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Computer repairman who claimed he gave Hunter Biden data to Giuliani closes shop

Source: USA Today

Weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election, the world’s political intrigue turned to a Wilmington computer repair shop after the New York Post revealed that its owner gave a copy of a laptop hard drive he believed belonged to Hunter Biden to a lawyer representing Rudy Giuliani.

Ten days after the election, a sign on the repair shop’s door said it had closed. A neighbor said the owner had left town.

A slew of new information has surfaced in the weeks since, including details about the laptop’s journey from the repair shop to Giuliani's office.

Yet with fears of fake news flooding the nation's consciousness and Giuliani's resistance to share the source material, it remains unclear whether the emails purportedly found on the hard drive and which formed the basis of the disputed New York Post story are authentic.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/11/24/hunter-biden-laptop-more-details-emerge-rudy-giuliani/6404635002/

A good con job calls for a quick departure after the Mark has been taken.

Georgia Dems will knock on doors with Senate at stake

Source: Politico

With the Senate majority hanging in the balance and coronavirus cases spiking, Georgia Democrats have resurrected a hallmark of their pre-pandemic campaigning: knocking on voters' doors.

Democrats largely halted the practice earlier this year, but the party's candidates this week returned to in-person canvassing in the Peach State as they seek to juice turnout in two critical runoff elections on Jan. 5. The new efforts are being coordinated between the two Democratic campaigns and follow strict health guidelines created in consultation with an epidemiologist.

The transition back to door-to-door canvassing comes after a November election marked by asymmetrical tactics: Democratic candidates generally moved their mobilization efforts online and over the phone, while many Republican campaigns still worked the doors to contact voters.

Both sides recognize that turning out their bases in Georgia will be paramount, and as a result their efforts are focused less on persuading undecided voters and more on getting supporters to the polls or to return absentee ballots. It’s why the two Democratic candidates — Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock — and a litany of outside groups are set to resurrect door-knocking despite the health concerns.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/24/georgia-democrats-senate-440207

Our FRiends have convinced themselves that the vote certifications in MI, PA, GA, NV are GOOD news

Apparently, you can't DE-certify the results until you've certified them.

Also, the election will be going to the Supreme Court any day now. And Rudy and Powell are doing a bang-up job.

Nevada SC approves vote canvas


What if Trump won't leave the White House?

What if Trump won’t leave the White House? A hostage negotiator, an animal-control officer, and a toddler whisperer have advice

The hostage negotiator

“The first thing you do is try to establish a rapport with the individual,” said Alfred S. Titus, Jr., a retired NYPD homicide detective who was a member of the force’s hostage negotiation team.

“You want to try and get into their mind to find out what the issue is,” said Titus, an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The animal control officer

“When we do a wildlife evacuation, we don’t do anything except give them the ability to get out,” said Mark Thomas, the owner of Baystate Wildlife Management, in Canton.

“When you’ve got squirrels or bats or raccoons, they’re all coming and going on a regular basis, leaving to eat and drink and then coming back in, so we install one-way doors,” he said. “They’re like little exit tunnels where they go out but can’t get back in. They squeeze out and the door closes behind them.

The toddler whisperer

“With any transition, I give warnings of the change a few minutes ahead of time,” said Kim Warrington, owner of Kim’s Kid Kare FCC and Preschool, in Athol.

She gave an example: “In five minutes, it will be time to pick up the blocks and go… In two minutes, it will be time...”

“I will also acknowledge their feelings,” she said. “I know you do not want to go inside yet because you are having so much fun, but we have to go in now, so we can eat lunch, rest, and have time to come back outside before it’s time for you to go home.”


Iowa-3 election recount...


The Democrat liberals love to hate


While the McDonald shooting has become the flashpoint for liberal ire directed toward Emanuel, the ill will directed at the former mayor long predates that incident.

Emanuel, from his days leading the Democratic congressional campaign arm in the mid-2000s, has been willing to antagonize liberals within the party. He recruited moderate and conservative Democrats to run in swing districts in the 2006 election -- a strategy widely credited with restoring Democrats to the House majority in that election.

But the antipathy really began in earnest after Emanuel was chosen by former President Barack Obama to serve as his first White House chief of staff. Emanual, infamously to liberals, counseled the new president to avoid an attempt to reform the health care system under the belief that the outcome was too uncertain to risk it. "I gave him my advice," Emanuel said in 2012 of Obama's decision to tackle health care reform.

"I told him many times (about) the political cost of doing this," Emanuel said. "And thank God for the country, he didn't listen to me."

I can't imagine why she won't attend...


Biden transition begins; markets spike...


Letter from Adam Schiff..

It’s been three weeks since Election Day, and in typical 2020 fashion, it’s been a whirlwind. As we take a moment to take stock of things before Thanksgiving, I wanted to sit down and share a few of my thoughts on the election, what we did right, what we must do better, and where we go from here.

First things first, there was one overriding goal on November 3rd: Defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden. That was goal one, two, and three. And we did it. By that existential measure alone, the election was a vital success and we can all be proud of the role we played to make it so. I don’t know about you, but my predominant reaction when the size and certainty of Biden’s victory became clear was “thank God,” accompanied by a tremendous sense of relief.

Now, we can begin to mitigate and repair the horrendous damage this president has inflicted on the nation, an injury to the body politic that he is deepening even now with his outrageous and despicable claims of fraud. President-elect Biden is already assembling an incredible team of Cabinet members. Experienced, compassionate, no drama, and ready to serve.

Even while we celebrate the end of the Trump reign of terror, I cannot help but feel the deep dismay of not yet taking over the Senate, and learning that too many of my brilliant new colleagues in the House will not be coming back. These are painful blows. And still, we have two runoff elections coming up on January 5th in Georgia, and they’re going to be close. If we elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, we can still flip the Senate, and by doing so, make sure Mitch McConnell doesn’t have a veto over health care reforms, a new economic relief package, climate change, and more. I’ve already asked you to help them, and you have stepped up — once again. I can’t thank you enough.

As far as the House races, and the utter collapse of campaigns against GOP incumbents, I’ve been giving a lot of thought over the past couple weeks about what happened, and I wanted to share some preliminary insights with you.

My first conclusion is an unsatisfying one: This election was little more than a referendum on Donald Trump. Across the map, it proved nearly impossible for Democrats to win in districts that Donald Trump won, and similarly nearly impossible for Republicans to win in districts Joe Biden won. With a huge surge of turnout — the highest in decades — people came out in record numbers to cast their ballots, and very few were in the mood to split their tickets. That made it tough for some of our candidates to differentiate themselves, and make the case. For Democratic challengers in particular, who never had the benefit of holding office and giving voters the proof of performance they needed to split the ticket, the national retreat to party and tribe was too much to overcome.

Second, I concur with the diagnosis of leaders across the spectrum — from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Beto O’Rourke to Doug Jones — that Democrats have been underinvesting in party building, both in-person organizing and digital. For too many voters, Democrats seem to show up in November and ask for their vote or money, rather than building a lasting infrastructure to organize and maintain communication with residents. It is not enough to simply ask people for their votes and then disappear until the next election, we must earn people’s confidence and support and keep it.

Finally, we have always been the party of working people, but not all working people know that or see that, and we need to reestablish that bond.

The economy is simply not working for millions of Americans, and this was true before the pandemic and is even more of a problem now. The Democratic Party needs to change that, articulating policies that will help middle class families stay in the middle class and give working families the chance to succeed. Whatever your race or ethnicity or whether you live in the city or a rural area, Democrats have always been the party that stands up for workers. When voters in Florida voted by more than 20 points to raise the minimum wage to $15 while Joe Biden lost by 3 points, that tells me that we’re not doing a good enough job connecting economic issues to our party.

The economic challenges facing our country need not divide our party or our efforts. This is not a left, right, or center problem. There is so much common ground within the Democratic Party on how to help working people and families, and address the persistent inequalities in economic opportunity around the U.S. that we can unite the party around a central ethos:

We leave no person, no family, and no community behind.

Stepping back, if you had asked me before Election Day whether I would be pleased with a result that had Joe Biden winning the presidency by 6 million individual votes and 306 electoral votes, holding the House, and improving our position in the Senate with a chance to flip that body in a Georgia runoff, I would have been more than willing to accept that prospect. And I’ll take it today. The country has been saved from four more years of Donald Trump and all the devastation that would go with it. And it’s because of your amazing work.

I’m so grateful to you for your support, and for your efforts, for everything you have done over the past four years to keep the faith, and for everything you’re still doing today to build a stronger union. The work goes on. Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

— Adam
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