There's an effort to make North Carolina a vote-by-mail state, purportedly because of the Kung Flu, but in reality because that makes it a lot easier for Democrats to cheat. The comment period on the proposed change ends April 20th. Get your comments in opposing the change.
Why is the President threatening to adjurn Congress?
It boils down to two linked issues: confirmations and recess appointments. Congress has for years (and probably decades -- the practice started under George W Bush IIRC, but even that was not the first use) used pro-forma sessions to block Presidents from making recess appointments while Congress was not in session. Why? Well, the Senate wants to exercise it's power to advise and consent in important positions, and if they go out of session, the President can appoint someone to the position and they lose their ability to block people they don't like -- at least temporarily.
But generally Presidents appoint a lot of people and the Senate, while often slow on confirming them all, usually manages to keep the important ones flowing and the less important positions are filled by "Acting" people. The people in "Acting" roles don't have full authority but do have enough to keep things moving. In short, normally the Senate doesn't have enough time to confirm everyone, but does confirm enough to keep the issue on the back burner.
CIA issued a warning against hydroxychloroquine, saying it has potentially dangerous side effects, despite Trump talking up the drugs' usefulness against COVID-19. To be clear, they are both right: the drug is unproven but appears useful against COVID-19 but also has well-known risks and side effects that mean some people probably can't or shouldn't take it.
But the fact that someone at that agency was going out of their way to contradict the President is noteworthy.
Covid-19 virus may have orignated in Chinese lab after all
I don't know where the virus originated, but there is quite a lot of credible evidence that it escaped from the virology lab in Wuhan. The lab was studying coronaviruses in bats, hiring people to study a new virus, and has had previously reported safety incidents related to their bats.
Court ruling: FBI violated rights, illegally spied in 2017 and 2018
I think the violations of the law are obvious and indeed inherent -- the law being the Fourth Amendment. But the judges are actually talking about the authorizing law Congress passed, which is pretty bad, but at least attempts to provide some protections... which the FBI, CIA, and NSA evidently have been ignoring for at least 7 years (and probably a lot longer than that, but less politically).
Remember, this is after an earlier court ruling just a few years ago that criticized these exact practices (and in doing so, may have exposed SpyGate by forcing the perpetrators to change their methodology). And they are still bold enough to be doing this.
FBI says it didn't review file that tied Steele to Russian oligarchs
That's obviously a headline that will shock and horrify anyone with a decewnt bone in their body. Oh no! The FBI failed to review an intelligence file that would have exposed Steele's ties to Russia! They were negligent! They were incompetent!
Folks, we're well beyond negligent and incompetent here. The game being played is criminal indictments from Durham, and in that context, negligent and incompetent is a lot better than criminal charges -- especially when the reasonable punishments for negligence and incompetence (ie, losing your job) have already been applied.
So, this whole claim here boils down to "It wasn't our fault, we didn't know, we didn't look, we were stupid." But Steele was telling the FBI all about his Russian contacts; that was where he was claiming to get his information.
And what did his contacts say when the Mueller investigation interviewed them? They said it was all bullshit and bar talk that Steele either took out of context or make up completely.
So remember, the line that the Steele dossier was all Russian disinformation validates the claim that Russia interfered in the election (even if not as advertised, that will be glossed over) and remains an FBI defensive narrator to replace criminal culpability with aw-shucks-I-guess-they-got-me bullshit.
Footnotes from IG report on SpyGate to be declassified
It seems likely that Trump's recent actions in firing the ICIG Atkinson (who was clearly a Deep State operative whose involvement in SpyGate and QuidProQuoGate should have been notorious) and installing a new Acting DNI has allowed these actions to move forward. However, the matter is not quite so simple as that.
Scientist responsible for COVID-19 prediction has history
Apparently, he's predicted 3 of the last 0 pandemics, not counting COVID-19 itself as the outcome of this prediction is still uncertain. Making apocalyptic predictions is a good way to get press coverage and funding, as anyone familiar with global warming should know quite well.
The New York Times purports to diagnose Trump's mental state
What the New York Times author apparently doesn't realize is that she is describing the mind of ... Batman, an astonishingly stable genius who has outfought, outlasted, and outsmarted everything from criminal masterminds to alien superhumans with a dedicated fan following probably numbered in the millions.
GOA asks for a red flag order... on Senator Schumer
This is a clever bit of political judo. To protest red flag laws, which punish gun owners by seizing their firearms with no due process or legal recourse, the Gun Owners of America have requested a red flag order on Senator Schumer following Schumer's threatening speech in front of a mob protesting before the Supreme Court building.