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Theresa May faces catastrophic defeat in major Brexit vote as allies warn: ‘Winter is Coming’

Prime Minister Theresa May was facing defeat on a major Brexit vote in Parliament Tuesday, a defeat that could spell anything from no Brexit to a general election — as her allies took a page from “Game of Thrones” and warned: “Winter is Coming.”

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No holds Barr-ed? Confirmation hearing begins with two Lindseys; Update: Barr pledges funding, time for Mueller

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Update, 11:00 am ET: It’s tough to make a case against Barr on the basis of Mueller with responses like these:

That’s about as contentious as it’s gotten in this opening round … so far, of course.

Original post follows …

To kick off the highest profile hearing since Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, two Lindsey Grahams showed up to lead the (non-?)circus. If you like “immigration Lindsey Graham,” the new chair promised Democrats, you’ll see him. No one much liked the “other” Lindsey, he acknowledged, not even himself — but Graham suggested that Democrats will see him too if they don’t approach Attorney General nominee William Barr with respect.

Sun’s getting real low, big guy … 

Barr then opened with a statement in which he claimed reluctance to take the job at all. At 68, the next step he and his wife wanted to take was retirement, Barr told the panel, not to return to a job he’d already done once. After suggesting other candidates, Barr reluctantly took the job because of the “current environment,” which could be perceived as a tacit criticism of the Trump administration or the Senate confirmation process. Or both:

That’s boilerplate for opening statements from Attorney General nominees. This is what Senate Democrats on the panel wanted to hear:

Barr emphasized that the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation required as much transparency as the law allows. That may not be great news for the White House, depending on what Mueller includes in his report. Barr further testified that, despite unending criticism from Trump about Jeff Sessions, his decision to recuse on the Russia probe was “probably correct.” Barr also said that he’s known Mueller for 30 years and that he wouldn’t conduct a “witch hunt”:

Hmmmm. We’ll see if that earns Barr his first Twitter broadside from the Oval Office.

Still, it didn’t all go in one direction. For instance, this is what Senate Republicans wanted to hear:

At least at the start, Barr’s hearing launched smoothly with few surprises. Perhaps one would be a criticism of Sessions’ decision to press forward with prosecution of Sen. Bob Menendez, which Barr said rested on a “fallacious” legal theory. Barr’s even-handedness and straight-arrow approach will give Senate Democrats few opportunities to launch any effective attacks that will paint Barr as a Trump toady … not that a few of them won’t try anyway. Expect more fireworks later in the program from Spartacus and others who might be looking to launch presidential campaigns, too. If that happens, we’ll see Lindsey Graham’s evil twin make an appearance, no doubt.

Updates to this post will appear at the top in reverse chronological order.

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Barr’s reassurances leave a lot of wiggle room

In his written testimony, attorney general nominee William Barr refers to special counsel Robert Mueller and states that if he is confirmed, he “will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation.” He writes: “I will follow the Special Counsel regulations scrupulously and in good faith, and on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work.”

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Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: For Cox to speak with such force suggested how desperate May’s predicament has become.

The inexhaustible riches of Geoffrey Cox’s advocacy poured over the Tory benches as he opened for the Government on the final day of the Brexit debate.

Here was a lost cause worthy of the Attorney General’s powers. He boomed, he declared, he pleaded, he went quiet for a moment, he turned again and again to face the Conservative benches, he jabbed his finger at his opponents on his own side, told them not to behave like children, lauded compromise as if he were Moses leading the chosen people through the wilderness towards a land flowing with milk and honey.

Beside him sat the Prime Minister. She looked white with exhaustion, mournful, almost hopeless. Yet during the hour he spoke, she revived like a wilting pot plant rescued at the last moment by a drink of water.

Cox opened by praising “the most passionate appeal to understand the role of compromise” voiced at midnight last night by the Member for Gedling – a Labour MP, Vernon Coaker, who according to Cox had been “heartfelt and eloquent”.

So the Government still hopes it can get its motion through with the help of Labour moderates. That at least was what Cox appeared to imply.

But as Rachel Reeves complained from the Labour benches near the end of this performance, for most of the time Cox turned to address his own party. Even the Speaker, John Bercow, asked the Attorney General to address the House rather than the Conservative Party: “This perambulation is very uncommon and irregular.”

“You upbraid me entirely justly,” Cox replied. But for the rest of the time, he did the upbraiding: “What are you playing at? What are you doing? You are not children in the playground, you are legislators.”

And as legislators, they must understand it would be “the height of irresponsibility” to pull the rug from under anyone who needs legal certainty, and can only get it if Parliament accepts the procedure for leaving the European Union which the Government has negotiated.

The Attorney General offered the curious analogy of an air lock, which we must enter in order to adjust our bodies to the different pressure we shall find when we pass through the second door on the far side and begin life outside the European Union.

Hilary Benn suggested, from the Labour benches, that beyond that second door lies “a complete vacuum”. Cox insisted on the contrary that we would find a “bright new world”.

But he offered another analogy. Removing ourselves from the EU is “as if we were to separate from a living organism with all its arteries and veins”.

It is a dangerous and complicated operation, about which we must be wholly pragmatic: “Do we opt for order or do we choose chaos?”

We cannot hurl the one million British citizens living on the continent of Europe, and the three million Europeans living here, “into a legal void”.

If MPs vote down the motion, “the path to Brexit becomes shrouded in uncertainty…and because of the Northern Ireland backstop”.

Cox had done his best to make rejecting the motion merely because of the backstop seem absurd, dangerous and disproportionate. When he realised he was in danger of going on too long, he quickly and skilfully brought his remarks to a close.

He had at least managed to cheer up the Prime Minister. Indeed, with this bravura performance, he had cheered up many people who are heartily sick of the whole Brexit debate.

But for him to need to speak with such force suggested also how desperate the Government’s predicament has become.

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