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    I was baffled by the decision to make Merrick Garland (conservative judge beloved by the GOP before Obama nominated him) the Attorney General and now we have his DoJ DEFEND Trump in E. Jean Carroll's rape suit and even argue that he was justified in defaming her: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...-denial-492088

    This is weeks after that same DoJ is covering up Bill Barr's (you know, that guy who argued for full theocratic fascism in the later months of the election) crimes: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/25/99752...=1623162208887

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    I was baffled by the decision to make Merrick Garland (conservative judge beloved by the GOP before Obama nominated him) the Attorney General and now we have his DoJ DEFEND Trump in E. Jean Carroll's rape suit and even argue that he was justified in defaming her: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...-denial-492088

    This is weeks after that same DoJ is covering up Bill Barr's (you know, that guy who argued for full theocratic fascism in the later months of the election) crimes: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/25/99752...=1623162208887
    Regarding the defamation suit, my understanding is it's not actually about Trump directly, nor supressing/hurting Carroll. To borrow another's explanation when asked why the DoJ would go out of its way to defend Trump like this

    tldr, because if you're allowed to sue the President for things they said while they were President, then suing the President into oblivion becomes an effective political strategy. If they were suing Trump over a clearly private matter — because the Trump Organization stiffed them for work they did, for example — then that would be a different issue. But if he's being sued over things he said in interviews, press conferences, or statements that he made in his capacity as President of the United States Donald J. Trump rather than Private Citizen Donald J. Trump, then you're not suing Donald J. Trump, you're suing the President, and thus it falls under the purview of government lawyers rather than his personal private ones. This still applies after he's out of office as long as the lawsuit is about things he did while in office.

    Try thinking about it this way: if someone tried to sue Obama over something he did during his administration, and the Trump DOJ was arguing that they should be defending the case, would you still be upset over it?
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    So not only does Marjorie Taylor-Greene not know how to spell, she doesn't know the calendar either:
    https://secondnexus.com/marjorie-tay...mtsJUU5HOOP-3w

    Very nice of you to give Biden a nonexistent date to respond, MTG.
    Anybody else I'd offer the benefit of the doubt and assume they meant July 31st.

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...06/08/day-140/

    Day 140: "Planned in plain sight."


    Spoiler:

    1/ Biden’s Justice Department will continue to defend Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her 25 years ago. In a brief filed with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argued that it should be permitted to substitute itself for Trump as defendant. The Justice Department, however, insisted that it did not endorse Trump’s “crude and disrespectful” remarks about Carroll, but instead argued that Trump could not be sued for defamation because he had made the statements as part of his official duties as president. Last September, the Justice Department and then-Attorney General William Barr intervened on Trump’s behalf to transfer the lawsuit from state court to federal court, substituting the federal government for Trump as the defendant. (CNN / Politico / New York Times / BuzzFeed News)

    2/ The Koch network pressured Joe Manchin to oppose Biden’s key legislative items, including filibuster reform and the For the People Act. In a video series from Americans for Prosperity, a Koch super PAC, grassroots supporters were encouraged to push Manchin to “Reject Washington’s Partisan Agenda” and oppose his party’s own legislative priorities, including the idea of eliminating the filibuster, the For the People Act, and packing the Supreme Court. (CNBC)


    3/ Capitol Police had intelligence that Trump supporters planned to attack the Capitol at least two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot but failed to act on the threats. In a joint report from the Senate Rules and Administration and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, the bipartisan investigation found that Capitol Police intelligence officers knew as early as Dec. 21 that pro-Trump extremists were threatening violence, including plans to “storm the Capitol,” infiltrate the tunnel system, and “bring guns.” The information was only shared with command officers. “The failure to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day contributed significantly to the breach of the Capitol,” Sen. Gary Peters said, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “The attack was quite frankly planned in plain sight.” (Washington Post / New York Times / NBC News)


    4/ Trump’s impeachment lawyers are defending at least three people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Michael van der Veen is defending a member of the Oath Keepers that helped plan and participate in storming the Capitol. Bruce Castor, meanwhile, is representing a mother and daughter who failed to follow repeated police orders to disperse in violation of a curfew. During Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, van der Veen and Castor argued that those who participated in the riot deserve “robust and swift investigation and prosecution.” (NPR)


    5/ Senate Republicans are blocking the confirmation for Biden’s nominee to lead the federal personnel agency because of her support for abortion rights and critical race theory, an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic. The delay on Kiran Ahuja’s nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management is being led by Sen. Josh Hawley, who is a dipshit. (Washington Post)


    6/ The Biden administration determined that more than 3,900 children were separated from their families after the Trump administration implemented its “zero-tolerance policy.” The report from the Biden administration’s Family Reunification Task Force also found that fewer than 60 families are now in the process of being reunited. Nearly 400 children have been repatriated to their country of origin. (ABC News)


    7/ The Biden administration threatened to sue Texas if its Republican Governor Greg Abbott moves forward with plans to close more than 50 shelters housing about 4,000 migrant children. Abbott issued a disaster declaration last week, which directed a state agency to “take all necessary steps” to deny or discontinue licenses for child care facilities sheltering migrant children within 90 days. (CBS News)


    8/ New audio reveals how Rudy Giuliani pressured the Ukrainian government in 2019 to investigate baseless conspiracies about Biden. During the roughly 40-minute, July 2019 phone call between Giuliani, U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Giuliani repeatedly pressed Yermak to have Zelensky publicly announce investigations into possible corruption by Biden in Ukraine, and into claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump. Both claims are untrue. “All we need from the President [Zelensky] is to say […] he’s gonna investigate and dig up the evidence, that presently exists and is there any other evidence about involvement of the 2016 election, and then the Biden thing has to be run out,” Giuliani said, according to the audio. The call was a precursor to Trump’s July 25, 2019, call with Zelensky, where he pressured the Ukrainian president eight times to investigate Biden and his son. (CNN)
    poll/ 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage – a record high. In 1996, 27% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. (Gallup)

    poll/ 51% of voters support Trump’s two-year Facebook ban. Among Republicans, 15% supported the suspension, while 86% of Democrats supported Trump’s temporary ban. 46% of independent voters, however, supported the suspension with and 40% opposing it. (Politico)
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    Dem VA primary went as expected. Looking like the former governor won every county.

    And that schmuck and DSA grifter Lee Crater didn't even reach 3% of the vote but also lost his current seat he was running for reelection as a fallback to this stupid governor run.

    I am sorry but these dumb white college socialists are awful at politics and it's great when women of color who are actually progressive topple them.

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    There's a comedic "mockumentary" on Netflix called "Death to 2020", and Lisa Kudrow plays a right-wing politico in it and oh my god, she gets them so right:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    Merrick Garland (conservative judge beloved by the GOP before Obama nominated him)
    you mean to tell me McConnell and the senate walled him just because Obama was the one that nominated him?

    not surprising at all, but christ.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    There's a comedic "mockumentary" on Netflix called "Death to 2020", and Lisa Kudrow plays a right-wing politico in it and oh my god, she gets them so right:

    Okay I want to see this! That clip was funny! xD

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    Garland's DoJ is also keeping Trump Hotel docs under wraps: https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/sta...67763389845509

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    you mean to tell me McConnell and the senate walled him just because Obama was the one that nominated him?

    not surprising at all, but christ.
    There's a quote out there from before Obama nominated him where McConnell says he would happily confirm a fine moderate judge like Garland, but Obama would obviously go with someone from the radical left.

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    The last few days' worth of WTF Just Happened Today:

    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...06/09/day-141/

    Day 141: "Frustrated."

    Spoiler:

    1/ Biden ended negotiations with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito over infrastructure legislation, telling Capito that the latest GOP offer didn’t “meet the essential needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare us for our clean energy future, and create jobs.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was disappointed that Republicans had “increased their proposed new investments by only $150 billion” after he reduced his plan by more than $1 trillion. The White House and Capito ended up about $700 billion away. Capito, meanwhile, said she was “frustrated” with the White House and suggested that it “kept moving the goalposts” during negotiations. Biden will now focus on working with a bipartisan group of 20 senators who have been working separately on an alternative infrastructure proposal. Biden also spoke with Chuck Schumer about passing some of the infrastructure provisions through budget reconciliation, a fast-track procedure that would allow Democrats to avoid a filibuster and push through a package without support from Republicans. And, over in the House a bipartisan group calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed a $1.249 trillion infrastructure plan that includes $761.8 billion in new spending. (CBS News / Washington Post / New York Times / ABC News / Politico / NBC News)

    2/ The Biden administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to donate to 92 lower income countries and the African Union. The first 200 million doses will be distributed this year through the global COVAX alliance, followed by another 300 million in the first half of 2022. The Biden administration previously announced it would share at least 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of June. (Washington Post / Associated Press / Politico)

    3/ The U.S. is averaging fewer than 1 million vaccinations per day, threatening Biden’s goal of getting at least 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4. At least 13 states have already vaccinated 70% of adult residents, and an additional 15 states, plus D.C., are over 60% and will likely reach Biden’s goal. Covid-19 hospitalizations rates, meanwhile, continue to rise in communities with low vaccination rates. (Washington Post / New York Times)
    4/ Two days after Joe Manchin vowed to block the federal election reform bill, Mitch McConnell said he would not support the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which Manchin and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski have urged lawmakers to reauthorize. “There’s no threat to the voting rights law,” McConnell said. “It’s against the law to discriminate in voting based on race already. And so I think it’s unnecessary.” Manchin and Murkowski had proposed passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act as an alternative to the For The People Act, which would restore a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. That measure would also likely be blocked by a filibuster. Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, said the Senate will vote on the For the People Act, with or without Manchin. (The Hill / Vanity Fair / Business Insider / Politico / Washington Post / NBC News)
    5/ The Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering China’s technological influence by investing in American technology, science, and research. The final vote was 68-32, with 19 Senate Republicans – including Mitch McConnell – joining Democrats in voting for passage. Bernie Sanders was the only member of the Democratic caucus to vote against the bill. The legislation now heads to the House before going to Biden’s desk. (New York Times / CNN / CNBC)
    6/ Biden revoked and replaced three Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Biden’s new order would instead establish “clear intelligible criteria” to evaluate national security risks for apps connected to foreign governments and direct the Commerce Department to undertake an “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China. (Associated Press / New York Times / CNBC / Wall Street Journal)
    7/ Harris warned Guatemalans thinking of migrating to the U.S.: “Do not come.” In her first foreign trip since taking office, Harris said the Biden administration wanted “to help Guatemalans find hope at home.” She added: “I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, called Harris’ statement “disappointing,” and that the U.S. needed to “acknowledge its contributions to destabilization and regime change in the region.” Harris responded to criticism from both Republicans and members of her own party, saying: “I’m really clear: We have to deal with the root causes and that is my hope. Period.” (NPR / Politico / ABC News / NBC News)
    8/ The Biden administration moved to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of streams and wetlands. The Trump-era rule narrowed the types of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act. EPA Administrator Michael Regan said his team determined that the Trump administration’s rollback is “leading to significant environmental degradation.” (Washington Post / Associated Press / Politico)
    9/ House Democrats reintroduced legislation that would protect abortion access even if Roe v. Wade were weakened or overturned. The Women’s Health Protection Act would guarantee the right for health care professionals to provide abortion care and prohibit state and federal lawmakers from imposing certain limits on abortion care, including mandatory ultrasounds, waiting periods, and admitting privileges requirements. The bill was first introduced in 2013, but has never received a vote in either chamber. (NBC News)
    poll/ 47% of Americans say abortion is morally acceptable, while 46% say it’s morally wrong. Overall, 48% of Americans believe abortion should be legal “only under certain circumstances,” while 32% favor it being legal “under any circumstances,” and 19% think it should be “illegal in all circumstances.” (Gallup)
    poll/ 29% of Republican voters think it’s likely that Trump will be reinstated as president this year. Overall, 72% of voters say they believe America’s democracy is currently being threatened, including 82% of Republicans, 77% of Democrats, and 72% of independents. (Morning Consult)


    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...06/10/day-142/

    Day 142: "Point of no return."

    Spoiler:

    1/ The Interior Department’s inspector general concluded that U.S. Park Police did not clear the park outside the White House of protesters on June 1, 2020, so Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo op. Mark Greenblatt instead found that Park Police had the authority to clear the park and surrounding areas so that a contractor could install anti-scale fencing and did not know that Trump would be leaving the White House and crossing Lafayette Park until “mid-to late afternoon” on June 1 – hours after the contractor had arrived to begin installation. Park Police officials said the plan to clear the area was in place before a 2 p.m. meeting that included then-Attorney General William Barr, who “did not mention a potential presidential visit to the park,” according to the report. Barr, however, did urge officials to speed up the clearing process after Trump decided to walk through the area around 6:10 p.m. (NPR / Politico / NBC News / CBS News / ABC News / CNBC / USA Today)

    2/ Former White House counsel Don McGahn testified behind closed doors last week about Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation. In a transcript of the interview with members of the House Judiciary Committee, McGahn described Trump’s efforts to get him to tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Robert Mueller over Trump’s claim that Mueller had a conflict of interest. McGahn refused to go along with Trump’s effort to fire Mueller, believing it could “cause this to spiral out of control.” McGahn also acknowledged that Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he should resign for having recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said “McGahn’s testimony gives us a fresh look at how dangerously close President Trump brought us to, in Mr. McGahn’s words, the ‘point of no return.’” (New York Times / NBC News / Bloomberg / Washington Post)

    3/ The U.S. reportedly lost more than $400 billion to fraudulent unemployment claims over the past year. The bulk of the money – representing as much as 50% of all unemployment money – likely ended in the hands of foreign crime syndicates in China, Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere. (Axios)
    4/ The Trump Justice Department continued to pursued a CNN reporter’s records for half a year after a federal judge said the argument for access to internal emails was “speculative” and “unanchored in any facts.” The Trump administration also put CNN general counsel David Vigilante under a gag order prohibiting him from sharing any details about the Justice Department’s effort to obtain two months’ of CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr’s 2017 email logs. The pursuit for Starr’s records began in July 2020 under then-Attorney General William Barr. (CNN)
    5/ The Keystone XL oil pipeline project was canceled after Biden revoked a key permit. TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the project, said it terminated the $9 billion project after Canadian officials failed to persuade Biden to reverse his cancellation of the permit. Keystone XL was expected to carry 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta oil sands crude to Nebraska. (NBC News / Associated Press / CNN)
    poll/ 75% of respondents from 12 nations said they were confident that Biden would “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” compared with 17% for Trump last year. 62% of respondents said they have a favorable view of the U.S. compared to 34% at the end of Trump’s presidency in 2020. (Pew Research Center / Washington Post)


    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...06/11/day-143/

    Day 143: "A gross abuse of power."

    Spoiler:
    1/ Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to double the size of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division staff to protect every American’s right to vote. “There are plenty of things up for debate in America, but the right of all eligible Americans to vote is not one of them,” Garland said, calling the expansion of voting rights as a “central pillar” to American democracy. Garland added that the Justice Department will “do everything in its power to prevent election fraud, and if found to vigorously prosecute” but will also scrutinize “new laws that seek to curb voter access.” The additional trial attorneys will be hired over the next the next 30 days. (New York Times / Washington Post / Politico / NBC News / Axios)2/ The Trump Justice Department secretly subpoenaed Apple for the metadata of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as their current and former staff, and family members, including a minor. The records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized, including Rep. Adam B. Schiff, then the panel’s ranking Democrat and now its chairman, and Rep. Eric Swalwell. Trump administration prosecutors, looking for the sources behind news stories about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, subpoenaed Apple in 2017 and early 2018, which included a gag order, seeking the metadata for more than 100 accounts as part of the investigation to determine who was leaking classified information. The data obtained, however, did not tie the committee to the leaks of classified information about Russia. The gag order was renewed three times before it expired this year and Apple notified at least 12 people in May connected to the panel of subpoenas. (New York Times / Washington Post / CNN)
    3/ The Justice Department’s inspector general opened an investigation into the Trump administration’s secret seizure of data from Apple belonging to at least two Democratic lawmakers, their staff, and family members. Michael Horowitz said the review “will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations.” Horowitz added that the investigation would also look into the use of subpoenas to obtain journalists’ phone records, as well as “other legal authorities [used] to obtain communication records […] in connection with recent investigations of alleged unauthorized disclosures of information to the media by government officials.” Separately, Senate Democratic leaders demanded that former attorneys general William Barr and Jeff Sessions testify under oath about the secret subpoenas of Rep. Adam B. Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, calling it “a gross abuse of power and an assault on the separation of powers.” The senators threatened to subpoena Barr and Sessions if they don’t appear voluntarily. The Biden administration, meanwhile, called the “behavior” of Trump’s attorneys general “appalling.” (Washington Post / New York Times / NPR / Bloomberg / USA Today / CNN / Associated Press / NBC News)
    4/ The Biden administration will “repeal or replace” a rule allowing roads and development in more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The move revives protections originally put in place in 2001 by Clinton, which Trump stripped three months before leaving office. (Washington Post)

    5/ A bipartisan group of senators said they reached an agreement on the framework for an infrastructure deal. The deal reportedly includes $579 billion in new spending and would “be fully paid for and not include tax increases.” The overall proposal would spend $974 billion over five years and about $1.2 trillion if it continued over eight years. Lawmakers in both parties sounded skeptical that the proposal, which expected to address a narrow range of physical infrastructure projects, can get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. (New York Times / Wall Street Journal / NBC News)
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    So Biden is doing his president-thing at the G7 summit, and after the shitshow that is Trump even Boris Johnson is calling it "a breath of fresh air". There's even a mini-vid of Trump at the NATO conference vs Biden at the summit with the leaders, and you can tell the difference.
    https://secondnexus.com/trump-biden-...oBrfZ81TufnFjk

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    What is the G7 Summit?

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    It's the summit/meeting of seven of the most powerful nations on the planet, namely the US, the UK, Japan, France, Canada, Germany, and Italy. They meet to discuss various things, like for this summit the main discussion is definitely COVID-19, but they will also discuss things like climate change, world economy, and any problematic things other nations might be doing (looking at you, China and Russia).

    When Trump was in office he was a ridiculous embarrassment for us, as the other world leaders clearly thought he was a POS like the rest of us and had no respect for him, especially as he wouldn't work with them on anything. Biden is acting as a world leader should, and you can clearly see the others are relieved to be working again with someone with a brain.

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    How you know Biden is doing the G7 better than Trump:

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...06/14/day-146/

    Day 146: "Accountability."

    Spoiler:
    1/ Biden reaffirmed NATO’s Article 5 – the central tenet of collective defense – calling it “a sacred obligation,” adding that the alliance is “critically important for U.S. interests.” The comments were a sharp contrast to Trump, who once declined to endorse Article 5 and called the alliance “obsolete.” NATO leaders, meanwhile, in a summit statement said China’s growing military and “assertive behavior” was “presenting challenges,” accusing the Chinese of working to undermine global order with “systemic challenges to the rules-based international order.” Separately, Biden said the U.S. would “respond in kind” if Putin “chooses not to cooperate” on cybersecurity. (New York Times / ABC News / Wall Street Journal / Associated Press / Washington Post)
    2/ The Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information about an account that belonged to the sitting White House counsel, and then barred the company from telling him about it. Donald McGahn and his wife received disclosures from Apple last month that their accounts were subpoenaed by the Justice Department in February 2018. It’s not clear what the FBI was investigating, but the Justice Department appears to have accessed McGahn’s information around the same time it was reported that Trump had ordered McGahn the previous June to have Robert Mueller fired. McGahn, however, threatened to quit and Trump backed down. The seizure of McGahn’s records also happened the same month the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data related to the leaks of information about the Russia inquiry, which included more than 12 people connected to the House Intelligence Committee, including two of its Democratic members. Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, called on former attorneys general William Barr and Jeff Sessions, as well as Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general at the time, to testify under oath in the House about what they knew. (New York Times / Associated Press / CNN / Politico)

    3/ Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he was not aware of a subpoena that targeted Democratic members of Congress. At the time of the subpoena, Jeff Sessions was recused from the Russia probe, meaning the leak investigation would have fallen under Rosenstein. Jeff Sessions has also told people he does not recall approving a subpoena for lawmakers’ data in a leak case. And, former Attorney General William Barr, who took office a year after the subpoena was issued, said he does not recall discussing a probe for lawmakers’ data during his time leading the department, adding that he “never discussed the leak cases with Trump.” (CNN / Politico / Washington Post)
    4/ Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will tighten its rules around seizing information about members of Congress and their aides and vowed “strict accountability” for officials who let politics affect their work. Garland said his deputy, Lisa Monaco, will review and update the department’s existing policies “for obtaining records of the legislative branch,” noting that “we must ensure that full weight is accorded to separation-of-powers concerns moving forward.” The announcement came as John Demers, a Trump-era official who leads the Justice Department’s National Security Division, which oversees leak investigations, said he’ll resign at the end of next week. Garland will also meet with executives from CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post to discuss the Trump administration’s leak investigation that involved seeking reporter records from all three media outlets. (New York Times / Associated Press / Washington Post / NBC News / CNN)
    5/ Mitch McConnell threatened to block any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Biden during the 2024 election cycle if Republicans regain control of the Senate next year. McConnell suggested that if he became majority leader again, he would give a Biden Supreme Court nominee in 2023 “a fair shot at a hearing” if the person was “not a radical, but a normal mainstream mainstream liberal.” McConnell, however, admitted that the prospects were “highly unlikely,” adding “we’d have to wait and see what happens.” (The Hill / New York Times / NBC News / Bloomberg)

    poll/ 52% of Americans trust Biden to negotiate on the country’s behalf with other world leaders, and 49% trust him to negotiate with Putin specifically. 57% of Americans have confidence in Biden to do the right thing regarding world affairs. (ABC News)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgamer82 View Post
    ]Mitch McConnell threatened to block any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Biden during the 2024 election cycle if Republicans regain control of the Senate next year[/B]. McConnell suggested that if he became majority leader again, he would give a Biden Supreme Court nominee in 2023 “a fair shot at a hearing” if the person was “not a radical, but a normal mainstream mainstream liberal.” McConnell, however, admitted that the prospects were “highly unlikely,” adding “we’d have to wait and see what happens.”
    Mitch, don't lie, you'd just block any nominee no matter when they were nominated. Even if it meant stalling the process out for six years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    It's the summit/meeting of seven of the most powerful nations on the planet, namely the US, the UK, Japan, France, Canada, Germany, and Italy. They meet to discuss various things, like for this summit the main discussion is definitely COVID-19, but they will also discuss things like climate change, world economy, and any problematic things other nations might be doing (looking at you, China and Russia).
    Ooooo, so does the public know exactly what was talked about or is some stuff secret?

    When Trump was in office he was a ridiculous embarrassment for us, as the other world leaders clearly thought he was a POS like the rest of us and had no respect for him, especially as he wouldn't work with them on anything.
    Well, Trump is technically a man-child if anything. Yeah, he probably "listened" but it went out from one ear to another, effectively not paying attention.

    Biden is acting as a world leader should, and you can clearly see the others are relieved to be working again with someone with a brain.
    I'm glad about this. Honestly Biden is like that good uncle you have in the family, while Trump is the creepy one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    How you know Biden is doing the G7 better than Trump:

    Yeah world leaders should be friends with other world leaders like how Biden is showing compared to Trump who only cared about himself. Like if you gonna be president, you should work well with others in my honest opinion.

    Also, speaking of Trump, a funny caption for that image with him Macron would be Trump pooping his diaper with Macron turning his head like that wtf Monsieur Trump. 0.0




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    Police connect vandalism at Nancy Mace’s home to incident at Bishop England High School:
    https://www.postandcourier.com/news/...15e8ea2c2.html

    Finally, this can be put to rest since now with the police investigation showing that she didn't do it, and it is connected to another incident in that very same area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starlalilymoon View Post
    Ooooo, so does the public know exactly what was talked about or is some stuff secret?
    A bit of both. They'll make some announcements but we don't know everything that goes on behind those doors.

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    Mitch, don't lie, you'd just block any nominee no matter when they were nominated. Even if it meant stalling the process out for six years.
    You’re expecting honesty from a politician much less a Republican?
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    A bit of both. They'll make some announcements but we don't know everything that goes on behind those doors.
    Oh! I get it! Well, hopefully now that Biden is president he can work with the others to battle climate change and make Earth a better place. Climate change to me is a big issue that needs to be resolved now than later.

    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    You’re expecting honesty from a politician much less a Republican?
    Is there any politician out there that is 100% honest? Why do politicians lie in the first place?

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    Is there any politician out there that is 100% honest? Why do politicians lie in the first place?
    Money and power generally.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Some are full blown sociopaths that take pleasure in exercising control and creating mass misery.

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