video of the hostile behavior we witnessed in Tampa. — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 18, 2019

Sandy Hook lawyers say FBI notified after receiving child porn from Alex Jones

@seanhannity's outrage over Nancy Pelosi's comments about putting President Trump in jail has some people calling the Fox News host a hypocrite. We look back at Hannity's past statements about putting Hillary Clinton behind bars. June 14, 2019

InfoWars Agrees to Pay Pepe the Frog Creator $15,000 in Copyright Settlement

‘The president's insane’: book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press

CNN's Jim Acosta claims Trump was just engaging in an 'act' when he called him 'fake news' #FoxNews

Out-of-Control Sean Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses. Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the prime-time star has continued to do so. Does anyone at Fox control Hannity? A blaring example of that is Hannity’s treatment of claims from guests whose dubious “reporting” would never pass muster on Fox’s hard news shows. The most commonly cited example of this is Trump-boosting Fox News contributor Sara Carter, whose news credibility is so questionable that, as Mediaite reported in March, Fox News executives allegedly told Hannity to stop calling her an “investigative reporter” on his show.

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Trump administration made a web survey. We have questions

Trump ramps up war against 'political bias' with new social media reporting tool. The form urges users to post screenshots to back up claims of political bias and it also asks for the respondent's first and last name, zip code, phone number and their citizenship of residency status. - ABC News -

Fox News contributor: "The Democrats scare me. ... I mean, in like a Bill of Rights-shredding kind of way. They genuinely scare me."

These are Fox News' leading advertisers

Drone-dropped swastika leaflets calling press ‘the enemy’ target Sacramento State, Ariana Grande concert

Trump warns he’ll 'monitor the censorship’ on social media after Facebook banned some far-right leaders

Donald Trump Jr. really wishes that racist far-right extremists still had all the social media platforms to spew their hate. The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by @facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone. It appears they’re taking their censorship campaign to the next level. Ask yourself, how long before they come to purge you? We must fight back.

Facebook finally took action against extremist accounts. It didn't go great. The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech. Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded. The banned group also includes Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist, and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist with a large social media presence. via @MotherJones

Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, other 'dangerous' figures

Major rappers are calling for Fox News to fire host Laura Ingraham following her insensitive coverage of Nipsey Hussle's death.

'Fox News brain': meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news

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The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites. The site’s founder, Joseph Farah — a former newspaperman with a dense, jet-black mustache and a cloak-and-dagger mystique — boasted in 2010 that he was well on the way to generating $10 million a year in revenue. His Northern Virginia-headquartered news site, known by the acronym WND, was having its moment by stoking rumors about Obama. His daughter, Alyssa Farah — Vice President Pence’s press secretary — wrote for WND briefly in 2013 and 2014.

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Son of Stormfront Founder Reveals His Family Watches Tucker Carlson for Tips on 'White Nationalist Talking Points' via @mediaite

Snared by a cybercult queen. Hello, Dear Friends and White Knights. Blessings and love, Dove of Oneness. Shaini Goodwin's acolytes stood by theater doors, handing out sheets of paper headed with a mysterious acronym - NESARA. It stands for the secret law, the one Dove claims Congress passed four years ago. The one that abolishes income taxes, forgives mortgages, zeroes out credit cards and declares peace.

Lou Dobbs to Trump: Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen or ‘Millions of Americans’ Will Die

Tonight in my monologue I will tell you why you should be angry after Mueller probe found no collusion between Trump and the Russians. We’ll expose how exactly the media and the Dems pushed their false narrative, and what should happen next. You won’t want to miss this. Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) href="

Trump campaign urges networks to challenge top Trump detractors. President Donald Trump’s campaign on Monday urged major news networks to not allow on their shows several people, including Democratic lawmakers, who have been critical of the president, adding that the networks should report the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a “complete vindication” of Trump.Murtaugh called on the networks to refuse six commentators who claimed there was Russian collusion: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and former CIA Director John Brennan. via @politico

Kellyanne Conway Says ‘Shut Up And Pray’ After New Zealand Massacre. The presidential counselor’s message was addressed to the media. Kellyanne Conway slammed the press during a Saturday interview, telling reporters to pipe down in their coverage of the New Zealand mosque massacres.

Tucker Carlson says he’s the victim of a powerful bully. Meet the 24-year-old who found the tapes.

She exposed Russian trolling. Her award for her work was rescinded after she criticized Trump. For her journalism, Ms. Jessikka Aro was informed in January by the State Department that she was to be one of the winners of this year’s International Women of Courage Award, presented Thursday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and first lady Melania Trump. The award has been given since 2007 to women around the world who have “demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.” Ms. Aro got a formal invitation from the State Department on Feb. 12, and a tour around the United States was envisioned. However, according to Foreign Policy magazine, which broke the story, the State Department then wrote to Ms. Aro to rescind the award, saying there had been a “regrettable error.” In fact, Foreign Policy reported, the award was rescinded because Ms. Aro had criticized President Trump on social media. It wasn’t clear who made the decision. But it is in keeping with a president who has set the tone of prizing loyalty and personal sycophancy over wisdom and vision. Ms. Aro deserved the award. She should hold her head high for courage, unlike those who denied her the honor.

Leaked chat messages show members of white supremacist group Identity Evropa are obsessed with Tucker Carlson

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Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not. During the winter of her freshman year, a drunken dormitory party unsettled her deeply. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed. To Ms. Ramirez it wasn’t funny at all. It was the nadir of her first year, when she often felt insufficiently rich, experienced or savvy to mingle with her more privileged classmates. At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time. We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)

We released this a while back and it is still a mystery. Trump says something to Justice Kennedy that shocks him. Something's up. (No sound) — Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films)

Only Congress can look into concerns about Justice Brett Kavanaugh now, but there's no indication it'll do so. According to many of the complaints, Kavanaugh violated codes of conduct set for federal judges by becoming angry and emotional during his confirmation hearings in September. A California woman, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party in high school. At least two other women then came forward with allegations against the then-nominee. Kavanaugh unleashed a partisan diatribe during the hearings. “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” he said at one point.

Judicial committee dismisses ethics complaints against Kavanaugh, citing Supreme Court position. A judicial committee on Thursday ruled in favor of dismissing ethics complaints filed against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, finding that his confirmation to the court excludes him from the ethics rules in question. The Judicial Conference’s Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability found that they do not have the authority to review the claims against Kavanaugh because he is now a Supreme Court justice. The rules in question only apply to those on lower courts, like circuit, district, magistrate and bankruptcy judges. “As a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Kavanaugh is not a judge subject to the Act,” Thursday’s order states.

New account of Kavanaugh confirmation reveals clashes behind scenes of historic hearing #FoxNews

This moment was a foregone conclusion. And the rationalizations are going to be patently absurd. McConnell Says He’d Confirm an Election-Year Trump Supreme Court Nominee Because He’s a Republican and Obama Wasn’t via @slate

Clarence Thomas Shows How the Supreme Court Would End Roe v. Wade. Justice Thomas’ theory of stare decisis is like a roadmap for how to overrule decisions one disagrees with. First, frame the disagreement as one over “quality” rather than principle. Second, trivialize the ways in which people rely on the law as it stands. And third, with the stroke of a pen, wipe out constitutional rights that people like me mistakenly think we possess.

Justice Clarence Thomas' moment may finally have arrived. Thomas is now the longest-serving member of a court that has recently gotten more conservative, putting him in a unique and potentially powerful position, and he's said he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon. With President Donald Trump's nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh now on the court, conservatives are firmly in control as the justices take on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control and LGBT rights.


Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Epstein suicide. Attorney General William Barr removed the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department said Monday, replacing the agency's top official in the wake of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein earlier this month. In a statement, Barr said Hugh Hurwitz, who had served in the acting position since last year, would return to the assistant director position he formerly occupied. Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who led the bureau from 1992 to 2003, will be the new director, Barr said. Barr has said he was "appalled" and "angry" to learn of the suicide, and cited "serious irregularities" at the Manhattan facility where Epstein had been detained.

Pressley to introduce bill to end death penalty after DOJ decision. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) will introduce a bill to abolish the death penalty after the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. The bill seeks to “prohibit the use of the death penalty for any violation of federal law, and for other purposes.” It also calls for any person sentenced to death prior to law's enactment to be resentenced. “The death penalty has no place in a just society,” Pressley tweeted, along with an image of the legislation.

Impeachment, House investigation of Trump, Rudy Giuliani

Trump’s campaign invited Russian help, made full use of it, then covered it up. Then, Trump sought more illicit help from Ukraine, leading to his impeachment and a bipartisan vote to convict. Read just released transcripts from our Russia investigation:

Senate Intel report confirms Russia aimed to help Trump in 2016. The report represents a confidence-booster to the country’s intelligence community. The intelligence community’s initial January 2017 assessment of Moscow’s influence campaign included “specific intelligence reporting to support the assessment that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian government demonstrated a preference for candidate Trump,” the committee’s report says. The panel also found “specific intelligence” to support the conclusion that Putin “approved and directed aspects” of the Kremlin’s interference efforts. via @politico

Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who defied him on whistleblower complaint. President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president. Atkinson's decision set in motion the congressional probe that culminated in Trump's impeachment and ultimate acquittal in a bruising political and legal drama that consumed Washington for months. via @politico

OCT. 22, 2006 From the "60 Minutes" archives: Nancy Pelosi: 'Impeachment is off the table'

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Ken Starr Is America’s Most Poisonous Creep. His Clinton probe was one of the sleaziest episodes in recent American political history, at least until Trump came along.

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Damning Emails Show Trump Knew He Was Breaking the Law on Ukraine. Oh, and that the Department of Justice tried very hard to cover it up.

GOP Senators Are Avoiding Rudy Giuliani Ahead of Impeachment Trial. “I wouldn’t trust Rudy to represent me in a parking dispute so I’d say avoid,” one senior GOP Senate aide said when asked about any plans for a Ukraine briefing. “Rudy Giuliani long ago lost any shred of credibility, especially after the dossier he assembled for the State Department stunningly mirrored Russian propaganda,” Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told The Daily Beast. “Knowing that, anyone that attempts to defend President Trump’s behavior by citing Rudy’s information over our own intelligence agencies is simply irresponsible, uninformed or willing to be that useful idiot the Kremlin desires.”

When your alarmingly stupid friend sleeps with your boyfriend and then instead of apologizing writes you an angry 6-page email claiming that it's all your fault. — Heather Havrilesky (@hhavrilesky) December 17, 2019

White House rejects House Judiciary's invitation to participate in impeachment hearings. In a brief letter to the committee chairman, the White House counsel sharply attacked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. "As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness. Nevertheless, the Speaker of the House yesterday ordered House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment before your Committee has heard a single shred of evidence." via @nbcnews

The Most Ridiculous Ways the GOP Tried to Defend Trump in Its Impeachment Report. Reality was not taken into consideration via @RollingStone

Key highlights from the Intelligence Committee's impeachment report via @politico

Full House Impeachment Report

The GOP Stumbled Into the Most Damning Impeachment Moment So Far Against Trump. The GOP tried to put former National Security Council member Fiona Hill and diplomat David Holmes on the spot, but instead tripped into a series of face-plants that hurt President Trump as much as anything the Democrats had managed in a week-plus of public hearings that ended Thursday afternoon.

Devin Nunes Repeats Russian Talking Points At Impeachment Hearing via @politicususa

Trump impeachment witnesses leave a trail of tantalizing clues. They showed up, offered prepared remarks and answered hours of questions to lay out their side of the Ukraine-related impeachment inquiry now engulfing President Donald Trump. But the current and former U.S. officials — several of them experienced diplomats accustomed to documenting almost everything — also left a trail of clues for investigators to follow. The breadcrumbs — word of a cable here, mention of a meeting there — are scattered across what’s been made public from the testimonies. via @politico

Diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe. Taylor's appearance was among the most watched because of a text message, released by House investigators earlier in the probe, in which he called Trump's attempt to hold back military aid to Ukraine "crazy." Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Taylor "drew a straight line" with documents, timelines and individual conversations in his records. "I do not know how you would listen to today's testimony from Ambassador Taylor and come to any other (conclusion) except that the president abused his power and withheld foreign aid," she said.

Support for impeachment reaches highest level in Fox News poll. The poll released Wednesday found 51 percent of respondents supported Trump's impeachment and removal from office. Four percent of participants said the president should be impeached but not removed, and 40 percent are completely against impeachment. Support for impeachment and removal has risen 9 points since July, increasing 11 points among Democrats, 5 points among Republicans and 3 points among independents. Voters in swing counties, defined as where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in the 2016 election, supported impeachment at a rate of 52 percent, 10 points above a comparable population in July.

Trump’s Legal Position on Impeachment Is Bananas. President Trump’s White House declared war on the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry Tuesday evening, vowing a “full halt” to any cooperation going forward. But the letter Trump sent Congress to justify his stance hardly has the trappings of a serious legal memo: It reads more like a Trumpian rant that’s been translated into fancy lawyer speak by the White House counsel’s office, said legal experts who reviewed the document. “It’s a political argument dressed up in legalese,” said William Howell, an expert on the presidency and separation of powers at the University of Chicago. via @vice

Lawyers express concern for whistleblower's safety

Trump spinmistress @KellyannePolls attended last night's State Dinner without her husband. This morning, @gtconway3d has co-authored an article saying the time to impeach his wife's boss is now: Opinion | Trump has done plenty to warrant impeachment. But the Ukraine allegations are over the top. Simply put, the framers viewed the president as a fiduciary, the government of the United States as a sacred trust and the people of the United States as the beneficiaries of that trust. Through the Constitution, the framers imposed upon the president the duty and obligation to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” and made him swear an oath that he would fulfill that duty of faithful execution. They believed that a president would break his oath if he engaged in self-dealing — if he used his powers to put his own interests above the nation’s. That would be the paradigmatic case for impeachment.

House Judiciary panel preparing vote to define Trump impeachment probe. Dems hope that explicitly defining their impeachment inquiry will strengthen their leverage to compel testimony from witnesses. via @politico

Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort. Now the layover is part of a broader House inquiry into military spending at and around the Trump property.In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon. The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland. According to a letter the panel sent to the Pentagon in June, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport — the closest airport to Trump Turnberry — since October 2017, fuel that would be cheaper if purchased at a U.S. military base. The letter also cites a Guardian report that the airport provided cut-rate rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for U.S. military members. Taken together, the incidents raise the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat — the property lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018. “The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation,” said a senior Democratic aide on the oversight panel. “The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not begin complying voluntarily in the coming days.” via @politico

The House just confirmed in court that it’s definitely, absolutely, 100% thinking about impeachment. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit in federal court to force former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn to testify about potential episodes of obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump that were outlined in the Mueller report. McGahn defied a subpoena in May at the request of White House lawyers, who claimed he was “absolutely immune” to orders to testify before Congress. In the complaint filed in the district court for the District of Columbia, the committee insisted that McGahn’s testimony was essential to move forward with any potential impeachment on obstruction of justice grounds. via @slate

More than half of House Democrats on board with Trump impeachment inquiry. With fresh support for the inquiry from California Rep. Salud Carbajal, the number of House Democrats in favor reached 118 on Friday. That’s more than half of the 235 House Democrats. #FoxNews

Majority of House Democrats now support impeachment inquiry. Pelosi will now face increased pressure to back impeachment proceedings.

A new pro-impeachment TV ad boils Mueller's 6 hours of testimony down to 32 seconds via @TheWeek

With Sunday surge, nearly half of House Democrats back impeachment inquiry

House Democratic leadership member backs impeachment inquiry. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking member of House Democratic leadership to endorse an impeachment inquiry a day after former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress. Clark, the House Democratic Caucus vice chair, ranks sixth in the leadership hierarchy. Like other Democrats who also have endorsed an impeachment inquiry, Clark said that it should be the path forward given the Trump administration's general refusal to cooperate with their investigations.

Nadler: Substantial evidence President Trump 'guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors' contained in Mueller report #FoxNews

Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment

Are Calls For Impeachment Being Replaced With ‘Lock Him Up?’ Cicilline pushed it further, comparing the Speaker’s alleged comments to Trump’s constant refrain of “Lock her up” when speaking about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign saying, “It’s kind of rich to have the president complain about this when he began a campaign with ‘lock her up’ as his bumper sticker.” Also on Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was asked on ABC’s This Week if he agreed with Pelosi’s remarks and if he thinks the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted. O’Rourke said, “He did” commit crimes and went on to say, “I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report. But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we’ve seen in the Mueller report.” via @RollingStone

The Supreme Court could intervene in attempt to remove Trump from office, Dershowitz says word salad gobbly gook. #FoxNews

Amash battles MAGA supporter over impeachment during town hall #FoxNews

Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment

Robert Mueller's remarks 'explosive,' sets up impeachment talk 'for foreseeable future,' says Andy McCarthy. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said about the obstruction of justice inquiry into President Trump. #FoxNews

Constituents at town hall praise Justin Amash for courage in taking on Donald Trump via @freep

Trump rips Democrats' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!'

Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege. A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post. The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch. Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.

Michael Cohen implicated at least 4 people in Trump's orbit during marathon House testimony. Cohen implicated at least four people close to the president in potential wrongdoing in his House testimony: Trump's defense lawyer, Jay Sekulow; Trump's lead defense attorney, Rudy Giuliani; Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; and an unnamed intermediary Cohen said is well connected to the White House.

House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a leading House progressive, voiced support Tuesday for Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) handling of calls to impeach President Trump, with the Democratic leader opting to have committees conduct oversight investigations into the administration. “I think that she has it right. We have to build a case, we need to have witnesses come before Congress and most importantly we have to show the American people that we’re doing things to improve their lives and trying to find some common ground to get things done,” Khanna said on Fox News. “What she is saying is Congress needs to do its oversight functions, we need to have the committees investigate where there has been misconduct,” he continued. “She’s talking about rigorous government oversight, not making it about an impeachment of this president.”

Judge rules against Trump in fight over president’s financial records. Trump called the 41-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta of the District of Columbia “crazy” and said he would appeal, adding: “We think it’s totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge.”

Rep. Justin Amash: President Trump engaged in 'impeachable conduct'. In a series of tweets from his verified Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who is also an attorney and represents Michigan's third congressional district, said the report, which was released in April, revealed that various actions under the president "meet the threshold for impeachment." In addition, Amash said U.S. Attorney General William Barr deliberately misrepresented Mueller's report. via @freep

GOP lawmaker says Trump’s conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a critic of President Trump who has entertained a run against him in 2020, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report. The Michigan lawmaker, often the lone Trump dissenter on his side of the House aisle, shared his conclusions in a lengthy Twitter thread Saturday after reviewing the full report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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Graham: IG's report on Russia probe will be 'ugly and damning' for DOJ #FoxNews

'I did meet with Putin': Dem report highlights Flynn exchange after 2015 trip. The Oversight Committee's new report describes rampant foreign influence seeping into decision-making inside the White House. An initial report on the matter in February described concerns among whistleblowers that corporate and foreign interests had circumvented traditional foreign policymaking in order to influence Trump's plans to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia. The committee says it's received 60,000 additional pages of information since then that add substantial heft to those concerns.

The Senate Intel Committee just released a report detailing Russia's "extensive" meddling in the 2016 elections. Senate Intel Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) each issued statements with the report’s release. Burr said that in 2016 the United States was “unprepared at all levels of government” for attacks on elections, and has improved in the time since. Burr noted that the Department of Homeland Security and state election officials have a much better working relationship than before, but that “much work remains to be done.” It’s unclear whether Burr considers elections security legislation as part of the work that remains to be done. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has prevented most of this type of legislation from coming to the floor, arguing that Congress has done enough and that pending election legislation is merely the Democrats’ effort to usurp states’ rights and bolster their chances at the polls. via @MotherJones

Prostitution rumors or porn star payoffs: What was Hope Hicks really talking about? On the day after the release of audio in which Trump bragged that he could get away with grabbing women “by the the pussy,” he joined his lawyer and his spokesperson in a conversation that the FBI thought might be about secretly paying off a porn star who says she had sex with Trump while Trump’s wife was pregnant. But Hicks says the call was actually about claims that the Kremlin had caught Trump on video engaging in lewd activities with prostitutes. No evidence has ever emerged of the existence of the infamous “pee tape,” or even of a tape featuring more conventional interactions between Trump and prostitutes. Trump has long denied it exists. Still, it’s striking that the possible topics of this call are porn star or pee tape. No one’s claiming that the conversation was about tax policy. via @MotherJones

UK ambassador vouched for 'legit' dossier author, said Trump killed Iran deal to spite Obama, leaks show. Darroch also reportedly told a U.S. official that Christopher Steele, the author of the discredited anti-Trump dossier that the FBI used to justify secretly monitoring members of the Trump team, was "absolutely legit." #FoxNews

‘This wasn’t just a briefing’: Pompeo grilled CIA analysts on Russia findings. The DOJ is now reviewing those same findings after Mike Pompeo found no wrongdoing in how the agency concluded Russia wanted to help Trump in 2016. Just after Pompeo took over as CIA director in 2017, he conducted a personal review of the CIA’s findings, grilling analysts on their conclusions in a challenging and at times combative interview, these people said. He ultimately found no evidence of any wrongdoing, or that the analysts had been under political pressure to produce their findings.

Here Are 11 Questions We’d Ask Robert Mueller via @politicomag

The special counsel will testify before Congress next week. He needs to answer for historic legal and factual errors. Jed Shugerman. Robert Mueller made a significant legal error and, based on the facts he found, he should have identified Trump campaign felonies. Mueller’s errors meant that, first, he failed to conclude that the Trump campaign criminally coordinated with Russia; second, he failed to indict campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates for felony campaign coordination (see in a concise timeline below); third, the 10 acts of felony obstruction in Volume II fell flat among the general public because it lacked compelling context of these underlying crimes between the campaign and Russia. On top of these errors, the former special counsel said he deliberately wrote the report to be unclear because it would be unfair to make clear criminal accusations against a president.

Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling. The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising. The extensive interview with Steele, and the investigators’ sense that he offered new and important information, may dampen expectations among the president’s allies who’ve claimed that Steele’s sensational dossier was used improperly by the bureau to “spy” on the campaign.

New study: Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump in 2016. The study does not prove Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it did find Trump's poll numbers improved when Russian trolls were active. via @nbcnews

'We R All on the Same Team': Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity's Private Messages Have Been Unsealed. Manafort also blamed the media for his troubles, saying, “The media is trying to split me with [Donald Trump] and family by lies and untruths.” He later said his “new lawyers” were “junk yard dogs and will undo a lot of this injustice.” “But I won’t give up. And I won’t sell out,” he told Hannity. via @lawcrimenews

Flynn ordered to appear in court with new Trump-approved lawyer. Michael Flynn appears to be sticking with his cooperation deal, despite speculation that his new attorney signaled an intent to cancel a previous guilty plea.

It’s time to certify Trump’s exoneration as a fraud. Barr Is Lying About Mueller’s Evidence. The attorney general’s falsehoods make his verdict in the Russia investigation worthless. via @slate

This Seb Gorka video is not a parody. Really.
Seriously. Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie)

Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason'. She specifically went after texts exchanged by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that were critical of Trump and have sparked a Republican effort to investigate potential bias within the Department of Justice against Trump, adding that officials needed to ascertain former FBI Director James Comey’s and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s roles in the investigation as well.

Trump: Why wasn't I told Flynn was under investigation? Then-President Barack Obama urged Trump not to hire Flynn in a meeting two days after the election, claiming he was problematic and prone to having crazy ideas, according to officials from both administrations. Sally Yates, Trump’s acting attorney general until he fired her days after taking office, testified to senators in 2017 that she had warned Trump that Flynn could be “compromised” by his ties to the Russians. via @politico

Roger Stone is relying on a debunked conspiracy theory to fight his criminal case. In a motion filed on Friday, Stone’s lawyers argued that evidence in his case should be thrown out because the government gathered it using search warrants that stated the FBI was investigating Stone for crimes, including conspiracy and wire fraud, that were based on “the assumption that the Russian state is responsible for hacking” the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. That is, Stone is suggesting Moscow was not behind the hack-and-dump operation against Democrats in 2016. And, in doing so, he is continuing to fuel a discredited conspiracy theory that exploited the tragic murder of 27-year old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to boost his legal case. via @MotherJones

Prosecutors: Person 'connected to' Congress tried to influence Flynn's cooperation with Mueller

Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting. Steve Bannon urged two senior FBI officials to put their differences with the White House “behind them” at a meeting in 2017, on the day after Donald Trump asked James Comey, the then head of the FBI, to pledge his loyalty to the president. The exchange, which occurred on 28 January 2017 and has never been publicly disclosed, offers new insights into the ways in which senior White House officials, including Bannon, Trump’s closest adviser at the time, sought to ensure the FBI saw itself as an ally of the White House. It also raises questions about why the incident was not included in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian influence during the 2016 election, which contained detailed allegations of the ways in which Trump sought to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into the president and his campaign.

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Steele's stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election. Kavalec’s notes do not appear to have been provided to the House Intelligence Committee during its Russia probe, according to former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). "They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it," Nunes told me. Senate and House Judiciary investigators told me they did not know about them, even though they investigated Steele’s behavior in 2017-18. David Bossie, head of Citizens United and an informal Trump adviser, said the documents suggest there was an illegal effort to “frame” the future president with bogus Russia collusion allegations. “This new information proves why the attorney general must conduct a thorough investigation of the investigators,” he said.

Sources tell me there also are handwritten notes from the meeting, with information about Steele’s political ties, that have not been given to Congress. “There’s a connection to Hillary Clinton in the notes,” said one source who has seen them.

McConnell tried to shut the door on the Mueller report. Warren called to impeach Trump instead. In a blistering speech that included direct readings from the Mueller report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, arguing that the events described in the special counsel’s findings amounted to a crime. “There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” Warren said from the Senate floor. “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they’d be arrested and put in jail.” “We took an oath not to try and protect Donald Trump, we took an oath to protect and serve the Constitution of the United States of America, and the way we do that is we begin impeachment proceedings now against this president,” she continued. via @MotherJones

Trump move raises pressure on Barr. President Trump’s decision to publicly object to special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony has raised pressure on Attorney General William Barr while stoking a deepening feud with Capitol Hill over presidential power. Barr has maintained that he is willing to allow Mueller to testify, a position that now appears to put him at odds with the president. Until this weekend, Trump had expressed ambivalence over Mueller’s testimony, leaving the decision up to Barr.

READ: Mueller's Letter Expressing Concern About Barr's Summary Of His Report. In a letter dated March 27, Mueller told Barr that the Justice Department's summary "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions." He urged the Justice Department to release selected materials immediately in an attempt to address "public confusion."

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Mueller report sparks new DC war over Russia probe: Subpoenas, payback and more. The public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Thursday marked the dramatic final note of a lengthy and contentious investigation, but also sparked a tinderbox of new calls for subpoenas, congressional testimony, resignations, and even impeachment proceedings -- all despite the probe's central finding that no evidence showed that President Trump's team "coordinated or conspired" with Russia. The whirlwind moments kept coming, even hours after the report's release, as more and more revelations from the 448-page document trickled out. The White House, for its part, claimed total victory and vindication for the president who, according to the report, once fretted that the special counsel's appointment marked the "end" of his presidency and that he was "f---ed" beyond the possibility of redemption. #FoxNews

Comparing Barr's summary of Mueller report to the redacted publicly released report via @PolitiFact

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019

Here’s video of Roger Stone saying his friend in London recently met with Assange. Says "mother-load" is coming from Wikileaks & has "reason to believe that it is devastating.” Says “Assange has all of the emails." Dug up by >@TheDemCoalition. From 10/3/16. Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 11, 2019

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Rep. Adam Schiff on Russian Collusion & Resignation Calls House Intelligence Committee investigation.

McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly

Republican Party Official Reacts To Mueller Conclusions. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Harmeet Dhillon, committeewoman for California's Republican National Committee, to get her reaction to the principal conclusions of Robert Mueller's investigation.DHILLON: Excuse me, don't interrupt me, please... MARTIN: Were they asked to conduct this investigation... DHILLON: I'm a guest on your show. MARTIN: I understand that. DHILLON: I'm a guest. Let me finish. Let me finish my comment. MARTIN: OK, OK.

Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia dossier over to FBI @CNNPolitics

Pelosi, Schumer: Barr's Mueller summary 'raises as many questions as it answers'

We already know there was collusion via @MotherJones

A mysterious payment to Paul Manafort's lawyer reveals a hidden chapter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election. Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince admits to Trump Tower meeting in disastrous interview

Legal experts are losing their minds on Twitter over the Manafort sentencing

The ‘Otherwise Blameless Life’ of Paul Manafort. Trump’s former campaign chair has always acted with impunity, as if the laws never applied to him.

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House panel seeks Trump documents from 81 individuals and organizations

Week 93: Cohen Reveals Russia Scandal Gems Amid the Mudslinging

In context: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Michael Cohen during the House Oversight Committee via @PolitiFact

House Democrats target Trump’s personal finances. House Democrats are planning to cross one of President Donald Trump’s red lines: investigating his personal finances. With special counsel Robert Mueller expected to wind up his probe soon, Democrats are launching an investigation to discover why Deutsche Bank was willing to lend The Trump Organization money when other banks weren't’t and whether Russia was involved. The German bank, which has been under scrutiny for its role in Russian money laundering, lent Trump hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for his property development ventures. The House Financial Services and Intelligence committees have been staffing up for their probes into the bank and Trump's alleged Russia ties. Democrats on the panels have said they are willing to pursue a key area with Deutsche Bank that Mueller might have avoided — by crossing what Trump sees as a red line into his personal finances.

Trump faces a legal reckoning – but are his worst troubles yet to come?

A who’s-who of the many, many people in the Russia investigation’s orbit

Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view

Mueller: Manafort deserves 19.5 to 24.5 years in prison for Virginia convictions via @politico

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Newly unearthed footage shows Donald Trump ‘meeting with Russians in Moscow in 1995’

Opinion | How did Roger Stone survive Watergate?

Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration

How CNN captured video of the Roger Stone raid @CNNPolitics Kaitlan Collins @kaitlancollins That would be @davidgshortell. He said on air that he got to Stone's house early this morning after they noticed some unusual grand jury activity in Washington yesterday.

Roger Stone says he's not guilty and won't testify against Trump

Mueller investigation could have classified communications intercepts proving Trump worked with Russia

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Economy, Jobs, Budget, Taxes, Trade

Trump’s Live Reaction to Record Unemployment: Don’t Blame Me. Trump said that he “learned a lot” from the disgraced former president about not firing people, though noted there was “one big difference” between him and Nixon. “No. 1, [Nixon] may have been guilty and No. 2 he had tapes all over the place,” said Trump. “I wasn’t guilty, I did nothing wrong, and there are no tapes, but I wish there were tapes in my case. But I learned a lot from Richard Nixon.”

Fed cuts interest rates to zero percent amid coronavirus fallout. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed’s monetary policymaking panel, announced Sunday it would cut its baseline interest rate range to 0 to 0.25 percent, drastically increase purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, and take several other steps to allow banks, businesses, and households weather a sharp economic downturn.

Fed slashes rates by half a percentage point. “The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong,” the Fed’s rate-setting committee said in a statement on the cut, which is twice the size of the central bank’s typical rate moves, signaling a strong desire to reassure markets. “However, the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity.” via @politico

Economy, Jobs, Budget, Taxes, Trade, archived March 03, 2020

Real wage growth has slowed tremendously under Trump compared to Obama: study. Despite Trump's boasts of a "blue-collar boom," inflation-adjusted wage growth fell in 48 of 50 states.

The Coronavirus Stock Market Rollercoaster Isn’t Stopping Anytime Soon. Even if the virus faded tomorrow—and it won’t—the wheels are in motion.

Ponzi schemes hit highest level in a decade, hinting next ‘investor massacre’ may be near. Authorities uncovered 60 alleged Ponzi schemes last year with a total $3.25 billion in investor funds — the highest amount since around the time of the Great Recession, according to new data. Bernard Madoff ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, a $65 billion scam affecting thousands of investors that came to light in 2008. A booming stock market and de-regulatory emphasis in Washington may be leading more criminals to engage in investment fraud.

Three theories of how this bull market will go off the rails. Theory No. 1: Concentration: The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and is instead being hijacked by four or five monopoly-like companies that basically can’t keep rising. Wealth concentration in the market is well documented. Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc. now make up 18% of the S&P 500, a record. Combined, they account for half of the S&P 500’s gain this year, and one-fifth of its 400% rise since March 2009. When they break, so will everything else. Theory No. 2: The Fed: The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and instead is being manipulated by the Federal Reserve. Easy money and plentiful liquidity are the market’s drug, and when they’re taken away, withdrawal will be rough. Financial conditions are historically loose and monetary policy accommodative, and now the central bank is pumping billions of dollars worth of liquidity into financial markets to keep short-term funding markets tame. Theory No. 3: Passive funds: The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and is more like a perpetual-motion experiment fueled by self-fulfilling deposits into passive funds. It’s a theory you hear a lot: that exchange-traded funds and other index products are fueling a bubble. ETFs from industry titans like Vanguard Group Inc. and BlackRock Inc. cost next to nothing to trade, are diversified similar to mutual funds, but are easier to jump in and out.

Trump’s First 3 Years Created 1.5 Million Fewer Jobs Than Obama’s Last 3. New Labor Department statistics show that despite Trump’s repeated boasts, job creation was a lot higher during Barack Obama’s final years Newly revised figures from Trump’s own Department of Labor show that 6.6 million new jobs were created in the first 36 months of Trump’s tenure, compared with 8.1 million in the final 36 months of Obama’s ― a decline of 19% under Trump, according to a HuffPost analysis. Economists say that the slowing of job creation is not surprising. There are fewer empty jobs and fewer unemployed people available to fill them as the economy gets closer to full employment. “I’m not a big fan of jobs numbers as a metric of success,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, once the top economic adviser to the late Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He added, though, that Trump’s “hyperbole” notwithstanding, “the performance of the labor market has been nothing short of stunning.”.

Trump says the economy is great. Millennials disagree. Trump's boasts about the economy aren't impressing millennials, many of whom are struggling and mired in debt.

Investors 'are really excited about the Donald Trump presidency continuing': top strategist

It turns out that the economy never had a Trump bump. President Donald Trump has always exaggerated the strength of his jobs record, claiming to have brought about an unprecedented hiring boom when, in fact, payrolls have been growing at a somewhat slower pace than they had been during Barack Obama’s final years in office. But it turns out, the reality of it was even weaker than the official data let on. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest batch of employment numbers, along with its annual benchmark revisions adjusting its estimates from prior months. Before, the government believed that the U.S. had added 223,000 jobs per month in 2018, the year that the GOP’s tax cuts and new, higher spending levels took effect. It has now lowered that estimate to 193,000 per month, a significant drop. via @slate

Investors at home and abroad are piling into American government debt. Fiscal profligacy can continue for now, but is it economically sensible? Jan 25th 2020 In the good old days, America’s budget deficit yawned when the economy was weak and shrank when it was strong. It fell from 13% to 4% of gdp during Barack Obama’s presidency, as the economy recovered from the financial crisis of 2007-09. Today unemployment is at a 50-year low. Yet borrowing is rising fast. Tax cuts in 2017 and higher government spending have widened the deficit to 5.5% of gdp, according to imf data—the largest, by far, of any rich country. It could soon widen even further. President Donald Trump is thought to want a pre-election giveaway. Fox News is awash with rumours of “Tax Cuts 2.0”. This month the Treasury announced it would issue a 20-year bond, which would lengthen the average maturity of its debt and lock in low interest rates for longer. All this is quite a change for many Republicans, who once accused Mr Obama of profligacy, but now say that trillion-dollar deficits are no big deal. Democratic presidential candidates, meanwhile, are talking about Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. A new consensus on fiscal policy has descended on Washington. Can it hold?

U.S. economic activity slumped in the fourth quarter, according to new data from Yelp. On-line listing firm forecasts weak first quarter in 2020 as well in new economic indicator.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Handwave

Low unemployment isn’t worth much if the jobs barely pay. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Employment Situation report (better known as the “jobs report”) to outline latest state of the nation’s economy. And with it, of late, have been plenty of positive headlines—with unemployment hovering around 3.5%, a decade of job growth, and recent upticks in wages, the report’s numbers have mostly been good news. But those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Are these jobs any good? How much do they pay? Do workers make enough to live on? Here, the story is less rosy. In a recent analysis, we found that 53 million workers ages 18 to 64—or 44% of all workers—earn barely enough to live on. Their median earnings are $10.22 per hour, and about $18,000 per year. These low-wage workers are concentrated in a relatively small number of occupations, including retail sales, cooks, food and beverage servers, janitors and housekeepers, personal care and service workers (such as child care workers and patient care assistants), and various administrative positions. via @BrookingsInst

How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses. Washington’s influence industry, including former Trump officials and allies, has made big money helping companies get exemptions from tariffs — sometimes by undercutting small business owners like Mike Elrod.

The economies of nine U.S. states are expected to slide into contraction within six months -- the most since the financial crisis. Philadelphia Fed index adds Vermont, New Jersey, Kentucky. Economy will be a key issue in this year’s presidential race. West Virginia’s economy is forecast to shrink the most, while a decline in neighboring Pennsylvania is anticipated to be the most severe since May 2009 during the tail-end of the Great Recession, figures released this week show. A faltering economic outlook in coming months would likely cast a shadow over President Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Delaware, Montana and Oklahoma are still expected to face shrinking economies in the next six months, as predicted in the analysis for the prior month. via @markets

US manufacturing plunges deeper into recession. America's manufacturing downturn isn't letting up. Factory activity contracted for the fifth consecutive month in December, registering a worse drop than expected. The Institute of Supply Management's manufacturing purchasing managers' index logged its lowest level since June 2009 at 47.2, compared with the consensus forecast of 49. It stood at 48.1 in November. Any number below 50 denotes a contraction. Uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade war weighed on the sector last year. And while Washington and Beijing stand to sign a preliminary trade deal on January 15, economic data from December was still deflated because of the spat. "Global trade remains the most significant cross-industry issue, but there are signs that several industry sectors will improve as a result of the 'phase one' trade agreement between the US and China," said Timothy Fiore, chair of the ISM manufacturing business survey committee.

Sales of Manhattan's priciest apartments plunge almost 40% in fourth quarter. The average sales price for Manhattan real estate fell 7.5% to $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel. The median sales price fell below $1 million. Total sales were down, discounts were up, and there is now an eight-month supply of unsold apartments.

Railroads are slashing workers, cheered on by Wall Street to stay profitable amid Trump’s trade war. While the U.S. economy overall is growing moderately, the railroad industry is a cautionary sign of the ongoing pain in the industrial sector and the deep structural changes underway in the economy that are eliminating middle-class jobs. President Trump’s trade war has hit agriculture and manufacturing hard, causing lower demand for companies that move freight. But railroad stocks soared in 2019 after rail executives embraced automation and cost-cutting to remain profitable, doubling down on the idea that rail’s future entails longer, faster trains and fewer workers. More than 20,000 rail workers have lost their jobs in the past year, the biggest layoffs in rail since the Great Recession and a nearly 10 percent decline in rail employment, according to Labor Department data through November.

‘Trump Money’ Is Buying Silence as Unprecedented Payments Go to Farmers. The amount sent to farmers tops the auto-industry bailout by billions, and was delivered without congressional approval. via @RollingStone

Trump’s 2017 Tax Overhaul Was Even Worse Than We Thought. A New York Times report reveals how corporate lobbyists worked with the Treasury to reshape the tax code. via @RollingStone

Fed study: Trump tariffs backfired, caused job losses and higher prices. "We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices," the report by Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce reads. Fed study finds Trump tariffs backfired

Don’t let the happy ending fool you. Economically, the 2010s were a wasted decade. via @slate

Stock market bubble is forming and a 50% plunge is inevitable: strategist. One can’t help but to think the “everything rally” that is engulfing Wall Street right now is a classic asset bubble just waiting to explode sometime in 2020. “I think so,” AdvisorShares CEO Noah Hamman told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade, referring to whether we are witnessing a bubble form across asset classes. “It will continue on for a while for as long as we see we have an indication that we could have lower rates ahead possibly though with a pause, but with an increasing Fed balance sheet.”

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At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases. From Beijing to America’s farm belt, skeptics are questioning just how much China has actually committed to buy — and whether U.S. farmers would be able anytime soon to export goods there in the outsize quantity that Trump has promised. It amounts to $40 billion a year, according to Trump’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer. If you ask the exuberant president himself, though, the total is actually “much more than’’ $50 billion. To put that in perspective, U.S. farm exports to China have never topped $26 billion in any one year.

US Steel closing mill, laying off 1,500 Detroit workers

U.S. economy shakes free of recession fears in striking turnaround since August. Steady, measured growth is expected because of lower interest rates and certainty after Trump’s trade deals.

President Trump: "The China trade deal is dependent on one thing: do I want to make it?" Trump says no deadline for China trade deal

Mysterious traders may have made $3.5 billion off stock bets timed to Trump's trade-war comments, Vanity Fair finds -

Trump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge. But Washington and Wall Street are reacting with caution to the announcement, following signals from Beijing that it still needs time to finalize the terms and amid criticism that the limited agreement does not touch on many of Trump’s top priorities for a broader trade deal. The trade pact, announced Friday, would freeze a planned increase of tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods from 25 percent to 30 percent. But it doesn’t address another round of tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese-made consumer goods scheduled for December. “The Chinese don’t want Xi to move forward with this initial phase or this initial detente if they don’t get rid of the December tariff threat as well,” said Stephen Myrow, managing partner at Beacon Policy Advisors. “No matter what they sign, they don’t really trust Trump.” The deal’s most concrete achievement was Trump’s decision to scrap the planned tariff increase which was scheduled to take effect Tuesday. In return, China promised to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. agriculture, as well as aircraft purchases from Boeing. Trade watchers note, though, that that portion of the deal has not been signed or finalized, and China has previously retreated from similar promises.

Manufacturing is now officially in recession, despite Trump's vow to boost industry. As measured by the Federal Reserve, manufacturing output shrank over two straight quarters this year. That’s the common definition of recession. A separate, widely followed index drawn from purchasing managers showed September’s contraction in manufacturing was the steepest since June 2009, with production, inventories and new orders all falling. And after adding nearly half a million jobs in the prior two years, which Trump frequently stressed in hard-hat rallies throughout the Midwest, manufacturing employment has stalled. Instead of healthy job growth, layoff announcements have surged this year, especially in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan. Friday’s jobs report for September showed a slight drop in total factory jobs.

There’s a 50% chance recession will hit in 2020, economist says. Economist and “Narrative Economics” author Robert Shiller is predicting a coin-flip as to whether a recession is on the horizon. “There will be another recession,” Shiller said on FOX Business’ "Cavuto: Coast to Coast." “I give it a 50% chance in 2020. We're on a tipping point now.” #FoxBusiness

‘An existential political risk’: Trump manufactures a swing-state problem. “Manufacturing is in recession right now. This is what all the data show,” said Torsten Slok, chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities. “And everywhere I go in the world, the fear I hear is that we are going to be driven deeper into recession because this is all about uncertainty caused by the trade war.” Broad national gauges of manufacturing are already troubling, countering some of the president’s claims of success. The Institute for Supply Management manufacturing survey — a widely followed indicator of factory health — has shown a declining sector two months in a row, recently hitting a level not seen since the end of the Great Recession due to a sharp drop in new export orders. Respondents to the survey blamed a trade war that has reduced export demand and increased costs for parts used in manufacturing. At the county and state level, the environment looks even darker for Trump. In Racine County, Wisc., where Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton, manufacturing had a 22.5 percent share of employment in 2016. The jobless rate in the county rose by three tenths of a percent from January 2018 to August 2019. via @politico

The cost of Trump's tariffs has fallen 'entirely' on US businesses and households. The bank said in a note that consumer prices are higher partly because Chinese exporters have not lowered their prices to better compete in the US market. Trump has repeatedly — and inaccurately — claimed that China will pay for tariffs imposed by the U.S. Goldman

Trade war damage is 'more significant than most Americans ever realized The U.S.-China trade war has dealt heavy blows to the American economy, and President Trump has indicated that the U.S. will not back down. Yet as the tensions between the two countries carry on and the tit-for-tat tariffs continue, the economic consequences are apparent in various sectors across the U.S., from agriculture to manufacturing to even lumber. “Remember, we were told that the trade wars are easy to win,” Doug Barry, senior director of communications and publications for the U.S.-China Business Council (USBC), told Yahoo Finance. “That was just as they were beginning a year ago. We found that not to be true, they’re not easy to win.” Barry added that “not only aren’t they easy to win, but the unintended costs of a trade war are far more significant than most Americans ever realized. That’s the wake-up call — when you start engaging in this kind of conflict, there doesn’t seem to be a bottom to it.”

US manufacturing survey shows worst reading in a decade. A gauge of U.S. manufacturing showed the lowest reading in more than 10 years in September as exports dived amid the escalated trade war. The U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers’ index from the Institute for Supply Management came in at 47.8% in September, the lowest since June 2009, marking the second consecutive month of contraction. Any figure below 50% signals a contraction. The new export orders index was only 41%, the lowest level since March 2009, down from the August reading of 43.3%, ISM data showed. “We have now tariffed our way into a manufacturing recession in the U.S. and globally,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group.

Farm aid from Trump’s trade war has cost more than double the 2009 auto bailout

Trump's farmer bailout is already more than twice as expensive as Obama's automaker bailout via @TheWeek

A quarter of NYC's post-2013 luxury condos are unsold. The real estate bubble is in trouble: London's luxury housing market has been in freefall for years, and New York's retail vacancy has been soaring, even as global super-luxe housing is also tanking. Now, analysis from Streeteasy finds that at least a quarter of the luxury condos built in NYC since 2013 are unsold and vacant, even as the city labors under a brutal, destabilizing chronic shortage of affordable housing. Worst hit are "ultraluxury" homes, especially those around "Billionaire's Row" around 57th St in midtown. The numbers are probably much worse, as they don't count the glut of luxury unites count about to hit the market, nor the ones that developers have strategically withheld from listing to keep from revealing the depth of the problem. Developers are quietly boosting sales commissions and offering discounts to buyers, and mooting the idea of bulk sales to vulture funds at massive discounts.

Yes, stocks are up again. No, recession worries aren't gone

Analysis | Trump’s misleading claims about China’s economy

JPMorgan creates 'Volfefe index' to measure Trump tweets' impact on market

President Trump is at war with American companies, toy firm CEO says. Jay Foreman The author is the CEO of Basic Fun, which produces toys such as K’nex, Lite-Brite and Cuteitos. Mr. President, you are “the great deal maker” and “that’s what you do,” but I’m trying to figure out why, after two and a half years and numerous meetings, you haven’t been able to make a trade deal with China. You also haven’t been able to make a nuclear deal with North Korea, pass effective immigration laws, pass meaningful gun background checks or pass a dynamic infrastructure bill. The fact is you are just not that good at making deals. Maybe if you would just stop tweeting you would figure out we’ve been winning all along.

Manufacturing Shrinks For 1st Time In 3 Years On Trade Tensions. Manufacturing activity shifted into reverse in August for the first time in three years, as factory owners adjusted to the ongoing trade wars. An index compiled by the Institute for Supply Management showed a decline in nearly every measure, including new orders, production and employment. The index had been signaling a slowdown in manufacturing since April, but the August reading is the first to show an actual contraction of the factory sector since August of 2016. "Trade remains the most significant issue," said ISM's Timothy Fiore, who compiled the index. Ongoing tensions with China and other trading partners led to a sharp drop in export orders, while also disrupting supply chains for factories that produce for customers here at home. "While business is strong, there is an undercurrent of fear and alarm regarding the trade wars," one manufacturer in the chemical industry told ISM. "Tariffs continue to be a strain on the supply chain and the economy overall," added a survey respondent in the electronics business.

August was a volatile month for stocks, but September could be worse. “August was a burst of volatility for most investors, and we expect that to continue in September,” LPL Financial senior market strategist Ryan Detrick said in an analyst note on Friday. Markets enter the month expecting a second rate cut by the Federal Reserve but weighed down by uncertainties surrounding the U.S.-China trade war, as well as fears that slowing global growth could spill over into the U.S. August, the worst month for the major indexes since May, was already tumultuous for investors. The volatility began Aug. 1, when President Trump announced his administration intended to impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, the latest escalation in the year-long trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Amid the heightened tensions, both countries continued to hit back at each other with tariffs over the course of the month.

Factbox: Next rounds of Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods to hit consumers. U.S. President Donald Trump’s next round of tariffs on Chinese imports is scheduled to take effect starting on Sunday, escalating the trade war between the world’s two largest economies with a big hit to consumer goods. Trump has targeted some $300 billion in annual goods imports from China for 15% tariffs in two parts, on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. If fully imposed, virtually all Chinese imports - worth about $550 billion - would be subject to punitive U.S. tariffs imposed since July 2018.

New China tariffs a 'job killer,' US industry tells Trump. More than 200 footwear manufacturers and retailers, including major brands such as Nike and Foot Locker, signed onto the letter alerting that the new tariffs could cost US consumers an additional $4 billion a year and increase the chances of an economic downturn. A broad array of 160 other trade groups -- including software and electronics manufacturers, as well as retailers, liquor producers and others -- also warned Trump of higher prices and damaged consumer confidence and urged him to abandon the tariff strategy. "We've been telling the White House since the beginning that tariffs will be paid by Americans in the form of higher prices, and that due to our already high import taxes, this will be a job killer," Matt Priest, president of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, said in a statement.

Billionaire developer Stephen Ross on the housing market: 'There will be a slowdown'. “I mean, I think real estate today is probably in the eighth inning, you know?” said Ross, chairman and founder of the global real estate firm Related Companies. “We're certainly not starting something fresh. You know, we're at a point now where I think there will be a slowdown because it has to happen,” said Ross, who stopped short of saying that there’s a housing bubble.

No cushion for the Trump recession: Why this one could be worse than 2008. Even a mild downturn could hit Americans harder — the "recovery" from 2008 left too many people on the margins. The stark reality is that in the last decade or so the rich have gotten richer as the rest of the country has sunk deeper and deeper into debt, with little to show for it except rent receipts. As we head into the next downturn, whenever it happens, tens of millions of American families are hanging on the edge of economic oblivion. Thanks to the Trump tax cut, their government will be too much in debt to throw them a lifeline.

New data challenges Trump's economic narrative. But a slew of recent data suggests the Trump economy has fared no differently than other expansions at this stage. And those same numbers indicate the president's economy may be headed toward a downturn. “I would actually say it’s been a weaker recovery than what we’ve seen previously, particular in comparison to the expansions of the '80s and '90s,” said PNC Bank Chief Economist Gus Faucher. That viewpoint has been shaped by figures like the ones released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday. The agency issued a downward revision showing the economy added 500,000 fewer jobs from January 2018 through March 2019. What was once an impressive 223,000 jobs added each month last year, on average, may have been closer to 191,000, according to the new data. Even before the revision, average monthly job growth since Trump took office has been 193,000, below the 208,000 average in former President Obama's second term. The recent revision puts Trump's overall monthly average at 177,000.

Economy, Jobs, Budget, Taxes, Trade, archived August 25, 2019

Is a global recession coming? Here are seven warning signs. The US-China trade war, jitters in Germany and Brexit uncertainty point to a slump.

  1. Escalation in US-China tariff war
  2. Slowing US growth
  3. US GDP slowed to 2.1% annualised growth in the second quarter
  4. Long recession in Germany
  5. German GDP shrank by 0.1% in the second quarter
  6. Chinese debt crisis
  7. China's monthly industrial production growth is at a 30-year low
  8. Brexit
  9. UK GDP contracted by 0.2% between April and June to its level since the fourth quarter of 2012
  10. Argentina, Iran, South Africa, Turkey and Venezuela. A string of countries are currently in recession or have recently suffered a contraction.
  11. Turkey was in recession between the second and fourth quarter of 2018
  12. Financial market jitters
  13. The Dow Jones industrial average remains at historically high levels

EU leaders round on Trump over trade at G7

'It's devastating'. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs. Closing of Chevrolet plant is latest blow in a slow, painful decline in Lordstown – an area that has suffered more than most from the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

Intellectual Property and China: Is China Stealing American IP? According to a 2017 report by the United States Trade Representative, Chinese theft of American IP currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually. How extensive is IP theft in China? Why does it happen, and how can it be stopped? In this Q&A, Stanford Law School Professor Paul Goldstein discusses the issues. via @StanfordLaw

Here are 5 cases where the U.S. says Chinese companies and workers stole American trade secrets

  1. Chinese tech giant Huawei stole trade secrets from U.S. cellphone company T-Mobile and offered bonuses to employees who managed to swipe technology from other companies.
  2. Apple would collect less revenue without China, the country where its iPhone is assembled and the market that accounts for the most sales of that device outside the U.S. But a secretive project that could become a future gold mine has been infiltrated by thieves trying to steal driverless car technology for a Chinese company, according to criminal charges filed in Silicon Valley. The FBI seized the latest suspect, Apple engineer Jizhong Chen, this month after he bought a plane ticket to China.
  3. Micron Technology the Chinese hoped to break into the market for a technology called dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, that's used in computer electronics.
  4. AMSC, formerly known as American Superconductor Inc. Sinovel Wind Group, was convicted in a federal court in Wisconsin of stealing technology —the electronic brains that run wind turbines.
  5. DuPont Pioneer security guards had caught Mo and other Chinese men digging in a cornfield that contained test plots of new seed corn varieties.

He said the United States would raise its tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to 30% from the current 25% beginning October 1. The president said his decision is retaliation for China imposing tariffs on U.S. exports.

As global economic picture dims, solutions seem out of reach. As global leaders gather on two continents to take account of a darkening economic outlook, this is the picture they face: Factories are slumping, many businesses are paralyzed, global growth is sputtering and the world’s two mightiest economies are in the grip of a dangerous trade war. Barely a year after most of the world’s major countries were enjoying an unusual moment of shared prosperity, the global economy may be at risk of returning to the rut it tumbled into after the financial crisis of 2007-2009.

Manufacturing sector contracts for the first time in nearly a decade. U.S. manufacturer growth slowed to the lowest level in almost 10 years in August, the latest sign that the trade war may be exacerbating the economic slowdown. The U.S. manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) was 49.9 in August, down from 50.4 in July and below the neutral 50.0 threshold for the first time since September 2009, according to IHS Markit. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction. The survey is an initial reading for the month of August. The final figure will be released Sept. 3. But this fresh survey showed new orders received by manufacturers dropped the most in 10 years, while the data also showed export sales tanked to the lowest level since August 2009.

Donald Trump incorrect that U.S. dollar is strongest it's ever been. "Yesterday we had the strongest dollar in the history of our country." — Donald Trump on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 in remarks at the White House. That’s not the case — the overall dollar index and one-to-one comparisons with the Euro, the yen and the yuan have all been stronger for the United States for long stretches of time in recent years. We rate the statement False.

The U.S. job market isn’t quite as strong as originally believed, revised figures from the Labor Department show. New Labor Department revisions complicate the Trump administration’s message of a strong economy. The U.S. job market isn’t quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail and leisure and hospitality sectors, the industries most associated with consumer spending.

U.S. Steel plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Michigan

Trump phoned bank CEOs as stock market plunged Wednesday: report. People with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg that Trump’s call with J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan and Citigroup’s Michael Corbat came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked 800 points, or 3 percent, its worst drop of the year. The three executives were already in Washington for a previously scheduled meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The president conducted the phone call from his resort in Bedminster, N.J. People familiar with the matter told CNBC that the executives informed Trump that the ongoing trade war with China was hindering consumer and corporate spending. The president was reportedly receptive to the idea that the trade dispute is harming corporate confidence.

Kudlow: 'There's no recession on the horizon'. The White House adviser demurred when asked by "Fox News Sunday" guest host Dana Perino whether the Trump administration is considering concrete steps to stave off a potential recession after short-term U.S. treasury bonds last week fell below yields for longer-term bonds. The development, which is can signal a forthcoming recession, sparked the worst single-day losses for stocks of 2019. “The Trump pro-growth program, which I believe has been succeeding, we’re going to stay with that,” Kudlow told Perino. “There’s no recession on the horizon," he added. "What’s wrong with a little optimism?”

The guy who figured out Bernie Madoff's scam now says GE is about to go bankrupt. Well before the collapse of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme -- the largest in world history! -- accounting investigator Harry Markopolos had publicly accused Madoff of running a scam; now he says that General Electric is "one recession away" from bankruptcy, with a "balance sheet in tatters." Markopolos and his team just released a 175-page report called GENERAL ELECTRIC, A BIGGER FRAUD THAN ENRON, which accuses the firm of using accounting tricks to paper over $40b in liabilities and to disguise problems with the company's stake in oil services firm Baker Hughes. GE does not dispute that it has $71b in assets and $106b in debt, but says that it "expects to make significant progress" reducing its debts next year.

Farmer breaks down talking about Trump's trade war, says "I stay up at night worrying about the future". Trump's attempt to renegotiate trade relations with China has driven consumer prices up, generated global economic uncertainty and forced businesses to alter long-standing relations. Farmers, who sent $5.9 billion worth of farm product exports to China in 2018 and $19.5 billion worth in 2017, have been particularly impacted, as China has leveled retaliatory tariffs against U.S. agricultural products. After Trump announced earlier this month that he intended to levy new tariffs against China on September 1 in an escalation of his trade war, Beijing responded by halting all agricultural imports from the U.S. The rising escalation of the trade war with China has worried some farmers, who have expressed concerns about the impact on their financial stability. Even though Trump has offered $28 billion in bailouts to farmers, the leaders of some prominent farm organizations have said that Trump is causing lasting damage to their industry.

The Next Recession Is Going to Be Brutal. The economy is showing signs of turning, and the people who saw the least benefit from the latest boom are now the most vulnerable ahead of the next bust. via @RollingStone

Wilbur Ross: No date for next round of U.S.-China talks. "I don’t believe a date has been set," Ross said in an interview on CNBC. Instead, the next step in the long-running negotiations is "perhaps another phone call in a couple of weeks."

Trump just acknowledged that tariffs are paid by Americans, footwear trade group CEO says "The announcement today that the Trump Administration will be delaying the additional 10% tariff on some footwear until December 1 is an acknowledgment that tariffs are indeed paid by Americans,” the group’s president and CEO Matt Priest said in a statement. “It is no coincidence that the Administration is allowing certain shoes to come in without raising taxes in hopes that prices do not rise at retail during the holidays. Our industry's loud unified voice left a clear impression that shoe tariffs are already extremely high, upwards of 67.5%, and any further tariffs would directly raise costs on consumers and cost footwear jobs."

Trump is driving us toward a big recession: It will be ghastly — but is it deliberate? A 2008-style crash may not be far away. It could even be worse — and once again, Republican delusions are to blame. Worst of all, Trump has clumsily staggered beyond the ludicrous economic policies of the Bush years to further destabilize financial markets, including your 401k accounts and the future security of your employment. Specifically, the president’s trade war of choice against China has turned a steadily rising Dow Jones average, through 2017, into an unstable sawtooth pattern with massive single-day declines that are now tempting a full-on 2008-style collapse. If you don’t believe me, check out the markets from January to March of 2018, during the months immediately following Trump’s tax cut. Normally, a tax cut would drive the financial markets upward. But in March of 2018, just a few months after the bill was signed, Trump stupidly launched his trade war by announcing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum, applied to all of our trading partners. From those months onward — including today, as I write this article — the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq have been unstable messes.

Trump blinks as trade war threatens consumers. The White House said it would delay 10 percent tariffs slated to take effect Sept. 1 on certain consumer goods from China while exempting other products — less than two weeks after Trump announced the new import taxes. Postponing the tariffs until Dec. 15 is expected to temporarily cool U.S. trade tensions with China while also shielding consumers and American businesses from higher costs. Financial markets also rallied on the news after weeks of anxiety over a global slowdown. But narrowing the scope and delaying the impact of the trade war suggests dwindling odds of striking a broader agreement with China. Trump insisted Tuesday that he maintains the upper hand in his battle with China, arguing that Chinese President Xi Jinping is eager to make a deal. Even so, Trump conceded that he decided to hold off on additional tariffs because of the potential harm to consumers.

Wall Street sees risk of recession rising. Stock-market volatility is growing and fears of a slowdown are mounting as Trump ramps up his reelection efforts.Wall Street is getting seriously gloomy about the economy, with recession warnings mounting and stock-market volatility rising just as President Donald Trump prepares to fire up his reelection campaign machine. Over just the last few days, economists at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America all warned that Trump’s bitter trade war with China is taking a bigger bite out of economic growth than expected. The warnings came as stocks suffered another big dip on Monday with the Dow closing off nearly 400 points, or 1.5 percent, putting the blue-chip index at 25,897, over 700 points lower than it was in January of 2018 before Trump’s trade fights began in earnest. Stocks bounced back Tuesday after the Trump administration’s announcement about postponing some tariffs that had been set to take effect next month, continuing a long track record of market volatility tied to trade policy. The collective wisdom now spreading across Wall Street is that no trade deal will be struck with China before the 2020 election; business investment will continue to sag; and a series of interest-rate cuts from the Federal Reserve won’t be enough to juice more growth out of an economy now in its tenth year of expansion — the longest stretch in American history.

The rural America death spiral. Many of the nation's current pathologies are taking a heavy toll on the majority-white population living in rural America, which was severely impacted by the opioid crisis and has dealt with falling populations, job losses and rising suicide rates. Why it matters: The malaise and discontent that President Trump has tapped into goes beyond the racism we've seen over the past few weeks, and includes anger at a changing world and frustration at dwindling opportunities close to home. These trends are further entrenching the rural-urban schism that came to light in the 2016 election. The big picture: Political and economic power is shifting to the cities, and 20% of the population — 46 million people — is being left behind in the middle of America. These communities face increasingly difficult barriers to education, wealth and health.

Goldman Sachs economists say fears rise that U.S.-China trade war leading to recession. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) said on Sunday that fears of the U.S.-China trade war leading to a recession are increasing and that Goldman no longer expects a trade deal between the world’s two largest economies before the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “We expect tariffs targeting the remaining $300bn of US imports from China to go into effect,” the bank said in a note sent to clients.

'Trump is ruining our markets': Struggling farmers are losing a huge customer to the trade war — China. U.S. farmers lost their fourth largest customer this week after China officially cancelled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a retaliatory move following President Donald Trump’s pledge to slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports.

Bleak Financial Outlook for US Fracking Industry

Wisconsin commissioned an independent report on how to fix the Foxconn deal. Result: it can't be done.

Here are all the Recession Warning Signals That Have Already Gone Off

Neoliberalism: Political Success, Economic Failure. By Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect. Since the late 1970s, we’ve had a grand experiment to test the claim that free markets really do work best. This resurrection occurred despite the practical failure of laissez-faire in the 1930s, the resulting humiliation of free-market theory, and the contrasting success of managed capitalism during the three-decade postwar boom. Yet when growth faltered in the 1970s, libertarian economic theory got another turn at bat. This revival proved extremely convenient for the conservatives who came to power in the 1980s. The neoliberal counterrevolution, in theory and policy, has reversed or undermined nearly every aspect of managed capitalism—from progressive taxation, welfare transfers, and antitrust, to the empowerment of workers and the regulation of banks and other major industries. Neoliberalism’s premise is that free markets can regulate themselves; that government is inherently incompetent, captive to special interests, and an intrusion on the efficiency of the market; that in distributive terms, market outcomes are basically deserved; and that redistribution creates perverse incentives by punishing the economy’s winners and rewarding its losers. So government should get out of the market’s way. By the 1990s, even moderate liberals had been converted to the belief that social objectives can be achieved by harnessing the power of markets. Intermittent periods of governance by Democratic presidents slowed but did not reverse the slide to neoliberal policy and doctrine. The corporate wing of the Democratic Party approved. Now, after nearly half a century, the verdict is in. Virtually every one of these policies has failed, even on their own terms. Enterprise has been richly rewarded, taxes have been cut, and regulation reduced or privatized. The economy is vastly more unequal, yet economic growth is slower and more chaotic than during the era of managed capitalism. Deregulation has produced not salutary competition, but market concentration. Economic power has resulted in feedback loops of political power, in which elites make rules that bolster further concentration.

Fox News Host Neil Cavuto Tells Viewers Trump Is Wrong: ‘China Isn’t Paying These Tariffs. You Are.’ While taking questions on the White House lawn Friday afternoon, the president insisted Americans farmers are fully behind his trade war and support his latest tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods from China. “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” Trump exclaimed. “We never took in ten cents from China. Out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Right away, Cavuto cut away from the president’s impromptu press gaggle to point out that, once again, Trump was not telling the truth when it came to who pays for tariffs. “I don’t know where to begin here,” the Fox News host said. “Just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly.”

S&P 500, Nasdaq close out worst week since December on trade worries. Wall Street extended its sell-off on Friday on renewed trade fears as the benchmark S&P 500 index and Nasdaq saw their worst weekly percentage plunges since December, when investors were spooked by the prospect of a looming recession.

China threatens retaliation for Trump's planned tariff hike. China on Friday threatened retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump's planned tariff hikes go ahead, while the renewed acrimony between the two biggest global economies sent stock markets tumbling. China's government accused Trump of violating his June agreement with President Xi Jinping to revive negotiations aimed at ending a costly fight over Beijing's trade surplus and technology ambitions. Trump rattled financial markets with Thursday's surprise announcement of 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, effective Sept. 1. That would extend punitive duties to everything the United States buys from China. If that goes ahead, "China will have to take necessary countermeasures to resolutely defend its core interests," said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.

With Jobs Numbers Like These, It's Hard To See Why The Economy Is Slowing

Oil plunges the most in 4 years after Trump's new China tariffs raise fears of a global slowdown. Crude oil plunged on concerns the global economy would weaken further after President Donald Trump ended a tariff ceasefire with China. The president said additional tariffs of 10% on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese goods would be added in September. Futures for WTI crude dropped 7.9% to $53.95. WTI broke a 5-day winning streak with its worst daily performance in more than 4 years. “The oil market has been the highest hit asset around from the trade war and this only exacerbates the situation,” said John Kilduff Founding Partner of Again Capital.

Trump Announces New 10 Percent Tariff on $300 Billion in Chinese Goods. President Trump announced Thursday that he will impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods beginning September 1, further escalating the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. at a crucial moment in their relationship. Trump announced the latest tariffs on Twitter days after high-level talks between Chinese and American negotiations resumed in Shanghai following a nearly two-month hiatus.

Fed draws Trump rebuke after rate cut: 'Powell let us down' via @politico

American farmer: Trump 'took away all of our markets'. “This trade thing is what’s brought on by the president and it’s really frustrating because he took away all of our markets,” Bob Nuylen, a farmer from North Dakota who grows spring wheat and sunflowers, told Yahoo Finance. “We live in an area where we’re kind of in the middle of nowhere. It costs us a lot of money — over $1 a bushel to get our grain to markets.” Since trade tensions began in 2018, farmers have faced major financial challenges, since China was once a major U.S. agriculture buyer. And losing customers has become a major issue. Soybean farmers have been dealing with this, as China has turned to other countries like Brazil for soybeans. Nuylen said this is also happening for wheat farmers, as China has begun importing wheat from Russian regions. “All these countries went to different countries to get their grain,” Nuylen said. “How are we going to get the relations back with them to buy our grain again and be our customers?”

Trump warns China deal will get worse 'if & when' he's reelected. "The problem with them waiting ... is that if & when I win, the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now ... or no deal at all," Trump wrote on Twitter. "We have all the cards, our past leaders never got it!""We do not expect a written agreement between the two countries that would result in a reduction of existing tariffs until 2021, after the U.S. presidential election," Agathe Demarais, global forecasting director at The Economist Intelligence Unit, said Tuesday in an analytical note. "I think if China had their wish, they'd wait until after the election. They'll pray that Trump loses, and then they'll make a deal with a stiff — somebody that doesn’t know what they're doing," Trump said, referring to one of his Democratic rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, and past presidents, including Barack Obama.

Friday’s GDP report totally demolished Trump’s narrative about how he supposedly saved the economy. It turns out we didn’t reach 3 percent growth after all. In its annual data revisions, which also dropped Friday, the Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by just 2.5 percent or 2.9 percent in 2018, depending on exactly how you measure it. It also turns out that growth never actually hit 4 percent in the second quarter of 2018, which—despite being sort of meaningless—had been a point of pride for Trump. In short, goodbye, bragging rights. via @slate

What's the deal with the U.S. dollar? From presidential tweets to corporate earnings reports, the U.S. dollar has been getting a lot of mentions recently. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. should “MATCH” the “currency manipulation game” he said China and Europe were playing in order to compete with U.S. companies. Members of the Trump administration, including Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow, have been repeatedly asked about the dollar in interviews. Meanwhile, many U.S. companies said the strong U.S. dollar cut into their profits last quarter.

Economy still growing, but at a slower pace. The US economy grew at an annual rate of 2.1% in the second quarter, the Commerce Department announced Friday. That's better than economists had expected, but slower than the 3.1% pace in the first quarter .

Economic forecasting: Yield curves help predict economic growth across the rich world via @TheEconomist

Winners and losers in the Trump-Pelosi budget deal. President Trump tweeted Monday night he was “pleased” to announce a budget deal that raises the debt ceiling and sets federal spending caps for the next two years. The $320 billion deal followed months of posturing and behind-the-scenes talks. It will add hundreds of billions to the deficit and represents the latest piece of evidence that Washington policymakers in both parties have turned away from any worries about the debt.

California housing market officially now ‘weak.’ Is it an early warning of recession? The once red-hot California housing sales market is officially now “weak,” state analysts say, but the year-long flattening does not necessarily suggest the state is headed toward an economic downturn. In a brief report issued Monday, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office weighed in on the latest California home sales trends, noting that homes sales statewide in June were down from the same month last year, and notably lower than historic norms. “Home sales were on a clear downward trend during the second half of 2018 and the beginning of 2019,” analysts wrote. “Sales seem to have stabilized in recent months and are no longer declining from month to month.

Elizabeth Warren predicts economic recession 'maybe even by the end of 2020'. With an economy this vulnerable, we need to reduce the odds of the potential shocks that can send us into another downturn. That means Congress should eliminate the debt ceiling & the Trump administration should replace its trade-war-by-tweet with China with a coherent strategy. "The warning lights are flashing. Whether it’s this year or next year, the odds of another economic downturn are high. This time, though, we can head it off. Congress and regulators should act immediately," the senator from Massachusetts and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate tweeted Monday.

If the economy is so good, why are some truckers doing so poorly? Is the economy to blame? Sure. But there’s something else behind the trucking industry’s woes: mismanagement. “With the drop in May, we see the shipments index as going from ‘warning of a potential slowdown’ to “signaling an economic contraction,” Donald Broughton, the author of the Cass Freight Index wrote in his study. “Bottom line, more and more data is indicating that this is the beginning of an economic contraction.”

Rush Limbaugh admits GOP's fiscal attacks on Obama were "bogus," defends Trump's deficit. Death of the deficit hawks: "Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore," says host who drove the Tea Party uprising.

Economy, Jobs, Budget, Taxes, Trade, archived July 19, 2019


  • Fundamental economic underpinnings do not support substantially higher equity moves.
  • Global economic conditions remain fragile despite ongoing central bank interventions.
  • Bond market pessimism may be more predictive than equity market enthusiasm.
  • Asset prices are untethered from economic fundamentals and are driven by central bank rhetoric and presidential tweets.
  • Risk asset rally may be a signal to rebalance portfolios to strategic allocations.
  • Continuing trade tensions create multiple economic and geopolitical risks.

The world's super wealthy just collectively lost $US2 trillion – and Trump's trade war is to blame (via @BIAUS)

U.S. government posts $8 billion deficit in June

Minnesota trucking company abruptly closes, hundreds of employees left without work. "They said, 'come back' and I said 'why' and they said 'can't tell you, just come back," he said. "Then they said, 'we're done, get your stuff and go home.'" Habeck noted he was supposed to get paid on Friday but wasn't. He says he is owed about $2,400 still from the company in total. "I have a new truck I just bought. Don't know how I'm going to pay that," Habeck said. "I have car insurance, a family to feed and no health insurance now. I'd like to know what happened and give me my money I am owed. I worked for it-- it's stealing from me, basically."

Bank of America just slashed its forecast for global economic growth — and it's blaming Trump's trade war -

Deutsche Bank Highlights a Society at Risk. Yves here. This article broaches a very large issue, and it pains me to be able to offer only a few additional thoughts. I don’t think risk aversion is quite the right frame for why destructive conduct has become so pervasive. For instance, as we’ve documented, casual lying is pervasive at CalPERS even though nearly everyone below the CEO is a civil service employee. Generally speaking, that means they are hard to fire. At CalPERS, the motivation seems to be that a lot of people find lying to be much easier than doing things well.

Wall Street banks bailing on troubled U.S. farm sector

Employment among ‘prime age’ men declining, triggering 'alarm' #FoxBusiness

Trump vs. Obama on jobs. job growth has actually slowed under Trump. This isn’t necessarily a problem. The economy has created jobs consistently since 2010, with the peak coming in 2014, when companies created 3 million jobs, or 251,000 per month. During the last 12 months, employers created 2.3 million jobs, or 192,000 per month. During the first six months of 2019, the pace has slowed further to 172,000 new jobs per month.

Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal

Is it time to freak out? Yeah, maybe a little. The Single Most Reliable Recession Indicator of the Past 50 Years Has Officially Started Blaring. via @slate

Trump didn't fix the economy that Obama didn't break

Two Wyoming coal mines close, send 700 workers home after bankruptcy filing

US manufacturing growth slows in June for 3rd straight month

Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish. AT&T, General Motors and Wells Fargo vowed to use tax cuts to create jobs. In fact, they did the opposite

Trump warns of a 'market crash the likes of which has not been seen before' if he loses 2020 election — but economists are worried he's causing a recession on his own

Car Sales Are Slipping Into Recession-Level Decline

Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse. Demanding action from industries and government, a top federal regulator warned this week that the human-caused climate emergency poses a threat to the economy which rivals the subprime mortgage meltdown that led to the 2008 financial crisis. “As most of the world’s markets and market regulators are taking steps towards assessing and mitigating the current and potential threats of climate change, we in the U.S. must also demand action from all segments of the public and private sectors, including this agency.” —Rostin Behnam, CFTC

Global semiconductor sales dropped 14.6% in April from April last year, to $32.1 billion, on a three-month moving average basis, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization reported Tuesday afternoon. The three-month moving average in April has plunged 24% from the peak last October, thus continuing the deepest plunge in semiconductor sales since the Financial Crisis:

Hiring by US businesses hits a record high. The total number of workers hired rose to a new high in April, according to Labor Department data released Monday. But despite this, the amount of available jobs still vastly outnumbers unemployed workers.

Forget lower jobs growth, the number of people who've stopped looking for work is much more worrisome

AP FACT CHECK: No sign of Trump-Mexico deal on farm goods

Treasury pushes back at report critical of Trump tax law's effects

West Wing Reports @WestWingReport
Growing impact on U.S. of tariff war:
1) manufacturing growth has ground to halt in recent months
2) net job losses in trade, transportation, utilities past 3 mths
3) and that’s just because of tariff war w/China
4) Damage re: Mexico (now #1 trade partner) could be worse
(WSJ) 5:50 AM - 2 Jun 2019

Dow futures plummet after Trump announces new Mexico tariffs

The US is no longer the world's most competitive economy. For the first time in nine years, Singapore replaced the U.S. as the world’s most competitive economy. The U.S. dropped down to third on the list, thanks to higher fuel prices, weaker high-tech exports, fluctuations in the value of the dollar and the fading impact of President Trump’s Opens a New Window. massive tax overhaul. Hong Kong, meanwhile, remained in second place. China was ranked fourteenth. #FoxBusiness

Trump tax cuts did little to boost economic growth in 2018, study says. The U.S. economy’s strong 2018 performance happened without much health from the massive tax cut President Donald Trump ushered through the previous year, according to a study released this week. An in-depth look by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service indicated that not only did the rollbacks in business and personal rates have little macro impact, but they also delivered the most benefits to corporations and the rich, with little boost to wages.

China is not the source of our economic problems -- corporate greed is @CNN

Republican Sen. Ernst: Trump calling our farmers patriots 'doesn't pay the bills' #FoxNews

Farmers ride the gravy train as Trump boosts welfare to the Heartland. Between this year and last, U.S. farmers will receive about $27 billion in so-called aid because of the president’s damaging policies

No longer a simple tit-for-tat: Beijing ready to endure — and inflict — real pain on the U.S. “There’s a great deal of pain yet to be inflicted. We’re talking about a couple of trillion dollars of economic activity and a couple of million U.S. jobs,” said one China expert. via @nbcnews

Automakers Cut 38,000 Jobs in the Last Six Months and More Are on the Way: Report

Where Obama beats Trump on the economy.Anybody looking for a clear winner won’t find one. Monthly job growth during Obama’s second term was higher than it has been under Trump, and the stock market performed better in both of Obama’s terms. But earnings, GDP growth and manufacturing employment have been better under Trump. Is it a draw? Maybe. But what the data really show is the economy recovering from a sharp downturn regardless of presidential policies. Job growth went from negative to slightly positive during Obama’s first term, as widespread layoffs abated and companies started hiring again. Since 2011, the pace of job growth has been consistently upward, with little change in the transition from Obama to Trump.

The U.S. beer industry blames Trump's tariffs for the decline in jobs. A report by two trade groups showed U.S. beer-industry jobs dropped 40,000 since 2016 as metal tariffs boosted aluminum-can costs, leading to a drop in investment. The biennial study by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association said direct, indirect and induced jobs fell to 2.19 million in 2018 from 2.23 million in 2016. via @business

Dark clouds hang over Trump’s trade war. The president is heading into a reelection battle with his promise of challenging China unfulfilled.

Southern California builders, swamped with unsold homes, cut construction to 3-year low. The volume of unsold, finished homes is up 22% in a year as construction is slashed by 18%. via @ladailynews

The Trump economy is hurting most Americans. Statistics won't fool voters | Robert Reich

AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead

U.S. Steel stock prices: 📉
• May 18, 2018: $36.46
• May 14, 2019: $15.13
Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz)

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling via @cbsmoneywatch

Stocks plummet as Trump's trade war with China escalates

Trump aide Kudlow acknowledges U.S. consumers pay for tariffs, not China via @nbcnews

Trump's trade agenda on the verge of imploding. President Donald Trump is heading toward his 2020 reelection campaign with virtually nothing to show for his big trade promises — except for angry farmers and a jittery stock market. A long-sought deal with China appears to be falling apart this week, exposing businesses on both sides of the Pacific to more tariffs and steep losses for farmers. His new pact with Canada and Mexico is facing significant opposition in Congress even from Republicans, who are demanding that he lift steel and aluminum tariffs before they’ll vote on it. Deals with the European Union, Japan and Great Britain are also stalled by politics here and abroad.

China will not flinch in the face of U.S. pressure, top negotiator says after talks

President Trump likes to claim credit for the American job boom. @ProPublica tracked down 35 specific White House claims, and it turns out most of the promised jobs haven’t materialized.

How to fix capitalism: nine expert solutions for America's broken system

Trump’s steel tariffs cost U.S. consumers $900,000 for every job created, experts say

Economists quit Trump admin after their studies showed tariffs hurt US farmers: report

Trump pulls out rug from GOP on trade Senate Republicans feel that President Trump has once again pulled the rug out from under them on trade, leaving GOP lawmakers frustrated over their inability to influence the White House’s policy on an issue that could have major economic and electoral ramifications. Days after a group of Republican senators relayed to Trump at a White House meeting their concerns about trade tensions with Canada, Mexico, Europe and China, Trump over the weekend threatened new tariffs on China, escalating a fight with Beijing and rattling markets. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said after the stock markets closed Monday that higher tariffs on China will take effect Friday, shortly after negotiations with a trade delegation from China are due to resume later this week. Lighthizer’s remarks are likely to rattle markets after they recovered most of their losses Monday afternoon as Wall Street strategists cautioned that Trump’s tough talk is a negotiating tactic and a deal with China is still possible. The controversy over trade has come amid economic data released recently that demonstrates the U.S. economy is booming, which Republicans will lean into in the 2020 election. But some Republicans are worried that Trump’s actions on trade could boomerang and harm the economy.

With two tweets, Trump shatters historic calm in global markets. After weeks of warnings from many on Wall Street that price swings across global markets were too subdued, the American president’s threat to boost tariffs on China sent volatility soaring Monday. The VIX Index jumped as much as 46 percent, the most since the February 2018 volatility meltdown. S&P 500 Index futures slid 1.5 percent and the Shanghai Composite fell 5.6 percent, the most since February 2016. European shares also dropped. Whether they were a negotiating tactic or a sign of something more ominous, Trump’s tweets jolted markets that had been lulled in recent weeks by signs of progress in trade talks, a dovish turn by the Federal Reserve and better-than-expected corporate earnings. Investors who had grown accustomed to cross-asset volatility at or near historically low levels were once again forced to consider that all might not be smooth sailing. via @markets

Deregulation is boosting productivity, which boosts wages. Deregulation is boosting productivity, which boosts wages. But what if a regulatory agency were added to this island economy? Suppose that this new agency, call it the Coconut Farming Protection Bureau (CFPB), was formed with the goal of making coconut markets work for consumers, responsible providers and the economy as a whole. Suppose the bureau then issued two new regulations for the coconut industry aimed at protecting the sustainability of the island’s coconut grove and the other at protecting the endangered Macaroon Loon that builds its nests in the coconut palms. The first rule requires Crusoe to measure and document the size of each coconut before it is harvested and the second requires documentation that any tree that is being harvested does not have a Macaroon Loon nesting in it. Without debating the virtue of the CFPB goals to protect the coconut industry and the Macaroon Loon, what impact would such regulation have on the output of the island economy and the productivity of Crusoe?

Is this economy too good to be true?

Hedge Funds Resurrect CDO Trade. This Time They Say It Will Work.

Trump's 'Record Economy' Is Making Americans Miserable Of the 801 American adults surveyed, just 12 percent believed they’ve “benefited a great deal from recent growth in the US economy.” And while 31 percent indicated “they have received some benefit from the economic upturn,” 27 percent said that they haven’t been helped “much,” and another 27 percent said that they haven’t been helped “at all.” Just 18 percent of respondents said that Trump’s policies helped middle-class families a lot, and high earners were more likely to say the rising economy gave them a bump: 58 percent of people who make $100,000-plus a year said they’ve benefitted, while just 34 percent of people earning less than $50,000 per year and 42 percent earning $50,000 to $100,000 said they did.

Trade war and sagging prices push U.S. family farmers to leave. Shuffling across his frozen fields, farmer Jim Taphorn hunched his shoulders against the wind and squinted at the auctioneer standing next to his tractors.After a fifth harvest with low grain prices, made worse last fall by the U.S.-China trade war, the 68-year-old and his family were calling it quits. Farming also was taking a physical toll on him, he said; he’d suffered a heart attack 15 months before.“We went through the bad times in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Jim, 68, broad-shouldered and stocky. “In some ways, this is worse.” Across the Midwest, growing numbers of grain farmers are choosing to shed their machinery and find renters for their land, all to stem the financial strain on their families, a dozen leading farm-equipment auction houses told Reuters. As these older grain farmers are retiring, fewer younger people are lining up to replace them.

How are those tax cuts going in terms of business investment? @mrkwhths has some doubts via @bopinion

Trump on collision course with McConnell on spending. President Trump is on a collision course with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over whether to work with Democrats on a spending bill. Trump has given the GOP leader some time to work with Democrats but doesn’t want the talks to drag on all year and lead to an agreement that would increase spending — and the budget deficit. McConnell, a longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has said he wants to try to pass regular spending bills before defaulting to a continuing resolution (CR). To Trump, the advantages of a yearlong stopgap are obvious. Any negotiation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats is likely to increase spending, and that’s the last thing Trump wants ahead of his reelection effort in 2020. Trump doesn't want to risk being put in a position of having to sign a bill that further blows up the deficit, say sources familiar with the White House’s position. But McConnell, an ex-appropriator and dealmaker who faces a reelection race himself next year, wants to avoid a continuing resolution. He wants to strike a deal to raise defense and non-defense spending, along the lines of what congressional leaders agreed to in the late winter of 2018.

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds. This sentiment runs the deepest among Democratic and independent registered voters, but also exists among a significant slice of Republicans. About 8 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the country’s economic system gives an advantage to those already in power, while nearly a third of Republicans share that view.

Chick-fil-A faces bans, protests across U.S., citing LGBTQ issues via @freep

Foxconn is confusing the hell out of Wisconsin

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Job layoffs surge 35% to highest level to start a year in a decade

Caterpillar shares fall after Deutsche Bank downgrade: 'Synchronized global growth has collapsed, the China Land Cycle is rolling over, ... Europe is slowing more than expected and the US is oversaturated with construction equipment,” Chad Dillard says.'

Stampede of the unicorns: will a new breed of tech giants burst the bubble?

Pro-trade group: Cost of Trump tariffs hits $20B

The real college crisis: Student debt drags down economy via @nbcnews

The Global Economy Is a Time Bomb Waiting to Explode

Trump failed by his own trade metric. Pursue it further, and we’re doomed. If nothing else, the latest U.S. trade deficit — $621 billion in 2018 for goods and services — should give President Trump a lesson in the economics of trade. Trump has insisted that a successful policy requires a trade surplus (good) and the absence of a deficit (bad). That’s wrong, as many economists have argued. The economists are right.

WH official: ‘Much’ work to be done for China deal; no in-person meetings set

U.S. stocks sink following surprisingly weak employment report via @ladailynews

Lou Dobbs: Trump White House has 'lost its way'

By just about any measure you pick, Trump’s trade policy appears to have been an absolute flop. via @slate

Trump promised to shrink the trade deficit. Instead, it exploded.

Anxiety grows in first tax season under Trump law

Deregulating Banks Fueled Speculation, Not Productive Investment Posted on March 1, 2019 by Yves Smith

U.S. farm debt soars to levels seen during 1980s farm crisis:...

Fox Business host suggests the president doesn't need to understand what the Federal Reserve does

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen says Trump doesn't understand the Federal Reserve or economic policy

Debt among 19 to 29-year-old Americans exceeded $1 trillion at the end of 2018 via @markets

Trump to delay China tariff hike due to ‘substantial progress’. "I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1," Trump said in the second of two tweets on the talks. "Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!"

Warren Buffett takes swipe at Trump in shareholder letter

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An exasperated Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, tried to gently educate his boss, President Trump, on the meaning of an MOU in the Oval Office, leading to a lecture in front of TV cameras and a top Chinese official. 1) President says America has never been more respected 2) top Chinese official, listening to him discuss trade, laughs out loud - in the Oval Office via @bpolitics

Retail layoffs are piling up. Here's the whole story @CNN

Signs that China's real-estate bubble will burst and take the economy with it. Payless. Charlotte Russe. Toys "R" Us. The chain store liquidations just keep coming, putting tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs. Is the retail industry about to collapse? Probably not, despite the rash of stories over the past two years heralding the death of physical stores. But the brick-and-mortar part of the sector sure isn't creating as many jobs as it used to. Much of this has to do with the rise of online shopping, which stood at 9.8% of all retail sales in the third quarter of last year, up from 3.6% a decade earlier. The truck drivers and package-pickers who deliver your brown boxes mostly fall into the transportation and warehousing sector. Although smaller overall, that industry has grown by more than 30% since the end of the last recession, compared to only about 9% for regular retail.

Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis?

Trump will score another win if Big Media fetishizes his soap opera while the working class suffers. In the midst of the never-ending Trump border wall sandstorm it was easy to miss the alarming report that we just set a new record for the number of Americans who have fallen at least three months behind in their car payments.

The Subtle Signal That the Bull Market Could Soon End. it's the unemployment rate trend that's the great predictor of a recession and not the unemployment rate itself. The unemployment rate is a lagging indicator of a recession. In other words, the rate goes up significantly only after a recession is in effect.

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Foxconn may not build $10B Wisconsin plant Trump touted via @nbcnews

Wall Street freaks out about 2020 via @politico

The tax cut investment 'boom' is already over. Some say it never really started @CNN

The shutdown has exposed Trumponomics for what it is: a disaster | Robert Reich

This is Trump's economy, two years in @CNNPolitics

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

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The Economics of Soaking the Rich. What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know about tax policy? A lot.

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The ‘Boogaloo Bois’ Are Bringing Their AR-15s and Civil War Ideology to the Lockdown Protests. The far-right “boogaloo” meme, which refers to an impending civil war or violent anti-government rebellion, is now spilling out into the real world.

White nationalists shouting “RECLAIM AMERICA” through my neighborhood. This isn’t Charlottesville. This is Washington, DC. The group is called Patriot Front, and they’re marching near Union Station — Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) February 8, 2020


Patriot Front is led by Thomas Ryan Rousseau, a teenager living in the United States. Rousseau had previously taken control of Vanguard's web server and Discord channel several weeks prior to the Unite the Right rally, which Rousseau had participated in as the leader of Vanguard America's contingent. Following bad press associated with the rally, Rousseau left Vanguard and used the group's domain name to form Patriot Front as an ostensibly new group, although most members were former Vanguard members and rally participants.

2 Proud Boys Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison Over Gang Assault In New York. Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 32, were two of 10 Proud Boys arrested in the assault caught on camera in October 2018. Prosecutors slapped them with charges of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and rioting, declaring them the most vicious assailants that night. Their four-year sentence will include another five years of supervised release, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office confirmed to HuffPost.

White Supremacist William Fears to Get Five Years in Prison. Fears attended the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. A video from Unite the Right shows Fears yelling: “Shoot! Fire the first shot in the race war.” Vice News wrote that Fears carried a flag representing the Texas chapter of Vanguard America, a white supremacist group. According to the complaint filed by Fears’ ex-girlfriend, he choked her less than two weeks before he, his brother Colton and Tyler Tenbrink traveled from Texas to Florida to attend a speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer at the University of Florida. A confrontation erupted between Spencer’s supporters and protesters, during which Tenbrink fired a shot into a crowd before getting into a vehicle with the Fears brothers. Tenbrink pleaded no contest and was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s serving a 15-year sentence in a Florida jail. Colton Fears, who drove the car during the confrontation, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder. Authorities in Florida arrested William Fears, but prosecutors elected not to charge him because of a lack of evidence. He was then extradited to Texas on an out-of-state warrant for his arrest. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson uses untraceable church to drum up legal defense funds. “Thankfully,” Gibson’s pitch continues, “’The Church of Faith and Freedom’ is helping us Christians by accepting donations on our behalf in order to legally fight back against this discrimination.” The church, according to its website, seeks to help “Preachers hit the streets by helping to protect them legally and financially” and allows people to give money to evangelists who are working in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. There is no record of such a church in California, Oregon or Washington, according to officials who oversee charities and non-profits in each state. Its website, registered in May, provides no address, contact information or list of staff. Online searches show the only reference to the Church of Faith and Freedom comes from social media accounts connected to Gibson or Patriot Prayer. Reached by phone Wednesday, Gibson declined to answer multiple questions about the Church of Faith and Freedom and his connection to it. “No comment,” he said. “What else do you want to ask?”

Judge won’t free extremists who attacked protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen haven't adequately shown that releasing them from custody wouldn't pose a danger to others. All three men pleaded guilty to riot conspiracy charges stemming from violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. In July, Moon sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 27 months to 37 months. A fourth member of the California-based group, Cole White, pleaded guilty to a riot conspiracy charge several months before the other three men. White, a California resident, has been free on bond since May while he awaits a November sentencing hearing. Prosecutors didn't object to White's release, but they opposed the bond requests by Daley, Miselis and Gillen, who are appealing the constitutionality of a federal anti-riot law. Wednesday is the deadline for the three men's attorneys to file their opening briefs with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Daley, Miselis and Gillen all asked to be released to their parents' custody in California while the appeal is pending.

Jeff Schoep Sheds Neo-Nazi Past but Stays Loyal With Lawyer's Maneuvers. The NSM and its former leader, Jeff Schoep, are among more than 20 defendants in a federal civil suit stemming from the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Other defendants include the Nationalist Front, an umbrella organization designed to unite various factions of the “alt-right” and racist movements. Hatewatch previously reported the ties between NSM and the Nationalist Front. Court filings in the civil suit allege Schoep and his attorney, Edward ReBrook, have used stalling tactics and legal maneuvers to delay the plaintiffs from receiving information their attorneys deem critical to proving their case. For example, the plaintiffs claim ReBrook has “obstinately refused to even inquire who else within the organization, beyond the former leader, possess responsive documents.” - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Vancouver Sun published a nakedly white nationalist guest column citing a who’s who of far-right academics and racist think tanks by some dope who teaches geography at Mount Royal and they’ve now retracted it. Archive is here:

Portland grand jury clears pair accused of pummeling man in MAGA hat outside of bar. Lenzner’s account came under scrutiny after video surfaced that appeared to show him threatening and picking fights with patrons at a different bar earlier in the evening. During that confrontation, Lenzner also said he served in the military — a claim he later admitted wasn’t true.

How a Right-Wing Troll Managed to Manipulate the Mainstream Media. When a milkshake to the face brought the spotlight on Andy Ngo, politicians and talking heads on both sides were happy to take on his cause: demonizing antifa. via @RollingStone

Boston 'straight pride' parade dwarfed by large counter-protest. A controversial “straight pride” parade in Boston on Saturday drew more than 1,000 counter-protesters and a few hundred supporters. The rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was “grand marshal” of the event, for which a group calling itself Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) acquired a permit in June. In one confrontation with counter-protesters, a police officer pepper-sprayed several as the group tried to obey requests to make more space. Access to “straight pride” organizers was limited; one Boston police sergeant turned some media away despite viewing press credentials. Speakers at the SHFA event said repeatedly they planned to make it an annual event, and potentially hold some action on Christmas Day. At city hall, where the 19th-century Fur Elise played on the loudspeaker, the SHFA event organizer, John Hugo, said his organization was hoping to exercise its first amendment rights and was not anti-gay. Clad in a Captain America T-shirt, he said his attire was intended to troll the actor Chris Evans, who said organizers of the parade were homophobic.

'Straight Pride Parade' in Boston draws counterprotesters and heavy police presence. The parade kicked off to the sound of “God Bless the USA,” with various floats displaying messages in support of President Donald Trump. A so-called "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston on Saturday drew as many counterprotesters as marchers in addition to a heavy police presence. The parade, which drew several dozen participants, kicked off at around noon to the sound of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” with some floats displaying messages of support for President Donald Trump, with signs such as "build the wall," "Trump nation" and "Blue Lives Matter." via @nbcnews

Heightened security in Boston for 'pro-straight parade'. "There are no racists in our group. You have to come to one of our meetings: it's like the United Nations," president John Hugo told AFP, defending the parade. Enrique Tarrio, a member of the all-male "Proud Boys" organization, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is also due to attend. Super Happy Fun America's website says Saturday's march is to "spread awareness of issues impacting straights," describing heterosexuals as "an oppressed majority" in Massachusetts, the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.

A useful primer on the diversity of the American far-right. By @egavactip for @gwupoe

Right-Wing Brawlers Discussed a Hammer Fight While Being Filmed “I smacked one of them with a hammer a couple of times,” said one man aboard a bus leaving Portland. A large man in a Proud Boys shirt says the June 29 assault on Ngo happened because he ignored Proud Boys' offer of protection. "Andy Ngo was fucking told that if he wanted protection from the PBs [Proud Boys], he went in with us and he went out with us," he says. Why it matters: Ngo has claimed to be an independent journalist. It is increasingly clear he is coordinating his movements and his message with right-wing groups. On Aug. 26, The Portland Mercury published an allegation by a Vancouver infiltrator of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer. "There's an understanding," the man told the Mercury, "that Patriot Prayer protects him and he protects them." Ngo could not be reached for comment.

Super Awkward for Right-Wing Blogger Andy Ngo to Make a Cameo in Video of Plot Against Antifa. Right-wing blogger Andy Ngo went from relative obscurity to a national conservative hero in the struggle against antifa after antifascists beat him up during a rally in Portland, Oregon, earlier this summer. But now video has surfaced of Ngo smiling and laughing with members of the far-right group Patriot Prayer shortly before they allegedly orchestrated an attack on a group of antifascists at a leftist bar in a separate incident in May. A female bar patron was knocked unconscious and said she suffered a fractured vertebrae.

Man in MAGA hat clashed with different Portland bar crowd before his alleged assault, video shows. A man who said he was attacked outside a Portland bar for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while on a date with his wife had menaced and threatened patrons at a different bar earlier in the evening, according to the customer who captured the scene on video. “The second I locked eyes with him there was no doubt in my mind he was looking for a fight,” Michael Radosevich told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday. “Come outside and see what happens,” the man, identified as Luke Lenzner, says at one point. “No one wants to fight,” Radosevich and at least one other person can be heard yelling back. Lenzner eventually takes off.

This clip, shot right before Patriot Prayer arrived at Cider Riot on May Day, is the clearest evidence I've seen supporting the claim that PP & leader Joey Gibson were intent on instigating a fight that afternoon. — Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) August 22, 2019

The Proud Boys like to pretend the violent rallies they hold in city streets are patriotic, free speech affairs. But in new video, their leader shows his hand, admitting that his aim is to waste taxpayer money and fight. “We’ve wasted all their fucking resources to make this rally,” Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio said in video captured during the latest extremist rally held Saturday in Portland. “We want them to waste $2 million and we’ll do it again in two months.”

Feds Arrest Neo-Nazi Trump Fan for Threatening to "Exterminate" Miami Hispanics. Washington state resident Eric Lin was not shy about his love for Adolf Hitler. According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Lin enjoyed referencing the Third Reich in writing: He apparently sent a litany of Hitler-referencing death threats to a Hispanic woman in Miami and got himself arrested last week after he planned to wire a man $10,000 to beat her up, hatched a plot to kidnap her and stuff her in a plastic bin, and repeatedly vowed to kill every Hispanic person in the Magic City. "The time will come when Miami will burn to the ground — and every Latin Man will be lined up against a Wall and Shot and every Latin Woman Raped or Cut to Pieces," Lin allegedly wrote August 8. Lin, age 35, is originally from Clarksburg, Maryland, but was arrested Friday in Seattle and charged with making threatening communications online. Lin appeared in Seattle federal court for this first time this morning. He has not yet entered a plea. via @miaminewtimes

Portland rally: Proud Boys vow to march each month after biggest protest of Trump era. Portland saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 rightwingers traveled from around the country to march back and forth across the city’s bridges, and briefly occupy a patch of its waterfront. By making extensive accommodations for the unpermitted rightwing protest, including close police escorts, concrete barriers, and reopening a bridge to allow them to leave the downtown area, Portland authorities succeeded in preventing head-on confrontations between it and a much larger counter-protest. The far right “end domestic terrorism” protest, organized by leaders in the “western chauvinst” Proud Boys fraternity, saw Trump supporters rub shoulders with more radical groups, including Three Percenters, a “patriot movement” militia group, and American Guard, who the Anti-Defamation League described as “hardcore white supremacists”.

Far-Right and Antifa Showdown Drew Over 1,000 Protesters. Thirteen people were arrested and police declared a “civil disturbance,” but there were relatively few skirmishes. Portland residents said that the far-right turnout — numbering around 500 — was the largest they’d seen in the Rose City during the Trump era. Attendees included Proud Boys — many clad in their trademark black-and-gold Fred Perry shirts with MAGA hats — members of the Pacific Northwest Patriot Prayer, and the American Guard, a white supremacist group. In the end, the rally didn’t result in the kind of violence that residents had feared. Instead, the day wound up resembling a giant, chaotic, cat-and-mouse game, with clusters of antifascist protesters dodging riot cops in an effort to confront fascists. At 11.00 a.m. sharp a convoy of school buses rolled up, and Proud Boy organizer Joe Biggs and a couple hundred other Proud Boys disembarked. The group spent about half an hour in the park, where they chanted “USA, USA,” and planted an American flag in the ground. They then marched across Hawthorne Bridge and assembled in a vacant lot on the other side of the Willamette River. At 12.20 p.m., Biggs, speaking into a megaphone, declared the rally over — and began organizing buses to shuttle attendees over state lines into Vancouver, Washington, for a cookout. Proud Boys put out a statement later on Saturday that sent a clear message to the famously liberal city: we’ll be back. “Antifa maintains a stranglehold on the Pacific Northwest locale,” they said. “The gathering was never about bringing carnage or violence to the City of Portland, it was about financially crippling the progressive hotbed until they take action against Antifa and showcasing the power of peaceful political action.”

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Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally. A few hundred fascists once again invaded Portland for a much-anticipated rally Saturday, but this time were mostly deprived of the violent spectacle they crave, as a much larger group of anti-fascists made them know they weren’t welcome in this city. The fascists belonged to far-right groups including the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and the Three Percenters. And whereas at previous Portland rallies these groups have often confronted and attacked anti-fascist protesters, this time they were barely given the chance to do so. Upon arriving at Tom McCall Waterfront Park around Saturday, they were kept separated from their foes by concrete barriers and a phalanx of police. Ultimately though, counterprotesters Saturday felt victorious. They’d amassed a giant, anti-fascist coalition, which can be mobilized to oppose future fascist rallies. And they’d developed new strategies. Many counterprotesters wore costumes to the rally. There was a person dressed as a unicorn and a brass band dressed as bananas. It was a tactic, a PopMob organizer told HuffPost, meant to disrupt the “toxic masculinity riot porn” the Proud Boys produce after these rallies for propaganda purposes. Whatever videos the Proud Boys might post from the day’s events, there’d be, for example, an anti-fascist dressed as a poop emoji in the background. “The social pressure and evolving diverse and incredibly fun tactics of PopMob; the seriousness of the Portland Police; and the number of city, civic and business leaders mobilized seems to have taken serious steam out of the white nationalist/alt-right protest,” Eric Ward, executive director at the Western States Center, a Portland-based civil rights group, wrote in a statement Saturday evening. “You are an amazing community Portland and you showed up this month and it mattered,” Ward continued. “Community and leadership made this happen and you showed up with a lot of both. Goodnight from the Rose City.”

Portland protests: 13 arrested as police declare civil disturbance (live updates)

Portland protests now a ‘civil disturbance’; at least 13 arrested. Opposing groups clashed in downtown Portland.

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Riotlandia: Why Portland has become the epicenter of far-right violence. PORTLAND, OREGON IS bracing for a storm of far-right violence. In July, Joe Biggs, a former staffer at the far-right conspiracist site Infowars announced an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in Portland this Saturday. Its aim: the local antifa movement. Biggs, who’s encouraged date rape and punching transgender people, told followers on Twitter to bring guns, declared “DEATH TO ANTIFA!!!!!!”, displayed a spiked weapon saying that it “will be put to good use,” and posted memes about death squads murdering leftists before his account was suspended. The “End Antifa” rally organizers include Enrique Tarrio, chair of the violence-prone Proud Boys, which is designated as a general hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and “Rufio Panman,” the alias of Ethan Nordean, a brawny street fighter whose knockout punch of an antifascist in Portland in June 2018 was used as a recruiting tool for the Proud Boys. This week’s rally was called after right-wing media personality and provocateur Andy Ngo was attacked in Portland on June 29 while filming a Patriot Prayer rally heavily outnumbered by antifa. A video shows him being punched, kicked, and hit with coconut milkshakes and silly string by masked individuals. by @arunindy

How Portland's liberal utopia became the center of a rightwing war in the US. Saturday will see the latest in a long line of far-right gatherings that have plagued the city over the last few years as groups including the Proud Boys descend on the area.

Arrests precede major demonstrations in Portland, Oregon. Gibson, who is not involved in this weekend’s event but organized similar rallies in 2017 and 2018 that erupted in clashes, surrendered Friday on an arrest warrant for rioting. He was at a confrontation that broke out on May 1 outside a bar where members of the so-called “antifa” movement had gathered after a May Day demonstration. In a video he livestreamed on Facebook, Gibson accused the police of playing politics by arresting him and other right-wing members but not the masked demonstrators who beat up conservative blogger Andy Ngo at a June 29 rally. A video of that attack went viral and led the Proud Boys, who have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to organize Saturday’s event.

Are the Proud Boys Done or Are They Just Getting Started? As the 2020 election approaches, there could be an increase in violence from the far-right group, says a researcher tracking the spread of the Proud Boys. via @RollingStone

Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'. The group ‘Team Rugged’ offers ‘patriotic and biblical training’ that includes instruction on how to use knives and guns. The Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in “biblical warfare” that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, with lessons based in part on the teachings of a Georgia-based neo-Confederate pastor, emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.

A Crash Course in Far-Right Symbols (Updated Version)

Conservative media dismiss NY Times report showing the El Paso shooter echoed their anti-immigrant rhetoric

How white supremacy went mainstream in the US: 8chan, Trump, voter suppression. The same anxiety that drives white supremacists has motivated Republicans to disenfranchise populations that don’t vote for them. efore he opened fire on an El Paso, Texas shopping center, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more, the accused gunman, Patrick Crusius, allegedly posted a manifesto online explicitly stating his motivation: he was trying to stop a “Hispanic invasion of Texas”. In April, another shooter attacked a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one woman and wounding three other people. In his a “manifesto” attributed to him, he claimed he was responding to the “meticulously planned genocide of the European race”.

El Paso massacre upends white nationalists’ normalization strategy. The larger goal was what many white nationalists call “Phase 2” — gaining mainstream acceptance for far-right ideas widely rejected as repugnant and getting white nationalists into positions of influence. The normalization effort included softened rhetoric and social gatherings that, for many groups, would increasingly replace confrontational rallies. “The strategy is internally focused now — having families get together,” said alt-right blogger Brad Griffin, a self-avowed white nationalist from Montgomery, Alabama. He fondly recalled a river-tubing trip he organized in 2018 for friends who had attended a local white nationalist conference. The goal of such low-key gatherings, he said, is to spread far-right ideology away from the public spectacle of a public protest. “It’s a lot more fun to do that than to go out and tangle with Antifa” — members of America’s far-left “anti-fascist” movement — “and get hit with piss balloons in the street.” via @Reuters

State Department suspends energy staffer linked to white supremacist group. The State Department has put on leave an employee of its energy bureau after reports that he has been an active member of a white supremacist group for more than five years, two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Matthew Gebert, a foreign affairs officer for the department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, was linked to the Washington D.C.-area chapter of a white supremacist organization and published racist propaganda online, according to a report published Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate speech.

$250 million lawsuit from Covington student against Washington Post dismissed by judge. A $250 million defamation lawsuit filed by Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post was dismissed by a federal judge on Friday afternoon. Judge William O. Bertelsman ruled that seven Washington Post articles and three tweets focusing on the Covington Catholic High School student, who became the center of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, were protected by the First Amendment and deemed opinion. “Few principles of law are as well-established as the rule that statements of opinion are not actionable in libel actions,” Bertelsman wrote. “The statements that Sandmann challenges constitute protected opinions that may not form the basis for a defamation claim.” Sandmann’s suit characterized the Post’s coverage as libelous. The judge, however, cited case law that the statements made in the stories on Sandmann must be “more than annoying, offensive or embarrassing.”

Ole Miss students posed for a photo with guns in front of a shot-up Emmett Till memorial. Now they face a possible civil rights investigation. Three University of Mississippi students have been suspended from their fraternity house and face possible investigation by the Department of Justice after posing with guns in front of a bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil rights icon Emmett Till.

3 sentenced for violence at Virginia white nationalist rally. Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot. The men were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville by Judge Norman Moon. Daley, 26, of Torrance, California, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Gillen, 25, of Redondo Beach, California, received a sentence of 33 months. Miselis, 30, of Lawndale, California, received 27 months.

Retaking Everything: The Story of Identity Dixie - Southern Poverty Law Center

Toledo man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack. An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields, Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Last month, Fields received a life sentence on 29 federal hate crime charges. via @toledonews

Today Tennessee celebrates the first grand wizard of the KKK. The state’s governor is not considering changing a law creating holidays for three confederate leaders. Tennessee is honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave trader, confederate general, and Ku Klux Klan leader today, according to a state law that Republican Gov. Bill Lee and his predecessors have kept in place. via @MotherJones

Proud Boys Rally Rocked by Sex, Cocaine Allegations. On one side of the fight: Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose losing campaigns against the liberal stalwart have become a cause celebre on the right. On the other: the Proud Boys, the all-male group of self-described “Western chauvinists,” and DeAnna Lorraine, a self-styled MAGA relationship expert and Navarro’s ex-girlfriend.

Proud Boys-friendly provocateur Andy Ngo went to a Proud Boys rally in Portland to film/harass people protesting the hate group. After repeatedly being told to back off & stop sticking a camera in their faces, things escalated and Ngo capitalized. — Pastor Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) July 5, 2019

Tonight DC's #Antifa @DCDefend held a community gathering to speak about their plans for this coming week.
Following Trump's event on the 4th, a "Free Speech Rally" on the 6th is expected to attract many of his high-profile supporters.
Antifa intends to show up. — Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) July 3, 2019 DC Antifa Hold "Community Gathering" To Discuss July 6 Plans

Man convicted in Charlottesville attack asks for "mercy". The Adolf Hitler admirer who plowed his car through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge to show mercy and sentence him to a prison term shorter than a life sentence. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that he should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. “No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote.

Portland police Lt. Jeff Niiya shared doubts about Joey Gibson’s promises to be peaceful at protests, emails show. The Portland police lieutenant under investigation for his friendly text and email exchanges with right-wing protest leader Joey Gibson at one point told his supervisors that he had started to doubt Gibson’s promises to remain peaceful. Lt. Jeff Niiya shared his concerns as the Police Bureau was preparing for competing rallies planned for Dec. 23, 2017 -- Gibson’s March for Jesus event and Direct Action Alliance’s community feed and clothing drive.

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest. In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America's Promise Ministries. In late April, a self-described "American Nationalist" named Brittany Pettibone appeared at a meeting of Kootenai County, Idaho, Republicans to ask for help to bring her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, to the country from Austria. Pettibone, 26, said Sellner wants to marry her and live in Post Falls, Idaho. The Guardian published internet chats from 2017 in which a Washington state legislator and three other men discussed confronting "leftists" with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation. James "Russell" Bolton, 51, faces at least six charges of extortion and attempted theft after he was arrested recently in West Virginia. Bolton has led a militia group called the Stevens County Assembly.The messages prompted Washington House Democrats to demand that the Republican lawmaker, Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, be reprimanded for a history of far-right speech and activities. While Shea did not propose violence, he did not speak up when violence was proposed, Democrats said. Hoover, the Gonzaga professor, said it is a mistake to consider all of the above as separate incidents. "These are movements," Hoover said, noting participants are not doing this alone. "They have interconnectedness over the internet."

NEW: Tennessee Police Protect White Nationalist Think Tank Meeting In State Park … Our latest article reports from Montgomery Bell State Park Resort, which rolled out the welcome mat for the white nationalist American Renaissance conference last weekend.

The Proud Boys street gang likes to argue it's a "drinking club" that provides security against its anti-fascist opponents. In reality, members plan violence for months before they attack, according to leaked chat logs obtained by HuffPost.

The Proud Boys. A Republican Party Street Gang. by Emily Gorcenski

Once Defiant, All Four White Supremacists Charged in Charlottesville Violence Plead Guilty. Guilty pleas last week by two prominent members of the Rise Above Movement came after pledges to fight federal charges and claims that those jailed were political prisoners punished for their controversial views. The men proclaimed their innocence, and their backers described them in social media posts as “patriots” and “political prisoners.” The gang, known as the Rise Above Movement and based in Southern California, set up an anonymous tip line for people to share evidence that might exonerate the imprisoned members, and it established a legal defense fund, with donations taken via PayPal and bitcoin. But in the following months, the men, one after the other, have pleaded guilty. Last Friday saw the final two guilty pleas, including one from Ben Daley, 26, one of the group’s leaders. He was joined by Michael Miselis, 30, a former Northrop Grumman aerospace engineer. The men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot.

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case - Southern Poverty Law Center

2 more Rise Above Movement members, from the South Bay, plead guilty to federal riot charges. Two prominent members of the Rise Above Movement – a white-supremacist group based in Southern California – pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of conspiracy to riot in connection with the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Benjamin Drake Daley, 26, of Redondo Beach and Michael Paul Miselis, 30, of Lawndale entered their guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. Each now faces up to five years in federal prison when sentenced in July, officials said. Two other members, arrested with Daley and Miselis in October, had already pleaded guilty: Thomas Walter Gillen of Redondo Beach and Cole Evan White of Clayton, California.

California man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy in 'Unite the Right' rally. Thomas Walter Gillen, 25, a member of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group, entered the guilty plea on Monday in U.S. District Court, where he admitted traveling to rallies in California and Virginia with the purpose of committing acts of violence. Four members of the group were charged last October. In addition to Gillen, the other three were Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, and Cole Evan White. In November, White pleaded guilty. Miselis and Daley, who prosecutors say both traveled to Europe after the Charlottesville rally to meet with neo-Nazi and fascist groups and attended a festival in Germany celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday, are being held without bond.

So this bullshit just went down today at Politics & Prose. White nationalists disrupting @JonathanMetzl talk on his book Dying of Whiteness. Point made. @PM_Learn Catherine Wigginton (@cewigginton)


Rep. Matt Gaetz hires ex-White House aide ousted for white nationalist ties. “Very proud to have the talented Dr. Darren Beattie helping our team as a Special Advisor for Speechwriting. Welcome on board!” Gaetz tweeted Friday. Beattie was fired from the White House in August 2018 after reports that he had delivered remarks at a 2016 conference, dubbed an “active hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, alongside a well-known white nationalist, Richard Spencer. Organizers of the event, the H.L. Mencken Club, described it as a gathering for the “independent-minded intellectuals and academics of the Right.” But the SPLC has described its attendees as “a band of white nationalists, pseudoacademic and academic racists.” via @politico

What we know about the man who allegedly burned three black churches in Louisiana

Trump Supporters Now Claim He Didn’t Call Neo-Nazis ‘Very Fine People’. Trump supporters have seized on the idea that it’s unfair for the media to say Trump said there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when referring to white supremacists. “What are your thoughts about President Trump’s remarks regarding the Charlottesville demonstration, where he’s quoted as saying ‘you also had some very fine people on both sides?’” Gohmert said. “The media has completely distorted the truth of that episode,” Klein replied. This is a surprising move, given that there are videos and transcripts of Trump original remarks. But Trump supporters, led by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, have seized on the idea that it’s unfair for the media to say Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” when referring to the white supremacists.

Man wearing Maga hat who 'slashed man with sword' charged with attempted murder

Suspect wearing 'MAGA' hat charged with attempted murder in alleged sword attack

New video from the Alt-Right playbook explainer series: "Always a Bigger Fish"

US hate groups have seen ideas enter mainstream in Trump era, report finds

Coast Guard lieutenant is a 'domestic terrorist' who compiled hit list, investigators say

A White Boy Called My Daughter A “Nigger”

Hardcore White Supremacists Elevate Dylann Roof to Cult Hero Status.

Founder of Proud Boys sues over being labeled hate group. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes sued the U.S. Southern Poverty Law Center on Monday for defamation after it labeled his organization a hate group, alleging the designation was aimed at getting him kicked off social media platforms.

His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington

The Dangers of a Press Over-Correction via @onthemedia

Covington bishop apologizes to teen in face-off with Native American. In a letter to parents, the Most Rev. Roger Foys said the diocese was too quick to condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students, particularly those of Nicholas Sandmann, the boy who was seen on video facing off with Native American elder Nathan Phillips as he performed the song "American Indian Movement" near the Lincoln Memorial. "We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it," Foys wrote. "I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family, as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal." via @nbcnews

Kentucky bishop argues wearing MAGA hats not 'pro-life'. A Kentucky Catholic bishop argued that the Covington Catholic high school students at the center of a recent viral controversy after their confrontation with a Native American activist sparked outrage cannot be “pro-life” while supporting a president “who denigrates the lives of immigrants.” Lexington Bishop John Stowe wrote in an op-ed this week that as the leader of the Catholic Church in the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky he joins “the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders in apologizing” for the actions of the group of Catholic students over the viral confrontation following their involvement with the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. “I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest,” he continued. “As such, I believe that U.S. Catholics must take a look at how our support of the fundamental right to life has become separated from the even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person.”

Chants, cheers and the question of insensitivity: The culture of CovCath via @freep

Controversy over students mocking Native American strikes national chord. On the contrary, wrote Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, watching every available video “doesn’t greatly change the substance of what you see on the video, which is a middle aged Native American activist/elder beating a ceremonial drum in the face of what appears to be a bemused and cocky teenager while his classmates surrounding them, mostly wearing Maga caps, jeer and taunt the man with chopping motions.”

The Credibility of 'Our Boys'. Much like similarly sympathetic—and credulous—coverage of Kavanaugh, the segment granted Sandmann and his peers a wealth of credibility that their whiteness and class status secures them. It’s a necessary practice, the argument goes, because the alternative is unacceptable: “ruining” the life of one of our boys. As David French put it in the National Review, when he sees “activists” trying to “destroy” Covington boys, he thinks: “That could be my son.” He argues that it’s the same feeling conservatives get when they saw Kavanaugh and thought: “That could be me.”

Skip TODAY Show, Watch This Interview With Nathan Phillips Instead. While mainstream media rushes to center the MAGA teens who taunted the Omaha elder, watch the Indigenous leader describe what really happened after the Indigenous Peoples March. via @colorlines

Here's where we're at with the MAGA hat–wearing Covington boys

Louisville public relations firm RunSwitch PR played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy. RunSwitch partners Steve Bryant and Gary Gerdemann said that Sandmann family asked people they knew over the weekend about getting help with handling the media. via @courierjournal

The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance 🤦🏼‍♀️ @roflinds January 21, 2019

The whole story: Before and after video of Nathan Phillips, #MAGAyouth and more via @IndianCountry

Viral standoff between a tribal elder and a high schooler is more complicated than it first seemed

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Maga hat boy's mother blames 'black Muslims' for son's confrontation with Native American man

Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong, writes @robbysoave

‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him. Nathan Phillips, a veteran in the indigenous rights movement, was that man in the middle. In an interview Saturday, Phillips, 64, said he felt threatened by the teens and that they suddenly swarmed around him as and other activists were wrapping up the march and preparing to leave. Phillips, who was singing the American Indian Movement song of unity that serves as a ceremony to send the spirits home, said he noticed tensions beginning to escalate when the teens and other apparent participants from the nearby March for Life rally began taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd. A few people in the March for Life crowd began to chant “Build that wall, build that wall,” he said.

Mob of young MAGA hat wearers surrounds Native American elder and mock him

Haaland condemns students' behavior toward Native elder at Indigenous Peoples March

Republican Rep. Steve King embraced white supremacy, and the media had no idea how to cover it

4 arrested after throwing paint-filled water balloons at protesters outside White House. Activist Jovi Val held a rally in support of James Alex Fields, the man who drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring a number of other people. Val and his group were holding the rally to support “oppressed conservatives” across the U.S. | WTOP via @WTOP

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Armed protesters gather for planned 'judgment day' demonstration at Michigan Capitol. In one video taken from Thursday's demonstrations, a person can be seen dangling a doll from a rope, before a tussle breaks out on the grounds outside the Capitol building, according to footage obtained by FOX17 in Michigan. According to a report from Michigan Live, the small fight took place as one person tried to remove the hanging doll from the pole from which it was tied. Michigan police said there were no injuries and no arrests. "We just encourage and ask everybody to be as peaceful as they can," Erica Pettinaro, a co-founder of Michigan United for Liberty, told the AP.

DHS warns of increase in violent extremism amid coronavirus lockdowns. A DHS memo cites recent arrests of individuals who have threatened government facilities and elected officials over health restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. via @politico

Arrests in Four States of Racially Motivated Violent Extremists Targeting Journalists and Activists. The defendants charged in the conspiracy include: Cameron Brandon Shea, 24, of Redmond, Washington; Kaleb Cole, 24, of Montgomery, Texas; Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe, 20, of Spring Hill, Florida, and Johnny Roman Garza, 20, of Queen Creek, Arizona. follow link, scroll down for images

The FBI Says Violent Hate Crimes Have Surged To A 16-Year High. Activists Aren't Surprised. This report should sound an alarm that we all must do better to create a country where marginalized communities are safe and protected against hate violence. via @ellievhall

Video Shows Man in MAGA Hat Blasting Anti-Trump Protesters With Bear Repellent. After ten minutes of the groups exchanging taunts and chants then “everything went to crap,” police said. While some anti-Trump protesters were screaming and others scattered in an attempt to avoid the spray, the man in the MAGA hat went towards an anti-Trump protester who was being held on the ground by Trump supporters and sprayed him. The video also shows that before the man in the MAGA hat was arrested, he pled with police, claiming anti-Trump protesters attacked him, calling them “fucking libtards” and “commies.” The video showed no such thing. via @RollingStone

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House Democrats Just Demanded These Neo-Nazi Groups Be Prosecuted as International Terrorists. On Wednesday, New York Rep. Max Rose, who chairs the counterterrorism subcommittee, submitted a letter to the State Department, co-signed by 39 members of Congress. It urged the department to designate Azov Battalion (a far-right paramilitary regiment in Ukraine), National Action (a neo-Nazi group based in the U.K.), and Nordic Resistance Movement (a neo-Nazi network from Scandinavia) as terrorist organizations. “It’s clear that the threat we face today is of a self-radicalized gunman,” Rose, a Democrat, told VICE News. “Somebody who has been radicalized online, whether it’s in accordance with jihadi ideology or a global white nationalist, neo-Nazi group.”

FBI Crackdown on Atomwaffen Division Heats Up With New Arrests. Two members of a Virginia cell and an active-duty soldier who belongs to an offshoot group have been charged in recent weeks. Other recent cases include the August arrest of Conor Climo, a former Army combat engineer and security guard charged with planning attacks on a synagogue and a bar with a largely LGBT clientele, and the Sept. 21 bust of Jarrett William Smith, 24, an Army soldier stationed in Kansas who is charged with sharing viable bomb-making instructions online and strategizing to attack Beto O’Rourke, CNN’s New York headquarters, and Antifa activists. The feds say Climo was affiliated with Atomwaffen Division and its offshoot, Feuerkrieg Division; Smith claimed membership in Feuerkrieg, according to an account on the messaging platform Telegram that was tied to Smith in court papers.

Anti-Muslim Hate Group to Hold Gala at Mar-a-Lago. An anti-Muslim hate group that claims to have close ties to the White House is hosting its annual gala at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, with tickets starting at $1,500. ACT for America is going in a new direction with the Mar-a-Lago event in Palm Beach, Florida. The group has traditionally held its annual conference, including a gala, around Sept. 11 in the Washington, D.C., area. This year's ticket prices represent about a 400 percent increase over previous years, which ranged from $250 to $350. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Militia Movement Rhetoric Elevated to National Level. A weekend tweet by President Donald Trump mirrors the language of a militia movement that has been calling for civil war for at least three years and gives extremist groups a powerful seal of approval. On Sunday, Trump tweeted a comment that the Rev. Robert Jeffress made on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that same day. “....If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” - Southern Poverty Law Center

Former U.S. Soldier Who Fought With Ukrainian Far-Right Militia Wanted For U.S. Murder. Craig Lang, 29, is one of two Army veterans implicated in the 2018 murder of a couple, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, where the killing occurred. The case is one of a growing number involving former U.S. veterans and U.S.-based extremists and white supremacist groups who have cultivated ties with Ukrainian right-wing groups in recent years. Lang, who was being held in a jail in central Ukraine as of September 26, has also been linked to another U.S. soldier who was arrested on September 21 in Kansas, and who had asked Lang for help with traveling to Ukraine to fight for another right-wing paramilitary group. That soldier, Jarrett William Smith, is expected to make an initial court appearance in a Kansas federal court on September 26. According to the Florida criminal complaint, Lang and another former U.S. Army soldier, Alex Zwiefelhofer, were accused of robbing the Florida couple in 2018 and then killing them in an effort to get money to travel to Venezuela to "participate in an armed conflict against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."

The complaint said in September 2016, as Zwiefelhofer was returning to the United States, that he told agents from the FBI and U.S. Customs that he and Lang had fought in Ukraine with a group called Right Sector.

Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database. This database provides an overview of many of the symbols most frequently used by a variety of white supremacist groups and movements, as well as some other types of hate groups.

Furries deplatform Milo. [Milo] registered for Midwest FurFest, a convention “to celebrate the furry fandom” hosted in the suburbs on Chicago this December. “Furries,” as they’re often called, are groups of people who have interest in animal personas with human characteristics; people who participate in the subculture often present themselves as non-human characters via art and costumes. Yiannopoulos also claimed on Telegram that he had submitted a form to suggest he host a panel called “The Politics of Fur.” He asked his followers who plan to attend Midwest FurFest to message him to arrange “dinner, drinks, photos or anything else.” After numerous complaints online, Midwest FurFest put out a statement on Twitter: “We have received a number of mentions and support tickets today – we assure all attendees that your safety is of the utmost importance and is not being ignored. We are investigating all concerns being relayed to us.” Among furs is a surprisingly large far-right contingent: virtually unsocialized men taking advantage of a social milieu that's vulnerable to exploitation and trolling. Furry fandom is a freebase microcosm of all that the internet dissolves and binds, and so here comes Milo, tearing for a last redoubt.

Three Percent Security Force’s Split Highlights Plague of Infighting. Chris Hill led the Three Percent Security Force for years, but it appears that the organization may be nearing its end. Six of nine chapters Hill led recently abandoned him, according to members’ posts on social media. Then those branches aligned with the leader of the group's Ohio chapter, Skylar Steward, a former member ousted by Hill. Together, they formed American Constitutional Elites. Hatewatch could not determine the status of the other three chapters. Michael Ubriaco, who uses the name Mike Rage on Facebook and belongs to the Three Percenter movement, commented about the perpetual upheaval. “Jesus christ!!!!!!! Here we go again,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I love everyone but this is why I stay independent. This drama is too much, and the reason Patriots can’t get shit right.” Events of the last five years support Ubriaco's views about dissension within antigovernment militias. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Former Marine said he’d ‘slaughter’ antifa. The FBI, using Oregon’s new red flag law, took his guns away. Shane Kohfield stood outside the home of Portland’s mayor in July wearing body armor and a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, a large knife strapped to one shoulder and a copy of his concealed weapons permit displayed on the other. His protest activity, he said, has been limited to the event outside the mayor’s house and a right-wing rally last fall in downtown Portland, both organized by local conservative activist Haley Adams. he sent a letter to Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. Kohfield told Crenshaw that Congress needed to take immediate steps to declare antifa a terrorist organization. Otherwise, he and other veterans would have no choice but to begin systematically killing antifa members “until we have achieved genocide.” Kohfield included a detailed outline of how he would carry out the mission, which he argued would be legally justified if the federal government refused to act. The U.S. Capitol Police shared the letter with the FBI’s Portland office, which assigned the case to a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy serving on the area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, court records show. Deputy Jeremy Stinson interviewed Kohfield and his father at their home in April, according to the court documents. Stinson learned Kohfield had served in the Marines and kept guns in the house. Kohfield told the deputy he would defend himself the next time members of antifa attacked him.

The Trump supporters who have committed or threatened violence in the name of the president. Dozens of supporters of Donald Trump have carried out or threatened acts of violence. Here, the Guardian lists them all.

A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined. The official, Matthew Q. Gebert, works as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources, a State Department spokesperson told Hatewatch. Online, and in private correspondences with other white nationalists, Gebert uses “Coach Finstock” as a pseudonym. Through that alias, he expressed a desire to build a country for whites only. “[Whites] need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split,” “Coach Finstock” said on a May 2018 episode of “The Fatherland,” a white nationalist podcast. “That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”

White Nationalists Praise El Paso Attack and Mock the Dead - Southern Poverty Law Center

“No One Really Knew Him”: Everything We Know About the El Paso Mass Shooting Suspect. Patrick Crusius traveled over 650 miles from his home in Allen, Texas, Saturday before walking into the Walmart store in El Paso armed with an automatic rifle and killing 20 people. The police have yet to confirm a motive for Crusius’s attack, but the 21-year-old is believed to have posted a hate-filled manifesto to an anonymous online message board 45 minutes before the shooting, citing his support for the New Zealand mosque terrorist and saying his attack “is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

Ted Cruz introduces resolution to call Antifa a terror organization in the face of murderous far-right attacks. Last year was the fourth-deadliest in the nation for right-wing extremist violence, according to data from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It's Made Him A Victim And A Star. via @bernstein

Gov. Bill Lee proclaimed that Saturday is Nathan Bedford Forrest Day, in honor of a man who was the KKK's first grand wizard, a Confederate war criminal and a slave owner. The day of observation calls on Tennesseans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave-owning war criminal and Klan grand wizard.

To Whom It May Concern, I got your hate letter. I'd love to clarify many of your comments, which incidentally are ignorant and hateful. Unfortunately, your cowardly anonymity does not allow me to directly engage with you. Immigrants are makers, not takers #HereToStay #ThisIsHome — Omar Carrera - CEO (@canalalliance) July 1, 2019


Anti-LGBT Conference Showcases Breadth of a Church Movement's Hate - Southern Poverty Law Center

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left - Southern Poverty Law Center

Detroit police chief faces backlash over neo-Nazi protest at Pride event. James Craig was criticized after officers escorted National Socialist Movement members who carried weapons at Motor City Pride.

OFFICIALS SAY: Accused pro-nazi Cadet admits to running Twitter account. An ROTC cadet accused of operating a pro-Nazi and white supremacist Twitter account while at a North Carolina college has admitted the account was hers after enrolling in ROTC at a second school in the state, U.S. Army Cadet Command officials said this week. During an investigation into “online behavior that is not consistent with Army values,” Cadet Marth Gerdes of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte admitted to posting anti-Semitic, racist and anti-gay statements on Twitter, Maj. Dean Carter, a command spokesman, said Monday in an emailed statement.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left - Southern Poverty Law Center. Candace Owens, then communications director for the right-wing student group Turning Point USA, wrote off white nationalism as a fearmongering “election strategy” on the part of Democrats. “If they were really concerned about white nationalism, they’d hold hearings on antifa,” she told the committee. If you listened only to Owens’s testimony, you might never learn that the vast majority of extremist murders committed in 2018 were carried out by members of the far right who were steeped in white supremacist ideology. Or that the number of those murders is increasing. Or that many of the tech companies that control the online spaces where violent white supremacists become radicalized are failing to moderate hate content effectively, creating a fertile space for frustrated white men to become socialized into the world of hate.

Armed neo-Nazis at Detroit pride parade ‘wanted Charlottesville No. 2,’ chief says. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said neo-Nazis who interrupted the Motor City Pride Festival over the weekend intended on creating “Charlottesville No. 2.” The department has been under fire from some after video on social media emerged that seemingly showed police marching with members of the National Socialist Party. However, Craig on Monday applauded his department’s conduct, noting that its No. 1 goal was keeping the peace.

Why Detroit police 'escorted' Nazis at Motor City Pride via @freep

Detroit chief: Nazis wanted 'Charlottesville 2.0' at Detroit gay pride event via @detroitnews

Armed neo-Nazis get a police escort to disrupt Detroit Pride. via @slate

Armed neo-Nazis march with police protection during Detroit Pride parade

Why a Judge Just Let 3 White Supremacist Fight Club Members Go Free. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney called the Anti-Riot statute “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes protected speech.”

Judge Tosses All Charges in White Nationalist Rioting Plot. Members of the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM) were arrested on charges of plotting riots and inciting violence across the Golden State in 2017. One member of the group, Tyler Laube, pleaded guilty to the charge while the other three, Robert Rundo, Robert Boman and Aaron Eason were ordered released on Monday.

Indiana man sentenced to federal prison for vandalism at Carmel synagogue via @indystar

Trump ramps up war against 'political bias' with new social media reporting tool. The form urges users to post screenshots to back up claims of political bias and it also asks for the respondent's first and last name, zip code, phone number and their citizenship of residency status. - ABC News -

American Nazis protested a Holocaust remembrance event. A university's scholarship is part of the reason why. For the past five years, Joyce Griffis and Congregation Chaim B'Derech have held a Holocaust March for Remembrance in Russellville, Arkansas. It's always been solemn and peaceful. CNN sent protest organizer Billy Roper a number of questions in the days after the protest, but he has not responded. On his blog, he says he organized his group to protest what he called an "anti-Christian Holocaust Remembrance March." Controversy over the new scholarship at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville named for a now-deceased professor, Michael Link, has grown into a groundswell of opposition from the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish leaders. Link purportedly taught that Holocaust denial is a valid historical viewpoint. @CNN

Andrew Neil: questions to Ben Shapiro were legitimate. The interview, which aired on Friday, became acrimonious as Neil robustly interrogated Shapiro about previous remarks such as “Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap”. Shapiro accused Neil of being a “lefty” and ended the interview prematurely. Shapiro later apologised for misinterpreting Neil’s “antagonism as political leftism” and conceded that he had been “destroyed” in the debate, adding he had not properly prepared for the interview. Josh Hammer, the editor-at-large of the Daily Wire channel, which broadcasts The Ben Shapiro Show, described the interview as a “hostile dredging up of nine-year-old (repudiated!) tweets” and questioned why Neil had not focused on Shapiro’s new book.

A short history of Turning Point USA's racism. Turning Point USA is often associated with the time its members wore diapers in an attempt at “triggering” liberals, but this should not be the only public failure the group is remembered for. The conservative organization, which focuses on increasing right-wing political influence on college campuses, has a long history of involvement in racist incidents that are now permanently linked to its name.

Can someone just clip the bit where Ben Shapiro calls Andrew Neil on “the left” and Neil laughs at him and says “Mr Shapiro if you only know how ridiculous” you sound, that would be great. Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef)

BBC News - US politics: Andrew Neil and Ben Shapiro on abortion, Obama and Middle East. “I am not inclined to continue an interview with someone as badly motivated as you” US conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro ends spiky interview with @afneil

The alleged synagogue shooter was a churchgoer who talked Christian theology, raising tough questions for evangelical pastors. Before he allegedly walked into a synagogue in Poway, Calif., and opened fire, John Earnest appears to have written a seven-page letter spelling out his core beliefs: that Jewish people, guilty in his view of faults ranging from killing Jesus to controlling the media, deserved to die. That his intention to kill Jews would glorify God. Days later, the Rev. Mika Edmondson read those words and was stunned. “It certainly calls for a good amount of soul-searching,” said Edmondson, a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a small evangelical denomination founded to counter liberalism in mainline Presbyterianism. Earnest, 19, was a member of an OPC congregation. His father was an elder. He attended regularly. And in the manifesto, the writer spewed not only invective against Jews and racial minorities but also cogent Christian theology he heard in the pews.

A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can. If you remember Katie McHugh, it’s probably because of the tweets. A short selection: “British settlers built the USA. ‘Slaves’ built the country much as cows ‘built’ McDonald’s. Amateur…” “The only way to strike a balance between vigilance, discrimination, (& terror) is to end Muslim immigration.” "Funny how Europeans assimilated, unlike Third Worlders demanding welfare while raping, killing Americans." There are many more examples, but this is the big one, the one that ultimately triggered her firing from her job as a writer and editor at Breitbart News in 2017: “There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn't live there."

COMMENTARY: Radical Democrats hate the United States. Like I said, “Joe McCarthy wasn’t wrong, he was just early.” Joe McCarthy would have a field day with today’s Democrat politicians. He’d be a hero for defending America from evil, radical Marxist politicians posing as “Democrats.” We’d be giving him ticker-tape parades. The House Un-American Activities Committee served as a model for McCarthy in the Senate. Let me ask you bluntly: How much more un-American can you get than the ideas espoused just in the past few days by Democrats? Contact Wayne Allyn Root via @reviewjournal

Afghanistan war vet plotted to bomb Long Beach white nationalist rally, feds say

White nationalist rally doesn’t materialize as counter-protestors fill Bluff Park via @LongBeachPost

Rabbi Says Poway Shooting Victim's Funeral Will Be Most Difficult Of His Career. Oscar Stewart, 51, had been inside in the synagogue with his wife and stepdaughter. A veteran of both the Navy and the Army, Stewart confronted the gunman. “I was standing in the back and I heard the gunshot and into the lobby. I saw him and he fired two more rounds," Stewart said. "And I charged him at that point. He saw me and he dropped his weapon and he turned and ran." Normally, he said he sits in the front, which is why he said it was "God's will" he was in the back Saturday. Eventually, a member of the congregation, who is a border patrol agent in the El Centro Sector, ran out of the temple and began firing at the suspect. via @KPBSnews

Attorney: Coast Guard officer isn't facing terrorism charges. Christopher Hasson, 49, has remained in custody since his Feb. 15 arrest and subsequent indictment in Maryland on firearms and drug charges. Hasson's attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing Monday that prosecutors recently disclosed that they don't expect to seek any additional charges.

The plot against America: Inside the Christian right plan to "remodel" the nation

Evangelical Taylor U community in uproar over Pence speech: "Deeply at odds with following Christ"

Understanding the Alt-Right's Growing Fascination with 'Eco-Fascism' One name frequently cited by the #Ecofash is that of Ted Kaczynski; or as they affectionately name him, “Uncle Ted.” Otherwise known as The Unabomber, Kaczynski was a math-teacher-turned-terrorist who went on an 18-year bombing spree around the US between 1978 and 1996, killing three people and injuring 23 others. Kaczynski was radicalized after the land around his woodland cabin was bought by property developers. He saw himself as a Neo-luddite, fighting against the corporate world in favor of a more primitive lifestyle. Another key thinker on eco-fascism is the 86-year-old Finnish polemicist Pentti Linkola. A fisherman by trade, he believes that democracy doesn’t function and that the only way to prevent ecological collapse is to impose dictatorships that could force humans to be green. This would involve killing people en masse so as to avoid overpopulation—which he labels as the main cause behind the degradation of the planet. His ideology is summed up pretty well by the following quote: "What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship's axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides."

Ocasio-Cortez links Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro to death threat against Ilhan Omar. via @slate

Trump under fire over Islamophobia after man threatens to kill Ilhan Omar

Trump Homeland Security Official Suggested Antifascists Were ‘The Actual Threats’ Here’s what Katie Gorka has been up to at work. Emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show Homeland Security officials working to find reasons to cancel funding for a Muslim civil rights group and a nonprofit that deradicalizes white supremacists.

Vandals Spray Graffiti On and Inside Several Cars in El Cajon. It happened in El Cajon in the early hours of April Fool's day along and near Cordial Road off the Lake Jennings Park Road exit. The next morning Denise Ruis saw her friend’s car, who is staying with them, covered with black and blue spray paint. All four tires were slashed. They even wrote President Trump’s name on the hood and wrote numbers in black paint on their fence. They have lived there for two years and have always felt safe until now. She said another neighbor a couple of houses down had the name “Trump” written in spray paint on his vehicle. via @nbcsandiego

New Zealand killer scrawled 'inspiration' for shooting spree on guns via @MailOnline

Trump supporter drives ‘build the wall’ float past New Zealand mourners at Cleveland City Hall.

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich

U.S. sees steady rise in violence by white supremacists

Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance, Arivaca, Arizona. Arizona Border Recon Founder Tim Foley. Shawna Forde, the leader of Minuteman American Defense, a militia that patrolled the Borderlands for migrants. they murdered Raul “Junior” Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia. a tall redheaded conspiracy theorist named Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer, who often goes by Lewis Arthur. Bryan Melchior of Sandy, Utah who ran a group called the Utah Gun Exchange. Ben Bergquam, a California talk radio host with over 100,000 Facebook followers. ARIZONA BORDER RECON is a three-person organization composed of Foley, his girlfriend, Jan Fields, and a man named Lorenzo Murillo, who also lives in Arivaca. Montanan Ryan Payne and a California man named Gary Hunt recruited him to help establish an organization called Operation Mutual Defense, or OMD. Lewis Arthur’s Tucson-based group, Veterans on Patrol, Jim and Sue Chilton had nothing to do with Shawna Forde, but they are vocal about their support for Foley and Arizona Border Recon. - @highcountrynews

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters

The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize

Mark Krikorian Among Nativist, Anti-Muslim Figures Who Conferred With Trump During White House Meeting - Southern Poverty Law Center

Religion, Religious Liberty, Abortion protests

US preacher Franklin Graham tries to reverse UK tour cancellations. Lawyers push venues to reconsider, as evangelicals in Britain refuse to back his events.

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS BAFFLED BY POMPEO’S EXCLUSIVE FAITH-BASED BRIEFING, RECORDS SHOW. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s March 18, 2019 “faith-based media” briefing. starts on page 59:

An article from Religion News Service -- which notes that it "is not a faith-based media organization, but rather a secular news service that covers religion, spirituality and ethics" -- said participants in the Pompeo briefing "were not told that the call was limited to faith-based media." "While it was not clear which outlets were part of the call, questions were asked by Religion News Service, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Algemeiner, World Magazine and The Leaven, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. America Magazine also participated in the call," according to RNS. On Tuesday evening, one of the participants shared a transcript of the call with the press corps. That transcript showed that Pompeo faced questions about the Israeli election, terrorism and the omission of the word "occupied" when describing the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

Pompeo: All faiths will have 'something to say' on forthcoming peace plan via @RNS

Secretary of State Pompeo's invitation-only briefing with 'faith-based media' causes a stir

Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Not Coming Back

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate. Dallas-based pastor Robert Jeffress lauded Trump for focusing on religious freedom instead of climate change. “What president in history would have the guts to do what President Trump is doing?” Jeffress, who was set to be in the audience for Trump’s speech, said on Fox News. “And it’s this kind of leadership that is absolutely infuriating the president’s enemies.

In UN Speech, Trump Announces New Religious Freedom Initiatives. A number of evangelical leaders cheered his remarks, including Franklin Graham and Cissie Graham Lynch of Samaritan’s Purse, who attended the UN event in person. Trump called Graham “instrumental” and praised his involvement in disaster relief. Graham thanked the President for “shining a spotlight on this critical issue.” Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee president Ronnie Floyd, one of Trump’s evangelical advisors, also celebrated the UN speech in comments to Baptist Press. Trump announced plans for a first-of-its-kind coalition of US businesses that would take a proactive role to defend religious freedom. “This initiative will encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace,” he said. (The Trump administration has strengthened conscience protections for government employees, such as those who wish to decline participation in medical procedures such as abortions for religious reasons.) He did not offer further details on the business coalition or who would be involved beyond describing “great business leaders, great people of strength.” “Freedom of religion and belief can contribute to a rich pluralism that is itself associated with economic growth,” said Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, which organized a sideline meeting at the Harvard Club with US Ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. “Indeed, the active participation of religious minorities in society often boosts economic innovation.” Evangelical leaders like Tony Perkins, chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and president of Family Research Council, defended the President’s religious freedom emphasis on Fox News, saying, “This is the president kind of putting down a marker ... advancing religious freedom. This is a step forward with very tangible markers in terms of protecting people of faith.” “Too often people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning, or censoring the faithful," Trump said. "True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their de eply held religious beliefs. “I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty.” via @CTmagazine

US to Launch Business Coalition to Protect Workers of All Faiths in the Workplace -

President Trump repeats lie about protecting religious liberty for all - Freedom From Religion Foundation. Instead of participating in a world summit on climate change, today President Donald Trump convened a session on worldwide religious persecution at the United Nations, in which he demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of religious liberty. The speech at the UN’s Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event was trumpeted as the first time a sitting U.S. president has given an address focused solely on “religious liberty” before the UN’s General Assembly. Vice President Mike Pence introduced Trump and a number of evangelical leaders were in attendance. Evangelical preachers Franklin Graham and Paula White were explicitly singled out for praise by Trump. Trump’s opening remarks repeated his Big Lie that “we’ve obliterated the Johnson Amendment in our country.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Trump for claiming he had overturned that law via executive fiat. The Johnson Amendment prevents any 501(c)(3) entities, including churches, from engaging in partisan politicking. FFRF dropped the lawsuit after the Justice Department entered into court not once but twice an admission that Trump had not overturned the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment remains the law of the land.

CBS News highlights increasing rates of anti-abortion violence and harassment. In a September 17 article, CBS News’ Kate Smith highlighted the increasing severity of violence and harassment against abortion providers, noting how continued use of sensationalized rhetoric contributes to this harmful trend. Despite right-wing media’s claims to the contrary, anti-abortion harassment is a serious and ever-increasing problem. The Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, interim president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), told CBS News there has been “a dramatic increase in violence and disruption against clinics.” As CBS News explained: In 2017, violent acts against abortion providers more than doubled from the year prior, according to data compiled by NAF. The group recorded 1,081 violent acts, the most since the group began tracking these incidents. Last year, the group recorded another new record high: 1,369 reported violent acts, including 15 instances of assault and battery, 13 burglaries, 14 counts of stalking and over a thousand episodes of illegal trespassing.

King doubles down, says rape, incest should not be factored in to abortion decisions. He tweeted Saturday that fetuses developing from cases of rape or incest were "as precious as any other" and should be protected, "@RebeccaKiesslin of Savethe1 delivered a powerful statement to the entire nation for legal protection from abortion for innocent babies who were conceived in rape or incest. Their lives are as precious as any other, regardless of how they came to be," King wrote. “I am so grateful for his leadership,” Kiessling told the Standard of King's record in Congress, while adding that criticism suggesting that he was praising or minimizing rape was "absurd." “In a civilized society... we do not punish innocent people for someone else’s crime. That’s exactly what Congressman King said in his statement — the child does not deserve to die for the sins of the father," she added.

Steve King’s View of Rape and Incest Is Not Abnormal Among GOP Lawmakers. King’s comments provoked outrage, but the underlying views are squarely in the GOP mainstream. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King asked. (He was discussing his view that abortion should be illegal under any circumstance, including rape or incest.) “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations — I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.” via @RollingStone

Dumbfounding poll results on our responsibility to help refugees. One of the most bruising ironies in this cruel situation is a recent Pew Research Center Poll showing that 68 percent of white evangelical protestants do not believe they have any responsibility to accept refugees. Compare that to the 68 percent who are unaffiliated with any religion who do believe they have a responsibility to take in refugees.

Christians Against Christian Nationalism. As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy. Today, we are concerned about a persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy — Christian nationalism.

Christian Student Group Claims Anti-Religious Discrimination at Wayne State University. The 75-year-old chapter had its student organization status revoked in 2017 and has since embarked on a legal crusade to protect the rights of Christians on campus. “Wayne State rightly allows fraternities to have only male leaders, female athletic clubs to have only female leaders, and African-American clubs to have only African-American leaders. But Wayne State cannot then say it is wrong for a Christian club to have only Christian leaders,” the lawsuit states. “Wayne State’s attempt to tell InterVarsity how to define its faith and select its leaders is anti-religious discrimination that violates clearly established federal and state law.” Within days of the lawsuit, Wayne State had reinstated the student group. But InterVarsity wasn’t finished—and has pushed ahead with the lawsuit anyway. Filed in U.S District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, the case seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting “enforcement of Wayne State’s non-discrimination policy against InterVarsity based on InterVarsity’s practice of selecting religious leaders who share its faith” and unspecified damages for the group’s “loss of rights.”

Mike Pompeo human rights commission thing is in my (very small) wheelhouse. — Samuel Moyn (@samuelmoyn) Mary Ann Glendon. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “Christian Human Rights” “natural rights” counter revolution July 9, 2019

Under Trump, Christian nationalists are playing to win — and liberals are finally fighting back

Poll: Support for abortion rights increases as restrictive laws spread. via @slate

Christian rightwing figures warn abortion fight could lead to civil war. Earlier this month, the Guardian revealed that the Washington state republican legislator Matt Shea had also speculated about civil war, and the “Balkanization” of America, predicting that Christians would retreat to “zones of freedom” such as the inland Pacific north-west, where Shea is campaigning for a new state to break away from Washington. Asked on a podcast if the two halves of the country could remain together, Shea said: “I don’t think we can, again, because you have half that want to follow the Lord and righteousness and half that don’t, and I don’t know how that can stand.” Shea has introduced a bill – unlikely to pass – which would criminalize abortion in the state.

A new report shows harassment and hate mail at abortion clinics rose in 2018. One clinic discovered nails sprinkled in its parking lot, according to a new report on violence against abortion providers.

Thousands rally across US against abortion bans – in pictures

An Amazon series and a Lionsgate comedy are the first major productions to confirm they are pulling out of Georgia over the heartbeat bill

Abortion in America, explained in 10 facts

Pence Whines to Liberty Grads About How Oppressed Christians Are

How Kellyanne Conway influenced a new Trump rule cheered by religious conservatives. Polling done a decade ago by the senior White House adviser finds its way into a new federal rule cheered by religious activists. Late last week, the Health and Human Services Department unveiled a regulation that empowers doctors and other health workers to decline care that violates their beliefs. The 440-page rule cites Conway’s years-old polling, including another she conducted in 2011, a dozen times. No other surveys are cited more frequently — and no other data is more central to the Trump administration’s arguments.

Trump strengthens protections for religious health workers. The Trump administration Thursday finalized new rules making it easier for health care workers to refuse to provide care that violates their religious or moral beliefs, advancing a policy favored by anti-abortion groups and Christian conservatives closely allied with the Trump administration. The rules will protect "physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities," President Donald Trump said during Rose Garden remarks noting the National Day of Prayer. "Together, we are building a culture that cherishes the dignity and worth of human life."


Smugglers sawed into Trump’s border wall 18 times in one month in San Diego area, records show. The breaches and attempted breaches were made between Sept. 27 and Oct. 27, according to CBP records, with five of the incidents occurring on a single day, Oct. 10. The agency withheld information about the specific locations of the incidents, citing law enforcement sensitivities. The agency said the average cost to repair the damage was $620 per incident. The records do not indicate whether the one-month span last year is a representative sample of how frequently people are trying to breach new sections of Trump’s border barrier, which are made of tall steel bollards partially filled with concrete and rebar. The Post reported last November that smuggling crews armed with common battery-operated power tools — including reciprocating saws that retail for as little as $100 at home improvement stores — can cut hack through the bollards using inexpensive blades designed for slicing through metal and stone.

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Mountain climbers scale replica of Trump's border wall in under one minute: report

Trump boasted that his border wall was 'virtually impenetrable.' Then an 8-year-old girl climbed a replica

Rock climbers to hold border wall climbing competition after Trump said new section was unscalable

Trump’s New Steel Border Wall Won’t Be Any Better Than Concrete. Recently leaked photos show that people were able to saw a significant hole in the bollard wall in testing. But that’s not the only problem with a steel wall.

Trump Said This Wall Can’t Be Climbed. Professional Climbers Say He’s Full of Sh*t. President Trump claimed that a fleet of champion climbers tested his border wall. The sport’s top athletes have no idea what the hell Trump is talking about.

Trump visits border wall construction in California to cap three-day trip

Trump visits border barriers near San Diego: 'This wall can't be climbed' President Trump touted the effectiveness of newly-constructed barriers as he toured the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego on Wednesday, insisting, “This wall can’t be climbed.” “It’s a very powerful -- very powerful – wall,” the president, accompanied by border officials, said as he toured the Otay Mesa area. He also talked up how the barrier was designed to retain heat as a deterrent. “You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said. #FoxNews

Trump border wall may damage archeological sites: A 123-page internal NPS memo from July found that expanding an existing fence near Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument could harm artifacts from ancient Sonoran Desert peoples. It noted previous research that found archaeological sites “likely will be wholly or partially destroyed by forthcoming border fence construction.” Construction has already begun on converting a 5-foot vehicle barrier to the 30-foot-high border wall envisioned by Trump. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has sought to build at a quick pace in order to keep up with Trump’s campaign pledge of completing 500 miles of wall before the 2020 election. But at risk in the process are a number of well preserved pre-Colombian artifacts left in what used to be a well-traveled trade route that passes along a spring and wetlands that provide important habitat for area species. “We’ve historically lived in this area from time immemorial,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. told the Post. “We feel very strongly that this particular wall will desecrate this area forever. I would compare it to building a wall over your parents’ graveyards. It would have the same effect.”

'National tragedy': Trump begins border wall construction in Unesco reserve. Wall will traverse the entirety of the southern edge of the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the US.

Projects defunded for border wall include buildings with 'life safety violations,' hazmat concerns. The U.S. Navy has been forced to stand down on construction projects meant to fix "life safety violations" and fire risks at dilapidated ship maintenance buildings and hazardous materials warehouses in Virginia after funds were diverted to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall. The pending construction projects at Norfolk Navy Shipyard are among 127 that the Pentagon has defunded to free up $3.6 billion in funding for fences and barriers on the southern border with Mexico using emergency powers.

Republicans who supported an emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border learn the cost of standing with Trump: millions of federal dollars diverted away from military projects in their states. Who could have seen this coming when the president chose to divert defense money to build his border wall? via @HuffPostPol

Trump diverts $3.6 billion from U.S. military to pay for 175 miles of border wall

.@realdonaldtrump has promised 400 miles of border wall by end of 2020. Here are the facts on what’s taking shape. Trump at times has seemingly acknowledged that what’s taken shape isn’t the extended mileage of barriers that his supporters and critics envisioned. "When we rip down and totally replace a badly broken and dilapidated Barrier on the Southern Border, something which cannot do the job, the Fake News Media gives us zero credit for building a new Wall. We have replaced many miles of old Barrier with powerful new Walls!" Trump tweeted July 22, and sent a similar tweet a day later. Overall, Trump has also been less vocal about Mexico paying for the wall, though in January he falsely claimed that Mexico would pay through a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. via @PolitiFact

Wall, archived August 2019

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Fox News's Shepard Smith pushes back on Trump: 'There's no new wall ... not true'. Fox News chief anchor Shepard Smith on Wednesday disputed President Trump’s recent remarks about border wall construction, saying on air that "there is no new wall." Smith's remarks were in response to a tweet from the president that said the wall is "going up very fast." "So far, despite the president's claims to the contrary, there is no new wall," Smith said. "Existing barriers have been replaced. Same span. The total of repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000-mile border." "The president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. It is not. As we just reported, there's no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts," Smith added.

GOP senator held up Trump aide's confirmation to get info on border wall contracts. The Post reported that Cramer has touted a major donor's company as his preferred construction firm. Cramer has received thousands of dollars in donations from the owner of North Dakota-based Fisher Industries and the CEO's family, according to campaign finance records.

Money from a retirement program for the US military is set to be diverted to pay for Trump's border wall

Barr reverses ruling on asylum for those with persecuted family members. Attorney General William Barr on Monday reversed a 2018 immigration board ruling that found that a migrant whose immediate family member was persecuted in their home country may be able to claim asylum. The order is yet another hit to the United States' asylum laws and the most recent action taken by U.S. authorities in recent weeks that would affect asylum rules and procedures. In this latest decision, Barr effectively tightened a measure in the Immigration and Nationality Act that states a migrant can be granted asylum if they show they have been or will be persecuted because of “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

President Donald Trump said he's reached an agreement with Guatemala on asylum after previously threatening the nation with tariffs.

Trump takes hit from conservative commentators on border wall. A pair of prominent conservative personalities knocked President Trump on Monday over a report that asserted his administration has not constructed a single mile of new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Drudge Report, an influential site run by conservative Matt Drudge, featured The Washington Examiner's report as its main story on Monday afternoon with the banner headline: "NO NEW WALL AT ALL!" Conservative commentator Ann Coulter took note of the headline and added her own barb at Trump. "I guess @realDonaldTrump is too chicken to call @DRUDGE a wacky nutjob," Coulter tweeted.

Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office. In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is "in place of dilapidated designs" because the existing fence was in need of replacement. The agency said that it had built 51 miles of steel bollard fence with funding that was set aside during fiscal 2017 and 2018. But while the funding was meant both to replace outdated walls and to place barriers where there previously had been none, the government has only completed the replacement projects. The projects to secure areas with no fence are still in the works.

As The US Debates “Concentration Camps,” These Jews Are Trying To Actually Shut Them Down. "My whole life I’ve been told these stories by my community," said one young Jewish activist. "Those alarms are going off in my head.” via @juliareinstein


Barbarism at the Border Is Just as Shocking as the First Concentration Camps. Drawing the right lessons from history shows that the worst thing we have to fear is the assent of silence. Just look at the Republicans today.

'Haunting Cries of Babies and Toddlers': Inside a Migrant Border Facility at Center of National Controversy. "We saw mothers with infants and fathers with infants and small children, many of them listless, many were sick"..

Pence’s Detention Center Visit Exposes Depths of Trump Administration’s Cruelty. “I was not surprised by what I saw,” the vice president said. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed”. Connelly and Ocasio-Cortez are right. Trump and Pence have made a significant departure from Obama Administration policy regarding the detention of migrants, keeping migrants detained beyond legal limits and systematically separating families. It’s a crisis of their own making and their proposed solution is to build more facilities instead of changing the policies that are keeping people detained in inhumane conditions. via @RollingStone

Perspective | Migrant children drew disturbing pictures of cages and bars. They also drew these bright scenes.

How a private wall rose on the border using millions in donations — and deception and threats

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions in US for migrants

Holocaust Survivor: Yes, the Border Detention Centers Are Like Concentration Camps. Republicans think comparing the cramped border detention centers to concentration camps is offensive to Holocaust survivors. Ruth Bloch, 93, begs to differ.

There’s no way to discuss modern atrocities without the context of the Holocaust. Why Holocaust Comparisons Matter. The Nazi genocide gives us a frame of reference to understand modern atrocities. via @slate

Acting homeland security secretary defends border conditions. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, a trademark issue for his re-election campaign. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he is stunned when administration officials say that reports on the conditions are unsubstantiated. “I’m just like, ‘What world are they living in?’” Merkley said, citing government and news reports. “From every direction you see that the children are being treated in a horrific manner. And there’s an underlying philosophy that it’s OK to treat refugees in this fashion. And that’s really the rot at the core of the administration’s policy.” via @reviewjournal

President Trump on border facilities: "When people come in illegally and then it's crowded. And I've seen some of those places and they are run beautifully. They're clean. They are good. They do a great job." — The Hill (@thehill) " July 7, 2019

Nurses Say Border Patrol Is Delaying Treatment To Sick Immigrant Kids, With Dire Consequences. In the wake of at least five children dying in US government custody in the last nine months, two nurses told BuzzFeed News immigration agents have delayed taking sick children in increasingly dire condition to a hospital near the border for treatment, putting the kids at risk of potentially severe health issues. The two registered nurses, who have treated immigrant children at a hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, said young patients arriving in recent months are often in such poor health that they're "on the borderline" of medical staff needing to call a specialized rapid response team of doctors to prevent them from going into respiratory or cardiac arrest. via @aflores

A few days ago, Alexandria and the team visited a series of detention camps run by the United States government, and what we saw was unconscionable.
As we walked from camp to camp, virulent racists protested our visit — screaming violent words, xenophobic insults, and racist defenses of their concentration camps. Officers with Customs and Border Patrol treated her, a Congresswoman, as if she were the enemy.
But that beginning was nothing compared to what we saw inside, even after the CBP had days to hide the worst of their injustices. Women had been left outside in the 100 degree heat for weeks, with no access to basic hygiene or adequate sleeping conditions.

In her own words: AOC describes the "intentional cruelty" she saw inside a migrant detention center. via @MotherJones

A Congressional Tour of Border Patrol Stations Just “Went Off the Rails”. Customs and Border Protection officers told the delegation that they couldn’t take photos of the facility — though Kennedy said one guard tried to take a selfie with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — or speak to detainees. The politicians managed to speak to a few migrants anyway, Kennedy said, and the conditions they described were horrific. “One cell had 13 women from Cuba that had been moved into the facility that morning. They were on sleeping bags — no pillows, no air mattresses,” Kennedy said of the Border Patrol station in El Paso. “The cell next door had about 10 people in it, including a 6-year-old boy and a pregnant woman from Cuba. They told stories of a lack of access to medication, a lack of information about what was going on.” On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez said detainees were told to drink out of toilets — some facilities have combination toilet and sinks. Ocasio-Cortez said she spoke with several women at the El Paso facility, one of whom described the treatment there as “psychological warfare.”

36 Jewish protesters arrested at ICE detention center in New Jersey - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Judge blocks Trump from using billions in military funds for border wall

After concentration camp comparison, photographer shares photos of Ocasio-Cortez at border

Auschwitz Memorial criticizes congressman for filming selfie video in a gas chamber. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Republican from Louisiana, is being criticized for making comments about the United States’ military and terrorism while inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.

Rep. King met with far-right Austrians on trip funded by Holocaust memorial group

Trump official: detained children do not need soap and blankets – video

What Trump supporters think of family separations at the border. "To be perfectly honest, I'm angry at the parents," she said. "I feel very honestly that it's their fault that the children have been separated, because they're bringing them in illegally. And the other thing is, the law that has been put on the books was not put on recently. It was put on back many years ago, and I think very seriously that they need very firmly to say enough is enough." She faulted the media for using children to play on people's emotions. @CNN

What Has The U.S. Gained From Tariff Talks With Mexico? NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro about the negotiated tariff settlement between the U.S. and Mexico. NPR's Scott Horsley comments on the discussion. Navarro ran unsuccessfully for office in San Diego, California five times. In 1992 he ran for mayor, finishing first (38.2%) in the primary, but lost with 48% to Susan Golding in the runoff.

Acting DHS chief testifies about situation at border. Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before Congress Tuesday about new migration figures from the U.S. border with Mexico. “In the last 40 days, 60,000 children have entered into DHS custody, both unaccompanied and as part of family units," McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Last month ... we encountered a modern record of 144,000 border crossers, a record day of over 5,800 border crossings in a single 24-hour period and the largest single group ever apprehended at our border, 1,036 individuals.”

The GoFundMe Border Wall Blocked Access To A Monument. It's Been Ordered To Keep A Gate Open Indefinitely. "They think they can build now and ask questions later, and that's not how it works," a water agency spokesperson said. via @salhernandez

Private border wall expands onto federal land, blocking access to historic site. On Monday, IBWC, accompanied by sheriff deputies, opened the gate and, according to Kuczmanski, told We Build the Wall that any tampering with the gate would be “considered trespassing and further action will be taken.” We Build the Wall reacted with outrage. The group called for the firing of Commissioner Harkins and mobilized supporters. Kolfage fulminated on his Twitter feed that the opening of the gate was due to the IBWC’s being “half owned by Mexico,” and Benvie live-streamed on Facebook that if the IBWC and the ACLU “want a war, they’ll get war.” by @DebbieNathan2, @JordynRR

CBP says photos of U.S. travelers, license plate images were stolen in data breach

Footage shows migrants walking around border wall to enter US #FoxNews

Southwest Border Migration FY 2019

The GoFundMe Border Wall Is Finished. It’s Not Stopping Migrants From Coming In. via @salhernandez

Troops to paint section of US-Mexico border wall. The government made that determination after Customs and Border Protection earlier painted sections of barrier in Arizona. Some sections there were painted bright white.

How a MAGA Stunt Became a Very Real Border Wall via @politicomag

Mexican president on Trump immigration tariffs: 'America First is a fallacy'. Trump in a tweet on Thursday announced he was imposing a 5 percent tariff beginning June 10 on all Mexican imports “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The White House released a statement saying the tariff would increase by 5 percent each month until it reaches 25 percent. It’s unclear how the administration will measure Mexican progress on stemming migration.

Trump says U.S. to impose 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports beginning June 10 in dramatic escalation of border clash

Private border wall construction halts after New Mexico town protests Private group says it's building its own border wall using millions donated in GoFundMe campaign. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who chairs We Build the Wall's advisory board, told CNN on Monday that the stretch of private wall connects two 21-mile sections of existing fencing. Jeff Allen told CNN he owns the property where We Build the Wall's team is working, and he's excited to see it. "They are doing an incredible job," he said. "I have fought illegals on this property for six years. I love my country and this is a step in protecting my country." Daniel Garcia Salinas, the director of a nearby museum on the Mexican side of the border, told CNN the new wall went up rapidly over the weekend, changing the horizon behind the Museo Casa de Adobe. Garcia said that when he had left the museum Friday afternoon there was no fencing there. By Saturday morning, he said, portions of new wall had been constructed. "They moved very quickly," he said. @CNNPolitics

Privately funded organization 'We Build the Wall' starts construction of border barrier in El Paso area. Former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, said on "Fox & Friends" Monday that the project was undertaken because there is a "ridiculously large gap" near Mount Cristo Rey that drug and human smugglers are taking advantage of. The barrier will be built on private land. Authorities in the El Paso Sector - which provides support for the counties of El Paso and Hudspeth in the state of Texas and the entire state of New Mexico - apprehends 930 people per day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. #FoxNews

Trump administration will hire Cuccinelli for senior DHS border role. The Trump administration will hire conservative firebrand and former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II to coordinate immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, three administration officials said Tuesday. Cuccinelli will work at DHS in a senior role and will report to acting DHS secretary Kevin ­McAleenan, while also providing regular briefings to President Trump at the White House, according two officials briefed on the appointment.

All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Trump sending ‘500 migrants a month’ to Florida Democratic strongholds

Pentagon will pull money from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund border wall

An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall - @highcountrynews

What It's Like To Live In The Shadow Of The Wall via @BuzzFeedNews

Since its creation in 1989, journalists, members of Congress, government agencies and researchers have seen Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) as a vital tool for watchdogging the federal government. The website compiles government data, received through systematic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and provides it free to the public and the press. But in early April, the organization hit a wall: Its requests for information about asylum and immigration cases weren’t getting through. High Country News spoke to TRAC’s co-founder, Susan Long. They said they are concerned about protecting individuals’ privacy within the data. And during the review, these concerns had come up. But this is anonymous data; there is no way to identify anyone. This is just statistical-type data, so you can’t identify an individual through the records.

The FBI Has Arrested The Leader Of An Armed Militia Detaining Migrants At The Border. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI said. He was arrested near the New Mexico border with the assistance of the Sunland Park Police Department. The arrest of Hopkins, who is referred to as "the commander" of the United Constitutional Patriots and goes by the alias Johnny Horton Jr., was hailed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Balderas said in a statement. “Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.” The Flora Vista, New Mexico resident was previously arrested in 2006 in Klamath County, Oregon, facing charges for impersonating a peace officer and two charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. He ended up pleading no contest to a charge of impersonating a peace officer and guilty to felony possession of a firearm. via @aflores

The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition , days after his group posted videos that appeared to show armed men stopping migrants at the border in New Mexico, ordering them to sit on the ground and coordinating with US border patrol agents to have them taken into custody. Hopkins’ role in the group was unclear, and it was also not clear if he was facing any charges directly related to the videos of the men stopping migrants. The New Mexico attorney general’s office described Hopkins as a “dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families” and labeled him an “armed individual detaining migrants at the border”.

Armed militia patrolling border near Sunland Park: 'Border Patrol asked us to come here' - KVIA

White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes. The White House believed it could punish Democrats — including Pelosi — by busing ICE detainees into their districts before their release, according to two DHS whistleblowers who independently reported the busing plan to Congress. One of the whistleblowers spoke with The Washington Post, and several DHS officials confirmed the accounts. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller discussed the proposal with ICE, according to two DHS officials. Matthew Albence, who is ICE’s acting deputy director, immediately questioned the proposal in November. “It was basically an idea that Miller wanted that nobody else wanted to carry out,” said one congressional investigator who has spoken to one of the whistleblowers. “What happened here is that Stephen Miller called people at ICE, said if they’re going to cut funding, you’ve got to make sure you’re releasing people in Pelosi’s district and other congressional districts.” The investigator spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect the whistleblower.

Visiting border, Trump says he could close it in 'a day' “They system is full, can’t take you any more,” Trump said, adding that whether it is “illegal immigration” or “asylum” seekers, the answer is “I’m sorry, we’re full.”

Trump bewilders GOP allies on immigration ahead of border visit. Trump will travel to Calexico, Calif., to tour the border on Friday on a West Coast swing that also includes 2020 campaign fundraising. The White House has not disclosed details of the trip. via @politico

FAIR Board Member, Immigration Hardliner Sheriffs Appear With President Trump As He Vetoes Resolution To Block National Emergency - Southern Poverty Law Center

Why Trump didn’t stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency. The president’s haphazard persuasion efforts led to an embarrassing rebuff on the Senate floor. It was also a reminder that White House aides have long acknowledged the futility of speaking for or negotiating on the president’s behalf, a position they are now openly conveying to lawmakers: passing along his tweets rather than attempting to twist arms or hash out a compromise themselves. via @politico

@CBPSanDiego fielding questions about the border wall prototypes demolition and secondary wall project replacing them while another section falls @10News

Analysis | Stephen Miller’s claim that ‘thousands of Americans die year after year’ from illegal immigration. But there is no evidence these claims are true. In fact, the available evidence suggests these claims are false. This is a good example about how a paucity of data allows political advocates to jump to conclusions.

Demonstrators protest opening of new migrant shelter. Demonstrators gathered at the old San Diego County Family Court Building on 6th Street in Downtown, to protest the opening of a new temporary migrant shelter. "Americans First!" They said it's a reminder of priorities-- Americans or those just passing through. "It's like standing in the line at the grocery store, and somebody pushes you to the back of the line and goes in front. That's what these illegal immigrants are doing," Melinda Oporto of Make California Great Again, said. Oporto told 10News her son was in the military. But when he came back stateside, he became homeless. She expressed her anger as to why special services were being provided to migrants, and not to those who served the Country.

‘I Didn’t Need to Do This’ Sums Up the Entire Trump Presidency. Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a southern border wall will be met with fierce Democratic opposition, both legally and in Congress via @RollingStone

Republicans in Bloomfield Hills rally to 'Build the Wall' via @freep

Senate rejects dueling GOP, Democratic bills to end partial government shutdown. The vote was 52-44 on the Democratic bill, with all Democrats voting yes and several Republicans crossing over, including Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. Not voting on the bill were Sens. Richard Burr, Rand Paul, James Risch, and Jacky Rosen. #FoxNews

Fact-checking @realDonaldTrump’s false and misleading immigration claims via @PolitiFact

What is the humanitarian crisis at border? Trump calls wall only solution to ‘growing humanitarian crisis’ at border. Trump painted a harrowing picture of danger and death along the U.S.-Mexico border, describing undocumented immigrants as murderers, rapists and drug smugglers and arguing that a steel barrier — for which he is demanding that Congress appropriate $5.7 billion — is the only solution.

TRUMP: "I don't think we have ever seen unity like this in the Republican Party. The media, which I call the opposition party, in coordination with the Democrats, they are not talking about the Democrats folding... I don't think there will be any break away [among Republicans]." Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2019

To understand Trump’s speech, look at the US-Mexico border as it exists today via @qz

Video of Trump sniffing. Trump doesn't declare a nat'l emergency & concludes by passing the buck: "To Congress, pass a bill that ends this crisis...This is a choice between right & wrong. Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to protect the American citizens we serve." @atrupar January 9, 2019

Analysis | Your fact-checking cheat sheet for Trump’s immigration address

All living former presidents refute Trump's claim they privately voiced support for border wall with Mexico

Analysis | Sarah Sanders: Valuing life is ‘what sets America apart from every other country’

Border lawmakers press Trump to beef up existing security

Immigration, Undocumented Workers

Stephen Miller indicates immigration pause will be long term: report. According to audio of the call obtained by The Washington Post, Miller said that "the most important thing is to turn off the faucet of new immigrant labor" and that the temporary ban would limit "chains of follow-on migration." Trump's order, signed Wednesday, suspended for 60 days the entry of some green card applicants based abroad.

"It felt like we were responding to a natural disaster": Inside the chaos following a huge ICE raid via @MotherJones

CBP Chief Forced To Explain Why ICE Raids Haven’t Targeted Trump’s Companies. Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan on Sunday had to explain why sweeping immigration raids haven’t affected President Donald Trump’s companies despite multiple reports of those companies hiring undocumented immigrants. The Washington Post reported on Friday that even as Trump cracks down on immigration through harsh measures, Trump Organization itself currently has undocumented immigrants working on its construction sites. CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper pointed out to Morgan that despite immigration agencies’ major increases in raids, including the ones in Mississippi last week that led to a record 680 arrests, there’ve been “zero raids” at Trump’s businesses. “It seems like you guys are turning a blind eye to this crime being committed by the President’s own companies,” Tapper told Morgan, who recently served as the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency before he was tapped as acting CBP commissioner in July. Morgan said he’s “never known anybody in law enforcement to turn a blind eye to someone that’s committing a crime.” When Tapper commented that it seemed like there haven’t been any investigations into Trump’s companies, the acting CBP commissioner said that “you can’t really say that for sure” because “there are investigations going on all the time that you’re unaware of.” via @TPM

US arrests 680 workers in immigration sting before Trump visits El Paso. Operation is largest of its kind in at least a decade and comes after shooting suspect railed against ‘Hispanic invasion’ Workers filled three buses – two for men and one for women – at a Koch Foods plant in the tiny city of Morton, 40 miles (64km) east of Jackson. They were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations. About 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted, “Let them go! Let them go!” Later, two more buses arrived. A tearful 13-year-old boy whose parents are from Guatemala waved goodbye to his mother, a Koch worker, as he stood beside his father. Some employees tried to flee on foot but were captured in the parking lot. Workers who were confirmed to have legal status were allowed to leave the plant after having their trunks searched.

Undocumented workers fired from Donald Trump's golf clubs are now asking to meet with the president, hoping to gain legal status. “You know we are hard workers and that we are not criminals or seeking a free ride in America,” nearly two dozen people wrote in a letter to the president.

Trump breaks his silence about undocumented immigrants working at his properties. “I don’t know because I don’t run it,” he replied. “But I would say this,” he added. “Probably every club in the United States has that because it seems to be, from what I understand, a way that people did business.” via @MotherJones

ICE has held former Trump family driver in detention for 8 months: Zoltan Tamas, 38, of Romania previously worked as a driver for the Trump family and the president’s campaign staff during the 2016 election, according to The New York Times. At the time, Tamas had reportedly been a green card holder since legally immigrating to the country from Romania in 2011. However, Tamas was arrested by immigration authorities after he applied for U.S. citizenship in 2016 and was discovered to have had been convicted in absentia of committing insurance fraud in Romania following a background check, according to the Times.

Did you hear that? It sounded like a twig snapping behind us. The Washington Post published an important, moving story on Wednesday about an undocumented immigrant named Juan Quintero who was employed by the Trump family for years—working particularly closely with Eric Trump at an upstate New York hunting property he co-owns with his brother, Don Jr.—but has now been laid off, seemingly for the sake of political optics, and left unable to support his family. It’s the latest in a series of reports that make clear that the Trumps were happy until very recently to systematically exploit the low cost of undocumented labor when it suited them, even as they complained publicly that illegal immigration is an infestation that is ruining America. via @slate

Second undocumented worker says he worked directly for Eric Trump: report

Worker fired from Trump golf course says Trump must have known undocumented people were employed

Run-up to War


This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator. — House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign)

Navy plans first new Pearl Harbor dry dock since World War II. A surge in demand for attack submarines and the lengthening of Virginia-class subs to carry more missiles has the Navy examining building its first new dry dock at Pearl Harbor since World War II or creating a 650-foot floating dry dock to better maintain its Pacific-based undersea fleet.

Russia, China are the most pressing threats to ill-prepared US, report says. In its annual assessment of the U.S. military, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, which wields influence with the Trump administration, said Russia and China showed “aggressive” behavior toward U.S. vital interests in 2018. But Russia was deemed the more urgent threat, due not only to frequent disinformation and hacking campaigns that are tied to the Kremlin but also because of its “formidable” and growing military capabilities. The Heritage Foundation ranks two categories – behavior and capability – in its annual assessment. “Aggressive” is the second-highest ranking in the behavior category, and “formidable” is the highest under capability. “From the Arctic to the Baltics, Ukraine, and the South Caucasus, and increasingly in the Mediterranean, Russia continues to foment instability in Europe,” the report said. “Its aggressive stance in a number of theaters, including the Balkans, Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine, continues both to encourage destabilization and to threaten U.S. interests,” it said.

Tired of Winning: Trump Surrenders Northern Syria to Turkish Jihadists. It’s unreal how much damage and death Trump can cause with the drop of a single tweet. via @RollingStone

Iran mocks Pompeo’s offers to visit via @politico

US and Europe pursuing sharply different plans for patrols in the Persian Gulf. As tensions rise, the exact mandate remains uncertain, with two separate and possibly competing plans — one led by the United States and one led by Europe — under discussion.

Drones watch every US ship in the Gulf, Iran navy chief claims. A fleet of drones has allowed Iran to watch every U.S. ship in the Persian Gulf region and develop an archive of their daily movements, Iran's top naval commander said in an interview published on Tuesday.

Trump: I could win Afghanistan war 'in a week'. “I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth,” the president continued. “It would be gone. It would be over in — literally in ten days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route.”

UK must look after its own ships in the Gulf, says Pompeo. US secretary of state’s comment reflects tensions with UK over Iran nuclear deal.

Navy ship shoots down Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Boxer used “counter-drone jamming equipment” to take down the drone, according to a CNN report citing a U.S. official.

Mike Pence says West Point grads should expect to see combat. Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is "a dangerous place" and they should expect to see combat. "Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. Pence congratulated the West Point graduates on behalf of President Donald Trump, and told them, "As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have."

Satellite Images Raise Questions About Iran Threat, Experts Say. More than a thousand American troops are headed to the region, but questions about the threat persist.

Trump officials brief a divided Congress on escalating tensions with Iran. Lawmakers were sharply divided Tuesday over whether Iran poses an imminent threat to U.S. interests or the Trump administration is exaggerating intelligence to lay the groundwork for war. Top administration officials briefed the House and Senate in two closed-door sessions for all members, presenting evidence that Iran may be poised to attack U.S. military and diplomatic personnel in the Middle East. But some Democrats said that none of the information showed Iran was appreciably more of a threat now than in the past, and they accused the administration of being ready to attack at the slightest provocation.

Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'. “Goaded by #B_Team,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, in an apparent reference to Trump advisers such as John Bolton, “@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’.” He added: “#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect – it works!”

It Sure Looks Like the Trump Administration Is Preparing for War With Iran via @RollingStone

Coalition officer says no rise in Iran threat in Iraq, Syria; CENTCOM disputes claim

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was attacked by drones

Military, War

Attack on Afghanistan maternity clinic kills 14, including infants. KABUL, Afghanistan — Fourteen civilians were killed and at least 15 were wounded when assailants attacked a maternity clinic in a Kabul hospital Tuesday, setting off a battle as Afghan police rescued dozens of mothers and newborns while under fire. Two newborns were among the dead, and the rest were women, officials said. By early afternoon, special operations police had killed all three assailants and rescued more than 100 people, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan said in a statement, calling the attack “a crime against humanity.” Photos released by the Interior Ministry showed police carrying infants wrapped in towels and blankets, some of them blood-soaked, followed by their mothers as they fled the hospital, where international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders runs the maternity clinic.

Taliban says it’s walking away from talks with government over prisoner release

Defense chief admits he 'didn't see' evidence for Trump claim that Iran planned embassy attacks

Afghanistan: Remembering the fallen of 2019

Anguish and Anger From the Navy SEALs Who Turned In Edward Gallagher. Video interviews and group texts obtained by The Times show men describing their platoon leader in grim terms.

Navy proposes cutting future production of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers by 40%. The OMB memo pertains to what’s known as the Future Years Defense Program, which covers federal fiscal years 2021 through 2025, which begin Oct. 1, 2020 and end Sept. 30, 2025. It says the Navy has proposed buying a total of 42 warships over the five-year period at a cost of $111.8 billion, which would result in a reduction of 12 battle-force ships and $9.4 billion in funding for shipbuilding compared with President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget.

Russia's most advanced fighter jet crashes during training mission, pilot survives. The Su-57, which made its maiden flight in 2010, is Russia's most advanced fighter plane. It has stealth capability and carries sophisticated equipment and weapons. The twin-engine aircraft has been designed by the Sukhoi company to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

Military expert warns support for Trump in the US armed forces is ‘downright cult-like’ — and creating frightening divisions within the ranks

If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand? The moment may come when soldiers have to choose between the Constitution and Donald Trump. No doubt most will embrace the Constitution. But some will see that as a tough call. The gulf between the civilian world and the military has been growing since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that have touched more American families than at any time since Vietnam. Vietnam created a huge cultural divide in the U.S. that Richard Nixon successfully exploited, earning him one of the largest electoral victories in American history. But something more sinister may be afoot as we approach the 2020 election. Trump has done what Nixon ultimately could not do. He has, so far, avoided real accountability to Congress. He has successfully blurred the lines between lies and truth in the minds of the American public. He has undermined the institutions that have kept the U.S. safe since World War ll. The extent of the visceral hatred much of the military feels for Democrats, the “deep state” and the “fake news media” is a new phenomenon. The belief that there is indeed a coup being orchestrated against President Trump is a weapon Trump has in his arsenal, depending how far down the road to authoritarianism he decides to go. But Trump would need to deeply fracture the military first, and that is something to watch for. Most members of the armed forces are honorable, patriotic Americans who would never take part in such a scheme, despite their support for Trump. But a significant portion just might.

Here's What We Saw At China’s Gigantic Military Parade

Trump wants Gallagher trial prosecutors stripped of medals. President Donald Trump says he's directed the secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations to "immediately withdraw and rescind" the Navy Achievement Medal from prosecutors who argued the case against a decorated Navy SEAL. Military jurors this month acquitted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher in the death of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq. Trump is complaining in a series of tweets that "Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher.... were ridiculously given" the medal. He says he's directed the navy chiefs "to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards."

Do We Even Remember the Afghan War? | Opinion

America is woefully unprepared for cyber warfare, experts say

Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened

Pentagon spent $1.2 million to support 'Salute to America' event on July Fourth

Pentagon Keeps Trump in the Dark About its Cyber Attacks on Russia. “Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place ‘implants’ — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid. “Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.” New laws, enacted by Congress last year, allow such “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to go ahead without the president’s approval. So, in this case, those new laws are protecting American interests… by keeping the sitting president out of the loop. What a (scary) time to be alive. via @RollingStone

Trump says transgender people banned from military over drug use. The military doesn't prohibit service members from taking prescription medicines, including drugs prescribed for conditions such as depression and anxiety. The Navy, in fact, changed its policy late last year to allow pilots and other aircrew on such drugs to continue flying.Medical services specific to transgender people cost the military about $8 million between 2016 and February of this year, according to the Defense Department. About 1,525 troops had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria since July 1, 2016, when Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, lifted a military ban on transgender people openly serving and allowed them to seek medical treatment. Total military spending for health care was estimated to be about $44 billion in fiscal 2018, according to the Pentagon's comptroller.

Trump on Vietnam: Despite deferments, he’d have been ‘honored’ to serve

The Pentagon has told the White House that the U.S. military will not be politicized, a U.S. official said on Sunday, in response to a controversy after officials directed the United States Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during a recent speech by President Donald Trump in Japan.

McCain warship incident raises questions about a changing military culture under Trump

Navy looking into 'Make Aircrew Great Again' patches sailors wore during Trump visit

California congressman defends war crimes suspect. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too: Taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” the California Republican said at a border-issues forum in Ramona, Calif., according to the Times of San Diego.

The Army asked how serving the country impacted military members. They received devastating stories in return.

These potential Trump pardons represent a potential existential threat to the military justice system. In order to better understand how to think about this controversial decision, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the country’s leading veterans empowerment organization representing the post-9/11 generation of veterans, decided to ask its members about the pardons. A Marine veteran myself, I serve as IAVA’s director of communications and legal strategy. In a flash poll conducted this week, over 1,600 member veterans and military service members responded, from all different occupational specialties and across various services. Eleven percent of respondents are currently serving on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves. While the majority of respondents disagreed with the president’s pardons (52 percent), a significant portion (40 percent) agree with the president’s pardons to service members who have already been convicted of war crimes. For those awaiting trial, the numbers are similar: 54 percent disagreed with the president’s pardons, and 37 percent agreed with them. via @slate

Retired admiral who led raid that killed bin Laden cautions Trump on pardoning servicemen

Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report

Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report

Cruz warns 'Space Force' needed to prevent space pirates. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said this week that it was important to fund President Trump's proposed "Space Force" in order to prevent possible space pirates. “Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” Cruz, the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, said at a hearing Tuesday. “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration,” Cruz said.

Trump pardons former US soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma, press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. He was paroled in 2014 and had been scheduled to remain on parole until 2024.

How Erik Prince used the rise of Trump to make an improbable comeback. An examination of Prince’s time working with the UAE in particular reveals suspicious financial transactions at a moment when his personal finances were under stress and his mercenary ventures were failing. The picture that emerges is one of a man desperately trying to avoid U.S. tax and weapons trafficking laws even as he offers military services, without a license, in no fewer than 15 countries around the world. by @matthewacole

When it comes to counting dead civilians, the Pentagon has its own math. The Pentagon acknowledged killing 120 civilians last year in four countries, according to a report submitted to Congress on Thursday. The figure falls far short of estimates determined by nongovernmental organizations and advocacy groups, and suggests the US military is not close to accurately accounting for the toll of its military ventures abroad. “These numbers simply are not credible,” Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLUs National Security Project, said in a statement. “As the Trump administration doubles down on the secrecy of its killing of civilians abroad, Congress needs to continue exercising its oversight power.” via @MotherJones

Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops, report says

Immigrant recruits face more scrutiny than white supremacists when they enlist

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Killing of ISIS leader has not hurt group's operations, says Iraqi Kurdish prime minister. Iraqi Kurdistan's prime minister says the U.S. killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has not affected the extremist group's ability to operate and is warning that the militants are resurgent. Masrour Barzani, also the region's security chief, said that the organization is "regrouping" and mounting attacks in northern and western Iraq. He spoke Saturday to The Washington Post on the sidelines of a security summit in the southern German city of Munich, where he said he had reiterated Kurdish concerns to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they met a day earlier. "His killing has not weakened the ability of ISIS to operate," Barzani said, using an acronym for the militant group, pointing to the ability of local cells to operate independently of the central leadership. "They have not stopped recruiting more people, they have not stopped attacking," he added.

After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' She said he used the F-word and "many others" when he asking her if Americans cared about Ukraine. He then asked her if she could find Ukraine on a map. "I said yes, and he called out for aides to bring us a map of the world with no writing. I pointed to Ukraine," she recounted. Pompeo then said: "'People will hear about this.'" via @usatoday

Vladimir Putin: Russia has edge in new weapons.“Now we have a situation that is unique in modern history when they are trying to catch up to us,” he said. Putin said that the first unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle is set to go on duty this month, while the air-launched Kinzhal hypersonic missiles already have entered service. The Russian leader first mentioned the Avangard and the Kinzhal among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018. Putin said then that the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. He noted that the weapon’s ability to change both its course and its altitude en route to a target makes it immune to interception by the the enemy. “It’s a weapon of the future, capable of penetrating both existing and prospective missile defense systems,” Putin said Tuesday. The Kinzhal, which is carried by MiG-31 fighter jets, entered service with the Russian air force last year. Putin has said that the missile flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) and can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead. The military said it’s capable of hitting both land targets and navy ships. The United States and other countries also have worked on designing hypersonic weapons, but they haven’t entered service yet. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported Tuesday that the military this year has received 143 warplanes and helicopters, 624 armored vehicles, a submarine and eight surface warships. He said that the modernization of Russia’s arsenals will continue at the same rapid pace next year, with 22 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 106 new aircraft, 565 armored vehicles, three submarines and 14 surface ships to enter duty. Putin noted that the work to develop other prospective weapons, including the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone and the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile was going according to plan. The Burevestnik has stoked particular controversy. The U.S. and the Soviet Union worked on nuclear-powered rocket engines during the Cold War, but they eventually spiked those projects considering them to be too hazardous. The Burevestnik reportedly suffered an explosion in August during tests at a Russian navy range on the White Sea, killing five nuclear engineers and two servicemen and resulting in a brief spike in radioactivity that fueled radiation fears in a nearby city. Russian officials never named the weapon involved in the incident, but the U.S. said it was the Burevestnik. via @politico

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine. In Syria, the U.S. military withdrawal leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate a potential agreement between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Kurds who were abandoned by Washington. And in Ukraine, where Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian turned president, has found himself drawn into the U.S. political battles, Russia may use the volatility to push for a deal that would secure its leverage over its western neighbor.

The president threatened a serving State Department official during his July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president. “She’s going to go through some things,” Trump said of the country's former ambassador.“She’s going to go through some things,” Trump said of Marie Yovanovitch, a veteran foreign service officer who served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until May of this year. She departed from her post months earlier than expected after conservative media outlets and Donald Trump Jr. accused her of being part of an alleged Ukrainian attempt to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Bolton unloads on Trump’s foreign policy behind closed doors. The recently fired national security adviser made little secret of his disagreements with the president. John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s fired national security adviser, harshly criticized Trump’s foreign policy on Wednesday at a private lunch, saying that inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was “disrespectful” to the victims of 9/11 because the Taliban had harbored al Qaeda. Bolton also said that any negotiations with North Korea and Iran were “doomed to failure,” according to two attendees.

Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel. Trump’s secret plan for high-level meetings at the presidential retreat in Maryland resembled other bold, unorthodox foreign policy initiatives — with North Korea, China and Iran — that the president has pursued that have yet to bear fruit. Trump’s three high-profile meetings with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — including the president’s recent brief footsteps onto North Korean soil — prompted deep unease from many quarters, including his conservative base in Congress. And while the meetings produced the ready-for-television visuals that Trump is known to relish, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been stalled for months with no tangible progress in getting the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Fox News' Chris Wallace Grills Mike Pompeo On Taliban Invite: ‘Who Thought It Was A Good Idea?’. The Fox News host questioned President Donald Trump’s attempt to host Taliban leaders at Camp David just days before the anniversary of 9/11. The secretary of state said the White House had reflected on the “history of Camp David” and felt it was “perfectly appropriate” to extend the invitation to the Taliban leadership. The Taliban, an Islamic militant group in Afghanistan, recently reiterated its support for the 9/11 attacks. “President Trump ultimately made the decision,” Pompeo said of the Camp David invite. “He said, ‘I want to talk to [Afghan President Ashraf Ghani], I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators, I want to look them in the eye.’”

Trump administration wants to 'reset' relations with EU. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants to "reset" Donald Trump's relationship with the EU, U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland told POLITICO on Monday. Pompeo, Trump's chief diplomat, arrives in Brussels Monday for a quick two-day visit, in which he will meet European Parliament President David Sassoli and the EU's incoming leadership team: Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, Council President-elect Charles Michel, and the nominee for foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell. But in a sign of how strained relations have become between Washington and Brussels over an array of issues, including Iran, trade and climate change, Pompeo will not see any of the EU leaders currently in office. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker serves until November 1 and Council President Donald Tusk until December 1.

Bolton sidelined from Afghanistan policy as his standing with Trump falters. As the president's top aides prepared for a high-stakes meeting on the future of Afghanistan earlier this month, one senior official was not on the original invite list: national security adviser John Bolton. The attendance of the top security aide would normally be critical, but the omission was no mistake, senior U.S. officials said. Bolton, who has long advocated an expansive military presence around the world, has become a staunch internal foe of an emerging peace deal aimed at ending America's longest war, the officials said. His opposition to the diplomatic effort in Afghanistan has irritated President Trump, these officials said, and led aides to leave the National Security Council out of sensitive discussions about the agreement.

North Korea berates Pompeo, says hopes for talks fading. A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behavior as “rogue” and warned that Pyongyang’s hopes for talks with Washington are fading. In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased North Korean people’s animosity toward Americans and made it harder for working-level nuclear dialogue between the countries to resume.

How nations are starting to behave as if the United States isn’t there anymore. after two and a half years, this attitude has become more than a mere annoyance: It is beginning to change national behavior around the world. Nations are starting to act almost as if the United States isn’t there—or if it is, mainly as a hindrance.

The British ambassador to the U.S. reportedly describes an "inept" Donald Trump in leaked memos. Sir Kim Darroch reportedly described Trump as “inept” and at risk of ending his presidency in “disgrace.”

New White House press secretary roughed up in scuffle with North Korean guards: report

North Korea 'executes envoy to US' after Trump summit failures – report

Would we have survived the Cuban missile crisis if Donald Trump had been president in 1962? via @usatoday

US ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target. According to an internal State Department management notice, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch will leave her post permanently on May 20, with no replacement in place and no nominations to fill that position. "We expect the Department to appoint a long-term Chargé d'Affaires to lead the mission until a new Chief of Mission is nominated and confirmed," said the notice, which was sent to all mission personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. Incoming Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien plans to arrive in Kiev on May 28, and Joseph Pennington will continue to serve as chargé d'affaires and acting deputy chief through the transition period, the notice said. The House Democratic leadership thinks that Yovanovitch's early departure under pressure is a clear sign that the White House is responding to calls from Trump allies, Trump family members and conservative media sites that have accused Yovanovitch of being part of a conspiracy that involves anti-corruption probes in Ukraine and efforts by the Trump team to investigate ties between Ukrainian officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign. "Ambassador Yovanovitch is a dedicated public servant and a diplomat of the highest caliber who has represented the United States under both Republican and Democratic administrations. The White House's outrageous decision to recall her is a political hit job and the latest in this Administration's campaign against career State Department personnel," said a statement released Tuesday morning by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "It's clear that this decision was politically motivated, as allies of President Trump had joined foreign actors in lobbying for the Ambassador's dismissal."

Accused spy Paul Whelan to lawyers: I used work visa to get into Russia via @freep

Trump says John Kerry ‘should be prosecuted’ for meetings with Iranian officials. The president raised the issue during a freewheeling exchange with reporters after an event on health care at the White House, accusing Kerry of telling Iranian officials not to speak with members of the Trump administration. “I’d like to see — with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said. “You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act. And frankly, he should be prosecuted on that. But my people don’t want to do anything that’s — only the Democrats do that kind of stuff, you know? If it were the opposite way, they’d prosecute him under the Logan Act.”

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have gotten a lot of things wrong about Venezuela. Since Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s interim president, launched an unsuccessful military uprising last week to seize power from embattled dictator Nicolas Maduro, top Trump administration officials were quick to announce a decisive end to the conflict. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are among Guaidó’s most outspoken international backers, but their depiction of fractures in Maduro’s inner circle and among the military have consistently been contradicted by what has unfolded in Caracas. Despite four months of relentless American pressure, Maduro, not Guaidó, occupies the Miraflores Palace, while ongoing clashes between protesters and Maduro’s allies have left four people dead and hundreds injured. Millions of Venezuelans are starving amid a severe economic crisis that was amplified in January by new US sanctions on the state-owned energy giant. The move did not precipitate Maduro’s swift ouster, as many high-ranking military leaders have remained loyal to him. “If someone tells you the military no longer wants Maduro, that’s really hard to maintain,” Andrei Serbin Pont, a Venezuela expert at an Argentine research group, tells Mother Jones. “The post-Maduro scenario doesn’t look good for them. They’ll be persecuted for human rights abuses.” via @MotherJones

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say. John Bolton and other Team Trump hawks are trumpeting intelligence that Tehran is readying attacks on U.S. forces. They’re exaggerating the threat, officials tell The Daily Beast. “It’s not that the administration is mischaracterizing the intelligence, so much as overreacting to it,” said one U.S. government official briefed on it. Another source familiar with the situation agreed that the Trump administration’s response was an “overreaction” but didn’t dispute that a threat exists. Gen. Qasem Soleimani—the head of the Quds Force, Iran’s covert action arm—has told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted. “I would characterize the current situation as shaping operations on both sides to tilt the field in preparation for a possible coming conflict,” continued the second source, who is also a U.S. government official. “The risk is a low-level proxy unit miscalculating and escalating things. We’re sending a message with this reaction to the intelligence, even though the threat might not be as imminent as portrayed.”

President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said. The leaders’ call lasted for 1.5 hours, according to a post on the embassy’s Facebook page, and the pair discussed a “shared commitment to step up dialogue in various areas, including on issues of strategic stability.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the leaders spoke for more than an hour. Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on “Russia Collusion.” The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!

'Whimsical, uninformed': French ambassador's parting verdict on Trump. “When they say ‘America first’, it’s America alone,” Araud said in an interview with the Guardian. “Basically, this president and this administration don’t have allies, don’t have friends. It’s really [about] bilateral relationships on the basis of the balance of power and the defence of narrow American interest.” At 2am on the night Trump was elected, the ambassador tweeted: “It is the end of an era, the era of neoliberalism. We don’t yet know what will succeed it … After Brexit and this election, anything is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo.” At 2am on the night Trump was elected, the ambassador tweeted: “It is the end of an era, the era of neoliberalism. We don’t yet know what will succeed it … After Brexit and this election, anything is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo.” “My world, our world of certainties, really was collapsing and we were facing a real, substantial, dangerous crisis, which could basically really overwhelm my own country,” Araud said. “I believe we are entering a new era. I just don’t know what this era will be.”

North Korea issues mild criticism of Bolton over media interview

Pentagon confirms North Korean weapons test as Pyongyang demands Pompeo's removal from nuclear talks

Trump wrote off novichok attack of defector as 'spy games' – report. Donald Trump was reluctant to expel suspected Russian spies after the novichok chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, viewing the poisoning of a defector as “part of legitimate spy games”, according to a new report. According to the New York Times, Trump reacted sceptically to a British request in March 2018 for a strong punitive response to the use of the nerve agent against the former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. A local resident, Dawn Sturgess, was killed three months later when she came in contact with the chemical. It marked the first chemical weapon attack on European soil since the first world war. Trump is reported to have written off the attack as business as usual among spies – “distasteful but within the bounds of espionage”.

Egypt’s defection from Trump’s anti-Iran coalition shows how little faith U.S. allies have in the president’s strategy. The big failing in Trump’s policy in the region is that he doesn’t know what he wants, except to help Israel (which he isn’t doing, in the long run, by giving Netanyahu and his partners everything they want) and to crush Iran (which is harder than he imagines and which would likely lead to something worse). He has no strategy, only bluster, and Egypt’s breakaway makes that clearer than ever. via @slate

State Department blocks reporters from Pompeo briefing with faith-based media: report

Pompeo slaps visa restrictions on international court probing US military

Kim lets Trump know their 'mysteriously wonderful' chemistry isn't enough. North Korea's vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui blamed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton for fostering an "atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" in Hanoi, Vietnam, adding they were too fixed in their demands and "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result."

Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

John Bolton puts his singular stamp on Trump’s National Security Council

'Washington Has Become Much Rougher': Germany Is Still Recalibrating With Trump. Two years after President Trump took office, the U.S.-German relationship is at a new low.

Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses. announced Saturday March 02, 2019 he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants.

Inside the Chaotic Early Days of Trump’s Foreign Policy via @politicomag

No deal: Trump, Kim end high-stakes summit without nuclear agreement

Trump: I 'fully' understand why North Korea wouldn't denuclearize via @politico

What to know about Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on his Trump visit - ABC News -

Pence hails 'remarkable, extraordinary' Trump tenure in attack on US allies. Describing the results of Donald Trump’s presidency as “remarkable” and “extraordinary“, the vice-president told senior European and Asian officials the European Union should follow the US in quitting the Iran nuclear deal and recognising the head of Venezuela’s congress, Juan Guaido, as president. “America is stronger than ever before and America is leading on the world stage once again,” Pence told officials at the Munich Security Conference, listing what he described as US foreign policy successes from Afghanistan to North Korea.


Trump administration sends team to LA for 'fact finding' on homelessness. There is no evidence that Trump did anything early in his presidency that “ended” any problem related to homelessness in the nation’s capital. via @fox5sandiego

September 10, 2019 Trump's reported California homeless takeover bewilders state, local leaders. A Washington Post report that the Trump administration is considering demolishing homeless encampments and moving unhoused people into government facilities caught elected officials here off guard. Mayors were left trying to determine if they were dealing with a speculative threat or the possibility of concrete, drastic action.

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Sunday, May 03, 2020: Trump: Expect Vaccine by Year's End | via @Newsmax

6:16 AM - 31 Dec 2019 Trump says he'll sign China trade deal Jan. 15 via @politico

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts. Trump previously pledged in September to release “extremely complete” financial records in the wake of reports of U.S. Air Force crews staying at this Scottish resort during refueling, but offered no details or timeline. He also pledged to release his tax returns ahead of the 2016 election but never followed through, citing an unspecified audit when asked.

Thursday, November 14, 2019: Barr says watchdog report on Russia probe's origins is 'imminent'

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Trump says more information soon to be released about White House's... Asked whether he regrets calling the Vindman a “Never Trumper,” Trump told reporters on Saturday, “Well, you’ll be seeing very soon what comes out and then you can ask the question in a different way.”

BBC News - Trump says US and China to resume trade talks. "China called last night... said let's get back to the table. So we'll be getting back to the table," he said.

August 25, 2019: Trump promises 'very big trade deal' with Britain post-Brexit

August 13, 2019: Trump delays tariffs on key Chinese goods

August 07, 2019 Mike Pompeo: US will be ready with 'pen in hand' to sign post-Brexit trade deal. ‘However Brexit ultimately shakes out, and we’ll be on the doorstep.’

July 21, 2019 Pence's mysteriously canceled NH trip linked to presence of suspected drug dealer #FoxNews

15 July, 2019. Immigrant families across the country waited in fear on Sunday as President Donald Trump's planned mass deportation raids failed to manifest in major U.S. cities. The president confirmed that his administration would launch raids in at least 10 cities this weekend. But on Sunday, there were no mass roundups in sight.

10:01 AM - 6 Jul 2019 President Trump on cancelled VP Pence NH trip: "You'll know in about two weeks. It's a very interesting problem that they had in New Hampshire that I can't tell you about."

July 01, 2019: Trump: I may tackle homelessness because leaders 'can't be looking at that'. Donald Trump said he might “intercede” to “clean up” homelessness in San Francisco and Los Angeles, noting that world leaders “can’t be looking at that”. In a conversation with the Fox News host Tucker Carlson broadcast Monday evening, Trump called the situation “disgraceful” and implied that it was making police officers sick. “I’m looking at it very seriously,” Trump said of homelessness, according to a Fox News summary of the Carlson interview. “They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” Trump said, referring to world leaders. “We’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede,” he added. The first two and a half years of the Trump administration have yielded few traces of action on the social policy front, apart from a criminal justice reform bill. Trump has repeatedly attacked society’s most vulnerable, including immigrants and refugees. Yet in his interview with Carlson, Trump appeared enthused about his plan to address homelessness. “When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the president of the United States and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that,” Trump said of homelessness. “I really believe that it hurts our country.”

Trump announces two-week delay to planned ICE deportations. President Trump announced Saturday that a planned mass apprehension of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is being delayed for two weeks, in the hope that a bipartisan solution to the border crisis can be reached. “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” he tweeted. #FoxNews 11:56 AM - Jun 22, 2019

Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants. President Trump on Monday night tweeted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin deporting "millions" of undocumented immigrants next week. "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in," Trump tweeted. 06/17/19 10:12 PM EDT

Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months. 06/16/19 08:41 PM EDT

Mexico releases copy of letter touted by Trump. Trump on Tuesday had held up a single folded sheet of paper in front of cameras before leaving on a trip to Iowa, saying the paper represented an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. The president declined to share any details about the letter. He has sought to sell the deal reached between his administration and Mexico amid reports it included actions Mexico had already agreed to take. "That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday while pulling the document from the pocket of his jacket. "This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States," he added.

Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un. Trump pointed to the letter he said he received yesterday, which he first revealed on Tuesday, as a sign for optimism but declined to discuss its contents. “He just wrote me a very nice letter, unexpected. Someday you'll see what's in that letter. One day you'll be reading about it. Maybe in 100 years from now, maybe in two weeks,” he said.

Trump says he didn't expect cameras to capture contents of secret Mexico deal. Jabin Botsford, a photographer for The Washington Post, tweeted photos that captured some of the document's wording, including that the Mexican government "will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will enter into force within 45 days." The document was signed and dated June 7, 2019.

Photographer snapped image of Trump’s alleged Mexico deal. Here’s what it says.

Trump taunts journalists with supposed one-page Mexico deal. President Trump teased a group of reporters on the South Lawn Tuesday by waving around what he said was a one-page deal with Mexico. “This is one page,” Trump said, taking a folded piece of paper out of his blazer pocket and holding it up for cameras to see. “This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States. Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing." But Mexican officials have pushed back against some of Trump's claims, and news reports have questioned whether there was much new at all in the deal. Trump, however, has said the full deal has not been publicly announced, tweeting earlier Tuesday, "Biggest part of deal with Mexico has not yet been revealed!" When journalists pressed for more details on the piece of paper in Trump's pocket, he stated that the document “goes into effect when I want it to.” via @politico

Rep. Dan Kildee: "Many of us didn't think the president would ever really pull the trigger on these tariffs. He didn't define what success would look like, which is usually a signal that it was a false threat." — The Hill (@thehill)

Trump drops tariff threat on Mexico after migration deal reached. 5:31 PM - Jun 7, 2019

Trump erupts over immigration, threatening Mexico with tariffs. Trump said in a White House statement that the first round of tariffs would begin on June 10 at 5% "on all goods imported from Mexico." @CNNPolitics

Trump has made clear repeatedly that he believes the U.S. should violate the Geneva Conventions. The New York Times reported this weekend that Donald Trump is considering granting pardons to a number of convicted and accused war criminals who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. One would involve the ongoing case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who is set to stand trial shortly on war crimes charges that include murdering a prisoner of war with a knife and shooting a young woman and an elderly man (both seemingly unarmed civilians) with a sniper rifle. via @slate

Rudy Giuliani says his controversial pro-Trump Ukraine visit is off. Sat 11 May 2019 08.17 EDT

President Trump’s trade war with China is approaching the one-year mark, with no end in sight. The two countries appeared close to a deal just a week ago after months of negotiations and reciprocal tariffs. But Trump ordered a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese goods after top Beijing officials reportedly backtracked on previous agreements with the White House. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that a U.S. delegation concluded trade talks with top Chinese officials, but no deal was announced. The U.S. economy and Trump’s reelection campaign could face serious consequences if Washington and Beijing can’t resolve their trade spat. But the president said Friday there is “no need to rush” a trade deal with China. Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China

After the Mueller Report, we were supposed to get the Rudy Report. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, promised that he would release a document rebutting the results of Mueller's investigation. The Wall Street Journal talked to Giuliani about it on April 14: Just read this by @JuddLegum

President Trump: Our trade deal with China is moving along. And it's moving along nicely. And we're asking for a lot of things and I have a feeling we'll be successful. The Hill (@thehill) 6:31 PM - 17 Apr 2019

PUNTED: Trump Walks Back Threat To Close U.S. Border, Giving Mexico A '1-Year Warning'

Thursday, March 28, 2019: Trump threatens to close the southern border next week, voicing heightened frustration with Mexico

Trump Today: President signals openness to postponing tariff hike on China as talks continue. Trump told reporters at the White House he’d either strike a large trade deal with Beijing “or it’s going to be a deal that we’ll just postpone for a little while.” Negotiators met in Washington Wednesday and Thursday in an attempt to strike an agreement ahead of a planned increased in tariffs on Chinese imports on March 1.

Trump says GOP will be 'party of health care' after DOJ escalates ObamaCare fight. “Let me just tell you exactly what my message is: The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care. You watch," Trump told reporters as he visited the Capitol to meet with GOP senators.

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PAID! Trump signs executive order on free speech on college campuses Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses

‘HOLD THE DATE!’: Trump announces Independence Day celebration

President Donald Trump vowed Friday that the total wipeout of the Islamic State caliphate would be announced within 24 hours. It has now been two days and no official proclamation has been made.

Trump builds anticipation around State of the Union

Trump teases 'major announcement' about shutdown on Saturday

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Kushner Details His Wild Idea to Use Russia’s Secret Comms. The president’s son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, suggested having Trump’s future national security adviser use secure communications at the Russian embassy to communicate with Russian generals, according to newly released transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee. The suggestion, made during a December 2016 meeting with Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was ultimately nixed by the Russian ambassador, according to Kushner. Kushner’s proposed back-channel with the Kremlin has been widely reported, but this is the first detailed, on-the-record account by him of the incident. The Washington Post reported in May 2017 that Kislyak relayed the proposal to his superiors in Moscow at the time. Kushner framed the proposal as an innocuous way to develop closer cooperation with Russia in Syria, saying the Russian ambassador had lamented to him shortly after Trump’s 2016 electoral win that the Russians believed “America’s strategy in Syria was a little bit misguided.”

The Stories Dan Crenshaw Tells Himself. The pathos of Trump’s most effective defender. via @BulwarkOnline

FBI releases documents showing Roger Stone, Julian Assange communications. New documents from the FBI made public Tuesday showed that Roger Stone, a longtime GOP operative and associate of President Trump, was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The new trove of documents highlights the extent to which Stone and Assange communicated during the 2016 campaign, in part regarding damaging information Assange’s anti-secrecy site published about then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In exchanges released by the FBI, Stone and Assange discussed the origin of the information on Clinton, which U.S. officials believe was hacked by Russians and handed to WikiLeaks. In a direct message on Twitter cited by the FBI, Stone sought to reassure Assange that the issue was “still nonsense” and said “as a journalist it doesn’t matter where you get information only that it is accurate and authentic.” “If the US government moves on you I will bring down the entire house of cards,” Stone wrote, according to a transcript of the message.

Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official's resignation cost taxpayers at least $243,000. Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly boarded one of his service's executive jets Monday to visit Guam — a trip that turned out to be costly for both him and U.S. taxpayers. For Modly, the visit resulted in his resignation, after he created an uproar by insulting the former commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who had raised concerns about how the Navy was handling a coronavirus outbreak on the warship. For taxpayers, the cost of the flight alone was at least $243,151.65, according to a Navy estimate. The figure was based on 35 hours of flight time to and from Guam, with refueling in Hawaii. Modly traveled on a C-37B at a cost of about $6,946.19 per hour, according to the estimate, which was obtained by The Washington Post. The jet is a military version of the Gulfstream G550.

Trump claims that his daughter created 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States. To put this claim in perspective, as of January — before the coronavirus pandemic caused the US economy to start hemorrhaging jobs — about 152 million people in the United States were employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So Trump is claiming that his daughter created about 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States. Ivanka has apparently been working overtime in recent months: During a White House event last November, Trump claimed that his daughter has “gotten jobs for” 14 million people. So, if one takes Trump’s statements at face value, she created a million jobs in just the past six months.

Trump administration edits national stockpile website a day after it contradicted Jared Kushner. As of early Friday morning, the stockpile's home page had read: "Strategic National Stockpile is the nation's largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency. Organized for scalable response to a variety of public health threats, this repository contains enough supplies to respond to multiple large-scale emergencies simultaneously." These sentences were gone as of Friday afternoon. In their place were new sentences that emphasized that the stockpile is meant as a temporary backup for states' own supplies. The revised page reads: "The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available."

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White House hits back at John Kelly over impeachment remarks. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed Trump’s response, adding, “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.” via @politico

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Like So Many Of His Associates, Donald Trump's New Press Secretary Has Posed For Some Mug Shots. Like so many other Donald Trump associates--Manafort, Gates, Stone, Flynn, Cohen, Cohn, Papadopoulos, Weichselbaum, Pierson, Epshteyn, “Fat Tony” Salerno, etc.--the new White House press secretary has spent time posing for mug shots. Stephanie Grisham, who last month succeeded Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has a pair of drunk driving collars on her rap sheet. Grisham is pictured above in mug shots (click to enlarge) snapped following her 2013 and 2015 DUI busts in Arizona. Grisham, 43, was first nabbed for drunk driving in January 2013 in Gilbert, a town outside Phoenix. Grisham--who was driving on a suspended license--was pulled over for speeding while behind the wheel of an SUV whose other passenger was a tipsy 25-year-old man. Grisham’s second arrest came in December 2015 when she busted by Phoenix police. Grisham failed to appear at a court hearing in January 2016, prompting a City Court judge to issue an arrest warrant for her. As with her initial criminal case, Grisham pleaded guilty--this time to a DUI count. She was ordered to pay about $1500 in court costs and fines. Grisham’s July 2016 conviction came as she was working as a press aide for Trump’s presidential campaign. | The Smoking Gun via @tsgnews

How Donald Trump's Kids Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency. No one knows a “clear conflict of interest” when they see it better than the president's children.

Who's the secret Russian in the indictment of Giuliani's pals? We found some clues. The indictment does not say. It refers to this individual only as “Foreign National-1.” And the question cannot be yet answered definitively. But California state records and emails obtained by Mother Jones indicate that a Russian businessman named Andrey Muraviev had previously worked with Kukushkin to develop a cannabis enterprise. via @MotherJones

In addition to Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two other men were indicted Thursday morning for violations related to various campaign donations — David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin. via @TPM

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Exclusive: Giuliani associate linked to Yanukovych's stolen cash. Semyon Kislin, friend of Trump's personal lawyer, tried to obtain millions of dollars stolen from the Ukrainian state. Semyon Kislin, a business associate of Donald Trump who is due to give evidence at the US president's impeachment inquiry on October 14, tried to obtain millions of dollars that Ukrainian prosecutors deemed stolen, Al Jazeera can reveal. Kislin is a long-time friend of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The Ukraine-born businessman donated to Giuliani's political campaigns in the 1990s. In January last year, Kislin lobbied the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, to help him unlock millions of dollars that had in fact been seized in a major criminal inquiry. This comes as the New York Times reported that federal investigators are examining Giuliani's efforts to undermine Yovanovitch as part of a broader campaign to pressure Ukraine into helping Trump's political prospects. @AJENews

AG Barr blames drug overdoses on secular society. Barr, in a speech largely focused on the role of religion in law, decried what he described as an effort to drive religion away while promoting secularism. "We see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism," he said. "Basically every measure of this social pathology continues to gain ground." He described several social issues as "consequences of this moral upheaval." "Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic. "Over 70,000 people die a year from drug overdoses," he added. "But I won't dwell on the bitter results of the new secular age." Barr also slammed "so-called progressives," saying that many are "among the militant secularists." A spokesman for the university told the South Bend Tribune this week that the topic of Barr's speech would be "religious freedom."

Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians. But it wasn’t the Turkish defense minister at all. Instead, it was Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, Russian pranksters with suspected ties to the country’s intelligence services who go by “Lexus and Vovan.” The duo have become notorious in recent years for their cold calls to unwitting, high-profile Western politicians, including Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, leading some to suspect that they’ve had help from the Kremlin, according to The Guardian. (A Schiff spokesman said at the time that the House Intelligence Committee “informed appropriate law enforcement and security personnel of the conversation.”) via @politico

Two Key Players In The Ukraine Controversy Spent Lavishly As They Dug For Dirt on Biden. Bank records reveal a whirlwind of spending at high-end restaurants, an infamous strip club, and five-star hotels by the two little-known operatives who waged a back-channel campaign with Rudy Giuliani. For Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian American businessman who joined Rudy Giuliani in a back-channel campaign to unearth damaging information about Joe Biden, the money kept flowing. BuzzFeed News obtained unprecedented access to scores of bank records from private business accounts controlled by Parnas and his partner, Igor Fruman, as they carried out a campaign now at the center of the first presidential impeachment inquiry in a generation.