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    Atlantic pulls no punches Impeach


    Dump the Chump...

    This article appears in the March 2019 print edition with the headline “The Case for Impeachment.”

    It's  a long long read... Get yourself a warm cocoa or a stiff drink.

    Impeach Donald Trump

    Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.






    I read editor Jeffrey Goldberg's companion note on this last night (Impeachment: An Argument,) found it interesting on the history and ethos of The Atlantic, about when in their considerable history they have decided to opine political and when not.

    Excellent Arty...

    From Goldberg:

    Here at The Atlantic, we are caught in an eternal dilemma. Our founding manifesto promises readers that we will be of no party or clique. This is why The Atlantic is generally so hesitant to endorse candidates for any office. And yet our founding editors also promised that The Atlantic would stand for impartial liberty and wage war “against despotism in every form.” The magazine endorsed Abraham Lincoln in 1860 (but not, for reasons lost to history, in 1864). In 1964, faced with a candidate for president temperamentally unsuited for office, The Atlantic came out in favor of the incumbent, Lyndon B. Johnson. And in 2016, we endorsed Hillary Clinton. As in 1964, this most recent endorsement was more of an anti-endorsement. We argued that Trump was “spectacularly unfit” for office. “His affect is that of an infomercial huckster,” we wrote in November 2016. “He traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself.”

    Buzzfeed brouhaha?

    Take a quick read of Will_Bunch

    Nat'l columnist for Phila. Inquirer, DN, and .

    Author of The Bern Identity and Tear Down This Myth Philly Attytood.com





    In the light of the pushback from Mueller on the Buzzfeed report, it is interesting that there was no denial that the FBI undertook an investigation into whether Trump was a Russian asset. According to the NYT, the investigation was taken over by Mueller.

    The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it




    Interesting development...


    Roll Call - Jan 23, 2019 10:28 AM: A new crop of progressive freshman has been seated on the House of Representative’s investigative committee — signaling future fireworks and higher C-SPAN ratings for its hearings this year.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. — who all tack to the left and have shown an appetite for aggressively challenging the White House and corporate interests — have been tapped to join the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday night.


    With Democrats now in the majority, the committee will be able to compel testimony and subpoena documents in order to investigate a range of issues. That includes potential violations of the emoluments clause by President Donald Trump and the child separation crisis.


    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is now the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

    “We could look at anything,” Cummings stressed on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last week. “Anything.”

    The committee has already been filling out its schedule: 

    • Jan. 29: A hearing is scheduled on prescription drug prices. 
    • Feb. 6: A hearing is scheduled on a campaign finance and lobbying overhaul (HR 1).
    • Feb. 7: A hearing is scheduled with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer for who has been convicted of campaign finance violations.

    AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley seated on Oversight Committee


    NOTE Jan. 23, 2019 MSNBC: President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his house testimony due to “ongoing threats” against his family from Trump.



    The new committees are on the case: 

    Schiff, Waters plan joint Deutsche Bank investigation

    Article includes a clinic in understatement:

    "The interesting thing about Deutsche Bank is they seem to be pretty much the only entity out there willing to lend to the Trump organization," Himes said.

    Uhhhh.. understatement?

    Yup. Deutsche Bank is intertwined with anything and everything.


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