The intelligence review of of the Mar-a-Lago documents begins with three questions: Why did Trump take documents in the first place? Why these documents? Why not those?
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I'm a Lutheran pastor with a bachelors degree in math and economics to go with a masters and Ph.D. in religion. Like Marcy and others here at Emptywheel, I've got a lot of experience in the close reading of various texts, whether religious texts, legal opinions, political speeches, or governmental regulations. Years ago, before it was a dirty word, I was an intern at the State Department. While my career path took me into the ministry rather than the Foreign Service, I continue to follow the ins and outs of international affairs. For several years, I also regularly blogged at Firedoglake on religion and politics, foreign affairs, and just about anything else that caught my attention, and am delighted to return to blogging here at Emptywheel.
The House of Windsor is learning that healing a broken family takes honesty and hard work. We could learn from them in dealing with Trump.
In the far-away land of Mar-A-Lago
sits a once-vaunted leader, now brought very low.
And then come his lawyers, with news of a guest,
A visit un-looked for, unwelcome, unblessed. . . .
Legal folks, politicians, media people, and ordinary Americans are watching the DOJ’s handling of the theft of documents from the White House. But around the world, a whole lot of others are watching as well, and how DOJ moves this case forward is critical to the future of US foreign policy.
How does it end? A limited Russian victory in the Donbas? A negotiated cease fire of some kind? Perhaps, but there are two other possible end games that appear increasingly likely to me, though I don’t see anyone publicly talking about them.
Amid all the speeches today as Democrats remembered last January 6th, Adam Schiff had some surprising words for two of his colleagues.
But Herod’s always out there, he’s got our cards on file.
It’s a lead pipe cinch if we give an inch
That Herod likes to take a mile.
It’s best to go home by another way . . .
Today GOP governors are angry with Biden over vaccine and testing requirements, but maybe they really should be angry at some other folks.
January 6, 2020 wasn’t the first time Trump riled up a mob and aimed them at his target. Just ask Katy Tur about Raleigh NC in 2015.
David Schoen and other Trump defenders claim the impeachment trial “will divide the country.” Earth to Schoen & Co: January 6 did that already.