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Trump election tweet is 'grounds for impeachment'

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Friday, July 31


REPUBLICANS REJECT TRUMP'S CALL TO DELAY ELECTION Top Republicans firmly rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion to delay the presidential election over unfounded concerns about mail-in voting fraud. Hours after Trump’s tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assured a Kentucky news station that the government would make sure the election takes place on Nov. 3. Experts stressed that the president has no legal authority to delay the election, and a Trump-supporting conservative scholar suggested the president's tweets could be grounds for impeachment. [HuffPost]


UNSEALED DOCUMENTS DETAIL DAMNING EVIDENCE AGAINST GHISLAINE MAXWELL Hundreds of pages of court documents involving British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein accused of enabling the late financier’s sexual abuse of underage girls, were unsealed on Thursday night following a monthslong court battle. Among other things, the documents add detail to an allegation that Epstein forced an underage girl to have sex with Prince Andrew at Maxwell’s London apartment. [HuffPost]


OREGON GOVERNOR: TRUMP'S PLAN TO DOMINATE STREETS 'FAILED' Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Trump both refused to back down over whether federal force is appropriate at the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in Portland. Trump tweeted at Brown, accusing her of “not doing her job” as the demonstrations at federal buildings in downtown Portland continue. He described the protesters as “Anarchists & Agitators” and threatened to continue using federal force. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Homeland Security complied intelligence reports on journalists covering the Portland protests -- an extraordinary abuse of a system meant to share intelligence about terrorists. [HuffPost]

 

 

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FOREIGN TOUR FOR POMPEO'S WIFE DEEMED 'NECESSARY FOR NATIONAL SECURITY' A pricey overseas trip by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife was partially funded by taxpayers because it was “necessary for national security,” insisted some State Department officials in a memo. Others disagreed that public money should be spent so that Susan Pompeo could accompany her husband on his tour of the Middle East early last year during the government shutdown, when funds were particularly tight and government workers were unpaid. [HuffPost]


OBAMA'S EULOGY: A CALL TO ACTION Former President Barack Obama issued a sweeping call to action on voting rights in his eulogy for civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Rep. John Lewis, calling for an end to the filibuster, automatic voter registration, allowing formerly incarcerated people to vote, expanding early voting and making Election Day a national holiday. “If you want to honor John, let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” Obama said, calling out the hypocrisy of politicians who posted tributes to Lewis while dedicating their careers to enacting voting restrictions and trying to dismantle and gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act. [HuffPost]


HERMAN CAIN DIES OF CORONAVIRUS AT AGE 74 Herman Cain, a former business executive who ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has died at age of 74 after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Cain, who joined Trump in campaigning against face masks during the pandemic, was diagnosed less than two weeks after attending Trump's rally in Oklahoma. [HuffPost]

 

WHAT'S BREWING


HURRICANE ISAIAS BARRELS TOWARDS BAHAMAS, FLORIDA 

Officials across the Caribbean and the southern U.S. have urged citizens to brace for Hurricane Isaias after the storm gained strength and barreled over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that Isaias had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of about 80 mph. The Bahamian government issued a hurricane warning for large swaths of the country, and Hubert Minnis, the country’s prime minister, urged citizens to “prepare for the worst.” This comes as a Florida newspaper pleads with Gov. Ron De Santis to step up the fight against COVID-19: "We're dying out here." [HuffPost]


BIDEN MAKES THE SIMPLEST ANTI-TRUMP PROMISE EVER 

Over the past few weeks, Joe Biden has released details of his plans for the country should he defeat Trump in November. But one simple promise is drawing plenty of praise. Hours after Trump set off a fury with a tweet suggesting the November election be delayed, Biden took to social media with his own vow: You won't have to worry about my tweets when I'm president. Meanwhile, Trump's reelection campaign appears to be centered around pretending there's no pandemic. [HuffPost]


TRUMP'S SUDDEN PHOTO OP JUST HAPPENED TO BE DURING OBAMA'S EULOGY Trump's public schedule was clear through mid-afternoon Thursday — right up until Obama was about to take the dais at John Lewis’ funeral 600 miles to the southwest — when suddenly, reporters and cameras were called into the Oval Office. As Obama remembered the Georgia civil rights great, Trump -- a reality TV master of counterprogramming -- spoke to the family of murder victim Vanessa Guillen. [HuffPost]


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE TYING REPUBLICANS IN KNOTS More than 25 million laid-off workers received their final $600 weekly supplemental payments from the federal government last weekend and Senate Republicans are in disarray over whether to replace the benefits or just drop them. [HuffPost]


U.S. ALLOWS MICHAEL COHEN TO PUBLISH UNFLATTERING BOOK ABOUT TRUMP Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, will be allowed to publish a book critical of the president before the Nov. 3 election while completing his criminal sentence at home. The agreement between Cohen’s lawyers and federal prosecutors also frees Cohen to engage with news organizations and use social media, as he serves the remainder of his three-year term for campaign finance violations and other crimes in home confinement. [HuffPost]


RECKONING WITH THE FEMINIST, EUGENICIST FOUNDER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD Margaret Sanger was a walking contradiction. The founder of the birth control movement spent her life arguing that women’s liberation was predicated on their ability to control their own reproduction. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother,” she wrote in 1919. At the same time, she bought into the ideology of eugenics — the belief that genetics could improve through selective breeding — and supported sterilization of those who were deemed unfit to reproduce. [HuffPost]

 

 

 

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