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Oversight hearing room named for Elijah Cummings

Oversight hearing room named for Elijah Cummings
Cummings is the first African American lawmaker in history to have a room named for him in the Capitol complex
By Katherine Tully-McManus
Posted February 27, 2020 at 7:05pm

The House Oversight and Reform hearing room was named Thursday in honor of late Chairman Elijah E. Cummings — the first room in the Capitol complex to ever be named for an African American lawmaker.

The unveiling of the gold-lettered nameplate to hang above both entrances of Room 2154 in the Rayburn House Office Building drew congressional leaders, Cummings’ family, staffers and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. The Maryland Democrat died Oct. 17 during his 12th term in the House. He was 68.

Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney told the crowd that Cummings was like a gem, seemingly having his own inner light and brilliance.

“He brought us together in this room, and he is doing it again, even now,” the New York Democrat said. “This room and the work we do here will remind future generations of Elijah’s unwavering commitment to justice, as well as his dedication to stability and decorum.”

Maloney said the House Historian’s Office confirmed Cummings would be the first African American lawmaker in history to have a room named for him in the Capitol complex.

“When people walk the halls of Congress, whether they come in this room or not, they will see above the door his name, and they will know how special he was by that manifestation of respect for him,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 08:12 PM (2 replies)

Trump's COVID-19 press conference was incoherent and contentless. Shouldn't that be news?

Trump's COVID-19 press conference was incoherent and contentless. Shouldn't that be news?
Daily Kos Staff
Thursday February 27, 2020 · 4:51 PM EST

For anyone who actually watched Donald Trump's yet-again-bizarre performance in yesterday's supposed COVID-19 press briefing, the takeaways were predictable—but unambiguous. Trump gave approximately zero actual information, other than announcing Mike Pence would be in charge of it all. If anything, and as usual, Trump un-informed the public about the spread of COVID by making bizarrely false claims about the borders and arbitrarily declaring there to be "15" infected patients in the United States, despite the actual known number being, at the time of his speech, at least 60. Everything else was generalities of the usual Trump sort when he has no actual information to convey, and has had no interest in collecting information that should be conveyed.

He bashed critics. He gave false assurances that were contradicted by the public health officials he introduced. He fidgeted in the background like a bored child as others talked. But mostly, when faced with a public health crisis that could swiftly reach pandemic proportions and kill millions in worst-case scenarios, he said nothing.

At Press Watch, Dan Froomkin runs down the list of big media responses to Wednesday's baffling Donald Trump presser about the emerging COVID-19 pandemic.

The problem, as Froomkin sees it: The press continues to cover up Trump's "terrifying incoherence" even now. They’re doing so even though Trump's obvious incoherence may be zero point zero hours away from killing people.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 06:29 PM (5 replies)

WH Moves To Screen Scientists' Statements On Coronavirus

No, no, no!


WH Moves To Screen Scientists’ Statements On Coronavirus
By Matt Shuham
February 27, 2020 1:41 p.m.


Public health officials — rather than Trump loyalists like Kudlow — have been praised for speaking bluntly about the virus.

For example, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, Anthony Fauci, has spoken openly about the timetables for vaccines and therapies for coronavirus. While progress has been quick according to epidemiological standards, Fauci has repeatedly been clear that a vaccine is at least 12-18 months away. Trump, meanwhile, has simply said that vaccines are on the way “rapidly.”

Fauci has told associates that he’d been instructed by the White House not to say anything else without clearance, the Times reported Thursday.

Another public health official, Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday, “We expect we will see community spread in this country.”

Markets plunged the same day, and Kudlow subsequently went on CNBC. The economic adviser claimed three times that the director-general of the World Health Organization had urged people not to “overreact” to the virus — something the WHO head hadn’t actually said.

Trump on Wednesday admitted his concern that the public’s perception of the virus was hurting markets; reports indicated he was furious about the stock market’s dive.

Asked about the financial markets, the President noted, “I do believe in terms of CNBC and in terms of Fox Business, I do believe that that’s a factor, yeah.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 03:35 PM (5 replies)

Japan confirms first case of person reinfected with coronavirus

Japan confirms first case of person reinfected with coronavirus

The reinfection has health officials worried the illness could stay dormant after signs of recovery.
By Joseph Guzman

Officials in Osaka say a tour bus guide tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time.
There have been a number of cases of reinfection in China.
Japan’s prime minister has asked schools to close in an effort to curb the outbreak.

Japan is reporting its first case of a person becoming reinfected with the coronavirus after showing signs they had fully recovered, according to Reuters.

Osaka’s prefectural government confirmed Wednesday a woman working as a tour bus guide tested positive for coronavirus for the second time after developing a sore throat and chest pain. The woman, who is said to be in her 40s, first tested positive in late January and was discharged from the hospital on Feb. 1 after showing signs of recovery.

Reuters reports Health minister Katsunobu Kato said the government would need to monitor the condition of others who were infected and later discharged as health experts investigate testing positive for COVID-19 after an initial recovery.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:32 PM (4 replies)

...Fox News Pundit Says 'Pray on It' Pence Shouldn't Be 'Anywhere Near' Coronavirus


‘Not Someone Who Believes in Science’: Fox News Pundit Says ‘Pray on It’ Pence Shouldn’t Be ‘Anywhere Near’ Coronavirus
Published on February 27, 2020 at 11:01 AM ET
By David Edwards – Raw Story

Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov asserted on Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence is the wrong person to be in charge of fighting the Coronavirus.

“There are deep concerns about putting Mike Pence at least quasi-in charge,” Tarlov told a Fox News panel. “He oversaw an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Instead of going with science and dealing with needle exchanges, he went after Planned Parenthood and people got sick there because of it.”

“Mike Pence is not a scientist, he’s not a doctor, he’s not someone who believes really in science,” she continued. “And I don’t believe that he should be in charge of this of anywhere near the forefront and that is a big concern.”

Fox News host Ed Henry interrupted to object: “You say he doesn’t believe in science.”

“Well, with climate science, he thinks you should pray on it,” Tarlov replied. “If you have HIV, you should go to a doctor. If you have a Coronavirus, you should go to a doctor. And this isn’t about insulting prayer, it’s just saying that that kind of policy and that kind of thinking is outdated and has no place in modern society.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:40 PM (12 replies)

GOP Rep. Ralph Abraham Announces Retirement, The 26th Republican To Do So


GOP Rep. Ralph Abraham Announces Retirement, The 26th Republican To Do So
By Cristina Cabrera
February 27, 2020 7:53 a.m.

Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) announced on Wednesday that he will not run for reelection.

In his statement, Abraham described how he had met with President Donald Trump on Air Force One in January, during which Trump asked the GOP lawmaker to consider running for another term.

“I thanked him for his leadership and encouragement, and was honest in my reply,” the Louisiana Republican said. “The decision to serve only three terms as a Member of the House is one that I made six years ago, but I very much look forward to supporting the President’s agenda for the remainder of my tenure in Congress and in other capacities moving forward.

Abraham is the 26th House Republican to retire ahead of the 2020 elections, while only five Democrats have decided to do so.

2018 saw a similar GOP exit before the Democrats flipped the House after the midterms.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 11:01 AM (1 replies)

Why Trump Can't Pardon Roger Stone


Why Trump Can’t Pardon Roger Stone
February 27, 2020 at 9:55 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Corey Brettschneider: “Speculation that President Trump might pardon Roger Stone has reached a fever pitch after Stone’s sentencing by a federal judge and the president’s repeated hints that he thinks the verdict unfair. But fortunately, the Constitution’s framers imagined this nightmare scenario—a suspected criminal president pardoning a co-conspirator—and they put in the Constitution language to legally prohibit the pardon power in exactly this kind of case.”

“Many scholars agree that once a president has been impeached, he or she loses the power to pardon anyone for criminal offenses connected to the articles of impeachment. Less noticed is that even after the Senate’s failure to convict the president, he or she does not regain this power.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:30 AM (23 replies)

Trump Supporters Have a Predictably Insane Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory


Trump Supporters Have a Predictably Insane Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory
Apparently this all ties back to the Russia investigation.
By Bess Levin
February 27, 2020

There’s an old saying in politics that goes “Let’s not stereotype anyone, but Donald Trump attracts some real wack jobs.” Data points that support this maxim include but are not limited to: the belief among some Trump supporters that God chose the former real estate developer to be president; the belief that an established pathological liar is the most honest man in politics; and the belief that if he’d just had three fewer Big Macs over the last few years, he could’ve lived to be 200. Of course, there’s nothing like the threat of a global pandemic to get already credulous people extra riled up, so now we can add “the belief that the deep state is using the coronavirus to take down the president.”

Politico reports that a number of Trump supporters are pretty sure they’ve uncovered a smoking gun that supports their theory that there is a concerted effort by traitors in the government to weaponize the disease against the president and, apparently, all ties back to the Mueller report. Yes:

One key piece of evidence fueling their theory: A Centers for Disease Control official making public statements on the outbreak is the sister of Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who oversaw the Mueller probe and, according to a disputed report, once discussed removing Trump from office. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases—who got a shoutout from her brother for attending his 2017 confirmation hearing—warned Americans in a Tuesday media briefing that an outbreak in the U.S. is inevitable. Messonnier’s comments got widespread attention, sparking calls for further actions by the administration, which had long struck a more reassuring note. The furor appeared to catch Trump flat-footed while en route back from his summit with the Indian prime minister, where he had declared the outbreak “very well under control.”

The likes of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Jim Hoft, publisher of the Gateway Pundit, a conspiratorial, pro-Trump site, have seized on the sibling connection, as have a large number of anonymous Twitter accounts. “Rod Rosenstein as we all know definitely worked to undermine the Trump administration, which is oddly exactly what his sister is doing by undermining the more logical and calm message the president’s team has issued on the virus,” charged conservative pundit Wayne Dupree in a Wednesday blog post.

Of course, there’s no evidence whatsoever that health officials like Messonnier have been overstating the threat of the virus, yet a considerable amount suggesting that Trump has downplayed the situation so as to avoid upsetting financial markets. “I’ve heard people jumping on Nancy Messonnier because she told us the truth: that it’s not a matter of if but when,” Representative Tom Cole told reporters on Wednesday, according to Politico. “Isn’t that what you want to hear instead of some pie in the sky?” Apparently, not so much!

In addition to putting two and two together re: Messonnier—who, unlike the president and newly minted coronavirus czar Mike Pence, is an actual doctor who has never helped cause an HIV outbreak that we know of—supporters like Limbaugh have also fingered the media for the inside job. On Monday, the Medal of Freedom recipient told his listeners: “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” adding, “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus…The coronavirus is the common cold, folks. The Drive-By Media hype of this thing as a pandemic, as the Andromeda strain, as, ‘Oh, my God, if you get it, you’re dead’...I think the survival rate is 98%. Ninety-eight percent of people get the coronavirus survive…I believe the way it’s being weaponized is by virtue of the media, and I think that it is an effort to bring down Trump, and one of the ways it’s being used to do this is to scare the investors, to scare people in business. It’s to scare people into not buying Treasury bills at auctions. It’s to scare people into leaving, cashing out of the stock market—and sure enough, as the show began today, the stock market—the Dow Jones Industrial Average—was down about 900 points, supposedly because of the latest news about the spread of the coronavirus.”

Perhaps now that it’s all been laid out as plain as day, you‘ll begin to understand.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:28 AM (9 replies)

...Reasonable Grounds to Suspect Trump or His Associates 'Have Been Involved in Serious Crime'

Scottish Lawmaker: Reasonable Grounds to Suspect Trump or His Associates ‘Have Been Involved in Serious Crime’
February 27, 2020 at 09:38 AM ET
By David Badash

A Member of the Scottish Parliament is asking his fellow ministers to investigate President Donald Trump’s deals through which he acquired his properties in Scotland, including Trump’s two multi-million dollar losing golf courses. President Trump prizes his Turnberry, Scotland resort, but reports that the American president is using the U.S. federal government to help keep it afloat have dogged him.

MSP Patrick Harvie “said there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that the US president, or people he is connected with, ‘have been involved in serious crime,'” The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper reports.

Harvie is urging lawmakers to seek an apply for an “unexplained wealth order” from a Scottish court, which would allow them to learn how the U.S. president “bankrolled his multimillion acquisitions of land and property in his mother’s homeland.”

An unexplained wealth order (UWO) is a mechanism which allows the Scottish government “to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK.”
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If “a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches,” the Scottish government can seize properties.

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Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 09:58 AM (45 replies)

"Good work, this story is so complex folks will not make it all the way through it."


Kemp Praise Aides for Purging Voter Rolls
February 26, 2020 at 12:49 pm EST By Taegan Goddard 1 Comment

The House Oversight Committee released an email from then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) which told aides “good work” after a newspaper story exposed problems in the way voters were removed from electoral rolls.

He added: “Good work, this story is so complex folks will not make it all the way through it.”

The 2017 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution detailed how local election officials were inaccurately removing people from the rolls.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 26, 2020, 01:03 PM (10 replies)
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