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Today’s Big Stuff


It's Thursday. There are 96 days until the presidential election. A madman floats delaying the election, the American economy has its worst quarter on record and Trump and Barr take their Portland show to some new cities. 

Note: We're gonna keep it a little shorter than usual today. We decided this morning should belong to John Lewis. And of course idiot tweets from the idiot president. So if we're not cracking as many jokes or cussing as much today, that's why. As we've watched congressional hearings this week, it has been hard not to feel the pain of seeing a Congress that doesn't include John Lewis but does include Gym Jordan. It can be very easy to despair right now. To fear for the future while fearing the present. There are 150,000 dead Americans, and there is really no end in sight. We know you're not the type to even think about letting fatigue or disillusionment win the day, but we all have those moments when the mountain seems too steep to climb and our legs feel like they can't go another step. But Mr. Lewis left us a parting gift to deal with those moments. Please take a moment to read his final op-ed, to be published on the day of his funeral. That man was prepared to give everything for America to live up to its promise. Are we? More: New York Times

Note two: As Geoff Bennett points out, after President Obama's eulogy today, the former president will have eulogized Lewis, Elijah Cummings and John McCain at funerals where Trump was not welcome. If he's not fit to honor our greats, he's sure as hell not fit for office. Here's hoping he finds a way to keep his damn mouth shut this morning. 

Note three: RIP Malik B of The Roots.

Note four: The NBA is back today, and we're so happy we could cry, but we're not gonna because it's 2020 and our tears will probably somehow infect someone with something or just melt our faces off. 

Note five: Let's not lose sight of the fact that the president of the United States is openly running on segregation. "Suburban lifestyle dream" is not just the name of some kick-ass acid, it's also a racist bullhorn where the whistle used to be. Hell, even the NYT says so, and they're allergic to the word racist. More: New York Times

Note six: Everybody just cool the fuck out about Biden's veep. If we don't like the person he picks, we'll freaking learn to. And whomever is trashing Kamala Harris behind the scenes is really doing their candidate and their party a real disservice.

Note seven: We hope y'all have an amazing day. Hang in there. You're doing wonderful in really shitty circumstances. Love to you all from TBS.

Nope, no way, no thanks

In April, Trump said it was "propaganda" to suggest he was thinking of changing the date of the election. This morning he suggested doing just that. With horrifying economic news out, the Senate completely fucking up a good response and the world turning its attention to a real president and a late hero in Atlanta, Trump is probably just trying to get some attention. We don't care. This shit is not ok, and this is what he does. He floats bullshit trial balloons, and then sees what he can get away with. Well, the Constitution is pretty damn clear on this, and we're not moving the election. Suck it up, you orange asshole. More: CNN


While Republicans dither and try to pass $8 billion worth of military hardware, $1.75 billion for a new FBI building and about $377 million for some West Wing renovations, the American people are hurting badly. This morning we found out that last quarter, the U.S. experienced the biggest GDP drop in our history, with the economy shrinking 32.9 percent. Another 2.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. More than 30 million are unemployed. And last night, Mitch McConnell went on Fox to try and bluff his way to a bullshit bill, saying his members are fine with passing nothing. The only person in America who would buy that shit is a Fox viewer. And possibly Steny Hoyer. Regardless, Mitch is full of shit. Hold his feet to the fire and get a good damn package. Our nation is begging for it. More: CNNAssociated Press


Yesterday DOJ announced that it will expand the shit it did in Portland to Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit. Gosh, what the fuck do those cities have in common? Oh yeah, they're in swing states. According to Jeff Asher, while Cleveland and Detroit don't publicly provide crime data, violent crime was down in Milwaukee in June by 29 percent. So yeah, this ain't about crime. It's pretty clear at this point that our people in the House aren't going to anything about this, so we're on our own. Stand up, and let these assholes know they're not welcome. Stand up like Portland did. Hell, Portland has Trumpland so confused they literally don't seem to know if they're coming or going. More: USA TodayNew York Times

Today's clips

Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who heads the Senate's chief oversight committee and is one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, has likely seen his personal fortune double as he has advocated for policies that have benefited him financially while he has been in office, a new Democratic-backed nonprofit group alleges.
More: NBC News

Joe Biden on Wednesday excoriated President Donald Trump for promoting on Twitter the dubious claims of Dr. Stella Immanuel, the Houston doctor who's claimed to have effectively treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine, who the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee called a "crazy woman."
More: NBC News

Trailing badly in the polls and with just over 95 days until the election, President Trump is banking on a questionable phenomenon to defy conventional wisdom and win reelection: the "hidden" Trump voter.
More: Washington Post

The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted to allow all House members to view classified intelligence that Democratic leaders provided to the FBI warning about a foreign "disinformation" campaign targeting the 2020 presidential election.
More: CNN

The White House announced Tuesday that it will take steps to wind down legal protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country as children, often called "Dreamers," while it conducts a legal review after the Supreme Courtrejected President Donald Trump's plan to end the program known as DACA.
More: NBC News

A new mandatory Pentagon training course aimed at preventing leaks refers to protesters and journalists as "adversaries" in a fictional scenario designed to teach Defense Department personnel how to better protect sensitive information. 
More: Politico

A highly anticipated forthcoming report from U.S. Attorney John Durham on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation won't trigger a Justice Department policy against interference in the 2020 presidential race, so the review could be released in the weeks leading up to the November election, Attorney General William Barr indicated to Congress Tuesday.
More: Politico

The co-founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA, Bill Montgomery, has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to two friends of his. 
More: Politico

Attorney General William P. Barr reiterated this week that he will not wait until after November's election to release whatever U.S. Attorney John Durham finds in his examination of the FBI's 2016 investigation into President Trump's campaign, raising fears among Democrats that Barr and Durham could upend the presidential race with a late revelation.
More: Washington Post





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