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Heather Cox Richardson: Ukraine, Here's the story of how we got here:

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-24-2022

A Must Read: Here are some excerpts:

Putin wanted to get the sanctions lifted. At the same time, with Yanukovych out of power, Manafort was out of a job and in debt to his former friends. In summer 2016, Manafort began to manage the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Under Trump, American policy swung Putin’s way as Trump attacked NATO and the European Union, weakened our ties to our traditional European allies, and threatened to withdraw our support for Ukraine.

That policy changed when Biden took office. His administration renewed support for Ukraine and its move toward stronger ties to NATO and the European Union. At the same time, it has dramatically cracked down on money laundering, shell companies, and the movement of illicit money.

What to do about Justice Thomas?

Impeachment is likely to fail, in my opinion. I hope the media will keep coming at him and his wife, Ginni, with the facts. The constant barrage exposing bad behavior may force him to resign and may reveal incriminating or illegal activity. Here are three articles about the infamous judge and his wife:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/31/is-ginni-thomas-a-threat-to-the-supreme-court
Many Americans first became aware of Ginni Thomas’s activism on January 6, 2021. That morning, before the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., turned into an assault on the Capitol resulting in the deaths of at least five people, she cheered on the supporters of President Donald Trump who had gathered to overturn Biden’s election. In a Facebook post that went viral, she linked to a news item about the protest, writing, “love maga people!!!!” Shortly afterward, she posted about Ronald Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech. Her next status update said, “god bless each of you standing up or praying.”

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/02/the-case-for-impeaching-clarence-thomas.html
It wasn't only Anita Hill: 'Alaska attorney, Moira Smith, wrote on Facebook about her own experiences as a victim of sexual misconduct in 1999. “I was so incredibly excited to meet him, rough confirmation hearings notwithstanding,” Smith continued. “He was charming in many ways — giant, booming laugh, charismatic, approachable. But to my complete shock, he groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should ‘sit right next to him.’ When I feebly explained I’d been assigned to the other table, he groped again … ‘Are you sure?’ I said I was and proceeded to keep my distance.” Smith had been silent for 17 years but, infuriated by the “Grab ’em by the pussy” utterings of a presidential candidate, could keep quiet no more.

https://www.alternet.org/2022/01/clarence-thomas/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9700
Ginni is involved with numerous far-right organizations and schemes that take very public positions on Court decisions across a range of social and political issues, such as last week’s 8-1 holding that Donald Trump could not block the release of documents related to the January 6 insurrection," New Republic editor Michael Tomasky wrote. "Thomas was the lone dissenter in that case. His wife sat on the advisory board of a group that sent busloads of insurrectionists to Washington that day. In addition to that, she cheered the insurrection on Facebook."

'The walls are closing in': Trump reels from week of political setbacks

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/22/the-walls-are-closing-in-trump-reels-from-week-of-political-setbacks

"No single week in the year since Trump left the White House has been as dramatic, or for him as potentially catastrophic, as the one just passed.

It included a rebuke from the supreme court over documents related to the 6 January insurrection which Trump incited; news that the congressional committee investigating the riot was closing in on Trump’s inner circle; evidence from New York’s attorney general of alleged tax fraud; and, perhaps most damaging of all, a request from a Georgia prosecutor for a grand jury in her investigation of Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

The week ended with the leaking of a document showing that Trump at least pondered harnessing the military in his attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory."

This constant ranting by News outlets about inflation pisses me off.

I guess folks have adjusted to getting ZERO interest on their savings and money market accounts. God knows what folks are getting on CD accounts. If you're not in the stock market, you're LOSING money. I remember when 5% interest was the standard and the economy was just fine, thank you very much. We need to bring back standards in news reporting and do it fast.

Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-22-2022

Joe Biden’s presidency is just over a year old.

Biden has embraced the old idea, established by the Democrats under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Republicans under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, that in a democracy, the federal government has a responsibility to keep the playing field level for all. It must regulate business to maintain competition and prevent corporations from abusing their employees, protect civil rights, provide a basic social safety net, and promote infrastructure.

U.S. economic output jumped more than 7% in the last three months of 2021. Overall growth for 2021 should be about 6%, and economists predict growth of around 4% in 2022—the highest numbers the U.S. has seen in decades, and higher than any other country in the world. Despite the increased spending, the federal budget deficit in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 dropped 33% from that of 2021. The downside of this growth was inflation of up to 7%, but this is a global problem and exactly why it’s happening is unclear—increased spending has created pent-up demand, and prices have been unstable because of the pandemic.

Biden’s worldview demands that government accomplish things; the Republicans simply have to say no. They have focused on stopping Biden and the success of his view of government, and because it is only the Democrats who are in the arena, as President Theodore Roosevelt put it, Democrats are bearing the weight of popular discontent.

Biden rocks it! Judicial nominations confirmed now at 42.

https://www.rollcall.com/2022/01/10/biden-judicial-nomination-train-heading-for-purple-and-red-state-stops/

Biden judicial nomination train heading for purple and red states
President has made diversity on bench a priority

"The hundreds of lower district and circuit courts have the ultimate say in all but the several dozen cases the Supreme Court decides each year. Democrats argue that more diversity among judges in their racial, gender and professional backgrounds means the judiciary will better represent the U.S. population."

Though two more judges confirmed since this article, it's relevance remains.


Heather Cox Richardson "Then we heard the news on pence... And lost it... So we stormed."

Heather Cox Richardson
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-20-2022

January 20, 2022

"The committee called attention to Trump’s 2:24 p.m. tweet saying, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” It listed statements from rioters describing how that tweet set them off: “Once we found out Pence turned on us and that they had stolen the election, like officially, the crowd went crazy….”

“Then we heard the news on pence… And lost it… So we stormed.”
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Heather Cox Richardson

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-20-2022

January 20, 2022

The committee called attention to Trump’s 2:24 p.m. tweet saying, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” It listed statements from rioters describing how that tweet set them off: “Once we found out Pence turned on us and that they had stolen the election, like officially, the crowd went crazy….”

“Then we heard the news on pence… And lost it… So we stormed.”

All of us should contact Senator Manchin. Deluge his website. Here are my comments to him.

Dear Senator Manchin,

Well, you did it. You failed West Virginia and the United States of America, and now our democracy is teetering on the edge. West Virginia seems to like your style. I don't know how much they'll like it when we have a Putin-like autocrat as President. Last night was a shameful day for the Senate and America thanks to you, the entire Republican caucus, and that strange woman, Sinema. I realize the opinion of an old white lady doesn't matter much. However, I must say I've seen a lot, but never thought I'd live to see the United States of America fall from grace in the world because two Democrats voted against protecting the greatest democracy the world had ever seen. If you wanted your name in the history books, I think you've succeeded. I hope you find a way to redeem yourself to your country.

Note: This had to be said. I hope I'm not punished here at DU for this.
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