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