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17 Nov
In the Washington Monthly, David Atkins writes the Trump Administration’s COVID response amounts to genocide:
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1.“Genocide...What else can you call it? No word is perfect, but the crime must have a name that fits the enormous scope of its evil. It must describe what actually happened.” (Washington Monthly)
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2. “And what happened is that the president and his son-in-law deliberately allowed 250,000 (and counting) Americans to die of a pandemic, because it would mostly kill off their political opponents.” (Washington Monthly)
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16 Nov
1. This is economic desperation. Americans are going hungry and dying as the president golfs, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell placates his ego.

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2. Republicans did this intentionally. Why?

What better way to demonstrate government dysfunction than by showing the government is unfit to handle a national emergency?

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3. This plays into the Republican narrative that good government is small government.

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31 Oct
1. The Independent’s Washington Bureau Chief John T. Bennett imagined on Friday a scenario in which President Trump is met with immediate legal trouble as he returns to civilian life upon Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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2. Bennett wondered: “Does such a scenario seem too dramatic, too much the stuff of political thriller novels or B-rate films? Possibly. But this is the Trump era. And that means nothing is too outlandish or even off-limits.”
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3. “There are at least 12 federal and state investigations into Trump, his 2016 campaign and his business dealings, according to a list compiled by the New York Times,” Bennett wrote.
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31 Oct
BREAKING

1. U.S. border authorities have been expelling unaccompanied children from other countries into Mexico, violating a diplomatic agreement with Mexico and also in violation of U.S. policy.
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2. “The expulsions…have taken place under an aggressive border closure policy the Trump administration has said is necessary to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the United States.” (New York Times)
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3. However, Mexico agreed that Mexican children and others who had adult supervision could be sent back into Mexico after trying to cross the border — not unaccompanied children from other countries.
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30 Oct
1. In 2018, eight Republican senators spent the Fourth of July in Moscow, despite Russia’s denials of interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
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2. The Senators included Richard Shelby (AL), Steve Daines (MT), John Hoeven (ND), Ron Johnson (WI), John Kennedy (LA), Jerry Moran (KS), John Thune (SD), and Kay Granger (TX).
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3. They claimed that Russian meddling was atop their list of talking points as they met with their counterparts in the Duma.
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30 Oct
BREAKING

1. Documents obtained by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee reveal that the Trump administration’s $250 million ad campaign for rebranding the coronavirus pandemic was meant in part to help President Trump’s reelection campaign.
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2. Michael Caputo, the former Department of Health and Human Services’ top spokesperson, reportedly “sought to frame the taxpayer-funded ad campaign as a way to boost the president’s chances of reelection,” CNN’s Jake Tapper reported.
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3. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) said the Trump administration “tried to use $250 million of taxpayer money that was otherwise dedicated at the CDC for education related purposes to deal with the COVID pandemic” to help Trump’s campaign.
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30 Oct
BREAKING

1. For the first time, Department of Homeland Security agents, including those from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, are poised for deployment in Washington in the event of Election Day unrest.
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2. NBC News reports that DHS “is regularly tasked with providing additional security around the nation’s capital on inauguration days, but has never stepped in to quell unrest on Election Day.”
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3. ICE, CPB and the Federal Protective Service are part of the “Protecting American Communities Task Force” that President Trump created in June in response to “anarchists and left-wing extremists” he said were seeking to damage federal property.
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30 Oct
BREAKING

1. A federal appeals panel ruled Thursday that Minnesota must set aside ballots received after Election Day in case those ballots are invalidated, upending the state’s plans to keep counting ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 for another week.
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2. “The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit said a Republican lawmaker and GOP activist could challenge the state’s plans to keep counting ballots after the election.” (The Washington Post)
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3. The judges also predicted a strong likelihood that Republicans would succeed in having ballots received after Election Day invalidated.
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30 Oct
1. Two of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisers are engaged in a nasty legal battle over an alleged Holocaust survivor scam involving millions of dollars, according to The Washington Post.
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2. “Mike Evans, a Texas author and Christian Zionist activist, this summer filed a federal lawsuit against Jentezen Franklin, a Georgia megachurch pastor who has been featured at Trump campaign events.” (WaPo)
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3. In 2017, the two evangelical leaders began a fundraising effort that raised millions to benefit Holocaust survivors in Israel, but Evans alleges that Franklin withheld more than $3.3 million of the money he raised.
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29 Oct
BREAKING

1. Walmart has taken guns and ammunition off its store shelves ahead of possible looting or unrest surrounding next week’s presidential election, according Bloomberg News.
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2. Walmart said in a statement that it has “moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” noting it has done this several times over the last few years.
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3. The retail giant also said in its statement that “These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”
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29 Oct
1. Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired to suppress Black voters in 2016 by pushing a conspiracy theory about Bill Clinton’s alleged Black son.
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2. “‘We do not need to make major gains among African American voters,’ said a 13-page proposal for Project Clintonson that Prince sent to unnamed donors a week before Election Day 2016.” (Rolling Stone)
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3. The proposal continued: “We merely need to dampen turn out [sic] and make it difficult for the Black Democratic elected officials in Hillary’s pocket to turn out Black voters at Obama-like levels.”
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29 Oct
1. Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has done plenty to destroy his own reputation:
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2. Falwell campaigned for Trump and has offered him unwavering support.
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3. His wife’s former lover claims Falwell sometimes liked to watch them have sex.
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29 Oct
1. Earlier this month, Politico obtained a list from the HHS outlining federal grants for health services in four cities that could face cuts after President Trump ordered agencies to slash funding in what he has deemed “lawless.”
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2. “The Trump administration has reportedly branded the Democrat-led cities as ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ because of his belief their mayors should have done more to quash anti-racism protests and riots over the summer.” (Pink News)
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3. Among the grants identified for cuts are Trump’s own HIV initiative, coronavirus relief funds, and screenings for newborns in New York City, Portland, Washington D.C. and Seattle.
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29 Oct
1. In 2005, the son of former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy assisted Donald Trump in securing nearly $700 million in loans from Deutsche Bank to build a skyscraper in Chicago, according to The New York Times.
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2. Justin Kennedy, who ran Deutsche Bank’s commercial real estate team, helped Trump despite his reputation for defaulting on business loans.

The younger Kennedy was also friends with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
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3. Trump succeeded in convincing Justin Kennedy that “the Chicago development was a guaranteed moneymaker,” The Times wrote, and indicated “the Trump family’s commitment to the project” by telling the bank Ivanka would head up the project.
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29 Oct
1. The Minneapolis police union is seeking retired officers to be “eyes and ears” at polling sites in “problem” areas on Election Day, after an attorney for the Trump campaign asked for assistance.
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2. William Willingham, a senior legal adviser and director of Election Day operations for the Trump campaign, asked for help from Minneapolis Police Federation President Lt. Bob Kroll on Wednesday.
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3. “Willingham asked the union president about recruiting 20 to 30 former officers to serve as ‘poll challengers’ to work either a four- or eight-hour shift in a ‘problem area.’” (StarTribune)
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29 Oct
BREAKING

1. McClatchy DC reports that election officials in North Carolina have denied international election observers access to the state’s polling locations on Election Day.
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2. The move caught members of the mission by surprise, as the North Carolina Board of Elections has allowed them access in years prior.
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3. Nat Parry, spokesman for the parliamentary assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said North Carolina’s decision is considered a “breach of commitment” and will likely feature in its report on the election.
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28 Oct
1. First Lady Melania Trump said during a campaign event in Pennsylvania on Tuesday that Democrats “have worked tirelessly to all but destroy our traditional values.”
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2. The first lady also accused Democrats of “wasting American taxpayer dollars” on a “sham impeachment” while her husband “work[ed] hard to keep people informed and calm” about COVID-19.
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3. Melania said: “This sham was led by opposition and their display of hatred is on display to this day. Children watching and learning about politics in our country deserve a better display of political responsibility.”
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28 Oct
1. Half of President Trump’s supporters believe he should not accept the 2020 election results if he loses by a small margin, according to new polling data.
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2. The survey, conducted by HOPE not hate, a non-profit campaigning against extremism, also found that 81% of QAnon believers say Trump should not accept the results if he loses by a small margin.
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3. “Overall, 29 per cent of US adults think that it’s ‘perfectly acceptable’ for the president to refuse to accept a narrow election outcome.” (The Independent)
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28 Oct
BREAKING

1. President Trump is opening more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to development, The Washington Post reports, which will strip two-decade long protections for one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests.
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2. “As of Thursday, it will be legal for logging companies to build roads and cut and remove timber throughout more than 9.3 million acres of forest — featuring old-growth stands of red and yellow cedar, Sitka spruce and Western hemlock.” (WaPo)
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3. “The decision, which will be published in the Federal Register, reverses protections President Bill Clinton put in place in 2001 and is one of the most sweeping public lands rollbacks Trump has enacted.” (WaPo)
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28 Oct
1. WATCH: Pro-Trump terrorist terrorizes a motorist at a stop.

"You got no choice. You cannot resist Trump. We got you. We f*cking got you." (see full clip at link) 1/4

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2. "We got you now. Your mother voted for Trump. Your mother loves Trump. I asked her. We got your plates. We got you. We got your plates baby." (he continues) 2/4

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3. "...We know who you are now. You are going to vote for Trump whether you like it or now. You got no choice. You cannot resist Trump. We got you. We f*cking got you." (3/4)

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28 Oct
1. Safety threats against President Trump’s political adversaries tend to increase after the president launches public attacks against them, The Washington Post reports.
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2. “The dynamic appears to be without precedent: government agencies taking extraordinary measures to protect their people from strains of seething hostility stoked by a sitting president.” (WaPo)
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3. The whistleblower whose complaint sparked Trump’s impeachment reportedly “spent months living in no-frills hotels under surveillance by CIA security” and “was driven to work by armed officers in an unmarked sedan” due to threats.
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