Saturday, June 23, 2018
Your fear of exposure is palpable. Your desperation even more so. When will those of conscience among your Cabinet, inner circle, and Republican leadership realize that your unprincipled and unethical behavior as well as your incompetence are seriously damaging our Nation. https://t.co/n6ivjOYxzo— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) June 23, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tom Nichols who is an historian at the Naval War College is a self-described stay and fight Republican. He has an interesting take on what fuels the triumph of resentment. Though race is a major force it is more than that. Nichols traces it to envy magnified by social media which has yileded the revolt of the comfortable. -gwc
How Facebook Envy Fuels Donald Trump - Tom Nichols - The Federalist
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
How the Party of Reagan Morphed into the Party of Trump - John Harwood - CNBC
- Since Reagan's presidency, the demographic composition of Republicans and Democrats changed substantially.
- From 2008 to 2017, Pew found that non-college-educated white voters went from an even split between the two parties to a strong Republican tilt — 56 percent to 37 percent.
- Trump won the Republican nomination, and then the White House, by capitalizing on those and other changing demographic trends.
This enables you to figure out what Sarah Sanders is saying. Sort of.
Unaccompanied children must be protected under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Deportation (removal) is a civil proceeding. But prosecutors can decide instead to indict for unlawful entry. How to "enforce the law" is a choice.
In a steep departure from practice the Trump administration announced on April 6 its policy of "zero tolerance". Every illegal entrant will be criminally prosecuted and subjected to punishment, not simply removed (deported). Since the accompanying parent is now charged with a crime - not the child - the mother or father is jailed and the child detained.
Today's Executive Order continues zero tolerance and treatment as criminal any entry at other than certain designated points on the 2,000 mile boarder. Pending trial the U.S. will detain both adult migrants and their children. This will doubtless lead to long confinements barred by an outstanding federal court order. - the 1997 Flores Agreement. The Order directs the Department of Justice to seek modification of the Agreement to permit prolonged detention of children during the criminal prosecution of their parent(s).
Yes, the Trump Admin is really arguing in court that it's *required* to separate children--even though nobody read the law that way until now. The argument is all sophistry & wordplay: minors are unaccompanied (and hence trigger the TVPRA) when the gov't forcibly renders them so. https://t.co/P0t9PYqOBK— Deepak Gupta (@deepakguptalaw) June 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Chinalawtranslate’s glossary and links to other resources;
As cited by He Fan:
translations by Chinalawinfo and WoltersKluwer;
Taiwan’s Judicial Yuan’s bilingual legal glossary;
a glossary of translation of government institutions issued by the Beijing government;
Shanghai government’s glossary;
Shenzhen government’s glossary;
Analysis by foreign scholars.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
So this is a good time to post Alex Whiting's March 2018 piece.
Why dangling a pardon could be obstruction of justice
by Alex Whiting (Harvard Law School)
Friday, June 15, 2018
by Max Boot ( Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a global affairs analyst for CNN. A best-selling historian, he is the author most recently of “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.”)
***The constellation of talk radio, Fox, Infowars, Breitbart (It’s English for “Der Sturmer”), devote every moment of bandwidth not spent fellating Trump to punishing and pursuing his critics. Sean Haw Haw of Fox News spends his nightly 43 minutes of airtime between commercials for catheters, reverse mortgages, stairlift, and survival food screaming into the camera like a turgid ham with a series of denunciations that would make Beria lean back and say, “Oh, easy there, tovarish.” Judge Jeanine Pirro needs only a pink hanbok to rival North Korea’s Ri Chun-hee for paint-peeling agitprop in service to Kim Jong Don.
Authoritarian states also require the sick infrastructure of informers, and enforcers, petty zampolits, petty commissars and chekists do what they do; punish deviations from the constant worship, adulation, and praise of the Dear Leader. The White House is Hobbesian snakepit, and Republican politics has become filled with denunciations of any deviation from the True Faith. When Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted, “Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake" it wasn't just the new normal; it was a set of marching orders to monitor, report, purge and punish any variation from Trump juche.
The entire l'etat c'est Trump mindset of today's Washington, D.C. is making Trump feel frisky, as the GOP continues to lay in the road like a dead animal, even as the buzzards of reality, conscience, and truth peck at them. Paul Ryan's utter, final moral collapse was on full display this week; now he’s pretending he doesn’t even read the news about Trump’s behavior or that of his cabinet members. Trump is unbounded, unbridled, and unhinged. Yes, some of Trump’s distractions are to cover the pendant doom of Paul Manafort, now rotting in jail for the foreseeable future, the Cohen trainwreck, and the failure of this weeks IG report to categorically demonstrate him is as pure as the driven snow and that his Russia ties were all Hillary’s fault.
But much of this authoritarian statist flirtation is because Trump wills it so. We are told to take Trump seriously, but not literally. I’m not sure we can afford to do that any longer. The President of the United States of America is an office which imposes a vast, consequential responsibility on the person who holds it to represent America's values to the world. If those values are liberty, equality, freedom, the rule of law, and the Constitution, Trump is failing on every front. If they are the values of the thug, the tyrant, the bully, the circus freak third-world tinpot? Then he’ll get his pledge pin any day now.
David Axelrod attended a memorial service for the great Presidential speech
I was touched and inspired today by the memorial service for Richard Goodwin, brilliant presidential advisor and speechwriter and a relentless believer in the self-correcting power of our democracy. Here is one of his historic speeches:https://t.co/sjVMpLJjk9 pic.twitter.com/qvny2jbR9D— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 15, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
And then he died and the flood of tributes followed.
This long, brilliant piece by David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Homicide) reports the loss of a dear friend. Simon's compelling writing reminds me that my lawyerly mastery of the declaratory sentence is, well, not memorable. So READ THIS.
David Simon | Tony
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Terrible Arguments Against the Constitutionality of the Mueller Investigation - George Conway - Lawfare
by George Conway (the similarity to the last name of KellyAnne Conway is not a coincidence)
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Trump Trade Advisor Peter "special place in hell" Navarro carried on his denunciation of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, saying to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday:
“President trump did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. If he had other things, bigger things on his plate in Singapore where you are now. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique and what did Trudeau do? As soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace who stuck our president in the back. That will not stand and as far as this retaliation goes, the American press makes to do a much better job of what the Canadians are getting ready to do because it’s nothing short of an attack on our political system and it’s nothing short of Canada trying to raise its protection barriers even higher on things like maple syrup and other goods.”June 10, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018
In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice. https://nyti.ms/2MbR73L
As the president prepares for nuclear talks, he lacks a close adviser with nuclear expertise. It’s one example of a marginalization of science in shaping federal policy.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
In a letter to Mueller, Trump's lawyers said he "dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times" about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians. But here are FIVE TIMES @JaySekulow and @PressSec previously denied Trump's role in the misleading statement. pic.twitter.com/DINgjFdKvL— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) June 2, 2018
Herewith his lawyer's soon to be legendary January 29, 2018 letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Attorney at Law
Washington, D.C. 20015
United States Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20024
- Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — information regarding his contacts with Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions during the transition process;
- Lt. Gen. Flynn’s communications with Vice President Michael Pence regarding those contacts;
- Lt. Gen. Flynn’s interview with the FBI regarding the same;
- Then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates coming to the White House to discuss same;
- The President’s meeting on February 14, 2017, with then-Director James Comey;
- Any other relevant information regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn;
- The President’s awareness of and reaction to investigations by the FBI, the House and the Senate into possible collusion;
- The President’s reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation;
- The President’s reaction to Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee;
- Information related to conversations with intelligence officials generally regarding ongoing investigations;
- Information regarding who the President had had conversations with concerning Mr. Comey’s performance;
- Whether or not Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony lead to his termination;
- Information regarding communications with Ambassador Kislyak, Minister Lavrov, and Lester Holt;
- The President’s reaction to the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel;
- The President’s interaction with Attorney General Sessions as it relates to the appointment of Special Counsel; and,
- The statement of July 8, 2017, concerning Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower.