The House and Senate Democrats are moving forward with a bill to add 4 new justices to the Supreme Court. There is nothing subtle or elegant in the move. Just a raw muscle play to take control of the Court...…
If the report is true, they have decided not to wait for the Commission. A move to just add 4 new justices would dispense with even the pretense of principle. The bill will now strip away any semblance of constitutional values for members who do not denounce raw court packing.
...The late Justice Ginsburg and most recently Justice Breyer condemned the court packing scheme and the public overwhelmingly opposes it. Yet, these members would reduce the court into little more than a partisan commission tasked with a political agenda.
Ultimately, this shows the cost of a failure of leadership in the Democratic party, including President Biden. Rather than denounce court packing, Biden played to the far left and called for a Commission to study something he called a "bone headed" and "terrible, terrible idea."

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According to Mayor Mike Elliot, the police chief who was scolded by the media for using the term "riot" has now resigned. The Acting Chief then called the situation in the department "chaotic" with only an hour's notice of the change in leadership.…
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Additional women have come forward against Cuomo.… However, there should be an investigation before a sentencing on such questions, even if Cuomo warrants little sympathy.…
There is legitimate outrage but these remain accusations, not proven claims. The calls for immediate resignation dismiss any possible countervailing claims or information from Cuomo. While he showed little such concern for others in the past, poetic justice is not really justice
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...If this is the result, it would clearly show that Raskin sandbagged the Senate Democrats who did not want to be seen as opposing the managers (despite just saying that they did not want witnesses).…
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Questions are likely to start tonight. A few questions for the managers would help clarify some of these issues...
1. You did not give the President a chance to formally respond and did not call witnesses before or after the snap impeachment. You then told us that we should consider due process a "privilege" and not required in a Senate trial, but ....
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...Raskin is now detailing the Whitmer kidnapping plot and suggesting culpability by Trump. The plot was uncovered and prosecuted under the Trump Administration. This is the type of argument that would be barred in an actual court...
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