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USA 2024 Democracy Is On the Ballot

by Oui Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 11:43:07 AM EST


Adam Kinzinger says he's politically "homeless," and if Trump is nominee, he'll vote for Biden | Face the Nation - 11 Dec 2023 |

GOP former Rep. Adam Kinzinger endorses Biden, whose campaign wants to flip anti-Trump Republicans | Courthouse News |

Biden-Harris Campaign pushes for re-election in Atlanta | FOX 5 News |

"President Biden is fighting for our freedom and 'democracy' ..."

No he is not ... not making peace but bloodshed in the name of democracy is the world upside down. Europe had been at peace since the Allied Forces defeated the fascist Axis of Evil of Hitler's Nazi Germany and Italy's Mussolini.

Today right-wing fascism is on the rise across the Western World and a needless proxy war in Ukraine ... no more bloodshed for pure capitalism.

I Started It ... You Own It

Biden campaign rolls out Republican endorsers ahead of Atlanta debate

President Joe Biden's reelection campaign rolled out two Republican endorsers in Atlanta to warn against former President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy and a promoter of political violence ahead of the first presidential debate between the two men there on Thursday.

Former Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who endorsed Biden earlier on Wednesday, and former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who endorsed Biden in May, headlined the press conference at the Georgia State Capitol. Duncan was one of the key officials in Georgia who pushed back against Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss there -- efforts that are now at the center of a racketeering prosecution of the former president and his allies in the state.

Pelosi Attacks Legitimacy of the Supreme Court: 'They Have Gone Rogue' | Daily Wire |

Pelosi: SCOTUS has gone rogue

Piercing the fog

Police officers in riot gear outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 11, 2000, as the court took up a case that would decide the 2000 presidential election. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Will the SCOTUS once again bail out a Republican nominee for president?

Presidential Immunity call Supreme Court

Please help the old man because he is in deep trouble ... democracy at home down the right-wing gutter ..

SCOTUS "bails out" the US federal government, all three branches, whenever and whoever happens to represent the supreme law of the land—since Marbury.
by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 01:57:23 PM EST
Let's see if the press corpse of the most ignorant, litigious nation on PLANET notices the HISTORIC novelty introduced at the conclusion of this 2023-2024 term.


by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 02:02:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 02:10:59 PM EST
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No surprise ... democracy stumbles along ... the leadership of the "Free World" ... the last gasp.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 05:26:46 AM EST
5 takeaways from striking Biden-Trump presidential debate | ABC News |

Biden stumbled as he attacked Trump and defended his own record, pausing for several seconds.

The president was discussing domestic programs he hoped to be able to invest in with the money that would be gained by taxes the wealthiest Americans before trailing off and pausing, ultimately saying "we beat Medicare."

Is this a puppet show or supposed to be a reality show ... both candidates need a new Hollywood director ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 05:35:17 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 07:01:22 PM EST
We Watched Joe Biden Struggle

The incumbent president's painful performance was no match for Trump's unabashed barrage of lies.

If there's such a thing as knowing too much, Biden did. He's proof that it's possible to study too hard and lose the forest for the trees. Last night, trying to cram it all in, he talked so fast he couldn't keep up with all he knew. He paused, mumbled, and trailed off in his ineffective answer on Medicare, and Trump picked up his dangling verb. "He did `beat' Medicare," Trump repeated. "He is going to single-handedly break Social Security." Trump grew more dominant with every answer despite no MAGA devotees cheering him on.


Even when Biden had his facts in hand, he didn't have a better presentation. About 45 minutes in, his throat was thoroughly phlegmy, his mouth agape. He touched his temple, itched his nose, and was dying to clear his throat. As the night wore on, he improved. At one point, he gave in to a decent, throat-clearing cough, but he never got good. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 07:03:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 12:43:29 AM EST
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De Dood of de Gladiolen

"all or nothing; do or die"

In Spanish / English by Louis van Gaal 🤣

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 07:08:04 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 09:11:02 PM EST
Creationists of new laws and precedents ...

1984 Ruling Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council overturned in 6-3 conservative majority

Don McGahn, Trump's White House counsel, memorably said in 2018 at a conservative political conference that the president's judicial selections and the attempt to roll back regulations "are really the flip side of the same coin."

He cited Justice Neil Gorsuch, who had just been appointed at the time, as an example of what the administration was looking for in nominees. One of the reasons Gorsuch appealed to McGahn and others who had a say in his nomination in 2017 was that he had written a scathing opinion suggesting Chevron should be overturned.

Gorsuch duly signed on to Robert's majority opinion on Friday, as did fellow Trump appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 05:52:38 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 10:03:02 PM EST
World reacts to Trump-Biden debate | BBC News |

Chinese media were enthused by the theatrics of last night's debate, and many outlets highlighted that Mr Biden and Trump didn't shake hands at the beginning of the debate and went on to launch "fierce personal attacks against each other".

The state-owned Global Times describes the debate as "like a reality show".

Chinese satirical cartoons often depict a fierce, quite literal, battle between the two candidates, but Chinese audiences enjoyed the more quirky aspects of the debate, such as the pair going "off topic to discuss their golf skills".

Generally, Chinese media want to paint a picture for audiences of general apathy and frustration among US voters at both candidates.

Global Times says they were both scrutinised over their "age and stamina"; noting that on the campaign trail, Trump was "frequently mangling his sentences" and that Mr Biden "often makes verbal slip-ups".

Some outlets take aim at Trump over "lying" and Mr Biden "mumbling".

China frequently highlights growing divisions in US society and often suggests the US may descend into civil war.

When U.S. presidential debate becomes background noise in bar | Xinhua News !

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 10:03:41 PM EST
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Netanyahu emboldened by poor performance Democratic nemesis Uncle Joe ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 10:07:40 AM EST

Palestine Open Thread 2024-153 | MoA |

Between the military operations' start last October and recent days, the United States has transferred at least 14,000 of the MK-84 2,000-pound bombs, 6,500 500-pound bombs, 3,000 Hellfire precision-guided air-to-ground missiles, 1,000 bunker-buster bombs, 2,600 air-dropped small-diameter bombs, and other munitions. [Reuters]

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 10:09:07 AM EST
Justices rule Trump has some immunity from prosecution | SCOTUS blog |

In a historic decision, a divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled that former presidents can never be prosecuted for actions relating to the core powers of their office, and that there is at least a presumption that they have immunity for their official acts more broadly.

The decision left open the possibility that the charges brought against former President Donald Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith - alleging that Trump conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election - can still go forward to the extent that the charges are based on his private conduct, rather than his official acts.

The case now returns to the lower courts for them to determine whether the conduct at the center of the charges against Trump was official or unofficial - an inquiry that, even if it leads to the conclusion that the charges can proceed, will almost certainly further delay any trial in the case, which had originally been scheduled to begin on March 4, 2024 but is currently on hold.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts emphasized that the president "is not above the law." But Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a dissent joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, countered that if a future president "misuses official power for personal gain, the criminal law that the rest of us must abide will not provide a backstop."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 05:15:36 PM EST

Supreme Court rules Trump immune for official acts, not immune for unofficial ones for private conduct.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 05:16:16 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 08:29:00 PM EST
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ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which THOMAS, ALITO, GORSUCH, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined in full, and in which BARRETT, J., joined except as to Part III-C. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring opinion. BARRETT, J., filed an opinion concurring in part. SOTOMAYOR, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which KAGAN and JACKSON, JJ., joined. JACKSON, J., filed a dissenting opinion
President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Supreme Court's Immunity Ruling, 1 July A/V (EN), 00:04:53

archive The Dictator and The Decider

A. Schlesinger, The imperial presidency (1973), 505 pp
"Presidential power, it points out, has been nurtured above all by war"

by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 02:45:25 AM EST
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