25 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-4-20

  1. Stay home.



    “Twitter tells all of its employees to work at home because of coronavirus”

    “Twitter is asking its entire workforce of 5,000 people to work from home, part of its effort to keep employees safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The company said working from home was mandatory for its workers in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, where there are higher rates of the COVID-19 disease.

    “We are working to make sure internal meetings all hands, and other important tasks are optimized for remote participation,” human resources executive Jennifer Christie wrote in a blog post. “We recognize that working from home is not ideal for some job functions. For those employees who prefer or need to come into the offices, they will remain open for business.”

    The decision comes after Twitter halted nonessential business travel for its employees and pulled out of the South by Southwest conference. Other companies such as Google and Amazon have halted nonessential employee travel because of the outbreak, but Twitter’s decision to ask employees to work from home goes beyond the precautions undertaken so far in the U.S. “


  2. Cali had some voting staff issues due to the virus.


    “Approx. 15 Sacramento County Election Staffers To Not Work Tuesday Due To Coronavirus Concern”

    “The Sacramento County Registrar’s Office says 10-15 temporary staffers will not be coming in to work the primary Tuesday.

    Over the last few days, a spokesperson said some have called in saying they do not want to be around crowds for fear of the coronavirus. The county says they do not expect an impact on polling centers. They have over 600 election clerks who answer questions and work the centers.

    Both leaders at polling places and voters are taking extra precautions to ensure voter turnout while staying safe.”


  3. The Blue Check Journalists keep falling for fake news. They so desperately want it to be true….


    “Trump Deranged Blue Checkmarks Get Punked By Obviously Fake Coronavirus Quote”

    “A few days ago, a parody account that writes parody tweets put out an obvious parody of a Lindsay Graham statement.”

    “The joke, such as it is, is not subtle. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who went from mocking President Trump to generally supporting him, now claims that President Trump knows more than expert scientists, hardy har har har har har.

    I don’t mean to be rude, but if you can’t tell this is a joke, you have a serious problem. Either you are deluded by irrational Trump hatred, or you are a weak victim of the daily barrage of propaganda that comes out from anti-Trump corporate media. Neither is particularly flattering.

    So I was shocked to see how many people fell for it.”


  4. Why yes…. he clearly was.

    “Was President Trump spied on as part of Carter Page wiretapping?”


    “The Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general is busy conducting a comprehensive review of wiretaps touched by DOJ and FBI officials responsible for the improper wiretapping of former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

    But little has been said about important, outstanding questions that theoretically impact thousands of U.S. citizens whose privacy may have been improperly or illegally invaded by the government.

    In 2016 and 2017, there were four government wiretaps against Page, each reportedly lasting 90 days. The FBI’s theory was that Page was a Russian agent, or imminently about to become one. A wiretap allows government agents to collect, listen to, read, rifle through and store emails, snail mail, phone calls, text messages, photographs, bank records — you name it. But under a little-known policy, the government allows itself to extend the collection of personal material far beyond the wiretapped target … to people “two hops” away from that person.

    What does this mean?

    It means the government not only listened in on Carter Page, but also authorized itself to access highly personal communications of everyone who contacted Page (that’s “one hop”) and, believe it or not, everybody who contacted those people (“two hops”), even if those folks never actually made direct contact with Carter Page himself.

    In 2015, U.S. intelligence sources privately told me that rogue government officials sometimes used this latitude to reverse-engineer wiretap applications. This means, said the officials, that government agents might wish to improperly spy on a certain U.S. citizen on whom they could not justify getting a wiretap. So they would look for easier marks surrounding that person, wiretap them, and capture the true, intended target through the one-hop-two-hop policy.

    One intel official told me at the time, “If you ever see the paper trail [for the reverse-engineered wiretaps] it will all look legitimate. There will be legal memos from the White House counsel’s office justifying them. It’s all worked out to hide that they are really going after somebody else.”

    Naturally, this crossed my mind in 2016 when there were reports of government wiretaps against people affiliated with the Trump campaign. Unable to legitimately spy on Donald Trump himself, did intel officials search for people around him to wiretap, knowing they could sweep up Trump indirectly? Page could have been considered an easy target for a wiretap because he had worked in Russia for Merrill Lynch. The CIA and FBI knew of him well, because he had assisted them in previous Russia spy cases.

    All of that is just speculation, at this point. But this much is not: With the DOJ and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently determining that at least some of the wiretaps against Page were invalid, it means the government also invaded the privacy of a whole lot of other innocent Americans through those improper wiretaps.

    Who? And how many?

    One analysis of the government’s one-hop-two-hop practice concluded that intel agencies can exploit one legal wiretap to secretly access 25,000 people’s phones.”


  5. Sorry Jim, even the Dems have no use for your traitorous butt now. Just go away.


    “Biden Campaign Official Rejects Comey’s Endorsement: ‘How Can I Return It, Free of Charge?’

    “Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order.””

    “Ouch. No one wants to have anything to do with former FBI Director James Comey.

    Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign rapid response director smacked down Comey’s endorsement of the candidate.”

    “Andrew Bates, the rapid response director, responded:”


  6. Once again, not a victim-less crime.

    Thanks Democrats. This is on you guys and your disgusting politics.



    “Man released under ‘sanctuary city’ rules sexually assaults 3-year-old: ICE”

    “An illegal immigrant was released under Chicago’s “sanctuary city” policy — only to sexually assault a 3-year-old girl and leave her sobbing for her father in a McDonald’s bathroom, according to authorities.

    Mexican national Christopher Puente, 34, was only in Chicago because cops refused to hold him for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after he was arrested last year, ICE charged in a statement.

    He was then arrested last month for allegedly assaulting the 3-year-old after luring her to his bathroom stall while her dad helped her brother in the restaurant restroom, the Chicago Sun-Times has reported.

    “The victim called out ‘Daddy, Daddy,’” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told a bond hearing last month, according to the Sun-Times.

    Puente confessed, telling cops he was “@#$%$# up and thinking dirty,” Leighton Criminal Courthouse heard — but seemed stunned when he was held without bail for predatory criminal sexual assault, the paper said.

    “You don’t understand. This is my first time,” the hearing-impaired defendant signed rapidly in court, the Sun-Times said.

    Puente — who already had a long rap sheet — was deported in 2014, but sneaked back over the Texas border just five days later, ICE said last week.

    Agents filed a formal request for him to be detained and ultimately deported when he was arrested for theft last June — but the agency says the “detainer was not honored,” leaving him free for his latest attack.

    “How many more victims must there be before lawmakers realize that sanctuary policies do not protect the innocent?” asked Robert Guadian, field office director of Chicago enforcement and removal operations. “Puente should have been in ICE custody last year and removed to his home country. Instead, irresponsible lawmaking allowed him to walk free and prey on our most vulnerable.””


  7. Bloomberg = out

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to assess her next move, according to an aide.

    Next up:

    March 10: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington
    March 14: Northern Mariana Islands
    March 17: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio
    March 24: Georgia
    March 29: Puerto Rico

    WSJ: U.S. Stocks Jump as Markets Weigh Biden Wins


    WASHINGTON—Powered by a string of Super Tuesday wins that set up a protracted Democratic presidential primary battle, Joe Biden planned a campaign event and evening fundraiser Wednesday in Los Angeles. Rival Bernie Sanders won the day’s largest prize of California, and the final allocation of Tuesday’s pledged delegates in the coming days will likely put them in close contention for the nomination.


  8. WSJ:

    … The rollicking primary contest—defined now by the huge rallies of Sanders supporters and Mr. Biden’s South Carolina and Super Tuesday comebacks —saw surges in Democratic turnout from 2016. With 92% of precincts reporting in Texas, turnout was up 36% from the contest four years ago between Mr. Sanders and eventual nominee Hillary Clinton. In Virginia, it was up 69%, and in Alabama, 14%.

    Mr. Biden benefited from the momentum his campaign generated since his South Carolina victory on Saturday, exit polls published by CNN showed. …

    … The rallying behind Mr. Biden and clearing of competitors in the party’s moderate wing played into the decision-making of Jennifer Felix, a 51-year-old real-estate agent from Alexandria, Va.

    At her polling place in the city’s Old Town section, Ms. Felix said she voted for Mr. Biden after seeing the party come together in recent days.

    “I think Joe Biden has the experience,” she said, noting that she considered Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders to be too divisive. …



    Bloomberg: “No matter how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something no one else thought was possible.” — spend so much for American Samoa?


    Washington Examiner:

    ~ What is at stake is the resolution of a deep divide in the Democratic Party between Sanders’ young, revolution-minded constituency, now strengthened by significant numbers of Hispanic voters, and Biden’s older, more cautious electorate. The outcome might be decided less on the substance of issues than on the temperament and stamina of two men who, were either elected, would turn 80 shortly after entering the White House. Many Democrats, especially those who were proud of their candidates’ diversity, will wonder how they got here. ~


  9. I see on FoxNews that Bloomberg has dripped out.
    He is supporting Biden.
    Biden’s son needs for his dad to get a job, he’s running out of money..


  10. The Hill:



    Stunning night for Biden surprises everyone — including his own loyalists

    … Democratic strategists said Biden’s big night sent a resounding negative message to the progressive wing of the party.

    “Last night we were told to brace for revolution. We just didn’t think it would come from the center-left of the Democratic Party,” said Democratic strategist Joel Payne. “What we saw was a pretty resounding blow to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

    Payne added that the results were “less about Joe Biden and more about Bernie Sanders.” …

    … But strategists say it’s a lot more complicated than that.

    Payne said Tuesday night’s results “suggest a bigger fight ahead.”

    “Even if Biden is ultimately successful in winning more delegates than Sanders, there is still no clear strategy for keeping the Sanders coalition within the Democratic Party big tent,” he said.

    Biden also has other challenges up ahead, including building the infrastructure and operational support he lacked in the Super Tuesday states.

    “Everything from field offices to absorbing fundraising apparatus from former rivals like Buttigieg has to be a priority to build a campaign that can last,” Payne said. “Biden needs to build an operation that can sustain his momentum to maximize the results for the long haul.”

    There’s also the question of whether Biden, a candidate who wavered as the front-runner last fall, can keep up his success now that he’s reclaimed that status.

    “The debate in Phoenix will likely be a two-person affair, with Sanders back in the role of insurgent that he thrives on, and Biden back as front-runner which has never felt particularly comfortable,” the former Biden aide said. “Bernie will try and paint him as Hillary 2.0.”

    The ex-aide also said Biden will face a two-pronged battle, with Sanders on one side and President Trump and Republicans raising his son’s work in Ukraine on the other.

    “Biden needs to make Trump’s attacks a badge of honor and use them to excite Democrats to circle the wagon against the candidate Trump fears most,” the former aide said. …



  11. Next time, stay in your lane hack. 🙂


    “Far-left congressional candidate Cenk Uygur melts down on his YouTube show, disastrous election numbers roll in”

    “Cenk Uygur, a combative progressive YouTube personality, was visibly angered by the lackluster performance of his favored presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in the Super Tuesday primary elections.

    His co-hosts also appeared stunned when the disastrous poll results rolled in for his campaign for a California seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    In a video posted on Twitter from the progressive YouTube show “The Young Turks,” Uygur can be seen tearing up before leaving the show altogether.”


  12. Once again, Dems are politicizing things they shouldn’t.

    “Pelosi’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: She Held Back Coronavirus Funding Bill so DCCC Could Run Super Tuesday Ads Against GOP”


    “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a despicable woman with no redeeming qualities.

    During her weekly press conference last Thursday, she said, “Lives are at stake. This is not a time for name-calling or playing politics.”

    Shortly after it had ended she was criticizing President Trump over his administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis as anemic, opaque, too late and often chaotic.

    All the while, Pelosi was holding back a House bill to provide funding to fight it.

    Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Look how much politics they want to play. The dirty little secret. We have the coronavirus. We need to fund this. You know what Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker, did? She withheld the bill last week. You know why? So the DCCC could run ads against seven Republicans.”

    Ingraham asked, “How many people ran ads on the coronavirus, fundraising appeals?”

    “I don’t know how many ran, but they actually took the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent money, went into these seven Republican seats to campaign against them about the coronavirus when she’s the Speaker of the House. Instead of putting America first, she put her politics first and kept the bill from coming to the floor,” McCarthy explained.”


  13. Nice lead in at World:



    In his classic book about the volatile presidential election of 1968, journalist Theodore White compared Republican Richard Nixon to Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner Jacob Marley: “Political clerks, clergymen, undertakers, and mourners had all signed the register. Nixon was as dead as a doornail.”

    Except he wasn’t.

    In The Making of the President 1968, White charted Nixon’s remarkable comeback after a lost presidential election in 1960 and a drubbing in the California governor’s race in 1962. White said Nixon won the presidency in 1968 “like a political Count of Monte Cristo.”

    Former Vice President Joe Biden may be a little more like Lazarus than the Count of Monte Cristo, but Super Tuesday results showed talk of his political funeral just a week ago to be premature. …

    And surely there will be more surprises and twists and turns to come. A good reminder that national US elections are so very unpredictable.


  14. From the article by Michael Barone:

    (And a reminder that Sanders hasn’t been vanquished just yet, although it’s beginning to look like his youthful support may go deep but is not very wide.)


    You hear it said and see it written that Bernie Sanders will be another George McGovern. That is, a left-wing nominee who lost a presidential election in a landslide.

    I’m here to tell you that’s wrong. Because the times are different. And because Sanders is, or ought to be, a scarier candidate and a greater departure from historic American norms than McGovern ever was.

    I speak perhaps from a position of prejudice. I supported McGovern in 1972, in the primaries and the general election. And though my views on issues have changed since then, as have the issues themselves, I still find things to admire in my onetime candidate.

    Evidently, so far as my family members and McGovern himself were able to figure, we were neighbors once, living down the street from each other in Diamond Lake, Illinois, in 1947. McGovern was then a divinity student at Northwestern University and a practice minister. My father was an Army surgeon at nearby Fort Sheridan. …

    But back to the present. If Sanders is the nominee of the Democratic Party, there is just about zero chance that he will lose by anything like the 61% to 38% popular vote, and 521 to 17 margin in the Electoral College, by which McGovern lost to Richard Nixon 48 years ago. Even if his free college, free healthcare, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream platform proves as unpopular as McGovern’s $1,000-a-year “demogrant.” Even if his anti-Israel, soft-on-Cuba foreign policy views prove as irrelevant as McGovern’s opposition to a Vietnam War that was clearly winding down to an end.

    That’s because the electorates are different. The large majority of voters in 1972 had living memories of the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s. (The one segment that didn’t, the baby boomers, voted almost 50% for McGovern.) …

    … Today, you have to be 80 years old to remember the war and 85 to remember the Depression. For most of the last 30 years, the two parties have been evenly balanced and voters have been voting straight tickets in election after election. No presidential candidate in this century has received less than 46% or more than 53% of the popular vote.

    Moreover, the personal character and style of President Trump have made 40-some percent of votes vitriolically opposed to him, ready to support his removal from office over something as trivial as his policy toward Ukraine. …

    … But it would still be wrong to say that Sanders occupies the same place in the American political spectrum as McGovern. McGovern was not a socialist, but a conventional liberal Democrat of his day on most issues, distinguished by his early opposition to the war in Vietnam.

    That opposition came not from Sanders-like admiration of the Communists or anti-American animus but by a visceral recoil against the horrors of war. McGovern was the son of a Methodist minister who studied for the ministry himself, but in between, he was a bomber pilot, a famously hazardous duty, in World War II. …

    … Bernie Sanders is something else.



  15. Like

  16. While Biden did well, he actually didn’t have the best night.

    This guy did. 🙂

    “While all eyes are on Democrats, Trump is the big winner across America”


    “The following data is from Decision Desk HQ, as of 11:50 p.m. EST, with many votes still being counted. In those states in which Republican voter turnout exceeded Democrat voter turnout, the Republican numbers are bolded. In those states in which Republicans, while fewer in number than Democrats, still made a good showing, Republican numbers are bolded and italicized.

    In Alabama, with 88.44% of votes counted, 387,762 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 623,732 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 613,799 votes.

    In Arkansas, with 69.28% of votes counted, 216,840 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 233,898 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 227,078 votes.

    In California, with only 12.37% of votes counted, 1,030,439 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Bernie winning. Meanwhile, 625,295 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 573,611 votes.

    In Colorado, with 97.25% of votes counted, 665,014 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Bernie winning. Meanwhile, 612,497 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 568,143 votes.

    In Massachusetts, with 74.49% of votes counted, 978,054 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 169,317 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 150,602 votes.

    In North Carolina, with 101.34% of votes counted (yes, you read that correctly), 1,258,615 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 781,960 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 750,074 votes.

    In Oklahoma, with 98.87% of votes counted, 303,977 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 292,117 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 273,562 votes.

    In Tennessee, with 100.00% of votes counted, 486,091 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Biden winning. Meanwhile, 388,975 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 381,041 votes.

    In Texas, with 45.24% of votes counted, 1,320,425 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Bernie winning. Meanwhile, 1,295,764 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 1,266,396 votes.

    In Utah, with 93.01% of votes counted, 160,399 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Bernie winning. Meanwhile, 292,354 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 259,650 votes.

    In Vermont, with 88.36% of votes counted, 148,652 people voted in the Democrat primary, with Bernie winning. Meanwhile, 36,702 people voted in the Republican primary, with Trump receiving 32,611 votes.”


  17. That’s the point Michelle.

    There was no need for anyone to vote Trump in the primaries, he’s the nominee. But that many came out anyway. They’re enthusiasm brings them out, as do the rallies he’s strategically having in Dem primary states on the same night. They are highly motivated, something Bernie Bros won’t be after he’s stiffed yet again by the Dem establishment. These are great signs for Trump’s re-election chances against what will still be a divided Dem team come Nov. 🙂


  18. No one of any consequence in most states, I don’t think. Incumbent presidents rarely get serious or credible challenges from within their own party.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. The last serious challenge I can think of to a sitting president from within his own party was Reagan running against Ford in 1976. Have there been any since then?

    Before that Johnson in 1968 faced serious challenges but decided not to run, just as the primaries were about to begin.

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  20. My guess at this point is that everyone but the front runner is looking at the VP slot. Wouldn’t you if both men running were in their 70’s?

    And if something happened to either one, who would step in? Pence vs Sanders? Pence vs.Warren?

    (Laughing. Grammarly is telling me this post is “neutral.”)


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