Republican Lies category archive
Thom speaks with guest Greg Palast (Investigative Reporter, Filmmaker – The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Contributor – Rolling Stone, BBC, and more) about the Trump administration’s “voter fraud” witch hunt lead by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, which is officially underway.
Daniel Ruth has a few suggestions for other things Donald Trump’s “dubiously titled Commission on Election Integrity” should investigate when they have finished gutting out the vote.
Thom and his guest discuss the latest escalation of Republican efforts to gut out the vote.
Dick Polman marvels at the strategies the Trumpettes are using to try to discredit James Comey.
The resident curmudgeon at my local rag opted for Number Three on Polman’s list.
Oh, man, when I picked up the paper after getting a cuppa yesterday morning, I wondered to myself, “Is she really crazed enough to go there?” and, by jingo, she is and she did.
Elie Mystal explains how Donald Trump is undercutting his own lawyers. A snippet:
The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall has pushed back hard against the charge, denying before the courts that the executive order at issue is a “travel ban.” The government says that you shouldn’t use the president’s campaign statements to divine the intent of his executive orders. Wall told the Ninth Circuit: “We shouldn’t start down the road of psychoanalyzing what people meant on the campaign trail.”
Conservative judges have been, more or less, sympathetic to this argument. They’re not saying that a president’s words don’t matter. They’re not saying that intent doesn’t matter. They’re saying that Trump’s campaign rhetoric is not a good metric by which to judge the intent of his policy.
When Trump, now not as a campaigner but as President of the United States, then says that the Travel Ban is a “BAN,” it kind of blows apart the whole argument..
Follow the link for his full explanation.
Noah Feldman, who, in addition to being a Bloomberg columnist, is also a Harvard Law profession, parses the recent 10-3 decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the freeze on the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. Feldman analyzes three aspects of the opinion, but this is the crucial bit:
Here’s where the opinion got personal. Gregory acknowledged that the executive order was “facially legitimate.” But, he said, “bona fide” literally means “in good faith.”
And here, he reasoned, the plaintiffs had provided “ample evidence that national security is not the true reason” for the order. That evidence, the court said, came mostly from Trump himself, in the form of his “numerous campaign statements expressing animus towards the Islamic faith.”
Follow the link for Feldman’s explanation of his reasoning.
In The Bangor Daily News, Amy Fried marvels at Republicans’ retreat into an imaginary world. They’ve gone from Reagan’s voodoo economics into a world of voodoo science. A snippet:
Increasingly, Republicans turn away from established knowledge and expertise. There used to be very little difference between Democrats and Republicans about the conclusions of climate scientists regarding of the reality of global climate change. Over time, a narrow gap has widened and Republicans are far more likely to reject climate scientists’ findings.
When it comes to simply describing a policy, instead of discussing the same facts in light of differing values about the role of government, Republican leaders assert clearly false claims. This can be seen when it comes to Trumpcare.
Follow the link to learn why she said that and how convincingly she can back it up.
In my local rag, Roger Chesley cannot conceal his disdain for Trump’s recent order to create a panel to investigate “voter fraud”–a panel to be led by two experts at voter suppression, to boot.
In January, Trump claimed – without a scintilla of proof – that between 3 million and 5 million undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. Oh, and as he theorized later: “They all voted for Hillary. They didn’t vote for me.”
It must be his psychic connection.
Follow the link for the complete article.