Dennis Michael Lynch will be hosting his video podcast this morning on TeamDML.com. The show will be available live to TeamDML members, and available to the public as an audio-only podcast this afternoon. Below is a sneak preview of some of the hot topics DML will be discussing. This is a show you don’t want to miss!
1 – The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett started this morning
The hearings start at 9am ET and are expected to last Monday through Thursday.
Things to watch for:
- Democrats are expected to focus on Barrett’s past statements related to abortion and the Affordable Care Act.
- Barrett, before joining the federal bench, had been critical of NFIB v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruling that initially upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act during the Obama administration.
- Will Democrats bring up her religious faith? During Barrett’s 7th Circuit confirmation hearing in 2017, Sen. Diane Feinstein told Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
Democrats are doing everything they can to stop Barrett’s nomination. Sunday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will not “supply quorum” for votes to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation effort, essentially meaning that Democrats will boycott the votes in an attempt to stall the confirmation ahead of the election.
There are ways around this. The Senate can vote on a discharge resolution that would remove the responsibility of considering the Barrett nomination from the committee, allowing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to call the nomination for a full vote.
Only two Republicans, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, have expressed opposition to Barrett’s nomination.
2 – Biden still refuses to reveal his position on court-packing, but an old video has just resurfaced of what he said about it in 1983 – he called it a ‘bonehead’ idea
Last Thursday, Biden said, “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election.”
Friday, he said voters “don’t deserve to know” his position on court-packing before the election.
Saturday, referring to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, he said, “The only court packing is going on right now. It’s going on with the Republicans packing the court now. It’s not constitutional what they’re doing.”
But in 1983….
3 – Axios said on Sunday that Biden is considering New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as his Attorney General
Democrats are so convinced that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be considered for Joe Biden’s attorney general that aides at the National Governors Association, which Cuomo chairs, are looking into contingencies for replacing him, two sources familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Some Democratic donors in Cuomo’s orbit tell Axios that the governor is being pushed for the job and that Biden would consider him, based on their long friendship.
Biden is clearly fond of Cuomo, but he’s also committed — and under pressure — to name a racially and gender-diverse Cabinet, including the marquee posts.
- Names like former acting AG Sally Yates and Stacey Abrams are also likely on a list of AG candidates.
Cuomo’s team denies that the governor has any interest in serving in a potential Biden Cabinet. (In June, Cuomo claimed he wanted to remain in his role as governor.)
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 17, 2020
4 – President Trump is back on the campaign trail, holding a rally Monday night at the Orlando Sanford International Airport
Trump had been scheduled to attend a rally at the airport Oct. 2, but the event was canceled after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Sunday night, Trump said he tested negative, and said, “I’m immune.”
A CNN headline reads: “Trump takes his Covid misinformation machine back on the road.”
President Trump blasted out Twitter posts Monday condemning the “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” protests in Portland, Oregon, where Antifa destroyed the Oregon Historical Society and toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Twitter hid the videos and photos of the damage. It’s “potentially sensitive content.”
Archive, Abraham Lincoln Statue – Portland pic.twitter.com/38zDGtVRXn
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 12, 2020
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 12, 2020
5 – I posted my prediction on the 2020 election results to Facebook on Saturday – it’s the TRUMP MAP TO VICTORY.
- Predicting Nevada, Minnesota, Vermont will flip from blue to red.
- Maine will go completely red.
- Predicting Iowa and South Carolina will flip from red to blue.
- Nevada – Biden leading by 6 points, 52% to 46% (Biden has 2-1 advantage over Trump with Hispanic voters) CBS news-YouGov poll
- Michigan – Biden leading by 6 points, 52% to 46% (Biden holds 9 point lead among Independents) CBS news-YouGov poll
- Iowa – Trump and Biden tied – each with 49%. CBS news-YouGov poll
- Florida – Biden leads at 51%, Trump at 45% (Trump leads among voters over 65 yrs old, 50% to 47% for Biden). University of North Florida
6 – Brown University Economist’s Study Asserts ‘Schools Aren’t Super-Spreaders’ of Coronavirus
A Brown University economist’s analysis of data on nearly 200,000 children in 47 states has concluded K-12 schools are not “super-spreaders” of the coronavirus.
“Fear and bad press slowed down or canceled school reopenings,” wrote Professor Emily Oster in a report published Friday at the Atlantic. “We are starting to get an evidence-based picture of how school reopenings and remote learning are going … and the evidence is pointing in one direction. Schools do not, in fact, appear to be a major spreader of COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus].”
Working with technology company Qualtrics, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Oster collected data over the last two weeks of September.
- Infection rate of 0.13 percent among students, which translates to 1.3 infections over two weeks in a school of 1,000 children.
- Infection rate of 0.24 percent among school staff
- Even in high-risk areas of the country, the student rates were well under half a percent
- Analysis of study: “These numbers are not zero, which for some people means the numbers are not good enough. But zero was never a realistic expectation. We know that children can get [coronavirus], even if they do tend to have less serious cases. Even if there were no spread in schools, we’d see some cases, because students and teachers can contract the disease off campus. But the numbers are small — smaller than what many had forecasted.”
7 – H-1B Supporters Denounce Wage-Boosting Regulations
Advocates for the H-1B visa-worker program are protesting the wage increases required by President Donald Trump’s deputies, saying the raises will sharply reduce hiring of the foreign workers.
The labor department “requires the employers to agree to pay foreign workers significantly higher than the market rate—which would prevent many employers from seeking foreign talent in the first place,” said a report by the pro-migration American Immigration Council.
Bloomberg reported: “It is an earthquake for the H-1B program right now,” said Nandini Nair, immigration partner at Greenspoon Marder LLP in Edison, N.J. Employers looking to renew H-1B visas for workers could see a $30,000 to $40,000 increase in those workers’ wages. “They cannot afford that, that is not something that is sustainable for many employers that I have spoken to,” she said.
“The fact that they would say increasing the wages of the H-1B workers will result in an exodus of H-1Bs from the United States and an increase in [job] offshoring, demonstrates that for the entire time since 1990, the purpose of the H-1B program was to bring in cheap labor — and I emphasize cheap labor — to displace Americans college-grads,”said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers.
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