Jaja dit horen we nou al een jaar van die hielenlikker. Kom maar weer terug met daden.quote:
Vroeger ging een Independent vooral af van de Republikeinse score maar nu lijkt Trump er weinig onder te lijden.quote:
Wat ik zie is een laatste strohalm waar republikeinen zich aan vast proberen te houden; de verkiezingen van 2020. Maar wat ik ook zie is een democratische partij die afgelopen week de meerderheid in het huis heeft, en dat ook de voet nog niet op het rempedaal ligt: Er zal dus nog wat meer districten in handen van de dems vallen. 2020 is nog ver weg..quote:
Bloomberg is ook Democraat geweest naast Independent. Maar die ziet ook wel in dat runnen als independent vrij kansloos is waarschijnlijk.quote:
A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravantwitter:maggieNYT twitterde op woensdag 14-11-2018 om 12:52:31 “Analysts, historians and veterans of previous administrations said there were few comparable instances of a commander in chief warning about what he called a looming threat, only to drop it as soon as people voted.” https://t.co/g6SH1ProwP reageer retweet
quote:For weeks before the midterm elections, President Trump warned ominously about the threat from a caravan of migrants streaming from Central America toward Mexico’s border with the United States. It was a fearsome mix of criminals and “unknown Middle Easterners,” Mr. Trump claimed darkly, one that constituted a genuine national emergency.
But since the election last week, Mr. Trump has tweeted about the caravan exactly once — to issue a proclamation preventing those who cross the border illegally from applying for asylum in the United States. Fox News, which faithfully amplified Mr. Trump’s warnings about the migrants, has gone similarly quiet on the subject.
There was little dispute, even before Election Day, that Mr. Trump was exploiting the caravan for political purposes. But analysts, historians and veterans of previous administrations said there were few comparable instances of a commander in chief warning about what he called a looming threat, only to drop it as soon as people voted.
While the caravan has faded from television screens, the costs of Mr. Trump’s response to it have not. Nearly 6,000 active-duty troops remain deployed from the Gulf Coast to Southern California, where they are putting up tents and stringing concertina wire to face a ragtag band that is still not near the border.
“Now that the political utility of troops on the southern border to face a fictitious caravan invasion threat is over,” said Adm. James G. Stavridis, a former commander of the military’s Southern Command, “let’s hope the president will stand down the troops so they can be with their families — especially over the holidays.”
But some officials in the Defense Department worry that Mr. Trump could do the opposite — seek an exception to the Posse Comitatus Act, the 1878 law that prohibits the government from using active-duty troops to enforce laws inside the country’s borders.
As pure political calculation, analysts from both parties said that seizing on the caravan mobilized Republican voters, dramatizing immigration in a way that resonated with Mr. Trump’s political base. But it is far less clear that the dire warnings helped Republican candidates with independents or other late-deciding voters.SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
Bloomberg heeft recent nog gezegd dat hij alleen als Dem zou willen meedoen, en anders niet. Probleem voor Bloomberg is dat hij nooit een Dem primary kan winnen.quote:
Sanders heeft zijn moment gehad. Je kunt hem credits geven voor het mainstream maken van veel linkse standpunten binnen de Democratische partij (m.n. Medicare 4 all) maar als persoon is hij echt uitgerangeerd.quote:
Ik zeg ook niet dat hij een serieuze kandidaat zou zijn, maar merkte op dat hij een independent is. Op gegeven moment komt er een kandidaat die beide politieke spectra aanspreekt. Tot dan is het afwachten.quote:
Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Lawtwitter:kylegriffin1 twitterde op woensdag 14-11-2018 om 13:30:13 Just as the annual Federalist Society convention is about to begin, George Conway (Kellyanne's husband) has formed a new group of more than a dozen conservative lawyers who believe the Trump admin is betraying the bedrock legal norms. https://t.co/FJXHWBn6JU reageer retweet
quote:The annual convention of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group, has long been a glittering and bustling affair. In the Trump era, though, the group has become more powerful than ever, supplying intellectual energy and judicial candidates to an assertive administration eager to reshape the legal landscape.
But as the group prepares to gather on Thursday for the start of this year’s convention, more than a dozen prominent conservative lawyers have joined together to sound a note of caution. They are urging their fellow conservatives to speak up about what they say are the Trump administration’s betrayals of bedrock legal norms.
“Conservative lawyers are not doing enough to protect constitutional principles that are being undermined by the statements and actions of this president,” said John B. Bellinger III, a top State Department and White House lawyer under President George W. Bush.
The group, called Checks and Balances, was organized by George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer and the husband of President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway. In recent opinion articles, Mr. Conway has criticized Mr. Trump’s statements on birthright citizenship and argued that his appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general violated the Constitution.
The new group also includes Tom Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania and secretary of homeland security in the Bush administration; Peter D. Keisler, a former acting attorney general in the Bush administration; two prominent conservative law professors, Jonathan H. Adler and Orin S. Kerr; and Lori S. Meyer, a lawyer who is married to Eugene B. Meyer, the president of the Federalist Society.
“We believe in the rule of law, the power of truth, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights and the necessity of civil discourse,” the group said in a statement. “We believe these principles apply regardless of the party or persons in power.”SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
quote:U.S. President Donald Trump should have shown some “common decency” and respect France’s day of mourning on the third anniversary of the Nov 13 attacks in Paris, the French government’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
Asked about Trump’s tweets, in which the U.S. leader criticized France’s record in World War One and Two, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said:
“Yesterday was Nov 13, we were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people,” he said. “So I’ll reply in English: ‘common decency’ would have been appropriate.”
quote:Democrats contend that he needed to be in a Senate-confirmed position to take over as acting attorney general.
The Justice Department’s powerful Office of Legal Counsel went to bat for acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on Wednesday morning, issuing an memo that declares his appointment didn’t break the law.
The memo says that before Jeff Sessions left the Justice Department, White House lawyers asked DOJ lawyers about their legal options if the attorney general’s position became vacant.
“This Office had previously advised that the President could designate a senior Department of Justice official, such as Mr. Whitaker, as Acting Attorney General,” the memo reads.
A senior Justice Department official who briefed reporters on the memo said DOJ lawyers told the White House a sufficiently senior Department official who received high enough pay would be eligible to take over as attorney general. The official declined to share more detail about the nature of the White House’s communications with the Department.
The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) is simultaneously one of the most secretive and most powerful arms of the Justice Department. Its battalion of attorneys assess thorny legal issues and issues memos that govern government agencies. And most of the time, those decisions are secret.
In this case, though, OLC is going public with its memo determining that the Trump administration had the power to install Whitaker—the former chief of staff for Sessions—as acting AG. Whitaker’s appointment instantly drew criticism because of a host of comments he made as a TV pundit lambasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Before being made the head of the Justice Department, Whitaker did not occupy a Senate-confirmed position. As a result, a host of legal experts, including former Solicitor General Neal Katyal, argued his appointment violated the Senate’s Constitutional right to provide advice and consent to the executive branch. Over the weekend, Democratic Senators huddled and discussed whether to sue over the appointment.
rare opiniepeiling en vooral de weergave van de uitslag in die tabel is raar,quote: