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Trump’s lawyers argued that the Senate lacked jurisdiction to try the impeachment of a former president, and today that argument failed by a 56-44 vote.  The issue was resolved: the Senate has jurisdiction to try and convict Trump. A question: isn’t this now the “law of the case,” and, thus, a...

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  • February 10, 2021

I’ve seen roller coaster accidents that were easier to follow—and less unnerving—than that gory mess Trump counsel Bruce Castor presented earlier today. To say it was shambolic and meandering is to insult anyone who’s currently lost in a mall parking lot. I was half expecting a big novelty hook to...

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  • February 9, 2021

Mitch McConnell’s mini-me does his usual reactionary foolishness as the Senators are sworn in for the second Trump trial. “In a 55 to 45 vote that strongly suggested that the Senate does not have the votes to convict Donald Trump, senators narrowly killed a Republican effort to dismiss the impeachment...

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  • January 26, 2021

If I hear that phrase uttered one more time, I will not need a haircut after three months of a stay-at-home order, I will pull out what hair I have left myself. Bad Apples are what you find in inner-city fresh produce deserts. Bad Apples are used to make cider....

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  • June 12, 2020

I watched the movie Groundhog Day, just a few days ago, and it hit me that collectively we are living the life of Phil—tomorrow is the same day. This is the story, of a day in the life of a mother. Pardon me if  I am a little partial, she...

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  • April 17, 2020

One day after he cast his historic vote to remove President Donald Trump office, Utah Senator and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has continued to receive accolades for his principled and lonely stand. But Romney didn’t merely buck his Party of Lincoln in becoming the first Senator to ever vote...

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  • February 7, 2020

Rick Scott is running ads in Iowa.   I told you all that Rick Scott is going for the whole ball of wax years ago.  I begged dems to move to Florida because we were outnumbered with lunacy down here when people from other states moved from liberal states to Florida. ...

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  • January 30, 2020

I’m not a lawyer nor a constitutional scholar, but the Media has not being doing its job when it comes to covering the upcoming Senate trial of Trump.  I know.  “A real shocker there Merlin.  Have you thought about auditioning for the role of Captain Obvious?” Hear me out for...

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  • January 19, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the progressive group, Indivisible: If you’ve been on Twitter in the last few days, you’ve probably seen it: a video of Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally lashing out at a CNN reporter, calling him a “liberal hack.” The question wasn’t exactly (read: at all) hack-ish — all...

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  • January 18, 2020

Trump was unhinged in his tweeting on 29 December, and was ready for something to divert public attention, as the Arms for Dirt evidence continued to close in him in spite of withholding documents and witnesses. Because it would be unpatriotic to ask for the documents during wartime(sic)…., but the 30...

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  • January 4, 2020

For the habitual liar who whines weekly of the unfairness of the truth confronting his follies. fairness should be what Trump wants from his “rigged” Senate trial. Reading Lawrence Tribe’s tweet stream is now more fun, complete with references to Wittgenstein and Rawls, as well as Marbury v. Madison (1803). x...

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  • December 22, 2019

Former Presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA) has a blistering op-ed piece out in the New York Times and it royally calls out Moscow Mitch from trying to rig Trump’s impeachment trial: As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding powerful people accountable. I...

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  • December 19, 2019

Without a scintilla of evidence, the impression from the White House, Congressional Republicans, and Fox News devotees is that Joe Biden is a schemer.  According to President Donald Trump, his henchman Rudy Giuliani, a cadre of House Republicans, and the Department of Justice's leader William Barr, something is rotten besides...

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  • December 16, 2019

Josh Marshall over at TPM has a must read about Democrats who signal weakness when it comes to confronting the patently disloyal Republican Party.  As I have stated before, some political scientists have used the term “disloyal party” to identify political groups who as part of the political system act...

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  • December 15, 2019

Assuming that a cowed GOP Senate acquits POTUS* in an impeachment trial, the entirety of the GOP’s candidates must bear that responsibility at the polls in 2020. https://twitter.com/edz1/status/1201490294337753088? OJ, Trump: same struggle? Joy Reid says it would be "jury nullification" if Senate failed to convict and remove @realDonaldTrump.#tcot@JoyAnnReid#impeachment@amJoyshow@glennkirschner2 pic.twitter.com/gRuodPnzMG — Mark...

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  • December 2, 2019

Other than a rhetorical diversion into the use of “lynching”, Lindsey Graham is one of a few Senate Republicans unencumbered by the possibility of sitting as an impeachment juror. RWNJ pundits have taken to attacking Graham to fill the space of media reaction and in the absence of many Trump...

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  • October 23, 2019

Mt. Susan Collins of Maine had an eruption of sulfurous gases with regards to Trump and his present predicament: “I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins said at a press gaggle in her home state of Maine,...

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  • October 6, 2019

As the current President (hereinafter Individual-1) strode down the dank tunnels under the White House, on his way to watch 8 hours of Fox news, his Secret Service agents roughly and abruptly steered him down a little-used passage.   A few strides later, they met with a cluster of large, muscled men carrying...

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  • July 1, 2019

Long, long ago — in the before-times — a married politician’s payoffs to two women to hide sordid affairs from the voting public would have been a kill-shot.  Today, it’s known as “Trump being Trump.” CNN could show footage of Trump storing dead prostitutes in a giant warehouse like in the final...

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  • December 15, 2018

Wipe that smirk off of your face right now. I am not denying, refuting, or admitting anything. I am simply enriching the texture of my previous narrative. I like the way that rolls off of the tongue, it sounds so much better than “I’m putting in some shit that I forgot yesterday.” Hey,...

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  • November 27, 2018

I’m not a lawyer, but can a federal prosecutor, say Mueller, help a felon like Manafort out with state charges?  I got to thinking about this question after reading the Slate article highlighted by Greg Dworkin.  I had some inkling that Manafort might be facing state charges, but Jed Shugerman...

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  • August 25, 2018
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