Senators Klobuchar and Collins Reintroduce Legislation to Fund Cybersecurity Training for Election Officials

Former President Donald Trump’s administration knocked down cybersecurity bills more than once despite concerns that foreign adversaries were once again interfering in the United States‘ elections. Amid all of this, calls to fund cybersecurity training for election officials intensified. Now, thanks to Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a bill to do just that has been reintroduced. The two senators introduced the bill in 2019 but it did not advance in the Senate.

The measure, The Invest in Our Democracy Act, would establish a $1 million grant program

to cover up to 75% of the costs of tuition for cybersecurity or election administration training for state and local election officials. Their employees would also qualify. The grant program would be overseen by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), whose employees would also be eligible. read more

Democrat Amy Klobuchar Jokes That Trump Is Having ‘Hallucinations’ from Hydroxychloroquine

Donald Trump’s bizarre tweets could be the product of hallucinations, according to Senator Amy Klobuchar. She was responding to comments he made about her.

President Trump tweeted about the Democratic senator on Wednesday. He repeated the false claim that the Democratic Party made her drop out of the presidential primaries.

Crazy Bernie Sanders is not a fighter. He gives up too easy!” Trump said.

“The Dem establishment gets Alfred E. Newman (Mayor Pete) & Amy Klobuchar to quit & endorse Sleepy Joe BEFORE Super Tuesday, & gets Pocahontas to stay in the race, taking thousands of votes from Bernie.”

“He would have beaten Sleepy Joe in a LANDSLIDE, every State, if these events didn’t happen,” Trump went on.

Trump tagged Klobuchar in his tweet and the Minnesota senator responded with a quip about the President’s state of mind.

“They say that hydroxychloroquine can lead to hallucinations,” she tweeted.

The President has claimed he’s the drug as a precaution against Coronavirus. However, there is no evidence yet that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment.

Medical experts have also warned that there can be serious health risks of taking the drug, including the possibility that it can be fatal.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

has also pointed read more

Amy Klobuchar: The Calm After The Hurricane

Of the Democratic women competing to be the 46th president of the United States, Amy Klobuchar is a woman who knows first-hand what it’s like campaigning as a Democrat and winning in a purple or red state.

Klobuchar is also considered, relative to people like Kamila Harris and Elizabeth Warren, a “moderate” or “conservative” Democrat. By that I mean she is someone who would proceed with caution.

There is, for the most part, agreement on general principles. Agreement on general principles is far more consistent with democracy and with a healthy people than is the appearance of consensus in the Republican Party. There “agreement” with the party line is based more on a lack of courage, integrity, or both than on the strength of the idea.

Alongside this consensus is what pundits say is the great divide among Democrats. Specifically, they differ on what to do regarding Trump and impeachment. The differences are really matters of speed and degree. Some call for impeachment now; others say not so fast – let the process work itself out.

Supporters of impeachment now argue for the principle of oversight. They are not looking at the question with the political calculus in mind.

Those who argue for process are not, in fact, arguing against impeachment – as is suggested by corporatist pundits and Democrats of convenience who are trying to divide Democrats so that Trump can conquer them. It’s the same strategy that Trump forces used in 2016. They fooled us then and we have every right to condemn them unless we let them fool us again in 2020.

Part of some Democrats’ calculus is the political process. This is because ultimately impeachment is a political process. An impeachable offense is what the House says it is. And, as our insightful Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Jones, pointed out; part of the calculus should be the possible political consequences.

There are smart people on both sides of the question who point to concerns about the impact of impeachment proceedings on future presidents and on the future prospects of the Democratic Party.

Few have written about or talked about the point Sarah makes about the consequences of an angrier Donald Trump following a failed attempt at impeachment.

To be honest with you, I’ve been dreading the prospect of a Trump presidency since that horrible day he announced his candidacy. I still get chills down my spine when I think of the horrible things he said then and the outright grotesque things he says now – like fantasizing aloud about the ways to cause physical harm to brown people seeking asylum at the southern border.

I’ve thought and even fantasized about the 25th amendment, impeachment, and the hope that Trump’s mother ship will beckon him home.

But I also value the rule of law. That means there has to be a process of fact-finding, evidence-gathering, and assessment, like what a grand jury would do before it takes the judicial and non-political step of issuing an indictment. Though the House of Representatives is political in nature, there must be still a similar process. That process has to happen before we have the political version of indictment, that is, impeachment. The standards may differ between political and criminal offenses, but undertaking parallel tracks between politics and law should still reflect adherence to the rule of law.

Getting back to Amy Klobuchar, she is someone who would defend this approach because, as panicked as we may be over the disastrous reign of Donald Trump, she gets that leaders don’t panic.

Klobuchar is someone who takes action calmly and without the fanfare associated with the Trump presidency. As the free world addresses problems like fake news and troll farms in the digital age, Republicans are silent.

Klobuchar has acted with bills calling for advertising transparency on Facebook, addressing problems like the sale of consumers’ personal data to malicious third parties – see the now defunct Cambridge Analytica.

She may be cautious in rhetoric, but don’t let the caution suggest that Klobuchar doesn’t share the same values as liberal Democrats.

Take, for example, her response, on The View, to that horror story in Alabama that would force girls to carry their rapists’ children to term and effectively reduce all girls and women to walking incubators.

“What these guys are doing is unbelievable – I say guys because the guys in the state senate in Alabama it was all men,” Klobuchar said. “They’re taking us backward.” read more

Bannon: Trump Will Run Again in 2020 and ‘Win Bigger’ Than 2016

Steve Bannon on Face the Nation

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he has “zero” doubt that President Trump will run for reelection in 2020. He also said that he thinks Trump will win.

“I happen to think now, the president is going to run again in 2020 and I think he’ll win. I think he’ll win bigger than he won in 2016,” Bannon said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” citing the strong economy.

The former publisher of Breitbart News also expressed his opinion that the release of the Mueller special counsel’s report will shake up the political landscape in ways we can’t completely predict, saying:

“I believe that we’re going to enter into an extraordinary time in American politics.”

“We’ve allowed the Democrats, because they take control of the House, to weaponize a whole bunch of investigations. They’ve been- They’re going to be able to weaponize the Mueller report, 2019’s going to be quite vitriolic.”

BANNON IN ROME: Mueller report release will trigger "quite a vitriolic time," the former White House chief strategist tells @sethdoane

More from Doane's interview airs tomorrow on @FaceTheNation ➡️ https://t.co/hdykDUi9xG pic.twitter.com/KTw0WXUntb read more

AG Nominee Barr Told Senate That Suborning Perjury is a Crime

When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked William P. Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, whether it would be a crime if “the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely,” Barr was very clear in his answer, saying simply: “Yes. Under an obstruction statute, yes.”

And now this answer — and Graham’s question — have taken on greater importance after the bombshell allegation published by BuzzFeed News Thursday night that Trump had ordered his attorney Michael Cohen to lie under oath during his congressional testimony in 2017.

Barr’s simple and clear answer presents the White House with a dilemma since the president’s choice for attorney general has how described Trump’s alleged conduct as “classic” obstruction of justice.

Barr gave the same answer when asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as in his own written statements.

“Didn’t know about @BuzzFeed report when I asked questions of Barr but I did it to get AG nominee to clearly state his view that if a President asks someone to commit perjury or change testimony, it’s obstruction of justice..and (I thought) within the realm of possibility!”

Didn’t know about @BuzzFeed report when I asked questions of Barr but I did it to get AG nominee to clearly state his view that if a President asks someone to commit perjury or change testimony, it’s obstruction of justice..and (I thought) within the realm of possibility! https://t.co/kTiWcE7Gle read more