Harry Litman, former US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, says Rudy Giuliani may have put himself on the hook for possible obstruction of justice charges by publicly dangling pardons for Paul Manafort and others under investigation by Robert Mueller. (more…) Read more

Trump met with Republicans in Congress over immigration legislation on Tuesday, but things seem to be heading for a showdown that would expose the dishonesty and inanity of his policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The Senate appears ready to pass a law forbidding that: (more…) Read more

I’m getting beyond fed up with the constant demonization and dehumanization of immigrants, especially those who do it while quoting the Bible, which contains verse after verse commanding them to treat immigrants just like they would their own family. Here’s Leigh Valentine on the “Faith and Freedom” radio show: (more…) Read more

The Supreme Court released several rulings on Monday, as expected, and the Wisconsin gerrymandering case is getting a lot of the attention. But there was another important case, Lozman v Riviera Beach that was an important victory for the First Amendment and the right to criticize public officials. (more…) Read more

While the rest of the world looks to new and emerging technologies and markets, Donald Trump is focused on a futile effort to revive industries that will soon be part of the past. His picking of economic winners and losers, especially through the use of tariffs, will be a losing bet for the American economy and American workers. (more…) Read more

ProPublica, the non-profit news organization that has done amazing work and won multiple Pulitzer prizes for it, has secretly obtained an audio recording from inside a detention facility holding some of those 2000 children who have been ripped from their parents’ arms at the border in the last few weeks. It is chilling. (more…) Read more

In yet another press gaggle, Trump repeated the outright lie that the law requires separating children from their parents if they reach the border and used blatant and substanceless fearmongering to justify the policy. He’s having a hard time coming up with a coherent rationale for this, to say the least. (more…) Read more

Since this has come up repeatedly in the comments and in discussion about Jeff Sessions citing the Bible as justification for the policy of separating children from their parents, let me make this clear: It is not a violation of the Establishment Clause or separation of church and state for a government official, or anyone else, to offer a religious rationale or argument for or against some public policy. (more…) Read more

I am profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision — that is, non-decision — in Gill v Whitford, the case challenging the partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Instead of ruling on the merits, they punted on it and sent it back to the lower courts for a new determination on whether the plaintiffs have standing to bring the suit. (more…) Read more

I don’t know why this bizarre claim that the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles has suddenly become the go-to conspiracy theory for the far-right Christian fringe in this country, but it’s all over the place now. Paul McGuire is the latest to jump on that bandwagon: (more…) Read more

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