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Morning Digest: Saturday's runoff could set New Orleans on a new path toward criminal justice reform

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The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Orleans Parish, LA District Attorney : Voters in New Orleans go to the polls Saturday in the all-Democratic runoff to choose a replacement for retiring District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who leaves office with a reputation as one of the most punitive prosecu...

Trump's 'eyes and ears at the Department of Justice' sent packing

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From the moment he toadied back onto the political scene, it’s been clear that Donald Trump could have no better attorney general than William Barr. That is, so long as “better” was defined as more willing to twist the entire concept of justice to support Trump’s ability to lie, cheat, and get away with anything. Barr tried out for the job by writing an opinion that he didn’t even think it possible for Trump to commit obstruction of justice, took a star turn by squeezing the 448-page Mueller ...

Cartoon: Join the Election Defense Task Force!

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Vimeo Video No matter what President Trump said in his 46-minute rant from the White House , he lost the election. He’s losing support among key state Republicans and even appears to have lost his ol’ pal, Bill Barr . Never mind, there’s grifting to do! The Trump crew has realized that contributions from conspiracy-addled MAGAheads pour in at a faster pace when the president rants about conspiracies and nefarious plots to remove him from office. (Never mind that the “plot” was a free and fair...

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Trump's grifting is a never ending story

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Donald Trump can’t win the election, and all of Washington, DC knows it. But that won’t stop Trump from fleecing the rubes. Trump has been on a misleading and highly lucrative fundraising drive, telling supporters that they can help overturn the election if they donate while directing the bulk of the cash to his newest political group instead of the entities fighting in court https://t.co/Eske0AvbXD — POLITICO (@politico) December 4, 2020 WaPo: Trump roils Georgia GOP as party waits to see if...

Thursday Night Owls. Salmon: 'Prosecuting Trump is the only way to heal the nation'

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Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At The American Prospect , Alexander Salmon writes— Prosecuting Trump Is the Only Way to Heal the Nation . Letting him off the hook for multiple crimes would reinforce Trump’s own contempt for the rule of law: Going out as it came in, the Trump campaign’s last days were ablaze with misconduct, corruption, and illegal activity with no regard for the law and no fear of consequence. According to the nonpartisan Campaign Leg...

Joe Biden flipped a key House district in Nevada thanks to a strong showing in the Vegas suburbs

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Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide goes to Nevada, which once again backed the Democratic ticket in a tight race. You can find our complete data set here , which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump 50-48 in Nevada, which was similar to Hillary Clinton’s 48-46 showing in 2016 (and also a good demonstration of the reduce...

Rep. Katie Porter serves Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin his pink slip during hearing

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared Wednesday in front of the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing on the handling of American taxpayer money during our current economic and public health crisis. Many Americans would like to know why Mnuchin is trying to sabotage the economy by cutting off the emergency lending programs and clawing back $455 billion into the General Fund . This move would force future Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to negotiate the already-legislated use o...

Rudy Giuliani and his star witness incoherently fart their way through election hearing

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Donald Trump has lost bigly. Since the day after the election Trump, along with his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and a few other people who are really way out in Conspiracyville, have tried to spin a tale of massive voter fraud. The hope is that they can overturn millions of votes and, in so doing, successfully accomplish a coup d’etat of our democracy. One of the transparently racist attempts at disenfranchising Americans in order to install Trump as an authoritarian oligarch was when Giuliani an...

'Stay tuned to us': California radio providing Indigenous farmworkers with vital pandemic knowledge

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The solution to reaching Indigenous farm workers in the U.S. who are unable to fully access novel coronavirus pandemic information due to language barrier issues may start as simply as turning on the radio. CNN reports that a pair of radio hosts in California have used their show to help educate Indigenous migrants who make up part of the state’s farmworkers about the pandemic. Radio Indígena 94.1 FM hosts Bernardino Almazán and Francisco Didier Ulloa can do this “thanks to their ability to s...

Newly elected Muslim official in Michigan received over a thousand threats in November

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After two Michigan Republican officials from the Wayne County Board of Canvassers claimed they were doxxed and threatened following a meeting regarding the certification of local elections, a Wayne State University vice president and local Muslim state representative found themselves subject to violent attacks online. Board chair Monica Palmer and member William Hartmann falsely alleged that Democratic Rep. Abraham Aiyash and Ned Staebler, a Wayne State vice president, threatened them online,...

Loeffler and Perdue stick with McConnell, put their stock portfolios ahead of suffering Georgians

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still holding the nation hostage , after more than six months, in exchange for a huge corporate bailout. He is steadfastly refusing adequate assistance to state and local governments, to the unemployed, to the hungry, to everyone while insisting that there must be a six-year liability shield for corporate America, for companies like Tyson to be able to literally get away with murder . Georgia Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are rig...

Lawmakers in blue state pass major police reform bill that awaits sign-off from Republican governor

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On Tuesday, state lawmakers in Massachusetts passed an important police reform bill that bans the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints, as reported by CNN . Notably, the legislation limits “no-knock” warrants, which a number of police departments have banned in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death . In terms of protests, the legislation also limits police use of both tear gas and rubber pellets, which is particularly relevant as we reflect on a summer of anti-racism and anti-police brutalit...
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