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    [–] More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden, including some who served under Trump dingo8yobb 199 points ago in politics

    "We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it," they wrote.

    The retired officers and officials said the country needs a principled, honest leader who shows empathy for fellow citizens, values alliances, makes informed decisions and takes personal responsibility.

    ”While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden's positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values," they wrote.

    ”The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the letter says.

    "Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea's nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America's farmers and manufacturers," it says.

    [–] ‘Going Full Jim Crow’: Attorneys Hammer Florida AG for Criminally Investigating Bloomberg’s Payment of Ex-Felons’ Fines dingo8yobb 346 points ago in politics

    Matthew Segal, the Legal Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, said the Florida GOP’s continued efforts to prevent former felons from voting reflects the true purpose of requiring that all fines be paid.

    “If you say people can’t vote until their debts are paid and then object to their debts being paid, you confirm that your true purpose was to prevent voting rather than to collect debt,” he tweeted.

    Attorney and member of the New York Times editorial board Jesse Wegman relayed a similar sentiment.

    “One of the potential charges is ‘offering incentives to vote,’” he tweeted. “In other words, FL Republicans are admitting that they are requiring the payment of fines and fees from indigent people precisely to make it hard or impossible for them to vote.”

    Daniel Jacobson, a lawyer who formerly worked in the Obama White House, said DeSantis was “going full Jim Crow here.”

    [–] House Democrats Introduce Bill to Outlaw Presidential Self-Pardons, Criminalize Corrupt Acts of Clemency dingo8yobb 547 points ago in politics

    Connected to all of this is the so-called the “No President is Above the Law Act” section of the bill, which can be found in sec. 201. That section would dictate that a president or vice president cannot use public office as a way to dodge any statute of limitations:

    In the case of any person serving as President or Vice President of the United States, the duration of that person’s tenure in office shall not be considered for purposes of any statute of limitations applicable to any Federal criminal offense committed by that person (including any offenses committed during any period of time preceding such tenure in office).”

    Notably, this would also apply to any offenses committed prior to taking office.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Democratic chairs of various other House Committees said in a statement that President Donald Trump’s time in office shows why such legislation is necessary.

    “Since taking office, President Trump has placed his own personal and political interests above the national interest by protecting and enriching himself, targeting his political opponents, seeking foreign interference in our elections, eroding transparency, seeking to end accountability, and otherwise abusing the power of his office,” the lawmakers said. “Our democracy is not self-effectuating – it takes work and a commitment to guard it against those who would undermine it, whether foreign or domestic. It is time for Congress to strengthen the bedrock of our democracy and ensure our laws are strong enough to withstand a lawless president. That’s why we are acting today to introduce the Protecting Our Democracy Act.

    [–] President Good Deals Strikes Again dingo8yobb 13 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in politics

    The New York Times just reported that the Trump administration was on the verge of a deal with pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs, but then at the last minute the talks collapsed. But it’s why the deal fell apart that makes this story special.

    Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, insisted the drug makers pay for $100 cash cards that would be mailed to seniors before November — “Trump Cards,” some in the industry called them.
    Some of the drugmakers bridled at being party to what they feared would be seen as an 11th-hour political boost for Mr. Trump, the people familiar with the matter said.

    Trump: We want to bribe people using “Trump cards”.

    Big Pharma: That’s blatantly unethical. We’re out!


    [–] Trump makes fresh vaccine promises, says he knows better than experts dingo8yobb 8 points ago in politics

    Apparently 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready before the end of the year, and that "we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April," Trump said in a Friday press conference. But despite Trump's apparent confidence, no vaccine has been proven safe and effective for humans yet, and there's no telling when one will be. Moderna, a company developing a vaccine in the U.S., has found it hard to prove the vaccine's effectiveness as COVID-19 cases decline, but suggested vaccines could be widely available early next year.

    Trump's confidence in the matter may stem from his belief that he is the expert in the COVID-19 pandemic, not scientists and doctors. "How is it that you don't trust your own experts? Do you think you know better than they do?" Trump was asked at the Friday conference. "Yeah, in many cases I do," Trump, who has no medical or scientific background, responded.

    He has no background in anything but lying.

    [–] New, Highly Credible Polls Offer Bad News For Trump dingo8yobb 9 points ago in politics

    Six polling outfits have earned FiveThirtyEight’s gold-standard “A-plus” rating, and two of them have released surveys today; neither offers any good news for President Trump in his efforts to cut into Joe Biden’s national and battleground-state leads.


    President Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic has imperiled both his own re-election and his party’s majority in the Senate, and Republican lawmakers in crucial states like Arizona, North Carolina and Maine have fallen behind their Democratic challengers amid broad disapproval of the president, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College …

    In all three states, Democratic Senate candidates were leading Republican incumbents by five percentage points or more.

    A net gain of three Senate seats would produce a Democratic Senate if Biden wins and Kamala Harris becomes the tie-breaking president of the Senate.

    [–] Barr’s DOJ Screws Up ‘Routine’ Effort to Defend Trump in E. Jean Carroll Case dingo8yobb 122 points ago in politics

    In a terse two-page order by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Judge Lewis A. Kaplan admonished the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for its second failed attempt at (1) having E. Jean Carroll‘s defamation case against Trump removed from state court to federal court; and (2) having the United States “substitute itself for Donald J. Trump in his personal capacity as the defendant” in the high-profile case.

    [–] Apparent 33% Pay Cut For Campaign Manager Hints At Money Trouble For Trump dingo8yobb 242 points ago in politics

    Stepien’s pay cut is out of character for the Trump campaign, which has been paying lavish salaries and consulting fees compared to previous Republican presidential campaigns as well as the Biden campaign.

    Deputy communications director Erin Perrine, for example, is paid $160,000 ― more than what Biden campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, or anyone else on the Biden campaign, is paid. Trump campaign “senior adviser” Katrina Pierson is paid $240,000 annually, while communications director Tim Murtaugh got a $20,000 a year raise, from $230,000 to $250,000, the same month Stepien took a pay cut.

    And thanks to his newfound wealth, Parscale, who just a few years ago was designing websites in San Antonio for Trump’s properties, has been able to buy a $2.4 million waterfront house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a pair of million-dollar condos, a brand new $400,000 boat, and another half-million dollars in luxury cars, including a Range Rover and a Ferrari.

    “It’s breathtaking the amount of money raised and spent by team Trump, but even more shocking is how little they have to show for it,” said Rick Tyler, a Republican consultant who worked for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016.

    Added Wilson: “Don the Con got conned. Trump got played by all these people who are making a killing off of this.”

    Need more ConnedDontheCon stories...surely there are many that can out-con the “genius in the stable”.