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Want proof that Republicans want to suppress voters? Just ask Trump.

We have heard the excuses for voter-ID requirements, opposition to vote-by-mail and voting-roll purges. It’s about voter fraud, you see. That is bunk, as President Trump essentially admitted Monday morning.

"The more people who vote, the worse Republicans will do"
Back to the more fundamental problem: Trump, lacking the filter most Republican operators have, blurts out the unseemly truth that the more people who vote, the worse Republicans will do. It is no wonder that Republicans — who disproportionately rely on the shrinking portion of the electorate that is white and older — have shifted into high gear since the Shelby County v. Holder decision invalidating “pre-clearance” in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. They need to extend the dominance of white voters as the electorate becomes more diverse and less amenable to messages of white resentment, antagonism toward government, racism and xenophobia.

"It is nothing less than a confession that voting suppression is essential to the Republican Party’s survival.
As was the case in the litigation against the administration’s travel bans, Trump’s own words are the best evidence of the underlying motives of right-wing actions. In those cases, Trump let on that the real reason for his travel ban was to exclude Muslims. Now, he confesses that the party needs to keep voting levels down or face devastating losses. It is nothing less than a confession that voting suppression is essential to the Republican Party’s survival.


THE REPUBLICAN LIE dating back to 1980. Now finally, the LIAR IN CHIEF blurts out the truth!

From the source: "Trump says Republicans would 'never' be elected again if it was easier to vote".


Trump admitted on Monday that making it easier to vote in America would hurt the Republican party.

He dismissed a Democratic-led push for reforms such as vote-by-mail, same-day registration and early voting as states seek to safely run elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again,” Trump said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. “They had things in there about election days and what you do and all sorts of clawbacks. They had things that were just totally crazy and had nothing to do with workers that lost their jobs and companies that we have to save.”

Democrats often accuse Republicans of deliberately making it hard to vote in order to keep minorities, immigrants, young people and other groups from the polls. And Republicans often say they oppose voting reforms because of concerns of voter fraud – which is extremely rare – or concerns over having the federal government run elections. But Trump’s remarks reveal how at least some Republicans have long understood voting barriers to be a necessary part of their political self-preservation.

“I don’t want everybody to vote,” Paul Weyrich, an influential conservative activist, said in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”



New (Wisconsin) warden uses old-school skills in desperate search

The rookie Department of Natural Resources warden had just popped the lid of his salad container when the radio squawked: a 13-year-old boy, missing.

The boy had run away from Edgerton Middle School after a dispute with his teachers — he swore at them before he ducked out of the school and headed into the swamp across the street. Principal Clark Bretthauser tried to follow, but lost him in the mucky underbrush.

The boy was clad only in a T-shirt and sweatpants. The temperature was 39 degrees Fahrenheit (3.89 degrees Celsius) and falling as the sun dipped toward the horizon; forecasts called for a snowstorm at nightfall.

Schumacher is 25. Growing up in southern Wisconsin, he fly fished and hunted “pretty much everything” — including deer with a musket. Inspired by an uncle who worked as a police officer, he majored in criminal justice at Madison’s Edgewood College. A post-graduation ride-along with a DNR warden showed him the way to a job that would combine police work with his love for the outdoors.

He spent two months training in the backwoods of northern Wisconsin, learning to track people in the wilderness without the aid of technology.

The most important lesson: Humans are lazy creatures. Animals will crawl under or go around obstacles. People will push them aside or plow through them. Everything in nature is vertical as it tries to reach the sun; if you see something horizontal, like a branch on the ground, chances are humans were there.


Coronavirus: anger in Germany at report Trump seeking exclusive vaccine deal.

Source: The Guardian

MPs and ministers criticise display of ‘self-interest’ and accuse US president of electioneering

German ministers have reacted angrily following reports US president Donald Trump offered a German medical company “large sums of money” for exclusive rights to a Covid-19 vaccine.

“Germany is not for sale,” economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARD, reacting to a front page report in Welt am Sonntag newspaper headlined “Trump vs Berlin”.

The newspaper reported Trump offered $1bn to Tübingen-based biopharmaceutical company CureVac to secure the vaccine “only for the United States”.

The German government was reportedly offering its own financial incentives for the vaccine to stay in the country.

The report prompted fury in Berlin. “German researchers are taking a leading role in developing medication and vaccines as part of global cooperation networks,” foreign minister Heiko Maas told the Funke Mediengruppe research network. “We cannot allow a situation where others want to exclusively acquire the results of their research,” said Maas, of the centre-left SPD.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/not-for-sale-anger-in-germany-at-report-trump-seeking-exclusive-coronavirus-vaccine-deal

The Shock Doctrine, in this real pandemic disaster might it give some in the GOP the ability to use

Naomi Klein's. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, as a way to disrupt the 2020 elections.
To use this pandemic world disaster to reelect Trump to a second term.

As Naomi Klein hypothesizes in her book the use of a natural disaster as cover for radical changes to advantage those who have other agendas. In this case, reelect Trump. Look at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Both still struggle to regain their communities and infrastructure. Especially Puerto Rico.

Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's (Capitalism) peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to CoVid-19 pandemic of today, Klein shows how some have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. Edited to include CoVid-19 pandemic.

Let me be clear. I believe we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic. With disruptions in countries worldwide. But my question is are there those that see this as an opportunity to advance their radical policies and private agendas under the cover of the pandemic Covid-19 spread.

Trump's re-election numbers have been in decline and his response to the pandemic has not helped those numbers. I think the evidence is clear that the Russians are again interfering with our elections. I also think it is clear that the GOP is doing all they can to maintain their grasp of power. MoscowMitch has refused to advance any legislation that would protect our 2020 elections.

Republican-controlled states have use programs to suppress voter turn out. Those states, Wisconsin for example, might see the possibility of the need to quarantine regions as a way to suppress voter turn out in strong Democratic regions like Milwaukee. Altering the results just enough with the help of Russian interference to advantage Trump.

Maybe the threat of the virus spreading will have declined by election day. But some experts have suggested that we may also see a resurgence of the virus this coming fall. Prompting additional quarantine measures statewide that might very well serve the interest of those who want to suppress votes.

If any president and president's political party has ever manipulated and schemed to secure their control of the power it is Trump and the GOP.

This could also be the time to implement the GOP's long-desired reductions in SS and Medicare by reducing the payroll taxes that fund SS and Medicare. As noted here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213113475

Stock Market is down. At 10:13 EST

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Senate GOP chairman abruptly shifts course on subpoena targeting Bidens.

The decision by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, comes as Democrats have attacked the probe as politically motivated, especially as Biden surges in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and the chance to face President Trump. Some have warned it could play into Russian efforts to spread disinformation ahead of the presidential election in November.

In a message Wednesday to members of the panel, sent roughly an hour before a planned vote, Johnson said he would indefinitely postpone the subpoena for documents and testimony from Andrii Telizhenko, a Ukrainian national who worked for a U.S. lobbying firm that acted on behalf of Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that employed Hunter Biden as a board member.

Johnson said he was doing so “[o]ut of an abundance of caution and to allow time for [senators] to receive additional briefings.”

But Johnson indicated that the investigation would continue. He said in an interview Wednesday that he would instead seek to directly subpoena the lobbying firm, Blue Star Strategies.

“My concern is they have not been cooperative,” he said. “If we can get all the records, get all the answers, that’s great. If not, we’re going to have to continue and use other measures.”


Super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers amid coronavirus outbreak

‘Self isolate’ for some of world’s richest means Covid-19 tests abroad, personal medics and subterranean hideouts

Like hundreds of thousands of people across the world, the super-rich are preparing to self-isolate in the face of an escalation in the coronavirus crisis. But their plans extend far beyond stocking up on hand sanitiser and TV boxsets.

The world’s richest people are chartering private jets to set off for holiday homes or specially prepared disaster bunkers in countries that, so far, appear to have avoided the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many are understood to be taking personal doctors or nurses on their flights to treat them and their families in the event that they become infected. The wealthy are also besieging doctors in private clinics in Harley Street, London, and across the world, demanding private coronavirus tests.


Trump continues to lie about COVID-19

He has to go.

"He is a national embarrassment".

"Now that Vice President Joe Biden is leading the Democratic primary field, Trump and Republicans are attacking him for "gaffes."

Really? "Gaffes"

An answer from The Lincoln Project.

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