DML Morning Briefing: Thurs. Oct. 29
By Team DML
Today is October 29 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Tucker Carlson explains mysterious circumstances of how documents ‘damning’ to Biden family ‘vanished’
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Wednesday night that he was close to obtaining documents “damaging” to the Biden campaign, but that they suddenly “vanished” under very mysterious circumstances.
“So on Monday of this week we received a, from a source, a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family,” Carlson said. “We believe those documents are authentic, they’re real, and they’re damning.”
Carlson explained that he and his executive producer were in Los Angeles when Fox News received the documents.
“So we texted a producer in New York and we asked them to send those documents to us, in L.A., and he did that. So Monday afternoon of this week he shipped those documents overnight to California with a large national carrier,” he continued.
“But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles. Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened, and the contents were missing. The documents have disappeared,” he said.
DML: Why are no copies made is question #1. I have other questions too, and I will address them on The Dennis Michael Lynch Podcast today.
2 – Covid cases, hospitalizations continue to surge as U.S. reaches ‘critical point’ in pandemic
From CNBC: The United States is reporting another record-high average number of new cases of the coronavirus as a top health official warned Wednesday that the country is at a “critical point.”
The U.S. reported 73,240 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average of new cases up to about 71,832, a fresh record and an increase of more than 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, which tracks testing, hospitalization and other data on the outbreak. Cases are up by at least that amount in 45 states, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The surge in cases and hospitalizations is beginning to overwhelm some hospitals in parts of the country. The Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that the Utah Hospital Association is asking the governor to allow its members to ration care.
DML: The timing of this is strange when measuring other strange things that are happening right around the elections, but even so it must remain a serious thing for all people to consider — nobody wants to get sick. So please take steps to boost your immune system, if nothing else.
3 – Dr. Fauci Tells Australians That Covid in the US is ‘Getting Worse and Worse’ and Might Not Get Close to Normal Until 2022
In the waning days of a bitterly partisan presidential election amid a global pandemic, there appears to be some significant distance between President Donald Trump and the nation’s top epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci over the national outlook for dealing with Covid-19.
According to almost all topic-centric polls, the coronavirus—and how the federal government has handled it—is the most important issue for voters. But while Trump continually says that we’ve “turned the corner” on the potentially deadly contagion that has caused over 220,00 American deaths, Dr. Fauci tells a much more ominous story.
In a teleconference interview with the University of Melbourne Professor Shitij Kapur, Dr. Fauci told his mostly Australian audience “I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality.”
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US, Dr. Fauci was taking part in a new series, Conversations on COVID-19: The Global View. He explained the term normality: “If normal means you can get people in a theatre without worrying about what we call congregate-setting superinfections, if we can get restaurants to open almost at full capacity, if you could have sporting events to be able to be played with spectators in the stands, then it’s going to be well, well into 2021 and perhaps beyond.”
Fauci said wearing masks “will become very commonplace, even outside of the context of a pandemic outbreak.”
DML: I despise this man.
4 – Police will enter homes and break up Christmas dinners if families break lockdown rules – and there will be riots, predicts police commissioner
In England: Police chiefs have warned that Christmas family celebrations will be broken up by officers if they flout lockdown rules.
David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reports of rule-breaking over the festive period.
The West Midlands are currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people cannot mix with any other households or bubbles inside.
Mr Jamieson told The Telegraph: ‘If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce.
‘It’s not the police’s job to stop people enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public.’
The police chief also warned about the upcoming Hanukkah and Diwali celebrations which will also see families eager to gather inside, contrary to the rules in certain areas.
DML: I don’t think they have guns in the UK, but if they did I would bet many cops would be in harms way for carrying out these instructions.
5 – Biden vows to unify and save country; Obama trashes Trump, claims he’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage
Joe Biden traveled Tuesday to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can “restore our soul and save this country.”
The Democratic presidential nominee offered his closing argument with Election Day just one week away while attempting to go on the political offensive in Georgia, which hasn’t backed a Democrat for the White House since 1992. He promised to be a president for all Americans regardless of party, even as he said that “anger and suspicion is growing and our wounds are getting deeper.”
In the coming days, Biden will also visit Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida, where former President Barack Obama gave a speech in Orlando on Tuesday, blistering Trump with the theory that he was only worrying about the virus because it was dominating news coverage.
“He’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage,” Obama said. “If he had been focused on COVID from the beginning, cases wouldn’t be reaching new record highs across the country this week.”
DML: To put into perspective how much I despise Fauci, I would dine with Obama before ever sharing bread with Fauci.
6 – Trump says Miles Taylor ‘should be prosecuted’ after reveal as ‘Anonymous’ administration critic
President Trump called Wednesday night for former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor to face prosecution after he revealed himself as “Anonymous,” the former senior administration official who authored a New York Times op-ed criticizing the presidency in 2018.
Trump took aim at Taylor during a campaign rally in Goodyear, Ariz., referring to him as a “low-level staffer, a sleazebag, who’s never worked in the White House.” Taylor revealed his identity as “Anonymous” in a blog post on Wednesday afternoon.
“The whole thing was just one more giant hoax from the Washington swamp and a corrupt special interest group,” Trump said at the rally. “I’ll tell you what – this guy, in my opinion, should be prosecuted. He should be prosecuted. The left wing media and the swamp are doing everything in their power to try to stop us.”
In his 2018 op-ed for the New York Times, Taylor described himself as a member “of the resistance inside the Trump administration” who was one of several officials “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” In 2019, Taylor penned a book entitled “A Warning” as “Anonymous,” detailing apparent discord within the Trump administration.
DML: This guy is a traitor of the worst kind. He should change his last name to Biden or Clinton.
7 – ICE says court order forced them to release 250 immigrants with criminal histories
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that it released 250 immigrants with criminal histories in response to a coronavirus-related order issued by the Central District of California.
The news came a week after U.S. Judge Terry Hatter demanded the agency either release or deport detainees at the Adelanto ICE processing center in Southern California in order to halt the spread of coronavirus infections.
ICE reported that “despite requests to transfer detainees to alternative locations,” it ended up releasing 250 from the facility, which is run by a federal contractor.
ICE stated in their press release: Prior to the reduction, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Los Angeles assessed that among the roughly 730 aliens detained at Adelanto, more than 85 percent had pending criminal charges and/or convictions. Among those ordered released, more than 60 had final orders of removal by federal immigration judges. The criminal histories of those released included, but was not limited to: assault with a deadly weapon, battery, child cruelty, contempt/violating a protected order, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, driving without a license, driving under the influence (DUI), false imprisonment, fraud, hit and run, grand theft, obstructing a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, prostitution, sexual offenses (including lewd/lascivious acts with a child), weapons violations, and the federal offense of illegal reentry after removal.
ICE’s Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham said, “ICE has been placed in a difficult circumstance to comply with a binding order that completely contradicts our duty to this nation. These criminal aliens have serious convictions and charges – releasing them is an extremely risky gamble to take with public safety.”
DML: What the f*ck is happening in the country!
8 – Tech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing
The chief executives of Silicon Valley’s most influential tech companies fielded markedly partisan questions Wednesday in a high-profile hearing less than a week before an election where their content moderation decisions have become a campaign issue.
Members of the Senate Commerce Committee largely stayed away from the advertised purpose of the hearing — discussing a federal statute that provides a liability shield for internet companies for content posted on their sites by third parties and lets them make “good faith” efforts to moderate content — and instead used the venue to engage in political attacks.
For Republicans, most of those attacks were focused on lobbing unfounded allegations of anti-conservative bias at the witnesses: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai.
DML: Cruz shredded him to pieces, but it won’t do a damn thing.
9 – Girl Scouts delete social media post congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on Supreme Court appointment
The Girl Scouts of America deleted a social media post on its official Twitter and Facebook pages Wednesday evening congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment to the Supreme Court.
The original post, shared by FOX 6 Milwaukee political reporter Jason Calvi, included the caption: “Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789” ending with an emoji of hands raised up.
The post featured an image of Barrett; her two Supreme Court colleagues, associate justices Elena Kagen and Sonia Sotomayor; former associate justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and the late associate justice and Barrett’s predecessor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The move quickly faced swift backlash from critics and lawmakers, with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., tweeting, “What kind of patch does one earn for uplifting a woman who is the antithesis of justice?”
DML: I am SICK TO MY STOMACH