Good morning! ☕ A federal judge has ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to give tribes hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 relief funds they should have gotten months ago. huffpost.com/entry/tribes-c…
After blowing through deadlines for months in getting $8 billion in badly needed coronavirus aid to the nation's tribes, the Treasury Dept was still planning to sit on $679 million of it for now.
A judge gave them til today to get it out the door.
“Continued delay in the face of an exceptional public health crisis is no longer acceptable,” U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta concluded in his opinion.
Good morning! ☕ Trump hosted nearly 20 House Republicans at the White House yesterday for more than an hour to talk about the coronavirus -- and not one of them wore a mask or stayed apart. huffpost.com/entry/trump-re…
Look at these photos from their meeting. Really?
This is the same day that Mike Pence's press secretary -- who is married to White House senior advisor Stephen Miller -- tested positive for COVID-19.
And a day after Trump's personal valet, who comes in close contact with Trump and his family, tested positive.
Good morning! ☕ Native American tribes aren't getting badly needed COVID-19 stimulus aid because the federal agencies in charge of distributing relief to tribal governments don’t know how to work with them and aren’t listening to what they actually need. huffpost.com/entry/native-a…
What's the problem?
The Treasury Dept, for one, is overseeing an $8 billion fund to help tribal govts stabilize. But weeks later, none of that $ has moved as the agency, which doesn’t otherwise interact with tribes, is still figuring out how to give it out.
Then there's the Small Biz Admin, which has been overseeing $350B in emergency payroll relief to small businesses. The agency, also unfamiliar with tribes, decided that some casinos -- the financial lifeblood of many tribal govts ― wouldn’t be eligible for relief.
At at time when Trump is fueling racist "Chinese virus" rhetoric + Asian Americans are being spit on and attacked, some House lawmakers want to pass a resolution blaming China for causing a pandemic + calling on China govt to say COVID-19 started there. huffpost.com/entry/house-re…
This resolution does precisely what public health leaders say not to do: associate an infectious disease with a geographic region. The WHO and CDC have warned specifically against doing this because it can lead to a stigma, discrimination + violence directed at groups of people.
“This resolution puts American lives in danger," said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. “I would like to say to my Democratic colleagues, ‘Please do not sign on to this resolution.’” huffpost.com/entry/house-re…
Lawrence VanDyke got a "not qualified" ABA rating because his own colleagues described him as “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-today practice including procedural rules.”
JUST IN: Senate Republicans confirm Sarah Pitlyk to be a lifetime federal judge, despite her extreme views on fertility treatments having “grave effects on society” + her *unanimous* “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. huffpost.com/entry/sarah-pi…
Pitlyk has claimed that IVF & surrogacy lead to "diminished respect for motherhood and the unique mother-child bond; exploitation of women; commodification of gestation and of children themselves; and weakening of appropriate social mores against eugenic abortion.”
Pitlyk, 42, will be a U.S. district judge for a long time.
Happening now: The Senate is voting on a procedural step to advance Sarah Pitlyk's nomination to a lifetime seat on a federal court.
She claimed that IVF and surrogacy have “grave effects on society” and lead to “diminished respect for motherhood.” huffpost.com/entry/sarah-pi…
Pitlyk has said IVF/surrogacy lead to "diminished respect for motherhood and the unique mother-child bond; exploitation of women; commodification of gestation and of children themselves; and weakening of appropriate social mores against eugenic abortion.” huffpost.com/entry/sarah-pi…
This is some seriously Handmaid's Tale shit y'all.
Got a copy of a letter @SenDuckworth sent to all 99 of her Senate colleagues urging them to oppose Pitlyk's confirmation, citing her own struggles with infertility and ripping Pitly's "deeply insulting" views on fertility treatment. huffpost.com/entry/sarah-pi…
@SenDuckworth Sarah Pitlyk claimed that fertility treatments and surrogacy have “grave effects on society" like "diminished respect for motherhood" and "commodification of gestation and of children themselves."
@WeDemandJustice Demand Justice has been going after Facebook hard -- placing targeted ads + passing out flyers to FB employees -- over its “Gold Circle” sponsorship of a Federalist Society gala that honored Brett Kavanaugh.
@WeDemandJustice “In funding Brett Kavanaugh’s redemption tour, Facebook’s leaders have chosen profits over survivors.... Until there is justice for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, we will be holding people accountable when they use their power to rehabilitate Kavanaugh.” huffpost.com/entry/facebook…
Good morning! ☕️ After months of delays, Senate Republicans finally unveiled their Violence Against Women Act bill.
It rolls back protections for Native women who face unspeakable violence. It also strips out LGBTQ protections + a gun safety provision. huffpost.com/entry/violence…
Here's one way the GOP VAWA bill, led by Sen. Joni Ernst, hurts Native women already facing violence.
It basically gives domestic abusers the ability to say their own civil rights are being violated + blame the victim and tribal govt officials. huffpost.com/entry/violence…
Ernst’s bill also, insultingly, infringes on tribal sovereignty.
It requires new tribal court audits by the AG. It also gives non-Native domestic abusers on tribal land the ability to appeal to a fed court before the tribal govt is done prosecuting them. huffpost.com/entry/violence…
Speaking of Native American women facing appallingly high levels of violence, the Senate is finally holding a hearing today to discuss 2 bills -- Savanna's Act + Not Invisible Act -- relating to missing and murdered indigenous women. #MMIW
Should be starting soon.
It's a largely invisible crisis. 100s of Native American women are simply disappearing or being murdered.
There is a HUGE screen outside of Union Station right now featuring Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in the Senate -- as Brett Kavanaugh is inside speaking at the Federalist Society annual fundraiser dinner. Compliments of @WeDemandJustice
There are also handmaids standing outside the Federalist Society-Brett Kavanaugh dinner. As Federalist Society members pass by them in tuxedos.
Oh man. Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are shouting "I believe Dr. Ford! I believe Anita Hill!" right in the faces of Federalist Society members as they're stuck waiting in line for their gala to start. For who knows how long. #awkward
Not only is the Senate about to confirm Steven Menashi, who has a record of undermining and opposing civil rights, but it will confirm him to a US circuit court seat formerly held by Thurgood Marshall, a champion of civil rights.
Menashi has also never tried a case. Or argued an appeal. Or made any oral arguments in court. Or conducted a deposition. He also could not name for senators a single time when he observed a criminal trial.
Meanwhile, the Senate is about to vote to advance Steven Menashi's nomination to a lifetime seat on a US circuit couert.
He's 40. Denounced women’s rights & diversity. Never tried a case. Refused to answer GOP & Dem senators’ questions. May be tied up in Trump's Ukraine scandal.
I'll be watching the vote for any anomalies.
To date, Susan Collins is the only Republican publicly opposing Steven Menashi.
BTW Menashi has been Trump's White House legal aide for over a year.
Every Dem on the Senate Judiciary Cmte sent Menashi detailed ?s about what he knew about Trump's July call w/ Ukraine prez, the whistleblower complaint & whether he advised Trump on either. He never responded.
He's a WH legal aide to Trump. He's been working with Stephen Miller on immigration issues. He was legal counsel to Ed Sec Betsy DeVos when she rolled back Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault on campuses.
“Two years ago I was fired for standing up to the backwards agenda of Donald Trump," she told me tonight. "But now my neighbors in Algonkian District have backed me up and rejected the Trump agenda." huffpost.com/entry/juli-bri…
It's Briskman's first stint in public office and she just unseated an eight-year incumbent Republican. Not bad.