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1  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: June 22, 2017, 05:54:15 PM

I'm sure there's a great explanation for this:
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Citing Priestap’s description of Russian efforts to “sow discord” in the United States, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked Priestap about the term “unwitting agent,” meaning an official duped into doing the bidding of a foreign power.

“Did Donald Trump become an unwitting agent of the Russians?” Heinrich asked.

Priestap paused for several seconds, with the hearing room silent.

“I can’t really comment on that,” he said.
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2  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: May 17, 2017, 08:34:14 PM
Mueller and his deputy Quarles are both long time associates of James Comey. Trump just managed to talk his way into an investigation by people who like and trust a guy he just fired through cable news. So much winning...
3  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: May 11, 2017, 05:44:39 PM
its not trumps behaviour that is surprising as much as the lack of action by everyone else.

Why, whatever are you talking about? Chucky Schumer just called on all the Dem Senators to show up for work today and sit down in their chairs in protest. That's decisive action right there.

With the snark aside, the investigations will go on, Trump will pay a political price for this,  and there's a good chance Trump might have been better off with the devil he knew.

Your last point is spot on. The FBI was at worst neutral about Trump before Wednesday. But Comey was highly liked and respected in the Bureau and he got fired via hearing it on TV in front of a crowd. In a world where personal reputation and respect for the rules is the highest value, that's unforgivable. Trump may think he's slowed the investigation but he's just made the people who can hurt him the most hate his guts. If he goes down, this week will figure highly in the story.

4  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 13, 2017, 05:16:03 AM
I hear that taking Aleppo severely sapped Assad's strength, particularly infantry. And he's been losing strategic territory elsewhere in the country. It's not necessarily anything more than that he's desperate.
5  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:31:02 PM
I think both sides mis-used the war powers resolution. You are mono-maniacally focused on Democrats.

I have a harder time coming up with GOP president violations. 
I know Reagan got authorization for his ill fated Lebanon nation building.
Bush I was told by Democratic Speaker Foley that he didn't need to worry about it when he planned to dump 28k men into Somalia, but he also only had 47 days left when he started, so it was hard for the clock to run out on him.  Of course he got authorization for the first war with Iraq.
Clinton openly defied its stipulations after tried, and failed, to pass a support resolution for his bombing campaign with Serbia.  He should have been impeached for that reason.
Bush got authorization for his regime change and nation building, but you're right they used the AUMF regarding the 9/11 attacks to hit a host of countries.
Obama went for regime change Libya, but without the congressional authorization, and I think that's bad not because he's a democrat, but because it violates the separation of powers and sends us farther down the road of the Imperial Presidency.


We disagree on this only in degree, not substance. Presidents should be required to get authorization from Congress except under clearly stipulated and limited conditions. Unfortunately, nobody in Congress is at all motivated to responsibly deal with this issue when their own party is in power.
6  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:25:36 PM
Oh, dear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump.html?_r=0
7  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 09:56:12 AM
LOL...what about my support for the FISA court is sudden?
8  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 08:22:04 AM
The gist is that there is a fair amount of work that happens before a warrant is requested and that warrants that don't look like they will stand up are discarded before the request happens. You can agree or disagree but it's worth taking a deeper look than just looking at one number and making a global judgement.
9  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 12, 2017, 06:10:09 AM
Michael Anton is now the party theoretician for the Trumpciks? Oh dear....
10  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:06:54 AM
Bit of a myth, that:

https://www.stanfordlawreview.org/online/is-the-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court-really-a-rubber-stamp/
11  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 11, 2017, 06:53:32 PM
Um....

https://twitter.com/Susan_Hennessey/status/851962772007133184
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 09, 2017, 04:35:36 PM
I think both sides mis-used the war powers resolution. You are mono-maniacally focused on Democrats.
13  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 09, 2017, 02:16:43 PM
"Alex, I'll take Partisan Knee Jerk Reactions for $500."
14  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 08, 2017, 05:53:51 PM
Gladly open to correction on this but it's always been my understanding that the Bush AUMF was specifically written to apply to 9/11 related terrorism but in practice was used to authorize everything else.
15  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 07, 2017, 08:08:10 PM
Perhaps he was testing the waters in terms of how friendly to Russia the administration actually is. Now he knows.

I don't get it.
Let's see how loyal my Russian allies are by embarrassing them on the world stage?

Tillerson said last week that Assad was ok to stay in power. Assad figured that let him off the leash. And given that they were forewarned about the attack, able to move their important assets out and start running bombing missions from the hit base within a day, they were right. Don't buy the bullshit on this raid. It was entirely kabuki.
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