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Donald Trump's Proud Boys rioting in downtown DC tonight. Where is @DCPoliceDept?

Maybe trump will send in his goons.

Donald Trump’s Proud Boys rioting in downtown DC tonight. Where is @DCPoliceDept?





F*** Antifa!” chants as the Proud Boys lead tonight’s march in DC #MarchForTrump #DC #DCProtests

Minnesota GOP sent virus alert only to its side of the aisle

Source: Star Tribune

Some Republicans tested positive, but no DFLers were told before session.

November 14, 2020 — 2:40pm

A day after it was revealed that GOP state Sen. Dave Senjem tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a Nov. 5 party caucus, news broke that Republican senators and staffers were informed in a Tuesday memo that “a number of [GOP Senate] members and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

DFLers were not informed of the rash of cases on the other side of the aisle.

In the memo, Craig Sondag, the Senate Republican chief of staff, declined to reveal the names of the infected, citing a balance between the infected people’s right to privacy and the need of their contacts to know they had been exposed. He instructed all GOP Senate staffers to work from home, including during Thursday’s special session.

The news that GOP senators and staffers were warned that COVID was spreading in their ranks but DFLers were not was met with distress late Friday.


Read more: https://www.startribune.com/memo-warned-that-minnesota-senators-staff-had-covid-19/573072342/

damn. rude beyond the pal.


“It is outrageous and completely unacceptable that Senate DFLers were not notified of the recent COVID-19 outbreak among Senate Republicans prior to Thursday’s floor session,” Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, said in a statement. “This lack of transparency is a blatant disregard for the health and safety of others: our DFL and nonpartisan staff, members, and the communities we go home to.”



'Purely outlandish stuff': Trump's legal machine grinds to a halt

2020 elections
‘Purely outlandish stuff’: Trump’s legal machine grinds to a halt

So many lawsuits have been filed in so many state and federal courts that no one has an exact number. The campaign has lost nearly all of the cases that have been decided so far.


11/13/2020 07:03 PM EST

A Michigan lawyer for Donald Trump’s campaign filed a case in the wrong court. Lawsuits in Arizona and Nevada were dropped. A Georgia challenge was quickly rejected for lack of evidence. His Pennsylvania legal team just threw in the towel.

The president’s legal machine — the one papering swing states with lawsuits and affidavits in support of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud — is slowly grinding to a halt after suffering a slew of legal defeats and setbacks.

In the effort to stop Joe Biden’s victory from being certified, so many lawsuits have been filed in so many state and federal courts that no one has an exact number. But one thing is certain: the Trump campaign has an almost perfect record, having won only one case and lost at least a dozen.

Along the way, Trump lawyers have abruptly dropped core claims, been admonished in court for lack of candor and even been forced to admit they had no evidence of fraud, while their client inaccurately rails to the contrary on Twitter.

The sole Trump campaign victory came Thursday night: a Pennsylvania ruling that the secretary of state overstepped her authority by giving citizens extra days to fix signature mismatches on their mail in ballots. The ruling concerns a relatively small number of voters that are not even included in the election results for the state, where Biden leads by 62,000 votes with more than 98 percent of estimated votes reported.

On Friday, in another Pennsylvania case, the Trump cause was torpedoed yet again: an appeals court upheld the state’s method of handling post-Election Day absentee ballots, which could add more votes to Biden’s total.

“They’re throwing the kitchen sink against the wall to see what sticks
— a mixed metaphor that’s deserving of this legal strategy. And ‘legal strategy’ should be in quotes,” said Ben Ginsberg, a veteran Republican election law attorney who headed the famed Florida recount team that ultimately led to George W. Bush becoming president.


Trump supporters protesting the election results gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

Trump supporters protesting the election results gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. | AP Photo/David Goldman

"The charity has basically become the Sarah Verardo Fund,"; #trumps favorite vet charity.......

Trump is nothing but a selfish con man.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sarah Verardo during a signing ceremony of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington.Evan Vucci/AP

Inside the Independence Fund, the Trumpiest vets’ group in Washington.

Jasper Craven 8 hours ago

On June 23, 2017, Sarah Verardo, now the CEO of a veterans’ charity called the Independence Fund, and her husband, Mike, a two-time Purple Heart recipient and double amputee, attended a White House bill-signing as Donald Trump’s guests of honor. Mike, a former infantryman in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, told the crowd that a “new day” had dawned under the president. Minutes later, Trump cited the Verardos’ experience while he promised sweeping changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Then he signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law and gave his pen to Mike, who beamed.

Since he first ran for president, Trump has relied on the Verardos, and the 501(c)(3) charity that they’ve become the faces of, to bolster the perception that he is a staunch ally of veterans. In 2016, Trump invited the family to the Republican National Convention, where they watched the proceedings from a VIP box alongside his family. Six days before the election, Mike Verardo endorsed Trump in a front-page story in the New York Times. “I think [Trump’s] genuine,” he observed. Days later, veterans backed Trump by large margins, which played a key role in his wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin...........................................................

...................In turn, the president has boosted Sarah’s and Mike’s individual profiles and helped transform the Independence Fund, or TIF, into one of the most influential wounded-warrior groups in the United States. During last winter’s White House tree lighting, Trump thanked Sarah for “uplifting our nation.” In a speech the year before, Vice President Mike Pence called her a “hidden hero.” Sean Spicer, Trump’s former communications director, sits on the charity’s board of directors. TIF officials have commanded outsize influence over veterans’ policy under Trump, enjoyed personalized attention on issues large and small, and secured government and diplomatic partnerships to prevent veteran suicide and help promote peace in Afghanistan.

But according to internal charity documents and interviews with 30 current and former board members, staffers, and volunteers closely involved in the group’s operations, TIF’s positive public image obscures years of improper spending and dubious charity work. (Twenty-two of the 30 TIF officials I interviewed requested anonymity, citing either fear of retaliation or the nondisclosure agreements they signed.) After reviewing TIF’s publicly available tax documents, Stephanie Kalivas, an analyst at the watchdog group CharityWatch, described some of the group’s accounting practices as “suspect at best,” adding, “I’ve never seen such inconsistent 990 reporting from one charity.”

Although Sarah has compared TIF
to a “disaster relief organization, fluid and on the ground,” she has quietly diverted TIF dollars to support her family’s lavish lifestyle, from a Disney World retreat to a personal nanny and first-class air travel. “The charity has basically become the Sarah Verardo Fund,” one recently departed staffer told me. “Sarah’s spending was breaking the organization,” another complained.

Trump will soon be out of office, but one of his many lasting legacies will be the years he spent bolstering organizations and personalities whose tactics and ideology hew closely to his own. And while TIF’s history is marked by significant assistance to veterans, the organization has a distinctly Trumpist side............. ..........

Trump puts Giuliani in charge of his lawsuits challenging the election results.

Source: nytimes


.......................The president’s advisers had warned him that they were likely to lose in that case, and he faces increasingly dim hopes of overturning the election results. Nonetheless, Mr. Trump has been trying every possible option to change the outcome and trying to get what he sees as “fighters” making his case, often conflating a media strategy with a legal one.

But the involvement of Mr. Giuliani, who held a widely mocked news conference in front of a landscaping company in Philadelphia last weekend in which he claimed widespread fraud, has vexed people on the campaign and in the White House.

A half-dozen other Trump advisers have described Mr. Giuliani’s efforts as counterproductive and said that he was giving the president unwarranted optimism about what could happen. Those advisers have said that they are concerned Mr. Giuliani is damaging not only Mr. Trump’s remaining legal options, but his legacy and his future opportunities in politics as he considers another campaign in 2024...........................

..............In an Oval Office meeting with aides on Thursday, Mr. Trump put Mr. Giuliani on speakerphone so the others could hear him. He angrily accused the aides of not telling the president the truth, according to people briefed on the meeting. Justin Clark, the deputy campaign manager, pushed back aggressively on Mr. Giuliani, said the people briefed on what took place.......................

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/13/us/joe-biden-trump#trump-puts-giuliani-in-charge-of-his-lawsuits-challenging-the-election-results

Trumps aids seem like cowards to me.


The involvement of Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has concerned people on the Trump campaign team and in the White House.Credit...Al Drago for The New York Times

Federal prosecutors assigned to monitor election malfeasance tell Barr they see no evidence of subst

Source: Washington Post

Federal prosecutors assigned to monitor election malfeasance tell Barr they see no evidence of substantial irregularities

November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. CST

Sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys specially assigned to monitor malfeasance in the 2020 election urged Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday to rescind his recent memorandum allowing investigators to publicly pursue allegations of “vote tabulation irregularities” in certain cases before results are certified, saying they had not seen evidence of any substantial anomalies.

In a letter — an image of which was shown to The Washington Post — the assistant U.S. attorneys told Barr that the release of his Monday memorandum — which changed long-standing Justice Department policy on the steps prosecutors can take before the results of an election are certified — “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics.”

The signers wrote that in the places where they served as district election officers, taking in reports of possible election-related crimes, there was no evidence of the kind of fraud that Barr’s memo had highlighted. Barr’s memo authorized prosecutors “to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases,” particularly where the outcome of an election could be affected.

“The policy change was not based in fact,” the assistant U.S. attorneys wrote...........

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/william-barr-election-memo/2020/11/13/6ed06d20-25e4-11eb-a688-5298ad5d580a_story.html

Barr got a smackdown!!

Attorney General William P. Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Nov. 9. (Susan Walsh/AP)

C'mon Man....




Pennsylvania secretary of state will not order a recount

Source: the hill

By Tal Axelrod - 11/13/20 02:41 PM EST

Pennsylvania’s top elections official confirmed Friday she will not be ordering a recount or recanvass of her state’s election results as Republicans rail against officials there over groundless voter fraud claims.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) said the races for president, state attorney general, auditor general and state treasurer will not face recounts or recanvasses after unofficial returns submitted by the state’s counties showed no statewide candidate lost by less 0.5 percent, the margin at which such recourses would be triggered.

"We are extremely grateful to all 67 counties who have been working overtime and putting in an extraordinary effort to count every vote, with so far more than 6.8 million votes having been counted," Boockvar said in a statement. "The counties continue to adjudicate and count the approximately 100,000 provisional ballots issued to voters at the polls on Election Day, as well as the more than 28,000 military and overseas ballots that were cast in this election."

With ballots still being cast, Biden currently holds a nearly 60,000-vote lead in the state, a margin that has mushroomed since the state was called for him last weekend and could grow more..........................

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/525896-pennsylvania-secretary-of-state-will-not-order-a-recount

moving forward. #BidenHarris


Trump says coronavirus vaccine won't be delivered to New York

Source: cnbc.com

Published Fri, Nov 13 20204:31 PM EST Updated 3 Min Ago

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. government would not deliver a coronavirus vaccine to New York if and when one is available.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “will have to let us know when he’s ready for it because otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately,” Trump said during a press conference from the White House Rose garden.


Over the past week, the U.S. coronavirus outbreak has worsened, with the nation reporting more than 150,000 new infections Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new cases stands at 131,445, 32% higher than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/13/trump-says-coronavirus-vaccine-wont-be-delivered-to-new-york.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.PostToTwitter

developing story


U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks prior to signing an Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, July 9, 2020.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

Twitter sends @JohnCornyn to civics class, teaches him about Puerto Rico- gives him a MAGA dunce cap


Twitter sends Cornyn to civics class, teaches him about Puerto Rico, and gives him a MAGA dunce cap

Denise Oliver Velez

Friday November 13, 2020 · 5:56 AM CST

Texas Sen. John Cornyn became an instant laughingstock on Twitter when he opined on a New York Times story covering a cache of uncounted votes found in Puerto Rico. He pompously weighed in on “why it is prudent to let the process to run its course,” adding his two cents to the Republican ass-kissery of Donald Trump’s defeat denial.

Except there's a major problem with his tweet (and brain). The ballots found in Puerto Rico are for island-wide elections. Puerto Ricans who live on the island as territorial citizens cannot vote for president
. Cornyn, who sits on a slew of Senate committees—including one covering the Constitution—is clearly both clueless and lacking in rudimentary skills in civics.

Raw Story ran the story with this headline that says it all: “‘Half-wit’ Texas senator mocked for not knowing Puerto Rico can’t vote in the presidential election.”

As an elected official Cornyn should probably know that since it isn’t a state, Puerto Rico doesn’t get a say in the U.S. presidential election[...]

Cornyn was ridiculed for not knowing the rules for the state, something typically taught in middle school civics classes around the country.


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