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"Mark [Zuckerberg]’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of almost anyone else in the private sector or in government."

"Because Mr. Zuckerberg controls most of the company’s voting shares, Facebook’s board 'works more like an advisory committee,' and he alone can decide how to configure the algorithms of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, determining who sees what. It’s a power that could be used to make or break rival companies or political candidates."From "5 Takeaways From Chris Hughes’s Call to Break Up Facebook/A co-founder is alarmed by Mark Zuckerberg’s power and wants to rein in the company" by the NYT Ed...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg

"Making Jail a Last Resort" or "If Prisons Don’t Work, What Will?"

The title of this post are the two somewhat different (bad) headlines I have seen for this great New York Times commentary authored by Emily Bazelon (whose great timely new book is titled "Charged: The New Movement to Transform Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.")  I am much more partial to the first headline than the second, but neither comes close to capturing effectively the spirit and themes of the wide-ranging piece.  So, go read the full piece, and here are some extended excerpts: Th...
Tags: Texas, Law, Boston, Brooklyn, United States, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Emily Bazelon, Scott Henson, Douglas A Berman, Eric Gonzalez, Rachael Rollins

Senator Klobuchar talking up "second step" criminal justice reforms with a focus on the clemency process

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is running for President and who served as a local prosecutor for eight years, has this notable new commentary at CNN running under the headline "On criminal justice reform, it's time for a second step." Here are excerpts: Our criminal justice system is broken. Today we know that our country has more than 20% of the world's incarcerated people, even though we have less than 5% of the world's population.  And we know racial disparities at every level of our system have...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Congress, White House, Cnn, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, New York University, Prez Obama, Klobuchar, Hennepin County, University of St Thomas, Douglas A Berman, Mark Osler, Rachel E Barkow

Kirsten Gillibrand is working very hard on her arms and to show you she has a sense of humor.

Good to be back in Iowa. Do you like my new workout shirt?— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 20, 2019 Here's the background story on that "ranch" thing, in case you've forgotten. It was embarrassing but not as embarrassing as that comb-as-fork story was for Amy Klobuchar. Strangely, both embarrassments were salad-related. Is that absurdly sexist? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Amy Klobuchar, Viral Video, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Of spoons and forks and Birch Bayh and Amy Klobuchar.

From Ryan Lizza's interview with Democratic presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg (in Esquire):By the way we just got the word that senator Birch Bayh passed away. Did he have any impact on you growing up as a fellow Hoosier?He was already out of office by the time I came of age but we’d see him campaigning for other people around Indiana. He was famous for carrying a spoon in his suit pocket to be ready for stops at Dairy Queen. He had that kind of nice retail touch. But also —If only Amy Klob...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Amy Klobuchar, Lizzo, RYAN LIZZA, Ann Althouse, Pete Buttigieg, Peter Buttigieg, Birch Bayh, Eeeeeeewww

Everybody beats Trump in Wisconsin, according to a new Emerson poll — everybody except Amy Klobuchar and — gasp! — Kamala Harris.

Here's how it looks at Real Clear Politics (click image to enlarge and clarify):Klobuchar only gets a tie. Okay. But Harris?! All those others best Trump but Kamala Harris — who I've been made to feel is the most likely candidate — only ties?!When the Democratic candidates are pitted against each other, Sanders and Biden are way out ahead, with 39% and 24%, respectively. Harris lags miserably at 5%. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Kamala Harris, Polls, Trump, Sanders, HARRIS, Emerson, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

"With progressives pushing Democrats to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans ridiculing the idea as socialism — Mr. Schumer is effectively trying to turn a weakness into a strength."

"He is planning daily floor speeches attacking Republicans for inaction and a proposal for a special Senate committee focused on the issue, which he intends to announce this week. And while there is virtually no chance of passing climate change legislation in a Republican-controlled Senate with President Trump in office, Mr. Schumer said he wanted legislation to run on next year — and bring to a vote in early 2021, should his party win the White House and the Senate. 'This is the first time Demo...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, California, Senate, White House, Green, Democrats, Mitch McConnell, Amy Klobuchar, Scary, Times, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump

"I think I'm going to switch over to Hickenlooper."

I say out loud, as I'm reading "John Hickenlooper, Former Colorado Governor, Declares Candidacy for President" (NYT). Last December, as you may know, I suddenly said — also out loud — "Why aren't the Democratic candidates better? I'm just going to be for Amy Klobuchar."But I've been worried about Amy. There was that comb-as-a-fork business, and just yesterday I was thinking there are too many Senators in the race, and I think we need a governor. There's Jay Inslee, but I'm thinking he's all abou...
Tags: Law, Colorado, Amy Klobuchar, Nerds, Denver, Medicaid, Coke, Democratic Party, Hart, Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper, Gary Hart, Ann Althouse, Eyeglasses, 2020 Campaign

"How did everyone like the salad? I thought it was OK, but it needed just a little more scalp oil and a pinch of dandruff."

Look out! It's the wit of Amy Klobuchar. She'll never shake that eating-salad-with-a-comb story, so she's going with self-deprecating humor. You never know. I once thought Donald Trump could never be elected President because his hair was so weird. Maybe there's something mystical about hair — connecting celebrities to the people. I remember how The Beatles got to us with hair. And in politics, it does seem that the candidate with the best hair wins. It might jinx you to come out and say it, of ...
Tags: Jimmy Fallon, Law, Congress, America, George Bush, Amy Klobuchar, John Kerry, Kerry, Donald Trump, Hillary, Beatles, Eisenhower, Hairstyles, Trump, Amy, Edwards

"The Overdue Death of Democratic 'Pragmatism'/Centrism in disguise is the wrong strategy for stopping Trump."

A headline that makes me sad. The article, at The New Republic, is by Alex Shephard.Substantively, it's another one of these Amy-Klobuchar-must-be-destroyed articles. [T]he press has cemented her identity as a pragmatist because she fills a key narrative role in the 2020 race: serving as a contrast to the supposed idealists who are driving most of the conversation (and most of the voter excitement) in the Democratic primary. This is shaping up to be the defining conflict of the race...This is no...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, History, Metaphor, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Abortion, Amy Klobuchar, Trump, Democratic Party, New Republic, Klobuchar, Walter Mondale, Ann Althouse

"Low-level employees were asked to perform duties they described as demeaning, like washing her dishes or other cleaning — a possible violation of Senate ethics rules, according to veterans of the chamber."

I'm afraid I must do a third post on the NYT article "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff." I just want to focus on the subject of a U.S. Senator asking low-level staff to do cleaning and the journalism of calling it "a possible violation of Senate ethics rules, according to veterans of the chamber."Why can't we have better reporting? Who are these unnamed people who make vague statements about ethics rules? Is this good journalistic ethics? What makes someone a "veteran of the chamber"? Could yo...
Tags: Cleaning, Law, Navy, Senate, Journalism, Brooklyn, Queens, Amy Klobuchar, Anthony Weiner, Kamala Harris, Amy, Normal, Don, Weiner, Kamala, NICOLAI

Horny/hungry, f**kless and losing patience...

In the comments to this morning's post about Robert Kraft's arrest for paying for hand jobs, Meade wrote:Robert Kraft was horny, f**kless and losing patience.An aide, joining him on a trip to Florida, had googled and found a high-priced escort service for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal. But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had lost his cell phone before reaching the gate, and with it, the contact information for the escort service.What happened next was...
Tags: Cleaning, Florida, Law, Prostitution, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Kraft, South Carolina, Klobuchar, Meade, Robert Kraft, Ann Althouse

"Senator Amy Klobuchar was hungry, forkless and losing patience.... She pulled a comb from her bag and began eating the salad with it.... Then she handed the comb to her staff member with a directive: Clean it."

She = Amy Klobuchar, as described, based on 4 witnesses, in "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff" (NYT).Grossest use of a comb since Paul Wolfowitz.... [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Amy Klobuchar, Paul Wolfowitz, Ann Althouse, Wolfowitz

MoFo Gonna Handle It — See Also

REMEMBER, LT. GOV. DOESN'T PAY WELL: Justin Fairfax pays his bills with MoFo money, and MoFo is now investigating. AND BIGLAW MAKES A LOT OF MONEY: Like, pre-recession money. AND BIGLAW HAS BAD BOSSES TOO: The Amy Klobuchar "bad boss" stories seem like "normal Biglaw" stuff, actually. ON SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS: They aren't always fair. GOOD LGBTQ LAWS: If the bad people have taken the courts, the good people are winning in the states.
Tags: Law, Amy Klobuchar, See Also, Justin Fairfax

How to stop Amy Klobuchar.

Say things like "Republicans gush over Klobuchar" (Politico).In a Democratic caucus filled with presidential hopefuls taking a hard line against Donald Trump’s presidency, the Minnesota senator's brand of pragmatic politics stands out. And numerous Republicans are raving about Klobuchar — her personality, her respect for the other party, even her competitiveness in a general election. In fact, a dozen GOP senators were so effusive in interviews this month that some worried they might damage her ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Gop, Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump, Democratic, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, Klobuchar Politico In a Democratic

Morning Docket: 02.11.19

* “We take the allegations against Justin very seriously.” Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia who’s embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster, where he’s a partner, as the firm itself conducts its own investigation into the allegations. [National Law Journal] * High revenue and even higher demand resulted in law firms posting their best results since just before the recession, with Am Law 50 and niche/boutique firms outperformi...
Tags: Politics, Television, Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Sexual Assault, Virginia, Massachusetts, Marco Rubio, Miami, Amy Klobuchar, Pbs, Biglaw, Finding Your Roots, Election 2020, Justin

On the Monday after the weekend when Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar announced their candidacy for President, is there any new evidence that the NYT has already picked a winner?

Look how the NYT home page structures the coverage this morning (click to enlarge and clarify):I've had the tag "NYT pushes Kamala" since December 29th, when I wrote "The NYT makes its 2020 presidential choice obvious."There are 5 women running in the race for the Democratic Party nomination — so many that I have to stop and try to remember them all. I count on my fingers and I google to check my work. And I feel that the NYT is always there to say, Don't worry, don't be confused, there's Kamala...
Tags: Law, California, Stanford, Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Orange County, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Democratic Party, Don, HARRIS, Cory Booker, Loyola Law School

The Green New Deal — don't ask if it's practical, it's "aspirational," and people are looking for "dreamers."

That's the message Markos Moulitsas (founder of The Daily Kos) delievered — with an assist from WBUR news correspondent Kimberly Atkins — on “Meet the Press" today (transcript).The moderator Chuck Todd got the conversation going by reading Trump's tweet:"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called carbon footprint to permanently eliminate all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas, and the military even if no other country ...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Sarcasm, Atkins, Environmentalism, Amy Klobuchar, Kos, Trump, Democratic Party, Chuck Todd, Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, WBUR, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Markos Moulitsas

Amy Klobuchar hears America singing.

She's getting snow covered and quoting Walt Whitman as she announces her candidacy...The event is over now, so I've taken down the link to the live feed. I didn't get to hear much of the speech, but the heavy snowfall was a fantastic touch. Loved it. And loved the quoting of Whitman. She recited the first line of the poem that I'll reprint in full:I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his ...
Tags: Law, America, Snow, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Bezos, Whitman, Walt Whitman, Ann Althouse, Whitman She

"But look, I was trying to write a seamless narrative, and to keep breaking it up with 'according to' qualifiers would have been extremely clunky. But in retrospect, I wish I’d done that."

Jill Abramson, caught and waffling. Interviewed at Vox.Sean Illing —Would you call any of this plagiarism?Jill Abramson — No, I wouldn’t. This was completely unintentional. I mean, I have 70 pages of footnotes and I tried to credit everyone’s work as best I can. What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed; obviously, the language is too close in some cases, but I’m not lifting original ideas. Again, I wish I had got the citation right, but it’s not an intentional theft or tak...
Tags: Post, Chris Christie, Writing, Law, Washington, White House, Wikipedia, Iran, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, New Jersey, Plagiarism, Jeb Bush, Amy Klobuchar, Npr, Matt Groening

You know me — I said, last December, "Why aren't the Democratic candidates better? I'm just going to be for Amy Klobuchar."

Link.So what am I supposed to do with this: "Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar’s Wrath Toward Her Aides/'It’s hard to explain the anxiety that permeates the office,' a former staffer for the Minnesota Democrat told BuzzFeed News."I could say, eh, it's BuzzFeed, well known fake-newsers.Or I could say, this is what they do to women. The same thing that would be tolerated (or even celebrated) in a man is terrible in a woman. Oh, Amy's not nice enough. Every single woman who could pull off the ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Senate, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Bill, Hillary, Cruz, Amy, BuzzFeed News, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trumpspeak

"[Kamala] Harris is not, of course, alone in possessing 'baggage' that will attract criticism from within her own party and intense media scrutiny."

"Joe Biden famously has enough baggage to derail a train’s luggage car. Critics of Bernie Sanders always suspected that conservatives built a massive oppo research file on the Vermont socialist that they would have pushed with hundreds of millions of dollars of negative 'stories' and ads had he won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, matching or exceeding the damage they did to Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren has struggled to overcome the stupid but pervasive 'Pocohontas' taunt, along...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Ed Kilgore, Hillary Clinton Elizabeth Warren, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala -RSB- Harris

"What brought Clinton down was public exposure not to her personality... but extended public scrutiny of every detail of a decades-long career in public life."

"This, in turn, is the exact same problem Biden will inevitably face as a presidential candidate.... And by 2020, there’s simply no reason to do that again. Most of the party’s bench consists of people like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, who are young enough not to have participated in the [Iraq] war debate in Congress.... Foreign policy experience theoretically should be a big Biden advantage over his rivals. But in reality, on one of the only foreign policy controversies vote...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Sexual Harassment, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Anita Hill, Democratic Party, Matthew Yglesias, Yglesias, Cory Booker, Clarence Thomas, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections

"You go not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s uncomfortable. And to me that means being there."

Being There! I saw that movie.The quote in the post title is from Amy Klobuchar, interviewed by The New Yorker about "How Democrats Can Defeat Trump in 2020."I'm the person who once said, "Why aren't the Democratic candidates better? I'm just going to be for Amy Klobuchar," so I guess I have to read this, even though I expect it to be boring. (I've often said I like elected officials to be boring, but that doesn't mean I want to consume their boring words, and I'm also wary that a boring candida...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Metaphor, Amy Klobuchar, Trump, Midwest, Jeff Goldblum, Klobuchar, Kavanaugh, Peter Sellers, Susan B Glasser, Ann Althouse, Insect Politics, The Fly, 2020 Campaign, I'm for Boring

I scrolled quickly through 5 of the Sunday morning talk shows.

For many years, I've DVR'd "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "State of the Union," "Fox News Sunday," and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," and I used to watch nearly all of all of them and carefully select things to blog. I'd jot down key words so I could find things in the transcript, and I'd talk about them at length here. In the Trump years, however, I've gotten to the point where I won't watch at all, and I will leave the room if someone else even starts to watch. But I did choose ...
Tags: Law, Obamacare, Cbs News, Amy Klobuchar, University Of Chicago, George Stephanopoulos, Sarah Palin, Democratic Party, Klobuchar, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard, Brennan, Barrasso, Margaret Brennan, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

Congress finally enacts "Paroline fix" that should improve victim restitution in federal child porn cases

Long-time readers may recall regularly blogging here about federal district and circuit opinions struggling to figure out whether and how courts could impose restitution awards/punishments on federal offenders convicted only of downloading child pornography images.  Because the child porn restitution questions produced various splits in the lower courts, the Supreme Court took up and "resolved" these issues in Paroline v. US, No. 12-8561 (Apr. 23, 2014) (available here).  But because Paroline re...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, US, House, Chuck Grassley, US Senate, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Dianne Feinstein, Justice Department, Andy, Trump, Hatch, Amy

Wednesday round-up

Ariane de Vogue and Phil Mattingly report for CNN that “[a]fter spending more than 20 hours testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is still answering questions,” as “Democrats are following committee rules and sending Kavanaugh pages and pages of so called ‘questions for the record.’” Todd Ruger reports for Roll Call that “[a]s the Senate continues its processing of … Kavanaugh, it does so in the shadow of the last day of the Senate Judi...
Tags: Usa, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington Post, Senate, Cnn, United States, Tennessee, New York Times, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Amy Klobuchar, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris

"As a 19-year-old, her former professor concludes, Melania clearly had ambition to match her intelligence."

"If not she could have chosen a much easier academic path instead of one that demanded proficiency in engineering, statics and dynamics. 'She passed exams on construction engineering and statics; she managed to complete an experiment and defend her paper at the faculty,' Vogelnik told us. To write her paper, Melania had to understand the effects of pressure, visualize a structure, build a wooden model, take photographs of it, describe the experiment in a way that showed knowledge of urban archit...
Tags: Law, America, Los Angeles, Italy, Slovenia, Weird Al, Amy Klobuchar, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mickey Dolenz, George, Trieste, Yankovic, Melania, Frankie Yankovic, Wikipedia Wikipedia

What would John McCain, with his profound civility and wonderful bipartisanship, think of the disruptions at the Kavanaugh hearings?

If you, like me, consider all calls for civility bullshit, you wouldn't have to ask that question.All the interrupting, all the shouting, all the impugning of the integrity of a man who presents himself as a thoroughly good person....Senate Democrats tore into President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, painting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as a narrow-minded partisan as the opening day of his confirmation hearings verged on pandemonium. Dozens of screaming protesters were hauled out of the ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, California, Etiquette, Senate, White House, Harvard, Feminism, New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar, John Mccain, Capitol Police, Booker, Kamala Harris, Senate Judiciary Committee, McCain

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