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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
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Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

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Lindsey graham gave us a priceless gift, I heard.

Today the ineffable Lindsey Graham quoted "Trump is a Fucking Idiot".
Some audiophile has isolated that quote and someone is going to make it a Ringtone.

A President can pardon someone convicted of Contempt of Congress....hmmmm

According to NBC news.

Q: Is there anything the president can do once someone has been convicted of contempt of Congress?

A: Contempt of Congress is a federal crime like any other. The sitting president has the authority as chief executive to commute or pardon anyone of any federal crime.

Sources: Congressional Research Service, Senate Judiciary Committee, Associated Press interviews.


Sez here Barr can block any Contempt of Congress citations.

Following a contempt citation, the presiding officer of the chamber is instructed to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia;
according to the law it is the "duty" of the U.S. Attorney to refer the matter to a grand jury for action.
However, while the law places the duty on the U.S. Attorney to impanel a grand jury for action, some proponents of the unitary executive theory argue that the Congress cannot properly compel the U.S. Attorney to take this action against the Executive Branch, asserting that the U.S. Attorney is a member of the Executive Branch who ultimately reports only to the President and that compelling the U.S. Attorney amounts to compelling the President himself.
They argue that to allow Congress to force the President to take action against a subordinate following his directives would be a violation of the separation of powers and infringe on the power of the Executive branch. The legal basis for this position, they contend, can be found in Federalist 49, in which James Madison wrote “The several departments being perfectly co-ordinate by the terms of their common commission, none of them, it is evident, can pretend to an exclusive or superior right of settling the boundaries between their respective powers.” This approach to government is commonly known as "departmentalism” or “coordinate construction”

Others argue that Article II of the Constitution requires the President to execute the law, such law being what the lawmaker (e.g. Congress, in the case of statutory contempt) says it is (per Article I).
The Executive Branch cannot either define the meaning of the law (such powers of legislation being reserved to Congress) or interpret the law (such powers being reserved to the several Federal Courts). They argue that any attempt by the Executive to define or interpret the law would be a violation of the separation of powers; the Executive may only—and is obligated to—execute the law consistent with its definition and interpretation; and if the law specifies a duty on one of the President's subordinates, then the President must "take care" to see that the duty specified in the law is executed. To avoid or neglect the performance of this duty would not be faithful execution of the law, and would thus be a violation of the separation of powers, which the Congress and the Courts have several options to remedy.

So this means 2 things:
The US Attorney General, who is Barr at the moment, has the power to tell any US Attorney to not prosecute a case.
The US Attorney for the District of Columbia is Jessie K. Liu, oppointed by Trump.

2. Trump/WH will sue, arguing the unitary executive theory. As Trump said publicly a month or so ago, they will sue, and if they lose, they will appeal all the way to the top.
The chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is....Merrick Garland.

Barr's opening statement, tomorrow:

DOJ source leaks text of Barr opening remarks:
"President Trump is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Saw on twitter x 2 today.

A motive of the anti-abortionists that no one talks openly about...

According to several recent histories, the American Medical Association was the primary force behind the anti-abortion laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As writers James Risen and Judy L. Thomas point out, doctors had a natural stake in efforts to restrict abortion. Highlighting the abuses and dangers of abortion helped encourage the professionalization of medical practice, while limiting competition from midwives and other “irregular” healers who provided abortion services. Historian Leslie J. Reagan argues that doctors gained moral authority — and a further competitive edge — by positioning themselves as paternalistic arbiters of female reproductive behavior.

The doctors’ campaign was reinforced by the growing fears of “race suicide” among Americans of Anglo-Saxon heritage. Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, many of them Catholic, were flooding into the United States at the same time that birth rates were declining among white Protestants. Abortion came to be seen as part of a demographic calamity facing the white upper classes. As Reagan puts it, “White male patriotism demanded that maternity be enforced among white Protestant women” (Reagan, 11). Lawmakers responded by imposing ever-tighter restrictions on abortion, largely eliminating the earlier distinctions between operations performed before and after quickening.

From a web article focusing on Washington state's historic pro-abortion referendum, "the first -- and so far the only -- state to do so through a vote of the people.

Kentucky-centered multi-state outbreak of rare E. coli O103 doubles in size

Summary: there is an outbreak of rare type of E. coli which is being investigated, but the source of it has not been identified yet.
Early stage of investigation show it is being found in several Kentucky counties AND now in several other states.

Sources being investigated are possibly beef, chicken or sliced American cheese, and multi-state involvement
( Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, and Indiana are also a possible location for infections.)
suggests fast food operations could be a source.

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