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Personal account for award winning political columnist, radio host, internet lawyer and native Rhode Islander. See @InternetLawCent for legal tweets.
Jun 27 16 tweets 11 min read
1/ My starting point for #SupremeCourt jurisprudence since 2000 is a telling quote from Joel Klein's "The Natural" in which a Republican Senator concedes to Clinton that Republicans don't believe in government, but they love power. Image 2/2000: #BushvGore, the Supreme Court stays the Florida recount with any opinion justifying the stay and then reverses the Fla. Supreme Court recount order as violating the Equal Protection Clause in a per curiam opinion that can't be cited as precedent. Image
Jun 15 13 tweets 14 min read
1/Tonight, for the 17th time in the last 50 years, the #StanleyCup champion returns to defend their crown. This time, the #TBLightning are going for that rare feat - a three-peat and #dynasty status. 2/Three-peats and dynasties themselves are relatively rare. Below is a tour of the dynasties from the last 50 years starting with the 1974 Oakland #Athletics completing a three-peat with a 4-1 win over the #Dodgers with this home run.
Dec 1, 2020 9 tweets 9 min read
1/ #GivingTuesday #COVID19 Thread
The global pandemic has been devastating and we can help on Giving Tuesday. One way to help is to give to a COVID charity that is giving grants to an array of communities impacted - such as #GlobalGiving.

globalgiving.org/projects/coron… 2/ If your goal is to assist those on the front lines, Americares has provided more than 34 tons of PPE to health care workers on the front lines of the outbreak to facilities in 40 states. #GivingTuesday #COVID19 #Americares americares.org/emergency-prog…
Jun 20, 2020 25 tweets 18 min read
1/ A conservative friend of mine argued at various times and in different contexts (including racial preferences or affirmative action), that slavery ended in 1865, he had nothing to do with it, so why don't African-Americans "just get over it." #RaceMatters 2/ Yes, slavery ended in 1865 and while it contributed greatly to the wealth of white America, African-Americans were given nothing in return as the government reneged on its promise of 40 acres and a mule after the end of the Civil War. #RaceMatters pbs.org/wnet/african-a…
Jun 6, 2020 11 tweets 12 min read
1/ Thread: How we got here (in brief).
2014: #MichaelBrown killing sparks #Ferguson unrest, #EricGarner killing triggers #BlackLivesMatter #icantbreathe protests. #HowWeGotHere 2/ 2015: President #Obama's post-Ferguson task force releases a report on 21st Century Policing outlined specific improvements that can make policing more just, safe, effective and constitutional — and work better for everyone. nytimes.com/2020/06/04/opi… #policereform #HowWeGotHere
Jun 5, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
DC #MayorBowser is invoking the 3rd Amendment to force out of state Natl Guard troops to leave the city. It is most obscure of Bill of Rights and only one never considered by Supreme Court. Only one appeals case and it found NG troops are soldiers. #3rdAmendment The absence of any case law directly construing this provision presents a serious interpretive problem and little illumination can be gleaned from the debates of the Constitutional Convention. Engblom v. Carey, 677 F.2d 957 (2d Cir. 1982). #dc #3rdAmendment
Jan 31, 2020 9 tweets 6 min read
1/ @SenToomey , it is hard to believe that is has been nearly 40 years since you and I made our first trip to Washington as part of #CloseUp_DC in February 1980, where for a week we would see Washington from the inside. 2/ @SenToomey, on our first night, the keynote address was given by former Congressman Brook Hays (D-AR), who lost his seat in Congress because he chose the right side of history in the battle over integrating Little Rock's Central High School. washingtonpost.com/archive/politi…
Jan 28, 2020 12 tweets 8 min read
Just to recap and circulate at a more visible time, early this morning I circulate a few threads making the case AGAINST #BernieSanders who is Trump's and the Republicans' Dream Candidate. Thread #1: He is a #ZEALOT who gets nothing done and is #UNELECTABLE. #BernieSanders

Jan 28, 2020 10 tweets 6 min read
1/ With the #IowaCaucus just days away, I am going to use a series of threads to make the case AGAINST #BernieSanders. PART 7: Bernie is no progressive saint. 2/ While BernieLama cultist claim #BernieSanders has always fought the good fight from the 1960's on, the reality is Bernie has always been about Bernie and did not even bother to vote until it was about Bernie.
Jan 28, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
1/ With the #IowaCaucus just days away, I am going to use a series of threads to make the case AGAINST #BernieSanders. PART 5: Bernie is a hypocrite and criticizes others when he has taken the same positions. 2/ #BernieSanders repeatedly criticized both #HillaryClinton and #JoeBiden for the #1994CrimeBill - which he voted for and embraced.
Jan 28, 2020 6 tweets 5 min read
1/ With the #IowaCaucus just days away, I am going to use a series of threads to make the case AGAINST #BernieSanders who is Trump's and the Republicans' Dream Candidate. PART 1: He is a #ZEALOT who gets nothing done and is #UNELECTABLE. 2/ The #NYTimes dismissed #BernieSanders and his my way alone approach. "Three years into the Trump administration, we see little advantage to exchanging one over-promising, divisive figure in Washington for another."
Oct 30, 2019 5 tweets 4 min read
1/5 My very first op-ed was to denounce Cardinal Medeiros for suggesting that Catholics had to vote for Reagan in 1980. Since then I have repeatedly denounced the Church's political myopia on abortion and communion rail politics. #JoeBiden #Communion 2/5 In 2004, I jokingly threatened a Million Altar Boy March on Washington. Altar boys could protest by refusing to extend the communion plate to right-wing politicians or handing out “rate cards” for obtaining marriage annulments. bennetkelley.wordpress.com/2004/06/23/alt… #JoeBiden #Communion
Sep 13, 2019 15 tweets 11 min read
1/15 This race reminds me of the rule in boxing, a split decision goes to the champ. That's how Biden has stayed on top, plus he's authentic both in screw ups and in sincere moments such as talking about the loss of his wife/kids. #ABCDemDebate #joebiden beta.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden… 2/ Elizabeth Warren's strength is her wonky, thoughtful "I'm not a typical Washington politician" and "I have a plan for that". Dodging the tax question makes her a typical Washington politician. #ewarren #ABCDemDebate #taxes theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Sep 4, 2019 20 tweets 11 min read
1/20 September 4, 1781 is the official date for the "founding" of El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles" ("The Town of the Queen of the Angels") by Spanish settlers - its second settlement in California. Below are some events that shaped this great city. #LosAngeles 2/ With Mexico gaining independence from Spain, Los Angeles became the capital of Alta California, bringing in many immigrants, including Frenchman Jean-Louis Vignes in 1831 who started a vineyard and built LA into a wine powerhouse. #LosAngeles atlasobscura.com/articles/histo…
Aug 7, 2019 5 tweets 4 min read
1/5 In my lifetime, I can recall numerous times when a President has stepped forward not as head of the executive branch or to propose legislation, but as our healer and comforter-in-chief to bring together and reassure a weary nation. #healerinchief

2/5 They have provided a voice to our grief, as Reagan did after Challenger. #healerinchief #RonaldReagan

Jun 15, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
1/ Paul Waldman's brutal sendoff for Sarah Sanders in today's Washington Post is a MUST READ. #paulwaldman1 ##SarahSanders 2/ Beyond the specific lies, the character of Sanders’ interactions with journalists was unusually destructive. She treated the media with open contempt — not just as individual people, but the entire enterprise in which they are engaged. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/… #SarahSanders
Jun 14, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
1/ Congratulations to the #Raptors and to #Canada on winning their first NBA title. They played a great series - #kawhileonard was a great leader but 4 players with 20 points in an elimination game is huge. #NBAFinals 2/ The #Warriors showed a lot of heart and hustle in staying in this game despite injuries and had the ball in Curry's hands with a chance to win, but didn't get it done. #NBAFinals
Jun 7, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
Trump totally insulted Ireland and the PM. First, he wanted the PM to come to his golf course for a state visit (even though it was approx 180 miles from the capital) and so instead they met at Shannon Airport. #trump #Ireland businessinsider.com/varadkar-met-t… Then, just as the reinstitution of a border with Northern Ireland under Brexit has heightened tensions and fears of a return to sectarian violence, Trump comes in praising borders and walls. #trump #Ireland washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
Jun 4, 2019 11 tweets 6 min read
1/ Tuesday, June 4 marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. For 30 years, PRC has suppressed this event blocking even any reference to June 4. #tiananmen30 2/ Every year before the anniversary, the PRC increases its efforts to censor or erase this stain. This includes preemptively arresting those promoting greater freedom in China (some whom I have met). cbsnews.com/video/china-hi… #tiananmen30
Apr 21, 2019 10 tweets 10 min read
1/10 There is a false choice being presented whether the Mueller Report means we must proceed with impeachment or that impeachment is off the table. vox.com/policy-and-pol… #muellerreport #impeachment #trump 2/10 For starters, the Mueller Report covers only a portion of Trump's malfeasance (and excludes a dozen matters that were referred elsewhere for potential prosecution). businessinsider.com/mueller-report… #muellerreport #trump
Apr 6, 2019 7 tweets 5 min read
Former Mayor #mikefeinstein writes in the #smdailypress to defend the #Santamonicacity decision to pay $10M to appeal a verdict that the city's at-large districts violate the California Voting Rights Act. #CVRA smdp.com/santa-monica-c… What #mikefeinstein doesn't mention is one of the central points of the court's ruling - in 72 years of at-large voting, only 1 Hispanic candidate has been elected to the #Santamonicacity city council despite representing 13.1% of the population. santamonica.gov/Media/Default/…