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13 Jan
Trump calling his remarks prior to a violent mob assaulting the Capitol "totally appropriate" broke a dam that's stood strong for 4 years.

@RepFredUpton of MI in announcing his support for impeachment:

"the President characterized his inflammatory rhetoric at last Wednesday’s
rally as “totally appropriate,” and he expressed no regrets for last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

This sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the Constitution.
I would have preferred a bipartisan, formal censure rather than a drawn-out impeachment process. I fear this will now interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden Administration. But it is time to say: Enough is enough.

The Congress must hold President Trump to
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7 Jan
NEW, per @KenDilanianNBC

Rep. Tim Ryan—who chairs key subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Capitol-- says as many as 60 Capitol Police officers were injured yesterday, including 15 hospitalized and 1 in critical condition. Many were hit in the head with lead pipes, he said
He said he is "livid" over the "strategic blunder" that left the Capitol Police without a solid plan and adequate reinforcements. They held off the mob for more than an hour before the building was breached, he said.

He said he does not understand, and plans to investigate, why
the mob was allowed to get so close to the Capitol when he was assured by police officials that could not happen. He added that there was an “intelligence failure,” to anticipate the scope of the threat.

While praising the heroics of most rank and file Capitol Police, he said
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3 Jan
Romney on @tedcruz @HawleyMO
👇
“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. 1/
The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it. More Americans participated in this election than ever before, and they made their choice.

President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of
courts; in every instance, they failed. The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election. The Presidential Voter Fraud Commission disbanded without finding such evidence.
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2 Jan
In a move casting doubt on the legitimacy of a POTUS-elect who won the popular vote by a wide margin, 11 GOP senators explain it thusly:

1. There are allegations of fraud.

2. A sizable portion of R's believe them.

NOTE: Courts across the nation have rejected those allegations.
But, again, the statement says there are "allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes."

And they are believed by the people, 67% of Republicans, whom *they themselves told, without evidence* to believe such allegations.
"whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all."
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1 Dec 20
From a nurse named Cathie in North Texas
(a second cousin)

"This is the breaking point...will you help us now?"

THREAD

"This past weekend was a nightmare, we simply ran out of beds throughout the metroplex. We filled every single ICU bed by moving patients from ..
hospital to hospital.

Sadly, we also were unable to help out the smaller hospitals who had patients on transport or a disposable vents not intended for the patient to remain on other than for short periods of time.

One ER RN had tried 14 hospitals and still could not get
her patient on a disposable vent out of her ER. My heart broke as she begged for some help.

The Trauma RAC has been repurposed as a placement crisis line to help place patients throughout the state. Their mission has become almost impossible.

We are starting the process
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25 Nov 20
Couple observations from the Gettysburg "fraud" conference.

1. Many of the "experts" speaking are new recruits, first timers, angry their "suggestions" were ignored.

2. No evidence of fraud.

3. Dislike for a process they appear to have been observing for the very first time.
4. Data "warfare" expert doesn't like automated devices in general, more Hugo Chavez talk.
5. MUCH "this is the way it should be" in our elections system, and no claims it's any different from any previous election.
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20 Nov 20
NEW: MI GOP leaders issue statement on Trump meeting:

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors,
just as we have said throughout this election."

“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to
the full extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes. These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections.”
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20 Nov 20
👉Why Trump can't steal the election in Michigan

“It would take a lot of people violating their duty and not standing up for the law," constitutional law prof @sbagen tells @NBCNews

A THREAD

1. Michigan's state board of canvassers, must under law, certify the vote after
all 83 counties have certified, says Bagenstos.

"If they don't, they'd be violating the law" and will be taken to court by literally anyone, a voter, a lawmaker, many possibilities.

"The statute that governs them says when they have the information, ‘they shall certify.’"
The legislature has no role in this.

"The courts tend to act very quickly on these post-election challenges," he said.

👉Separately from a GOP leader close to @SenMikeShirkey & @LeeChatfield:

To circumvent this, the pair would have to convince practically their entire
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20 Nov 20
NEW to @NBCNews

Michigan GOP lawmakers could be treading on thin legal ice with White House meeting

👉Michigan AG @dananessel to NBC: "We don’t comment on pending investigations.”

nbcnews.com/politics/meet-… via @NBCNews
Michigan's Senate Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker Lee Chatfield are expected in Washington any minute after Trump summoned them to the White House.

The New York Times reported Trump has pressed his own advisers on using state legislatures to circumvent the popular vote.
But Michigan law is clear. According to the secretary of state: The state’s 16 representatives to the Electoral College must go to the candidate who won the popular vote.

“If I were their lawyer I would think twice about letting them put themselves in that kind of compromised
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19 Nov 20
NEW: MI Dems weigh in on state GOP leaders meeting with Trump tomorrow as he seeks to overturn the votes of Michiganders:

"History will judge Speaker Chatfield and Leader Shirkey on whether they choose to acknowledge the results of the election and defend our democracy, or
“Speaker Chatfield and Leader Shirkey have been summoned to the White House in a last-minute attempt to overturn the results of the election. The votes have been counted, Michiganders have spoken and they chose Joe Biden to be our next president. The continued attempts to
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19 Nov 20
MI Senate leader Mike Shirkey is on record stating the Legislature would not try to overturn Michiganders' votes by appointing its own slate of electors

“That’s not going to happen.”

👉Some important context as Trump invited MI GOP lawmakers to meet tomorrow at the WH

THREAD
“Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes,” said Amber McCann, a Shirkey spokeswoman.

bridgemi.com/michigan-gover…
Biden won the state by nearly 150,000 votes, a margin roughly 14 times larger than Trump’s win here in 2016.
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6 Nov 20
NEW: 19 former U.S. Attorneys who served under *Republican presidents* released a statement tonight calling Trump's comments tonight about the vote "premature, baseless, and reckless."

via @JuliaEAinsley

1/
"Unfounded allegations of fraud and threats to initiate litigation aimed at stopping the vote count are clearly inappropriate and have the potential to undermine the rule of law as it applies to our electoral process."

As a nation, we are now in the midst of one of the most

2/
fundamental and important aspects of our constitutional democracy – the electoral process.

Whether it takes days, or even weeks, for that process to conclude, it must be allowed to take place in a way that is open, fair, and lawful, and without any improper political

3/
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6 Nov 20
Such a lie about Detroit.

I was there.

There were literally over 100 observers from each party.
Mark Brewer, a Democratic attorney who was in the room in Detroit:

“The Republicans and Trump had access to that room over a course of two and a half days. Hundreds of challengers in the room watching every ballot be counted."

So many in fact, they hit COVID capacity and
the police had to intervene and block the doors.
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4 Nov 20
NEW: From Michigan Sec. of State @JocelynBenson

*First unofficial tabulation within the next 24 hours," hopefully by the end of day.

10’s of thousands of ballots *still need to be counted* in largest metro areas, inc Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint Kalamazoo
The final *official* results could take even longer.

Record breaking voter turnout and 3.2 million voted absentee of 5 million.

👉Also, a reminder that this situation is *by design of the GOP legislature*
For about 18 months MI officials were calling on the state legislature to allow more preprocessing time, knowing it would be impossible to count all the absentees so quickly.

They refused.

Bottom line: We are seeing exactly what they told us to expect, so cook your heels.
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1 Nov 20
Trump lied to Michigan today about

1) booming auto plants & 2) it’s all because of him.

THREAD/LONG

1.Net loss of 2 auto plants since he took office:
(Warren transmission and a Ford engine plant in Romeo. A shuttered Detroit Chrysler plant is being retooled.
2. Another major loss is Great Lakes Steel, which for more than 100 years sustained the community of Ecorse. Hear from some of the workers here: nbcnews.com/now/video/laid…
3.Also not true no plants were opening before Trump took office. Here’s two examples: Ford Dearborn Truck in ’04 and Lansing GM assembly in 2006.

4.COVID is no excuse.
Jobs were ticking down even BEFORE COVID.
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30 Oct 20
On Trump's closing argument attacking doctors, suggesting they're inflating COVID numbers for profit.

The truth? THREAD

1. Excess death is far worse than what's being reported.

"An estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late Jan through Oct 3"

cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/6…
2. Doctors and hospital systems are struggling to regain their footing financially from COVID, which HURT them, draining revenue that comes mainly from tests that can't be done over Zoom and hospital procedures cancelled to free up beds for sick COVID patients.
3. Trump signed legislation that provides higher payments under Medicare to hospitals treating COVID patients. But the payments are tied to cases of the disease, not deaths or other outcomes.

bloombergquint.com/politics/trump…
Copyright © BloombergQuint
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23 Oct 20
The most delightful elderly man - looked to be late 70's/early 80's - just delivered our pizza, handing it over with a slight tremble in his frail arms.

If it's possible for a heart to feel physically heavy, it does.
Shortly after the 2016 election, an older female journalist pulled me aside after a TV hit and explained that, while she was in the sunset of her career, I (and other journalists my age) are now responsible.

We are responsible for explaining WHY we have safety net programs.
And doing it with plainspoken English.

We have them, because before they existed, before Social Security existed, many old people were poor or would just die if they didn't have family to take them in.

"The Depression was a catastrophic blow to almost every American, but none
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22 Oct 20
NEW w @albamonica: Trump expected to bring as a guest to tonight's @NBCNews debate Tony Bobulinksi, the former Hunter Biden business partner quoted in the New York Post making allegations ab Joe Biden and Chinese business deals.

Important footnote:👇
In his statement, Bobulinksi talks ab his decision to speak out now, following Johnson’s report on Hunter. Bobulinksi says he was “shocked” that Hunter had made millions “behind my back.”

“The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize ..
the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners.”

nypost.com/2020/10/22/hun…
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15 Oct 20
"History will haunt this raw exercise of political power," said @SenBlumenthal, who is calling for the #BarrettHearing to be delayed.

“Might does not make right. In your hearts, you know what’s happening here is not right, it’s not normal," he said.

Points: 1/
1. Nominee named before Ginsburg was buried.
2. Amid a pandemic that should be the priority. Naming ceremony became super spreader event.
3. Days before an election, unprecedented in modern history.
4. Amid news of more disclosures not on her forms.
5. Refused to recuse self from election-related rulings after Trump is suggesting he needs her seated in event of a disputed election.
6. Breaks with "McConnell" rule GOP invoked to block Dem. nominee Garland for 9 months, stating justices shouldn't be seated in election years.
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12 Oct 20
👉No president has seated a Supreme Court nominee within three months of a presidential election, according to Senate historical records dating to 1900.

A final vote would be days before the election.
The closest comparison to the current landscape would be President Woodrow Wilson’s successful confirmation of John Clarke in *July of 1916*

nbcnews.com/politics/meet-…
During the tumultuous election year of 1968, Johnson did attempt to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren by elevating Associate Justice Abe Fortas to be chief justice and naming Homer Thornberry, an appeals court judge, to the high court.

After a filibuster
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11 Oct 20
NEW to @NBCNews:

👉Judge Barrett has not released full records of her tenure at Notre Dame, where in the past few days it's been revealed she participated in previously undisclosed talks and anti-abortion ads.

nbcnews.com/politics/meet-…
Progressive watchdog groups have outstanding records requests and just sent a letter to her asking for her consent to disclose the info:

"To not have any emails or much of a more in depth look at her work history is not normal," said Kyle Herrig with Accountable.US:
“If she was at a public university, we could’ve gotten her emails. We got emails from federal agencies and even the White House in past nomination fights," said Herrig.
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