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  #2410899 31-Jan-2020 19:47
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I don't speak a word of French, but I still found this video funny

Very bad Trump


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  #2410907 31-Jan-2020 19:59
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kingdragonfly: Why Trump's Middle East plan is so divisive

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US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan has been welcomed by Israel, but Palestinians have dismissed it as a "conspiracy".

 

 

 

Perhaps Israel can offer the Palestinians 100% of Trumps properties as a partial compensation for the land loss. After all, giving away something you don't own is now called "The deal of the century".


 
 
 
 


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  #2411021 1-Feb-2020 08:28
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Trump's bad faith is legendary. He will only sign five legal document

  • unjust enrichment

  • something he'll ignore, because the other party is too poor to take legal action

  • something he wants hidden, like sex with a porn star while married

  • contracts to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense

  • any proclamation that privileged white males deserve protection.

    I'm sure Trump's never attended a history class; his father probably paid someone to take the tests for him, ala Operation Varsity Blues

    If he did take a history class, he'd known his personal pledge is equivalent to one of the 370 native Americans deals.

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      #2411022 1-Feb-2020 08:39
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    I can't believe you can sign an oath saying you'll be just and impartial and then vote against the fundamentals of a fair trial.


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      #2411027 1-Feb-2020 09:18
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    GV27:  I can't believe you can sign an oath saying you'll be just and impartial and then vote against the fundamentals of a fair trial.

     



     





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      #2411034 1-Feb-2020 09:43
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    Republican Senator Rick Scott, whose still a juror, has released an attack ad in Iowa for Trump, accusing Biden of corruption, and Ukraine, not Russia, of election interference.

    Again Rick Scott is still a juror in an active trial. He's also has no connection to Iowa.

    From 2014, The "honorable" Rick Scott Refuses To Debate


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      #2411042 1-Feb-2020 10:46
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    From the former President of Estonia: https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1223351079057813504

     





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      #2411071 1-Feb-2020 12:17
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    Trump impeachment: Failed witnesses vote paves way for acquittal.

     

     

    Democrats hoped four swing Republicans would vote for witnesses, which would have extended the trial without in all likelihood changing its outcome.

     

    In the end, only two of the four Republicans voted with Democrats.

     

    The trial now moves forward to a vote on whether to acquit President Trump, which he is all but certain to win.

     





     

     

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      #2411077 1-Feb-2020 12:35
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    Here's a great consolation gift for Republican Senators who lose in November.


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      #2411394 2-Feb-2020 10:42
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    So, now we know lying under oath by Senators (promise to be unbiased and weigh up evidence etc) is no longer a crime in America. Just another non-crime for those in power.


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      #2411402 2-Feb-2020 11:11
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    linw:  So, now we know lying under oath by Senators (promise to be unbiased and weigh up evidence etc) is no longer a crime in America. Just another non-crime for those in power.

     



     

     

     

     





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      #2411490 2-Feb-2020 11:55
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    Trump Lawyer’s Impeachment Argument Stokes Fears of Unfettered Power

    New York Times By Charlie Savage

    When a lawyer for President Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of re-election is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallized fears among some of Mr. Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy.

    “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” said the lawyer, Alan M. Dershowitz. He sought on Thursday to clarify or walk back his remarks, saying on Twitter that they were mischaracterized.

    ...The list of ways in which Mr. Trump and his legal team have pushed limits is growing.

    In the Ukraine affair, his lawyers have argued that nothing is impeachable or illegal about using his official powers to coerce a weak ally to announce a corruption investigation into a domestic political rival, and the Senate’s Republican majority will likely vote to acquit him.

    Along the way, Mr. Trump’s legal team came up with a theory by which the executive branch could lawfully withhold from Congress a whistle-blower complaint that an inspector general had deemed an “urgent concern.” A law says that the administration “shall” disclose such a complaint to lawmakers.

    And before the Ukraine affair came to light, lawyers in the White House budget office developed a legal theory that Mr. Trump had constitutional authority to withhold congressionally mandated military aid from Ukraine, overriding the Anti-Impoundment Act. They never activated that theory, since he released the aid after the whistle-blower filed his complaint.

    The president’s edgy views of executive power did not start with Ukraine. Mr. Trump himself has repeatedly claimed that Article II of the Constitution, which creates the presidency, gives him “the right to do whatever I want.”

    He has said he could pardon himself and vowed to systematically stonewall “all” congressional subpoenas.

    Mr. Trump broke with a long-held norm by personally ordering an investigation into the Russia investigators, and he repeatedly tried to impede the special counsel inquiry, boasting that he has “an absolute right to do what I want to with the Justice Department.”

    After William P. Barr, a longtime believer in a maximalist interpretation of presidential power, privately provided the Trump administration with a legal theory by which obstruction of justice laws do not apply to presidents who abuse their power over the Justice Department, Mr. Trump appointed him attorney general.

    In domestic policy, Mr. Trump has pushed the limits of emergency powers laws to claim a right to spend more taxpayer money on a border wall with Mexico than Congress was willing to appropriate. In foreign policy, he launched strikes at the Syrian government without permission from Congress, and nearly brought the country to war with Iran by killing a senior Iranian general without consulting lawmakers.
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      #2411517 2-Feb-2020 12:42
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    I thought this video was suitable regarding Trump's threats toward whistleblowers. Posted last week.

    Whistleblowers and Democracy

    TEDx

    Tom Mueller in Washington State, USA

    Tom Mueller is a freelance author. His talk explores the social, legal, and psychological effects of whistleblowing.

    The rise of the whistleblower is a reaction to growing corruption in the US over the last 50 years, driven by the normalization of fraud; the unhealthy melding of public and private spheres; the 2008 financial crisis; and post-9/11 wars.

    The whistleblower’s newfound legal and moral authority shows that America’s moral compass has wavered – can we only trust this handful of freelance truth-tellers? – but also points the way to a healthier nation.


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      #2411534 2-Feb-2020 13:37
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    I can’t pretend I am not disappointed. I had hope. I genuinely believe this craven caving to a tyrant president is a very bad thing that will produce very bad consequences. The cowardly hypocritical self-serving Republicans who refused even to hear witnesses should be cursed and condemned for the rest of all history.

     

    At the same time, I am not (yet) in despair. This result, though unfortunate, was not unexpected. Those who exchange their balls for baubles rarely grow new ones. 

     

    Further scandals will continue to emerge and will be examined in other forums. Trump and his Republican apologists will have to keep defending the increasingly indefensible. Even American voters are not completely stupid and more and more will start to wonder if this is really the direction they want to go in.

     

    I think Trump is lucky more than he is crafty. He just does not display the qualities of a master strategist. My knowledge of history is imperfect, but I believe that in the early stages of World War II, Hitler’s generals became convinced that he was invincible because he kept getting away with things that all their expertise told them he shouldn’t have. This made them willing to follow him where they shouldn’t have. 

     

    Hubris has a way of biting tyrants in the arse. It brought down Hitler and Napoleon and Nixon and it will bring down Trump. The more he is allowed to get away with, the more he will overreach himself. This is what history teaches us.

     

    I hope Americans will finally come to their senses at election time, though I do wish Democrats had a stronger candidate. As the lies and misdeeds accumulate, which they certainly will, even Trump supporters may start to ask themselves if this is really what they want. If he does win re-election, then I will despair.





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