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November 14, 2022

News Avoiding the Election, Mostly

Great news for Arizona and democracy! Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, endorsed by Deposed Donald Trump (DDT), lost her election to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Bad news for Arizona: after the losses of her and two other major DDT candidates, Mark Finchem for secretary of state and Blake Masters for U.S. senator, election liars may try to burn the state down. DDT wants an entire new election for the state because Democrats won some of the races, and some of the losers refuse to concede, saying that they will ensure that they win. With a little over 100,000 ballots still to be counted, Kris Mayes is only 3,000 votes ahead of GOP Abe Hamadeh, another DDT election liar who can bring lawsuits for the state.

In a three-hour face-to-face meeting, President Joe Biden and Chinese President XI Jinping looked for ways to work together. Biden said there will be no “new Cold War” and believes China has no imminent plans to invade Taiwan. The leaders were in Bali for the G20 summit, and the meeting came after months of quiet negotiations. Biden asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to follow up on the discussion in Beijing as part of a long process to thaw a tense relationship. Biden kept DDT’s tariffs and restricted selling semiconductors and chip-making equipment to China.

For the first time, Xi warned against nuclear weapons in Russia’s war when he met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Chinese senior official said on the condition of anonymity:

“I think there is undeniably a discomfort in Beijing about what we’ve seen in terms of reckless rhetoric and activity on the part of Russia. I think it is also undeniable that China is probably both surprised and a little bit embarrassed by the conduct of Russian military operations.”

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was absent for part of the summit after he was taken to the hospital for a heart problem. He said he is fine. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), possibly the biggest liar in the Senate, feels that Biden is compromised by China. No evidence, just a “feeling.”

The House January 6 investigative committee may subpoena the phone records of Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward according to a Supreme Court ruling. She had claimed the request for her phone records violated the First Amendment. The committee requested call records, phone numbers, text messages, and IP addresses communicating with Ward’s number between November 2020 to January 2021 when she was connected to the scam of an Arizona alternate electors’ slate to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.      

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision without explanation. Thomas’ wife, Ginni Thomas, had taken part of the attempted coup by writing 29 Arizona lawmakers, urging them to choose “a clean slate of electors” instead of the state electors pledged to Biden in support of the popular vote. Ward and her husband were “fake electors” from Arizona, lying about the 2020 presidential election in their state. Both the state district court and the 9th Circuit Court disagreed with Ward’s arguments, one of the three-judge panel a DDT appointee.

Ginni Thomas is working on another coup, this one to get rid of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for congressional leaders. She joined almost 60 far-right politicians, some of them like Thomas investigated by the House January 6 investigative committee, in signing a letter to delay the choice of GOP leadership in the 118th Congress.  The American Independent’s senior political reporter Emily C. Singer called it a “who’s who of insurrection supporting Republicans.”

A DDT-supported federal judge in the U.S. District Court for D.C. dismissed a year-old lawsuit by Mark Meadows, DDT’s former chief of staff, to block the House investigative committee to subpoena him. He will likely appear and run the clock out to the end of the 117th Congress, but the ruling is a precedent for many other suits in the same court. Meadows was on the telephone when DDT tried to persuade Georgia election officials to “find” sufficient votes for his victory and with DDT on January 6, 2021 when insurrections illegally entered the Capitol.

A federal judge blocked attempts by Rudy Giuliani to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two Georgia election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss. Giuliani’s accusation of election fraud by the mother/daughter pair caused serious threats and harassment against them; Freeman even had to leave her home for months. Giuliani had falsified a video for his lies.

The Senate returns next week, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), also elected for that position in the 118th Congress, scheduled a Wednesday vote on the bill to codify the right to same-gender and interracial marriage. Democratic leader Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said she thinks the bill has the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and has reached an agreement on “commonsense” changes to protect religious freedom with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ, and Thom Tillis (R-NC). In July, almost 50 House Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill.  

When Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) politely protested Elon Musk’s allowing Twitter impersonation of him—and many others—Musk responded by saying Marky’s own account “sounds like a parody.” Marky tweeted back:

“One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies. Or Congress will.”

A fake tweet from Eli Lilly about free insulin in a supposedly verified account brought outrage after Lilly’s “apology” that it was false, including from a parody imitating Lilly:

“We apologize to those who have been served a misleading message from a fake Lilly account about the cost of diabetic care. Humalog is now $400. We can do this whenever we want and there’s nothing you can do about it. Suck it. Our official Twitter account is @LiIlyPadCo.”

About 37.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 8.4 million need insulin to survive. To manufacture, a vial costs under $10, but Lilly’s list price is $274.70, the generic at $82.41. Most people on insulin require 2-3 vials a month so at least 1.3 million people risk their lives by rationing their insulin. The Inflation Reduction Act caps insulin out-of-pocket costs at $35 per month for Medicare participants, but Republicans blocked all other price caps.  

In the midst of ballot-counting, the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel released the newly declassified summary of a joint interview with George W. Bush and his VP Dick Cheney regarding the September 11 attacks. Members of the 9/11 Commission, did not record the event on April 29, 2004, and the released summary document is the only official record, a “memorandum for the record.”

Bush evidenced no sense about the death and destruction set free by his global war; the interview was at the same time as a massive insurgency in Iraq against a U.S. occupation which would kill thousands of U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Seeing the first plane hit the World Trade Center, he thought what a terrible pilot. When his chief of staff Andy Card told him the U.S. was under attack, he stayed in the classroom where he had been reading My Pet Goat to children. He tried to “collect his thoughts” and decided he should “project calm and strength.”

Communications equipment kept failing, including the secure phone line between Bush and Cheney. Bush couldn’t find Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and complained about not having “good television” on Air Force One. Cheney was responsible for authorizing the military to shoot down civilian aircraft. Bush also claimed he didn’t know anything about Saudi nationals receiving permission to leave the country after 9/11.

Bush said he got no “actionable intelligence” About Osama Bin Laden and preparation for hijackings or other attacks in the U.S. and claimed CIA Director George Tenet said “the threat was overseas.” Cheney criticized congressional oversight of covert operations, especially by the CIA, because it weakened the agency. To make the U.S. less vulnerable to attack, Bush said, “We had to kill them before they kill us.” Working with Putin was important to use U.S. military and intelligence of bases in central Asia.

Inflation dropped to an annual rate of 7.7 percent in October, down a half percent. The biggest inflationary contributors were shelter, gasoline, and food, the first two items raising historic profits for companies. Buyers will find less inflation in used cars prices, household supplies, clothing and accessories, household gas, and some food items.

Biden gave all veterans and Gold Star families lifetime passes to national parks.

New drugs could restore a woman’s period using the same medication as used in medical abortion, misoprostol or in combination with mifepristone. The process might not be classified as abortion because the woman doesn’t know whether she is pregnant. Misoprostol is also used for gastric ulcers in nonpregnant people but have become more difficult to obtain because of its connection to abortions. The courts, however, have described abortion as related to “knowledge of a confirmed pregnancy” or “intent to end a confirmed pregnancy.” Menstrual regulation doesn’t rely on a confirmed pregnancy, and no states ban or restrict this regulation with an unknown pregnancy status.

August 15, 2022

Primaries – August 13, 2022 + It’s a Weird Time

Hawaii held their primary elections last Saturday, and almost no one noticed, perhaps because of the shortage of scandals. Tulsi Gabbard is off substituting for Tucker Carlson on Fox, taking her vitriol there, and no one left in the state seems to be vicious. Gabbard was elected four times from 2013 to 2019 as a Democrat, but she increasingly supported GOP policies, even speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference summit last spring.

The last time Hawaiians elected a Republican to federal or statewide office was 2010, and general elections haven’t been competitive since 2014. In November Democrats have a 99 percent chance to win the U.S. Senate seat, governor, and both U.S. House positions. Jill Tokuda, a close ally of progressive Sen. Mazie Hirono, took the Democratic candidacy for Kahele’s House seat with over 57 percent. Incumbents won the Democratic candidacies for the other two congressional elections, Ed Case for the House and Blue Dog Brian Schatz for Senate.

Tuesday has two more primaries on August 16—Alaska and Wyoming where Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) face fierce opposition from Deposed Donald Trump (R-WY).

What’s being ignored during tantrums from Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) regarding the removal of documents he illegally took to Mar-a-Lago:

A new study has mapped the “extreme heat belt” by 2053 where the heat index can reach 125°F at least one day a year. Part of the belt is a three-state swath from Texas to Alabama through Iowa and Illinois into southern Wisconsin. Other parts go north from Florida to southern Pennsylvania, primarily along the coasts and southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The interactive map is here. The number of people suffering in this belt will rise to 107 million by 2053, but many coastal areas will have the 125°F by 2030. The states most likely to see the greatest growth in dangerous days are Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Florida with the greatest changes primarily in Florida. Many places currently with heat indices above 100°F for over 20 straight days may have 74 consecutive days by 2053.

Oil prices in the U.S. are falling while China economy is weakening as Saudi Aramco stated it will increase oil input. China’s central bank cut a key interest rate to boost growth. U.S. gas prices have dropped for 30 straight days.

DDT’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani no longer plans to stall his appearance before a Fulton County (GA) grand jury concerning the DDT administration interference in the 2020 presidential election. As a “target,” open to possible criminal charges, he plans to show up and refuse to testify, citing attorney-client privilege. A judge also denied Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) request to dismiss his subpoena in the state prosecutor’s investigation and requires him to testify as a material witness. Graham plans to appeal with the claim that he is a high-ranking government official although his inappropriate questions to the state Secretary of Staff and his staff were not related to his position. Graham’s office asserts cited the Constitution’s speech or debate clause “prevents a local official from questioning a Senator about how that Senator did his job.”

Georgia is one of at least three states in which lawyers tied to DDT directed computer experts to copy sensitive data from elections systems in accessing voter equipment. The forensic firm performing the task charged an upfront retainer fee for each job, in one case $26,000. The other identified states are Michigan and Nevada. A Colorado county clerk, Tina Peters, was indicted on charges connected to an alleged breach of the voting system and leaking sensitive data online. Tightly regulated, voting systems are classified as “critical infrastructure” vital to national security. Officials took the machines out of service in many cases because the chains of custody were disrupted. DDT insiders also sent protesters to Washington, lobbied Congress to reject electoral votes, push former VP Mike Pence to block the voting process.  A WaPo report describes specific illegal activities in these attempts.

The DOJ grand jury has subpoenaed Eric Herschmann, DDT’s former White House legal adviser for documents and testimony. He represented DDT in his first impeachment trial but opposed DDT in his fight against the election results. Present at many important meetings, including the one where most of the DOJ top officials threatened to resign if DDT appointed Jeffrey Clark as AG, who pushed false voter fraud claims, Herschmann also opposed Powell’s and Michael Flynn’s requests for the military to seize voting machines. Testimony by Herschmann, included in public hearings, was quite colorful such as calling Clark’s proposal “nuts” and telling John Eastman, who pushed refusal of the electoral votes, to “get a great F-ing criminal defense lawyer.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has won the contest—for the most hateful tweets since Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. Also on the top ten are Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-TX) and Christina Pushaw, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis former press secretary who has now joined his gubernatorial campaign. Greene’s tweets about the false “grooming” narrative reached almost 18 million viewers.

The far-right is now attacking school counselors, threatening them for “spreading hate and race-baiting” with accusations from Twitter accounts from such organizations as Courage Is a Habit. Fox’s Tucker Carlson also made the evidence-free claim to his TV audience that school shooters are “numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out at every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors.” In addition to helping students with goals for their future, counselors oppose bullying, combat discrimination, teach organizational skills, and support students understanding their sexuality or gender identity.

School nurses are other villains, according to conservatives. Parents confuse the approximately 2,500 health care centers at schools, operating under the local health department, which are completely separate from the school nurses. Parents or guardians must sign a consent form for students to be treated at these health centers, and they don’t provide hormonal therapy, as conservatives accuse them of doing.  

Parents’ opposition to schools began with mask mandates at the beginning of the pandemic and then increased to Republican myths about schools’ teaching systemic racism with demands to stop teaching history. For example, a special education teacher at an Escambia County (FL) public school quit after a staff employee told him to remove a display exhibiting “age inappropriate” racist behavior with photos of Black heroes like Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman, George Washington Carver, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former President Obama. In a predominantly Black part of the county, the majority of his former students are Black.

Parental discrimination moved on to the LGBTQ school community. A DDT-appointed judge in Tennessee banned two federal agencies from enforcing federal directives in 20 states providing protection for LGBTQ people in schools and workplaces. In 2020, a Supreme Court opinion, Bostock v. Clayton County, ruled 6-3 that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.

Some January 6 insurrectionists are promoting businesses, boosting social media profiles, and raising cash from their experiences through selling books, clothing, and even a rap album. Their plans lead prosecutors to ask for tougher punishments, and the DOJ is thinking about taking the money. Federal authorities have seized over $62,000 from a Utah defendant who sold his January 6 footage for $90,000. The man who propped his feet on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) is selling photos for $100. Anti-vaxxer Dr. Simone Gold raised over $430,000 for her legal expenses from a nonprofit, but she didn’t tell the donors she had already pled guilty to illegally entering the Capitol. A rioter sentenced to three weeks in jail for entering the Capitol and watching insurrectionists beat up on the police helped his father sell clothing with “Back the Blue.”

A Kentucky judge using a lawyer for political purposes to support his reelection campaign accused the state Judicial Conduct Commission of being used for political purposes. In Kentucky’s southwestern Christian County, the county judge, suspended with pay, declared he will “stay the course.”

Almost a month ago, DDT buried his first wife, Ivana, at the first hole at his Bedminster (NJ) golf course, the first one there and requiring consecration of the property for a traditional Catholic burial. (Seventeen wives still have room.) Researchers debunked the idea that it was done for a tax break by saying the cemetery taxes waived only 5,700 square feet of land. One assumption is that DDT did it because he loves northern New Jersey. He’s also interested in burials. In 2007, he got permits for a windowless wedding chapel at the club to be converted into a mausoleum for himself and his families. Later, he planned a cemetery holding over 1,000 graves which morphed into two cemeteries, one selling 284 plots to the public and the other for ten plots next to the first tee from himself and his family.

DDT already gets massive tax breaks at the club, $88,000 annually, with keeping eight goats and raising hay on 113 acres of the property. New Jersey cemeteries avoid taxes, rates, assessments, and personal property taxes as well as business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, and inheritance taxes. In 2016, the Trump Family Trust has tried to designate a property in Hackettstown (NJ), 20 miles from Bedminster, as a nonprofit company, but it won’t save them money. DDT annually pays $16.35 in taxes on the property, designated as a farm, that he bought for $461,000.

Richard Nixon did a better job honoring his dog, Checkers.

June 12, 2022

Catchup – June 5-12, 2022

Update: Nine infants—two more than originally reported—have died since early 2021 after consuming baby formula produced at the Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis (MI). The source of the infection could not be identified, sometimes because not enough formula remained for testing. Complaints were discovered through a Freedom of Information request; consumers also reported 25 for “life-threatening illness/injury” and 80 for “non-life-threatening illness/injury.” The Sturgis plant opened last week.

Mass shooting, June 9: Six people, three dead and three injured, were shot by a male at a manufacturing facility north of Smithsburg (MD), in the northwestern part of the state. The suspect was shot by a state trooper who was injured when the suspect shot him.

Mass shootings, June 10-12: At least seven mass shootings left at least five people dead and 27 others injured in seven cities: New Orleans, Detroit, Louisville (KY), Decatur (GA) Antioch (TN), Gary (IN) and Chicago. In another incident, three people were shot and wounded Friday afternoon at a shopping mall in Temple Hills (MD), a suburb of Washington, D.C., but the number of people shot doesn’t rise to the minimum of four people shot and/or wounded at one time.

A few happenings while people were focused on the January 6 hearings:

With much excitement, the media announced a Senate compromise proposal between ten Democrats and ten Republicans for gun reform. If all the Democrats agree and the ten Republicans don’t flip-flop, it would meet the 60 percent majority necessary to pass anything in the Senate. Don’t get too excited—it doesn’t do much. Provisions:

  • Juvenile records of gun buyers under age 21 available (to whom?) when they undergo background checks.
  • State funding for implementing “red flag” laws making it easier to temporarily take guns from people considered potentially violent, legally only in only 19 states and D.C., and bolstering school safety and mental health programs.
  • Some more people required to have federal dealers’ licenses, mandating background checks of more purchasers.
  • Domestic abusers not living with a former partner, such as ex-boyfriends, barred from buying firearms.
  • Criminalizing the purchasing a weapon for someone who doesn’t quality for ownership.

Missing? No bans of semi-automatic AR-15 style rifles; no increase in the age for buying these extra-lethal weapons; no barring large-capacity magazines; and no giving federal courts the power to rule when local authorities want to remove from people considered dangerous.

Little will change, and Republicans will brag while repeating that gun reform bills do no good.

Drew Tipton, a federal judge appointed by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), vacated guidelines giving priorities for immigration enforcement. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to arrest immigrants deemed risks for public safety or national security risks and recent border crossers. Tipton acknowledged the federal government had discretion but said guidelines bind officials in a “generalized, prospective manner” in decision making. It was his second ruling against President Joe Biden’s policy.

A chief scandal during DDT’s administration was the kidnapping of at least 3,900 children at the border when DHS separated families to punish them. With no tracking of these separations, DDT’s officials didn’t bother to reuify families back together again. A current ICE official from DDT’s time called the reunifications a “fiasco” because they occurred too fast. Former official Matthew Albence, who described migrant family jails as “summer camps,” worried that the parents’ court proceedings could return them to a Customs and Border Protection facility before their children could be sent to the program for unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings.

The D.C. bar regulating attorneys charged DDT’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani with an ethics violation because he “pushed baseless claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election in a Pennsylvania court and [violated] two professional conduct rules in the state.” The charges also included Giuliani’s support of a Pennsylvania lawsuit filed by DDT’s campaign to overturn the state’s election results when Giuliani sought an emergency ruling to prevent certification of the presidential election. The lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania was dismissed. The D.C. Bar argues that the affidavits were “(a) unsupported, (b) unrelated to Trump voters (c) involve conduct outside the seven Defendant Counties, and (d) by their own terms were isolated incidents that could not have affected the presidential election’s results by offsetting the Biden majority of over 80,000 votes.” A hearing will now be scheduled and Giuliani will have an opportunity to respond. A year ago, New York blocked Giuliani from practicing law in his home state. The

A Wisconsin judge found Michael Gableman, former state Supreme Court justice who led the state bogus investigation on overturning the presidential 2020 election, in contempt because he berated the judge and refused to answer questions while on the witness stand. The hearing concerned questions for one of three open records lawsuits that the watchdog organization American Oversight filed against Gableman, the speaker of the state Assembly, and the Assembly itself.

Far-right conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones lost his bankruptcy lawsuit, intended to preserve his fortune in three separate companies after legal settlements with families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School 20 child victims after Jones called the shooting a hoax. DDT appointed the judge who dismissed Jones’ case. The parents’ defamation lawsuits against Jones can continue after Jones’ followers subjected them to harassment and death threats.

Before COVID vaccinations, the per capita death rate for Black people in the U.S. was almost twice that for White people and over twice that of the Asian rate. Latinx death rates were less than for Blacks but above the average. Blacks and Latinx had less access to the shots, but the death rates have now flipped. For the past year, the COVID death rate for Whites in the U.S. has been 14 percent higher than that of Blacks and 72 percent higher than of Latinx. For both these groups the vaccination rate is higher than for Whites. Local outreach provides vaccinations through the Affordable Care Act as workers listen to concerns respectfully and “with humility.”

Because of politics, the share of Whites receiving COVID vaccinations has barely moved in the past year. Only about 60 percent of Republican adults are vaccinated, compared with about 75 percent of independents and over 90 percent of Democrats. Republicans are both disproportionately White and older. In highly conservative White communities, leaders—media figures, politicians, clergy members, and others—spread false or misleading information about vaccines, and people didn’t get the shots. White Republicans, who complain about a conspiracy to replace them, are killing White Republicans. 

After authorities received a tip about a “little army” loading into a U-Haul truck in Coeur d’Alene (D), they arrested 31 people, most of them members of the white supremacist Patriot Front, who participated in the Charlottesville (VA) rally where one of them killed a woman with his car. They wore face coverings, white-supremacist insignia, and shields, and carried a “operations plan” for their plan to riot at an Idaho Pride festival. Some of them had traveled across the county to participate. One of the charges was criminal conspiracy to riot. All of them posted bond and are now free, waiting arraignment later this week. Online threats had been made in the days before the weekend.

Updating Pennsylvania’s crime code, the state House of Representatives unanimously voted to remove the word “homosexuality” from the definition of prohibited sexual acts in sections relating to prostitution and child pornography.

The media focuses on inflation and gas prices, with little reference to price gouging from big business, but it skips the current strength of the economy, better than DDT’s last couple of years:

A slowing job growth remains strong: May added 390,000 jobs, 40,000 more than predicted, while unemployment stayed at 3.6 percent. The current per month job addition is twice what it was before the pandemic. The labor force size also grew in May, meaning less trouble for businesses to fill jobs.

Businesses still struggle with labor shortages: about 11.4 million jobs were open in April, down from 11.98 million in March—almost two open jobs for each of the six million people considered unemployed. A record number of people, 4.2 million, continued to leave jobs, keeping businesses from making layoffs; only 200,000 people signed jobless claims for the last week of May, 11,000 fewer than the previous year. The number of people on unemployment insurance is the lowest since December 1969.

Wage growth is cooling off: economists agree that slowing wage growth also slows inflation. Average hourly earnings rose 5.2 percent during the year ending in May but fell from a 5.5 annual increase in March.

Supply chain snarls are still boosting prices: Prices are increasing because of shortages, shipping delays, port bottlenecks, factory shutdowns, and problems from the war in Ukraine, but manufacturing picked up.

Fed rate hikes show no end in sight: during the next two meetings, the Feds may have two 0.50 percent increases.

DDT is gone and so is his new paint design for Air Force One. He ordered a red, white, and blue color scheme, similar to his private 757, but it costs more. The dark blue color on the plane’s belly and engines also creates heating problems on the aircraft, costing more to cool some of the components. The light blue and white motif will likely stay.

January 20, 2022

Subpoenas Continue to Pour Out in January 6 Investigation

More shoes have dropped from the centipede in the House January 6 committee as it seeks testimony from witnesses to instigators of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The committee has asked Ivanka Trump, daughter of now Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) and a former government official who swore to protect the constitution, for voluntary testimony regarding her knowledge about DDT’s actions before, during, and after the attempt to block reading of the Electoral College votes certifying Joe Biden’s election as president. According to evidence, Trump was present when her father tried to push Pence into rejecting votes for Biden and enlisted in White House aides’ attempt to persuade DDT to call off his supporters rioting at the Capitol. Other questions for Trump would be whether her father tried to block the National Guard deployment to the attack and if DDT “took appropriate action regarding the continuing threats of violence” in the days after the insurrection.

Trump was at the White House for all day on January 6, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he called her during the riot, asking for her help with her father. She told Graham she was trying to get her him to make a statement to stop his supporters. Former chief of staff Mark Meadows also called her for help, saying, “We’ve got to get this under control.”

The committee’s letter to Trump reveals information about her father. There is no evidence that DDT took any action for assistance at the Capitol, including deploying the National Guard or calling any law enforcement agency. Testimony from Gen. Keith Kellogg reveals the White House was worried about putting DDT on live TV during the insurrection for fear he would make the disaster even worse. DDT also pushed VP Mike Pence into making the “hard decision” to overturn Biden’s election, according to Kellogg, by trying to humiliate him. DDT’s White House counsel likely determined that Pence’s following DDT’s plans would be illegal or violate the U.S. Constitution. An unidentified member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus warned the White House that following DDT’s plans would “drive a stake in the heart of the federal republic.”

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has already told the January 6 committee about DDT’s secret meetings at the White House in the week preceding the insurrection. Grisham resigned from her position as Melania Trump’s chief of staff on January 6. She said Meadows scheduled the off-the-book meetings, known to only a few aides, and the former chief usher Timothy Harleth waved participants upstairs. Before going to the White House, Harleth was the director of rooms at the Trump International Hotel. He was almost fired after the election when tried to gain favor with Biden during the transition, but Melania Trump insisted on keeping him employed until Biden’s inauguration. DDT had increasingly stayed in his White House residency to work during his term to avoid being watched by aides. The committee is also seeking information from the Secret Service regarding DDT’s marching with supporters from the Ellipse to the Capitol as he promised the crowd.

The panel sent several subpoenas including to DDT’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis who defended DDT’s lies in court and traveled to a number of states to encourage legislators and electors to overturn the Electoral College votes. Two others receiving subpoenas are Boris Epshteyn, a former DDT campaign strategic adviser, and Sidney Powell, another attorney leading failed lawsuits against the big lie of a stolen election.

Giuliani, whose license has been suspended in New York and Washington, D.C. for his lies, has been identified as the coordinator for fake electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin to prepare false Electoral College certificates in their attempt to overthrow the 2020 election in favor of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT). He publicly said these rival (aka false) slates were appropriate and necessary and was helped by Christina Bobb, an anchor from the conservative One America News. Former administration officials’ campaign was to recruit replacements for electors who didn’t want to participate in the scheme, distribute the fake language for certificates, and help electors gain access to Capitol buildings.

Leaders maintained that the fake certificates emulated Democratic actions six decades ago in a close race in Hawaii. In the state’s first election, a court found that the count favoring Richard Nixon was inaccurate but had not established that fact before certificates were required to be submitted on December 19. Both slates were submitted, and Congress unanimously voted to accept the certificate for John F. Kennedy. Presiding over the session, VP Richard Nixon accepted the decision “without the intent of establishing a precedent.” Hawaii had three electoral votes; JFK won by 84 votes, including those three.

The subpoena for Giuliani also demands evidence for his claims about the “stolen election” and specifics about the fees he was paid as attorney to push his false claims. A report had stated DDT didn’t pay the fees for Giuliani’s legal work, and DDT has paid nothing for Giuliani’s legal defense. The subpoena also requires information about the conspiracies used in the attempt to seize voting machines and the meetings at the “command center” at the Willard Hotel prior to January 6 to coordinate the overturn of the Electoral College votes.

Jenna Ellis, Giuliani’s close colleague, “prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors,” according to the January 6 committee. Michigan AG Dana Nessel maintained the false electoral vote certificates were “an open-and-shut case of forgery of a public record.” New Mexico AG Hector Balderas also referred the fake certificate to federal prosecutors, and Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul said the federal government should investigate any illegal act furthering “seditious conspiracy.”

Epshteyn said he had conference calls with the legal team for discussions of alternate slates “in total congruence with the overall effort to send it back to the states” because of “rampant fraud across the country.” He was also at the Willard Hotel “command center” with Giuliani and others who have received subpoenas. A federal court in Michigan sanctioned Powell because her lawsuit against the state’s voting results was based on “speculation and conjecture.” She called it an “historic and profound abuse of the judicial process.”

About the alternative slate and false certificates, former chief of staff Mark Meadows texted, “I love it!” DDT’s sycophant in the DOJ, drafted a letter to Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, that lied about the DOJ believing these false electors were valid rivals, but Kemp’s supervisors rejected Clark’s letter. Kemp had already certified Biden’s elector, but Clark said the letter was legal. At the same time, DDT’s attorney John Eastman had written memos describing ways VP Mike Pence could use the false electoral college certificates to declare that seven states had no winner for the presidential election. The proposal became a PowerPoint presentation for many GOP congressional members. Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short has testified that his and Pence’s legal team found no legal basis in Eastman’s proposal to accept any DDT electors from states voting for Biden. At least 86 judges, including the nine Supreme Court justices, had reject all efforts to overturn the election’s results.

Other subpoenas issued by the House investigative committee:

Nick Fuentes: a self-described “white majoritarian” and supporter of the insurrection who was removed from several social media platforms for hate speech; leader in the “groyper” movement comprised of of young reactionary far-right nationalists white nationalist, homophobic, nativist, fascist, sexist, and anti-Semitic believers.

Patrick Casey: like Fuentes, an organizer of far-right rallies in Washington, D.C. and leader of the white nationalist American Identity Movement and also of the Groyper movement; also with Fuentes, receiving “tens of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin from a French computer programmer” being investigated by the FBI for links to the Capitol attack or other illegal activity.

Phone records for Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. 

Records from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit.

Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows are still refusing to cooperate with the investigation and have ben referred to the DOJ on criminal contempt charges.

Fulton County (GA) Fani Willis is continuing her probe into DDT’s alleged election fraud by requesting a special grand jury to investigate his efforts to swing the state’s election to his favor. On January 2, he called state Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ask him to “find” just enough votes to create a win for DDT. Willis is also investigating the unexpected resignation of Atlanta’s top federal prosecutor, Byung J. “BJay” Pak, two days after DDT’s call and a call from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Raffensperger about the election. The grand jury would force the testimony of several witnesses refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the “reasonable probability” that Georgia’s election in 2020 “was subject to possible criminal disruptions.”

November 9, 2021

Bits of Hope, Accountability

COVID keeps killing, the Building Back Better jobs/infrastructure bill hasn’t yet passed despite promises, and President Joe Biden keeps getting bashed. At the same time, the first infrastructure bill passed Congress, courts without appointments by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) keep making constitutional ruling, and President Joe Biden makes progress. Some recent news:

The most recent ruling against DDT rejected his request to conceal White House records during his time in the Oval Office. DDT’s claim of “executive privilege” didn’t work, and the documents must be turned over to the House January 6 Committee by November 12, 2021. The decision was handed down in under 24 hours; DDT plans to appeal.

Fox celebrity Judge Jeanine Pirro may have destroyed DDT’s claim of executive privilege to keep his inner circle from testifying to the subpoenas from the House committee. The day after subpoenas were sent to DDT’s allies working in the Willard Hotel “command center,” the war room orchestrating the election takeover for DDT, media pointed out a report that Pirro had supported the participants in the request for DDT to pay for the hotel bill. Her comments led to DDT’s campaign paying Bernard Kerik’s personal business for the rooms and other expenses in connection with the insurrection planning, destroying validity for the executive privilege excuse. Attorney Richard Ben-Veniste explained that “the use of campaign funds ‘further undermines a wildly broad assertion of executive privilege.… Executive privilege is typically limited to the protection of communications involving a president’s official duties—not to those relating to personal or political campaign matters.'”

Sworn testimony from DDT’s lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who tried many of the cases attempting to support the myth of a “stolen” election, stated they had not done much to verify the fake claims that they purported in court. Giuliani said it wasn’t his job to look up “evidence,” and Powell said the truth was not one of her objectives.

Republicans, including those who voted against Biden’s first infrastructure bill, are hoping to give GOP lawmakers credit for the money flowing into their states. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), retiring next year, credited DDT for the achievement despite his failure to pass anything in his weekly Infrastructure Week. DDT is having none of it: he worked to destroy it so that Biden couldn’t get a “big and beautiful win” to benefit Democrats. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), one of 13 House members voting for the bill, said DDT “laid the groundwork for this infrastructure.” She overlooked DDT’s abandoning his infrastructure bill to spite Democrats.

Republicans voting against the infrastructure bill may have difficulty taking credit for it. Newspapers in GOP-controlled states throughout the nation have touted the funding their states will receive, at the same time announcing in large print that their representatives and senators in Congress voted against it. The source could be a PR push, perhaps from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office, to point out who supported funding for their states. With the excitement for infrastructure repair and expansion, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) may want to think twice about his possible plan to strip all committee assignments from the 13 House representatives who voted in favor of the bill. 

McCarthy will be in an even more awkward place if he does nothing about Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) after he arranged to put together and tweeted an anime film in which Gosar’s character kills a character with the face of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and physically attacks another character with the face of President Biden. The question is whether MCarthy will punish GOP members for their votes but condone Gosar for his violence, thus promoting more from both House members and conservatives throughout the United States.

Positive statistics from the past few weeks:

The economy created 531,000 new jobs for October, and 235,000 more jobs were created in August and September than previously reported with a total of 5.6 new jobs since Biden was inaugurated. DDT created no new jobs in his four years.  

The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent, down from 6.3 percent in January when Biden was inaugurated and two year ahead of anticipated.

The vast majority of deaths from COVID are in unvaccinated people, meaning the vaccines are successful.

The deficit for fiscal 2021 shrank by $360 billion, and it’s $897 billion less than predicted in February. This drop follows the pattern that Republicans raise the deficit while Democrats pare it down. (Red = GOP; blue = Democrats)

Biden will ease U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminum, and Europe will drop a large number of tariffs on some U.S. products—motorcycles, boats, peanut butter, whiskey, etc. The 25-percent tariff on whiskey dropped U.S. exports to Europe by 37 percent, and it was due to double in December. The distilled spirits industry supports 1.7 million people in the U.S., and Harley Davidson has another 5,600 manufacturing workers at Harley Davidson.

The U.S. will have some of the nation’s strongest regulations against methane emissions from oil and gas drilling in history, according to Biden’s announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The new EPA rules will cover 75 percent of the country’s methane emissions. Although methane accounts for a smaller percentage of gas emissions than carbon dioxide, its molecular structure drives significant short-term warming because it more readily absorbs thermal radiation. That gives methane 86 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide in a 20-year period. Sixty percent of methane emissions comes from human activities with agriculture two-thirds and fossil fuel production and use most of the remainder.  

The U.S. will again participate in nuclear talks between world leaders and Iran, according to Biden. With the leaders of Germany, France, and Britain, he warned that Tehran was accelerating “provocative nuclear steps.” Iran stopped complying with the 2015 agreement after DDT withdrew the U.S. and reimposed sanctions.

A month ago, Biden canceled 44 miles of border wall contracts, this time in the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley areas. Funding will be redirected to innovative border security technology. People in the Rio Grande Valley have been fighting to keep their property. Biden has already returned some property.  

The NRA is being sued for $35 million because of allegedly using shell companies illegally running ad buys for seven GOP Senate candidates. The lawsuit comes from Campaign Legal Action Center, a watchdog gun safety advocacy group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), shot and badly wounded while campaigning several years ago. Political candidates include congressional members Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), former Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).

A federal jury in Tacoma (WA) ruled the GEO Group owning and running a large detention center owes 10,000 former detainees $17.3 million in back pay for such tasks as cooking meals and cleaning. Workers were paid only $1 a day, a violation of the state’s minimum wage law. The class action suit was consolidated with another one by the state accusing GEO of unjustly enriching itself by violating state labor law. GEO made $18.6 million in profits from the detention center in 2018 and had previously acknowledged it could have paid more to the detainees. The company must also pay Washington state almost $6 million “in unjust enrichment gained.”

In a unanimous decision, a racist, sexist Alabama judge has been removed from the bench for hundreds of comments demeaning both employees and citizens. Talledega County Probate Judge Randy Links took office in 2019 with no legal background although he is responsible for adoptions, estates, wills, guardianships, conservatorships, and involuntary commitments. Jinks, who believes the election was stolen from DDT, also oversees elections.

DOJ AG Merrick Garland announced he was restoring the Office for Access to Justice, working to reform the use of fines and fees by state and local courts, protect the right to counsel for juvenile and indigent defendants, and increase access to civil legal aid for those who could not afford lawyers. In 2018, then-AG Jeff Sessions shut down the office.

The DOJ, State Department, and Treasury Department have collaborated to indict two men, a Russian and a Ukrainian, for cyberattacks on U.S. companies and announced sanctions against them.

Zillow’s project of flipping houses may be dropped after the company lost $1.4 billion in two years, selling only two-thirds of the houses it buys. The current $3.8 billion inventory has vastly grown since only $491 less than a million a year ago. When Zillow started the scheme in 2019, it lost $109,000 a flip. Because Zillow overbid for the houses, it inflated prices for individual purchasers. The company’s shares are down 62 percent from the February 2021 high.

 Pennsylvania has another case of voter fraud to prosecute: Gov. Tom Wolf admitted his wife dropped off his ballot for him.

October 8, 2021

GOP Works against People Much of the Time – October 8, 2021

Republicans have no platform other than pleasing Deposed Donald Trump and keeping their base. All their actions in the past week head in that direction.

Two judges on a 5th Circuit Court panel returned vigilantism to Texas by overturning a Texas judge’s temporarily blocking the unconstitutional law allowing lawsuits from anyone in the world against a person “helping” a person get an abortion after the fetus reaches a six-week development. Anti-choice, pro-vigilante judges are Catharina Haynes, appointed by George W. Bush, and James Ho, DDT’s appointment. Judge Carl Stewart, appointed by Bill Clinton, dissented. Two days ago, the former judge put the law on hold until it could go through the judicial process.

Once Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the muzzles off GOP senators, 11 of them decided not to destroy the United States—for now. They voted to permit a vote on a two-month extension of the debt ceiling deadline and increased it by $480 million until December 16. That amount, less than 6.2 percent of the deficit ratcheted up during DDT’s term, will allow the government to pay its debts until December 3, about two weeks short of the deadline. The final bill passed 50-48 with no GOP votes. 

Republicans gave no reasons to block the debt ceiling increase other than hoping to take over the government in the next elections, but the snowflakes who wanted the U.S. to default on its debts expressed hurt feelings about Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) comments:

“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work. For the good of America’s families, for the good of our economy, Republicans must recognize in the future that they should approach fixing the debt limit in a bipartisan way.”

GOP senators, who blocked the bill, claimed they were generous in helping Democrats “solve a problem” and called Schumer “combative,” “unnecessarily partisan,” and “classless.” McConnell called Schumer’s statements “a rant that was so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him” and referred to the words as “hysterics.” He called the debts run up by Republicans and DDT as “Democratic mismanagement” and promised he would not “provide such assistance again.” He took credit for “leadership [to] protect our citizens.” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said, “Our guys … hate debt-limit votes,” but he wasn’t referring to those under DDT, Bush, and Reagan.

To all lawmakers, including my current U.S. representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) who oppose price controls on drugs: take note. Merck is charging $712 for a five-day oral treatment of molnupiravir which supposedly cuts hospitalizations and deaths in half for moderate or mild COVID, 40 times the cost of $17.74 for its production. The drug company works with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, a small Miami-based company that licensed the medicine from Emory University in 2020 and two months later sold worldwide rights to the drug to Merck. Emory received $29 million to develop the drug, but the two private companies will reap the rewards—billions of dollars within a short time. Merck stock is also going up. The company is licensing its rights to a generic form of the drug with five Indian companies which will market it outside the U.S. for $12 for a five-day course.

The White House has refused DDT’s request to withhold documents about the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol from congressional investigation. DDT claimed executive privilege, but the president of the United States has the final word. White House Counsel Dana Remus wrote to the National Archives, stating that President Joe Biden “has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents.” Remus added:

“These are unique and extraordinary circumstances. Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities. The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself.”

Congressional requests include everything from tweets, phone and visitor logs, and videos and photos of events in which DDT participated as well as documents and communications about then-VP Mike Pence’s movements and security. The rally at the Ellipse and the subsequent violent riot at the Capitol were included as was planning for the ceremonial event for counting electoral votes during the joint congressional session.

Deposed during a $2 million lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems, DDT’s former layer Rudy Giuliani declared he was only following orders when representing DDT in election fraud lawsuits and stating that the election was stolen from DDT. He said he represented DDT’s campaign with no compensation because “the president ordered me to do it.”

Four subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have passed the deadline for response. DDT’s former White House adviser, Steve Bannon, refuses to comply, claiming DDT’s nonexistent executive immunity, but former chief-of-staff Mark Meadows and Kashyap Patel, chief-of-staff to former-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, have “engaged” with the committee. Leaders Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) didn’t comment on DDT’s former deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino because he is in hiding to not receive a subpoena. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said the four witnesses have not provided the committee with any “written communication.” DDT has told all four of these subpoenaed witnesses to fight against the requirement to meet with the committee.

More subpoenas this past week include ones for members of the right-wing Stop the Steal group, including Ali Alexander, listed as Ali Abdul Akbar, and Nathan Martin as well as records from the group. Akbar and Martin are connected to a permit for the January 6 rally from a group, One Nation under God, discovered to be connected to Stop the Steal. Before the rally, Alexander called for violence and praised congressional members, including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who attended the event. Last week, subpoenas went 11 people, including Maggie Mulvaney, niece of DDT’s former adviser Mick Mulvaney, and DDT’s 2016 campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson.

A 27-page letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has revealed the tip of DDT’s corruption with financial information about his Washington, D.C. hotel.  Some of the findings from the federal agency managing DDT’s lease on the property: 

  • Foreign governments paid $3.7 million to stay at DDT’s hotel between 2017 and 2020, equal to 7,433 Nights at the hotel, violating the U.S. constitution.
  • Officials in domestic corporations also paid to stay at DDT’s hotel while seeking favors from him, for example T-Mobile’s $26-billion merger with Sprint.
  • DDT lied when he said he made a profit of $156 million on the hotel, but instead lost over $70 million since it opened in 2016.
  • Another part of Trump Organization loaned the hotel $27 million, but that money wasn’t repaid.
  • DDT renegotiated a $170-million loan with Deutsche Bank in 2018 that permitted him to make no payments on the principal on his loan for six years—until the year he hopes to be re-elected to the White House.
  • DDT withdrew $31 million from the Deutsche Bank construction loan in August 2016, one month before the hotel opened, but DDT did not disclose how the money was used or accounted for on financial statements.

The Senate Judiciary Committee released a report, “Subverting Justice: How the Former President and his Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn the 2020 Election,” showing how close the U.S. came to a constitutional crisis before DDT left the White House. Although the 394-page document is heavy reading, a summary is under “Recommendations” and the timeline at the end. One focus of the report comes from the actions of former Acting Civil Division Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark to be DDT’s Big Lie Lawyer in pressuring his colleagues to overturn the 2020 election. The report is destined to make waves for DDT and Republicans.

Several North Carolina state representatives demanded the resignation of Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson after he called the LGBTQ community “filth” in a video of his speech at the Asbury Baptist Church (Seagrove) in June. On the video, he referred to “transgenderism” to make being transgender sound like a condition. The majority of his constituents disagree with Robinson: this year, ten municipalities passed protections protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in  public accommodations, employment, etc., and 67 percent of voters in the state support this legislation including 50 percent of Republicans.

Every time the Idaho governor leaves the state, he turns authority over to the lieutenant governor, currently Janice McGeachin. When Gov. Brad Little headed south to investigate immigration issues on the Mexican border, McGeachin ordered the state National Guard to that border and banned mandates of COVID vaccination proof at schools, colleges, and universities. The commanding general of the Idaho National Guard told McGeachin she couldn’t activate the troops, and Little said he will reverse the vaccine order when he gets back. The last time Little left the state, McGeachin banned any mask mandates which Little also rescinded.

September 21, 2021

Republicans Refuse to Pay Their Debt, DDT’s Election Fraud Goes Public

Just nine days before government funding expires on September 30, the House of Representatives voted to stop a shutdown of federal services by a party-line vote of 220-211. If the Senate passes the same measure, funding would continue until December 3, and the U.S. borrowing limit (aka debt ceiling) would be good until December 16, 2022. It also provides $28.6 billion in disaster relief and $6.3 billion to help Afghanistan evacuees.

GOP senators won’t make it easy. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) loves to make up irrational rules. For example, in 2016, he said that that a president could not appoint a Supreme Court justice within 11 months of the end of his term. That president was Democrat President Obama so McConnell’s rule didn’t last: in 2020, he put a new justice on the high court within 11 days of an election.

Now McConnell has invented a new rule about the debt ceiling. Last week, he said:

“Let me make it perfectly clear. The country must never default. The debt ceiling will need to be raised. But who does that depends on who the American people elect.”

He added:  

“They have the House, the Senate, and the presidency. It’s their obligation to govern. And, you know, the essence of governing is to raise the debt ceiling to cover the debt.”

McConnell invented a rule that no Republican would vote to increase the debt ceiling. That has already held true in the House vote. The Senate, however, has only 50 Democrats, and a GOP filibuster requires ten Republican senators to move the bill to a vote, something McConnell promised they would not do. McConnell wants all his Republicans to campaign against the “tax-and-spend liberals” despite the current debt increase came from the “tax-and-spend” Republicans for four years when the GOP greatly lowered taxes and spent money that they didn’t have. If all the Republicans stayed out of the way, Democrats could govern.

The rule from McConnell doesn’t apply when he needs Democrats; i.e., in 2019 when he wanted bipartisan support to increase the debt ceiling. He knows what Treasury Department Secretary Janet Yellen, formerly chair of the Federal Reserve, knows—“default … would precipitate a historic crisis.” McConnell wants all his Republicans to campaign against the “tax-and-spend liberals” despite the increase in the debt that needs to be covered came from the “tax-and-spend” Republicans for four years when the GOP greatly lowered taxes and spent money that they didn’t have. 

The debt ceiling always sounds as if the current Congress wants to spend more money, but this legal cap on how much money the federal government can owe to all its debtors—including other government accounts—happens when former administrations, in this case a Republican one, have approved spending over revenue. At the debt limit, the Treasury can no longer issue new bonds to fund spending over the revenue coming in. A 1917 law during World War I allowed Congress to wait for set debt limit expirations to raise the ceiling. The current debt limit of $28.5 trillion was reimposed on August 1 at the expiration of the two-year suspension signed by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT).

The national debt doesn’t change with the increase in the debt ceiling; lifting the limit simply means the government can pay its previously incurred expenses. The Republicans who want to blame Democrats for the debt are the ones who participated in raising the debt ceiling several times without any debt reduction and using only GOP votes to pass the $1.9 trillion tax cut bill in 2017 under DDT’s term.

In his 2016 campaign, DDT promised to reduce the national debt, but he and his GOP-controlled Congress increased it $7.8 billion, about $23,500 new federal debt for everyone in the U.S. Only George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln had higher relative debt increases, but they had either two foreign conflicts or a civil war. DDT promised his massive tax cuts and tariffs would eliminate the budget deficit so that the U.S. could pay down its debt. It never happened.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) explained how Republicans were responsible for a goodly portion of the debt: 

“We’ve already incurred these debts. In fact, 27% of the debt that has been created has been created by Donald Trump during his administration. Only 3% under the Biden administration. The money that we spend on the rescue plan, where we propped up businesses, we propped up people who were unemployed, that is all spent. Everyone supported it. We had 44 Republicans who supported that. So on the one hand, they want to support it, but then they don’t want to pay for it? I mean it is just irresponsible.”

She added that “there is going to be blood on their hands … You’re going to see Social Security recipients not receiving their checks, and we’ll point to the Republicans and say that this is the reckless behavior of Republicans who are so irresponsible they won’t even pay for something that they have already voted for.“

Interest rates have gone up with the increased national debt. During the 2020 fiscal year, the $523 billion was higher than all spending on education, employment training, research, and social services. Last October, DDT lied about starting to pay off the national debt before the pandemic and claiming that future economic growth would allow it. Two months later, the GOP Senate passed $900 billion of economic stimulus—financed by debt.

McConnell’s refusal to compromise dropped Dow Jones stocks by 600 points yesterday. A default would go beyond the U.S., damaging the global financial system, especially because international transactions frequently use the U.S. dollar and believe their trillions in Treasury bonds are safe assets. McConnell says he wants to see spending cuts to bring down the deficit. Yet Republicans just blocked funding to catch federal tax cheaters from the new infrastructure bill, although the commissioner of the IRS, Charles Rettig, estimates a loss of $1 trillion a year in unpaid taxes.

More GOP election fraud information has gone public. According to newly discovered court documents, the campaign of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) debunked DDT’s false claims of a “stolen election” before his allies such as Rudy Giuliani promoted the lies. DDT’s campaign let them spread although it knew that Dominion and its leadership had no ties to Venezuela and “left wing ‘antifa’ activists.” Also debunked were lies that Dominion used voting technology from rival voting machine Smartmatic with machines also involved in election fraud claims. A few days later, Giuliani and right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell pushed the fraud claims at a televised press conference during the Republican National Committee. Dominion’s security director filed a defamation lawsuit, and his company filed other defamation suits against Giuliani, Powell, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Fox News, Newsmax, One America News Network and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for spreading the election fraud claims about their voting machines.

In more fraud, conservative attorney John Eastman tried to persuade VP Mike Pence to overturn Electoral College votes on January 6 by rejecting electors from seven states—enough for DDT to stay in the White House. Robert Costa and Bob Woodward’s new book, Peril, explained the scheme. Eastman sent his six-step plan to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Giuliani tried to persuade Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to support DDT’s conspiracy theory of election fraud. The change in seven states would give DDT 232 electoral votes, more than Joe Biden’s 222. Pence could then send the election to the House of Representatives where each state would get one vote, giving DDT the majority with the 26 states where Republicans rule. Both senators refused. 

At a meeting in the Oval Office, DDT urged Pence to listen to Eastman, who DDT called “a respected constitutional scholar.” Eastman said Pence should give no warning for his actions because “the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter.” At that point, Pence asked George H.W. Bush’s vice-president, Dan Quayle, and the Senate Parliamentarian for advice. They both told Pence his only authority was to count the votes. Pence refused to intervene, and DDT attacked Pence on Twitter as the January 6 insurrection was being planned. Eastman spoke at DDT’s January 6 rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol and then retired from his job as Chapman University professor a week later after faculty protests.

DDT hasn’t stopped his attempts to overturn Biden’s election: last week, he wrote Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, telling him he should decertify the 2020 election. Criminal investigators in Georgia are still probing DDT’s earlier efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results. This includes DDT’s call to Raffensperger in early January demanding he find him exactly enough votes to take the state by changing them. Graham is also being investigated for his call to Raffensperger, which Graham claims was only to understand how signatures on mail-in ballots were verified.

June 27, 2021

DDT’s Life Goes Downhill

In his first rally since Joe Biden became president of the United States, Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) whined and ranted through 90 minutes of lies about being defrauded out of his re-election and his bad treatment since he lost the election on what he called his “revenge” tour. Mainstream networks avoided DDT’s rally speech although CSPAN ran it as part of his presidential campaign for 2024, and people left the rally before he was finished.

Two days after DDT delivered his lies, the Trump Organization “will be criminally charged” and “will have faced criminal charges” from an investigation by the Southern District of New York City. Charges will deal with whether taxes were paid on the company’s fringe benefits for a top executive and false valuations of properties to obtain large loans and pay small taxes.  

Prosecutors gave DDT until tomorrow afternoon to make final arguments about why DDT’s business should not face these criminal charges. The Trump Organization, controlled by a DDT-owned trust, uses a web of hundreds of individual limited liability corporations. The case against the company is moving forward because DDT’s CEO Allen Weisselberg wasn’t “cooperating.” Weisselberg went to Trump Tower while DDT was in residence. 

Since the investigation into DDT and his business, most of its longtime employees, DDT’s family members who worked there, and some of his protectors such as former lawyer Michael Cohen left. After being his fixer for decades, Cohen turned on DDT. Now DDT works at the business, mostly alone, with two assistants and a few body men. A grand jury, convened earlier this year, is to consider indictments from the investigation.

Indictments could financially destroy DDT and his family, driving DDT into bankruptcy. DDT almost may owe hundreds of millions of dollars to the IRS, and his loans of hundreds of millions of dollars to foreign banks like the Chinese are coming due soon. Even without criminal indictments of the Trump Organization, DDT’s money-making could be shut down.

Rudy Giuliani’s former lawyer, replacement for Cohen, is also in trouble: the New York Supreme Court suspended his law license, and he can not practice law at this time. He faces disbarment for making “demonstrably false and misleading statements” while pushing DDT’s multiple court cases challenging the legal 2020 election. The court called Giuliani an “immediate threat” to the public who had “directly inflamed” the tensions leading to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “This country is being torn apart by continued attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 election and of our current president, Joseph R. Biden,” according to the court. 

DDT angrily attacked “the same court that would handle any appeals in any prosecution the Manhattan DA may bring against the Trump Organization or any of its principals or employees,” according to George Conway’s tweet.

Examples of Giuliani’s incompetence and dishonesty:

Told a court that voter fraud cost DDT the election before Giuliani admitted he isn’t claiming voter fraud.

Defended lies about absentee ballots by saying he sincerely believed the lies at one time.

Lied to a court about a dead boxer voting in Philadelphia.

Claimed underage Georgia residents gave President Joe Biden up to 165,000 votes when the number was zero.

Repeatedly claimed “a few hundred thousand” undocumented immigrants voted for Biden in Arizona after being told no data existed to support his statement.

Giuliani is bringing down others with him.  FBI agents searched the home of George Dickson, a marijuana entrepreneur who worked with Giuliani for financing a documentary, never completed, to present the lies about Joe and Hunter Biden’s corruption in Ukraine. Giuliani thought the film would kill Biden’s chances to be elected. Federal prosecutors are probing Giuliani’s actions for violating foreign lobbying laws when he worked with former Ukrainian government officials and Russian agents to spread lies about false allegations about Biden.

DDT has faced a few others disasters:

A Georgia Superior Court dismissed seven of nine claims in a lawsuit alleging 147,000 fraudulent ballots were cast in the Fulton County 2020 election. Two of them were argued under a different claim, but the Fulton County elections board intends to file to get those claims dismissed as well. The ballots have been legally audited three times, including one hand recount with finding no evidence of widespread fraud.

The United States AG, Merrick Garland, announced a DOJ lawsuit against Georgia for its new anti-voting laws. Garland stated Georgia’s law was intended to be discriminatory against people of color instead of doing so accidentally. The DOJ is also following anti-voting bills and laws in other states for possible more lawsuits, according to Garland. Federal prosecutors are to make voter intimidation a priority, and Georgia may end up on preclearance requirements again. As states move to strip powers from elected secretaries of state, the DOJ lawsuit plans concrete steps to protect their legal powers.

In another move, the DOJ has established a task force to deal with the growing threats against election workers. In a number of states—including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin—intimidation and threats have resulted in these officials’ early retirement. Pennsylvania lost at least one-third of county election officials. Last May during the Pennsylvania municipal primary, new election directors with no experience or knowledge took control. Untrained staffers can make mistakes programming races into the right districts, and the ignorance can lead to lack of consistency. Some counties haven’t even replaced election directors who resigned.

But it’s not just high-profile officials. One-third of election officials don’t feel safe in their jobs, and one-fifth have received death threats related to their jobs. Garland said, “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow.” In Georgia, new ordinances or state laws have removed or eliminated positions of members of at least ten county election boards, mostly Democrats and some people of color. Republicans have largely replaced these people.  

The DOJ also told Missouri that states cannot overturn federal laws after Republicans passed a law not to enforce federal gun laws in the state. Gov. Mike Parsons signed the bill fining any local law enforcement agency $50,000 if it enforces federal gun laws and regulations constituting “infringements” of the Second Amendment. The DOJ told Missouri the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause outweighs Parson’s measure. Missouri’s law doesn’t even refer to current federal law; GOP legislators merely passed the law in case Congress passed a law that Missouri didn’t like. Eight other states have already passed similar laws, and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said federal legislators should not pass any laws that any states would consider “nullifying.”

Other GOP governors are trying to keep members of Congress from supporting voting rights by lying about the proposed federal bill and their own anti-voting laws:

Florida: Ron DeSantis claimed that the laws were passed “so that someone can’t dump 100,000 votes two or three days later.” It didn’t happen, and DeSantis didn’t try to identify when his claim occurred. Sen. Rick Scott had falsely claimed in his 2018 race that “they found 95,000 votes after election night.”

Georgia: Brian Kemp claimed the new restrictions on drop boxes expanded the number, but it limits the number of drop boxes per county to “either one drop box for every 100,000 registered voters or the number of advance voting locations.” Larger counties, predominantly Black, are limited to 23 or fewer drop boxes, down from 94 in the 2020 election. Drop boxes, available only during early voting hours, are located inside. My Oregon county in Oregon has seven drop boxes, one per 5,467 voters, accessible 24 hours a day.

Arizona: Doug Ducey said no one loses their right to vote with Arizona’s new law, but the state automatically removes everyone from the early voter list, determining who receives mail ballots, if they don’t vote in a two-year cycle, removing over 100,000 Arizonans.

The Arizona ballot “fraudit” or ballot count or whatever is over after two painful months, but news about it is still available. Doug Logan, head of Cyber Ninjas running the operation, has claimed to be completely unbiased, but his possible appearance in the documentary Deep Rig belies his claims. Directed by a man whose work claims aliens were behind the 9/11 attack, the current conspiracy theorist film trying to prove the 2020 presidential election was rigged againt DDT uses Logan as the voice of “Anon.” 

The star of the film, Patrick Byrne, wrote the book used for the documentary and is working to get $2.8 million funding for the Arizona fake audit. Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, liaison for the “fraudit,” also took part in the film. The movie showed scenes of the audit floor, including close-ups of ballots with clearly visible choices, although a journalist was thrown out of the counting site for accidentally taking a photograph of this. Some GOP lawmakers, including Senate President Karen Fann, attended the premier of the film, filled with QAnon conspiracy theories and other lies about voter fraud.

June 10, 2021

How Low Does DDT Sink? Revelations from the Past

Since Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) has left the White House, revelations of his actions keep appearing from under rocks, illustrating the slime that he spread throughout his administration. Today was the knowledge that DDT’s Department of Justice took records of metadata and other account records from Apple and another internet provider about at least a dozen House Intelligence Committee members, their aides, and their family members, including at least one minor child. The DOJ also had a gag order on Apple expiring this year to prevent it from revealing the subpoenas for this information. A major figure in this attack is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who was the leading Democrat on the committee during DDT’s first impeachment trial in 2017 and 2018.

The DOJ investigation started when former AG Jeff Sessions and his prosecutors searched for media sources about ties between DDT and Russia. No information could be found so the search almost disappeared until DDT’s new AG, Bill Barr, resumed the investigations by moving Osmar Benvenuto, a New Jersey prosecutor with little relevant DOJ experience, to the Schiff-related case and several others. Congressional officials cannot remember any case in which lawmaker records have been seized outside corruption investigations, and members of the DOJ saw the department’s actions as politically motivated.

For the last half of 2020, Barr secretly fought CNN to get two months’ of 2017 email logs from CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. The DOJ also put a gag order on CNN general counsel David Viglante to keep him from sharing any information beyond CNN’s president, top attorneys at CNN’s parent organization, and attorneys at an outside law firm. According to CNN, the complete secrecy, the court proceeding, and the unwillingness to negotiate subpoenas for reporters’ records are highly unusual. During the past three months, DOJ officials disclosed subpoenas for reporters’ email logs as well as phone records for reporters at The Washington Post and The New York Times in the last year of DDT’s term. 

Since this revelation, President Joe Biden claimed it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize reporters’ records, and the DOJ stated it will no longer try to secretly obtain these records during investigations into leaks. The DOJ’s ruling out “compulsory legal process” may eliminate attempts to force journalists to give up their sources identities, but this policy works only in probing leaks, only to “members of the news media,” and only when they are “doing their jobs.” It also did not define members of the media. Media advocates are also concerned that the policy will revert with a new administration.

The DOJ also withdrew its subpoena to USA Today for the identities of readers of its story about a suspect in a child pornography case who fatally shot two FBI agents in February. The FBI was demanding IP addresses and mobile phone identification information for everyone who clicked on the internet article during the 35 minutes after the shooting.

The decision to no longer secretly demand journalists’ records leaves questions about the handling of DDT’s DOJ investigations about stories written early in DDT’s term. One was whether then FBI Director James Comey shared information with reporters about a document influencing his closing an investigation into Hillary Clinton. The Post also wrote about Sessions’ contact with Russian officials, and CNN reported on U.S. proposals in North Korea. DDT’s administration avoided telling reporters within the appropriate timeline about their records being sought, leaving the Biden administration to notify reporters. Biden’s DOJ continued to keep from notifying the NYT’s lawyer about seizing reporter records for almost two months after Biden’s inauguration and past DOJ Merrick Garland’s swearing in on March 11.

A new audio among DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reveals Giuliani’s pressuring Ukraine to investigate evidence-free conspiracy theories about Biden in July 2019 before DDT’s call with Zelensky, leading to DDT’s first impeachment. During the 40-minute phone call, Giuliani incessantly told Yermak that Zelensky should publicly announce his probes into lies about Biden’s possible corruption in Ukraine and Ukraine’s interference in 2016 to hurt DDT. Like DDT’s subsequent call, the audio of the call proves the falsehood of DDT’s constant claim about “no quid pro quo” with Zelensky securing U.S. government support for doing DDT’s political favors. An ongoing investigation into Giuliani concerns violation of lobbying laws through coordination with ex-officials giving him dirt on Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The tape of the telephone call also means trouble for Volker, showing he didn’t tell the truth under oath in his televised testimony during DDT’s first impeachment trial when he said he didn’t know about DDT’s attempts to pressure Ukraine into an evidence-free investigation of Joe Biden. The House Intelligence Committee has put Volker under scrutiny for his previous false statements. In his October 3, 2019 deposition, Volker said, “Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion.” In November 2019, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) used Volker’s words about “no quid pro quo” to successfully exonerate DDT during his impeachment trial.

After GOP interference in the 2020 election failed to elect DDT, his last chief of staff Mark Meadows sent multiple emails to DOJ demanding investigation into conspiracy theories about election fraud, hoping he could nullify Joe Biden’s win. The most bizarre may have been the use of military technology and satellites by Italians to tamper with U.S. voting machines that then switched DDT’s votes to those for Biden. Even DDT’s newest AG, Jeffrey Rosen, wouldn’t look into the theories. Rosen also refused to arrange a meeting between the FBI and the man posting videos online about Italygate.

Previously, Meadows had pressured officials in Georgia to find 11,000 votes for DDT which would allow him to win the state for the Electoral College. His search into non-existent anomalies with signature matches in Georgia’s Democratic Fulton County has been resumed since a court case permitted plaintiffs to look into the theory. Meadows also sent Rosen false allegations of election problems in New Mexico. DDT had pushed Rosen to support the lawsuits searching for election fraud and appoint a special investigator to probe Dominion voting machines used in many states. Rosen’s refusal led DDT to consider the appointment of a more cooperative acting AG. Longstanding guidelines prevent almost all White House personnel, including the chief of staff, from contact with the DOJ about investigations or other enforcement actions.

Rosen is currently talking with the Senate oversight panel about telling investigators regarding pressure on the DOJ to investigate election fraud and the DOJ response to the January 6 insurrection. He is also negotiating with the DOJ about what he can legally tell Congress and the inspector general.

A judge has unsealed files listing the “principal lies” DDT’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort told special investigator Robert Mueller’s team before the release of the report. Manafort was convicted on eight counts, including false tax returns and bank fraud, before DDT pardoned him. The first lie showed that Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates “periodically” gave Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik DDT’s campaign internal polling data although Gates suspected Kilimnik was a Russian “spy.” Manafort also lied about how he made plans with Kilimnik to control part of eastern Ukraine. Other lies included his lack of communication with “anyone” in DDT’s administration “on any subject matter.”

Weeks after the presidential victory for Biden was certified in Pennsylvania with a majority of over 80,000 votes, GOP state senators started secretly calling GOP-leaning counties to ask if they would permit a voluntary ballot audit. Behind this effort were not only the GOP lawmakers but also private fund-raising campaigns. Only one of three counties acquiesced, Fulton County where DDT won by 86 percent. On December 31, 2020, Wake TSI, “contracted” to a nonprofit group by pro-DDT lawyer Sidney Powell who was filing a series of lawsuits challenging DDT’s election loss, spent an afternoon recounting 1,000 mail-in ballots and taking data from county voting machines. Its draft report originally stated the election had been “well run” and “conducted in a diligent and effective manner,” but a revised version gave a caveat:

“This does not indicate that there were no issues with the election, just that they were not the fault of the County Election Commission or County Election Director.”

DDT allies used this revised report to claim voting machines are vulnerable to hacking and fraud. Wake TSI was hired to do a hand recount of Maricopa County (AZ) ballots but abruptly ended its involvement after a few weeks. Like Maricopa County, Fulton County, population under 15,000, may have to replace all its voting machines because of turning them over to an uncertified company.

DDT’s Commerce Department used a security unit as a rogue counterintelligence operation to collect information on hundreds of citizens and foreign visitors suspected of criticizing the 2020 U.S. census or having ties to China.

Biden has also withdrawn a subpoena attempting to force Twitter to disclose Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) anonymous social media critic. The DOJ also put a gag order on Twitter about the subpoena. Twitter executives believed the DOJ abused their power and violated the First Amendment to support DDT’s ally. A Virginia judge dismissed Nunes’ $250 million suit against Twitter for parody accounts pretending to be his mother and a cow.

And there are sure to be more revelations.

June 4, 2021

The Men in DDT’s Life

Furious with being mocked, Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) killed his “social-media platform” (aka blog) after only 29 days. Another problem with From the Desk of Donald J. Trump was almost no engagement, probably because people had to donate to him to make for responses. Senior DDT aide Jason Miller said the blog “will not be returning.” That’s the tip of the iceberg for DDT ridicule.

Comments by DDT’s main man, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at an economic forum today echoed GOP lies about the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “They came with political demands,” Putin said, because they were justifiably angry with the election results. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) described the violent riot as “a normal tourist visit,” and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) referred to the attack as a largely “peaceful protest.” Three days ago, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accused the U.S. of violating attackers’ human rights and said these people faced “persecution.” President Joe Biden plans to meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Former VP Mike Pence, quiet about the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol for almost five months, has finally spoken out. He said he and DDT may never “see eye to eye” on the event, which he called “a dark day in the history of the United States,” but “I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.” Pence is definitely running for president in 2024.

After stalling two years, former White House counsel testified before the House Judiciary Committee about DDT’s attempts to block a federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said McGahn’s appearance “vindicates the congressional subpoena right” and “McGahn was clearly distressed by President Trump’s refusal to follow his legal advice, again and again.” Nadler added the testimony “shed new light on several troubling events” although DDT has repeatedly said, “I never suggested firing Mueller.”

Both Jim Jordan (R-OH), accused of permitting a doctor to sexually abuse athletes while he was an assistant coach at OSU, and Mat Gaetz (R-FL), under FBI investigation for a number of crimes including sex-trafficking, considered the hearing a waste of time. A transcript of the hearing will be publicly released within a week.

Getting rid of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seemed difficult, even after President Joe Biden replaced three USPS board members, but an FBI investigation may speed DeJoy’s exit. The probe involves campaign fundraising activity before he left his former business when he allegedly pressured employees to attend political fundraisers and contribute to GOP candidates before being reimbursed with bonuses. In 14 years, 124 employees gave over $1 million to federal and state GOP candidates, many of the donors giving for the first time. DeJoy may escape charges because straw-donor schemes have a five-year statute of limitations, and the donations were made before 2015.

DeJoy is the fourth and last of the 2016 RNC finance team leadership to face DOJ investigations:

Steve Wynn: Sexual misconduct allegations forced him to resign, and last week the Wall Street Journal reported DOJ examinations into Wynn’s 2017 efforts in support of Chinese officials when he wasn’t registered as a lobbyist.

Elliott Broidy: Faced with multiple controversies, he pled guilty to federal charges of illegal lobbying. DDT pardoned him earlier this year.

Michael Cohen: The center of many DDT-related scandals, DDT’s former attorney/fixer was sentenced to prison before he turned against DDT.

Mike Lindell, MyPillow CEO, announced he is filing a lawsuit to force the Supreme Court to declare the 2020 election null and void, thus returning DDT to the White House. Lindell’s defamation-RICO-libelslander suit for $2 billion damages against Dominion Voting systems and its competitor Smartmatic wasn’t approved by MyPillow, and the company immediately fired the attorney representing Lindell when it heard about the case. Oddities in the case:

A civil rights claim that voting machine vendors are the government and that communication from Dominion to Lindell requesting he stop the lie about the voting machine company stealing the election for Joe Biden violates Lindell’s Free Speech rights.

A claim of conspiracy between competitors Dominion and Smartmatic although Smartmatic didn’t sue Lindell. In addition, Lindell wants a DDT-appointed judge in Minnesota to rule the Washington, DC case against him is abuse of process, ergo defamation.

The RICO claim that Dominion, Smartmatic, and Dominion’s lawyer Thomas Clare formed an association to stop people saying that the companies stole the election. Protecting a brand isn’t illegal unless the government tries to suppress free speech.

Former DDT lawyer Rudy Giuliani, currently under investigation for a number of crimes, worked during DDT’s first year in the White House for the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv through his consulting firm Giuliani Security & Safety. Giuliani has always maintained he worked only for DDT and not foreign countries. Journalists Asawin Suebsaeng and William Bredderman reported:

“The deal was reportedly the result of the local influence of the Ukrainian-Russian real estate developer Pavel Fuks, an ally of the town’s Moscow-friendly mayor. Fuks was previously engaged in negotiations to construct the never-realized Trump Tower Moscow.”

Giuliani’s failing reputation dropped even farther after he hawked MyPillow products on his Common Sense podcast. He got the most excited about the “slippers!” Giuliani also faces a lawsuit from Dominion and Smartmatic for his lies about the 2020 election. 

FEC is fining American Media, tabloid publisher owning the National Enquirer, $187,500 for its hush money payment to Karen McDougal concealing DDT’s affair. According to the FEC, the company’s CEO David Pecker, DDT’s friend, “knowingly and willfully” violated campaign finance laws in conjunction with DDT’s campaign officials and his lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, instrumental in the affair’s coverup. In 2018, American Media agreed to a deal by admitting the hush money was to influence the 2016 general election but declared that silence is not a “thing of value.” FEC called the payment “an in-kind contribution to Trump and the Trump Committee” and declared “the violation was knowing and willful.”

The latest problem for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), after the sex-trafficking probe, is the problem into his possible obstruction of justice for a phone call with a witness in his sex-crimes investigation. Both the witness—an ex-girlfriend—and Gaetz’s former friend Joel Greenberg are cooperating with the FBI about Gaetz’s alleged crimes that include drug use, pay for sex with women under 18, and requests for pardons from DDT through Roger Stone.

One person, Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), is keeping Palestinians from receiving any U.S. aid approved by DDT despite their homes and infrastructure being destroyed. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) led 145 Democrats calling on him to lift the hold on assistance for the humanitarian disaster.

During his time in the White House, DDT broke Facebook rules with impunity, but the social media platform will stop protecting politicians from policies removing other users. The independent FB Oversight Board, an independent group costing $130 million to review FB guidelines, criticized special treatment for politicians, recommending the “same rules should apply to all users.” The system of strikes on users will no longer be secret: users will be made aware of strikes in violating rules possibly leading to suspension. FB will also move toward disclosure of special newsworthy exemptions to keep content from politicians and others otherwise violating its rules. Since 2019, FB employees have asked the company to no longer have a list of political accounts not subject to fact-checking and content-moderation for other users. Internal research shows people are more likely to believe lies when shared by elected officials. Under new FB rules, posts made by politicians won’t be fact-checked but are open to enforcement of other rules such as bullying. The new guidelines might have prevented DDT’s messages to create division after George Floyd’s murder and praise violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last January.

Facebook has banned DDT from its social media platform until January 2023 after the independent Oversight Board forced FB to make a decision. Another evaluation about DDT’s risk to public safety will be done at that time according to Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs. This evaluation of “external factors” includes “instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest.” The decision blocks DDT from posting to FB or Instagram for the 2022 election cycle and raises questions about Florida’s ability to fine FB for the ban after 14 days because of its new law.

Like DDT, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is losing his position. Israel’s parliament system uses that legislative body to select its PM, requiring a majority vote of 61 in the 120-member body next week. The new governing coalition of 13 parties, still largely right-wing, picked Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett. Lapid brought eight diverse parties from left-wing to hard-line right with his centrist party, as well as the United Arab List, a small Islamist party, joining the governing coalition for the first time. All coalition parties share animosity to Netanyahu.

According to the agreement, Bennett will serve for two years, followed by Lapid for the final two years—unless the vulnerable coalition crashes and burns before then. The decision stopped a fifth election in under 27 months; the last four all ended in deadlock. Knesset, the parliament, must approve the decision before it’s finalized, but Netanyahu’s 12-year record run appears to be over. Like DDT, Netanyahu is still fighting to keep his office because of the 2019 indictments for fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bitterly opposed COVID funds, but he pandered to would-be voters with bonuses for them created with $9 billion stimulus monies in his $100 billion budget.

And DDT starts his summer speeches tomorrow at the North Carolina GOP state convention.

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