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Watch: Science-Denying GOP Congressman Demands Facebook’s Zuckerberg Explain Trump Jr.’s Suspension – From Twitter



U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), like many Capitol Hill Republicans, apparently does not understand the Internet or social media, but also like many Republicans, he’s totally on board with the false claim that Republicans are being censored by Big Tech. And he’s totally on board with the false claim that Hydroxychloroquine might be an effective treatment or even cure for coronavirus.

In a historic virtual hearing Wednesday, the 21-term Republican from Wisconsin asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg why Twitter suspended the President’s son, Donald Trump , Jr., for 12 hours this week.

Zuckerberg was forced to correct the Congressman, who went on to falsely claim there is a valid debate about the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine.

“It was reported that Donald Trump, Jr. got taken down for a bit of time, because he put something up on the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine,” Rep. Sensenbrenner began.

“Now I wouldn’t take it myself, but there still is a debate on whether it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19, and I think that this is a legitimate matter of discussion,” the Congressman, raising his voice, insisted.

The use of Hydroxychloroquine is not a legitimate matter of discussion. Studies show it does not prevent, cure, or assist in the treatment of COVID-19.

“It would be up to a patient and their doctor to determine whether Hydroxychloroquine was the correct medication, given the circumstances,” he continued.

“Why did that happen?” Sensenbrenner asked Zuckerberg, referring to Trump Jr. being blocked.

“Congressman, well, first to be clear, I think what you might be referring to happened on Twitter, so it’s hard for me to speak to that,” Zuckerberg responded.

Rep. Sensenbrenner and his staff got the question very wrong in many ways.

Aside from addressing the wrong CEO – he might have asked the CEO for Apple Tim Cook, about a Microsoft product – Donald Trump, Jr. didn’t just “put something up on the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine.”

Trump Jr. posted a fraudulent video featuring a quack doctor (a Houston pediatrician and the spiritual leader of Fire Power Ministries) who believes demons exist and having sex with them is harmful.

“She also maintains,” The Washington Post reports, “that alien DNA is a component of some therapeutic drugs and that government scientists are developing a vaccine to prevent religious faith.”

And to be clear, there’s a lot more.

Those demons, she believes, the Post explains, “are responsible not only for diseases of the female reproductive system but also for male impotence, most financial troubles, marital discord and spiritual malaise.”

As far as the fraudulent claim that Big Tech is silencing or censoring conservatives, the tech columnist for the New York Times, Kevin Roose, daily tweets out the 10 top-performing link posts by U.S. Facebook pages.

Here’s today’s:

Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino are right wing extremists, for those unaware.

As you can see, CNN is the only mainstream media outlet on the list.

This is a pretty average day. Rarely do any progressive or liberal sites make the top 10 list, although in the past few days Occupy Democrats reached the top 10 a few times.

Here’s Sensenbrenner in today’s hearing complaining about “censorship” of conservatives:


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DHS Chief Chad Wolf and Deputy Ken Cuccinelli Invalidly Appointed by Trump – Ineligible to Serve: Top Watchdog Agency



Dept. of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were not legally installed into the positions they have been serving, according to the federal government’s top watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports.

Republican political strategist Liz Mair says “this probably makes a ton that both have done while in these jobs unlawful.”

Immigration attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick:

Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress:

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Trump Calls for ‘A Certain Freedom’ to Wear Masks or Not – and Lies That Biden’s Coronavirus Policies Are ‘Anti-Scientific’



President Donald Trump tried to contrast his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of nearly 170,000 Americans, against former Vice President Joe Biden, who has called for strong measures far earlier than Trump ever did.

On Thursday Biden called on the nation’s governors to issue across the board mask mandates. Trump, in a campaign speech delivered under the false pretense of a coronavirus news conference, attacked his Democratic rival, and falsely claimed Biden had called for a national mask mandate instituted by presidential decree.

Trump, who misuses the power of his office regularly, claimed he did not think a President has the power to mandate mask wearing (he or she does.)

“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly,” former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, referring to scientific studies. “It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”

Trump offered a different take on mask-wearing, saying “maybe they’re great and maybe they’re good and maybe they’re not so good, but frankly, what do you have to lose?” and adding, “we want to have a certain freedom,” to wear or not masks, “that’s what we’re about.”



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Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Hundreds of Mail Sorting Machines – Before the Biggest Vote By Mail Election Ever: Report



President Donald Trump’s Postmaster General is quietly removing mail sorting machines and has scheduled the removal of  hundreds more from USPS facilities across the country. The action, which is both unprecedented and unexplained, comes barely months before the 2020 November election, which begins in weeks when early voting starts in some states.

“In many cases, these are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting ballots, calling into question promises made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that the USPS has ‘ample capacity’ to handle the predicted surge in mail-in ballots,” VICE’s Motherboard reports. “Motherboard identified 19 mail sorting machines from five processing facilities across the U.S. that either have already been removed or are scheduled to be in the near future.”

That may not seem like a lot, and as Motherboard notes, “the Postal Service operates hundreds of distribution facilities around the country.”

But The Guardian’s voting rights reporter Sam Levine has posted what he reports is a letter and attached spreadsheets detailing where literally hundreds of USPS machines are slated to be removed, from where, and when.

NCRM examined the spreadsheets, which refer to the removal of a total of 671 mail sorting machines with names like Automated Flat Sorting Machine (AFSMs), and Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCSs).

These are used to sort mostly letter-sized, flat mail pieces – the exact kind that, say, voting ballots would be sent in.

The letter, which was sent to the President of the American Postal Workers Union, cites only the “reduction in letter and flat mail volume,” but does not say why the machines are being removed now. The schedule calls for all 671 machines to be removed by September 30, which in some states is when or just after early voting begins.


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