Below the fold – June 13, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but are important. By PL Hade

“History is made by people who throw in with moral clarity to achieve uncertain victories. I think we’re at an historic moment. We might win, we might not. But the only thing we’ll regret is giving up before the fight.” Ezra Levin (Indivisible)

  1. Future-Proofing the Presidency https://apps.bostonglobe.com/…/future-proofing-the…/
  2. The DOJ under Trump demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple, the company said. The Dept sent a broad request in February 2018 as part of its investigation that collected data on members of Congress, staffers and their families. CNN
    • Friday – Justice Dept Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced his office is now initiating an inquiry into the Trump DOJ use of subpoenas to obtain communication records of House Dems and their families.
  3. Murphy breaks record for most votes ever cast in N.J. gubernatorial primarySurpasses Florio ’89 by more than 84,000 votes https://newjerseyglobe.com/…/murphy-breaks-record-for…/ (Just a note: the GOP far right is saying that this is a result of Dominion voting machines changing votes.)
  4. 10 years in the making:The developers of the Keystone XL pipeline have abandoned the project.
  5. State GOPs Can’t Explain Millions In ‘Trump Victory’ Cash“
    • ’These joint fundraising practices amount to little more than legalized money laundering,’ said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.”
    • “Last month, the Arkansas GOP disclosed a whopping $3.5 million in transfers with Trump Victory, a group it has never officially joined, according to FEC records. ‘The transfers were inadvertently not disclosed on the original reports due to clerical errors,’ the state party explained.” (46 state GOP parties inadvertently didn’t disclose Trump Victory transfers.) https://www.thedailybeast.com/state-gops-cant-explain…
  6. Senate Report on January 6: The report did not examine Trump’s role in the insurrection according to Senate Committee Aides: Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds“
    • According to the report, Capitol Police intelligence officers knew as early as Dec. 21 that protesters planned to “bring guns” and other weapons to the Jan. 6 demonstration and turn them on any law enforcement officers who blocked their entry into the Capitol.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/a8cc5b1e-c7d4-11eb…
  7. Transcript of Don McGahn’s interview with the judiciary committee: https://judiciary.house.gov/…/mcgahn_interview…
  8. From President Biden: “Folks, the Delta variant — a highly infectious COVID-19 strain — is spreading rapidly among young people between 12 and 20 years old in the U.K. If you’re young and haven’t gotten your shot yet, it really is time. It’s the best way to protect yourself and those you love.”
    • “A highly transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in India now accounts for six percent of new infections in the United States, the Biden administration said Tuesday. Yet vaccines appear to be highly effective against this version of the virus that has quickly spread into Great Britain and elsewhere” https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/15c10760-c86b-11eb…
  9. Amazon is selling blank vaccination cards.
  10. I find this interesting because we don’t have similar “bootcamps” to train people in pro-vaccine talking points…”
    • For the Bollingers and similar influencers, speaking out against vaccines is a profitable business. The couple sells documentaries and books; others hawk dietary supplements, essential oils or online ‘bootcamps’ that train in anti-vaccine talking points.” https://publicintegrity.org/…/spreading-fears-cashing…
  11. Lockdown’ states like California did better economically than ‘loser’ states like Florida, new COVID data shows“
  12. Covid19

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Below the fold – June 13, 2021

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