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Current location: Left Coast
Member since: Mon Oct 10, 2016, 06:19 PM
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A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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The rules for displacing an ailing presidential candidate

This is a very interesting article in the LawFareBlog. It goes through all the details of the amendments (20 & 25th) as well as party rules. Then there are state issue too that are mentioned. Well worth the read, and no paywall.
Two days have passed since we learned that President Trump is suffering from COVID-19. While there is no indication yet that his condition is serious, mainstream media outlets have rightly tried to stay a step ahead of the story and educate the public about what would happen if Trump gets a lot sicker. So, in less than 48 hours, millions of Americans have now learned the details about the rules for incapacitated presidents and for presidential nominees who die or drop out before an election.

This basic “explainer” work is important, but it often overlooks more nuanced questions—there are just so many different scenarios that Trump’s illness could give way to. One particular hypothetical that hasn’t gotten much media attention is if a candidate is seriously ill but does not drop out. What happens here? Again, this is not immediately relevant to President Trump’s situation. But regardless of whether this particular situation comes to pass in the next 30 days—and let’s hope it doesn’t—it illuminates important features in the presidential electoral system.

Before diving into the hypothetical, here’s a quick summary of the basics. Section 3 of the 25th Amendment allows a president who feels unable to discharge his duties to transfer his powers to the vice president, and the president can then reclaim these responsibilities when he feels able again. Section 4 allows the vice president and cabinet to order that transfer without the president’s consent, but allows the president to retake power when he declares he is recovered, so long as either the vice president, the Cabinet, or more than a third of either the House or Senate agree with him. And then there are the rules for presidential candidates. When presidential candidates die or drop out their parties can replace them up until the day the electoral college votes (this year December 14). In a grim situation where the president-elect dies after the electoral college vote but before the inauguration, the 20th Amendment provides that the vice president-elect swears in on January 20.

The town hall event is a steaming pile

Golly.
I have never seen this twat lie so much about nothing.
How could anyone vote for that clown?

Alan Dershowitz Files $300 Million Lawsuit Against CNN for Portraying Him as an 'Intellectual...

Source: Law & Crime



Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against CNN, claiming the cable news network, together with their hosts and panelists, intentionally created a false narrative about what the famed criminal defense attorney argued while defending the president during impeachment proceedings earlier this year.

Dershowitz’s allegations stem from news coverage of his argument about the kind of quid pro quos a sitting president may engage in while office—provided that the exchange is done with the intent of winning re-election in the public interest and not in violation of some law. While his theory was widely panned by attorneys and legal experts across the media, Dershowitz claimed that CNN intentionally omitted portions of his argument to make it appear as though he was arguing “the exact opposite of what he said.”

The specific exchange at the crux of the controversy came when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Dershowitz if it mattered whether there was a quid pro quo arrangement in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

“The only thing that would make a quid pro quo unlawful is if the ‘quo’ were in some way illegal,” Dershowitz responded, saying there were “three possible motives” a political figure could have for their conduct: a motive in the public interest, a motive in his own political interest, and a motive in his own financial interest.

Read more: https://lawandcrime.com/lawsuit/alan-dershowitz-files-300-million-lawsuit-against-cnn-for-portraying-him-as-an-intellectual-who-had-lost-his-mind/



I like the photo- it shows what a nut job Douche-Witz is.

Although I'm no lawyer, and I don't play one on TV, I think his theories about why DFT is above the law are just plain nuts.

John Oliver: pumpkin spice

That was the worst bit of nonsense that I have ever seen from him.
Am I the only one who feels this way?

This is how influential we are in the world now.

This is how far we have sunk as a world leader. Nobody pays us any attention any more.
Here's a great example of our influence on the world stage (no paywall- Reuters)

Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States was further isolated on Friday over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member U.N. Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under a nuclear deal that it quit two years ago.

In the 24 hours since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered a 30-day countdown to a return of U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, long-time allies Britain, France, Germany and Belgium as well as China, Russia, Vietnam, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Indonesia, Estonia and Tunisia have already written letters in opposition, seen by Reuters.

The United States has accused Iran of breaching a 2015 deal with world powers that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. But President Donald Trump described it as the “worst deal ever” and quit in 2018.

Diplomats said Russia, China and many other countries are unlikely to reimpose the sanctions on Iran. Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.


More at the link.

I keep seeing adverts for Franklin Graham on local TV

Why is that snake oil salesman still around? Doesn't he know the difference between WA and DC?

My land line is ringing every few minutes...

All robocalls from 3rd world scammers. We stopped answering it.

Trump takes on showers, because his hair must be "perfect"

Yes, he actually said that. My favorite review of the whole stupid idea comes from a British tech newsletter called The Register.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine
This is how you win an election


Here's my favorite part of it though:
Other outlets have deftly swerved the issue, but we're going to go right out and say it. Trump has the shittiest hair in the history of western democracy, followed closely by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and we fear that American showers able to blast muck off elephants would dissolve Donny's golden locks – or what's left of them.

DFT's leadership on religion

https://twitter.com/CatMitchs/status/1291515398853021697

Memes- it is what it is

Somebody asked a few days ago for memes on this topic. I've made a few, others please chime in with your as well.
Some of these images may require more eye bleach than others...



















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