Note – he didn’t offer to pay the man’s attorney fees.

“Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” Sanders said. “I am sickened by this despicable act.”

Would that the President would learn from the Senator’s example.

Letter to Congress asking for leave to go after medical marijuana.

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions,” Sessions wrote, “particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”

The letter—dated May 1, 2017, and addressed to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Reps. Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi—was obtained by Massroots.com’s Tom Angell. It specifically asks that Congress not renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, passed in 2014. Barack Obama’s Justice Department challenged the amendment last year, and it lost in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. That means if Sessions wants to go after medical marijuana, he’ll need Congress to remove Rohrabacher-Farr from the next appropriations bill.

 

As for his testimony,  Sessions says that he only recused himself solely because of his role as advisor to the Trump campaign, but it happened on the day after his meetings with Ambassador Kislyak were first reported. That’s quite a coincidence!

And he’s still whining about Franken’s question in January, which by the way was not the question he answered.

“Certainly, I can assure you, nothing improper, if I’d had a conversation with him, and it’s conceivable that occurred. I just don’t remember,” Sessions said. “I guess I could say that I possibly had a meeting, but I still do not recall it, and I did not in any way fail to record something in my testimony or in my subsequent letter intentionally false.”

So he f—ing shows up for this testimony without his appointment calendar?

Apparently he had denied such a meeting in opening statement, which I missed.

And of course, any question of substance – “executive privilege.”

This is a joke.

“The Republican National Committee tweeted that “Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met with Obama staffers 22 times between 2009-2016.” As former Obama staffer Tommy Vietor noted, that’s different — Obama was president at the time.””

Ya think?

It looks like Democratic Party senators are pressing him on his refusal to answer questions – seems like he’s claiming executive privilege on the hard questions while waiving it on the softball questions from Republicans.

And Burr cut off Sen. Harris – again!  Sessions was definitely afraid of Harris, who has a prosecution background.

She asked about his calendar!  Lol!

Well, anyway, there it is.

You can read the Huffpo live updates here.

 

The Republicans are gearing up for firing Robert Mueller, after singing his praises just a couple of weeks ago. They’re turning on him now, and I have to wonder what’s been said in closed session which is freaking Republicans out.  Newt Gingrich is leading the charge – naturally he doesn’t hold public office.  And a Trump confidant told PBS that Trump is seriously considering firing Mueller.

Would they really do this?  I mean, we’re talking Saturday Night Massacre all over again, only about a year ahead of schedule.

All of the sudden Sen. Kamal Harris’s grilling of Rosenstein last week becomes extremely pertinent.

 

I mean WTF??

Sen. Schumer held his own. The last comment which had them all crack up was a direct quote from Priebus.

This comes from a 1981 issue of Cultural Correspondence, a lefty periodical no longer in existence.  But I think the point is timeless.  And it applies to more than just the ideology depicted.

Sectarianism

I won’t pretend to understand British politics, so I’ll just make a few comments.

I get that PM Teresa May miscalculated by calling an early election to consolidate power and instead lost her clear majority, so that now she has to coalition with right wing Irish religious fanatics who used to commit terrorism.  But she still hold power.  For now.

I get that Corbyn brought his party from the 20 point deficit in polling gain seats and all of the sudden all the Blairist MPs who voted against him are falling over themselves to sing his praises so that now he’ll probably get at least one shot at being elected P.M.  They probably still hate the fact that a leader well to the left of Bernie Sanders owns the Labour Party for the moment.  So a win for him personally, and Jon Pie is right – “New Labour” is dead.  For the moment. Nothing is ever permanent in politics, with a few exceptions like the death of the Whig Party.

But the Tories, though weakened, are still in power.  And Brexit is still happening.

I wonder though.  Given that the Tories were expected to win a bunch of seats as recently as a few days ago, and Corbyn did apparently take a big chunk of the working class Brexit vote – did Trump’s tweets against the Mayor of London (in the moment of crisis where Britain needed unity) trigger some British nationalism against Trump and by association May?  May did criticize Trump (without mentioning his name) for the comments.  None of the British pundits claim to understand the Corbyn surge.

Lastly, for those on the left who slam the electoral college because the results don’t always conform to the voting results, note that the conservatives still have a large advantage in MPs even though both parties received about 40 percent of the vote.  Geographic representation has the same potential skew results – Labour was actually ahead for much of the night even as they had fewer MP district wins.  Some of it has to do with the collapse of the Scottish National Party which split votes with Labour in Scotland, but it also has to do with the fact that some British conservative areas are like the deep South and Labour is splitting votes with Liberals and other parties.  Also, the right wing UKIP collapsed as their supporters voted Tory – which was one of the anticipated factors in May calling for an early election.

I think calling it a “win” is a stretch, but it’s probably a turning point and should have Trump supporters a bit worried.  A bit.

Here’s the BBC results map.

Potential topics – the Comey testimony, the intelligence chiefs’ refusals to testify, Reality Winner, Covfefe, and the British election.  Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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I don’t use it to shop.  I just like having more time to get to the beach after work.  And I always need that extra hour in the fall – in high school I would watch more sports on the switch-over weekend knowing I had that extra hour to do my homework.

But we’re one step closer to ending it! 

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A very disturbing incident was videotapes at Zane Middle School on Friday.  Lots of anger directed at the administration, much of it unfair in my opinion.  A video was posted to social media, but I wasn’t going to post even a link because these are kids.  Fortunately KIEM blurred out the faces.

However, the girl who runs in to break up the fight, along with a boy, is my daughter.  She said she heard an adult yelling across the courtyard, turned and saw the fight; didn’t think the adult could make it there in time so she ran to break it up – followed very closely by a friend.  They managed to calm it down before the adults arrived.

Watch it here.

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