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Thursday, May 18, 2017

So There’s a Special Counsel. Now What?

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Last night, deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein—the same Rod J. Rosenstein that Trump a week ago cited for his sacking of FBI director of James Comey—appointed Robert Mueller, a previous FBI director and close friend of Comey, to be special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference and “related matters.” In the short term, this is something of a gift to the Trump administration. Questions about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, both of whom are reported to be key figures in the FBI’s investigation, can be sidestepped, as this matter is...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dear Richard Burr: You Have Subpoena Power. Please Use It.

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM

In this week’s paper, I argued that Donald Trump had obstructed justice and lied to the American public, that he was a menace who needed to be impeached and removed from office posthaste, based on his firing of James Comey, his mendacity and obfuscation, his divulging of state secrets to the Russians, his rank ignorance and incompetence. All of that was finished and sent to the printer by two p.m. yesterday. Three hours later, The New York Times dropped its bombshell: Trump had asked Comey in February to end the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s ties to...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is a Constitutional Crisis—and a Moment of Truth for Richard Burr

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Article 1 of the Articles of Impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon lays out case fairly succinctly. There was break-in as part of an effort to gain political intelligence against Nixon’s Democratic opponents in 1972. Nixon and his minions covered it up. The articles cite nine means used to implement the coverup: lying to investigators, making false statements to the public, withholding documents, etc. For our immediate purposes, number four is the most relevant. On October 20, 1973, in what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, Nixon terminated Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate break-in, accepted the...

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The House Could Vote Today to Rob 24 Million of Health Care. Don’t Let It Happen.

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 9:19 AM

This afternoon, the House is finally expected to vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This is more or less the same bill that died without a vote in March, after an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that can only be described as politically calamitous: Medicaid would be gutted and twenty-four million people would lose health care coverage; millions more older, sicker, and lower-income people would pay thousands more a year in premiums, and subsidies to purchase health care will be reduced; all while rich people score...

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