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Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign

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#GOP #disinformation #propaganda
 
The Chief Architect of The Destruction of the Administrative State.

Bannon aims to make a comeback in circle of Trump influencers ahead of election

"As an election approaches, Steve Bannon and his allies are trying to return the former chief White House strategist to media circles known to influence the president’s thinking."

"An investment banker who became chairman of Breitbart News and led Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Bannon has extensive links to global far-right nationalist movements."




#Trump #GOP #WhiteNationalism #racism #corruption #incompetence #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"The new Senate GOP encryption bill DOES contain backdoor mandates for device makers and comms service providers, per bill text."

Via Eric Geller

#GOP #surveillance #privacy #encryption #backdoor #fourthamendment
 
Yet more deflection and blaming of others.

Trump team weighs a CDC scrubbing to deflect mounting criticism

#Trump #Pence #GOP #CDC #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #incompetence #corruption
 
Republican dark money groups set sights on taking control of 2020 district maps

"A little-known Republican group is ramping up millions of dollars in funding from major US corporations such as CitiGroup and Chevron to protect the conservative stronghold on the country."

"The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – which held the key to the GOP’s political takeover a decade ago – launched the Right Lines 2020 campaign last September, taglined: 'Socialism starts in the states. Let’s stop it there, too'. It’s hoping to meet a $125m investment goal in an effort to retain 42 state legislature seats that the group says are key to holding power in the House of Representatives in battleground states including Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York."

"'There’s a decade of power and a decade of dominance that’s truly on the line', RSLC president Austin Chambers, a 24-year-old Republican operative, told Sean Spicer on his Newsmax show in March. The group recently appointed party strategist Karl Rove and ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to its board."




#GOP #VoterSuppression #election2020
 
Republican dark money groups set sights on taking control of 2020 district maps

"A little-known Republican group is ramping up millions of dollars in funding from major US corporations such as CitiGroup and Chevron to protect the conservative stronghold on the country."

"The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – which held the key to the GOP’s political takeover a decade ago – launched the Right Lines 2020 campaign last September, taglined: 'Socialism starts in the states. Let’s stop it there, too'. It’s hoping to meet a $125m investment goal in an effort to retain 42 state legislature seats that the group says are key to holding power in the House of Representatives in battleground states including Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York."

"'There’s a decade of power and a decade of dominance that’s truly on the line', RSLC president Austin Chambers, a 24-year-old Republican operative, told Sean Spicer on his Newsmax show in March. The group recently appointed party strategist Karl Rove and ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to its board."




#GOP #VoterSuppression #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption."

Via Powerful US attorney who investigated Trump associates refuses to step down after Barr pushes him out

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
 
Just when you think it can't get any worse, Trump and his administration show their incompetence to the max. Is there literally nobody who actually thinks for a second or 2 there?
It just shows they simply don't care. And that is not only sad, but also criminal.
#Trump #incompetence #corruption #covid-19 #notfit4president #GOP #votehimout
 
The Trump Administration Paid Millions for Test Tubes — and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles

"The agency did not answer questions about the size and lack of sterilization of Fillakit’s tubes or about why it sought an alternative use for them."

"Fillakit is one of more than 300 new federal contractors providing supplies related to COVID-19. A ProPublica analysis last month found about 13% of total federal government spending on pandemic-related contracts went to first-time vendors. FEMA said last month that it only pays for products once they have been delivered, minimizing the risk of wasting taxpayer dollars."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption #incompetence #exploitation #FAIL #Fillakit #FEMA
 
Here's one sure way to undermine any confidence in vaccines, and any remaining confidence in the U.S. response to the pandemic...

Trump pushing officials to speed up already-ambitious coronavirus vaccine timeline

"In a meeting last month with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — who is overseeing the effort called Operation Warp Speed, along with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper — Trump pushed Azar repeatedly to speed up the already unprecedented timeline, according to two senior White House officials familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Trump wants some people to be able to get the vaccine sooner than the end of the year to demonstrate that an end to the pandemic is within reach, according to those officials and two others."

"Trump is hardly the only world leader racing to deliver a vaccine as a way to save lives, get people back to work and fully reopen the economy. But some scientists and even several people close to the White House worry that his fixation on the timeline, combined with his past dismissal of scientists’ recommendations, could put regulators under intense pressure to approve some sort of limited use of a vaccine before it has been adequately vetted for safety and effectiveness."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption #incompetence #exploitation #vaccines #science #FAIL
 
Justice Department will reportedly propose limits to online platforms' legal protections

"The Justice Department's proposed legislative changes, which would need to be adopted by Congress, would strip tech firms of civil immunity in a range of circumstances, according to the Journal. It would reportedly remove legal protections when, for example, platforms facilitate things like online scams or drug trafficking, as well as instances involving online child exploitation, terrorism or cyberstalking."

"The DOJ didn't immediately respond to a request for comment."

#DoJ #GOP #Section230 #SafeHarbor
 
Defense secretary says Pentagon official who questioned legality of withholding Ukraine aid to resign

"The Pentagon official who raised concerns about the Ukraine aid being held in 2019 has submitted her resignation to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the Pentagon announced Tuesday."

"Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Elaine McCusker will resign effective June 26, Esper said in a statement."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #DoD #corruption #FAIL
 
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Pictured: Institutional Right-Wing Fascist Asshole and All-Around Public Menace, Matt Gaetz.

Matt Gaetz Targets U.S. Soccer Anthem Kneeling With Potentially Unconstitutional Legislation

"If you’re surprised to be reading the words 'Matt Gaetz' and 'U.S. Soccer' together, you’re probably not alone. The second-term Republican congressman from Florida’s 1st district admits he is not a well-versed fan of the game."

"But circumstances have conspired to bring the 38-year-old politician and the Beautiful Game together. In the wake of growing outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police, and amid growing public acceptance of the Black Lives Matter movement, the U.S. Soccer Federation on Tuesday reversed its three-year-old policy prohibiting players from kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality."

"That news, in his own words, 'triggered' Gaetz into announcing Friday he would draft legislation to force the USSF to go back on that policy change or face financial consequences."

#USSoccer #BlackLivesMatter #FirstAmerndment #GOP #fascism
 
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Nobody throws shade at Trump like Nancy.

#Pelosi #Trump #Democrats #GOP #KKK
 
Yes.

DOJ committed ‘gross abuse’ of power in asking to drop case against ex-Trump advisor Michael Flynn, says former judge tapped to review request

"A former federal judge on Wednesday blasted the U.S. Justice Department for what he called 'a gross abuse of prosecutorial power' in seeking to drop its criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor."

"'The Government has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President', the ex-judge, John Gleeson, wrote in a scathing legal filing opposing the proposed dismissal of Flynn’s case."

"Gleeson also wrote that Flynn 'has indeed committed perjury' in his statements to Judge Emmet Sullivan during proceedings in the case, 'for which he deserves punishment'."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #Russia
 
Quote of note:

"We can count on Russian operatives to fill social media with deceptive, divisive messages. But it was American police officers who shot Tamir Rice while he played in a park, killed Breonna Taylor in her own home and asphyxiated George Floyd outside a convenience store. The wounds Russia keeps pouring salt on are American-made."

Via Axios Codebook Newsletter for 10 June 2020

#Russia #GOP #disinformation #Propaganda #racism #Amerika #BlackLivesMatter
 
GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police

"Republican senators introduced a resolution on Tuesday to formally oppose calls to "defund the police," an idea that has gained traction with some activist groups."

"If passed, the non-binding resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), would put the Senate on record opposing efforts to defund the police while also calling for "justice" for George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody last month."

"Cotton will try to pass the resolution on Wednesday by unanimous consent, according to his office, which will allow any one senator to object and block it under the chamber's rules."

"In addition to Cotton, GOP Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are supporting the resolution."

#GOP #PoliceViolence #PoliceReform #fascism
 
Yet more corruption.

FCC Delays Law Banning Your ISP From Charging You 'Rental Fees' For Hardware You Already Own

"As of now, this particular law cracking down on bogus cable fees and bullshit surcharges won't take effect until December. Even then, you'd need this FCC to actually enforce it, and there's been absolutely zero indication so far this agency is capable of standing up to telecom monopolies."

#FCC #GOP #corruption #cronyism
 

Trump’s Republican enablers are complicit in the state of our democracy


By Fareed Zakaria
I have not been one to argue that the United States under President Trump is on the verge of turning into a tyranny. But it is clear that, left to his own devices, Trump would act with little regard to law, precedent or the Constitution. As president, he has shown a willingness to shut down investigations into his conduct, offer pardons to those whose lawbreaking he approves of, and punish media organizations and social media platforms that are, in his mind, biased against him.

Even many of his supporters will privately say we need not worry about Trump because his excesses are always checked. But the American system does not work through magic. It needs its other leaders — judges, bureaucrats, generals and, above all, politicians — to speak out when they see blatant abuses of power. Some have done so — most recently senior military leaders — but one gaping hole remains. That is the one inside the president’s own party.

On Monday evening, in Lafayette Square, in the shadow of the White House, police in riot gear descended upon a peaceful protest — which is explicitly protected in the Constitution — and disbanded the demonstration using force and weaponry, including pepper balls, smoke canisters and rubber bullets. The protesters were not violating a curfew or committing acts of violence. The police used brute force on law-abiding citizens so that the president could stage a photo op holding a Bible in front of a church.

When asked to comment on this dangerous abuse of governmental authority, which flashed across every news channel and website in the world, the president’s allies had this to say. Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) wouldn’t comment because he “wasn’t there.” One wonders whether he will from now on comment only on world events at which he is physically present. Several senators — Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) — demurred because they “didn’t watch it closely enough,” in Romney’s words. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said they were late for lunch. A few Republican senators did break with the president, but others went out of their way to defend him. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — who used to describe Trump as “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” — said the only abuse of power was “by the protesters” themselves.

In a brilliant essay in the Atlantic, the historian Anne Applebaum reminds us that collaboration is actually quite common, while it is principled dissent that is rare. She invokes the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz’s nonfiction masterpiece, “The Captive Mind,” which describes how collaboration provides a relief. It means no more struggle with your ideals, no more internal turmoil. Once the collaborator has come to terms with his decision, Milosz wrote, “he eats with relish, his movements take on vigor, his color returns. He sits down and writes a ‘positive’ article, marveling at the ease with which he writes it.”

Milosz could well have been describing Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, who in 2015 called Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” but in 2018 announced on “The View,” with a hearty chuckle, that he no longer believed any of that. Applebaum notes that “Miłosz is one of the few writers to acknowledge the pleasure of conformity, the lightness of heart that it grants, the way that it solves so many personal and professional dilemmas.”

Explaining how Trump creates complicity, Applebaum cites a small example right from the start of his presidency. In the days after the inauguration, he decided to insist that the crowds at his ceremony were larger than any before, though the evidence clearly contradicted him. He pushed his press secretary to lie publicly and got the Park Service to alter photographs. Applebaum compares this action to the kinds of propaganda posters that the Soviet Union routinely put out, often about trivial matters, which they knew their citizens would not believe. “The point of the posters was not to convince people of a falsehood. The point was to demonstrate the party’s power to proclaim and promulgate a falsehood. Sometimes the point isn’t to make people believe a lie—it’s to make people fear the liar.”

We can see how this process has worked in the Trump presidency. It starts with the small matter of the inauguration but keeps on going. He claimed that he actually won the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally, that China pays for his tariffs, that Alabama was at risk from Hurricane Dorian, that windmills cause cancer and that he did not pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. As president, Trump has lied or misled almost 20,000 times — and Republicans have repeated those lies, at first hesitantly, but increasingly with a “lightness of heart,” “marveling at the ease” with which they can justify their deception.

If the United States does descend further down a dark path, much blame will lie with these Republican leaders, Donald Trump’s cheerful collaborators.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-republican-enablers-are-complicit-in-the-state-of-our-democracy/2020/06/04/311ee55c-a69f-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html

#FareedZakaria #Trump #GOP #complicit #BLM #protests #CzeslawMilosz #AnneApplebaum
 

Trump’s Republican enablers are complicit in the state of our democracy


By Fareed Zakaria
I have not been one to argue that the United States under President Trump is on the verge of turning into a tyranny. But it is clear that, left to his own devices, Trump would act with little regard to law, precedent or the Constitution. As president, he has shown a willingness to shut down investigations into his conduct, offer pardons to those whose lawbreaking he approves of, and punish media organizations and social media platforms that are, in his mind, biased against him.

Even many of his supporters will privately say we need not worry about Trump because his excesses are always checked. But the American system does not work through magic. It needs its other leaders — judges, bureaucrats, generals and, above all, politicians — to speak out when they see blatant abuses of power. Some have done so — most recently senior military leaders — but one gaping hole remains. That is the one inside the president’s own party.

On Monday evening, in Lafayette Square, in the shadow of the White House, police in riot gear descended upon a peaceful protest — which is explicitly protected in the Constitution — and disbanded the demonstration using force and weaponry, including pepper balls, smoke canisters and rubber bullets. The protesters were not violating a curfew or committing acts of violence. The police used brute force on law-abiding citizens so that the president could stage a photo op holding a Bible in front of a church.

When asked to comment on this dangerous abuse of governmental authority, which flashed across every news channel and website in the world, the president’s allies had this to say. Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) wouldn’t comment because he “wasn’t there.” One wonders whether he will from now on comment only on world events at which he is physically present. Several senators — Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) — demurred because they “didn’t watch it closely enough,” in Romney’s words. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said they were late for lunch. A few Republican senators did break with the president, but others went out of their way to defend him. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — who used to describe Trump as “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” — said the only abuse of power was “by the protesters” themselves.

In a brilliant essay in the Atlantic, the historian Anne Applebaum reminds us that collaboration is actually quite common, while it is principled dissent that is rare. She invokes the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz’s nonfiction masterpiece, “The Captive Mind,” which describes how collaboration provides a relief. It means no more struggle with your ideals, no more internal turmoil. Once the collaborator has come to terms with his decision, Milosz wrote, “he eats with relish, his movements take on vigor, his color returns. He sits down and writes a ‘positive’ article, marveling at the ease with which he writes it.”

Milosz could well have been describing Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, who in 2015 called Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” but in 2018 announced on “The View,” with a hearty chuckle, that he no longer believed any of that. Applebaum notes that “Miłosz is one of the few writers to acknowledge the pleasure of conformity, the lightness of heart that it grants, the way that it solves so many personal and professional dilemmas.”

Explaining how Trump creates complicity, Applebaum cites a small example right from the start of his presidency. In the days after the inauguration, he decided to insist that the crowds at his ceremony were larger than any before, though the evidence clearly contradicted him. He pushed his press secretary to lie publicly and got the Park Service to alter photographs. Applebaum compares this action to the kinds of propaganda posters that the Soviet Union routinely put out, often about trivial matters, which they knew their citizens would not believe. “The point of the posters was not to convince people of a falsehood. The point was to demonstrate the party’s power to proclaim and promulgate a falsehood. Sometimes the point isn’t to make people believe a lie—it’s to make people fear the liar.”

We can see how this process has worked in the Trump presidency. It starts with the small matter of the inauguration but keeps on going. He claimed that he actually won the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally, that China pays for his tariffs, that Alabama was at risk from Hurricane Dorian, that windmills cause cancer and that he did not pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. As president, Trump has lied or misled almost 20,000 times — and Republicans have repeated those lies, at first hesitantly, but increasingly with a “lightness of heart,” “marveling at the ease” with which they can justify their deception.

If the United States does descend further down a dark path, much blame will lie with these Republican leaders, Donald Trump’s cheerful collaborators.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-republican-enablers-are-complicit-in-the-state-of-our-democracy/2020/06/04/311ee55c-a69f-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html

#FareedZakaria #Trump #GOP #complicit #BLM #protests #CzeslawMilosz #AnneApplebaum
 
Former Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Trump is trying to "turn America into a police state"

"Donald Trump is a destroyer, not a healer. Given his tendencies toward authoritarianism, even fascism, Trump is only capable of sowing more division in a nation convulsing in pain and anger over the murder of George Floyd, the resulting explosion of police violence and what that reveals about our extreme levels of social inequality and broader culture of cruelty."

#Trump #GOP #Amerika #PoliceState #PoliceViolence #racism #fascism
 
Definitely worth the read.

Quote of note:

"In a brilliant essay in the Atlantic, the historian Anne Applebaum reminds us that collaboration is actually quite common, while it is principled dissent that is rare. She invokes the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz’s nonfiction masterpiece, 'The Captive Mind', which describes how collaboration provides a relief. It means no more struggle with your ideals, no more internal turmoil. Once the collaborator has come to terms with his decision, Milosz wrote, 'he eats with relish, his movements take on vigor, his color returns. He sits down and writes a ‘positive’ article, marveling at the ease with which he writes it'.”

"Milosz could well have been describing Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, who in 2015 called Trump a 'race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot', but in 2018 announced on 'The View', with a hearty chuckle, that he no longer believed any of that. Applebaum notes that 'Miłosz is one of the few writers to acknowledge the pleasure of conformity, the lightness of heart that it grants, the way that it solves so many personal and professional dilemmas'.”

Via Trump’s Republican enablers are complicit in the state of our democracy

#fascism #authoritarianism #collaboration #duplicity #GOP
 
THIS.

#GOP #racism
 
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