Mr. Assange is the one person who actually knows who handed over the “hacked” DNC emails to Wikileaks. [bold mine]https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-golem-strikes-back/
“The people, particularly in Texas, but people generally, are tired of the swamp and this is a very swampy thing to do — have a vote on a Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend and after we recess, when we could have done our job yesterday when we had 435 members of Congress who should be here and should vote,” Roy said.Ugh...
Because the House is in a pro forma session, the only option for quick passage was to obtain the unanimous consent of all House members. That didn’t happen.
Once signed, the disaster aid bill would provide billions of dollars to help Puerto Rico continue to recover from two deadly 2017 hurricanes as well as funding to help states and territories rebuild after a series of destructive storms and wildfires in 2018 and the first few months of 2019.
"restore confidence in our public institutions."When Barrack and Hillary are imprisoned for treason in the cell meant for Assange, that's when my confidence will be restored.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August and suggested that the U.S. and China were unlikely to have settled their differences by then.Makes sense. First, you restrict trade for those who will always be hit hardest by such some political gameplay in which nothing is to be won by either side, and then, you bail the victims out as if you did them a favour, while you know you are the offender in the whole play. When will he ever learn that he can't win this war? The US have ceased to win wars since Vietnam and Korea.
William Reinsch, a trade analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former U.S. trade official, called the administration’s aid package for farmers “a fairly overt political ploy.”
Economists at the New York Federal Reserve, meanwhile, estimated the latest round of tariff hikes will cost the typical U.S. household $831 a year. “In sum, according to our estimates, these higher tariffs are likely to create large economic distortions and reduce U.S. tariff revenues,” the New York Fed economists wrote .And also, this bailout is not going to help the farmers in the long run. While such payments are fixed and one-time only, the costs that will be created in the long run are going to vary, but increase evermore.
The direct payments will make up $14.5 billion of the $16 billion package and will be handed out on a county-by-county basis. The amounts will be determined by how much each county has suffered from the retaliatory duties imposed by China, as well as previous tariffs put in place by the European Union and Turkey.Let's see how long this amount of money is going to last in a trade war that forecasts no end in sight. We'll see...
Given the existing judicial opinion, a comprehensive analysis written by a well-respected judge, the administration likely faces long odds of prevailing in court—particularly on its claim that the immunity is absolute and cannot be undermined or outweighed by countervailing congressional interests or by evidence of wrongdoing. But judicial resolution may take some time, a refrain that should be familiar to anyone paying attention to the various oversight disputes.
Judicial resolution could take time, but a suit seeking to enforce this particular subpoena for testimony could feasibly be resolved rather quickly.
Justifying immunity for Donaldson or Hicks based on existing precedent would be more difficult. Donaldson was a deputy counsel, and immunity has never been claimed for a White House official who reports to a more senior White House official. The doctrine has been limited to senior advisers, which the 2014 opinion defined as those who “spend the majority of [their]time advising or preparing advice for the President.” It would be a significant question whether a deputy counsel prepares advice for the president directly or assists her more senior boss—the White House counsel—in performing that function.
As I described on Lawfare in the context of compelled depositions, individual executive branch officials are not authorized to decide what information potentially protected by executive privilege should be disclosed and what information withheld. As a result, they engage in “non-assertion assertions” of executive privilege, claiming they cannot answer because the president has not yet decided whether to assert privilege.
It seems just as plausible to reach the lesser conclusion that because Congress lacks the authority to compel his testimony, McGahn may refuse to comply with the subpoena if he understands himself to be immune under his and his attorney’s interpretation of the Constitution and existing law.
If diversity — real diversity — is good, then it is irrefutably the case that some disunity is good too. In a condition of maximum diversity and maximum unity, it follows that all of these very different people — different races, genders, religions, abilities, traditions, etc. — would have to all think alike.In the end, you have to mind that there can be no unity with an indefinite amount of people with different views, unless all sides are able to agree that one might have an opinion different from someone else. But even then, this is only the unity of different-minded common people. What about those who are serious about their opinion and want to see it executed in office? This is where the text starts. You cannot unite with a different-minded person that is likewisely serious about one's view on how the office would properly be executed. They would separate over their opinion. Thus, what is it supposed to look like in DC? It's nothing different from the common people. Therefore, it'd even be better to disunify and scatter into small, self-organised communes.
In other words, unity is a tool, a means to an end, not a good in itself. Fire is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Unity is the political equivalent of fire — a source of power. This is why the desire for unity became an evolutionary imperative. The unified group was better at hunting and defeating its enemies than the group lacking a sense of common purpose.
“In history a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from past errors and infirmities of mankind.” The founders put on paper what history had ratified by experience. “Example is the school of mankind and he will learn at no other” Burke said, in perhaps my most overused — and favorite — Burke quote.
The second is an unconquerable conviction that evil people or forces thwarted the righteous from achieving something that was almost in their grasp. The globalists don’t want us to have nice things! The corporations keep the electric car down! The Jooooooooz bought off Congress! The Establishment pulled the plug! The Revolution was hijacked! The system was rigged! The founders were Stonecutters!Humans derive from apes!!!!!!!!
Palestinian leaders, from government to business, repudiated the summit after the White House announcement Sunday -- highlighting how difficult it will be for President Donald Drumpf to make a deal after several steps that were seen as supportive of Israel.I'm frankly excited to see what Mr. Kushner has created in his witty head. And how far it will abolish the Palestinian rights on self-determination. This is going to be... intense.
The White House announced Sunday that the U.S. will co-host an "economic workshop" with Bahrain in the country's capital, Manama, at the end of June. The two-day summit is where the administration will finally unveil the economic part of its Middle East peace plan, which has been led by Drumpf's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
"By encouraging Palestinians to reject the workshop, the PA is shamefully trying to block their path toward a better future. History will judge the Palestinian Authority harshly for passing up any opportunity that could give the Palestinians something so very different, and something so very positive, compared to what they have today," he said Monday. He also denied reports that there was no political plan, only an economic one.
The ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reportedly walked out of the meeting and said to reporters: “You guys are sad, sad, sad."Joke's on you, Milk Dud.
Cohen, President Drumpf’s former personal attorney, told the committee that Drumpf attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to lie to lawmakers in 2017 about when negotiations to erect a Drumpf Tower in Moscow had ended. Cohen said Sekulow ordered him to tell lawmakers in 2017 that discussions about the project ended by Jan. 31, 2016, ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Cohen later admitted negotiations lasted until June 2016.
“First thing we are going to do is hold McGahn in contempt,” Nadler told CNN on Monday night, noting that the committee intends to then enforce such citations for defying congressional subpoenas in court.
"President Drumpf’s order — which seeks to block a former official from informing a coequal branch of government about his own misconduct — is unprecedented and, contrary to the letter received from your counsel this evening, does not excuse your obligation to appear before the Committee," Nadler writes.
Nadler also writes that the president has attacked his former lawyer's credibility by claiming that he never planned to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, a point that references McGahn's testimony to the special counsel detailing a series of matters that were investigated as possible obstruction of justice, including Drumpf's attempts to fire Mueller during his 22-month long investigation.
Judge Amit P. Mehta rejected Mr. Drumpf’s argument that the House Oversight Committee’s investigation was illegitimate, saying Congress has wide latitude to decide what’s worthy of investigation.
Mr. Drumpf, meanwhile, set up another likely legal battle by ordering former White House lawyer Don McGahn not to appear for scheduled congressional testimony Tuesday.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who took over after Mr. McGahn left the job, says everything Mr. McGahn did is protected from disclosure by the president’s privilege to obtain advice from his close advisors without worrying about interrogation by political adversaries on Capitol Hill.
“To be sure, there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority. But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress,” he wrote. “So long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which ‘legislation could be had,’ Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution.”
“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Drumpf engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash tweeted in a lengthy thread Saturday, becoming the first and only congressional Republican to acknowledge that the FBI investigation into Drumpf’s campaign and its alleged connection to Russian officials established grounds for impeachment. While several Democrats have also called for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly sidestepped the issue, instead calling for more investigations.His Tweet thread is really worth reading, I have to admit.
Core to Amash’s statement is the reality that Barr’s summary of the Mueller report has been key to how Republicans in Congress have crafted their message around the investigation. Even as the report showed damning evidence of obstruction, the attorney general used language that made it easy for Republicans in general to chalk up this scandal to everything from a total nothingburger to a partisan “witch hunt.”Would you have beleived that there'd ever be a Republican to vividly and consciously stand up against Trump and his puppet, AG William Barr? Now, here he is, alive and well. And still not removed from his office, although some in his Twitter space said that they still didn't like him for his vote against a recovery of Flint's water crisis, or equal payment for women.
He has been outspoken on the need to investigate Russia’s alleged ties to the Drumpf campaign and administration. In December 2016 he penned a letter with the late Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, asking former President Barack Obama for a classified briefing on any evidence that Russia tampered with the 2016 elections. After Drumpf abruptly fired Comey, Jones and Amash again joined the ranks of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russia’s possible ties to the Drumpf administration.Good to know.
The longtime Republican donor stepped down as both RNC finance chairman and from his position at Wynn Resorts last year after he was accused of sexual misconduct spanning more than a decade. He has denied the allegations.A true Trumpist, I would say. He lives by the motto of grapping women by the pussy...
“Over the last year and a half, multiple investigations into the allegations against Steve Wynn have concluded. Throughout this entire process, Steve has repeatedly and unequivocally denied wrongdoing, and he has not been charged with or found guilty of any crimes,” she said in the statement. “At this point, there is no reason for refusing his support."
“The immigration agency lacks protocols for tending to migrant populations, and especially for populations presenting some type of illness,” said Jorge Andrade of the independent nonprofit Institute for Democracy and Safety, which monitors the detention of migrants in Mexico.