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Will Durant
Will Durant

Even White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the Infowars doctored video of Acosta as “justification” for his press pass revocation:

https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1060374680991883265

“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”

Just more lying support by Ms. Sanders for the Liar in Chief. (Since taking office he’s now up to more than 7,000 documented ones by the Washington Post).

davidmac
davidmac

I’m really confused as to why this got so many downvotes. “Liar-in-Chief” is inflammatory, sure, but no more so than other posts here. And it’s got source material. In fact, I’m confused as to what the purpose of the thumbs-up and thumbs-down is – as a point of vanity, I posted a long, (IMO) very informative analysis to Noway’s question. I gave him a thumbs-up for the question, as it was relevant, pointed, and a good discussion topic. I got no responses to my post and no votes. Now, prominent figures including John Yoo and George Conway are also picking… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I pay thumbs up or down little mind. I doubt I would have noticed the large negative but for you bringing it attention. It’s not the sort of thing I feel any need to try to counter with a thumbs up.

It’s a poor measure of how many read what you commented and not a very good measure of how it influences them, so don’t let scores deter you.t

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s only going to get much worse as the technology to doctor videos improves and becomes more user friendly. Within a decade there will be totally fake videos.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Totally fake videos… like movies?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

My initial thought was to respond yes, except that the faces on the characters will have been pasted onto the bodies of others, and will be given dialogue that they did not utter.

Bus on second thought no. Fiction is different than fake, and so is dramatization.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Yes, just like movies…

Also, check the definition of fiction. Here, I’ll help: invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Fiction is quite distinct from counterfeit or forgery.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Not anymore…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Speaking for yourself, or Republicans?

Ellynn
Ellynn

The issue is not fake vs. real… The problem in the very near future is technology is now getting so good it’s getting hard for exerts to figure out it’s a fake.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I will grant that the Liar-in-Chief is inflammatory but stand by that statement. The exaggerations, equivocations, and plain old false statements that come out of this administration and this president should be called out. Suppression of a member of the press trying to get a genuine answer to a valid question should not be tolerated. The president adding editorial asides before the question is even finished and getting personal with the questioner only further demeans the office he holds and belittles himself. Then the press secretary whose job should be disseminating truth uses one of the ultimate sources of “fake… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yanno’ I really don’t like Acosta, he’s too, I dunno’, Geraldo to me, I just strongly believe in Madison’s Bill of Rights. In the meantime let’s see how many thumbs I get for the Министр пропаганды:
https://imgur.com/a/xHnQw5g

xdog
xdog

The people I know who don’t recognize satire don’t recognize a lot of other things too.

I doubt Bodied is more fun than Bulworth. Check it out. “The populace is unaroused.”

Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

As an aside, I never have understood why a senator from a safe state would ever give up his seat for a cabinet post. Unless he’s gonna run for Prez, that is.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

One, I think Sessions had long had his eye on the AG post. Much like Kerry long had his eye on Sec. State.

Two, it’s really hard to turn down a Cabinet post. Stated better, it’s hard to turn down a “good” Cabinet post.

Three, it makes a lot more sense than offering the gig to a Senator or Governor from a swing state where you run the risk of losing the special election or having someone of the opposite party appointed.*

*However, as Doug Jones and Scott Brown have shown, appointing a Senator from a safe state carries risks as well.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I hear you. Wouldn’t be for me though. Me? I’d be dug in to the senate seat like toenail fungus! I’d leave on a metal gurney.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Prior to the senate, he was the Alabama AG and really really really wanted to be on the federal bench, which he was voted down in his senate hearing in the 80’s.

Here’s a thought, he could run for the Alabama Supreme Court… or since he has his 20 years at a full senate pension just retire.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The gig you want is Federal Judge. Lifetime appointment. Never have to run for re-election. Can pretty much do whatever you want. Salary is good, too. $199k for District Court judges $211k for CoA.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What do you guys think of Christie for new AG?

davidmac
davidmac

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Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Borrowing from something I saw: “That would be a bridge too far.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

My biggest criteria is DOJ experience as either a USA or DAG or AAG. So he checks that box. My worry is that his political career has overshadowed his prosecutorial one and I think that taints the department as a whole. This was my position on Sessions, another former USA who went into politics. Christie would be fine, I guess, especially when compared to Bondi, Gowdy, or some of the other names I’ve seen floating around. If you want a Republican, my choices would be: Mark Filip (former DAG), Geoffrey Berman (current USA for SDNY), and Zach Terwilliger (current USA… Read more »

davidmac
davidmac

The only logical progression from Sessions is to Shirley Phelps-Roper.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Ouch! Don’t even say that!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Speaking of Gowdy, I do not understand why he’s left a safe seat. He hasn’t clued us in on his next career yet. He’s said he doesn’t want politics. What’s left? College Pres? Major SC law firm as rainmaker? Surely not a lobbyist!?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Professional hair stylist?

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

I’m confused by this too. He complains a lot about how bad the politics are, but have you seen him in a hearing? I mean, he certainly looks like he enjoys the politics. Maybe he has a hard principle that the president is stepping on. Speaking of… did the Republicans hold Sanford’s seat?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Occam’s Razor: Being in the minority sucks. Gowdy saw the writing on the wall and didn’t want to go back to that.

As for SC-1. Yes, the Democrat won.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

Good. I liked Sanford, and this result appeals to my sense of justice. Primarying reasonable Republicans for lack of loyalty to the King should always carry the risk of losing the seat outright.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Glad to see you are getting into the spirit of “Nuanced Sarcasm” day!

xdog
xdog

Nope. Score -1 for Trump.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Private sector, Run for gov. in 2022

Ellynn
Ellynn

He was with the campaign… so he would he not have to recues himself from any Mueller or Mueller like investigation?

alpha male
alpha male

From an intellect/ experience/integrity standpoint it definitely should be Gowdy. But no way that happens. After watching Trump continually trash Sessions it is apparent potus desires a Holderesque ally as AG. Gowdy is not that guy. Trey has not been lockstep with Trump and in fact has contradicted him on the Mueller probe several times. Christie is more what potus wants imo. Plus Christie wants it, Gowdy does not. Gowdy is sick of politics and much prefers the South Carolina upstate to DC. Trey may be looking to finally make some real money, but his true passion is prosecuting bad… Read more »

armanidog
armanidog

From a Chinese tech show today.
Will there be robot politicians to talk to robot news anchors?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Bran Kemp will be Georgia’s next Governor. He made the partisan statement that the Russians didn’t try to influence the 2016 election and then said he didn’t need any voting system security help. Meanwhile his office’s incompetence served up the voter database on silver platters to everyone that asked. That not being a wake-up call, he exposed the complete voter database to simple hacks in two different ways and times. His office did nothing for six months when notified of the security flaw, then hid its occurrence for another three months. Kemp lied by accusing Democrats of a hack when… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Interesting idea popped up in one of my group texts. I’ve seen some buzz about Abrams running for Senate in 2020 against David Perdue, a race I’ve long thought Kasim Reed was eye-ing. What’s the plausibility of Abrams running to replace John Lewis should the 78 year old elect to retire?

Abrams has the mix of profile and experience to put her on a path to leadership in the Democratic caucus. Putting her in an incredibly safe seat would all but assure her rise up the ranks.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Not bad idea. I think Lewis, however, will be the new Claude Pepper. Like I mentioned if I were a Senator, they’ll take Lewis out in an ambulance.

As for Kasim, Stacey would beat him in a Dem primary. He’s got too much baggage from his Mayor’s tenure.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

Politics isn’t my strong suit, but I see her as much more suited to the senate seat than Reed. Agree with Noway that Reed has too much baggage. Abrams is also smarter than Reed and less of a prick. Does taking a safe house seat assure a rise up the ranks? If so, why is Lewis still there?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Lewis has been Chief Deputy Whip since 1991. He’s now “Senior Chief Deputy Whip.” I don’t know if he’s tried to move up from there, but it’s kind of hard to unseat folks like Hoyer and Clyburn that have been there just as long.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I could easily see Lewis retiring soon. He knows there are several who would want that seat. It would be a great fit for Stacey.

It’s funny, when Kasim was in the state Senate and running for mayor, I wondered if he had the right temperament for executive branch. Now we wonder if he has the right temperament for legislative.

xdog
xdog

Did y’all see the footage of Lewis dancing at the Abrams event last week? The man still has some moves.

davidmac
davidmac

Continuing the discussion on the Acting AG appointment. Reading Katyal and Conway’s column in the NYT today, they have a stronger case than I first assumed that Whitaker cannot Constitutionally be appointed to the AG position, and the FVRA 3345 (a)(3) is unconstitutional as applied to Department heads that require Senate approval. Freytag v. Commissioner, quoting Buckley v. Valeo: “[A]ny appointee exercising significant authority pursuant to the laws of the United States is an ‘Officer of the United States,’ and must, therefore, be appointed in the manner prescribed by § 2, cl. 2, of [Article II].” Buckley, 424 U.S. at… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn
davidmac
davidmac

Heh, even Thomas agrees: Justice Clarence Thomas, concurring in NLRB v. SW General: Appointing principal officers under the FVRA, however, raises grave constitutional concerns because the Appointments Clause forbids the President to appoint principal officers without the advice and consent of the Senate. Footnote 1: That Solomon was appointed “temporarily” to serve as acting general counsel does not change the analysis. I do not think the structural protections of the Appointments Clause can be avoided based on such trivial distinctions. Solomon served for more than three years in an office limited by statute to a 4-year term, and he exercised… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Who has standing to sue and why haven’t they done so? Seems like an easy way to settle a crises created by the President.

davidmac
davidmac

I don’t think anyone’s yet suffered an injury-in-fact that is remediable under Article III Courts.

But the moment Whitaker takes any official action (and we know what it was) that injures someone’s rights, e.g. fires someone, issues a guidance, etc., then there’s a live case or controversy.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Did anyone post this yet?
The satire of the gov election is now officially fully nationalized.
https://politics.theonion.com/georgia-gop-demands-stacey-abrams-step-down-as-candidat-1830342619

Benevolus
Benevolus

I am confident there are people who would honestly consider that a legitimate idea.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump nomination of a inadequately examined partisan liar on record with statements indicating he’s likely to protect Trump to the Supreme Court was successful.. It’s only logical to elevate a partisan stooge to AG without any examination? It will MAGA.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A midday laugh is always good:

“Despite losing control of the House, our president took a victory lap last night. He called the results ‘very close to a complete victory for Republicans.’ Yes, in the same way the World Series was very close to a complete victory for the Dodgers. Other than games 1, 2, 4 and 5, they crushed it.”
—Jimmy Kimmel

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Yeah, as usual in mid-terms, the president’s party lost the majority in the House. With such an unexpected (wink-wink) Democrat win, where are the conservatives who are supposed to be out raging in the street, smashing windows out of buildings, setting cars on fire, wearing black masks and attacking left-wing rallies…. stuff like that?

All the boring conservatives have attacked is the mall this weekend.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Where are the conservatives? At home preparing for the imminent arrival of the caravan invasion, the most important thing facing the country, at least until the polls closed. Give yourself credit for remembering the nothing-to-it point about leftists mobs and trying to make hay.

Meanwhile the left will focus on healthcare and other Democratic campaign issues.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

I see you don’t recognize facetious, my friend. But since you mention the caravan, here’s an update today that it’s now 5,500: https://www.inquisitr.com/5158196/migrant-caravan-leaves-mexico-city-and-heads-toward-u-s-mexico-border/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+google%2FyDYq+%28The+Inquisitr There’s a link in a post above that describes the two other caravans that have now formed and are about 2,000 each and growing as they move along other routes, bringing the total of the three to roughly 10,000 in the expected wave of people with no regard for our nation’s laws. What a statement for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Veterans’ Day, when we honor all who have fought and… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

“The Gift”! It’s better than my Other Term! Oh, thank you, thank you! Lol!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-will-run-again-1541963599

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

This has gotta be a joke! Surely she won’t humiliate herself like that. Especially if Mueller ever reports out the real Russia collusion in 2016 was that she colluded with them, not Trump. Hillary and her campaign chairman Podesta funneled money through Fusion GPS (the P for Podesta) and hired former British spy Christopher Steele to work with Russian operatives and create a phony dossier against Trump, calling it “oppositional research.” If ever prosecuted for that, she might not be available to run in 2020.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Please direct me to any support for your assertion that 1) the Clinton campaign was working with a foreign government to influence the US elections and 2) that hiring Steele constitutes a crime.

I know I don’t have to respond to everything on here, but folks deserve to know that there are a handful of posters on here who do nothing but spread the b.s. and fake news they pick up from Hannity and Daily Stormer.