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Senate narrowly turns back GOP Sen. Tom Cotton amendment to curtail assistance to Afghan refugees

Perhaps this was reported on in the TV media yesterday and I missed it. I still get shocked at the callousness of the Republicans-and there undying adoration to all things Trump.

In case anyone was silly enough to think Republican criticism of the Afghanistan withdrawal was based on genuine concern for the Afghan people, EVERY SINGLE SENATE REPUBLICAN VOTED TO WITHHOLD EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES.




Senate narrowly turns back GOP amendment to curtail assistance to Afghan refugees

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Sept. 29.

Yesterday at 12:52 p.m. EDT

The evenly divided Senate narrowly turned back a Republican amendment Thursday that sought to curtail assistance to Afghan refugees who were rapidly evacuated to the United States and that would have made it more difficult for them to obtain Real IDs.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sought to attach the amendment to legislation to fund the government into early December, which is expected to pass later Thursday with bipartisan support. Cotton’s amendment received 50 votes, one short of the number needed to succeed. The tally broke along partisan lines.

In addition to providing stopgap funding to keep the government open, the spending measure includes emergency funding for the resettlement of Afghan refugees who fled amid the takeover of the country by the Taliban and U.S. military exit.


In a statement Thursday, former president Donald Trump urged fellow Republicans to vote against the larger spending legislation, arguing that the provisions affecting Afghan refugees amounted to “a major immigration rewrite” that would provide“free welfare and government-issued IDs.”

“We’ve already seen some of the horrible assaults and sex crimes that have taken place,” Trump said. “But these terrible assaults will just be the tip of the iceberg of what’s coming if this isn’t shut down. ... This bill must be opposed.”

Trump provided no evidence for his assertions.


Bette Midler: "Decided to post my first dick pic"




Four more GOP Reps. under scrutiny for potential stock trading violations

No wonder the illegal trades continue--very little consequences for all involved!!

Four more GOP Reps. under scrutiny for potential stock trading violations


By Brett Bachman
Published September 29, 2021 7:56PM (EDT)

After a year full of headlines about Congressional scrutiny over members' stock trading practices, it appears four more GOP representatives may have run afoul of laws meant to prevent insider trading on Capitol Hill — in addition to a fifth Republican who has already seen scrutiny for the same trading activity earlier this year.

According to an analysis of financial disclosure documents compiled by Insider, the four members of Congress — Reps. John Rutherford of Florida, Rick Allen of Georgia, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania and Victoria Spartz or Indiana — all failed to file paperwork for stock trades within the 45-day federal deadline required under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012.

In addition, Rep. Blake Moore of Utah missed the deadline by several days on at least three trades — two involving the electric car company Tesla and another involving Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant — the second stock-trading scandal this year involving the freshman Congressman.

The transactions Allen failed to report were by far the largest, .......................

..........Still, fines for stock trading misconduct are incredibly low — often as little as $200 — and complaints are rarely forwarded to the Justice Department or the Securities and Exchange Commission for criminal investigation.

"The recent prevalence of STOCK Act violations in the House shows that merely the threat of a fine is not deterring members of Congress from breaking the law; real accountability is necessary," the CLC added in its complaints.


Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Demand Information from HHS on Failure to Provide Life-Saving COVID-1

This is what the stupid Repug Senators are whining about. His state of FL is over using the monoclonal antibodies so that other states have limited supply. wear a fucking mask and get vaccinated should be what he should be doing.

‘Substantial surge’ in monoclonal antibody treatments spurs HHS policy changes to ensure availability[/b


Sep 07, 2021 - 08:01 AM

The Department of Health and Human Services is making temporary changes to its distribution policies for monoclonal antibody therapies, with an eye on maintaining sufficient supply to meet current and future demand. HHS says the changes, which are in response to “a substantial surge in the utilization of monoclonal antibody drugs, particularly in areas of the country with low vaccination rates,” include:

limiting immediate orders and shipment only to administration sites with HHSProtect accounts and current utilization reporting; and
reviewing all orders for alignment with utilization, currently estimated at 70% of orders.

Hospitals with questions about ordering and distributing these treatments can email the Federal COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19therapeutics@hhs.gov.


Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio Demand Information from HHS on Failure to Provide Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatments

September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding answers after HHS restricted the availability of monoclonal antibody treatments for hospitals in Florida and other states.

This week, Senator Scott joined Senator Rubio to introduce the Treatment Restoration for Emergency Antibody Therapeutics (TREAT) Act which would stop HHS from restricting hospitals and healthcare facilities’ access to life-saving COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments. Earlier this month, Senators Scott and Rubio urged HHS to reverse its decision to ration monoclonal antibody drugs for the outpatient treatment of COVID-19 to states and hospitals.

Read the full letter HERE or below.

September 30, 2021

The Honorable Xavier Becerra


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Secretary Becerra:

As our nation continues its work to fully reopen and recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the best way forward to defeating this virus is making sure Americans have adequate prevention and treatment options against this terrible disease.

The Trump administration made incredible steps to develop, pre-purchase and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine through Operation Warp Speed. They also purchased substantial doses of monoclonal antibodies to reduce hospitalizations.

With the current surge of the COVID-19 delta variant, hospitalizations are up despite an increase in vaccination rates. Given this fact, we find the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) recent decision to change the availability of monoclonal antibodies for states and hospitals incredibly disturbing. This change in policy could reduce the availability of these lifesaving medications to Floridians as well as individuals and families in other states. Under this new policy, Florida’s allocation has been set at about 31,000 doses of monoclonal antibodies, despite the fact that Florida needs about 36,000 doses each week. This stark difference in doses available as compared to doses used, and rationing of supply, will jeopardize the health and safety of Floridians, increase hospitalizations, and could lead to higher mortality rates.

To ensure our state and public health officials have every resource they need to keep families healthy, we request your immediate response to the following questions:

Did HHS do any modeling of what the COVID-19 surge could be when the delta variant was labeled a variant of concern, including potential hospitalizations and the need for medications? How accurate was the model to what we are experiencing?
Has HHS done any modeling of the other COVID-19 variants of concern?
Has HHS done any modeling of possible COVID-19 surges later this year?
The monoclonal antibody treatment Sotrovimab received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in May 2021. At the time of its EUA, Sotrovimab was shown to be 85% effective at preventing hospitalization, making it potentially more effective than the monoclonal antibodies that received an EUA in 2020.[3], [4] Why did HHS not purchase a supply of Sotrovimab?
What has the Biden administration done to expand manufacturing capacity for all EUA authorized monoclonal antibody therapies, especially to ensure domestic manufacturing for all authorized therapies?
Why did HHS not develop a robust plan to promote and expand the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy?
Under the new allotment system that HHS is imposing, what guidance is HHS providing to states for how to allocate available monoclonal antibodies to providers?
Do immunocompromised individuals have equal access to monoclonal antibody treatment for post-exposure prophylaxis, or are they a lower priority to another group?
If a provider follows state or HHS guidance on prioritizing patients due to the shortage of monoclonal antibody treatments, and that patient suffers hospitalization or another serious outcome, is there any liability protection for the provider?
When does HHS believe that monoclonal antibody supply will be sufficient to meet demand?
Why has HHS not developed public-private partnerships for translational research at the National Institutes of Health for new meaningful therapies?

The only way through this global pandemic is to ensure prevention and treatment options are available for every American. We are vaccinated, and we encourage every American to talk to their doctor and consider getting the vaccine. However, we know that for the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, proper treatment with monoclonal antibodies can mean the difference between beating COVID-19 or succumbing to this terrible virus. Restricting the supply of lifesaving treatment is unethical and inexcusable.

We appreciate your immediate attention to this urgent matter and look forward to your prompt response.



[3] https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-additional-monoclonal-antibody-treatment-covid-19

[4] https://www.wsj.com/articles/regeneron-covid-19-antibody-drug-reduced-risk-of-hospitalization-death-by-70-in-late-stage-trial-11616479200

September 30 -- in history; 'Yabba Dabba Doo!' 'The Flintstones' premieres on ABC

I like the Flintstones. Never did the vits.


'Yabba Dabba Doo!'
'The Flintstones' premieres on ABC

The first animated primetime sitcom debuts,
introducing viewers to Fred Flintstone and his modern stone-age family. The show will run for six seasons, but spinoffs—and vitamins—will keep the franchise rolling for more than five decades.


I had to see it for myself but they did literally use the term "Trump World" as a descriptor. Fre

The term was trending earlier on twitter........

I had to see it for myself but they did literally use the term "Trump World" as a descriptor.

Freaking mental.





Trump super PAC fires Corey Lewandowski over new sexual misconduct allegations

Source: raw story


Trump super PAC fires Corey Lewandowski over new sexual misconduct allegations
September 29, 2021

Longtime Trump associate Corey Lewandowski has been fired from a pro-Trump super PAC after he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward a female donor.

The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reports that a Trump spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday night that Lewandowski will no longer run Make America Great Again Action and will instead being going on to "other endeavors."

The spokesperson added that Lewandowski "will no longer be associated with Trump World."

Taking his place will be former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whom the spokesperson said "has our complete faith and confidence in taking over MAGA Action."

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/corey-lewandowski-fired/

Also see this DU post from Politico





Jan. 6 committee subpoenas rally organizers, Trump allies

Source: nbc news

The panel demands that they give their sworn depositions on varying dates between late October and early November.

Sept. 29, 2021, 5:49 PM CDT
By Dartunorro Clark

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol issued another batch of subpoenas to several former Trump aides and organizers of the rally that preceded the assault.

The panel is seeking sworn testimony and documents from:

Amy Kremer, a conservative activist who helped found the tea party movement and helped organize the Jan.6 rally through a nonprofit she chairs named Women for America First.

Caroline Wren, a Republican operative who helped organize the rally with Women for America First.

Cynthia “Cindy” Lee Chafian, who helped organize the rally with Women for America First..................................................

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/jan-6-committee-subpoenas-rally-organizers-trump-allies-n1280384

All listed in article--but no Ginny Thomas!


Image: Trump Supporters Hold "Stop The Steal" Rally In DC Amid Ratification Of Presidential Election
Pro-Trump supporters storm the Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.Samuel Corum / Getty Images file

Trump donor: Corey Lewandowski made unwanted sexual advances


The longtime Trump aide harassed her at a charity event, a major Republican Party contributor alleges.

By ALEX ISENSTADT 09/29/2021 12:29 PM EDT


Trashelle Odom, the wife of Idaho construction executive John Odom, alleges that Lewandowski repeatedly touched her, including on her leg and buttocks, and spoke to her in sexually graphic terms. Odom said that Lewandowski “stalked” her throughout the evening.

Four people who were first-hand witnesses at the event corroborated Odom’s allegations. POLITICO also spoke with two people — one who was at the event and another who was not — who described conversations they had with Odom about the incidents immediately after they happened.

“On the evening of September 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I attended a dinner to support a charity and spend time with wonderful friends,” Odom said in a statement to POLITICO. “He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said vile and disgusting things to me, stalked me, and made me feel violated and fearful,” she said, referring to Lewandowski.

“I am coming forward because he needs to be held accountable,” Odom continued. “I am blessed to have a loving husband and family behind me. I want other women to know that you can be heard, too, and together we can stop terrible things like this from happening.”..............................................

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/29/corey-lewandowski-sexual-advances-allegations-514650

Corey seems to be feeling his oats lately.


President Donald Trump watches as Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, speaks at a rally. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo


Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees


Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees


Vatican City, Sep 20, 2021 / 08:15 am

The Vatican will require all visitors and personnel to show a COVID-19 pass proving they have been vaccinated, have recovered from the coronavirus, or have tested negative for the disease in order to enter the city state beginning Oct. 1.

To enter Vatican territory, tourists and other visitors, employees, and officials will be required to show a digital or paper Covid Certificate issued by the Vatican or another country, according to an ordinance published Sept. 20.

A Swiss Guard watches over an entrance to the Vatican. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The president of Vatican City State, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, issued the ordinance at the request of Pope Francis, who asked “to take all appropriate measures to prevent, control and combat the ongoing public health emergency in the Vatican City State.”

...................Italy’s vaccine passport, called the “Green Pass,” requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous six months, or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test...................................................................

St. Peter's Basilica during the coronavirus pandemic People use hand sanitizer before entering St. Peter's Basilica./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA Hannah Brockhaus
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