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Westlake Legal Group > Posts tagged "r/politics" (Page 292)

Megathread: Federal Judge Rules President Trump Must Turn Over Eight Years Of Personal And Corporate Tax Returns

Westlake Legal Group w2j_CeSBPuI2SNefWOrwDzjro9g5tYe113G6E-rIq6s Megathread: Federal Judge Rules President Trump Must Turn Over Eight Years Of Personal And Corporate Tax Returns r/politics

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.

Lawyers for Mr. Trump were expected to appeal the ruling from Judge Victor Marrero of Manhattan federal court. The president’s could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a 75-page ruling, Judge Marrero said called president’s argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.” Presidents, their families and businesses are not above the law, the judge ruled.

In response, the President’s lawyers filed an emergency notice of appeal to the 2nd circuit.


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‘Money Is Not Speech and Corporations Are Not People’: Sanders Unveils Plan to Get Corporate Money Out of Politics

Westlake Legal Group s7SZwvUfRRfDaHOiD90YwwokKCm9pR5Zspmq2FOhJl8 'Money Is Not Speech and Corporations Are Not People': Sanders Unveils Plan to Get Corporate Money Out of Politics r/politics

While there is giant partisan money out there there ruins ordinary people’s access to the America we know, Big Money has bigger goals that we are suppsoed to ignore.

Read “The Blue Book of the John Birch Society” to understand a top-down inflexibly dictatorial right wing lobbying organization. Charles Koch quit or was thrown out over objections to the Vietnam War. Robert Welch (“Mr John Birch”) thought racism was a communist conspiracy to cause dissent in America. Koch tolerates it, but he does not tolerate anyone who strays from his right wing party line. This is the guy who owns Mitch McConnell and the NRA.

Rupert Murdoch found a good market in pitching to that the guys who sit in the back of the bar and say nasty things about the advice ministers give from the pulpit. He has assembled a global organization that sells Hate for Profit under the “freedom of speech” banner. Wuthout his backing Brexit would not be a thing and the EU would be a poitlkical force.

Robert Mercer is a hedge fund billionaire with a hobby of using the internet to fix elections. He sited Cambridge Analytica in England to help Murdoch make an issue of Brexit. This also put him beyond the reach of US subpoenas. When Parliament went to investigate, CA filed for bankruptcy. CA was deeply involved in Trump’s election and has a reputation for fixing an election in Ukraine, among other countries.

The reporter who uncovered the Panama Papers was killed in a car bombing, and no one is investigating either that or the Papers. Jeffrey Epstein diead and no one is investigating a huge netowrk of clients beyons a few names that embarass liberals.

So yeah, there’s something weird about Shelly Adelson and Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman offing a Washington Post correspondent who criticized Trump. But be serious: don’t let small potatoes distact you. NO ONE CARES ABOUT SOMEBODY SHOOTING UP HALF OF THE SAUDI OIL SUPPLY. The prize is control of the US military, and if you have it, world domination is in your grasp.

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The GOP is gaslighting America

Westlake Legal Group Hk1t16VrOwii2vKsmFSFnne9eR6dtiVwS5GCycPguxE The GOP is gaslighting America r/politics

Is the president* a well known comedian? Is he performing a set on stage for a new special? Did he broadcast any of this in advance of this very public crime?

If the answer to these questions is no, congratulations! You’re aware that, “I was just joking,” isn’t a defense that would ever hold up in court.

Robbed a bank? Just kidding. Arson? Practical joke. Hostage taking? Some people take things too seriously. Serial killer? The guy really commits to the bit. Suicide Bomber? What an explosive performance!

This is the best defense they could come up with? The president* was joking when he committed a crime?

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The GOP is gaslighting America

Westlake Legal Group Hk1t16VrOwii2vKsmFSFnne9eR6dtiVwS5GCycPguxE The GOP is gaslighting America r/politics

Is the president* a well known comedian? Is he performing a set on stage for a new special? Did he broadcast any of this in advance of this very public crime?

If the answer to these questions is no, congratulations! You’re aware that, “I was just joking,” isn’t a defense that would ever hold up in court.

Robbed a bank? Just kidding. Arson? Practical joke. Hostage taking? Some people take things too seriously. Serial killer? The guy really commits to the bit. Suicide Bomber? What an explosive performance!

This is the best defense they could come up with? The president* was joking when he committed a crime?

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Donald Trump’s own former national security officials sign open letter saying Ukraine whistleblower did nothing wrong and deserves protection

Westlake Legal Group sMDTzmjCywLIsWSGqO0rS0uG8QpkW6sFvODlnB7bJh4 Donald Trump's own former national security officials sign open letter saying Ukraine whistleblower did nothing wrong and deserves protection r/politics

Dozens of former national security officials—including several who once served under President Donald Trump—have signed an open letter honoring the first whistleblower to come forward in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and demanding their protection.

Signed by 90 former national security officials, the letter came as news broke that at least one other whistleblower had come forward in the case, seeking to flag concerns around Trump’s July 25 phone call, in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

“While the identity of the whistleblower is not publicly known, we do know that he or she is an employee of the U.S. Government,” the letter, signed by prominent officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, states. “As such, he or she has by law the right—and indeed the responsibility—to make known, through appropriate channels, indications of serious wrongdoing.”

This is disgusting, this whistleblower followed the rules, went by the book and with zero evidence Trump and other GOP members are trying to destroy his life before he ever testifies, that is a disgraceful betrayal to someone who served this country, just because they don’t like the truth they have to tell.

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The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You

Westlake Legal Group bC75Tsk-P-fkRzcIrOsrUe3cZC-eCKKRIV8RZJ8LjsY The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You r/politics

I think most people don’t understand how marginal tax brackets work, but basic math can help: (example using 22% tax bracket and 37%)

REMEMBER you are taxed on a margin. So you pay a fixed amount and then a percentage on a margin above the lower number on your tax bracket. Hence marginal taxation 🙂

22% $38,701 to $82,500 $4,453.50 plus 22% of the amount over $38,700

So at 50k income one will pay $4,453.50 + ($50,000 – $38,700)*.22 = $4,453.50 + $2,486 = $6,939.5

$6,939.5/$50,000= .138 or roughly ~14%

So someone making 50k per year is only paying roughly 14 percent OVERALL.

sparing the analytics, using the highest tax bracket (37%) with 1,000,000 income

$150,689.50 + $500,000*.37 = $335,689.5

$335,689.5/1,000,000= ~33%

TLDR;

Someone making 50k per year is only paying 14% per year in taxes whereas someone making 1 million is paying 33% taxes. So technically, when you use what people pay overall vs the marginal tax rate (and then forget the margins) data can be twisted to make it look like those in the higher tax brackets are paying less of a percentage than “most redditors”. I can assure you though, with simple maths, it can be shown that this isn’t true.

(I did this all using single filing from 2018. I’m just a normal person who crunched some #s, DON’T MURDER ME)

Source: quicken loan tax brackets

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John Brennan: CIA Would Call U.S. ‘Very Corrupt’ If It Were Another Country

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What my country considers as bribery, ie enough to get a prison sentence, is not only entirely legal in the US, but it’s literally what allows their political campaigns to function.

People made fun of us a few years back when we had a huge corruption scandal, even calling us one of the most corrupt places in the world, but they failed to mention that what we consider illegal and prosecute people for is legal in most places around the world.

Businesses contributing to political campaign is absolute nonsense, unlimited political contributions through PACs is a very thinly veiled corruption, and lobbyists straight up giving money to politicians is literal corruption.

The US not only is one of the most corrupt places on earth, but it legitimizes corruption and defends it as “free speech”. If you look at what people who are actual free speech advocates in autocratic countries are being jailed for, calling unlimited monetary political contributions “free speech” is a fucking slap in the face.

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Trump told Republicans he doesn’t want impeachment on his ‘resume’: report

Westlake Legal Group 9btSsJeLBNtL440lL8drN8w6IniqtmfsGQxPT8LbIyI Trump told Republicans he doesn't want impeachment on his 'resume': report r/politics

As noted many times in this thread, resignation is not even an option for the idiot. The moment he resigns, NY state is going to fuck him with indictments.

His only option is to go full throttle forward with a so-called “fight against the left”. The most probable outcome of a senate trial is that he gets declared “not guilty” which will then be spun into non-stop propaganda against the democrats by his stooges in Fox News.

His hope would then be to win in 2020 and let statutes expire as a means to avoid jail time.

Summary: Vote the motherfucker and the republican party out of existence in every single election (state, local and federal). If impeachment works, good. But never ever sit out an election. Ever.

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Former Reagan Official Blasts Modern-Day Republicans: ‘It’s Like The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’

Westlake Legal Group 3QeprZcWoCun88F8QwUUbtzJeeaYPjZWQJ_gHYw6Qes Former Reagan Official Blasts Modern-Day Republicans: 'It's Like The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' r/politics

I just posted this elsewhere but it fits as a reply to you as well.

This is from the Iran-Contra Wikipedia page – congressional committee investigation section. I think it’s worth reading for those of us who weren’t around to see this scandal play out 30+ years ago.

In January 1987, Congress announced it was opening an investigation into the Iran–Contra affair. Depending upon one’s political perspective, the Congressional investigation into the Iran–Contra affair was either an attempt by the legislative arm to gain control over an out-of-control executive arm, a partisan “witch hunt” by the Democrats against a Republican administration or a feeble effort by Congress that did far too little to rein in the “imperial presidency” that had run amok by breaking numerous laws.

It’s worth noting that our current AG – Bill Barr – advised President Bush Sr. to pardon those indicted in the scandal. Bush didn’t acknowledge the scandal and they essentially got away with a cover up – at least to their supporters.

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Zero members of Trump administration appear on Sunday talk shows

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