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Jaime Harrison Shatters Fundraising Record

Feel the llove, Lindsay?!


Jaime Harrison Shatters Fundraising Record
October 11, 2020 at 8:05 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison’s campaign announced Sunday it raised $57 million in the third quarter of 2020, shattering the quarterly fundraising record for a Senate race set by Beto O’Rourke in 2018 by almost $20 million, Axios reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Oct 11, 2020, 09:54 AM (15 replies)

Huge Absentee Vote Favors Democrats So Far


Huge Absentee Vote Favors Democrats So Far
October 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Politico: “Of all the mini-battlegrounds within Wisconsin — perhaps the most pivotal state in November for both President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the mother lode of absentee ballots is coming in Dane County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Madison. As of Friday, the number of submitted ballots there amounted to more than 36 percent of the county’s total 2016 election vote, a sign of significant enthusiasm; that figure is 10 percentage points higher than in any other county in the state…”

The yawning disparities in voting across Wisconsin and several other key battlegrounds so far are among the clearest signs yet this fall that the Democratic embrace of absentee voting is resulting in head starts for the party ahead of Election Day. For Republicans, the voting patterns underscore the huge bet they are placing on high turnout on Nov. 3, even as states like Wisconsin face safety concerns at polling sites given the spikes in coronavirus cases.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 01:01 PM (1 replies)

The Trump-related coronavirus cases we'll never hear about

It's almost as if all other people don't even matter.


The Trump-related coronavirus cases we’ll never hear about
Trump’s carelessness with the coronavirus put countless others at risk.
By Emily Stewartemily.stewart@vox.com Oct 9, 2020, 5:50pm


The cases we’ll never hear about

Trump, who has had access to the best care possible in the US, seems to be on the mend. But that’s not the case for some in his orbit, and truth be told, we’ll probably never know how many people he and those around him have endangered.

On a day with no meetings at all in the White House but maintaining a reasonable schedule, he would likely interact with about 10 valets, house staff, and Oval Office staff, and anywhere from five to 30 Secret Service members, situation room staff, and other staff, according to one person familiar with a typical White House’s inner workings. By one estimate, there are some 300 essential workers in the White House. Then you think of the trips and meetings and fundraisers, and all of the people involved, and the network of possible spread explodes.

One White House staffer told the Atlantic that they found out about the president’s illness through news reports and that the fallout has been a “huge mess.” Andy T. Le, who worked for the Bush-Cheney White House and has done advance for multiple GOP politicians, emphasized that many people around the president don’t have any option but to follow his directions. “If he says, ‘I want to do this,’ [advance and Secret Service] will make it happen,” he said. “You never say no.”


The president’s coronavirus case may be the one leading headlines right now, but it shouldn’t overshadow how many other cases he may have been responsible for and how many people his behavior puts at risk. And it’s not just the workers he and his aides have endangered over the past couple of weeks, it’s everyone else, too.

“He should have done a better job in dealing with this virus, the coronavirus, and not only that, he should have done a better job in telling people to wear masks,” Williams said. The president could have stayed home when he realized he might be infected, and he can certainly continue to stay home now. Millions of workers across the country don’t have that same choice. “If we don’t work, we don’t get paid,” Williams said.

But the president is already gearing up for more rallies and is reportedly planning to hold an event at the White House over the weekend, setting himself up yet again to put people at risk.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 08:41 AM (3 replies)

Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?'

He's got a point. Does make you wonder if mf45 is trying to spread this.

Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?'
By Tal Axelrod - 10/09/20 09:54 PM EDT

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, warning that a rally he plans to hold at the White House on Saturday runs the risk of spreading the illness.

“Donald Trump held a super-spreader event at the White House. Now he wants to hold another big rally there, and still refuses to wear a mask. I don’t think Donald Trump wants even more Americans to be infected with COVID-19. But if he did, would he be doing anything different?” Schiff, a prominent Trump critic, tweeted.

The tweet comes as Democrats assail Trump for his handling of the pandemic, noting his frequent flouting of mask and social distancing guidelines at his White House events and campaign rallies.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 08:21 AM (1 replies)

Trump's $21 Million Tax Break for Preserving Forest at His Mansion Under Investigation


Trump’s $21 Million Tax Break for Preserving Forest at His Mansion Under Investigation

Jamie Ross, Reporter
Published Oct. 09, 2020 9:44AM ET

Surely Donald Trump didn’t have a hidden motive when he benevolently promised to preserve the beautiful woodland around his luxurious Westchester County mansion? The Washington Post has reported that the deal—which saw the future president handed a $21 million tax break in 2016—is now under investigation to determine whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of the land. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched the probe. The Post got hold of an appraisal which apparently showed the value was based on assertions and misleading conclusions—which, in turn, boosted the value of his tax break. The Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, Alan Garten, said “the allegations are categorically untrue.” Eric Trump, who now helps run the Trump Organization, sat for a deposition in the case Monday.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 01:49 PM (7 replies)

Dreaming of a Landslide

And why not?!


Dreaming of a Landslide
October 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Andrew Sullivan: “I know it’s tempting fate to mention the idea, foolish to entertain it, mad to expect it, but the possibility of a landslide is now real. There are about ten points between the two candidates with three weeks to go, and the momentum is overwhelmingly with the challenger. Among the likeliest scenarios in 538’s poll of polls is now a Biden Electoral College victory of over 400. Texas is in play. The Harris-Pence debate changed nothing, but firmly established Harris’ credentials as a possible president.”

“And all this changes a huge amount. A Biden win would be a reprieve for the country; a Biden landslide would be an American miracle.”

“Unlike anything else, it would cauterize the wound of Trump, preventing further infection. It would say to posterity: we made this hideous mistake, for understandable reasons, but after four years, we saw what we did and decisively changed course. It would turn the Trump era of nihilism, tribalism and cruelty into a cautionary tale of extremism, illiberalism and, above all, failure… A landslide loss for Trump would mitigate, if not remove, the deep damage he has done.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 01:15 PM (10 replies)

Covid-19 could kill 2,900 Americans a day in December...

Covid-19 could kill 2,900 Americans a day in December, researchers say. Here's why, and how you can make fall and winter better
CNN Digital Expansion Shoot, Holly Yan
By Holly Yan, CNN
Updated 1:25 PM ET, Mon October 5, 2020
As cases rise, experts concerned about coming flu season

(CNN)The last time Americans faced a fall and winter like this, World War I was just ending.

A months-long pandemic exploded in the fall of 1918, killing 195,000 Americans in just the month of October.

Fast-forward 102 years, and the US is on track for another devastating fall and winter. By the end of December, Covid-19 could kill more than 2,900 people a day in the US, according to projections Monday from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

But it doesn't have to be that way. With a smart approach to these cold-weather months, researchers say you can defy their grim projections.

Why is the fall / winter outlook so bad?

Health experts say colder weather, the flu season, reopened schools and pandemic fatigue are a recipe for the most difficult months yet in the fight against coronavirus. Here's why:


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:53 AM (3 replies)

MAGA-Crazy Retirement Village Now Fears COVID--and Pence


MAGA-Crazy Retirement Village Now Fears COVID—and Pence

“The virus was a hoax here until Trump got it,” one resident said.
Francisco Alvarado
Kelly Weill, Reporter
Published Oct. 09, 2020 4:32AM ET

MIAMI—Fresh off a vice presidential debate where he sported a reddish, sickly-looking eye, Vice President Mike Pence appears to be charging ahead with a plan to visit America’s largest retirement community in the critical swing state of Florida.

But with the White House battling a spiraling COVID-19 outbreak, not everyone in the traditionally Trumpy stronghold of The Villages will be happy to see him.

On Saturday, Pence is slated to stop by the 55-and-older community in Sumter County as part of a campaign bus tour through the Sunshine State. The VP would arrive in The Villages as President Donald Trump’s support with senior citizens has shown signs of a drop-off in recent months—and with the president dealing with his own case of the novel coronavirus.

Unlike Trump, who is already making noise about returning to the campaign trail, Pence has not announced a positive test result for COVID-19. But the vice president’s proximity to the growing number of White House staffers who have contracted the virus after a now notorious Rose Garden event has some Villagers—and infectious disease experts—running scared.

“The virus was a hoax here until Trump got it,” Chris Stanley, president of The Villages Democratic Club, said of the MAGA crowd’s attitude. “The other night they did a prayer vigil and for the first time, they posted in a big font, ‘You must wear a mask.’ I looked on the webcam and didn’t see many wearing masks, but they now seem to be accepting this is not a Democrat hoax at all.”


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:03 AM (7 replies)

Trump Collapsing In Internal GOP Polls

womp womp


Trump Collapsing In Internal GOP Polls
October 9, 2020 at 7:52 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

New York Times: “New polls show Mr. Trump’s support is collapsing nationally, as he alienates women, seniors and suburbanites. He is trailing not just in must-win battlegrounds but according to private G.O.P. surveys, he is repelling independents to the point where Mr. Biden has drawn closer in solidly red states, including Montana, Kansas and Missouri, people briefed on the data said.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:40 AM (92 replies)

"If Joe Biden wins big, part of the reason, maybe a big part, will be simply that he is normal."


The Wish for Normalcy
October 9, 2020 at 7:55 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Peggy Noonan: “It’s not only the past week’s events, not just the polls and their consistency, their upward tick from a lead of 6 or 7 to a lead in some polls of double digits; it’s the data about women and voters over 65.”

“No one will talk about it in public because they’re not idiots. Journalists don’t want to be embarrassed if they’ve got it wrong; Democrats don’t want to encourage complacency; Republicans don’t want to demoralize the troops; and the networks have to keep everyone hopped up on the horse race…”

“But if what a growing number of people are seeing as a real possibility happens, if we are in blowout territory, I think part of the reason won’t be political in any classic sense, or ideological, or having to do with some stupid question about which candidate you want to have a beer with. If Joe Biden wins big, part of the reason, maybe a big part, will be simply that he is normal.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:36 AM (5 replies)
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