Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Californians about growing wildfire dangers and described changes to evacuation protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Former US Attorney Geoffrey Berman testified behind closed doors with the House Judiciary Committee, about his unceremonious forced departure from his position at the Southern District of New York (SDNY.) The committee is conducting oversight into AG Bill Barr’s Justice Department for political interference in his department’s cases, and Berman’s opening statement to the Judiciary Committee makes clear that he was heavily pressured by Barr over the course of 24 hours — both in person and on the phone — to resign so that one of Trump’s political hacks could take over his position.
According to The New York Times:
Mr. Berman recounted being summoned with no warning in June to a meeting with Mr. Barr at the Pierre Hotel in New York, in which the attorney general asked him to step down. Mr. Berman said he rebuffed Mr. Barr time and again during a tense, 45-minute discussion, telling him he would not resign and did not want to be fired, according to copies of his prepared statement obtained by The New York Times.
Mr. Barr repeatedly tried to change Mr. Berman’s mind, he testified, offering him a job as head of the civil division at the Justice Department and warning “that getting fired from my job would not be good for my résumé or future job prospects.”
California’s state housing agency is not exercising adequate oversight of mobile home parks in California, according to a new state audit.
Whether a political statement or just locals fed-up with the eyesore, someone torched the statue on July Fourth. The statue went up last year, much to the dismay of many Slovenians.
Source: New York Post
A wooden statue of first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on July Fourth, according to the artist who commissioned the sculpture.
Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the blackened and disfigured life-sized sculpture removed as soon as police informed him a day later of the vandalism.
“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States and highlight the first lady’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.
Melania Trump’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the news service.
President Trump in recent weeks has made preservation of statues in the US — even those of Confederate leaders who tried to defeat the union in the Civil War — a campaign priority as a number have been damaged by protesters demonstrating against racism and police brutality
It seems this was the prevailing opinion at the time of the unveiling.
From the Biden Campaign Press Release:
An economy where every American enjoys a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead. An economy more vibrant and more powerful precisely because everybody will be cut in on the deal.
In this time of crisis, Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices, and freedom they need to build back better.
That starts with a real strategy to deal with the pandemic. We can’t solve the jobs crisis until we solve the public health crisis. Trump may have forgotten about COVID, but COVID hasn’t forgotten about us. On March 12, April 27, and June 11, Biden laid out a comprehensive strategy to get the pandemic under control and effectively reopen the economy — an approach that will both protect the health and safety of our people and boost economic activity. He will start implementing that plan on Day One.
Biden will also provide further immediate relief to working families, small businesses, and communities. Biden will:
The most odious Republican Freedom Caucus Congressman is livid that Trump lost his “case” in the conservative laden Supreme Court in both rulings.
Jordan spent years investigating Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi nonsense, and continued his witch hunt over “her emails.” He led the way on partisan Republican phony investigations for political gain.
Now Jordan is very worried that Congress might eventually be able to get Trump’s tax records?
He told Fox News, “Think about the average American.”
The President is not an average American. He/she needs to be transparent with his business holdings.
He continued, “Think about the average American who is terrified of being audited by the IRS. If Congress has the ability to look at Trump’s tax returns and everything else… you’re talking about Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters auditing the president, I think that’s a terrifying thing…”
it is a terrifying thing for a corrupt politician to be audited, Gym. And no one is suggesting a free-for-all against any sitting president. Just congressional oversight of the executive branch as outlined in The Constitution.
Every presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has released years of tax returns to clear up any possible conflicts of interest they might have as president. But Trump refused to do so even after he promised multiple times that he would.
It’s gotta burn Trump’s toast that the two justices he put on the court voted against him.
Katyal: This is not a mixed bag or a victory for Trump. Trump shouldn’t be happy about this. The fact is he lost. He lost resoundingly 7-2 including his own appointees to the court… these cases can move very quickly. The Nixon tapes case moved in a matter of three months pic.twitter.com/ZXDz1YIxN9
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) July 9, 2020
Quite the concurring opinion from Kavanaugh and Gorsuch —”In our system of government, as this Court has often stated, no one is above the law. That principle applies, of course, to a President.”
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) July 9, 2020
As caseloads rose, the Trump administration kept saying that death rates were falling. But in Arizona, Texas and other hard-hit states, deaths are up.
Unity Task Forces formed by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled sweeping party platform recommendations Wednesday that—while falling short of progressive ambitions in a number of areas, from climate to healthcare—were applauded as important steps toward a bold and just policy agenda that matches the multiple crises the nation and humanity now face.
“We’ve moved the needle a lot, especially on environmental justice and upping Biden’s ambition,” said Sunrise Movement co-founder and executive director Varshini Prakash, a member of the Biden-Sanders Climate Task Force. “But there’s still more work to do to push Democrats to act at the scale of the climate crisis.”
The climate panel—co-chaired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former Secretary of State John Kerry—recommended that the Democratic Party commit to “eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035,” massively expanding investments in clean energy sources, and “achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for all new buildings by 2030.”
In a series of tweets Wednesday night, Ocasio-Cortez—the lead sponsor of the House Green New Deal resolution—noted that the Climate Task Force “shaved 15 years off Biden’s previous target for 100% clean energy.”
[Above, the Jimmy Kimmel deep fake never gets old. — eds.]
Trump went ballistic after the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 he must release his tax returns.
And of course, he took some extra “executive time” to engage in a Twitter rant filled with pity, misspellings, paranoia and grievances.
The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020