[Al Jazeera] The US government will submit a motion to dismiss indictments for 129 of the 188 remaining Inauguration Day defendants, leaving 59 facing felony charges that could land them behind bars for decades.
"The government will be filing motions to dismiss without prejudice the indictment against the other remaining 129 defendants," William Miller, public information officer for the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, said in a press statement provided to Al Jazeera by email.
Announced on Thursday afternoon, the statement said the US Attorney's Office for DC made the decision in order to "focus its efforts on this smaller, core group that we believe is most responsible for the destruction and violence that took place on Inauguration Day".
During the inauguration of US President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... on January 20, 2017, police surrounded, attacked and locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! more than 230 people during an anti-capitalist bloc march.
Those arrested included protesters, journalists, medics, legal observers and bystanders. A felony riot charge was subsequently dealt to 234 people. The charge carried up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
The city alleges that the protesters are responsible for $100,000 in property damage, while police have been accused of using unnecessary force against the group, including while they were surrounded and posed no threat.
Twenty defendants reached plea deals in exchange for lesser sentences, while another 20 had their charges dropped altogether.
Posted by: Fred ||
01/20/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Antifa
"while they were surrounded and posed no threat.". And it turns out chickens migrate. Snarc off.
The point is that these shutdowns did not have an effect on electoral outcomes. Part of the reason for this is that since 1995—when the GOP gained control of House and Senate—government shutdowns have occurred well in advance of the normal election calendar.
However, there hasn’t been a government shutdown in modern times while one party controlled the government. So, if there is political risk for congressional GOPers, aside from Trump’s fumbles and current poll numbers, it’s that they are in uncharted political waters.
Shutdown Impact On The Market
LPL Financial tracks the stock market during government shutdowns. In the cases above, the S&P was not highly affected by a shutdown:
Reagan 1981 -0.1%
Reagan 1984 -2.2%
Reagan 1986 -0.3%
Bush 1990 -2.1%
Clinton 1995 1.3%
Clinton 1996 0.1%
Obama 2013 3.1%
Government shutdowns have never cost the stock market more than a few points, thus they haven’t been something to worry about. Wall Street knows Washington is dysfunctional and that shutdowns have always been resolved in relatively short order.
[SFGATE] Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,politicians are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state.
A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-the Socialist paradise of San Francisco ...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964... , would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.
"Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase," Ting said in a statement. "It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities."
Does this help explain Google and Amazon looking for new HQ sites?
And I thought pigs could not fly...
[Boston Globe] WASHINGTON ‐ There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.
Warren says now, as she has from the first days of her public life, that she based her assertions on family lore, on her reasonable trust in what she was told about her ancestry as a child.
"I know who I am," she said in a recent interview with the Globe.
But that self-awareness may not be enough, as her political ambitions blossom. She’s taken flak from the right for years as a "fake Indian," including taunts from President Trump, who derisively calls her "Pocahontas.’’ That clamor from the right will only grow with her increasing prominence.
Just working to 'defuse' the situation for her. They know this will be a big mark against her so they are trying to clean-air it early so when the election come around it'll be 'old news... move along...'.
[Reuters] - James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by U.S. President Donald Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said on Friday.
Comey has been by turns castigated and lionized by both Democrats and Republicans for overseeing high-stakes FBI investigations that overshadowed the election campaigns of Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.
"Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth," Comey said in a statement released by the college, the country's second oldest.
Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1984 with a double major in chemistry and religion, and will teach for a full academic year beginning this fall.
The school's president, Taylor Reveley, praised his "abiding commitment to ethical behavior" in a statement.
Trump fired him last May, citing a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey for his handling of the criminal investigation into Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server while U.S. secretary of state.
At the time, Comey was also overseeing a counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian government efforts to influence the U.S. election and whether Russian officials had inappropriate contacts with Trump campaign officials.
Trump has also been highly critical of that investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" against him. Comey has pointed to such comments as the real reason he was fired.
Comey's firing forced Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller, another former FBI director, as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, which is ongoing. Mueller has since charged four people who worked for Trump's campaign or in his White House for lying to the FBI and money laundering.
Clinton has said she partly blames Comey for her loss to Trump in the 2016 election.
Comey oversaw the investigation into the mishandling of classified government secrets by her and her staff on the email server kept in her New York home.
In July 2016, four months before the presidential election, Comey made a public announcement closing the investigation, in breach of usual FBI practices, a step he said was necessary to maintain public faith in the investigation's integrity.
He said Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" in handling classified information and that there was evidence they may have unknowingly broken laws, but recommended against prosecution.
Maybe they see that the cheap labor is about to dry up and taking it out of the taxpayer's hide is Plan B...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/20/2018 4:36 Comments ||
Once again as the capitalist system creates efficiencies the taxes tied to the inefficiencies must be adjusted. With cars much more efficient with MPG, migration to cities over the last 25 years, electric cars.... the taxpaying driver community must pay more for the right to drive on poorly managed infrastructure
There used to be this thing called 'capital budgeting' that took the need for infrastructure replacement into account. These anti-free enterprise asswipes have some nerve asking us to pay for someone else's neglect / mistakes.
My local bridge projects receive FHWA funds via DOT/Caltrans oversight. I'm sure the bureaucracy eats their fair share, but at the local level our soft costs are about half the Caltrans rate. We run a lean operation.
That said, the constant gas tax increases are a also a measure of the leftist/statist effort to cut your transportation choices and free will (Mileage taxes). They HATE private vehicle ownership and freedom of choice. Wait til cars are driverless (no steering wheel) and you wanna take that pleasure/vacation trip two states over and the car says that trip "isn't authorized". Think that can't happen?
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/20/2018 15:50 Comments ||
#12 - Bingo. We have a winnah! DING DING DING!!!
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/20/2018 16:11 Comments ||
herding the future generations into urban hives allows for better control and governance. Hub cities are the goal, and urban sumps allow for better erosion of traditional American values of independence and individualism into group think and obedient serfs!
[THEHILL] The House on Friday once again rejected an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to impeach President Trump, in a sign of inflamed partisan tensions ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
Green, who has agitated for Trump’s impeachment for months, forced a procedural vote on articles of impeachment following Trump’s Oval Office comments last week describing some nations as “shithole countries” while expressing a preference for immigrants from places like Norway.
It failed by a 355-66 vote, with three Democrats voting "present."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.