With talks stalemated, Trump has resorted to bypassing Congress, issuing the executive actions that Meadows warned would come if the White House failed to reach a deal. The president's orders for jobless aid and other actions are only expected provide modest relief to some 20 million Americans at risk of eviction and even more who are out of work, halving unemployment assistance to $300 a week. … [Read more...] about Can Trump aide Meadows move from deal breaker to deal-maker?
“Like, somebody’s got to go through and find all of these incompetent, unqualified, corrupt, white nationalist-supporting people that Trump has burrowed into our State Department, burrowed into our Justice Department,” he continued. “And I think Senator Harris would be fantastic at finding those people and removing them because she’ll have the skill set to not only get rid of the officials and the bureaucrats, she can help us impeach some of these judges, these under-qualified judges that Donald Trump has managed to push in. So I think that’s one of the things I think about, should she become vice president, she would be better at than any of the other top candidates that Joe Biden was looking at.” … [Read more...] about MSNBC’s Johnson: Once Biden Takes Office, Harris ‘Can Help Us Impeach’ Trump Judges
Balo could be a quick stop on your Anderson Valley itinerary, if you’re in a rush: Tastings are free, and are usually limited to about four wines. On the other hand, if you want to linger, Balo could be your entire afternoon. You could buy a bottle, order a plate of charcuterie and cheese and relax on one of the outdoor picnic tables, followed by a game of bocce. … [Read more...] about Balo: great for bocce and a quick wine tasting
“A lot of money was needed. Massive investment was needed in a very small space of time, but in addition there was also corruption,” acknowledged David Shearer, the U.N.’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan. “But the corruption came far less from outside money than from the oil wealth. The money was put into the pockets of elite South Sudanese, rather than into the country itself.” … [Read more...] about UN humanitarian aid lines pockets of despotic regimes, critics say
9:29 a.m. White House adviser tries to clean up Trump statement on Social Security tax: President Trump said Saturday that he will defer payroll taxes and if re-elected he would extend the deferral “beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.” But White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday said that is not what he meant. The tax funds Social Security and Medicare. Kudlow, pressed by Dana Bash in a CNN interview, said: “I think he meant the deferral would be forgiven. ... I think he was saying that the savings on the deferral will be permanent. He did not mean he’s eliminating the Social Security tax.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 9-10