Romney Blocking Sen. Ron Johnson From Subpoenaing Comey, Brennan

A Senior Republican Senate source has confirmed to Gateway Pundit that Senator Mitt Romney is leading an effort to block Senator Ron Johnson from subpoenaing James Comey and John Brennan.

Johnson, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chair, said during a radio appearance on Wednesday that fellow Republicans were blocking him from subpoenaing the former FBI Director and former CIA Director, among other figures involved in the scandal.

“We had a number of my committee members that were highly concerned about how this looks politically,” Johnson told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who pressed the Senator to name the Republicans blocking him.

Johnson declined to name names.

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Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports that Johnson’s committee said no one is blocking any subpoenas for Comey or Brennan, rather there’s just a desire to exhaust all options to get them to testify voluntarily.

However, shortly after Johnson made his claims, a senate source reached out to Gateway Pundit and confirmed that Romney is leading the obstruction.

“Romney was for impeachment. He has been against Trump every step of the way. Now he is obstructing going after the leakers and liars who went after Trump,” the senior senate source said.

The obstruction claims come despite the fact that the committee gave him the unilateral power to subpoena people earlier this year.

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Postal Workers Union President Warns That Trump Is Sabotaging The Post Office

Mark Diamondstein, the President of the American Postal Workers Union, warns that the Postal Service is under attack and being sabotaged by Trump.

Diamondstein told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on All In:

The justification that’s in the press is these are cost-cutting measures, but this is not the United States postal business. That’s not its name, and that’s for a reason. It is the United States Postal Service, and it’s here as a service. And, so, especially in a pandemic, the idea of cutting hours, the idea of complaining about overtime when we have had 40,000 postal workers quarantined since March.

Somebody has to fill in those hours, and those fluctuations are normally done with overtime. Here we are, as you pointed out, front line essential workers in these dangerous and challenging times proudly still binding the people of this country together, and this is a time that we’re coming under attack. We’re coming under sabotage, and we’re being undermined. It is really shameful.

Trump and his big donor Postmaster General are intentionally slowing down the delivery of the mail so that mail-in ballots don’t arrive at election offices in time to be counted on Election Day. Trump has gone as far as to have mail sorting equipment removed from post offices, and the Republican Secretary of State in Ohio ordered that no county is allowed to establish ballot drop off boxes beyond one at the board of elections.

Trump is losing the election, so he is sabotaging the Postal Service to limit mail-in voting.

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Progressives Didn’t Want Harris for V.P. They’re Backing Her Anyway.

In the months since Mr. Sanders dropped out of the race, effectively making Mr. Biden the nominee and starting the clock for the vice-presidential selection, progressives have had a string of victories further down the ballot. Challengers backed by groups like Sunrise and Justice Democrats won in New York and Illinois, including in some races against prominent House incumbents. Each member of the so-called Squad, the group of progressive women of color in the House who have at times rankled House leadership, secured re-election with comfortable margins.

The biggest victory came in St. Louis, when Ms. Bush unseated a longtime congressman, Representative William Lacy Clay, and provided a new playbook for how to appeal to Black voters with the progressive platform.

The growing grass-roots power of these progressives, if sustained, could set up a clash with Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, who have a shared instinct for political caution. During the primary campaign both were targeted relentlessly by the progressive left but rarely budged. Mr. Biden tailored his message to focus on how he could defeat Mr. Trump, sidelining policy as a focus. Ms. Harris moved in the opposition direction, rejecting “Medicare for all” after initially co-sponsoring Mr. Sanders’s bill on the health care plan.

This leftward shift could change the dynamics in Washington, said Mondaire Jones, a lawyer who won the primary in New York’s 17th Congressional District and is most likely headed to Capitol Hill in the fall. Mr. Jones praised Ms. Harris’s selection as historic, but suggested that liberals would continue to press their agenda.

“The left in recent years has never shied away from a fight with members of the Democratic Party, and I see no reason why we won’t flex our newfound muscle in a Biden-Harris administration,” Mr. Jones said.

“Biden and Harris would be working with the most progressive Congress we’ve seen,” he said. “And I’m ready to make sure they’re sticking to their promises and will be part of the effort to push them to be more in line with progressive values.”

Among liberals, the acceptance of Ms. Harris, if reluctant, still amounted to a surprising about-face after months of lobbying for her more progressive rivals to appear on the ticket.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces pandemic relief fund to assist undocumented residents in state

“This governor’s announcement of the funds comes as COVID-19 surges through Washington’s Latino population, including documented and undocumented immigrant farmworkers who have continued working throughout the pandemic,” the report said. “Among Washingtonians testing positive for the novel coronavirus as of Aug. 9, 43% were Latinos, who represent only 13% of the state’s population.”

Furthermore, farm workers being deemed “essential” hasn’t meant they’ve also gained vital protections, like guaranteed paid sick leave or unemployment insurance—or even any protection from deportation. An April report from The New York Times noted that the “essential worker” letter that employers gave to undocumented workers in California granted them zero relief from mass deportation agents.

Once operational, Oregon’s relief fund is expected to distribute $1,000 grants to individual applicants, and up to $3,000 to families in need. Interestingly, the governor’s office said in the report that the funds are coming from federal funding that isn’t tied to immigration status, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Republicans challenge this (they already have elsewhere). “Inslee is starting another $3 million fund for food-production workers—whether undocumented immigrants or not—who become ill and are staying home,” the report continued.

Because the state is home nearly 250,000 undocumented residents, immigrant rights advocates told The Seattle Times that they’d been pushing for a larger fund of $100 million. “[M]embers nevertheless declared themselves pleased,” the report said, with local organizations like Washington Dream Coalition and Mercy Corps Northwest also having distributed grants to undocumented families in the state. 

Even though this is the right step to take, Washington joins just a handful of states (including California and Oregon) and localities (including New York City) that are assisting undocumented residents with economic relief.

Meanwhile, Democrats have continued to press Republicans to include undocumented workers in pandemic relief, telling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this month that “[w]e have seen millions of immigrants risking their health during the pandemic to protect the health and safety of other Americans, including as health care workers, farmworkers, grocery store clerks, and other essential, frontline workers.”

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Massive Surge In Crime With Ongoing Riots And Looting Causing New Yorkers To Flee The City In Droves

Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s awful leadership, New York City is becoming a ghost town.

The Coronavirus lockdowns were bad, but things really began to fall apart with the rioting and looting, which de Blasio allowed to continue without enforcing law and order.

People paying massive rents and high taxes started to wonder why they were living there.

Now they are fleeing the city in droves.

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The New York Post reports:

New Yorkers keep moving out of the city to suburbs, other states

The move is on — to leave New York City.

The exodus that began at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, with many New Yorkers departing to their beach and country homes, has continued unabated as more leave for good, according to city moving companies overwhelmed by the avalanche of ex-pats.

“People are fleeing the city in droves,” says Moon Salahie, owner of Elite Moving & Storing in Yonkers, who has been working nonstop since the city began Phase 1 of its reopening in June.

Salahie said 90 percent of the moves are to the suburbs and mostly families with kids worried about the school year. He’s packed people out of neighborhoods all over Manhattan.

“The least movement would be the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue crowds,” he said. “Those people don’t have to leave because they have second homes.”

The FOX Business Network has more:

A mad rush for the exits as New York City goes down the tubes

It’s not just a few Upper West Siders who are fleeing New York: Moving companies say they’re swamped with calls from residents looking to ditch the city — even though the COVID crisis has waned.

One likely reason: The virus was but the last straw; New Yorkers are fed up with the shootings and lootings, homelessness on the streets, sub-par online schools, sky-high taxes and the sheer obliviousness of pols like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

Meanwhile, Fox Business reports that moving companies are seeing a continuing surge in citywide business that began soon after the COVID outbreak. And while many of those fleeing may come from Manhattan, the trend is surely not confined to the Upper West Side.

It’s been “insanely busy,” Roadway Moving President Ross Sapir told Fox. Indeed, he says this has been the busiest summer ever for the company. “For the last three months, we couldn’t keep up with demand.”

This is going to set off a domino effect. It will shrink the city’s tax base, making things worse.

Then even more people will leave.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

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Tucker Carlson Throws A Fit After Guest Tells Him To Stop Mispronouncing Kamala Harris’ Name

Fox News host Tucker Carlson threw a tantrum on live TV Tuesday night after a guest told him to stop mispronouncing Kamala Harris’ name.

Richard Goodstein, former Clinton campaign adviser, politely told Carlson the proper way to say Harris’ first name, adding that it’s basic respect to correctly pronounce the name of a vice presidential nominee.

“I think, out of respect for somebody who’s going to be on the national ticket, pronouncing her name right is actually kind of a bare minimum,” Goodstein said.

The Fox News host, channeling his inner Trump, completely imploded when he was called out for his error, responding like a child: “So what?”

“So I’m disrespecting her by mispronouncing her name unintentionally, so it begins. You’re not allowed to criticize Kamala Harris,” Carlson said, again mispronouncing her name.


Trump and company are losing their minds over Harris

Donald Trump, along with his loyalists in the GOP and in right-wing media, are losing their minds over Kamala Harris – and it hasn’t even been a full day since she was named Joe Biden’s running mate.

Whether it was the president’s low-energy press conference or his campaign’s complete failure to come up with a coherent response to Tuesday’s historic news, it’s clear that Trump and company are struggling to process what just happened.

In her own right, Kamala Harris will make a strong vice presidential candidate and effective governing partner for Joe Biden, if he wins the general election in November.

But the complete right-wing implosion over Harris being added to the ticket is icing on the cake.

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Ilhan Omar Wins House Primary in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota fended off a well-funded primary challenger on Tuesday, ensuring a clean sweep of re-election fights for the group of first-term Democratic congresswomen of color known as the Squad and sending a message to Washington about the staying power of the party’s new progressive voices.

Ms. Omar, who made history in 2018 by becoming the first Somali-American to be elected to Congress, as well as the first naturalized citizen of African birth and the first woman of color from Minnesota to do so, secured the victory after spending her first two years in the Washington spotlight.

Her unabashed embrace of left-wing politics has won her loyal followers, both in Minnesota and across the country. She has, however, become a lightning rod for conservatives and has faced criticism from some Democrats, particularly after several episodes in 2019 in which she was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks.

In the deep-blue district, Ms. Omar’s primary success on Tuesday virtually assures she will serve a second term in Congress. Late Tuesday, she was leading her chief opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux, by more than 15 percentage points.

“In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money,” Ms. Omar wrote on Twitter. “Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown.”

Mr. Melton-Meaux had received extensive financial support from national groups hoping to see the incumbent ousted. During the second quarter of 2020, Mr. Melton-Meaux raised six times as much as Ms. Omar did, and an analysis from The MinnPost showed about 20 percent of his large-dollar donations came with bundling help from pro-Israel political action committees. Mr. Melton-Meaux also received the endorsement of The Star Tribune, the region’s flagship newspaper.

But Democrats rallied to Ms. Omar’s aid in recent weeks, making bedfellows of progressives such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and establishment figures like Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The race was more than a referendum on her first term, and was upended by the two factors that have reshaped every facet of political life in 2020: the coronavirus pandemic and the national protests over racial inequality and police brutality that began in May after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. The unrest was particularly acute in Minneapolis, where fires and chaos raged for days. One Police Department precinct was burned to the ground.

Ms. Omar and Mr. Melton-Meaux both emphasized the need for social justice and an end to systemic racism. But Ms. Omar’s vision of progressive change went further, as she embraced calls to restructure the Police Department altogether, diverting money to invest in social services.

The virus also forced most of the campaigning inside and online. Some observers thought it could further highlight Mr. Melton-Meaux’s financial advantage as he flooded airwaves for weeks.

Mr. Melton-Meaux had sought to make the election a referendum on Ms. Omar’s national profile, deploying a similar argument that did not work in Michigan, when Representative Rashida Tlaib beat back a challenger who tried to cast her as too progressive and nationally focused for the district.

On Election Day, Ms. Omar made several public appearances, a sign that her campaign was taking nothing for granted.

In the afternoon, she courted voters at a market in Minneapolis, ordering Mexican food and eating with staff members with no sign of concern.

“Everything in this primary has felt troubling, from the money coming to the overt xenophobic messaging,” she said. “But this is the Fifth. This is Minneapolis. This is the place not only to make an overt statement about how excited they are to have immigrants in their neighborhood, but they voted one into Congress.”

Later, at an evening campaign event in Dinkytown, a Minneapolis neighborhood where Ms. Omar likes to spend election nights talking to voters, young supporters gathered as people in cars drove past yelling “Ilhan!” and “We love you!”

Britt D’Arezzo, 22, said national perceptions of Ms. Omar didn’t account for her retail politics and her visibility at home.

“They don’t know her local activism,” Ms. D’Arezzo said. “They don’t see her walking around and just hanging out on corners. They don’t see the way she connects with us.”

Ms. Omar’s victory was one of the final electoral priorities for progressive organizations during the 2020 primary season, which began with abject disappointment for them but has since turned around. When the leading progressive candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, lost the party’s presidential nomination to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., some had written the left wing of Democrats off — minimizing it as a collection of activists and social media voices, not something with mass electoral appeal.

In the months since, a string of insurgent victories in down-ballot races — and the strong re-elections of people like Ms. Omar, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — point to a more complicated picture, and a wing of the party that remains ascendant.

In recent months, challengers supported by groups like Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement have won primaries in New York, Illinois and Missouri. The victory in St. Louis was particularly notable, the first time a Black challenger had been able to unseat a member of the Black Congressional Caucus, a key block of the House leadership’s power that represents many deep-blue Democratic districts.

Taken together, the triumphs by challengers and primary victories by incumbents have offered a path forward for political movements on the left. If you can get into office and stay there, people like Ms. Omar argue, you can prove to constituents that your proposed reforms are not radical.

Justice Democrats also issued a statement about Ms. Omar’s success on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Democrats across the spectrum have lined up to support the incumbent, making a rare alliance between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the groups that seek to push her left.

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Historic announcement of Kamala Harris as VP pick brings praise from around the web

Let’s begin with a reminder of the California senator’s prowess in uncovering skullduggery.

Fellow Sen. Bernie Sanders gave this full-throated statement of support for Harris.


And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also reiterated her support.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren also sent out a well-considered statement of support for her fellow Democrat.

Also, an actually intelligent president stepped in to lend his support for this new Democratic ticket.


Julian Castro gave his support.


As did fellow Senator from new York, Kirsten Gillibrand.


And here’s a reminder that history is being made as we speak.

Here’s a question many of us are wondering about.


And a possible answer about said debate.

Even Daily Kos’ own Jennifer Hayden stepped forward to show her support.

Former Majority and Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid sounds pretty excited.


And a preview of the next few months of late night television.

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Wisconsin Agency Tells Employees They Must Wear a Face Mask For At-Home Zoom Calls to ‘Set a Good Example’

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees were told they must wear a face mask during at-home Zoom calls to ‘set a good example.’

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statewide mandatory mask mandate on August 1, but people are not required to wear a face covering in their own homes.

The head of Wisconsin’s DNR sent an email to employees reminding them that they must always wear a face mask, even while on a Zoom call.

The Kansas Star reported:

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In an email to employees sent out on July 31, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources not only reminded employees of Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order going into effect on Aug. 1, he also said that every DNR employee must wear a mask … even while on a teleconference.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Preston Cole said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

DNR spokeswoman Megan Sheridan spoke with McClatchy News and said that employees wearing masks while video conferencing with external partners sets a good example during the pandemic.

“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” Sheridan said.

“We ask staff to wear masks when on externally facing calls is that, taken out of context, a screenshot of a staff person or high ranking department official, if not properly attributed, could be misinterpreted to suggest that state employees are not properly following the Governor’s directive,” DNR spox Megan Sheridan said to McClatchy.

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Rachel Maddow Warns That Trump Will Only Become More Desperate And Dangerous As Election Nears

Rachel Maddow warned on Monday that as the country falls further into crisis, Donald Trump will only become more desperate and dangerous – particularly with the presidential election less than 90 days away.

During her program, the MSNBC host said the worsening pandemic, the economic disaster, and Trump’s sinking poll numbers will motivate him to use authoritarian tactics to hold onto the presidency.

“There are now real worries about the means by which he’s going to try to hold onto power in less than 90 days when the election happens – in the lead up to that election, during that election and after,” Maddow said.


Maddow said:

With school reopening efforts going bust all over the country, simply because the spread of the virus is not under control and schools cannot safely open until the spread of the virus is under control. With realistic economic prospects remaining bleak, again, because the spread of the virus is not under control, and that not only affects schools, it affects work and travel and everything with unemployment still above 10 percent, the highest level since the Great Depression. With the positivity rate in terms of test results in Mississippi up near 21% as of now, this far into it, which is astonishing. With Texas’ positivity rate above 19 percent today. I mean, even though it seemed like maybe Texas was getting better there for a while, Texas’ positivity rate is over 19 percent right now. For contrast, New York is well under 1 percent now. With current polls, even with many grains of salt about polling, with current polls showing the president losing to his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in nearly every swing state in the country. With all of that, and with what we have come to learn about this president and what he is not only interested in doing but what he is able to do to the government when he puts his mind to it, there are now real worries about the means by which he’s going to try to hold onto power in less than 90 days when the election happens – in the lead up to that election, during that election and after.

Trump will stop at nothing to keep the White House

On Donald Trump’s watch, the country is on fire with nearly 170,000 Americans dead and millions more out of work as a result of his bungled response to the pandemic.

He is coming to the realization that he has nothing to run on, so he’s doing everything in his power to rig the election in his favor, whether it’s welcoming foreign interference, limiting access to voting, or slowing down the United States Postal Service.

Donald Trump knows he can’t win a free and fair election, so he will spend the next three months trying to make sure the election is neither free nor fair.

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