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Even Ben Wittes Seems Impressed with Kushner’s Rose Woods Meets Opie Taylor Defense

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

Wittes had some observations  after seeing Kushner's stateement and while much of what Wittes says is interesting, he seems to me to be too charitable to Kushner. But then much of the media is. But many in the MSM seem to prefer this line-poor little rich boy he always messes up on emails because his assistants didn't protect him. Still, I'd like to think we could expect more from Ben Wittes. Overall it's a good analysis but he sounds to credulous over Kushner and seems to take his statements at face value. The first notable feature of the document is that Kushner released it at all. Lawyers who believe their "clients have potentially serious criminal exposure generally do not let them make public statements to congressional committees, particularly not public statements rife with firm factual claims the record may come to contradict. The very existence of this statement, in other words, is itself a show of...

Thanks Mitch! Dems Can Use Mitch McConnell Precedent to Stop Trump From Recess AG Appointment

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

As we saw in the last post, Trump is on a suicidal Jihad to destroy Jeff Sessions. It's suicidal as this is one thing that the conservatives really don't like. They love Sessions, who's an unreconstructed segregationist who calls Hawaii 'some little island in the Pacific.' Trump wants to take out Sessions because every time a new Russia bombshell breaks he traces the cause back to Sessions recusal. Trump also, as revealed in his NYT interview last week, has this grand Nixonian plan to make the DOJ his personal political arm. He even mentioned Nixon. Turns out Nixon is a hero of his. Trump wants Sessions gone but, of course, is too passive aggressive to fire him-he'd rather take potshots at him on Twitter and bully him into quitting. But Sessions is calling his bluff and refusing to take the bait. So for now Trump's plan seems to be to just keep ratcheting up the attacks on Sessions in the hope he will quit. Because-just...

Is Trump’s Attack on Jeff Sessions Obstruction of Justice?

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

On the issue of Trump and Sessions, some are misunderstanding the stakes. Let's be clear-I personally feel NO sympathy for Jeff Sessions the individual, and all things considered I'd love to get rid of him at DOJ. Under him the Department of Justice has become the Department of Injustice. He is a true, blue unreconstructed segregationist and there may be no one I'd less want to head the DOJ than he. STILL I am concerned about Trump's attacks on Sessions. Not for him as an individual but for the agency. Trump is not after him for him for his dreadful policies-the mass deportations, the seizure of criminal suspects property. Trump is just mad because Sessions recused himself. He keeps...

Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act Loses 43-57; Today GOP Votes on Repeal and Delay

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

It's Rand Paul's bill and it's also expected to lose. Anyway, at least we can say good by to BCRA aka The Much Worse Better Care Reconciliation Act. Notable whose name wasn't there: John McCain. We looked at that in the last post-basically McCain is a fake maverick. Also not on the list-West Virginia's Mary Caputo-she really enjoyed getting to stand up on stage with Donald Trump at that Hitler Youth speech he gave the boy scouts. What was her favorite part? Where Trump made the kids boo President Obama? Or where he talked about putting Hillary Clinton-aka the legitimate President-in jail? Nate Silver with some thoughts: "Some of the individual votes Tuesday night were surprising. Overall, nine Republicans opposed the amendment, which...

John McCain is a Pretty Shabby Maverick

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

I mean let's go to the videotape: 1. A week ago he-rightly-condemned the Senate Trumpcare process. And it's true-it's simply indefensible. To be sure, McCain also added the canard that the GOP was being no better than the Democrats when they passed Obamacare which is a story the GOP still insists on telling though it has the drawback of being false. 2. Then  McCain had to leave the Senate to for taxpayer funded brain surgery. At least in the short term, this taxpayer funded brain surgery was successful-and we all hope, of course, that he beats the odds in the long term as well. 3. However though your heart goes out to him and hope he will be ok. he certainly undermined the goodwill many of us felt towards him by racing over here at top speed after his surgery just to give Mitch McConnell his vote for Trumpcare which would take away the healthcare of many millions-exactly how many millions is not clear as no one is ever sure what they voted for. 4. After McCain gave...

Just how Much can Jeff Sessions Stand?

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

I mean it's just amazing. Trump continues to hector him in these ridiculous tweets every day, he rolls his eyes about him in public yesterday, he's now claiming that Sessions should be investigating Hillary Clinton-yes, that makes sense-and there are all these media reports that the Trump WH is looking at options in replacing Sessions. Anthony Scarmucci seems to be confirming Trump wants to fire him: "Newly named White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday President Trump is probably looking to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions." “I do know the president very well, and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship, that that’s public, then you’re probably right,” Mr. Scaramucci said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” when asked if the president wants to fire Mr. Sessions. There is all this speculation that Trump will replace...

It is Zero Hour in Fight Against Trumpcare

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

As Ben Wikler explains in a great tweetstorm, they are closer than they were before as the Right is now fully engaged. So sorry-as much as I'd like to say we can breathe now, we can't not yet. Trump and the GOP are simply desperate for a 'win'-no matter how bad the bill or outrageous the process. Remember when they accused the Dems of 'ram through?' They meant this about as sincerely as their outrage over Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky or Hillary's email server-ie, it was just the usual tribal GOP politics. period. After accusing the Dems of ram through they are rewriting the book on what 'ram through' means. Back to Wikler: Yes, she's quite a hypocrite. She claimed to be against any cut of Medicaid but now she's claiming she's reassured? And...

Trumpcare is the Worst Designed Social Policy in U.S. History

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

Jonathan Chait has a good piece about it. He says it's the worst in all history-but I qualify a little by saying U.S. as maybe it gets a run for its money from the Poor Laws. "One of the most powerful indictments of the Republican health-care strategy is that, after its plan underwent large, involuntary revisions Friday evening, party leaders did not even pause. In case you missed this news, which my colleague Ed Kilgore summarized, the Senate parliamentarian ruled out of order numerous elements of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Some of the rescinded elements, like a ban on funding for insurance covering abortion, are ancillary to the bill’s major purpose. Others are central: The bill’s idea to replace the individual mandate, a six-month lockout period, is now scrapped." "Any remotely conscientious governing party, faced with a setback on this scale, would take a few weeks, or at least a few days, to develop a fallback design. Instead they are plunging...

John McCain Rushes Back From Tax Funded Brain Surgery to Take Away Healthcare From 22 Million Americans

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

Senate Republicans have no idea what's in the latest version of Senate Trumpcare: is it another repeal and replace or is it just repeal this time? Is it: 1. The Senate version of repeal and replace? That will cost 22 million Americans their healthcare. 2. The House version of repeal and replace? That will cost 23 million Americans their healthcare. OR: 3. Just repeal? That will cost 32 million Americans their healthcare. As Greg Sargent says, what's in it doesn't matter to Trump. We'll see if Capito, Heller, and Murkowski were just playing games when they claimed they won't vote for huge Medicaid cuts. That's exactly what this bill will do-which ever version it is. But Trump doesn't care-he just wants a win. He wants points on the scoreboard-as he's passed nothing in six months. It's understandable that it's frustrating for him. But if he does sign this odious bill into law he may end up...

Jared Kushner’s Statement Raises Far More Questions Than it Answers

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

I'm glad it's Senator Ron Wyden saying this. Wyden-like many of us-understandably wants Kushner to testify publicly. I thought the same thing about that statement about 'not relying on Russian funds to finance my business activities...' Let's look at Kushner's larger paragraph Wyden references: “The record and documents I am providing will show that I had perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives out of thousands during the campaign and transition, none of which were impactful in any way to the election or particularly memorable. … I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to...

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