Trump’s Defiant Help For Roger Stone Adds To Tumult In Washington

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President Donald Trump’s intervention into a criminal case connected to his own conduct drew fierce rebukes Saturday from Democrats and a few lonely Republicans, with calls for investigations and legislation.

But it remained to be seen if Trump’s most recent defiance of the conventions of his office to commute the sentence of political confidant Roger Stone, just four months before Election Day, would matter to voters grappling with a deadly COVID-19 surge and a national discourse on racial justice.

Shortly before heading out Saturday morning for his Virginia golf club, Trump made unfounded accusations against his political foes while taking another swipe at special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which led to convictions for six Trump aides or advisers, including Stone, a larger-than-life political character who embraced his reputation as a dirty trickster.

“Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place,” Trump tweeted. “It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign – AND GOT CAUGHT!”

Trump has long sought vengeance against the Russia investigation that helped define his first two years in office. And now that the coronavirus pandemic has imperiled his reelection chances by crushing the economy and sending his poll numbers sliding, he has taken to testing the limits of his power in order to reward loyalty and fire up his conservative base.

The decision to commute the sentence of the 67-year-old Stone, who was convicted of lying to help the president and set to report to prison on Tuesday, was loudly celebrated by some in Trump’s orbit as a triumph over deep state prosecutorial overreach.

But the move announced Friday evening came over the advice of a number of the president’s senior advisers, who warned him it would be politically self-destructive to reward Stone for his silence.

Trump had long floated the idea of clemency for Stone — as well as for other associates in legal trouble, including his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort — which itself was viewed by some as witness tampering by encouraging them not to cooperate with prosecutors.

The reaction from Democrats was swift and furious.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called it “an act of staggering corruption,” saying legislation is needed to prevent a president from pardoning or commuting the sentence of someone who acted to shield that president from prosecution. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff called it “offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice.”



Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced

The president’s friend had been convicted of impeding a congressional inquiry that threatened Mr. Trump.

WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.

In a lengthy written statement punctuated by the sort of inflammatory language and angry grievances characteristic of the president’s Twitter feed, the White House denounced the “overzealous prosecutors” who convicted Mr. Stone on “process-based charges” stemming from the “witch hunts” and “Russia hoax” investigation.

The statement did not assert that Mr. Stone was innocent of the false statements and obstruction counts, only that he should not have been pursued because prosecutors ultimately filed no charges of an underlying conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” it said. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”

The commutation, announced late on a Friday, when potentially damaging news is often released, was the latest action by the Trump administration upending the justice system to help the president’s convicted friends. The Justice Department moved in May to dismiss its own criminal case against Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. And last month, Mr. Trump fired Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney whose office prosecuted Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, and has been investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani, another of his lawyers.


Silicon Valley Is Getting Tougher On Trump And His Supporters Over Hate Speech And Disinformation



But civil rights activist and other critics say Facebook and other tech companies are still too timid


July 10, 2020 at 12:53 p.m. CDT

The nation’s technology industry has begun taking a harder line against hate speech, misinformation and posts that potentially incite violence when made by President Trump and some of his most extreme supporters after years of treating such issues gingerly for fear of triggering the wrath of the nation’s most powerful politician.

The moves, such as labeling false posts by Trump and banishing forums devoted to supporting him after years of policy violations, have taken place across the industry in recent weeks, with actions by Twitter, Reddit, Snapchat, YouTube and Twitch.

Even Facebook, which long has given wide latitude in allowing problematic posts by Trump and his followers, on Wednesday closed down a network of more than 100 accounts and pages affiliated with Trump confidante and felon Roger Stone. The action came years after his use of social media first came under the scrutiny of federal investigators and involved issues dating back to 2015 that the company said it had unearthed only recently.

But the newfound aggressiveness in tackling such issues, however belated and partial, may create a social media landscape ahead of the November election that is less freewheeling — and less open to abusive language and false claims — than the one four years ago. It comes at a time that Trump’s standing in the polls is slipping.

“It’s about time,” said Joan Donovan, at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy. “The advertising pressure coupled with Trump losing his shock value means a new political opportunity is open for platform companies to treat Trump like other users. But, to be clear, he tweeted a video with ‘white power’ as its main message and he didn’t lose his account. He’s still somewhat untouchable.”

These shifts have come amid a rash of misinformation about the deadly coronavirus and national political unrest over police violence and race that has played out among employees in Silicon Valley, causing them to protest their company’s policies regarding permissible speech.


Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It Before!!

The NFL and any sporting event that starts out with the playing of our National Anthem should first play this video attached below!
“Conduct During The National Anthem” is:
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.
Nowhere above under the ‘Conduct During The National Anthem’ does it mention of “TAKING A KNEE” is permissible!!     You want to take a knee then do it before the National Anthem or during halftime and NOT in the presence of “Old Glory” …….Papa Mike

Blessed Is The Nation Whose GOD Is The Lord……Psalm 33:12

Facebook Removes Roger Stone From Instagram After Linking Him To Fake Accounts


KC Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes’ Current Deal Best In ‘ALL’ Of Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Agrees To Historic $500 Million Deal

Steinberg Sports, the agency that represents the Super Bowl MVP, said Mahomes is now “the first half billion dollar player in sports history.”


Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes has agreed to a historic $500 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, his agency announced on Monday.

Steinberg Sports announced on 10-year, half-billion dollar deal on Twitter. Mahomes’ agreement is worth $503 million, with $477M in guarantee mechanisms and a no-trade clause.

Mahomes is now “the first half billion dollar player in sports history,” according to the agency.

Congrats to @PatrickMahomes on agreeing to terms on a 10-year extension worth $503 Million. He gets $477M in guarantee mechanisms and ability to have outs if guarantee mechanisms aren’t exercised. No trade clause. First half billion dollar player in sports history. History made.

The Chiefs confirmed they reached the blockbuster deal with their MVP in a statement on Monday, with team CEO Clark Hunt calling Mahomes “one of the most prolific athletes in all of sports.”

Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2020.Mike Blake / Reuters file

“With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognized and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. He’s an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community, and I’m delighted that he will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come.”

The deal to keep Mahomes has been a priority for a long time, Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in the statement.

“I’ve said from the beginning that Patrick is one of the most impressive players I’ve ever scouted, but I don’t think anyone could have envisioned everything he’s brought to our football team and community,” Veach said. “His abilities are so rare, and to couple that with an incredible personality is outstanding.”

Mahomes was named the most valuable player following the Super Bowl in February, the first Super Bowl win for the Chiefs in 50 years. The 24-year-old quarterback marshaled his team to overcome a deficit in the second half of the game for a thrilling come-from-behind championship victory.

‘We’ve Got To Do Something’: Republican Rebels Come Together To Take On Trump

A slew of organized Republican groups have sprung up to do all they can to defeat Trump in November.


Donald Trump has enjoyed high approval ratings among his base – but a growing band of disgruntled Republicans is doing its best to force him out. Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Just like in 2016, a faction of the Republican party has emerged to try to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.

But unlike the last presidential race, where the effort never truly took off, this time those rebel Republicans have formed better organized groups – and some are even openly backing Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.

In 2016, as Trump steamrolled his way through the Republican primary, some Republican lawmakers and operatives tried to mount an effort to stop him. Elected officials and veterans of previous Republican administrations organized letters, endorsed Hillary Clinton, and a few set up meager outside groups to defeat Trump.

That’s happening again – but there are differences. The outside groups are more numerous and better organized, and most importantly, Trump has a governing record on which Republicans can use to decide whether to support him or not.

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Trump Claims Desert Storm Happened In Vietnam In 4th of July Disaster

During his Fourth of July Speech, Trump claimed that Operation Desert Storm happened in the jungles of Vietnam. Trump said, “In the fields and jungles of Vietnam, they delivered a swift and swiffian, …

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Colin Kaepernick Calls Independence Day A ‘Celebration Of White Supremacy’ And REJECTS It Because Black People Have Been ‘Dehumanized, Brutalized, Criminalized And Terrorized’ In The US For Centuries

  • The star athlete and activist took to Twitter to share the powerful rejection, along with a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s speech 
  • Video showed a series of shocking visuals, including photos of slave auctions, Ku Klux Klan members, lynchings and more
  • Kaepernick tweet comes as Americans across the United States take part in historic demonstrations against systemic racism

Colin Kaepernick issued a fierce rebuke of Independence Day, slamming the ‘celebration of white supremacy’ and calling out America for ‘centuries’ of abuse against black people.

The star athlete and activist took to Twitter to share the powerful rejection, along with a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s renowned speech ‘What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?’

The video showed a series of shocking visuals, including photos of slave auctions, Ku Klux Klan members, lynchings, videos of officers brutally beating black inmates and of police brutality, racist caricature drawings and the works.

Kaepernick’s tweet comes as Americans across the United States take part in historic demonstrations following the death of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Roughly 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations to protest against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.

Recent surveys show that more than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day.

Douglass was a prolific abolitionist who often called out the hypocrisy of the Founding Fathers while also applauding their ideals of freedom.

He made the patriotic speech the day after the 4th of July in 1852.

Kellyanne Conway’s Daughter, Claudia, 15, Says Her Parents Are Blocking Her Freedom Of Speech And That Their ‘Marriage Failed’ As She Streams A Bust-Up With Her Mom On TikTok And Continues To Post Anti-Trump Videos


Claudia Conway, 15, has hit back at her parents on several social media platforms, claiming they are not letting her use her freedom on speech

  • The teenager shared multiple videos on TikTok where she has spoken out against her mom Kellyanne’s boss Donald Trump  
  • Her concerned parents have attempted to intervene in her fame
  • Dad George, who is also anti-Trump, tried to stop journalists contacting her
  • Claudia hit back saying ‘sorry your marriage failed’ 
  • Kellyanne also confronted her daughter as she streamed live on TikTok, eventually wrestling Claudia’s phone from her hands  

Kellyanne Conway’s teenage daughter is continuing her online hit on her parents, replying to her father on Twitter about how his ‘marriage failed’ and livestreaming a confrontation with her mother on TikTok.

Claudia Conway, 15, became a viral star this week for her outspoken anti-Trump views and support for the Black Lives Matter movement despite her mom working in the White House.

While the White House counselor previously said she supports her daughter making her own mind up about her political views, Claudia this week claimed that her parents were attempting to shut off her phone to stop her causing more controversy for the family.

On Friday, her dad George Conway, who is one of the founders of the anti-Trump political action group The Lincoln Project, attempted to intervene, telling journalists that he gave no permission for them to speak to the teenager.


The Trump Administration Just Lent $700 Million To a Trucking Company Sued For Ripping Off Taxpayers

The US Treasury is giving a $700 million loan to YRC Worldwide, a troubled trucking company that warned in May it was in danger of going out of business.

That’s an enormous sum for a company whose stock had plunged 27% this year and was worth only $70 million as of Tuesday’s close. And here’s the kicker: The government sued YRC for ripping it off.
Long-term competitive problems had taken the company’s stock down 85% over the last five years. But shares of YRC (YRCW) shot up 60% in early trading on the news of the bailout.
US taxpayers will end up owning 30% of the company’s stock as part of the loan agreement.
The loan is not part of the federal CARES Act meant to help small businesses. Instead, it is meant to provide help to businesses critical to national security. Treasury’s statement said the loan was justified by the fact that the company provides a majority of the trucking services moving pallet-sized shipments of freight for the US military, a segment of the industry known as “less-than-truckload” or LTL.
“Treasury’s determination was based on a certification by the Secretary of Defense that YRC is critical to maintaining national security,” said Treasury in its statement.
But according to a recent filing by YRC, it is in the process of being sued by the Defense Department. 
The suit, filed in December of 2018, alleges YRC overcharged the Defense Department as well as failing to comply with the contract terms and related government procurement rules, along with unjust enrichment and breach of contract, according to YRC’s filing. YRC has filed a motion seeking to dismiss the complaint and it said in intends to vigorously defend itself.
The civil complaint charges that YRC “reweighed thousands of shipments and suppressed the results whenever they indicated that a shipment was actually lighter than its original estimated weight.” The suit said the practice went on for seven years and cost the Defense Department millions of dollars.
“This case should serve as a warning to any organization that enters into a contract with the federal government — if you try to rip us off, be prepared to pay a heavy price,” said US Attorney James Kennedy in a statement at the time the suit was filed.
The Treasury Department did not respond Wednesday morning to a request for comment on the suit. YRC said the suit, is “a contractual dispute which originated in 2009 and predates the current board and CEO by more than a decade.” 
“A motion for dismissal has been pending for 10 months,” the company said. “There has been no impact on the Department of Defense relationship.”
YRC warned in May that there was “substantial doubt” about its ability to stay in business without either federal help or a “meaningful stabilization of the economy in the near term.” On June 9, YRC warned that its per-day shipments were down 20% in the quarter, and the rates it was receiving per pound of freight moved were down 6%, compared to a year earlier.
The company has 30,000 employees, of whom 24,000 are represented by the Teamsters union. About half the loan money will be used to cover short-term contractual obligations, including pension and healthcare benefits. The loan will be due in 2024.
Many small business owners worry a second shutdown would be devastating

The Teamster-represented companies once dominated the trucking industry, especially the LTL sector. But with higher labor costs they have lost market share continually over the course of recent decades. It has posted a profit in only three of the last 13 years, and it lost more than $3 billion in total during that period.
YRC was formed through the merger of several of those unionized carriers, including Yellow Freight and Roadway, in 2003. It operates under the brands Holland, New Penn, Reddaway, and YRC Freight. 
“Our 30,000 employees have continued to serve hundreds of quarantined communities across the country during the pandemic and this financial assistance will enable us to bridge this pandemic-related crisis and continue to provide essential shipping services for the nation’s supply chain,” said CEO Darren Hawkins in a statement about the loan.
The loan was also praised by James Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters union, who thanked President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Congress for the assistance.
“They recognized the urgency and acted swiftly to avoid our members’ health benefits from being cut and, in the long term, to protect 24,000 Teamster jobs,” he said in his statement.

James Carville Says ‘Significant Chance’ Trump Drops Out of Race, Predicts McConnell Will Turn On Him

Democratic strategic James Carville said Thursday he sees a “significant chance” that President Donald Trump will withdraw from the presidential race before the 2020 election, and predicted that congressional Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will turn on him if he remains in the running.

“I think there is a significant chance he doesn’t run,” Carville said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I mean, this thing is going so poorly. He’s so far back. It doesn’t even — to me, it doesn’t make much sense for him to run.”

Carville said congressional Republicans might turn on the president after Labor Day in the event he remains in the race, but suggested some of those most likely to do so — Sens. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — would seem like hypocrites for turning so quickly.

“This is the great ‘Moscow Mitch’ strategy. After Labor Day, we’re going to turn on him. That’s really going to work,” Carville said, sarcastically. “McSally and Sullivan and Lindsey have been licking his boots for three years and nine months. But boy, come Labor Day, we’re going to get some separation.

“The chances of that working are zero,” Carville added. “He is going to take the whole outfit down with him.”

Fox Business host Charles Gasparino made a similar claim on Twitter last week, writing that “major players” in the Republican Party were “raising the possibility” that Trump might drop out. “I’m not convinced yet,” Gasparino added.

More Voters Rule Out Trump Than Biden


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mixed results on who has presidential ‘stamina’

West Long Branch, NJ – Half of the nation’s electorate says they have ruled out voting for Donald Trump in November, while 4 in 10 say the same about Joe Biden. Biden currently holds a 12 point lead in the presidential race according to the latest Monmouth (“Mon-muth”) University Poll.  Biden holds a significant advantage among the 1 in 5 voters who do not have a favorable opinion of either candidate. Slightly more voters say they are confident about the challenger’s mental and physical stamina than say the same about the incumbent.

Biden currently has the support of 53% of registered voters and Trump has the support of 41%.  This is similar to the Democrat’s 52% to 41% lead in early June. Biden’s edge stood at 50% to 41% in May, 48% to 44% in April, and 48% to 45% in March.

Slightly more voters say they are certain about their support for Biden (40%) than say the same about Trump (34%). Fully half (50%), though, say they are not at all likely to support the incumbent while 39% say the same about the challenger. In addition to Biden’s current firm support, another 3% say they are very likely to vote for him and 9% are somewhat likely, while 6% are not too likely. In addition to Trump’s current firm support, another 2% say they are very likely to vote for him and 6% are somewhat likely, while 6% are not too likely. Among white voters with a college degree, 62% have ruled out a vote for Trump while just 31% say the same about Biden. On the other hand, 56% of white voters without a college degree are not at all likely to support Biden while 37% say the same about Trump. Among voters from other racial or ethnic groups, 61% have ruled out Trump and just 22% say the same for Biden.

“Half of all registered voters have ruled out backing Trump. Trump showed in 2016 that he can thread the needle, but these results suggest the president has even less room for error in 2020. He must convert some of those unlikely supporters if he is to win a second term,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

A key difference from four years ago is that fewer voters have a negative opinion of the Democratic nominee. Biden’s rating stands at 44% favorable and 44% unfavorable. It was 42%–49% in early June. Hillary Clinton’s rating in July 2016 was 34% favorable and 52% unfavorable. Trump currently has a negative 38% favorable and 55% unfavorable opinion. It was 38%–57% in early June. As a candidate four years ago, he held a 31% favorable and 53% unfavorable rating.

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Former George W. Bush Officials Form New Group To Back Biden


Biden Also Landed The Backing Of Longtime Progressive Group MoveOn, Which Didn’t Endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016


A group of officials who worked in former President George W. Bush’s administration and presidential campaigns on Wednesday launched a new super PAC to persuade Republicans disaffected with President Trump to vote for Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

The group – titled “43 Alumni for Biden” – says its mission is to “unite and mobilize a community of historically Republican voters who are dismayed and disappointed by the damage done to our nation by Donald Trump’s presidency.”


“Principles matter more than politics. That’s why we, a group of alumni who served President Bush, and other Republican presidents, governors, and Members of Congress, support Joe Biden for President,” the group said. ”Together, we can help restore decency, honor, dignity, and true leadership to the White House.”

The newly formed organization is the latest group of anti-Trump Republicans trying to defeat the president in November’s general election. The Lincoln Project, which formed late last year, and Republicans for the Rule of Law, which launched this spring, have already gone up with TV spots slamming the president and supporting Biden.

And two weeks ago, a group of former Bush and Trump administration officials formed The Right Side PAC. They vowed to launch a multi-million-dollar campaign to target, identify and turn out disaffected Republicans to vote for Biden.

The new group stressed that its Republican members are not abandoning the GOP.

“Many of us remain Republicans! We are proud of the sound principles that guided our time working together and remain grateful to have campaigned, voted and worked for so many great Republican leaders through the years. We endorse Vice President Biden not necessarily in opposition to any political affiliations, but rather in service to our country which requires a greater obligation than partisan politics or party,” the group said.


The president remains overwhelmingly popular among Republicans. But there are some cracks in his support. According to the most recent Fox News national poll, which was conducted two weeks ago, 13 percent of Republicans said they disapproved of the job Trump was doing as president. And 6 percent of Republicans questioned in the survey said if the presidential election were held today, they’d vote for Biden.

The backing by 43 Alumni for Biden wasn’t the only high-profile endorsement Biden landed on Wednesday. The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee also landed the backing of the more than two-decade-old progressive organization MoveOn.

Trump Says He’s ‘All For Masks,’ But Believes Coronavirus Will ‘Disappear’




Trump said Wednesday that he would have “no problem” wearing a face mask in public in certain circumstances — a pivot from his months-long refusal to wear a mask in public at events where social distancing was not always observed.

When asked whether he would wear a mask, Trump told Fox Business in a White House interview, “Oh, I would. I have. I mean people have seen me wearing one. If I’m in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away — but usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested.”
Trump said that he didn’t believe making masks mandatory across the country was necessary but claimed that he is “all for masks” and that he “thinks masks are good.”
Trump added he would have “no problem” with being seen with a mask on.

Trump calls Black Lives Matter a 'symbol of hate' as he digs in on race

“Actually, I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked. It was OK. It was a dark, black mask and I thought it think and if people feel good about it they should do it.”
Trump hasn’t worn a face mask in front of cameras since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided new guidelines in April encouraging Americans to wear facial coverings when social distancing was not an option.
When the CDC guidelines went into effect, Trump told reporters he probably wouldn’t adopt the practice.
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” Trump said at the time. “Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I just don’t see it.”
And on a trip to a Ford plant in May, Trump said he wore a mask on parts of the plant tour where reporters were not allowed, saying he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
The President is still scheduled to participate in a Fourth of July celebration at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. The governor has told expected spectators they are not expected to social distance nor will they be required to wear masks.

Trump refuses to lead as pandemic worsens and allies desert him on masks

Trump also said in his Fox Business interview Wednesday that he still thinks coronavirus will “disappear” someday.
When asked if he actually believes the virus will still disappear, Trump said, “I do. I do. Yeah sure. At some point. And I think we’re going to have a vaccine very soon too.”
“We’re headed back in a very strong fashion. … And I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear. I hope,” Trump said in the interview while talking about the economy.

2 Detained In Kansas City After Statue Of Andrew Jackson Vandalized

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested two 25-year-old men after a statue of President Andrew Jackson was vandalized Thursday afternoon outside the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

A protest group gathered outside the courthouse earlier in the afternoon before the statue was spray-painted with obscenities as well as the phrase “slave owner.”

Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) officers were called to the courthouse shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday to investigate ongoing vandalism at the statue and observed two suspects spray painting the monument.

“Officers were able to identify the two individuals responsible from a distance,” a KCPD spokesman said in a statement. “Once the crowd began to disperse and they were a safe distance away, the two suspects were taken into custody in front of Police HQ.”

Police also called a KC Parks and Recreation crew to deal with the graffiti. The workers covered the statue with a tarp shortly before 9 p.m.

Unless officials can remove the graffiti, the statue will remain covered until the county legislature decide what to do with it. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies will frequent the statue to prevent further damage.

After the incident, the protest had moved to Ilus W. Davis Park near East 10th Street and Locust Avenue.

“Both suspects are being detained tonight for further investigation and determination of applicable charges,” a KCPD spokesman said.

Jackson — the seventh president of the U.S., who served from 1829 to 1837 — is among 12 former presidents who owned slaves before slavery was outlawed following the Civil War. Jackson became quite wealthy as a slave-owning plantation owner. His grave was defaced in 2018.

Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. released a statement shortly after the vandalism, which called for the statue’s removal.

“Countless men, women and children come through the doors of our courthouses every day,” White’s statement read, in part. “And every day, racism and discrimination are staring them in the face. Statues of Andrew Jackson — our country’s seventh president and county’s namesake — stand outside two of our courthouses, public buildings where we want and need people to feel welcome. Yet, they are greeted by a man who owned hundreds of slaves, opposed the abolitionist movement and caused thousands of Native Americans to die when he forced them out of their homeland for white settlement. As long as these statues remain, our words about fairness, justice and equality will continue to ring hollow for many we serve.”

According to a release from White’s office, he planned to “address the issue and recommend removal of the statues to the County Legislature” during the next meeting Monday morning.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to pay for plaques on both statues that detail Jackson’s historical role in disenfranchising non-white people after the county legislature voted to add the plaques in December 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plaques have not yet been added to the statues.

White acknowledged that his stance on removing the statues might not be popular, but he believes it is necessary given the outpouring of cries for justice since a Minneapolis police officer drove a knee on George Floyd’s neck as he laid facedown on the pavement until he died one month ago.



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Trump’s ‘White Power’ Retweet Set Off ‘Five-Alarm Fire’ In White House


Aides couldn’t immediately reach the president to get him to take down the offending tweet because he was on the course at his golf club and had put down his phone, officials said.

President Donald Trump set off a “five-alarm fire” in the White House on Sunday morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters saying “white power,” according to two White House officials.

The video remained on the president’s Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn’t reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said.

Aides also tried unsuccessfully to reach deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino to ask him to delete the retweet, officials said.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., added to the urgency when he called the tweet “indefensible” and demanded that the president take it down during an interview on CNN, the officials said.

Once officials were able to reach the president, he agreed to delete it, they said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and senior adviser Jared Kushner were among those trying to contain the fallout. McEnany said Monday that Trump had watched the video before retweeting it but didn’t hear his supporter say “white power.”

Officials said the president gets a deluge of content from aides and allies, with one of them saying the “white power” incident was a “lesson to all of us in the White House to be more aware of what’s out there.”

In April, the president retweeted a posting that included the hashtag “#FireFauci.” When asked at the time whether he had noticed the hashtag when he retweeted it, the president said, “Yeah, I notice everything.”


Since the day he was sworn into office, President Trump has pursued policies and practiced politics with a single-minded focus on bedrock Republicans, showing little interest in appealing to independent voters. That has made him one of the most powerful figures ever in his party, and rewarded him with strong conservative support in his re-election campaign.

But Mr. Trump’s focus on his base at the expense of swing voters, who have historically been a key target for presidential campaigns, is almost certainly not enough to win him a second term in the White House, as even some Republicans concede.

A national poll of registered voters by The Times and Siena College shows Mr. Trump drawing 36 percent of the vote, a far cry from the 46 percent he won in 2016. Perhaps even more troubling for Mr. Trump is that he has not assembled a broad coalition of voters, which is critical to winning battleground states. While Republicans support him overwhelmingly, he has the support of just 29 percent of independents and nonaffiliated voters — 18 points behind Joseph R. Biden Jr., his Democratic opponent. Mr. Trump narrowly won independents in 2016, according to exit polls.

Whether Mr. Trump can still expand his support at this point, especially in the battleground states that are crucial to his Electoral College calculus, is an enormous challenge that the president, to date, has shown little interest in meeting. Much of the nation has recoiled from Mr. Trump’s brash conduct and harsh language in office, and at the same time has moved to the left on health care, civil rights, same-sex marriage and other issues.

“He is losing, and if he doesn’t change course, both in terms of the substance of what he is discussing and the way that he approaches the American people, then he will lose,” Chris Christie, the former Republican governor of New Jersey and a former close adviser to Mr. Trump, said on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

The coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide social unrest have all contributed to Mr. Trump’s diminished standing, including among swing voters — only 17 percent of independents strongly approve of Mr. Trump’s job performance, the poll shows

“It’s not enough to win re-election,” Sara Fagen, who was the White House political director for President George W. Bush, said of tactics focused on turning out the base. “In this environment, it will be difficult to win an election without expanding the number of people who support you.”

Mr. Trump has told advisers and allies that he has to run as himselfand that he has defied polling experts before, pointing to 2016. He won the presidency despite losing the popular vote, with narrow wins in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — that gave him an Electoral College victory.

In that first race he sought to appeal primarily to Republican voters, but his defiant, outsider message, with its emphasis on trade and immigration, drew Americans alienated by Washington, hungry for a change after eight years of Democratic rule and put off by Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.



Irony Overload: Ivanka Is Mocked On Social Media As A ‘Nepotism Barbie’ And a ‘Fraud’ Who Has Only Ever Worked For Her Father After She Backed The President’s Executive Order Prioritizing Skills Over College Degrees


  • Twitter users roasted President Trump’s eldest daughter over the weekend 
  • Ivanka Trump and her father rolled out ‘skills-based’ hiring initiative on Friday 
  • On social media, critics said Ivanka Trump benefited from ‘nepotism’ 
  • Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are senior advisers to president 
  • Twitter users slammed her as ‘Nepotism Barbie,’ promoted #ByeIvanka hashtag 


Ivanka Trump was blasted on Friday after she touted a new White House initiative that promotes ‘skills-based’ hiring, as Twitter users called her ‘Nepotism Barbie’.

President Trump’s eldest daughter appeared alongside her father at the White House on Friday as he signed an executive order directing the federal government to overhaul its hiring to prioritize a job applicant’s skills over a college degree.

The president signed the order outlining a new direction for the nation’s largest employer during a meeting of the board that advises the administration on worker policy.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has worked on improving job training to meet employers’ changing needs.

The federal government is the nation’s largest employer with 2.1 million civilian workers, excluding postal service employees.

Ivanka Trump predicted the change in federal government hiring would create a more inclusive and talented workforce.

She encouraged the private sector to follow the administration’s lead.

‘We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the relevant competencies and knowledge, rather than simply recruiting based on degree requirements,’ she told The Associated Press in a statement.

‘We encourage employers everywhere to take a look at their hiring practices and think critically about how initiatives like these can help diversify and strengthen their workforce.’

On social media, however, critics of the president said that Ivanka Trump’s position as a White House adviser was a result of her father being elected.

The backlash on Twitter was so fierce that the hashtags #NepotismBarbie and #ByeIvanka were trending.

One Twitter user posted a mock book cover titled ‘The Ivanka Trump Mystery Stories: The Case of the Narcissist’s Unqualified Daughter.’


Trump Admits It: He’s Losing



Donald Trump knows he’s losing.

The president has privately come to that grim realization in recent days, multiple people close to him told POLITICO, amid a mountain of bad polling and warnings from some of his staunchest allies that he’s on course to be a one-term president.

Trump has endured what aides describe as the worst stretch of his presidency, marred by widespread criticism over his response to the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide racial unrest. His rally in Oklahoma last weekend, his first since March, turned out to be an embarrassment when he failed to fill the arena.

Biden Slams Trump Over Reported Bounties Placed On US Troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia.

The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war.

The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that President Trump, the commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months, according to the Times, and done worse than nothing,” Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said during a virtual town hall.

The White House said neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on such intelligence. “This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

Russia called the report “nonsense.”

“This unsophisticated plant clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more plausible have to make up this nonsense,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Times quoted a Taliban spokesman denying that its militants have such a deal with the Russian intelligence agency.

The newspaper, citing unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence, said the findings were presented to Trump and discussed by his National Security Council in late March. Officials developed potential responses, starting with a diplomatic complaint to Russia, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the report said.

Biden slammed Trump over his reported failure to act.

“Not only has he failed to sanction and impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin,” the former vice president said.

Biden called it a “betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation — to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.”

He said Americans who serve in the military put their life on the line. “But they should never, never, never ever face a threat like this with their commander in chief turning a blind eye to a foreign power putting a bounty on their heads,” he said.

“I’m quite frankly outraged by the report,” Biden said. He promised that if he is elected, “Putin will be confronted and we’ll impose serious costs on Russia.”*

As Support For Mask-Wearing Grows, So Do Political Risks For Forgoing Them

In this May 21, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a face mask in his left hand as he speaks during a tour of Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant that has been converted to making personal … more

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump makes a point of not wearing a mask. A barefaced Vice President Mike Pence did not utter the m-word at a coronavirus briefing Friday.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, meanwhile, has gone in the other direction. A mask is part of his 2020 signature look.

This divergent accessorizing once highlighted yet another partisan divide. For Trump allies, going barefaced is all about individual liberty. For Biden supporters, the mask is a symbol of science and sound policy.

But as infections spike in red states such as Texas, Florida and Arizona, support for masks has grown. In recent days, even some Republicans have urged the public to cover their faces in public, arguing that it’s the best way to slow the virus. This shift in rhetoric highlights the potential risks for the president as he continues to eschew public health experts, who agree that masks are crucial to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“It does go to character and values,” Democratic pollster Joel Benenson said. “Biden is known for being decent, for caring about the country, a middle-class guy, working with people on the other side. Trump is the antithesis of that. So the more Trump tries to attack Biden over petty smaller things, the smaller it makes Trump look.”

“It does go to character and values,” Democratic pollster Joel Benenson said. “Biden is known for being decent, for caring about the country, a middle-class guy, working with people on the other side. Trump is the antithesis of that. So the more Trump tries to attack Biden over petty smaller things, the smaller it makes Trump look.”

Polling suggests that the majority of Americans favor facial coverings.


More than 70 percent of Americans believe that people should wear masks most or all of the time in public places, according to a Pew Research survey from mid-June.

A Fox News poll from last week found that 80 percent hold a favorable view of those who wear masks, including 68 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of respondents who strongly approve of Trump.

Some Republican leaders have echoed those favorable views.

“Until we find a vaccine, [masks] are really important,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in his home state of Kentucky on Friday. “This is not as complicated as a ventilator. This is a way to indicate that you want to protect others. We all need during this period, until we find a vaccine, to think of us as protecting not only ourselves but others.”

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-highest-ranking House Republican endorsed facial coverings Friday with a photo of her father in a cowboy hat and blue disposable mask saying, “Real Men Wear Masks”

Masha Gessen: ‘I Never Thought I’d Say It, But Trump Is Worse Than Putin’

‘They both have this contempt for excellence, they both have a hatred of government’

Four years ago, the author predicted that Trump would transform the US into an autocracy. Now, Gessen believes the country is in a revolutionary moment

asha Gessen is a Russian-American author and journalist who has been writing about Vladimir Putin and other modern autocrats for two decades. After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, they wrote an essay in the New York Review of Books arguing that it was folly to regard him as a regular politician and predicting that he would attempt to transform America into a Putin-style autocracy. Gessen’s new book, Surviving Autocracy, demonstrates how Trump has come closer to achieving autocratic rule than most people would have thought possible.

How do you feel about your predictions having come to pass?
If you look at the essay, I think it holds up awfully well, unfortunately. There’s nothing in it that I would walk back. At the same time, a lot of the things that have happened in the past three years have shocked me.

Trump & Pence Says Everything Is Fine And Cure Is Comping Very Soon?……..Here’s The Real Truth: States Retreat As Confirmed Virus Cases Hit All-Time High

AUSTIN, Texas — Two of America’s largest states have reversed course and clamped down on bars again in the nation’s biggest retreat yet as the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the U.S. surged to an all-time high of 40,000.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed Friday, while Florida banned alcohol at such establishments. The two states joined a small but growing number that are either backtracking or putting any further reopening of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the country’s South and West.

Health experts have said a disturbingly large number of cases are being seen among young people who are going out again, often without wearing masks or observing other social-distancing rules.

It is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said.

Abbott, a Republican who had pursued up one of the most aggressive reopening schedules of any governor, scaled back restaurant capacity and said outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people would need approval from local officials.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez in Florida’s Miami-Dade county announced Friday night he would close beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. He said cracking down on recreational activities is prudent given the growing number of infections among young adults.

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street again over the surging case numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 730 points, or nearly 3%.

Globally, China saw an uptick in cases, one day after authorities said they expect an outbreak in Beijing would be brought under control in the near future. The National Health Commission on Saturday reported 18 new cases in the nation’s capital, the most in a week, among 21 nationwide.

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Trump Ignores Virus Spike as U.S. Cases Surge to Record Level


Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump has paid little heed to a resurgence in U.S. coronavirus cases — which on Thursday hit a record level — announcing no new steps to curb the outbreak and continuing with a normal schedule of meetings and travel as hospitals fill with sick patients.

Trump hasn’t asked Americans to change their daily routines, and top administration officials say there will be no repeat of the lockdowns that collapsed the U.S. economy in March. When Trump travels or stands close to other officials, he doesn’t wear a mask, a precaution urged by health officials.

State health departments reported more than 37,000 new cases on Thursday, led by Florida, Texas, California and Arizona, surpassing the 36,188 peak from April 24.

Trump, in a Twitter post late Thursday, said coronavirus deaths were “way down” and suggested that the American mortality rate was one of the lowest in the world…..   LIES, LIES,LIES,LIES,LIES🤥🤥🤥🤥 ( Papa Mike )

But the unrelenting coronavirus onslaught could prevent the kind of economic rebound he has been promising by year’s end and further damage his standing in polls that show Joe Biden, his Democratic opponent, ahead nationally and in key swing states. A mounting death toll adds to Trump’s re-election concerns as new modeling predicts the virus will kill 180,000 Americans by October.

Read More: U.S. Breaks Two-Month-Old Record for New Coronavirus Cases

Officials have downplayed the resurgence, saying it remains contained to about a dozen states and that deaths haven’t begun to climb.

“We’re going to see these things,” top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters on Thursday, referring to the growing number of cases. “But the economy is not going to be closed down again.”

Many governors on the front lines of the crisis — including those in red states — are acting far more aggressively than Trump. Texas on Thursday halted its phased reopening as Republican Governor Greg Abbott warned of a new sharp wave of the virus.

“The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses,” Abbott said in a statement.

The surge is particularly acute in the Sunbelt states that were among the first to ease social distancing requirements imposed to slow the spread of the virus.

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday in Ohio that the administration is working closely with those states, but emphasized “in some 38 states across the country, cases are stable or even declining.”

Read more: Texas Governor Halts Reopening With U.S. Nearing New Covid Peak


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