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I should hope it's not playing well! Even our compadres on the Spark Conservative team are trying to stay moderately respectful.

Here's something surprising and refreshing: Chuck Todd, whom I thoroughly loathe, actually did his homework for once, and handed Senator Barasso of Wyoming his backside on a platter for squirming like a toad on this issue. Chuck even pulled out notes and quoted Barasso 2016 back at Barasso 2020.

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Saw a few within a day. Sounds like it's not playing well, especially considering T spent $800,000,000 of a billion dollar campaign chest, some of it to self dealing.

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Did you see where Ernst, McSally and one other repig sent out donation letters immediately after the news of RBG's death went out?

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GOP raised $71 million in Aug.
Act Blue was given $74 million in donations in the few days since RGB passed - with $17 million in the two hours after T announced he's going to nominate someone to her chair.

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Financial Times - thought I shared this with this team... maybe not, so here it is


US presidential election 2020 Cars, bikes, planes and boats
Those boats in Texas paraded at the wrong speed

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Alphaville does not have an opinion on the political effectiveness of boat parades. Putting a Trump flag in a rod holder and motoring around on the weekend isn’t any sillier than putting a sticker on a car bumper and driving to work during the week. And the Trump flags are, legally, bumper stickers. They represent what the Coast Guard would call a “private signal,” since they’re neither a national ensign or a yacht club pennant, which are used to show origin.

Flags, like hats and bumper stickers and any other private signals, are inherently confrontational. If they heave into view, you cannot avoid them by clicking away. There’s no political science on boat parades yet, but yard signs, for example, do have an effect on the margins if a candidate is already advertising.

Alphaville does, however, have an opinion on how to run a political boat parade: at either very high or very low speeds, in open water, and not in single file. The Trump boat parade on Saturday in Texas failed to do these things, and ended up fighting an opponent more formidable than any Democrat: physics.

On Saturday, inspired by a Facebook page that’s since been deleted, several hundred Republican skippers launched their boats in Lake Travis, a reservoir on the Colorado River just north-west of Austin. According to ABC News, the page instructed boats to meet at Emerald Point at 11:30am, motor about eight miles to Point Venture, then return. (This is similar to instructions also posted to nextdoor.)

At 12:15, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, which was already standing by for the event, began responding to the first of fifteen distress calls from boaters. Boats were taking on water. Engines had stalled. Some boats had turned right over. Private towing companies responded to calls, too. By the end of the event, five boats were on the bottom of Lake Travis. No one was injured.

The sheriff’s office offered a straightforward explanation: “When the large number of boats began moving together, the wakes generated large waves in areas where participating boats were dense.” Alphaville has no reason to doubt the office, which even has a dedicated Lake Patrol unit.

But we would like to complement what the office reported. It wasn’t just the number of boats on Lake Travis that generated all those distress calls. It was the type of boat, the speed at which they moved, and the way they planned their route.
Trump voters seem to buy boats with planing hulls

In August, Joel Stein in the Los Angeles Times distinguished between an “intellectual elite” and what he called a “boat elite,” a group that is “tough, loyal, hardworking, tribal, traditional and focused on wealth. They are so reckless that as soon as they make the most expensive purchase of their lives, they smash a bottle of champagne against it.”

This is propwash. You do have to be some kind of elite to have room on your balance sheet for a boat. But what Mr Stein failed to recognise is that different elites buy different kinds of boats for different activities. Allow us to offer a simple model:

Elite Democrats go sailing.

Elite Republicans go fishing.

JFK in his hipster phase. © John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
John Kerry riding the waves. © AP
Big GW, you know he’s underground.

Alphaville has been astonished by the uniformity of hull shapes in the boat parades. Of all the recreational boats they could buy, the skippers flying Trump flags seem to buy an awful lot of the same thing: centre-console, outboard engine, deep-V planing hulls for fishing.

Here’s how a planing hull works:

A destroyer or a tanker or a sailboat or most boats in history have what’s called a displacement hull. It sits in the water, displacing some of it; when it moves forward, it pushes water out of the way, creating a bow wave that spreads out as the boat passes. But the kind of small craft you might buy to fish or take your kids tubing have a planing hull. They’re designed to get going fast enough to surf down their own bow wave:
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The above seems to be the platonic ideal of a Trump boat. It was captured at a parade in Florida. Centre console, deep V planing hull for saltwater fishing. Seriously overhorsed, with what looks like three 200hp Mercury outboards.

Deep-V planing hulls have a problem though: if they’re not going fast enough to surf off their own bow wave, the bow wave they do kick up is comparatively large.
The Lake Travis boat parade was not run at planing speed

Alphaville was not at Lake Travis over the weekend, so again we have to rely on the float plan as it was described by ABC News. The key detail: The plan was to run at 10 miles per hour. It was good that the organisers wanted to avoid high-speed collisions. But that was exactly the wrong speed for a boat parade of planing hulls.

Hydrodynamic flow is different for every hull, but a common frustration in harbours is that skippers of planing hulls will slow down to just below a plane when they get close to shore, when this is precisely the wrong thing to do. The moment before a boat planes, or right as it settles out of a plane, it is at maximum drag. Which means it’s kicking out its biggest possible wake.

See below:
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So 5 miles per hour would have been ideal, just fast enough to maintain manoeuvrability. That’s in fact what the Slow No Wake navigational cans in harbours often dictate. At 10 miles per hour, you’re not planing yet. But you are closer to maximum drag, and therefore maximum wake. The Lake Travis boat parade was too slow to plane. But it was fast enough to kick up waves.
The Lake Travis boat parade lined up, then made a tight turn in a narrow channel

The route from Emerald Point to Point Venture follows a narrow channel. According to nextdoor, skippers were advised to wait for 4 parachute jumpers to land, then line up behind flagship boats with flashing lights. So a line of hundreds of boats was moving at displacement speed together, which meant that all these different wakes began to affect each other.

When two waves encounter each other, and they are out of phase, they go through what’s called “destructive interference.” They cancel each other out. This is how noise-cancelling headphones work — they generate a perfectly out-of-phase wave to destructively interfere with what’s coming in from the outside world.

But waves in phase with each other go through constructive interference: they amplify each other. This is how ocean-going vessels can encounter rogue waves in comparatively calm water. Two waves moving through the ocean encounter each other, constructively interfere, and break stuff.

If you line up and motor together, you are making it likely that wakes from different boats will constructively interfere. If you line up, head out, then turn around in a line and head home in a narrow channel, you are guaranteeing that wakes from inbound boats will constructively interfere with outbound wakes.

Which, Alphaville is guessing, is why the first distress calls came in as the boats would have reached the turnaround point at 12:15. And constructive interference produced the unbelievable waves in this now-famous shot from Bob Daemmrich (as a reminder, there shouldn’t be any waves):

No lake boat created a wave that big and that sharp. The peaks? The steep wave face? That’s constructive interference. Compare the Lake Travis parade with another Trump boat parade in Jupiter, Florida:
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Randomly spaced. Nowhere near hull speed, generating almost no wake. That is how you organise a boat parade.

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I know we're all staggering under the sad news of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as working our tails off to get Dems elected up and down the ballot, but that makes it even MORE critical to celebrate the Good News that is out there. Here, then, is yesterday's Who Won The Week:

emoticon Federal judge Paula Xinis, for ruling that Chad Wolf was improperly installed as "acting" Homeland Security head, and barring enforcement of some Trump asylum restrictions
emoticon Nurse Dawn Wooten, for blowing the whistle on a Georgia ICE facility for medical neglect against detainees, including denying covid tests and coercing hysterectomies on immigrant women
emoticon The first responders and relief workers doing what they gotta do to battle the fires out west and the damage from Hurricane Sally down south
emoticon The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, for removing the Green Party ticket from the ballot, allowing more drop-off locations, and extending the mail-in ballot counting deadline by three days
emoticon The undecided voters at ABC's town hall event who grilled Trump and did a better job than most reporters at revealing his stupidity, flip-floppery, and narcissism
emoticon Joe Biden: Snags 1st POTUS endorsement by 175 yr.-old Scientific American; polling advantage still strong; thumbs-up to covid-19, climate, & Puerto Rico policy addresses; dynamite CNN town hall
emoticon The U.S. Open tennis players, including women's champ Naomi Osaka of Japan, who wore Black Lives Matter-themed masks during the event
emoticon Researchers at MIT and Cardiff University in Wales, who found the gas phosphine around Venus, which could indicate the first discovery of life beyond earth
emoticon Federal Judge Stanley Bastian, for his nationwide injunction blocking "politically-motivated" Trump-ordered Postal Service changes that slowed mail delivery across the country
emoticon The virtual "Princess Bride" script reading with the original movie cast, which raised over $4 million for the Wisconsin Democratic Party

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Since when is Donald J. Trump concerned about creating a panic? That is literally his favorite thing. His campaign slogan is basically, Look Out Behind You!!!
—Trevor Noah

It's a catastrophic story for Trump that threatens to end his presidency. Or as he calls it: Wednesday. Seriously, these tapes are really bad. Trump's reelection prospects are sinking faster than a boat at a MAGA rally.
—Jimmy Fallon

Who Won The Week?

emoticon Biden-Harris 2020: Joe gives major economic speech in Michigan; riding high in polls; Kamala confounding GOP attack dogs; Outraises Trump by $154 million in August
emoticon The fire and rescue teams and relief organizations working their butts off to deal with the wildfires out west
emoticon Fox News Pentagon reporter Jennifer Griffin, who withstood the wrath of Fox's pundits after she validated sources related to Trump's "suckers" and "losers" comments about our troops
emoticon The 3-judge panel in New York that ruled Trump’s racism-based order excluding undocumented immigrants when redrawing congressional districts violates the law
emoticon Audiotape, as Bob Woodward's interviews with the president reveal that he knew how infectious and deadly Covid-19 was in February, but publicly lied that it was "a hoax" that "would pass very quickly"
emoticon Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT), the 1st governor to sue the Postmaster General over his sabotage of timely mail delivery, and the Washington Post for its coverage of DeJoy's GOP fundraising corruption
emoticon The Wake County (NC) Superior Court, for dramatically expanding the number of voters eligible to participate in the election by agreeing that those who owe $ from a felony conviction can vote
emoticon The whistleblower accusing Homeland Security leaders of violating laws and policies, lying to Congress, and manipulating intel to conform with Trump's chaos agenda
emoticon Citigroup’s Jane Fraser, who becomes the first woman to be CEO of a major Wall Street firm. May she be another example of why women should be leading everything.
emoticon The people who came to the rescue in Lake Travis, TX as Trump parade boats started sinking like stones in the Great Metaphor Regatta of 2020

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson

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#BREAKING I just announced that we are leading a coalition of 15 Attorneys General challenging President Trump's unlawful plan to open up America's Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. The Arctic Refuge is a national treasure, and the Trump Administration's unlawful drilling plan is the latest in a four-year assault on our environment.
President Trump's Department of the Interior, led by a former Big Oil lobbyist, unlawfully cut corners. Despite overwhelming evidence, the Trump Administration's deeply flawed environmental review for the drilling plan declares, "[T]here is not a climate crisis." It's hard to put into words how outrageous it is that the federal government continues to fail to follow federal environmental laws that simply ask it to consider the impacts of its actions.
We plan to hold the administration accountable to the rule of law and block this illegal drilling plan.

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In the Middle East in the Distant Past, one of the Pharoahs (Akhenaten, I believe) had all his monuments and his name effaced from history for his heretical rule. Finding out about him was an archeaological fluke. In Trump's case I'd be good with that.

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I don't know if this is particularly good political news, but it will sure make the folks of Atlantic City happy. They're finally removing a major eyesore.

"ATLANTIC CITY — The process of eliminating the former Trump Plaza casino from the Atlantic City skyline will still end with the boom of an implosion sometime next year.

"But this month, a demolition crew from Pennsylvania began the slow work of gutting the interior and taking down portions of the building in preparation for the implosion."



Ah, if only they could plan the implosion for January 20.

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thanks for this!

I read it and laughed aloud a few times.

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The Trump campaign is low on cash. I find it fairly mind-boggling, since they've raised a cool billion since last year. Apparently 800 million is already johnny gonzo. I love the fact that they blew 11 million on the Super Bowl cause they had to outspend Michael Bloomberg.

Read it and weep. With joyous tears of schadenfreude, of course!

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As a former fed, the Exec branch is supposed to police that. You are supposed to be fined or lose your job, but the Trump administration is not enforcing the law. Quelle suprise!

The Hatch Act and other civil service laws are supposed to keep federal officials including contractors from abusing their positions their access, federal resources, and federal dollars for political or personal gain.

We all sign an oath of office to support and defend the constitution when we come on board, too.

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Only a day late for me to "get" the "bag of soup" joke, lol! I must have been pretty intent on other stuff yesterday!
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Without further ado, here's this week's Who Won The Week!
emoticon Joy Reid, whose new show The ReidOut delivered MSNBC its highest 7pm hour ratings in the network's history
emoticon The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, for denying Michael Flynn's demand that the judge presiding over his case adjourn without sentencing him
emoticon Equality in Anchorage, as Alaska's largest city becomes the first to ban the quack practice of conversion therapy to turn gay kids straight or trans kids cis
emoticon The 250,000 people who signed up this week to be poll workers on November 3rd via Power The Polls...and Old Navy for offering to pay employees who volunteer to be poll workers
emoticon The California wildfire and Louisiana/Texas hurricane first responders and relief workers
emoticon Team Biden: $364 million August haul; post-convention bounce for Joe but not Trump; slew of new polling show national and state leads; Kenosha visit offers comfort and agenda for racial equality
emoticon Africa, where polio has officially been eliminated from all 47 countries, according to the World Health Organization
emoticon Karma, as anti-Semitic "Trump boat parades" organizer Carlos Gavidia is charged in Florida with a felony for threatening to kill one of his neighbors
emoticon Americans' privacy rights, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records (a program exposed by Edward Snowden) was unconstitutional
emoticon Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, for breaking the story of President Trump's open denigration ("losers," "suckers") of American soldiers wounded or killed in combat

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Thanks for the info, but that isn't good news. The fox has moved into the chicken coop.

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"...while penalties for civil violations of the Hatch Act can include fines and removal from federal service, it is enforced by the White House or by the Merit Systems Protection Board – which the OSC rarely refers high-level cases to – leading to mostly low level Trump administration staffers facing punitive actions while high-level political appointees have gone largely unscathed."

There are apparently 12 open cases, brought by an outside organization, CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. No idea if they can or will be prosecuted when the grifters are out of office in January.

You can put 'enforcement of Hatch Act' on the list of toothless regulations that need to be beefed up in the next administration. Way too many critical areas of ethical behavior have relied on administrations' following norms of behavior, but with no fines or jail time accruing to their illegal behavior.

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Apparently as a big fan of tomato soup I have created an arsenal in my pantry. I just need to put all the cans in bags. emoticon
Who is responsible for enforcing the Hatch Act? Do we have to wait for someone to file a law suit or can someone just write a police report? Can I tattle like my second graders?

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Absolutely. I want to see an ethics regulation backlash that will make the post-Watergate era look like an under-reaction.

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Hi Lori-K

Former fed here... Hatch act kicks in the minute there's a violation as small as passing a flyer around work. So... clearly the onus is on the administration. Lawsuits take forever but the ones that are getting through the system are ultimately prevailing. Likely they are counting on being protected until Trump leaves in which case being removed from office is already a done deal.

I remind my fave blue candidates from time to time that ethics regs matter and I want to see more teeth in 'em

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Lots of quiet Biden supporters among my husbands pilot peers. They feel they must be silent because of the crazy trump cult they have to fly trips with. But they are there and they are putting their money into a bundle from an organized pilots for Biden group.
Hubs very active in campaigning for Biden.

Peeking over into the “clowns for trump team“.....(always good for a chuckle)
these people we have to share a space with are certifiable. Justifying the incel who murdered the protestors in Kenosha. And praising a prostitute giving a campaign speech in OUR Rose Garden (now just an ugly grass and concrete garden).
Where does the Hatch Act come in?

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Agree with you.

We're making voting plans here. Oregon has had vote by mail forever.
As mail doesn't come directly to the house in town, and the Post Office is a place I only visit once a week, we've asked our rural route group members to give us a heads up when their ballots arrive so we don't have to go into the USPO many times. (I only shop once every 2 weeks, get mail once a week generally). We're planning on using our drop box at the county courthouse, then checking our voting status online to make sure it got counted.

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I think it's right to take any national polls with a grain of salt, mostly because we have electoral college shenanigans to take into account. If we had "one person one vote" for presidential elections that would be the one to look at.

I think the individual state polls and the polls documenting his slippage in his previous key constituencies IS very promising. PA is still looking a little scary, certainly not a shoe-in, but there are hopeful signs here for sure. And some of that is LITERALLY signs. Now that we have the yard signs coming in by the truckload we're finally starting to see Biden support, even in some pretty purple areas. Red counties? Nah, they're still pushing the Kool Aid. But those red counties are pretty sparsely populated, so they can go ahead and have their giant flags and such. As long as the blue zones turn out every single voter we'll be okay. I just can't WAIT to get my hands on that ballot!!!!

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I know it's customary to go "oh, but the polls got it wrong"... however this rather heartening story includes an adjustment for overrepresentation when providing Clinton's baseline.

I don't for a minute think every blue vote, every act to help folks overcome voter suppression, and every opportunity to persuade the unpersuadable isn't truly important. Every single action matters.


Still - this provides both a bit of heart and some focus we might attend to:

Trump has slipped among key groups that backed him in 2016
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September 1, 2020, 3:00 AM PDT·8 mins read

Among voters in rural areas — President Trump's stronghold — his support has slipped about 10 points among women, a USC poll finds.(Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Among voters in rural areas — President Trump's stronghold — his support has slipped about 10 points among women, a USC poll finds. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

President Trump's support has eroded among key groups of voters who backed him in 2016 — a major reason why he continues to trail former Vice President Joe Biden and a prime motivator for the president's reelection strategy of emphasizing violent disorder in the nation's cities.

Trump's decline among parts of his 2016 base is a chief finding so far from the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, which tracked voter preferences daily four years ago and is doing so again this year. Overall, Trump has lost support from about 9% of voters who backed him in 2016, the poll finds.

The poll shows no major shift in the race during the last two weeks, belying much speculation that the back-to-back national political conventions and violence in Portland, Ore., and Kenosha, Wis., might have changed what has been an unusually stable contest.

During the Democratic convention, Biden gained 2 percentage points and Trump lost 2 points; Trump then regained some of that ground during his convention, a week-by-week comparison of the poll's tracking shows.

The net result is a Biden lead of 11 points, 52% to 41%, in the poll's latest results as of Monday, after the Republican convention. A rolling average of results over the last week has been virtually the same, 53% to 41%.

"Independents who lean toward the Republican Party seem to have been temporarily swayed by Biden's message" during the Democratic convention, said Jill Darling, the survey director for the USC Dornsife poll. That widened Biden's lead for a bit. But "Trump’s dark view of the Democrats’ agenda seems to have swept them back into the fold, so the overall result is pretty much a wash."

Biden's lead is almost double the 6-point lead that the poll showed for Hillary Clinton at this point four years ago. Clinton was then on a downward track, declining from the large boost she had received from her convention.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Trump by roughly 11 percentage points, according to a USC poll. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

That comparison to four years ago is based on an adjusted version of the 2016 USC Dornsife survey. The poll significantly overstated Trump's support. It showed him leading by October when, in fact, he lost the nationwide vote to Clinton by more than 2 percentage points.

An analysis after the election showed that the poll, which tracks the views of a panel of more than 8,000 eligible voters, had over-represented rural Americans, a group who ended up leaning heavily toward Trump. The 6-point lead for Clinton represents her margin at this point four years ago once the poll was re-weighted to fix that mistake.

Another big difference from four years ago: Third-party candidates get only 2% support now, much less than in 2016, when smaller parties took 5% of the vote.

While a record number of Americans — perhaps as many as 150 million — are expected to vote in this fall's elections, the vast majority already have made up their minds. Over the next two months, the two sides will pour huge amounts of time and money into maximizing turnout among their supporters. At the same time, they'll battle over the small slice of the electorate that remains up for grabs.

The poll's findings help pinpoint who those wavering voters are — mostly independents, who are closely divided between Biden and Trump, and less partisan Republicans who may have supported Trump in the past, but have soured on him since.

Democrats and independents who lean Democratic have largely consolidated behind Biden, the poll finds.

Democrats and their allies have tried to win over swing voters by stressing Trump's failure to control COVID-19 and the personality traits — belligerence, lack of empathy and flouting of traditional norms for presidential behavior — that many of those voters dislike.

Trump has countered with dire warnings about violence in American cities and thinly veiled appeals to racial prejudice, especially tied to white fears of Black families moving into predominantly white suburbs. He has depicted Biden as a "puppet" of "radical Democrats."

Analysis of which voters Trump has lost since 2016 provides insight into the problem his reelection campaign faces. Because the USC Dornsife panel includes many people who responded to the poll in 2016, its findings provide direct evidence of which voters have changed their minds.

Although Trump has lost about 9% of his 2016 voters, about 4% of those who voted for Clinton now say they will vote for Trump.

That gives Trump a net loss of 5 percentage points, which may not seem a big number, but sets up a high hurdle for an incumbent who barely eked out victory four years ago, winning by less than 1 point in each of the three states that put him over the top.

"You can't lose 9% or 10% of the people who voted for you last time" and still win, said Bob Shrum, the director of USC Center for the Political Future, which co-sponsors the poll, and a veteran Democratic strategist. "If that holds, it would be catastrophic for him."

The Trump campaign hopes to make up its losses by spurring turnout among conservative white voters who did not cast ballots in the last election. That's possible — states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan have large numbers of such voters. So far, however, it isn't happening, the poll indicates: Among people who did not vote in 2016, because they either chose not to or weren't old enough, Biden leads 52% to 34%.

Several groups have moved away from Trump:

Among people of color who cast ballots for Trump in 2016, nearly 1-in-5 now say they back Biden, the poll found. Among Latinos, about 1 in 4 say they will vote for Trump this year, down from more than 3 in 10 last time.

Among voters who live in rural areas — Trump's stronghold — his vote among men has remained stable but has slipped by around 10 points among women.

Trump still has a large advantage among white voters without college degrees — his core group of supporters — but his lead has shrunk. In 2016, the poll found Trump leading among that group by roughly 40 percentage points. Now it's about 25 points.

Among whites with college degrees, meanwhile, Biden has established a significant lead. In 2016, the poll found Trump and Clinton virtually even among whites with college degrees. This year, Biden leads, 54% to 41%.

Many of those college-educated voters live in suburban areas, where voters turned heavily against the Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. The poll shows that happening again.

In 2016, Trump and Clinton battled roughly to a draw in the suburbs. He had a large edge among white suburban men, which offset her lead among suburban voters of color; white women were closely divided.

This time around, white suburban men are more closely divided, Biden has kept the large Democratic lead among suburban voters of color, and he also leads among white, suburban women, the poll finds.

The result: a significant Biden lead among suburban voters: 53% to 40%.

Trump has sought to turn around that suburban deficit by stressing a "law and order" message. He has depicted the Democrats as an enemy to police and incapable of keeping Americans safe.

Biden has rebutted that by stressing the dangers Trump has caused, both in mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic and in stirring up sometimes violent disorder. In a speech Monday in Pittsburgh, he said Trump "sows chaos rather than providing order."

The USC Dornsife poll, a joint project of the university's Center for Economic and Social Research and the Center for the Political Future, surveys each panel member every 14 days. The current results are based on responses from 5,106 panel members.

The poll asks respondents to use a 0-to-100 scale to give the likelihood that they would support Trump or Biden. It also asks them on a separate 0-to-100 scale to give the likelihood that they will vote. Using those numbers, the poll calculates the probability of each person voting for the candidate.

In theory, because that approach uses information from all voters surveyed, it should provide a more complete look at the electorate than other polls that give people a choice between candidates but then count only the group of respondents who are deemed likely to vote.

Separately, the poll also asks respondents how they believe friends, neighbors and other people in their social circles will vote. That question shows a smaller Biden lead, 50% to 45%.

The closer result on the question about friends and neighbors could be evidence of a hidden Trump vote — people who won't say on a poll that they're voting for Trump, but will tell their friends. But other explanations are also possible, including that some Democrats, still stung by the upset result in 2016, simply overestimate the number of people who will vote for Trump.

As with other polls, the results are weighted so that the respondents accurately reflect Census figures for demographic characteristics including gender, race and education. The estimated error range for the poll's full sample is roughly 1 percentage point in either direction. A complete description of the poll's methodology, along with the text of the questions asked and the full data tables, is available on the USC Dornsife website.




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Pascrell is on the case! (Aug 14)

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) tonight made a criminal referral to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal seeking the empaneling of a state grand jury to look at electoral subversion by Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and other possible Trump administration officials in their accelerating arson of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order that will make the state’s November General Election conducted mostly by mail ballot....

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Late night comedians:

"Jerry Falwell Jr will not be speaking at the 2020 RNC convention. He prefers to watch."

"Full disclosure: I did not watch much of the convention tonight. And fullest disclosure: I didn’t watch any of it. ... Why should we watch their reality show if it doesn't reflect our reality?"

Who Won The Week (and make no mistake, it was another rough one)

emoticon Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), as the DC Circuit Court hands them a win in a "dark money" lawsuit, making it harder for groups to fund political ads without disclosing their donors
emoticon The Democratic-led House, for passing a bill (w/ 26 Republicans) approving $25 billion in emergency funds for the Postal Service, and grilling the postmaster in Oversight Committee hearings
emoticon The firefighters busting their humps out west, and the first responders and relief personnel now on the scene of the damage caused by hurricane Laura
emoticon Central Park, where the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was unveiled---the 1st new monument in the park since 1965
emoticon Karma, as the Falwell dynasty crumbles to dust thanks to a lowly peasant pool boy sent by God to test the mighty Jerry, Jr., who failed miserably because Satan got to him first (Wah Waaah)
emoticon LeBron James and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, for unveiling a big-bucks program to recruit poll workers in heavily Black electoral districts for November’s election
emoticon Federal Judge Victor Marrero, for rejecting Trump’s lame attempt to block a ruling that would allow a subpoena for his tax returns and other financial records
emoticon The pro athletes and coaches, particularly those in the NBA and WNBA, who boycotted games and spoke out in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin
emoticon Last week's Democratic National Convention, for clobbering the Trump cult's convention by the metric the president holds most sacred: the ratings
emoticon The endangered giant panda population, as 22-year-old giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a bouncing baby cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo

And a postscript. I'm not a sports fan. I don't watch baseball or basketball or football (much). But millions of Americans do and it's heartening to see players amplifying the message that Black Lives Matter, especially the NBA/WNBA.

We worship black artists and athletes at the top of their games. We routinely trample on the security of low income workers whom this pandemic has proven to be as essential as our doctors and nurses. But our police and our justice system is 100% likely to abuse their rights regardless of what end of the spectrum they're on.

This must stop.

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Some very promising trolling by the Biden campaign!
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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign has purchased the web domain that spells out President Donald Trump’s re-election slogan “Keep America Great” and filled the site with what it says are Trump's broken promises.

The 2020 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted a link to KeepAmericaGreat.com on Thursday night, writing, “Donald Trump promised to be the greatest jobs president God ever created. Instead, tens of millions of Americans are out of work and we're facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. #PromisesBroken.”

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AG Bob Ferguson, State of Wa **UPDATE** The federal judge granted our motion for expedited discovery, demanding the Trump Administration and Postmaster General DeJoy respond to our discovery request in 10 days.

Today my legal team will appear before a Federal Judge in Yakima, Washington on behalf of our coalition of 14 states to demand the federal government quickly produce documents and evidence in our lawsuit over harmful changes to the United States Postal Service.


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Oh darn! I didn't watch any of it last night. I was in a 6 hour County Central Committee meeting to complete our local endorsements for the November election. Fortunately all the ones that were argued went the way I hoped.

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I spent part of the time signing up for the Rubicon Disaster Assistance team instead. Working on my background check right now.

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I found them loud and hateful. Kim G sure made a fool of herself.

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It sure is. I only watched snippets but it looks gloomy and boring.

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The republicant convention is sure making the Dems look good!

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Good to get confirmation from one of the direct sources, eh?

Here's some great pics of Elizabeth Warren from the convention night set. She put all kinds of little Easter Eggs in the background. The block letters saying BLM made it to prime time, but look what else is there:

It took me awhile to remember the significance of DBFH; it's her campaign slogan, Dream Big, Fight Hard:


She has the text number of the Biden campaign on the cubby:



And, on the board behind her is a reminder to VOTE on 110320!


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NPR (Wait for the twist)

On Tuesday, President Trump officially pardoned leading suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who died in 1906. He noted she was arrested in 1872 for voting before it was legal for women to do so.

"She was never pardoned!" he exclaimed in a White House ceremony. "Did you know that she was never pardoned? What took so long?"

Well, it was partly that Anthony would not have wanted to be pardoned, according to some historians who've pointed out that the activist did not think she'd done anything wrong. Joining those voices is the executive director of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, N.Y.

"Objection! Mr. President, Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon," Deborah L. Hughes wrote in a statement. She continued:

"Anthony wrote in her diary in 1873 that her trial for voting was 'The greatest outrage History ever witnessed.' She was not allowed to speak as a witness in her own defense, because she was a woman. At the conclusion of arguments, Judge Hunt dismissed the jury and pronounced her guilty. She was outraged to be denied a trial by jury. She proclaimed, 'I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.' To pay would have been to validate the proceedings. To pardon Susan B. Anthony does the same."

Hughes pointed to Anthony's support of sex education, fair labor practices, excellent public education, equal pay for equal work and elimination of all forms of discrimination.

She suggested that the best way to honor Anthony would be taking a clear stance against voter suppression and advocating for human rights for all.

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Follow on - there is a process to reject a pardon, too.



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By now you probably caught that Mary Trump released some bits of 15 hours of secret (but legal) tapes of Trump's sister dissing him. She will also speak on Aug. 25 at a fundraiser for the Lincoln Project, a group founded by Republicans who oppose President Trump's re-election, the Washington Post reports. (You know, George Conway et al, whose biting ads are designed to fumblebumble Trump into rage tweeting and spilling the beans.)

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My lands, yes. Still combing through it!

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Wild news day today.

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NY Times breaking news: President Trump must provide his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, a federal judge ruled again, rejecting the president’s arguments on appeal (against 8 years of tax returns)

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Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now we REALLY know why Barr was trying to oust the SDNY US Attorney!

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Wasn't sure where this should go, but here, I think.

Steve Bannon indicted on fraud charges for alleged fundraising scheme

Donald Trump's former political adviser and other leaders of the We Build the Wall online fundraising campaign have been arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering by federal prosecutors.

(Being prosecuted in SDNY).

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson
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#BREAKING I just announced that I am taking President Trump to court for his assault on the Postal Service and our democracy.

I am leading a coalition of states, including many battlegrounds, to protect the Postal Service and Vote-by-Mail from President Trump's partisan attacks. The Postal Service is a critical institution millions of Americans rely on for their prescriptions, their Social Security benefits -- and to exercise their Right to Vote.

Like so many of his most destructive policies, President Trump’s assault on mail-in ballots violates the law. The Trump Administration’s unilateral cuts deny Washington and other states the right to comment on changes that cause a nationwide impact on service. That’s wrong -- and illegal.

Our coalition will be fighting in federal court right here in Washington state. We are 30-1 in our challenges to President Trump's illegal actions. Stay tuned.

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A federal appeals court in New York on Monday let stand an earlier decision to allow a group of hotel and restaurant owners to sue President Trump for allegedly violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

The ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to deny Trump’s request for a rehearing could tee up an appeal by Trump to the Supreme Court over the meaning of the constitutional bar on self-dealing by federal officeholders.
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Monday’s 8-4 decision in favor of the hospitality industry members was hailed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a public interest group backing the lawsuit.

"We're pleased at the 2nd Circuit's decision and look forward to continuing this historic case," said Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for CREW.

The lawsuit, one of several disputes involving Trump and the Emoluments Clause, claims the president violated the constitutional provision by refusing to put his business assets in a blind trust while in office and profiting off the presidency, to the detriment of industry competitors.

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Breaking news: Attorneys general from at least six states are huddling to discuss possible lawsuits against the administration to block it from reducing mail service between now and the election

I know I reached out to Xavier Becerra, Ellen Rosenblum, and Dan Ferguson on this, and I know many others did as well. I don't doubt it was always possible... the DAGA has had our backs for a while. (95 anti Trump abuse suits so far for Xavier Becerra (and others). Look forward to more.


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Michelle Obama!

(don't need to say anything else)

except maybe how odd it will sound when Melania copies it.

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Now, if he and Steyer would just get together with some other billionaires and buy Fox News.


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Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to spend $60 million to strengthen the Democratic House majority in November, roughly matching the money he invested in flipping control of the House in 2018, according to a Bloomberg adviser familiar with the plans.

The spending will include digital and television ads to defend some of the 20 freshman Democrats he helped win in 2018, along with spending aimed at defeating additional Republican incumbents.

The effort will include new money to several groups, including a revival of Bloomberg’s own political vehicle, Independence USA, and donations to the House Majority PAC, a group closely associated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the Bloomberg adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal planning.

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The DAGA ones, you bet.

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I have been mostly happy with how the state Attorneys General have been stepping up these last few years!

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Criminal Referral hot diggity! STATE AG yet.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) tonight made a criminal referral to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal seeking the empaneling of a state grand jury to look at electoral subversion by Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and other possible Trump administration officials in their accelerating arson of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order that will make the state’s November General Election conducted mostly by mail ballot.

“I call upon you to open a wide-ranging investigation of Trump’s actions to interfere in our elections and to empanel a grand jury for the purpose of considering criminal indictments for Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, members of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, and any other officials in the Trump government that are participating in or have participated in the subversion of New Jersey state elections,” Rep. Pascrell writes New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer.

In a live televised interview on August 13, 2020, Donald Trump bragged that he is withholding support to the U.S. Postal Service to interfere with voting-by-mail across the country to rig the November 2020 election in his favor. Trump’s open admission confirms recent reporting of widespread delays to Americans’ mail and package delivery and the deliberate sabotage of USPS functions and operations at the behest of administration orders.

“American democracy is today in question. What we do today can make a difference in our future. Please act decisively,” Pascrell concludes.

Since this crisis began, Rep. Pascrell has been aggressively demanding accountability. On May 21, Pascrell wrote to USPS Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb demanding an investigation of turmoil at the USPS, purportedly stemming from a pattern of interference engineered by the Trump administration in its efforts to destabilize the post office. On August 12, Pascrell again called on IG Whitcomb to probe postal turmoil. After soliciting responses from constituents, this week Rep. Pascrell released a slate of stories from North Jersey residents in the Ninth District describing the impact of Trump and Republicans’ vicious vandalism against USPS.

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Just an op ed in WAPO but...

It has suddenly dawned on Senate Republicans: They’re doomed

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There is no deal yet between the White House and House Democrats on the stimulus bill, the Heroes Act, which the House passed more than two months ago. The Senate Republicans’ bill, finally rolled out last week, was so preposterously insufficient even President Trump called it “semi-irrelevant.”

Senate Republicans are so irrelevant they are not even participating in talks between the president’s representatives — White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). That’s right: The Democratic minority leader is relevant; the Republicans are not.

That is because they have allowed the anti-government, anti-science Trump sycophants to disclaim any interest in the bill, thereby handing the reins to Democrats. Only recently does it seem to have dawned on Republican incumbents on the ballot three months from now that this is not a good place to be. CNN reports: “Republican senators are increasingly concerned over the state of stimulus negotiations on Capitol Hill. They’re frustrated over how long it is taking to reach an agreement and fearful that a deal may not come together at all as the country remains in crisis.”

Gosh, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) must be very concerned. She offers, “I don’t want to see first responders . . . as well as sanitation crews and public works employs laid off and losing their jobs plus disrupting essential services.” If only the senator were part of some body that could have addressed this months ago. If only she could have prevailed upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to act promptly after the House passed its bill. On Wednesday she evidenced a desire not to follow her colleagues down the road to political oblivion. CNBC reports:

Three Republican senators, two of whom face tough elections this fall, released a bill Wednesday that offers more generous unemployment insurance than their party’s existing coronavirus aid plan would.

The proposal from Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Martha McSally of Arizona would give states the choice of paying recipients either $400 or $500 per week in August, on top of what they would normally receive from the state. In September, the benefit would drop to $400 a week in every state.

Why they should reduce benefits at all during a time of massive unemployment when jobs simply are not available (as the Federal Reserve chief has reiterated) is not clear; what is clear from polling is that Collins and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) are in deep trouble and are staring at defeat in a few months.


Opinion | Eviction in a pandemic: Experts warn of unprecedented crisis without federal relief
Without federal intervention, experts warn of an unprecedented wave of evictions in the coming months, more devastating than the 2008 foreclosure crisis. (Joy Sharon Yi/The Washington Post)

If only they had some power in February to remove the unfit and corrupt president from office, instead of leaving him there to purge witnesses from his administration, seek vengeance on foes, force out inspectors general and botch the response to the coronavirus.

If only McSally, whose state is now one of the worst hit by the novel coronavirus after an irresponsible and premature reopening, could have rebuffed Trump instead of clinging to him (The Daily Beast describes her as “unwavering in her public support since her appointment, redirecting frustration with the president’s coronavirus response to condemn China’s role in the pandemic”). If only she could have taken a strong stance to support her states’ interests. (“McSally’s refusal to publicly take a side on numerous issues of major interest to voters in the state—her noncommittal response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program . . . being a representative example—has added to the perception that she cares more about politics than policy,” the Daily Beast reports.)

Let me suggest that Senate Republicans, angst-ridden over the failure to conclude a deal, should have taken action when Trump put his reelection above national security concerns; when he refused to hold Russia accountable for bounties on our troops; when he aired false, quack theories and contradicted expert advice; when he insisted on reopening states while the virus still raged; and when he held a rally endangering thousands of Americans. They could have removed him — rebuked him even or, at the very least, declared they would not vote for him in November — for any number of corrupt and malicious actions. Instead, they bet their careers and mortgaged their conscience to their political party.

Republicans are worried now? Hey, it is what it is.

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House accelerates oversight of Postal Service as uproar grows, demanding top officials testify at ‘urgent’ hearing
The House Oversight Committee announced a hearing for Aug. 24, inviting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan
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As officials from the Trump administration and campaign defended the president on Aug. 16, Democrats claimed Postal Service cuts could hurt the 2020 election. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)
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The House Oversight Committee will hold an emergency hearing on mail delays and concerns about potential White House interference in the U.S. Postal Service, inviting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan to testify Aug. 24, top Democrats announced on Sunday.

Democrats have alleged that DeJoy, a former Republican National Convention finance chairman, is taking steps that are causing dysfunction in the mail system and could wreak havoc in the presidential election. The House had earlier not planned a hearing until September.

“The postmaster general and top Postal Service leadership must answer to the Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these dangerous new policies that threaten to silence the voices of millions, just months before the election,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Oversight Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said in a statement announcing the hearing.

Graphic: At least 77% of American voters can cast ballots by mail in the fall

The Postal Service is beset with delays because of policy changes implemented by DeJoy, a former logistics executive and ally of President Trump. DeJoy banned postal workers from making extra trips to ensure on-time mail delivery and cracked down on overtime hours. Localities across the country have struggled with USPS backlogs of up to a week, hamstringing local businesses and delaying the arrival of crucial mail items, including prescription medications, Social Security checks and bills.
Trump says time is 'not right' to meet with Democrats about Postal Service funding
President Trump said Aug. 15 that he agrees the Postal Service needs more funds before the upcoming election, blaming Democrats for the lack of relief. (The Washington Post)

The Postal Service is in the process of removing 671 high-speed mail-sorting machines nationwide this month, a process that will eliminate 21.4 million items per hour’s worth of processing capability from the agency’s inventory.

On Thursday and Friday, it began removing public collection boxes in parts of California, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Montana. The agency said Friday that it would stop mailbox removals, which it said were routine, until after the election.

And White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that it would also halt sorting-machine removals.

Meadows also said the White House is open to Congress passing a stand-alone measure to ensure the U.S. Postal Service is adequately funded to manage a surge in mail voting in November.

“The president of the United States is not going to interfere with anybody casting their votes in a legitimate way whether it’s the post office or anything else,” he said.
The House Oversight Committee will hold an emergency hearing on the Postal Service on Aug. 24. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)
The House Oversight Committee will hold an emergency hearing on the Postal Service on Aug. 24. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Both statements would appear to step back from the president’s comments Thursday when he said he opposed Postal Service funding because he wanted to restrict expanding voting by mail.

Meadows insisted the president is only opposed to states sending ballots directly to all registered voters — not to a more common practice in which states send mail ballots only to registered voters who request them. Trump, however, attacked all forms of mail voting for months before recently dialing back his criticism in particular states, including Florida, where he voted by mail himself this year.

“The president doesn’t have a problem with anybody voting by mail if you would look at it in terms of a no-excuse absentee ballot,” Meadows said. “What he opposes is universal mail-in ballots."

There are five states that voted nearly entirely by mail before the pandemic and four more that have announced plans to do so since the pandemic hit. Meadows suggested more states will attempt to shift to sending ballots directly to all registered voters between now and the election.

“This is more about states trying to re-create how they get their ballots and they’re trying to do it on a compressed timeline that won’t work,” he said.

Calls had grown in recent days from within the Democratic caucus for Pelosi and Maloney to get more aggressive on postal oversight.

Examining the arguments against voting by mail: Does it really lead to fraud or benefit only Democrats

The committee invited DeJoy to an earlier hearing Aug. 7, but he declined to appear, citing a conflict with the Postal Service’s quarterly board of governors meeting, according to committee staff.

The committee last month scheduled a meeting with DeJoy on Sept. 17, but Democrats began privately voicing displeasure last week to leadership that as the postmaster general continued making changes in mail delivery, that the chamber would not have an opportunity to cross-examine him for another month.

That led Pelosi on Saturday to float calling the House back into session to take up postal legislation. The House is not set to return until after Labor Day. The committee can conduct the hearing without Pelosi calling members back to work.

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This may be good. ICE pulled a Portland on Bend, Oregon (both towns I've lived in for LONNNNNG periods).

However in Bend, it looks like protesters may have stopped a larger sweep.

DHS took off with 2 arrestees - leaving the jurisdiction before a judge could issue a ruling on a TRO. An AG there (being attacked by Fox, now) was negotiating up the chain. He got to (a?) second in command and was told the raid was ordered at the highest levels of government (illegally seated Sec DHS Chad Wolf? Higher?) and "they did not want a peaceful resolution".

Holy holy crap. (Sorry guys). But at least all the unmarked vans, two buses, and snipers were not used. Pepper spray was, though.

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Let's start with "Let's Vote" resources for all 50 states. Three good sources:

emoticon General Info: howto.vote/
emoticon Collecting and returning mail-in ballots rules for each state: www.ncsl.org/research/electi
ons-and-ca
mpaigns/vopp-table-10-who-ca
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emoticon More general info: projects.fivethirtyeight.com
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te-2020/

emoticon Now, a Public Service Announcement:


Onward to the Good News!
emoticon The Marist Poll shows Joe Biden has a 53% to 42% national lead over Trump, the largest lead ever for this poll. Marist is rated as an A+ poll by 538.

In the Marist late June poll Biden’s lead was 52% to 44%. In February it was 50% to 44%.

Approval of Trump is at 39%, the lowest it has been since January 2019, according to the survey. The generic poll was Democrats 49% to 43% for Republicans.
emoticon Cook Report Shifts 15 US House Races, 11 in the Direction of the Democratic Candidates
emoticon An economic crisis in Kentucky has workers, businesses furious with McConnell

The labor protest marked only the latest in a series of exasperated complaints from Kentuckians directed at McConnell (R), as some locals find themselves frustrated by the absence of their powerful political representative on Capitol Hill. In more than two dozen interviews, out-of-work residents, struggling restaurant owners and other business leaders, as well as a cadre of annoyed food, housing and labor rights groups, all said they are in dire need of more support from Congress — the likes of which McConnell has not been able to provide.
emoticon Discontent with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is on the rise in the House, as Republicans increasingly fearful of a loss by President Trump on Election Day gear up for an intraparty war over the future of the GOP.
emoticon Facebook will start banning posts that contain blackface or that promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jewish people are running the world.
emoticon Dolly Parton Backs Black Lives Matter: “Do We Think Our Little White Asses Are the Only Ones That Matter?”
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And the icing on the big blue cake, Who Won The Week?
emoticon Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), for signing a law expanding felony charges and jail time to include attacks against retail workers who try to enforce face covering requirements
emoticon Tuesday's election winners, including red-to-blue flipper (by 20 points) Spencer Wetmore in South Carolina's 115th state House district, and Rep. Ilhan Omar who won her primary in Minnesota
emoticon The federal courts in Florida and Idaho that issued or upheld favorable rulings on bathroom rights and birth certificate gender markers for trans plaintiffs
emoticon NY state Supreme Court Justice Verna Saunders, for nixing accused rapist Donald Trump's effort to delay a lawsuit by E. Jean Carroll, allowing her to get his DNA to prove her claim
emoticon HuffPost reporter Shirish Date, for asking Trump point-blank: "after three and a half years, do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people?" [Trump failed to answer]
emoticon Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), the first African-American and Asian-American woman ever to be chosen to be the running mate on a major party's presidential ticket
emoticon Satan, for luring Jerry Falwell, Jr. into a life of apparent drunken lasciviousness so successfully that upon discovery of his lewd lifestyle he had to take an "indefinite leave of absence"
emoticon Shadow President Joe Biden, for calling on all governors to implement mask mandates for the next three months to save 40,000 American lives: "Be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing."
emoticon Dolly Parton, doling out the pain to the racists as she comes out in support of the BLM protests: "Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"
emoticon Karma, as human KKK snot rag Harry Rogers gets six years for driving his car into a crowd of BLM protesters in Virginia (and still faces three more felony charges)

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WaPO - a distinction that helps a state that isn't trying to undermine elections

The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed the Republican Party and allowed a consent decree to go forward so that Rhode Island voters during the coronavirus pandemic could cast mail-in ballots without in-person witness verification.

It was the first time the justices had agreed to a pandemic-related voter relief effort. But they explained in a short, unsigned order that state officials had agreed to relax the rules and that the change already had been implemented during the June primary.

Unlike “similar cases where a state defends its own law, here the state election officials support the challenged decree, and no state official has expressed opposition,” the order said. “Under these circumstances, the applicants lack a cognizable interest in the state’s ability to enforce its duly enacted laws.”

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OH snap....

Trump attacks women... AOC calls him out

"During the interview with Bartiromo, Trump criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s support for the so-called Green New Deal, which was championed by Ocasio-Cortez, and quickly pivoted to a personal attack on the freshman Democrat.

“AOC was a poor student,” Trump said. “I mean, I won’t say where she went to school, it doesn’t matter. This is not even a smart person, other than she’s got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she yaps. These guys — they’re all afraid of her.”

Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded to Trump with a challenge.

“Let’s make a deal, Mr. President,” she tweeted. “You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student. Loser has to fund the Post Office.”

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From People's World, a labor page...

WASHINGTON—The Letter Carriers union has filed a national grievance, an unusual move, against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took over the agency, promptly fired 21-31 top staffers, and imposed shutdown actions and an overtime ban that slows the mail down.

The union’s grievance, which also demands mandated talks over DeJoy’s moves, comes just after 84 lawmakers from both parties wrote to him denouncing the shutdowns and work ban, and as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted DeJoy’s schemes in a weekend press conference via Zoom.

And Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., chair of a House subcommittee that deals with postal service legislation, tweeted DeJoy’s slowdown scheme “is absolutely an attempt to interfere with the (November) election.”

“One way to suppress (mail-in) votes is to slow down delivery of the mail,” Connolly tweeted.

“NALC initiated a national-level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of the delivery initiative test called Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS),” union President Fredric Rolando’s formal legal filing said.

An internal USPS document the lawmakers obtained admits the result may be “mail left behind and mail left on the workroom floor or in docks” because Letter Carriers would be banned from using overtime and/or making extra trips to deliver it.

“The ESAS test raises the same fundamental issue NALC raised in previous national level disputes: Whether the Postal Service may suspend compliance with the National Agreement (the contract) or applicable regulations under the guise of conducting a ‘test.’ It remains our position that management may not unilaterally implement tests which are inconsistent with regulations outlined in handbooks and manuals without first reaching an agreement with the union,” Rolando’s filing said.

Rolando went on to explain DeJoy notified the union on July 16 that the ESAS test was scheduled to start at 400 sites nine days later. ESAS, the union said, “substantially alters delivery practices and procedures” in the Postal Service’s own handbooks for workers.

“These changes directly impact terms and conditions of employment of city letter carriers” and violate the USPS contract with the 200,000-member union, Rolando said.

The altered practices are no overtime and leaving undelivered mail to be taken to addresses the next day or the day after, further slowing down those days’ mail, too. That got lawmakers’ attention, and drew their ire against DeJoy, a major Republican donor. Open Secrets reports he’s given $16,200 to Trump’s campaigns and another $5,000 to a Trump PAC. And he’s given almost $1 million to the national party.

The delays could not only affect delivery of vital items, such as food and medicines, but also cost consumers money by delaying bills so long people would have to pay finance charges. Some other objectors, including Mark Dimondstein, president of the Postal Workers, the other big postal union, add delays could also prevent people from successfully voting this fall.

Nonpartisan analysts estimate three-fourths of people in the U.S. are eligible to vote by mail on or before the Nov. 3 election. In its delayed primary on Aug. 8, Hawaii became the seventh state to switch to totally voting by mail.

But voting by mail assumes USPS delivers ballots to voters on time and that it postmarks returned ballots on or before Election Day. DeJoy’s delays throw both propositions into doubt.

It was those delays, including for medicines and ballots, that drew the congressional protests.

DeJoy justifies his moves with the same explanation prior GOP-named Postmasters General used: The need to cut costs due to the Postal Service’s flood of red ink. He did not mention the real reason for the ongoing yearly deficits, but Rolando frequently does: The annual $5 billion the USPS must fork over to prepay future health care benefits for current and future workers.

That mandate, which a GOP-run Congress imposed in 2006, sent the USPS deep into the red ever since and kept it there. The current coronavirus-caused depression and resulting closures have only made matters worse, leading the USPS board to approach Congress for a $25 billion grant as part of the next pandemic economic stimulus package. The House approved it, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opposes it. So does Trump. He threatens to veto any legislation with it.

DeJoy’s “changes include eliminating overtime and restrictions on certain letter carrier activities,” the lawmakers said. USPS’s own document “states ‘If we cannot deliver all mail’ as a result of staffing shortages, ’the mail will not go out.’”

“The document goes on to state these measures are aimed at cutting costs and ‘making the USPS financially solvent.’” Congress shares the USPS solvency goal, their letter adds.

But “the rhetoric used in the document compares the Postal Service to a private company concerned only with the bottom line, rather than the constitutionally mandated public service it is.

“While these changes in a normal year would be drastic, in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner—an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election.

“In addition to the swift nature and negative impacts of these reported changes, the Postal Service did not consult with any relevant unions, the mailing and package industry, or other stakeholders before taking these drastic actions. The Postal Service also failed to consult with relevant members of Congress who are in ongoing negotiations over additional financial support and possible reform legislation for the Postal Service,” they said.

Their letter asked DeJoy, a white North Carolinian corporate owner and investor, if the memos are official USPS “policy and practice,” and whether DeJoy got the USPS board’s OK for them. Trump named the entire USPS board. The lawmakers also want to know why DeJoy instituted this “experiment” before unveiling a long-term solvency plan for the USPS.

And they want to know the practical impact of DeJoy’s moves in slowing down the mail. They did not ask if the GOP Trump regime ordered DeJoy’s experiments. Trump caters to right-wing demands to “privatize” the USPS, cut pay and benefits, and dump union contracts for its 604,000 workers, most of them women, people of color, veterans, or combinations thereof.

However, responding to a prior letter from House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., on the DeJoy’s changes, USPS said on July 22 that “these changes did not originate from Postal Service headquarters,” the committee reported. It will call DeJoy to testify on Sept. 17 on his moves.

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Just saw this one!

[Multnomah County District Attorney Mike] Schmidt said the district attorney's office won't prosecute protesters arrested for city ordinance violations that don't include property damage, theft or the use or threat of force against another person.

Arrest charges for crimes that allege "intentional physical violence against community members and/or law enforcement" will be handled by general office policies, Schmidt said. This includes charges for assault and arson.

"If you are out there committing violence or damaging property, you will be prosecuted," Schmidt said.

But the district attorney's office won't prosecute charges where the most serious charge is a city ordinance violation, which includes:

Interfering with a peace officer or parole and probation officer
Disorderly conduct in the second degree
Criminal trespass in the first and second degree
Escape in the third degree
Harassment
Riot (unless accompanied by a charge outside of this list)
Schmidt clarified that if a riot charge is accompanied by a charge for crimes involving physical violence or property damage, the office will prosecute that riot charge.

The new policy applies to protests starting May 29 and is specific to these protests, Schmidt said.

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Excellent share! :)

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One of my favorite Daily Kos writers is GoodNewsRoundup, and she's been running a series of daily posts to whip up enthusiasm for Joe by reminding folks of who he is, what he's accomplished, and what he stands for. Here's a link to today's article, which also includes links to her previous 34 installments. I've copied the titles below.

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Day 1: Biden’s Tax Plan

Day 2: Biden and Gay Marriage

Day 3: Biden’s FDR Sized presidency

Day 4: Biden is a mensch

Day 5: Biden has a Covid-19 plan

Day 6: Biden ran the Obama economic recovery

Day 7: Biden’s Housing Plan

Day 8: Biden knows love and commitment

Day 9: Biden knows exactly who Republicans are

Day 10: Biden understands America

Day 11: Biden will bring smart, progressive policies to help Americans

Day 12: Biden has felt pain and found empathy

Day 13: Biden and the Violence Against Women Act

Day 14: Biden was endorsed by John Lewis

Day 15: Biden will protect teacher’s unions

Day 16: Biden will be a steady hand in the White House

Day 17: Biden cares about people in the dawn and twilight of life

Day 18 Biden has a great economic plan

Day 19: Biden would yank the Keystone XL Pipeline permit

Day 20: Biden has plans to help Americans with disabilities

Day 21: Biden sponsored the very first climate bill when in the senate

Day 22: Biden is a person of great character

Day 23: Biden has a great plan for saving the planet

Day 24: Biden has a great healthcare plan

Day 25: Biden will increase housing equality

Day 26: Biden loves dogs

Day 27: Biden has foreign policy swag

Day 28: Biden will work to increase the minimum wage to $15

Day 29: Biden will stand against gun violence

Day 30: Biden will protect, empower, and expand unions

Day 31: Biden knows commitment, love, and patience

Day 32: Biden is a person of faith

Day 33: Biden will listen to experts

Day 34: Biden will protect and expand social security

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I am so relieved on so many levels! He made an excellent choice!

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One word: KAMALA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

annnnnnd Biden Campaign Shatters Fundraising Record After Kamala Harris Named VP Pick

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and another...

President Donald Trump on Saturday lied about signing Barack Obama’s Veterans Choice bill — as he has done over 140 times.

But unlike the other scores of times he has lied about the topic, Trump was called to task for his mistruth during his Saturday press conference at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid called out Trump — and the leader of the free world abruptly fled his press conference.

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Brava, can't wait to share with my tiny postcard team! THANKS!


Also this bit of deep fried deliciousness from Politico this morning:

When President Donald Trump connected by phone last week with Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson — perhaps the only person in the party who can cut a nine-figure check to aid his reelection — the phone call unexpectedly turned contentious.

The 87-year-old casino mogul had reached out to Trump to talk about the coronavirus relief bill and the economy. But then Trump brought the conversation around to the campaign and confronted Adelson about why he wasn’t doing more to bolster his reelection, according to three people with direct knowledge of the call. One of the people said it was apparent the president had no idea how much Adelson, who’s donated tens of millions of dollars to pro-Trump efforts over the years, had helped him. Adelson chose not to come back at Trump.

-- bottom line of the story: Campaign freaking out. Adelson may or may not continue to support him or he may just switch to the Senate, but now he's got Trump in a 1 down position. Trump needs the money.



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Lots of gold nuggets shining through the metric tonnes of manure that's being shoveled on us daily. Without further ado, Who Won The Week?

emoticon Missouri voters, for approving the Obamacare option to expand Medicaid, giving over 220,000 residents access to affordable health care
emoticon Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, for successfully returning to Earth aboard the Endeavour craft via the first splashdown in 45 years
emoticon New York Attorney General Letitia James, for filing a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA after its leaders funneled tens of millions of membership dollars toward hedonistic pleasures for decades
emoticon Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, as the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical aircraft pilot receives her naval aviator's "Wings of Gold"
emoticon Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, for showing how strong interview preparation and determination to call Trump on his BS and stupidity proved disastrous for President "It Is What It Is"
emoticon The November election in Kansas where, we know now, all five Democratic congressional nominees on the ballot will be women
emoticon Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, for obliterating Republicans as they berated and badgered her during their anti-Biden fishing expedition in the Senate Judiciary Committee
emoticon Progressive Black Lives Matter protest leader Cori Bush, who toppled the 50-year Clay dynasty in Missouri's Democratic primary for the 1st congressional district seat
emoticon The long arm of the law, as we learned that Deutsche Bank has already complied with a subpoena by the Manhattan DA's office for Trump family crime syndicate documents
emoticon All the state governments who have voted to send out vote-by-mail ballots to everyone, including New York, Connecticut, and Nevada

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Mother Jones: Scotland. Scottish lawmakers are pushing to peer into Trump’s finances using an anti-money-­laundering statute typically employed against kleptocrats, oligarchs, and crime kingpins.

Their question: Where did the hundreds of millions Trump poured into his Scottish courses actually come from?

-- I'm thinking that's one place where they won't flee to after the election. And https://www.gov.scot/policies/crime-preven
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rime/ here's the policy!!!!!!

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OREGONIAN: A federal judge on Thursday extended for another two weeks a temporary restraining order that restricts federal law enforcement from threatening to assault, assaulting or arresting journalists or legal observers documenting protests in Portland.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon extended the order through 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 over the objections of attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice.

... gonna bet that may need to be extended. DHS paperwork showed they were planning to be there til Jan. 2021, and 150 are still hanging around.

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You're good! I knew it was announced they got it, but didn't see the Maddow report yet.

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Nice collage!

So, have you noticed that the news is a 50/50 blend of exciting and terrifying lately? Rachel just interviewed the NYTimes reporter who revealed that Deustche Bank actually TURNED OVER subpoenaed documents a year ago that the Manhattan DA has been working with. This was an hour after Chris Hayes interviewed a political operative who explained why GOP operatives have been desperate to get Kanye West on the ballot in PA, WI, and MI, among other states.

It reminds me of Steve Martin in that scene from Parenthood where he's watching the wreck of the school play and hearing the screams of a roller coaster in his head.
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Oh diggity dog

News: The Manhattan DA issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank for financial statements that President Trump provided to the bank.

Deutsche complied and handed over documents to the DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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President Donald Trump was banned from Tweeting on Wednesday after Twitter told the president he had to delete the misinformation about children not getting the coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, Facebook made the same move, but removed Trump’s post themselves, marking it a lie. Twitter took a more drastic approach, which is likely going to draw the president’s ire and the anger from his son, Donald Trump Jr. who was barred from Twitter last week.

This is from Raw Story - just posted minutes ago (it's about 5:50 here). Last post from Trump's account was an hour ago.

Seeing it pop up on other reporting now.

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oh, wow. that's such good news!

hey, just finished helping with a grant request for our search and rescue group. I also made them a collage (online) using some great pictures they have













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This just in!

"Deep red Missouri becomes 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion under Obamacare"

Ha! You think that maybe universal healthcare would is a popular issue or something?

"COLUMBIA, MO. — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.

"Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning in July 2021, according to estimates from the state auditor."

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Thanks for all this great news!

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Okay, jump on the bed before going to sleep time.

It was close :( buuuuut Trump-pardoned felon Joe Arpaio did lose the Republican primary tonight for the Maricopa Sheriff job.

YEE to the HAWWWW!

That is all.

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I did the text bank training for Windivisible (National Indivisible's get out the vote project). I have a couple things to set up yet now that I've done the training but here's what they did in the first week... more to come!

"We made big asks and you delivered -- our first Windivisible Week of Action was a huge success! We knew you were good, but you all really showed up and exceeded our expectations. To recap, we had hoped groups would host 150 events and contact half a million voters. Instead, groups hosted over 300 events across 37 states (!!!) and all that hard work amounted to contacting over 742,000 voters across the country. Take a look at this map of events!"





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BREAKING: In big victory for voting rights, Minnesota court ORDERS for November 2020 Election:

1. Ballots postmarked by Election Day must be counted.
2. Witness signature requirement is invalid.

Victory for Democracy and another defeat for @GOP
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https://democracydocket.com/minnesota/

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If you aren't in Portland, you may not be following Christopher David AKA Captain Portland, the Navy Vet who was beaten by the anonymized federal officers when he approached to ask them about their oath of office. (Protect and Defend the Constitution). They broke his hand and tear-gassed him from a foot away.

He is part of and a key reason for the #WallofVets that came to stand between the @WallofMoms, both unarmed groups standing between the cops and Black Lives Matter protesters. They pivot to BLM as the point frequently, but there are now veteran chapters in at least 13 states (maybe more by now). Chris is testifying before a congressional round table tomorrow.

We've still got good, nonviolent, right minded people.

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These are awesome!!!

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Automatic voter registration passed in New York! This win belongs to our New York community -- everyone who made calls to Albany (nearly 9,000 calls in total!), sent emails, and spoke out on social media to demand this long-overdue reform. Once the governor signs this legislation, New York will be poised to add over a million voters to the rolls by automatically registering eligible voters when they interact with government agencies. It will become the 18th state to do so, and we’re committed to passing this reform nationwide! We love to see it!

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An American Story: Town Fridge

Over the past month, a group calling itself "Town Fridge" has set up four refrigerators in publicly accessible spaces around Oakland, Calif. Anyone can open up the fridge anytime and pull out free food and drinks, from eggs to water bottles to fresh produce.

— The project, fueled by volunteers and donations, has one simple goal: try and provide sustenance for anyone who needs it. The group plans to set up five more fridges around town soon.

— Currently, Town Fridge has around 100 volunteers. The collective is constantly talking with residents, restaurants, and business owners to try and pinpoint possible locations for future fridges.

— The Town Fridge organizers asked to remain anonymous, saying they don't want to draw attention to themselves as individuals, and that they want readers to focus instead on how Oaklanders can help each other get access to basic needs. "This isn't our job. We are not getting paid to do this. We are just concerned citizens wanting to help," organizers said. —The Oaklandside


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House Foreign Affairs Committee
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BREAKING: Chairs @RepEliotEngel & @RepMaloney and @SenatorMenendez announce subpoenas for witnesses in the investigation of President Trump's firing of State Department IG Steve Linick.

(I keep asking for Congressional hearings on these travesties. Good to see it when they are announced. I'm sure I'm missing some of them, but heartening news of the morning!!!!)

-- Just got 12 more addresses in Florida to encourage to sign up for vote by mail!

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Thanks for the link to Democracy Docket. I've been trying to follow the PA cases; their synopsis was clarifying!

Here's the list from Friday's "Who Won The Week":

emoticon California's 43,000 publicly-funded child care providers who voted to unionize in one of the biggest collective-bargaining elections in years
emoticon Massachusetts, for becoming the latest state to designate Juneteenth a state holiday
emoticon The House of Representatives, for unanimously approving legislation to establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall in D.C.
emoticon The Obamas: Michelle debuts boffo podcast and kicks off voter registration push, Barack delivers stirring eulogy for John Lewis, and the Obamas' joint production company earns 7 Emmy nominations
emoticon Hope for an end to the pandemic, as Moderna Therapeutics and NAIAD begin phase 3 trials of a promising COVID-19 vaccine candidate
emoticon The Resistance, as Trump's deranged America-hating Gestapo finally breaks under pressure from local, state, and federal Democratic officials and starts hauling their lardasses out of Portland and Seattle
emoticon The organizers and speakers who made the eloquent extended farewell to Congressman John Lewis in Alabama, D.C., and Georgia a historic celebration of his life
emoticon NASA, for successfully launching the Perseverance rover (along with its very own helicopter) on its 7-month trip to Mars
emoticon Federal Judge George Daniels, for blocking Trump's policy denying residency to immigrants who officials believe are likely to use public benefits (e.g. food stamps, medicare)
emoticon Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose limited-edition Topps "first pitch" baseball trading card set a sales record for the company in only 24 hours

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PS... read today that the anti Trump 18-30ish vote is showing up.

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