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To begin with, the Constitution makes no allowance for the arrest of a lawless current or former President. If that presidential exception existed, a sitting president could stand on Fifth Ave and shoot someone; Oh, wait! Despite the mountain of evidence, Donald Trump is not in jail for inciting a...

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  • July 25, 2022

Watching the depressing and alarming spectacle of 17 Republican states joining Texas’s bad faith, frivolous Supreme Court application to overturn the election in favor of Trump, I am reminded that in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “The Sad Truth of John Boehner’s Resignation” — which received 1,275 Recommends, 789 Comments and,...

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  • December 10, 2020

The latest bit of gross stupidity and waste of state taxpayer funds is one state suing others because fraud, something, something…. abstracting from actual votes is more representative of the will of the people….maybe…and go Constitutionally big or go home. This Texas parlor trick requires the same thing all the...

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  • December 8, 2020

“America is advanced citizenship” –The American President The Age of Citizens United continues. x Even Barrett asksQ: So could you sue on torture?A: YesQ: But not if it was a corporation?A: Yes — Oren Nimni (@orennimni) December 1, 2020 x Neal Katyal is currently defending multinational corporations' right to own...

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  • December 1, 2020

Lemmings, with the Secret Service locked and loaded. Was this also a protest of DC gyms’ occupancy limits? x This loser parade must’ve left their self respect at home. https://t.co/ztC8SLOMUC— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 14, 2020 x MOMENTS AGO: Trump supporters rush to see the president's motorcade driving by. pic.twitter.com/h0brs4gfC0...

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  • November 14, 2020

Just a quick reminder about something I see largely left out of the coverage of Republicans’ bad faith regarding the Supreme Court:  Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. This was supposed to be a seismic event, but I don’t hear it discussed much anymore in the overall Supreme...

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  • October 29, 2020

I’ve told friends that I’m not going to completely relax until the moment Joe Biden is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on January 20. (And after he’s reelected, I’ll look forward to his swearing-in ceremony with Hillary Clinton, the chief justice of the newly packed Supreme Court, which Thief...

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  • October 18, 2020

I have written two posts about suggested questions for Nominee Barrett — here and here.  But watching a good deal of today’s confirmation hearing, and listening to her dodge way too many questions, I realize I should also have set out some suggested questions to highlight how thin are her qualifications...

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  • October 14, 2020

Industry concentration and monopolization have become boring and technical so the exploitation of labor now gets a meme-term from Zephyr Teachout that sounds more like a QAnon conspiracy: chickenization.  COVID-19 does have something to do with it considering the acceleration of the pandemic in meat production centers. It involves something more akin...

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  • October 7, 2020

This interview is a classic example of why Americans don't vote in their interest. A Stephanopoulos follow-up question on this filibuster lie was a no-brainer. Mainstream media allow liars the use of our airwaves to misinform us. An unchecked filibuster lie x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. When...

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  • September 27, 2020

The toast is not yet burnt. Trump will need to win all three events. Won’t happen because all Trump has are bizarre lies and falsehoods. x One week from today, President Trump and former VP Biden will meet on the debate stage for the first time. Rachel @Maddow, @NicolleDWallace, @JoyAnnReid...

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  • September 22, 2020

Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died of complications from cancer. In a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death, she said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.” x WASHINGTON (AP) —...

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  • September 18, 2020

So this happened yesterday: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday that the Senate should hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination President Donald Trump might make this year, even if he loses November's election. “(If) it is a lame-duck session, I would support going ahead with any hearings that we...

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  • July 19, 2020

Cases go back to the lower court, so the Trump tax returns issue will not get seen before the election, because it goes to the Grand Jury in Vance. In the case of the House with Mazars, it also goes back to the lower court on the issues of subpoenas, still blocking House committees...

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  • July 9, 2020

Trump will do anything to win, but when he loses, more likely will spend the time between election day and inauguration day on revenge and pardons. x Trump's Presidency Is About to Enter Chapter 11 || By: Nicholas Grossman https://t.co/wS8wYfzHLN — SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) July 7, 2020 (1)   Cheat Trump never...

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  • July 7, 2020

First off, she needs to be called out for her bull shit: Embattled Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement Monday that she agreed with the Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana’s draconian abortion law, adding that while conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the minority, his opinion “gave...

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  • June 30, 2020

As most surely know, Trump and the Republicans have filed their initial brief before the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the entire ACA, arguing that the elimination of any tax penalty to enforce the individual mandate renders the original constitutional justification (Congress’s taxing authority) a nullity and that — under something...

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  • June 27, 2020

Title VII protections now includes LGBTQ in a single watershed decision. Happy Pride month. x .@business: The ruling came in one of two LGBT workplace-bias cases the court has been considering. The justices could rule momentarily in the second case, which concerns discrimination against transgender workers. https://t.co/9xv8jXJF2N— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) June...

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  • June 15, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: MJ Hegar (D. TX) There is so much at stake this November. I said it on the campaign trail, and I’ll say it again now:...

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  • May 4, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the People For the American Way: PFAW’s Take Back the Senate Fund has added THREE critical targets to our list of top 2020 Senate races: Shifting dynamics in the states of these right-wing Republicans have made their races more competitive. These stalwart Trump allies join...

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  • April 30, 2020

Woeful Response To Pandemic Highlights Need For More Progressives In Congress By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America Pitch In Time And/Or Money To Help Us WinMake Easy, Effective Calls From Home And/OrGive To Support PDA’s Win 2020 Victory Fund   Today on “Candidates Tuesday,” Progressive Democrats...

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  • March 24, 2020

The New Republic has a new piece out about how the media is responsible for creating the myth that U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R. ME) is a “moderate”: To portray politics as “political theater,” reporters need players. And for more than a decade, Collins has been cast as a dutiful moderate,...

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  • March 16, 2020

Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday expressed regret that he “used the words I used yesterday” in warning Supreme Court Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch of the public backlash their reproductive rights rulings will produce. While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proclaimed, “There is nothing to call this except...

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  • March 7, 2020

The background: The Trump administration and several red states have backed a — ridiculous, mind you — challenge to the Affordable Care Act arguing that Congress’ removal of the tax penalty connected to Obamacare’s individual mandate has made the entire law unconstitutional. Republicans hate Obamacare so much — because you...

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  • January 11, 2020

As many of you know, the filibuster has been the top issue for me in the 2020 Democratic Primary. I support Elizabeth Warren because she has called for eliminating the archaic 60 vote rule that has constantly killed progress time and time again. Her, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro,...

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  • November 11, 2019

I try really hard not to scream when I hear, “the both sides do it” argument, that is usually offered up by Republicans, whenever trouble strikes.  They pull out, “but what about…” instead of admitting a problem exist. Even as kids, we learned the folly of, “if Billy jumps off...

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  • September 20, 2019
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Here’s the latest news out of Massachusetts: Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move that could open fissures within the Democratic...

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  • September 18, 2019

You all are going to hear about this from plenty of other diarists, but Joltin Joe Biden just can’t quit digging his own grave on misreading the political times.  Biden says he would probably resubmit Merrick Garland for the SCOTUS if he wins the presidency.  And this is what he...

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  • July 5, 2019

If you’re a President, you have a better chance of winning the Powerball lottery than you have of being impeached. I mean that literally. If you buy a ticket, you at least have a one in some odd million chance of hitting it lucky, but no sitting President has ever...

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  • April 19, 2019

Fuck you, Mitch McConnell. Fuck you in your scurfy chelonian exoskeleton. ThinkProgress: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday ignored his past condemnations of Democratic obstruction, releasing a three-minute campaign kickoff video for his 2020 re-election bid, centering on his successful 293 day blockade of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination...

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  • April 18, 2019

There are rough seas ahead for the John Roberts led Supreme Court, with no safe harbor in sight. Over the next 6-12 months, there are quite likely three critical issues that will be thrust in a national spotlight to their chamber by The Pampers President, issues that the court would...

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  • April 10, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1215. It was revealed Trump had directed Michael Cohen to...

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  • January 24, 2019
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Overview Since the earliest days of Donald Trump’s Presidency, we have attempted to catalog all of the harmful actions committed by his administration. Furthermore, by categorizing these actions by policy areas and scoring their relative impact, we have attempted to understand how the Administration operates and measure where it’s done...

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  • January 20, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted from her hospital bed and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the good guys to turn back Trump’s Justice Department’s attempt to reinstate the ban on asylum seekers. UPI “Dec. 21 (UPI) — The Supreme Court on Friday denied the Trump administration's request that it be allowed to enforce...

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  • December 21, 2018

Ya know, when you were a kid, your parents always told you that the only to handle a bully was to stand up to the bully. That was easy for your parents to say, because they weren’t the ones who were going to get their ass kicked in the middle of the...

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  • November 17, 2018

Senator Mitch McConnell is an unpopular guy not only in his home state but nationally, and given the response from Republican voters in other states, McConnell is the Republican version of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  Remember that little special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama?  McConnell intervened in that special...

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  • November 17, 2018

You know, I’ve got to hand it to El Pendejo Presidente. When it comes to politics, he literally could fall into a shithouse, and come up with a sealed box lunch. Brett Kavanaugh was always meant to serve as a distraction. Trump could have picked any of a number of...

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  • Avatar of Joseph Murphy
  • October 9, 2018

This really isn't that complicated. There are only two possible outcomes to the Kavanaugh nomination  Either Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed, or he won't. There are only two sides here, Democratic and Republican, and each outcome will provoke a largely predictable reaction from each side. This isn't pure speculation, there...

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  • October 4, 2018

Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In this article in The American Prospect he argues his case that we will soon have a completely illegitimate Majority on the Supreme Court. “….each of the five conservative justices—Clarence Thomas, John Roberts,...

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  • Avatar of durrati
  • October 2, 2018

What a ride, huh? Don't worry, I'm not going to re-litigate the last 36 hours here, how can you make something this weird any weirder? But, there is one little thing I want to point out that is a so far unreported byproduct of today's whirlwind of events. So far,...

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  • September 28, 2018

That was … what do you call it? Kind of nuts. It wasn’t a press conference. I mean, there were reporters there, and someone claiming to be the president. But … but … Oh, far, far too much crazy to sift through. I was worried he might actually take a dump on the floor,...

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  • September 26, 2018

Donnelly’s office said the following: “Senator Donnelly takes his responsibility to consider Supreme Court nominees – regardless of the president making the nominations – very seriously. With both Judges Garland and Gorsuch, and now with Judge Kavanaugh, Senator Donnelly has evaluated Supreme Court nominees based on their understanding of the...

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  • September 17, 2018

Ruh-Roh. Looks like Chuck Grassley’s gonna need another letter. x Huh, maybe we should ask Neil what happened? Turns out Gorsuch (‘85) went to the same DC prep school as Kavanaugh (‘83) and at the same time. Can’t get them both on the Court soon enough to stick it to...

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  • September 15, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA)   What we saw this week wasn't a Supreme Court confirmation hearing – it was a charade. Donald Trump and the Senate Republicans are still hiding over 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • September 7, 2018

The GOP polling firm, the Trafalgar Group, has a polling testing the Indiana U.S. Senate race between the incumbent U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D. IN) and businessman Mike Braun (R. IN). The poll has good news…. for Democrats! The poll was conducted between 7/31/18 to 8/7/18. It surveyed 1,420 respondents. The...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • August 15, 2018

President Trump has appointed Brett Michael Kavanaugh, a far-right federal appeals court judge, to the soon-to-be vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court currently occupied by right-leaning Associate Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy. Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would represent the fifth man of a five-justice bloc of hardline fascist activist judges, the...

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  • July 10, 2018

Here we go again with Collins and the malfunctioning Media: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said Sunday that she would not support a Supreme Court nominee who had “demonstrated hostility” toward Roe v. Wade, “because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions,”...

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  • July 1, 2018

I’ve been as outraged as anyone about the Republicans’ theft of J. Scalia’s former Supreme Court seat — and now President Trump’s appalling opportunity to compound the damage with a second appointment.  And I have read the numerous pleas for Dems to extract justice, including this reasonable and provocative Kos diary calling on Dems...

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  • June 29, 2018

I’m sure everyone will be very surprised to know that Trump’s shortlist of SCOTUS candidates is not exactly everything we’d like to see in a replacement for Kennedy. Or anything we’d like to see in a replacement for Kennedy. But there are some really scary options on that list. Like the guy in that...

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  • June 27, 2018

As we all know, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was only confirmed to the Supreme Court after, and as a result of, an unprecedented Republican embargo against President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the deceased Justice Scalia.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended this outcome as follows: “The next justice...

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  • February 18, 2018