Honoring a Monster
We all remember the PULSE nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida where 49 innocent gay Americans were killed by some deranged Islamic terrorist.
Salama was acquitted of all charges, even though she signed off on her admission, and now the Muslim-American group that helped her is now honoring her at their annual charity fundraiser.
THIS IS TRULY UNBELIEVABLE and SICK!
Twitter has a lot of explaining to do >>> Senate Judiciary To Subpoena Twitter CEO To Testify Over Blocking Articles Of Hunter Biden
“Trump Launches Ad Slamming Hunter Biden’s Foreign Business Deals” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – A dark cloud that has loomed over former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) campaign has been Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals and his board membership in Burisma, an energy firm in Ukraine. In a recently released email, Hunter Biden is now back in the spotlight after it was revealed that he had introduced a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to his father, then-Vice President of the United States, a year before Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian government officials into firing a prosecutor. That was investigating the company. The meeting is acknowledged in a message sent from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, that was allegedly sent on April 17th, 2015, which is a year after Hunter joined the board of Burisma at a reported salary of $50,000 a month. In the message, Pozharskyi is alleged to have written “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.” “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” he added. There is also an alleged earlier email dated 2014 that shows Porzharskyi, reported to be Burisma’s No. 3. Exec, asking the younger Biden for “advice on how you could use your influence” on behalf of Burisma. In light of the emails being released, President Donald Trump’s (R) reelection campaign has launched an advertisement “asking why Joe Biden never stopped his son from selling access to his powerful father.” It also “details Hunter’s… $1.5 billion business deal with a communist Chinese bank, and his legal work with a corrupt businessman in Romania, all while his father was Vice President of the United States.”
“Tax-friendly Texas poised for flood of corporate relocations in ‘biggest year yet,’ expert says” by Fox News’ De Lea – Corporate relocations to tax-friendly Texas are on the rise, and one industry expert predicts 2021 could be the state’s biggest year yet. “I think 2021 could very well be the biggest year of corporate expansion and relocations that the state has ever seen,” Ed Curtis, founder and CEO of YTEXAS, told FOX Business. Curtis, who is actively involved in economic development in the state, said nearly 200 companies have relocated their headquarters to Texas within the past decade, including 74 between 2018 and before the pandemic in 2020. A large number of those companies were previously stationed in California, according to data compiled by YTEXAS. Among the companies that have moved to Texas include Charles Schwab, AT&T, McKesson and PGA of America. Popular video app TikTok is considering moving its headquarters to Texas, as Curtis noted that companies from not from other countries have planted roots there. And those are just headquarters relocations. Many companies, including Tesla, are expanding in the Lone Star State. Apple, Facebook and Google have all recently expanded operations. Expansions can create even more jobs than corporate relocations although the latter represents a deeper commitment to the state, Curtis noted. One of the well-known benefits of operating in Texas is a business-friendly climate, which includes tax benefits and fewer regulations. Texas does not have a corporate income tax. However, the Lone Star State does have a margin tax that affects businesses.
“Texas judge strikes down ballot drop box limits, but legal fight continues” by CNN’s Ashley Killough and Caroline Kelly – A Texas judge on Thursday struck down Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county, injecting more uncertainty into the battle over mail-in voting in the state. Judge Tim Sulak, a state judge based in Austin, said Abbott’s order “would likely needlessly and unreasonably increase risks of exposure to COVID-19 infections” and “substantially burden potential voters’ constitutionally protected rights to vote, as a consequence of increased travel and delays, among other things.” The state lawsuit was brought by liberal-leaning groups in Texas. The impact of the ruling is unclear. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court upheld Abbott’s order. The state court ruling on Thursday is a separate case focused on state law. The governor’s move has significantly affected the Democratic stronghold of Harris County, which is the state’s largest by population and one of the most populous in the country. Home to Houston, it covers a massive area that previously had 12 drop-off locations. Travis County, which includes the reliably Democratic city of Austin, must limit its four drop-off locations to one. Elizabeth Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Clerk’s Office, told CNN that because of the ongoing legal wrangling, the county is not currently planning to reopen the 11 drop box locations it closed after Abbott’s one-box-per-county order went into effect earlier this month. The office will continue to focus on the sole location at NRG Stadium in Houston, Lewis said. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly filed a notice of appeal on Thursday, and said the appeal would pause the new ruling. Abbott and Paxton, both Republicans, have defended Texas’ mail-in voting laws, which are among the most restrictive in the country.
“AARP Texas expects possibly larger turnout of older voters than in 2016” by KSAT’s Jessie Degollado and Luis Cienfuegos – Judging by the heavy early voting turnout, AARP Texas is expecting even more older voters to cast their ballots than they did in 2016. “We think it’s going to be just as high or even higher this time,” said John Vasquez, who serves on the AARP State Executive Committee. “They will make a difference in how the elections go, so we want everyone to vote.” He said whoever is elected in the presidential and congressional races could directly affect the future of Medicare, funding for Social Security, and especially health care. The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court, and if it’s overturned, Vasquez said older voters could face higher medical costs and the loss of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. He also said the unrest over racial injustice is a concern for themselves, their children and grandchildren. “We want to be a place where they and their families can prosper and live happy lives,” Vasquez said. He emphasized AARP does not endorse candidates, but on occasion will speak out on issues affecting its members. Vasquez said AARP Texas has a “robust website” with helpful information for older voters about the election process, as well as a series of Facebook interviews about propositions on the November ballot.
“Secretary of Education Visits North Texas Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases” by NBC DFW’s Jack Highberger – Secretary of Education Betsy Devos visited North Texas on Wednesday to discuss among other things the state of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have visited a number of states and talked about getting kids back to learning full-time,” she told a roundtable at Garland charter school International Leadership of Texas. Devos, an outspoken proponent of charter schools – visited the charter school and spoke with parents, students and staff. The school currently allows families to choose whether or not to opt for in-person or virtual learning. The decision comes against a backdrop of rising cases in both Tarrant and Dallas Counties, with the latter raising its COVID-19 risk level to red this week. “As someone who is in the medical community, I don’t feel like putting teachers at risk is worth it,” said parent Diana Diaz, when asked about her decision to opt for virtual learning. Devos praised the charter school for its effectiveness amid the pandemic. During a press availability following the roundtable, Devos told reporters she believes the ultimate decision when it comes to in-person, or virtual learning should be made at the local level. “We have been very clear all along that these are local decisions based on local realities and the key is that kids have the opportunity to keep learning full time,” said Devos.
“North Texas Political Experts Discuss Impact Of Dueling Presidential Town Halls” by CBS DFW’s Jack Fink – While President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden won’t debate Thursday night, there’s plenty of debate over what they’re doing instead: their own in-person town hall meetings televised by competing networks simultaneously. Val Martinez, a UNT Political Science Professor, said it’s a disappointing outcome. “I think it’s unfortunately a very perfect reflection of where our country is today,” said Martinez. “We’re so polarized, everyone is in their silos of information, so they don’t listen to each other.” But Martinez said she doesn’t believe it will have a long term impact on Presidential debates. “You saw how the Vice Presidential debates went just fine. I think that in the future, it will depend on the personalities of who the candidates are. But as long as they are collegial, agreeable, they recognize the symbolic importance of these debates, then I would expect them to go on.” Ben Voth, SMU Debate Professor expressed doubts. “I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of direct debates between presidential candidates. But again, it’s not legally required. It’s not in the Constitution. I mean, they could devolve and dissolve. And then I think that would be sad,” said Voth. The town halls became a reality after the Commission on Presidential Debates turned the scheduled in-person debate for Thursday night into a virtual event because the President had the coronavirus. The Trump campaign didn’t want a virtual event and cancelled. ABC set up the Biden town hall, then NBC scheduled the Trump town hall, after verifying he tested negative for the virus. Voth said, “I’ve never, in all my years of 25 years of watching these things, seen something like this happen.”
“Democratic super PAC jolts sleepy Texas Senate race with ad blitz” by Politico’s James Arkin – National Democrats are finally diving into the Texas Senate race. Senate Majority PAC, the largest Democratic super PAC focused on Senate races, is launching a new $8.6 million ad buy for the final two and a half weeks of the election to boost MJ Hegar in her bid against three-term GOP Sen. John Cornyn. It’s the largest outside investment Democrats have made in flipping the GOP stronghold this cycle after then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s near-miss against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. The ad buy was first reported by the Texas Tribune. Limited recent public polling has shown Cornyn with a single-digit lead over Hegar, but Democrats have been hopeful about the race as some polling also shows Trump lagging his 2016 standing in the fast-changing state. The first ad accuses Cornyn of lying about his health care record, focusing on his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. SMP is also releasing a Spanish-language version of the ad. “Three weeks out, and John Cornyn has a weaker standing than Ted Cruz ever did,” J.B. Poersch, President of Senate Majority PAC, said in a statement, adding that Hegar is running “a strong campaign.”
National Democrats have been hesitant to make a full commitment to boosting Hegar, given the expense of advertising in Texas, a state that includes two of the 10 biggest TV markets in the country. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has allocated some of its coordinated funds to run ads with Hegar but hasn’t made an independent expenditure in the state. Democrats haven’t won a Senate election in Texas since 1988, when then-Sen. Lloyd Bentsen won reelection — even as the ticket of Bentsen and presidential nominee Michael Dukakis lost the state to favorite son George H.W. Bush. Hegar raised nearly $14 million in the last three months, and had $8.5 million on hand as of Sept. 30, totally erasing Cornyn’s long-held cash advantage in the state. Cornyn’s campaign said Thursday he raised $7.2 million in the third quarter and had $8 million in cash on hand.
“Top Democratic super PAC boosts MJ Hegar in Texas’ U.S. Senate race with $8.6 million TV blitz” by Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek – Senate Majority PAC, the top Democratic super PAC in U.S. Senate races, is launching a major late investment in Texas, spending $8.6 million on TV ads supporting MJ Hegar’s bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The political action committee will begin airing two anti-Cornyn ads, one in English and the other in Spanish, on Friday, and they will run through Election Day, according to details first shared with The Texas Tribune. Both 30-second spots take Cornyn to task for his longtime opposition to the Affordable Care Act, which includes protections for people with preexisting conditions. The English commercial invokes a recent Cornyn ad in which he claims to support those protections, while a narrator says Cornyn is “lying about his health care record.” “John Cornyn led the charge to eliminate the law that protects people with preexisting conditions,” the narrator says, referring to Cornyn’s leading role in Republicans’ 2017 push to repeal Obamacare. “John Cornyn is a fraud who sold us out.” Separate from the TV buy, Senate Majority PAC is also planning digital advertising in the race’s homestretch. Cornyn quickly responded to the news of the PAC’s offensive, tweeting that it was “more $ from my opponents recruiters and donors in DC, NY and California.” Cornyn’s campaign later responded to the ad buy with a statement accusing Hegar of hypocrisy when it comes to big money in politics. “It’s clear that MJ’s campaign strategy is win at all costs — even if that means selling out Texas values to out-of-state liberal donors,” Cornyn spokesperson Krista Piferrer said.
“Woman Wanted For Stealing Jewelry From North Texas Retirement Community Residents While Posing As Nurse” by CBS DFW’s Caroline Vandergriff – Lewisville police are looking for a woman they say pretended to administer COVID-19 tests to residents of a retirement community in order to steal from them. Police say it happened to at least three women who live at Discovery Village at Castle Hills. “Today she broke down crying to me,” said Brian Howe about his 91-year-old grandmother, who was one of the victims. She lives at Discovery Village at Castle Hills. Last week, the retirement home brought in a private company to test residents for COVID-19. “They came in the morning, did their work, and were gone by mid-afternoon,” said Matt Martucci, public information coordinator for the City of Lewisville. “Around 7 o’clock that same night, an employee of that private company came back, posing as a nurse and saying she needed to get a few more COVID samples.” Howe says his grandma thought it was odd, but the woman insisted on getting a urine sample. “When she came back out, she noticed her jewelry box had been tampered with,” he said. “The lady was gone, and she was missing some items.”
Howe says the woman stole rings his grandma’s husband of 65 years had given her on milestone anniversaries. “It was heirlooms she received from her loved one that has passed away, that when she holds them or sees them, she remembers the memories she had,” Howe said. “There’s no way you could ever replace that.” Police say the woman did the same thing to at least two other residents of the facility. “Targeting elderly citizens is kind of low to begin with, but then you’re also taking advantage of this COVID fear,” Martucci said.
“Former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to teach politics at Texas State” by CBS Austin – Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke will be joining the faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos in the spring. The university confirmed O’Rourke will be teaching Texas politics in the spring 2021 semester, pending finalization of his hiring. O’Rourke previously ran for Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, and launched a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination that eventually went to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Houston Software Executive Robert Brockman Charged With Tax Evasion” by WSJ’s Dave Michaels and Miriam Gottfried – A Houston software executive was charged Thursday with hiding approximately $2 billion in income from U.S. tax authorities over 20 years, in what officials said was the largest criminal case ever brought against a person accused of evading U.S. taxes. Robert T. Brockman, chief executive of automotive software-maker Reynolds & Reynolds Co., was indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, failure to disclose assets held overseas and wire fraud. Mr. Brockman is the sole investor in the first private-equity fund managed by Vista Equity Partners, a firm founded by billionaire Robert Smith. Authorities said Mr. Brockman concealed gains he made in Vista’s funds from the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Smith on Thursday admitted to willfully evading $43 million in federal taxes from 2005 to 2014 and agreed to cooperate with the continuing investigation. Under a settlement reached with the Justice Department, he will pay $139 million in fines and back taxes but won’t be prosecuted. The charges against Mr. Brockman, 79 years old, were unsealed Thursday in San Francisco federal court. Mr. Brockman for years directed investments of tens of millions of dollars into Vista’s funds, according to the indictment. Prosecutors say he used secret bank accounts in Bermuda and Switzerland to hide income, but the indictment doesn’t specify how much tax Mr. Brockman skipped by hiding offshore the $2 billion he earned from Vista’s funds. Mr. Brockman pleaded not guilty on all counts and was released on a $1 million bond after a hearing conducted remotely. “We look forward to defending him against these charges,” said his attorney, Kathryn Keneally of Jones Day. A spokesman for Vista declined to comment. An attorney for Mr. Smith declined to comment.
“Critics pan NBC town hall, Savannah Guthrie for ‘debating’ Trump, ABC for giving ‘softballs’ to Biden” by Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn – Critics piled on the NBC News town hall for what appeared to be a “debate” between President Trump and moderator Savannah Guthrie while the ABC News town hall lobbed “softballs” to Joe Biden. Viewers who tuned into the Peacock Network expected to hear questions from voters, but similarly to the NBC town hall with Biden, questions for nearly the first 20 minutes of the program came from the moderator. Guthrie spent much of that time grilling Trump on masks and white supremacy. That didn’t sit well with many. “How long will NBC go before giving an actual voter the chance to ask a question?” pollster Frank Luntz asked, who later called the “town hall” descriptor of the program “false advertising.” “A third of the way into the NBC town hall and NO questions from the PEOPLE!!!” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany exclaimed. “Savannah Guthrie posture toward Trump compared to Lester Holt’s toward Biden is night and day,” The Hill media reporter Joe Concha wrote, recalling the previous NBC town hall with the former VP. “Trump went from debating Biden to Guthrie! Not sure whether this is good or bad yet … but he’s definitely debating tonight,” CNN commentator Scott Jennings said. “The questions from the NBC audience are actually pretty good and fair–so far–and it’s only been Savannah Guthrie that has been awful,” Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra tweeted. “The fake pretense of a ‘town hall’ when every aspect of it has been orchestrated in advance by the producers is such obnoxious BS,” progressive journalist Michael Tracey wrote.
“Appeals court potentially saves House subpoena power with ruling in McGahn case” by CNN’s Katelyn Polantz – A federal appeals court in Washington stepped in to potentially save the subpoena power of the US House of Representatives, wiping away on Thursday a previous court ruling that made it essentially impossible for the House to force a witness’s testimony without passing a new law. The move by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals revived the case House Democrats are pursuing against former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn, who has avoided testifying about the President’s attempts to shut down the Mueller investigation for more than a year-and-a-half. The Justice Department has stopped McGahn from appearing under the House subpoena and instead kept the case in court through multiple appeals, arguing for the courts to stay out of the interbranch standoff. The case won’t be resolved until after the presidential election. But the DC Circuit now gives a boost to the House in the major, long-running separation of powers fight. It’s a standoff that, as it progresses in court, has been risky for both the executive branch and Congress. So far in the case, the House has earned a ruling from the DC Circuit that certified its ability to go to court. But nine judges on the appeals court will now consider other preliminary questions related to the McGahn subpoena, such as whether the House has a law it can invoke in court that allows it to sue. The House also seeks to stop the administration from claiming blanket immunity from testimony for its top officials.
“White House Agrees to Democrats’ National Coronavirus-Testing Strategy” by WSJ’s Kate Davidson and Andrew Duehren – White House and Democratic negotiators agreed Thursday on including a national coronavirus-testing strategy in broader economic-relief legislation, as President Trump again signaled his desire for an aid package approaching $2 trillion despite opposition from Senate Republicans. During a nearly 90-minute conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Thursday afternoon, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would accept the Democratic coronavirus testing plan with minor edits, according to a spokesman for Mrs. Pelosi and another person familiar with the call. Democrats have pushed for a centralized, federally led approach to testing with consistent data collection that they say would more efficiently route resources to where they are needed. The Trump administration has favored leaving decisions on testing to the states. The progress between Mr. Mnuchin and Mrs. Pelosi on a national testing plan comes as President Trump called on Mr. Mnuchin to accept a price tag even larger than the administration’s most recent offer of $1.88 trillion. An agreement over a national testing plan would remove one of the biggest, but not the only, concern Democrats had raised last weekend with the White House’s proposal. The two sides remain at odds on several other topics. “Go big or go home,” Mr. Trump said on Fox Business Network. The president said he had pressed Mr. Mnuchin to reach a larger deal. “I’ve told him. So far he hasn’t come home with the bacon,” Mr. Trump said on Fox Business.
“House Republicans ask FBI if it had Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop during Trump’s impeachment” by Fox News’ Adam Shaw – House Republicans are calling on the FBI to reveal whether it was in possession of a laptop that reportedly contained emails by Hunter Biden during the impeachment of President Trump — and claiming the agency committed a “gross error in judgement” if it did not inform the White House. “If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given even more weight to the president’s legal defense, this was a gross error in judgement and a severe violation of trust,” the letter says. The letter was signed by 19 House Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz.; and Jody Hice, R-Ga. The letter was written after the New York Post published emails suggesting that Hunter Biden introduced his father to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015 — one year before his father allegedly pressured the country’s government to fire a prosecutor who had launched an investigation into the company. The Post reported that the FBI was in possession of the laptop on which the emails were found in December 2019 — right in the middle of the impeachment of President Trump over remarks he made to the Ukrainian president about Biden’s conduct in the country. Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House but later acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.
“Chris Christie says he spent 7 days in ICU before recovering from Covid” by CNN’s Paul LeBlanc – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he spent seven days in an intensive care unit before recovering from Covid-19 in a new statement that details the severity of his case and urges people to take the pandemic seriously. “Having had this virus, I can also assure those who have not had it of a few things. It is something to take very seriously,” Christie said. “The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly. No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others.” Christie’s warning comes after he tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month and checked himself into Morristown Medical Center as a precautionary measure. News of his positive diagnosis — which came a day after President Donald Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had both contracted the virus — followed his assistance to Trump in preparing for the first presidential debate in a series of sessions where no one wore masks. Christie, who is overweight and asthmatic, had also attended a Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on September 26, now believed to have been a superspreader event.
Both indoors and out, participants at the September 26 event were observed without masks and not practicing recommended social distancing measures. At least 12 attendees tested positive after attending. Reflecting on his own thought process before contracting the virus, Christie conceded Thursday that he had believed “when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day.
“Amy Coney Barrett’s Character, Qualifications Discussed by Witnesses” by WSJ’s Lindsay Wise – The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee set Oct. 22 as the date for the panel’s vote on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, overruling Democratic objections on the fourth day of confirmation hearings to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senators on Thursday wrapped up a heated but largely civil four-day hearing process for President Trump’s nominee, meeting to debate and hear witnesses testify about her character and qualifications—and about the threat Democrats say she poses to health care, voting and other civil rights. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans were on track to confirm Judge Barrett before the election. “We have the votes,” he told reporters in Kentucky. Judge Barrett made it through a gantlet of questioning on Tuesday and Wednesday without high drama or any major surprises. She didn’t attend Thursday’s proceedings. The morning started with a protest by Democrats on the committee, who only had one member, Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), in the room as the committee came to order. Rules require two members of the minority party to conduct business. Mr. Durbin pointed out the situation and called for lawmakers to adjourn. The panel’s chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), said the committee would proceed anyway. In a 10-12 vote along party lines, Senators agreed to set a committee vote on Oct. 22 to advance Judge Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate. Mr. Durbin voted for all but one of his colleagues, who gradually trickled in, by proxy.
“Romney says he will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said he will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, after being the lone Republican to vote to convict President Trump during the impeachment hearings. “After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court,” Romney said in a statement released Thursday. “She is impressive, and her distinguished legal and academic credentials make it clear that she is exceptionally well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court justice.” He added: “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, still maintains that she will not vote to confirm a nominee so close to the election, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., has not revealed how she will vote. Barrett’s fourth and final day of interrogation from Senators concluded Thursday, with the Senate Judiciary Committee voting on her nomination on Oct. 22 and the full Senate likely voting the following week. In September, Romney said he would vote for a nominee based on their qualifications, not based on the hearing’s proximity to the election. “My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder,” Romney, R-Utah, said in a September statement. “It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”
“Senate Democrats handled Barrett cautiously, prompting some activists to fume over Feinstein” by CNN’s Alex Rogers and Manu Raju – Democratic senators recognized early on that there was little they could do to stop Republicans from rushing to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. So this week, they spent her hearings with an eye on Election Day, opting to avoid overly aggressive exchanges that could hurt their candidates, and cautioning over and over again that Barrett could undermine the Affordable Care Act, inserting their most potent political issue — health care — into the fight. But in the end, Democrats offered a mixed message over the process, with some top senators praising the handling of the hearings at the same time as characterizing it as a “sham.” Four days of hearings culminated with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, gushing over Chairman Lindsey Graham’s “fairness” in the hearings. After the hearings concluded, Feinstein told Graham, who is in a tough race against Democrat Jaime Harrison, “This is one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in,” and hugged him. Some on the left were apoplectic about her approach over the four days. “It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Brian Fallon, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who now runs the liberal group Demand Justice, which has spent hundreds of thousands on TV ads opposing the Barrett nomination. “If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene. Feinstein, 87, and a Judiciary Committee member for about a quarter century, has faced increased criticism from liberal activists, and questions from some of her allies about her ability to serve as the top committee member.
“Trump Pressed on Coronavirus Response in Town Hall, Biden Asked to Outline Alternative Plan” by WSJ’s Sabrina Siddiqui and Rebecca Ballhaus – President Trump was pressed on his handling of the pandemic amid rising coronavirus cases during a contentious town hall on Thursday, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden was asked what he would do differently. The candidates were given dueling opportunities to make their case directly to American voters live from two swing states with less than three weeks until the November election and only one remaining presidential debate. Polls show Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump nationally and in several battleground states. Mr. Trump, in his NBC News town hall in Miami, faced several questions from voters about why he hadn’t acted earlier to respond to the pandemic, which has claimed more than 217,000 lives across the U.S. Defending his response, Mr. Trump pointed to his decision to restrict travel from China in January and said he didn’t want to “panic” the country by raising alarms early in the year. “We have done an amazing job, and it’s rounding the corner,” he said. In a competing town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia, Mr. Biden said the president had “panicked” in the face of crisis and was directly responsible for the rising death toll and spread of the virus, bringing the nation’s total to more than 7.9 million confirmed cases. “He missed enormous opportunities and kept saying things that weren’t true,” Mr. Biden said. “It is the presidential responsibility to lead.” Mr. Trump struggled to answer a question about why he didn’t encourage his supporters to wear masks, saying that he supported mask-wearing but questioned whether they were always effective. When a voter asked whether his contraction of Covid-19 has changed his mind on wearing masks, the president said it hadn’t.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump– Steve Scully of @cspan had a very bad week. When his name was announced, I said he would not be appropriate because of conflicts. I was right! Then he said he was hacked, he wasn’t. I was right again! But his biggest mistake was “confiding” in a lowlife loser like the Mooch. Sad!