Watch Dog (@Usefulnotes_)

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2012-03-10 18:31:09

Reality dose: CEO says it would take about 10 years before humanity achieved sufficient immunity to the disease, even if several companies launch a vaccine at the same time ⁦ @Bojan Pancevski⁩ - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/german-biotech-sees-its-coronavirus-vaccine-ready-for-approval-by-decem...

The Roman Catholic Church received at least $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus aid using a special and unprecedented exemption to a U.S. rule that church leaders secured after lobbying the Trump administration. http://apne.ws/HrYrxTb

NEW:  @The Associated Press investigation found that tens of millions of dollars In PPP loans went to Catholic dioceses whose financial stress was due not simply to the pandemic, but also to recent payouts to victims of clergy sex abuse. By  @Reese Dunklin and  @Michael Rezendes https://bit.ly/3eiveMZ

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If I told you I've had a *very* interesting day out, it'd be something of an enormous understatement. Watch this space.

If I told you I've had a *very* interesting day out, it'd be something of an enormous understatement. Watch this space.

Travers says he's deeply concerned the US system of analyzing intelligence on terrorism is in danger of reverting to its pre-9/11 posture. He detailed his concerns to the ICIG, and HPSCI and SSCI have his report https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/09/travers-terrorism-warning-355734

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that it is not a "hoax," as Trump has claimed. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/politics/esper-briefed-russian-payments-to-taliban/index.html

One of the hallmarks of this unprecedentedly scandal-ridden presidency is unfortunately that very serious things, very shocking things, even, tend to just pass by. Even the most serious things, they just pass by...

One of the hallmarks of this unprecedentedly scandal-ridden presidency is unfortunately that very serious things, very shocking things, even, tend to just pass by. Even the most serious things, they just pass by...

Kayleigh McEnany claims Trump’s tax returns are still under audit but he’ll release them when it’s over, which reminds me I have a bridge for sale in New York

Kayleigh McEnany claims Trump’s tax returns are still under audit but he’ll release them when it’s over, which reminds me I have a bridge for sale in New York

I believe we set a record with RTs for this daily tweet of mine. Thank you, all. (But there's no reason to stop the RTs.)

Lanny Davis, Cohen's confidant and former lawyer, says Cohen received no warning he could be remanded back to federal prison today. Davis says he suspects "somebody on high is involved here. I don’t know that. But something just seems off to me."

Updating story soon but via  @William K. Rashbaum, Cohen imprisonment wasn't related to NY Post photo of him at restaurant. When he went to switch from furlough to home confinement, he had to sign papers saying no media or publishing a book, which he refused to sign https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/nyregion/michael-cohen-arrested.html?referringSource=articleShare

Davis says Cohen went to the probation office today to sign paperwork for his home confinement, but balked at a prohibition on talking to press, using social media or writing a book. Davis says Cohen refused because "he is preparing to publish" a book "in the next month or two."

Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis tells reporters on a conference call that his client's probation officers' first demand was: no media or book. "He wasn't going to agree, and he did not believe that it was lawful or appropriate for him to give up his First Amendment rights."

NYT is reporting that Cohen's imprisonment was related to DOJ attempting to essentially stop his book from moving forward.

Updating story soon but via  @William K. Rashbaum, Cohen imprisonment wasn't related to NY Post photo of him at restaurant. When he went to switch from furlough to home confinement, he had to sign papers saying no media or publishing a book, which he refused to sign https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/nyregion/michael-cohen-arrested.html?referringSource=articleShare

Trump has used the courts to bully and avoid accountability his entire life. His consistent goal is not to win, but to delay. Including now. We need legislation requiring expedited consideration and enforcement of congressional subpoenas. For Trump, and for future presidents.

No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. 
 
Nor are they immune from congressional oversight or criminal investigation, no matter how much they endeavor to delay or evade them.
 
My statement on the Supreme Court decision this morning:

No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. Nor are they immune from congressional oversight or criminal investigation, no matter how much they endeavor to delay or evade them. My statement on the Supreme Court decision this morning:

 #BREAKING: Judge Sullivan is asking the full D.C. Circuit to rehear the three-judge panel decision granting the Flynn mandamus petition: https://utexas.box.com/s/na0lhzm43wxkawg78bt12o2tz58widj0

The D.C. Circuit has 11 active judges; a majority must vote to grant the petition for the court to rehear the case “en banc,” which means Judge Sullivan needs six votes.

Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long fed a belief among his critics that they must contain politically damaging financial information or even evidence of criminal conduct. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-09/trump-taxes-likely-going-to-manhattan-d-a-but-may... via  @Bloomberg Politics

Donald Trump has put off filing his personal financial disclosure twice now—it's unprecedented, and frankly, weird, to do it even once. What happens if he tries to delay again? https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/07/donald-trump-personal-finances-disclosure-supreme-court...

Trump says he needs more time to fill out the form because he's been so busy dealing with COVID. Setting aside THAT for a second, it's not as if he actually fills out the form. What's the hold up? One possibility is that OGE is pushing back on verifying his form.

The past several years, his forms have been filed rather promptly and while they ARE lengthy, they haven't changed substantially from year to year. We don't know of a major life or business change that happened last calendar year, so what's requiring all the extra work?

Sometimes Trump's personal financial disclosures reveal new changes to the president's finances. Like, last year, he revealed he had taken out an $11m loan from a small Florida bank to buy his sister's house. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/trump-2018-financial-disclosure/

And everything we know about the intense weirdness around Trump's "loan to himself" in Chicago is due to discrepancies noted on his first personal financial disclosure: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/09/donald-trump-has-never-explained-a-mysterious-50-millio...

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