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February 14, 2021

Biden’s Work Leads to Popularity

Republicans are still wreaking havoc from Saturday’s acquittal of Deposed Dictator Trump (DDT): instead of declaring any victory, they are damning the seven GOP senators who voted to convict DDT for inciting violence in his unrelenting attempt to overturn the election—and democracy. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) explained best the reason for votes for conviction—“he is guilty.” His op-ed in the Baton Rouge newspaper covers the facts that DDT’s cult followers refuse to recognize.

For those who question the Democrats’ wisdom in not calling witnesses after the Senate voted in favor it, another reason has emerged. Republican senators threatened to filibuster every Biden nominee, every piece of legislation, in short everything Democrats brought to the Senate. Attempting to get 60 votes for everything with only 50 Democrats in the Senate was not worth the risk. As Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), lead prosecutor for the trial, said:  

‘We could have had 500 witnesses and it would have not have overcome the kinds of arguments being made by Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who were hanging their hats on the claim that it was somehow unconstitutional.”

DDT issued a statement about his victory and insinuated he could return in some fashion. President Joe Biden set the tone for the future of the United States. He stated the impeachment trial showed the charge against DDT is not in dispute and quoted House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who voted to acquit but still believes DDT is guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and “practically and morally responsible for provoking” violence at the U.S. Capitol, directly killing five people:  

“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant … Each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”

Contrasting DDT’s life in the White House with family events of the Bidens, this video shows a casual-looking Biden couple wandering the White House lawn with their two dogs looking at the Valentines that Dr. Biden had arranged to honor the day.

Conservative pundits accused Biden of avoiding the impeachment trial by working, ignoring his busy schedule which was so different from DDT’s obsession with watching television and being admired. These are a few of his accomplishments in the past week while the media focused on impeachment.

Biden reinstated the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, greatly changed and unstaffed during the previous administration. Melissa Rodgers, First Amendment lawyer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will head up the agency with goals including help for disadvantaged communities, advancement of global humanitarian work, and protection for “church-state separation and freedom for people of all faiths and none.”

Before the impeachment trial, nominees for secretaries of the Education Department and the Labor Department were passed out of committee with the customary few naysayers.

Biden will rescind the ability of states to mandate work requirements for Medicaid coverage. Because of DDT’s request for these rules, some states require residents work for 20 or more hours a week in jobs, job search, community service, or taking classes. Judges have already struck down some of these requirements.

Protections under the Fair Housing Act now cover LGBTQ people, allowing the government to investigate discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This executive order follows an earlier one prohibiting the same discrimination in employment. Last summer, then HUD Secretary Ben Carson stripped protections for transgender people to go to federally funded homeless shelters, a policy set to go into effect in two months until Biden reversed it.

Biden said his climate-change executive order combined with “Buy American” would help create one million new jobs in the automobile industry.

The 9th Circuit Court revoked an earlier general permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authorizing most of commercial shellfish aquaculture in Washington’s Puget Sound seriously harming the environment.  

The government has finalized deals for another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by summer, half from Pfizer and half from Moderna, bringing the total to 300 million. 

Biden told Congress he terminated DDT’s national emergency order diverting billions of military appropriations DDT used to build part of the southern wall. DDT issued the order because Congress refused to allocate the money. Part of Biden’s direction was to divert no more taxpayer dollars to construct a border wall and review “all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.”

The president also plans to ask Congress to eliminate $40 billion in taxpayer subsidies for the oil industry. Last year, progressive lawmakers in both chambers introduced legislation to end federal subsidies and loopholes.  

Biden has “indefinitely” shelved DDT’s deal for Oracle and Walmart buying much of the Chinese-owned video app TikTok. DDT had claimed “national security” but was really upset because the young people on the app had first ordered unused tickets for his Tulsa (OK) rally and then advertised the Georgia senatorial runoff election for younger voters in favor of the Democrats.

The DOJ notified the Supreme Court it does not regard the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional and considers it legal as the high court considers a challenge to the law by Texas and other GOP states. California and other Democratic states are defending the law. Although the Supreme Court earlier upheld the individual mandate in the law, some justices have been replaced by DDT’s appointments.

After the February 1 military coup in Myanmar, aka Burma, Biden announced sanctions on the leaders who deposed and detained its elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and others until it relinquishes power and releases prisoners. Biden will also freeze U.S. assets of up to $1 billion benefiting the Burmese government. Like the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the coup was intended to destroy the nation’s democracy.

While the House works on the stimulus bill, Biden is working on a $2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package to create jobs and rebuild transportation networks, both growing the economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an opening meeting, four members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, two from each party, joined both Biden and VP Kamala Harris in the White House. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg participated by video while he is quarantining after exposure to COVID-19. They agreed new infrastructure must be built in both urban and rural areas. More meetings with congressional members are planned. Biden pointed out China is advancing high-speed-rail projects. Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) called the meeting productive. Biden has said he doesn’t support increasing the gas tax, but it has had no changes for 24 years while inflation and better gas mileage has taken its purchasing power. The current federal surface transportation expires in Fall 2021.

With Ron Bloom the new chair of the postal service board, the leadership has changed although the former RNC chair, Mike Duncan, remains as a Governor. Bloom plans to “revitalize” the USPS and restore its functionality, badly needed since DDT’s choice of the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was intended to destroy the agency before the election. Working on the automobile industry bailout over a decade ago, Bloom was a senior adviser to the Treasury Secretary. Getting rid of DeJoy may be difficult, especially because he wants to stay, because the conservative majority of the board hired DeJoy. Biden could fill the three openings on the board, but Congress would need to confirm them.

DeJoy apologized to the board for problems with delivery and promised to do better, but his vision for the future includes even deeper service cuts, more expensive postage and services, and lower delivery commitments. Already one-time delivery of non-first class mail last month dropped to 38 percent, half of the same month in the previous year. Without DeJoy, the USPS could come back, especially if Congress passes its legislation rescinding the law requiring the agency to pre-fund 75 years’ worth of retiree benefits—something no other government agency requires. This mandate is responsible for putting the USPS billions of dollars in debt giving DeJoy and the GOP leverage for their changes. Democrats have also been pushing an expansion into postal banking to both provide more revenue and give over 7 million unbanked Americans with options for checking and savings accounts, bill payments, small loans, and low-fee ATMs instead of usurious payday lenders and check-cashing businesses.

Since the election, the favorability of the GOP has seriously dropped, completely because of changes from Republicans. For the first time in eight years, the Democrats are more favorable than Republicans by double digits. In 25 states, the only ones making voter registration available, 140,000 registered voters have dropped the GOP in the first month after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Only 20 percent of voters think the GOP idea about the stimulus bill being “too much” is right, whereas 79 percent believe the COVID-19 relief package is either “about right” or too small.

And many Republicans, such as state GOPs and several congressional members, continue to sabotage anything Biden does.

September 19, 2020

DDT: Week 191 – Failing the Nation

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Charlie Pierce wrote this week Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) should resign because he “failed to put his nation’s interests first.” His example was CDC’s “guidance” to not test people without symptoms of COVID-19 even if they were exposed to coronavirus. The directive on CDC website was not written by CDC; it came from DDT’s minions at HHS and placed it into CDC’s website without any scientific review process. DDT’s employees, Michael Caputo and his sidekick Paul Alexander, commonly “fixed” documents so they would match DDT’s comments. After this discovery, Caputo took a 60-day leave and Alexander left HHS, but DDT will find more political hacks to do his bidding. The New York Times has emails proving Caputo and Alexander trying to muzzle CDC

Fortunately, DDT has conservative media, including USA Today, to cover for him. Instead of blaming the pressure from DDT to falsify CDC reports and “rewriting” of CDC reports by Caputo and Alexander, USA Today lays the blame with CDC with only a weak paragraph at the end of a very long article insinuating DDT has the some responsibility.

A few more times revealed last week when DDT failed the nation:

ICE is regularly sterilizing migrant women without their knowledge or permission under their assumption she was being treated for simple problems related to cysts or menses, according to a whistleblower. How many women is not known: nine lawyers have reported the situation, but most immigrants don’t have lawyers. One woman, 30-year-old Pauline Binam brought to the U.S. from Cameroon when she was two, had an ovarian tube removed without her permission. When the situation came to light, Binam was immediately put on a plane to be deported until congressional members got her off the plane. Her lawyer filed an emergency stay. There is yet no evidence of “mass hysterectomies” but even a few unnecessary is too many except for DDT supporters.

People with apps may be receiving DDT’s fear-mongering advertisements after his campaign paid Phunware $4 million for data from ordinary app users.

Still blaming China for his problems, DDT banned any downloading of the popular TikTok app starting tomorrow. Because people can continue to use the apps, they have created a run on downloading the apps. TikTok has been sold to Oracle, and DDT said he approved “in concept” the deal forced by declaring the app a national security threat. The app came on DDT’s radar when young people used it to fake a huge crowd for DDT’s Tulsa (OK) rally that filled less than one-third of his venue. DDT still claims the government is receiving a large cash payment as part of the requirement for his approval, but the “deal” might be illegal. https://www.politicususa.com/2020/09/16/trump-admits-u-s-government-cant-actually-profit-off-tiktoks-sale-to-an-american-company.html   Earlier, DDT admitted the government can’t profit from video app TikTok’s sale to a U.S. company.  Over 100 million young people, most of them in the U.S., have access to TikTok which DDT could then use.

A report from Brown University shows that the U.S. “war on terror” has caused at least 31 million people to flee their homes in six violent wars started by George W. Bush: Afghanistan (5.3 million); Pakistan (3.7 million); Iraq (9.2 million); Libya (1.2 million); and Syria (7.1 million); Yemen (4.4 million). The U.S. has allowed under 1 million of these 31 million refugees since 2002. After DDT bragged about all the troops he pulled out of the Middle East, the Pentagon is now “quietly” sending troops to Syria because encounters between the U.S. and Russia have escalated.

When asked about DDT’s “secret” health plan, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said reporters who want information should “work here at the White House.” It’s apparently so secret that his health officials—assistant HHS secretary Brett Giroir, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response Robert Kadlec, and CDC director Robert Redfield—know nothing about it. McEnany said the new “much better” plan involves a “wide array of people.” Just come “work here at the White House.” Or maybe just follow the solution for COVID-19: leave out the “blue states.”

While DDT promises a non-existent health plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, people could lose everything if DDT puts his person on the Supreme Court. That action would guarantee a Supreme Court ruling against the ACA in the midst of a pandemic to and remove ACA’s valuable provisions including the part of the law mandating insurance companies allow pre-existing conditions. At least half the people in the U.S. have pre-existing conditions, making them potentially uninsurable without the ACA, and the number grows by tens of thousands each day because COVID-19 infections are considered “pre-existing.” Republicans know how important permitting pre-existing conditions for health care is to their voters. Four senators with uncertain reelections try to hide their votes to deny healthcare insures with pre-existing conditions: Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), David Perdue (GA), and Martha McSally (AZ).

Thanks to DDT’s sycophant, AG Bill Barr, an investigation into the finances of International Association of Fire Fighters, the union representing 320,000 firefighters and paramedics throughout the U.S and Canada, after IAFF endorsed Joe Biden.

Venezuela’s government said it had detained eight people, including U.S. citizen Matthew John Heath, planning to blow up power plants and oil facilities. They were traveling with heavy arms, explosives, surveillance footage, and cash to destabilize the government. Last May, two former Green Berets were detained in a plot to oust the duly elected president and sentenced to 20 months in prison.

In another persecution of refugees, a Florida immigration detention center is giving Muslims the choice of eating rotten food in their religiously compliant or halal meals or pork. When Muslims went to a chaplain for help, he said, “It is what it is.”

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court ruled 2-1 that DDT can deport over 300,000 undocumented immigrants with “temporary protected status” from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan because of disasters such as wars and natural disasters. Despite this ruling, a New York federal judge’s injunction preventing the deportation of Haitians stays in place. The two judges were appointed by DDT and George W. Bush.

A federal judge in western Pennsylvania, appointed by DDT, ruled against the governor’s lockdown of businesses and restrictions in numbers at gatherings to save people’s lives from COVID-19. (A lockdown can reduce the spread of the virus by 70 percent.) To justify his decision, the judge used the Supreme Court ruling Lochner v. New York (1905) in which five justices determined the relationship between businesses and workers is outside government regulators. That case was used for the next 30 years to strike down almost all public policies, including minimum-wage laws, to protect workers: labor laws were an unconstitutional interference into a “liberty of contract.” Therefore, people accepting a job also accept everything coming with the employment—wages, hours, working conditions, etc. If they don’t approve, they should get another job. Since Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Lockner era began to disappear, but justices such as Clarence Thomas want it to reappear.

The judge’s ingenious Lochner idea may allow meatpackers to abuse their workers, force them to work closely together while infected with COVID-19, and endanger public health with contaminated food. The meat industry wrote DDT’s executive order recommending meatpackers to continue production despite these dangers and the widespread number of virus infections in areas with meatpacking facilities. DDT’s order indicated that keeping the meatpacking plants open was far more important than producing hospital supplies and equipment. Two plants with the biggest outbreaks in the country, Smithfield Foods plant in South Dakota and JBS in Colorado, were fined $29,000 for three safety violations. The $13,494 for one of the plants came from at least 1,294 infections, 43 hospitalizations, and four deaths. At least 42,534 meatpacking workers have tested positive and 203 died from the virus in 494 meat plants. Not even these token fines were charged for six months—until six weeks from the election.

Becoming frantic about getting reelected, DDT claimed that the virus wasn’t a problem in the United States if people ignore the “blue states.” First, the office of president is for all the people in the nation, not just the ones preferred by the person in the Oval Office. And second, the nine states with the highest per capita of COVID-19 cases are “red states.” Perhaps he could say the economy is great if without the “red states.”

DDT’s rally on Thursday took him to Marathon County with a population of 135,000. As usual, the rally eschewed masks and social distancing, but the county had 925 positive virus cases by the time of the rally. Fourteen people died there between July 15 and Sept. 7. The day he visited, Wisconsin saw 2,034 new cases. Many of the cases came from college students who also don’t wear masks or observe social distancing. Tomorrow the number of U.S. COVID-19 will exceed 7 million and the say after 204,000 deaths in DDT’s health massacre.

August 8, 2020

DDT: Week 185 –Actions Follow Title of ‘Dictator’

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress “the power of the purse,” but Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) is taking his title of dictator seriously. Congress failed to pass another stimulus bill to help people suffering from DDT’s pandemic in the U.S. which crashed the economy. Unable to strike deals, DDT just issued orders to change tax and spending policies, something over which he has no control.

Unemployment benefits: States, which cannot afford the expenses, will pay 25 percent of the $400 in weekly unemployment aid for millions of people. The federal portion will be transferred from FEMA’s disaster relief money which won’t last more than five weeks and decimate the funding the agency needs for the wildfire/hurricane/flooding season. Experts claim the new program would require months to establish and would not increase benefits. Repurposing repurpose funds for unemployment benefits could violate the Antideficiency Act, a federal budgeting law. The current law providing $600 for unemployment benefits ended on July 31.

Payroll tax payments: DDT’s #1 priority has been to defer these payments for Social Security and Medicare for September through December. The action covers people making less than $100,000. This order will go into effect only if companies comply with DDT’s demand; they are the ones responsible for withdrawing the money from employees’ paychecks. DDT said he will extend the deferral and “terminate” owed taxes if he is reelected with the goal of ending the Social Security and Medicare programs. No one knows the source of the financing for deferred taxes. 

Eviction protections: The order only makes suggestions to federal agencies instead of halting evictions nationally. The executive order only states U.S. policy minimizes evictions and foreclosures; it doesn’t reinstate the federal moratorium expiring last month of fund billions in assistance necessary for people already behind in rent. It calls on HHS and CDC to “consider” the necessity of temporarily halting evictions and the Treasury Department and HUD to “identify” federal funds for temporary assistance to renters and homeowners. The moratorium on evictions ended on July 24.

Student loan relief: This measure tries to extend congressional relief in March through the remainder of the year.

Missing: Funds for safely opening schools; another $1,200 stimulus payments program; the continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program; etc.

DDT declared his mix of memoranda and an executive order were “bills” instead of “measures.” Only Congress can write and vote on bills. The actions authorize only limited relief—for example, $50 billion from FEMA before the White House must go to Congress for money. DDT’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, questioned whether DDT will be able to extend unemployment benefits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who refused to address the House stimulus bill for almost three months, praised DDT for helping people when Democrats wouldn’t. Democrats promised to meet GOP senators in the middle by taking $1 billion off their bill and asked Republicans to add $1 billion, making the bill $2 billion. Republicans refused their overtures.

Last night, DDT gave a speech to a crowded room, including children, at his Bedminster Golf Resort where only four people wore masks. To defy New Jersey restrictions slowing the COVID-19 spread, DDT called the gathering a “peaceful protest.” He claimed the pandemic “is disappearing. It’s going to disappear.” The next day, he put together more supporters, members who paid a six-figure fund to join his private club, to witness his signing documents providing little help impoverished people in the U.S. This time, he distributed masks. In addition to other lies, he promised an executive order requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions for all customers, something he said “has never been done before.” The Affordable Care Act, that he wants to get rid of, already enshrined this requirement in law. DDT’s administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court to invalidate the ACA, including preexisting conditions.

In another disastrous Friday news dump, DDT’s new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continued his work to destroy the post office services before the election, reassigning or displacing 23 USPS executives, including the top two who oversee day-to-day operations. DeJoy’s actions gives him complete power and ignores decades of postal knowledge. He kept 33 staffers or reassigned them plus adding five more staffers to leadership from other roles. The Postal Service will also have a hiring freeze, ask for voluntary early retirements, and scale down from seven to four regions. Democrats are conducting an investigation into DeJoy and his new procedures greatly slowing down the delivery of mail. DeJoy’s failure concern not only the excessive time in mailing ballots but also problems with people receiving prescriptions, pay checks, and other vital mail. While taking far more time to deliver ballots, DeJoy told states they cannot send them bulk rate, raising the cost from $.20 to $.55.

Holdings of DeJoy and wife, Aldona Wos who is the nominee for ambassador to Canada include between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets in USPS competitors or contractors. DeJoy has not cited any conflicts of interest, but he has donated over $2 million to DDT’s campaign or GOP causes since 2016. Even Florida’s GOP Sen. Marcos Rubio finds the slowing of the mail “outrageous” and asked the inspector general to look into the reason. The USPS is the only agency required to be self-supporting; the military, ICE, FDA, USDA, etc. are not required to make money from the public to support their services. Congress allotted $10 billion to the USPS in its March stimulus bill, but Treasury Secretary held the funding for leverage until recently when he suggested he would “lend” the money to USPS in exchange for revealing its top ten contractors.

Having slowed down the mail delivery, DDT is suing Pennsylvania for using ballot drop boxes, claiming they are unconstitutional. Ninety days before Election Day, he’s working with the RNC to further block voting access in 17 states over half of them key battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, Iowa, North Carolina, and Nevada.

In two other executive orders with no due process (remember when he said orders were wrong because they showed presidents didn’t know how to work with Congress), DDT prevented China-based TikTok and messaging app WeChat from doing most business in the U.S. The transactions weren’t specific, but it was assumed the companies could not be on Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store in the U.S. as well as blocking U.S. companies from purchasing advertising on TikTok. DDT said a U.S. firm could purchase TikTok within the 45 days if it gives the U.S. a bribe for rights. In the U.S., TikTok has 100 million users with a high popularity among people under 25 years of age.

According to White House officials, DDT’s decision followed a “knock-down, drag-out brawl” between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and China-hating trade adviser Peter Navarro. Mnuchin wanted a sale while Navarro wanted a total ban. Like DDT’s famous business transactions of yore, shouting debates led to multibillion-dollar decisions reshaping, in this case, technology for the future.

DDT’s Citizenship and Immigration Services has a way to keep people from getting visas: all applications are rejected if every field isn’t filled in, even ones not applying to the applicants. No middle name? The applicant fails without a N/A in that space. No apartment number if the applicant lives in a house. Rejected. No address for deceased parents. Yup, rejected. Same for no siblings named by only children or work history dates for a child. One applicant filled in names for his three siblings but was rejected because the application has fields for four siblings. The agency insists on N/A or None, but coding on the PDF file won’t allow these responses.

DDT continues to illegally expel unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. under Stephen Miller’s COVID-19 health order. Some children as young as one-year-old old are kept at Arizona and Texas hotels until they can be returned. With only a cursory government screening, they have no judicial ruling and no access to social workers, lawyers, or their family. According to a report for April through June, of “3,379 unaccompanied minors at or between ports of entry … just 162 were sent to federal shelters” operated by HHS. CBP didn’t provide information about where the other children are, and the lack of identifying information means they cannot be located after being expelled.

DDT is charging all states 25 percent of the cost for National Guard deployments helping with coronavirus response—except Florida and Texas. No reason except for being red states with lots of Electoral College votes.

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security who outstayed his legal assignment, gave at least $160 million in government contracts to former lobbying clients while he served in DHS.

DDT named Elliott Abrams, a “war criminal” and Iran-Contra convict, as envoy to Iran. In 1991, the supporter of Latin American death squads was convicted of withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal. Abrams will also keep his position as special representative for Venezuela where he’s still trying to overthrow the legally elected president.

August 8: U.S. COVID-19 cases – 5,149,723; deaths – 165,070.

August 4, 2020

DDT, GOP Threaten U.S. People

The news keeps coming, fast and furious. Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) says he’s suing Nevada for its legislation to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the state just like five other states do. DDT finished an angry tweet, “See you in Court!” At DDT’s direction, the RNC protested the new law. The RNC chair said Republicans came out in full force to oppose the state’s new voting system. Eighteen people showed up. Remember when Republicans claimed a belief in states’ rights? [Visual – Protests states rights]

Social distancing takes on new meaning for senatorial candidates as Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) threw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) under the bus with the new stimulus bill and McConnell told GOP candidates they can “distance” themselves from DDT. DDT’s mismanagement in the economy, the loss of relief money, the ending of evictions’ moratoria, “unjust civil” courts, and his insistence that schools reopen despite the vast majority of people opposing it are a few of the problems candidates will face when they go home for over a month in August.

A sacred part of the stimulus bill to McConnell is preventing employees from suing for problems from COVID-19, but DDT said he’s willing to drop the “liability shield” as part of the next bill. Calling this part of the bill a “red line,” McConnell said that he won’t bring up a bill that doesn’t include this “protection” for employers, hospitals, and schools. Democrats maintain that the provision would allow employers the ability to endanger workers with no repercussion. McConnell is also fighting against DDT’s wish for an extension of unemployment benefits which expired last week.

DDT created more troubles today when he whined at the press conference (aka campaign rally) that Democrats want funding for “Democratic-led cities and states.” “We don’t think that’s fair,” he said. Democrats have not limited funding for just Democrats. GOP senators rejected last week’s stimulus bill so Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and DDT’s chief of staff Mark Meadows are leading the talks. Congress is scheduled to leave Washington DC this Friday until September. Stephen Moore told DDT to stop collecting payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare, another prime DDT desire, by declaring a “national economic emergency.” Moore didn’t explain how less revenue for the U.S. would solve an economic crisis.

Forty-five percent of GOP senators—including McConnell—are running for reelection this year, and DDT’s rosy response about the rapidly growing number of infections and deaths, especially in red states throughout the South and Midwest, have put them in a box. Unfortunately for these candidates, DDT stays popular with his GOP base. These GOP senators are in danger of losing: Susan Collins (ME), Steve Daines (MT), Joni Ernst (IA), Cory Gardner (CO), Martha McSally (AZ), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Thom Tillis (NC). Many people also hope that McConnell might not get reelected. Democrats need only four more senators for a majority, and only Doug Jones (D-GA) is at risk of not being reelected.

At DDT’s White House campaign rally today, he said that the USPS can’t handle mail-in ballots. This is after he guaranteed his new appointments would slow down mail delivery. All he has accomplished thus far is make Republicans afraid to mail in their ballots. In a swing state, only 15 percent of Republicans requested absentee ballots. At least 77 percent of U.S. voters can use the mail to vote, but DDT is convincing his base that this system is “rigged” and “fraudulent.”

A few weeks ago, Republicans in Michigan burned absentee ballot applications to protest voting by mail. “Operation Incinerator” took place in the streets of Grand Rapids (MI). They also complained about the cost of mailing applications ($4.5 million from the federal government) without mentioning the $100+ million the federal government paid for a worthless letter from DDT, giving himself credit for the $1,200 checks provide by taxpayers.  

The smell from DDT’s appointment, Anthony Tata, for undersecretary of defense for policy was so bad that even GOP senators couldn’t hold their noses long enough to confirm him. So DDT gave him an acting appointment. He’s DDT’s kind of guy with his Islamophobic comments, references to President Obama as a “terrorist leader” and Muslim, descriptions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as “violent extremists,” and the addition of “#liberalplanation” hashtag to his tween about CNN’s Don Lemon. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, known to groups such as veterans as “Yesper,” originally appointed Tata to another job that allowed him to be moved into the current one.

Days after DDT announced a ban on TikTok social media sharing app, he said that it could do business if it were purchased by a U.S. company such as Microsoft by September 15. The “favor” for the purchaser is their putting a “substantial” amount of money into the U.S. Treasury, blackmail—or maybe bribery—for them to obtain the rights. DDT referred the payment as “key money,” illegal in many states and situations.

Brazil news reported U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman wants a favor—Brazilian officials helping DDT’s reelection by lowering ethanol tariffs. News reported out Chapman’s letter explained, “Iowa is the largest ethanol producer in the United States…and could be a key player in Trump’s election. Hence the importance … for the Bolsonaro government to do the U.S. a favor.” According to he publication Estadão, government officials refused. If true, Chapman’s actions would violate the Hatch Act preventing federal employees from partisan political activities. Chapman’s term “favor” mirrors DDT’s request to Ukraine. The State Department tried to hide the illegality by claiming that the requests for a general policy of getting Brazil to lower tariffs, not related to a political campaign. Remember when GOP senators voted against impeaching DDT because he had “learned his lesson”?

Fox host Chris Wallace asked DDT’s campaign adviser Jason Miller if foreign governments gave DDT information about Joe Biden. Miller avoided answering by saying it was a “silly question” and moving onto false accusations about the Hillary Clinton campaign receiving foreign assistance. Miller also refused three times to respond whether DDT’s campaign would reject election assistance from a foreign government. DDT has already said in another interview that he wants foreign government help in defeating Biden.

Last week, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) asked Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at a House Intelligence Committee meeting if he had received anti-Biden information from a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian source. Nunes wouldn’t answer. ABC reporter asked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) if he relied on pro-Russia Ukrainian information. Johnson cited “information from a variety of sources.” GOP senators consistently oppose legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign elections to the FBI.

For almost four years, DDT promised a healthcare plan program. On July 19, he told Fox anchor, “We’re signing a health-care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health-care plan.” That deadline expired yesterday with no replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Only DDT sycophant Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to know anything about a plan, and he was vague. In June, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said a new healthcare plan would be developed only if the Supreme Court overturned the ACA this coming year. 

DDT’s Census Bureau is cutting door-knocking for 2020 a month early on September 30 after his plan to not count undocumented immigrants went sour. The result will be a serious undercount: only 60 percent of households have responded to the census and no one knows how long people can report online. The census is vital to establish shares of congressional seats; Electoral College votes; and funding for Medicare, Medicaid and other public services. Cutting down on the time will satisfy DDT’s desire for overrepresentation of white, non-Latinx population.

The GOP convention has moved back to Charlotte (NC) although DDT had said he would never be nominated there. An oddity, however, is  the press possibly denied attendance. Even Republican delegates wonder what the RNC is hiding. With fewer than three weeks to go, the RNC has not released details about convention programming.

The Friday night news dump, designed to minimize embarrassing information, put out the extensive conflicts of interest for DDT’s advisers Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Last year, their companies holding residential and commercial properties earned $36.2 million to $157 million, at least up $7 million from the minimum of $29 million in 2018.

People in the United States may perceive the media as biased, but 84 percent in a recent Gallup poll agreed news media is “critical” or “very important” to democracy. Yet 92 percent ensure people provide accurate and fair news reports, 91 percent ensure people are informed about public affairs, and 85 percent hold leaders accountable for their actions.

The godly Jerry Falwell, DDT supporter and head of Liberty University, published this photo of himself and and a woman while on vacation. DDT’s former fixer Michael Cohen supposedly helped the Falwells deal with a leak of sexually revealing photos, and photographs of Falwell at a nightclub have been published. These are activities banned for his ultra-Christian university students and staff. 

 

August 3: In the world, 18,447,759 people have been infected by coronavirus, and 697,245 have died of the disease. The number of deaths will surpass 700,000 by tomorrow. The U.S. has 4,862,210 cases, due to hit over 5 million in less than three days, and 158,930 deaths, on the way to surpass 160,000 in a day.

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