Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Good morning! Have you voted on a name for the baby panda twins (“Panda McPandaface” is not an option)?

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Forget Panda McPandaface… How is “Big Boi + Andre 3000” not a naming option?

John Vestal
John Vestal

I considered those choices, but didn’t want to end up as an outcast.

John Vestal
John Vestal

With the in-laws handling the “big stuff” (as usual), my T-Day coking duties are limited to (1) scalloped oysters, (2) Brussels sprouts (with pancetta/shallots), and (3) *sigh* green bean casserole.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

“Coking” food is a very bad idea when in laws are around.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

one in ten Georgia households don’t use FDIC banks……significantly higher than national average…..

The state can help by examining their method of handling public monies

http://www.myajc.com/news/business/more-than-one-tenth-of-georgians-dont-use-banks-st/ntCHM/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Donald Trump scared of having an on-the-record meeting with The New York Times. Sad!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Aaaaand it’s back on! Good to know we have a President-Elect with solid and reliable decision-making skills.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Looks like ‘ol Noway is right again. Trump will not pursue Hillary. I said that would happen the day after. She certainly would not do the same for him. Anyway, expect major pushback from his supporters! Healing happens now, right? Even though I don’t agree eith it, This was the act of a statesman!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

More the act of a person who was told that there was no standing to actually prosecute Clinton for anything. But as someone who gets my news from newspapers and not from Facebook, I guess I learned that before some folks.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Be patient and hope that doesn’t mean if the foundation (where the money is) is engaged in illegal activities,………

Noway2016
Noway2016

He said he’s not pursuing the Foundation either.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

He can’t order a prosecution to begin with. Despite what some of his supporters may desire, this isn’t 1930s Germany. The Justice Department’s prosecutorial decisions are independent of the President and DOJ fights hard to maintain that independence.

Bart
Bart

Yea, they fight real hard to maintain credibility by inviting the target of an investigation to spend 45 minutes aboard a plane with the AG. Just a coincidence I’m sure.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The actual prosecutors tasked with pursuing charges are different from the AG. Please don’t conflate the two.

Bart
Bart

Don’t conflate the AG with the agency she leads??? Yea, that’s the ticket. Just an innocent bystander.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As an attorney and someone with plenty of colleagues that work for DOJ, I’ll rest comfortably knowing that the attorneys there have more integrety than portrayed on patriotfreedomnewz.biz

gcp
gcp

“The actual prosecutors tasked with pursuing charges are different from the AG.”

They may be different but Lynch has a whole lot of influence as evidenced by the Eric Garner case. The local Feds did not find sufficient evidence to proceed but Lynch sent in another team.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Which demonstrates my point. The USAO and FBI conducted their investigation and reached a conclusion irrespective of the case’s politics. The AG appointed Civil Rights to take another look because that’s her perogative… the fact Civil Rights has attorneys on the case does not mean they are there to return the findings the AG wants, they’re going to conduct a professional and ethical investigation.

gcp
gcp

Yes, she will continue to investigate until she gets her desired result.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, no snark. But does that also mean that despite his seeming olive branch not to “go after her and the Foundation”, that the individual AUSA’s could say “he can’t do that” (meaning have us stand down…) and continue with an active investigation? As I see this at 320pm, he seems to genuinely be trying to put this to bed with no jeopardy to any Clinton. Make sense or where am I not seeing the bigger picture? Thanks!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No snark? Promise? Since their “client” is the American people, DOJ attorneys take institutional integrity very seriously. The institution doesn’t work if people think the DOJ is a political organ. That’s why you saw outcry from so many folks after both Lynch’s tarmac meeting and the Comey letter. POTUS can suggest broad areas he thinks the DOJ should focus on and he wields influence in terms of his ability to appoint an AG who shares his beliefs and priorities. For example, POTUS has suggested that DOJ focus less on prosecuting Lowe level drug offenses. However, there are firewalls in place… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, in theory at least, the fbi could go full bore into both investigations. I thought that’s how it might work. And your knowledge and confidence of the prosecutors at justice jibes pretty well with my experience with the FBI agents doing the legwork. Both are unlikely to compromise their ethics.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Theoretically, yes. Realistically, the fact that the FBI has come out (twice! Thanks, Jim!!) and said that there was no indication of criminal wrongdoing on the emails will probably mean the FBI is done probing on that front. From my understanding the Foundation investigation was triggered by the book “Clinton Cash” but didn’t go much of anywhere (which is something that happens pretty frequently: the FBI hears about something, looks at it,doesn’t find anything). Assuming he knew beforehand that there was little he could do in the way of having Clinton investigated, I think Trump has played the situation well… Read more »

Bart
Bart

California, the land of fruits and nuts has a burgeoning secession movement – http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/ – Buh bye. If CA were to secede (please), Trump wins the popular vote going away. Current count shows HRC with a 3.5m vote lead in CA as they continue to find absentee ballots, a 1.7m lead overall. How can we help you CA?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

CA has a GSP of nearly $2.5 trillion and is the nation’s largest agricultural producer. Calexit is a silly idea, but don’t act like California leaving wouldn’t be a disaster for the rest of the country.

Bart
Bart

They would still need a market for their ag. Do you think they secede then as the first independent move declare no trade with the US? Please think before posting.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Given Trump’a thoughts on free trade, I think it’s American taxpayers that would be shouldering the hypothetical tariffs placed on avocados, jalapeños, garlic, tomatoes, etc.

Again, Calexit is a silly fantasy, just as silly as thinking California’s exit wouldn’t hinder the US economy

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Pence and Hamilton cast ? no worries, chances are they didn’t vote.

http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/mike-pence-hamilton-scandal-cast-voting-records/

bethebalance
bethebalance

don’t see how that impacts the message they conveyed in any way. the message was and remains an honest expression of their concerns.
sure, everyone should vote, but there is a strong argument that their art, and their expression to the VP-elect is a more powerful expression of political preferences, esp. in NY, with the way the electoral college works.
there are probly tons of ppl who don’t vote in states where the the electoral college outcome is pretty easily predicted.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Radar admits that they don’t have records on whether anyone voted in 2016. In the case of Anthony Ramos, Radar states that he registered in 2012 (at age 21), so are they trying to guilt him for not voting in a midterm?