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Trump's attempt to remain in power failed because the military told him to fuck off


Trump's attempt to overturn the election and remain in power has failed. It failed for many reasons, including simple ineptitude, but we should not overlook that it failed primarily because America has a professional, apolitical military that told him to fuck off. (1/7)


The way this tends to go in politically unstable countries is the side with the military wins. Trump never had the military. And as much as people make fun of being "saved by the generals," we kept the Republic because our generals were adamant about playing no role. (2/7)

At the height of the chaos in June, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley sent a memo to the military emphasizing it. He included this handwritten note:

"We all committed our lives to the idea that is America — We will stay true to that oath and the American people." (3/7)

The handwritten note was a signal and it was a turning point for Trump. It was only *after* that that he shifted away from trying to co-opt the military and began using unmarked and very willing DHS agents to carry out his dirty work. (4/7)

Using DHS agents worked fine for isolated protests, but it was never going to be enough to maintain an anti-democratic grip on power. Not without the military. (5/7)

Our military has many shortcomings, but the way it has behaved this year, under these circumstances, in the context of world history, is notable.

It stood in stark contrast to DHS and even local police departments that chose to follow Trump every step of the way. (6/7)

I hope Americans appreciate that and don't take it for granted. Flag of United States (7/7)

This letter from Emily Murphy to Biden is whiny and self-pitying

Janet Yellen is Biden's pick for Treasury



Brilliant, experienced, kind, concerned with questions of inequality and fairness, both respected and well-liked by her peers, and a good manager and consensus builder.

Trump fired her from the Fed because she was too short. Seriously.

GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump


General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards. CEO Mary Barra urged other automakers to do the same.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards.

CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so.

She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to expand electric vehicle use. Last week, GM said it is testing a new battery chemistry that will bring electric-vehicle costs down to those of gas-powered vehicles within five years.

Barra sent the letter after a Monday morning conversation with Mary Nichols, head of California’s Air Resources Board, the company said. The board is the state’s air pollution regulator. “We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned, to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions,” Barra said in the letter.


DC is full of smart, talented people who are also jerks


This town is full of smart, talented, and experienced people who are also jerks. The unifying theme of Biden's picks thus far are reputations for decency, kindness, and integrity.

How Trump Hopes to Use Party Machinery to Retain Control of the G.O.P.

As President Trump brazenly seeks to delay the certification of the election in hopes of overturning his defeat, he is also mounting a less high-profile but similarly audacious bid to keep control of the Republican National Committee even after he leaves office.

Ronna McDaniel, Mr. Trump’s handpicked chairwoman, has secured the president’s support for her re-election to another term in January, when the party is expected to gather for its winter meeting. But her intention to run with Mr. Trump’s blessing has incited a behind-the-scenes proxy battle, dividing Republicans between those who believe the national party should not be a political subsidiary of the outgoing president and others happy for Mr. Trump to remain in control of it.

While many Republicans are hesitant to openly criticize their president at a moment when he is refusing to admit he has lost, the debate crystallizes the larger question about the party’s identity and whether it will operate as a vessel for Mr. Trump’s ambitions to run again in four years.

Mr. Trump will have no political infrastructure once he leaves office except for a political action committee he recently formed, and absent a formal campaign, he is hoping to lean on the R.N.C. to effectively give him one, people familiar with his thinking said. The continuing influence of Mr. Trump could also have implications for some of the national committee’s most critical assets: Its voter data and donors lists contain thousands of names of contributors and detailed information about supporters. The voter data in particular is a focus of attention, after distrust arose between the committee and the Trump campaign over the data’s use in the final months of the campaign.


B-52's from Minot AFB sent to Middle East


MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (KMOT) - B-52 Stratofortress crews assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base conducted a “short-notice, long-range mission” in the Middle East Saturday, according to U.S. Central Command.

According to CENTCOM, the mission was intended to “deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.”

The mission comes less than a week after the Pentagon announced reductions of troops to 2,500 in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to Bill Urban, a spokesman for CENTCOM, the bombers integrated with at least four other national defense elements.


Jim Jordan wants to run for Governor of Ohio in 2022


Jim Jordan “has begun privately talking about running for governor, according to Ohio Republicans who have spoken with him,” ⁦
⁩ scoops in this great look at how Mike DeWine could have Trump-inspired primary trouble in 2022.

Sorry, can't access the article because it's behind a paywall.

At least this would get him out of the House. Any Ohioans on here? Can you see him beating DeWine?

Oh, ffs, will this never end? Lara Trump wants to run for the Senate in NC


New: Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, is looking to run for the US Senate in North Carolina in 2022.

North Carolina is her home state.

@anniekarni scoops


I believe that Democrat Jeff Jackson , a well-liked NC State Senator will be running against her. I hope he does.

Biden's on the phone with 10 Governors. 5 D's, 5 R's


Joe Biden right now is doing a call with 10 governors, five Democrats, five Republicans:

Charlie Baker (MA)
Andrew Cuomo (NY)
Gary Herbert (UT)
Larry Hogan (MD)
Asa Hutchinson (AR)
Kay Ivey (AL)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM)
Jared Polis (CO)
Gretchen Whitmer (WI)
John Carney (DE)
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