Most of the FEC's remit is blatantly unconstitutional under the first amendment, so I'm not too upset that they are so dysfunctional that they can't quash people's basic rights as efficiently as some desire.
They don't play any role in Trump's promise to drain the swamp--a vital promise that he is currently putting the necesary pieces in place to fulfill. (Whether or not he's successful--the swamp is tenacious and self-refilling.) any sane sensible person who cares about good government should be supporting him in this effort.
Exactly! Did "Officer" Munday lie on his warrant application? If not, then it should not be on him, it should be on the judge. The whole point of the warrant requirement is negated if "the cop asked for it" is good enough.
The argument that the emoluments clause doesn't apply to the president is quite a bit stronger and quite a bit older than Techdirt's analysis admits to. But it is true that the Supreme Court has never weighed in on the question.
Meanwhile, people who have no problem with a Clinton or a Biden or a Reid going into government "service" in poverty and coming out a few years later fabulously rich are suddenly scandalized that a Republican with a successful private life could go in to politics.
No sane person could think it's an impeachable offense if Trump is part owner of a hotel and someone who is a citizen of a foreign country stays there and pays their bill when they leave, which is what the arguments so far put forth amount to. The dishonesty of the new emoluments fans is laughable.
Par for the course at Techdirt recently that a post need not be at all insightful to win an insightful call-out.
First, worth noting that "Chiraq" was not coined by Trump, it was coined by the people of Chicago and was used as the title of a Spike Lee film about that dilapidated city.
Second, Chicago has cut it's murder rate in half since 1991? Not so very long ago, you didn't have to reach all the way back to the height of the crack epidemic to make that claim. But this is a political post on Techdirt, so let's not let inconvenient facts get in the way of a nifty sound bite.
Some of these are outrageous (the 2nd bullet point for instance), others are just the CBP doing their job (1st and 3rd, for instance). They do still have a job to do, you know. And the judge only ordered that people not be deported based on Trump's EO, he did not order that people not be deported. Only a fool would think that.
The news media has done far more than the Trump administration to call into question the legitimacy of factual news reporting, but otherwise, I agree. Pacer should be free. In fact, all public documents should be free. It would be a relatively trivial matter, cost-wise, to make all public documents free and freely accessible to the public that has already paid for them.
"And thus turtle faced KY Senator Mitch McConnell did hand Elizabeth Warren the greatest campaign slogan for her 2020 run for President."
If you had an ounce of sense, you'd know Republicans can barely contain their glee at the thought of Elizabeth Warren winning the Democratic primary. (She won't run, so you're wrong on both counts, but it would be a boon for conservatives if she did.)
People know how their towns are run and they know when the budget is funded through speed traps. Of course there was a referendum. It might have been called an election, but it amounts to the same thing.
The practice of using a still photo to prove a moving violation has always been a dubious undertaking, abetted by judges too willing to play their part in a money making machine.
I have no sympathy for the poor citizens who will have to cough up the money to pay the town's victims back. Screw them, they were happy to share the profits from this scam, now they will share the pain.