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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

President Trump "likely obstructed justice" and could possibly face impeachment for firing FBI Director James Comey if special counsel Robert Mueller reaches the same conclusion, the Brookings Institution said Tuesday.

In a 108-page report, the nonpartisan think tank said that Trump had authority to fire the FBI chief, but not if his motives for doing so centered around hindering the ongoing Russia probe.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

A man climbed on top of the roof of a La Puente [California] home and wouldn't come down for several hours Tuesday until an 83-year-old resident threw him off, according to bystander video of the incident. ... [C]ell phone video taken by resident Ashley Wrenn showed the resident, who she identified as her 83-year-old grandfather, Wilford Burgess,approaching the intruder on the roof, grabbing him and shoving him off. "My grandfather was so upset. (He) told him, 'You need to get down and off my roof,'" Wrenn said in a telephone interview.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jack Goldsmith, The Atlantic: Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein's monster of past presidents' worst attributes: The news thus far is not all bad. The Constitution's checks and balances have largely stopped Trump from breaking the law. And while he has hurt his own administration, his successors likely won't repeat his self-destructive antics. The prognosis for the rest of our democratic culture is grimmer, however. Trump, in short, is wielding a Soprano touch on American institutions. "I'm --- King Midas in reverse here," Tony Soprano once told his therapist. "Everything I touch turns to ---."


Monday, August 14, 2017

Shaila Dewan, New York Times: The idea that the police have retreated under siege will not go away. But even if it's true, is it necessarily bad? Here is what we know about the so-called Ferguson effect. It was a narrative that resonated with law-and-order advocates after the long August of 2014, when unrest followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The police, vilified and facing a hostile public, were unable to do their jobs, leaving criminals to run amok. It was called the Ferguson effect.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president's signature campaign pledges.


Comments

If the Russians are allowed to [influence the electorate] and we put our heads in the sand and do nothing to stop them then no matter who we put forward the Russians will again decide who gets elected.

FEC asks for public comment on online ad disclosure rules thehill.com

The move comes as some lawmakers are pressing for tighter disclosure requirements in the wake of Facebook's revelation that it had uncovered 3,000 political ads purchased by Russian actors.

During the 2012 election cycle, Facebook and Google had both received exemptions from the FEC's rules requiring that political ads feature a disclosure indicating who paid for them.

No, you don't get it. [Crosscheck] which has been used to generate fake felony matches by loosening match criteria.

Well aren't you cute. Clueless but cute. Crosscheck doesn't check criminal records. Here, get a clue about what the program does www.aclupa.org

I wonder why the PA ACLU let that investigation die in 2014. I also wonder why neither the ACLU nor the NAACP had anything to say about Crosscheck in three lawsuits where they alleged that OH and GA list maintenance procedures disproportionately affect low income and minority registrants. I suppose it's because they have better things to do with their time and money than chase idiot conspiracy theories.

Like I said, you know little to nothing about the subject matter.

Posted by snoofy

I'll take you off my self imposed ignoring of your trolling for one post.

Are we in agreement on this?

No. Why? As demonstrated by your post 42, you don't have a damn clue about either Crosscheck or voter list maintenance.

The Secretary of State taking a list of names from CrossCheck and blindly trusting the list ...

If any of that were true then if would indeed be disconcerting. But none of it's true.

In most, if not all, states, voter lists are compiled and maintained at the county, not state, level. Crosscheck only produces a list of potential matches. Federal law requires additional steps be taken before a potential match is removed from the list. State laws typically require further additional steps be taken before a potential match is removed. With one exception, I have never read anything that remotely suggests election administrators "blindly" remove voters based on a Crosscheck list. The exception is anything that traces to Palast's conspiracy theory because that's what he wrongly implies and what his idiot followers believe. Since you too believe it I guess you're one of them.

And you're right, it's all out in plain sight for anyone with a desire to look. Copies of original Crosscheck contract documentation (80 something pages) are available at the PA ACLU website. State and federal statutes are on the internet. The DOJ has a page that describes list maintenance and removal procedures. So too the reports of the presidential commissions. So too case pages for two lawsuits out of GA and one out of OH (currently pending oral argument in the SC) where Crosscheck is not even mentioned in passing by the voting rights warriors prosecuting them. Lawsuits where the central complaint is that voter list maintenance disproportionally affects low income and minority registrants which is a central tenant of Palast's conspiracy theory. All of which, and more, I have linked many times.

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