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"Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’/The senator was often on the wrong side of history when she served as California’s attorney general."

Writes lawprof Lara Bazelon in a NYT op-ed.Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent. Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors....In “The Truths We Hold,” Ms. Ha...
Tags: Law, California, America, Kamala Harris, Trump, Democratic Party, HARRIS, Kamala, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Lara Bazelon, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign, NYT pushes Kamala


"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


"Maybe it’s the aunt or uncle you didn’t want to invite to the wedding," but Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez "is part of the family."

Said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), quoted in "Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez/The effort is part carrot, part stick. But it's far from clear the anti-establishment political novice can be made to play ball" (Politico):Critics inside the [House Democratic Caucus] felt she didn't deserve [the seat she sought on the Ways and Means Committee], given her lack of professional experience on tax issues and her status as a freshman.“It totally pissed off everyone,” said one senior House D...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, House, Donald Trump, Democratic, Democratic Party, House Democratic, Democrat Party, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Mitch McConnell R Ky, House Democratic Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, Ways and Means Committee, Emanuel Cleaver D Mo, Ann Althouse


Is Google programmed to teach us not to write "Democrat Party"?!

In a post earlier this morning, I noticed the congressional Democrats have something called "New Democrat Coalition" and wondered why they accepted using "Democrat" like that when they adamantly oppose "Democrat Party." It's a coalition of Democrats, so Democrat Coalition is fine grammatically. You can use a noun as an adjective when it makes sense. It's the Optimist Club, not the Optimistic Club. Why rankle at "Democrat Party"? And why think you're insulting them by calling it the "Democrat Par...
Tags: Google, Law, Israel, Grammar, Republican Party, Rats, Spelling, Democratic Party, Democrat Party, Hertzberg, Ann Althouse, Optimist Club, Hendrik Hertzberg, New Democrat Coalition, Mesquito, Democrat Coalition


The NYT looks for the Democratic Party candidate who "matches the moment," tells us what this "moment" is, and nudges the non-moment-matching would-bes to stay out of the way.

"It is hard to recall a recent presidential primary where, at the outset of the race, there was this much genuine mystery — not only about who would eventually emerge as the nominee, but who planned to run at all," write Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Lining Up. Who Matches the Moment?" (NYT):Ms. Warren’s announcement Monday was expected. And it will not be a surprise when Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California ente...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, House, Iowa, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders


I'm tracking what I believe is the NYT's obvious selection for the 2020 Democratic Party nominee for President — Kamala Harris.

I started yesterday, blogged here, with my new tag "NYT pushes Kamala." Today, at the top right corner of the home page:There's no particular reason for that op-ed to appear now other than to give KH some substance within our political emotions. Here's an excerpt:I remember that I had just entered the race for California attorney general and she asked me how it was going.“Mommy, these guys are saying they’re going to kick my ass,” I told her.She called her mother "Mommy."She rolled over and look...
Tags: Law, California, Motherhood, Hillary, Stanford University, Kamala Harris, Democratic Party, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, NYT pushes Kamala, Kamala Today


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


"The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place."

"The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The Assembly was expected to give final approval later Wednesday morning and send the measure to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support. The bill would limit the governor’s ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until Sept. 1. The legislatio...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, White House, London Stock Exchange, Ap, Metaphor, Atlantic, Democrats, Gop, House, Language, Connecticut, Wisconsin


Texas courts already know how to handle debt without incarceration; now the #txlege should apply those lessons to Class C misdemeanor fines

In a private conversation, a frequent #cjreform opponent recently criticized a proposal endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms in Texas to eliminate arrests for non-payment of Class C misdemeanor debt."So you're just saying they shouldn't be punished?," our critic wondered, in an exasperated voice. "How is that justice? Should they face no consequence at all?"We're going to be hearing this argument a lot in the coming months, so let's address it.First, of course, no one i...
Tags: Texas, Law, US, Dallas, Houston, Federal Reserve, Forbes, El Paso, Democratic Party, Plano, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Justices


Begging Michael Bloomberg — who just gave $80 million to the Democratic Party — to run for President but as a Republican.

I'm reading "Yes, Mike, run — as a Republican: If Bloomberg tries to become President as a Democrat, it'll backfire" by David Freelander (Daily News). I wonder who it will "backfire" on? You can't know what the "backfire" is unless you know what way he's aiming the metaphorical gun.But if Bloomberg really wants to put the billion or so he can spend on a presidential run to good use, he will turn in his new party membership, re-register as a Republican, and do battle with Trump in the GOP primary...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Bloomberg, Gop, House, Republican, Michael Bloomberg, Trump, Daily News, Democratic, Democratic Party, Mike, Mike Bloomberg, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump 2020


"As Franken and his wife, Franni Bryson, made the rounds, thanking supporters in the philanthropists’ San Francisco home at the February 2018 event, the conversation broke off into another subject: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand."

"The New York Democrat had, in their opinion, pulled the rug out from under Franken, a Minnesota Democrat beloved by the group, forcing him out without any real vetting of the allegations facing him. 'It was said not in front of Al to impress him; it was said privately in a corner. A group of us were standing there talking about it. He was one of our best weapons against this administration, his presence on these committees. [Gillibrand] did the damage that Republicans could not do themselves,' ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Senate, San Francisco, Manhattan, Sexual Harassment, Campaign Finance, Al Franken, Democratic Party, Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Franken, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, New York Democrat, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Franni Bryson


"I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame," said Hillary Clinton.

"'I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message — we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support — because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic,' she said.... Mrs. Clinton’s remarks to The Guardian drew criticism and a dose of surprise from an array of scholars, pro-immig...
Tags: Europe, Music, Law, Angela Merkel, Immigration, Hillary Clinton, United States, Hillary, Clinton, Democratic Party, Mrs Clinton, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Hillary goes away


"Why Democrats Should Not Call the Georgia Governor’s Race 'Stolen'/There are three important reasons to cool this rhetoric..."

"... despite Brian Kemp’s odious voter suppression efforts," cautions lawprof Richard Hasen (at Slate). The 3 reasons:First, rhetoric about stolen elections feeds a growing cycle of mistrust and delegitimization of the election process, an attack pushed by President Trump and other Republicans who have been yelling “voter fraud” every time they are behind in the count. I’ve already set out my fear that Trump could refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election if he is ahead in the count on el...
Tags: Voting, Law, Democracy, Georgia, Trump, Voting Rights, Democratic Party, Kemp, Richard Hasen, Brian Kemp, Hasen, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion


"I’m so upset, I feel physically ill. Just the ugliness of it all. It’s so heartbreaking that all we can do is bring each other down and cut into each other. I feel like I’m going to cry."

Said Marsha Newman, a 66-year old school counselor in Chapmanville, W.Va., quoted in "These Americans Are Done With Politics/The Exhausted Majority needs a break" (NYT). According to the article, a study by a "nonpartisan organization" found two thirds of "a representative group of 8,000 Americans" to fall into a category labeled "Exhausted Majority."“It feels very lonely out here,” said Jamie McDaniel, a 36-year-old home health care worker in Topeka, Kan., one of several people in the study who...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, Grammar, Democrat, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Bell, Trump, Democratic Party, Topeka, Damon, Ann Althouse, CHAPMANVILLE W Va, Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic Party in Trumpland


Abstention is a valid choice.

In a comments thread earlier this morning, richlb said:Anne [sic] - I've tried to search and find your post from a few elections ago where you make an argument about NOT voting. I can't seem to locate it. On this election day, any chance to rerun it, or reference it?In the comments, Meade located a post of mine from June 2012, "We're sending this mailing to you and your neighbors to publicize who does and does not vote":This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly...
Tags: Voting, Law, Obama, American Idol, Jeb Bush, Hillary, Dan Balz, Peggy Noonan, Democratic Party, Don, Anne, WaPo, Meade, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Balz


"My God... he’s black," said Norman Lear, introducing Andrew Gillum, and his joke "killed"...

... according to the NYT, in "Jimmy Buffett and ‘MAGA’ Hats: Scenes From the U.S. Just Before a Tight Election" (an article that has a correction note about misspelling Buffett's name in the original headline.)Andrew Gillum is the Democratic Party nominee for governor in Florida. Norman Lear is the ancient TV producer and political activist. Lear is 96 years old, so maybe he has the privilege to use the sort of humor that Americans less obviously close to the end no longer risk. [Author: noreply...
Tags: Florida, Comedy, Law, Norman Lear, Nyt, Buffett, Democratic Party, Jimmy Buffett, Lear, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, 2018 Elections, Era of That's Not Funny, Andrew Gillum


"I am an independent woman. I've earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself, and that's why I am a registered independent."

Said Oprah Winfrey, rallying for Stacey Abrams in Georgia.I was wondering what size crowd Oprah drew. I'm seeing that all available tickets were claimed and that the event was Forbes Arena at Morehouse College, which has a capacity of 6,000. That doesn't mean there were 6,000 people there. In the video, there's a black curtain behind Oprah, so I'm thinking there were unused seats behind the curtain. The audience does sound very enthusiastic. Anyway, I'm interested in the way crowd size is report...
Tags: Voting, Law, Georgia, United States, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah, Free Speech, Trump, Democratic Party, Don, Mike, Morehouse College, Big Mike, Ann Althouse, Stacey Abrams, Forbes Arena


Harvard Poll: Young Voters Rejecting Trump and Repubs

A new Harvard poll finds that young voters are exercising their right to vote in record numbers and will be rejecting Trump and Republicans at the midterms: Nearly twice as many respondents identified with the Democratic Party over the GOP... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Harvard, Gop, Trump, Democratic Party


Kanye West: "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in."

"I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!"ADDED: From TMZ:Kanye all but says the culprit is ultra-conservative Candace Owens. He said, "I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."Owens had said, "Blexit [black exit from Democratic Party] is a renaissance and I'm blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were creat...
Tags: Law, Kanye West, Kanye, Democratic Party, Owens, Candace, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Candace Owens, Blexit


"Republicans and Democrats Don’t Just Disagree About Politics. They Have Different Sexual Fantasies."

Writes Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute (at Politico). I'll just read this and see if it can help me decide once and for all if I'm really a Republican or a Democrat.I surveyed 4,175 adult Americans from all 50 states about what turns them on and published the findings in a book entitled Tell Me What You Want....While self-identified Republicans and self-identified Democrats reported fantasizing with the same average frequency—several times per week—I found that Republ...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Sex, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, Justin Lehmiller, Kinsey Institute at Politico


"The Metro Madison School District has no budget for the next school year because the Board of Education was not allowed to get to its agenda."

"This Monday night (10-29-18) about 60 cop-hating, race-obsessed social justice warriors shut down the school board meeting," writes David Blaska.Freedom Inc., International Socialists, and Progressive Dane flooded the zone with speaker after speaker F-bombing the school board, cops, Racist America, and white people in general. They mocked board president Mary Burke for mispronouncing difficult Hmong names scrawled on the speaker slips...Mary Burke. You remember Mary Burke. 4 years ago she was t...
Tags: Dane, Protest, Law, Wisconsin, Democratic Party, Board of Education, Mary Burke, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, Far Left, Metro Madison School District, David Blaska Freedom Inc International Socialists, Racist America


Obama comes to Wisconsin to rally for the Democratic Party candidate for governor and repeatedly mispronounces his name.

Reminds me of the time John Kerry came to Wisconsin — at least he came to Wisconsin — and talked about getting himself a "brat," as if he was coming to take one of our devilish children. Here's Obama in Wisconsin yesterday:I haven't watched much of that, but the Milwaukee State Journal says:At several points, Obama mispronounced Evers' name, which rhymes with “weavers,” not “endeavors.”It rhymes with "cleavers" and "beavers" and "fevers" and "grievers" not "severs" and "whoever's."Maybe somebody...
Tags: Law, Obama, Senate, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brats, John Kerry, Kerry, Monsters, Democratic Party, Evers, Tony Evers, Pronunciation, Ann Althouse, Mosinee Wisconsin, Wisconsin Trump


Attorney General Sessions indicates pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc charged with five federal crimes and facing "only" 48 years in prison

Deal enough marijuana, as the Life for Pot website highlights, and you can get sent federal prison for life.  But, according to this statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the fellow arrested for sending pipe bombs to a dozen prominent politicians and others is, at least for now, only facing five criminal charges and a maximum sentencing exposure of 48 years.  Here are excerpts from the AG's comments today: Over the past week, more than a dozen suspicious packages have been sent through t...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Fbi, United States Postal Service, Democratic Party, AG, Douglas A Berman, Cesar Sayoc, Jeff Sessions the fellow


An image bigger than The Caravan fills the pre-midterm American mind: BOMBS!!

The main link goes to a Reuters article, "Obama, Clinton among targets of suspected bombs ahead of U.S. election":At least eight suspicious parcels were intercepted before reaching any intended recipients, including Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and prominent Democratic Party donor George Soros. Two packages were sent to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the FBI said. Investigators were trying to track down another suspicious parcel they believe wa...
Tags: Law, Obama, Eric Holder, California, America, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Cartoons, Native Americans, Pentagon, Cia, World Trade Center, John Brennan, Trump, Reuters


Christopher Bruner on the puzzle of progressive corporate law

Christopher Bruner has a terrific new draft article out on SSRN entitled: "Center-Left Politics and Corporate Governance: What Is the 'Progressive' Agenda?"  It is a really insightful exploration into the contradictory stances that liberal and left-leaning actors have taken within the larger corporate law sphere.  Bruner points out that in the state law arena, progressives have focused on stakeholder rights and powers and have deemphasized shareholder primacy.  However, in the federal context, D...
Tags: Law, Dnc, SEC, Delaware, Social Responsibility, Democratic Party, Bernie, Christopher, Bruner, Matt Bodie, Business Organizations, Christopher Bruner, Bill Clintonian


Did a memo go out to get Alec Baldwin?

After writing the last post, which contained the quoted line...It’s that extra level of satirical depth that consistently elevates [Atamanuik's] portrayal of Trump above everything Alec Baldwin has done to date on Saturday Night Live.... the next thing I saw (at The Daily Beast) was, "The Hell That Was Watching Kim Kardashian and Alec Baldwin Chat for an Hour/The second episode of ‘The Alec Baldwin Show’ featured a grueling sit-down talk between the reality-TV superstar and SNL’s Trump."To recap...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, Kanye West, Snl, Kardashian, Kim, Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin, Kanye, Trump, Democratic Party, Baldwin, Thomas Paine, Ann Althouse, Art And Politics, Trump and pop culture


"She’s a lion in winter. Not only is she running, she should run."

"In the Democratic Party, the question is can anybody throw a punch or take a punch, and one thing we know about Hillary Clinton is she can take a punch.... I think Trump considers her a real rival, whereas his view of the rest of the field is they’ve got to prove themselves."Said Steve Bannon, quoted in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?/She’s not going away—and Democrats aren’t sure what to do about it" (Politico).Also quoted at Politico — Philippe Reines: It’s curious why Hillary Clint...
Tags: Law, Politico, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary, Philippe Reines, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Nixon, Democratic Party, Solomon, Katharine Hepburn, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon


"These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism..."

"... because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?"Said Kyrsten Sinema back in 2006. She's now the Democratic Party's nominee to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.I haven't been following the Sinema drama, so anything about her is news to me. But I was motivated to read her Wikipedia page because I wanted to know if she had children. If you stay home with children, you probably don't see yourself as "leeching." Some facts:...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Wikipedia, Sports, Feminism, Arizona, BYU, Democratic Party, Mount Kilimanjaro, U S Senate, Blake, Bisexuality, Atheists, Jeff Merkley, Sinema


Christopher Bruner on the puzzle of progressive corporate law

Christopher Bruner has a terrific new draft article out on SSRN entitled: "Center-Left Politics and Corporate Governance: What Is the 'Progressive' Agenda?"  It is a really insightful exploration into the contradictory stances that liberal and left-leaning actors have taken within the larger corporate law sphere.  Bruner points out that in the state law arena, progressives have focused on stakeholder rights and powers and have deemphasized shareholder primacy.  However, in the federal context, D...
Tags: Law, Dnc, SEC, Delaware, Social Responsibility, Democratic Party, Bernie, Christopher, Bruner, Matt Bodie, Business Organizations, Christopher Bruner, Bill Clintonian


Time for MSM at long last to get serious about Hillary Clinton's complicity in rape and sexual harassment.

Why now? Because she's gone out hounding publicity right before the midterm elections and it's the Democratic Party.I'm reading, in the NYT, "Hillary Clinton’s Master Class in Distraction/Democrats need to be focused on the midterms." by Michelle Cottle. The headline makes no secret of the staunchly partisan reason for pushing back Hillary after giving her a pass all these years. President Trump being a pig and an alleged sexual predator in no way excuses Bill Clinton from being a pig and an all...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Sex, Time, Journalism, Hillary Clinton, Feminism, Rape, Bill Clinton, Abortion, Hugh Hefner, Cbs, Propaganda, Republican Party, Matt Lauer, Hillary



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