Joshua Holland

Your tax-dollars at work: Barr's Justice Department busted for helping Trump delegitimize absentee ballots

On Thursday, the US Attorney's office in central Pennsylvania released a highly unusual statement. "Since Monday," it read, "FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded.  Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time.  Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump."

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Here's the real reason Trump is being so open about his plot to steal the election

Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November should alarm every American. "You know that I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots,” he said on Wednesday. “Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer frankly. There'll be a continuation.” It was Stalin-esque.

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Joe Biden is being cagey on expanding the Court. Is that the right play?

Joe Biden is an instinctive institutionalist. In the past, he has opposed killing the filibuster and expanding the Court in response to the theft of what should be Merrick Garland's seat. But he has left himself some room to maneuver on the filibuster, at least, telling The New York Times last year that “it’s going to depend on how obstreperous [Senate Republicans] become." According to The Times, he "noted that he has historically supported the filibuster and was optimistic he could find common ground with Republicans. 'But I think you’re going to just have to take a look at it.'”

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The future of RGB's seat will likely hinge on control of the Senate

Donald Trump may push Senate Republicans to try to jam a Supreme Court nominee through before the election, but I think it's more likely that he'll opt to run on the vacancy given that it's an issue that could bring Republicans who don't like him back into the fold. It would be better for him than running against the Democratic backlash that would follow a hasty confirmation before the election. And Senate Majority Mitch McConnell would also be hard-pressed to usher through a confirmation in that brief period, and he has vulnerable members who need to be home campaigning.

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How the 2020 election could go relatively smoothly — and deliver Trump a resounding defeat

There are always dark warnings coming from the fringes that an incumbent president may refuse to honor the results of a losing election and pull off some sort of coup to remain in power. But with Donald Trump, such concerns are mainstream, and for good reason. Claiming widespread fraud, Trump rejected the results of the popular vote when he won the White House in 2016. His former consigliere, Michael Cohen, has said that he doesn't believe that Trump would leave peacefully if he loses. Trump has been preemptively lying about absentee balloting being rife with fraud for months, and just last week, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany laid the groundwork to claim that ballots counted after November 3 aren't "fair," telling Fox News that determining the outcome on Election Night is "how the system is supposed to work."

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If you believe in science then you should worry a lot about Trump rushing out a vaccine for the election

If you believe in science and have respect for the expert opinion of immunologists and clinicians, then you should be quite worried about Trump exerting political pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a vaccine for Covid-19 quickly, for political purposes, before it has been proven safe and effective. It is, after all, scientists who have been sounding the alarm over precisely this scenario.

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This key metric is looking very good for Joe Biden's chances in November

There has been some chatter--embraced by the Trump campaign and its allies in the conservative press--suggesting that the head-to-head polls are missing "shy" Trump voters--people who support him but are wary of telling a pollster that they do for fear of social opprobrium.

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The presidential race really could end up as a tie — we should prepare for that now

I don't want to add to anyone's stress, so let me preface this by saying that according to modeling by both FiveThirtyEight and The Economist, the likelihood of an Electoral College tie is less than one percent. But this is 2020, a crackpot reality TV star who barely speaks English remains competitive in the presidential race and clouds of mosquitoes are killing cows and horses in Louisiana. If any year is going to throw us an anxiety-inducing curveball that threatens to rip the country apart, this one seems like a strong candidate.

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Woodward: Trump's former spy chief thought he was psychotic

Obviously, politicians aren't always honest. They spin, and sometimes lie outright. But Donald Trump, who once told reporters that his supporters had gotten soaked waiting for him in the rain on a day when there was no precipitation in the area, is in a league of his own. Through July 9, The Washington Post had tallied 20,055 "false or misleading claims" Trump had made in his 1,267 days in office, which averages out to just under 16 per day. That isn't easy to do.

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Trump's lies cost tens of thousands of American lives--and Bob Woodward has the proof on tape

It is not news that Donald Trump downplayed the severity of Covid-19 for an extended period of time, calling it a "hoax" and blaming Democrats and the media for exaggerating the seriousness of the pandemic to hurt him politically. But we live in a hyperpolarized country with a balkanized media environment, and that makes it incredibly significant that veteran journalist Bob Woodward captured Trump saying as much himself, explicitly, on tape.

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