On September 11, 2001, 3,000 people lost their lives at the hands of a group of Islamic terrorists committed to indoctrinating the world into their twisted and evil ideology.
Progressive Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar horrific and insensitive remark that “some people did something” will forever be remembered as a dark stain on the remembrance of the greatest Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil
CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”- Rep. Ilhan Omar
About a year and a half after she made that ill-advised and hurtful statement, Rep. Omar is trying to walk it back, and still refused to denounce the radical Islamic ideology that directly influenced the attack READ MORE
Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden said that he was going to pull all of his campaign ads today, but didn’t… READ MORE
DEMOCRATIC DEMISE? >>> Speaker Pelosi could cost Democrats Texas’ 7th congressional district
“Democrats Failing to Win Over Rural Texas with their Socialist Agenda” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – As the 2020 presidential election continues to simmer in the politics of division, Democrats set their gaze toward Texas, one problem abounds. Democrats’ attempts to flip Texas blue are being thwarted by a red wall in rural Texas where their socialist agenda is deeply unpopular. The Biden/Harris agenda promises massive tax hikes and higher energy bills, government control of healthcare that will destroy rural hospitals, bad trade deals, illegal immigration. This phenomenon is also playing out in the Senate race where Democratic nominee MJ Hegar is pushing a dangerous slew of policies that would cripple the local economy in towns across Texas. In Texas’ 10th congressional district, the district represented by Congressman Michael McCaul, Democratic candidate Mike Siegel is said to be “the most radical liberal running for Congress in America.” In a district covering Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Lee, Waller and Washington counties, Siegel is pushing a socialist agenda that would destroy job opportunities, raise taxes, and harm healthcare access. His proposed Green New Deal would significantly increase electricity costs by entirely eliminating any nonrenewable energy and require thousands of miles of new high-voltage transmission lines across the rural parts of the state. Rep. Michael McCaul’s campaign manager Evan Albertson noted: “Siegel is more comfortable spending time with his comrades in California than he is with ranchers and farmers in rural Texas, so it’s no wonder that he’s running to impose his radical ideology without concern for the devastating impact his policies would have on rural communities across the state.”
“Rubio, Kaine Praise Senate-Passed GAVI Resolution” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – As states continue to battle with the idea of fully opening up or leaving certain aspects closed, the conversation has now shifted to the idea of whether or not there should be a vaccine mandate if a vaccine should be created. With countries racing to create one and already setting up trials to combat the continued spread of the coronavirus, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) commented on how the United States should move forward if it should develop a vaccine. “No one disputes the medical miracle of vaccines,” expressed the Kentucky lawmaker before asserting that “if we have a vaccine that works, by all means let’s try to vaccinate everyone that’s willing to.” In the sunshine state, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) worked across the aisle. with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D), both members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to pass their resolution supporting GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. In a statement released after the resolution was passed, Senator Rubio argued that “GAVI remains a leading organization in providing critical support to advance global health security by ensuring access to life-saving vaccines and immunizations.” The Senator admitted that he was “happy to see the Senate unanimously approved this bipartisan resolution commending GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, for their efforts to expand vaccines, especially for children in developing countries.”
“Mike Siegel Campaigning to join AOC’s “Squad,” Chooses Radicalism over Results” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – The “Squad” members haven’t said whether they are taking applications for more members, but Texas Democrat and congressional candidate Mike Siegel sure hopes they will extend him an invite into their socialist circle if he wins his race against Republican Rep. Michael McCaul. During a July interview on the Progressive “The Nomiki Show,” Siegel was wishful that “maybe a couple of guys” may join the girls club. Here is what Siegel said: “Squad 2.0 coming in and Jamaal. Bowman! HAHA! Maybe a couple of guys to join the ladies there. Um but yeah. I mean, well, you know I will start ou and pay my dues, join the Progressive Caucus and support the movement. Sign on to Medicare for All. I think the Green New Deal is an area I can provide some leadership.” Yes, Siegel, who is an ultra-progressive Democrat who honored his parents by comparing them to Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, is campaigning on wanting to be a member of AOC’s group. “If I had to describe my parents as political figures, I would borrow from the Cuban Revolution, and I would say in our family my mom’s the Che and my dad’s the Fidel,” Siegel said in a speech given at the National Lawyers Guild. “But, I want to say that I’m here as a proud red diaper baby.” Given that Siegel is a devout Progressive, it goes without saying that he checks off all of the ideological boxes of today’s socialist wing of the Democrat Party, but does he support the divisive rhetoric that the Squadsters have been using to promote their political agenda? Remember, Rep. Ilhan Omar famously stated that “some people did something” when referencing the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She also called her hometown police department a “cancer.” Omar is the author of many divisive tweets, some of which have since been deleted.
“Trump Announces Potential Supreme Court Nominees, Includes Cruz, Hawley And Cotton” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – President Trump on Wednesday unveiled a new slate of 20 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, pledging to nominate one of those names listed if the opportunity arises to fill a third and possibly fourth vacancy if re-elected a second term. In the last-minute press conference Wednesday afternoon unveiling the names of his new judicial appointments, Trump called the nomination of a Supreme Court justice as “the most important decision an American president can make.” “Apart from matters of war and peace, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the most important decision an American President can make,” Trump said in a brief remark from the Diplomatic Reception Room. “For this reason, candidates for President owe the American people a specific list of the individuals they consider for the United States Supreme Court.” “Over the next four years, America’s president will choose hundreds of federal judges and in all likelihood, one, two three and even four Supreme Court justices,” Trump added. “The outcome of these decisions will determine whether we hold fast to our nation’s founding principles or whether they are lost forever.” Trump called on his Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden to publicly release the list of names of the “extremely far-left” picks he would nominate, so the American voters can “properly make a decision as to how they will vote” in less than 60 days. “Joe Biden has refused to release his list, perhaps because he knows the names are so extremely far left that they could never withstand public scrutiny or receive acceptance,” Trump said. “He must release a list of justices for people to properly make a decision on how they will vote. It’s very important that he do so.”
“Biden Slams Trump Over Woodward Book Revelations: ‘He Knowingly And Willingly Lied’ About Coronavirus Threat” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to new revelations from a forthcoming book by Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward, slamming President Trump for “knowingly and willingly lied” about the threat of coronavirus pandemic weeks before it ripped through the nation. “We’ve just learned from the Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward that the President admitted on tape in February that he knew that COVID-19 passes through the air,” Biden said at beginning of his speech during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan. “He knew how much more deadly it was than the flu. He knew and he purposefully downplayed it. Worse, he lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to our country. For months.” Biden devoted the majority of his campaign event focusing on attacking Trump instead of unveiling his “Buy American” economic plan, what the campaign billed the campaign event but didn’t publicize the location. During his remarks, the former Vice President accused Trump of purposely lying to the American public and blamed him for costing Americans lives as well as for the economic downturn. “While a deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job — on purpose. It was a life or death betrayal of the American people,” Biden said. “His failure to act not only cost lives – it sent our economy into a tailspin that cost millions more Americans their livelihoods. This is a recession created by Donald Trump’s negligence and unfitness for this job.”
“Texas police group warns drivers to ‘enter at your own risk’ after Austin cuts police funding” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – A Texas police group has put up billboards on Austin city limits warning drivers that the city had cut its police budget. “Warning! Austin defunded police. Enter at your own risk!” one of the boards reads. “Limited support next 20 miles,” another sign reads. The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), the largest police group in the state, said it released the #BacktheBlue billboards “to raise public awareness that Austin is a defunded city.” “This reckless act, a political stunt by the city council pandering to the radical left, will do nothing but endanger the people of Austin,” the TMPA wrote on Facebook. The group is also selling “Keep Austin Police Funded” t-shirts. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted about the billboards with the hashtag #TexasBackstheBlue. Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick thanked the TMPA for putting up the “great new billboards” on Twitter. On Wednesday, Abbott called on Texans to sign a pledge against defunding the state’s police departments, saying in an attached video such a “reckless” decision “invites crime into our communities.” Last month, Abbott and Patrick introduced legislation that would bar cities that vote to defund their police departments from increasing property taxes. “Cities that endanger residents by reducing law enforcement should not then be able to turn around and go back and get more property tax dollars,” Abbott said. Abbott said that such cities were “more focused on political agendas than public safety.” In August, the city of Austin announced it would be the latest city to divert funding from its police department. The City Council unanimously approved a proposal to cut the police budget by $150 million, about 34 percent of its current total, and reinvest in other resources.
“US Marshals capture Oklahoma fugitive accused of molesting 6-month-old, sharing video in Texas” by Fox News’ Michael Ruiz – Brice Gage Watkins, the Oklahoma man accused of molesting a 6-month-old, recording and sharing it on social media, has been apprehended by a U.S. Marshals task force, authorities said Thursday. The Marshals joined the hunt for the 22-year-old suspect earlier this week after he’d been on the run from state and local authorities for several weeks. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force found him in Texas hours after the reward offered increased to $10,000. Following up on a tip, they nabbed him at an associate’s house in San Marcos, Texas, around 3:30 p.m., the Marshals said in a press release. Watkins faces a handful of felony charges in connection with the incident, which he is accused of filming and sending to at least two women. One of the women turned the video over to police Aug. 11, telling investigators she recognized the child in the video and believed it was filmed in the victim’s home, Enid News reported. She was a friend of the child’s mother. The second woman told police she received the video along with the message, “whose child is this,” according to the outlet. Both women reportedly told investigators that they believed Watkins was the man seen molesting the child in the video. The case drew national attention and went viral on social media. Days after photos of Watkins widely circulated online, he is in custody.
“$5, 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests are coming to Texas” by Dallas Morning News’ Jesus Jimenez – Imagine arriving at your office. You walk through the front door, stop at the front desk, and then take a COVID-19 test. Within minutes you are cleared to begin your work day. Cheap, rapid coronavirus testing could change how businesses, schools and other places move forward during the pandemic, and Texas is hoping to be at the forefront. The state is working to get new $5, 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests, Gov. Greg Abbott’s spokesman, John Wittman, confirmed Tuesday. “Texas is in the process of receiving these tests and we are continuing to work with our federal partners to ensure they are used in the appropriate setting,” Wittman said in an email. Waiting several days to find out the result of a COVID-19 test limited how effective they could be in settings where reliable results are needed much quicker. Cheap tests that provide fast results could create an era where testing becomes a part of daily life. Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said the new rapid tests are being allocated by the federal government, and that the state was discussing how to deploy them. Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health and Human Services director, has said he sees value in the rapid tests, and the county is also discussing how to put them to use effectively, according to Lauren Trimble, chief of staff to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The Food and Drug Administration recently issued emergency use authorization for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card rapid test, produced by Abbott, a medical device and health care company.
“Federal Appeals Court Rejects Texas Democrats’ Effort To Expand Voting By Mail” by Texas Tribune’s Alexa Ura – A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Texas can keep its strict eligibility rules for voting by mail. Siding with the state’s Republican leadership, the appellate judges rejected the Texas Democratic Party’s effort to expand eligibility for voting by mail to all registered voters based on their argument that the state’s age restrictions for such voting violate the 26th Amendment’s protections against voting rules that discriminate based on age. The panel of appellate judges ultimately found that “conferring a privilege” to some voters — in this case the option of voting by mail to voters 65 and older — does not alone violate the 26th Amendment. “In sum, the plaintiffs based their Twenty-Sixth Amendment claim on the argument that differential treatment in allowing voters aged 65 and older to vote by mail without excuse constitutes, at least during the pandemic, a denial or abridgment of a younger citizen’s right to vote on account of age,” the panel wrote. “This claim fails because adding a benefit to another class of voters does not deny or abridge the plaintiffs’ Twenty-Sixth Amendment right to vote.” The federal panel vacated a lower court’s sweeping ruling that found Texas voters would face irreparable harm if existing age eligibility rules for voting by mail were in place for elections held while the new coronavirus remains in wide circulation. On Thursday, state Democrats indicated they would push forward with their challenge at the lower court, where the appellate court sent the case for further consideration of the party’s remaining arguments against the state’s restrictions. Texas allows any voter 65 or older to automatically qualify for a mail-in ballot. Younger voters can qualify if they will be out of the county during the election period, are confined in jail but otherwise eligible, or if they cite a disability or illness that makes a trip to the polls a risky endeavor.
“Several Texas massage parlors accused of taking part in labor and human trafficking crimes” by KTSM Staff – The Texas Department of Public Safety, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Homeland Security Investigations served 13 state search warrants at several massage parlors in El Paso where labor and human trafficking was reported. DPS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents along with other law enforcement partners conducted the searches at various massage parlor locations, which officials said resulted in 25 interviews and recovered evidence that supports the offenses of human trafficking, prostitution, and aggravated promotion of prostitution. Authorities did not release the names of the businesses. However, officials said the investigation highlights how local, state, and federal law enforcement partners work together to combat human trafficking. If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information to report about this type of criminal activity, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888.
“Gov. Abbott Calls For Texas-Wide Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of 9/11 Attacks” by CBS DFW – Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide call on Thursday for all Texans to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 AM CDT on Friday, September 11, 2020, to honor and remember the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Governor has also ordered Texas flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff. “I ask all Texans to hold a moment of silence to honor our fellow Americans who tragically lost their lives and for those who were injured in the horrific terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001,” said Governor Abbott. “We also honor the heroic first responders who selflessly rushed toward danger to save lives and help those in need. Today, as we remember one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, let us also remember the way Americans united in the face of evil. May that unity and love of country continue to be a guiding light for our nation.” Nearly 3,000 people died when hijackers flew four commercial airplanes into the two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
“Federal court blocks Trump effort to exclude undocumented immigrants when congressional seats are divvied up” by Texas Tribune’s Alexa Ura – A three-judge federal panel in New York has ruled that the Trump administration cannot keep undocumented immigrants from being counted when lawmakers reapportion congressional districts next year — an effort that could have potentially cost Texas several seats in Congress. In a significant departure from the way representation is typically divided up, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum in July directing Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to exclude undocumented immigrants from the base population used to distribute seats in Congress. But in its Thursday ruling, the panel of judges deemed the memo an “unlawful exercise of authority granted to the President.” The constitutionally mandated count each 10 years of every person residing in the country is used to determine congressional representation from each state. Excluding undocumented residents from the counts used to parcel out congressional districts would likely lead to a drastic realignment of political power throughout Texas. Trump pursued the change by arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not define “which persons must be included” in that base population. But the New York panel of judges blocked Ross, who oversees the census, from providing any information on the number of undocumented people in each state. Texas has 36 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, in districts that are supposed to be drawn to nearly equal population. Recent estimates indicate the size of the undocumented population in Texas has reached nearly 1.8 million. The state is projected to gain several more seats in the next redistricting round based on population growth — but that depends on achieving an accurate count in the ongoing census.
“Texas teachers union launches website to track COVID-19 cases by school district” by Fox KDFW – The American Federation of Teachers is providing a new tool to find and report COVID-19 cases by school district. Texas AFT’s COVID-19 dashboard went live Thursday where teachers, staff and parents can look up data and report COVID-19 cases and safety concerns. AFT is raising questions about transparency and how much information on COVID-19 cases in schools will actually be released. They say their dashboard will give teachers and staff a chance to independently report COVID cases, deaths and other safety concerns. The TEA requires districts to report positive COVID cases weekly and notify employees and families at the affected campuses. That data is supposed to be made public starting this month but hasn’t gone live yet. AFT reps question how much information will be reported. “If they’re only reporting at district level, for districts like Houston and Dallas and San Antonio, those are very large districts that cover a high level of geography. What good does that do?” said Zeph Capo, president of Texas AFT. Some districts like Richardson, Wylie and Mansfield ISDs are reporting COVID-19 cases by campus, and Tarrant County is also tracking this. AFT also wants to receive direct reports from teachers, staff and parents about cases and safety concerns along supporting documents like school notification letters so AFT can investigate.
“DOJ records show members of Mueller’s team ‘wiped’ phones during Trump probe” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – Newly released records from the Department of Justice show that the cell phones of multiple people on then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team were “wiped” for various reasons during the probe. The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices. The documents show that Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman “accidentally wiped” his phone twice after entering the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018. Lawyer James Quarles’ phone “wiped itself” without his intervention, the records say. The documents were released after a lawsuit from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. They were first reported by Sean Davis of the Federalist. The records indicate Attorney Greg Andres phone was also wiped due to a forgotten passcode. And they say the phones of both Mueller deputy Kyle Freeny and Rush Atkinson were wiped accidentally after they entered the wrong passcode too many times. The records say that a phone belonging to FBI lawyer Lisa Page – whose anti-Trump texts with FBI agent Peter Strzok were of interest to investigators — was restored to factory settings when the inspector general’s office received it.
“Trump says he won’t extend deadline for US TikTok sale” by CNN’s Paul LeBlanc – President Donald Trump said Thursday he will not extend the fast-approaching September 20 deadline he set for ByteDance, the Chinese-owned parent company of Tiktok, to sell the popular app or have it be banned. “We’ll see what happens it’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. He maintained there will be “no extension of the TikTok deadline.” The President’s comments mark just the latest example of his strongman approach to the popular app after declaring in July that he would ban it from operating in the US. Last month, he claimed in an executive order that there is “credible evidence” that ByteDance “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.” The app, however, has sued the Trump administration in response to what it said is a “heavily politicized” executive order. “We far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation,” TikTok said in a blog post announcing the case. “But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations — eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic — we simply have no choice.” As TikTok has scrambled to keep its American presence alive, Microsoft has emerged as a potential, albeit unlikely, savior for the platform. The app has exploded in popularity in the US and other Western countries, becoming the first Chinese social media platform to gain significant traction with users outside of its home country.
“Rubio Seeks Security Review of Chinese Bid for GNC” by WSJ’s Katy Stech Ferek – Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday urged a national-security review panel to scrutinize a Chinese company’s attempt to buy struggling vitamin-and-supplement retailer GNC Holdings Inc. In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Sen. Rubio (R., Fla.) noted that Pittsburgh-based GNC keeps health data on millions of U.S. customers. Should the company be acquired by Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Co. or another Chinese buyer, that data could fall into the hands of China’s authoritarian government, Mr. Rubio said. “The acquisition of a major health and nutrition chain with over 5,200 retail stores in the United States and an expansive customer base presents the opportunity for state-directed actors to purchase this information legally,” said Mr. Rubio, who has focused on the threat that Chinese acquisitions of U.S. companies pose to national security. Mr. Rubio asked for a review of the potential transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a Treasury-led panel that includes representatives from more than a dozen federal agencies. The panel looks for foreign acquisitions that put U.S. national security at risk. In 2018, Congress ordered Cfius to take a closer look at acquisitions that could put personal data at risk. A GNC spokesperson said in a statement that Harbin’s acquisition of an ownership stake was reviewed by the panel in 2018 and that panelists didn’t object to that purchase. “Our consumer data is safeguarded by rigorous standards and none of it is accessible to any foreign nationals,” the GNC statement said.
“Biden spokesman refuses to discuss whether former VP used teleprompter to answer questions” by Fox News’ Sam Dorman – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s national press secretary attempted to deflect a question about whether the Democratic nominee used a teleprompter to answer questions from regular Americans Thursday, claiming President Trump’s campaign was trying to use the issue as a “distraction.” `”We are not going to — this is straight from the Trump campaign talking points,” TJ Ducklo told “Special Report” host Bret Baier. “And what it does, Bret, is it’s trying to distract the American people from –,” Ducklo began to add before Baier interjected and asked him to provide a yes or no answer. “They talk about it every day, Bret, because they don’t have a coherent strategy … they talk about it every day because they don’t have a coherent argument for why Donald Trump deserves reelection, deserves four more years,” Ducklo went on. “We know that he lied to the American people. We know that he has not shown leadership during this crisis and they are desperate to throw anything they can against the wall to try to distract from that fact.” The spokesman insisted to Baier that he wouldn’t allow the Trump campaign to “funnel their questions through Fox News and get me to respond to that.” Earlier this week, video surfaced of Biden appearing to ask his staff to adjust a teleprompter during a Q&A session with AFL-CIO members. “Move it up here,” Biden said, before pausing and answering a question from barista Rebecca Vedrine.
“Vowing crackdown on Russian meddling, US sanctions Ukrainian lawmaker who worked with Giuliani to smear Biden” by CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Kylie Atwood and Marshall Cohen – The US Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions against a Ukrainian lawmaker, accusing him of being an “active Russian agent” who is part of Moscow’s interference in the 2020 campaign. The controversial Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrii Derkach, has close ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and was already singled out earlier this summer by the US intelligence community for helping Moscow’s ongoing efforts to weaken Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Now, Derkach has been explicitly labeled a Russian agent by the US government and sanctioned for attempting to influence the upcoming election.
“Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement Thursday, which was included in a Treasury announcement that said Derkach “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade” and maintained “close connections with the Russian intelligence services.” “The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and uphold the integrity of our election system,” Mnuchin added. The announcement on Thursday was an extraordinary step by the US government to publicly condemn Russia’s ongoing interference in the 2020 election. It shows how some parts of the US government are cracking down on Russia’s anti-Biden meddling, while Trump has openly embraced the Russian effort and hasn’t spoken out against it. The news also raises the stakes for Giuliani, who collaborated with Derkach to spread anti-Biden material during Trump’s impeachment. The Treasury statement now means Giuliani collaborated with “an active Russian agent,” which is precisely the type of behavior that led to allegations of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election. Asked about the news, Giuliani texted CNN, “Who cares.”
“2020 Census Must Count Illegal Immigrants When Allocating House Seats, Judges Rule” by WSJ’s Paul Overberg – A special three-judge panel has blocked President Trump’s plan to exclude immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from the 2020 census count that will be used to redistribute seats in the House of Representatives. Acting on two lawsuits filed in New York by a group of states, cities, counties and civil-rights groups, the judges said Thursday that the plan violates several laws that spell out how the results of the decennial census are to be used for distributing congressional seats. The president issued his memorandum on July 21, ordering that the 2020 population totals for reapportionment not include people in the U.S. illegally. The Census Bureau is trying to complete its pandemic-delayed count this month so that it can deliver state totals used for reapportionment by the legal deadline of Dec. 31. The court order bars work by the Census Bureau that would allow it to produce a separate count excluding people in the U.S. illegally. There isn’t a citizenship question on the census, after the Supreme Court last year blocked the president’s plan to add one. To carry out the president’s latest order, the bureau had planned to match census responses with citizenship-verified records from state and federal agencies to estimate how many people in each state weren’t legal residents. This, the judges ruled, would violate the law that requires Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who supervises the bureau, to send a single set of numbers—a “tabulation of total population by States”—to the president. The memo also violated the law because “so long as they reside in the United States, illegal aliens qualify as ‘persons in’ a ‘State’ as Congress used those words,” the panel ruled.
“A lot of pounding the table — but no movement on a new round of coronavirus relief” by Fox News’ Chad Pergram – There is an old adage they often teach first year law students. When you have the facts, on your side, pound on the facts. When you have the law on your side, pound on the law. When you have neither the facts nor the law on your side, pound on the table. It kind of works that way on Capitol Hill with legislation. When you don’t have the votes, especially on your side of the aisle, pound on the table. And, pound the other side. There was a lot of pounding on Capitol Hill the past few days as Senate Republicans tried to advance some form of coronavirus relief. But there’s still no movement on a fifth round of coronavirus relief. The truncated week started when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent out a splashy press release. It declared the “Senate Will Vote on Targeted COVID-19 Relief.” That was a headline Republicans hoped would catch the attention of assignment editors and political reporters everywhere. And, it was further than McConnell has gone all summer long about moving the next phrase of coronavirus aid. McConnell often tempered expectations about the next coronavirus bill over the summer. The Majority Leader barnstormed the Blue Grass State for months, from Ashland to Owensboro, campaigning for a seventh Senate term. McConnell prefaced the possibility of another coronavirus relief package with the word “if.” He bragged he’d personally draft the next measure in his office and not let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., anywhere near it. The Kentucky Republican also managed expectations. McConnell said on more than one occasion that the Senate Republican Conference featured 20 GOPers who were reluctant to vote for additional aid at all.
“Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily blocks absentee ballots from being mailed a week before deadline” by CNN’s Carolina Kenny – The Wisconsin Supreme Court told election officials across the state on Thursday — a week before the deadline to mail ballots — that they can’t mail out absentee ballots until the court decides whether to add the Green Party’s presidential ticket to the ballot. The September 17 deadline for when the 1,850 municipal clerks need to mail out absentee ballots to Wisconsin voters who asked for one is set in state law. The 4-3 decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court was split among partisan lines, with all four conservative justices agreeing that the process of mailing out ballots must be paused, while the three liberal justices dissented. The possible inclusion of Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins on the general election ballot could tip the scales of a razor-thin contest between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Voting during the pandemic in Wisconsin has already been the subject of legal fights. Republicans who insisted on keeping the state’s April 7 primary on schedule won two legal battles in the spring, as the state Supreme Court blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ bid to delay it until June and the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling that gave voters six extra days to return their ballots by mail. At least 19 people in Wisconsin who said they voted in-person or worked the polls tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the state health department later that month. About 1 million voters in Wisconsin have requested ballots, and more than 300,000 of those ballots have already been prepared by local clerks to go out to voters, according to Meagan Wolfe, the chief elections official for the state of Wisconsin, who was speaking to reporters on a media call when the court order came down.
“Google and Twitter Sharpen Tools to Stop False Claims About Election” by WSJ’s Emily Glazer and Kirsten Grind – Google and Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.54% said they are taking additional steps to tamp down misinformation about the U.S. election, as tech platforms scramble to address an expected flood of false claims and misleading posts ahead of the November vote. In separate announcements on Thursday, Twitter said it plans to more aggressively label or remove election-related tweets that include disputed or misleading information, while Google said it would screen more auto-complete suggestions to avoid voters being misled. Starting next week, Twitter said it would label or remove more false or misleading content that could undermine public confidence in an election as part of its civic-integrity policy. The social-media platform will target even more specific types of content while also expanding the reach of the policy to encapsulate an election changed by the coronavirus pandemic with an unprecedented number of Americans expected to vote by mail, a spokesman said. The changes could affect tweets claiming victory before election results have been certified; posting unverified information about ballot tampering or other matters that could undermine confidence; or including false or misleading information that causes confusion about laws, regulations, officials or institutions related to elections. Twitter’s existing policy already targets content that makes false claims on how to participate in civic processes, could suppress participation or claims false affiliation with a candidate or elected official. Twitter has clashed in recent months with President Trump, who has posted frequently about potential fraud in the coming election and criticized the company for flagging his posts on that and other matters that violate its rules. He has argued that the company is biased against him.
President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump–In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11th. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment.
Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi –The sad state of America’s coronavirus response today is the result of President Trump’s failure to lead these past months and Mitch McConnell’s one-sided pause. We can’t waste a day. The Senate must pass the #HeroesAct or the situation will worsen.