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the election

Refusing to Leave, Trump Schemes for Ways to Stay

They seemed like paranoia, the editorials and op-ed pieces that predicted Donald Trump would refuse to leave, ours as well, but his every move since Election Day has borne out the predictions. Even so, disbelief caused some to reassure "He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave”.

There's no sign of that. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Mr. Trump said from the White House briefing room two days after the
Twelve days after election, with Twitter annotating almost all his tweets

election. "If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us, if you count the votes that came in late”. The nation cringed and most television networks cut away, but Trump has continued ever since.


Some 20,000 came to Washington D.C. for the Trump March on November 14th.

Campaign lawyers have filed over 30 lawsuits over alleged irregularities in states where even a win in court would not overcome wide vote margins. All save one lost (poll observers in Philadelphia were allowed to stand closer to poll workers) . "He knows he's lost" came anonymous voices from inside the White House, but as he runs short on options, Trump has gone to the new and astonishing extreme of trying to block state election boards from certifying election results while simultaneously inducing legislators to overturn their people's vote for Biden and hand their state's Electoral College vote to Trump.

In a seditious attempt to subvert the election, Trump invited the two most senior Republicans in the Michigan state legislature to the White House assuredly to try to persuade them to choose the Trump slate of electors rather than Biden's for their meeting on December 14th when they will vote. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied…

healthcare

With Pandemic Raging Again, Will Supreme Court Kill Obamacare?

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments why the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in its entirety versus why it is too important not to continue undisturbed. If the justices decide the former, the consequences will be calamitous.

Almost all of the 23 million people and families — roughly 11 million who bought insurance on federal and state exchanges and 12 million


who obtained coverage from Medicaid expansion — would lose coverage under the Act, and in the midst of the most severe health crisis in a century.

Millions more have, owing to the pandemic's blow to the economy, lost jobs that provided employer-paid health insurance — three million so far estimates the Urban Institute and possibly millions more if the renewed spread of Covid-19 causes businesses to close this winter. Many of those Update: November 11: In something of a surprise, Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts suggesting that it didn't seem necessary to strike down the entire act because parts are unconstitutional."I think it's hard for you to argue that Congress intended the entire act to fall if the mandate was struck down when the same Congress that lowered the penalty to zero did not even try to repeal the rest of the act," Roberts told the attorney representing Texas, one of the states fighting the law.
    

furloughed might qualify for Obamacare's subsidized insurance, but not if the Court takes away that opportunity.

Gone as well will be the prohibition against denying coverage for reason of a pre-existing condition, as well as its companion rule that insurers cannot cancel policies when someone becomes ill. The popular provision of family plans covering sons and daughters until age 26 — some two million young adults according to the government — would also end.

Consensus opinion has come to think that the Court would not go so far as to strike down the entire law. But what the justices are most likely to retain, rather than face the wrath of…

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the presidency

If All Else Fails, a Coup?

We are in the period of greatest unease, the 77 day interregnum between the election and inauguration with a defeated Donald Trump still president. Of one so beset by narcissism that he cannot tolerate losing, one who seeks vengeance for very slight, it was feared that he would lash out with acts of destruction that would throw the country into chaos and endanger the nation's security. Trump is on course to do exactly that.

Our companion article covers his attempt to use lawsuits and the courts to hold onto power by reversing president-elect Biden's victory. In parallel he is working his way through his enemies list in a campaign to seek retribution against anyone who has crossed him or intimated disloyalty.

First to go after the election was Mark Esper, secretary of defense, fired by tweet by a president not man enough to fire in person. After positioning military units should they be needed in D.C.'s Lafayette Park against protesters, he and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley walked to the church for the president's photo-op, but both did an about face a few days later, Milley saying, “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics”. There's speculation that Milley would soon be let go. "Milley has run afoul of a faction of top Trump aides who are purging officials all over the government", said a Washington Post opinion column. CIA… Read More »

election

Days Before Election, Biden’s Involvement in Son’s Dealings Surfaces

Ron Johnson, Republican senator from Wisconsin, had made no secret of the objective of his committee's year-long investigation of the Biden family. It would make clear Joe Biden's "unfitness for office", he said. In a radio interview in mid-September he predicted his soon to be released report…

"would certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting for Vice President Biden...What our investigations are uncovering, I think, will reveal this is not somebody we should be electing president of the United States.”

But the report, a joint product of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee and Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) Committee on Finance, fell well short of that when it was released a week later.



It tells us of the State Department's George Kent, working in Ukraine to stamp out corruption, voicing his objections in 2015 and 2016 that the alleged $50,000 a month paid to Hunter Biden for serving on the board of the Ukraine gas company, Burisma Holdings, made it “very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.” The State Department views both Burisma and its its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, as corrupt.

Much of the report is unrelated to the Bidens; 18 of the report's 87 pages are given over to images of text messages between an official at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington and the Obama administration arranging meetings for coffee or beer, with no idea… Read More »

the presidency

Has Trump Created a Death Cult?

President Trump has given up combating the pandemic. So has Vice President Mike Pence, both of them holding superspreader rallies around the country, with Trump every time telling his audiences "We're rounding the corner" when each day's new COVID-19 cases — 84,000 on the day before this is written — set new records for the U.S. "We're not going to control the pandemic", Trump's chief of staff
Trump airport rally

Mark Meadows just admitted, when questioned about a second White House outbreak, "because it is a contagious virus — just like the flu”.

Actually, the president gave up long ago. The days when he decided it best to take an active role, holding late afternoon televised briefings with Drs. Fauci and Birx alongside, are long gone. Even then, less concerned for the nation's health than the plunging economy on which he was counting for re-election,… Read More »

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