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The Cruelty Is the Point
“The political movement that elected a president who wanted to ban immigration by adherents of an entire religion, who encourages police to brutalize suspects, and who has destroyed thousands of immigrant families for violations of the law less serious than those of which he and his coterie stand accused, now laments the state of due process. This isn’t incoherent. It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it. The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim.”
usa  politics  culture  sexism  racism  trump  corruption 
5 weeks ago by syskill
The President Is Getting Away With Blatant Crimes. That’s Normal.
“‘The dictum that we live in a nation of laws can also be understood ironically: that ours has become a nation only of laws. For laws without the will to enforce them and confront the consequences remain simply words on paper.’ Trump’s immediate Republican predecessor reaffirmed Danner’s insight, by overseeing the systematic violation of both domestic and international laws against military torture — while Trump’s immediate Democratic predecessor did so by refusing to bring any of that criminal conspiracy’s masterminds to justice.”
usa  politics  history  trump  corruption 
11 weeks ago by syskill
Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance
“In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation, which also is looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Mr. Trump has denied collusion, and Russia has denied interfering. Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Democratic administration of former President Obama and one of those who presented evidence to Mr. Trump shortly before his inauguration that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. ‘I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,’ Mr. Trump said in an interview. ‘And these people led it!’ He added: ‘So I think it’s something that had to be done.’”

Jay Sekulow sighs ruefully and resets the DAYS SINCE THE PRESIDENT PUBLICLY CONFESSED TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE sign hanging in his office to zero.
usa  politics  intelligence  trump  corruption  wsj 
12 weeks ago by syskill
The Day Donald Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia
“We can all move forward understanding that there is a clear fact pattern about which there is no dispute: ¶ The President’s son and top advisers knowingly met with individuals connected to the Russian government, hoping to obtain dirt on their political opponent. ¶ Documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee and members of the Clinton campaign were later used in an overt effort to sway the election. ¶ When the Trump Tower meeting was uncovered, the President instructed his son and staff to lie about the meeting, and told them precisely which lies to use. ¶ The President is attempting to end the investigation into this meeting and other instances of attempted collusion between his campaign staff and representatives of the Russian government.”
usa  politics  trump  russia  corruption 
august 2018 by syskill
Does Trump Even Understand What He Did Wrong?
“Trump has never in his entire career in business or entertainment faced consequences for his actions. He has never worked for a boss or even a board of directors. He has managed to pawn off his debts onto others with every bankruptcy, he has crushed negative news stories and potential whistleblowers with a mix of bribes and intimidation, he has hired fixers to get around inconvenient red tape, as well as moral and legal obstacles… It’s entirely possible that… when the Russians came calling and said they had stolen negative information about Clinton and would release it in exchange for certain favors, Trump didn’t even understand that agreeing to the bargain would be a massive criminal offense. It’s theoretically possible that he believed that it would cease to matter if he lost, but that if he did become president, he would be able to run the entire government with the same autocratic control with which he runs his business, and make whatever problems arose from his actions go away. In other words, Trump may lack both the moral compass and the legal wherewithal to even comprehend the magnitude of his crimes and the precariousness of his situation.”
usa  politics  trump  idiocy  corruption 
august 2018 by syskill
The Evasion in Trump’s Response on the June 9 Meeting Statement: Did Putin Dictate the Statement?
This is where I would write, "Are we Watergate yet?" but we are *waaaay* past Watergate now
trump  russia  corruption  election:2016 
june 2018 by syskill
Behind Fox News' Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale
“On April 20, a month before the story ran, Butowsky and Wheeler — the investor and the investigator — met at the White House with then-press secretary Sean Spicer to brief him on what they were uncovering. The first page of the lawsuit quotes a voicemail and text from Butowsky boasting that President Trump himself had reviewed drafts of the Fox News story just before it went to air and was published. Spicer now tells NPR that he took the meeting as a favor to Butowsky, a reliable Republican voice. Spicer says he was unaware of any contact involving the president. Butowsky now tells NPR that he was kidding about Trump's involvement.”
usa  politics  media  trump  corruption 
august 2017 by syskill
Rancor at White House as Russia Story Refuses to Let the Page Turn
“As Air Force One jetted back from Europe on Saturday, a small cadre of Mr. Trump’s advisers huddled in a cabin helping to craft a statement for the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., to give to The New York Times explaining why he met last summer with a lawyer connected to the Russian government. Participants on the plane and back in the United States debated how transparent to be in the statement, according to people familiar with the discussions. Ultimately, the people said, the president signed off on a statement from Donald Trump Jr. for The Times that was so incomplete that it required day after day of follow-up statements, each more revealing than the last. It culminated on Tuesday with a release of emails making clear that Mr. Trump’s son believed the Russian lawyer was seeking to meet with him to provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton as ‘part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.’”

*The president* signed off on a statement from Junior to explain away his meeting with a representative of the Russian government. Are we Watergate yet?
usa  politics  trump  corruption  russia  nyt 
july 2017 by syskill
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians
Note: this is one man's account, with ample detail but no external sources.
usa  politics  election:2016  russia  trump  corruption 
july 2017 by syskill
Jared under the bed?: Team Trump and the Russians
Although there is still no smoking gun for collusion between Trump and Russia on any particular act, it's abundantly clear now that the President of the United States is in Russia's pocket
usa  politics  government  trump  russia  corruption  economist 
may 2017 by syskill
The GOP’s guiding principle: You’re on your own
“By Ryan’s logic, homeowner’s insurance is crazy, because those whose houses weren’t destroyed by tornadoes are paying for those whose houses were destroyed. If you didn’t get into a car accident this month, your insurance premiums paid to repair the cars of people who did. What an upside-down world we live in.… [I]f you already have wealth or power, ‘You’re on your own’ will be terrific. You’ll be able to keep more money without being burdened by taxes to pay for a bunch of stuff that doesn’t benefit you and you only.”
usa  business  politics  congress  trump  republican  corruption 
march 2017 by syskill
Because so much is happening in such a compressed timeframe, I'd just like to talk about the shoes dropped in the last 48 hours.
"Starting at Feb 17:
- Mark Sanford of South Carolina goes full anti-Trump
- Trump preferred a Fox pundit to a Navy SEAL for NSA
- Trump White House avoiding Presidential Records Act by using 'secure' texting app on *personal* phones that aren't really secure
- White House shedding staffers who can't pass their background checks for security clearance because, who knows, zoophilia or something
- Trump has reformatted the Presidential Daily Brief to the length and depth of a Hallmark card, without all the complexity
- Australia's Malcolm Turnbull, the most Trump-like politician on Earth, called him a nancy for not being able to deal with the media
- Pope basically instructed all Catholics to be nothing like the Trump administration
- They almost made the National Guard the Waffen SS
- Jason Chaffetz joined OJ Simpson to, at long last, look for the real killers.
- Jim Comey scared the crap out of Senators in a SCIF
- Trump dropped to under 38% approval, which is close to my rating
- Haaretz revealed emoluments between Israel and Jared Kushner
- It was revealed that a Venezuelan narco-trafficker who had his assets frozen by Treasury was a member of Trump's golf club
- Germany said that US threats against the EU were tantamount to an act of war
- Trump called the media 'enemies of the people'
- Marco Rubio (!) came out and said, Senate Intel can do this job
- Politico said Kushner is really SecState, not Tillerson
- Senate Dems asked DHS IG to investigate Trump
- Pence stood up for NATO and everything Trump hates while over in Europe
- It was revealed Trump staffers asked economic advisors to cook the books for 3% growth
- Petraeus told the Trump people to pound sand
- The New Yorker reported that Mike Flynn took $40,000 for appearing at a gala with Putin, which he did not report to the government
- Potential Navy Sec'y Bilden said 'thanks, but no thanks'
- Pence in Europe got SUPER BUTCH about taking on Russia
- FBI revealed that it has three inquiries into Trump and Russia, especially regarding shell companies that funneled him money from Putin
- Trump had an online fundraiser to get him some money to fight the free press guaranteed under the First Amendment
- NYTimes published a story where Eric Trump thinks we're freaking out because they're 'only' gonna make $8 million for selling access
- Trump had a straight-up fascist rally
- McCain used the term 'dictator' with regards to Trump
- Trump, who lied, about a terrorist attack, pissed off SWEDEN, which is nigh on impossible
- Trump was banned from IKEA for life
- Actually Trump was not banned from IKEA, but that would obviously be amazing so RT to ask IKEA to ban Trump for life starting tonight
- About nine other news agencies dropped 19 stories it's almost over I'm gonna eat some pizza love you all this was ONLY 48 HOURS"
usa  politics  government  trump  corruption 
february 2017 by syskill
Trump Says He Cut Wall Street Reform Because His “Friends” Need Money
“And here’s how Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs president turned White House National Economic Council Director made the case for getting rid of the fiduciary rule unveiled last spring: ‘We think it is a bad rule. It is a bad rule for consumers. This is like putting only healthy food on the menu, because unhealthy food tastes good but you still shouldn’t eat it because you might die younger.’ That is literally the greatest analogy we’ve ever heard… How could more choice be bad, in an industry defined by vast asymmetries of information between brokers and consumers?”
usa  politics  finance  trump  corruption 
february 2017 by syskill
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah marvels at the audacity of Donald Trump's post-election honesty
"We're going to drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, DC. Funny how that term caught on, isn't it? I tol- I tell everyo- I hated it! Somebody said, 'Drain the swamp;' I said, 'Oh, that's so hokey, that is so terrible;' I said, "Alright, I'll try it." So, like a month ago I said, 'Drain the swamp.' Place went crazy! I said, 'Woah! What's this?' Then I said it again! Then I started saing it like I *meant* it, right? And then I said it, I started loving it! And the place loved it. It's 'drain the swamp.' I mean, it's true. It's true. It's true, 'drain the swamp.'"
―Donald J. Trump
8 December 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
usa  politics  election:2016  trump  corruption  daily-show 
december 2016 by syskill
Florida dumps hospital standards after gifts to GOP
“The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.”
―P.J. O’Rourke
florida  medicine  corruption 
january 2016 by syskill
Note 3’s benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20%
Missed this when it was first published. The lesson here (and in the recent Volkswagen scandal) is that any hardware with embedded software is presumably cheating on benchmarks, unless the software is available for examination
technology  hardware  corruption 
october 2015 by syskill
You’re All Out: A defense attorney uncovers a brazen scheme to manipulate evidence, and prosecutors and police finally get caught.
“Law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Orange County have gone to such lengths to conceal their wide-ranging misconduct that they have effectively turned the criminal justice system on its head: dismissing charges and reducing sentences in extraordinarily serious cases, utterly failing to investigate unsolved crimes and many murders (by informants—in order to prevent that evidence from ever getting to defense lawyers), while simultaneously pushing forward where it would seem to make no sense (except that it conceals more bad acts by the state), as in the case of an innocent 14-year old boy who was wrongfully detained for two years.”
california  law  law-enforcement  corruption 
july 2015 by syskill
Debts Canceled by Bankruptcy Still Mar Consumer Credit Scores
“The problem, state and federal officials suspect, is that some of the nation’s biggest banks ignore bankruptcy court discharges, which render the debts void. Paying no heed to the courts, the banks keep the debts alive on credit reports, essentially forcing borrowers to make payments on bills that they do not legally owe. The practice — a subtle but powerful tactic that effectively holds the credit report hostage until borrowers pay — potentially breathes new life into the pools of bad debt that are bought by financial firms. Now lawyers with the United States Trustee Program, an arm of the Justice Department, are investigating JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Synchrony Financial, formerly known as GE Capital Retail Finance, suspecting the banks of violating federal bankruptcy law by ignoring the discharge injunction… threatening the foundations of bankruptcy.”
finance  business  corruption  nyt 
november 2014 by syskill
Big money in politics: Two depressing thoughts
“I have covered elections in America, and certainly hear such views all the time. I take them seriously. But here is the thing. I have covered elections in Britain and British voters voice *exactly the same complaints, word for word.* Angry, distrustful British voters are convinced that democracy is being undermined by vast sums of corrupting money, to the point that elected representatives are essentially bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Yet British election spending is regulated more tightly than any model dreamed of by even the most starry-eyed campaigner in America. Which suggests, I would submit, that when voters say that rich donors control everything, they may not be talking about absolute amounts of money, or even individual election rules. They are—at least in part—saying something else: that they feel the fix is in and ordinary voters are powerless in an economy run for the benefit of the rich and well-connected.”
usa  politics  finance  corruption  economist 
november 2014 by syskill
The Governing Trap
This makes me sick. I've said repeatedly over the last decade or so that the growth of the "imperial presidency" during that time is largely the fault of all those dickheads in Congress. As recently as the early 2000s, Congress used to legislate of its own accord. Nowadays they act as though their only legislative role is for the President's party caucus to push the President's agenda, and for the opposition party caucus to block it. Those who break ranks and push their own agenda -- e.g. Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Mark Udall, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden -- are summarily relegated to the fringe and largely ignored in our national political discourse.
usa  politics  congress  corruption 
november 2014 by syskill
Industry and carbon limits: Claws in the dirt
"In retrospect, the industry response to environmental regulation in the 1970s can best be described as mendacious, homicidal, greedy whingeing. Predictably, the US Chamber of Commerce's Energy Institute and the American Petroleum Institute have recently released reports warning of economic disaster if Mr Obama's new rules limiting greenhouse-gas emissions are implemented."
environment  economics  business  corruption  economist 
june 2014 by syskill
In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act
“Miami Gardens police have arrested [Earl] Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing. Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens. But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop. So how can he be trespassing when he works there? It’s a question the store’s owner, Alex Saleh, 36, has been asking for more than a year as he watched Sampson, his other employees and his customers, day after day, being stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police. Most of them, like Sampson, are poor and black. And, like Sampson, many of them have been cited for minor infractions, sometimes as often as three times in the same day. Saleh was so troubled by what he saw that he decided to install video cameras in his store. Not to protect himself from criminals, because he says he has never been robbed. He installed the cameras — 15 of them — he said, to protect him and his customers from police.”
florida  law-enforcement  corruption 
november 2013 by syskill
Lawmakers Probing Intentional Abuses of Power by NSA Analysts
Yes, I know I'm late posting this; it's getting harder and harder to keep up
usa  nsa  intelligence  surveillance  privacy  security  corruption 
august 2013 by syskill
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
The audit also found that the pope is Catholic and bears shit in the woods
usa  nsa  security  privacy  surveillance  intelligence  corruption  wapo 
august 2013 by syskill
The Long Con
Rick Perlstein's piece on the American conservative movement as a scheme to fleece its rank-and-file
usa  politics  corruption  business  culture 
july 2013 by syskill
In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.
“…[T]he court has taken on a much more expansive role by regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny, according to current and former officials familiar with the court’s classified decisions. The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.… Unlike the Supreme Court, the FISA court hears from only one side in the case — the government — and its findings are almost never made public. A Court of Review is empaneled to hear appeals, but that is known to have happened only a handful of times in the court’s history, and no case has ever been taken to the Supreme Court. In fact, it is not clear in all circumstances whether Internet and phone companies that are turning over the reams of data even have the right to appear before the FISA court.”
usa  law  security  intelligence  surveillance  corruption  nyt 
july 2013 by syskill
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