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The Swearing Off 0

Image:  Back of a man with his right hand raised to take an oath and his left hand behind his back with fingers crossed.  Caption:  McConnell stands to take his oath to administer impartial justice.

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The Lies of the Land 0

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell is fed up with Florida Republicans’ hypocritical kabuki on immigration and immigrants.

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Scribes and Pharisees for a Modern Age 0

Connie Schultz notes Donald Trump’s recent visit to an evangelical “Christian” church and marvels at his new-found faith. A snippet:

This (visit to a church–ed.) may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely visited a church during the 2016 campaign, and when he did in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he pulled dollar bills out of his pocket when the communion plate passed his way. Well, look, if you’re going to dwell on all that, you are never going to be invited to join Trump’s newly founded Christian Church of Campaign Convenience.

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Lowering the Barr 0

His Imminence speaks.

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The Blame Game, Bait and Switch Dept. 0

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Florida Man? 0

No relo, says the judge, noting that the wannabe Florida Man is unwilling to speak for himself.

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Misdirection Play, Misreading Misleading Dept. 0

At the Idaho State Journal, Retired Professor Leonard Hitchcock examines ten of Republicans’ most common arguments (methinks “smokescreens” would be a more accurate term) against the impeachment of Donald Trump and concludes that “deceptive” (my word, not his) would be a charitable description of them. Here’s an example; follow the link for the rest.

7. Impeachment represents congressional overreach and threatens to upset the proper balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.

This objection stands the truth on its head. The Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to oversee the executive’s actions, in order to insure that the president does not become a tyrant. It is Trump who has overreached his authority and attempted to deny the Congress its proper role.

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“Can You Give Me Sanctuary, I Must Have a Place To Hide . . . .” 0

Above the Law reports that Donald Trump has decreed that the District of Columbia is his own little sanctuary city just for his ownsome. A snippet:

The president has repeatedly ducked the process server in a defamation suit brought by Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims he sexually assaulted her in the dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman years ago. Now he argues in a proposed order filed Friday that the Supreme Court of New York County lacks personal jurisdiction over him because he’s not a New York domiciliary.

Much more at the link.

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Behind that Curtain 0

In The Roanoke Times, James Ballou looks behind the smokescreen of Republican rhetoric to discern the essence of today’s Republican Party.

A nugget:

For the Republican Party, the stoking of the racist, homophobic, 2nd amendment and religious fears of the poor and lower middle classes is only a means to an end. The true goal is to grow the riches of the wealthy. However, to do so they need the votes of rural poor and lower middle class whites. The Republican Party is now composed of corporations, the greed driven super wealthy and by a much larger group of dissatisfied whites who are afraid they will be unable to maintain their vision of a status quo and who have become conditioned to blame people of color, other religions and sexual orientations for their perceived plight.

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Political Affairs 0

Senator Barbara Boxer comments on the Republican double standard.

Via C&L.

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A Take on the on-the-Take 0

Thom and a caller wonder why Donald Trump’s public correction in plain view is being ignored.

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A Picture of Trumpling 0

Two Republican Elephants, one holding a paint brush, stand before a marble Monument titled

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Victim 0

Donald Trump, waving newspaper with

Via Juanita Jean.

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A World of Their Own 0

Congressman holding bill entitled

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Nicholas Kristoff adds commentary. A nugget:

The essential difference between Nixon and Trump lies neither in their misconduct nor in their unsuitability for office but in the grim refusal of today’s Republican Party to notice wrongdoing and its determination to stand by Trump come what may.

What’s different today is not the abuse of power by a rogue president but his party leaders’ shortage of principle.

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The Game Is Afoot 0

Title:  Donald J. Trump, Detective-in-Chief.  Barr:  Excuse me, Mr. President.  Trump:  Not now, schlumpy guy!  I'm working on the biggest case of my great career.  How can Democrats impeach a President-Detective who has solved so many mysteries?  We must apply logic and examine the facts.  For instance, there was no quid pro quo.  It was a perfect call.  I wanted nothing.  NOTHING!  I was only concerned with corruption.  Barr:  As your long history of ethical business practices should make abundantly clear.  Trump:  Furthermore--uhhhh, you know, that stuff with Hunter Bicen and also that Democrat server that some rich guy in Ukraine is hiding.  I heard about it on Fox and Friends.  Barr:  Your mind is a veritable steel trap, sir.  Trump:  Remember, schlumpy guy, there was no collusion with Russian.  Also, I won the greatest electoral college victory in history.  It naturally follows that Ukraine must have tried to interfere in our election.  Barr:  If only the Democrats had your finely-tuned powers of observation, sir!  Trump:  And of course, the FBI was out to get me, which is why they kept their concerns completely secret and instead announced that they were investigating Crooked Hillary.  Barr:  Astounding, how you you even do it, sir?  Trump.  It's elementary, my dear schlumpy guy.   When you eliminated the facts you don't like, the only remaining version of events remaining is one that you do.  And therefore, your favorite president is completely innocent.  Barr:  I'll alert the media, sir.

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Monkey Business 0

In the Idaho State Journal, Larry Gebhardt explains. A snippet:

The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. The proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. Another name is code of silence.

Our congressional delegation and their staffs have issued statements in various media that indicate they are in the camp of Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru . . . .

In a tangentially related topic, Steven Lawson explores the enduring fascination with conspiracy theories in U. S. politics.

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The Fact Minder 0

Bill Barr in banana-republic style uniform bearing a sash reading

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Frame One, captioned

Via Juanita Jean.

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Misdirection Play, High Crimes and Misdemeanors Dept. 0

In the Des Moines Register, Rekha Basu argues that misdirection plays are all that Republicans have left.

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