Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Pence Is Officially The GOP Fundraising Muscle And Trump Explainer

Since Donald Trump opened his mouth on Friday night in Alabama and stuck both feet in it, the GOP powers that be have gone into hyper-drive. Reading between the lines, Mitch McConnell was clearly upset with Trump’s bizarre campaign speech for Luther...

What if your whole life ran like the White House?

The FBI completed their investigation and submitted a final report in November. But there was still an active investigation at the White House Employee Security office when Rob Porter resigned. - Sarah Cluckabee Slanders   Today Pop...
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Office of Special Counsel says Kellyanne Conway should be removed over violations of Hatch...

Yes, yes, yes — please take Barbie Riefenstahl away and exile her to the Island of Misfit Toys. The Hill: The Office of Special Counsel on Thursday urged President Trump to remove Kellyanne Conway as White House counselor over repeated violations...
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Former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr Asks Trump To "Cut It Out" In Moving Open...

The Washington Post: Mr. President, please cut it out. Tweet to your heart’s content, but stop the wildly inappropriate attacks on the attorney general. An honorable man whom I have known since his days as a U.S. attorney in Alabama, Jeff Sessions...
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Trump does have a loyalty oath … Kathleen Parker provided evidence

Trump does (did) have a loyalty oath. In my opinion, Spicer and other members of the Trump administration signed loyalty oaths. Conservative Kathleen Parker said on “Hard Ball” —  I have a friend who is leaving because she refused to sign...
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The Kochs have serious buyers’ remorse over the Republican party they created

The Koch brothers, having bought themselves a Congress, are not particularly happy that they are not able to dictate the agenda for who they see as their employees. Leaders of the conservative Koch political network are mad about President Trump's...
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Bannon Returns Early From Foreign Trip Too

First it was reported that Reince Priebus was returning early from the foreign family trip. Now, it seems that Steve Bannon has been sent packing too.
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400+ Millionaires and Billionares send a letter to Congress calling for their Taxes NOT...

Over 400 millionaires and billionaires calling themselves ‘Responsible Wealth’ sent a letter to the congress asking that their taxes not be cut. More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes By Heather Long The wealthy...
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Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretary

So long, Spicey. We knew you all too well.

Charlie Pierce: ‘Our Democratic Institutions Won’t Defend Us. They Won’t Defend Themselves.’

A few days ago Rick Wilson wrote a piece about how William Barr was the most dangerous man in America. Wilson went on to state that Barr’s job is to protect Donald Trump, “no matter the prerogatives of Congress or any consideration of the rule of law. Bill Barr is not the attorney general of the United States. He is the Roy Cohn whom The Donald has craved since become president; an attorney general who sees his duty as serving Trump.” Wilson also went on to riff on Congress for it’s softball questions and nicey-nice treatment of Barr. Charlie Pierce has a similar take about Barr’s misbehavior and notably, Steve Mnuchin’s: The Attorney General of the United States writes a parody of a summary of a special counsel’s report and then slow-walks his explanation in front of a House committee and behaves in all things like a consigliere instead of an attorney general. (The Unitary Executive becomes more badly Unitary when the Executive is both crooked and, arguably, demented.) The Secretary of the Treasury blatantly refuses to observe a statutory requirement that he turn over the president*’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. This requirement goes back to 1924. Nobody disputes either its plain meaning or its legal bona fides. The only reason that those tax returns have not been delivered yet to the committee is that Steve Mnuchin and his boss don’t want to do it. Pierce goes on to cite the statute that governs Mnuchin, and it’s clear. Mnuchin either has to do his job and provide the tax returns or be subject to five years in prison. In short, if the system were working according to the law, William Barr and Stephen Mnuchin already would have lost their jobs and would be hiring lawyers to plea-bargain them out of five years in federal prison. But the system is not working according to the law. The system is not working at all. The system is not working because the people in it, the people who are elected to make it work, are choosing not to do their jobs and, in failing to do their jobs, they are failing to defend the institutions they represent. The three branches of government are supposed to be equal. They are supposed to be in constant tension because, the theory goes, that tension prevents the accumulation of power and, therefore, protects the liberty of a self-governing people. You’d have to be blind or stupid to believe that’s the way the government is functioning now. Mnuchin is arguably in contempt of congress right now, and possibly Barr as well. This also has occurred to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Democrat of New Jersey, who has been dogging the administration* for the president*’s tax returns for longer than anyone else in the Congress. Pascrell told Politico that he, anyway, believes it’s time to drop 2 U.S. Code § 192 on Barr, Mnuchin, and a whole lot of other folks. “I want to take a look at contempt of Congress here,” Pascrell said, “because the way Mnuchin talked and the way he writes, he’s very dismissive of the legislative branch of government, particularly if that part of the legislative branch of government is controlled by the Democratic Party.”  It’s incumbent on Congress to defend its Constitutional prerogatives, Pascrell said. […]

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