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Politics / Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:15:24 PM »
(CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia, according to the White House.

"Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency," said Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary. "There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia."

She added, "Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts. The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence. Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!"

Trump and Stone spoke on Friday, according to two sources.

That's good. However, our president has said doesn't think military bases named after Confederate leaders should be renamed?  :shrug:

Trump says he won't consider renaming military bases named for Confederate generals

June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not consider renaming a number of military bases that are currently named for Confederate military leaders after his defense and Army secretaries signaled they would be willing to discuss the issue earlier this week.

"These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars," Trump tweeted. "Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations."

Trump did not address the issue of Confederate generals, but rather focused on the legacy of the facilities themselves, listing three bases in the South named for generals in the Confederate army.

"Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!" he said.

Trump's tweet exposes a widening rift between the White House and the Pentagon. Senior civilian and uniform officers, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, indicated earlier this week their willingness to consider renaming the bases that honor Confederate generals.

Last week, Esper and Milley drew sharp rebukes from retired counterparts for their roles in the military's response to protests following the death of George Floyd. Esper had referred to American cities affected by demonstrations as "battle space" and Milley was photographed in his camouflage uniform walking on a path cleared of mostly peaceful protesters near the White House.

The Army has 10 posts named after Confederate generals, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Hood in Texas, which Trump listed in his Wednesday tweets.


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a news briefing that the president “fervently” opposes renaming forts, arguing that it was disrespectful to American soldiers killed overseas.

“A lot of times the very last place they saw was one of these forts and to suggest that these forts are somehow inherently racist and their names need to be changed, is a complete disrespect to the men and women who the last bit of American land they saw, before they went overseas and lost their lives, were these forts,” she said.

Has Trump changed his mind?  :shrug:

What's at stake here involve jurisdiction over prosecution of criminal matters. Read Robert's learned descent - IDIOTS.

You mean "dissent."  ::)  But yet you call others idiots.

Anyway, here's a synopsis of the case from NPR:

Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Native American Land

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The court's decision hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state.

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of fed­eral criminal law. Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion.

The decision was 5-4, with Justices Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer in the majority, while Justices John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Another analysis by VOX


The Court’s decision in McGirt, which was written by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch and joined by his four liberal colleagues, has already produced its share of hyperbolic conclusions — some of them suggesting that the Supreme Court just ceded control of a good-size chunk of the United States.

The reality is much more nuanced. The primary impact of McGirt is that Oklahoma loses much of its power to enforce certain laws against members of Native American tribes within the borders of tribal lands. But the decision will have far less impact on non-Native Americans.


So what does this mean for Oklahoma?
Kanji, the lawyer for the Creek Nation, told me that McGirt is unlikely to disrupt the lives of non-Native Americans. “Given the constraints that exist on the exercise of tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on non-Indian land (even within Reservations),” Kanji predicted, McGirt “will not lead to a sea change in taxing or regulatory authority on the Reservation.”

Nevertheless, in its own brief, Oklahoma claimed that the state could face terrible consequences if the Supreme Court determines that half of its land is part of a reservation. “The State generally lacks the authority to tax Indians in Indian country,” that brief claims, “so turning half the State into Indian country would decimate state and local budgets.” Additionally, “all adoptions and custody disputes involving Indian children residing or domiciled within the 1866 boundaries would fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of tribal courts, even over both parents’ objections.”

In response to these fears, Gorsuch effectively replies that it doesn’t matter, because the law says what it says. “Dire warnings are just that,” he writes, “and not a license for us to disregard the law.”

For those of you that have the time and inclination slog through the entire opinion and dissent, here you go:


Politics / Black Lives Matter painted in front of Trump Tower
« on: July 09, 2020, 03:50:12 PM »

New York City paints Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in Manhattan
By Brian Ries and Scottie Andrew, CNN

Updated 1:45 PM ET, Thu July 9, 2020

(CNN)New York City is painting a Black Lives Matter mural on the street directly outside of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

City employees began painting a stretch of Fifth Avenue, just in front of the Trump Organization's headquarters, on Thursday morning. Mayor Bill de Blasio authorized the stark yellow mural earlier this month.

The New York mayor rolled up his sleeves and painted a bit of the mural, too, clad in a mask and flanked by civil rights leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"President Trump said we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you: we're not denigrating anything, we are liberating Fifth Avenue, we are uplifting Fifth Avenue," de Blasio said on Thursday in response to Trump's tweet last week criticizing de Blasio for "denigrating" the area.

'Not fair': Trump rages over Supreme Court decisions involving his financial records

President Donald Trump assailed a pair of Supreme Court rulings on Thursday pertaining to his personal financial records in a Twitter rant that called the decisions "not fair."

In a rambling series of tweets, Trump attacked Democrats and his predecessor former President Barack Obama, arguing he is being unfairly targeted while others don't face scrutiny.

The decisions were not a clear-cut loss for Trump, who is unlikely to be forced into disclosing his tax returns before voters weigh his reelection bid in November, but the court also refused to side with his argument that the presidency offers him protection from investigation.

"This is all a political prosecution" Trump tweeted. "I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!"

"Courts in the past have given 'broad deference,'" he added. "BUT NOT ME!"

Court remanded the Congressional Subpoena case to lower court to consider separation of powers concerns.

Supreme Court blocks House Democrats from access to Trump's financial records for now

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court temporarily blocked congressional investigators Thursday from gaining access to President Donald Trump's personal financial records.

The 7-2 decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Trump's two nominees, Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. It sends the separation of powers dispute back to lower courts for further determination.

"Courts must perform a careful analysis that takes adequate account of the separation of powers principles at stake, including both the significant legislative interests of Congress and the 'unique position' of the president," Roberts wrote.

Court remands Congressional Subpoena case to lower court to consider separation of powers concerns.

CDC director says agency won't revise school reopening guidelines despite WH push

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools despite calls from the White House to do so, agency Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday.

"Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities in trying to open K-through-12s," Redfield said. "It's not a revision of the guidelines; it's just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward."

The comments risk further adding to a sense of confusion about how best to reopen schools as the new academic year approaches amid a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases. President Donald Trump has vehemently called for schools to reopen -- one of the keys to restarting the economy and getting the country back to a sense of pre-pandemic normalcy -- calling the existing guidelines "very tough and expensive," and going so far as to threaten to cut off school funding, though the federal government's ability to do so is limited.

Trump has officially withdrawn the US from the World Health Organization as pandemic spikes.

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the globe and infections spike in many states across the U.S. 

Congress received formal notification of the decision on Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump announced his intention to end the U.S. relationship with the WHO and blasted the multilateral institution as a tool of China.

Democrats said the decision was irresponsible and ill-considered, noting it comes as the pandemic is raging and international cooperation is vital to confront the crisis.

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"This won't protect American lives or interests – it leaves Americans sick & America alone," Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted after receiving the White House's notification. "To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice."

Politics / Lincoln Project Ad: They Whisper About You
« on: July 07, 2020, 02:23:37 PM »
This one is Brutal:

There is still time to file in key battleground states. This appears to be a move to help his friend in the white house. Let's not forget the difference Ralph Nader made in the 2000 elections.

Having trouble putting Kanye on the same level as Ralph Nader.  :no:

Not me, when you do the work of the orange devil - he is allowing himself to be used.

I mean I don't see Kanye garnering the same level of support that Nader garnered.

There is still time to file in key battleground states. This appears to be a move to help his friend in the white house. Let's not forget the difference Ralph Nader made in the 2000 elections.

Having trouble putting Kanye on the same level as Ralph Nader.  :no:

Politics / Vandals Topple Statute of Frederick Douglass
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:22:15 PM »
Rochester, N.Y. — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the city in 1852. Police said the statue was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.

No arrests have been made. In a Monday morning tweet, President Trump blamed "anarchists" for the incident.


"Is this some type of retaliation because of the national fever over Confederate monuments right now? Very disappointing, it's beyond disappointing," Eison observed to CBS Rochester affiliate WROC-TV.


"We've been down this road before I actually spoke to the vandals of the first one," he told WROC. "I would like to believe it's not that, it was just some kids. But it wouldn't surprise me if it's some retaliatory, something going on."


Who do politicians pay attention too? The vote, or the major donors? I'll let you think about that my friend.

Look, if we ever want to see some real results. We need to focus on ECONOMICS, and leave the politics to somebody else.

Politicians pay attention to the polls as much as anything else.

When you say "real results," to what specifically, are you referring?

It just might backfire and take away Black votes who might have voted for Trump.

I can't imagine what the prototype Kanye voter looks like.

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