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We must remember that 45 acquired the WH through corrupt/criminal means. He won't give it up easily.

Why would he accept the legitimacy of his loss when four years ago, he and his stooges and Russia were doing everything in their power to sow doubt and suspicion about the legitimacy of a (probable at the time) Hillary Clinton win? And let's never forget "Birtherism."

Democracy, the rule of law, basic civic norms are the very opposite of what Trump and his cronies epitomize. We should take their and the Republican Party's contempt for democracy as a given, because a functioning democracy would mean that they would be out of power and, in Trump and his shitty family's case, in prison for their myriad crimes.

They can only win by cheating - and they have a lot to lose if they don't win.

I was a bit worried that Trump wouldn't be able to handle a crisis. Thankfully, he has this guy.







The political virus is the Republican Party.

They need to ask her if she thinks Brown v. Board was decided correctly, and only accept "yes or no"

And then press her for her reasons, either way.

Just how "originalist" is Amy Coney Barrett?

Chris Hayes nails it.

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1316021651796967425

When you have never faced real consequences before, why worry about a little virus?

Unfortunately for Trump and his enablers, viruses don’t care about that shit. And not wearing a mask because you wanna own the libs - well, who has been owned now?

Karma is catching up to these motherfuckers, if for no other reason than their arrogance, hubris, and sheer stupidity.

Fuck that mean-spirited piece of shit. He should be grateful Joe isn't going after HIS family.

Those who claim "no collusion" between Trump and Russia misrepresent a woefully inadequate report.

Just because Mueller's incomplete, excessively cautious, and actively obstructed investigation did not "establish" (as opposed to "find no evidence" ) that there was a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, doesn't mean that therefore there was "no collusion." When it comes to Trump's conflicts of interest and corruption re: Russia, there was (and is) PLENTY of evidence to suggest that there is a fire to all that smoke, so to speak. It's pretty fucking blatant.

But in terms of what they thought they needed to establish the existence of a criminal conspiracy that would hold up in federal court, Robert Mueller and his team were prevented from finding the full truth from the very people they were investigating - but also weren't willing to risk the investigation, because as their own report (and Trump's own public statements, including his tweets) demonstrates, Trump wanted them gone, and even ordered subordinates to fire Mueller.

The FBI and DOJ don't, as a rule, investigate people based on "nothingburgers" or "witch hunts", although this President and the current Attorney General certainly do - Trump literally got impeached for it, by targeting the man who will hopefully beat him in November (The projection never ends, does it? ). If federal agents are investigating and even arresting several members of a political campaign, and if some of them get prosecuted, you'd think that everyone would be at the very least suspicious of the candidate associated with that campaign. But no, we have "no collusion", "witch hunt", "greatest hoax ever", etc.

The Winter of Our Discontent: projecting the 78 harrowing days after the election.

This is a horror story.

Maybe you think that way about the past three years: the corrupt self-dealing, the fusillade of lies and ignorance, the corporate handover of the regulatory state, the authoritarian repression. The oncoming election may provide you with a crack of hope for America to reverse what many consider a grave mistake.

But while Election Day will signal the end of a campaign, it’s not the end of Donald Trump’s term in office.

The 78 days from November 3 to January 20, known as the transition, have kept me awake at night since I started reporting out this article. The coming interregnum is likely to be one of the most politically, economically, and socially fraught periods in American history, one that could set the trajectory for the nation’s future. “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can,” Michelle Obama counseled in her Democratic Convention speech. Trust me on that as well; they will, immediately after the election.



Even with an overwhelming Biden victory that Trump would be forced to accept, he would retain immense power to undermine the transition, the 11 weeks between the election and the inauguration. Trump will retain full control of the executive branch for this period, and his cooperation will be crucial to a peaceful transfer of power. U.S. history offers plenty of examples of tolerable handovers. Barack Obama’s transition team was inside agencies within two days of his election victory. President Eisenhower briefed John F. Kennedy on the Bay of Pigs invasion preparations during the transition.

But Trump critics strongly suspect his attention won’t be focused on putting Biden in a position to succeed. “I can’t imagine them cooperating at all,” said Mike Lux, a veteran of both the Clinton and Obama transitions. “Trump has violated pretty much every unwritten norm out there.”



The Biden team, likely to be one of the most prepared to enter government in history, with a vice president just four years removed from the executive branch, could weather a lot of this. (Ted Kaufman, the transition chair, co-authored the law that improved presidential transitions.) With only 50 Senate votes needed to confirm executive branch appointees, opportunities for quickly advancing his Cabinet selections exist if Democrats regain control. But there’s a more troublesome possibility in the transition dysfunction. Trump, said Mike Lux, "will be so bitter having just lost the election, he will do everything in his power to sabotage things.”

The veil of ignorance could allow Trump and his top officials to “burrow” political appointees into career service positions, keeping them in place after the transition. “They will contaminate the administration throughout unless you ferret them out,” said Wilkerson. “They will implement the previous administration’s policies in your administration.”

Further acts of sabotage range from petty office pranks—messing with computers or phones—to far more consequential options. Trump could authorize bombings or guerrilla actions abroad before the inauguration, similar to George H.W. Bush sending Marines to Somalia in December 1992. He could turn in a final census report early, cementing congressional apportionment data in a way that could undercount communities of color. He could just destroy evidence that might be used in future investigations against him. And he could issue executive orders and change agency regulations, which could all be reversed, but would take time and effort early in Biden’s term.


The goals would be twofold. First, ideologues would strive to finish Trump’s term with as many conservative triumphs as possible. Second, as Trump views practically everything as zero-sum, entangling the early Biden term with hardships would give credence to his likely postinaugural message of a “failing” new administration.

An uncooperative transition would of course come at the worst possible time. The economy remains severely depressed from the fallout of the pandemic and the continued inability to allow large numbers of people to congregate.T here remains no agreement on another coronavirus relief package, and Trump’s executive actions are already proving next to meaningless. Even if a deal is reached, most of the relief in the current bills extends only to December, leaving weeks with Trump as president and no fiscal support for the economy in place. The combination of economic pain, an uncertain election, and public-health challenges could roil markets, while mass evictions and foreclosures ensue.


What if the lame-duck Trump administration signs government procurement contracts that give preferential treatment to his own properties? What if Trump makes deals with other countries along the same lines for their U.S. visits, or alters foreign policy in exchange for emoluments? What if he directed emergency coronavirus relief funds to Trump hotels on the barest of pretenses? What if he set a price for doling out pardons or regulatory relief? The Trump Organization has already billed the government $900,000 for travel and lodging during his presidency; imagine Trump moving to Mar-a-Lago for the transition to transfer more public dollars over to his business. “The kinds of naked looting which he’s done more slowly he could do now more aggressively,” Eisen mused. “Trump has demonstrated over and over again, it’s not America first, it’s Trump first.”


“This could be the 1918 flu meeting the Great Depression meeting a right-wing revolution,” Gonsalves said. “It’ll already be a bad situation this winter even if things go well politically. But if we’re not going to see any leadership, we’re walking into a wall of fire.”


https://prospect.org/politics/winter-of-our-discontent-trump-2020-election/

Palestinians rally against Bahrain-Israel normalisation

Source: Al Jazeera

Palestinians in Gaza burned pictures of Israeli, American, Bahraini, and United Arab Emirates leaders on Saturday in protest against the two Gulf countries' moves to normalise ties with Israel.

Bahrain on Friday joined the UAE in agreeing to normalise relations with Israel, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran but one that could leave the Palestinians further isolated.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/palestinians-rally-bahrain-israel-normalisation-200912163206019.html
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