His Gov't Job Was Informing Public About COVID-19. His Other Job Was Calling For Fauci To Be Executed.

William B. Crews, a public affairs official for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has left his job today after the Daily Beast reported that Crews was moonlighting as "streiff," the managing editor of RedState.

Crews was not pushed to "retire" simply because he wrote for a conservative website under a pseudonym. Rather, it is likely because he spent his time at that conservative website undermining NIAIDS' work of informing the public about COVID-19 — his actual job there — and writing numerous articles about how COVID-19 isn't a real threat, calling his co-workers and his boss, Dr. Anthony Fauci, "public health nazis," and calling for them to be publicly executed in an extremely violent and horrific manner.

It is actually somewhat surprising that his tenure there did not end with a Patrick Henry Sherrill moment, given how thirsty he was to witness his co-workers' demise.

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Donald Trump Keepin' It Classy, As Always

Donald Trump, never one to miss an opportunity to be an asshole, said on "Fox & Friends" this morning he didn't think Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually said her "final wish" was for her successor on the Supreme Court to be chosen by a new president. Because why would a dying Supreme Court justice think of such a thing? Especially such a nasty thing, so unpatriotic. In what may constitute a show of respect for the late jurist, Trump didn't call Ginsburg a "nasty woman." This time. Probably saving it for a rally.

Now, to be clear, when Ginsburg told her granddaughter, Clara Spera, a few days before she died, "my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," that doesn't have the force of law or anything, we know that. Justices don't get to choose their successors or the timing of their appointment, except for Anthony Kennedy.

On the other hand, gratuitously suggesting it was all a hoax by Democrats is about as Trumpy as you get.


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It's Time To Be Absolute Motherf*ckers

All elected Democrats, please remember one thing between now and the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021. We are madder, and there are more of us. No matter how Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump play this, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg just added a whole new lit match to an election where everybody to the left of Genghis Khan was ready to walk over hot coals to vote against Donald Trump. Now? Fuuuuck.

Luckily, some prominent elected Democrats, from all sides of the intra-party squabbles, seem to get this, and they are making noises like they are going to fuck some shit up.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of the first, commenting Friday night on Instagram:

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Mark Kelly Could Be Just The Spaceman To Launch Mitch McConnell's SCOTUS Dreams Directly Into The Sun

Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, amidst the despair and existential dread, people have been talking about whether or not Mitch McConnell actually is holding the cards he says he's holding, and will actually be able to quickly seat a "Handmaid's Tale" extra in RBG's seat before Joe Biden beats the shit out of Donald Trump in 43 days.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Colins have made statements suggesting they are opposed to it, though take Susan Collins's word at your own peril. Some are holding on to past statements from Chuck Grassley suggesting what's good for the goose is good for the "pidgin," and that he would support waiting for a new president to make the nomination. Of couse, Grassley isn't chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee anymore. Craven shitheel Lindsey Graham is.

Mitt Romney? Nobody fucking knows, and he's not saying.

Throughout all this talk about other vulnerable senators — Joni Ernst is DOWN THREE to Theresa Greenfield according to a new poll, DONATE TO GREENFIELD — exactly nobody has suggested that Arizona GOP Senator Martha McSally might have a shred of human decency, or even read the room and realize just how badly she is about to lose her own Senate race, and support waiting for a senator people actually want representing them to cast that vote. She's a total fucking asshole. Nobody ever died on the hill of "Maybe Martha McSally will surprise us by having a soul."

Speaking of, hello, Senator McSally:

But it might not matter, if we can stall long enough, and if you haven't heard about why yet, here is why.

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Come And Get Your Poll Porn

Oh, Lindsey Graham, you're so nasty!

Bow chicka bow bow! You come get your poll porn this morning, and you take it right back to your bunk. The presidential race appears to be holding steady at a molar-grinding Florida-Pennsylvania-Wisconsin impasse. Not sexy! But let's grind up on these Senate and Senate-adjacent polls and see if we can't count our way to 51 and beyond.

First up ...

South Carolina

Whaaaa??? Lindsey Graham in trouble? Put that shit right in our veins. When Quinnipiac and Morning Consult showed this race tied in August, we figured it was a blip. But six weeks later, we're still looking at a dead heat among "likely voters," with Morning Consult putting Graham up one on Jaime Harrison (46-45), and Quinnipiac showing the race tied (48-48).

Keep in mind that "likely voter" is basically synonymous with "person who voted before and says she's planning to do it again." If we can get new, young voters engaged, we win. And Harrison has raised upwards of $30 million, so he's got the money to do it. For comparison, Tim Scott spent $9 million in 2016, and Graham spent $11.4 million in 2014.

And Trump hasn't helped the GOP in the Palmetto State. He won it by 14 points just four years ago, but he's down to a seven point lead now. So much winning!

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Pentagon Spent Coronavirus PPE Money On War Stuff Instead Of PPE

But everyone gets a share!

As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated a billion dollars for the Department of Defense to help increase America's stockpiles of medical supplies, stuff like masks and gowns and other personal protective equipment that was in desperately short supply when the bill passed in March. Today, the Washington Post reports that instead, the Pentagon shifted most of the funds to send money to defense contractors, which after all are businesses affected by the pandemic, too. Mind you, the companies that got the funds didn't need to do anything like protect their workforce from layoffs. It's tough times for everybody, so come to the trough, defense contractors!

Much of the money went to companies making important pandemic-related supplies like "jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms," not to mention drone and satellite systems that the Pentagon really wanted. The CARES Act specified the Pentagon should use the funds to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus." Which the DOD very quickly decided could be interpreted to mean "fund stuff we didn't have an appropriation for, with the excuse that we're protecting American jerbs."

Clearly, staff at restaurants and other small businesses that are going under due to the pandemic should have convinced the Pentagon they were doing National Defense stuff. Armor-piercing lattes, anyone?

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CIA Says Putin 'Probably' Personally Directing Biden Attacks. Sounds Like FBI And NSA Agree!

Watch out for Donald Trump to fire literally everyone this week.

Late last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress and said out loud that Russia is actively attacking the 2020 election, to "sow divisiveness" and "primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden." Donald Trump did not like that.

It engendered this reaction from Trump:

The wingnut flying monkey noise brigade went full attack mode on Wray, and soon after, rumors started swirling that Trump is going to fire Wray for telling the truth. Because what happens to Trump people who tell the truth about what Russia is doing to attack the election? They get fired. Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats got fired for refusing to modify the National Intelligence Assessment to soften the parts about Russia working to get Trump re-elected. His (acting) replacement Admiral Joseph Maguire got fired after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's top election threats briefer Shelby Pierson told Congress Russia was working to get Trump re-elected.

It's kind of a thing.

Trump wants to fire Wray, in the middle of a pandemic, 42 days from an election he is going to lose, and now in the middle of a Supreme Court fight. Also while Attorney General Bill Barr is pretty clearly planning some sort of October surprise to benefit Trump, which will please Vladimir Putin mightily.

The rightwing mob has been gunning for Wray for a while, but we may need to add CIA Director Gina Haspel to the list, because a new document has leaked about Russia's attack, which goes even further than the documents that have been released or leaked before now. This time it actually says out loud that Putin is "probably" personally directing the Russian attacks on Biden, for Trump's benefit.

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