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Homeland Security, State Department and other agencies hacked in sophisticated Russian breach

In yet another demonstration of Russia’s sophisticated and extensive online espionage efforts, The Washington Post reports that the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Treasury Department, and Department of Commerce were among the targets in a massive breach of U.S. government networks successfully engineered by Russian state hackers. It seems almost certain that other agencies will still join that list.

Michigan House and Senate offices will close due to ‘credible threat’ as Michigan electors meet

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Michigan House and Senate buildings will be closed both to staffers and the public on Monday as the state’s electors to the Electoral College meet to cast their votes for the state’s presidential winner, Joe Biden. The Capitol was already expected to be closed to the public during the Electoral College meeting; this new, expanded closure also includes the building’s legislative staff.

Rich Trump allies want a new ‘Fox News’ competitor for only one reason: To bleed conservatives dry

The notion of Donald Trump “creating” a new “news network,” as his allies keep vaguely threatening, is a pipe dream. It’s not going to happen. It would require enormous amounts of money he doesn’t have, and it would require work. If the so-called Trump administration has taught us anything, it is that Donald Trump cannot stand doing work. He likes people praising him, and he likes golf.

He may have lost, but Donald Trump does not intend to go quietly

As Donald Trump’s “legal” team loses flimsy lawsuit after flimsy lawsuit and (ahem) that team’s top spokescreatures begin to turn increasingly feral, in front of the television cameras, Donald Trump himself appears to be genuinely pondering what to do with himself after being turned out of office in January.

Fascism: Trump summons Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Joe Biden’s win

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has invited “leaders” of the Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature to meet with him on Friday to discuss the state’s election results. Trump publicly celebrated the resistance of two Republican members of the state’s Wayne County canvassing board who briefly refused to certify the results of the election in their county unless the votes of majority-black Detroit precincts were removed.

Fascism: Trump summons Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Joe Biden’s win

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has invited “leaders” of the Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature to meet with him on Friday to discuss the state’s election results. Trump publicly celebrated the resistance of two Republican members of the state’s Wayne County canvassing board who briefly refused to certify the results of the election in their county unless the votes of majority-black Detroit precincts were removed.

Mike Pence stayed loyal to Trump to the end. Now the joke’s on him

Vice President Mike Pence, who may or may not be the actual Antichrist, has played a long, patient game these last four years. He has embraced Donald Trump’s every white nationalist act. He has slathered Trump with praise at every possible opportunity, and has aggressively declared himself to have never seen any of Trump’s buffooneries, incompetence, or crimes. He protected Trump through impeachable acts.

DOJ Election Crimes head quits after Barr authorizes probes of Trump’s phony fraud claims

On Monday, Trump Attorney General William Barr distributed a memo to federal prosecutors “authorizing” them to pursue any “apparently-credible allegations” of voting fraud in the 2020 elections. There currently are zero credible claims of such fraud, and it seems obvious that Barr was responding to pressure from delusional fascist Donald Trump to provide backup to Trump’s false claims of fraud.

Lara Trump defends Donald’s continued attacks on Michigan governor as ‘having fun’

During a mostly maskless Michigan rally, malevolent blowhard Donald Trump once again attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the state’s pandemic restrictions, despite Whitmer recently being revealed as the primary target of a domestic terrorism plot after Trump’s previous tweeted demands that his followers “LIBERATE” the state. This is because Trump is a malignant grotesquery of a man.

Trump toadies craft ‘report’ accusing top Voice of America reporter of not liking Dear Leader enough

Donald Trump’s remaking of the federal government into a fascist personality cult continues apace. Surprising exactly no one, NPR reports that two of Trump’s new political hires have compiled a confidential “report” on Voice of America’s (VoA) White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman, accusing him of being unfair to Donald Dear Leader in his reporting. They presented their report to VoA acting director Elez Biberaj “for action.

Trump’s team appears to be either blocking Rose Garden contact tracing or incompetent at it

Last week, a White House celebration for Amy Coney Barrett was followed by numerous Rose Garden participants testing positive for COVID-19, including several senators and Donald Trump himself. Despite this, there has still been no apparent effort to do contact tracing to determine the true extent of the resulting disease outbreak.

That’s the implication of this New York Times report, which backs up a Washington Post story published Saturday.

Trump’s team appears to be either blocking Rose Garden contact tracing or incompetent at it

Last week, a White House celebration for Amy Coney Barrett was followed by numerous Rose Garden participants testing positive for COVID-19, including several senators and Donald Trump himself. Despite this, there has still been no apparent effort to do contact tracing to determine the true extent of the resulting disease outbreak.

That’s the implication of this New York Times report, which backs up a Washington Post story published Saturday.

Responding to new story showing massive business losses, Trump can only bluster about ‘fake news’

In an oddly subdued Sunday evening Donald Trump press conference dedicated mostly to repeating a laundry list of alleged voting conspiracies and crimes, Trump was asked about the new New York Times story revealing that Trump paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017—largely due to ongoing, massive business failures.

His response? Total denial. “It’s fake news. It’s totally fake news.  Made up, fake.

It’s propaganda, not hypocrisy: Republicans use lying as primary governing technique

There is no point in accusing Republican senators of hypocrisy. Absolutely none. Only hours after the death of Supreme Court icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republicans—who had previously gnashed their teeth at the audacity of the suggestion that the nation’s first nonwhite president had the constitutional power to make nominations to the court at any point during the final year of his term—began declaring that this time around, obviously that new rule no longer applies.

Facebook announces new preelection rules for political ads and claims—but will it follow through?

Facebook, the gargantuan and nation-bending social media behemoth, today announced a collection of new actions intended to make it look Slightly Less Bad in the final weeks of the 2020 elections. Facebook has been harshly criticized as one of the top venues, in any medium, for fake news and propaganda dissemination from political campaigns, from professional hoaxers seeking quick advertising revenue, and from your own particularly gullible relatives.

Speaking from White House, Trump defends pro-Trump murderer Kyle Rittenhouse

Donald Trump gave another campaign monologue attacking opponent Joe Biden from the White House press room this evening. In it, Trump confirmed one of Biden’s central claims: Donald Trump is incapable of denouncing violence by his own supporters.

Trump first defended a caravan of Trump supporters who drove through Portland firing paintballs and pepper spray at protestors. “That was a peaceful protest, and paint is a defensive mechanism, paint is not bullets.

The Trump administration is looking to sell stealth fighters in the Middle East

One of the nervous tics of the Donald Trump “administration” is a seeming obsession with new arms sales. Trump himself has boasted of and promoted the sales, and began doing so early on; he seems to regard weapons sales as something in his Professional Businessguy comfort zone, something with numbers attached, and hardball negotiations needed, and lots of opportunities for grifting around the edges.