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A great way to hobble 45 is by going after his attorneys.


(original story on The Daily Beast is behind a paywall)


According to Brad Miller, who represented North Carolina in Congress between 2003 and 2013, the way in which former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment was handled — and the penalty he eventually received — is a road map for legal retaliation even if Democrats in Congress won’t do it.

Pointing out the numerous lawyers in the Trump administration who have refused to comply with subpoenas and answer lawmaker’s questions, Miller suggests formal complaints can be lodged with the Bar that can lead to disciplinary action or even disbarment.


According to the ex-lawmaker, a referral to the Bar need not come from Congress — it can come from anyone.

“Who can file a grievance with the District of Columbia Bar,” he wrote. “All God’s children. Members of the House OGR [Oversight] Committee can; the lawyers in the citizenship question lawsuit can; anyone can.”


This includes going after AG Barr who is licensed in Virginia
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Sun Jul 21, 2019, 03:55 PM (2 replies)

If you were told by a MAGAt to leave if you don't like it, how would you respond?

My response would go something like this; "If you didn't think America was great when you voted in Nov/2016, why didn't you leave then?

Harvard's Laurence Tribe says the census fight is not over.



But as Harvard Law professor and constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe warned, the fight is not over. In fact, the seeds of Trump’s next, and possibly even worse, scheme to rig American democracy was hidden in Trump’s announcement of his alternate proposal for collecting citizenship data.

“Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population,” said Trump. “Indeed, the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision, it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility.”

This meaning is clear: Trump’s purpose in collecting citizenship data is to encourage states to draw districts based on the “voter eligible population,” rather than the total population, which is historically how every state has done so. As Tribe explained, the consequences of that could be huge:


Evenwel v. Abbott was a Supreme Court decision in 2015, in which the justices unanimously ruled that it is constitutional for states to use the total population in legislative apportionment. Crucially though, the court did not rule that it was mandatory to do so — and Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote that they believe states are free to choose to only count eligible voters if they wish. All of this hints that if GOP-controlled states decide to take up Trump on his suggestion and only count eligible voters for district lines, the federal courts will not stand in their way.

Posted by alwaysinasnit | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:28 AM (5 replies)

"Tropical Storm Barry" photos and maps


This is some scary shit.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:53 PM (8 replies)

Federal Judge blocks DOJ attorneys from fleeing 2020 Census case after losing at the Supreme Court

Source: RawStory

On Monday, the DOJ attempted to bring in an entirely new slate of attorneys.

Judge Jesse Furman rejected almost all of the attempted move during an order released on Tuesday.

The judge said the motion by the DOJ was “patently deficient,” except in the case of two attorneys who were allowed to leave the case as they no longer work for the DOJ.

“Defendants provide no reason, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote in his order.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/federal-judge-blocks-doj-attorneys-from-fleeing-2020-census-case-after-losing-at-the-supreme-court/
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Tue Jul 9, 2019, 05:37 PM (37 replies)

Useful IDIOT!


A group of more than two dozen national security experts authored a white-paper to warn that Russia is operating in a “zero-sum world view” where it isn’t enough that Russia wins, the United States also has to lose.

Axios reported Sunday on the Pentagon report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “grand strategy” for world dominance means taking down the United States.

“Contrary to conventional analysis, after two decades under Vladimir Putin, Russia represents an ideological challenge to the West, not just a political and military rivalry,” the Pentagon report explained. “Although NATO continues to possess impressive overmatch against Moscow, that edge is dwindling, and Western vulnerabilities in certain military areas are alarming. Moreover, the unwillingness of Western experts and governments to confront the ideological — as well as political and military — aspects of our rivalry with Putinism means that the threat of significant armed conflict is rising.”


I have no words.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Sun Jun 30, 2019, 06:41 PM (4 replies)

The similarity between 45 and Hitler.



I’ve spent my entire life trying to figure out how the entire nation of Germany, all of its ordinary citizens living in cities and towns and villages across the country, could have stood by while their own government rounded up people and stuck them in hastily built, disgusting concentration camps, and then proceeded to kill them by gas or bullets or starvation or overwork or disease or simple filth and neglect.

This was the week I think I finally understood it. What happened in Nazi Germany didn’t affect their own lives, it happened away from them, it happened to “others,” to people who were not like them, whom they had been conditioned to hate, and it happened at the direction of a leader they admired and revered. And it happened with the overt or tacit approval of their fellow citizens all around them.

This is what is happening in our country right now, right this minute, right in front of us. We are being shown horrible photographs of death along the border. We are being provided with stories of incredible injustice, like the arrests and prosecutions of people leaving water in the desert for migrants. We are being provided with information like this, from the New Yorker, describing conditions in one of our own government’s camps for migrant children:


I have been skeptical until now of people who have compared Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler. I’ve scoffed at speculation that Trump will refuse to leave office if he loses the election in November of 2020.

No longer. This was the week that we crossed the line. Things are being done to children in our name that should shame us all. That there is a significant portion of this country, such as the Trump supporter who denigrated and belittled Peter Vu for his proffer of kindness to migrants should give us more than pause. It should scare the shit out of us.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Sat Jun 29, 2019, 01:05 PM (5 replies)

This article encapsulates the necessity for officially declaring the start of the impeachment

process. Pinning hopes on voting 45 out of office, to me, is very risky, especially after reading this article.



One principal talking point of Democrats who are reluctant to begin an impeachment inquiry is that Trump needs to be removed at the ballot box, not by impeachment. The argument is that Trump can't be removed from office through impeachment since Republicans, who control the Senate, will refuse to convict him no matter how much damning evidence there is. Depressingly, that argument has merit. With vanishingly rare exceptions like Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Republicans have shown that there is no level of criminality Trump could display that they are unwilling to accept, so long as it allows them to retain power.

But that's also why there's a real danger that, if and when Trump refuses to leave office after an electoral defeat, Republicans will go along with it. And why not? They haven't drawn any visible line yet when it comes to Trump cheating or breaking the law. On the contrary, Republicans were already flouting the law in their attempts to retain control over the government even though a majority of Americans have clearly rejected them at the polls. So far, there appears to be no limits to what Republicans will allow, so long as it entrenches their power.

Think about what Republicans were doing even before Trump came along. Gerrymandering and voter suppression efforts predated his candidacy, taking off in earnest after the Republican-controlled Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also flatly refused to hold a hearing for Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, violating all norms and traditions to hold the seat open so a possible Republican president could fill it. This trend goes clear back to the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision, in which the Supreme Court's conservative majority handed George W. Bush the presidency rather than allowing a fair and complete vote count in Florida.

Under Trump, Republicans have only become bolder. Robert Mueller's report documented Trump's extensive efforts to collude with a Russian criminal conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election, as well as Trump's extensive cover-up of that conspiracy. Instead of doing anything about it, Republicans have persistently made excuses for Trump, either lying about what's actually in the Mueller report or drawing false equivalences to legal and transparent choices made by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:26 PM (7 replies)

I'll give you three guesses as to who is conniving with 45's administration to threaten Iran...



“There must be a swift and decisive response to the threat against energy supplies… created by the recent terrorist acts in the Arabian Gulf,” Khalid al-Falih was quoted as saying on the ministry’s Twitter page.

He was speaking at a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Japan after the attacks on Thursday, which sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US.


Saudi Arabia, a close US ally, is a bitter regional rival of Iran.

Posted by alwaysinasnit | Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:45 PM (5 replies)

I smell a nasty divorce proceeding after Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife changes plea...


"The details of the plea deal she struck with federal prosecutors is unknown, as is whether she is cooperating against her husband."


After having thrown her under the bus, Hunter's wife is likely to spill the beans on hubby. (I am not sympathetic to her as she seems to have been up to her eyeballs in the illegal use of campaign funds.)
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:17 PM (7 replies)
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