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"FBI Director Christopher Wray resoundingly said Antifa and other leftists were not part of the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. "

"'We have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchist violence extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection to the 6th,' Wray told the Senate on Tuesday. 'We're coming after it' if there's violence from both the left and the right, he added, but in the Capitol, there wasn't evidence of leftists adding fuel to the insurrection... Wray said the bureau is seeing 'quite a number of what would we call militia violent extremists' as the FBI builds its cases agains the rioters. He specific...
Tags: Law, Senate, Cnn, Fbi, Wray, Senate Judiciary Committee, Capitol, Christopher Wray, Ann Althouse, Antifa, the Trump resistance


"A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm. An investigation found no evidence of bias. But the incident will not fade away."

"The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN picked up the story of a young female student harassed by white workers. The American Civil Liberties Union, which took the student’s case, said she was profiled for 'eating while Black.' Less attention was paid three months later when a law firm hired by Smith College to investigate the episode found no persuasive evidence of bias. [Oumou] Kanoute was determined to have eaten in a deserted dorm that had been closed for the summer; the janitor ha...
Tags: Law, Cnn, Smith, Mccartney, Black, Smith College, The American Civil Liberties Union, New York Times The Washington Post, Michael Powell, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Kanoute, LSB- Smith, Oumou -RSB- Kanoute, Kathleen -RSB- McCartney, Mark Patenaude


Notable quotables on criminal justice issues from AG-nominee Merrick Garland during his confirmation hearing

This new Reuters piece provides some choice quotes from U.S. Attorney General Nominee Garland on criminal justice policies during his Senate confirmation hearing today. I sense advocates of criminal justice reform will be pleased with these comments: DEATH PENALTY Garland told Congress he used to support the death penalty, including the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a case he prosecuted.  He said his views have evolved due to concerns about executing innocent people and i...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Cnn, Biden, Doj, Oklahoma City, Reuters, AG, Garland, Timothy McVeigh, Douglas A Berman, Merrick Garland, Nominee Garland


Morning Docket: 02.22.21

* A Georgia lawyer, who some believed may have been the inspiration for the "Matlock" character, has passed away. Wonder if he wore Matlock suits himself... [WSB TV] * A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged James Franco created a sexually exploitative environment at an acting school. [New York Times] * Authorities say that the man who killed the son of Judge Esther Salas last year may have also targeted Justice Sonia Sotomayor. [NBC News] * A lawsuit has been filed against ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Nbc News, Georgia, Cnn, New York Times, James Franco, Ivy League, Biden, Sonia Sotomayor, Hill, Matlock, WSB TV, Devin Nunes, ERCOT


It will be hard for the WaPo "fact checker" to give 4 Pinocchios to Joe Biden. He has to back off one Pinocchio because... well, why exactly?

Here's Biden repeatedly asserting that "he's traveled 17,000 miles with Xi Jingping":   Biden is making a lot of misstatements of fact. The WaPo fact checker, Glenn Kessler, writes:During his recent town hall on CNN, President Biden made a number of mistaken claims and assertions. He suggested racehorse owners receive tax breaks worth $9 billion, almost enough to pay for free attendance at community college — a claim that left tax experts scratching their heads. He said that the $7.25 minimum w...
Tags: Law, Putin, White House, China, Wikipedia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Lying, United States, Biden, Clinton, Trump, Kessler, WaPo, Glenn Kessler, Xi Jingping


As a former oil executive, I can tell you Biden is not at war with oil. The industry has already been moving towards green energy

Andrew Burton/Getty Images Renewable energy is the future, building more jobs and economic stability. Most Democrats and Republicans want climate to be a top government priority. Oil company leaders know they'll benefit from a faster energy transition. Katie Mehnert is founder and CEO of ALLY Energy, an online platform for the energy community. Mehnert is a former global director at BP and Shell. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit the Business...
Tags: Texas, America, Trends, Society, Cnn, Yale, Bp, Darth Vader, Houston, Biden, Exxon, Luke Skywalker, George Mason University, Andrew Burton Getty, Army Corps Of Engineers, NextEra


As a former oil executive, I can tell you Biden is not at war with oil. The industry has already been moving toward green energy.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images Renewable energy is the future, building more jobs and economic stability. Most Democrats and Republicans want climate to be a top government priority. Oil company leaders know they'll benefit from a faster energy transition. Katie Mehnert is founder and CEO of ALLY Energy, an online platform for the energy community. Mehnert is a former global director at BP and Shell. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit the Business...
Tags: Texas, America, Trends, Society, Cnn, Yale, Bp, Darth Vader, Houston, Biden, Exxon, Luke Skywalker, George Mason University, Andrew Burton Getty, Army Corps Of Engineers, NextEra


One year of COVID-19: What will we learn?

The US is approaching 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. What can we learn from one year of loss and chaos?The lessons are clear. Among them are realizing our fragility as a species, our codependence as humans, and the urgent need to move beyond social injustice and inequity.As with the Renaissance following the Black Plague of the 14th century and the explosive creativity of the 1920s post Spanish influenza, this is our turn to redefine the course of history. Let's not mess this up. It's been almost a y...
Tags: Science, Environment, US, Society, Poverty, History, Earth, Cnn, Virus, Innovation, Inequality, Humanity, Coronavirus, COVID


Lingering QAnon concerns keep National Guard in DC

By Zachary Cohen and Ellie Kaufman | CNN Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington through March 12 due, in part, to concerns about potential violence stemming from online chatter among QAnon supporters who suggest former President Donald Trump could still be inaugurated on March 4, according to the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. “Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the President used to be inaugurated on March 4. Okay, now ...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Washington, US, Sport, Joe Biden, Dhs, Cnn, Soccer, Military, Courts, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Republican, Biden


"A left-wing activist facing criminal charges for his involvement in the Capitol riots received $35,000 from both CNN and NBC for footage he recorded of a Trump supporter being fatally shot..."

"... inside the Capitol building, according to records he filed in federal court on Tuesday. Lawyers for John Sullivan, a 26-year-old Utah native, disclosed the payments as part of the activist’s argument that he was acting as a journalist in the Capitol rather than a rioter. 'Defendant is legitimately self-employed as a documentarian and it is oppressive to require that he not be allowed to continue his primary area of employment for an extended period of time,' Steven R. Kiersh, the Sullivan l...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Utah, Crime, Nbc, Law, Journalism, Cnn, BLM, James, Trump, Capitol, Sullivan, U S Capitol Police, John Sullivan, Ann Althouse


"Biden and the Fed Leave 1970s Inflation Fears Behind/Administration and Fed officials argue that workers not getting enough stimulus help is a larger concern than potential spikes in consumer prices."

Excerpt:  No one better embodies the sudden break from decades of worry over inflation — in Washington and elite circles of economics — than Janet L. Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair and current Treasury secretary....   “I have spent many years studying inflation and worrying about inflation,” Ms. Yellen told CNN earlier this month. “But we face a huge economic challenge here and tremendous suffering in the country. We have got to address that. That’s the biggest risk.”  [Federal Reserv...
Tags: Law, Washington, Economics, Cnn, Treasury, Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, Biden, Yellen, Fed, Powell, Ann Althouse, Janet L Yellen, Jerome H -RSB- Powell


Georgia prosecutor calls Giuliani's election claims 'various overt acts for an illegal purpose' that could warrant a racketeering charge

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/John Minchillo Giuliani could face racketeering charges in Georgia for election lies, The New York Times reported.  A District Attorney opened a criminal complaint into Trump's attempts to overturn the election.  Racketeering is usually associated with mob activity but can be applied ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Philadelphia, Biden, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump


Trump's top lawyer asks to delay the impeachment trial if its not finished by the beginning of Sabbath

The US Capitol, as seen from the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Trump's top defense lawyer asked the Senate to suspend the impeachment trial during the Sabbath. In a letter to Senate leaders, David Schoen said he is a religious Jew who observes the Sabbath. The office for Senator Chuck Schumer said it "respects" the request and will "accommodate it."  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. One of Former President Trump's impeachme...
Tags: Politics, Law, Senate, US, Trends, Cnn, Judaism, New York Times, News UK, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Times, Trump, Schumer, Office Building, Chuck Schumer


Supreme Court lifts California's ban on indoor worship services but keeps restrictions on limited occupancy

A visitor walks through the Serra Chapel during the reopening of Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images The Supreme Court ruled that California cannot ban indoor worship service.  They can, however, limit capacity to 25% and ban singing and chanting. There were four different opinions given by the Justices on this case.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Trends, Cnn, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Chamath Palihapitiya, Trump, Sonia Sotomayor, Barrett


"I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!"

"While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice—to name just a few! I've also greatly helped the cable news television business (said to be a dying platform with not much time left until I got involved in politics), and created thousand...
Tags: Law, Labor, Senate, Actors, Cnn, House, The Apprentice, Fox News, Donald Trump, Screen Actors Guild, Trump, Disciplinary Committee, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, AFTRA, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric


Is Trump pathetically lawyerless or is he planning the power move of all time — representing himself on the Senate floor?

The conventional wisdom is, of course, that you never want to represent yourself — but that's in reference to the conventional setting, where you are in court and it's a law-based affair. Trump faces a trial in the midst of 100 Senators, with no Chief Justice presiding — no separate decision-makers of law and fact — and a complete tangle of law and politics, with politics taking precedence over law.  Think about the stakes: What does Trump risk if he loses? Disqualification from running for of...
Tags: Florida, Law, Senate, Cnn, Lawyers, Donald Trump, Trump, Drudge, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, pro-se Trump


Trump's legal team a wreck, lawyers all leave one week before impeachment trial begins

Former president Donald Trump's legal team didn't last long. As of Saturday night, CNN is reporting that all five lawyers identified as part of Trump's impeachment defense — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris — have departed. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Greg Harris, Impeachment, Trump Impeachment


The feds offer $100,000 reward for info about who left pipe bombs near the DNC and RNC the night before the riots

The FBI released an image of a suspect in their investigation into explosive devices found near the RNC and DNC on January 6. FBI The pipe bombs that were found near the RNC and DNC on January 6 were placed there the night before, the FBI says.  They're offering a $100,000 reward for info that leads them to the suspect.  Investigators told CNN they believe the bombs were placed as a distraction to decrease law enforcement at the Capitol, so rioters could storm in.  Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Post, Politics, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Dnc, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Donald Trump, Abc News, Trump, Rnc, Capitol, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms


The Pentagon may send thousands of troops to help run COVID-19 vaccination sites that FEMA is setting up nationwide

People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive Covid-19 vaccines on the opening day of the Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site in Anaheim, California. Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images FEMA has requested help from the Defense Department in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pentagon is considering the request and could send thousands of troops to help. FEMA is setting up 100 vaccination sites nationwide in an effort to speed up distribution. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Science, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Cnn, Military, Fema, Pentagon, Vaccine, Biden, Disneyland, Department Of Homeland Security, Defense Department, Troops, Afp, Dod


A loophole might allow lawmakers to bring guns into the Capitol, but it's not a free pass to violate local laws

A police officer stands guard near the north door of the Capitol on November 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images An exception to a Capitol gun ban lets lawmakers store their licensed firearms in their offices. Some have chosen to wear them on their person, dodging security measures after the Capitol siege.  Lawyers told Insider the exception doesn't give lawmakers a pass to walk around with guns in DC.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Maryland, Guns, Law, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, Senate, Virginia, US, Trends, C, Cnn


I applaud any company that takes a stand in support of democracy

Meet Bob Unanue, the (for now) CEO of Goya Foods. Here he is talking to Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business.Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue tells Maria Bartiromo how coronavirus was used for “ushering in the dawn of a new world order, this Great Reset, with an unverified election,” falsely claims 80 million people voted for Trump. “There is a war coming.”Maybe rename the company “MyBeans”? pic.twitter.com/Kw8WXoTBLg— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) January 20, 2021 It took Goya Foods' Board of Directors al...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Cnn, Trump, Maria Bartiromo, Goya Foods, Jon Hyman, Eric Kleefeld, Unanue, Bob Unanue, Goya Foods Here, Fox Business Goya Foods, Goya Foods Board, Uannue


A son reported his father, who participated in the storming of the Capitol, to the FBI weeks before the siege, saying his father 'would always tell me that he's going to do something big'

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington Jose Luis Magana/AP A son alerted the FBI about his father weeks before he was a part of the pro-Trump mob who stormed the Capitol, The New York Times reported. Guy Reffitt was arrested on January 16 on charges of obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.  Reffitt allegedly threatened his son and daughter i...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Washington Dc, New York Times, The Times, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, US Capitol


"A son of European immigrants who grew up in Brooklyn and never went to college, Mr. King began as a local radio interviewer and sportscaster in Florida in the 1950s and ’60s, rose to prominence..."

"... with an all-night coast-to-coast radio call-in show starting in 1978, and from 1985 to 2010 anchored CNN’s highest-rated, longest-running program, reaching millions across America and around the world. With the folksy personality of a Bensonhurst schmoozer, Mr. King interviewed an estimated 50,000 people of every imaginable persuasion and claim to fame — every president since Richard M. Nixon, world leaders, royalty, religious and business figures, crime and disaster victims, pundits, swind...
Tags: Florida, Law, America, Cnn, Brooklyn, Ronald Reagan, King, Larry King, Nixon, Donald J Trump, Bensonhurst, Richard M Nixon, Ann Althouse


"Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone. It is in his political interest to have him gone. It is in the GOP interest to have him gone. The question is, do we get there?"

Said "one Republican member of Congress," quoted in "McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict" (CNN).  The ongoing Republican whisper campaign, according to more than a dozen sources who spoke to CNN, is based on a shared belief that a successful conviction is critical for the future of the Republican party. Multiple sources describe this moment as a reckoning for the party....  "Trump created a cult of personality that is hard to dismantle," sai...
Tags: Law, Congress, Cnn, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Republican Party, Republican, Mitch, Trump, McConnell, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Biden's Congress, Trump's trial


"CNN glowed almost as brightly about the event as a state media would have.... Biden’s perfectly fine if pedestrian speech earned instant accolades..."

"... from Wolf Blitzer, who jibbered that Biden had put 'his soul into his first address.'...  MSNBC worked from the same script, going gaga for not just Lady Gaga but the whole schmear. At day’s end, Rachel Maddow confessed to having worked her way through an entire box of Kleenex during the festivities and Joy Reid gushed like a partisan about the event.... The Washington Post got with the program, giving Biden credit for not waiting 'long to begin staffing up his administration, swearing in t...
Tags: Rachel Maddow, Law, Washington Post, White House, Journalism, Cnn, New York Times, Propaganda, Lady Gaga, Biden, Msnbc, Joe, Wolf Blitzer, Jack Shafer, Ann Althouse, Joy Reid


35 unforgettable images that capture Trump's wild and bitter presidency

President Donald Trump in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, October 4, 2020. Tia Dufour/The White House via Getty Images President Donald Trump's time in office has been filled with noteworthy and often unexpected moments. From holding a baseball bat in the Blue Room to yelling at a kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers.  Insider rounded up some of the most memorable and ca...
Tags: Images, Photos, National Weather Service, Politics, Isis, News, Law, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, North Korea, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel


"The dissolving of one of America's most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico..."

"... and then riding with them to the United States Capitol — is just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating as they leave Washington. Instead of a president and first lady, the Bidens will be greeted by the White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, according to a source familiar with the day's events and planning.... The Inauguration Day snub of the Biden's comes on the heels of a series of broken norms and childish behavior that comes directly from the President of the United States, who ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Etiquette, White House, America, Cnn, United States, Biden, Trump, Melania Trump, Oval Office, Bidens, Jill Biden, United States Capitol, Melania, Ann Althouse


Hoping for a lot more "regular" folks on Prez Trump's coming final clemency list

CNN has this big new piece about Prez Trump's clemency plans under the headline "Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say."  There is a lot of interesting reporting in this piece, and here are excerpts: President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions that includes white collar criminals, high-profile rapper...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Julian Assange, Biden, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Electoral College, US Capitol, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Trump The New York Times, Steve Bannon, Alice Marie Johnson


A fantastic example of the problem of humor that some people are going to take for truth.

Honestly no. (I laughed too...but people are already using it to bash CNN. This “some people know it’s a joke but lots of other people don’t” kind of fakery has consequences. OK carry on.) https://t.co/m9o1HcIeaq pic.twitter.com/uhk5uhHpi0— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 16, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Comedy, Law, Cnn, Ted Cruz, Daniel dale, Ann Althouse, Era of That's Not Funny


Feds complete yet another late-night execution of convicted killer of seven from Virginia

As reported in this CNN piece, headlined "Federal government executes Corey Johnson following prolonged legal fight," the latest federal execution followed, yet again, what has become the standard litigation script with the Supreme Court ultimately rejecting all final arguments for a delay.  Here are some of the details:  Corey Johnson was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. ET on Thursday. Johnson was s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Johnson, Biden, US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Terre Haute Indiana, Federal Correctional Complex, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Dustin Higgs



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