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20 Nov, 11 tweets, 5 min read
Here’s a statement on the Giuliani presser today from @BenSasse, who somehow is still somewhat alone — with a few exceptions — in the GOP in speaking out honestly and forthrightly about what’s happening.
Btw I've emailed the spokespersons for all 53 Republican senators TWICE today: once about Trump's pressure campaign on Michigan to block certifying its results, & once on the Reuters story about dragging things out so legislatures can overturn the election. 3 responses ...
@BenSasse was 1.
@SenToomey was 2. A spokesman pointed me to a comment he's already made specifically about Pennsylvania's certification process.
And @JohnCornyn was 3, basically saying there's nothing to see or be worried about. Here's the Cornyn comments from a conference call with Texas reporters.
I've asked twice today for comment from @senatemajldr on the president's apparent attempts to pressure states to throw out the results of the election and give Electoral College votes to him instead. Crickets. Same for all 50 of the other Republican senators in the @SenateGOP
No comment coming from @senatemajldr today it appears. Only 2 of 53 Senate Republicans have spoken out plainly against Trump's attempt to overturn the election…
Today's profile in courage award goes to @SenJoniErnst, who has yet to say a single critical thing about Trump's assault on the integrity of democracy, but jumped to defend her own when it was questioned by the same people attacking the nation's…
Also @JonahDispatch has some things to say about this…
Todays runner up in the profiles in courage awards

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14 Aug
So we need to educate people: you do need the Postal Service to receive your mail-in or absentee ballot but you do NOT need the Postal Service to deliver, ie vote, that same ballot. Can return to local elections office any time, or an in person early voting location, or drop box
Not every state has drop boxes, but every state has local elections offices, and all but 5 have early voting. If you want to get your ballot well ahead of the election, vote it at your leisure, and then return it in person without waiting in line, choose one of those 3 options
Your state elections office or secretary of state's website should have addresses for your local elections office, as well as info about when early voting starts and where to go. Drop box info is a bit harder to find, but I'm reporting on that & will continue to.
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9 Feb
For Joe Biden "think about it" is the new "literally"
A young woman asks Biden "How do you explain the performance in Iowa and why should the voters believe that you can win a national election?"

Biden's response: "You ever been to a caucus?"

Woman says yes.

Biden: "No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier."
Biden goes on to say, "You gotta be honest. I’m gonna be honest with you. It was a little bit confusing in Iowa. But let’s assume it was all exactly right." He talks about how Iowa doesn't predict who wins states like PA, Michigan, etc.
Read 9 tweets
16 Jan
I was in Senate chamber during the reading of the articles of impeachment. Here is a little bit of color for those of you who were watching on TV. The Senate chamber was deathly quiet as Schiff read the articles, a process that went on for 15 minutes. (1)
All senators listened intently, but note-taking was far more prominent among the Democrats. A large number of Democratic senators busily scribbled notes as Schiff spoke, while most Republican senators sat still, listening. (2)
There were subtle contrasts between the 100 senators. Sen. Susan Collins & Sen. Lisa Murkowski sat next to one another, with somewhat pained expressions on their faces. Sen. Dianne Feinstein sat with crossed arms and dabbed at her nose with a tissue. (3)
Read 8 tweets
21 Nov 19
Fiona Hill opening statement. Wow.
More from Fiona Hill's blistering opening statement: "I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine—not Russia—attacked us in 2016."
More Fiona Hill: "President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a Super PAC. They deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives."
Read 38 tweets
20 Nov 19
Sondland, a recap:
-no Quid pro quo!
-Taylor: Sondland told Yermak on 9/1 no aid w/o investigations.
-Sondland: oh now I remember that.
-Taylor: my aid overheard Sondland on phone on 7/26 - day after trump call w Zelensky - directly discussing investigating Bidens
-today ....
"Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server & Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President."
"I tried diligently to ask why the aid was suspended, but I never received a clear answer. Still haven't to this day." - Sondland
Read 25 tweets
6 Aug 19
Conservatives incline to believe voter fraud stories. Liberals lean toward voter suppression. How often do we really dig into the details of a case and follow the facts where they lead? That’s what we did in a big case in Georgia.…
Soon after @BrianKempGA became GA’s Sec of State a dozen African-Americans were arrested & charged w 120 felony voter fraud counts. The case dragged on for 6 yrs, even after a jury found no evidence of wrong-doing. This is the story of the Quitman 10+2…
We did over two dozen interviews, reviewed over 1000 pages of documents, & produced 6500 words, a 10-minute video & a podcast to let you decide what happened. It began as voter fraud but became what looked very much like voter intimidation.…
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