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Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
"Here, Essential Consultants (supported by Trump) moved the case from California state court to United States District Court for the Central District of California, because Clifford is from Texas, Trump lives in DC, and Essential Consultants is a Delaware company. The notice of removal is here."
"Was that a good idea?"
"No it was not. Conventional wisdom is that federal courts are better for the defense and more likely to enforce arbitration agreements. However, federal judges move faster and abide by deadlines and rules more closely, and are substantially less tolerant of bullshit than state judges. If substantial portions of your defense are premised on bullshit and delay, don't remove to federal court."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.04.16  w:2500  explainer  law  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
23 hours ago by bankbryan
There's a simple reason companies are becoming more publicly left-wing on social issues
"Think about who companies most want to advertise to: people who have a lot of disposable income and aren't too old. This advertiser preference is why television ratings are reported in terms of adults 25 to 54 (or sometimes even 18 to 49) and it's why networks like Bravo tout their unusually upscale viewer base to prospective advertisers. Appealing to senior citizens is a good way to win an election, but it's not a good way to sell most consumer products and services."
a:Josh-Barro  p:Business-Insider★  d:2018.03.01  w:500  business  politics  Donald-Trump 
3 days ago by bankbryan
Why the F.B.I. Raid Is Perilous for Michael Cohen — and Trump
"It’s significant that Mr. Mueller sent this matter to the federal attorney’s office in New York for it to pursue. Mr. Mueller is empowered to investigate both alleged coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign and any matters 'that arose or may arise directly from the investigation'. Mr. Mueller’s referral of the Stormy Daniels matter to New York suggests he believes it is outside that scope of his investigation. Perhaps it arose from press coverage of Ms. Daniels’s incendiary claims and from the bumbling and inconsistent public responses of Mr. Cohen and President Trump. In other words, this could be an own goal by the president and Mr. Cohen."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.10  w:1000  Donald-Trump  law-enforcement  law  from iphone
5 days ago by bankbryan
Paul Ryan Gave Up One Of The Most Powerful Jobs In Politics. It Totally Makes Sense.
"Institutionally, Ryan has supported Trump. There are enough controversies in the Trump administration that the House could hold investigative and oversight hearings 24 hours a day. It hasn’t, in part because Ryan has basically decided that the House will ally itself with a president from his party. But Ryan’s job requires him to consistently either defend or downplay Trump’s behavior. I doubt he loves that."
a:Perry-Bacon-Jr  p:FiveThirtyEight★★  d:2018.04.11  w:1000  politics  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
What It Means That Trump Is "Only A Subject"
"There's a benefit to knowing you're a target — there's no ambiguity and you can focus on going to the mattresses. It's trickier if you're a subject. Clients — and some lawyers — will clamor to talk to the prosecutors to convince them that they shouldn't be a subject, that they should only be a witness. They see the 'subject' designation as an opportunity to talk their way out of it. But for more cautious federal defense attorneys, the 'subject' classification doesn't change the strategy very much. The client can still become a target at any time. Talking to the government may well provide the information they need to make that decision. Furthermore, talking to the government often generates its own new crimes, as we've seen again and again in Mueller's investigation as defendants have been charged (and in several cases pleaded guilty) to lying to the government. The situation is still one of intense danger, and no experienced defense attorney is relieved to hear their client is 'only a subject'."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.04.04  w:1000  law-enforcement  Donald-Trump  from iphone
10 days ago by bankbryan
"Abolish ICE," explained
"McElwee doesn’t expect Democrats to start calling for an end to deportations permanently — he describes it as a '30-year' goal. But he does expect to help push the Overton window far enough to the left that the Obama administration’s position, of a fully matured but targeted ICE regime, is seen as the center-right position — and Democrats embrace a new center left."
a:Dara-Lind  p:Vox★★  d:2018.03.19  w:2500  explainer  immigration  Donald-Trump  2020-election  DHS  Democrats  from instapaper
19 days ago by bankbryan
Affirmative Action for Reactionaries
"Williamson doesn’t really represent a 'side'. His ideas — with their combination of laissez-faire capitalism and harsh moralism — are fairly marginal. If they’re going to be defended, they should be defended on their own terms, not as representing an important tendency in our civic life. But on their own terms, they are very hard to defend. Editors can’t escape the fact that, even when they want to broaden the conversation, their choices make a statement about where the parameters of acceptable argument lie. I’d have thought that supporting the execution or mass incarceration of women by the millions would put a writer, even one capable of enjoyably caustic prose, well outside those boundaries. I’d like to hear a serious argument about why it doesn’t."
a:Michelle-Goldberg  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.03.30  w:1000  Donald-Trump  media  ideas  from instapaper
19 days ago by bankbryan
Trump’s Hard-Line Take on Trade Plays Into China’s Hands
"Suddenly we’re discussing possible trade wars between the U.S. and some of its most reliable allies. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adopted some of Trump’s bravado in a talk in Germany on March 2. 'We will now impose tariffs on motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, on blue jeans, Levi’s, on bourbon. We can also do stupid. We also have to be this stupid,' the European Union’s highest-ranking official said."
a:Peter-Coy  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.03.08  w:1500  international-trade  Donald-Trump  Europe  China  from twitter
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
Has Anyone Seen the President?
"Off to see Walter Shaub, at a restaurant across the street from Trump’s Washington hotel. For many years, right up until July of last year, Shaub ran the 75-person Office of Government Ethics. I’d tried to get him to meet me in Trump’s hotel, but he wouldn’t. 'I won’t go into that building,' he wrote back. 'Aside from the remote possibility that I’d be whisked away to Guantanamo, I refuse to contribute even so much as my presence, much less my money, to the dark spiritual energy that place has brought to my city.' The effect of Trump on the 2-million-person enterprise he’s meant to be running deserves even more attention than it has been getting, in my opinion. Shaub is a microcosm of the problem. One day he was a guy just trying to do his job; the next day his job was impossible to do. 'I have real anger,' he says, calmly."
a:Michael-Lewis★★  p:Bloomberg/Bloomberg-View★  d:2018.02.09  w:8500  Donald-Trump  ethics  government  from iphone
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card
"American intelligence officials describe their Chinese counterparts with grudging respect. At the end of the Obama Administration, Russia and China topped the White House’s list of counterintelligence threats, largely because of their proficiency in electronic surveillance—intercepting phone calls and e-mails. The Chinese were not yet on the level of the Russians in the area of 'human intelligence', or spies and informants, a senior Obama Administration official said, 'but they’re certainly improving, and they’ve been quite aggressive in recent years.' Michael Bahar, a former staff director and general counsel for Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, said, 'They are a professional service. They do their homework.'"
a:Adam-Entous  a:Evan-Osnos  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.01.29  w:4500  Donald-Trump  China  intelligence-gathering  diplomacy  espionage  Russia  2016-election  from instapaper
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
“He’s a Coen Brothers Villain”
"How do people there see the Mueller investigation, and does what you just said affect the way you see it?
I think they see it primarily as being incredibly amusing, because finally the U.S. is as obsessed with Russia as the Russians have always fantasized that it was.* Because after spending years and hundreds of millions of dollars on trying to raise Russia’s profile abroad, suddenly they can just kick back, relax, and do nothing while the Western media do their jobs of glorifying Putin as this hypercompetent, brilliant villain for them. They absolutely don’t mind being portrayed as scheming villains, because the only thing that the Russians hate is being accurately portrayed as largely incompetent. As long as we ascribe competence to them, they will be very happy."
a:Isaac-Chotiner  a:Michael-Idov★★  p:Slate★★  d:2018.02.27  w:2500  interview  Russia  2016-election  Donald-Trump  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan

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