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Before it's too late, GOP to teach members what the debt ceiling is

The GOP idiots need a basic course in government and public finance
https://twitter.com/stevebenen/status/1618653108371865601
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/s-late-gop-teach-members-debt-ceiling-rcna67607

During the Republicans’ difficult fight over electing a House speaker, Rep. Ralph Norman asked an odd question about Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s intentions. “Is he willing to shut the government down rather than raise the debt ceiling?” the South Carolinian asked. “That’s a nonnegotiable item.”

As a substantive matter, the GOP lawmaker’s question was largely gibberish: The debt ceiling and government shutdowns have effectively nothing to do with one another. It’s the sort of rudimentary detail that Norman, who served on the House Budget Committee, really ought to have known.....

It led me to make the case this week that members of the new House GOP majority need to brush up on these fairly obvious governing details. Evidently, as The Washington Post reported, party leaders are thinking along the same lines.

As Washington prepares for a drawn-out clash over raising the debt limit, House Republican leaders are embarking on an education campaign to make sure their members understand how the debt limit works, the consequences of failing to raise the ceiling, and the difference between a garden-variety government shutdown and a potential debt default.


Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri, the new Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressed confidence that his GOP colleagues are “quite well aware” of the relevant details. There’s all kinds of evidence to the contrary.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jan 27, 2023, 12:55 PM (5 replies)

Former FBI Official At Field Office That Allegedly Leaked Clinton Email Info Arrested

This FBI agent helped elect TFG
https://twitter.com/politicususa/status/1617571797154820097
https://www.politicususa.com/2023/01/23/fbi-official-arrested-russian-oligarch.html

Charles McGonigal, who was the special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the FBI’s New York Field Office, is under arrest over his ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has been sanctioned by the United States and criminally charged last year with violating those sanctions.

McGonigal and Shestakov, who worked for the FBI investigating oligarchs, allegedly agreed in 2021 to investigate a rival Russian oligarch in return for payments from Deripaska, according to the Justice Department. McGonigal and Shestakov are accused of receiving payments through shell companies and forging signatures in order to keep it a secret that Deripaska was paying them.

In 2016, Reuters reported that then FBI Director James Comey made his infamous announcement that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was being reopened because the FBI feared leaks by an anti-Clinton faction within the New York field office:

Two law enforcement sources familiar with the FBI’s New York Field Office, which initially discovered the emails, said a faction of investigators based in the office is known to be hostile to Hillary Clinton. A spokeswoman for the FBI’s New York office said she had no knowledge about this.

Rudy Giuliani claimed that agents in the NY field office leaked to him about Clinton’s emails. An investigation was opened in 2019, but that investigation quietly vanished during the Trump presidency.

The suspicion that there was something wrong at the FBI New York field office has been confirmed.

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jan 27, 2023, 12:37 PM (24 replies)

Trump Fails to Persuade Judge to Throw Out Jan 6. Civil Suit

This is one of five or six KKK Act lawsuits pending against TFG. In addition to damages, there is a chance that in one or more of these cases, there could be a finding to keep TFG off the ballot. TFG has tried and failed to get these cases dismissed
https://twitter.com/bpolitics/status/1618784456969535490
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-27/trump-fails-to-persuade-judge-to-throw-out-jan-6-civil-suit?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_content=politics

Former president Donald Trump failed to persuade a judge to throw out a civil lawsuit brought by Capitol Police officers over injuries they suffered during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

US District Judge Amit Mehta on Thursday rejected Trump’s claim that presidential immunity protected him from liability for actions that were within his official duties.

The arguments raised by Trump and other defendants were “in large part duplicative of those the court already considered and addressed” in a previous civil suit against the former president, Mehta wrote. In that case, Mehta ruled that Trump’s speech at a rally preceding the riot went beyond protections afforded by the First Amendment and those shielding presidents from civil liability while in office. .....

The case brought by the Capitol police officers stands apart because of the long list of 20 defendants, Mehta wrote.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jan 27, 2023, 02:02 AM (9 replies)

Trump Fails to Persuade Judge to Throw Out Jan 6. Civil Suit

Source: Bloomberg

Former president Donald Trump failed to persuade a judge to throw out a civil lawsuit brought by Capitol Police officers over injuries they suffered during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

US District Judge Amit Mehta on Thursday rejected Trump’s claim that presidential immunity protected him from liability for actions that were within his official duties.

The arguments raised by Trump and other defendants were “in large part duplicative of those the court already considered and addressed” in a previous civil suit against the former president, Mehta wrote. In that case, Mehta ruled that Trump’s speech at a rally preceding the riot went beyond protections afforded by the First Amendment and those shielding presidents from civil liability while in office. .....

The case brought by the Capitol police officers stands apart because of the long list of 20 defendants, Mehta wrote.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-27/trump-fails-to-persuade-judge-to-throw-out-jan-6-civil-suit?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_content=politics
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jan 27, 2023, 01:59 AM (8 replies)

Mike Luckovich-Figure out your ransom demands before you take hostages

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1618709824908451840
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 10:00 PM (6 replies)

Judge curbs Fla. probe into U.S. medicine's trans treatment standards

DeathSantis and Greg Abbott are in a contest to see who is the biggest asshole. Texas is threatening parents of trans youth with child abuse investigations and DeathSantis is trying to ban gender affirming treatment. DeathSantis is also trying to get info on children undergoing gender affirmint treatment.

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1618796238823882756

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/01/26/florida-trans-treatment-lawsuit/?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

A legal battle over Florida’s ban on Medicaid spending for gender-affirming medical care spilled into Washington on Thursday as a federal judge partially granted an urgent request by 18 American medical and mental health groups to quash subpoenas sent to them by the state after they opposed the prohibition.

The professional associations accused Florida of targeting members such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the Endocrine Society after they expressed the widely accepted medical view that care such as puberty blockers, hormones and gender transition surgery can be appropriate treatment for transgender youth and adults.

The groups spoke out last fall in support of a lawsuit filed by four transgender patients and their parents to overturn the ban in federal court in Tallahassee. But the organizations said state officials responded with a “highly inappropriate and invasive” fishing expedition for internal documents and communications about their policy positions. They accused the state of hunting for “supposed internal dissent” and bias in the service of an attack on the guidelines and credibility of the groups “from the inside-out.”.....

The court fight and Thursday’s ruling underscored how aggressively Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his administration are pressing a state attack on transgender medical treatment, a wedge-issue selected by conservative politicians in the nation’s culture wars, with not just transgender patients and their families in the crosshairs, but also increasingly doctors and the medical establishment.

The lawsuit was filed in Florida after the state’s Medicaid agency ended funding for gender transition care in August, joining Texas and Alabama, and saying “only treatments that are found to be safe, effective, and that meet medical necessity criteria may be covered.” The state’s politically appointed Board of Medicine has since become the first to try to ban health-care professionals that it licenses from providing such treatment to minors, threatening violators with penalties, including loss of their medical license.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 09:43 PM (1 replies)

Judge curbs Fla. probe into U.S. medicine's trans treatment standards

Source: Washington Post

A legal battle over Florida’s ban on Medicaid spending for gender-affirming medical care spilled into Washington on Thursday as a federal judge partially granted an urgent request by 18 American medical and mental health groups to quash subpoenas sent to them by the state after they opposed the prohibition.

The professional associations accused Florida of targeting members such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the Endocrine Society after they expressed the widely accepted medical view that care such as puberty blockers, hormones and gender transition surgery can be appropriate treatment for transgender youth and adults.

The groups spoke out last fall in support of a lawsuit filed by four transgender patients and their parents to overturn the ban in federal court in Tallahassee. But the organizations said state officials responded with a “highly inappropriate and invasive” fishing expedition for internal documents and communications about their policy positions. They accused the state of hunting for “supposed internal dissent” and bias in the service of an attack on the guidelines and credibility of the groups “from the inside-out.”.....

The court fight and Thursday’s ruling underscored how aggressively Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his administration are pressing a state attack on transgender medical treatment, a wedge-issue selected by conservative politicians in the nation’s culture wars, with not just transgender patients and their families in the crosshairs, but also increasingly doctors and the medical establishment.

The lawsuit was filed in Florida after the state’s Medicaid agency ended funding for gender transition care in August, joining Texas and Alabama, and saying “only treatments that are found to be safe, effective, and that meet medical necessity criteria may be covered.” The state’s politically appointed Board of Medicine has since become the first to try to ban health-care professionals that it licenses from providing such treatment to minors, threatening violators with penalties, including loss of their medical license.



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/01/26/florida-trans-treatment-lawsuit/?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 09:37 PM (6 replies)

Attorney John Eastman Charged with Multiple Disciplinary Counts by the State Bar of California

This asshole needs to prosecuted and disbarred
https://twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews/status/1618717053946396672
https://www.calbar.ca.gov/About-Us/News/News-Releases/attorney-john-eastman-charged-with-multiple-disciplinary-counts-by-the-state-bar-of-california

The State Bar of California’s Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona announced today the filing of a Notice of Disciplinary Charges (NDC) against attorney John Charles Eastman (State Bar No. 193726). The 11 charges arise from allegations that Eastman engaged in a course of conduct to plan, promote, and assist then-President Trump in executing a strategy, unsupported by facts or law, to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by obstructing the count of electoral votes of certain states.

Specific charges allege that Eastman made false and misleading statements regarding purported election fraud, including statements on January 6, 2021, at a rally in Washington, D.C., that contributed to provoking a crowd to assault and breach the Capitol to intimidate then-Vice President Pence and prevent the electoral count from proceeding.

The Office of Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC) intends to seek Eastman’s disbarment before the State Bar Court.

In March 2022, Cardona invoked a public protection waiver to announce that an investigation of Eastman was underway. Eastman now faces multiple charges that he violated Business and Professions Code section 6106 by making false and misleading statements that constitute acts of “moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption.”

“There is nothing more sacrosanct to our American democracy than free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power,” said Cardona. “For California attorneys, adherence to the U.S. and California Constitutions is their highest legal duty. The Notice of Disciplinary Charges alleges that Mr. Eastman violated this duty in furtherance of an attempt to usurp the will of the American people and overturn election results for the highest office in the land—an egregious and unprecedented attack on our democracy—for which he must be held accountable.”

As has been widely reported, Eastman drafted two “legal memos” that laid out proposed strategies to block then-President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by circumventing established procedures for the counting of electoral votes in front of the U.S. Congress and overseen by Vice President Pence. The NDC alleges that the strategies proposed by these memos, as well as in remarks Eastman made publicly and privately to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and others, were unsupported by law, based on false and misleading assertions of fact, and designed for the purpose of keeping Trump in office. The NDC alleges that, after hearing from the U.S. Department of Justice that it had not seen any election fraud on a scale that could have affected the election’s outcome, and after multiple courts had rejected election fraud lawsuits, Eastman knew, or should have known, that the factual premise for his proposals―that massive fraud was at play―was false, and that Trump had lost his bid for re-election.

The NDC also alleges that Eastman ignored these truths when he spoke at the “Save America March” on January 6, 2021, inciting the crowd to take action when, with the intent to convince them that the outcome of the presidential election had been affected by fraud, he said that “dead people had voted” in the presidential election, that Dominion voting machines had fraudulently manipulated the election results, and that Vice President Pence did not deserve to be in office if he did not delay the counting of electoral votes. These statements contributed to provoking the crowd that participated in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred after the rally.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 09:28 PM (3 replies)

Harris County Judge Hidalgo has signed a disaster declaration for Harris County

https://twitter.com/HarrisCoJudge/status/1618681437359841281
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 09:12 PM (1 replies)

McCarthy may regret kicking Schiff off House Intelligence Committee

McCarthy may help Adam Schiff get the Democratic nomination by being an asshole
https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1618589176282370049

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/01/25/adam-schiff-kevin-mccarthy-house-intelligence-backfire/

We suspect the real reason Republicans are going after Mr. Schiff is that he has been so effective. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had such confidence in Mr. Schiff that she made him — not the chairman of the Judiciary Committee — the point person on the first of Mr. Trump’s impeachments. He also performed valuable service as a member of the select committee that investigated the insurrection.

If Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) retires as many expect in 2024, Mr. Schiff appears likely to run for Senate. It is possible that Mr. McCarthy’s pettiness could redound to the political benefit of his fellow Californian. He might have laid the groundwork for Mr. Schiff to succeed Ms. Feinstein not only as a senator but also in a leading role on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Jan 26, 2023, 07:56 PM (21 replies)
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