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"We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability."

Said Chuck Schumer, quoted in "Schumer agrees to two-week delay of Trump’s impeachment trial/The ex-president's second trial is now set to begin the week of Feb. 8" (Politico).  Is there truth in those sentences?  "We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us."  Who is "we"? The Senators or the people? I don't think he'd say "All we Senators want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us." That would be enraging. More than 74 million people vo...
Tags: Law, House, Biden, Polls, Trump, Capitol, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Rasmussen, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump's trial


Lloyd Austin confirmed as 1st Black secretary of defense

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for other...
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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


Former In-House Lawyer Coughing Up $3.5 Million For ‘Systemic’ Scam

This is sort of the whole job description.
Tags: Law, House, Wells Fargo, In-House Counsel, White-Collar Crime, James Strother


The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, after receiving a tip from someone claiming to be her ex

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sanitizes the gavel after Vice President Mike Pence walked off the dais during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Nancy Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, an affidavit said. The tip came from someone who claimed to be a former romantic partner of the woman, Riley June Williams.  Williams faces c...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, Nancy Pelosi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump, Mike Pence, Harrisburg


'Cowboys for Trump' leader detained by FBI after pledging to bring guns to DC

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., as hundreds of advocates for gun rights rallied at the New Mexico Statehouse against a proposed red-flag gun law that has the support of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. AP Photo/Morgan Lee Couy Griffin, the founder of "Cowboys for Trump," was arrested Sunday in Washington, DC, after pledging to bring guns to the city on the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Griffin, an ally of Pre...
Tags: Politics, Law, Africa, Cowboys, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, House, Nancy Pelosi, New Mexico, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Santa Fe


Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and police officers

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMES LAPORTA | The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead. The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is “stacking up” to breach a buildi...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, New York, Isis, Texas, News, Media, Navy, California, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Iraq, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport


"'There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.' Those words are as true today as when Abraham Lincoln spoke them."

"As I said last summer when mob violence gripped our streets, so I say again about the mob violence at our nation’s Capitol last week: those persons responsible should be held accountable in the courts to the full extent of the law. The House has passed an article of impeachment against the president, but the Senate under its rules and precedents cannot start and conclude a fair trial before the president leaves office next week. Under these circumstances, the Senate lacks constitutional authori...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Cotton, Gop, House, Trump, Capitol, Abraham Lincoln, Tom Cotton, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Trump Tom Cotton


H.B. 352 finally fixes Ohio’s broken employment discrimination statute for employers

For lack of more artful description, Ohio's employment discrimination law was a mess. It exposed employers to claims for up to six years (the longest such statute of limitations in the country), contained no less than three different ways for employees to file age discrimination claims (each with different remedies and filing deadlines), rendered managers and supervisors personally liable for discrimination, and omitted any filing prerequisites with the state civil rights agency. The start of 20...
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"Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There was absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so...."

"The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump, accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term. The President’s immediate action also deserves congressional action, which is why I think a fact finding commission and a censure resolution woul...
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Biden, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Antifa, what Trump did to the GOP, the Trump resistance


Justices are “in the process” of getting COVID vaccines; some have received both doses

Some Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and the court says plans are in place for all nine justices to become fully vaccinated. Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the court, declined to say how many justices (or which ones) have not yet received both doses. She confirmed, however, that Roberts is among a group of “some” justices who have been given both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which requires two shots adm...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Senate, Joe Biden, Cnn, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Capitol, Roberts, Barrett


"Given the smaller number of seditious members in the Senate, McConnell’s task is far easier: Conduct a quick Senate trial; convict Trump and..."

"... ban him from future office; expel Cruz and Hawley; and then vote to censure others who tried to deny voters the president and vice president they chose. McConnell should do these things not because it is the only moral, decent course, but because he is smarter than McCarthy and knows that to do any less would starve his members of financial support and set them up for losses from pro-democracy primary challengers or Democrats. And we know one thing: McConnell is not dumb."  From "Impeachm...
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, House, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Mccarthy, Cruz, Trump, Mike Pence, McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Rubin, Hawley, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse


"This was not a protest, this was a well-organized insurrection against our country that was organized by Donald Trump."

Said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, Chair of the House Rules Committee, opening the debate this morning on the Article of Impeachment, quoted in "The House begins debating impeachment charge against Trump." (NYT). McGovern asserted that he looked into some people's eyes and "saw evil." I'm seeing the live vote embedded at the Times, and it is strictly along party lines... ... even though the text of the article says "Republicans were fracturing over the vote." And:Sena...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Putin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Evil, House, Mitch McConnell, Times, Evidence, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, McGovern, House Rules Committee, Jim McGovern


House Votes on Impeachment of "World's Most Dangerous Man"

"Donald Trump is a virus. It's time to remove him from his host." Unknown female Rep. "Donald Trump is the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office". Rep. Joaquin Castro Unhinged: Rep. Matt Gaetz Donald Trump will be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, House, Donald Trump, Oval Office, Joaquin Castro, Matt Gaetz Donald Trump


President Trump travels to Texas to tour his border wall

By Priscilla Alvarez | CNN President Donald Trump bookended his administration’s focus on immigration with a trip to his signature border wall on the US-Mexico border, a visit on the heels of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill incited by the President as House Democrats prepare a second impeachment vote. On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Alamo, Texas, near the border, to mark the completion of more than 450 miles of wall — a trip that caters to the supporters who put him in office in 2016 despite heighte...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Mexico, White House, Environment, US, America, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Dhs, Cnn, Soccer, Military, House


The downfall-of-Trump conspiracy theories will go on for 100 years. They will never end in my lifetime. I have accepted this reality.

Americans love our great conspiracy subjects. The JFK assassination.... Area 51... We were talking about that last night, and I happened to say, "Truthers. Remember Truthers. What were the Truthers?"  I had to stop and think which conspiracy subject had the people called "Truthers." I remembered: 9/11. Now, 2 hours before sunrise, I'm seeing the headline "Some members of Congress fear the Capitol mob attack was an inside job" (Axios). Oh no. It's like the 9/11 Truther theory: inside job! ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Censorship, Fbi, House, Ohio, Jfk, 9/11, Conspiracies, Capitol Police, Trump, Democratic, Capitol, Ryan, Tim Ryan


"House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump for inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol last week, vowing to press the charge..."

"... as Republicans blocked a separate move to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to strip him of power under the 25th Amendment.... Democratic leaders were confident it would pass, and pressured Republican lawmakers to vote with them to beseech the vice president, who is said to be opposed to using the powers outlined in the Constitution, to do so. It was a remarkable threat. If Mr. Pence does not intervene 'within 24 hours' after passage and the president does not resign, House leader...
Tags: Law, United States, House, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, Pence, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Impeachment, Democratic Party in Trumpland, the Trump resistance


Ohio enacts new laws precluding death penalty for those with "serious mentally illness" and largely eliminating LWOP for juvenile offenders

As detailed in this official notice, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine over the weekend signed a bunch of new bills into law, and two are sure to be of interest to sentencing fans: House Bill 136, sponsored by Representative Brett Hudson Hillyer, prohibits the death penalty if offender was mentally ill at time of offense.  Senate Bill 256, sponsored by Senator Nathan Manning and former Senator Peggy Lehner, regards sentencing offenders under the age of 18.  This local press piece provides a bit of bac...
Tags: Justice, Law, Senate, House, Ohio, Mike DeWine, Suliman, Werner, Nathan Manning, Peggy Lehner, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, South Cumminsville, Kevin Werner, Rukiye, Brett Hillyer R Uhrichsville


Section 230 Year-in-Review for 2020

Section 230 had such a drama-filled year that I decided to do a separate roundup, in addition to my annual Internet Law wrapup coming soon. (I know 2020 feels like it was a decade ago…) Trigger warning: this post is a shitshow. My list of Top 10 Section 230 developments of 2020: #10: A Tsunami of Reform Bills Were Introduced.  Over two dozen Section 230 reform or repeal bills were introduced in Congress’ 116th session. In general, the bills reflected a partisan divide over Section 230: Democrat...
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"What was already shaping up as a volatile final stretch to the Trump presidency took on an air of national emergency as the White House emptied out and some Republicans joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi..."

"... and a cascade of Democrats calling for Mr. Trump to be removed from office without waiting the 13 days until the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. The prospect of actually short-circuiting Mr. Trump’s tenure in its last days appeared remote. Vice President Mike Pence privately ruled out invoking the disability clause of the 25th Amendment to sideline the president, as many had urged that he and the cabinet do, according to officials. Democrats suggested they could move q...
Tags: Law, White House, Massachusetts, Cnn, House, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Trump, Sanders, Mike Pence, Joseph R Biden, Katherine Clark, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump's impeachment


American taxpayers will pay for the damage caused by the Capitol riot because the building isn't insured, experts say

The scene outside the Capitol after the riots. Michael Nigro:Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Taxpayers will have to pay for the high levels of damage that rioters caused in the US Capitol on Wednesday because the site isn't covered by insurance, industry sources told Reuters. "Taxpayers will be on the hook for repairs to the Capitol," Stephen Ellis, the president of the watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said after the building was left covered in litter, graffiti, and broken glass. It i...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Economy, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Hakeem Jeffries, National Park Service, Trump


"America’s shellshocked politicians regrouped in sombre mood after the broken glass of the Capitol had been swept up and the blood cleaned from the corridors...."

"... determined to resume the work of democracy. The violence of the mob appeared to have instilled a sense of common purpose that has been sorely lacking during the partisan clashes of the Trump years. Senators reconvened at 8pm and after two hours of debate voted by 93 to 6 to reject the call to oppose Arizona’s results. Members of the House came back an hour later and also threw out the rebellion, by 303 to 121. It was emphatic confirmation that President Trump’s fantasy of overturning the el...
Tags: Law, Congress, US, America, Georgia, Joe Biden, House, Arizona, Oklahoma, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, London Times, James Lankford, Ann Althouse, Kelly Loeffler


"In a surreal scene of chaos and glee, hundreds of Trump loyalists roamed the halls, taking photos and breaking into offices."

"No police officers were in view. In a room where there were images of mountains and maps of Oregon on the wall, a man in a leather jacket ripped a scroll with Chinese characters. A young man put a framed picture of the Dalai Lama in his backpack. 'We’re claiming the House, and the Senate is ours,' a sweaty man in a checked shirt shouted, stabbing his finger in the air. Nearby in the first-floor Crypt, the heart of the Capitol building, the police appeared to be overwhelmed. One wiped tear gas f...
Tags: Protest, Smoking, Law, Oregon, Police, Senate, House, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Dalai Lama, Our House, Bathrooms, Trump, Capitol, Walker, U S Capitol


Twitter limited Trump's tweets for 'risk of violence' as pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol

A protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session on Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. Win McNamee/Getty Images As pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon with Congress in session, President Trum...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Usa, Crime, Protest, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, House, House Of Representatives, National Security


"The Georgia results broke the back of Trumpism. His phone call to Brad Raffensperger was hunker-in-the-bunker bonkers."

"The President’s coattails are toxic. He under-performed all five Republican congressmen in Wisconsin, who won election without difficulty. Had he matched their performance, he would have won the state. Georgia, we should note, elected a Republican legislature in November and until today had two Republican U.S. senators. Republicans in November flipped two Democratic seats to take 10 of its 14 House seats even as Trump lost the state for the first Republican defeat in 28 years..... As for the cr...
Tags: Law, Georgia, House, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Trump, Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, what Trump did to the GOP, Brad Raffensperger, 2024 Campaign, Nikki Haley Like


New ‘Law360 Pulse’ From LexisNexis Combines Legal Journalism with Data and Analytics

In my post last week on the 20 legal tech trends that defined 2020, one I included involved the launch last year of three new services for legal news, two of which combined traditional journalism with data and analytics, and a third, from Thomson Reuters, that seemed to directly target the Law360 news service from its competitor LexisNexis. Now, 2021 is kicking off with the launch of another news service, this one also from LexisNexis and also uniquely combining traditional journalism with data ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, House, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Data And Analytics


Nancy Pelosi Re-elected Speaker of the House

Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected Speaker of the House. Her victory means that after two years as President Trump’s most outspoken antagonist, Ms. Pelosi will now be responsible for trying to shepherd through Congress as much of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Pelosi


"The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some.... The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances."

"These are far from it.... President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed.... My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense. This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges ser...
Tags: Law, Congress, Democracy, Senate, House, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Ron Johnson, Trump, Mike Pence, Chuck Todd, Pence, Ann Althouse, Judicial Restraint, Trump 2020


Missed deadline complicates Trump’s plan for census data, despite court’s ruling that allowed him to move forward

Twelve days after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a plan to change how census numbers are used to determine congressional representation, the Census Bureau confirmed that it would not meet a key year-end deadline to provide state-by-state population counts to the president. Instead, the bureau indicated on Wednesday, it aims to furnish the numbers “in early 2021.” Those state population totals, once finalized, are typically used to allocate seats in the House o...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Joe Biden, United States, Commerce, House, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Ross, Trump, Howe, Census Bureau, Jeffrey Wall, Wilbur Ross


"Mr. Hawley’s challenge is not unprecedented... Democrats in both the House and Senate challenged certification of the 2004 election results..."

"... and House Democrats tried on their own to challenge the 2016 and 2000 outcomes, though without Senate support. ... Senator Barbara Boxer of California... briefly delayed the certification of George W. Bush’s victory... cit[ing] claims that Ohio election officials had improperly purged voter rolls... which Mr. Bush carried by fewer than 120,000 votes. Nancy Pelosi, then the House Democratic leader, supported the challenge.... The House voted 267 to 31 against the challenge and the Senate rej...
Tags: Voting, Law, Congress, California, Senate, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, House, Ohio, Nancy Pelosi, Kremlin, George W Bush, Trump, Bush, Barbara Boxer, Electoral College



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