Major Universities in Scandal

Isn’t it fun to watch all these ‘important’ universities in criminal bribery and money-laundering scandals? Oh, I’m sorry if any of you have students there, (I have a Masters Degree from Georgetown U.) or if any of you are employed there, but they seem so deserving and it looks as if it could get much worse if cases go to trial.

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Why am I Never Uncomfortable with Views Expressed by this Democrat?

Mark Penn: Trump is not a dictator, Nadler is. Our political system is being weaponized against itself

Mark Penn, a long time Democrat strategist, pollster, and publicist who has always worked for the Clinton presidential campaigns, invariably gains my attention when interviewed.

Last time I saw him he stated the above opening and suggested that we should close the book on the Mueller probe and on the Clinton email probe as well. He did not say that the Attorney General’s inquiry into the predicate leading to the opening of the FBI counter-intelligence investigation resulting in the FISA warrants, supported by the ‘Steele Dossier’,  to surveil Carter Page,  the Trump Campaign, and related matters should be ended. That inquiry is more concerned with abuse of power within our law enforcement and intelligence agencies than with politics and Penn supports it.

I think that’s about right for next steps. That just might lead to a lot more, if done right.

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Trump’s Revenge

Trump ‘sanctuary cities’ revenge plan could backfire, help immigrants stay in USA…

 

‘An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country.’

Did POTUS say this was being considered in order to exact revenge on Democrats?

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Role of the Executive

I was amused today when AG William Barr was, in effect, being chastised by a congresswoman for the DoJ’s failure to defend what remains of Obamacare. I interpret the POTUS oath of office to say ‘faithfully execute the office (I take to mean including the statutory law) and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution’.  Looks like DoJ is doing all of that.

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Final Lay Down

Taking bets on when President Trump plays his trump cards.

https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russiahoax-fiasco-will-end-soon-dueling-court-cases-big-fat-constitutional-crisis/ri25539?ct=t(Russia_Insider_Daily_Headlines11_21_2014)&mc_cid=d7e757c44c&mc_eid=6b9d503e9b

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Immunity for Assange?

This is from the New York Times:

A prosecution of Mr. Assange could pit the interests of the administration against Mr. Trump’s. Mr. Assange could help answer the central question of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III: whether any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the presidential race. If the case against Mr. Assange includes charges that he acted as an agent of a foreign power, anyone who knowingly cooperated with him could be investigated as a co-conspirator, former senior law-enforcement officials said.

I think it would be interesting to have Assange offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for complete testimony on all these matters. In addition to the interests mentioned in the quote above, recall that there was some earlier moves in this direction until scuttled by FBI Director Comey. Why would he have done that?

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Influential Friends

Over the past few years it was apparent that Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham stood together on many significant political issues. Many might use even stronger terms to describe their political affiliation.

John McCain passed in August, this year. He was an avowed opponent of President Donald Trump and did all he could to thwart Trump’s presidency. And Lindsey Graham didn’t seem far away from McCain in those days.

During the Justice Kavanaugh (then Judge) hearings a sea change occurred in Lindsey Graham’s approach and he now appears to be a staunch Trump supporter, but still willing to express different views when necessary.  How is this explained?  Was Graham slighting his political inclinations in deference to his friendship with McCain? Or has Trump’s successes and Democrats leaning towards insanity affected Graham’s approach?

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President Trump and Political Corruption?

I have a question on this topic. I’m almost certain this was a major influence on Donald Trump’s decision to enter the political fray. There have been some mentions by his opponents about corruption in his administration but anything in that area takes a backseat to accusations of racism and other ism’s. My specific question: Can anyone name a specific politician that would fit as someone the President was closely associated with before his entry into the 2016 campaign. I know he made political contributions but can anyone single out any made for favorable actions, in other words, for acts beyond just policies that Trump wanted to support or to make sure he would be heard if he had an issue?

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Memories from Atlanta

Another post with discussions about traffic and commuting made me think of Atlanta.  And I think we have some Atlanta residents here.  I guess I can call myself a native.  I grew up there in the period from the early forties until the late fifties.  I went back a little over a decade ago for a high school reunion and the traffic was murderous.

I lived in Carey Park, West End, Lakewood and some other areas for which I don’t recall the neighborhood names. I attended three different elementary schools  (Carey Park, Lena H. Cox, West Haven) and four high schools  (West Fulton, Murphy, O’Keefe, and Fulton). I did two years at Georgia Tech and had my first full-time employment in Atlanta when the minimum wage was $.75/hr and that’s what I earned. Candy bars and Coca-Colas(6 ounces in the original bottle) were a nickel, except Mounds and Almond Joys were a dime. A cup of coffee was a nickel and cigarettes were twelve cents a pack, I smoked camels when I was 12. I rode the streetcar (River Line) back and forth to school part of those years.

I used to watch the stock car races from on a hill outside Lakewood Park’s one mile dirt track and I would hitchhike from Lakewood to Ponce de Leon ballpark where I was a ballboy for the Atlanta Crackers.

Atlanta was a nice city in them ole days. Traffic? I went anywhere in the area once I had a bike.

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Someday We’ll Know – Or Not

In an earlier post I ventured that eventually we might know what has gone on within the DoJ and the FBI.

TKC 1101 said ‘Trump must not only fire and jail the conspiracy, but he needs to rebuild the DOJ and FBI underneath the covers. If you were him would you destroy the FBI and DOJ or just clean it up? What is best for America?’

Hypatia said ‘It’s not so much what we  don’t know at this point, it’s what does  Trump know?’

The President seems really cool on this lately. TKC 1101 has suggested he has leverage, particularly over Rosenstein, and that appears correct. Rosenstein is doing things that can only happen if the POTUS allows.

Now it looks as if Trump’s leverage is very broad indeed. The Senate Majority Leader has really gotten with the program with judicial appointments. Mueller has been quiet (winding down?). The latest is the plea deal of James Wolfe, a measly guilty to one count of lying to the FBI when he committed major infractions of illegal disclosures of classified material, (protecting Senators on the Intelligence Committee?).

Dealmaking that restores institutional integrity might be sad but not bad for the country.

I get the feeling that Trump has all scenarios covered and is just waiting for the midterm election results to select the proper action.

There’s much detail that we may never know.

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Why is access to the Kavanaugh supplemental background investigation restricted?

Normal FBI background investigations are not restricted to the extent reported for the supplemental. Is the supplemental restricted just to prevent it leaking or is it actually classified sensitive because it contains information about crimes committed that may yet be subject to federal prosecution?

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