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Yesterday:

 

 

For those who cannot get past the WP (or any other site's) paywall, simply plug the article URL into the necessary field at archive.is. But just to enumerate some of the sheer insanity within:

Caputo is viewed as a Trump loyalist, but several White House officials said his behavior has been erratic and some of his ideas have been regarded as extreme. For example, he proposed the federal government spend millions of dollars on a professionally directed and produced documentary about the administration’s race to develop vaccines that he wanted to air at film festivals, said a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The idea was rejected by White House communications aides.

 

In the Facebook video, Caputo criticizes government career scientists, the media and Democrats, the Times reported and Caputo confirmed. He said he was under attack by the media and that his “mental health has definitely failed."

 

“I don’t like being alone in Washington,” Caputo said in the video, describing “shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long.”

 

Caputo also said the CDC, which is part of HHS, had a “resistance unit” that aimed to undermine Trump. Without offering any evidence, he also accused scientists “deep in the bowels of the CDC” of giving up on science and becoming “political animals.”

 

They “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next,” he said in the video. “There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president.”

He also predicted that Trump would win the election but that Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, would refuse to concede. “And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he warned in the video. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing. If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.”

 

[...]Caputo was an unusual choice for the top health communications job in the government, especially in the middle of the worst public health crisis in a century. A New York public relations specialist and political consultant, Caputo served as campaign manager to controversial businessman Carl Paladino in his unsuccessful bid for governor of New York in 2010. Caputo began working with Trump in 2014, first to assist Trump’s unsuccessful bid to buy the Buffalo Bills that year and then, in 2016, to assist Trump’s efforts in the Republican primary for president in New York.

 

Caputo remained in the public eye, particularly after the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in 2017. In frequent interviews, Caputo bemoaned the investigation and the effect it had on Trump allies who faced hefty legal bills as they received subpoenas and requests for interviews with investigators. When the investigation wrapped, Trump hosted Caputo for a meeting in the Oval Office and took pictures with his family.

 

Caputo himself drew the attention of Mueller’s investigators in part because he had had contact with a Russian who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

 

In May 2016, Caputo said, a Russian man approached his then-business partner, Sergey “George” Petrushin at an art gallery opening in Florida, claiming to have information that could be helpful to Trump’s campaign. Petrushin connected him with Caputo, who arranged for him to meet with political operative Roger Stone, a longtime friend.

 

According to the Mueller report, which described the episode, investigators found no link between the Russian man’s outreach and the broader effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

 

As a political adviser and public relations specialist, Caputo also had lived for a time in Moscow in the 1990s, where he worked on a campaign reminiscent of “Rock the Vote” on behalf of then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

 

Returning to the United States, Caputo took a contract in 2000 working for the Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to improve Vladimir Putin’s image in the United States. He later told the Buffalo News that he was “not proud of the work,” adding, “at the time, Putin wasn’t such a bad guy.”

 

Today:

 

 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/516288-trump-says-hes-interested-in-debate-hosted-by-joe-rogan

 

Biden would gain nothing from going on Rogan's podcast.  Rogan  is a Trump supporter anyway.

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21 hours ago, Vee said:

The implications of this story, if true, are beyond grotesque. But I believe the original source is the Intercept, and unfortunately the ratio of good work the Intercept does vs. insane crackpot editorializing is far too slanted. I can certainly believe this is happening, therefore I am obligated to post it. But I will need more sources than it currently has. If true, the camps should be evacuated and bombed.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/nurse-questions-medical-care-operations-detainees-immigration-jail-georgia-n1240110

 

 

 

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Horrific. Thank you for updating.

 

Meanwhile, the Trump Town Hall did not go well, by any metric:

 

 

Full thread:

 

 

 

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The Town Hall was the toughest grilling Trump has ever received, and he was shook. Shook because the media, including the so-called 'liberal' media, have been pulling their punches with him for +6 years. Fearful of getting shut out, of losing their access, they have become poodles at DT's feet. The people at this Town Hall, in the other hand, held Trump's feet to the fire.

 

I wish I could say it was great to see democracy in action, but seeing proof (if any were needed) that our news media is essentially bought and sold to this dictator-in-waiting was a depressing sight.

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10 hours ago, Vee said:

Meanwhile, the Trump Town Hall did not go well, by any metric:

 

 

 

Highlight of the night. She felt zero intimidation by him and said everything she needed to say. 

 

Admittedly, I mostly watched to hear the questions, and would speed past the majority of his answers. No use wasting my time on his B.S. 

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In the USA, National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept 15 - Oct 15.
http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/hispanic-heritage-month.htm

  • Joe Biden gave a speech Sept 15 at an event in Kissimmee, Florida, to kick off Hispanic Heritage month.  Kissimmee is where many Puerto Ricans settled after Hurricane Maria.
  • He said he supports statehood for Puerto Rico.
  • He made campaign stops in a few other Florida cities, also.
  • Biden sat down for an interview with Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo, his first one-on-one session with a national Spanish-language network since clinching the nomination.
  • Biden unveiled a plan to create a federal working group for Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts and economic advancement.

Full report on his Kissimmee speech:
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/2020-election/os-ne-2020-kissimmee-hispanics-biden-20200915-c5f43f62pbhpnoyoy6wkj7g2iu-story.html
 

More on Biden's other Florida campaign stops:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-latinos-veterans-florida/2020/09/15/6e466eea-f78b-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html?arc404=true

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On a side note, for the speech in Kissimmee ....
Before Biden spoke, the following people came to the podium to speak:
Osceola County commissioner Viviana Janer.

Congressman Darren Soto.
Ricky Martin.

Eva Longoria.
Then singer Luis Fonsi spoke. Luis Fonsi ended his remarks by introducing Biden.

 

Biden came out on stage and started his speech by playing Luis Fonsi's song "Despacito" on his phone.

There have been comments on social media saying Biden picked the song at random. But no it's not random.  He picked a hit song by Fonsi, the singer who introduced him.

There have been comments on social media and on the news, deriding Biden for playing a song whose lyrics are sexual. But he didn't play the whole song!  He played exactly 15 seconds and that's all. (You can time it from the video).

 

The full video of the introductory speakers plus Biden's speech is here:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?475778-1/joe-biden-speaks-hispanic-heritage-month-event-kissimmee-florida

 

Trump then twice retweeted a doctored video of Biden playing a song on his phone.

In the fake video, the song playing on the phone was "F*ck the Police" by N.W.A.

 

Twitter has now labeled the doctored video shared by @realDonaldTrump
 as "manipulated media".
However the whole doctored video shows and
the "manipulated media" label is only on the tweet frame,

 

The song on the phone is so unimportant,  we have tons of more important crises in the world to focus on!

Just mentioning it because of Trump's embrace of lies to get people to believe Biden hates police.

 

 

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I see that Georgia governor Brian KKKemp is doing his part in aiding Trump in voter suppression. The University of Georgia is allowing tailgating and fans to attend football games at a limited capacity but there's going to be no early voting on campus due to COVID-19 concerns.

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I did like Biden's response to Trump on Twitter asking George Stephanopoulos as to why Biden did not issue a national mask mandate:

 

"To be clear, I'm not the president. But if you donate, we can change that in November."

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It's truly ridiculous how Obama and Biden keep getting blamed for [!@#$%^&*] long after leaving the WH.

 

6 hours ago, Gray Bunny said:

 

Highlight of the night. She felt zero intimidation by him and said everything she needed to say. 

 

Black women were the first to call him out for what he was and still is: a con artist.  

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