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Appeals Court Rejects Flynn Bid To Force Judge To End Criminal Case, No Questions Asked

Source: Talking Points Memo

Michael Flynn cannot force a federal judge to agree to drop criminal charges against the former national security adviser, a full panel of the D.C. appeals court ruled on Monday.

The ruling means that U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan for the District of Columbia can proceed in examining why the Justice Department took the unprecedented step of dropping its criminal case against Flynn, after Flynn had both pleaded guilty and then withdrawn his plea.

The order is a reversal of the intervention a three-judge appellate panel made in the case earlier this summer, when it commanded Sullivan to immediately dismiss that case. The full appeals court had already blocked that order, in an early indication that it was skeptical of the move to intervene in the district court proceedings at this time.

The fallout from the Justice Departmentís May decision to walk away from Flynnís prosecution has been extraordinary and unprecedented.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/appeals-court-rejects-flynn-bid-to-force-judge-to-end-criminal-case-no-questions-asked






Melania didn't want to have to use the same shower and toilet as former First Lady Michelle Obama

This lady is just as racist as trump.

Winston Wolkoff, a longtime Manhattan fashion and society party planner, was heavily involved in the planning of the presidentís inauguration before leaving the White House in Feb. 2018 after negative reporting about her inauguration role appeared in the New York Times. In her book, she describes how Melania didnít want to move to the White House right away in part because she didnít want to have to use the same shower and toilet as former First Lady Michelle Obama and was waiting for the bathroom to be renovated.

"The Mean Orange Man" The perfect bedtime story!


Mike Luckovich-Captain of sinking ship


How likely is it that your mail-in ballot won't get counted? It's riskier than voting in person.

This is a good study that shows a higher rejection rate. I had heard that there was a 2% to 3% rejection rate but this study shows a higher rate https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/25/how-likely-is-it-that-your-mail-in-ballot-wont-get-counted/

But voting by mail has some other practical risks that few have noted. Itís more complex than voting in person, administratively speaking. As a result, those who cast their ballots by mail might be less likely to have their votes counted than those who vote in person.

In an article forthcoming in the Harvard Data Science Review, I have worked to quantify how much riskier it is for someone to vote by mail than in person. Depending on the state in which a citizen is voting, the increased risk of having your vote lost ó meaning, not counted in the election ó ranges from 3.5 percent to 4.9 percent.

ďLost votesĒ is a term coined by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project (VTP) in its 2001 report ďVoting: What Is/What Could Be.Ē Hereís what it means. Suppose a voter wakes up on Election Day, fully intending to vote, and does everything required to do so. If the intention is thwarted, that is a lost vote. For instance, she might arrive at the polls at 6 p.m. and finds the line is so long that she leaves and canít return to cast a ballot by 7 p.m. when the polls close.

If she intends to vote by mail, hereís what might go wrong. In states where a voter must apply for a mail ballot, the ballot application could get lost in the mail; the local election office could lose the application or deny it; the ballot might not make it back to the voter, for instance, getting lost in the mail; and the marked ballot might not make it from the voter back to the local election office. Even if the ballot arrives, it could be rejected because it arrived late or lacked a signature ó the two most common reasons for rejection. Finally, the ballot could have an error that she could have caught had she voted in person....

Estimating these risks is difficult. Itís nearly impossible to find hard data on whether the ballot request makes it to the local election office. I approximated this by relying on USPS performance reports, which indicate that approximately 0.4 percent of first-class mail and 0.7 percent of marketing mail fail to reach its destination within three days of the delivery standards set by the Postal Service. I assumed that 99.9 percent of the time, when local election officials do receive a valid application, they respond by mailing out a ballot. If we apply the 0.4 percent failed delivery figure both to the voterís application for and return of a mail ballot, and then add 0.1 percent chance of it getting lost in the office and the 0.7 percent failed delivery figure for the election officeís response, this suggests that 1.6 percent of mail-ballot applications fail to deliver a ballot to the voter.

8/28 Mike Luckovich: Head in the way


8/27 Mike Luckovich: Renamed


Multiple protesters shot in Kenosha during third night of unrest over Jacob Blake's shooting

Source: Washington Post

KENOSHA, Wis. ó Gunfire rang out from a crowd of protesters early Wednesday morning in Kenosha, Wis., on the third night of unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake Jr. At least three people were injured. It is unclear who fired the shots, and police and hospital officials have not yet confirmed the severity of the injuries.

Shots were first fired after midnight, as a group of protesters on Sheridan Road faced off with police in armored trucks. A young White man carrying an AR-15-style rifle began running north on Sheridan, away from the group. As people chased after the man, another round of rapid-fire shots rang out, and two more people fell to the ground with wounds. Bystanders dragged both the people who had been hit to separate sides of the road.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/26/jacob-blake-kenosha-police-protests/

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