uziq
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it’s our favourite genius!

what does he have to do with wyoming politics? fucked if i know … but liz cheney had been hogging too much of the limelight with her theatrical last stand.

https://twitter.com/friendeden100/statu … SQDJ5wk9jw

hey everyone! let’s talk about this guy again! let’s play a little game: is he a far-right MAGA creep or isn’t he? oh oh so much fun!
pirana6
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"bucket list selfie"

yikes, that's an empty life
unnamednewbie13
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I'm pretty sure he figured he was going to be posted online. How could he not.
SuperJail Warden
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Sarah Palin lost the election to the house of representatives. To a democrat. Alaska only has one house seat. Big upset.
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War Man
Australians are hermaphrodites.
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SuperJail Warden wrote:

Sarah Palin lost the election to the house of representatives. To a democrat. Alaska only has one house seat. Big upset.
Apparently Alaska introduced ranked voting this year, which confused a lot of old Republican voters because they didn't understand it while the democrats were good at explaining it to their voter base. At least that is the excuse being used.
The irony of guns, is that they can save lives.
unnamednewbie13
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The Republicans just send brownshirts to blue districts to glare voters down. Much more straightforward that way.
KEN-JENNINGS
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"Sorry, our voters are too stupid".

Sounds about right
SuperJail Warden
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If ranked choice voting existed where you were, what is the most extreme first pick will you make? Communists?
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SuperJail Warden
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Is anyone still signed up for vote by mail? I signed up for it before COVID. They still send my ballot by mail. Living the dream.
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unnamednewbie13
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For years. Don't have to deal with Trump trucks blocking my path to the polls. Can put hours of thought and google-fu into a ballot, right in front of me, at my home desk.
SuperJail Warden
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Trump blockade at the polls. You should ask them how many times they go hunting and their best remembered blowing the heart out of a majestic creature.
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unnamednewbie13
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I'll never have to as long as I can vote by mail.
uziq
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https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1566 … m5BsTaVHpA

is trump senile or medicated?

he said zuckerberg visited him at the white house last week. to kiss his ass and tell him he’s no. 1 on facebook. trump isn’t in the white house. he was banned from facebook years ago.
unnamednewbie13
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I can only listen to so much in a day.
unnamednewbie13
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Starting to feel vindicated on not being very hopeful about Mar-a-Lago-Gate while social media was celebrating.

'Deeply Problematic': Experts Question Judge's Intervention in Trump Inquiry
https://www.yahoo.com/news/deeply-probl … 03066.html

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s extraordinary decision Monday to interject in the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s hoarding of sensitive government documents at his Florida residence showed unusual solicitude to him, legal specialists said.

This was “an unprecedented intervention by a federal district judge into the middle of an ongoing federal criminal and national security investigation,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas.

Siding with Trump, the judge, Aileen M. Cannon, ordered the appointment of an independent arbiter to review the more than 11,000 government records the FBI seized in its search of Mar-a-Lago last month. She granted the arbiter, known as a special master, broad powers that extended beyond filtering materials that were potentially subject to attorney-client privilege to also include executive privilege.

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Cannon, a Trump appointee who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, also blocked federal prosecutors from further examining the seized materials for the investigation until the special master had completed a review.

In reaching that result, Cannon took several steps that specialists said were vulnerable to being overturned if the government files an appeal, as most agreed was likely. Any appeal would be heard by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, where Trump appointed six of its 11 active judges.

Paul Rosenzweig, a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration and prosecutor in the independent counsel investigation of Bill Clinton, said it was egregious to block the Justice Department from steps like asking witnesses about government files, many marked as classified, that agents had already reviewed.

“This would seem to me to be a genuinely unprecedented decision by a judge,” Rosenzweig said. “Enjoining the ongoing criminal investigation is simply untenable.”

Born in Colombia in 1981, Cannon graduated from Duke University in 2003 and the University of Michigan Law School in 2007. After clerking for a Republican-appointed appeals court judge in Iowa, she worked as an associate for a corporate law firm for three years before becoming an assistant federal prosecutor in Florida.

In her Senate questionnaire, she described herself as having been a member of the conservative Federalist Society since 2005. Trump nominated her in May 2020, and the Senate confirmed her on Nov. 12, nine days after he lost reelection.

After Cannon was assigned to Trump’s special master lawsuit, she made the unusual move of publicly declaring that she was inclined to instate one even before hearing arguments from the Justice Department. But she could have done so in a far more modest fashion.

“Judge Cannon had a reasonable path she could have taken — to appoint a special master to review documents for attorney-client privilege and allow the criminal investigation to continue otherwise,” said Ryan Goodman, a New York University law professor. “Instead, she chose a radical path.”

A specialist in separation of powers, Peter M. Shane, who is a legal scholar in residence at NYU, said there was no basis for Cannon to expand a special master’s authority to screen materials that were also potentially subject to executive privilege. That tool is normally thought of as protecting internal executive branch deliberations from disclosure to outsiders like Congress.

“The opinion seems oblivious to the nature of executive privilege,” he said.

The Justice Department is itself part of the executive branch, and a court has never held that a former president can invoke the privilege to keep records from his time in office away from the executive branch itself.

The department had argued that even if a special master were appointed, there would be no legal basis for that person to examine issues of executive privilege. It cited a 1977 Supreme Court case involving the papers of former President Richard Nixon, who had tried to use executive privilege to shield them even though the sitting president disagreed.

But Cannon wrote that she was not convinced and believed the Justice Department’s stance “arguably overstates the law.” In that case, she said, the Supreme Court also stated that former presidents retained some residual power to invoke executive privilege.

The Supreme Court also said the incumbent officeholder is in the best position to assess such issues. But Cannon wrote that the justices had not “ruled out the possibility” that a former president could ever prevail over the current one.

“Even if any assertion of executive privilege by plaintiff ultimately fails in this context,” she wrote, “that possibility, even if likely, does not negate a former president’s ability to raise the privilege as an initial matter.”

She did not address a 1974 Supreme Court case that upheld the Watergate prosecutor’s demand for White House tapes as part of a criminal investigation despite the attempt by Nixon, then the sitting president, to block it by asserting executive privilege.

“Even if there is some hypothetical situation in which a former president could shield his or her communications from the current executive branch,” Shane said, “they would not be able to do so in the context of a criminal investigation — and certainly not after the material has been seized pursuant to a lawful search warrant.”

Cannon allowed a separate review of the documents, by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to continue. It is assessing the risk to national security that the insecure holding of sensitive documents at Mar-a-Lago may have caused.

David Alan Sklansky, a Stanford University law professor, said he was glad that work had been allowed to continue given its importance. But he said there was an inherent contradiction in allowing the executive branch to use the files for that purpose while blocking it from using them for an active criminal investigation.

“There is this odd situation where one part of the executive branch can use the materials and another not,” he said.

In reasoning that she had a basis to install a special master, Cannon relied heavily on a 1975 appeals court ruling. It held that courts had jurisdiction to decide whether to order the IRS to return a businessman’s records that he claimed had been taken unlawfully, and laid out a multipronged test for such situations.

One part of the test is whether the government had displayed a “callous disregard” for the constitutional rights of the person subjected to the search. On that issue, she sided with the Justice Department, which had obtained a warrant from a magistrate judge.

But she said the other parts of the test favored Trump. They included whether he had an individual interest in and need for the seized property, would be “irreparably harmed” by a denial of that request and lacked any other remedy.

While Trump does not own the government documents he repeatedly failed to return, the warrant permitted the FBI to take anything else of his that he had left in the same containers as evidence of how he stored sensitive information.

Cannon noted that a department report said this had included “medical documents, correspondence related to taxes and accounting information.”

“In addition to being deprived of potentially significant personal documents, which alone creates a real harm,” she wrote, Trump faced “an unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public.” A footnote insinuated that the Justice Department might leak those files to reporters.

In weighing such factors, she emphasized Trump’s status as a former president.

“As a function of plaintiff’s former position as president of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own,” she wrote. “A future indictment, based to any degree on property that ought to be returned, would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude.”

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a Harvard Law School professor, said anyone targeted by a search warrant fears reputational harm, but that does not mean they can get special masters appointed. He called Cannon’s reasoning “thin at best” and giving “undue weight” to the fact that Trump is a former president.

“I find that deeply problematic,” he said, emphasizing that the criminal justice system was supposed to treat everyone equally. “This court is giving special considerations to the former president that ordinary, everyday citizens do not receive.”

Samuel W. Buell, a Duke University law professor, agreed.

“To any lawyer with serious federal criminal court experience who is being honest, this ruling is laughably bad, and the written justification is even flimsier,” he wrote in an email. “Donald Trump is getting something no one else ever gets in federal court, he’s getting it for no good reason, and it will not in the slightest reduce the ongoing howls that he is being persecuted, when he is being privileged.”

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I'd say color me surprised, but there's a paint shortage.
SuperJail Warden
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National Review's resident legal writer has been critical of this too.
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/u … mp-search/

A few thoughts: The judge dropped a little more fuel on the fire with this ruling. Brought more eyes to it than if she has just let the DoJ work slowly.

"Everyone should be treated equally under the law" part of her ruling is comical considering we give presidents power over the life and death of Americans even if not directly. They should be held to a higher standard.

The DoJ has had the documents for 2 weeks. Plenty of time for a dozen agents to pull a few all nighters to sort it all out already. Assuming this doesn't get overturned on appeal, it is only a speed bump.

If the special master gets appointed, and Trump is still stringed up on charges, liberals can point to the special master and this ruling as providing legitimacy to the case. "An Independence Special Master appointed by Trump judge authorized the DOJ to have access to the documents."

The judiciary is fucked. Politicized to hell. I blame Mitch McConnell for starting this by denying Obama a SCOTUS seat. Getting closer to a point someone in power somewhere challenges the court to enforce a ruling and they get away with it.
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unnamednewbie13
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The minute you say "experts question," you've already lost Trumpers. 'Experts' are a bad thing. They look down on the little people. Think they have more accurate opinions on the topic they're an expert in!
SuperJail Warden
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Conservatives are pushing hard this movie about Hunter Biden.

https://youtu.be/GCvb6TfBXFk

Hunter Biden is genuinely a funny character in real life. I doubt the movie pulled any punches regarding Hunter. Really awful person living his best life.
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Based on the trailer, I assume the writers had a big problem with Hunter being too cool of a character while he goes around doing drugs, making deals, impregnanting five women, impregnating his dead brother's wife, mishandling a gun, having sex with prostitutes, getting kicked out of the military for drug abuse, getting fired as a cop for drug abuse and losing his MacBook. Bravo.

So they added in Biden and messed up the movie by being too on the nose political. My concept of a great hunter movie would be like "bad lieutenant". Biden himself being an unseen or seen only once character. But like I said, that movie would result in people actually liking Hunter.

The scenes where Gina Carano speaks directly into the camera look cringe. Too on the nose. She is also a whale. The kind of girl who will talk about all the food she wants to try on vacation. I bet she could finish a whole medium pizza.
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unnamednewbie13
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This is supposed to be damning? The trailer makes him look like a stereotypical, naughty action hero. When's the sequel coming out? I want to see how he fares against Dr. No.

Conservative 'truth'udramas/mentaries are usually very cringe, but they're made for people looking for anything, and I mean anything that will vaguely validate their opinions and what Fox News told them.

Also telling that they made a movie about Hunter Biden and not Joe. Is there really nothing to complain about on Joe's part?

Release timed a few days before 9/11. That extra patriotic boost?

Conservative director and conservative producers according to their wiki bio.

'Distributed by Breitbart.'

luh-mao

The "top conservative documentary" according to Newsmax isn't even about conservative politics?

1. “In Search of Noah’s Ark” (1976) — This film brought in a whopping $55.7 million at the box office and inspired many people to take up the search for the biblical ark that Noah and his family built to escape the Deluge. The documentary explores the theory that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. It would have been a certified blockbuster in today’s dollars, raking in nearly a quarter billion, after adjusting for inflation.
https://www.newsmax.com/bestlists/conse … id/852462/


e: A movie bringing more reinforced attention in general to corruption or suspected corruption within politicians' circles could possibly be ill-timed for Trump.

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unnamednewbie13
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US mid-terms 2022: Tracking Trump's 'extraordinary' endorsement spree
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62905365

I am tired of people telling me to forget about Trump, who "no longer has any influence." Republicans still fish for endorsements. A huge reason to boycott the Republican Party, I think, if you're one of the number of conservatives who are disappointed in 45. Or for continuing concern if you're a liberal who "just wants to move on" from the whole thing as if it's over.
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Trump was right about low-flush toilets though.
Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй!
unnamednewbie13
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Trump would have an easier time with his plumbing if he didn't flush so much incriminating evidence.
SuperJail Warden
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An asylum-seeker died by suicide in a New York City shelter on Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams said Monday.

“The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arrive in our city came to this country seeking a better life. Sadly though, yesterday, an asylum seeker in one of our facilities took her own life,” Adams said in a statement. “Our hearts break for this young woman and any loved ones she may have, and we, as a city mourn her. This tragedy is a reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need.”
Oh yikes. Some guy in the southeast chuckled at that headline oblivious to the fact they will someday stick their 1911 in their mouth.
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SuperJail Warden
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NR and other conservative websites are going all in on a message about illegal immigrants. I genuinely hope they continue with this through the midterms.

I don't think this is a winning midterm election strategy. Aside from the fact that the right wing punching down on immigrants alienates minority voters and their (white) supporters, It also distracts away from issues the Democrats are weak on. I think the worries about inflation are exaggerated but that is something easier to hammer away on. Instead the right wing is adding oxygen to a fire about race relations and I don't think the numbers are there to make it a viable national strategy.
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I also wonder if Ronnie D. finally flew too close to the sun with this latest stunt. Punching down on the gays is one thing. Being seen as a racist is another nest of hornets to kick. Doubly so when a quarter of your state is Hispanic and you won your last election with a less than 1% margin.
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SuperJail Warden
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NYT did run an article about one of the migrants they put on a bus being happy they dropped him off in Washington DC. He found good employment there that allows him to send $150 a week to Mexico.
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