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23 Jun 20
Great article. Vote accordingly.

washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
DHS was created 1 year after 9/11. absorbing 22 agencies and organizations and becoming the third-largest federal bureaucracy. Across the government, budgets were increased for counterterrorism operations.
Congress enacted laws granting powerful investigative authorities to law enforcement. And the intelligence agencies pivoted off their Cold War footing toward a new “global war on terror.”
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17 Jun 20
The lone black senator, with no criminal justice experience, has slapped this together in 2 weeks. OK.

Senate Republicans are unveiling their proposal on Wednesday to reform law enforcement in the United States

npr.org/2020/06/17/879…
If states don't supply FBI with incident reports, after 1 year, 20% of funding (max) will be cut. Each year they don't comply, max 5% more will be cut, max %25. Do the math.

Reports will be made public annually.
No Knock warrants sill allowed except now, after the fact they need to be reported to state AG., and once a year the state AG sends report to FBI. how would this have save Breonna Taylor?
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4 Jun 20
Steve A. Linick, the former State Department inspector general, testified that a top agency official tried to “bully” him as he investigated the potential misconduct by the administration.

nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/…
Steve A. Linick testified that Brian Bulatao, the under secretary of state for management, had “pressured him to act in ways” that he felt were “inappropriate,” That included telling Mr. Linick that he should not pursue his investigation into whether the administration had
unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
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4 Jun 20
@MSNBC @CNN do better! Biden is as important as the riots, he is the voice of calm! Covering first the pademic 24/7 then the riots, isn't calming, it is causing fear and anxiety! Let the people hear from our next President!

thedailybeast.com/team-biden-say…
On Monday, Biden met with black faith leaders and local officials at a predominantly black church and held a virtual roundtable with mayors, including Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms, Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot, and St. Paul’s Melvin Carter.

Neither was carried on live television.
“It wouldn’t be so frustrating if, in the same breath, these same news stations weren’t complaining about Biden’s lack of activity,”
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30 May 20
The world is watching in horror

Millions of people around the world watched footage filmed Monday of a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, as he cried out that he couldn’t breathe. He later died.
washingtonpost.com/world/2020/05/…
The video — and scenes from the chaotic protests against police brutality that have unfolded over the ensuing week — found purchase and provoked responses across the globe.

Some leaders took the opportunity to express solidarity with marginalized communities in the United States
Canadian PM Trudeau ended a coronavirus news conference Friday morning by addressing the Canadians who are watching “the news out of the United States with shock and horror.”

“Racism is real. It’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,”
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29 May 20
This administration has really scary ties to the Evangelical church

The Trump admin with no advance notice removed warnings contained in guidance for the reopening of houses of worship that singing in choirs can spread the coronavirus.

washingtonpost.com/health/white-h…
Last Friday, the admin released pandemic guidance for faith comms after weeks of debate flared between the WH and the CDC. Those guidelines posted on the CDC website included recom that religious communities “consider suspending or at least decreasing use of choir/musical
ensembles and congregant singing, chanting, or reciting during services or other programming, if appropriate within the faith tradition.”

Earlier this month, the CDC issued a report warning about “superspreader” events where the coronavirus might be “highly transmissible
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27 May 20
Super interesting fact, and the reason Trump hates IL Gov J.B. Pritzker (it's personal):

chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-19…
His battle with the Pritzkers-Jay, Thomas, Nicholas and Robert-began in 1975. That was just before Trump, then 28, built the Grand Hyatt in NYC

Before the Grand Hyatt opened in 1980, Trump sold 50% of it, along with a mgmt contract, to the Pritzkers. In return, he demanded and
received an exclusivity clause under which the Pritzkers were forbidden to open, own or manage any other large-scale hotel in Manhattan or the city's other four boroughs, including at Kennedy or LaGuardia airports, without Trump's approval.
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20 May 20
Will the @FBI also be investigating @SenRonJohnson for insider trading?

jsonline.com/story/news/loc…
He worked with BIL Pat Curler, at his co PACUR. Howard Curler had been named CEO of the plastics giant Bemis Company in 1978, and for the first several years of PACUR's existence, Bemis was the company's only customer
The company later expanded into the area of medical device packaging, which involved hiring salespeople and exporting products to other countries (Insider trading)
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20 May 20
I sure as hell hope there are no Trump connections.

The Trump admin said that it has awarded a $354M contract for a private sector team led by a VA-based startup called Phlow Corp. to make generic drugs and their ingredients in US
thefiscaltimes.com/2020/05/19/Tru…
You guys have any knowledge of the officers here?
@ninaandtito
@File411
@JamesFourM
@ericgarland

phlow-usa.com/about-us/
This is a public company. Any way to check stock holders?
Exec:
Eric Edwards
Patricia Watson
Andrew Stiles
Robby Demeria
Glenn Gerecke
Wayne Motsek
Robert J. Mooney
Malcolm Rosenthal

BOD:

Eric Edwards
Dr. Frank Gupton
Martin Van Trieste
Marshall L. Summar
Rosemary Gibson
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20 May 20
Supreme court justices?

Billionaire CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors arrive in evening attire as they're escorted by private elevator to dinner with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
"Madison Dinners" — elaborate, unpublicized affairs that Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, began in 2018 and held regularly in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms on the government's dime.
Oh my😳

State Department officials involved in the dinners said they had raised concerns internally that the events were essentially using federal resources to cultivate a donor and supporter base for Pompeo's political ambitions —
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15 May 20
💥The trouble with the GOP and the CDC - Lancet, leading medical journal - Thread

thelancet.com/journals/lance…
Funding to the CDC for a long time has been subject to conserv politics that have increasingly eroded the agency's ability to mount effective, evidence-based public health responses.

In the 1980s, the Reagan admin resisted providing the sufficient budget that the CDC needed to
fight the HIV/AIDS crisis. The GWB admin put restrictions on global and domestic HIV prevention and reproductive health programming.

The Trump admin further chipped away at the CDC's capacity to combat infectious diseases.
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13 May 20
About 70 percent of the world’s population — or 5.6 billion people — will probably need to be inoculated to begin to establish herd immunity and slow its spread
washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
Yet another reason to vote all these fuqqers out

Yet the nationalistic priorities of individual nations could thwart the strategic imperative to tamp down hot spots wherever they are on the planet — including poor countries that cannot afford the vaccine. The US in particular
could be left in the cold if vaccines developed here as part of a go-it-alone approach turn out to be less effective than those produced in China or Europe.

Oh you mean like testing?
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12 May 20
Live SCOTUS updates regarding Trump's financials:

washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
Justice Elena Kagan suggested that the president’s position was asking the court to put a “10-ton weight on the scales” between Congress and the president, and to “make it impossible for Congress to conduct oversight.”
Justice Neil Gorsuch — a Trump appointee — asked Trump attorney Patrick Strawbridge to explain why the House’s subpoenas were not “supported by a substantial legislative need.” In essence, was Congress allowed to seek some records from some president, but just not in this case?
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10 May 20
Meadows is a Tea Party sycophant. This item should be the nail in the coffin

When the WH top domestic policy job came open in recent weeks COS Mark Meadows was quick to suggest a surprising name: Stephen Miller.

politico.com/news/2020/05/1…
But Jared Kushner intervened. He suggested others he had worked with at the White House. Eventually Derek Lyons, who is viewed as close to Kushner, became the new acting director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Between Trump cronies and Kush cronies, the WH is the Trump Org
Six weeks into his tenure as chief of staff, Meadows is adjusting to the ways of a White House, where the president often announces policy changes with little discussion and many decisions become opportunities for various factions to advance their agendas.
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5 May 20
Hypocrisy, ineptitude and lies. A thread:

First, this document has not been verified. According to the scientist, it was a draft

A report projects covid-19 cases will surge to about 200K per day by June 1, accompanied by more than 3,000 deaths each day.
washingtonpost.com/health/governm…
Believe it or not (this would be 1M cases every 5 days)
The WH and the CDC disavowed the report, although the slides carry the CDC’s logo. The creator of the model said the numbers are unfinished projections shown to the CDC as a work in progress.
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The work contained a wide range of possibilities and modeling was not complete, according to an assoc prof of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins who created the model. He said he didn’t know how the update was turned into a slide deck by gov officials and shared with news orgs
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22 Apr 20
A coal company based in Indiana received $10M from a federal loan program intended to rescue faltering small businesses

Hallador Energy has several hundred more employees than the standard firm awarded money under
washingtonpost.com/climate-enviro…
the $2T stimulus bill. And it has at least two important ties to the Trump admin: Scott Pruitt was hired last year to lobby for the publicly traded firm in Indiana; and the company’s former government relations director now works at the Energy Department
halladorenergy.com/file/Index?Key…
A coal and gas extraction firm, Hallador Energy said it got the low-interest loan from the PPP.

Hallador is in Indiana, home of Pence BTW

In 2018, it dug up 7.6 million tons of coal, making it the country’s 18th-biggest producer by weight that year. The firm, whose motto is
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18 Apr 20
#WeKnowJoe Joe is getting ahead of the curve so he can hit the ground running!

He’s toying with the idea of creating new Cabinet posts and possibly even naming potential agency secretaries

washingtonpost.com/politics/his-c…
Biden said that he has started constructing a presidential transition team a process he said has been underway for several weeks

Discussions are in progress about the prospect of elevating some WH offices to Cabinet-level positions. Among those under consideration:
the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the global health security pandemic office and a separate climate change operation that goes beyond the EPA
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15 Apr 20
More empty promises

April 6 phone call, scientists told members of the WH Office of Science and Technology Policy there are issues with the availability and reliability of the antibody tests in the United States right now. cnn.com/2020/04/14/hea…
There are several layers of issues with the antibody tests

First, the FDA relaxed its rules, and now companies can sell antibody tests without submitting validation data that shows they actually work.
The Assoc of Public Health Labs says that has resulted in "crappy" tests flooding the market

“It's like the wild, wild West out there -- or wild East," said association CEO Scott Becker, a reference to the fact that at least half the companies making these tests are in China.
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12 Apr 20
50 years ago, Lewis Powell asked: What if American business took over the then-liberal Supreme Court and turned it into a defender of capitalism and large corporations?

ncadvertiser.com/opinion/articl…
Within months Nixon appointed Powell to the court.

Powell could hardly have predicted just how much success his vision would have over the next half-century, in almost every area of the law

nixonfoundation.org/2014/12/day-wi…
The Supreme Court would repeatedly rule in favor of corporations and the rich, and against the middle class and the poor — undermining unions, paving the way for lower taxes and generally playing an underappreciated role in reshaping the economy in ways that hurt working people.
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12 Apr 20
🤬Wanna get justifiably pissed off? A Trump family, taxpayer outrageous thread.

That figure excludes trips focused on Trump or the first lady

washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
Let's start with this one of many tweets from Trump regarding Obama and vacationing and golfing shall we?

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