7 Things: Pandemic success is obvious, Alabama election law still matters, Jones looking past general election loss and more …
7. Sure, let’s impeach Barr now
- The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law is joined by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in calling for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to be impeached and asking that the U.S. House of Representatives start proceedings.
- The two groups are accusing Barr of using his position to benefit and support President Donald Trump politically, as well as saying that Barr has an “authoritarian worldview.” They argue that makes Barr “see himself as entitled to ignore laws, ethics, and historical practices.”
6. Joe Biden may not have been honest about Hunter Biden
- In news that shocks absolutely no one, it appears that Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden may not have been completely honest when discussing the business ties between himself, his son and Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to the board of embattled Ukraniain energy firm Burisma.
- The elder Biden has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his son’s international business deals, even though they clearly traded on VP Biden’s name. Still, the emails discovered recently tell a different story as Pozharskyi writes, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to D.C. and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.” An earlier email asks for advice on how Hunter Biden could use his influence on Burisma’s behalf.
5. Barrett was asked absurd questions by desperate Democrats
- During the second day of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic U.S. Senators took what they thought would be their best shot at the nominee with a series of questions that were at best campaign speeches and at worst were attempts to go viral.
- U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked if Barrett had “ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature.” U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) questioned if Barrett would “condemn white supremacy.” U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) sought to get the nominee to recuse herself from election disputes.
4. al.com has a reporter rewrite a New York Times “bombshell”
- Much like they did in 2017, Alabama’s most dominant media outlet is relegated to repeater status as they repackage attacks from national media entities. This week, the New York Times released a story on how former Auburn football coach and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville founded a charity to benefit veterans. The story goes on to report that tax returns from 2015 and 2016 show only about one-third of the funds went to veterans’ causes.
- The Tuberville campaign has detailed that in 2018, half of the spending from the foundation was for charitable purposes, and the campaign has said that criticism of the spending is an unfair attack on how Tuberville is trying to help veterans.
3. Jones knows he is done and is looking for next job
- If former Vice president Joe Biden wins the general election, it’s being reported by Politico Playbook that U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is at the top of the list to be considered for the U.S. Attorney General position.
- While the list of possible appointments for the Biden administration aren’t formal yet, they are working toward becoming that. Not long after Biden announced his presidential bid, he was endorsed by Jones, and Jones has continued to be a supporter of Biden’s campaign.
- For the general election, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has blocked a ruling from Judge Abdul Kallon in the Northern District of Alabama that would remove I.D. requirements for some absentee voters and witness or notary signatures for others.
- The ruling does allow counties to still provide curbside voting, which Attorney General Steve Marshall says he will challenge, but they aren’t required to provide such service. Secretary of State John Merrill said this recent decision “is a win for the people of Alabama!” He added, “The stay that has been granted maintains the integrity and security of our elections in our state – thus providing that our current election laws are not an obstacle to voters in Alabama.”
1. Pandemic could be over way sooner than thought
- Operation Warp Speed has already been a massive success. In the original story of the pandemic, 2.2 million Americans were supposed to be dead by mid-October, but the total is actually 1/10th of that as Americans agreed to shut down the economy, wear masks and socially distance, which leads all sane people to realize this has actually been a success.
- New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. wrote, “Events have moved faster than I thought possible. I have become cautiously optimistic. Experts are saying, with genuine confidence, that the pandemic in the United States will be over far sooner than they expected, possibly by the middle of next year.”