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Yes. Chris Steele would be an important voice right now.

According to Heidi Blake in her book From Russia With Blood he was head of the MI-6 Russia Desk, with a spotless reputation and a deep knowledge of Russian malfeasance. He has never defended himself, perhaps because he eschews the limelight. But I'd love to hear what he has to say.

The Dossier was 90% corroborated. The right wing always points to the pee tapes as an example of the Steele Dossier being wrong. In fact, the pee tapes were not corroborated, but neither were they disproved.

How I fantasize about something like the Nuremberg trials for the Trump administration

where innocence and guilt are swiftly and fairly established*, and punishment meted out without delay so we could move on and feel justice had been served.

*Except in the case of Albert Speer, who got off too lightly

We need to act "as if" this is true

It's like members of the Lincoln Project said on Thursday: so long as Trump is in office we can't for one second let down our guard. Some people work harder if they believe they're behind; others work harder if they believe they're ahead. Believe what you need to believe in order to continue to function at the highest level possible in an atmosphere of constant stress and anxiety. Either way, just work hard and vote.

Stay on the Republicans. Make them as stressed-out as we are.

"creating social media videos that feature throngs of his adoring fans"

Does anyone remember the Martin Scorsese movie King of Comedy, where Robert DeNiro portrays a failed comedian named Rupert Pupkin, who in his mother's basement surrounds himself with lifelike cardboard figures of real celebrities, and pretends he is a beloved, adored guest on popular talk shows, and fills in the sound of people laughing at his jokes and applauding him?

Trump is Rupert Pupkin.

Biden should take this test live on Youtube, so people can see how

simple this test is. It would make a great ad, in fact.

You draw the face of a clock to a particular time, like "quarter to eleven."
You have to be able to differentiate between animal shapes, like tell the difference between a giraffe and a rhinoceros.
You have to recall and repeat a few words or numbers: "Refrigerator. Bed. Radio. Swimming pool."

Biden would laugh his way through it in a minute or two, and the entire world could see what Trump is bragging about 'acing.'

That was a wonderful Town Hall yesterday.

They also said that in their attacks on enablers they would not be limited by poor chances/odds and polls, that they would be guided by what's right and wrong, which I interpreted as them saying they would go after people like Mitch McConnell, who will be hard to remove.

That was an hour and a half worth watching.

It was really inspiring. I feel less anxious in general, knowing the Lincoln Project is out there, understanding more about them, how committed they are and how big their operation is. They said we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg when we see their ads, and that they are just getting warmed up.

That's not how it works in regimes like this.

Being worshipful doesn't save you no matter how close you are to tyrants. As they collapse, their wrath moves closer and closer to the center of power. Could Pence go down like Goebbels or Bormann? Maybe. But I think it's more likely Pence will do exactly what Himmler, Goring and Speer did: panic and try to save himself at the very end.

Trump sidelines public health advisers in growing rift over coronavirus response

Washington Post
Lena H. Sun and Josh Dawsey
July 9, 2020 at 2:33 p.m. MST

The June 28 email to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ominous: A senior adviser to a top Health and Human Services Department official accused the CDC of “undermining the President” by putting out a report about the potential risks of the coronavirus to pregnant women.

The adviser, Paul Alexander, criticized the agency’s methods, and said its warning to pregnant women “reads in a way to frighten women . . . as if the President and his administration can’t fix this and it is getting worse.”

As the country enters a frightening phase of the pandemic with new daily cases surpassing 62,000 on Wednesday, the CDC, the nation’s top public health agency, is coming under intense pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are downplaying the dangers in a bid to revive the economy ahead of the Nov. 3 election. In a White House guided by the president’s instincts, rather than by evidence-based policy, the CDC finds itself forced constantly to backtrack or sidelined from pivotal decisions.

The latest clash between the White House and its top public health advisers erupted Wednesday, when the president slammed the agency’s recommendation that schools planning to reopen should keep students’ desks six feet apart, among other steps to reduce infection risks. In a tweet, Trump — who has demanded schools at all levels hold in-person classes this fall — called the advice “very tough & expensive.”

Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/trump-sidelines-public-health-advisers-in-growing-rift-over-coronavirus-response/2020/07/09/ad803218-c12a-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html

Infuriating article. WaPo does have a paywall but I think you can read one or two articles for free.

This administration will go down as the most defective and corrupt in history.

But it's swinging back and forth over his neck like a pendulum.

I don't think it helps him on the election.

The mere fact that he's so enraged in itself achieves so much, because he makes mistakes when he's this angry.


If we were smart, we'd totally use talking points like this instead of dismissing them, regardless of their unlikeliness.

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