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Tennessee judge shares links saying ‘Jews should get the f*** over the Holocaust’ and calling Muslims ‘foreign mud’

Westlake Legal Group pf96ZcDIwjpPDPXHxg0Zt4OOL83tQEQFlboVCFh5Ya4 Tennessee judge shares links saying 'Jews should get the f*** over the Holocaust' and calling Muslims 'foreign mud' r/politics

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William Barr Is Abetting ‘Most Authoritarian President’ Trump In a ‘Cover-Up,’ Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Says

Westlake Legal Group zF9pOOm-jGVRG2Vgj0qzyZpD1rnbW4VDpo0hOeOmJDE William Barr Is Abetting 'Most Authoritarian President' Trump In a 'Cover-Up,' Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Says r/politics

That’s a great question.

He started auditioning for the AG role a couple of days after Trump fired Comey, when he wrote an Op Ed in the Washington Post supporting that decision. And he followed that up by writing a letter to Rosenstein where he made his positions on the Mueller investigation and executive powers very clear.

Why did Barr want that job so badly, knowing that he would destroy his reputation? But then again I’ve often wondered the same thing about Giuliani and many others. It seems like there’s something there that’s compelling them to act this way, and whatever it is its very dark.

If I had to guess I think that the Republicans know that they were infiltrated by foreign entities and now they’re compromised. I think that the NRA was probably just one example of how foreign money and influence was making its way into the party. And I think it probably goes back at least to the Tea Party, maybe further. They’re behaving as though the future of the Republican Party is on the line because it is.

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‘She feels like my neighbor’: Elizabeth Warren is surprisingly winning voters on the campaign trail by not acting like a politician

Westlake Legal Group JXrSpJs-QcNhbItaoikeWbeHqT3uhm7y6O6grHX7L4w 'She feels like my neighbor': Elizabeth Warren is surprisingly winning voters on the campaign trail by not acting like a politician r/politics

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‘She feels like my neighbor’: Elizabeth Warren is surprisingly winning voters on the campaign trail by not acting like a politician

Westlake Legal Group JXrSpJs-QcNhbItaoikeWbeHqT3uhm7y6O6grHX7L4w 'She feels like my neighbor': Elizabeth Warren is surprisingly winning voters on the campaign trail by not acting like a politician r/politics

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Millennials Want To Overhaul America, But Boomer Power Isn’t Going Away

Westlake Legal Group XIvZLRdMF7vebJTY_pabiklLKjRr4IVFh1DXRtXDdcM Millennials Want To Overhaul America, But Boomer Power Isn't Going Away r/politics

I think what’s not that simple is that it would all happen in the next election. But if you all did that work in the next one and then the next one and the next, two things would happen:

  1. Younger politicians would start winning primaries, encouraging more young folks to start running. A virtuous cycle.

  2. The older ones in office would sit up and listen because they would see that their jobs would be terminated if they don’t.

Over time, if millennials were consistently showing up, the country would change and the boomer power would go away. It’s simple but not easy.

As a side note, I detest these generational posts. I’m not a boomer or a millennial, I’m Gen X. But I have just as much interest in living on a planet that is healthy and not corrupt. We better all start working on thinking of ourselves as human beings instead of political parties or generations or nationalities or we are not going to make it as a species. The worst of us will pit the rest of us against each other.

Edit: My first reddit cash! Thank you stranger!

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Robert Mueller ‘is going to testify’: Rep. Adam Schiff

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“You see, one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

Uncertainty is a very important factor, and, instead of decreasing as time goes on, it grows. Outside, in the streets, in the general community, ‘everyone’ is happy. One hears no protest, and certainly sees none. You know, in France or Italy there would be slogans against the government painted on walls and fences; in Germany, outside the great cities, perhaps, there is not even this. In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off in little organizations, and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to—to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked—if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in ’43 had come immediately after the ‘German Firm’ stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in ’33. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.

And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.”

— Milton Mayer, ‘They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45’

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Call the Republicans’ bluff. Impeach Trump

Westlake Legal Group 18p-hKWDgiHvecFVMojFE-Dmz_7X5bqB3baRwv3EyLI Call the Republicans' bluff. Impeach Trump r/politics

If Fox news was a bit more impartial, I would agree. But I think that approach would resonate with their viewers.

I was curious about the consequences of the Clinton impeachment, and while he wasn’t eligible for re-election, according to Wikipedia, it did have a mixed impact on his popularity:

“Polls conducted during 1998 and early 1999 showed that only about one-third of Americans supported Clinton’s impeachment or conviction. However, one year later, when it was clear that House impeachment would not lead to the ousting of the President, half of Americans said in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that they supported impeachment but 57% approved of the Senate’s decision to keep him in office and two thirds of those polled said the impeachment was harmful to the country.

While Clinton’s job approval rating rose during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and subsequent impeachment, his poll numbers with regard to questions of honesty, integrity and moral character declined. As a result, “moral character” and “honesty” weighed heavily in the next presidential election. According to The Daily Princetonian, after the 2000 presidential election, ‘post-election polls found that, in the wake of Clinton-era scandals, the single most significant reason people voted for Bush was for his moral character.'”

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I’m the Longest-Serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature, and I’m Switching Parties

Westlake Legal Group gPgFtsVeCoDosqW5ybyjrpmmEA5ChZ0pypDsBLtRXmc I’m the Longest-Serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature, and I’m Switching Parties r/politics

State Representative (from Iowa) Andy McKean, Registered Republican from 1978 – 2019, Served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1979 – 1993, the Iowa Senate from 1993 – 2003, then returned to serving in the (state) House of Representatives in 2017.

Here are his comments about the Republican party:

The legislature is considerably more partisan and regimented than it used to be. I believe the increased partisanship often stands in the way of good legislation, and I’m also deeply concerned by the growing influence that big money exerts on the legislative process.

I also found a very changed Republican caucus. While I have great respect and personal regard for my Republican colleagues, I found myself more and more uncomfortable with the stance of my party on the majority of high-profile issues, such as gutting Iowa’s collective-bargaining law and politicizing our method of selecting judges. I worked for changes to improve legislation that I had concerns about, but also voted against many of these priorities.

I might have limped along—attempting to work within my caucus for what I felt was best for the people I represent—if it hadn’t been for another factor. With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I felt, as a Republican, that I needed to be able to support the standard-bearer of the party. Unfortunately, that is something I’m unable to do.


And his thoughts on Trump:

I believe that it is just a matter of time before our country pays a heavy price for President Donald Trump’s reckless spending and shortsighted financial policies; his erratic, destabilizing foreign policy; and his disdain and disregard for environmental concerns.

Furthermore, he sets a poor example for the nation and our children. He delivers personal insults, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, to those who disagree with him, and is a bully at a time when we’re attempting to discourage bullying, on- and offline.

In addition, he frequently disregards the truth and displays a willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity, and disability.

I believe that his actions have coarsened political discourse, contributing to unprecedented polarization and creating a breeding ground for hateful rhetoric and actions.

Some would excuse this behavior, claiming Trump is just telling it like it is—and that this is the new normal. If this is the new normal, I want no part of it. Unacceptable behavior should be called out for what it is—and Americans of all parties should insist on something far better from the man holding the highest office in the land.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Should Be Subpoenaed Like Donald Trump Jr. Says Ex-Federal Prosecutor

Westlake Legal Group mvaSARLj7YOHacJfPAZMaAb0QXPWr-IO9jUtQfZDK00 Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Should Be Subpoenaed Like Donald Trump Jr. Says Ex-Federal Prosecutor r/politics

On Thursday, Elizabeth de la Vega, a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years who was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force, shared a Washington Post analysis piece on what could still be learned from Trump Jr. in light of the subpoena he was issued from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I don’t see Senate Intel doing this, but House Intel and/or Judiciary should subpoena Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner too,” de la Vega tweeted. “No point in holding back on any subpoenas. Send them all out. More impact and more efficient that way.”

Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Trump Jr. “are obviously key witnesses to multiple events and topics in the [Mueller] report, and many that are not—including Trump/Kushner family foreign financial entanglements. Congress should treat them no differently than any other witnesses,” de la Vega told Newsweek in an email Friday.

The former prosecutor said the House intelligence and or judiciary committees should subpoena the president’s family members “for the same reason they should subpoena Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, Don McGahn, Mark Corallo, Corey Lewandowski and all other key witnesses named in the Mueller report.”

“The best way for Congress to make that happen is to call the witnesses, major ones, at the very least, to testify at public hearings,” she said. “It’s critical that the public gets to hear this story through the live testimony of participants and witnesses.

Eric Columbus, a former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general during the Obama administration, told Newsweek that Kushner’s last interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee took place before the redacted Mueller report was released, and “it’s possible that there may be information in the Mueller report that contradicts something that Kushner told them, theoretically, in which case they might want to talk to him again.”

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Ben Shapiro Admits Defeat, Apologizes to British Journalist After Cutting Short Heated Interview

Westlake Legal Group 9kdqQpD6cFlIrBIZdR6mSGWbW0TzrO3YCAW91iU3Mqs Ben Shapiro Admits Defeat, Apologizes to British Journalist After Cutting Short Heated Interview r/politics

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