A police bodycam showed the moment Trump Advisor Brad Parscale was confronted by Fort Lauderdale Police and was taken down with what appears to be an unnecessary force.
Did police use protocol to apprehend someone believed to be mentally distressed? Maybe, but according to the video, a calm and collected, non-confrontational Parscale was tackled to the ground as he spoke to one officer.
“In the police report, Parscale was barricaded in his home and initially refused to come outside. The standoff lasted about an hour between the Pascale and the police. One officer who personally knows the advisor and considers Pascale a friend was able to convince him to step out of his house to defuse the situation. Parscale finally obliged and was walking to his driveway where then officers ordered the belligerent advisor to get on the ground.
Parscale who was shirtless and holding a beer didn’t comply with the police order, leading to one to use a “double-leg takedown” to knock him to the ground as another officer was seen handcuffing the advisor. The one officer who bodyslammed Parscale reassured him that they “will figure it all out.”
Again, the video tells another story, but the events leading up to the takedown lead to the use of force. READ MORE
It’s Debate Night
All eyes will be glued to the TV tonight as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden square off in what will certainly by an eventfully blistering and funny debate.
The big question for tonight’s debate is, how many gaffes will Biden make?
I say he makes two.
Regardless of how many missteps or senior moments Biden has, Trump will pounce in typical Trump fashion.
Expect Trump to attempt to derail Biden from the onset by lighting the former vice president’s very short fuse.
If Trump manages to get under Biden’s skin, the trainwreck that will follow could be epic.
Grab your popcorn and soda…
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“Loomer was the first to expose Ilhan Omar’s voter fraud” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Shortly after President Donald Trump suggested that the “U.S. Attorney in Minnesota “ open an investigation into the recently-released Project Veritas video that exposed supporters of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) of committing voter fraud by illegally harvesting ballots, the Minneapolis Police Department has announced that they will be investigating the Project Veritas claims. According to a Fox News report, “President Trump has already called on the Justice Department to investigate the claims, which include allegations of a cash-for-ballot scheme.” But while the Project Veritas video is damning evidence against Rep. Omar, this specific voter fraud in Minnesota is old news because it has already been reported by Conservative journalist and congressional candidate Laura Loomer. During the 2018 mid-term election cycle, Loomer was in Minneapolis investigating the rise of Muslim candidates for office around the country, but specifically in Minneapolis because of the large Somali Muslim community. The Floridian spoke to Loomer about her past experience dealing with Omar and the Republican firebrand pointed to the video she posted of her confronting both congressional candidates Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar at a Palestinian restaurant in Minneapolis. “I confronted Rashida Taib and Ilhan Omar when they were running for congress at a joint event at a Palestinian restaurant,” said Loomer. In the video, Loomer can be heard asking Omar why she married her brother, why she hates Jews, and “why she used campaign funds to divorce her brother.”
“BLM thug paints swastikas at Catholic Church” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – Over the weekend, news broke that a Black Lives Matter activist from Atlanta had been arrested by federal authorities on wire fraud and money laundering charges. An investigation suggested that Tyree Conyers-Page, known as Sir Maejor Page, had made purchases of $200,000 worth of personal items with money that had been donated to a Black Lives Matter fundraising organization. Now, Black Lives Matter supporters are continuing to receive criticism after some supporters were caught on camera wearing Antifa clothes and spray painting inverted crosses, Nazi Swastikas, pentagrams, Black Lives Matter and Biden 2020. On a Chaldean Catholic Church, which has a congregation that is primarily composed of Christian refugees and immigrants from Iraq. The church is located in El Cajon, California, and the event comes on the heels of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump (R) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D). Both political figures are set to discuss the recent string of protests, riots and lootings that have taken storm across the United States. Although the video footage of the vandalism has been released, no arrests have been made.
“Police Bodycam Footage Released Shows Trump 2020 Adviser Brad Parscale Bodyslammed During Arrest” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – Police bodycam footage of Trump 2020 campaign Advisor Brad Parscale’s arrest was released on Monday showing officers bodyslamming Parscale once he emerged outside his home shirtless with a beer in his hand during a tense scene after his wife told the police that he was suicidal. “Listen, I’m not trying to kill myself. She’s lying, I didn’t do anything!” Parscale is heard telling the officers in his driveway before an officer tackles the 6-foot-8 advisor to the ground and handcuffed after ignoring their five demands to “get on the ground.” Fort Lauderdale police on Monday released body camera footage, a 911 call, and records detailing the events that unfolded. According to the police report, officers were called to Parscale home shortly after 3:30 pm Sunday when a neighbor saw Parscale wife, Candice fleeing the house, and was apparently shaken. The neighbor called 911, and it was heard that Candice saying she thinks her husband fired his pistol and possibly shot himself inside their home. “He, he is under a lot of stress right now, and he is pissed at the world and so he like walked out, cocked the handgun, ranting and raving about something, I don’t know what,” Candice is heard telling the 911 dispatcher. “So I was like, OK, just chill. Stop. And then I got nervous and I went and I was sitting in the front yard, thinking, something is not right. And I saw him looking out the front window and I heard a loud, a loud noise. I heard a loud boom. Ten minutes ago.”
“Spalding slams Wasserman Schultz with ‘Corrupt Debbie’ campaign” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Republican congressional candidate Carla Spalding has taken a big swipe at incumbent Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) just a day after Progressive Tim Canova endorsed her over Wasserman Schultz, by sending out a campaign mailer calling her “corrupt,” and lists the veteran congresswoman’s alleged political missteps. These alleged missteps include her rigging of the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders, her hiring of “criminal staffers,” her support for “the Criminal Black Lives Matter/Antifa” movement, and the allegation that she shoved a minor during the 2020 Democratic primary election. Wasserman Schultz’s opponent Jen Perelman, who also called her corrupt, accused her of accosting the minor, who in term posted a video on social media detailing the early voting encounter. Spalding’s mailer is also anchored by a matching website that highlights all of the allegations made against Rep. Wasserman Schultz, and at her, on some positions and votes, she has taken on issues, including that she “wants to raise taxes,” that she voted to “cut Veterans benefits,” and that she was “no friend of Israel” because she voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“Demings Expresses Deep Disappointed in Senate Republicans” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – Florida rep. Val Demings (D), who was on the shortlist to become former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) Vice Presidential pick, was recently a guest on PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. In the interview segment with the Florida lawmaker, Demings discussed a number of topics, which included the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the subsequent nomination from President Trump (R) to fill the seat. Leading up to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, Demings has been tweeting comments from her Republican colleagues that pushed back against the nomination of President Barack Obama’s (D) Supreme Court Justice nominee, Merrick Garland. When asked if Democrats would do the exact same thing if they were in control, Demings assured that she can’t speak on what Democrats would do, but “I know what I would do.” The Florida Democrat noted that her years in law enforcement taught her that “we had a mission, and our job was to accomplish that mission,” so she “brought that same attitude to Congress, and I have to say I’ve been quite disappointed that politics can take precedence over what’s just plain all right and wrong.”
“Central Florida officials respond to phase 3 reopening” by Click Orlando’s Troy Campbell – On Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said his office didn’t have advance knowledge of Gov. Ron DeSantis' Phase 3 reopening executive order that was issued last Friday. He also said that his office has had to direct multiple calls from the public, asking for clarification on the order. Mayor Demings also said his executive order requiring face coverings is still in effect in Orange County. “Does the government need to tell you to do that in a public health crisis? I don’t think so,” Demings said. Restaurants in Central Florida are also tasked with deciding which capacity to safely operate. Greg Allowe is the President and managing partner of the Delaney Tavern. He said despite the governor’s order allowing bars and restaurants to operate at 100% capacity, his establishment has decided to stay at 50%. “I was concerned about consumers' confidence and I wasn’t sure they were ready,” said Allowe. “It’s been mixed. We got a group of customers that are completely comfortable, no masks, no precautions and they are fine with it.” Dr. Todd Husty with Seminole County said that with hospitalizations increasing in the county, masks and social distancing are still a must.
“Good Samaritan turns in wallet, leading to arrest of Central Florida man for meth trafficking” by Fox News’ Frank Miles – An alleged meth trafficker was arrested after a good Samaritan turned in the suspect’s wallet to police in Florida, according to a report. Sean Michael Edwards, 36, was arrested Sept. 21 for trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle with the purpose of keeping or selling a controlled substance and an additional misdemeanor of driving a motorcycle without a license. Edwards, now in Polk County Jail in lieu of a bond of $111,750, was arrested allegedly with $3,132 in cash and a plastic bag of more than 2 ounces of a white crystalline substance that was determined to be methamphetamine. On Sept. 18 the good Samaritan turned in the wallet containing $565 and the ID of Edwards, who had a felony warrant for his arrest for trafficking in methamphetamine. Cops found a number for the suspect and notified Edwards about the lost wallet. Edwards agreed to meet at a Winter Haven 7-Eleven gas station, and told cops he would be arriving by white motorcycle.
“Former campaign rivals join forces in Florida to defeat Trump” by Tampa Bay Times’ Mary Ellen Klas and Bianca Padro Oscasio – The effort to defeat Trump in Florida and mobilize the Hispanic vote for former Vice President Joe Biden has led to some strange bedfellows. An anti-Trump political committee, The Lincoln Project, run by current and former Republicans, announced Monday it has joined with three Democrat-leaning groups to target Hispanic voters and counter the messaging of the president’s campaign. The team of former rivals includes Mi Familia Vota, UnidosUS Action Fund and Nuestro PAC, which was founded by Bernie Sanders' former political adviser, Chuck Rocha. The four groups will host a bipartisan virtual town hall on Wednesday as part of their voter mobilization effort and multi-media marketing campaign. Together, they say, they can correct the mistakes each has made over the past 30 years working with Hispanics in Florida, and replicate their successes. Their top message: the disproportionate impact of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Latino communities and the economic pain that has wrought, said Mike Madrid, co-founder of The Lincoln Project and a veteran of the Jeb Bush and George W. Bush Hispanic outreach efforts. "The statistics are overwhelming that it’s people of color, Latinos and African Americans specifically, that have taken the largest brunt of the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic,'' Madrid said.
“Florida’s GOP Chairman, Incoming Speaker Fight Amendment 2 Which Would Boost Minimum Wage” by CBS Miami – Two state Republican leaders added their voices Monday in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Florida. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters, a state senator from Sarasota, and incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, described the ballot initiative as “a Trojan horse,” “a trapdoor,” and “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” that will bring to Florida “failed policies” from liberal cities where streets are “covered in poverty, riots, crime.” “Voting ‘no’ on Amendment 2 may save your favorite restaurant from closing, or your favorite waiter or waitress from losing their job,” Sprowls, who will become House speaker after the November elections, said during an online press event with a top lobbyist for the restaurant and hotel industry. Gruters, a certified public accountant, contended the state’s current minimum wage is primarily for entry level positions and that the ballot measure would destroy hundreds of small businesses across Florida. “This is not about siding with corporations, it’s about siding with Florida families,” Gruters said. “If you want to give individuals opportunities in the future to get those entry level positions, like one of the interns in my office who started at minimum wage, and I’m lucky to keep him at $20 an hour in just under a year and a half.”
“Florida Police Release New Details of Incident Involving Brad Parscale” by WSJ’s Rebecca Ballaus – Fort Lauderdale police on Monday released new details of a standoff with senior Trump campaign adviser Brad Parscale that culminated in his hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation, including an allegation by Mr. Parscale’s wife, Candice, that her husband had bruised her during a physical altercation days earlier. Mr. Parscale has been serving as a senior adviser to President Trump’s re-election campaign since July, when he was demoted from the campaign manager post he had held for a year and a half. Since his demotion, he has spent most of his time at his Fort Lauderdale home, though he visited Trump campaign headquarters in Virginia last week, where his behavior didn’t seem unusual, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Parscale didn’t respond to requests for comment. Ms. Parscale didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Police arrived at the Parscales’ home on Sunday afternoon after Ms. Parscale reported a possible suicide attempt by her husband, according to police records. She told police that her husband had become irate, “cocked a gun,” and gone into his office, and she had subsequently heard a loud noise. Mr. Parscale initially refused to leave his house, but spoke to the police by phone. Officer Timothy Skaggs wrote that his “speech was slurred as though he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying.” Ms. Parscale told the officer that her husband had been “stressed out for the past two weeks and has made suicidal comments throughout the week to shoot himself,” and that he “drinks and he ‘suffers from PTSD,’” Mr. Skaggs wrote.
“Florida man accused of trying to kill parents found not guilty due to insanity” by WVLT’s Lauren Meyers – A Florida man accused of trying to kill his parents has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, WCTV reported. The judge ordered Austin Day to be held in jail until he can be placed in a residential treatment at the Apalachee Center. WCTV reported, Day was accused of stabbing his father with a butcher knife and beating his mother with a glass mug at their home on Rabbit Pond Drive in April 2019. Both parents survived the attack and fled to neighbors for assistance. According to reports in the case, Day’s parents said he was increasingly agitated in the days leading up to the attack and paranoid that someone was planning to kill him. His mother told officials, Day suffered from medical issues but never been diagnosed with a mental illness. Court records showed Day was ‘very quiet’ and ‘just staring at everything’ in the seconds before attacking his parents.
“President Trump Returns To Florida This Week” by CBS Miami – President Donald Trump will return to Florida this week for an event in the closely watched Interstate 4 corridor. Trump is slated to appear at 7 p.m. Friday at Orlando Sanford International Airport, according to an announcement from his campaign. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made repeated campaign trips to the state which is a key to their re-election hopes. The I-4 corridor through Central Florida is often a battleground in close state races. After the campaign stop was announced, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., issued a statement criticizing Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know that our tourism and hospitality industry won’t recover until the pandemic is brought under control, something Donald Trump has failed to do over the last seven months,” said Murphy, who represents the Sanford area. “Our community doesn’t need another campaign event full of excuses and empty promises. We need a national plan to end this nightmare and rebuild our economy.”
“Amendment 2: Raising Florida's Minimum Wage” by Fox 35 Orlando – Under Amendment 2, Florida voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 by 2026. Amendment 2 raises the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 30 of next year. Each subsequent year, the minimum wage will increase by $1 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on September 30, 2026. Moving forward, future minimum wage increases will be adjusted annually for inflation, beginning in 2027. Florida is one of 25 states increasing the minimum wage for 2020.
“Biden aggressively prepares for debate while Trump cautions against excess preparation” by Fox News’ Sam Dorman – President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are preparing for Tuesday's debate in starkly different ways, with the latter engaging in mock stand-offs while the former says he's leveraging as practice the contentious environment he already faces as president. According to multiple reports, President Trump has refrained from traditional debate prep and eschewed practice sessions. Trump indicated on Sunday that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, helped him prep but it's unclear what exactly that entailed. After beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who prepared extensively in 2016, Trump is suggesting he doesn't want to overdo it. “Sometimes you can go too much in that stuff,” Trump said during a press briefing on Sunday. Meanwhile, Biden has been holding mock debate sessions with senior adviser Bob Bauer and participated in huddles with top aides, according to CBS. Tuesday's debate, hosted by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, will be just one of many that Biden will have participated in as a politician. With decades as a senator, presidential candidate, and vice presidential nominee, Biden has plenty of hands-on experience with high-stakes debates.
“Revelations on Trump's tax returns stoke long-held national security concerns” by CNN’s Zachary Cohen and Alex Maquardt – The likelihood that President Donald Trump personally owes unknown creditors hundreds of millions of dollars has raised concerns about how the President's financial entanglements could influence his national security decisions, former officials and experts say. It also highlights how if were Trump not the President, a role that grants him access to the country's most sensitive secrets, he would almost certainly have a difficult time gaining the security clearance that so many of those who work for him are required to have, according to legal experts familiar with the vetting process. Trump is personally liable for debts and loans totaling $421 million, The New York Times reported on Sunday evening, and most of it comes due in the next four years -- an amount that former intelligence officials, Democratic lawmakers and legal experts warn could be used as leverage against him, and in turn, the US itself. "A vulnerability could be exploited by an adversary," Robert Cardillo -- a former top intelligence official in both the Obama and Trump administrations -- told CNN on Monday. "If we as an intelligence community were assessing a foreign leader, and trying to understand his or her stability, and knew of outsized debts to a foreign or even to a national entity, we would see that as a risk," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC she also saw the stunning revelations about Trump's chaotic finances as a national security problem.
“Cindy McCain Joins Biden Transition Team Advisory Board” by WSJ’s Andrew Restuccia – Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is joining the board of Joe Biden’s presidential transition team, becoming the second Republican to sign on to formally advise the Democratic nominee as he plans for his possible presidency. Mrs. McCain endorsed the former vice president last week, calling Mr. Biden a “good and honest man” and arguing he is the only presidential candidate who will stand up for America’s values. The advisory board of Mr. Biden’s transition team has been charged with offering input as the Democratic nominee’s team turns its campaign promises into policies that can be put in place if he wins the election on Nov. 3. Like other members of the board, Mrs. McCain will offer her counsel to the transition team, but isn’t a paid member of the staff. The news comes as national polls show President Trump trailing to Mr. Biden. Aides to Mr. Biden hope that Mrs. McCain’s endorsement will expand the former vice president’s support among moderate Republicans and independents. The two candidates are set to take part in their first presidential debate on Tuesday. Mr. McCain and Mr. Biden were longtime friends. Mr. Trump has at times criticized Mr. McCain, who endured beatings and solitary confinement as a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam. In 2015, during his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said of Mr. McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
“Minneapolis police investigating ballot harvesting claims amid allegations surrounding Omar” by Fox News’ Sam Dorman – The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating claims by right-wing activist group Project Veritas that individuals tied to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., engaged in illegal ballot harvesting before the election. "The Minneapolis Police Department is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements," a department statement read on Monday. "No further information is available at this time on this." Project Veritas' latest video lit up social media as it came just weeks before a presidential election that is expected to see a surge in absentee or mail-in voting. In Minnesota, the issue has come under judicial scrutiny as Republicans and Democrats battled over a measure that would limit the number of ballots a third party could hold for others. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the state's Supreme Court recently allowed voting to proceed without a three-person limit on the number of ballots any one individual can collect. President Trump has already called on the Justice Department to investigate the claims, which include allegations of a cash-for-ballot scheme. "This is totally illegal," Trump said Sunday, linking to an article on the issue. "Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not??? We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!" Omar responded on Monday by mocking Trump over a New York Times report detaiing how, in 2016, he paid $750 in income taxes.
“Trump announces plan to deploy 150 million Covid rapid tests previously touted” by Meagan Vazquez – President Donald Trump formally announced a plan on Monday to disperse the 150 million rapid coronavirus tests first promoted by the White House in August. The White House originally billed the deal to obtain tests, which are made by Abbott Laboratories, as a potential game-changer to battle the coronavirus pandemic. But without detailed federal guidance on how to distribute the tests, states and cities remained divided, and some of them stifled, on how to best to use those types of rapid tests and others for the testing technique known as "screening" -- which involves routinely testing people whether or not they have symptoms.
Announcing the distribution plan Monday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, Trump claimed the testing effort would "allow every state on a very regular basis test every teacher who needs it." "I'm pleased to report we're announcing our plan to distribute 150 million Abbott point of care tests in the coming weeks," Trump said in the Rose Garden on Monday. Of course, many schools across the country have already been opened for weeks without comprehensive testing access amid the Trump administration's ongoing push to reopen schools and businesses despite the ongoing pandemic. And the plan marks a pivot by the Trump administration and by the President, who has repeatedly and inaccurately claimed that more coronavirus testing in the US would lead to more coronavirus cases. At one point earlier in the pandemic, Trump said he'd told his staff to slow down coronavirus testing, but leading federal health officials have asserted that they have not been asked to do so. Trump appeared to take a different approach to testing in the Rose Garden on Monday, saying that an increase in coronavirus testing efforts and, therefore, an increase in anticipated asymptomatic coronavirus cases among those in low-risk populations "should not cause undue alarm."
“Senators Set Up Meetings With Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett” by WSJ’s Siobhan Hughes and Lindsay Wise – Republican senators, joined by some Democrats, are lining up meetings with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ahead of her confirmation hearing in two weeks, as GOP leaders moved ahead with plans to have President Trump’s pick on the bench by Election Day. Democrats have continued to emphasize that adding another Trump-nominated justice to the court could put the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights in jeopardy, while Republicans have highlighted Judge Barrett’s qualifications and pre-emptively warned Democrats against making her Catholic faith an issue in the hearings. “It’s going to be very, very hard to argue that she isn’t qualified for this,” said Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) on Fox News. “And I think, in terms of her temperament, her judicial philosophy, she’s exactly the kind of justice you would want to see on the Supreme Court.” Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), who is the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee, in remarks in Raleigh, N.C., stressed potential rulings on the ACA and abortion by Judge Barrett and other Trump nominated jurists. “These are the decisions that would upend Justice Ginsburg’s life’s work to uphold basic liberties of all Americans,” she said. Ms. Harris, a member of the judiciary committee, indicated that she could meet with Judge Barrett.
“Judge requires Georgia maintain paper pollbooks with list of eligible voters” by Fox News’ Sam Dorman – A federal judge is ordering the state of Georgia to provide paper polling books in order to save voters from long lines that might result from the state's current infrastructure. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg's order on Monday requires that each polling place have at least one copy of the paper polling books, which are used to check voter registration. According to the Associated Press, election integrity advocates brought the suit concerned that the state's automated voting system was less reliable than hand-marked paper ballots. Advocates pressed for Totenberg to order the state abandon its new voting machines, but also proposed the paper pollbooks, arguing that malfunctioning electronic versions yielded longer waiting lines in elections earlier this year. In June, The New York Times reported a "full-scale meltdown" in the state's new voting systems, which it acquired in 2019 after widespread claims that voter suppression affected the 2018 election results. Amid hours-long lines, people reporteldy gave up on voting and left without casting their ballots. Totenberg described her order as a "narrowly tailored" way to “provide at least a modicum of the voting backup plan tools essential to protecting voters’ constitutionally protected ability and right to cast a ballot that is counted and given the same weight as any other on this coming November 3rd general election day and thereafter."
“Two federal judges rebuke USPS over changes it had planned ahead of election” by CNN’s Katelyn Polantz and Devan Cole – Two federal judges ruled this week that the US Postal Service must hold on changes it had planned to make ahead of the election over concerns they would slow down mail delivery. The separate rulings on Sunday and Monday represent the latest times a judge has rebuked USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Trump administration after several Democratic-led states and others sued over the changes. The agency is under extra scrutiny now that more Americans are set to vote by mail in November's general election because of the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Gerald McHugh of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Monday that the Postal Service can't restrict extra or late trips for mail delivery and can't prohibit overtime so its workers can deliver mail. "As users of the mail who rely on the Postal Service's historic commitment to a policy of 'every piece, every day,' Plaintiffs have been harmed in various and meaningful ways by these changes," McHugh wrote. "That the Postal Service, by its own admission, cannot account for the way communications around late and extra trips have been interpreted in the field and around the country supports the conclusion that the Postal Service's internal operating structure would be a barrier to ensuring that anything but a nationwide injunction could be effectively implemented."
“Democrats Unveil $2.2 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill” by WSJ’s Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson – House Democrats released a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that would restore $600 weekly jobless benefits, a last-ditch effort to revive stalled talks with the White House. The roughly $2.2 trillion legislation was unveiled Monday evening, with a vote possible later this week, according to multiple Democratic aides. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Monday evening and the two agreed to talk again Tuesday morning, her spokesman said on Twitter. Democrats say a large package is needed to support American households and businesses still experiencing the economic impacts of the pandemic. Any legislation would face immediate hurdles in the GOP-led Senate, where many Republicans have resisted a large new round of deficit spending and expressed more confidence that the economy is recovering, after a sharp slump earlier this year. “We can get this done,” Mrs. Pelosi said Monday on MSNBC. “It takes money to crush the virus. It takes money to make the schools safe. It takes money to put money in people’s pockets. And, of course, we want some resources to make sure that the state—that the elections are held.” Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have pushed for another round of economic stimulus for months, but they have remained far apart on the amount seen as necessary to combat the pandemic that is heading into its ninth month of spreading through the U.S. Lawmakers have been split on the level of weekly unemployment assistance and aid to provide states and cities
Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi- It is a sign of President Trump’s disdain for America’s working families that he has spent years abusing the tax code while passing a GOP Tax Scam for the rich that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the wealthiest 1 percent.