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Trump Family Business Faces Post-Election Reckoning


Trump Family Business Faces Post-Election Reckoning
November 15, 2020 at 7:50 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“When President Trump leaves the White House in January, he will face some of the deepest financial and legal challenges in his family business empire in decades,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“No matter what he focuses on after the presidency, the businesses will require his attention. Two New York investigations will continue after he leaves office and the Trump Organization will need to avert a potential cash crunch caused by looming debt maturities at the firm’s real estate holdings. Personal guarantees Mr. Trump made on some of the organization’s debt add urgency to shoring up its financial position.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Nov 15, 2020, 09:14 AM (1 replies)

President Barack Obama on Sunday Morning/CBS right now, 9am est...

His interview with Gayle King. Maybe this triggered mf45...
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Nov 15, 2020, 09:03 AM (5 replies)

Senate Republicans prove to be nothing but a scrap heap of moral rot following Trump's defeat


Senate Republicans prove to be nothing but a scrap heap of moral rot following Trump's defeat
Kerry Eleveld for Daily Kos
Daily Kos Staff
Saturday November 14, 2020 · 2:00 PM EST
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After spending his entire presidency supposedly owning the libs, it turns out Donald Trump is the biggest snowflake of all. In the nearly two weeks since Election Day and fully a week since the major media outlets called the race, Trump has done almost nothing but hide away in his fence-fortified fortress and sulk.

His legal effort to dispute the results has been a complete and utter debacle, racking up at least 19 losses to one partial win and literally humiliating the lawyers tasked with trying to make Trump's case. Trump's laughable track record in court had election law experts and legal observers celebrating by week's end.

On Friday evening, former Justice Department official Neal Katyal declared Trump an "unprecedented loser in the courts" after he logged nine losses in a single day. "No litigant has lost more, so much, so fast," he said in an Instagram video parsing the losses. On top of that, Trump’s main law firm in the election disputes, Jones Day, dropped him as a client. More than a dozen federal prosecutors also urged Attorney General Bill Barr to rescind his memo authorizing them to investigate voting irregularities, saying they had found none and the directive "thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics."

Additionally, on Thursday, a coalition of federal, state, and local election officials declared the 2020 election “the most secure in American history” mere hours after Trump tweeted out a baseless ALL CAPS conspiracy theory about votes being stolen from him.


Frauds and traitors—that's damn close to all that's left of the Republican party. It's not just one or two fringe players in the House Freedom Caucus anymore, it's the leadership team of Senate Republicans—a caucus once considered to be more firmly rooted in reality and therefore at least trustworthy enough to perhaps step in when something as critical as national security was on the line. If that was ever true, it’s not anymore.

Prior to the election, it was hard to imagine Republican lawmakers could do worse by the country in the instance of a Trump defeat than they had done throughout his tenure. Now, just like with Trump, no low is too low for these miscreants.

Total annihilation of the party is the only solution and, unfortunately, they didn't suffer a convincing enough blow in the election to convince them voters have abandoned them in any real way. So what we have now is an ongoing battle for the soul of the nation, as Biden puts it. It's clearly a long-term project that is going to require commitment and resolve in the face of unrelenting moral rot.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 14, 2020, 03:51 PM (5 replies)

Utah Valley Hospital strained by conspiracy theorists trying to enter ICU

JFC!! They should be allowed in, WITHOUT masks.

Scott G Winterton, KSL
Utah Valley Hospital strained by conspiracy theorists trying to enter ICU
By Kelli Pierce, KSL Newsradio | Posted - Nov. 12, 2020 at 9:08 p.m.

PROVO – Utah Valley Hospital says a handful of conspiracy theorists recently tried to get into their intensive care unit.

Hospital administrator Kyle Hansen told the Provo City Council this week that about five people have attempted to get inside because they question whether the ICU is as full as some say.

A few of them also brought video cameras.

"We have individuals trying to sneak into the hospital to visualize and videotape this themselves," Hansen said.

So far, it seems no one has been successful getting in.

However, Hansen said what the conspiracy theorists did has forced the hospital to take extra precautions when it comes to visitors and people being admitted.

"You really can only get in if you're here for an appointment yourself or you have to be listed in a log that we track as a designated visitor for a patient. But we've had some people get pretty creative in how they've lied about coming in for an appointment or other things," Hansen said.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 13, 2020, 06:01 PM (8 replies)

Jared And Ivanka Forced To Pull Their Kids Out Of Hebrew School After Parents Complain

GASP! Now whatever will they do with their kids?


11/13/20 3:29am
Jared And Ivanka Forced To Pull Their Kids Out Of Hebrew School After Parents Complain
Ivanka and Jared are on video and in photos on a nearly daily basis in settings conducive to transmission of COVID, and rarely are they (or anyone else) wearing masks.
By Red Painter

Jared and Ivanka's stupid decisions are now negatively affecting their children. Shocker. News broke that they had to pull their kids (aka, were asked to stop sending them) out of their new school, the Melvin Berman Hebrew Academy in recent days. They had JUST transferred to that school a few weeks prior, reportedly on October 19th.

The school did confirm the reporting, saying: “They withdrew from the school."

Their initial reasoning for transferring to Hebrew Academy was because there were in-person classes. Obviously they cannot be bothered with protecting their kids at all, hence their choices to not mask up or stay away from large events where others are unmasked, so it is not shocking that not only would they send their kids to in school settings, but that they would also potentially expose the other kids and their families. Because the only people that matter to Ivanka and Jared are Ivanka and Jared.

Numerous parents report that the withdrawal came after parents "raised concerns" about exposure and risk to other kids at the school. The school itself follows CDC guidelines and expects parents to follow the same guidelines off campus.

The school actually put out a document explaining the policy:

“Students and families are expected to adhere to any and all social distancing guidelines and mask requirements while not on campus to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as reducing the risk of exposing employees and/or MILTON’s students to COVID-19. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at the School, the School asks all families to limit their attendance at large public or private gatherings, events, and other activities to those where social distancing can be maintained and guidance regarding masks is followed. Families and students should avoid hosting or attending large gatherings where proper social distancing measures are not feasible.”


And they thought Jared and Ivanka would comply with that? Seriously?

Apparently the breaking point was the swearing in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett, which led to at least a dozen infections and one confirmed death.

A mother at the school expressed it pretty bluntly:

“There was concern for the safety of children because it was very clear the Kushner parents were violating public health recommendations."

Oh, and there was another issue where Ivanka and Jared would not tell the school if they had been around Donald Trump in the days leading up to, or during, his COVID infection. That is a HUGE problem. Remember, they did not quarantine afterwards.

The school did attempt to work out a plan with Ivanka and Jared, it was reported. But they refused to agree to any changes or follow the requests outlined, so the decision was made for them: your kids are not welcome because you are selfish a-holes.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 13, 2020, 03:04 PM (5 replies)

The amazing tale of Florida's self-described COVID-19 data analyst

The amazing tale of Florida's self-described COVID-19 data analyst
Given what's become of the GOP and its post-policy posture, Ron DeSantis' new data analyst is proud of his lack of credentials and expertise.
Nov. 12, 2020, 10:43 AM EST
By Steve Benen


With this in mind, perhaps it's not too surprising that when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) administration decided to hire a new data analyst, the governor's team chose "a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on the Internet." The Miami Herald had this stunning report:

In his own words, Kyle Lamb of Columbus, Ohio, has few qualifications for the job at the state's Office of Policy and Budget, which pays $40,000 per year. "Fact is, I'm not an 'expert.' I'm not a doctor, epidemiologist, virologist or scientist," Lamb wrote on a website for a subscribers-only podcast he hosts about the coronavirus. "I also don't need to be. Experts don't have all the answers, and we've learned that the hard way."

Is this really what we've "learned"? That confused amateurs have the right answers about epidemiology?

The Herald went on to report that Lamb has peddled a series of discredited claims about the pandemic, but he's nevertheless comfortable joining DeSantis' team -- working on, among other things, coronavirus data.

Under normal circumstances, we might expect someone in Lamb's position to insist he has the necessary credentials to take on such a role. But in 2020, given what's become of the Republican Party and its post-policy posture, Lamb seems to take a degree of pride in the fact that he lacks credentials -- as if this were a good thing.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 06:07 PM (2 replies)

Alaska Rep. Don Young, 87, says he's been diagnosed with COVID-19


Alaska Rep. Don Young, 87, says he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19
By Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage -
November 12, 2020

U.S. Rep. Don Young, 87, has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced in a tweet Thursday.

In the tweet, Young said he is “feeling strong,” working from home and “following proper protocols.” His staff did not respond to a question earlier Thursday about when Young tested positive.


At 87, Young is more likely to become severely ill from COVID-19, according to the CDC, which says the risk rises with age and is highest among those 85 and older.

Young made headlines early in the pandemic when he jokingly referred to COVID-19, a type of coronavirus, as the “beer virus.” He later said he didn’t fully grasp the severity of the virus and the associated public health crisis.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:18 PM (8 replies)

A Promised Land

I too am looking forward to reading this!


A Promised Land
November 12, 2020 at 9:51 am EST By Taegan Goddard

The New York Times has an amazing review of A Promised Land:

“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid…”

“Obama’s thoughtfulness is obvious to anyone who has observed his political career, but in this book he lays himself open to self-questioning. And what savage self-questioning.”

I can’t wait to read it.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 10:17 AM (0 replies)

Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks

Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks
By Dominick Mastrangelo - 11/12/20 08:45 AM EST

A top health adviser to President-elect Joe Biden suggested that the nation is well-positioned financially to withstand a lockdown of more than a month in an effort to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

"When you look at the personal savings rate in this country, it's now gone from about 8 percent to over 22 percent. We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow. The historic low interest rates by the federal government, we could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for our losses to small companies to medium sized companies, for city states, county governments. We could do all of that," said Dr. Michael Osterholm during a live event this week with Yahoo News.

Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said there are varying ideas in terms of public perception of "what a lockdown is all about."

"If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks," he said. "And if we did that, we could drive the numbers down, like they've done in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia. And then, we could really watch ourselves, cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year, and bringing back the economy long before that."

Biden, who was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, has vowed to end the coronavirus pandemic and promised to "listen to the scientists" to get it under control.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:16 AM (7 replies)

Lawmakers Press Ahead with Trump Era Probes


Lawmakers Press Ahead with Trump Era Probes
November 12, 2020 at 7:13 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Donald Trump will be a private citizen in January. But Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are poised to carry on the investigations and legal battles that helped define his presidency. In the House, Democrats are still in court fighting to obtain Trump’s financial records and testimony from his first White House counsel Don McGahn, a key figure in the obstruction of justice case against Trump,” Politico reports.

“In the Senate, where GOP control hinges on two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia, Republican lawmakers are plotting ways to expand and intensify their investigations targeting the former Obama administration and President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter, with Senate Republicans saying they will use the lame duck period to ramp up their probes.”

Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:11 AM (1 replies)
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