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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 25 Jan, 2022 06:11 am
The metropolitan police commissionerCressida Dick has been dragged kicking to finally do her job.

The parties at 10 Downing Street will finally be investigated by the met which means that the Gray report by a civil servant due out this week will now be delayed.

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blatham
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2022 08:52 am
Missouri School Board Bans Toni Morrison Novel

The Wentzville School Board in Missouri yanked “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison from high school libraries in the district last week in another victory for conservatives’ crusade to censor schools from discussing racism and other “divisive” topics.

Definite move away from the authoritarian mindset and towards personal liberty here.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2022 11:38 am
‘Fraudulent elector certifications’ sent from states won by Biden in effort to subvert election result and declare Trump the winner

US prosecutors investigate Republicans who sent fake Trump electors to Congress
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Federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into the attempt by Republicans in seven presidential battleground states won by Joe Biden in 2020 to subvert the election result by sending bogus slates of Donald Trump electors to Congress.

The ploy was one of the central tactics used by Trump loyalists as part of the “big lie” that he had defeated his Democratic challenger. The fake slates of electors were forwarded to congressional leaders, who then came under pressure to delay certification of Biden’s victory on 6 January 2021, the day of the Capitol insurrection.

In an interview on CNN, the deputy attorney general, Lisa Monaco, revealed that the justice department has begun an investigation into what she called the “fraudulent elector certifications”. She said the department had received referrals on the matter and “our prosecutors are looking at those”.

Monaco added: “We are going to follow the facts and the law wherever they lead to address conduct of any kind and at any level that is part of an assault on our democracy.”

Fake slates of Trump electors were sent to Congress from seven states in fact won by Biden – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Of those, two – New Mexico and Pennsylvania – added the caveat that the Trump electors should only be counted in the event of a disputed election.

The other five states sent signed statements to Washington giving the appearance that Trump had won despite clear and verified counts placing Biden on top.

Under America’s arcane presidential election system, US presidents are not chosen directly by voters but indirectly through electoral college votes meted out state by state. Official certificates naming the electors for the winning candidate in each state are then sent to Washington to be certified, in this case on 6 January, when hundreds of violent Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt the process.

Earlier this month the pro-democracy group American Oversight obtained under freedom of information laws the bogus certificates from all seven states in which Republicans attempted to overturn the election result. The certificate from Georgia, one of the most hotly contested states in 2020, reads: “We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors for president and vice president of the United States of America from the state of Georgia …”

The fake statement then carries the names and signatures of 16 fake electors who claimed falsely to have cast their electoral college votes for Trump when in fact they had no legal standing to do so. The move was in direct contravention to the actual vote in Georgia, confirmed in multiple counts, which Biden won by 11,779 votes.

Democratic attorneys general in at least two of the seven states – New Mexico and Michigan – have now asked federal prosecutors to examine whether drawing up the bogus certificates amounted to a crime. Their referrals appear to have triggered the DoJ’s investigation.

The fact that Republicans left a paper trail by sending their phony certificates to both Congress and the National Archives suggest that they may now face legal peril. The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has also recently begun to focus on the fake Trump electors, and particularly those who organized the plot.

A figure of special interest is Rudy Giuliani, who acted as a lawyer for the Trump campaign and who has been reported to have spearheaded the fake elector strategy. The January 6 committee sent Giuliani a subpoena letter earlier this month specifically referring to his efforts instigating the ploy.

Another area of intense interest is the draft letter prepared in December 2020 by Jeffrey Clark, a relatively lowly justice department official, who tried to persuade Georgia and six other states won by Biden to call back their electors from Congress and consider replacing them with Trump electors. The letter was never officially sent after the acting US attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, refused to play ball.

The fake electors tactic was also central to the election subversion strategy laid out for Trump by the conservative lawyer John Eastman. In a now notorious two-page memo handed to Trump and the then vice-president, Mike Pence, in the Oval Office, Eastman argued that Pence could block the certification of Biden’s victory on 6 January.

Pence had the constitutional role of presiding over the joint session of Congress that would certify the election results – a process usually considered purely ceremonial. But Eastman advised him that when he opened the electoral college ballot from Arizona he should announce that “he has multiple slates of electors, and so is going to defer decision on that”.

By “multiple slates”, Eastman was referring to the official slate of electors returned by Arizona in favor of Biden who won the state by 10,457 votes and the fake slate of Trump electors that is now under federal investigation.
blatham
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2022 05:16 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detail in their recent book "Peril" just how close this plan came to succeeding. I highly recommend Costa's discussion with David Axelrod on Axelrod's podcast, The Axe Files for anyone who desires a fine brief on all of this.
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BillW
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2022 08:00 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
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............Of those, two – New Mexico and Pennsylvania – added the caveat that the Trump electors should only be counted in the event of a disputed election.

The other five states sent signed statements to Washington giving the appearance that Trump had won despite clear and verified counts placing Biden on top.
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To me, this is highly incriminating to the 5 states that did not include the caveat!
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 03:19 am
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:

Oh crap, I heard some of his whining but somehow missed that. I started fuming when he began his crap about how much the Republican Party loves the voters.



I finally heard ol barefoot boy say that phrase at a mini press conference.
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blatham
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 08:47 am
From the Times Linda Greenhouse on Breyer's retirement

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To my second point, it’s not that requests for him to step down were unreasonable. It’s that they became so vociferous, so belittling, really. It’s as if this distinguished public servant could be shoved out of the way, obscuring any idea of who he is and what his time on the court has meant. That is a loss not only for him — and he certainly deserves better — but also for the rest of us, because his career has much to teach us about the state of the court today.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 09:35 am
@blatham,
blatham wrote:

From the Times Linda Greenhouse on Breyer's retirement

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To my second point, it’s not that requests for him to step down were unreasonable. It’s that they became so vociferous, so belittling, really. It’s as if this distinguished public servant could be shoved out of the way, obscuring any idea of who he is and what his time on the court has meant. That is a loss not only for him — and he certainly deserves better — but also for the rest of us, because his career has much to teach us about the state of the court today.





Breyer DOES deserve better.

And I thank the gods that he did retire now...rather than wait, as Ginsberg did.
blatham
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 10:05 am
@Frank Apisa,
Yes.
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blatham
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 10:10 am
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Tucker Carlson’s pro-Russia rants give Republicans exactly what they deserve

Tucker Carlson has created a thorny dilemma for Republicans running in 2022 primaries: How can they cast President Biden as “weak” on Ukraine when the nation’s most-watched right-wing TV commentator is enforcing a new orthodoxy suggesting that the U.S. must not defend Ukraine against Russian aggression in any way, shape or form?

With Biden set to talk to Russian president Vladimir Putin Thursday, a striking new report from Axios captures the problem Carlson has created. Republicans are split between those who want to attack Biden as weak by demanding a more bellicose stance toward Russia as it masses for an invasion of Ukraine, and MAGA-friendly Republicans catering to Carlson’s pro-Russia stance.

This conflict, however, is being widely misrepresented as one pitting conventional GOP “hawks” versus Trumpist “isolationists.” Something more pernicious is going on: The Carlsonian stance is perhaps better understood as alignment with a kind of right wing internationale, a loose international alliance of authoritarian nationalists who despise liberal internationalist alliances.

Carlson has gone to extraordinary lengths to buttress Russian president Vladimir Putin’s perspective on the brewing conflict. His depictions of Putin’s fears of NATO expansion into Ukraine are larded with great sympathy for Putin’s plight.

As Axios reports, this is driving a split among Republicans that has become an issue in GOP primaries:

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GOP operatives working in 2022 primary races tell Axios they worry they’ll alienate their base if they push to commit American resources or troops to help Ukraine fight Russia.

Some very high profile 2022 GOP candidates are toeing this line. They include J.D. Vance and Blake Masters, who are running for Senate in Ohio and Arizona. And numerous House Republicans are adopting this line as well.

Incredibly, Carlson is a key reason for this. As Axios reports: “GOP offices have been fielding numerous calls from voters echoing arguments they heard on Carlson’s 8 p.m. ET show.”

While Carlson piously suggests he is driven by a desire to prevent U.S. lives from being wasted abroad, he has also suggested we should take Russia’s side. He has even attacked U.S. media figures for suggesting Ukraine is a U.S. ally whose territorial sovereignty should be defended.

What’s amusing about this situation — if “amusing” is the right word — is how Republicans are struggling mightily to get around the complications this creates.

Right now, the Biden administration is threatening sanctions to deter a Russian invasion and has rebuffed Putin’s demand for a veto on Ukraine joining NATO. But Biden has also hinted at diplomatic offramps by suggesting such a move by Ukraine is far off.

The problem for Republicans under Carson’s influence is they want to keep attacking the Democratic president’s posture as “weak.” But Carlson is complicated this by requiring them to oppose doing anything at all toward Russia in defense of Ukraine.

To solve this, those Republicans are seeking a new safe space. It entails hitting Biden as “weak” on Russia but without getting specific about what they think the U.S. should do toward Russia in Ukraine’s defense, since detailing that would attract Carlson’s ire.

Underscoring the absurdities here, one GOP aide candidly notes that GOP candidates are adopting that balance to keep Carlson happy, but without going “full Tucker.” Yet Carlson himself won’t allow this. He’s calling on GOP voters to punish GOP primary candidates who don’t fully toe his line:

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“I really hope that Republican primary voters are ruthless about this,” Carlson told Axios, and vote out any Republican “who believes Ukraine’s borders are more important than our borders.”

In other words, to remain in Carlson’s good graces, Republicans must comprehensively abandon any defense of Ukraine toward Russia. But how can Republicans revert to their usual attack on the Democratic president as “weak” no matter what he does, if they must adopt the posture that the U.S. must do nothing at all?

Really, this couldn’t be happening to a bunch of nicer scoundrels.

The best way to understand this situation is provided by the progressive perspective on it. Capitol Hill progressives see certain positive elements in Carlson’s influence on Republicans, in particular the willingness to pump the breaks on the typical Washington rush into hawkishness and displays of “strength.”

But the progressive view is that Carlson’s positive influence ends there. Whatever Carlson’s genuine proclivities toward sparing U.S. lives and treasure in foreign conflicts, his unwillingness to defend Ukraine’s sovereign right to determine its own fate, and his apparent willingness to abandon Ukraine to Russian aggression, are rooted in far less admirable instincts.

“Tucker’s argument against escalation is essentially based on the idea that Ukrainian lives don’t matter,” Matt Duss, a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), told me.

Unlike Carlson, progressives believe defending Ukrainian sovereignty from Russian aggression has immense stakes. As a Center for American Progress paper details, this is necessary to uphold the liberal democratic order and to deter creeping strongman authoritarian nationalism.

But this may be exactly why Carlson opposes defending Ukraine at all costs: He sees Putin as a kind of ally in that international cabal of right wing nationalists. As Duss told me: “In the Carlson-MAGA worldview, Putin is an avatar of white Christian nationalism.”

So Carlson’s pull on the GOP base is far more pernicious than merely being a new “isolationism.” But regardless, in denying Republicans the space to reflexively blame the Democratic president for “weakness” without saying how they would handle an intensely complex geopolitical situation, it’s giving them exactly what they deserve.

And, of course, Carlson's project here is totally in line with what Steve Bannon is up to.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 12:48 pm
Can't post links but I've just read how there is currently a race to recover a stricken F35-C fighter jet from the bottom of the South China Sea before the Chinese.
BillW
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 03:56 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

Can't post links but I've just read how there is currently a race to recover a stricken F35-C fighter jet from the bottom of the South China Sea before the Chinese.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/25/asia/us-f-35-crash-recovery-south-china-sea-intl-hnk-ml/index.html<br />
blatham
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 06:42 pm
@BillW,
Bad link
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 06:47 pm
@blatham,

more betterer...

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/25/asia/us-f-35-crash-recovery-south-china-sea-intl-hnk-ml/index.html
blatham
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 07:03 pm
@Region Philbis,
thanks
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BillW
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2022 09:07 pm
@Region Philbis,
Thanx
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hightor
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jan, 2022 04:57 am
Zardoz wrote:
The Arizona state legislature is trying to pass a law that takes the rights of voters away and vests it in the state legislature. It would no longer matter who the voters voted for the republicans would simply award the election to whoever the candidate was in their party. To start with the stupid republicans don’t realize that such a law is a double edge sword, if there was a political shift to democrat, a state with such a law would now give the same power to the democrats. If that happened, you could bet the republicans would want to repeal the very law they wanted to pass.

It is amazing the lengths the republicans go to because a worthless crook lost the election by 8 million votes. The republicans stand ready to take the most basic corner stone of our democracy away, the right for the people to vote for the president. They do this to “save” our country. One of the Arizona republicans wants to take Arizona voting back to 1958 with only paper ballots and no computer counting. They want to do away with most of the absentee voting and any other changes that make voting easier. The military votes absentee and generally support the republicans by doing away with absentee voting might hurt their cause just as it did when Trump discouraged republicans from voting absentee hurt him during the 2020 election. Arizona will probably turn the clock back 64 years in an all-out effort to get Trump elected.
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hightor
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jan, 2022 05:07 am
Great article by Jane Mayer:

Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?

Behind closed doors, Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife is working with many groups directly involved in controversial cases before the Court.

One can only imagine the hysteria that would surround a liberal justice with a similarly politically-encumbered spouse.
blatham
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jan, 2022 10:01 am
@hightor,
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Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?

It is a great piece of reporting. I've been promoting it everywhere I can.

One can go a very long way to understanding modern America reading this Mayer essay along with her book, Dark Money. All the key pieces fall into place.
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blatham
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jan, 2022 04:28 pm
From former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
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Ron Filipkowski
@RonFilipkowski
· Jan 29
In a new interview, Michael Flynn says covid was intentionally introduced into the world by global elites like George Soros, Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates and the Arabella Group so they can “rule the world,” “control humanity,” and defeat Donald Trump.

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