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"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

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

McConnell Blocks Vote on $2k Stimulus Payments

Mitch McConnell does it again. He's blocked the vote on the increased stimulus payments sought by most of Congress and Donald Trump. McConnell brought the chamber back this week with one major goal: overriding Trump’s veto of the annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, Mitch McConnell, Trump, McConnell, Donald Trump McConnell

An Historic Vote On The MORE Act

Making the legalization of cannabis a focus in national politics is so brilliant it's shocking the Democrats did it.
Tags: Law, Government, Marijuana, Mitch McConnell, Tyler Broker

Divided government is "a ticket to obstruction and the very sort of partisan brawling that moderate voters can’t stand."

Argues E.J. Dionne in "The destructive myth about divided government." I am a moderate voter — a voter who abstained this year — and I believe that divided government is a safeguard against extremism. I eagerly clicked on the column because of the title. I'm perfectly ready to have my belief challenged.  The Dionne column is very short. His main point is that the GOP leadership is "committed to preventing a Democratic president from governing successfully — even when that president is willing a...
Tags: Law, Senate, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Democratic, Democratic Party, Dionne, J Dionne, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, E.J. Dionne

Coronavirus Update 12-2-2020: Congress must extend the FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the federal law that provides paid sick and family leave to employees for COVID-19-related absences, ends in 29 days. By its terms, the law sunsets on December 31.  Yesterday, news broke of a new coronavirus relief bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put forward. It will include important measures such as the extension of unemployment insurance expansions for another month, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) small b...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Usps, Mitch McConnell, PTO, Wikimedia Commons, Jon Hyman, Diliff CC BY SA

"Here's One Thing Republicans and Democrats Agree on: Criminal Justice Reform"

The title of this post is one headline that I have seen for this new New York Times article (which echoes some themes I have stressed in a few posts here and here from election week). I recommend the article in full, and here are some excerpts: In a video presenting his closing argument for maintaining Republican dominance of the Senate, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, chose three issues — tax cuts, judicial appointments and criminal justice reform. Mr. McConnell had resisted ...
Tags: Law, Kentucky, Senate, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, New York Times, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Biden, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Robert, Gallup, Ny Times

Trump orders the Pentagon to pull thousands of US troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan

Pfc. Poff, a 3rd Cavalry Regiment soldier assigned to the Train, Advise, Assist Command – East advisory team security force, keeps watch from behind a position of cover in a rural area adjacent to the the Nangarhar police Regional Logistics Center during an advising trip Jan. 6, 2015. US Army US Army Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced Tuesday afternoon that the US is withdrawing thousands of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. By Jan. 15, there will be 2,500 troops in Iraq...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, White House, Iraq, Defense, US, Trends, Cnn, Afghanistan, Military, Middle East, Mitch McConnell, National Security, Pentagon, Chris Miller

"As the weaknesses of President Trump's legal cases to overturn Joe Biden's win become clearer, Republicans are talking more about the Electoral College..."

"... hinting at an extreme last-chance way for Trump to cling to power.... In this long-shot scenario, Trump and his team could try to block secretaries of state in contested states from certifying results. That could allow legislatures in those states to try to appoint new electors who favor Trump over Biden.... Trump has not directly said he would pursue this strategy. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo each noted on Tuesday that the election results ...
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, State, Electoral College, Mike Pompeo, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion, 2020 Elections, Trump 2020, Biden Trump

"President Trump’s senior military and intelligence officials have been warning him strongly against declassifying information about Russia..."

"... that his advisers say would compromise sensitive collection methods and anger key allies.... Trump and his allies want the information public because they believe it would rebut claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin supported Trump in 2016. That may sound like ancient history, but for Trump it remains ground zero — the moment when his political problems began.... CIA Director Gina Haspel last month argued strongly at a White House meeting against disclosing the information.... Haspel...
Tags: Law, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Russia, Defense, Mitch McConnell, Cia, Trump, David Ignatius, Ann Althouse, Haspel, Gina Haspel, Trump and foreign policy, William P Barr

To "shy" is "To take a sudden fright or aversion; to make a difficulty, ‘boggle’ about doing something; to recoil, shrink."

According to the OED, where I looked in an effort to understand the NYT headline "Who’s Going to Tell Him? Republicans Shy From Asking Trump to Concede."  I get that Republicans are not telling Trump to concede, but I don't see the evidence that they are shying. Who's taking a sudden fright or aversion? Who's recoiling or shrinking? You'd have to establish that there are Republicans who urgently desire to tell Trump to give up and just freaking out about it, like a horse spotting a snake....
Tags: Headlines, Law, Washington, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, I'm skeptical, Trump 2020

"Let’s not have any lectures about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election."

Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, said today, quoted in the NYT.  "President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options." That's some big support for President Trump, and it severely undercuts all the news reports I've been seeing about various Republicans who've supposedly been leaning on Trump to concede. Only 4 Republican Senators have publicly congratulated Biden — Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkow...
Tags: Voting, Law, Senate, Georgia, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, HARRIS, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, Litigiousness, Republican Senators, Trump 2020, Susan Collins Mitt Romney Lisa Murkowski

Can we be hopeful federal leaders will make deals to advance federal criminal justice reforms in the next Congress?

The question in the title of this post, which I am most eager to answer in the affirmative, results from reading this new Politico article headlined "America's new power couple: Mitch and Joe; How a Biden presidency and McConnell-led Senate might actually get along."  It still feels a bit too early, since lots of votes are still being counted, to start mapping out possible legislative agendas for the next two years.  But these passages have me thinking about the prospects for more (badly needed)...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, Politico, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Mitch, Joe, Trump, McConnell, Joe Manchin D W Va

House Democrats stunned that they didn't oust a single GOP incumbent.

Politico reports.  [B]y Wednesday morning, party officials and the rank and file were in panic mode as they awaited the results of nearly 20 members of the Democrats’ historic freshman class that handed the party control of the House just two years ago. And already they were saying goodbye to at least a half-dozen of their centrist Democratic colleagues, who were stunned by GOP challengers on Tuesday, including Abby Finkenauer in Iowa and Donna Shalala in Florida.... “It’s a dumpster fire,” sai...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Gop, House, Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Abby Finkenauer, 2020 Elections, Donna Shalala

A “view” from the South Lawn: The constitutional oath

On Monday morning, after Air Force One landed in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for a campaign event, President Donald Trump was asked by the press pool whether he was planning a White House event to celebrate the presumed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. “Yeah, we’re going to see probably at the White House later on this evening, see how it all works out,” Trump said. “The vote is taking place, and we’ll see how that works out.” Would it be a large event, he was asked, and was ...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Tennessee, Ted Cruz, Wisconsin

Donald Trump Is Ready To Buy That Bridge You Have For Sale — See Also

Oh, This Is All You Care About? How About I Throw It In For Free?: Donald Trump told Bob Woodward he was surprised that Mitch McConnell only cares about judges. And "master negotiator" Donald Trump is giving away all that leverage for free. It's Still Bonus Season: Shearman matches the Fall bonus wave. But Remember The Not-Yet Associates: Amid the good bonus news, some law school grads are just trying to make it until their start dates. That's Not How Nicknames Work: Republicans are trying to...
Tags: Law, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Ginsburg, Bob Woodward, See Also

Attention Donald Trump: If You Put Amy Coney Barrett On The Supreme Court, Republicans Will Turn On You Fast

This guy is getting played like a chump by Mitch McConnell and it would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Government, Courts, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett

Donald Trump set to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to supreme court – live

President will name replacement for Ruth Bader GinsburgEvangelical leaders due in Oval Office before announcement‘Not special any more’: how the Senate failed the peopleRuth Bader Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state in US CapitolSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 2.20pm BST In the words of the White House pool report, at last night’s rally in Newport News, Trump “called out to Virginia Republican chairman Rich Anderson he asked ‘How are we doing? I don’t want t...
Tags: Law, Obama, Republicans, Senate, White House, Virginia, US, America, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, US Congress, US constitution and civil liberties

"The fact was, the Senate’s 'advise and consent' was intended, from the start, to forestall the President from remaking the Court in his image."

"The Senate had, for most of its two hundred years, scrutinized the philosophy and politics of nominees—not just their competence, or honesty. And when a President picked a justice for reasons of ideology, it was the Senate’s duty to examine that ideology. Biden spoke for an hour straight, and at the end, no one could lay a glove on him. Mitch McConnell, GOP from Kentucky, actually had written on this subject at law school ... but when he came at Biden, Joe hammered him with history. And Dole, w...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Reagan, Joe Biden, Yale, Mitch McConnell, Ivy League, Biden, Joe, Senate Judiciary Committee, Dole, Cramer, Robert Bork

Empirical SCOTUS: Justice Ginsburg leaves a lasting legacy on the court

In the week since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal community has simultaneously honored her legacy with heartfelt eulogies and prepared for the upcoming battle over her vacant seat. If President Trump is able to appoint a successor to Ginsburg, we could see the court’s greatest shift to the right in modern history. This article sheds a statistical light on some of Ginsburg’s work on the court as well as what to expect now that she has died. Ginsburg kept herself busy on the co...
Tags: Featured, Law, Senate, Virginia, United States, Arizona, Mitch McConnell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Daimler, Trump, John Roberts, Porter, Scalia, Ginsburg, William Rehnquist, Stephen Breyer

The Pentagon reportedly used $1 billion in taxpayer money to fund the manufacture of jet engines and body armor instead of medical equipment

U.S. Defense Secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs Chair Milley hold news conference at Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia Reuters A fund of $1 billion in taxpayer money that was given to the Pentagon from Congress in March was allocated for a different purpose than what it was intended for. $1 billion was predominantly given to defense contractors and was also used for the manufacture of jet engine parts and body armor, the Washington Post first reported.  The $1 billion fund comes from the Defen...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, Cdc, Senate, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Military, Mitch McConnell, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, PPP, Business Insider

President Trump won't commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election!

You've seen the headlines. They're the drama of the day, extracted from yesterday's press briefing where a reporter said words that Trump chose not to repeat. It was a trap, and I presume Trump could see the various ways it would function as a trap, depending on how he answered.Let's look at the original text:Speaker 2: Win, lose, or draw in this election. Will you commit here today for a peaceful transfer of power after the election... There’s been rioting in many cities across this country.......
Tags: Voting, Law, Senate, Russia, America, Cnn, Fox, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Wisconsin, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Belarus, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump

Mitt Romney says he supports moving forward with Trump's supreme court pick – live

Romney says he intends to vote if nominee reaches floorTrump to announce nominee on Saturday at White HouseFormer Pence adviser calls Trump’s virus remarks ‘frightening’Why Trump’s courts power grab is more than just a political winAOC on supreme court battle: ‘This is not the time to give up’Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 3.18pm BST Capitol Hill reporters pressed Mitt Romney on his statement supporting advancing a supreme court nomination, but the Republican senator dodged questions...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Gop, US politics, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, Romney, BST, Merrick Garland

Liberal Calls For Court Packing Gain Steam, And Mitch McConnell Couldn’t Be Happier

Some men just want to see the world burn. Try not to give them matches.
Tags: Law, Government, Courts, Mitch McConnell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Federal Judiciary, Court Packing, Liberal Calls For Court

"If you are between the ages of 18 and 29, I mean hell, even a little bit older. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35, 40, you have the ability to turn the outcome of this election. Period. Period."

I mean, hell! I'm about to turn 70. My son is about to turn 40. My son is in her I-mean-hell zone. He barely counts anymore. Too old! Oldies step aside. The young ones are taking over, and they know what's what. Period. Period. Period.And by "her," I mean Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from "AOC Speech Transcript on RBG Death & What Democrats Should Do Next."People say, “Oh my gosh, why is everyone in our government so old?” I don’t want to be ageist or anything like that, but we want a government th...
Tags: Law, Aging, Joe Biden, Hell, Anxiety, Mitch McConnell, Scary, Bronx, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ageism, Joe, Trump, Aoc, Ann Althouse

"Wow. I didn’t know that. I just — you’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman."

"Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that."Said Donald Trump, quoted in "Donald Trump to put forth nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in coming days: Sources/Mitch McConnell says he does plan to vote on Trump's nominee" (ABC News).We learned of Ginsburg's death as we were watching Trump's Minnesota rally last night. Trump continued his speech, apparently without learning the news until he spoke wi...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Elton John, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Ginsburg, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Said Donald Trump, replacing Ginsburg

Finding a silver lining in new report on Prez Trump's disappointing nominees to US Sentencing Commission

The Marshall Project has this new mostly depressing article about the troubling slate of US Sentencing Commission nominees announced by Prez Trump last month (basics here).  Even the headline of the piece, "Before Election, Trump Tries To Stack Prison-Sentencing Agency With Right Wing Allies," is telling and depressing since the US Sentencing Commission should be a whole lot more than a "Prison-Sentencing Agency" even though this is a disconcertingly fitting descriptor.  In any event, ever eager...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Law, Kentucky, Senate, Virginia, US, Reagan, Pennsylvania, Gop, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Graham, Beltway, Mike Lee

Ask the author: The evasive virtues and Supreme Court confirmation hearings

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Ilya Shapiro concerning his forthcoming book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court (Regnery Gateway, 2020). Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He is the co‐author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Fbi, United States, Davis, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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