“No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t….”

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

“No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t. He’s hiding bad acts. And the country is likely heading toward a major constitutional and political crisis because [redacted] is signaling that he will not allow the normal course of the law to apply to him – a challenge which puts the entire edifice of democratic government under threat.”

Josh Marshall, The President at War, http://ift.tt/2uFkXrB

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Impeach Him Now

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

robertreich:

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of
impeachment related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing
there’s enough evidence of Trump’s obstruction of justice to begin an
impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump’s blatant violation of the
Constitutions emoluments clause by profiting off his presidency, and much else).

But Democratic leaders are pushing back,
warning there aren’t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such
an inquiry would politicize ongoing
congressional investigations. 

Baloney. 

Historically,
the three previous impeachment inquiries in the House (involving presidents
Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton) rested on less evidence of
obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.

Comey’s testimony to
Congress is itself more than enough – confirming that Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty, asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, repeatedly told Comey the FBI investigation was a “cloud” on his presidency, and asked
Comey to declare publicly that Trump wasn’t an object of the investigation

In addition, we have Trump’s interview
with Lester Holt on NBC and Trump’s subsequent meeting with Russian officials
in the Oval Office. In both instances, Trump connected his firing
of Comey with the Russian investigation.

Also bear in mind the
obstructions of justice that caused the House to impeach previous presidents concerned
issues far less serious than Trump’s possible collusion with a foreign power to
win election.

Democratic leaders say they don’t want to talk about impeachment now because they’re worried about politicizing the current
congressional investigations, which aren’t impeachment inquiries. Hello? Republicans have already politicized them. 

The real reason Democratic leaders don’t want to seek an impeachment now is they know there’s zero
chance that Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, would support such a move. So why engage in a purely symbolic gesture? 

Democratic leaders figure that between now and the
midterm elections there will be even more revelations from non-partisan sources – future testimony by Trump operatives like Michael Flynn and
Roger Stone, early reports from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,
and leaks to the press – that will build the case, and fuel more public outrage. 

That outrage will give Democrats a strong chance of taking back the House and maybe even the Senate. Then they’ll really impeach Trump.

I can’t argue with the
political logic of Democratic leaders. And if their strategy will lead to
Trump’s ouster sooner than any other way, I’m all for it.

But here’s the problem. It’s not clear America can wait for the midterm elections, followed by what’s likely to be a long and drawn-out impeachment investigation, followed by a trial in the Senate. (Note that none of the presidents listed above was ever convicted by the Senate and thrown out of office.) 

With each passing day, Donald Trump becomes a greater danger to America and the world. We don’t have time. 

The advantage of introducing a bill of impeachment now – even attempting to do so – is that such an action might itself galvanize the vast majority of Americans who want Trump out of office. It could mobilize and energize people around the most important immediate issue facing the country. 

Never underestimate the power of a public aroused to action. It is worth recalling that Nixon resigned of his own accord before the House had even voted out an impeachment resolution. The American public demanded it. 

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“I’m not even sure what the word is or if there is one. But the one I am struggling to find is the…”

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

“I’m not even sure what the word is or if there is one. But the one I am struggling to find is the experience of not being remotely surprised by the President’s action and yet marveling that the expected action – or transgression in this case – has managed to find a new depth of awfulness to penetrate and explore.”

Joshua Marshall, Taking Stock of [redacted]’s Weekendus Horribilis

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Video

Monday, June 5th, 2017

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and you may pour us away like souplike we’re pretty broken…

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

and you may pour us away like soup
like we’re pretty broken flowers
we’ll take back what is ours
we’ll take back what is ours

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itsgonnabeathing: onlyblackgirl: Honestly, same…

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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itsgonnabeathing:

onlyblackgirl:

Honestly, same sis.

#iVotedForPizza

Reblogging myself because it has come to my attention that this clip is truncated from the version I saw earlier on that Other Platform. If you enjoyed this version your day will be improved by viewing the longer one.

Thank you for your time.

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“By the time the results were certain, Clinton and her advisers felt that it was too late to make a…”

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

“By the time the results were certain, Clinton and her advisers felt that it was too late to make a speech; she wanted to consider carefully what she had to say, and went back and forth with her team about the stance to take toward [redacted]. When Schwerin and Rooney came to her suite at the Peninsula Hotel the next morning to go over the draft, Clinton was sitting in her bathrobe at the table. She had slept only briefly, but she was clear: She wanted to take a slightly more aggressive approach, focusing on the protection of democratic norms, and she wanted to emphasize the message to young girls, the passage that would become the heart of her speech. As the pair of writers left her room and walked down the hall, Rooney turned to Schwerin and said, “That’s a president.” Schwerin remembers: “Because here, in this incredibly difficult moment, she was thinking calmly and rationally about what the country needs to hear.” Schwerin said that until then he had held it together. “But I kind of lost it then.””

Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.

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itsgonnabeathing: onlyblackgirl: Honestly, same…

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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itsgonnabeathing:

onlyblackgirl:

Honestly, same sis.

#iVotedForPizza

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Alexandra Petri on Twitter: “here are those spiders you were promised https://t.co/Nrdr0vuN7g”

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Alexandra Petri on Twitter: “here are those spiders you were promised https://t.co/Nrdr0vuN7g”:

Warning: linked piece features a large photograph of a newly discovered South American spider

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Alexandra Petri on Twitter: “here are those spiders you were promised https://t.co/Nrdr0vuN7g”

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Alexandra Petri on Twitter: “here are those spiders you were promised https://t.co/Nrdr0vuN7g”

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Lying in bed with an Apple iPad after too little sleep, thinking about breakfast

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Eyes: well-reasoned and detailed article explaining why the deputy attorney general must resign
Eyes: snarky comment reacting to a quoted tweet I cannot see because I blocked the quoted account in a fit of performative outrage weeks earlier
Eyes: beautiful and disturbing work of satire in which the author adopts the persona of a member of the Republican Party who has been bitten by a giant spider
Eyes: extreme closeup of a fiery-throated hummingbird’s brilliant gorget
Eyes: aesthetic post featuring a shelf of books overgrown by a succulent plant, all the books backwards on the shelf with titles concealed except one, The Night of Long Knives
Fingers: …

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redgoldsparks: Here is the full version of my first comic for…

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

redgoldsparks:

Here is the full version of my first comic for The Nib, which went up yesterday.

instagram/ patreon portfolio

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kerryrenaissance: weavemama: when u realize people have been…

Friday, May 5th, 2017

kerryrenaissance:

weavemama:

when u realize people have been protesting against trump and his shitty ass policies from the day he got in office to his 100th day……….. 

Let’s keep it up until the day he’s gone.

And on the day he’s gone those of us who’ve made it that far get to march one more time. A spontaneous march in every town, on every street.

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“If the judiciary doesn’t trust the sincerity of the president’s oath and doesn’t have any…”

Friday, March 17th, 2017

“If the judiciary doesn’t trust the sincerity of the president’s oath and doesn’t have any presumption that the president will take care that the laws are faithfully executed, why on earth would it assume that a facially valid purpose of the executive is its actual purpose?”

Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecic in The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath

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“In a rule-of-law society, government allegations of criminal activity must be followed by proof and…”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

In a rule-of-law society, government allegations of criminal activity must be followed by proof and prosecution. If not, the government is ruling by innuendo.

Shadowy dictatorships can do that because there is no need for proof. Democracies can’t.

Thus, an accusation by a president isn’t like an accusation leveled by one private citizen against another. It’s about more than factual truth or carelessness.

The government’s special responsibility has two bases. One is that you can’t sue the government for false and defamatory speech. If I accused Obama of wiretapping my phone, he could sue me for libel. If my statement was knowingly false, I’d have to pay up. On the other hand, if the president makes the same statement, he can’t be sued in his official capacity. And a private libel suit mostly likely wouldn’t go anywhere against a sitting president — for good reason, because the president shouldn’t be encumbered by lawsuits while in office.

The second reason the government has to be careful about making unprovable allegations is that its bully pulpit is greater than any other. True, as an ex-president, Obama can defend himself publicly and has plenty of access to the news media. But even he doesn’t have the audience that [redacted] now has. And essentially any other citizen would have far less capacity to mount a defense than Obama.

For these reasons, it’s a mistake to say simply that [redacted]’s accusation against Obama is protected by the First Amendment.

False and defamatory speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment.

And an allegation of potentially criminal misconduct made without evidence is itself a form of serious misconduct by the government official who makes it.

When candidate [redacted] said Hillary Clinton was a criminal who belonged in prison, he was exposing himself to a libel suit. And the suit might not have succeeded, because [redacted] could have said he was making a political argument rather than an allegation of fact.

But when President [redacted] accuses Obama of an act that would have been impeachable and possibly criminal, that’s something much more serious than libel. If it isn’t true or provable, it’s misconduct by the highest official of the executive branch.

How is such misconduct by an official to be addressed? There’s a common-law tort of malicious prosecution, but that probably doesn’t apply when the government official has no intention to prosecute.

The answer is that the constitutional remedy for presidential misconduct is impeachment.

Noah Feldman, [redacted]’s wiretap tweets raise his risk of impeachment. Feldman is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of constitutional and international law at Harvard University and was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. His books include “Cool War: The Future of Global Competition” and “Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem — and What We Should Do About It.”

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Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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truth-has-a-liberal-bias: liberalsarecool: Intelligence…

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

liberalsarecool:

Intelligence Community closing in on Trump. #DeepState #ShittingHimself

Trump is such a sad, pathetic little child.

One of the interesting things about this is that a month into his term he apparently still doesn’t understand how FISA wiretaps work (assuming that’s what this is about), or even the more basic distinction between the proper roles of the justice department and White House in an ongoing criminal investigation. And not just that he’s violating those norms, but apparently isn’t even aware they exist.

There’s obviously a rich and varied body of evidence at this point as to his inability to carry out his oath of office in any meaningful sense. But this is another piece of that picture.

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“The OMB outline for the Commerce Department for fiscal 2018 proposed sharp reductions in specific…”

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

“The OMB outline for the Commerce Department for fiscal 2018 proposed sharp reductions in specific areas within NOAA such as spending on education, grants and research. NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, of the funds it has under the current budget. Its satellite data division would lose $513 million, or 22 percent, of its current funding under the proposal. The National Marine Fisheries Service and National Weather Service would be fortunate by comparison, facing only 5 percent cuts…. The biggest single cut proposed by the passback document comes from NOAA’s satellite division, known as the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which includes a key repository of climate and environmental information, the National Centers for Environmental Information. Researchers there were behind a study suggesting that there has been no recent slowdown in the rate of climate change — research that drew the ire of Republicans in Congress. Another proposed cut would eliminate a $73 million program called Sea Grant, which supports coastal research conducted through 33 university programs across the country. That includes institutions in many swing states that went for President Trump, such as the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, the University of Florida and North Carolina State University.”

White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency – The Washington Post
(via dendroica)

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“He will do much more damage before he departs the scene, to become a subject of horrified wonder in…”

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

“He will do much more damage before he departs the scene, to become a subject of horrified wonder in our grandchildren’s history books. To repair the damage he will have done Americans must give particular care to how they educate their children, not only in love of country but in fair-mindedness; not only in democratic processes but democratic values.”

Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump’s First Week – The Atlantic (via the-eldest-woman-on)

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unacaritafeliz: what a great weekend on tumblr dot com where you’ll learn how all your faves are…

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

unacaritafeliz:

what a great weekend on tumblr dot com where you’ll learn how all your faves are problematic and not want to follow or like anything ever again.

now with bonus advertising featuring a red trucker hat with “make X great again” and a link to a report on optimizing your stock portfolio to profit during the coming time of ethnic cleansing.

really, @david? really?

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