[Cross-posted at Orcinus.] Will Jeff Sessions become the nation’s first “constitutionalist” attorney general? One of the main takeaways so far from the Senate confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s next attorney general, is that the Alabama senator has a long history of cozying up to some of the most extreme… Continue Reading →
Wait for it as Franken lays his trap.
And now, read Charlie Pierce on the whole circus.
Get it? HAHAHA
Seems like Wikileaks is hosted in Russia. Imagine that.
And it’s only going to get worse:
Just when you thought that the Hillary Clinton email saga was over, a new development surfaced on Tuesday by way of a federal appellate judge’s ruling. Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of conservative groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action in their lawsuits against the State Department over whether or not enough was done to try to restore Clinton’s missing emails. After it looked like the lawsuits had been squashed, the appeals court revived them.
In January, a District Court judge had thrown out the lawsuits with the reasoning that both the State Department and National Archives had put in a “sustained effort” to recover the emails. In his ruling Williams wrote that this wasn’t enough. “The Department has not explained why shaking the tree harder – e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the Attorney General – might not bear more still,” he said. “Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.”
As a result, Williams feels that it’s “abundantly clear that, in terms of assuring government recovery of emails, [Judicial Watch has] not ‘been given everything [they] asked for.’”
And why does Judicial Watch care? Because they’re anti-Clinton vandals, and have been from the time they were founded, and the D.C. Circuit has been complicit in more right-wing cases than I can count. This is why I don’t care how much money the Clintons made. I knew they would need it eventually as the result of more frivolous, partisan lawsuits. Stay tunes.
It will be so fun to see how President Trump handles the Bundy bunch at Gold Butte:
President Obama on Tuesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after years of political fights over the fate of the sites.
The designations further cement Obama’s environmental legacy as one of the most consequential — and contentious — in presidential history. He now has invoked his executive power to create national monuments 29 times during his tenure, establishing or expanding protections for more than 553 million acres of federal lands and waters.
Environmental groups have praised the conservation efforts, but critics say they amount to a federal land grab. Some worry that the new designations could fuel another armed protest by anti-government forces inspired by the Cliven Bundy family, such as the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon this year.
Obama’s newest designations include two sprawling Western landscapes that are under threat, yet also where local residents are deeply divided on how the land should be used.
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using. 1. Berate the media and turn the public against it. Trump refers to journalists as “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” When Trump lies-claiming, for example, “massive voter fraud” in the election, and that he “won in a landslide”-and the… Continue Reading →
Chip Berlet has spent the past four decades studying right-wing political movements as a writer, activist and scholar. Now retired, he worked for many years as a senior analyst at Political Research Associates, a think tank based in the Boston area. Working with Matthew Lyons, Berlet co-wrote “Right-Wing Populism: Too Close for Comfort,” which traces the… Continue Reading →