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James Comer has declared a War on Christmas!! He wants to impeach Joe Biden because the then-Vice President invited his son to a holiday party!
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In an opinion booting some of the more difficult questions on presidential immunity to the DC Circuit and SCOTUS, Judge Tanya Chutkan informed Donald Trump that there is not presidential immunity clause in the Constitution.
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Sandra Day O'Connor has passed away. Don't let anyone spoof you, she was one of the nicest, brightest and best people you could ever hope to meet. Gracious is not enough of a word to describe her. She went from the smartest girl in the…
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The DC Circuit just held that when a President campaigns for re-election, he acts as an office seeker, not an office holder entitled to absolute immunity.
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On the same day that, in sworn testimony before Congress, Michael Shellenberger claimed "there's no evidence" that the hard drive Rudy Giuliani shared with the NY Post was manipulated, Vish Burra asserted (laughing) that he would hack Hunter Biden again.
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Boris Epshteyn, who was the focus for months of reporting about his role in Trump's twin federal indictments, has all but disappeared. Indeed, ABC's scoop about Little makes clear that his reportedly significant role in the stolen documents case never even made the indictment.
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This is an open thread. Leave your comments about Henry Kissinger and war crimes here rather than pollute other threads.
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In Trump's discovery demand, he argues he should be treated better than his mobsters who have also been prosecuted for their actions on January 6.
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Abbe Lowell has raised the stakes on Jamie Comer's demand that Hunter Biden testify privately, rather than publicly.
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In a bid to get a lot of irrelevant intelligence reports, Donald Trump insinuates the specific lies he told to undermine US democracy are indistinguishable from Russia's efforts to undermine US democracy.
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Index to posts in this series Lizards Lizards are a representative of the first category of agency according to Michael Tomasello in his book The Evolution Of Agency. As with the other categories, Tomasello focuses on the way lizards forage…
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You cannot claim to be doing journalism on the Republican effort to impeach Joe Biden based on allegations about his son unless you understand the ties between Rudy Giuliani's efforts to dig up dirt, including from Russian agents, and the Hunter Biden investigation.
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Trump claims that only one percent of his people from January 6 could be deemed insurrectionists. That's not what the Google geofence says.
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You always have a choice how to disseminate Trump's incitement. And yesterday, a number of journalists and critics chose to do so in the form Trump chose -- a campaign ad! -- rather than in an equally stark form that would be less likely to contribute to the incitement.
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In a bid to claim Joe Biden is treating him unfairly, Trump revealed he's using his own prosecution to interfere, again, in Hunter BIden's prosecution.
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Trump's replies submitted in his various efforts to dismiss the charges against him amount to a demand that Trump be treated not just as above the law that the hundreds of his mobsters have already been held accountable to, but also above the truth.
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Last week, Abbe Lowell requested subpoenas in the Hunter Biden case -- subpoenas that would obtain known records ranging from mean Trump tweets, to Bill Barr's efforts to funnel a bribery allegation obtained downstream from Rudy's efforts to Trump up a bribery allegation, to the Perfect Phone call. It's an impossible subpoena request. But it's also a request that goes to the core of defending against the kind retribution Trump demands.
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In the hearing on Judge Tanya Chutkan's gag in the January 6 case, Trump attorney John Lauro got awfully close to arguing that his client must be permitted to run for President by threatening all his adversaries.