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I'm assuming that to go through with this warrant that they have something to move on.

Now they need to get the other three.

Edit: It seems the others in trouble are Senator Loeffler (R)-GA, Senator Perdue (R)-GA. They made numerous transactions following their briefing, taking millions out of the market, and then re-investing some of that money into cloud services and PPE companies. Scum.

And Congressmen Gianforte (R)-MT. He invested in hydroxychloroquine before Trump went public with it.

Senator Feinstein (D)-CA and Senator Inhofe (R)-Whatever, had stocks in blind trusts. They will not be investigated.
 

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Totally despicable. Anyone wrapped up in this should be removed from office and spend a good amount of time behind bars.

Agree. I'm sure many have done it and have gotten away with it.

Burr has just now stepped down as chairman.
 

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I remember McCain scolding his supporters who were calling Obama some nasty things. Told them to their face to stop.

Boy we could really use McCain. Or even a GOP leader who does the right thing and tries to remind people to be adults instead of name-calling bullies.

Or even an adult as POTUS.
Currently the GOP is running people off with integrity for some reason (See Romney and McCain) and personally I don't understand it. George W wasn't that long ago, and had ethics and integrity. I didn't like his politics and I think he got sold a bill of goods on the Iraq war from an unethical vice president, but I cant explain why the GOP has ran off their leaders who have any ethics, because they exist for sure.
 

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Totally despicable. Anyone wrapped up in this should be removed from office and spend a good amount of time behind bars.
I wonder how we prevent this though. They have knowledge their stocks are about to tank so they act on it. Buying something based on the info is much worse and not my focus of this discusion, but you are in an investment, you go to work, find out from work the stock is going to take a dump so you try and save your money.

I for sure am not defending them, just trying to figure out how to prevent. Should congress members all have blind trusts when investing? Not allowed individual stocks and only mutual or hedge funds? I mean the SEC has some pretty hard core rules for those on the boards of fortune 500 companies, should we start treating our members of Congress the same?

Maybe that is the answer. Can the SEC just start mandating and make the law, or do we need to count on Congress to pass a law to police themselves? Really not sure on the answer, just throwing it out there.
 

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Typical of the Trump Administration: Tax breaks, free money whether they need it or not, and looking the other way when they break laws, for the rich and corporations but screwing the little guy.

Department of Education Continues to Illegally Garnish Wages of Defaulted Student Loan Borrowers Despite the CARES Act
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit.


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An upstate New York woman who works as a home health aide for less than $13 an hour claimed in the lawsuit, filed late Thursday, that the federal government seized more than $70 from her paycheck as recently as last week — nearly a full month after President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law. She is suing on behalf of about 285,000 borrowers whose wages are being garnished, according to the lawsuit.

DeVos first announced in March that she would take administrative action to automatically stop the Education Department from seizing the wages —and tax refunds — of defaulted student loan borrowers for at least two months. Congress then included that policy in the CARES Act and extended it, prohibiting the Education Department from garnishing wages or tax refunds through Sept. 30.

But the proposed class action lawsuit claims that the Education Department hasn’t actually halted the practice and is continuing to garnish wages in violation of the CARES Act. It cites a Washington Post story that said the department had not sent formal letters to tell employers to stop withholding money from borrowers' paychecks on behalf of the government.

The department estimated some 285,000 people had their wages garnished between March 13 and March 26, according to The Post.
Education Department spokesperson Angela Morabito declined to comment directly on the pending litigation but said the department "has taken immediate action to notify employers to stop garnishing wages."

"The Department’s default loan servicer called employers by phone, sent emails when possible, and mailed letters to employers who could not be reached any other way," Morabito said in a statement. "Payments we receive via garnished wages will be immediately processed for refund, and the employer will be contacted again to ensure the guidance to stop garnishing wages is understood. The Department relies on employers to stop garnishing wages, but is taking every measure to contact employers and refund garnished wages to borrowers until Sept. 30, 2020."

Department officials have previously said they plan to refund all wages seized by the government since March 13, when Trump declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the agency has not provided any timeline for when all of those refunds will occur.

The consumer advocacy groups that brought the lawsuit against DeVos on behalf of borrowers say the Education Department’s response has been woefully insufficient. The suit was filed in D.C. federal court by Student Defense and the National Consumer Law Center, and is being supported by the Student Borrower Protection Center.

“Returning the money several months from now is not acceptable,” said Persis Yu, who directs the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project. “We’re in a national crisis right now, and borrowers need that money right now, and Congress passed a law that said borrowers should keep that money right now.”

Yu said that borrowers who are subject to wage garnishment are already among the most vulnerable — even before the economic collapse caused by the pandemic. “These are borrowers who were in distress on their loans already,” she said. “They’re the ones holding the bag with the department’s inability to get this done, whatever the department’s intentions are.”

Alex Elson, senior counsel at Student Defense, said that DeVos broke the promise she made to stop wage garnishments in March. “The truth is, she keeps on taking wages from the paychecks of Americans struggling to make ends meet,” he said in a statement. “We are suing to make her stop.”

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Elizabeth Barber, 59, who lives in the Rochester area, defaulted on about $10,000 in federal student loans in December, according to the complaint. She earns about $12.89 per hour and made about $20,000 in 2019.

Since January, the government has garnished 12 percent from each of Barber’s paychecks, adding to her financial strain. She has seen a reduction in her weekly schedule as a home health aide by 10 to 15 hours per week because of the pandemic, according to the lawsuit.
“The funds that the Department has illegally garnished are essential to Ms. Barber’s ability to satisfy her essential financial obligations during the pandemic,” the complaint says, noting that she is struggling to pay for her housing as well as water and electric bills.

Barber’s wages were last garnished on April 24, according to the complaint, which also says “the garnishment order remains in effect” for her employer to seize a portion of her earnings and send them to the government.

The lawsuit comes after a group of Democrats, led by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), said last month they’re concerned that the Education Department hasn’t fully carried out the requirement to stop wage garnishment. “This is simply unconscionable,” they wrote in an April 16 letter to DeVos.

The Education Department said at the time that, through its loan servicer, it had instructed the employers of more than 135,000 borrowers to stop garnishing wages — and planned to send letters to additional employers. “If the Department receives funds from a garnishment between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, the Department will refund — and has already started refunding — those garnished wages,” department spokesperson Angela Morabito said at the time.

Department officials also issued orders to the government's contracted debt collection agencies to stop garnishing wages in March, but the process is complicated by the fact that the government relies on employers to actually take out money from paychecks. The Education Department has previously claimed in court that it has no mechanism to force employers to stop garnishing wages after it has ordered them to start doing so.

“This raises bigger concerns about the wage garnishment process in general,” said Yu, the National Consumer Law Center attorney. “What does it mean that the government has this really incredible tool to garnish wages and they can’t turn it off?”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/...t-loan-borrowers-wages-during-pandemic-228519
 

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Typical of the Trump Administration: Tax breaks, free money whether they need it or not, and looking the other way when they break laws, for the rich and corporations but screwing the little guy.

Department of Education Continues to Illegally Garnish Wages of Defaulted Student Loan Borrowers Despite the CARES Act
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit.


View attachment 3499

An upstate New York woman who works as a home health aide for less than $13 an hour claimed in the lawsuit, filed late Thursday, that the federal government seized more than $70 from her paycheck as recently as last week — nearly a full month after President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law. She is suing on behalf of about 285,000 borrowers whose wages are being garnished, according to the lawsuit.

DeVos first announced in March that she would take administrative action to automatically stop the Education Department from seizing the wages —and tax refunds — of defaulted student loan borrowers for at least two months. Congress then included that policy in the CARES Act and extended it, prohibiting the Education Department from garnishing wages or tax refunds through Sept. 30.

But the proposed class action lawsuit claims that the Education Department hasn’t actually halted the practice and is continuing to garnish wages in violation of the CARES Act. It cites a Washington Post story that said the department had not sent formal letters to tell employers to stop withholding money from borrowers' paychecks on behalf of the government.

The department estimated some 285,000 people had their wages garnished between March 13 and March 26, according to The Post.
Education Department spokesperson Angela Morabito declined to comment directly on the pending litigation but said the department "has taken immediate action to notify employers to stop garnishing wages."

"The Department’s default loan servicer called employers by phone, sent emails when possible, and mailed letters to employers who could not be reached any other way," Morabito said in a statement. "Payments we receive via garnished wages will be immediately processed for refund, and the employer will be contacted again to ensure the guidance to stop garnishing wages is understood. The Department relies on employers to stop garnishing wages, but is taking every measure to contact employers and refund garnished wages to borrowers until Sept. 30, 2020."

Department officials have previously said they plan to refund all wages seized by the government since March 13, when Trump declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the agency has not provided any timeline for when all of those refunds will occur.

The consumer advocacy groups that brought the lawsuit against DeVos on behalf of borrowers say the Education Department’s response has been woefully insufficient. The suit was filed in D.C. federal court by Student Defense and the National Consumer Law Center, and is being supported by the Student Borrower Protection Center.

“Returning the money several months from now is not acceptable,” said Persis Yu, who directs the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project. “We’re in a national crisis right now, and borrowers need that money right now, and Congress passed a law that said borrowers should keep that money right now.”

Yu said that borrowers who are subject to wage garnishment are already among the most vulnerable — even before the economic collapse caused by the pandemic. “These are borrowers who were in distress on their loans already,” she said. “They’re the ones holding the bag with the department’s inability to get this done, whatever the department’s intentions are.”

Alex Elson, senior counsel at Student Defense, said that DeVos broke the promise she made to stop wage garnishments in March. “The truth is, she keeps on taking wages from the paychecks of Americans struggling to make ends meet,” he said in a statement. “We are suing to make her stop.”

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Elizabeth Barber, 59, who lives in the Rochester area, defaulted on about $10,000 in federal student loans in December, according to the complaint. She earns about $12.89 per hour and made about $20,000 in 2019.

Since January, the government has garnished 12 percent from each of Barber’s paychecks, adding to her financial strain. She has seen a reduction in her weekly schedule as a home health aide by 10 to 15 hours per week because of the pandemic, according to the lawsuit.
“The funds that the Department has illegally garnished are essential to Ms. Barber’s ability to satisfy her essential financial obligations during the pandemic,” the complaint says, noting that she is struggling to pay for her housing as well as water and electric bills.

Barber’s wages were last garnished on April 24, according to the complaint, which also says “the garnishment order remains in effect” for her employer to seize a portion of her earnings and send them to the government.

The lawsuit comes after a group of Democrats, led by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), said last month they’re concerned that the Education Department hasn’t fully carried out the requirement to stop wage garnishment. “This is simply unconscionable,” they wrote in an April 16 letter to DeVos.

The Education Department said at the time that, through its loan servicer, it had instructed the employers of more than 135,000 borrowers to stop garnishing wages — and planned to send letters to additional employers. “If the Department receives funds from a garnishment between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, the Department will refund — and has already started refunding — those garnished wages,” department spokesperson Angela Morabito said at the time.

Department officials also issued orders to the government's contracted debt collection agencies to stop garnishing wages in March, but the process is complicated by the fact that the government relies on employers to actually take out money from paychecks. The Education Department has previously claimed in court that it has no mechanism to force employers to stop garnishing wages after it has ordered them to start doing so.

“This raises bigger concerns about the wage garnishment process in general,” said Yu, the National Consumer Law Center attorney. “What does it mean that the government has this really incredible tool to garnish wages and they can’t turn it off?”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/...t-loan-borrowers-wages-during-pandemic-228519
I mean, DeVos is worse at her job than Trump is. She has been an unqualified embarrassment as SoE. The motive for her taking the post, with her background, wasn't even thinly veiled. She's been for for-profit education from the start.
 

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Typical of the Trump Administration: Tax breaks, free money whether they need it or not, and looking the other way when they break laws, for the rich and corporations but screwing the little guy.

Department of Education Continues to Illegally Garnish Wages of Defaulted Student Loan Borrowers Despite the CARES Act
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit.


View attachment 3499

An upstate New York woman who works as a home health aide for less than $13 an hour claimed in the lawsuit, filed late Thursday, that the federal government seized more than $70 from her paycheck as recently as last week — nearly a full month after President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law. She is suing on behalf of about 285,000 borrowers whose wages are being garnished, according to the lawsuit.

DeVos first announced in March that she would take administrative action to automatically stop the Education Department from seizing the wages —and tax refunds — of defaulted student loan borrowers for at least two months. Congress then included that policy in the CARES Act and extended it, prohibiting the Education Department from garnishing wages or tax refunds through Sept. 30.

But the proposed class action lawsuit claims that the Education Department hasn’t actually halted the practice and is continuing to garnish wages in violation of the CARES Act. It cites a Washington Post story that said the department had not sent formal letters to tell employers to stop withholding money from borrowers' paychecks on behalf of the government.

The department estimated some 285,000 people had their wages garnished between March 13 and March 26, according to The Post.
Education Department spokesperson Angela Morabito declined to comment directly on the pending litigation but said the department "has taken immediate action to notify employers to stop garnishing wages."

"The Department’s default loan servicer called employers by phone, sent emails when possible, and mailed letters to employers who could not be reached any other way," Morabito said in a statement. "Payments we receive via garnished wages will be immediately processed for refund, and the employer will be contacted again to ensure the guidance to stop garnishing wages is understood. The Department relies on employers to stop garnishing wages, but is taking every measure to contact employers and refund garnished wages to borrowers until Sept. 30, 2020."

Department officials have previously said they plan to refund all wages seized by the government since March 13, when Trump declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the agency has not provided any timeline for when all of those refunds will occur.

The consumer advocacy groups that brought the lawsuit against DeVos on behalf of borrowers say the Education Department’s response has been woefully insufficient. The suit was filed in D.C. federal court by Student Defense and the National Consumer Law Center, and is being supported by the Student Borrower Protection Center.

“Returning the money several months from now is not acceptable,” said Persis Yu, who directs the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project. “We’re in a national crisis right now, and borrowers need that money right now, and Congress passed a law that said borrowers should keep that money right now.”

Yu said that borrowers who are subject to wage garnishment are already among the most vulnerable — even before the economic collapse caused by the pandemic. “These are borrowers who were in distress on their loans already,” she said. “They’re the ones holding the bag with the department’s inability to get this done, whatever the department’s intentions are.”

Alex Elson, senior counsel at Student Defense, said that DeVos broke the promise she made to stop wage garnishments in March. “The truth is, she keeps on taking wages from the paychecks of Americans struggling to make ends meet,” he said in a statement. “We are suing to make her stop.”

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Elizabeth Barber, 59, who lives in the Rochester area, defaulted on about $10,000 in federal student loans in December, according to the complaint. She earns about $12.89 per hour and made about $20,000 in 2019.

Since January, the government has garnished 12 percent from each of Barber’s paychecks, adding to her financial strain. She has seen a reduction in her weekly schedule as a home health aide by 10 to 15 hours per week because of the pandemic, according to the lawsuit.
“The funds that the Department has illegally garnished are essential to Ms. Barber’s ability to satisfy her essential financial obligations during the pandemic,” the complaint says, noting that she is struggling to pay for her housing as well as water and electric bills.

Barber’s wages were last garnished on April 24, according to the complaint, which also says “the garnishment order remains in effect” for her employer to seize a portion of her earnings and send them to the government.

The lawsuit comes after a group of Democrats, led by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), said last month they’re concerned that the Education Department hasn’t fully carried out the requirement to stop wage garnishment. “This is simply unconscionable,” they wrote in an April 16 letter to DeVos.

The Education Department said at the time that, through its loan servicer, it had instructed the employers of more than 135,000 borrowers to stop garnishing wages — and planned to send letters to additional employers. “If the Department receives funds from a garnishment between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, the Department will refund — and has already started refunding — those garnished wages,” department spokesperson Angela Morabito said at the time.

Department officials also issued orders to the government's contracted debt collection agencies to stop garnishing wages in March, but the process is complicated by the fact that the government relies on employers to actually take out money from paychecks. The Education Department has previously claimed in court that it has no mechanism to force employers to stop garnishing wages after it has ordered them to start doing so.

“This raises bigger concerns about the wage garnishment process in general,” said Yu, the National Consumer Law Center attorney. “What does it mean that the government has this really incredible tool to garnish wages and they can’t turn it off?”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/...t-loan-borrowers-wages-during-pandemic-228519
Regarding this, I can confirm that they are still garnishing wages as my wife defaulted on hers. She’s had 3 paychecks since the start, and it’s been taken out each time.The lowest monthly payment they’d give her, and I went round and round over a fair payment for 12 months, was $740 a month.
Ridiculous. Anyhow, they started garnishing her wages at the tone of $400 a month.
With that said, this past Sat, she got 3 checks for the exact amount of her garnishment.
 

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I'm recording every police altercation I see.

Fuck this.

Yeah that is fucked up, knelling on the guys neck for who knows how long even it it was just the length of the video which I seem to doubt that would be far to long. Those "cops" deserves to be brought up on manslaughter charges at least, firing them does jack shit, but just going by past circumstances I have very little hope of that actually happening sadly.
 

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Choked the life out of this man with 4 cops on the scene.

Oh and he was cuffed.

And did it while being filmed with no shame.
There's pics of this pig, and he is a pig, wearing one of those embarrassing, racist, alt right "Make Whites Great Again" hats. This leads me to believe that in some manner this was premeditated. Murder 1 charge and it shouldn't even be a discussion . . .
 

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