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Noticing some notable criminal justice panels at CPAC 2021

As highlighted by this NPR preview, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off tonight and concludes Sunday with former Prez Trump giving his first big speech since leaving office. Though there are lots and lots of storylines surrounding this year's CPAC, and I was intrigued to see a few criminal justice reform programs appearing on the CPAC 2021 agenda.  Notably, one theme for various CPAC panels is the Bill of Rights, with Senator Mike Lee slated to give a speech tomo...
Tags: Law, San Joaquin County, Npr, Mike Lee, CPAC, Mark Walker, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Doug Deason, Deason Capital Services, David Safavian, Byron Donalds, Jim McLaughlin, David O Leavitt, Chelsea Murphy Right


"In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' 'presumptive 2024 nominee' with a vise grip on the party's base..."

"... top Trump allies tell Axios.... A longtime adviser called Trump's speech a 'show of force,' and said the message will be: 'I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge.' Payback is his chief obsession.... Trump is expected to stoke primary challenges [in 2022] for some of those who have crossed him, and shower money and endorsements on the Trumpiest candidates.... Many Trump confidants think he'll pretend to run but ultimately pass. He knows the possibility — or threat...
Tags: Law, Washington, Beltway, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Oval Office, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Axios, Trump 2024


Supreme court rejects Trump bid to block tax records from prosecutor

Court’s order is a win for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr, who has been seeking Trump’s tax records since 2019US politics – live coverageIn a significant defeat for Donald Trump, the supreme court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a prosecutor in New York City. Related: Trump to tell CPAC he is Republican 'presumptive 2024 nominee' – report Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Law, New York City, World news, US news, Manhattan, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, CPAC, Cyrus Vance Jr, Law (US


"Borat 2 trailer reveals Sacha Baron Cohen was the Trump impersonator who interrupted Mike Pence's CPAC speech."

"Vice President Mike Pence didn't know it at the time, but when he delivered his speech at CPAC earlier this year, he was actually taking part in a secret sequel to Borat," Yahoo News reports.Here's the trailer for the film, which seems to be titled "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan": [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Movies, Law, Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen, Trump, Mike Pence, Impersonations, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Borat Yahoo News


"But Friday’s unusually succinct update came a day after Trump ignited another controversy for suggesting that doctors should determine whether an 'injection' of household disinfectants..."

"... such as bleach and isopropyl alcohol, could be used to kill Covid-19 in humans who contract the virus. Trump later claimed he was 'asking a question sarcastically… about disinfectant on the inside.'... Trump has been so eager to deliver good news to the American public, according to a senior administration official, that some White House staffers have presented their boss with upbeat findings that have yet to be vetted.... In an exchange on Thursday, Trump cited 'a very nice rumor' that hea...
Tags: Comedy, Law, White House, Russia, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Sarcasm, Biden, Bad Science, Trump, Clorox, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Trump rhetoric, Trump and medicine


Maryland GOP Gov finally commutes notable life sentence (and others) following notably stingy prior Gov

Van Jones received considerable grief when he said earlier this year at CPAC that the "conservative movement ... is now the leader" on criminal justice reform. But this new story out of Maryland, headlined "Maryland Gov. Hogan commutes life sentence of 'model inmate' from Baltimore who's served 47 years in killing," provides another example of a GOP official being more progressive in the criminal justice arena than an official from the other side of the aisle. Here are the details: Gov. Larry H...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Gop, Ash, Baltimore, Larry Hogan, Hogan, Malley, O'Malley, Thomas Robinson, Van Jones, Glendening, CPAC, Parris Glendening, Douglas A Berman, David Blumberg


"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


Reviewing the modern reality of robust conservative support for criminal justice reform

Long-time readers know I have been talking for a very long time about a possible "new right" on a range of sentencing and corrections issues.  This post way back in January 2005 asked "Is there a 'new right' on criminal sentencing issues?" and explained why principled modern conservatives should be troubled by mass incarceration, and this post in November 2010 wondered "When and how will state GOP leaders start cutting expensive criminal justice programming?".  But, happily, it is no longer cu...
Tags: Law, Gop, Donald Trump, Van Jones, CPAC, Douglas A Berman, Criminal Justice Reform Doing


For those who think "SNL" skewered the President for his CPAC speech....

... watch closely:The jokes were all Trump's! And they got big laughs from the "SNL" audience, who might think they're laughing at him, but he's being hilarious every single time. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Comedy, Law, Snl, Trump, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and pop culture


"Darling? Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling."

I think this was the funniest 1 minute in Trump's 2-hour CPAC speech:He's making fun of the Green New Deal."The Green New Deal. Or whatever the hell they call it." Pause. Suppressing a little smile and glancing around. "The Green New Deal. Right? The Green New Deal. I encourage it. I think it's really something that they should promote." Pause. "They should work hard on. Something our country needs desperately." Dramatic rising tone and silent fist pound on "desperately." "They have to go out an...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Russia, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Sarcasm, Trump, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Trump rhetoric, Green New Deal


NRA 2019 Board Candidate Lt. Colonel Willes K. Lee: Interview

Editor Note: AmmoLand News has officially endorsed Willes Lee for the 2019 NRA Board of Directors. Please consider him for your vote. NRA Board Candidate Lt. Colonel Willes K. Lee U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Later this month NRA members will receive their ballots to select members of the 2019 NRA Board of Directors. One-third of the Board's 76 seats are due to expire in April at the NRA Annual Meeting. Voting-eligible NRA members will determine which 25 nominees will receive a three-year term t...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Obama, Congress, Senate, US, America, Military, House, Marco Rubio, US Senate, John, Goa, Gun Rights, Rnc, Nra


"First of all, if you are a minority and support Trump, there is something wrong with you."

"Secondly, why do people think that 'free speech' entitles them to use free services such as twitter, FB, or YouTube however they like? It doesn't. You want free speech, go start your own website."The second-highest-rated comment "Facebook told two women their pro-Trump videos were ‘unsafe’" at WaPo. The 2 women are Diamond and Silk.ADDED: From Zuckerberg's testimony yesterday (via The Federalist, via Instapundit)(boldface added):Ted Cruz: There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Glenn Beck, Censorship, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Gizmodo, Free Speech, Cruz, Zuckerberg, Trump, WaPo, MoveOn, Instapundit


How The Religious Right’s Second Amendment Rhetoric Has Pervaded The Gun Debate

RightWingWatch: Earlier today, Kyle wrote about right-wing pastor Chuck Baldwin’s recent assertion that it is a “biblical requirement” that every person own an assault weapon like an AR-15 and that Christians who don’t do so “have denied the Christian faith.” Baldwin’s comments were eyebrow-raising, but fit in a pattern of the Religious Right’s attempts to rewrite American history and reinterpret the Bible to argue that not only the Constitution but God Himself requires unrestricted access to we...
Tags: Florida, Religion, Military, Jesus, Family Research Council, Nra, Kyle, Baldwin, David Barton, Right Wing Watch, Wayne Lapierre, Barton, CPAC, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Religious Right, Jerry Boykin


"On her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tenderhearted woman saw a rich, coldhearted, frozen snake. His tangerine skin was all caked with makeup..."

"... and his bald spot was frosted with the dew. 'Poor thing,' she cried, 'I’ll take you in, and I’ll take care of you.'/'Take me in, oh tender woman. Take me in, for Heaven’s sake. Take me in, oh tender woman,' sighed the vicious snake. She wrapped him up all cozy, tucking in his absurdly long tie of silk, and laid him by her fireside with two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate shake of milk. She hurried home that night from holding up a torch on Liberty Island, and soon as she arrived...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Donald Trump, Trump, Maureen Dowd, CPAC, Liberty Island, Ann Althouse, President Trump


I tried to watch Trump's CPAC speech. I'll just read the transcript and blog it, beginning at the place where I clicked it off and said "It's a white power speech."

The video is embedded in the previous post, along with some comments from last night's open thread. I watched a little, thought Trump looked a lot better than usual, theorized that he'd used that classic beauty trick to reduce puffiness, then clicked it off when he said:Year after year, leaders have stood on this stage to discuss what we can do together to protect our heritage, to promote our culture, and to defend our freedom.Here's what I said out loud (to my audience of one): "That's a dog wh...
Tags: Apple, Taxes, Guns, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Navy, California, Israel, Jerusalem, America, House, Paris, Army, Marines


"Got to watch the entire CPAC speech on CSPAN tonight. Trump was in his prime and relaxed with his friends."

"How anyone honestly still hates him after this year of being an authentic leader and brilliant at communicating truth to us is a mystery," wrote traditionalguy (in last night's Cactus & Mushroom Café). Here's the speech (which I haven't watched, not yet anyway):Grackle responds:It is fear. They know he is systematically ending their game. It must be difficult to contemplate obscurity after so long on top. I would like President Trump to tweet (favorably) about Jordan Peterson and Scott Adams. B...
Tags: Law, Pornography, Trump, Scott, Scott Adams, Peterson, MSM, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Conservatism, Trump rhetoric, Traditionalguy, President Trump, Jordan Peterson, Grackle, Scott Adams Both Peterson


Notable video from American Conservative Union: "Unshackled - America's Broken Justice System"

Speakers such as Prez Trump and the head of the NRA got the most attention at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) received the most attention, but included a General Session panel titled "Second Chance: The Conservative Stance on Criminal Justice Reform" as well as a breakout sessions titled "Dignity for Incarcerated Women: Is it Really Necessary to Shackle Women in Labor?." I have been noting in recent years the intriguing criminal justice reform programming app...
Tags: Law, Nra, American Conservative Union, CPAC, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump


"Oh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. I work hard at it. It doesn’t look bad. Hey, we are hanging in, we are hanging in, we are hanging in there. Right? Together, we are hanging in.”

That's Trump at CPAC. I found that at the NYT, which fleshes out the wisp of a story with other details about Trump's efforts around his bald spot, such as the time in June 2015 when he had a woman at some campaign event touch his hair and answer the question "Is that sucker real?" Her answer was "It’s thin, but it’s real." [Author: nor[email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Hairstyles, Trump, Bald, CPAC, Ann Althouse


CPAC wants nothing but distance between itself and Dinesh D’Souza.

Via Mediaite: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Murder, Guns, Law, CPAC, Dinesh D'Souza, Ann Althouse


"The Right Way: More Republican lawmakers championing death penalty repeal"

The title of this post is the title of released this past week by the group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.  Here is its executive summary and part of its introduction: More Republican lawmakers are recognizing that the death penalty is a broken policy and taking an active role in efforts to end it.  This report documents that shift by analyzing sponsorship of death penalty repeal bills in state legislatures between 2000 and 2017. During the first part of this time period, fr...
Tags: Utah, Law, Virginia, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Republican, Illinois, CPAC, Washington Louisiana, Douglas A Berman, George Ryan, Texas Oklahoma Alabama, CCATDP


What would it take for Samantha Bee to apologize for saying that the people at CPAC have "Nazi hair"?

It would take the sheer happenstance that one of the photographs shown as she said "Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair" was of a woman man with stage 4 cancer. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nazis, Cancer, Samantha Bee, Hairstyles, CPAC, Ann Althouse


Tricking CPAC Trumpers to wave the Russian flag — What are the lessons?

Social media had great fun with something that happened yesterday at CPAC:Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out roughly 1,000 red, white, and blue flags, each bearing a gold-emblazoned “TRUMP” in the center, to an auditorium full of attendees waiting for President Trump to address the conference. Audience members waved the pennants—and took pictures with them—until CPAC staffers realized the trick: They were Russian flags. What are the lessons?1. There are lots of people out there ...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Stupid, Gestures, Trump, Don, Flag, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Jason Charter, Ryan Clayton


"Conservative Criminal Justice Advocates Try To Change The System — Even In The Trump Era"

The title of this post is the title of this new BuzzFeed News piece which follows up with this subheadline: "Conservative groups pushing for changes to the criminal justice system flooded this year’s conservative confab known as CPAC hoping to convince more people on the right to embrace their cause." Here are excerpts: Groups, like the American Conservative Union Foundation, an arm of the ACU, which hosts CPAC, hope to convince more people on the political right to embrace the cause as a conse...
Tags: Texas, Law, Congress, Kentucky, Senate, America, Chuck Grassley, Trump, Matt Bevin, Cohen, BuzzFeed News, ACU, Jeff Sessions, Bevin, Delgado, CPAC


"If you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason, and that is the deconstruction."

"The way the progressive left runs is if they can't get it passed, they’re just going to put it in some kind of regulation in an agency. That’s all going to be deconstructed."Steve Bannon, speaking at CPAC. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Reince Priebus, Cabinet, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon, President Trump


Bill Maher proclaims himself the "sunlight" that served as the best "disinfectant" to Milo Yiannopoulous.

Here's the interview with Maher (in the NYT).I said, specifically, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Then we had Milo on, despite the fact that many people said, “Oh, how dare you give a platform to this man.” What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As...
Tags: Law, Times, Leslie Jones, Breitbart, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Milo, Maher, Milo Yiannopoulos, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Yiannopoulos, Milo Yiannopoulous, Yiannopoulos Maher


A few notable criminal justice panels at CPAC

It is around that time of year for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and the misbehavior of one conservative is generating all the pre-CPAC buzz. But, as has been the story for the last few years, sentencing fans should be intrigued by some of the criminal justice reform programming appearing on the CPAC 2017 agenda. Specifically, I found notable these two panels scheduled for Friday this week: Prosecutors Gone Wild Moderator : Pat Nolan, ACU Foundation Center for C...
Tags: Law, Julie Emerson, CPAC, Douglas A Berman, Pat Nolan, ACU Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform, David A Keene, David Safavian


Milo Y. Loses Book Deal, Gets Canned from Conservative Conference

I don't know who Milo Y. is, but apparently he is with Breitbart News (which I never read.) Some old video of his that has popped up and is recirculating is apparently bad enough that Simon and Schuster has canceled his book deal and CPAC has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Simon, Breitbart, CPAC, Schuster, Milo Y


Is this the downfall of Milo?

"Milo Yiannopoulos Disinvited From CPAC Over Pedophilia Commentary."Milo's defense of himself is included at that link:I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I've outed three of them, in fact -- three more than most of my critics. And I've repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and ...
Tags: Law, Pedophilia, Milo, Milo Yiannopoulos, CPAC, Ann Althouse


"Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential 'trending' news section..."

"... according to a former journalist who worked on the project," Gizmodo reports.This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories i...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Journalism, Ivy League, Gizmodo, East Coast, CPAC, Ann Althouse



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