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An Insurrection and a Second Impeachment

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 2:45am in

A week ago, our Capitol was overrun by insurgents seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. In their fury, they murdered a Capitol Police officer and came within a hair’s breadth of getting their hands on our elected officials. The insurgents were answering the call of their president, who watched events unfold on the television, pleased… and, as people have begun to note, curiously unsurprised. Continue reading

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What Next?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 4:43am in

The final days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been tumultuous. The attack on the Capitol has only heightened tensions. American democracy is facing many questions: Can Trump pardon himself? How will a second impeachment work? Are Trump’s words free speech? What, if any, consequences will Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and the countless people and institutions that had a role in enabling Trump and the big lie face? Don’t forget to check out our detailed timeline on the day of the insurrection, and the cover-up. As events develop we will add new reporting to this collection. Continue reading

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Back to Work: Impeachment 2.0

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 12:43am in

There are three real stories right now with regard to this crisis. The first is that what happened on January 6 when rioters stormed the Capitol. The second, and related, story is that the Republicans are splitting, and their leadership is trying desperately to find a way to remain powerful. The third ties the first two together: lawmakers are preparing to throw Trump out of office. Continue reading

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“Incitement of Insurrection”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 13/01/2021 - 6:06am in

The tide is running strongly now against Trump and those who have supported him in his attack on our democracy. What had been shock on Wednesday is hardening into fury. Continue reading

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The Terrible Bind America’s Elites Are In

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 5:58pm in

One point worth highlighting right now is that, despite the push to impeach AND convict Trump, Hawley, and others, it’s unclear that it will happen — even unlikely.

These folks did push the invasion of the Capitol, and it’s more and more obvious that some of the invaders had rather sinister plans had they been able to grab Senators, Pence or Reps; the zip-ties make this rather clear.

They made US elites feel unsafe in a way that hasn’t been true since 9/11. US elites regularly kill, impoverish, and hurt millions of people, but for them to even be so much as scared is intolerable.

The problem is, this is colliding with another principle: The principle of elite immunity from consequences. Elites don’t really go after other elites. Trump, pre-Presidency had committed dozens of crimes, but was never prosecuted, because everything he had done, did others had done also.

Essentially, every senior Wall Street and banking executive is guilty of fraud in the lead up to the sub-prime crisis, and they were all let off with slaps on the wrist. George Bush was unquestionably a war criminal and so were many of his senior officials, and I’d argue the same is true of Obama.

Even Clinton’s “emails,” widely dismissed as “no big deal” is the sort of offense which, if done by someone junior, would — at best — end their career and would more likely lead to jail time.

US elites send other elites to jail very rarely, and political elites do this almost never.

So there’s a real bind here. On the one hand, some Republican elites put the rest of the US federal political class at risk. On the other hand, well, who wants to set a precedent that a US president, senator, or representative can be truly held to account? Impeaching is one thing, convicting another (which is why Biden is wishy-washy about impeaching and convicting Trump).

Who knows? After all, where it would end if elites started holding each other accountable, when they all know that almost every one of them has violated many laws and far more norms?

For elites, the law is a sword they use against their lessers, not a weapon intended to be used against them. It is a shield against the hoi-polloi and has nothing to do with justice or equality before the law.

Feel for them, in their terrible dilemma: What is more important? Their physical safety or their legal immunity?

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Accountability for the Attempted Coup

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 12:45pm in

Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to...

Democracy Needs to Find the Will to Roar

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 1:25am in

We have, disastrously, discovered the final answer to whether or not it is a good idea to destroy the activist government that has protected us since 1933. Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Care About the Trump-Putin Attack on Democracy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 6:15am in

The Senate Intelligence Committee just released the fifth and final volume in its three-and-a-half year investigation into Russian election interference. Over 940 pages, it proves that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin joined forces in the 2016 US presidential election to attack our democracy. From now through Election Day, the Report’s unanimous bipartisan findings should dominate headlines throughout the country. Continue reading

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Bill Barr Goes to Congress

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 10:32pm in

Attorney General William Barr testified today before the House Judiciary Committee. His combative answers confirmed that he is Trump’s man. He is committed to the narrative that dangerous anarchists are endangering law and order, and that Trump was unfairly targeted by FBI agents in what Barr calls “Russiagate.” Continue reading

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