Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president meets with the Governor of Colorado and the Governor of North Dakota
What fresh hell is this? Flynn judge stalls dismissal, opens up case to “friends of the court”
The judge in the Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn case has solicited friends of the court arguments, also known as amicus curiae, about whether he should grant the DoJ motion to dismiss. The action comes after the DoJ filed papers to drop the case following a review by 10-year FBI veteran and current U.S. attorney Jeffrey Jensen’s recommendation and A.G. Barr’s agreement. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan is dillydallying about dropping the case. He previously refused to allow amicus curiae. What the ****?
“Judge Sullivan, who denied leave to file amicus briefs when he knew third parties would have spoken favorably of Flynn, now solicits briefs critical of Flynn,” independent journalist Michael Cernovich wrote on Twitter Tuesday evening. “This is a violation of the judicial oath and applicable ethical rules. We will be filing a complaint against Sullivan. … [He] is acting as a politician, not a judge.”
Check out who has already weighed in:
Flynn’s legal team indicated in a filing Tuesday that a sealed amicus brief has already been submitted by a left-wing group known as the “Watergate Prosecutors,” urging Sullivan not to toss out Flynn’s guilty plea despite the Justice Department’s request. That group was featured in an October 2019 Washington Post opinion piece, and listed Jill Wine-Banks — who previously advanced unsubstantiated collusion theories involving the Trump campaign and Russia — as one of its members.
My good friend, Sean Davis wrote on Twitter that Judge Sullivan was letting “left-wing lawyers write his final order against Flynn for him.”
OH IS THAT SO? John Brennan Suppressed Intel Saying Russia Wanted Hillary Clinton to Win
These freaks were obsessed with this for three years and now it’s a “distraction?” With Obamagate, Trump returns to a favorite distraction tactic
Judge slows down effort to drop Flynn case
Judge signals he won’t immediately dismiss Michael Flynn case
Ken Starr asks why Obama, Biden were ‘in the know’ about ‘illegitimate’ Flynn investigation
‘President Obama Is In The Middle Of This’: Rand Paul Weighs In On Michael Flynn Case
Democrats unveil $3T fantasy “relief” bill
Yesterday, the vacationing House Democrats released a monstrous and unserious Chinese virus “relief” bill. You can tell it’s unserious because they didn’t work with the Senate or any Republicans to craft it. If they wanted the bill to pass and if they wanted to provide relief to people they wouldn’t waste time on grandstanding DOA legislation, they would sit down with all the players and negotiate. Nancy knows this bill will not get the president’s signature or pass the Senate.Senate Majority leader declared the bill “dead on arrival.” He said, “What you’ve seen in the House [from] Nancy is not something designed to deal with reality, but designed to deal with aspirations. This is not a time for aspirational legislation, this is a time for practical response to the coronavirus pandemic,” McConnell said, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).”
The House Democrats will fruitlessly vote on the bill on Friday. Here’s some of the goodies in the bill:
Provisions include another round of direct payments of up to $1,200 per person — including for each dependent child — up to $6,000 per family, according to a Democratic fact sheet.
The bill also proposes extending the $600-per-week federal boost in unemployment insurance payments through January 2021. The boost — intended to ensure laid off and furloughed workers get roughly 100 percent of their pre-crisis pay — currently runs through July.
The Democratic fact sheet says the bill includes almost $1 trillion for state and local governments. Republicans including President Trump have been wary of state bailouts.
The bill would create a $200 billion “heroes fund” giving hazard pay to medical workers and appropriate $75 billion for virus testing and contact tracing.
A $100 billion allocation would help cover rent payments and $75 billion would go toward mortgage assistance.
Additional items include a boost in food stamps payments expected to cost $10 billion, a $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service, $3.6 billion for state elections offices and $5.5 billion for expanding high-speed internet to libraries and homes. The bill also proposes new funds for the Census and health insurance programs.
The bill would give relief to wealthy residents of high-tax states like New York by waiving the $10,000 cap on the federal State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction for 2020 and 2021.
- Inspector general protections
- Mandatory masks on Amtrak
- Provisions for pot businesses
- Utility shut-offs
- EPA study on pollution and health
- Nursing home ‘strike teams’
- Funding for the arts and humanities
- Aid for meat and dairy industries
Good luck with that!
Looks like a blue wave is coming <snicker>
There were two special elections on Tuesday and in Wisconsin, “Republican Tom Tiffany, a Wisconsin state senator endorsed by President Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in the state’s heavily conservative, rural 7th Congressional District.”
Over in California, Democrat Katie Hill who resigned after she had an affair with one of her congressional staffers not to mention her “thruple” arrangement involving a campaign staffer when she was running for office, the Republican candidate is leading. “Mike Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot endorsed by President Donald Trump, led in preliminary results from a special election north of Los Angeles.” Garcia is leading Democratic California state legislator Christy Smith by 55.9% to 44.1%. If Garcia pulls out a win, he will become the only House Republican from a district Hillary Clinton won in 2016 with more than 50% of the vote.
Fox News also reports that in the Nebraska primary, “Trump has already doubled his 2016 total in the Nebraska presidential primary.”
Corporate media just want it so bad. Trump says the US leads the world in testing. But it’s far behind in testing per capita, studies show
Rand Paul explains dust-up with Fauci at Senate coronavirus hearing: ‘He’s an extremely cautious person’
Probably. Coronavirus will rage until it ‘hits 60 to 70 percent’ of the population, scientist says
Fauci says vaccine ‘likely,’ but not in time for school: 5 takeaways from the Senate coronavirus hearing
Testing czar predicts U.S. can conduct up to 50M coronavirus tests per month by fall
Georgia governor orders bars, night clubs, concert venues to remain closed until end of May
Cheney defends Fauci: ‘We need his expertise’ to defeat coronavirus
Top health officials cleared for meetings at White House after self-isolating
Pence keeping his distance from Trump for a few days: White House
California cancels fall university classes as Fauci warns of reopening too soon
News outlets sue for information on small-business loans program
Judge rules Small Business Administration cannot exclude strip clubs from coronavirus loans
“Reporter” New York Times: Reporter who called for CDC chief’s resignation went ‘too far’
Too bad. NY sales tax collections plunged 24 percent in April, state comptroller says
100 Rikers Island inmates arrested after being released over coronavirus: report
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey donates $15M to San Francisco coronavirus relief, with some cash for illegal immigrants
Graham introduces bill to sanction China if it refuses to cooperate on coronavirus investigation
Oh. Jogger who ran miles with coronavirus mask on suffers burst lung, Wuhan hospital says
Russia examining safety of ventilator sent to US after 6 killed in fires: report
Why unemployment claims are so low in South Dakota, Utah and Nebraska
Man refusing to wear mask breaks arm of Target employee
Ya’ think? Coronavirus concerns keep heart patients from hospital: ‘I was so scared’
Report: NY Women Seeking Guns out of Fear of Coronavirus Crime Wave
Report: FBI to Warn Chinese Hackers Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Research
Gun control group to spend at least $5 million in Arizona ahead of November
Right. Biden: ‘No evidence’ remote campaigning is hindering White House bid
WUT? Facebook Is Giving $1,000 To Content Moderators Who Said Online Trolls Turned Them Into Conspiracy Theorists
New standard! Schumer calls Biden denial of Tara Reade assault allegation ‘sufficient’
Trump Justice Department asks for more resources to enforce gun laws
Hack. Chuck Todd apologizes for airing edited William Barr interview
FBI mistakenly reveals Saudi diplomat suspected of aiding 9/11 terrorists
AOC removed from union-backed progressive party ballot line in New York
Hackers demand $21M from LA attorney with A-List talent
Yay. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to co-chair Biden campaign climate task force
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!