Trump Fans Threaten Georgia Grand Jurors - The Friday AM Quickie 8/18/23

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Trumpdates: Proud Boys Looking at Serious Time

  • Police Investigating Threats to Grand Jurors in Georgia Case Many Truth Social users shared the jurors' names, urging "others to make them 'infamous' and to 'make sure they can’t walk down the street.'" via the New York Times.
  • Georgia GOP Senator Moves to Impeach Fani Willis State Sen. Colton Moore's call for a special session to remove the Fulton County District Attorney prosecuting Trump seems like a bit of a long-shot. via the Guardian.
  • Trump Lawyers Seek to Delay Jan. 6 Trial Until April 2026 U.S. District Judge Tonya Chutkan is expected to set a trial date at a hearing on Aug. 28; Special Counsel Jack Smith wants it held in Jan. 2024. via NBC News.
  • Justice Department Seeks 33-Year Sentence for Top Proud Boys Prosecutors say Proud Boys chairman Henry "Enrique" Tarrio and deputy Joe Biggs "organized and directed a force of nearly 200 to attack the heart of our democracy" on Jan. 6 and "intentionally positioned themselves at the vanguard of political violence in this country." via the Washington Post.
  • Trump Cancels 'Irrefutable' Report on 2020 Election, Blames Lawyers He had claimed the now-canceled report, originally to be unveiled at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club on Monday, would comnpletely exonerate him. via the Associated Press.
  • Trump Says Fox News Intentionally Uses Unflattering Pictures of Him "Especially the big 'orange' one with my chin pulled way back," Trump wrote on Truth Social. "They think they are getting away with something, they're not." via HuffPost.

Key War Objective for Ukraine Seems Out of Reach

Ukraine's wide-ranging counteroffensive is unlikely to sever Russia's land bridge to occupied Crimea, according to a classified forecast by U.S. intelligence summarized by the Washington Post. Rather than reclaim the critical city of Melitopol, the U.S. believes, Ukrainian forces are likely to remain several miles outside it.

The grim assessment is based on Russia's brutal proficiency in defending occupied territory through a phalanx of minefields and trenches, and is likely to prompt finger pointing inside Kyiv and Western capitals about why a counteroffensive that saw tens of billions of dollars of Western weapons and military equipment fell short of its goals.

Some members of Congress have already been briefed on the assessment, and it's led some Republicans to balk at the Biden administration's latest request for $20.6 billion in additional military aid. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba yesterday "encouraged critics of the offensive to 'go and join the foreign legion' if they wanted faster results." Separately, the Guardian reports that the U.S. has approved the expedited delivery of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark and the Netherlands to Ukraine.

Memo Proves DeSantis Is a PAC Puppet

The political consulting firm that runs the Super PAC that effectively runs Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign posted, possibly on accident, an extremely detailed strategy memos on its website. Someone noticed and tipped off the New York Times, which did an interesting write-up on the contents, and then the firm removed the documents from the internet. Perhaps more interesting than the firm's advice to DeSantis -- including instructions to "take a sledgehammer" to GOP primary rival Vivek Ramaswamy, and to "defend Trump when Chris Christie attacks him" -- is what it reveals about the structure of the DeSantis campaign. Per the Times:

Super PACs are barred by law from strategizing in private with political campaigns. ... [But t]he documents are so strategy-heavy that it appears that the super PAC, which recently had a top official, David Polyansky, leave for the campaign, is trying to dictate how the candidate should conduct himself on the debate stage.

This really doesn't seem kosher, but will the Federal Election Commission do anything about it?


  • Maui Emergency Manager Resigns Amid Anger Over Sirens That Didn't Sound Many wildfire survivors are sleeping in cars and tents along the Hawaii coast. via NBC News and the Washington Post.
  • White House Pitches Skeptical Senate Democrats on New Saudi Security Deal Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is making big demands of the Biden administration as part of talks to normalize the kingdom's relationship with Israel. via the New York Times.
  • Rising Ocean Temperatures Could Soon Kill Florida Coral Reef "The scale of this event is very alarming. We are talking about thousands upon thousands of miles of coral reefs undergoing bleaching from severe heat stress," a government scientist says. via the Associated Press.
  • Hollywood Bosses Increasingly Motivated to Meet Striking Writers' Demands "In recent weeks, movie studio executives have grown increasingly worried about the threat to their 2024 release slates." via the Los Angeles Times.


26 million

That's how many Americans have drinking water that is contaminated by PFAS "forever chemicals," according to a new test data from the Environmental Protection Agency.


8/18: It's a Very Casual Friday! Since Sam and Emma are out of town, the MR Crew are off. But in the meantime, check out this interview Sam and Emma did with Andrew Seidel, attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on his recent book American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom.


Tim Pool Suggests Chinese Space Lasers Started Maui Fires

"How hard is it to start a fire? ... And they can fire lasers?!? Okay."

Beware Right-Wing AstroTurf Posing as Working Class 'Heroes'

Not All Gingers are this lame.


"I sometimes just say people gave me a full confession when they didn't."

-- Former Antioch, California Police Department officer Mortez Amiri, in a text message now serving as evidence in his indictment with nine other officers on conspiracy and corruption charges. Amiri, a K-9 cop, also boasted about his personal collection of "gory" dog bite photos.

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