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Senate GOP Must Stop Confirming Judicial Nominees of an Impeached President

BY
Jessica Mason Pieklo, Rewire.News
PUBLISHED
January 9, 2020

Now that President Trump has been impeached, it’s time to halt confirmations of his judicial nominees.

That was the message of a letter sent Tuesday by a coalition of 29 advocacy organizations to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who have filled the courts with Trump-appointed judges who could uphold some of the country’s most extreme abortion restrictions.

“The Articles of Impeachment recently approved by the House of Representatives state that the president of the United States has abused the powers of his office by soliciting a foreign government to interfere with the 2020 elections and has obstructed Congress’ efforts to investigate the matter,” the letter says. “While any president is under the cloud of impeachment for such high crimes and misdemeanors, the Senate and the Judiciary Committee must put a hold on processing that president’s nominees for lifetime positions in the federal judiciary.”

Organizations signing onto the letter include the National Women’s Law Center, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, People for the American Way, the NAACP, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

“It is ludicrous, and frankly offensive, to suggest that a president who has been impeached because of his contempt for our elections and for the rule of law should continue to have his nominations to the federal bench move ahead as if all were well,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president for policy and program at People for the American Way, in a statement. “Senators McConnell and Graham need to show that they grasp this central fact.”

https://truthout.org/articles/senate-gop-must-stop-confirming-judicial-nominees-of-an-impeached-president/

9 Iran pundits with undisclosed ties to the defense industry

Judd Legum

Since Trump ordered the drone attack that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, television news has been filled with commentary on the strike and its implications. An investigation by Popular Information reveals that numerous pundits appearing on cable TV to opine on Iran have undisclosed financial ties to the defense industry.

This is significant because defense contractors and other entities that do business with the Pentagon profit from war. They sell the products that make war possible. If there is more fighting, they will sell more weapons. That’s why weapons manufacturers saw their stock prices spike after Soleimani was killed.

A television pundit that’s in business with defense contractors will not necessarily advance arguments to benefit their clients. But these financial ties are the relevant context for the viewer. Instead, these pundits are generally introduced only by their former government positions and presented as dispassionate analysts. Viewers are not told of the pundits’ current role in the private sector or their defense industry ties.

Popular Information assembled this information by reviewing transcripts of segments about Iran appearing on Fox News, Fox Business, and CNN between January 3 and January 7. Transcripts of segments about Iran on MSNBC’s primetime shows over the same time period were also reviewed. (Transcripts of MSNBC’s daytime programming were not available.)

https://popular.info/p/9-iran-pundits-with-undisclosed-ties

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Untraceable dark money is making state Supreme Courts more conservative

By Lisa Needham -January 9, 2020 10:05 AM

A new report shows just how pervasive — and influential — dark money has become in state courts.

The harmful effect of dark money in national political races is well-recognized, but the role of untraceable unlimited funding at the state judicial level is often ignored. A recent report from the Brennan Center shows just how pervasive — and influential — dark money has become in state Supreme Court races. And that dark money is helping the GOP reshape state courts.

Of course, this all goes back to the Citizens United decision, which held that this sort of spending, bottomless and hidden from oversight, was perfectly fine. With that, it was likely inevitable that state Supreme Courts would become an attractive target for special interest groups.

Spending large sums on state Supreme Court races is still a relative bargain. It's much cheaper to spend money at the state level to change the composition of the court than to install elected officials at the national level. With 39 states using some form of elections for members of the highest state courts, they're a ripe target.

The Brennan Center found that special interest groups accounted for 27% of all state Supreme Court election spending from 2017 to 2018. As a point of comparison, the report points out that over the last 20 years, congressional elections have never seen interest groups account for more than 19% of all spending in a cycle.

https://americanindependent.com/state-supreme-courts-dark-money-gop-citizens-united-republicans/

And yet the Impeachment trial, when it will be held, will be overseen by the chief justice, that thinks that money is "free speech"...........................and basically got this country what we have today ......................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough....................

Elizabeth Warren shuts down Meghan McCain's Suleimani ranting on The View

Published 3 mins ago on January 7, 2020
By Travis Gettys

Sen. Elizabeth Warren earned loud cheers from “The View” audience after she explained to co-host Meghan McCain why she had not changed her mind on President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate an Iranian government official.

McCain pressed the Democratic presidential candidate to say whether Iranian general Qassim Suleimani was a terrorist, and suggested Warren had offered conflicting statements on the killing.

“You issued a statement calling Suleimani a murderer,” McCain said. “Later, you issued a second statement saying he was, quote, an assassination of a senior foreign military official. This is a man who is obviously responsible for hundreds of American troops’ deaths, carnage that we can’t imagine … I don’t understand the flip-flop. I don’t understand why it was so hard to call him a terrorist, and I would just like you to explain the change.”

Warren thanked her for the question, and explained that her statements weren’t in conflict with one another.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/elizabeth-warren-shuts-down-meghan-mccains-suleimani-ranting-on-the-view/

'We're going to war, bro': Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne deploys to the Middle East

WORLD NEWS JANUARY 7, 2020 / 6:06 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Rich McKay 5 MIN READ


FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - For many of the soldiers, it would be their first mission. They packed up ammunition and rifles, placed last-minute calls to loved ones, then turned in their cell phones. Some gave blood.

The 600 mostly young soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were headed for the Middle East, part of a group of some 3,500 U.S. paratroopers ordered to the region. Kuwait is the first stop for many. Their final destinations are classified.

“We’re going to war, bro,” one cheered, holding two thumbs up and sporting a grin under close-shorn red hair. He stood among dozens of soldiers loading trucks outside a cinder block building housing several auditoriums with long benches and tables.

Days after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the drone killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, raising fears of fresh conflict in the Middle East, the men and women of the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division are moving out in the largest “fast deployment” since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-fort-bragg/were-going-to-war-bro-fort-braggs-82nd-airborne-deploys-to-the-middle-east-idUSKBN1Z616W

First of all lets bring back the draft........................second this is really sad, to deploy men and woman to a combat zone to help the traitor in the white house defect his treason......................and because he was Impeached for .................

UK will leave Iraq if Baghdad asks us to go: defense minister

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS JANUARY 7, 2020 / 11:31 AM / UPDATED 13 MINUTES AGO

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants to keep its troops in Iraq but will pull out if Baghdad so demands, defense minister Ben Wallace said on Tuesday.

Iraq’s parliament called on Sunday for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave after the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport.

“We are ... trying to get them to say that it’s in your best interest for us to remain,” Wallace told parliament. “(But) we will respect Iraqi sovereignty. If they require us to leave, that is their right and we will respect it.”

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-britain-military/uk-will-leave-iraq-if-baghdad-asks-us-to-go-defense-minister-idUSKBN1Z61ZE?il=0



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And then there was the letter from the Marine General stating that the US will honor the Iraq vote to remove all US troops from Iraq.................................

GOP leader suggests Trump had to strike Iran because of impeachment

By Dan Desai Martin -January 7, 2020 11:13 AM

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed impeachment was somehow to blame for Trump's escalation with Iran.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went on Fox News Tuesday morning and seemed to suggest Donald Trump ordered the strike killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani because the House Intelligence Committee focused on impeachment instead of Iran.

On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the Intelligence Committee, called Trump's decision "provocative," criticized Trump's threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites, and described Trump's behavior as "the acts of a President with no functional national security process."

Asked by Fox host Pete Hegseth to respond, McCarthy blamed Schiff for Iranian-backed attacks against U.S. troops.

"You know what? He's the chairman of the Intel Committee," McCarthy said about Schiff. "Maybe had he spent the last year working on that — trying to protect us from what was happening in Iran, from the bombing of the tankers, Saudi Arabia, taking down our drones. Instead of taking that committee and making an impeachment, he would never have made that comment."

https://americanindependent.com/kevin-mccarthy-iran-donald-trump-impeachment-adam-schiff-fox-news-qassem-soleimani/

And this asshole is collecting a check from the taxpayers and trying to blame the democratic members for this Iran shit sandwich.................................narcissistic malignant psychopaths every last one them republicans................

Hey Russian troll McCarthy, what the fuck did you "guy's" do in the previous two years when you had power to check this malignant pathological liar............you fucking passed a tax code that fucked people over while this idiot was running around in the white house committing treason right out in the open.....................so go fuck yourself and your enabling treasonous party.................this is going to laid at your republican feet............................

Rep. Duncan Hunter still hasn't resigned a month after pleading guilty to a felony

By Emily Singer -January 7, 2020 10:38 AM

Hunter previously said he would resign 'after the holidays.'

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has yet to resign from Congress more than a month after pleading guilty to a felony count of misusing campaign funds — raising questions about whether he will follow through with his pledge to leave his seat "shortly after the holidays."

The GOP lawmaker — who faces up to five years in prison for his crimes — stood accused of using hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign war chest to live a lavish life that included international travel and private school for his children.

Prosecutors also alleged that Hunter spent campaign funds to carry out extramarital affairs with congressional aides and other women he encountered in his role as a member of Congress — a violation of House ethics rules. A year ago, the House voted to ban members of Congress from having sexual relationships with their own employees.

Hunter has refused to elaborate on when he actually plans to resign his seat, only giving the vague promise to leave after the holidays, according to the Associated Press.

https://americanindependent.com/duncan-hunter-resignation-congress-felony-guilty-plea-california-gop-house/

This asshole should be charged with another felony for defrauding the taxpayers.................................right now..............and to pay back that money to the taxpayers of this country right now.................................

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By Clay Jones -January 7, 2020 9:07 AM
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