"But the president himself was busy enjoying the spectacle. Trump watched with interest, buoyed to see that his supporters were fighting so hard on his behalf, one close adviser said." washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
"The message from those around [President Trump] — that he needed to call off the angry mob he had egged on just hours earlier, or lives could be lost — was one to which he was not initially receptive."
"Even as his supporters at the Capitol chanted for Pence to be hanged, Trump never called the vice president to check on him or his family."
"At one point, Trump worried that the unruly group was frightening GOP lawmakers from doing his bidding and objecting to the election results, an official said."
"Trump aides did three takes of the video and chose the most palatable option — despite some West Wing consternation that the president had called the violent protesters 'very special.'"
"Yet as Trump watched the media coverage of his video, he grew angry. The president said he wished he hadn’t done it, a senior White House official said, because he feared that the calming words made him look weak."

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12 Jan
South Dakota has the 2nd highest infection rate in the country (after North Dakota), with 11.7% testing positive. It also has the 6th highest death rate: one out of every 558 South Dakotans have died of COVID-19.
We can debate about why exactly that is and what measures are effective or not, but they shouldn't be sitting there slapping each other on the backs like chuckleheads, amid this unfolding disaster.
To put this in context, there is only ONE country in the world with a higher COVID-19 per capita death toll than South Dakota, and that's tiny San Marino. There is NO country in the world reporting a higher infection rate than South Dakota.
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11 Jan
The US reported +1,792 new coronavirus deaths today, bringing the total to 383,275. The 7-day moving average rose to 3,306 per day. Image
The US had +213,453 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to over 22.9 million. The 7-day moving average rose to over 250,000 per day.

One million Americans are being diagnosed with COVID-19 every four days. Image
The US now has over 9 million active cases of COVID-19, and rising. Image
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10 Jan
I am not for "shutting down" Parler.

But nobody should be forced to do business with them either.
And don't come at me about cakes. I tend to believe you can refuse to make cakes for anyone you want - though I can understand the "public space" argument.
(The public space argument being that when you run a business that interacts with the general public, excluding some of that public on a discriminatory basis effectively relegates them to second-class citizen status).
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7 Jan
One of the major stories of the past decade is the weakening of Congress as an actual decision-making body, as opposed to merely a theater for selective grandstanding. War powers (Syria), budget (shutdowns/debt ceiling standoffs), toothless impeachment, immigration EOs, trade ...
Since 2010, Congress has basically abdicated most of its policy-making powers to the President (Obama and Trump), quietly happy to avoid any real responsibility, and unwilling (on a partisan basis) to exert any real oversight, (except for theatrics).
One effect has been to immensely raise the stakes of winning the Presidency, since any executive action can be easily reversed. It also dumbs down policy into talking points devoid of substance (because there's no responsibility for actually dealing with substance).
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7 Jan
I see some people imagining some double-standard regarding sympathy for the protesters in Lafayette Square vs. the Capitol. Nope. If any BLM protestors had actually tried to storm the White House, they would have likely been shot, and with good reason.
By the same token, if police had charged, beaten, and tear-gassed Trump supporters gathered outside the Capitol, simply wanting to be heard, I would be outraged, whether I agreed with them or not.
And to stretch the parallel further, the violence of some Trump supporters yesterday could not be used to justify violent force against other Trump supporters protesting peacefully today.
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7 Jan
The US reported +4,100 new coronavirus deaths today, a new record, bringing the total to 369,990. If yesterday is any indication, that number is likely to be revised upwards tomorrow. For now, the 7-day moving average rose to 2,742 per day.
The US had +260,973 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, also a new record, bringing the total to over 21.8 million. The 7-day moving average rose to over 228,000 per day, a new high.
The positive test rate nationwide declined slightly to 13.3%, which is still quite elevated.
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