HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

259,130 user registrations and 82,879,174 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment
Democratic Underground on Facebook   Democratic Underground on Twitter

The Left Column

soothsayer

Joe Biden: Donald Trump turned his back on the middle class long before COVID-19

Here’s the truth—Donald Trump turned his back on the middle class long before COVID-19. He cut taxes for the super-wealthy, drove U.S. manufacturing into a recession, and stacked the deck against hardworking Americans. It's time we pick a different path.

mahatmakanejeeves

Top Democrats say postmaster general acknowledged new policies that workers say are delaying mail

The head of the U.S. Postal Service acknowledged in a meeting with top Democrats that he instituted new policies restricting overtime and extra mail processing trips, moves that the agency previously downplayed and that postal workers say have caused mail backlogs, according to a letter released Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.).

soothsayer

Summary of the worst of the alleged NRA abuses

To sum it up, LaPierre and his lieutenants spent millions of dollars in membership dues paid by NRA members who were told their second amendment rights were at risk on lavish trips and vacations, kickbacks and sweetheart deals, all in violation of NRA rules and IRS requirements. According to the lawsuit, LaPierre spent *at least* $1.3 million chartering private flights between 2016 and 2018 for himself and his family members. Turns out, he wasn’t even present on many of those flights! The NRA rails against the “Hollywood elite” and celebrities, but LaPierre testified he visits the Bahamas in December to attend a “celebrity retreat” organized by an individual who also happens to be a principal stakeholder in businesses that have business relationships with NRA.

Nevilledog

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories.

brooklynite

Donald Trump is losing the culture wars

The culture wars aren't working for Donald Trump. His law-and-order rhetoric isn’t registering with suburban voters. One of his leading evangelical supporters, Jerry Falwell Jr., was just photographed with his zipper down. Immigration isn't provoking the response it did in 2016, and NASCAR has spurned the president. Even an attempt by a New York Democrat to take down the National Rifle Association — a lawsuit announced Thursday by state Attorney General Letitia James — looks unlikely to juice Trump's reelection hopes.

spanone

In a loss for Trump, judge says woman who accused him of rape can proceed with defamation suit

A New York judge handed a loss Thursday to President Trump in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her years ago, rejecting Trump’s bid to delay the case while an appeals court considered a separate, but similar, matter. Verna L. Saunders, a New York Supreme Court Justice, wrote that the lawsuit filed by journalist E. Jean Carroll could move forward and need not wait for an appeals court decision in a similar suit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, who also alleges Trump sexually assaulted her.

Celerity

Trump's Latest Declaration Is Beyond Terrifying

In the past several weeks, we’ve been observing how Donald Trump is aggressively attacking both absentee ballots and the swing states that offer them. It’s well established that he intends to undermine as many state absentee ballot laws as he can get away with, through a well-funded series of legal challenges to the process. Most recently, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to stop Nevada from offering absentee ballots. So far, the campaign to re-elect our first fascist president has spent more than $20 million in its jihad against voting during a severe pandemic, and there’s no end in sight. We can also count on Trump litigating absentee ballots during and after Election Day, likely targeting too-close-to-call counties that could flip the electoral votes of an entire state, if necessary.

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Biden says Harris is 'very much in contention' to be his running mate

Joe Biden said Sen. Kamala Harris is “very much in contention” to be his running mate on the 2020 Democratic ticket, clarifying that he doesn’t hold a grudge against the California lawmaker for attacking him in an early primary debate.The presumptive Democratic nominee’s conciliatory tone toward Harris comes after senior members of Biden’s vetting team had thrown cold water on her vice presidential bid in the final stretch of Biden’s search.

Heartstrings

"Sometimes I wish I could try on white skin"

(Arnold Ragas on Medium) Sometimes my black life matters. It mattered the day I was walking to my car at Lenox when I was ordered inside a police car until I sufficiently explained my purpose for being in the deck. My keys in hand provided no clue. My black life mattered the day I was helping someone move her furniture from her apartment to a moving van when several police officers pointed their guns at me until I sufficiently explained my purpose. Carrying a microwave to a moving van provided no clue. My black life mattered the day I was looking through storefront windows and police detained me and questioned me until I sufficiently explained my purpose. It mattered further when I reached into my pocket for my wallet and they pulled their guns on me. My black life almost became matter on the pavement.

Around DU

Editorials & Other Articles

General Discussion

Topics

Places

Special thanks to Omaha Steve for creating and maintaining the Democratic Underground for Joe ActBlue page

Latest Breaking News

Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says

2 min ago - But a new assessment says China would prefer to see the president defeated, though it is not clear Beijing is doing much to meddle in the 2020 campaign to help Joseph R. Biden Jr. WASHINGTON — Russia is using a range of techniques to denigrate Josep ... (The New York Times)

CDC: Children Can Develop Severe Cases of the Coronavirus

12 min ago - Children are at risk of developing severe cases of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control warned in a report on Friday. The report looked at nearly 580 kids who were hospitalized with the coronavirus between the start of March and ... (U.S. News and World Report)

Canada's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses

37 min ago - The Milne Ice Shelf lost some 40 percent of its area — and the last known epishelf lake in the northern hemisphere — over two days late last month. Moira Warburton, Reuters -August 7, 2020 The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic ... (artictoday.com)

Postal Service overhauls leadership as Democrats press for investigation of mail delays

41 min ago - Lawmakers want the inspector general to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's cost-cutting measures and investments Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the nation's mail service, displacing the two top executives overse ... (Washington Post)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says chance of coronavirus vaccine being highly effective is 'not great'

1 hr ago - White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the chances of scientists creating a highly effective vaccine — one that provides 98% or more guaranteed protection — for the virus are slim. Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus ... (CNBC)

N.Y.P.D. Besieges Black Lives Matter Leader as He Broadcasts Live

2 hrs ago - Derrick Ingram, a Black Lives Matter organizer, was besieged inside his Manhattan apartment on Friday while a police helicopter patrolled overhead, officers banged on his door and police dogs growled in the hallway. The street outside had been close ... (New York Times)

Falwell agrees to take indefinite 'leave of absence' after request from Board of Trustees

2 hrs ago - LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Jerry Falwell has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University after the Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees met Friday and made the ... (ABC 13 West)

Georgia school district will now only offer virtual learning after 90 staff members quarantine

2 hrs ago - (CNN)A school district in Georgia has decided to start the school year with virtual learning, after more than 90 staff members were forced to quarantine due to a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, or due to being exposed to someone who did. &q ... (CNN)

Florida surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths with Friday's pandemic report

2 hrs ago - Fatalities linked to COVID-19 continue to rise in Florida, as the state on Friday reported another 180 deaths. While devastating, the total is fewer than the record for a daily report, 257, posted one week earlier. The latest daily totals are not re ... (Sun Sentinel)

NFL owner Dan Snyder files $10M lawsuit over false sex trafficking stories

2 hrs ago - Washington football team owner Dan Snyder filed a $10 million lawsuit on Friday against an Indian media outlet that published stories accusing the 55-year-old of participating in sex trafficking linked to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, accordin ... (The Hill)

Canada slaps retaliatory tariffs on US aluminum goods

3 hrs ago - Canada has announced a C$3.6bn ($2.7bn, £2.1bn) tariff on US aluminium products a day after US President Donald Trump imposed a 10% tariff on some Canadian aluminium products. Canada and the US reached a deal last year to lift tariffs on steel and al ... (BBC World News)

Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

3 hrs ago - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Russia's foreign minister against Moscow paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants and other Afghan fighters for killing American service members, U.S. officials said. Mr. Pompeo's warning is the first kno ... (New York Times)

Epstein's victims get second chance at justice against sex offender in appeals court

3 hrs ago - The young victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will get a second chance at seeking justice after an entire appellate court agreed Friday to rehear claims that federal prosecutors in South Florida violated their rights when they kept them in the da ... (Miami Herald)

China working against Trump's reelection, while Russia spreads disinformation on Biden

4 hrs ago - Full Title: China working against Trump's reelection, while Russia spreads disinformation on Biden: US intelligence A U.S. government intelligence report released on Friday says China is actively interfering in the 2020 election process against Pres ... (ABC News)

US officials: Russia denigrating Biden ahead of election

4 hrs ago - By DEB RIECHMANN and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to ... (AP)

Postal Service chief denies slowing down election mail to assist Trump

5 hrs ago - The head of the United States Postal Service on Friday denied claims he was sabotaging election mail on behalf of President Donald Trump, as large delivery delays spark fears of a voting crisis associated with an increase in mail-in ballots. ...snip ... (Politico)

Trump vaccine official: 'I would resign instantly' if pressured politically

5 hrs ago - The chief scientist of the Trump administration’s effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine said in a new interview that he would “resign instantly” if he was forced to inappropriately accelerate a vaccine for political reasons. “The data will dictate ... (The Hill)

Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined $2T coronavirus deal

5 hrs ago - Democratic leaders said Friday that the White House rejected an offer for a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that as part of a closed-door Thursday meeting, Democrats offered to reduce their $3.4 t ... (The Hill)

Ethics Committee finds Rashida Tlaib violations were 'bad timing' not 'ill intent'

5 hrs ago - The House Ethics Committee found Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) violated campaign finance rules by receiving a campaign salary when she was no longer a congressional candidate — but that she did not have “ill intent” in her actions. The committee conc ... (Politico)

American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online

5 hrs ago - In the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the opposition research book on Donald Trump compiled by the liberal Super PAC American Bridge. In 2020, American Bridge is putting it online for free. The group on Friday is publishing 1,04 ... (Politico)

Judge Rules That Trump Rape Accuser E. Jean Carroll Can Go Ahead With Defamation Suit

6 hrs ago - A woman who alleges she was raped by President Donald Trump years ago can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against him, a New York judge has ruled. Trump had sought to delay the lawsuit from journalist E. Jean Carroll, who alleges the president de ... (Daily Beast)

House Democrats can sue Trump over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding, court rules

6 hrs ago - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that House Democrats can proceed with a lawsuit over President Trump's diversion of $2.5 billion in Pentagon funding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. In a 7-2 decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rul ... (The Hill)

Appeals court rules against Trump, says House can sue to enforce McGahn subpoena

7 hrs ago - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the House's subpoena of former White House counsel Don McGahn, ruling that Congress has the right to enforce its subpoenas in court. The 7-2 decision from the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses an ea ... (The Hill)

Germany and France quit WHO reform talks amid tension with Washington - sources

7 hrs ago - (Reuters) - France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters. The move is a se ... (Reuters)

Air India Plane With 180 Passengers Skids Off Runway and Cracks in Half

7 hrs ago - The plane had been returning from Dubai when it skidded off a rain-soaked airport runway in the state of Kerala in southern India. Images from Indian media showed the fuselage had split. An Indian airliner with more than 180 passengers skidded off a ... (New York Times)

Oprah Winfrey Sets Up 26 Billboards Outside Louisville, Kentucky for Breonna Taylor

7 hrs ago - After featuring Taylor on the cover of the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine — which hits newsstands on Aug. 11 —Winfrey, 66, is also erecting dozens of billboards around Louisville, Kentucky, demanding justice for the young woman who was kill ... (People)

Judge dismisses lawsuit to invalidate proxy voting in the House

7 hrs ago - A judge has dismissed House Republicans' lawsuit to invalidate a House rules change allowing members to vote remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that federal courts have little power to regulate strictly legislati ... (CBS)

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

7 hrs ago - LBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic ... (AP News)

Brent Scowcroft, key national security adviser to two presidents, dies at 95

9 hrs ago - Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served at the right hand of power as national security adviser for presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush and played instrumental roles in shaping nuclear warfare strategy, dealing with the e ... (Washington Post)

Health directors told to keep quiet as Fla. leaders pressed to reopen classrooms

9 hrs ago - As Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed this summer for schools to reopen, state leaders told school boards they would need Health Department approval if they wanted to keep classrooms closed. Then they instructed health directors not to give it. Following a d ... (Palm Beach Post)