Monthly Archives: August 2020

CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: Roku smashed Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate for revenue in the second quarter, reporting a jump of 42% from a year ago to $356.1 million. The company now has 43 million active accounts, a rise of 41% over the same period in 2019. The streaming company said it was the No. 1 connected device based on hours …

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Breaking: Twitter Freezes Trump Campaign For Misinfo

UPDATE: The Washington Post has amended the post seen below. It now says this: Twitter said it will require President Trump’s campaign account to remove a post containing coronavirus misinformation, banning the account from tweeting until it does so. Team Trump’s tweet of a video clip from a Fox News interview — in which President Trump said that children are …

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GOP Illinois US House Rep. Rodney Davis Tests COVID+

Chicago’s WBBM reports: Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis said Wednesday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Taylorville Republican said he has a mild fever but no other symptoms and plans to self-quarantine. Davis said he received the positive test result Wednesday morning. His wife and the staff members he has worked with in-person have all tested negative, he …

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Trump Again Pushes To Open Schools: No Question COVID Is “Going Away Like Things Go Away” [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump reiterated Wednesday that the coronavirus will “go away,” and he continued to push for schools to reopen since the virus “doesn’t have much of an impact” on children. “It’s going away. It’ll go away. Things go away. No question in my mind that it will go away,” Trump said during a White House press briefing. …

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Facebook Removes Trump COVID Lie For First Time

The Washington Post reports: Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump’s post of a video clip from a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from covid-19. “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Facebook …

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FL Passes 500K Cases, Breaks Hospitalizations Record

Forbes reports: One of the country’s hardest-hit states, Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus infections on Wednesday against a backdrop of dwindling federal aid that has turned local governments against each other. Despite a recent dip in new infections, Florida reported an additional 5,409 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while setting a new record for hospitalizations. Last week, mayors from 163 Florida cities …

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GOP Lawmakers To Sue MN Gov Over Mask Mandate

The Minnesota Pioneer Press reports: A group of Republican lawmakers and voters on Tuesday said it plans to bring a federal lawsuit against the Walz administration contending the governor’s mandate of face masks in public places, including polling places, violates state law and Minnesotans’ constitutional rights. A handful of voters along with the watchdog Minnesota Voters Alliance brought the action …

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Lively Blames LGBTQs And JMG For “Cultural Marxism”

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: Anti-LGBTQ extremist Scott Lively called Chief Justice John Roberts a “snake in the grass” after Roberts joined a July 24 ruling against churches that were challenging public health orders that restrict the size of gatherings in houses of worship. Lively blamed an array of problems on LGBTQ people, who he said “have been …

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CDC Reports Four Deaths From Swallowing Sanitizer

Reuters reports: Fifteen cases of methanol poisoning caused by swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers were reported in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June, leading to four deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday. Three of the 15 poisoning case patients in the Southwestern states were discharged with visual impairment, the CDC said. An earlier …

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Ex-Clients Of DHS Sec Got $160M In DHS Contracts

CNBC reports: Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department. Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took …

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Trump Babbles On Mail Voting: You’ll Never Know Who The Winner Is But The Winner’s Gonna Be Me [VIDEO]

“You’re never gonna know who won the election, you can’t have that. And Nevada is a big state. It’s an important state. It’s a very political state. And the governor happens to be a Democrat. “And I don’t believe the post office can be set up. They were given no notice. You’re talking about millions of votes. It’s a catastrophe …

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Trump Scamvangelical: The COVID Vaccine Will Kill You

“That’s why they’re trying to push this thing with COVID-19. They’re trying to drag it out so they can put masks on every single person because that is the forced compliance that will come, and then everybody will have to get a vaccine. “If you go and get the vaccine, you’ll be dead within a couple of years. This is …

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Republicans Work To Get West On Ballot In Four States

NBC News reports: Republicans in at least four states, including a crucial swing state, appear to be helping music superstar Kanye West gain ballot access for November’s election, actions that raise new questions about the hip-hop star’s presidential bid. West’s bid has been marred by missed deadlines and faulty filings that have frustrated his efforts to make the ballot in …

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Limbaugh Claims Fauci Holds Patent On COVID Vax

Media Matters reports: Rush Limbaugh has begun promoting anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Robert Kennedy Jr. latest accusation, claiming that Dr. Anthony Fauci is personally profiting off of efforts to create a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic. Various such conspiracy theories have circulated for months, accusing Fauci and the NIH of owning patents or other research to either create the coronavirus itself …

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Texas Man Used Bailout Funds To Buy Lamborghini

This isn’t a rerun, it’s just more Trumpian oversight. From the Justice Department: A Houston, Texas man has been taken into custody on allegations he fraudulently obtained more than $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Lee Price III, 29, spent the money on luxury …

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“Failing” New York Times Adds 669K Subscribers In Q2

The New York Times reports: Over a three-month period dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and a slowdown in advertising, The New York Times Company for the first time reported quarterly revenue that owed more to digital products than to the print newspaper. As much of its staff worked remotely, The Times brought in $185.5 million in revenue for digital subscriptions …

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Trump Lawyer To Defend Church Defying CA Lockdown

The Christian Post reports: Pastor John MacArthur is facing legal action after openly defying California’s restrictions on church gatherings. Now the embattled pastor is receiving special counsel from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Jenna Ellis, and religious freedom expert Charles LiMandri. “I stand firm with Grace Community Church, its Elder Board, and Pastor MacArthur in biblical truth and the protections …

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Fired Anti-LGBT Trump Appointee Now Claims Jacob Wohl Took Her Phone To Post Inflammatory Tweets

Will Sommer reports at The Daily Beast: The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed …

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Fauci: I’m Getting Death Threats, Family Gets Harassed

NBC News reports: Fewer than a third of Americans say they trust what President Donald Trump has said about the coronavirus pandemic, new polling shows, while a majority of the public trusts the messaging from the country’s leading health experts. According to the NBC News Weekly Tracking Poll, 58 percent of Americans say they don’t trust what Trump has said …

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Billy Graham Statue Set To Be Installed At US Capitol

Christianity Today reports: A life-sized statue of Billy Graham will be installed in the US Capitol’s Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the US House want removed. Last week, a North Carolina legislative committee approved a 2-foot model of the statue depicting the famous evangelist …

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