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  1. #13126

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    I don't even know where to put this.

    Ben Siegel @benyc
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows "can't guarantee" there won't be a government shutdown on Dec. 12, when asked if WH would take it off the table.

    "Obviously we want to keep the government funded ... It's a high priority to make sure we keep our government funded."

    The Electoral College is scheduled to convene on 12/14/20
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  2. #13127

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    The WSJ editorial board has been ride or die for Tiny since forever. Now this.

    Ben Smith @benyt
    What a bizarre editorial: @wsj tells Trump to stop trying to overturn the election because it would be "a calamity for the GOP"

    Of course it's behind their paywall.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #13128

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    Karine Jean-Pierre
    Watch the Brian Williams salty shade at its best Down pointing backhand index

    Suddenly I like Brian Williams...
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  4. #13129

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    Not suddenly for me. I've always liked him. Even the SNL and late night guys will tell you, Brian's the funniest guy in the building. The quick wit and sarcasm hooked me long ago.

  5. #13130

    Re: Politics Random Random

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    The WSJ editorial board has been ride or die for Tiny since forever. Now this.

    Ben Smith @benyt
    What a bizarre editorial: @wsj tells Trump to stop trying to overturn the election because it would be "a calamity for the GOP"

    Of course it's behind their paywall.

    Sometimes there are ways around the paywalls. That's the case this time, let me know if you want to read it.

  6. #13131

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    There’s a front-runner for Kamala Harris’s Senate seat — but Gavin Newsom could surprise us all
    Opinion by Dan Morain
    November 23, 2020 at 1:57 p.m. EST

    The list of Harris’s potential Democratic replacements is long: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis; California State Senate Leader Toni Atkins; Reps. Karen Bass, Barbara Lee and Katie Porter; and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Any one of them would be an intriguing pick. Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, who gave Newsom his start in politics, is pushing the governor to replace Harris with someone who is Black.

    But in a state where 40 percent of the population is Latino, Newsom probably is leaning that way. Garcia, the least well known of the potential choices, has faced the ravages of the pandemic. His mother and stepfather both died of covid-19 this summer. But he has no experience mounting a statewide campaign.

    Becerra has won statewide and made his name by suing the Trump administration more than 100 times. But he is not particularly close to Newsom and is a likely candidate for governor in 2026, along with many others.

    The 47-year-old Padilla, considered by many the front-runner, was quick to endorse Newsom’s 2018 run for governor. And he has a compelling personal story. In an interview last week, Padilla told the story of his parents coming separately to California on one-year work visas from Mexico. They met in Los Angeles, got green cards, married and raised three children in the working-class community of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. His father worked as a cook at the Du-Par’s restaurant chain and his mother cleaned houses.

    Padilla, who entered kindergarten not speaking English, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an engineering degree. He says he became politically engaged in 1994 — as many Latinos did — when Californians passed Proposition 187, the initiative aimed at cutting public spending on undocumented immigrants, including public schooling and nursing home care.

    As he saw it, backers of the initiative, led by a Republican governor, Pete Wilson, were telling Mexican Americans that “the state and economy are tanking and it’s the fault of people like your parents,” Padilla told me last week.

    He won a Los Angeles City Council seat in 1999 and a state Senate seat in 2006. A central part of Padilla’s 2014 campaign for secretary of state was his pledge to add a million voters to the rolls in this first term. California’s voter registration data show there were 17.7 million registered voters when he took office, 73 percent of eligible voters; now, there are 22 million registered voters, 88 percent of those eligible — result of legislation he backed ensuring that everyone who gets a driver’s license is registered to vote.

    Padilla may be the front-runner, but Newsom could come up with a surprise, even as he no doubt seeks someone capable of winning Harris’s seat outright when it’s on the ballot in 2022.

    Consider his choice for a California Supreme Court justice. Shortly after President Trump selected Amy Coney Barrett as his third Supreme Court justice, Newsom opted for Martin Jenkins as his first state Supreme Court justice. Both jurists are Catholic. The comparisons end there.

    Presidents and governors often seek to cement their legacies by appointing jurists who are on the younger side of middle age. Barrett is 48. Jenkins, a retired state appellate court justice who was Newsom’s legal affairs advisor, is 67. He’s also Black and gay. He also could turn out to be a moderate, having been appointed to lower-court posts by three Republican governors.

    Filling a Senate vacancy is one of a governor’s most important decisions. In this instance, the politics of choosing for a Senate possibly split 50-50 carries an added weight. The smart money is on Padilla, but Newsom could well surprise with his announcement in the coming weeks...
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #13132

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    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1
    YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content after the Trump-friendly channel uploaded a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #13133

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    Something about reaping what you sow?

    DJ Judd@DJJudd
    Nov 28
    Hello from the Cobb County GOP office in Marietta, GA— RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is holding a meet & greet here with Georgia Republicans ahead of January’s runoff election. It’s about 50/50 audience wearing masks, but Chairwoman McDaniel wore one before taking the lectern.

    “I am here— I am going to be in your state so much,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells supporters in Marietta, GA. “I’m from Michigan— it’s a lot warmer here.”

    Four different people have interrupted RNC Chair McDaniel on vote counts. “I guess it’s a Q&A now!” A voter asks McDaniel about voting machines switching votes. “We haven’t seen evidence of that,” McDaniel says.

    Supporters in Marietta ask Ronna McDaniel about the status of ongoing recount efforts across the country— McDaniel says, “Wisconsin is still in their recount mode, and they’re finding some pretty serious irregularities... in Georgia, this consent degree really hurt your election”

    An exasperated voter in Marietta asks RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, “Why should we trust this election when it’s already been decided?” McDaniel says, “It hasn’t been decided!” Another voter shouts out that Republican Governor Brian Kemp is corrupt.

    McDaniel says that she’s focused on electing Loeffler and Perdue in January, prompting a member of the audience to shout “and Donald Trump!”

    “We’ve gotta focus on January 5th right now,” McDaniel says. “We can focus on those other things later.” A bunch of people start shouting

    RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel says, “I talked to [the president] yesterday, and I talked to him on Thanksgiving, I talk to him pretty much every day, if he were here right now, he would say please, get out, and keep working for me, but get out and elect David Perdue & Kelly Loeffler.”

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #13134

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    Seung Min Kim @seungminkim
    .@JoeBiden slipped and twisted his ankle Saturday while playing with his dog Major, his office says. He is en route to an orthopedist this afternoon, per pooler @JonathanTamari

    An update from Biden’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, who says the PEOTUS sustained a sprained ankle: “Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging.”
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  10. #13135

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    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    Pool report: Statement from Dr. Kevin O'Connor: "Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden's lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks."
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  11. #13136

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    Elizabeth C. McLaughlin @ECMcLaughlin

    And I repeat: we still don't know why Trump was rushed to Walter Reed more than a year ago.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  12. #13137

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    Editorial: Evidence of fraud in a Florida election. Where's the outrage?
    Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel
    The walls of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee are lined with nuanced portraits of leaders who left a lasting legacy. Jeb Bush, the “e-governor,” is depicted with his BlackBerry alongside. And Dempsey Barron, the Panhandle rancher who dominated the Senate for two decades, is shown on his horse.

    Considering how secret money and shady candidates continue to corrupt our politics, the Capitol should also find wall space for Alex Rodriguez, a 55-year-old South Florida mechanic who ran for the Florida Senate in November and lost. Alex who? That’s the point. Until now, no one knew this unknown candidate who has left an indelible mark on Florida politics.

    The question is whether the fraud he helped perpetrate in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 will spur election law reform. So far, the signs are not encouraging. Florida’s legislative leaders have yet to express a smidgen of outrage. Neither has Gov. Ron DeSantis, who went on national TV to trumpet the prospect of fraud in the presidential election.

    Is it because Florida’s fraud helped to unseat an incumbent Democrat?

    Alex Rodriguez, the shadow candidate, ran against an incumbent with the same last name, Democratic Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, and appropriated the senator’s signature issue: climate change. Though he had no website and no noticeable campaign, the ghost candidate managed to nab 6,382 of the more than 215,000 votes cast in the race — enough to tip the balance to Republican Ileana Garcia, founder of a group called Latinas for Trump, who won by just 32 votes.

    If what happened here isn’t criminal, it should be.

    Consider: Rodriguez, the unknown candidate, lived in Boca Raton, yet ran for a top state office two counties away. On his voter registration form, he said he lived in Boca, though he listed an address in Miami-Dade’s Palmetto Bay when he filed to run.

    Here’s the horror. Florida does nothing to ensure that candidates are truthful on their filing papers.

    Enter intrepid WPLG Channel 10 reporter Glenna Milberg, who knocked on Rodriguez’s door.

    “I’m looking for Alex,” she told the man who answered. “Is he around?”

    “Uh, no. He’ll be back tomorrow, though,” replied the candidate, pretending to be someone else.

    Milberg later found a photo that proved she’d been lied to. She also found the shadow candidate has an arrest record for grand theft and was deep in debt, “which begs the question of where the money funding Rodriguez’s run for Senate came from?”

    Voting records show Rodriguez was a Republican until the day he registered as No Party Affiliation and entered the race against Sen. Rodriguez. The timing was suspicious, but a loophole in state law allows it. For while you must wait a year after switching political parties to run for office, there’s no such restriction if you switch to NPA.

    Next, a mystery donor gave the former Republican’s campaign $370,000 for mailers with a decidedly pro-Democratic message. The flyers said Rodriguez would be an enemy of “party line puppets in Tallahassee who can’t fix health care, won’t fight climate change and refuse to speak truth to power.”

    Who’s in power? Republicans.

    As Milberg and Politico reported, the mailer was sponsored by Our Florida, a political committee whose address is a UPS store in Miami. Its only contribution — $370,000 — came from Proclivity, a “social welfare” organization whose address is a UPS store in Atlanta.

    And that’s not all. Proclivity is not registered to do business in Georgia. Neither is it registered as a Florida political committee, though it was clearly trying to influence a Florida election.

    Do Florida leaders really see no need for action?

    Milberg’s investigation revealed Rodriguez to be a shill candidate, planted in the race to confuse voters and take votes meant for Sen. Rodriguez. Miami-Dade prosecutors are nosing around, but a dark money source with an out-of-state address might be beyond reach. The candidate, meanwhile, has hired a lawyer who won’t let his client talk.

    Rodriguez was not the only shadow candidate in Florida Senate elections, by the way. Two other NPA spoilers ran for seats in Miami-Dade and suburban Orlando, though neither Celso Alfonso nor Jestine Iannotti influenced the outcome. According to published reports, both also received donations from committees funded by Proclivity.

    At a minimum, lawmakers should close the loophole that allows partisans to create a veneer of independence by registering to run as NPAs at the last minute. Better yet, they should address dark-money operators who hide behind a nonprofit shield and an out-of-state mail drop. And if motorists must show proof of residency, such as an electric bill, to get a Florida driver’s license, shouldn’t state Senate candidates be held to the same standard?

    Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, told reporters recently that Republicans had nothing to do with Alex Rodriguez, but we heard no motivation to keep such a deception from happening again.

    If Republicans fail to address Florida’s election fraud, let them look over their shoulders in the next election for an opponent with the same name and a pile of dark money.

    Fool us once, shame on us. Fool us twice, shame on you.

    Probably not the best place to put the story, but it's late and I was tired.
    Last edited by Jeff in TX; Today at 12:46 AM. Reason: add additional comment
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  13. #13138

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    How sad that your country has gone this way. Banana republic? You wish...
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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