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Pelosi and Schumer joint statement


Hard to see the political upside of a payroll tax cut/suspension for Trump now. It’ll take months to show much if any impact; it lacks support from his own party; it hands Dems an easy weapon to say he’s imperiling Social Security while he’s already in the penalty box w/ seniors.

NEW: Pelosi and Schumer issue a joint statement dismissing Trump’s executive orders as “unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare.”

New at Cook Political: 5 more House ratings change today


New at @CookPolitical: five more House rating changes today, including four in Democrats' direction - and two veteran House Rs moving into our Toss Up column.

#AZ06 Rep. David Schweikert (R) and #MO02 Rep. Ann Wagner (R) represent near-100% suburban districts where President Trump's numbers have tanked since 2016.

That these districts would be Toss Ups in 2020 would have been semi-unthinkable at the beginning of the decade.

Joy Reid just said that Trump played "Live and Let Die"

before a campaign event in Ohio today. What a disgusting, sociopathic pos.

Trump's Postmaster General is trying to triple the postage rates on election ballots.


Important piece from
. Trump's new Postmaster General is trying to nearly triple the postage rate on election ballots that states mail to voters. It's a naked attempt to restrict voting by mail.


Zach Carter
States pay 20 cents for every ballot they send to voters. Raising that price to 55 cents would dramatically increase costs at a time when state budgets are being hammered.

Zach Carter
's reporting makes it very clear that all of the self-imposed dysfunction Trump has been creating at the Post Office is about disrupting the election. The GOP has always used voter suppression tactics at the state level, but this is petty dictator stuff.

A poll tax.

Republicans Aid Kanye West's Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot

At least four people involved in the effort to get Kanye West’s name before voters in several states have G.O.P. connections, renewing questions about the aim of his campaign.

By Danny Hakim and Maggie Haberman
At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena.

One operative, Mark Jacoby, is an executive at a company called Let the Voters Decide, which has been collecting signatures for the West campaign in three states. Mr. Jacoby was arrested on voter fraud charges in 2008 while he was doing work for the California Republican Party, and he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

New York Magazine reported Monday evening on the campaign’s links to two other people with partisan ties. One is Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the American Conservative Union, who has been listed as a contact for the campaign in Arkansas. Mr. Keller, who did not respond to a message seeking comment, is a Missouri-based strategist. He was under consideration to be Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in 2015, a role that was ultimately filled by Corey Lewandowski, according to a former campaign official.

Another person linked to the West campaign is Chuck Wilton, who is listed as a convention delegate for Mr. Trump from Vermont and as an elector with the West operation who could potentially cast an Electoral College vote for Mr. West. Mr. Wilton could not be reached. He and his wife, Wendy, a Trump appointee at the United States Department of Agriculture, have been political supporters of the president. She hung up immediately when called at her office.


Kanye West has officially submitted signatures to appear on the ballot in Wisconsin, arguably the most important state on the presidential map — and those signatures were dropped off by an experienced GOP operative.

Lane Ruhland, who a local reporter recorded as she headed in to drop off the signatures that would qualify West for his presidential bid in Wisconsin on Tuesday, is one of a handful of GOP election lawyers in the state — and a former legal counsel for the state Republican Party.


Georgia GOP Senator's Campaign Claims 'Anti-Semitic' Ad Was Just A Graphic Design Gaffe


Sen. David Perdue’s campaign says it was "an unintentional error" by graphic designers that resulted in distorting an ad that shows Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, with a bigger nose.

A GOP senator’s reelection campaign team was accused of playing off anti-Semitic tropes with a digital attack ad involving a manipulated image of his 2020 opponent.

Sen. David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) campaign has now removed from Facebook the ad, below, that showed Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, with a bigger nose:


Trump closed the Chinese Consulate in Houston. There's a fire in the courtyard


This video shared with us by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China in #Houston shows fire and activity in the courtyard of the building.
DETAILS SO FAR: https://click2houston.com/news/local/2020/07/22/houston-fire-and-police-responding-to-reports-of-documents-being-burned-at-consulate-general-of-china/

CHANGSHA, China — The United States has ordered China to close its consulate general in Houston "in order to protect American intellectual property and American's private information," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Wednesday.

Beijing vowed to retaliate against the order, calling it "an unprecedented escalation" in a broader conflict between the world's two biggest economies, which now encompasses trade and technology, freedom of the press and religion, and the coronavirus and the race for a vaccine.

“The U.S. has far more diplomatic missions and staff working in China. So if the U.S. is bent on going down this wrong path, we will resolutely respond,” Wang Wenbin, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters Wednesday.

The State Department did not elaborate on the alleged violations, but Ortagus suggested that China had violated the Vienna Convention, which says diplomats must "respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State" and "have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State."


Trump threatens to veto military bill over Confederate bases, forcing a showdown with Republicans

President Trump formally threatened to veto a $740 billion military spending bill Tuesday hours before the House passed the legislation by a veto-proof majority, heralding a potential showdown between the White House and Congress over a bipartisan effort to rename several Army posts that commemorate Confederate generals.

The president’s threat — and House lawmakers’ response — is a moment of reckoning for Senate Republican leaders, who must now decide whether to allow votes on key bipartisan modifications to their version of the annual defense bill that might incur a similar veto warning, or attempt to tailor their legislation to stay closer in line with Trump’s wishes.

In a statement, the White House listed several provisions of the House’s legislation that the president considers objectionable, chief among them a directive to the Pentagon to rename the 10 bases within a year. While avoiding mention of the Confederacy, White House advisers nevertheless called the order “part of a sustained effort to erase from the history of the Nation those who do not meet an ever-shifting standard of conduct” and an attempt “to rewrite history and to displace the enduring legacy of the American Revolution with an ever-shifting standard of conduct.”

Trump’s move, which had been expected, failed to prevent the Democratic-controlled House from approving its version of the defense bill four hours later, in a vote of 295 to 125. But while the veto threat was focused solely on the House bill, it also presents a challenge for the Republican-controlled Senate, where lawmakers are debating a parallel measure ordering similar changes to bases named for Confederate officials, albeit under a three-year timeline.


Trump's Request of an Ambassador: Get the British Open for Me

By Mark Landler, Lara Jakes and Maggie Haberman
July 21, 2020
Updated 7:05 p.m. ET

LONDON — The American ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson IV, told multiple colleagues in February 2018 that President Trump had asked him to see if the British government could help steer the world-famous and lucrative British Open golf tournament to the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland, according to three people with knowledge of the episode.

The ambassador’s deputy, Lewis A. Lukens, advised him not to do it, warning that it would be an unethical use of the presidency for private gain, these people said. But Mr. Johnson apparently felt pressured to try. A few weeks later, he raised the idea of Turnberry playing host to the Open with the secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell.

In a brief interview last week, Mr. Mundell said it was “inappropriate” for him to discuss his dealings with Mr. Johnson and referred to a British government statement that said Mr. Johnson “made no request of Mr. Mundell regarding the British Open or any other sporting event.” The statement did not address whether the ambassador had broached the issue of Turnberry, which Mr. Trump bought in 2014, but none of the next four Opens are scheduled to be played there.

Still, the episode left Mr. Lukens and other diplomats deeply unsettled. Mr. Lukens, who served as the acting ambassador before Mr. Johnson arrived in November 2017, emailed officials at the State Department to tell them what had happened, colleagues said. A few months later, Mr. Johnson forced out Mr. Lukens, a career diplomat who had earlier served as ambassador to Senegal, shortly before his term was to end.


Welcome to the next phase of rising authoritarianism


Welcome to the next phase of rising authoritarianism. Anyone who says the republic can survive four more years of this is lying to him/herself or lying to you.

Oregon Public Broadcasting confirms tweets today that federal officers in camouflage but no agency identification or badges, driving unmarked non-government rental cars, are grabbing protestors off streets in Portland and not talking w local authorities

Walt Shaub
and Mary Trump are right. Our Democracy won’t survive 4 more years of Trump.
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