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Heritage Foundation's Ethically Dubious Law Clerk 'Training Academy' Suspended

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Kate Riga
October 19, 2018 10:22 am
The Heritage Foundation’s “training academy,” set up to groom law clerks for prominent judicial posts, has been suspended after the New York Times published the questionable requirements of the program, including secrecy about the teaching participants received there in exchange for the financial backing of “generous donors” who allowed them to complete the program.


Some legal experts told the Times that it is inherently problematic for a very conservative group to secretly train future judges to have loyalty to its ideals and practices.

Some of the questions on the application materials — since removed from the Heritage Foundation’s website — reportedly inquired about potential participants’ stance on originalism and ideological alignment with current or former Supreme Court justices. As the Times points out, it is unclear if a participant who took liberal stances on those two essay questions would have been admitted.

“Law clerks are not supposed to be part of a cohort of secretly financed and trained partisans of an organization that describes itself on its own web page as ‘the bastion of the American conservative movement,’” Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan told the Times. “The idea that clerks will be trained to elevate the Heritage Foundation’s views, or the views of judges handpicked by the foundation, perverts the very idea of a clerkship.”

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Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were picked from a list of contenders curated by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, another conservative organization focused on the judiciary.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/heritage-foundation-training-academy-suspended



Must be like Trump University........................and that fucking scam, but these "guy's are more dangerous, look at what the court is getting............a serial drunk, that assaulted woman, and another one, who's wife sits on the board of right wing hit jobs, and another one that thinks if you freeze to death and get fired oh well................and others along with the other total of five, that think unions should be broken up (fuck majority employee votes), and the voting rights act is a piece of toilet paper right along with the Constitution......................and they were "training" law clerks"...........................


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https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/election?p0=263&iso=20181106T12&msg=2018%20Midterm%20Elections

Democrat Charges Nunes Concealed Russia Evidence From Mueller

Source: National Memo

October 19, 2018 3:05 am

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

A top member of the House Intelligence Committee has revealed shocking details about how Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) abused his position as committee chairman to obstruct the Mueller investigation and shield Trump from accountability.

In a blistering op-ed for Nunes’ hometown Fresno Bee, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), said that Nunes blocked committee Democrats from following up on leads about “worrisome contacts between the Russians and candidate Trump, his family, his businesses, and his campaign.”

What’s more, Swalwell said, Nunes blocked special counsel Robert Mueller from seeing evidence that “many witnesses committed perjury or offered information relevant to the special counsel’s work” when they testified before the committee.

After months of refusing to release this evidence — specifically, transcripts of the witness interviews from the House Russia investigation — Nunes finally relented a few weeks ago.

But Swalwell revealed that in doing so, Nunes blocked Democrats from sharing the transcripts with Mueller, and with the public.

Read more: http://www.nationalmemo.com/democrat-charges-nunes-concealed-russia-evidence-from-mueller/



Enabling treason is still enabling a conspiracy to commit treason Nunes, your just like Nixon ................


Solution:

https://www.andrewjanzforcongress.com/


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Zervos Lawsuit Judges Fret Over Whether NY Court Can Jail A Sitting President

By JENNIFER PELTZ
October 19, 2018 9:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump’s bid to shut down a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case?

The question came up — but wasn’t definitively answered — as lawyers for Trump and ex-contestant Summer Zervos argued Thursday in a New York appeals court.

Zervos sued Trump for calling her a liar after she accused him of unwanted kissing and groping in two incidents in 2007. Trump’s lawyers are trying to get the case dismissed or delayed until after his presidency.

Thursday’s court session focused on one of the Trump legal team’s central arguments: that a sitting president can’t be sued in a state court over conduct outside official duties. It made for a discussion largely about Constitutional clauses and legal interpretation.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/summer-zervos-defamation-lawsuit-arguments-sitting-president-jail

Dispose trump and then he will lie....................and commit perjury..............

Republicans smear murdered journalist to cover for Trump

By Caroline Orr - October 19, 2018

Trump's allies are orchestrating a smear campaign against Jamal Khashoggi to take the heat off Trump for his failure to hold Saudi Arabia accountable.

In a sick new form of victim-blaming, Republicans and right-wing pundits are mounting a smear campaign against murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in what appears to be a twisted effort to shield Trump from criticism of his poor handling of the scandal.

Citing four anonymous GOP officials, the Washington Post reports that “a cadre of conservative House Republicans allied with Trump has been privately exchanging articles from right-wing outlets that fuel suspicion of Khashoggi,” an apparent first step in a coming character assault.

What started as a behind-the-scenes “whispering campaign” has begun to spill over into the public eye as pro-Trump media figures and platforms — including Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump Jr., Front Page, Fox News, and several prominent voices on social media — have started to amplify the attacks and conspiracy theories about Khashoggi, who was reportedly murdered and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Instanbul under orders from the Saudi crown prince.

The smears, which have been amplified by pro-Saudi accounts on Twitter, “are aimed in part at protecting Trump” and supporting his refusal to confront his allies in the Saudi regime about the slain journalist, the Post reports. On Thursday, Twitter removed a network of pro-Saudi automated accounts (“bots”) that were spreading false claims about Khashoggi.

https://shareblue.com/right-wing-smear-campaign-jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia/


What is remarkable is that if one of these right wing fascist asshole republican family member was a journalists and was a a US Citizens, or person that claimed permanent residence in this country and this happened to there family member, would they still do this shit........................and feel the same way...........................they are now full fledged terrorist backers of a regime, that lost me and thousands of others there job at United Airlines and American, on 9/11.....................the same fucking King that was around when this happened and has the blessing of of his psychopathic son, some fucking prince..................and then there is the Kuscher factor in this shit...........................state sanctioned murder......................and not even counting Yemen........................


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Interior selects Bundy supporter who favors 'war' against the BLM to serve as senior legal adviser

This a couple days old........but this dangerous.....................for everyone, and not being reported by the MSM.............she has no business being in with Zinke crowd or in government in any capacity............

The far-right militant sympathizer withdrew from consideration to head the BLM is joining the Interior Department.
MARK HAND
OCT 16, 2018, 11:31 AM

The Department of the Interior has selected Karen Budd-Falen, an anti-public lands advocate, for a senior legal position at the department. The move is controversial: Budd-Falen is an ally of right-wing extremist Cliven Bundy, who is best known for leading an armed 2014 standoff with federal officials in Nevada after he refused to pay his grazing fees.

Budd-Falen is a Wyoming-based property rights attorney who worked as a member of the Trump administration’s transition team for the Interior Department. She is scheduled to begin work on November 1 as the deputy solicitor for Parks and Wildlife working on issues related to endangered species, wildlife refuges, and national monuments.

The attorney had reportedly been previously considered to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But Budd-Falen withdrew her name from consideration for the top BLM spot in March, claiming the decision was made after she was asked to sell her interest in her family ranch.

Others contend she withdrew because her anti-public lands and anti-federal land management positions raised questions about her ability to pass Senate confirmation.


https://thinkprogress.org/interior-selects-bundy-supporter-who-favors-war-against-the-blm-to-serve-as-senior-legal-adviser-0c1ef1fd9540/


What is amazing is that this person more than likely leases land from the government in Big Piney of Wyoming to raise her cattle, which is associated with the Grand Tetons, her ilk was part of the Sagebush Rebellion, and the other asshole James Watt.................I know of the ramifications of her shit when I lived in Wyoming...........................

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/15/657542759/critic-of-federal-public-lands-management-to-join-department-of-the-interior


Insect collapse study 'one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read,' expert warns

Just 3.6°F warming has wiped out up to 98% of rainforest insects.
JOE ROMM
OCT 18, 2018, 11:11 AM

A disturbing new study finds that global warming helped drive as much as a 60-fold decline in insect population in Puerto Rico’s tropical rainforest between 1976 and 2013.

“Our results suggest that the effects of climate warming in tropical forests may be even greater than anticipated,” said lead author, biologist Brad Lister, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

And that’s a potentially catastrophic problem given that the forest saw 3.6°F (2°C) warming during that time — yet warming this century is on track to be far greater.

These new findings follow several studies in recent years that found collapsing insect populations around the world.

A 2014 review of scientific literature and data in the journal Science found the number of insects “such as beetles, butterflies, spiders and worms has decreased by 45 percent” since 1980. The reason: “loss of habitat and global climate disruption.”

https://thinkprogress.org/insect-collapse-study-disturbing-expert-warns-29ae68123fa8/

You may not like bugs.........................but we humans are being warned...............................without them we will die , or our food chain will cost everything more..................that is a fact..............

Colorado congressman says Democratic opponent funded 'socialist' magazine

Diane Mitsch Bush subscribed to 'In These Times' -- as well as a wide array of other magazines and newspapers.
JOSH ISRAEL
OCT 19, 2018, 9:29 AM

Fourth-term Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, facing a tough re-election in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, has launched a new broadside against his Democratic opponent Diane Mitsch Bush — falsely accusing her of socialism because she once subscribed to a non-profit magazine that was originally founded by a socialist historian.

Though she is not a socialist, in an attack ad posted on Wednesday, Tipton first warns that the Democratic Socialists of America (an organization with which Mitsch Bush has no affiliation) “openly propose to do away with capitalism” — which is sort of the point of socialism. The narrator then claims that Diane Mitsch Bush “helped fund a leading socialist magazine.” In text on the screen, the ad cites three issues of the award-winning monthly magazine In These Times — a progressive publication that has not identified as an “Independent Socialist Newspaper” since 1989.

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Tipton himself landed in hot water in 2011 when it was discovered that he paid thousands of taxpayer dollars from his office operating account to vendors that contracted with his nephew’s company.

https://thinkprogress.org/colorado-congressman-says-democratic-opponent-funded-socialist-magazine-5376cea388ef/


Hey Congressman shit for brains, since your so worried about what people read, with your Gestapo tactics , let me give you a heads up of what I read............................American Prospect, Mother Jones, Harper's, The Progressive, Aviation Weekly, and The Nation...................................and just to let you know I am a "Democratic Socialist" and fucking proud of it...............asshole


What did you read.................How to Fuck Everyone Over, by Charles and Robert Koch, or how about this one, Sovereign Rights by Ammon Bundy how to take Public Land and point guns at federal agents..........................

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The North Carolina GOP Is Trying Every Trick To Keep A Supreme Court Seat

Anita Earls has been the North Carolina GOP’s chief antagonist in the courtroom. Now she’s running for a seat on the state Supreme Court as a GOP threat to pack the court looms.

By Barry Yeoman | October 18, 2018


Judicial races in North Carolina tend to be low-key affairs. But the crowd gathered at a farmhouse near colonial-era Hillsborough last August — bluegrass on the screen porch, goats in the yard — gave a superstar’s welcome to the Democratic candidate for state Supreme Court.

For years, Anita Earls has been the go-to attorney in North Carolina for beating back assaults on voting rights. She’s had her hands full: Since the 2010 Republican landslide, the state legislature has operated like a perpetual-motion catapult, hurling one measure after another to reengineer the electoral landscape and seeing what sticks in court. Legislators have drawn electoral maps testing the outer limits of gerrymandering. They’ve tried to repeal ballot-access reforms that helped then-candidate Barack Obama carry the state in 2008. They canceled an election, changed how judges are selected, and are now trying to take control of the state’s elections machinery.

Each of these measures is a building block in a larger structure designed to maintain Republican power in the face of a demographic threat. North Carolina is growing more urban and racially diverse, trends that typically favor Democrats. “Building a seawall is not new,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and former official at the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “But it has been more blatant in North Carolina than it has been in many states.”

The Republicans’ onslaught has produced an outcry audible well beyond the state’s borders. Attacks on voting rights helped fuel North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement, which attracted international attention by repeatedly taking over the Legislative Building in Raleigh starting in 2013, leading to more than 1,000 arrests. The attacks also sparked a pile of lawsuits. Providing much of the courthouse muscle has been the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), a non-profit that Earls founded and until recently directed.

“She’s been the rock star on the legal front when it comes to voting rights here in North Carolina,” said Derick Smith, political action chair of the state NAACP, a key player in the Moral Monday movement. “Almost every facet, she’s been the lead, and we keep winning.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/feature/the-north-carolina-gop-is-trying-every-trick-to-keep-a-supreme-court-seat

Anita Earls.............................




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Here Are The Trump Projects Where Ivanka And Her Dad Misled Buyers

By Katherine Sullivan ProPublica and Heather Vogell ProPublica
October 18, 2018 11:06 am
Read the Trumps’ false statements — and what the actual facts were.

A pattern of deception ran through the Trumps’ real estate deals since the mid-2000s. Not only were the Trumps more than the mere licensors they claimed to be, extracting millions in fees from nearly every facet of these projects, but they often misled buyers and investors on key information — such as the level of sales and the Trumps’ role and investment in the deals. (Read ProPublica’s full investigation.) The Trump Organization did not respond to our questions, and the White House didn’t have a comment.

See List:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-real-estate-deals-ivanka-mislead-buyers


So in other words they are frauds....................and they were knowing to be committing fraud.............


Kris Kobach Is Desperate To Block The Release Of His Damaging Depo Video

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Tierney Sneed
October 18, 2018 10:05 am


Kansas Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach is desperately trying to publicly prevent the release of parts of a deposition tape — played at a trial over one of his voter restrictions — before Election Day.


Kobach is specifically concerned that the video will be used in “last-minute political commercials targeting the Defendant personally,” Kobach said in a court filing Wednesday evening.

“Indeed, the only reason that Plaintiffs are requesting the release of the video is to allow it to be used by partisan organizations and political candidates opposing Secretary Kobach’s gubernatorial campaign,” Kobach said in the filing, which asked the judge — if she ruled in favor of releasing the video — to pause that decision so he could appeal it to a higher court.

The video excerpts were played at the trial last March, where the ACLU and others were challenging his proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ultimately knocked down the requirement — a decision that’s currently on appeal.






Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/kobach-is-fighting-hard-to-block-the-release-of-his-damaging-depo-video



Hell if Bill Clinton's deposition could be aired on national tv whats wrong with airing Kobach's......................taxpayers of Kansas are paying for this trial/ hearing..................and have a right to hear what this asshole said and how he lied.....................


What a whiner.......................


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