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During 24 Hours After RBG Died, Democratic Donations Hit $100M

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With the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, Democratic candidates have seen record levels of fundraising donations. According to ActBlue, in less than 72 hours, over $100 million has been donated by Americans for who RBG's death is a reminder of one of the many things at stake this coming November.

According to Bloomberg, the money brought in since late on Friday, saw a record jump on Saturday when ActBlue reported $70.6 million in donations to candidates. To put that into perspective, up until Saturday, the Democratic donation site ActBlue was averaging about $15.7 million per day in fundraising. The New York Times reported that fundraising records for ActBlue were broken in the hours after RBG's death was announced, averaging around $100,000 per minute into the evening.

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CNBC’s Cramer Urged To Resign After Insulting Pelosi On Air

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CNBC's Jim Cramer has created a brand of business news host based on his "wild" antics, his "crazy" way of speaking and straight-shooting. His "crazy" way of acting and speaking is supposed to not only be entertaining for viewers, but to bely a secret, no-nonsense intelligence about the financial markets.

On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi came on Cramer's show to discuss what deals are either in the works, or not, between Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the Democratic-led House. Cramer interrupted Pelosi ostensibly to question her on a statement she made a couple of days ago where she said she was "optimistic" that a deal to provide stimulus aid to the American public could be reached. Unfortunately, Cramer really let his misogynist foot get stuck in his mouth.

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Pandemic Kills More Police Officers Than All Other Causes Combined

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On Aug. 31, Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden made a speech in Pittsburgh where he said: "More cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol." Very quickly conservatives everywhere wondered whether or not that could be true. Weren't police officers mostly being gunned down by unarmed Black men or as a result of antifa-related soup can bludgeonings? But it turns out that sadly, the complete failure of our current administration to properly protect the health of Americans from the pandemic has predictably extended towards the state's law enforcement apparatus.

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Jim Gaffigan, Popular Comedian, Breaks Silence To Torch Trump On Twitter

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Jim Gaffigan is an award-winning, well-regarded, popular comedian. Part of Gaffigan's appeal is his family-friendly comedy, that he writes and works on with his wife and frequently centers around food and Gaffigan's obsessions with food. Gaffigan has a large family, which includes five children, leading to my favorite Gaffigan joke: "If you want to know what it's like to have a fourth, just imagine you're drowning … and then someone hands you a baby." Gaffigan is also devoutly Catholic, and was asked by the Roman Catholic Church to do warmup for the World Meeting of Families back in 2015, when he opened for the Pope—yes, that Pope.

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CNN’s Fact Checker Fires Off 20 Corrections To Trump’s Spew Of Lies

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Fact-checking the current president Donald Trump is a full-time job. It might be the single job Donald Trump has created during his time in the White House. CNN added reporter Daniel Dale to their pay roll as the person tasked with checking on every stupid thing Trump boasts about or attacks others for. On Thursday, the country was able to finally take a deep breath as one national nightmare came to an end—the Republican National Convention.

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Father Of Fallen Soldier Warns Against Trusting Trump With Troops’ Lives

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Being a Gold Star family member in our country is a high honor. It is also a very tragic honor to receive as it requires the sacrifice of a child or parent in the service of our country. One of the conservative movement's great coups has been to convince people that liberal ideology, with its focus on peaceful solutions over violent ones, is somehow anti-military personnel. The fascist jingoism that the Republican Party has employed in their propaganda for the past few decades requires this incorrect assessment of history and reality.

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Trump’s Pentagon Chief Wants To Privatize Military Health Care

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Making America Great Again means that everyone has to sacrifice. More specifically, it means everyone but the top 1 percent and Donald Trump needs to sacrifice. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a man chosen by Donald Trump, has created a "cost-cutting review" of the Pentagon. On Sunday Politico reported that one of Esper's bright ideas is to cut the military healthcare budget by $2.2 billion. This move would effectively hurt around 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents who rely on the military health system. Also, there's a pandemic happening right now.

That's a lot of health care being taken away from civil servants who are serving to defend our country. It's rather interesting that for all of the talk about our troops and the jingoism relied upon by conservatives—and ballooning defense bills—that the one place they look to cut costs in our military is … health care. However, if you're worried about what will happen to those military folks and their families, never fear: The private market will provide!

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Racist Dog Walker Charged For False Police Report On Black Bird Watcher

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Back in May, a former investment insurance manager at Franklin Templeton made headlines after a video of her wilding out on a Black bird watcher went viral. In the video, Amy Cooper went very bananas when asked to put her dog on a leash as she walked around an area of New York City's Central Park known as The Ramble. Cooper, who is white, went all out in the weird and dangerous racist department when she threatened to call (and then did call) 911 to report that Christian Cooper—a Black man—was "threatening her life."

In fact, she made sure to explain that she was going to very explicitly reference Christian Cooper's race when reporting this fake emergency. Now, ABC News reports that Amy Cooper has been charged with "falsely reporting an incident in the third degree." This was the only detail released by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office.

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Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Facing Likely Murder Charges

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The former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back twice in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia, as he ran away, will be charged. AP reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Wednesday that officer Garrett Rolfe would face charges. 11Alive News reports that Rolfe faces 11 charges, including one for felony murder.

Howard told reporters that Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay dying on the floor, while officer Devin Bronsan "stood on his shoulder," all after the shooting. Bronsan will also be charged. Howard told news outlets that the warrants have been signed for the officers' arrests, but that the exact nature of all of the charges will not be known until then. The charges believed to be in play are murder, felony murder, and involuntary manslaughter.

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Damning New Evidence Against Cop Charged In George Floyd Murder

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On Friday, after a week of escalating protests, Hennepin County attorney Michael Freeman announced that former police officer Derek Chauvin had been arrested and would be charged with manslaughter and 3rd degree murder in the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. Floyd died after being arrested for possibly passing a fake $10 or $20 bill to buy cigarettes. The arrest made headlines as onlookers videotaped the assault by police. Floyd pleaded on video that he could not breathe and was in serious distress.

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GOP Investigation Of Florida ‘Voter Fraud’ Finds Nothing

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As Florida began the process of recounting votes for the 2018 election cycle, Trump and his Republican cronies like Sen. Rick Scott pushed the unfounded theory that Democratic voter fraud was afoot. Scott worked vigilantly to stop the recount, even attempting to have voting machines and ballots impounded. It was a bogus claim, but recounting continued anyway. On Friday, Politico reported that Florida's law enforcement agency, tasked with investigating this supposed fraud, found ZERO cases of voter fraud.

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Trump Organization Billed Taxpayers Nearly $1M In Hotel Fees

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Since he took office, Donald Trump's hotels and clubs have brought in at least $970,000 in U.S. taxpayer money for room rentals. According to hard-won federal records obtained by The Washington Post, this number does not include "an additional $340,000 in such payments" that they've catalogued since March of this year. Considering what we know about this administration, the $970,000 is likely just the tippy top of a truly corrupt iceberg.

The records that the Post looked through show nightly rental rates ranging between $141.66 per night to $650 per night, for at least "950 nights at Trump's golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and 530 nights at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida." Obviously, this data contradicts claims made by Eric Trump that his father's business barely charges the government anything.

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Gov. Kemp’s Decision To Reopen Georgia Looks Even Worse Now

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The day before Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia began reopening his state from stay-at-home orders, the Peach State saw its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Kemp has already shown over the past few weeks that he is less interested in following infectious disease experts' opinions on public safety in a time of pandemic than he is with towing whatever big business conservative party line he thinks he's supposed to follow.

Forbes points out that since the first phase of Gov. Kemp's reopening of Georgia on April 21, the incidence rate (IR), or the number of confirmed cases per 100,000 people, has increased 42 percent. This means that "Georgia's citizens run a substantially greater risk of contracting COVID-19 now than they did before Kemp allowed businesses to reopen."

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Newly Appointed Trump Official Deleted Scores Of Conspiracy And Racist Tweets

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Michael Caputo is a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2015-2016 presidential campaign. He is now the brand new spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A New York Republican operative, you may remember Caputo from his very worried and somber post-Mueller investigation interview in May of 2019. Since the Republican Party is unwilling to do anything to remedy the issue of our treasonously impeached and corrupt president, people like Caputo continue to rise.

CNN reports that Mr. Caputo has all kinds of conspiracy-laden, illogical, and bigoted ideas that we have come to expect from the Trump administration, the Tea Party, and their conservative base. In a series of tweets, which Caputo deleted—but exist forever because it's the internet, stupid—Caputo has all kinds of truly terrifying ideas about the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNN's KFile, Caputo did away with his entire Twitter history of over 1,300 tweets and retweets. And none of these ideas are good or smart or remotely helpful to the public health in general.

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