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Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the 'mark of the beast'


Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the 'mark of the beast'
By Em Steck, Drew Myers and Andrew Kaczynski, CNN
Updated 11:12 PM ET, Mon August 2, 2021


(CNN)Amid recent surging coronavirus cases in Florida, a top Republican National Committee official in the state has spread anti-vaccine rhetoric and misinformation, comparing the Biden administration's vaccine efforts to Nazi-era "brown shirts," and twice calling the vaccines "the mark of the beast," comparable to a "false god."

A review by CNN's KFile found that Peter Feaman, a lawyer and RNC committeeman from Florida made the comments on his blog the "The Backhoe Chronicles," which he publishes regularly in a private group on MeWe. The social media platform bills itself as the "anti-Facebook" app.

"The Biden brown shirts are beginning to show up at private homes questioning vaccine papers," Feaman wrote on July 20, incorrectly implying government officials would be showing up at people's homes to question their vaccination status, comparing them to the Nazi Party paramilitary wing.

Previously, he supported far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who used the term and faced swift backlash.

In May, Feaman called Covid-19 vaccines a "mark of the beast" -- a reference to a symbol from the biblical Book of Revelations showing allegiance to Satan -- and called Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer "diabolical" for encouraging vaccines. "Diabolical Michigan Governor Whiter wants her citizens to get the Mark of the Beast to participate in society," Feaman wrote.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/02/politics/kfile-rnc-peter-feaman-covid-19-vaccine/index.html
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 3, 2021, 08:36 AM (22 replies)

Viera Hospital (Brevard) had to add

a quarantine area outside of emergency.

I heard this tonight from a friend who has a loved one in there for a hip replacement.

Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 11:04 PM (0 replies)

Donald Trump to Fight Release of Tax Returns, His Lawyer Says


Donald Trump to Fight Release of Tax Returns, His Lawyer Says
Attorney for former president objects to Treasury Department’s intention to turn over tax records to congressional committee
By
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Updated Aug. 2, 2021 6:55 pm ET


WASHINGTON—Former President Donald Trump will fight any move by the Treasury Department to turn over his tax returns to Congress, a lawyer for Mr. Trump said Monday, days after the Justice Department directed the agency to provide the documents to a House panel.

“There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the office of the president of the United States,” said Ronald Fischetti, a lawyer for Mr. Trump.

The Treasury Department told a federal judge Friday it intended to comply with the House Ways and Means Committee’s request for the documents, in light of the Justice Department’s new opinion, but would give Mr. Trump a reasonable opportunity to raise objections. If the committee receives the records, it could release at least some of them to the public.

A judge asked the parties to lay out a time frame for written arguments by Wednesday. It could take months before the judge ultimately decides whether the Treasury Department must hand over the returns to Congress. That ruling could then be appealed.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-to-fight-release-of-tax-returns-his-lawyer-says-11627937917?tesla=y&mod=djemalertNEWS
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 09:36 PM (12 replies)

Six Other Senators Were with Lindsey Graham

All Dems but Thune?! Edit to add: It was Manchin's boat so whose party was it? Maybe 'Lindsay Graham was with 6 other senators' would make more sense.

https://politicalwire.com/2021/08/02/six-other-senators-were-with-lindsey-graham/
Six Other Senators Were with Lindsey Graham
August 2, 2021 at 8:32 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard


Punchbowl News says the senators on Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) houseboat — who spent time with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has tested positive for Covid-19 — include: Chris Coons (D-DE), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and John Thune (R-SD).

This could impact expected votes this week on the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

“In a 50-50 Senate, every vote is key. The next cloture vote will be to cut off debate on amendments. So we’ll have to see how many senators contract Covid and how long they have to stay on the sidelines (and here’s hoping everyone is ok!) If it’s just Graham, the Senate should be able to proceed with little interruption. If it’s a wider outbreak, then that would, of course, change the dynamic entirely.”

Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 09:33 PM (11 replies)

It's Crunch Time for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/its-crunch-time-for-joe-biden-and-the-democratic-party

Our Columnists
It’s Crunch Time for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party
This week, the President and congressional leaders must hold the Party together if they hope to enact a landmark economic agenda.
By John Cassidy
August 2, 2021

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A budget resolution that Senate Democrats agreed on last month includes $3.5 trillion in new spending, with roughly five hundred and sixty billion dollars for clean-energy investments, according to an analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. It would also provide funding for a wide range of other Democratic priorities, including universal day care; a permanent expansion of the child tax credit; paid family and medical leave for all workers; an expansion of Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing benefits; and free community college.

On Sunday, Chuck Schumer, the Majority Leader in the Senate, indicated that he has the votes to pass a budget resolution before the Senate enters its summer recess this weekend. Such a vote would enable the process of writing an actual spending bill to begin, but Kyrsten Sinema, the centrist Democratic senator from Arizona, said bluntly last week: “I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion.” Sinema’s colleague from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, has also expressed reservations about parts of the Democratic spending plan, although he currently appears to be on a charm offensive. “It’s all about compromise,” he told CBS News’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I respect my colleagues who believe something a lot different than I do. And I’m willing to listen and learn.”

The long and the short of all this is that Biden and other Democratic leaders are facing a dual challenge. If they don’t want to rely on Republican votes in the House to pass the infrastructure bill, they will have to somehow pair it with the big reconciliation package. At the same time, maintaining Party unity to pass the reconciliation package must be their overriding priority. As I wrote at the end of June, this will involve persuading Sinema; Manchin; Bernie Sanders, the head of the Senate Budget Committee; and A.O.C.—a group with vastly different political priorities—to come together. Equally important will be maintaining the support of some of the less vocal centrist Democrats who are facing tough reëlection challenges next year, such as Mark Kelly, Sinema’s colleague in Arizona, and Maggie Hassan, of New Hampshire. (Kelly and Hassan are both members of the bipartisan group of senators who negotiated the infrastructure proposal.)

For Biden, but also for the country, the stakes are very high. Enactment of the President’s economic agenda would address climate change, fill in some big gaps in the social safety net, and strengthen America’s physical and human capital.
At roughly two per cent of G.D.P. per year, the sums involved are substantial but eminently affordable. Assuming that they were largely financed by raising levies on corporations and the very wealthy, that would amount to a much-needed rebalancing of the tax system.

As crunch time approaches, many progressives are looking to Biden and the White House to present this case more forcefully. “There is a set of full-throated political arguments that can be made right now, about taking credit for what has already been done and investing in future transformation,” Wong said when I spoke with her again, on Monday. “Now is the time to double down with long-term changes.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 09:29 PM (4 replies)

Report: Florida Doctors Think Ron DeSantis Is a National Embarrassment

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/08/report-florida-doctors-think-ron-desantis-is-a-national-embarrassment

Levin Report
Report: Florida Doctors Think Ron DeSantis Is a National Embarrassment
The medical community thinks the governor, who claims everything is fine despite the state being the biggest COVID-19 hot spot in the country, is a clown.
By Bess Levin
August 2, 2021


As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths surge around the country, one state in particular stands out as a place you really don’t want to be if you want to avoid contracting the coronavirus: the state recently infected with a strain of Trumps, Florida. On Monday, the Sunshine State reported 10,389 hospitalizations, the most statewide at any point during the pandemic, including the height of it in spring 2020. That followed more than 21,000 new infections on Friday, and the news that Florida now reportedly accounts for roughly one in five cases nationally. And local doctors are pretty sure they know who to blame!

Per the Independent:

Florida doctors say they’re “angry and ashamed” over governor Ron DeSantis’s response to the resurgent coronavirus. The high-profile Republican has repeatedly criticized federal public health guidance and vowed not to institute new lockdowns or mask mandates, even as the state becomes the national epicenter of the virus, with the delta variant ravaging the unvaccinated segments of its population.

“While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about ‘Freedom over Faucism,’” Bernard Ashby, a Miami cardiologist who leads the state’s Committee to Protect Health Care, told WLRN. “If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position.”


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Nevertheless, DeSantis has pledged to continue fighting lockdowns, mask mandates, and any other measures that could help stop the spread of the virus. “It is very important that we say unequivocally ‘no’ to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions and no to mandates,” DeSantis said last week. He’s also threatened to withhold funds from school districts that require students to wear masks.

Blasting DeSantis’s seemingly pro-death stance, agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for governor as a Democrat, told Politico: “To say it’s not as bad as it was in the height of the pandemic last year is inaccurate, dishonest, and dangerous. Things are the worst they have ever been in the state throughout this pandemic with Florida now leading the nation per capita in hospitalizations.”
Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, who is also challenging DeSantis, said last week the governor has “blood on his hands.” Which he kind of does!
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 08:41 PM (29 replies)

'#RecessCanWait but our democracy can't,' state legislators say as they head to Washington, D.C.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/8/2/2043359/-Lawmakers-from-20-states-are-telling-Congress-voting-rights-legislation-can-t-wait

'#RecessCanWait but our democracy can’t,' state legislators say as they head to Washington, D.C.
Laura Clawson
Daily Kos Staff
Monday August 02, 2021 · 12:04 PM EDT
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The Texas state legislators who left the state to stop Republicans from passing a racially targeted voter suppression bill went to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress to pass voting rights legislation. Now they have company: More than 100 state legislators are joining the Texas Democrats on Capitol Hill to lobby for the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Legislators are coming from more than 20 states, including other Republican-controlled ones where voter suppression laws are a significant threat.
In particular, they’re targeting Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, whose support for voting rights legislation—and reforming the filibuster to allow it to pass, since there are not 10 Republicans who will back voting rights—is crucial.

“I really want to make sure they understand what we’re going through in Florida. If we don’t get this Congress to act, and the Biden administration to put pressure on voting rights, then I’m very worried about the ability of everyday Floridians to have their voices heard in the election process,” Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani told The Washington Post, calling for “a federal firewall from these state voter suppression activities.”


”Early flight to DC because #RecessCanWait but our democracy can’t,” Minnesota state Rep. Emma Greenman tweeted. “With the wave of voter suppression & election subversion efforts sweeping the states, I’m joining fellow legislators from across the US in DC to demand Congress pass #ForThePeopleAct & #restoretheVRA now.”


”We made, I think, a really valiant effort to try to stop these really awful bills at the legislative level here in Arizona and in Texas and in Georgia,” Arizona state Rep. Daniel Hernandez told CNN. “Now that we weren't able to stop these bills at the legislative level in our different states, lawmakers across the country are flying to DC because there is nothing more important than protecting people's right to vote.”


So far, Manchin and Sinema aren’t taking action. They support voting rights, they claim. Just not enough to find a way around Republican obstruction—obstruction intended to maintain the Republican structural advantages that Republican-controlled state legislatures are busily writing into law. The Brennan Center for Justice has tracked 30 laws in 18 states enacted this year to make it more difficult to vote, many of them targeting voting by mail in particular.

Democracy demands better. And no, Congress should not go on recess until important business is dealt with.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 03:09 PM (1 replies)

This guy is off the rails!





https://twitter.com/i/status/1421886805427867654




https://crooksandliars.com/2021/08/greg-locke-masks-vaccines
Tennessee Pastor: 'You Will Not Wear Masks In This Church!'
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 02:46 PM (17 replies)

The 'Pied Piper' of Covid

https://politicalwire.com/2021/08/02/the-pied-piper-of-covid/

The ‘Pied Piper’ of Covid
August 2, 2021 at 11:33 am EDT By Taegan Goddard


Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber (D) ripped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as the “pied piper” of COVID-19 who is “leading everybody off a cliff,” the HuffPost reports.

Said Gelber: “The governor has made it as difficult as possible to make people safe. He’s like the pied piper leading everybody off a cliff right now by letting them know that they don’t have to like the CDC, they don’t have to wear masks, that they can do whatever they want when we’re in the midst of an enormous pandemic.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 12:01 PM (6 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Good grief -- Washington Post marvels at all the things Trump "got right"

Good grief — Washington Post marvels at all the things Trump "got right"
The press misses him
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago


On the same day that newly released phone call notes from the Department of Justice confirmed that Trump aggressively worked to overturn the results of an American election, demanding his DOJ cronies dub the November contest to have been “corrupt,” the Washington Post decided to look back fondly on the Trump years and to keep normalizing him.

Despite his dangerous, undemocratic and authoritarian ways, it’s clear the Post misses Trump and the media attention he generates. So, putting aside his ongoing and determined efforts to demolish free and fair elections in America, the Post rounded up ten writers who were willing to type up odes to all the things Trump “got right” while president. It was an exercise in bad judgement and only highlighted the Beltway media’s willingness to portray him as a savvy player who managed to surprise the experts.

“The bigger problem…is experts/scholars sitting around and analyzing what Trump got “right” as though he were a normal president; as though he got anything right through sober-minded judgement rather than chaotic happenstance,” author Shane Carrow noted on Twitter.

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Keep in mind that Trump ripped families apart at the border, colluded with a foreign power while in office, was impeached twice, did almost nothing to prevent 600,000 Covid-19 deaths, accused Obama of spying on his campaign, and spent months denigrating the integrity of American elections.

Trump long ago should have disqualified himself from receiving respectful news coverage. But as the Post showed, that milestone hasn’t yet been reached, as the paper eagerly wallowed in Trump revisionism. For the media, Trump remains a captivating topic who provides endless angles of intrigue and who is treated as a looming star of American politics. That, compared to the “boring” Joe Biden presidency.

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https://pressrun.media/p/did-washington-post-really-just-marvel
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 2, 2021, 07:08 AM (9 replies)
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