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Trump May Want to Visit the White House Gift Shop


Trump May Want to Visit the White House Gift Shop
November 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

The White House Gift Shop is selling Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inaugural coins.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 08:09 PM (2 replies)

Pfizer's CEO sold $5.6 million in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news

Pfizer's CEO sold $5.6 million in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news
By Paul R. La Monica, CNN Business
Updated 12:15 PM ET, Wed November 11, 2020

New York (CNN Business)Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla filed to sell millions of dollars of his company's stock Monday -- the day the pharmaceutical giant announced positive data about its coronavirus vaccine.

The company's shares soared after Pfizer and European drug company BioNTech said early data suggests the vaccine could be more than 90% effective.

The transaction was part of a regularly scheduled plan set up by Bourla to periodically sell some of his Pfizer shares.

Bourla sold 132,508 Pfizer (PFE) shares at a price of $41.94, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That works out to proceeds of nearly $5.6 million.

A Pfizer spokeswoman said in an email to CNN Business that the sale took place because Pfizer shares hit a predetermined price as part of a plan authorized by Bourla on August 19.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 05:35 PM (2 replies)

GOP senator: Biden Cabinet picks will be a 'discussion' with Republican Senate

Screw them and the horse they rode in on, seriously. Another reason to send $ to GA. And people outside of the political mainstream shouldn't be considered? Toomey, where did Ivanka and Jared fall? Delusional and so very hypocritical.

GOP senator: Biden Cabinet picks will be a 'discussion' with Republican Senate
By Jordain Carney - 11/11/20 02:23 PM EST

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday that he expected the nomination process for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet to be an "ongoing discussion" with Senate Republicans, if they hold on to the majority.

Toomey's comments come as Democrats worry that a Republican Senate majority could force Biden to negotiate over his picks for top administration positions and block nominees they view as too progressive.

Toomey said during a Washington Post Live interview that Cabinet picks were a "shared responsibility" between the president and the Senate majority.

"The president should get significant deference ... and I think that is, that is important. Having said that, especially when you have divided government ... we've got to recognize we've got a responsibility: advice and consent," Toomey said.

"So I think people who are well outside of the political mainstream don't belong in really important, senior-level, Cabinet-type posts. And that's why that will be an ongoing discussion, I think, between a Republican Senate and Joe Biden," Toomey added.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 03:14 PM (34 replies)

U.S. Deports Women Who Allege Detention Center Doctor Coerced Them Into Unwanted Surgery


U.S. Deports Women Who Allege Detention Center Doctor Coerced Them Into Unwanted Surgery, Says Report
Jamie Ross
Updated Nov. 11, 2020 7:50AM ET /
Published Nov. 11, 2020 5:42AM ET

In September, a whistleblower nurse went public with shocking allegations that a doctor at a Georgia detention center coerced women into undergoing unnecessary gynecological procedures without their consent. Now, according to some of those women’s lawyers, the Trump administration is trying to deport them. The lawyers told the Associated Press that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about gynecologist Mahendra Amin’s conduct at the Irwin County Detention Center. At least seven other accusers have been told that they could soon be removed from the country, the lawyers said. Amin has previously denied that he did anything wrong, and the Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into the allegations.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 08:06 AM (3 replies)

The Electoral College Play

How low will they go?


The Electoral College Play
November 11, 2020 at 7:48 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“As the weaknesses of President Trump’s legal cases to overturn Joe Biden’s win become clearer, Republicans are talking more about the Electoral College — hinting at an extreme last-chance way for Trump to cling to power,” Axios reports.

“In this long-shot scenario, Trump and his team could try to block secretaries of state in contested states from certifying results. That could allow legislatures in those states to try to appoint new electors who favor Trump over Biden.”

Said one lawyer: “It’s basically hijacking the democracy. They’ve got nothing else; you’d be trying to deny Joe Biden 270.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 08:03 AM (6 replies)

High-ranking GA Republican: We must 'acknowledge the voice of the people' and 'transition in grace'


High-ranking GA Republican: We must ‘acknowledge the voice of the people’ and ‘transition in grace’
Walter Einenkel
Daily Kos Staff
Tuesday November 10, 2020 · 4:16 PM EST

If you haven’t heard, Donald Trump and the GOP he represents are attempting to steal the election won by President-elect Joe Biden. Republicans like Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Scott, terrified of losing Trump’s base, have been calling our democracy into question. Sadly, this is just another example of the cowardice shown by Republican leadership in the last four years.

But not every Republican official is anti-democracy. Mike Boyce, the chairman of Cobb County, Georgia, lost his bid for reelection on Election Day. Boyce is a Republican and lost to his Democratic challenger, Lisa Cupid. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Boyce congratulated Chair-elect Cupid on her victory, telling the news outlet: “I think it’s also important, that as part of this process, that we have a transition in grace, that we acknowledge the voice of the people, we hear them and we move on. I hope that this message gets loud and clear to our national and our state leaders, that this transition in grace is part of the election process.”

Boyce went on to diplomatically point out that it was “extraordinary” that the last time we went through this process, the Republican Party that had zero complaints about the “integrity of the voting process” is now the same group of people crying about losing. Boyce is a veteran of the Marines, and on the eve of Veterans Day, he also had this to say:

“Tomorrow, I just think it’s a great time to remember, if nothing else, what this country stands for,” he said. “Although veterans fought for freedom, and still fight for freedom, we all fight for freedom in our own ways, and the way to do that is to acknowledge the will and voice of the people and to continue, to encourage, what I call this transition in grace.”

Unlike Donald Trump, former Chairman Boyce understands how our Democratic process works. People vote. Those people are the American people. Their decision is regarded as the primary consideration in how our government works and runs. At the very least, the people’s voice is the only consideration that is supposed to be relevant when choosing our representation in this democracy. That might be an ideal, but it is the promise of our country. It is that promise that makes America great.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 07:24 PM (3 replies)

Klobuchar Considered for Biden Cabinet Post


Klobuchar Considered for Biden Cabinet Post
November 10, 2020 at 12:24 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is being floated for a Cabinet post inside President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, CNBC reports.

Klobuchar is being considered by Biden and his team for a number of positions, including attorney general and secretary of Agriculture.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 07:18 PM (53 replies)

The Rude Pundit: We Need to Accept That At Least 70 Million Americans Just Suck

The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
We Need to Accept That At Least 70 Million Americans Just Suck

I have never disliked anyone because of their income. Poor, rich, it's fine. I've never condemned anyone for their race or their gender or any aspect of their identity. I don’t even hold people’s beliefs against them until they try to impose them on me or use them to harm me or others. Then, whether they're religious or political or social, fuck your beliefs and fuck you for having them.

So if you think that I’m just supposed to forgive a bunch of racists fucknuts who decided that I am not really American and who attacked others, directly or through people they elected, yeah, fuck that. If someone has a shitty ideology, they need to give that shitty ideology up before we’ll even talk about forgiveness. And right now, Trump voters aren't giving up on a thing, so, yeah, I'm gonna fucking continue with my condemnation, my ridicule, and my dismissal of them.

That's not just because they spent the last five years (including the campaign) allowing their hate-filled ids to run rampant. No, that wasn't enough. It's that they actively rejected science, favoring the gut instincts of an objectively failed businessman over people who had spent their whole lives studying things like diseases and the climate. It's that they rejected things that were occurring right before their eyes, preferring whatever algorithm fucked their faces with a continuous feed of lies on their Facebook pages. And, more importantly, it's that they dragged the rest of us down with them and then thought we were the traitors for not agreeing with them.

They dragged us backwards as we saw scenes out of the civil rights era take place before our eyes or to us, along with anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and anti-LGBTQ bias, putting so many people in real danger. They joined or cheered on terrorist groups they called "militias," who really believe they might have to start killing us. They bought into the most idiotic of conspiracy theories by the millions. They degraded and debased us as they cheered on the cruelty of the Trump administration and laughed at us for how upset their savagery made us, mocking us for normal human emotions, like sympathy for migrant families fleeing brutality and death only to be subject to the depraved actions of our government. Instead of trying to empathize, they sent us Pepe the Frog memes and accused of never getting over the 2016 election and said we only cared about the Russia hoax or the Ukraine hoax or the COVID hoax and drank our liberal tears.

And if some of them say they didn't believe any of this shit, they just liked the tax cuts, well, they fucking tolerated it and did nothing to stop it. So fuck 'em, too.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 06:27 PM (3 replies)

Trump Burrows Loyalists Inside Government


Trump Burrows Loyalists Inside Government
November 10, 2020 at 11:02 am EST By Taegan Goddard

James Hohmann: “Perhaps as consequential as President Trump firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper via tweet on Monday, which has been widely expected for months, was the hiring of Michael Ellis to be the National Security Agency’s general counsel.”

“As one of the most controversial staffers in the White House over the past four years, Ellis has shown himself to be as much a staunch Trump loyalist as anyone else in the administration. But his new job means that he will no longer be a political appointee. Instead, as a civilian member of the senior executive service, he gets protections that will make it quite difficult for President-elect Joe Biden to fire him.”

“Burrowing down into what Trump derides as “the deep state” will give Ellis, a former Republican campaign operative, a powerful platform from which he could seek to complicate or undermine the incoming Democratic administration’s agenda. This is a preview of the sort of behavior from Trump that many on Biden’s transition team expect, and fear, during the lame-duck president’s final 71 days in power, even as he refuses to concede defeat.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 11:34 AM (10 replies)

Mike Pence is already on vacation


Mike Pence is already on vacation
[The Week]
Jeva Lange
,The Week•November 9, 2020

Like many Americans, Vice President Mike Pence needed a vacation after the year that was last week. And so he's making like a man who isn't partially embroiled in a complicated but ultimately doomed legal battle to try to wrench back an election victory from the legitimate winners, and heading to Florida, Bloomberg News' Jennifer Jacobs reports.

"According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Pence is scheduled to travel to Sanibel, Florida, Tuesday through Saturday," The Associated Press added Monday. Once there, he will presumably knock back a few virgin margaritas while continuing his habit of being conspicuously absent when things are going off-the-rails, a skill he honed while heading the White House coronavirus task force.

"President goes to Palm Beach; I go to Sanibel Island," the vice president has previously said of his preferred vacation spot, which is perhaps best known as being a world-renowned sea shell-collecting destination. "We love going there. Been going there for 30 years."

And ah, wouldn't it just be the perfect place for a retirement home too, one day?
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 10:30 AM (6 replies)
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