There is something rich (& infuriating) about Karen Pence trying to make mental health & suicide prevention her signature issue when she works at a school that bans LGBTQ teachers and kids.

LGB kids consider suicide at almost 3 times the rate of hetero kids, per Trevor Project.
Look at these stats on LGBT youth and suicide rates, via The Trevor Project. Devastating.…
Meanwhile, the school Karen Pence continues to teach at discriminates against LGBTQ people in its job application and says LGBTQ kids aren’t welcome.

Great scoop last year by @rklein90.…
Karen Pence just started teaching again at this school a month or so ago…

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15 Oct
Today is the last day of the 2020 Census count. The Supreme Court rejected a lower court's order to extend the count after serious delays because of COVID.

This makes it easier for Trump to not count lots of people, esp minorities + tribes. This is what he's been trying to do.
This is easily the most damaging development this week outta the Trump admin.

This final stage of the census count is the only stage being cut short. It's the most crucial part for reaching "hard-to-count populations." Which largely happen to be... communities of color.
Non-English speakers + low-income people are among the hardest people to count.

They rely on census takers coming to their homes in this final stage of the count to do “nonresponse follow-ups" b/c they didn't respond via the internet, by phone or mail.
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15 Oct
Good morning! ☕️ Senators' time is up for Qs with Amy Coney Barrett and the Judiciary committee will vote to send her nomination to the Senate floor on Oct. 22 at 1 pm.

Also this exchange happened last night, so... yeah.
Sen. Mike Lee is currently raising his voice about the "abominable treatment" of Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

Were we watching the same hearing? He shouted, wailed, lashed out at members of the committee, straight up lied about little and big things.
"Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House," Lindsey Graham tells Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.

How long til Trump trashes Graham?
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14 Oct
Day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing.

Dianne Feinstein opens, again, with family talk.

"I'm delighted to see your family here again. I hope they feel that very special sense of pride in you.... I was thinking of my children and grandchild."
Progressives have been fuming at Dems like Feinstein for treating this situation as business as usual.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that Democrats are not doing enough to show that this is an illegitimate process w/ an illegitimate nominee."…
Barrett, again, won't say whether a president can unilaterally delay an election.

She says she won't discuss “legal hypotheticals."
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13 Oct
Today, Senate Democrats spent hours pressing Amy Coney Barrett on health care, abortion and her potential role in a 2020 presidential election dispute.

She dodged all of their questions.…
Progressives have been urging Democrats to show a fiery, united opposition to this entire process, framing Trump’s Supreme Court pick as an illegitimate nominee in an illegitimate confirmation hearing.

That... didn’t happen.… Image
Amy Klobuchar brought it, though.

“We need a bit of a reality check that this isn’t normal right now,” she said. "We shouldn’t be doing this. We should be passing coronavirus relief.”…
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13 Oct
Dianne Feinstein's first question to Amy Coney Barrett in her confirmation hearing: I was wondering if you could introduce us to your children and family.
Feinstein: Do you agree with Antonin Scalia's view that Roe v Wade was wrongly decided?

Barrett: I can't pre-commit or say, "yes, I'm going in with some agenda," because I'm not.
Back to praising Barrett on family stuff.

"You've got a lovely family. You understand all the implications of family life," said Feinstein. "I'm proud of you for that."
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13 Oct
Here's today's snapshot of each state's progress in reducing COVID cases/hospitalizations/death, via

Green is trending better.

Yellow is caution warranted.

Red is going downhill.

Bruised red is uncontrolled spread.
Overall, it looks worse than a week ago.

Here's Oct. 5 vs Oct. 12.
The West Coast is looking worse compared to last week.

There are still just 2 states in the country trending better right now: Maine and Vermont. It was 3 a coupla weeks ago, but New Hampshire took a turn.
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