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WaPo: Barr has told those close to Trump he is considering quitting if the president keeps tweeting

Attorney General William P. Barr has told people close to President Trump — both inside and outside the White House — that he is considering quitting over Trump’s tweets about Justice Department investigations, three administration officials said, foreshadowing a possible confrontation between the president and his attorney general over the independence of the Justice Department.

So far, Trump has defied Barr’s requests, both public and private, to keep quiet on matters of federal law enforcement. It was not immediately clear Tuesday if Barr had made his posture known directly to Trump. The administration officials said Barr seemed to be sharing his position with advisers in hopes the president would get the message that he should stop weighing in publicly on the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigations.

“He has his limits,” said one person familiar with Barr’s thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, like others, to discuss internal deliberations.


Suuuure ...
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Feb 18, 2020, 10:36 PM (49 replies)

Stacey Abrams: Our primary process has silenced voters of color

https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1228431973183520770
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Feb 14, 2020, 11:26 PM (47 replies)

Federal Court rules Individual members of Congress barred from suing Trump over emoluments

Individual members of Congress cannot sue President Trump to stop his private businesses from accepting payments from foreign governments, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously dismissed a lawsuit filed by more than 200 Democrats in Congress seeking to enforce the Constitution’s anti-corruption emoluments provision.

“The Members can, and likely will, continue to use their weighty voices to make their case to the American people, their colleagues in the Congress and the President himself, all of whom are free to engage that argument as they see fit. But we will not—indeed we cannot—participate in this debate,” according to the unsigned order from Judges David S. Tatel, Thomas B. Griffith and Karen LeCraft Henderson.

The 12-page opinion points to past Supreme Court decisions, which the judges said do not permit individual lawmakers to bring lawsuits on behalf of the entire body in part because Congress acts through majority votes in the House and Senate.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/individual-members-of-congress-barred-from-suing-president-trump-over-business-dealings/2020/02/07/b3d97b3c-3c7e-11ea-baca-eb7ace0a3455_story.html


Before anyone goes off about how the judges are all in Trump's pocket, this was a unanimous decision written by David Tatel, a Clinton appointee, who is one of the smartest, most liberal and solid judges on the federal court. He has ruled against Trump in many cases and was the judge who struck down Texas' voter ID law.

My quick reading of this case suggests the court was bound by strict precedent and couldn't rule any other way. But I'll read it more carefully before drawing any conclusions.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Feb 7, 2020, 11:40 AM (14 replies)

Do you think Alexander, Murkowski and Collins are now kicking themselves?

Romney made them look like spineless, owned fools.

If they could turn back time, I suspect they might have made a different decision.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Feb 6, 2020, 07:42 PM (104 replies)

The Iowa fiasco makes me even sadder that Kamala, Cory & Julian were forced out before anyone voted

because they supposedly weren't "viable."
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Feb 6, 2020, 07:20 PM (33 replies)

We've lost another lion

Nathaniel R. Jones, Rights Lawyer and Federal Judge, Dies at 93

As a voice of the N.A.A.C.P., he challenged school segregation in the North and racial bias in the military. But, he cautioned, the struggle is not over.

Nathaniel R. Jones, a former chief legal spokesman for the civil rights movement and later a federal appeals court judge who devoted his long career to eradicating the legacy of slavery endured by his own family, died on Jan. 26 at his home in Cincinnati. He was 93.

As the general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1970s, Mr. Jones revealed unwelcome truths by challenging school segregation in the North and racial bias in the military justice system, in which, among other things, black defendants had complained of being unable to trust white lawyers. He was also a strong defender of affirmative action programs and other measures to address historic discrimination.

In 1976, Mr. Jones helped persuade Alabama officials, including Gov. George C. Wallace, to pardon Clarence Norris, the last surviving member of the Scottsboro Boys, the nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Ala., in 1931.
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In 1971, a federal judge found that Detroit’s schools had been deliberately segregated. But the United States Supreme Court later all but banned the busing of children between mostly black urban districts and mostly white suburban ones to achieve integration.

“The court has said to black people: ‘You have rights, but you don’t have a remedy,’” Mr. Jones said at the time.
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Mr. Jones held to a simple but powerful credo. As he told The Cincinnati Enquirer in 2012, “The key to prevailing as a minority in a segregated, oppressive society is to not let the prevailing stereotypes define who you are.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/us/nathaniel-r-jones-dead.html
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 07:35 PM (19 replies)

10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You

In today's current political and cultural climate, it's crucial that everyday Americans are engaging in important conversations about race, bias, discrimination, and privilege. For people of color, these conversations are nothing new; they are a requirement in communities where experiences of racism, bias, and bigotry are a part of everyday life. But for many white people who have never been burdened by a system built specifically to keep us down, these conversations can seem confusing, uncomfortable, and awkward, which is makes them even more necessary. If you're not sure how to talk about issues of race in America, try picking up one of the many incredible books about race instead of asking people of color to explain it to you.

If you really want to be a better ally, if you really want to be on the front-lines in the war against racism and discrimination in the United States, you have to take the initiative to educate yourself. It isn't up to people of color to inform or reform white people. As "White people, stop asking us to education about racism," a collective piece from an African American voice on Medium, so clearly explains. "Don’t ask us to provide the information for you. Instead, participate in your own education. We’ve already given you enough of our free labor. Don’t ask us for anymore." https://www.bustle.com/p/10-books-about-race-to-read-instead-of-asking-a-person-of-color-to-explain-things-to-you-8548796
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jan 23, 2020, 05:40 PM (18 replies)

From now on, I'm going to call Adam Schiff "Cool Breeze"

Because he has got to be the smoothest and coolest muthafuffa in the land ...

Samuel L. Jackson needs to play him in the movie.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:49 PM (1 replies)

I don't hate women candidates. Just this one. And this one. And this one ...

I DON’T HATE WOMEN CANDIDATES — I JUST HATED HILLARY AND COINCIDENTALLY I’M STARTING TO HATE ELIZABETH WARREN


I have no problem with women. My wife is a woman and I have daughters who will likely be wives and mothers of daughters one day. I only had a problem with Hillary Clinton, and my problem with her is completely separated from her gender, and is solely based on the fact that she was so dishonest when compared to other prominent politicians who ran for president. How could anyone vote for such a liar?...

So I’m a perfectly reasonable, women-friendly fellow who is completely open to the idea of a woman president. And I never thought I’d hate anyone as much as I hate Hillary Clinton. But to my surprise, I’m actually starting to hate Elizabeth Warren.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve heard that Elizabeth Warren is a champion of consumers and the middle class who battled the big banks and advocates for economic reform. Nonetheless, she rubs me the wrong way.
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-dont-hate-women-candidates-i-just-hated-hillary-and-coincidentally-im-starting-to-hate-elizabeth-warren
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:20 AM (21 replies)

Ayana Pressley looks like a goddess

As a black woman who experienced and understands the depth of black girl hair culture and who has family members suffering from alopecia, I am so proud of and grateful to her.

And while I know beauty is only skin deep, my breath was taken away by her glorious natural beauty.


Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Jan 19, 2020, 03:25 PM (32 replies)
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