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Jill Wine-Banks says we can get rid of William Barr via disbarment

She was asked by John Heilemann this afternoon (Nicolle Wallace was off today) about what to do about William Barr and this is what she told him:

This time it looks like Barr has made a series of incompetent moves:
His taking control of the Federal Troops at Lafayette Square, his clearing the way for using the gas at Lafayette Square - there’s a whole series of things where he has apparently pissed off The House and I think we need to take into account not just deliberate malice and obstruction, but that he’s being incompetent. And I think the thing that can be done - because realistically between now and election you are not going to be able to get an impeachment on even though it’s well deserved - but there is The Bar and he could be disbarred and I think that’s something that no one should ignore and that we should pay attention to what he is doing to undermine the Department of Justice.

*she also suggested that public outrage could force him out or force trump to remove him, less likely I think...

Happy Failure's Day Trumpy!

No happy wishes from your kids? No where to be found? Should we send an amber alert out on them, like we had to on your missing maga crowd last night?

Watching MSNBC, gotta tell you - seeing all those cars among the pedestrians marching worries me...

I feel like the combo of folks walking and folks driving is an accident waiting to happen. Especially as those trumpsters are leaving their rally and may soon cross paths with all of them...

Trump on Roswell: 'I won't talk to you about what I know about it, but it's very interesting'

(The Hill) President Trump claims to know secret information about Roswell, the New Mexico city known for its proximity to a famous UFO event.

In a Father’s Day interview with his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., he was asked if he would work to gather more information on the event “and let us know what’s really going on.”

“I won’t talk to you about what I know about it, but it’s very interesting,” the president said.

When asked if he would declassify the information he’s referring to, Trump said: “Well, I’ll have to think about that one.”

(Read more) https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/503549-trump-on-roswell-i-wont-talk-to-you-about-what-i-know-about-it-but

*because the pandemic, police brutality, and social injustice is not as important a conversation as UFO's[?/i]

Navy upholds firing of carrier captain who warned of coronavirus

(Politico) The Navy has decided to uphold the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier, the former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved of duty after raising the alarm about a Covid-19 outbreak on his ship in March, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

"The results of the investigation justified the relief," said one person who has seen the investigation. "He failed to take appropriate action, to do the things that the commanding officer of a ship is supposed to do, so he stays relieved."

No other punitive action will be taken against the captain, said a congressional aide.

In a new twist, the Navy is also expected to hold up the promotion of the senior officer onboard the Roosevelt, Rear Adm. Stuart Baker, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 9, said the two people.

"Strike Group Command will also be held accountable for poor decision-making and his second star is being put on hold," said the aide.

After learning of the outbreak on the ship, Crozier argued for evacuating the entire crew as soon as possible. But Baker, Crozier's superior on the ship, reportedly countered that less drastic measures should be taken.

The news brings to a close a highly publicized chain of events that started with an outbreak of the coronavirus onboard the Roosevelt in late March, which forced the ship to stop in Guam and offload its 5,000 sailors. Crozier caused an uproar when he wrote a letter pleading for help from Navy leadership as the coronavirus spread throughout his ship, which was later leaked to the media. Crozier was fired by then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who later stepped down over remarks he made to the ship's crew criticizing the captain's actions.

The news that Crozier will remain relieved is a shift from the Navy's recommendation in April. After a preliminary inquiry, the chief of naval operations recommended that Crozier be reinstated.

(read more) https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/19/navy-fires-brett-crozier-aircraft-carrier-coronavirus-329716

Malala Yousafzai finishes Oxford University, says now is time for 'Netflix, reading and sleep'

London (CNN) Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning woman who survived being shot by the Taliban, has completed her degree at Oxford University.

Yousafzai, who is 22, tweeted early on Friday morning to say she had finished her studies.

"Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford," she wrote. "I don't know what's ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep."

She also shared two photographs -- one of her cutting a cake in celebration with family and another of her covered in cake and confetti

Yousafzai, who was born in Pakistan and is an education and human rights activist, was attacked by the Taliban after becoming a vocal critic of the terrorist group's attempts to stop girls from attending school.

At just 15 years old, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in an assassination attempt while riding a bus home from school. She was airlifted to Britain, where she was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

In completing a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, Yousafzai joins some of the world's top leaders, including former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, current Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron.

(Read More)

Arizona official brought women to the US to give birth and charged families to adopt the babies

Wow. These repugs are just never fail to disgust me.

(CNN) A former Arizona county assessor pleaded guilty to running an adoption fraud scheme that involved bringing pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States to give birth, authorities said Thursday.

Paul Petersen, 45, was an adoption lawyer licensed in Utah and Arizona, and an elected assessor for Maricopa County.

Petersen pleaded guilty to three counts of fraudulent schemes and one count of forgery, all felonies in Arizona. He operated the international adoption scheme in Arizona, Arkansas and Utah, according to the the latter's office of the Attorney General.

In Utah, Petersen is accused of running an enterprise to transport pregnant Marshallese women to the state for adoptions. The women came from the islands in the central Pacific and were housed in residences he allegedly owned or leased.

He transported or secured transportation for more than 40 pregnant Marshallese women to Utah between August 2016 and August 2019, federal prosecutors said.

"The defendant collected proceeds from each adoption in the form of fees paid to him by adoptive parents," the documents said.

(Read More) https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/19/us/marshall-islands-paul-petersen-adoption-scheme/index.html

Pence tries to declare coronavirus over as Trump pushes reopening and campaigning

* These repugs are always trying to hide, twist or cover up the truth and hope we don't notice....

(CNN) Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the administration's coronavirus task force, is publicly painting a rosy picture of the pandemic through his words and actions amid President Donald Trump's push to reopen the country and resume campaigning.

But despite the administration's efforts to declare the pandemic over, 18 states are currently experiencing an increase in cases. And health officials have implored Americans to heed task force guidelines -- including wearing a mask and social distancing -- to slow the spread, and a key model used by the White House is now projecting more than 200,000 deaths by October.

"We may be done with the pandemic, but the pandemic is not done with us," Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said during a STAT Conversation on Tuesday.


On Monday, Pence urged governors to take increased testing into account for increased cases. And on Tuesday, he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal claiming there is "no second wave" of coronavirus. Pence also traveled to Iowa Tuesday, where he had lunch at a local restaurant with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and made remarks at Winnebago Industries touting US "recovery."

At the restaurant, neither Pence nor Reynolds nor the restaurant's owner or patrons wore a mask, and he did not practice social distancing as he greeted diners. Pence also openly flouted social distancing guidelines last week with a trip to Trump campaign headquarters, posting a since-deleted photo with a large group of tightly clustered campaign staff, none of whom wore masks.

Pence attributed a rise in US coronavirus cases to an increase in testing during a Monday call with the nation's governors. But those comments came in the context of an extensive conversation between Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Dr. Deborah Birx on rising cases that weren't attributed to increased testing.

Long article - read more:

'Go Back to Japan': Torrance Police Investigate Hate Crime After Store Finds Threatening Note

*The part that made my blood boil was: Do not forget you are in America. We can do anything we want.

(NBC Los Angeles) A typed letter posted on the front door of a shop in Torrance has become evidence in a hate crime investigation Tuesday.

The letter reads: "We want you to move out." It also goes on to threaten violence.

The owner of the Japanese cookware shop says it's is the worst type of racism he’s experienced since he moved to California.

An employee found the letter Monday that threatens, “go back to Japan…. We are going to bomb your store if you don’t listen and we know where you live.”

The owner – who asked that we not identify him or his shop -- says the threat feels very real. He’s owned this store for nine years.

He moved to the United States when he was 63 after decades of running a business in Japan. He chose the South Bay after visiting on vacation.

"I'm disappointed to see such a poster, because I love America," he said.

Torrance police have the original letter. Officers and security at the shopping center are keeping a close eye on this business. The employee who found the note, Hiro, says he’s still in shock over the blatant racist threats.

Both men said in nine years of business they’ve never experienced such hateful words against them.

"I know it’s a hate crime. I don’t know about if they just don’t like Japanese or asian, because we’re selling authentic Japanese tools," Hiro said.

Detectives are trying to find whoever is responsible for the racist letter. The owner says he doesn’t have security camera around his store, despite the fact that he sells high end custom Japanese cookware.

He said he didn’t want customers to feel watched, but now that he’s the victim of an apparent hate crime. He decided to add cameras after receiving the letter, but he says his store will stay open.


Eleanor Barr, wife of Kentucky Congressman, dies suddenly aged 39

(The Guardian) Eleanor Barr, wife of Kentucky Congressman, dies suddenly aged 39

It is being reported that the wife of Rep. Andy Barr from Kentucky, Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, passed away unexpectedly in the family’s home in Lexington Tuesday night at the age of 39.

The Fayette County coroner was called to the family’s home following the announcement of her passing, WKYT-TV reported.

“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” the statement added. “Congressman Barr may release a more detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two beautiful daughters.”

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement he and his wife are “stunned and heartbroken” by the news, and send their “sincere condolences to Andy, their family and his staff at this terribly painful time.”

Condolences for her passing flowed in through the night from other Kentucky politicians, including Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Barr, who went by Carol, grew up in the state, and went on to attend the University of Kentucky, news outlets reported.

She married Andy Barr in 2008 and the couple went on to have two children. She had worked for Pfizer, and as the executive director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

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