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#3421 LFC

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Posted 16 November 2018 - 05:26 PM

Trump is planning on talking to Pam Bondi, the Florida AG he bought off a few years back to drop the Trump University cases, about becoming Sessions's replacement. Great. Corrupt right out of the gate.

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President Donald Trump is slated to meet up with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi next week while looking for his next top law enforcement officer.

McClatchy reported that a source close to the president told the media outlet that Trump will meet with Bondi — considered to be one of the members of his attorney general shortlist — while he’s in Florida visiting his Mar-a-Lago resort for Thanksgiving.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:34 PM

For f***'s sake, Whitaker isn't just a sycophant he's a vile, hateful, disgusting Christianist!

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New acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in 2014 that judges without a New Testament “biblical view of justice,” should not serve on the federal bench and suggested that he would block the appointment of non-Christian judges if given the chance.

While Whitaker singled out atheists in particular as being unfit to serve, his comments also extended to Jewish and Muslim Americans.

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:49 PM

And now Dumpster can "dig" more coal
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 12:54 PM

On a FB thread about Pres Trump’s fireside visit and his Finland comment:

“Magic 8 Ball would make a better President.”
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 01:48 PM

View Postandydp, on 18 November 2018 - 12:54 PM, said:

Magic 8 Ball would make a better President.
"Signs point to yes"
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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:17 AM

Democrats are suing to block Whitaker as being an unconstitutional recess appointment. I don't understand how good their case is but the basis is that you need to have somebody already approved by the Senate for something and you can't just pick anybody off the shelf and ram them in.

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A group of Senate Democrats is suing to block Matt Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general on grounds that his placement in the post was unconstitutional.

The suit, which is being filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the latest and most aggressive salvo against the Whitaker appointment. Last week, the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel defended Whitaker’s promotion in a memo that drew immediate criticism for its expansive understanding of the president’s power. That view is in hot dispute, including from the state of Maryland, which petitioned a federal judge to stop him from serving on constitutional grounds.

The latest suit, which was brought by the groups Protect Democracy and the Constitutional Accountability Center for the Senators, argues that Whitaker’s appointment violates the Constitution’s Appointments Clause because the U.S. Senate did not confirm him to his prior post. Whitaker was chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions before President Trump elevated him to his current gig. Trump did so through the Vacancies Reform Act, which allows the staffing of vacant positions for up to 210 days. But many constitutional scholars have argued that the Vacancies Reform Act doesn’t let the president appoint people to cabinet-level positions who haven’t been senate confirmed. The Senate confirmed Whitaker in 2004 as a U.S. Attorney in Iowa, but his opponents—most prominently George Conway, the husband of White House senior staffer Kellyanne Conway, and former Solicitor General Neal Katyal—say that confirmation has effectively lapsed.

“Installing Matthew Whitaker so flagrantly defies constitutional law that any viewer of Schoolhouse Rock would recognize it,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “President Trump is denying Senators our constitutional obligation and opportunity to do our job: scrutinizing the nomination of our nation’s top law enforcement official. The reason is simple: Whitaker would never pass the advice and consent test. In selecting a so-called “constitutional nobody” and thwarting every Senator’s constitutional duty, Trump leaves us no choice but to seek recourse through the courts.”

Whitaker has publicly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. A few months after Mueller’s installation, Whitaker stated definitively that there was no collusion between Team Trump and the Kremlin. As a vociferous defender of the Trump administration, his appointment has spooked career Justice Department officials.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:23 AM

It may turn on whether the Supreme Court decides to characterize Sessions' departure as a resignation or a firing.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:51 AM

View PostJackD, on 19 November 2018 - 11:23 AM, said:

It may turn on whether the Supreme Court decides to characterize Sessions' departure as a resignation or a firing.

I suspect that the Court will go at it backwards. If they want to keep Whitaker it'll be a resignation. If they want to get rid of him, it's a constructive firing. Whatever will Gorsuch and Cavanaugh do?

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:33 PM

Yes, like many Supreme Court results, they work backwards to reach them.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 09:04 PM

Trump folds on his Acosta threats.

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The White House on Monday abandoned its plan to suspend CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass for a second time after the expiration of a federal judge’s 14-day restraining order, instead warning Acosta to abide by a series of new rules for members of the media.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 09:05 PM

LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!

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White House staffer Ivanka Trump used a personal email address to send hundreds of emails last year relating to government business, including to other administration officials, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The Post based the news on the fruits of a records request by the liberal watchdog group American Oversight. A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump’s attorney Abbe Lowell confirmed the news.

“While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” the spokesperson, Peter Mirijanian, told the Post in a statement.

In some ways, the story echoes that of Hillary Clinton, who used a private email server during her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Attacking Clinton’s handling of government business using personal accounts became a central theme of President Donald Trump’s campaign, leading to the chant “Lock Her Up!”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 10:47 AM

Damn liberal judges! The judiciary has run amok with this judge not allowing Trump to override United States law at a whim. Where does it end? At only allowing Congress to pass laws with the President just being allow to accept or veto them? It's madness! Madness I tell you!

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A federal judge barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports of entry would be ineligible for asylum. As the first of several caravans of migrants have started arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump said an asylum ban was necessary to stop what he’s attacked as a national security threat.

But in his ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar agreed with legal groups that immediately sued, arguing that U.S. immigration law clearly allows someone to seek asylum even if they enter the country between official ports of entry.

“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” said Tigar, a nominee of former President Barack Obama.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:38 PM

Faux & Friends don't want to talk about Ivanka's illegal use of personal email. Whether you liked it or not Clinton's use of a personal server was not, at the time, illegal. (It is now.) The W administration use of personal emails and subsequent destruction of 22 million of them was all illegal. So was the use of personal email for government business perpetrated by multiple members of the Trump administration.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 01:35 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 November 2018 - 12:38 PM, said:

Faux & Friends don't want to talk about Ivanka's illegal use of personal email. Whether you liked it or not Clinton's use of a personal server was not, at the time, illegal. (It is now.) The W administration use of personal emails and subsequent destruction of 22 million of them was all illegal. So was the use of personal email for government business perpetrated by multiple members of the Trump administration.

Yeah but she's not a Constitutional officer like Killary. She's First Daughter! And it was only emails about scheduling stuff...and she's gone through and put the relevant emails into the formal record... (Of course, so did Hillary.)

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:56 PM

Paging Ivanka Trump. Somebody would like to have a word with you.

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New revelations about the extent of Ivanka Trump’s personal email use in the White House will be getting a hard look from House Democrats when they take power in January.

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee began looking into private email use last year after reports by Politico revealed that Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, and other White House officials had been using private email for government purposes in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act and other federal record-keeping laws.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the likely incoming chairman of the Oversight panel, said Tuesday that he will resume that bipartisan investigation, which was dropped by Republicans. And he will pressure President Donald Trump’s administration to turn over records about the use of private email for public business by Ivanka Trump, Kushner and other senior officials.

“My goal is to prevent this from happening again — not to turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary Clinton,” Cummings said. “My main priority as Chairman will be to focus on the issues that impact Americans in their everyday lives.”

The issue resurfaced this week when The Washington Post reported that the president’s daughter, while a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump’s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, according to The Post.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:21 PM

Let's run the US like a gulag
"All glory to the HypnoTrump, or else..."

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"I hope to live long enough that the name Trump is reviled as much as the name Hitler or Stalin"

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 08:10 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 20 November 2018 - 07:21 PM, said:


Evidence of the requisite state of mind for obstruction of justice? I'd argue it is and it's not protected by attorney/client privilege because McGahn was not Trump's personal lawyer.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:41 AM

Treytor Gowdy makes a little show of caring about investigating Ivanka's emails. Just two more months and this bad joke of a Congressman goes away along with a number of others.

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Oversight and Government Reform chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) wrote a letter to chief of staff John Kelly Tuesday requesting a briefing on Ivanka Trump’s private email account usage, including identification of any emails containing classified information.

“Ms. Trump’s use of a personal email account for official communications may implicate the Presidential Records Act and other security and recordkeeping requirements,” he wrote.

He set the deadline for the requested information as December 5.

Gowdy was one of Republicans’ primary attack dogs when it was Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email account that was dominating headlines, gaining attention for his Lindsey Graham-esque performances at hearings with DOJ officials.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:48 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 20 November 2018 - 07:21 PM, said:


John Dean says what Trump was trying was worse than Nixon.

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John Dean, who served as White House counsel during Watergate under President Richard Nixon’s administration, offered some biting criticism of President Trump in response to a new New York Times report that revealed Trump once wanted to use his Justice Department to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton.


During an interview on CNN Tuesday evening, Dean said Nixon would probably think Trump was going “too far” with his misuse of his own Justice Department, claiming Trump’s behavior is “what an autocrat does.”

“This is a level that Richard Nixon never went to, where you went after somebody’s personal wellbeing by a criminal prosecution. I’ve listened to all the tapes that are relevant. While I heard him break the law on some of those tapes, I never heard him do it by turning on his enemies and trying to put them in jail,” he said, referencing the infamous Nixon recordings. “This is really very, very heavy sledding.”


As expected Hannity doesn't think it's a big deal because he's a partisan tool.

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In classic form, Fox News host Sean Hannity shrugged at Tuesday’s New York Times report revealing President Donald Trump’s desire to use the Department of Justice as his own personal attack dog to go after his political opponents.


“Does that sound like breaking news to you? Because, it isn’t, it shouldn’t,” Hannity said Tuesday night. “We know how the President feels about Hillary and James Comey,” naming the two people Trump wanted the DOJ to prosecute.

Hannity then made a false claim about Hillary Clinton’s criminality and smeared his two fellow cable networks, CNN and MSNBC, tut-tutting that they would have known about Trump’s authoritarian instinct if they’d just covered his rallies.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 10:03 AM

View PostLFC, on 21 November 2018 - 09:48 AM, said:


But Nixon was the first step down the road to Trump.
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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