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Judge Knocks Down Law Requiring Fine Payment Before Voting In Florida Felons Case

Judge Knocks Down Law Requiring Fine Payment Before Voting In Florida Felons Case

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 11:29 a.m.A federal judge ruled Sunday that a Florida law requiring people with felony convictions to pay off all their court fines and fees before being able to register to vote is unconstitutional.Calling the fee requirements “taxes in substance though not in name,” Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida decried the “pay-to-vote system” as failing to stand up to constitutional scrutiny. He said that the law cannot discriminate against people who, after serving out their sentences, are only barred from the franchise of voting by their inability to...

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Trump Marks Memorial Day By Calling Rep. Who Is A Marine Vet An 'American Fraud'

Trump Marks Memorial Day By Calling Rep. Who Is A Marine Vet An 'American Fraud'

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 4:16 p.m.President Donald Trump marked Memorial Day by calling Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), a Marine Corps veteran, an “American fraud.”Sean Parnell is an American Hero. Connor Lamm has proven to be an American fraud, and a puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi. He said he would NOT vote for her for Speaker, and did. Will kill 2A. Voted to impeach (on nothing). A TOTAL & COMPLETE Sean Parnell Endorsement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Besides the misspelling, Lamb can hardly be called a “puppet” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) — he was one of 15 Democrats who did not...

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Trump And Pence Threaten To Yank RNC Out NC If Guv Doesn't Allow Full Attendance At Event

Trump And Pence Threaten To Yank RNC Out NC If Guv Doesn't Allow Full Attendance At Event

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 1:05 p.m.President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are holding the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC) hostage to force North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to reopen his state enough to let the event space in Charlotte reach full capacity even during the COVID-19 outbreak.“Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena,” Trump on Monday morning.He demanded that Cooper “immediately” inform GOP conventiongoers as to whether the event, which...

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Trump Pats Himself On The Back For Waiting Longer Than Usual To Visit His Golf Club

Trump Pats Himself On The Back For Waiting Longer Than Usual To Visit His Golf Club

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 11:05 a.m.President Donald Trump was on the defensive on the morning of Memorial Day after he spent the weekend at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Some stories about the fact that in order to get outside and perhaps, even a little exercise, I played golf over the weekend,” Trump . “The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin – I knew this would happen!”He bragged about the two and a half months that had passed between his golf excursion this weekend and the .“What they don’t say is that it was my first golf in almost...

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Trump Ramps Up His War On Vote By Mail

Trump Ramps Up His War On Vote By Mail

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 9:00 a.m.President Trump took his war on vote-by-mail to the next level last week with a pair of tweets Wednesday morning  to hold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada hostage due to the states’ moves to expand absentee voting. Both states are mailing out absentee ballot applications to registered voters (Trump, in his initial tweet targeting Michigan, claimed falsely that the state was universally mailing out ballots). The White House refused to provide an explanation for the tweets, nonsensically claiming it was a question for the campaign. If Trump makes good on...

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Protesters Hang Beshear In Effigy Outside Governor's Mansion

Protesters Hang Beshear In Effigy Outside Governor's Mansion

LatestBy|May 25, 2020 11:33 a.m.During a trumpeting Second Amendment rights outside the Governor’s Mansion at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, protesters hanged Gov. Andy Beshear (D) in effigy, earning bipartisan condemnation.The figure had a sign slung around its neck reading: “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” or “thus always to tyrants.”a man cut the effigy down from the tree it was tied to, saying that it had “no place” at the rally.“The act that was displayed on Capitol grounds today, near where the Governor and his young children live, was wrong and offensive,” Beshear’s communication...

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WH Adviser: Unemployment Will Be In Double Digits By November Election

WH Adviser: Unemployment Will Be In Double Digits By November Election

LatestBy|May 24, 2020 10:19 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toWhite House economic adviser Kevin Hassett shared a grim outlook on unemployment claims by the time of the November election during an interview on CNN Sunday morning.After CNN’s Dana Bash mentioned that the predicted that unemployment could still be at 9% at the end of 2021, she asked Hassett whether it’s possible for the number of unemployment claims to remain in...

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Trump Blasts Former AG He Nominated For Not Being 'Mentally Qualified'

Trump Blasts Former AG He Nominated For Not Being 'Mentally Qualified'

LatestBy|May 24, 2020 11:24 a.m.President Trump continued his ongoing spat with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an with Sharyl Attkinson that aired Sunday morning.After praising both acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennell and the newly Senate-confirmed John Ratcliffe as “superstars,” Trump proceeded to slam Sessions — who he nominated upon entering office in 2017 — for being a “disaster” during his term as attorney general. The President’s latest remarks come amid his relentless bashing of Sessions for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...

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Michigan AG Accuses Trump Of Having A ‘Real Issue’ With Women Leading State

Michigan AG Accuses Trump Of Having A ‘Real Issue’ With Women Leading State

LatestBy|May 23, 2020 12:35 p.m.Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asserted on Friday that President Donald Trump’s persistent attacks against her and other female leaders of Michigan at least partially stem from misogyny.During an with NPR “All Things Considered” co-host Mary Louise Kelly, Nessel noted how Trump has aggressively aimed his fire specifically at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and herself in his war against states’ protective measures amid COVID-19.“Michigan is the only state in the union where women hold our three executive offices, and we...

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Oops: WH Press Secretary Accidentally Flaunts Trump's Bank Info During Briefing

Oops: WH Press Secretary Accidentally Flaunts Trump's Bank Info During Briefing

LatestBy|May 23, 2020 1:43 p.m.Who says the White House is hostile to the notion of transparency?White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany got a little too honest with the media during Friday’s press briefing as she touted President Donald Trump’s $100,000 donation from his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Here’s the check amounted to $100,000 that will go directly from President Trump and his paycheck that he does not take but rather donates it to various noble initiatives, including in honor of COVID this time and those who have...

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Sessions Finally Fires Back At Trump: 'You're Damn Fortunate' I Did My Job

Sessions Finally Fires Back At Trump: 'You're Damn Fortunate' I Did My Job

LatestBy|May 23, 2020 10:28 a.m.Jeff Sessions, the besieged former attorney general to President Donald Trump and now-Alabama senate primary candidate, has reached his breaking point.Trump, who has relentlessly bashed Sessions for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, once again put his ex-attorney general on blast via Twitter on Friday night.“Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down,” the President . “That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!”That was apparently the for the...

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Dear Media Workers: Don’t Listen To Your Boss. Unionize Your Workplace.

Dear Media Workers: Don’t Listen To Your Boss. Unionize Your Workplace.

LatestYou're going to hear a lot of misinformation. Don't be fooled.By|May 21, 2020 6:06 p.m. I hear a lot of media executives talk about why you shouldn’t unionize.I say this as a manager who sat across from the TPM Union and technically negotiated “against” them.I want to talk about some of the arguments I hear against unions and why they are nonsense. The shenanigans are out of control, and workers deserve to know the truth.Where to begin. This is an insane argument I can’t believe exists.When you as a worker are not in a union, you have no leverage at all. You have no liberty. You have...

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WH Rejects Baltimore Mayor's Request For Trump To Cancel Visit Amid COVID

WH Rejects Baltimore Mayor's Request For Trump To Cancel Visit Amid COVID

LatestBy|May 22, 2020 10:47 a.m.The White House on Thursday refused to cancel President Donald Trump’s upcoming Memorial Day visit to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, despite Mayor Jack Young’s request.“The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the President will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our Nation’s history,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Young had urged Trump to call off the visit and honor...

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Defiant Loeffler Declares She Won't Drop Out Of Race Despite Stock Sale Scandal

Defiant Loeffler Declares She Won't Drop Out Of Race Despite Stock Sale Scandal

LatestBy|May 22, 2020 8:59 a.m.Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has no intention of dropping her bid for reelection even as she grapples with the scandal over the shady million-dollar stock dump she and her husband made early in the year right after a private Senate briefing on the impending COVID-19 pandemic.“Not only am I not dropping out, but I’m gonna win,” the embattled GOP senator said during an interview with on Thursday. “And no one’s going to intimidate me into thinking that that’s the right course for our party, for our state, for our country.”“I’m working hard to help reelect the...

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Pompeo Ordered State Dept. Officials To Invent Reason For His Emergency Declaration In Saudi Arms Sale

Pompeo Ordered State Dept. Officials To Invent Reason For His Emergency Declaration In Saudi Arms Sale

LatestBy|May 22, 2020 7:57 a.m.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly ordered officials at the State Department to come up with a rationale for his decision to declare an emergency last year that he used to bypass Congress in his billion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia.Four unnamed sources told CNN of Pompeo’s order, one of whom described the secretary of state’s attitude about the situation as “very Trumpian.”“They seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified,” a State department official said of the Trump administration’s push for the arms sale.The official also stated that...

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Michigan Judge Gives Whitmer A Win In GOP-Majority Legislature's Lawsuit

Michigan Judge Gives Whitmer A Win In GOP-Majority Legislature's Lawsuit

LatestBy|May 21, 2020 5:10 p.m.Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) emergency declaration and accompanying stay-at-home orders were legal, a big initial win in a case that may end up at the state Supreme Court.“The Court concludes that plaintiffs’ challenges to the Governor’s authority to declare a state of emergency under the EPGA and to issue Executive Orders in response to a statewide emergency situation under the EPGA are meritless,” Stephens wrote.She added, in a concession to the legislature, that the governor had violated one of the...

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Hedge Fund Chief Says It's Time to Go For Herd Immunity

Hedge Fund Chief Says It's Time to Go For Herd Immunity

LatestBy|May 21, 2020 5:23 p.m.One of the most remarkable dimensions of the COVID19 Crisis is the way the most garish or clownish versions of class division and privilege are pushed so aggressively to the fore. As we’ve discussed earlier, billionaires are eager to get back to work or rather eager to get you back to work. No less remarkable, they’re eager to talk to reporters or go on TV and make their argument. Now we have hedge fund chief Ricky Sandler, CEO of Eminence Capital, who has announced that America needs to get behind herd immunity. On a CNBC appearance yesterday he lamented “how...

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Trump Enraged By States' Mail-In Voting Initiatives, Threatens To Hold Up Funding

Trump Enraged By States' Mail-In Voting Initiatives, Threatens To Hold Up Funding

LatestBy|May 20, 2020 8:37 a.m.President Donald Trump had a conniption on Wednesday morning upon learning that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had begun sending all registered voters applications in the swing state that would make it easier to vote in the November elections by mail.“This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State,” Trump while erroneously reporting that Benson had sent absentee ballots. “I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”He followed up with a tagging acting Director of the...

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Republican Candidate For U.S. Senate In Oregon Proclaims Allegiance To QAnon

Republican Candidate For U.S. Senate In Oregon Proclaims Allegiance To QAnon

LatestBy|May 20, 2020 11:12 a.m.Republican Jo Rae Perkins, now the official challenger to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in November, acknowledged her Tuesday night primary win with a proclamation of her solidarity with acolytes of the QAnon conspiracy theory.“Where we go one, we go all,” she says , brandishing a “#WWG1WG” sticker with the group’s motto in hashtag form.“I stand with President Trump, I stand with Q and the team,” she continues. “Thank you anons and thank you patriots. And together, we can save our republic.”QAnon is a sweeping far-right conspiracy theory which envisions a secret...

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Report: Trump Won't Hold Obama Portrait Ceremony In WH, Rejecting Tradition

Report: Trump Won't Hold Obama Portrait Ceremony In WH, Rejecting Tradition

LatestBy|May 19, 2020 8:59 a.m.In a snub to former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump will reportedly flout the tradition of a sitting president unveiling an official portrait of his or her predecessor to hang in the White House.reported on Monday that Trump does not plan to hold a ceremony to unveil Obama’s portrait.This rejection of the tradition apparently goes both ways; unnamed sources told NBC News that Obama, who held the rite of passage for former President George W. Bush, does not wish to take part in the ceremony under Trump’s presidency.Trump has escalated his attacks...

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Betrayed Trump Throws A Fit After Fox Host Criticizes POTUS' Unproven COVID-19 Cure

Betrayed Trump Throws A Fit After Fox Host Criticizes POTUS' Unproven COVID-19 Cure

LatestBy|May 19, 2020 10:07 a.m.President Donald Trump has apparently had it up to here with Fox News’ occasional break from its steadfast loyalty to his agenda.“.@FoxNews is no longer the same,” Trump on Monday night. “We miss the great Roger Ailes.”He accused the network of having “more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before.”“Looking for a new outlet!” Trump declared.The President was reacting to Fox News host Neil Cavuto’s alarmed response to Trump  on Monday that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19, an antimalarial drug the President has repeatedly touted as...

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Creator Of FL COVID Dashboard Says She Was Removed For Refusing To 'Manually Change Data'

Creator Of FL COVID Dashboard Says She Was Removed For Refusing To 'Manually Change Data'

LatestBy|May 19, 2020 10:25 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toThe creator and manager of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard says she was removed from that role after refusing to change data.Rebekah Jones, the Florida Department of Health’s GIS (Geographic Information System) manager, was the brains behind the state’s lauded .She told colleagues in a May 5 email first reported by Monday night that her team was being taken off of the...

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The Mueller Interference Everyone Feared Has Happened — Just Two Years Late

The Mueller Interference Everyone Feared Has Happened — Just Two Years Late

LatestBy|May 18, 2020 6:00 a.m.At his January 2019 confirmation hearing, Bill Barr to let to special counsel Robert Mueller “complete” his work. But in retrospect, Barr’s promise was dangerously limited. It turned out that it didn’t foreclose him from meddling in the cases that Mueller passed back to the Justice Department after the special counsel stepped down.Barr let Mueller wind down his office, then immediately began unwinding Mueller’s two years of work. In the year since Mueller closed up shop, Barr has been whittling away at Mueller’s conclusions and the cases brought by Mueller’s...

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Karl Rove Compares Obama's Speech To HBCUs To A 'Political Drive-By Shooting'

Karl Rove Compares Obama's Speech To HBCUs To A 'Political Drive-By Shooting'

LatestBy|May 18, 2020 10:15 a.m.GOP operative and former top Bush administration staffer Karl Rove hurled a dog-whistled complaint on Monday morning at former President Barack Obama’s commencement speech to graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).During an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Rove wagged his finger at Obama for criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the speech.“It is so unseemly for a former president to take the virtual commencement ceremony for a series of historically black colleges and universities and turn it...

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WH Adviser Navarro Throws CDC Under The Bus On COVID Response

WH Adviser Navarro Throws CDC Under The Bus On COVID Response

LatestBy Associated Press|May 17, 2020 2:48 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toWASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers is criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying it “let the country down” after initial delays with testing.White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declined to say when asked Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether...

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