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by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Can Georgia state prosecutors investigating Donald Trump's attempts to illegally interfere in the election in their state subpoena internal U.S. Dept. of Justice documents and get the testimony of officials like Rosen now that we know that Trump told the DOJ to file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court ...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead

So, with Bill Barr out, and Jeffrey Rosen elevated to Acting Attorney General (despite having no previous prosecutorial experience at all), will we see a spate of special counsels appointed to cause more chaos for the Biden administration? I must say, I was wrong about Jeffrey Rosen. He is emerging...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

In a hearing today, FBI Director Christopher Wrap confirmed a statement by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat of New York, that the conservative social media site Parler "sent the FBI evidence of planned violence in DC on January 6. Parler referred this content to FBI for investigation over 50 time...
by N.E. Brigand
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Bitcoin mining
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Bitcoin mining

Just over a month ago, Texas's governor, Greg Abbott, tweeted: "Texas Is Becoming A Mecca For Bitcoin Miners."

I wonder how much energy that uses.
by N.E. Brigand
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

There is a fairly good chance of Republicans retaking the Senate (and the House) in the 2022 elections. The President's party usually loses seats in Congressional midterm elections, and Democrats currently have a very narrow margin in the House and no margin at all in the Senate. Today, Mitch McConn...
by N.E. Brigand
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

I've actually changed my mind. The news that former White House Counsel Don McGahn and his wife also had their records subpoenaed has convinced me that there was a rogue element that answered directly to Trump in the DOJ that was behind this. I don't think Rosenstein was involved, and Sessions was ...
by N.E. Brigand
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Catholicism in the Lord of the Rings
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: Catholicism in the Lord of the Rings

Go (now) in peace.
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

Frankly, I put the likelihood of the DOJ leadership not knowing that they were subpoenaing members of Congress at some place between 0% and zero percent. Ryan Goodman points out this wouldn't be the first time that Rod Rosenstein had misled reporters. And also that this is the how Rosenstein is cha...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

There have been a lot of complaints from the media about how Joe Biden hasn't held more press conferences. Setting aside the fact that in his first solo press conference, reporters asked him some pretty dumb questions, what are we to make of the fact that today President Biden held his second solo p...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: World News Thread
Replies: 358
Views: 97185

Re: World News Thread

Meanwhile, it looks like Netanyahu is finally done. It is taking a bizarre coalition of hard-right, left-wing, centrists, ultra-Orthodox and Arab-Israeli parties. Israel inches closer to government without Netanyahu Wow. I've been feeling rather bad for the Israeli people. They've clearly been tryi...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

Tying two recent stories together, the New York Times today published an article about former White House Counsel Don McGahn, whose recent testimony to the House was released earlier this week, but nearly 20 paragraphs into the article are two paragraphs cocnerning the next day's big story about DOJ...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

Not just members of Congress, but also their family, including at least one minor. Plus staff members, including those not even involved in the matters that were supposedly being investigated for leaks. Matt Zapotosky, who writes for the Washington Post , explains how it could be true that Dept. of...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2240
Views: 123930

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

At some point in the past, I had heard of the "Conservapedia" website, launched in 2006 with the goal of countering Wikipedia's supposed bias against the right. Until writer Ben Dreyfuss mentioned it today, I had no idea the site was still around. As Dreyfuss notes, it's fascinating how th...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

My first thought, upon learning today that the Dept. of Justice in the Trump administration had secretly obtained subpoenas to obtain the phone records of members of Congress who had been critical of Trump, was that the very same DOJ argued in court that due to the separation of powers, Congress doe...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

I would be very skeptical of a determination that the clearing of the park had nothing to do with Trump's photo op at the church. Another reason to be skeptical: U.S. Park Police officials say that radio transmissions from that day should have been recorded. But they weren't. Will no one rid me of ...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

One of the very few bits of new information in Don McGahn's testimony does give regular people a glimpse into one of the clever ways that reporters hide their sources. McGahn told the House last Friday that he was an unnamed source for this Washington Post story from January 2018, just a year into D...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Musicals and Operas
Replies: 392
Views: 168595

Re: Musicals and Operas

Dave_LF wrote: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:57 pm I don't like rap either, but Hamilton is transcendent.
Possibly of interest, from last night:

by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

I would be very skeptical of a determination that the clearing of the park had nothing to do with Trump's photo op at the church. Another reason to be skeptical: U.S. Park Police officials say that radio transmissions from that day should have been recorded. But they weren't. Will no one rid me of ...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1160
Views: 311795

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

The transcript of the recent closed-door Congressional testimony by Don McGahn, the White House Counsel who was a witness to President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, was released today. As expected, it's almost a total bust with practically no new information, because the House agreed to set...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 653
Views: 52679

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

This goes back to our earlier discussion about the presumption of regularity. I just don't see the problem with a new administration deciding not to defend the bad actions of the preceding administration. The president and attorney general can't hurt people just because they feel like it -- and tha...