Nearly 4,000 workers at a General Motors plant near St. Louis must resume wearing face masks and social distancing because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. In an alert sent to workers and obtained by the Free Press, the union told plant employees of the change Monday afternoon. The alert read, "We have been informed by the company and UAW International that based on the severe upward trend of COVID cases in the surrounding areas all GM Wentzville Assembly Center employees will be once again required to wear masks upon entering the plant starting tonight with third shift employees....
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday offered her analysis after a bombshell new report by The New York Times detailing former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"On December 27, 2020 — just 11 days before his supporters would storm the U.S. Capitol with the stated goal of hanging Mike Pence and disrupting the certification of Joe Biden's win, Donald Trump engaged in an insurrection of his own, calling the acting attorney general of the United States and directing him to declare the election corrupt and then, 'leave the rest to me,'" Wallace reported.
She then went over DOJ officials' notes in which the document how Trump asked them to declare the 2020 election "corrupt" as a pretext for staying in power.
"The notes pointing to Trump's perceived coup accomplices are now in the hands of those members' peers in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat," she explained. "The notes also illuminate a well worn theme of the Trump presidency, the ex-president's imperviousness to facts."
Wallace interviewed former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, who teaches law and is a legal columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Litman said, "it couldn't have been more flagrantly improper. The exact thing the Department of Justice never can do is simply announce something corrupt without taking action, they must file a lawsuit based on evidence."
"This is going to be amplified and a lot more where this came from," Litman predicted.
Nicolle Wallace www.youtube.com
'I don't understand the question': White House spokeswoman baffled by Newsmax reporter's scientific illiteracy
A Newsmax reporter on Friday left White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre baffled after asking a bizarre question about whether White House officials were personally conducting tests to make sure the delta variant had become the dominant strain of the novel coronavirus.
During the Friday White House press briefing, the Newsmax reporter asked, "How do you know test whether it's the dominant strain in the area when people just test whether they're COVID-positive?"
"We don't test it, we listen to public health and scientists and they tell us it's the delta variant," Jean-Pierre said.
The reporter then asked if the health experts explained their "process" for testing.
"I don't even understand the question," she replied. "That's what they are telling us. I just laid out how contagious it was."
The reporter then complained that a lot of answers we get about public health questions are "because [public health experts] say so."
"Well they're the experts!" a baffled Jean-Pierre replied.
Watch the video below.
One of the only journalists to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns explained why potential crimes revealed by Trump's taxes may not be the biggest issue for congressional investigators to pursue.
MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston on Friday after the Department of Justice ruled that the Treasury Department must turn over Trump's taxes to the House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2017, Johnston published a story based off of Trump's 2005 Form 1040 federal tax return, which he had obtained.
"So David, what should the committee be able to learn from these returns? "Mohyeldin asked. "You know tax returns certainly better than I do, but as the tax returns ultimately get handed over to these committees, what are they going to reveal?"
"Well, the biggest single concern — and Nancy Pelosi talked about this today — is national security. Is there something in the returns that tells us that Donald Trump is beholden to some foreign power or interest that we did not see? I think that's the first, most important issue that needs to be resolved," Johnston said. "And we don't know the answer to that and the tax returns, by the way, may not provide it."
"Secondly, Donald Trump's tax returns, we have very good reason to think are probably fraudulent. Why? Well, Donald had two civil income tax fraud trials, he lost both of them — they were New York state and New York City trials. I broke the story of this, I think six years ago now. Those returns were so fraudulent that Donald's own witness — his long time tax lawyer and tax accountant — testified that they were forged. If Donald Trump would forge a tax return, then I think there is good reason to suspect there is other unlawful activity on his tax return."
David Cay Johnston www.youtube.com
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