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2020 General Election


#343

:rofl: Sounds like an SNL sketch.

As Bloomberg pointed out, McCarthy made his remarks the same week that our national debt exceeded $1 Trillion. The primary cause? Republicans’ tax cuts that greatly favored the rich.


#344

Finally… a headline that spells out clearly what’s happening with Trump’s phone call to Ukraine. It took a Republican to get this headline out there, but whatever it takes. I hope the media stops tap dancing around this scandal and starts using plain language.

Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination next year, on Monday accused him of “treason” for pressing the leader of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

Weld’s comments came in response to reports that Trump repeatedly brought up investigating Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination, and his younger son, Hunter, in a July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election,” Weld said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty.”

UPDATE: According to Law & Crime, Weld is being overzealous with his treason accusation. They quote the law defining treason and maintain that if Trump did pressure the Ukrainian President to investigate his rival, that does not rise to the level of a “treasonous crime.” Perhaps, the word “traitorous” is more accurate. And the expression “impeachable offense” certainly fits.


(David Bythewood) #345

Ohio has made Election Day a paid holiday, replacing Columbus Day.

Voting is our right. We should strive to make this the rule EVERYWHERE.

https://n.pr/2WT1pLF


#346

Big Little Shift

She has been touting herself as the reform candidate, calling out corruptions in our political system.


#347

Former Ukraine prosecutor says Hunter Biden ‘did not violate anything’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/former-ukraine-prosecutor-says-hunter-biden-did-not-violate-anything/2019/09/26/48801f66-e068-11e9-be7f-4cc85017c36f_story.html

A former top Ukrainian prosecutor, whose allegations were at the heart of the dirt-digging effort by Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Thursday he believed that Hunter Biden did not run afoul of any laws in Ukraine.

“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko told The Washington Post in his first interview since the disclosure of a whistleblower complaint alleging pressure by President Trump on Ukraine’s president, Volodymr Zelensky.


#348

Sen Cory Booker - stays in the race - “In it to win it”

Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign announced Monday that it had crossed a self-imposed $1.7 million threshold Sunday night

in order to keep him in the 2020 race. The campaign had issued an urgent memo more than a week ago alleging that if they didn’t raise that money, the New Jersey Democrat would have been unable to sustain and build his campaign for the long haul. Now it appears that the gambit has paid off. “Thanks to this outpouring of support, we see a viable path forward to continue growing a winning campaign,” Booker said in a statement Monday. “I’m staying in this race—and I’m in it to win. But this won’t be the last mountain we have to climb on our way to the nomination—we have a lot more money to raise to continue being competitive with the better-funded campaigns in this race. I’ll be asking more of my supporters as we move forward in this campaign together.”


#349

Yep…Rep Chris Collins (R-NY) he’s outta there. Insider trading caught up with him.

BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received a letter of resignation from Collins on Monday, a senior Democratic aide said. The resignation will be effective when the letter is officially filed at a scheduled House session Tuesday.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

NEW YORK — Rep. Chris Collins, President Trump’s first congressional supporter, is expected to plead guilty to insider-trading charges on Tuesday, following allegations last year that the Republican from New York schemed with his son to avoid significant losses on a biotechnology investment.


#350

The Texadous stampede keeps growing: :ox:

From Politico::

Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry announced on Monday that he won’t seek reelection in 2020, marking yet another high-profile retirement for House Republicans.

As the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Thornberry was a vocal supporter of efforts to boost military spending and helped win major increases in the defense budget under President Donald Trump.

The 13-term lawmaker’s retirement adds to a growing list of Republican departures, especially in the Lone Star State. He’s the sixth Texas GOP member of Congress to retire so far ahead of the 2020 elections.

Already, three other House Armed Services Republicans — Reps. Rob Bishop of Utah, Mike Conaway of Texas and Paul Mitchell of Michigan — have opted to retire.

Another Texan, Rep. Will Hurd — the only black House Republican — made waves when he announced his decision not to seek reelection after just three terms.


#351

More Texados…Rep Mac Thornberry (R - TX) will not be running in 2020.
The 6th Republican Texan not to run.


#352

Breaking - Bernie Sanders had to be hospitalized yesterday for a blocked artery. He was given stents for this…and cancelling his appearances for the time being.


#353

Um, yeah. Anyone with brain can see that :joy:


#354

A lot of push back for any Republican who dares criticize T in the form of cyber warfare and conservative talk radio…Even Sen Romney is getting big notice not to stick his neck out on this issue.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-removal-would-require-republican-dissidents-but-those-who-speak-out-become-targets-of-viral-disinformation/2019/10/03/35c35ad0-e394-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_story.html

In the conspiracy-obsessed echo chambers of conservative talk radio and far-right websites, Sen. Mitt Romney has some explaining to do — answering for ties to the Ukrainian gas company that put Joe Biden’s son on its board, and accounting for conversations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Republican support for impeaching President Trump.

In reality, neither claim is true. No meaningful ties exist between Romney and Burisma, and he had no such conversation with Pelosi.

The flood of baseless attacks and misleading innuendo buffeting Romney, which began after he became a rare Republican to express concern about Trump’s interactions with the Ukrainian president, serves as a preview of the viral attacks likely to be unleashed on GOP lawmakers if they buck their president during an impeachment showdown that Trump has denounced as a “coup.”

It’s tribal, and there are Trump cultists in the Republican Party who are constantly going to try to manufacture anything against the president’s critics,” said Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist and Trump critic whose clients have included Romney as well as the late senator John McCain of Arizona. “The easiest place to manufacture and disseminate that stuff is online.”

Romney is not the only Republican to feel the heat in recent days. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), after defending the whistleblower who raised alarm about Trump and Ukraine, faced withering criticism from the Gateway Pundit, a far-right blog that gained White House press credentials in 2017. “So much for the Republican leaders in the Senate defending President Trump against the continuation of the attempted coup,” the site warned.


(David Bythewood) #355

Facebook says Trump can lie in his Facebook ads


#356

Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders greatly eclipsed former Vice President Joe Biden in fundraising over the past three months, placing progressive Democrats on strong footing in the crucial final stretch before primary voting begins.

Warren’s campaign reported to donors Friday morning that the Massachusetts senator raised $24.6 million from more than half a million donors in the fundraising quarter that ended Monday. The amount is just shy of the haul by her Senate colleague and fellow progressive Sanders, of Vermont, who earlier in the week reported raising $25.3 million.


#357

Iranians tried to hack U.S. presidential candidates in effort that targeted hundreds, Microsoft says

A campaign believed to be tied to the Iranian government attempted to identify, attack and breach email addresses belonging to U.S. presidential campaigns, government officials and journalists, according to new data unveiled by Microsoft, highlighting the continued global security threats that loom over the fast-approaching 2020 election.

The campaign observed by Microsoft, which it dubbed Phosphorus, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify e-mail addresses that belonged to the company’s customers over a 30-day period between August and September, 241 of which were then attacked. Four were compromised, but they do not belong to presidential campaigns or government officials, according to the tech giant.

Microsoft said it notified the customers attacked and has worked with those whose accounts were compromised to secure them. It declined to disclose the names of the account holders.

According to Microsoft, Phosphorus hackers tried to figure out how to reset passwords or otherwise trigger account recovery features to take over accounts. In some instances, Microsoft found that the group gathered phone numbers belonging to its targets to try to authenticate password resets.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


#358

And you know this is just the tip of the iceberg. Did other intrusions by Iran go undetected? How many other countries are doing the same thing?

Yet the President and Republicans have astoundingly fought tooth and nail against protecting our elections until just a couple weeks ago. Way too little, way too late.


#359

@dragonfly9

I didn’t realize it was a heart attack, poor Bernie. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Stressful times.

Bernie Sanders diagnosed with heart attack, campaign confirms | PBS NewsHour


#360

Yes, it was not a good health report. Saw it in some headlines tonight…:disappointed:
The campaign road is grueling, with 5 -6 pitstops a day…unreal how it can be done.

He’s been an advocate for so many good things…and yes, do wish him a speedy recovery. :broken_heart:


#361

Well said.


#362

Not every candidate has released their fundraising numbers yet. The deadline to release file their third-quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission is October 15.

Here’s where the field stands so far.