Texas Republicans Lose Again Trying To Block Drive-Thru Voting

Drive-through voting in Harris County, TX (screen capture)

And stay out!

First, the Texas state Supreme Court said ‘no.’ Then, a federal District Court judge said ‘no.’

Now, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has said ‘no’ to a bid by Texas Republicans to block Election Day drive-through voting in Harris County.

From NPR:

In a terse order, the three-judge panel wrote: “It is ordered that appellants’ motion for injunctive relief to issue a preliminary injunction banning drive-thru voting on Election Day, November 3, 2020, is denied.” No explanation was given.

The move is yet another loss for Texas Republicans who had sought to challenge the legality of some 127,000 votes cast at drive-through voting sites in the Houston area.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen threw out that suit, ruling the plaintiffs don’t have legal standing to sue. The Texas Supreme Court dismissed a similar challenge on Sunday.

Harris County, Texas’ most populous county and majority Democratic, erected 10 drive-through sites, mostly tents, to expedite the early voting process as a way of allowing people to cast ballots safely during the coronavirus pandemic. They were also in place this summer before the state’s primary.

Noting that point, Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee, asked plaintiffs, “Why am I just getting this case?” He later said that the suit was not timely and that “this has been going on all summer.”

Harris County Clerk Christopher Hollins decided to shut down 9 of the ten Election Day drive-thru voting sites out of concern that the votes could later be thrown out via ongoing legal challenges filed by Republicans.

Medical Journal: Trump’s ‘Inconsistent And Incoherent’ COVID-19 Response

Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House (screen capture)

As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll passes 85,000, one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals published an op-ed calling out the Trump administration’s ” inconsistent and incoherent national response to the COVID-19 crisis.”

The new editorial by The Lancet notes that, following two months of stay-at-home restrictions, infection and death rates have declined in those states hardest hit like New Jersey and New York. But recent outbreaks in Iowa and Minnesota raise disconcerting questions regarding the effectiveness of the federal response.

The op-ed accuses the administration of, among other things, minimizing top officials at the CDC, as well as creating an “intelligence vacuum” in China when it pulled the last CDC officer from the country in July 2019.

“The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets — vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear,” it continued. “But only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles, like test, trace, and isolate, will see the emergency brought to an end, and this requires an effective national public health agency.”

The editorial closes with a call for new leadership in the White House writing, “Americans must put a president in the White House come January 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.”

Meanwhile, during a press event today, Trump told reporters the country will overcome the COVID-19 crisis with or without an effective vaccine, claiming that the disease will “go away at some point” either way.

Study: Trump Tariffs Led To Higher Prices & Job Losses

Donald Trump

A new study from the Federal Reserve shows Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports led to higher prices for American consumers and job losses.

Trump told Americans his tariffs would boost the economy.

From The Hill:

“We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices,” the report by Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce reads.

MarketWatch first reported the study, noting that 10 primary industries were hit by retaliatory tariffs and higher prices, including producers of magnetic and optical media, leather goods, aluminum sheet, iron and steel, motor vehicles, household appliances, sawmills, audio and video equipment, pesticide, and computer equipment.

In September of this year, U.S. consumers and businesses paid a record $7.1 billion in tariffs.

Fail: People Are Sawing Through Trump’s Wall With $100 Power Tool

Donald Trump inspects his Mexican border 'wall' near San Diego (public domain)
Donald Trump inspects his Mexican border 'wall' near San Diego (public domain)
Donald Trump inspects his Mexican border ‘wall’ near San Diego (public domain)

“All the best walls!”

From the Washington Post:

Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage.

The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100.

When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in a matter of minutes, according to the agents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the barrier-defeating techniques.

After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the gap. 

The barrier, which currently has cost taxpayers $10 billion price tag was one of Trump’s biggest promises made during the 2016 campaign.

At recent campaign rallies, Trump has bragged about the wall describing it “virtually impenetrable” that border-crossers cannot get over, under or through.

Tomorrow Morning’s NY Daily News

Donald Trump blinks in standoff with Democrats over stupid wall to end 35 day government shutdown - Cave Man

I mean, seriously, it took him 35 days to figure out what any other president would have figured out in ten minutes.

He got shivved by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, ran around claiming the ‘sky is falling/national emergency,’ and after 35 days it was just a big nothing burger.

EXCEPT American workers and the economy got hurt.

His first negotiation out of the box with  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and he was ‘not ready for prime time.’

Trump intimated this afternoon he still might cry ‘national emergency.’

But, if there was a national emergency, he would have called it now, right?

But, there’s not a national emergency.

‘The Art of the Deal’ my ass…

Seth Meyers Takes “A Closer Look” At Trump’s Epic Healthcare Fail

On last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers took “A Closer Look” at Donald Trump’s healthcare fail last week.

Some funny, funny stuff – and all of it based in truth.

It’s especially worth watching for the first minute which recaps several instances of Trump on the campaign trail telling voters how easy it will be for him to “make deals” in Washington.

You remember – “Nobody knows the system better than me.”

Followed by smirk and a shrug.

Said Meyers: “Look at that face. That’s like the freeze frame of a ’90s sitcom dad at the end of an episode. You almost expect credits to roll.”

Oops – Conservative Super-PAC Runs Ads Thanking GOP For Repealing Obamacare

Oops.

The Republican super-PAC, American Action Network, prematurely bought air time to congratulation House Republicans for keeping their promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Except – as we all know – the House GOP failed to pass their own legislation yesterday.

In fact, there wasn’t even a vote.

NCAA basketball fans were probably confused when these ads ran in several markets last night.

This really is amateur hour, isn’t it?

Type JebBush.com And See What Happens

Guess what happens when you type JebBush.com into your browser?

Kinda funny. Kinda not.

From CBS News:

As it turns out, the Bush campaign doesn’t own jebbush.com. The domain name is owned by a company called Fabulous.com Pty Ltd., an Australian company that helps people monetize their internet domain names. The site was apparently created on Nov. 19, 1997 and updated on Oct. 20, 2015, according to a domain registration search.

Both Jeb Bush’s and Donald Trump’s campaigns have denied involvement.

The Bush campaign also doesn’t own www.jebbushforpresident.com. That domain name is owned by a gay couple encouraging readers to “have a Chat, Share Viewpoints, and Learn from Each Other.” Jebbushforpresident.net is an anti-Bush site created by “a loyal Florida Republican in the hope of saving the Republican party from supporting Jeb Bush for President.”

Seriously. He couldn’t even register his own domain. How is he going to be president?