Ignorantia juris

“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the
FBI – IF I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG.”

In their analysis of Trump’s June 12th interview
with George Stephanopoulos, broadcasters, in my opinion, focused on the less
interesting words uttered by the sitting president of the United States. Yes,
he said he would accept information offered by a foreign country, friendly or
not, about a political opponent if he thought that information would help him
win a race. We knew that already. He encouraged Russia to look for Hillary’s
emails, …

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WHAT NOW?

Obviously the
Mueller probe did not bring about the conclusion we were expecting – proof of a
conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, followed by obstruction of
justice. Some of my friends may already have burned their “Mueller Time” T-shirts,
but I have a feeling we have not heard the last word yet.

Months ago Rachel
Maddow wondered aloud whether Trump was an idiot or a crook. My argument is
that he was both, sequentially. The Mueller report – as far as we know now,
since it has not been released to …

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QUICK TAKEAWAYS FROM COHEN’S TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS.

I will put the
disclaimer in front: this is Marie-Anne, and a couple of hours ago I finished
watching the much anticipated hearing in the House Oversight Committee, now
chaired by Maryland’s Elijah Cummings (D). I have not yet had the benefit of
reading much by way of expert opinions, so if there are any factual mistakes in
what I write, they were made in good faith, and I am solely responsible for
them. Please don’t shoot the messenger.

Talking of shooting
the messenger, this was the path chosen by the Republican members …

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Quick random thoughts on Ralph Northam.

As of my writing on Super Bowl Sunday, Ralph Northam is
still governor of Virginia.

To recap: on Friday, an opposition research site made public
a photograph of purportedly Ralph Northam, which appeared on his page in his
1984 medical school yearbook. The photo showed one man in blackface, one man in
a KKK hooded robe.

In 1984 Ralph Northam was 25 years old, old enough to know,
not only that this was unwise for political reasons, but more importantly that
this revealed racism, callousness and a lack of empathy in his psychological
makeup. …

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A few takeaways from the longest federal shutdown in US history.

Contrary to what Trump seemed to think when he proudly decided to shut down several branches of the federal government, federal workers are not all card-carrying Democrats. They do not all live and work in Washington, DC. They do not all eat crumpets at their desk from 9 to 5 every day. Many live paycheck to paycheck and are affected by the shutdown in hideous ways. Some face eviction because they cannot pay their rent or mortgage. Some have to skip medications. Some accumulate credit …

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Sometimes they do answer…..

And when they do, it won’t hurt to take it one step further. I initially signed a petition to Senators Cruz and Cornyn, as well as to Congressman Ratcliffe, asking them to work towards re-opening the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.

Senator Cornyn’s office sent a reply which was more than the usual brush-off. The language used, however, rubbed me the wrong way because it was typically glossing over the salient points that: (1) real people are affected by the shutdown, …

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