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Ramsey Barner

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Transcription of Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem, "The Hill We Climb"

[Needs editing and formatting, but here are most of the words in the right order!]


we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 02:56 PM (5 replies)

James Comey: Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after leaving office

Donald Trump should not be prosecuted once he leaves the White House no matter how much evidence has been amassed against him, the former FBI director James Comey writes in a new book.

The next US attorney general, under Joe Biden, should not “pursue a criminal investigation of Donald Trump”, Comey writes, “no matter how compelling the roadmap left” by the special counsel Robert Mueller, or “how powerful the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud”.

“Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum,” Comey writes, “the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.”


Because we did so well after Ford pardoned Nixon and Barr and Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra crowd?

The damage Trump did to the federal system must be addressed by the federal system to give the federal system legitimacy. Leaving it to the states is a cop-out.
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 09:08 AM (36 replies)

Investigators have confirmed that the human remains found at the scene of the Nashville bombing matc

Source: CBS tweet

BREAKING: Investigators have confirmed that the human remains found at the scene of the Nashville bombing match the DNA of the ‘person of interest’ Anthony “Tony” Quinn Warner. He’s believed to have ‘perished’ in the bombing.
(H/t: @jeffpeguescbs)
5:20 PM · Dec 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Read more: https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/1343320766272696328
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Sun Dec 27, 2020, 06:40 PM (8 replies)

When You Have A Dog Of A Client And Work For A Complicit Party You End Up Sounding Like Steve Castor

Steve Castor is being mocked, but he's just a defense attorney with nothing to work with.
By Elie Mystal

"I don’t feel sorry for him, because being a Republican is a choice, not an immutable characteristic. But Castor only sounds as bad as he does because his client is even worse."

Posted by Ramsey Barner | Wed Nov 20, 2019, 07:05 PM (4 replies)

Is America a democracy? If so, why does it deny millions the vote?

“In 2016, pummeled by voter suppression in more than 30 states, the black voter turnout plummeted by seven percentage points. For the GOP, that was an effective kill rate. For America, it was a lethal assault on democracy.”

This is why today the Guardian is launching The Fight to Vote, a yearlong investigation of the American democratic process and its failures. It will scrutinize compromised electoral systems, give a platform to voices silenced at the polls and reveal how voting suppression is already shaping the 2020 election.

Posted by Ramsey Barner | Thu Nov 7, 2019, 08:06 AM (2 replies)

Mountain climbers scale replica of Trump's border wall in under one minute: report

Several mountain climbers have reportedly scaled a wooden replica of President Trump's steel border wall that was built to disprove Trump's claims that a portion of the wall is "impossible to climb."

Rick Weber — a 75-year-old retired engineer, and active rock climber — built a replica of an 18-foot tall section of border wall in Kentucky earlier this month, inviting mountain climbers to compete to see who could climb it the fastest.


As of Friday, Oct. 11, The Courier-Journal reports that numerous people have already scaled the replica wall, including an 8-year-old girl, even though Weber's competition isn't until this weekend.

According to the Courier-Journal, 30-year-old Peter Favaloro of Boston reached the top of the wall in about a minute. The novice climber told the publication he traveled to climb the wall after seeing news coverage about it.

Another climber, 29-year-old Erik Kloeker, made it over the wall in approximately 30 seconds during a demonstration for reporters. He later climbed the wall a second time while also juggling.

Video of the juggling climber and more here:
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Fri Oct 11, 2019, 03:34 PM (5 replies)

James Risen: Biden going to Ukraine actually might have resulted in greater legal peril for his son

James Risen, The Intercept’s senior national security correspondent, best-selling author, former New York Times reporter, published two pieces in The Intercept this week, including one headlined “I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.”

The significance of his trip was that it was backed up by the whole Western world. There were several large Western countries that were demanding that the Ukraine fire this prosecutor and get — and crack down on corruption. His actions to demand this, the firing of this prosecutor, and to ask for a greater crackdown had the effect — the possible effect — of making his son have even greater legal peril than he did by being on the board of Burisma, because it could have led to a more aggressive investigation of Burisma.


Biden, right out in the open, did the right thing regardless of potential cost to his family, and the Right spun it into a smear.
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Sat Sep 28, 2019, 02:41 PM (4 replies)

Barr's zealous defense of Trump makes it impossible to trust his legal judgment

By Neal Katyal

Barr, by contrast, took the opposite approach. He appeared the next day on CBS News and said, “I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision,” and that “the opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”

Barr’s statement was news, not only to the American public, but also, I suspect, to Mueller himself. It also should have come as news to someone else: William P. Barr. On the first day of his confirmation hearing nearly five months ago, Barr was asked by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) about former FBI director James B. Comey’s July 2016 news conference on the decision not to indict Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Here is what Barr said in January: “I thought that to the extent [Comey] actually announced a decision was wrong, and the other thing is, if you’re not going to indict someone, then you don’t stand up there and unload negative information about the person. That’s not the way the Department of Justice does business.”

Barr has now directly contradicted what he told the Senate. Why?

The answer has to do with how Barr backed himself into a corner when he cleared Trump of obstruction of justice. Barr was criticized resoundingly for reaching such a determination within 48 hours of receiving Mueller’s report (which was more than 400 pages long). Barr tried to defend himself by explaining that he had had time to evaluate everything because Mueller had told him in a meeting three weeks beforehand that he wasn’t going to reach a decision on obstruction of justice. This has always been a strange claim — that Barr was evaluating the evidence without the report in his hand — but now it gets absurd.

If Barr thought Mueller could have reached a decision on obstruction of justice, did he tell Mueller that when they met in March? Wouldn’t that have literally been Barr’s job, as the supervisor of the special counsel? Instead, he revealed his views only later — and contradicted his earlier position that prosecutors cannot “unload negative information about a person” and that that is not how the “Department of Justice does business.”

Barr’s position, as he described it on CBS, is absurd on its face. Imagine the outcry if Mueller were to have done what Barr now claims he could have done: Mueller would be labeling Trump a criminal, but Trump would have no legal process to defend himself. Folks — including me — would scream about the unfairness of such an outcome. Mueller was faithful to long-standing Justice Department considerations about being fair to potential defendants; Barr, by contrast, appears to be lurching from one bad position to the next.


The only way forward is for Congress to carry out a thorough investigation and reach its own conclusions.


Barr has shown himself to be an unreliable and unsteady voice, careening from one position to the next, always in favor of protecting his boss. And even had Barr acted without such partisanship, the whole point of the idea that a sitting president cannot be indicted is that there is an alternative forum to review those questions.

Posted by Ramsey Barner | Mon Jun 3, 2019, 08:37 PM (2 replies)

Suspension of preferential trade status for India under GSP is 'done deal': Trump

Source: Business Today

The Trump administration has said it is not going back on its decision to terminate India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme, terming the suspension a "done deal".

The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.

On March 4, President Donald Trump announced that the US intended to terminate India's designation as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP programme.


Under the GSP programme, nearly 2,000 products including auto components and textile materials can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing countries meet the eligibility criteria established by Congress.

Read more: https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/suspension-of-preferential-trade-status-for-india-under-gsp-is-done-deal-trump/story/352427.html

Are we going to have a trade war with India, too?
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Fri May 31, 2019, 09:24 PM (12 replies)

Justice Department does not comply with court order to release transcripts of Michael Flynn's conver

Source: Washington Post

Federal prosecutors on Friday declined to make public transcripts of recorded conversations between Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States in December 2016, despite a judge’s order.

In a court filing Friday, the Justice Department wrote that it did not rely on such recordings to establish Flynn’s guilt or determine a recommendation for his sentencing.

Prosecutors also failed to release an unredacted version of portions of the Mueller report related to Flynn that the judge had ordered be made public.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-department-fails-to-comply-with-court-order-to-release-transcripts-of-michael-flynns-conversations-with-russian-ambassador/2019/05/31/9b4a6754-83b8-11e9-95a9-e2c830afe24f_story.html?utm_term=.21429804fe04

"The government further represents that it is not relying on any other recordings, of any person, for purposes of establishing the defendant’s guilt or determining his sentence, nor are there any other recordings that are part of the sentencing record" means that DOJ is refusing to turn over the Flynn-Russians transcripts and audio recordings despite the Court's explicit order.
Posted by Ramsey Barner | Fri May 31, 2019, 06:27 PM (37 replies)
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