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Trump Tries To Publicly Undermine Own FBI Director’s Findings On Russian Meddling

President Donald Trump on Thursday night tried to publicly strong arm the assessment of his own FBI director while distracting from clear evidence about Russian interference in the upcoming election, by saying that China posed a “FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia.” But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable U...
Tags: News, China, Russia, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Fbi, Beijing, Moscow, Biden, Donald Trump, Chris, Trump, Wray, Breitbart, Moscow Russia


It Definitely Works

TPM Reader MH: I cannot think of a better example than the Stanford Med letter of how conservative money influences our public debate. Here we have one Hoover doc getting play all over the rightwing media. And 78 – seventy-eight! – Stanford Med faculty have spoken out saying he’s wrong.  Still, the one guy, the Hoover fellow, is the one who dominates our public debate. Money from rightwingers through a think tank buys the initial platform, then Fox and the rest build the platform bigger. [...
Tags: News, Fox, Hoover, David Kurtz, Stanford Med, Editors' Blog


HHS Posted Controversial Testing Guideline On CDC Site Without Proper Scientific Review

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly posted the controversial COVID-19 testing guideline on asymptomatic people on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) site against protests by the agency’s scientists. The New York Times reported on Thursday evening that the guidelines, which state that asymptomatic people need not test for the virus, was uploaded without being properly vetted through scientific review. An official told the Times that the guidelines “...
Tags: News, Cdc, White House, New York Times, Testing, Times, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services HHS, HHS, Redfield, Brett Giroir, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s CDC, Cristina Cabrera, Robert Redfield, COVID-19


Fauci: NIH ‘Very Adamant’ About Not Succumbing To Political Pressure

Dr Anthony Fauci a leading expert on infectious diseases said Thursday night that he would be willing to vouch for the safety and efficacy of a vaccine when one becomes available, amid continued concern that politicization of the process by the Trump administration will lead to a rushed approval process. When asked during an MSNBC interview on Thursday night  if he would “take the heat” if corners had been cut or something was “wrong with the process,” Fauci told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “The ans...
Tags: News, Cnn, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Chris, Trump, Chris Hayes, Fauci, Scranton Pennsylvania, President Trump, COVID-19, Zoë Richards, Fauci Biden


Biden Calls On Trump To ‘Step Down’ Over Botched Response To Pandemic

Democratic president candidate Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to step down on Thursday night over his bungled handling of COVID-19, including his misleading comments on the pandemic. During a town hall hosted by CNN, Biden asserted that “what presidents say matter.” If elected, “I will make it clear what is needed to be done,” the Democratic candidate said. Biden said Trump’s response to the pandemic is “all about his re-election.” “It should be about the American people, and they...
Tags: News, Senate, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Woodward, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Bob Woodward, Cristina Cabrera, Robert Redfield, COVID-19, CNN Biden


Trump Admin Banning Downloads Of TikTok And WeChat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will ban the use of WeChat Sunday to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned by Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday on Fox Business News that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards are in place. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values...
Tags: News, Washington, China, Ap, United States, Commerce, Ross, Trump, Fox Business News, Wilbur Ross, David Taintor, Tiktok, Bytedance Ltd, Trump Admin Banning Downloads Of TikTok


Trump Again Tries To Distract From Russian Threat To Elections By Blaming China

President Donald Trump on Thursday night tried to distract from clear evidence about Russian interference in the upcoming election, deflecting to China as a scapegoat by saying the East Asian nation posed a “FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia.” But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfei...
Tags: News, China, Russia, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Fbi, Beijing, Moscow, Biden, Donald Trump, Chris, Trump, Wray, Breitbart, Donald J Trump


Is Your State Ready For The Pandemic Election? A Look At CO, MN, WV, LA, MD

Our journey through America’s varying levels of pandemic-voting preparedness continues this week with looks at Colorado, Minnesota, West Virginia, Louisiana and Maryland. Every week, we’re looking at what states have done — or not done — to make voting easier during the coronavirus outbreak, where the fights over those moves have been the most contentious, and which states feature the kind of competitive races that could make things extra messy and volatile come November. Here’s this week’s inst...
Tags: Voting, News, Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado, Washington Post, Senate, America, West Virginia, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Usps, DMV, Louisiana, Biden


The Examples Come Fast and Furious

Only a few days I mentioned a dark new trend that went big with the Gawker lawsuit, backed by Peter Thiel and then was further empowered by President Trump himself, who essentially adopted the lead lawyer, Charles Harder, as his and the White House’s house lawyer threatening new publications with ruin over criticism of the President. Here’s another part of the same broad story. Tired of the advice he was getting from his actual public health advisors President Trump recently brought in a rightw...
Tags: News, White House, Atlas, Peter Thiel, Gawker, Trump, Josh Marshall, Stanford Medical School, Marc Kasowitz, Charles Harder, Scott Atlas, Editors' Blog


Ex-DeVos Aide Joins Anti-Trump Group Led By Former Administration Officials

Josh Venable, the former chief of staff to Education Secretary Betsy Devos, has joined an anti-Trump group founded by former administration officials as an adviser. Venable, who now serves as an adviser to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform, was DeVos’ first chief of staff from the start of the Trump administration until his resignation in October 2018. Prior to his term as DeVos’ top aide, Venable worked for the Windquest Group, DeVos’ family investment office. Additio...
Tags: Florida, News, White House, America, Joe Biden, Jeb Bush, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Taylor, Trump, Bush, Mike Pence, Troye, DeVos, Anthony Scaramucci, Venable


Gender Wage Gap Higher In Donald ‘Champion For Women’ Trump WH Than It Is Nationally

New analysis of the 2020 median found a more than $33,000 pay gap between the median salary for men and women staffed under President Trump — making wage discrimination greater in the Trump administration than it is nationally. The 19th, a news organization focused on gender and politics, reports that while the median salary for a male White House staffer is $106,000, the median salary for women is $72,700.  The staggering finding translates to women staffers making roughly 69 cents ...
Tags: Wage Gap, News, Obama, White House, Barack Obama, Trump, Melania Trump, Census Bureau, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump, American Enterprise Institute Trump, Zoë Richards


Trump COVID Doc Sics Lawyer On Stanford Medical Faculty

President Trump’s favorite dubious COVID doctor kicked the battle over his own credentials up a notch on Wednesday. A lawyer for Scott Atlas, a member of the White House’s COVID-19 task force, threatened a defamation lawsuit against a group of 78 Stanford Medical School researchers and doctors who sent a letter last week that accused him of hawking “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” But Atlas, who lacks experience with infectious disease treatment or research, didn’t turn to just...
Tags: News, White House, Atlas, Trump, Stanford Medical School, Marc Kasowitz, Kasowitz, Scott Atlas, Michael Fischbach, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, COVID-19, Stanford Medical Faculty, Michale Fischbach


WH COVID Doc Sics Trump Lawyer On Stanford Medical Faculty

President Trump’s favorite dubious COVID doctor kicked the battle over his own credentials up a notch on Wednesday. A lawyer for Scott Atlas, a member of the White House’s COVID-19 task force, threatened a defamation lawsuit against a group of 78 Stanford Medical School researchers and doctors who sent a letter last week that accused him of hawking “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” But Atlas, who lacks experience with infectious disease treatment or research, didn’t turn to just...
Tags: News, White House, Atlas, Trump, Stanford Medical School, Marc Kasowitz, Kasowitz, Scott Atlas, Michael Fischbach, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, COVID-19, Michale Fischbach, Doc Sics Trump Lawyer On Stanford Medical Faculty


Federal Judge Blocks Postal Services Changes That Could Hamper Election Mail

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. judge has blocked Postal Service changes that slowed mail and prompted concerns about absentee voting. #BREAKING Major victory in our lawsuit to protect the U.S. Postal Service. Yakima, WA Federal Judge issued nationwide injunction blocking policies delaying election mail. — Bob Ferguson (@BobFergusonAG) September 17, 2020 [Author: David Taintor]
Tags: News, Ap, US Postal Service, Bob Ferguson, Yakima Wash, David Taintor, Federal Judge Blocks Postal Services, U S Postal Service Yakima WA


Schumer Unleashes Unflattering Monikers On Trump And McConnell Amid COVID Relief Stalemate

A group of congressional Democrats flanked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at her usual Thursday press conference, with freshmen and party leaders alike laying out the grim realities of a country plagued by COVID-19. Of the group, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came out the most aggressive. On President Donald Trump, Schumer said: “What a despicable man, how low can you go?” And referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “The keeper of the graveyard.” (Though i...
Tags: Usa, News, Senate, White House, Cnn, House, Usps, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Congressional, Donald J Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell


Trump Officials Stay Silent As Subordinates Rant, Froth At Mouth

There’s no other agency with as much power to respond to COVID-19 as the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s part of what made exiled HHS spokesman Michael Caputo’s litany of wrongdoing so egregious. Not only did he try to assert political control over key weekly reports on the spread of the virus, he also went on an unhinged rant Sunday in which he forecasted a civil war after the November election and said that he was being persecuted by leftist hit squads operating in the CDC. ...
Tags: News, Congress, Cdc, America, Joe Biden, National Security Council, Extremism, Donald Trump, Trump, Department Of Health, Democratic Party, Roger Stone, HHS, John Bolton, Anton, Redfield


PA Supreme Court OKs Ballot Drop Boxes, Postmark Deadlines, In Win For Dems

President Trump’s crusade against ballot drop boxes and other absentee voting practices that make the process easier was dealt a major setback Thursday with a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that permitted policies that will facilitate mail-in voting. The court’s decision greenlighted the use of ballot drop boxes at locations other than county elections offices, and it said that ballots received in the three days after the Nov. 3 election could still be counted if they were postmarked by Ele...
Tags: Voting, News, Supreme Court, Court, Pennsylvania, Green Party, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Pa Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, State Supreme Court


Ham And Cheese Scott Walker Is Trying To Fill Harris’ Shoes For Pence Debate Prep

Anything for a fellow Midwestern ex-governor and buddy, right? The Washington Post reported on Thursday that former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been playing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, to help Vice President Mike Pence prepare for the upcoming vice presidential debate a little less than three weeks away. Walker reportedly kept a tight lip about his and Pence’s prep activities. “All I can say is that I worked with him four year...
Tags: Post, News, California, Washington Post, America, Joe Biden, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, HARRIS, University of Utah, Walker, Pence, 2020 Elections, Sen Kamala Harris


FBI Warns Of ‘Active Efforts’ To ‘Denigrate’ Biden As DHS Hides Russian Disinfo Scheme

FBI director Christopher Wray on Thursday described “very active” efforts by Russians to exert influence on the November presidential election, with a meddling campaign focused on denigrating Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. During his testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, Wray said that “the intelligence community consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections,” which he said differs from interference efforts during the 2016 presidential elect...
Tags: News, China, Russia, Joe Biden, Dhs, Fbi, Biden, Abc News, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Wray, Dni, Christopher Wray, 2020 Election, Summer Concepcion, Robert O Brien


Seattle Mayor Accuses Trump And Barr Of ‘Tyranny’ Over DOJ Effort To Charge Her Criminally

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) accused President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr of “tyranny” late Wednesday suggesting the pair had warped the Justice Department into a “political weapon” used on those who speak out against the Trump administration.  The comments follow a New York Times report on Wednesday that revealed Attorney General Bill Barr  asked the Justice Department’s civil rights division to explore bringing criminal charges against Durkan for allowing residents to...
Tags: News, Washington, New York Times, Protests, Department Of Justice, Times, Seattle, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Barr, Hillsdale College, Sedition, President Trump, Jenny Durkan


DHS Probes Whistleblower Claims Of Unwanted Hysterectomies At Private ICE Jail

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog is investigating a alleging that immigrants locked up at a private detention center in Georgia underwent unwanted medical procedures, including hysterectomies.  The complaint, which cited the experiences of a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center, was filed Monday by a network of human rights groups and alleged that a gynecologist treating detainees often performed procedures that weren’t necessary or otherwise weren’t fully expl...
Tags: News, Congress, Nbc News, Georgia, Dhs, Cameroon, Medicare, Msnbc, Department Of Homeland Security, The Washington Post, Medicaid, Justice Department, OIG, National Review, Lee, Rivera


Barr Compares Lockdowns To ‘Slavery’ While COVID Disproportionately Kills Black Americans

Attorney General Bill Barr made an astonishing comparison between lockdowns prompted by COVID-19, which is known to be disproportionately deadly to Black communities, to chattel slavery on Wednesday night. “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said during an event at Hillsdale College, per CNN. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” he continued. Mu...
Tags: News, Cdc, Cnn, Justice Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Barr, Hillsdale College, Cristina Cabrera, Bill Barr, COVID-19, COVID


Feds Considered Removing Peaceful Protesters With Heat Ray For Trump’s Photo-Op

The top brass at the Defense Department’s military police force in the D.C. region considered using a heat ray as part of efforts to remove peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square to make way for President Donald Trump’s infamous photo-op in June, according to a whistleblower at the D.C. National Guard. Per written testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee on August 28 first obtained by NPR and the Washington Post on Wednesday, Major Adam DeMarco of the D.C. National Guard testified ...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Npr, Donald Trump, Protesters, Defense Department, Trump, National Guard, St John s Church, DeMarco, House Natural Resources Committee, Lafayette Square, Cristina Cabrera, George Floyd, D C National Guard, Photo-op


Trump Ramps Up Election Delegitimization Crusade: Results May ‘NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED’

President Trump on Thursday warned that results in the November presidential election may “NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED” in his latest effort to discredit mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic and preemptively delegitimize the results of the election.  In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump reiterated his baseless, tired claim that voting-by-mail leads to mass voter fraud, which he suggested will cause an inaccurate count of the results in the November election. Because of the new and unpre...
Tags: Twitter, News, North Carolina, Justice Department, Trump, Donald J Trump, Barr, Trump Tweets, 2020 Election, Bill Barr, Summer Concepcion, Radical Left Democrats, Vote-by-mail


Another Woman Accuses Trump Of Sexual Assault: ‘He Shoved His Tongue Down My Throat’

Former model Amy Dorris has alleged that in 1997, then-real estate businessman Donald Trump “shoved his tongue” down her throat at a tennis tournament and ignored her plea for him to stop. Dorris, who was 24 at the time, told the Guardian that Trump forcefully gripped her in such a way that she could not escape while he groped her. “He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off,” Dorris alleged to the Guardian in an interview published Thursday. “And then that’s whe...
Tags: New York, News, Sexual Assault, Guardian, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Tower, Midtown Manhattan, Dorris, Jason Binn, President Trump, Zoë Richards, Amy Dorris, Dorris Dorris, Marla Maples Dorris, Guardian Dorris


Feds Considered Removing Peaceful Protesters With Heat Lamp For Trump’s Photo-Op

The top brass at the Defense Department’s military police force in the D.C. region considered using a heat lamp as part of efforts to remove peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square to make way for President Donald Trump’s infamous photo-op in June, according to a whistleblower at the D.C. National Guard. Per written testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee on August 28 first obtained by NPR and the Washington Post on Wednesday, Major Adam DeMarco of the D.C. National Guard testified...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Npr, Donald Trump, Protesters, Defense Department, Trump, National Guard, St John s Church, DeMarco, House Natural Resources Committee, Lafayette Square, Cristina Cabrera, George Floyd, D C National Guard, Photo-op


Thompson Blasts Wolf For Defying Subpoena In ‘Dereliction’ Of Duty

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf defied a subpoena from the House Committee on Homeland Security Thursday, claiming that his status as a pending nominee for the permanent secretary post made him ineligible to testify. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) dismissed Wolf’s excuse in his opening statement, saying that it has no legal basis. Thompson noted that Wolf has had no qualms about doing cable news hits while serving in his acting capacity.  “I would note, that despite his refusal...
Tags: News, Senate, Joe Biden, Dhs, Fox News, Homeland Security, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Committee, Thompson, Trump, Wolf, GAO, Bennie Thompson, U S Citizenship and Immigration Services, Government Accountability Office


Meadows: CDC Chief’s 2021 Vaccine Timeline ‘Not Based’ On Info From Those ‘Closest To The Process’

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asserted on Thursday morning that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield didn’t have his facts straight when he told Congress that a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t be widely available until 2021, contradicting President Donald Trump’s insistence that the vaccine would be ready in October. When the hosts of “Fox and Friends” asked who was correct, Meadows claimed it was Trump “based on what I know behind the scenes, how quic...
Tags: News, Congress, Cdc, Senate, White House, Fox, Vaccine, Donald Trump, Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Redfield, Meadows, Mark Meadows, Cristina Cabrera, Robert Redfield, TV Clip


And Here We Are

One of the major issues of the 2016 election was the claim that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had to recuse herself from any involvement in a charging decision with respect to Hillary Clinton because she briefly met with former President Clinton on a tarmac. Now Bill Barr is saying we need political appointees to personally manage criminal prosecutions and have them all reviewed by the Attorney General, especially when they involve the President’s friends. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Josh Marshall, Bill Barr, Editors' Blog


Barack Obama’s Memoir Gets A Release Date

NEW YORK (AP) — The first volume of former President Barack Obama’s memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It’s called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office. The publication date for the second volume has not yet been determined. “I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in ‘A Promised Land’ I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in offi...
Tags: New York, News, Obama, White House, Germany, America, Barack Obama, Iran, Ap, Michelle Obama, Drake, George W Bush, Penguin Random House, Barack, Michelle, Abraham Lincoln