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AP’s Today in History for November 22nd

On this date in 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Gov. John Connally is seriously wounded during a motorcade in Dallas. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes America’s 36th president.

Breakfast Tune Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers: “California”

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‘This Is How a Torturer Ended Up Running the CIA’: Biden Reportedly Hopes to Avoid Probes Into Trump Crimes
Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams

Taking cues from former Presidents Gerald Ford and Barack Obama—who pardoned or ignored their predecessors’ crimes in the name of national unity and healing—President-elect Joe Biden has privately signaled to advisers that he is unlikely to pursue federal investigations of the Trump administration’s policies and actions, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Biden’s position, which was widely anticipated, drew comparisons with his former boss Obama, who while campaigning for president in 2007 and 2008 pledged to investigate the Bush administration officials responsible for CIA and U.S. military torture and to hold accountable the Wall Street bankers and other capitalists whose criminal actions helped cause and exacerbate the 2008 global economic crisis.

However, once in office Obama not only declined to prosecute any of the Bush war criminals, his administration actively protected and promoted them—one of whom, Gina Haspel, now directs the CIA. And while not one Wall Street criminal was sent to jail by the Obama administration for the kind of fraud that led to the economic collapse, many top financial executives ended up in the Obama White House to shape and guide economic policy.

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Ronald Klain, President-Elect Biden Chief of Staff; and Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Operation Warp Speed Chief Science Adviser.

The roundtable guests are: Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Karen Finney, Democratic Strategist; Sarah Isgur, Dispatch Staff Writer; and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D??).

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Larry Merlo, CVS CEO; Symone D. Sanders, Senior advisor to President-Elect Biden; Scott Gottlieb MD, former commissioner of the FDA; and Lt. Gen. (ret.) H. R. McMaster.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA); Sen. Kevin Kramer (R-ND); and Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Operation Warp Speed Chief Science Adviser.

The panel guests are: John Podhoretz, New York Post columnist; Anna Palmer, POLITICO senior Washington correspondent; Hallie Jackson, NBC News chief White House correspondent; and Eddie Glaude Jr., Princeton University professor.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Operation Warp Speed Chief Science Adviser; Jen Psaki, senior advisor to Biden-Harris transition; Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD); former Trump National security advisor John Bolton

Late Night Today

This is a round up of the previous night’s late night talk show host’s opening monologues and highlight segments, because we need a good laugh to get through the rest of the day.

In his Quarantinewhile segment, Stephen Colbert chats with Jon Baptiste and examines the other news.

New Yorkers Have Two Famous Owls To Obsess Over

Amber Ruffin discusses handling those obnoxious relatives that show up to mess with your holiday spirit

Why You Don’t Need to Be Nice to Your Racist Uncle

ver since the election, there’s been a lot of talk in the media, online, and maybe even in your white family’s group chat about how now is a time to reach out to Republicans who are upset about the election. About how it’s important to build bridges to Trump supporters, and to find common ground with them. And Amber just wanted to let each and every person out there know that you 100%, absolutely do not have to do that. In all honesty, she would suggest you don’t.

Jimmy Kimmel Live takes a humorous look at the Squatter-in-Chief’s day, Rudy Guiliani’s bizarre new conference and chats with the guy in charge of the future Trump Library.

Trump & Giuliani’s Vomitous Attack on Democracy

Day 16 of #Squattergate is upon us, and Trump has no public events on his schedule again as he attempts to steal the election he claims has been stolen from him, asserts that the Republican Secretary of State from Georgia is obstructing after not overturning Biden’s win, Rudy Giuliani gave another doozy of a press conference, and Jimmy chats with the man in charge of designing Trump’s “Libary,” Scott McDougall

In his last opening monologue for this season, Bill Maher has a new label for this time in our history.

2020: The F**kening | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Health and Fitness News

Health and Fitness News Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

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In the midst of this pandemic, the message from the CDC is that we should all stay home this Thanksgiving to protect our loved ones so we can celebrate with them after this is under control. We are all bored with the isolation and feel a need to to escape but now is not the time. People who get infected over Thanksgiving will struggle to enter packed hospitals by the middle of December, and be in the ground by Christmas. If you love someone, stay home.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been missing from her show for nearly two weeks. She returned Thursday to explain her absence. Her partner, Susan, tested positive for Covid-19 and is still recovering, and implores viewers to consider their loved ones when they calculate their own Covid-19 risk.

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Virtue Signal’s Kylie Weaver hypothesizes how Trump will be removed from office in January. Plus, New York Times cybersecurity expert Nicole Perlroth breaks down Trump’s election fraud disinformation with Jeremy and Rajat.

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The Breakfast Club (We’re Not Gonna Take It”)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Thomas Edison says he’s invented the phonograph; Gap revealed on Nixon White House tape; Final victim dies in America’s anthrax scare; Jonathan Pollard arrested; ‘Anything Goes’ opens on Broadway.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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Friday Night News Dump

First, Happy Birthday to our next President, Joe Biden. 78 years young and many more.

The Squatter-in-Chief met today with Michigan’s top Republican lawmakers to the White House on Friday hoping to get them to participate in his attempt to overturn the votes for President-Elect Joe Biden. Apparently, the meeting didn’t go well. The Michigan lawmakers announced that they would follow the law and allow the electors chosen by the votes to be seated.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield met with President Donald J. Trump Friday to discuss the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in their state. Following their meeting, Shirkey and Chatfield released a joint statement.

“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders… we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” their statement read. “Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation.”

Guaranteed that didn’t go over well.

Trumps “crack” legal team was not present at the meeting because of exposure to CoVid-19. It seems that Rudy’s son, a White House staffer, tested positive for the virus and was in the room when his dad gave that wild press conference. Andrew was seen last Friday in the Rose Garden without a mask.

Speaking of the Virus Hot House, Donny Jr. finally got something from his father, CoVid-19. Also Florida Senator Rick “Voldemort” Scott has test positive, we wish them all well and a speedy recovery along with the other 2000 Americans who were infected today.

Meanwhile, at only his second public appearance since the election, in the middle of talking about lowering drug prices, Trump once again, falsely, declared himself the winner of the election. Oh, and if weren’t for him there would be no vaccine.

The good news, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) has certified presidential electors for Biden.

Another lawsuit has been dismissed in Maricopa County, Arizona. The lawyer defending the county voting results, Tom Liddy, is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, the chief operative in the White House Plumbers unit during the Nixon Administration. I guess that disproves the old adage about apples and trees.

Now that’s triple whammy. So far, Trump’s coup attempts are failing, bigly.

The My Pillow CEO, Mike Lindell helped raise the two million dollar bail for 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree homicide after shooting three men during protests in Kenosha on Aug. 25.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, a world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon is taking an unproven CoVID-19 cure that the https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/20/politics/ben-carson-covid-diagnosis-update/index.html is touting. Carson is claiming that he was cured after taking oleandrin, an herbal extract from the extremely poisonous Oleander. It was also reported that Carson was treated with the same antibody treatment that Trump received. Not all educated people are smart.

It’s suppose to be a nice day here in the northeast and in Washington DC the weather should be great for golf.

As always, if your out and about, wear a mas, social distance and use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands. Stay safe and healthy.

Late Night Today

This is a round up of the previous night’s late night talk show host’s opening monologues and highlight segments, because we need a good laugh to get through the rest of the day.

First up, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Rudy’s Elite Strike Force Continues To Fail Spectacularly On Behalf Of Their Client, The President

On the Late Show with Seth Meyers we have a

Closer Look: Rudy Giuliani’s Insane Press Conference; Trump Tries to Steal Michigan

With Jimmy Kimmel Live

President Obama is Scared of Sasha and Roasts Donald Trump

President Obama talks about his new book “A Promised Land,” selling more books on the first day than Michelle did, being scared of Sasha and Michelle, the alias his daughters came up with for him, the struggle of being a good father and husband while also being a good President, being on the cover of InStyle Magazine, sinking a three pointer while campaigning with Joe Biden, calling the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, getting Trump out of the White House, Joe Biden becoming President, resurrecting the Pandemic Task Force disbanded by Donald Trump, getting the Affordable Care Act passed, the work that still needs to be done, the best night of his Presidency, the Bin Laden raid, Donald Trump’s birther theory, and he surprises a totally unsuspecting fan.

On The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Trump Bullies Election Officials & Giuliani’s Hair Has A Meltdown

Election officials going against Trump are getting death threats, Trump’s legal team is trying to force a vote in the house, and Rudy Giuliani has the worst hair day of all time.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: Making the Most of the Coming Biden Boom

The economic outlook is probably brighter than you think.

The next few months are going to be incredibly grim. The pandemic is exploding, but Donald Trump is tweeting while America burns. His officials, unwilling to admit that he lost the election, are refusing even to share coronavirus data with the Biden team.

As a result, many preventable deaths will occur before a vaccine’s widespread distribution. And the economy will take a hit, too; travel is declining, an early indicator of a slowdown in job growth and possibly even a return to job losses as virus fears cause consumers to hunker down again.

But a vaccine is coming. Nobody is sure which of the promising candidates will prevail, or when they’ll be widely available. But it’s a good guess that we’ll get this pandemic under control at some point next year.

And it’s also a good bet that when we do the economy will come roaring back. [..]

Those of us worried about the future were relieved to see Trump defeated (even though it’s possible he’ll have to be removed forcibly from the White House), but bitterly disappointed by the failure of the expected blue wave to materialize down-ballot.

If I’m right, however, the peculiar nature of the coronavirus slump may give Democrats another big political opportunity. There’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be able to run in the 2022 midterms as the party that brought the nation and the economy back from the depths of Covid despond. And they should seize that opportunity, not just for their own sake, but for the sake of the nation and the world.

Wajahat Ali: ‘Reach Out to Trump Supporters,’ They Said. I Tried.

I give up.

Seventy-three million Americans voted for Donald Trump. He doubled down on all his worst vices, and he was rewarded for it with 10 million more votes than he received in 2016.

The majority of people of color rejected his cruelty and vulgarity. But along with others who voted for Joe Biden, we are now being lectured by a chorus of voices including Pete Buttigieg and Ian Bremmer, to “reach out” to Trump voters and “empathize” with their pain.

This is the same advice that was given after Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory, and for nearly four years, I attempted to take it. Believe me, it’s not worth it.

The Quran asks Muslims to respond to disagreements and arguments “in a better way” and to “repel evil with good.” I tried. [..]

We cannot help people who refuse to help themselves. Mr. Trump is an extension of their id, their culture, their values, their greed. He is their defender and savior. He is their blunt instrument. He is their destructive drug of choice.

Don’t waste your time reaching out to Trump voters as I did. Instead, invest your time organizing your community, registering new voters and supporting candidates who reflect progressive values that uplift everyone, not just those who wear MAGA hats, in local and state elections. Work also to protect Americans against lies and conspiracy theories churned out by the right-wing media and political ecosystem. One step would be to continue pressuring social media giants like Twitter and Facebook to deplatform hatemongers, such as Steve Bannon, and censor disinformation. It’s not enough, but it’s a start.

Amanda Marcotte: Trump’s Michigan con: His supporters are so blinded by racism they keep falling for it

Ordinary GOP voters can’t even tell Trump is hustling them — their minds are clouded by bigotry and paranoia

If you want proof that Donald Trump is not an anomaly, but rather a symptom of the racism and anti-democratic yearning that define the modern Republican Party, look no further than what’s going on in Wayne County, Michigan. It’s the county that encompasses the majority-Black city of Detroit as well as many of its majority-white suburbs, and the normally staid process of certifying an election there has gone badly off the rails.

This situation starkly illustrates how Trump’s long-shot coup attempt — which is more a money-grabbing con job at this point — relies heavily on everyday Republicans being too blinded by their own racism and hatred for democracy to really grasp the ways Trump is using them, as he uses everyone. [..]

Their formal excuse for this refusal to was that the vote count apparently included a few minor mistakes and anomalies, of the sort that occur in any election, in the precinct counting reports. This would, at most, affect a few hundred votes in a county where Joe Biden won by 350,000 votes.

The real reasons, of course, were racism and a desire to steal the election for Trump. The two Republicans, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, were making a last-ditch attempt to keep the votes of Detroit, a city whose population is nearly 80% Black, out of the final Michigan vote count. It was a temper tantrum based on the longstanding, but usually better-concealed Republican belief that there’s something not quite right about letting Black people have the same right to vote as white people.

Eugene Robinson: Trump is trying to disenfranchise Black voters. The GOP isn’t stopping him.

No one should forget this, and no one should forgive it.

President Trump is trying to cling to power by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Black voters. His desperate legal maneuvering is straight out of the old racist Jim Crow playbook — and the vast majority of elected Republicans, to their eternal shame, are going along with him — whether actively or passively.

In Wisconsin, Trump’s campaign has paid for recounts in just two counties, one of which is Milwaukee County. In Michigan, Trump personally called two Republican officials who now want to decertify the vote in Wayne County, which includes Detroit. In Pennsylvania, Trump’s legal team has challenged vote-counting procedures and made unsupported allegations of fraud in two cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In Georgia, the Trump team filed a lawsuit targeting absentee ballots in Savannah, and another suit took aim at the state’s ballot-curing process.

The pattern is obvious and appalling: Trump and the Republicans are trying to invalidate votes in cities with large African American populations — cities that happen to have voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden. In effect, Trump is arguing that Black people have no right to vote him out of office. [..]

Trump is weakening our democracy and setting back racial progress by decades. Republicans are acting as his willing accomplices. The nation should never, ever forget — or forgive.

William J Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: This election showed how the Republicans’ racist ‘Southern Strategy’ is falling apart

Trump lost because of increased turnout among Black and brown people and their white allies. His appeals to fear and division failed

Like parents of a child who has suffered a sudden and unexpected loss, Senate Republicans have suggested they are willing to give the president time to come to terms with reality, asserting with straight faces that he is “within his rights” to challenge election results that disappoint him. All the while, these same senators have been asking Democratic colleagues to convey their congratulations to the president-elect, their former colleague, who they assume will understand the awkward position they find themselves in.

But Trump is not a child, and we cannot pretend that he is the only one who is not willing to move on. Make America Great Again was always a thinly veiled promise that white supremacy could mount a resistance to movements that challenge systemic racism with the prospect of a genuine, multi-ethnic democracy. Trump’s refusal to accept the election results is not simply about his own psychological needs. It is a performance in keeping with the Southern Strategy that has animated the Republican party for half a century.

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Trump fires election security chief for gross competence

Inside The Hill breaks down Trump’s firing of his election security chief, Rudy Giuliani’s courtroom antics, and more with ABC News political director Rick Klein. Plus, normalcy returns to Washington.

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The Breakfast Club (These Are The Days)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Nazi war crimes trial begins at Nuremberg; Robert F. Kennedy born; Britain’s future Queen Elizabeth II marries; Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco dies; Mexican Revolution begins; ‘Cabaret’ hits Broadway.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.

Robert Kennedy

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