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17 Oct
Scott Atlas is a very good reason to boot the Hoover Institution off the Stanford campus and sever any affiliation between it and the university forevermore, if another very good reason were needed.
I’m no enemy of academic freedom, but I am an enemy of academic fraud. The Hoover Institution uses Stanford’s reputation to launder its terrible, often corrupt scholarship and low intellectual standards into the highest levels of American society and government.
And this fraud has contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and countless others around the world. It should end.
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16 Oct
I keep thinking about this February story and trying to fit it together with the tale of the laptop.…
It turned out to be the US Attorney in EDNY who AG Barr assigned to coordinate everything Ukraine-related, about a month after the purported subpoena to the Mac shop.
under EDNY’s umbrella, the US Attorney in Pittsburgh was assigned to “assist in the receipt, processing, and preliminary analysis of new information provided by the public that may be relevant to matters relating to Ukraine.”

Back then, “the public” was thought to mean Giuliani
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16 Oct
On ABC, Joe Biden is giving a lengthy, cogent explanation of his plans to handle the pandemic, incorporating recent scientific findings and recent testimony of the CDC Director encouraging mask wearing.
Biden has moved on to answering a fairly tough question from an audience member about tax pay-fors for his plans, with a couple challenging follow-ups from Stephanopoulos.
A young black audience member challenged Biden on his “you ain’t black” comments earlier in the campaign and asked him what else he had to appeal to young black voters who feel they shouldn’t participate in a system that doesn’t protect them.
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15 Oct
With Graham standing beside him in the hallway, Cruz is laying into Twitter and Facebook for blocking the hack-and-dump materials from Giuliani. “The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on,” Cruz says, threatening to subpoena @jack next week.
Both Cruz and Graham say that they don’t know if the NY Post articles are true.
The judiciary committee vote on subpoenaing @jack will be next Tuesday, Graham said. Hawley stepped up to the microphone to suggest Zuckerberg should be subpoenaed too. Then they all went back into the hearing.
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14 Oct
It cannot be overstated how clearly bullshit the Post “secret emails” story is. It comes from a known conduit of Russian disinformation, who says the information has been in his possession for nearly a year while he rabble-roused about this very subject and never disclosed it.
Giuliani held this through impeachment, through a senate investigation, etc., then feeds it to a friendly paper 20 days out from an election. Responsible reporters should make Giuliani’s conduct the center of attention and skepticism here, not his payload of sketchy info.
If Giuliani’s conduct doesn’t convince you to be wary, consider the anonymized DE shop owner who says he doesn’t know who his customer is but for a beau biden fdn sticker on the device, yet purportedly created an invoice addressed to “Hunter Biden” including phone and email
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13 Oct
In a loose and free-flowing opening round with Chairman Graham, it seems to me Barrett has answered a lot of questions about cases that may come before the court in the future (e.g. an extended discussion of potential follow-on cases to Heller and Obergefell).
It seems to me this may make it difficult for Barrett to retreat behind the usual dodge nominees rely on to get out of tough questions (that they can’t discuss cases that may come before the court at all).
Now, after commenting substantively on potentially overruling Brown v. Board, on the scope of Obergefell, on whether there’s precedent in the forthcoming ACA case, when asked by Feinstein about potentially overruling Roe v Wade, Barrett invokes the dodge.
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12 Oct
Griswold is a landmark decision recognizing a “right to marital privacy” that was violated by a state contraception ban, and it’s a stepping stone in the path that led the Court to Roe. The case is key to understanding the law that Barrett’s nomination threatens to disrupt.
It is precisely “your freedom to buy contraception” that is under threat when Justices on the Supreme Court want to overturn the decision that recognizes your right to do so.
A staffer on the Judiciary Committee sends over this exchange Sen. Kennedy (R - Louisiana) had with Barrett on Griswold v Connecticut and the right to privacy at her Circuit confirmation hearing in 2017.
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10 Oct
Would you accept that the Senate majority (i) holding open vacancies by refusing to vote *in any way* on Obama's judicial nominations at all and (ii) rapidly confirming Trump's nominees to those vacancies is, at least, contrary to the constitutional design?
A 2018 Senate minority report that makes the case in detail, and traces the pattern back to earlier presidents:…
Another chart from that report:
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10 Oct
A story from the memory hole: In 2013, Republicans threw a huge fit over "court packing" when Obama tried to simply fill three existing vacancies on the eleven-member DC Circuit. Then-Rep. Tom Cotton introduced legislation to reduce the size of the court.…
In the Senate, Chuck Grassley also introduced legislation to shrink the DC Circuit by three judges with immediate effect--changing the size of a court with the conscious purpose of denying Obama the opportunity to nominate additional judges to it.…
Contra Grassley's statement, the Judicial Conference of the US said at the time that the court's workload required 11 judges.

"People are laughing because it's obviously a blatant political move," President Obama said.…
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10 Oct
This answer suggests they have been quantifying his viral load in the PCR tests and not releasing their findings.
Of course his brain is smooth peanut butter so take it with a grain of salt
Newest letter from Dr. Conley—who has previously admitted lying to us to keep things upbeat—shows that he is pushing the decreasing viral load line as well. Note he stops short of saying the PCR test is negative.

If all this is true, why don’t they release the numbers?
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10 Oct
Dr. Conley said this yesterday, but Trump contradicted him in a radio interview, saying he was still on the steroid dexamethasone. No one knows what’s true.
“I don’t take it anymore,” Trump now says of dexamethasone.
Note the large bandaid on the back of his hand.
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7 Oct
In about five minutes DOJ is scheduled to start a briefing on “a matter of national security,” which could be anything from plans to deal with ISIS detainees to, you know, a major intervention in the political process.
It is in fact the ISIS detainees; DOJ announcing indictments of members of the ISIS hostage taking call that became known as The Beatles.
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6 Oct
An official photo of an event at the White House with military on Sunday 9/27, one day after the ACB announcement ceremony in the Rose Garden, indoors, no masks. Image
Trump sitting in the indoor, maskless, military event. Image
Pence is there too, of course.
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6 Oct
This is a good thread and it’s right; making $400k per year objectively relieves you of the deprivation and stress of poverty and the lion’s share of middle-class annoyances. It is flat out rich.
I think it’s also worth describing briefly why imo the CNBC article scratches that hate click itch. There are more than four levels of wealth.
The rare rich people who makes $400k/yr by and large spend their daily lives in close proximity to the even rarer people who make millions of dollars per year; those are their bosses and clients. They spend probably way more time thinking about what those richer people have...
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4 Oct
Smoothly running machine…
This is a stunning quote.…
That’s the White House communications shop saying on the record that the doctors’ on-camera briefing to the American people presented a false picture of his health to boost his mood, but the WH COS leaked the truth anonymously to reporters afterward to provide “transparency.”
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4 Oct
Here come the white coats to try again.
“Two episodes of transient drops” in Trump’s oxygen sats.
Conley is now admitting to giving the President supplemental oxygen, something he adamantly refused to do yesterday.
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3 Oct
I’m trying to puzzle out how the Meadows story plays into it. One theory: Trump and his COS were at odds over what message to give to the public, Conley chose the President’s implausible sunnier version, and Meadows leaked a darker one.
A more peculiar theory I guess is that Meadows released a second message undercutting the doctors somehow with Trump’s approval. Both would be staggering stories.
Meadows as Chief of Staff to a frail, hospitalized president could presumably prevent a misleading press conference from going forward outside. He could certainly have stepped up to the mics himself to say these things. Is he just a chaos agent?
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3 Oct
??!! It wasn’t Conley who said the 48 hours part. It was another physician. This is so weird.
Dr. Brian Garibaldi is the fellow’s name.…
Also, as indicated in the NPR story, Garibaldi’s “48 hours ago” was counting backwards from the current time, not forward from the diagnosis, so even leaving aside that Conley’s memo incorrectly attributed the statement to himself, the “day 2” explanation doesn’t make any sense.
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3 Oct
A feature of Trump’s presidency is he’s been able to torque everyone in proximity to him to tell transparent lies. The point of the lies is not necessarily that they be believed but that they demonstrate the authoritarian power that compels the subordinates to pronounce them.
This transparent lying has happened famously in the National Park Service’s estimation of crowd sizes at his inauguration, in the military, in the intelligence community, at the Justice Department, at State, at NOAA weather forecasting centers, etc.
It also happened at the White House Medical Unit, where Dr. Ronny Jackson gave a patently BS account of the president’s health to the press in 2018 and Trump attempted to reward him with a cabinet post.
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2 Oct
Tough spot for Kellyanne Conway.…
I... don’t know what the proper protocol is on teens‘ claims about their parents’ symptoms/diagnosis through tik tok, so will await more official confirmation.
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2 Oct
October 1:
Barrett anti-Roe letter
Melania tapes
Guilfoyle settlement
Hicks diagnosis

This is gonna be a long month.
October 2:
Trump & Melania have Covid
Trump has mild symptoms
Trump has moderate symptoms
Biden/Harris test negative
Trump is taking experimental antibodies
Ronna McDaniel, Sen. Lee, Sen. Tillis, and Kellyanne Conway have Covid
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