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Judge seeks more details on Trump’s clemency for Roger Stone

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the parties provide her by Tuesday with a copy of the executive order that commuted Stone’s sentence. She also asked for clarity about the scope of the clemency, including whether it covers just his prison sentence or also the two-year period of supervised release that was part of his sentence.

Trump commuted Stone’s 40-month prison sentence on Friday evening, just days before he was to report to prison. Stone was convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation with making false statements, tampering with a witness and obstructing lawmakers who were examining Russian interference in the 2016 election.


President’s press conference now swerves into a campaign speech and he rails against Biden.

He comes out about being in favor of a democratic Hong Kong.

Both CNN/MSNBC have turned off their coverage. Unless they get to reporter’s questions then these networks will stay away.



The effort came less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Manhattan district attorney to demand the records.

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a defeat to President Trump, clearing the way for the Manhattan district attorney to seek his tax returns, his lawyers on Wednesday renewed their efforts to block or at least narrow access to the records.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers wrote to the federal judge in Manhattan who originally presided over the case, saying they plan to argue that district attorney’s subpoena was too broad and politically motivated.

The president and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, have been locked in a battle over the records for almost a year.

The district attorney issued the subpoena to the president’s accounting firm in August 2019, seeking eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made to an adult film actress who said she had had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the affair.

Mr. Trump fought the request for his financial records, arguing that a sitting president was immune from a state criminal investigation.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected his argument by a 7-to-2 vote, but it left open the possibility that he could raise new objections to Mr. Vance’s subpoena in the lower court.

(David Bythewood) #408

Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud

Watkins’ father is under investigation by Federal Election Commission probe as well.

Representative Steve Watkins, Republican of Kansas, was charged with 3 felonies related to voter fraud shortly before he appeared in a televised debate ahead of the state’s primary election.


Trump says he’d welcome Michael Flynn back to the White House

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn lasted less than a month on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser before being fired in February 2017 for lying to the vice president about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

On Tuesday, President Trump said he would welcome Flynn back to the White House.

"I would. I think he’s a great gentleman," the president told CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge in an exclusive interview. "He’s a great — he’s been in the military for many, many decades, actually. Highly respected. What General Flynn went through is so unfair."

So he fires General Flynn for lying to the VP and now he wants to welcome him back? Why? He a known liar.


White House officials sent document to Pentagon criticizing Vindman after impeachment testimony

The National Security Council sent a list of allegations about Lt. Col. Alex Vindman to the Pentagon after he testified before the House in impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, according to one person who has seen the document and two others briefed on it.

The Pentagon received the document, which alleged Vindman created a hostile work environment at the NSC, as he was on track to be promoted to colonel. The accusations outlined in it, if substantiated, would have kept him from moving up a rank in the Army, the people familiar with the document said. They said it was not the typical evaluation that military officers serving on the NSC are given when their temporary positions end and they are set to return to the Defense Department, as Vindman was scheduled to do about six months after this document was sent to the Pentagon.

The NSC is housed in the White House and chaired by the president, though it’s managed day-to-day by the national security adviser.

The Pentagon conducted a command-level investigation into the allegations, looking for evidence to substantiate the claims about Vindman’s conduct while he was detailed to the NSC, the people familiar with the document said. But ultimately the military could not corroborate any of the accusations, the people familiar with it said. Included in the list was an accusation that Vindman had verbally abused a colleague, a senior administration official said.

The list of allegations suggests that the White House tried to derail the promotion of an Army officer the president said he wasn’t “happy” with and viewed as disloyal. It could also suggest White House retaliation against Vindman for his impeachment testimony went beyond ousting him, and his twin brother, from the NSC in February, before their time was up.

Just attack and slander anyone who speaks out against the Administration’s actions. Shameful


Inspector general: Medicare chief broke rules on her publicity contracts

A top Trump administration health official violated federal contracting rules by steering millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts that ultimately benefited GOP-aligned communications consultants, according to an inspector general report set to be released today.

The contracts, which were directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief Seema Verma, were only halted after a POLITICO investigation raised questions about their legality and the agency had paid out more than $5 million to the contractors.

The 70-page HHS inspector general report — the result of a 15-month audit — calls on HHS and CMS to take nine separate actions to address the “significant deficiencies” that it identified. Those actions include conducting a review of all the department’s contracts, and making a closer examination of whether CMS overpaid several of its contractors.

The report paints a detailed portrait of Verma’s use of federal contracts to install allies who managed high-priority projects and exercised broad authority within CMS, while circumventing the agency’s career officials and funding projects that ethics experts have said wasted taxpayers’ money.

Another bombshell IG report, this time within HHS

(David Bythewood) #412

Postal Service memos detail ‘difficult’ changes, including slower mail delivery

Analysts say the memos recast the USPS as a business rather than a government service

Disturbing’ memo reveals Trump’s USPS chief has slowed delivery amid calls to expand voting by mail

The new head of the U.S. Postal Service established major operational changes Monday that could slow down mail delivery, warning employees the agency would not survive unless it made “difficult” changes to cut costs. But critics say such a philosophical sea change would sacrifice operational efficiency and cede its competitive edge to UPS, FedEx and other private-sector rivals.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told employees to leave mail behind at distribution centers if it delayed letter carriers from their routes, according to internal USPS documents obtained by The Washington Post and verified by the American Postal Workers Union and three people with knowledge of their contents, but who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid retribution.

“If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day,” according to a document titled, “New PMG’s [Postmaster General’s] expectations and plan.” Traditionally, postal workers are trained not to leave letters behind and to make multiple delivery trips to ensure timely distribution of letters and parcels.

The memo cited U.S. Steel, a onetime industry titan that was slow to adapt to market changes, to illustrate what is at stake. “In 1975 they were the largest company in the world,” the memo states. “They are gone.” (U.S. Steel is a $1.7 billion company with 27,500 employees.)

Analysts say the documents present a stark reimagining of the USPS that could chase away customers — especially if the White House gets the steep package rate increases it wants — and put the already beleaguered agency in deeper financial peril as private-sector competitors embark on hiring sprees to build out their own delivery networks.

Congress authorized the USPS to borrow an additional $10 billion from the Treasury Department for emergency operations in an early coronavirus relief bill. But postal leaders have yet to access the money over disagreements with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who attached terms on the loan that would turn over operations of much of the Postal Service to his department.

The Postal Service’s governing board appointed DeJoy, a major Trump donor and seasoned logistics executive, in the middle of that back-and-forth.

Steep drop-offs in first-class and marketing mail, the Postal Service’s most profitable items, have exacerbated the USPS’s cash crisis; postal leaders predicted at the start of the pandemic that their agency would be insolvent by October without congressional intervention. Single-piece, first-class mail volume fell 15 to 20 percent week to week in April and May, agency leaders told lawmakers last month. Marketing mail, the hardest-hit segment, tumbled 30 to 50 percent week to week during the same period.

Skyrocketing package volume, up 60 to 80 percent in May as the coronavirus pandemic made consumers more reliant on delivery services, has propped up the Postal Service’s finances and staved off immediate financial calamity. But the packages also have intensified the USPS’s competition with Amazon, FedEx and UPS, industry leaders looking to capitalize on enduring changes in consumer habits brought on by shelter-in-place orders. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

The Trump administration has consolidated control over the Postal Service, traditionally an apolitical institution, during the pandemic by making a financial lifeline for the nation’s mail service contingent upon the White House political agenda. President Trump in April called the agency “a joke” and demanded it quadruple package rates before he’d authorize any emergency aid or loans.

The Postal Service’s future needs to be as a low-cost package carrier, industry analysts contend, as parcels make up a growing portion of the agency’s volume and profits, and paper mail volumes continue to decline as coupons and bills increasingly move online. Postal leaders project the agency could run out of money between March and October 2021.

“If this is true, it would be a real concern to customers if service were slowed, especially in light of the fact that the Postal Service may get more rate authority, meaning higher rates, later this year or early next year,” said Art Sackler, manager of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, an industry group whose members include Amazon, eBay, Hallmark and other commercial mailers.

“This is framing the U.S. Postal Service, a 245-year-old government agency, and comparing it to its competitors that could conceivably go bankrupt,” said Philip Rubio, a professor of history at North Carolina A&T State University and a former postal worker. “Comparing it to U.S. Steel says exactly that ‘We are a business, not service.’ That’s troubling.”

The changes also worry vote-by-mail advocates, who insist that any policy that slows delivery could imperil access to mailed and absentee ballots. It reinforces the need, they say, for Congress to provide the agency emergency coronavirus funding.

“Attacks on USPS not only threaten our economy and the jobs of 600,000 workers. With our states now reliant on mail voting to continue elections during the pandemic, the destabilizing of the post office is a direct attack on American democracy itself,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.). “It has been 59 days since the House passed $25 billion to keep USPS alive. The Senate must pass it now. Democracy hangs in the balance.”

The Postal Service said in a statement that it was “developing a business plan to ensure that we will be financially stable and able to continue to provide reliable, affordable, safe and secure delivery of mail, packages and other communications to all Americans as a vital part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.”

It said the plan was not finalized, but would include “new and creative ways for us to fulfill our mission, and we will focus immediately on efficiency and items that we can control, including adherence to the effective operating plans that we have developed.”

But the documents circulated Monday on shop floors around the country called for specific changes in the way postal workers will do their jobs.

“Every single employee will receive this information, no matter what job they perform, so remember that YOU are an integral part of the success we will have — again, by working together,” the second document states.

“The shifts are simple, but they will be challenging, as we seek to change our culture and move away from past practices previously used,” it adds.

The first memo says the agency will prohibit overtime and strictly curtail the use of other measures local postmasters use to ameliorate staffing shortages.

Even a common method for mail delivery — “park points,” in which letter carriers park their mail trucks at the end of a street, deliver mail items by foot for several blocks, then return to the trucks and drive on — is under scrutiny. The document bans carriers from taking more than four “park points” on their routes and claims “park points are abused, not cost effective and taken advantage of.”

“It’s like a riot act,” Rubio said.

“Overtime is being used because people need their packages in this pandemic,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 200,000 USPS employees. “They need their mail in this pandemic. They need their medicines in this pandemic. They need their census forms. They need ballot information.”

The second memo says the Postal Service will first look to cut its transportation costs, and estimates that late and extra trips cost the agency $200 million annually in “added expenses,” or about the same amount the agency lost in May. The memo warns postal workers that it may be “difficult” to “see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor,” but that the agency “will address root causes of these delays and adjust the very next day.”

Postal union leaders condemned the measures and said customer service is being sacrificed for only meager cost savings.

“I would tell our members that this is not something that as postal workers we should accept,” Dimondstein said. “It’s not something that the union you belong to is going to accept.”


Sen McConnell and top GOP want send any liability issues to the Federal Courts, as well as limit the liability for businesses, schools etc over anyone’s exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace, and are adding this to what will be a huge sticking point in the next proposed Cares Act. This is a big roadblock and something the R’s will push for very hard.

WASHINGTON—Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over personal injury and medical liability claims stemming from the coronavirus pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections for businesses, schools and other organizations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) crafted the measure ahead of negotiations with Democrats over the next round of coronavirus legislation. The proposal, which the White House is reviewing, temporarily offers schools, businesses, health-care providers and nonprofit organizations legal protections when people allegedly exposed to the coronavirus sue them, according to a summary seen by The Wall Street Journal.

Under the proposal, defendants in those cases would only be held liable if they didn’t make reasonable efforts to comply with public-health guidelines and instead demonstrated gross negligence or intentional misconduct, according to the summary. The defendants would have the right to move the case to federal court if they so choose, offering a potentially more favorable alternative to state courts.

For coronavirus-related personal injury and medical liability cases, the plan also sets a clear-and-convincing-evidence burden of proof, places a cap on damages and heightens pleading standards.

The protections would backdate to December 2019 and last through 2024, or until the expiration of a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act that offers liability immunities.

Mr. McConnell has for months said that expanded liability protections must be included in the fifth coronavirus relief package, which lawmakers will begin negotiating next week when they return to Washington. Republicans, Democrats and the White House will also need to resolve differences over enhanced unemployment benefits, another round of stimulus checks and reopening schools, among other issues, during those talks.

“I’m not going to put a bill on the floor of the Senate that doesn’t have liability protection in it,” Mr. McConnell said during an event in Kentucky on Wednesday. “This would protect hospitals, doctors, nurses, businesses, universities, colleges, K-12, everyone dealing with coronavirus who acted in good faith.”

The legislation from Messrs. McConnell and Cornyn also shields employers from lawsuits arising from coronavirus testing in the workplace and from agency probes for steps they took to comply with stay-at-home orders. The Republicans also want to limit liability for new types of personal protective equipment if the equipment meets certain federal standards.

Business and education groups, including the School Superintendents Association, have urged Congress to pass new legal protections and ease the risk of lawsuits as schools and businesses weigh whether to reopen. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has lobbied for temporary liability protections from what they say are “warrantless lawsuits” when companies follow the law in reopening.

“Without temporary liability protections many American businesses face the daunting choices of closure, bankruptcy, or reopening and risking a business-crippling lawsuit,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the Chamber.

The proposal from Messrs. McConnell and Cornyn will face Democrats skeptical of expanding liability protections. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Wednesday that Congress should bolster protections for workers, not employers. Democrats have previously sought to strengthen Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules during the pandemic.
“I think the most important way to protect our workers and our employers and customers and clients of businesses, as well, is to have a strong OSHA provision in the legislation,” Mrs. Pelosi said. Some unions have also said they oppose expanding liability protections for businesses.

(David Bythewood) #414

Trump Administration Chooses For-Profit Colleges Over Veterans — Again

This is getting ridiculous.

It’s an understatement, to say the least, that Trump has been isolating some of his military fan base lately. It looks like he’s done a lot of lip service in praise of vets recently, from photo-ops at the Walter Reed Military Hospital, to attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial, all while it’s come to light that Trump may have known about Russia allegedly offering bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2019.

Now, NPR has reported that Trump is choosing for-profit colleges over supporting vets who were defrauded and misled by those schools. The Department of Veteran Affairs will be allowing for-profit schools, like the University of Phoenix, to access GI Bill money, even though the school—which is the largest recipient of GI Bill funds—previously had to cough up almost $200 million for making misleading claims to students about career placement. As The New York Times reported, Trump also vetoed a resolution in May that ultimately makes it much more difficult for vets to successfully seek loan forgiveness. But why one might ask, are GI Bill funds so crucial to for-profit colleges? Well, it’s because they allow the schools to exploit a legal loophole. As NPR explains, the schools are required to receive 10% or more of their funding outside of federal aid, and GI Bill funds don’t count towards the 90% cap on governmental aid.

“We always say in the military that you leave no soldier behind and I definitely feel left behind, by my president, by my government,” Tasha Berkhalter, who lost all her GI money by enrolling at the now-defunct ITT Tech in Indiana, told NPR. And it looks like many more veterans may also keep getting left behind.

Trump Administration Clears For-Profit Colleges To Register Veterans Again

For the second time in two months, the Trump administration has sided with the for-profit college industry over a key constituency: veterans. In May, the president vetoed a bipartisan bill promoting debt forgiveness for veterans who were defrauded by for-profit schools. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowing several repeat-offending schools access to GI Bill money.

Over Veterans’ Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules

President Trump sided with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over veterans’ groups, vetoing a measure that would have blocked new regulations that tighten access to student loan forgiveness.


Scotus allows for the pushing through of the Trump records…and fast-tracks them.

The U.S. Supreme Court put a clash over a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump’s financial records on a fast track, formally returning it to the appeals court level ahead of schedule.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had asked the justices not to wait 25-plus days, as they normally do after issuing an opinion. The court ruled on July 9, rejecting Trump’s claim of sweeping immunity while leaving open the possibility he could raise more specific objections in the the lower courts. Vance told the Supreme Court that Trump consented to the fast-track request.

The justices haven’t acted on a similar request from House Democrats in a different case they decided the same day. Trump is opposing that request.


This is a good reminder to be on watch for authoritarian tendencies of this Administration - flat out seen by Secret Police in Portland, OR this week, treatment of protesters, attempts at suppressing vote via mail-in ballots, sowing division among the races, abandoning the needs of a nation’s health…

Thread…I will continue posting them - 20 of them.

Paramilitary :boom:



(David Bythewood) #417

Gee, they sent in armed gestapo to attack protesters and it caused MORE unrest. Who could have foreseen that?

After a Portland Police Association office is set on fire, Trump and the mayor blame each other for more unrest

Police call Portland protest a riot

Ongoing protests and the presence of federal forces have ratcheted up tensions in the Oregon city.

Portland, Oregon, police declare Saturday gathering a riot after another night of protest, unrest



Federal Agents Unleash Militarized Crackdown on Portland

Federal authorities said they would bring order to Portland, Ore., after weeks of protests there. Local leaders believe the federal presence is making things worse.

(David Bythewood) #418

Things just got weirder…


Preliminary indications are that the husband answered the door and was shot multiple times; the son came running to the door and was shot as well before the gunman fled, the sources said. Judge Salas was believed to be in the basement at the time of the shooting, and she was not injured.

Her husband, Mark Anderl, is a well-regarded criminal defense attorney.

The gunman posed as a delivery driver, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. They said Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured and her husband is recovering from surgery.

The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman, was not in custody, the official said. The FBI tweeted Sunday night that it’s looking for one suspect in the shootings.

More recently, Salas has presided over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor “high-risk” customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

I gotta say, this doesn’t like at all random, but I hesitate to leap to conclusions as I am seeing many are.

(M A Croft) #419

The latest response by some very brave people .

I am here outside the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Portland, where a crowd of mothers have gathered again after being tear gassed last night by feds.

This is one of the largest Portland crowds we have seen this month.

(David Bythewood) #420

A Group Of Moms Formed A Human Wall To Protect Portland Protesters From Federal Officers

"We’ll be out until no protester needs protecting,” one of the mothers, who organized the group “Wall of Moms,” told BuzzFeed News.

Federal agents target pregnant woman with flash bang during Moms Against Police Brutality protest

From Antifa to Mothers in Helmets, Diverse Elements Fuel Portland Protests

Protesters have been in the streets for more than 50 consecutive days. Federal agents deployed to Portland have hardened their resolve to stay there.

Federal Officers Deployed in Portland Didn’t Have Proper Training, D.H.S. Memo Said

Rather than tamping down persistent protests in Portland, Ore., a militarized presence from federal officers seems to have re-energized them.

(David Bythewood) #421


(David Bythewood) #422

Attorney who was found dead named as primary suspect in fatal shooting at federal judge’s home

The FBI identified Roy Den Hollander as the “primary subject,” and said that he is dead, the US Attorney’s office said in a statement. Den Hollander was a lawyer who once argued a case before Salas, according to court records.

In a lawsuit, Den Hollander represented a woman and her daughter who sought to register for the military’s selective service, according to federal court records. Den Hollander’s clients claimed the draft was unconstitutional because it barred women from registering.

Salas sided against a part of Den Hollander’s arguments last spring, but also agreed with some of his claims and allowed the lawsuit to continue.

Hollander exited the case in June 2019, handing it over to a team of lawyers at the large New York-based law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

Hollander said he “would not be able to see the case through” because he was terminally ill, Nick Gravante, a managing partner at the firm, told CNN.

This is looking like it has nothing to do with Trump or Epstein or anything and more to do with a dying man apparently going nuts for unknown reasons. There was also a package found in his vehicle addressed to the judge.

Lawyer Sues Basically All Mainstream Media For RICO Violations For How They Report On Donald Trump

Then again, I may be wrong. This guy filed some crazy lawsuits it seems. I just don’t know any longer.

Roy Den Hollander, 72, was discovered by a cleaning crew in the upstate New York town of Rockland, the sources said. He had a case—a challenge to the military’s male-only draft—pending before U.S. District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas, according to court documents. In an essay posted online last year about his battle with melanoma, he made clear his animus toward Salas, referring to her as “a lazy and incompetent Latina judge.”

Den Hollander described himself on his website as an anti-feminist. “Now is the time for all good men to fight for their rights before they have no rights left,” it said. The site also contained a list of his many media appearances and a compilation of misogynistic comments under the heading “Jokes.”

Suspect in federal judge’s home ambush railed against her in misogynistic book

The writings are littered with language common among the most extreme anti-feminist communities on the web, some of which the man was a member of.


Divisions within in the GOP Conference, calling out Rep Liz Cheney who is making waves about her distaste for T, and the handling of Fauci’s role during the Pandemic.


Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus tore into Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a heated GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, lobbing attacks at her for breaking with President Donald Trump, supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci and backing a primary opponent to one of their colleagues.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Freedom Caucus co-founder and one of Trump’s top allies, called out Cheney, the GOP conference chair, for all the times she has opposed Trump and began ticking off some recent high-profile examples, according to two sources in the room. While Jordan praised her defense of Trump during impeachment, he also said Cheney’s recent rebukes of Trump — which have focused on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, his Twitter rhetoric, and his foreign policy — were not helpful.