Abusing the intelligence agencies to try to influence an election is a constitutional crisis. Abusing the special counsel statute to investigate a president on the basis of zero real evidence is a constitutional crisis. Congress attempting to usurp the Constitutional role of the President would be a constitutional crisis. The only thing here that wouldn't be a constitutional crisis would be President Trump firing a man who, legally, works for him.
That doesn't mean it would be wise to fire Mueller, but it's increasingly looking like Mueller will keep escalating until he is fired -- and he will then use the firing to claim obstruction of justice.
Propublica Retracts story on CIA head's association with torture
So, they lied to you, and likely leaked classified information in the process. Will you name your sources so they can be punished for leaking and lying, and their credibility in future leaks or other public testimony appropriately reduced? No?
This is concerning for a number of reasons. First, it comes after a string of three explosions from packages left on doorsteps; all of those resulted in serious injuries and there were some deaths. This latest attempt also resulted in serious injuries. But the switch in tactics from explosive packages left on doorsteps to tripwires on packages left by the side of the road as soon as the word got out about the packages is significant. It means the person behind this is flexible and changes tactics based on response. He's not figuring it out as he goes, he already knows what he's doing. Second, tripwires on the side of the road are a tactic very similar to IEDs seen in Iraq and elsewhere, and indicate a possible connection to that conflict (ie, skills learned there) and an inherent randomness about the targets. Third, the lack of communication with the police to claim credit for a cause, along with the (so far) lack of reported connection between the targets, suggests this person is basically attacking at random and intends to continue doing so.
There was an arrest Sunday for someone who emailed a bomb threat to a specific location near to where the other bombs were placed. He was charged with the threat, but not (yet) with the actual bombings. More explosions Monday morning, after his arrest, means they probably don't have the right guy for the actual bombs.
And finally, there might be a second device that was found before it went off. Hopefully just a false alarm.
It wouldn't have happened to a better man. The firing is richly deserved, as anyone who has been following media accounts of the Hillary email investigation and Trump-Russia investigation should know well. The officially stated reasons are unauthorized disclosure to the media -- leaking -- and "lacking candor" -- that's lying -- including under oath.
In other words, he tried to take down a president with lies and backroom politics, and he failed. He learned that if you strike at the King, you must kill him, for if you strike at the King and do not, he will surely kill you. Politically, in this case. In the old days it was a bit more literal.
Note that just being fired doesn't mean he's off the hook for whatever crimes he may have committed in the process.
McCabe has released a statement in which he whines like a bitch and blames everything on a vast right wing conspiracy to cover up a vast Russian conspiracy.
Judge who accepted Flynn's guilty plea may have been colluding with corrupt FBI agents
So the judge who accepted Flynn's guilty plea, and who sits on the FISA court, turns out to have been friendly with Strzok and Page, the dynamic and adulterous duo at the FBI who so deftly spied on the Trump campaign after exonerating Hillary Clinton.
And the text messages revealing the collaboration were deliberately hidden from Congress according to the Federalist article.
So they are deliberately making up social events as cover for their nefarious collusion with a judge on the FISA court. That shows consciousness of guilt on their part, even if the judge did nothing wrong.
Reforming the FISA court results in business as usual
Appointing one of those attorneys should be mandatory, not optional. And they should be required to write a year-end summary of their work, for public consumption, speaking in aggregate without naming names. We need to know what the FISA court is authorizing so we can have a proper public debate on government surveillance of Americans.
I meant that as a joke, but it turns out to be true. The project executive is named Leonor Flores and uses feminine pronouns.
It should be noted I'm not ascribing blame here. I don't know who screwed up. But somebody did, and that's why it's important for standards in engineering to remain "can get the right answer" rather than "diversity and inclusion".
Much as McCabe deserves to be fired (and then prosecuted and jailed), I can't help but think this is bait for Mueller to invoke obstruction of justice charges. That said, you can't let that sort of thing paralyze you. Fire him.
Reserve police officer and politician has negligent discharge in classroom
Teaching students how to disarm someone? Really? The teacher here sounds, frankly, like an idiot, and a classic example of why police officers (and politicians!) should not be the "only ones" allowed access to firearms.
If you really feel the need to teach your students how to disarm someone, that's a perfect application for one of those blue training guns, and absolutely not for a real gun with live ammunition anywhere nearby.
I object to this regulation on the following grounds: 1) It does not conform to the law. The law says a machine gun fires multiple times for a single operation of the trigger. A bump stock device fires one shot per trigger pull, and merely automates that trigger pull based on the user applying continuous pressure with their free hand. 2) It violates my "nothing for free" policy. Gun control advocates should be required to give gun rights advocates something for every piece of legislation or regulation they put in place. There are lots of silly, stupid, small things we can get rid of in trade for this sort of thing. 3) It's only been used in crime a very few times. Possibly only once. 4) Anyone using one of these devices is explicitly trading volume of fire for accuracy of fire. That's usually a trade that unarmed civilians should want. 5) It appears to ban possession as well as trade and manufacture. That's problematic; taking people's property is always more objectionable than preventing new manufacture alone.
All that said, there's is at least one bright side to this. The very fact that the regulation does not conform to the law it claims to enable may allow for a legal challenge later, once passions have died down. THere's not much benefit to agitating that this isn't being done properly now when the strategy may be to challenge it later on that basis.
All that said, I don't think we should be giving the other side anything for free, so until someone can explain what we get from this, I'm opposed.
The adults in charge of this astroturf operation should be ashamed of themselves. Any teachers or school administrators involved in it should be fired. Abusing authority over children to push for a political cause surely violates the 1st Amendment, and even more so using school time, facilities, and funds in the effort.
Warren refuses to pledge to serve her full Senate term if elected
If she doesn't plan to serve out her full term, why elect her? If she wins in 2018, she will have two years in office before running for President in 2020. Is two years really enough? Especially when she will spend that whole time running for president?
Fundamentally, she's right. When Republicans have control of Congress and the White House, they need to advance the ball on their policy agenda, because majorities are always fleeting. And while Republicans typically have "real grass roots" instead of astroturf on issues such as gun control, the ready-made professional movement is how legislation gets passed. Just look at how feckless Congress is without that; stuff barely moves even with all three houses in Republican hands and the only thing the Republicans know how to do is pass a tax cut. We need policy wins, and to deliver those, we need to harness public opinion through current events.
School shooting? "Arm teachers to defend our kids!" Illegal immigrant commits murder? "A border wall will save lives!"
Yes, the left will likely always have an advantage here, because we have jobs and they have paid protestors. We managed to get it done with the Tea Party despite that. Imagine what a Tea Party could accomplish without Obama's IRS in the way and Republicans in Congress and the White House. Maybe we can make it happen.
The left is reaching very, very far with this one. They are trying to sell it as some sort of superspy thing; the Russians collude with Trump to win the election, and then Trump sends a secret representative to meet with one of their representatives to set up a back channel to talk to Russia. But Trump just won the election; he doesn't need a "back channel" to talk to Russia. He can just pick up the phone and talk to their ambassador directly. Unless what Trump wants to talk to the Russians about is so secret and evil that the NSA would read about it due to their spying on the Russian ambassador and be compelled to do... something, who knows what.
So far as I can tell, it appears to be a tissue of allegations held together by one fact: a meeting between a Trump supporter, some potential middle eastern clients of his firm, and a Russian happened. The rest of the apparent Mueller claims about a "back channel" are not supported by publicly known evidence, and are denied under oath by Prince. And, yet again, we have a minor campaign figure who makes big claims that seem to fall under the label of self-promotion. There's a large credibility gap there.
And Prince makes the cogent point that the intelligence here could only have come from SIGINT and unmasking.
So my take is that the people responsible for the intel and unmasking abuses have chosen to leak this information and their justification for it to the press in order to spin the story ahead of the IG report which will reveal it.