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Facing a World of Trouble, Trump Tries Normal

In past presidencies, Jan. 19’s events might have seemed normal. President Donald Trump began his Saturday on a bitterly cold tarmac in Delaware, paying his respects to the remains of four Americans killed in Syria. He ended it staring into a teleprompter, offering to make a deal with Democrats in a broadcast announcement from the…
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Delaware

The Daily Beast calls this — from Bill Maher — a "sexual harassment meltdown."

I'm reading "UNBELIEVABLE/Bill Maher Has Sexual-Harassment Meltdown Over Bernie Sanders Story on ‘Real Time’/The HBO host appeared to minimize the allegations of sexual harassment in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, saying, 'It didn’t seem like it was the worst kind of sexual harassment'" — about this segment on last night's show:I hate the overuse of the term "meltdown," which I believe used to be more common. I don't like the implication that a person speaking with passion is becoming mentally incomp...
Tags: Hbo, Law, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Metaphor, Nato, Homosexuality, Donald Trump, Sexual Harassment, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Clinton, Sanders, Bill Maher, WaPo

I will ignore... and resist...

It's sentence-diagramming time at Althouse. Today's sentence comes from Roger Cohen in a NYT column titled "The Strange Persistent Troubling Russian Hang-Up of Donald Trump": I will ignore the hermetic sealing of Trump’s personality against decency, and resist the temptation to riff on Abraham Lincoln’s brooding portrait in the White House dining room above the buffoon in chief with his burgers, to ask a simple question: If President Donald Trump is a Russian asset, what would he be working to a...
Tags: Writing, Law, Punctuation, White House, Russia, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Ann Althouse, Roger Cohen, Trump derangement syndrome, 2020 Campaign, Althouse Today

Former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke sentenced in state court to only 81 months for murder of Laquan McDonald

As reported in this lengthy local article, headlined "Jason Van Dyke given relatively lenient sentence of under 7 years in prison for Laquan McDonald shooting," a high-profile killer seems to get a relative low sentence in an Illinois courtroom yesterday. Here are some of the details: Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison for the fatal on-duty shooting of Laquan McDonald, bringing to a close one of the most racially fraught and sociall...
Tags: Law, Obama, Fbi, Chicago, Fox News, Illinois, Donald Trump, South Carolina, James Comey, Trump, Laquan Mcdonald, Hunter, Walter Scott, Michael Slager, Cook County, McDonald

Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Legally Over, Pending Mitch McConnell’s Acknowledgement Of His Constitutional Duties

Trump now serves at the pleasure of McConnell and Senate Republicans, whether they know it or not.
Tags: Law, Government, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, McConnell, Russia Probe, Mueller Investigation

Morning Docket: 01.18.19

* Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, which was a rotten thing to do to America's hottest lawyer. [Buzzfeed] * Skadden settles with government over Manafort fiasco to the tune of $4.6 million. [NY Times] * Ben Brafman officially out as Harvey Weinstein's lawyer. [Law360] * Net neutrality case will press forward after the DC Circuit told the FCC it couldn't use Trump's shutdown as an excuse to delay the case. [National Law Journal] * Clients planning to spend more on tech and l...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Law, Congress, America, Ars Technica, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Trump, Ny Times, Michael Cohen, Skadden, National Law Journal, DC Circuit, Ben Brafman

The hot messiness of white-woman ass.

Phrases jump out at me as I try to read Rebecca Traister's "Don’t Give Up on the Women’s March" (New York Magazine):[T]he fact that millions of women and men have turned out for mass protests for two years in a row, not despite tensions over racial, religious, ideological, and economic differences — but in the midst of them, some engaging them head-on — has been one of the most defining and electrifying features of this iteration of a women’s movement. The hot messiness has been one of contempor...
Tags: Protest, Law, Hillary Clinton, Feminism, Anti-semitism, Donald Trump, BLM, Rebecca Traister, Farrakhan, Nation of Islam, Mallory, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Whiteness, Sarsour, Mallory Perez

Empirical SCOTUS: If Ginsburg leaves, it could be the liberals’ biggest loss yet – A look back at previous justices replaced with more conservative successors

The saga over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health seems to ebb and flow from the headlines almost daily. Part of the mystery relates to the amount of information shared with the public. We know that, while treating Ginsburg for rib fractures, doctors found malignant lesions in her lungs that were promptly removed, and that subsequent tests have shown no evidence of any other cancer. Ginsburg has since missed oral arguments and is reportedly recovering at home while keeping current with the cour...
Tags: Health, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Planned Parenthood, Washington Post, Kentucky, White House, Politico, Barack Obama, Indiana, Austin, United States, Kansas, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Trump’s Plans to Boost Missile Defense Could Spark an Arms Race

President Donald Trump ripped yet another page from Cold War strategy books Thursday by directing the Pentagon to look into developing a constellation of space-based sensors and interceptors that could stop missiles before they reach the United States. “We will de­stroy every type of mis­sile at­tack against any Amer­i­can tar­get, whether before or af­ter launch,”…
Tags: News, China, Russia, Uncategorized, Military, United States, Foreign Policy, Nuclear Weapons, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump

Morning Docket: 01.17.19

* Jay-Z pointed out that it's nearly impossible to find a diverse arbitrator and Blank Rome says the claim that white arbitrators may be biased against minorities, "dubious, indeed offensive" and "contravenes every published authority on the matter." Every published authority? Bold. [American Lawyer] * Law professor notes that legal technology is going to kill off junior lawyers, which is something I've been saying for years now. [Legal Cheek] * Big 4's coming yo! (Hong Kong edition) [Internat...
Tags: Hong Kong, Supreme Court, Law, Jay-z, Epa, Donald Trump, Courthouse News Service, Trump, Ny Times, Kavanaugh, Blank Rome, Morning Docket, Brett Kavanaugh, Big 4

A Deadly Suicide Blast in Syria Shows the Battle Against ISIS Is Far From Over

An explosion on a bustling downtown street killed several U.S. servicemembers on routine foot patrol inside the Syrian city of Manbij, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. The attack, claimed by ISIS, comes less than one month after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he would withdraw all American forces from the war-ravaged country. The deadly…
Tags: Isis, News, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Donald Trump, Manbij

Support Your Furloughed Federal Friends, Trump’s Government Shutdown Hostages

These are people. They matter. Their work matters. And they deserve to know it.
Tags: Law, Congress, Finance, Veterans, Donald Trump, Government Shutdown, Trump, Federal Contractors, Jonathan Wolf, Federal Workers

U.S. military says American troops killed in Syria blast claimed by IS

By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT — The U.S. military says a number of service members were killed Wednesday in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria — the first instance of U.S. casualties since President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the country last month. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated hi...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Defense, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Turkey, Syria, Britain, Soccer, Military, Terrorism, Donald Trump, Beirut, Trump, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The Difficulty Of Language In The Interpretation Of Trump’s View Of Gun Rights

There is no shortage of Trump supporters, here on this blog or elsewhere.  And there is no shortage of Trump detractors.  It occurs to me that sometimes language is a barrier to communication rather than the vehicle for it. Trump might be engaging repeatedly in 3D chess, or he might not.  His art of the deal might be selling out your rights for his benefit, or it might not be. But in either case, it must be remembered that his predilections are those of a Northeastern progressive, with certain c...
Tags: Politics, Military, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra, AG, Barr, Donald Trump On Guns, Gordon H Clark, AG Trump

Trump Signals Support For Renewed Assault Weapons Ban

UPDATE: My oldest son points out that this is from a year ago.  I asked him if that is important?  He says, “The Art of War” is necessary for understanding Trump.  It’s difficult to understand whether he’s serious or simply tactically owning or feigning positions.  My response: Then why the red flag laws and bump stock ban? Via Uncle, this isn’t the Onion.  It’s real. President Donald Trump raised the issue, unprompted, during a roughly hour-long televised meeting with Feinstein and other member...
Tags: Congress, California, White House, West Virginia, Military, Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton, Arizona, Gun Control, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra, Amy, Feinstein, National Rifle Association, Manchin

Morning Docket: 01.14.19

* In this bombshell report, it was revealed that almost immediately after President Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, the agency launched a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working on Russia's behalf. No collusion? [New York Times] * "They’re not God, after all. They could be wrong." Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani says the president's legal team should be allowed to "correct" special counsel Robert Mueller's report before anyone else gets to read it, in...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Deaths, Donald Trump, Government Shutdown, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani, Law Schools, Biglaw, Aba, Hamilton, Ticketmaster

Hundreds More Active-Duty Troops May Be Sent To U.S.-Mexico Border

Military Times: U.S. officials say the Pentagon is finalizing plans that would send hundreds of additional active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border for several more months to support the Department of Homeland Security. The troops would install another 160 miles of concertina wire in Arizona and California. Details are being worked out, but the plan likely would extend the military’s border mission though the end of September. The mission is separate from President Donald Trump’s...
Tags: Navy, California, Mexico, Department Of Defense, Military, Arizona, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Lawfare, Mexico Border, Congress the senate, FBI BLM ATF

The 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard is running for President.

Politico reports.Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Sanders....During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat met with then-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 fo...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, Syria, Hawaii, Catholic, Biden, Donald Trump, Hinduism, Pacific Ocean, Kuwait, Bashar Al Assad, Sanders, Trans Pacific Partnership, Bashar Assad

"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

The U.S. Has Started Pulling Troops Out of Syria, Military Says

(BAGHDAD) — After days of back and forth over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pullout American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday the process of withdrawal has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said “the…
Tags: News, Islamic State, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Sean Ryan, Onetime, Syria Military Says

Mexico investigates battle between drug gangs that left at least 20 dead

The bodies, some burned, found in the northern border town of Tamaulipas that’s convulsed by fighting to control drug traffickingMexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town near where Donald Trump will visit on Thursday to win support for his plan to build a wall.President Andres Manuel López Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a “battle between two g...
Tags: Drugs, Mexico, Americas, Society, World news, Donald Trump, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Tamaulipas

Attorney General Nominee Bill Barr reportedly to support FIRST STEP Act at coming hearing (and should be pressed on particulars)

This effective new Reuters article, headlined "Tough-on-crime record trails U.S. attorney general nominee into Senate hearings," reports on how the new AG-nominee's record on criminal justice issues and recent developments could intersect at next week's confirmation hearings. Here are the details: President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general is expected to tell a Senate panel next week that he supports a new law easing prison sentences for some criminals, even though he advocated ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Russia, US, Fbi, House, Moscow, Graham, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Reuters

China Backs Second Kim Jong Un-Donald Trump Nuclear Summit

Given the nightmarish hustle of Donald Trump’s administration, it’s hard to believe that it was less than a year ago when Trump met North Korean totalitarian strongman Kim Jong Un for a historic nuclear summit in Singapore in June 2018. The two men described each other in glowing terms, watched a bizarre “Destiny…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, North Korea, China, Singapore, Military, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Missiles, Nuclear Weapons, Donald Trump, Trump, Nukes, Kim Jong, North Korea Sanctions, Kim Jong Un Donald Trump

Federal workers must show up and can't strike even when not paid in Trump's Shutdown

Did you know all those hundreds of thousands of U.S. government workers who aren't getting paid during Trump's 18-days-and-counting shutdown still have to show up for work, even if they are not getting paid? Hard to believe, right? But true. U.S. law says public employees are not allowed to go on strike. Federal workers are forced into what one union leader called “involuntary servitude” during the ongoing government shutdown. Here's an excerpt from an Atlantic explainer on the law behind this...
Tags: Post, News, Law, Atlantic, Arkansas, Donald Trump, Workers Rights, Shutdown, Young, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Coast Guard, Eric Young, TrumpShutdown

Spotlighting problems with immediate application of expanded good time credit in the FIRST STEP Act

This new Reuters article, headlined "Error in U.S. prisons law means well-behaved inmates wait longer for release," reports on what appears to be a significant drafting hiccup in the expansion of good time credits through the FIRST STEP Act. Here are the details: U.S. prisoners who were expecting earlier release for good behavior, thanks to a new criminal justice law enacted last month, must keep waiting due to an error in the bill, said activists working with the White House to fix the mistake...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Washington, White House, Chicago, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Reuters, AG, Sharon Johnson Coleman, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Families Against Mandatory Minimums FAMM, Wyn Hornbuckle

Morning Docket: 01.09.19

* In case you missed President Trump's wall speech, he stopped short of declaring a national emergency at the border (lost that bet), instead referring to the situation as a "growing humanitarian crisis" -- a "manufactured" one, per Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. [USA Today] * Remember the contempt order against a state-owned foreign corporation that Chief Justice Roberts stayed in the Mueller probe? The Supreme Court restored it, and that company filed for cert under seal. Suspense! [Na...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Government, Senate, Marijuana, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Abc News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Government Shutdown, Law Schools, Biglaw, Health & Wellness, Trump, Hill, Roberts

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly to leave Justice Department after new AG is confirmed

As reported here via Reuters, "Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian election meddling probe, is preparing to leave the U.S. Department of Justice in coming weeks as President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the department is set to take over, a department official said on Wednesday." Here is more: William Barr, Trump’s pick to replace Sessions who was fired soon after the November midterm congressional elections, is set to appear for a confirmation hearing ne...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, Russia, Fox News, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Sanders, Reuters, Senate Judiciary Committee, U S Department of Justice, Moscow Russia, George H W Bush, AG, Barr

Trump's Border Speech

Here is the text of Donald Trump's prime time border speech to the nation. Repeating anything Donald Trump says just spreads his fear-mongering agenda and keeps it alive. I'm done with that. Just as I'm done with hearing his voice (the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump

Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism

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