Today's reminder that Bill Barr is a menace who refuses to look at facts and evidence in his effort to cage people.
[Barr is giving a fear-mongering speech to police chiefs (again) because his biased law enforcement panel was declared as such by a federal judge (who also declared the panel’s meeting process illegal) and so now he doesn’t get to put out a biased report.]
#protip: Don't take your advice on law enforcement and public safety from this guy. He's talking about lots of cops, private enterprise, and religious schools. Seriously.
He's at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Bill Barr talking about policing and public safety is as bad if not worse than a Trump speech when it comes to outright lies and uninformed tripe.
Here’s the speech. If you want to do that to yourself.…

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13 Oct
Thinking about Harriet Miers tonight. I don’t know what sort of justice she would have been, but it wouldn’t have been Sam Alito, so I’d have been willing to give her a shot.
That was such a brief moment in time. How many of you had to google?
My favorite side-story of the short-lived Miers nomination was the even shorter period of time when we thought she was involved in an ex-gay ministry — but it turned out to be a totally different organization with a similar name.
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I am so grateful, also, that I’ve had mentors and friends who taught me that it was OK to be me, as queer as I am and with the varied interests I have, and that I’d find other queer people with similar interests to help me along the way and who I’d try to help along their way.
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Outside of the Biden side of this: Has anyone asked Pence about his failure to answer about a dozen questions at the debate — including how Trump-Pence will protect people with preexisting conditions? The case is at SCOTUS now; they took a side. It’s not a hypothetical.
Pence also wouldn’t answer what he would want Indiana to do if Roe was overturned. That should be getting as much attention as the court-packing question. Both are conditional, multiple-steps-removed questions.
The problem is there are a thousand things the reporters covering Trump/Pence can and should be questioning them about, whereas there are few Biden topics. So, the Biden reporters are flooding the zone on this one story because they’re all thinking “Ooh, something interesting.”
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It’s a strange moment, to think about #WorldMentalHealthDay today, in this moment, in this year. There is so much trauma happening around us, with far too few systems to help those who need it and far too many who still stigmatize those who seek to improve their mental health.
I am grateful and privileged to live a life where I have had the ability to receive help from those systems that do exist and where mental health treatment is celebrated as an obvious good step.
We need to do better, though. Not only in general, but specifically in light of the year in which we are living. We must make ourselves, as a society, up to the task of caring for the mental health of everyone in our communities.
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10 Oct
It really feels like the McConnell comments this week, from the ones about avoiding the White House to the Axios sinking ship story, were a go-ahead sign to Republicans up and down the ballot to do what they need to do to (try and) save themselves.
Of course, in some races (though fewer by the day, it seems), that’s going to mean doubling-down on Trump. But it does feel like they’re moving to the triage stage.
To be clear, I think McConnell believes they’re going to lose the Senate, too, but, yeah, there’s been an unwillingness to face the reality of where Trump’s at that’s actually made Republicans’ attempts to hold onto lower seats more difficult. That ... might ... be shifting?
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So, I know I’m not paying as close attention to everything as I normally do, but I have a few questions:
• Did anyone see Trump on Thursday?
• Did we figure out why Pence canceled Friday’s trip?
• Where’s Barr?
• Is Christie still in the hospital? What’s his status?
This from @peterbakernyt and @maggieNYT is an unbelievable, completely believable must-read. It also reads more like everything that I researched about Garfield and Cleveland and Wilson’s illnesses than any modern-era situation (except maybe Reagan).…
Seriously. The lengths to which the White House over time has gone to lie or at least withhold information about the president’s health is remarkable. There’s no reason to think Trump’s administration would be better, and lots of evidence they’d be worse.…
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