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Trump's Justice Department

19 November 2020 - 08:34 PM

U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.

Much was at stake for Caterpillar: Since 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has been demanding $2.3 billion in payments from the company in connection with the tax matters under criminal investigation. The company is contesting that finding.

A week after Barr was nominated for the job of attorney general, Justice officials in Washington told the investigative team in the active criminal probe of Caterpillar to take “no further action” in the case, according to an email written by one of the agents and reviewed by Reuters.

The decision, the email said, came from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the office of the deputy attorney general, who was then Rod Rosenstein.

“I was instructed on December 13, 2018,” wrote the agent, Jason LeBeau, “that the Tax Division and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General jointly came to the decision that no further action was to be taken on the matter until further notice.” LeBeau, an inspector general agent at the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, declined interview requests from Reuters.

Million MAGAt March

15 November 2020 - 08:47 AM

Pro-Trump Protest Clowned for Underwhelmingly Low Turnout

The crisis isn’t too much polarization. It’s too little democracy

12 November 2020 - 07:09 PM



If Republicans couldn’t win so much power while losing votes, the US wouldn’t be in the current crisis.

Imagine that, four years ago, Donald Trump lost the presidential election by 2.9 million votes, but there was no Electoral College to weight the results in his favor. In January 2017, Hillary Clinton was inaugurated as president, and the Trumpist faction of the GOP was blamed for blowing an election Republicans could have won.

The GOP would have been locked out of presidential power for three straight terms, after winning the crucial popular vote only once since 1988. It might have lost the Supreme Court, too.

And so Republicans would likely have done what Democrats did in 1992, after they lost three straight presidential elections: reform their agenda and their messaging, and try to build a broader coalition, one capable of winning power by winning votes. This is the way democracy disciplines political parties: Parties want to win, and to do so, they need to listen to the public. But that’s only true for one of our political parties.

MAGAt Social Media

11 November 2020 - 08:50 AM

Apparently MAGAts are leaving Twitter and Facebook for a new platform, Parler.

The conservative alternative to Twitter wants to be a place for free speech for all. It turns out, rules still apply

Some non-wingnut people are calling it Meinspace.

While not seeing the idiots not littering normal social media with their alternate facts is nice, I do wonder about their nuttery festering out of sight.

The Biden Administration

09 November 2020 - 02:15 PM

Pete Buttigieg is a near-certainty for Biden's Cabinet


One near-certainty about Joe Biden's Cabinet: Pete Buttigieg will be in it. Biden officials have made clear to donors and party officials the question surrounding Buttigieg is not if, but where, he lands, Democrats close to Biden tell Axios.

The intrigue: Behind that certainty, though, are a range of questions about how to put his obvious political talent to use.
  • The multilingual Buttigieg has told friends he wants U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but he may face internal competition from Julie Smith, a longtime Biden foreign policy confidant.
  • Former diplomats Wendy Sherman and Linda Thomas-Greenfield are other possibilities.
  • Rep. Ted Deutch from Florida also has expressed interest.
Other slots for Buttigieg range from Housing and Urban Development to Veterans Affairs to the Office of Management and Budget.