"Yes, I am famously under-scrutinized."—Hillary Clinton
Pompeo And Circumstance As support for impeachment grows, President Trump
and his confidantes appear to have settled on a strategy for handling the impeachment inquiry: delay and deny Democrats’ access to as much information about other crimes as possible. Here’s what they’re doing:
Here’s why it probably won’t work: Trump and his subordinates may think they’ve hit on a smart strategy:
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rejected House Democrats’ demands to interview several State Department employees this week, citing their aggressive deadline and insistence that these witnesses be deposed without administration lawyers present.
- Trump’s criminal lawyer Rudy Giuliani responded to a subpoena from House Democrats, “I have received a subpoena signed only by Democrat Chairs who have prejudged this case. It raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues including, inter alia, attorney client and other privileges. It will be given appropriate consideration.” You can tell he knows he’s in trouble because of how he used gratuitous latin legalisms, and also because he hired a criminal lawyer.
If Trump’s destined to be impeached, better to cram as much impeachable behavior into the “obstruction of Congress” pile than give Democrats more politically damaging evidence of criminal or corrupt activity. That may have some limited effect, but they can’t go back to the kind of stonewalling they did before the impeachment inquiry. Democrats have breached enemy lines, officials are leaking to the media, and we likely have a lot left to learn.
Under The Radar Eighty-seven percent of the 182,000 voters removed from Ohio’s rolls in September were purged because they hadn’t voted in the past six years.
Voting is a right that doesn’t go away just because you skip a few elections (also, don’t skip any elections). This is why we’re always talking about Fair Fight 2020.
Its voter protection efforts will fight suppression tactics like this one in 20 swing states ahead of the 2020 election. Protecting the right to vote is the most important thing you can do right now to help Democrats win in 2020 → http://votesaveamerica.com/fairfight Here’s a quick way to registedouble check that your state didn’t pull some shady shit on you
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What Else Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger has been found guilty of murder in the death of Botham Jean
—the unarmed black man whose home she entered, mistaking it for her own, before shooting him. She faces between five to 99 years in prison
, and the charge is ineligible for probation. In two hours worth of leaked audio from meetings at Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Elizabeth Warren an “existential threat” and presented the company’s plan for competing with TikTok.
There’s only one reasonable response for Warren here: go insanely viral on TikTok. A federal judge has temporarily blocked Georgia’s restrictive new abortion law, which aimed to prohibit abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
So far, no state-Republican “fetal heartbeat” laws have taken effect in the U.S., but the GOP’s ultimate goal is to force the issue before the Supreme Court. A federal judge has ruled that Harvard doesn’t discriminate against Asian American applicants in its admissions process, and upheld affirmative action
after a months-long legal battle. Lawyers for the House of Representatives say they have reason to believe President Trump lied to Mueller’s investigators about his knowledge of his campaign’s contact with Wikileaks.
Where’d they ever get THAT crazy idea
?? The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has joined a lawsuit to block the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s subpoena of Trump’s personal and business tax returns,
stemming from its investigation of the illegal hush money Trump paid to his former mistress. Long story short: Your Department of Justice is party to multiple lawsuits aimed at keeping Trump’s tax returns secret from you. A teenage pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong was reportedly shot at point-blank range with a live police round
during a demonstration against mainland China’s National Day—the first incident of its kind
since mass demonstrations started in the city back in June. British Prime MinisteBrexit faceplant artist Boris Johnson allegedly funneled tens of thousands of pounds worth of public funds to his
mistress ”alleged relationship” partner
while he was mayor of London. This is not to be confused with the OTHER allegation that he groped a journalist in 1999
. Also, Lebanon’s Prime Minister gave $16 million to a South African model
. Classic mid-impeachment news dumps. A new report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General says the DEA authorized drug makers to ramp up opioid production,
even as overdose deaths were increasing by up to71 percent a year between 2013 and 2017. “We’re a cool DEA. If you’re going to get millions of Americans disastrously addicted to opioids, we’d rather you do it in the house.” Two Republicans have sued South Carolina’s Republican Party for canceling its 2020 GOP presidential primary
to protect Donald Trump from challengers. A rat fell out of the White House ceiling today, because Martin Scorsese was on screenwriting duty.
Be Smarter Less than a year after parting ways with Nike over the company’s discriminatory treatment of pregnant athletes, American sprinter Allyson Felix won her 12th gold medal, beating a gold medal record set by Usain Bolt at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.
Five months ago, Felix exposed Nike’s unfair treatment of the athletes it sponsors in a New York Times op-ed
, including the fact that the company asked her to take a 70 percent pay cut when she returned from maternity leave. Soon after she published it, Nike announced that it would change its policy so athletes would not face performance-related deductions in pay for 18 months after giving birth.
Is That Hope I Feel? The new Marion County, IN, District Attorney will stop prosecuting cases of possession of under one ounce of marijuana,
in an effort to devote resources toward prosecuting violent crimes like murder and sexual assault. According to District Attorney Ryan Mears, criminalizing these offenses does nothing to stop violence in the city and “disproportionately impacts people of color.” Mears is one of a growing number of D.A.’s across the country to adopt similar policies. District attorneys have the power to decide who gets charged with crimes,
how severe the charges will be, and whether defendants should face diversion programs instead of jail or prison time. Meet yours
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