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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


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


My Client Resigned From the White House. It’s Time for Trump to Think About His Children and Do the Same

Impeachment should be far from the President's only concern
Tags: News, Law, White House, Uncategorized, Onetime, Time for Trump


Making Beto go away.

They know they have to do it. Here's what the early-stage ousting looks like on Drudge:Reading the links (in order):1. "MEDIA TURNING AGAINST 'BABBLING' BETO..." = "Preseason is over for Beto O'Rourke" (Carter Eskew in WaPo, reprinted at CT): The nation's best and toughest reporters have his number and want nothing more than to take his measure and knock him down.... The love bubble surrounding O'Rourke is leaking. To his would-be Democratic rivals, he's no longer the scrappy, truth-telling, uni...
Tags: Music, England, Texas, London, Law, Scotland, Senate, White House, Wikipedia, Cnn, The Who, Yale, Jack Kerouac, The Washington Post, BETO, Ray


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


"Weather permitting, we would sit on the Truman Balcony, enjoying the weather and a martini (or two), with delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by their extraordinary chefs; they used to make the most delicious, mini open-faced BLTs with a hit of sugar."

Writes Valerie Jarrett in her new memoir, quoted at The Daily Mail.Jarrett says she loved the movie theaters at the White House and Camp David with their 'very comfortable chairs' that came with a blanket, pillow and a footrest in the front row. Obama's favorite movies had complicated plot lines that involved suffering and ended with everyone dying. 'I think the contrast to real life made him feel better', she writes....In Saudi Arabia, they stayed at King Abdullah's ranch where she found a larg...
Tags: Law, Obama, Saudi Arabia, White House, Valerie Jarrett, Barack, Obamas, Abdullah, Valerie, Jarrett, Camp David, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Daily Mail Jarrett, Hillary Michelle, State Department Gifts


"The Clemency Process Is Broken. Trump Can Fix It."

The title of this post is the title of this notable new Atlantic commentary authored by Rachel Barkow, Mark Holden and Mark Osler.  Here are excerpts: It took six years of intense wrangling to get the First Step Act passed. Clemency reform, however, requires the action of only one man. The president can act alone to fix what Congress did not. ​Even the First Step Act’s primary nemesis, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, has acknowledged a role for clemency, saying as part of his attack on the legis...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, White House, Kanye West, Atlantic, Department Of Justice, South Carolina, Tom Cotton, Willie Horton, Douglas A Berman, Weldon Angelos, Prez Trump, Mark Osler, Alice Johnson Prez Trump, Rachel Barkow Mark Holden


"The shutdown has in some ways underscored [some conservatives'] view that government can function with fewer employees."

"'There’s a moment when people say, "Did you notice what percentage of this agency was viewed as nonessential?"' said anti-tax activist Grover Norquist. Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon called shutdowns 'blunt-force measures that certainly show what’s essential and what’s not.'...  The shutdown follows two years of contraction of the federal workforce under Trump. During his first 18 months in office, the government shrank by 17,000 employees...."From "The shutdown is giving...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Stephen K Bannon, Ann Althouse, Trump During, Right-wing Ideology, Steve Bannon, Trump's shutdown, Grover Norquist Former


"garbage food served by a garbage president. this is not funny, its just pathetic"/"A junk food feast from a junk president. How fitting is that? Talk about a nothing burger."

Highly rated comments on the WaPo article "President Trump’s extravagant, $3,000, 300-sandwich celebration of Clemson University" (by Philip Bump).Here's Trump talking about the food — which he paid for himself because of the shutdown — just before the champion football team comes in.Here’s a video I shot of President Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers. pic.twitter.com/P06S6I5w07— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 14, 2019 ADDED: The Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence declares, "It was aweso...
Tags: Law, White House, Football, Fast Food, Mcdonalds, Clemson, Trump, Lawrence, WaPo, Clemson University, Philip Bump, Ann Althouse, Trump and pop culture, Trevor Lawrence, Philip Bump Here s Trump


"The president of the United States has many faults, but let’s not ignore this one: He cannot write sentences."

"If a tree falls in a forrest and no one is there to hear it … wait: Pretty much all of you noticed that mistake, right? Yet Wednesday morning, the president did not; he released a tweet referring to 'forrest fires' twice, as if these fires were set by Mr. Gump. Trump’s serial misuse of public language is one of many shortcomings that betray his lack of fitness for the presidency. Trump’s writing suggests not just inadequate manners or polish—not all of us need be dainty—but inadequate thought. ...
Tags: Comics, Supreme Court, Law, White House, United States, Jane Austen, Random House, Hemingway, Spelling, Wilson, Trump, John Keats, John Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Jackson


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


Monday round-up

This morning the justices begin the second week of the January sitting with two oral arguments. First up is Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority, in which the court will decide whether an implied discretionary function exception bars a negligence claim against the TVA. Gregory Sisk previewed the case for this blog. Ushin Hong and Russell Mendelson have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. This morning’s second argument is in Rimini Street Inc. v. Oracle USA Inc., which...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Court, United States, Wyoming, New York Times, Fox News, Npr, Oklahoma, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Cornell, Hyatt, Round-up, Reuters


"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me...."

I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is “chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown. There is no plan.” The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me, and...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 MEANWHILE: There is only one right answer to the incredible question: Are you a foreign asset? And it doesn’t take 2 minutes to explain... pic.twitter.com/tb76DPP8D...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Campbell, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Josh Campbell, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles, Amazon Washington Post, Trump's shutdown


Eight new grants, Ginsburg recovery from surgery “on track”

One day after Politico reported that White House officials were preparing for the possible “death or departure” of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had surgery in late December to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs, the Supreme Court announced today that there was no evidence of any other cancer, and that the 85-year-old Ginsburg would not require any further treatment. Ginsburg’s recovery from surgery is “on track,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement, althoug...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, White House, Usda, United States, South Dakota, United Arab Emirates, Davis, Wisconsin, Lgbtq, Smith, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Newton


"Sources confirmed to Fox News that the White House has quietly reached out to a small number of GOP lawmakers and conservative legal advocates, reassuring them it would be ready for any court vacancy."

"Under new White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, a ready list of top-tier candidates is being updated. The low-key, unofficial heads-up is similar to when rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement were rampant in 2017 and 2018. He announced last June he would leave the court."From "Ginsburg absence shakes court: White House makes preparations, coming weeks seen as key" (Fox News). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, White House, Gop, Fox News, Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Ann Althouse, Pat Cipollone


"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


Friday round-up

Briefly: Joan Biskupic reports at CNN that “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cancer surgery and ongoing recuperation have cast an atmosphere of uncertainty over the Supreme Court at a critical time for its future and as the legal fate of several controversial White House policies hang in the balance.” At the Goldwater Institute’s In Defense of Liberty blog, Jacob Huebert urges the justices to hear a challenge to an Illinois campaign-finance law and to “and make clear that governments cannot use co...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, White House, Cnn, Illinois, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Round-up, Adam Feldman, Heritage Foundation, Kavanaugh, Brunetti, Goldwater Institute, Joan Biskupic, Iancu, RBG, Elizabeth Slattery


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


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


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


The Syria Withdrawal Shows the Problem With Trump Going Off-Script

After more than two weeks of contradictory statements regarding when he would pull American troops from Syria, the Pentagon has been left guessing. U.S. military commanders don’t know what strategy to pursue, Administration officials told TIME. Should they intensify operations on the remaining ISIS fighters holed up in a stretch of desert near the Iraq-Syria…
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Foreign Policy, Pentagon, Donald Trump


Two helpful reviews of the FIRST STEP Act and what it does (and does not do)

I have seen two recent reviews of the politics, policy, practicalities and potential of the FIRST STEP Act.  Here are links to the two helpful pieces, with a small excerpt from each: From the Brennan Center, "How the FIRST STEP Act Became Law — and What Happens Next" The FIRST STEP Act changes the conversation on mass incarceration The FIRST STEP Act is a critical win in the fight to reduce mass incarceration. While the bill is hardly a panacea, it’s the largest step the federal government has ...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, Douglas A Berman, SRCA




"Letitia James, a Democrat, has made no secret that she intends to use her powers as New York’s attorney general to pursue possible legal action against President Trump."

"She calls him an 'illegitimate president.' She says her decision to run for attorney general was largely 'about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights.'... Her strident attacks on the president could potentially threaten the legal standing of cases that her office brings against Mr. Trump, his family members or their business interests, legal experts said.... In an interview, Ms. James defended her remarks about the president, adding that she b...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, New York City, James, Trump, Letitia James, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Ms James


Is it news that Trump's wall is not a wall made out of concrete?

I'm trying to read "Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall" by Maggie Haberman in the NYT. The concrete border wall that President Trump has repeatedly called for as a signature campaign promise...What? Trump has been repeatedly calling for a "concrete" wall? I thought he'd been saying all along that it needs to be see-through and couldn't be a solidly opaque wall. The word "concrete" is ambiguous. Is the NYT using it to mean the opposite of "abstract...
Tags: Law, White House, Customs, Border Patrol, Wall, Trump, Border Protection, Kelly, Maggie Haberman, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, John F. Kelly, Trump's Congress, Mr Kelly, Los Angeles Times Well


Trump's Christmas meme: "I am all alone."

As I see it in the press...... it seems to mean that Trump is isolated, friendless, and self-pitying. His words are characterized as a "ranting" and "complaining." He stews, un-self-aware, in chaos of his own making. Let's look at the tweet that set off this anti-Trump ideation: I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more ...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Solitude, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Border Wall, Trump derangement syndrome


Lamenting lack of retroactive application of new sentencing changes in FIRST STEP Act (... and so rooting again for robust clemency)

This recent piece from The Guardian, fully headlined "Current inmates feel left behind by Trump's criminal justice reform bill; First Step Act reduces the mandatory sentence for three-strikes offenders but the provisions will not be made retroactive," spotlights how certain inmates have gotten left behind even as the inappropriateness of their sentences inspired key sentencing reforms in the FIRST STEP Act.  Here are excerpts: On paper, Chris Young seems exactly the kind of person a prison refo...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, Obama, Senate, White House, US, West Virginia, Kanye West, The Guardian, Sharp, John, Donald Trump, Young, Oliver, Trump, Martin


"You couldn’t create a creepier Yuletide scene if you tried" — says The Guardian about Trump and Melania's Christmas portrait.

Here's the photograph: Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. @POTUS & @FLOTUS are seen Saturday, December 15, in their official 2018 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) pic.twitter.com/nIuplZSDBe — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 18, 2018 This, from Jonathan Jones seems ludicrously subjective. He just hates Trump. I get that.Multiple Christmas trees are currently a statu...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Christmas, Jones, Trump, Donald, Melania Trump, Donald J Trump, Jonathan Jones, Melania, Ann Althouse, Albert Speer, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump and pop culture, Creepiness


"Not one cent of our taxpayer money should be wasted on this absurd monument to Trump's racism and ignorance. It's revolting..."

"... to think that House Republicans can pull $5 billion out of thin air for this hateful vanity project, but immediately turn into hard-nosed misers should we dare to spend our money on something that actually matters and helps Americans, such as healthcare, education, or infrastructure. Go ahead, Donald, shut it down. You own it."Writes a commenter with over 3,000 up-votes on the NYT article "Government Shuts Down as Talks Fail to Break Impasse." From the article:While the president has been ...
Tags: Law, White House, House, Trump, Donald, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, Trump's Congress


Justices rebuff government on asylum ban

Last week the federal government went to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to block a ruling by a federal judge that bars the Trump administration from denying asylum to immigrants who enter the United States illegally from Mexico. Today the justices turned down the government’s request, which means that the government will not be able to enforce its new policy on asylum while the government appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and, if it comes to that, the Supreme Court...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Mexico, White House, Reagan, United States, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Clinton, Trump, Bush, John Roberts, 9th Circuit



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