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  1. #3841

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Can they please stop comparing Obama to Tiny? It is like comparing a Bengal Tiger to a cockroach. They are totally different realms.
    Starry starry night

  2. #3842

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    Brian Tyler Cohen
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    Jeff Daniels is so, so on point. Watch every second of this.

    @NicolleDWallace responds perfectly at the end: "Wow."
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    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #3843

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    A comment on the WaPo article re McGahn's no show:

    This is about Jones Day and their client list as much as Trump. Jones Day represents major republican donors, as well as russian banks, such as Alfa Bank, which is sanctioned...and as you remember, had a direct line from a private server in Trump's tower office.

    McGahn is trying to cover for his law firm and the big money he makes there, and Trump is providing cover...and how many oligarchs and foreign oil producers use Jones Day? Take a good look at their client list.
    McGahn needs to be disbarred. Where is the DC bar and their ethics committee?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/power...=.6068bc3bdd2e
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

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    Brian Tyler Cohen
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    Jeff Daniels is so, so on point. Watch every second of this.

    @NicolleDWallace responds perfectly at the end: "Wow."
    pic.twitter.com/T4u4w0UO8M

    Will McAvoy still at work, and here I thought Newsroom was canceled


  5. #3845

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    I am now in love with Jeff Daniels. Though I've seen none of the performances, this gives me someone to pull for at the Tonys.....I said as if that is what matters. He said exactly what needs to be said, apparently over and over.

    GH

  6. #3846

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    Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege

    By Jeff Stein and Josh Dawsey May 21 at 6:46 PM

    A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post.

    The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.

    Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.

    But, according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”

    The 10-page document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason that Mnuchin has cited for witholding the information.

    “[T]he Secretary’s obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax writing committee ... to state a reason for the request,” it says. It adds that the “only basis the agency’s refusal to comply with a committee’s subpoena would be the invocation of the doctrine of executive privilege.”


    (...)

    The agency says the memo was prepared last fall. At the time, Democrats were making clear they would likely seek copies of Trump’s tax returns under a 1924 law that states that the IRS “shall” turn over tax returns to Congress.

    Precisely who wrote the memo and reviewed it could not be learned. The agency says IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and current chief counsel Michael Desmond, who took over in February, were not familiar with it until a Washington Post inquiry this week. The IRS says it was never forwarded to Treasury.

    Executive privilege is generally defined as the president’s ability to deny requests for information about internal administration talks and deliberations.


    (...)

    Some legal experts said the memo provides further evidence that the Trump administration is using shaky legal foundations to withhold the tax returns.

    “The memo is clear in its interpretation of the law that the IRS shall furnish this information,” said William Lowrance, who served for about two decades as an attorney in the IRS chief counsel’s office and reviewed the memo at the request of The Post.

    Daniel Hemel, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School who also reviewed the memo for The Post, said the document suggests a split over Trump’s returns between career staffers at the IRS and political appointees at that agency and the Treasury Department.

    “The memo writer’s interpretation is that the IRS has no wiggle room on this,” Hemel said. “Mnuchin is saying the House Ways and Means Committee has not asserted a legitimate legislative purpose. The memo says they don’t have to assert a legitimate legislative purpose — or any purpose at all.”

    (...)

    Treasury Department officials said there had been extensive discussions about the tax return issue, with one official saying the issue put the agency in a difficult spot because Trump has predetermined the outcome — and Mnuchin is a Trump ally who was the finance chair of his 2016 campaign.

    “The decision has been made,” this official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “Now it’s up to us to try to justify it.”

    (...)

    “One potential basis” for refusing the returns, the memo states, would be if the administration invoked the doctrine of executive privilege.

    But the IRS memo notes that executive privilege is most often invoked to protect information, such as opinions and recommendations, submitted as part of formulating policies and decisions. It even says the law “might be read to preclude a claim of executive privilege,” meaning the law could be interpreted as saying executive privilege cannot be invoked to deny a subpoena.

    Earlier this month, the nonpartisan congressional Research Service published a review of Section 6103 that found the code “evinces no substantive limitations” on the Ways and Means Committee’s authority to receive the tax returns.

    But, the CRS report added, the committee’s authority “arguably is subject to the same legal limitations that generally attach to Congress’ use of other compulsory investigative tools,” including the need to serve some “legislative purpose” and not breach constitutional rights.

    Damian Paletta contributed to this report.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...=.2a189a027ada
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #3847

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    Fascinating.

    Emily Jane Fox
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    Cohen’s assessment of Don Jr., his relationship to his father, and that he thinks Trump had Kushner and Manafort come to the Trump Tower meeting about getting Clinton dirt because he didn’t trust his son is withering.



    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  8. #3848

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    I am now in love with Jeff Daniels. Though I've seen none of the performances, this gives me someone to pull for at the Tonys.....I said as if that is what matters. He said exactly what needs to be said, apparently over and over.

    GH
    Do you watch TV at all? Because I do think you'd like Newsroom, which is basically why he's on MSNBC. Lasted 3 seasons, all are up on HBO Go, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime if you want to stream it. Here's the opening scene from the show. Around the 5:15 mark is the most memorable scene of the show that got a lot of attention.



  9. #3849

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  10. #3850

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    Matthew Segal

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    Here we go... Bill Barr about to speak at the American Law Institute’s annual dinner.

    Barr is now railing against nationwide injunctions, and how Trump’s attempts to rescind DACA have been thwarted.

    Barr: Some would say the nationwide injunctions issued against Trump’s policies are evidence of his lawlessness.

    “Obviously I disagree with that,” says Barr.

    Barr: SCOTUS’s decision to uphold the Muslim ban is evidence that the Trump administration isn’t lawless.

    Me: No, it’s evidence that SCOTUS is bad.

    RECAP:
    �� Barr gave a partisan speech to a nonpartisan group.
    �� Barr defended Trump’s immigration polices, including the Muslim ban.
    �� Barr made EX PARTE ARGUMENTS about pending litigation to an audience that included federal judges!
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/a...ute-nationwide



    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  11. #3851

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    Avi Bueno
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    During Rex Tillerson's secret meeting with the House Foreign Affairs Committee today he stated that the Trump administration actively avoided confronting Russia about their election interference so they could cozy up to the Kremlin.



    Tillerson also told the Committee that Jared Kushner prevented him from briefing Trump on policy proposals regarding "major foreign affair matters".

    Keep in mind, Kushner constantly lied about his foreign personal and business entanglements, making this especially worrisome.





    https://www.thedailybeast.com/rex-ti...-to-talk-trump
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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