Since this raid isn't obviously related to Joe Biden's videotaped admission of Ukrainian corruption, I can't say whether it's a legitimate or politically motivated investigation. Except Biden no longer seems likely to be the Democrat nominee, so Trump has little need to take him out.
Dershowitz goes on to say that's OK, the President can do that. And he's right. The President IS the executive. Now, the President still can't violate the Constitution or the law. So ordering an investigation for political reasons, or as a favor, is still a problem. But either Obama or Trump could order an investigation into an alleged crime personally, and that would probably not be an issue so long as they properly followed all the rules about it, and made sure they were actually investigating a crime and not making one up.
Florida bans sales of knives to people under 18? I thought that sort of thing was limited to the UK for now. But it looks like there was a Jihadi murder there, too. A 17 year old (surprisingly not named Mohammed) killed a 13 year old and stabbed two others. It was a known-wolf killing. The FBI apparently did nothing, despite being aware the murderer was trying to join ISIS.
"Officials" making stupid decisions above their pay grade
Interesting. When I saw this initially, I wondered why Trump would override the CDC here. Keeping the passengers in quarantine in Japan seems like an easy call. (Yes, get them off the ship so the infected don't keep infecting the rest; but then pay for them to spend a month in a quarantine facility with netflix before you bring anyone home. The Japanese have first-world medical care available, it's not like evacuating them from Africa.)
But now it seems Trump did not override the CDC. It was "State Dept Officials", anonymous paper-pushers.
I've been keeping an eye on the Coronavirus news. I don't really have any expertise to add. My thoughts were, basically, to start worrying when it showed serious signs of breaking out beyond China. Now cases are spiking in South Korea and Italy. This one looks like it will be going global.
Should this situation result in mass deaths in major world powers, it will substantially complicate the diplomatic situation.
This is going to get worse before it gets better, and we have enough cases in the US to be worth worrying about now. So far they are cases we know about. The thing to watch for will be cases where we do not know how they started, because they had no contact with known cases. That would mean unknown carriers, and it would be very difficult indeed to catch up if there are many of those.
He likely has a winnable case, as he has avoided being a public figure, was acquitted, and is being used as a political punching bag. I would suggest only one change: he should sue Twitter too. Twitter's editorial policy has made a mockery of their "just a platform" claim that is the basis for the legal immunity under CDA.
UK National Health Service will refuse to treat people who disagree
That national "right" to health care is looking worse and worse, isn't it? It's now subject to social control rules. How long before the UK is leveraging their massive network of government surveillance cameras combined with facial recognition and China's social credit technology to ensure that anyone who doesn't toe the party line just conveniently expires younger than average?
Dems in Virginia to release hundreds of convicted murderers
This people got into prison by killing at least one person. I doubt their ability to successfully navigate life out of prison will have been improved by 20 years inside, surrounded by criminals, with no job skills and a felony murder conviction.
There are crimes for which I would support this sort of reform. Murder is not one of them. For exceptional cases, there's the executive clemency (pardon) system. But... that won't get criminals out of prison and onto the voter rolls in time to save the Dems in 2020. So, mass releases are the way to go.
This lawsuit seeking records on Seth Rich may expose a lot of deep state malfeasance. If the DNC emails released by Wikileaks were leaked (for which Seth Rich is pretty much the only publicly known possibility) rather than hacked by the Russians, the entire Russia hoax falls apart.
Sundance thinks this is a response to Barr showing weakness. Possible. I was disappointed in Barr's comments to Trumps' tweeting, but I was willing to chalk it up to personality differences. However, Barr's lack of solid results on this front (especially now that we are formally into Trump's re-election year) is concerning.
Remember: if the Deep State gets Trump out of office, they win and all of this goes away forever. Barr has said some good things but he is an inside player who has run coverups before (Ruby Ridge).
The downside here: it's still only an acting appointment. I have no doubt the "Acting" part will be used as an excuse to play keepaway with the import secrets.
Whatever happened to the right to medical privacy?
The same penumbras and emanations that protect a woman's "right" to have an abortion apparently do not protect a man's right to have his reproductive organs unmolested by government mandated vasectomies. At least, they don't in the mind of an Alabama Democrat female legislator.
Trump recently pardoned a few people; less than just about every other President in recent history. The media promptly freaked out about that, and are now claiming that Trump offered to pardon Assange (the man behind Wikileaks, who published the DNC leaked emails, and the Podesta emails) in return for saying where Assange got the DNC emails from. The implication is that Assange would be pardoned in return for a lie, and the pardon is thus a corrupt bargin and obstruction of justice.
Third, the charges against Assange have pretty obviously been false from the beginning. In Europe he was accused of ... accidentally not wearing a condom during consensual sex and thus this is rape. Except those got dropped. The people involved seem likely to be plants, and not the kind you need to water every day. The other US charges are related to the Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning affair, and originate from the Deep State SpyGate team. They are also slim, revolving around helping with "hacking" that never happened.
So why the big stink about the pardon thing, when the Assange part wasn't in the news until the media injected it?
Because the Judicial Watch FOIA suggests more about Seth Rich will be coming out, and the idea of Trump getting Assange to testify somehow is obviously scaring the wits out of the Deep State. If Assange testifies that it wasn't Russia, and it was Seth Rich... all of Russiagate blows up.
They would be foolish to extend an offer to Hillary. But the question and answer shows where her mind is. Even though she probably recognizes she can't win the primary in any normal fashion, she still wants in. And being someone's VP is better than nothing, right?
Alleged Mifsud recording denies offering dirt on Hillary to Page?
So, let's review.
If it IS Mifsud, he said he doesn't work for any intelligence agencies, and did not say anything to Papadopoulos about dirt on Hillary. This would seem at first glance to be bad news for the SpyGate folks since it goes against the Russian narrative -- but the FBI is not claiming their investigation began with Mifsud and Papadopoulos. They claim it began after that.
If it ISN'T Mifsud... as Mifsud's lawyer says... who is it and what motive do they have for the claims?
Cui Bono? Who benefits?
The US intelligence agencies who desperately want to cover up their own involvement in this farce. Producing a fake Mifsud recording and leaking it to the media seems an easy way to create confusion and doubt over their involvement with the man who seems to remain in hiding or perhaps dead.