Laura Walker ⚖🍸🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Profile picture
Scottish, Sicilian, Texan, Independent. J.D. Sauntering vaguely downward . . . #INTJ
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3 Aug
Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner nytimes.com/2020/08/02/bus…
Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner.
In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, according to New York property records.
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24 Jul
Read this NOW. "the government had at times evaluated the success of its border policies based not only on the number of migrants apprehended, but on the number who died while crossing." nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/…
In early 2017, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement prepared to carry out the hard-line agenda on which President Trump had campaigned, agency leaders jumped at the chance to let two filmmakers give a behind-the-scenes look at the process.
But as the documentary neared completion in recent months, the administration fought mightily to keep it from being released until after the 2020 election.

When you read this story you will see why. My god.
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20 Jul
Dead Attorney With Rage Against Women Eyed in Killing of NJ Federal Judge's Son: Sources nbcnewyork.com/news/local/cri…
That headline may seem harsh, but he's a murderer who just killed someone's innocent kid and he hates women, so fuck him.

Authorities believe an attorney found dead in New York Monday was the shooter who killed a New Jersey federal judge's son and wounded her husband.
And now authorities are also looking into his possible connection to the death of another prominent men's rights figure in California earlier this month, sources say.
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21 Jun
So a quick point about the TikTok teens flooding Team Trump with RSVPs . . . assuming that is true (no reason not to), that is simply playing with the numbers Trump expected for turnout. But the rally is not assigned seating. So . . . /1
Those RSVP tickets weren't held in reserve. What does that mean? That means that even if the TikTok teens had NOT made so many RSVPs - there STILL were not enough actual Trump fans to show up to the Tulsa rally to fill those seats. /2
If there had been any people outside needing to get in, they would have got in. No matter how you slice it, people did not turn out for Trump on the scale he boasted they would. It was a humiliating, weak turnout. That's not due to pranks. That's all Trump. /3
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20 Jun
Trump and Barr throwing up a serious roadblock in SDNY. Geoffrey Berman is out - the new nominee to U.S. Attorney for SDNY is SEC Chairman is Jay Clayton. I can't EVEN with this shady Friday night:

justice.gov/opa/pr/attorne…
Since Barr became attorney general last year, there has been tension between him and Berman. Barr has attempted to a micromanage certain cases by asking more questions than his predecessors, according to people familiar with the relationship.
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18 Jun
🚨 Confirmed: Team Trump on Facebook posted for Trump supporters to stand against Antifa - and added a giant upside down red triangle. Just google that "upside down red triangle" and see what comes up first.
Red triangle – political prisoners: social democrats, socialists, communists and anarchists; rescuers of Jews; trade unionists; and Freemasons.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_conc…
Note the Facebook page of the Team Trump account posting the upside down red triangle has a blue check mark. So does the corresponding Twitter account.
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2 Jun
Mike Mullen, Seventeenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

I Cannot Remain Silent
Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church.
I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump's leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent.
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29 May
Fort Leavenworth soldier saves 'countless lives' by ending active shooter situation on bridge kmbc.com/article/fort-l…
Master Sergeant David Royer, an active-duty soldier at Fort Leavenworth, intervened in an active-shooter situation Wednesday morning on Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth, Kansas, and "saved countless lives," according to police.
Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said they initially received a multiple shots fired call around 11 a.m. from the bridge and believed the case to be road rage.
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22 May
Trump’s signature effort to direct farm surplus to needy families abruptly withdraws large contract amid criticism of rollout washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
Contracts totaling more than $107 million went to a San Antonio event planner, an avocado mail-order company, a health-and-wellness airport kiosk company and a trade finance corporation, according to the Agriculture Department’s announcement of contract awards.
But the USDA bypassed the country’s three largest food distribution companies, as well as nonprofit organizations with long histories of feeding the poor on a large scale, according to Tom Stenzel, president of the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA).
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20 May
A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ruled that all voters, including those afraid of catching the novel coronavirus, can request absentee mail-in ballots due to the pandemic. cnn.com/2020/05/19/pol…
District Judge Fred Biery ruled that the "disability" provision in the state's vote-by-mail election code applies to all registered voters who "lack immunity from Covid-19 and fear infection at polling places."
Texas' election code defines "disability" as "a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter's health."
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10 May
Bill Barr Twisted My Words in Dropping the Flynn Case. Here’s the Truth. nytimes.com/2020/05/10/opi…
At the direction of Attorney General Bill Barr, the Justice Department last week moved to dismiss a false-statements charge against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser.
The reason stated was that the continued prosecution “would not serve the interests of justice.”

The motion was signed by Timothy Shea, a longtime trusted adviser of Mr. Barr and, since January, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington.
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8 May
Vice President Mike Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus cnbc.com/2020/05/08/vic…
An aide to Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for coronavirus, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News on Friday.

The confirmation comes a day after news broke that President Donald Trump’s personal valet had also tested positive.
Pence was scheduled to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, in the morning, but his departure from Andrews Air Force Base was delayed by nearly an hour as staff dealt with news of the diagnosis.
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7 May
Exclusive: Trump administration shelves CDC guide to reopening the country apnews.com/7a00d5fba3249e…
A set of detailed documents created by the nation’s top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen public places during the still-raging pandemic has been shelved by the Trump administration.
The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen.
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24 Apr
This is very alarming: Young, healthy people barely sick with covid-19 are dying from strokes washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04…
The stroke patient’s chart appeared unremarkable at first glance. He was male, took no medications and had no history of chronic conditions.
He had been feeling fine, hanging out at home during the lockdown like the rest of America, when suddenly, he had trouble talking and moving the right side of his body. Imaging showed a large blockage on the left side of his head.
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20 Apr
A watchdog out of Trump's grasp unleashes wave of coronavirus audits politi.co/2RTrGs7 via @politico
Lawmakers handed President Donald Trump $2 trillion in coronavirus relief — and then left town without activating any of the powerful new oversight tools meant to hold his administration accountable.
But with little fanfare, Congress’ independent, in-house watchdog is preparing a blizzard of audits that will become the first wide-ranging check on Trump’s handling of the sprawling national rescue effort.
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11 Apr
A Texas doctor used his GOP connections to get hydroxychloroquine to administer to dozens of elderly patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in what he calls an "observational study."

In some cases, he didn't discuss with families before prescribing the drug. npr.org/2020/04/10/830…
The controversial decision to administer hydroxychloroquine at The Resort at Texas City over the last few days was made by Robin Armstrong, a physician and medical director of the nursing home.
The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug for the treatment of COVID-19.

Contrary to Armstrong's assertion that hydroxychloroquine "has virtually no side effects," it is known to have serious negative health impacts.
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3 Apr
‘It's a sh-- sandwich': Republicans rage as Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump politi.co/346bitf
The staggering unemployment exploding on President Donald Trump’s watch would worry any incumbent running for reelection, but troubles in Florida are injecting an added dose of fear into a jittery GOP.
Already anxious about Trump’s chances in the nation’s biggest swing state, Republicans now are dealing with thousands of unemployed workers unable to navigate the Florida system to apply for help.
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2 Apr
Amid virus outbreak, Secret Service signed contract to rent golf carts at home of Trump club washingtonpost.com/politics/amid-…
The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling, home to one of President Trump’s golf clubs, according to federal contracting data.
The contract was signed Monday and took effect Wednesday, records show. The Secret Service paid a West Virginia-registered company, Capitol Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles, to rent 30 carts until the end of September.
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1 Apr
Dana Milbank created A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words - yes, these are all quotes. And OH. MY. GOD. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/…
TRUMP: The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We have it totally under control. I’m not concerned at all. It’s one person coming in from China. We pretty much shut it down. It will all work out well. We’re in great shape.
TRUMP: Doesn’t spread widely at all in the United States because of the early actions that myself and my administration took. There’s a chance it won’t spread. It’s something that we have tremendous control over.
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30 Mar
A warning: Deaths and cardiac toxic effects have been reported in several French hospitals in positive people who took hydroxychloroquine. EXCLUSIF. Coronavirus : plusieurs cas mortels d'usage de la chloroquine en France w.lpnt.fr/2369285t #Santé via @LePoint
A pharmacist at a large French university hospital, who is the correspondent for the Center for pharmacovigilance in his region, launched an alert Friday, March 27, with infectious disease physicians and pharmacists at his establishment.
“Cases of Covid-19 positive patients [validated by a test] present, with hydroxychloroquine associated or not with azithromycin [an antibiotic], rhythm disturbances or cardiac conduction, cardiac arrests in other French hospitals. Some of these turn out to be "fatal".
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29 Mar
FEMA Says at Least 7 People at FEMA Have the Coronavirus nyti.ms/2UNFvsG
But where are they?? The agency leading the nation’s coronavirus response said that seven of its employees had tested positive for the virus with another four cases pending.
However, in a letter to its employees’ union, FEMA declined a request to say where the coronavirus infected employees were located, prompting criticism from the union that the agency was jeopardizing public health.
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