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Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum

Source: CNN

The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content, CNN Business learned this week.

Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, "Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?" Neff wrote, "I wouldn't get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no." (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, "Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down." On June 24, Neff commented, "Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep." On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins are "white libs and their university-'educated' pets."

And over the course of five years, Neff has maintained a lengthy thread in which he has derided a woman and posted information about her dating life that has invited other users to mock her and invade her privacy. There has at times also been overlap between some material he posted or saw on the forum and Carlson's show.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/media/tucker-carlson-writer-blake-neff/index.html

Dear Convention Delegate...

July 10, 2020

Dear Convention Delegate,

Congratulations on being elected to serve as a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention! You play a vital role in our convention that will formally nominate the next president and vice president of the United States. Delegates to the national convention represent the values that unite our party and reflect the extraordinary diversity of America.

As you know, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) recently announced that the convention will be anchored in Milwaukee and that programming will include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country. After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, the DNCC concluded that state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and official convention business will be conducted remotely.

Given the pandemic, the DNCC has developed a voting system that will allow convention delegates to safely and securely cast ballots for all required votes. Each delegate will be sent an individualized ballot with unique identifiers via email. As you know, the Office of the Secretary at the Democratic National Committee is working to certify each delegate, which includes gathering the delegate’s best contact information, including email and phone number.

Voting on convention business will begin on August 3 and will end on August 15.

During the voting period, each certified delegate will receive a ballot and directions for completing and returning the ballot electronically. For security, the ballot design will tie each ballot to the individual to whom it is sent through individualized and serial identifiers. Ballots will be electronically fillable so a delegate will not need access to a printer. Once completed, delegates will electronically submit their ballots to their State Democratic Party.

The DNCC Tech team will work with each State Party to establish a secure system to receive the ballots from their state’s delegates. The State Parties will be responsible for collecting all ballots from convention delegates as they would if we were conducting votes in person at the convention. At the conclusion of voting, each state delegation chair will submit a tally sheet to the Secretary’s Office that formally records the number of votes cast on each item of convention business.

If a delegate has technical issues or does not have internet access, alternate methods of voting are available. For states electing convention delegates after the voting has begun, the DNCC Tech team will work with the State Party to determine the best way to distribute and collect ballots and votes.

You have previously received from me a welcome email, inviting you to provide the necessary information that we need to collect from you as a delegate. Please log-in to certify.dnc.org if you haven’t already done so.

Also, the Biden and Sanders campaigns are hosting webinars to go over this information and answer any questions. You can sign up for a webinar that works for you below.
Jul 11, 2020 01:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT - Click here to sign up
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We are excited that this process has been established in order to allow for the party business of the convention to be conducted without risking the health of our delegates and their families.

Your enthusiasm and determination to be a force for change during this watershed moment for our nation reminds us all why we’re proud to be Democrats. We cannot wait to share that spirit with the rest of the nation in August as we all work together to elect Joe Biden in November.

Thank you for all that you do!

Sincerely,

Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee

Trump commutes sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty of seeking to thwart congressional and FBI investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A senior administration official confirmed to POLITICO that Trump commuted Stone's sentence.

Stone, 67, was sentenced in February to three years and four months in prison after a trial late last year where a jury found him guilty on all seven felony charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/10/trump-commutes-sentence-roger-stone-356760

Judge extends temporary restraining order against Mary Trump

Source: The Hill

A New York judge has extended a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump until Monday, a day before the release of her tell-all book about her uncle, President Trump, and his family.

Judge Hal Greenwald of Dutchess County Supreme Court on Friday extended the order, which was set to expire on Friday, until July 13 and rescheduled a court hearing on the matter to the same day.

Robert Trump, the president’s brother, has sought legal action to prevent Mary Trump from publishing the book, which he claims violates a nondisclosure agreement she signed along with other members of the Trump family.

The development does not put off the publication of the book, which publisher Simon & Schuster has set for Tuesday, but it will prevent Mary Trump from promoting the work at least through Monday.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/news/506831-judge-extends-temporary-restraining-order-against-mary-trump

'You get made fun of': Trump campaign office shuns masks, social distancing

Source: Politico

The campaign’s headquarters — located on the 14th floor of an Arlington, Va., office building that shares space with multiple businesses — is normally packed with dozens of staffers, often sitting in close proximity to conduct phone calls and other urgent campaign business, said three people with knowledge of its operations.

But the office was shut down for its first deep cleaning in weeks after a senior campaign official tested positive for the virus. The decision to conduct the cleaning came after two months of flouting the Trump administration’s own public health guidance: There are no face coverings or temporary barriers between desks at headquarters, and leaders have limited efforts to implement social distancing.

The campaign’s lack of safety protections were visible during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the office last month, during which he posed for a photo with more than 70 campaign staff, closely packed together and without wearing face coverings — an image that infuriated local officials, who called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to take action and enforce state public health orders on universal masking indoors and social distancing. But Northam, a Democrat, ultimately declined to do so.

“The governor’s office did not want to get bogged down in a political fight,” said an individual familiar with those discussions, adding that Northam’s team concluded that his orders should be viewed as guidance. “They basically ducked a fight with the administration over this.” Northam’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/10/trump-campaign-office-social-distancing-356439

Touting criticized study, White House presses FDA to authorize hydroxychloroquine -- again

Source: Washington Post

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is leading a Trump administration effort to demand the Food and Drug Administration reverse course and grant a second emergency authorization for the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Navarro, armed with a new study that he says shows the drug’s effectiveness, is being cheered on by President Trump, who has long touted the drug as a “game changer” and even used it himself as a possible preventive measure. Trump praised the study on Twitter this week, urging the FDA to “Act Now.” The campaign also has been promoted by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, and Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News.

But Navarro, an economist known more for his aggressive approach to trade issues and China policy than for his medical credentials, faces serious challenges as he denounces what he calls “media-induced hydroxy hysteria.” Scientists have widely criticized the new study, by Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, as flawed. In addition, just weeks ago the FDA revoked its emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine after major studies found the medication wasn’t effective for covid-19. And the unexpected revival of a politically fraught issue comes as FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn tries to shake off criticism he sometimes seems overly deferential to Trump.

“A reversal [on hydroxychloroquine] would be widely seen as bending to the political will of the White House, and the hit to Dr. Hahn’s credibility would be profound,” said Steven Joffe, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/10/peter-navarro-hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus/

If these are the polls he's using, no wonder Trump thinks 2020 is going well

Washington Post

As far as ledes go — the anecdotes journalists use to compel readers at the outset of the story — few I’ve encountered in my life have been better tailored to my interests than one that Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen used this week.

Thiessen got a chance to interview President Trump in the Oval Office, and began his description of that conversation by explaining what the president was doing when Thiessen entered.

“ … President Trump was going over new polls — some internal, some not — showing him tied or leading Joe Biden in key swing states. ‘Pennsylvania tied. Florida, up one. Wisconsin, up one. Texas, up five. Arizona, Trump 49, Biden 45; North Carolina, Trump up three. And then Montana: Trump up a lot — 52-38,’ he said.”

Over and over, we’ve heard Trump wave away the idea that he’s in trouble in November, citing unspecified polls showing him doing well. And here some are — a couple without attribution and presumably internal, but a number with links helpfully included by Thiessen. The Wisconsin poll is from the Trafalgar Group; the Arizona and North Carolina ones from Gravis Marketing. The Montana poll is from the University of Montana.

Actual polls, allowing us at last to evaluate whether Trump is right to feel confident about November.

He is not.

NYT: "interest in the rally was significantly lower..."

https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1281680857514868736

Had a crew come into the house to deliver and install a new dishwasher and take the old one away...

...COVID notwithstanding. Life goes on.

Biden attacks Trump on COVID-19, Florida as president heads to state

Source: The Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Trump as he prepared to visit a coronavirus-stricken Florida on Friday, blaming the president’s response to the pandemic for a sharp rise in cases and virus-related hospitalizations in the country’s largest battleground state.

“With over 232,000 cases in the state and over 4,000 deaths in Florida, it is clear that Trump’s response — ignore, blame others, and distract — has come at the expense of Florida families,” the former vice president said in a statement issued as Trump departed on a scheduled trip to Doral, just outside of Miami.

Trump is set to receive a briefing at the U.S. Southern Command in Doral on Friday before holding a roundtable discussion with members of South Florida’s Venezuelan community in the afternoon.

In his statement, however, Biden said that Trump’s visit to Florida would amount to little more than a “photo-op and a distraction from his failures,” both in regard to his administration’s coronavirus response and his posture toward the government of Venezuelan Preside

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/506727-biden-attacks-trump-on-covid-19-florida-as-president-heads-to-state
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