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MAGA attorney: Trump-appointed judge who ruled against campaign part of 'activist judicial machinery'

November 27, 2020 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

Jenna Ellis, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and the Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump campaign is once again being mocked, this time for her near-immediate response to a unanimous 3-0 ruling against the campaign in a Pennsylvania election case.

Ellis says she and Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have decided that the three judges, who were all appointed by Republican presidents – including the one who wrote the opinion who was appointed by Trump himself – are all part of the “activist judicial machinery” in Pennsylvania.

She is also vowing to take the case – which the judges say has “no merit,” to the Supreme Court.

Ellis was quickly mocked.

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Biden won — but Trump gave authoritarians a disturbing lesson on ‘how to steal an election': political analyst

November 27, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

During the 2020 presidential election, many of President Donald Trump’s critics — from liberals and progressives to Never Trump conservatives — warned that democracy itself was on the line in the United States and that Trump would become even more dangerously authoritarian during a second term. Trump was defeated by President-elect Joe Biden, but journalist Jeff Greenfield — in an op-ed published in Politico this week — isn’t so sure that U.S. democracy came out of the election unscathed.

“That breeze you felt recently was a national sigh of relief that the 2020 election might finally, at long last, be over,” Greenfield writes. “Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and the other close states have, or soon will have, certified the results. Judges have unceremoniously thrown out the dubious legal claims that thousands, or hundreds of thousands or millions of votes should be disallowed….. The guardrails held, right?”

But Greenfield isn’t so sure.

The journalist argues, “Though it appears the rightful winner is heading to the White House in January, this post-election season has revealed that those ‘guardrails’ are dangerously weak — and in some cases nonexistent. It was heartening to see state and local officials of both parties, and state and federal judges, resist the demands of Trump and his allies to reject the results. But the fact that it came to that at all is troubling — and shows just how plausible it would be for things to break the other way next time.”

According to Greenfield, Trump has given future authoritarians “very powerful lessons in just how to steal an election” — and those lessons range from “convince your voters that the election has been stolen from them” to “make sure local and state officials are loyal” to “open the door to state legislatures seizing the vote.”

“What Republicans have learned from this election — apart from their willingness to dismiss as utterly irrelevant the fact that their candidate lost by 7 million popular votes — is that the ancient machinery of conducting elections is rusted, frail and highly vulnerable,” Greenfield warns. “They have seen exactly where the stress points of the system are, and how to pressure those stress points, and how it is raw political pressure — not …read more

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'We're not able to process what's about to happen to us': Shep Smith highlights doctors' warnings on COVID

November 27, 2020 in Blogs

By Melanie McFarland

At several points during Salon’s recent conversation with CNBC anchor Shepard Smith, he talks about noise. “The noise is just so loud. You’ve got have some quiet time,” he said, referring to the space he carves out for himself during the workday when he retreats to his spartan office, puts his feet up and listens to music to harvest a little peace from the day’s cacophony.

This philosophy also guides his approach to “The News with Shepard Smith,” and it shows. Each weeknight at 7 p.m. Eastern since the program’s Sept. 30 launch, Smith delivers the news of the day, regardless of what it may be, with an old-school broadcast anchor’s mellow sobriety. Pressing events of the day top the hour and from there Smith and his correspondents zero in on an assortment of issues that stand to have significant local and regional impact.

“We try to find stories . . . tell them factually and dig into data a lot, and then hear from people about how they feel about the issues through their own personal experiences and how it’s affected them,” he explained. “And we’re not looking for, ‘How do you feel about what he said?’ or ‘How you feel about what she said?’ We’re trying to just seek the truth, find the truth and tell the truth in context and with perspective.”

Having spent 23 years with Fox News, Shepard’s new chapter at CNBC intentionally veers away from the argumentative clamor and enraged punditry that has defined cable news in the 21st century. Instead, “The News” offers something so rare and refreshing that people presumed it to be extinct: fact-based reporting, delivered calmly by a plain-spoken anchor uninterested in ginning up arguments.

When developing each day’s story slate, Smith says he and his staff adhere to a set of sensible axioms: Get it right. Add in whatever context is important. Explain why the story they’re covering matters because of what the consequences will be, if those are known consequences. Then put it into perspective, historical and otherwise.

His show intentionally declines to participate in the cycle of back and forth fueled by false equivalency and both sides-ism.

“We have to ignore the signal and focus on the prize,” Smith told Salon. “There’s a lot of, ‘Look over here!‘ in life, and there’s always been a lot of ‘Look …read more

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Fauci warns pandemic not ​expected to ease for holidays as US hospitalizations hit new record

November 27, 2020 in Blogs

By Jessica Corbett

After millions of people crowded into airports in recent days despite public health experts’ warnings against traveling for Thanksgiving—the Thursday holiday that coincided with a record number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the United States—the nation’s top infectious disease doctor expressed concerns that conditions could continue to worsen through the end of the year and beyond.

“If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up… I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY.

In his interview with the newspaper last week, published Friday, Fauci shared how his own family is handling the winter holiday season in the midst of a deadly pandemic:

Fauci said he’s most likely scrapping Christmas plans this year as he did for Thanksgiving. Instead of receiving his three daughters this year, who live in different parts of the country, he opted to send his love over Zoom and enjoy a quiet dinner with his wife.

“For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021,” he said. “Let’s now make the best of the situation and show our love and affection for people by keeping them safe.”

Newsweek noted Friday that despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation against traveling around Thanksgiving, “nearly three million people passed through airport security checkpoints the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the long weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration.”

As of Friday afternoon, the U.S. death toll topped 264,000 and the nation had seen more than 12.9 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University’s global tracker. Thanksgiving marked the country’s 24th consecutive day of over 100,000 new daily cases in the United States, with 110,611 infections and 1,232 deaths.

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Fox News analyst complains the media trashed Jared and Ivanka — and won’t do the same with Biden’s kids

November 27, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

President Donald Trump once bragged, during an interview, that he considered nepotism a good thing — and in that sense, he practiced what he preached, hiring Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as White House senior advisers despite their lack of experience in politics. In contrast, President-elect Joe Biden has been picking highly experienced people for his administration. And Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz is claiming that there will be a double standard when it comes to mainstream media coverage of Biden’s picks.

Kurtz’ comments about Biden’s incoming administration followed an analysis by New York Magazine journalist Olivia Nuzzi’s on the podcast “The Fourth Estate.” Nuzzi argued that if the White House Correspondents Association are “terrified of pissing off” the Trump Administration, what will they be like under a Biden Administration?

Kurtz claimed that journalists in the mainstream media have been afraid to say anything favorable about Ivanka Trump and Kushner for fear of offending their colleagues.

“It’s like if you don’t trash Jared and Ivanka, you’re out of the cool kids club,” Kurtz claimed.

The Fox News media analyst also said, “Look, I don’t think most reporters want to be patted on the head. I do think they like to be respected and not attacked as an enemy of the American people and all of that… But there’s little question that much of the news business for the last four years has treated President Trump as a dangerous liar and used that to justify a blatant double standard in the coverage. Most reporters happen to like Joe Biden personally.”

Kurtz claimed, “There is a backlash from more left-wing journalists against any working reporter who dares to portray anybody from Trumpworld with a little bit of sympathy, treating them as human beings.”

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