So much of this is not normal, but if this is the reality we must amplify those fighting to defend the institutions that make America a thing.
The Office of the President is not a get-out-of-jail free card for lawless behavior,” the professors wrote in their letter, obtained by POLITICO. “Indeed, our country’s Founders made it clear in the Declaration of Independence that they did not believe that even a king had such powers; they specifically cited King George’s obstruction of justice as among the ‘injuries and usurpations’ that justified independence. Our Founders would not have created — and did not create — a Constitution that would permit the President to use his powers to violate the laws for corrupt and self-interested reasons.”
My favorite part of Axios outside of trying to make the world dumber is stuff like this. Have to give Ivanka (my guess) for this spin. It will be great when Trump calls this a lie later.
Author: Emily Martin
“Judge Gorsuch outlined how law firms, and companies in general, had to ask female interviewees about pregnancy plans in order to protect the company. At least one student countered that an employer could not ask questions about an interviewee’s pregnancy plans. However, Judge Gorsuch informed the class that was wrong. Instead Judge Gorsuch told the class that not only could a future employer ask female interviewees about their pregnancy and family plans, companies must ask females about their family and pregnancy plans to protect the company.”
This from the guy who apparently is too qualified to try and stop. While the Democrats can’t stop this in the end they should force the GOP to get rid of the filibuster. The idea they should wait for the next one is wrong as the GOP will blow it up anyway.
Hearings start today so watch this space.
First, read this….
Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul D. Manafort.
Then read this….
But now we learn that Sater is still very much in the Trump orbit and acting as a go-between linking Trump and a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian pitching ‘peace plans’ for settling the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. (Artemenko is part of the political faction which Manafort helped build up in the aftermath of the ouster of his Ukrainian benefactor, deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.) Indeed, far, far more important, Cohen – who is very close to Trump and known for dealing with delicate matters – is in contact with Sater and hand delivering political and policy plans from him to the President.
Were Cohen not involved, one might speculate that Sater is just up to yet another hustle, looking to parlay his one-time association with Trump into influence with the new President. Cohen hand delivering his messages to the President changes the picture considerably. How or why Cohen would do this, if for no other reason than the current massive scrutiny of Trump’s ties to Russia and Sater’s scandals, almost defies belief. But here we are.
US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier – CNNPolitics.com
Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.”
Spicer later called back and said, “This is more fake news. It is about time CNN focused on the success the President has had bringing back jobs, protecting the nation, and strengthening relationships with Japan and other nations. The President won the election because of his vision and message for the nation.”
This is a quote that will live in infamy.
Author: ANDREW REYNOLDS
In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.
While we look at Russian hacking, we take our eye off the ball here in the US. While Russian propaganda played a part in our last election, the GOP war on voters played a bigger part. In states like North Carolina and Wisconsin lawmakers made it their goal to stop people of color, young people, and other more liberal leaning voters from actually voting.
Author: Itay Hod
“Most of the Rockettes do not want to perform at the inauguration,” posted Duarte, whose Facebook page identifies her as the creator, producer and host of Dead Darlings. “AGVA, their union, has put in writing to the full time Rockettes that they must accept the inauguration gig or they will lose their jobs. It’s perfect, actually. What could be more fitting for this inauguration than forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?”
When I saw the news yesterday that the Rockettes would be performing I assumed their parent company signed them up. Some will resist, and could lose their job. I hope it does not come to that, instead the dancers who have come to represent the holidays in New York City should do their routine in white pantsuits. I don’t think the owner of MSG who agreed to have them perform will be checking out the act during rehearsal!
Trump is going to be our President, so go and send your message. That is how America works!