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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Not Monday, At the Very Least

Balloon Juice - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:19

And nothing of value was lost…

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Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:00
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Hello, and happy Tuesday!

I forgot to tell you, I’m going trout fishing today! And I forgot to tell myself how long I’ll be trout fishing for! Or where I’ll be fishing!

Luckily, Joan McCarter is scheduled to stop by, and she’s from Idaho. Where they have trout. Which I have totally been planning for a very strongly long time to go fishing for in that place.

So I can ask her about what sort of trout gun I’ll need!

Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.

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Ad Roundup: Traitor In A Mask Doesn't Own The American Flag

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 06:30

Vote Vets has had some of the best and hardest-hitting ads of this election cycle. This one builds on a prior one where they just came out and called him the traitor he is. No group has more moral standing to hammer Trump than veterans, especially after the revelations about Putin's bounties and Trump's ongoing silence.

For a more patriotic feel and an actual pitch for Biden, there's this one from Don Winslow.

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Ron DeSantis Heckled At Press Conference: 'You Are An Embarrassment!'

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 06:30

Hard to seriously argue with anything the heckler said. As far as worst responses by Governors go, you'd be hard-pressed to choose a worse one than Florida's Ron DeSantis. Beyond inept, almost criminal malfeasance.

Video by the Washington Post.

Source: Miami Herald

A Miami-based activist interrupted a Monday press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, calling attention to government shortcomings that intensified the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Shame on you,” he said. “You are an embarrassment... We’re getting record-breaking cases every day, and you are doing nothing.”

The heckler who cried out at DeSantis’ press conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital was Thomas Kennedy, the Florida director of United We Dream, a national immigrant advocacy group.

Public health experts now consider Miami-Dade the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, attributing the surge in cases to the state reopening too early with few restrictions.

And here's Thomas Kennedy's tweet.

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On The Road – way2blue – Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria

Balloon Juice - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 05:00
We are back to Austria today, but this time we are in Hangar 7 at an airport in Salzburg, with planes, trains and automobiles.  (And a bit of poetic license.)  ~WaterGirl

I had been working on a photo submission to Alain when he died so unexpectedly.  (My laptop was stolen in December 2018, so I’ve been slowly reconstructing my photo collection.)

These photos are from a couple visits to Hangar 7 at the Salzburg Airport, Austria.  The hangar is a large glass bubble filled with Herr Red Bull’s toys (aka, Dietrich Mateschitz).  My husband & I make a point of riding bicycles to visit the hangar every time we’re in Salzburg since the exhibits change continually as does its art exhibit featuring young artists.

The collection always features a mix of beautifully restored airplanes, jeeps & motorcycles plus modern jets, heliocopters, race cars & motorcycles, and for a while, the capsule from Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric jump over the New Mexico desert.  I didn’t keep track of the provenance of the various items as the plaques were in German, and mein Deutsch ist rudimentary.  Just enjoyed the pageantry.  And a cappuccino / Stiegl at the adjoining café.

Liebe Grüße

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Newt Gingrich Had a Question For Me. I Had Answers For Him

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 23:02

Newt Gingrich Had a Question For Me. I Had Answers For Him 5Earlier this evening Newt Gingrich, or rather whomever he was paying to spam people’s cell phones with text messages, texted me.

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Newt Gingrich Had a Question For Me. I Had Answers For Him 4

Newt, or whomever he paid to spam texts to people’s cell phones never responded to my reply.

Also, I checked with my county’s supervisor’s of elections office website tool for checking my voter registration. I’m registered and my standing order for a mail in ballot is both good until December 2022, but I am confirmed to receive my mail in ballot for the 2020 election. Of course, for some reason, Newt seems to think I’m still living in Pennsylvania based on the link he texted me. As Charlie Pierce likes to say: “Newt Gingrich, a stupid person’s idea of a smart person”.

Open thread!



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On The Road After Dark – Albatrossity – Hovenweep and Chimney Rock

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 22:00

If not for the first photo, I might call this a study in blue from Albatrossity.  I think my favorite is the snowmelt pools reflecting the turquoise sky.  Probably not a surprise coming from someone who calls herself WaterGirl!

This is a two-part story about other ancient Puebloan sites that you might want to visit. The first is a place called Hovenweep; the second is a so-called Chacoan outlier site in southwestern Colorado.

The Ancestral Puebloan culture center in Chaco Canyon was not the only center of civilization in the southwestern US a millennia ago. There were others, including the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde (which most folks have heard about and even visited) as well as some which are less well known. Hovenweep, which lies on the border between southwestern Colorado and Southeastern Utah, is one of those.

The canyonlands at Hovenweep were peopled by hunters and farmers for millennia, but in mid 9th century AD these people started construction of larger permanent structures. Sometime between AD 1200 and 1300, they built some of the most amazing buildings of the time, multi-story towers of stone. Some are round, some are square, and all are built in sandstone canyons on very irregular sites. Some are right on the canyon edge.

The function(s) of these structures are a mystery; speculation has centered on defense, storage, celestial observation, ceremony, or perhaps all of the above. We might never know, since, like the Chacoans, the people who built these edifices fled to the current Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico and the Colorado River basin in Arizona, after a series of devastating droughts at the end of the 13th Century. The Hopi and Zuni People, as well as all the Pueblo people of the Rio Grande Valley, are thought to be the descendants of the ancient architects of Hovenweep, Mesa Verde, and Chaco.

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Seth Meyers In-Law Sessions: Donald Trump Is the Last Person We Can Trust to Safely Reopen Schools

Little Green Footballs - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 21:39

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump trying to force students and teachers back to school without a plan to keep them safe.

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2020 Is Just So Weird

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 20:47

I feel like I am always out of time, always busy, yet never accomplish anything. Am I the only one?

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Repub Stupidity Open Thread: Cue the Nano-Violin Orchestra!

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 18:26

They’re just… bad at their highly-compensated jobs. Parscale at least has the excuse, such as it is, that he’s too busy grifting to put any real energy into his work. But his detractors (hi, Jarvanka!) sending out ‘anonymous leaks’ about how Dear Leader totally sees through that terrible Death Star dude is just… amateur. If only they’d had the luxury of hiring a real campaign manager, and not just some code jockey bent enough to serve as a conduit for the GRU!

And when the Permanent GOP Party — as embodied by Steve Guest — decides to step in and Show How It Is Done… Well, in a climate where the old rules applied, the Biden campaign would have to cite Guest’s tweets as an in-kind contribution.

First, Mr. Parscale’s problems, per the Washington Post:

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale had an unusual cameo in the president’s first television ad of the year: Sandwiched among images of President Trump and Vice President Pence, the bearded Parscale appears twice, taking a selfie with supporters and hugging girls in red ball caps.

It was an unprecedented use of an ad — one that cost $142,655, according to the firm Advertising Analytics — to promote a campaign staffer. It sent a clear message to Trump’s orbit: Parscale, a colorful and outspoken public face of Trumpism, was the leader of the campaign.

But the image concealed a more complicated reality. As Trump’s reelection effort struggles, Parscale, despite his self-promotion, increasingly finds himself out of favor with his boss and hemmed in by newly hired staffers and recently promoted advisers, according to people familiar with the campaign.

A political novice who became a Republican celebrity after running Trump’s online ad effort in 2016, Parscale has long operated without a campaign manager’s usual autonomy, as Trump family members exert their influence.

Now Parscale’s role is being further threatened. Trump has made clear his displeasure with Parscale, especially after a disappointing rally in Tulsa, and the campaign has expanded its senior team in ways that diminish his role, according to multiple campaign and administration officials.

Trump’s new kitchen cabinet, a combination of White House and campaign employees led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, includes Parscale’s recently promoted deputy, Bill Stepien, and two communications aides from the 2016 campaign — Hope Hicks and Jason Miller, who was recently hired by the campaign and is increasingly seen as its principal strategist…

Parscale, 44, has long occupied a unique spot in Trump’s orbit. At 6-foot-8 with a dramatic red beard, he cuts a brash figure and is given to statements such as comparing the Trump campaign to the Death Star, a superweapon in the Star Wars movies. In many ways, his self-promotion and aggressive style mirror Trump’s.

In a statement for this report, Parscale denied any weakening of his position and rejected criticism of his performance.

“This is the same tired story being shopped every week by the same lowlife anonymous sources who are putting their own personal interests ahead of the president and his campaign, in a misguided attempt to weasel their way in to resurrect their failed and disgraced careers,” Parscale said.

But campaign and White House officials say Parscale does not always appear to understand the political dynamics of crucial swing states. In a recent meeting at RNC headquarters, an official said, Parscale asked questions about the reelection budget that suggested he did not fully grasp it. Trump and Kushner have begun interrupting him more frequently when he speaks, this person said.

Allies of Parscale say that he maintains the trust of the Trump family — including Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law — and that he continues to advise the president and travels weekly to the White House. Many on the expanded team, they said, work well with Parscale, and he is largely responsible for the massive reelection operation, with its million-plus volunteers, nearly $300 million in cash and extensive data operation.

[Translation: They can’t let him go until he releases the database passwords, not to mention the account numbers on both the ‘official’ and the actual campaign accounts.]

“Brad is absolutely the right man for the job,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “His work ethic and command of what it takes to run a successful campaign in 2020 is second to none.”…

[And Kevin McCarthy is being set up as a fall guy, since he’s too dumb to understand his plight in time to sell out to the authorities.]

The official said the most important people in Trump’s orbit still trust Parscale. “In this town, you have a lot of people who are the political consultants who are always trying to position things,” the official said. “That is not Brad. We know he has the same intention as the family.”

That confidence, however, has not prevented internal complaints about Parscale’s frequent absence from campaign headquarters. Parscale lives in Florida, while the campaign is based in Northern Virginia. Staffers say that when they talk to him, he is often by his pool in Fort Lauderdale…

[Skilled grifters know: Never take a day off; somebody might go through your desk drawers and find the keys.]

Parscale added, “These anonymous cowards have no valid criticisms of the job I’m doing, so now they’re attacking where I sit.”

The dissent comes as several longtime Trump advisers are trying to lift the president out of his dismay over the state of his campaign.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently sent Trump a lengthy memo explaining that the president could not run the same campaign in 2020 as in 2016 and offering various ways to improve his standing. Other informal advisers, such as Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, have counseled the president to change course in ways that would appeal to independent-minded voters…

The amount of money that Parscale has personally earned from the campaign is undisclosed in Federal Election Commission reports, because the reports do not distinguish between the money that goes directly to him and the payments that go to his firm, Parscale Strategies, for pass-through costs.

Between September and May, those accounts paid Parscale Strategy an average of $100,905 a month. Still, the payments included multiple salaries for other people, including campaign adviser Lara Trump, who is the wife of the president’s son Eric Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a campaign fundraiser who is dating Donald Trump Jr., according to a person familiar with the situation…

That’s the problem with being a criminal enterprise like the Trump family: The only way to safely fire underlings is to have them killed. And IMO one sign that Putin isn’t as invested in the Trump / GOP campaign this year is that none of the various ‘traitors’ to the Squatter-in-Chief *have* been ‘disappeared’… yet.

Also, terrible as Parscale’s ‘Death Star / Trojan horse’ ads might be, they’re still an improvement over those of Mr. Guest, political publicity understander and Trump supporter:

Trump’s camp hastens to reassure him: No way will his opponents be able to find a picture of Mr. Trump cuddling any of his young offspring! Heck, he didn’t even hold Ivanka until she was old enough to fondle inappropriately, right, sir?…

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Are 20 Million People at Risk of Eviction by October?

Kevin Drum - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 18:20

I’ve seen quite a few pieces lately about the dire condition of renters and homeowners as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. For example:

The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, a coalition of economic researchers and legal experts, estimates that 19 million to 23 million Americans are at risk for eviction by the end of September.


Today, upwards of 20 million U.S. renters are poised to be evicted between now and September, according to Emily Benfer, the chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force Committee on Eviction.

How bad are things, really? That’s difficult to say because there are so many different ways of measuring housing insecurity. However, near the beginning of the year the Census Bureau put together a survey specifically designed to find out how people were being affected by the pandemic. One of the questions was about the ability to make rent or mortgage payments:

It’s frustrating that the survey doesn’t start until April 23, which means we don’t know the level of housing insecurity prior to the pandemic. That said, my interpretation of this data is that as the stimulus checks and UI bonuses finally made their way to families, they became less concerned about missing rent payments. Then, in June, as they spent down the one-time stimulus and started to worry about the end of the UI bonus, housing insecurity rose.

An increase of four percentage points may seem small, but it represents about 10 million people. If housing insecurity rises to 30 percent by September, that would represent about 20 million people. So it’s fair to say that something like 20 million people might be at risk of eviction by September. It all depends on what Congress does. They have two choices:

  • Twiddle their thumbs and let people be evicted.
  • Extend the UI bonus and do it now. This would most likely keep housing insecurity from rising at all.

Which do you think they’ll do?

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Cartoon: Friends of Trump

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 17:50

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California governor reinstitutes statewide closures as state COVID-19 cases top 8,000 per day

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 17:17

After attempting to tighten restrictions on a county-by-county, piecemeal basis, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a statewide re-closing of indoor activities as the state tops 8,000 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in a single day. The closures will apply to indoor restaurants, bars (including outside), movie theaters, museums, and other public spaces. CNN reports 30 counties with high caseloads—home to roughly 80% of the state's population—will also be required to close churches, gyms, barbershops, hair salons, and indoor malls.

The move is long overdue. After prior statewide shutdowns dramatically slowed pandemic spread, the state's infections have again soared—but the state attempted to respond with closures targeted at the hardest hit counties. Such restrictions are ineffective, however, when residents of high-risk areas can simply drive to an adjacent county to avoid them, possibly carrying the virus themselves. California began the pandemic with a robust response similar to New York's, but has now lost most of the protection earned by prior lockdowns with widespread public flouting of safety precautions. The state will now be starting over.

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22 questions Betsy DeVos hasn’t answered about reopening schools during COVID-19 pandemic

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 17:15

It’s no secret that Education Sec. Betsy DeVos wants to see schools reopen in August after the coronavirus pandemic closed school doors early in many places, but she’s been noticeably less clear in explaining just how the federal government plans to help schools reopen safely. The lack of federal guidance has left many school districts scrambling to put together reopening plans, with some simply deciding not to. Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts, California's largest public school districts, announced Monday they will only hold remote classes this fall, according to The New York Times. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is basing school reopening plans on regional infection rates based on a seven-day average. He said Monday if they rise above 9% after the first week of August, schools won't be allowed to reopen. “We’re not going to use our children as guinea pigs,” Cuomo said.

We’ve asked parents, teachers, and other school staff members what questions they would like answered before schools reopen. (Note: Devos hasn’t answered any of them.) Here 22 of them:

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'No body count high enough' for Trump to listen to experts on reopening schools

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 17:07

On the same week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) circulated a document warning that fully reopening schools and universities continues to pose the "highest risk" for spreading the coronavirus, Donald Trump demanded that schools reopen. 

The 69-page document from the CDC, dated July 8 and obtained by The New York Times, was meant for public health teams in hot spots across the country. Though the Times did not verify that Trump had seen the document as it was circulated, both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence explicitly and publicly pushed the CDC to weaken its guidelines and are continuing to do advocate for full school reopenings.

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Top companies are calling on Trump to keep DACA in place following his threat to again end program

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:30

More than 140 trade associations and top companies including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Apple, and General Motors are calling on Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in place, following threats to yet again end the program after the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that he unlawfully terminated it in 2017.

“As large American employers and employer organizations, we strongly urge you to leave the DACA program in place,” they write, noting tens of thousands of beneficiaries who are critical in the novel coronavirus pandemic response. “Their work and commitment to our companies, their families and communities are critical to our nation’s strength, especially since there are tens of thousands of DACA recipients working as front line doctors and nurses and in other critical industries fighting COVID19.”

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Cautionary COVID tales: Friends and families share deadly consequences of hoaxes and misinformation

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:20

States across the country are experiencing an increase in new cases since reopening, and as a result, some states have paused their plans to reopen or have reissued restrictions in hopes of stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Saturday, Florida shattered the U.S.’s single-day record of coronavirus cases. Despite this, counties in the state and elsewhere have been refusing to abide by health expert recommendations to wear face coverings or a mask.

Individuals nationwide gathering without social distancing and protective gear are only furthering the spread of the virus. The virus is far from over and many of those who once considered it a hoax are unfortunately dealing with the consequences. Various stories have appeared in the last few weeks sharing the stories of individuals who once denied the pandemic’s severity only to be infected by it. Family members and healthcare providers are hoping that sharing these stories will shed light on both the reality of the virus and the importance of following COVID-19 safety recommendations.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lauded immigration attorney accused of advocating for ‘Family Separation 2.0’

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:05

As the COVID-19 pandemic rips through immigrant detention centers, federal immigration authorities are presenting parents detained alongside their children with a “binary choice”: remain detained together where a deadly virus is spreading, or send their children away to live with sponsors—government-vetted relatives living in the U.S. Media outlets nationwide have blamed this latest “episode of cruelty” on the Trump administration, but evidence suggests that for several years, a similar binary option triggering family separation has been promoted by a lauded immigration attorney long responsible for representing thousands of detained children: Los Angeles, California-based lawyer Peter Schey.

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Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:57

I know I’m like a broken record, but goddamit New York did it right and everyone else screwed up.  California:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Places of worship, hair salons and other businesses are closing again after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday rolled back the state’s reopening amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Thirty counties the state is monitoring are now required to close indoor operations for the following:

  • Fitness centers
  • Places of worship
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Those 30 counties comprise an estimated 80% of California’s population. Among them are Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

Additionally, Newsom is requiring all California counties to close indoor operations for the following sectors:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Movie theaters, family entertainment
  • Zoos, museums
  • Cardrooms

Our re-opening here was much more fine-grained. Gyms are still closed, non-essential offices are partially closed and every office had to submit a re-opening plan. Hair salons just opened with PPE regs that make them look like half-empty operating theaters. Movie theaters – no fucking way! Cardrooms?!? Casinos in New York just announced massive layoffs because they’re all closed. Indoor dining just resumed here, and my wife and I visited a restaurant that would not seat indoors (not that we wanted to do that — we’re not sitting indoors in a restaurant for the foreseeable future). Malls are opening after upgrading filters in their A/C, which might or might not work, but we’re in Stage 4 at 1-2% transmission, so that might save our bacon if we don’t have superspreaders from other states visiting.

When California shut down, it was obvious to all paying attention that this disease loves the indoors, and that mask wearing is critical to the success of any containment plan. Mask wearing has been pretty good here — even so, Cuomo announced today that he added two new factors to re-opening: the progress of the virus across the nation, and local municipalities’ enforcement of mask and distancing regulations. Clearly, hindsight being 20/20, Newsom should have shut down any county where mask wearing wasn’t happening. And he should have phased the re-opening much more slowly. Because once you clamp back down like this, it just kills the economy, demoralizes people, and spreads fear.

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Lunchtime Photo

Kevin Drum - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:30

This is yet another view of Slot Canyon X from my Arizona trip earlier this year. I wonder how they’ve weathered the COVID-19 shutdowns?

January 27, 2020 — Navajo Nation, Highway 98, Arizona
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