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Who will be first?

Who will be the first member of Team Trump to seek asylum in Moscow?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 11:43 PM (9 replies)

Shes a lawyer too: Trumps Supreme Court pick snaps at Amy Klobuchar

Donald Trumpís nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Neil Gorsuch, lost his cool under the intensity of †Senator Amy Klobucharís questioning during the confirmation hearing. Breaking from his generally overly-polished presentation, Gorsuch appeared visibly irritated, interrupted the Senator, raised his voice, and spoke to her in a remarkably patronizing manner.

Notably, before being elected as the first woman to the U.S. Senate for Minnesota, Klobuchar graduated from Yale, earned a law degree from University of Chicago, and headed the largest prosecutorís office in her state†for eight years.
GORSUCH: Can I answer you, Senator, ícause Iím almost there. Okay. So I write to point out this conflict in the supreme courtís directions that I saw.


GORSUCH: And then I said in our case, Byron White, it doesnít matter. Because Colorado couldnít meet even rational basis test, forget about whether itís strict scrutiny or something close to strict scrutiny, it couldnít meet rational basis test because Colorado couldnít articulate any good reason, maybe thereís one out there, I donít know, but they have articulated nothing.

KLOBUCHAR: Okay, but, letís continue with other cases because itís a bit of a pattern.


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 05:04 PM (14 replies)

Gorsuchs Bizarre Unforced Error on Partisan Judges

Seth Masket, political science professor at the University of Denver, calls out U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for a fairly surprising misstatement during confirmation hearings:


Masket is correct: the states of†Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia all hold partisan elections to their state supreme courts. In addition, 20 states hold partisan elections for trial court judges. Several other states have a ďhybridĒ system of partial partisan elections for the judiciary.

So,†whatís the deal with this? We donít think it rises to the level of perjury, being an apparently innocent misstatement. But Gorsuch is being sold as one of the nationís greatest legal minds, and thereís just no excuse for him not knowing full well that many parts of America†indeed have ďRepublican judgesĒ and ďDemocratic judges.Ē
- See more at: http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/93067/gorsuchs-bizarre-unforced-error-on-partisan-judges#sthash.qDthz6Ov.dpuf

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 04:50 PM (8 replies)

Is Gorsuch dissembling?

Gorsuch says he has no knowledge of Supreme Court justices comporting with special interests who have cases pending before the court. Seriously?? Heís not aware of circumstances that have been part of the public conversation, especially since the Citizens United decision? Really, sir? REALLY???

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 02:20 PM (2 replies)

Reuters is reporting (accdg. to Maddow)

that Tillerson is planning to skip the NATO meeting next month, but will make time to visit Moscow next month.

Really. The only question is, why doesn't he just defect and get it over with?


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:54 PM (17 replies)

Now THIS is as it should be.

Trump is rallying his base, and only Fox is showing it. Neither CNN nor MSNBC is showing it, not even a split-screen. About damned time.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:54 PM (20 replies)

Remind me: What is it that rolls downhill?

A few days ago I wrote about my concerns about some negative impacts of the new president and his complicit Congress. http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028804568

Well, it continues. I just got a call from the agency that provides housekeeping help for those tasks I can no longer perform (vacuuming, scrubbing the floor, etc.); they've been sending someone for two hours, twice a month. Their funding has been cut. They are now only allowed to send someone once a month.

I thought she was going to cry as she was telling me this, and I told her that I understand that this isn't her doing; I also told her about what happened with SNAP and what the housing office intimated. She said that her brother is in circumstances almost identical to mine, she's scared for him.

Some days it's just no fun to reside at the bottom of the hill.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:33 PM (1 replies)

Given what's coming out of the Comey hearing

Given what's coming out of the Comey hearing, shouldn't we be exercising extreme caution?

When the head of state is under a growing dark cloud of suspicion, his appointees are also under that cloud. Can we request that confirmation hearings be suspended?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:48 PM (19 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Mar 19, 2017, 08:12 PM (0 replies)

No evidence

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Mar 19, 2017, 12:28 AM (5 replies)
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