"A 'high crime' is a felony, and a misdemeanor is a misdemeanor. The words haven't changed that much." - Bruce Castor, presenting an incorrect interpretation of the requirements for impeachment.
(SPOILER: An impeachable offense does not have to be a crime at all)
One of Andrew Johnson's articles of impeachment mentioned that he "made and delivered with a loud voice certain intemperate, inflammatory and scandalous harangues, and did therein utter loud threats and bitter menaces"
And one of Richard Nixon's approved articles of impeachment involved "making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States."
Gutting the IRS has also helped fuel the rise of massive dark money groups. As the agency's budget was whittled away, it diverted more and more funds away from nonprofit oversight -- because it's a revenue collection agency, and those groups are tax exempt.
As election officials and their families get death threats and armed militias show up on their lawn to try to intimidate them into overturning the election, I'm reminded of the impassioned calls for "civility" we heard this summer and how conspicuously silent they are right now.
I may have missed it, but have Republican members of Congress spoken out forcefully about this?
Have I missed the powerful, unified message from Republican leadership calling for this kind of thing to stop?
"I have one company and my name is on it," Parscale says, apparently forgetting that he was already caught setting up a different shell corporation that was paid millions by pro-Trump outside groups and remains in good standing with the state of Delaware.
1/ I have a gnawing fear that after Trump leaves office, a lot of people will tune out, feeling like the end of a presidency defined by corruption solves the corruption problem itself.
That would be a mistake. Trump is a symptom of problems that will continue after he leaves.
2/ Don't get me wrong. Trump is certainly a uniquely corrupt politician, but he was enabled by a system that was already broken.
Just as with Watergate, the work of installing guardrails and creating a less corrupt, more equitable system will go on for years after he is gone.
3/ Trump didn't break the system. The system was broken when he came in.
His recent formation of a leadership PAC is a perfect example of that. Leadership PACs have been around for decades and, long ago, devolved into slush funds for politicians washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
It wasn't until recently when I was listening to this that it struck me how many covers they played during this show. Nearly half the songs are covers, and three are Meat Puppets songs, which they brought the guys out to play with them.
I've said this before, but this is how I came to love Dave Grohl, even though I'm not a big Foo Fighters fan. He was doing one of those live radio shows one day, and he kept talking about bands he loved, and then being like "Oh can I play one of their songs!"
He was supposed to be promoting Foo Fighters, but you could tell he just loved music and didn't give a shit if he was promoting himself or someone else.
Since taking office, President Trump's businesses have likely taken in more than $13 million from special interest groups representing private prisons, payday lenders, and many other industries seeking to curry favor with his administration. citizensforethics.org/reports-invest…
2/ While it’s long been routine for wealthy interests seeking to buy access and influence over a president to do so by making large political contributions to his campaign and allied groups, it’s unique to President Trump that these groups personally enrich him in the process.
The filing vastly expands the amount of money known to be flowing into the growing constellation of dark money groups tied to Leo and provides new details about his role in a secretive firm that was responsible for a $1 million donation to Trump’s inaugural committee.
The only other people linked to the group, based on the sparse filing, are either longtime Federalist Society officials-turned-consultants like Leo, or operatives with a long history working behind the scenes on dark money groups tied to Leo.
According to NWS data, Charleston has had 1,067 "flood events" since 1953.
The last *five years* have seen 275 floods. In other words, 1-in-4 of all the floods in the last 67 years have been since Jan 2016, and it includes 2020 which isn't even done yet. weather.gov/chs/coastalflo…
All but two of Charleston's top 10 flood years are within the past decade.
The Trump campaign wants us to believe that Biden is a senile old man, but also that just a few years ago, he managed to co-opt the entire US foreign policy apparatus, the E.U., and the IMF in a secret ploy to protect his son without anyone knowing.
This is the weird thing about all Trump World conspiracies: For the theories to be feasible, the person at the center of them would have to be a genius, with unparalleled powers of manipulation and cunning
For example, with Uranium One, Hillary Clinton supposedly secured a unanimous vote from nine U.S. government agencies—without leaving any evidence of her involvement—for a deal that would benefit a Clinton Foundation donor who had sold his shares in the company 3 years earlier
This single paragraph -- showing the president selling access and influence to wealthy donors who are also personally enriching him -- would be the defining scandal of any other presidential administration
Then: "Elliot Broidy, a California businessman with a checkered past who had raised millions for the Trump campaign, joined Mar-a-Lago after the election. He told an associate that he viewed it as a way to increase access to the president."
Trump has tweeted three dozen times in the last two and a half hours -- dishing deep state conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation, mocking a Joe Biden ad about the death of his wife and children, and saying the FDA's intentionally slowing down the COVID vaccine
He's tweeted four more times since I wrote this tweet
Just a normal day in America, where the president of the United States is demanding that his attorney general arrest his political enemies