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"Mr. Biden’s team has developed a raft of decrees that he can issue on his own authority after the inauguration on Wednesday..."

"... to begin reversing some of President Trump’s most hotly disputed policies. Advisers hope the flurry of action, without waiting for Congress, will establish a sense of momentum for the new president even as the Senate puts his predecessor on trial. On his first day in office alone, Mr. Biden intends a flurry of executive orders that will be partly substantive and partly symbolic. They include rescinding the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries, rejoining the Paris climate cha...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Global Warming, Joe Biden, New York Times, Paris, Muslim, Biden, South Carolina, Trump, Ron Klain, Ann Althouse, James Clyburn


Might Prez Trump announce his next round of clemency grants this weekend?

The question in this post is prompted by this Politico article headlined "Trump weighing a pardon for Steve Bannon." The start of the article suggests that some actually were expected some action on the clemency front last night: President Donald Trump is considering granting a pardon to Steve Bannon, his former White House chief strategist and top campaign aide, who was charged with swindling donors to a private crowdsourcing effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to tw...
Tags: Law, Mexico, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Steve Bannon, Jenna Ryan Who Took Jet


Argument analysis: Justices doubt FTC’s authority to compel monetary relief

If you’re arguing on behalf of a federal regulatory agency’s authority to protect consumers from businesses and Justice Stephen Breyer sets his face against you, then chances are your day is not going well. But that is what happened Wednesday morning when Joel Marcus appeared on behalf of the FTC in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission. Joel Marcus argues for the FTC (Art Lien) The case involves Section 13 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which allows the FTC to seek an “in...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Justice Department, Executive Branch, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Marcus, Amg, Alito, Fitzgerald, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan


Trump got his message out on Twitter.

pic.twitter.com/FIJbvCYGJ6— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021 Transcript here. Excerpts:  I want to be very clear, I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America Great Again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against eve...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, America, Free Speech, Trump, US Secret Service, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, the Trump resistance


Washington, D.C.: Barriers going up — Troops are on the streets

13 January 2021Washington, D.C. Yon-Genre Mind-dump without edit First some admin. Please see my Patreon post from yesterday. Since 2005, I have operated on reader support. In the times ahead, this will become important. Next — I’ve been spending long days and nights with Rudy Giuliani and team. Historical times. As you know, I am not on the President’s team and never have been. I spent the vast majority of my time for last twenty years overseas, not prowling around D.C. I spent very litt...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Military, State Of Emergency, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Kerr, Mason, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Bush Obama


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


State of Emergency, and Diversification

12 January 2021 Washington, D.C. Yon-Genre mind dump. Unedited. Those who have followed my work for years -- and especially in 2020 -- are not surprised at all at the turn of events. My focus now is to help avert full-scale civil war by this Spring and Summer. And to be sure, though I am a cup-half-full man, I think it's too late for my efforts. I am still doing CPR on that hope there is still a glimmer that calmer heads will prevail. And this still is possible. Just does not seem proba...
Tags: Featured, Washington, White House, America, Paypal, Military, Crystal City, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Yon Genre, PayPal Monthly


"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


So. You Survived Your First Coup. — See Also

Remember That Call Donald Trump Had Trying To Bully Georgia Election Officials That Kicked Off Our Week Of Attempted Coups? Turns out a second Biglaw partner was on the call. We're looking at you, Fox Rothschild. One Of Yesterday's Insurrectionists Is A Lawyer: And he used to have a job. Not anymore. Viral Hero Of D.C. Is From Biglaw: Some good news from the attempted coup, and the definitive answer on how you should bill yesterday. Biglaw Firm Wants The 25th Amendment Enacted: You and me bot...
Tags: Law, White House, Georgia, Donald Trump, Fox Rothschild, See Also


Gearing up for Prez Trump's coming final round of clemency grants

Prez Trump's ignominious behavior raises uncertainty as to whether he will serve out the last two weeks of his term.  But we can all be certain that Prez Trump is planning to issue more clemency grants before he loses the power to do so.  As everyone surely recalls, just before Christmas, Prez Trump granted clemency to all sorts of friends and family and politically-charged defendants (basics here and here).  And recent press reports detail other grants that could be forthcoming.  First, this ne...
Tags: Law, White House, Bloomberg, New York Times, Fox News, Lil Wayne, Biden, Donald Trump, Baltimore Ravens, Trump, Kodak Black, Westchester County, New York Trump, Jeanine Pirro, Lamar Jackson, Pirro


White House Counsel’s Legal Advice: Stay Away From Trump!

That's the stellar legal advice a T-14 law degree gets ya!
Tags: Law, Government, White House, Coups, Treason, Donald Trump, Pardons, Biglaw, Trump, Kirkland & Ellis, Pat Cipollone


"One administration official described Trump’s behavior Wednesday as that of 'a total monster,' while another said the situation was 'insane' and 'beyond the pale.'"

"Fearful that Trump could take actions resulting in further violence and death if he remains in office even for a few days, senior administration officials were discussing Wednesday night whether the Cabinet might invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to force him out, said a person involved in the conversations.... Aides mortified by their boss’s conduct said they were weighing whether to resign or to stay in office to help ensure the transition to the Biden administration.... Cons...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Biden, Cabinet, Trump, Capitol, Mark Meadows, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, the Trump resistance


How the the 25th Amendment works to remove a sitting president

Then-President-elect Donald Trump stands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The 25th Amendment formally outlines the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve. Section IV also allows the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president from office. Americans have been particularly interested in the amendment since President Donald Trump took off...
Tags: Google, Politics, News, Law, Congress, Life, Senate, White House, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Commerce, Tennessee, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Treasury


06 January 2021: Massive Day has Begun — Epic History Unfolding

Time now 0547, Washington, D.C. I’ve been up since 0300 preparing for this day. Georgia seems to have gone to Democrats. Meanwhile, last night, dozens of pro-Democracy Hong Kongers were arrested while I was having dinner with a Hong Kong expert. John Batchelor and Gordon Chang immediately contacted me about an interview today regarding this crime against humanity. I will be on the ground here in D.C., and so when I do this interview please excuse any background news. When I was in Afghanistan...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, Iraq, Georgia, Afghanistan, Military, Mike Pence, Gordon Chang, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, John Batchelor


Doubts emerge in US over future of Assange extradition case

Joe Biden’s priorities could scupper extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder, says departing Virginia attorneyThe American prosecutor seeking to put Julian Assange on trial in the US has said he is uncertain if Joe Biden’s incoming White House administration will continue to seek the extradition of the WikiLeaks co-founder.Zachary Terwilliger, who was appointed by Donald Trump, made the comments as it was announced that he was stepping down as the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Co...
Tags: Law, White House, Virginia, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, UK criminal justice, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Zachary Terwilliger, Eastern District of Virginia Continue


Morning Docket: 01.04.21

* Microsoft has asked that a lawsuit involving XBox controllers be submitted to arbitration. Would be amazing if they settled this matter with a videogame battle... [Videogame Chronicle] * A pro-Trump lawyer is in hot water for seemingly suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence should be executed by firing squad. [Business Insider] * Joe Biden has named a top lawyer for Facebook to the White House Staff Secretary position. [Vox] * A federal appeals court has dismissed an election lawsuit f...
Tags: Facebook, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, White House, Joe Biden, Xbox, Trump, Mike Pence, Morning Docket, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Staff Secretary, Videogame Chronicle, NBC News -RSB- A Supreme Court


Watchdog group calls from Trump's criminal investigation over call pressuring Georgia's secretary of state to overturn election results

US President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a center-left watchdog group, is asking prosecutors to conduct a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump. The request came in a letter sent Monday to the Department of Justice and Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis. It comes after audio revealed...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, State, US Department of Justice


Noticing the many regular forgotten folk so far left behind in Prez Trump's clemency capers

This new New York Times piece, headlined "Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency," provides a useful reminder of who is largely being forgotten amidst Prez Trump's clemency largesse.  Here are excerpts: A vast majority of the people to whom he granted pardons or commutations had either a personal or political connection to the White House, and it appears that only seven were recommended by the government’s pardon attorney, according to a Harvard University professor wh...
Tags: Law, White House, Barack Obama, Harvard University, New York Times, Trump, Holly Harris, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Beth Curtis, Justice Action Network, Outside Trump, Ferrell D Scott, John R Knock, Mr Knock


Dispatch 56: Washington Post Advertises for CCP

Oregon-Washington 24 December 2020 Yon-Genre Mind Dump Merry Christmas! I still say Christmas. Without apology or caveat. I will spend Christmas Day with some Japanese friends at an Iraq-vet's home. Retired Marine Officer who fought in Anbar Province. He was stationed in Japan, and so he happens to be inviting Japanese friends. As am I, also inviting Japanese! So it will be a Japanese-America Christmas. (Real Japanese with accents, lol.) They love America and we love Japan, and so...
Tags: Japan, Featured, Washington Post, White House, Iraq, America, Military, Ccp, Anbar Province, Oregon Washington, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon


Prez Trump issues 29 more clemencies on Festivus that include full pardons to Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner

As reported in this CNN piece, "President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening announced 26 new pardons, including ones for longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's father, Charles." Here is a bit more: Also included in Trump's pardon list Wednesday evening is former California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife, Margaret, just one day after Trump granted Duncan Hunter a full pardon. Margaret Hunter had pleaded guilty last year to ...
Tags: Law, California, White House, Cnn, Gop, Donald Trump, Trump, Duncan Hunter, Roger Stone, Donald J Trump, Margaret, Kanter, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort


Prez Trump issues 15 full pardons and 5 commutations on Festivus eve

As detailed in this White House press release, titled "Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency," Prez Trump issued a set of notable clemency grants this evening.  Here are the basics from the statement: Today, President Donald J. Trump granted Full Pardons to 15 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional 5 individuals. Alfonso Costa — President Trump granted a full pardon to Alfonso Costa, a dentist from Pittsburgh... Alfred Lee Crum...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Russia, Gop, Pittsburgh, Trump, Donald J Trump, Chris Collins, Dustin, Weldon, Alfonso Costa, Steve Stockman, Douglas A Berman, Weldon Angelos, Hill Trump


DOJ produces huge "Final Report" from the work of the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice

The day before current Attorney General William Barr is stepping down, the US Department of Justice has released this 300+ page "Final Report" to conclude the work of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.  This press release provides the context for this big document: Today, following months of virtual meetings, testimony and study, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr submitted the final report of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and th...
Tags: Law, White House, Law Enforcement, Commission, Department Of Justice, Doj, US Department of Justice, Donald J Trump, Barr, Administration of Justice, Douglas A Berman, William P Barr, William Barr, Commission on Law Enforcement, Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement


Any predictions on who and how many pardons will be granted by Trump today?

This new Axios piece, headlined "Scoop: Trump pardons expected today," suggests we will see some (significant?) clemency action today from the White House (around 5pm I would guess).  Here is what Axios has to say on the matter: President Trump plans to issue a wave of pardons today, moving to expedite acts of clemency before Christmas, according to a source with direct knowledge and advocates who have been briefed on the plans. What to watch: Trump has been considering pardons for friends and ...
Tags: Law, Snowden, White House, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Trump, PAUL, Michael Flynn, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Paul Manafort, Axios, Presidential Pardons


"When the new House convenes at noon on Jan. 3, all members will have to be physically present to be sworn in, and they will have to re-pass the rule that allowed the House to vote remotely."

"If, let’s say, five Democrats have covid-19 and are quarantined or hospitalized, or can’t make it to Washington, while all the Republicans can be present, the majority could rest temporarily with the GOP. What would then happen on Jan. 6, when Congress meets in joint session to affirm the electoral college results, is anyone’s guess.... The House has not had a margin this close since after the 1930 election. That year, Republicans won 218 seats but had enough deaths before the convening of the ...
Tags: Law, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, WaPo, Kamala D Harris, Norman Ornstein, Ann Althouse, Biden's Congress


Lots of notable pardon headlines as we approach the last month of Prez Trump's clemency powers

In part because Prez Trump has not used his clemency power since last month's Thanksgiving week pardon for Michael Flynn, I have managed to avoid discussing the out-going President's potential pardon spree for many days now.  But there is, unsurprisingly, a cacophony of clemency chatter in various media, and highlighted by these recent piece: From CNN, "'It's turned crazy': Inside the scramble for Trump pardons" From the Daily Beast, "Trump Is Considering Clemency for Silk Road Founder" From For...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Michael Flynn, Mark Meadows, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Jared Kushner, Presidential Pardons, Forbes Trump, Pat Cipollone


33 iconic photos of Trump that will go down in history

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 kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers.  Insider rounded up some of the most memorable and cand...
Tags: Images, Photos, National Weather Service, Politics, Isis, News, Law, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, North Korea, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel


Joseph Epstein scores with an essay telling Jill Biden to put aside the "Dr. Jill" honorific.

Let's take a close look at this Wall Street Journal article that's causing a mini-uproar, "Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D./Jill Biden should think about dropping the honorific, which feels fraudulent, even comic." It's by Joseph Epstein. Epstein is an essayist. He's been writing essays and publishing collections of essays for many years. He's 83. And good for him, suddenly scoring so big with this one essay. It really gave people with a need to write essays and mini...
Tags: Education, Law, White House, Smith, ANN, Dignity, Northwestern University, Jill, University of Delaware, Bidens, Jill Biden, Epstein, Ed D, Ann Althouse, Joseph Epstein, Gender Politics


31 iconic photos of Trump that will go down in history

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 kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers.  Insider rounded up some of the most memorable and cand...
Tags: Images, Photos, National Weather Service, Politics, Isis, News, Law, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, North Korea, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel


Dispatch 51: The Election Day "Top Down Attack"

A Yon-genre mind-dump before another busy day 09 December 2020 Washington, D.C., near the White House I've seen some exciting elections in other countries. Cracking bullets and airstrikes. As example, got into firefights during elections in Iraq and Afghanistan. Was there for much of the Moaist disaster in Nepal. In Nepal, Maoists often attacked their own economy with forced strikes. Businesses were forced to shut their doors at risk of death. You've heard me say many times over th...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Nepal, Poland, Ussr, Cia, Ccp, Tikrit, Hong Kongers


"Because he thinks the computer can lend 'half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness,' he writes his first drafts longhand on yellow legal pads..."

"... the act of typing it into the computer essentially becomes a first edit. He says he is 'very particular' about his pens, always using black Uni-ball Vision Elite rollerball pens with a micro-point, and adds that he tends to do his best writing between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.: 'I find that the world narrows, and that is good for my imagination. It’s almost as if there is a darkness all around and there’s a metaphorical beam of light down on the desk, onto the page.'" From "Obama, the Best-Selli...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Amazon Associates, Ann Althouse, Obama rhetoric, Light And Shade, Obama's book, Obamapen



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