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by fierceredpanda
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Rest in Peace
Replies: 5002
Views: 300102

Re: Rest in Peace

Justice Stevens was one of my personal heroes. Slate's headline this morning called him the "conscience of the Supreme Court." That's damn right.
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Trump Administration
Topic: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media
Replies: 7448
Views: 307546

Re: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media

sad-cafe wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:47 pm
and what does Israel have to do with American politics?
Ask that question too loudly in some circles, and you'll be shouted down as an anti-Semite. But you're not wrong.
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Trump Administration
Topic: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media
Replies: 7448
Views: 307546

Re: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media

Meanwhile, George Conway's wife is blowing off subpoenas.

I'm so sick of the Conways, and so not looking forward to their post-Trump career of how they tried to play an outside-inside game to protect America from Trump's worst excesses. You know it's coming.
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Oversight: Kellyanne Conway Re Hatch Act Violations
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: House Oversight: Kellyanne Conway Re Hatch Act Violations

Kelleyanne no-showed today's hearing. White House Counsel Pat Cippolone sent another letter saying she cannot be compelled to testify about anything relating to her role as senior advisor to the President. Which is essentially a declaration that the White House is immune from any and all oversight. ...
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Trump Administration
Topic: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media
Replies: 7448
Views: 307546

Re: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media

It's been a while since we've seen someone use "communist" as a snarl-word meaning "person with whom I disagree."
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Trump Administration
Topic: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media
Replies: 7448
Views: 307546

Re: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media

Also too, What I'd give to be a fly on the wall during a meeting of congressional republicans desperately trying to find a way to shut the mofo up. They know he's demented and getting worse. I'm not sure. I think it's possible that your average rank-and-file Republican congresscritter knows full we...
by fierceredpanda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Trump Administration
Topic: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media
Replies: 7448
Views: 307546

Re: Trump - POTUS Tweets and Social Media

Someone on Morning Joe referred to these tweets as "trading in a racist dog whistle for a racist bullhorn." My prediction: he can't control himself anymore, and it's going to get worse in the next 15 months. Perhaps some of the people who justified a vote for him in 2016 by saying to themselves, "He...
by fierceredpanda
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report
Replies: 107
Views: 3696

Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report

If one party acts upon its constitutional obligations in defiance of political considerations, it will lose to the party that has no such compunctions about acting in any way other than the one dictated by electoral necessity. Given that the Republican Party has demonstrated repeatedly that it does...
by fierceredpanda
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report
Replies: 107
Views: 3696

Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report

If one party acts upon its constitutional obligations in defiance of political considerations, it will lose to the party that has no such compunctions about acting in any way other than the one dictated by electoral necessity. Given that the Republican Party has demonstrated repeatedly that it does ...
by fierceredpanda
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report
Replies: 107
Views: 3696

Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

The new angle on the fever swamp right is that Mueller was the one pressuring Acosta to go easy on Epstein. Expect it to come up at the hearing next week from the usual suspects.
by fierceredpanda
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

In his order, the other day, Judge Furman indicated that a sanctions motion was in play in the New York case. 1) Does the latest move by the OSG renders the underlying lawsuit moot? 2) what about the sanctions motion? 1) Probably, IMO. The relief requested (e.g., an injunction barring the governmen...
by fierceredpanda
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: DOJ Investigation: Re Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal; 2008 SDFL; 2019 SDNY
Replies: 481
Views: 12607

Re: DOJ Investigation: Re Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal; 2008 SDFL; 2019 SDNY

An interesting thread from a Wall Street math whiz: https://twitter.com/quantian1/status/1148303671857491968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1148303671857491968&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rawstory.com%2F2019%2F07%2Fepstein-was-running-a-blackmail-scheme-under-the-cover-of-a-hedge...
by fierceredpanda
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

Bill Barr's Bullshit today was pathetic. This census process will require even more lawyers to carefully monitor the shenanigans. It would be nice if the House would get off their asses and file some law suits NOW to enforce subpoenas. I have no idea what they are waiting for, but right now there i...
by fierceredpanda
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

Something in his remarks just now made me think of this: Every other American president has used "we" and "us" to describe the United States as a whole. Donald Trump says things like "the courts have been, frankly, very unfair to us," and there lies the difference. To him, "we" and "us" refer only t...
by fierceredpanda
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: USA v Michael T. Flynn; USDC for DC; False Statements to FBI; Guilty Plea
Replies: 504
Views: 21174

Re: USA v Michael T. Flynn; USDC for DC; False Statements to FBI; Guilty Plea

Being objective, I still think Flynn and Sidney Powell are making a fundamental mistake with this shift in strategy. Granted, both Flynn and Powell are plainly crazy people. But let's suppose there is an explicit back-channel agreement that Flynn stops cooperating, blows up the whole case, and in ex...
by fierceredpanda
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: DOJ Investigation: Re Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal; 2008 SDFL; 2019 SDNY
Replies: 481
Views: 12607

Re: DOJ Investigation: Re Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal; 2008 SDFL; 2019 SDNY

As a defense attorney, I want Alex Acosta to prosecute every one of my clients. That's all I'll say.
by fierceredpanda
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report
Replies: 107
Views: 3696

Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

Another day, another DOJ agreement with Congress scotched. If Barr really works at it, he can totally obliterate the Department's ability to negotiate with the Hill in good faith for the next several decades. How this doesn't look like the spirit of obstruction of justice escapes me. Totally agree ...
by fierceredpanda
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Congress
Topic: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report
Replies: 107
Views: 3696

Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

Another day, another DOJ agreement with Congress scotched. If Barr really works at it, he can totally obliterate the Department's ability to negotiate with the Hill in good faith for the next several decades.
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: USA v Michael T. Flynn; USDC for DC; False Statements to FBI; Guilty Plea
Replies: 504
Views: 21174

Re: USA v Michael T. Flynn; USDC for DC; False Statements to FBI; Guilty Plea

According to the email, Flynn says did not provide false information to his attorneys at the time, did not read the FARA filing before signing it, and was not aware that it contained falsehoods. It is as if Flynn's new lawyer is trying hard to ensure that the government revokes Flynn's sweetheart s...
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

You know that this situation is entirely different. You gave no example where a president defied a SCOYUS ruling by issuing an executive order in an area where the legislative branch has control, as with the census, and an AG publicly condoned that notion. The notion that the Legislative Branch "ha...
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

I get that difference. That leaves me with more questions, though. I would think that a census question before the court would be about the constitution, so if congress cannot overcome it with a simple statute, how can the president overcome it with an executive order? You are mistaken. This isn't ...
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

There seems to be a general misunderstanding that SCOTUS ruled on the constitutionality of the citizenship question itself. It did not. The Court narrowly found that the current justification was "contrived" and insufficient. The door is wide open to proceeding with an EO or other mechanism. The cou...
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Courts, Law, and Legal Issues
Topic: 2020 Census Citizenship question
Replies: 333
Views: 8980

Re: 2020 Census Citizenship question

New legislation or executive action goes around an adverse SCOTUS decision all the time. The entire reason we have RFRA, for instance, is because no one on the Hill was happy with the Employment Division v. Smith decision, so Congress wrote the statute specifically to address that problem. Chief Jus...
by fierceredpanda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Congress
Topic: Congressional Committees: Re FBI's Independence; Barr Investigation
Replies: 1181
Views: 59636

Re: Congressional Committees: Re FBI's Independence; Barr Investigation

"found Steele's information sufficiently credible to extend the investigation" I don't understand that phrase. The current inquiry is transparently predetermined to find that the whole Russia investigation was an improperly-predicated partisan takedown of Donald Trump. If Steele's information was f...

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