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On Rod Rosenstein's Professed Unfamiliarity with the Mueller Report

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emptywheel
Rod Rosenstein appeared unfamiliar with key parts of the Mueller Report when he testified earlier this month. That makes me wonder whether he's even aware of later, more serious steps in the Roger Stone investigation.
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The Tussle in Tulsa: A Retrospective

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Rayne
Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday didn't live up to my worries about violence or Trump campaign's expectations for turnout.
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Rudy Giuliani's Actions Remain Under Investigation

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emptywheel
Bill Barr tried to fire Geoffrey Berman last night. That makes the ongoing investigations into Rudy Giuliani more interesting.
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Friday Night Half-Assed Massacre: The Attempted Firing of SDNY's Berman

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Rayne
A post to capture Attorney General Bill Barr's bizarre Friday evening attempt to firing Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York
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John Bolton Versus Navy Versus Egan

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emptywheel
By invoking evidence that Donald Trump is behind the hold-up of prepublication review of his book, John Bolton may make Navy v. Egan a central dispute in litigation going forward.
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A Tale of Two National Security Advisors

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emptywheel
The comparison of the claims Mike Ellis is making about Trump's third National Security Advisor with the treatment given his first -- the guy who actively sold out his country rather than did so by inaction -- only serves to emphasize how Trump interprets "national security" to mean "loyalty to Trump."
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Despite Rapid Growth In Civil Rights Tourism, Montgomery Remains Firmly In The Grip Of Racist White Men

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Jim White
Despite a population that is 61% black, Montgomery Alabama has five white men on its nine person City Council. That council failed last night, mostly along racial lines, to enact an ordinance that would require masks to be worn in public, despite hospitals now being nearly overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, most of whom are black.
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Debunking The Deficit Myth

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Ed Walker
Federal expenditures are not constrained by the ability of the government to tax and borrow.
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The Other Things the Press Missed by Ignoring the Details Revealed in the Joshua Schulte Prosecution

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emptywheel
In reporting on a exhibit released during Joshua Schulte's trial in February as if it is news, the press is admitting they missed far more damning details from the trial itself.
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Three Things: SCOTUS on LGBTQ+ Discrimination, Qualified Immunity, Gun Rights

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Rayne
Very big SCOTUS day today. Huge -- and that's in spite of the court declining to hear cases on multiple issues.

Trash Talk: The NBA's Insane Money Grab Scheme

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bmaz
I really don't have a lot for this week, but there is this: The National Basketball Association is desperate to join the Grand Reopening. And boy is it a doozy. Via ESPN: "the NBA's board of governors overwhelmingly approved a proposal for…

COVID-19 Exposes Migrant Worker Conditions Amounting To Modern Day Slavery In Florida Agriculture

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Jim White
Alachua County in Florida has added 91 new COVID-19 cases over the past two days, raising its total by about 20 percent. This outbreak, when coupled with similar outbreaks among migrant agricultural workers in Immokalee and across the state, bring to light the conditions amounting to a version of modern day slavery under which these workers are forced to labor.
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Jeff Wall Admits that Any Scrutiny of DOJ's Motion to Dismiss Flynn Prosecution Will Cause Irreparable Harm to Bill Barr

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emptywheel
It's likely that Judge Karen Henderson will agree with Judge Robert Wilkins to deny Mike Flynn's petition for a writ of mandamus because it is premature. But the biggest takeaway from the hearing in the Circuit was Principal Deputy Solicitor General Jeff Wall's claim that DOJ will suffer irreparable harm if asked to explain itself in a hearing in Judge Sullivan's court.
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The Deficit Myth By Stephanie Kelton: Introduction and Index

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Ed Walker
Stephanie Kelton's new book lays the foundations for an economics for progressives.
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Appointed Amicus John Gleeson Argues DOJ Engaged in Gross Prosecutorial Misconduct in Moving to Dismiss Flynn Prosecution

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emptywheel
Amicus John Gleeson advises Judge Emmet Sullivan to reject DOJ's motion to dismiss the Mike Flynn prosecution, because their reasons for doing so are obviously pretextual.
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Judge Reggie Walton Has Questions about the Non-Stone Redactions in the Mueller Report

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emptywheel
Several recent orders in the BuzzFeed/EPIC FOIA for the Mueller Report suggest that Reggie Walton has some questions about the redactions of stuff beyond the Roger Stone material that can now be released.
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Defendant Barr's Flip-Flops Finally Attract Press Attention

Bill Barr is finally being called out on his lies. And that's happening even as a lawsuit could force Barr to make the same claims in court.
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The Why of "Defund the Police" [UPDATE]

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Rayne
There are ample reasons why policing as we know it in this country needs to be deconstructed and replaced -- in shorthand, defund the police. This is a dedicated post and thread.
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