Opinion: COVID Relief Fiasco Reveals McConnellism Rivals Trumpism In Disregard for Americans’ Welfare

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Americans have been living under a political system arguably best characterized as a tyranny of the minority for some time.  Certainly, for the past four years the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million tallies in the 2016 election, just as the nation was hornswoggled into a devastatingly costly war—in human, financial, and geopolitical terms—and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office having lost the popular vote.  And even when the majority vote was able to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to do so in the context of still-existent gerrymandered districting that meant in many cases, in down-ballot races, Republican candidates could win local elections in states that still featured an overwhelming Democratic electorate. read more

Senator Angus King: McConnell Has “Gotta Listen” to Members of His Own Party Regarding Covid Relief

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Senator Angus King (I-Maine) criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying he has “gotta listen” to members of the Republican Party who have called for bipartisan action on Covid-19 relief, which has stalled in the Senate since CARES Act benefits expired in July.

“We really tried to come to a middle ground and we got tired of waiting, frankly,” King told CNN earlier today. “And I don’t understand what the Majority Leader’s problem is.”

King was referencing a $908 billion stimulus proposal that was backed by 50 members of the House of Representatives from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and sponsored by a bipartisan group of four Democrats and four Republicans. McConnell pushed back against the proposal, however, signaling support for a “skinny” stimulus.

King said McConnell has “gotta listen and I’m hoping he’s gonna listen to the members of his caucus saying, ‘Look, we need to do something. It’s urgent.” He said many Americans will suffer the consequences, losing their benefits and homes. Schools are also facing a crisis of their own, he pointed out.

We’ve got to do something and we’ve put forward a good faith effort to make that happen,” he said.

You can watch King’s interview below.

“I don’t understand what the Majority Leader’s problem is” with the $900 billion bipartisan stimulus plan, @SenAngusKing says.

“I’m hoping he’s going to listen to the members of his caucus saying, ‘look, we need to do something, it’s urgent.’”https://t.co/7HlS4PzFh8 pic.twitter.com/JVoXis0T8h read more

Senator Angus King Calls Cancelation of Election Security Briefings a “Pre-Coverup”

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Senator Angus King (I-Maine) called the cancelation of election security briefings “a pre-coverup.” King’s comments after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced his office will no longer deliver in-person election security briefings to members of Congress.

“I can’t get into the head of these people, but we have a president who never likes to hear the word ‘Russia,’ at least not in the context of the relationships or of Russia meddling in our elections,” King told CNN.

He added: “I hate to say this but it looks like a pre-coverup. It looks like they don’t want to share the information, they’re covering up information. I don’t know what they have or don’t have, but it looks like they’re trying to keep this information from the public so when everybody goes to vote on November 3rd, they won’t know the extent to which they’ve been attempted to be influenced by the Russians or some other country.”

You can watch King’s interview with CNN below.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) on intel director's decision to no longer brief Congress on election security: "I hate to say this, but it looks like a pre-cover-up … it looks like they're trying to keep this information from the public." pic.twitter.com/hiFK7eYE5E read more

Senator Angus King: “Governors Are Flying Blind” Because of Lack of Coronavirus Testing

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Senator Angus King has warned that reopening states will be a “crapshoot” until there’s adequate Covid-19 testing. The independent also disputed suggestions the virus is manmade.

The Maine senator spoke to CNN’s New Day on Tuesday and said he’d seen no evidence that Coronavirus came from a lab.

CNN anchor John Berman asked King about recent assertions from President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the virus’ origins.

“I haven’t seen any recent intelligence on this in the last month or so,” King said.

“If the President and the Secretary of State have intelligence on this, then as a member of the  Intelligence Committee, I want to see it. I’m entitled to see classified material,” King said.

Watch King’s comments on Coronavirus:

If the House Intelligence Committee can’t see the intelligence, “then that raises serious questions about the basis of those assertions,” Democratic Sen. Angus King says about President Trump’s claim that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab.https://t.co/upGmUEQu0z pic.twitter.com/oEPbLMFZpM read more

Expert Says Trump Will Soon Fire DNI Coats, Creating a Real Emergency

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Philip Mudd, the ex-deputy director of the CIA‘s Counterterrorist Center and the FBI‘s National Security Branch said on CNN this morning that he believes Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats will be fired by Donald Trump. The reason, Mudd said, is that Trump has a history of firing people who don’t agree with him.

And if this happens, Mudd said, it is possible that Trump will create a real national emergency, and possibly lead the country into another quagmire like Iraq.

“There ain’t no learning in the second kick of the mule here,” said Mudd, reminding viewers that the CIA was still struggling with accusations that the agency didn’t do enough to stop President George W. Bush when he made the decision to invade Iraq.

Then Mudd added:

“So we’re going again into North Korea and say we’d prefer that the intel guys support the president regardless whether they agree with his position?”

“I think the intel guys are supposed to get out there and talk about the facts. Do we want to relive Iraq all again? Speak the truth and let the truth fall where it may. That’s what intel folks are supposed to do, that’s what they did, and Dan Coats is gonna get fired for it.“

Fellow panelist and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin agreed with Mudd, saying it was Coats’ failure to “follow the party line” that has now put his job in jeopardy. 

“Coats didn’t follow the party line, and now it looks like he’s on his way out,” Toobin said.

Independent Senator Angus King of Maine also appeared on CNN and expressed concern about the president’s willingness to fire his advisers if they dare to contradict his own uninformed opinions.

King told CNN‘s New Day:

“The message to the intelligence community is shade the data, cook it, slant it, don’t tell the man what he doesn’t want to hear. That’s disastrous for the country.”

A longtime Trump confidant said he believes DNI Coats may be fired.

“The message to the intelligence community is shade the data, cook it, slant it, don’t tell the man what he doesn’t want to hear. That’s disastrous for the country,” @SenAngusKing says https://t.co/yz5YnzZH86 pic.twitter.com/bcSNUrRtnA read more