President Trump in the 11th Hour of the Election
Republicans don’t want to hear it, but there is a real chance that President Donald Trump loses re-election next month.
Trump is down in all the polls by a larger number at this point in 2016. That’s just a fact.
Democrats are galvanized to go out and vote, not because they believe Vice President Joe Biden is a great candidate (he really sucks), but because they hate Trump.
They hate Trump, not because of his winning policies, but because of his personality and the words that keep coming out of his mouth.
If the plain-speaking Trump does lose, it will be his own doing, and because of the unforced errors he has committed.
Democrats and Independents would rather look past the fact that Biden is probably in the beginning stages of Dementia, and will probably embarrass the U.S. with all those uncontrollable gaffes he makes, than vote for Trump.
It doesn’t matter to Democrats. Hating Trump makes more sense to them than voting for a senile president.
And to those idiots Lincoln Project members, grifting seems to be the only reason they are attacking the president.
Considering how these “prominent Republicans” (laughable) are openly supporting Biden and attacking Trump using Democrat donor funds, it is clear that they do not care about the future of America, rather the future of their bottom line.
You may not like Trump as a person, I get it, but how can you vote or support the Biden/Harris ticket that all-but promises raise tax hikes, more socialized medicine, and a job-killing environmental agenda.
Biden/Harris = Socialist agenda
But there is hope. The latest Trafalgar poll has Trump winning Florida, and it seems as if Trump’s national polling is on an upward tick.
Texas could be seen as a toss-up state, but all indications point to Trump winning the Lone Star State.
The election is expected to be super tight, but could Trump turn it around and pull it off in the coming days?
If he does win, images of emotional carnage in the Democratic party and priceless online video meltdowns will be unprecedented…
Hunter and Dad
Oh, and it doesn’t matter that Biden lied about Burisma Holdings and his son Biden. Social media platforms’ event suppressed the NY Post story. The smoking gun emails are right here. READ MORE
“Violent and radical revolutionary group endorses Julie Oliver and Mike Siegel” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – Early voting has started in Texas and Americans living in the 10th and 25th congressional districts are now able to vote for a radical Socialist agenda or for the Conservative American alternative. Communist sympathizer and Progressive Democratic congressional candidate Mike Siegel and fellow Progressive Julie Oliver make a spirited effort to defeat Republican Reps. Roger Williams and Michael McCaul, but could face more significant pushback from Texans for supporting the job-killing agenda that self-styled Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has prescribed. The radical leftist organization Our Revolution has endorsed Oliver and Siegel, and both candidates recently appeared on the group’s live Zoom call to pay homage and thank them for their support. “I’m ready to sign on to Pramila Jayapal’s “Medicare for All” act in Congress,” said Julie Oliver on the call. But while Oliver and Siegel are unabashed Progressive Socialists, do they subscribe to what Our Revolution is really about, and their agenda for Americans? Maybe. After all, “proud red diaper baby” Siegel has honored his parents by comparing them to the violent and murderous Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. According to Project Veritas, elements of the group are un-American and violent anarchists who promote and support the militant ANTIFA movement. Some even say that they “love ANTIFA.” In this undercover video, one of the groups chairpersons is seen and heard threatening violence and murder: “It’s going to take a strategic hit to the .1% that’s in charge, cause that’s who it is…It’s truly killing Nazis in the streets, random F*cking bootlickers. So if you want to do some Versailled shit If you want to do some ANTIFA shit, You really want to change this country that way, with violence, there is only one way to do it”
“U.S. Senators brought notes to the hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett brought nothing” by Texas Politics; Javier Manjarres – Aside from the Senator Mazie Hirono’s unbelievable and unacceptable request of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to divulge if she has ever sexually harassed anyone, Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) request to see what Judge Barrett was reading at her confirmation hearings caused quite a stir on social media. ‘Can you hold up what you have been referring to in answering our questions? Is there anything on it,” asked Sen. Cornyn Judge Barrett held up a blank sheet of paper saying that the piece of paper only had “the letterhead that says United States Senate.” Here is a highlight of the exchange Sen. Cornyn had with Judge Barrett on Day 2 of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings: CORNYN: “Most of us have multiple notebooks, and notes, and books and things like that in front of us. Can you hold up what you have been referring to in answering our questions? Is there anything on it?” BARRETT: “The letterhead that says United States Senate.” CORNYN: “That’s impressive.” “They suggest that you can’t be unbiased in deciding a case you haven’t even participated in yet. I find that insulting as well. Maybe almost as pernicious as attacking somebody for their faith and suggesting that that disqualifies them from holding a public office is the attack that’s being made on judicial independence.” “You don’t run on a platform. You don’t say if I’m confirmed I’m going to do this or that. You don’t do that, do you?” BARRETT: “It would be wholly, wildly inappropriate for me to do so.” “It is your job to choose policy and then it is my job to interpret those laws and apply them to facts of particular cases, and they don’t always lead me to results that I would reach if I were, you know, queen of the world. I just don’t have the power, by fiat, to impose my policy preferences or choose the result I prefer. That’s just not my role.”
“Ted Cruz requests copy of hellish painting of himself” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – Anyone who has been in Senator Ted Cruz’s senatorial office has noticed that massive oil painting of President Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. The oil paint (above) is a sight to see. Now that painting could be accompanied by another, umm, colorful painting. Comedian Jim Carrey recently tweeted a painting he drew of Sen.Cruz, calling name his work, “Ted Cruz, Hellbound Class of 2020.” Instead of taking a jab at Carrey for painting the unflattering picture, Cruz requested a copy for his office. No word yet on whether Carrey will oblige.
“OPINION: Buyer Beware: Counterfeit Goods Flooding the Digital Retail Market” via Texas Politics – As the holiday shopping season kicks off, consumer advocates, law-enforcement officials, and even major brands are warning that online shoppers should be on high alert for stolen and counterfeit goods being sold on some of the largest online shopping platforms. Broadly speaking, the problem involves third-party, online platforms where criminal networks have been able to anonymously sell stolen or counterfeit products to consumers who may not know any better. The platforms include eBay, Amazon, and Facebook Marketplace. But the more immediate concern involves Amazon, the nation’s largest online retailer, as it launches this week its fifth annual Prime Day, a shopping event featuring sales and promotions exclusively available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Originally scheduled for July but postponed due to the pandemic, Amazon is now holding Prime Day — which rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the biggest shopping days of the year — on October 13 and 14. Despite lingering uncertainty around how consumers will spend in the midst of a pandemic that continues to upend the economy, some experts expect record spending, as analysts have suggested that this year’s Prime Day could approach in $10 billion. But that could mean record fraud. Anyone who doubts this should consider that counterfeits in the digital world account for almost one-third of all counterfeits by volume, according to World Trademark Review, an outlet that provides daily news and information about trademark issues.
“Joe Biden says American voters ‘probably shouldn’t’ vote for him” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – With the latest Gallup poll showing that 56% of American voters believe that they are better off economically today under the Trump/Pence administration than they were under the Obama/Biden administration, one would think that former Vice President Joe Biden would have a better response to when asked about the poll results, right? During an interview with Cincinnati’s WKRC Local 12, reporter Kyle Inskeep asked Biden this question about those voters that were polled: “56% of Americans said that they are better off today than they were 4 years ago under the Obama-Biden administration. So, why should people who feel they are better off today under the Trump administration vote for you?” Biden response: “Well if they think that, they probably shouldn’t. They think- 54 percent of the American people believe they’re better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly. And in addition to that, we have a president who doesn’t share the values of most Americans. He’s not very honest with people. He’s flouting the conventions relative to public safety in terms of even now- not wearing a mask, a guy who has been a super spreader. But look, whatever they believe they should go out and vote. People should vote. Period.”
“Collins Introduces Resolution To Remove Pelosi As House Speaker” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced a resolution on Monday to push for the removal of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from House Speaker, saying the California Democrat “doesn’t have the mental fitness” to lead the House. In a draft of the resolution, first seen by Fox News, Collins calls into question Pelosi “unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions” to argue she is “unable to adequately serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives and should therefore be removed from her position.” “Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions, call into question her own mental fitness, which is why it’s critical that the House of Representatives demand her removal from the line of succession,” Collins told Fox News. The resolution comes after Pelosi last Friday announced legislation to create a commission under the 25th Amendment to assess President Trump’s capacity to hold office that will allow Congress to intervene. The House speaker denied the legislation had anything to do with Trump, despite just 24 hours before she questioned the president’s fitness and accusing him of “being in an altered stated” due to the COVID medication he was taking to recover after testing positive for the virus. “This is not about President Trump. He will face the judgment of voters. But he shows the need to create a process for future presidents,” Pelosi said Friday morning unveiling the legislation. “This bill honors the duty by strictest creating a standing commission of top former executive officials and medical experts selected in a bipartisan, bicameral way. A president’s fitness for all of us must be determined by science and facts.” The Georgia Republican cited Pelosi time as House Speaker where she focused her leadership solely on “pursuing baseless and fruitless investigations” against Trump, including last year stunt in launching an impeachment inquiry.
“Barrett In Opening Statement To Judiciary Committee Vows To Interpret The Law ‘As They Are Written’” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salma – Judge Amy Coney Barrett after listening to almost five hours of opening statements from each of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee was sworn in, formally introducing herself to the committee in her opening statement where she vowed to serve “faithfully and impartially.” “If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed, I pledge to faithfully and impartially discharge my duties to the American people as an Associate Justice,” Barrett said during her 12-minute remarks. She focused her opening statement pledging to be a justice who apply the law “as written” and emphasized the role of the justice, saying it is not the court’s duty to “solve every problem or right every wrong” in American life. “Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try,” Barrett stated. She added, “I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written. And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role.” Before being sworn in, both Indiana’s Republican Senators — Mike Braun and Todd Young remotely introduced Barrett. Barrett said she would bring new perspectives to the bench, being the first Justice from the 7th Circuit in over 45 years, along with being the only sitting justice who didn’t attend an Ivy League law school and a mother of school-age children to serve in the high courts.
“Rep. Trent Ashby seeks 5th term in Texas House District 57 election against democratic challenger Jason Rogers” by KBTV’s Andy Krauss – Voters spanning six east Texas counties will decide between incumbent republican Rep. Trent Ashby and democratic challenger Jason Rogers for who will represent their district in the state legislature in Austin on November 3. Ashby has served as District 57′s representative in the Texas House for four terms since 2013. He has run unopposed for the seat in three of those four general elections. It was Rogers who challenged him after the primary round for the first time in 2018. “I’ve strived relentlessly during my four terms in the Texas legislature to work on the issues that really matter most to the residents of East Texas and the Brazos Valley region,” Ashby said. “Here, for the most part, nobody ever runs on the democratic ticket,” Rogers said. “You have a bunch of people running on the republican ticket for many offices who have a three-month timespan to try and establish themselves.” Ashby was born on a dairy farm in east Texas and says he “learned the value of a dollar and a hard work ethic at a very young age.” He says he has a great appreciation for teachers because his mom spent some time in the classroom. Ashby attended Texas A&M University and majored in agriculture economics. Ashby says helping businesses through COVID recovery will be one of his major focuses if re-elected, but he also wants to expand rural health care. “Through telemedicine and other advancements, there’s an opportunity there to help the folks who are blessed to call rural Texas home, in terms of increasing their access to medicine and health care,” Ashby said.
“VIDEO: COVID-19 Antibody Trials Underway In North Texas” by NBC DFW – A monoclonal antibody treatment designed for COVID-19 patients in the infancy of the infection is available right now to North Texans who join a clinical trial in Dallas.
“New US attorney for Western District of Texas sworn in” by KSAT’s David Ibanez – Gregg Sofer was sworn in Tuesday as the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Sofer, who was appointed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, was sworn in by Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia at the federal courthouse in San Antonio. “In my 29 years of public service, I have worked to seek justice for crime victims and bring accountability to those who place their interests over those of society. It is an honor and a privilege to continue this mission alongside the Assistant U.S. Attorneys, support personnel, law enforcement officers, judges, and court staff that make this district so great,” Sofer said in a statement. As U.S. Attorney, Sofer is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Texas responsible for prosecuting violations of federal law and representing the federal government in civil litigation where the United States is a party. The Western District of Texas spans approximately 93,000 square miles, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office employs more than 300 people. The headquarters are in San Antonio, with staffed offices in Austin, El Paso, Midland, Del Rio, Waco and Alpine.
“Texas Ban on Abortion Procedure Blocked Again by Court” by NBC DFW – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas cannot ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that Republican-led statehouses across the U.S. have sought to outlaw in recent years. The law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017 was never enforced and was previously blocked by a federal judge in Austin. Texas appealed that decision, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the measure “unduly burdens a woman’s constitutionally-protected right.” Abortion rights groups say the procedure, known as dilation and evacuation, is the safest and most common second-trimester procedure and that eliminating it would force women to choose less-safe options. The Texas law used the non-medical term “dismemberment abortion” to describe the procedure, in which forceps and other instruments are used to remove the fetus from the womb.
“Jill Biden, Beto O’Rourke campaign for Joe in El Paso as Texas becomes possible battleground state” by KXAN’s Russell Falcon – Dr. Jill Biden made her first official campaign stop in Texas on Tuesday. In hopes that Democrats will flip the state blue for the first time in four decades, Jill Biden appeared on stage in El Paso with former Congressman Beto O’Rourke. The former 2020 Presidential candidate recently urged the Biden campaign to invest more resources in the state. Democrats say they now view Texas as a battleground state that’s up for grabs. “For the first time in a long time, winning Texas is possible!” Biden exclaimed. “Not just for Joe, but for the Senate and the state house as well and if we win here, we are unstoppable.” According to a recent poll from University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, President Donald Trump currently has a five-point lead over Joe Biden among registered voters in Texas. Poll watchers at FiveThirtyEight said on Tuesday, however, that based on computer models, Trump has a good chance at losing the Lone Star State.
“John Cornyn goes on attack against challenger MJ Hegar in homestretch of U.S. Senate race” by Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and his allies are going on the attack on TV against his Democratic opponent, MJ Hegar, a notable development in a race where the challenger has done most of the jabbing so far. Late last week, Cornyn’s campaign launched a commercial branding Hegar as “too liberal for Texas,” while a pro-Cornyn super PAC, Texans for a Conservative Majority, went up Tuesday with a spot linking her to “New York taxes, California values.” Tuesday was the first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 election. Recent polls have given Cornyn single-digit leads of varying sizes in his bid for a fourth term, though the sudden onslaught suggests his campaign sees the race as competitive at a critical time. Hegar raised $13.5 million in the third quarter of 2020, a massive improvement over her past hauls, and while Cornyn has not revealed his fundraising total for the past three months, he has conceded she outpaced him. On Tuesday, the Cook Political Report shifted its rating of the race in Hegar’s favor, from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.” Hegar’s campaign said it is taking encouragement from the attacks. “Clearly John Cornyn and his Super PAC friends are absolutely terrified of the grassroots momentum MJ has built across Texas,” Hegar spokesperson Amanda Sherman said in a statement, adding that “Cornyn knows he can’t run on his real record … so now he has to resort to spreading lies and misinformation about a decorated combat veteran and working mom.”
“Republican Party of Texas sues Harris County clerk over drive-thru voting” by KHOU’s Ciara Rouege and Matt Dougherty – The Republican Party of Texas has filed a lawsuit against Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins that claims drive-thru voting is illegal. Drive-thru voting became available at 10 locations across Harris County on Tuesday. It’s the first time drive-thru voting has been available in Texas. The drive-thru sites were created to give voters concerned about coronavirus a safe option. However, the lawsuit said drive-thru voting is an expansion of the Texas Election Code policy meant to help disabled residents participate in elections. It asserts that fear of contracting COVID-19 isn’t a valid excuse or disability, and thus, shouldn’t be allowed. Right now, many changes being made to accommodate COVID-related obstacles, such as in-mail ballots for everyone, have led to legal turmoil in Texas. The lawsuit argues curb-side or drive-thru voting should be reserved exclusively for people who can not walk into a polling station. The group has accused Hollins of overstepping his jurisdiction and attempting to unlawfully rewrite state election laws. They’re criticizing the county clerk’s actions as a “political maneuver…to undermine electoral integrity.” According to the Harris County Clerk’s Office website, drive-thru voting is more effective way for voters to social distance; secure because it uses the same voting machines and procedures as walk-in voting; and allows 10-30 voters to place their ballots at a time. Also ensuring that the voting process is safe but quick as possible is a major concern in Harris County, which is the most populated county in Texas.
“White Evangelicals Hope to Keep Changing Texas Red for Trump” by Associated Press’s Ellen Knickmeyer – As parishioners at the evangelical church in the Dallas suburbs gathered for Sunday services, they walked past two tables of voter guides and sample ballots in the lobby, with signs reading: “Your vote. Your voice. Your values.” The message from the pulpit at the 9:30 a.m. service was equally explicit. ““The future of America is at stake,” said Rev. Jack N. Graham, who had recently returned from Washington, where he attended a White House ceremony introducing Judge Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee. “We are staring down the lies of the enemy.” Three weeks from Election Day, the largely white congregation at Prestonwood Baptist Church, as well as other white evangelical churches across Texas, are fighting a defensive battle to keep their increasingly diverse state from flipping to support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. They’ve stood with Trump throughout his tumultuous tenure, including his uneven handling of the coronavirus pandemic this year, and view the late-in-the-campaign Supreme Court opening as a timely reminder of why. “These confirmation hearings could not have come at a more opportune time for the Trump campaign,” said the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a leader of another of the Dallas area’s large, politically influential evangelical megachurches. “It’s a wake-up call and reminder especially for evangelicals about why they voted for Trump in the first place.” White evangelicals hold significant sway in Texas, comprising 24% of the state’s voters in 2018, according to an AP VoteCast survey. These voters overwhelmingly backed Republican candidates in congressional races, 87% to 12%.
“Amy Coney Barrett’s calm demeanor during hearings is her ‘superpower,’ Harmeet Dhillon says” by Fox News’ Angelica Stabile – Judge Amy Coney Barrett made it through day two of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings and Trump 2020 advisory board member Harmeet Dhillon told Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit” that her ability to stay cool, calm and collected is almost supernatural. Democratic senators have repeatedly attempted to catch Barrett off guard about her stance on the Affordable Care Act, but Dhillon told host Elizabeth MacDonald she doesn’t think they even “landed a finger on her.” “In fact, it’s almost like she has a superpower by calmly sitting there and politely responding to these questions,” she said. “I think she made each and every one of them look silly or worse.” Dhillon argued that the hearings so far have been a “failure” and said the Democrats should call it quits. “The Democrats would’ve been better off actually not having a hearing at all … and voting because I don’t think they convinced anybody with this charade,” she said. Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize Barrett for allegedly “evading” questions, when the Ginsburg rule, named after Barrett’s would-be predecessor, prevents nominees from discussing their personal views on matters that may surface before the court. “The judge did exactly what other judges have done in the same seat and what they should do,” Dhillon said. “No judge could honestly answer how they would vote on a case that they don’t know the facts of, and neither would it be appropriate.” “I hope in the future if Democrats are ever in the same position where they’re nominating justices, those justices take the same position as Amy Coney Barrett and really everybody has done over the last 30 years,” she concluded.
“Obama to hit the campaign trail for Biden in final stretch” by CNN’s Arlette Saenz and Jeff Zeleny – Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail next week, Democratic officials tell CNN, as he looks to step up his work in support of his one-time partner — former Vice President Joe Biden — in the final stretch of the election. Obama intends to focus his efforts on early voting states in the final two weeks of the race, the officials tell CNN. The former President will not aggressively barnstorm swing states, but rather intends to visit a handful of critical battlegrounds where voting is underway. His schedule has not been finalized, officials said, but states under consideration for his solo appearances include Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and more. “He’s doing enough for our campaign,” Biden told reporters before boarding a flight in New Castle, Delaware, Tuesday. “He’ll be out on the trail and he’s doing well.” Obama’s expected return to the campaign trail could energize Democratic voters in the final weeks before the election as the former president remains among the Democratic Party’s most popular figures. The Biden campaign believes Obama can help in three particular areas, officials say, including: Black men, Latinos and young voters. The events will be socially distant — similar to the tactics adopted by the Biden campaign during the coronavirus pandemic — but are designed to garner local media coverage in key areas. President Donald Trump’s campaign has dispatched far more surrogates ahead of the election — along with the President’s rallies — and the Obama visits are designed to help Biden draw more attention in places where voting is happening.
“Trump’s Drug-Discount Cards Expected to Reach Medicare Recipients After Election” by WSJ’s Stephanie Armour – President Trump’s plan to send 33 million Medicare beneficiaries a card that can be used to help pay for as much as $200 in prescription drug costs won’t be completed until after the election, according to a person familiar with the plan. The cards will be mailed in phases, with some likely going out later in October but most not until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, the person said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is spending an estimated $20 million for administrative costs to print and send letters to Medicare beneficiaries informing them that they will be getting cards, the person said. Plans for the overall drug-discount program have been sent to the Office for Management and Budget, the person said. It is unclear if or when the office will approve the program, which could cost $8 billion, the person said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Medicare designed for people 65 and older, is unable to say exactly when the cards will go out because the proposal is still at OMB. Beneficiaries will have two years to use the discount cards, the person said. Low-income beneficiaries who don’t already get financial assistance for medications would likely get the cards, according to the person familiar with the planning, rather than everyone in Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drug costs for people 65 and older.
“Anchorage, Alaska, mayor resigns over sex scandal: ‘I am deeply sorry’” by Fox News’ David Aaro – Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz resigned Tuesday, a day after apologizing for what he described as a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship,” with a local television anchor. Berkowitz, 58, who is married, announced his resignation in a statement read by his chief of staff during a meeting of the Anchorage Assembly. The Democrat will remain mayor until Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. “It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” the statement said, according to the Anchorage Daily News. “My resignation results from unacceptable personal conduct that has compromised my ability to perform my duties with the focus and trust that is required.” “I know my conduct has done great injury to my family, my staff, to Municipal employees, and to the people of our community, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” the statement continued. A crowd gathered at the meeting erupted into cheers after the announcement was read, until Assembly Chair Felix Rivera called for them to stop. “There is a God,” one man yelled. Berkowitz, 58, on Monday admitted to having the relationship with Maria Athens, who was the anchor/reporter for television stations KTBY and KYUR which operate jointly as Your Alaska Link. “I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens,” Berkowitz wrote in a statement. “I’m embarrassed and ashamed for the hurt I’ve caused my family and our community. I take responsibility for my actions.”
“Supreme Court grants Trump administration’s request to halt census count while appeal plays out” by CNN’s Ariane de Vogue and Gregory Wallace – The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the Trump administration to halt the census count while an appeal plays out over a lower court’s order that it continue. The administration had asked the high court for “immediate relief” because a lower court order would have required the census count to continue until October 31. The Trump administration argued that would have prevented Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from delivering a count of the nation’s population to President Donald Trump by December 31. The ruling is a win for the administration, which argued the shortened deadline is necessary to give the Commerce Department enough time to meet the December deadline. The administration noted that the count had been delayed by Covid-19 but that if the time spent counting were shortened, that deadline could still be met.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the order, fearing that the shortened timeline would produce inaccurate results. “Because the harms associated with an inaccurate census are avoidable and intolerable, I respectfully dissent from the grant of stay,” she wrote. No other justice noted a dissent. Attorneys for the groups that sued the administration told CNN they will wait to see the Census Bureau’s next steps to determine how to respond. “Every day has mattered, and the Supreme Court’s order staying the preliminary injunction does not erase the tremendous progress that has been made as a result of the district court’s rulings,” Melissa Arbus Sherry, an attorney at Latham and Watkins who argued the case in the trial court, said in a statement.
“Theater Chain AMC Says It Could Run Out of Cash by Year-End” by WSJ’s Matt Grossman and Alexander Gladstone – The world’s largest movie-theater company may run out of cash by year’s end if it doesn’t raise additional funds or get more people back to theaters following pandemic shutdowns that have disrupted businesses dependent on consumers gathering in public spaces. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. AMC -13.24% said Tuesday that it has reopened 83% of its U.S. theaters, but that attendance is down about 85% at those theaters from the year before. At the company’s current cash-burn rate, its reserves would be depleted by the end of this year or early next year, Kansas-based AMC said. Movie-theater operators have been devastated this year as officials enforced restrictions against gatherings and people have avoided indoor crowds amid the pandemic. The sharp downturn in theater attendance has caused Hollywood studios to delay major movie releases and focus more on providing streaming entertainment to reach consumers at home, giving them less incentive to go to theaters. The pandemic and government restrictions on public gatherings also have hurt other industries, but some have been able to pivot more easily. For example, restaurants are focusing more on outdoor dining and delivery, while retailers are emphasizing online sales. Shares of AMC closed at $3.54 a share on Tuesday, down more than 13%. The stock is down roughly 51% so far this year. AMC is exploring raising funds through selling shares, taking on debt, selling assets or other arrangements. The company said it has already raised approximately $37.8 million by selling shares. In September, AMC launched efforts to raise $180 million. It sold its nine locations in Europe’s Baltic region for roughly $77 million in August.
“Trump can beat Biden on issue of ‘who can better restart the economy,’ Karl Rove says” by Fox News’ Angelica Stabile – More than half of all Americans think they are better off now than they were in 2016, despite the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent Gallup Poll. “Why do 56% say [they’re better off]?” asked former George W. Bush adviser and Fox News contributor Karl Rove on “Hannity”. “I think they say it because in 2017, 2018, 2019 and through February of this year, they realized they were enjoying better prosperity than they had been enjoying for years and they gave President Trump credit for it.” By comparison, Rove pointed out, 45% of Americans said in 2012 they were better off than they had been four years prior. In 2004, 47% percent said they were better off than in 2000. In both years, the incumbent president was reelected. “Today, even with all the difficulties we’ve got, it shows the strength of the economic issue, the issue of who can better restart the economy is one that Donald Trump can beat Joe Biden on,” he emphasized. In order for Trump to repeat his 2016 victory, Rove suggested the president tell Americans that Biden is “not shooting straight” with the American people. “All the president needs to do is … go around the country saying, ‘Here’s what [Biden] said. Here’s what he wants to do,’” he explained. “He led you to believe he was a different kind of guy, a traditional Democrat in the primaries. Now he’s showing his true colors, but denying that he’s in favor of all these things he’s endorsed … And Trump can do that.”
“Group charged in Michigan governor kidnap plot discussed targeting Virginia governor, FBI agent says” by CNN’s Sonia Moghe, Sara Sidner and Eric Levenson – The group charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed kidnapping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified in court on Tuesday. FBI agent Richard Trask testified during a preliminary hearing that the group discussed taking out sitting governors due to their “coronavirus-related lockdown orders.” “They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically governors of Michigan and Virginia, over shut down orders,” Trask said.
“The understanding at the time was to potentially kidnap a sitting governor and remove them from office,” he added. The FBI obtained this information during a June 6 meeting in Dublin, Ohio. A person who attended the meeting came forward to authorities “based on concerns (over) some of the directions that the group was headed and potential violence.” The court hearing came days after 13 people were charged in an alleged domestic terror plot to kidnap Whitmer. The alleged scheme included plans to overthrow several state governments that the suspects “believe are violating the US Constitution,” according to a federal criminal complaint.
Six people were charged federally with conspiracy to kidnap, and seven other people, associated with the paramilitary group “Wolverine Watchmen,” were charged by the state, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced. Whitmer and Northam, both Democrats, were among the governors who issued coronavirus-related executive orders in the spring that closed gathering places like gyms, bars and restaurants.
“Joe Biden Keeps Everyone Guessing On Wall Street Regulation” by WSJ’s Julie Bykowicz and Ted Mann – Fifteen years ago, Joe Biden defended credit-card companies during a testy Senate exchange with Elizabeth Warren over legislation curtailing consumers’ ability to shed their debts in bankruptcy. This March, he adopted her argument entirely. Mr. Biden spent 36 years as a senator from the credit-card and corporate mecca of Delaware, where he built relationships and a voting record that provided ammunition for his opponents during a bruising Democratic presidential primary. Now, he is edging left on a range of issues from student debt to stock buybacks, leaving both progressives and Wall Street Democrats guessing whose side of the financial-regulation fight he is on. Mr. Biden’s allies say he has always favored Main Street over Wall Street. Critics, including Vermont Senator and primary rival Bernie Sanders, often have portrayed him as favoring lenders over the little guy. Mr. Sanders backs Mr. Biden in the general election. President Trump hasn’t made a campaign issue of his opponent’s ties to lenders and voting record on financial regulation. Mr. Biden has focused on his plan to revive an economy reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, eschewing the kinds of proposals to rein in Wall Street that have been pillars of past Democrats’ presidential campaigns. All that makes this crucial area of policy even harder to parse. Advocates on all sides of the debate can see elements of Biden’s record that give them both comfort and concern.
Donna Shalala @RepDonnaShalala -This is now the #TrumpSpread. President Trump is now moving around country, hosting rallies and spreading this disease. The thought that he is doing this as part of a political campaign is outrageous and immoral