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McConnell’s Supreme Court fight exposes the contempt he and Trump hold for millions of Americans: op-ed

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to move past the tensions that followed the collapse of the healthcare reform effort on Monday with a show of unity that focused on tax reform and other items on the Republican agenda.

Writing for the Washington Post this Monday, Greg Sargent says that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forging ahead with a vote to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more than just “hypocrisy” — it’s a demonstration of “the contempt that McConnell and Trump hold for millions and millions of American voters.”

“It’s about their cavalier willingness to treat all those voters’ political preferences as having no legitimate purchase at all — that is, when they vote for Democrats,” Sargent writes.

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According to Sargent, the “real game” was given away by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who declared that the “Constitution gives Senators the power” to confirm nominees, and so “no one should be surprised” if they do it in this case.

“This is true. It’s also true that senators have the power not to confirm nominees,” Sargent writes. “But as a justification for what we’re seeing now, this is deeply disingenuous: In [Merrick Garland’s] case, the Senate didn’t merely not confirm him; they didn’t give him a hearing at all. That excused the Senate from having to make a public choice one way or the other.”

What Alexander means is that the “Senate should only feel obliged to give nominees a hearing in an election year when they are chosen by a president from the same party,” Sargent writes. “The Senate should feel free to deny a hearing to a nominee from the opposite party simply because it can — even though, by the principle conjured up in 2016, this is unfair to the electorate now picking a president.”

“But that’s okay, because this time, that electorate is looking likely to pick a Democratic president.”

Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.

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Trump mask-shames CBS reporter Lesley Stahl — and ominously warns ‘much more to come’

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President Donald Trump has spent months belittling people for wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His anti-mask attitude reportedly resulted in White House and campaign staff not wearing masks so as to avoid angering their boss.

And Trump has repeatedly attacked Joe Biden for wearing facial coverings -- even after the president was hospitalized for COVID-19.

But on Tuesday, Trump dramatically shifted his position and mask-shamed CBS "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl, posting video of her not wearing a mask while Trump was.

Trump included video of their interview in his tweet:

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McConnell warns Trump not to pass a stimulus deal before the election: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republicans this Tuesday that he warned the White House not to make a stimulus deal with Democrats before the election.

"McConnell suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not negotiating in good faith with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and any deal they reach could disrupt the Senate’s plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week," the Post reports.

As the Post points out, McConnell's stance risks dashing any hopes that a stimulus deal would be passed before November 3rd.

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Legal analyst suggests ‘truth commission’ to bring the US back from Trumpism

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“When a plane falls out of the sky, we don’t just shrug our shoulders and say, 'gravity has consequences'” wrote legal analyst Elie Mystal in his column for "The Nation" Tuesday.

After five years of dealing with President Donald Trump, Mystal thinks that the way to bring the United States back to normal is with a kind of "truth and reconciliation commission."

He recalled in 2009 when former President Barack Obama came into office he was asked if he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate George W. Bush's administration for the torture scandal and illegal detention.

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