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Postmaster General Announces Plan To Develop Property Occupied By USPS Mailboxes. We Can Do to the Senate What Brits Did to the House of Lords. The Cop-Out of “Follow the Science” — The New Atlantis. The Politics of Sadism: How the National Trauma Inflicted by the Right Wing Endures. Age generations in the U.S. Senate, over time. Democrats Vote To Reinstate Trump As President So Impeachment Trial Is Constitutional. Democrats Vote To Reinstate Trump As President So Impeachment Trial Is Constitutional WASHINGTON, D.C.

Democrats Vote To Reinstate Trump As President So Impeachment Trial Is Constitutional

—Trump has been reinstated as president so Democrats in Congress can be sure the impeachment trial will be constitutional. Trump will resume serving as president effective immediately so that Democrats can vote on the article of impeachment filed against him. Kill Switch review: how the Senate filibuster props up Republican power. For nearly a month, Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans have waged the parliamentary equivalent of a guerrilla war.

Kill Switch review: how the Senate filibuster props up Republican power

Having lost the Georgia runoffs and with them the Senate, McConnell has still managed to stymie formal reorganization of the chamber. The Boot Is Coming Down Hard And Fast. A lot’s been happening really fast.

The Boot Is Coming Down Hard And Fast

It’s a white noise saturation day and it’s impossible to keep track of everything going on, so I’m just going to post my thoughts on a few of the things that have happened. Biden has announced plans to roll out new domestic terrorism laws in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot. “Mr. Biden has said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism, and he has been urged to create a White House post overseeing the fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them,” Wall Street Journal reports. Compare And Contrast: 1.7 Billion People Woke Up Today In Countries With Near Zero Virus.

John Berman had on Dr.

Compare And Contrast: 1.7 Billion People Woke Up Today In Countries With Near Zero Virus

Ali Khan, dean of Nebraska Medical Center's College for Public Health, this morning to talk about the nearly 120,000 americans spending Christmas Eve in the hospital, and the 3,359 Americans reported dead from coronavirus overnight. "That hospitalization figure, as it hits new records every day, almost now at 120,000, why is it still going up?

How is it that it continues to go up? Republicans Rushing To Confirm 6 More Supreme Court Justices Before Election. WASHINGTON—Explaining that they were under a tight deadline, Senate Republicans told reporters Monday they were rushing to confirm six more Supreme Court justices before the election.

Republicans Rushing To Confirm 6 More Supreme Court Justices Before Election

“We’ve been moving so fast with the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation because there are six more sets of hearings and votes we want to finish within the next week,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, noting that Republicans wanted to make sure, while they still held power to sidestep any Democrat complaints, that they curated a diverse selection of nuanced conservative opinions on the court to rule for the next few decades. “We’re already planning to double up on a couple of the hearings by simultaneously questioning a judge from Virginia with two months of experience and some other judge I’ve never heard of but who’s already been vetted by the Federalist Society.

Death, Money, and the Dueling Frauds: Trump and Biden. Edward Curtin When The New York Times and CNN recently referred to the staged town hall spectacles of Biden and Trump as dueling events, they inadvertently revealed the truth that US presidential elections are America’s favorite movie and that the corporate media is in the entertainment business.

Death, Money, and the Dueling Frauds: Trump and Biden

While it is ludicrous to imagine these tottering actors crossing swords in tights, their skirmishes in suits and ties are good for a few laughs, if you have the stomach to watch them. Only people who still believe in professional wrestling would think these clowns don’t work for the same bosses – the Umbrella People, aka the power elites, the national security state, etc., who own the country and choose their stooges to represent their interests in the White House. I much prefer Mel Brooks, a genuinely funny guy. ‘We are not dealing with reality’: Dick Durbin patiently fact-checks Ted Cruz’s history lesson.

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‘We are not dealing with reality’: Dick Durbin patiently fact-checks Ted Cruz’s history lesson

Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested Senate Republicans had followed historical precedent by rushing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) corrected him. The Texas Republican told the story of Abraham Lincoln waiting to nominate Salmon P. VA commits suicide in veteran’s driveway after reading post-care survey. WASHINGTON — After a long battle with customer satisfaction issues, the Department of Veterans Affairs—known to friends and coworkers as “VA”— took its own life in a veteran’s driveway Tuesday evening after reading the former service member’s highly critical post-care survey.

VA commits suicide in veteran’s driveway after reading post-care survey

If We’re Going to Defund Militarized Police Departments, Why Not Add the Pentagon? When Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a resolution recently to cut $350 billion from the Defense budget, the only media outlets that covered her bill were independent progressive ones.

If We’re Going to Defund Militarized Police Departments, Why Not Add the Pentagon?

In a statement on her website Lee said, “For years, our government has failed to invest in programs that actually keep our country safe and healthy. The prioritization of defense spending and the underinvestment in public health has led to 10 times more deaths from COVID-19 than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Corporate news outlets such as CNN or the New York Times, which have been extensively covering the national uprising against police brutality, simply ignored this story—just as they ignored police brutality for so long—and failed to connect Lee’s idea to slash the military budget to the prevailing demand to “Defund the Police.”

But the analogies between our domestic law enforcement and our military are glaringly obvious. The new Trump attack on Biden accidentally revealed much worse info about Michael Flynn. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has long had an uneasy relationship with both the media and the overwhelmingly Democratic residents of his state.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like

He has let the vital New York City subway fall into ruin, actively connived with Republicans to give them control of the state Senate, and generally been a thorn in the side of anyone who wants to do anything good. But now, thanks to the novel coronavirus outbreak, suddenly everyone loves him. He's getting breathless (even lustful) media coverage, and his approval rating has jumped by 27 points. Don't be fooled, though: Cuomo has royally messed up the coronavirus outbreak, just like he has everything else. How America can get its economy back up and running as quickly as possible.

For about a week, it seemed as though President Trump and the Republican Party were taking the novel coronavirus epidemic at least sort of seriously. But you didn't think we'd escape that easily, did you? Now a new argument is quickly gaining currency on the right, and among some libertarians — with all the economic damage from the outbreak, perhaps we should just lift the social distancing measures in a week or so and hope for the best? As my colleague Joel Mathis writes, this idea is complete lunacy. Citizens United decision weathers 10 years of controversy.

True Story Behind the 'The Report' Movie - Daniel J. Jones on CIA's Torture Program. “We tortured some folks,” said the President of the United States in August of 2014, in what was meant to be the kind of Frank Admission a politician will sometimes offer on the weighty issues of the day. Instead, it’s become kind of a meme. Barack Obama’s cocktail of bizarro eartnestitude and relentless folksiness was too much for our irony-soaked Internet culture.

Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump? There is a very simple reason why some Republicans voted for the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon, but none have so far broken ranks against Trump. That reason is a corrupted U.S. Supreme Court. In 1976 (Buckley v. Valeo) and 1978 (First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), the Supreme Court ruled that when corporations and billionaires purchase their very own politicians, it is constitutionally protected “free speech” rather than “bribery,” which is how we defined it from the beginning of our republic until 1976. Historian Jon Meacham: If you raise the bar on what’s impeachable, you lower the bar on acceptable behavior. Weak, Exhausted Nancy Pelosi Given Saline Drip Following Hours-Long Attempt To Stand Firm In Convictions. WASHINGTON—Collapsing from the extreme exertion required to announce an impeachment inquiry into the president, a weak and exhausted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reportedly given a saline drip Tuesday night following an hours-long stretch during which she stood firm in her convictions.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi approves impeachment inquiry into Trump: He ‘seriously violated the Constitution’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that she is moving forward with “official impeachment inquiry.” The news came after a meeting with the Democratic caucus Tuesday, though Pelosi was having discussions with key Democrats for the past 48 hours. ‘Every Senate Republican’: Chuck Schumer led unanimous vote to demand whistleblower report. Donald Trump's Border Patrol dumps immigrants, city taxpayers get bill. We’re FEC’ed In The Dark. ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits. We need to get rid of Cyrus Vance Jr. Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children. Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas.

Martha Raddatz Grills Acting DHS Secretary After He Claims Not To Know About Mistreated Migrant Children. Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday insisted that multiple reports about the treatment of migrant children at detention facilities are "unsubstantiated. " Alleged abuse by US border guards who forced detained migrant to wear humiliating sign around his neck reminiscent of Nazi camps – Raw Story. “Guards are trying to assert total control over detainees, and to demonstrate that there’s nothing they can do to protect themselves.”

Border Patrol Agents Laugh At Rep. Tlaib And Others: As If 'This Is All So Very Funny' We're not even pretending to uphold the Hatch Act anymore. Perhaps someday we will. At one point, something called the Hatch Act purported to bar federal employees from using their taxpayer-funded jobs to boost political candidates or private companies. Democrats reportedly ready to offer Trump billions for "smart wall" — activists are outraged. As immigrant rights groups pressure Democrats to refuse to offer President Trump any money for his anti-immigrant agenda, House Democratic leaders are reportedly preparing to release a plan on Thursday that would provide billions of dollars in funding for more Border Patrol agents, new drones and other so-called "border security improvements" if Trump agrees to reopen the federal government first.

Defiant Pelosi Begins Swimming To Afghanistan After Trump Denies Use Of Government Plane. Government 'ignored the Constitution' when they let Trump have a hotel on federal property: inspector general. How to solve the juvenile delinquency problem in politics. Sen. Jeff Merkley On Wasted $5 Billion For Border Wall: 'That's 650,000 Children Attending Head Start' Defenseone. U.S. Senate Committee On The Budget. Here are 13 transformational bills in Congress that could completely change America as we know it. Untitled. Splinternews. Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds. Log In - New York Times. This State Wants Protestors Prosecuted as Organized Criminals. Why is Government Subsidizing Junk Food? The Founding Fathers Did Not Want You To Vote. "A Dark Day for the People of Puerto Rico": U.S. Senate Moves to OK "Colonial Control Board" Congressional Hearing Goof Pulls Back The Curtain On How Washington Really Works.

Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation. Our political system is just this corrupt: Lawrence Lessig explodes our diseased, dangerous Congress. House Republicans Are Trying To Slip Bank Deregulation Into Highway Bill. I Want You Guys To See Something. Congress ready to ban 'pay for patriotism' salutes at sports events.

Government Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company. Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too. Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate. John Boehner Explains Why He's Suing Obama Over The Immigration Executive Action. House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research. Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law. The Senate just rejected a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change. Jeanine Molloff: HR 347 'Trespass Bill' Criminalizes Protest. Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President. Marc Rich, presidential pardon: How Eric Holder facilitated the most unjust presidential pardon in American history. Well, Time To Go Out In Front Of A Bunch Of People And Lie To Them. Maps: Senators who voted to expand NSA’s power.

Hayes Slams Boehner for Wanting to Pay China First if U.S. Nears Default. How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law : It's All Politics. Lamar Smith, Global Warming Skeptic, Set To Chair House Science Committee. Bill Moyers Exposes the Stranglehold the Corporate & Right-Wing Alliance Has on Our Democracy. A Rare Look at Why the Government Won't Fight Wall Street. Watchdogs headed for heavy budget cuts. DHS Employees Arrested For Cocaine Smuggling, Child Porn, And More Last Year.