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‘Everybody Is Going to Catch This Thing Eventually’: Senior Trump Official Brushes Off Criticism of Maskless Crowd at RNC

A White House official’s flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP’s ignoring of the coronavirus’s horrific toll—have sparked widespred outrage this week. “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually,” a senior White House official told CNN‘s Jim Acosta Thursday. Reporting on the fourth night …

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‘Trump Failed, 180,000+ Died’: Protests Surround White House as President Delivers Lie-Filled RNC Nomination Speech

Closing out a GOP convention that featured rampant law-breaking, fascistic hysteria, and cynical distortions of the current administration’s record, President Donald Trump delivered more of the same Thursday night as he formally accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination while protesters rallied near the White House blasting music and spotlighting Trump’s deadly failure to combat the …

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House Democrats Call for Special Counsel Probe Into Blatant Violations of Hatch Act by Top Trump Officials at RNC

Two Democratic congressmen are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to immediately launch an investigation into whether Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other Trump administration officials violated federal law by participating in the Republican National Convention this week in their official government capacities. In a letter (pdf) dated Wednesday, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi …

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Pence Slammed for Offering ‘Prayers’ While Dismissing Climate Action at RNC as Hurricane Laura Ravages Gulf Coast

Just hours before Hurricane Laura made made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with wind speed surpassing that of Katrina, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a Republican National Convention speech Wednesday night in which he mentioned climate action once only to reject it, continuing the GOP event’s ignoring or downplaying of an emergency …

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As Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts for Wealthy, Analysis Shows US Billionaires $800 Billion Richer Since Pandemic Hit

As President Donald Trump and top members of his administration continue their push to deliver another round of tax cuts to rich investors, an analysis published Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness showed that U.S. billionaires have seen their collective wealth soar by nearly $800 billion since Covid-19 began …

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Chair of Postal Service Board Under Fire Over Little-Noticed RNC Appearance Backing ‘Four More Years!’ for Trump

Robert Duncan, the Trump-appointed chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who previously served as head of the Republican National Committee, is facing backlash over his little-noticed appearance in a prerecorded GOP convention video Monday night and calls to resign for his past role in the party’s nationwide voter suppression efforts. Duncan’s participation …

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Mike Pompeo Under Investigation for ‘Corrupt’ and Likely Unlawful RNC Speech From Jerusalem While on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

Shortly before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s prerecorded speech from Jerusalem aired during the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, the House of Representatives launched an investigation into the top American diplomat’s “likely unprecedented” and potentially unlawful decision to address the partisan event while overseas on taxpayer-funded government business. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), vice chair …

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‘Cynical’ as Well as ‘Insultingly Illegal’: Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC

As massive backlogs across the U.S. prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from becoming citizens and voters, President Donald Trump—who has spent much of his term demonizing and terrorizing immigrants through rhetoric and policy—hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens Tuesday on the second night of the Republican National Convention. …

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‘This Is Lunatic, Fascist Stuff’: Watch Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle Kick Off RNC With Falsehood-Filled Rants

“Terrifying.” “Insane.” “Fascist.” That’s just a small selection of the adjectives commentators mustered in an attempt to describe in words the unhinged performances Donald Trump Jr. and and his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle delivered Monday from a largely empty auditorium in Washington, D.C. on the opening night of the Republican National Convention. But other observers struggled …

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To Prevent ‘Disinformation Cesspool,’ Networks Urged to Run RNC Convention on One-Minute Delay

In a letter to the presidents of major news networks Monday, a coalition of progressive groups asked that the airing of the Republican National Convention be delayed by one minute in order to “help prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation in real time.” Members of the coalition—including UltraViolet Action, ACRONYM, BlackPAC, Color of Change PAC, …

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‘Unprecedented and Wrong’: Pompeo Slammed for Plans to Address GOP Convention From Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address this week’s Republican National Convention—news that sparked swift criticism both because it’s unprecedented for the nation’s top diplomat to participate in this type of political event and because he will reportedly speak from “an undisclosed location” in Jerusalem while he’s …

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‘Responsible for National Collapse’: RNC Greeted With Projections Condemning Republicans for Abandoning Jobless Workers

On the eve of the 2020 Republican National Convention, a progressive advocacy group representing 15,000 unemployed workers on Sunday projected onto a Charlotte, North Carolina hotel the photos and stories of jobless workers struggling to meet basic needs after the GOP allowed the $600-per-week unemployment benefit boost to expire last month, slashing the incomes of …

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“They’re Not Needed, Sir”: DeJoy Tells Senate He Has No Intention of Returning Mail Sorting Machines

Update: In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers that he has “no intention” of returning or replacing mail-sorting machines that have been removed from post offices across the nation. Questioned on the machine removals by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), DeJoy said, “They’re not …

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WATCH LIVE: DeJoy Testifies Before Senate Amid Fresh Warnings Over Mail Changes and ‘Highly Irregular’ Appointment Process

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is set to testify Friday before the Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the wake of startling new revelations surrounding the process that led to his appointment as well as fresh details on his plans for a massive post-election overhaul of mail operations. Earlier this week, as Common …

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Warnings of GOP Attempt to ‘Control the Narrative’ as Senate Republicans Set Hearing With DeJoy Just Ahead of House Testimony

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy—a major donor to the GOP—will testify at a virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, just days ahead of DeJoy’s scheduled appearance before the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee. The timing of the planned Senate hearing—and Johnson’s stated reasons for inviting …

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Victory for Democracy as Supreme Court Blocks ‘Merciless’ GOP Effort to Restrict Mail-In Voting in Rhode Island

In a decision one journalist hailed as “the first good news on voting rights from SCOTUS in ages,” the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked an effort by the Rhode Island GOP and the Republican National Committee to restore onerous mail-in ballot witness requirements that were suspended by the state’s Democratic governor due to the …

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‘Silence Is Complicity’: GOP Condemned for Doing Nothing as Trump Openly Touts Sabotage of Postal Service

Voting rights advocates on Thursday took aim at Republicans in Congress for remaining silent in the face of President Donald Trump’s open admission that he is blocking funding for the U.S. Postal Service with the express purpose of stopping an expansion of mail-in ballot access ahead of the November elections. Echoing comments he made during …

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Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will ‘Terminate’ Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November

President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon openly vowed to permanently “terminate” the funding mechanism for both Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November—an admission that was seized upon by defenders of the popular safety net programs who have been warning for months that the administration’s threat to suspend the payroll tax in the name …

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‘This Is a Five-Alarm Fire’: With 2020 Election at Stake, Call Goes Up for Mass Mobilization to Save Postal Service

In the wake of what was dubbed a “Friday Night Massacre” at the U.S. Postal Service—compounded by news that first-class postage rates, as opposed to cheaper bulk rates, would be charged for processing mail-in ballots in November—calls overnight and into Saturday have gone out for people across the U.S. to rise up in a coordinated …

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‘Executive Order Stunt No Substitute for Real Relief,’ Says Progressives of Legally Dubious Trump Proposal

“An executive order stunt is no substitute for real relief that meets the scale of the economic and public health crisis that is currently facing Americans. It is shameful that Senate Republicans and the president are refusing to work to pass the HEROES Act on behalf of the American people.” “It has been 84 days …

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Dems Rebuke ‘Legislative Malpractice’ of Trump Team as Talks Crumble and Tens of Millions Face Hunger, Joblessness, Possible Eviction

More than 20 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat, 30 million have seen their incomes cut in half due to the expiration of boosted unemployment benefits, and 40 million could face eviction if Congress and the White House don’t act. But these coronavirus-induced human crises have not yet been enough to break the …

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Warning of GOP Voter Suppression, Progressives Urge Democrats to Reject Any Covid-19 Deal Without Election Assistance

Progressive voting rights groups are calling on Democrats in Congress to refuse to cut a deal on any Covid-19 relief proposal without money for election assistance, warning that exclusion of the funding could suppress turnout in November. “If Republicans believe we can afford $8 billion for defense contractors and nearly $2 billion to remodel the …

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Critics Warn Against McConnell’s ‘Craven’ Push to Immunize Corporate Criminals

As Congressional negotiations continue over the next Covid-19 stimulus legislation, workers’ rights advocates have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to corporate immunity provisions pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an imaginary epidemic of lawsuits than he is about the real life pandemic hurting the country,” Rob …

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Sanders Rips Trump for ‘Obscene’ Boasting Over Stock Market as 30 Million Americans Face Financial Doom

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday slammed President Donald Trump for bragging on Twitter about the booming stock market just days after Republican inaction allowed the $600-per-week boost in unemployment benefits to expire, slashing the incomes of nearly 30 million Americans as the economy remains mired in deep recession. “Tweeting this during the worst economic downturn …

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Trump Proclaims Nevada Has Made It ‘Impossible’ for GOP to Win by Expanding Voting Rights During Pandemic

In a Monday morning tweet attacking Nevada’s proposed expansion of mail-in voting as “an illegal late night coup,” President Donald Trump once again openly admitted that increasing access to the ballot amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses a dire threat to the Republican Party’s ability to win elections. “Nevada’s clubhouse governor made it impossible for Republicans …

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