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8.7.20

Happy Friday. There are 88 days until the presidential election. A new jobs report shows millions left behind, the NRA is in trouble and waiting for executive orders now that Trump has torpedoed a deal. 

Note: Well hello, super hot resistance fighters! You made it through another week in Trumpland, and that deserves a cookie. Or a tetanus shot. Can you believe how close we are getting to actual voting?! It's really coming fast. Are you ready? Are you doing everything you can to win? You can tell we're getting close because yesterday the NYT's chief political reporter was tweeting about Biden's gaffes while Trump was mispronouncing Thailand and going on at length about the imaginary people who thank him because there is water in the showers. Yeah, they're a mess, and they're convinced that they are brilliant. But there was something Trump said that brought a smile to our face. While ranting about how Joe Biden wants to hurt God and the Bible and make shoes out of puppies, Trump said he doesn't "want to be watching that from some beautiful resort someplace in the world." So now we know he's planning to make a run for it. And now we know to be on the lookout for giant orange blobs trying to flee the country in January. Also, it was pretty nice to take a moment and think about this piece of shit no longer being president. Oh and to Jonathan Martin and the NYT political desk, Trump is running on actual fucking segregation. We know you're allergic to writing about policy, but it would be great if you could get your heads out of your asses any day now. 

Note two: So we're gonna take a few days off next week. We're still finalizing plans, so we're not sure exactly what days but we will be here Monday. We wouldn't just leave and not tell you about it unlike the time Politico Playbook said they were going out for cigarettes and then never came back. Last we heard, they were shacked up with some trollop in Reno and not good enough to be our fathers anyway. We'll keep you posted, and we appreciate y'all being patient with us as we recharge the ol' batteries ahead of the homestretch. See? Anybody mixing metaphors like that should take a break.

Note three: Remember how a senior White House official who is also the president's son-in-law is friends with these Saudi scumbags? Remember how the Senate is going to investigate Hunter Biden instead? More: CNN

Note four: So Kanye is just straight up admitting that he's trying to hurt Biden. If that's the goal, maybe less uncontrollable sobbing on stage next time. We seriously don't know what to do with this asshole. We don't ever want to ridicule mentally ill people who aren't Donald Trump. But are we supposed to say nothing as Mr. Slavery-was-a-choice-and-Harriet-Tubman-sucks gets on ballots and does everything he can to swing this election to tangerine taint? It's a quandary. However, we do feel like it's ok to say fuck that guy. So, ya know, fuck that guy. More: Forbes

Note five: So Christianity has really rebranded during the Trump years. It's, um, not a great look. More: Politico

Note six: When you're a Democrat, there's always good reason to think you are blowing an election. Here's one... More: TampaBay.com

Note seven: We freaking love this story… More: Huff Post

Note eight: BTW, while we're talking about media double standards, one of the president's many rape accusers continues to win in court with her defamation case. Why are msm reporters largely ignoring it? Because they decided that the 2016 election was the verdict for all those women. Yeah, our media are a fucking mess. More: Washington Post

Note nine: Meghan McCain -- still the goddamn worst. If her name was Meghan Smith, she'd be the most unpleasant person in an Arizona DMV you ever met. More: The Daily Beast

Note 10: It's been a helluva week. Thank goodness it's over. We hope y'all have an amazing weekend. Unplug if you can for a minute or two. Then get your hot asses back to work! We've got a country to save! Love you all. 

Some aren't coming back

The economy added 1.8 million jobs last month, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 10.2 percent. That's higher than the peak of the Great Recession, so keep that in mind as you see Republicans celebrating and patting themselves on the back today. For Black Americans, the unemployment rate is at 14.6 percent. For Hispanics, it's at 12.9 percent. And for Asians, it's at 12 percent. White people? 9.2 percent. The messed up thing is that this report shows that getting jobs back is slowing down. And Republicans are doing everything they can to mess with more of the federal help that brought so many of these jobs back. Maybe this is their way of showing us they want Trump to lose. More: CNN

Shoot your shot 

New York AG Letitia James announced yesterday that she is going after the NRA for fraud and corruption and aiming to shut it down. Yeah, lots of puns. Sorry. We're glad this treasonous organization with so much blood on its hands is going down, but we were pretty underwhelmed. Like most people, we thought someone was finally going after Trump. Guess not. We're not in the crowd that is super worried about the effect this will have on the presidential election, but it does seem obvious that it will further motivate his scumbag base. These assholes have needed to be dealt with for a long while now, so we're happy to see this. Just maybe next time don't tease a "major announcement" and leave us all thinking Trump is finally getting his. More: NPR

Well shit 

After a marathon meeting yesterday between Schumer and Pelosi and Trump's negotiators, the two sides were still trillions apart, and hopes of a deal appeared close to dead. Republicans have pushed for a "skinny" relief package that allows them to never lift another finger to help hurting Americans. The speaker has rightly fought for a big package that will actually help people and fight the pandemic. As of this morning, there were no other meetings scheduled and Trumpland was preparing to roll out some executive orders on eviction protection and the goddamn payroll tax. This is so bad, y'all. What's really fucked up is that Democrats are offering a huge infusion of federal money that would keep the economy afloat through the election. And Republicans aren't interested. Maybe they see it as twofer -- get rid of Trump and saddle Biden with a depression. But they wouldn't sink America just to oh fuck of course they would. More: Washington Post, Politico

Today's clips 

Now, in one of the most sweeping efforts by a former associate to undo nondisclosure agreements, the Trump campaign's former Hispanic outreach director last week filed her latest effort in a class-action suit to void all such campaign contracts. She says they are so broad that they deny individuals their First Amendment right to say anything critical of the president — even as he routinely takes to Twitter to mock and deride his critics.
More: Washington Post

Staten, the fifth person in Milwaukee County to die from COVID-19, was one of thousands of people across the country who were given the antimalarial drug in the early months of the pandemic as Trump and many of his supporters extolled its virtues.

But as prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine boomed, reports of serious adverse events linked to the drug during the first half of the year more than doubled, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of newly released data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's adverse events reporting system.
More: USA Today

Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.
More: Associated Press

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed all eligible voters to vote via absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More: CNN

The Democratic National Committee was unable to post from its rapid response war room account on Twitter for some time on Thursday after it attempted to call out President Donald Trump's false claims about children and Covid-19 immunity.
More: CNN

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday asks the courts to step in to prevent hours-long lines in Georgia's presidential election.
More: AJC

At least two students say they have been suspended at North Paulding High School in Georgia for posting photos of crowded hallways that went viral on Twitter.
More: Buzzfeed News

After months of debate and disagreement over the handling of inflammatory or misleading posts from Donald Trump, Facebook employees want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain what the company would do if the leader of the free world uses the social network to undermine the results of the 2020 US presidential election.
More: Buzzfeed News

Did West's team file his nomination papers by Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline? Or did he miss it by a couple of crucial minutes?
More: JSOnline

The Trump administration has approved the first-ever deal for an American firm to develop and modernize oil fields in northeast Syria under control of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
More: CNN

The Trump administration is making new inroads into the operations of the US Postal Service, raising fears that the agency is degrading services ahead of a surge of votes being cast through the mail in the November election.
More: CNN

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday countered President Donald Trump's baseless attack that he, a practicing Roman Catholic, would somehow "hurt God," calling the comments "shameful."
More: CNN

The same week that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden formally canceled plans to give a convention speech in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention Committee detected three positive cases of COVID-19 at the site.
More: The Daily Beast

The head of the U.S. Postal Service acknowledged in a meeting with top Democrats that he instituted new policies restricting overtime and extra mail processing trips, moves that the agency previously downplayed and that postal workers say have caused mail backlogs, according to a letter released Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.).
More: Washington Post

Brian Hook, the administration's special representative for Iran, is leaving and will be replaced by Elliott Abrams, convicted of misleading Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. Abrams, who has been serving as the special representative for Venezuela, will continue in that position in addition to his new role.
More: CBS News

President Donald Trump's personal pastor, Paula White, led an indoor campaign rally of hundreds at a Las Vegas hotel Thursday night in blatant violation of city orders. White even noted during her speech that Gov. Steve Sisolak had tried to stop the event, which violated the city's 50-person cap on gatherings. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the city served a violation on the hotel and the rally organizers that includes a $250 fine. Las Vegas has been battling a coronavirus surge for the last month but reported somewhat improved numbers this week.
More: The Daily Beast

 























 

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