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.”
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.
@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!
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,”
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,”
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
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.
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)
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…
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.
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 —
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.