Trump meets with potential Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett at White House

Trump meets with potential Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett at White House | 21 Sept 2020 | Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has emerged as a favorite to be nominated for the vacant Supreme Court seat, met Monday at the White House with President Trump, according to a person familiar with the selection process. Barrett's meeting with Trump further cements her status as one of the front-runners to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday of pancreatic cancer. The meeting took place Monday afternoon before Trump left for a campaign trip to Ohio. The president told reporters he was considering five women for Ginsburg's seat. But sources familiar with the process say Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are the two judges being seriously considered.

Judge extends Wisconsin's mail-in voting deadline

Judge extends Wisconsin's mail-in voting deadline | 21 Sept 2020 | A federal judge ruled on Monday that Wisconsin must extend its deadlines for accepting mail-in ballots and for voters to register. Judge William Conley, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, ruled that an injunction against the state's election laws is "necessary to avoid an untenable impingement on Wisconsin citizens' right to vote, including the near certainty of disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters relying on the state’s absentee ballot process." He ordered the state to accept ballots received on or before Nov. 9, as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day, extending the previous deadline for mail-in ballots that was set for October 29.

Judge rejects Trump campaign challenge to Nevada mail-in voting expansion

Judge rejects Trump campaign challenge to Nevada mail-in voting expansion | 21 Sept 2020 | A federal judge in Nevada threw out a lawsuit from President Trump's campaign challenging the state's expansion of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge James Mahan dismissed the case on Friday, ruling that the campaign's list of potential harms from the new Nevada law were overly speculative and amounted to little more than policy disagreements with state officials. "Although they purport to allege constitutional harms that go beyond these policy disagreements, at this juncture, plaintiffs' allegations remain just that," wrote Mahan, who was appointed to the federal district court in Nevada by former President [sic] George W. Bush.

Senate Intelligence Committee rejects request by GOP senators for documents from Russia investigation

Senate Intelligence Committee rejects request by GOP senators for documents from Russia investigation | 14 Sept 2020 | The Republican and Democratic leaders on the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected a broad request from two Republican Senate leaders seeking access to the panel's records to assist in their investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators. Acting Chairman [deep-state dirt-bag] Marco Rubio of Florida and Vice Chairman Mark Warner of Virginia rejected a late August letter from Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who said that they "respect the authority" of the Senate Intelligence Committee to protect its interests, adding that "ultimately, we have the right as United States Senators" to access the records... Grassley and Johnson told the Senate Intelligence Committee they also wanted records related to the CIA's contacts with Perkins Coie lawyers Michael Sussmann and Marc Elias. Elias hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which then hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the anti-Trump dossier. Both Sussmann and Elias had contact with Steele during the 2016 election.

Trump says Supreme Court list is down to 5 people, announcement coming Friday or Saturday

Trump says Supreme Court list is down to 5 people, announcement coming Friday or Saturday | 21 Sept 2020 | President Trump on Monday said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to five people and vowed to announce his pick to fill late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacancy by Friday or Saturday. During an exclusive interview on "Fox & Friends," the president said that the final Senate vote for his potential nominee should be taken "before the election" and "should go very quickly." The president said that he will make his announcement at the end of the week, following services for the late Supreme Court justice.

Woman suspected of sending ricin to White House arrested near Canada border

Woman suspected of sending ricin to White House arrested near Canada border | 20 Sept 2020 | An arrest was made in the investigation into an envelope addressed to the that was intercepted Saturday and deemed "suspicious," the FBI said in a statement on Sunday. The Associated Press, citing three law enforcement officials, reported that a woman has been arrested on the New York-Canada border. She is suspected of sending an envelope with poison ricin. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. Her name was not immediately released.

Woman suspected of sending poison ricin to Trump arrested

Woman suspected of sending poison ricin to Trump arrested | 20 Sept 2020 | A woman suspected of sending a letter containing the poison ricin to President Donald Trump was arrested as she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state, a US law enforcement official said. The woman was carrying a gun and arrested by US authorities, according to the law enforcement official. US prosecutors in Washington, DC, are expected to bring charges against her. CNN previously reported that law enforcement had intercepted a ricin package sent to Trump last week, according to two law enforcement officials, and that investigators were looking into the possibility that it came from Canada.

Biden says 200 million people have died from COVID-19 as campaign gaffes continue

Biden says 200 million people have died from COVID-19 as campaign gaffes continue --'It's estimated that 200 million people have died -- probably by the time I finish this talk,' Biden said | 20 Sept 2020 | 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had another gaffe on Sunday when he said an estimated 200 million people have already died from the coronavirus, even though the number of American casualties is closer to 200,000. "If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be -- it's estimated that 200 million people have died -- probably by the time I finish this talk," he said during a campaign speech. The U.S. population is estimated to be slightly 328 million people, meaning nearly two-thirds of the nation would have perished from the disease by now if Biden's verbal screw-up was true.

Pelosi says House could move to impeach Trump or Barr in an effort to delay SCOTUS nomination vote if Biden wins

Pelosi says House could move to impeach Trump or Barr in an effort to delay SCOTUS nomination vote if Biden wins --'We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not about to discuss right now' | 20 Sept 2020 | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday would not rule out impeaching President Donald Trump or Attorney General William Barr if the Senate seeks to push through a Supreme Court nomination during the lame-duck session should Joe Biden win the November election. Speaking with ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi about suggestions some have made that if Democrats win this fall and Republicans move forward on a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House could move to impeach Trump or Barr in an effort to stall the nomination. "Well, we have our options," Pelosi said. "We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country. This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made."

Crowd gathers outside Mitch McConnell's home to protest filling SCOTUS vacancy

Crowd gathers outside Mitch McConnell's home to protest filling SCOTUS vacancy | 20 Sept 2020 | A crowd of protesters swarmed outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home after the Republican leader said he would move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. About 100 protesters gathered outside McConnell's Louisville home on Saturday after he said he would push for a Senate vote on filling the seat with the presidential election is less than seven weeks away, the Louisville Courier Journal reported. The demonstrators called out "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go," "vote him out" and "ditch Mitch." One arrest was reported during the protests that ended after about three hours.

Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally

Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally | 19 Sept 2020 | The evening after the Supreme Court announced the death of late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump and his supporters chanted “Fill that seat” during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C. "You may agree, you may not disagree with her, but she was an inspiration to a tremendous amount of people; I say all Americans," Trump said opening the rally, noting Ginsburg’s close relationship with late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Seconds later, Trump said: "So, Article II of our constitution says the president shall nominate justices of the Supreme Court." "I don't think it can be any more clear, can it? I don’t think so," Trump said to a cheering crowd. The president said his campaign may start selling shirts with the phrase "Fill that seat" and had the crowd vote on whether he should nominate a man or a woman by cheering. "Fill that seat, that's the new chant now," Trump said.  

Judge orders Michigan to accept mail-in ballots for 2 weeks after Election Day

Judge orders Michigan to accept mail-in ballots for 2 weeks after Election Day | 18 Sept 2020 | A Michigan judge on Friday ordered elections officials to accept mail-in ballots for two weeks after the 2020 election as long as they're postmarked before Election Day. The ruling substantially increases the amount of time ballots can be accepted in the state. Under existing law, officials count only mail-in ballots received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The preliminary injunction applies only to the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

Tropical Storm Beta turns toward Texas

Tropical Storm Beta turns toward Texas | 19 Sept 2020 | Forecasters said Tropical Storm Beta began a westward turn toward Texas on Saturday and is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall Monday. In its 1 p.m. CDT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the storm had 60 mph maximum sustained winds and was moving West at 2 mph, a significant slow-down from its earlier pace. The eye of the storm was located 305 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 245 miles south of Lake Charles, La.

Trump to nominate successor to Ginsburg 'without delay'

Trump to nominate successor to Ginsburg 'without delay' --President signals he will swiftly move to secure third appointment to US Supreme Court | 19 Sept 2020 | President Donald Trump has vowed to push ahead with a Supreme Court nomination "without delay" following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday night. The US president tweeted on Saturday that he considered it an "obligation" to put forward a nominee, who if confirmed would tilt the balance of the court decisively towards the conservatives. Mr Trump tweeted: "We [Republicans] were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!" ...The Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and need a simple majority to secure a Supreme Court appointment. Mike Pence, the vice-president, would vote to break the deadlock in the event of a tie.

U.S. Postal Service investigating why 237 absentee ballots showed up weeks late for Aug. 11 primary in Enfield

U.S. Postal Service investigating why 237 absentee ballots showed up weeks late for Aug. 11 primary in Enfield | 18 Sept 2020 | (Enfield, CT) The U.S. Postal Service is investigating why 237 absentee ballots for the Aug. 11 primary showed up more than two weeks late at Enfield Town Hall, and a second investigation by the state is expected to start soon, officials said Friday. State officials are baffled by the development as ballots sometimes are delayed in the mail for individuals, but not in large numbers simultaneously. The ballots showed up in batches more than two weeks after the Aug. 11 primary and were postmarked at the Enfield post office before being delivered on the same day. An initial batch of 65 ballots were suddenly delivered to Enfield’s town hall two weeks after the election, and then 49 arrived two days later, officials said.

Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement

Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement | 19 Sept 2020 | Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Democrats on Saturday that "nothing is off the table" if Republicans move forward this year with filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. "Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table," Schumer told the Senate Democratic caucus, according to a source on the call. The rare Saturday conference call comes as Senate Democrats are trying to strategize ahead of a looming election-year Supreme Court fight sparked by Ginsburg's death, which gives President Trump an opening to put a third justice on the court.

Read: Supreme Court justices mourn death of Ginsburg, 'an American hero'

Read: Supreme Court justices mourn death of Ginsburg, 'an American hero' | 19 Sept 2020 | The Supreme Court’s eight justices on Saturday issued statements recalling the grace, fortitude and wit of their late colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was described as a trailblazer for gender equality and "an American hero." The written remembrances, distributed by a Supreme Court spokesperson, were some of the first public comments by the bench since a court spokesperson confirmed Ginsburg's death Friday night from pancreatic cancer. Justice Stephen Breyer, who along with Ginsburg comprised half of the court's erstwhile liberal bloc, said he learned of Ginsburg's passing while reciting a prayer called the Mourner's Kaddish during a celebration of the Jewish New Year, and his reflection took the form of a poetic stanza:

"a great Justice;
a woman of valour;
a rock of righteousness;
and my good, good friend.
The world is a better place for her having lived in it.
And so is her family;
her friends;
the legal community;
and the nation."

Coney Barrett seen as a front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick

Coney Barrett seen as a front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick | 19 Sept 2020 | Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, has emerged as a front-runner to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to people familiar with the discussions. President Trump signaled Saturday morning that he would move to fill the vacancy on the high court “without delay,” raising the likelihood that the Senate will try to confirm a nominee before Election Day on Nov. 3 or during a lame-duck session. Others said to be under consideration for the Ginsburg vacancy include Amul Thapar, Barbara Lagoa and Allison Jones Rushing, all of whom are Trump appointees to federal appellate benches. 

Package containing the poison ricin and addressed to Trump intercepted by law enforcement

Breaking: Package containing the poison ricin and addressed to Trump intercepted by law enforcement | 19 Sept 2020 | A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials. Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the matter. Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form.

McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote

McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote | 18 Sept 2020 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed Friday night that Republicans will move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. "Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise," McConnell said. "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," McConnell added. Republicans close to the White House said they expect Trump to put forth a nominee to fill her seat in the coming days.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87 | 18 Sept 2020 | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the enigmatic, longtime Supreme Court justice who attained near cult-like status among progressive circles, died Friday at the age of 87 from complications surrounding metastatic pancreatic cancer. The late Supreme Court justice, who spent more than two decades on the bench in the highest court of the land, is survived by her two children, Jane Carol and James Steven Ginsburg. "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a Friday evening statement... Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, was known for her soft-spoken demeanor that masked an analytical mind, a deep concern for the rights of every American and a commitment to upholding the Constitution.

Media praises Kamala Harris's Timberland boots after trashing same look on Melania Trump

Media praises Kamala Harris's Timberland boots after trashing same look on Melania Trump | 17 Sept 2020 | Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris received praise for sporting Timberland boots on Wednesday, but the media wasn't nearly as kind to First Lady Melania Trump when displaying a similar look. Upon her visit in her home state, Harris was seen wearing the iconic boots while surveying the devastation left behind by the California wildfires, sparking plenty of compliments on Twitter and glowing headlines from the media. However, Women For Trump co-founder Amy Kremer pointed out that the media was rather hostile towards the first lady on multiple occasions when she wore Timberlands. Kremer shared two headlines side-by-side from Yahoo News, one from Wednesday reading "Kamala Harris may have made Timberland boots cool again" and the other from December 2018 reading "Melania Trump gets mocked for wearing Timberland boots while visiting the troops."

Coronavirus isolation killing thousands of Alzheimer's patients

Coronavirus isolation killing thousands of Alzheimer's patients | 17 Sept 2020 | Some 13,200 more people than usual have died from dementia since March, and health care professionals are placing much of the blame on isolation [allegedly] intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a new report in The Washington Post, analysis of federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that more than 134,2000 people have passed away from diseases like Alzheimer's since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation. Social and mental stimulation both play a critical role in slowing dementia, and doctors have reported increased backsliding in patients who had been stable for years... Although only a tiny portion of the U.S. population resides in senior care facilities, nursing home deaths have accounted for around 40% of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 [thanks to Cuomo, Wolf, Lamont, and Whitmer, etc.].

COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation

COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation | 17 Sept 2020 | (TN) The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor's office and the metro health department decided to keep it secret. Emails between the mayor's senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing. The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that. And, most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public. On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters... bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases. Leslie Waller from the health department asks, "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?" "Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

Senate Republicans Lindsey Graham and others, who push for cheap foreign labor to replace US workers, signal openness to working with Biden

Senate Republicans Lindsey Graham and others, who push for cheap foreign labor to replace US workers, signal openness to working with Biden | 17 Sept 2020 | Senate Republicans [certain deep-state scum-bags] are signaling they are open to cutting deals with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden if he wins the White House in November. GOP senators -- adding the caveat that they are supportive of President Trump -- say there is room for agreement with a Biden administration, particularly on areas like trade or immigration, if they hold on to the Senate majority in November... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he would be willing to try to help Biden cut legislative deals, though he questioned if Democrats, who are expected to keep control of the House, would go along. "It's hard to project what the attitudes would be in the House, but I would try to help him," Graham said. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who would chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans hold on to the majority, pointed to energy, agriculture and trade as areas where he thought the two parties could reach agreements. 

Big Ten revives fall football in Trump-backed turnaround

Big Ten revives fall football in Trump-backed turnaround | 16 Sept 2020 | The Big Ten Conference will play football this fall, after the organization's chancellors and presidents approved a reversal of their recent decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Wednesday's revival delivers a victory for President Donald Trump, who has demanded sports resume in an athletic conference that represents several swing states ahead of Election Day. The president has even intervened with calls to the Big Ten's commissioner. Conference presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23. Now the president is setting his sights on the western United States and the Pac-12 Conference, the last major college sports organization to hold out of playing a fall season. "Open up, Pac-12. Get going," Trump said Wednesday, after the president crowed on Twitter over the Midwest's planned return to competition. "I said the same thing to the Big Ten and they did. And now I'm saying it to (the) Pac-12. You have time, you really have time right now. Get going."

400-plus Michigan military and overseas ballots list wrong running mate for Trump

400-plus Michigan military and overseas ballots list wrong running mate for Trump | 16 Sept 2020 | More than 400 Michigan military and overseas ballots were downloaded from a state database Tuesday with the incorrect running mate for President Donald Trump, listing a Libertarian candidate in the place of Vice President Mike Pence. It's not clear how many of the more than 400 ballots were actually sent to voters before the error was discovered and corrected, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The error occurred with ballots meant to be mailed or emailed to Michigan residents living abroad under the Military and Overseas Empowerment (MOVE) Act... A copy of the ballot mistake shows Jeremy Cohen, Jo Jorgenson's Libertarian running mate, listed in the place of Pence under Trump.

Hurricane Sally's deluge: Part of Pensacola bridge collapses amid 30 inches of rain; 'catastrophic flooding' in Alabama, Florida

Hurricane Sally's deluge: Part of Pensacola bridge collapses amid 30 inches of rain; 'catastrophic flooding' in Alabama, Florida | 16 Sept 2020 | Part of a bridge collapsed in Pensacola as 30 inches of rain and storm surge turned streets into white-capped rivers Wednesday after Hurricane Sally lurched ashore the Gulf Coast. Though downgraded to a tropical storm by Wednesday afternoon, Sally's strong winds battered Alabama and Florida as the center moved over the Panhandle. In Pensacola, Florida, a section of the Pensacola Bay Bridge collapsed, and downtown was largely underwater. Flooding as the slow storm dumped intense rains has proven to be Sally's most serious danger: "Historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding, is unfolding," forecasters say.

Kamala Harris 'accidentally' refers to 'Harris administration' during roundtable

Kamala Harris 'accidentally' refers to 'Harris administration' during roundtable | 15 Sept 2020 | Not so fast, Kamala Harris. The vice presidential candidate got a bit ahead of herself when she referred to the "Harris administration," while discussing economic plans during a virtual roundtable. "A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States," she said Saturday before correcting her apparent Freudian slip. "The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners," the California senator continued.

Pennsylvania Will Accept Mail-in Ballots Whose Signatures Don't Match

Pennsylvania Will Accept Mail-in Ballots Whose Signatures Don't Match | 16 Sept 2020 | Remember the Democratic firm that said Donald Trump could have a huge lead on election night that will end with Joe Biden beating him due to mail-in ballots? Well, Pennsylvania just made that scheme easier by trashing the voter signature provision. Counties in the Keystone State were told they can't reject a ballot over an election official's objections regarding signatures. Sounds like it's a situation that is ripe for fraud. Via AP: With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the presidential battleground told counties they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn’t match the one in the voter's file. The new guidance from Pennsylvania’s Department of State -- that state law does not allow counties to set aside mail-in ballots based on their signature analysis -- prompted the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to drop a lawsuit in federal court Monday.

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